It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a giveaway. So in honor of my new blog, I’m having a giveaway for one of my 5×7 art prints of Green Tara! In order to enter you must follow this blog and then comment on this post that you followed.
The winner will be chosen randomly with random.org and will be announced this Friday May 18. You will get a notification of the winner in your inbox. Thank you to everyone who has helped to support my art career over the years and good luck to all who enter!
“As we strive to become more aware of ourselves, we have to see more of ourselves, and this includes more of our shadow.” – Caroline Myss
We all have light and dark aspects about ourselves. This sacred duality is what makes us who we are. In order to truly know, love and accept ourselves, we must also learn to know, love and accept our shadow self. Shadow does not mean “evil” or “bad”. It can be the parts of ourselves that we do not necessarily like but is part of who we are nonetheless. Things like jealousy, anxiety, fearful thinking, insecurity, neediness, judging, anger, etc. These parts of ourselves can feel shameful and we may be embarrassed that we as spiritual beings have these base, human qualities. But alas, we are human. We are spiritual beings having a human experience yes, but we are still human. So having these aspects of our personality is normal and natural.
Should we try to overcome these aspects about ourselves that we don’t like? Absolutely! If you feel that these things are holding you back from being a better person. If you feel that you can overcome your shadow aspects and strive to grow spiritually. That is a good goal to shoot for. Just keep in mind that trying to overcome these things does not mean that we are flawed in the first place. It means that we are human and as such we will be endowed with human qualities which include good and bad, light and dark. It also means that while we are working to overcome these things, we also need to accept these parts of ourselves in order to truly feel whole and to truly love who we are. All of who we are. Not just the parts of our personalities that we like. But also the parts that we don’t.
I always viewed the Norse Goddess Hel as representing the light and dark aspects of humans. She is the Goddess of the Underworld who is depicted as having half of her body as that of a beautiful, vibrant woman. And the other half as being a rotting corpse or skeleton. This represents (in my opinion) the light and dark aspects of her. She is fierce and true to herself regardless of whether or not she has darkness inside her. She has her conflicting personalities out in the open for everyone to see. She is not afraid to show the world that she has a dark side to her lightness. We too have these conflicting personalities. And in order to truly feel whole, we need to learn to love them both.
We need to wear our darkness and our lightness on our sleeves so to speak. We need to not be afraid of judgement from the world for showing who we truly are. Just like Hel, we need to learn to be confident and comfortable in our darkness as well as our light. Because it is part of who we are and we can’t choose to love only one aspect of ourselves or we will never truly love ourselves.
For those of you who are interested in this painting, you can find prints and prayer cards in my shop. How do you connect with your shadow self?
The mountains have always called to me. Anytime I’m in their presence I feel this great sense of awe and power. They are primordial and ancient, just like the Great Mother. One of my favorite places to go to connect with Mother Nature through the mountains is Colorado. The last time I was there I spent some time hiking and meditating in the Flatirons which has winding mountain trails and magnificent views. A vision came to me of the Goddess sitting at the foot of the mountains with roots coming down from her legs and going back up into the trees.
She was showing me that She is connected to everything. She is everything and everything is born from her. Her body gives sustenance and life to every living thing on this earth. She was also showing me that energy never dies, it is simply recycled and infused into other life forms. The colors in this vision were purple and blue which are high vibrational colors in the spirit world. I sketched down this vision as fast as I could and continued on with my hike.
Once I returned home from my trip, I quickly created the Moon Mountain Goddess painting in honor of the vision I had in one of my most favorite places in the world. I decided to also create a Sunrise Mountain Goddess painting to go along with it in order to represent the duality in nature and life. The sun shines during the day so that the stars and moon can sparkle at night.
These prints can be paired together nicely to honor both the Great Mother and the mountains. How many of you have had spiritual experiences in nature? Prints and prayer cards of both of these can be found in my shop.
I was recently inspired to paint Green Tara from a vision I had during meditation. Some deities come through to me on their own and sometimes I ask them for visions. I had always been intrigued by Green Tara because she comes in many different forms and she is a complex deity who is honored in different forms of Buddhism and Hinduism. She is honored as a female Buddha or awakened/enlightened female being and has many layers to her personality and her soul.
Green Tara is known to have 21 forms and colors. Each aspect has its own mantra and each one can be invoked for a specific purpose. To me the many aspects of Tara almost feel symbolic. Because she is so complex, it could be said that one could never fully understand Tara, just as one can never fully understand the complexities of the universe. Also, each aspect from Tara originates from her “truest” form as Green Tara. Which can represent each of us originating from one true source from the universe. We are all different, yet we are all the same in our core, “true” form or selves.
Green Tara is the Goddess of compassion and healing. She is known as The Liberator as she rescues human kind from suffering. Green Tara, along with other Buddhas, are often depicted with their eyes half shut. The reason that she is depicted this way is because she is meditating or in an enlightened state. She is in an altered state of consciousness where connection to her true self is possible.
This painting can be meditated on by staring at the third eye spot on Green Tara. After a few minutes, close your eyes and you should be able to see the image of Green Tara in your mind. You can then choose to continue on with the meditation in a way that feels comfortable for you. Chant her mantra, ask her for a vision or let her give you what she feels you need most.
Prints of this piece along with prayer cards can be found in my shop.
Spider Woman sits in her web in the center of the Universe. From her, all of creation sprang forth. She weaves her web as she connects us all to Her and to each other. Her web can also represent all the different realities and states of consciousness that are available to us. From her we all are born and to her we all return. Prayer card can be found in my shop.