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Divine Eyes and Ayes – Transforming Vision

October 31st, 2008 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The word Divine has two i‘s in it.

The aural pun and reference to the words eyes and ayes is intended and meaningful.

Yesterday this blog moved from another software and site to be hosted through The Art of Seeing The Divine web site and host using WordPress software.

Since the spring of ’08 the new web host has always provided excellent technical assistance. They helped set up the Art and Inspiration blog for Post Conceptual UnGraven Image, which also uses WordPress.

However yesterday, the very nice and helpful tech person mispelled the word Divine as Devine.

After I had listed the new site with technorati, I actually looked at it today and noticed the misspelling!

I was so busy yesterday configuring and recoding and creating the theme, adding widgets, moving posts, etc., that I assumed I knew what I was seeing. My eyes actually know the word, Devine as it is the last name of actor Andy Devine, so they did not alert me to the problem — until this morning.

As a writer, I have a difficult time catching my own typos until days, even weeks later. I love spell checking!  I tend to see what I think I see or wrote. The old proofreaders trick of reading the piece out loud fails me as I will read aloud what I meant to write, at least for the first day.

Anyway having the title misspelled for a day gave me an insight.  There are two letter i’s in the word Divine.

Visually if you look at the word it kind of resembles a nose -v- (the letter V) stuck between the two eyes (letter i’s).  If those i’s were rotated 45 degrees the effect would be obvious.  Here is how the eyes would look on their sides:  ._  ._

Unfortunately the text formatting will not allow me to configure the V between those eyes, but you can imagine that easily.

The visual image of that nose and eyes indicates both a sense of The Divine looking at us through the word — or us, being enables to look though the Divine. The idea of having Divine vision can actually be seen as embodied in the word divine.

This is meaningful to me since I am all about helping people see the Divine essences.

The I realized that the play of sounds in English — eye and aye are pronounced the same — adds another level of positive or affirmative information.

Seeing more, even in something as simple as a word is how we learn.

The more meaning something has for us — the more perceptual references — the more we actually physically perceive it.  Perceptual references expand oyr brains, and we gain the capacity to think smarter. We can form or recognize good ideas and “see” relationships or connections. This helps empower us and bring success in life.

That is what The Art of Seeing The Divine is about and what the visual information and exercises help a person successfully accomplish.

This kind of learning — brain growing, empowering and perceptual is fun, or at least interesting.  It can change your life.

From now on when you look at the word, Divine, you will have the memory of this blog, and the visual information of the “nose (V) and eyes (i’s) tucked into the middle of the word. The word will have new meaning.

I will never see the word Divine in the former way again– or mistake Devine for Divine!

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The Poor Are Always With Us

October 30th, 2008 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Over at Get Religion there is an interesting post credited to Mollie, entitled “Blessed Are the Poor”.

Not too surprisingly in these days of financial turmoil, people are flocking to religious groups, and especially houses of worship for help. The results are that while donations are down, the needs of the people, especially the lower and middle classes are mounting. These needs are for financial information and marital counseling, as well as financial assistance.

The truly interesting news is how major news sources reporting on religion are actually including real religion in news stories on the topic, such as when a minister relevantly quotes from the Bible.

Mollie also questions how the newspapers are covering the crisis and religion, saying she is reminded of the, “old saw, I believe coined by Tom Lehrer , about how the New York Times would cover the end of the world: “World Ends: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit.”

Mollie’s article inspired me to comment, which I include below:

“I say the New York Times would not cover the end of the world as everyone associated with it would have run somewhere to try to take cover! Just like most everyone else would do.

In times of crisis we look for safety and security. The religious organizations have people in need (including spiritual need, flocking to them now as these groups are seen as offering safety and security from the cares of the world.

Jesus said “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” That refers to a kind of humility — the kind Moses had, which was submitting to the Will of God.

There is NOTHING scripturally correct about being poor. In fact, throughout the Bible there are promises of the many blessings, both spiritual and worldly that will be given to those who love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and might.

That willingness to give up everything (part of one’s might) is a Job like attribute. One could become materially poor like Job. However, at the end, Job’s fortunes were more than fully restored!

