Monday, February 23, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"RED GERANIUMS"
Painting # 1001 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x30") Completed Jan. 17, 2008   SOLD

"INTERIOR AT PINE HAVEN"
Painting #26 of 1181 paintings / Watercolor (16"x12")  Completed June, 1991
Note:  I painted very few watercolors through the years.  Oil was my medium of choice.

"Resting most of the day is still the best I can do to manage Peripheral Neuropathy which feels like experiencing the worse toothache pain all over my body. . . . It is nerve pain.  So far my doctor's pain management is not working for me either since my body has an allergic reaction to and cannot tolerate the drugs, Percocet, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Tylenol #3 which has Codine in it.  The nerve block shot in my lower back did not relieve any pain at all.

It appears this is just where I am supposed to be at this time and I am at Peace with it.  I intend to glean only Good from this experience.  If you are new to my blog, I have copied and pasted my earlier message about this below:"

February 9, 2015 
"After many years of controlling the pain of Peripheral Neuropathy, I am once again laid low with it.  Resting most of a 24 hour day is what I do and it helps me.  When trying to do otherwise, the price is too high to pay.  I will recover from this as I did before but please understand why I have not been available and won't be until this greatly subsides."

Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Awareness
I am mindful of my body temple.

Monday, February 23, 2015

My body is a holy temple of Spirit. Its true purpose is to fully express and embody Divine Love and Life. I release any behaviors that may deplete my body. I support its vitality through my loving attention to its messages and needs.
I honor my body by eating nourishing food and living a healthy lifestyle. I regularly send love and thanksgiving to all parts of my body, energizing them with affirmative words of Truth. My increasing body awareness helps me recognize and release challenging emotions that I may have repressed and stored as physical pain or illness. I honor my needs for rest and recreation. As I devotedly serve my body temple, I create space for the sacred to unfold in my life.

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God.—1 Corinthians 6:19

Monday, February 9, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"BOUGAINVILLEA BOUQUET"
Painting #700 of 1181 paintings / Pastel on sanded paper (24"x20") Completed 4/29/2002 SOLD

"After many years of controlling the pain of Peripheral Neuropathy, I am once again laid low with it.  Resting most of a 24 hour day is what I do and it helps me.  When trying to do otherwise, the price is too high to pay.  I will recover from this as I did before but please understand why I have not been available and won't be until this greatly subsides."
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Guidance
Divine guidance is always with me.

Monday, February 9, 2015

I am a student of life and God is my teacher. My Divine Teacher instructs me in all I need to know at the right time. The course of study is lifelong, sure, and true. I embrace the joy and fulfillment of learning. My Teacher shows me the way and supports me in new situations.
When a life lesson comes, I take time in the quiet and listen to my divine guidance. I open my heart to the still, small voice and ask what path to follow, and what I need to learn. As I listen within, I hear the words “This is the way.” I am gently guided to my highest good.
As I recognize and understand my lesson, I give thanks for my growth. I am never alone. My Teacher is always with me.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path.—Psalm 27:11

Friday, January 30, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"POTPOURRI BOUQUET"
Painting #316 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (40"x30")  Completed in June, 1996  SOLD
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Faith
I have faith in God to direct my way.

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the past, I may have trusted limited ways of thinking or sources outside of myself for direction and understanding.But now I have faith in the Christ Presence within—God in me—to lead my life in the right direction. God is within me always. I can trust Spirit with my life.
When challenges arise, or if questions and fears come to mind, I keep my faith in the Christ Presence. In my prayers, I ask for the next step. With confidence, with poise, and in peace, I follow the way that is made clear.
If I have more than one choice, I trust in Spirit to help me choose wisely. As I walk in faith, my way becomes clear.

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.”—Luke 18:42

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN



"RED GERANIUMS"
Painting #1001 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x30") Completed Jan. 17, 2008    SOLD
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Harmony
My body reverberates in harmony with Spirit.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore taught that the body is like a musical instrument. When attuned to Spirit, it radiates the health and harmony of Divine Mind. I attune my body by quieting my mind and aligning my consciousness with the one thought of God. As I breathe, I become aware of my oneness with Spirit—my innate wholeness. I sense the still, small voice reverberating from the depths of my being.
This vibration of Divine Love is sweet music to my soul. It is a hymn of joy and peace sending currents of well-being throughout my body. Spirit’s melody radiates in, through, and as me. As I manifest wholeness and harmony in every cell of my being, I praise God in thanksgiving.

Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.—Psalm 47:1

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"PINK SIMPLICITY"
Painting #512 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (20"x16") Completed 10-3-1998  SOLD
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Benevolence
I am appreciative, kind, and generous with others.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Today I live with the intention to express to others my generosity, kindness, and appreciation.
I am grateful for the presence of my loved ones. I cherish the good moments and the difficulties that help us grow. As I appreciate others, I also feel better about myself.
Because I value others and myself, I am kind. In my thoughts and actions, I treat myself with gentleness, and I extend that kindness in my relationships. As I cultivate gentleness, my spirit expands. Out of kindness and appreciation for others, I am generous. I take every opportunity to give of my time, talent, and treasure. As I cultivate benevolence, I grow in the love of God.

