Art Extends Life

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As if we needed a study to tell us that! It seems viewing beauty nurtures the body, mind, and spirit. Studies have shown that experiencing art, nature, and creativity improve emotional, mental, heart, and joint health.

Check out the article from the Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/04/natural-anti-inflammatori_n_6613754.html

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Divine Music Unearthed

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/ancient-sumerian-song-recreated-3400-year-old-cuneiform-tablets-001905Palace-of-Nineveh-bas-relief

Could this be the first or oldest “sheet” music ever found?

I think this is testament to how important the arts were to ancient civilizations. And it still is. The Oscars just happened on Sunday, honoring our favorite creatives in the entertainment industry.

But not everyone is inclined to be an artist or musician. If you believe that we co-create with the divine, creativity is essential to your spirit. You create with everything in your life whether that is a home, family, career, or empire.

If we aren’t creating, we are stagnant. So be sure to create the life you want. And remember to take time to enjoy it.

Guitar Builder’s Shop Burns

Steves fire

This is Steve Wishnevsky’s guitar shop. He took this photo himself while watching it burn early yesterday morning.

And I know how this feels.

In 2000, I lost my apartment building and everything I owned to fire. I was only thirty miles away, pet-sitting for a friend. Thankfully, I had my own dog with me. A friend who lived around the corner called to tell me not to come and watch, it was as good as gone. Instead of watching live, I saw it on the news a couple hours later as firemen were going in my front door. The loss was devastating, even life-altering, but survivable.

I had no money to replace things and no insurance. And neither does Steve.

I’ll always remember that smell of charred – everything. It’s very different than the scent of a fire fueled solely by wood, coal, rubber, or other flammable materials. And it’s one ‘ll never forget.

The next day I stepped through the rubble and ash in the same manner I would a decrepit burial ground, with reverence. I now store irreplaceable items in a fire safe because gone is gone. Physical things can be replaced, but intellectual property and paper cannot.

I’m acquainted with Steve as a member of Winston Salem Writers. He’s a history buff and great writer. His loss hurts my heart, not just out of empathy, but because my soon-to-be-released book is about guitar players. His guitars and other stringed instruments are pure works of art, created with deep love and appreciation. He will continue, as best he can. Because when a creative spirit is fueled by passion, no matter what obstacles may slow them down, nothing stops them.

wishbass

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/winston-salem-musician-loses-workshop-to-fire-tuesday-morning/article_211d5018-b6c1-11e4-87ea-17e5efaaa34d.html

You can help Steve at: http://www.gofundme.com/mmr1a4

The Dark is a Loan Shark

Dear Dabbler,

Having trouble sleeping because the many demanding voices won’t let you? Having negative paranormal activity in your home? Getting touched, scratched, and physically harmed? Living your life in fear because you messed with forces you really don’t know enough about? (Yes, I heard someone use the word messing “to get what I wanted.”) Did you see something on television or in the movies that piqued your interest enough to try it yourself? Or did you think you were smart enough, tough enough, or fearless enough to handle whatever might occur? Did you even consider what kind of havoc you would be responsible for setting loose in the world?

That’s right. Those energies you called up are out there roaming around like wild animals.

Of course, accountability never crossed your mind. You were a Fool blinded by the promise of getting exactly what you wanted.

The dark is a loan shark. One that will offer anything your heart desires – with a stiff price to be paid.

Nobody told me about that!

Really? Would you have listened?

They are called lower energies for a reason. They don’t get what they want?  They take.

Imagine borrowing $5,000 from a loan shark. He wants $7,500 in return, by the end of the week. You don’t have it. What happens? Threats, then promises on those threats. If you don’t pay, he comes and takes whatever you have, hurting you, and whoever might be important to you. He doesn’t have the capacity to care about you or your problems. He doesn’t bargain. He doesn’t have a heart or a conscience. He is as emotionless at the Terminator. He’s got a job to do. You take from him, he takes from you.

Know this: Dabbling will do you in. Somewhere down the road, you will pay. The dark side doesn’t offer free samples or a money-back guarantee. Nothing is free.

On the flipside, the Light gives as unconditionally as the sun. It never promises material gain or physical pleasure. It only keeps the door of opportunity open for you to chase dreams or indulge in desires. As long as the sun rises every morning, you have another opportunity. It does not hand it to you on a silver platter with a conditional contract that you must sign and repay, with interest.

Perhaps this isn’t as tempting. It requires work and takes longer to get what you want, but it certainly seems more peaceful. You don’t have to worry about looking over your shoulder or laying your head down at night.

So unless you are prepared to suffer heavy losses, do not seek a loan shark. Seriously. When was the last time you got something for nothing? If it sounds “too good to be true,” it probably is. The loss you suffer could be as large as someone’s life, perhaps even your own.

Respectfully yours,

Light Advocate

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