The One You Seek

The One You Seek- mixed media on 18 inch square canvas. SOLD

THE ONE YOU SEEK

The one you seek 

is already here.

The one you seek

always was.

The one you seek

is within you-

is you-

is.

Susan Korsnick 2016

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Focus on What to Bring Forward

As I say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, I recognize the need to let go of what no longer serves in order to make sacred space for two things– the cherished and the new.  But, instead of dwelling on what no longer serves, I’ll try to let go with gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned and focus my energy on the wonderful gifts in my life that I want to carry into the new year.

The Cherished are all the experiences, people, and things that I treasure and want to bring forward with me.  I want more time in nature, time with friends, and quiet time at home with Jim and our dogs.  I crave more time for spiritual pursuits and creative expression…. lots and LOTS of time for creative expression!!!

This page of words reflects what I hold dear and want to nurture in 2016.  It’s a quick little piece that I created in permanent marker, pastel, and yes– GLITTER (glitter is fun and keeps me from taking myself too seriously).  I invite you to take the time to do this for yourself.  Get a sheet of white paper and whatever art supplies you have handy (a box of crayons or just a pen will do).  Quickly brainstorm all the wonderful things in your life that you would like to carry into 2016.  Embellish the page with glitter, stickers, ribbon, or anything else that makes you smile.  Then, hang it up as a symbol of what you want to have more of in the new year.

A quick art journal page to illustrate what I love about my life and want more of in 2016.

A quick art journal page to illustrate what I love about my life and want more of in 2016.

I’m also making space for the New- all those wonderful yet unknowns.  Most of us are familiar with the saying that “only change is constant”.  So for 2016, I’m embracing all the new things I’ve yet to learn, the fun adventures I’ve yet to have, the wisdom to gain, and the new friends yet to meet.  This second piece, from my art journal, represents transformation with a brave and confident woman welcoming the opportunities ahead, secure in the knowledge that she is divine and will continue to grow in strength, wisdom, and love no matter what the new year brings.

Transformation- welcoming in the new. A mixed media art journal piece.

Transformation- welcoming in the new. A mixed media art journal piece.

Thanks to Effy Wild, who in her LifeBook 2015 video, spoke of her preference to focus on bringing things forward rather than dwelling on what she needs to let go of.  She reminded me of something I’ve known practically forever…if I focus on the positive with gratitude and appreciation, I will attract more of it to me.

Happy New Year Everyone!  May 2016 be a year of abundance in all things positive.

 

 

Bridges and Boundaries

Transformation is only possible when we choose to build bridges instead of roadblocks.

Transformation is only possible when we choose to build bridges instead of roadblocks.

I thought I fully embraced transformation–eagerly desiring positive change and building bridges to what I envision as the next phase of my life.  But something has been getting in my way.  Me.  I’m building my own roadblocks as fast as I’m building bridges.

This is a common pattern for me and many others.  We get close to fulfilling a dream and then pull away out of fear, whether it be deepening a new relationship, deciding to move, or changing careers.

I’m grateful for finally recognizing this for it means I am in a position to break the cycle of self-defeating behavior.

What do I mean by “bridges”?  

Bridges are any action or decision you make in alignment with your soul’s wish.  When I decided to leave Virginia, I focused on finishing my masters’ degree, got certified in other states, sent out resumes, made phone calls, and traveled hundreds of miles for interviews.

As I got closer to my goal, I let fear overpower me and I started building roadblocks instead.

What do I mean by “roadblocks”?

Roadblocks are the barriers to success and the awakening of our authentic Selves.  They are any action or behavior that gets in the way of reaching your goal or fulfilling your dream.  When I accepted a position and prepared to move, I began to sabotage myself in three significant ways.  FIrst, I claimed to be “too busy” to follow up with realtors who were trying to sell my house & help me find a new one.  Second, I let perfectionism paralyze me, making the excuse that everything had to be perfectly in place before I’d move forward.  And lastly, I shut down.  I was so scared about the scale of this life change that I couldn’t make any decision regarding the move for a few days.

There are already plenty of roadblocks between us and the fulfillment of our dreams.  Do we honestly need to sabotage our Selves, denying our right to happiness and an authentic life?  Naguib Mahfouz wrote, Fear does not prevent death, it prevents LIFE.”

So what am I doing differently?

Anything.  Everything.  It only takes one itty bitty baby step to break that negative thought pattern.  I am acknowledging my fear and taking the next step anyway.  I am choosing to listen to my intuition more than my inner critic.

To learn more about my painting called Transformation (seen above) or to view my other work,

visit me at www.etsy.com/shop/PureSusan .

