21 December 2010

The Memories in our Hearts

We were all young once. We carry the memories in our hearts of our beauty in our youth and the sweet innocence of our childhood. Many of us long for those carefree days. We remember the sweet puppy breath of our first baby dog. We remember all the days we played outside digging holes in the ground and building forts, making mud pies and climbing trees, riding horseback and singing silly songs, splashing in the rain puddles along the streets, our first bicycle, playing tag, the magic of the colourful lights on a Christmas tree, the sweet aroma filling the house with fresh baked cookies, exploring our world and tasting the earth . . . 

I remember marveling at the beauty of a Butterfly taking flight and landing in my hair. And the first time I sat out on the cool grass in the darkness beneath a night sky gazing up at the moon and realised for the first time that it was round, feeling transported by the magic of that moment when I understood the wonder of a planet suspended in the sky. We remember our fear and sense of wonder the first time we saw the ocean .. the "big water"... we cherish all those precious things and the people we have loved all our lives. This is what we see when we gaze into the mirror. No one can ever really know what is in the heart of another person.

While it is true the Universe is always listening, we are the only ones on this earth who really know ourselves. We are known to others by the power of our intentions. We are known and remembered forever by our words and our actions. Words are powerful. Be careful what you say. It is not as important how we look as what is in our hearts, and the words we project, for thought becomes form and that which we focus on we give power to. Always remember the power of now. To be present here in the moment. Focus on this very moment on this very day, every day, for it is really all you have. There are no promises and no guarantees for how much time we have in this life to make a positive difference in the lives of others during our time here on this Earth. Love is the only truly important thing in life. So when you look at your parents, when you gaze into your Mother or your Father's eyes, try and see the sweet innocent child in them. It will open your eyes to your past and to your future. No matter how old we are, we are all children.

As the Observer, we all see the child in ourselves. The innocence, the purity and the very essence of our soul is what we see when we look into our own eyes. Just as when I look at my husband, I see and love the boy within the man. Just as when I gaze into the eyes of my own dear children and see my own immortality. In my heart I am still an innocent little girl.

Sharon Mau
07 August 2014

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts -  inspirational quotes by Henry David Thoreau

E ho’omaika’i O la’a kea me ke aloha pau ole

23 July 2010

Happiness is a Choice

It is my belief that one of the most important things in life is to be true to oneself, to be authentic. Success means one thing to one person and something entirely different to another. We all have our own definition of success, and it cannot be defined. Some seek to attain riches or financial freedom while others are deeply satisfied in the purest form of creativity and create art for art's sake with no motives for any monetary gain in mind. Others, like me, are somewhere in between.

It would be nice to be financially successful doing what I love doing. I remain hopeful, I know it can happen. For me being successful also means making a positive difference in the lives of others. And I mean that sincerely. It would be wonderful to be wealthy with the ability to do whatever I wish to do, to help my family and friends and all those in need for there are so many, and to have whatever I want, (I would love to own lots of land and upgrade my camera and equipment :))) . . yet I remain grateful for everything I do have at this time. I love to dream. I dream in colour. I paint with light and pixels. As spiritual beings existing in human form we are actually quite powerful and we have the ability to create our own reality so I dream of what I wish for every single day in hopes of manifesting it.

This is my philosophy on success and happiness . . . 

