Self-preservation in the eye of the storm.

We’re standing in the fire’s center as the eye of the storm barrels towards us. It tries to suck us in, squeeze our energy, tap our nervous systems, and fry our emotional bodies. But we stand strong. We can’t let up. We won’t let up. We can’t give up. We can’t stop. We won’t stop. Instead, we transform. We become the storm and rise from within. We are the inferno and we are lit from within. We will continue to burn and ignite the fire in others who feel called to carry the torch of change.

mighty bear in space. Photos and graphic and crackle effect. Computer collageSo many of us are in an ultra marathon, in overdrive mode — advocating and directing our energy towards meaningful causes and issues and sharing own stories and experiences. We’re in this endurance sprint together. We need you, all of you, to pass the baton and torch, to keep moving the needle of transformation forward. More of us need to be involved and do whatever we can, wherever we can, so our pipeline stays replenished and continues its momentum. If we do it alone, we will burnout.

Torch Flame In The Darkness, Close Up Low Key Torch With DetailSome of us are tired. We feel fatigue. None of us expected to feel this way or thought we’d have to fight for our basic human inalienable rights for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For the right to free speech, bodily autonomy, freedom of expression, and freedom from oppression. But here we are in a constant, chronic defensive stream of correcting lies, calling out injustices, standing in our truth, vocalizing our concerns, — as we rise above the dark energy, and trudge along with all our force and every drop of energy that remains. While we work, raise our kids, attend to our families and other responsibilities, and pepper in some self-care. Sometimes, while we burn the candle at both ends. Or while we’re in the process of overcoming our own health issues, healing, and recovery.

We fight for rights anyway. We rise anyway. We don’t let up. We do not rest. How can we? Too much is at stake, including our own self-preservation.

“We will not rest.” – Jaclyn Gallion

We are doing our best to ensure our survival and existence. Our protective mechanism is fully engaged. We are afraid of losing our voices, our freedoms, and our human rights – but we do not let the fear, pain, or the intimidation of becoming invisible stop us. Our stories, voices, and messages, need a safe platform now more than ever. On a deeper level, we have been waiting for this moment in time to break down and crack through the system to build a new one. And we are.

bigstock--150605240We stand together for justice. We rise for freedom. We are impenetrable and unstoppable. No one can break our spirits, our determination, or our will to create a better world for our children and each other.

Lioneass and little lion cub in cosmic space. Crackle effectWe are fierce. We are fire. We will never tire. You can’t break us into submission through omission. If you omit our viewpoints and censor us, you will not silence us. If you suppress us, we will be louder. If you tell us we can’t, we will. If you stand in our way, we will take another path. If you threaten to remove our social media pages, groups, posts, memes, photos, and content, we will migrate and build our communities elsewhere. We will gather, assemble, and organize for justice. We will seek and spread truth and light. No matter what. And we will do it everywhere, with intense passion that radiates.

We are lit from within and our truth will outshine the oppressors and dissipate the swirling storm of chaos. We will override the censorship threats, the bullying, the dehumanization. We are strong and resilient. We will draw upon our resilience and collective wisdom when faced with those who are fearful and ignorant. We are the mighty oak, and will uphold self-preservation through our grounded perseverance and deep rooted awareness.

bigstock--184446772This new platform was designed for this moment in time – for the wisdom warriors, truth-tellers, resilient hearts, — the persistent, the brave, and courageous. We stand for freedom, for liberty, and stand with and support critical thinkers, outliers, independent voices, the dissenters, shape shifters, and change makers. Please use this utility to liberate your voice, emanate your message, mobilize your efforts, inspire others, and corral and store your information. For empowered conversations, the exchange of wisdom, and compassionate connections. For social change, for self-preservation, and for the betterment and survival of humanity.

Little Girl Standing In Front Of Fantasy Cosmic Storm, The BlackLet’s shape shift and transform the way it’s been — into the way you envision it.

It is time. It is our time. For a new paradigm.

Join us for pre-rollout news and the platform’s new name unveiling by signing up for updates on the temporary landing page at Medel.la.

