Embracing Grace


Embracing Grace by Lidia Kenig-Scher
Embracing Grace by Lidia Kenig-Scher

 

It is how I create and teach others to create. Embracing Grace is an attitude of openness to the realm of the unknown with innocence and trust. It is also a heightened state of alertness to what is there in the present moment and allows me to discern the motivations behind the choices I make.

When I paint I am fearless

Assuming total responsibility for all of my choices, I acknowledge its results with acceptance and non-judgment. The resulting artwork is an example of how lovingkindness colors—pun intended–a life situation and assists I the painter and you the viewer to examine the completed piece, apply its lesson to the particular situation and provoke growth.

When I paint I am Buddha

Each year, as part of a mastermind group, I select a theme to guide my intentions and inspire my goal setting to experience my best year yet. Even though I have been successful planning this way, I always feel that goals are restrictive and intentions are time-sensitive.

Foregoing goals I decided to apply what I learned through creating art and live my whole life with one intention: Embracing Grace.

Naturally, my buddies wanted examples of how the theme would apply to mundane experiences fraught with relationships, weather, unexpected events and the normal ups and downs of living.  I replied that by embracing grace, I perceive every moment as a gift to unwrap so that their request for an expanded perspective most likely implied that I too needed to flesh it out.

Thus I posited that if I live my entire life steeped in utter curiosity, as when I paint, I would best learn how to be a force for goodness at this time in history; my only goal.

As such, I see the timing to work on a piece or begin new art as being always perfect. Colors and technique simply show up, and whatever else I may be guided to do, I know that I will find it in the art store, or the market, on the street or in the basement.

The right numbers of students appear for a class, and the methods and techniques I need to teach are effortlessly communicated yielding amazing artwork even from people who never painted.

When not enough students enroll in a scheduled course, it most likely indicates that a change of direction is in the offing, or that this is not a good time to hold this class. Soon I am offered a new project or my participation in an auspicious event becomes possible because the class was cancelled.

It is at these times that I am able to perceive my interconnection with Spirit and how I fit in the Divine plan. I see that I am not accidental and nor is anyone else. Whatever I do, say and think at any time is important. If I were not painting, or teaching, or being with a friend, or attending to a repair person, or cooking, or walking at that moment, existence would miss me.

Osho said that a feeling of joy and fulfillment arises when we become aware that each of us is crucial for the proper functioning of the universe. It means that we are “related to existence, and existence cares for [us]… “and this gives us “dignity”.

As I was painting this weekend, I felt the hands of existence guiding me to visually portray these feelings and afterwards, in meditating with the art, I realized that by respecting my dreams and desires, assuming the responsibility to pursue them, owning my choices, and choosing how I perceive my dreams’ unfolding also means accepting how my choices affect others.

Grace is a birthright and by embracing this I lovingly trust that others are also capable of making good choices for themselves in their own time.

When I paint Grace is in charge

And in living I pause often and yield to my intuition. I take inspired action, watch what happens and monitor my thoughts to maintain alignment with my stated purpose; to be a force for goodness at this time in history.

When I paint I am blessed

When I embrace grace I live a blissful life and I am a force for goodness!

Try it for yourself; I trust that you can Embrace Grace now!

The Courage to Come into Full Bloom


Courage to Become by Lidia Kenig-Scher
Courage to Become by Lidia Kenig-Scher

It all started with creating a video teaser inviting people to a workshop I will be teaching next weekend. After the video was posted on social media, I continued developing the painting by manipulating the brightly hued alcohol-based inks and adding various textural elements with brushes, sprays, dabbers and a thin white marker.

The flower shape showed up again!

I realized that the fleshy flower is a recurring shape when I create samples for my classes, and although stylized, it is the only recognizable element in a sea of abstraction. In each case too, the blooms are a focal point in a composition.

Opening to understanding the meaning behind it, I found myself thinking about my role as a teacher, and how much pleasure it affords me. In teaching people to express their authentic selves pictorially, I recognize my purpose in the world.  I also mirror to them the process of trusting the inner voice that allowed me to be at peace and live joyously doing what I love.

I my classes, I am offering ways for caterpillars to become butterflies or for flowers to fully blossom toward the light of the sun.

