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SI: 7/31 Serendipity Itinerary

Your July 31St, 2020 SI, and the [[Moon in Virgo until 7:08p EST when it goes Void of Course to emerge at 9:54p in Libra]] through the weekend

Serendipity Itineraries is a post series is about sharing my weekly blog field trips, my eExperiences, so that maybe you find some new people who you resonate with, to enjoy and/or follow, and/or simply have a mini-library of places to visit when you feel that cool compulsion to expand your experience.

I notice that on the blogs I resonate with, I often also resonate with who they resonate with. Not always, there’s of course a case by case discernment present. Though, it’s more often than not. Enough to have Given form to these weekly Serendipity Itineraries.

Hey, some say not to toot your own horn. What?! That’s absurd. Somebody’s gotta start the band. Please post a link to your blog in the comments to add to the Serendipity Itinerary fun. It’ll make out sandbox community bigger. Thanks in advance for tooting your own horn to promote yourself.

Your Tarot Birth Cards for 7/31/2020

The Devil ~ The Lovers

What are Your Tarot Birth Cards?

Click to find your Tarot Birth Cards here at the Tarot School in NYC. Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone have a great set of offerings and info, in addition to just being rockin’ people!

And, if you want to explore Tarot Birth Cards more, please visit my 9-Part Birth-Placing Identity Series.

This Week

It’s a #6 Day, so here’s a 6-themed video

The Mystereum Tarot Moment, 6 of Pentacles

0 min 56 sec

There’s a whole world in 56 seconds. I ad-libbed here for 56 seconds in a single take. That’s not bragging. I warmed with a great bike ride up the hill to the video shoot several mile away. Cleared out my breath, smiled and looked about a bit. Then, hopped in the cockpit to post a pole position time. That’s it. Not bragging. It’s simply a stat.

What can you do for your own pole position self in 56 seconds? Please don’t answer. Put your phone on record and give it a try. You may be surprised what happens when you’re on the spot, on the stage. Can you put yourself on your own stage?

Not a challenge or a competition or ego-tooting my horn in any more than to start the band, then the Band/Team comes in, huh? No need to do your 56 seconds in one take. Simply a question, a suggested exercise. What can you do in 56 seconds to further and actionably build foundations under your dreams? What does YOUR 56-second gig look like? Try it. Take your notes on yourself FROM your recording. Then, Take 2 if you see areas for improvement, or other directions you feel more resonant to take.

Study YOURSELF. Literally, study yourself. Record yourself for 56 seconds… or there-around. Please don;t take the time as Gospel. Make your Gospel. Hear the sacredness of YOUR voice.

Look out the window. Go outside and look IN the window… of yourself. What does your home look like from outside the window? Prepare with the notes you take from your 56 seconds. Take a deep breath and… GO! Just record yourself on your phone for 56 seconds and then transcribe it… or delete it. The delete option is the ultimate edit button. 🙂 You may find it just keeps expanding when you start to transcribe it.

Try the 56-second exercise. Why 56 seconds? Good question. The number is arbitrary. That’s just what this video took with no splicers or edits in a shingle take. On this one, it was a single take on the 1st take. Not on all my vids. And, I don’t find that to be a meaningful stat. It’s simply a stat. I’d much rather drive the car the way it was made to be driven so to speak. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice won’t even keep you from slamming into the wall when you over-downshift as you step deep into the tach and slide out the rear end to overtake you And SLAM CRASH. That what roll cages are for, right? What practice will do, though, what BITCh will do — Butt In The Chair — is…. well, try it. Over time, you’ll see. That’s a silver platter there for you. Now, can you fill it with your faves?

What’s YOUR short time? Your call. Will you give it a try? Comment please if your care to share.

Carrie Paris is the Video Producer on my Mystereum Tarot Moments series. Check out her beautiful site!

Here we go!

Serendipity Itinerary for July 31st

Onto the wild beyond around the rocks in the wonderful Flow of rapids in the excellent blogs below. I’ve started treating the music section below differently. Instead of taking it down right from Shuffle on Sonos, as that took TOO long even if I only transcribed one day’s worth, I’m going to cherry pick for you to cherry pick from. Some weeks one, some weeks more. Simply depends — sounds like an add for diapers lol.

