Archive for the ‘chakra’ Category
I really love this one. The colors, wow, sunglasses worthy! (heheh.) The imagery has a nice flow, the hidden angels and moon face are super cool, and the vibe when I look at it is high. I’m going to put a moon face in all my digital paintings from now on, it’ll be my signature. Back in the olden days, I made a decent living making a celestial line of mirrors, chimes, wall sculptures and mobiles, and I still dig that celestial vibe……and pyramids, I like pyramids……and spirals.
My desire to communicate seems to be at an all-time low, but my creative juices are flowing pretty well, so that’s a good sign. During this phase of non-verbalism (or non-verbalocity, or no-talk-aholicism) which I have come to call “The Great Silence of the Yams 2011”, (Yams is code for vocal cords), I decided I should do another chakra angel to check in on the condition of my energy flow.
I was surprised to see the blue throat chakra so open. I thought it would have a “Closed Until Further Notice” sign on it or maybe a “Danger-She’s Gonna Blowww!!” sign nailed to it. There must be something else going on with me because I sure do feel strange….cocooned……internal…….like I’m in a womb, all wrapped up and closed off to the outside. Not stagnant or stuck, just inside myself, like in the eye of a tornado where everything is still but all around me is a wild whirlwind of debris, Wizard of Oz style. Weird sh*t, maan….
The Crown Chakra – White, the combination of all colors, (some say violet, I say white) Our connection to Source, our connection to our higher selves, everything is one, part of the whole, the spiritual aspect of believing in something greater than ourselves and the knowing that everything could make sense if the veil came off. The veil is thin right now, I get glimpses but not the whole sh-bang. The glimpses keep me hanging out in the crown because of the mystery, that curiousity, that burning desire to “know“. (Know what?). It’s so big and sparkly and bright and shiny and happy and safe. No wonder I like to hang out there although according to this diagnosis, it’s probably out of balance with the rest of the chakras because of it’s gi-normous size. Balance is everything, but then so is timing….patience, grasshopper.
The Sixth Chakra -Purple (some say indigo blue, I see purple) – The Third Eye – The Seat of Intuition – “I see you”, Na’vi style from the movie Avatar, seeing the issues behind the pain. This one doesn’t look too bad. I’ve been working on blue and purple digital paintings lately while focusing on the fifth and sixth chakras and I think this process has cleaned out some of the cobwebs in both of them. Cool.
The Throat Chakra – Blue – Communication, change, committment, verbal self expression, speaking your truth. It looks fairly open and clear but it’s out of alignment, not by much, but by enough that it needs attention, more work, the next step. I’m still convinced there’s something stuck in my throat but I can’t see it in this picture. (Maybe it’s behind, maybe I should do an image from the back side, yeah)
The Heart Chakra – Green – The Bridge between the upper and lower chakras, the mediator, love, nurture, empathy, compassion, understanding, Christ-like. (I wish I was more Christ-like). It looks open and cleared out, but not very vibrant or active. I recently finished the heart chakra painting with the intention of opening and clearing, so this is good. The next series of chakra paintings will have movement, activation, spin, and spiral. (spirals!!!)
The Third Chakra – Yellow – The Solar Plexus- thinking, intellect, self worth, self-esteem, self identity, who am I?, what is my purpose? why am I here? There’s something I’m supposed to do. I know I can do it. I’m slightly out of alignment with my higher purpose but it’s close….I think too much and don’t feel or do enough, possibly because the second chakra isn’t open enough.
The Second Chakra – Orange – Hara – the center of emotions, (easier to shut them down and pretend like they’re not there) male or female identity, sexuality, intimacy, bonding. Poor ole’ second chakra, it’s open but needs more, lots more. The color is good though, so some clearing has taken place so at least there’s been some progress..
The First Chakra – Red – Root – Kundalini – Procreation, survival, safety and self preservation, bodily life energy, stamina. And there it is, that puny first chakra. The plant is only as strong as its roots. It’s not dark, so that’s good, it’s just small and needs to be more open and activated.
And the grounding cords, what grounding cords? There’s a red light at the bottom of the angel where it looks like the grounding cords have disconnected and pulled back into a dark cave. That’s not so good, but this is a typical problem with me. I have a tendency to float….
So now I know what to focus on. I love chakra angels!
(Disclaimer: These chakra attributes are how I understand them and are not necessarily how an expert might define them.)
Until next time, whenever that may be……
A new way of diagnosis, cool! Did you see the moon face at the bottom of the angel? Did you know that you can actually airbrush with Gimp? How fun is that?! I’m going to start doing more hidden faces, images, and figures. I love art that has surprises! I’d really like to learn how to use the “layers” tool so I can superimpose photos onto each other.
