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Journey into the Psyche

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New Release: Psychemagination’s Thinking Chapter

The Thinking page/chapter in Psychemagination: Journey into the Psyche is ready for reading/viewing now. In this chapter we look at how the effects of undiagnosed autism and ADHD in a life can affect self-image, and we use imagery rescripting techniques to loosen the grip of childhood trauma. This page will resonate deeply with anyone dealing with trauma, especially that related to childhood bullying.

To gain access to the Thinking page click here.
Or get access to all pages by becoming a Keyholder.

Click here for free access to the Growing and Reflecting pages.
Click here for access to the Imagining page.

Read on for a summary of content and news on the release of further pages.

An overview of the content of the pages of Psychemagination

The Descent and Path pages are the mythic hero’s journey into the Underworld.
The Growing page is about my childhood – the challenges I faced and the strategies I adopted to survive in a world that I found profoundly overwhelming.
The Imagining page is about a lifetime as a highly creative person and the challenges that brings.
The Thinking and Feeling pages are primarily about healing trauma through imagery rescripting.
The Masking page is about autistic unmasking, leading to a surprising revelation.
The Being page is metaphysical and esoteric in nature, and the Returning page is a kind of summary.

News: Full project nearly finished

I’ve actually finished writing Psychemagination, and Keyholders can read the full story now. Others will have to wait until the videos have their final music. The Feeling, Masking and Being pages don’t have their final music yet as Kris is still writing it, but the story and imagery are there for Keyholders to read right now. And I’ll slowly release the pages to the public as Kris finishes his part of the process. 

The final page, Returning, is finished as is. I don’t plan to make videos out of the images, as I think they say more as single images to illustrate each point.  And I want people to really look at and appreciate each image. Those images, in the style of the one below, are the kind of work I’m generating now, and (after countless generations and image blending and back referencing to previous generations) I feel that I have found my style with them.  (Interestingly they are quite close to how I used to paint.)

It’s been fascinating to look back over my life through the lens of neurodivergence and come to accept what was obvious to the psychologist I’ve been seeing over the past year of writing this story. I am indeed neurodivergent. And discovering this has given me permission to ‘be myself’ in its deepest sense.

Part of that is a greater confidence in following and sharing my artistic vision, so more projects are on the way – I just have to decide which one to do next – after I finish the videos for the Being page. 

"This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it." - Thomas Carlyle

Look Deeply at the Flowers.

Contemplative thoughts.
The art, inspired by the feeling, provided a focus for contemplation from which the words arose.

Flowers are offerings to the world, as am I and my art. Should anyone appreciate their blooming is of no consequence – they offer regardless – but those who appreciate an offering receive the love that propelled it into being. Look deeply at the flowers.

A joyful spirit and positive mind is a light in the darkness, a beacon of hope and inspiration. This is our natural, unadorned state when we release our fear and grasping. Then our world shines, bathed in our light and nurtured by our creativity.

Self-reflection, introspection, the inner journey, no matter what we call the seeking for Self, at the end we must always return to the beginning, the place from which we set out, the present moment, now. For there is no other place to be.

Whatever we focus on internally affects how we interpret what we see externally. Whatever we focus on externally is what fills our mind internally.

Be careful with what you fill your mind. Those thoughts have power if you dwell on them. Violent books, movies, and games colour your mind with violence. Fill your mind with wise words and thoughtful stories, however, and you will become wise.

Running away from, ignoring, suppressing or indulging in our emotions doesn’t help. Simply feeling is the way – simply feeling what is to be felt without reacting to the feeling, without stirring it up by thinking about its cause; simply feel the feeling until it naturally fades in its own time.

Love comes in many forms, but no matter who the love is between, it is still love, something in which to rejoice in a world filled with too much hate.

"Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it." - Aristotle

All is Stillness

This poem emerged from my meditation one morning, and I decided to make a short movie of it.

Do you like it?

"Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend." - Plautus

How Intentional Daydreaming and Mindfulness Can Work Together

The core information in this article on daydreaming and mindfulness is a summary of an article on the benefits of intentional daydreaming from the Australian Insititute of Professional Councillors. Included with this information are my own reflections on what this research raises in relationship to my own meditation/mindfulness practice and use of intentional daydreaming.

What is intentional daydreaming?

Intentional daydreaming is a type of mind-wandering that is voluntary, goal-directed, and positive. It involves using our imagination to explore different scenarios, possibilities, and solutions, as well as to reflect on our personal values, goals, and aspirations. Intentional daydreaming can be contrasted with unintentional daydreaming, which is involuntary, distracting, and often negative. Unintentional daydreaming can impair our attention, memory, and performance, while intentional daydreaming can enhance them.

How does intentional daydreaming benefit us?

According to the article, intentional daydreaming can have various benefits for our cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. Some of these benefits are:

  • Creativity: Intentional daydreaming can stimulate our creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, as it allows us to generate novel and original ideas, and to find connections and associations among diverse concepts.
  • Focus: Intentional daydreaming can improve our focus and concentration, as it helps us to filter out irrelevant information, and to switch between different tasks and perspectives more efficiently.
  • Memory: Intentional daydreaming can enhance our memory and learning, as it helps us to consolidate and integrate new information, and to retrieve and recall relevant information more easily.
  • Mood: Intentional daydreaming can boost our mood and happiness, as it helps us to cope with stress and negative emotions, and to experience positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, and hope.
  • Self-awareness: Intentional daydreaming can increase our self-awareness and self-regulation, as it helps us to understand ourselves better, and to align our actions with our values and goals.
  • Empathy: Intentional daydreaming can foster our empathy and compassion, as it helps us to imagine and understand the perspectives and feelings of others, and to respond to them more appropriately and kindly.

How does intentional daydreaming relate to mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of awareness and attention that is present, non-judgmental, and curious. It involves observing and accepting our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and experiences as they are, without trying to change or avoid them. Mindfulness can be cultivated through various practices, such as meditation, breathing, yoga, and mindful eating.

Intentional daydreaming and mindfulness may seem to be opposite states of mind, as the former involves engaging with our imagination, while the latter involves disengaging from it. However, the article suggests that they can be complementary and synergistic, as they both can enhance our well-being and performance in different ways. Some of the possible connections between intentional daydreaming and mindfulness are:

  • Balance: Intentional daydreaming and mindfulness can help us to achieve a balance between exploration and exploitation, or between divergent and convergent thinking. Exploration and divergent thinking involve generating and expanding on multiple ideas and options, while exploitation and convergent thinking involve selecting and refining on the best idea or option. Intentional daydreaming can facilitate exploration and divergent thinking, while mindfulness can facilitate exploitation and convergent thinking.
  • Integration: Intentional daydreaming and mindfulness can help us to integrate different aspects of our self, such as our past, present, and future selves, and our personal, social, and professional selves. Intentional daydreaming can help us to envision and plan for our future selves, and to connect with our personal and social selves, while mindfulness can help us to appreciate and accept our present selves, and to align with our professional and ethical selves.
  • Flexibility: Intentional daydreaming and mindfulness can help us to develop cognitive and emotional flexibility, which is the ability to adapt and cope with changing and challenging situations. Intentional daydreaming can help us to generate alternative and creative solutions, and to regulate our emotions more effectively, while mindfulness can help us to reduce our cognitive biases and emotional reactivity, and to increase our openness and curiosity.

How this relates to imaginative meditation practices

The summary part of this article was generated for me by the Bing chatbot to save me time in getting the core information to you, but what this all raises for me is how this relates to imaginative meditation practices and people with ADHD. The latter is an area that I will have to investigate for myself before I comment on it, and I hope someone will do some research on it at some point.

