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How to Reverse a Jinx or Bad Luck via Brain Science

October 10th, 2013 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

A new study from by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business indicates that some actions to undo what is perceived to be a jinx or bad luck often work better than others – plus the news that these actions can actually work!

Being jinxed is a matter of one’s own personal perception of belief, and our beliefs about ourselves and our fates tend to be self-fulfilled. Furthermore we tend to “bring” to ourselves that which we fear and place out focus upon.For example, most of us have a reasonable fear of certain animals that can harm or attack humans such as lions, tigers and grizzly bears. Yet we give little thought to these fears, especially if we live in modern civilized areas because we live in areas where these animals are absent.  

Fears that people can and do focused on in modern industrial societies involve concerns with one’s personal financial state, accidents, health and relationships.  A person can feel jinxed in one of these areas by a comment made by another or that slips out of one’s own mouth. Even a positive comment, such as the news that a disease is in remission or an investment is doing well, can be perceived to be “tempting fate.’

To undo a jinx, the most common superstition in Western culture is the action of knocking on wood. Other popular actions based on superstitions that people believe will reverse or thwart bad fortune spitting or throwing salt.  Even people who aren’t particularly superstitious often participate in these practices.

According to the new study, superstitions actually do “reverse” perceived bad fortune. Actually, what occurs is that people’s elevated concerns after tempting fate can be eliminated if they engage in a ritual to undo the then expected bad luck.

The ritual superstitious action acts like a placebo, taking away the need for the person who felt jinxed to focus attention on that fear.

The study found that the most effective rituals for overcoming bad luck involved am exertion of force that moves away from one’s body, such as knocking on work, spitting or throwing salt. Actions that moved towards one’s body were less effective.

In five separate experiments that involved both superstition-based actions and non-superstitious actions of “discarding away from the body, or keeping something close, the results showed that those people who preformed the away focused action had a better outcome. For example, one of the non-superstition based actions involved having a subject participant either throw or hold a ball.

“Engaging in an avoidant action seems to create the sense that the bad luck is being pushed away,” said Jane Risen, associate professor of behavioral science at Chicago Booth.“Reversing One’s Fortune by Pushing Away Bad Luck,” is the name of the study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Co-authors are Yan Zhang of National University of Singapore and former Chicago Booth student, and Christine Hosey, a current Chicago Booth student.
Art that can help you gain a new way of seeing your world


Genesis Dalet by Judy Rey Wasserman
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Vote Your Conscience!

November 6th, 2012 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Inspirational Stuff

Although the Constitution of the United States of America grants citizens who meet specific provisions, such as age, the right to vote, we uphold and keep that right only by exercising it. A country is a collective of individuals. The right to vote is the muscular structure.

It is use it or lose it. A democracy where no one votes, or where the is only one official way a person is allowed to vote is a dictatorship.
There always are and always will be people in every country who want more power, and will use whatever means, including dishonesty, fraud, bribery and bullying, both verbal and physical to gain unmerited power over others. In a democracy, it is not just up to the government to stop this unacceptable behavior, it is up to the citizens to elect government representatives who will act upon the wishes of their constituency, which means the people who elect them.
On this election day, I urge you to vote your conscience, not your personal interests. While it may seem that I am promoting one candidate over another by that statement, I always make that statement, and vote that way. Most importantly I urge you to vote that way, independently in all primaries and for every single elected position, whether it is for national, state, city or village representatives.  I vote for the person, not the party.

I also vote for the most honest politicians. The ones most likely to tell me the truth — based on their past performance. I have even voted for candidates I basically disagreed with, because the candidates who had the platform I approved of, wre liars, and I figured at least I would know what I was getting. Also, look at the person’s record. Not promises, but what in life they have actually done to help the USA via any offices or volunteer activities. Is the person who is running going
to help their cronies and pals (based upon their record) or will they work to help all citizens?

