Meet Elizabeth Urabe | Spiritual Midwife and Abstract Artist Extraordinaire

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week-long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

I find this question fascinating because I am not at all fond of cities so I can’t really respond. I did live in the Tokyo area for 16 years when I was younger (which is where I took on the surname Urabe) but for the past 16 years, I have lived on a remote mountain top in northern Arizona, where I can go for weeks at a time without seeing another human being. When I welcome people to the mountain, be they old friends or guests at my Airbnb retreat, my sole Soul desire is to give them the direct experience of what I call this sacred place: Where Heaven and Earth Meet. No human beings have lived here since the native Americans 1000 years ago. Air and energy are pure beyond belief or description. The sound of your own heartbeat at night is often what wakes you up. From the stargazing deck, you can reach out your hand and almost touch the Milky Way. The total disconnect from the insanity of the world is a sacred gift that everyone who comes here, leaves with.

To reconnect to the Truth of Who We Are is, to me, the most truly joyous, interesting, exciting, and meaningful gift any of us can give or receive.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Wayne Cody Lassell, one of my most significant soul mates, who pushed me to grow in ways I didn’t know I needed to be pushed. I dedicated the first of my four adult coloring and poetry books to him and my spiritual Master with these words: To my Guru, who opened the door, and my Cody Bear, who pushed me through it.

First appeared in Shout OutArizona and feature here with permission.


Elizabeth Urabe
Elizabeth Urabe
As an artist, Elizabeth R. Urabe has always only had one goal: to translate the invisible energies of Absolute Truth into tangible form using abstract design, color, and poetic imagery, so that an ever-increasing number of people might have more direct access to the inner realms of human existence. In early 1995, with no art training whatsoever, she began spontaneously to draw the pictures now known as Urabe Spirit Art and to date has channeled more than 750 designs, each one perfect, whole, and complete, exactly as it is. No thought is ever involved in the birthing process and Elizabeth has always referred to her role as that of a "spiritual midwife" rather than the creator of this extraordinary body of work. And remarkably, despite incredible complexity of design and detail, no single picture has ever taken longer than one week to complete. In 2011, intuitively entering a picture birthed in 1995 titled Divine Unity, Elizabeth was one of three first-place winners of the unprecedented American Batik Design Competition, organized by (then) the Ambassador to the US from the Indonesian embassy in Washington DC, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal. As a result, she was awarded a three-week tour of some of the most prominent batik and fashion companies in Indonesia and now has contacts in Jakarta who have created breathtakingly beautiful silk shawls for ladies and one of a kind original shirts for men; each piece endowed with the living 4000-year-old history of Indonesia's perfected batik techniques and the essence of Urabe Spirit Art as both the energetic and design inspiration. Early in 2016, in answer to the global craze for coloring books, Elizabeth rose to the challenge and in a matter of months, self-published four books; three coloring books for adults, each with original art and contemplative poetry, and a highly interactive book for adults and children to engage in together. The first adult book, Color Me Freedom, was immediately rendered fully into German, and there are French, Spanish, and Russian versions available with the translations of the Artist Introduction and dedication pages. A full Arabic language translation is also soon to be released. With these books, Elizabeth has taken the very essence of her art and offered it in a compact, affordable and interactive format that is especially attractive at this time, when global challenges are both accelerating and intensifying and the need for awakening, healing, and transformational reintegration is more imperative than ever. In Elizabeth's words: " Urabe Spirit Art, in whatever myriad forms it may take, is one of the most powerful reflections of Source energies available to us at this point in the evolution of Consciousness. We are at a crossroads where the fate of our planet and life as we know it may very well depend on the willingness of each individual to embrace the entire spectrum of human emotion and commit to the kind of transformation that only real spiritual growth can offer. There is no longer any middle ground and as long as we (still) believe that Love has an opposite, we are (still) living in fear." It is time for us to say an unequivocal yes to destiny and to take our rightful places as warriors of the Spirit. Let us join in this pure and noble vision, knowing that - together - there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

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