Journey of the Heart, Day 33- 03.01.33

Guiding Thought:

Following the guidance of my heart, I experience life anew!

As I express love, I experience love everywhere.

I find new ways to love.

I recognize new depths and nuances of love.

I am patient. I am kind. I am wise.

I 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!


Lita

Here I am big and bold today, on the edge of the Universe and my willingness to leap with layers upon layers of ink and water, dabbing with a paper towel, adding salt, more color, more dabbing, etc.  I am wondering if my heart is holding the Universe or the Heart of the Universe is holding me. I can just touch and feel the concept of a great and patient Universe taking its time forming galaxies, stars, planets…me. Big Love indeed!

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

Om is said to be the sound of creation, the sound of the universe, the original sound.

If so, then it is a sound of connection, of unity, of creativity, of Love, of Everything out of Oneness.

Be with Om, Be Om, Be All.

 

 

Bent HaloSteve

Today is gray, wet and rainy outside. Dripping wet kind of day, no sunshine, puddles of water on the gray concrete. The kind of day you might want to curl up and hide away, sleep, and dream of sunny places.

I challenge myself to be patient today, waiting for the daffodils to open up in bright yellows. Soon, but not yet. The tulips are not even up yet.

So, to experience life anew today, to be patient with the day, I must be kind to myself. We must create our own sunshine today. It is a perfect day to practice patience and kindness.

And so flowers bring hope, for sunshine and brighter days. I am content. The gray day is perfect as it is. It is a required gestation so that tulips can open their wings at the appropriate time.  It is a perfect day.

 

Mary

I find myself struggling today as I consider responding to life with love. The US State of the Union address was presented last night. There were several heart-touching stories of love, courage, commitment and kindness. There were also acts of hostility, disrespect and divisiveness. These public struggles reflect the inner battles each of us experiences. How can I move my own inner awareness out of this struggling and into a response to life with love? It seems like a good day to focus on amplifying the loving side of the equation, and so I’m practicing kindness and patience as I prepare several messages of love to be mailed across the continent and beyond. Perhaps it’s enough to tip the balance.

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Journey of the Heart, Day 32- 03.01.32

Guiding Thought:

Today I decide to give my heart reign.

Trusting in love, assured with its gentle comfort, I invite my heart to lead me with joy and peace to joy and peace.

I surrender my mind and will 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

These are among my favorite pieces of pottery in my collection, well today anyway. I move ever between form and function, as well as content with these containers. It is all about fluidity, much like the fluidity of my heart as it dances between peace and joy.

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

A blue heart crying petals of peace.

I am learning how the heart holds paradox.

Even in pain or discomfort, feeling like my heart is exploding, or imploding, or being fractured, there is total joy and peace, and surrender to the opening.

Sometimes “giving my heart reign” means allowing it to break; trusting in love, knowing that this is not just leading to joy and peace; this is joy and peace.

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

Mary

One of the easiest ways I find to surrender to my heart’s love is by listening to music. On many of the days when we are playing heARTfully, there is music playing in the background. Most of the time that music, like the art being created, is non-verbal. The right music selection can easily still the mind and take one to deep internal spaces where daily/worldly concerns simply do not exist. In this space creativity is free to blossom from the heart.

 

 

 

 

Journey of the Heart, Day 31- 03.01.31

The fourth round returns to using “I”, the same as the first round. But I guarantee, you won’t experience “I” the same way as you did in the first round, after going through rounds 2 and 3!

Guiding Thought:

My Heart knows how to love.

Everything is energy.

The most potent energy is love.

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

My heart is Love’s abode.

My heart teaches only love.

I am 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!


Lita

Open mine eyes
That I may see
Glimpses of truth
Thou hast for me
Open mine eyes
Illumine me
Spirit divine
~Opening lines from Song of the Soul
by Chris Williamson (video below)

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

I’ve learned to let the Journey Lead.

