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Summer solstice June 21, 2013 is around the corner.  Are you ready?   What is the significance of the Summer solstice?  To quote,  “Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.  As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year.”  And, the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”, resulting in the present day belief of a “lucky” wedding in June.  (Source- http://www.chiff.com/a/summer-solstice.htm)

Isn’t that fascinating?  I always feel excited when the solstice is near.  I feel like there is so much to be grateful for, to look forward to and to celebrate in life!  We are lovers of life, yes?  Waking up each day, facing the mystery that each moment and in turn each series of moments making up a day, a week, months, and so on….  it’s a wonder!

I am simply writing today to share my joy, inspiration and love for and of life, the light, the beauty, and the shadows (helps me appreciate and seek out beauty even more!).  On this summer solstice, (in the Northern hemisphere) when the sunlight shines the longest, may it inspire you and light your way.  (Fun fact: Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut in Canada, will see a whopping 20 hours and 49 minutes of daylight on June 21!)

I look forward to your comments and questions … would love to hear from you via this blog, FB, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

In love, gratitude and beauty…

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Awake-One

Cass Phelps is an amazing individual and his inspired body of work and offerings have been a

phenomenal resource for me! His work is comprehensive, relevant and rich…

“Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows.”
~Rumi

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What nourishes you from your inspiration?
What ever nourishes and inspires you fully can be the starting point for Living your Life from the effortless Flow of Being, from the Inside out.
~Cass Phelps

Did you know that if you follow what inspires you, you will become more of you essentially are, your authentic self, stripped down to the core to your eternal being?  I love this!  Yes!  What if your daily practice was to simply follow your inspiration?  Similar to following your bliss, look inside and outside to  what inspires you, take a breath inhale and exhale deeply, inhaling spirit, in-spir-ation…  Observe what in-spirits you, gives you energy, makes your heart sing with joy, gives you goose bumps, gets you excited, discover and follow that.  Touch it and follow it like a butterfly….

Experiment with this focus and see where your inspirations lead you and what expressions, creations and visions emerge out of this process.  Trust your inspirations and take note, mark your musings and new awareness throughout~ whether in writing, sound, video, photos, drawings, or all, it’s your choice.  The exciting bit is that you will discover magic and brilliance within and without… You’ll feel satisfied, experience more causeless joy and pleasure!  And, our world will benefit through the sharing of your inspirations through your new manifestations in the material realm!  Play with this and see where the bread crumbs take you…  I wish you all love, light and blessings on your quest and path of exploration!

I look forward to your comments and questions … would love to hear from you via this blog, FB, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

In love, gratitude, and beauty,

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Recommended Resources

Awake-One

Cass Phelps is an amazing individual and his inspired body of work and offerings have been a

phenomenal resource for me! His work is comprehensive and rich…

“You Have The Energy Of The Sun In You.”
~Rumi

“Inspiration is always a surprising visitor.”
~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

Firstly, Happy Spring 2013!  Theme of the month behind us and the month ahead… change.  For me, this past transition time from our winter into spring has been a beautiful, amazing, and at times, intense flow of some pretty big waves to surf. My highest intention is to be my most real, highest, and most authentic Self, period.  These past few weeks have challenged me on many levels, all for good and all for the purpose of self-actualization.  Being in the world and not of it, as a Spiritual being having a human experience is the aim here.  Yowza, if we are truly honest, living from this orientation is easier said than done at times.

As I reflect upon my shifts in perspective during this time of a great personal paradigm shifting, I can honestly share that there have been moments of ease and grace, deeper self-love and a more profound compassion for self.  Has each moment been easy, no, not 100% easy at all.  My spiritual evolution experiences as of late, though I know deep in my soul what is necessary, has been what I would call a “mixed bag”.  The greatness about this time of great change and “waking up” to my true self on a deeper level, is that the layers that no longer serve my highest Self and highest expression of God’s glory, are sloughing off, revealing the shiny diamond-like Self that is meant to be the beacon of light as destiny has written.  And, as well all have experienced at some point of our lives here, with change and growth, the call to accept, to let go and to allow is part of the package deal.  Just like a cut or physical wound, the process of healing requires immense patience to leave that scab alone and allow nature to heal the wound, even if it itches or nags for our attention!

