Authenticity And All the Grey Areas
I am intrigued by the multiple meanings of the word authenticity as it relates to people and objects. Do the words, ‘he is really such an authentic person’ have attached to it some kind of provenance? Can a person’s authenticity somehow be tracked to past deeds/accomplishments? Is there a stamp of approval or certificate of validation offered to an individual for being authentic as when one refers to some object of value. In the auction houses, if it’s declared authentic, then is can’t possibly be a perfect reproduction done by a top forger. Maybe, maybe not. As a cynic, I wouldn’t doubt that in the art world where people can drop millions for an authenticated masterpiece which was only due to the authentication of the ‘experts,’ people have been tricked. Authenticating works of art is integral to the reputation of an auction house but even they may fail from time to time.
Buyers may go into their personal vaults and stare at what they believe to be a true Rembrandt because the documents say it is so, and they’ve paid enough for it. But, gifted forgers can fool many people. You wouldn’t be buying that 18 million dollar Vermeer painting from Christie’s auction house without papers of authenticity presented would you? Is it or is it not authentic? This is often a conundrum even if the provenance has been established and the paint has been carbon dated to the time the artist lived and it was found to be confiscated by Nazis during world war 2 and hidden in an obscure vault in a bank. Sound like the makings of a true thriller. Still there are grey areas...Read more
You is Important!
The character Abileen, in the movie, The Help, told her young charge, “you is good, you is kind, you is important.” I saw that well-recognized slogan on some wooden planks in an off-the beaten-track vintage store in North Carolina. It gave me pause as it brought to mind that poignant moment in the movie and book. I recently watched a video on Youtube that went viral. In it, there was a tiny boy no more than 3 who had been taught at the age of two to repeat positive affirmations. Then one day on his way to school after he had digested and learned the affirmations, he started repeating them and his mom happened to film the episode. In went like this: I am smart, I can do anything, I am blessed.
I was totally entranced watching him and apparently, I was joined by thousands of other watchers. It made me think about how important it is to keep reminding ourselves daily of our own value because many of us never had this validated by family members or friends. It starts with us. Our mind can be our staunchest supporter or chief villain. It depends on how much control you have over it and how willing you are to be disciplined and be ‘the gate-keeper.’
Someone told me about a technique he used to reprogram his subconscious mind because as he explained, “if anyone was feeling unloved and taken for granted, it was me.” He told me he looked in the bathroom mirror every day and repeated some personal affirmations beginning with the high frequency words, I am. He did this for forty days because he’d been told that’s how long it takes the subconscious to start believing the new program. What came out of it for him was an avenue of abundance in his work life which he said, “blew my mind as I I never believed in this stuff.”..Read more
A Goldfish That Never Made Anything of Himself
If you move a goldfish from its bowl into a large lake, the goldfish will still swim in the same small circles. He doesn’t know any other way because the poor thing is trapped in its own belief system. My point is that when we question our beliefs, and what are beliefs but programs we’ve bought into, we question our limitations. Now, I’d say that is a good thing because it’s the first step to making positive changes in our lives!
Ask yourself, does this belief serve me? Does it get me to where I want to go or does it take me further away? Unlike the goldfish, we are capable of critical thought. If we want to move on in life, if we’re feeling stuck, then isn’t it about time to give it a real think and question our beliefs and our limitations? Isn’t it time to start thinking out of the box and not going along with the status quo?
I thought I’d add this to the blog since I was talking about goldfish and since the news is often so horrendous, this may add a smile.
Ask yourself, does this belief serve me? Does it get me to where I want to go or does it take me further away? Unlike the goldfish, we are capable of critical thought. If we want to move on in life, if we’re feeling stuck, then isn’t it about time to give it a real think and question our beliefs and our limitations? Isn’t it time to start thinking out of the box and not going along with the status quo?..Read more
We’re Off to Penzance!
I was reminiscing about a time when my sister and I needed to get a rental car in London to take us to Penzance, three hundred miles due west in the area of Cornwal, England. Penzance is located at the very western tip of the Cornwall Peninsula and accessible by the M4/5 highways. We were excited to be viewing an open- air festival bringing artists, musicians and writers of the highest caliber. I had booked us into a great B&B for the weekend. So, off we went to the rental car agency. Unfortunately, neither of us knew how to drive a stick shift. At the time that was the only type of car available. The woman at the rental place asked us whether we knew how to drive a car with a manual transmission. After winking at each other conspiratorially, we simultaneously answered, “yes, of course.” We figured we could learn how to drive one of ‘those’ cars in a nearby parking lot before venturing on the highway. Pretty brash decision.
It wasn’t a great plan. We never got to Penzance that day! We decided that one of us would shift (me) while the other would steer to make it less stressful on the driver. We kept the car in first gear. What was particularly debilitating is that no sooner were we on the A4 than the engine began to overheat, smoke, and finally seize up. We should have realized something was amiss when we couldn’t get the car to go beyond 30 miles an hour and other cars were honking angrily at us as if something was very wrong with us. Something was very wrong, and we had to pull off the highway and wait for help to come...Read more
The Power of Imagination
You may, at some time, have considered how beneficial and life altering your imagination can be. Consider Olympic athletes using imagery as mental training. This mental prowess was cultivated through years of training the mind to tune out distractions , reduce stress, sharpen focus , and achieve optimal performance.
Most of us haven’t used the wealth of our imagination for manifestation purposes or to achieve our goals. We use it more often to envision a worst case scenario for something we are nervous about or in fear of at some time in the future.
Our imagination, if used properly, can be our greatest ally. Once discovered, imagination can help us expand and enhance our goals and dreams. It can make them larger and infinitely more exciting. Therefore, it is the most important secret on the planet.
Jon Rappaport, who is an investigative reporter, author, and blogger often writes on subjects that have to do with exiting from the matrix and the power of imagination. When he writes of escaping from the matrix, he means something akin to the movie, The Matrix. That iconic movie was released in 1999 and starred Keannu Reeves as the protagonist, Neo, and Lawrence Fishburne as Morpheus...Read more
Is It All A State Of Mind?
I was at a birthday party the other night where two of the six people in attendance had serious health issues. One had recently undergone four months of chemo while the other had experienced open-heart surgery. Both women were between the ages of 55-60.
It got me thinking a lot about illness and how vulnerable we can be especially having to battle air and water pollution, chemtrails (which many people don’t recognize as being a threat), genetically modified foods and now the implementation of 5G in many towns and cities. These serious threats in our environment are the perfect storm for dis-ease. We can also certainly count on genetics, stress, and unconscious programming to really look at the complete picture of ill health.
Our state of mind is what I want to address in this blog and the question I pose is, are our thoughts anti-life or are they supportive of life? Are we running unconscious programs that are self-defeating, fear-based and life-threatening, and are our thoughts run by negative programs instilled in us years ago. How would we know if we are running them? The negative emotions engendered by subliminal programs seem to accompany ill health by lowering an individual’s energy fields and thus playing havoc with the immune system. Without a strong immune system, it is impossible to fight off cancer….Read More