Serendipity Itinerary Sites

Laleh Chini ~ A Voice From Iran. Check and inspect your expectations at the door. The storytelling, short stories, fables, and folk tales will… well, you’ll see. I recently received her book and am looking forward to posting a review in the near future. I’m still adjusting to being this busy again, and I’m not going to rush out a review of Laleh’s wonderful work. I’m currently immersed in reading Climbing Over Grit, and without spoilers I can indefatigably express… YES!!!! A more robust review is coming soon, and I so look forward to dial into those words. Mini-review here.

Lizrose93 ~ elizabeth rose psychic and tarot. This post with the image of the painting with Echo and Narcissus + Liz’s mention of the Phoenix catalyzed me to forget the story for getting The gift of telling it differently. Visit her site for the Astrology, though don’t be surprised when you receive a larger takeaway than what you came for. I received a retelling from myself of a story that brought it into modern discussions.

Holly Troy ~ Cosmic Holly. musings of a psychedelic punk rock renaissance yogini and late-blooming athlete. Perennial Gemini in bloom. Naturalized. Excellent garden with music, too! Creative voice in multiple formats. Tarot. Astrology. Music. Writing. Life. Is she a Polymath, having multiple areas of expertise? Go see. She also has a session series entitled Co-Creating With the Cosmos that I recommend.

Karen Sealey ~ The Pure & Blessed Tarot. ~ Riding the cusp between imagination and reality. The Discarded Oracle is coming to life! Check it out on Pinterest! And, other rockin’ ramblings and Rantras and musings with no pulled punches, and lots of exquisite surprises along the way. THIS is a site to watch.

Bonnie Hubly ~ Watercolors on Pinterest. Full and robust and full of feeling with fluid fluency and flow in execution. Majestic Watercolors. Organic placements, artful scenes. Gorgeous.

Trini Lind ~ Paths of the Spirit. Create a path of Light with your Life. Wonderful perspective. Deceptively simple drawings that I find magically evocative. No one trick pony here.

Ian Bryant ~ Tarot Sushi. A place for all things Tarot and More! Excellent and clear and depthful writing voice with full-on proetic substance. Creative writing steeped in poetry, nourishing soul food for imagination and creative expression. And, I’m honored Ian is using my Tarot in the Land of Mystereum deck and 192-page companion book as a creative writing prompter.

House of Ari. Sharing a personal exploration of gender in Sweden. Up front and honest and insightful as the experience and process of this self-induced rite of passage unfolds. I respect when people swim in their own crucible to discern and come to a more resonant relationship with themselves. It can be swimming in magma at times, though isn’t that how crystals and geodes are made? Clarity and creativity and actionable feel often come out of strong Soul Gardening such as Ari’s. I look forward to where this exploration leads.

Fernando Kaskais ~ WebInvestigator.KK.org is one web investigative resource for searching thousands of online sources, and public databases. Interesting variety explored with depth and verve.

Dawn Lhamo ~ Whole Person Wellness Coaching. Coaching, Senryu, Thought. Variety is the spice of life, and put together like a great cook, spices are even better. Try a taste of how Dawn puts things together on her site.

Alan Houston Cree ~ Cree Solutions. A veteran turned author – Genre: Espionage. Check out Alan’s new novel in progress, and he has a solid exploration track though his interests. Substance explored. Resonates with my reasons can be wholly unreasonable. There is a Serendipity Itinerary of sorts provided as he follows where his interests takes hem, actionably. Excellent metaphor and analogy for like regardless of topic agreement or not. Check out his site for some serendipity specific to the work he is producing.

Ritish Sharma ~ Aspiring Blog, Weekly Wisdom. Another great blog posting serendipitously about things in the world that interest him. Diverse and varied. Cherry-pick your next field trip from this wonderful buffet of posts.

Jiji, Life in Copenhagen ~ Life in Copenhagen, Denmark, after moving during Covid-19. Wonderfully well-written pieces about the experience of place. Well worth a visit! Jiji has a knack for describing place that is alive.

Mandy Froehlich ~ Divergent EDU. Leadership, Innovation and Divergent Teaching | Mandy Froehlich. Administering perspectives on mental health to foster healthy well-being. This is truly a site where knowledge IS power. Not pedantic. Not corrective. Shame doesn’t exist here. Experience and powerful perspectives of listening live here. Mandy’s site is as enjoyable as it is informative. Self Help may want to watch out, as Mandy is playing the resonant chords to own what you feel, and actionably work with that wise in time.

