“Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you can choose to be.” -Joy Page
When I started this blog, I was so excited about the name I chose for it & the direction I would be taking. Everything was pretty easy to set up and flowed naturally, except that I really wanted an image that was personal & reflected my vision. I chose a Tree of Life that I found online. It looked cool, and fit nicely into a circle for profile pics, but it wasn’t “mine”.
Enter: my amazingly talented husband.
My husband is an artist. He’s constantly picking up pencils, brushes, charcoal… whatever grabs him at the moment… and makes wonderful creations (I swear I’m not biased). I told him my idea, I wanted a sleeping dove inside a lotus. I had a picture in my mind’s eye, as they say – but I’m no artist and to even convey my thoughts was a bit of a struggle. Thankfully, he accepted the challenge with valor! His realization of my vision has blown me away and I’m so excited to share it as MY profile pic/logo moving forward.
To give you an idea of what I was going for, I’m going to quote the first Google search for each aspect that he included for me: the Seed of Life, the Purple Lotus, and the Dove.
Seed of Life, as found on Google search from symbolikon.com. “The Seed of Life is a shape taken from the inner seven circles of the Flower of Life symbol. The seed forms the base elements of the larger design. The seed of life, in its sacred context, represents the conciousness of God, the creator.”
Lotus, as found on Google search from binghamton.edu. “The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.”
Purple Lotus, as found via search from flowermeanings.org. “Purple lotus flowers are symbols of mysticism and many link them with esoteric sects.”
Dove, as found via search from pure-spirit.com. “The dove represents peace of the deepest kind. It soothes and quiets our worried or troubled thoughts, enabling us to find renewal in the silence of the mind.”
I just want to shout out a huge thank you to him, and I hope you all like the new image as much as I do! I’m planning on roping him into another project or two involving him illustrating my poetry & perhaps publishing together. I’m sending it out into the universe now, so I’m positive we’ll make it come to fruition!