Shared Musings From The Wild Side
Scary images of monsters and half forgotten predators visit our paintings unannounced, like unexpected nightmares when we sleep. The brain activates our senses; it feels so real we want to get away. We want to rip up the painting and begin again. For many of us the early path to free ecstatic creative flow is strewn with surfacing energetic entities, demonic, crude and terrifying that demand our attention. We say, “Oh I needed to get that out of my system. That is the past. Now I can discard this monster, this muddy mess and take a new paper to paint something pretty, something uplifting".
If you have not attended a PFTS workshop and are curious to know what it is about, listen to this Interview of me by Royda Crouse on her radio program in Columbia MO, 2004, "Woman’s Issues, Woman’s Voices”.
Taking my own good medicine: When I watch and listen to my painting, it unfailingly prompts me where to go next, what color and image to expand and what to cover over…
Aviva with Mysterious boulders on Oracle dream property.
I practice a healing technique based on the teachings of Bruno Groning (who surfaced in Germany after World War II). In group meetings(Circle of Friends) every three weeks and twice a day at home, I sit and ask for healing of mind, body, and soul plus I ask for others in need and the planet. I take in the universal healing energy stream through my body. I read about and witness many other people receiving medically verified healings plus success in receiving lost items, the perfect home, improved relationships, and much more.
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Lately, I often find myself saying the phrase, “You just never know” as in “you just never know what will happen”. I have big hopes thatseem improbable to my small mind, like gathering community to buy a seven hundred thousand dollar property in Oracle AZ for a creativity retreat. But really, "you just never know". Right? When fear and doubt begin to creep in, saying “you just never know” reminds me of the magic which abounds in the universe. I pray and do rituals for my personal visions, healing for others, world peace and love. Prayer and positive thinking work.
There is no word for art or artist in Bali; creating there is a form of devotional prayer in which every person daily participates, be it a solitary sculptor, gatherings for traditional music, theater or dance groups, or the daily fashioning of leaf and flower offerings in shop entryways. The word for “artist” and “human being” are the same.
The short answer to this question is, “You already know.” The Source goes by countless names and has many faces and all are true. Native Americans call it Great Spirit. Mystics and seekers throughout the ages referred to it as the Divine. Yogis think of it as Prana, life-force energy.
Every situation can be helped by expressing the deeper issue in a painting.
THE SITUATION: I have been renting a good seize apartment in Ojai for 10 years where with great effort and tedious furniture moving I offer workshops. A few months ago my rent went up 25% ! … so I am pushed to pursue my old dream to own a home in nature ...