Final Reflection, Steve. Journey of the Heart – 03.01.41

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan (commentary)

After 40 days of drawing/writing/painting and connecting with the Heart, there are two final steps. 1) Relax, celebrate, and let yourself assimilate the (joyful) work of the past 40 days. 2) Reflect on the past 40 days and write a bit about how you feel now. Did you accomplish what you set out to accomplish (re-read your Why)? Did the Journey have unexpected twists and turns? How has your relationship with your heart changed? What about your relationship with other people? What have you learned? To what do you now aspire? These are just some questions to get you started…there are no “rules” to what your Journey means for you, or how you reflect upon it.

Between Feb 19 and Feb 22, you’ll find the reflections of the four Journeyers. Today is Steve:

Bent HaloSteve

Reflection

There was so much Heart in this journey! There seemed to be a magic, working through all of us, as we created separately, yet together, our individual expressions of love, from our hearts.

It reminds me that although we all walk our own paths, we all have the same destination. We are one.

This kept resonating with me throughout the journey, We are One.

We are walking each other home.

I started this journey wanting more Peace and love in my life. As I reflected on each guiding thought, I often had a struggle to come up with something. That’s just being honest. I think it was a struggle twixt heart and mind.  When an idea came to me, I often found that the drawing, painting, or picture was enough. I did not need to add any analysis from my mind.

I appreciate the non-verbal aspects of this journey. Words can be limiting (they can also be evocative). It seems like drawing or painting can tap into our inner selves, and express broader aspects of who we are, what we are feeling and experiencing.  They can help to open our hearts.

What did I learn from this journey?

We are One. (And sometimes I can actually experience that). I learned to trust my heart more, and to appreciate the support from everyone on this journey, including many who don’t even know they were on this journey.  I learned to trust my creative abilities more, and especially to appreciate the creativity expressed by others.  I learned that love flows between us all.  Thank you, you are all amazing!

A poem, by Ikkyu:

Many Paths, single moon

Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain,
But at the peak
We all gaze at the single bright moon.

 

 

Journey of Purpose begins February 25, 2020

What you can do to prepare: 

Reflect on how you see yourself living your highest purpose.

Think about where you want to be five years from today.

How can you serve Humanity and the Earth with the most benefit?

Call for Guest Journeyers

See the homepage for more information.

Final Reflection, Mary. Journey of the Heart – 03.01.41

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan (commentary)

After 40 days of drawing/writing/painting and connecting with the Heart, there are two final steps. 1) Relax, celebrate, and let yourself assimilate the (joyful) work of the past 40 days. 2) Reflect on the past 40 days and write a bit about how you feel now. Did you accomplish what you set out to accomplish (re-read your Why)? Did the Journey have unexpected twists and turns? How has your relationship with your heart changed? What about your relationship with other people? What have you learned? To what do you now aspire? These are just some questions to get you started…there are no “rules” to what your Journey means for you, or how you reflect upon it.

Over the next four days, you’ll find the reflections of the four Journeyers. Today is Mary:

Mary

Perhaps I “should” be doing a piece of art for today. But that’s not what’s on my mind in reflecting on The Journey of the Heart. We are heading out to the ocean for a few days. What I’ve packed is quite different from all previous trips.   Yes, I’ve got the usual clothing and music.  But I’ve also packed things I haven’t even considered taking in the past: sketch paper and pencils, a book on how to draw, water color pencils and paper. I have learned to think art for an outing such as this. I’m also taking the love and support of my fellow Journeyers along. The oneness of heart I feel for those openly journeying with me, and all those who have been cheering me on and encouraging me is amazing. I have a different level of confidence in “doing” art, or in trying anything at all that’s new to me. I feel loved and supported and lifted in a new and joyful way. While I’ve participated in other Journeys, THIS Journey of the Heart has opened my heart and life in ways I can’t even articulate. I face each day with new levels of joy, openness, love and gratitude. Thank you with all my heart to the Journeyers, the encouragers, the Devine that led me to Susan With Pearls. As I closed Day 40 of this Journey I left a blessing here, a blessing that moves me every time I hear it.  I’d like to repeat my wish/blessing for All in the form of “The Long Time Sun” especially the version sung by Jai Jagdeesh.