Abortion vs. Thou Shalt Not Steal and Corruption

The USA (home of my citizenship) is one of the most religious countries on earth and certainly one of the most Christian, plus it has the largest Jewish population outside of Israel.  While principles of fairness and equality are also mentioned and a strong part of other religions, it is  a great issue, and commanded many times in the Bible, including in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).  Fair weights and measures, paying honest wages, taking care of the poor and needy, treating others with respect are commanded again and again in both testaments.  While I am personally against abortion and have advised womenn who sought my help against taking such a step, the fact is that abortion is not specifically mentioned anywhere in the Bible, in either testament. And, for sure, they knew how to abort a fetus at least in the time of Jesus since they knew how to deliver a baby via C-setion. Julius Caesar was delivers this way. Early stage abortion,
where the infant cannot yet breathe on its own (or cannot be saved by a neonatal unit in our times) is not infanticide, and hence not murder according to the Bible. The only commandment that possibly pertains to abortion is the one in Genesis where Adam and Eve are instructed to “Be fruitfukl and multiply”. Anyone who tries to tell you that the USA is recieving the wrath of the Lord based upon Roe v. Wade does not know the Bible or is outright lying to you. [And, again, I am staunchly personally against abortion except where the mother’s life is endangered, and will always counsel against it for many reasons.]

However, again what is mentioned in the Bible, again and again, especially if one wants material blessings, is honest dealings and giving to the poor and needy. I believe that powerful interests, monied and big business interests (but certainly not all big businesses!) are promoting and profiting from the abortion issue. It takes voters’ attention away from making the USA the an honest, upright, fair dealing and generous country, a nation of laws that are equal for all.  Focusing our attention on women’s  bodies and not on being a nation of honest dealings is good business for certain important interests that is strongly promoted by lobbyists and corrupt interests to divert and mislead those who truly seek to do what is right.

Dollar Bill Washington says: "VOTE" by Judy Rey Wasserman

 

 VOTE 2010 by Judy ReyWasserman

Strokes of both the Essence Portrait of George Washington and also the dollar bill are the original
Torah font letters of Exodus 10, the Ten Commandments.
 A fine art archival print of the above basic Essence Portrait of George Washington is available.
There is one commandment about murder and two (2!)about stealing and coveting (which leads to schemes to defraud and ill gotten gain). Leviticus is filled with many stern and specific commandments and warnings about stealing, fraud, treating one’sservants (employees) fairly, fair weights and measures, telling the truth, etc., plus of course, charity and kindness. In the New Testament beatitude in Matthew 5:6, sums this up, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

So vote  and vote your conscience. Be filled.

A fine art archival print
of the above basic Essence Portrait of George
Washington is available.

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theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free
copy click: Manifesto
of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

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Seeing Water’s Meaning in the Bible via Art

July 18th, 2012 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Inspirational Stuff

In the Bible, water, which is the word mayim in Hebrew, represents Torah (also known as the Pentateuch), the written Word. It can also be considered that water can symbolically represent the written Word, known as the Logos by Christians throughout the whole Bible.

Thus when the tribes of Israel cross over the Red Sea into the Sinai desert, the story also indicates that the Word parted, creating a safe path, which next floods in and engulfs and drowns the non-believing Egyptians who pursued the newly freed slaves.This is a extremely significant metaphor as Moses is credited with writing the first five books of the Bible.

The Dock Less Traveled

By Judy Rey Wasserman

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So while the Bible begins with the story of Genesis, the written Word in fact begin in the Sinai desert after Moses and the Hebrew people cross the Red Sea .

For Christians, when Jesus walks upon the water reaching the boat carrying his disciples, the visual metaphor show that Jesus is standing on the written Word. As learned Jews every disciple, and many of the followers knew that.

Whenever I paint water, I always and only use the letters of the texts from the first five books of the Bible for the strokes.

In the Dock Less Traveled, the water, as well as the dock and sky are all painted with strokes that are the Torah font letters of Genesis 1-2:7.

In Southampton , NY , where I live, we have many private docks, built over the ocean, bays and lakes. Some of the docks are long, some are shorter. There is no standard dock; each is unique. The poetic imagery of this that each of us has a unique personal walk with The Divine over the Word.

