“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson from
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
Teaching takes many forms:
Some teach by calling themselves “teachers”…
Some teach more subtly by showing others what is possible
and letting them divine their own way.
Luna in “Teaching and Learning… a perspective”
When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
~ Erma Bombeck
About Luna Jade…
Vocalist, Songwriter, musician, composer, producer… [aural artist] Graphics artist, beadweaver, photographer, jewelry designer… [visual artist] Pro tech-geek, software developer, eternal student… [conceptual artist] Poet, writer, healer, creator, dreamer and believer, eclectic soul.
Left and right brain vying for control… and working in concert.
Embracing the creative chaos.
Glimpses of who I am… “creating” is a natural and essential part of my being,
as is sharing my creations – to please, to help, to heal, to entertain… and to inspire.
My interests are many and varied… and expanding daily. I delight in exploring the new and different.
I am eternally grateful for a muse who has many voices, ranging from the deeply technical to the beautifully artistic.
As I listen to whatever song she whispers in my ear, whatever divine impulse flashes within at any given time, I am perpetually and eclectically creatively engaged.
It makes for a very interesting existence :)
Do I have a a diverse “bag of tricks”? Yes.
Am I unique in that creative diversity? NO.
I am just open to hearing the inspiration flow and curious enough to act on it…
whatever IT is.
And I love encouraging others to do the same…
One of my joys is to help someone else find their own voice, their medium of expression,
to reclaim their creative birthright.
I am an innovative and eclectic artist, exploring new ideas toward personal expression and global positive shift… in my creations and my interactions. I see and think in patterns; eddies of images and input swirling, coalescing to form a path or concept to be explored. Sometimes so many different possibilities that I find myself at a crossroads, overwhelmed… not sure which creative pathway to walk down in that moment. Learning the fine art of prioritization and time management is key (and an ongoing refinement process for me :)
To be sure, there have been times when my creative muse didn’t seem to speak as clearly to me… or maybe she was speaking but I was too caught up in my head to hear with clarity. Professionally, I’m an artist with an M.B.A. (in Quantitative Analysis/Operations Research); a quant who changed gears and became a Software Developer (until recently: a Lead Programmer Analyst for a private company; now: creating my own… more on my Tech page).
I’ve spent my professional life divided between 2 careers, putting my chameleon skin to the test:
~ as a professional vocalist / songwriter/musician, expressing my soul emotionally and artistically.
~ as a geek/developer/analyst, exploring the dynamic technology horizon; the TechnoVerse.
Different dances performed by the same danseuse… the corporate gig capitalizing more on what is “in my head” than what is “in my heart”, but teaching me some valuable skills that have suited me well in my life as an artist.
I am happiest when I am creating… whatever that current medium is.
As I expressed in the graphic I created above, “Luna’s Wild Hair”… when I get a “Wild Hair”, I explore it.
So why do I share all this with you?
“What one man can do, so can another.”
~ Anthony Hopkins to Alec Baldwin in the movie “The Edge”.
My story is a bit different than most because I have actively straddled the artistic and business worlds throughout my professional life, but I have had occasion to experience the crisis of creativity that I’ve heard lamented by so many of my friends, colleagues, and fans. There is a comment I hear all too frequently when discussing my music and art that troubles me:
“I’m not creative. I could never do that.”
And my answer is always: “Yes, you are… and yes, you can.”
I fiercely believe that there’s a creative spirit inside us all. As little children, it comes naturally to us. We live and play in our imagination… the land of make believe is familiar territory to us. We dream up wonderful role-playing scenarios for games and turn everyday household items into toys and props for our imaginative pursuits.
But something happens as we grow older… it becomes increasingly difficult to live in the joy of the moment and many of us lose touch with our creative source. We forget that part of us that lives in delight and wonder… the perpetually playful part.
The challenges of daily life, responsibilities, societal expectations, personal hardships…
all of these conspire to make us lose the ability to find our bliss.
For some it’s the idea that you can only be “one thing”… another false and limiting dream stealer.
“You can do anything you put your mind to. “
You really can.
I firmly believe and live this… and have all my life, albeit with the occasional tumbles off the wagon – it happens, it’s one of the “features” of being human.
In all of us, whether we consciously know it or not, there are seeds of incandescence planted within, waiting for their chance to burst forth in blinding brilliance.
They may be hovering close to the surface… or they may be nestled deep inside (some of the finest treasures are buried deeply).
Go on an inner treasure hunt for your luminous seedling and nurture the flame into full being. And as you shine, watch those around you light up from contact glow. It can be contagious…
May you all see and know your beautiful light that shines from within…
~ Luna Jade in What better way to begin…
As this blog unfolds and I explore things past, present and future,
I hope to offer some little spark to help you find your bliss and your creative voice…
as you all help me maintain and explore mine.
Much love, thanks and mutually reflected light…
|We are all…|
Find the light within and let it shine…