March 30,2012
Look Out The Right Window

I used to fear that I might be a bag lady when I am old. It was a secret fear that I thought was my own unique fear until I attended a workshop for women in transition several years ago. The workshop facilitator asked us to share our fears, and I was surprised that several participants shared this same fear of becoming bag ladies. The facilitator told us that this is a very common fear of women, but then she gave us an encouraging talk. She told us that she didn't think that any of us would become bag ladies because we were all amazing and inventive women who could create a prosperous life for ourselves. Today, whenever that fear crosses my mind, I remind myself that I am an amazing, inventive and CREATIVE woman who can create a prosperous life for myself and that I will not be a bag lady.

"In all the many ways in which you touch or are touched by life, it is important to be sure you look out the right window. Dorothea Brand says we should always act as if it were impossible to fail. To be ambitious for prosperity and yet to be manipulated by the economic indicators so as to repeat a common cliché like "we are in a terrible recession" or to desire healing and yet to talk about the "bug" that is going around may be compared to trying to reach east while traveling west. There is no philosophy in the world, certainly no metaphysical teaching that can lead one to personal prosperity or success who is forever looking out the wrong window and indulging one's emotions in feelings of negativity and gloom.

The secret of achieving prosperity lies in so vividly keeping yourself centered in the inner focus of affluence that you literally exude the consciousness of it. This is often called the "prosperity consciousness." It is not something you gain through repeating prosperity affirmations over and over. It is getting yourself centered at the root of reality within. You see abundance, not dollar signs, not things, not pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. For the rainbow is seeing the storm through the raindrops. You see the appearance of whatever the need may be through the awareness of substance. You become a purveyor of the prosperity flow (Butterworth, E. (2001). Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity, Unity House, p. 57)."

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 25,2012
Solvitur Ambulando

I am grateful to be vacationing in Mexico, and yesterday, I took a long walk along the ocean where I saw several artists displaying their work outside, and I also visited several art galleries. Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way, Walking in the World) encourages us to walk for inspiration. Yesterday, I was inspired by what I saw. One artist, who displays his work outdoors, had a large canvas with abstracted figures carrying umbrellas. Another outdoor artist had several works of colorful happy abstracted animals. I was caught by surprise by a large triptych sea scape…the colors were dramatic and beautiful. I stopped in at Galleria Uno and there were two spectacular semi abstract portraits. The colors were amazing! I looked at a local designer's jewellery that was superbly crafted. The city was decorating the square for a convention and presidential visit and the brilliant color combinations on the banners and the fresh lilies decorating the square were lovely. It is good for us to take the time to look at, appreciate and be inspired by the work of other artists and designers, and of course, the greatest artist, God in nature. Sometimes, a simple new color combination can set us off in a whole new direction.

"Nothing brings home the beauty and power of the world we live in like walking. Moving into our bodies, we embody the truth that as artists we are out to make a "body of work," which means we must encompass more than each day's march. A weekly walk helps us to acquire such an overview. It allows us to find both perspective and comfort. As we stretch our legs, we stretch our minds and our souls. St. Augustine, himself a great walker, remarked, "Solvitur ambulando" … "it is solved by walking (Cameron, Julia. 2002. Walking in the World: The Practical Art of Creativity, Jeremy Tarcher/Penguin, New York, New York, p. 2)."

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 24,2012
A Life Well Lived

When someone passes after a life well lived, should we not applaud and cheer for this accomplishment? That is difficult because our human feelings cause us great loss and grief when someone passes. If we had a broader perspective of the Universe, perhaps we could applaud and cheer. I read the messages on Coco's Facebook page. Coco, a well-loved beach dog in Puerto Vallarta, passed this week. He was a special dog with his own Facebook page, and as I read the comments, the overriding message was that people did applaud him for a life well lived. People loved and respected him for his courage, strength and love. Yet, a whole community is in grief for the loss of this special being who will not be here with us on the physical plane anymore.

It is amazing that a beach dog had so much impact on so many … proof that we are all God's creatures and can all make a difference by simply doing the best we can with what we were given. Coco was an example of one of God's creatures who let his light shine and lived to his potential by being the best street dog that he could be. I am sure that his spirit is still with us.

