Sunday, April 29, 2012

C.J.H.S - Completed Sacral Chakra Page

I was stuck...in the mud, and like a Lotus, I rose.
The other day I woke up with the deepest desire to get on my yoga mat.  I normally just do a couple of asanas to stretch out my body from all the stiffness of these last few weeks of pregnancy.   The other day I intentionally knew what I needed to do.  I began in child's pose, cat/cow, then moved into pigeon, and finalized with warrior 2.  It seemed to clear out a path in the mud and I was able to move on with my journal page. I was so happy that the intention and vision was there.  It arrived, moved in and lived out on the page.
The sacral chakra focuses on relationships and creativity.  Both of which have been stagnant in the last few weeks, heck, month.  I have had zero desire to create or relate.  However, my vision for this was to use my stamp which showed two hands holding each other by the forearm.  Secure, strong, extended, and confident.  I also wanted to have some words that symbolized what the Sacral means to me in my world, and how I perceive it to be.  The first layer can be found here.  The second layer is here.  This is the completed page.  I am very happy with it and look forward to creating and completing the canvas.  Apologies for the shoddy pictures, I have a camera on my phone that is a misery, AKA, only 3 MP.

 
I added some words and used regular old Liquitex medium gel to glue them down.  I then added some sticker letters to write out "go with FLOW", and a brad right underneath the hands holding.  I want to emphasize the circular as much as possible, even though I know it's a spiral world.  Down in the corner I added a small sticker that says "Thank you".

"Love isn't Love until you give it away" and close up of go with flow.


 
"Artful Me", "Art Goddess", "Fairy of Love"

"Make all things with Love", "Gypsy Heart", "Let your heart soar" 

I outlined "go with FLOW" 

I then used Martha Stewart 1.3 mm markers to add "Flow with Life".

 Used same markers and added "Flow with Love"

I outlined the words, "go with FLOW", and added some gem like orange stickers.  

I'm very happy how this appeared.  Now I'm moving onto the canvas.  I'm looking forward to having all canvases complete and hanging on my bedroom walls!  I hope your journey is coming along at your speed.  Thank you for reading this blog, post, and my inner thoughts.

Namaste

Friday, April 27, 2012

C.J.H.S - Update on Sacral Chakra

I actually had some inspiration and was able to crank out another layer.  I used stamps for the next layer.  The Sacral Chakra is focused on relationships and creativity I found it fitting to use my hand in hand stamp.  Also, I used the flower because I'm such in my chakra and I want it to flower, bloom.  I also used a bubble/circle stamp in a light orange color.  I'm very pleased how the next layer has expanded.  I plan to use words, phrases for the next later, but I have to let the layer of stamp ink dry. 

Finished page and canvas still to come.

May creativity touch and inspire you today.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

All Blockages Suck

I'm having trouble.  It's been very challenging to get out of this creative rut and it's no coincidence it's occurring while working on my Sacral.  Hell, I haven't even been working on it at all.  I'm stagnant.  Like river water that just sits and sits.  This (emotionally) challenging pregnancy has drained whatever creativity I might of had.  So much so that I even pulled out of the Traveling Art Journal series in which I was partaking.  So, I'm stuck.  You think being 9 months pregnant has anything to do with it?  Haha, perhaps.  It's a culmination of things, and perhaps that is why it's occurring now. 
I still have yet to add anything to my journal.  Good news is that at least I have the canvas to create the Sacral Chakra one.  Baby steps. 

If you are following along, my deepest apologies.  Please email me if ready for the next Chakra and I will gladly advise details.  I am unable to move on until I clear this up, in fact, i'm going to get a Reiki attunement to move this energy out. 

In hopes of sharing with you again, and soon.

Love and light.

Namaste.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Sacral is not moving.

