Flight of the Soul

Flight of the Soul

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.

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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

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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.

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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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Day One Hundred – Love is all that is Real

posted by Melanie Lutz

Only love is real.

One hundred days ago I started a tiny journey into the heart of Love.  With the intention to speak clearly and with intention.  Each night, of each day ended with writing Loving thoughts and posting them to my Flight of the Soul blog here on Beliefnet.com.

It was the realization of what a Voice that had come into my head and asked me to do — think differently.  When I ignored it, the Voice got more insistent and more specific until it settled on the assignment…

For the next 100 days
I am going to consider the possibility there is another way
I won’t talk about war, I will feel peace.
I won’t talk about what isn’t working. I will experience what is.
I won’t complain about what people don’t do. I will appreciate what they do.
Cura Et Labore “with care and work”
I am going to allow myself to be uplifted.
And. Be willing to see change. In a new light.
In what’s remembered.
 

It took me a little bit of time to listen to the instructions. It took me a little bit of moving past my ego to execute the task that was being asked of me.  In pushing past my resistance and understanding the voice did not ask if I felt like it, or if it was something I enjoyed doing, or if I had time in my busy schedule.  It told me what it wanted and it was my choice to follow through.  This instruction was a pathway forward in my inner journey to self hood. It was the key to moving to another level of my consciousness and it was the path required to allow my soul to express itself.

I can’t say that every day of the 100 days was super profound or that I found the perfect loving thought for each day, what I can say is. I did it, and in doing so entered a new space of being.

The rite of passage these 100 days represents is important as understanding how to add 2 plus 2 to get 4 to move to 4 x 12 equals 48, to algebra and beyond.

Whether you base your world view on mathematics, science, religion, god, vibrations, energies, etc. everything in the universe is a harmony at play and in tune with cycles endlessly flowing.

“Show up for Love.

Nothing more is required.”

Love is all around. Love is in the room. Love is in my heart. Love is within.

And.

It is okay for Love to seep into my body and mind and spirit. It is okay to transform my fear. It is all okay that I am surrounding my intentions with love and releasing anything that is unwanted, not of the light and hanging around as a downer dragging my spirit into the ethers.

This is the moment when the winds of the angels delivers the message into the warmth of the soul revealing wisdom.

All I can do I have done.  Where I have held myself back thinking there is something wrong with me in these 100 days I now release. Whatever patterns I have showcased in the past. I release.  Whatever comes up that has blocked a natural flow in moving forward with beautiful expressions and collaborations I release.  I release everything mentioned and unmentioned into the vientos de los angeles.

Any energies that have been directed in explaining what is a problem.  I now direct those energies to move into and nourish the expansion of creativity and love and co-creating all that is beautiful for a loving and fantastically peace-filled future.  My minions and my men at work set in action with Love.

Moving on there will be another week, another tomorrow and another breath. There will be another moment and there will be love.  Thank God I know only love is real and demonstrate that truth with all the days of my life.

These 100 days have reminded me all is loving, that endings are beginnings and fears and tears are our friends and these voices in my head can be helpful and are not here to hurt me.

Thanks for your patience and practice and love.

smiles,

Melanie

 

Day One Hundred of  Melanie Lutz’s 100 days of Love and Inspiration.

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

Day Ninety Nine – All is Love

posted by Melanie Lutz

Dearest,

All is love in your presence, all is held and whole and perfect.  I Love you beyond the beyond, into the depths of truth and joy into heaven on earth.

Thank you for all your blessings and all the right minded joy you have brought into my life.

“May the stillness and the peace of now enfold you in perfect gentleness.  Where everything is gone except the truth.”  — ACIM

Welcome to the presence of Love.

Congratulations on your commitment, on your integrity of self and you full knowing of the experience of love.

The power of God and all His Love, without limit, will support you as you seek only your place in the plan of Atonement arising from His Love. ACIM

Much grace and ease and smiles.  Enter the vision of now, in truth with Love.

