The second annual Raleigh artists and authors showcase – organized by Eileen Batson – will take place November 10 (1 – 4 p.m.), and I’m participating in both books and cloud photography. To check it out or RSVP for a FREE ticket, click here.
I’ll be adding more information as I learn more. For now, here’s what I know:
Celebrate the joy of reading and the beauty of art at tile artist Marina Bosetti’s Showroom and Studio in Boylan Heights.
View stunning art, jewelry, photography and more by local artists.
Visit with local authors as they share their works and sign their books.
Wine and tasty treats to tempt your palate will be served.
Hope to see you there!
Here’s a little more on “Intuition: Opening to Your Natural Knowingness,” from the DaBen & Orin website:
When you follow your intuition, you have more energy moving through you. You are in the flow, you feel alive! When you don’t follow your intuition, life can become a struggle, like swimming against the tide. You can train your intellect to listen to your intuitive knowingness, and learn not to ignore, discount, or contradict the intuitive feelings you are getting. You can trust your own inner knowingness, and make yourself the authority of what is right for you.
This is the course we will be starting in mid-October. Intuition is something everyone has – men and women, children, I’d say even animals. Sometimes I’d swear my dog is using it. Or he’s studied me so well he appears to be using it. Make a comment if you want to share an intuition you’ve followed up on and how it worked. Here’s a related comment on animal intuition:
Intuition is founded in part on astute observation—something animals are much better at than humans. In the deadly tsunami that swept the coasts around the Indian Ocean in 2004, for instance, few wild animals were killed. Researchers theorize that they were tipped off by sound waves or ground vibrations and ran for higher ground. There’s evidence that humans can sense these types of cues, too, but we’re usually too busy paying attention to other, noisier stimuli to notice.
Read more here
I’m offering a course in “Intuition: Opening to Your Natural Knowingness” beginning in mid-October and recurring once a month for about four months more. With all the external news hitting the airwaves and our ear drums or eyes, often as an overload, it’s very important to remember to access our intuition. If we build a reliable connection to our intuition, it gives us many shortcuts. Often it tells us something before the outer world knows anything about it. Another thing about intuition is that it’s our very own. Nobody else has the same intuition, though sometimes a lot of people intuit the same thing together. But at bottom, my intuition is all mine, and it has a particular investment in speaking directly to me, telling me the truth inasfar as it can be known.
On the http://www.orindaben.com/catalog/prodno/lb924/ site, which created this course, they write:
What is intuition?
Intuition is knowing without words, sensing the truth without explanations. It operates beyond time and space and is a link to your higher self, your divine Self, your soul and spirit. Intuition often speaks to you as the playful child that would lure you away from a harder path to a more joyful one. Your intuition is always leading you toward aliveness and joy, and out of stuck places. Your intuitive mind synthesizes information in a flash, giving you answers to problems and decisions. It shows you the most effective steps to take to achieve your goals and dreams.
Let me hear from you if you are interested. The Orin journeys in this course require no prerequisite, but since we are also doing the DaBen journeys, “Awakening Your Light Body” is a prerequisite. However, If you interested in the course – just the Orin part – let me know and I’ll consider giving it as well for open admission, with no prerequisites. But definitely we’ll start the combined course (Orin/DaBen) in mid-October. What that means is that for homework you’ll have Orin and DaBen journeys to listen to.
More details later.
Here another photo I discovered online of the Wonderland Book Club presentation for Keep THIS Quiet Too! Good souvenir.
Sibiu, Romania, was, with Luxembourg, the “cultural capital of Europe” for 2007. It’s awaiting confirmation that the city center is on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Today I received an e-mail from a professor there, who is my publisher, with a link to a new, beautiful website that shows pictures of streets and other sights there. Here it is.
Just click the link above for more photos. While I lived in Belgium, I wandered these streets for weeks each year.
If you want to feel inspired by sound, try out this link fron Silvia Nakkach & Vox Mundi International Faculty. Be sure to listen to the end, to the sounds of the birds in the Redwood Circles of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Only about 3 minutes.
Here’s another, called “Bliss.”
Read about this little guy here – in an article called “Dumped But Not Doomed.”
He’s five years old and was just injured November 12. His owners were going to euthanize him – imagine. I’ve had an injured Doxie before, so I know it takes time, but what they probably didn’t realize is that it’s very likely he’ll recover and be able to walk again and do everything normally. It takes rest and time, though and steroid shots. I’ve gone through it, more than once. It’s true that afterwards he’ll need to be especially careful of his back. No walking on stairs. No jumping. But Doxies are like that anyway, though many people ignore the precaution. He’s in Pennsylvania, with someone who rescued him but can’t keep him forever (unless he melts her heart too much to say no).
Anyway, just looking at him, I already love him. I’ll be glad to give any experienced advice on how to help such a beautiful Doxie heal. Mine lived till age 15, after this injury. Look at his sad eyes. He’s a pure bred. You can see that. He misses his home. He’ll so much appreciate a new one.
In response to a question about changes in publishing, I surfed the web and came across, by chance these quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. How’s this? There’s a lot that’s good about change. But one thing not to forget, Emerson had down pat:
- The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground – my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space – all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and parcel of God. The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: to be brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than instreets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature – Nature.
- Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you shall have the sufferage of the world – Essays, Series I (Self-Reliance)
- Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for. To be great is to be misunderstood – Essays, Series I (Self-Reliance).
Quotes compiled, with more, here. You don’t have to go so far as to say to be yourself you have to be misunderstood – that to dig deep into your being you have to not be concerned who reacts how. But it’s something to keep in mind, that if you speak your own mind, you won’t ALWAYS be understood. Some people never will. Some will after a time. Some easily. But that’s not the point. Or is it????
This weekend was the biannual DaBen/Duane light body seminar in Oregon. On the heels of that, I got a phone message left on my answering machine. Today I called down into Charlotte. The light body courses, of course, depend on meditation CDs put out by LuminEssence in Oregon besides classwork. When I talked to Leonard Bradby today, he asked if I wanted a pile of old LuminEssence tapes from 1992 and afterwards, when he and his wife lived in San Francisco and took a lot of the early courses – from Sanaya and Duane. They actually took from them, in the days when the materials were first coming out. Did I want to take the cassette tapes over? Yes.
So, I’ll have more possibility of giving scholarships of the Orin and DaBen guided meditations in the case where it’s difficult for a person to buy them. If you buy them, they will be CDs and last forever. They’ll be yours. But I like having on hand this manna that just fell down – to lend out. Especially knowing how they go back to the origin. Besides, there’s one course in there I didn’t take myself. It’s a kind of extra – no prerequisite. I may offer it as a one- or two-afternoon event. Now when the post office delivery arrives with a big package or two sometime this week or next, I’ll be very excited to get a look at what’s inside.
It looks like if I had any hint that maybe I’d cut back on teaching these courses, this tells me exactly the opposite. Only, I may be modifying my niche a bit – as everyone is doing these days. Imagine, all these new options arriving in the mail.