We can walk as far as the end of the dock, or use the dock to gain access to a boat that can take us far out into the waters, or we can jump off the dock and swim in the water.

When you look at the image of the Dock Less Traveled imagine yourself at the moment of stepping onto the dock. You are surrounded by the word. Everywhere you look or step is created by the Word and embodies it.

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Inspirational Summer Reading Fun

July 6th, 2012 by Admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

I read many inspirational, self-help, motivational and business books. If I learn of, find or am given a book in these categories by someone who follows me (and of course I follow them back!) I will at least skim the book, and read a few chapters.

However, in the hot summer months, I tend to read less of these and turn to more fun fare, fiction, biographies and of course, books about art. Happily, this past winter I read two inspirational books that if you missed them are wonderful fun summer reads! What makes this even more fun for me is that these books are by two authors who are and have been my social media friends since I first wandered onto Twitter.

The first is Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. It is meant to be a business book, but the ideas and principles can easily benefit and be applied to non-business relationships and endeavors as it is a kind of how to manual for achieving likeability and trust.

While the names of the chapters indicate information useful to sales people, managers, executives, etc., they are just as meaningful for parents of teenagers and adult children, spouses, adult children dealing with parents, teachers, and, well, anyone who has ideas to share with another person, which means anyone but a complete hermit.

Here are some of the chapter titles, “How to Achieve Trust Worthiness”, “How to Prepare”, “How to Overcome Resistance”—explaining why people are reluctant and how to get over that, and “How to Make Enchantment Endure”. Now, think of a woman who is hoping to meet and marry a good man and enjoy a good marriage and reread those chapter titles! Learning how to enchant others is clearly a skill worth cultivating.

And, Guy Kawasaki enchants with his examples, stories and friendly, accessible writing style. You will not only benefit from reading this book, you will enjoy the ride.

In Never Pass Up an Opportunity, 51 Opportunities For Improving Your Life , author Larry Czerwonka gives us a fun fast read, but one where the ideas can linger and have an uplifting and long time effect.

Each chapter is less that one page long, some are only a paragraph is size, but each chapter holds a big inspirational idea that is easy or grasp, and include in your life.

As an artist some of my favorites of Czerwonka’s 51 Never Pass Up challenges are: “#14 be someone’s RAINBOW when they are feeling down”, “weave something NEW into the tapestry of your life”, “#39 ASSOCIATE yourself with passionate and caring people” and #40 associate yourself with slightly CRAZY people”. I admit that those last two may be how I quickly became social media friends with Larry Czerwonka, because all artist by definition are not “normal” but are passionate about their art.

So do not pass up an opportunity to read this book and then share it with a friend.

On Twitter follow Guy @GuyKawasaki and Larry @larryczerwonka and me @judyrey

[Note: Judy Rey Wasserman only reviews books on inspiration, spirituality, or social media (at this blog) or art (at ungravenimage.com/blog) that she appreciates and believes will benefit and inspire these who like her work. She only gives good reviews because she can chose what, if anything, to mention.]

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Why New Year Resolutions Usually Fail – & One that Easily Works!

December 27th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

At the New Year many people resolve to change their lives for the better, leaving the old unhealthy, unworkable ways and embracing the new. We want self improvement that has us looking good and feeling good!

Unfortunately habits of thinking and behaving are difficult to change, so the diets, quitting cigarette smoking regimes, exercise programs, budgets, organizing projects, and other attempts fail for an overwhelming majority of people, according to studies and statistics. The bulk of people who actually gain benefits from all of these resolves and programs are the companies who sell them to people who seek to change their lives.

To succeed, self-change not only needs to be beneficial – it needs to be fun and interesting.

Further, as hunter gathers, human beings are wired to bring what they need to survive in — towards themselves. The basic act of eating, bring the bite of food toward and into one’s mouth fully shows this motion and principle. All of the above mentioned popular self improvement activities also involve that pulling something towards oneself motion with the initial purchase of goods and services, although after receiving the purchase that inward motion tends to slow down or stop, or as with some exercise programs reverse.

