Sending Love and Healing Light Painting

Sending Love and Healing Light Painting

I painted this painting intuitively as I often do with my art.

Sometimes my paintings feel as if they develop all by themselves and I am just the channel for the creativity.

When I was through with it the title instantly came to me as that was what I was feeling from it. It uplifted me and I felt the positive energy radiating from it.

I decided to dedicate it to my hubby, Greg, as he was feeling under the weather and could use some healing energy. So I told him I was “Sending Love and Healing Light” to him with this painting and he said that made him feel good. Yay!

Since then, Greg is feeling a whole lot better so that is great. And every time I look at this image, I feel the love and healing light coming from it. Maybe it’s because I repeat the words in my head when I look at it but either way, it lifts me up! 🙂

Sending Love and Healing Light© Lindy Gaskill, “Sending Love and Healing Light”
12″ x 16″, acrylic on paper

Prints in various sizes are available
in my Etsy Shop and Society 6 Shop.

Chikara Reiki Do Review

healing energy

lotusOver the years I’ve had a fascination with Reiki. I didn’t really know what it involved but I’d read some amazing stories about people being healed from Reiki.

Being a big believer in energy and the power of art to heal, and my belief that we are all one, drove me to want to learn more about Reiki energy.

I remember reading in my horoscope over the years that I was a natural healer. I felt that in my soul but I felt a little embarassed to say it out loud or admit that to anyone. Who am I to say I’m a healer? I wasn’t allowing myself the permission. It’s easy for me to say I’m an artist but a healer? Yet, that is what I do with my art. The stories people send me about how my art has helped heal them shows me that yes, I am a healer.

Artists are healers. Truly.

I found this definition on the web of Reiki.
rei·ki, ˈrākē/ noun: reiki
  1. a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

It’s understood that for one to become a Reiki healer one has to become attuned by a Reiki Master. Simply put, anyone can gain access to this energy through an attunement process.

Recently, a friend of mine had a Reiki attunement and told me more about the Reiki healing energy that she felt and used on herself. I started doing more research as it sounded quite amazing.

In learning more, I found that sure it’s touch, but you can also send healing energy by not touching someone but rather through one’s aura and holding one’s hands over a person or even through distance healing!

Wow, is this for real? I did even more research. Some say it is just a placebo effect yet others are saying it really is a true method for healing.

My friend who was attuned and using it on herself said she was relieved of pain in her wrist. And there were other stories I was reading on the web that said it did work.

So after learning about Reiki, I too, like my friend, felt a strong calling to be attuned to Reiki so I could do my own self healing and on loved ones, namely my hubby Greg and our doggies, Cody and Belle. 🙂

However, I didn’t know where I would find a Reiki Master to give me an attunement.

I came across this really great website chikara-reiki-do.com where it talked about doing a self-attunement. This made me do even more research because there is some controversy over whether one can self-attune or if one needs a Reiki Master to do the attunement.

Well, in the end, I decided to find out for myself and I purchased the program at chikara-reiki-do.com.

And I’ve just finished reviewing what is probably the 
best and most complete Reiki Master training package

 on the internet.

The presentation and content are awesome! And if you want to teach Reiki or attune others, there is info on that too.

So my Chikara Reiki Do Review says yes, this is a fine program and I give it a thumbs up!

I was happy to find all these things in this program.

• The best selling Ebook Radical Reiki – Radical Life
 which tells you all about how Reiki, life, the universe 
and how they all work.

• The unique Chikara-Reiki-Do Master self-attunement which
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• The Usui Reiki Master self-attunement

• The Tibetan Reiki Master self-attunement

• The complete online self-attunement video

• The complete online Usui Reiki Master Distance
 attunement

• The complete online Tibetan Reiki Master Distance
 attunement

• Three professional Reiki Manuals to give to your 
students, or just keep for yourself

• Video showing you how to attune others the
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• Video showing you how to attune others to all 
levels of Reiki the Usui way

• Ebook showing you how to run your own Reiki 
Practice – so you’ll know exactly what to do

• Full certification for you and your students
 with very nice looking certificates

• Access to hundreds of other Chikara-Reiki-Do
 Masters in the online Forum…And lots and lots of help and support too.

Judith Conroy, the creator of this course has been a 
teaching Reiki Master for over 16 years now and has 
been teaching Reiki online for over 13 of those 
years to thousands of students – so she
 knows exactly what’s needed which is why the quality of her course is super terrific.

