Monday, July 20, 2009

pure freedom

since my babies are on their summer breaks, i've never imagined to have such a fast paste summer! to me, it's half way through! ronni is taking chinese classes at the high school she will be attending in september. little c has only soccer and we've been invited to birthday parties every other weekend since june! there's one this weekend and there are at least 2 more in august!

besides that, i have to start preparing for the l.a. county fair in pomona which begins in september. then there's my daily etsy and my local customers! and now i found some time to update my new creations :)

the last 2 weeks, i managed to come up with a new series of earrings which i named "pure freedom". i guess it derived from my current life condition and after designing and making the different lines of the necklaces, i missed making earrings. i also had to bring new inventory to olverita's village and casita de pueblo last week. this time, i had new designs for the shops and i only have a couple up in my grigiodesign right now...

although i practice buddhsim, as i've mentioned countless times, i am intrigued with the idea of devils and fascinated with the idea of angels. i love the western perspective of how angels have wings. this came early when i did "invinsible", i gave wings to "quan yin" bodhisattva. i have the same views that angels are pure and when you have wings, it's absolute pure freedom! i believe that angels and devils are both as beautiful, the many ways they are portrayed by humans. frankly, each one of us have our own devil and angel which exist inside of us.

yes, i wish i have wings but it's all in my head. i guess the many things we go through in life, we encounter the evil and the horrors, but the moment you let go and find peace within yourself, is the moment when you have nothing but purity and when that happens, to me, it's absolute freedom.

as i mentioned before, here, " in nichiren daishonin's buddhism, it is called "ichinen sanzen" is the wish-granting gem. there are as many sides to this gem as there are living beings. each side reflects its own reality.

our life is a wish-granting gem.

when we peer into our lives we can barely see our own reflection. but when we polish our lives through chanting and making efforts to improve ourselves, we can see ourselves reflected clearly. when our gem is polished in this way we can see beyond our own reflection and see inside the gem that is the ultimate reality of all life.

a determination (ichi) at the core of your being makes real (nen) that self-pledge in all the realms (sanzen) of your life." the above can be found here.

thus, it only takes one nerve, one second for you to make that determination of whatever it may be!

there are also events, things, situations that we may not do anything about, good or bad. i feel that humans generally suppress them which is not healthy. i believe in dealing with those situations or feelings...when you deal with your fundamental darkness, triumph arises which makes you victorious...then pureness comes...human revolution.

our own human revolution: "human revolution is the work of transforming our lives at the very core. it involves identifying and challenging those things which inhibit the full expression of our positive potential and humanity. nichiren buddhism is based on belief in a pure, positive and enlightened condition of life which exists equally within all people. this life state of "buddhahood" is characterized by the qualities of compassion, wisdom and courage which enable us to create something of value from any situation. nichiren realized that the deepest process of change and purification takes place when we bring forth this state, and he taught the practice of chanting "nam-myoho-renge-kyo" as the direct and immediate means for accessing and experiencing it." ~ more here.

"pure freedom"
no. 6

with all that said, in all the pieces i've designed so far, each piece have the element of wings/feathers in them. there are non skull ones in my grigio shop. i used mother of pearls on a lot of them and they are rare! the swords and the axes are representations of the idea of fight. fight for your rights...fight for your dreams...fight for your being...i will always design around the ideas of peace, love, and purity!

i'm gonna need to cut down on my 17 hour day and get some sleep so enjoy!

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