Boundless


Boundless by Lidia Kenig, 201+6

Boundless by Lidia Kenig (c) 2016

If life is a journey without fear, you may hesitate at some of the turns, but move forward because you know that the new sights will be filled with goodness.

Moving as if you were boundless, you see the lights of possibility everywhere.

When you can walk on the road humming your own tune and liking the sound you are making; you are indeed boundless.

As you saunter knowing that “life loves you”, to coin the title of a little book by Louise Hay and Robert Holden, what you find as you turn right or veer left, is exactly what you need to make your meal bundle.

Even if you are not easily contented finding berries and nuts to make your lunch; you are boundless. For being easily satisfied comes from the smallness within that is powered by fear and it is of our own making.

You may feel apprehension and even right down distaste at whom or what you may encounter; but regardless of the choice you make, the alchemist in you can turn lead into real gold, just by choosing how to view the event.

Life is actually a boundless blank canvas with unlimited potential.

Some of my students are eager to work on the largest canvas, while others only want the smallest possible size. Each group seems to be missing the richness of experiencing the tiniest moments in total boundlessness. As you can see in the painting above; much is going on in a 12” x 12” size.

Tackling life’s canvas as boundless arises from the intensity of knowing that any obstacles can be embraced and transformed by the clarity of our inner light. This adventurous spirit is cultivated in the fertile ground of meditation practice.

The painting I created using alcohol based inks and enamel reminds me of the way I like to travel my life’s roads. I tend to tackle the trip feeling boundless, starting without a solid map, and knowing that when night falls, I can always turn on the intense fire of inquiry, examine what I collected on the day’s path and close my eyes knowing that what I could not solve on that night will be made clearer by sunrise.

I invite you to purchase this little canvas, as it is packed with wisdom, bright colors, and plenty of light, to inspire you as you begin to see your personal road as a boundless adventure.

Go to Boundless now!

Gliding Toward the Perfect Shore


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Stacey Arb Door Protector -LidiaKenig (c)

A Charoite boat, with a black and green Tourmaline boom, a pink Tourmaline mast and mirror sails is calmly aloft on the somewhat choppy waters.

The sailor knows that she is being divinely guided to glide with the rhythms of her heart toward the perfect shore.

The sun above the sails has become the Wish Granting Jewel mantra, while the winds arch in a protective motion against a magnificent pink sky.

As purple confetti showers giddily fall upon her ship, this sailor celebrates her newfound power.

She now knows how to turn off the mind’s noise, embrace the quiet and allow the silence to nourish her body, mind and spirit.

From the bliss of inner calm, life sails on the waters of truth.

Stacey ordered her door protector when her health and the state of her home reflected her inner turmoil. She was not sure what to change first, but knew she was ready for both direction and support.

Faced with a long time waiting for her custom sacred art to be completed, the client decided to order a blessed reproduction as a physical reminder that she was ready for change and indeed she was!

By the time I installed the original, Stacey had regained physical strength, she was in the process of removing decades of accumulated clutter out of the home, and with renewed clarity of mind, was planning for a complete home renovation.

Upon unveiling the art, Stacey was visibly taken by its beauty, and when I told her that the art reflected the beauty of living her truth and once again feeling empowered, I saw tears of gratefulness, joy and love mimicking the showers of confetti on her door protector.

The reproduction art helped her safely move forward on the most prescient issues. The customized original art would assist her, as many door protector owners attest, in uncovering deeper life circumstances and sailing through any storm as if protective winds and loving skies were showering joyful confetti to calm the waters and steady the lifeboat.

Stacey now knows that by working with the energy of her door protector, and embodying its ancient wisdom, she becomes a powerful sailor, sharing her authentic self, her skills and her talents with grace and ease.

I invite you to order your own Door Protector, or purchase blessed reproductions right now.

Go to Door Protectors and begin to glide with the rhythms of your heart toward your perfect shore!

 

Traveling to Find the Place Where Everything is Possible


Traveling by Lidia Kenig Scher

Traveling by Lidia Kenig Scher (c)

Finding the place inside me where everything is possible is how this journey started.