Journey Between Darkness & Light

This is the season for going within– hibernating animals know it, plants that go dormant know it, & we know it, too.  Darkness blankets the earth for part of the year, inhibiting what we can do outside so we have the necessary time to go inward.  We reflect on where we’ve been & where we’re going, on what to keep & what to release.  Sometimes we encourage our season of darkness so we can be introspective & reconsider our priorities.  Other times, darkness is thrust upon us through no fault of our own– illness, death, loss of a job or relationship– each plummets us into darkness for a time.  There is a time for the darkness & a time to reemerge in the light.

I’m reminded of the Greek tale of Demeter & Persephone.  Demeter, known as the Grain Mother or Earth Mother, had a daughter named Persephone.  Persephone, also known as the Maiden or Kore, was a beautiful young woman whose father, Zeus, promised her hand in marriage to Hades, God of the Underworld.  One warm, suny day, while Persephone frolicked in a meadow with other maidens, Hades rose from the depths of the earth & abducted her.  In his golden chariot, he carried her back to the Underworld with him.  Demeter was heartbroken, as any mother would be.  In her sorrow, she lashed out against mankind by turning the fertile earth into a barren wasteland.  All beings could have starved if Zeus hadn’t intervened by sending a representative to the Underworld to convince Hades to release the maiden back into her mother’s care.  Hades willingly agreed because he know Persephone had already eaten seeds of a pomegranate, committing her to spend part of every year in the darkness of the Underworld with him.  When Persephone is in the Underworld with Hades, the earth is brown & desolate.  When Persephone is on the earth with Demeter, rich, green abundance blankets the earth.  Thus, the cycles of the seasons continue year after year.

Let’s look at that tale more deeply.  Demeter, the mother, & Persephone the maiden are two aspects of our own life cycle.  Their regular pattern of darkness & light, sorrow & rejoicing, are reminders that we, too, go through cycles.  Our lives are constant circles of despair & happiness, sickness & health, reflection & action.  There is a season for everything.  One cannot have the winter without the summer, nor the autumn without the spring.

We each descend into our own “underworld” of challenges, pain, & uncertainty.  Going into the darkness cannot be avoided but it can be seen as a natural & a necessary time in the cycle of our lives.  Depending on our outlook, the darkness can be womblike instead of tomblike, allowing us the sacred space we need to grieve, question, & struggle.  It gifts us with the time to feel our authentic emotions & confront the obstacles that impede us.  We rightfully grapple with dissatisfaction & doubt that accompany growing pains.  We deal with sorrow that comes with loss.  While this is most certainly painful at times, we must try to lovingly accept what we are feeling in order to honor our journey & be true to ourselves.

Likewise, we must recognize when we’ve been in the darkness long enough & have the courage to emerge in the light, transformed by what we’ve experienced in the darkest region of our souls.  Resurrection must balance the descent into darkness.

How do you know when it’s time to poke through the barrenness of your experience & turn your face to the sun, like the first crocus in the winter snow?  When your time in the darkness no longer serves your greatest, highest good, it’s time to emerge.  When soul-searching becomes self-pity.  When waiting becomes wallowing.

There are times in our lives when we’ll each be Persephone, descending into the Underworld & confronting the darkness.  There are times when we’ll each be Demeter, struggling with the emotions that erupt when we have to watch a loved one make that descent into darkness alone.

We can’t rush the process (although I’ve certainly tried!!!).  What we can do is gently remind ourselves that both the creative, mysterious & sometimes painful darkness & the illuminating light are necessary experiences for spiritual beings on very human journeys.

Thoughts Become Things

Am I living a life in alignment with my authentic Self?

Whether it’s the darkness, the cold, the end of the calendar year, or just the fact that I’m not getting any younger, this is a period of rest, reflection, & redefinition for me.

Rest:  I put great care into making my home a sanctuary, a cozy place where I can be still to listen to my heart as well as the great Spirit of which we are all a part.  I take stock of everything in my home, from clothes to decorative objects scattered about.  Do these material possessions speak to who I am now?  Or, should they be given to charity to be appreciated by someone else?  I declutter my home & my spirit.

Reflection:  Through various techniques, I reflect on my values, priorities, & hopes for the future.  Anything in my life not aligned with my authentic Self needs to be seriously reconsidered & possibly discarded if it can’t be transformed.  This period of soul searching isn’t easy.  Not at all!  Change is scary.

Redefinition:  I ask questions such as “What is important to me?” and “Where do I want to be a year from now?”  The challenge of turning my thoughts into actions occurs at this stage.  I can’t simply sit passively, waiting for life to happen.  It doesn’t work that way.  I have to take the first step so the Divine (call it Fate or Destiny) can meet me along the way, illuminating the next step.

It all starts with thoughts… then thoughts become things.