Monday, January 4, 2016

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"A JAR OF ROSES"
Painting #1124 of 1187 Paintings / Oil on Canvas (20"x 12")  Completed 4/9/2009

"Christmas, 2015 was especially meaningful to me and I can never again say, "I don't like Christmas", as I have in the past.  I am most thankful . . . . and happy beginning 2016!  

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"

Faith
I am meant to live a great life!
Monday, January 4, 2016

As I begin the new year, I step out in faith. I am excited to know that God has given me all I need to have a great life. “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” I gratefully accept!
The energy, life, and love of Spirit move through me easily and effortlessly. I open to divine ideas and discern what is mine to do.
I am blessed with unlimited possibilities to experience God. Opportunities to connect with the Divine arrive in new and unexpected ways. I am now conscious of others expressing kindness, joy, and peace.
I feel one with all that is. I feel certain that my circumstances will work out favorably, perhaps in unimaginable ways. As I deepen my connection with God, my faith grows ever stronger. I am meant to live a great life!

For we walk by faith, not by sight.—2 Corinthians 5:7

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"PALES ROSES"
#834 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Linen (36"x 24")  Completed in June, 2005


"MERRY CHRISTMAS"      
 To ALL


From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Joy
Joy is always just a thought away.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

While receiving a gift may make me happy, unadorned joy is itself one of the greatest gifts I can experience. Joy lifts my heart. As I exude happiness, others are uplifted as well.
Joy may be quiet, such as the tug at my heart I feel when I see a child happily playing. It may be boisterous, like shared laughter that brings tears to my eyes. Yet all joy is an experience of the heart—an experience of God.
Joy is always just a thought away. When I am experiencing stress in my life, I stop to remember my many blessings. I think of kindnesses given and received.
My spirits are lifted as I recall the good I have witnessed in so many people and circumstances.



When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.—Matthew 2:10


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"THE MAGI"
#953 of 1187 Paintings / Oil on Linen  (30"x24")  Completed November 24, 2007

From Unity's "Daily Word"

FAITH
I have faith in God as my guide.

A bird in flight glides on rising air currents and follows its inner navigation to its destination. The bird has learned to let go of fighting the wind. Instead, it harnesses this energy and flies high.
Placing my faith in the wisdom of Christ within, I discover I, too, can soar. I rise above any situation and release any need to know what, when, and how all will unfold. I trust God to sustain me, protect me, and strengthen me along my journey.
Prayer moves me directly into the current of Spirit. As I faithfully use my energy to work in harmony with Spirit, I am blessed beyond all imagining.
I have faith in God as my guide.

For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight; for the Lord will go before you.—Isaiah 52:12

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"I WONDER"
#831 of 1186 Finished Paintings / Oil on Linen (5"x7")           May 29, 2005 


"THE ROSE"
#502 of 1186 Finished Paintings / Oil on Linen  (30"x 30")           September 14, 1998

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Spiritual Intelligence
I am a spiritually intelligent being making divinely inspired choices.

I am blessed with intelligence greater than my mental IQ—my spiritual intelligence. This deeper knowing guides me through any situation in life as I continue my life’s journey, growing in wisdom and understanding.
My spiritual intelligence reveals itself as intuition. If I am challenged by a circumstance, I say “Thank you, God” because I know I have been given an opportunity to evolve spiritually. I meet doubt or uncertainty with patience and faith, remembering that all fruits ripen in their own time—just as the gift of spiritual intelligence continues to ripen within me. I have a growing faith that is enriched through prayer. I know this because I am a spiritually intelligent being making divinely inspired choices.

God gave Solomon very great wisdom, discernment, and breadth of understanding as vast as the sand on the seashore.—1 Kings 4:29

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"THE BRASS VASE"

#1021 of 1186 Paintings / Completed December21, 2008         SOLD

"ONE FOR LUNCH
#108 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Linen  (17"x 19")  Completed November, 1993   SOLD

"This date, December 3, is especially meaningful to me.  My beloved husband, Karl, and I first met in Indianapolis, IN on December 3, 1982."


From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Let Go, Let God
I freely let go and let God be God in me.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

One of the key words in the phrase “let go, let God” is the word let. Allowing myself to let go means stepping out in faith. If I am accustomed to self-reliance, this act of trust may feel more like a leap than a step.
I take that time now. I relax and allow myself to simply be with God. I let go of the need to be in control. I remember that I do not have to know and do everything. I do not have to be in charge; I can relax and just be. What a freeing feeling! What a comfort to know I do not have to do anything alone.
There is a continuous presence at work in my life guiding me on my way, blessing and supporting every step. I let go and let God be God in me.

