Life in Hillsborough County & The New Boston Area

I have been living in New Boston with my fiance for a little over a year now.  I have come to find out that there is plenty of genius tucked away in these hills.  Hillsborough county is filled with extremely talented artists, crafts people, writers, hard working farmers, musicians, and many spiritually enlightened people.  Working part-time at the A&E Coffee Roastery Cafe, I have exchanged more kind words and artwork than thought possible.  Over the summer I watched artists hang up their artwork on our walls, not so much caught up in the selling of their art work (which does indeed happen), but delighted in the pure enjoyment of being able to showcase it locally in the center of town.  These talented artists include Cyndie Katz, Mary Buergin, Pat Nelson, my neighbor Hannah Phelps, and coming in September, Eileen Belanger.

As I watched beavers, herons, and Harry (the Parker’s friendly black lab) enjoy the banks of the Piscataquog river, I also watched the A&E Coffee Roastery gradually become a focal point for so many kind people, artists, and families.  We joke but it’s “the office” for the Piscataquog Land Conservancy across the street.  Quite recently I was delighted to meet Carole Huxel who has a strong desire to inform and pull together the Goffstown community.  She runs The Goffstown Edge, a community blog serving Pinardville, Goffstown, New Boston, and Dunbarton.   The Goffstown Edge serves as another focal point, one that is online, where residents can get up to date information on what’s going on around them.

Community is extremely important in these tough times.  I know for a fact that high gasoline prices has in some way strengthened this commnity.  Traveling to the local farmers market, coffee shop, or lumber yard ends up being more cost efficient.  As does getting to know your neighbors and exchanging what is that you have to offer.  Even though this summer has been tossing a number of strange rain clouds our way,  it appears to me that gardening has become even more popular and the artists have even more reason to paint the rain away.  I love this town and I’m proud to live here.

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Slow Down, Relax, Have Faith

Relax
Original size: 24 x 32 inches
Original medium: Acrylic on Canvas: ©2007
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When my mind is filled with the murkiness of worry and haste I forget that this busy world is not all that the Great Mystery has to offer. Oh, how often I am caught in the wheel of spending so much time and effort on what we call “making a living” while never tapping into my soul’s purpose and development.

My busy blur of tasks I incessantly conjure into existence are routines robbing me from the harmony of feeling completely content. When I slow down, sort of let go, and nurture that feeling of faith I can feel the waves in my mind calmly put to ease. It’s only the wisdom of my heart that can offer such a sedative. Everything will work out. So just give it up to God, and relax.

Amazed in Nature – Clearing The Mind & Closer to God

"grass meets sky" abstract landscape painting
Grass Meets Sky
Original size: 12 x 36 inches
Original medium: Acrylic on gallery canvas: ©2009
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Nature can strike me with awe and wipe away my foolishness. I know at once when the word “woah” flows through my being and out through my throat, I am left with another moment in nature where I have once again partook in the opportunity of resetting my foolish “worry clock.” Realizing yet again life is not exactly what I think it is, my wisdom is squat next to God’s, and all the worries of the world are but a buzzing of noises that restrict me from the ocean of pure silent unending peace. Peace that was once drifting overhead amongst the stars and peace that is now found within me.

When I can open up to embrace just a smidgen of God’s amazement in nature, I can only be thankful. Who am I to complain at all? I have a life. I am alive. And I am even fortunate to be in good health and aware enough to see the generosity of love all around me.

In these moments of “nature wowing” I get a warm tingle in my spine. After I descend from the mountain, traverse back up stream, and tuck into the confines of my dwelling, I am fresh. I have been rebooted and I truly start anew. Does everyone have this ability? How many people experience this sensation? I am not sure. All I know is Nature, coupled with amazement, and sprinkled with the acknowledgment of God is wonderful and could very well make the world a better place if done just a little bit more.

The Love of Christ Is The New Age

Balance

 

Balance by Jaison Cianelli ©2007
Spiritual Art Prints
Cianelli Studios – Spiritual Paintings 

I am an artist compelled to create inspirational paintings and drawings from my heart. My art is always an expressionistic message of love. Hopefully, it speaks universally to all people in a positive and uplifting way. Some of my work makes use of sacred geometry that can be found in nature, figures in prayer or meditation, or the chakra energy centers that are within the human body. For this reason my art can fit in the category of New Age. From my understanding there is not one concrete definition of what New Age is.

My own personal thoughts are that the New Age is not anything other than ancient wisdom being revealed in the present moment. The truth from the foundations of the world is still the truth today. The understanding is that there will be changes on the earth and there will be changes in the consciousness of people in the dawning of a new day. There will be a New Earth and there will be a New Heaven. The change of consciousness has already occurred upon the introduction of Jesus Christ into this world. There became a new understanding of God as a source of love by a great number of people across the world. The teachings were meant to uplift the consciousness of humankind to let go of judgment and transcend to higher energy levels through love and through the acceptance of God’s merciful gift to the world – love incarnate, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

It was taught that If we better understand that the heart of God is mercy, and become a source of mercy and love ourselves, then each one of us has a closer relationship to God as we form a connection to all that is in the universe and feel the warmth that is gives. Through this greater understanding we begin to see ourselves as a son or daughter of God the Creator. And through this understanding we will be transcended back to God.

