Immersed in God by Lidia Kenig-Scher
The landscape is teeming with life. Earth and sky are engaged in a mystical dance with such synergy that myriads of suns appear and merge with towering mountains in a joyful embrace.
The love of surrender is palpable and the intimacy of the touch feels sublime.
I gazed upon this painting created with alcohol inks on Yupo paper for weeks after completing it in my studio. This morning I realized that what started as a class demonstration piece is actually portraying each and every one of my experiences painting. It also depicts how I undertake any endeavor, from designing a new kitchen or a home to making works of art, writing and teaching.
Whether I play with alcohol or acrylic inks, or use enamels that morph when dried, I relish the mystery, thrive on the process and courageously surrender to it. I long passed the fear of what it will become and slowly but surely, I have embraced the process and incorporated it to my everyday life.
Living life creatively means that when the yearning to create beckons, we pay attention and cultivate it by making artworks, writing, singing, speaking, teaching, or…starting a new business!
The yearning to create is the voice of our souls wishing to manifest itself in the physical world.
Honoring our soul’s needs is connecting with Spirit and opening to new learning from a pure and loving place within us. We are thus immersed in light, in God and find ourselves precisely on the spot where Heaven and Earth kiss passionately.
And so it is that when situations appear to have turned dark and dreary, I remind myself of what I learned in the studio. I feel blessed to know that nothing is permanent, that the sun is always present albeit behind dense clouds and that life loves me so deeply that it provides the wind beneath my wings so I can soar.
I am not unique or special. We are each divine and our hearts are all filled with divine light.
Yet each of us is at different stages in embracing our divinity, acknowledging our light and allowing it to fully shine in the world without fear of outshining anyone else’s. When we do recognize this powerful beacon of unconditional love and surrender to what is; we are Immersed in God.
“Be the king who has made his own kingdom. Be the moon that has made her own summit.
How much longer will you coo coo like a pigeon?
Empty your head of all mortal lusts. And become life without breath.
You will not call out for God anymore, for you have become immersed in God.”
Rumi (as translated by Rassouli)
May owning this painting cause you to live life Immersed in God!