Rarely is the Journey actually about what I think it’s about. Rarely does the Journey not lead me on unexpected paths providing insight, uncoverings, discoverings, new thoughts, new depths, new aspects…

Setting the intention simply reveals my (little) mind’s limitations, it’s current level of awareness and understanding. My heart, my (Higher) Mind, know what I really want, what I really intend: my deepest reality, my deepest Truth, my deepest longing for my Self, which becomes visible when I allow the Journey to unfold in Truth.

My Heart knows how to PAINT 🙂

 

Bent HaloSteve

I have felt very much a student on this Journey of Love. How many ways can love be expressed?  Some days inspired, some days not. Can I learn from my heart even when I don’t feel it, on those days when “I’ve got nothing.”  The commitment to this journey has encouraged me to dig a little deeper to find a way to love/ gratitude when it is not already there. Oh yeah, it IS already there, I just need to open to it in my heart.

My heart is a willing and joyful teacher. I am a willing and sometimes joyful student. The process of creating art has been an opening experience for me. I am astounded at the different ways each of our journeyers have expressed themselves in response to the same guiding thoughts. What an adventure!

 

Mary

I am a willing and joyful student. Today, inspired by Susan Billmaier, I attempted a new technique. This image was done using acrylic paints and ball chains. Obviously mastering the technique will require practice, but it was a fun first try. One thing I’m learning throughout this Journey so far is that PRACTICE is intended to be a way of life. Mastery in any area isn’t likely to come from simply trying. It will come from doing it over, and over and over, and over and over and……

 

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Journey of the Heart, Day 30- 03.01.30

Guiding Thought:

Our heart-love establishes our inner-peace.

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

We live as our Self, shining with the beauty of the Love we are!

 

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 stones are the bones of the Earth.
The stones are the bones of the Earth
I honor the stones of the earth.
I sing to the bones of my birth!
Hey hey ya ya, Hey hey ya ya.
Hey hey ya ya, Hey ya.

~excerpted from Stones and Bones from Gathering:
The Sacred Breath by Brooke Medicine Eagle

Millions upon billions of years Star stuff shining No hesitation in my heart – Lita

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

Divine Mother (Kali) Eyes.

Om Kring Namah.

Cut off the ego! Remove! Remove!

 

 

Bent HaloSteve

Buddha nature is within us all. Original wholeness is within us all. We only need to realize it. Our true selves shine through with the beauty of Love, peace, compassion, and wisdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary

Here in the Seattle area we had rain for 28 days in January. On this magical 02-02-2020 the sun came out! We took a nice, long walk, and appreciated the bright, and unfamiliar shining orb in the sky. I drew this sunshine while sitting peacefully listening to John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders”. Out in our yard, the daffodils, which quietly lapped up all that January rain, are now enjoying this sunshine day along with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of the Heart, Day 29- 03.01.29

Guiding Thought:

Gratitude strikes our hearts like a bell, resounding love through our being.

Gratitude opens our hearts to Love’s purity, our very own essence!

We experience such deep gratitude for our hearts, our essence, our 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

I have been listening to one of my favorite sound healers (Tom Kenyon) on the nature of our true sound. We have our true sound as do our organs and cells. Even atoms and neutrinos sing.

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

The symbol that “we” (Western Humans) use for the heart is an energetic pattern which reminds us that energy flows from within, outward (in never-ending resonance), returning to itself to repeat the process. It’s the constant in-breath-out-breath of our energy with the Energy of Life. It’s happening all the time, everywhere.

 

Bent HaloSteve

Gratitude. I’m having a tough time coming up with an appropriate drawing or painting. I’m trying to drum up some inspiration. It’s not that I don’t have gratitude, it’s just that I don’t know what or how to express it today. So I started rummaging through photos, looking for inspiration. There is so much to be grateful for. A picture of Mary, with no hair, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. An aching picture of her hugging a tree, with no hair, but grateful to be alive. Pictures after her recovery, of her sporting purple hair, and playing in the pool. These pictures evoke my deep gratitude that Mary is here in my life, having survived breast cancer in 2016. I lost my vision in one eye in 2016 due to a detached retina that multiple surgeries did not correct. We are so grateful to be here today, how could we not be dancing?

Life is complex, pictures can evoke many emotional reactions, not just a one to one, one picture to one feeling. Life is a collage of feelings and experiences, so are these pictures a collage of gratitudes for All of life.

