Monday, September 15, 2014

Maine Vacation by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"NORITAKE CREAMER & PLUMS"
Painting #602 0f 1181  Oil on Linen  (8"x 10")  Completed June 28, 2002

"Home today after a 12 day vacation to Maine and then a great visit with my son, John, his wife, Colleen and daughter Priscilla in Dawsonville, Georgia.  More about the trip tomorrow."

Harmony
I am an instrument of harmony.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I enjoy the pleasing blend of sounds when musical notes are sung or played in harmony. The music resonates with my soul, stirs my emotions, and offers a welcoming interlude in my day.
Similarly, harmony within relationships enriches my life. I seek affinity with family, friends, and associates. We may each see life differently, but as we hear each other’s ideas and suggestions, and respectfully discuss any agreements or disagreements, we compose a harmonious song.
Musical notes combine to produce a masterpiece. In the same way, the varying qualities and gifts of individuals combine to make a greater whole. Harmonious relationships are a blessing to me.

Clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.–Colossians 3:14





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Being In Maine by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"Little Daydreamer"

"I am still in Maine and now at the lovely Lucerne Inn, about ten miles east of Bangor.  
Bar Harbor would be a good place to visit today.  The message of "let go and let God" is prevalent for me today. 

May I share a poem received from my Guides this morning?"

There is a day, a day in Maine,
Hear the words but Be the refrain.
This is a new song to sing for sure,
Remember the lyrics and get past the blur.

Go high in soprano and deep for the base,
Each note of the melody is in proper place.
Joy reaches the heart as you travel along,
Hear the music, sing out strong.

Let Go, Let God
I let go and let God open my mind and heart to receive.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

When facing challenges, I remember to “let go and let God.” The first step is to release. I let go of what I am holding to in consciousness. Just as empty and open hands are free to receive, I am open and available to receive from Spirit.
I let go of worry and welcome clarity of thought. I let go of how things “should” be and open my mind and heart to receive what is. I let go of hurry and impatience and affirm I have the time and energy to do what is mine to do.
I release resentment and blame, and God expresses through me as gratitude. I free myself from anger and upset, and God demonstrates as joy. I liberate myself from confusion, and God reveals peace. I release, let go, and let God be God in my life.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.—2 Corinthians 5:7

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vacation To Maine by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"ORANGE BEGONIA"
Painting #1074 of 1181   Oil on Canvas (24"x24")  Completed October 30, 2009
 I enjoy viewing this painting here in my home now in Naples, FL  

WOW!  Today, I am going to Maine.  It's a vacation.  I will arrive in Portland, ME late tonight.  Tomorrow I will be with good artist friend and art gallery owner, Susan Roux.  Check out her gallery here.  Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery.  

Friday, September 5, through Sunday, September 7, I will be in Stetson, ME.  After that, it's up for grabs.
Rest
Through the restorative power of the Silence, I rest

Rest is essential for achieving excellence in my work and relationships. To be at my best, I must have energy, enthusiasm, and a clear head. Being tired or frazzled reminds me that it is time to recharge my batteries.
When in need of rest, I turn to the restorative power of the Silence. I begin by simply placing my attention on my breath. I set aside any concerns, responsibilities, or tasks, and reconnect with the calm and loving energy of Spirit. As I close my eyes, I become aware of my body and relax each part of it, from my head to my toes. I surrender all of me to the Silence. Its power restores me—body, mind, and soul. I am rested and refreshed.
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.—Matthew 11:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Grapes" by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"GRAPES"
#510 of 1181 Paintings  /   Oil on Linen  (9"x 12")      Completed September 30, 1998

"I don't know why, but I have a feeling of nostalgia about this one.  I'm still here and yet the painting isn't." 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Karl & Messages by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"KARL BY FIRESIDE"
#10 of 1181 Paintings  Oil on Canvas  (24"x36")  Completed in 1990      Destroyed

"This painting was painted by looking at the photo I had taken of Karl.  We had only been in our home, "Pine Haven" on Lamb Lake for about 10 months then.  I'm sorry that I destroyed this painting but so glad there is still an image of it.

Some of you know and some of you don't that since January 14, 2013, I have been meditating and writing every morning.  On January 18, 2013, Karl came to me.  I saw him and he gave me many words, a message, that I hold most dear.  That was over 1 year and 7 months ago.  Since then I have received messages daily from Karl and my guides.  It is time to share with those who have an interest.

Usually, I don't receive my messages in rhyme and yet lately that is what is so often happening.  I don't record or transcribe my words or questions I have written before the message arrives from the guides . . . . you see, Karl is also a guide.  I received a message in rhyme  this morning but I would like to share this one I received on Wednesday, 8-20-2014 with you first."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014     11:30am
“Write, Nora, for you want to recall this.  You are on the right track and your path is made easy for you.  Tune in often to get your updates.  Keep your Energy up high and avoid the static.”

Message in Rhyme IV / Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You are not alone as you live and abide,
Keep your eye on the center line and stay on your side.
Don’t crowd out another, give us plenty of room.

And you don’t have to travel at break neck speed,
Slow down, slow down, be aware, take heed.
See all around you, enjoy the view,
Please don’t miss what God has for you.

Arrows point in many directions,
You say, I’ll go here, I’ll go there.  Oh, so many selections.

Now, don’t be dismayed at the task set before you,
Resource to accomplish all you set out to do,
Is always within you . . . . who knew?


Healing:  from Unity's "Daily Word"
Wholeness is my true nature.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I am innately whole and healthy. Divine Life is real, abiding, and eternal, and I am Life in expression. To experience the fullness of Life, I first realize that I live, move, and have my being in the universal life flow of God.
I center my feelings, thoughts, and words on Oneness and the perfect Life within me. I feel and know Life is present and available to me in all its fullness. When my mind is focused on the divine idea of wholeness, I am in conscious harmony with the rhythm and flow of Divine Life. I demonstrate wholeness in mind and body.
Wholeness is my true nature and my birthright. I confidently claim it by affirming: Life, sweet Life!
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.”—Genesis 1:26

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spiritual Messages & Roses Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"THE BLUE VASE"
 #608 of 1181 Paintings  Oil on Linen  (40"x 30")  Completed July 24, 2000  SOLD

Today’s Message came to me in rhyme /  August 19, 2014
This is the third message I have received in rhyme.  The first was March 8, 2014

You are already complete, All you can Be
Become aware, remember, and you will see.
The words of Spirit become clear with no doubt,  
You can relay them to others with never, ever a shout. 
Begin anew and maybe sing,  
Music rises your vibration, you can do anything.  
Ponder the words in the still and quiet,  
Receive your answer and then apply it.  
Go forth boldly with your head held high, 
Proclaim the message with never a sigh.

We give to you letters of hope and good cheer,
It’s a gift package for you, my Dear,
Open it quickly, you’ll be delighted.
Now, enjoy your gift without looking back,
And then go forward on your chosen path.

Look, see, the Goodness is sighted as you travel along,
If you follow the signposts, you won’t go wrong.
Just stay in the Flow to receive all you need,
You can share this knowledge, plant the seed.
There is a time to speak and a time to refrain.

To speak, you’ll know when the moment arises.  
What you give to another holds many surprises.
Abundance is yours because you share.
Pass it along, let them know that you care.
 The Spirit speaks to all but not everyone hears.  
Do your part and then, let them see what appears.

As you have been gifted, take the message to others.
Come out of the closet.  Walk in the Light,
Be your Being and display your might.
Words are a beginning but your actions ring true,
As others see God, They will see God in you.

Namaste!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Destroyed Oil Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"SUNDAY MORNING TREAT"
Painting #1035  Oil on Linen  (36"x 24")  Completed May 25, 2009 Destroyed

"TABLE CENTERPIECE"
Painting # 1056  Oil on Linen  (36"x 24")  Completed Sept. 3, 2009 Destroyed

"These two paintings (same linen canvas) ended up in the trash.  Painting over another painting never really worked out for me.  With hindsight, maybe I should have just left the first one alone, facing the wall and let the good fairies work on it."

