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Sun Dec 14, 2014, 7:20 PM


BEHOLD THE LIGHT ART PIECE AND LETTER by mertonparrish

BEHOLD THE LIGHT
Some special words from Merton to uplift my fellow artists, friends and visitors
who might be suffering with depression or anxiety

Dear brother/sister artists, friends and visitors,

I am so sorry you are having trouble.  I dealt with anxiety and depression a lot, especially when I was younger.  The thing I found that helped me the most was to try to make my life fit me, in every way I could.  It can take a while, but through effort, prayer in ones own way, asking the Universe to show one what things to do/change, a life that fits one can be crafted.  Many times (depending on our efforts, the specificity of our intention, and the time spent getting clear and praying/affirming/manifesting), that new life can manifest very quickly. 

There is an us that is enjoying that life right now.  We just have to get clear, send our prayer with all our heart, every day, and then we (sometimes amazingly quickly) just sort of jump train tracks to the parallel Universe/us that is enjoying that life.  It does sort of seem like magic, but I really don't care if I am accused of "magical thinking." For, I have seen this work over and over in my life.  We do have to do our footwork, though.  The getting clear, praying/affirming/manifesting just kinda makes things supercharge and often happen very easily, even effortlessly.  In fact, I love to use the term "effortlessly" in my own prayers, affirmations and manifesting.

Several years ago, I felt I was really "there" with achieving that life that fit me, but then the Universe, God, the Fates (whomever) suddenly whooshed my whole life away. I had to start over crafting that life that fit me, just when all seemed to be going so well. It was very disconcerting. Then, this happened again, a very short while after I had just gotten back on my feet!  Needless to say, I was upset with God.  Nonetheless, I started over on creating that life that fit me.

Now, even though I do not have the quiet arthermit life (which fit me so well) any more, it is still a life that I can deal with and which contains many things that I need to be calm, happy and nourished in body, mind, and spirit.  I learned much in manifesting my earlier, truly perfect, arthermit life, and I have incorporated elements of it into my current much more out in the world life (which circumstances and, perhaps, some aspect of God seem to be demanding of me).  Does God demand things of us and instigate changes in our lives at times?  Well that is the subject of another literary letter!

Back to manifesting that life that fits us.  Whether we are in a phase of our life where we can thoroughly manifest that perfect life for us to a "t," or whether we are in a phase where we seem to be impelled toward something we did not quite expect (as I am in, right now), I think that very simple things can make a huge difference.  Aspects of our existence such as where we work, how we work, how much sleep we get, rising and going to bed times are, in my opinion, quite important. 

A night owl should probably not have an early morning job, for example.  If we have employment that does not fit us, a schedule that does not suit us, relationships that do not work for us, if things are required of us that do not essentially "fit" us... then our body, mind, spirit and psyche, will (in my opinion) try to get our attention through anxiety.  And, if we are really trapped in a life that does not fit us, we get despondent and depression comes.

I am not saying that we should not work at making our current relationships, our employment, our schedules work for us.  That is a given that we must work at things.  But, if they on some essential level are not for us, if they really rub against our inner grain, if we must try so hard that our souls and bodies are constantly exhausted and tugged and pulled in ways that we are not meant to be tugged and pulled in, then there comes a time to say, "this is not for me." 

My best advice to whomever might be reading this, is to be about finding and designing that life that fits you.  Pray, think, experiment, and try new things that might help you feel that your life is one which matches you, uses your talents and abilities, helps and uplifts others, extends love to others, etc.  Find that life, schedule and mode of living and being that gives you, your body, mind and spirit just what you need and also gives those special things inside of you to others... in just the right measure, way and amount. 

It is not so important how, when, or "how much" we give our special abilities and qualities to the world, but that we do this.  It does no good to exhaust and overextend ourselves. We throw out the baby with the bathwater if we do that. We end up destroying ourselves, and then we cannot give to anyone or anything.  God and the world will (eventually) understand eventually if we must find a different way to be, live and relate.  They must.  If they do not, we must just go on being ourselves and living in the manner that is right for us.  Given time, the world will understand, even if it does not seem to understand or accept us, right now.

