plant Magic dust

A guide to the conscious creation of art and life, and personal blog of Marlo Lavonne: landscape photographer and artist mentor.
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  • All love is self love

    The highest form of love is compassion, which is the recognition of the intrinsic value and connection of us all. It is unconditional, it needs nothing, it is perfectly complete on its own. There can be no true compassion without self-compassion first, however. If you separate yourself from the compassion you give to the rest of existence you are buying into the illusion of separation which creates all pain in this world. There is no real separation; only that which we create with our false perceptions. Therefore, separating yourself from the love you give the rest of creation is illogical and egotistical. Who are we to put ourselves in our own special category outside of everything else? All is one. We are part of the all. We are an indispensable, intrinsically valuable, inseparable part of all that is. So, do not separate yourself. Be humble, be grateful, and accept the automatic love and compassion offered to you from all that is, to all that is. This is true love, this is self love. This is simply existence being love, giving love to itself, and accepting love from itself—from all its unique perspectives that we all provide. You do not need to learn to do this, just let go of your illusory definitions of yourself as separate from all that is, all of existence, all of everything. Be. Be in love. This is your natural state once you let go of all that is not truly you.

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  • We have seen what darkness can do. It’s time to wake up and try the light. Lighten up. Be light. Shine your light. Live your life guided by joy and passion and love. It’s time. Look at the world. It’s time NOW. Lift your thoughts and actions above the petty dramas and selfish ideas of getting all you can get at the expense of others. Create, love, share. Repeat. Create, love, share. Repeat. Every day. That is your life. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. This is your new program. Turn off the TV. Create, love, share. Peace on earth starts with you. Be peace. Be love. Let it radiate out in all you do and to all you meet. Create love. Share love. Let go of the rest. It is time.

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  • Today is the last day to contact @jameswyper if you would like a signed reproduction of one of his paintings. Email james@jameswyper.com for more info.❤️

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  • Do something that excites you every day. Make this a rule. Commit to it. Watch it grow and and transform your entire life into an amazing river of synchronicity and magic.

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  • If you have trouble being creative, it simply means you are having trouble being yourself.


    The foundation for my creative practice, and life in general, is that deep down we are already creative, happy, healthy, beings—though we may have spent our lives piling on layers of doubt and pain, creating the illusion we are not. All we need to do is uncover the truth. Every day when you wake up, when you prepare to do an important task, or when you feel a bit off, just take a minute to breathe and remember who you are. You can make this ritual as simple or as complicated as you wish, just find something that works for you. When you are truly centred in your real self you will feel ready to take on any task. Your true creativity and power will flow into everything you do, with no effort at all.


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  • How well do your thoughts serve you?


    I’ve been reprogramming my thinking habits lately, removing the clutter of thoughts that bounce around my head like a bag of squirrels. The ideal? The default setting on my mind is a clear and quiet consciousness, a complete presence in the moment. When I need thought it is for a clear purpose: calculating numbers, making a grocery list, or some other task that the brain excels at. Otherwise, it remains empty—a clear channel open to receive flashes of inspiration from my subconscious, higher mind, or wherever it comes from, from which I may then act accordingly.


    How do I know when thinking is useful? When I intend to think about something for a specific purpose, it is useful. When I receive inspiration to act upon (even if it’s just to write it down), that is useful. The thoughts are grounded in action. Thinking that is not grounded in action has no outlet. It gives us anxiety, guilt, or confusion. It perpetuates fear and negativity. We can still turn it into something positive, however, if we find a way to get it out, bring it into the light, and discern if it is a true concern. Often it is not and we can simply let it go. If it is a true concern, perhaps one we were ignoring, it is probably time to ground it in action. Take an honest look at it and do what needs to be done.


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  • jameswyper:

    Entry Point, 2012, acrylic on birch, 40x40 in.

    After ten years as a working artist, I’m releasing my very first signed prints today. It’s a one-week offer for family and close friends. If you’d like to be included in this first offer, please email me at james@jameswyper.com or send me an Ask message with your email address.

    Thanks, James

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  • healingpath:

    On learning to heal your life


    I spent most of my life feeling sick, depressed, and exhausted. I ignored it as well as I could, but eventually started having kidney stone attacks (not ignorable). This led me down a path to systematically dealing with all the issues I accumulated over the years, eventually finding myself feeling better than I ever remembered—physically, emotionally, and mentally. I think my experiences can be of immense value to others who are suffering and I’d like to dedicate far more time to sharing with you what I learned, but I need support from you to create the blog that truly deals with all of these things properly. I’d like to be able to sit down daily and write and share with all those who need help.