The fact that there is a fine balance, of the notion of “fate” and the notion of “free will”, like two horses we must balance our two legs on as we ride into the sunset… the power lies in the act of discernment, self-trust and faith.  Faith that all is “working out” perfectly, even when the outer appears different that how we imagined or fantasized or “wanted” it all to be… All is well and all will be well.  This I know for sure and this fact gives me great comfort.  An exhale with a long ahhhhh sound.

I realize that this sharing may be a bit vague, lacking “story” or details, however, “non sono importanti”.  What is important is this.  The beauty and realization of healthy evolution, deep satisfaction, and emotional contentment in life is inevitable when the seeds that we have planted are regularly nurtured, nourished, and cared for with our love.  Honoring the Self, loving the Self and the practice of positive thoughts sustain the connection to the Self to the Divine are all acts and attitudes that bring causeless joy in each moment.  My intent of sharing my thoughts/feelings in this blog is simply to inspire hope in you and our world, defined here as positive expectation, not the usual definition that has a component of lack or fear.  I choose to inspire hope, despite the many challenges that we face in our journey towards wholeness and living as the God-like being that we truly are.  The fact that through our personal evolution we may feel vulnerable, frightened or raw- at the end of the day, we are all moving towards the Light. Each day a little bit closer to discover our own Bright Inner Light and towards The Light. Wishing you much serenity, peace and bliss.

I look forward to your comments and questions … would love to hear from you via this blog, FB, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

In love, gratitude, and Unity Consciousness,

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Irma Kaye Sawyer

Wonderful blog posts and resources to support you on the journey of being the Bright Star that You Are!I especially like her recent Full Moon Cosmic Keys Blog

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”
~Bill Hicks

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Inspired by our vast cosmos… ©LE Art & Design

Every Soul becomes gold when touched by the Beloved.~Rumi

Dear Beloved Community,

Welcome to the January 2013! How are you feeling? As I write this entry, I know that many of us are feeling so many mixed emotions, lots of inner and therefore outer changes, and may be experiencing immense joy, love, and peace!  Personally, I am going through more transformation than I thought possible, and although life is exciting, new, fresh, and keeping me on my toes, sometimes releasing the old ways and habits can be, well, a challenge.

So, on that note, my intention with this blog post is to provide some tools for the journey.  I have listed some of my favorite tools that I have found to be helpful, interesting, and which have provided practical solutions to the many questions that are coming up during this incredible time of planetary ascension and the evolution of humanity.  I pass these along to you simply as an offering, not “the magic pills”.  Consider applying the philosophy of “take what you require and leave the rest”.  I find that this axiom is very useful when exploring and experimenting with the myriad of resources out there in our information age.  Have fun!

I look forward to your comments and connections… would love to hear from you via this blog, FB, or email-lorien@lorieneck.com.

I am here as a fellow spiritual journey-er on the path and support you fully, in the light and in fulfilled love, peace and sacred union with your Higher Self and the Divine.  Remember to laugh a lot as we move along in 2013 and know that this is going to be (and already is!) a great and amazing year!

In love, gratitude, and Unity Consciousness,

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Gently Moving Forward

Blog Talk Radio (amazing show!) with Kathleen Nelson Troyer

Mastering Alchemy

Energy tools for personal and spiritual growth

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Mastery Systems offers tools and techniques for individuals to know their own highest choices in any situation, to express their choices with ease and clarity, and more…

Amazingly Simple and Effective Meditations

with Lucinda Drayton of Blissful Records, UK

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Alan Watts Narrates in this

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At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

~Jean Houston

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“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege is it to be alive, to think,

to enjoy, to love.”

~Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

Roman Emperor

This month I want to explore the simplicity and power of gratitude.  What makes being grateful such a simple, yet profound affective act?  From my experience, it is the counting of the most minute and mundane
aspects of life.  For example, being thankful for basic things like shelter, food, water, clothes, etc… that create more of what we desire and create more abundance in all areas of life.

As Thanksgiving time is at our heels, it is the time of the year when we collectively reflect on what we are grateful for.  Consider starting now and continuing throughout the year.  Combine gratitude with desire.  What does your heart truly desire?  What are you truly and simply grateful for?  Write it down.  Experiment and see what miracles unfurl…

Let’s  practice every day, let’s count our blessings, and actualize our dreams…  Gratitude is the gas that moves our life forward.

Thank you for reading and I invite you to share your contributions via comments and connections and would love to hear from you via this blog, my face book page, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

Until Next time…

In love and gratitude,

Recommended Resources

•Embrace Life International

A place for nurturing mind, body and spirit.

•Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge

Even though this event already has begun, it’s free for a limited time and full of

wisdom and resources. Each day is a 15-min meditation.

•Elizabeth Gilbert

Your Elusive Creative Genius

•The Magic

by Rhonda Byrne

Amazing transformative book on the magic of thank you.

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank You”, that would suffice.”

~Meister Eckhart

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My topic for this blog is taking risks, leaps of faith and the concept of attachments.  That’s a lot, right?  Well, I am simply going to touch on these rich focus areas.  I have been ruminating, meditating upon, and moving towards some big changes in my life as of late.  It’s an exciting time to be alive and although I am eternally grateful for the life that I am living now, I see paths ahead that require that I take some key risks and and require that I take a leap!

My daily aim and objective is to achieve not only a degree of clarity about these decisions, changes, and “power moves”, but to also feel a deeper sense of peace and acceptance as I move forward in a specific direction.  This has not been so easy, but I have been getting lots of support and help along the way.  For instance, just today, a friend sent me a little I-ching or sound bite today that said, “Go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is” and well quite frankly, I feel that this is probably true.  If one truly wants to experience the satisfaction that comes from fulfillment, then, some sort of risk must be taken “out of the comfort zone”.

What also is coming up during this shift for me, is a re-e-valu-ation of my personal attachments.  It is so interesting to me how much actual stuff accumulates, the amount of “things” that form around a person, and how the subtle strings of attachment bind us to get stuck in it all.  Attachments to people, well that is a whole other story!  That is in process too….I am finding my attachments are one of the toughest terrains to navigate at the moment, but will stay determined so that I can reach my goals, stay true, and follow the guidance of my higher self.

So, as I venture ahead, I leave you with these words from Anthony De Mello:

“The moment you pick u pan attachment, the functioning of this lovely apparatus called the human heart is destroyed.”  He says, “You must choose between your attachment and happiness.  You cannot have both.  The moment you pick up an attachment, your heart is thrown off kilter and your ability to lead a joyful carefree life is destroyed.”

Some suggested resources for your journey:

The Way to Love Anthony De Mello

Any book by Anthony De Mello

DNA Evolution

Thank you for reading and I invite you to share your contributions via comments and connections and would love to hear from you via this blog, my face book page, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

In love and light,

Lórien

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February 2012. Year of the Water Dragon.  Valentine’s day coming up. I offer this thought and inquiry, “what if Valentine’s day was everyday?” What if YOU were always your first Valentine and your significant others and/or humanity closely near the top?  Love is….

What a year it has been so far for me, lots of love…. After a quick start of 3 concurrent art show openings and exhibits, blogs posts,  art receptions, art creating, and lots of new connections, I am taking a long, deep breath to absorb it all in. It’s now time to settle in and allow the new experiences to integrate.  Settling into the love from my larger community and all of those supporting my art work as it is launched into the world.

Self love and love for humanity is on my mind and in my heart.  How do I continually bring this LOVE, for self and others, into my day to day experiences and interactions? How do WE continually bring this LOVE, for self and others, into our day to day experiences and interactions? How do YOU continually bring this LOVE, for self and others, into your day to day experiences and interactions?

