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How Awake are YOU?

May 22nd, 2018

How Awake are YOU?

How Awake are YOU?

Most of you receiving my emails are well along your journey of self-discovery and realize that an awakened consciousness brings greater prosperity to all aspects of your life.

Do you know what an awakened consciousness looks like? What qualities are exhibited by those that have awakened in some aspect of their life? I want to present to you four basic ideas to double check yourself and your own personal level of awareness. Double checking ourselves adds to more personal growth.

So here we go with number one, how reactive are you? When you are easily agitated there is an inner conflict going on. Something inside you wanting to be validated. When you follow the breadcrumbs you will uncover aspects of yourself that need to feel of value. Sooth that inner child with self-love, pour some light into those conflicted areas and you will find yourself literally lightening up! Those who have done this work no longer feel so easily agitated, and those who have mastered it no longer feel agitation.

Number two, how much respect do you offer others? We all have our unique emotional stuff which is seeking the light of day. Do you give your beloveds the time and space to work through their emotional stuff? Do you love them anyway? The more space you give to yourself, the more space you will offer to others. The more understanding you offer yourself, the less you find others needing it from you.

Number three, how openly do you allow your love to flow. Are you interested in other’s passions? Do you listen without judgment? Do you involve yourself in what matters to those you are close too? This is important if you feel like no one is listening to you, if you are feeling invisible, or like no one cares about you or your passions. We often restrict our love in areas where we do not love ourselves. Be generous with your love. When you do it flows to and through you with ease and begins a momentum toward expansion, for you and those you give it too. Give what you are looking for.

Number four, how well do you receive compliments? Do you sluff them off and consider yourself unworthy of it? Have you ever pretended not to hear it? This is an indication that there are parts of you that you think are unlovable. It reveals to you those parts you think are not good enough. Your beauty is within your imperfections, don’t hide. Be accepting of all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Once you embrace these aspects of your personality you discover true freedom.

I think it is important to remember that everyone in your life is your partner in your journey toward awareness. They reveal to you the areas you need to continue to work on. They show you how far you have come, or not. If you are having a problem with someone in your life, remember that they are your personal assistant in your personal development.

When it comes to awakening, there is nothing to discover outside of yourself, it all lies within. For you are a beautiful soul, a spark of divine intelligence itself, therefore your personal growth comes from subtraction of what you are not, which reveals the beauty that you are.

Projecting Into Your Future

April 26th, 2018

Projecting Into Your Future

I recently heard a story about a comment that Michael Bernard Beckwith made to a woman who was asking him for a scholarship to one of his programs that resonated so deeply with me I simply had to share it with you.

If you are unaware of Michael, he is a nationally known spiritual thought leader with a powerful message. A minister, author, and founder of the Agape Center in California, a New Thought church with live broadcasts.

It was mid-January and she approached him with a single passionate desire to attend his upcoming workshop. Stating that she had been wanting to attend his workshop for several years and simply had not been able to afford it.

She asked him if he would please gift her with a scholarship so that she might attend in April. His reply was priceless. He simply inquired “so you are projecting your poverty into four months from now?”

WOW. Just wow!

It made me begin to consider what else we are unwittingly projecting into our futures.

A few days later I wished a friend an early happy birthday and her reply was, “thank you, I’m going to be sick.” I am presuming that this meant she was already sick and figured she would not be better two days into the future. Again, I am struck by the power of Michaels statement.

I have understood the power of our thoughts for some time now and still, this message hit me with such intensity. It was as if it hit a cord that had been silently hiding around the bend.

Living in the present moment and realizing I have everything I need, (in fact, I have more than I need) is not only a practice but something I teach my students. This statement, however, takes this message a bit deeper, or maybe just wider.

For me, it is catching the nuances of projection in a broader way. We are so accustomed to hearing statements like the two examples above, that they typically go unnoticed during a conversation. Not anymore! Students beware – LOL

I encourage you to pay attention to what you might be projecting into your future. Staying more focused on your present may be a way for you to turn your ship around, and begin to put more attention on what you would prefer to think and therefore project into your tomorrow.

Happy manifesting you!

How Could Doing Good be Bad?

March 26th, 2018

How Could Doing Good be Bad?

Yesterday I made a comment about how doing something to make someone else happy is not always a “good” thing. Eyebrows raised along with questions about how this could be so.

“Isn’t doing something nice for someone always a “good” thing?” They said.

“Well, not really,” I replied.

If I am compromising myself to make you happy is that a good thing? If I’m giving in to your demands so that I can step away from conflict and make you happier, is that a good thing? I think you give up a little piece of yourself every time you do something just to make someone else happy. You’ll know if this is true for you if you feel disappointed or deflated afterward.

