I have been thinking about how WE who hold to metaphysical thought as applied to tweaking "real" life are the NEW TRANSCENDENTALISTS.....
Here is a quote by transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson: "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men."
When America was first settled, and with our first drafting of the Declaration of Independance, our forefathers were the original metaphysicians, including Ben Franklyn, the great inventor. Later, during the 1900's America flowered into the "New Frontierism" which unfolded as "Manifest Destiny" and we progressed into new territory and new thinking through art and literature
I have recently excavated a book I had read while working in a law firm as a legal secretary when I was going to college and studying art: REFLECTIONS AT WALDON by Henry David Thoreau, born July 12, 1817, Concord, Massachusetts. I had been struck by a quotation of marching to the beat of a different drummer . I now propose DANCING to the beat of a different drummer by our paying attention to the positive and beautiful always and having a zero tolerance for pain. I had loved Thoreau's quote so much at that time, I taped it to my wall beside my desk. Many people commented on that quote because it spoke to us all, and especially speaks to us now, so here it is:
"WHY should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer? If the condition of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute? We will not be shipwrecked on a vain reality"
And, here is another from the great bard:
"GOD himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages. And we are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us. Let us spend our lives in conceiving them... The poet or the ARTIST never yet had so fair and noble a design but some of his posterity at least could accomplish it."
Now, there are lots of tools out there to help us achieve this state of blissful freedom: SO MANY wonderful books and tapes by DOREEN VIRTUE; the fantastic book "MONEY AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION by Esther and Jerry Hicks; The Teachings of Abraham" ; and the simple and effective book,"THE SEDONNA METHOD, your key to lasting happiness, success, peace and emotional well being by Hale Dworskin. Also, my very favorite, the book THE WISDOM OF FLORENCE SCOVEL SHINN.
I paint my paintings to bring these thoughts out visually with my choice of subject matter and colors, for healing and light. I feel that there is already enough challenges out there to do with the darkness and the sinister force, why add to them? I err on the side of the light always and forever with my work, this is my commitment.
I leave you with a final quote from REFLECTIONS AT WALDEN POND by Thoreau:
" IT is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world which the humblest man has not faculties to surmount. It is true we may come to a perpendicular precipice, but we need not jump off, nor run our heads against it. "
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