This is an excerpt from a book I wrote a few years ago. I am revisiting it and adding more insight in to the the business aspect of running a creative based business.
This first book was all about how we use our language as creative to succeed in our endeavors. I wanted to revisit and make sure I still had it right. I’m trying to work on this blog from my iPad. Of course everything has changed on how to execute a blog post from how I do it on my computer. Please bear with my editing capabilities on iPad.
Design is Transcendent
We know that Universal thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form. We know that the work is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought-forms; therefore if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully; because accuracy in building words and sentences (and art work or any creative modality) is the highest form of architecture in civilization, and is a passport to success.͟ Kojin Karatani Architecture and
Baba Hari Dass, an Indian Yogi says the best ways to really learn something is to teach it. As a busy working Mom and wife this can be a challenge. When I decided to go back to school with small children I did not realize just how challenging it would be. Now 7 years later with a new direction in my life and children becoming more and more self-sufficient, I can return to what I missed. When I first started my design firm I was trying to kill two birds with one stone. I wanted to offer something to potential clients and get the word out about my new business. At the same time I want to integrate the design principles more into my soul. I wanted to know these principles so well I would use them inherently with everything I created. It was something
I felt I had been missing for years as a professional artist who was not formally trained. I was certainly creative enough, but never knew the basis from which to work and create and therefore really take my work as an artist to the next level of refinement. So I threw myself into studying the principles and created a seminar on them, presented them a few times to small audiences and then got so busy with work I could not continue with the seminars.
Principles are our foundation for success in Life and Art/Design
It has been a few years and our firm is doing very well, again I am looking to remind myself of my artistic principles with which to work from and sinking back into really defining and deconstructing the thought process I came to realize that these principles are the same intrinsic ways of thinking that create abundance and prosperity in our lives. The thought process that goes into designing, creating homes and spaces, artwork and developing our business all stem from the same system of principles and thought. If we continue to practice these principles in a systematic way our lives become more abundant, our work reaches new levels of excellence and brilliance, our relationships become more deep and meaningful, and we gain a sense of discernment for what is good and hopefully what is great. In the process of all of this happening we also gain an understanding of how important it is to gift what we have learned so our entire community can rise to a higher level of consciousness and abundance and our lives full of integrity can reach out and touch others and encourage them to walk with a light in their heart as well.
When we talk about what it is to have principle, we are talking about a manner in which
someone acts or a system of beliefs by which they live their lives. A set of principles is almost a
systematic approach to making all the little decisions in our lives that will shape our future. We
can have great principles and create an amazing life. We can lack principles and use little
judgment and create havoc in our lives. Living our lives based on a set of principles allows us to
act with integrity without any effort. This ability frees our minds and our hearts to create and
share with more people on a higher level.
Using Principles for art or design and creative endeavors works in a similar fashion. If we use
a set or group of principles for design we can create something that is unlimited, creative,
sensible, stimulating and serves us well. We should run our lives with the same goals, to create
a life that is unlimited, creative, sensible, stimulating and abundant as well as being of service
to others. This is a full life, this is an amazing design. The language is almost interchangeable.
I believe that the language we use to speak of Design and how we choose to live our Life
are transcendent, they are one and the same. Our lives are inter-dependent and are woven,
intermingled with people, experiences, places, time, etc. We can use the terms we use in
design as well as art to relate to our lives; In design we speak of scale, how the use of the size
of something, a pattern in a wallpaper or a sofa in a room, in life we measure the scale as we
compare what we believe our lives to be in relation to those around us and what we want to
achieve in our lives. There is proportion in our experiences. We try to achieve balance with how
we spend our time with emphasis on differing things over time. All of these principles will
create Harmony in our lives. These are the same principles used in Creating great Art and
We use the elements in a design to affect our principles. These are a finite and can be used
in very specific ways, far less conceptual. Elements are used more like tools. In design, element
refers to shapes, line, form, mass, texture, pattern, light and color. When I speak of success, the
elements I will use are the small tools that will allow us to manifest our principles. What I have
found is in the breadth of our lives there is always design. We are building our life with the
choices we make. We build our life with whom we choose to spend our time, with what we
work at, as well as all of the everyday smaller choices, like what we had for breakfast. We are
working from a blueprint of how we were raised, our paradigm. Architecturally metaphorically
speaking, all of these day to day choices we make are the building blocks, the 2×4′ s that are our
walls , and rooms, sections of our lives; they are the canvas on which we create our
Sow a thought, reap and act,
Sow an act, reap a habit,
Sow a habit, reap a character
Sow a character, reap an eternal destiny
Great Success and Great Design are based on layering of Principles. Like a great cake
each layer gives you more to enjoy. Success and Design work the same way. You have to add
layers to achieve a level of excellence and discernment. My goal with this set of principles for
design and success is to create a foundation of thought. This will be the foundation from which
you will make choices for your home or work space to elevate your design and so elevate your
experience. We will learn to work from a set of principles to create a foundation from which to
make our life choices that will generate abundance and much more in our lives.
The success system I have put together for you will guide you to be able to create not only a beautiful space
to live or work in but also to create a life of abundance, clarity, health, creativity and service.
This is a system of principles that if practiced regularly will get you everything you want in your
Without reviewing how we have lived, practicing self-reflection, how we will be able to
recognize what works and what isn’t working, we are doomed to continue our not so great
pattern of choices we make. We all have issues. There is no perfect life, at least not these days,
and not even on t.v. We have moved from the June Cleavers to the shows like ͞The Middle͟. I
don’t want to really spend a whole lot of time rehashing what we already know about our lives,
but if you are sincere about making it to your goals you need to be real about what you do, how
you do it and with whom you are doing it.
I have already introduced the idea of the paradigm
or blueprint. This is an idea that through our childhood experience we are more or less trained
to think, be and act. We are heavily influenced by not only our parents, but also our friends,
teachers and society at large. The expectations and rules we are taught, if we are uber blessed
or even a little lucky is healthy, supportive and encouraging. I would say that for the majority of
us, not so much. I would say the majority of us have backgrounds that are relatively
dysfunctional; at the least we have some complaint about our original situation. What I am
saying to you now is that you have a choice. I am officially informing you that you have all the
power in your life to make it what you want. You have to believe!! You have the power to
change your blueprint!