Flight of the Soul

Flight of the Soul

Smile. Today is the Day.

posted by Melanie Lutz

Be someone today who makes kindness a practice and a process. Who takes Love up a notch.  Who grows and expresses and expands with each breath the love quotient in your neighborhood.

The glow of transcendence will not have been extinguished through interpretations, perceptions, judgments or tyranny but will be born from the truth of love when your heart sings and your soul is nourished in these moments of surrender and illumination.

Everything here and now is necessary to bring forth the beautiful creature that is waiting to be born in all its radiant glory.  Now is the time to be love.  To live in love’s light and to express and explore all that means.

Enjoy today and everyday in the spirit of Love.

lots of Love,

Melanie

 

 

Inspiration lies ever present in the Heart waiting for the well spring of Release.

posted by Melanie Lutz

That energy of love’s purest grace is made manifest through our soul’s code working in concert with our nature.  How we cultivate this powerful force of our being relates the ease at which we move through the world lending our imprint. Cultivating inspiration is a practice like anything else. Acting on the inspiration where the miracles happen.

Artists May Sun and Richard Wyatt have captured the spirit of Robert Kennedy in the middle of Los Angeles with there work in a public space called the Kennedy Inspiration Park.  The beauty of Los Angeles is the incredible experience of its people in action.  Each block brings something magnificent and the collection of brilliant minds are endlessly stretching into the earth to create, imagine and present great beauty.

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I don’t know about the rest of you but letting down into that fierce space of full vulnerability is a practice and the support offered by the angels of our better natures, our cities, our communities is a blessing.  This inspiring park on a corridor of Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles that has seen so much during the course of its history is a light to those who meet its intentions.

Robert Kennedy had many gifts, one of which was his ability to turn a phrase with eloquence and passion and the quote highlighted from him by the artists of this memorial park in the City of Los Angeles is a pure jolt of hope in the hearts of those who get to experience it.  From the homeless, to the kids congregating to impress each other with their skateboard tricks, it stands for compassionate acts of personal justice where one individual takes the necessary action with love to stand in the face of injustice righting the wrong.

Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history ofthis generation.. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other  from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
You find what you are looking for.  Take today to be vulnerable to what you don’t know.  Take today to share a smile with someone you don’t know.  Take today to act when what you see before you would benefit from you extending yourself with love.LOVE, MEL 

Velvet Fog

posted by Melanie Lutz

Magnificent and magical May is upon us.  Today is another gorgeous Monday to celebrate the spring of our lives.

Heading into the archives of my mind I started hearing Mel Torme singing Mountain Greenery celebrating the joys of nature and the powerful place May has in the year’s soulful calendar.

Nobody did it better than Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart and this song, Mountain Greenery, beautifully sung by one of the coolest voices in the crooner’s registry makes me happy and cherishes what I love about spring in every way.

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Enjoy the day and enjoy the way that May brings with it growth and understanding and joy.

lots of love,

Melanie

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Magnificence is an act of rising into the fullness of who you are. NO bullshit.

posted by Melanie Lutz

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May you surrender your defenses, open your heart and love freely, listening in full harmony with the deepest space of your being.

With Infinite Love and Gratitude

Melanie

The World is a beautiful Place

posted by Melanie Lutz

World by Melanie LutzThe world is such a beautiful place filled with so many lovely people concerned with sharing in the joys of living.  There is so much that takes place day in and day out of our daily lives that hinges on our compassion in action for the way that we share our space.  My motto has always been to leave a situation, a place, a person’s heart richer than I found it.  We live in a world where life and liberty is connected to two basic principles…  1) Love always remains the answer  2) Peace is our responsibility.   By putting love first in our hearts and in the hearts of those we encounter life sings. By treating a brother as we would do unto ourselves, knowing we don’t need to be right but we can always be loving creates harmony. 

Life is constantly in motion in a dance of change and our movement individually and collectively in our shared space relys on our ability to remember the wholeness pattern of the universe, the light and the dark and the ways in which we are all in it together.

Life is easier when we love ourselves and extend that love outward, releasing the idea of separation, understanding no one can do unto you what you do not allow, what exists within remains unchanged and unchangeable, the perfect essence of creation ever in motion and always at play.

The world is definitely what we make of it.  Today is the day to embody compassion as a form of action, where vulnerability becomes our sword cutting to the heart of the matter every time.  Focused on a world where harmony sings through the chaos and love greets everyday. 

Lots of Love,

Melanie

 

The Winds of Change That Make My Heart a Dancer

posted by Melanie Lutz

There are moments that take place in the majesty of a small community theater on the back streets and alleyways of neighborhoods you would not normally frequent that transcends all the sweat and effort that goes into opening a work for an audience, where all the waiting and the anticipation and the practice takes flight in the heart of the person who made their way to the theater to sit in the quiet darkness for the lights of the performance to turn on.

It has taken me a little while to write about heading to the Son of Semele Ensemble Theater in a section of East Hollywood where darkness brings the shuttering sound of security fences crashing closed to check out a dance performance entitled Collective Metamorphosis by Elena Sophia Kozak and Company from the Critical Mass Dance Company as part of the 2013 Company Creation Festival.

