100 Lotus Flowers

2009: 100 Lotus Flowers taking me through a transition in my life. Each flower is a message which brings me closer to the goal. I try to come to terms with myself, and be myself. What messages do the flowers hold?
2013: What is the goal? I no longer know what it is, except for reaching the 100. But the 100 was not supposed to be the goal itself, but rather help reach the.....the.....I am lost, honestly lost. Everything I was striving for has diminished in importance. I do not know what to strive for. I think striving for anything now is pointless....but I will keep drawing and painting.
2014: A renewed sense of purpose, things seem to be falling into place.

100 Lotus Flowers, 100 points of healing.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Forty-Fifth Lotus Flower

Dolphins and Lotus - Mixed Media Samantha Rochard
Funny journey this, this 100 Lotus Flowers. Like any journey there is a time to rest and enjoy the scenery. Which is what I have been doing these days, more like mentally hanging around really. I have been trying out various scenarios that are presented to me to see how they can fit in my life. I have also been experimenting behind the scenes with different styles in painting. More on that later.

What is my goal during this period? To assess what is important to me, the things I need; the lifestyle I wish to live- to come out of this time with the knowledge that I am settled in the course I wish my life to take.

It may not be a journey which comes out daily like a soap opera, or weekly like a syndicated series....but it really is my journey....

Dolphins and the use of water elements acknowledge to healing process that is needed in all of us. I am looking at my mind and its thoughts and processing the elements that I focus on daily........

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Fourty Forth Lotus Flower

Fourty Fourth Lotus Flower - Mixed Media - Samantha Rochard

We are indeed bundles of emotional energies, which can be triggered by events similar to those in the past which previously set the emotion off. These were the thoughts which were in my mind as I was completing this flower. They have become like elaborate doodles really...... and do not think that I have slowed- the flowers are there, its my posting that has slowed.

I have already expressed doubts at continuing, but I think that changing the rules at the fiftieth flower may be right. It feels right. I shall impose no size limited, no material limits and then see what happens. No need for limits to ground me anymore. I do believe its time to fly!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fourty Third Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower number Forty Three - Mixed Media - Samantha Rochard
Its hard to build a wall, when you have no foundation
Its hard to fly, when you can't see the ground.
Lost........where is home?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fourty Second Lotus Flower

Clarity has left me
I return to a point again

.....and no- this is not an issue of making the same mistakes over and over again. This is a feeling of having lost my way. Or have I lost my mind? Is it possible, to get sucked into other people's issues so much that you lose your sense of self? I believe this is what is happening to me. Psychic vampires.I need to rethink and look for an exit strategy. 
I am losing who I am.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Forty First Lotus Flower

Forty First Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
When you become lost
Go back to a point where
you last felt comfortable
Reassess and move forward again

Pull focus again.....what are your core desires? Pull focus again..........

Pink and green and purple....my favourite colour combinations so far in this series.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fourtieth Lotus Flower

Fourtieth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
The Cycles of Man are the cycles of the Earth
We know longer observe these
I observe my personal cycles
I know myself
Have I lost touch with myself in recent days?

Sometimes we do not realize the tings creeping up to distract you from your Path. Your truth is your own, not someone else's. They can only hear the drumbeat that is right for them, and walk in step to that beat. They cannot hear your rhythm, nor would they ever hope to understand.
Remember that your rhythm is right for you, and you alone. Your purpose is something only you can truly see. Do not change your rhythm because someone else says your beat is wrong...........

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thirty Ninth Lotus Flower

Thirty Ninth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed media. 
Seeking purity?
Seeking Peace?
Seeking Peace of mind?

The White Lotus Flower is the Buddhist symbol of purity. And the purity that I seek is really purity of mind. But I feel so harassed these days, so cluttered and disorganized. I feel like nothing I need is here. It is scary, that after I worked hard to pull my mind out of the mental mud, I find myself being sucked back in. I need space, quiet, solitude and so many other things which cannot be provided with a sweep of the brush or pencil.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thirty Sixth, Thirty Seventh and Thirty Eighth Lotus Flower - Should I continue?

