When I was 21, I started this portrait of my younger sister, Sally, and never finished it. In 2021, I took it up again with my oil paints, but ran into problems and put it on hold. Then I tried Procreate, a $9.99 app for the Ipad, and Wow! No messy paint cleanup! It’s still a work in progress, but a good start! Now, I’m ready to go back to the oils. After practicing with Procreate, hopefully I’ll get it right this time!
A quick pick-me-up 1.23 minute guided meditation featuring Into the Light 2020, Into the Brighter Light 2021, the seven chakras, and a musical clip I created with the 4Beats app.
Announcing the release of an 11.5 minute yoga nidra podcast episode featuring Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, Muladhara, the first of the seven chakras, in the yogic tradition the major subtle energy centers in the body, and Manipura, the third chakra.
Kick off your shoes and relax! You can enjoy this yoga nidra seated in a chair or in shivasana, the supine resting pose on your back, OR before falling off to sleep.
The cover art is a photo of Madonna of Willendorf, my painting inspired by the iconography of the Madonna and the ancient Venus of Willendorf, an over 27,000-old mother goddess figure discovered in Willendorf, Austria, in 1901.
You can also view it on the Into the Light apple podcast.
In the yogic tradition, there are seven major chakras representing the primary subtle energy centers in the body. Muladhara, the first chakra, located at the base of the spine, is the seat of debt and karma, congested emotions and past wrongs, those whom we have hurt and those who have hurt us.
Just as forgiveness is the foundation of Christianity, so too, does forgiveness play a major role in Muhladhara, our foundation. Only when we let go of all resentments and guilt, can we cleanse Muhladhara to a brilliant ruby red, making room for Divine Forgiveness to fill our bodies with its healing power.
Manipura, the third chakra, at the solar plexus, represents the will and ego. By aligning our will to the divine will, we clear Manipura to the brilliant midday sun yellow of Divine Purpose, guiding us to the proper times to act and the times to refrain from action, as described in Ecclesiastes.
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This is a belated post; don’t know how I missed it. My Into the Brighter Light made finalist in the Fusion Arts Six Annual Landscapes Art Exhibition in January 2021. There are some fabulous artists that made first through fifth places and honorable mentions, so it’s worth a look. If you click here and keep scrolling down, you’ll find my contribution way at the bottom! Hey, don’t knock it; I’m proud of whatever recognition I receive!
I completed Into the Brighter Light on January 1, 2021 as a bluer and brighter version of my previous Into the Light, below, which represents a weary world’s struggle to keep the focus on the light coming through the dark clouds of 2020. The 2021 version above has gentle ripples flowing forward in the lower right hand corner, heralding a better times to come for 2021. That is my hope and prayer.