Let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you.—1 Corinthians 7:17

Monday, November 30, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"THE GLORY OF ROSES"
#801 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Linen (30"x 24")  Completed December 3, 2004   SOLD

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Release
I make room in my world for new good to appear.

Monday, November 30, 2015

To experience greater peace and prosperity, I make a habit of releasing unwanted and unneeded belongings. By letting go of what no longer serves me, I make room for new good to appear.
Release makes my world more spacious. It opens the way for the free circulation of God’s infinite supply.
Letting go need not be painful. I am free to keep useful, artistic, or sentimental items, and release whatever has fulfilled its purpose. Donating, recycling, or selling unneeded possessions can also create breathing space in my home.
No matter where I begin, I ask for divine guidance. I then joyously set into motion the cleansing power of release.

For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.–Luke 12:15

Friday, November 27, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"EMERALD RING"
 #932 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Linen (20"x 16")  Completed May 25, 2007   SOLD 

"FRESH ROSES"
#1136 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Canvas (16"x20")  Completed June 8, 2010


detail of "THE HAIRCUT"
 #1131 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Linen  (16"x10)  Completed May 12, 2010  ARCHIVED


From Unity's "DAILY WORD"

Inner Peace
I am calm, centered, and serene.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Peace emanates from the inside out. Even if I feel like I am in the midst of a storm, I can reestablish inner peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” This verse from the Book of John reminds me that peace is in the midst of me as the Christ Essence, calming my troubled heart.
I breathe deeply and focus on my natural state of peace. I let my body relax. Once inner peace is restored, my perceptions and responses are sharpened.
I function in the world of activities and responsibilities, present to whatever is happening, yet I am centered in Spirit. I proceed with joy and confidence.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. –John 14:27

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"EMERALD & GOLD"
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#1106 of 1186 Paintings / Acrylic on Canvas  (8"x8")  Completed January 10, 2010


"FIRE & RAIN"
#1107 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Canvas  (10"x 10")  Completed January 30, 2010


"RIBBONS OF BLUE"
#1119 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Canvas (24"x 24")  Completed March 14, 2010


"APPLES & ORANGES"
#1095 of 1186 Paintings / Acrylic on Canvas  (30"x 36")  Completed December, 2009

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Family
I strengthen my family through the power of love.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A towering pine or mighty oak draws on rain, sunshine, air, and soil to thrive. Similarly, we grow through the comfort, inspiration, ideas, and enrichment we receive from others.
Family is a vital part of our spiritual support system. Today I give thanks for my family and others who are important to me. As we gather for special celebrations, I embrace our similarities and differences.
When we are apart, I enrich my relationships by reaching out. I strengthen our connection through simple acts of kindness, such as calling or sending a note. Near or far, I bless others with warm thoughts and prayers of gratitude for their presence in my life.


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.–Galatians 5:22-23

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"WHITE ROSES"
#760 of 1186 Paintings / Pastel On Sanded Paper  (24"x 18") Completed Dec., 2003

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Guidance
Spirit guides me to my highest good.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Every moment of every day brings the opportunity for new choices. The freedom to choose what I think, say, and do can be a liberating joy. On the other hand, the options for how to live my life may seem overwhelming. Should I go back to school? How can I serve humanity? From everyday events to major life changes, I have choices to make.
If I rely solely on my mind to endlessly weigh pros and cons, I may feel lost in a sea of possibilities. Instead, I turn to my internal guidance system.
God’s guidance is always available to me. As I contemplate major life choices, I move from my head to my heart. I pray and patiently wait for the still, small voice within. Spirit guides me to my highest good.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.–John 16:13

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Art & Spirit by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"ROSES ARE RED"
#1117 of 1185 Paintings / Oil on Canvas  (24"x20") Completed March 5, 2010


"ORCHIDS WITH CHAKRA BACKGROUND"
#1186 of 1186 Paintings / Oil on Canvas (24"x 36")  Completed November 12, 2015

From Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Comfort
Divine energy soothes my spirit and I am at peace.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

One of the joys in life is warmth at a fireside. Whether I am taking in the rich aroma of a meal cooking outdoors, or being warmed by the heat in my home, comfort emanates from the hearth. Relaxing into the warmth of home, I let go of all concern and feel blessed and at peace.
In the same way, the warmth of my inner hearth is a place of sustenance and calm. Comfort fills my heart, and pain and sadness fade away. My soul moves into the quiet. I feel divine energy restoring my spirit. I am enfolded in the comforting love of God. New hope arises for a satisfying, orderly life. I am comforted, healed, and renewed in mind, body, and spirit.


Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.—Psalm 84:3