But There’s a Problem:
How to Remain an Artist When They Grow Up!
I’ve had occasion to know many aspiring and successful artists. Even as an adult I still make attempts to express my creativity in many ways; things as simple as paint-by-numbers, to editing digital photographs. To be an artist is to be turned in to and turned toward the new, saying “Yes” to life in all its diversity and richness. Healthy children face life with openness and create a world of beauty and delight.
We are still children if we dare to welcome the creative force within us and relate it back to the spontaneity and newness of our childhood. There may be shadows and even darkness to overcome, but if we are brave we can rediscover that childlike energy and freshness.
Picasso went on creating for over ninety years. He kept the child alive in himself for our delight. Even if we do not have his talent, we can be inspired by his example – to bring to life the creative child in us again.
I’m glad to be getting in touch with the creative child who is still alive within me!
- What children teach us about freedom and naturalness (presentationzen.com)
- 10 Websites With Fun Art Games For Kids (makeuseof.com)
- 77 Inspiring Reflections of Creativity (dudye.com)
A few years ago, I found a new “hobby” of sorts in digital photography, and the photo editing I realized I could do through various editing programs. Starting with the most simple of editing programs, I began to turn what seemed an ordinary photos in to something quite – extraordinary. This photo, called “Glory Hole” began as an edit of photo of a television screen.
This is a re-post of this blog/photo. Interestingly, it is the second most viewed blog on any one of my three web blog sites!
The term “glory hole” originated as a mining expression. Obviously, the meaning has evolved over the years to one of an adult connotation. Any adult reader who doesn’t know what a glory hole is, click the link.
The Silva Method of Mind Control
During one of the first trips I made back to my hometown of Milwaukee after relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, I was visiting with friends and shared I had taken a class in mind control. I had wrestled with some emotional issues after moving, and was eager to share my new-found abilities. I mentioned “Silva Mind Control”. One of my friends said, “Oh yeah, I see their commercials on TV all the time. They get kids grades in school to go up. You in school honey?” I cringed. She was referring to the “Sylvan” learning program. So began the long journey of misunderstandings that occur each time I try to share this valuable tool I’ve found.
After the move from Milwaukee to Phoenix, I not only had to deal with the adjustment just from the move itself, but I also ended a 16 ½ year relationship. The move was a result from the sale of a business I founded and owned for 15 years. The company that acquired mine turned out to be unscrupulous and it pained me to see the disrespectful way in which they treated my clients – my friends of so many years! I found myself dwelling and ruminating. My mind felt so full. My thoughts began to seem jumbled to me; I craved a good night’s sleep. My mind however, wouldn’t let sleep come to me. I kept hearing in my head that I should “learn to control my mind”. That “tape” playing in my head led me to an Internet search which led me to the office of Joan McGillicuddy and Antonio Estrada of Helping Associates, in Casa Grande, Arizona; an hour’s drive from my home in Phoenix.
The website for Helping Associates had a list of “clinically proven benefits” from their seminar. That list included:
- Increased creativity
- Improved health, energy, vitality and sleeping ability
- Improved memory
- Improved intuition
- Improved understanding and application of intuition
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved self-acceptance
- Improved habit control
- Improved self-assurance; freedom from guilt
- Improved social orientation, greater assertiveness and spontaneity
- Improved coöperation with life and others
- Improved physical self-image
- Improved attitudinal change to enthusiasm
- Improved personal integration of emotions and harmony in personal affairs
- Improved adherence to social order
- Improved family relationships
- Improved use of dreams to solve problems
(Helping Associates 2010)
I saw what I was longing for. Improvement! I called the office of Helping Associates and enrolled into the next class which was three weeks away. Those three weeks seemed to drag. The seminar was held over a weekend, and I have gained many benefits as a result. The most important skill that I honed was meditation. I had never meditated before. At last, I was on the road to controlling my mind.
I’ll write more about my personal experiences and what I gained from the seminar, and I’ll break this information up into a series of blogs. First, I must share that this is not the Sylvan Learning program! This is the Silva Method of Mind Control, founded by an amazing man named Jose Silva.
What is the Silva Method?