Butterflies and flowers not only depend on each other for survival, they also follow parallel pathways in order to become who they are meant to be.

An egg has no concept that it could become a caterpillar, let alone a butterfly! As the larva hatches it stuffs itself with leaves that nourish and provide for its tremendous and willful growth. Evolution occurs through a series of molting and shedding layers of skin until one day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon called a chrysalis. In time and through another laborious inward process of digesting itself, it emerges into an unbounded being of beauty with wings capable of traveling very long distances providing sources of growth and transformation on their journey.

A flower starts as a seed and has no sense it could become something else inside its protective shell. In order to grow, the seed has to decide to leave tangible protection where it can survive for millennia, and brave the challenges of rocks, soil, water, temperature changes, and human contact to emerge into the light. The struggle will continue until it eventually blossoms into a majestic being of beauty that provides sources of nourishment, joy and growth just as they are and where they are.

The egg and the seed made a choice to trust their desire to grow and transform. Neither worried about their right to do what they were doing nor their purpose in life. Yet they both have a life affirming purpose.

In choosing to have the courage to come into full bloom they contribute their unique magic to the rest of us. Can you visualize living in this world if they had been cowards?

We humans are not that different. Life is difficult and it involves choices at every step of our journey. As babes in the womb, we had no idea that we would be mothers, uncles, astronauts, senators, or teachers. Some of us assumed each of our roles with grace and ease, and some of us experienced pain and suffering. Still some lived through periods of both.

None of us are an accident. Had you chosen not to be born, “something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it”, said Osho and “…that’s what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you.”

I saw in this painting and in the other flowers I create, that in my teaching, I seek to feed the longing in each person to become a flower or a butterfly. In their “safe shells”, they harbor many doubts; their minds rule and tell them that they cannot paint. But by practicing to quiet the monkey mind, each person begins to listen to their hearts, and in reaching out to colors and textures, they start to paint what they hear.

I encourage people to allow the heart to speak loudly and clearly, so they may summon the courage to come into full bloom!

If you want to participate in next Saturday’s Alcohol Inks workshop and start the process of speaking your authentic voice, using the perfect medium to experience growth, go to Valentines Art Gifs Workshop.

If you like to purchase this 5” x 7” painting on Yupo, go to Courage to Become.

It is Actually a Mirror


MSR Door Protector by Lidia Kenig
MSR Door Protector by Lidia Kenig (c) 2016

After many years of suffering by freely giving her power away, the owner of this door protector now feels empowered, enjoys being in relationship with herself and dwells in peace.

You may say that after a long history of allowing others to opine on her beauty, her talents, her hard-earned skills and her worth, commissioning a door protector simply transfers the power to an inanimate object. You’d be mistaken!

Art may only appear inanimate. Like anything else in the Universe, it consists of frequencies of energy with which we interact, largely unaware, at a core level and, like other frequencies, are constantly moving and changing. This movement is most affected by our consciousness.

Scientists have effectively demonstrated that EVERYTHING is energy vibrating at different levels. Our consciousness which is also vibrational energy, changes and it is changed by the interaction with other vibrations to produce thoughts, feelings and emotions that in turn create powerful frequencies.

Thoughts are real forces!

Depending on their strength, or emotional charge, these energies spin slower and appear solid, or materialize. Our mind is actually “the creator and governor of the realm of matter” wrote Johns Hopkins’ Richard C. Henry in The Mental Universe; Nature 2005.

Buddhism among other philosophies urges us to understand how the mind operates and care for the state of our consciousness. Its teachings focus on mind-fullness, or total awareness of energy; the physical, mental and spiritual space we share with the entire Universe.

When Mary lovingly gazes at her sacred art, she deems it beautiful and feels gratefulness toward me because she thinks that I created it. While the good feelings certainly help both of us, I was able to create her door protector by directing my thoughts in meditation, toward her vibrational frequencies and painted the beauty and gratefulness that are already within her.

Thus each creation is dramatically different, appearing as if several artists painted each resulting visual. Actually, several people did, when with their thoughts, each of those who commissioned a door protector “directed” what I physically painted.

You could say that a door protector is a two-way mirror.

