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opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
I normally don't ask about personal things on here, but I figured other people do, so what the Hell...

This has to do with my artwork.
I am/have been an artist all my life...been winning awards for it since I was in grade school...still today, if I compete in juried shows, I will win, 1 out of 3 that I enter.
Anyway, here the past couple of years, I haven't been real ambitious about others seeing my work, or even putting them up for sale.
After I was finished with the redesign of Industrial Nightmare in '07, my health hasn't really allowed me to be as productive, creatively as I normally am.
I worked too hard on that project, and it took me down physically...I lost 20#, had a hard time keeping 115#...just put in too many hours, let too much of me "flow out", too fast...left me physically drained and exhausted, so when winter came, I got sick...then problems with my son the past 2 years have kept my health a problem.
Since I haven't been feeling all that great, and there was a period of time I spent stuck on my ass ( torn Achille's Tendon), I found the only outlet for my creativity available ...started making really cool, knit and crochet, hats, scarves, hooded scarves....
Have taken some commisssions for custom clothing...

For the past year and a half, I've had countless people stop me when I'm out, wearing something I've made...want to know where I got it.
When they find out I made it...they keep telling me that I should be selling them!
Well, I thought about it, after it kept happening...had the thought that if I was going to sell them, I'd need labels for them, so they could be marked as my creation.
I looked around locally, had no luck...someone suggested I look at a piece I had, that had a label on it ( It was on a hand woven shawl I had bought at a yardsale, 15 years ago..:P)
I went and found it...didn't have a maker name for the label...so I thought "I'll try looking in the phone book, see if that lady is listed in there"
I found her the first number I dialed!
Awesome lady...was most helpful when I told her why I was calling.
She wanted to meet me, see some of my creations...offered to sell me the rest of her Mohair yarn, for an unbelievable $10 a pound ( it sells for $120 a pound!)
I went and saw her, bought some yarn...
She LOVED my work...said they were definatly "wearable art", and that I should have no problem getting top $ for them.
Then came something very, very strange...she suggested a certain Gallery here in town for me to go talk to about a Solo show.
I freaked out...the place she suggested was owned by our long time neighbor's daughter!

It kinda spooked me...the way things went down with her.

That happened last Spring....
Since then, I've just been here, creating, working with my photographer friend , creating a portfolio of the wearables..

I got the strangest call from my BFF yesterday.
She's probably the only real friend I have, and hang out with...
She said she had laid down for a nap yesterday, and had a dream about me, and wanted to tell me about it..
She said that Spirit came to her, and told her that she and I need to open up a lil shop...to sell my work, and some of hers too...
She said " You are a Creative Genius, and you are just hiding out there..people need to be able to see your work!"
She was getting ready to start searching around to see if she could find some place where we could get "grant money" for this...
She said with us both being women, and me having the Native blood, we very possibly could.

I wasn't ready for that yesterday....
It has me a bit rattled, and I'm not sure what to make of it.
I haven't really been focusing on selling my stuff, because I really don't need any money.
I'm not an extravogent person, and don't require a lot of it.
I have everything I need, and it seems if something unexpected pops up...the money to take care of it, also comes.

I'm not sure what to do... :(

I've had a successful business before....but the idea of starting another 1 has not been there.
I know the economy is awful...probably the worst time in History to think about opening up a retail shop...
But it seems that for some reason...people are supposed to see my work....
At least, that's the feeling I'm getting here.
It's like I was sent the message last Spring...and when I didn't pursue it...it has ben sent again...a year later.

What do you all think about this series of events?
Have any feelings about why this keeps coming to my door?
Do you think I should do as this last message seems to be saying I should do?
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Wow...26 people have read this , and not a peep out of anyone!
This must be a GLP record...LOL
I expected to atleast hear from a Troll or 2.. :P
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I normally don't ask about personal things on here, but I figured other people do, so what the Hell...

