Wow, the artwork for the illustrated book Golden Dolphin Rainbow Turtle was just finished last weekend. Incredible! The two images on the right are from the two final pages. Page 14 and 15. Page 14: The first image from page 14 represents a shift into the new way of living in the world. You can see the military surrendering all the weapons, dismantling bombs. Birds are flying out of the economy building which has a huge open safe. A elephant is running free from a city zoo and all the people are leaving the city in large numbers. The hungry are being fed and the poor are being given money. People are finding powerful ways to connect to the land and to themselves.
Page 15 The second image represents how this transition into a new world has taken place and we are relating in ways that supports all life on the planet. Water is safe to drink from our streams again, we are learning from our elders, children are supported by the community and learning happens in direct contact with life. Homes are sustainably built and farming is a community initiative. Transportation is sustainable also. All because we as a humanity are operating from healed places within us.
Turning Challenge into Success
Being shy doesn't necessarily make the world a better place. Nor do vulnerability and limitations. Ironically challenges can serve as a catalyst for growth. Just this past weekend I had a great opportunity to teach yoga a couple of times at a retreat to a large group of people. Sharing something that I have a profound love for, I realised that the doubts serve me to understand what it takes to come home into into my true self. Therefore I could guide others into their true selves. The challenges as a result support to serve from a place of authenticity. They help me to listen beneath the pain of separation and discover who I really am.
After moving deeply into the world of my creative cocoon I discovered that I can trust the unknown places and find a beauty inside my soul I never dreamed of. That I could be with what I discovered within and unearth this through the pages of a kid's book, Golden Dolphin, Rainbow Turtle. After more than 3 years of working on illustrations, they are complete. After doubts, personal reservations, struggles, holidays, relocations, successes and numerous life changes, the results are beyond what I ever dreamed possible.
Staying present in the journey remains paramount. There is nothing more valuable than persistence. Persistence of-course with flexibility. Without the two, I doubt the book would be coming to completion in the way that it is.
Still anxiety visits. Thoughts about what's next. The mind comes in and wants to know all the things to feel secure, to iron out any reasons for insecurity. Yet, there is only what can be taken care of in the present that supports a shift.
Anxiety arrives when I am not able to rest in the present. When my attention drifts into the future and wonders what may go wrong. Always, things flow when I let go and allow what serves to take place.
In exactly the same way all the money arrived to crowdfunding this book, there is a deeper knowing that beyond fear, a new paradigm of trust will unearth all that is required.
When we come home to what supports us, it is this, the capacity to quieten our inner world, the mind. To know that everything arrives from beyond the mind. To access this, be present with exactly what is in the present. It is our gateway beyond anxiety and into true freedom.