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The Universe is always sharing messages. What do you choose to listen to?

I’m in the process of rebranding my handbag business and all of the messages I am receiving reaffirm that my childhood passions for gardening, hiking, exploring, beeing in nature were the original blueprint for the story of who I am. Along the way, sacred geometry and Flower of Life joined my list of major inspirational alignments. The symbolic and energetic vibrations of Flower of Life and all of its variations have become the basis for many of my paintings, projects, and designs over the past decade, which is especially significant in light of the challenging background story of bankruptcy and foreclosure that I was living during that time. The energy and alignment that I experience while creating art and designs using the underlying grid that represents the Flower of Life and all of its power is phenomenal.

My close friends and family knew the background story and as the foreclosure process signaled that is was time to move on they also understood why I chose to return to my childhood home town of Narrowsburg, NY. It was time to review the full circle, time to help my only sister with the care of our 88 year old mother. Mom had a severe stroke in 2005, is paralyzed on one side of her body and needs full-time assistance for all the basic daily grooming and feeding activities that most of us go through on auto pilot. I now also realize from conversations and the posts of many Facebook friends that we are among so many others taking care of aging parents and, as much as possible, we are maintaining and expanding our own stories along the way.

One of the ways I maintain an optimistic perspective is to begin my day with great coffee, my two favorite inspirational daily emails (Thoughts from The Universe and Abraham’s Daily Quote). If that isn’t enough to get my energy and attitude in the flow, because some mornings just need an extra dose of positive energy – I’ll listen to a short meditation or watch an inspirational video.

Today I ‘listened’ to the messages that, not surprisingly, came through a link in an email, and followed one to the video on this post. I’ve been aligned with the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks/Abraham for many years and as I allow more of what feels right to me, I understand, to the point of tears of joy, why nature is such an inspiring, vital part of who I am and what I can share.

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Enjoy the video and NATURE!

The Universe Always Provides Signs. Pay Attention
a YouTube Video of Esther Hicks/Abraham that reminded me of the power of my connections to nature:

 

Flower of Life Energy Paintings, Patterns and Honey Bees

As long as I’m still breathing, I’m here to learn. Every day, something old is new again or more specifically, every day I see the connections and alignments of past experiences as they integrate into my present story of life. I’m constantly assessing experiences to learn how the energy of thoughts and actions affect life situations. I consider myself a life-long student and prefer to focus on what I do want as opposed to what I don’t want.

I’m always eager to learn more about the hows and whys of bee-ing*.

Last year, I returned to a painting/design style that has always intrigued me and began creating art and designs that incorporated geometric shapes of nature. (the hexagonal shape of the honeycomb in particular). The Flower of Life is a design that is found in many cultures throughout the ages. It embodies all sacred geometretic shapes and is considered the visual representation of source energy. All alignments, connections, shapes, sounds colors, tastes, feelings, sights, experiences are physical reflections of source energy – all emanating from a divine source as represented by the Flower of Life. You can read more about this at: The Ancient Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchezidek,

or watch this Youtube video by Spirit Science which presents the information in a much more succinct and entertaining format.

painting by Debra Cortese

 

(*Bees have been a recurring and significant part of my life experience and they are a major element of life on planet earth – far beyond the pollination of all of our foods, but that information will be shared soon. Suffice to say, the tiny winged creatures represent the physical manifestation of a search engine beyond Google’s wildest dreams!).

“The Honey Queen”, an original acrylic painting on canvas measures 24″ x 24″.
is not for sale because I am quite attached to it/her.
Fine art prints on paper or canvas are available – click here.

Contact Debra for price and shipping details.

Small Paintings New Designs

Orange Flower acrylic painting by Debra CorteseSince I’ve recently packed up my life’s belongings and made the move from Miami back to my childhood hometown, Narrowsburg, NY, I’m rediscovering work that I had tucked away in folders, portfolios and boxes. I was delighted to rediscover a folder of small, 5×7 inch acrylic paintings, really exercises in painting, small studies feels like the correct term. And, with my more experienced designer eyes, now saw these previously not so special works as prime material for derivative works. The waves and swirls of color are perfect for patterns and repeat designs. I see home decor textiles, wrapping paper, kitchen and bath designs, handbags of course, and oh, so many possibilities!

I’ve scanned all of them into high resolution files and have already begun the re-design process. And, since I really no longer need to hold on to these colorful little gems, I’ve decided to post them here on my ebay page so an astute and appreciative new art collector will be able to add to or start a collection of original paintings that literally vibrate with joyful shapes and colors.

If you may be that collector, here is the link to all of the small works. Happy bidding and if you are really interested, contact meand make an offer. You will make my day just by appreciating the art 😉

 

EMERALD, Pantone’s Color of 2013 – aligned with global energy shift

I’m very excited to see that Pantone’s color of the year for 2013 is one of my absolute favorites – EMERALD!

