Radiant Displays –Journey of Beauty 02.09.12

Guiding Thought

What is inner Beauty? How do you recognize it in others? How do you recognize it in yourself? How do you cultivate inner beauty, especially when there are questions about what it is and how to recognize it?

Reflection / Contemplation

It has been for some time now, years it seems, that I have had this deep yearning about being and knowing my own light, even deep within my cells. My closest friends have been privy to these desires, and conversations have ensued as to how best to attend to them, not only for me, but for them too. My name, Lita, even carries this energy of light. It is now with this project that I see the overlay of Beauty with my preoccupation with light.

In addition to rocks, I am a collector of phrases. It is amazing how synchronicity shows up, especially now with my attention to Beauty. This sound healer I keep mentioning states this phrase on the most recent cd I am listening to. “Sensory phenomenon are radiant displays of energy which arise from pure Consciousness.” In this instance, he is describing what can arise within the meditation he is soon to lead.

I am becoming more inclined to believe that this is exactly what Beauty is: the radiant displays of energy which arise from pure Consciousness. And somebody else just put the words in my mouth.

The light which I so crave to connect with is not so much that, as it is my desire to connect with pure consciousness and have that translate into my life here and now. We can substitute the words Light or Beauty, the Divine, God. I have this inkling that when we recognize it within ourselves that we can start to see it in those around us.

The cultivation piece is to stay hungry and aware.

 

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Full Meal Deal –Journey of Beauty 02.09.10

Guiding Thought

Nature is beauty, beauty is nature. Nature brings me to inner beauty, to True Beauty, to Beauty of All. Nature is Peace, Interconnectedness, and awe-inspiring. I exist within and alongside this expansive, earth and all her creatures, at One with All of Life!

Reflection / Contemplation

You’d think that with all of my writing so far, that nature is my primary entry into Beauty. Well, in part it is, because I have always had and have easy access to it in this part of the world.  But give a good book to me, the opportunity to go to an art gallery or a concert, a deep and meaningful conversation and I will readily take it.
It is the people around me who invite me into their world of Beauty, just as much as I invite them into mine.
My husband and I are in new territory of attending to our relationship. This is because both of our son and daughter are in college and beginning their own lives. Ken and I have also spent close to 20 years attending to aging parents, and more recently attending to their deaths, the last one and most recent was 5 months ago with the death of my mom.
We now have space in our lives that does not require the frenetic attention to schedules and waving as a form of communication. I am doing my part by showing up and participating in the activities which feed Ken’s sense of Beauty. This involves nature, plain and simple.
A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip up to the tulip fields, spent the night in a cabin and toured the local town with its stores and galleries. Ken was gracious enough to listen to a cd track of that sound healer I was writing about, a while back (see 02.09.05). As much as I have been attending to what lights him up, I want to give him access to what lights me up. That trip was the full meal deal in my book.
Yesterday, it was on another nature outing with Ken to a wild-life and bird preserve that I was reminded that each of us is on our own journey. The walk along a 2 mile boardwalk (4 miles round trip) I asked him what it was that draws him to nature and what is it that he notices and pays attention to.  I gave my answer to that question too. Each of us is hooked into the beauty of nature in different ways. He is restored by nature. I told him that I am drawn by the colors. We both appreciate the break from the noises of the modern world that nature provides.
To be honest, I have had enough experiences directly with nature, in conversation about it, and in contemplation, to get the interconnected and oneness bit. What I find surprising is this interconnectivity business is weaving its way through my primary relationship, inviting us to the deeper places within ourselves and with each other, and nature has everything to with it.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Fully Human –Journey of Beauty 02.09.07

Guiding Thought

How may I be aware of myself as Beauty? Not just as beautiful, but as Beauty Itself? How can I exist as Beauty–how can I be Beauty? How may I Know my Self as the Beauty I Am?