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

A Solution For Information Overwhelm.

We are deeply immersed in the Information Age – a digital holograph filled with intelligence and instant access to vast knowledge. An incredible smorgasbord and roaring sea of content in the land of bytes and bites. But for many of us, instead it becomes an Overwhelm of Information — Age. A saturated terrain of constant information, data, distraction, and clutter. It can be challenging to keep up with everything we’d like to and ignore or dodge what we don’t. We have immediate access to both the information we need and desire, yet are bombarded with a constant stream of cluttered content not relevant to us that speeds by in every direction in this fast-paced information superhighway.

Abstract Futuristic Cyberspace With A Hacked Array Of Binary DatInstant access 24/7 from unlimited sources, worldwide – at our fingertips, touch screens, and voice commands, — all resting in the cloud waiting for us to engage, interact, and make use of what we discover. We navigate through a colossal mountain of information with our discernment and critical thinking skills, excavate, and extract what’s valuable to us and others. The incredible amount of data, bits and pieces of content, news, digital info pods, and endless paper piles we amass, encounter, and gather is not only astounding, but compounding.

Not all of the information is to save for a later use, but when we do save it, is it easily accessible or is it lost in the inter-webs, or somewhere on our computer, phone, or in some random file or folder that takes hours, days, or months to locate?

Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing Concept, Cloud Network In AbstrWhere do you save your information? Where do you put your essential stuff?

On scraps of papers, sticky and refrigerator notes, bookmarked website links, digital computer folders, “saved” paper piles for later, computer lists, notes or reminders on your phone, emails, discussion threads, notebooks, file folders, on a content management service, on social media, in journals, or elsewhere?

Are you able to find the valuable info when you need it? Easily? Or with great effort, energy, and time?

Mixed Race Woman In Glasses Working With Multiple Electronic IntSome more questions to consider:

  • How do you manage all of your digital and analog information? Is it an easy, smooth, and organized process? Or painful, time-consuming, and drudgery?
  • How challenging would it be to put your essential information in piles and folders?
  • How do you protect and preserve the info you want to revisit later to use or share?
  • Do you have a system in place to catalog important info?
  • Do you use content management systems, software programs, or mobile apps to store and save files?
  • Do you use folders on your desktop? Bookmarks on your internet browser? Do you have a saved folder on your social media accounts with categories to enter links, take action, review later, or things to share, etc.?
  • Or are you old school and create paper lists, keep notebooks, use collages or scrapbooking, or file folders?
  • Do you have different categories of information in specific places online? Like your health info in one place, your photos or memes in another, book or article recommendations and products someplace else?
  • What’s worth saving? What would you want to share and make accessible to others?
  • Would it be useful to organize, condense, and streamline your information in one central spot to make it easier to access, share, and download?

Elevated View Of Paper Sticker With Word Ideas In Notebook, PencBeing able to effectively organize information can be a necessity for someone going through a traumatic recovery from an acute health event, an accident, someone enduring a chronic condition, a new parent, and someone caring for an elder ailing parent, etc. As a content creator, storing, and cataloguing information results in productivity and efficiency. Even if you’re an avid reader or researcher on various topics of interest, knowing where all the content is and how it is organized makes drawing upon it later much easier.

Or maybe you love saving an assortment of helpful, educational, or inspirational goodies and gems from media clips, to recipes, to alternative remedies to try, or do it yourself projects? Or you like to collect everything from quotes, research, images, create lists of books or products to buy, track recommendations from others, or things you’d to share, and more? Whoever you are and whatever content you find beneficial, having a secure place to easily transport your info as you walk in the world, and be able to easily access it, and effectively share it when needed — is the way it should be!

Digital imaging and Image SharingDiscover an innovative way to streamline and corral your valuable information. Join us on the new platform utility that will revolutionize how you interact with your content, data, and information, and how you share it with others. Visit Medel.la on the temporary landing page to sign up for updates as we approach the launch date and new name reveal.

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

 

 

 

What nuggets of wisdom do you hold?

What a wild ride life can be! Infinite experiences, growing pain moments, health challenges, awakenings, and endless opportunities for problem-solving, researching answers, growth, transformation, and healing.