The Silva Method is a program that awakens and educates people to an expanded inner awareness for self power to change; to create a better and better life. The Silva Method was discovered and developed by Jose Silva. His discovery came more than 60 years ago. Through his study, practice and faith, Jose realized that within each of us is another world; the inner world where one’s Higher Self resides. To enter this inner world he has given us the techniques outlined in the Silva Method; the first and most important being the entrance to the Alpha level of consciousness. The Alpha level is the doorway to spiritual guidance, inspiration, intuition and higher consciousness.
The Silva Method is designed to help one learn to use more of the brain and elevate the creative powers of the mind through the use visualization, imagination, positive thinking and meditation. The method consists of guided exercises that allow learning in a relaxed alpha state where one is empowered with tools and techniques that can be applied to improve essentially every area of life.
With practice, one becomes more in tune with the inner self, enhanced ability to use both brain hemispheres, and the ability to use the higher consciousness to use information for problem solving. Each exercise leads to greater awareness, an increased ability to solve everyday problems, a better perspective of life, and greater success in manifesting one’s desires. By using the foundation of the Silva Method which includes desire, belief, and expectancy, one can do personal greatness. The Silva Method can be learned by anyone. In the more than 40 years of existence The Silva Method has been taught to people of all ages, and walks of life.
The Silva Method can potentially change life for the better. It has mine. The tools and techniques in The Silva Method are designed to influence every aspect of life, such as managing stress, improving the quality of thoughts, overcoming bad habits, improving learning ability, managing pain and discomfort, manifesting goals and even enhancing intuition. The Silva Method has become part of me; not a single day goes by without my accessing some part of what I learned in that first seminar.
About Jose Silva
The man behind The Silva Method — is to me a great inspiration and it is important for me to share how he developed one of the most innovative educational programs from his humble beginning. Jose Silva was born in Laredo, TX, on the border of Mexico, on Aug. 11, 1914. He was a self-educated man; never having attended school a day in his life.
Jose Silva’s father died when he was just four years old and when he was six Jose helped support his family. He learned from his brothers and sisters the lessons they were learning in school. Through his perseverance and curiosity in learning, he eventually became a well-respected business person. His interest in electronics and grew a business which established an electronics training school in his hometown. Jose Silva designed and received patents for several biofeedback instruments, and wrote over a dozen books.
As a teen, Jose Silva was earning a reputation as a successful business person. From a borrowed correspondence course loaned to him by his barber, he got into radio. That education led to the development of the largest electronics repair business in south Texas.
Married at the age of 30, Jose Silva began to study psychology to find ways to help his children do better in school. He spent over 20 years studying great minds, researching the human condition, and developing his method. The study of psychology led him to hypnosis, which led him to meditation. As a result of this unexpected turn of events, he began to research metaphysics. Eventually, Silva developed a method that could teach anyone how to develop their own intuition.
In the mid 1960’s Jose Silva’s successful program became known beyond Laredo where he was teaching his method to more than 100 people every week. Soon he was asked to teach groups who were willing to pay him for his knowledge. At the age of 52 Silva began the work that would make him famous.
Jose Silva was many things during his full lifetime. He was deeply devoted to his family, his business, the arts and education. He was fascinated with the mind development and human potential. He spent his entire lifetime developing his creative and intuitive abilities and teaching others to find their own abilities within themselves. The Silva Mind Control Method teaches people how to actually control their own minds for better health, faster learning, greater creativity, and for the development of their psychic ability.
Programs have been spawned from Jose Silva’s years of research. Former students such as doctors teach patients how to use visualization and imagination in treating cancer. Professional artists, sculptors, athletes, business executives, scientists and people from all walks of life have benefited from the program. The greatest contribution of the Silva Method is in teaching people how to actually develop and use their intuition to get information and correct problems. After my first seminar, I have gone back for at least four more, often taking a family member or close friend who expressed interest in learning how to develop their intuitive skills and improve their life. One family member suffered for many years from migraine headaches. The Silva Method has given this member of my family the ability to control her pain without the use of analgesics or other prescribed medications. For me, I have gained the ability to quiet my mind and listen to my inner Self. When strong recall is required I am able to retrieve information that normally would have been lost to me. I used some of the Silva tools while taking a course to prepare for the state of Arizona’s realtor examination. I confidently answered every question and easily passed the test.
