My sister, Daisy in Hawai’i, made this beautiful painting yesterday and I give you all her words below. Please read and feel free to share. Thank you.
I made the above painting yesterday for a great soul, Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped by ISIS and who is being reported as having been killed. Usually these things, while tragic, seem far away, but I knew this young lady. She was a friend of my daughters and she was/is one of the most giving, caring people this planet has known. When they were teenagers, Kayla was instrumental in starting a group for young women called the “Keepers of Wonder”. They would dress up as clowns in Prescott and inspire people – either by giving things or saying something inspirational and uplifting to those around them. All she ever wanted to do was to make things better. She cared SO deeply that her journey of life led her to India, Africa and eventually to Syria – always making a difference wherever she went. And … she was only 26 years old. What a SOUL! What a life.
We can react to the news in many different ways – we can be sad, angry, frustrated and the flurry of emotions that rise up are all valid and can be intense.
Interestingly, last week in class (before this news came out) someone brought up the situation in the world and how sad it is. It was affecting her strongly and she wanted to know how to deal with the overwhelming emotions. The reply that came (from me, but I always listen to what comes through) – was, “Of course you feel sad, all those emotions need to be acknowledged and honored, but don’t overstay in them.”
Yes – I cried, when I heard about Kayla – but then, because of my lesson from class, I knew that what I need to do was to live and have a vital, full day in her honor.
I went into my studio and from a deep place of prayer for her, this painting came. I picked the colors intuitively, without conscious thought and I placed them on the canvas in the same way.
I didn’t understand what it meant until it was done, but when I stood back, the message of the painting was clear. There was a symbol for higher heart, and a spiral representing Kayla – and it was about the beauty of a person who comes from a place of pure heart, how one person can affect not just this world, but how her pure loving energy affects the entire universe.
As I was taking the photo this morning, rainbows were coming in the window and they landed on the painting.What can we do? How can we do our part?
The rest of the message that came in last week’s class was about what we can do. Rather than holding on to anger, how can we make a difference?
I truly believe that the highest thing we can do for this world – the only thing really – is from inside of us. By learning to live from a place of inner peace, that peace radiates from our being, affecting everyone around, and bringing more peace to all of humanity. We don’t realize how much we affect the people around us. If we are angry, that energy radiates out of our being, just as surely as when we are happy.
Kayla affected everyone around her, including my daughter just by her innate goodness, and I believe, on some level her giving soul must have also affected her kidnappers. The “Keepers of Wonder” brought joy to everyone they touched, because the joy and fun radiated out of the girls involved.
In the practice of Zhineng Qigong, there are concrete, practical methods to learn to be in an internal state of inner peace, no matter the circumstances. The practice of setting the chi field and gathering energy can transform us from the inside out. It is true inner alchemy, and helps us to keep in internal balance even when the horrors of the world come close to home. The heart practice I teach (and is described in my new book – “Aloha Qigong, practice of the heart”) helps us to heal our hearts and to learn to give love no matter what. When our hearts want to close down because the pain is just too great, it helps to heal us, so that we can keep our hearts open.
And as our hearts are open, we maintain the light in our own soul.”Where there is light in the soul,
There is beauty in the person.
Where there is beauty in the person,
There is harmony in the home.
Where there is harmony in the home,
There is honor in the nation.
Where there is honor in the nation,
There is peace in the world.”
Chinese ProverbI send this with great love for ALL humanity”