Sandra ~ Into the Light Adventures. By Sandra Js Photography – Make the rest of your life the best of your life.

cocinaitaly ~ Elganspo, comida italiana. Hungry? Hungry for edible beauty, aesthetic eats? Exquisite is a word. Edibly exquisite is two words. Grab a friend, and go experience this. What will your words be afterwards?

Hailletrimbolie ~ Empowered Educator. It feels like she has listened to Moira and her internal sense of time and timing to start her blog. Good stuff there just in the listening to one’s own rhythms and messages. Enjoy Haille’s garden as it grows, becomes perennial, and naturalizes. I for one am looking forward to see where she takes her adventure.

Scott Spillman ~ The Point Magazine. New article, Charismatic Models.(My words follow, these are not Scott’s or the Magazine’s) I loathe politics as the great irony of our time, maybe any time when people who are not personally sovereign can be ruled simply by the sniff of a suggestion. More often than not I find politics in any age to provide a comprehensive, compendium anthology of the best you-can-talk-a-good-game-but-cannot-box-wimpy-see-through-always-superficial-with-zero-substance-hipocrisy people. This, is not that..

Joy Vernon ~ Completely Joyous. Tarot & Reiki. Bookmarked for this week as there’s an ICANN issue pending. I’ve been there. I hate it when that periodic email required to confirm your URL ownership with ICANN for your website gets buried and lost. I’ll most likely have an operable link here next week if not before.

Benebell Wen ~ author + reader. Such a wonderful discipline of the ritual in Benebelle’s actioanable and exploratory process of deck creation of her 3rd edition of SKT. Check out Benebelle’s site. She is an engaged and informed artist fully immersed Actively in The Work and also in the not-knowing, and building value when she emerges her creations.

Robert Ruiz ~ Robert Ruiz Art. Robert Ruiz is an artist from Brownsville, TX, who is also a Master of Fine Art Candidate at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley with Bachelors of Fine Art, concentration in Drawing and New Media, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also currently the Art Director at the Carlotta Petrina Museum and Artist liaison for the City of Brownsville Mural Program. Check out his work.

Banter Republic ~ Gottfried. It’s just banter. Banter, comedy, humor, lifestyle, Living. He might even ask you if a period can be italicized. Be entertained and engaged. No hidden Oz behind the curtain here.

Theresa, Soul Gatherings ~ Spiritual Moments in the Human Experience. Wonderful quotes and perspective here. A great daily.

Gabriela M. ~ Short Prose Fiction. Author of the Year (2019) at Spillword Press NYC. You can swim in these words. Take a dip.

Keith’s SecondVoice ~ African Poetry. I found Keith’s work last week. He liked a comment I made on another’s blog, don’t remember which as I clicked right through to his site. Wonderfully powerful, muscular language full of grit and flow and resonance and well-played metaphor that is apt and expressive and clear.

Carsten Wieland ~ Brushpark Watercolors ~ Aquarelle und Zeichnungen von Carsten Wieland. Power in color and fluid forms here. Please visit this wonderfully powerful feast for the eyes and process expressed with watercolors.

RoadtirementTraveling and retired. This couple and their experiences and travels and family… just make me smile. Real and robust for being themselves. Plus, they’re gardeners. What ever could go wrong? Great sense of humor and wonderful outlook on life. Woo Hoo shout-out to the Roadtirement Etsy shop! Check it out.

Tutu’s edible logic ~ Food makes sense. Exquisite and intelligent and nourishing and informative.

Wander the Lines ~ Step into my reading life. Looking for a new book to read? Stop in here for a treat and a great perspective.

Delusional Bubble ~ Life is a bubble, Make it as delusional as possible. Travel the world. I feel Rick Steves is cool, and he’s also not the only game in town.

Joanne Sprott ~ Cosmic Whispers. Let’s Walk the Spiral Path Together. Poetry, depthful thought, and generally all things Joanne = things that matter and have substance and are important and/or are simply interesting.

Learn Tarot: Naima Healer ~ Self-Healing through the Present Moment. Wonderful work with a just as wonderful Hoo Doo deck. Naima has just started out blogging, and I firmly feel she started out on just the right foot. Sensitive, sensible with wit and wisdom not disconnected from lineage. She may have just started blogging, though she’s no novice Reader.