Living my truth and having the courage to move forward on the momentum I created was the intention.

Shattering old patterns and limitations that have kept me from flying in the direction of my path was a goal.

Keeping a close watch on the mind and harnessing ego’s power to steer my life by the heart-mind was my resolution.

Teaching by example, giving and allowing unconditional love, embracing the abundance of what I have and who I am.

Sharing my skills and talents with compassion and kindness,

Practicing forgiveness on myself and toward others and consciously accepting every experience as part of my spiritual evolution and as an act of grace,

These intentions were the road map by which I created this work.

As I painted, I traveled through my life luckily noticing that the final destination determines neither my happiness nor the quality of my life.

But when I asked myself what would happen after I reached that place in life where I had everything I dreamed, another question popped:

what happens then?

The answers came in the act of creating:  to reinforce the treasures found in the joy of traveling.

The rhythmic, yet distinct movement of the red shapes in the art reminded me that growth occurs when I see every step on the journey with the clarity that arise from presence. The painting portrays, with its many colored layers and whimsy, the power of pondering the obstacles and skillfully integrating them into my life with a sense of wonderment.

The central figure with multiple heads looking in many directions, moving upwards and dragging a heavy load helped me recall times when I made myself miserable moving from self-help books to gurus, teachers, coaches, therapists and to religion to find my purpose and soothe my pain.

Yes, in my previous travels I exhaustedly swam mostly against the current until like in the painting, I noticed the light.

Then I lacked the understanding that my only purpose was to manifest that light, which is always emanating from within and is always available to me…if I look inwards instead of outwards.

This time I am traveling quite aware of where my light resides, it makes for a rewarding journey and it changes my vibrational field.

The explosions of pure light we see in the painting are there to shatter old patterns and limitations I may still carry. Electrical showers transform my load and move me forward to rejoice in the company of the other road warriors. As our vibrations rhythmically join in a sacred dance, we all become aware that we, along with everything in the universe, are actually fields of consciousness.

This is the moment when we humans understand our crucial role in the spiritualization of matter and bring about positive changes in the world’s frequencies. We take on our power to alchemically bring the vibration of matter into alignment with Spirit’s vibration. This, my dear readers is the place inside of us where everything is possible!

Traveling is a 30” x 30” mixed media painting on wrapped canvas that can teach you about your journey and of ways in which you can begin to… “Be a light unto yourself” to positively affect the world, as Gautama Buddha taught.

The art is so bright, that will lighten and energize any wall where it hangs, while its whimsical travelers will make you smile every time you pass by, thus joyfully altering the energy of the space where it lives. Original and very well-priced embellished prints are available at,
Traveling/New Work

Have a great week finding your light and post your comments and questions as they are always appreciated.

 

Creating the Life She Deserves


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Door Protector Kristin K, by Lidia Kenig

When you make a decision to move your life in a different direction, it is not easy to find your compass. All you know is what you do not want, and the decisions you make under those circumstances are always based on what you already know. Kristin K. found the courage to make geographical and spiritual changes. Some alterations were indeed based on the known. Other choices were guided by a willingness to suspend judgment and trust the unknown.

She made sure of it.

Besieged by a series of very difficult life circumstances that culminated in a house fire, the young woman began to seek radical change. Backed by the financial security of a job she loves, her first decision was to move away from the town and the relationships she felt stifled by and that continued to engender suffering.

Along with various new experiences geared to make changes in her lifestyle, Kristin decided to take the Painting from the Heart Classes I offered, and when it was time to sell the old house, she ordered a Door Protector even before she moved to her new digs. She stated that faced with the many unknowns, she was confident that the sacred art I was to create would help her feel supported.

The painting classes revealed untapped artistic talent and provided reassurance when trusting her intuition. She enjoyed playing with new materials, successfully dealt with frustration and created unexpectedly beautiful paintings that she was pleased to hang in her new space.

Soon after we installed the Door Protector, Kristin stated that she now feels safer, was inspired to make room for an art studio and started to meet people whom she felt were kindred spirits. She also made positive changes in her activity levels, adding variety, emphasizing exploration and dedicated time for reflection.