Through this roller coaster adventure, you have probably collected some wisdom nuggets of gold along the way. Whether you gleaned this wisdom from a friend, proactively discovered it yourself, learned it the hard or painful way, or stumbled upon a golden gem in a synchronistic moment or auspicious encounter – you have valuable wisdomYou hold a key to this unique wisdom that you have unlocked as a result of your experience.

Mystic Top View Of A Roller Coaster In Black And White StyleMaybe you overcame a health issue, survived cancer, recovered from an accident, helped heal your child or family member, transformed “dis-ease” in your own mind or body, did a 180 degree pivot with your dietary/exercise choices, or revitalized your health and wellbeing in a creative way? Perhaps you manage a chronic condition and have made phenomenal progress in your recovery? Maybe you successfully treated or cured an ailment naturally using unconventional approaches? Or you followed a process, strategy, or protocol that finally worked, after trying for months or years what didn’t?

Whether your wisdom and contribution is monumental or minuscule, it is deeply rewarding when your direct struggles, successes, and learning can help someone else. So what topics do your friends and family come to you for? For what wisdom do others seek you out? What information are you a trusted and reliable source? What advice or recommendations do others reach out to you for? What do they want to learn from you and pick your brain about?

bigstock--166052216What “stuff” do you consider yourself holding a treasure trove of resources? What are you knowledgeable about? Where you know or directly experienced a bit more about a topic or issue than those in your circle and in general? It doesn’t need to be necessarily anything life-altering, significant, historic, or Nobel Peace Prize winning. Or where you are a nationally verified, certified speaker in the field ready to provide “expert” testimony. But if you have acquired a Ph.D., wrote a book or article, or blogged on the topic, hats off to you! There’s tremendous value there too! But let’s face it, most of us are not “traditional” experts, but we are experts on our own lived experience and what worked and what didn’t. Having lived through and survived whatever it is, certainly has its own level of expertise, trust factor, merit, value, and badge of honor.

If you could make a list of what you’d recommend for your topics, what would it include? What would you suggest to read, purchase, illuminate, or understand? Who should someone connect with? Meet with in person? What steps should they take? Where should they go to research and investigate further? What strategies might they implement to make their lives easier or improve an aspect of it?

We want to hear from you!!!

Body Mind Soul Spirit Heart Word Cloud, Fitness, Sport, Health CGrab a piece of paper and write down three resources you’d give your friend if they came to you for advice on a particular topic. Does this resource list contain a book or an article, a research study, a list of tinctures, remedies, a modality to try, a phone number, an email or website to a practitioner, or to another friend, a healer, or another professional or business to consider? Maybe you’ve recommended a product? A recipe? A time-saving gadget? A life-saving suggestion, a convenience tip, or lifestyle hack?

What have you learned through your adventures, health challenges, transformation, detoxing, healing protocols, natural treatments, “must-have” products, or areas and things to avoid? These essential golden wisdom bits are meaningful to others when it stems from a personal recommendation and from a real life person with a story and experience to back it up!

In reflecting back on your life experiences, and health, or other challenges, what do you wish you would have known at the beginning of your journey and along your recovering and healing path? What recommendation made a tremendous difference or changed your success trajectory?

Owl On An Old Book, A Symbol Of Wisdom And Knowledge. Comic BookCollectively, we possess the ability to weave a profound tapestry of wisdom to help heal, inspire, educate, and guide one another. We embody the understanding to save each other endless hours of research, phone calls, web searches, unnecessary treatments, and dead ends. And in many cases, together, we can also provide insight and feedback on the hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on remedies, supplements, medicines, diets, cleanses, essential oils, or herbs.

The new platform is that safe, interwoven trusted space to share your wisdom, collaborate on ideas, save your recommendations, create your “go to” lists for topics, and discover information from trustworthy sources on areas of interest to you. A macrocosm with its own microcosm zone of topics to empower friends and others to research, learn, heal, transform, and overcome whatever it is they are struggling with or seeking insight about.