We do not have to embrace the old mode of "work your fingers to the bone, come down with some fearsome illness because we have exhausted ourselves, then die and become a saint."  That is romantic (and I love reading about the saints!), but it is not very realistic.  It is also especially bad for folks prone to anxiety or depression. 

And so, I suggest you do what you are able, in the manner you are able.  Seek the life, work, schedule, balance and mode that really works for you, even if this is different than the "normal" nine to five world.  Do this no matter what anyone says.  I assert that we must not let people make us feel that we have to live as "everyone else does."  I know that right now economics creates a necessity to do just as the world and its ways suggest.  But, if we pray, affirm and manifest, those economic realities will sort themselves out for each of us. 

Give yourself what you need, and your anxiety will dissipate. Pray for, affirm and manifest everything you need, in your own way, no matter how seemingly small or big this thing you seek seems to be. Do this even if others say you are silly, wrong, inappropriate, etc.  I ask for anything I need and try my best to know with confidence it is coming.  If I am constipated and cannot go potty, I manifest the solution!  If I need to change my schedule, I pray about it and change it.  If I need to be a night owl (when most of the world is not), I allow myself to be a night owl.  Get the idea? 

This is what I have found, and it sure seems to work! No matter the situation, no matter what changes, if I keep doing this, I am back to a life that fits me.  Friends have said I am the luckiest person they know and that I am like a cat, always landing on my feet.  I do not think it is really either of these things; I think it is that I get clear, pray, affirm and manifest concerning all things that I need in my life.  I work very earnestly at this. 

The above is what I must do, if I am to offer my talents and abilities to the world, be at peace, and keep my health of body, mind and spirit. This has been my strategy and experience, and I suspect this is an outlook which would benefit the world.  I suspect this is what the world needs, if we are going to manifest a new world which survives and ascends to a higher spiritual plane. 

The old paradigm where all must fit into a nine-to-five square hole is not working.  People are exhausted and rather at their wits end.  Don't you feel and see this?  I do.  I think that is what all the stuff about the "one percent" and the "powers that be" is all about.  People just cannot do anymore what the old paradigm asks of them.  They are exhausted and long to be doing what their soul yearns to do.  They long to be doing and sharing what they love with others and for that to make their living.  They long for a world where each soul knows and lives its purpose.  They long to live in joy, peace and balance...  the balance that is right for them.

The world we have now does not allow or promote peace, balance, soul purpose, joy, etc.  We are slaves to the dollar, kept in servitude by fear and fear of lack.  There is enough for everyone.  Everyone could be doing what they love, helping others, spreading love and joy naturally by virtue of the fact that their daily life fulfills their purpose and sings their soul's special song.  We must insist that our our life do this.  We must manifest it, no matter what the world says.  We are connected and one, but also unique like snowflakes, as the old metaphor indicates.

If we do not do this, if we do not insist, if we do not manifest the life that fits us, makes our soul sing, and helps/uplifts others, then anxiety and depression will come.  Anxiety and depression is our signal that our life does not fit us, our soul is not singing.  It is our sign that we are not fulfilling our purpose.  They are our signal that we are out of balance. They are our signal that we are afraid, sad, discouraged and despondent because we're not doing what we came here to do;  we are not living in the manner that is fitting for us. 

And that is what we came here to do.  We came to earth know our purpose, live it, and thus learn and grow.  We simply must do this.  If we do not, our bodies, minds and spirits let us know.  The world is beginning to understand this.  We are waking up.  We can only endure so much slavery and being out of tune with our soul and purpose. 

The present world system has wreaked so much havoc over the years that now, souls all over the world are becoming aware of this.  We are starting to see just how our current system is not just killing humanity physically but deadening our souls and preventing us from being about fulfilling our soul purpose.  Anxiety and depression is our signal that it is time to wake up and live in the manner that fulfills our purpose and makes our soul sing.  We are tired of being stressed, scared, sad, bored, overwhelmed, frightened, etc. ... individually, and now as a people and planet.