“May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon you

All love surround you

And the Pure light within you

Guide your way on.

Sat Nam”

 

Journey of Purpose begins February 25, 2020

What you can do to prepare: 

Reflect on how you see yourself living your highest purpose.

Think about where you want to be five years from today.

How can you serve Humanity and the Earth with the most benefit?

Call for Guest Journeyers

See the homepage for more information.

Let’s Celebrate! Journey of the Heart, Day 40- 03.01.40

See below the “4 regulars” for a fifth Journeyer’s artwork! You can still send in your work! email to susan@withpearls.com

Guiding Thought:

My heart-love establishes my inner-peace.

Solidly grounded in my own inner-peace, I approach all of life with love, compassion, and wisdom.

I live as my Self, shining with the beauty of the Love I AM.

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!


Lita

Let the Beauty of what we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel kiss the ground.

Rumi

 

SusanWithPearls

Climbing vines. Heart leaves. Growth. Movement. Upward. I am READY for Journey of Purpose!

 

Bent HaloSteve

“The only path to inner peace,

Is not through the mind,

But, through the heart.”

-Richard Kirsten-Daiensai

I thought it would be fitting for the closing picture of this journey to include a painting by the Creator/God/the All in One. A summer sunset out our window.

What a journey this has been, and will continue to be. My heart has been opened, creative expressions have been shared, and I am the better for it. I am part of the One, and so, in some small ways, perhaps the world is better off, for our embarking on this journey of the heart. Love I AM, and Love WE ARE.

 

 

Mary

While on this Journey, I have dabbled in a variety of art forms that are new to me. One that is perhaps more craft than art is called diamond painting. Like a paint-by-number or a cross-stitched embroidery project, a pattern is provided and color placement is specific. Two of the diamond paintings I did were intended as gifts for others. While I know they will be much appreciated by the recipients, the crafting of them was a huge gift to myself. One in particular took many, many hours and many more carefully placed little “diamonds” than I had anticipated. Therefore, I spent much time hanging out with and contemplating an elephant-headed Hindu deity named Ganesh. Interestingly, Ganesh is known for removing obstacles. While I don’t consider myself to be a Hindu, clearly a major obstacle was removed for me while working on the Ganesh image and while walking the path of this Journey. I am no longer inhibiting the revelation of the artist within. My heart is much more open to free expression in this realm. As the first Guiding Thought in this Journey proclaims, “I am a willing and joyful student”!  An additional diamond image I completed is of Buddha. Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher in India, not actually considered to be a god, he was a spiritual teacher and a person who attained Bodhi, or wisdom. Through the Buddha’s teachings, I am (perhaps) learning to loosen attachment to false beliefs such as “I can’t do art”. Living in the Seattle area, in year past I have sometimes allowed myself to experience the winter blues, locally known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  During several winters I actually found it was necessary to fly off to Arizona, California, or Hawaii for a few days of sunshine. It was either that or hibernate under a blanket for a couple months. Not so this year. Frankly, I don’t recall EVER having such a happy, joyful attitude this time of year. I credit the Journey of the Heart – and art for the difference!   If you’re lurking here, or sitting on the fence about stepping into the next Journey, the Journey of Purpose, I encourage you to jump in with both feet. Publically or privately, I know from my own experience that if you participate fully you’ll have a life-enhancing Journey. I extend my deepest gratitude to all beings for helping me to see that it might actually be true that I live as myself and shine with the beauty I am.

“May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon you

All love surround you

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on.

