Chalice

Chalice

Mikawoz Chalice

This is my interpretation of a chalice. It is made with Indian Ink – ink wells and nib pens.

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Writing as a Path

Writing Path

 

Book: “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Become an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” by Albert Flynn DeSilver

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Creating can be a chore that can and should be done through inspirational lows and disillusionment. No matter what your genre is, writing and meditating should be done religiously as one would with any craft they are trying to develop. Even if you are sore or tired or angry, successful people hit the trail, the ice and the pathway to hone their craft. It is important to keep at it no matter what obstacles come your way. There isn’t anything particularly magical about it.

Most people have had a spiritual experience. For some it is a memorable electrifying experience. It is one that one remembers forever. By combining meditation before writing, one can increase one’s ability to create. Likewise, by writing, one can develop one’s ability to experience a new level of spirituality.

The Buddhists call it Buddha Nature of Shunyata and New Age people speak of the Source Energy. Whatever you call it, it is important to connect with the energy to create – “ushering you along the path of awakening to your true creativity.”

The moment for action is now to find that spark of creativity. It takes devotion to your craft to get your motivation going. Meditation is following your breath in and out not considering anything else in your mind. It is grounding yourself with your feet on the ground and your seat in your chair sitting erect and tall to the cosmos. Take the time to write about what you are devoted to – what your purpose in life is. That is the key to knowing what you are all about.

Writing is one of the most powerful points of focus. Writing down something makes it clear and more likely to happen as in affirmations. “Through writing, we generate the power to manifest our dreams.” Write out six goals for the next year – Spirituality, Creativity, Health/Fitness and Wellness, Relationships, Financial/Job/Business, and Community.

Setting situations and initiating incident, plot, characters, scenes, conflict and opposition, climax, final resolution and ending are all parts of your story. Together you can create your hero’s journey. It can start anywhere from the last 3 weeks of somebody’s life to three decades of life. It is your story.

By meditating, you can create an awesome story and by risking writing, you will accomplish your goals. By using our over-stimulated senses, in a directional way, you can write about the senses more delicately and intimately. It is as if there is a heightened way of dealing with the senses. Your stories will become all that much more brilliant. That is the way with this author. He writes eloquently using many sensory attributes. It makes the reading of the book nice to read.

I would recommend this book for those who would like to improve their writing. I did about half of the writing exercises and I did many of the meditations which brought me to a recognized level of understanding about writing. This is one of the best ways to write in combination with meditation. Finally remember writing is a process and journey, not a product or destination.

Tags: inspiration, meditation, writing, genre, spiritual experience, source energy, setting situation, initiating incident, plot, characters, scenes, conflicts, opposition, climax, final resolution, ending, process, journey, product, destination

Healing and Transformation

Healing and Transformation

 

 

Book: “Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary” by Eric Alsterberg, Ph. D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

This book is a combination psychological book and spiritual book. It discusses case examples and references many books. The overall encompassing message is that we, as a people, are having a spiritual experience while in human form. This message is emphasized throughout the book.

I like the case examples including the ones from the author’s life. He brings insight into the spiritual life and of that entering into the New Golden Age. The author covers many life subject areas from masculinity and femininity roles, intimate relationships to parenting.

Eric Alsterberg says there are no coincidences – that everything is as it should be. However, depending upon how we think positively or negatively determines what kind of world we will have. Depending upon our actions to be Christ-like or opposite also determines the kind of Earth we will live in.

He speaks of listening to the inner voice, the higher self or God presence in our intuition or while we meditate. We can hear from angels, ascended masters or our guides. We will be only give so much information as we can handle. We make decisions based on what we know and sometimes information is withheld for our own benefit.

Dr Alsterberg says there are many traditional methods for healing which include psychotherapy, self-help groups, twelve step tradition groups, self-help books and technologies, seminars and workshops, massage therapy, Reiki, meditation and prayer.

He uses hypnotherapy in his practice and sometimes deals with past-life regression. He believes that many issues that we currently deal with may have their karmic beginnings in past lives. This is something we need to deal with.

Dr. Alsterberg mentions some of his client’s problem with abuse. In one situation, a woman kept attracting abusive partners. He concludes that “Guilt is often an attack on us for not being able to forgive ourselves.” Further forgiveness is important because God is Pure Love and has already forgiven us. Yet people struggle to forgive themselves. We need to release the negative and fear-based emotions within ourselves. Dr. Alsterberg makes his clients visualize positive and love-based emotions leaving and then coming back down a beam of light from higher dimensions and going back into the person.

This book tries to cover many aspects of life. It is am ambitious project. It is an interesting book. Some points, I do not agree with because they have not been proved but they are minor problems with the book. You will know them when you see them. I recommend this book to those who like psychological and spiritual books.

