“Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth.” - Author Unknown
It’s amazing to see in current political situations globally that lives seem to matter less when financial concerns get in the way of humanitarian rights. Take for instance how global super powers only seem to involve themselves in another countries plight unless there is something beneficial in it for them. I believe this is why Tibet has gone unaided in it’s 60 year long Chinese occupation.
Last night I watched a very uncomfortable documentary on Tibet. As a child I grew up in Dharamsala, the home to the Dalai Lama. I attended a Tibetan boarding school amongst over a thousand Tibetan children. I recall feeling blessed to be western. In the Western world it seems that Tibetan culture and the Dalai Lama are very much appreciated and yet no government has intervened with China to end the massive human rights and environmental issues.
Are convenience and money more important than helping our fellow human beings who have lost their country and lives in the millions? Yet, more and more, I see courageous souls venturing out beyond safe comfort zones, boldly stepping out of their shells to create change. I see visionaries, therapists, artists, counsellors, teachers and entrepreneurs who through their life's work are creating massive shifts in the world by affecting each person they touch.
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When I watched the outright blatant abuse of human rights in Tibet where 97 Tibetans burned themselves alive in protest against the Chinese occupation, I found myself afraid to step up and be a part of a necessary change. What if like John Lennon, Gandhi and John F. Kennedy, I also lose my life working for the same changes they tirelessly worked for? Would it be worth it? Would there be far reaching impacts that would justify my fearlessness?
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Creativity begins as we commit to love. Love begins when we are present no matter what. When we accept uncertainty and choose truth regardless of the situation, the darkness that exists in the unconscious collective of humanity is met with undying presence. All elements of humanity can be welcomed and will open our hearts. This is when we become true artists of life. When instead of avoiding the bitter sweet truths, we instead embrace them. It is imperative to honour what exists in all of us for this is what will recreate our world.
Detail of 'Transformation'
Medium: Oil, gold leaf and mixed media on canvas
by Jhana Bowen
Our creativity must embrace the darkness and find ways to unearth our fullest presence. This is what heals unconscious behaviours that cause such deep suffering. In witnessing intense pain, let it intensify the desire to be in service. To do all it takes to live in presence. Not to rescue, fix, blame or judge, but instead to turn up fully and recreate the world. By accepting that this world is a part of it all. Through a deepest surrender forgiveness begins, Accept the fear, anger and all the spaces where unconsciousness lives. From here action begins to change the world.
'Shift in Consciousness'
Medium: Oil and mixed media on canvas
by Jhana Bowen
Being in service in the world comes naturally as a byproduct of growth and evolution. Inevitably in the process there is an intermittent forgetting, a stumbling and the encountering of mistakes which are poignant and cathartic parts of the journey.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with aiming for excellence, ease and grace only arrives as every aspect that comes with being human is deeply and intimately met. Honouring every step of the human journey is an inclusive experience. For it is the nature of the entire universe and space to include rather than to exclude all that rests inside of existence.
Potential lies not in the future vaguely out of reach but remains ever creative in the present. It is in this moment and an undying embrace awakens pure unbridled power. Whatever this moment carries, it’s depth and breadth lies in attentiveness as key factors in awakening one’s capacities in work, business, artistic creations and what underpins almost everything in life; relationships.
The depth and degree to which an individual is capable of meeting oneself is parallel to the same depth and degree to which that individual will meet others. This depth will be an indicator of the quality of life felt across all relationships. Initially, this depth may appear shallow and lacking in substance. In observation of modern society it is common practise that depth and substance are substituted by superficiality. For all that glitters is not gold.
In art, art that spans across the rigours of time, what is notable are works that connect with the psyche. They impact us deeply not so much because they simply beautify the space but because they invoke our deepest presence. These artworks call forth who we really are. Artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Michelangelo forged forward as emissaries of consciousness in their works to unveil the deepest truths of being. It is primarily art that communes with the Divine that transcends time. It shows us that which is immortal. Whilst the fabric of existence is touched by our own consciousness so too does our consciousness touch everything. When each act is embraced accordingly, in reverence, in a delightful communion with all that is, we encounter art as a way of life. Our breath as a brushstroke. Our movement as the paint touching the canvas of life. Our stillness as a dreaming and visioning.
The Power the Moves From Within
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In the journey of human evolution some areas in life often serve to act as triggers. These can often threaten a sense of self. Sometimes, the smallest issue causes a forgetfulness of truth.
Each person has their own particular areas of strength and weakness. There is never anything wrong with personal triggers, nor in experiencing pain. These actually serve as catalysts for growth, confirming the presence of life and an opportunity to engage sensitivity with presence.
It is always important though, to watch that we don’t lose self to story. ‘I am no good,’ ‘This always happens to me,’ ‘I am hopeless,’ ‘I’ll never be successful,’ are examples of possible stories. To not catch reactions, triggers and stories for what they are can be a recipe for unnecessary pain. When old patterns creep in, the greatest shift out of self defeating attitudes is the readiness to work with everything.
Acknowledge any trigger, reaction, emotion or thought, but all the while, be alert to truth. Truth is only available through alignment with the core self.
This core self is where true creative potential is accessed. It is where life originates and returns. It is from here the flow state begins.
Triggers, reactions and stories are deleted as challenges are harnessed for the gifts they bring. This is the way to recreate discomfort as rocket fuel for growth, productivity and inevitable success. Success is possible as challenges are met, not ignored.
The genius artist of life is alive in everyone, ready and accessible to create life as the masterpiece it is. It begins by taking full responsibility for every area of life. In this way, doors to creative potential open. Choose to walk through them by listening to the deepest truth of who you are. Know now that creativity isn’t rigidly confined to a world of the visual and auditory. Creativity is inclusive, not exclusive. Creative potential exists inside everyone, in everything and anything that can possibly be encountered. It is what makes the entirety of life possible. This is the reason why being in the state of flow enlivens. It is by stepping into what serves the whole universe that possibility takes front and centre stage.