To me, the term New Age implies a universal spiritual awakening within the heart of man to achieve this unconditional love – a Christ force. This feeling, this vibrational energy, can be felt anywhere and everywhere. Not just in a church, but at home, in nature, through art, in meditation, and through interactions with people. I believe that as more of us let go of judgment, and embrace this force of love and allow it to flow, we will embrace our brothers and sisters of all nationalities and religions.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan, From The Holy Bible: Luke 25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

“All Family” – A Spiritual Painting for Unity

All Family

All Family
Original size: 20 x 30 inches
Original medium: Acrylic on canvas: ©2007
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Feelings

We as people of the world are all God’s children. And if we understand that our brothers and sisters are all those that do in accordance with love then we would see it that no one would be left behind or excluded for any differences in this big family. By embracing the variety of culture we understand and respect the whole of people as a flavorful medley, a composition of spirits on this earth. And by shedding the heavy weight of racism, jealousy, fear, arrogance, and inferiority we embrace and exchange and allow for the lighter, higher self to shift us through the ages – a place where we can begin living, loving, and laughing together.

Painting Technique

To portray a message I like to paint words in a natural way or in a way that they appear like nature. I also like to build up many layers of paint while experimenting with colors and enjoying the fine lines of texture from the brush strokes. This painting is a blend of expressionism and an abstract landscape paintings. Like most of the pieces in “Spirited Expression” I included the actual title (“All Family”) within the painting. Something special about this piece is that the overall essence of this painting was meant to give reference to an angelic figure.

I recently submitted this painting to an event called “Embracing Our Differences,” an outdoor art exhibit intended to demonstrate in a positive way that diversity enriches our lives. This event invites artists, photographers, and writers to participate. 39 artists will be selected for the exhibit. Since 2004, the exhibit has been viewed by more than 400,000 visitors. For more details visit their website at www.embracingourdifferences.org

Painting a Spiritual Journey Inward – Art as Meditation

Bathing in Light
Original size: 9 x 12 inches
Original medium: Pastel on board: ©2005
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When you see a clear river you’re less afraid to go out into its deep waters. It’s peaceful. You stay in it longer, and you even let your feet touch its bottom. Like a crystal clear river, a clear mind is the key to being at peace and living in the present moment. A mind filled with the murkiness of worry and haste is a confused and overloaded mind that will increase stress, lower productivity and lead the way to unhappiness and ill health. I have found that by painting intuitively, not only do I clear my mind, but I receive spiritual healing seated deep within my heart.There are many ways to slow down and release our worries, to exist in the present moment and be at one with the creative flow. In other words, there are many ways to meditate. Meditation is a journey inward. When the mind dissolves and is free of all thoughts there is a connection at the heart of our spirit; there is a childlike joy in existing. This feeling of contentment helps us cope with the busyness of life and bonds us with a pure ocean of peace.

Whether we know it or not, all of us have meditated before. Maybe not in the eastern Yogic sense, but we have all silenced the mind perhaps by listening to gentle music, lying on the beach, or immersing ourselves in the stillness of a hobby. Being that I am an artist, I’ve retreated to the quiet places of painting and drawing pretty much my whole life. Sometimes, without any idea of what I would paint, I would allow my intuition to choose colors and begin forming free flowing lines that were both a connection of my spirit and a creative journey of intuitive oneness. It wasn’t until the past few years that I consciously became aware of my art as a form of meditation and connection to God.

And you don’t have to be an artist to practice intuitive art. Anyone can take part in using art as meditation. And if you do, over time you will find within the confines of the peace that you receive there is a spiritual connection in your act of creativity which is tied to God the Creator. After all, we are ourselves a creation with a will to create, and when we explore this gift we are living in acceptance, we are taking the time to remove our “self” to unfold a journey within the higher realms of light and love. When you feel this sense of well-being that God is within you and around you, like a proud father smiling at his son or daughter, you know that anything that brings you together must be right. You also know that the simple intuitive painting that you just embarked on, was really a spiritual and creative journey to happiness, to love, the place where God resides.

If you would like to try your hand (and heart) at an intuitive painting all you need is your willingness to try. Previous art experience is not needed to take part in a spiritual path of well-being. Remember, you’re not trying to create a masterpiece, your trying to master peace. Sit down with some old crayons, colored pencils, some watercolors, or whatever it is that you like. If you like rich colors try acrylic paints or oil pastels. You will also need many blank pieces of fresh paper or canvas.

Just as when you were a child, go into the act with not a care in the world. Without forming the idea of what to paint, begin by choosing a color. Allow yourself to visit different colors and the way they appear on the paper. Create forms if you want. Take delight in what you do and allow your instincts to take over. Sometimes it helps to play some soft harmonious music in the background. Each painting is an exploration in your own spiritual journey. You will find that some take you to a place where you are connected and are extremely satisfied in the art that is unfolding before you. Without being judgmental, continue in the flow. You will be amazed with what you find, and you will be delighted when others appreciate your paintings as well.