There’s some kind of tool, or computer where a person can actually hold a pen and draw on the screen instead of the clumsiness of using the mouse. (I’m terrible at drawing with the mouse!) Anyone know what those things are called? They probably cost a gajillion dollars or maybe even two gajillion dollars, but sure would be fun!
Well, I’m off…. Maybe someday I’ll learn how to put page tabs at the top of this blog and include a chakra guide. I forget sometimes that not everyone is familiar with chakras, Reiki, and other energy work terms.
Have a good one!!
“To discover the truth of our own vision, we must take action by remembering our tools and putting them to work”.
I was cleaning up the debris littering my computer area and ran across this quote that I’d written at the bottom of a piece of paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down whose quote it is. I wish I could claim ownership of it, but surely I didn’t come up with something so profound!! Finding this particular quote at this particular time is one of those synchronistic “the universe will show you the way if you stop being so freakin’ dense” moments.
The thing that struck me about this quote was the use of the word “tool”. Several years ago, I had gotten my Reiki II Degree which means I can practice distance reiki in addition to hands on healing. (I don’t claim to be a healer, but I can channel healing energy from the Source to the recipient or attune an object or place so that it emits healing energy.) One of the phrases that was used frequently in my classes was toolbox… “put this in your healing toolbox”.
I became fascinated with energy work, no, maybe obsessed is a more accurate word. I learned all kinds of alternative healing practices like EFT, chakra work, Therapeutic Touch, cutting cords, biofeedback, tons of stuff. I have a very impressive library of alternative healing books. After about two years of fun, learning, and healing, I got distracted with some really hard-core bumps in the road that led to a “black night of the soul” that lasted for four years. Dark times, dark times.
I started to emerge into the light again about five months ago.
When I look at my Etsy shop and see the category of the things that have sold there, the writing’s on the wall. I mean, come ON! How much of a sign do I need? I’ve only sold seven things there, but get this….five, FIVE of those seven things have been chakra and healing wall sculptures and paintings. Below is the latest one that sold.
I’m ready to buckle down and really solidify my focus and intention on the creation of art that can be used as a tool for healing and transformation. I’ve been doing that to an extent, but it’s been in and out, wax and wane, mexican jumping bean brain, just a cutting, no roots.
I believe I just sprouted roots. Live every moment with intention and awareness, no more mexican jumping bean brain.
Wake up, Laurie, be who you really are. And who would that be? A Lightworker.
Wow. Where did that come from? I had to look up the definition of lightworker to verify what it means. The following comes from a really awesome article by Doreen Virtue. To read the whole thing (it probably applies to many many people) click here:
“Lightworkers are those who volunteered, before birth, to help the planet and its population heal from the effects of fear. Each lightworker is here for a sacred purpose. Very often, however, life on earth with its material focus creates a form of amnesia in lightworkers. They then forget their divine and perfect identities, and also their abilities to miraculously help the earth and all living creatures. When lightworkers forget their true identity and purpose, they feel lost and afraid.”
I got some serious goosebumps when I read this article after writing this post. That usually means truth.
Fascinating place, this universe we live in.
Have a fantastic Sunday!
By removing blockages within our chakras we are able to remove blockages within our lives and can discover our true self, and purpose in life and in that discovery live to our fullest expression and potential.
Yesterday I was feeling kind of rebellious and my post was a little on the….shall we say…..unprofessional side. I’ve never been known for having great timing, and of course I would have to choose the same day that Etsy artist Sybillinart featured my third chakra painting “Fearless” on her blog which sent some people my way, and what do they see? A monkey sticking a finger in his butt, smelling it and falling over backwards from the horrifying stench. (Good Gawd, my timing is horrible, still, though, that video is so hilarious…..heheeeee!)
Anyway, I’m sorry Sybillinart for that unfortunate timing and I’ll make up for it today.
Sybillinart is a decoupage artist on Etsy. She has something for everyone in her shop from pendants to boxes, cards to wall decor, vases, journals, you name it. She really made my day when she included my third chakra painting “Fearless” in an Etsy treasury within hours of me listing it on Etsy. Then she bought it which sent me into a wild spree of happiness, confirming to me that working on my chakra paintings is the right thing to do. Thank you for that Sybillinart!
I’m really honored that she did an Artist Feature about this painting on her blog Sybillin’ Art News. Go to her blog and check it out! http://sybillinartnews.blogspot.com/2011/03/artist-feature.html She even has a photo of it hanging on her wall right above her desk, which I thought was super cool.
For those who might be interested in the behind-the-scenes story concerning this painting, I did a couple of blog posts about it awhile back. The first post is called “Third Chakra Issues” and chronicles the intention behind the painting and the emotional debris that emerged as I was working on it.
The second post is called “Fearless: Third Chakra” and shows the progression and visual evolution that took place from the first and second chakra paintings to the third and my thoughts on the process.
