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Think About it Thursday: Competition vs. Creation

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“You must get rid of the thought of competition.  You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.”

–Wallace D. Wattles; The Science of Getting Rich

Creativity vs. competition is an important distinction for Wallace Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich.  He goes on to say: “Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent. They are yours today and another’s tomorrow.”

We grow up in a competitive world.  I was recently at an event where the opening ceremony of the Olympics was playing.  As soon as it was the U.S.’s turn to parade past, the chant “USA,”, “USA”, “USA” could be heard throughout the room.  I felt uncomfortable and also felt . . . alone.  But through these glorified games, are we not promoting competition, and therefore  . . .  separateness?  And is not separateness of the ego?  And do we not to this with every sport, in any competition?  And in marketing campaigns?  And sales teams?  And political debates?  In our school systems?  And in our social systems?

How can we create a culture of creation?  Of oneness and connection?  What if the only competition were the competition within ourselves?  What if inventiveness and imagination replaced judgment?

Let’s start at home and within education.  Friendly competition?  No more– how about “friendly creation”!  What about group games and group goals?  Masterminds and accountability partners?  Acceptance and appreciation.

A world where everyone fits in and everyone wins.

Great Darkness and Great Light

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In the School of Metaphysics we study ourselves.  I am quite a study!  Recently I’ve become interested in my highs and lows.  I laughingly attribute the duality to my Gemini moon, but I’m curious about it.  How can I go so quickly from such a soaring high to such a deep low?  I know that I have immense potential as a creator, and I would like to understand my ebbs and flows a little better,  to ride the waves — instead of trying to tread water and then flailing in the extremes.  I’m looking forward to receiving my Creative MInd report when I attend the Genius Code Spiritual Focus session next month in Windyville.  I hope it shines more light on this.  To be continued. . .

Do you experience something similar?

This song always brings me back to paradise:-) :

And of course this one . . .

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Fun With Shape Poems/Concrete Poems

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The students have been working on creating poems about themselves, and some of them expressed an interest in shape/concrete poems.  They were so proud!  I borrowed the design method from my dad who creates beautiful shape/concrete poem sonnets.  He fills in the shape with a single letter and then works in the actual design.  For example, for a triangle or side of a  tree:

a

aaa

aaaaaaaa

aaaaaaaaaaaaa

And then:

A

new

emerald work.

A heavenly creation!

Have some fun with your own shape poems!

Thankful Thursday: Abundance, Creative Ideas, and My Health

The word of the day again was “abundance”, and I am thankful for the Law of Abundance.

I had an abundance of ideas today, and I was super excited about them.  Doubt began to creep in, but I shooed it away.  What is the use of doubt?  Imagine a world with no limitations!  Whatever can’t be done today will some day manifest!

Sometimes my digestive system gets really funky on Thursday nights.  It reminds me to be grateful for my overall health.  I’ve been very blessed and very focused in my image of this.

Many blessings to you all. 🙂

 

Dreams: Auditioning and the Takeover?

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Image courtesy of franky242/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My dream was not as vivid this morning.  I think it’s mainly because my morning routine has been messed up.  I’m trying to get up early so that I can get a lot done in the morning.  I aim for 5:30 or 6:00 but actually get up at 6:30, which messed with my dream recall.

HOWEVER, I’m determined to start looking at my dreams, and I’m not going to use my struggle as an excuse not to start.  So, this is wrote in my dream journal:

Something about auditioning.

Something about being in a lower level.  Through wall windows or spaces I see dangerous people approach from above (stairs?)  I warn the female leader of our group a few times as I seem them approach closer and closer.  She is not concerned.  Finally, they come.  I believe they are all male, and we are female, and they intend to be our captors and have their way with us.  The guy who is matched with me does not seem overpowering, seems flexible, so I begin to take charge.  That’s all I remember.

Symbols: (using The Dreamer’s Dictionary by Dr. Barbara Condron)

  • auditioning — trying out/experimenting with imagination
  • lower level of building — lower level of consciousness, possibly unconscious
  • window — awareness
  • females (unknown) — unknown conscious aspects of self (since I am female)
  • males (unknown) — unknown subconscious aspects of self (since I am female)
  • intended deflowering — potential refusal to receive what the conscious mind is offering (since I am female; it is different for males)

Summary:

So, it looks like I am trying out the use of my imagination, but I’m not really conscious of it.  I have some awareness of my subconscious trying to manifest through me, but I am wary of it and rejecting it.

Connection to the last 24-48 hours

The day before I was mostly tutoring/prepping for tutoring, and I watched part of Inception.  The day before I watched an awesome documentary: Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds.  I also watched some documentaries on dreams, blogged about my intentions to share about my dreams, and listened to some great metaphysical discussions.

Perhaps the dream refers to my desire to share about my dreams and get connected to my subconscious.  Perhaps I am not as committed to my subconscious as I would like to believe, and I am unconsciously sabotaging it by not getting up on time in the morning.

It may also refer to my struggle with my thoughts.  My new affirmation has been: “This is the best day of my life!” But I’ve lost some momentum with that.  When I used the affirmation, my days actually were pretty wonderful.

Finally, it may also refer to my desire to be more creative — more journaling or sketching — but not actually doing it.

Application:

Tomorrow I will wake up at 5:30am.  I will make sure I sit up and record my dreams immediately.  Then, I will proceed with my planned morning schedule, including journaling/sketching.  I will continue to observe my thoughts, being thankful for everything in my life and affirming “This is the best day of my life!”

Subconscious, I am ready to receive!