Coming soon!!!!

What wisdom will you bring?

~ Melissa A. Curtin

* One golden nugget of wisdom I’ll bring is my experience being an emergency aortic thoracic dissection and open-heart surgery survivor!!

 

 

Ready for an exceptional social media experience?

The countdown is on for the launch of this burgeoning cutting-edge, uncensored, user-curated platform!

Are you ready for an exceptional social media experience?

What does this new social media network platform encompass? Is it just another website, an application (app), or social internet forum? Not at all. Better, and then some. Will any features be comparable to traditional social media outlets? Yes. Will there be exclusive feature sets, capabilities, and a continual development and fine tuning of the techie bells and whistles? Yes. 

World And IconsImagine a secure private infrastructure that incorporates what you love about the social internet and interactive media tech – without the baggage, drama, clutter, noise, or advertising. A fully-functional interactive space built using blockchain technology with key feature sets, broad capabilities, multi-faceted functions, and multi-dimensional apps. A tool, a fabulous utility – a wholly integrated social utility to benefit and serve its users more effectively and with transparency.

Content creation, collaboration, connection, trusted content, data storage, media and “card” sharing, and high quality interactions – all designed with your privacy and freedom as a cornerstone and priority. Customizable for your needs on a business, personal, and social networking level. A clean slate that facilitates productivity and efficiency. Streamlined, yet expansive for what matters and what’s essential to you. A trusted secure portal in the cloud — worthy of your content, ideas, brand, relationships, data exchanges, interests, and transactions.

Network Connections In Social Networks 3D IllustrationAn intricate interwoven web designed for a multitude of applications and purposes on a secure incorruptible infrastructure. This blockchain-enabled technology offers the decentralization of how information is disseminated and shared throughout the platform. Content and data are “locked” in the chain and resistant to corruption or unwanted modification and manipulation. A clever solution to the excessive media censorship and the top-down control of traditional mass media dissemination.

bigstock--214861168Are you craving a secure place in the cloud where you can bring your authentic self and express what’s relevant and paramount to you? Are you seeking an empowered, purposeful, and uplifting experience? A meaningful space?

Leverage the possibilities of how this platform can shift the current social internet problems, improve, and solve shortcomings. Revel in the platform’s independence, its uniqueness, and bring your own unique flare and authentic self. Think big with us!

Think bigThis new utility is a social media gift for us to guide its development and customize it for our individual needs and for the betterment of society. What a magnificent opportunity! It’s up to us to use the platform as a catalyst to change the trajectory of how information is created, interacted with, organized, and shared.

Discover for yourself. Decide how you will use it and what resonates with you and your inner core. Trust yourself. Contemplate on how this platform will inspire you to share your wisdom, bring your light, leverage your content, problem-solve, engage with others, and pivot the social media landscape to the next level — in a better direction.

bigstock--146435423Will you be apart of the guiding force to direct its growth, enhance it with your wisdom, and contribute to its success? We’re ready to have you join us!

Visit Medel.la for updates, the revealing of the platform’s new name, and emerging launch date!

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

 

 

 

What is your reality reflecting?

The winter season and the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect upon your blessings and appreciate the lessons learned throughout the year. A time to go within, take an inner pulse on personal spiritual development, recuperate, and replenish one’s spirit. A marvelous opportunity to create intentions and ignite inspiration for the upcoming year.

Reflecting upon 2018, what brought you the most joy? Where did you offer your authentic self and true nature? Where did you witness the most growth and expansion? What opportunities did you have to extend your wisdom? Where did you make a difference in someone’s life? Where did you seize the moment to raise awareness, educate, or raise the vibration or frequency around an issue or areas of concern?

If you were not able to express your authentic self, feel you did not make a difference with your actions or behaviors in the lives of others, step up for an issue of concern, and contribute to elevating consciousness or awareness, what held you back? What prevented you? What caused hesitation or reluctance? Was it an external influence or something within yourself that inhibited you?

