Welcome to the flow

Logic brain is our Censor, our second (and third and fourth) thoughts. Artist brain is our creative, holistic brain. It sees a forest and thinks: Wow! Leaf bouquet! Pretty! Gold-gilt-shimmery-earthskin-king’s-carpet!” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

I almost got distracted again when I open my computer and saw 80 message, I started to read some of them but pull myself up quick before I was lost in Blogland and Facebook. Before I could write today I had to get to Target to buy some Memorex CD-R’s to unload some of the photographs I had piling up on iPhoto, my laptop would just not handle any more, I could not even move photographs over to my desk top so that I could submit them here or on redbubble. So I had to get that done of some of them moved to disk, I really need to organize my work better, right now it is mostly just titled with the date when the photos were taken, so I know if it is spring or fall, winter, put I don’t always know what is in those files unless I look through them somewhat. Crazy as it may seem, usually I know the file well enough to know what is in it once I take a quick look. Yet I know I find myself searching for shots every once in a while that seem to want to allude me and finding, somewhat frustrating. No one to blame but myself.

Fox Glove (in our garden)

So while transferring files I caught up with blogs and emails, finished reading The Artist’s Way Chapter Basic Tools in which the quote above come from. This chapter reminded me to rediscover the language of my Artist Brain, to not listen to the Censor brain that would keep me stuck, not allow myself to see and experience the walk in the woods, the fragrance, the feel if the cooler breeze while under the trees, because in the past two days it has been in the 90’s. This morning on our first walk there was hardly any dew until we reached the grass of the football field. Normally the leaves brushing my face and arm splash us with cool refreshing wetness. Not today. The ground was dry, the leaves rustled with the wind leaving us with their touch and nothing more.

Little Reds (Macro?)

I begun reading the next chapter in 8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Andrew Weil, M.D. for my next turn on my Life Harmony path: A lot of what he is asking for this week agenda I have already begun to incorporated into my healing/recovery. First project is to inquire in health food stores and grocery market about organic produce. I have been searching that out for weeks, and long before that, I just did not consciously begin to buy organic because of the inconvenience of where the stores are, and the cost of the products themselves. Two weeks ago I went on a Tour of the Whole Foods Market with a women who owns business High Living Well in which she is a Holistic nutritionist . For about two hours we circumvented the market starting in produce, and work our way around the perimeter and then into the aisles. Being informed of different qualities of produce, how to read the little tags, that all of Whole Foods produce is tag, there are cards above the units informing one what is what. It was a impressive experience, who would have thought to offer a tour of a food store?

In Week Three Dr. Weil ask us to eat more fruits and veggies, eat fish twice this week, doing whole foods vegan fish is not really on my plans but a good piece of fresh caught Salmon I usually won’t pass up.

The big thing I have purchase is Vitamin E and Selenium: I think that is the end of the vitamin regiment. We started with C 1000-2000 mm with each meal. And than mixed carotenes with Breakfast, 25,000 I U. Good God I don’t think I have been this healthy ever!!

Lavender Daisy (marco)

I realized I sort of write these pages to an audience, knowing that people are reading this, so I have consciously sought to block that out until now, mostly to tell on myself, to let the pages just flow, write what is happening, write what you are feeling and or doing or not doing… whether I have an audience or not, and I know I have because I have been receiving wonderful feedback about this process. I am honored to have this support and encouragement. Part of this journey is for me to expand my social and creative network, to be challenged as well as to be encouraged as an artist and a person. I am glad that I am beginning to reap those benefits, for too long I have avoided, escaped, ignored human contact as much as possible. Knowing now, and I knew before I need to have these relationships in order for me to grow emotionally and spiritually, therefore growing creatively. God through Neale Donald Walsch in Conversation with God Book 1 writes,

“It is only though your relationships with other people, places, and events that you can even exist (as a knowable quantity, as an identifiable something) in the universe… Once you clearly understand this, once you deeply grasp it, then you intuitively bless each and every experience, all human encounter, and especially personal human relationships, for  you see them as constructive, in the highest sense… to construct Who You Really Are.”

Muffin posing !

These words ring true to me once again, I once believed them but I was in the wrong place to manifest them as true, not only did not like the people who were around me, I did not like who I saw myself reflected back. The veils are beginning to fall away, the artist mind begins to flow, to dream, to create, accepts what is and honor that.

Growth Question: What brain rules your life? Censor Brian, or Artist Brain? Or have you learned to dance together?

I am Love, Jeff

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  1. “to not listen to the Censor brain that would keep me stuck, not allow myself to see and experience the walk in the woods, the fragrance, the feel if the cooler breeze while under the trees…” Whoohoo!

    “The veils are beginning to fall away, the artist mind begins to flow, to dream, to create, accepts what is and honor that.”

    I love the photo of Muffin posing!