The artwork I created for Kristin reflects her deep desire to heal negative past karma and end the suffering caused by incorrect perceptions. As I chanted the mantra and painted, I felt that she was ready for an entirely new vision.

Looking at the left side of the painting, the red colored section implies fire that burns and transforms. It is balanced on the right, by the splashing waves of a blue ocean ready to cleanse and purify the soul.

The Ancient Chinese coins on the fire side are a symbol for the solidity and abundance of heaven and earth, offering the wealth of lessons learned, while the gold mirrors on the water side provide sources for wisdom and reflection upon which to build a new life.

The bottom center is dominated by a beautiful Seraphinite crystal; one of the premier healing stones, emphasizing that healing must occur at the cellular level, in order to allow old patterns of imbalance to be flushed away and new patterns of radiant health to be formed.

A bright double rainbow emerges from the purifying and regenerating effects of fire and water, implying that today’s troubles will come to pass, if one holds strong to one’s vision. The pure light will illuminate the path to awakening and to a life filled with blessings and abundance at all levels.

A tear-drop Bloodstone, the consummate heart healer, points directly to the Ancient Wish Granting Jewel mantra, and is supported on the back of the painting by the Negative Karma Cleansing mantra, both written in Tibetan Sanskrit script. See, A Well Built Hut for more information on the mantra and its meaning.

Bloodstone has been recognized since ancient times as the stone of courage and healing. The stone’s green background stands for the heart chakra, while red is the vibrational color of the first chakra, thus the stone instills courage of the heart in the face of difficulties and offers the emotional balance of the first chakra’s connection to the earth.

As all the symbols converge on the mantra, we can observe that it reveals infinity and its field of possibility beyond it.

The Door Protector is thus intended to support its owner in summoning the courage to act upon inner guidance, cut through seemingly insurmountable difficulties and own the power to create a deserved new life.

Kristin K. is happy to share her door protector with those who are attracted to it, through the limited editions canvas prints that I embellish and bless. Go to KristinK Door Protector  to purchase yours.

If you desire to order a customize door protector, see pricing and details in the Purchase Info tab

The Light of Awareness


The Light of Awareness by Lidia Kenig (c) 2016

The Light of Awareness by Lidia Kenig (c) 2016

Have you ever wondered why you became afraid of the dark? Who told you that not seeing was scary? How did you find out that not knowing was a source of concern?

Psychologists say that the onset of night fear in humans seems to begin at about age 2 and its active stage lasts until 8 or 9 years of age.

As to the culprit, scientist say that given that toddlers spend their waking hours in active imagination mode; their minds are incapable of discerning fiction from reality while at rest. What they are exposed to, fuels their playtime and their dreamtime.

We are keenly aware of the huge role that technology plays in our lives. Fascinated by fast moving images, colorful back-lit screens are in our pockets, and giant televisions are prominently installed in our living rooms and even in bedrooms to, as one client stated, “make it easier to fall asleep and hear the news when I get up in the morning”.

Actually, technology seals in our minds the validity of our fears, and wrecks havoc in our dreamtime.

And, did any of you hear that if you didn’t behave the boogeyman would get you? The various versions of this seemingly light-hearted discipline, embedded in a simple phrase can instill a terrifying case of nighttime anxiety in a young overactive mind and serves to reinforce what children hear and view during the daytime.

So when a bleary-eyed and tired parent tries to convince kids that there are no monsters under the bed, and that they aren’t going to be trapped forever in the dark of the night, children are not convinced. It doesn’t match the stories they hear and are illustrated with images of unlikable, giant voracious spiders capable of doing untold harm to children.

And in the body language of trusted grown-ups, they feel unsafe and in need of protection:
They learn Fear.

While adults provided night lights, “blankies” and teddy bears to help calm our toddler’s insecurities; most of us were never guided to play with our fears and find that they were the product of our malleable mind.

We did not learn that we could look in the dark and playfully engage, or that darkness gives us chances to dream.

Primal fear was applied to all the life situations we were unfamiliar with, including mistrusting our dreams.