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Take an honest inventory of where you invested your attention in 2018. Where was your focus, energy, intention, and awareness directed? Was it in appreciation, love, gratitude, trust, empowerment, hope, abundance, progress, inspiring change, uplifting, and positive? Was it in disgust, apathy, anger, rage, disempowerment, lack, stagnation, angst, stress, fear, and negative? A combination? No judgment needed. Just a chance to reflect and gauge where your energy, focus, and awareness pivoted and landed. Recall where your attention was centered and recognize the areas that grew, expanded, and improved, and the places where little to no shifts occurred. Is there a connection?

What you choose to focus upon and give your energy and awareness to becomes your reality for better or worse. Your reality is determined by your choices, both conscious and not. Your reality is a reflection of what you resonate with, what you allow in your energetic field and mental head space – and what you rise to or match energy with, positive, neutral, or negative.

What is your reality reflecting?

What are you resonating and in alignment with or not?

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“Energy flows where attention goes.” – Napoleon Hill

Be mindful of where you direct your attention. What you tune into with your personal frequency becomes your reality and experience. Whether that is being proactive and self-motivated to improve your life, leading with a growth mindset, who you spend your time and interact with, or if you’re absorbed with others’ problems, swept away with things out of your control, consumed with what’s on the news stations, or hypnotized by social media feeds.

The media and messaging we tune into influences the reflected reality we create and perceive by choice or default. What we watch or listen to, what we are affected by, what we choose to address or ignore, what we allow or disallow to feel agitated, marginalized, victimized, disempowered, or not. Where we zoom in with our deliberate attention and how we react all determines what we bring to our reality.

It’s easy to be on auto pilot and triggered when it comes to consuming chronically negative or upsetting media messages. It can be habitual to just accept what we are fed and the “feed” we are given and scroll through. Amongst the media mix, we are fed bullshit served up throughout every part of the day and night. Unless we purposefully create awareness, develop, and sharpen our discerning critical eye, we must find time to tune out, pull back from the noisy static, distractions, disruptions, and detach, — or we experience indigestion and overwhelm from the toxins and drift from our inner truth.

Discover your truth, what is true, relevant, and meaningful for you. Tap into your own thoughts and energy and avert getting sucked into the swirling shit-storm of static, frenetic energy.

bigstock--190088719Thoughts are energy. Energy is vibration. What are you thinking about? Focusing upon? Emanating with your vibration? Where, what, and how much energy you devote your attention to contributes to its growth, momentum, and expansion.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nicola Tesela

Adjust your frequency. Raise your vibe. Surround yourself with what energizes you. Be apart of the solution, not the problem. When we work together in an empowered, aligned, and inspired state, we are the solution. You are the solution when you bring your authentic self, inspired ideas, and wisdom. 

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  • What would you like to learn, discover, and investigate this year?
  • Where would you like to collaborate and connect?
  • What problem would energize you to solve?
  • What do you desire to include in your vibration?
  • What would make your life easier? More enjoyable? More efficient and productive? More prosperous? More harmonious?
  • What would you like to see reflected in your reality?

What intentions and visions will you hold in your heart for the new year?

Will this be the year you seek truth and fully bring yours?

What frequency will you resonate with for the holidays, 2019, and in the future?

bigstock-Petals-Of-Oscillation-267970417.jpgLet’s magnetize peace, harmony, compassionate listening, authentic connection, journalistic and personal integrity, the free uncensored flow of information, where privacy is valued and honored, and an effective outlet for empowered action. Let’s create an elevated forum for creating, sharing, collaborating, and engaging with one another to positively shift humanitarian and global issues, to inspire change, catapult action, and mass awakening.

We’d be honored to have you participate and bring your wisdom and truth to a platform designed for conscious engagement, and propelling conversations, information, and technology forward. The rollout is incredibly close. The founder and team are energized for the opportunity to provide an arena and a utility for everyone’s benefit. Join us at Medel.la for pre-launch updates and be the first to learn of the new name and launch date!

With peace, love, and vibrant energy,

~Melissa A. Curtin

Let’s crack the social media mold.