Bonnie Cehovet ~ Flash Fiction. Author. Tarot. Consummate Reviewer. Want a solid story? Bonnie’ll get your there. Bonnie has a way about only working with things she resonates with. She doesn’t do negative reviews, understands that that is a waste of her blessings and value. I beyond resonate with and respect that. What’s the point of non-things? CHeck out good things here.

Croque-Melpomene ~ Author of Within Paravent Walls. Pentalingual Idealist. Writer of psycho-corporeal Poetry. Creator of Croque-Melpomene & Les Femmes de la Décadence. Chthonic Numinosity, depth with no fear of addressing behemoth-level emotional topics through her poetry and evolved wonderment and continual curiosity. She runs deep, and takes the proper gear to do so… herself. I see a chthonic numinosity in her poetry that is akin to night and day stained glass. Well worth the visit. Powerful. Intense. Heartfelt. I advise to bring tissues for all the right reasons.

Saania2086 ~ Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun! If P, then Q. If you want good sense, then go here to see what dynamic mind dish is being served up today.

Charlescearl’s Weblog ~ Musings on fascinating things. Important and fascinating things well said. Charles not only thinks things through, he lives them through. You can feel it in his writing. Don’t go for the writing. Go for experience you will remember. Indelible is a word, and a good one with Charles’ weblog.

Jane Lurie Photography ~ powerful, evocative freeze-frames of architectural images that are definitely not secretly active. These images live out loud! They are refined. And they are as natural as they are refined, like an exquisitely cut emerald or sapphire or ruby kind of refined. There’s nothing hidden in the rough here. These beauties have some pipes in their visual voice.

Timothy Price ~ Off Center & Not Even. Is variety the spice of life? Go here and see! The photography is magnificent.

Mary K. Greer’s Tarot Blog ~ Tarot helps you meet whatever comes in the best possible way. Mary matters. Professionally. As a person. As an author. Mary matters. Sweet and direct and courageous and inventive and FUN. Oh, she was a wicked cool sense of humor. Many deep wells feed Mary’s work. Warning: Immersion here may lead to ablution.

Enchanted Seashells by Princess Rosebud ~ Beguiling pearls of wit, wisdom, and whimsy-with attitude. I’m not going to add more words to that. If that doesn’t grab you… A Princess is simply a Queen not yet sitting..

Dr. Eric Perry ~ Psychology to Motivate | Inspire | Uplift. Wonderfully full and relevant and engaged Psychology articles with clarity of voice. I full-on dig when things are as robust as they are clear, especially when directly dealing with intensities. This site, is certainly that.

The Dihedral ~ More than just climbing. A lot more. And, climbing is a lot in itself. Read a new route today at The Dihedral. Dammit! No, not wormsign. Worse. The covert Covid-19 struck again. Visit The Dihedral for a seriously wicked and wonderfully solid attitude of Not Wasting Trouble.

Cristian Mihai ~ Professional Blogger. Sense & Sensibility meets the info age? He’s not afraid to say it, whatever he says. No walking on eggshells here, well, unless he starts making compost for the garden. Excellent tips for bloggers and thinkers and feelers.

Susi Bocks ~ I Write Her. My words for Susi’s writing go something like this. You talk a good game, Dood, but can you (Susi) Bocks? Concise might even be too long a word. The consistency of depth here is… well, I have a deep respect for how much she does with so little and its never sparse. Muscular and powerful language. I’d call her the Bruce Lee of words.

The Alchemist’s Studio ~ Raku, vessels, Alchemy in action. Pottery with heart and soul PLUS some PUNitive humor to boot. Don’t miss the Hens! Another place of great perspective.

Enjoy the DNA of our Solar System as it moves along its 230-million year orbit around our Milky Way galaxy. Credit to A.T. Mann for sending me this years back when he was a guest on my Inner State Highways internet TV show. Hmmm, I miss doing that. Well, I might want to do something about that…

This is such a cool creation about the larger creation we live our own orbits within.

Helix and DNA strands anyone? There’s such a wonderful Who let the dogs out? Us, our world and solar system itself in orbit.

Solar System & DNA

& This Week’s SI Music & Video

May you fill your spaces with the good stuff Your way

Last Week was a WOW 12-Year Old

I discovered a multi-instrumentalist Polymath. Check that link above! The idea of a one man band never knew it so well. And, ……

Music For The Week Brought to You by the Asteroid Moira, #638

Moira is Saturn’s (Chronos’/Kronos’) wife. As Saturn rules chronological time, Moira correspondingly rules Life Time, or destiny. Moira is one of the three Greek Fates — Nona, Decuma, and Moira. The thread Moira weaves into your life in your Natal Astrology Chart is that of your internal sense of time, your natural sense of timing, the natural rhythm of the way your inner waves pulse and dance.