Sat Nam”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annakje Grace

Annakje has been following the Journey, while doing her own Journey.  She says,

“I enjoyed following along and reading the entries along with seeing the art produced. I regularly received a jolt of joy when I saw susanwithpearls pop up in my news feed on face book and was excited to click the link. Other times there was an aversion bc of whatever state I was in, which allowed me to see that shimpa and embrace my aversion by clicking on the link 😁

I am an artist and have not been making [much] art recently. Following the Heart Journey has definitely opened up production… I have my paints out now and set up. I know I can use them and I do more often now…so thank you.  I will be a more avid follower bc of this following. Please feel free to share my pictures if you wish to do so.”

 

 

 

 

 

WOW. Journey of the Heart, Day 39- 03.01.39

What a treat we have for you today! Inspired by Mary, we have all submitted photos of all the artwork we have done in the past 38 days. If you have joined from where you are, please feel free to send your expressions to be posted. With deepest gratitude We offer all of the Love we have cultivated to All, including you.

Guiding Thought:

Gratitude strikes my heart like a bell, resounding love through my being.

Gratitude opens my heart to Love’s purity, my very own essence!

I experience such deep gratitude for my heart, my essence, my ALL of Life!

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!


Lita

Well, little did I think that this body of work would come out of me, especially at the beginning of this journey.  I originally thought that I signed up to write and then found out that while I could have done that, the big leap would be to do art. The big leap would be to move beyond the landscape of the safe and familiar arena of my mind and words. Yes, I do art, but it has been mostly for my own exploration and edification. But to explore the back of my heart and then post it, ha! It is for this leap that I am grateful. However, I am not sure I would have taken the leap without the community of Susan, Mary, Steve, and Brad. Yes, each of us is beholden to our own path, but this community’s supportive vibration and encouraging “nudge” are such that I am given opportunity to entrain myself to what is bigger, bolder, and true.

 

 

SusanWithPearls

Wow. Mary, Steve, Lita, Brad…what an amazing journey we have had together, each alone, yet all One. I have loved viewing/reading your expressions; they always resonate somehow. Sometimes I am nodding my head vigorously, sometimes I am nodding slowly, with bare recognition, thinking, “I need to be more aware of that for myself”. I LOVE how and what you all have shared. SO much Love we have generated for All. Thank you for being here.

 

Bent HaloSteve

One hundred and Sixty. That’s how many expressions of Heart-love the four of us have created on this journey. Wow wow wow.  I was going to save this for reflection after the 40 days, but it seemed timely for today’s guiding thought of Gratitude. Gratitude for all the love and support I have received on this journey from Susan, Mary, Lita, and Brad.

And while I’m at it, I included a picture of some of the great souls who have been guiding lights/teachers/spirit friends in my life. I have deep gratitude for their influences in my life.

  • Bodhisattva with bent halo – with a good heart, all things are possible. He reminds me of my imperfections, and to be kind to myself and all sentient beings. To be humble. It’s okay to be imperfect.
  • Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba – His only message is Love
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama –I have learned so much about kindness and compassion from him
  • Eknath Easwaran – Meditation teacher – I have learned patience, and benefits of daily practice
  • Mary – my Light in the darkness – who exhibits love in everything she does, Unconditional Love
  • Brad – my friend who teaches me so much about Joy
  • Not pictured – Susan Billmaier – for all the support on these life enhancing journeys, for including IZ on the day 35 posting, for her honesty and sharing her quandaries and explorations of painting flowers.
  • Not pictured – Lita – for extending your friendship and sharing your wisdom with us, and going BIG.
  • And the picture above them?  Two souls together, watching the sunrise, seeing the same thing.

