Changing Our Level of Understanding

What was unknown becomes known; what was known becomes the unknown.~Ani Po

It is often during my time of contemplation in which many mysteries are revealed. So many questions and so few answers, until quiet time…taken by self. It is in these moments great truths are revealed. While they become my truths, they become someone else’s false truth.

As our truth changes, others around us change their understanding of truth…holding steadfast in their understanding. Whilst theirs remains, ours begins to change yet once more…changing our level of understanding.

Just as nature changes without question, we emulate this behavior of change…allowing all things…including the self…to change. While the world changes at supersonic speed, we can choose to hold on to old beliefs or let go…allowing new beliefs to make manifest new truths.

It is in letting go that we become all there is. All there is, ever-changing, forever adapting to the change around us. Go with the flow and remain in happiness or hold on to what was…failing to see what could become…

known becomes unkown




Our Dream Becomes a Masterpiece

Life is nothing but a dream, and if we are artists, then we can create our life with Love, and our dream becomes a masterpiece of art.~Don Miguel Ruiz

The inherent ingredient is found nowhere else on the planet but within ourselves and has been placed within our own hearts. Taking time to see what makes us tic, what brings us most joy, is not enough. Seeing it and acting upon these dream… that is the masterpiece waiting to be born.

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Clearing Space

As I sit and stare at my own clutter, I am reminded of the many ‘stuff’ we acquire…failing to let go of it in fear of needing it one day. Then one day has come and didn’t need it after all?! What to do with this stuff? Time to clear the space, allowing emptiness to fill the space.

I remember helping a friend build a shed, as he needed a place to put his tools. The building was success and it was filled rather nicely. Everything was out in order and had its place. But over a course of a year the space was displaced and nothing had its place.

My friend called me and asked if I would help him build another shed, but this time a little bigger. I asked if we were removing the other, to his answer “No, it is filled with stuff. I need room for more stuff.”

I agreed. We built a bigger shed, with more improvements and storage space. We built shelving units, hooks for hookable things and even made storage space in the rafters of said shed. It was a masterpiece and all the things that went in had a place of its own. But over another course, the space was in disarray and nothing had its place.

My friend called to ask If we could build another shed, little bigger and room for a few four-wheelers. This space was going to be used for the bigger tools and sports vehicles…maybe even a boat?!

So we began building. Half way through the project, my friend considers the idea that maybe he had too much stuff in the first place and maybe it was better to start cleaning up some of the stuff…letting go of what no longer served his needs. You think?! I explained.

We built this shed anyway, filled it to every last inch with stuff…only to have them all burn to the ground, taking all the stuff with. My friend called with the terrible news, to his surprise, I reply “now you don’t have to get rid of anything?!”

He as not pleased with my answer and was hurt some more. Although after much contemplation he returned my call and decided that maybe I was right. “I think that none of it was a necessity, but merely a wanting to fill a void within myself. I lost everything, but found myself.”

Stepping into the Canvas losing everything, only to find myself. It is easy to fall into a trap of wanting more stuff, but what happens when it is gone? Enjoy the stuff we have and the time it lasts…we shan’t need anything else.

shed in woods

Closing my Eyes

I close my eyes to that which was seen,

Allowing truth to paint a different scene.

The world around me painted by misery,

Remains forever in harmonious melody.

That which was is not,

That which was not is.

Fear and anger have lost,

Only Love and Peace is droste.

Hopelessness and failures have gone,

No need to answer this…merely a yawn.

That which was is not,

That which was not is.

Whether beginning or end matters not,

Only here and now I aught.

Whether abundant or lack matters not,

Only Peace that which I fought.

That which was is not,

That which was not is.

Stepping into the Canvas with magic brush in hand, capable of painting any picture I wish. It is my choice to do this or that, be that or this…which will it be…the choice is up to me….Ani Po

with magic brush

Choosing Happiness

Who is more blessed? The person of longevity yet miserable or the person short-lived and happy as can be? This is actually a loaded question, as it is a question for the mind. The heart does not understand the concept of time but merely giving freely of itself. While one gives freely the other remains fearfully without giving.

Which would you rather? Again a question of the mind. I have asked this question of many persons and always amazed at the puzzled look while answering the question. Twenty-Five percent quickly replied happy and short-lived of course. The other seventy-five percent could not answer the question. Why? Why couldn’t they answer? Majority could not answer because they themselves could not attain happiness, while the other sample simply blamed society on their misery.

I have witnessed the most happy people and surprisingly they had very little. Why is this? Are they living in a false reality? or have they simply found the true meaning of happiness, enjoying the little they did have to the fullest? Along with this, do they find the littlest things to become excited over?

On the other hand, there are those who have everything and live miserably…continually seeking happiness in the next toy or the next big thing. Sigh* While it is possible they can find happiness, chances are it is not in the stuff they seek…but happiness that which is seeking them.

So back to the original question of importance of being happy versus longevity. What if our goal in life is to attain happiness, regardless of our cumulative stuff or lessons of life? What if that is the ultimate lesson?