Sharing Moments on Dance is something I enjoy and after seeing Collective Metamorphosis I had a lot of thoughts and words in my head, a definite sign that I connected to the energy of the work at a deep level.  Now, many days later, what remains are the feelings that follow.

Collective Metamorphosis is a triumph of the power of intention, the individual and the collective, the microcosm and the macrocosm, and, I also had to laugh when I realized I was hearing the definition of critical mass through the performance in the simple statement ‘when you know how one person transforms, you understand how a community transforms and by default how the world changes.’  In the one is the transformation of all and in achieving that critical mass of consciousness dropping through the soupiness of the imaginal cells Collective Metamorphosis births the wondrous beauty of harmony and health in action.

One thought emerged throughout – maybe words from the spirit of the source of the piece – ‘these winds of change make my heart a dancer’ which meant to me the work was both personal and universal as all the best dance theater is.

Collective Metamorphosis tackles global transformation and on that night in that tiny theater in an Eastern corner of the City of Angels filled with so many opportunities to be reborn the work gave birth to a new world filled with ideas and intentions and Love.

On these special nights of dance theater where the promise of an adventure into possibility is realized you get to experience the richness of unlimited ease of expression moving to the rhythm of life where something unspoken is revealed in the deepest way when a group of individuals come together showcasing what they love to do.  This great act of celebrating what brings joy exposes the collective heart in unexpected ways and I am glad I got to bare witness to the beautiful spirits of these women performing this work in its limited run.

You never know when lightening will strike and all of the effort and practice and mistakes will converge erupting into magnificent insight where you are taken on an unexpected journey.  Dance and the expression through the body has long had the power to illumiate and transform us, to thrill the soul and all that jazz.

Check out a clip from the work….

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To me a dancer’s heart is one of complete surrender to spirit through movement with the applied discipline required to create a still point of openness that shines for all to experience.  A dancer’s heart is the gift of the soul expressed through the body in motion.  To speak through the body with clarity and intention is one of the great gifts of modern dance choreography and Collective Metamorphosis accomplished this with grace and ease.

I am grateful I got to experience this Dance group.   I admire their creation of community of the heart through dance.  Check them out, and if you feel so moved, contribute financially to their efforts.

Transformative creative expressions need supporters.

It all starts with you.

—Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC) is a diverse dance collective that combines sacred dance, energy healing and prop work to contribute to greater peace, personal healing and social change through the development of collaborative works of dance theater.

—Son of Semele Ensemble is a collective of theatre professionals that recognizes emerging cultural questions through the production of new or under-exposed plays. They produce intimate theatre to provoke an awakening within audiences and themselves.

Hello Joe. Open the door to bliss.

posted by Melanie Lutz

Go beyond the story.

Men by nature want to understand.  It is a mechanism built into the processes of our DNA, to participate in the dance of life, the curiosity of humanity, to actualize the patterns of creation and make sense of the cycles of nature.

Learning this mechanism of what lies beneath the archetypes, symbols and patterns of existence is a lifetime journey into the complete adventure of surrender to that power that is in us but not of us that is universally expressing itself all the time, that does for us what we can not do for ourselves, that demands constant change and lives in perfect harmony in the chaos of our days.  This mechanism is the essence of what Joseph Campbell made a life’s work.  The universality of mythology through all the forms of expression is constantly felt and at play regardless of circumstance.  It is the light shining brightly revealing the truth.

Joseph Campbell spent his life sharing the manifestations of the greatest mystery on earth and worked tirelessly teaching, writing, lecturing and traveling to share his message of the deepest expression of the one universal pattern.

Deepak Chopra in Finding Joe
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The simple words spoken from Campbell has the Kensho simplicity of truth – “Find out what you most love to do and do more of that.”

In the documentary, Finding JoeDeepak Chopra shares “When you speak with your voice, it is heard with the head, when you speak with your heart, it is heard with your heart, or when you speak with your life, that change lives.”

Our lives speak volumes to those we come in contact with.  Let that volume be magnificent.

Joseph Campbell shares a story about a Guy struggling to carry rocks uphill in his Bill Moyers interviews —

An Onlooker says to this Guy struggling with the rocks –  “What are you doing?”

“Can’t you see I am carrying rocks up a hill?”  with great disdain and temper.

The same Onlooker sees Another Guy with a smile on his face carrying rocks up a hill and asks him…

“What are you doing?”  to which the smiling Guy responds with great pride and sense of purpose…  “I am building a cathedral.”

Life is always a matter of your perception and how you are carrying your load.  Is it the weight of the world?  Are you exercising it as a burden?  Or, is it imbued with great purpose, passion and inevitability.

Everything is a story you are telling.  Why not make it a great heroic story, in full understanding of the truest nature of the expression of life.  Wholeheartedness to the task that is in front of you.

In that odd way of Flight of the Soul and the stream of consciousness that it is, we are going to trip through comedian Robert Wuhl’s document of his lecture to college students done a few years ago called Assume the Position, which first aired on HBO, in which Wuhl expresses his insights about how the story does not matter, because it can be twisted by assuming any position creating that which is the perceiver’s perception.  As a tiny side note, documentarian legend DA Pennebaker is one of the credited Directors on Wuhl’s project.