 

 

Mary

Gobsmacked!  Verklempt! I sit here in tears of overwhelming gratitude – for many, but particularly for Susan, Steve, Lita and Brad. And for Divine Guidance provided by the Journey of the Heart Guiding Thoughts. I have a friend who is a wonderful musician. For years he was encouraged, nudged, even nagged to make his music public. Ultimately he produced 13 musical albums in 13 months. That same person, for years, has been encouraging, nudging, even nagging me to BE the artist he knew was lurking/hiding inside me. Then this Journey came along. It’s no accident that this same amazing man is the one who introduced me to Susan With Pearls. And it’s more than humorous on some deep level that I’ve heard his voice in my head every day of this Journey. After all, his is the voice that recorded the Guiding Thoughts! And so I spread out the art I’ve created during this Journey, took the photo posted here and am overwhelmed, gobsmacked, verklempt with gratitude for the love and support of the people here. Obviously, looking at the artful creations on my table, I cannot deny that I AM AN ARTIST. I started meekly on this Journey, drawing stick figures. It took this whole community of precious friends to kick me out of my safe nest to BE BIGGER (sound familiar, Lita?). The results astound me. Out of 7.7 Billion people on the planet, Divine Guidance connected me directly to my supportive family here. How can I possibly express my deepest gratitude and love?! I cannot. I can only say from my heart to yours THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU!

 

 

Journey of the Heart, Day 38- 03.01.38

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.

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!


Lita

The irony of the shape of this bag filled with plastic is not lost on me, here, on this Journey of the Heart. It was this morning on my regular walk with my walking partner that we saw this bag sticking out of a garbage can. We rescued this plastic, so to speak, from its intended placement in a landfill. We carried this bag home, a ¾ mile walk so that it can go to a recycling facility instead. We were quite a sight to behold as we walked down the neighborhood streets.

The Love, the light stream in today’s guiding thoughts includes not just everyone through time and space, but EVERYTHING as well. We are all one.

 

 

SusanWithPearlsSusan

The flower and I are one. All living things emanate “love as light”. It never stops. Light is everywhere, weaving, permeating, expanding, radiating. Where does your light end and mine begin? Where does the flower’s light end and mine begin? Where does an electron’s light end and mine begin?

In Infinite, Eternal Life, what can it mean to “begin” or “end”?

 

Bent HaloSteve

Based on statistics, we are a BIG One. And those numbers don’t even include all the other animals on our planet. Or the billions upon billions of stars in the galaxy, or the billions of galaxies in the universe. And who knows how many universes there are? If we are one in both time and space, we need to include all the people who have ever lived. And all the ants, and trees, and lions and tigers and bears who have ever lived.  The mind boggles.

I’ve always wondered how many trees are there on this earth. They each have a soul, and I like to think, they each have a unique name. Hello Tom, hey Charlie, how’s it standing?

We are All One. How incredible is that?

 

 

Mary

So today I was going to sketch a map of the World. Lucky(?) for me, the internet did that for me. No sketching “art” today for the Journey of Heart. But, on this map, I drew a line between where I live and some of the places I’ve had the amazing opportunity to visit and to meet some global sisters and brothers.   Places I’ve been include many (but not all) of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Central America, the Soviet Union. When I say Europe, I really mean only parts of France.  When I say the Soviet Union I really mean only a handful of cities in the Russian Far East. When I say Australia, I only mean a few cities on the east coast of that continent. I know many people who have barely left their home town or state, so I consider myself awesomely blessed to have travelled as I have. Yet, when I look at the map, I’ve barely been anywhere, I’ve hardly met anyone. There are an estimated 7.7 Billion (with a B) people living in this World. I’ve met only a few hundred or thousands of them, but what I’ve experienced is that each one of us has a heart. In our own ways, each of these hearts knows love. This is enough. We are One.

 

 

Journey of the Heart, Day 37- 03.01.37

Guiding Thought:

I focus my heart-love in the service of others.

As I serve others through my deepest heart-love, my own love expands and becomes amplified.

There is always more love to share, to give, to experience!

Such joy and gratitude fill me, when I open to my 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!


Lita

I can’t tell you how many shots and deletions of this piece I took with my camera. What angle to best reflect today’s guiding thoughts?  Each shot accentuated a new perspective of light, differing prisms, so to speak. Angles of my heart…prisms of light…new offerings…love amplified.

