Journey of the Heart, Day 15 – 03.01.15

Guiding Thought:

Bring your awareness to your heart and resonate with its love.

Naturally and easily your heart-love radiates through you.

Love is present now—rippling in to the future, releasing the past.

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!

 


Mary

As Above, So Below.

 

 


Lita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan

I feel low-satisfaction with the flowers today. I do think I am feeling a bit of boredom with this, even though just a couple days ago I had said I was not feeling bored. I am invigorated especially when I learn new things. Learning for me associates with creativity, problem-solving (“how do I do this?…), and originality. But repetition…that is not learning. I feel like I have passed the point of learning into repetition, and repetition is boring.

But you can also see that the flowers are not “pretty”. It’s not like I can consistently apply the technique–even though I used the technique, the flowers came out blotchy. This was probably due to boredom and impatience. And it also means I have not mastered the technique.

So the next question is (in the correspondence between the process of painting flowers and creation, and the idea that there are formulas that work): where do I go from here? Do I add something to the technique to renew my learning/interest, like mixing colors? Do I slog on, with the idea that this is a phase of learning? Do I paint something other than flowers? What am I learning about my approach to “mastery”, and to being a masterful creator?

Here is the link to the original video, to see how to make the flowers:

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

 

Journey of the Heart, Day 14 – 03.01.14

Guiding Thought:

How can you deepen and expand your relationship with your beautiful, blissful heart?

How can you give your love, your wisdom, your compassion more openly and freely?

How can you know your heart of love, as yourself?

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!

 


Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan

The Guiding Thought really resonated today. I kept listening, and repeating it in my head, with an emphasis: “yeah, how do I deepen and expand my relationship with my heart? How do I give my love, wisdom, and compassion more openly and freely? How do I know my heart of love, as myself?”

I felt like it was a seeking-finding dynamic. I can’t find if I don’t seek. And I may not have the answers now, but the seeking is leading me to them.

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

 

 

Here is the link to the original video, to see how to make the flowers:

Journey of the Heart, Day 13 – 03.01.13

Guiding Thought:

Follow the guidance of your heart and experience life anew!

Express love, and experience love everywhere.

Find new ways to love.

Recognize new depths and nuances of love.

Be patient. Be kind. Be wise and respond to life with love, as 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!

 


Mary

Won’t you join me for just a cup of coffee?  But, let’s think about that cup of coffee. Think of the person who brewed it for you. Now think about those who grew and harvested the coffee, those who prepared the soil to grow it, those who drove the truck to ship it to the roaster, those who roasted it – and let’s not forget those who made the parts and built the truck, those who refined the gas for it, those who created the roasting machine, the bags for the beans, the designer of the cup itself, and the water that nourished the plants, and the sun that warmed them……and on and on.  Suddenly, it’s no longer “just” a cup of coffee. Suddenly you and I are drinking in the whole of the universe. This perspective can be applied to everything and everyone we are sharing this planet with. This is a way to experience life anew, a method of recognizing new depths and nuances of love.

 


Lita

 

Susan

I was so excited about something I noticed as I was making the flowers today, I had to make a video to show you! I used “the technique” but discovered something. It’s what I discovered that I share in the video. Below the video is the final picture. Below Steve’s reflection is the link to the technique’s  original video.

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

 

 

Here is the link to the original video, to see how to make the flowers:

Journey of the Heart, Day 12– 03.01.12

Guiding Thought:

Today, decide to give your heart reign.

Trusting in love, assured with its gentle comfort, invite your heart to lead you with joy and peace to joy and peace.

Surrender your mind and will to your 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!

 


Mary

My heart led me with joy and peace to do this drawing. According to Brenda Hoddinott, author of “Drawing for Dummies”, this is a dust bunny. Personally, I think it may be my self-portrait on a day of too much caffeine. The message is, whatever your method: sketching, painting, sculpting, gardening, music or something else, do it from the heart with joy, peace and love. Express(o) yourself freely.

 


Lita

A change in space requires a change in mediums, at least where this creative expression of my vision/wisdom is arising. This truly is the back of my heart, now exposed and ready to reveal itself. This surrendering of my mind to my heart’s love is less a war with my ego; rather it is a cooperative stance between an open heart and a loving mind.

