Life is interesting right now as my artistic life gets off the ground. Although I have always been a long-range planner, my decisions evolve as I gain more information. Sometimes my plans change so radically, they bear no resemblance to what I started out with. However, the process of planning is still important.
The problem with planning is that whenever you project into the future, you are dealing with a set of unknowns. In algebra you have to narrow a problem down to one unknown and then solve for it. In life there are many unknowns.
When I began to get close to graduating from El Camino I would imagine my life as an artist. I figured I would get some sort of a day job, hopefully in the art field, but I didn’t really care what field it was in. I figured I would continue to take evening classes and do my art at night and on weekends. I didn’t know when any of this was going to happen. But I trusted Spirit to guide and provide and just did the things I knew to do. Well, a little over six weeks from the end of my final semester, and my life looks exactly as I hoped it would. I have a full-time day job and I do my art at night and on the weekends. I plan to take painting classes at Otis and West L.A. College this fall.
Although I took classes in sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and painting, I have decided that my primary focus is painting. I find myself expanding my mediums and have been working more with acrylics and gouache. I am also exploring my literary past. I graduated the first time with an English degree but did not do much writing after that except for the occasional poem, and a TV pilot I wrote in a film class. But lately I am feeling that old flame being rekindled. I have always loved literature but never felt that confident about my writing. Finally, I am ready to explore this avenue with a class or two this fall and see what comes of it.
This rekindled love for literature, after studying art for two years, came as a surprise to me. But life is exciting and never boring when you pay attention to your intuition and follow the leading of Spirit. In looking at past journals, I see a recurring theme of wanting to write, of feeling an urge to create stories, but things happen when the timing is right.
So, if I were to give some tips on how to live an intuitive life filled with exciting twists and turns, I would say the following:
1) Spend a good deal of time alone so that you can shut out the chatter, opinions, and agendas of other people (including the media) and get in touch with your authentic Self.
2) Develop a meditation practice that encourages mental and spiritual strength, depth, and wisdom. Meditation teaches you how to see things from an expanded perspective rather than getting sucked into the minutiae of the day-to-day.
3) Read. Read lots of different types of things – magazine, books, newspapers, blogs, etc.
4) Watch. Watch lots of different types of things – movies, plays, YouTube clips, live events, channels you don’t normally watch, etc.
5) When you get an intuitive hit, do not argue with it, reason with it, or ignore it. Spirit speaks softly whereas Ego shouts. Spirit shows up where it is welcome, although it is always present. Ego forces itself on you and commands attention. You have to lean forward and incline your ear to hear Spirit, but it speaks clearly. Ego manipulates your emotions and exploits your fears. Spirit says things that feel right to the soul. Ego says things that stir up the passions and cause anxiety and confusion.
You don’t have to be “spiritual” to live intuitively. Spirit, as I said, manifests where It is made welcome. It is the “still small voice” within that wants only your highest good. It is full of love and grace, not only for you, but for everyone. It uplifts, motivates, and is the energy behind the creative spirit.
May we all make Spirit welcome this week and follow Its Dear Voice to the path towards our highest good. Peace and blessings. Now go follow your bliss…