This has to do with my artwork.
I am/have been an artist all my life...been winning awards for it since I was in grade school...still today, if I compete in juried shows, I will win, 1 out of 3 that I enter.
Anyway, here the past couple of years, I haven't been real ambitious about others seeing my work, or even putting them up for sale.
After I was finished with the redesign of Industrial Nightmare in '07, my health hasn't really allowed me to be as productive, creatively as I normally am.
I worked too hard on that project, and it took me down physically...I lost 20#, had a hard time keeping 115#...just put in too many hours, let too much of me "flow out", too fast...left me physically drained and exhausted, so when winter came, I got sick...then problems with my son the past 2 years have kept my health a problem.
Since I haven't been feeling all that great, and there was a period of time I spent stuck on my ass ( torn Achille's Tendon), I found the only outlet for my creativity available ...started making really cool, knit and crochet, hats, scarves, hooded scarves....
Have taken some commisssions for custom clothing...

For the past year and a half, I've had countless people stop me when I'm out, wearing something I've made...want to know where I got it.
When they find out I made it...they keep telling me that I should be selling them!
Well, I thought about it, after it kept happening...had the thought that if I was going to sell them, I'd need labels for them, so they could be marked as my creation.
I looked around locally, had no luck...someone suggested I look at a piece I had, that had a label on it ( It was on a hand woven shawl I had bought at a yardsale, 15 years ago..:P)
I went and found it...didn't have a maker name for the label...so I thought "I'll try looking in the phone book, see if that lady is listed in there"
I found her the first number I dialed!
Awesome lady...was most helpful when I told her why I was calling.
She wanted to meet me, see some of my creations...offered to sell me the rest of her Mohair yarn, for an unbelievable $10 a pound ( it sells for $120 a pound!)
I went and saw her, bought some yarn...
She LOVED my work...said they were definatly "wearable art", and that I should have no problem getting top $ for them.
Then came something very, very strange...she suggested a certain Gallery here in town for me to go talk to about a Solo show.
I freaked out...the place she suggested was owned by our long time neighbor's daughter!

It kinda spooked me...the way things went down with her.

That happened last Spring....
Since then, I've just been here, creating, working with my photographer friend , creating a portfolio of the wearables..

I got the strangest call from my BFF yesterday.
She's probably the only real friend I have, and hang out with...
She said she had laid down for a nap yesterday, and had a dream about me, and wanted to tell me about it..
She said that Spirit came to her, and told her that she and I need to open up a lil shop...to sell my work, and some of hers too...
She said " You are a Creative Genius, and you are just hiding out there..people need to be able to see your work!"
She was getting ready to start searching around to see if she could find some place where we could get "grant money" for this...
She said with us both being women, and me having the Native blood, we very possibly could.

I wasn't ready for that yesterday....
It has me a bit rattled, and I'm not sure what to make of it.
I haven't really been focusing on selling my stuff, because I really don't need any money.
I'm not an extravogent person, and don't require a lot of it.
I have everything I need, and it seems if something unexpected pops up...the money to take care of it, also comes.

I'm not sure what to do... :(

I've had a successful business before....but the idea of starting another 1 has not been there.
I know the economy is awful...probably the worst time in History to think about opening up a retail shop...
But it seems that for some reason...people are supposed to see my work....
At least, that's the feeling I'm getting here.
It's like I was sent the message last Spring...and when I didn't pursue it...it has ben sent again...a year later.

What do you all think about this series of events?
Have any feelings about why this keeps coming to my door?
Do you think I should do as this last message seems to be saying I should do?
 Quoting: Woodsprite



i think you do know what to do but are feeling fearful
GLP can do that!

so many synchronicities -maybe if the economy is putting you off you should look at ways of trading/exchanging that don't rely exclusively on the economy
it might help with your reticence

hope that helps
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Pics or it didn't happen
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It sounds like events are leading you to do this. You should share your gift if not for the money then for the sake of your art.

Good Luck!
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You should do what feels best for you and not because a spirit told you or your friend anything.
If people in the street want to buy it when you are wearing it, why don't you keep some of them in your car for instance and just open a shop when it starts to get regular. With selling once in a while, you will never be able to cover the costs of a shop or the financial burden that awaits you if you want to start a company.
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The initial part of your transition to "wearable art" is called *synchronicity.* It's a well known phenomenon among psychics. It usually follows a course of events just as you have described. And it results in the feeling of personal satisfaction that you have also described.

The idea of opening a store doesnt' fit in with Spiritual Guidance because that idea did not come from *you.* Guidance would *come to you* clearly, sometimes firmly. It would come to you just as *easily* as when you found the lady in the phone book you mentioned. And you would feel comfortable with a spiritually guided decision. That's the most important element: a sense of comfort and satisfaction that would generate enthusiasm from within. From within.