Feel Joy – Turn On Your Imagination

Feel Joy Contemporary Abstract Painting

Feel Joy
Original size: 20 x 20 inches
Original medium: Acrylic on canvas: ©2007
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The everyday mundane life can rob us of our inspiration by taking up all our time and energy. The world can be cold, it can make us bitter and our sense of hopeful wonder can turn to dust. When we were young we were like a piece of bread fresh out of the oven, and for some of us, now that we’ve sat around or been exposed to the elements, we’re quickly turning to toast. Life doesn’t have to be this way.

We spend so much time and effort on what we call “making a living” while never tapping into our soul’s purpose and development. It’s simply not healthy to go on neglecting the spirit. We are not here on this earth to be stressed out. Do you really think all of mankind’s rules were intended for us when God created this wonderful place? We are here to enjoy life, to love this earth and each other, and give thanks for these moments.

I will admit, finding the time to stop and smell the roses can be hard these days, but there is a simple change you can make that will open the doors to inspiration. And that is to kick start your imagination again. You do remember what that is?

Did you know Native American’s called God “The Great Imagination.” If we are extensions from this source, shouldn’t this same imagination be embodied by us? But how many of us really give way to our imagination? Perhaps we learned to shy away from our creative fantasies when school taught us to fill our brains with data. It’s too bad we often scrutinize our own imaginations, ultimately squashing their fruition due to “real world” thinking. Our imaginations sparked by some precious moment are actually our divine ability to be a part of creation. They are gateways to our very evolution.

There’s a whole other life when we begin to access the creative juices at the heart of our imagination. The world originates within us. Somebody once said that our challenge is to act upon life as creators rather than having life act upon us. This is a great challenge to practice everyday when we go out into the world. As the doors are opened to birth new and exciting ideas or knowledge into reality, manifestations of all kinds are born. Culture itself is formed. We suddenly have artists, inventors, musicians, performers, comedians, etc. And they in-turn inspire us, they delight our senses and get us thinking with the mind muscles of possibility, humor, and creative amazement – the very muscles that see each new day as a blank canvas ready to be painted upon.

Using your imagination is an art form that feels good the more you use it. It thins the separation between you and higher dimensions. Playing within the exploration of the imagination is to flow in an embrace of curiosity that nourishes the soul. Each one of us has a choice to exercise the imagination, and as we tap into this resource it is up to us whether or not we censor the imaginal flow. Giving it full reign surprises us and puts us in a playground of possibility – we are linked to the Mystery and are authentic to unfold unexpected results while dancing in a wealth of visionary awareness.

So how do you turn on your imagination again you ask? Well it’s different for everybody. The desire to change, build new habits, and improve must be strong enough to resist any laziness. You can start by taking time out of the everyday routine to seek your sanctuary so you can be at peace to let the creative spirit flow. In your sanctuary you might uncover a unique quality, or talent within you that would have been missed if you never made the effort to seek your imagination.

Here are some places to find your imagination:

  • Your sanctuary might exist in beautiful music that heightens your way of thinking. You can decide to take up an instrument or you can put on your favorite CD. Music is a powerful gesture to your inner feelings. With the ability to heal and uplift the mood, music reminds us of our youth and can swing us in a more positive direction. We can even witness the blatantly obvious and instantaneous affects of music as we dance and yield our bodies to the beats and sounds in pure creative expression.
  • Arts and crafts and other hobbies such as sewing also have the ability to take us into our inner garden. Expression through art such as drawing, painting, creative writing, or poetry have been known to act as therapy and aid in the healing process with physical and mental tension. Light waves of color are another vibratory form besides music that can yield a change in mood. Just exploring the use of different colors whether on your living room walls, your clothes, or on canvas, have impact on our inner senses.
  • Maybe your inner garden comes from an actual garden – A place you go to where you can take part in nature and watch it come alive in all its wonder. This could be just outside your door or down a path where you can take in the pure air, trickling water, or beautiful aromas of plants and herbs. Having a garden to visit, a dog to walk, or animals to feed, helps us get outside and exposes ourselves to an unlimited expanse of creative expression force fed to us from the greatest Creator of all.
  • You can make your sanctuary in the quality time spent with family and friends as you immerse yourself in conversation and warm company. Even in the very conversation you can use your imagination. This can be by telling a story, or even by smiling with the intent to bring humor into the conversation. When people see you smile it becomes easier to joke, and the desire to talk about something positive is increased.
  • Your sanctuary could also be your bed. Yes I said bed. Creativity comes from our dreams and getting plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep makes us irritable because our energy is low. It even gives us headaches and bags under our eyes. Sleep is a priority, a must. Your body repairs itself during sleep. And, contrary to common myth, the need for sleep doesn’t decline with age, the ability to sleep does. Many creative ideas come from the clarity of the quiet night and the vivid visions one receives just before falling asleep.