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The Initiation

“As most of you know, psyche is the Greek word for soul. It’s also the Greek word for butterfly. If you have a protagonist in a story whose name is Psyche, you might expect that she will go through a major transition and crisis. Will she survive it? Will she come through and be transformed, or will she die? That’s one way of looking at the Psyche myth.”

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I painted the image at the top in November 2015 in Ibiza, Spain. What I knew at the time was it was a painting of Psyche floating on the River Styx. What I didn’t know was it was an announcement to me that I was about to begin an initiation that would last almost 4 years! I was about to enter the underworld. In the painting she is going towards something in the past.

Four months later I had the first in a series of heart attacks that lead to open heart surgery.

Just like Psyche I would be faced with challenges, I would be fearful and I would find the resources and helpers to get through each challenge.

The image below taken in another boat. Part of my spiritual lineage is Egyptian. What I know about this painting is that the heart is healed and it is in a boat moving forward in life. It was painted on an eclipse where the masculine and feminine energy is in balance. Much of my initiation and healing has been about balancing the inner masculine and feminine.

This is a much deeper story but my intention here is to show the before and after paintings.  I can always trust the vision in my art. It is predictive.m

 

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What Looks Like Chaos is Often Really Order

 

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Painting by Katelyn Mariah, title The Compass of the Heart.

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~ Cynthia Occelli

Be careful what you ask for because the Universe can be very efficient!

Often when someone comes down with a life threatening illness, people say to the that they created it with there thoughts, because that is what the Law of Attraction Movement has thought us.

For the most part this is not a compliment about how powerful a creator you are but a shaming comment about the “mess” you have created.

I invite you to set that aside for a moment and look at a different perspective.

Yes, I created the heart journey I have been on for 3+ years, but not out of a negative construct but out of positive intention setting.

Say, What?

My positive intentions set this all in motion so that I COULD realize my desires.

On March 8, 2016 I did a release and intention setting ritual on an important date astrologically for me. I remember thinking “I hope I didn’t do too much”. Oops, too late!

I am in fact a powerful creator and manifesting magnetic and what might look like a “big mess” is really the most efficient way to get to what I desire to create.  Twelve days after the ritual I had the first heart attack.

Everything that was not in alignment with my desire had to be released.  These were cellular issues that I couldn’t see, that having a series of Heart events helped me see clearly.  We see this clearing happening on the personal and planetary level right now. The weather is a great purging force. In my case my whole world had to fall apart to be put back together in a new way so my path was clear.

The Law of Attraction would have us believe that we desire something and boom it’s there in front of you. This is rarely true. Yes I have had a few instant manifestation but they are more the exception and not the rule.  We waste a lot of time feeling shame and being hard on ourselves because we don’t have the Law of Attraction wand of instant manifestation. Surely we must be doing something wrong.

Oh no we aren’t.

The Universe and my soul chose the fastest, most efficient way to clear the path for me to manifest my desires. I could have set intentions Year after year until the cows came home and never seen the results I wanted.  I am starting to see evidence in my life that I am moving in the direction of my dreams.

Having your heart broken open over and over and facing death is great at revealing what you need to see. Ohms and a magic wand would never have shown me what I needed to see.

I have a deep sense of peace, purpose and rightness about what I have gone through and how it’s serving my evolution.

So, what looks like chaos is often really order in the big scheme of things!

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Giving up was not an option

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I am writing this to remind myself…

There was a point in my health journey where I had not only lost my health but also my savings and my livelihood. It was about 8 months in that my savings was gone, my successful career was gone and all of my credit cards were maxed out from basic living and medical bills. This was probably the most stressful time in my life.

But something kept pulling me forward. The pull was my purpose. My purpose this lifetime has always been to create art that had a positive, transformational impact. Writing, which is part of that purpose came later. I write from the same place as I paint.

This is to say that when I was at my lowest lows, I still could paint and I still could write and those two things pulled me through. I could also see there would be a time when I could fully live my purpose again. That what I was going through had meaning in this purpose and I wasn’t intended to die from it.

And so I painted…and I wrote…32 paintings focused on the heart and several other paintings. I wrote and illustrated a children’s book. I wrote Resilient Heart a book all about heart health and my journey. I wrote Resilient Heart Art, the healing power of art. I built an Etsy site and two new websites for my art and writing. I created a festival for artists and writers to combine my to loves. All while I was sick. Those things pulled me through my illness and kept me focused on my purpose.

I was grateful for each positive step forward no matter how small.

So now getting 4 shows for my art in 3 days tells me my focus paid off. Getting the feed back from curators that they are touched by my art means a lot. It shows me I have built momentum. I am in a place of joy because my physical crisis is finally over and I am in the flow of the vision I held for the past 3 years.

I am sharing this not to brag but to give someone, somewhere hope. No matter what happens hold on to your dream. Let it lift you up and maybe out of where you are right now.

Today I thank myself for not giving up.

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Broken Hearts

 

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This piece is from the introduction to Resilient Heart, and it is directed toward women, though it certainly can be true for men too.

“I believe that the real metaphor in heart disease is that many of us are walking around with broken hearts. I know I was and I didn’t even realize it because it was an issue I had worked on for years. I thought I had done the work.

As women, we have had many reasons to suffer broken hearts. We have only just begun to get equal rights with men. We have been paid less, devalued, considered second class citizens and have been held back in all kinds of ways. It’s in our DNA. I also imagine that most women reading this book have had failed relationships, because our generations have been the guinea pigs for creating a new relationship model that was different than our parents and we have struggled to get it right.

Many of us have had our hearts broken and haven’t had time to grieve because we were left as single parents trying to survive and provide for our children. Who had time to mend a broken heart? I didn’t! I was in survival mode for 14 years and couldn’t think about myself. During those 14 years I had other relationships that ended up breaking my heart to compound the issue.

It is time for us to realize that we are the very essence of the Divine, that we are beautiful, have great value,are bright, creative and we are not going to be held back. It’s time to mend our broken hearts and stop this epidemic of heart disease. It is my hope that by reading this book you are inspired to take the steps to heal your heart before you have a heart attack. Women no longer need to be statistics of any kind. “

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The Angel of the Heart

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From the Resilient Heart Art book

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“What if every illness had an angel assigned to it and we could call on that angel to help us return to perfect health? Why not? Most of us love angels, no matter what religion or spiritual path we follow. I feel a sense of peace when I see pictures of angels. I love the idea that there might be an angel for every illness and feel it is worth taking time to explore.

So, let’s say there is an angel assigned to heart disease. It is the same angel that can heal our broken heart…”

Intro to Chapter Four of Resilient Heart “The Angel of the Heart”

We can let this angel hold our illness for a time when it becomes too much for us to handle.  Just by letting go and letting the angel hold your issues for a while you open up a space for healing to happen.

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