I Like To Think of Moira As

I like to think of her as The Silent Inner Music like a glass top lake, calm, teeming with life below, though still. And, I feel the ways we are naturally influenced comes from how this calm, glass top lake of our Silent Inner Music ripples and resonates to strike chords and interference pattern dischords within us as we experience things. For example: when you experience trauma, I gather there are interference patterns across this lake like its disturbed; when you experience beauty or joy or pleasure or all three, I gather there are wonderful, sacred geometry patterns resonating and reverberating in harmony, and that maybe what brings on those cascades of ablution tingles when you hear someone singing who has a wonderfully moving voice that grace you with ear-gasms of varying degrees in part, parts, or all throughout your body.

This Week I Played

This week I played a single-minded game in triplicate to present you one of the new meditation and Mindfulness techniques I have created. I call it Breathing Your Inner Music With Moira. To keep it fun and simple and also dial in a hefty well of substance as well, I’ve made it experiential rather than technical. I hope with this week’s Moira gig you have the opportunity to hear your natural rhythms more clearly, hear the natural and beautiful chords that are struck inside you when you resonate with something, and as well experience your Inner Silence, your Inner 4-charactered ~A~U~M~ (OM) Silence.

You Say

You say, Jordan! Geez! Can you count! There are only 3 letters there. I just smile at that. What about the space between the notes in music, the interstices, the synapse invisi-bridges? The 4th character in ~A~U~M~ is the Silence that swims within between the letter-sounds fed from the Silence all around them.

~ Silence ~ The Silence of Light ~ The Silence in Darkness ~

I resonated with the trinity above swimming a quaternity in Silence. You can make your own 3-experiential preambles from the above by substituting 3 experiential gigs you resonate with to tune up and warm up your inner rhythms to then work with the simple, though I find effective, exercise below. ImaginAction made me do it.

Take a breather for… well… let’s keep to theme. Take a breather in full-boat Silence for 56 seconds (or there-around. Please don’t clinch up trying to be too exact. I suggest to use about 56 seconds as an approximate range for the initial length) with your eyes closed calmly breathing. Then, take 4 long and deep and full breaths. Then, repeat both one more time — the 56-second breather, and then 4 deep and long Master Violin Bow Bindu Breaths. Then, listen to the music of Silence within you. Experience YOU, the Natural You. Your heartbeat. Your breath. Any stomach gurgles like someone playing the triangle or tympani at the back of the symphony. Heck, you might fart and laugh, who brought the barking spider goos to the symphony? Have fun with it, and give yourself a wide berth. And, may I suggest that there’s only one Prinicpal in your Principal’s office. You! And, lose the office hours to simply be you, Sovereign You.

What does your Inner Silence sound like to you?

After Doing This Initial Exercise

After doing this initial exercise, I suggest to do this when you are calm, when you are angry, when you are confused, when… well, with any feeling you have. Learn your instrument. How do you sound inside when experiencing these feelings? What does your glass top lake mirror in its pattern from your feeling? Sacred geometry? Simple Notes that are simply pleasant. Chords? Discord’s? Full-on frenetic interference patterns? Standing waves? False harmonics? Ebbs and flows? Harmonics? Sharps? Flats? Both? Neither-Either-None? The list goes on as long as the ways you resonate whether they are positive or negative or just simply are.

Maybe You Didn’t Realize You We’re

Maybe you didn’t realize you were a magician musician inside with how your particular Silence is tuned. I hope you soon come to experience what I am talking about here. Again, ImaginAction made me do it. I tend to use the products and systems I create to enhance my divination, imagination, creativity, Tarot, Mindfulness, Astrology, Art… and generally to enhance and amplify the value I experience in my life. You can purchase either ImaginAction (103 pages, 78 in full color) and/or ImaginAction 2.0 ~ The Unplugged Sessions (98 pages, 66 in full color) by clicking on the Shop link in the footer.

Enjoy the Inner Music of your particular brand of Silence. Everything you do swims in it as if your life itself IS the ~A~U~M~. Feel that. Is that cool or what?!

