Art and the Shrinking Parathyroid Tumor continued…

I didn’t plan on doing a Back of the Heart tumor dissolving painting today but this dropped in this afternoon.

You can see the tumor in the left image but it is a little smaller.

I am really excited about the healing energy coming from this painting. It is talking to my soul and Inner Physician.

This is an early phase:


As you can see the energy in this stage is completely different. I was compelled to take a photo of this. I realize now that is because it has something to say to me that is different than the finished painting. I think what it is showing me is the importance of focusing on the throat chakra symbol in the upper left had corner and the throat chakra sound, shown by the music.

Here it is! Finished!

The blue and white image is more eitheric and the finished image more grounded and connected.

28FD97C0-BF03-487E-B6E1-5EF6F5AA6D4DThere is something very profound happening in this painting and in me!

When I was painting it I could see the look on the doctor’s face when he told me the tumor was gone. I am seeing it happening. And more importantly, I feel the excitement I will feel when he says “It’s Gone!” That is an important part of manifestation. Sending the intention and feeling the emotion that you feel when it happens. That is what pulls it to you.

The interesting thing about visionary art is that each step in the painting has an impact. This painting has different energy than the finished painting. So I get different information from each part of the process.


Throat Chakra symbol in upper left corner- The most common Sanskrit name for the Throat chakra is “Vishudda”, which means “pure” or “purification”.

This chakra is related to the element of sound. Through the throat, sound is propagated into the air and its vibration can be felt not just in our ears, but also in our whole body. It is an important instrument of communication and expression.

Musical Note: The note depicts the note for G. This sound vibrates the throat chakra.  You see that sound coming from the throat chakra symbol, going into the tumor making it smaller and transforming it into a blue butterfly.

Blue Butterfly:

In most cultures, the blue butterfly is a symbol of acceptance, honor, and great energy. A blue butterfly can also symbolize the passing of time, change, and meaningful purpose in life. Seeing a blue butterfly or holding it can have a calming effect on a person. In some part of the world, blue butterflies are rare, so it is considered extremely lucky to observe one. The blue butterfly is a symbol of Spirit speaking through transformation and change. In some cultures, spotting a blue butterfly is thought to bring sudden good luck. ** Blue butterflies are also considered wish-granters. Spotting a blue butterfly means that a wish one makes or made will come true. A blue colored butterfly is often thought to symbolize joy and happiness

These images are magical!

Journey to Dissolve Parathyroid Tumor begins…


Have you ever talked with a body part?  I know, it sounds crazy but we can tap into valuable information by just asking. That is where these two images came from.  I asked my parathyroid tumor what it wanted to share and the first thing I heard was “Bittersweet”.  Not surprising since I spent the last 2.5 years recovering from 3 heart attacks and open heart surgery and now I was faced with this!

Part of dissolving the tumor will be done with art. This is first of The back of Heart series of unknown length. On the left is where my parathyroid is currently, which is on the back of my aorta, and on the right what I want it to look like in the future, which is gone. I will do a series of these using my body as a guide until it is gone.

The title of the one on the left is bittersweet and that is in the painting coming from the heart.  The title of the right side image is Radiant.

The idea is to continue to check in with the tumor, ask where it is at, how big it is, and what it needs.  That will be painted as an image on the left side of the paper.  The right side is always about where I want to end up through this journey.  That image can change over time as well but is always the positive aspect I am aiming for.

After I completed the painting I researched the symbol of bittersweet, which is a plant.  Aside from the obvious that this is a bittersweet issue I am dealing with, here is what I found for the symbolism of bittersweet:

“Bittersweet is protection from evil spells.  It is also used in healing rituals. As a part of a cleansing or a protective ritual, it is believed that it sends out more power to the Universe, keeping negativity and other bad things away from you.”

Perfect vehicle for healing!


Healing using Art and Art Therapy


This is a new series following my journey to dissolve a Parathyroid tumor using art and alternative medicine.

