Out of the Ashes

Out of the ashes

A thousand lifetimes

Pain and misery

Remaining in smoldering bed

First breath



Family and friends


For all humanity

Rising from said past

Flying into future

With great focus

Cleansing breath

Just being

Balance restored

~Ani Po

Surfs Up

Going with the flow…riding the waves…Ani Po

We paddle out  to meet our first wave

Only to be dumped into a sea of despair.

With hope we begin paddling to great the next,

Only to be slammed into an ocean of fear.

Determined and glimmer we set out again,

Attentive, breathing, steady…allowing…we ascend.


Down we go.

Broken and thoughts of giving up,

The wind gathers our strength lifting us to new heights.

No thoughts, no emotions just pure determination,

We catch the ultimate wave.

What a rush, we are going with the flow…

Down we go.

Go again…we ride into shore.

Go again…down we go.

Like the roller coaster there are waves to be ridden and there are waves to learn from. We can ignore them, accept them or merely learn from them. Our on the horizon another wave awaits, what do we do? Stand on the shores or go out to great it?


Surfs Up!


A Place of No Names

There is a place of no names

No Faces

No Segregation

No Labels.

There are no pens to write

No brushes to paint

No Canvas to create.

A place of darkness

A place without void or form.

Not for the faint-hearted

For there is nothing.

No quad shot four pump venti lattes

No…just nothing.

No music

No Sound

No…just nothing.

For there is a thought which emerges, allowing a reality to exist.

A thought which fuels a whole cosmos into form.

It is this place of knowing the center is within us and possibilities endless.

Within our darkness, we retreat to a brighter place.

Beginning with a spark…exploding to a raging fire.

Let it be so.

Stepping into the Canvas with no thoughts…but one. An idea or thought that meets at a level of the heart. Through gratitude and joy, intention and action…we emerge in an eternal bliss of happiness. How can it begin with a single thought? Where do you think it all began?


Love and Gratitude

From the very first post to daily messages of thanks received, I am forever grateful for those who have come and those who are on their way. I am grateful to those who pass this along to a friend or any person who needs a different outlook. It was and always will be my hopes that these words upon the Canvas lift someone in need, someone challenged by the monotony of the days and just seeking inner balance.

Whether a daily reader or one who has reached out a hand in need, I send my love and gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart as we learn and grow together. We are here together to share, experience and allow one another to have our own experiences within this Canvas of Life.

Though we may tire and grow weak, we lift each other up in our most difficult of times. Though a floating fish head may blur our perspective, we see divinity in the story of Victor Frankl and those of similar accounts. It is in our perception that taints or beautifies our vision for the future, our outlook on present day or joyous and painful memories of the past. It is our perception that quantifies our reality from this day forward.

Let us go together…to this place of joy. Let us go now…where others are afraid to travel. Let us go now…fearlessly through our own valley of death…only to be reborn.

I will go with you…Ani Po

love and gratitude

Change our Thoughts


Every interaction is an opportunity to either spread Love or Hate and only takes ONE WORD to do it. Choosing appropriate words will determine our vibrational interaction. Hate vibrates at a lower level, being that of destructive forces. While Love vibrates at the highest of levels, creating only more Love.

In Power vs. Force, David Hawkins discusses different levels of vibration, breaking down our choices into simple power words. Another idea is that our words attract more of what we speak. The Secret, discusses the Law of Attraction, teaching us to redirect our thoughts and attracting more of that which we want. Warning us of redirecting our thoughts and words to only use “Power Words” to get what we want in life. Our thoughts lead to choice of words, which in turn creates the life around us. There is no magic formula to this Law, but will work every time. Change our thoughts and words, and the Canvas of Life will surely return the favor.

In the Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz discusses Toltec Wisdom at its basic level. These four guidelines, if followed, can lead to a happier and simple life. He discusses four agreements: Be Impeccable with our word, Don’t take anything personally, Don’t make assumptions, Always do our best. While all are beneficial, he emphasizes the greatest of these being Impeccable with our Word.

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and Love. How does one person change the words they speak? Re-align your thoughts to that of Love.

There was a man who was at the top of his game and thought he was pretty special, until one day he met a gypsy who told him he was very negative and needed to change his ways. ”What are you talking about? I am not,” explained this man. She explained, “While you are kind and giving to the people around you, you hurt the ones closest to you. You speak negatively towards your wife, use her as the brunt of your jokes. I know she is strong, but every word, great or small, has an impact on the people around us. The more negative baggage we have to carry, we become weighted down by our own negativity…projecting on all we meet. If all you are sending is negativity, that is all your wife will fill her bags with. From this day forward, only speak of Love to her…try it for a week and see how much you speak.”