What if you could easily change your life – and for free while you enjoyed yourself?

Perhaps, even better – if you decided to go beyond all that you could do for absolutely no cost and made a purchase, it not only would be in something that has and is outperforming both the stock market and real estate, but would bring you pride of ownership while sharing it for the benefit of yourself and others. Plus, unlike any other type of investment, it comes with a full no-hassle money back guarantee.

You can change your inspirational vision about and for yourself, other people and also the world you see around you, easily, for free and while enjoying yourself. Plus, this will also actually change your physical vision, eyesight, so that you see more and are aware of more, especially of the Presence of The Divine in your life. Imagine having that sure reality in a time of trouble — a peace that surpasses all understanding!

You can even set up your daily environment so that remembering to practice this takes almost no effort of your part as it naturally becomes a part of your environment.

And, finally, once you have achieved the full benefits of your new vision, throughout your day you may also experience a natural lessening of unwanted emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, sadness, etc.

Now don’t you think that would be a really beneficial  change for your New Year?!

OK.  So if this seems too good to be true, then probably you are sane, as there has never been anything like it. It is wise to suspect something bait and switch or that is full of downright lies and snake oil.

When the new vision “happened” to me, which is how it was discovered, with all of its benefits, at first I thought I had a problem and then I though it was a personal miracle. It is neither personal to me nor an unexplainable miracle, although it still feels miraculous.

Scientifically, the easily obtained and fun to make changes that occur are fully explainable. Although based in ancient Biblical understandings that are now scientifically explained, one does not need to be religious or even spiritual to gain benefit. The theology being this is so universally held, it is basic to all branches and denominations of Christians, Jews, and also Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists and many other religious and paths.

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Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
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Valley of the 23rd Psalm

December 6th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

Today more than ever as a society and as individual we need to have and share a vision of hope and truth.

Back in 2007, when many of the ideas in this blog were originally posted, I was thinking about time in my life, and in the lives people I’ve known, when we individually dealt with the loss of a loved one, sickness and financial hardships.  Today, we share in a recession including the many layoffs and unemployment, the foreclosures and the financial problems that are now also faced by a great deal of the world.

In the 23rd Psalm, the words translated as, “As I walk through valley of the shadow of death” can and is also translated as, “As I walk through the valley overshadowed by death.”

This may seem a slight distinction, but to me, the overshadowing of a valley seems darker than “the shadow of death.” That overshadowing seems total. Darker. Plus, the image evoked is more real.

Yet the description is of a shadow, a kind of darkness that can actually touch and “cover” us, as shadows do, but is not really a part of us. We can step out of a shadow.

Apparently there is another Hebrew version of the text, which translates as: “the valley of deepest darkness.” This seems worse yet, as it would be the darkest.

There are times in life where we feel that we are going through a valley of deepest darkness. When it is difficult to even marshal up any hope for the future, no less find some good in the current moment. For me, these were the times when I have also felt very alone and diminished in some way,  such as by the loss of someone very close to me.

There is always some light that may seem hidden but that can be revealed in any darkness that is either perceived with the eyes or the soul.  That physical light can be detected by instruments, and you can also easily learn to see more of it.  For many people, this special physical light is symbolic of the very words and ongoing presence of The Divine.

The theory of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image art grew out of Judeo-Christian theology that begins with Genesis 1:3, “Let there be light.” Light is vital to our universe and without it there would be no colors, paintings or art. For Jews and Christians without the words of The Divine there would be no world.

The symbolism of the dark valley of the Psalm 23, suggests Genesis Chapter 1, when “darkness was on the face of the deep.”

Prior to the portion about the valley, the psalmist wrote that “He leads me in paths of righteousness from the sake of His name [or His name’s sake].’ Following entering the dark valley the psalm continues, “I shall fear no evil, for Thou [The Lord] art with me.”

Back in January 2007, I was reading about studies of famous creative by neurological scientists. One dealt with how music affects our brains. Another study is researching a finding that the creative visual place in the human brain is close or coincides with the area that also deals with insanity.