This was last Tuesday…Not good…

Back from the surgeon. I saw the scan they did yesterday. The parathyroid tumor is behind the aorta. This rarely happens!

The surgery is going to be so complicated that the surgeon needs a couple of months to think about the best way to do it. He has never seen one there before. He wants to consult with other surgeons and he said he would think about it when he is doing other surgeries to get some ideas. So sometime in December.

I am also still healing from open heart surgery that hasn’t been a year yet. The surgeon said that both of the possible entry points have scar tissue from the open heart surgery and it will start to break up once I am healed so it will be easier to open me up.

Which gives me two months to disappear it.

The recovery will be as hard as recovery from open heart surgery and if they open me up in the front there is a 50% chance my vocal cord could get damaged and I would have a hoarse voice forever. I know, it could be sexy….also risk to the aorta.

So I told the surgeon I was going to make it go away. I told him I had done it before with my gallbladder and I could do it again. He didn’t roll his eyes like you would think. He didn’t even blink an eye but say he was behind me to do this. He encouraged me to do that. He said he supported me in doing that. And he was all over testing my blood again to see if it was still there.

What? Doctors always roll their eyes when I talk about doing magic. By magic, I mean making things go away that are not suppose to go away.  I have done it before.

I am determined to do it again!

I want to be clear that I have no resistance to having surgery if that is necessary. Letting go completely to resistance was a huge lesson learned during my heart journey. I know how important that is to returning to wellness.

With that said I also have no resistance to the tumor going away on its own. Of the two options that is my preference, of course. I also love the idea of being a way shower about the possibilities we have for healing.

Two of the things I will be doing art working with art and sound/frequency/vibrations. Art is one of the most powerful healing tools I know. It is a way of seeing current and future ideas. I am a trained art therapist so I know that it can impact all levels of healing and that is why it is my go-to modality.

I am going to start a new series of paintings called the Back of the Heart. I had been planning this for a few days when my friend Rev Marshall Wright gave me a new idea this morning that I will be working on the paintings.

I am also a trained sound therapist and know how powerful that is for healing so will be doing that too.

I am combining these things with a new quantum healing tool I just discovered that will enhance and support anything else I am doing and any prayers and healing anyone sends me.

I plan to learn from this issue, just as I have from my heart. There is something here for me to learn.

In the end, if I have to have surgery I won’t see it as a failure. The tumor either goes away before surgery or It needs help to go away with surgery.

Whatever happens is the path.

Soul Portraits for Group Experiences


I spent the weekend at my friend Tai Goodwin-Kastens Santuary Retreat at the Arc. I highly recommend Tai if you really want to move your business forward! She is a fabulous coach.

I learned so much about marketing and have a plan of action to move forward with.

She invited me to do a Soul Portrait of the group experience. I start every soul Portrait by connecting with the person or event at a higher level. In most cases an image drops into my inner vision. From there I begin the painting.

The painting above is what I painted. It is 14 x 16 watercolor.

Before I even left home the image started coming to me as I tuned in to the group. I saw a tree in the center and the seeds and water at the bottom. The tree is an actual tree on the grounds that I was attracted to immediately and the sky is what we saw when we went out to dinner the first night.

When I arrived symbols for each of the participants came in. As the weekend unfolded I heard people making reference to things that their symbol stood for and they hadn’t seen the painting.

For example: each of the seeds represents one of the people in the group. On the second day Tai talked about how we were planting seeds.

If you would like me to do a Soul Portrait for you, individually or for a group or event, connect with me.


Interview with Michele Rae of The Center Within

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Michele Rae, of the Center Within and author of Living From the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming. Michele is a participant in Brush and Pen: Festival for Artists and Authors,

Welcome, Michele! It’s an honor to spend time with you today!

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Katelyn- Let’s start off with you telling us a bit about yourself that isn’t writing related.