As far as imaginative meditation goes (for example the visualisation practices of Tibetan Buddhism/ Vajrayana and my own non-religious imaginative meditation derived from that tradition), that kind of meditation practice is undoubtably a kind of intentional daydreaming. And it’s clear from this research that regardless of how you interpret the practices metaphysically, the very act of doing this ritualised kind of daydreaming is good for your mental health. I mean, let’s face it, I start my day by visualising a beautiful loving being and filling myself with their light. That’s got to be a dopamine hit, right? It certainly sets me off in a positive mindset.

I expect that any kind of fantastically affirming imagery – as seen on my Meditations page – used as the focus of one’s meditation is in a similar category in that it’s very relaxing and inspirational for the mind.

As these pages indicate, I’ve done a great deal of intentional daydreaming during my life, starting at a very young age where it was an escape from ordinary (boring) reality and also served as a way to keep my sense of self strong in an environment where many of my characteristics were actively suppressed. So I find this kind of research very affirming.

Conclusion

Intentional daydreaming is a valuable and beneficial mental activity that can enhance our cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. It can also complement and synergize with mindfulness, as they both can help us to achieve balance, integration, and flexibility in our lives. Therefore, we should not dismiss or suppress our daydreams, but rather embrace and cultivate them intentionally and positively.

Do you engage in intentional daydreaming? What kind of effect does it have on you?


References

  • Davis, J. (2017). The science of the daydreaming paradox for innovation. Psychology Today. Retrieved on 16 Jan, 2019, from: Website
  • Gholipour, B. (2016). The right kind of daydreaming. Huffington Post. Retrieved on 15 January, 2019, from: Website
  • Nauert, R. (2018). What happens when daydreaming is intentional? Psych Central. Retrieved on 15 January, 2019, from: Website
  • Pillay, S. (2017). The unlikely benefits of distraction. Duke Corporate Education. Retrieved on 15 January, 2019, from: Website
"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle." - Anaïs Nin

YAY! I’ve Joined the Ranks of Award-winning Artists

I can now say that I have joined the ranks of award-winning artists. Yes, really. (Other than the art competition I came second in in my last year at primary school!) I usually don’t enter competitions. I hate the whole idea of them. Apparently, that’s not unusual for neurodivergent folk, but I entered the NFT Design awards because it was free and easy to do so, and I figured this image had what it took to win. It did. If you look at the link above on the 7th of Feb 2024, you’ll see that I won with the image below. (After that date you’ll see the new NFT of the day, and the award-winning artists for previous days are listed below that.)

But here’s the artwork. I created it for the Feeling page here, which will be coming out in about a month. Then you’ll be able to see it in context. Do you like it?

It expresses the loneliness I felt when, as an adult, I remembered screaming in terror as a baby and no one came to comfort me.

If you’re into collecting art, you can buy it at any of these places. It’s less than $5, so no big deal, but it would mean a lot to me if someone bought it, and it’s the animated version.

Rarible: https://rarible.com/token/polygon/0xbff1b9e93a468d047f89925d80863c2a30415805:10

Uncut: https://nature-spirits.uncut.network/nft/34361064766

Opensea: https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0xbff1b9e93a468d047f89925d80863c2a30415805/10

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

New NFTs and How Collecting NFT Art Can be Easy, Fun & Free

Why I Made my First NFT

Ever thought of collecting NFT art? Most people probably haven’t. You’ve probably heard of NFTs though – digital assets that can be verified and traded on a blockchain – but you probably think, ‘Oh that’s not for me.’ Maybe the whole system of Web 3 transactions is too mysterious, or complicated or you just don’t want to buy art.

That was what I thought too, until I started making digital art, made this website and found how costly it was for this semi-retired person to keep it running. Then I needed to look into ways that I might be able to offset the costs.

First, I put some of it on merchandise in my Redbubble store, then I investigated NFTs and thought it was all too complex to bother – until someone contacted me and said they were collecting NFT art and wanted to buy one from me. So I learned how to create one, but I wasn’t surprised when the sale never eventuated – it really was too good to be true!