So, I leave these questions with you and will be back in March with more musings on life and love.

Thank you for reading and I invite you to share your contributions via comments and connections and would love to hear from you via this blog, my face book page, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

With immense Love and Gratitude,

Lórien

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Dear Friends:

Happy Autumn!  After quite a bit of time of silence and travels,  I am happy to be back here writing to share about my latest musings, creations, and offerings.

I have been actively creating an inspiring body of art works on paper this past summer.  And, I am happy to announce that I will be offering a select collection of these new works at an exciting new art gallery space on Main Street in Santa Monica.  haleARTS SPACE opened its doors in the summer of 2011 in the Edgemar Center, a structure located in the heart of Main Street and designed by local architect Frank Gehry.

See this link: http://www.halearts.com/haleARTS/Welcome.html

This collection of smaller (18″X24″) mixed media works on paper are stand alone pieces and each piece is made available as a Limited Edition of One, signed by the artist.  They will be offered for a limited time (during the Art Sales Oct. 15/16 and Dec. 3/4 ONLY) for a price of $100- allowing new art collectors an opportunity to covet a master work from an emerging local artist.

Here is a sample of one of the original pieces available exclusively at haleARTS SPACE:

And, below is my artist statement:

Lórien Eck creates unique mixed media paintings that are rich in texture, color, light, sparkle, and dimension. My work is available as one-of-a-kind creations- thus preserving the touch of the hand and of the intention of spirit.

My work is to be experienced up close and personal, invoking a connection to source, truth, and natural beauty. My inspiration is sourced from the quest for beauty, truth, and the Divine in all beings and things.
Lórien’s intention as an artist is to create beautiful pieces that inspire hope, healing, and that act as a catalyst for a transformative spiritual experience in the individual and humanity as a whole.

I look forward to hearing from you all- and from my new collectors!

Thank you for reading and I invite you to share your contributions via comments and connections and would love to hear from you via this blog, my face book page, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

In beauty and light,

Lórien

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Hello Friends:

January came and went and I missed my monthly blog entry, apologies.  The month bounced by so quickly and now we find ourselves 25% into February 2011!  So, on that note, I wish you a hearty Happy New Year to You!

I will take up the theme of the Chinese year of the Rabbit, as this is how I feel, like time is hopping so quickly and creatively too!

This change from the Year of the Tiger to the Year of the Rabbit officially on Feb. 3, 2011, and I can say that I personally felt the shift!  Not only did I move some furniture to reflect a recent Feng Shui consultation, but I felt a sense of relief from the move away from the  tumultuous Tiger to the calm Rabbit. I do not know about you, but I experienced a roller coaster of a 2010.  Although this shift was subtle, it was felt in my subtle body!

For a great article on our rabbit year, see this article from my local paper:

http://www.smmirror.com/?ajax#mode=single&view=31736

So, as I sign off of this entry, I wish you all a wonderful, creative, calm, and love-filled 12 months.

Thank you for reading and I invite you to share your contributions via comments and connections and would love to hear from you via this blog, my face book page, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

Lórien

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As we celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, we are also enjoying this Indian Summer here on the West coast it’s in the 80’s/90’s!

Let’s focus on the present full moon- it’s called a “super” harvest moon.
This year marks the first night since 1991 that the harvest moon fell on the Autumnal equinox. And it won’t happen again until 2029. The term harvest moon refers to the closest full moon to the Autumnal equinox. Wow!

Autumnal equinox is considered a time of the Mysteries. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, or just moving along through the “hustle-bustle” of everyday life.

Take time to acknowledge your accomplishments and raise a glass- feel the gratitude of being alive, being healthy, being aware, awake, and on the divine path that you are on.

Thank you for reading and I invite you to share your contributions via comments and connections and would love to hear from you via this blog, my face book page, or email lorien@lorieneck.com.

With love,

Lórien

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