My name is Lori-Lyn.

I'm a writer and a painter.

In the small town of Richmond, Kentucky, the day after Valentine’s Day in 1969, beneath a waning crescent moon, my mother had a craving for a hot fudge sundae.

She and my dad drove to the DQ to get one and a few hours later...I was born.

My sun and moon are in Aquarius, I’m INFP, an enneagram 4, and an Episcopalian.

I love heavy mugs filled with coffee, sitting out by the firepit at night, soaking in salt water, and stargazing.

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My Mission

My mission is to help create a world where you feel free to honor our voice; a world in which you understand that you are deeply loved, as you are; a world where you can be your whole self.

I believe this world exists.

With God, we are dreaming into being.

I believe art heals because it reminds us of our wholeness and our sacred nature and our inherent beauty.

I want you to remember yourself as beloved.

I want you to feel the sacred feminine rising in your heart.

I believe it is time for us to heal our relationship to ourselves, one another, and the planet.

Now is the time to recognize feminine wisdom and shift away from fear into the arms of mercy and compassion.

You can read my artist statement here.

 
Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
— St. Catherine of Siena

My HOME

I grew up in Central Kentucky, moved to New York City where I stayed for nearly a decade, then moved back to Kentucky where I become an aunt.

I live in a small city with my partner, Tracy, who is a musician, photographer, and restorer of old houses. 

I am drawn to the desert landscape, and deep in my bones, I’ve always suspected my spiritual home is Southern California. Tracy feels the same way, but we haven’t lived there yet.

For the past few years, I’ve visited England a few weeks each summer, and taken classes in the summer theology program at Christ Church College. So, Oxford has begun to feel like a bit of a home, as well.

Mostly, I live here in the bluegrass, where the air is thick, we have snow in the winter, and wild vines grow like crazy all summer long.

Tracy and I have two pugs and three nieces and we love them fiercely. 

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My WORK

I write. A lot. You can see a list of my publications here and read my blog archives here

I write about spirituality, creative living, and sometimes, theology.

I write fiction, too, usually love stories.

I am also an artist, and I paint prayers

My creative life is at my essence. 

It’s creative devotion that reveals my true self to me and reminds me of the grace that runs through every moment of this life.

I sell my artwork.

I create Personal Prayer Paintings.

My work, like my life, is always evolving, but if I pick it up and gaze into it from different directions, I can see the theme of healing that runs through it from the very beginning.

I’ve studied energy healing and intuitive development and I’m drawn to natural ways of being. 

I love to explore what has been hidden from us, ancient ways of knowing ourselves and God, and pull those stories into the light where they can breathe through us again.

I believe we, with our creator, are birthing a new world.

This birthing process can be scary and chaotic, but when we anchor in to truth - which is love - we remember who we are and why we’re here.

I believe love is the way.

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Where I Belong

I have, my whole life, struggled with belonging.

Where do I fit in? Where will I feel at home? Will I ever be loved and accepted by other people the way I want to be? Even when I reveal m whole and true self?

These are questions I’ve carried with me in my little invisible backpack for as long as I can remember.

Sometimes I think my spiritual-but-not-religious friends wonder how I can be Christian, and my Christian friends wonder why I engage in esoteric spirituality. Maybe this is all projection. Maybe no one is judging me in this way, but I do often feel like a person who is standing on a bridge between traditions, practices, and faiths.

My faith is deep, but it is not fear-based.

I am not a biblical literalist. 

I am in awe of God; I'm not afraid of God.

I don't believe our religious and spiritual journeys should burden us; I believe they make us free.

The great mystics tend to recognize that Whoever God Is, he or she does not need our protection or perfect understanding. All our words, dogmas, and rituals are like children playing in a sandbox before Infinite Mystery and Wonderment. If anything is true, then it has always been true; and people who sincerely search will touch upon the same truth in every age and culture, while using different language, symbols, and rituals to point us in the same direction. The direction is always toward more love and union—in ever widening circles.
— Richard Rogers

I am a Jesus follower.

I practice a Marian devotion and I’m deeply connected to Mary Magdalene.

I love the places where religions and spiritual traditions meet. We have much to learn from one another, and all of our voices are important. 

I am currently in my second year of EFM, and you can read the spiritual autobiography I wrote at the start of my first year here.

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BEING TOGETHER

I share my life and my work on Instagram and Facebook

I send a Love Letter now and then.

You can buy a collection of my paintings and words here.

You can read my manifesto here.

I am perpetually in the process of allowing myself to be seen.

One of the gifts I bring is the ability to hold space for you as you do the same thing.

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Workshops & Retreats

I love bringing my workshops and retreats to you.

I love to circle with you and guide you through the process of prayer painting.

I love talking with you about Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, and the Sacred Feminine.