Reflection / Contemplation

I was in a continuing education course a number of years ago, as required by my massage profession to maintain my license. The instructor, an osteopathic physician, was presenting information on neural development and the brain. It was all very interesting and pertinent to the course, but there was one statement that he made, which caught my attention. “We do not fully become fully human until we are around 11 or 12 years of age.” What was really being said was that consciousness does not set in until then. I bet this concept and exact time of occurrence in our species continues to offer lively debate among philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and mystics.  I want to be in on that conversation.
What strikes me about this statement is that I was about that age, perhaps a year or two older, when I truly knew something about myself. My memory is vivid. To this day I can recall with clarity where I was in the room, who all was in the room, the time of day, the lighting, even what I was thinking, etc. I made the choice to be a wise person, and I knew that it involved head and heart interaction. I “knew” that wisdom could not reside wholly in the head, by being book smart, head smart.
How is it that I knew? I was observant enough at that time to know that I was different from my siblings and as much as I tried, I could not be them. This coming into my humanity, my consciousness, my ability to be self-reflective was perhaps the starting point for the choices I have made in my life.
As I reflect on today’s guiding thoughts, my awareness, existence, knowing myself as: fill in the blank___________, requires engagement with my consciousness, in whatever way that grabs me. How may I be aware of myself as Beauty? There are lots of ways for sure, and ways that are truly reflective of who I am. But it all comes down to choice, doesn’t it? I choose to be engaged with my own self-awareness.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Classifications of Beauty –Journey of Beauty 02.09.06

Guiding Thought

What is beauty of mind? What is beauty of heart? What is beauty of soul? What is beauty of emotion? How are these the same? Or are they different? Are they enacted, or expressed similarly, or differently? How do I discern the nuances of difference between beauty of mind-heart-soul-emotion? Is there a difference, or does all unite in Beauty, as it does in Love or Oneness?

Reflection / Contemplation

This incarnation business is an interesting focus of my thoughts today.  A common phrase floating around spiritual circles these days is, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”. I know that I am working my way out of the dualistic cultural and spiritual underpinnings which state that spirit holds a higher place than matter.
I am trying to figure out how a memory from a college theology course in Patristics (the early Fathers of the Church in Western Christendom, and in this course the first several hundred years) arose out of my contemplation on today’s guiding thoughts. I had never before seriously considered the theory of reincarnation and here in this class I learned that it was a commonly held belief in the early days of the church, but got nixed at one of the big gatherings of the hierarchy as they were establishing doctrine.
This one and you’re done business on this planet just doesn’t cut it for me. Thankfully, my experience of breaking with doctrine was not only developmentally appropriate, it confirmed that I don’t have to believe everything I am told. It set me on a course to question authority and do my own research so that I can have an intelligent conversation about any hot topic, including doctrine. It also helps to have a debating nature, and I can thank my family of origin for this.
The folks, who really know me, know how much I live in my head and how much time I actually spend there. How ironic it is that I am a body worker and have been so for over 25 years. My insights as to why and how I landed in this field have evolved over time, and will continue to do so. For the moment, I think it is my playground for resolving this matter/spirit dilemma which stems from my upbringing and living in a culture that has not fully owned its incarnation. The implications of this reach far and wide. Beauty of body, mind, and heart are incarnational – of the here and now.
Yesterday’s musings of how a Beauty experiment could be mapped were answered by my daughter. There are studies of brain mapping in the body related to Beauty, but not in the way I had imagined.  As we talked, she was telling me exactly where in the brain, visual and auditory stimuli get stored. There are some brain studies related to when someone is told they are beautiful, and others where people identify beauty in faces.
That is not quite what I was getting at. There does not seem to be one neural pathway of or for Beauty. It is just another way to confirm what I intuitively know, is that Beauty of body, mind, and heart are separate realities, and yet contained in the whole of my being.  
Beauty of Soul is what transcends the here and now.  As spiritual beings, we are having a human experience, and one that I hope is beautiful.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Beauty as Vibration –Journey of Beauty 02.09.04

Guiding Thought

How does Beauty feel? What is the energy or vibration of Beauty? How do I bring Beauty to all my movements? Can I breathe in Beauty? What is the mental attitude of doing with Beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

I have no hesitation in writing today, nor do I have any shortage of experiences and thoughts on the topic of how Beauty is a vibration.
I don’t think that it is just one vibration. One of my favorite activities to do this time of year is to stand beneath trees which are in full blossom. There is nothing shy about their expression. What if I were to sit beneath my apple tree when it is in full bloom?  I just may do this today, as my senses require some fine tuning. It is easier for me to tap into the energies of trees, especially their roots.
I had a most lovely time on a walk with a friend just two days ago. We went to a park just a few miles from my home.  Truth be told, I have not been to this park in years, nor have I ever explored its wonders. What a treat! Our time in the park was purely to introduce me to the several stands of Sequoias, otherwise known as Redwoods. I never knew they were here to begin with, nor were they so close. Hello, anybody home?
Thankfully, my friend and I get each other and at each new stand, we allowed ourselves to tap into their beauty, or should I say, they allowed us to stand in their presence. I am still in awe at their majestic height and how each tree seems to have its own bark pattern. It’s hard to miss this bandwidth of Beauty.
I love to sing. In recent years, I have regularly engaged in group singing, Kirtan, a practice of devotional chanting to the Divine.
Singing is vibrational. This is a given. But what I experience with this group is how I feel the vibration in my body as we sit in silence between chants. And there is a variance in the vibration depending upon which chant we sing.