Thirty Sixth Lotus Flower- Mixed Media - Samantha Rochard

Thirty Seventh Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Thirty Eighth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Okay.... I must admit that I feels like I have explored the Lotus Theme enough. At this point I am a bit bored with the theme and trying to come up with new images for it. In addition, I believe my resource for the Lotus flower symbol has sort of been dried up.......I have explored most of the themes.
Here now, I am at a point where I need to make some decisions. Do I change the parameters of my restrictions like size etc etc. ? Do I try different materials? Do I chuck it all together?

The purpose of this exploration was to get rid of the artists block that I had....which it did. Various other themes are screaming at me now for attention.....and I really want to hop over to them and check them out. Or should I reject the idea that my flighty mind has currently and stick it out till the hundred?
My concern is that each piece would begin to lose originality and look more like another previously done.

I find myself also thinking of placing them in three's and refining things for a show........ hmmm..... suggestions anyone?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thirty Fifth Lotus Flower

Thirty Fifth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Be Aware
True enlightenment may not fit
into your current definition

"The golden lotus has two meanings, one is the symbol for the achievement of enlightenment and the other points towards a real flower which is beyond our normal perception."

We seek enlightenment, but never really ask ourselves if we know what that means? Perhaps it is beyond our ken?

Monday, August 01, 2011

Thirty Fourth Lotus Flower

Thirty Fourth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard Mixed Media

Our creation stories speak,
Of the emergence of Light from the darkness,

Is this the creation of the Physical,
Or the creation of ourselves.
In the Creation Myth of the Egyptians, the Lotus Flower grows from the murkiness, and blooms. From this bloom pours the Sun which rises and returns to the Lotus Flower at night. We must travel through murkiness of the mind, before final having the courage to open our petals and let forth our Sun, (our radiant talent)

Thirty Third Lotus Flower

Thirty Third Lotus Flower - Mixed Media Samantha Rochard

We seek this concept of purity
To which each has a different meaning
Is it purity as defined by others?
Or a purity of our true nature

In Buddhism, the white flower represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi). However, the concept of mental purity clearly is an individual one. No two states may be the same. Mental purity can only be defined as our nature in sync with our goals...or can it be our goals in sync with our nature.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thirty Second Lotus Flower

Thirty Second Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

We endeavor to change
Because we endeavor to better ourselves
All that is noble, patient,
For Royalty, glory and the strength to be.
Change is constant. When we refuse to change we stagnate, we rot, we become a spirit controlled by fear. The beauty within us is meant to be shown off.
The Peacock is also a symbol of spiritual evolution. It is associated with Lakshmi, and Kwan-Yin (Japan)
I am drawn not only to its iridescent beauty, but also to the energies it symbolizes.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Thirty First Lotus Flower

Thirty First Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Look around you,
The tools you need to be what you wish to be,
Are already accessible to you.

Its an almost difficult concept to imagine, let alone believe. That in reaching from point A to B the knowledge, equipment and contacts that you need are already available to you. Its an idea that requires a leap of faith sometimes. So lets reinforce the idea into my mind that I have everything I need...or that everything I need is accessible to me. The only thing I have to figure out is how to get it! It sometimes requires a more creative approach to looking at the "problem"... but rest assured the solution is there.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Thirtieth Lotus Flower

Thirtieth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Find the Archetype that can assist you
Your journey will be guided by them

And I could not resist. I had to use this motif.... it really is where I am.  A recent post about this icon on a "Follow your Bliss" discussion board (Joseph Campbell) spells it out clearly:

An individual/group whose awareness of themselves, thier social surroundings, the natural world, and the Mysterium Tremendum is different from that of thier parent family/society. Fools do not develop or function within expected ranges of conformity, both failing and surpassing these orthodox parameters.

I am now walking the Way of the Fool. 

Twenty-Ninth Lotus Flower

Twenty-Ninth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Twenty Ninth Lotus Flower:
 Know when your path is certain
Know when your way is clear.
You will begin to see a pattern form
With the certainty of your direction.

Another use of the Labyrinth theme. This time though, the way is not confused, but quite orderly. The way definitely IS clear.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Twenty-Eighth Lotus Flower

Twenty Eighth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

When You have found your centre
Do you have a clearly defined Path?
Or is it confused and meandering?