Make ’em Laugh

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I had my first improv class tonight at the Comedy Shrine, and I loved it, as I knew I would. I was a little nervous, sure, but I knew this is what I wanted to do. I thought I’d be a little better at it than I was, but I did pretty well for a newbie, and I had an absolute blast. I wish I could do this every day! I think the teacher summed it up best when he said: “This is your chance to play.” (I get to play!!)

I’ve always known that I was a performer — from my wonderfully nasty imitation of Cinderella’s stepmother in grade school to clarinet and vocal solos and musical theater as an adult — but I never pursued it.  Part of it was not being able to find my niche, but part of it was believing what I’d always heard: artists are broke, they have to sell their soul to get anywhere, they are naturally gifted/super beautiful (a lot more talented than I could ever be),  etc etc

But I am meant to be involved in something creative, and I’m pretty sure performing is part of it.  I love being on that stage.  I love those lights.  I love the audience.  I love forgetting about the rest of the world and getting lost in that moment.  I want all of those things.

I’m already looking forward to next week.  I’m already working on my character development homework — right now I’m working on cheerleader, an over-emotional child, an under-emotional teen, and nerd or hippie girl — and I just spent a whole 10 minutes gabbing excitedly to Brian about everything from the awkward story game to my favorites: the  hitchhiker and freeze tag games.  And we have a fantastic group,  We still are a bit awkward, but we are already starting to gel.  I really like how our teacher described improv as a team.  We build on each other’s strengths and we bail each other out in time’s of weakness.

The happiness and fulfillment I’m feeling this evening make me think I may want to stick with my Coursera guitar class afterall. (I was feeling over-committed — as usual.)   Should I be crazy and fill every weekday evening with organized fun?  Classes up the wazoo?  Right now it sounds like an awesome idea. . . . but maybe I want to sleep on it first . . .   Sweet dreams!

Where Do You Spend Your Time?

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“Just Awake” courtesy of luigi diamanti/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Time has been on my mind a lot this past month.  It’s something that I want desperately and also something that stresses me out immeasurably.  I know I’ve come to this Earth with many, many lessons to learn.  I have a feeling I’m not even aware of at least half of them.  Today I woke up with the intention to prioritize my time.

How do I spend the majority of my time?  By my estimation, these are the top areas:

1) Sleep  2) Metaphysics  3) Work  4) Worry  5) Facebook/E-mail/Other Internet  6) Castle/Other relaxation.  7) Cleaning

1) The greatest chunk of my day is spent on sleeping (1/3 or more), and I’m still struggling to get up early.  I’m beginning to think that I should just let myself sleep and get things done later in the day.  Since I don’t have an early morning job, my mind and body see no reason to leave happy-subconscious-land.  And so I continue to berate myself — later, having to forgive myself — for not getting up on time.  So, for this week, I’m allowing myself the extra sleep.  I still need to figure out why I don’t want to leave the bed — I know there is something that needs to be addressed there — but for this week I’m not going to fight it, and I’m going to see what happens.

2) I don’t spent tons of time on Metaphysics per say, but I know I’m getting in at least an hour every day between writing down my dreams, doing my exercises, sometimes reading a book for class, and making connections to metaphysics in my daily life.  It is a solid part of me now, and I’m glad for that consistency.

3 and 4)  These two need to go together because most of my worry is about work.  So, I’m either working or worrying about work.  This is something that I’ve been struggling with for a long time.  I thought it would go away when I left teaching full-time, and then teaching part-time.  Alas, the worries still hound me.  So, I’ve finally figured out that it’s not the job.  It’s me. I think staying in the moment could be a big help here.  Also, more time management.

5) I don’t spend as much time on the Internet as I have in the past.  I’m not on it as long.  But now I’m just checking it more frequently.  And now that I’m waiting to hear about a very exciting job opportunity, I feel I have even more of an excuse to come running back to my laptop every hour. (More on that in a future post.)  This is an area where I can definitely start looking at how I spend my time. (*I checked Facebook at least once while writing this blog.)

6) Something that Brian and I like to do together is watch a show together.  Though the shows are enjoyable, they are generally 45 minutes long, and one episode can turn into 2, or sometimes 3.  That’s 1.5 or 2ish hours gone from each day that I could be spending on creative outlets. So, this is another area I would like to explore.

7) Cleaning.  Ugh.  I do like cleaning sometimes.  In fact, I become an overly-zealous cleaner when I’m avoiding #3.  However, overall it seems to take so much time and effort, and neither Brian or I are neat-freaks, so preparing for company can be quite an ordeal.  We keep things pretty picked up for the most part, but the actual de-furring, dusting, vacuuming, and scrubbing are a struggle.  Mostly we are weekend warriors (or at least, I am) who spend half the day cleaning before a big event at our place.  This gets the job done, but, again, it’s a struggle and pretty unpleasant.  My latest cleaning project has been our new fish tank (new for us, but we got it off of Craigslist, so quite a bit of cleaning and prep has been required) that I plan on finishing after this post.  (Mind is beginning to worry about it as I type this.)

8) Yes, I know there’s no number 8.  This is the number that should be up there at the top.  It’s my creativity time.  Thankfully, I’m off to a good start today.  My tutoring lessons were cancelled for today, so I took the opportunity to write this blog, and I already feel much better for having done it.  I’m still struggling with resisting play time/creative time.  You’d think it would be easy to have fun, but I think creativity has seemed like another job/chore that I’m supposed to do each day, and that’s the mentality I’ve got to change.  Clearly playing around on the Internet and Castle are a lot easier for me to fall into, so I need to make sure my play time doesn’t resemble work time so much.

That’s my current status.  I’d like to see where I am in a week.  Also, I need to blog every day again.  I’m going to add that consistency to my daily metaphysics exercises.  I’m already in that habit, so I’m just going to pretend they go together.  So, you will be hearing from me again tomorrow. 🙂

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