A monthly meditation group I am in also engages in chant. Last month we decided to use the same chant to begin and close our session. Oh my gosh, the difference in tone and sound at the end of our group was amazing. Not only were we stronger in our singing, but we were clearer, more resonant. It reminded me of another meditation group where one of our participants was in the early stages of Acupuncture school and had to practice pulse taking. So our pulses were taken prior to meditation and then afterwards. Our pulses were more balanced at the end of the meditation. I know mine were.

Now here’s a thought: Beauty brings us into alignment, if we are open to it.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Inner Beauty –Journey of Beauty 02.09.02

Guiding Thought

What is inner Beauty? How do I recognize it in others? How do I recognize it in myself? How do I cultivate inner beauty, especially when there are questions about what it is and how to recognize it?

Reflection / Contemplation

I wonder if inner beauty is just that? It is just because it exists; we exist.  I recognize it in what is around me, in others, and even myself. I am inclined to think it exists even when it is not of my focus.
Last summer I participated in a course on the Spectrum of Love which over the course of a week’s time took us through a meditative process of engaging objects, people (including ourselves) and situations.  We started out very simply, with observation and moved through a myriad of states of recognition, acknowledgement, and others on the way to Love at the end. It was a building exercise that started small by way of awareness of location and engagement that eventually included the difficult and challenging areas of our lives (people and situations), both personal and on the world stage.
I came away from this course with a reinforced understanding that all things, beings, people, etc., have some inherent Beauty in their very existence. I was presented with an opportunity to notice and take the experience deeper if I so chose.
There is an apple tree outside of my studio. I am lucky enough to have it in view throughout a portion of my treatment sessions.  And right now the blossoms are in early bloom. In the last few years I have really paid attention to the cycles of the seasons and the steady and varied expressions of this tree. What I really admire about this tree is its ability to be and stay a tree. When I remember, or move into an awareness, I send appreciative thoughts to this tree. We had a bumper crop last summer. Was this tree saying “thank you” back to me?
Back to the cultivation of inner beauty, it requires that intention and attention that I wrote about yesterday. That is the action piece, the day to day work. The how varies. But underneath all that, I have to choose to do it. Like that tree, I know I will get something in return.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Show Up! –Journey of Beauty 02.09.01

Guiding Thought

How do I act with Beauty? How do I bring Beauty to mundane tasks or actions? Is Beauty created, when I bring Beauty to a project? How do I embody Beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

I am inclined to think that most, if not all, that we do involves intention and attention. As a body worker, if I don’t have clear intentions about what I am doing, and I don’t pay attention to what I am doing with my client, I could cause serious bodily harm, or at the least, give a lousy treatment. This intention/attention business applies to relationships, or just about anything. Beauty included.
Now I know that I cannot sustain such focus all day. My mind wanders and the autopilot button kicks in. My daily interaction with Beauty is much like this: I weave in and out of intention/attention to autopilot.
This intention/attention business starts before I get out of bed in the morning. More and more, certain phrases, mantras, or the words attached to a vision board that sits by my bedside, help me to garner my forces for the day.
It is then that I get up, get dressed and go for a walk with my daily walking partner. We have, now, an unspoken pact to make sure that we notice something new every day. We stop and appreciate some piece of nature that we have not noticed before. Today it was the first of the irises; and the tulips are not yet done offering their burst of color and happiness. We are lucky to live where there is a constant supply of newness and an invitation to pause for Beauty. My engagement with Beauty starts early in my day.
And so it goes this weaving in and out of intention/attention, to autopilot, and back to intention/attention. As I write, I realize there is a temporal process to all this: the actual stopping throughout my day, being present and noticing. It is my part in the relationship with Beauty. I have to show up!

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)