Labyrinths have been used in decoration in temples and spiritual places since ancient times. The Labyrinth is meant to be wandered, ever toward the center to reflect upon the path that one wants their lives to take. However, what happens if you already know where your center is? Is it easy to plan your life from there? Do you plan? Or do you leave in up to synchrondestiny? AT the start, it seemed confusing.......

Twenty Seventh Lotus Flower

Twenty Seventh Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

At the time you begin to blossom 
From below the murky waters
Your next step is to learn
To spread you wings and fly.

There was no way I could do a series like this without a butterfly or dragonfly coming into a picture. These two creatures are symbols of life transformation. The butterfly's metamorphosis from a caterpillar who's only focus is eating (consume, consume, consume) - to that of a butterfly, who is able to transcend from the earth (Earthly concerns) is a common metaphor for spiritual growth.

Hopefully I shall earn my wings eventually.  :)

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Twenty-Sixth Lotus Flower

Twenty-Sixth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Twenty Sixth Flower's message is all was meant to be enjoyed,
It is by temptation that we learn to resist
It is by desire that we are shown direction.

Life is not meant to be a party, but we sure are meant to enjoy it. We should feel like we are celebrating at least once a day. There should be reason to celebrate at least once a day. That was one thought while doing this.
My other thoughts were on desire.....and direction.
I remember in my early twenties, being given a book which was popular at the time in a particular religious faith. There was a section in the book that spoke of the danger of reading magazines.(and I love magazines) These encourage desire, which, in any form or fashion should not be encouraged as it leads to sin. (See how people can get guilt tripped?)
Fast forward to my late thirties to read from a Deepak Chopra book that desire was important, because it signaled the direction our souls were supposed to go. What a radical change in perception about the same human emotion! We, as spirits living in this manifest existence are meant to experience this life. It is by that experience of the great, the horrible and the down right confusing that we are pressured into our diamond state.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Twenty-fifth Lotus Flower

Twenty-Fifth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Twenty Fifth Lotus Flower stays on simple pleasures
The smile of a child,
Family and close friends
Coming together in love....

Simple pleasures are even easier to see when children are around. To see their faces light up at a new box of crayons or a piece of lace, or just finding a new type of Flower. If you have forgotten what pure delight looks like, spend time with a child, play with a child...... you will remember by the look on their face.
This Lotus flower reminds me too of a magazine named "Victorian." The magazine was all about simple pleasures. Little girls in white lace dresses romping through the grass, handmade jars of jam, stick sweet home made bread......Love that....should have bought a farm perhaps.......

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Twenty-fourth Lotus Flower

Twenty Fourth Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
On your way through the path
Find time to enjoy things
Cultivate a sense of abundance
To make it quite enjoyable.

Its always important to cultivate a sense of abundance, no matter how things may be going. Simple abundance can be found in things like a beautiful box of tea, little wild flowers, lots and lots of library books. Even a trip to the craft store for beads and sequins (which could end up on a lace pillow.... :)) can bring a sense of abundance. Enjoy the little things......

Twenty-Third Lotus Flower

Twenty-Third Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Twenty Third Flower's reflections revealed that
There is more to a symbol than just a mere coincidence
Learn to hear the language of the birds
and new life will reveal itself.
The universe speaks to each of us in symbols. Most times, because our minds are focused on something else, we do not notice the synchronicity that is playing out. The Lotus flower has a representation in many religions. In looking through Hindu mythology Brahma was born of  a lotus flower, which grew out of Vishnu's navel. The navel chakra is where you burn old negative aspects of the past, and gain the power to command and manage your life successfully. It is where the strongest sense of self is stored. It is the chakra of self esteem, will power, transformation and personal growth.............hmmmmm....... mere coincidence that I should discover it truth in using it to transform my life??? The universe alone knows........

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Twenty-second Lotus Flower

Twenty-second Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
The more the mind gets entrenched
 into an ideology,
The stronger the ideology becomes.
The more the artist creates on one particular theme,
The faster the images on that theme flow.

I remember reading about a discussion in creative development. In seeking perfection there are two paths. One path is to obsess over the first piece, and will re-work it until it is perfect. The other path speaks to  creating freely and quickly and letting each work stand on its own.
An experiment was done with two potters; each following one of the paths to perfecting the object. It turned out that the second method gave more insight and led the potter to begin creating extraordinarily beautiful pots after completion of the process. The other potter had to start from scratch each time. The repetition process drove home the mistakes and taught the potter what not to do. We must allow ourselves to make mistakes, for this is how we learn.
Creative flow comes from repetition.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Twenty-First Flower

Twenty First Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Twenty First Flower  pointed out an energy.
When the mind is focused on an issue,
It's theme begins to pour into your experience
Affirming your already-made decision.