 

Susan

I LOVE making these little flowers!! Joyful expression!! (see link below for how to paint them)

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to the video, to see how to make the flowers:

Journey of the Heart, Day 11– 03.01.11

Welcome to Round 2! See an explanation for how the Guiding Thoughts change for this round here.

Guiding Thought:

Your Heart knows how to love.

Everything is energy.

The most potent energy is love.

As you learn love, invite the most powerful energy to express through you, to live as you, to be you!

Your heart is Love’s abode.

Your heart teaches only love.

You are a willing and joyful student!

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!

 


Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lita

With today’s guiding thoughts, the word “invite” jumps out at me. The back door is opening.  The only way in is through – crossing the threshold. My back pack, a piece of armor guarding/protecting the back of my heart has been taken off.

Susan

I tried a new technique today. The video I modeled is below. This is less of a straightforward technique than the flowers, certainly more complex as far as mixing colors and brush technique (which are not explained…or…of they are, it’s in Japenese!)

I think I’ve decided to stick with flowers and work more with “mastering” that (very simple!) technique. That video is also below.

 

 

Bent HaloSteve

To start round two, I decided to switch away from freeform watercolor, and give a try at a more planned straight line drawing. Inviting love to your hearts abode. It struck me to draw an abode of welcoming love. The perspective is not all it could be, and I feel like I “should” have put some flowers or something along the base. But I reached the point where the drawing was complete, time to stop fiddling with it. So it is what it is.

The energy of Love abides, remains, continues, stays always. Love abides, stand by me.

Journey of the Heart, Day 10– 03.01.10

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!

 


Steve



Mary

As a child, my mother would wake me in the morning saying “Good morning Glory”.
As I opened my eyes she would add “rise and shine”! For all of my life, it’s been my
daily goal to “rise and shine”. As a result, some people have chosen to nickname me
“Mary Sunshine”. I strive to live up to that image. The picture today was painted by
Steve some time ago. In winter it resides on a window ledge in my laundry
room/arts and crafts studio. We live in the Seattle area where some days you just
have to make your own sunshine. The painting serves as a reminder to me that we
must each strive to BE the sunshine, the bright light of peace, love and compassion
that we wish to see in our world. Try shining a little – hold a door, give a smile, say
“hello” to a passing stranger. It will add peace and brightness to their day and yours.
Love one another!


Lita

It’s all about the boots today, my feet, how I walk upon this Earth. Heart embodiment is not limited to the space in the center of my chest, let alone my touch, my voice, my eyes, and my ears. How I embrace this earth and the whole of my body-being is but a reflection of love…with each and every step.


Susan

Today’s picture is pure freeform. It feels celebratory, somehow.

I had an “AH-HA”, while painting. The single thought was: “replication”. Techniques assure consistency in production. Freeform creates beautiful pictures, which may or may not be replicable.

Creation with the heart is somehow the same. There is a technique to creating life with Life, co-creating life with the heart, manifesting through love.

Master is a term used both in art (as in mastering a technique), as well as in esoteric traditions (as in someone being a spiritual master). We begin with “the simple” and continue learning until we have mastered a technique, whether the technique is painting, or creation.

Journey of the Heart, Day 09– 03.01.09

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!

Remember: be with the Guiding Thought as you paint/draw/color. Your expression can be “scribbles”; the point is allowing your feeling nature to be attuned to the Guiding Thought while expressing.

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan

If you are following along, you may have noticed that my tension between “the technique” and “freeform” hinges on results: When I do the technique, I get results that are closer to images that I have predetermined to paint; the flowers look how I want them to look (pretty much). When I stray from the technique (“freeform it”), I still get a nice picture, but it resembles less the picture that I wanted to paint. This tension then mimics, or represents, my inner-tension of wanting to create with heart (freeform), and then creating what I really want (“the picture in my head”, or the “most sophisticated/perfect outcome”).

Today felt like a bit of a breakthrough. 1) I used an actual picture to “model” how I wanted my flower to look (previously, I had just used the technique to make “those” types of flowers). 2) I used the technique, but differently (out to in, rather than in to out, and on petals different from “the technique”). 3) I used a combination of freeform and technique. The result was a picture that looks pretty close to the model.

On the left is the “model”; on the right is what I painted.