Social media platforms and content sharing websites offer tremendous value, yet they are also abundant and riddled with problems, issues, flaws, pain points, and annoyances. With growing choices and splintering options, users join and belong to numerous platforms to fulfill and satisfy their speckled social, business, content, creative, media, connection, storage, sharing, community, and networking needs. But to achieve all of users’ desired needs, wishes, wants, and nice to haves, there hasn’t been one platform in the kaleidoscope mix that has effectively delivered in all categories.

Christmas Mandala-snowflake Kaleidoscope Sequence. Abstract BackThis isn’t to suggest that there needs to be an umbrella platform that caulks the gap and supplies everything for everybody. However, for those seeking better time management, efficiency and effectiveness with their social internet endeavors, integrity, and a central, secure, and safe portal to hold and share what’s truly relevant, essential, and important, while aligned with being the change *and* taking action, — the search continues.

Existing platforms provide their unique flavor, their visionary contribution to the digital realm, and engage their eclectic users within the constraints of their distinct offerings. Each of the prevailing social media platforms have their limits of features, capabilities, technology, market, added value, bells and whistles, and scope. Some social media platforms have cool feature sets and seamless designs, while others offer a cluttered and noisy interface. Some have most of the desired package tools and community engagement, but miss the mark on privacy, censorship, reach, algorithms, functionality, relevance, or usability. While others have lost their zest and appeal and gradually become antiquated with each newer shinier platform.

social network, communication in the global computer networksWhat drives users to join and stay, or bail and flock? What keeps users engaged, interested, and loyal? Why do people gravitate towards certain social media companies, functions, and products? This Social Media Use 2018 study published by the Pew Research Center for Internet and Technology provides insight and addresses social media trends and demographics.

Does critical mass determine if a social media platform will be widely accepted, relevant, valuable, and worthwhile? Does it start out as trickles of interest, then a rolling boil, then a tipping point in critical mass, leading to full migration and popularity? How much does the quality of users over the quantity matter when utilizing a network?

Current 2018 marketing statistics reveal fascinating consumer behaviors regarding content marketing, social media, video marketing, advertising, and more. Companies pay enormous amounts to marketing research agencies to track digital trends, consumer behaviors, and dollars spent.

However, despite all the data collected and everything we’ve learned about how people use social media, much of social media falls flat. The existing structure and design of social media platforms, when primarily used as giant advertising vessels for mega-corporations and propaganda machines for governments, have become painful to be apart of and witness. The way in which social media networks and these public forums have been co-opted and manipulated is disgusting and the tolerance for social media to continue to be used and abused this way is sharply shrinking. The commodifying of our data and our lives has also run its course. And let’s not forget the rampant outrageous censorship. Have we had enough of being rats in their wicked wheel of misfortune and maze? Has anyone else noticed we have been circling around the drain for too long?

 

Isn’t it time for the masses to crack the code, break the mold, break down the systemic dysfunction, detach from the dependence, the addiction, and commodification of one’s data and info? For real this time! What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for a decentralized platform, a truly independent utility, — built using blockchain? An outlet to freely share content that you’ve created with whom you choose – no-holds-barred? Customizable to meet your needs? No advertising?! A secure vault to store, save, catalogue, and organize all of your data, media, files, publications, photos, videos, and other media creations? A streamlined way for you to leverage what you create and design, with the ability to not only share, but monetize your intellectual property and ideas? A platform that encourages activism, advocacy, and taking action? Are you waiting for a platform where you can host and be apart of groups without the fear that the group will be removed and deleted for some mystery reason?

Milky Way And Snowy Mountains. Fantastic View With Mountain RidgThe founder of Medel.la was waiting for all of these capabilities and much, much more — out of pure necessity and identifying where the holes are, but also in anticipation of our vanishing freedom of speech and the corporate take-over of the existing platforms. Why wait when one can create?! This is what stepping up for the people looks like. This is what innovating from insight, inspiration, and leadership looks like. This is what empowerment looks like.

Let’s bring our creative juices, our unbridled spirits, our bold and wild ideas, and our open hearts to this creative cutting-edge collaborative venture. Be apart of what it feels like. Join the Sphir of influence and get ready to crack the social media mold, shape your own experience, and drive it forward.