For me, insanity would be the darkest place and we all — to some degree — deal with our own neurosis or illogical fears and concerns. Coping with the discomfort of believing lies (denial), unwanted emotions and fears leads to behavior that is out of control. A severe amount of this would be catatonia while the mild everyday –I can-cope-with-it variety leads all manner of behaviors that we resolve change repair every New Year.

It struck me as amazingly “coincidental” that the brain area that deals with area is near or coincides with the creatively visual area.

Ninty percent of (90%) of vision happens in the brain as it decodes impressions of light sent by the eyes. To see is to discern darkness from light. That kind of decoding (discernment) also occurs when we have a sudden inspiration or understanding and “see the light”. Think of all the cartoons that indicate the character getting an idea through the now universally understood symbol of a bright light bulb by the cartoon character’s head.

Inspiration, a new idea of vision can be understood as:  light suddenly coming out of darkness.

Of course, that was before I realized in the spring of 2008 that when one sees enough (enough varies for individuals) of my artwork, one gains Awakened Vision thanks to the memories of that art, which the brain uses to decode more visual information. People who have gained Awakened Vision experience seeing more.

When we do not turn towards The Divine and follow our inspiration, our unique revealed path before us, we will inevitably go in a different direction. We stray, even for the moment, when we allow negative emotions to control us  saying a few “deserved” but demeaning harsh words (which will make us feel better somehow) or tell a small, seemingly harmless white lie so our lives will be more convenient or acceptable to others, or pretend that a situation that we do not like does not exist, we turn away from what we know is true.

Instead, sometimes simply trudging along in the valley of deepest darkness, even somewhat blindly, serves to take us to a new place of inspiration where suddenly a “feast” is found, our cup runs, which moves us toward the fulfillment of our greatest needs and hopes. We see light come out of darkness.

Two watercolor pencil paintings, Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal and Psalm 23 (Female Cardinal) are created using strokes that are the original Torah font letters of Psalm 23.  They are separate works but also form a set of two cardinals in at the time of a winter sunset. Male cardinal
Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal

They were the first paintings after the tsunami, when coincidentally my area was engulfed by a blizzard.

The wild animals of the tsunami almost all “knew” to head for high ground just as the wild creatures in my area, where forage is otherwise generally plentiful managed to find food and shelter when a blizzard simultaneously hit my area and the snow was a foot and a half deep.Thus these bird paintings began my painting series entitled, Written on the Wind.

Like the sheep in Psalm 23, the cardinals outside my window somehow managed to find food and shelter, after also somehow remaining safe during the blizzard.  As I listened to the tsunami reports and watched the birds outside my window, it was clear that they “saw” and followed the prodding of some divine staff and rod that despite dire circumstances kept them safe.

According to the Psalmist, even in deepest darkness the Lord is with us. I paint using the Hebrew letters from original Bible texts to represent the smallest essential pre-particles (also known as strings and membranes). This is basic Judeo-Christian theology applied to fine art.

As we learn to actually see more, what is called Awakened Vision, we become more aware of the energy, which for many are (or symbolize) the words of The Divine.  If we can remember and even picture the very Words of the Lord surrounding when we are in a time of a dark valley, then we can know that we are loved and not alone.

In the darkest times we can “see” our next step if we can envision that we are surrounded by the very words and promises of the Lord. All we need to do is ask for and take one small step forward with The Divine and we will “fear no evil for thou art with me.”

People who have *Awakened Vision can see this and gain that comfort, hope and peace.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
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Black Friday Tips

November 25th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Inspirational Stuff

I’m thankful for Thanksgiving and also that I can stay home and avoid the crush on Black Friday but still enjoy many for the great discounts and even some that are only available online.

Also you can use special coupons and code like the one below to get the best deals online.

Did you know that many of the major retailers allow to to buy their limited Black Friday offers online?

Also — and I think even better – there’s the first time ever blow out Black Friday special at UnGraven Image and Art of Seeing the Divine. Take 35% off of any and ALL prints!

Plus for the first time you get a discount—and a whopping one at that on the initial down payment for a commissioned Essence Portrait for you or a loved one. This discount ends this Sunday, November 28, at 11:59 PM EST.