I wholeheartedly recommend this program! I loved the self attunement process and all the things that come with this program.

Click here to learn more about Chikara Reiki Do!

And if you would like to learn more about Reiki philosophy, you can read the 5 Inspiring Principles of Reiki at Relaxlikeaboss.com. They write, “The five Reiki principles are uplifting phrases or affirmations that are often recited in Hatsurei-Ho, a method of Japanese Reiki meditation.” And you know I love affirmations. So check it out!

Art + Healing continued

Inspiration and Dedication
Every artist finds inspiration in a different way. For some, their creativity is as essential as breathing. It is an absolute necessity to life and frequently an unconscious but burning desire, part of their psyche and their persona. But this creativity simply has to be expressed and they come to know this yearning and hunger early on in life.

Theirs is a gift that brings great joy and also a deeper understanding of the world around them. That understanding is one we can all share when we communicate through the art we create.

Others, of course, come to art and its healing powers from a very different perspective. Personal tragedy, trauma and bereavement are every bit as much part of the human condition as triumph, hope and good luck. Few of us are blessed enough to avoid the bad things in life and the path out of the despair and misery caused by life traumas can often seem too dark and terrifying to travel alone. Imagine your joy then if, just as you feel life is too bleak to go on, you find a way to the light through art.

Nurtured by Nature

Nature is the most wondrous of inspirations – think of those magnificent landscapes created by the likes of Turner and Thomas Cole. Immerse yourself in Monet’s extraordinary water lilies and drink in the vivid colour of Van Gogh’s sunflowers. All around us are quite magnificent vistas, the smallest of flowers and the tallest of trees anchoring us to the earth and sparking our imagination and our desire to create. Nature has a magic, an aura that has the capacity to move us to tears but also to catapult us into another world. Such a world is a blissful alternative to what might be a painful reality and it is a world in which the only boundaries are the limits of your imagination.

Continuation of a Family Healed by Art

I love nature and use it for inspiration when I’m creating my art. Yesterday I was telling you some thoughts on how I’m a big believer in the power of art to heal. I believe nature and art both have healing powers and when you put the two together to create an image, it can be transformative.

I was telling you about how I received an email from a woman who found my art and used it to heal herself and her family.

My “Peace Tree” paintings of which you can see two below are some of my favorite images to create. As said above, Nature has magic in it, and I wanted to capture some of that magic in my art.

Peace-Trees

Left: The Trees Sing to the River: Right: The Trees Sparkle and Sing

The woman who found my art, watched some of my youtube videos, and on the suggestion of a therapist tried her hand at painting her own “Peace Trees.” She put herself and her family under the trees, dancing under the healing light of the moon with starlight and magic and swirls of positive energy surrounding them. I love this painting!

Dancing People Under Peace Trees

 

Although she may not call herself an artist, I would say she definitely is! And although it was her first painting, one would never know it because it tugs at the heart strings and I know that is how great artists paint, affecting the emotions of their viewers!

The artist wrote me about her process of making the painting, how she was using positive thinking and how the art she created felt healing. She wrote,

…”I thought of what I wanted, to hear the news that this nightmare was over. I felt the joy, I pictured us dancing with absolute joy amongst the Peace Trees, free at last and happy and whole.

And so I painted it. With every brushstroke, I let the joy ooze into the canvas. I danced in the twilight with my husband and my son, among the trees, the fireflies and the stars. Joyous and free like children in nature. The painting that resulted was my first. I love it and what it represents. It gave me peace as we battled for those two years to prove my husband’s innocence. It gave me hope.”

She goes on to tell me what happened in her community and the injustice of the police investigating the accident and the rumors that were spread that took advantage of her husband’s memory loss. It was tragic and I admire this woman’s strength and courage to stay the course, having faith that things are going to turn out okay.

Eliminating the Negative

Here is one of the most wondrous things about art: talent isn’t everything. That’s right, you don’t “have” to have the extraordinary ability of a Michelangelo or a Picasso to become at one with art. What matters when you come to art as a way of healing is that you are willing to embrace and accept your emotions, your strengths and, yes, your failings. For art to help in the healing process, you must be willing instinctively to commit to the process as the best way of expressing your pain and hurt – and ultimately of letting it go, all that negativity washed away like sand on the beach.

More on This Family’s Story

“…We will file complaints about how poorly it was investigated and how so much evidence was not collected. They will never care nor be made accountable for the suffering caused. But at least it was over.