Yours,

 

Melanie

http://www.acimmentor.com/macimchapter20.html

You still see with the body’s eyes and all that they can report is separation. But you have asked for and received another Vision. You share the Holy Spirit’s Purpose now so you also share the Holy Spirit’s Vision. The Holy Spirit’s ability to extend Love everywhere is yours now, too. The Holy Spirit does not see separate selves; only One Holy Self everywhere. The Holy Spirit does not see fear; only Innocence shining Peacefully on Everything that the Holy Spirit loves.

6.         This Easter look with a different Vision on your Holy relationship. You have forgiven your Christ Mind your illusions and yet your Christ Mind cannot use your Love while you do not see It. You cannot use What your Christ Mind gives to you unless you choose to use Itwith your Christ Mind. The Holy Spirit’s Vision is not an idle gift to be played with for a while and then tossed aside. Listen carefully: Don’t think that the Holy Spirit’s Vision is an illusion, a careless thought to play with, or a toy to pick up from time to time. If you do, this is what It will be to you.

7.         You have the Vision now to look past illusions. It has been given to you to no longer see fear, separation, or obstacles to Peace. Your fear of God is nothing to you who can now see your Christ Mind in place of the personal mind’s projections on the other. With your Christ Mind in your awareness your Vision has become the greatest Power for the undoing of illusions that God can give. What God gives to the Holy Spirit you receive. Your Christ Mind looks to you for release because you have asked for the strength to look on the final obstacle of your fear of God and to no longer see fear or death.

8.         The Home that you have chosen is beyond the veil of your fear of God. It is ready to receive you. You will not see It with the body’s eyes, yet all that you need to see It you already have. Your Home has called to you since time began and you have never failed to hear It. You just did not know how or where to look for It. Now you know. In you, God lies ready to be unveiled and your awareness of God is ready to be freed from the terror that has kept God hidden from you. There is no fear in Love. Easter is a symbol that Christ was never crucified. Lift your eyes with your Christ Mind, not in fear but in faith that only God is Real. There is no fear in your Christ Mind because your Christ Mind’s Vision does not see illusions, only a path to Heaven, your Quiet, Gentle, Peaceful Home.

9.         The Holiness that you extend in your perception of the other in your Holy relationship will lead you Home. The Innocence that you extend will light your way, guiding you and protecting you, shining from the Holiness that you extend in your forgiving your illusions. Let your Perception of the other in your Holy relationship be your Savior from illusions as you look on them with the new Vision that looks on Love and that brings you Joy. With your Christ Mind you go beyond the veil of fear. The Holiness that leads you is within you, just as your Home is within you. You will find What God means for you to find.

10.       This is the way to Heaven and the Peace of Easter. Join your Christ Mind in the glad awareness that you have risen from the personal self’s past to awaken to the present. Now you are Free and Limitless in your Oneness with All that is within you. Now is your Innocence untouched by guilt and perfectly protected from fear and the belief that separation from God is real. Your extension of Love to your relationship saves you from pain and fear, and your Christ Mind, Which you see in it, is the Strength that guides you through and beyond fear. Walk in your Holy relationship rejoicing because your Christ Mind has come into your awareness to save you from your illusions and to lead you Home.

11.       The Christ that you see in your Holy relationship is your Savior and your mind is released from crucifixion through your Vision of Christ in all that you perceive. In your pain your Christ Mind will not leave you, who are One with Christ. With your Christ Mind you will gladly walk the way of Innocence as you behold the open door of Heaven and recognize the Home that has called to you. Joyously extend your Freedom and your Strength to lead you Home and to replace the world in your mind. Extend your Holiness, Where Strength and Freedom are, to receive the awareness that leads you Home. Christ is in you and in your mind’s perception and your Christ Mind will lead you past fear to Love.

 

Day Ninety Nine of  Melanie Lutz’s 100 days of Love and Inspiration.

 

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


 

 

 

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