A New Art Exhibit Kicks Off May 3rd – Universal ARKitecture at the Animal Advocacy Museum, Woodland Hills, CA
It’s been a while since the last art event, especially since I’ve taken an indefinite painting sabbatical, but I’m happy to announce an upcoming exhibit where you’ll be able to see some of my work, as well as purchase them through first-hand viewing.
The last art event I, and my artwork attended, was September’s “A Night of Creative Compassion” held at the original Pasadena, CA location of The Animal Advocacy Museum. I donated 5 original-sized canvas giclees of my series, “In Lak’ech” to the silent auction of this event to help raise funds for Farm Sanctuary.
And now, to be hosted at the brand new, much larger Animal Advocacy Museum space in Woodland Hills, CA (which just recently opened), will be my newest and beloved series, “Universal ARKitecture“.
Seven of the 9 pieces will be exhibiting there beginning April 30th and will be available for viewing and purchase through July 5th.
All seven paintings are the ORIGINALS and not prints or giclees. The reason only 7 of the 9 pieces will be exhibited is that one of the pieces was already purchased and one is housed in my personal home office.
You can still purchase any of these seven originals, or giclees on canvas or fine art paper of any of the 9, at my website, until or unless they are sold while exhibiting at the AAM.
Saturday, May 3rd will be the official launch of the Universal ARKitecture exhibit, which will coincide with the fun event – “A Night @ The Animal Advocacy Museum” hosted by L.A. Vegan Drinks and the Animal Advocacy Museum. This is a vegan cheese and wine event at the spacious new Museum location located in a beautiful building in Woodland Hills. Everyone who attends will get to sample the vegan cheeses and wines and vote on the cheese that is their favorite.
“We Make a Difference” photos taken at North Central Animal Shelter by Debbie Zeitman will launch on May 10th, sharing the space with my exhibit, and on July 5th “The Work of Scotlund Haisley” will launch, at which time my exhibit may end, but will keep you posted on that.
ART EXHIBIT LAUNCH & EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, May 3rd 7pm – 11pm
A Night @ The Animal Advocacy Museum
Animal Advocacy Museum
19855 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Cheeses to taste and vote on include: Treeline, Heidi Ho, Teese, Organic Gourmet, Tree Nut Dr. Cow, Vtopian Artisan Cheese, Daiya, Tofuti, Follow Your Heart, Parmella Creamery, Nut Milk Cheese, Punk Rock Labs
Miss Kitchen Witch will be catering this event.
Musicians will be serenading us with a piano concert.
This event will coincide with the launch of Tania Marie’s exhibit, so bring your checkbooks and be ready to buy some beautiful art.
Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by April 30th.
You can purchase your tickets here:
For more information on upcoming museum events go to www.AnimalAdvocacyMuseum.com
The Animal Advocacy Museum hosts local vegan artists and sales support both the artists and the museum with 50% of art sales going to the Animal Advocacy Museum.
If you can’t make it to The Animal Advocacy Museum, but would like to view or purchase any of the originals or giclees of Universal ARKitecture please visit:
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Gotta love being telepathically connected so that when you send out a strong message, it gets heard. Miss Bruno heard me today, as I had seen this post this morning from Jon Rappoport and intended to post it, but had other things at the time to tend to. So it wasn’t a surprise when she posted it for me, and as she shares, “This is a long, richly formatted article, but worth the read for anyone who’s ever wanted to create art and/or wondered if they’re ‘crazy’.” Being an artist since birth and having wondered the latter, this spoke to that voice I used to hear. My favorite part that Jon shares, in mirror to what I have personally discovered through my “crazy” 😉 life, is this: “The first artist was the first alchemist.
So it is with all art. You can transmute your own past, your own experience, your own knowledge, your own emotions into works of imagination.
Art is a spiritual path.
From its dynamic perspective, everything that has ever happened to you can take on absolutely new meaning.
This also happens to be the goal of all therapies.
But with art, the goal is fulfilled.
It is no exaggeration to say that the artist can reinvent his past.
Civilizations rise and fall, come and go, and their fate is decided by untold millions of people who refrain from taking the path of the artist.
Ordinary life as we know it doesn’t resolve into a grand solution. It never has. Through alchemical persuasion, however, it can. And that alchemy is art.” The path of the artist, to me, is about co-creating your life from your imaginative heart and seeing it as the work of art that it symbolically is. There’s a lot of insightfully woven info in his post to explore when you have some time.
“Rising” to the Magickal Awareness of You – Interview with Epona Rise Retreat Centre’s Founder, Hillary Schneider
I love hearing about, connecting to, and co-creating this beautiful new paradigm with other visionaries. So many amazing souls are shining their lights these days within the creative and healing arts world and it is these very souls that are paving the way to a new reality that not only is focused on authentic self-expression, but weaves co-creative community, love, and rhythms of natural harmony into the collective frequency field.
We’re about to meet another of these super-inspiring souls in today’s guest interview.
Hillary Schneider is an amazing, heart-based soul that is sharing powerful work through her own unique gifts. I feel so blessed to know Hillary and from the instant we connected online, it’s been a beautiful and synchronous flow that we know is simply a reconnection continuing on.
We are all reuniting with soul families these days and it is increasingly, more rapidly, and more instantaneously taking place with conscious awareness. Why? Because we are, together, integral threads to what is collectively being woven as a new reality. And that recognition, implemented into action, is the foundation for shifts we are creating.
Hillary and I connected, as I said, via the web. She found me online and followed a nudge to reach out. I, in turn, reciprocated, feeling something amazing there energetically between us just from onset of reading/feeling the energy in her email. Shortly after, we connected via telephone and it was such a beautiful resonance of family, through hearing and feeling resounding expressions and experiences. During the course of our “reconnecting”, we have come to find so many parallels between our experiences, much in common, and a ton of magickal synchronicities.
And, no sooner did we connect, did it become evident we would be co-creating and collaborating together.
Very soon we will be sharing our venture together, which is looking to be in the summer of 2014. So stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on a special retreat in British Columbia at Epona Rise Retreat Centre that we will be offering from our hearts and the horse’s hearts to yours, in likely June of next year. I’m overflowing with joy and love about this for many reasons, and have already been connecting with Hillary’s beautiful horse family there in my wake and dream experiences.
But today’s post is focused on this star-light, Hillary, who is beautifully weaving her love in service.
Along with her many years and extensive background in working with horses, Hillary has also received intense and in-depth training in both the Co-active coaching and leadership model through the Coach Training Institute, and the equine experiential learning field through Horse Spirit Connections in the art of FEEL. Both trainings have aided Hillary in her development as a gifted facilitator and helped her blossom in her unique skills as leader who is intuitive, wise, gentle, calm and fierce! Hillary is strongly committed and passionate in her partnership with the wise and incredible teachings of the horses. She is grateful and honored to be engaged in this sacred union with the horses and is excited at the opportunity to bring their teachings out into the lives of others through the space that has been created at Epona Rise.
Tania: Did you always know what you wanted to do in life and if so, when did you first have that clarity?
Hillary: I knew from an early age that my purpose would involve horses in some capacity but I didn’t know exactly how that would manifest. I also know I was born, in some extent, being aware that I was here to fulfill a purpose and that this form that I was in was not “it” and there was a reason for me being here. The horses came into my life early on and have been a guiding light from very young. That, coupled with a strong knowing and desire to be on purpose in some capacity, helped draw me to my purpose and clarity on what it was I was meant to do during my time on earth.