There are those who live a short-lived life, but are the happiest people…why does this happen to them? Maybe they are here to selflessly give the opportunity of finding happiness to the others who do not have?!

What about healers who can heal others of terrible illness? Why cannot they heal themselves? Maybe they choose happiness over longevity? Maybe they give freely of themselves, no matter the life expectancy, so that we may live longer? Scratching head now…as I ponder these thoughts…what a selfless act it is?!

Stepping into the canvas living to the fullest. No matter the media, no matter the surroundings…we still have an opportunity to remaining in happiness. The choice is still ours to allow misery in or allow happiness to prevail. As for me…I am choosing happiness for the days remaining…

battle within ones own mind


Often the Best Images Are Captured within the Heart

Often the best images are captured within the heart.~Ani Po

Our phones often miss that perfect snap. Our cameras often fail, causing more misses of capturing the beauty around us. It is in these moments we realize some things cannot be captured…merely felt.

best images captured in heart

Stepping into the Canvas with a Positive Thought

I often go through cycles of wanting to give up writing and worrying about the ‘others.’ Finding peace and magic that creates a beautiful, happy life…we live happily ever after. So why do I care what others care about? Not sure for the reasons which keep me going, but every time I get to this place of wanting to shutdown my PC or sharing my thoughts…Spirit gives a little nudge…offering a reminder as to why I am here.

Those outside of our immediate connections, the friends and co-workers or as I like to call them ‘the others,’ are easiest to give up on, but it is the close and personal friendships or even those closest to us, as our families tugging at our heart strings the most. With their pain, we experience pain. So what do we do? Nothing…simply hold a space of healing for them whilst remaining in our own personal healing space of happiness. Whether through prayer or positive intentions, our thoughts can change the thoughts of others in an indirect fashion.

Just the mere observation of things, can change the whole outcome of an experiment. ~Heisenberg uncertainty principle

I have witnessed many miraculous changes in consciousness, among the others…some single and some a coupled relationships. The single person has it easiest as they can simply move on with a “Not my circus, not my monkey” attitude, but those in a relationship have a more difficult time in coping with the many changes of life.

We all go through our ‘life changes’ at different time intervals and some take longer or may not wish to change…leaving more choices in life. We can be patient or we can wash our hands of waiting for the others to wake up to a reality of knowing their is always another way of living…a life of pure happiness. Raw, unmasked happiness.

Recently, I had a friend approach me to tell me they can no longer wait for their spouse to ‘be better.’ They explained “I have changed according to the way we agreed to change, knowing I can never return back to the way it was, but it is too difficult for me to watch my spouse in so much pain…further shutting himself off from me and the rest of the world. He drinks to hide his pain and he is abusive with his words. What am I supposed to do?”

Just as I often don’t have the answers for myself, in difficult situations…I surely do not have advice for another. I can give them worldly or spiritual advice, but ultimately this comes down to their own choice. I will note that this person is not seriously verbally abused, but normal according to normal standards of ups and downs in a relationship, lending some relief as to not flee immediately towards finding shelter or refuge.

There are cases were the abuse is too great and harm is brought upon a person…to that I say run as fast you can. In other case, which seem to be the normal disagreements in a relationship, when two people begin seeing things differently, we again are left feeling empty or alone…having to make difficult decisions.

Are we happy? Have we forgotten how to be happy? Is our unhappiness a result of our current situation or the misery presented by our closest person? If the answer is yes, we have a choice to remain in their pain or go seek our own happiness. Where do we find it? This is the tricky part. Too often I witness persons in this sort of situation, where they are seduced by kindness of another, leading them to doing something that will ultimately bring more unhappiness and regret. The magic is within the self and the happiness is wherever we decide to place it. Whether painting, walking, writing or sky-diving…there is always something to bring us happiness. The simplest of things can often bring us the most joy. Is it a favorite song? A favorite book? Whatever the case for happiness, we always have choice to find our own happiness.

Our own happiness is up to ourselves and the ‘others’ happiness is up to themselves. However, by remaining in happiness, sharing a kind word or introducing them to another way of looking at things…they are then given a choice of finding their own happiness. Sadly, they may not want to…yet?! However…they may?!

If ultimately they cannot find their happiness, we are left with a difficult situation of whether the burden is too great to remain in their misery or we move on. The latter is surely used and abused in today’s society, as we throw away everything…

Stepping into the Canvas with a positive thought. Whether small or grandiose, one thought can change the outcomes of our days. Further, this one thought can have a large impact on another persons day.

As for me…I listen to the Universe nudging me along, asking me to keep writing. With hopes that this may help another or invite them to seek a differing perspective as to how things should be. It is true…the world can be a sad place to live, with pain and self-destruction wherever we look. Or, it can be a magical place…where mystery and magic happen every day, changing the way our heart centers our thoughts on matters most…pure happiness…

Stepping into the canvas with a positive thought