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Waves ©LE Fine Art 2013 (photo)

The secret of change is to focus all your energy,
not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

~Socrates

Firstly, Happy New Moon! We’ve arrived to the harvest month of September, the time of the year when the gradual transition of the autumn season starts to stir in the winds. This time of the year is also very rich and fertile for me, as it’s the time of my solar return, my birth-day~ now what I refer to as my “re-Birth” time of the annual cycle. I love it! The feeling that I relish in is what I have come to know as the “pregnant pause“. It’s the introverted, reflective and introspective pause when I relax into this pause before both my personal and the collective seasonal transition comes to pass. And, this is the harvest season and blossoms, and abundance is everywhere!

Themes that I have been exploring lately in the midst of these winds of change, (and that are also being experienced in my friends and family circle), are the themes of acceptance and receiving. Looking at each separately is not viably possible, in my opinion, these themes are inextricably linked.

I have been meditating on and folding in acceptance of who I am, as a multi-dimensional being; ALL of myself, my brilliant light, my shadow, my sacred wounds, my need for community and support, and my Divinity. Accepting what is, accepting people as they are, and accepting each moment for its beauty, its perfection and its imperfection. Acceptance is an act of generosity, compassion, patience and love towards the Self and others. Sometimes when there is a lack of understanding, compassion or patience, acceptance is the medicine that soothes like a healing balm. Acceptance is the ultimate act of grace. (Jessica Shepherd) What comes to mind is the beautiful work of my friend Alaya DeNoyelles, from her book The Sovereignty of Love. Her work weaves together the Hawaiian healing art of Ho’oponopono, ancient wisdom and modern science inspiring what she calls: unconditional loving presence. This also sums up what I am feeling about acceptance from Osho: “Don’t say this is good and is bad. Drop all discrimination. Accept everything as it is. Liberation cannot be desired because desire is the bondage. When you are desireless, you are liberated. Tantra accepts everything, lives everything.”

Receiving is the call of the Sacred Feminine within all of us, the rise of the Divine Feminine in our times is to balance out the energies of the masculine and feminine within/without. Being a woman and conditioned to give, to over give, and at times in the past, to give from a place of deficit, has come up for transformation in 2013 and receiving fully has become my soul’s natural evolution. Receiving had not been a habit or behavior that was modeled for me, therefore, I am in a process of remembering how to receive. Learning to receive is an ongoing practice of mine inspired to balance out the imbalance of over giving in all areas of my life: career, personal relationships and across the board really. What I am especially and more importantly interested in is in receiving myself whilst I am giving. Giving in and of itself is essential, yet to give from a place of wholeness, completeness, fullness and love, is the key to avoiding experiencing ‘burnout’ or feeling drained. What does that mean, to receive oneself? I invite you to reflect on this for yourself and I’ll be exploring more on this beautiful topic in my future posts.

In closing, the tides of change are upon us, in the cosmic realm and on an individual deeply internal level. It is a great time to take it all in stride, to integrate the new and let go of the old, continue to live from our opulent, abundant space and give lavishly to ourselves and each other. Love much and love often!

I invite you to write 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, gratitude and beauty…

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Personally Experienced and 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, relevant and rich…I am eternally indebted to my teacher Cass.

Mystic Mamma

I love this website, always on the pulse of the cosmos in a positive way.

Moonkissed Astrology

I enjoy Jessica’s perspective and writing style!

Rob Brezny’s Free Will Astrology

Pure Awakened Genius!

The Sovereignty of Love

by Alaya DeNoyelles

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“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it,

you will live along some distant day into your answers.

Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart.

Learn to love the questions themselves.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

“What we are, the world is.
Without our own transformation,
there can be no transformation of the world.”
~Sri J Krishnamurti

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Happy nearly mid-summer to you!  How is yours coming along so far?  Mine has been dedicated to completing a new body of work, a series of paintings concentrated on the element of water.  You most likely know that water comprises over 70% of our bodies and about 70% of our planet Earths’ surface.  The oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water and water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers. Did you know that the proportions of salt to fresh water on the planet are the same as in the body, the fresh water being in the in spine?  Wow!

My passion for water is many layered.  Firstly, water “in-spirits” me, inspires me to create, to feel, to allow my spirit to BE.  Growing up near the ocean and the fact that seashores have always (and will always) be a very healing, cooling and nourishing place for me to simply BE.  During the past few months, I have been inspired to engage with the waters of life in any way that I can.  For example, long essential oil and salt infused baths, swimming in the ocean lots, sitting on the sea shore, hydrating the body with more and more pure water and feeling the inner waters of e-motions.

Through my daily practices revolving around water, old layers of sadness have emerged to be made love to and let go of…  Embracing fluidity and stillness in my life process, resting in vulnerability and surrender allowing old thought/feeling patterns to bubble up and dissolve…  This life process is vital to go through for me vs. the avoid-dance, catalyzing catharsis to create (in this case) my art  from a place of authenticity and true beauty.

And, honestly, from what I have learned from being a lifelong artist and student, moving through the layers of the shadow and the strata of the defense structure, are what make great art.  Even if it’s not “pretty”, it’s a beautiful and necessary process.  I was challenged lately by one of my teachers Cass to face my pain, anger, sadness and other “ugly” shadow stuff, especially if I call myself a “transformative” artist.  Amen, he called it!  No steps can be skipped and this is the journey that I have accepted that I am on.  He encouraged me to look at my favorite artists’ (all mediums) and their work for evidence of this fact.  Vero vero.  Gratefully, I accepted this challenge as my aim is to be extraordinary and real in my expression of my Gifts in our world, similar to my favorite artists.  🙂

Courage, I embrace the waters with courage.  Nourishing from the source of life, our waters both inside and out.