    Growth Question: What brain rules your life? Censor Brian, or Artist Brain? Or have you learned to dance together?

    The Artist Brain and the Censor Brain dance together, with the Artist Brain as the lead (although every once in a while the Censor Brain steps on the Artist’s Brain foot). As an intuitive it’s difficult to not make “snap judgements.” But I’m learning. When that Censor Brain steps to the forefront, the Artist’s Brain says, “Whoa there! Hang onto your britches and let’s put some HEART into this.”

    1. Your response to the Growth Question is too funny! LOL! Yet I understand completely your dance.
      My Muffin is such a beggar for attention!
      My censor brain is trying to work me today, I have a headache and or sinus situation, so concentration is a bit difficult!

      Thank you so much for commenting !
      I am Love, Jeff

  2. Hi, Jeff – the part you wrote: “I realized I sort of write these pages to an audience, knowing that people are reading this, so I have consciously sought to block that out until now, mostly to tell on myself, to let the pages just flow, write what is happening, write what you are feeling and or doing or not doing… whether I have an audience or not, and I know I have because I have been receiving wonderful feedback about this process” really caught my attention. I write differently when I know I am going to be read. Then I polish it up as I write depending upon who I know will be reading it. But without a doubt, I censor, edit and rewrite as I go along because audience matters. I am so impressed that you are willing to write as you are even knowing you will have an audience. I am not sure I could. So there is my Censor Brain! When it knows I am being watched, all sorts of things get censored. The Artist Brain is writing stuff all the time in my head, but it, too, wants to be read and noticed. So, it writes for an imaginary audience. The stuff that is just for me is very different than the stuff either one of these brains writes! Now, exposing that writing would indeed require bravery.

    1. Yes, Barbara K. I understand your censor brain creating that place for you to write and to sensor your words or creation. Yet I realized for this process of the “Morning Pages” to work they would have to be as authentic and real as if I were journaling for myself. Yet at the same time I am “talking to you” and others as I write and for the blog to have some kind of cohesion a bit of follow through or conversational flow too it. Not just the meanderings of a my thoughts. There for my artist brain has to kick in and allow for the joy of writing to be expressed, even though I am not a writer…

      I am Love, Jeff

  3. Thanks for sharing part of the real you.
    I am really enjoying seeing the Life Harmony program again, but through your eyes. I am also humbled to think,maybe there are still lots of things to discern.

    ::hugs::
    Kim

    1. Kim,

      I think Life Harmony is a way of being not just a program to study for the time we are in study but to allow it to become a practice, like deep breathing, like meditation, like recovery, it is a way of life, a way of life practice.

      This was stuck in spam, I thought I released your comments days ago but they were still in there!

      Thank you for coming by!!!!

  4. Hi Jeff, it sounds like you had a very productive day! Lost in Blogland and Facebook – I know what you mean… Its great that you’re artistic AND apparently good with the technical stuff. If not for my husband, the technology wizard, I doubt I’d even be online. Hope your weather cooled off a bit. Wow – that tour of the Whole Foods Market sounds very informative! The closest ones we have are an hour away in two different directions. We used to go there every few months for the naturally raised meats, but we’re starting to find some local organic farms now, so we don’t go as often as we used to. (Saving on gas…) Doing the fish two to four times a week, too, since Tim’s heart attack. He loves swordfish and I love salmon, so we alternate back and forth. The Neale Donald Walsch quote is food for thought. I like the picture of Muffin a lot, were you lying down (with the camera) too? As the family “dreamer,” definitely the artist brain. Truthfully, I could stand to be a little more logical at times, then I’d be more balanced. Great blog, Jeff!

    “The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry. He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him… He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them.”
    ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    1. three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him… He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them.”
      ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I love this so wonderfully artistic, creative and imaginative! Thank you for sharing this quote.
      I am glad you enjoyed the blog, yes discovery where the best produces, and food Items are is a bit of a challenge, when the main stream markets insist on filling their store with processed foods, and item that damage us and the planet. Getting healthy is part of our relationships with ourselves.
      Yes I was laying on the ground taking a photo of some moss sprouts when Muffin came a laid down in front of me. She is my sweety!
      If you have not read Conversations with God Book ! I highly recommend it. Yet not only read it but make it a study…

      I am Love, Jeff

  5. Hi Jeff, the words regarding relationships are specially meaningful to me right now; as my close and extended family shares the experience of the passing of my father.
    I specially enjoyed your growth question! And those photos! I’d to quickly suppress a thought – got to get myself a better camera! LOL! Censor brain strikes again:0

    1. Meenakshi,

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting I just read your blog about your fathers death and life. Very interesting thought process going on there.
      Thank you for enjoying the photos! Sometimes it is not just the camera but the intention and practice of the photographer.
      Sending Love and Healing to you and your family! (((Hugs)))

      I am Love, Jeff

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