I think that all know that we and our world has to change.  We have to love all our brothers and sisters, realize our oneness and uniqueness.  We must allow each of us to have and express our different talents, abilities, constitutions, ways of seeing things, ways of living, ways of creating, etc. Our lives, world and planet must allow this. There is no excuse to have all the suffering and inequality in our world anymore. 

It should not be that just keeping a roof over our head and food in our bellies consumes most of our time and energy. It should not be that a whole system and world-wide way of life forces all humans to try to fit into a round hole just to survive.  Some of us are square pegs, or any number of types of pegs.  We are all different shapes and sizes, and we do not all fit that round hole. 

It is time for basic human needs to be taken care of for all (which we could do if we at all tried, without communism, dictatorships, tyranny) and for people to be free.  It is time for all to find and live their purpose.  Imperialism, fiat currencies, lobbying, campaign contributions, the federal reserve system, money systems period, empires, spying on citizens...  it all has to go.  Of course people have anxiety and depression in epidemic proportions!  Our world makes almost everyone frightened, worried, and asks too much, so that no one can hear, focus upon, manifest or live their life purpose. 

It takes some doing to overcome anxiety and depression (with our current world system still in place), but we have to try.  And, for now, we must try, must insist on the life that fits us (or as close as we can get to it) while our world system is in its death throes and the populace is waking up and struggling to imagine a new way of living/being. This is the modern challenge. 

Anxiety and depression is our wake up call.  It is seemingly very hard to overcome, but if we get clear about where we must go, how our lives must be, who we are, what our purpose is, then we are on our way.  The more effort we put into knowing ourselves and manifesting the life that fits us, the sooner our suffering (individually and collectively) will dissipate, and we jump train tracks to a new, calm, balanced, connected, happy, peaceful and joyful us.

You can do it.  You really can.  We all can.  It just takes "the little willingness," as Course in Miracles calls it, or "faith the size of a grain of mustard seed," as the Bible calls it, and all is moving toward wellness.  Focus on the little willingness and the mustard seed, and it will grow!

Well, that is enough for now.  Best of luck to you, my friends.  I am wishing each of you peace and happiness in your life and in your spirit.

I remain,

Your Merton:)

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Reddawgi:iconreddawgi:
Thanks for your musings and encouragement to our peers. Hugs to you. :)
Tue Dec 16, 2014, 10:08 AM
auronstalker:iconauronstalker:
I'm really glad things are looking up for you Merton!
Fri Sep 27, 2013, 3:23 PM
Peter-The-Knotter:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Teenage son a bit "salty" then... judging by his journal code! ;)...
Sat Aug 24, 2013, 7:25 AM
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Thanks for your fave!
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Thanks for your fave! :D
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Complete and Subcategorized List of Gallery Folders

*********** The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish ***********

Please click the art piece above (see its artist comment) for a complete, specially sub-categorized list of my gallery folders.

A Preview of my Gallery

Blue Boy by mertonparrishWinged Angel Male Altered Oil by mertonparrishBlue Boy by mertonparrish

Both this preview and the full gallery itself (detailed in the module above and found here mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… contain my original art and lit in a wide variety of genres and mediums on the following topics:

art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, eros, health.

