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12-12-12 and I have writers block. I so wanted to write a masterpiece for this special day. As in previous years such as 11-11-11 and 10-10-10 I created an artwork and poem to celebrate the occasion. It has been for me in the past a time to reflect and think about the year we are in, looking back and than looking forward. 12-12-12 was believed to be the day the world would end! But here we are. It has arrived we still breathe in and out. Where in 1-1-12 I wrote about a quickening and the need for a new way of being, as 2012 draws to an end I feel more certain that the most important thing is to live the life we were born to live and to be the person we were born to be. What does this mean exactly? Is there anything more important then becoming more aware of who we are inside? And acting on what we believe, not just saying it. To break free of the bars of fear and spread our wings to fly out of the cage to a new ending.

Fear is the little death, the great inhibitor that imprisons us within a gold nightmare of unmasked delusions. Embracing with tenacity and living with courage the contours of dreams that leads us into mysterious caves of reason. Ah to be still is to embrace the silence that digs deep into the void and not shrink back with the discovery of what resides there. In a world where external referencing and the mythology of popularity guides so many feeling patterns, for those who dare to follow the unevenness of internal referencing and not shrink back, I believe the rewards are the greatest, in short self respect. Resilience is a strong face against injustice, and will not be victimised by it, but uses the power of clear thought to deconstruct and find the essence of learning that keeps us alive. To be able to live strategically, holding our hearts wide open as we step up to protect self without losing our humanity. It is indeed a gentle challenge that means the more that we seek and break the surface of things the more naked and vulnerable we become. There is a certain nobility in being able to let the sting of reality live inside us as the beautiful Phoenix rises up renewed out of the ashes of lived experience. The whisper of a mind that is perpetually engaged and never ceases to reach and see what it is meant to be.

In my work reality bites and challenges every day. I live on the raw razors nerve of vulnerability where life hangs in the balance. Where surviving is to fight always to empower the most vulnerable in our society. The big stories that have often shattered my sensitivity have also made me strong. The challenge of containing the trauma within the lack of support has made my inner landscape hold the the grief and has created a bigger heart, rather then a harder heart. Maybe seeing the dark corners and cracks of humanity is a way to really know those luminous parts where wild roses explode. Wild flowers do not move towards the sunlight they can grow in a cold dark place. I did go into ‘the woods of life to live deliberately and to suck the marrow out of life and not to find when I came to the end of my life that I had not lived.’

Take notice of this day 12.12.12 and live bold with sensitivity and vulnerability at our core. To see others, to be kind to those who are cruel and to be eyes for those who cannot see and feel for those whose hearts have grown hard. To be the voice of the voiceless and those that have suffered so much that they forgot who they are. To remind, to empower, to release the diamond core that shatters glass houses, to be fibre in the fabric of society that enables us to dance with exuberance to sing without inhibition and to live with appeal. To shake off the shackles of fear, of political correctness that only serve to control. To speak words that are boldly, unashamedly honest. Do I speak of utopia? Do I dream of an enchanted world? I hunger most for the sincerity of heart, the conversation of those driven by internal voices, the engagement of minds that still think from the inside out (internally referenced) I crave to break this writers block and return from my life of harsh reality to the buffer and the lens of creativity and find a cave where the modus operandi is decency. And yes the handbrake must come off in this Ferrari if I am to continue to live and breathe in these dangerous, yet tenderly beautiful times.

To all my beautiful friends wishing you a happy, engaged, beautiful, peaceful 12.12.12!

© Anthea Slade 2012

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A mere reflection, a stream of consciousness and my attempt to break the crippling restriction of writers block.

On the 12-12-12 I wanted to write something significant, but all I write is this.

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 2 years ago

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisabout 2 years ago

    Dear Anthea this is a beautiful and insightful piece of writing. Life is not always what we want it to be and it is easy to get caught up in frustration and anger. But like you said we can choose to accept these challenges and work through them without damage to our heart and soul. You have a big heart my lovely friend and a beautiful soul.

  • Oh thank you so much my dear friend Renate for this so lovely comment. I love reading your insightful comments so much. I am wishing you a happy 12-12-12. With love from Australia to your door.

    – Anthea Slade

  • sandra22
    sandra22about 2 years ago

    “Take notice of this day 12.12.12 and live bold with sensitivity and vulnerability at our core. "
    Your words, darling heart are not lost on me…always
    Sandra xo

  • Your comment means so much to me dear Sandra. I wanted so much to capture the specialness of this day. What an exciting time we are living in. Your visits are always so deeply enjoyed and appreciated. Happy 12-12-12.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 2 years ago

    BrokenBlurr thank for the favourite of 12-12-12.

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosabout 2 years ago

    Dear Anthea….what a wonderful gift for this signalled day…I had not realized the coincidence of this figures…yes. And I mind little the funest predictions about the “ending of the world”. As far as I know many millions of worlds are dying, each second….and many birthing.
    I have found your writing really empowering and full of sensibility, poetical richness, great phylosophy and a support for any living soul.
    I will re-read it..and take good notice of those sentences, that can be administereed as a shining quotes.
    You are great…friend and wish you to keep on shining in here and me..and us…to receive your light.

  • Rosa my dear friend, I love your response and your words here so much. Thank you thank you for the gift and beauty of you. Your engagement with what I have written, your generosity of spirit and your insight are amazing and deeply moving. I wish for you a beautiful 12-12-12 dear Rosa.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 2 years ago

    Back to you my friend its a beautiful day cold and wintery full of the spirit of this wonderfuil world liz)

  • Thank you my friend. I am so glad to hear that you are having a beautiful day on the 12-12-12. Yes we do indeed live in exciting albeit dangerous but tenderly beautiful times. Your words are so deeply cherished by me. I hope you are very well.

    – Anthea Slade

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsabout 2 years ago

    A wonderful write and it was a very special and unforgettable day for me for many reasons. Thank you Anthea. xx

  • Dear Jane thank you so much for your most beautiful comment on my 12-12-12. i am so thrilled you had an unforgettable day. I felt its power and profoundness and wanted to capture a piece of that here.

    – Anthea Slade

  • TheBrit
    TheBritabout 2 years ago

    Such a wonderful and endearing write, Wishing you the very best for 2013 Anthea :)

  • Brit thank you so much for your lovely response to my writing. I hope you are having a most wonderful 12-12-12 and i wish you an inspired and exciting 2013.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago

    translator !

  • Thank you so much dear Guendalyn.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago
    Dear Abby, really beautiful your words. Very deep but very very current. I for the findanzato I already did!!! Hello and kisses and lots of peace of mind for you and your family! kiss!
  • What a beautiful comment my lovely friend. Thank you so much for reading my writing and writing this. Wishing you a happy 12-12-12. Greetings and love from Australia.

    – Anthea Slade

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