Part 5 – From Spirit to Matter

Seeking Wholeness  – Divine Reflections in Nature

PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SPIRITUAL/HEALING PRACTICE POST NDE

The surgery, during which I had my near-death-experience (NDE), saved my life by gutting me from stem to stern, leaving me with an everlasting Buddha belly, a scar that I once considered having a tattoo created around, and my belly button off center. Processing and integrating my surgery and NDE involved recalibrating my negative body image, now distorted more than ever. The thought of being naked and vulnerable with anyone was terrifying. I needed to reclaim my divine feminine wholeness on all levels; emotional, spiritual, and physical. Communing with the beauty of nature allowed me to befriend my broken bits, and begin to put myself back together.

Vest Unveiled – Mantra: Home is where my heart takes a stand.

 

Vesta Unveiled was my first mirror image­­––sensuous, fiery, revealing. Lilith Lingering and Pele’s Hula came to me during my first trip to Hawaii. Their movement reflects the power and grace I sought to regain, as my NDE’s life review had opened old wounds and shredded my self-confidence. The perfect symmetry of the mirror images metaphorically expressed my desire to feel whole again.

Their goddess names and mantras arose through deep listening, feeling, and meditating with each image, asking them, “what do you have to teach me about my Self, my true nature? I would then free-write; words of compassion, forgiveness and self-love tumbling onto the page. These images have become healing allies and friends, teaching me and others each time they are shared. I’ve been lead to create over thirty Divine Reflections in Nature, and am constantly in awe of the beauty revealed whenever and where ever we take the time to be truly present, and to see with our hearts.

Goddesses: Vesta is the Roman virgin goddess of hearth and home.  Lilith in Jewish legend is the first wife of Adam. Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of fire. 

Join me and Kauakea in Hawaii, Sept 22-28 for our Sisters-of-Spirit Retreat.  Slow down, reconnect, and revel in wholeness while receiving the simple gifts of beauty and Spirit all around us, and in us… Learn more at https://ljwdivinesight.com/healing-photography-and-retreats/sisters-of-spirit-hawaii/

A Day at the SF Asian Art Museum

I made my first visit to the SF Asian Art Museum and it did not disappoint. The temporary exhibit, “Divine Bodies” runs through July 29. It asks us to consider how the Divine resides within us. There are also thought provoking pieces on impermanence and a collection of paintings illustrating the story of a near death experience. Now that’s my idea of a lively Spirit-filled day!!

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Japanese Tea Garden @DeYoung Museum San Francisco

All photos ©2018 Rev. Lisa j Winston/LjW Divine Sight         Click on an image to scroll through the gallery.