Tags: psychological, spiritual, New Golden Age, coincidences, angels, ascended masters, guides, psychotherapy, self-help groups, twelve-step traditional groups, self-help books and technologies, seminars, workshops, massage therapy, reiki, meditation, prayer, abusive partners, higher dimensions, beam of light

Be Your Own Fairy Tale

Be Your Own Fairy Tale

Be Your Own Fairy Tale

Book: “Be Your Own Fairy Tale: Working With Storytelling for Positive Life Change” by Alison Davies

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

What a wonderful little book! It take the analogy of a fairy tale and applies it to life. The exercises are divine. Alison Davies makes you storybook various endings to various topics. Whether you are the princess in the story or a wolf with a dark side, your fairy tale can be made to be heard. Alison Davies relates life to fairy tales. She devises ways of seeing our lives in terms of fairy tales.

Dealing with characters, symbols and themes, you can relate to what is being asked of you. The fairy tale all makes a presence known to you. You can decide what character you play be it a hero or heroine or the “bad guy.” Symbols are useful to your unconscious mind and can be used as such. Themes are ongoing issues within your own life that you need to deal with.

Fairy tales are an excellent venue for thinking out the future and examining what might be. It helps deal with the past to explain what has happened. Dealing with the present or the now, helps to visualize better outcomes to your fairy tale life as it currently is.

By dealing with the wicked witch or the big, bad wolf, we look at fears that enter our lives. Despite negative dealings with the fearsome side of our lives, we are ultimately responsible for our lives and for our own destiny. We write our own fairy tales and with that we ultimately create our lives.

I enjoyed the exercises where storyboarding and montages are used to create our futures. Many great steps from using crystals to beams of light are used to create a universal light energy.

Alison Davies has written a splendid little book that incorporates new age philosophy with that of fairy tale telling. It is a wonderful and worthwhile read.

As a writer of fairy tales myself, I found the book helpful from a practical point of view and not simply a spiritual point of view. I highly recommend this book as a blueprint for examining your life and maybe even writing some modern-day fairy tales in your life.

Tags: analogy, fairy tale, exercises, topics, princess, wolf, wicked witch, dark side, fears. Negative dealings, fearsome side, destiny, creation, lives, storyboarding, montages, futures, crystals, beams of light, universal light energy, new age philosophy, fair tale telling, practical, spiritual.

Book: “Quantum Creativity” by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Book Review

Book Review

Book: “Quantum Creativity” by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

First of all, I would recommend that you read this book over a period of time. It is the type of book where reading one or two chapters at once is enough. I read through the chapters fairly quickly and I believe I would have gotten more out of it if I had taken due time and consideration.

 

This book does cover many of the quantum theories with some drawings, explanations and examples.

 

I found that as I continued to read, the understanding on my part improved. I found the first chapter hard to get into but then found the second chapter more easily. The sections of the book include: Steps to Understanding Human Creativity, the Creative Process, Can Anyone be Creative?, New Paradigms in Old Creative Arenas, Spiritual Creativity, Bringing Creativity to the Center of Your Life.

 

One of the most ways to get more creativity is “Do, be, do, be, do” which means doing something and then just being. The author gives examples as to how this works with your creative part of your brain. You can work on writing a book which is a creative part of the brain but then you need to do something else that is not related like doing the dishes or cleaning up the house. You need to change up what you are doing so that your creative mind can continue to work on your problem, issue or creative pursuits while it is not directly focussed all the time on the same issue.

 

The author brings through many Hindu and Buddhist analogies or story lines to understand and relate to the creative brain and how it operates.

 

Overall, I found the book good but with some reservations. The author assumes you know and understand “Archetypes” as defined by Carl Jung. He does not give examples of Archetypes until page 132. For this reason, I recommend having a dictionary handy for difficult terminologies. As well, you can have the internet close at hand to get further explanations if you wish. When I read the book, I was not near a connected computer so all my references had to be taken from the text itself.

 

This book is good for people who are willing to think about things. The book, as I have said, is complicated in places but it manages to offer another view of physics by talking about consciousness.

 

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

 

Blue Waves of Healing

Mikawoz Blue Waves of Healing

Blue Waves of Healing

This is the colour associated with healing.  More than that, The Sun Ray Organization says that “The Blue Ray is the first Ray of light. The energy of this Flame is the first and final synthesis, the source of all the other energies. The Blue Flame is in the core of the very strength and energy. The first Ray is represented in the power of intent, cause, direction, centralization and unity, and its keynote is will – Divine Will. The basic qualities of the Blue Flame are manifested through the energies of power, strength, faith and protection.”

Thank you for liking, commenting and/or sharing.  Mary

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Blue Flames of Healing

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Blue Flames Of Healing

This represents the “Blue Flame of Healing” that many spiritual healers use to heal people like the phenom, Canadian-born, Adam, the Dream Healer.  To some, this blue flame of healing is known as the blue ray of light which is the first ray of light and is associated with Archangel Michael.  According to Free Choice granted by God, when faced with any difficulties in life, neither Angel nor Archangel will help you unless you ask for help.  So, this acrylic painting is the first of two phases representing the blue flame of healing.  The second represents the flame in action and transforming.

Thank you for liking, commenting and/or sharing.  Mary

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The Citadelle Cross

According to Wikipedia, “The Citadelle is a military installation and official residence located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. This citadel is part of the fortifications of Quebec City.

The Citadelle is a National Historic Site of Canada and also forms part of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada.  The fortress is located within the “Historic District of Old Québec”, which was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985.”

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