Tania: I find your work to be so unique and a beautiful expression of you. Can you share a little bit about what you do and what you find enriching about it, both for self and others?
Hillary: Loaded question. I will try not to write an essay 🙂 I run a retreat centre where I support others on their path of growth, discovery and awakening all through the way of the horse. The horses are my partners in the facilitation of others, I call them access points or gateways, they provide a really powerful space of reconnection for us to remember who it is we are and begin to rediscover and heal our relationship with our inner voice, spirit, and help us ground into a purpose that is uniquely ours. From my own process of self growth and discovery I have found that not much compares to the power and wisdom of the horse, they just create this really powerful space for us to really see ourselves, our brilliance and connect to who we are in a way that just transcends all boundaries that we may have that has kept us from really tuning into ourselves. For me personally I have always felt most grounded and aware of myself when I was with the horses – the clarity, depth and knowing and touching the depth of who I am has come from being with them. They have also helped me with my own struggle of being in the body and learning how to embrace my humanity and also take claim of the gifts I have brought with me during this lifetime. I have watched others that have come into their space just transform and become so much more present in themselves and empowered in who they are when they are with the horses. What I love most about being with them is that they really help us awaken to our own inner wisdom and remembering that all the answers we have are within us, our intuitive senses sharpen, and we begin to learn how to be in flow with nature and our own cycles. They also provide a loving non-judgmental space for us to see ourselves in a way that feels really safe and sacred for people to be vulnerable and open during the process. Horses are so intuitive and cannot be lied to, in that way they provide such a pure and honest mirror for ourselves, which some people are afraid of because they fear they will only see bad. This is so not true. The beauty of the horse is that they mirror our brilliance. We do a good enough job putting ourselves down and painting distorted images of who we are. The horses remind us of our own purity of spirit which is really beautiful to witness in others as they come into the space with the horse.
Tania: Please tell us a little about your background and training in both Co-active coaching and leadership and how this partners with your equine training in the synergy of the services you offer at Epona Rise Retreat Centre.
Hillary: I was fortunate to grow up in a house where personal growth and development was valued, and with my Dad being a leader and teacher for CTI – Coach Training Institute (one of the top training institutes for personal and professional coach development) – I grew up in a culture and space that really fostered an empowered state of being in relationship. We were always encouraged to express ourselves and were listened to in those expressions. It was actually through my training with CTI in 2006 that I was led to this way of being with the horses. I had just recently left what I thought would be my career of being a horse breeder and was lost as to how I would come to be with the horses. When I was taking the courses I became aware of coaching with horses and the rest was history. I find the coaching will help support people in their process and the tools I learned on how to powerfully empower others has fit beautifully with what the horses naturally do for people. The leadership program really helped me understand who I was as a leader and what my unique gifts that I bring into the space are. It helped me really know my impact which has given me the space to help others do the same. The beauty of the horse is that they help us really integrate the learning on such a deep level and also provide us with instant feedback so we are able to really see, feel, sense and know who we are being and showing up as in each moment. The Co-Active coaching model aligns with what I do with the horses because it is all about seeing people as creative resourceful and whole, and being partners in the work and equals in the process. It is seeing people and knowing that they have all the answers within and there is nothing to be fixed and no solution that needs to come from anyone other than the person. It is empowering them in their own wisdom, greatness and resourcefulness which is what the horses really want for us. To be authentic, congruent and empowered in who we are and knowing that we are so much more than what we think and there is so much available to us within ourselves.
Hillary: Epona Rise Retreat Centre is a life long dream come manifest. I have always wanted to live on a farm and have a retreat centre. I didn’t always know what I wanted to do there, but I always felt that this was a space I was meant to create. It has been a vision I have held for many years and this particular space we are on now came about quite magically! I moved out to BC (British Columbia, Canada) from Ontario, two years ago, after feeling a strong pull that I needed to be out here. Before that time I had been doing the work with the horses out of other facilities until it was time to have my own space. Within a year of being out here I felt the push that it was time to find the space to run the work full time. And so I got really clear on what I needed for the space, allowing the horses to provide their input as well and I put it out there. Within a month a friend drove me to a farm that she thought I would love, which I did but I didn’t have two million dollars to buy, so driving away from the farm that day I said, “ok peeps, if it is meant to happen help make it happen.” Within another two months I received an email from the real estate agent I was working with that she heard of a place that came up for lease and low and behold it was the very same farm. The power of manifestion and intention setting! That was a year ago and after I manifested the space I went from 1 to 5 horses, the horses I have with me were donated or given to our program because they can’t be ridden anymore due to injury, or old age. The work we do with them here is all done on the ground being in the space with the horses, so it was also a way to give the horses a second purpose and to help shift the consciousness of how we hold them. About a month before I was to move onto the space I spent three days in meditation, in nature and with the horses on finding the name of the space that was to be. I find names such a symbolic and powerful thing so I wanted to really create some awareness and feel into the space that was being created. “Epona” came in strongly. She is the Celtic goddess of horses and I really felt that my mission on earth was in such deep resonance with what she represented. I feel like I am fulfilling a purpose that aligns to her energy with horses, women, children, nature and the earth. She was a beautiful symbol to pay homage too. “Rise” comes from “moon rise” and wanting to provide a space where people rise to the consciousness and awareness that they were meant to and rise above the mundane to experience something profound and magical! That is how the space came to be. This is our first setting. There is a bigger property that I hope to call my own one day that will be our home sometime in the future so stay tuned for that!
Tania: What is it about the horses that you feel makes them such powerful teachers, or better yet, as you put it, “co-facilitators”? Please share about how they play a role in the healing at Epona Rise.
Hillary: I have touched on that a little bit and just to expand some more, as prey animals they have a natural heightened sensitivity and intuition to what is happening in their space. They are able to discern and connect to what we are holding within us that we are sometimes and most often not even connected to. They have a purity of vision and connection to energy, emotion, and what is happening to us internally and they mirror that and interact with people according to what they pick up and feel the person is needing. They are honored in the work as teacher. They are co-facilitator and we work together to help support a person in their process. I look to them to guide me and they will look to me to help translate and be messenger for what they are trying to communicate with others. Everything I do here is in partnership with them, from the programs I run to each session I facilitate, I am in constant communication with them and co-creation. They guide the space as much as, if not more than, I do in some capacity. They are aware of things before I am. I joke that I am often the last one to be privy to what is going on:) What is so amazing about this work is that I am blown away every time. What I watch them do with people is amazing. I never know what is going to happen in a session or workshop because I can’t predict what they are going to pick up on or how they are going to respond to each individual, that is the beauty of it, it is so present-moment-unfolding. There is a deep trust between us in the process and a real intuitive flow to what is going on. I really allow them to dictate and lead what we do with someone and how that is going to unfold and my part is creating the space for them to shine in their gifts and purpose in helping us awaken to ours. They are truly amazing animals and I feel deeply blessed and honored that I get to co-create and live in partnership with them.
Hillary: Yes I have, always. More so than people, animals have always felt more kin to me than humans. I remember most of my childhood was spent pretending to be a horse or acting like one! They have been my companions in life and so deeply part of my growth and also safety in a human world that has often felt harsh. I feel like my soul is very intertwined with the animal kingdom, they are my messengers, my guides, my teachers, my strength and are a big part of me being who I am today. They have truly been a saving grace in my life and a place I have found comfort in very dark places in my life. What I love about the space with the horses that is created here is that it creates an opening for the other animals to come and have their wisdom be shared. We often have eagles, herons, birds, my dog and cat that will take part in sessions here, as well, and become integrated into the teachings for others who come here. Every animal here, or that shows up, is witnessed, heard and received as teachers and wisdom keepers.
