Monday, June 10, 2013

The Power of Indigo Book Launch

This is a clip from the book launch party in our Aikido dojo. The short demonstration  was to help readers who have never seen Aikido ease into the novel and be better able to picture the Aikido scenes.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Responding to a Question about Writing

     "How does one clear one's mind to begin writing?"
     Dear Reader, thank you for sending me this question.
     I look at writing from a different point of view.  What I clear is my writing table, not my mind.
     I move everything off the table except the paper I'm using, if it's a paper and pen thing I'm doing. I place the pen on the paper and begin writing.
     It's a Natalie Goldberg technique. Keep the pen on the paper and keep it moving no matter what for ten or fifteen minutes. It doesn't matter what you write. The only guideline is, "keep the pen moving: do not take it off the paper."
     This also addresses another part of your question in which you said that it takes ten or fifteen minutes of writing to get out the stuff that you consider in your way.  Let that be and just write.
     You can make up your own prompt if it's easier for you to write in response to something, or just let whatever is in you come out. When you've finished with that read it aloud.  See if there's anything in there you like.
     Place another clean sheet of paper down and begin what you want or continue with another pen on paper exercise.
     Looking at the image below you see that there's all manner of things inside us waiting to be expressed. All part of us. We tune in, letting it come forth and organize it.
     This is a partial photo of a piece of art by John Balloue, a tribal member of the Western Band of Oklahoma Cherokee. The title is "Survivor."
     I think is demonstrates the richness, the infinite experiences and connections we all have.
     So, here you have a portrait of yourself, dear reader.
     Go to it! Expand andnjoy

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Grey day? 
Raise your spirits.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

See It with Closed Eyes

The young girl sat cross-legged in the center of the LongHouse.
"How will I know my spiritual work?" She asked.
See it with closed eyes. They answered.
See it in the light of day
See it in the dark of night
See it in the clouds
See it in the river
See it in one drop
See it in the scent
See it in their eyes
See it in the touch
See it in the whisper
See it  in the wind
See it in the fear
See it in the memory
See it in the faces
See it in the shadow
See it in the heart
See it in yourself.
"I will." She said
and closed her eyes.