Does you gift list include a lawyer, accountant, judge, politician, investment or insurance counselor, history buff or teacher? Check out the open edition portraits of George Washington created with the original letters of the Ten Commandments.

George Washington Portrait

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Is there a special woman in your life? Someone who has blessed your life, such as a wide, mom, daughter, sister, teacher, clergy, aunt, grandmother – or, of course, friend? The Woman of Valor Rosebud is a special gift that she can cherish that will always remind her how special you think she is and inspire her.

Woman of Valor Rosebud Print

You’ll also find that investment quality limited edition prints as a special gift that inspire and beautify the home or place of business.

Of course the ultimate gift and luxury item is to invest in a personal commissioned Essence Portrait, a unique portrait created from favorite Bible tests like the one of George Washington above. Discover the inspirational process and learn more at http://ungravenimage.com/portraitpaintingcommissions.php Use your special discount code to begin right away at Start my portrait!

Check out the many sunsets and sunrises, the birds, flowers, portraits and more at. Use code: BLKFRI in the easy, secure checkout to instantly get your 35% discount .

Hurry! This discount ends, this Sunday, November 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST. Go now to http://store.artofseeingthedivine.com

Hoping that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you’re happy, fulfilled and safe,

Judy Rey Wasserman

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Check out the limited and open edition prints in the e store.
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How You Can Help by Tweeting in an Emergency

May 25th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

Twitter has proven to be one of the best resources for immediate help and information during an immediate local emergency due to earthquake, hurricane, spreading fire, earthquake, tornado, tsunami or terrorist attack.

Twitter’s Volunteers

There is a small army of tweeting members who “volunteer” their help by retweeting messages from the Red Cross and other rescue sources such as local news, police, firefighters and regular people like you and me, who are caught in the midst of the event and have valuable information that can help others.

Joining in…

My first experience of tweeting a message to help others was during a weekend phishing attack in mid November of 2008. The phishers knew to take advantage of the fact that the techies, who then had the largest followings, were absent on weekends I had fewer than 2,000 followers, but I discovered that we could help others by continuing to retweet the warnings about the phishing and the news.

It was an amazing experience as I watched members of the Twitter community step up and work together for a common good, just as people would do in any community that was dealing with a threat. That is when I “fell in love” with Twitter and the potential it gave to us all.

Within a week, the word “Mumbai” became a Trending Topic. This seemed weird so I clicked to check on it. Mumbai was under attack from terrorists. People on the streets in Mumbai were tweeting information as to where the gun shots were coming from. There was no time or opportunity for anyone caught on the streets of Mumbai or in the nearby buildings to turn to the radio or TV for help. By using the hashtag #Mumbai we retweeted the information as they tweeted it to us so that others on the streets knew where to go for safe shelter and what buildings and what streets to avoid. Live were saved thanks to those tweets.

How You Can You Help

Retweeting information during an emergency is super helpful even if you only have a few followers because it keeps the hashtag trending so that the people who are victims of the emergency can find it easily. More importantly, if we keep retweeting, people who are caught in the emergency can hopefully turn to Twitter and immediately see helpful information as to where to go to be safe, what hospitals are open, the roads that are open, and where to evacuate immediately. It also helps to retweet information from the victims so that first responders can know where they are.

Further, in a natural disaster power lines, radio and phone towers and reception can be compromised. By retweeting and retweeting life saving information it will appear at the top of the Twitter stream for a victim who may have just seconds of reception to see it.

During a natural catastrophe often phone and power lines go down. This compromises communication to the news media such as radio and TV so that Twitter can become the only resource that people have for any helpful news. The Twitter community needs all the volunteers possible to RT immediate information as to what hospitals are open, what roads to take, where victims need help, where shelters are, and more. And we need to keep tweeting it.

Twitter’s the Best Source for Immediate Disaster News

As I wrote this blog I was listening and glancing over to CNN where @piersmorgan and @andersoncooper are covering the horrendous tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri the previous day. At this time that night CNN was turning to Twitter and reading tweets that we were retweeting for the news, it was their best source for news.