Be a catalyst for change! Stay connected to receive pre-launch updates, by signing up on Medel.la (name change coming soon!)!

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

Your Perspective Decides: What will you choose to see and bring?

Have societies lost touch with humanity, integrity, ethics, and universal truths? Have we surpassed the point of no return? Is the zombie apocalypse on its way? Does it feel like the satanists and the insane are running the world into the ground with no regard for anything other than their sick and twisted, selfish interests? Have the environmental toxins, pollutants, and industrial poisons saturated our brains, dumbed us down, numbed our hearts — dimming our connection to our higher selves and souls? Has this made it easier to control and manipulate us?

Are we in a humanitarian, human rights, environmental, economic, and global crisis? Or are we experiencing a global awakening,  an unveiling of truth — a shift in consciousness and paradigm shift? Are all of these realities happening simultaneously?

Are things really any different than they were 100 years ago or are we just more aware of the corruption and illusion? All, some, or none of the above?

Your perspective decides. 

dslr photography lens. camera lens isolated with bokeh lights.Given the current media-saturated culture and ubiquitous nature of fear-based, emotionally triggered, and bias-filled news, propaganda, and disinformation, it’s easy to lose perspective and be sucked into the warped matrix of doom and gloom. But it is also possible to pull back, research more deeply, become more aware without being paralyzed by fear, and seek out a variety of sources to balance, inform, and ground your perspective.

However you feel, your opinion, what you identify with, and what you seek, is determined by your own personal bias, point of view, and your prior experiences and knowledge. Your perspective is shaped by who you are and your journey. It is partly based on your past, your present, what you anticipate for the future, and what you choose to tune in to and see.

Your perspective and perception affect your reality and how you view and process information through your personal lens. The lens you look through as an individual impacts how you receive or distort information. What you see or do not notice is filtered through your personal filter and based on a multitude of factors.

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

Consider all the unlimited factors that influence your perspective from your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities or disabilities, your vision capabilities, socioeconomic status, whether you are married, partnered, or single, if you have children, step-children, raised from a divorced or coupled home, education level, pets, political affiliation, age, health, what geographic region you live, if you’re homeless, level of consciousness, childhood, trauma experienced, current circumstances, your level of awareness, and much more. All of these factors code your story, unique perspective, truth, illusion, beliefs, perception, and expectations.

What perspective do you bring and offer as you maneuver through your day? How does your perspective affect what you observe, see, process, and integrate into your life? Perspective informs and shapes the way you approach your life, what you choose to see about your self, others, and how you view and embody the world around you.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

What you perceive as truth, reality, or illusion, is highly dependent upon, and subjective, based on who you are, what you focus upon, and how you interpret information. The angle from which you draw upon determines what you include and exclude from your point of reference and experience.

What you see depends not only on what you see, but what you look from (1)What do you perceive as truth, reality, or illusion? What is distorted based on who you are and what you see? How myopic or wide is your lens and perspective? Is there room for growth and expansion? How open are you to another side of an issue, opinion, or experience?

bigstock--159231797There are endless ways to build upon, deepen, and broaden your perspective.

  • Bring awareness to your perspective and adjust as needed.
  • Peel back the horse blinders and widen your perspective; it’s a bridging opportunity for respectful dialogue with others.
  • Be open to new perspectives and engage ideas that question your ways of knowing and the angles in which you perceive.
  • Recognize where your perspective can be stretched and loosened in the areas where you may default to rigidity and shut down.
  • Allow for flexibility.
  • Release the resistance and be receptive to challenge your perspective.
  • Listen.
  • Learn something new.
  • Welcome the clarity and possibilities that exist outside your comfort zone.

Your perspective is just a “spec” of the full tapestry in the beautiful mosaic of life, after all.

Vector Mosaic Art Pattern. Vector Mosaic ImageAre you ready to bring your slice of perspective, your wisdom, and all of who you are to a new paradigm of content sharing, community, collaboration, curation, connection, and much more? Join us and let’s create something magnificent together, at Medella!

~ Melissa A. Curtin