I Stand with Standing Rock

I Stand with Standing Rock

I was recently inspired to make this piece called ‘I stand for all things sacred’ after watching some of the footage at Standing Rock.

I found myself in tears. Not only tears of sadness and anger but also because I was very moved by the courage of the people standing up to protect the land and water.

In the state of North Dakota the indigenous people as well as their supporters are facing the Dakota Access Pipeline Project who is attempting to build an oil pipeline through Sioux territory. The peaceful protestors have been met with extreme hostility and human rights violations.
I’m not sure how closely related feeling personally overwhelmed and the general apathy of our society are – but I’m guessing they are cousins at the least. In last year I’ve learned a lot of lessons about anger and the most valuable thing that I learned was that the energy of anger is best used to energize us into action.
One of the beauties of a movement like this is that it inspires us to speak and create through whatever ways feels accessible and powerful to us individually~ through our art, our words, our organizations….
To me this movement and this moment in time is not only about Standing Rock, which is so important in itself, but also about awakening in us all the importance of protecting nature, the very thing that sustains all life.
I hope that in these intense days where darkness is rising to the surface, a spark will be lit from the anger many of us feel and it will feed the fire that burns in the heart of justice – for the land and for the people.
I believe that the energy of objects, imbued with meaning, emanate outward and inward. Just as the world around requires our reverence, so does our inner landscape of thoughts, words, and habits. By recognizing and embodying these ways of being we create a more sustained shift in ourselves, and the world.
Thank you.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

step 1
Make a donation to the fundraising efforts.
Every $10 will get you one entry and every $20 will get you 3 entries
Legal, sanitary and emergency funds: standingrock.org
step 2
To enter, forward a copy of your donation receipt to info@jessiephoenix.com
step 3
Share with your community on social media
*One entry will be chosen at random on Nov 28th, 2016*GOOD LUCK!
Film and photo’s by Scott Bell Visuals

Music by Ars Sonor – The Subdued Inferno [freemusicarchive.org – Creative Commons BY 4.0

** please note that if you would like to continue following my blog I will be posting here now. The creative quest will shutting down soon, so please find me at Jessie Phoenix. Thanks**

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Climbing Inside

Hello friends.

This is just a quick note to my subscribers that there is a new blog post over HERE

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Thank you for continuing to walk down this road with me!

 

Much love and gratitude,

Jessie

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RECLAMATION

Hello lovely readers.

I have moved my blog.

If you have received a notice via RRS feed please subscribe to my new blog at my new website here

http://jessiephoenix.com/blogs/news/76491269-reclamation

Thank you for being on this ride with me.

with my heart on my sleeve,

Jessie

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transformation

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I am coming up on my 11 year anniversary in May.
It’s been an 11 year journey of designing, making and selling my jewellery….And of course there have been many other journeys along the way.
On this anniversary I will be completing a very important transformation.
In my own life I see that times of transformation always takes longer than I think… as if entering a doorway and leaving it is a journey unto it’s self.
I entered that doorway here, if indeed these journeys have some sort of beginning at all except at the very beginning. The first time I went to Burning man I was also in the middle of a huge life change. I had just packed up my apartment in Vancouver, and all my belongings were in a shed in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, where I planned to make my home. The country had been calling for too long and it was time to make that dream a reality. So I left my friends, community, and clients and stepped into an unknown life.
But before that I went to Burning man.
 
In this place of ‘in between’, the veils of illusion are slightly thinner than usual and sometimes we are open to walking through doorways we might not have seen before. It’s a long story, but to sum it up, when I was in the desert things become clear to me in a new way. I had new direction and I started walking down a spiritual path that has since led me to where I am today.
I had earlier written a long piece about what transformation means and why allowing for the death and life cycle in all of our lives in so important, but what is the point of saying all of that without the meat and bones of the real story.
You see, I am actually a bit of a private person (much to the surprise of many who know me) and a spiritual journey is about at personal as it gets.
 With my heart on my sleeve…..I continue. While in the dessert I stumbled upon a tent where they were giving people their playa name ( a name that you get given while at Burning man that perhaps represents, a freer, more expressed and true version of yourself). I honestly thought that this would be a fun and silly thing to do and so I laid down my bike and went it. I sat with two lovely women for a good half hour as they asked my questions about my life. I found myself sharing all sorts of things as the words just tumbled out of my mouth. After some time the women went away to talk about it amongst them selves. When they returned, they each held one of my hands and looked in my eyes and told me that my name was Phoenix. Much to my surprise I burst into tears, as sometimes we do, when we hear some piece of truth that has been waiting for such a long time for us to notice… it cuts straight to our core and we find ourselves on our knees in gratitude.
I don’t fully know why I had this reaction, which is ok… some things are just beyond the mind’s understanding and require our trust.
The three years that have passed while in this ‘doorway’ are nothing less than a wild ride that included moving 5 times, meeting the love of my life, becoming a step mom, creating new and soulful friendships, another trip to burning man, countless tears, unbounded joy, a lot of hard work on truly changing how I live with myself and others, a lot of work creating and selling hundreds of pieces of jewellery, countless moments of reward for what I do, ten thousand and more things to be grateful for, and all the other beautiful messes that a life contain.
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3 years later in a forest on Saltspring Island the name came to me again as I journeyed inward looking for answers. I walked out of the woods with that name, new, again.
 The conclusion of this story is that I have taken Phoenix as my middle name. I find it interesting to be faced with my own judgment about this, as I have judged others before me about changing their name (ooops, sorry).
And so, in this 11th hour I find myself on the other side of the doorway I walked through just over 3 years ago. On this side, I’m not sure where things lead, but now I have enough trust to guide me through the darkness of the unknown… and that feels like a greater blessing than thinking that I know what lies ahead.
And so it is in this name Jessie Phoenix that I adopt for myself and my work that I practice laying down judgment and other pieces of useless baggage, to just simply be who I am.
It is my hope (actually beyond hope, as the truth of this resides very deep in me) that owning this name in my life and in my work is a practice that comes to life everyday. A practice that requires letting go and being new.
As an artist my work is a reflection of me – sometimes it feels that it is even a piece of me, and so I will let the future tell the story of what this transformation truly is.
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living in reciprocity

