Journey of the Heart, Day 17 – 03.01.17

Guiding Thought:

Focus your heart-love in the service of others.

As you serve others through your deepest heart-love, your own love expands and becomes amplified.

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

Joy and gratitude fill you, when you open 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

 


Lita

Even the back space of my heart has layers. Who knew?

 

Susan

I needed this assurance (from the Guiding Thought) today.

 

Bent HaloSteve

Journey of the Heart, Day 16 – 03.01.16

Guiding Thought:

Listen to your heart and with your heart.

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

You 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!

 


Mary

The heart sculpture in the heart of Omaha inspired me to do this Zentangle heart. I’m sure the sculpture strengthens and raises the energy of many who walk by it. May my heart do the same.

Zentangle heart

 


Lita

This back portion of my heart is showing me that the heart, my heart hears all, even the unsaid words of myself or others.

 

Susan

Again, I feel low-satisfaction with the flowers. I tried “something new” with the technique and, the flowers just turned out blotchy, so I did some freeform to help myself feel better about the picture. I enjoyed doing all the little dot-flowers; those are dots spiraling outward from the center. It was very meditative to do; I understand the appeal of pointilism from a painting (not necessarily observing) standpoint.

I think some of what I’m doing/feeling has to do with self-healing. I kept thinking, “My heart needs to pay attention to my/itself first, in order to pay attention to others. How can I hear others’ inner voices and unspoken words, if I can’t hear my own… It’s hard to care (about others), when I don’t feel cared-for; how can I attend with love to their deeper, silent needs, when I am feeling my needs unmet? I need to ask my heart, ‘how may I strengthen you and raise your energy?'”

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

 

Bent HaloSteve

Love is the jewel in the heart of the lotus. Be present now, and heed the call to love.

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.