All posts tagged: Collective Consciousness

Fall Art Journaling Session

We’ve been having so much fun at the Wolf + Rabbit the past few months. We’ve drawn and painted. We’ve glued. We’ve cut out lots of pictures. We shared about our successes and struggles as budding artists. One day we hummed and felt colors in our bodies and then let them drip across the pages of our journals. Another time we tuned into our creative guides for inspiration on our purpose. All together we created a beautiful collage on collaboration. It is hanging on the wall of the art space. You can see it in the far left of the following picture. Drop by and have a look up close. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation and a fun group art project come on out Monday Art Journaling Adventure Mon eve 6 – 8pm Sep 14 – Oct 26 Wolf + Rabbit Emporium 5301 SE Francis, Portland OR  Tuition: $180 for 7 sessions or $30 drop in Each week we meet as a group to draw, paint and collage together. We share some of our work …

Get your Art out of the Basement

Break all the Rules Enter your darkness and Create Do you ever have the feeling that your creativity got lost somewhere along the way? Is your life going fine, but you really wish you had more passion and excitement about it? You may not have truly lost your art, but it may be laying around in your basement under huge a pile of crap. Unfelt feelings, negative thoughts, self – judgement and failure can be between you and your creativity. No wonder you haven’t gone looking for it. Besides you’ve probably been too busy following all the important adult rules. Such as: “You have to clean the house, feed the children, make money, pay the bills, mow the lawn, … before you can make art. ” “Being an artist is not a real job.” “Unless you are going to make amazing art you shouldn’t make any art at all.” If any of that sounds familiar, please read on.

What plants talk about

“Maybe we’re not quite as smart as we thought we were and perhaps plants are a lot more intelligent than we ever imagined.” What plants talk about is a stunning documentary following several scientists around the world who have discovered evidence of plants communicating with and supporting each other. Questions such as: Do plants work together? Can they recognize their kin? How do they recognize each other? are posed and assessed in a series of experiments. It is quite the awe inspiring video confirming many of my beliefs and understandings of the complexity of plant intelligence. One of my favorite examples is the way the wild tobacco plant changes the shape of its flowers and the time of day it blooms in response to predatory insects. You just have to watch it for yourself on PBS.

Walking among the Ancient Trees

Walking among the ancient trees I pause. Feeling their presence strong and stalwart. Stillness engulfs my thoughts until there is only now. I feel my being open, expand, flow into the earth and up to the sky. I look up. Drops fall great distance from moss covered branches. These beings have been standing here a long time. They are so different from me, yet their presence is familiar, like home. Some of them have already fallen, only stumps remain. But the stumps are not dead, they are the ground for new growth. New growth rises up out of this one. Three trees, already older than me, and beneath them a mysterious cave. The dwelling of the ancient one who's heart beats strong.  

Walking the labyrinth

After a long day I went out for a barefoot stroll around the neighborhood, just to stretch my legs and feel nature before I turn in to bed. A block from my home there is a field, which was recently mowed and in it I saw stones and white lines of paint. As I got closer I could discern the beginnings of a labyrinth. Someone has gone to quite a bit of bother to lay out this complex shape in a public place. I felt invited in to walk toward the center. I love the way a labyrinth draws me in. At first the path seems short and direct, but after a few steps it curves and turns back on itself. The meandering journey slows the mind and opens the heart. First I move in and then it again. I find myself pausing to take a deep breath and soak in my surroundings. A couple of tall trees, blackberry blossoms, familiar weeds between my toes, soft sand and little jagged rocks under my feet. I …

The Bien

It is getting to  be the time of  year to prepare for bee swarming season. Last year I set up two hives. A traditional Langstroth hive in a shared garden and a top bar hive with a viewing window in my little backyard. I got started a little late, but I caught my first swarm in June and placed it in my home hive. Unfortunately the season was cold and wet and my bees never made it through summer. This year I’m buying a nucleus hive for the Langstroth that is now in a different, closer garden and keeping my eyes out for a swarm to catch. It’s still pouring ‘winter’ rains in Portland, but I’m thinking about Spring and buzzing things. I was inspired today to poke around in Michael Thiele’s blog gaiabees.com . Apiculture is beginning a transformation towards a wholesome way of living with bees. New voices are emerging. The bien is calling. … Bees gives themselves completely to the wellbeing of the bien. Their physical existence is completely devoted to its …