I invite you to write 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, gratitude and beauty…

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Personally Experienced and 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, relevant and rich…I am eternally indebted to my teacher Cass.

The Work and World of Dr. Masaru Emoto

Masaru Emoto has studied water for over twenty years. Water has been Dr. Masaru Emoto’s passion.  He has studied water around the planet form the perspective of an original thinker, and is the author of a number of bestselling books, a three-volume photo collection of beautiful water crystals, and now two children’s books about water.  These books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Books:

The Water Cure with Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

Love his books!

Did you know?

Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water.

Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink.

Water

FindaSpring.com is a community and user created database of natural springs around the world.  Spring water is the cleanest, healthiest, most natural water. Now is the time to reclaim our water!

http://www.findaspring.com/

Film:

Inspirations

This latest documentary film by Michael Apted (7Up series, Gorillas in the Mist, Nell) explores the creative process through candid discussion with seven artists from diverse media.  (note: Chihuly loves water too, it’s fuel for his creative expression!)

“About 70 percent of our bodies are water. This is the case for adults of all races, and it is why people should not be divided by political strategies and ideologies. Just like water, people must always be allowed to flow freely.”

~Dr. Masaru Emoto

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ImagePacific waters filled with the light of the sun…

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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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, 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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“Diane” Personal Essence Portrait

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 Self- love is the source of all our other loves.~ Pierre Corneille 

Dear Beloved Community,

As I write this my heart is filled with love for the beautiful gifts of friendship, community, laughter, and the beauty that is found both in nature and co-created with our hearts/hands.  Love in general and specifically self-love, has been a current theme for me.  I found this question to be very interesting and inspiring:  “What does it look like or mean to love ourselves?”  Yes, of course, a daily spiritual practice, some pampering (or plenty of pampering!), eating well, exercising, deep breathing, plenty of pure drinking water, green drinks, yoga, etc etc etc.  These are all excellent and vibrant expressions of self-love that I love! Yet, let’s look a little deeper into the question posed above as a form of self-inquiry.  I invite you to create a quiet space and explore these questions, inspired by Judy Satori and Mother Mary.

•What is that my heart desires?  Tune into your heart and ask How do I desire to Be?

•What are my soul’s true qualities?

•How can these soul qualities be expressed in my day-to-day life?

•What modifications do I require to make in my day-to-day life to be in more alignment with the true nature of our being?

I invite you to explore these questions and to see what kind of energy changes or ways of Being emerge for you.  I am practicing this self-inquiry now right along with you…  Take your time, take a few days, a week, or longer…  Relax and lean into this blossoming of you.

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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Recommended Resources

Gently Moving Forward Blog Talk Radio

A fabulous radio show that my good friend Kat Nelson Troyer did recently!

North Point Astrology

It appears that this Full Moon is an initiation of sorts. Through experiencing its energies, we have opportunities to come into even greater alignment with our spiritual path, given a willingness to learn and perfect the steps along the way — our cosmic “dancing lesson”.
~Pam Younghans

“Sometimes an artist’s first invention is herself.” ~Stephanie Vaughn

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 “The end of the world for a caterpillar is a butterfly.”

~ Anthony De Mello

Greetings of peace, beauty, and love in this most auspicious holiday season!  As we approach the Winter Solstice and end of the year transition into 2013, we are facing immense opportunity for personal change, personal evolution, and personal choice.  There are plenty of cosmic energies swirling around now moving into these last two weeks and through the next few months of 2013.  I encourage you to stay focused, calm, centered, and grounded in your center, in your essence.  And, connect to the Mother Earth frequently through any means possible.  There are many practical steps that you can take, (that I am also taking), listed within the Health Checklist resource below.  To contribute in a positive way to the evolving collective consciousness, let’s continue to do our inner work, and our world will reflect our positive energy.  These times are truly about peace, love, union, light, and grace… Call these qualities into yourself now and radiate these powerful qualities outward from your heart…

One exercise that I am experiencing as beneficial during this ripe window of transformation is as follows:

Using your journal, write down the questions and reflect.  What is that that you wish to change in your life now?  What are your true heart’s desires?  What are your dreams for your life?  (dream BIG!) I urge you to write your responses down clearly and in block letters and to read the list daily, first thing in the AM and last thing in the PM before sleep.  Keep up this ritual of reading your list and really feel the feeling of living your dreams fulfilled now.  Do this practice until your dreams (each one) has actualized.  Stay flexible, open, alert, and creative! Have fun!

I am currently experimenting with this practice and finding it to be fun and supportive in my visioning and daily agenda priorities as well.  The idea is to capture the Big Picture and then, meditate on inspired actions that can be taken, as well as strategies to create the desired reality that you wish.  Invoke your “attitude of gratitude” in your heart chakra and infuse your dreams and heart’s desires with love, light, and silence.  It’s vital to hold your dreams and visions in an incubator, similar to the mother’s womb.  When it is “time” to birth and share with the world… you’ll know.  Happy Dreaming from your state of Your Dreams Already Fulfilled.  You can be, do, and have all that you divinely desire…  I vote your permanent victory in the light!

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 2013…

In love, gratitude, and One Unity Consciousness,

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Recommended Resources

2012-2013 Health Checklist

Transformative Art to Awaken the Heart, Nourish the Spirit™

Mastery Systems

Winter Solstice Tips

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

~Mother Teresa

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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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