Following Your Dreams – The Art of Drawing Your Desires

There has been much written on and spoken about when it comes to Manifesting your wants and desires. In fact, David and I did a few shows on that very topic. The one thing that I have found to be true and most important for Manifestation is:

Thoughts have Power!!

We all know or should know by now how the brain works. Electrical impulses send information to all areas of our bodies. Thoughts and images are all forms of electrical impulses. Here is where the connection gets lost for some people. Everything around us is a form of energy. Thoughts are a form of energy, the things that make up every aspect of our daily lives are forms of energy.

In the Law of Attraction Like draws Like. What does that mean? If we put it into to terms of our thoughts it means this, What you focus your thoughts on is what you draw into your life. I know we have all heard that thousands of times but what does that really mean? It’s quite simple, if say you are looking to become an actor, but you have thoughts let’s say right before an audition like, “I don’t think I have what they need” or “I just know there Will be someone there who is better than me”, chances are that is exactly what will happen. You called it into being, you made it real. Some would say that is the “Law of Self-fulfillment” and in a way yes it is. I would like you to think for a minute that it is the energy you focused on and in doing so brought into existence making your thoughts reality.

If energy draws the same type of energy to it’s self then your thoughts, conscious or sub-conscious are energy and where that energy is directed will be the result you receive. In the case of your health for instance, if your thoughts are always leaning toward the fear of getting sick, chances are you will be sick more often than someone who is not consumed by those thoughts.

If we take all that information and then funnel it into what we really want, how does that work? Think of what you want, what you really want not what you think will be of importance to everyone else or in other words, meet the approval of everyone else. Your real, true desire for yourself. It is not enough to simply think about what you want you must have a real picture of how getting what you want will impact your life, the lives of those around you. You essentially want to create a complete picture of what your Dream, Desire or want is. How it will feel, smell, sound, taste, how your thoughts will be when you have what it is that you want.

There are many ways to achieve this, we spoke of it during one of our shows, but I can’t stress this enough…You have to know exactly what it is that you want in order for you to get it. Your world, experiences, people will begin to enter the exact path that will lead you to what it is you want. Let me give you an example:

You want more money but right now in this moment you have a ton of bills..where do you think your thoughts…your energy is being directed? What you focus on is what you will get. We do live in a true energy environment which means energy draws to it the energy that matches it. If your thoughts are on how many bills you have you will find more bills and your attention will be drawn to those bills, like a circle. However, if your thoughts are on increasing your money and not on the bills….if you direct your thoughts to seeing money coming in building up not going out….opportunities for creating that money will begin to come into your world. People will begin to respond to your energy…opportunities will begin to show and money will begin to increase.

Now as far as how that money increases, that does not have to be known….the only focus should be on the FACT that your money will increase. I don’t want you to think that you can simply think into existence all that you want. That is just the beginning you must also take steps that will lead you in the direction of what you want. When your thoughts are focused on what you want, when you begin to move into that direction, it begins a chain reaction of energy flow. The more focused you become on your Dream, the more opportunities begin to avail themselves to you. Keeping your focus on your Dream is a perpetual motion type of thought. You must work at it just as you worked at focusing your attention on the negative until it became habitual, so should you focus on your dream till those thoughts become habitual. Your thoughts should be focused on finding opportunities to fulfill your dream not on the disappointments of the unfulfilled dreams.

Remember to also be flexible in the pursuit of your dreams…the way you think they will come into existence isn’t always the way it happens. In Drawing your Dreams, Your Desires keep your thoughts open to all possibilities for them to come to you, be flexible. Pay attention to people, places and events because when you are open to the true Desire, that energy will draw it’s self to you through the people you come in contact with, the advertisements that catch your eye, subtle things will begin to happen and draw you to your Desire when you begin to take action toward what you want. When thinking of what you want use terms such as: I have, I am, I do– not I will, I want, I need. What we say, think and feel are all forms of energy that draw exactly what we put out. When fleeting thoughts of negativity creep in pay attention and correct them right away. It is as much a constant process is as worrying about things not going right was in the past.

How Does Your Vision Affect Your Painting And Drawing?

Having recently been shocked to find my eyesight compromised by a sporting injury it has highlighted more than one visual issue artists have to contend with…

1. The ability to see at all – otherwise described as blindness

2. Short-term damage that results in poor focus and fuzzy vision

3. Other regular optical complaints – short sight, long sight, color blindness & etc.

To some degree everyone, even those artists classified with perfect vision, see the world differently from another person whose eyes are in similar health. Even if you were perfect identical twins the likelihood is that you would see the world slightly differently from each other.