In other news, I got my prints from http://www.adoramapix.com/ yesterday, and they were awesome! I had them printed on this metallic paper that has some kind of subtle pearlized metallic glow to it. The colors are deep and rich, they’re really beautiful. They’re small, though, 8″ x 10″, and I’m thinking I’d like some bigger ones, say 16″ x 20″. Maybe I should figure out what I’m going to do with them first….
I made and airbrushed a wooden frame for my first energy art creation that I printed on my own printer and gave it to Andi for her 21st birthday. She’s my biggest fan, so I thought it would be appropriate to give her the first of something new that I’m starting. I called it “The Beginning” and unbelievably forgot to get pictures of it. It turned out good and looks really nice hanging on a wall, though.
Here’s a picture of it without the frame, (the frame or maybe more appropriately the wood mat was 3″ wide on all sides, 1/4″ thick and painted with a gradation of turquoise and aqua to deep blue).
This is a warped out digital abstraction taken from a photo of my orange second chakra painting. I’ve decided I like it after a period of Yes? No? Yes? No? Ok ….yes. Sometimes I’ll look at something I’ve created. and I’ll like it for a minute, or maybe even for a few hours but then it’s like my brain twists around, my eyes flip out and I’ll start to hate it. The creative mind is a strange one. Below is a slightly different darker version. I like it too, in some ways, even better than the one above.
What really sucks is when I like something I’ve made and declared “I’m finished! Me likey”, then days or even weeks later, I look at it and say “Ewwwwwwww, I…… hate it!!!!!”. This is usually accompanied by my usual eye rolling, groaning, throwing my hands in the air, spinning around with copious amounts of hair tossing and acting generally overly dramatic.
Eventually I’ll resign myself to the fact that what’s done is done. From that point on, though, I’ll cast the occasional sideways glance at the offending piece (never a full frontal gaze ever again) with a look on my face that probably looked like the face I made yesterday when the bartender accidentally gave me a drink with grapefruit juice in it. (Eeee-yuck…that’s some sour sh#t, grrr-ossss.).
I survived my hour at the bar with Andi, by the way. She ordered for both of us like some kind of pro…..(what the…..?) It wasn’t too horribly painful, however, one drink and I promptly forgot my coat at the bar and almost forgot my purse at her friend’s house. Me no likey the alkee-hol….. I’m spacey enough as it is.
She was in a hurry to get back to Fayetteville so she could meet her friends for dinner, but I forced her to stay and have some cake. I could have sworn we had candles but the only one I could find was a #7 candle which I found in the bottomless pit we call the junk drawer. I think it was from when she was 7 year old which would make it…what….14 years old? It looked like maybe a mouse had chewed part of the bottom off of it, but I pretended not to see that. I brushed it off a little, stuck it in her cake deep enough to hide the chewed off end, told her to make a wish and blow it out.
I wonder if she wished for a normal mother? lol
Have a good one!
Sometimes the best way to start the day is a with a big laugh, accompanied by an “Awwwww”!
This is the evolution of my most recent photo alteration. I’ve started checking into online printing companies in an effort to possibly incorporate some of these altered photos into my wall sculptures.
I was thinking about how weird and twisty (and strangely appropriate for my state of mind) this concept is. 1) I make the original wall sculpture 2) I take photos of the wall sculpture 3) I manipulate the photos of that wall sculpture into some groovy abstract art 4) I make prints of that abstract art and incorporate them into a new wall sculpture 5) I take photos of the new wall sculpture 6) I manipulate those photos…..and so on…….like looking into mirrors that are reflecting each others……worlds within worlds within worlds.
Below is the original photo from my wall sculpture entitled “Breaking Free“.
Add some contrast and some other stuff, I can’t remember what……
I remember discovering a totally fun warping function. (Warp-a-mania….warp-zilla…..warp-alicious….warp-a-zoid….Warpy McWarp-erson….)
Hehee, that’s some trippy sh#%! The creation of these abstract images is the epitome of how I interpret “Energy Art”. There’s a little bit of left brain activity in the creative process, but it’s mostly an intuitive right brain approach where my mind is filled with only imagery and energy, just flowing along with what feels right with no structured thoughts or analysis
It’s fun, I tell ya!
From a budding Warp-a-Maniac,
I’m no Speedy Gonzales when it comes to working on my chakra paintings that’s for sure, but I’ve finally finished “Fearless“, my painting intended for opening and clearing the third chakra. My lower chakras were a friggin’ mess, a MESS I tell ya. It’s interesting to me to see how these first three paintings have evolved.
My first chakra painting entitled “The Red Portal” was tight and controlled, practically closed up completely and had lots of black debris in it. Dark, dark, dark….