“What do you want to be?”
“Just a me.” – My answer to a friend’s question at age sixteen.
I did a little cliff jumping this weekend. I took a trip to Colorado to visit my best friend, Gigi, and went to a workshop on past-life regression. A little woo-woo sounding I know, but fascinating. Mira Kelley uses hypnosis to lead her clients into recoverIng memories of previous incarnations. If you can connect your current fears to a past life, those fears will often disappear. I was first introduced to her in a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer. When I learned that he was writing the forward for her book, Beyond Past Lives, I pre-ordered it. The day it appeared on my Kindle, I began reading it. Dr. Dyer gave a glowing account of the healing quality of Mira’s work in his own life. That pulled me in. I found her book sometimes hard to grasp but most times extremely enlightening. Gigi felt the same way so we signed up for her workshop to learn more. It’s a little scary for me to write about this because it is not mainstream, but I’ve made a pact with myself to be who I am in this blog. So there it is.
I took another leap while I was in Colorado. I decided to invest in some David Smith watercolor paints and brushes. They are touted as the crème de la crème of watercolors, but in the past, I wouldn’t allow myself the luxury. They are rather pricey, and watercolor is a medium that has a mind of its own. They force the artist to be flexible with what they intend to get down on paper. To buy them meant I would have to paint with spontaneity (not always an easy thing for me). Listening to my heart, I purchased them. $350.00 later I am ready to paint with abandon. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”
― Henry David Thoreau
I imagine humanity as being like an intricate, beautiful, stained glass window. Each piece of glass is lovingly chosen for its color, texture and amount of transparency. Next, they’re cut and ground to fit together perfectly, like puzzle pieces on board. Collectively, they form a masterpiece. A broken or lost fragment of glass will unsettle and disrupt the whole. In the same way, when we don’t allow ourselves to be who we are, a disservice is done to the rest of the world. Humanity needs your song to be sung. How you think, look and feel are no accident. It’s time to be who you are. Without you something’s missing.
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Great! Love the picture, the tones and the relaxedexpression on the girl’s face, at her age time is not yet going so quick….
Waiting now to see your watercolors efforts 🙂
Thanks, Robert. I did that piece in 1980! Stay tuned to see my adventures with watercolors.
Beautiful! I love the colors.
We did stretch ourselves last weekend but if you don’t step out of comfort you can never grow, right? Great post
You know I agree with that!
I love that picture. My sister, more of an artist than I am, says that it has a good amount of shading.
I’m glad you like it. I drew it over 30 years ago! 🙂
Once again, you have touched my heart with your art and your words. I have long thought it would be fascinating to learn about my past lives. I am not sure I have ever mentioned that to anyone – I hesitate to think what the response might be. And so…I admire your courage both to look into your past lives – and to tell us about doing it. As for David Smith watercolors… I must see if I can find them – and maybe try a couple of new colors. I have heard that one can do his or her best artwork when using the finest materials that he or she can afford. And…I am also on a journey, seeking to become my true self. It is interesting how far afield we go when trying to please others at the cost of our own souls. Thank you for so generously sharing and thereby inspiring others. Blessings, Lois
Thank you so much for sharing that. All day I have been wondering if certain people will think I am crazy for writing about past-life regression. After reading your comment I am reminded of what my already heart knows. Who cares.
Love to you, Sue
I so needed to hear this. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing, Delphine. Your confirmation is a blessing to me. xo