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Who inspires you? Is there anyone who has touch you in such a way that you are lost for words!

People generally answer this question with the names of someone famous, powerful, has lots of money, or perhaps a teacher or relative that touched their lives early on. My father’s (now 89 and still creatively working) creativity and perseverance has inspired me, although I do know that at times in his life he has not been a nice person, so to speak. There are not really a lot or actually anyone I could name that I would “like to be or emulate!” There are those who do great work yet it is the unnamed or little known and quiet beings that inspire me. I was inspired by the peasants I met in the several “slave camps” on sugar cane plantations in Haiti and Dominican Republic. When leaving one camp, a woman carried a huge branch of bananas out to our bus and in her mix of Haitian Creole repeated ‘merci, merci, (thank you, thank you!) No, I was thanking her and the village for their gift of open spirit!

In such less than ideal situations their spiritual joy and strength and the bright colors in their art glistened through only to magnify the lack of spiritual joy and strength exhibited by most of the members of the group I was traveling with. Material wealth, which is relative, does not translate into the higher realms by any stretch of the imagination. Today more than ever!

Re-igniting Creative Force

In the past couple of weeks my world has been one of seeing and feeling my re-igniting creative force within theater, dance and inspiring people. And it would seem that each experience came effortlessly into happening.

It started with the last minute decision to go to a “one man show – Gross, Mystical” by Eliot Fintushel on the poems and writings of Walt Whitman’s  Leaves of Grass. He did an incredible performance not only bringing Whitman’s words to life but also his playing instruments such as a hurdy-gurdy, waterphone, sruti, and bulbul tarang. The small audience present was gifted by such talent!

The following night, Sunday, was picnicking with a friend in the park before watching a slightly more modern version (Costume wise) of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Even though there were not a huge amount of people in the audience, the actors did a wonderful performance and audience participation provided many light hearted moments.

My out of practice body got to move and swing on the dance floor. My friend Paul is a former improv dancer so it was fun going between venues of improv/ecstatic dance and what seemed the more sedate remembering of a room full of 40-70 year olds dancing to a band of well worn turns. Michael Boliver and his sax added a nice blend into the mix. I laughed at myself as well as others!

The creative flow again continued at a wonderful celebration for the new book by a truly amazing theater couple who have been married/performed together for 50 years. Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller of the Independent Eye, Visionary Theatre read from their book. I was so touched and amazed at their story, life dedication to their craft, creative power and expression, their humility, sense of humor and truth. As I listened my tears freely flowed as I could so identify with what they had endured, created, had rejected, lost, won and all the while kept going…..I laughed at their stories of travels and situations that I could also identify with. Most of all I felt a pain of understanding when they shared performing for an audience of 3, a creation that had taken months and months to evolve and put out. At one point it was read (paraphrasing) “we know we will never be famous or will ever make a lot of money….we create because that is what we have to do!” Their book is “Co-Creation – Fifty Year in the Making.

Another gathering I attended last Saturday was in Guerneville at the Center for Sacred Studies. This was an afternoon of conversation with Grandmother Flordemayo, President/Member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Amid a generous gathering she shared some of her plant medicine and wisdom and stories of her own journey and her very personal connection to the ancient mystery of the Crystal Skulls. To learn about these thirteen grandmothers watch the wonderful film on their journey to create world peace.

Re-igniting Creative Force is taking me back to the time I was creating/hosting a television program and writing for Conscious-Awakening Theatre as well as my connection to quite a few people who are now making major moves in their lives. Some across the country, others to distant lands.

The topic is STORAGE and POSSESSIONS. And moving always brings it up to face directly. Paying for storage is paying rent or a mortgage on the past! Possessions possess us! Money can also mean “Material Obligations Neutralize Evolving Yourself!” From Awakening and Igniting Ecstasy In-Formation…New Twists on Money, Power, Sex and Death”

Writings, video, exercises, consultations and seminars will take you through many journeys to come to terms with, raise above and even let go of the obsessive possession of Possessions!

Don’t be scared…..I’ll be gentle……I have been where you are and know the pit falls and the great release is a gift!

Until next time……


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