As I discover myself more and more as an artist, I have been exploring the idea of how we impact our external world with what is going on with our internal world. What I have found throughout my years alive, is that our perspective is what impacts the outcome of our situation – we emanate what is inside of us.
No doubt, everyone is being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak right now. There are business closures, job loss, people getting very sick, people dying, reduced accessibility to basic needs and food, mass panic and more. This will be a year that will remain etched in our memories for the rest of our lives because the world, as a whole, has not collectively experienced something like this in a long, long time. It’s a friendly reminder that no matter what country we live in, what socio-economic stature we have or what we look like, we are all the same because we are all human. As humans we leave this world like we came, with nothing but what was imprinted in our soul.
At this time, this situation is bringing heightened awareness to me that the world around me is created with how I think first and foremost. In any situation, I have always believed that I will be fine and protected. This is not ignorance, this is my thought. It also means being smart: in the case of COVID-19 it has meant being vigilant, washing my hands, staying away from people, boosting my immune system with supplements and foods and only going from home to work and work to home. We don’t have kids or close family in the area so the people at risk were myself, Adam and the fur-babies (he has been working from home all week). In other situations, it has meant listening to my gut. For example, 10 years ago I was involved in a very serious car accident on my way to the grocery store. Something within me kept saying “Turn right, go across town to this other grocery store. Turn right now!” and I ignored it because it didn’t make sense. I went with my logic and less than 5 minutes later I was t-boned. A year later, I was driving to work and something within me said “Move to the left lane NOW.” and I did. At the next red light I was stopped and the car in the right lane next to me got rear-ended: that would have been me because I was behind that car before I moved over. So, no matter what, my faith that I am protected and safe has been my guiding light. After that, it is up to me to practice listening to my intuition, being smart and trying not to purposely put myself in harm’s way.
How does this relate to my newest image and series ‘Emanate’??
It is inevitable to live in this world and not experience darkness, just as you cannot live and not experience light. That being said, we create the worlds directly around us. Are you running towards the light believing that you are guided? Are you emanating the darkness inside of you turning your world into a dark and uncertain environment? Or are you giving everything you’ve got to the world without stopping to asses and replenish yourself? I know in dark and uncertain times, it is hard to see it in any other way. I understand this fear and can understand that feeling of, “Yes, that’s great for you but for me it is this way.” I see you, I hear you, I understand you and your feelings are valid. However, after the storm passes the sun always comes out. If you’re in the middle of the storm now, please start to believe that you will be okay. Please start to believe that help is around you – you just have to ask for it. It may not be what you want but it will always be what you need.
The last thing I want to touch on is that energy is like a giant cog wheel. If it was turning in one direction with great speed, it will take time to slow down, stop and go the other way. To translate this metaphor, if your thoughts and emotions were focused on one specific thing for a long time it will take time once you start thinking and focusing on something new for it to stop, shift and change. Habits are tough to break and change but it is possible to do so.
Anna, beautiful post and very compelling. And your images convey a powerful message as well. Love your artwork!
Aww thank you so much Lydia! I really appreciate it <3
Thanks for posting. This is definitely a time where there will be a lot of reflection.
Agreed Donna <3 Thank you so much for commenting 🙂
I love your work so much. Very powerful!
Aww thanks so much Shea! I appreciate it! I love yours too!
I love that your final message was to help and uplift in this time!
Absolutely stunning work! As Always!