Day of the Dead Art Exhibit with Visionary Artist Lisa Thiel

Posted by sacreddream - October 3rd, 2011

 
  
 At the
  
  
  Affairs of the Art
 
 
 Gallery 
 
 

 

Cat Mt Station 
  
  
  
 2740 S. Kinney Rd ste#3
  
 
Tucson, Az 85735
  
(one mile north of Ajo)
  
  
  
 520 578-3638
  
  
      
  
Oct 27th-  N0v 3rd 20 1 1     

 

 
   Lisa Thiel has been deeply moved by the Dia de los Muertos art, especially by the playful loving way in which death and our dearly departed are portrayed, and by the comfort , familiarity and acceptance that these images bring . Drawing from her own experiences she has created a series of paintings intended to heal ,inspire and offer an insightful glimpse into the spirit world.
 
 
Lisa will be at the gallery Oct 30th from 10 am-2pm   
 
 * all of the images in this series now available through imagekind*
     click on {artwork}  page for more info
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  

Autumn Equinox

Posted by sacreddream - September 17th, 2011

Autumn Equinox – the Final Harvest
Theres alot to  be grateful for this year, first and foremost making it through another summer in Tucson. Summers here are a trial by fire, literally . As the monsoons come it is one big constant sweat lodge, that you either fight against or surrender to.  I learned many years ago surrender works best although it is hard to remember. However, the magnificent clouds, the smell of creosote in the rain ,the rainbows, and the brilliant green foliage and the desert flowers that come from the summer rains make it all worthwhile.
So now comes the time to take stock of what has been accomplished ,to separate the ‘ wheat from the chaff ‘ in our lives and in our psyches, and to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. It has been a long standing dream of mine to have my art out and available in the world and having found the Imagekind site this year, it had finally come to fruition. I have also connected with the Global Chant group  here in Tucson and have had tremendous amount of  healing and inspiration by singing every week with a group of over a hundred people, chanting for the planet and for their own  enlightenment.
This October marks the fourth year of the passing of my Beloved soulmate and Lifepartner, Eugene, and I  am grateful for  the deep healing that has taken place and the strengthening of my soul that has occurred on this long dark journey . I am now painting a series of  Dia de los Muertos images, to commemorate and creatively express this experience, not in a mournful way, but in a way that captures my spiritual perceptions of the afterlife and of the great mystery that awaits us  all on the other side.  So I am grateful for the inspiration and the opportunity to paint, and when the time is right perhaps there will be more music in my future.

Lisa Thiel in Concert Oct 15th

Posted by sacreddream - September 1st, 2011

  
Lisa Thiel will be performing
  
 
at the Annual
  
  
PHOENIX PAGAN PRIDE DAY
  
 
Saturday, October 15, 2011!
  
  
LOCATED AT:
Glendale Community College
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
 

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Lisa Thiel in Concert Sept 17th

Posted by sacreddream - August 14th, 2011

Lisa Thiel will be doing a short performance ( one set)  at the Tucson Area Wiccan Network’s ( TAWN)  annual

 Fall Fest Day, September 17th, 2011.

Fall Fest will include a psychic fair,  workshops, vendors and a public ritual for Autumn Equinox. 


 

TAWN is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the Wiccan and Pagan religions, their beliefs and traditions, and their commitment to the environment.  TAWN also has a community outreach program that includes a Community  foodbank and support to the local Veterans Hospital.

For more information please go to the TAWN  website  www.tawn.org and click on Fall Fest

  


Halloween Folk Art Gallery

Posted by sacreddream - August 9th, 2011

I just posted my new Halloween Folk Art Gallery(‘visionsofhalloween’ ) on my Imagekind site.     To go to Imagekind please click on the “Artwork” link which leads you to the Imagekind link/page. This is a collection of paintings that  I did in 2006 that capture  the spirit and magic of my vision of Halloween. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays , and there was something about that particular year that seemed to bring out all the memories and images  that Ive had over a lifetime of  Halloweens, and enabled me to create this group of paintings.

October 12, 2011 Ive added a new series of Day of the Dead paintings to this gallery and they are all available on ImageKind –  http://visionaryartoflisathiel.imagekind.com/visionsofhalloween

Ah, Lammas!

Posted by sacreddream - August 3rd, 2011

The First Harvest  can be  a time of suprises and unexpected gifts. This little photo is of some pumpkins that sprouted in my back yard in Los Angeles from an old Jack O’ Lantern that was thrown out onto the ground, many years ago. I had intended it to go’ back to the earth’, never realizing it would gift me with three little baby pumpkins that following year. So in this time of gratitude I remember that we never know what will become of the seeds we plant , or what gifts can await us, resulting from even the simplest of acts .

