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The following interview was conducted on February 9, 2001 by Marianna (of Athens, Greece).


Question - What do you think ? The more we learn, makes us get closer to God or away from him?
A: It depends on what you mean by "learning". Learning what? Under normal circumstances, as we age we tend to turn our focus of attention to the deeper meanings of life, and discover that God is definitely the nucleus of our existence, therefore the wisdom to get closer to Him is undoubtedly in order. This is in reference to that kind of "learning".


Q: - Is it a prerequisite in our life to get closer to God?
A: "One's soul evolution has an automatic pilot toward that direction,..so the "prerequisite" depends on what stage one's soul is at. You will however sooner or later in your soul's "travels', end up in God's back yard. (Something to look forward to I think)".


Q: - Whatever is said to be "magic" in this life time is it considered dangerous as well?
A: It depends on the nature and definition of "magic". In normal terms "magic" if encapsulated within the spiritual realm is not considered "dangerous", but a supernatural act. Perhaps Satanic or "witchcraft magic" may be labeled as "dangerous".


Q: - Do you believe that the moment somebody is aware of his talent...that it ceases to exist? 
A: "No. "Talent" is God's gift to your entity upon your entrance in your present lifetime, and it never ceases to exist, unless you totally ignore it or suppress it for reasons of personal choice.


Q: - How.. out of thousands of impressions and ideas you choose the "theme" of your paintings?
A: The "theme" is actually the end result of the "thousands of impressions and ideas," and therefore the product of inspiration.

 

Q: - Do you believe that only through Art we can reach eternity?
A: - As an artist I'm tempted to say yes ...but seriously though, I think the answer is No. "Eternity" is a build in factor in the sojourn of our soul. You do not "plan" eternity, it is designed for you by "The One".


Q: - Do you think that most of us do what we can do, what we want to door what we should do?
A: - I believe that we were given a choice to do what we want to do, and according to this choice, we learn what our soul requires to learn in each lifetime to benefit it's "upgrade"...meaning we keep coming back over and over, until we make it right!


Q: - There is a general sense that people constantly learn what are taught to..Is this true..or each one of us learns separately through his own paradigm and experience only?
A: - Both parts of your question are true in a sense...if also viewed as statements at the same time. The first part applies to the primary stages of the anatomy of our ego, and the second part, the inclination toward the maturing part of the ego, when our paradigm had already been well established.


Q: - Is success and recognition a dangerous state? and if it is why?
A: "Success and recognition" depend on which scale is being used for them to be measured on. If they are measured on the "materialistic level" scale alone, i.e. "I have a good job,..I make a lot of money,..I drive a Ferrari, and I own this and that".. they are quite unimportant to your soul's growth,... although they may tend to make your physical life more "comfortable".  The supreme test is to measure "success" on the scale of your inner world. I wouldn't worry about the "recognition" part. That will be taken care of automatically by your Maker.


Q - What made you want to leave Cyprus and go to the United States? Were you aware of the reasons at that time?
A: - "Hmm...I suppose the desire to evolve myself within the cultural confines of a more evolved nation than Cyprus was at the time,..and yes I was aware of the reasons. One of them was the fact that...if I wanted to make something of myself, this was the place. Another reason was because I wanted to become rich and famous,..and little did I know that I'd miss the boat on both attempts! (grin).


Q: - How can an adult reserve the "child" inside him alive?
A: "The child" inside of us is always present. The test is to acknowledge it and nurture it, so as to enable us to deal with the negative pitfalls of adulthood. Unless our childhood had painful experiences, It is always a pleasure to have it resurface occasionally and relive it's moments.  I know in my case it is!. I had an unforgettable childhood with loving parents, and good friends.


Q: - What does a person lose or gain from the moment he has become an adult? Is there something that can destroy talent?.. If we consider it a "fire" what could put it out?
A: - The first part of your question: A person (in most cases) "loses" parental dependency the moment he becomes an adult,..and he/she eventually gains wisdom through experiences along his Path. (Again in most cases). The second part of the question... Why would anyone want to "put out the fire" of his talent?


Q: - They say that we make our own destiny. Do you believe that?
A: - That's an easy one. The answer is a resounding Yes.


Q: - Is there in fact what is called "talent" and what does it mean to you?
A: - Every one of us is given a certain "talent" as a gift whenever we come into a new incarnation. "What my talent means to me" is: A. having gratitude for "The One" that gave it to me, and B. The hope to have the wisdom to use it constructively."


Q: - What is more important in our life? Choices or destiny influence?
A: - Our "choices" lead us to our "destiny". Our "destiny" is nothing but the total sum of our choices."


Q: - Is there something you have seen or heard that you think it was the most important impact in your lifetime, and if so what?
A: "Seen"?... I've seen the awesome power of the energy of God everywhere I look....The magnificence of His Presence...His creative art work of a Sunrise...a Sunset...the splendor of His "palette and brush,"... and the abundance of His LOVE in all things!. "Heard"?...I've heard the first cry of my children and my baby grand daughter Alexa-Rae!... I've heard the inspirational energy of "quality music". A "Ludwig Van Beethoven...a..Frederic Chopin...the traditional and contemporary sounds of American jazz,..the soft "bouzouki" of Greek music, and the Spiritual compositions of "Yianni"!. I've... heard the fulfilling "silence" when in a meditative state of awareness. All of the above had the greatest influence in my lifetime. I may add that I am glad you have "interviewed" me. You had given me an opportunity to get in touch with my inner self!" - Thank you.