Michele-I have a passion for supporting humanity as we choose timelines that have the most positive outcomes for the greater good during this time of tremendous transformation. It has been my heartsong for many years now. I founded The Center Within, LLC in 2001 and provide intuitive holistic life coaching designed to accelerate and support personal, professional and organizational transformation. While working with me, clients tell me they become more confident and engaged as they enhance their gifts, talents, wisdom, and passions. Part of this process of transformation also requires we all gain clarity and power as we expose and unblock limiting beliefs, stuck patterns, and fears. As an empath, my abilities in deep listening, intuition, appreciative inquiry, spiritual practices, mindfulness, presence and emotional intelligence are supportive as clients create self-directed strategies to implement the changes they desire to create a life they love.

I also offer classes and retreats through the Center Within. In addition, I am a graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota in the Center for Spirituality & Healing, The Humphrey Institute and the College of Pharmacy. I teach about mindfulness leadership, Mind-Body Science, spirituality and human development. I will talk and teach about these topics wherever I get invited! Supporting people on their journey to wholeness and full discovery of their holiness is a true delight!

Katelyn- You are teaching powerful information which is so needed right now. People need to learn to be self-empowered to be able to navigate the waters of change we are in right now.

I am always curious to learn what inspires an author to write. Can you tell our readers what inspired you to start writing?

Michele- I had clients, students, friends and family ask if I had the information we talked about in one place so they could read more and share it within their circles. This prompted me to write blogs and articles that eventually made their way into this book.

Katelyn- I think a lot of authors start by writing a blog.  I know I did and it helped me to get more clarity on my thoughts before jumping into a book. I imagine your clients and students are grateful that you put your wisdom into Living From the Center Within!


Do you have a genre that you prefer to write in and to read?

Michele-Spirituality, human development, self-care, transformation, the evolution of consciousness, mindfulness

Katelyn- Those are some of my favorites too. I have found that authors have all kinds of reasons for choosing to write.  I am interested in why you write.

Michele-I write because we are living amidst a huge shift and in a transformative period which is creating lots of confusion, uncertainty, and change. This book is a roadmap for us to utilize as we move towards a new way of being human. Cultivating higher consciousness in myself and others brings me joy. This book invites the readers to join more deeply into this conversation so that together we may build our capacity to live at higher levels of consciousness. I encourage all who read it to connect and build the community of people living with intention and expanding our awareness. I invite each of us to support one another as we co-create who we are each becoming with love and compassion.

Katelyn- I think it is so important for those of us who have been on the path for a long time to pass our wisdom along to others, which is what you are doing. Those who are newer on the path, as you say, are faced with confusion and uncertainty and books like yours will give them more of a sense of peace as they move through the change.

As an author and creative, I am sure you get creative blocks at times.  What do you do when you get a creative block?

Michele- In the book I have a chapter dedicated to transforming practices and have utilized all of them at different times when I have a creative block. In the book, I define transforming practices as activities designed to center, quiet, and open the mind-body-heart. They help us focus attention and awareness in the present moment. These mindfulness practices encourage open receptivity, accepting and observing without evaluation or judgment. Here are a few from the list:

  • Breathwork: patterns of breathing
  • Meditation: mindfulness, concentrative, moving, open
  • Music: listening to chant, singing, toning
  • Silence: binge in quiet
  • Smell: aromatherapy
  • Mindful eating: intentionally prepare and eat a meal
  • Body Movement: exercise, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, stretch, walk a labyrinth, dance
  • Guided Imagery: autogenics, visualizations
  • Journal: writing and reflecting, creating a gratitude journal
  • Art: writing, drawing, sculpting, creating mandalas, making collages
  • Biofeedback: using instruments that provide feedback on physiological changes  
  • Being in nature: walking, sitting, observing
  • Contemplation and study: sacred text, poetry, koans, myths, symbols, metaphor, archetypes
  • Ritual: a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects that support an intention
  • Dreams: recording, contemplating, exploring meaning and insights in dreams

Katelyn- That is a fabulous list of ways to move through any kind of block.  Many of them I have used myself and know that they work.  It looks like there is a lot of valuable information in Living from the Center Within.