Minting the art into an NFT was the easy part. To do anything in the NFT space you need a digital wallet, and though getting one is easy, getting money into it wasn’t (at least for me) and neither was working out how the whole thing works with different block chains and signing agreements and so on.

If the hard part puts you off, don’t leave; keep reading, because you no longer have to worry about all that. Collecting NFT art isn’t in the too-hard basket anymore.

I didn’t manage to find buyers for my experimental NFT, so I was going to give up on the whole idea, but then I stumbled on something called the Uncut Network that has made it all oh so easy and fun. It’s a place to showcase, discover and collect digital art. You don’t need cryptocurrency to collect NFTs there, and they create a wallet for you and give you some of their currency for free (it’s like a point-earning gaming system). Getting started is as easy as signing up for a social media platform – which is what it is, only with creating and collecting NFT art as the focus – and of course, it’s free.

Think Pinterest but you get to actually own the artwork you collect (and you can also resell it) and it’s beautifully displayed in your own gallery. And I’ve been really enjoying it. I never thought I would collect NFTs, but Uncut is a supportive community, and I like supporting others – especially with free currency!

This Week’s NFTs

Here’s the still images for the animated NFTs still available this week. Click the image to see the animation on Rarible or click on the caption link to see them on the Uncut Network where they’re really nicely displayed. My favourite is the middle one.

The Uncut Network: A New Way to Showcase, Discover and Collect Digital Art

The Uncut Network is a web-based platform that lets you create, explore and collect digital art in a simple and intuitive way. Their ‘system’ connects you with like-minded creators and collectors, and rewards you for your passion by dishing out points (currency you can use to ‘buy’ the art) for being involved. As an artist I’ve found the time I’ve spent there quite affirming, though I haven’t sold anything yet. Mostly I’m giving art away to build a community of people who like my art.

As an artist, you can upload your digital art to Uncut Network and turn it into an NFT with a few clicks. You can choose to sell your NFTs on the platform, or keep them for yourself. You can also create collections of your NFTs, or join existing collections created by other artists. You can showcase your art to the Uncut Network community, and gain recognition and feedback for your work.

As a collector, you can browse and discover thousands of digital artworks on Uncut Network, from various genres and styles. You can buy NFTs from your favourite artists, or bid on them in auctions. You can also create your own collections of NFTs, or join existing ones. You can follow your favourite artists and collections, and get notified of new releases and updates. You can also interact with other collectors and share your thoughts and opinions on the art you love.

These three are also still available on Rarible.

What makes Uncut Network different?

Uncut Network is not just another NFT platform. It is a platform that is designed to make collecting NFT art easy and fun. Here are some of the features that make Uncut Network stand out:

  • On-chain protection: Uncut Network ensures the integrity and uniqueness of your NFTs by storing them on the blockchain. Your NFTs are yours alone, and you can access them anytime, anywhere. You can also verify the authenticity and provenance of any NFT on the platform, and be confident that you are getting the real deal.
  • No intermediaries: Uncut Network eliminates the need for third-party platforms or services to create, sell or buy NFTs. You can do everything on Uncut Network, without paying any fees or commissions. You can also use your preferred cryptocurrency (or $) to pay or receive payments, and enjoy fast and secure transactions.
  • User-friendly interface: Uncut Network has a simple and intuitive interface that makes NFT collecting a breeze. You can easily navigate the platform, find what you are looking for, and manage your NFTs and collections. You can also customize your profile, and showcase your personality and style.
  • Community-driven: Uncut Network is a platform that is built by and for the NFT community. You can connect with other artists and collectors, and join a vibrant and supportive network of NFT enthusiasts. You can also participate in events and contests, and win prizes and rewards. You can also give feedback and suggestions, and help shape the future of Uncut Network.

