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Awareness is the magic key.

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” ~Yogi Bhajan

Awareness is the magic key. Once you are aware of this, you can change it. Once you can see that you are self-sabotaging yourself, you can choose to deepen your spiritual practices. This will energize you and increase your faith, helping you take action, which always leads to a more fulfilling reality.

Discovering the flaws and obstacles you have put up in front of you allows you to move and change direction. My own course was to follow a spiritual path. I read everything I could yet the obstacles and barriers remained. Not only remained but got bigger and harder to move around and finally caused me to stop on my life journey. I am the type of person who keeps going and to stop or give up is very hard because I feel when this happens in my life I have somehow failed or am flawed, self doubting, not deserving of where I am heading.

What I want or desire I was taught was not allowed. Hard work and a lot of it was necessary to succeed and if you did not succeed than there was something wrong with you. I fought daily with my inner demons only to find more demons to conquer. I was taught a fit all religion made to believe like the group and that religion was the ‘one’ that mattered and was right. Until last week everything changed in how I observed my life.

I spent several years meditating and looking for answers why things turned out the way they had and finding not one answer in all the moments of being quiet. I had turned away from religion and found I could live life nicely without the restraints of religions. In doing so I also had shut the door to God and this was never the intention. Then three things happened and I found myself completely aware that I needed the connection to God and through that connection all religions stem because God is all those religions just with different faces or in simpler terms different outfits. God is the bird that soars above, the tree shedding its leaves, the flower bringing forth another remarkable flower and the different people God has come here to show us a better path.  God is inside you and all you need do is to answer that connection with a hello, how can I serve. Serving yourself the best you can is serving God and then in turn you are serving the world and the universe and on it will go.

You can create a better life. Start by being aware of how you treat yourself. You can pray, meditate, practice affirmations, and ask your inner guidance for help.

Watercolor Painting Woodland Winter Tree Landscape Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner
Watercolor Painting Woodland Winter Tree Landscape Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner

Original watercolor artwork, titled Winter Tree is an original watercolor illustration of woodland landscape of a tree in winter nature art by Laurie Rohner.

Painted on 150lb rag paper. The paper is used for pastels and inks but I loved the taupe tone so instead I used my watercolors and gouache. It is slightly askew but will lie flat once framed. This is a very versatile painting for contemporary or farmhouse homes and everything in between of course.

Paper size: 15″ x 11″
Palette Colors: sepia, indigo, paynes gray

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Did the collective minds for peace have an impact?

A believer of thoughts are energy I find it interesting that out of the turmoil of the past weeks a possible solution miraculously appears giving the boisterous chest bounding politicians (including the female politicians) another way. I am not going to weigh in on my views of world affairs just my observation of this energy and my belief in thoughts are important. I know a few people who have sent energy out for peace and a loving solution. This past weekend a prayer for peace involving a huge group of individual spiritual beings linked their energy in prayer for love and peace. Yesterday everyone clamored trying to stay up to date with the swift moving political events. Many took credit but I am not convinced these politicians had much to do with any of it.  

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If this is the outcome of thoughts focused on peace and love towards all beings think of the possibility. By using our energy of thought in our own lives could we not then change our own lives direction? How much power do we have at the ready to change the world? Also if it works for a peaceful outcome does it also work for a chaotic conclusion as well? I believe it is our nature to live peacefully with all things including our perceived enemies. Not only have the people in the effected areas of horrible chaotic evil acts had enough but the world with all its diversity has had enough.  

It is time to heal and be better loving caretakers.

Maybe we need to be more aware of the thoughts we have and the thoughts of others and be better caregivers. When you become aware of the thoughts you have are they mostly kind, loving, friendly, productive, calm, abundant, happy, prosperous, giving, grateful, compassionate, and passionate or are they more of need, greed, envy, hatred, fear, anxiety, doubt, want, anger, not getting your fair share, or the sense of lacking (anything)? Which ones consume more of your energy and when thinking certain thoughts how does it make you feel? Has the latter thinking become the norm for the world? How can you expect any other outcome but what is experienced in the parts of the world where humanity is the most lacking. You decide the thoughts you think and no matter what your circumstances you decide how you will think. Sometimes it is harder and some people have to endure horrible challenges, I agree, but no matter what the situation the thoughts you have you control. Is it not now time to become better caregivers and reach out your hand and your energy and allow your thoughts be a part of healing?