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“THE ARTS” IN OIL:
(Representing my love of so many genres in the arts)
The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish

SELF-PORTRAITS:
Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishNew Vertical Smudged Me by mertonparrish

DIGITAL, COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS:
Yellow Bee Magnet by mertonparrishAntique Music Magazines by mertonparrish

PHOTO AND ART MANIPULATIONS:
Red Snake Goddess by mertonparrishDisembodied Figure 10 by mertonparrish

WRITINGS:
(See bottom of gallery (mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… for letters/essays/poems)
THE THINKING CAP
THE THINKING CAP
Here is Merton's response, in verse form, to his friend and fellow poet Colornote's poem, I have a thinking cap. (http://colornote.deviantart.com/journal/44889574/ )
Thinking caps are cumbersome
when brooding over and over.
And weary artists, poets with pens
develop sore, bruised shoulders!
It's a heavy load to bear,
a worrisome hat to wear...
and does the world even care
or notice?
Maybe best not to think,
nor see, nor sow, nor shoulder-
perhaps depict only happy things
or just sit upon this boulder?
"Ow!  My head!" Mr. Gumby cries.
"A spider!" shouts Miss Muffet.
Shall we blithely paint and sing,
perched upon a tuffet?
Gumbys, Muffets, painters and such
(and all the reluctant prophets)
sat on a rock, rubbing their brows,
hesitant to get off it!
But then they each, mutt'ring "dare I?... a peach?..."
(and thinking of Mr. Eliot)
left the seaside, jumped off that rock
and wandered down the beach.
For poets and painters, psalmists and singers
know it is their lo
LONG LIVE POETRY MUSIC AND ART
LONG LIVE POETRY, MUSIC AND ART
an essay by Merton Parrish
THIS IS AN ESSAY PRAISING POETRY, MUSIC AND ART, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY ONE OF MY DA FRIEND'S JOURNAL ENTRIES. IN HIS ENTRY, MY FRIEND PRAISED A POEM BY EDGAR ALLEN POE. THE ENTRY CAUSED ME TO REMEMBER MY FATHER READING MANY WONDERFUL THINGS TO ME AS A CHILD, AND TO WRITE THIS PIECE WHICH CONTAINS SOME GREAT LINKS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT.
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My father, an English teacher, used to read Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee to me when I was a little boy, along with many other things (including another poem called The Highwayman, which I bet you would like).  Oh how lucky I was to have such a father who read to me like this. I will always remember it.
In Annabel Lee, Poe speaks of his love who lived and died in her "kingdom by the sea."  Here is a lovely YouTube video featuring a fine reading of the poem and beautiful animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swrriM1vuk8


ART/LIT PIECES ABOUT ME & THE HUMAN/ARTIST JOURNEY:
(Click on 2nd piece below & see its artist comment
for links to many pieces on this subject)
Its a Merton Sorta Life TCA by mertonparrishDEV ID with Merton Reader by mertonparrish

ORIGINAL THOUGHTS AND ART COMBINED:
Play YOUR song by mertonparrishSmile by mertonparrishUse your Time well 2 by mertonparrish

ART ABOUT CREATIVITY/THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
Inspiration from my Muse III by mertonparrishAm I what I Do G Rated by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY POETRY:
Sunflower Sutra by mertonparrishThe Highwayman by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY MUSIC:
Male Nude Harpist by mertonparrishFramed MixedMediaMusic Drawing by mertonparrishMusical Male Recycled Collage by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:
Hermit Energy Series Piece 1 by mertonparrishHermit Energy Series Piece 3 by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:
Male Aztec Fantasy Character by mertonparrishCentaur Colored Pencil by mertonparrishAltered AncientCiv Gold Leaf 1 by mertonparrish

PAINTINGS:
Moon Buddha by mertonparrishTrust Ask Adapt Change in Oil by mertonparrishGreen Angel in Oil by mertonparrish

DRAWINGS:
Light at the End of the Tunnel by mertonparrishWe Two Together Clinging by mertonparrish

ALTERED DRAWINGS:
Pan Pastel by mertonparrishThe Dance of Life by mertonparrishAltered MichaelangeloRendering by mertonparrish

PEN AND INK:
Cute Lil Faery Chub Close Up by mertonparrishNude Male Pianist by mertonparrish

PASTELS:
Behold by mertonparrishDo I Contradict Myself by mertonparrishChub in the Eye of the Comet by mertonparrish

