As an admitted oracle card junkie, I’ve got plenty of options when I feel like seeking guidance. However I find myself going back again and again to the following deck: The Mayan Oracle, A Galactic Language of Light. The images come from the ancient Mayan culture, the messages are woo to the max and I’m always profoundly moved by what comes up when using them..
Recently I did a reading and the card I pulled was Ahau, (pictured above, pronounced a-how). I loved the message it embodied. In a nutshell, Ahau represents union, wholeness, unconditional love, Cosmic Consciousness, crown chakra, fire, etc. The book provides pages of meaning of each card, and there is quite a lot of depth there. Hmmm, It also speaks of oneness, divine light and unconditional love. Let’s see, here’s a good tidbit:
Love all of creation. Join the dance of light, the fundamental constant of nature, and shine forth the clarity of your true essence. There is great power in simply identifying with the light: “As above, so below.” You are in the Divine, and the Divine is in you.
OK, that statement merely scratches the surface of the meaning behind this card. In reading the pages I felt a deep connection to the message, in both the meaning and shadow wisdom that was provided. Plus, this card has shown up for me on multiple occasions.
Naturally I wanted to capture the energy of Ahau on canvas. I had already started a vortex-like painting, so during the last 24-Hour Creativity marathon I set about getting Ahau on canvas. Here’s the vortextual beginnings of my Ahau painting:
Next up was to infuse the canvas with the energy of Ahau, so I copied some of the words from the book onto the canvas with a paint pen.
I then duplicated the image on the Ahau card with venetian plaster and gold paint. I’ll admit, I was a wee bit nervous at this stage because I couldn’t shake the idea that this painting was looking like “Cosmic Mr. Bill.” Either that or a big shiny monkey.
The next logical step was to start building layers… and hope for the best!
I continued pushing on, and at this stage I admit my goal was to try and hide the monkey face staring out of this painting. Upon completion of the 24-Hour Jam, my Cosmic Mr. Bill painting looked like this:
Now, if you’ve read up on my big lesson learned from my 24-Hour Jam, you know that I was trashing paintings left and right. And I was also frustrated with my productivity. (Ultimately a blessing when the wisdom sunk in, but frustrating in the meantime!) Anyway, I had concern that my Ahau painting would suffer a similar fate. I mean, I could not look at it without seeing that monkey face, and it was just a circle… I was not feeling the profound meaning of the words in the image I had created.
Thankfully, I did not give up hope. I just revisited the oracle cards! Actually, I was not seeking the next step in the painting, I was simply looking for guidance from the deck on my daily affairs. But the message that showed up is what allowed me to move forward with the painting. I pulled Seven – Mystical Power which carries the energy of mystical alignment and self-acceptance while being a technician of the sacred and having a direct connection with the Source. The write-up spoke of aligning with the power of the number seven to open up to one’s full power. But it was the following line that struck me:
You wear the seven-pointed star, symbol of the master artisan. Combine your feelings and intellect to transmute matter into mystical consciousness.
Shazam. That line really speaks to my work as The Energy Painter. That is what I do!!
Those words provided the motivation. I dove back into my Cosmic Mr. Bill painting. I had no reservations, no concerns, no frustrations. The paint flowed and I was in the groove! I actually forgot to take further pictures. There were no more steps… just completion of the energy. So here is my painting, born from Mayan wisdom:
Seeing the texture that created the “monkey face” no longer bothers me. Using gobs of gold paint when I’m not really a gold-paint-kind-of-person didn’t phase me. The energy in this painting is transformational… and I can feel it! Can you?
Detail photos and a title, coming soon.
This post was created to accompany July’s theme of Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World for The Spirit Project 2012.