My take on this is that your friend *wants* to open a business herself and sees your experience and talent as a possible asset that would promote her own agenda. She's not being a bad friend at all, but rather she just sees an opportunity that she truly feels will benefit both of you. And many times, dreams are manifestations of mere wishful thinking. (People who aspire to psychic insight have to be careful about the influence of Ego not only themselves and but also among others who advise them.)

Just keep on, keeping on for now. It seems that you have indeed been *guided* to take up another art form, but you have not been *inspired* to open a shop. Not yet, at least.
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Do it.

Good luck.

peace
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woodsprite ...

the answer is easy.

first)

Go into a Virtual Reality of your own making and see the ultimate outcome of your dreams. Do this 5-10 times a day for 10 seconds to several minutes at a time. Your goal in this Virtual Reality is to create what feels good. As soon as you start worrying about "how am I going to do this or that?" pop out of there. Do not concern yourself with the "how". That is the Universe's job.

Do not be influenced by the dreams of another.

This is your dream.

What do you want? There are other ways to be seen besides a retail shop. In this day and age, retail is being replace by the internet.

second)

write down what you want as if you are a script writer writing the ideal screenplay for your life.

doing this daily is a powerful exercise.

you will get very clear on what you want so when outside influences come up you can easily filter and sort them as wanted or unwanted.


third)

take no action until it is almost impossible not to take it. all of your actions should be compelling, as if they are the next logical step.

make all your actions inspired actions.

------

so far the universe has been giving you support.

now you must choose what would make you truly happy.

imagine the best outcome and stay focused upon this, feeling free to adjust and guide it as you go.

be sure you are always acting to make yourself happy, not to people please others.

artists want approval for their creations.

be sure to seek and receive your own approval first and foremost in all of your decisions.

if you have a nagging doubt about something, honor it.

take action steps when you have a very good feeling about them.

if you are at a crossroads decision-wise, do research and dig deeper to discover pros and cons.

activate your divine intelligence and inner genius to make solid business and financial decisions.

i have found that "not acting" is usually a result of not getting a good feeling about something, so i have learned to honor that.

your feelings are your internal guidance system to indicate your alignment with Source energy.
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i think you do know what to do but are feeling fearful
GLP can do that!

so many synchronicities -maybe if the economy is putting you off you should look at ways of trading/exchanging that don't rely exclusively on the economy
it might help with your reticence

hope that helps
 Quoting: m&v 956948



You are right about the fear...it is there.
It comes from my past....there was a time where I walked away from the fine art world, and rebelled...went and painted signs.
I didn't go back to it until Creator told me to..that was 1998

Before this I also had something else happen...a couple of big fish came swimmng up when I was working on a mural ( before the torn Achilles)...they had the money and property to keep me working, and bunches of people would have seen my stuff.
I never called them back, because I did a tarot reading about it...it said that I was about to "get my greatest wish"
It scared the crap out of me!
I asked Creator to delay it, because I just wasn't ready for it yet.

I am very scared of "success"..."being discovered"...it opens me up for pain.
Each and every creation has a bit of me in it..to share that with the World is scary, and painful sometimes...it's what made me walk away from it for a decade, before.

Funny you should mention making it affordable...part of my friend's suggestion included part of the shop being a consignment type of thing...for the Underground/Alternative, Goth/Punk crowd...
Some place they can go exchange the clothes they are tired of, for something new to them.... :)

Thanks for taking the time to read and give your opinion... :)
Very perceptive, picking up on the fear... ;)
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I don't have pics of the wearables online yet...but I have some pics of my painting on my Myspace page....

[link to www.myspace.com]

It's set to open up to you if you are 18 or over...
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It sounds like events are leading you to do this. You should share your gift if not for the money then for the sake of your art.

Good Luck!

