Monday, November 10, 2014

Dream On Dreamer

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Dream On Dreamer
“The best way to make your dreams come true
is to 
Wake Up!
       
This painting was created as a reminder
to slow down so that I can allow my dreams to surface from within.

Be still...
Listen....
Then let your dreams go
For on the wings of faith, love and courage
 they will begin to glow.

Remember if we don’t have a dream 
how can we have a dream come true.

(And if we have forgotten how to unlock our dreams 
we have to find our child within...
she always has the key.)

What I Learned

I love learning from my nighttime dreams. 
I reflect on what the dream is trying to 
reveal to me about my life or
how I have gotten off track.
I really appreciate those precious moments
when I have lucid dreams because I 
become the dreamer of my dreams 
instead of the dreamed.

My lucid dreams usually begin when I realize that something in the dream doesn't quite make sense or when I know what is going to happen next.

It kind of reminds me of one of my favorite movies
called Groundhog's Day  where the character
keep having the same dream happen over
and over until he wakes up and realizes
that he is co-creating his life.


When I wake up from one of these dreams,
 for one brief moment,
 I remember that this life is merely a dream
 within a dream.
 I remember that life is never really as serious
or as scary as it sometimes seems.

But the illusion of life is so strong that
it isn't long before I fall back asleep
and become apart of the dream again.

So during these times I try to remember 
the little childhood song we all know so well.
Row, row, row your boat....
gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.

 Not saying that some dreams don't feel like nightmares
but that is when we have forgotten
 that we are the dreamer, 
we have allowed ourselves to become
 "the dreamed".

Before we can become the dreamer of our own life
we have to wake up from the illusion of this world
where duality keeps us seeking externally
what has always been right inside each one of us.

Sometimes this is not so easy to do.
We have to face our fears, 
those nagging voices in our minds.

But each time we wake up 
we get stronger and stronger.
Through this strength we stay awake
just a little bit longer than the time before.

Here's to becoming the
Dreamer of your life.

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Live the Life You Love and Love the Life You Live.

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“Love Your Life”


Live the Life You Love and Love the Life You Live.

Sometimes this statement is just too hard to believe.
Can we truly love every minute of our life?

Even though it is difficult to find the love
 in the bumps and pain of our life,
when we stop and look deep within we can see that even 
these difficult hurdles are calling us to return to love.
Just as a baby intensifies its cries so that 
the mother will return
 so does our life intensify its whispers
when we stray too far away from ourselves.

Is it time to fall in love with your life?
Don’t wait until your life flashes before your eyes 
before you remember the dreams
 you came to experience.
Every single moment is your life.

Make each precious moment count...
it is the gift that you came to receive.


Make your life worth Loving.

What I Learned
When I started this painting I was trying to come to 
terms with some very difficult cross roads in my life.
These detours have preoccupied my attention 
for the last couple of years.
Some days are better than others.
There are days that I have a deep unflinching faith 
while others seem to test the very core of my beliefs.

When I fall into a hopeless sense of feeling lost
 I briefly lose all my sense of joy and
 I just cannot seem to find the light.
These are the difficult days to love life.

But when I finally let go and surrender the struggle 
I am pulled deeper within to the silence of my soul.
In these very intimate and powerful times, 
I begin to wake up again and remember that everything
 is really just calling me to return to love.

I am reminded that even these shadows of my life
 have meaning and purpose.
For without the shadows how can I experience 
the fullness of the light.

 I believe these shadows are merely
 "separated and suppressed parts of myself"
that I pushed away until I became strong enough to 
walk through them.
When the time comes these shadows rise up 
out of my body to be heard and felt.
They may show up in the duality of this life
in the form of drama, karma, pain, accidents or
health issues.
But when I am ready to hear their message
and allow them to return to the Whole Self…
the healing begins and I expand to
 more awareness of who I am.

However I know that even in these
 moments of awareness,
I will slip again into the illusion of life
 and forget who I really am.
But I will say, 
my journey is teaching me to be
 more gentle and forgiving of myself and others.
~
Because no matter what we each believe ...
we are all on this journey together
and we are all doing the best we can
in every moment of our lives
to return home.
~
Of course, this doesn't mean that we allow people
to break our boundaries or cause us harm nor 
does it mean we can become lazy with how we
treat others…
because I believe that at our core
we are truly remembering that 
we are All One.