Now, fear of the unknown forces us to always seek light not matter what the clock shows. Night lighting interferes with circadian rhythms and hampers our ability to see the wonders of the sky, while vivid images on an ever-present back-lit screen show us examples of those, who under the cover of dark, behave badly and are real boogeyman coming to get us.

Our adult “blankies” and teddy bears became attachments to stimulants, relationships, material goods and false gods.

Embracing fear instead, invites us to turn the light of awareness inward, so we can discern if there is truth in how we perceive a particular incident. Looking within to see if the 2-year old’s active imagination is still counseling us to give our power away to the dark; we can acknowledge the fear, express gratefulness at the opportunity to consider the situation and decide to turn the mind into an ally.

Meditation is the tool I most successfully use to train my mind to be in neutral gear. It is what teaches me to practice awareness so I can dwell in the truth of here and now. And I turn to painting in order to play, engaging my imagination in exploring even the darkest recesses of my mind with the same zeal I used when I was 2 years old.

On the canvas, colors, shapes and textures fearlessly present opportunities to travel far, while brushes and other implements unleash the powerful light of awareness that helps me transform erroneous thoughts, feelings and emotions into playful fireflies that empower and illuminate my path.

My playtime is child-like, not childish.

The painting here invites us to playfully explore the darkness knowing that the only giant voracious spiders lurking in the closet will disappear with The Light of Awareness turned on, bringing the mind into present tense as adults, trusting our dreams and acknowledging that a bright sunshine and a dark moon are equally necessary to lead meaningful and empowered lives. Click on New Painting to purchase the original or blessed limited edition prints and fearlessly embrace the night as a child.

An Experience


On the Road by Lidia Kenig (c)

On the Road by Lidia Kenig (c)

At the tail end of a wonderful vacation I stopped by an old trading post now closed to stretch my weary driving body, and lo and behold, a fantastic panorama unfolded before my eyes.

I had to catch my breath as I slowly focused on the view while joyously slapping myself at my good fortune.

Knowing how quickly the light changes, I started breathing slowly and deeply, while my soles were firmly planted in the earth on the summit of Spirit Mountain, along the Mohawk trail in Western Massachusetts.

Fully taking in the fantastic array of colors and textures, my eyes traveled slowly from the ferns just below me, carefully discerning their infinite variety of greens, oranges, yellows and reds, to the soft mossy carpet covering the rolling hills below, until I caught sight of the rotund evergreens displaying awesome blue and deep green tones, accented in just the right places by a luscious magenta.

Yet nothing prepared me for the beautiful purples, violets, orange reds and pinks dotting Mount Greylock and the rest of the marvelous Berkshire mountain range in the background.

Seeing the sky canopy taking on a soft lavender hue I realized that this moment just before twilight was precious.

I could hear my heart humming a happy tune and I moved to capture the experience on camera.

As I write, I smile at the magical landscape in the photo; for I am reliving the expansiveness I felt in that moment in time. I remember the smell of the earth, the moist heat of that late afternoon and the silence, inner and outer that allowed me to be present for the tiniest spec of texture, color and form to embed itself in my heart-mind filling it to overflow.

That experience cannot be duplicated, not even if I were to paint it on a canvas, for experience dwells in the present moment, not in striving to make anything happen.

Experience cannot be premeditated or recreated.

It is in the fertile ground of alertness that an event unfolds bringing forth the awareness of that moment’s perfection.

The most beautiful thing we can do, is to joyously slap ourselves at the good fortune of having had such perfection and move on continuing to dwell in the present moment, fully alert, not striving, not longing, just being and then…

A fantastic new panorama unfolds before our eyes.

Art that comes from the heart is an experience based on being fully present, delighted in the colors, textures, shapes, light, and darkness and with all our senses in a state of peaceful alertness,  not preoccupied with other times and other spaces.

In the act of creation we experience our perfection and are in balance with the perfection in all things.

In such magical moments, we are the creator and creation itself. We are God and God is in us.

It is in such moments that a pure, clear and bright light emanates from our center and envelops us and all we touch and then…

A fantastic new panorama unfolds before our eyes.

Before I went away, I put together a Summer Sale gallery of well-priced originals that you may purchase to make room for new art. Go to http://www.lidiascherart.com and order your favorite today!