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Thanks....:)
I guess I just haven't felt like it was supposed to be out there...it isn't like the paintings, not really...the painting talk about stuff, the wearables are just nice functional stuff..
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I LOVE Halloween!!!
the 1 day a year you can "be anything you want"... :)
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You should do what feels best for you and not because a spirit told you or your friend anything.
If people in the street want to buy it when you are wearing it, why don't you keep some of them in your car for instance and just open a shop when it starts to get regular. With selling once in a while, you will never be able to cover the costs of a shop or the financial burden that awaits you if you want to start a company.
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That's a very good idea!...:)
It sounds like a way to start that isn't so scarey, overwhelming for me.
Thanks for the great suggestion! :D
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The initial part of your transition to "wearable art" is called *synchronicity.* It's a well known phenomenon among psychics. It usually follows a course of events just as you have described. And it results in the feeling of personal satisfaction that you have also described.

The idea of opening a store doesnt' fit in with Spiritual Guidance because that idea did not come from *you.* Guidance would *come to you* clearly, sometimes firmly. It would come to you just as *easily* as when you found the lady in the phone book you mentioned. And you would feel comfortable with a spiritually guided decision. That's the most important element: a sense of comfort and satisfaction that would generate enthusiasm from within. From within.

My take on this is that your friend *wants* to open a business herself and sees your experience and talent as a possible asset that would promote her own agenda. She's not being a bad friend at all, but rather she just sees an opportunity that she truly feels will benefit both of you. And many times, dreams are manifestations of mere wishful thinking. (People who aspire to psychic insight have to be careful about the influence of Ego not only themselves and but also among others who advise them.)

Just keep on, keeping on for now. It seems that you have indeed been *guided* to take up another art form, but you have not been *inspired* to open a shop. Not yet, at least.
 Quoting: lurker 973115

Excellent insight into this...
The thought had also occured to me, about it being more from her, than Spirit...it's part of what had me not knowing what to do about this.
Good advice too.... I know she isn't a "user", but I can see what you are saying....she has been out of work for over a year now...
Thanks for the response... :)
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Do it.

Good luck.

peace
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:)
If I muster up the courage to be able to do it...I'll let ya know how it's going...:)
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If 'art will be the new currency', you should be off to a head start

GL

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Yeah, I opened a shop to sell photography. Business was excellent but the rent was so high it ate up my profits.

I made some improvements to the building and my rent went UP.

I had to hire a part-timer to help with paperwork, etc., more expenses.

A pack of crack dealers used the parking lot as their meeting-dealing spot.

The building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and it had very depressing vibes.


It was a total pain in the ass, I folded it after 1 year.
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Yeah, I opened a shop to sell photography. Business was excellent but the rent was so high it ate up my profits.

I made some improvements to the building and my rent went UP.

I had to hire a part-timer to help with paperwork, etc., more expenses.

A pack of crack dealers used the parking lot as their meeting-dealing spot.

The building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and it had very depressing vibes.


It was a total pain in the ass, I folded it after 1 year.

Oh yes, one more thing -- the building was also used as a Masonic meeting spot early in the century... when they renovated, they found a skeleton and 2 skulls sealed up in the wall..

Bad juju.
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You're welcome. You sound like such a good person.

There could be a hundred reasons that it's not the right *time* to open a business. It could be that this art form is just a transitional phase. Or it could be something that you haven't even imagined down the road. The key is to trust your own inner self on this. If you don't have the *enthusiasm* for the idea bubbling up from within, it's not for you.

But it won't be easy for you to turn your friend down. I believe that she's truly convinced that she's come up with the "perfect" idea that will solve all current problems. But she doesn't have the confidence to open a business on her own, so naturally she would look to you for support. And by all means, you can offer support by walking her through the process, but being her partner doesn't seem right for you. As someone has written on this thread already, *honor* your own feelings.

Oh and -- I sorta feel like your venture into "weartable art" is a phase that is providing you a time of rest. You'll return to your true love of painting in the years ahead.
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woodsprite ...

the answer is easy.

first)

Go into a Virtual Reality of your own making and see the ultimate outcome of your dreams. Do this 5-10 times a day for 10 seconds to several minutes at a time. Your goal in this Virtual Reality is to create what feels good. As soon as you start worrying about "how am I going to do this or that?" pop out of there. Do not concern yourself with the "how". That is the Universe's job.

Do not be influenced by the dreams of another.

This is your dream.

What do you want? There are other ways to be seen besides a retail shop. In this day and age, retail is being replace by the internet.

second)

write down what you want as if you are a script writer writing the ideal screenplay for your life.

doing this daily is a powerful exercise.

you will get very clear on what you want so when outside influences come up you can easily filter and sort them as wanted or unwanted.


third)

take no action until it is almost impossible not to take it. all of your actions should be compelling, as if they are the next logical step.

make all your actions inspired actions.