So what we do to others 
we are truly doing to ourselves.

Stages 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Crystal


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“Crystal “ “Door Opening”
“You have the freedom to be yourself,
your true self,
here and now,
and nothing can stand in your way.
                         ~Richard Bach


Crystal represents the opening of a door
 to your authentic self.
She is named Crystal because she sees 
clearly and deeply within your soul.
She is peeping around the door as if
to say, “I see you...the REAL YOU.
Let your true voice be heard,
 for it is why you are here.
Do not afraid of being judged...
no one on Earth can be you
 and you are very 
important to the circle of life.”

What I Learned

Crystal started coming to me when I was very frustrated
about situations in my life.
I was second guessing things. 
While I had been experiencing what felt like doors opening
all of a sudden they started closing.
So I had to sit down serious talk
with God, the Universe, my angels and my higher selves
or whatever word you use for the Divine Love of
 “I AM”.

I felt stuck but all I really wanted to know was why
I was feeling so disconnected.
Had a made a wrong turn...was I not seeing the signs?
That night I had a very foretelling dream 
which lead me to have a deep conversation 
within myself.
 So the next day my dear spiritual friend
and I had a chat about what I had been experiencing
and through all of this I realized that I was 
not being my true self in every area of my life.
There was still one place where I hid little parts
 of myself.
Even though I had pulled back many, many layers
 in order to be myself there was still one area
 that I resisted. 
It was time to take another step so 
that I could open the door to a deeper part of myself.

This very important step is leading me to let my light
shine a little more brightly. 
Through this journey I am finding
a deeper sense of my creative voice and
I am also finding my dreams.

“And, when you want something, 
all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

What I Learned








Friday, August 8, 2014

Little Mermaid

                                    Oceania 
               “Seas the Day!”

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Mysterious and fascinating, 
Mermaids have memorized
 the human mind for over 5,000 years.

From early childhood memories
 of Hans Christian Anderson’s
 Little Mermaid,  
Disney’s beloved “The Little Mermaid” 
to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books,
humans just can’t seem
 to get enough of mermaids. 
It's not just the western cultures, 
but the Japanese, Philippines, and the Russians have been fascinated 
for centuries as well.

There seems to be a drop
 of the ocean in us all.

When we stand before the ocean
 we can feel it calling us to remember....
who we are and where we are going.



“The Sea Beckons Me”

What I Learned
This painting came to me as I was moving 
through so major life changes.
I think the energy was teaching me to let
 go and trust that all that I need
will flow to me.
I don't have to seek it, strive for it or fight for it.

Just as the ocean ebbs and flows 
so do the moments and experiences
 of my life. 
Sometimes things flow in and out
gently and effortlessly. 
But sometimes I feel 
like I am drowning or
 being pulled out to sea.

During these times it is important 
for me to remember not to struggle against the current. 
It will only wear me out 
or pull me under.


It is often best to just stay afloat and conserve my energy until I move out of the current.

This is a lesson that I often struggle
with and so I often have to repeat 
it over and over again.

However each time this lesson cycles
around I am able to wake up quicker
and I struggle less.

I think the ocean is a good reminder
of how life ebbs and flows
whether I work with it or against it.
 I am learning that the 'ocean of life'
is much bigger than I am, 
so it makes sense to surrender to its flow and enjoy the journey.

The Ocean of Life is filled with many 
wonders
So why be in such a rush.

Enjoy each moment
and
let your dreams set sail.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

If you love me...


   

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Your Child's Room 

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Have you hugged your child today?
Sometimes we get so busy in our lives and sometimes we forget to 
stop and connect with the most precious gifts we have to share with the world...
our children.

Don’t forget
 this moment is the most powerful moment you have to say.

I love you!!!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Skylar, Earth Angel of the Netherlands

“Skylar & Michael“  "Becoming Earth Angels"
                      The Netherlands
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 "May we travel through life
knowing the angels are always
 with us and within us.”


“I
 Celebrate
 My Unity
 With All Life
 Knowing
 we are never 'Alone' we are really All One.”
The only difference between 'All One'
 and Alone is the 'L', which stands for love.
Love is what connects us to
  All That Is.
So the "L" is in the middle
 transforming 'alone' to 'All One'.
I will also note that the letter 'L'
 pronounced "el" in Hebrew, stands for angel,
 meaning, "In God".
An interesting thing my friend pointed out is
The Archangels' name end in 'el'.
Archangel Michael, Archangel Uriel,
Archangel Gabriel, and Archangel Raphael.
~Love and Light.