When we got the news, we screamed, we cried and we danced. My painting now symbolizes the joy we felt after the struggle. All things are possible. Miracles really do happen. We got through this very difficult time in our lives and we came out dancing. Things can still be tough, as dealing with an acquired brain injury is difficult for all involved, but we will get through it.

I just needed to let you know how much your art has impacted our lives and has become an inspiration for me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating that magical place that was my escape for so long. Your art became my lifeline and the act of painting became the prayer of my soul. There is no way to say a big enough thank-you to really truly compensate for what you have done. I realize this letter is extremely long and probably borders on too-much-information, but I really need you to understand the depth of the darkness I was facing so that you can see just how much you helped.

With overflowing, heartfelt gratitude”

And my heart is overflowing with gratitude and good energy for this woman and her family! I am so happy it all turned out well and although they have challenges ahead of them, they are dancing!

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Parts of this article on art + healing were written by Lisa Jones.

Art + Healing

I believe in art and healing. They go hand in hand as far as I’m concerned. From way back, I’ve felt that art had healing powers. It is why when I was in my late 30’s I decided to go back to school to become an art therapist (that’s another story). Although I didn’t become an “actual” art therapist, I’ve used art as a tool for my own healing and I’ve seen it help others lives as well.

And with those words, I am honored to be the featured artist on the June 2013 issue of Arts & Health magazine.

Art&Health

 

Healed by the Power of Art
Art has an extraordinary power that inspires creativity piques curiosity and unleashes all kinds of emotions. Creating a simple pencil drawing can have an incredibly intense and positive effect on an individual, while viewing a powerful piece of work can give us that same intoxicating, almost spiritual experience.

Art is instantly accessible to all – all you need is pen and paper and, of course, your imagination. And as feelings and emotions are expressed through sketching, drawing or painting, the burden of pain and hurt can often be lifted.

Seeds of Hope in Depths of Despair
The power of art has been harnessed by psychotherapists who use every aspect of the genre, from the visual arts to music and dance, in a therapeutic environment to aid healing and treatment. Substance abusers and alcohol addicts are particularly helped by this type of therapy. Some treatments in Utah, for example, offer recovery programs that offer in-patient services where the individual can find hope for a sober and addiction-free future by expressing their fears and concerns through their creativity. Even if only for a fleeting moment, art has the power to remove the recovering addict from the grimness of their situation and can help to set their spirit free.

How Art Helped Heal a Family

A few months ago I received an email from one of my Facebook followers. It was a heartfelt letter about how my art and her family’s healing process were intertwined. I’m not going to say who the person was to protect her privacy but it was very touching!

I’ve received other correspondence such as this through the years but none as powerful as this one. It really touched me to my core. It began,

“I need to tell you how your artwork saved my life.

I know that sounds very dramatic and cliché but it’s the truth.

Nearly three years ago, my husband was in a horrible car accident that took the life of his friend and nearly took his life too. Because of his injuries, he has been forever changed and now lives with a brain injury.”

I was gripped by this letter. I read on with intense interest and concern plus the question, how did my art help this person and her family?

She went on to tell me her story about her husband, his loss of memory, the false accusations about the accident and how they prayed for healing and for things to get better. She wrote,

“I have no idea how I found your website. It was fate or Divine intervention. Your Peace Trees spoke to me. They reminded me of our cabin in the forest, surrounded by poplar and birch trees. They also seemed to have such a magical spirit to them. A magic I so desperately needed. I stared at them, willing myself to enter that forest and be sheltered by their magical tattooed branches. I cried so many tears under those branches, felt the breeze tame my fears and started to heal.”

I had goose bumps reading her story.

“I had started trying my hand at painting, at the suggestion of one of the therapists at the hospital. I have no training and very little talent but I saw your videos on youtube and thought I would try….”

To be continued….

Check back tomorrow for more of this inspiring story.

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Parts of this article on art + healing were written by Lisa Jones.

 

The Beauty of Blogging

The beauty of blogging is that it’s your blog and you can blog about anything you’d like!

My blog is about my art and artist’s journey and offering tips about things that can help other artists with their biz and about our travels when we’re not making art but sometimes I sway off course and blog about other things.

This is one of those “other” things.

This post is about beauty products. There have been a couple people that have asked me what beauty products I like to use on my skin. So I will tell you.

