Category Archives: Ancient Wisdom

365, Day 168: That Which You Seek

“That which you seek is seeking you.” ~ Rumi I have often wondered, as I looked at my paintings, about my search for peace, balance, and joy in life. I usually feel I do not experience these qualities, that my … Continue reading

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365, Day 152: Storm Crows

Birds, flocks of birds, started showing up in my paintings some time after I began this project. Sometimes they were wheeling and diving in large numbers. Sometimes there were just a few  and they were more gentle. In my mind … Continue reading

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365, Day 140: Wisdom and Wonky Circles

The owl showed up again. In the painting, that is, not outside. And the circle is wonky here…. I’m sure there’s some sort of lesson in this. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 107: Thin Places

I began this painting with John O’Donohue and “thin places” in my heart. I cannot, this evening as I post, find a clear reference to “thin places” in his words. Perhaps later. The basic concept is fairly simple, I reckon. … Continue reading

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365, Day 99: The Moon

“Fears and anxieties, believing illusions, experiencing distortion and chasing after fantasy, dreams and visions, disorientation.” ~ Shadowscapes Tarot, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law Recurring theme, recurring image. One of the reasons I appreciate working with my Tarot cards and with images in … Continue reading

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365, Day 95: On Edge

This piece has the feel of looking at a slice of agate or of a geode. The guiding energy this morning was the rich green-blues. The trees that appeared in this landscape are not my usual evergreen trees. Someone has … Continue reading

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365, Day 87: Anam Cara

“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but … Continue reading

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365, Day 79: Phoenix Rising

Out of the ashes of Burning Days come new beginnings….

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365, Day 65: Rule of Life

My friend, artist Martha Kelly, will be the artist-in-residence at the Memphis Theological Seminary this year and has asked me to write up a little about this spiritual practice of daily painting so she could use it in the seminary … Continue reading

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Hold Your Center

What is the purpose of meditation? It is to create a space between stimulus and response. It is to enable me to sit amidst the swirling waters of change and upheaval… …and hold my center. (© Karen Opp. All rights … Continue reading

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