The seminars occur over a three or four-day period. It is difficult to convey the complete educational part or the experiences one has during the seminar. In my upcoming blogs, I will discuss “programming” of the mind, the process of going into the Alpha state, meditation, ways to use the method for stress and relaxation, a technique to make falling asleep easy, and even a technique that makes waking up without an alarm clock even easier!
- Intuition Psychology | Latest US Hot News (timmerman2000.com)
- The Silva Method: Mental Housekeeping (christophersmark.wordpress.com)
- Introduction to Concepts of the Brain – Silva Style (christophersmark.wordpress.com)
Your Brain – It’s Vibrating
To begin to understand the Silva Method, one must first learn a little about the human brain. My educational background is in nursing, which gives me the tendency at times to relate information regarding the body on a level not readily understood by those without my same education and training. This is important for anyone serious about understanding the discoveries of Jose Silva. Therefore, I will break the information up into short, simplistic blogs.
Most successful people use their brains differently than the average person. These flourishing individuals use more of their minds and use it in a special way. Science tells us that the human brain vibrates with electrical energy. When deep asleep, the brain vibrates very slowly. When one is in a light level of sleep, where dreams take place, the brain vibrates more rapidly. Wide awake, the brain vibrates more rapidly still.
When one is wide awake and looking at things and thinking logically, the brain vibrates about 20 times per second. Scientists have defined this as the beta brain wave frequency. When one is very relaxed, in a light level of sleep, the brain vibrates more slowly of course, between seven and fourteen vibrations per second. Scientists define this as the alpha brain wave level. Still lower brain frequencies exist and are known as theta and delta, the slowest of deep sleep.
As an infant on average, a smaller part of the brain was used. An infant’s brain functions mostly in delta and theta, the slowest frequencies of the brain. As on grows older, more and more of the brain is accessed. Between the ages of seven and fourteen, the brain begins to function more in the alpha region; from alpha begins the development of the use of that part of the brain associated with beta frequencies. As humans, we all had the ability to use all of our brain; however, through no fault of our own, some might not develop the ability.
As individuals enter their teenage years, an interesting phenomenon begins to take place; some people albeit very few, learn to use both the left and the right sides of the brain to think with, while most learn to use only the left side to think with.
The left side of the brain or brain hemisphere is associated with logical thought and also with experiences in the physical world. The left brain hemisphere stores the experiences of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. The right hemisphere of the brain stores the experiences of the imagination, what one visualizes and what one imagines. Young children of course use their imagination quite a bit. As they grow older, they become so involved with all of the learning associated with the physical world around them, that some may use less imagination or even stop using imagination altogether. In this situation, the left brain hemisphere develops but the right hemisphere lags behind to think with.
Most individuals beyond the age of fourteen no longer have the ability to use the alpha brain frequency levels consciously. When the brain is slowed to alpha, they go to sleep. As a result, only half of the human brain is used for thinking.
For those interested in learning to use the right hemisphere of the brain for thinking, one must first learn to slow the brain to the alpha level – and without going to sleep, just as it could be achieved between the ages of seven and fourteen. Once the brain can be intentionally slowed to alpha level, one must practice using the right hemisphere of the brain for thinking. This is exactly what the Silva Method sets out to teach. The right side of the brain helps the achievement of goals.
If one can consciously reach alpha level, it is feasible for one to see improvement in many areas of life – improved health, memory, and the ability to learn more quickly, to perform better in business and see an increase in earning potential, improved relationships full of love and happiness.
Have you ever wondered why only a few exceptional people are considered to be outstanding in any field of endeavor? That’s because those exceptional people are among a minority of humans who grew up using both hemispheres of the brain. Think about it: they have more access to greater brain power from both sides as opposed to the masses who utilize only one.
The left hemisphere of the brain is logical. This is of course useful and very important and certain times. However, this logical process can get in one’s way as well. Consider that it was the left hemisphere of the brain that “knew” many years ago that no one could build a machine that would carry a human into flight. It had never been done, so therefore logic dictated that it would never be accomplished.
