“Jewel of the Journey”: Journey of the Heart 2.0 – Day 08

Journey of the Heart - Day 08 Susan Billmaier for susanwithpearls
Journey of the Heart – Day 08
Susan Billmaier for susanwithpearls

Guiding Thought

Love-as-light streams from my heart to your heart!

We are connected by Love; we are One in Love.

I imagine this stream of love-as-light connecting with everyone in time and space.

I imagine receiving this stream of love-as-light as it returns to me from everyone in time and space.

This is enough. We are One.

Play the Guiding Thought here (loops automatically). Journey of the Heart audio created by Brad Vanlandingham for Susanwithpearls:




There are people—artists—who can see something, either in their mind, or as a picture, person, landscape, etc., and they are able to take that picture, and make a picture. “Realism”, it’s called, when the picture looks like what it’s supposed to, like what the artist intends. My brother has always been an inspiration to me regarding this. He is amazing with pen, pencil, acrylics, and his livelihood is the art of stonework (He’s really good, check him out: https://billmaierstoneworks.wordpress.com/.

I’ve never been able to produce a realistic picture. It just doesn’t happen. Impressionist, yes. Abstract, yes. Realist, no. So (most of the time) I don’t try, and I’m ok with that. I like my art! (this is me, with my new-found claiming my artistic expression!)

But then there are days like today, when I want to draw what I see in my mind’s eye…and I just can’t (no self-pity, just pragmatic). When I try to, it turns out really crappy. I am always better off starting out with no thought about “how I want it to look”, no idea about what I “should” be doing, no thoughts about what the “right” way to make a picture is.

This, became a metaphor for life for me today. Listening to the Guiding Thought, I started out with a beautiful idea in my head. I saw universes, stars, lights, swirling masses of cosmic gases and brilliant interchanges of energy. “This is what I want to draw”, I thought.

There was no way I could do it, and I knew it. But I had to try! As soon as I started trying to do what I wanted to do, nothing worked. What’s more, as soon as nothing was working, I couldn’t even get back to a creative flow. I was stuck, stuck in a void between what I wanted to do, how I wanted it to look, and a creative process that arises and feels right.

It was at that point I started thinking about it as a metaphor for creating, or manifesting. I have noticed throughout my life that my creation-manifestation process is very similar to my “art” process. If I try to make something specific, I lose flow, and what comes out is a poor representation of what I had imagined I wanted. But when I simply think about allowing a flow, focus on feeling creative, and loving the process, something pretty cool comes out.

I wonder if people who are realist artists have any kind of similar parallels in their life-creations? Do people who draw realistically manifest “realistically” what they imagine?

I feel like the journey is showing me something, but I don’t know what, something about creating from the heart, not trying to force the flow, letting go and allowing the creative process.

I guess we’ll see.

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