A Chain of Seemingly Insurmountable Mountains


Door Protector HL by Lidia Kenig-Scher

Door Protector HL by Lidia Kenig-Scher

 

Creating a Door Protector for this family was rather easy. I was first invited for a Feng Shui consultation some 10 years before and over the decade, I visited the husband’s workplace, helped the wife to carve a personal space within the home, re-arranged the children’s bedrooms, spiced up the master bedroom, changed the color of the family room and eventually participated in a house and garden major renovation that caused the property to grow from a “Feng Shui nightmare” into a warm and loving environment that supported everyone’s growth.

The husband is a well-recognized and admired business leader, a consultant to powerful organizations and a highly praised published author. The wife is a true renaissance woman. A successful entrepreneur, she is an accomplished ceramic artist who engages her pottery and the vibrational energy of crystal bowls to facilitate healing. This dynamic woman is also a 4-time best-selling author!

A couple of years ago, the family was going through a rough patch and I was called for the “Feng Shui tune up” that led to commissioning the door protector.

The silhouette of a sinuous mountain range with the sun peeking over the gentle yet solid shapes seemed the appropriate metaphor to convey the family’s need for stability and hope. The powerful Wish Granting Wheel Mantra appears to form out of the sunlight blurring the separation between night and day, as if to indicate that in life, darkness and light are equally powerful gifts.

A full moon mirror on one side provides for the crystal clarity born out of introspection. The North Star on the opposite side serves as a source of wisdom and guidance helping the dwellers to always find the best way to move forward in trying times. Mustard seeds are meant to dispel negativity. Placed at the end of the mantra, it implies that if the family follows the principles of ethical living, with kindness and compassion, climbing life’s hills and peaks could turn into gentle gliding journeys.

Door Protector Installed and its Proud Owner

Door Protector Installed and its Proud Owner

The day we installed the art above the door, one of the sons was convalescing from ACL replacement surgery and experienced a nasty rash on his whole leg that was defying all forms of treatment. After we installed the door protector, they “discovered” a treatment that worked effectively. The daughter had been sick with the flu and by that night, her fever had broken and she was on the road to recovery

Since then, the husband wrote a very influential book aimed to help people improve their leadership skills and build great organizations. The publishing of Ingaging Leadership by Evan Hackel in August 2014 was met with enormous success.

Meanwhile in May 2015, Laura Zak Hackel published The Energy of Healing, the first of 4 best-selling books edited by Erica Glessing.

In Laura’s words, since the door protector was installed, “the house just felt right. It is expansive and open and I feel safe”.

Laura Zak and Evan Hackel along with their high school daughter and 2 successful young men in their 20’s enjoy life and like sharing their goodness with family, friends, clients and strangers. They cheerily encourage you to purchase an embellished canvas wrapped print of their door protector and experience its full power.

Allow the mantra’s teachings and all the symbols to inform your path in life, see the way forward with more clarity, and sense the North Star’s illuminating the way out of a chain of seemingly insurmountable mountains.

Check it all out at Door Protector HL

A Personal Guide to Enlightenment


Begonia Door Protector by Lidia Kenig

Begonia Door Protector by Lidia Kenig (c) 2016

When the single mother of two ordered the Door Protector featured above, she was experiencing unexpected turmoil posed by an ex-husband’s unethical actions that resulted in emotional and physical trauma to their children.

Within a week of ordering the art, the then fluid situation took a negative sharp turn yet; she was able to access timely advice conferring her with the clarity to put into motion beneficial changes. Later on, a few days after the door protector was installed, she stated that everyone in the household could feel a positive change.

My client’s situation in many ways mirrors the ethical dilemmas now abounding in the world and that in the United States are compounded by a presidential election cycle. Like my client, many people are feeling confused, fearful, polarized, and without concrete tools to make decisions that are clear and beneficial to all.

Could the sacred art I call Door Protector provide such a tool backed by a reassuring message?

Countless people owning them feel that after installing the art, they could carry on a more balanced life where wishes can be formulated with the possibility of them being fulfilled.

