Friday, January 27, 2012

The key of patience

True wisdom is revealed through patience.  Rare is the occasion that an answer is blatantly obvious on first notice.  Many times we think we see the whole thing but as time passes more pieces of the puzzle turn up, fleshing out the original response. 

Wisdom can involved getting to know someone.  A person may have information or an idea that will help you develop into a better person.  At first meeting that person might display personality traits that put you off.  But for they keep crossing you life path and something about them intrigues you.  It will take patience to get through the veneer and eventually, discover the treasure they hold for you.  In turn you may have a piece of them that has been missing.

Patience is needed when you plant a seed.  Ideas and plans need time to grow and flesh out.  Goals take time to reach successfully.  If you rush them, you may get to the end but have missed more than one thing you needed to complete the task once you get there.  It is truly frustrating when your life and/or spirit path brings you close enough to the end that you can smell it only to have the path lead off miles away from it again.  However, if you step over the line or break through the barricade, not matter how thin, you will arrive at the spot at the wrong time and things will not turn out the way you had hoped.

Patience is a virtue and key to living a fulfilled life. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Universal keys of wisdom

The first key, the key of truth.  "You shall know the truth and it shall set you free".

Lies, deceit, keeping secrets all create prisons of one sort or another.  My mother used to say "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive".  There is so much truth in just that statement.  When one begins to relate an event but chooses to embellish it or leave out parts, the teller must remember exactly how the story was told for they know that the person who is hearing it could repeat it to someone else and then the game of "telephone" ensues.  Some unexpected party comes up to the originator of the tale asking for additional details.  Now the teller must scurry through their brain to relate the thing verbatim.  This creates a trap that ensnares the teller.  He is not free to relate things as they actually happened or worse, admit that they made the whole thing up having absolutely no real life experience of the event.  If they fail to get their story straight, the listener then goes back to their circle with the information that Storyteller is a liar.  This locks the teller out of future communication with all those who have heard this as no one trusts him any more.

Cheating works the same, whether in a business deal, a romantic relationship or even on a test at school.  There are facts that one hides to protect themselves for being punished for an attempt to gain more for oneself at the expense of someone else.  Cheating locks a student out of a chance at some colleges or careers.  Cheating locks a romantic partner out of establishing a trusting relationship.  Cheating locks a business person out of future business transactions.

The truth isn't always an easy thing to deal with.  The hardest is when you have to use it to admit that you've done something wrong.  Someone will get hurt.  You may be punished.  It could cost you financially, professionally, emotionally or psychologically.  There is no truer saying than "The truth hurts".  However, once you've told the truth, your whole physiology reacts.  Yes, you get scared, you get hurt, you face the music. But then when it's over, you've learned your lesson.  You're conscience is clear.  People still trust you.  You are free to hold your head high.  You are free to admit you were wrong or made a mistake.  You are free to apologize and free to have the apology genuinely accepted.  You are free to move on to a better job or relationship.

Truth is a tough thing, but is will unlock one of the doors to wisdom.  Being truthful makes you trustworthy.  It is a very wise thing to do.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The key is THE KEY

Last May I was introduced to my current favorite painter, Hans Haveron.  After seeing just one small element of one of his works, I hunted down the whole piece and then started digging up as many photos as I could find of the rest of his portfolio.  Even before I interviewed him the first time, I knew that I had a spiritual connection to his art and the symbolism displayed in it.

Haveron loves talking about art; his own, his friends' and anyone's that he has experienced over the years.  A child and grandchild of artists, paint runs through his veins, music powers his nervous system, performance fills his lungs.  He takes his own talents and encourages others, mentors them and inspires them through collaboration.  Arts are this man.

Once he gets talking, well...he's an interviewer's dream because he just goes and all I have to do is make sure the recorder is working.  In that waterfall of words, comes stories and one of those stories was the explanation of the symbolism of "Sepia's Secret".  The interview question had just been, "do elements of your paintings have meanings?".  Not only did he share with me the story of the painting by how he had told the story to Adam Lambert who felt so connected to it that he bought the painting. That in turn inspired  him to have the key tattooed prominently as a reminder to always create from his "child".

"The key" has also affected other artists in Hans' circle.  One of those people is Shannon Shiang.  Shannon is a jewelry designer and creator.  She has two jewelry lines; Shiang New York and Skins and Stones.  Shannon is an L.A. native who has relocated to NYC and is a long-time friend of Haveron's.  After producing some prototypes of Sepia's key, one or two of which turned up at Burning Man this year, Shiang worked with Haveron to come up with a version that will be produced on a larger scale (200 units to start).  Presale orders are being taken now for product to ship on March 20, 2012.

These artists and their work have affected my spiritual focus, not only the particular keys depicted in Hans' paintings and their symbolism but keys and locks in general.  As we enter the Age Of Aquarius or the coming of the new age foretold by the Mayans, there are things that need to be locked away and new doors and windows that need to be opened.  However, the keys involved may not be a metal object designed to insert into a lock and turned.  Maybe it refers to the key a song is written in.  The Christian bible speaks of the "new song".  Maybe this is the era that that song will be written.

Maybe it is a cipher key.  A word, a letter that provides the code to unravel a hidden message.  There may be some secret manuscript previously unnoticed by man because it just looked like some foolishness.

Or maybe it is a keystone.  That piece of material that holds an entire structure together.  That structure could be a building, a person or a society.

I will be posting pretty regularly a new "key" to this blog.  If you feel something in your life or the spaces around you needs to be added let me know.  I firmly believe there is something to this theme.  Peace always and don't forget to check out The Key at