  • Some of what separates us from each other is the way our minds work.
  • Some of what we see depends upon our moods and interests.

Not only this but if you are a tall person standing looking over the heads of a crowd you will see events differently from someone who is shoulder height to you…

“You will tell a different story”

As far as interests go you are more likely to produce your best artwork if you are keen on what you paint and draw. So, if you want to create a self-portrait…

“Why not go for it!”

If, however, you dread the thought of producing your own likeness in oils on canvas… “Don’t even consider doing it.” Perhaps you would be more interested in trying to capture the rays of sunlight as they pass through a waterfall forming the colors of a rainbow.

Each and every person is unique and this should mean that every piece of art produced should show their distinct individuality…

How this might show is that the short-sighted may be better in revealing the impression of aerial perspective for landscape scenes. Quite simply, if you have this so-called affliction you just cannot see the detail of distant hills so you will not paint it. This allows you to concentrate on foreground and subject. The resulting painting will easily give a rational sense of range.

In the same situation those being more able to see distant detail will be tempted to draw what they see. This isn’t necessarily good for a well balanced painting in that it seems to bring distant objects forward, thus appearing to flatten the overall view. This is no problem if that is what you want to do but it will need to be compensated for if you are trying to work traditionally.

However, if you are long-sighted there is a way to overcome the temptation to overwork your drawings and paintings…

Look at the scene through half-closed eyes. This compensates by reducing what you can see and by doing so it is less likely that you will add too much distant detail, thus regaining the balance a landscape painter might wish to achieve.

So, in summary, even with good healthy eyesight your vision will be different from another person standing inches away from you…

“You should draw and paint your own vision of what you see, think and feel”

Whatever the normal rules of art can be ignored if you choose. So, you should paint what you see, unless you want to obey conventional perspective rule. You can also ignore them if it spoils what you are trying to show or the story you want to tell. It is most important that you are true to your own vision.

Why Indoor Air Quality is Essential For Good Health

Indoor air quality is a major health concern. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollutant levels are two to five times higher inside the home than out. These pollutants include airborne particles and particulate matter such as allergens, lung irritants, gases, toxic chemicals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Indoor air pollution contaminates the air we breathe every day. Since you draw about 9 out of 10 breaths indoors, it’s easy to see why indoor air quality is a top health concern. You typically inhale about two tablespoons of airborne particles a day.

These pollutants put stress on your immune system, which can lead to other health problems. The effects of poor indoor air quality on an individual can vary greatly based on age and relative health. However, in general, poor indoor air quality leads to allergy symptoms, respiratory problems, and weakened immune systems. Children are especially susceptible to the health risks of polluted indoor air since their lungs are smaller and they have to take more breaths throughout the day. If you experience allergy symptoms or asthma attacks in your home, you may have poor indoor air quality. Other sources of IAQ problems may include poor ventilation, lingering odors, environmental changes like recent construction, new furniture, water damage, or a new pet.

Solutions to Indoor Air Pollution

The EPA suggests three basic methods for improving indoor air quality:

1. Control the source of air pollution.

2. Improve ventilation.

3. Purchase an air purifier.

Your first step should be an attempt to control the source of air pollution. If the pollution stems from something like mold, smoke, or chemical off-gassing, it may be possible to remove it from your home; this is most effective and lasting method of improving indoor air quality. However, some indoor air pollutants, such as dust and pollen, are too pervasive, and you can’t always get rid of the sources.

Better ventilation will improve your indoor air quality if the offending pollutant is a chemical or gas. In this case, bringing fresh air into the home can be very helpful. However, many indoor air pollutants originate outdoors, so opening a window on a high pollen-count day or in a smoggy city may not be the best idea.

The third step suggested by the EPA is to purchase an air purifier. With so many types and brands of air purifiers on the market, it’s pretty easy to find one that is well-suited to your home’s particular situation. Quality air purifiers can work wonders on IAQ. However, some popular air cleaners on the market are not very effective, and many air cleaners actually exacerbate some of the very problems they are meant to cure.

Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Thousands of different chemicals and proteins may be polluting your air. The most common complaints for allergy sufferers involve airborne particles like pet allergens, pollen, dust, mold, etc. These common allergens range in size from 0.3 to 100 microns, and they are small enough to be inhaled, but they’re too large to be easily exhaled. HEPA air purifiers represent the best method of removing common allergens.