I have designs in dozens and dozens of shades and hues of green, because to me, Green is the color that represents the ultimate beauty, power and magic of nature and, if you are familiar with any of my work, you already know that 99% of my art and designs are based on nature 🙂

Green is also the color of the heart chakra, one of the primary energy centers of every human body. According to the information that I’ve been studying on the Flower of Life, the heart chakra is the major energy element responsible for the shift in consciousness that our world is already engaged in. The world is not ending, it is expanding and as the collective consciousness embraces more and more of the energy-thoughts-beliefs of a heart-based, community oriented society, our world will evolve and become the physical representation of these beliefs. If you’re interested in learning more about this shift in consciousness I recommend the following resources:

Hay House and Hay House Radio
Planet Waves Astrology ~ Eric Francis Coppolino
The Flower of Life ~ Drunvalo Melchezidek
The Spirit Science ~ entertaining video interpretations of Flower of Life information
Abraham-Hicks – The Law of Attraction

To see more GREEN designs, visit the links using the tabs at the top of my blog pages.

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Create Your Own Seed of Intention


To download a FREE, do-it-yourself version of my Seed of Intention workshop, send an email to: soigift@debracortese.com
or leave a comment below and be sure to include the words “FREE VERSION SOI”.
For email requests, be sure to type “FREE VERSION SOI” in the subject line, and include your full name and a valid email. You will receive a link to the Do It Yourself version of Create Your Own Seed of Intention via email as soon as your email is confirmed (usually within 24 hours).

For more information and to see examples of Seeds of Intention from Debra’s early workshops visit the following pages:

https://debracortese.com/sample-seeds-of-intention/

https://debracortese.com/create-your-own-seed-of-intention/

Flower of Life connections and creative inspiration

I’ve been thoroughly entranced with Flower of Life throughout this year and when I think back, this has been with me forever. Flower of Life is the ultimate representation of the powerful, core elements of life.

When you can truly know the visible and underlying structures of our universe, Flower of Life is the basis of source energy that connects every thing we can see and imagine: tangible physical things, thoughts, relationships, events. Flower of Life is smaller than the smallest known element and is capable of expanding into entire universes – to infinity and beyond. Every structure of sacred geometry can be found by connecting points within the Flower of Life. This is my current favorite aspect of it. I anticipate a long and progressive relationship with this powerful energy and know it has many more secrets to share. It is a process of learning, accepting and cultivating the properties that are aligned with the work I love and using the energy of Flower of Life to create and share life stories. It connects every thing and every one.

We are only limited by our beliefs. Imagination and focus are key elements to be all we desire. Our ultimate, true power lies within our hearts and our thoughts. I’ve had FOCUS as my personal keyword for several years. It continues to challenge and remind me to stay on the path that is the most joyful and inspiring one for the highest good of all.

I have so much in my head as I write this, but want to keep these posts somewhat focused and hopefully interesting. Your comments are always welcomed especially because our relationships are vital to the expansion of who we are all becoming.

And… of course I have new Flower of Life designs to share 🙂

click on the image for larger views and full details.

PLUS… The NEW 2018 FLOWER OF LIFE iphone cases are available HERE in my Society6 Shop.

Catnap in the Garden

FAIL missed 2 days of 30 day blogoff challenge #SMCSFBlogOff

However, I’ll make up for by sharing a new image of Oreo, our first Florida rescue cat, who will turn 9 years old this month.

One of the first art exhibits I participated in when we moved to Florida in 2003 was the holiday event at Cauley Square. Oreo was a tiny, scared kitten that had been dropped off to fend for himself. He was beyond scrawney, but very hungry and willing to come out of hiding to eat just the small crumbs of food that my daughter Jenna, was luring him in with. He devoured the crumbs and became the first of our tribe of 7 rescue cats that now rule my morning and evening rountines.

Morning coffee with the kitties under my favorite garden trees is the best way to start any day!

Here’s another Oreo pose… across the table watching, waiting for another crumb from any thing a human is eating. He has a healthy appetite and is an excellent sleeper 🙂

 Happy Birthday Oreo!

 

 

 

 

 

Paint with all the Colors of the Wind

I’ve always loved this song, Colors of the Wind and I’ve always loved nature 😉

 

Colors of the Wind” is a song by American recording artist Vanessa Williams, from Disney’s 1995
animated feature film, Pocahontas. It was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her film role as the singing
voice of Pocahontas, “Colors of the Wind” served as the film’s theme song.
Williams’ version of the song was released on May 23, 1995 as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack.
A pop ballad, the song’s lyrics speak of respecting nature and living in harmony with the Earth‘s creatures.
(click for more from Wikipedia)

The Lyrics:

You think I’m an ignorant savage
And you’ve been so many places
I guess it must be so
But still I cannot see
If the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you don’t know?
You don’t know …

You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

How high will the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know
And you’ll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon

For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind

You can own the Earth and still
All you’ll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

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