When you love yourself
you are also loving others.
Love reminds us that
 we are never 'alone'.  

“Be still, 
look within 
trust in the Oneness
 and then you will find your own 
angel’s wings
 just waiting for you to take flight...
on the breath of unconditional love and grace.”
"The Meaning "
The name Skylar is a Dutch name meaning sheltering.
Michael is Hebrew which means "who is like God".
As you can easily see the angel is guarding 
the sweet little boy and girl.
The Guardian angel is not only guiding the children
but she is also teaching
them how to become Earth Angels.

Even though they are unaware that a storm (representing fear) 
is brewing around them,
 their guardian angel is keeping 
a vigilant watch over them and encouraging with love 
to walk through the storm of life
 knowing they are never alone.
This knowing allows them to spread unconditional love.
For they know that they are each a part of the whole.
When you know you are love
you spread unconditional love.
When you spread unconditional love
 you are an
 Earth Angel.
~
I believe when I live in fear I am not surrendering
to the Divine flow. 
My lack of trust prevents me from having faith.
My lack of faith prevents me from feeling, receiving
and giving love, yet love is my true essence.
So when I am blocking my true essence
I do not feel my connection to everything around me.

When I forget who I really am
I feel alone… 
(a lost of the "One).

But aren't we all 
 the ONE in the ALL
And
All in the ONE?

"You may say I am a dreamer
but I am not the only one.
I hope some day you will join us 
and the world will live as ONE."
~John Lennon
“What I Learned"
This painting is very dear to me and the story behind the painting  is a very intimate one but 
I will try to share it as best as I can.
Although it is not easy for me to shorten stories,
 I will do my best. 

A few years ago, I decided to paint an Earth Angel
 from the Netherlands to add to my series Earth Angels from Cultures Around the World.
But each time I tried to paint her something
 kept me from moving forward.
You see my paintings always have lessons to teach me.
So they have their own "time".

I was inspired by my internet friend, Iain, 
whom I met through my art.
Iain lives in the Netherlands and his heart
 is filled with love, compassion and light.
I have been fortunate to experience it many times
 through our back and forth emails.
I must say, I was thrilled when Iain sent me several pictures
 of places in the Netherlands to ignite my creativity spark.

Although I have never met Iain in person,
 it feels as if I have known him for years. 
His tender heart reminds me of my relationship
 with my brother when we were growing up,
 which leads me in the next part of my story.

When I began this painting about a year ago I noticed that 
the little boy and girl who appeared on my canvas,
 reminded me of my brother and myself when we were young.
This triggered some deeper introspection within. 
So I stopped my painting and built my cocoon so the transformation process could begin.
For a little over a year, I began turning and twirling
 around and around
 like a windmill, on the winds of change.
 Each cycle took me deeper into my family
 and ancestral healing patterns dealing with
a lack of trust and feelings of being lost...
away from home.
.
Sometimes when we have not finished making peace
 with our past, the shadows or shattered parts arise within our bodies and pull us deeper within to heal.
My higher self
(the part that knows she is connected to All That Is),
 reminded me that I could revisit these 
childhood wounds with my adult self.
 Now that I am older and stronger,
 I can see these events from a higher perspective. 

As I stepped into these shadows or parts of myself 
that I had separated from,
with my higher perspective they began to melted into the
 stuck emotions that were suppressed in my body.
 Without becoming fixated or dwelling on these suppressed
 emotions but at the same time allowing myself
 to feel the anger, grief, and fear I was able
 to move through with courage.  
This process often arises out of my unconscious,
 at night when my subconscious is more open.

In the stillness of the night, I am able to rock my inner child
and breathe through the emotions
while reminding her that everything is okay.
My mantra is "I Am Here".
I could feel the presence of the "I AM"
 which is within us all.
A peace settles in and washes over me.
Each time my heart turns toward this compassionate light
 much like a pink tulip in the field…
soaking up the sun.


Of course there are often many layers to past events.
I believe we follow the path
of light and love
which is guiding us all home.
While we are waling this path on Earth
we are training to bring that unconditional love
to Earth.
We are being guided to remember that  
we truly are 
Earth Angels.

With love I re-member I am with 
All One
The "I AM."



Pictures from Iain









 Stages of the Painting