Tourmaline ~ Stone of the Heart

Posted by sacreddream - July 10th, 2011

Tourmaline is one of my all time favorite gemstones for balancing the subtle energies of the heart. When I speak of the heart Im referring to the energetic heart, the heart chakra. All of the folklore regarding the healing properties of gems relating to physical illness stems from the stones ability to affect the energy of  the body, usually via the acupuncture meridians.  While this is not enough to be considered a “cure,” in of  itself,  it can be of help in balancing one’s energy in general, which can be an aid in overall well being.   As in the Tibetan practice of the Blue Medicine Buddha,where  the mantra is designed to clear the energy field of old static or negative energies to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  So when you think of crystals, think of harmonizing . This harmonizing can have a palatable effect on general mood and energy, depending on the stone and the receptivity of the wearer.

In the month of the astrological sign Cancer, it is a time to rebuild and reassess our emotional foundations, our home  &  families and our  love relationships. It is a time to  process and clear our emotional bodies and to heal old wounds and hurts, if at all possible. So it is a time for the heart , to be recognized , honored and to be brought into balance.  There are many imbalanced states a heart can be in, it can be tired , burnt-out, or simply closed , shut down.  It can feel empty  or  can  be too full.  Tourmaline with its subtle electrical effect can be  a  gentle  pick me up for  the heart chakra.  Tourmaline comes  in all the colors of the rainbow and each color has its specific healing frequency.  If your heart needs soothing, green is best. If it needs to be invigorated and rejuvenated, the pink  is wonderful . For courage and transformation the deep rubellite or red tourmaline can bring you the heart of a lion. The yellow golden tones strengthen the mental energies and the will.  Blue tourmaline can help activate  intuitive understanding.  For excessive negativity, black tourmaline can  help absorb and draw out negativity and stabilize the emotions.

 In folklore tourmaline is associate with love and is said to facilitate the healing of a broken heart. Its gentle yet vital vibration feels like love itself, strong, warm and comforting. Tourmaline is also associated with Venus (love) and the sign of Libra, (relationships). As the current Saturn transit is in the sign of Libra , this is also a time to re-evaluate all relationships, create new structures in our relationships, especially in the realm of communication, and to bring balance to existing structures . ( key energy of Libra is “balance” symbolized by the Scales, and graceful diplomatic communication )  I found myself drawn to blue tourmaline early this year and pink tourmaline now, and realized they are both stones of Libra. I feel these are aids for me to harmonize with the current Saturn in Libra influence, the blue opening up a deeper connection with my intuition, and the pink opening up a deeper healing of my heart. Both of these can serve in the process of renovating old relationship patterns- with our intuition heightened we are able to discern what is truly occuring in a given situation and receive internal guidance when we need it. With the heart whole and balanced it is easier to give and receive love in a balanced  flowing way.  With the throat chakra ( blue) activated,  it is easier to communicate effectively and wisely, and with the influence of  Libra  ruled by Venus,( planet of love,  beauty and harmony,)  there will be potential for more graceful communication as  well.

Here is a heart chakra meditation that came to me while I had a large  pink tourmaline at my heart:

 I imagined the crystal becoming much larger , maybe 5 x 7 inches tall , a perfect crystal with beautiful ‘castle’ like formations. It was resting on my chest over my heart, glowing  a luminous rose color, in my mind’s eye. It seemed to emanate the light of pure love, that filled up my heart  with an energy that was like honey in a rosey sunlight. It felt like the love of the Divine Mother, a love that rejuvenated, strengthened, made whole  the entire substance of my heart.  This beautiful light  bathed my heart in warmth,comfort and peace, slowly seeping into my body like water into the earth.   Any type of stress or discomfort slowly melted away in that rosey honey light, and when I was finished my heart was full of love, peace and contentment.

Uranus the Great Awakener

Posted by sacreddream - July 3rd, 2011

Those who are familiar with astrology and the current influences may wonder why I only focused on the square between Uranus and Pluto, rather than the Grand Cross for the eclipse. I find most people react badly to mention of words like Grand Cross, and the first thing they ask  is -“when’s it going to be over?”   I find it more helpful to focus on the root of the matter and deal with that , and have positive reasonable  means for working with the influences.  Uranus and Pluto are going to be in a long cosmic square dance  til approximately  2019, maintaining very close orbits the whole time as they progress slowly together.  They form the foundation of change that will be happening over the next few years and the sun, moon and other planets are the catalysts and triggers that will  connect with them, particularly  as they go into  cardinal signs .   As in the case of the recent eclipse with the sun and saturn creating the four squares .   But, I believe that  the crux of the matter  is to recognize the real ally in all  this – Uranus , the awakener that connects us with the higher mind.