 

 

SusanWithPearlsSusan

Back to flowers. I wanted simplicity. I wanted just to listen to the Guiding Thought and paint without thinking.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the energy of things. There is energy everywhere, and we can feel it, sense it—whether or not we are aware of it is another question. I once read that “a yogi writes with energy, not with words”. I’ve been listening to a healing-recording, in which the narrator emphasizes “it’s the energy, not the words” that is healing. Recently, friends and I went to the 50th anniversary travelling Broadway show of Jesus Christ Superstar: from the moment Judas opened his mouth for the first song, I thought, “there’s no energy here “. The performance was flat because it did not express the energy (among other things). The people I was with (much less metaphysical than I am) described the same feeling about the show, though using less metaphysical language, “it just fell short”…”It didn’t have it“…”[the cast] didn’t understand the story they were telling”.

I feel like this Heart Journey is helping me to be aware of the energy of things. My intention, the thoughts, the energy of the Guiding Thoughts all become part of the picture. Energy without words.

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

 

Mary

Today was the last work day for a wonderful woman who was manager of a local store. She recently bought a new home and is transferring to a shop closer to where she lives now. Hannah is an amazing example of serving others through her heart’s love. She is exemplary in terms of customer service and did an outstanding job of building a caring, joyful and compassionate staff. She motivated me to strive harder to serve others more compassionately. In the paint pouring I did this afternoon, I attempted to illustrate this Guiding Thought by expanding and amplifying the paint colors compared to the pastels in my first pouring yesterday.  I celebrate the results with joy.

 

 

Journey of the Heart, Day 36- 03.01.36

Guiding Thought:

I listen to my heart and with my heart.

My heart pays attention to others, listening to their inner voice, their unspoken words.

I care, and attend with love to their deeper, silent needs, asking their heart, “how may I strengthen you and raise your energy?”

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!


Lita

I surprised myself today with everything new – ink, paper, technique. Mark Nepo, the poet and essayist has a book entitled: Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred.  Perhaps it is that my heart has found a new way to listen.

 

 

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

I wake up in the mornings and have coffee, looking out the front window where there are two large maple trees. In the fall, my imagination got lost in the leaves, seeing muppet-type monsters. Everything changes in nature; each day I would go back and look, wondering, “will I be able to see the same thing again today”? The leaves fell, and with them the muppet monsters. Now it’s winter, and I have bare branches. The image I drew today has greeted me in the branches every morning for a week–the figure is dancing and leaping; the “arms and legs” extend much further in the branches than I could fit in this picture. There is grace, beauty, buoyancy, joy, rejoicing, celebration in the figure…or at least in my imagination of the branches. I listen to the tree. It strengthens and raises my energy.

 

Bent HaloSteve

Reflection

A realization has come to me, from all the varied expressions of Love on this Journey of the Heart. We are all connected, throughout the entire universe, whether it be heart strings, energetic emanations, love, support, or compassion. And while trying to come up with appropriate drawing, painting, creative representations of the guiding thought, I realize that I could draw/paint/create absolutely anything, a rock, a heart, a flower, a planet, and find connections with the guiding thought. Wow. That feels like too much freedom, yet also very freeing.

The geranium blooming in the garage, in the middle of winter is so inspiring, the hope of spring and new life, a creation of God’s love.

This poem by Richard Kirsten- Diaensai, brings it all together:

“Dearly beloved,

In the drifting mists of time,

Nature of humanity,

The very existence of love,

Life, art, and poetry,

Exists and emanates,

From a single flower.”

Amen.

 

 

Mary

Today I played with a new technique, acrylic paint pouring. It was a bit time consuming, unfamiliar, extremely unpredictable, incredibly messy and unbelievably fun. Sometimes, listening to the inner voice of others is much like this painting experience. But when I take the time to listen with my heart to their inner voice, their deeper silent needs, the unpredictable communication that results, like this painting, is unexpectedly energizing, uplifting and beautiful no matter how you look at it, for both of us.