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Merridee LaMantia Art

During her final show, Oprah Winfrey spotlighted a clip of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, famed neuroanatomist who successfully recovered from a stroke, and went on to educate us all about our brain tissue and value of life.

Winfrey went on to thank Bolte Taylor for a simple but powerful lesson, which was given to her on a sign by this courageous woman. The sign read: 

Please take responsibility
for the energy you bring
into this space.
                     Jill Bolte Taylor

Winfrey said she had the sign on a wall in her office and home and that it is a great reminder that all life is energy and we are transmitting it at every moment. “We are all beaming little signals like radio frequencies and the world is responding in kind,” is a quote from Dr. Taylor’s book, “My Stroke of Insight.”

This sign is available from artist Merridee LaMantia, the artist at her website, www.merrideelamantia.com/bolte

Not a bad idea to spread this vibration out into the world, and so I share it here with you and put in on my wish list to purchase when I am able.

Looking around Merridee’s website describing her art, her philosophy, and her interests in life was a bright experience for me and the energy vibrations of good and peace rippled right across the internet into my room.

She values and drew early in her life upon imagination as a communication medium with the world.  She played with dimensional aspects of defining space for floor plans in her elementary school years and architectural drawing by the time she was in college.

She met and married a fellow artist and together, she counts their creation of three daughters as a most creative endeavor.  “As the years pass, I’ve expanded my inspirational focus and now grow natural materials to incorporate in my work,” she explains on her website.

Peace Like A River - LaMantia

Peace Like a River is a 7’0w x 4’6″h x 4″ deep artistic creation of curly willow branches, Lotus pods, bamboo, cloth, raffia.

As an artist, she has made a commitment to be a participant, rather than an observer, in the world’s life-changing events. She strives to transform ideas into positive visual communication, instead of pointing out the troublesome, self-serving political injustices occuring daily in the world.

Her feeling is that creative thoughts, emphasized, can become positive actions. While the artistic expression takes mental discipline and persistence, it first of all requires an openess to simple intuitive truths.

That’s the power and wisdom I find in her artistic creation of a quote from Bolte Taylor.   We need to be aware of the power of our energy of pure Presence.  It is even more fundamental than the axiom “Be sure brain is in gear before mouth opens.”

Our energy is our building block — our internal furnace — that which stokes us  — our integrity  — OR  it is our “hidden agenda”, what can be felt by others regardless of how we appear or what we say. Our energy is the truth of us.

I would not mind being reminded of it when I walk into a space that contained this message on the wall: Take Responsibility for the Energy you bring.  I would agree to keep on target with that.

One of the energies Meridee LaMantia shares with the world is that of Illuminating Peace – A Global Perspecitve. It is a traveling exhibit as a “dimensional vocabulary for peace”, a strategic counterforce to current violent conflicts taking place on our planet.

Using imagery of other world cultures and symbolism regarding “peace”, she interprets the essence of these discoveries into eight artistic fabric panels.  Her written vision is, “May peace prevail on Earth” (in 50 languages) as a way of honoring the hope connecting our one world family.

Illuminating Peace - Merridee LaMantia

This Indiana artist uses her love of light, texture, space, color and fabric to communicate this universal message that peace is powerfully alive in human hearts around the world.

I can’t always tell this by watching the 6:00 pm news. But I know it to be true because I share the same initiative and do in my small ways what I can do to share the presence of Peace. I know of many women and some men who share this same message through their gifts of writing, art, photography, music, drama, blogs and program presentations

 — none of them seem to shine the light on themself, but instead through their work and their works, they encourage others to stand right up and …….Take Responsibility for their Energy.………….and if that energy calls for them to take their writing, their photography, their healing out of a small space and share it with the “world-space”,  they have made the best creation of all. 

The creation that keeps on creating.

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Like Oprah, all my life, I’ve wanted to be thin. Like Oprah, I’ve tried many ways to achieve this “thinness” and at best it was a passing fancy, so like Oprah again, I’ve strived for good health in all the many cells of my physical body and living her “best life” philosophy. Both of these have brought me many blessings.

I have not seen the Oprah show on a regular basis for many, many years but I did have Tom tape her final show and in my opinion it was pure class and direct honesty. She called it her love letter to her audience. Her final guest that there was so much hoopla over guessing, was — us!

She wanted to share the lessons she learned over the years and tell us we were a large part of that learning. She did her show only one day without an audience — the first day. Then she set up chairs and pulled secretaries from the building and people off the street to sit in on her next show. Relating to people, talking and listening, on which she built her empire-size fame, was crucial to her from the very start — and she knew it.

I reviewed the tape with pen and paper in hand and wanted to jot down in her own words what she finds to be important, not only for her but us, as well.  It struck me deeply that over the same timespan, I was finding these truths important in my life as well. I found this through experiencing both blessings and the lumps in my life.

Unlike Oprah, I did not get rich and famous, learning these lessons, but I am glad I am a good student regardless of financial strata.