What makes this art vibrate with such power?

OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT is the Tantric Buddhist mantra written in Tibetan at the center of the art. The 12 syllables known as the Wish-Fulfilling Mantra or the Wish-Granting Jewel Mantra are said to have been taught by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni during a talk known as the Sutra of Hut Construction. The mantra is also named in a Tantric text titled the Ksitigarbha Sutra.

ksitigarbha-statue

Ksitigarbha statue

Ksitigarbha is one of the most important Bodhisattvas in the Buddhist iconography. She or he, depending on the particular emanation, was tasked by Shakyamuni himself to help celestial teachers in the in-between period from the time of his passing and until the arrival of the Buddha Maitreya who was to teach the entire universe about the truth of compassion.

Bodhisattvas, not unlike angels, spend a long time liberating beings who are undergoing suffering, before making a decision to become Buddhas (fully enlightened beings), or to continue their work among us. Ksitigarbha, deciding on the later path, developed such strong inner light that in her presence, people became free of suffering on the spot. She was thus said to possess the Wish Granting Jewel that swiftly awakens all sentient beings to their true nature, embody the Buddha’s teachings and go on to make the world a better place. The jewel is the mantra, and it is usually artistically depicted as the bright sphere resting on the deity’s open left hand.

Such is the purpose of the Tibetan script heading all the door protectors. It is the Jewel that grants whoever sees, says, touches or passes under it the gift of awakening.  The Jewel’s power is reinforced by crystals and symbols that are specific to the owners, their situation and their karmic path in this lifetime. These have been intuited by me in the process of creating the art while chanting the mantra.

The art thus silently and powerfully broadcasts the wisdom of understanding and the power of thought.  It beckons us to behave ethically by speaking of ourselves and to others with kindness and compassion and to act likewise in the world.  It exhorts us to engage in work that supports the family, and respects the environment, and all sentient beings. It asks that we apply the self-discipline and effort necessary to follow these precepts and be the best that we can be, by engaging mindfully with the world, practicing presence, meditation and reliance on the heart-mind to guide our lives.

One client suggested that “hanging a door protector in a home or business is like living with a personal guide to enlightenment. The art and the personalized explanation of symbols you provide, confers a richness and beauty unequaled by any other art or tool” Won’t you order yours today?

Go to Begonia Door Protector and feel better immediately!

 

The Fool Is a Magnificently Divine Soul


The Fool by Lidia Kenig (c)

The Fool by Lidia Kenig (c)

What gets you up in the morning? What do you dream of when you are laying on the beach looking out into the vast ocean? Where does your mind go on a sunny afternoon lounging on the lawn chaise?

I awoke this past Saturday in a state of ecstasy. At such an early hour, I felt drunk with happiness!

A tune I recognized began to float from within and I joyfully joined the chorus. Singing at the top of my lungs, my chest expanded to take in the sounds while the inspiring lyrics prompted me to a dance that landed me in the art studio.

Exhausted after the painting session, I moved to the garden and slid into the lawn chaise smiling.

I felt like a fool.

My mind drifted to what has been showing up in the past year and like a movie, I saw my life unfolding frame by frame as a purple ocean I could easily walk on. The path was strewn with gentle ripples and as I learned to face my fears, and spend my time doing what I love and what gives joy to others, I saw some huge waves, but I walked on.

Trusting that adventures lay ahead, I braved some stormy seas, because in my heart, I knew I was on the right path co-creating with Spirit.

Frame by frame, I saw my art going into homes and businesses and rejoiced at what I heard. I looked into my classes noticing my students’ growth and I was grateful.

I smiled. I am a fool yet, I am not foolish.

The 30” x 30” x .75”, mixed media acrylic-based painting is called The Fool, because when I awoke the next morning and meditated on what I had co-created, I understood that the images and symbols were those that were present in my lawn chair’s daydreaming.

The painting depicts a constantly unfolding reality grounded on trust in one’s inner purpose and aligned with Divine Purpose. The images within the art place the focus on the unseen forces that are able to guide us through the bumps and boulders, and the high waves of a rough sea.