The gentleman accepted the challenge, thinking it would be easy, but realized how negative he was, as no words came out of his mouth for that week. Re-aligning his thoughts and speech, he began looking for ways to speak in loving kindness towards her. Imagining raising her upon a pedestal, the atmosphere began to lighten and Love began filling his home once more. He continued this for six months, even in the darkest of times. Six months went by and his wife came to him saying, ”I do not know what has changed you, but I Love you now…more than ever before. Thank you for always making me feel good! I Love you!” With this surprise discussion the man learned a valuable lesson in life, receiving confirmation that there is always a spiritual solution to every situation. The solution here resulted in a happier home life. He also learned that if he can change with just one person, why not expand this knowledge to more people. He went on to be the most positive person around. Still not perfect, but able to stay positive and learn quickly from the many lessons that present to him.  He further understood that every encounter is an opportunity to be the Best person he could be…returning us back to the lessons of Don Miguel Ruiz…do your best.

Another story is of a homeless person begging for change, for the simple feat of filling his stomach with nourishment. Being blind, he could not do anything but sit there waiting for the sounds of money hitting his tin can.

One day a woman, walking by, wrote something on his sign and walked away. That day the man got more in one day then he had in a whole month. What did this woman do? What did she write? Her words changed his reality into something he had never realized. Let’s watch this great video by Purplefeather, and see the power of words in action…

Stepping into the Canvas re-aligning our thoughts into words of intention, creating a life we dreamed of. Our thoughts control our actions and words. But if we only know what we know, oftentimes we remain in our own misery. Whatever our thoughts will be our words…change them now. If they align with negativity we emit negativity. Aligning with only positive thoughts, actions will automatically become that of positivity…Walking in positive thoughts, sharing only that of Love. ”Change our Thoughts, Change our Life.”

Try it just for a week…see what happens…

A Spiritual Solution To Every Situation

It is said…there is a spiritual solution to every situation. The problem lies not within the situation, but within the solution. We live in a world where everyone is too busy to see the brighter side of things. We live in a world too busy to allow another to pass us. I invite you now to sit and contemplate the busy schedule of our days. I invite you now to take in a breath…absorbing all the Canvas has to offer…

Are you Listening?

It is I who speaks, but you have failed to listen.

It is I who listens, but your words have no meaning.

I am everywhere and everyone, but yet you spit and curse my name.

If you only knew who is there besides you, you would no longer cut me off.

If you only saw the perfection, you would no longer take life for granted.

If you only felt my spirit, you would learn to Love as I do.

See me, Feel me, Hear me, For I am all there ever is.

Love me, Forgive me, Help me, For I am the Lost as well as the Found.

Heal me, Hold me, Comfort me, For I am the sick as well as the Healed.

…Look out your window now and see me, For I am all there is to see.

Stepping into the Canvas in Spirit, removing flesh and applying the spirit…In doing so we instinctively travel mindfully and purposefully.  For every situation throughout our day, see the solution hidden within the Canvas of Life.

See the Spiritual Solution to every situation…Change our thoughts, change our life…

spiritual-materialIn reality there is no magic formula. Many will try to sell us one, but still remains a mystery as to what the secret to life may be. The truth is…the only formula is…there is no formula…only intentions. Our intentions become our reality. That being said, our reality could be a continuous changing event. Those who embrace change…find happiness; those who do not…well more lessons of life to come their way.

Not sure if this mirrors your life, but I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have tried something new, only to move on or back to something I loved doing…going back and forth yet again…endlessly. For me there is wisdom in this back and forth behavior…just when I think something is the way…it is no longer the way and I return back to the basics of life…being happy with what I do. Through indecisiveness, we find decisiveness. Our confusion comes from listening to everyone else and living the life they say we should. Instead consider living the life you choose to.

When things are not going our way, sit and contemplate the next move. The magic formula resides within ourselves. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Asking for guidance or assistance…guaranteed it will present itself. Our thoughts become things, but it is through our intent and our actions that drives our thoughts into reality.

Think it, breathe it and know it to be true. Think it, act upon it, making it a reality. ~Ani Po

Stepping into the Canvas with a magic Key. The key remains, and always will be, within the self. While others may be the catalyst, realize the answers have always been inside us. The key to our success is not the amount of money we make, but how we make it. The key to our happiness is not how we attain it, but how we accept it. Insert the Key to Life’s many mysteries…turn the key…and live in paradise.