Approval  / Monday, August 18, 2014
I am whole and complete just as I am.
We all want to be appreciated and loved by others, but a need for approval can be a stumbling block. On my spiritual path, I learn that my priority is to be true to myself. I am an expression of God—in this form, body, and mind. I am all I need to be. By being true to myself, I may or may not garner the admiration or approval of others, but ultimately I will gain much more.
I pray to fully love myself as I am, to accept the love of God, to appreciate my gifts and the unique desires of my heart. I am here to live the life I have been given. As I learn to love myself more, my need for admiration and outside approval diminishes. I am whole and complete, just as I am.”
Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? … If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.—Galatians 1:10

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"KARL KASTEN" by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"KARL, 2007"
Painting #929 of 1181   Oil on Linen  (16"x 20")  Completed May 18, 2007
"This painting was done from a photograph I took of Karl while we were visiting our four Freeport, Illinois, Snowbird friends.  I don't know where the painting is.  I just discovered the photo of it this summer while transferring the painting photos from old CDs to an external hard drive.
Oneness
I am one with God and my supply is abundantly provided.
Jesus taught unity with God: “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us.” Many enlightened teachers have said that separation is an illusion. We are one with God, the Source of All.
In meditation, I become aware of my oneness with the unlimited Source. I gain a deeper understanding: As I am one with my Source, I have access to unlimited health, abundance, protection, and love. Unity teacher Emilie Cady wrote: “There is really no reason for jealousy or envy, for all persons are one and the same Spirit.”
I let go of thoughts of separation. Good flows to me and through me at all times. I experience God’s good in my life and my needs are abundantly met.

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one.—John 17:22


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Four Years Later by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"CLEMENTINES"
Painting #1016 of 1181 / Oil on Linen (14"x14") Completed Nov. 21, 2008  SOLD

"Today marks the fourth anniversary that my Beloved, Karl, made his transition.  It amazes me that I am still here in the physical without him.  A spark of happiness wells up high within me each time my thoughts go to him and I look forward to the time we will be together again.  As I wrote this morning, I was Blessed with a loving and comforting message from Karl."

Two recent slideshow videos:

Perfect Life
My body temple expresses the perfection of God.

The life of God, which is the source of all life, flows in and through my body temple. I rejoice to know this truth.
Today I see the perfection of God expressed in and through me. Every cell is alive and functioning in accordance with its individual pattern. Every organ is operating smoothly and harmoniously as it performs its unique task. Every muscle expands and contracts so that I move with grace and ease.
I stand straight and tall. I walk with confidence and strength. I ask God’s blessing on all that I eat and my body is wisely nourished. The perfect rhythm of God helps me to balance activity with rest and work with recreation. I sleep soundly and awake refreshed.
My body temple expresses the perfection of God’s life.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.—Genesis 1:27 
The above is from Unity's "Daily Word"

Monday, August 11, 2014

Roses Painting by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"ROSES ARE RED"
Painting #1117 of 1181   Oil on Canvas  (24"x 20") Completed March 5, 2010

"Here are two recent slideshow videos.   
25 PAINTINGS     NORA KASTEN PAINTINGS IV

Today's message is from Unity's "DAILY WORD"
Guidance
Spirit guides me in the right way.
Before I embark on a journey, I map the route to and from my destination. But life is not as easy to plan. Instead, I trust Spirit within to guide me in the right way at the right time.
Present to each moment, I listen for the guidance I know is available to me. I do not worry about the future, for I know Spirit is leading the way.
I hear the guidance of Spirit when my mind is calm, so I spend time in the Silence each day. I listen for Spirit in the words of others, in Scripture, and in song. I hear Spirit speak to me in my heart. I am not anxious about making decisions, because I trust in Spirit to guide my way.
When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”—Isaiah 30:21