How to join Uncut Network

If you’d like to try your hand at collecting NFT art, visit the Uncut Network website, click on “Get Started” and follow the prompts. Make sure to check out my profile page – scroll down to find my collections on the right-hand side.


"Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light." - Dorothy Thompson

Step back from your problems

Contemplative thoughts.
The art, inspired by the feeling, provided a focus for contemplation from which the words arose.

When we look at a problem up close, all we see is the problem. It’s so close that it seems like an immovable wall around which we can not go. When a problem appears unsurmountable, our mind easily becomes cluttered by worry, and our breathing grows shallow, as if we’re in a tiny claustrophobic room.

But if we take a few steps back, we can see the problem in perspective. We can see the open landscape of the mind in which it sits and breathe easier. We may find that what we thought was a wall is, in fact, a ball, one that we can roll away with the right amount of pressure. At the very least, we will be more able to find a way around the problem. The further back we step, the smaller our problem appears, the less stress we feel and the more able we are to solve our problem.

Our beliefs and expectations filter our perception of our experience. If we expect our day to be miserable, that’s what we’ll experience because that’s what we’ll filter from the day. We’ll ignore the good and focus on the bad. And if we believe it will be a good day, then even if things go badly, we will see in a more positive light.

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." - Nelson Mandela

Thoughts Are Not Our Mind or Our Reality

This week’s best insights inspired by my AI generated imagery.

Thoughts are not our mind. They arise out of our mind. Thoughts are like balls rolling through the open, fluid landscape of our mind. If we don’t stop them, they just roll on by and fade away.

Can you step back and watch your thoughts rolling through your mind?

We construct ideas about things and events, one building on another, creating edifices of belief that we take to be real. But are they? Are our thoughts about a situation the same as the situation itself, or could we be misreading it?

Thoughts and beliefs are not reality; they are merely our interpretation of it. They are a mirage of reality, not reality itself.

Do you regard your mind with bewilderment as you would an alien landscape populated by strange, incomprehensible beings? Do you know your thoughts, or are their contents – beyond a brief glimpse here and there – a mystery even to you?

Feeling down? Invoke your inner hero to come rescue you. Imaginary friends are good for adults too. They’re parts of yourself that can lend a helping hand when you need it. How might your hero self rescue you today? Imagine it happening, complete with how it would feel, and you’ll feel better.

If we reflect on why certain interactions we have trigger illogical and often explosive reactions, we may find areas of brokenness in ourselves – times where we feel as if we’re falling apart.

If our fight, flight, or freeze response kicks in in response to a stimuli that causes no threat to our adult self, then it’s likely a trauma response from an event or series of events in our childhood. Like bullying.

Trauma responses can be destructive in our lives and relationships, and they hold us back from fulfilling our potential. But we can reprogram ourselves, rescript the past event(s), go back in our imagination and rescue our child self.

It’s called schema imagery rescripting. It involves revisiting past experiences and re-imagining them to promote healing and growth.


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"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." - Thomas Jefferson

‍Meditation and Creativity: Is there a link?

Meditation has long been known for its many benefits, such as reducing stress and enhancing focus, but is there a link between meditation and creativity? I’ve always thought so because I’ve found that my best ideas come during a meditation session. I’ve even been known to stop meditating and start writing. Was I distracted? Maybe, but I didn’t care; the inspiration was too great to let it get away.

But is that just my experience or is there an established relationship between meditation and creativity? No, it’s not just my experience and yes, there is a link. Recent research has revealed that meditation does have a profound impact on our creative abilities. By clearing the mind and boosting clarity, meditation creates a fertile ground for new ideas and innovative thinking to thrive. Meditation could be the key to unlocking your creative potential.

When we meditate, we tap into a state of heightened awareness and presence, allowing us to break free from the constraints of our everyday thoughts and limitations. This liberation opens up the floodgates of our imagination, unleashing a torrent of fresh ideas, unique perspectives, and inventive solutions.