------

so far the universe has been giving you support.

now you must choose what would make you truly happy.

imagine the best outcome and stay focused upon this, feeling free to adjust and guide it as you go.

be sure you are always acting to make yourself happy, not to people please others.

artists want approval for their creations.

be sure to seek and receive your own approval first and foremost in all of your decisions.

if you have a nagging doubt about something, honor it.

take action steps when you have a very good feeling about them.

if you are at a crossroads decision-wise, do research and dig deeper to discover pros and cons.

activate your divine intelligence and inner genius to make solid business and financial decisions.

i have found that "not acting" is usually a result of not getting a good feeling about something, so i have learned to honor that.

your feelings are your internal guidance system to indicate your alignment with Source energy.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 890684


Thanks for such a well thought out response...:)

The thing Is...I haven't really "had a dream", that I truly wanted for quite a while now.
The past 10 years, I have been more focused on Spirituality, than in "Having a Dream", or trying to realize it.
I'm content to just create, unfettered...
The dream I had when I was little, growing up....well, I gave up on that a long time ago.
Things just didn't turn out like I planned...I figured, it just wasn't 'destined to be".
I've been living my life, just creating, focusing more on the Spiritual, than the material World...letting Creator guide me where I'm supposed to be.
I don't even really like material "things"...when I am given money, I just go buy more materials to create with...as long as I have the basics of life, and I can create, I am Happy.
I guess maybe that's part of what has me confused about this situation.
I don't really feel the need for other's to "recognize my work", or "approve" of it.......I just want to make beautiful things that either make people think, or are useful, bring them warmth and comfort, joy.
I've often said that the stuff can be sold after I'm dead, makes no differance to me...some of them, I'm just not ready to let go of just yet.
I don't feel like 'I NEED TO SELL THEM TO MAKE MONEY" right now.

I'll think on these things some more....
Thanks again, for your response...:)
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If 'art will be the new currency', you should be off to a head start

GL

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That would be a Utopian World for me!
Let's hope we get to have that kind of New World ahead of us! :D
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Maybe it's not right for you to open a store, or to open one with your friend. But Spirit is obviously trying to remind you that your gift is TO BE SHARED.

You are squatting on your gift. Hoarding it.

Spirit is reminding you that there are others in the world, and you weren't given these gifts so that you could make yourself stuff that other people want, and refuse them the joy of also wearing and enjoying them.

Furthermore, people who are "spiritual" often forget that selling is MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. Selling something that you made GIVES someone else something they want and need. And does the same for you.

Selling things, or buying things, is an EXCHANGE OF ENERGY. It's the ebb and flow of life.

So many self-proclaimed "spiritual" people believe that selling what you have is BAD, that it's EVIL in some way.

But the fact is that it's a mutually beneficial EXCHANGE. And even tantric sex is about an exchange of energies. Beneficial, benevolent to both parties.

The same is MEANT to be true of buying and selling. It's a system of energy exchange.

So stop hoarding. Spirit's being pretty clear on that. You weren't given these gifts so you could show them off to people and say, "Sorry, none for you!" You were given a gift. Now share it!

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05/17/2010 09:03 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
Yeah, I opened a shop to sell photography. Business was excellent but the rent was so high it ate up my profits.

I made some improvements to the building and my rent went UP.

I had to hire a part-timer to help with paperwork, etc., more expenses.

A pack of crack dealers used the parking lot as their meeting-dealing spot.

The building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and it had very depressing vibes.


It was a total pain in the ass, I folded it after 1 year.
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I've seen that happen quite a bit, when I was in the sign business...tough.
Sorry to hear it went down like that for you.

Before when I had the sign shop...we never had a retail location, so I never had to deal with much of what you did,

Probably why I have apprehensions about this being the right path for me.
Woodsprite  (OP)

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05/17/2010 09:04 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
Yeah, I opened a shop to sell photography. Business was excellent but the rent was so high it ate up my profits.

I made some improvements to the building and my rent went UP.

I had to hire a part-timer to help with paperwork, etc., more expenses.