All Door Protectors start with the Wish Granting Jewel Mantra-OM PADMO UNSHISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT.  Each syllable of the ancient mantra constantly emits very particular vibrations of unconditional love, balance, joy, gratefulness, right thinking, right speech, right concentration, and right action for the benefit of all in the household and all who see it or pass under it.

The essence of the protection the art offers is that it broadcasts awareness of what it takes to live a fulfilling life.

Together with the mantra, the images promote conscious connection with the higher self and higher guidance.  Colors, textures, shapes, and crystals become symbols that the art owners can connect with. The more they establish an intentional relationship with the images, the more they notice that the art is a mirror of their true selves and begin to trust that what is in it, is there for their benefit. Thereafter, the wishers are naturally guided to the thoughts and actions needed to manifest what is best for all involved, broadening their sense of self and walking the path of wholeness.

Mary wrote that since she ordered her door protector, her “business is booming bigger than ever”, and her “work is nothing but joy!” As you can see in her art, a sunrise disperses the clouds revealing rolling fertile hills and flowering trees. Mary’s life is flowering because she is looking in the mirror and recognizes who she truly is, a powerful, abundant and peaceful woman!

I hope you all follow Mary’s example, direct your thoughts to commission your own Door Protector and manifest your best wishes! Go to PURCHASE INFO – and browse the Door Protectors Gallery to order a print.

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 Well-Built Hut


Burak Door Protector by Lidia Kenig
Burak Door Protector by Lidia Kenig

This door protector was commissioned by a warm, caring and loving couple, parents to two teenagers. The art installed above their front door, on the inside was imbued with wishes for good health, peace, grace, success, abundance, ease and kindness for everyone in the family and to likewise affect all who pass under it.

The Wish Fulfilling Mantra, also called the Wish Granting Wheel Mantra prominently featured in the art, is an important tool for reaching enlightenment in the Buddhist Mahayana tradition, of which Tibetan and Zen practices are a part of. Mahayana Buddhism is rooted in the basic teachings of the historical Buddha, and emphasizes the individual search for liberation from the cycle of samsara (birth, death, rebirth…). While Zen Buddhism tends to focus on meditation to bring out the essential Buddha nature, Tibetan Buddhism relies on rituals, and initiations centered on mantras, yogic techniques and meditations, with the ultimate goal of becoming a conduit for the divine to establish heaven on earth and achieve liberation for all.

This is the mission of the Bodhisattvas; human beings committed to the attainment of enlightenment for the sake of others.

Yearning to be of such service I faced the daunting task, furnished with pure motives and visual arts skills. I added my long and fruitful Feng Shui consultancy and interior design talent, and all paved the way to help homeowners and businesses create well-built physical environments conducive to optimal growth.

These environments are quite successful. They earn more money, have less employee turnover; people love their homes and all enjoy going to work. But those who display my artwork seem to be even happier and more satisfied.

About five years ago I was unable to readily travel to assist a client with a difficult home and business situation. Meditating on ways I could help her sooner, the Wish Fulfilling Mantra, hanging above my door, appeared as the divine solution I proposed.

I was privileged to be given this mantra by Geshe Tsulga-Ven. Tsultrim Chophel, when he was the resident teacher at Kurukulla Center in Medford, MA, and during a teaching on “building a powerful hut”. It was then that I understood the value of using all my life experiences to grow character, discipline, acceptance, non-attachment, loving-kindness, respect for all life, and joy, as a prerequisite to have all my wishes fulfilled.

OM PAD MO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT, written in Tibetan as in this and all the sacred art I call door protectors, is a powerful set of ancient syllables, believed to have been taught by the Buddha Shakyamuni in the “The Sutra of Hut Construction” which, besides containing general instructions on how to build meditative virtues to construct a well-built inner house, it gives the explicit direction to place this mantra over the doorway, so that all who walk under it may be blessed.

The esoteric knowledge surrounding the mantra appears to have been lost, yet the exoteric teaching still remains. Lama Zopa, Rinpoche considers it one of the “five great mantras” and recites it while visualizing its energy pattern, to grant enormous blessings for purifying water, healing negative karma and ensuring auspicious rebirths. He says that “anyone who goes under this mantra gets one thousand eons of negative karma purified… the whole family [will] have long life, health and prosperity…all wishes will be fulfilled according to the Holy Dharma.”