A funny thing about the mind - it is great at finding affirmations for beliefs. Mine has started pointing out "signs" all around me. And I put signs in inverted commas because once the mind has...well "made up its mind" about a "truth;" it begins to seek confirmation from all over that it is correct in adopting this truth. 
So it was inevitable that I begin to "see" Lotus Flowers in the strangest of places. The theme kept popping up in wrought iron gates, packaging on products, stained glass windows....... I thought too, how in Classical art and architecture the aim of the creative piece was to bring the viewer / visitor to a closer connection with deity.... we really tend to neglect the spiritual part of ourselves these days.....maybe we do not listen to it enough.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Twentieth Lotus Flower

Twentieth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Twentieth Lotus Flower speaks about perfect Divinity
Which can only be found in being true to two
Perfect Earthly Desires
and Perfect Divine desires
of YOUR heart...... no one else's.

Somewhere I read that the Spiritual Path for our era is the Middle Path. In creation stories there first is the one, then the two, which create the three. While this has so many meanings on so many levels; on the individual level I liken it to this. A person has two aspecst, the earthly manifested aspect, and the spiritual aspect. From these two aspects, there can be three relationships. Does the earthly aspect dominate the spiritual? Does the spiritual aspect dominate the earthly? Or do the two work in a beautiful balance? We cannot resolve ourselves if either one holds dominion over the other and squashes the other aspect's desires- for in that instance we are denying our true selves. The middle path is the acceptance of the two aspects within us, and the understanding that these two in balance create that which is the true you.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nineteenth Lotus Flower

Nineteenth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Nineteenth Lotus Flower 
The insertion of a new direction
Puts a whole new perspective on a theme.

I really love this one. It seems so spiritual, so meditative. There seems to be an energy that flows around the piece, carrying you on a journey. It pulls you in and draws you out at the same time too.
A while back I became interested in Sacred Geometry, and was researching some Islamic decorative patterns. The designs from these artists begin as geometric patterns, and then the artist attempts to create a hidden rhythm from the shapes.
"Islamic Design can be thought of as a form of visual music; the repetition and rhythm of its motifs establish an inner sense of balance and act as a visual extension of the invocatory remembrance of the Divine." - Islamic Design - A genius for Geometry - Daud Sutton

Eighteenth Lotus Flower

Eighteenth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard- Mixed Media

Eighteenth Lotus Flower asks to seek 
Your center.
Cushion this with growth from within
Guard the circle with your intent at all corners.

Its been four weeks approximately since I started this project. Have I found any difference in my psyche? Yes, but I must say that the most difficult hurdle was getting over the fears that I had...all the "what if's" that may have come and spoiled the ride. Now that I have "detoxed" somewhat from the fear, from the issue and from the previous life, I cannot believe that I ever lived a life that I find so abhorrent to me. No.... that corporate life was never for me.....the mere suggestion that I may need to go back makes me cringe. Faith keeps me moving forward. Faith, and the conviction that I am doing the right thing for me.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Seventeenth Lotus Flower

Seventeenth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Seventeenth Flower says let loose,
Find your inner child, the fearless experimenter.
The part of you that looked at life
with eager wonder....
wanting to try anything and everything.

Sometimes this project has me feeling like a kid again. I remember my love for colour...clashing competing colours that lit up the whole page. I remember creating for the love of it, not caring how it came out. Isn't that what we are meant to do? There is a big weight on your shoulder when you are creating for other people, and not for yourself. So if you look at stuff here and think.." Thats a load of...." or " She calls that art??? " That's what it is to me...... so there.. *sticks out tongue*
And I shall continue shipping merrily up to 100!

Sixteenth Lotus Flower

Sixteenth Lotus Flower
Sixteenth Flower calls for completion
No matter our feelings about the issue
Complete it, finish it and move on.
End it as nicely as you can and move on.

End it as nicely as you can. Finish it to its completion, and end it nicely as you can. No...its not about a relationship.....or is it?
There are two thoughts here. One is of paintings that I did not like, and felt unhappy with. Two of them I left for years, thinking they were finished, only to pick them up later and just know what to do to make them great! This Sixteenth Lotus Flower may be one of those....I do not feel happy with it. It feels like a step backward. But bound by the rules of this project, where all work is valid to the project horrible or no.... I had to post it.... and show it no matter how uncomfortable I feel.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fifteenth Lotus Flower

Fifteenth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Fifteenth Lotus Flower,
Another Balance number.
Divine Energy and Divine Grace
Sometimes, just being is enough.

I am resisting the habit of beating up on myself. I am at a point where the echoes of the nay-sayers occasionally reverberate through my brain. Shush.... I say to them......shush......you only see what you see. You do not see what I bliss.
Having been told, and lectured, about the futility of being an artist I no longer wish to hear you. I see it around me. I see people who have followed the same path I wish to follow and are comfortable within themselves. So shush.....and let me be. When I look back on my life, I wish to say that I explored every option, lived every dream that I had, and enjoyed life to the fullest of my talents.....shush...... I am creating. I am what I am........and that's enough.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fourteenth Lotus Flower

Fourteenth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Fourteenth Flower reminds me
To seek balance in life
And Balance in Self.
This has been lacking as I have been living for others.

Have all my decisions been my own? Have I been compromising at the expense of myself?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Thirteenth Flower

Thirteenth Flower- Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Thirteenth Flower is confident 
that the center is perfect
At peace with itself
It radiates with balance and harmony
And exalts in the beauty of all things

Continuing with the configuration of six, this lotus flower is surrounded with a border taken from the designs used in henna body art. This lotus flower is especially pleasing to me because of its proportions...they seem perfect in my eyes somehow. Its center, perfectly round and pure white. Peace is at the center, a surety that I am heading in the right direction.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Twelfth Lotus Flower

Twelfth Lotus Flower- Samantha Rochard- Mixed Media
Twelfth Flower asks us to make one small change
Tweak just one thing to your liking
See if it takes you along a pleasant road.
If it doesn't; you can always turn back!

....and so I tweaked one thing. I changed the number of petals to a configuration of six. Plato always remarked that the spiritual essence of anything that is manifest can be reduced to a number. According to one "Symbols" expert; the number six signifies :
Six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Six naturally reveals solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner. The spiritual meaning of number Six also deals with enlightenment; specifically "lighting" our path in areas we require spiritual and mental balance. Sixes beckon us to administer compassion and consciously choose forgiveness in a situation.

Hmmmm...coincidence or no? Seeking balance indeed.

Eleventh Lotus Flower

Eleventh Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Eleventh Lotus Flower says that,
In seeking New Direction,
We sometimes must go back to a point of happiness.
Then we branch out in a different direction.

......which is what I did with this one. The last time I created with free-flowing ease...I mean really with no thought of finishing in mind was back in 1993 or so. At that time, there was a youth art exhibit organised by some big company; I cannot remember who. I do remember showing a host of black and white drawings, most of which were like the flowers depicted inside the petals here, and some crosses...lots of crosses. I had given each visitor who came to my corner, a black paper rose.
I really felt alive then......

Friday, June 03, 2011

Tenth Lotus Flower

Tenth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Tenth Lotus Flower exalts the spirit
Makes love to it and carries it to the next level
The first threshold of ten has been reached
Do not look back on pass issues
Move forward in confidence.
My heart swells. As I work on these, as I spend my days. I am confident that right here is where I need to be. It is a connection to the inner me and outer All. I look upon this work and laugh with delight. Especially at Tenth Flower, that mark of a turning point in my journey. I wish I could share this feeling of inner peace that I feel............

Ninth Lotus Flower

Ninth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Ninth Lotus Flower  acknowledges that,
As a creative spirit, and all creative spirits
Need that pool of people who are understanding
and supportive.
We do not need a finger wagged at us and told "You have to face reality...."