“Mary” By Brad Vanlandingham

 

 

 

 

Mary

Yesterday our community held its annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser in support of two local food banks. Many restaurants and a school system culinary arts class donated a variety of soups, bread and cookies. Pottery artisans donated hundreds of handcrafted bowls. A large number of volunteers were deployed to set up, collect donations, serve and clean up for the event. Hundreds of neighbors came to make a donation, select one of the beautifully made bowls, eat a serving of delicious soup and connect with friends and neighbors. We all have a great deal of gratitude from the heart that we live in a community that can organize and support such an event to share the bounty with those who are currently less fortunate. My art from the heart today is an image of the bowl I brought home. The bowl may be empty, but my heart is filled to overflowing. Empty Bowls events occur across the nation. Why not see if there’s one for you to support in your community. If not, perhaps you’ll consider organizing one yourself.

Journey of the Heart, Day 28- 03.01.28

A quick apology to my co-journeyers (here and everywhere) for not publishing day 28 yesterday. The Journey was not interrupted, but my technology time was!

,Guiding Thought:

Love-as-light streams from our hearts to all hearts!

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

Imagine these streams of love-as-light connecting with everyone in time and space.

Imagine receiving these streams of love-as-light as they return to you 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

I thought my heart work with today’s guiding thoughts for the day was done, a picture revealed and drawn.  Nope. Another image revealed itself, stemming from a conversation with a friend. Instead of our morning walk, we sat in her car looking out at the beach. Her hands held a small glass heart and a card with a picture of a lotus blossom. She was holding them in meditation for a troubling family situation seemingly energetically bound by a deceased relative.  Her original intention was for release today. But over the course of our conversation she decided that the card, the heart, and the soul of this relative need to be placed on her altar at home. From all accounts he was a troubled and controlling individual. In this moment of our conversation I knew that what will occur on the altar of my friend is the work of compassion which transcends time and space. He, too, is light, and no less deserving of love.

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

More brushstroke practice, this time with the Devangari/Sanskrit, “Om Namah Shivaya”.

What looks simple and straightforward becomes a practice in consistency, pressure/force, steadiness, direction, symmetry, balance, relationship (each character to the others).

Translate this to every day life. Each action has the potential to teach so many qualities, aspects, and approaches to life!

 

Bent HaloSteve

 

Mary

Yesterday a friend came over to do paper crafting. She reminded me that this was the first time this year that WE did this.  We create greeting cards. I’ve been collecting sheets of beautiful (mostly hand crafted) papers and several of them have now been cut to card size. There will be hundreds of cards eventually. Most will go to people undergoing chemotherapy. Many others will be sent to seniors experiencing challenges of aging. WE do this form of art especially to be shared. These “streams of love-as-light “ show up in mailboxes all across the country. That love-as-light returns to us as beautiful papers to play with and to be creative with and to share. This is enough.

Journey of the Heart, Day 27- 03.01.27

Guiding Thought:

We focus our heart-love in the service of each other.

As we serve each other through our deepest heart-love, our own love expands and becomes amplified.

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

Joy and gratitude fill us, when we open 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!


Lita

 

Light and water swirling. Vortex. Transformation.

 

SusanWithPearls

Susan

Since beginning with the brushes, I’ve been fascinated with the brush strokes.

As a kid I used to “play with” calligraphy. I say “play with” because it was more like I drew the character, then filled it in, not using individual brush strokes.

But with the watercolors, I can feel a draw to brush strokes for creating letters. Simple. Elegant. yet difficult to perfect. flat or round brush? the angle of holding the brush. the pressure throughout the stroke. the consistency of the movement.

In keeping with my theme of “creation” and “reproduction” (technique), I did these characters today.

 

this is Green Tara, mother of all Buddhas:

Image result for mother taras

Bent HaloSteve

 

 

Mary

The original oil painting “TwoFridas”, which I believe inspired this piece, was by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. I don’t know who created this version, (the photo was sent to me by a friend) but it touches my heart and it certainly speaks to today’s Guiding Thought.