Who’s feeling the full moons this month The Leo full moon is really calling me today. Every so often we have a rare celestial event that dazzles all of us and makes us realize that there is so much more to this Universe than we can really truly imagine.
Last year we had the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo that stole the show, and now in 2018 we have been offered a Total Lunar Eclipse also in the sign of Leo on January 31st.
Feeling the pull to create balance. Sort of got banned from painting by my chiropractor the last couple of days (hurt my back) but feeling better today! so....On my kitchen table; feeling the balance of male and female leo the lion/lioness energy in my new painting. Sketching in the outline I decided to add the lioness too, creating balance... while listening to a shamanic drumming session....dreamy! There also a rip in the canvas...symbolic... #intuitvepainting
Morning brought us welcoming my favourite elder into our home to sip tea, dream ahead of life, and exchange healing words. Her presence is a blessing to our new healing space. Sitting with her is like a slow melting, soul candy that you just want to savor for hours and hours. She gifted me a booklet of Labyrinth contemplations - without of course knowing how prevalent they have become in my personal medicine brewing. Such is her magic.
With her words still soaking in, I had the time and space to tend to the land here a bit more. The snow always reveals hidden surprises; like our compost pile (finally!) and non biodegradable water balloon pieces from those who walked here before us. Being in a reciprocal relationship with the spirit of place is not all prayer ribbons and sacred stones - it's painstakingly picking up old fiberglass cigarette butts out of the dirt or spying that pink knot of latex rubber under a leaf. It felt good. A day is always better with your hands in the dirt!
Evening unfolded with 2 throne like chairs arriving as gifts to the healing space - making for 15 comfy seats just in time for kirtan tomorrow evening. This space just seems to attract wisdom sharers and continues to fill with restorative energy. I'm in awe witnessing what each new day brings here.
We closed out with a mom and kiddo paint date = Heart Over Full. I hadn't planned to take the day off, but am I ever glad I followed each bread crumb leading to such a delicious one!
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Giving our right brain full permission to reign brings us toward balance, it helps settle our nervous system, heightens our intuition, shamanic journey work, omen interpretation and supports our ability to come up with creative "outside the box" solutions to mundane dilemmas.
Most of us have very few opportunities to truly go there. Our logic mind wants to plan. Our inner critic tries to sneak in judgements. Busy schedules become convenient excuses. And we are trained to believe our end results must not just "matter" but also be impressive.
Giving up these constraints is not what most of us have been taught to do, and yet it can be such a vital, healing, and freeing force that, as a practice, can bring an immeasurable amount of well being.
This method of painting walks us to a place where spirit nudges and impulsive soul guidance is our only measure. Each moment defined by either following our senses or noticing - and quieting - our monkey mind dialogue. No thought to "making good art", no planning the end design. Just one brush stroke, one paint pour or finger smear at a time.
Time for this is part of our group experience in the Shamanic Medicine Ways program and more and more feeding my personal practice. Rewriting almost 3 decades of art "training" brings a whole new, and much richer soul filling quality to such a beloved part of my inner landscape.
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