Update

I feel obligated to say something about my progress lest everyone think that I have given up. I haven’t.

I had three Jakikiri Joka Ho pieces printed for a show at the Allentown Artworks. Paula Michal-Johnson of Classical Reiki Pennsylvania gratefully joined me for the opening leading a clearing of the space and Reiki meditation. It was wonderful to see a positive result from my efforts take form.

I have continued to photograph and perform Jakikiri Joka Ho on many things that I have since let go. Some things were mine and some things belonged to others. I have begun to understand that I sometimes I carry around other people’s stuff until I think it is my own.

Lately though I have begun to just toss things without the ritual. The other day I worked up a feverish sweat hunting and flinging random items from the basement into the trash. I spent another full day shredding more paperwork. I just let everything go without attachment, without judgement, without expectation, without regret.

In moments like that I catch a glimpse of clarity. I feel the practice become fluid. I believe.

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Sunsets

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I don’t photograph sunsets often.  It is not that I don’t like them.  I LOVE sunsets! It isn’t just the colorful beauty of them.  It is the calm that impresses me.  The winds slow, the water settles and the light softens. Sunsets are pure magic and they are free! So why wouldn’t I photograph all of them?

Perfection?  I live in a hilly environment.  The sunset is a non-event at my home. My house is on the north side of a hill. The view of the sun setting is blocked by the surrounding terrain. Does that make the sunset less beautiful?

Perfection? When I am on my boat.  I see many beautiful sunsets.  Still I don’t photograph them often because of the logistics.  The boat and water are always in motion.  The light is limited. The images become blurred by motion.  Using a tripod isn’t all that helpful because it stands on a boat also in motion. Does this make the sunset less beautiful?

Perfection?  Sunsets can be taken for granted.  After all, there will be another one tomorrow. Maybe the sunset tomorrow will be prettier? Maybe tomorrow I will have a better view?  Maybe tomorrow I will be on stable ground? Maybe tomorrow I will get the perfect image?  Maybe tomorrow never comes?

Maybe NOW is perfect? Maybe all of the imperfections I see today are just an illusion, my own distorted view of what is already perfect?

Here are a few handheld, blurry imperfect sunset images taken this weekend that represent the many I have ignored in the pursuit of perfection. What do you see?

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Gulls and Goals

In the rush of getting this blog off to a start, I neglected to adequately explain my goal.  You see my husband and I have bought a boat for our retirement home.  My goal is to NOT have a storage unit full of things that are not suitable for life on a boat.

This means that no matter how much I love an item or how many emotional attachments I may have to an item, the item MUST GO if it is not useful to daily life on the water.  For instance as difficult as it is to let go of things like ‘Nancy’s Plates’, it is BEST to let them go NOW rather than deal with an untimely crash of china later!

I found this task daunting and nearly impossible to begin.  I would become frozen by ‘what if’ and ‘what used to be’ each time I attempted to ‘let go’ of anything!  So, I did nothing!

One day the light bulb turned on.  I had everything I needed to accomplish the task. My daily practices of Reiki and photography could be put to the test!  I would perform Jakikiri Joka Ho on each item cleansing it of my energy and recharging it for a new life.  I would then photograph the item to serve as a historical inventory and let it go.

Sure it sounded like the perfect solution.  Yet, I began the purge with uncertainty and doubt.  At first I felt some guilt and remorse.  Then quickly I realized that there is much more to the process than getting rid of things.  Each time I let go of an item, I am surprised at what surfaces. Future and past fears, doubts and regrets are quickly being replaced by the beauty and joyfulness of today! Who would have guessed?

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Photographers Note:  This image was taken from the bow of my boat.  I applied two different textures that I created while purging, one texture from the baby blocks and one from the kitchen cabinet.

Containers

I cleaned out a kitchen cabinet. You know the one full of plastic containers and lids.  It was so stuffed that I could rarely open it without something falling out, and sometimes the door just wouldn’t close completely.

I am not proud.  However, it is the truth.

When I was finished sorting though it all, I had an entire kitchen garbage bag full of mismatched lids and containers to discard, a Rubbermaid bin full of things to give away, and a neatly organized cabinet FULL of useful items.

So it seems that you can let go of the broken and useless, share the good with others, and still have more than you could ever need.

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Shred Fest Day 3

Monday  I completed my “nineties” shred fest.

Reliving those years as I shredded, I could see the leaps and bounds that technology made changing our lives forever. Computers, cell phones and the internet became commonplace.

What sprang to mind most of all, however, was a prior memory of being a small child. I would sit with my Mom on her bed and ask her about the year 2000.  I would name everyone I knew and ask “Will they be alive in the year 2000?”.  She would assure me that they would. I would smile with a sense of relief and happiness.

Staring out at the huge pile of bags waiting to be hauled away.  I realized that my hierarchy of importance as a little girl remained the same today All of the technology, material gain, worries and triumphs of the “nineties” seemed insignificant.  Paramount in my mind was November 15, 1999, the day my father passed away.

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