All the planets serve functions in the great flow, Neptune dissolves , Pluto revolutionizes , Uranus breaks up existing outmoded structures and Saturn patiently rebuilds. We often resist Saturn because its structure can restrict us, and or we experience the effects of the structures we create (Karma). But ultimately it is Saturn that helps us concretize our dreams and visions and creates a working foundation through which we can operate.  Similarly Uranus  can disrupt or even destroy a structure in our life,  but it is only the structures that wont last anyway.  A good relationship will weather a Uranus transit, although changes will have to be made , as well as a true vocation or spiritual path.  But the symbol of Uranus is the lightening bolt of realization  that electrifies and literally brings the potential for enlightenment in its wake. It reveals the truth to us , the truth that transforms our world view . It is also characterized as the Higher mind or spiritual intelligence and herein we have our ally.  Because as we can understand our lessons we can willingly participate.  So as Pluto in Capricorn is challenging us to re-evaluate our unconscious structures , especially as they relate to our everyday real world ( Capricorn is highly pragmatic), Uranus in Aries, in  sign of the self and the creative life force, can show us how to make the changes necessary.  The Aries energy making it self awareness, which promotes responsibility and accountability for our actions that have made  our reality, as well as offering us  the potential to recreate it.   These  awarenesses will come as “Aha” moments when we suddenly see clearly( for what may be the first time in a long,  time , if ever,) patterns in our lives, things we have done and choices we have  made to create those  patterns.  In the process of seeing possibly wrong  choices or mistakes it is easy to fall into feelings of failure and/or  regret, which is why we avoid looking at these things in the first place.  But the way to really benefit from this transit is to focus on what can be changed.  If you allow yourself the space and time for reflection and contemplation these “aha” moments may be even more profound.  If we view the astrological influences as the force  of evolution, what better way to change the planet than to awaken the consciousness of the human beings on it?

Sound Current as Healer

Posted by sacreddream - June 29th, 2011

These are definitely transformative times, especially this month with three eclipses!  Eclipses bring us the potential to end and to begin again, but strong aspects like these are not easy to deal with.  Pluto ( planet of transformation, revolution and regeneration of the unconscious )  in Capricorn ( ruled by Saturn= karma & structure) squaring or making a challenging aspect to Uranus ( eradicator of existing structures that brings a new paradigm) in Aries ( sign of the self)  translates  as a huge cosmic push  for for personal change.  Specifically in our habits ,outlooks, in  resetting or redefining our intentions, in  becoming  more aware of unconscious creations and patterns so that we can create / manifest  more consciously and effectively.  This all sounds well and good and in theory it is, on a spiritual level it definitely is , but on a human level it is difficult.  I  believe that the astrological influences are the force of evolution that make us grow ( ready or not!), and its as though the universe has stepped up the process to a very intense degree.   What to do in a situation like this?  My belief is that the Sound Current is one of the most powerful and transformative healers we have available to us.   Sacred sounds have the capacity to clear our energy fields, stimulate our higher brain functions ,regulate our brain waves and open the way for our higher selves ( who are creating our reality anyway), to connect with the personality self to let it know whats going on and to offer guidance from our spiritual intelligence. We have the luxury of being able just to listen to sacred sounds music or prayers, even it we dont have the strength, focus or ability to create it ourselves.  If the astrological influences are getting to you, try listening to soothing inspiring music just before you go to sleep  so the positive vibrations can go deep into your subconscious. You’ll find your intuition/  insight will begin to come through, as you clear the way , and you can potentially make the most of these aspects whose purpose is ultimately  to enlighten us.