So that someone is wealthy, including living in a wealthy community like Greenwich does not immediately indicate that the person does not love the Lord.

However, all Christians and Jews are called upon to give to those who are in physical need. That is lovingkindness . Other religions include this concept also.
Last time i looked we very much had a separation of Church and state, so from a biblical point of view, the government of the USA is not obligated to care for its poor citizens. We have government programs only because citizens, many of whom are Christians or Jews or believe biblical principles, are in favor of such charity programs.

Time when many people are experiencing less financial or material wealth have almost always been times that produced spiritual wealth for the people of the USA. As the financial problems grow, people are flocking together on the Internet into spiritual social networks and groups. Faith and spirituality are flourishing on the web, including through this web site.

If history is an indicator, we can prepare for some new understandings that include the promises and a new outpouring and revelation of The Divine purpose for our lives.

Churches , synagogues, and temples, etc., where people’s spiritual needs are being met will survive — and possibly increase. Perhaps there will be fewer gala events and more pot lucks, but people will support what brings them closer to God.

And giving to those in real need does that.

I wrote the book, The Art of Seeing The Divine to share the new way I have learned to see the world with those who have a “poorer” vision. My purpose its to change the way we actually see the world, to help others see with a new vision that inspires, enlightens, comforts and empowers.

Come and see more at The Art of Seeing The Divine.

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Changing Vision Through Art

October 30th, 2008 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Is it possible to actually see more by training your brain through art better decode the impressions of light received from the brain?

90% of the perception of vision actually takes pace in the brain– by adding visual memories into the brain we learn to understand more. That is how we learned to read, by first learning to decode the simple shapes, then recognizing the shapes in various configurations, and finally by giving the letters names, sounds and as they are configured together meaning: words!

The new e book of The Art of Seeing The Divine is an inspirational visual self- help book, filled with Visual Exercise/Experiences that use art to bring new visual understandings to what a person sees, everywhere.

The information is based on science, including physics as the symbols used as strokes in the art represent the strings, which are the essential strokes or pre-matter of the physical universe.

The essential energy of the universe is also believed to be the very Words of The Creator who spoke the universe into existence,. This basic theology is held by all branches and denominations of Christians and Jews, and it is mentioned in the Koran.

The Abrahamic religions all agree that the words were spoken in Hebrew as it is symbolized in what is known as Torah font. This unique font is binary, alpha-numeric and phonic. It is the only font in any language in the world that is binary, alpha-numeric and phonic for any language in the world.

That the Torah font is phonic means it also references important concepts in most of the worlds spiritual or religious paths, such has good/evil, holy/profane and yin/yang.

People find seeing the energies inspirational and uplifting. There seem to be more potential and possibilities for a life filled with abundance and meaning. The world seems less solid, and more light.

Come and see for yourself at the Art of Seeing The Divine; http://www.artofseeingthedivine.com

Come and see at www.artofseeingthedivine.com

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Inspiration Happens Only Now

October 30th, 2008 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

A good work of art is original.

Not necessarily an original – since personally, I’d take a good reproduction of a van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, etc., over some of the “originals” I have seen recently in various galleries.

By original, I mean that the artist’s vision is unique and inspiring.

There is a great deal of good art, beautifully rendered work being done today. I know artists who have talent and training and they paint lovely paintings using oils and watercolors, especially. Just one problem, been there seen that. Who is painting what is really new and will change the way I see the world? I want to see that.

A good life is original. Each person has his or her own path. Attempting to follow another’s path only manages to take one off one’s own path.

It’s an interesting thing about paths. We can only take the next step. We cannot undo past steps, but we can correct our course if we have rambled off our path. But, a path is walked one step at a time. Try to run ahead and one goes off one’s path.

A step takes time, even though it may seem to go rather fast, such as during a brisk walk.

Imagine a step shown in slow motion. It happens second by second, bit by bit, movement by movement: the lifting up of the leg, leaning forward, the shifting of one’s weight… It’s an easy accomplishment for the average healthy person, but for a baby becoming a toddler or a person who has a foot or leg injury it takes more concentration. The time seems to stretch out. Taking a simple step demands focus and being present.

