Today, we decide to give our hearts reign.
Trusting in love, assured with its gentle comfort, we invite our hearts to lead us with joy and peace to joy and peace.
We surrender our minds and wills to our heart’s love.
Guiding Thought Audio (plays in a loop) can be found here: https://wp.me/p9wKWQ-1g
Listen to the Guiding Thought as you paint/draw/create and connect with your heart!
I like the blue flowers; I’ve been using a lot of blue lately.
Today’s “technique” is the “original” technique, blended with yesterday’s “wet-on-wet” technique. I’m at a point where I just enjoy watching what happens when I put color on the paper: how much of the color I use; how much water I use; how thin/thick of a line I make; how much pressure I put with the brush on the paper. I was fascinated today with how much happens with the smallest amount of color or pressure.
Also…If you’ve been listening to the Guiding Thoughts at the link above, you will hear the voice and music of Brad Vanlandingham (a dear friend to at least 3 of this Journey’s participants). Brad once remarked to me about the liberating nature of restrictions, as a musician. He described one exercise wherein he limited himself to only 3 notes. What can you do with three notes? You may think that the limitation of three would restrict the creativity or the musical expression. Yet what it did was expand the possibilities. When creativity is limited, it has the opportunity to find new pathways for expression. I am surprised I did not remember this sooner in the Journey, considering my semi-insistence on doing the technique and flowers. I am newly invigorated with flowers!
Today, the journey continues. Regardless of how we feel, it continues. I think about us/we, and that brings me up and out of how I feel. We do not stand alone. I think of you, and I become aware of our connectedness. The day becomes brighter. My heart beats lighter.
I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells,
I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.
When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me,
We are one.
When we began this Journey of the Heart, it was, at least for me, with a pretty high level of fear and uncertainty. The heart is non-verbal and we were challenged to “speak” non-verbally in response to the daily Guiding Thoughts. As we began, I would have been the first to declare that I am most definitely NOT an artist.
In the spirit of We for this third round of the Journey, Steve and I had a date night. We attended a “paint and sip” event at a new place in our community synchronistically called The HeART Gallery. We each painted a mountain. After looking at our paintings and reviewing my portfolio of submissions to this Journey, I now declare that I AM an artist. When I surrender my mind and will to my current heart’s love, I can create a mountain. I can also (re)move the mountain of the false belief that I can’t “do” art. I have opened my heart to a vast new realm of possibilities. As a result, I find myself being happier and more willing to surrender to new ideas, new forms of expression. Someone once told me that fear is excitement without breath. I’m breathing in the excitement of what more I can do. I would likely not have begun this particular Journey without my fellow Journeyers. My heart swells with gratitude for each of them, their willingness to be vulnerable in this Journey and their heartfelt support. Together WE are exploring new dimensions of expression and discovering new depths of our own hearts, creativity and spirituality in the process. I’d encourage anyone surfing the waves of this Journey to dive in and become one of us. We would love to support you in surrendering to your heart’s love.