As Real as the Here & Now

© Marisa S White - White Sparks Photograpy - As Real as the Here and Now

As Real as the Here & Now

I have said to many that I would embrace my inner hippie when making the move to Colorado…after all, it just is kind of fitting. There is something about this place, the coolness in the air as the seasons change, the view of Pike’s Peak in the distance, the light switch flip from falling leaves to falling snow and back again. (Yes, my Texas friends, Columbus Day delivered snow in the early morning but it all melted away by 2pm.) Perhaps living a mile up in altitude makes it easier to feel alive…I swear I can feel the vibration of the earth resonate through everything in this place. Including me.

Nature is all around…in full, beautiful, colorful glory and it beckons like a whisper across the room. Sometimes with a gentle breeze making the leaves dance, and at other times, with a swift wind that rattles the windows. I never thought I would feel this way, but I look around and am filled with gratitude that I get to live in such a beautiful place.

So now enter hippie-hood! Tomorrow I embark on a weekend experience attending a workshop with a Reiki Master, and new-found friend. Reiki literally means spiritually guided life source energy and focuses on the notion that we have the ability to heal ourselves. This ability has been available to us the whole time, we’ve just forgotten how to tap into it.

I must admit, this is completely new to me and I suppose one could say I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with religion and spirituality for most of my life. I’m not a fan of labels or institutions or ideas that have the ability to segregate or control. But I believe. I’ve always believed there is something else out there, indescribable and more grand than anything we could possibly conjure. Something that has the ability to unite us, heal us and point us toward our greater purpose. It resides in nature. It is pure and full of love.  So with that in mind, I approach this weekend with an open mind, acceptance and with the hope of bringing nature inside.

Inside in every sense of the word.



Behind the Scenes

The first tree to catch the mark of Autumn went up in a blaze of glory right across the street. I’m sure any neighbors witnessing this strange girl walk over with a trash bag and proceed to take the collection of leaves inside the house instead of the garbage can, must have thought me peculiar. But I’m sure this won’t be the last strange occurrence…after all, they haven’t seen my dead bug collection!

Anyhow, Captain Awesome was away for a few days which enabled a full on invasion in the bedroom! In fact, I still found a leaf hiding under the bed the other day. Luckily, he’s used to me rearranging furniture and bringing odd things into the house, much to his initial dismay!

When an idea comes knocking, and a strong one at that, it becomes difficult to ignore. So despite the fact that late at night isn’t always the best lighting scenario, I decided to embark upon this concept with inspiration at the wheel. Quite a challenge it was…getting the settings just right to capture the leaves falling in such soft, low light. But on the other hand, I got to feel like a 5 year old throwing leaves around as if I were tackling a pile out in the front yard! And that’s always fun…until you  have to clean it all up!

© Marisa S White - White Sparks Photography - BTS - As Real as the Here and Now

I head out later today to try and capture the light on the mountains before the sun sets. It’s the perfect day to some magic.

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