Tania: What would you consider is the mission you are creating the space for at Epona Rise and are there any programs that you especially love and people that you feel especially called to serve?
Hillary: My mission and an anchor for me with Epona is really honoring and fullfillment of purpose. It is a space that provides fulliment of the purpose of the horse and of myself. My hope is to help others connect with my clarity to theirs. Honoring each person’s unique journey, and honoring every person, animal, and being in their voice, in their wisdom, in their strength and teaching others to do the same. I am particularly called to help people whether that be women, children, or men in awakening to their purpose, and living a life that is in alignment with their unique truth. Working with sensitive people, especially youth and young adults, is another area that I feel especially called to serve. The horses have taught me so much about my sensitivity, how to honor it, and how to be with it in a world that often feels really overwhelming at times. They have taught me about grounding, sacred space and boundaries and how to be true to who I was. There is also a resonance to work with those that are struggling to be in human form, as this was a big part of my own journey. There is a reason why we are in a human body and the horses taught me how to honor and embrace this, and to heal my relationship with humanity. This is who I want to help and the horses have been such a powerful teacher and space for this. I do think though that everyone can benefit from the horses and trust that whoever is meant to come into the space will be led here!
Tania: What is a typical day at Epona Rise like for you?
Hillary: There is no such thing 🙂 haha! Typical day…well there are daily chores that have to get done everyday so my morning usually is feeding the horses hay and connecting in with them, making sure they have had a good night, and everyone is well. Good way to get grounded first thing in the morning too! Then I will either move into a walk with my dog, and then sessions, or if I don’t have sessions in a day I usually spend it writing, or spending time on the business. Typically I will schedule 2 sessions a day, about 4-5 days a week, – maxium 3. Each individual session with the horses are 90 minutes in length. Then late afternoon there is another feeding with the horses where they will get their grain, fed hay, and I usually clean out their shelter, and again spend some time out in nature and in their space grounding from the day. Each day is a bit different and I really just flow with the currents of the day. At least 1-2 weekends a month we hold workshops with the horses as well. Then there is always yard care and house care in there as well 🙂 I also spend some time at the end of each day meditating and journaling before I head to bed for the night and tune into any intentions or energy I wish to create on the space.
Tania: To me, you are a shining example of exactly why I enjoy doing these interview articles – a courageous soul who is living her dream and following the authenticity of her heart. I applaud you and honor the beautiful way in which you have woven your intentions into the manifestation of your heart’s calling. Can you please share how you have been able to turn your dreams into a reality and what advice you would like to gift others that you have found to be the most valuable along your journey to create this?
Hillary: Great question and thank you!! I am so passionate about this because my desire is to inspire others that it is possible to live a life that is in alignment with your purpose and you can live a life of your dreams. For me, perseverance and holding the vision has been key. I held onto this vision with a vice grip – it’s what got me through the times when I didn’t know how, when, where, why and felt lost and just persevering on the path. Knowing that this step will get me to where it is I am meant to go, even if it didn’t seem so at the time. Letting yourself dream is a huge one too! We don’t allow ourselves to dream enough or dream big. I spend a lot of time creating dreams, vision boards, dream boxes… it is part of a ritual that I do at least every 3 months – putting intentions out into the space and just taking steps towards those dreams, following urges, intuitive guidance, and taking action when I feel guided. Faith and trusting the process is also important, which I am not always so great at! It is hard, but there is always some part of me that believes! Also, surrounding yourself with people that support and empower you in your dreams and reminding you of your beauty, strength and wisdom. That is huge! I am so grateful for the people in my life that have really helped me and supported me in the process, and continue to do so. Give yourself the freedom to dream, be bold in your dreams and your actions, take a leap of faith!! I moved out to BC without any idea of why, or a job, or anything, and just trusted that I was meant to be here. I think really what has worked powerfully for me is a combination of connecting in with my heart and spirit and setting intentions, and then taking action in the physical, asking for help, and big and deep gratitude to my peeps ( who I call my helpers in the unseen ). Prayer and surrender are just as powerful as well! And just keep going. Don’t lose hope. A big one for me was “don’t quit right before the miracle occurs.” And to remember just because we can’t see things happening doesn’t mean there is not something occurring beneath the surface. I love that image of a carrot growing underground. It takes time to nourish something into the light and we have to sometimes be patient with that process and learn how to enjoy the journey along the way!
Tania: What inspires you the most in life and really gets your heart pumping?
Hillary: Great question!! Gosh this is hard to answer, life inspires me! Being on a path that is so aligned with purpose is inspiring. Nature and the horses inspire me and I think the search or seeking of knowing the depth of myself and of others, and watching and being a witness to the awakening of our spirits. Music and dance, and what is coming up for me is the whales. I love love love being out on the water and being in the space with these amazing animals. They inspire me. I feel so in awe of their presence and bigness. I think if I wasn’t doing the work with the horses I would want to be out in the water with the whales! My family inspires me, my friends and community, and the people that have come here to experience the horses always create such joy for me. Deep connections and connecting with others has been rich. I am inspired by the simple, ordinary, and extraordinary experiences in life, and within all that we walk through life with.
Tania: If there was only one thing you could tell all little girls and boys just embarking on their life journeys, about what you have found to be the most important piece of information that has changed your life, what would you tell them?
Hillary: That you are never too young to be know who you are, and what your purpose is, and that there is nothing wrong with who you are. You are a unique and beautiful soul. Don’t ever forget that. Hang onto your dreams like they were precious gems and know that you have wisdom inside of you that is so needed, is valued, and is meant to be shared. You don’t have to live a whole life here to be of service, or to know things that will serve us, the planet, and humanity. You are worthy. Follow your heart, ask for help, and believe in yourself and your dreams. Stay true to you. All will be well. Trust the process and don’t give up on the dreams of your heart!
And thank YOU, Hillary, for sharing and living from your heart’s dreams that you have made a reality. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
You can learn more about and contact Hillary for her services here:
Founder and Creative Director
Epona Rise Retreat Centre
In the Spirit of In Lak’ech – The Series Process, All 5 Donated To “A Night Of Creative Compassion”, Plus 25% of Sales to Farm Sanctuary
This morning I ran across some old photos taken back in 2006 at the onset of starting my first and very important series, “In Lak’ech“. Interestingly, these are the only photos I’ve ever taken of my work in progress (and there aren’t many of it at that). They happen to be of the very first painting in this series, which really kicked off the next generation of creative channeling, as well as shifted my life profoundly and the energy of things on bigger picture levels.
I had been creating paintings previous to this, each having their own door-opening significance in my life, but in 2006 life took a very different turn for me and this series, which has been a favorite for many, was a huge part of an enormous tapestry that began to un-weave and then re-weave itself anew.
All of that could be its own book, but for now I found it synchronous to find these since this series is a focal point of the upcoming “A Night of Creative Compassion“. More on that in a moment.
As mentioned, “Fire” was the first painting in the series, “In Lak’ech”, and the birthing of it began when I was living on the Kitsap Peninsula in Indianola, WA. You can see a photo here of my mom and I wrapped in a blanket having fun with “Fire” behind us in its very first stage, set with the backdrop of Puget Sound.
I find it interesting to see how I used to draw out in fine detail, the whole foundation of the painting before painting it, whereas now I just go straight into painting. Albeit, these paintings were REALLY fine detailed and had to be mapped out, so it did actually make sense at the time. These paintings are definitely where “seeing it in person” is a whole other experience.
My home at the time of creating “Fire” was right on the water’s edge with a full view of the city of Seattle. It is interesting to see this photo, as I see remnants of Nestor – her toys and water bottle – as well as my 2nd of 3 times I had chopped all of my hair off to mirror change in my life – all integral parts that were supporting the process.
Anyway, the watery essence of little Indianola, WA presented the perfect opening to access creative flow from a very deep-seeded place. And I had many interesting and magical experiences with Nestor while creating this piece and living there.
Interestingly, this is the only piece that was created in WA, as not long after it was completed, we moved to the high altitude area of Lake Tahoe, NV. I went from sea level to about 6500 elevation overnight and found myself thriving at the high altitudes much more so. “Fire” was actually wrapped and strapped to the front grill of the large moving truck for the journey, which is pretty interesting when you think about it.
Lake Tahoe was my next and most magical watery domain where the next two pieces in the series unfolded and the fourth began – along with Nestor’s passing on, my marriage at the time coming to an end, and my becoming a Reiki Master Teacher. But the fourth and fifth came to closure when I moved down to Reno from the lake – still in the vortex energy of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Tahoe and at 4500 elevation, but where some new grounding energy for closure took place.
Each of these five pieces took me a year to create because of everything going on in my life and due to the enormity of what was being channeled on collective levels – not just personal. All things have a Divine timing to them and I have learned well that you can’t rush the bigger picture and what the collective is ready for. This was also a time period of immense traveling that took place in my life, huge flourishing of my gifts, and very deep uncovering and integrative work. Much of my travels were specifically connected to each of the pieces I was painting in order to directly do healing work at the sacred sites, lands and vortexes for both self and others.
I see everything I do as part of the collective web and is how I intentfully choose, create, and live.
The last two pieces in the series were much quicker and were carried out in the same year, 2009, mirroring how processes were speeding up on all levels.
Since then my work has shifted, mirroring the speeding up of things, the ease at which things can shift and are accessed because of the work already done, and even in terms of working with less dense energies, as those were heavier and more involved to work with while transferring through. I have learned how to consciously channel things in different ways, but also now have access to a whole different level of experience because of the process and what took place through the creation of these five collectively important pieces.
There is a new lightness of heart and flow available to us now because of the work we have all done.
And yet these five paintings are rich in encoded messages and integrative healing, that I have seen morph and shift, as we have. There has been a resurgence of their energy in a new way that people are becoming more ready for now, than they were when they were created. It feels like people are embracing what they can assist, with greater ease than they were before, which involves very deep DNA-shifting, and soul and subconscious integration.
These paintings are my interpretations and newly expansive perspectives of each element as seen through different astrological signs in their highest potential (Divine Male and Female aspects). They incorporate Mayan glyphs and act as portals that bridge time and come through an ancient story that weaves Sumerian and Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Druid and Celtic Ireland, Atlantis and Lemuria, and the Cosmic Earth.
A mystical experience of awakening, as the Ancients and Power Beings of the Five (elements) bring forth their messages of integrative healing. “In Lak’ech” is the Mayan principle of Universal Love that is similar to Namaste. As an expression of honoring when greeting each other, this profound realization means “I am another yourself” or “I am another you”. And when shared as “In Lak’ech Ala K’in” – “Ala K’in” is responsive and mirrors that back with “you are another myself” – “I am you and you are me.” The Maya priest-shamans recognized that we are one global human being. It is about dissolving the ego into complete unconditional love; “dissolving until you are ‘NOT’, then the World enters you.”
This series represents the Five Elements of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit that speak to the mind, body, heart, and soul both personally and collectively from a new and integrative perspective of Divinity within the union of Divine Male and Female. They contain within them Mayan Sacred Glyphs as a connective thread through which a message of healing was revealed. These encoded “Healing Portals” mirror a journey of integration and healing, as you embrace a return to natural harmony. They are layered with energetic symbolism that can help shift things on a DNA level by simply viewing them. They imbue the beauty and value known by the Ancients into the now from pivotal Ancient times/civilizations that provide healing opportunity from the challenging elements that no longer serve us. Ancient wisdom has much to teach by taking what was learned and creating an integrative new reality in the now.
Mother Earth is calling us to remember. The Universe is reminding us to believe. The healing revealed is as unique as the individual experiencing it.
And this leads me back, full circle, to how “In Lak’ech” is tied into the upcoming event, “A Night of Creative Compassion”.
Next Saturday, September 7th, 2013 here in Los Angeles, there is going to be a spectacularly inspiring and heart-filled night of creative energy. This is a fundraising event for Farm Sanctuary, as well as a fun and engaging night of music, song, film, poetry, photography, painting, and more. It will be like a concert, exhibition, screening, and party all rolled into one. Most of all I love the focal point of compassionate and collective synergy in service.
When I was asked to be a part of this event I immediately felt I would be bringing all five pieces of “In Lak’ech” into the light. Reproductions of this series have been exhibited before, but never all at once. And actually, to this day, all five originals have yet to ever be in public together (only one made it out to Raw Spirit festival and that was potent to say the least). So I still foresee there is a time and place they will be one day soon. I’m always listening to that guidance.
But for now, I have felt guided to donate high quality reproductions – Giclee on Canvas – of all five in their original size of 48″ x 48″. These pieces will be part of the Silent Auction taking place during the night to help raise funds for Farm Sanctuary.
The silent auction will also include famous horror writer (Hellraiser), director, and artist, Clive Barker’s paintings, as he is also donating 6 of his pieces to the event.
I will also be donating a smaller print to the raffle – “A Walk Between Worlds” – and will have some smaller prints of In Lak’ech and other goodies available for purchase at the event as well.
A theme of “a return to natural harmony within and without” is the breadth of work I have chosen for this event, which includes our relationship to the Earth and Cosmos, the animals, all of Creation, and to ourselves and each other.
And there will be more wonderful creations and items in the auction and raffle that you will have the chance to take home with you at unbelievable bargains, while giving from your heart in support of the animals and to show your value for creative energy.
Other things to look forward to during this event that is getting close to selling out:
The Premiere of “Frances: Compassion Through the Eyes of a Child” (written/directed by Steven Todd Smith & Lindsay Wolf; filmed & edited by Brian Leahy; featuring Frances Fricke & the wonderful animals of Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres)
The joyous music of Avasa & Matty Love
The spectacular artwork of Tania Marie
The engaging Yogatography of Cameron O’Steen
The dynamic elegance of Trio Azure, the string trio feat. Chrysanthe Tan, Kiara Ana Perico, and April Guthrie
The potent poetry of Robb Curtis
The soulful songs of Lindsay Wolf
The tenacious rock duo of Kitten Kuroi & Damon Valley
The raw passion of singer Christy Paige
Featuring special clips from UNITY, The Ghosts in Our Machine, and Speciesism: The Movie
*Special Guest Speakers Debra Wilson (MADtv, Scary Movie 4) & Nikki Benoit (The Capeless Compassionator, formerly w/Vegan Outreach)!!!*
Food from Southern Fried Vegan and Gwendolyn “Miss Kitchen Witch” Mathers (for purchase)
Beverages will also be available for purchase at the event
– $20 (purchase online), First 25 people to purchase receive 5 raffle tickets!;
– $25 (at the door, cash or credit);
Receive one raffle ticket upon entry!
Eventbrite Ticket Page: https://nightofcreativecompassion.eventbrite.com/
Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 6:00 – 10pm, is “A Night Of Creative Compassion” at The Animal Advocacy Museum (Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser)
This event will be held at the Animal Advocacy Museum:
S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
And if you’re on facebook, you can visit the event page here to RSVP: A Night of Creative Compassion
If you can’t make the event, but would like to donate to Farm Sanctuary, you can do so at their website: Farm Sanctuary and if you’d like a print or are interested an original of In Lak’ech for a sacred space or healing center, you can contact me with inquiries at email@example.com and I will donate 25% to Farm Sanctuary of any sales that come through this post.
You can explore the series here: In Lak’ech
I’m excited to share a couple of art events coming up that I’ve been asked to be a part of. Both events will be taking place in September, just two days apart, and in the Southern California area – Orange County and Los Angeles. They will both be collaborations of visionary artists that channel creativity in a variety of mediums.
The first event is Laguna Woods Village Art Affair taking place on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 from 5 – 9pm.
This event is being hosted by Laguna Woods Village and will be their first annual Art Affair. It is a rare opportunity to share creations and gain exposure in their private, gated community of over 18,000 resident seniors. So, while it is not a public event, it is quite an extravagant event that will be visited by more people than most events of this type may draw in.
It will be an evening of musical performances, food and beverages, and experiencing the masterpieces of artistic expression. I am really looking forward to this event to be able to share the energy of my creations with the residents there, as I feel it will be inspiring and have a healing effect through the connections made while viewing the work. I’m honored to have been asked to be a part of this and look forward to sharing my art with everyone at Laguna Woods Village.
They just shared with me that they are still looking to secure a few more artists for this event. So if you are interested, and are a local artist to the Southern California area, here is the contact info they provided me, where you can share your interest and submit your art for acceptance:
Laguna Woods Village Recreation Division Office at 949.597.4273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The other event that will be taking place just two days after this on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 6:00 – 10pm, is “A Night Of Creative Compassion” at The Animal Advocacy Museum (Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser).
This one is open to the public and I do hope you will come out, join, and support these amazing creative visionaries, while helping to raise money to help support Farm Sanctuary’s efforts to end farm animal abuse through investigative, legislative and legal actions; public awareness and humane education projects and direct rescue and shelter of farm animals.
I have worked twice before with Farm Sanctuary to support them with large Fund Raising events by donating my work and services, so when Steven Todd Smith invited me to be a part of this event, I immediately said yes. I was not only grateful and honored, but happy to help raise money for Farm Sanctuary again. I truly love the vision he and his wife, Lindsay Wolf, have in bringing together a collaborative and cocreative event that celebrates artists of all genres in combined focus of compassionate and collective support. Something that speaks to my heart and is a focal point in my own life.
I will be exhibiting select pieces of my work at this event, of which will also be available for sale, and am donating pieces to the raffle that will be held. So, this is a chance not only to see my work and meet up in person, but a chance to own a piece of art created from the heart. More TBA!
Here are the details of this event:
We’re tapping into our massive well of creativity and compassion to bring you a fun & engaging night of music, song, film, poetry, photography, painting and more – a night of entertainment and deep love & connection. A Night of Creative Compassion is like a concert, exhibition, screening, and party all rolled into one. Come have fun with us and unleash your compassionate artist within!
***The night’s proceeds will go to Farm Sanctuary.***
You can purchase your tickets here: https://nightofcreativecompassion.eventbrite.com/
PERFORMERS & PRESENTERS (TBA) – Here’s a little taste in the meantime:
The Premiere of “Frances: Compassion Through the Eyes of a Child” (written/directed by Steven Todd Smith & Lindsay Wolf; filmed & edited by Brian Leahy; featuring Frances Fricke & the wonderful animals of Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres)
The joyous music of Avasa & Matty Love
The spectacular artwork of Tania Marie
The engaging Yogatography of Cameron O’Steen
The potent poetry of Robb Curtis
The soulful songs of Lindsay Wolf
and much, much, and many, many more… (to be revealed over the next couple of weeks!)
Food & beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Raffle items TBA. Keep an eye out for updates!
Tickets: $15 Early Bird Discount thru 8/21; $20 (purchase online); $25 (at the door); Receive a raffle ticket upon entry!
Eventbrite Ticket Page: https://nightofcreativecompassion.eventbrite.com/
This event will be held at the Animal Advocacy Museum:
S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
And if you’re on facebook, you can visit the event page here to RSVP: A Night of Creative Compassion
Looking forward to these fun events. In the meantime, I’ll be working on some new pieces for them. Hope to see you on Saturday, September 7th!
World Bridger & Eclectic Creator – An Inspiring Interview with Visionary Intuitive Healer & Artist Jennifer Helminski
Today circles round to another inspiring guest interview from my series of creative and healing arts visionaries. I love seeing people overcoming and moving through challenges, integrating their lives, digging deep into the well of authenticity, and bringing that forth as a manifestation of their natural expression.
Everyone has a unique and beautiful story to share that many can relate to. While our stories are unique to us, we all process the same, collectively shared energetic themes. How they translate or feel are relative to each, but they all demonstrate the powerful resiliency of the soul and our capabilities of creating unlimited potentials when we align with our hearts.
I’m loving how more and more people are creating their own definition of what work to them is – an expression of love from within, shared out of joy, which becomes authentic service in flowing harmony. And that can take on many continuously evolving forms that never need to, nor will fit into any box. Visionaries are sharing a new way, which is constantly expressing and sharing the abundant creative energy that we all are, simply because we know nothing else but to do so.
I’m excited about today’s guest, Jennifer Helminski, as she is such an eclectic soul who is creating each day by heart. I find a ton of similarities and resonance with her multi-faceted self-expression and the way she incorporates all of who she is into all of what she shares. In hearing people’s stories a beauty of connection is revealed and reflected that bridges our hearts. We come to realize how much we share with others and how truly connected we are – there is no separation, isolation, or loneliness in our experience. There are many kindred brothers and sisters all sharing this journey and all supporting one another simply by blazing their trail.
And blazing her creatively inspired trail, Jennifer is.
The world-wide web is an amazing place to connect with souls globally and it is this vehicle of communication that connected Jennifer and I a few years ago. It’s been a synchronous reflection and resonance since, and I have been grateful to reconnect with this sweet, magical and powerful soul. I’ve especially been enjoying watching her blossom and to see all the beauty that is flowing from her. I am also deeply honored to have been able to actually meet her in person for the first time last month to support her with her Reiki Master Teacher training. A beautiful activation takes place in these encounters of reconnections. It’s always never felt for me to be a hindrance to live distantly from the souls I relate to, work with, connect with, and love, but it is a beautiful thing when you do physically solidify that feeling into the flesh.
While you may not come to meet Jennifer in person, I do feel you will come to know and connect with her through her expressive sharings and feel a kinship to her mirroring journey of co-creating this experience with you. She has many beautiful gifts to offer and I hope you will explore and celebrate them with her, as we celebrate ourselves through her courageous reflection of personal truth and abundant collective beauty.
Jennifer Helminski Bio:
A North Jersey girl, Jennifer Helminski is a visionary intuitive healer and artist, trained and gifted in various therapeutic, complementary, and spiritual modalities. She is a certified Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition (traditional Reiki as founded by Dr. Mikao Usui), and is also trained in other energy practices such as Integrated Energy Therapy, Matrix Energetics, and Healing Touch for Animals. Jennifer is also an experienced animal caretaker and communicator, and has worked in zoos, veterinary hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and has been privileged to work with dolphins.
Combining compassion and wise, heart-centered communication, Jennifer loves working with people and animals in order to facilitate healing, growth, relaxation, balanced well-being, and harmonious relationships. She also creates various sacred artworks including paintings and crystal jewelry, as well as channeled writings and other spiritual services.
Jennifer is a cosmic creator of all things sacred and from the heart.
Whether you are already working in the healing and creative arts fields, are in process of cultivating your passions into service, or are starting to explore your heart desires and dreams for the first time, I think you’ll find resonance with Jennifer, as I do. I happen to be wearing my “Seva” tank right now, which basically means “Selfless Service.” Jennifer is a shining example of this way of living.
An Insightful and Inspiring Interview with Jennifer Helminski:
Tania: What are the first things you remember as a child that ignited your heart, how did that evolve for you, and do you find yourself incorporating those things into your current life and expression of your service?
Jennifer: So many different memories come to mind, and they make me smile! From my childhood, I have always loved being out in nature, in connection with the earth and with animals. I grew up having dogs my entire life and, being an only child, they truly were family to me and some of my dearest friends. I was also guided to love and cherish nature by my grandparents who would frequently take me on “treasure hunt” nature walks (many prized pinecones and seashells were collected!) and who would also employ my help in the garden with watering plants and collecting vegetables for dinner! Many of my most magical memories are the ones that took place in their backyard, like learning about the flora that bloomed in their garden and playing with fireflies on warm summer nights. That simple sense of wonder has never left me, and those same things still feel the most magical, most connecting, and most invigorating for me. I feel the most at home when I am in nature, gleefully discovering winding streams and waterfalls in sun-streaked forests. I feel an instant awakening, grounding, and return to my true self when I connect with the earth, and I hope to integrate that power in everything I do, am, and create. Even when I was a child I found myself very drawn to sacred healing arts and to fairies (one of my favorite movies being Fern Gully, for those who remember that one!), fantasizing about living in a tree with my own herbal apothecary, masterfully blending healing potions with my mortar and pestle! Today I still have that fantasy, and am ntegrating more flower, herb, and plant-based healing into my service as I continue to learn about nature’s medicine and messages.
Tania: Have you always known what you wanted to do or has that been a process to uncover? And what, if anything, have you found to be the most challenging stumbling blocks to connecting with who you are at heart?
Jennifer: In a way, I have always known what I wanted to do. The tricky part has always been that I want to do everything! I have often found myself cycling through various facets of my consciousness and expression, and areas in which I feel drawn to explore and engage. One of the first things I ever wanted to be was a paleontologist (I was probably 4 years old when I decided this), but then I also wanted to be a veterinarian, and a geologist, and an archaeologist… Egyptology followed shortly after, and the list goes on. I even wanted to be a priest, and recall being miffed that women weren’t allowed to be priests in the Roman Catholic church in which I was raised. Nowadays, I want to be an astronaut! At my core, I have always been interested in the same things: the earth as a living being and our place in the cosmos, ancient civilizations, animals, crystals/gems, art, healing, science, and spirituality. One of the most challenging things for me has always been in trying to focus my energy and attention in just one area, or picking just one thing to pursue, and I’m beginning to accept that perhaps I am just not wired that way! I operate pretty intuitively, so it’s become a practice of going with the flow and engaging and creating things as they come up day-to-day. It has been a challenge to accept myself working and being in this way, because it doesn’t quite fit in with the norm or the way our society is currently structured. Growing up as someone who doesn’t fit the norm has certainly created its
own opportunities for me to accept and embrace myself for who I am, and being a beacon of that kind of unconditional love (both for myself and all others) is my main goal in this life. If I can manage that, I’ll consider life as Jennifer Helminski to be a great success!
Tania: Which of these would you identify with most if you had to choose – a calculated optimist or a hopeful pessimist? Why? Please share a new creative concept of how you see yourself or how you are working towards being and what you might call that and how that would play out
Jennifer: In general, I would have to say I’m more of a calculated optimist. I do believe that “good” outweighs the “bad”, and that love and light will ultimately prevail! I believe we are awakening and that humanity is evolving into a higher way of being, though the process of shifting takes time to play out. My shadow and light aspects, as well as my left and right brain, have an interesting way of dancing with one another, so I can find myself alternating between believing that I can easily achieve my highest expression, goals, and dreams – and then feeling somewhat defeated or “lost” when things don’t quite come together as I hope or envision. I am definitely working towards being fully accepting, approving, loving, and supportive of myself along my journey and believing fully, on every level, that I can and will live and weave and create the dreams of my heart and spirit! I feel like my current life path is of integrating the wisdom and experience of many previous lives, as well as connecting and harmonizing many different layers of being, so I might like to think of myself as a “worldbridger”, like my Mayan sun sign. Traversing, exploring, and integrating the various “worlds” within myself, worlds in which I have lived, the spirit world, physical world, other worlds in our cosmos, and on.
Tania: What is your greatest fear and how do you think it is supporting your evolution?
Jennifer: My greatest fear is of leaving this earth with my life unlived and my dreams unrealized. There is so much that I want to see, experience, do, and be, and I don’t think I would be satisfied if I didn’t make it happen! I feel like there is so much yet ahead of me that I just have to keep working towards, keeping my dreams alive in my heart and trusting that whatever is meant to be will be. I think the fear of my own life passing me by, and the fear of not actualizing my true potential, helps keep me motivated and moving forward when times get tough or don’t work out the way I hoped. We all encounter these setbacks and bumps on our journeys, but the important thing is to never give up or consider yourself defeated. It’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.
Tania: One of the things I love so much about you, besides your gentle, loving way, is that you are such an eclectic healer and creative soul – something we share. You have so many wonderful gifts (I don’t know quite where to start), can you share a little about the things you do and what you love most about them?
Jennifer: Well, both in my personal life and in my work and service, there are a lot of different things that I do and love. Many of my interests stem from the same core foundation: my love for nature and animals, my creative passion, my desire to return myself and others to our pristine Wholeness, and my thirst for knowledge and adventure! Lots of different things inspire my passion, and I try to connect to and integrate them all into what I do. Work-wise, I offer a lot of different services, and I usually blend them together – including energy healing (Reiki and other modalities), animal communication, channeled and intuitive artworks and writings, sacred jewelry… the list goes on! Lately I’ve taken on the added role of being a volunteer hospice caretaker, which is a true spiritual service for me as I am not only learning how to be even more present and compassionate, but also learning to embrace life and heal my own fears surrounding death and transition. I was searching for more ways to put my Reiki to use, and that is where I wound up. The Universe has made it unequivocally clear that it was meant to be, as well!
Tania: What would you consider your strongest gift and how does this express in your life and work?
Jennifer: Hmm… maybe my stubbornness! I know that doesn’t sound quite right, but I think my stubborn belief in what I am, and what I am meant to be and achieve, has kept me persistently moving forward and going after my dreams, no matter what happens. Perseverance is probably a better word for it! And I don’t just believe in the best for myself, but I believe in the best for others as well. There’s that saying about how we’re all just walking each other home. I think that’s true, and I also think we’re here to awaken and inspire one another, and to motivate each other to be fully present in our lives and actualize our dreams!
Tania: When did you first realize you had the ability to communicate with animals and what is your most memorable experience with this and why?
