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I Write and I Paint Too


I love reading, writing and no, not arithmetic as the old saying goes, painting. Recalling early memories, I see myself happily painting picture books where the color was already imprinted on the pictures. You simply needed a brush and water to make the pictures magically come to life. I loved how the water moved the colors, blending to create new images. I imagine that is why today, I am enamored with Watercolor and moving paint in loose styles to create unexpected and delightful pictures. Colors blending and forming hard and soft edges in shapes unexpected and surprising. You never know what you might get!


Do I consider myself an artist. Absolutely not! I am a creator and find great joy in simply creating whether it be stories, painting or photography. The sheer abandonment of judgement and opinion from self or others opens the space for creativity to begin. Creating is healthy for my mind, body and soul. I get lost in the process of going within, listening to my soul beckoning me to explore my truth. To express my truth and how I see the world, a limited view of my own experiences and living. An understanding that I know I must create to live my own purpose. To respect my limitations and celebrate my abilities and gifts. To share and trust. To inspire others to abandon everything that others have told them and believed about what they can and can’t do, what they should and shouldn’t. To do what feels right for them.


Last week I painted a picture attempting a loose style of watercolor painting. I was pleased with the process and outcome. I am gently learning to let go of more rigid styles of creating. I post my paintings on social media sites and also enjoy seeing the paintings of other fellow creators. I posted my first loose style painting and the next morning I received a message from a friend whom I not seen in a very long time. You know how it goes, life takes us in different directions and we lose touch. The message was lovely and warm amid the chill of early morning in September. Upon reading the message, my intuition immediately told me that the picture belonged to her. Later that day I went to see her unannounced to deliver the picture as a gift. When I arrived we embraced and I gave the picture to her telling her that I had a deep knowing that she needed this gift at this time in her life.  My intuition never leads me astray and afterwards I question why I ever doubted its wisdom. The connection with my friend was warm and emotional. Yes, indeed life has been a challenge for her of late. Challenges we all face when life hits us like a wave, submerging us over and over struggling for air and breath. Understanding.


Creating and creations are meant to be shared, gifted with love. Creations are very much like the growth stages of our life. They begin in infancy, an idea, a spark of light. We choose to either nurture this idea giving it form and hope or we simply deny the possibility tossing it away. It is the energy we decide upon to either feed the spark or snuff it out that determines the outcome. As we feed it with inspiration and love it grows like a new baby. There are times when it falls but, if you don’t fall, pick yourself back up, you will never learn to keep on going. Persevere. As we find the courage to clean out the negative energy from our minds, the voice that says you are not good enough, that you could never create or comparisons to others, a new adventure begins. There is no greater judge than yourself and the voice in your own head which keeps you stuck. Everyone of us lives with the ability to have an idea. 


I started by taking one beginner class. I was blessed with a great teacher and artist who has the patience of a saint. Today, I continue to take his classes as he inspires me with his outlook on life and painting. He shares his gift with others in beautiful ways. And I still believe I am divinely guided in all my creations including writing this blog. But then again, aren’t all creations touched by the hand of God, Angels and Guides. Lighting our purpose. If you allow yourself to create, I can tell you this, you too will feel the touch of Divine inspiration. And once you do, there is no going back. Creating is what we are brought here to do. We were all created to create. To dream our dreams and bring them to life. Imagine that! 

Soul Seeds

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Seeds are resilient, stubborn and steadfast. Seeds fly through the air, drop hundreds of feet to the ground, thump and are tossed about by storms, rain and snow. Seeds strive to survive, to find fertile ground to establish their roots, sprout and grow. Think of the dandelion whose seeds are designed like angel feathers to fly, yet so stubborn in their desire to thrive, they are difficult to remove. Pulling and tugging only serve to make their roots systems stronger and deeper. Imagine an oasis in the desert, green and lush surrounded on all sides by arid dunes of sand. The life force of the desert, water, bringing lush, cool green plants to life amid nothingness, scorching heat and dehydrating sun. Many seeds lie dormant for years simply waiting for the perfect conditions to grow. These seeds eventually spring forth with new life. There is no doubt about it. When they do, we notice their presence simply because they have been absent for so long. Soul seeds are no different from the seeds brought forth in nature. Soul seeds are your life purpose.

Soul seeds arrive with you and are planted there by your Divine source. Soul seeds are your purpose in life, a purpose shared by every living thing on the planet, specific to each individual and their journey. Some people sprout their seeds early , others later on and still others lie dormant for years waiting for just the right life conditions and divine timing to occur, possibly Divine intervention.  The seed awakens ready to fulfill its purpose, aware of what that purpose is and the ingredients required to nurture it to full potential and growth. Your garden, the garden of your soul has been seeded prior to your arrival. Some will grow flowers, others vegetables. Together with like minded souls, some seeds will plant and harvest crops. Joint ventures with a common goal to feed the world. Some will be the oasis in the desert providing rest and respite to those who are parched, nourishing their soul seeds. Once refreshed and stronger, able to carry on to once again seek their own soul purpose. There are individuals who will struggle to find fertile ground to establish their roots, to grow and thrive. Sometimes to just survive amid the chaos of life. Their soul seeds teach us many lessons. Compassion.

The will to survive, thrive and grow is the life force within each of us, every living thing. It is the spirit of life. The spirit that fuels our soul seeds. The spirit that beckons us to grow to our full potential. To become who we are meant to be. Our spirit longs to plant the seeds of our soul so that we are all contributers to this garden we call earth. However it is that your seed thrives, be it on the floor of the rain forest, the cactus in the desert, a rose in the garden, the wheat in the field, the grapes on the vine for the wine, you are here for a reason. You cannot be what the other is. Your seed is unique and is known to you. Plant it and be happy with what you are here to grow. Be resilient in the face of hardship and struggle. Nurture your seeds and bring them to life. And if you do nothing else in this lifetime, share the gift of your seeds with others. Grow your soul seeds, the purpose of your life. You were not brought here to lie dormant upon the earth for the entirety of your life. Your soul seed is the gift this world is waiting for.  

Afterthoughts

Politics aside, I cannot help but write about the resilience within Hillary Clinton. She represents an individual passionate about fulfilling her calling, her soul purpose. She is an example of one who has experinced many ups and down but, through her resilience, faith and hope, rises up to greet each new day. Her soul seed has never been dormant and I am thankful we have women such as Hillary who continue to provide inspiration and courage in the face of hardship, disappointment and adversity. She is definitely a soul with purpose. She is a woman who speaks her truth with dignity and fights for the equal rights of all human beings. Never underestimate the power of a planted seed.