I live by ritual
I have, my whole life, been a ritual person.
I remember buying a spiral bound notebook when I was in the sixth grade to serve as my New Year Notebook wherein I would keep lists of the books I read and the movies I saw and the the things I wanted to create.
For the past I don't know how many years, I've engaged in rituals to end the old year and begin the new.
New Year's Day feels like a sparkling clean slate to me. It's a new beginning.
My rituals include an end of the year review of my life and work, deciding what I need to say goodbye to and what I wish to carry forward, choosing a sacred word to guide my new year, and envisioning the life I hope to live and the work I hope to do.
It's my experience that the energy around the guiding word I choose really ramps up during the last few months of the year. It's only then that I truly see why I chose that word and the gifts it held for me.
I also create dream boards, or vision boards for the new year - not because I think they hold any sort of magical properties, but because I enjoy a visual reminder of the emotions and experiences calling to me.
It is good to have a thread to hold onto, a narrative to speak.
I paint prayers
This year, I began painting Prayer Paintings on behalf of others. When you hear me talk about the commissions I'm working on, this is what I'm talking about. People entrust their prayers to me, and I paint from the prayers intuitively.
The process is fascinating.
What comes through in the paintings doesn't originate within me, it flows through me.
These paintings speak.
They speak to me while I'm creating them and the speak to their recipients.
When I created a prayer painting for Megan, it turned out to look completely different than I'd imagined it might look. It had a very clear direction for itself. It wanted rainbow hair, for instance. It wanted a particular color palette.
After she received it and it had been hanging in her space for a while, she told me that the painting served as a sort of vision board for her.
The words that emerged on her painting (some paintings want words, some don't) were We Are Here to Bless Each Another.
Those words have served as a sort of lantern for Megan, shining throughout the year toward her soul's truth.
Vision Paintings 2018
I'd like to create a painting to hold space for your vision of 2018.
Where do you want to go?
What are you leaving behind?
What are you inviting in?
What do you wish to feel? Experience? Be?
What is the secret desire burning in the center of your heart?
What emerges now for healing?
Your 2018 Vision Painting can be shipped to you anywhere within the U.S. (To pick-up your painting in person, contact me.)
After you purchase, fill out this form, to tell me a little bit about your vision.
If you wish to select a sacred word for your year or need some help envisioning, I created this workbook for you.
If you have any questions about this process, please let me know.
The deadline for purchasing your painting is February 28.
Paintings will be completed in the order they are purchased, so the earlier you request yours, the earlier you will receive it, but every painting will be sent by the end of March 2018.
It is my deep honor and pleasure to enter into this sacred art making space on your behalf.
Let's create a beautiful, loving 2018 together.