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The Struggle with Our Own Knowing

IMG_2794This morning a friend asked me how to explain to others how being in awareness of your own abilities can bring you into a better place. Even though we all have abilities, most like to stay in their safe place so that they don’t feel vulnerable.

My Response: Most people are afraid to question what they were always taught to believe … so they fight with themselves, second guessing what they feel inside to be true. Your soul already knows where you are going and what you should do, but most people fight with their own souls because they were taught something else.

Don’t get too caught up in meanings other people, websites or books give you, you can listen to them, take them in and make note but don’t let that be what guides you. You have to always listen to your own inner knowing… your own soul.

 The more we trust, the more our lives will come together in a much more peaceful way.
I’m not saying we won’t have battles because we will. We will battle, we will struggle and we will survive.. time and time again… that’s all a part of living and if you have never been through a storm how can you help guide another as they go through their own.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The ReBuild

IMG_6832Throughout our lives we are building. We build relationships, we build a home, we build safety, we build knowledge, we build confidence, we build routine, we build habits, etc.

When it is time for a major change to occur in one of these areas that we have spent years building .. the change can be drastic or at the very least “feel” very drastic. What has been built wasn’t constructed overnight and therefore when that change needs to happen and happen now… it is as if a wrecking ball has come from out of nowhere and knocked you right onto your bum and oh boy can it hurt!

It may feel as though what was once there is now destroyed… well duhhhh! That’s the whole point! Whatever it was that the wrecking ball tore down .. is no longer needed. Now there is room for you to rebuild with new materials, new knowledge and a new set of tools.

I won’t lie… it sure does suck whenever that wrecking ball shows up… but the rebuild will serve you so much better in the end and life will take a much brighter turn once we allow the change to happen. It’s going to happen regardless .. the more we fight it the worse it feels.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Eagle and the Wolf

You just never know where inspiration will come from.. today is a fine example. Last night I created a dream catcher for a lady who ordered it as a gift for an at risk teen that she has been mentoring. They read a poem called The Eagle and the Wolf and that is what inspired the Eagle themed dream catcher.

This morning I posted photos of the dream catcher and then thought maybe I should search for the poem to post with it and so I did. This is what I found:

The Eagle and the Wolf ~Author Unknown

There is a great battle that rages inside me. One side is the soaring eagle. Everything  the eagle stands for is good and true and beautiful and it soars above the clouds. Even though it dips down into the valleys, it lays its eggs on the mountaintops. The other side of me is the howling wolf, and that raging, howling wolf represents the worst in me. He eats upon my downfalls and justifies himself by his presence in the pack. Who wins this great battle? The one I feed.

This poem disappointed me and I am so glad that I did not read it before creating the dream catcher. I would have hated to put in any negative energy that the poem may have brought me into the dream catcher. This poem is a copy cat poem of another about two wolves fighting inside someone. The good wolf and the bad wolf.

The poem about the wolves, I like… the poem about the eagle and the wolf .. I do not and this is why:

When comparing 2 of the same, we say there is the good and the bad side in each of us,  we all do have a good and bad side to us and it is true that the one we feed is the one that wins the battle.  The poem comparing a wolf and an eagle is comparing two separate animals.. making one out to be good and the other bad. Just as all people are not bad .. all wolves are not bad.

Just because you may not understand something, or someone .. it does not make them or it bad. I should add that also, just because you may fear something … does not make it bad.

It is great that the mentor found something that the teen could connect with .. I just wish it had been a comparison of two wolves or two eagles and not two distinctly different animals.   This only separates us. Now this young man will view the wolf as something bad .. instead of understanding more that we all have a choice of who we are and who we shall be.

The point of the story being 2 animals of the same kind was to point out that we all have 2 sides to us that may be different but really are still the same. The two wolves differ in their actions and behaviors but at the end of the day they are both a wolf.

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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Why? Why Not?

I have many artistic/crafty friends and so often we get on conversations about when, how and where our art/craft sells or when, where and why it doesn’t.

If you are an artist or craft person… you know exactly what I’m talking about. Those who aren’t … let me tell you…..

Lets face it .. art isn’t something you go out and buy everyday … Art is a luxury item…  so I understand when times get slow and less are buying … especially in today’s economy.  But that’s not the only struggle…. The term “Starving Artist” cannot have more truth to it. It’s a hard way to make money for most … some get lucky and get in front of the right people at the right time and their art takes off … others struggle. They struggle to find an audience, struggle to find a venue, struggle to get seen/known/heard/noticed…. and because of all that they get to a point of justifying the time, money and effort they put into their creations. They struggle to make reason for continuing.

Finding places to show off your art or craft is easy .. it’s finding the right place where people show up to BUY .. not just browse … and finding the place that has the people buying that like what you create.

Pricing your own work has to be one of the hardest things for an artist to do beyond getting noticed by the right folks. You can put a price on the materials used but how about the time, effort, knowledge and work that has gone into a piece?

Artist and craftsmen don’t usually do it for the money and fame… we do it because it makes us feel good, it’s in our blood to create… it brings us happiness and a feeling of accomplishment each time we finish a project. With every piece we create .. we have placed a piece of ourselves into it and then we get to show it off and share with the world what we have created. It’s always a labor of love for the artist or craft person. But to continue creating for most … some pieces need to be sold in order to fund future creations.

All that being said .. back to my original question… Why? or Why Not?

Why create when it’s not selling? Why not?

Personally…. I create because I believe in what I’m doing… Because I have faith in that I create each piece with a purpose and that piece will somehow find it’s way to fulfill that purpose. It’s not in me to give up.. so I continue to do the work that I do … I create and create and create until my hands have withered away to dying flesh and bone… it is who I am and I’m no quitter .. I AM A CREATOR – BRINGING THOUGHTS AND IDEAS TO LIFE.

That’s why!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker