My Personal River Styx

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As a visionary artist my paintings are often prophetic.  This one was painting in Ibiza, Spain and at the time I wasn’t sure of its meaning. 4 months after I painted it I began a journey on my personal River Styx that started with a heart attack. (You can read some of my blogs about it here.)

A simple understanding of this painting is that it is Psyche floating in a chrysalis on the River Styx toward the moon.  She moves gracefully over the souls of the dead who lost their lives in the river. I understood the image to mean it is possible to float gracefully over perilous waters when navigating the darkness with light.  The light and dark create balance and she is able to find her way.

In the story of Psyche and Eros she has to complete 4 almost impossible tasks in order to win the favor of the Goddess Aphrodite who was jealous of her and wanted her to die. The last part of the story, in which Psyche has important tasks to fulfill, shows the making of her Self. The third task was to go to the mouth of the River Styx where it entered the underworld and fill a crystal vase with water.  Through death, which is an organic and symbolic part of life, she is born into eternal life by undergoing tests, purifications, death, resurrection, and ascension.

In Asteroid Goddesses, Demetra George says that Psyche archetype is connected with psychic sensitivity, especially towards the mind and feelings of another, but also with being able to feel and communicate with nature.

The river Styx (“the river of hate”) was the boundary between the Earth and the Underworld. It separates the realm of the living from that of the dead. To touch the water is fatal, yet the Styx is the river of life and psyche is learning that she must meet life patiently and carefully. Mythologically the River Styx is the river of life and death.  Its raging torrents are the source of human creativity and vitality.  It could be seen as a symbol of the collective unconscious.  Psyche’s task is to draw from its plrimordial waters only those energies that are appropriate for her emerging individuality (ego self) symbolised by the crystal goblet.

On her path, Psyche is now integrating the archetypally masculine energies symbolized by the eagle: a solar bird of consciousness. The only way for Psyche to complete the task is to not only listen to her feminine self but also subordenate her self to the masculine spirit of the eagle/Zues. This symbolizes the union of the masculine and feminine and how working together gets the task done.

“Eagles are the opposite energy to the energy carried by the river Styx: thus this labour entails the unification of opposites. In connection with eagle symbolism, Cirlot shares an interesting thought in his Dictionary of Symbols: “… the constellation of the Eagle is placed just above the man carrying the pitcher of Aquarius, who follows the bird’s movement so closely that he seems to be drawn after it by unseen bonds. From this it has been inferred that Aquarius is to be identified with Ganymede, and also with the fact that even the gods themselves need the water of the Uranian forces of life.” The higher Aquarian waters of pure understanding are juxtaposed with the murky, toxic waters of hate flowing in the Styx. Both streams reflect the mysteries of Life and Death, as the whole myth of Eros and Psyche does.”

Zeus’ eagle now comes to Psyche giving her an overview of how to go after what you need, how you avoid the dangers, keep your eye on the prize, and go for it. The eagle takes the crystal goblet. It returns to give Psyche the goblet, now filled with Stygian water that she was to get for task three. One would say that at each step Psyche has learned something new. The eagle, has the ability to see what it wants and plunge from the sky to grab it in its talons. That ability to see the overall picture, to see the forest but not each individual tree, is a way of being in the world.  The masculine focus and action combined with the feminine intuition and creative thinking forms a balanced union of the energies, which helps her complete this difficult task.

In my journey to heal my heart I was very aware of the energies of death, especially after the second heart attack which had a 1% chance of happening.  I felt like I was floating on both the waters of life and the waters of death in a very delicate juxtaposition. My task was also to integrate the masculine and feminine energies within myself so that I could live a balanced and authentic life.

At times when I was focused on the idea that I might die I had to rise above those feelings like and eagle and get a higher prospective otherwise I was overwhelmed with anxiety. My task was healing and anxiety didn’t help me with that task.  I had to draw from the life giving waters remembering that I had the vehicle to float gracefully above that waters of death that seemed to be pulling at me.

There is so much more to that painting and so many more connections that could be made but that is a taste of how I see it as being prophetic for my journey and how the information I get is often ahead of what happens in the physical world.

 

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Rune Story

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Rune Story Painting by Katelyn Mariah

People of olden times used runes to communicate with one another. The runes are ancient keys to other dimensions which hold secret information and can shed light on our path.  They are guides for our journey of self discovery that lead us back to our source.  They were left by our ancestors to show us the way.  Just seeing the ancient symbol can awaken our memory.

There are many types of runes and the Danish runes are one such writing system created between 800 and 1000 C.E in the Viking age. They are known as either the Danish Futhark or the Younger Futhark and it is theorized that they originated in the Danish region and are based on the old Roman alphabet.  The Younger Futhark consists of 16 characters, which is 8 characters less than the common rune system. It was common place for the rune master to write what they called ‘rune poems’ to help them remember the meanings of each rune.

I wrote this rune poem as part of a book.  It goes along with the image at the top.

Realm of the Runes

On an ancient path,

the spirals round.

up to the castle throne,

at the left side of the gateway,

stands a giant stone.

Local legend echoes,

of the ancestors who with

their swords did cover,

magic symbols

on the stone

like a time capsule

to be discovered.

They say it was the Vikings,

on a journey to other lands,

who left this ancient message,

in the place that it still stands.

Each letter is a magic rune,

with a story all it’s own,

and if you can crack

it’s secret code,

it will help you journey home.

On either side,

of the ancient words

carved upon this cold face,

stand two swans,

 frozen in eternal grace.

Like guardians on the road,

this moss covered stone is cast,

A long forgotten memory of days of old,

whispers mysterious secrets of the past.

I Was Afraid to Look Back!

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I sat in the audience near the back of the room, transfixed, as the man in front of the room talked about the powerful art on easels in front of him.  What he was saying shocked me and I could hardly take it in.  He talked about how each image pulled together symbolism from all different cultures around the world into a cohesive whole.

It wasn’t until he said ” and therefore, I am extremely privileged to be here to be more or less the official midwife to announce to the world that this is not just an artist- Katelyn is an initiate of consciousness”, that I went into complete shock and shut down, as the entire room turned toward where I was sitting, stood and began to clap.

The world at that moment was surreal.

I was rushed to the front of the room where I stood paralyzed as people asked me how I did this, what was my process, what did I do to prepare.  I couldn’t speak.

I didn’t do anything special, I just listened to the promptings of my soul and painted pictures of what I was shown.  Images that came so fast and furious for two months that I couldn’t capture them all. I listened and I painted. I painted 44 images in all.

I met Ron Mangravite in 1996, at a spiritual salon that my friend Dr. Jan Adams held in her home once a month.  I happened to bring my paintings with me to the salon and as I sat next to Ron, showing him the images he started saying things about them and their connections to different cultures and mythology and symbolism.  I looked at him and told him I didn’t know what he was talking about.  He told me he thought I had years of study in mythology and ancient symbolism and was surprised when I said no.

After a visit to a friend she decided to help me make the images into a meditation deck and “Awaken the Goddess Meditation Deck” was born.  Ron had told me that if we ever had an art show with my art he wanted to be there to talk about the images.  I had no idea what he would say about my paintings but we invited him to speak at the launch party for the deck.  There were about 100 people in the room.  Everything change for me that night.  Someone spoke the truth about who I was and it scared me to death!

In attempting to find her identity, which is the Goddess, and find ways she could manifest, she apparently went down deep enough to get totally past Katelyn, to get totally past everything but her femininity, because these images are the Goddess.  Katelyn dug down deep enough to get past anything that is the person and found real legitimate expressions that came from such a mixed bag of a culture that it would be very difficult for her to have truly cheated.  She does not know that some of these symbols are Babylonian, Sumerian, Chinese, and Welsh.  She cold not possibly known without at least 10 or 15 years of study.  She could not have made this mixed bag up by faking it.  It has to come from someplace very real. Ron Mangravite

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Ron had a mystery school where he taught about occult mysteries and many of his students were in the room.  Some of them were friends of mine.  Other people in the room were friends, family and my two children.  The experience freaked me out.

It didn’t stop me from painting at first.  I painted my impressions of the balance between the masculine and feminine that came through my soul.  There were more then 66 of them.  I met with Ron the next time he was in town and we looked at my art and once again he told me all of the symbolism that he was seeing in my new paintings.  I really couldn’t get my mind around it.  During that meeting I asked him if I could join his mystery school and he told me that I knew more than he did and I wouldn’t benefit from his courses.  Once again I was shocked. I couldn’t comprehend what he was saying to me because it didn’t make sense.  I was just painting what came through me.