So whether you’re an artist searching for the next masterpiece, an entrepreneur devising groundbreaking strategies, or simply someone wanting to infuse more creativity into your life, meditation can be a game-changer. Step onto the cushion, quiet your mind, and let your imagination soar to new heights.

The Connection Between Meditation and Creativity

We may marvel at the works of creative geniuses and wonder how they are able to come up with such original ideas, but what if creativity is not just a product of talent, but something that can be nurtured and cultivated?

When we meditate, our brainwaves shift into a state of relaxed alertness, known as the alpha state. This state is associated with increased creativity and the ability to generate new ideas.

During meditation, our mind becomes quiet and still, allowing us to let go of our inner critic and self-doubt. This mental calmness creates space for our creative thoughts to emerge and flourish. It’s like tending to a garden – by removing the weeds of negative thoughts and distractions, we create a fertile ground for creativity to take root.

Moreover, meditation helps to improve our focus and attention span, which are essential for the creative process. By training our mind to stay present and focused, we become better equipped to explore ideas deeply, connect seemingly unrelated concepts, and think outside the box.

Understanding Inspiration and Imagination

Inspiration and imagination play a crucial role in the creative process and are closely intertwined with meditation.

Inspiration is the spark that ignites our creative fire. It is that “aha” moment when an idea or solution suddenly becomes clear. Inspiration often comes when we least expect it – during a walk in nature, a moment of quiet reflection, or even in the midst of a meditation session.

Imagination, on the other hand, is the ability to visualize and create mental images or concepts that are not present in our immediate surroundings. It is the playground of creativity, where ideas are born and shaped. Imagination allows us to explore new possibilities, experiment with different perspectives, and push the boundaries of what is considered ‘normal’ or ‘possible.’

Meditation acts as a catalyst for both inspiration and imagination. By quieting the mind and creating inner stillness, meditation opens up a direct line of communication with our subconscious mind – the wellspring of our creativity. It allows us to tap into our intuition and access the deeper layers of our consciousness, where new ideas and insights reside.

Benefits of Meditation for Creativity

The benefits of meditation for creativity are wide-ranging and have been recognized by artists, entrepreneurs, and scientists alike.

  1. Enhanced Clarity and Focus: Meditation helps to sharpen our mental clarity and improve our ability to focus. This increased focus enables us to dive deep into our creative projects, explore complex ideas, and stay engaged with our work for longer periods.
  2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Creativity flourishes in a relaxed state of mind. By reducing stress and anxiety, meditation creates an optimal environment for our creative ideas to flow freely. When we are calm and centered, we are better able to tap into our creative resources and think more expansively.
  3. Heightened Awareness and Presence: Meditation cultivates a state of heightened awareness and presence, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the present moment. This heightened state of consciousness helps us to notice details, patterns, and connections that we might have otherwise missed. It opens our eyes to new possibilities and provides fresh inspiration for our creative endeavors.
  4. Improved Problem-Solving Skills: Creativity often involves finding innovative solutions to challenges and problems. Meditation enhances our problem-solving abilities by expanding our perspective and helping us think more creatively. It allows us to step back, see the bigger picture, and approach problems from different angles.
  5. Increased Resilience and Adaptability: The creative process is not always smooth sailing. It involves facing setbacks, criticism, and uncertainty. Meditation builds resilience and adaptability, enabling us to bounce back from setbacks and embrace the iterative nature of creativity. It helps us to embrace failures as learning opportunities and stay open to new possibilities.

Scientific Research on Meditation and Creativity

The link between meditation and creativity is not just anecdotal; scientific research has provided empirical evidence to support this connection. Several studies have been conducted to investigate the impact of meditation on creative thinking and problem-solving.

One study published in the journal “Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts” found that individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation showed increased divergent thinking – the ability to generate a wide range of ideas and solutions. Another study conducted at Leiden University in the Netherlands revealed that meditation improved participants’ ability to come up with creative ideas in a variety of tasks.

