The Meditative Mind

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A mind in meditation will leap from point to ‘
point not because of boredom or lack of focus.

No.

In meditation, the mind reveals
its self-appointed purpose.

The mind free falls through images because
it fears you are not truly infinite

The mind’s sole purpose (as defined by mind)
is to come up with a Self-definition of You

So the wheel of meditative meanderings begin-
the mind jumping in an exhaustive battle
to keep You as part of one and everything

And there you sit, in your True, Infinite nature
all but unseen by the mind’s wandering eye.

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Once you understand how the Mind sees its purpose, you can understand why it exhausts itself in this endeavor that is sure to fail.

Seeking Love

God's Love

God’s Love

God’s love seeks you.
Why would you ever feel you must
go out searching for it,
as if God could ever be
separated from what is Loved?


I wonder if we love the sense of adventure, accomplishment, of “earning” something. That may work well and good in many areas of life. God’s love is not one of those areas.

God’s love comes to you.

Living in the Light of God

Flower Light

Flower Light

The flower, in awe of the Sun’s power,
does cower in fear that it is “not enough”.

The flower, sensing the Sun’s radiant light,
turns its face towards reception

And transforms the light into blossom
and becomes a beauty we may behold

So, I ask you-
do you live life as the flower-

taking the Light of your God and
transforming it into a wonderous bloom

so others may witness this Light
through your own splayed-petal brilliance?


You need not go on and on and on about the God you proclaim you worship. The God you worship will be clear to all in the life you live.

Strive to be a reflection, so that others, perhaps fearful and uncertain to look directly into the Light, may come to know the Light through how you transform it into your own beautiful blossom.

God as Scapegoat

Opposites

Opposites

Some commit the most egregious acts,
hands raised, bloody, to the Heavens

“For my God, For my God” becomes
the insane mantra

The cry that rises
over the carnage of cruelty

“For my God” the call to tether
the Heavenly to the altar

absolving any man of being responsible,
the Divine as scapegoat.

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I am always interested in seeing how the most cruel acts are laid upon the feet of God for some. It must be convenient to have such a scapegoat as God as justification for such cruelty. “I did it for my God”. Interesting.

The picture is somewhat bright in color considering this topic, but it is meant to show that there is no escaping our acts in this world. Although the tips may point in opposite directions, we are all joined at our bases. There is no escaping- what one does to one, one does to all.

Grand Opening of My “Store”

Many of you have asked if I sell my art or how you could get some of the images. I am so, so honored by these requests.

My artistic images are pastels- which are notoriously fragile. That is, to mail them, you can’t simply send them like a canvas. They have to be framed, etc. As I am not an artist by training, the whole framing process just seems overwhelming to me.

Also, for myself, I like doing combinations of images plus words.

After poking around for a bit, I found a site that enables you to make products with images and phrases. The products are made on demand- i.e. produced once someone orders them and I don’t have to ship them myself.

Where my concern lies is this- I really created these as gifts of inspiration and spirit. But, they are gifts you have to pay for. But, if you are like me, and love having inspirational things around- I thought some of these may interest you and truly be a gift you can give yourself or someone you sense could use some inspiration and support in their lives.

The site can be found at Soul Healing Art at Zazzle.

A little about the process:
I never know whether to see myself as an optimist or someone who is somewhat clueless, but there were some bumps in the road on this endeavor which ended up guiding the types and styles of products I produced.

First, though, was the creation of my “store banner”. Who would ever need a tutorial to do that? Well, I created a practice banner and the image loaded all wrong. I created another banner, but it did not replace the first banner. I tried different software/images and still the original, wrong banner remained in place.

An hour went by! The practice banner did not even have my name on it. Another 15 minutes went by-uploading one banner after another and nothing was happening! 2 minutes later- I finally realize you have to scroll down the page and hit “submit changes” to upload the new version. Yep. My store banner is not that great, but by God, I am leaving it as it is.

Then on to the products. Again, you think I would learn to not be so optimistic after the store banner issue, but why change my M.O. now? :) I thought making the products would be easy. Pull up an image, add some words, use the template and the products would create themselves almost.

