The November 11th portal is wide open already and already delivering to you the energies that you need at this time. The energies coming through this portal are about helping people to get back on their true path. They are about helping to stabilise the paths of those who are already on their true path. They are about illuminating the true path for those who have yet to find theirs.

These energies will also assist you in recognising your value, your true worth, the way that you contribute to the whole of humanity, and they will help to remind you that your path to enlightenment is simple; it is elegant; it is not complicated, nor is it complex. It is not hidden from you, and you do not have to singlehandedly save the world from self-destruction.

So many of you need those reassurances who are awake. You need to know that you are enough, that you are doing enough, and that just by staying on your path to enlightenment, you are contributing mightily to the evolution of consciousness there on your world. Remember that the evolution of consciousness is more important than what’s being done or what could be done, physically, through action.

Most of the major work that is done there on your world is done while you are sitting in a dark room with your eyes closed and paying attention to what you are feeling, noticing your breathing, letting go of thoughts that no longer serve you and ones that never did. Feel for the power of these 11/11 energies, as they nestle you and cradle you, as they seek to convince you that everything is all right with you, that you are doing very, very well, and so are your fellow humans, regardless of how it might look to you at times.

Let them in and let them wash over you. Let them fill up your energy field, as you open yourself to them, and relax in the knowing that they are here to reassure you. They are here to remind you of who you really are, not to scold you for not being further along on your journey, which something that many people do to themselves. So you certainly don’t need any help.

This is a time for receiving. This is a time for getting into the Divine Feminine and opening yourselves up to what is coming to you freely and effortlessly to assist you there on your journeys and to brighten your path with many exciting experiences, lovely people, and beautiful manifestations.

Mind-Blowing Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita

Born in Japan but now living and working in New York City, artist Kumi Yamashita does incredible things with light and shadows. Kumi has an impressive list of solo and group shows sine the late 90s along with a host of permanent collections around the world.

Kumi received her bachelor in fine arts at the Cornish College of the Arts in Washington and obtained her masters in fine art from the Glasgow School of Art in the UK.

In her series entitled Light & Shadow, Kumi uses a single light source along with an assortment of perfectly placed objects to create incredible shadow silhouettes and artwork on walls. Please enjoy this small sample below, and be sure to visit Kumi’s official site for even more amazing artwork.



Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books
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Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal. (via kastormag)

(from: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/12/carved-book-landscapes-by-guy-laramee/)

GOOD Design Daily: Are Minimalist Brands the Future?

When these “minimalist brands” started popping up on the A2591 blog a few weeks ago, they seemed like a fun design exercise. The designers simply reduced familiar packaging to its bare essentials, taking colors and graphics away in a dramatic, three-step reveal.

Some of the brands look especially sharp when reduced to a bare-bones execution; others are reduced to an almost unrecognizable state without their cascading milk falls or sides of sliced fruit.

These seem like products stocked in some fantasyland grocery store patronized exclusively by anal-retentive designers, but as I started to look at some recent rebranding stories, I’d argue that the minimal trend is actually infiltrating the market faster than we think.

Remember the outcry over the new Pepsi branding? Compared to a few years ago, heck, even compared to the other brands in its flock, that’s about as streamlined of a design as you could get. If you walk down the soda aisle, Pepsi’s wall of solid blue and silver definitely sticks out.

Method, the eco- and design-minded soap and cleanser company, has always taken the most minimal route when it comes to branding. Its candy-colored soaps and simple type have inspired more than a few copycats in the market.

And look at the branding of Canadian private label No Name we covered a few weeks back, or this extremely similar but slightly more elegant take for the new U.K. co-op The People’s Supermarket. This simple, two-tone identity has been exalted by designers and consumers, who like the no-frills, no-spin packaging. And of course, there’s another great example that popped up yesterday:

Compare A2591‘s minimalist exercise to the move that Starbucks has made with its recently-redesigned logo, and well … it’s almost uncanny.

What do you think: Will we see more of this more-is-less packaging in our slimmed-down future?

Disclaimer: GOOD partners with PepsiCo on the Refresh Project.

(from: http://www.good.is/post/good-design-daily-are-minimalist-brands-the-future/)