Basic Principle No. 2

 There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including myself.” Second basic principle by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha. First it is best to word clear several words. Underlying – to be at the basis of; form the foundation of. In-dwelling – to inhabit, to be within. Infusing – cause to penetrate Force – power to influence, affect, or control Creative – having the quality or power of creating Create – to bring into being; cause to exist All – everything Including – to contain, embrace or comprise Expanding on the principle using the definitions, I re-write it as: There is an underlying (foundation), within, penetrating everything living having the power to cause to exist – comprising or contained in me. I have the power to cause to exist which is my foundation, penetrating me. Me? Myself!! I? Yes, I have studied and I can do different things. I know how to sew or bake bread. I think this means more than baking bread. Create is more than this. It is to bring into being from nothing. All of life has this foundation of this power to bring into existence. Grandmother has taught to write out what we want in great detail. This is a part of that basis of creating our day. It is infused in us, a force we have to use in every moment. We are taught to look at how and what we think as that is a part of this force of creating.

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Egypt

As I watch the news concerning the people in Tahrir Freedom Square, I think of the courage and determination these people have to speak to their freedoms.  I see families, young adults, older people all there.  I noted how people joined hands, standing for all the people in the nation.  Their desire is the right to freedom.  What do we stand for?  What are we willing to do each day?  “Stand for something”  is what Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha has stated often. 

I celebrate these people who stand, without guns and bombs, to speak to what they want in their lives.  How different this is from a military moving in to overthrow and then have to fight for years the many different tribes and groups. 

They will have an effect for years to come. 

Blue Camois

“All good things to you always.”  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha.

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First Basic Principle – Part III

Creativity is the natural order of life.  Life is energy: pure creative energy.  This is the first of the Basic Principles taught by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha.

I left off yesterday with the idea that life is meant to be creative and in the creative moment there is energy.  Exploring this idea has been so much fun for me.  Today, I looked at what I do and where I am being creative. 

This morning, I walked out in the garage to get firewood for the stove, and there was a pool of water under my water heater.  Now, when I made my list of activities for today, I did NOT write that my water heater would be leaking!!  And yet, there it was and it had to be addressed now.  My creative activity I had planned was to walk down to the river and take pictures of the snow, geese, and hopefully the eagle flying down the river.  There was a river but it was under my water heater!

Ok, so I began to clean up the water under my water heater and found no leak.  The water was coming from the melting ice and snow on my roof that was backed up due to the ice on the edge of the roof.   Thankfully the sun came out and the temperature went up to 50 degrees today, melting a lot of the ice.  Water continued to leak into my garage, but it was not my water heater leaking.  Yea!  What I realized this afternoon is that my neighbor and I had used some “creative thought” to knock the ice down to prevent all the water leaking down the wall.  We had fun thinking of ideas and then taking the action to break the ice out.   There was a lot of enjoyable energy in the air as we worked.  

I did get to go down to the river, but picked up my phone instead of my camera.  I decided to take pictures with my phone when my son called me.  He was having some issues with his car and we discussed ideas that he could do.  Again, I realize this is a creative act. 

I have been listening to some CDs by Dr. Richard Bartlett on Matrix Energitics and one of the statement he uses is “What if – in the next moment you could —-“ .  Here you put what ever it is that you are dealing with.  Then trust that the “All that Is”  will provide you with an ideas.  Be “creative” in what the next moment can bring to you.  “We create the Universe” is what Grandmother Pa”Ris’Ha has taught. 

Life is fun and filled with lots of energy when we use our creativity. 

Blue Camois

“All good things to you always.”  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

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First Basic Principle – Part II

Creativity is the natural order of life.  Life is energy: pure creative energy.  This is the first of the Basic Principles taught by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha.

After word clearing yesterday, I came up with the following:

Life is more than just breathing and growing.  Real Life is about generating ideas and possibilities, moving beyond ordinary bounds with intensity and vigorous activity.

As I was looking this up, I became fascinated with this principle.   I began to really see that the purpose of life is to be creative, to move beyond what is presently known. 

I began to think of the times when I felt creative.  For example, I felt creative when I was decorating a room, or finding solutions to a problem, or preparing a new food item.  I realize as I look at these activities that I had energy, felt excited and looked forward to the next moment.  

I have read many self-help books and often the material would encourage a person to imagine how you want your life to be.  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha has asked us to write out our elegy.  This process assists us in seeing what it is we strive to be.  Grandmother encourages us to write out what we plan for each day and how it will come about in great detail.  Open ourselves to possibilities. 

In writing out our day, we are being creative.  We open the possibilities that can come into our lives.  Fred Allen Wolf talks about the “wave of possibilities” and that when we focus on something; the “wave” becomes a particle. 

