Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"YOUNG GIRL"
 Painting #818 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (10"x8") Completed 4-14-2005 

"FLORAL IN BRASS"
 Painting #819 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (7"x5") Completed 8-15-2005

"BIRTHDAY BOUQUET"
 Painting #822 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (20"x16") Completed 4-30-2005

"AZALEAS"
 Painting #824 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (18"x14")  Completed 5-6-2005

"MOSTLY ZINNIAS"
 Painting #848 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x20") Completed 8-3-2005

"ROSES WITH BRASS"
 Painting #869 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (24"x36")  Completed 4-21-2006    SOLD

"TWO BROWN EGGS"
Painting #895 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (14"x11")  Completed 7-12-2006   SOLD

"ROSES IN JULY" 
 Painting #896 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x24")  Completed 7-15-2006  SOLD

"ROSES FOR THE TABLE"
Painting #899 of 1181 paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x24")  Completed 7-30-2006
Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Faith
I expect and receive only good.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When fears and doubts cloud my mind, I check in with my heart. I ask myself: Where am I placing my faith? Is it in outer appearances or my Truth? I may need to redirect my thoughts to my faith in a loving God and affirm divine order. I expect and receive only good.
Faith begins in consciousness. In the Silence, I focus on the reality of Infinite Good everywhere present at all times. The darkness of doubt gives way to the light of Truth.
I deny any words or actions that suggest lack. Rather, I praise and bless everything I encounter on my life’s journey. My actions reflect my conviction that my divine inheritance is always at hand.

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Companion / Art & Spirituality by Artist, NORA KASTEN

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

"LEO"

"Leo" has come into my life and he is a much loved, good and faithful companion.  He is a two year old miniature schnauzer that I adopted from The Naples Humane Society and he is considered a rescue dog.  I believe I am the one who was rescued though."


PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY UPDATE

"What I have come to refer to as "My Sabbatical" continues.  Taking Tramadol three times a day for pain and still lots of rest is keeping me on an even keel for which I am most thankful."


Daily Word: Daily Inspiration From Unity
Love
When I center on Spirit, I experience greater love.

Monday, April 6, 2015

What I focus on grows. Spirit is the ultimate source of all love, and the more I center on Spirit, the more love is expressed and evident in my life.
I regularly practice focusing on God rather than the many distractions of the world. As I do, my awareness of love’s abiding presence expands. In the Silence, I cultivate my ability to perceive love as the very nature and essence of my being.
I express love freely from within, rather than seek compulsively from without. In prayer and meditation, I recognize love as the unifying power behind all existence. I experience the fullness of divine love, which sustains and connects us as One.

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