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Ingrid van Amsterdam

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Hello all!

Wow after a year of membership with FAA (Fine Art America) and a very busy life I am finally getting the time to exploring this site a bit further and am starting to get the hang of some of the features it offers. Over the last few days I spent much time on creating email lists for future emails and have sent my very first email out (very exciting!) basically to put my feelers out to see what the reactions would be (if any!)

Pleased to see that the response so far has been positive and that further emails will be welcome 🙂 ~ if you’d like to receive my updates please subscribe to my website here

I am currently in the process of catching up with uploading some of my creations / photography and there is so much yet to come.

I am a creative working with…

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Trials and Triumph!


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It’s the trials of life which teach us about our Self

The way we deal with it

Testing our belief in our Self

Love and Respect

Taking responsibility for our choices

We stand strong in our Power

Clarity in our head

No matter how tired we are


We can handle






When you are able to back your Self up,


You know you are at Peace

with your Self!


In Love and Light,

Ingrid ~*♥*~



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Hello everyone!

It’s been GO GO GO for me lately with not much time left for myself, BUT ~ I had this amazing opportunity to volunteer as a “Glow worm” at the NZ CREATIVITY CHALLENGE at WITT during the weekend.

Labelled “Glow worms” we were to set up the workshop areas with or without furniture, flip boards, markers, tape, etc, as requested for the respective speakers, make sure everyone was on time and, in short, make sure everyone was looked after and would have a great experience.

In return, we were able to attend the workshops of our choice, for free. WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

I met the most amazing, beautiful, and interesting people there, and firstly on Saturday, attended a workshop about Infinite Creativity by Jennifer Goddard. Basically, this relates to the memory we have, giving it Energy (plus!), and yield Infinite Creativity. Challenging our memory, this will raise our creativity IQ.

The second workshop I attended was with Penni Bousfield ~ Embodying Creativity. These were movement exercises done to music, trusting your instinct involving collaboration with others, and connecting with your Self ~ going with your own Flow, as well as Flowing in Harmony, with others. Reminded me of Tai Chi when done in groups, as the movements were so graceful, and even looked like they were choreographed to onlookers!

Straight after I joined a workshop with Mary Kippenberger and Peter Charlton-Jones, interactive story telling, using voice, silence, and acting with costumes, lots of improvisation, and lots of fun!

Sunday, I sat in with Tim Hurson, speaking about ParallaxShift: How to see the world with new eyes. We were working with images and graphs, and did group exercises, relating to our own, and others’ perspectives.

As a bonus for me we were shown a film produced by Paora Joseph, about a group of children and adults, following the footsteps of their Parihaka ancestors while in captivity, throughout the North and South Island. Very beautiful and touching indeed.

Throughout all of the workshops I attended, what was emphasized to me, was the importance

to believe in our Self ♥

to go with our own Flow, and Flow in Harmony with others ♥

of willing to change if necessary ♥

to be flexible ♥

of daring to stand out in the crowd ♥

of being centred and focused ♥

to enjoy life! ♥

to have fun 🙂 ♥

to accept our differences ♥

the ability to trade / barter for goods and services ♥

and most of all:

to LIVE IN LOVE AND LIGHT, so we can experience Peace and Harmony, at all times ♥

I found this weekend most inspiring and left with a feeling of renewed energy!

As I am constantly thinking about World Peace, I know for sure WE CAN CREATE IT!

And the fastest way to World Peace, is to be AT PEACE with OUR SELVES, and to ACCEPT OUR DIFFERENCES ♥

We are all Unique, so let us celebrate our Uniqueness in Love and Light! 🙂 ♥

Loving you ALL in your UNIQUENESS,

In Love and Light,

Ingrid ~*♥*~

Going Inside


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Most of us think too much, especially about events and people, local and global, famous and not so famous. When we are always thinking about what is happening on the surface of life, the visible, then it is as if we are living a superficial life. Deep down inside there is a voice, a longing, a calling to depth. It’s our heart, reminding us to visit, explore and express the depths of our ourselves. Going deep and being deep requires time spent in solitude, some periods of introversion and a conversation with ourselves. How on earth will we ever see what is in our heart unless we dive deep inside, switch on the light and look. Those who do will tell you it changes everything. What do they see? Simple, only beauty and truth. They are always there, waiting for us to return. Waiting to welcome us and to introduce ourselves to ourself.

~ Kishan Jessani



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TIME has been on my mind a lot lately.

My understanding of time is, that it is RELATIVE. It depends on how we think, and what we think, and how we perceive life. For example, to a small child, a week seems like an eternity. This is because they only have a small view on life ~ their immediate surroundings in their environment ~ and as they grow bigger, their view on the world expands, and their understanding of time changes also.