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God.—2 Corinthians 9:11

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"THE ROSE"
Painting #502 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x30") Completed September 14, 1998
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Happiness
In this moment, I am enough and I have enough to be happy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Whatever happens in my life, I can experience happiness within me. I deserve happiness and I am worthy of love. I am joyful when I am content with myself and connected to others.
I let go of what might have been as well as past mistakes. By forgiving myself and others, I clear away barriers to giving and receiving love. When I release the past, I choose happiness and freedom. I feel the love of God enfolding me. I trust my Creator withholds nothing good from me. I appreciate the blessings in my life and claim the good still unfolding.
Whether I am praying alone, playing with friends, or planning an adventure, I am content with myself and with others. In this moment, I am enough and I have enough to be happy.

O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.—Psalm 84:12


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"EMERALD & GOLD"
Painting #1106 of 1181 paintings / Acrylic & Gold Leaf (8"x8")  Completed January 25, 2010

Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Pray for Others
I pray for others with faith and gratitude.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When praying for others, I center myself in the awareness of God within me. I remember that God is also within those for whom I pray. I affirm my faith in the power of prayer and give thanks for the activity of Spirit in all situations.
If I am tempted to worry, I realign my emotions, thoughts, actions, and words, for they are part of my prayer. When I pray for a loved one’s healing, I visualize them whole and healthy. When I pray for a friend seeking a job, I imagine them gainfully employed in fulfilling work. Praying for the people of the world, I imagine Divine Love, Light, and Life at work in their lives.
Filled with faith and focused on gratitude, I live in prayer for others.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.—Colossians 4:2

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"FLORAL IN BRASS VASE"
Painting #701 0f 1181 Paintings  / Oil on Linen (30"x24")  Completed May 6, 2002   SOLD

Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity

Guidance
Spirit guides my every step.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sometimes I am unclear about my purpose and direction in life. I may feel confused, stagnant, or lost. When this happens, I turn within and listen to Spirit guiding my every step.
I release any worry about the future and trust the still, small voice in my heart. I ask for the next small step, and take action.
A baby who has just learned to stand does not know he or she is also building the necessary skills to walk, run, and dance. Like the infant, I may not understand how the steps I am taking now will serve as the foundation for my journey. I have faith as Spirit within guides my choices. As I listen and follow my inner guidance, I know I am on the right track.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.—Psalm 119:105

Monday, January 12, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"SELF PORTRAIT-2007"
Painting #917 of 1181 Paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x20") Completed Feb. 27, 2007

"The Vertigo is gone, thanks to a great physical therapist. Trevor Gilliam DPT, at Palm Coast Physical Therapy here in Naples, FL.  It all started on December 22, 2014 in Barcelona.  A long and very stressful three weeks!  Today is GOOD."
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Divine Order
As Divine Order unfolds, I am at peace.

Monday, January 12, 2015

We often say “Divine Order” to reassure ourselves that all will work out in the end. Regardless of how circumstances unfold, I have control over my inner world. I create a space for peace inside me. When I become quiet and turn within, I feel the peace of eternal reassurance. I choose a calm state of mind by closing my eyes, breathing deeply, and letting go of busy or fearful thoughts.
In this place of inner peace, I sink further into the Presence of God. I know Divine Order prevails. As I go about my day and interact with others, I access this same peaceful Presence. No matter how circumstances evolve, I live in Divine Order—from the inside out.

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.–Psalm 119:165

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"LADY IN PINK"
Painting #925 of 1181 Paintings / Oil on Linen  (36"x24") Completed April 29, 2007

"Today is day six that I've been home from Barcelona, Spain and a Mediterranean Sea Cruise. This afternoon is the very first time I have been well enough or have the strength to come to this computer.  On December 22nd, while in the taxi taking us back to the hotel in Barcelona from the Costa Cruise ship, a horrible attack of vertigo came upon me.  How I wish I had never gotten on that cruise ship.  Barcelona is a wonderful city and that is where I probably should have stayed instead of taking the cruise.  Doing the Epley Maneuver for the vertigo helped me to be able to make the flight back home on the 24th.  Christmas Day was rough but nothing like the vertigo that came on me the next morning.  I'm telling how bad it was so you will know how thankful I am to be getting well today.  A dear friend, Marta and her daughter, Kasey, became my Angels of Mercy and came to my rescue.  Without them, I would still be in a hospital today.  Did Karl send them to me?  I believe so.  How do you thank somebody who does so much?  The cruise wasn't bad.  It was just bad for me."


Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Dream
Through the power of God within me, my dream comes true and blesses others.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A divine plan for good is at work in my life and in the Universe. My dream is a part of that plan. It comes from God—a vision and desire planted in my soul.
To outpicture this vision, I use my faculty of imagination. With my mind’s eye, I see myself achieving my dream. I allow myself to savor how it feels to see it accomplished.
If I face challenges, I do not become discouraged. I keep focused on my vision, and trust Spirit to reveal my purpose and direction. Confidently, I take the next step. My heart’s desire propels me through any obstacles.
My dream comes from God, and it is for my soul’s unfoldment. I joyfully take my part in the divine plan and bless the world.

You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips.—Psalm 21:2