The universality of this truth is the essence of Joseph Campbell’s work, that soft focus of God’s plan working through you where every thing is understood in the grander context of a vision. “History is a myth, men agree to believe.”  Campbell worked beyond the myth uncovering the commonality of the lies of our beliefs, offering a way to decode the essence of humanities deepest

The mythology of Joseph Campbell’s work is the blazing blissful archetype behind the story and the fiction of culture’s coating.  Transcendence is the experience of living your hero’s journey in the cycles and flow of life.  The mythology of Joseph Campbell’s work is the blazing blissful archetype behind the story and the fiction of culture’s coating.

Please enjoy this beautiful laugh filled document from Robert Wuhl’s Assume the Position sharing what it means to look beyond the veil of beliefs…

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My take away and what I see as the connection to Joseph Campbell from Wuhl’s Assume the Position is “When the legend becomes fact. Print the legend.”  The ending line of John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.  This statement sets up the ease with which we are swayed by the intrigue and romance of whatever story we are choosing to believe, the dragon, the symbol, the idol, etc. That space in our egos where the truth is less interesting than the creative expression of story telling.  Those who choose to open themselves beyond the veil experience the bliss of recognition of the commonality of our divine essence.  When you remember it is all a story and you can choose to be happy no matter what the circumstance life is connected and grounded and present.  The presence of eternity each of us knows as the timeless expression of love in all its forms.

This post was sparked by the documentary Finding Joe – an introduction to a man I admire – Joseph Campbell and is distributed by Beyond Words Publishing

To explore and experience more of Joseph Campbell check out the six part six hour Bill Moyers interviews shot at Goerge Lucas’s Skywalker ranch a couple of years before his death Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

 

Melanie Lutz is a screenwriter, author and poet living in Los Angeles.  You can check out more of her work at www.melanielutz.com

 

Love your Life.

posted by Melanie Lutz

There is no greater joy than to love your life exactly as it is, to celebrate the deepest essence of your being, all of your being.

When we are in love with our life, in its entirety, with all the people we see everyday, we rediscover the total gratitude for ‘the power of now’ in our life and are practicing the greatest force we have on the planet…  The demonstration of unconditional self love and acceptance.

I am blessed to be surrounded by people who embody this truth.  One of my inspirations, founder of Soluv Magazine, Aldeana Frazell, not only understands this, she lives it everyday.  Her company is dedicated to supporting the truth that all women are beautiful and without a doubt amplifies that message every day of her life.  She ALWAYS reminds me to love my life.

Today is the day to fall in love with your life.  Today is the day to remember love asks

nothing and gives everything.  Today is the day to make each moment a love fest and shift any external  circumstance to peace in your heart.

Juxtaposing another moment in history with the interpersonal work required in today’s shifting cultures and expanding interactions, when Winston Churchill on the day of the French capitulation said “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the human race lasts for a 1000 years, let them say … “This was their finest hour” he offered a space above the doubt, beyond the uncertainty and bleakness of circumstance to rise into.  Let this day be your finest hour.  Face the battlefield of your daily activities with the grandest expression of heart felt action by loving everything exactly as it is.  Rise into Love.

Enjoy that experience of total victory.  Do everyone a favor and LOVE YOUR LIFE.

I am grateful for Aldeana and I am grateful for you.

lots of Love,

Melanie

 

Check out Aldeana in action.. “I am loving this life”

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Melanie Lutz is a screenwriter, author, and poet living in Los Angeles.  For more information check out www.melanielutz.com.

Love it!

posted by Melanie Lutz

When what you see isn’t what you want, it is time to make a commitment to you. To what you want to see. To be the person that you know you were born to be.

Catch the wave of love and allow it to transform your thinking.  Allow love to support your steps into the most magnificent expression of your beautiful self.

smiles,

Melanie

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie Lutz is a screenwriter, author, and poet living in Los Angeles.  

For more information check out www.melanielutz.com.

 

 

 

Trees

posted by Melanie Lutz

“Here in these deep city lights, a girl could get lost tonight.: from Sarah Bareilles’s City cuts into the heart of what the city represents in the world we occupy and the importance of finding those spaces where nature is in its full magnificence.

There are many ways to understand the preciousness of nature but none greater than to feel the spirit of a poem that speaks with clarity and intention.

The Heart of the Tree
 
What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants a friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high.
He plants a home to heaven anigh
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard –
The treble of heaven’s harmony –
These things he plants who plants a tree.
 
What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants cool shade and tender rain,
And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the glory of the plain;
He plants the forest’s heritage;
The harvest of a coming age;
They joy that unborn eyes shall see –
These things he plants who plants a tree.
 
What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good –
His blessing on the neighborhood
Who in the hollow of His hand
Holds all the growth of all our land –
A nation’s growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

Henry Cuyler Bunner(1855 – 1896)

 Plant something today and allow nature to play its part in the cycle of the unfolding of your life.
lots of Love,

Melanie

 

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