The right hemisphere is not limited by logic. It functions with the use of mental images. If one gives the right hemisphere a mental picture of what is desired, accompanied with one’s own faith that it can be accomplished, and keep the left brain from interjecting any of its logical doubts, then one can achieve what one desires. I have found that as I listen to successful individuals share their experiences in becoming successful, I realize how total and complete their concentration is, and how strong their mental visualization is.
To enjoy our own level of success, it is hopefully clear by now to the reader that the first step is to learn to reach the alpha level without falling asleep and also to learn to stay at that level for one to use visualization and imagination. The Silva Method has taught me through beginning exercises to reach the alpha level through practiced relaxation. Eventually, one can achieve all of the benefits of alpha functioning without going through relaxation.
To be successful at attaining alpha level, one must learn to concentrate and maintain attention on what one desires to think about. Should another thought intrude (and they will), let it go and bring the attention back to what is desired. In the beginning, no effort should be made in the mental dimension. One must just force oneself to relax, keeping in mind that the effort of trying creates tension and in the world of the mind, that only makes matters worse. As I continue to blog about my firsthand experience with learning from Silva and applying it to life, the reader will come to know that in the world of the mind, one must attract what it is that one wants. Relaxation and sustained concentration manifests all the success that is desired.
- The Cutting Edge Of Brain Research (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Teaching the Difference Between the Left and Right Hemisphere (brighthub.com)
“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.” — Mary Daly
Within each of us is a creative person. Getting comfortable with our creativity often means letting go of tight, rigid thinking so that the spontaneous, artistic side of ourselves can emerge.
Whether or not we think of ourselves as artistic, we are. To be artistic is to create , an instinct that we all possess as human beings. Each day, as we make our way along this path toward personal growth, we find the courage to create ourselves anew. One way to encourage our creativity is to find an outlet for it. I love learning to play the organ, digital photography and editing, writing short stories for children and poetry. My friend Albert enjoys beading and Native American dance. In my last two posts you’ve enjoyed the art of Christopher Eshenbaugh. For you perhaps you’ll find your creative self through embroidery, furniture refinishing or gardening. Most anything that allows us to create something outside ourselves can be good.
The joy of working with our body, spirit, mind and feelings is truly a joyful experience with an amazing reward at the end: we have finally created something new, and in it, we can see ourselves.
“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world (our own), we see it multiplied.” — Marcel Proust
I’ve been looking at the therapeutic nature of art to one’s recovery lately. In our active addiction, we tended to have a single, narrow view of ourselves and the world we live in. We thought that everyone was obsessed by using, fantasies and erotic images; we saw others perhaps as mere doubles of ourselves.
One of the great joys I find in reading is the ability to enter other people’s lives. We often come to know fictional characters even better than our friends because a novelist can give us the illusion of being all-powerful and all-knowing. So we get a special “inside view,” and many people in books become familiar and very dear to us.
Reading can take us out of ourselves and expand our views of other people. We learn that, indeed, “it takes all sorts to make up a community in this world of ours,” and our lives become less isolated through contact with others. The power of art is to deepen and enrich this perception of ourselves in relationship to the world. Through reading, watching plays and films, or exploring a painter’s world, we begin
The Mask of Mental Illness – By Christopher Dale Eshenbaugh
I can see that my new life will be full of the unknown, but that is what can make it exciting and creative.
Many great artists were neglected or even abused during their lifetime because their work was considered too provocative. Painters like Van Gogh, poets like Blake or Poe, and novelists like James Joyce were pushed out to the margins of society because their vision was too disturbing.
Most of us like a comfortable life, and those of us who are addicted to one high or another may not want to be troubled by new ways of seeing and imagining the world. Yet, the day comes when our addiction no longer satisfies us and we begin to long for a new vision and version of our lives. Art can help us in our recovery.
Art allows us to change our way of looking and living, even if at first the change is disturbing. Like artists, we can create new images and new patterns for our lives. At first, it may be painful. Old, comfortable habits die hard! But, as we move forward, taking our little baby steps, by baby steps, we come to see that it’s exciting to be on the move and even at the frontier of new, creative endeavors. Creativity, after all, comes from loving ourselves and others.
Another example of the interesting results I get from my experimentation with my digital camera and various photo editing programs.