I have been stuck on this journal page.  I have not been able to move along as expected.  I'm sure it has much to do with the fact that I'm 8 months pregnant and the anxiety about where I was birthing was totally blocking everything else.  I finally accepted and surrendered and everything is working out, thank Goddess.  I did at least put something down onto my journal and here it is.  Please know I have not been keeping up with my balancing plan because I have felt overwhelmed by everything, including planning my own baby shower.  Without further ado...

Here is took some sticker sheet trash and placed it gently on my page.  I then spray inked it with orange.  The sheet was eggs and candy leftover from Easter. 

After the ink dried, I used my pastels to color in and brighten the page.  I used every orange in the pack and used the dark orange to accent.

Then I took some peach acrylic paint and white gesso and scraped it up and down the page using an old credit card.  I wiped off as much paint as I possibly could to show some of the design underneath.  

That's all I have for now.  I am beginning to feel the slow down and at the same time nesting like crazy...nothing is clean enough.  I've thrown out and given away most of all my clothes, shoes, the toys, and still feel like I have too much.  I'm focusing on deep breathing as much as possible and doing visualizations of my birth.  Not that I have any idea or image but I'm focusing on working with Elia for her arrival and that we be partners.  I'm accepting and allowing for this expansion to occur.  

Thank you for hanging on.  I hope you are doing well on your healing journey.  Keep at it and try something new everyday.

xo

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chakra Healing Series - Svadhisthana/Sacral Chakra

Hello April!!!
This month we are focusing on healing and balancing the Svadhisthana/Sacral Chakra.  The Sanskrit work, Svadhisthana, means sweetness.  It governs one's sexuality, sensuality, fertility, and creativity, and joy in living.  The empowered, balanced chakra leads to increased self-esteem and a positive self awareness.  Balanced, we learn to enjoy life, and develop a healthy relations the sensual and sexual sides of our nature.  Imbalanced we see some characteristics such as, sexual ambivalence, diminished sexual desire, addiction, feelings of guilt, aggression, jealousy, and persistent anxiety.

Here are the tools I am using to balance my Sacral Chakra.

Color:  Orange.  I love the color orange!  and brown!  I don't have any solid orange in my clothing so I bought a scarf that is a bright orange and wear it around my neck or wrist.  I also bought some orange socks...not sure why but I'm sure I'll figure it out in time.
Location: A little above the sacrum and the sexual organs, a fingers width below the navel.
Basic Symbol:  Crescent Moon (most active during the waxing phase of the moon).
Element: Water
Essential Oils: Sandalwood, Myrrh, Pepper, Vanilla, and bitter Orange
Gemstones: Coral, Fire Opal, Gold Topaz
Mantra/Meditation:  Bija Mantra is VAM.  Here is a great video to listen to for balancing.  
Music: I'm still listening to Steven Halperin's "Chakra Suite".  I listen to the 2nd chakra track on repeat for a while.  
Asanas: I'm doing butterfly pose, lotus pose, hip rotations, and hero pose.  Found this great website for more poses (i'm too pregnant to do some of them, but most are a part of my regular routine).

Art Prompt:  This will be a pretty open interpretation, the only thing we should follow is use of the color Orange (and shades of), and incorporate at least the symbol, element, gemstone, or mantra.

Now go out there and have a blast balancing yourselves into happiness!!!!

We will be making one art journal page, and following it up with a Canvas.

Namaste

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chakra Journal Healing Series - Completed Muladhara Canvas

This weekend I finished my canvas.  I'm very happy with the final product.  I like the simplicity of it and that the message is clear.  This will be a fantastic visual to hang in my room.  The background tutorial is here.

 I added some journal spots and wrote affirmations based upon this Chakra.  I added a yogini with her Chakras lit up, the Bija Mantra, and a great quote from The Talmud.

 Close up of the right side.

 Close up of the left side.

The affirmations that spoke to me. 

Yogini with here Chakras all spinning and balanced.

I hope you are enjoying the series.  Next, we move on the the Swahisthana/Solar Plexus Chakra.

xo