Inspiration Meets Sandstone


“Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

This is a short, meaningful read.

Ra Paulette is an amazing confluence of passion, creativity, inspiration and living at choice. He is proof that people canΒ follow their chosen path, as unique as it may be.

At 69, Ra demonstrates that even when we play, our efforts and contributions can stir the hearts and imaginations of others. To say the man has a vision might be an understatement.

For 25 years Ra has been axing, sanding, and forming exquisite sandstone caves inΒ Taos County, not far from where I live in the New Mexico High Desert.

Following is a CBS video of Ra and some of his work. Or is it really work? If you enjoy being inspired and awed, sit back and enjoy this 5.5 minute story.


If you’re looking for the intersection of your passion and how it might inspire others, consider these three actions:


  1. Change your story. We all tell ourselves about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we believe we deserve. If you can dispel your self-limiting stories, you can begin to write new stories grounded in courage and action.
  2. Nurture the nudge. You have inspirations and opportunities coming at you every moment. Start to nurture these inspirations by following through on the insights.
  3. Embrace your natural abilities and use them in new ways to bring excitement into your days. Embrace your strengths by reflecting and acting on them.

81 thoughts on “Inspiration Meets Sandstone

  1. Wow. This is so incredible. Thank you so much for sharing. x Reblogged on ‘Traderoutz livingStyle’. and tweeted.

    • Pretty cool, huh, Dina?! And to think that Ra has been at this for nearly three decades. How many of us can say we are living our bliss for that long? πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind reblog of the post.

  2. It is so true that we need to let go the self-limiting stories, the earlier we do that the more we can express of our true selves. But later better than never πŸ™‚ Thank you for this wonderful share and your great points!

    • Thank you and yes, Helen, the self-limiting stories we tell ourselves (repeatedly) can be constraining if not damaging. To your comment, once people come to accept and express their true selves, it can be amazing to see how they bloom, interact with others, and inspire without even knowing they are! And if this happens later better than never, it’s still beautiful. πŸ™‚

    • Spoken and shared as a very aware counselor, Karen. πŸ™‚ A shining example Ra is; someone who each of us can look to for encouragement and inspiration. Here’s to many more people discovering and reveling in their gifts!

  3. Wow! Thank you for the video and the introduction to an amazing artist, Eric. I’m so impressed with the project itself, but also the creativity and dedication of a very unique artist. The three actions you’ve shared really strike me as important and reminders I need–frequently! I think that in particular I’m drawn to the point that I am able to change my own story and perhaps need to review what I think my story is from time to time! This is a very meaningful message. Thank you.

    • My pleasure to share, Debra. And thank you for mentioning the three actions as important and good to remember. I believe it is good to periodically review the stories we tell ourselves. Once we realize we can change them to reflect a more authentic ‘us’, the more aligned with our true selves we can become — and appreciate! Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts.

  4. If it weren’t for watching my late stonemason father at work I would not have the patience in determination to pursue … I am sure …love the post Eric and the advice

  5. I am amazed by the work of Ra Paulette!
    It’s fantastic sculptures.
    It is fantastic as sculpted inside the mountain!
    It’s unique!
    Thank you, Eric, for sharing with us great post!
    You have an exceptional new week, Eric.
    Sincerely, Ştefania! ❀ πŸ™‚

    • Perhaps someday, Stefania, Ra Paulette will be recognized in the same manner that so many of the great masters are in your blog. His work reflects amazing vision, pure talent and a unique passion. Certainly a virtuoso at his craft. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, too!

  6. Awesome video, Eric.

    I also watched the trailer for “Cave Digger” and applaud Ra Paulette for his artistic integrity in the face of several clients who wanted to view Ra “as the paintbrush” and themselves “as the painter.” From their comments, it sounds like he declined the “opportunity” to collaborate with them . . . no matter how loudly they waved their checkbooks in front of his nose.

    • Another human being worthy of applause. Indeed, Ra *has* declined large sums of money to parlay his craft for others glory. And to learn that his works over 25+ years was only recently discovered and widely documented. Carving alone with his dog as his only companion for years on end — what an amazing and joyful commitment he chooses. Thanks for adding to this inspiring thread, Nancy.

    • Well, as the video mentioned, one of Ra’s ‘caves’ is being sold along with 200 surrounding acres. I suspect that might include a mountain or two. πŸ™‚ And I agree with you, Helen, it is good to admire and enjoy the diversity in other people’s passions and work.

    • Thank you lovely lady in Argentina. πŸ™‚ It is always a pleasure to have you stop by and share your thoughtful comments. I am pleased that you found Ra’s story creative. It is indeed, inspirational. A great weekend ahead for you!

  7. Hi Eric, I’m glad you popped over, i have been following you for quite a while and for some reason a lot of your posts haven’t been coming through.
    I’ve re-followed, and see if that fix’s it πŸ™‚
    And as usual, a great post, when your heart is in your work, it never seems like work πŸ™‚

    • Seems some WordPress gremlins have been creating hiccups. I, too, have followed you for quite some time, Mark, yet your posts weren’t appearing in my reader. Now I’ll be honest, I don’t always get to my reader on a regular basis so that may contribute to missing some of your good work! Thank you for creating time to circle back and ‘re-follow.’ I look forward to continuing our mutual blog appreciation. πŸ™‚

  8. I just reread this, and it was perfect for me right now. I’m about to go and journal regarding some next steps in where I want to live, and it’s a part of my new story. I appreciate this, thank you Eric! ❀ Blessings.

  9. Glad to learn the post was worthy of a reread, Debbie. Planning for and taking steps aligned with your new story sounds exciting. Have fun visioning and inspiring yourself! πŸ™‚

  10. It was a joy to find your new blog, Bella. Thank you for creating time to visit Awakening to Awareness and for your thoughtful comment. Yes, this post has moved many people. It’s a truly inspiring story. All the best with your blogging endeavors!

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