That first client had indeed all her wishes fulfilled, and many others, including me, experienced amazing results since that fateful day. Their stories are told in several blog posts since 2014, when I began to collect testimonials- see Door Protector Stories

The mantra is inscribed above a rising sun, in the art installed a month ago and crowned by a Selenite crystal. Lotus blossoms containing additional Selenites, instill the piece with a conduit of connection to our higher selves. The Azurite crystal in the bottom center is placed to assist everyone in making insightful decisions and for noticing truthfulness in their interactions. Everywhere there are symbols of transformation, joy, and ease within the waters of self-reflection propelled by a sense of adventure to find the jewels of learning from life’s difficulties.

This art will support each family member as they build a strong inner house. The visual symbols will continually broadcast powerful signals for the best way to do it.

Why call the art Door Protectors? Because they protect and benefit all who come through the threshold of a well-built hut! Order yours here.

What if you look within and a whole universe heretofore unknown opened up?


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Spirit Within-Heaven by Lidia Kenig

A few years ago I went on a solitary retreat to Block Island, RI. I found a beautiful spot where I meditated, painted and walked every morning, afternoon and night. A nice deck cantilevered on an ever-changing marsh.

Leaning over the rails, I could count myriads of greens, and discover pinks, reds, blues, violets, yellows and oranges in lavish tonal varieties.

The wind moved the grasses below at times ever so gently and quite swiftly at other times.

Birds of all sorts visited. Majestic hawks perched above the peak of the house across the way or circled above me.

In the morning, subtle brush stroke-like streaks swept the magnificent ever-changing blue sky, and every afternoon, rolling clouds created amazing violet and pink layered shapes. The sheer vastness was simply breath-taking.

A perfect place to meditate with open eyes!

One late afternoon I stayed on my cushion past dusk and into the night, and I heard a hawk’s screech above me. The piercing shrillness soon became a song inviting me to see beyond what was there. Accepting the challenge I opened my eyes and fearlessly focused on the bird’s imposing shape.

Then… it happened.

My chest seemed to open for the rising moon to take over my heart. I felt a comforting coolness and blinding brightness as the entire shape of my body melted into the silvery glow.

A reassuring calmness settled on the marsh. But Nature was alive.

The wind was clearly speaking. At first I was unaware of any distinct language, and then I found myself asking questions, and hearing answers. I asked if I was dreaming, and I heard that perhaps I was exploring. I asked if the moon was really on my chest, and I heard that I was the moon. I was invited to see with the moon’s “eyes” and be within the sky. I did. A wolf howled in the distance until finally, a profound peace enveloped me…

As the sun’s fire peeked over the horizon I fell asleep knowing that I needed to make that experience visible in a painting.

A year passed where I practiced in deep meditation with open and closed eyes and had vivid dreams; but I could not find the right medium to portray what I felt on the magical deck.

One day, as I was cleaning the studio, an old laptop screen appeared and I knew that this was the perfect surface to depict oneness and wonderment.

My version of the Block Island night is the black shadow box representing the everyday mind frame with live in; tightly containing all the things, people and situations we know. These are the stories, roles and mental constructs that rule our experience. It is the seemingly unbending world that binds us to ever-repeating behaviors, thoughts and attitudes.

Yet the box is made of wood. We just have to notice that and pierce it with a hawk’s shrillness.

The second layer with silvery stripes glimmers with possibility. If we allow our minds to connect with our hearts, we may see and experience new ideas. The lines are sparks of moonlight beckoning us to break down our rigid ego-ruled mind and dig deeper to uncover our dreams and resolve to make them manifest.

The lines are made of shiny silver dust. There we can clip our pat answers, dullness, anger, fear, and scarcity.

And dust can be swept away!

Parting the veil, we see the vastness of a light-filled universe suffused with love-the center black screen, and realize that it feels familiar. We just had to go deeper inward and consider a hawk’s vision to take over our hearts propelling us toward oneness with the Universe.

