Thirteen years ago, when I was in undergraduate school at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. We were required to take a Music Lecture 101 course as part of studies. The professor, Kabin Thomas was an amazing and inspiring guy, whose style embraced Carpe Diem. In his class he had us reflect on life, art, your purpose, and music. One his core assignments was to write your Eulogy. Writing your own eulogy is psychological exercise, that really makes you think about what legacy do you want to leave behind. When your dead what do you want to be remember for.
By happenstance yesterday I found my Eulogy paper in my studio. Below was my vision in 2003. To date, 2016 ~ I have accomplished many of these things on smaller scale. See my Arts & Healing programs that I developed HERE. I have a lot of work to do and I need to refine my mission. But I will sit in Namaste Consciousness and BE so grateful, that some of dreams have come true.
Eulogy From Circa 2003
Lisa Rasmussen saw the sunset as one of the ultimate masterworks in the universe. She was a bohemian goddess, an adventurer, a guide, an alchemist, and a journeywoman. Her life took her to sacred sites around the globe. She lived her philosophy of “art is life, as life is art”. She understood and communicated that the salvation and empowerment of humanity is to love, to respect, to express and to create; and most importantly without judgment. Lisa’s legacy is the art she created, her numerous paintings, ceramics and sculptures, which are infused with the spiritual message that we are all interconnected, from the flower, to the whales, to humanity — we are all part of the same web.
Lisa’s art can be absorbed globally in contemporary museums in New York, Spain, Italy, and Egypt. Her ceramics and paintings are also in many private collections, such as the Dali Lama, Jane Goodall and Brad Pitt. Her longtime partner Don De Leon will take Lisa’s ashes to Nepal and Tibet, and search for the Green Tara.
At forty Lisa became a sage and conquered all her demons. She taught ceramics at California State-University at Santa Cruz and countless universities in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. She inspired her students and herself to create some of the most original and sacred objects in contemporary art. Her teaching style took her and her students to remote parts of the world, to learn sacred art. Lisa is also responsible for the cultivation of the global and infamous, nonprofit organization called the Art of Life: Greenhouse Studios, which mission is to empower all individuals with the tools to create their own reality.
Lisa leaves behind a band of extended families around the world, that continue to grow, thrive and cultivate their own “art of life” at the Greenhouse Studios. In 2010 she started the Art is Life Greenhouse Studios in San Francisco. The studio is a nonprofit organization for like-minded artists, gurus and teachers, who want to make a difference in the world. The focus of the studio was the power of creativity. The studio reached out to the community and became an oasis for abused individuals, who were healed through the activation of their art. The Greenhouse also is the home to numerous abused animals. The studio incorporated creating with the presence and respect of animals. The studio attracted actors, gurus and artisans, who were questing to give back to the world. It continues to be sanctuary and shelter for the abused and oasis for their pets. Art and creating are the only mandatory qualifications to reside in the Greenhouse Studio. The art that sources from the Greenhouse is the finest in the art world; it is art from the soul. The mission of the Studio is to stop all abuses and to express and empower through the act of creation. Within five years the Greenhouse studios began to bloom and spread to the world countries of Bolivia, Peru, Africa, Nepal, China, Tibet and Italy. The global Greenhouse studios with Lisa’s insistence became learning grounds for sacred arts. Local Shamans Gurus, and Artisans where invited as guests to teach. The studios have introduced the rebirth of sacred Art in the daily lives of these cultures. The Greenhouse studios have become centers for indigenous youth to learn artistic traditions, to relearn great respect for the culture, and to relearn respect for the natural world. Most of the creating takes place in sacred grounds of the country. The magnificent artists’ that the studios have cultivated have chosen to give back to their countries and their communities. They have erased the stigma of the third world. And have stopped trying Americanize their realities. Empowerment and Pride have been infused into their ancient and rich cultures.
The global Greenhouses also are a sanctuary for the abused and a shelter for abused animals. One of the most powerful messages in the Studio is what animals can teach humans when they connect with them. Lisa has also set in place veterinarians from the U.S. to volunteer and spay and neuter the overpopulation of dogs and cats in these counties.
Also the Greenhouse in San Francisco provided study abroad programs to the other global studios. The studios have become healing centers for all who attended. In her Greenhouse studios she provided art studios and learning, as well as spiritual lectures and Yoga. The Greenhouse Studios have become magnets for the great creative spirits — the genius of minds in all of the arts … healing and traditional.
Many European and Balinese master artists teach in this setting because it is done in the traditional way. The Art of Life Studios have also set up angel funding for emerging and struggling artists in the world. Hence the Eternal Guild — Lisa’s work and her band of spiritual bohemians, can be found in galleries around the world. Called Eternal Guild Galleries, all of the proceeds go back to the foundation and to animal rights, human rights and preservation and protection of the earth.
Lisa is also responsible for the top five corporations’ new mind set to give back. They dominate corporations thorough Lisa persistence; Have created a New Renaissance-supporting the arts, nature and life. All companies are giving 10% of their profits to worldwide organizations- for art, preservation and to stop all abuses. They have also committed to budget tons of money to clean up mother earth.
The world has become a living art gallery. Lisa has had here hands in saving many endangered species like the Giant Panda, the Whales, the Siberian Tigers, and the Mountain Gorillas. With corporations giving back there is no need to exploit and rape the earth anymore.
Lastly one must mention Lisa’s children books — The Adventures of Kitty Bliss, which have planted the seeds in the young generation to have a powerful soul with faith, love and respect for all of life. Her books have surpassed Dr. Seuss and can be found in every language in the world. Lisa’s spirit lives on in her grace, her creativity, and her art. But also in the lives, she has touched through the Art of Life Greenhouse Studios, Eternal Guild Galleries and the Kitty Bliss series.
As the main character in Kitty Bliss discovered, if we all dream the same dream it will happen. For today all over the world people are dreaming the same dream … creating, expressing and .. . creating with love and respect for all life. And the world has become a kinder, more beautiful and gentler place.
Write you own Eulogy? See one example of a writing exercise HERE. It is a powerful practice! Share if you care to!