Inspired by ceramic waves.
via farrow and ball
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
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Lady Shell by Catrin Welz-Stein
White shells via This Ivy House
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Twin shells by Henry Domke
Swimming by Maggi Hambling
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Bargello | Turquoise
Waves by dave.thediver
Barcelona – Bailèn 003 b 4 by Arnim Schulz
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A wise one (Tobias) once said that when you distill it all down to its simplest form, every personal issue humans have can be summed up with the question:
How are you giving your power away?
I actually think it’s more like you not claiming your own authority over yourself and your own domain and the result is that there’s a “power vacuum” and you end up, by habit, default or whatever else is effecting you, giving your authority over to another. Whew…I need to take a deep breath after that mouthful!
It can happen in so many ways! Loud and obvious ways. Quiet, subtle or insidious ways. We give it without being aware…or fully aware. We give it out of fear or habit or deference. We give it willingly. We give it to family, friends, religious leaders, governments. Even the mean lady at the grocery store checkout. If you’re like me, once you start looking, you’ll be in shock and maybe a little saddened how often it happens.
It was startling to me when I was first presented with this concept. Because up to that point it did seem like others had an authority or power over me or a part of me or my life. Of course. Duh. Parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, pastors…the list goes on. And then that moment of really thinking about what it means. Wait. What??? No! You’re not the boss of me! So, what? That means I am? Yeah! I am! I’m the creator of my life. I am sovereign. I am not a victim. I say. I choose. I create. I AM THAT I AM! Damn it.
What a concept! The idea that you create your life. You are sovereign. You are your own authority, your own counsel. Think about it. Who is in charge of you and your life? Really. Who? YOU! Feel into it. It’s true. There is lots and lots in our world to distract from this idea. There are many people who would prefer you not step into your own power and authority. I won’t go into that, but it is absolutely in your best interest to claim it. Do you really want others making decisions for you? In essence that’s what’s happening when you’re not in charge of your life. All I have to do is spend a bit of time on Facebook to know I don’t want “those folks” running my life!!! What do they say? Not my circus. Not my monkeys.
I am my own authority!
When I realized this was true, it was like the floodgates had opened during a monsoon! Excitement, fear, passion, hesitation, energies and emotions of all kinds, mixed and surged through me. In a split second I felt like I was overtaken by a huge wave, lifted off my feet, tumbled around, tossed onto the shore, not knowing which way was up. It took a moment to catch my breath and pull my shirt down and my pants up. ; ) It took another moment to make sure I was still in one piece, no broken bits. And yet several more moments to realize I had a whole new reality to understand, get used to and master.
It has taken years to get where I am. And there are moments when it feels like yet another layer has been peeled away, revealing wisdom and simplicity. Compassion for me…and humanity.
As I write this, I feel a rush of excitement just thinking about the implications of this notion: I AM THAT I AM. I am sovereign. I am the point of creation of my life. The point of receiving. The point of presence. The point of expression. It all happens right here, right now. And is ever expanding, ever flowing. Non-stop.
Sure, I can pinch of the flow and play in the darkness, the separateness, the fear. It’s my choice. By default or intention. Because not to choose is also to choose. But it is not my/your/our natural state. And all things seek resolution. So it will eventually, after moments or lifetimes, right itself, come back into unity, become what’s natural once again.
I feel the flow of that good feeling of knowingness rushing through me. That feeling of being centered with self. In a place of clarity within me. Knowing that all truly is well. Ready for all of my creations to come to me. Breathing with them and allowing them to return to the point where they began. Me! The place where the spark of inspiration fired off shooting rockets of desire or intention or passion (to draw from Abraham-Hicks). Me! Soaring off to gather the energies and resources and people and appropriate timing and whatever is necessary for the creation to realize. So it can come back to me! The one who’s job it is to just know and trust and not doubt that it will return in its highest expression…if I allow it.
So I ask you…how are you giving your power away? And doesn’t this, what I describe, sound like way more fun?! Can you be so bold? Do you dare?
My suggestion: Claim it!
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