The Universe is inside our hearts all the time.

It is where we experience freedom and find answers to questions we did not know to ask. Deepak Chopra calls it the realm of potentiality and others say that it is the realm of God.

It is always within us.

The mixed media artwork shows us that to hear our hearts’ voice we must start from inside it. Deep within, we can courageously face the imposing figure of our unrealized dreams, and reject nothing; consider possibilities without attachments or aversions and commit to enlightened action in pursuing our path as if we were in an ever-changing marsh surrounded by the vastness of the sky and guided by the vision of a hawk.

So the next time you throw up your hands and say “I let Spirit handle it”, look within. You are Spirit in human form. Open your heart and LOVE!

The art is on display at E. Shan Tang-Asian Healing Arts Center-171 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA, but can be purchased at SPIRIT WITHIN-HEAVEN

A Door Protector to Heal a Family


SB Door Protector by Lidia Kenig-Scher
SB Door Protector by Lidia Kenig-Scher

The client who ordered this door protector told me that she came to my Open Studio exhibit this past April “as if divinely guided”. She does not reside in the neighborhood, or anywhere close by, and where I was holding the exhibit, was not an area that she frequents. Yet her eye caught the sign leading to my studio on a lawn and she felt compelled to follow it.

It didn’t take us long to connect at a deep level, and she was able to share some very personal events that threatened to destroy her immediate and extended family in the aftermath of her father’s recent death. The more she confided in me, the more the plot thickened. Soon her eyes fell on some of the reproductions of the sacred art I call door protectors, and she knew she must have an original for her home.

Stephanie was born in Germany and that is the scene where most of the extended family drama is unfolding, but there is plenty of it locally. A difficult divorce, confusion about her career and the management of 3 teenagers and a home had left this warm, soft and caring woman physically and energetically depleted. She felt unsupported, yet she did not want to preserve the role of a servant, a situation that she seemed to easily fall into with everyone.

What showed up as I started working on the piece, was the confusion and the hurt I felt coming from the client and her deep sense of responsibility toward everyone’s well-being, except her own. A forested background laced with gray dead branches sits against a stormy sky. We are not sure if it is morning or afternoon. It may be raining, or snowing…

Suddenly, soft sinuous rose colored flames appeared and blanketed the entire foreground. Could it be Love providing powerful new lenses through which to look at life? The rich texture of red enameled dots, forces us to stop and notice our inability to continue wallowing in our powerlessness. The strong red bespeaks of resilience and offer the fuel for transformation.

The Wish Fulfilling Mantra dances amidst the flames of Unconditional Love and a Snowflake Obsidian crystal wrapped in gold reminds Stephanie that she is receiving the highest forms of protection, no matter what comes.

Chrysanthemum blossoms with Pyrite crystals at their center lazily flow around Love’s flames. Mums signify a life of ease in Chinese folklore, and Buddhists practitioners are fond of using this flower as offerings on altars, as these flowers symbolize the powerful yang energy that attracts good luck to the home or the space where they reside.

Pyrites are protective stones known to block and deflect negativity from various sources. Their strong yang male energy beckons the user to feel empowered to make good decisions and to summon the courage to overcome feelings of inadequacy and inertia. Also known as “fool’s gold”, they are little abundance magnets!

The art was installed a little over two weeks ago and some powerful energy is surely shifting within Stephanie and her family, here and abroad. The seemingly negative occurrences in Europe appear to be more intense, and the local situation seems to be sapping her strength. I had to gently remind her today that there must be some breakdowns before we see breakthroughs, but that in any case, her sacred art has deep connections to Spirit, and thus she is fully guided and thoroughly protected, as has been the experience of those who have lived longer with their sacred art.

To heal a family takes patience, love, compassion, acceptance and trust. The door protector provides a neutral healing zone where we can exercise these helpful qualities by first practicing the traits with ourselves. In time we uncover our inner light, always emitting a strong, bright and smokeless flame, and then we know that we must shine it on. We cannot help anyone see their own light, nor acknowledge ours. But in healing ourselves, we create the possibility for others to heal. That is the breakthrough.

Prints are available to help you get started in healing yourself and your family! Go to Stephanie’s Door Protector.