Here's a little sampling of the conversations I've facilitated:

  • Praying With Icons, Lenten Supper Program, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., 2018

  • Paint Your Prayer Workshop, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., 2018

  • Women of Holy Week, Rector's Forum, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., 2017

  • Cane Ridge to Cathedral Basilica, Art as Prayer: A Discussion Between Artists, with photographer Kopana Terry at ArtsPlace in Lexington, Ky., as part of LexArts’ Arts Showcase Weekend, 2016

  • Untangling Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Louisville, Ky., 2016

  • The Mother Mary Paintings: Art & God, an artist’s talk, Soul Mates Gallery, Ewing, Ky., 2015

  • Abiding With God Through Art, Rector’s Forum, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, October 2015

  • Guest on the Clarity Now! podcast, October 2015

  • Guest teacher in the Soul Sanctuary, January 2015

  • Untangling Mary Magdalene, Rector’s Forum, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, November 2014

  • Journaling the Chakras Workshop, Open Heart Yoga, 2011

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Connection

I'm so grateful for you.

You made it all the way to the bottom of this page and I love you.

If you think you might want to work with me, but you're not sure, let's talk.

If you're interested in hosting a retreat or workshop or have questions about a prayer- please drop me a line.

Unless otherwise marked, all paintings are for sale and can be delivered in the Lexington area, or shipped in the U.S.

If a painting speaks to you - I want you to have it!

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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PRAISE:

It’s been two weeks since you were here and each day I thought about writing to you and thanking you again for the lovely program you brought to St Paul. I’ve heard so many wonderful comments from those who attended. They loved the art activity as well as the slideshow and lecture/discussion…I was really pleased by how many shared questions, comments and talked about their art that day.
— Cullen Hornaday
To say it was wonderful is not enough. It tripped open the door to my writer self… and to some threads of things my unconscious has been trying to express but had been so deeply buried. For myself…it has now lead me to pursue writing permanently. Two stories have taken root and I am following through to learn how to get them out on paper.
— Rochelle Nardelli
Lori-Lyn is someone made of the most beautiful, loving, gentle and unique kind of magic.
As an intuitive she is extremely clear and insightful, yet what I receive from her goes so far beyond just intuitive guidance. Meeting her in the loving space she holds is like entering a shower of love and acceptance. Sounds corny, but is true to every word.
I leave each call with her feeling cleansed, strengthened and revived, clear about my path and in deep connection with both my heart and my guidance.
The support she provides has stayed with me for months, even years after our initial sessions.
In one word, she is incredible.
I feel so very blessed to have found her on my path.
— Alma Sipila
My session with Lori-Lyn was deeply reassuring and inspiring – a warm homecoming for my spirit! At the same time, our conversation was also quite practical and helpful, and I came away with some concrete practices and ideas for moving forwards. I loved it that while Lori-Lyn very skillfully weaved her own spot-on intuition and intelligence into the conversation, she also invited me to trust my intuition and spiritual power. She is wonderfully kind, easy to talk to, respectful, and truly gifted. I treasure our conversation and look forwards to the next one. I can’t recommend her work highly enough!
— Kate Chadbourne
From the moment I knew my prayer painting was on its way to me, I was eagerly awaiting its arrival! Opening up the package when it arrived was better than Christmas morning. And then seeing her face for the first time, the woman in my painting; well, it felt like I was seeing a part of my soul I hadn’t yet met. Something deep within, that I didn’t know, I didn’t know was there. She’s been with me for a little over a week now and every day, I feel she reveals a new secret to me and holds space for the woman I desire to be and become. The prayer that I sent to Lori-Lyn for my painting was in short, ‘Fulfillment’. And what I got was just that and more. She is a vision for my future. A calling, to my greatest possible path. A blessing. I am in love with Lori-Lyn and her personalized prayer paintings!
— Megan Monique Lewis
This custom Vision Painting by Lori-Lyn is actually *absolute* magic. Beneath this gorgeousness she wrote my intentions/prayers/wishes. She painted on top of them from her heart and intuitive spirit, then she hugged it in to a handmade frame. I’ve been blown away by what I feel this piece has manifested in my life! I see it first thing waking in the door and it feels like a constant high vibration in deep support and cheer for me. To me it works a lot like Feng Shui. It works a lot like the power of intentions.
— Nishaan Sandhu
Our Creative Conversation has been transformative for me. It has helped me emerge from a very dark time, personally and creatively. These past few weeks I have been swept away by waves of creative insight and work in the studio. I have felt compelled to be in the studio, madly working from one idea to another, and becoming quite drunk on the ‘nectar from many different flowers’. In fact, my next task is to integrate all of this energy into a life that includes the whole of me-daily life, mundane chores, enjoying free time, pets, life. Balance, rhythm, ritual-a creative whole.
— Carol Myers
Lori-Lyn is the gentlest of teachers, allowing you to move through materials at your own pace, in your own way. Her lessons are beautifully written and the audio meditations are magical. What made working with her extra-special for me were Lori-Lyn’s video posts. She exudes vitality and life force and seeing her radiate speaks volumes about the worthiness of the course materials. I highly recommend her courses.
— Marilyn Maciel
Lori-Lyn is an incredible energy healer. I’ve worked with her many times, for many different reasons.
By the end of our call or email reading I feel clear, confident and closer to God. It’s as if her readings dissolve my perceived blocks and inspire clarity. Being able to work with Lori-Lyn is a privilege.
— Megan Monique Lewis