So, in Oprah’s words:

“I leave you with the lessons that have been the anchor of my life and that I hold precious.”

1.  “Every day that I stood here, (4,561 days) I knew it was exactly where I was supposed to be. I was here because this is what I was called to do.”

2.  “What I know for sure from this experience is that we all are called. Everybody has a calling. Your real job in life is to figure that out and get about the business of doing it.”

3.  “It is important to live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living, I know that, but you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”

4.  “What I want you to know is that each one of you has your own platform — mine is a stage in a studio. Yours is wherever you are, with your own reach, large or small. Your circle of influence is where you are in every way, everyday, you are showing people exactly who you are and you are letting your life speak for you. When you do that you will receive in direct proportion in however you give.”

5. “The circumstances are all different but the power, I know, is the same. You can help somebody. You can listen. You can forgive. You can heal — you have the power to change somebody’s life.”

6. “Everybody has a calling. Mine aligned with my profession, but not everybody gets paid for their calling, yet everybody is called.”

7.  “In the early shows, we started to learn by watching others how self-destructive it was when people make bad choices and then blame everyone but themselves for the state of their life. We learned nobody but you is responsible for your life.”

8. “What is your life? All life? every rock, every tree, every human being? Energy! And you are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and you are responsible for the energy you bring to others.”

9.  “All life is Energy and we are transmitting it at every moment. We are all beaming little signals like radio frequencies and the world is responding in kind. Please take responsibility for the Energy you bring into this space.”

10. “Remember Physics Class? Did you pay attention to Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. That thing is real!  For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  That is the abiding law I live by.  All the energy you use to try to hurt somebody else, that same energy will turn around and slap you in the face.”

11. “You are responsible for your life and when you get that, everything else changes so don’t wait for somebody else to fix you, save you, or complete you. Jerry Maguire was just a movie! No one completes you. When you get that you are responsible for your life, you get free.”

12. “Then in a new wave of shows, we showed how people could change and grow and become happier people by admitting, ‘I need help.’ Little by little, we started to release the shame — I am a recovering alcoholic, I am gay, I am a spouse abuser, I am an addict.”

13. “I know I’ve never been alone. And I know you haven’t been either. I know that  this Presence and this flow, some people call it grace, is working in my life at every single turn and yours too if you let it in. It is closer than your breath. It is yours for the asking. ”

14. “I have felt the presence of God my whole life even when I didn’t have a name for it. I could hear the Voice bigger than myself speaking to me.  And all of us have that same Voice.

Be still and know it. You can acknowledge it or not; you can worship it or not; you can pray to it or not; you can ignore it — or you can KNOW IT.  Know it, it is always there speaking to you, waiting for you to hear it. For every decision I make, I wait and listen for the guidance that’s greater than my meager mind.”

15. “So what I know is God is Love and God is Life and your life is always speaking to you. First in whispers, subtle then louder like thumps upside the head, then like a brick upside the head and if you don’t pay attention then, the whole brick wall may fall down on you.”

16. “So I ask you, ‘What are the whispers in your life right now and will you hear them? Your life is speaking to you, what is it saying?”

17.  “You have all been a safe harbor for me. What I hope is that you will be that safe harbor for somebody else. Their place to fall. Connect, embrace, liberate, love somebody, just one person and then spread that love to two and as many as you can. ”

18.  “My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan, was my first liberator. She made me feel that I mattered.”

19.  “I want you to know that what you have to say matters to me. I understand the manifestation of grace and God in my life so I know there are no coincidences here, only Divine Order.”

20.  “Gratitude is the single greatest treasure I will take with me from this experience for the opportunity to have done this work.”

21. “How have I done it?  You and me and Jesus! (her hand flies in the air). We’ve been able to do this because the Harpo team and family have all aligned with the vision of service to you, our viewers.”

22.  “Nothing but the hand of God has made this possible for me. And do you want to know what God I am talkin’  ’bout? I am talkin’ ’bout the same one you’re talkin’ ’bout. The Alpha & Omega; the Omnicient; the Omnipresent; the Ultimate Consciousness; the Source; the Force; the All of Everything there is; the One and Only G-O-D. That’s the one I’m  talkin’  ’bout.”

23. I’ve learned from the guests on this show there is no need to feel superior to anyone. (Regardless of the problem), the root is all the same. There is a common thread that runs through all of our pain and suffering and that is unworthiness. Not feeling worthy enough to own the life you were created for.”

24.  “There is a difference, you know, between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of happiness.”

25.  “What this show has taught me is that you’re worthy because you are born and because you are here. Your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthright.”

26. “Every single person you will ever meet shares this common desire and wants to know:

                            Do you see me?
                            Do you hear me?
                            Does what I say mean anything to you?

Understanding that one principle that everybody wants to be heard helps me to stand with the microphone with an open mind and an open heart. It’s worked for my platform and I guarantee you, it will work for yours.”

                             I see you.
                             I hear you.
                             What you say matters, indeed, to me.

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