December 31,2012
A Time for Reflection

The last day of the year. This is a good time to reflect on your accomplishments for the past year. What did you get done? What did you learn? What impact did you have on the lives of others? Even if you think it was a bad year, what did you learn from adversity or loss? These, too, are great accomplishments. Perhaps you survived the loss of a loved one or coped with the loss of a job or a change in financial circumstances. While it may not have seemed so, these are very great accomplishments. Take some time today to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and move into the new year with a feeling of self-satisfaction for a job well done and a year well lived.

While we may be hard on ourselves sometimes and dwell on our mistakes or challenges as negatives, there is always an opportunity for a positive outcome from everything. We may not see it at the time, but there is at the very least personal growth from coping with change. Whether you perceived that it was a good or bad year, reflect on growth and change and accomplishments. How are you better equipped today to move forward in the new year?

Happy New Year!

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 30,2012
Play the Instrument of your Creative Expression

On Friday night, I attended jazz concert. I saw a man play the saxophone like I have never heard before. He played that instrument with such feeling and emotion that it brought tears to my eyes. This is how all of us should strive to play the instruments of our own creative expression, whether that instrument is a sewing machine, a garden trowel, a paint brush, a computer, or a rolling pin. This musician infused that instrument with the power of music and love. He put his soul into the playing of the saxophone (and the flute, too). All of us can do that. It takes action, practice, love and persistence, but we all have gifts that we can use with that kind of power. It is what we are all here to do … to use our God given gifts to express ourselves. I am reminded of what Wayne Dyer often says, “Don’t die with your music still in you.”

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 29,2012
Happy Birthday Mom!

My mother turned 89 yesterday. She is an inspiration to me, and I am so grateful to still have her in my life. She is active and well, and leads a productive and good life. I called to wish her a Happy Birthday, but she was out somewhere … hopefully celebrating being 89! I believe that my Mom is so well and active at 89 because of three things:

1. Her attitude " she has always been able to have a positive outlook despite adversity and she has always said that something good comes of everything, and

2. She takes good care of herself. When most people of Mom’s generation were smokers, Mom quit when she was in her 30’s; she used alcohol moderately, and she has always exercised by walking, swimming, golfing, curling, playing baseball, or doing yoga. At 86, she went to a personal trainer, for goodness sakes! She still golfs and walks.

3. Mom has always expressed her creativity by playing the piano, writing, painting, drawing, sewing, gardening, doing multiple crafts, cooking and baking, and running a business.

Happy Birthday Mom!

I have an artist friend in her early 90’s who is also still active … volunteering and making art. Her art is some of the most sought after in my artists’ guild’s gallery. It is never too late to express ourselves creatively.

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 28,2012
Move On

Times change and so must all of us. Sometimes, we hang onto things or people because they are familiar, but all of us must move on and grow. We must express what we can give to the Universe. As new feelings, ideas and emotions arise, we are meant to act on them and express them. They are not to be stifled or ignored. This does not mean that we react without thought, but that we stop and pay attention to our intuition, feelings and ideas. What are we being called to do?

It is now the closing of 2012 and the New Year will be upon us in a few days. Write down your ideas, feelings and intuitions and think about how you might act upon them in 2013. By acting on your inspirations, you change the world for the better.

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 27,2012
A Time to Rest

Lately, I am a bit stir crazy, as I am used to being very busy and working hard. Suddenly, I have some time off, so there is nothing that I must do. The sudden transition from busy to nothing is challenging. My friend told me that I must sit in this stillness and deal with the boredom, and that’s just not me … I immediately want to start creating … painting, writing, decorating….or, worse, looking for more work. But, I have no energy or inspiration now. It seems that our culture has moved us to this need to be constantly productive, yet that is not natural. We need some quiet intervals to rest and rejuvenate. Even God created for six days and rested on the seventh. I always have a million ideas and projects in the shute waiting for their turn. But, the objective is not to churn them out without feeling or inspiration. The objective is to do them when it is their time to blossom and to nurture and love them into being. That takes intention, energy and creativity, so I must wait until l have had time to restore my energy.

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 26,2012
You May Be Right

Arguing is a waste of energy. What is arguing anyway? It’s a battle to be right or an effort to convert someone else to our way of thinking or to control another’s point of view. Some people just like to argue. I have decided that I will no longer engage in this negative sport.

I distinguish arguing from a meaningful intellectual exchange in which people might choose to discuss the pros and cons of an issue or to explore or debate some topic with an open mind, which I do think is a worthwhile use of energy and time because we may learn something new.

But, what is the point of arguing about whether it rained last Sunday or not, or whether the dog that crossed the street was brown or black? I have found that some people enjoy this ongoing closed minded arguing as a way of life, and I am reminded of Wayne Dyer, who asks the question, “Is it better to be right or to be kind?”

So, now when someone tries to engage me in a meaningless argument, I try to catch myself and say, “You may be right.” After all, that is what the arguer is after….just to be right.

© Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 24,2012
Step Out and Inspire Yourself!

