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An Inspired Life

Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 23, 2016 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I had an experience today that was rather profound. I found myself questioning what it is that I am doing - what it is that I'm trying to accomplish. Why was I here? Where should I go from here? I had thought I had all these things figured out, but suddenly was feeling like I was doing everything wrong and like I wasn't where I should be. I started thinking about what I might be manifesting in my life, the things I've been focusing on, where my energy had been going. I progressed to start thinking about all the things I *wanted* to keep manifesting in my life. Why did I want these things? What was this yearning that I was feeling and how could I help it come out. It hit me like a freight train - I was reminded that really what I wanted to do here is spread love. I wasn't in the wrong place, I was in exactly the right place; because right where I am is where love is always needed. Compassion, empathy, forgiveness, embracing life - feeling everything around me and trying to have a positive impact.

We all have these moments sometimes, because nothing in our lives necessarily comes out perfect. It takes a lot of work, it takes bringing that yearning in our hearts to fruition. So much so that it's all you can feel is this crazy radiant divinity meant to flow out of yourself and into the world. We all do this differently. The whole reason why I started this website, why I have this blog, is because one of my major outlets is my artwork. Jewelry - I send my pieces off hoping that they bring each and every wearer love and light. I want it to make them feel their inner divinity, to show them how, and express it in whatever way calls to their soul. What an amazing power we have - to inspire others. And the most magical part of the experience, at least to me, is that all we have to do is *want* to inspire them. All we have to do is intend and send those thoughts out into the world with whatever we are doing. This is true alchemy. This is true purpose. This is who we are.



Duality

Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of the happiest moments in our lives can also breed some of the saddest simultaneously. Internally we have a wisdom; one which knows that life has a constant flow. Nothing remains the same. Not people, not feelings, not the environment, etc. It's just a fact of life that we and everything around us are constantly changing.

Sometimes in the midst of an ecstatically happy moment, we are hit with a sudden with an feeling of sadness that is just as overwhelming. We may not realize at the time, but this is just part of the experience of duality. Just as well, if we are in a moment of extreme sadness, we can be comforted by our inner knowing that the moment is only that and it will not last forever. It's best to embrace these as they come and let them go as we continue moving through the flow of our lives.

In 2013 I was nominated into RAW artists accessory designer of the year category for the organization. It was one of the most exhilerating moments in my career as an artist. At the same though, it was also the most frightening. With this event came a whole host of responsibility and hope - it was something I really wanted and while I was excited I also experienced boughts of disbelief and sadness. I wondered if I really deserved the title, what would happen if I didnt get it, what would happen if I did. I remember taking my daily walks around the neighborhood and through the forestry of the area, submersed in all these emotions and vowing that no matter what happened I would just keep going. I didn't want the emotions to waver me from staying on my path - because all of them were only temporary.

As it turned out I had an amazing time at the event and gained a lot of exposure, but another woman won the title for Portland and continued to the next round. I was happy for her however - my business was thriving and was just happy to have the experience really. I felt that she rightly won and needed to. Her work was gorgeous as well - handmade fae steampunk style leather accessories and clothing.

Just remember when you have those moments of feeling like life is just a complete mess - it kind of is. But that's just life. Things are always happening, changing, flowing; and it's not about *if* life goes on, but *when* and how we decide to handle it.





What is Projection?

Posted by elenahuerta10 on June 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Projection is an important thing to understand in relationships. It explains the jump between : this is what "so and so" is thinking, and what "so and so" is actually thinking. It's a method of imposing our own reasonings and judgements upon another person, by assuming that they act the same way that we do for the same reasons. Because we are all individuals, it is important to understand that this is not necessarily how things are. One individual may turn off the lights inside to save energy, while another may turn them off in order to sleep better. At first glance this action may seem simple, and one would hardly have a reason to question it. This individual action does demonstrate how two different people can have two different motives while performing the same action.

We all tend to project, because we all have our own world of reasons and habits. They don't have to leak so much into our relationships, however, if we are conscious and pay attention through self awareness. When we turn inward and listen to our intuitions above our egoic self, we can see and understand the real reasons behind a person's actions rather than how we want the reasoning to be. There's also the beauty of communication. If we don't understand someone, and want to, it's important to be able to openly ask honest questions. We won't always understand, especially if our heads get clouded by emotion or judgement. In the act of asking someone questions about their motives, we also have the potential to strengthen our relationship and trust with them. In my own relationships I have found trust to be of the highest importance.

I hope this brief explanation is helpful to those out there who are curious about projection. Please feel free to leave comments and questions below!


A Memoir of a Shining Light

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)





There's something profound about looking at the ocean, and realizing how small I am in this universe. And at the same time knowing how big of an impact I have the potential to make in my immediate world and the ones of those around me.

I never want to dull myself down to fit the expectations of someone else - how does diminishing my own light help others shine? It doesn't. By example, when I choose to shine I give others the experience to do the same thing. There is no way to live my purpose, or purposes, without letting myself fall into who I actually am. And I hope in the times when the world weighs heavy, the times when I am overcome by emotion, I always remember that no shine has my exact aura and brightness because we are all unique in our corners of the universe.

Conforming a passion to society or outside source is nearly detrimental to my creativity, because in the process I move away from that feeling that fueled my passion in the first place. The focus shifts from something in my soul to a game, from trust to force. And really, how much control do I have over the world as a whole? I feel this is one of the biggest battles I've faced as I pursue my artistic passion - realizing that I need to trust my inclination to create these parts of myself to release to the world in order to stay sane. Because there can, has, and will come times when I am on the verge of giving up, and it takes all I have and some of what I never imagined that I did to give up and let go for a while. I tap into a space in my heart that I didn't know existed in these times, or have forgotten about in the midst of time. I believe that I imagine for a reason; I don't always trust that belief, but at my very core I do feel these visions are not an accident nor out of my reach of manifestation.


