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Nic Askew SOUL BIOGRAPHIES Nowhere

“This will take your undivided attention. Which is not an insignificant request…Warning. This is haunting. You might be haunted. It was filmed in front of an audience in the INNER VIEW METHOD.”

THE WHISPER AND THE ECHO

A man looked for meaning.
For his very place in life.

He searched high and low.

He’d often hear a whisper, calling
his name from the other side
of what seemed like a door.

A door that remained hidden
from his ability to see.

Frustrated, he’d knock on
everything that resembled
a door. Turning here,
and there. Turning
just about anywhere.

Then one day,
unannounced,
it opened.

And he realised that he’d been
knocking from the inside.
And that the whisper
had been an echo.

The echo of his own soul
reminding him that
he was already home.

-Nic Askew

 

I hope you have a moment to watch (full screen, with ear phones) this beautiful video, the latest of Nic Askew’s “Soul Biographies.”  I have wanted to take Nic’s “Inner View Method” course since I first saw Amo La Vida with Julio Olalla.  His incredibly beautiful method of interviewing is exactly the kind of biography I would love to offer for Volunteer Biographers.   It’s a dream.   Until then, Volunteer Biographers has three clients and we just assisted in the biography of a fourth client through transcription.  Also, today I’m very happy to announce that one of our homeless artists (who has made incredible changes and is no longer homeless) will be our next Volunteer Biographer client.  More on that in the months to come.  Meanwhile, if you are a photographer or videographer, you might find Nic’s course as compelling as I do.

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serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

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Photo “Lake Constance” by Lars Nissen, Pixabay

Years ago I started mailing out graphics I made twice a day to friends. I called it “Rx-for-Healing.  It began after I heard Dr. Northrup’s interview in the movie Hungry for Change.  I wrote extensively about how doing this twice-daily exercise changed my life.  I went from being my worst enemy to — if not yet my best friend, definitely a good friend to myself.

When I started Rx-for-Healing in 2012, I also made it my lifetime goal to create at least 10,000 uplifting messages of beauty during my lifetime.  Since then I’ve created around 3,000 or so.  Rx-for-Healing is all about opposites.  If I felt a strong negative emotion, I looked for its opposite.  Then I looked for quotes about that positive word and read those quotes until I felt better.  It worked really well.  Then I created the graphics which make up most of the ones found on my Pinterest boards, Great Advice from Wise PeopleCreated with Love and my 365-Grateful boards.

When I began under1000skies four years ago, I wanted to use the creative works of homeless artists exclusively.   It soon became very apparent that most homeless creative folks have a lot more going on than supplying this site with photos and poetry.   It was a privilege to receive the beauty when they could share it, given the chaos and difficulty of their lives.

So, on the days in between, I continued to add to this lifetime goal by combining inspiring quotes with beautiful photos from friends, from free sources, or from my own photos and art.

One of the ways I find quotes is to read the news, then summarize the prevailing emotion for the day.  Then I try to find an opposite word and quotes about that which will help heal hearts.  Today’s news had a lot about hate it in.  Among the antonyms for hate is the word “respect.” I found this quote by Don Miguel Ruiz about respect to be perfect for today.

My lifetime goal is ongoing because, as my personal site tagline says, “I feel the world and want to help heal the world.”  I know peace on earth begins with me.  I hope my journey to healing has inspired you and will continue to do so in the days ahead.

With love and respect,

Niki Flow

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We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

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Special thanks to Alisa Reagan for giving us permission to feature this beautiful photo today.  ♡

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What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

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Photo © Alisa Reagan 2016.  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♥

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Special thanks to AnnC for sharing this quote and to Alisa Reagan for giving us permission to feature this beautiful photo today.  ♡

 

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What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

♡. under1000skies

 

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This is the full quote.  Special thanks to WaY for sharing this quote and to Alisa Reagan for sharing this beautiful photo. ♡

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”   Shauna Niequist

 

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What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day under 1000 skies.   ♡.

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#8 in the “Divine Feminine” series.  In October and November we’ll be featuring quotes about, for and by women.  Inspired by the Awakin.org call with Elle Lunaauthor The Crossroads of Should and Must. See also Aphrodite Emerges on Medium.com and “#the100dayproject” on Instagram.