At night, I write out my list of things to do for the following day.  I write notes for each item and get a picture in my mind.  When I work on my list during the day with intensity, I have more energy; I have more “life”.  I am living and life is exciting. 

I realized today that I had not word cleared the words “natural order”. 

Natural – based on the things in nature; happening in the ordinary course of things, free from affection or constraint.

Order – a condition in which everything is in its proper place with reference to other things and to its purpose.

So, I add to my understanding of this first basic principle that this is the “natural order” of life, how it was meant to be. 

Blue Camois

“May all good things come to you always.”  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

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First Basic Principle

Creativity is the natural order of life.  Life is energy: pure creative energy.  This is the first of the Basic Principles taught by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha. 

To begin, I would like to get the clear meaning of these words (word clear).  

First Life 

1.  a. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.

2. The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence:

3. The interval of time between birth and death

4.  a. A manner of living

     b. A source of vitality; an animating force.

Second Creativity –

From Human Motivation, 3rd ed., by Robert E. Franken:

  • Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others

Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one… From Creativity – Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

From the Free Dictionary by Farlex Creative –

–passing above and beyond ordinary bounds

–the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

–thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which     sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity.

Third Energy –

1. The capacity for work or vigorous activity; vigor; power.

2. a. Exertion of vigor or power:  b. Vitality and intensity of expression

3.  a. Usable heat or power:  b. A source of usable power,

From Greek energeia, from energos, active

 

Putting this all together —

Generating ideas, alternatives or possibilities, moving beyond ordinary bounds leading to novel ideas and solutions is the natural order of a living, breathing, growing organism, having physical, mental and spiritual experiences, between birth and death.  This living organism has the capacity for vigorous activity, vitality and intensity to express these ideas and possibilities. 

Life is more than just breathing and growing.  Real Life is about generating ideas and possibilities, moving beyond ordinary bounds with intensity and vigorous activity.

Blue Camois

“May all good things come to you always.”  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

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Perception

Life is what you make of it.  Have you ever heard this before?  Today I am looking at this statement as our “perception” of life.  A good example of how we all have our own perception of a good food is at a dinner table.  I love green peas, a friend can’t stand even the smell.  She loves asparagus, I tolerate it.  Or how about what we find beautiful in life?  I love to see the open pastures, the rolls of corn and the streams.   Another finds this boring and can’t wait to get to a city where there is something to see. 

Looking at this, much of our perception is learned, where we grew up, found memories of loving feelings.  I grew up on a farm where I walked, hand in hand, with my father as he surveyed his crops.  I ran in the open pastures with my brother and sister bringing in the cows.  We played in a stream on a hot day.  The city was loud and noisy.  My friend does not have the experience of country so her perception is much different. 

Fred Allen Wolf states that all is perception.  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha states we walk among the ancient ones. 

I am looking at perception today because I realize how I judge others based on my perception of how I believe life should be.  And my judgments make something right or wrong.  My judgments separate me from another.  Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha taught me that I will never be happy until I know that we are all one and that one is Love.  I realize that my perception of the work another is doing was not up to par and yet for them it was.  My judgment caused a separation which will now have to be healed for the two of us to continue to work together and feel good about being together.  I realize that I must expand my perceptions. 

“Let me see 1000 beautiful things and tough 100 sacred things and let that begin with you.”  Stated often by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha.

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Great Food – Great People

Today I was writing a work schedule for the dietary department.  Half of the staff are full time employees and the other half are students at the local collage.  Of the full time employees, there are several who  have a college degree and have not been able to find a position in their field.  There are also several train chefs and past restaurant owners, along with a couple single mothers.  The students are working toward various degrees from law to human performance.  They are a great group of people.

What I find exciting is that they want to be at work.  They enjoy working with each other and the patients.  They enjoy the variety of things we do each day, the ability to create new foods, the sharing of ideas, the ability to play, sing, and interact with each other.

Our policy is simple:  Great Food – Great People.

We are constantly exploring new food ideas and ways to improve the quality and nutrition of foods.  This allows for creativity and we are always learning and teaching each other. 

As the Director of this department, I have learned from Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha that I have a reason for being where I am and that it is important for me to use my talents.  Grandmother encourages everyone she meets to use their talent as it is our gift to humanity. 

When I really embraced this for myself, I had to look at what I thought I really brought to others.  I have found that I encourage others to become “All that they can be.”  As a Director I could hold all the control, make rules, make the decisions, make the menus to rotate over and over.  I did this for a while years ago and found that people were not happy.  Now, when my control is simple, Great Food – Great People, it allows people to be creative and use their talents.  And so it ripples out and out.  They create, learn, plan and sing at work.  I have people with other college degrees who want to work in our kitchen because of the open policy. 

I am so thankful for this staff, their abilities, their caring and desire to be “Great People”.

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