For a Friend

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 27, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I have this friend... and she inspired me to write this out of my love for her.


It's okay.
It's okay to be sad, to be angry, to be frustrated.
It's okay to take a break.
It's okay to experience the down times, just as much as the happy.
It's okay to express what you are feeling, and I love you for it.
It's okay to allow yourself to be human, and I love you even more.
It's okay to accept yourself as you are, and also have goals for the future.
It's okay to let go, to breathe, to enjoy the sound of the cool wind or sudden rain. Or to miss it when those things aren't there.
It's okay to enjoy both solitude and the company of others.
You can have BOTH.
You can have IT ALL.
Because you are a human being.
Your experience potential is infinite.
You are here because in the strokes of the moon and stars,
It was decided that you would manifest from the elements.
You are the epitome of creation.
You are the epitome of magic.
You.
You are here.
Everything is okay while you are here.
It's okay to be okay, to not be okay, and be everything in between.


The Art of Tantric Living

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)



Many people have heard of Tantra.

Here is a modern definition according to Urbandictionary.com:

Tantra is not well understood in the western world, but is a key to healthy living and awareness that can transform you into the person you were meant to be.

The Sanskrit word Tantra is related to the concept of weaving and expansion- it derives from 'tan', meaning to expand, spin out, and weave. We weave the strands of our nature into a unified whole. Tantra takes the approach that one should not only not reject the body and its desires, but actually embrace them on the road to enlightenment. Tantra shares the view that sexual intercourse can be a sacrament and a means of spiritual transformation. Tantra is the transformation of vital energy in all its permutations ultimately toward the goal of spiritual attundement and enlightenment. In this context sexual relations become sacred.

This is a fairly good description of Tantra! But, as most of the time is true, it focuses on sex as being the route to a tantric experience.

Truthfully, tantric sex is not the only avenue of expression. Tantra is in fact, more of a lifestyle than an activity. In practices such as Buddhism or Hinduism, tantra is the practice of incorporating docterines in everyday life. Outside of these spiritual identities tantra is a practice of being present in the moment, and enjoying all that it has to offer. It is a practice of connecting and unifying with the world around you.

A tantric lifestyle is one of passion, vulnerability, strength, attention; it is a practice of living in the present and taking the time to intentionally enjoy common practices such as eating, drinking, bathing, walking, being, etc. A lot of these activites (pretty much all of them) can be done rather mindlessly if an intention to be present isn't set. In this way, living tantrically is like a living meditation. Allowing all of the bodily feelings, sensations, energy that is around to be recognized and taken in.

One does not need to practice tantra all day, every day to enjoy the peace-bringing benefits it can bring. Taking some time each day to be in silence with yourself, or do an activity in silence with the intention to take it in fully is one way of experiencing what tantra can bring to your life. Simple things such as eating a meal, cooking a meal, a daily stroll, listening to the sounds all around you, can become a pathway to greater acceptance, peace, and humility in the present moment. And while practicing this lifestyle, one may find themselves with an overall greater aura of peace.



Please feel free to comment below, and let me know what other topics you are interested in knowing more about or if you have any questions!


Affirmations

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 22, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Affirmations are one of the single most useful and effective tools for mental health. Seriously! Meditation gets a lot of hype, and while there are many forms of meditating usually everyone can find one they enjoy. It's so important to be present and listen to your thoughts, in order to recognize them. But then comes the question of - if you find out something that is bothering you, causing stress, etc. - how do you move out of it and let it go?

This is where the affirmations come in!

For example:

When I get frustrated with a single person. I can recognize this, and when I feel those feelings come up I can repeat to myself "Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have."

Or:

When I get anxious about going into a social situation, as I experienced today meeting some of my soon to be ex-in-laws for the first time, I can repeat to myself: "Everything is going to be okay." In this particular situation, it was more than okay. My son and I had a fantastic time.


So here's the course of action, and it can help tremendously with anxiety and depression as well to start taking these steps.

1. Tune into and recognize how you are feeling.

2. Accept it and validate these feelings as being ok.

3. Come up with an affirmation to move into a different emotional state.

In my metaphysical studies I have learned that chakras, energy centers, of the body are associated also with affirmations. In this way you can also use affirmations to clear up physical energy blocks. For example: the sacral chakra around the belly button is the center for creativity. If you are having stomach pain, repeating the affirmation "I am creative" can help to free up any energetic blocks that are beginning to manifest in your physical body.


Here are some simple affirmations to try for each chakra:

Crown (top of the head) - "I trust the universe."

Third Eye (forehead) - "I trust my intuition."

Throat (throat) - "I give myself and others permission to speak our truths."

Heart (chest) - "I allow myself to give and receive love."

Solar Plexus (ribcage)- "I am confident."

Sacral (belly button) - "I am creative."

Root (base of spine) - "I am safe."


These are very, very basic affirmations for those who are new to them - however I recommend experimenting with them and seeing how each makes you feel. There are also MANY more chakra points in the body depending on what kind of bodily energetics map you are looking at - these are the 7 basic points which I find people are most familiar with.


Enjoy! ❤️

 


Trust the Process

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When life gets overwhelming, it's important to take time to slow down. It's important to trust the process. It takes time to manifest your dreams. They say "Rome wasn't built in a day" to symbolize that the greatest achievements do not come to fruition right away. DO NOT GIVE UP. When life is already slow, take the time to absorb the moment. Take the time to nurture your trust in the universe, God, Mother Earth, CHI - whatever you choose to call the force behind this crazy beautiful life.