Crystals for Dreaming

Posted by sacreddream - June 28th, 2011

A great part of our lives are spent sleeping, perchance to dream, but did you know that  you can affect the quality of your dreams with gemstones and crystals? I ‘ve been able to have lucid dreams, prophetic dreams,  traveling  shamanic dreams, dreams that heal me, teach me and allow me to connect with those that have crossed over using  crystals.  If youre interested in my quasi scientific explanation please refer to Astrology Gemstones and You for more  info.   Basically, gemstones have energy that is very subtle in frequency. These subtle frequencies can affect the brain waves and tune you into higher planes while you sleep.    As astrological transits can activate different phases of our life experience, we can make the most of these lessons using the crystals as aids. A crystal can bring in your spiritual energy/ higher self  to help you understand  the symbols in your dreams  so that they make more sense and seem less real, so that  you  can have more detachment in watching the inner movie. For example if you are having intense transformative dreams you can turn what could be a nightmare into a fascinating journey into your unconscious to learn about deep seated patterns that are affecting your life.   So it becomes more of a lesson experience than a helpless feeling. Or if you are feeling stuck creatively you can choose stones that open up your visionary qualities giving you more vivid colorful inspiring dreams. If you have a problem in your life , sometimes going to bed asking for a solution will bring a processing dream that sorts it out in your subconscious.  To me the fact that we can spend our sleeping time evolving ,growing and experiencing  a whole other side to the world is amazing and wonderful.  Many people say they dont dream or cant recall , crystals can also  help with recall and really being present in the dream so that it leaves a tangible imprint thats easy to remember.

A very basic formula for dream interpretation is to see every aspect of it as a symbol, to interpret each  symbol then connect the symbols with the activity , situation.  For example a friend of mine was telling me about a wonderful new relationship she was in. That night I dreamt she was on a big rollercoaster ride with all kinds of fascinating colors and lights. It turned out the relationship was a big roller coaster ride that unfortunately didnt end well and turned out to be an illusion. So we have the element of being taking for a ride, pretty colors and lights that werent really real, (glamour,) and the dream hinting that all was not as it may seem. Keeping a good dream journal  is essential because otherwise you forget or important details can be lost . One of the ways in which  ive been able to document prophetic dreams was to have it written down and many times the reality occurred as long as a year after the dream . I was in a bleak time in my life and had a dream about laying in a golden field with golden mountains around me and four hawks flying above me. It was very vivid and when I woke I felt comforted, happier. A year later I was in N Calif laying in a golden field with golden mountains all around me  with a dear friend and was very happy and four hawks flew above us just as it was in my dream. I felt that dream had been a gift  to show me a happier future, a better time which brought comfort to me at that low point in my life.  It has been suggested that deja-vu is really because we dreamt it first!

In order to set up your dream experience, make your bed a temple. Use incense, sage, or any other method you have to make it a sacred space. Choose inspiring colors or fabrics that make you feel divine.  Take a shower or bath before bed using your favorite essential oils./ fragrances if you like. When you go to sleep listen to meditation music or do mantras or prayers to clear and uplift your vibration. Like attracts like so you want to bring in the best possible energy to have the best possible dreams. Choose a small bag made of silk or cotton ( no polyester)and put in cedar, sage and sweetgrass for purifying the energy. You can also use Frankincense and Myrrh or Copal if you prefer.  Add to this lavender or rose  petals and most importantly Mugwort.(  1/4 purification herbs 1/4 fragrant flowers / herbs , 1/2 mugwort.)  Just before you drift off set an intention for what you need , want in your dream – healing , clarity , guidance etc.   Then comes the choosing of the crystals.  They will of course have to be tiny ( 1 inch max)  otherwise youll find it hard to sleep. Slip the bag in the pillowcase  underneath the pillow so it doesnt wander  in the night. Here is a sampling from my experience of crystals and their effects. You may need to experiment with your own combinations to find what works for you. Tip: always add a grounding stone to help the body /mind connection and to filter out negative energies-  like black tourmaline , amber,  garnet or smokey quartz.  Sweet Dreams!

Flourite – enhances recall and clarity of dreams. Purple for spiritual insight, blue for creativity,green for emotional balance

Azurite- stimulates the 3rd eye and psychic activity( intuition/ higher mind)

Opals and or Moonstones-  for vivid colorful imaginative dreams

Labradorite – same as opals and moonstones but the energy is more grounded if you are too etheric

Lapis Lazuli- deep insightful dreams

Herkimer diamonds- “traveling,”( ie you can go anywhere and feel like its a real experience)  flying and shamanic dreams

Prehnite- peaceful meditative dreams

Kyanite- all around balancing and centering

Calcite – soothing calming dreams ( many colors- each relates to a chakra :green for the heart, gold for the will etc)

Amethyst- Light= spiritual inspiration , dark= powerful transformative dreams

Coral- emotional balancing

 Green Jade – emotional processing

Blue tourmaline- heightens psychic activity, spiritual influence

 There are numerous others that can be used~ these are my favorites. Another tip : be gentle when you wake and before you look at anything in the room focus on what you dreamnt and write it down asap. An “old wives tale” says if you look out a window your dream will fly out ( and be lost) !

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