Welcome to Moments Photography by Sandy's blog about photography and creativity. Always on the prowl for ways to keep learning, trying, inventing and shooting pictures. I will share my adventures, addictions, and antics below. Come visit often and share what you will. Live abundantly, giving, sharing and loving. . .
You only have to ask. Ask whom? Well, so here it is, without reference to any published study that I know of, but true none the less: every person on this journey here are on Earth has at least two spiritual guides. So just ask. Ask your guides to guide you. And then be sure to say, "Thank-you." It's really that simple. A journal is powerful too. I recently found a journal entry from quite a few years ago that was written to my guides, angels, guardians or whatever name you choose. It was written like a letter. And I wrote the words in my head for the response as well. Yes, it is an awkward experience and I didn't repeat it which isn't to say that it won't go well for your attempts. I know there is much power in writing. Many books are written in just this way of be-ing that enables you to write what you "think". Wayne Dyer wrote all his books while in this flow of communication. I have found that it can just as easily be done in my head. I have also begun the practice of saying out loud, "Is there anything else I need to know?" This is especially helpful before leaving the house. It's pretty awesome most of the time. If this concept is a new one for you...
try it> cONSIDER the concept of your own spiritual self. Ask for guidance and you will receive it. Be observant. The messages come sometimes as feelings. Or you might glance somewhere in the room, so wonder what is there that you might need. Words of course are the easiest reminders, and sometimes they only come once. So act on them. Or notice what difference it made if you didn't. Don't beat yourself up with any phrase that has the word "should" in it. Live. Learn. (the "typo" errors, ie: no period available and random capital letters - yes, spirit loves to mess with my electronics...) Love. And enjoy this mysterious journey we call life.
The images below were created with a theme in mind. I am learning by doing. Most of my Photoshop and camera skills are self-taught. My first image using my new skills is in the previous blog post about Lizzy Pearl. Below are the next two images I have made while taking an online class called "The Photo Artistic Life" by Sebastian Michaels. More on all that at a later date. I have truly enjoyed learning new techniques and leaning into the curve of leaning for creating a composition, which is still in the self-discovery stages.
I designed this for the NSAI, National Songwriting Association International facebook page that I manage for my local area chapter.
The image below is my collage of how I see myself as an Artist.
To set the sage for something means that 'conditions have been made right for something to happen". Whenever you see anyone on stage you have to know that there was much time and practice to get to that moment. Sometimes it is just attributed to talent. But even talent has to be used to prosper. I was raised with the thinking, "If you don't use it, you'll lose it." And I would add that these gifts are given for a reason and when you engage in them, you are blessed with feelings that come from nowhere else. Below is the sage name that I have newly adopted for my performances. Given that my original songs are inspired from thoughts often times beyond my own "thinking". I piece them together into rhyme, rhythm and tones. Words and thoughts can come when I ask for guidance and at random times. These songs convey the messages given to me through life's experiences. The intent is to provide healing and help to others wanting to piece together the meaning of life with a compassion for this journey and all its inhabitants. I perform alone. This gives me the freedom to change the tuning of my guitar to that of healing. This frequency 432Hz is also called the "scientific tuning". It is mathematically attuned to the frequency of the earth which is 8Hz, making it "a harmonic intonation of nature." ( - link to more information) . It would benefit us all to make this change as the accepted frequency of 440Hz is disharmonic, while the 432Hz is considered a symphony. The song "Imagine" was recorded at this frequency. All together, all in peace and harmony with each other and nature is a wonderful thought. "You may say that I'm a dreamer but I not the only one." John Lennon, with the Plastic Ono Band
If adaptability supersedes intelligence and strength, then change is to be embraced. So, change is good. So, change is good? Hum, I only changed one thing in that sentence - the end point. And my, oh my what an impact of a change that made. With a period change is seen as good. We even make a celebration to announce some of these changes. Perhaps it's the birth of a child, a graduation of schooling or maybe a new place to live, some fresh food or some cut flowers for the table. My Dad said that change was one of the two things you could always count on. The other was death. And death really is just change as well. But that is one of the hard changes. Even when the logic in your brain can remind you that it is inevitably a change we all must experience. Sometimes we struggle with the day to day acceptance of another's death until we do finally accept and the suffering ends. It doesn't mean we don't miss the person, it only means that we embrace the changing days of life. So life is really changing all the time. I like learning so I embrace change with as much grace as I can. And no, grace is not my forte, but I try. I know that there is a zone of discomfort when you are learning. It's proven in research. So if you are to grow and change you will get uncomfortable. Growth is outside of the comfort zone. You can't skip over this part. You can complain about it, but it only slows the process. You want to get through it? Then get to it! It takes courage to make some changes. Choose the changes that your heart "tells" you to and release the changes that happen out of no control of your own. And relax into this mysterious journey that we call life.
A journal is a daily record. I have been successful with journals I use to record interesting thoughts while reading a book. My favorite journal is suggested in a book "Ageless Goddess". In the journal you write a brag, a gratitude and a desire. That's an easy, feel good kind of journal. But, what I need to journal is food. That not only means I am doing it on a daily basis, and I am doing it all day long, but I also need to break down the information into smaller specifics like the macros and calories. Why? My why is not only the release of excess body fat but also to rebuild an immune system that was compromised by diet. I didn't know any better and now I do want to know. My parents didn't know any better. They were marketed to by businesses, namely the meat and dairy that had business in mind NOT the health of the people. This massive marketing and processing of food by a number of other companies has compromised many digestive systems and created allergies and diseases for the masses. But there is hope. I am continuing a way of eating introduced to me in the book "Hot Belly Diet". They must have picked the title to interest people who like to diet. It is a diet but unlike any I have ever seen. It's easy to follow. The first half of the book explains that this diet is Ayurvedic medicine which is based on the premise "Let food be thy medicine." I have never felt better and had such an appreciation for nourishing my body with food. By changing my diet I have cured most of my food allergies. But I need to take it further in order to lose weight according to the results from my body fat test http://www.bodyfattest.com/ by the business Get Tanked. I got in a tank of warm water to determine my body fat ratio. She talked to me about the amount of calories I eat. No, I don't eat as many as she recommended. And after years and years of watching not only what I eat but how much I am eating, I'm at a loss for eating that much! So my first strategy was to decorate a journal so I would at least enjoy looking at it as it will be sitting out as a reminder in some prominent place. The second strategy is to just journal what I normally eat for awhile. I plan to analyze it on Sunday. Then I'll make a strategy for increasing my calories with healthy choices.
Yes, there is more than one journal. The one on the left is for food (artwork cut out from a Mary Engelbreit calendar). In hopes of helping others I adopted the theme "share". Many people have diabetes. Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar in "The Hot Belly Diet" has documentation that eating a plant based diet with meat added on occasion can cure this condition. It is a much different way of eating but in many ways it is more simple. You just can't fast food it! The additional journal on the right is for helping me to track my habits for other goals that I am working towards to see how the daily, weekly, monthly practice is working for me.