“Belief” is the key to fortune as it is to misfortune

Belief © 2005 Image of Learning all rights reserved“How can the Universe help you if you don’t tell the Universe what you want?”

Believe that you can exceed all your previous ambitions and hopes in all areas of your life, and the odds are you will.

This ‘Belief’ thing is general and secular. It is connected with the ‘Power of Intent’. It may seem strange, but those who ‘believe’, live longer and stay healthier, and this, the medics link with the benefits of ‘positive thinking’. I heard that there is a new College in Oxford (UK) started to study ‘belief’ from all angles – if anyone knows their web site address, can you let me know please. Thank you.

If the outcome of life is the result of thought then we can all sit and think-up our best tomorrows and like magic, they will all come about. But if it is about ‘belief’, then just ‘thinking’ about it won’t work as the element of faith, thus conviction, will not be strong enough to help us reach the goals we set.

I think therefore that ‘passion’ needs to be in the recipe to turn thought into belief. I also figure that as we are all on the same planet within the same energy state, then only a belief that works well for all, will work at all. You could believe that a meteor would land tomorrow and destroy everything here but as that is on the negative side, it is less likely to occur, for more people would believe that we could find a way to stop it or side-step it! Hmmmmm … side stepping planets … you better believe it!

I believe in Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

(Image included (above) by Kind permission of “Image of Learning”)

Craft Produce

Craft ProduceLares and penates are so often craftworks nowadays rather than mass manufactured goods yet our spend on crafts is still relatively low. To get hold of quality crafts / one-off commissions you historically needed to visit a gallery or craft workshop and a lot of the goods for sale were ‘local’. Now, with the tremendous opening up of the World to ‘direct trading’, much of the world can buy anything from anyone over the internet. I don’t profess to know where this will lead us all – maybe away from retail environments and more glued to our screens devoted to ebay (?)

One thing that is happening is the growth in ‘go-getters’ online. As start-ups online are easier than on the high street, there are far more craft works and artworks available thus we can all browse the craft boom with ease. For the buyer, this growth in selection is great fun and for the maker, it must be heartening to sell work internationally.

Some interesting items here at the ‘HoBB Gallery’ are pictured above and I challenge anyone to find them in their local shops. One is a delicate pot shape created totally from handmade paper but guess what’s been incorporated into the original paper fibres as the artist brings up the bowl shape from the flat sheet – shredded banana skin! It’s a very interesting process and having tried to make paper myself out of shredded newsprint and ended up with mucky over thick insulated blotting paper and grey stained hands, I know something of the challenge that Sue at Cinque Port Paper has mastered in creating such a fine craftwork.

The second might be green after it has lived outside in the HoBB Gardens for the next year or two but thankfully, will not be crawling around my jacket attached to a pin. At the moment, this fine, numbered edition of the Sacred Scarab of Ancient Egypt is in terracotta. It has been crafted by Colin McGowan, the Sculptural Ceramist from Kent who’s recent artworks have been passionate large modular ceramic sculpts helixing around the doubly important topical subject of genes and genetic engineering. For such artists who traditionally showed one off works in galleries, the issue of limited editions and their despatch worldwide, is becoming an essential way to build reputation ahead of the artist’s international exhibition tours.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant