An original Raven spirit painting by Sandra Kunz
Acrylic on Wood Panel
24"W x 36"H x 2"Deep
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The Message from Eclipse:
"Bring the shadow to the light", the Raven says as he flies comfortably through the stormy sky. Raven is on his journey and finds that he is eclipsing the sun. His shadow is meeting the light and he has made a choice to embrace himself and illuminate his shadow. The eclipse holds the opportunity for growth and where there was darkness there can be light.
The process of illumination starts with us not judging ourselves when something goes wrong in our lives. This is not news to most of us but when we know that contrast, chaos and adversity reveals our shadows and limiting beliefs then why do we still judge ourselves when things don’t go the way we would like them to? I think as folks on the spiritual path we still think that somehow we should be perfect. We think that the whole theory of contrast in our life being necessary and unavoidable somehow doesn't apply to us. We may be embarrassed that we have created these situations and issues and and that we should be above them. Sometimes the more evolved we are the bigger the chaos and crisis may have to be to get our attention. It's time to change our thinking about 'bad' situations so we can shift from a vibration of attracting more of the same problem to being the vibration of the solution. The solution is a higher vibration than the problem and so we need to find a way to raise our vibration around the issue. Non-judgement and compassion are much higher vibrations than judgement and that alone can be enough to clear the resistance you have to the solution so that it can be realized.
The next step, which is very connected to the first part is to care, above all else, how you are feeling and why. Our feelings are here to tell us when our thoughts and beliefs are not the same as the truth of our higher self. Often what we believe is exactly the opposite of what our higher self knows to be true and our feelings are informing us that and the longer we ignore our feelings the longer we carry the vibration of discord which then begins to create situations and even health issues to bring even more attention to ourselves. Our biggest areas of pain in our life is always our biggest gifts in disguise and they are here to help us see that we are actually empowered, abundant and free. Sometimes it is enough to just have this epiphone but the the more persistent issues the work is to discover the beliefs that are in direct conflict with who we are as it is those false beliefs that create the conflict within us.
The third step is to want to live in your truth. We so often lie to ourselves for many seemingly good reasons. Mostly to keep things the way they are and avoid change, which many of us are afraid of. But change is what you make of it, and it can put your life into alignment with your truth. Truth and change are critical for our happiness.
Please don’t think that because I paint these paintings and write these messages and created an oracle deck that I don’t have human struggles. I just went through an unscheduled break from most of my work and social media because I was going through a crisis of complete exhaustion. I had no energy to do anything. I could only do the minimum for my 9 year old son, around the house and with my partner. I hadn't painted a painting in months, and that alone for me is an indication that something is going on. I even felt depressed some days. So what did I do? First of all, as I wrote above, I worked hard at not judging myself for the way I was feeling, and then I decided that I was going to be a part of the solution. This means that I have to be prepared for what the truth is. If we are not prepared to be honest with what we are feeling and why then we can be sure that our life will continue in the same way. We have to take care of ourselves, have our backs, and to be honest with those close to us in our lives about what we are experiencing. This is coming from place of ownership and vulnerability, which is actually a place of strength, courage and empowerment. Often we can trace our misery back to needing to please others or to be the way that others need us to be in order to be loved. We just want to be loved, to love and to belong. The work comes in loving ourselves the way that we were not loved when we were young and when we can do that we are loved for who we really are. If you need help with this then get help in whatever modality calls to you. This is important. Also, when you go for help expect that you will be doing the work yourself and not the other way around. The practitioner is there to guide you and to help you find your own truth, whatever that is.
Finally, through all of this I kept asking why? and what is it that I really want. I have shifted some core beliefs in this process but my evolution is never done so I continue to meditate regularly, always pay attention to how I am feeling, feel my feelings, and focus on feeling, and I spend as much time in as possible in gratitude doing the things that make me feel good and that I have clarity about. This gives the Universe a lot to expand on.
Often we unconsciously choose not to take this path of growth because we feel we are not ready. Ready means that you are ready to shift the pattern of suffering you have created and you can see that facing the shadow is now the path of least resistance. Before the path of least resistance may have been to avoid the truth but the light that meets the shadow and the suffering that you have created for yourself has made you see differently. The fact that you are aware that there is something going on internally that does not feel good means that you are ready to do something about it and there is always a solution for your situation. Always.
I just completed This painting titled Eclipse January 2018. I am always surprised by what the end result of the painting is and of the message and meaning. The meaning and message(s) of my paintings continue to evolve right with me as I grow and evolve and sometimes there are aspects of my paintings that will speak to me long after I have painted them with messages that are as profound as the painting was when it was completed.
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