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On Being Authentic: A Visual Meditation & Free Online Course

Non-profit organization Global Mindshifts seeks to inspire a global dialogue that focuses collective interests and collective objectives to foster creative cooperation.

Change comes about from motivation, and motivation can come from many sources—such as our selves, our families, and our communities.

To find motivation within our selves, we must start an intimate conversation about our true, authentic being and intended purpose.

The following is a transcription of a visual meditation on being authentic created and narrated by Virginia Fitton for Global Mindshifts.

Meditation: Being Authentic

Rocks and Flowing WaterBe authentic: So, to begin, let’s try to get our minds around the words be authentic. What does that really mean, be authentic? Be real? What does that mean? Be genuine? What does that mean? Be your true nature?

As you look at the words be authentic you see that it’s addressing a perennial question: who am I really?

And the word authentic is related to the word author, originator.

And is there an original intent, purpose, an authentic purpose, something that you were designed originally to be?

Be authentic.

An Acorn Seed & Potential of Possibility

A Sprouting Acorn Begins to GrowI brought a seed. Look at it. What do you see? It’s an acorn, and all acorns are similar. They have an identity. And each one is unique: there are no two alike.

Look deep. Is there something embedded in the acorn, already there? A true nature? An original intent and purpose?

This acorn seed has the potential of possibility of becoming an oak tree. It has no choice about it. It cannot be a carrot. It cannot be a tomato. It can become an oak tree if it is in right relationship. In right relationship to the earth, to air, water, and sun. And if it is not in right relationship it eventually decays.

Now, what is your authentic nature? Do you have one? Is there something already written into the seed of your very being? Is there a design already given, already there that is in the essence of who you are? If it’s something that you have no choice about, it’s a given, something that you are originally supposed to become.

Becoming authentic.

Being in Right Relationship

Perhaps your authentic nature is to become as loving as the system that produced you. And what does being in right relationship have to do with it?

Right relationship with the earth, right relationship with others, right relationship to yourself.

What are the consequences of not being in right relationship?

We are certainly presented with an evolutionary challenge, an emergent challenge to become authentic.

Follow Along, Listen to Being Authentic Meditation

We are delighted to share this thought-provoking meditation with you. You’re also encouraged to check out this free online course that takes you through a series of discovery steps to help you flow through life with greater authenticity.

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Healing Visions: A Film by Annie Gusman Joly

The following film and transcription follows the artistic expression of Annie Gusman Joly.

Annie describes her creative path and how starting in 1986when she attended classes at the Esalen Institutehow her relationship to painting deepened and opened a door to healing.

Perhaps her journey may provide inspiration for others to move beyond fear and channel their energy into a path of healing no matter what chosen medium to fuel a space for healing.

Annie Gusman Joly’s film, Healing Visions, is about how the act of painting has helped her heal emotional wounds.

Annie Gusman Joly’s Healing Visions

Painting of a Face by Annie Gusman JolyI started painting for myself in 1986.

I took a workshop at Esalen Institute, and when I arrived I had no what I was going to paint. I had been an illustrator over 10 years, and I was just feeling the need to paint for myself to do something different. I thought maybe I would paint the scenery. I was painting in a beautiful building on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and I stood there with a giant white piece of paper and my hand just started to move. And I was totally amazed at what came out.

And the more I painted, the more came out. Even though the paintings were very dark as far as imagery, it was a great release to do them. It was discovering a whole new part of myself that I did not know had existed. When I look at the paintings now, it seems that I had some kind of awareness, some kind of precognition, because that year my mother committed suicide.

Using Intuition

People are afraid to paint because they don’t know where to start. Seeing that piece of white paper is very scary, but it is also very exciting at the same time.

I don’t think too much about what I am going to paint, I just try to go on intuition. Sometimes I just put a color down, and that color has a certain feeling which will make me want to put another color next to it.

After my mother’s suicide I felt like I was leading a double life: the internal life and the external life. It made me feel very separate from other people. As you can imagine it was a very, very dark and very difficult time for me. But I knew that I had to do something. I started to paint again, because I remembered how comforting the paintings had been to me when I painted at Esalen.

Healing Through Painting

Painting by Annie Gusman JolyIn one of my favorite paintings called “My Healer,” I realized that my healing was up to me. The paintings became a practice, like meditation . . . like dance . . . like poetry.

It’s very important to suspend judgment at the painting. I still occasionally look at something and say, like, “Oh, I don’t like that color. I think I’ll move this.” But now I think of it more as it’s only a part of painting that I don’t like, and I know that’s going to happen.

And maybe it’s just the tension in the painting that helps me move on, that helps me finish the painting. And I really try not to judge it as though I would if I went to museum.

It’s about those early paintings . . . there is a lot of demons flying around. And the demons are really scary at that point, I am really afraid. They look mean. They look angry, because that’s really how I am feeling inside.