What Does Your Music Sound Like?

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My (Stolen) BITCh Method for Creativity

When you don’t follow your nature there is a hole in the universe where you were supposed to be.” ~ Dane Rudhyar, Astrologer

The greatest fear should not be failure… but succeeding in things that don’t really matter. ~ Francis Chan

Good poets borrow, Great poets steal.  ~ T.S. Eliot. Meaning, be influenced, though make it your own.

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My BITCh Method for Creativity

Yup, want a runner’s high? Well, no free runner’s high on the couch, unless you’re working there. No runner’s high until mile 22 or so. The couch doesn’t have miles, only time. I find quote-unquote inspiration comes from the energy of working, focusing, unfocusing, simply comeS from the process, from continually shifting focus and redirecting scale across the whole scope of spectrums and dimensions of what you are creating, towards the making.

From my perspective inspiration lives in the interstices, the psychic synapses, the sacred and infinite inner spaces between. Interstices are like invisible or negative space stairs. They take you places, from one, to the other. They are always intensely Beyond in their Void quality, though at the same time intensely invisible Janus To:From::From:To, the caryatid columns being the space on either side of the synapse. The one side from where you Fool Stepped launched — May the ground rise up to support your every step ~ Irish Proverb. — especially resonant when there was no ground there when you began to step. And, the other side where you land your creation, made, having given form to the formless, a very High Priestess thing to do.

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It’s like, Hey, when in Rome, and all roads lead there in the imagination, The Place of Creation. I don’t see much of anyone having inspiration from doing nothing about it. Hey, inspiration Comes when you’re in process, not typically before you start the process. It can, though I don’t recommend to sit around and smoke the hope narcotic of that happening. If that’s the case might as well choose the odds of the lottery or the lightning strike instead.

Inspiration’s also a bit-over-rated to me, as is intention. Both important, don’t get me wrong, though both simply exquisite parts of the process when they occur. I find inspiration more so to be microscopic stardust inherent and naturally present in ideas, flecks of gold you pan out.

Intention is over-rated. It is simply far more important the way something comes across. ~ Jordan Hoggard, (c) 1992

Inspiration of course MAY arrive in in-between times as well as the aHA you amplify with as you plug back into the work. Though, I find that spontaneity to arise FROM the momentum of the movement of the work in progress, from the process itself, rather than occurring spontaneously from sitting around smoking hope so to speak, lazy-ing in wait for it. Then again, maybe I’m just allergic to boredom, and you may be tons more patient than me.

Simple simple of it? It’s not, get off your butt. It’s, put your Butt In The Chair.  BITCh. Butt In The Chair. Put your Butt In The Chair, and create.

I don’t find it be an addiction or some kind of OCD gig. It does, though, stem from discipline, a practiced discipline of the habitual ritual over time. Maybe OCR instead of OCD? Not Optical Character Recognotion. Obsessive Compulsive Resonance. I have a process. It’s taken my whole life up to now to develop, has been this way for coming on 30 years, though ask me again tomorrow as well. I keep it fresh. Sometimes, I take sharp turns, or sidestep the clutch at 4,500 rpm, or make shit up like this painting. It’s not a real Asian calligraphy character. I made it up with a hand-dance after a series in oils called Notes From A Illiterate Thief, where I hand-danced whole scrolls, all made up. Could be gibberish. Could be evocative..

036 CtC copy

For me, allergic to boredom, I set limits so I am OFF from my work so I don’t have to experience depletion from the misspent efforts of working too long, from pushing past expanding myself into the realm of the points of diminishing returns. I’ve trained myself to notice when that occurs. And, stop. Switch gears. Take a walk, or do something else. Same bat time, same bat channel, 5 days a week. Sometimes 4. Sometimes 6 days. Though, NEVER 7.

Depletion doesn’t play nice in the sandbox, just keeps you underpressurized like a low tire. Keeps too much resistance in the system requiring more effort than necessary.

For your most complex problems, assemble a team of your laziest people. They’ll solve it in the simplest way.  ~ Bill Gates

And, I find that depletion comes from mis-spent efforts. I make no nod there that anyone should chastise themself for going down dead end paths. It’s about experience. And heck, there are no mistakes, only OFLs. Opportunities For Learning. Sometimes those so-called dead end paths gave you a healthy rest from your primary one(s).