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March 22,2012
Remembering Coco

Sometimes, we are inspired by the most surprising sources. One of my inspirations for the last 15 or so years has been Coco (formerly known as Ben), one of the few remaining beach dogs in Puerto Vallarta. Sadly, he passed away last night.

I first remember Coco several years ago when he was seen protecting a sadly mistreated Jack Russell female cross who was in need of love, food, veterinary care and a forever home. She came to be known as Gracie and was adopted by friends of mine and now lives happily ever after in Seattle. Before finding her forever home, she was seen over the course of several days curled up in a doorway, with "Ben" standing guard.

Since that time, "Ben" came to be known as Coco and was everyone's dog in Puerto Vallarta. Why did he inspire me? Despite being extremely disadvantaged as a homeless dog living in a country where animals are commonly abused, he lived an inspiring and creative life. He learned to survive on the streets and lived a good life. He had many friends who took care of his needs. He was well fed, got the veterinary care that he needed, received much love, and had shelter and security. While I know that he could have had more security and safety if he had been someone's dog, he led a free life and was provided for by the Universe through many kind people. Coco was able to determine who he could rely on. He had a daily routine….he made the same stops every day. He had people-friends who loved and fed him and he had dog friends that he played with on the beach in the mornings. He had great courage and he was a survivor in what can be a hostile place for a dog without a home. He spent every day of his life on a beautiful beach in Puerto Vallarta; he was loved. Wouldn't we all like to say that about our own lives? I am told that he passed away on the beach last night. I am sure that he is in God's hands now and at peace for having lived a courageous and creative life. Much love and adios Coco.

Here's the url for Coco's Facebook page. It's not a live link, so you'll need to copy it to your browser...
http://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth?client_id=175115139210950&redirect_uri=http://apps.facebook.com/cocogirl/?tracking_code=bookmark-standard&ref=ts&scope=email,publish_stream,read_stream,user_photos#!/pages/Coco-The-King-of-Olas-Altas/184212848276030

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March 22,2012
Getting Clear

How do we become clear about what we want? How do we define our life or creative goals? How do we narrow down and prioritize what we want from the infinite possibilities from which we can choose? These are questions for which I do not have answers. Yet, life is short and we cannot possibly do everything, so we must choose. How do we balance between following the guidance of the Universe and becoming a victim of allowing life to happen without any clear direction? We need to remain open to hear the guidance of the Universe, so that we don't miss opportunities that come to us, yet we need to impose some will and discipline to keep ourselves focused on our goals. Perhaps the readers of this BLOG can comment on how we can achieve this balance …

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 21,2012
Spring Solstice

Spring solstice…the first day of spring. This is the time when God creates….flowers, crops, kittens, puppies, colts…..it is nature's time to rejuvenate, when we see crocuses and other early bulbs poking out of the ground… It is a time to be inspired by nature and to nurture our own ideas. We feel unencumbered by boots, parkas, raincoats, umbrellas, scarves….and we can go outside and enjoy the fresh air of spring. We start to think about planting, although it is much too early. Still, these ideas about planting are inspirations, and we can ready ourselves to plant. We can think about new ideas for paintings, novels, gardens, interior decorating. Gather your ideas and start to develop them.

We are told that the Mayan calendar will end on the December solstice: 21 December 2012, at 11:11 UTC. I do not expect the earth to end on this date, but ask yourself, "What if it did?" What have I left to accomplish?

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 20,2012
Finding Your Own Way

When others around me offer their opinions and advice without me asking for it, it interferes with my creativity. I do not mean to blame others for my creative interruptions. Rather, I have learned that I must operate independently of others' opinions. I know that others offer their advice because they are trying to help, but they see things from their own points of view, and it does not necessarily reflect what is right or good for me. Even when I don't know how to accomplish something, it is best for me to learn by doing it my way and by making my own mistakes. We must each find our own way. We can ask for help when we need it, but each of us is unique and has our own unique path. So, whether we are deciding to buy a pair of shoes, or what colour to paint the background in a painting, or how to end the novel that we are writing, we must make the final decision ourselves. We can test our ideas on others or ask for advice, but ultimately, we must decide which alternative best suits our style. And, when unsolicited advice is offered, it is merely an interruption.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 15,2012
Our Authentic Selves

I have searched long and hard for "the answers" to the Universe, enlightenment, creativity, etc. Yesterday, it came to me that these sought after answers are very simple and all of the readings say essentially the same thing. The problem is really us and our resistance to the simple truth. We are human and we have our human failings and flaws, and we sometimes cannot see or understand the simple answers because of these human characteristics.