There is nothing like exposing yourself to new things to stir your inspiration, and a different culture is a good way to look at things with fresh eyes. I have been spending some time in Mexico where the music is lively, the colors are bright and art is highly appreciated. There are many art galleries here to spark new ideas that are different from the art at home. There are many public sculptures and there is a large variety of live music available, often at free concerts. One cannot help but be inspired by the rich culture.

If you aren’t planning a trip outside the country, you can always take a day trip in your own city to another area of town. Stroll down a street lined with Indian shops and look at the brightly coloured saris and lovely jewellery. Find a Latin quarter and listen to music. Look up the art galleries and check out one exhibiting aboriginal art. Breathe in the different sounds and color combinations in these settings. Or, go to the library and borrow a book on art from Guatemala or Mexico. Inspire yourself with something new.

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 20,2012
The End of the Mayan Calendar

As we approach the winter solstice, December 21, 2012, there is much talk about the fact that the ancient Mayan calendar ends on that date. What does it mean? Does it predict the end of the world, as many believe?

As I sat having a glass of wine with a friend last night, we joking said, when the Mayan calendar making guys were working on the calendar, one said to the other, “Hey Jose, how far do you think we need to take this? I’m running out of room in this circle,” and Joe said, “Just end it where it fits, it goes for 26,000 years, and we want to retire soon.”

Joking aside, I was curious about this question, so I did my own Internet search this morning to see what I would find, and I know, you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. However, I decided to follow the approach of “Take what you like and leave the rest,” or maybe it is a “bury my head in the sand approach.” You can accuse me of either; however, is it not more positive and creative to believe that the significance of the end of the Mayan calendar is a rebirth and awakening of consciousness than the end of the world?

Here’s a quote (with most of the supporting rationale taken out of the middle) from Carl Johan Calleman in an article called, "The True Meaning of the Mayan Calendar - Precession or Divine creation:”

“The Mayan Calendar is something of such a grand scale that, properly understood, it may serve to unify science and religion. This then also leads to a deep realization that we are fundamentally all one, and one with the Cosmic Intelligence. … The time periods that the Mayan calendar describe must be based on something more fundamental than the gravitational cycles of matter. What I assert is that they are based on the evolution of consciousness subordinated to a strict divine cosmic time plan … The Mayan Calendar thus describes the emergence at the present time of a new level of consciousness, a higher galactic consciousness, that we are only now beginning to attain. … We should actually follow the ups and downs of the wave movement of consciousness to develop our intuition and tune in to the cosmic changes (retrieved from http://www.calleman.com/content/articles/true_meaning.htm , December 20 2012).”

I’d like to believe that after tomorrow, we will all evolve at a quickened pace toward higher consciousness and good. Wouldn’t it be time for us to do this, whether the Mayan calendar ends or not?

“We get to create a new world, one that makes sense. One that fosters individuality and community. One that treats the animals and earth as equals- because they are. One that supports the healthy development of our children because they are our future. (retrieved from http://www.zengardner.com/the-meaning-of-the-mayan-calendar-end-date-within-the-context-of-modern-astrology/ on December 20, 2012).”

Think about some of the terrible things that humans have done in this world. The recent murder of teachers and children at Newtown, Connecticut come s to mind, along with all the people who have been killed through wars and genocide. Wouldn’t it be good if we all survive tomorrow to grab onto this idea of evolving our consciousness to a higher level?

References:

Calleman, Carl Johan, The True Meaning of the Mayan Calendar - Precession or Divine creation, retrieved from http://www.calleman.com/content/articles/true_meaning.htm , December 20 2012).

http://www.zengardner.com/the-meaning-of-the-mayan-calendar-end-date-within-the-context-of-modern-astrology/ retrieved on December 20, 2012.

© Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 20,2012
Work for the Highest Good

I recently found an intriguing book called “Cravings of the Soul” by Ann Christi. I picked this book up in a small shop in Point Roberts a few years ago, but I guess that I was not yet ready to read it. When I feel the need for inspiration, one of the first places I go is to my bookshelf. Yesterday, “Cravings of the Soul” jumped out at me. Toward the end of the book, Christi lists “17 Keys to Conscious Co-Creation with the Universe.” While I found wisdom in reading all of the 17 keys, and I am sure I will write about others, key 10 caught my attention:

“When you begin to ask, “What is the highest good for all?” instead of “What’s in it for me?” you have begun to surrender your thoughts for the thoughts of God (Christi, 2002, p. 137).”

When we work toward the highest good for all, our lives are transformed for the better because we are working in harmony with the Universe. So, by working for the good of the Universe, we automatically reward ourselves as part of the Universe.

Businesses have found the benefits of teamwork and working for the highest good of all makes us all one great Universal team working for the good of humankind and all that is in the Universe including animals and our planet.

All of us work for the highest good of the Universe when we use our gifts and talents as passionately as we can and when we practice love, honesty, compassion, kindness and understanding to all.

Reference:

Christi, A. (2002). Asherah Publishing, Blaine, WA.

© Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 19,2012
As The Day Unfolds

How often do any of us have the opportunity to let our day unfold naturally without pre-planned schedules and appointments? Yet, when we are running from one activity to another, we have no time left for spontaneity, inspiration, or to follow guidance that we may receive from the Universe. What happens if we have an appointment scheduled, and our intuition tells us to do something else? How often do we follow our intuition and skip the scheduled appointment? Yet, Divine Guidance does not make an appointment with us. It unfolds when it is supposed to, and we must be ready and open to listen and follow it. Having a day with no plans and letting it unfold, however it unfolds is a real blessing. We can do things spontaneously, explore a new street, read a new book, follow up on a creative idea, take the time to talk to a stranger… All of these seemingly unimportant events could lead to greater inspiration if we allow new possibilities into our lives.

© Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 14,2012
Stay Tuned and Listen

I have found that when I practice my belief in angels and in particular, in my guardian angel, I recognize the presence and help of angels in my life.

Recently, I was concerned about a disagreement with someone, and I was wondering how to resolve this situation. I do not like or want confrontational relationships in my life. I want only loving, peaceful, gentle and respectful relationships in my life.

I own some decks of angel cards by Doreen Virtue, well known author of several books about angels. As I picked up a deck of angel cards from my coffee table to put it back in the box, a card fell from the deck: RELATIONSHIP HARMONY, it said. I had been thinking about the disharmony in a particular relationship just then. I do not believe in coincidence. The card says, "Archangel Raguel: We angels are opening the hearts of everyone involved. Arguments and conflicts are resolved now (Virtue, 2004)."

I was astounded at the poignancy of this particular card dropping from the deck in that very moment. I was fussing about what I could do to resolve this particular situation in a peaceful and loving way, and I had forgotten to ask the Universe for help, but it came in the right time.

When we can connect to the creative source, we hear the guidance that is offered to us.

Reference:

Virtue, Doreen. (2004). Archangel Oracle Cards, Hay House, Inc.

Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 14,2012
Call For Change

Animals are innocent and they trust and love us unconditionally. That is why it is such a vile crime to be unkind or cruel to animals. The love of the Universe is a strong but gentle energy and we can observe that energy in animals. They offer us the opportunity to learn how to emulate that energy. They teach us gentleness and unconditional love. They are not to be harmed.

Recently, I read in the newspaper about a man who threw his girlfriend�s puppy over the balcony, kicked it to death and then sent photos of the dead puppy to his girlfriend. Not only was this a heinous crime, but this murderer was not even sentenced to jail time. Most likely, he will do this again or kill a human. It seems that no justice was done here. Clearly, an innocent puppy did not deserve to die, the girlfriend must be devastated at the loss of her dog, and a man gets a little community service. What was the judge thinking? I think it is time for our world to wake up and protect the animals with more severe punishment for those who harm them. All of us can speak up to protect the innocent.

© Carla Weaver 2012


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December 13,2012
Burn Out

The other morning, I was feeling tired and down after burning myself out working too many long hours. This out of balance overwork has sapped my creativity and made it hard for me to restore balance in my life. I am too tired and I have done it to myself. How do I recover and restore balance to my life so that I am able to be more creative again?

First, I must get adequate sleep. We all know that when we do not get enough rest, it affects our weight, health and mental attitude.

Today, I have begun to write again. Writing is one of my creative expressions and I must write every day to keep the flow and connection to my creative source.

I have also sought out my most calm and wise friends and will also continue to connect with artist friends for encouragement and moral support.

I have also returned to walking every day. Exercise is a sure way to re-energize. A daily walk and yoga practice has always worked for me.

What are the ways that you can reconnect to your creative source?

© Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 11,2012
Play

Sometimes, we just need to take a break and have some fun. Play a little. Forget the responsibilities for a few minutes, an hour or a week. Walk on the beach. Read a book. Have coffee with friends. Let the housework waitits only dust. Totally relax; leave worries behind and let the creativity rest. As you play and rejuvenate, you may find new ideas for new art or new solutions to problems. Don't try to force solutions. Take some time to play.

Carla Weaver 2012.


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December 07,2012
Overcoming Obstacles - Getting to the Heart of It

Lately, I have found it difficult to be creative. I also heard of a friend with health issues who voiced the same concern. It's true. There are times when it is difficult to be creative. Obstacles, whether real or imagined, stand in the way of our creativity. Overcoming obstacles is part of the creative process.

We must first recognize the situation "I am not creating." Then, ask "Why? What obstacles are standing in my way?" Identify them. How do you do that? Simply keep asking yourself, "What is in the way of my creativity?" If you are working on a specific project ... a painting, a book, a garden, solving a particular problem - ask yourself, "What is in my way of creating this painting?" Ask yourself. Write it down. Ask yourself again. Write it down. Ask yourself again. Write it down. Continue asking until you get to the core of the matter. When you get to the core, in your heart, you will know. Now you know what you must overcome so that you can move past the obstacle and begin to create.

© Carla Weaver 2012.


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