I think the key factor here is the motivation behind the doing. If I am excited about this great idea I had to do this thing for someone and do it without attachment to any results or outcome, then yes, It’s a good thing. This is not always the motivational factor behind the doing, however.

If you are doing something nice for someone because they did something nice for you and now you feel obligated, or think you must even the scorecard, then I think you are doing it for the wrong reason. I believe that if you are feeling obligated, it is an indicator to you that you are off track. If you are doing it just to keep the scorecard even, this too is an indicator that you are off track. Doing it for any wrong reason is not good.

If you are doing something nice for someone because you think it is expected from you, or because you are expecting a response that reinforces that you did a “good” thing, you too may be a bit off track. You’ll know if this is true for you if you feel angry, upset, or disappointed from the reaction to your “good” thing by the other. Perhaps you didn’t do it so much to make them feel happy, as for how good it would make you feel when the other gushes over you and tells you how great you are.

It’s important to look at your motivation and to be honest with yourself about your motivation. Doing something for someone to make them happy really needs to come from a place of inner joy about the doing. If you are doing something nice for someone for any other reason it may not be a “good” thing after all. Do and give from a place of expressing your love and joy and you’ll never go wrong!

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The Soul Grows by Subtraction

March 3rd, 2018

The Soul Grows by Subtraction

The soul grows by subtraction, not addition.

This was a quote that came to me from a video I watched, produced by the Shift Network. If you are not familiar with the Shift Network, they are a group that promotes oneness and conscious business. They put on a day of oneness, with thought leaders from around the world, such as Neale Donald Walsch, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marianne Williamson each fall. I was listening to a replay earlier today.

It struck me deeply as an incredibly simple and profound statement. This simple statement could help you realize your potential if you can comprehend its simplicity. We usually think of ourselves as needing to become more of something, more intelligent, capable, or beautiful. We have this idea that we are not enough, so we keep adding to our personalities to be more and have more.

If you understand that you are an expression of divine intelligence, then it stands to reason that you were born being enough, that you are exactly enough to be who you were meant to be. Our goal should be to subtract all those things we come to understand we are not. We were born from perfection to come forth and become extraordinary. Few have the faith, desire or belief to achieve an extraordinary life, but everyone has the potential.

I am not? I am not what?

What are you being, that at the core of you, you are not?

If you strip away all that you are not, what is left? Authenticity. You would become authentically you. The you, you were meant to be, extraordinarily you. Your purpose would light up within you. You would shine your light everywhere, on everyone.

Most of us are caught up with, attempting to live up to expectations and obligations. Maintaining a gap between who we really are and who we want to present ourselves as, to the public, our friends, and our families. Denying who we are or who we wish we could be. Hiding aspects of ourselves because we are afraid of not being accepted or loved for who we really are.

Self-examination is required to become aware of who you really are and to integrate all aspects of yourself into the you that you present to others. This is a time that demands subtraction of what you are not, like removing the tarnish from precious metals to reveal the beauty underneath. You too must subtract what you are not and reveal the beautiful extraordinary delish that lies hidden behind your fear of rejection.

You are pure love at your core. Step beyond your fears and reveal your shiny brilliance, I know it’s within you, do you?

Experience vs. Perception

January 21st, 2018

Experience vs. Perception

Experience happens within you, and you are utterly in charge of your perception of that experience. Have you ever noticed that you can be in the same room as your partner or friend, and find later that their interpretation of an event seems completely different from yours? You may even begin to question if you heard something correctly, or perhaps you didn't see what you thought you saw.

We are perceivers of events, interpreting data with our senses, and determining quite by choice, how we view our experiences. Our entire body is designed for perception, and not just smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. We are sensing frequency and vibration as well. Then interpreting all this sensory input through personal filters, we call beliefs and emotions.

Your body is highly sensitive to this input and everything you perceive is relative. Relative to where you were standing, or sitting, or your placement in relation to any given event. Relative to your sensory abilities, perhaps your eyesight or hearing is greater or lesser than average. And Relative to your attention during any given situation. Perhaps you were reading a book and only caught a portion of the event, or you were thinking about something else and not fully present in the moment.

You may already realize that your senses have an impact on your perception. What you might not realize is that, what you were feeling emotionally at any given time, also impacts your perceptions.

If you are feeling worried, you are perceiving everything through the filter of what you are worried about. Therefore, you may not see, hear, or otherwise sense the truth of any situation. You will see only what compliments your worry. This filter of perception has become the determining factor for whatever you think you are experiencing.