But, the truth is that God (or the Universal connection) is within each of us, and we must work to strip away our human issues to get to our true authentic God-connected selves. When we can do that, then we can live authentic lives following our creative paths and we are less encumbered with distractions and human failings. Many of us resist this work that must be done to find our true selves because it is painful and difficult.

"Over and over again God calls you and me to the gardening of our divine depths, to the cultivation of what Meister Eckhart called the "true seed" within us. God calls us to tend what lies seeded in the soul, this kernel of our truest nature…the God image of the True Self.

Eckhart identified the true seed as the living presence of God's image implanted in the soul. "There is something in the soul which is only God," he wrote. I can't think of anything that creates such a feeling of awe in me.

He wasn't saying that the soul is God, but that God is in the soul, that the soul is the holy soil in which the divine life of God is planted for us to cultivate and experience. He wrote, "God has sowed his image …He sows the seed of the divine nature … The cultivator, it would thrive and grow up into God."

Could it be that at the most fundamental level this is what it means to grow spiritually? Could it be that this is the meaning of the verse, "We are to grow up in every way into … Christ" (Eph. 4:15)? (Sue Monk Kidd, 1990, When the Heart Waits, Harper, San Francisco, p. 47)."

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 14,2012
Doing Good Work

The only way to do good work is to love what you do. Creativity is an act of love and passion. If you do not bring love to the work, it is evident in your attitude and your motivation, your interactions with others and in the final product. If you do not love your work, then you cannot love the employees enough to motivate them to love their work and in fact, even if they already love the work, if you do not bring your love and passion to keep them motivated, they will move on.

So, how do you love your work and keep that love alive? You must keep connected to your divine mission. You must continue to review and renew your vision. You must work with passion. Try new things and keep what works. Meditate. Pray. Love. Practice joy. Laugh.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 13,2012
Loving and Letting Go

Things don't always turn out the way we'd like them to turn out. We have no control over how other people respond to us or live their lives. So, while we may hope that things will turn out the way we'd like, that may not be how the Universal energy is moving. I must learn to flow with the Universe and accept things as they are now in this present moment. I cannot make decisions based on how things might be in the future or how things were in the past. I can only go with the flow. Often, that means letting people go … setting them free to be who they are … and setting myself free, so that I can follow my own path. I must be grateful for the time that I've spent with people and let them go. When I hang onto ideas and hopes that things will be different from how they are, I block my own set of possibilities and my own creativity.

It is okay to love people who don't love us. In fact, that is a noble thing to do. We do not love someone just to receive their love. That is conditional love. True love is given unconditionally, and so, while it may be disappointing to love someone who doesn't love you back, it is best to love them and let them go, for if you truly love them, then that is what's best for them. Hoping and praying for different outcomes or becoming angry, bitter or sarcastic hurts both you and your loved ones.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 12,2012
In Memory of My Dad

My Dad passed 10 years ago today. I had heard people say that our loved ones live on in our hearts. I thought that sounded like a nice and appropriate thing to write in a sympathy card or to say to someone in grief, but I didn't truly get it because I had not yet lost anyone really close to me. Since my Dad passed, I feel his presence all the time. Sylvia Browne says they are "on the other side;" some say they are in heaven. Maybe they are part of the one consciousness of the Universe. Wherever they are, I know that Life is so powerful that it cannot be erased by death. We carry the memories of another life in our hearts. Only what is in our hearts is real.

In memory of my Dad, Stew Weaver, who passed on his 81st birthday, March 12, 2002.

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March 11,2012
Don't Be Distracted By Others

Some people are unavailable to engage in relationships, whether it be friendship or romantic relationships and many of us fall prey to this and are hurt in the process. However, remember The Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz, and in particular, "Take nothing personally." Some people are just unavailable, and that is about them and not us. They are in other relationships, or they have other priorities; some have addictions, obsessions, illnesses, or they are enmeshed with their parents, children or grandchildren. Some would like to be available, but cannot be … maybe they are not ready, not aware that they are unavailable… Some are happy as they are. Do not take it personally, and do not let it interfere with your creative life. Pick up your paint brush, your pen, your hammer, your shovel, and create.

"Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering (Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements, 2012, Amber-Allen Publishing Inc., San Rafael, CA)."

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 10,2012
What is the Responsibility of the Artist?

What is the responsibility of the artist? We are given the gifts of sight, observation, insight and expression, and we must use them to translate what we see around us using the media by which we can best express ourselves. Not all people are able to imagine things or consider things in the same way. Our job is to make that translation … To draw attention to things that we see and to express those ideas and visions as best we can. We are part of a finely tuned system, the Universe, where everyone has a job to do based on the gifts they were given. Ours is that of insight and expression, so we must do it.

Sometimes, we may not know for sure what it is that we want to express, or we may have the inspiration, but not know how to express it, but we must work those things out by focusing on the messages and solving the artistic problems of how to best express our inspirations.

Our current culture does not place much value on visual art. Does this mean that we should not do it? No. It means that our role is ever more important and more challenging. We must continue to find ways and means to express ourselves to reach others with our messages. We can use technology, new images, new media, set examples, teach ... but we must continue to share our insights and visions with the world. It is our responsibility.

I continue to quote Wayne Dyer..."Don't die with your music still in you!"

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 09,2012
On Turning 60 – Be Passive and Passionate!

Earlier this week I turned 60. I had wanted to change the world … I wanted to be special, but I have learned that I am just ordinary. We are all ordinary, but we are all special. How do we take that flight from ordinary to special? To inspirational? What is the difference?

Ordinary is every day … people walking around with potential but doing an average job. Inspirational is the same people with the same potential … taking it beyond ordinary to push to the max. It is engaging with love and with passion.

Passion is the key. I have recently read that the words "passive" and "passion" come from the same Latin root, "pati," which means to endure. I believe that to rise from ordinary to inspirational, we must be enduring … we must passively wait for the inspiration of God or the Universe, and then when it comes, passionately express it.

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March 06,2012
On the eve of my 60th birthday...

On the eve of my 60th birthday, I am reflecting on what is most important to me…it is friends and family and good health.

I have read that friends are the families that we choose for ourselves. I am grateful for many great friendships…new ones and long-time ones. I am also grateful for good health. Without good health, we cannot be focused on creativity; we are distracted by trying to heal ourselves. And, without good relationships with friends and family, we are focused on healing relationships, and we do not have the support we need in life.

So, today, I practice gratitude for health, friends and family and I wish the same for you.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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March 04,2012
Listen to the Whole Symphony

I have spent the last few days planning my birthday. I want to celebrate, but none of my party ideas seemed to work out … the venue locations that I checked were either booked or I got no response or they were too expensive. I didn't want to entertain at home because my birthday present to myself is to not work too hard, and besides, I don't really have enough room for many people at home. So, I just backed off and thought maybe there was some reason that I wasn't supposed to celebrate. I let go of my own ideas and put it in the hands of the Universe. Suddenly, new ideas came to me and I found the perfect place to celebrate. Creativity works like that. We can't force solutions in our own time or impose our own will. We must be open and flexible to take advantage of opportunities and to be able to adapt or change to how things are.

When we are not flexible, try to impose our will or become fixated on one idea or one way of doing something, we block our creativity. Creativity is about seeing new ways of doing things, new solutions to problems, new juxtapositions, shifting paradigms and doing it with love and passion.

When we fixate, obsess, close our minds, or become inflexible, we are coming from a place of fear, which is counter to creativity.

"Now, think of yourself listening to an orchestra in which the sound of the drum is so loud that nothing else can be heard. To enjoy the symphony you must be responsive to every instrument in the orchestra. To be in the state called love you must be sensitive to the uniqueness and beauty of every single thing and person around you. You can hardly be said to love what you do not even notice; and if you notice only a few beings to the exclusion of others, that is not love at all, for love excludes no one at all; it embraces the whole of life; it listens to the symphony as a whole, not to just one or the other of the musical instruments (Anthony de Mello (1991) The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello, Doubleday, p. 44)."

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March 03,2012
Take Some Time for 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 wait … its 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.

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