It is a time to act with your thoughts.

The collective minds for peace had an impact on the miraculous solution appearing. The thoughts and prayers are still being sent and the energy for peace will win.



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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.

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New I-Phone designs for you to buy today.

I have added some more images for my new I-Phone designs for you to buy at Laurie Rohner for Pixels. If you see one of my artwork pieces not available let me know and I will add it for you.

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I really like this new idea. Have fun.




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Everything, Everyone wants the same thing.

“Everything you take for granted is a blessing. Everything you fear is a friend in disguise. Everything you want is a part of you. Everything you hate you hate about yourself. Everything you own does not define you. Everything you feel is the only Truth there is to know.



Everything you wish for is already on its way to you. Everything you think creates your life. Everything you seek for you will find. Everything you resist will stick around. Everything you let go of stays if it’s supposed to. Everything you need is right where you are.



Every time you bless another you bless yourself. Every time you blame another you lose your power. Every time you think you can, you can. Every time you fall you must get up and try again. Every time you cry you’re one tear closer to joy. Every time you ask for forgiveness, all you have to do is forgive yourself.



Everyone you see is your reflection. Everyone you know mirrors you. Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone wants to live in joy. Everyone seeks a higher purpose. Everyone breathes the same breath. Everyone needs love to survive. Everyone has a purpose to fulfill.



Everyone’s the same as everyone else. We just get caught up in labels, names, skin color and religion. Everyone’s the same as everyone else. No one wants to feel the pain. Everyone’s the same as everyone else. Everyone is dying for love to remain.”


Jackson Kiddard

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Birches Oil on Panel by Laurie Rohner

Vermont Oil Painting Birch Trees Original Nature Art

Vermont oil painting titled Birches original nature art by Laurie Rohner. A fabulous woodland scenic landscape with birch trees against the blue skies is painted on 6″ x 6″ panel and is unframed.

My painting is very much influenced by the Impressionist style. Birches are wonderful trees to paint because of their contrasting bark and the way the bark stands out against the leaves and the sky. It is a fantastic miniature painting to add to Cottage Farmhouse Decor.

Palette: Navy, white,orange,new leaf green, sky blue, yellow, green.

Comes to you unframed on a 6” x 6″ panel
Ask about a frame.

All rights are not transferable with the purchase of this painting and remain with the artist.
The copyright is for photographing and does not appear on the original.

Your painting is then safely packed and shipped via Priority Mail.

Original Nature Art
Oil Painting Birches artwork by Laurie Rohner


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No key to Universe?

“The bad news: there is no key to the universe. The good news: it was never locked.”

Swami Beyondananda

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TRUST that it’s all for your benefit.

“It’s so common for your world to just turn upside down when you really commit to raising your vibration. It’s no secret that thoughts are like magnets, so it’s impossible for people and life circumstances to stay the same when you change your mind and commit to a new belief. Embrace the change for a change and just allow in the new life that’s working its way into your experience and TRUST that it’s all for your benefit. I promise you it is.”

Jackson Kiddard

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Life crossroads, confusing or inspiring?

“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.”
Is your crossroads like this?

Afraid to make a decision or do you feel like this?

This is another way to focus.

I look for these signs to show me my way. Positive reinforcements are easier to navigate in life’s crossroads.


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Freedom is a reflection of our own magnificence.

“We attain freedom as we let go of whatever does not reflect our magnificence. A bird cannot fly high or far with a stone tied to its back. But release the impediment, and we are free to soar to unprecedented heights.”


Alan Cohen, is the owner of the Florida Panthers.

Freedom to soar to new heights…
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Is that okay?

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

Jim Rohn, is an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His work has been influential in launching or furthering the careers of many others in the personal development industry, including Anthony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield.