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Just for Fun, Life Coaching

Perfectly Broken: Following Your Voice Home

2 Comments 19 August 2011

What if…
we all just stopped, looked up, and let Life ring through, as clear as a birdsong or a bell?
“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”—Leonard Cohen
What if…
Instead of becoming infatuated again with all the bluster and footwork of passion and will, we remembered that..
Life is designed to support full expression and growth.
Our mammal bodies are 2.5 million years in the making and we can trust their innate wisdom.
As spiritual beings we are eternal and can never get it wrong because we are never really done.
What a blessed relief, to be out of the how and what business, all those beginnings and middles.  All that self-loathing disguised as self-help. All that crack patching.
What a blessed relief to love yourself because you are that way.
“You do not have to be good.  You do not have to walk on your knees through the desert for a hundred miles repenting.  You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”—Mary Oliver
If expression has any point, it is that.  Just the soft animal of your body giving its grief cry or joy cry, or maybe its particular flavor of silence.

Denying the soft animal of your body makes it sad and can also make it sick.As Carolyn Myss says, “if you don’t have passion you do have symptoms.”

The main reason I love helping people fully express themselves is because I know how much it hurts not to.What a painful lie it is to feel invisible, voiceless, separate.

As a spiritual life coach and photographer, I give space to what is already there and let it shine forth.  It is a simple and healing thing.  Really the most natural thing.  There is nothing to fix.  Makeovers to the soul are a form of violence.
Looking back I can see how all the emphasis I put on my “Hero’s Journey”, my evolution and growth, my specialness and sensitivities, only made the illusion of separation stronger.
22 years of following the Western rabbit trail of freedom later, I have realized I didn’t need to be a ragged individual, didn’t need to create unique gyrations of style to be someone, didn’t need to improve, or even lead, my life.
In fact there is no such thing as “My life”.  Just life.  Just One with Life.
I had followed my voice back home.
In hindsight I see that even my inner resistances and apparent “hitch in my gitalong” was perfectly orchestrated.  All the things that didn’t happen were grace too.

What hasn’t happened lately that you are grateful for?

What is the simplest or most outrageous thing you can be, do, or say now in service of what you love most?

Share your comments and insights below.

Doug Ellis is a professional light-bringer, photographer, and spiritual/somatic life coach. His life is dedicated to heart-centered expression and the healing power of being deeply seen. 

Photography

Lisa Nichols for Doug Ellis Photography

No Comments 09 March 2010

Testimonial by Lisa Nichols, author of No Matter What, featured teacher in The Secret, and member of the Transformational Leadership Council, for Doug Ellis Photography.

Photography

Why I Photograph

2 Comments 10 January 2010

Doug Ellis at Transformational Leadership Council

Photography means “writing with light” and I’ve become a incorrigible light monger, always brailing its warp and woof, checking its reflection, slant, color cast on the back of my hand

Writing with light  you can tell a story with none of the extra interpretive baggage of words. And like a book, an image can be straight up straight and in your face (ala Terry Richardson), or layered with depth, meaning, nuance and mystery (ala Sally Mann).

I love that you can use color or remove it to let light and shadow make a point. I love combining colors and shapes and forms to create a new language of meaning.

I love the happy accidents, the capacity to be surprised by the magic and mystery of particles and waves and things half-noticed that become revealed.

I love the gadgets and gear and always try to get the best I can afford so that I can grow into it and not use a technical constraint as an excuse.

I love how ten photographers can photograph the exact same thing and come away with completely different pictures. It would be interesting if Dr. Masaru Emoto, with his water crystal experiments, would put photos of the same subject taken by different photographers on jars of water to see if the crystalline structure of those jars would be different.

I’m amazed at how often photography has put me at my edge—the edge of what I thought was possible for myself artistically, my edge of attention and concentration, the edge of my heart’s capacity to witness beauty and sometimes ugliness.

That aspect of photography, of it being a mirror of my consciousness, what I love and pay attention to, is still miraculous to me. I see now places in the past where I flinched from an intimate moment or was too hesitant to get low or close.

Even after hundreds of thousands of (sometimes downright bad) exposures, I still feel like an advanced beginner. I’m amazed at how fast one’s eye or attention can evolve and transform over time.

I guess the reason I photograph is to both remember and forget myself at the same time.

“Like a great starving beast

My body is quivering

Fixed

On the scent

Of

Light

–Hafiz

For more on my photographic vision and philosophy, see One Photographer’s Prayer on my photography website Doug Ellis Photography.

Feel free to post your favorite photographers and motivations for shooting below.

Photographic Heroes

Some of my photographic heroes/icons (not in actual order of preference).

Happiness is a full Compact Flash card.

Happy shooting.


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