Because we embrace these forces as the allies that they are, they become the most powerful helpers we can summon.

When we trust these forces by listening deeply to the voice in our hearts, our dreams magically unfold.

In my experience, the ingredients in creating magic are:

• Abiding in gratefulness
• Practicing self-compassion by accepting fears as a mind construct, albeit nightmarish at times
• Trusting the voice of our hearts as being our authentic voice
• Heeding its counsel through diligent practice
• Allowing mental space in our lives for dreams to blossom
• Exercising absolute reliance that the unseen but not unheard forces are always ready to steadily guide the wind in our sails.
• Accepting ourselves as magnificent divine souls in a divinely inhabited universe
• Acknowledging that Spirit can only create through us
• Creating in every aspect of our lives

My belief in my right to create and in my duty to somehow make it available to others is what gets me up in the morning.

As a magnificent soul, I paint from my heart and teach others to express themselves pictorially.

I create magic.

My actions create pockets of goodness bursting out into the world at a time when dark forces attempt to grab a firm hold on our consciousness.

You too be a fool, create magic and expand goodness.

Heed the voice in your heart with diligence and alertness, be grateful for everything, trusting that benevolent unseen forces will raise you up to help you walk on stormy seas and summon that strength to be more than you ever thought you could be (*)

The art is an unseen force ready to help you. It is available at THE FOOL.

(*)The preceding paragraph was paraphrased from lyrics of You Raise Me Up, by Brendan Graham, music by Rolf Lovland, and made super famous by Josh Groban’s 2003 Grammy Award. It is the tune I was hearing in my mind upon waking last Saturday.

I Live in God – No Words Are Needed


No Words Needed, Lidia Kenig, ©2012

No Words Needed by Lidia Kenig ©

In yet another week headlined by violence, mourning the loss of lives and accounts of people fiercely aligned on the opposite side of issues, peppered with plenty of vitriol and blame as bookends, I found myself questioning my purpose, doubting the value of my work and at a loss for words that could assuage my conflicting emotions.

So I resorted to what helps me quiet the noise, find my center and connect to the voice of my heart.

Through the practice of meditation I am able to embrace my feelings and allow thoughts racing through my mind to just be. I can more easily notice which clamor more attention and contemplate it as if it were happening to someone else.

When the space clears, I can look deeper to see what is reflected in the mirror of my heart.

When I looked within this week, to see what resonated with the violence, loss, anger and blame I was seeing in the world, I saw powerlessness and fear.

I felt powerless to change relationships and situations in my personal life.

And I felt powerless to change relationships and situations in the world at large.

I feared that my tools; creating art with the purest of intentions was not affecting my little circle nor the big world.

Fortunately I learned to question my assumptions and the memes these create.

I am neither powerless and nor are my tools.

The countless testimonials on how my artworks affect people and their environments, and the grateful and loving statements of my students were both easy to remember.

Yet the reason that the testimonials exist is because when I create, I am one with God.

In the face of confusion or anxiety, God is the mirror within reflecting the truth that lives in my heart.

The paintings then portray not what I originally saw;  sadness, grief, frustration, fear, or anger, but what my godly brushes transformed.

In the images, colors, and textures there is possibility, forgiveness, oneness, patience, acceptance, growth, kindness, joy and love.

Painting allows me to show others a way to wash away from the soul “the dust of everyday life”, as Picasso so eloquently said.

The “dust” is the doubts, the fears, the sadness, the frustration and the anxiety that renders us powerless.

These are the voices of the ego-mind.

Painting always elicits joy, bliss and love.

Creating is looking in the mirror of my heart and seeing divinity busy washing away “dirt”.

 “All the religions of the world have said that God is the creator, wrote Osho. “I don’t know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become…you live in God. So he must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to him”.

And the ancient Upanishads proclaimed that, “when a blade of grass is cut, the whole universe quivers”

When I heal myself and wash away the dust in the act of creating, and share the journey with others, through my teaching and paintings, I am closest to God and the whole universe begins to heal.

This is my purpose. I am powerful and I have powerful tools.

I live in God.

No Words are Needed.

The art is available in many formats to help you too, live in God.