If you are feeling angry, the same is true. In other words, when feeling angry you may only allow yourself to see and hear the parts of any situation that will add to your anger. You will miss anything that does not match your anger. In fact, you quite literally may not even see the person you are looking for if you are angry you can’t find them, and they are happily walking right by you not realizing you are looking for them.

If I spend a great deal of time complaining, then I have an emotional set point or vibrational output that causes me to experience things that are worth complaining about. In fact, I could get so good at complaining that I could find a reason to complain about the most mundane of things. I would have trained myself to perceive life through the filter of complaint, and therefore all my senses are trained or conditioned to repeat the experience of complaint, anger, or worry.

Lastly, there are those persistent beliefs that we carry with us, some since early childhood. An example might be, “you must work hard to earn a living,” and “life is a struggle.” These beliefs may be so ingrained in who you have become that when offered an easy job making really nice money, you may think it’s too good to be true, so you let the offer slip away because it does not match your belief about working hard.

With all these seemingly, stacked against you odds, how do you change your perceptions and thus have a better experience of life? The first place to start would be to realize that you can.

Understanding that your perception is undoubtedly different from everyone else’s helps you step off the “I’m right, your wrong” platform. It makes you aware that perhaps there is more to every story than your perception alone, and opens the door for you to hear or see something from a different vantage point.

This alone will change your experience, starting right now. If you can do this one thing, you are on your way to an entirely new experience of life.

Everything that you experience in this life is happening inside of you. You are the perceiver of experience. The experience of guilt, or shame, or exhilaration and joy, are yours alone. No one can experience what you are experiencing, even if they are sitting right next to you in the same movie theater watching the same movie. You cannot see through their eyes, nor they through yours. They can not feel what you are feeling because your emotions are based on your sensory perception and filtered through your personal beliefs.

You always have a choice as to how you prefer to feel about anything and everything. So ask yourself, does it make me feel good to think this way about this subject or might I feel better to think differently about it. Even the slightest improvement in your direction of thought about a thing changes your experience of everything.

You are choosing, at every moment, how you would like to experience the world!

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My Perspective on Spirit Guides and Angels

January 21st, 2018

My Perspective on Spirit Guides and Angels

My Perspective – Spirit Guides, Angels, The Non-Physical

My first perspective about guides and angels is very simple. If you believe there are guides then you will perhaps hear guides, see guides or sense guides. If you do not believe in guides then you will not hear, see, or sense them. If you believe in angels then you will perhaps experience or sense angles.

To get a better sense of what I mean, lets first think about the term God. What is God? My perspective is that God is a word that is used to describe what it called in the scientific community “The Quantum Field” or “Field of Intelligence”. Sometimes referred to as the “Source” or “Energy” in the spiritual community.

This Source is the Quantum Field of Intelligence, it is pure energy. It is what lies within the seed, and that which becomes expressed through the tree. It is what guides the butterfly through its migration, and calls the bear into hibernation. This energetic field will express itself to you as a guide, or an angel if that is the way you are most open to receiving it. It could also be expressed to you in countless other ways, and in fact, is being expressed in countless ways. Always attempting to get you to pay attention to it, and always communicating with you in whatever fashion you are currently capable of receiving.

With that in mind, if you like the term guide, use it. If you prefer the term angel, then use that. If you prefer getting in touch with your “Higher Self”, that is great too. After all, most folks don’t like to hear you say, that you are having a conversation with God. They prefer you speak to Jesus, or maybe infinite intelligence.

It is my perspective that these terms are in fact all the same thing. Aspects of the all that is. I am that, I am.

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It's Party Season

November 18th, 2017


Schedule your holiday party now! I am available for a variety of activities for your holiday parties.
Psychic Readings - Paint & Sip - Energy Portraits - Metaphysics Classes - The choice is yours!

I look forward this holiday season to serving your holiday party entertainment needs.
I am currently booking parties dates for you and your group of friends, colleagues, or family members for November, December and January parties. Parties can be small and intimate gatherings of four or large groups of 12 or more for paint parties. Click the contact button to discuss your options and plan a date! Be sure to leave a contact phone number where you can be reached and I'll be sure to give you call.

Until then - Happiest of Holidays!

30n30 Challenge

January 31st, 2017

30n30 Challenge

The 30paintings in 30days Challenge was indeed a challenge! This Challenge was to create 30 paintings in 30 days from start to finish. One completed painting each day and posted to the challenge website.

I knew I would not be able to work on very large canvases as they would never get done in a day. Most of these paintings are 12 x 12 and all are 16 x 20 or smaller. This worked out well although I would say that even with the smaller size there were days that I spent mostly painting.