All creative minds think differently, our focus is different. To keep on that constant treadmill which demands we keep up with this warped "reality" that the human race sees as life is torment to us.
Our spiritual connection is in creating, our passion is in creating, our reason for existing is creating. Its like asking the sun not to shine. All things which depend on the sun to shine will equally wilt.
If you have a creative person in your life, and prevent them from shining in their passion, you too will wilt. This is who we are..... this is what we live for. Take that away, and soon life becomes a dull and passionless place.....all for the sake of "reality."

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Eighth Lotus Flower

Eighth Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Eighth Lotus Flower attempts shortcuts
To rework what was previously done
Our Shortsighted view
Cannot complete the process

So we attempt to fix life in its current state. Patch hurts, remove the confusion. But instead of cleansing, we replace it with another issue, another decoration. Like an addict who exchanges one vice for another, we believe we are better.......but no.......it isn't better......just less cluttered.

Seventh Lotus Flower

Seventh Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Seventh Lotus Flower shows
How we collect decorations for our life;
Till those decorations become a need in themselves
and obscure the substance of life itself.

The creation of Seventh Flower was different. In all the others I had a message to convey, prior to the drawing. In sitting down to do seventh, determined to continue the process and force it if I had to; I began to draw. In my mind it was :" Add this, add that. more design more swirl."
At the end of Seventh Lotus Flower, I stuck it up on the wall in contemplation. I opened my mind to the message and heard " See what little substance it has. There is so much decoration, and line here and swirl there, that the true substance has disappeared."
And indeed.....is this what we do to ourselves? Add so much decoration to our lives that the core elements for true happiness are lost to us?"
I hesitated to put this up. I did not like this at all. Words from the artist Robert Regis Dvorak rang out in my mind; "Only show your best work!" (Selling Art 101)
This was promptly followed by words from Julia Cameron in "The Artist's Way" , that the artist must give themselves permission to do bad work.
Because the purpose of this blog is the process, not the final work, I decided to put in in.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sixth Lotus Flower

Sixth Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media
Sixth Flower sees the other souls which share your Path.
Do they assist you on your journey
Or do they pull you into theirs?

Time to take a look at the people around me. Do they enhance the beauty I wish to portray? Or do they muddle my vibrations and prevent my sun from shining?

2nd June 2011: A recent assessment showed that sometimes the very people who we look to for support, are the ones who wish you to stay exactly where you are. For this process I need a cocoon. I need to surround myself with supportive people who would understand my need to move forward just being me. These people are very difficult to find. At the end of the assessment, it dwindles down to two. However, one of the two seems to want to steer my path....this cannot be good if my inner spirit is to unfold.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fifth Lotus Flower

Fifth Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Fifth Flower bends the rules a bit
And seeks the Divine in the Manifest
It looks beyond the Object to its essence.

How much can we bend the rules? All the elements are there as per instruction. Are we meant to learn the rules and then find ways to creatively break them? Or bend them? What are the rules I need to bend to live my purpose? Grow up, find a career, get married, have 2.5 kids, buy a house a car.....you are happy.
Sadly, thats not all......take life beyond the main shape, the central pattern must be broken.

Fourth Lotus Flower

Fourth Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

Fourth Flower thinks direction
Should come from one's passion
Perhaps the gold lies within that passion?

I hear that the place to find yourself is through your passion. Yet when I attempt to travel down that path there seems to be a defined set of imagery which can make living sustainable. That cannot be the only key. The manifestation is static at that level.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Third Lotus Flower

Third Flower - Samantha Rochard- Mixed media

Should Divinity be hidden
Deep in your center?
Do we cover our truth with 
pretty earthly petals and hide?

Why do we hide our inner selves, and embrace this false world that we exist in. The realities that are here only exist because we all believe that they do. As soon as we redefine reality to put selfless happiness first, we shall all have a higher sense of purpose. Wouldn't we?

Second Flower

Second Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed media
Second Flower is first action
Refine the gold
Decide the lines of the new direction
Outline the boundaries by which you go forward.

Second Flower begins the first step. The goal is defined, the needs are outlined. Second flower takes action where First flower existed. 
Second Flower expands its center, thoughts reaching out to possibility. Defining each possibility as "want" and " does not want".
It begins to decide.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Lotus Flower

First Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media

The Inner Being dry
Cracked from the pressures on the Soul
This murky water to start from.

First Flower is dry, parched,cracked. It thirsts for life; it seems incomplete. Its heart is black; dead. Its support system is murky and unclear.