Ever notice when something tends to move too easily? Not like it is in fluid fluency Kind of easy. Like, it’s light, like a snake skin shedded, chaff? Ever notice when something moves with no resistance, and it’s just giggin’ in the fluid fluency of being in balance and harmony with the process? Ever noticed yourself feel the same in your process? And, of course everything in moderation, including moderation. Sometimes going for long long periods immersed in the work is that path to the mile 22 runner’s high of creative process in action. Sometimes, taking radio silence time is just as important.

Mystereum Card Back

(c) 2010 Jordan Hoggard

To prepare to create Tarot in the Land of Mystereum, I took 3 whole years off from anything Tarot. Not a word. Not a card. By 18 months, not even a thought. It was a time of brain washing, and gardening. Lots of gardening. So, when I popped back up, I intensely created and made Tarot from MY perspective, for 2+ MORE years, completing the Mystereum Tarot from Spring of 2006 to the Solstice in 2008. Tarot in the Land of Mystereum middle of 2009-2010. Time doesn’t really matter in creativity, though. They each took my whole lifetime up to that point.

I call my process the BITCh Method. Butt In The Chair. Same bat time, same bat channel. And, you train yourself. You train yourself to firm up your creativity and imagination to not always be that messy vagueness of epiphany and waiting for inspiration. And, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE epiphanies, and the oftentimes consequent mess they inject into the process that bleeds in new ground and exploration and discovery. Those are good problems to have. Though, you train yourself to basically have an on/off switch, so you can also have a work-life balance. Everything is experience, though everything needn’t be creative work. THere’s value in surrender as well.

The (Stolen) BITCh Method of Creating

Butt. In. The. Chair. Same bat time, same bat channel, and 2 days off of your choosing so you slide your weekend into your Outlook or calendar wherever it works best for you and your process.

That’s It. Butt. In. The. Chair. Same bat time, same bat channel 4 or 5 days a week, and don’t forget the 2 days off. Rest and refresh doing other things. Even walking down a French street, the wide open plaza provides rest and relief from the tight and windy cobbled streets, the tight and windy cobbled streets provide rest and relief from the vast urban plaza. I feel the same bindu breath master violin stroke applies to creativity as well.

Is your work process more like the tight and windy cobbled street, the urban plaza, a field of Calla Lilies or lavender, a cabin in the woods, a racetrack with warmed up tires sidestepping the clutch to shift and corner?

You can see the work of the amazing painter I stole the BITCh method from here on Bonnie Hubly’s Pinterest site. She knows I did. Thanks Mom!!

What method do you utilize

to reverently respect the value of your work

in how you make it?

What cornerstone do you have in your life that you brace against to enhance, reinforce, and strengthen your creativity and imagination?

Microsoft Word - ImaginAction Cover.docx

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The pdf is 18MB. Depending on your connection, it may take a bit. Again, no charge. My intent is not that it’s free. No charge, and you determine the value.

Download for nada. Please tip at BuyMeACoffee and/or comment and/or Like the post AFTER you’ve had an opportunity to work with it. And, on your own time. No fuss, no rush.

You decide its value to you in your own good time, in your way. Money currency, the currency of liking, commenting, sharing, re-blogging. I simply ask tht you value ImaginAction in your own way, even if that’s simply looking out the window and smiling from it if you do. That kind of thing, that kind of energy put out there makes to world a better place to be.

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I look forward to what ImaginAction feels like from YOUR perspective.

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Violin Bow Bindu Breath As Prayer

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A Prayer

There comes one

who I breathe in like wind,

Like red rain into my water.

And, as winter comes,

and our memories freeze together,

together may we sleep and dream.

So that come the Springtime,

As we embrace,

glisten

with

open eyes,

May we

melt

back

together

in each other’s arms. Amen

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XIV Temperance

magical mixing, natural reciprocal balance, duet in lieu of dual or duel

Do you see a face?

Gift Yourself

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The pdf is 18MB. Depending on your connection, it may take a bit. Again, no charge. Not free, though. No charge. Download for nada. Please tip at BuyMeACoffee and/or comment and/or Like the post AFTER you’ve had an opportunity to work with it. And, on your own time. No fuss, no rush. You decide its value to you in your own good time, in your Own way.

Downloading? No charge. Your tip/comment/like? Priceless.

Someone downloaded a pdf copy, went all DIY, and sent theirs to the printer. So cool!

ImaginAction

What does it feel like from your perspective?

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