Jennifer: You know, I don’t think I really knew I could communicate with animals until I attended a weekend seminar on the subject with Carol Gurney of The Gurney Institute of Animal Communication. This was a few years ago, and immediately followed my experience as an intern dolphin trainer in the Florida Keys. That weekend was full of surprising confirmation for me that I was indeed communicating with animals, something which still amazes me. There was one exercise in particular that really shocked me. We were working together in pairs, taking turns communicating with one another’s pets via photographs and looking for concrete information which could be easily validated, such as the animal’s name, age, etc. Well, when it was my turn to communicate with my partner’s Golden Retriever in the picture, I found myself struggling for the intended information. I remember getting frustrated with myself as, in my mind’s eye, I only saw abstract images of an ethereal purple butterfly, and the color green. Time was up, and I was so embarrassed to relay the outcome of the exercise to my partner, convinced that I had failed and couldn’t do it. However, when I told her what I had seen, she immediately became emotional and explained that her other Golden Retriever had recently passed away, and that her collar was green with purple butterflies on it. She used to refer to that dog as her “butterfly girl”, and felt like my vision was a confirmation that her dog’s spirit was still around and taking care of the new dog, who was a rescue. Carol caught wind of my experience and shared it with the group, adding that mediumship was a subject that would be addressed in the more advanced levels of training. She later worked with me privately and had me communicating with her dog, Spirit. I certainly surprised myself with how much I experienced in that short weekend and I know it was only the beginning!
Tania: You are trained in a variety of different energy practices, but would you say that your training was merely a refinement of what was natural to you already? And if so, when did you first realize your natural healing abilities and are there any experiences you remember where you were doing things instinctively that created effective results?
Jennifer: Yes, I would say that rather than really implanting information within me that wasn’t already present, my trainings have instead given me tools and structures that I can utilize and integrate intuitively to channel what I already know in my core. I’m not sure exactly when I knew I was a healer, but I remember imagining and believing even as a child that I could heal with my hands and my spirit. I recall being young and placing my hands over a scar on my knee, closing my eyes and concentrating on fading the scar, and feeling like it appeared less conspicuous afterwards. Or, at some point when I was a teenager, I would sometimes experience intense feelings of having wings coming out of my shoulder blades. I took to placing my hands upon other people’s backs and focusing the energy in my hands so they could feel their “wings” as well. I also remember doing a telepathic chakra clearing and cellular restructuring for my mother, and she reported results to me the following day without knowing I had done it. As my knowledge and wisdom have expanded, my processes have refined themselves. I still operate
intuitively, and I integrate many different modalities and services to create what I feel is a custom-tailored, multifaceted approach to healing transformation which I feel is more fully supportive for the individual’s needs and goals, and has yielded highly positive results.
Tania: Do you find any one particular modality standing out for you in your work, or have you created something unique to you? Explain how this plays out please.
Jennifer: While I think I employ a pretty eclectic blend of services and tools, I use Reiki the most out of all the modalities I have learned. I feel as though it comes the most naturally to me, or perhaps it is just the most in-tune with my natural way of healing. I don’t have to think about how to use Reiki, I can just kind of invite it into my process and the rest just happens
automatically. My work in general is pretty unique to me, I think, as I blend a lot of different things together. My healing sessions typically include all of the following: a channeled energetic artwork for the client including several positive affirmations which are supportive of their
intended goals for the session; energy healing; sound healing (Tibetan singing bowl, tingsha, drumming, rattling, music); working with angels, guides, and masters; vibrational repatterning, releasing negative thought patterns and dis-ease and implanting the desired positive changes; creating unique crystal grids; oracle card readings, and more. I find that this multifaceted approach is more fully supportive for my clients and has consistently yielded excellent results and experiences.
Tania: Alongside all of the beautiful services you provide as an energy healer, animal communicator, oracle card reader, and Reiki Master Teacher, you are also a visionary artist of many hats. Please share about some of the sacred creations you channel and what you love most about this expression of you.
Jennifer: One of the things I most enjoy creating is sacred crystal jewelry. I have always loved crystals, and incorporating them into wearable spiritual tools and reminders is very satisfying for me. My intention, as with all of my creations, is to inspire people, and to remind them of the magic, divinity, and possibility within them and in the world around them. Another particularly
popular creation of mine are my “fairy wish bubbles” – clear glass ornaments filled with sparkly iridescence, glitter, feathers, hearts and the like, with a small scroll of ribbon-tied parchment where you can write or intend a wish or prayer for the fairies to answer. That was inspired by a vision I had of a new form of sacred play/prayer, where one could sit outside in nature, blowing bubbles and lightheartedly sending your wishes and prayers floating into the sky, trusting that the fairies would carry each one to the Divine. There are many other things which are in the process of being creating in the physical world, including healing stuffed animals, various channeled paintings, guided meditations, and more! I love creating in all these different channels because I can access my carefree, creative inner child who knew that everything she created would become real. It’s magical!
Tania: What inspires you the most and is there anything significant that really stokes your fire?
Jennifer: Feeling connected to others really inspires me. I always feel like there’s some kind of
magic that happens when you connect with someone that you really resonate with, someone you feel mirrors you and that you can really openly share with. But one of my all-time favorite things, and something that never fails to brighten my whole day, is when I have an unexpected friendly connection with a complete stranger. You know those moments that just leave you smiling and loving humanity; I always treasure those. Being out in nature, of course, always inspires and energizes me. Or being with dolphins – be still my heart!
Tania: Are there any dreams you have that you are either intending or are currently in process of creating that you’d like to share? Do you feel it is important to dream and what would you say to others who feel hopeless and discouraged?
Jennifer: I believe dreaming is essential to the human experience. We’re born curious, we’re born hungry for discovery, adventure, and greatness. Dreams are what ignite our passions, they motivate us and awaken our drive to achieve incredible things. And you can’t dream too big. If you can imagine it, you can create it. Don’t let anything convince you otherwise. We’re all born as these unique configurations of consciousness and experience, and the things your yearn for and envision are also unique to you. You have a one-of-a-kind song to sing, so please share the music living within you. Even if you’ve struggled your entire life, it’s never too late to start. Among many other contributing experiences, I lost my mom to a decade-long battle with breast cancer when I was 19, so I have spent much of my life dealing with depression and feelings like hopelessness, disconnection, frustration, etc. and all I can say is that those experiences do not bar you from happiness, they do not bar you from fulfillment or living your dreams, or feeling loved. As alone as you might feel, you are not. As futile as every effort might seem, it is not. I know how hard it can be as you try to hold it all together, or make something happen, and things just seem to fall apart. Just keep breathing, reach out for support, and keep moving forward each day, even if just in baby steps. Aim for patience with the process and a positive mindset, and trust that it does all work out in time.
Tania: What do you feel is one of the most valuable and integral keys to living with continual passion and aliveness?
Jennifer: Staying open. Humans are creatures of habit, and it is so easy to feel like we stagnate or get stuck in a rut, stuck in patterns that don’t serve us, situations and relationships in which we aren’t happy and fulfilled, and so on. It is essential to stay tapped into what turns you on, what excites you and makes you hungry for life, experience, adventure, connection. If you don’t know what you’re passionate about, just start trying new things! Put yourself out there and feel like you are in the flow of life. There is no end to what we can discover, learn, create, achieve, and more, so there’s no good reason to stay bored or dispassionate for very long. Make sure your heart is open. Forgive the past and allow the future to be limitless. Live and love freely. Dive into the adventure of life!
Tania: How can others reach you to acquire your services and sacred creations?
Jennifer: My main website, which continuously evolves, is at www.jenniferhelminski.com. There you can read more about me, the services I offer, schedule sessions, and also get news about things like upcoming events and workshops. I am also active with my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JenniferHelminski, and sell many of my
various creations through my Etsy store at Luna Luxe
Thank you Jennifer for sharing your sacred heart with all of us.
