I Know What Angels Look Like Now

Angel

I know what angels look like now.

They glow in private ways

They look like us and act like us

And no one ever says

“Hey, there’s an angel!”

‘Cause they don’t know

The work is done in secret

The angels are among us

They glow in private ways

But if you’ve ever known one

You know for all your days

That you have to be an angel now

Whenever you can be

 

You don’t get a golden pair of wings

You aren’t issued a golden horn

Your just another slob down here

Just trying to stay warm

 

But the time will come and you will know

It’s time

Your time to be an angel

And it’s never that sublime

 

Someone needs a flashlight

Or someone needs a tow

Or someone’s lost like you were

And needs a place to go

 

I know what angels look like now

They look like me and you

They shine the light that no one sees

Until it shines on you

And then you are an angel, too

For you have taken good

And need to pass it on again

The way an angel should

 

No, you don’t get golden wings my friend

Or bask in misty clouds

The angel glows in private ways

That face among the crowd

 

When you see one only nod

And smile because you know

Another angel is among us

And adding to the glow

 

I found this image on the Facebook page of my friend Jupiter Jim and then wrote this poem.  If you like this sort of thing, visit him.

Translate Your Gift

Translate Your Gift original artA gifted blogging friend of mine stopped by and left a comment.  He reminded me what blogging and the creative process in general, is about. 

I have written about his site in the past because Rob Cubbon is gifted.  

Do you know someone who has a gift?  Design, music, painting, sculpture, dance, acting, writing, mathematics, science, programming?

Do their gifts fill you with envy they way they do me?  

Do you wish you had a creative gift?

Because I come from space (see craft below *) and have strange powers, I am going to grant your wish. 

Here, take it:  

You are now gifted.  You have a gift.

But there’s a catch.  Your gift is written in obscure hieroglyphics.  It must be translated.

I see “gifted” people and notice a common theme.  

Gifted people work hard to discover, cultivate, and translate their “gifts” into creative expression

Take the Beatles, gifted song writers and musicians.  Have you heard the early recordings of the Beatles?  They sucked.

Before they became Beatles they wrote a song that included the lyric:

“I said move over once, move over twice.  Come on baby don’t be cold as ice.”

                                   – “The One After 909 by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

John was 17, Paul was 15.  They were copying blues “freight train” songs.  Even they didn’t think it was good enough to release after they recorded it six years later in 1963.

After seven more years, the Beatles made “One After 909” work as a live concert recording on the album Let It Be.

These “gifted” English musicians worked hard before they got good, playing at a dive clubs in Hamburg and Liverpool, writing songs and covering standards.  John would shred his vocal chords belting out “Twist and Shout.”  Their “gift” of musical ability demanded persistent effort over time.  Some gift.

Now to your gift.  

Oh, you have a gift.  I told you that you were gifted.  To translate your gift into a recognizable accomplishment you have to discover what it is.  You must experiment to discover whether you have an aptitude but much more important, whether you have the determination to translate your gift.  It may be a gift for finance, or organizing people.  You could be a manager!

You will need about 10,000 hours to get really good.  

Whether what you produce is good is not up to you.  It’s up to other people.  They will tell you if they think you are any good.  This takes the pressure off of you.  Whether or not what you produce is good is none of your business. 

Have you read your early writings?  They sucked.  So did mine.  All early writings suck.  All early painting, sculpture, ceramics suck, too.

The one known: you have a gift.  Find it, cultivate it, translate it into something of beauty and power.

  * The interior of my craft, shown for the first time.  Click on it to find your gift.

 Your gift arrived by spacecraft

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your gift.  Work on it.  You will get better.

How to Train Your Inner Dragon

photo of a strange lizard, your inner dragonThe conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.”  – Sigmund Frued

Freud, the first psychiatrist, recognized that our conscious minds have company.  

Alert on the sunny deck of conscious thought, we sail always surrounded by a deep sea of subconscious thoughts and impulses.  

The subconscious mind operates by its own rules

We feel completely in charge, yet how often the subconscious mind stealthily steers and even undermines our best intentions!  

Take fear of success, for example.  

The conscious mind is willing to make sacrifices, work hard, and carefully chart a course toward a golden island of success.  Every conscious detail has been considered.  

Only one obstacle, the dragon of the subconscious mind, has the power to scuttle the voyage to success

Even our vocabulary reflects the subterranean nature of this powerful obstacle with words like “undermine” and “subvert.”

We large brained humans all have within us a tiny brained dragon.  That dragon of the subconscious craves, fears, avoids, ignores, and wants to lollygag.  

The Dragon is not all bad.  

Many of our most deeply felt and admirable impulses also find their origin in this strange creature that frolics and schemes well below the sunlit surface of rational thought and logic.

Although Freud’s objective was a complete understanding of the subconscious mind, most of us would settle for a way to keep the Dragon from stomping on our plans.

I am no psychologist but have devised a method to make my subconscious Dragon an ally instead of an obstacle to success.

The method is remarkably simple: I train my inner Dragon.  Oh, it’s still extremely powerful and quite wild.  But it can be trained.

How do you train your inner Dragon?  Just like any other animal.  Treats.

When you work hard to accomplish a goal, give yourself a treat.  Do NOT reward yourself before accomplishing the goal and especially not if you fail.

A treat can be anything — ice cream, an electronic device, a day off, whatever.  You know best.

Your subconscious Dragon knows all about treats  

In fact, if your subconscious were completely in charge you would spend your days pursuing nothing but cheap thrills and sinful pleasures.  Your Dragon is very self-indulgent.  It indulges itself in childish shirking of responsibility and fear of the unknown, even when that unknown is success.

Make a plan to reward success

When you launch a project or undertake a stint of hard work, tell yourself that when it’s over, you will get a treat.  Be very specific about the treat.  Visualize it.  Anticipate it.  Roll it over in your mind.  

Trust me, your Dragon is paying close attention.

Then set to work.

The unthinking beast has incredible power when harnessed and directed toward a goal.  In fact, your Dragon is stronger than you, and possesses incredible stamina and unswerving persistence.  With your Dragon as your ally you will rarely lose.  Without its cooperation, you will rarely win.

You will never tame your dragon but you can train it.