We each have within us an infinite palette of emotions that we use to paint our personal realities. There’s a complex array of possible hues; and for each different hue there are as many different shades. There’s the crimson heat of passion and the rosy warmth of friendship. There are teal waters of tranquility, golden rays of happiness, and charcoal fingers of sadness. One of the greatest pleasures in life is the ability to mix these many colors in our own way to create a unique, one of a kind work of art; but we often find it more frustrating than fun because we become victims to rather than creators of our palettes.
An artist doesn’t identify with their paint; nor should we identify with our emotions. We are not the joys and anxieties, or the pleasures and pains of our daily lives. These are simply the colors that we splash upon each day’s canvas. We are the source of these emotions; we are the white light from which all of these many colors are derived.
In a way, we are like the rainbows that decorate the spring skies. We begin with pure, undiluted light from which we create three primary colors – love, fear, and serenity. And using those three little colors, we can mix continually more emotional tints and tones.
When we forget our inner light, when we identify instead with the shade of our sentiments and the machinations of our minds, we begin to feel as if we are being created by them rather than being creative with them. We may find ourselves dipping our brush in the same fears over and over again and responding to everything with tinges of anxiety, judgment, and insecurity. Or we end up continuously painting with the blood of past pains and wondering why the wounds won’t heal.
The only way to reclaim control is to take the time to be still and remember who we truly are, to re-connect with the pure light of our inner being. When we move from the inside out, rather than the outside in, we can choose which primary colors we begin with. We can heal our hidden pains and face our secret fears. When we embrace all of who we are, we get to choose which parts we want to work with, giving ourselves the absolute freedom that a great artist deserves.
Perhaps by consciously moving back into the pure light of our souls, we will remember that life isn’t quite as serious as we like to pretend it is. We can remember how to be playful with this artistic experiment we call life. By reclaiming the entire rainbow that lives within us, we can become the free-spirited artists we were always meant to be, dipping our brushes in the light of our own souls and painting our passions across the universe.
©2016 Cristen Rodgers
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