Lay Yourself Down

Lay Down

Lay Down

Sometimes you have to
slow down and
lay yourself down
in order to see
the horizon
of your Life
from a new perspective.

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I have been incredibly busy as some things have come across my desk beyond my normal work expectations. Before any of this, I was in my art studio, randomly playing and this image emerged.

Sometimes, we are the blue swirl in the picture. We are not meant to be upright and striding towards our imagined horizon. Rather, there are days and there are times, when we are called to lie down.

We do this act with care and compassion for ourselves. Not because we need to rest, necessarily, but rather we are being called to change up our view of the horizon towards which we are orienting the ship of our life.

You Wonder what You Are

Life Flame

Life Flame

You wonder what you are.

You are the holder
of the life flame.

What more could you need?

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I like this image. I had approached the paper with simple thought of wanting to see my reflection.

Isn’t this what we are all doing as artists and writers? The page and screen become the reflecting surfaces, of such depths, though, that we are often surprised by the return image.

I continue to work with the different paper, which of course, has forced my process to be different.

As the reflecting surface changes, so does my view of myself.

I hope we all see ourselves in this image. Even if we wonder who we are and what we are doing, we are alive. We have the gift of life in the palm of our hands- truly what more could we need?

To Live in Beauty

Dance

Dance

To live in Beauty
is to learn to dance
in the Soul’s rhythm.

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I like this image. I had approached my art with the thought of having an image that represented my core.

Unfortunately, I was out of my typical black paper. If you are unfamiliar with working with pastels or charcoals, the paper is just as important as the items in which you are drawing.

Given that I now disperse pastel pigments over the paper and wait to see what shows itself, I really had no idea what I was doing. This paper does not hold the pigment in the same way, so it was some serious trial and error to see what would emerge.

For some reason, looking at the work as a whole and the question I was asking, this process felt “right”. I am exploring something new- both in my art and in my life- learning to dance to the Soul’s rhythm.

Me and My Shadow

Contained

Contained

Dejected as I was
Back turned towards
The “Other”
Head hung – low
Linked together – forever
Me and my shadow
How could I miss
We are contained within One Heart?

This image and writing is not necessarily in regards to another person, but rather the “shadow” side of ourselves that we attempt to reject. In fact, the “shadow” is a part of us, and it is contained within our same heart.

We can never truly reject ourselves. The message is simple- ours hearts are capable of embracing all of us.

The “Do Good-er” Approach to Narcissism

Wise Men

Wise Men

This picture was prompted by a comment to one of my blogs. The comment was by a fellow blogger (check out her work) in reference to my blog about being the editorial assistant to a narcissist.

Her comment simply said something along the lines of seeing an image of her “May I help you?” button in dealing with these types. Why do we think we may be able to help, inspire, or encourage those who are quite fine existing in their world of narcissistic manipulations and shenanigans?

I am not sure she actually intended me to create some art around this, but I could not get the idea out of my mind.

As you know, my art is very free form at this time and in response to my prompt “What would my ‘May I help you?’ button look like when it is not truly helpful but rather somewhat compulsive?” And the above picture appeared.

It had me laughing.

On the right end, I see an enlightened being. There is a blue (spiritual) circle over the third eye. She (he) is wrapped in a cocoon of peace and balance. ( I once commented to my therapist that did she know you could have your kundalini rise simply by sitting? I am compulsively driven to move, so this insight was profound to me. It was less profound to her, when she responded, “Well, yes. Think of the 1,000 of years of history of meditation.” Point taken.)

ON the left side is a being in darkness. They are also wrapped up, but do not have a circle over their third eye. They are fine with where they are at, even in though they sit in some darkness.

And there I am, the “man” in the middle, scurrying back and forth between these Beings. Carrying a “beverage” (the light of awareness) from the Being of Light (on the right) to the Being on the Left. Back and forth, back and forth, I will scurry in an attempt “to help”.

Two Beings and a “do good-er”.

I am expending all this energy with my “Let me help you” approach, when in actuality the being on the left, in the darkness, is more than fine just sitting there. And the enlightened Being on the Right is aware enough to simply let this be.

Let this be a lesson to me- to help those who are only willing to receive :) (Of course, I mean that in the best possible way. I always want to assist others. I just liked how this art manifested and its message that we should be calling on our Highest Selves and moving with wisdom when we attempt to “help”. )

And let’s be honest- most narcissists are not looking for help in the form of the “light of awareness”. They would much prefer we simply join them in the dark.

Overcoming Shame

Childhood

Childhood

This one had a request attached to it. I asked my inner child- “What would you like to show me?”

And this is what came to be.

A person caught in the storm of shame. The borders between the person and the shame storm are messy- as shame often does this to us. We can not determine what is “ours” and what is “not ours”. We become engulfed in the maelstrom of others.

But if you look at the figure closely- you see she has one eye open. She sees and she knows- something that every person that is being shamed is told not to do. “Don’t see. And more importantly, don’t know, what is being done to you.”

I am never sure if my art ever has a nice culminating message. I wish I would create things with really good, succinct answers.

The art, though, is what it is- capturer of the healing process- letting no step go unacknowledged.