Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Soulmate & the Artist, NORA KASTEN

 Painting #976 of 1179 paintings / Oil on Linen (5"x7")   Painted December. 2007  

From Unity's "Daily Word"  Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Centered in Spirit, I live in harmony and balance with all creation.
Great dancers have mastered the art of spinning quickly without losing their balance. This is because they know how to center their bodies and then “spot” themselves by focusing on and repeatedly turning their attention to one steady point as they spin.
In the flurry of modern life, I, too, can remain balanced by centering and “spotting.” I begin the day by centering myself spiritually. I release any thoughts of discord, align my thoughts with divine order, and realize the One Mind that is the source of all creation. As I move into the day’s activities, I “spot” myself by repeatedly turning my attention to Spirit. My consciousness of Spirit orders my steps, keeping me balanced throughout the day.

Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.—Psalm 143:10

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Sunlit Roses" by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"Sunlit Roses"
 Painting #989 of 1179 paintings / Oil on Linen (10"x8")  Painted December, 2007  SOLD

From Unity's "The Daily Word" /  Sunday, July 28, 2013

I relax and open my heart to the all-embracing, everlasting love of God.
God’s love never waivers. Yet there may be times when I close my heart to knowing the presence of Divine Love. Perhaps I am feeling ashamed or undeserving of love, or my heart is hardened by anger or resentment. Perhaps I feel I must wait until I achieve a particular goal before I allow myself to feel beloved of God.
I now move beyond these barriers.I breathe deeply and remember that God’s love is always mine to have—and to share! In this moment, God’s grace transcends any limited or limiting notions of undeservedness. I gratefully allow God’s loving-kindness to flow freely in and through me, healing and transforming not only me, but the entire world.
The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.—Jeremiah 31:3

Nancy Leahy-Jacklow is the founder of Hear to Heal, Inc.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Charismatic Experience / Artist, NORA KASTEN

"Fruit & Dried Flowers"
Painting #506 of 1179 paintings / Oil on linen  (30"x40")  Painted September, 1998   SOLD 

From Unity's "The Daily Word" /  Monday, July 22, 2013

By the power of Christ in me, I am directed and protected.
A turtle is protected by its shell. A bird is protected by flight. A tree is protected by its deep roots. And I am protected by the power of the Christ within.
Christ within is the essence of my being, imbuing me with love, wisdom, strength, power, and faith. When I think, speak, and act from my spiritual center, I have access to all I need to meet challenges and overcome obstacles.
As I focus on the power of the Christ within me, I release error thoughts of worry or fear. I may not know how circumstances will unfold, but I trust that I am secure, that I will know what is mine to do, and that all is in perfect order.

I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.—John 14:12

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Art Archives & Spirituality by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"Lady With Letter"
Painting #238 of 1179 Paintings /  Oil on linen  (30"x24") / Painted in 1996

"The spiritual journey started for me as a little girl, eight years old(I'm 76 now), sitting on the front row pew of our neighborhood Methodist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.   Other children and friends from my neighborhood were seated with me and none of us wanted to be there.  We loved going to Sunday School and to do that, we had to stay for morning worship service too.  A wonderful lady and servant of God, Miss Bartruff, had heeded God's call and her mission was to bring as many children as she could to church.  She went throughout our neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking mothers if she could be permitted to pick up their children and take them to Sunday School every Sunday morning.  My mother was happy to send us to Sunday School and several other mothers were too.  My girlfriends and I loved Sunday School and our teacher, Mrs. Dooley.  We sure didn't like it though that we had to stay for worship service, sitting on the front row, before Miss Bartruff could take us home.  That was the deal  . . . .  and we did it.

One Sunday, while sitting on that pew, I heard the "Word" and my little girl heart opened.  I received Jesus Christ as my Savior.  I did this without a word to anyone but I was sincere and God's LOVE has never left me. 

That's all for today but remembering Miss Bartruff has made me aware once again how very serious and important it is to heed God's call in our lives."

Today's "DAILY WORD" from Unity

"I AM a divine expression of Spirit."
My senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch emanate from my physical body. My capacity to think independently reflects my mental ability. I understand, however, that I am more than my physical and mental self. I am a spiritual creation.
Although I may sometimes act or speak in error, the perfection of Spirit is within me. As I connect simple but powerful words such as faith, love, and peace with the affirmation, I AM, I affirm my true nature and expand my consciousness. I AM an expression of God’s love and peace right here and now. I AM faith in action.
I embrace the Truth of who I AM and live this truth every day. I AM an expression of Spirit contributing to a world of divine creation.
Truly it is the spirit in a mortal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding.—Job 32:8

Friday, July 12, 2013

Retreat at Unity Village, MO by Artist, NORA KASTEN

"Artistic Expressions"

Painting #20 of 1179 to date.  Painted in Summer, 1988  Oil on linen  (24"x30")   SOLD

Labyrinth at Unity Village, MO  June 20, 2013

Rose Garden at Unity Village, MO   June 20, 2013

"The retreat and workshop "Living Originally" led by the Unity minister, Robert Brumet, at Unity Village, MO was a wonderful experience for me (and 96 others).  The main thing that I learned about "living originally" is that our lives are being transformed in the process.  We have been translating spiritually but now we are being transformed.    

The LOVE of God, Holy Spirit, was a constant and of course everyone felt this Love in all and for all throughout our time together.  It continues though we have all gone our separate ways.

At the workshop, I met a woman who receives messages from the other side as I have since last January, 2013.  This gift has been hers for many years now, since she was a child, and she was very helpful in explaining it to me.  An author she reccommended and a big help is Sonia Choquette and I've read several of her books . . . .  that's one reason I haven't had time to post to the blog.  I will do better because I really do want to share my experiences and what I am learning spiritually.