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After a busy season, Florence McGinn of wrote a story about me:

Artists glean inspiration from many sources. New Jersey-based artist and jewelry designer, Melissa Martakis, finds her inspirational muse in the mythic beliefs that surround the mati, the ancient Greek “evil eye.”

In ancient times, the leap from the unconscious mind to the conscious was unquestioned and natural. It became the foundation of thinking and symbolic language. Later, it became framed in concepts like the psychology of Carl Jung and the archetypal myth theory of Joseph Campbell. With scientific sophistication, elements of the unconscious became categorized as magic or mysticism.

The power of the unconscious remains an essential part of our humanity. It buoys and facilitates us. It brings us courage. Martin Luther King, Jr. indicated, “Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.” Those words describe the paths of both the ordinary and the heroic, and very critically, he doesn’t rule out a little help. 

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