Neuroscientific research has also shed light on the effects of meditation on the brain. Studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have shown that meditation enhances activity in brain regions associated with creativity, such as the prefrontal cortex and the default mode network.

These findings provide compelling evidence that meditation can indeed boost creativity by expanding our cognitive capabilities and fostering a conducive mental state for creative thinking.

How to Meditate Easily Effectively & Deeply

Have I inspired you to try meditating to help boost your creativity? If so, then if you’re not already meditating, you’re probably wondering how to begin. Though the basic elements are the same, there are many different styles of meditation and none of them suits all people because we are all so different. We need to find a style of meditation that suits us, one that makes us feel inspired to practice. And even within the different styles, finding a teacher we relate to isn’t always easy, so a book that covers the essential points, shares a variety of different styles of meditation, and even has guidance on how to evaluate a teacher is an excellent place to start.

And I’ve written such a book.

And if you’re already meditating, then making sure that you’re getting the most out of your meditation is always a good idea, and my book How to Meditate Easily, Effectively & Deeply does that. As one reviewer said: ‘Its easy-to-read style makes it a must-have for beginners and a good jolt to the brain cells of veterans as well.’

Conclusion: Embracing Meditation as a Tool for Unlocking Your Creative Potential

In conclusion, meditation offers a powerful pathway to unleash creativity, boost inspiration, and ignite our imagination. By quieting the mind and cultivating a state of presence, we tap into our inner wellspring of creative energy and open ourselves to a world of new possibilities.

Whether you’re an artist, entrepreneur, or simply someone wanting to infuse more creativity into your life, meditation can be a game-changer. It enhances our clarity, focus, and problem-solving abilities, while reducing stress and fostering resilience.

So, take a moment to pause, breathe, and step onto the cushion. Embrace meditation as a tool for unlocking your creative potential. Let your mind wander, your ideas flow, and your imagination soar to new heights. The world is waiting for your unique and creative contributions.

"There are people who have money and people who are rich." - Coco Chanel

How Alive are Trees?

In his bestselling book, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben argues that to save the world’s forests we must first recognize that trees are “wonderful beings” with innate adaptability, intelligence, and the capacity to communicate with — and heal — other trees.

Are Trees Sentient Beings? Certainly, Says German Forester – Yale E360

When I walk into the forest, though I don’t see eyes, I can feel the trees watching. Their consciousness is nothing like ours; their forms resemble no human’s – they certainly do not have breasts – but still in art we often portrait them anthropomorphically as a way to show that they do indeed have some form of spirit to which we can relate.

I sense the trees in the forest are a community, their beings interwoven in a network of roots, branches, leaves and a unique kind of knowing awareness that communicates without words or thoughts.

Take a walk in the forest and allow yourself to feel the trees. Open your heart and fall in love with these gracious beings.

This video is available as an NFT at https://nature-spirits.uncut.network/nft/34360982973.
It can be seen in context of the Journey into the Psyche on the Imagining page.

What do the trees in the forest around my house say to me? Something like this – only not in words, of course.

‘We watch, us trees, we watch in sad and silent knowing as the humans blunder across the landscape, wreaking havoc in their greed and selfishness. Some see us, feel us, even hear us and take heed; most, unfortunately, do not. Love of the natural world is lacking and yet sorely needed amongst these hairless apes. It matters not to us what humans do to themselves, but if they do not change their mindset – and soon – they will doom us all.

‘A human heart full of love for the forests, and for the shrubs and trees that grace their farms and cling to life in their cities, is a blessing that must be nurtured. Only when the majority have such love. awareness and understanding of the true beauty and value of all the natural world will the necessary global healing truly begin.

‘Do what you can to bring this about and we will bow to you in gratitude.’


How do you feel when you walk among the trees in the forest?

"Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good." - The Buddha