As the months progressed, the demons became my friends. For example, after her death, I had an incredible dream. The dream was very scary at the time, but when I actually started to work on the piece, the whole mood, the whole character, of the painting changed into one of benevolence and compassion, and kindness and healing.

Listen to the Paintings Speak

In the early nineties, I met a man named Shaun McNiff. He taught me that it’s really not a good idea to talk about paintings, and that so many of us judge paintings according to somebody’s criteria. He taught me: don’t judge the painting. Don’t talk about the painting. It’s just as if the painting has a soul and a being of it’s own. So when I look at the paintings, what I do is pretend that they are actually a person.

For example, you wouldn’t talk about a friend who came into the room and said, “Wow, that dress looks really bad with those shoes,” you know, or, “That hat is really the wrong color.”

What I like to do is have the paintings speak to me.

Most of the time, I stand when I paint. I feel like if my whole body is involved rather than my hand and my brain, things seem to flow better.

When you paint with no judgment, things happen that you don’t expect. And it’s a journey. It’s like going on a trip to a foreign country, a place like you had never been before.

It’s almost like a door. It’s really not the grief any more; the grief is turned into a door. Where I know that these images will come . . . I just know that.

Speaking Truth

Annie Gusman JolyI think it’s easier to speak your truth when you are not doing something for money. These paintings were created for me; they came from a flow that was inside. So I feel free . . . I feel free to create what I want to create without worrying about the end result.

When I first started doing these paintings, I was little nervous to show them to people, because I thought they would think I was really strange, kind of crazy. Slowly, but surely, when I started to share them with some people, it was really amazing to hear their reaction. I think everybody relates to them in some manner in their own life. Everybody’s had loss, everybody’s had some problems.

I never feel like I run out of things to paint. I have an endless well of imagery that I feel now can come out at anytime. I never felt like this before I started these paintings.

When I’m in a room full of my paintings, I feel that I am with my best friends. It’s like something else is at work and things are not as they appear, and that there is another force going on within us. And that if we just can connect with . . . I don’t know, just makes me smile.

Glenda Green’s The Keys of Jeshua – Messages of Inspiration & Practical Approaches to Life

In Glenda Green’s The Keys of Jeshua she presents what is a culmination to her four month visits and conversations with Jesus.

This book contains information from the conversations that were not originally included in Love Without End, also by Glenda Green.

If you’ve read Love Without End and liked it, then The Keys of Jeshua is a must read for you.

On the other hand, if you haven’t read Love Without End I suggest you get a copy of it, jump in, and read it before moving on to The Keys of Jeshua. Although this is the recommended approach, The Keys of Jeshua can easily be read without first reading Love Without End.

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Discover a Key to Life within Each Chapter

Glenda Green PictureIn The Keys of Jeshua (Spiritis Publishing), Green again relates in detail her conversations with Jesus on various topics. From discovering your authentic self to freedom and forgiveness, together Green and Jesus teach you how to release that which holds you back and finally discover true inner peace.

Each chapter in this twenty four chapter, 350-page book takes on a different “key to life” that mastering will help the reader to find enlightenment and deep, inner peace that will stay with you for the rest of time.

The chapters in The Keys of Jeshua follow the same logical format and allow the reader to benefit the most from these intimate conversations between Green and Jeshua (aka Jesus).

The first part of each of the twenty four chapters starts out with a message from Jeshua, a sort of reflection that he has sometimes spurred on by questions from Green. Following these italicized reflections, thoughts, or guidance—which is presented as directly quoted from Jesus—Green goes on to cite parts of the Bible which correlate to the teaching in that chapter.

Next comes The Key, which is where Green, in her easy going, loving manner, summarizes what Jesus said and gives her own insight and experiences with each subject at hand. Once you’ve read this, the chapter moves on to Inspirations which come in the form of poetry, meditations, affirmations, and other types of positive words that are related to the important theme for that chapter.

The next part of the chapter proceeds with Applications. How to apply what you’ve learned to your life is key and this section gives you tips and tools to make this happen.

The end of the chapter brings the reader to meditation and a prayer also re-emphasizing the Keys to Life that Jesus shared in the beginning of that chapter.

The Keys of Jeshua: Unlocking Enlightenment

Book Cover Keys of JeshuaThese conversations with Jesus are a wonderful accompaniment to the Green’s other bestseller, Love Without End. Both books are full of life lessons, insight, and something a bit magical and spiritual not often found in many other books. I really like the chapters outline in The Keys of Jeshua.

This book is easy to read, understand, and immediately apply to your daily life to find inner peace and enlightenment that you may have been seeking for many years.

The keys you receive when you read The Keys of Jeshua enable you to open your heart, soul, and mind to ultimate life; living with true peace and happiness.

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