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Teachings from a Cloud

I love clouds! My Mom, who was a prolific watercolor artist in her day, also loved clouds. In fact, she went through a long phase where she painted nothing but clouds. She would pack her paper lunch sack with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a piece of fruit and take a big thermos full of something healthy to drink and head for Martha’s Vineyard or Westport MA or one of her other beachside sanctuaries and paint clouds all day long.

Clouds are actually great teachers if you allow your contemplation of them to go deeper than the fact that they come and go so fast that usually, you don’t even notice.

Imagine a seriously overcast day, where the entire sky is filled with dark, dreary, about-to-dump-cold-rain clouds as far as the eye can see. While it might be a little depressing, especially if that kind of weather has persisted for a while, still you logically understand that the Sun IS there, somewhere; momentarily out of sight, temporarily not blessing you with its full light and warmth, but still very much existent and real.

Faith is a lot like knowing that the Sun IS there, even when you can’t see it. The dark periods of our lives can sometimes seem to go on forever, but let’s face it; complaining or demanding that the Sun come out before nature runs her course, would be like waking up at 1:00 in the morning and being disappointed when your affirmations don’t successfully force the sun to rise before its hour. To everything, there is a season. To EVERY THING there is divine timing. Just because we aren’t privy to all of the pieces of the puzzle yet doesn’t mean that there isn’t an omnipotent omnipresent Universal Power that IS.

One of my greatest teachers taught me that “A perfect life is one where there is no complaining”. I always loved that. At the core of complaining is the denial of the beauty, however small or hard to find, in each and every moment, if only we were present to appreciate it. Life really doesn’t have to be as difficult as we ourselves make it. It may not be easy much of the time but life can and does become simple, once we have mastered the art of knowing when to act and when to witness; when to speak up and when to wait. I offer a powerful poem I wrote several years back that beautifully encapsulates this embodied wisdom in just a few lines;

Self-effort and Grace
perfectly balanced in the
winged flight of a bird

Innately knowing
when to glide and when to flap…
its life is simple.

Observe. Stop. Breathe. Here, now, in this moment… ALL is well in the world.

Innately knowing
when to glide and when to flap…
its life is simple.

Observe. Stop. Breathe. Here, now, in this moment… ALL is well in the world.

Elizabeth Urabehttp://www.erurabe.com/
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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