I have been busy this summer with travelling and visiting with family. And thankfully, it is not over yet. When you have a boat, lots of people in your circle want to experience a bit of that lifestyle as well. We are thrilled that we get to share it with our family. We have a big family so this means lots of trips. Combine this with work obligations and there are not enough weeks in the summer! But, I am taking some time out of this to connect with my friends I have made online to write this post. My friends (that's you) are very important to me as well. I so appreciate your friendship, interest in what I am doing and I am also interested in your lives and art! I want to share what has been on my mind lately about my art, while we are drifting out here on the ocean, so please read on to find out what that is...
When I paint I often feel like I am transported to a different dimension. I know this may be a hard concept to understand, especially if you have yet to "delve into" a creative art form, but something, that is difficult to put into words, happens when I visit with my muse. When I am immersed in an ego state of being (feeling fearful, frustrated and threatened) and I sit down to paint, I am moved past that fear to a place where I can find a serene state of mindfulness. It is here in that peaceful place that I can see that when I am fearful, I actually have choices and I am not trapped into that fearful way of thinking forever. I get to see that I can move past that fear, and know that where ever I find myself, I do indeed have a safe way out of that corner. It is in this state of meditative mindfulness, that I have for the first time in my life, found glorious bouts of joy and freedom. And let me tell you, for an active ego minded person like I have been, this feels so good! To learn that I always have a choice in how I am feeling, has become my savior!
So, when I sit down and review my paintings, I actually get a second reward. I get to read messages from my muse within each piece. The word "muse" confuses my hubby, so I am pretty sure some of you might not know what the heck I am talking about when I use this term as well. So, let me try and explain. Yourdictionary.com defines the muse as: "a spirit or source that inspires an artist." I kind of like that definition rather than the traditional which means to meditate or contemplate on a thought. I know that it is not the kind of thinking I do with my rational mind that my art is born from. It comes from a different place. To me, my "Muse" is synonymous with "Source" or "God." I feel safe in this place. I get to calm down and I get to let go of my fears and expectations for a moment when I am in this state. When I am finished painting these pieces, I find I have painted myself out of an obsession. When I create, I am in the "Now" as I understand Eckhart Tolle to mean it. I am in a state of "being".
These paintings, and my musings on the messages contained within them, have helped me personally to grow and to become a happier person in my own life. I set about to try and write down the messages that each painting has brought me, so I can use them next time to help me from having to reinvent the wheel each time, in living a healthier and happier life. My paintings and contemplations upon them, have helped me tremendously. I feel like they are a sort of psychic messages, and I feel like these messages are meant to be shared with others, so that they too may be helped by them, if they feel inspired to be. The following is a sample of an oracle card in my deck that I am working on at this time. I also have a dream of creating some mini e-courses. I would LOVE to know if there is interest in this kind of intuitive art course from this approach. So, if this is something that interests you in all of this, or if you have any ideas at all that you would like to share, please do leave a comment in the comment section. I am not sure that you know this, but I love reading the comments, and I value the input that I get from my friends and my tribe when they do take the time to read what I have to say and then comment on it.
Muse Card: "Channelling Frida"
"The muse is not an angelic voice that sits on your shoulder and sings sweetly. The muse is the most annoying whine. The muse isn't hard to find, just hard to like - she follows you everywhere, tapping you on the shoulder, demanding that you stop doing whatever else you might be doing and pay attention to her."
Creativity comes from growth and growth is never the easier softer way. Growth is hard work, no matter how you look at it. The times when you are deep in despair are the times when your muse is there and she is bringing you a very important message. If you can sit down and write, paint or be creative in any sense, you can open the channels of receptivity. It is here when you quiet your ego that you can open up to the messages from beyond time and space. It is here that you get to connect with your true purpose. Growing is not fun, for sure, but the gifts we receive when we are in a growing spurts surpass the pain of being there. There are huge gifts in struggling. You are being called upon at this time to open up to those gifts.