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.


Stages of the Painting






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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










Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hannah, "Little Angel of Faith, Grace and Spiritual Awareness

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“Hannah" Little Angel of Faith, Grace & Spiritual Awareness
Just like a sunflower...
“Keep your face always towards the sunshine,
and the shadow will fall behind you.”
~ Walt Whitman

Throughout the day,
 the sunflower moves to face the sun,
so that it can receive the maximum
 life giving rays.

This is a wonderful spiritual symbol showcasing
how a strong faith within 
allows us to trust the journey of life and 
to grow towards the Divine Light of Love.

As we move towards the light of love
we are able to break through our limitations
and unfold our newly found wings
so that we can share our unique gifts
 with the world.
* * *
To Plant a garden...
is to believe in tomorrow.
~ Audrey Hepburn


What I Learned
I throughly enjoyed my time painting 
this sweet painting of Hannah, 
a dear friend of mine's precious daughter.
Hannah is one very incredible girl, 
who is very creative,
expressive and talented.
When I think of Hannah, 
I think of someone who can not only speak
 her mind with ease 
but also someone who shines her light with faith, grace and awareness.
I continuously learn so much from Hannah, 
but I would say one of the biggest things
 I have learned
is to embrace the unique light within
 with courage
 and let it shine!

(Notice not only the beautiful sunflowers
with their brilliant warm yellow faces,
beckoning you to shine your smile,
but also the sprinkling of magical butterflies
 sprouting from Hannah's wings 
symbolizing her creative 
 and awe-inspiring dreams. 
Hannah wears pink with sparkles to symbolize her compassionate heart that sparks
with joy.)


I listened to this wonderful song, by Amanda Cook from the album "You Make Me Brave"
 while writing about Hannah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJJ7KohRdNw


So Hannah…I was inspired to write this
in the memory of your wonderful connection  
to nature,
with all her plants, animals and
 her splendid unique living creatures.
Here's to you Hannah, for shining your beautiful light!!
You inspire me daily!

When we plant the seeds of our faith,
 and allow the miracles of grace and wonder
 to flow through...
our flowers will bloom in the garden of our life. 


Meet Hannah





Stages of The Painting