Another spectacular journey came to closure yesterday, and yet it is just the beginning to so much more. Last evening was my shared event with a community of independent artists at the MARVEL show hosted by RAW natural born artists in Los Angeles. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the creative arts, both new friends and old. It was a fun and long marathon day, continuing in the vein of high-vibed experiences and shifts as of late.
Thank goodness that I have learned how to stay mindful and present about the need for balance, especially in my case because I work with so much energy and have the tendency to/and to be able to operate on crazy amounts of it at inhuman speed (although I never claimed to be fully human) 😉 for long durations before my body finally says enough is enough. By following my heart intuition to spend huge amounts of time in nature over the last several months, staying within my own experience and retreating when I’m not engaged in work, eating only foods that my body tells me it needs, and keeping away from activities and things that don’t feel supportive to my maintaining of balance, has been a huge life- saver.
All of this has helped me to stay grounded, to integrate my energy, and to recharge me from experiences like the ones I’ve been involved in that I give and channel huge amounts of energy into. This is also what has helped me maintain long periods of energy sustainment and getting more from my experiences both personally and in terms of what I’m able to offer others.
Energy is free and abundant, but living in bodies we must learn how to regulate energy and to understand how to integrate things and create that natural harmony so that we can continually keep channeling and moving energy through without the crashes, burns, blocks, and amping highs and lows. A natural sustainment of even flow can be and is possible, which is an alchemical way of living. We’re all in process of learning this as we shift into higher vibrational bodies.
When you really listen and take care of yourself, you have so much more to give. As we’ve heard, and it’s true, you can’t possible love others if you don’t love yourself, and likewise, you can’t possibly give to others if you have nothing left to give. Taking care of you is in the highest good for all concerned.
Yes, I’ve learned my lesson on how to integrate, and to always swing the pendulum back and forth, as well as learned how to maintain an equilibrium that sustains productive health and well being. That has been a life-long journey to learn and is a constant to keep in check (especially being the extremist I’ve been) until it becomes natural, but I can honestly say that I’ve graduated because the kinds of things I’ve been involved in doing lately, along with yesterday and last weekend’s marathons of high energy, normally would have seen me crash or blow out my energy, or have a few days of body break down, but this has not been the case. I have remained strong, vibrant, and renewed, even avoided all of the major flu epidemic everyone was getting not long ago, simply by maintaining my healthy balance.
I’m very grateful for the lessons of life and the opportunity to put the things I learn into practice. What a great evening it was yesterday. I’m thankful to RAW for supporting the visionary arts and the souls whose only known nature it is to be artistically expressive. I feel that individuals in the creative arts are visionary leaders of the world and that the wide spectrum of art is a universal language that connects everyone through the collective heart. I honor the way RAW understands the importance of cultivating, bringing awareness of, celebrating, and enriching through art. In a time of community taking front stage, RAW understands this and is a bridging entity in supporting this shift.
I’m grateful to all of the independent artists who showed up and vulnerably and courageously shared their personal expressions of creativity with us all yesterday. I’m grateful to have met some amazing people, created some new friendships, for making some supportive connections, and simply for the opportunity to share my own self-expression amidst a supportive environment that believes in the cultivation of the arts.
My twelve hour day started with a very quick, only 40 minute, no-traffic drive into LA (accompanied by a powerfully integrative meditation, which I reposted from Laura yesterday: Powerful Integration and Healing providing her with some giggles), continued with a fast unloading of 5 loads up and down 4 sets of stairs and parking in 30 minutes, setting up without an assistant in time for my video interview and photography session, meeting everyone and then enjoying the rest of the evening sharing my work and seeing my beautiful friends who came out to support me.
What a day and, for me, was a very powerfully integrative experience of embodiment into all that I am coming together – very mirroring of the video meditation I shared from Laura. Even the new body of work that I was sharing from my series, “Crystal Illuminations,” was a reflection of integration on many levels. I have so enjoyed watching the evolution of the work that channels through me and I know it will continue to shift, as creativity is limitless. I love letting the creative energy channel through me as it wants to and to see the constant evolution of that manifestation into my work by embracing its flow. Creative energy is one of our greatest and most powerful gifts I believe and is so supportive for our well being to allow to flow in relative ways to each.
Nearly half of the new Crystal Illuminations have found new homes already since last evening’s show (the pieces that have moved on are marked SOLD at the link) and I can’t share enough how happy I am to know they all went to the perfect resonating souls. I am extremely grateful that I can offer these new pieces so affordably, as I really want to make the healing arts available to everyone to support and spread integrative healing. That was part of what I was guided to channel through – not just the honoring of these amazing crystalline beings and the integration of Earth and Cosmos, but to create something that flowed with my creative joy, passions, and would be accessible to everyone. Mission accomplished. Thank you Universe for your eternal wisdom and guidance coming through. When we allow Spirit to move through us and listen to the authentic voice of our Higher Self, its always connected to the highest good.
And the highest good is what I feel the intentions behind RAW’s events and their support of artists are focused on. The evening was filled with performances and an amazing fashion show at the end. The evening had a continuous flow of people coming through to see all of the artists’ offerings, but like things in Los Angeles roll, the evening didn’t really get bumping until later. The Belasco Theater, where it was held, is a night club and where the event ended at 10pm, the night life continued on, so people started lining up around the building while the show came to close. By the last hour of the night the entire first floor was wall to wall and tons of people in the tiers and flocking through.
The fashion show was amazing, with cameras, action and excited viewers (wish I had clearer photos of the amazing clothing, hair and makeup) – it actually made me reminisce about, and miss, my days as a model and doing fashion shows. There was always something I loved about the fashion show experience in particular, despite my being very shy and not liking to speak in front of groups back then (something that has shifted tremendously), let alone a crowded room of 100’s of on-lookers. It was when I would light up the minute I hit the stage, becoming an integrated me, but it really goes to speak for that artist in me that LOVES the creative flair of expression that universally speaks where words fall short. It was also a precursor to my “living in the moment” as I would always avoid rehearsals at all costs and just show up for the show, as to me it was all about the moment. And the moment is all I know now (I even now have short term memory in reflection of this) and want to embrace. I may have inklings of where things are going, but I’m not attached to any of it and go where things flow.
The form of my artistic expression and even the vehicle through which I express it may change over time, but the source of energy remains the same – the power of creativity full throttle!
Needless to say the evening was a really fun experience and another door closing and opening simultaneously in my life. I loved that so many unique expressions of creativity could come together in the synergy of community and harmony under one roof. Artists really understand one another, likely because we can draw on a shared pool of experiences and sensitivities we’ve been on a journey to embrace ourselves.
Painting is my sacred key of life. Like the wing of a butterfly is essential to its flight, creating visionary art is the breath of life to my soul. My inspirational muses are the natural world, Earth’s beautiful creatures, the mystical and ancient worlds, the Cosmos, celebrations of life, and collective and conscious awareness.
Thank you again for supporting the creative arts and to keeping it alive and thriving. I promise to keep channeling its evolution, as it comes through me, and to follow my passions as a gift to the collective in support to others doing so as well. Since we are connected, any part we each can do makes a difference to the whole.
I’m excited to see where this creative journey takes me and each of us. In creative love and inspiration!
Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness.
It comes from letting the world tickle your heart,
your raw and beautiful heart.
You are willing to open up,
without resistance or shyness,
and face the world.
You are willing to share your heart with others.