A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of being in one of my favorite places on this planet, Uvita, Costa Rica. The energy there is unlike any other I have felt before. There is a sacred beauty in the land and the people. We were staying at a lovely off the grid house that was built by an amazing and conscious woman. Situated about 1800 ft. above sea level, you had an expansive view of the pacific ocean, with the famous Whale's Tale formation. Along with magnificent misty mountains that swept down to the sea. Truly magical. I found myself, again, in my favorite spot on the property. A lovely little treehouse styled rancho where hummingbirds buzzed around and the breeze was fresh and sweet. I sat in meditation, feeling quite a bit of discomfort in my lower back. I breathed through it and before my closed eyes I felt warm bright light fill me. Out of the light appeared this Shaman. He was very tall and thin, with flowing white hair. The ancient wisdom was very present in his being. He appeared to be Native American, with some Mayan aspects in his garb. He carried what I perceived to be a medicine staff and with him he brought forward a small bowl. Inside was a pasty terra cotta colored mixture that he had created from natural plants. He placed the contents upon my back, which sent a warming sensation through my lower back and into my womb space. Light appeared there, melting the pain away! I sat longer in awe of this Healer and thanked him repeatedly. When I opened my eyes, my discomfort was completely gone and I felt a renewed sense of wellbeing. Immediately following this, my view became filled with dozens of dragonflies! Until then (and after this) I had only seen one or two the entire time we were there. But this felt significant and I could feel the presence of the Shaman as I watched the dragonflies hover and dance.
I am deeply grateful for this moment. Above is a quick sketch I did to get as much detail down as I could before any of it left me. In this moment I am not certain if this will make its way into a full colored piece, only time will tell.
I have experienced wonderful and unexplainable things before. I know I am not alone in this. I simply wanted to share my story and hope others will share theirs.
This sweet hibiscus caught my imagination and out poured a fun impromptu sketch. Moments like these are pretty abundant for someone like me. I am constantly seeing forms in the patterns of nature and various objects around me. It is delightful to see this in my children, especially my oldest. I love hearing what she sees and the stories that compliment her sightings.
It is absolutely amazing what we can see when we take the time to be fully open to what is around us. Even observing a leaf. First you'll see the obvious color and shape. But then you will notice the particular shades of that color, even undertones and subtle hues. Next you'll be in awe of the thousands of minuscule lines that are branching off from the main stem. Before you know it you are deep in your mind's eye at the shear wonderful of every cell in that plant. Following this, a spiral of deepening fascination with how these patterns show up in other areas, like in the human body or even in outer space! You'll settle into a place of joyful humility as the vastness of how everything is perfectly designed and is all connected!
What a beautiful feeling it is!
Breathe that in!
Soak it into the roots of your very being!
(Final colored version of this image can be found in this gallery, click here)