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The legendary self

I have started creating a new painting, guided by Shiloh McCloud’s inspiring instructions.
The theme is the legendary self, that is to say, I paint from a curiosity about how "she" wants to appear at this moment.
My initial intention was to show how the legendary self emerges from the fog and I'm super surprised to see that a figure appears who knows that pleasure is the driving force of our universe.
The last idea of my book Wholeness also expresses this:

I entrust myself to this moment.
I entrust myself to the Force that takes delight in me as part of
This relationship is eternal.

When I wrote the book I had the feeling that this was about entrusting ourselves to a Force outside ourselves.
Now I know that pleasure and joy can also be found deep within, by being aware of the feminine caverns inside our bodies.
Finally I am beginning to find words to convey this.



The first day of the new year

In the last days of 2016 I cleaned up my bookshelves.
Boxes filled with books went to the thrift store.
The book “Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson stayed with me.
I am impressed because, 25 years ago, the writer could bring the content of “A Course in Miracles” in such a plain human language to us.
On this first day of the new year I wonder what is the essence of her writing for me:
It is about, time and again, opening up to a larger Force.
Our thinking is often not sufficient to bring us closer to the solution of our problems.
We have a free will, so indeed we need to ask for support, in order to open ourselves to the resolution of the obstacle.
We then notice that there is a greater Source of power knocking on our door, wanting to help us.
Again and again.