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A light shines through.

I guess you could say I have a hard-head. I know because it has bumped into so many hard surfaces and never even cracked. Amazing. No I am talking about being able to see the solutions so easily for others but when it comes to my insurmountable life I am clueless. With a gleeful giggle I think I am finding a bit of light shining through and see things as Spirit or Universe has tried to tell me. No need for the Flare gun just yet.

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Yesterday I spoke about illusions and some of it involved the Etsy illusion. Etsy is not working for me. There I said it and boy it feels great. I see Etsy now for what it is and I hope others will see it for what it is a fraud. Yes a few artist find sales and some make a living selling on Etsy but they are a very small few in direct proportion to the amount of shops selling on Etsy. Now have you noticed Etsy is trying to get you to sign up people to open shops offering free listing fees for you and them. Hum, this has a bit of an odor to it. When I read this every alarm in my head said warning Wil Robinson. So why?

I took this as a sign from Spirit or Universe and it said ‘it is time to use your energy differently’. Why promote my work which I work very hard creating for Etsy when I am set up to promote my work for me? If I am not getting what I am putting into Etsy back out of Etsy, then it would be insane for me to keep doing what I am doing expecting a different outcome.

I did some looking around on artists I like to follow and discovered these artist are not Etsy users but use their talents marketing themselves on their websites in shows and in stores by licensing their art, having their own open studio or on consignment. These artists are doing what I thought I was working towards but because I was hard-headed could not see why they succeeded and I did not. Their work was no better, their photos were comparable and they showed about the same body of work. They had titles that did not read distorted or broken and they were found in searches on the front pages of the search engines. So why waste your valuable time money and creative energy promoting yourself in a market that does not work and could be broken? The answer is quite clear to me now. You do not.

I think Spirit is always guiding us and showing different paths we need to follow. It is when we allow the illusion the lies to guide us and not our passions and heart muscle to show the way, we venture down these long dark corridors filled with energy sucking shadows that zap our purpose and joy. We become the drug of the addict (shadows) and are lulled into believing we just have to change this and it all will fall into place. The masses chime in and tell you more of the exact same words and you become disillusioned and defeated.

Shake it off right now I can wait…. there you want to know the best secret ever. Life is easy. Life is working with You. Life is You and You are life. What ever you can imagine you can create. Do not allow someone else the reins to control your life. You and You alone know what you are passionate about. Your unique passion is that thing or things that get your heart pumping a bit faster. You may even talk a little louder or faster. The excitement you feel is your passion. You are the master of You and You need to take charge and live with only one focus. Is this what I need to do to follow my life with purpose and passion? If your answer is anything else other than yes to the question think it over and choose another way. This applies to everything in life. The work you do, the family you love, the life you want for You starts with You. Sometimes the passion is buried deep down under hurt and anger but once you find it nurture it and live from it. Release what has hidden your passion to Spirit or the Universe for them to care for and move forward.

I know it is really scary to shake things up and live from a place that is as foreign as living on the moon but I know it is worth it. Living a lie or a life with no passion is being cocoon in a spider’s web numb by the poison of the spiders venom and waiting for the day you are dinner and then nothing. Wake up pull off the spider webs and take control of your ride. Spirit and the Universe love to show gratitude to the ones who get it. Are you one of the ones who gets it? Thought you were, by the way nice ride.

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Life is an illusion, well maybe.

This just in life is an illusion. Everything you see is a lie. Nothing is as it seems. We are energy and thought, change the energy and thought and you change your reality.

Are you able to wrap your mind around this concept? I have a problem thinking that my business and my prosperity can change by thinking it so. Bills need to be paid. Food needs to be bought and supplies need to be purchased so the process can start all over again. Right? Not so fast. Think about it maybe that is the illusion we all deal with today. If you stop running after the concept of making money to pay for your needs are you not than creating the need to begin with? Making your life always chasing that something the next bit of money. The something is not necessarily the money you never catch. It is the something behind the money that is an illusion.

Today I looked at my etsy stats and was taken back because they were the lowest I have ever had so why? I am not concerned because my primary site at Laurie Rohner Studio is churning away. My energy there is positive and focused on my site because it is something I created and feel good about. Just as I feel when I create any work I am doing. My etsy shop is not my creation (though my original work is there) and it is controlled by others. Etsy decides who sees it and how they search for it even how they percieve my work is controlled by etsy. Etsy is a marketplace that has changed and many who connected with etsy in the beginning have seen this amazing marketplace become an illusion. The illusion etsy is helping handmade creative entrepreneurs succeed. The real fact is etsy is not, hence the illusion.

Remember everyone, this is a marketplace. Etsy showcases the merchandise being mass-produced all over the world and not handmade by artists. Assembled by some but far from handmade or original. Again this is an illusion, life as an etsy shop owner thinking if you build it you will succeed. You loose your common sense button and become a drone relisting and renewing hoping that someone will find you. You get sucked in to the armful of sites and people telling you how to succeed when they haven’t. You post and create ads for your etsy shop only to find the people not buying or are they? Another illusion is people do not check out the other shops and stay only in your shop. Etsy has done not one thing to help you promote your shop but you have done an amazing job at promoting their marketplace for them and it was free. If you are in this business because you love working for yourself and love creating fabulous handmade creative product than why are you wasting that gorgeous energy promoting the illusion? Stop think and change your thoughts and energy. I have lived in an etsy illusion. Today I see and today I changed the way I live working as a creative artist.

I will keep my shop at etsy but only as a back up. My primary focus is my Studio and my web sites. I control my reality and my prosperity. I used etsy as an example but you can apply this concept to any part of your life. Whatever you focus your energy and thoughts on is your reality. It is the energy that makes it real. When you work with passion, speak with passion or create with passion you are living your life illusion free. Well maybe that is an illusion too, but think of the fun, joy and sense of wonderful purpose you are feeling.