Monday, January 20, 2014

All You Have to do is Ask!

Drawing Challenge [n.126] Invite with the theme CRYSTAL

The Story of the Green Crystal.

Last week around the time of the full moon on this planet of ours, I felt a strong urge to find and purchase a crystal. I have a fairly large piece of clear quartz with spikes coming out in all directions and I love it. Many years ago my neighbour gave it to me when she moved away. I quite like this piece and decided it was time to have another crystal in my life. I've been lately reading a book called "The Illustrated Guide to Crystals" so have learned that there are quite a few different types and that each has a healing power. It is fascinating to me.

Anyway, I needed salsa and was headed out to buy some, along with chips to go with, but as I walked along the street, my urge to find and purchase a crystal became so strong that I switched directions completely to go to the second hand store. I thought that perhaps I'd pick up the salsa on the way back (the way back means backtracking in the opposite direction for a mile and a half. In the end I never did go get the salsa.) I didn't exactly ask the universe for a crystal. You know, like say: "Universe, please put a crystal in my path today" or anything specific. I am a believer that the universe brings you what you need, and that asking is beneficial. I have faith in other words. But the day of the crystal, I didn't. I just had a strong almost determined urge to find and purchase one. So here's the point to my whole story. I did find a crystal and purchase it. The point is, is that the universe is listening.

Here's the funny part. Humour. It must be a 'Buddha laughing' kind of thing or something, but in dreams, or in waking moments when the universe helps out, communication is in the individual's native tongue and it is literal. The literal is where humour happens. The universe [call it what you may...divine intelligence, karma, gosh fill in the blank here] communicates with you in a literal way. And the translation by the universe [divine intelligence] is clever and funny and awesome. So you do get what you ask for even if it is not what you could ever have actually imagined. When I was thinking about a crystal I thought maybe I'd find a single little spike of a crystal in a necklace, or perhaps a gem stone of some sort, or a decoration on something that was a little crystal charm hanging off of say, a used daybook or planner. I thought maybe I'd rip the charm off and use the crystal part. So I got to the store and looked for not really a long time, but had to kind of fight panic and disappointment that maybe I would not find one. I made myself keep looking in the section I was in. It was a whole wall of things hanging in bags. I'd long passed the specific section on the wall where it would be more likely to find one, but pushed myself to complete the wall even though I could clearly see that all that was there was kitchen gadgets [egg flippers, etc.] and as I was maybe 2 feet away from the end, there hanging all by itself in a bag with every kitchen gadget you can think of was this:

A large green crystal that is man made of green glass and cut probably by a man made machine that cuts glass. I didn't even know that such things are made in this world. It is not from the earth, not formed by nature, not imbued with the healing properties that I was keen to learn about, but it is a crystal nonetheless, and I believe the universe provided it for me, or pushed me to find it. When I got home, I started to read about the colour green. I ignore green. But not any more. Maybe I need some green light in my life.

So there is the theme for the week, folks. I'd love to hear of your 'ask and it shall be given' stories, or anything to do with crystals really. Drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, collage, photographing, experiences...imagination is welcome here. If you wish to join in, just leave a comment below and I'll start a players list. Next weekend, January 25/26, post your offering on your blog, and we'll all have a visit.

THE PLAYERS: Cindi, Barbara, Sus, Renilde, Tania, Patrice, Kristen, Tammie Lee, Ariane,

 Thanks for dropping by today. See you soon! *smiles* Norma, x

Friday, January 17, 2014

Owl numen in a little book

dc125: Numen

Numen is the idea for the drawing challenge this week. Hosted by Tammie Lee; she chose this wonderful theme for us all to experience. I hope you have as much fun viewing what I made as I did making it. It took me two seconds to come up with this idea for my contribution to this challenge because I didn't think that numen could be expressed in any form other than a 'feeling' of something tangible (or intangible come to it) and so I chose owls to show the feeling around them. One thin dime has been placed beside the book to show its small size [when closed, a bit smaller than 1.5 inches X 1.5 inches.] The cover is suede in a nice medium brown and the 'bead' closure is a chip of citrine which has been tumbled. The colours remind me of morning sunlight on a branch in the forest. Perhaps one that an owl spent the night on. The binding is sewn in a natural fibre (linen I think) in a long stitch. What dreams do you have? What fears do you have? If we learn behaviors germane to OWL, we can learn how to perceive differently, quietly, patiently, discreetly, with different senses [perhaps with our sixth sense,] with intuition, by listening differently.

Perhaps we can learn that not all we fear needs fearing. And that not all dreams are impossible. Thank you for dropping in today, and please have a look at Tammie Lee's blog to be linked to all those who are joining in for this week's drawing challenge. Best to you all, hugs, Norma, xo

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Smiling eyes looking at you!

2014 Greetings

A new start to a new year gets me in the cleaning spirit. That's what I've been up to these days, and I have been thinking of you all. Here's looking at you kid(s.) I came across a watercolour from a series that I did years ago when I first picked up a watercolour brush to try to do some serious learning. Who knows how much learning I did, but I sure had fun doing them, and still love trying to learn the technique of watercolour.

Thank you for dropping in today. For me, it's back to cleaning! Hope to see you again soon, hugs, Norma, x


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