Stepping into the Extraordinary

stepping out

With each new day we have a choice to live as authentically as we can, ignoring beliefs of old. Stepping into the new, creating a life we were meant to enjoy and accepting beliefs of a new era.

The first step towards happiness is often the most difficult, for we cannot let go of our old beliefs. Let go now…witness the shift towards happiness. Once the first step is taken, the taste of freedom shall be ours and we will not go back to the way we were. The next step towards happiness is easier, the next even easier…and so on.

With a new outlook on life, everything will taste sweeter, smell better and will feel freer than ever before. Listen to the voice within…it is saying, “Now is the Time.” Take the step towards happiness and one day declare “Ani Po.”

(*Ani Po is Hebrew for “I Am Here”)

Stepping into the Canvas is about taking the first steps into the Canvas of Life.  It is said that God is the Creator and nature is His Canvas. In a world of technologies, distractions and light-speed evolution, we remain in darkness. Truth is laid before us, falsely, by our collective whole.

This is an invitation to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.  We are not meant to be suppressed and controlled, fearful and miserable, alone and scared, hateful and destructive. No. Instead we are meant to be free. Free to Love unconditionally, creating the life we were meant to enjoy. Instead of divide and conquer, we shall come together as One.

It is time to make a choice:  stay in misery or choose a path of happiness; listen to the voice within or listen to the others without; move towards an active side of infinity or stay on the inactive list; accept positivity or remain in negative beliefs. Everything is merely a choice and every choice needs action.

Imagine, for a moment, that the Creator has given you a clean Canvas to paint whatever you desire. What would be on this painting? This is your opportunity to paint The Best You Now…grab the brush and start painting already. You know what you want!

If you can think it, you can create it.  If you can create it, you can paint it.  If you can paint it, your dreams will come true.  If you make a mistake on this Canvas, allow yourself to paint over or scrape away the excess.  The only rule of painting is to apply your whole Heart and Soul when approaching the Canvas of Life. Applying this simple rule…dormant forces shall come alive.

Stepping Into The Canvas as a Work in Progress, allowing colors to be misused, strokes unorthodox and an occasional redo to take place. The Canvas of Life is there to teach us we are not perfect and in our imperfections we are. With every mistake, we are presented a new opportunity to make it right. Master the painting, master the self.

Clearing the Canvas

With each new day comes opportunity for letting go, allowing room for a brighter future. Whatever baggage we carry, shall keep us from enjoying freedom of No Baggage. With more baggage, comes more clutter in the Canvas of Life.

Letting go of baggage requires wiping the Canvas clean and beginning anew. With each new day another opportunity, so shall it be. What a great time to plan ahead… the time is now.

The Now presents a perfect time for evaluation of not only mind or body, but equally exercising the spirit. Along with our regular goals, at the start of each new day, it is a good time to re-evaluate the spiritual path. Are you still clinging on to past beliefs of anger, fear or anything related to negativity? If so, chances are that your goals will be self-sabotaged anyways. Time to clean house!

Taking personal inventory of life:

• Forgive oneself for past behaviors.

• Ask others for forgiveness.

• Stop trying to figure things out.

• Follow gut feelings always.

• Center oneself in a Heart of Compassion.

The last of these being the most crucial as it will aid on the other four. When we center ourselves with a Heart of Compassion, everything begins aligning with source energy. We vibrate naturally at a level of Love: eliminating all self-defeating beliefs; letting go of pent-up regret; following, effortlessly, our dreams; flowing peacefully as that of a river; finally seeing our Brothers and Sisters as One.

We can exercise our mind and body as much as we can, but without faith we have nothing.  It is our mind that allows us to think, our body that clears the way, but it is the Spirit that drives us effortlessly along the journey of life. The weaker the spirit, the more difficult the journey: The stronger the Spirit, the gentler the journey.

”When we focus our energy towards constructing a passionate, meaningful life, we are tossing a pebble into the world, creating a beautiful ripple effect of inspiration. When one person follows a dream, tries something new or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels that energy, and before too long they are making their own daring leaps and inspiring yet another circle.” ~Christine Mason Miller

While the pilgrim chooses to paint over the Canvas of Life, masking His past expression of Life, the Warrior wipes the Canvas clean, allowing a new perspective on Life to present itself in Her painting.

We often worry about cleaning another person’s home, when our own needs attention.What good is cleaning another, when ours is neglected? ~Joseph

Stepping into the Canvas with a Clean Canvas, clearing our thoughts of doubt, anger or fear. Centering on our faith, everything returns to the way it was before the beginning…allowing us to declare, ”All is Good.”

