Teachings from a Lost Art

I strongly believe one of the best things you can take from the experiences of crossing oceans and introducing yourself to the world’s cultures is the simple ability to understand.

In the big picture of the human race, the significance of understanding has been largely overshadowed by our ability and addiction to change. We want to change the flow of things, gain more of the profits, decrease the costs, a constant discovery of change rather than understanding.

Understanding that the earth is dying and that there are rules of the natural world; the ancestors were said to breathe all the way into their feet, they understood the connection and placed value on the lost art of paying attention.

Awareness of ones surroundings and ones self; a simple guide to living without regrets and creating fulfillment.

Listen. Can you hear the wind …

– Bruce Lee



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Inspire Travel: Freedom In Character and Story

There is something about the adventure and the journey that speaks to humans. The telling of mythical heroes and events has been the most effective method in communicating cultural teachings and values for thousands of years. Books, movies and orators captivated the human psyche, where we are characters to a larger story.

There is a certain freedom in seeing yourself as a character, and interestingly this view of myself as a character becomes very real when I embark on adventure, something ticks and I’m no longer the center of everything but rather apart of a bigger story.

However, unlike the mythical heroes, you are both the character and the author. The child and guide. It becomes a reality of creating, where the story only becomes more clearer and bolder as it is told.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

– Helen Keller




Live Powerful

The smiths and artisans are the seniors to the powerful because of their ability to live on without power.

Its an interesting interpretation of the world. A lifestyle that views this thing of power as coming from not the ability to buy stuff but from the ability to use unique skills and personality to make stuff in a way that makes money far less valuable.

The idea of power, however, is a small byproduct of this lifestyle of the artisan, the true jewel of the arts is the amount of joy and fulfillment experienced in your progression in the overall craft. You see growth, you see awareness, you begin to see the little things in a piece that differ it from the rest … and yes this thing before you now has a soul.

Each and every person was gifted with a specific set of talents and interests that they are naturally inclined to pursue. The amazing expressions happen when their own unique personality brings forth these talents in a entirely new and engaging way.

The true essence of the artist is within the joy and abundance of the self-relient path.

Call to action:

  1. Start with a hobby (eg. knot tying, storytelling, weaving, etc.)
  2. Make from your values/ideals – answer (ask) the hard questions about yourself
  3. START CREATING. skill level doesn’t matter. just start.
  4. Travel the world. learn more.

Explore your talents. Create.




Crafting Damascus: Bridging the idea and the material

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”

– Michelangelo

Apart from the satisfaction blacksmithing brings me, it always seems like magic when metal that is utilized solely for its strength and toughness can be shaped, folded, and transformed into a design that was once only in thought.

An idea is possibility. Enacting possibility is the expression of freedom.