Ron told me that he wanted to try and create a workshop that we both would facilitate.  He told me “let us plan on meeting the next time I am north under any circumstances.” He expected that to be around October 1998.  On the 1st of October I was in my studio when suddenly I was downloaded information about the ancient blood mysteries.  I didn’t even know what that meant but I wrote down what I heard.  Ron died that day while teaching his class.  I saw one of his students soon after that and I asked her what she knew about the blood mysteries and I told her the information I had gotten.  She looked at me shocked and said “That is what Ron was teaching the day he died.”

Ron had indeed connected with me in October under any circumstances…

To Be Continued…

Part 2 Why did this scare me so much?

A Sample Soul Portrait

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Here is an introduction to how I do a soul portrait for clients.


Soul Portraits are created through the energetic connection with clients’ inner being.  I quiet my mind and center myself, connect with my Divine Inner Genius and that of the person I am painting for.  Through this connection I gather information, metaphor and symbolism to create an image that is specific to each person.  The image brings to conscious awareness the message that the soul wants the client to have at the time it is created in order to enhance growth.

It is the Spirit that manifests through each creative work that gives it life and imbues it with symbol, color, energy and movement that touches the soul of the viewer.  It is the same Spirit that indigenous peoples have worked with for thousands of years in healing work.  The painting becomes a tool for continued healing, transformation and insight as it speaks to the client’s psyche.

Each painting supports opening the doorways of the pituitary and pineal glands in the body which align us with our soul purpose and help us stay centered in our energetic frequency.

These watercolor images can include sacred geometry, symbols, animal totems, numeric patterns and verbal guidance from spirit.  The information acts as key codes to open gateways to the soul.  The image will facilitate your ability to continue to connect more deeply with your inner wisdom and higher guidance.  Each painting includes a written information sheet reflecting on symbols, astrology, numerology and spiritual guidance as it pertains to the image.

READING

This image was created for a woman in Washington State.

Symbolism

ROSE:

The rose is a symbol for perfection, the pleroma, completion, the mystery of life, the heart center of life, the unknown, beauty grace and happiness. As the flower of the feminine deities it is Love, life, creation, fertility, beauty and virginity.  It’s fragrance is the highest frequency on the planet. It symbolizes the mystic center of the heart.  The rose (Latin, rosa, in Greek, rhodon) is a sacred symbol of regeneration, purity, virginity, fertility, sexuality, secrets, and most of all, love. It is a feminine symbol of the two extremes of the universe found in the virgin planet we know as Venus and also Jupiter which is the, “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW.” In the earliest of times, women were often referred to as a ” rosebud,” and a bride a “rose.”

In Ancient Egypt the rose was an emblem of immortality, and the rose with the cross was the symbol of the “secrets of immortality.” The rose is the flower of the virgin Goddess of a thousand names who governs both heaven and hell, Isis.  In Ancient Egypt, in the temples, rites, and in festivals of Isis, roses were always a main decoration, and the Egyptians had also exported these roses around the world. The rosette continued to have a royal symbolism down into later times.

In Greek mythology, the rose with five petals became the five-pointed star (pentagram or pentacle) of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite and the red petals of the rose are the blood of Lord Adonis (Jupiter). In the Ancient Greek legend of Harpocrates, the god of silence; Eros presents a rose to the god of silence. This is where the term “sub rosa,” or “under the rose”- meaning “the keeping of a secret” is derived from, and why it is used in many secret societies as their main symbols.

This just scratches the surface on the meaning of rose.  I suggest you do more research to see what resonates with you.

HUMMINGBIRD:

Hummingbird medicine is the vibration of pure joy.  Hummingbird conjures up love like no other medicine does and hummingbird feathers open the heart.  Without and open and loving heart you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life.  The humming bird is a natural symbol of beauty and harmony.  They teach us how to use flowers to heal and win hearts.  It is the symbol of accomplishing that which seems impossible. It’s wings move in a figure 8, the symbol of infinity, linking the past and future and the laws of cause and effect. The hummingbird will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own circumstances.

Numerology

FOUR:

The Number four repeats in the image.  Four is the number of order, definition, meaningful alignment, discrimination and natural cycles such as the four seasons and the four directions.  It is the number of strong foundations. It is the square which is at the base of the pyramid, the solid foundation that unifies the lines of directional forces. Four asks you to utilize tools of discrimination.  Now is the time to manifest your dreams or vision. You are being brought into alignment, bringing healing into this cycle of your life so that you can become the architect who manifests your dreams.  Channel your creative energy constructively, generating the power to practical manifestation.

INTUITIVE GUIDANCE FROM KATELYN

(This is always written before studying the individual symbols and you can see the correlation between the two)

Meditating on this image will bring you into the vibration of pure love and joy. There is not an opening of the spiritual heart.  The heart is a delicate rose, love is it’s fragrance and beauty is its color.  Just like the rose bud, one must push itself outward to release the flower, petal by petal. An oping in the heart is like the bud coming into flower.  This is a process of movement and finally a display of great beauty.  Notice that the star wheel is moving clockwise.  This is the direction of the movement,  Be like the rose and know that you move toward love, beauty, joy and harmony.

This image will continue to inform you over time.  As a suggestion you might do further study on the symbols, numbers, meaning of colors and information from the intuitive guidance section.  You can also use the image as a meditation piece to further explore it’s meaning.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE RECIPIENT OF THIS PAINTING

“I love my soul portrait, the rose and hummingbirds and the number four were so appropriate for me at this time.  I have been doing a lot of inner digging and feel the rose represents the awakening and compassion I need to bloom.  Recently my partner and I purchased hummingbird feeders four our home and I have been practicing learning my lessons through the experience of joy and bliss rather than pain and hardship.  Four represent the work I have accomplished in creating and nourishing my home and establishing roots.  We have been here for exactly 4 years.  I love my soul portrait, it is a very uplifting, breakthrough experience I will cherish.”

Go here to Get your own soul message created just for you by Katelyn

 

 

Morning Star Evening Star

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” If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find.  Truth is functioning through you.  When you open your eyes, it is truth opening his/her eyes.  When you close your eyes, it is truth who is closing its eyes.

Then you live as truth-alive, radiant, contented, blissful, a song unto yourself.  Your whole life becomes a prayer without any words, or better to say a prayfulness, a grace, a beauty which does not belong to our mundane world, a ray of light coming from the beyond into the darkness of our world.”   Osho

The collage below and the poem that follows is my expression of these beautiful words and my understanding of wholeness and connection with all that is and all that created us.   morningstar

CONVERSATION WITH VENUS

You are the morning star,

you are the evening star,

shining bright above,

descending and ascending

kissing the earth with love.

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Venus of the morning

Venus of the night

alighting gently

on the palm of my hand

and filling me with delight.

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I have found my center

and discovered

the truth with in me

nothing left of which to search

for I have found the key.

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Truth is in my center

it lives within my heart

it know no bounds

alive with bliss

inner truth the art.

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Close your eyes

and come with me

a journey to discover

go deep within

that sacred space

and find your inner lover.

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Listen closely

on Venus Rounds

this sound will make you whole

for the music that is playing

is a song to fill your soul.

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Carry me off

on angels wings

accompany me with swans

A radiant light surrounds me

as joyously my spirit sings.

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You are the morning star

You are the evening star,

shining bright above,

descending and ascending

kissing the earth with love.

*

Katelyn Mariah, poet

LemminKainen’s Restoration

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Lemminkainen’s Restoration 

18×24 watercolor by Katelyn Mariah

(In a private collection)

Painted to:

Swan of Tuonela by  Sibelius 

This is one of a series of paintings I painted listening to music.  I played the music on a loop until I painted the painting to completion.   Look at the image and listen to the music in the YouTube video below and enjoy.

My Journey to Becoming a Visionary Artist-Part Three of Four

I am going to let someone else tell this part of the story, because up until this point I didn’t realize what I had done. I was just following my spiritual/creative impulse and painting.  Ron Mangravite was an expert on this sort of thing. I met Ron at a monthly Salon that one of my friends had at her home.  I happened to have brought my portfolio of Goddess paintings with me and I was sitting next to Ron and he asked to see them.   As he looked at the first image, he said I see you have this symbol and that symbol and this.  He looked over at me and said “You don’t know what I am talking about do you?’  I said “No”.  What Ron was seeing in my paintings  were significant universal markers of higher consciousness.  There were themes running through the paintings from ancient cultures around the world that I couldn’t possible link together unless I had studied Mythology and Symbolism for years like he had.  I was stunned by what he was saying to me. So here is and excerpt from his presentation for the launch of “The Awaken The Goddess Meditation Deck”   6640518

Reflections on Katelyn’s art work given in 1996 by the late Ron Mangravite (Spiritual teacher and expert in the universal nature of symbolism, mysticism and mythology) at the opening exhibition of her “Awaken The Goddess” meditation images
x “What I am here to share with you is some relatively academic knowledge which I thought was rather superficial and well known to Katelyn, but to my surprise, none of her work came out of academic studies.  It just came up out of where it is supposed to come out of, which doesn’t really happen much anymore.  For me this presentation is a question of introducing a real live person who is doing extraordinary stuff.
This is not an opening of just some pretty exciting art, this is a public introduction to a woman who has found her inner identity in such a way that it transcends anything she is as a citizen, and inhabitant of Minneapolis, even as a woman and certainly as an artist.
I began studying exactly what is happening in the consciousness of a person who can get theses phenomenal telepathic test scores, who can heal someone by touching them with their hand, who can walk into a so called haunted house and precede to describe with relative accuracy the past history of some of the people who lived there.  Where does that come from?  Rather than saying that it’s a weird thing, I wanted to know the why of it.  The pursuit of that converts the searcher.  I became a mystic and then discovered some of the things that are going to give me great pleasure to point out how Katelyn is also discovering these things.
If people have discovered that they are driven to this search to find mystical openings for some kind of spiritual awareness, they traditionally tried to find ways and means of allowing their inner cravings to somehow take form.  They try to find ways to get them up and out of themselves and find a medium of expression.  What people do if they are fortunate is to find an established group or teaching methods.
It was known that in order for a person to understand something of what lay ahead in the metaphysical path to enlightenment they had to first understand themselves.   They had to understand and sort through their own identify and distinguish between those elements which were imposed by culture, and those elements which were genuine to them and those elements which were universal.  this involved a tremendous amount of inner pain and searching because when you are trying to tell the difference between what is you and what is simply an appendage, the only way you can do it is to cut it and see if it bleeds.  Artists who are working, whether in fiction, or the graphic arts, or in dance or anything else, know that if they are going to do something that has never been done before it has to be covered with their own blood.  It has to be a thing that comes from a piece of their own flesh, taken out of the body and molded.
A master of such initiates would look at the images they dredge up from their subconscious and know instantly whether they were simply copying stuff that was in the air, whether they were taking designs from the wall, or whether they had found someone else’s pictures.  They would know whether this was their truth or not.  If it was their truth this would have in fact been a masterpiece that would allow you to graduate and say, “I know my own identify, I am free to do this”.
In attempting to find her identity, which is the Goddess, and find ways she could manifest, she apparently went down deep enough to get totally past Katelyn, to get totally past everything but her femininity, because these images are the Goddess.  Katelyn dug down deep enough to get past anything that is the person and found real legitimate expressions that came from such a mixed bag of a culture that it would be very difficult for her to have truly cheated.  She does not know that some of these symbols are Babylonian, Sumerian, Chinese, and Welsh.  She cold not possibly known without at least 10 or 15 years of study.  She could not have made this mixed bag up by faking it.  It has to come from someplace very real.
And therefore, I am extremely privileged to be here to be more or less, the official midwife to announce to the world that this is not just an artist – Katelyn is an initiate of consciousness.”
Ron Mangravite
I sat in the audience that night will a room full of friends and I was as stunned as they were as he went through about 15 paintings and told us what they were saying.
Ron was a big supporter of my artwork and he had a big impact on me in the short time I knew him.  He was going to write a hand book for the meditation deck and talk about the meaning of each of the images in the deck.  I was hesitant because I wanted people to interpret them for themselves and get their own understandings.   I regret not having him do it for a number of reasons.   I realize in retrospect that it is difficult for the average person to interpret visionary art.  Ron died suddenly two years after this presentation so it was no longer even possible.
He was the founder of Foundation Mystery School in South Carolina and one time I asked him if I could join the school and study with him.  He said I already knew everything that he was teaching and didn’t feel I would benefit.
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 Ron Mangravite 1933-1998 Rest in Peace
More about Ron
In part Four of my Journey to Become a Visionary Artist I will talk more about my creating process.

My Journey to Becoming a Visionary Artist- Part One of Four

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I have been an artist all of my life but it didn’t become visionary until the late ‘80’s.  In 1985 I had a near death experience and after that my artwork not only changed but it opened me to higher levels of information.  The process that I go through is somewhat difficult to explain but I will give it a shot.

My early works were a reflection of an inner need to control, so my style was very tight and lacked life. Things changed dramatically after I used a technique, which required me to use my non-dominant hand for drawing.  My art therapy training taught me that this was a way of accessing other parts of the brain.  I created sixteen paintings using permanent ink, watercolors, with my non-dominant hand and I discovered that it forced me to give up my control and accept what naturally flowed from my pen without censoring myself.

When I looked at the images I was struck with how alive they were.  A space opened in me that allowed me to access another dimension using my dominant hand and permanent ink to draw.  Over time I have developed a style that flows naturally in the same way as our handwriting does and it allows me to listen to Spirit and let the paintings paint themselves, using me as the vehicle.  I learned that I have a wise friend inside of me who knows far more than I do and I have become like the watcher or witness as images create story on the paper in front of me.  In this way, Spirit speaks to me in my native language which is image, color, line and movement.

Like fairies dancing in the garden, images spring forth on my drawing board from a place deep inside me and beyond.  I am often unaware of what they mean because they are not linear or logically sequenced, but they engage my psyche in an energetic dialog. I usually get a small piece of the image that becomes a portal and the rest of the image just flows.  Over time the unconscious content comes forward and I again understanding at deeper and higher levels.  I believe that without my art my healing process would not have been as concise, efficient, directed or deep.  The art that has created through me has helped me to remember who I truly am at a deep, profound level.

The process of creating art has taught me to relinquish my need to control and understand, so that I can connect with that which is mystery and listen to its wisdom.  Through this form of visioning I am able to create images that spring from that inner well of wisdom in union with the collective unconscious and the wisdom of the ancients.  The images that result speak to deep levels of the psyche and activate ancient wisdom in the conscious mind of the viewer.  Thus an energetic dialog can take place that touches the psyche through and interchange of color, symbol, metaphor, movement, image and space, all of which dance together to speak the language of the soul.  The information received speaks differently to each viewer and whether they understand at a conscious level or not they have been touched in some way just by viewing the image. All of the information that makes up each image is intuitive, from shape, symbol to color. It all comes to me in the process of painting.

I learned not to question it even if it seems crazy because of what I tell write about in the next installment.

I will talk more about that in tomorrow’s post: My Journey to Becoming a Visionary Artist- Part Two

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What is more Beautiful, the compost or the Flower that Grows from it?

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Painting by Katelyn Mariah

She awoke within a rich, dream landscape, in awe of its beauty as it stretched out endlessly before her. It was a landscape that was foreign to her eyes and yet familiar. She felt small in this land of giant structures that danced before he.  As she began to walk and explore, her eyes adjusted to the dark beauty.

There were rivers of bright rainbow colors stretching like ribbons across the land. The reds, browns, greens and blacks of the towering mountains grounded her into this strange new place. Structures shaped like cylinders, tubes and rectangles reached high above her, their triangular entrances invited her in.

She approached one of them and its silver-and-rust-colored surface was smooth and rough to her touch. She savored how it teased her senses. Never had she experienced beauty in this way. She entered through the triangular door to find a golden, red river flowing through it, its shore gurgling with giant, colorful bubbles that rose above her.

As she peered into a bubble, her own beauty bounced off of its reflective surface and echoed through her. The landscape was organic in its beauty, and her heart nearly burst from the awe that she felt. S she stepped outside into the dark lightness, she stood before a large, smooth, glistening structure that appeared to roll from within the rich, rusty brown land around her. Its undulating curves were pink, purple and burgundy marbled and as she put her hand to the silky surface, it felt soft and cool to her touch. It was alive with beauty.

Suddenly on the path in front of her appeared a large, black bird that beckoned her to come to it. As she approached the bird, it swooped her up in its wings and flew into the sky. She was overcome with sadness as she left the beautiful place she had just begun to explore.

When she looked below at the landscape receding in the distance, she recognized that it was a pile of garbage rotting into compost before her eyes. From the pile she could see a strong, tall, green plant growing from its center, with a flower just moments from displaying its beauty.

Originally posted in Dimensions of Beauty