Walking Each Other Home (Stage 2) – 40×40/acrylic on board – in upcoming blogs, we will feature the progress on this painting. This is the first in a new series Dorsey is beginning inspired by the Ram Dass quote “We’re all just walking each other home”.
This morning we gathered around our castle table, which lives in our castle kitchen. Our conversation was nourishing, filled with collaborative wisdom, inspiration, tears, epiphanies and joy!! I thought of you. I love your wisdom, your methodical determination. How beautiful your soul has become…
Walking Each Other Home (Stage 1) – 40×40/acrylic on board – in upcoming blogs, we will feature the progress on this painting. This is the first in a new series Dorsey is beginning inspired by the Ram Dass quote “We’re all just walking each other home”.
“There is a new way of thinking available to us. We don’t have to focus on ourselves. We can manage thought with a new kind of discipline. We can begin the process of turning away from the negative to embrace the positive. This is actually a very old concept…“thinking on whatsoever is good and pure and lovely and of good report”. How much of our time is spent on a negative thought? Is there a way to gain access to more positive discipline? Wayne Dyer, Pema Chodron, and Eckhart Tolle are a few who offer insight. After my marriage of 39 years failed a few years ago, I began the reconstruction process of eliminating negative thought patterns. It has been massive. I began to see how much of my thoughts were actually pointing me in a direction which my best self did not want to go. I have now renewed my intention of heart to love as I go along, to laugh more, and to give all the encouragement I can give. These thoughts, when applied sincerely, and without a great deal of fanfare, have power to bring more light and life into our moments. What could be any better than this? Without this, we risk missing the mark entirely. Without the intention to LOVE, every road eventually takes us back to serving ourselves. I am in search of True. He has now become my passion. I am approaching this quest with a great storehouse of humor. Nothing is worth doing without it being laced with fun and with laughter. So, my life is filled now with more laughter. This is quite an adventure. I speak the language of fantasy. Allegory, mythology, and story enrich my life. That is the language I speak. It holds truth in its arms, gains easy access to my heart, and supplies me with as much adventure as I want. I am a girl who grew up on the South Dakota prairie. My life was filled with story and imagination as early as my memory began gathering thoughts. I have crossed paths with others who have this same trajectory. We are seeing a fellowship of adventurers forming around us. We are on an epic journey in search of True.”
Art at its best, is a spiritual endeavor……truly. It draws us into another world. . It is a seed we have inside us. We don’t plant it, we care for it with tenderness and hard work. It becomes our life’s focus to nourish it, give it whatever tools it needs to grow. But, our creativity is ours already. In my own experience, in the temperament I have, academics have rarely been nourishing. I am for the most part self-taught. This means I do better at learning if I see “why” something works. I parallel this sometimes, with my own experience of incorporating Jesus into my spiritual walk. I didn’t need seminary to grow in this life. I needed to follow Love’s guidance and to allow my spirit its own growth. It is not a stretch for me to see this much the same as following the creative spirit in me. We observe and learn how to be an artist by following our own artistic leading. I have found that as I listen to its voice, I am drawn to all the tools I need to assist in growth. Great art is authentic art. We hear its voice and we follow it. True Spirituality is Real. It works with our flaws as well as our strengths. The definition of True in my vocabulary now includes “transparency”. We are honest in ways we only imagined having the freedom for. It begins with a mustard seed. It then grows into a limitless seed-bearing tree. What a joy to plant seeds into another for expanding their own life of creativity! True spirituality begins in our hearts. It is nourished in our souls. It can only be received from the Master artist. When art and spirit join hands, they are given the ability to do authentic art as well as be an authentic person.
The blue moon a couple of weeks ago, was quite an experience for me. To begin with, my awareness of any full moon has heightened. I now spend many moments appreciating her light. Since there are so few blue moons, this one in particular was more meaningful. It reminded me of all the other treasured visuals, experiences and relationships I have been given. More than I can count. How brilliant and lovely she was! I was with amazing friends who spent several speechless moments being, just being in her presence with me. As an artist I tell LIGHT’S story. In that blue moon, I realized she was telling us all HER story. She has silently watched our wars, our generations of life, our march toward the Love, all the while reminding us that beauty and encouragement, and even faith can be seen in her reflective patience. We, like the moon, are designed as reflectors. We can look at HER beauty and see the Sun in the only way our eyes can take him in. We would be blinded by a direct view of such intense power. After this blue moon, I know nothing for me will ever be quite the same.
LIVING THIS MYSTERY – 18X18/acrylic on board
A Holy Relationship
Relationships are assignments. They are part of a vast plan for our enlightment, the Holy Spirit’s blueprint by which each individual soul is led to greater awareness and expanded love. He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth. No meetings are accidental.
In the holy relationship, it’s understood that we all have unhealed places, and that healing is the purpose of our being with another person. We don’t try to hide our weaknesses, but rather we understand that the relationship is a context for healing through mutual forgiveness. Adam and Eve were naked in the garden of Eden, but not embarrassed. That doesn’t mean they were physically naked. It means they were emotionally naked, totally real and honest, yet they were not embarrassed because they felt accepted completely for who they were.
Are you a genie I stumbled upon? Are you magic……. or an earthling like me? Maybe that’s who we are for each other
Vitamins for the soul. A little song for this stretch of the road. A mantra telling us to keep singing.
Originally posted on Step Into My Story . . .:
I am thinking that light is stronger than darkness. in a large building, closed off completely from outside light, a tiny candle can not be put out by the darkness. I am thinking that love is stronger than hate, trust is stronger than fear, forgiveness is stronger than resentment, hope is stronger than despair. I am reminding myself to think about what is good and lovely and of good report. Peace wins over chaos.