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Falling into the Canvas

It is not enough to take part in the Canvas of Life, but more important to fall into the canvas with whole heart and soul. What does it mean to fall into the canvas? It means not just stepping into the canvas while actively participating in the canvas, but being an active participant with continuous intention of actively participating in the canvas AND creating the life that is most Desired while enjoying every aspect of the canvas.

From the darkened clouds painted on the canvas to the neon fluorescent and radiating colors, we are to create lives as we choose not as others choose. Whenever a painter paints it is through his own interpretation of the Universe, but when others analyze His work they attach their own interpretation.

If we only see one side of the painting, we miss the creator’s intent.  See the beauty of all the varying colors/varying interpretations and lose yourself in the many mysteries that lay before you in the canvas.

Where does one begin?  Put down the blackberry.  Hang up the cellphone.  Stop texting for moment. Just sit and ’be’ for a moment, allowing the true nature to fill your soul. Can’t do it?! Then take a weekend and spend some needed time in the woods. Maybe it is time for a retreat?!

It is about taking time to enjoy the beauty of nature…returning back to Mother Earth and being one. Many will oppose this idea, but eventually will need some necessary downtime or as I like to call it…’Me Time.’ during this me time is the one way we can bridge the gap between us and the Universe.

Stepping Into the Canvas choose to fall into it with whole heart and soul.  Lend a hand, an ear or a friendly smile. Do what you want today not what others say ’you should’ do. Stay away from the trap of pleasing others, but please only yourself. Today I will not only step, but will fall into the canvas.

seeing that which is good

Seeing Beyond the Canvas

Seeing beyond the canvas is about seeing Life as something far greater than our conditioned lives. We were taught happiness comes from going to school, establishing a career and living the American Dream by purchasing our own home. While achieving all of this something still remains missing. What is this void we all yearn to fill? It is the void of Truth. The void of Truth is the empty feeling we have when we continually seek more of something that gives us a false sense of goodness.

We get a house, a couple of cars and maybe some nice little toys.  We are happy for a moment, but continue to battle bouts of depression, anger, fear and sadness. Something is still missing.

Walking in the Flesh, the Orgasm lasts a mere Second. Walking in Spirit…an Eternity! ~Joseph

The void is our lack of happiness or self-actualization of being ’On Purpose.’ We must learn to accept happiness no matter the circumstance, seeing silver-linings in every cloud. Have you ever noticed some of the really successful people and their lives painting a perfect picture? At first glance they seem to be happy, whilst having it all. As we look deeper or time unveils, we hear of a terrible breakup or separation, they were never really happy, or have addictions to prescription drugs. There is a small population that has it all, but more importantly have found Happiness and live on the level of the heart. At this level…All Things are Possible.

”Never look up to the people who have the painted-perfect lives, because try as they might, can never see beyond the canvas.” Moira Hallsom

It is possible to have it all: the big house, loving family, and more money than we know what to do with, but meaningless without finding happiness. People try to buy happiness, but as I stated earlier”As we walk in flesh, the Orgasm lasts for a mere second.” Walking in flesh focuses on meeting the lower of Maslows Hierarchy of Physical pleasures; while walking in Spirit focuses on higher needs of self-actualization. Find Happiness, enjoying all that life has to offer. Once established, we can co-create the life we want.

Stepping into the Canvas we admire the beauty God has painted, accepting it for what it is while co-creating a painting to our desires. Seeing Beyond the Canvas sheds light to painted pictures and their imperfections. When we see the canvas for what it truly is we accept them as imperfectly perfect as our own, but enjoying the beauty that life has to offer. Focus on our own Canvas, Painting that which we most desire.

So where do we align ourselves? Do we align with the material gains and the Flesh? or do we align with the Higher Self of Spirit, obtaining all that we ever dreamed of? Dare to Step Into the Canvas today, living the life meant to…taking an active role in creation.


Stop Time

Let us stop time,

Just briefly.

So that we may capture this moment;

For this life shall never be the same.

With every step,

We pause,

Capturing yet another frame.

Every breath,

Exchanging with sister tree.

Every thought,

Focused intently on blessing those around us.

As we see beauty around us,

In all its sacred mysteries,

We see ourselves as part of this greater whole.

I am here,

I am there…I am everywhere.

Stepping into the Canvas with intent of capturing a moment. A moment that shall pass as quickly as the next. Divinely as it should, in this moment as we stood. We see that which we might, given through Spirit’s sight. We feel with our hearts, not of flesh…no veil setting us apart…

capturing a moment