I am sure you have read a lot of books over the years. Do you have writers who inspire you and can you tell us why?

Michele- I am inspired by other’s who are visible in leading conversations and building community during this time of transformation. They are envisioning a new world and providing tools and insights for us all.  A few include:

Deepak Chopra, A.H. Almaas, Wayne Dyer, David Hawkins, Ken Wilbur, Barbara Marx

Hubbard, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Jon Kabat-Zinn

I also find great wisdom in the sacred teachings and poetry

Katelyn- A great list of leaders in the new world movement. Anyone of them would be a great place to start if someone is interested in exploring this field in more depth.

I imagine there are people reading this blog who might want to write a book themselves someday. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?


Let your writing be a dance. Let it move you, show you new ways to know yourself and the material that is presenting. Let it transform you. Write from the heart, let the head, details and how unfold like magic to support your art expressing into the world. Create routine time and space in your life for your writing, just like setting aside time for spiritual practice.

Katelyn- That’s a beautiful way to look at. I love the metaphors you use. You are speaking my language!

As we end this conversation I would like the readers to know how they can support you in your work?

Michele- People can buy my book, write a review, share my book with other likeminded lightworkers, way showers and those interested in living a life they love. You can also support my writing by sending me feedback on the book, participating in one or many of the many classes I offer or come in for a coaching session.

Katelyn-What is your web address or where can people find your book and connect with you are coaching or speaking? or contact her at or 612-465-9775

Direct links to more about my book:

Local Artist Interview with Marilyn Indahl

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Katelyn: Today I am interviewing another participant in Brush and Pen: Festival for Artists and Authors, Marilyn Indahl.
Hi Marilyn, thanks for taking the time to share a bit about yourself with our readers.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself that isn’t writing related?

Marilyn: I’m a sports photographer.  Although art influences my photographs, I see sports photography more about skill and anticipation. One needs to know the sport well enough to anticipate how the play will proceed and capture action at its peak moment.  I began photographing sports because I found it challenging to capture a fast-moving subject.  Later on, I discovered I enjoy the intensity and emotion that most athletes experience.  Hopefully, I capture that in my photographs as well.
Katelyn: I looked at your photography and there are some amazing shots.  You captured the moment perfectly!  Can you tell us what inspired you to start creating art?  I encourage people look at Marilyn’s website.
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Marilyn: Since I was very young, I needed to make things, so I don’t really remember a  beginning.  I always loved art class in school and tried many media including acrylic painting, clay pottery,(not ceramics), photography and finally glass, fused glass, stained leaded glass and blown glass.
Katelyn: I think its true of many artists that it was something we started when we were kids and just kept doing it. Do you have a favorite medium?
Marilyn:  Glass is my favorite!  When I can’t blow glass any longer I’ll return to fusing and stained, leaded glass. My interest in glass began as a fascination with me since I was a child.  How something that captures and transforms light into a mixture of dazzling colors and nondescript shapes could start as a lava hot liquid was truly a miracle to my young mind.  Once the item cools, it is solid enough to hold.  Completely smooth, pleasant to touch and even more incredible to look through.
Katelyn: I find glass fascinating too.  I watched someone blow a piece one time and it was amazing.  Can you tell us why you make art?
Marilyn: I need to…  I can’t really explain why, but there is a strong yearning to create something I consider beautiful.  And it is extra special when others like what I create.  It is actually an honor when someone wants to purchase something I’ve made.  To know that my creations bring joy to others is a rewarding feeling of satisfaction.
Katelyn: I totally get the creative pull! You just have to follow it, don’t you?  Most of us get creative blocks at times. What do you do when you get a creative block?
Marilyn:  Good question…  I consider new colors and ways to apply them to my glass.  I also look through pictures of other glass artists.  Then I go back to making what I know and see what evolves from there.
Katelyn:  That’s a great way to move past it! Speaking of the work of other artists, do you have someone who inspires you and can you tell us why?
Marilyn: Lino Tagliapietra is whom I admire most.  He is from Murano, the small island in Italy where glass blowing has been done for centuries.  He can create the most delicate vessels and also create beautiful works on a very large scale.  Many of his pieces depict fluidity, almost suggesting motion.  And at the end of the day, he goes home and helps cook dinner!
Katelyn: Oh my gosh, I had to go and look up Lino Tagliapietra, his work is gorgeous.  What advice would you give an aspiring artist?
Marilyn: Find what you enjoy and work at it.  Work hard at your craft, skills come with practice and experience.
Katelyn: How can people support your work?
Marilyn:  I’ve never thought of that…  If people like what they see, I can only ask they share it with others.
Thank you, that was fun.  You had me thinking about things I hadn’t considered before.