COLORED PENCIL:
Framed Hand Colored FemaleNude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored Male Nude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored MidAir Male by mertonparrish

MIXED MEDIA:
Crazy Sunbird by mertonparrishFlowing Golden Locks by mertonparrishSovereign Seeker by mertonparrish

SCULPTURES:
Angel Recycled Art Sculpture by mertonparrishRedGold Winged Angel Sculpture by mertonparrishLovers Original Clay Sculpture by mertonparrish

HANDPAINTED PLASTERCRAFT
Greek Male Head Painted Statue by mertonparrishMale Nude Painted Vase by mertonparrish

CHARM BOXES:
Green Artists Eye Charm Box by mertonparrishStacked Charm Boxes 2 by mertonparrishArtists Eyes Charm Box by mertonparrish

DIORAMA BOXES:
Creative Fire I Diarama Box by mertonparrish Creative Fire II Diarama Box by mertonparrish

CURIOS:
Pan Music Makers Curio Collage by mertonparrishDiorama Box Dancers by mertonparrishSacred Heart Curio Collage by mertonparrish

MOBILES:
Faery Mobile of my Art Prints2 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints3 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints1 by mertonparrish

KNITTED HEADBANDS:
Knit Head Band Belt 33 by mertonparrish Knit Head Band Belt 34 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SCARVES:
Knit Scarf Original Design 2 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 8 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 7 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SHAWLS:
Knit Scarf or Shawl 19 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 25 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 21 by mertonparrish

KNITTED BLANKETS:
Knit Shawl Blanket 23 by mertonparrish Knit Shawl Blanket 22 by mertonparrish

WEAVINGS:
Woven Rag Rug on Loom by mertonparrishWhite and Blue Weaving on Loom by mertonparrish

APPLIQUE:
Spirit Applique by mertonparrishSpiritual Applique Whole Piece by mertonparrishBalance Applique by mertonparrish

GLUE GUN APPLIQUE:
Glue Gun Applique Jungle by mertonparrishGlue Gun Applique Celestial 1 by mertonparrish

CREWEL:
Written Spoken Word Crewel by mertonparrishFlower Crewel by mertonparrish

NEEDLEPOINT AND CROSS STITCH:
Lion Modified Cross Stitch by mertonparrishGreek Themed Needlepoint by mertonparrish

COLLAGES AND GROUPINGS OF FRAMED ORIGINAL ART:
Orange Male Fantasy Collage by mertonparrishArt Print Collages Collections by mertonparrishBabylonian Fantasy Collage by mertonparrish

ART AND FRAMING CREATED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS:
Recycled Art Gallery by mertonparrishRecycled CD Case Frames2 by mertonparrish

BRANCH AND HATPIN CUPS:
Hatpin Art Print Cups by mertonparrishMale Couple Branch ArtPrintCup by mertonparrish

CD FRAMES AND FAUX STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS:
Sun SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrishNova SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrish

Ty for visitng. Come back soon. Leave a friendly comment. :)

Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrish

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Thank you for adding The Gift of Communication to your faves :)
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Hey Merton my friend, I am so pleased by your very kind approach of faving and commenting my latest works. Wish you a very nice week and hope all your expactations would be realised on these week.
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AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TO MERTON!  WOW, YOU CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN ONE BUSY YOUNG MAN, AND I LOVE WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO YOUR PAGE, THE WRITINGS, PIX, ETC., ETC.

Yes, it certainly would be wonderful to have a world that has taken their heads out of the sand to look around and see the wonders and the possibilities that we must all look at, and take responsibility for, then turn this world around as the Earth ascends, so shall those who see with their "I" of Reality, not their eye of illusion.

Much Love, Happiness, Joy, Peace and Harmony to you and your family......dear friend,

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JoAn!

I just love you so much.  Your energy is so wonderful.  Ty for your kind note. 

You might like this new literary letter I just put together.  I think you will resonate with it.

mertonparrish.deviantart.com/#…

Love and light to dear JoAn...

Merton :)
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