The April 2009 earthquake in Italy killed 2009 people. As soon as Twitter received the news, we again joined together to help relay rescue information to and from the victims of this disaster. I had a few followers comment then that they had already seen a message from me which actually dealt with what hospitals people needed to go to. It became clear that some people were annoyed that I my tweets had ceased to fill them in on art, inspire them, or be otherwise interesting or entertaining.

I explained and a few joined me in retweeting valuable information. But, a few people unfollowed me because what I was tweeting was not interesting for them since they were not in Italy. Somehow, that did not seem like much of a loss for me.

How to Join In

Once you realize there is a disaster or emergency taking place at the moment look for a Trending Topic that could indicate it. Such topics have included; “Eathquake”, “Italy”, “Chile”, “Tsunami”, “Haiti” and “Joplin”.

Although it goes against Twitter TOS and is bad twitterquette not to use “RT’ or “via” to give credit to the originator of a tweet, during an emergency no one sane cares about taking credit. It is wiser and perfectly acceptable to Tweet a whole message full of information and delete the name of the originator if it fails to fit in within 140 characters.

A New Twitter Role

Generally, I am not a source for news, except in relation to the art world ad a few select causes that often involve freedom, justice or tolerance. I am an artist and founder of a new art theory of Post Conceptual Art, including a branch of that called UnGraven Image. You can see more about that at ungravenimage.com.

I am also a member of the community called Twitter. As such, people get to know me. Sometimes I share a joke or useful information that just seems helpful to others, too. I do converse in the stream. Yet, mostly I tweet about art or inspiration often based on art or other artists.

Two days ago a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri and decimated much of it, including one of its two hospitals. Coincidentally, people who live in Joplin are also members of my Twitter community. Thus, they are my neighbors. We have Twitter neighbors around the world, of all races, beliefs and ages, who joined together to retweet useful information to help the people in Joplin.

You Are Valued

I hope and pray that we never have another emergency or disaster anywhere in the world. But if one occurs please join with me and your twitter friends and neighbors to retweet and tweet helpful information. Tweets that can help save lives and prevent casualties during an emergency are the most valuable and important tweets we can send.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download (and save to disk) a free PDF copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

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Woman of Valor Rosebud – Proverbs 31: 10-31

April 29th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Inspirational Stuff

The Woman of Valor Rosebud – Red is art that celebrates the special women in our lives. Each and every stroke that creates the image is created with a letter from the original Hebrew text of Proverbs 31: 10-31.

A red rose is a meaningful universal symbol for love. They also stand for respect and courage. Red rosebuds mean pure and lovely. These understandings of feminine virtue are found in Proverbs 31:10-31, which is also known as the Bible’s Woman of Valor.

Traditionally Jewish men read this scripture passage to their wives of the Sabbath as a tribute. It is also a custom to bring flowers to the wife or any home that one visits for the Friday evening meal. This ancient custom continues to this day.

Rosebuds symbolize beauty, youth and an innocent heart.

A single rose stands for simplicity.

:The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” –Isaiah 35:1

Woman of Valor- Proverbs 31 Rose

Woman of Valor Rosebud – Red

By Judy Rey Wasserman

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. — Henri Matisse

Below is a close up of a detail of the artwork so that you can see that each and every letter, which may overlap and be placed this way and that, is always an original Torah font letter of the scripture text of Woman of Valor.

A fine art archival print of this unique Post Conceptual and UnGraven Image artwork is makes a special gift for a beloved woman, including wives, mothers, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, teachers, and best friends. This is also a beautiful gift for the bar mitzvah girl, sweet sixteen, bride to be, expectant mother and bridesmaids.

Unlike a bouquet of live flowers or fruit, this is art she can cherish throughout her lifetime.

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The Divine Transformation – Blessings of Passover & Easter

April 18th, 2011 by Admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Inspirational Stuff

The spring festivals of Passover and Easter are about the transformation that occurs when one completely follows The Divine*, which for monotheistic Christians and Jews is the One God.