    If you are interested in this information or would like to help those who need it but aren’t able to give (which is common for those suffering the way I was) please consider making a donation using the button at the top of this blog (healingpath.tumblr.com). The more support I receive, the more value I can put in my posts.


    Thank you!


    Marlo

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  • On giving and receiving


    My dream for this blog is to create a platform where I share information about how I built a creative life, how I gave myself complete freedom to do only what I love, live where I want, travel when I want, and be supported by it. I want to write more and post daily. I want to help others do all the same things, and keep it accessible and free to all. This is a big job, though.


    If you are interested in this material or have appreciated what I’ve posted in the past, please consider making a donation. The more support I get, the more time and value I can put into each post.


    The donation button is located at the top of blog.marlolavonne.com. It does not work in the tumblr app, but is fine if you open the page in your web browser. You may also PayPal me directly with the note “plant magic dust” at the email address here.


    Thank you for your support! It is greatly appreciated.


    If you would like posts about overcoming chronic physical/emotional/mental health issues, check out Healing Path instead.


    Marlo

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  • Realize that what you express is the grounding of the state of your consciousness. If what you express is positive it is a gift you offer. If what you express is negative it is a request for help. If what you express is neutral it contains both the offer and the acceptance of the power that lies in choice.

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  • On Emotion


    My experiences keep guiding me back to the importance of emotion. It is a universal language more accurate and concise than words, though can point us in the direction of any words if we are really listening. It shows us when we are straying from our desired path. It shows us when we have thinking that is ignorant, beliefs that aren’t true to who we are, or ideas that are truly brilliant. Emotions can be rationally examined to discover parts of ourselves that were hidden, buried, ignored, yet still dictate our lives and behaviour. It is one of our most powerful tools for growth.


    I think if humans want to survive this whole earth experiment we must learn the language of emotion and a methodical approach to navigating and expressing it. We must recognize its immense wisdom, value, and validity. We must balance the over-emphasis on intellect that has taken us on such a destructive path. Stop ignoring emotions. Listen.


    Art by James Wyper.

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  • The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other. (Osho)

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  • On The Law of Attraction


    When I first heard about it I thought it was bullshit. Too good to be true. I was always a cynic, but part of me still hoped and dreamed so eventually I spent an evening looking into it. I was still pretty suspicious about how it was presented, but thought instead of having opinions based on a couple hours of internet research I should test it out myself. So I thought “Okay universe, if this is real I would really like a big new houseplant, please.” and left my desk and went on to other things.


    The next morning there was a knock on my door. It was my closest neighbour, who informed me she was moving and had a large houseplant she wanted to give away. It was just what I wanted, and I got it in under a day with no effort. I was pretty tripped out.


    Being the cynic I was, I tried a couple more tests just to make sure, and they worked too. Could it all be coincidence? Since then I’ve slowly warmed up to the idea and used it to manifest all kinds of things, big and small.


    I once spent New Year’s Eve writing out what I thought would be the most awesome thing to do that year: rent out our apartment and spend the warmest months traveling across North America. Life distracted me and I forgot about it, but somehow this ended up happening anyway and we spent five life-changing months traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.


    I once declared that if we were meant to get a dog the right one would find us. The next day, out of the blue at a comic store, she did.


    It’s also how we ended up leaving Calgary and finding our current home on an amazing island we’d never heard of. We wrote down a detailed list of what we wanted in a home and somehow a trail of breadcrumbs led us here years before we thought possible. This place was offered to us for the exact date we needed to move and fit our old list of criteria eerily. Walking distance to both the ocean and lakes? Yes. Awesome bathtub, dishwasher, guest room, fire pit, gardens, lots of trees, and fenced yard for dogs? Yep. The list continues.


    My advice? Dream big, but be careful what you wish for. Let go of all expectations of what should happen, or how, and go with the flow. I don’t know how it works, but I do see it work in my life all the time.

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  • I just spent almost a week in Tofino working on a landscape/portrait commission. These are just iPhone shots I took along the way. It’s going to be epic! Final 3 shots will be printed very large on aluminum.

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