As adults, we are able to see the bigger picture, as our awareness becomes bigger. Suddenly the world doesn’t seem so big anymore! We understand that there is life beyond our own, and much of it we have never even seen or experienced!

Time seems to be speeding up when our awareness becomes greater. There seems to be less time available for all the things we have to do, all the things we try to fit in a day, or a week.

We can give a name to time, in years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and so on.

But time itself, IS.

We live in the NOW. What is history, is history. Make the most of NOW! The NOW, is your PRESENT.

Just yesterday we were made aware of a planet made up out of mainly diamond. This rocky planet, called ’55 Cancri e’, orbits a sun-like star in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours.

When we look into space, we are observing what has happened so many light years away, and subsequently we are looking into the past, but perceiving it in our present.

Recently on the 2nd of August, I took some photos of the full moon, and on one of them I discovered the tiniest red dot! I decided to enlarge this red dot, which along with other marks in the sky, was not visible to the naked eye, to see what it would look like. The photo I have posted here, is what it turned out to be!
From the time I was a little girl, with a dad who was into astronomy, I have always wondered what other planets would be like, and if there would be life on them, and if we ever would be able to go there. Seeing this image enlargement of what could be anything you would like to imagine ~ a spaceship? ~ made me think of our perception of time.

If there is intelligent life on other planets in our Universe, or other Galaxies, which is now very apparent, with lots of channelings happening all over the globe, and advanced technology with which we are able to travel into space and onto other planets, yes, with the knowledge that is already out there but held secret from us by certain institutions of our society out of fear of losing power, this must mean, that the beings who are able to see us from outer space, presumably some light years away, or living in different energy frequencies, this means then, that as we are looking into the past, we are also looking into the future, as to them ~ these space beings ~ they perceive us in their present, but we have been already, many light years away from them!

So, it all depends on how we look at it, TIME. As our awareness grows, our consciousness of space and time will also grow.


RELAX, and enjoy every moment in your present. Open your MIND, and open your HEART ♥

Look deep inside, and SEE your Light ♥

Shine your darkness away, and BEAM yourself into perfect health!

In Love and Light,

Ingrid ~* ♥ *~



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Just wanted to share with you the last few days have blown me out of kilter completely ~ with a sudden unexplained, utter and complete lack of energy to the point where I asked myself how I have ever felt so ENERGIZED like anything was possible!

From one moment to the next I felt I couldn’t move and was forced to lay down, sleep many hours of the day as well as the night (yes I admit I have had some late nights!!!)

When I think about it, I have to be honest as I could have seen it coming, starting to feel overworked, and no moments (no, not even moments!) of rest in sight!

Yes I have to take full responsibility of course!!! But there are times you feel obliged to do things, thinking an opportunity may go away if you don’t act quickly, so I’ve been running around like crazy, like I’m invincible!
So, being so busy (although I was enjoying most of it!) and running myself down, I was forced to rest as my body was certainly giving up on me, with a sudden extreme sore throat and earache, unable to swallow and could hardly talk as this hurt too much, and on top of it a major headache! I decided that the best thing to do was spend most of the day in bed, trying to focus on visualizing my pains to leave my body while lying down, which was easier said than done, with all my actions over the past few days and even weeks racing through my head.
I knew relaxation was the key, and eventually fell asleep ♥

Woken up I felt slightly better but not as I had imagined and at my times awake, I managed to consume lots of honey, and drinks made of chopped up onion with more honey!

I felt so miserable that I decided to get a photo of myself and with that on my lap, applied self healing, tuning in to my own energy field. This definitely helped which I was and AM very grateful for!

Feeling much better the next day (Friday) I decided to take it easy and try to catch up on some (ignored) housework…!
Feeling good about myself and having started on such a positive note, I remembered my photography class and started shooting away while I was having a coffee (my first since days!). YES I was having fun and feeling good :~))) in my sunny spot!

Suddenly I noticed the sun on my head but getting carried away with my camera, I kept experimenting with different exposures, and of course… refused to stop against better knowing….!

Well I certainly paid for it as afterwards I felt exhausted with a massive headache, wondering if I got a sunstroke because of it!
I was absolutely shattered and decided to pick up my photo once more with the energy I had left.
Went to bed reasonable early, and yesterday morning, I was amazed and so grateful because all of my symptoms had completely disappeared! :~))) ~*♥*~

I feel better than ever and completely re-energized! Yes I have had a great and productive day, and had a great time with my kids too :~))) ♥♥♥

I feel so good now, and reminded my self how important it is to BELIEVE in your SELF! ~*♥*~

No matter how hard a situation seems to be, there is nothing that you can’t handle, and there’s always a way out ~ you just have to BELIEVE you can do it!

And most important: Look after your Self! ♥


So, if you would like to know more about self healing, please visit my Self Healing Page ~ I will be very pleased to answer your questions!

In Love and Light,

Ingrid ~*♥*~