Some of these paintings were a success and some were major fails. That, however, is the case whenever you are painting no matter how much time you are given to complete it. The difference is being brave enough to post the failures right along with the wins. Therefore, overcoming any self-esteem issues you might have would be part of this challenge!

What I would say about this challenge is, that it was wonderful practice and motivation to create a new pattern of daily painting. Some days it was not what I would consider a challenge at all, and other days it meant getting up early or staying up late which indeed was challenging.

I would recommend this Challenge to all my colleagues as a matter of discipline. The daily practice brings you to your best practice, hones your painting style and creates a connection with your artist self that is critical for success.

I appreciate that I have the time in my life to dedicate to this practice of daily painting. The following is how I will continue from this point forward. Everyone needs a day off from work from time to time, so I will continue to paint every day without feeling any guilt about taking a day away from painting.

Although I will paint every day, this will not mean that I will make any effort to complete a painting every day. Many times, I paint in layers, which require some dry time between them. I may paint a layer a day rather than a painting a day. The idea here is to put paint on a canvas every day, not get stressed out about the process during any part of it.
Without the stress of completing a painting each day, there are guaranteed to be more successes than failures, and the opportunity to turn a failure into a win. When you have the time to do what I tell my students to do Step Away From The Canvas! You allow your mind space and time to see what is going on in a new way and make the needed corrections along the way.

Sometimes I may take a whole afternoon studying and analyzing a painting prior to sticking more paint on the canvas just to ensure that when I do actually paint, its the right color, the right placement, and the right brush for the job.

Quick everyday paintings are great painting practice and I highly recommend it, however, your best work may require a little added time and contemplation.

Whats On The Drawing Board

January 31st, 2017

Whats On The Drawing Board

I recently starting posting to my artist page on Facebook images of work in progress, in my studio. These posts are titled "What's On The Drawing Board?" and look like this image that I am currently working on. It's an opportunity for others to get a glimpse of the process, ask questions and follow along as the work unfolds.

There was no real idea for this piece when I began. I wrote the words that came to me in a spiral and then just started drawing. I'm not sure where this one is going yet, but I don't really care right now either.

I was just wanting to play in the paint, relax and have fun. I had a friend over that was also painting, so I let myself just play, focusing mainly on the conversation. So this is what happens when you just let go of the outcome and doodle with paint totally in the moment.

My friend has since left the studio and it has been a whole day since I have worked on this piece, but I see potential in it and will continue to play with it on another occasion.

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Personal Energy Portrait

January 25th, 2017

Personal Energy Portrait

For the last few years, I have combined my ability to paint with my ability to do psychometry/psychic readings. I call these "Personal Energy Portraits" which are in essence a reading on canvas.

I started attending psychic fairs as a reader and decided I would take a few paintings to use as a backdrop. A young man stopped by my space and asked if I could do a sketch of his energy. I told him I had absolutely no idea, I had never tried it before. I offered to let him sit down and let me give it a try and he agreed.

All I had was a pencil and some notebook paper when this young man sat with me. I sketched and became aware this would turn my life in a new direction. It was an amazing experiment.

The following week I put a post on my Facebook page asking for guinea pigs willing to come to my studio. I told them that if they would volunteer their time I would send them home with a piece of art. I had approx. six individuals take me up on my offer. Each piece became further confirmation that I was on the right path and a few weeks later I took my "Personal Energy Portraits" out to the general public.

Since that time I have gone from notebook paper and carbon pencil to colored card stock and colored pencils, and now I am working in acrylics on stretched canvas. The paintings are all as unique and interesting as each of the people that sit with me. The readings are generally a signature of where an individual is emotionally, spiritually, mentally and occasionally physically. They will point to things in the past as well as what the future might hold. They will show where a person is on their journey toward awakening or enlightenment and point them in the direction of their next step.

I continue to do a 6" x 6" colored card stock portrait for those with a tighter budget and expanded the original 12" x 12" canvas portraits to include a larger 20" x 20" canvas for those who really dig the art.

They are fun, entertaining and enlightening pieces of original art that can aid in remembering the reading, can be used as a focus for meditation, and I've been told, new ah-ha moments come sometimes weeks later by viewing the artwork. I am available at expos in MI, IN, IL and IA. Perhaps visiting an Expo near you soon. I do in home parties for those near me or willing to chip in for travel expenses and I visit shops willing to host and schedule appointments in advance.

If you are interested in seeing more, please visit my Facebook artist page for samples and give me a call if you are out of the area and would like to be my first skype session!


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