Nope. Each product for each image had to be created individually because of formatting issues. Once I got the hang of it, I did not mind and I continued to learn along the way.

For some reason, when I first began doing products, I began with posters. Yep. That’s right. I imagined us all as 16- year-olds who put up posters in our rooms or something. Actually, I like inspirational posters and have them all over my office, so I guess that was the inspiration.

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But, I thought that posters are so big, I should do some 8 X 10 prints. These were created on photo paper, which really upped the price.

Then, by chance Kate at Did That Just Happen mentioned my art would be great on a postcard and voila! I had a cheaper way to produce my art and words. So, I began making postcards. I also made magnets, because I love putting inspirational items on our refrig. This lead to coffee mugs- because who does not like to be inspired while they get some caffeine?

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And, then I made some notebooks, because you can never have enough notebooks and journals. Because I tend to be a stressed out driver (I can not even park our Prius and the first 5 years of our marriage I would make my husband park it in the garage if the other car was already in there ), I made a number of keychains for inspiration.

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I also made some greeting cards and so on. I really hope some of these may resonate with you. If you have a particular image that you like, but don’t like how I formatted it or would prefer it on another project, please let me know! You can also customize products I have made- i.e. if you want a different print size or different mug style, etc.

The site is Soul Healing Art at Zazzle. I would suggest searching under “Department” first. Perhaps begin with “cards and postage” to get some idea of the creations. Please note, you can also change sizes of what you order- i.e. check the poster or print size before ordering, you can always change it to something that works for you either in regards to cost or size.

Please enjoy and if you have any problems with any product, please let me know. I have ordered several just to check out the quality, but I have not been able to order everything.

I hope you see this as a gift :)

Cutting Ties with the Past or Negative Thoughts and Emotions

Cutting Through

Cutting Through

If you are to pray to end the ties to the past,
don’t you dare utter a prayer for soft, kind hands
as if the past were a delicate soul to be coddled

Pray for hands of steel blades to cut
your way to freedom –
To pray for anything less incisive is to play with God.

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We are sometimes too gentle, I believe, when we try to let go of our pasts. DOn’t get me wrong, your past certainly exists, but should not exist in a form that binds you to things that are no longer healthy and good for you.

I am referring to toxic relationships, old, negative thoughts, worn-out self-images and so on. To free ourselves from these, we must be bold enough to cut the ties- not with gentleness but with calculated precision garnered through our work and awareness. When we are too gentle with this act, we are fooling ourselves into believing the ties have ended when they really have not.

Holy Script

Holy Script

Holy Script

In prayer and meditation,
we all receive the Holy Script-

meaningless scribbles,
words on a fragile strand

misinterpreted, in the coldness
of the Mind-

everything lost until the
Heart translates.

Holy Scriptures were never meant for literal interpretation by the Mind. That is much too easy. The key to the reading is to understand translation is necessary – and an evolved Heart is the only translator. To read the scripture with only the Mind’s literal eye is to read without meaning.

Let’s Play!

Innocence

Innocence

Oh, I used to play.
Meditate in the Sun’s Light
with eyes tight shut-
pretend play with Darkness

And then, the Sun shifted off and
the edge of true darkness descended,
and with eyes wide open there
was no need to pretend

And it all became so very real-
God was asking me-(or I was asking God)
if you can pretend-play in the Light of the Sun
what skills can you bring when the Darkness comes?


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Interesting time as of late in my life. IN some ways quite destabilizing- illness, injury, financial shifts- and I have found myself thinking about what I wrote above.
It is one thing to pray and meditate when it is all going well (or even just good enough) and you feel strong, centered, and full of Light and Love.
The game changes when you in the middle of one challenge after another. Then the game of all that you have been creating and working upon- your centered-ness, your awareness, your kindness, your compassion- all becomes real.
Pretend play in the darkness long enough, you get the opportunity to see who you are when the real darkness comes.

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Note: I hope this posting is not seen as a “downer”. My situations are truly not significantly bad in any way. It is more my awareness of embracing all the skills and awareness and seeing how they are applied during this time. I hope this makes sense.