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THE LAND of AMMAZE
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One morning in 1997, I lay in bed thinking
about driving off a cliff. I had been too broke, too depressed,
too unhappy for too long, and I didn't think I could take myself
or my pain anymore.
Of course, as soon as the thought of my
old van pitching off one of the many cliffs around the Santa
Fa area that would have very nicely accomodated my intent, my
mind's good old Rediculosity Factor quipped up with:
"Well, with that kind of thinking,
you're already dead, girlfriend! So you may as well do something
FUN until your body dies!"
Hmm. So, I decided that that made a whole
lot more sense, since driving off a cliff may not have been as
fast, easy or smooth as I'd want it to be - besides, what would
happen to my precious buddy, my dog? Wouldn't be at all fair
to drag her into that.
So instead of getting up and driving to
my end, I laid there imagining how I'd want the world to be if
I could create it.
A world where we all got along - no - were
best friends! - and where the earth is respected and honored,
where the skies and heavens are wondered at, not polluted,where
relationships with each other are precious and priceless.
A world I'd have fun in, have love in,
have abundance in and dance and song and laughter and tears of
joy and poignancy.
Where the death of someone would evoke
song and long joyous reverie and honor; where the birth of a
child is celebrated as the entrance of yet another amazing being
come to enhance the whole world and everyone's life.
Where a child's voice is heard and whose
story is taken seriously; where that child is given as much positive
direction and reinforcement as possible on his way to becoming
a fulfilled adult member of the community.
Where the community supports and enjoys
its members as they enjoy and support it.
I created this world with these images.
One by one, over about a month's duration, I sat at my computer
and patiently added layer upon layer, color upon color. Here
are what came of that month.
Later, I thought, why not take the feeling
that those images give me when I look at them, and embody them,
Looking at Dawn Celebration, I can feel
the sun about to rise over the horizon, about to radiate warmth
and light and life into the world! I can feel my arms up ready
to receive and to shout my joy in living!
Why not choose to celebrate my life, rather
than complain about it?
Why not choose to contribute with the skills
and knowledge I have?
Why not do what I'm good at: inspiring
others - even when I feel discouraged?
Why carry blame and resentment around when
I could carry inspiration and expansion?
Why not use my own images to improve my
So this is what I do/have done.
I believe we are all inextricably connected
in a massive web of invisible energy.
My part in it is small but as important
as any other's, and vice versa. It's all energy.
What I do with mine determines my life.
The Land of Ammaze is my Home Inside Me.
I hope you enjoy my World as much as I