  

Other Views
 

ON DEATH: "Revelation from someone who had experienced clinical death and survived to talk about it." Death is not the final curtain; it's merely an intermission between "acts". the most significant discovery I made after my "death" was that "I" - the "real" me - was not my body.  For those of you who on the surface acknowledge a similar belief, be sure you are not in a subtle way still living your life as though you are your body. Unless you daily and constantly remind yourself who you really are, the vague recognition that "you" are eternal and your body only temporary, will not demonstrate your "immortality" in your day to day "here and now" life. When your body grows old, tired, decrepit, or diseased and "dies", "you" do not die with it. "You" never become old, tired, decrepit or diseased. "You" never "die". When you move out of your body in so called "death"- "you" will be free from the limitations and confinement of your temporary residence, and be ready for the next phase of your eternal life. If, while playing your current role, you probe into the "mysteries" of the "big picture" and became further "enlightened", your next "part" will be a larger one.

ON PATIENCE: In a single day we can be faced with countless irritations: someone tailgates you on your way to work; someone cuts in front of you while you're waiting in line at the post office; co-workers chat and laugh loudly in the next cubicle while you're conducting a business phone call; you're going out with friends tonight, but they show up an hour late, or you're eating dinner when you're suddenly interrupted by a telemarketer...you went to bed for the night, you're dosing off, when suddenly the phone rings and..."it's the wrong number"... I'm sure you can think of many other examples. So, what do we do when we encounter an endless stream of minor irritants? Well, we can choose to become upset or we can choose to follow the example of oysters. They use an irritating grain of sand to create a glittering pearl. We can use our irritating experiences to create pearls of forgiveness, pearls of compassion, and pearls of understanding. Learning to accept minor irritations prepares us to endure major ones. Those who lack patience find minor irritations or suffering unbearable. However, those who have mastered patience find great suffering tolerable. Patience has great impact on our happiness, for how can those who are upset and constantly complain be happy? Those who are always angry withdraw from the world; they curse the world. But those who are patient are peacemakers who embrace the world, bless it, and thank it for the opportunity to create "pearls". How can we expect to have others accept our weaknesses unless we are willing to accept theirs? Patience, then, is about respect for others. It is when we interact with others that we come to understand ourselves. For when we act with patience and understanding, that's what we become. And when we act with impatience and anger, that's what we are. How can we commit to a relationship unless we have patience?  Patience binds, heals, and supports relationships. Impatience is divisive. It severs friendships, dissolves marriages, breaks up families, and breaks hearts. So, patience is also about maturity.  Patient people do not throw away pets and possessions or relationships and responsibilities simply because things aren't working out as originally expected. Patient people bring out the best in them.  Impatient people bring out the beast in them. You say you're not as patient as you would like to be? Not to worry, just be patient, for patience comes to those who wait. Aren't all things difficult before they become easy? My final words on patience are taken from the eighteenth-century French naturalist, Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon (1707-1788), "The ability to accept delay. Or disappointment. To smile at setbacks and respond with a pleasant, understanding spirit. To remain calm while others around are uneasy. This is Godly patience. Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; Hold fast; Hold out.  Patience is genius".

ON LISTENING TO MUSIC: Certain kinds of music induce feelings of tranquility, others spur us to creative action. Some people do their best work while listening to Mozart, others require the passion of Revel, still others appreciate the tranquility of new-age music like that by "Crosswynd". If you take the time to experiment, to examine and mostly, to listen, then you will be able to use music to capitalize on your own strengths and abilities, and to be the Creator that you were meant to be.

ON PURPOSE: The purpose of life, is to lead a life of purpose and its meaning is to give life meaning....is it not? But what is meant by purpose and meaning? They simply mean the "big picture," vision, chief aim, or core values that all other goals are subordinate to. For example, our PURPOSE might be to leave the world a better place than the way we found it, or to make everyone we meet happier. Either of these purposes would be noble and achievable. How can we help create a better world or make others happier? Wouldn't you agree that one way is by refusing to steal, criticize, intimidate, gossip, judge, or argue?  Another way would be to treat others with kindness, generosity, honesty, and respect. Our goal should be not merely to be good, but to be good for something. To have value that we offer to the world. Our PURPOSE is the path we follow; it's a broad paintbrush that colors all areas of our life. When all personal goals (career, family, etc.) are aligned with our PURPOSE, we will be authentic beings with integrity. Despite the importance of PURPOSE, many of us are still floundering, drifting in an unknown direction. Why's that? One reason is fear. We're afraid to state our target because we may miss it. To avoid failure, we avoid having a purpose. But that strategy makes as much sense as an ostrich "hiding" from its enemies by burying its head in the sand. If we don't stand for something, we may fall for anything. What is the purpose of living if we don't have something to live for?

ON LOVE: Love your family, your job, your country, and everyone you meet without any strings attached. As Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevski wrote, "Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God." The only Russian author greater than Dostoevski, Leo Tolstoy, wrote, "Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source." Buddha's simple message was, "Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child." For centuries, mystics have sought to experience God by depriving their bodies of food, sleep, and comfort and by spending countless hours in contemplation or deep meditation. They were successful in their quests, but it isn't necessary to go to such extremes. For all one needs to do to experience God, is to experience God's work, which is unconditional love. When we open our heart to love, we open our heart to God. When we experience unconditional love, we experience God.

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