A Mythic Meaning

She Rises1

This painting (not finished  yet) was all about exploration.  I used a liquid masking fluid, played with creating a pool of water.  A Goddess (with uneven eyes) rising from the depths.  Symbolism.  A waterfall cave behind her face.  Her hair, a trellis for a climbing vine.  A butterfly above her eyebrow.  What’s it all mean?

One of these days, when I’m called to, I’ll return to it.  To see where it wants to go next.  For now, it sits behind my sofa in a suspended state.

It seems that artists have a lot of unfinished paintings.  I’m not the only one.  We reach a point of impasse with a piece.  I’m not sure why.  The question “Where do I go from here?” hovers in an air of suspense.  Because we just don’t know.

Being comfortable with the unknown is actually a great quality to have.  The other day, I was not happy with the state of affairs in the world.  Whether the virus or politics or human behavior, geez.  I walked down a road I don’t normally walk down.  Out of nowhere, my cellphone in my fanny pack began playing a song from the film, Frozen.  I don’t know how that song got on my phone!!  The words “I’m afraid of what I’m risking if I follow you into the unknown…” played loud and clear.  These words reflected what I was feeling about leaning into the uncertainty of life in these challenging times in which we are living.

Then, I rounded a curve in the road and someone had written graffiti on a metal gate…
it read “Normalcy is a paved road.  It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.”

These two timely messages from the universe shifted my feelings from uncertainty and fear to a sense that I was being (we are being) looked after in ways that we can’t imagine.  That there is something beyond what we can see that is working with us.  And that it wants us to be aware of its presence, its offer to assist us.

Idina Menzel singing “Into the Unknown” at the Academy Awards.


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6 thoughts on “A Mythic Meaning”

  1. This is profound, Christine. I’ll especially remember

    Normalcy is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.”

    In a reading I had 2 weeks ago today, I was also guided to Into the Unknown and Show Yourself, told the lyrics could have been written for me – wisdom for all of us.

    Your little book should get to you early next week. Feel free to keep it or pass it onas it journeys into the Unknown.

    Happy 4th of July and solar eclipse day!

    Love, Judy

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  2. Blessed Fourth of July…and yes, solar eclipse to you too! Judy, I like it when I get direct signs. Ones that are gentle and that I’m receptive to. “Show Yourself”–that sounds like a poem that you could write! Maybe you already have. Thanks for the little book yet to arrive. Looking forward to it.


  3. Christine,
    What a great story about messages from the Mystery realms! It feels reassuring, and the timing was perfect.
    Your painting reminds me of a very comforting place I went to in a meditation once and sometimes return to. A pool of water with a waterfall, trees and open spaces. A great place to be in water. On the boulder above the waterfall was a beautiful blue-eyed tiger guardian. Thank you for reminding me of this through your painting.
    Happy Independence Day! May it work it’s magic in good ways.

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  4. Thanks, Cathy for appreciating the mystery with me. And your meditation. A lovely place to return to again and again. Happy Independence Day to you too. It’s a very different one for me.


  5. You’re writing of a message received on letting it go is inspiring Christine! I’ve surely got a few of those incomplete stories out there….Thank you! 🙏🏻 Be well!

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  6. Thanks for your comment, Tom. That message of letting it go is one that bears repeating–to myself. Regarding those incomplete stories, I consider that everything has its time. If I get back to it, great. If I don’t get back to it, great. Take good care always.


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