An essay on Reciprocity

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live in reciprocity; being in the flow of giving and receiving.

I’ve been looking at all the things I would like to live in reciprocity with…. the gifts I have to offer, with the health of my body, with nature, in my relationships with people (family, friends), with my community….

Living in reciprocity is not about living in a constant checks and balances, it is a surrender into a flow of receiving and generosity.

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GIVING

We each have gifts that are uniquely our own and uniquely needed. As I have explored in an earlier post gifts are not something to hold onto but something to give away. What good is a beautifully wrapped gift if sits alone in the back of the closet? These are not the gifts of the martyr or for seeking approval.

Sadly I would say that we live in a culture that doesn’t encourage the giving of gifts, it encourages ‘success’. And so we must forge a path paved with courage and determination to make space for what we have to offer. The work of our hearts will extend through the work of our hands and into the hands and hearts of others. The exchange of our gifts from person to person is a great way to live in reciprocity.

Even the gifts themselves need to be given to and the more we give to them the more they give to us. The more we sit and give time to pen or cloth or metal or song the more will be born out of it. And the more we give our gifts to others the more we are nourished by their support… And the more we will inspire them to live into their own gifts. The more time we spend in the energy of our creative power the more we are connected to Source….And the more opportunities may arise that we maybe could not have even imagined.

SO~BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR GIFTS.

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In the flow of giving and receiving, allowing ourselves to receive is just as important as generously giving. We may have to re-asses our beliefs around receiving – I know I did.

As long as we are in the right environment we will grow. There is nourishment all around us, we might just need to start taking it in.

I see so many ways in which myself and others around me block the flow of receiving all the time. With compliments, with gifts, favors, or food. And I could see that every time I did that I was sending a message outward and inward that I wasn’t really interested in receiving…. that I did not deserve it. And so I stopped doing that. When someone makes a genuine offer I receive it. It’s more of an art than a science and I am still practicing… as I am sure I will be my whole life.

AND this is the great thing about it. When I allow my receiving I allow their giving. We all know the feeling of giving a true compliment or wanting to offer help to someone only to have it deflected even though it would truly give us joy.

SO~DON’T BLOCK THE FLOW people!

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FAITH

In order to live in reciprocity we need to have faith that we will be taken care of. We need to have faith so that when we are generous it comes fully from our heart with no expectation of return… because often it might come from a different person or place then from where we first gave… and actually that is a beautiful thing! It has been challenging for me to practice this as it goes against what we’ve been taught that we must re-‘pay’ people for what they give us. Of course this does not mean that we go around receiving from people and not giving back. But sometimes things line up that someone has a lot to offer us and it is a true gift for both for the exchange to happen. I’ve learned a lot in these moments about just opening my heart to receive, and knowing that I too am a generous person and that it will all come around at some point.

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IN NATURE

I look to nature to learn from, and I see that all around me things just grow.. they are supported by the things around them and they just grow… they grow and grow until they bloom and come into fruit….

 Ask a gardener about the flow of giving and receiving and they will know. Just as real as the dirt under their finger nails they know that what they give to the earth comes back – in abundance.

What we fertilize grows. And that can be said for all areas of life… work, relationships, children…..

As we tend to nature it tends to us. We may feel that we are helping the plants as we prune and nurture but are they not actually teaching us about our own nature? How to bravely sprout into a delicate shoot, how to grow, how to bud, how to bloom, and seed and how to let go when the time is right. The more generously we give to the nature around us the more nature will give to us… this can be said for our own yards but also our communities and streams and provinces and countries and the Earth itself.

I think that one of the most incredible reciprocal relationships is the one we have with plants~ that they breathe so that we can breath and we breathe so that they can breath. And also to be the planter of a bulb that grows into a plant that then becomes a flower so beautiful it reminds us of the perfection of life. This is mind bogglingly perfect reciprocity!

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LIVING IN RECIPROCITY:

Be in the flow. Give generously and receive gratefully.

Live with faith and gratitude alive in your heart and actions.

Honor nature – give thanks for all that we are given in nourishment, teachings and beauty.

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This piece is an expression of living in reciprocity with nature. I love how it sings in silver about tree and sea, the chaos of nature in beautiful harmony. Available here

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