There is a rebirth that occurs not by the decision – but by the actualization or enactment of that decision. The decision is easy, but carrying it out is almost always fraught with difficulties.

The adversities can be understood as tests in which one proves ones determination, probably more to oneself that to the Divine. Persistence and endurance will overcome any of the adversities; they will also bring a miraculous new life.

Our adversities and troubles can often be understood as blessings in disguise as they often inspire us to redouble our efforts and focus on The Divine through prayer, meditation and study. It has been said that, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”

Often, when in good times we celebrate, even pat ourselves on the back for our victories and focus less on The Divine*. We grow closer to The Divine, and thus become more of our true selves when we are desperate for help. We learn to focus on The Divine through prayer, meditation and study, because we really need help and may have nowhere else to turn for relief. As Aristotle said, “We learn by doing.”

Cherry Tree
by Judy Rey Wasserman

Strokes are Psalm 46

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Embarking on the journey of following The Divine means leaving behind anything, and even anyone, that is not a part of the journey. Whatever we must leave behind is always something that is only necessary to support our ego or our false pride and diverts us from being our true selves. What and who we surround ourselves with helps us keep or lose our purpose and chosen vision.

In Exodus we learn that although the Israelis were not affected by the twelve plagues, they were subject to the wrath of those around them, which considering they were slaves must have been horrible. Yet, Moses persisted and returned again and again to Pharaoh asking that his people be allowed to leave Israel .

Finally, the Israelis were allowed to leave Egypt but they had to hurry! The Israelis needed to surround themselves with visions of a new life of riches and splendor, not the old life of poverty and slavery, both physically and metaphorically as shown by the Bible’s description of the Egyptians giving them precious gold and jewels.

The Bible does dwell on the obvious: what they had to leave behind, such as their homes, which were meager havens but filled with precious memories, including the wonderful recent meal they had shared on the night the Egyptians lost their first born sons. It was a hard life, but it was what they knew and had, but now they had to embark on the unknown.

Strokes are Deuteronomy 6

Spring Tree
by Judy Rey Wasserman

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Transformation always involves willingly entering the unknown and wandering around in it for a period of time. Birth itself represents transformation when we leave the known security of the womb and wander through the birth canal until we become a new viable human being who can breathe freely.In Genesis, The Divine blows His breath into Adam, which makes him alive. Every other living thing is spoken into life but Man, who is formed and then given the breath of The Divine. Thus according to Genesis, our breath shows that we live and metaphorically indicates The Divine in us.

The minute the Israelites left Egypt they were breathing as free people. Their behaviors and activities were no longer slaves who were subjected to the will of others. Experiencing their new freedom they immediately lacked ego, which in scripture is represented by yeast, which puffs up bread and is a metaphor for false pride and willful behavior. Thus initially during their journey in freedom, they ate matzoh as they turned fully to The Divine.

According to Thomas’ account the transformed and risen Jesus spoke to him. The act of speaking proves a person is alive as no one can speak without breath.

For both Jews and Christians and everyone else spring brings a new vision. We celebrate the transformation of the trees and perennials that come into bloom, plus it is a natural seasons of birth and beginnings. We are transformed by what we see and then by what we do.

Wishing you and your loved ones the freedom and blessings of transformation and meaningful holiday this spring.

* The Term “The Divine” is used as a general term and the reader is invited to substitute their own best and theologically correct term whenever it is used. Given the many names for God or the higher power, this prevents misunderstandings.

Judy Rey Wasserman is the Founder and an Artist of Post Conceptual Art theory including the branch called UnGraven Image. Discover more at http://ungravenimage.com<br>

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<strong>Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: <a href=”http://ungravenimage.com/images/ManifestoofPosConceptualUnGravenImageArt.pdf” target=”_blank”>Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.</a> </strong>

<strong> <a href=”http://store.artofseeingthedivine.com” target=”_blank”>Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.</a> </strong>
<strong>Follow her on Twitter at <a href=”http://twitter.com/judyrey” target=”_blank”> @judyrey </a>.]</strong>

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