  • Always be true to your self.
  • Whatever it is that you love, focus on it.
  • Try not to be distracted or influenced by negative energy.
  • Never worry or concern yourself about what someone else thinks or whether someone else likes your art or likes you.
  • If you love your work then that is ultimately what is most important for you.
  • Ultimately art is subjective and as individuals it is created for ourselves.
  • Art manifests itself in many forms.
  • Art is an outward expression of our inner creative vision.
  • We are all unique individuals with our own personal style and tastes, our own beliefs, our own individual set of values and opinions. And when we meet or encounter someone in life along the way who resonates with our energy and loves our work, well, it is validating and satisfying and rewarding in the most fundamental ways.
  • Being accepted socially is a basic human need. We all want to be liked and loved. We all enjoy attention and we all want to be listened to and heard and understood.
  • I read somewhere once that it is quite possible to listen a person's soul into existence. And it is true. This is why when someone is speaking to or communicating with us it is important to turn off the internal dialogue and really listen, to open our hearts, to modify our internal automated responses which are based on and driven by our childhood and life conditioning.
  • It is important to remain objective and step outside the realm of our own existence, to silence the Ego, and really ...... listen. 
  • Always be respectful of others, especially when there are differences of opinions. 
  • Always focus on good things, on remaining positive and hopeful, and on being who you are, working always to hone your skills and improve your techniques and master your craft, to be the very best you can possibly be in whatever field you choose, in whatever endeavor, with whatever tools you use as well as the medium with which you choose to create and project and express your creative vision. Never take anything for granted and never make assumptions. This one point alone helps to avoid many misunderstandings. 
  • Always try and remain humble and grateful, even when you don't have enough of whatever it is you need. Ask for what it is you really want. I am always amazed with the power of simply asking. 
  • Say what you mean and always be trustworthy. People will respect you when they know they can trust you. 
  • Everyone has their own opinion based on their own life experiences. 
  • Do not internalize another person's opinion or negativity, even if it is directed toward you.
  • Love begets Love
  • Like attracts Like
  • Act, don't react.
  • We are all human and none of us are perfect.
  • That which we focus on we give power to. 
  • We have the power to create our own happiness.
  • Focus on what you love.
  • Always be kind and compassionate toward others.
  • Happiness is a Choice.

These things I believe are among the keys to success.

Aloha kaua translates to Aloha to you and to me
I wish you all every happiness and tremendous success as I wish the same for me :)))))))

Copyright © 2010-2018 by Sharon Mau 

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14 May 2010

Earth Voices

Earth Voices 

If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it. People would walk around it, marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between the pools. 

 People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball, and at the creatures in the water. 

The people would declare it precious because it was the only one, and they would protect it so that it would not be hurt. The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to behold it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it could be.

 People would love it, and defend it with their lives, because they would somehow know that their lives, their own roundness, could be nothing without it. If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter - Author unknown quoted from Paul Winter's "Earth Voices of a Planet"   1990, Earth Music Productions

13 May 2010

This is My Symphony

Arising from her jewelled bower,
Dawn steps from out the flaming sky,
And in her hand are hopes that flower,
And at her feet the hours that die.
And ere the darkest shadows fall,
Sweet Evening comes from twilight lands,
And pours her peace upon us all,
And touches us with healing hands  - poetry by L.D.

What is Love 
Love is the scent with the lotus born.
It is the silent choirs of petals Singing the winter's harmony of uniform beauty.
Love is the song of the soul, singing to God.
It is the balanced rhythmic dance of planets - sun and moon lit
In the sky hall festooned with fleecy clouds
Around the sovereign Silent Will.

It is the thirst of the rose to drink the sunrays
And blush red with life.
'tis the promptings of the mother earth
To feed her milk to the tender, thirsty roots,
And to nurse all life.

It is the urge of the sun
To keep all things alive.
Love is the unseen craving of the Mother Divine
That took the protecting father form,
And that feeds helpless mouths
With milk of mother's tenderness.
It is the babies' sweetness,
Coaxing the rain of parental sympathy
To shower upon them.

It is the lover's unenslaved surrender to the beloved
To serve and solace.
It is the elixir of friendship,
Reviving broken and bruised souls.
It is the martyr's zeal to shed his blood
For the well-beloved fatherland.
It is the ineffable, silent call of the heart to another heart.
It is the God-drunk poet's heartaches For every creature's groans.

Love is to enjoy the family rose of petal-beings,
And thence to move to spacious fields
Passing by portals of social, national, international sympathy,
On to the limitless Cosmic Home
To gaze with looks of wonderment,
And to serve all that lives, still or moving.
This is to know what love is.

He knows who lives it.
Love is evolution's ameliorative call
To the far-strayed sons To return to Perfection's home.
It is the call of the beauty robed ones
To worship the great Beauty.

It is the call of God
Through silent intelligences
And starburst of feelings.

Love is the Heaven Toward which the flowers, rivers, nations, atoms, creatures you and I
Are rushing by the straight path of action right,
Or winding laboriously on error's path,
All to reach haven there at last. - from: Songs of the Soul by Paramahansa Yogananda

06 May 2010


Metaphysics is an aspect of spirituality that concerns the study of the nature of being, existence, time, space, and causality. It bridges the gap between science and faith. By studying metaphysical spirituality you can explore the development and enrichment of your own philosophy of true being. Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening - Mahatma Gandhi

01 May 2010

Perception is Reality

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect - Chief Seattle, 1855