Many other common indoor pollutants are simply household odors and gases. These pollutants include things like cooking smells, tobacco smoke, pet litter, and indoor pesticides. Such chemicals and odors can aggravate allergies and asthma.

Chemically reactive gases and VOCs are also responsible for poor indoor air quality. They are found in common household products like paints, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, and new carpets. They are especially harmful for the young, the elderly, and the chemically sensitive, and they can be hazardous to your health if they are present at high enough levels, or if your home is poorly ventilated. VOCs can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, and throat irritation, and many VOCs are known carcinogens.

How Air Purifiers Improve Your Health

A good air purifier will rid your air of allergens, odors, chemicals, and many airborne disease-causing agents. Even if you’re not sick now, if you continue to breathe polluted air, you will experience detrimental health effects in the future. Many VOCs, for example, are known carcinogens that are likely to cause cancer after continuous exposure. When you purchase a quality air purifier, you will notice the difference. The air will smell fresher, and you will breathe better and sleep better.

Air Purification Technologies

HEPA Air Filters

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. A HEPA filter removes airborne particles like pet dander, mold spores, and dust, capturing 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger. Out of every 10,000 particles that pass through the HEPA filter, only 3 can escape if the filter is certified HEPA. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends HEPA air purifiers because they’re highest current standard in air filtration. If you suffer from allergies, a HEPA filter is a necessary requirement for an air purifier. When looking at a HEPA filter, consider aspects like the size and quality of the filter medium. Top HEPA filter brands include Austin Air, Allerair, Blueair, Honeywell, IQAir, NQ Clarifier and Amaircare.

Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon removes gases, odors, and toxic chemicals. Carbon is “activated” by treating it with oxygen, which opens up millions of tiny pores, creating a surprisingly large surface area. (One pound of activated carbon can have a surface area of 60-150 acres!) Chemicals, gases, and odors stick to the carbon and are adsorbed by its huge surface area, bonding to the surface through chemical attraction. The more carbon there is, the more gases and chemicals it can adsorb. Impregnated carbon has been treated with an additional chemical, typically potassium iodide or potassium permanganate. These chemicals are known as chemisorbents, and they improve the carbon’s ability to handle VOCs and chemically reactive gases.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters use some kind of electrostatic charge to attract pollutants. Electrostatic precipitators are air cleaners which charge particles as they pass over an electronic cell and trap the particles on oppositely charged collector plates. The advantage of electrostatic filters is that there are no filters to replace; the disadvantage is that the effectiveness of the air cleaner decreases very rapidly as the collector plates fill up with particles. Unless you are willing to wash them frequently, electrostatic filters may quickly become ineffective. Also, some electrostatic filters may generate unsafe levels of ozone, a powerful lung irritant. The Friedrich air purifier, previously ranked as the top air purifier by Consumer Reports, uses an extremely efficient electrostatic filter.

Charged Media Filters

Another type of filter which relies on electrostatic charge is the charged media filter. Charged media filters charge particles before collecting them in a traditional filter. They can trap very small particles, since they combine a filter and a charge. They can also run more quietly and economically, since the fan does not have to work as hard to draw the particles through the filter. However, like the example above, the charged-media filters lose their efficiency pretty rapidly, and some require frequent and expensive filter changes. These types of units can emit ozone, but the better ones on the market do not. If you are going to purchase this type of air purifier, make sure that it does not emit ozone. The best air purifier in this category is the ultra-quiet Blueair air purifier – and Blueair air purifiers do not emit ozone.

Ionic Air Cleaners and Ozone Generators

Ionic air cleaners operate by drawing in particles and ionizing them (giving them a negative charge). Then the particles are released into the room, where they are attracted to positively charged surfaces like walls and furniture. Since the particles are never really collected by a filter, they stick to surfaces and make your house dirty; moreover, the particles can be dislodged and re-enter the air by simple movements like walking or sitting. Most ionizing air cleaners generate ozone, which is a documented health hazard and lung irritant.

Another type of machine sold as an air cleaner is an ozone generator. Obviously, these types of machines are not recommended. The EPA has published several documents discouraging the use of ozone generators as air cleaners. Not only do they create a health hazard by emitting high levels of ozone, but they are also ineffective at cleaning the air.

Conclusion

Most homes contain a variety of indoor air pollutants, including airborne particulates, allergens, household chemicals, and odors. At achooallergy.com we recommend air purifiers that combine a HEPA filter with some type of activated carbon filter; this combination will remove the widest variety of indoor air pollutants.