Is This Synchronicity?


I love synchronicity. I even love the word. I am experiencing it more and more these days because of this place of non-resistance I am in.

My word for the year is joy, so every morning I pose the question in my journal about how to line up with joy today. So I did that and my higher wisdom said “keep doing what you are doing.”

so I have been playing with the word joy, and this phrase “I don’t know how ________”

Yesterday we got about 10 inches of snow and I had to move my car off the street before 8 AM this morning, because the city was going to plow our street. I really wasn’t looking forward to digging out so I said out loud. ”

***I don’t know how but it will be easy to move my car!” In my mind I could see my car moving easily down the street, through the snow.

I got bundled up warm, unlocked the door and walked out. There were my neighbors Roger and Mary removing all the snow from my car! I started the car to warm it up and Roger cleared the windows. He told me he would get it out of the snow bank and onto the road so it would be easier for me to drive. Instead he moved it out of the snowbank, down the street and parked it! At the same time another neighbor was shoveling my walk.

Synchronicity? Great intending? Who knows. All I know is it raised the joy vibration of my day 10 fold ❤️

All of this magic took place in 30 minutes!!!

Cracking Open Creatively

Our Wild, creative nature

Medicine Woman Art

I finally did it! My first painting in 5 years. I have done some small work which you can find in my 30 Day Art Practice, in this blog, but this is the first serious, visionary piece I have done. I have my last painting on my wall. It was painted in September of 2006.

I wasn’t sure what made me stop except a long list of excuses, including not enough time, nothing to paint and all of the usual things. Of course there was something deeper, there always is.

The painting above is an integration piece for me and the real reason I stopped painting. I didn’t know it at the time but I felt invisible. I felt like no one cared about my work but me, so why even paint. For years I painted at least one painting a week, sometimes more than that. Many artists feel that…

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My Psyche’s Journey


I have posted this painting before but I am learning more about it…

As many of you know, my artwork is prophetic. The message may be for someone else but often times it’s for me. Many times there are layers of meaning, as people who I have done soul portraits find out.

I woke up thinking about this painting. When I painted it In Spain in Nov 2015, I thought it was Psyche floating over the River Styx at the end of a journey, which it was at the time, but it turns out to be the beginning of a journey too.

Psyche and Eros is an epic love story. In the story Psyche is given four tasks that she must complete in order to love and marry Eros. The tasks are life threatening or impossible and it is Venus’ hope that one of them will kill her, which they didn’t because she found a way to get through each of them. She came out stronger and more determined with each task.

Not long after painting this painting I started the epic journey of my heart. My four tasks were three heart attacks and open heart surgery. All of them life threatening tasks. Each one of them difficult yet transformed me and made me stronger.  Like Psyche I didn’t know the next task was coming and I wasn’t sure I could complete each task

Just like Psyche my impossible journey has opened my heart to love again. For many years I was in conflict about love. A big part of me wanted a partner and another part of me was committed to staying single until hell froze over. I had done 30 years worth of personal work and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t in a relationship.  There was good reason that I chose to protect my heart in that way and in the end I had to have my heart opened surgically.

After I had the first heart attack the inner conflict became very clear to me. There was no way I was going to attract anyone with that program running. My aura was sending that message out to every man who came near me. It took Four difficult, life threatening tasks to clear it out.

Now I am ready to love again.