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6. Integration Integration is process by which to harmonize disparate elements that emerged from previous exploration. Thus awareness is a necessary ingredient to integration, and leads to active transformation. Concurrently, Art and leadership are akin to alchemy, to mysterious merging of forces that ends in oneness. From this initiation, both leader and artist come to know that it is simultaneously all about me, all about you, and all about we. The “we” viewpoint allows for integration of all parts, you and me, creator and audience, leader and team. No separation. Think of your body, your emotions, your mind, and your soul as one team that can function amicably. See how much time you are giving to building your body (your buddy?) physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Use every “challenge,” every stain on canvas, every slip of tongue, every error or mishap as a body/buddy building opportunity, and please, do not forget to rest your muscles, be they physical or emotional, thus bringing more integration to workout life is giving you.
From integration comes integrity… That is one way to look at it! It is time when buttons all line up, when such wholeness, such candor, such impeccable honesty is attained, that authenticity becomes spokesperson of one’s promotion. This speaking is not efforting in any manner. As a matter of fact, it lives beyond words. It is an art and a science, generated by natural responsiveness and response-ability of someone who has a vision, and no personal agenda. This quality of response and presence, this “purity” (no other word) makes that being irresistible and a magnet. There is where to account for charisma of great leaders. Ask yourself: am I willing to take responsibility for my present situation, and for all decisions to come? The bad news is: you did it all! The good news is: you do it all! What do you choose to create?
8. Financial empowerment
A common understanding is that money is energy exchanged. You offer that service, which is valuable to me enough that I will pay for it… It is puzzling that artists would be in such financial survival, as they are so gifted, and so “rich” inside. It has been said that creating art is a constant act of generosity. So where is hook? The image of a receiver comes to mind, where some channels are noisier than others. If turning a dial will make for a better reception, what dial can I turn to receive money more directly, i.e. more abundantly? That is a worthwhile question. Financial empowerment is directly related to integrity, as integrity is filter, which wipes out any possible noise. It is real energy behind exchange, as it insures buyer that seller’s heart is in right place, and that his/her intents in all actions are for good of all.
That is really foremost point: good of all, good of community, good of humanity. As a healing principle, it means that, in moment you are experiencing a block, there is someone around you who needs you, just as you are. When caught up in self-attack, look for someone around you who is in even more in dire need of assistance. Think of people as colors that populates your palette, or notes that delineates your melody… Furthermore, if it weren’t for people, why create art at all? Follows a question for very courageous, a tough question… Are you ready? Here it is: do you really like people? Yes, is it true that you really, really like people? Even Aunt Martha? Even sad looking cashier? And if you should come to recognize that, possibly, there are times when you do not like people, then how can you ask them to love you, and support your art? Com-passion is key to com-munity. My remedy: I repeat to myself: just like me, this person has known loneliness, sadness and despair. Just like me, this person is seeking happiness for his or her life… Just like me…
Because art, science, or anything that is created for benefit of community is born of inspiration from abstract and imaginative realms, contemporary artists may come to recognize their task as a grounding and redirecting of those primeval patterns of apparent chaos through discipline into expressive simplicity. They may understand joy and pure pleasure of committing to joining order and responsibility to those more etheric and ecstatic realms. Thus can artist, voice of art, earn trust and a hearing, as he and she will have come forth as a servant leader, and bear gifts as steward of those gifts, rather than owner. By doing so, a vision of love and beauty will be fulfilled, which is ultimate and great work that unites artists and leaders, passionate co-creation that dares thinking possible emergence of an enlightened civilization.
This piece was originally submitted by Mahalene Louis, Inspiration Anchor, Artist, Author, and Speaker, who can be reached at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone 512.632.8952 or visited on web at http://www.soulvision.com. Mahalene Louis wants you to know: As an Inspiration Anchor, I offer an engaging e-zine, free teleclasses and Turn on Light!, a unique program to assist creative genius in you to express and market your gifts successfully. Turn on Light! inspires you to show up as a stunning masterpiece of unbridled passion and creativity, and to evolve consciousness by acting in alignment with powerful force you are.
Mahalene, a native of France, began her career as a journalist and teacher in Europe. She spent her first twenty years in the US as a self-supporting artist while soon consulting with people on self-empowerment. As she is in all accounts a “true artist,” one of her greatest gifts as an inspiration anchor is to offer “a new way to look at it,” which is greatly instrumental to increase chances of success, prosperity, and happiness.