Posts Tagged ‘Art Heals’

Ground of Being

There is a web of creative love underlying and permeating all of life, offering us unshakable ground in a tenuous world.

Luminous Darkness

On the Dark Night Sea Journey to the depths of our Souls that lays beneath the murky waters of our ego fears is a light so illuminating as to make clear our way into Love. We just need to follow the light peering through once we are thrust overboard into these velvety fluid waves of undoing. Like a swimmer floating on the sea, allow the waves to rock us like a baby in a cradle, as we surrender to Divine Will. Then we will become a channel for the Light of Creative Love to flow through us and shine out into the world, brightening the darkness there.

Owl Wisdom

Owl medicine has been coming back into my life this Fall. She had accompanied me on my dive down into the deep, dark feminine in 2001 after my divorce dark which brought up sexual wounds of early childhood for healing. Owl was Lilith’s companion animal, so fitting for the archetypal energies alive in me. At that time I did a life-size nude self portrait with an owl on my shoulder. There were owls living in the woods behind my house and I could hear them hoot at night. In the crux of my dark night, one appeared for a day on my trampoline in the front yard, staying there, staring at me, communing. I found out later she was probably injured and starving and asking for help, but I was too immersed in my own pain to hear her pleas. But something changed after her visitation. An inner strength welled within. I burned the huge watercolor painting of me as Lilith, having incorporated her feminine wisdom and sovereignty.

And now Owl has returned on my journey through the letting go of motherhood and the false notion that I can heal myself by nurturing my children. They don’t need or want my nurturing anymore and owl is helping me turn that nurturance back onto me.

She had been showing up in images, symbols and even a sighting in the neighborhood on an evening walk recently, asking me to honor her energies once again and allow her to lead my way. I did so with this watercolor as well as this clay piece and now her work is done, the medicine has had it’s healing effect and I’ve completed another very difficult passage in life and she has moved on, for now.

 

Rebirth

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The original wound gets punctured over and over again until finally the gash becomes so deep it is an opening to the eye of God and tears of compassionate joy stream down, washing over the soul with love and tenderness toward oneself and all beings. The sacred wound becomes the source of new life, regenerating the body, mind and spirit with nourishing seeds that will ripen into bountiful fruits. One needs only to stay present with the pain and offer a witness of loving kindness to the injured self from the wisdom of God within. Then one becomes part of the flow of eternal life and love.

 

Art Healing in Unexpected Ways

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Love is Shining Down on Me

A couple of weeks ago I asked Casey to mark a date on his calendar to help me transport this large painting to a gallery where I’ll be showing in June.  I wanted something big and splashy for my June Joy show. It’s 50 x 70- too large to fit in my car or for me to carry by myself.  Dutiful partner that he is, he saved the date.

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The painting has been hanging in our bedroom for a couple of years, over the quilt made from my fabric line.  It’s never made it out to a show because of it’s large size.

Well, yesterday on our Sunday beach walk when we tend to do some of our deepest soul sharing, it came out that he was very troubled by this painting being gone from the bedroom.  So much so, that he woke in the night disturbed by the thought of it’s absence!  I had no idea.  Of course, sweetie, I will leave it there I said.

Talking further it was revealed that there was deep attachment to this one too, which is currently hanging on the main wall in our living room:

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Being a native of this city I think he is especially fond of this one.  Long story short we made an agreement that these two paintings will remain permanently at our home…forever.

What surprised and was healing for both of us was that I didn’t realize Casey had such an emotional attachment to my art and to living with it’s presence.  And he was surprised at how easily I was able to take these paintings out of circulation from the selling market to make him happy.

This was incredible healing for both of us because he has abandonment issues and I have issues of not feeling valued.  Art heals, relationships heal, life heals.

Love heals~