Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Clear Stream Media: Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin

Clear Stream Media: Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin: In 1955, fourteen year old Emmett Till whistled at a white woman in Mississippi and was brutally murdered for it. Less than a month after h...

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Beginnings

In early March I went exploring for signs of new life. The forest floor looked quite barren until I got down on the ground, examined moss growing on a downed tree and saw these very tiny, graceful buds covering it. Nature! Miracles all around us if we just take a moment to really look. These little shoots of new life seem a good symbol of the New Beginnings I wrote about in my Spring Equinox post.  

It really is energizing to realize that each moment, each breath we take, represents an opportunity for us to begin anew- to dissolve old thought patterns that limit us and to choose to see and think in a new way. Louise Hay in her book, "You Can Heal Your Life" talks about the present moment being your Point of Power- where all change takes place! The basic premise of this little book is that our thoughts create our life and that in this moment we can change our thinking and create a  more positive future for ourselves. We can choose to be free in this moment!

Louise provides an exercise for letting go of old, unproductive patterns. She suggests you look in the mirror and say out loud "I now realize that I have created this condition and I am now willing to release the pattern in my consciousness that is responsible for this condition."  Say it with conviction. Feel the power of your commitment. Do not worry about HOW to do this releasing- all you have to do is to be WILLING and the universe will take care of it.

Exercises like this can be powerful. It doesn't matter how long you have harbored negative, limited thinking. How many times you have put yourself down and expected the worst. Your point of power is NOW. Wishing you all the blessings and power of new beginnings.

PS The List at the end of her book can help you see connections between problems in the body with your thoughts and new affirmations to change them. ie Breathing problems are related to "Fear or refusal to take in life fully. Not feeling the right to take up space or even to exist at times." New Thought- "It is my birthright to live life fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully."

I have since looked a little more into the miraculous world of mosses or bryophytes. I believe this is the sporophyte that releases spores that allows the moss to sexually reproduce. And for those who might be wondering how small these "buds" are- here is a photo of a sporophyte and a dime. I added the stars- well, because that's what I do (and it was pretty easy to transform lint into stars!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring Equinox!

Ah, Spring- our season of transformation, rebirth and hope. Today, marks the beginning of New Beginnings, as we experience a day of equal day and night- a perfect balance that happens two times a year as part of the ongoing and wondrous cycles of nature. Change is in the air!

When we are aligned with the balance and wholeness of our natural world, we come home to our true selves and are able to access the vast energies of love and light that are sweeping our planet. It all begins with grounding ourselves to Mother Earth- opening to her vital and healing energies as we remember our oneness with the planet and all life on it.

This is a perfect time to shine a light on all that keeps you from connecting to the earth, other people and your deepest self. Where are you out of balance? Are you all work and no play? Are you in your head more than your heart? Inside more than out? Are you living more in the past, or future, rather in the present? Are you captive to conditioned ways of being and thinking that no longer serve you?

Now is the time to raise your consciousness, live in balance, heal past wounds and transform them into compassion and wisdom. The forces of evolution and a loving cosmos are extending themselves to you. You have the choice, during this time of returning light, to return to the Light within- to your innocent and divine heart- to who you really are.

Above all, remember the power you have to choose to live from love rather than fear and to begin creating your life anew. You can light someone's day with a smile. You can create, heal, cherish and connect. You can fulfill your soul's purpose for being here during these amazing times of awakening.

Blessings of Light and Love to You. Keep Faith

Friday, March 9, 2012

Be You!

Be You!                                                                                                 B Upton

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Wish for You

Light on Your Path                                                                                                                                                      B Upton

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sacred Universe

Sacred Universe                                                                                                                                                               B Upton
This is a merging of a transparency of one of my acrylic paintings "Emergence" with a simulation of what our universe looks like. Here are the originals.
And here is a merging of my painting with the one of the brain cell. I wrote about the correspondence between the great and the little worlds here.

Although I did the painting years before seeing the brain cell or universe pictures, it was interesting to see how my brush strokes mirrored the flow of galaxies in the first and the patterns of the cell in the second. I especially like the effect of the blending in the first, "Sacred Universe". To me it takes on a more ethereal and mystical quality that I hope draws you in and brings you closer to the beauty and light that reside deep within you!