No one can walk with the Lord in the past. Nor is it possible to do so in the future. All we have is now.

God is always present in the Now. It is our challenge to let go of our past baggage, worries, concerns, unresolved emotional difficulties with others, anger, and what ever else is running through our minds – and take the bold step of focusing on the immediate now.

Take a deep breath. Concentrate on just breathing in then breathing out. Experience that breath. Look around. What do you see? Not what needs to be done – but what is actually where you are? What is now? (Please, give it a try — now.)

This blog was inspired by a Collector Family member who wrote me that she is having a problem staying in balance. She is very busy with a life that places many demands on her time.

Being out of balance means not being in the moment of now with the Lord. Even busy people only have now, although it may seem otherwise.

Jesus said, “I do nothing but what the Father does through me.” That’s about being in the now and focused on the Father.

Paul said, “Pray without ceasing” — meaning be in communication as prayer is communication that goes both ways. Paul is taking about a constant relationship with God that can only happen in the now.

Hillel said, “If not now, when?” Hillel is asking when can we actually do anything except in the now?

They are all pointing to the same reality. We cannot have a relationship with our Creator except in the now. And, if we are not having a relationship with the Lord in the moment, as we draw each breath, then we are indeed going to feel out of balance. Other words we apply to our lack of being present in the moment (and therefore in relationship with the Creator) are terms such as stressed, harried, out of sorts, upset, etc.

My life is very out of balance in the way of the world. Experts might disapprove of my path. That’s their problem. I am focusing on staying on my path.

I am working to stay, moment by moment, step by step on the path that the Lord has for me. Sure, I fail on a daily basis. I stumble, trip and even take spiritual pratfalls. I get lost in my thoughts of the path and future. Then I pick myself up, brush myself off and get my focus back on the Lord and what is now. I ask, What do I do now, Lord? I ask this as often as I can remember to do so, many, many times a day and I have been at it for years. What do I do now? What do I say now? There is always an answer, just not necessarily the one I want. And it is always simple and immediate, dealing with the now.

Most of us ask for guidance during times of crisis. I have learned to ask on an ongoing basis, even when I think I can handle the situation myself. On a moment to moment basis and more of my moments are spent that way. You can do this too.

We can only relate to God (or anyone) in the moment of NOW. We cannot do it in the future or past.

When I have my answer, and act on it, such as late and night, when I get the sense of inspirational feedback, like, Go brush your teeth … then when I break away from the painting or the PC screen, I have a sense of balance of peace of being on my right path. (The teeth brushing thing is generally followed with the move towards bed.)

When I am busy with the many tasks that I wish I could give to the staff I don’t have yet, I try to be present in that now, focus on the Lord. Moment by moment. Easy to say, not as easy to accomplish.

For instance, putting together my shipments of prints is a task that is routine but uniquely specific in detail for each package. It is work I could mostly and gladly hand over to a competent assistant. However, it is still my own task and I have learned that there is nothing so mundane or small that the Lord does not wish to be there with you and share it.

A great painting is created one stroke at a time. The inspiration (for me communication with the Lord) that the artist had when each stroke was made shows in a painting. A great symphony is written note by note and again, the inspiration is evident. A great piece of literature…well, you have the idea.

Great works of art out continue to inspire many generations and so seem immortal.

If we live our lives one moment at a time with the Lord, we will live great lives that will inspire others. That is what Jesus, Paul, Hillel and many other great teachers have tried to tell us. In Genesis, it says that Enoch walked perfectly with the Lord and then was no more – in other words, Enoch never died. I find that amazingly inspirational.

Inspirational enough to inspire me to create a whole new theory of art, Post Conceptual UnGraven Image, where the focus is on the stroke: tiny strokes – one stroke at a time in the ever expanding and inspirational now.

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Hello world!

October 30th, 2008 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

This is a new blog site for The Art of Seeing The Divine.

The three blog posts that follow after this (actually as one scrolls, are above) have been republished here from the old, but then also new site that used different software. Please update your links.

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