But first I’ll tell you a story. I am 52 yrs old. But when I was in my 20’s one of my best friend’s let me read one of her books about how to get good skin and stay young looking. I can’t recall the exact name of the book but I think it was something like “The Good Skin Diet”. Some years later I tried searching online for that title again and haven’t come up with that book so it must be called something else.

AvalonOrganics
Avalon Organics Vit. C Lotion

But anyway, I read the book and I got a couple things out of it.

One, a diet high in wild caught salmon is good for your skin. The health benefits of fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids are well written about. Some of them regarding skin condition are oil production regulation, increased hydration, reduced acne and fewer wrinkles. And I do believe these are true. If you’re not going to eat fish on a regular basis then I recommend a purified, high quality fish oil supplement. I do both.

Another thing I got out of the book was the use of ester-C on one’s skin is beneficial. Since then, I’ve used a number of Vitamin C lotions and come up with two that I love.

The first one is by Avalon Organics. It’s called the Vitamin C Moisture Plus Lotion with SPF 15. I LOVE this lotion. I usually buy it when it’s on sale at Fred Meyer’s. But recently, I found it on Amazon and also at Internatural.com. I’ve also used just about all of the other Avalon Organics Vitamin C products over the years and love them all but this one is my fav.

So, the other skin care lotion I love is Derma-e’s Ester C Cremé with E which you can also find at Freddie’s in their natural foods dept. or at Amazon or Internatural.com. So there you go. These are my favorite skin care products.

The other thing I do is take anti-oxidant supplements on a regular basis and I think it keeps my skin in good shape.

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And if you’re wondering, I’m not an affiliate for any of these products. I’m just sharing because I love using them!

What are some of your favorite skin care products? I’m always open to trying something new.

UPDATE: My friend who I mentioned in the beginning of this post reminded me the book we read in our 20’s was called The Wrinkle Cure by Dr. Perricone. So funny how our mind changes things over time, I was sure it was something similar to the “Good Skin Diet”, but no. Maybe we were in our 30’s, that would make more sense thinking about wrinkles. Ha ha.

The Way of Art and Healing

Meditation Garden by L. Gruger
Meditation Garden by L. Gruger

I have always felt art has the power to heal. At one point in my life I thought I wanted to be an art therapist. Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses art as the tool for helping people heal. The wikipedia definition says, “Using their skills in evaluation and psychotherapy, art therapists choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives.” I talk more about this in my One Artist’s Journey, Part 3 blog post coming up on February 4th. I didn’t become an art therapist but I still believe in the powerful connection between art and healing.

I believe art can have a healing impact on the artist, the viewer and really the whole planet, as art is in every culture all around the world! There are stories that attest to art having the power to heal the body, as well as the mind and spirit. I just read a story about art and heart health. They talked about the connection of participating in creative activities such as the making of art, using music therapy and relaxation techniques to help lower a cardiac patients stress and anxiety which can reduce the liklihood of a cardiac event.

I think we are all creative and desire wellness. Christina Grant, Ph.D, a holistic healer located on the Monterey Peninsula says ” The two desires, participating in creation and maintaining wellness, walk hand in hand.

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You too, can tap into your inner creative being, and lift your spirits, release energy, maintain your wellness but it first takes a longing to reveal your creativity in a physical form, whether making marks on paper, writing, with clay, food, color, photos, metal, jewelry making, paint on canvas, wood sculpture, fabric, scraps or paper mache. It’s almost endless, the types of materials one can use to make something. And then it takes an action, a movement toward making something! I have some other blog posts under the tag “Go Make Something” that you can read and maybe be inspired from. Creative visualization is an expressive means of creativity as well! Imagine yourself doing art, being well, achieving your goals, living your dream. This is all creativity!

I like what Shifra Stein says on her Living Artfully website about being in the presence of serene and calming art. How being in it’s presence can connect you to a spiritual level of being and that can help one relax and be less stressed. I like it when I hear people talk about my art in that way. That they are calmed or energized or feel happy when they look at my paintings.

Today I found an interesting blog titled the Healing Power of ART . It is so nice to find a community of like minded souls. I love that about the web.

Manhattan Arts has an art competition that promotes art and healing called Celebrate the Healing Power of Art 2010. “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” is an international project that celebrates Art’s tremendous healing benefits. Renée Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International, presents an online exhibition of positive art that uplifts the spirit, plus profiles and writings to inspire and promote Art and Healing causes. I will submit some work to this project and see what happens.

Maybe you will be inspired to go make something! Let me know if you do.

Birds and Gardens by L. Gruger
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