A pack of crack dealers used the parking lot as their meeting-dealing spot.

The building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and it had very depressing vibes.


It was a total pain in the ass, I folded it after 1 year.

Oh yes, one more thing -- the building was also used as a Masonic meeting spot early in the century... when they renovated, they found a skeleton and 2 skulls sealed up in the wall..

Bad juju.
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No doubt!!!
Sheesh!
Anonymous Coward
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05/17/2010 09:05 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
I normally don't ask about personal things on here, but I figured other people do, so what the Hell...

This has to do with my artwork.
I am/have been an artist all my life...been winning awards for it since I was in grade school...still today, if I compete in juried shows, I will win, 1 out of 3 that I enter.
Anyway, here the past couple of years, I haven't been real ambitious about others seeing my work, or even putting them up for sale.
After I was finished with the redesign of Industrial Nightmare in '07, my health hasn't really allowed me to be as productive, creatively as I normally am.
I worked too hard on that project, and it took me down physically...I lost 20#, had a hard time keeping 115#...just put in too many hours, let too much of me "flow out", too fast...left me physically drained and exhausted, so when winter came, I got sick...then problems with my son the past 2 years have kept my health a problem.
Since I haven't been feeling all that great, and there was a period of time I spent stuck on my ass ( torn Achille's Tendon), I found the only outlet for my creativity available ...started making really cool, knit and crochet, hats, scarves, hooded scarves....
Have taken some commisssions for custom clothing...

For the past year and a half, I've had countless people stop me when I'm out, wearing something I've made...want to know where I got it.
When they find out I made it...they keep telling me that I should be selling them!
Well, I thought about it, after it kept happening...had the thought that if I was going to sell them, I'd need labels for them, so they could be marked as my creation.
I looked around locally, had no luck...someone suggested I look at a piece I had, that had a label on it ( It was on a hand woven shawl I had bought at a yardsale, 15 years ago..:P)
I went and found it...didn't have a maker name for the label...so I thought "I'll try looking in the phone book, see if that lady is listed in there"
I found her the first number I dialed!
Awesome lady...was most helpful when I told her why I was calling.
She wanted to meet me, see some of my creations...offered to sell me the rest of her Mohair yarn, for an unbelievable $10 a pound ( it sells for $120 a pound!)
I went and saw her, bought some yarn...
She LOVED my work...said they were definatly "wearable art", and that I should have no problem getting top $ for them.
Then came something very, very strange...she suggested a certain Gallery here in town for me to go talk to about a Solo show.
I freaked out...the place she suggested was owned by our long time neighbor's daughter!

It kinda spooked me...the way things went down with her.

That happened last Spring....
Since then, I've just been here, creating, working with my photographer friend , creating a portfolio of the wearables..

I got the strangest call from my BFF yesterday.
She's probably the only real friend I have, and hang out with...
She said she had laid down for a nap yesterday, and had a dream about me, and wanted to tell me about it..
She said that Spirit came to her, and told her that she and I need to open up a lil shop...to sell my work, and some of hers too...
She said " You are a Creative Genius, and you are just hiding out there..people need to be able to see your work!"
She was getting ready to start searching around to see if she could find some place where we could get "grant money" for this...
She said with us both being women, and me having the Native blood, we very possibly could.

I wasn't ready for that yesterday....
It has me a bit rattled, and I'm not sure what to make of it.
I haven't really been focusing on selling my stuff, because I really don't need any money.
I'm not an extravogent person, and don't require a lot of it.
I have everything I need, and it seems if something unexpected pops up...the money to take care of it, also comes.

I'm not sure what to do... :(

I've had a successful business before....but the idea of starting another 1 has not been there.
I know the economy is awful...probably the worst time in History to think about opening up a retail shop...
But it seems that for some reason...people are supposed to see my work....
At least, that's the feeling I'm getting here.
It's like I was sent the message last Spring...and when I didn't pursue it...it has ben sent again...a year later.

What do you all think about this series of events?
Have any feelings about why this keeps coming to my door?
Do you think I should do as this last message seems to be saying I should do?
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you will be very successful!!! You see the 5D earth we are on the verge of breaking out or releaseing in to form is about just this... more personalized clothes, more creative and hand made clothes..... the Big box stores all sell about the same thing, and they might not be around in the future. People will be buying less things/clothes and yet they will want more personal clothes, something expressive> I already see alot of that these days.

