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When I am starting to feel like I’m in a rut with my photography it seems to help to just put my camera around my neck and head out for a walk. Whether it is a walk through the forest around our house or just down the road it can reawaken something inside me that has been sleeping. That sleeping something is a connection to the natural world.

That connection seems to come from tuning out and tuning in i.e.tuning out of the digital world and into the natural world (the real world). The older I get, the more I’m starting to realize that although there is a place for connecting with friends and family on the internet or watching an entertaining TV program, it is far more rewarding to see those people in person and far more rewarding to be a part of nature rather than just seeing it on TV. Breathing fresh air and hearing the sounds of birds or the rushing of the wind through the trees fills a part of my soul and restores me like nothing else can.

It can be a rather noisy place inside my head and sometimes I just need to find a still quiet place where my head can be still and quiet and take a break from all those busy thoughts that it thinks are so important. Going for a nature walk alone helps to bring me back to that centered place but my camera adds to that as well by bringing me even more into the now.

When I’m walking and see a sight or a scene that inspires me, I want to share that with my viewers through my photos and hopefully instill that same feeling I felt at the time I saw that scene or sight. Sometimes I miss the mark and sometimes I hit it. It’s those moments that I hit it that keeps me going and makes me want to photograph more and share more.

If you are stopping by to read my blog, I hope my photos from yesterday’s walk bring you the reader a sense of peace like the peace I felt when attempting to capture these moments in time.

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The Universe is a Mirror

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The Universe/Life is a mirror, reflect unhappiness and that is what you get…reflect joy and joy comes back to you. It sounds simple but it’s easy to forget.

Sometimes when we find ourselves stuck in a rut, maybe the question to ask instead of “why does this keep happening to me?” would be instead “how am I treating others around me?” Or “what are the thoughts  in my brain saying?”.

Have you ever noticed that when you are happy the people around you are happy too? Or have you ever noticed that smiling is contagious? And laughter is especially contagious! I believe contagious laughter is a prime example of the Universe is a mirror effect in action.

But I recently forgot this again and have been feeling rather stuck.

I seem to be learning the lesson that I thought I had learned about 6 months ago again but I will say that I did catch on quicker this time around!

About a year ago I got up the courage to leave a job that was not making me happy anymore. In fact it felt like my job was ruling my life. So I asked the Universe/God to “Please Get Me Out Of This Job!!”  I gave notice a couple days later even though I didn’t have a new job to go to yet. I started applying for jobs and within less than two weeks from when I had given my two weeks notice I got a job offer to work at the local hospital in admissions. I decided to take it.

I worked there for about 6 months and really liked it and felt like I was where I should be…at first. But as time went on things got stranger and stranger. I had apparently pointed something out to the President that I shouldn’t have and for whatever other reason my new boss did not like me and for the first time in my 42 years on this earth I got fired from a job!

All the sudden I was left jobless, floating aimlessly in the void, scared and not knowing what was next. I immediately went into “Oh No what am I going to do now mode!” I then had to file for unemployment (also a first for me). This seemed difficult and scary to me too. I felt like I was accused of a crime (being fired) and had to defend myself and prove why I should get unemployment. I wrote a letter to the unemployment office explaining my circumstances, filed all the paperwork, and participated in the phone hearing and finally one day the ordeal was over and was approved to receive my benefit!

In the midst of the unemployment ordeal though, I had begun to remind myself that the attitude you put out there is what you will get back. I was following a program from an old book that I had called The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price and I was also listening to my Kelly Howell Positive thinking CD . Both were very helpful to get me back on track.  First the unemployment check showed up. Then about a month later I got a response from one of my work searches and they hired me! I couldn’t believe I got a job in this economy! The work I did retrained my brain to see things in a positive light and when I exuded that the Universe/God reflected that back to me.

So fast forward 6 months of bliss working at a job that I really really liked a lot and the company I worked for Callao Coffee sadly was also hit by the economy and the rising prices of coffee beans and they had to lay me off.

So again I found myself floating in the void, jobless and not knowing what was coming next. I found myself drifting into that sad and familiar place of depression where the thoughts you hear in your head are just plain negative. I was somehow thinking that if I could just get a job that would fix everything but I live in an economically depressed rural area with a VERY high unemployment rate and that might not happen for a while. It just might be a better idea to make the most of what I do have rather than worrying about what I don’t. 

Aha! Then the light bulb went on again and I heard “you’ve been here before, you know how to get out of this place!”. And I do, it’s just that I forgot for a bit again.  It’s all in how you look at things.

I’ve started listening to my positive thinking CD again and the Universe/ God has brought me to a couple of wonderful websites where I have made some wonderful friends already. The first one I found myself on was Fine Art America. The people in the forums are so wonderfully encouraging, kind hearted and giving. No wonder I’ve always loved artists. After only two weeks I even sold a print! And the other site I found is A New Gaia, which is also filled with encouraging, giving, kind hearted people. After only two days of  I’ve being a member there, they have already featured my blog and my cardinal photo. Also I reconnected with my friend Victoria Pendragon on A New Gaia who asked if I was still doing the Dream magic work when she saw that I was struggling a bit and indeed I had stopped doing this a while ago. So I will happily be starting that again too.

It seems if you just take one step in the right direction and trust in the Universe/God,  that you will be guided where you need to go. So it’s back to reflecting good vibes into the Universe again for me!  Time to move away from the “life is hard & difficult & I’m feeling sorry for myself mode”!  🙂