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How I Use Beatrix Potter And Tasha Tudor's Philosophy To Manifest My Dreams

Thursday, June 4, 2020
"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. Despite all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think about what you would think. The wonder of it!"
— Tasha Tudor

I hope this day finds you well and happy. I know the world is in rather a row; However, I feel in not focusing on the negativity and anger it encourages my motto, just as Tasha Tudors of" Taking Joy."

" There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment."
— Tasha Tudor

I feel it's worth repeating that when we choose to focus on the things not running smoothly, it does no one any good in the raising of human consciousness and that's why I don't do It. The reason most people focus on the reality is that it's quite slapped dab in our faces and most folks are accustomed to feelings of awfulness. However, the only thing we have control over is our self and what we think. That is it. But we do know there's never a crowd on the leading edge of thought. Most folks are living so far out of their alignment; it's mind-boggling.

What I thought would be fun to share is how I've been using Beatrix Potters philosophy to write and illustrate my books. And how I'm using the process of manifesting my dreams. I'm taking clues written about and from Beatrix Potter herself. I also will reference Tasha Tudor. I'm excerpting from their own words in diaries, letters and interviews. There's much more on Beatrix than on Tasha, so I shall do my best for both ladies as equally as possible. I've spent years researching these women, and I'm sure I'll continue to do so for the rest of my life. Not only for the fascination that I have but also because if women like myself discontinue writings about our heroes, their rememberings will slip away. We must tell their stories to keep their momentum activated.
When Beatrix and Tasha wrote their books, they wrote from personal experience, imagination and what they were observing from their surroundings. I also do this. Depending on what type of writer you are, I would bet you do this as well.

I'll share just a few examples, although there's so many that I'd be here all day telling each one. For instance, when Beatrix wrote The Tale of Two Bad Mice, she didn't have a dollhouse, so she wrote to Norman and asked if she could borrow his niece's dollhouse to draw. Although she had the actual dollhouse in front of her, she didn't draw it exactly; she changed it up a bit. When she wrote The Tailor of Gloucester  Beatrix Potter chose for the setting a building in College Court, standing beside the ancient St Michael's Gate.

[This is an excerpt from the Beatrix Potter Museum]" The inspiration for this story came in May 1894 when Beatrix Potter was staying with her cousin, Caroline Hutton. Whilst at the Hutton's home, Harescombe Grange, which lies five miles south of Gloucester, Caroline told Beatrix the curious tale of a local tailor. Closing his shop at Saturday lunchtime with a waistcoat cut out but not sewn together, he was surprised to discover when, on Monday morning he opened the shop again, to discover that apart from one buttonhole, the waistcoat had been sewn together. A tiny note was pinned to the buttonhole which read, "no more twist". Beatrix requested that they visit Gloucester the next day when she saw the Tailor's shop and sketched some of the beautiful buildings in the cathedral city of Gloucester.

Presumably, Beatrix Potter had already formed the story in her mind, but it was not until 1901 that the tale was committed to paper as a Christmas present for the daughter of one of her tutors, Freda Moore.

My dear Freda,
Because you are fond of fairy-tales and have been ill, I have made you a story all for yourself – a new one that nobody has read before. And the queerest thing about it is – that I heard it in Gloucestershire, and that it is true – at least about the Tailor, the waistcoat, and the "No more twist!"
-Beatrix Potter, Christmas, 1901

Beatrix later reworked the story, and this became the edition Frederick Warne published in October 1903."

For the illustrations of the clothing Beatrix went on study visits to the V&A Museum, (London, England) to sketch and see close up the details in the clothing from this time. They'd let her handle the clothing, removing It from behind the glass where she would sketch away. She was continually observing real Life. Tasha also did this living a country life while raising her children.
When Beatrix bought Hilltop, she began sketching how she wanted her gardens and home to look. I believe sketching, painting and writing is a way for us to make the world we desire. We can literally draw our lives into reality. The painting above is of Scarlette Rose Cottage. It's not finished by any stretch, but when it is complete, this is what It will look like. It's lovely to have something to look at and admire. It makes my heart beat like a kettle drum. Do you hear it!

Both of these women have done it as I'm also doing it myself. I'm sure there's more evidence elsewhere. However, these are my favourite author/illustrators, so I study them beyond pure obsession. I have found that each time I've desired something in my own life, and I have painted my dreams, they have all come true. When Tasha and her first husband divorced (married for 24 years, same as me) and moved near her son Seth, she also had sketched up a picture of her home that she wanted Seth to build her. She said she had a dream to have a home similar to one she'd seen {I think from a friend that she admired. I can't seem to find my reference on that} and wanted to build one similar. She sketched, painted and dreamt of the kind of world she desired to live in and just look at what happened. Both ladies decided to be what they imagined, made the decision and painted their dreams into reality. It's a process that absolutely works.

"Einstein said that time is like a river; it flows in bends. If we could only step back around the turns, we could travel in either direction. I'm sure it's possible. When I die, I'm going right back to the 1830s. I'm not even afraid of dying. I think it must be quite exciting." – Tasha Tudor

Have you ever painted your dreams and they came true?

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx

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