Get help with the shop, so that you can "produce" while the shop is manned. These days are more about group efforts. If not a shop, some type of media to sell your wears. You are needed and this is a real calling you are getting. It is NOT the worst time to open a retail shop... just to not go into something to large and expensive until the biz supports it.
I opened a day spa in a hurricane ravaged town and I had great success!!! It is not about optimum times, but what you offer people is an ever changing landscape!!!

Go for it!
Gecko
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05/17/2010 09:15 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
I would try to do alone, then if you fail nobody feels hurt.
Make a website with your work, I´m perhaps a customer:)

I know it´s hard for nice spirits like you to have long time benefit from money, since you will be like superglue to bad people.

But real talent is not to be wasted, so take it step by step, and just relax, say a firm NO if someone pushes you.

Next time it will be easier to do, trust me.
Good luck in life, and do not worry to much.
Woodsprite  (OP)

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05/17/2010 09:22 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
You're welcome. You sound like such a good person.

There could be a hundred reasons that it's not the right *time* to open a business. It could be that this art form is just a transitional phase. Or it could be something that you haven't even imagined down the road. The key is to trust your own inner self on this. If you don't have the *enthusiasm* for the idea bubbling up from within, it's not for you.

But it won't be easy for you to turn your friend down. I believe that she's truly convinced that she's come up with the "perfect" idea that will solve all current problems. But she doesn't have the confidence to open a business on her own, so naturally she would look to you for support. And by all means, you can offer support by walking her through the process, but being her partner doesn't seem right for you. As someone has written on this thread already, *honor* your own feelings.

Oh and -- I sorta feel like your venture into "weartable art" is a phase that is providing you a time of rest. You'll return to your true love of painting in the years ahead.
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Awww...Thanks Lurker, for the kind words... :)
I get some good vibes from you too...;)

I really don't feel "enthusiasm" about this...it's more apprehension, confusion, than anything else.

I have had this idea before...but I wasn't totally serious about it...and I never shared it with Michelle.
There was a building that had a cool front on it...stone with lil Gothic towers...for rent.
Every time me and my Dad would drive past it, I'd talk about how it would make a wonderful gathering spot for the Alternative scene...
Have part of it be an Art side...the other a place for musicians, sort of a night club thing.
At the time, I was part of a Scene that took off like wildfire around here, so the idea was more like just letting my imigination runaway, more than anything.
That Alternative Scene has been fractured since then...
when Kynt and Vixen went out to be famous, the DJ broke it apart ( because he's an ass...Kynt kept him muzzled so he didn't offend everyone and run them off).

This is part of my confusion...since I never talked about that with Michelle, it shook me a bit for her to bring it up..

You are right I think about the transition thing...it feels like I am between 2 places....and when I do Tarot readings about what is coming, it has spoken of this transition period for over a year now...Hanged Man and 4 of swords come up a lot!
I also caught on to the "you need to rest thing"....because every time I would get physically better, get back up on my feet...it seems like I'd get knocked down on my butt again...like I wasn't supposed to be out looking for work..projects.
So, I haven't been....I've just been here creating.

My health has FINALLY returned to me.... LOL..I don't want to make the wrong decision again, and wind up being knocked back down on my butt again.... :P

I'll take your advice, and what others have said too...listen to that inner voice... :)
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05/17/2010 09:25 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
That you don't need the money should be a great motivation, because it doesn't matter, you won't starve either way. If it is what you love do you can't fail and failure sounds like the monster that scares you. Don't buy into the bad economy bull, it is the best time to start a business, people are still spending money they just want value for their dollars. Don't open a retail shop use the internet. But here is the most important part about starting a business anytime especially now, DO NOT GO INTO DEBT FOR ANYTHING. Don't buy on credit for the business don't borrow money to start up. If you can't get it with the cash you have find another way. Good luck, I expect to see your work everywhere soon. peace
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05/17/2010 09:36 AM
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Re: opinions wanted, about something that happened to me yesterday (psychic stuff maybe)
You could sell your creations online, who needs a shop these days.
I tried to have a look at you creations on the link you posted earlier, but it says I have to be invited by you.

Trust your intuition, it seems to work well for you.

Peace





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