Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Floral & Portrait" by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #1149  Oil on linen on board  (36"x24"Oval)  Painted in Feb., 2011
Divinely inspired, I create a wonderful life.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I cherish my capacity to receive inspiration from Spirit, to create and use the power of my thoughts, words, and actions to manifest my good in the world.
At the center of my being is an all-­knowing guide. This divine source contains the ideas and answers I need to create a wonderful life. My job is to design that life and call on the wisdom of divine guidance to create it in the physical world.
Through prayer, I ask Spirit to show me the way. I listen carefully and discern what is mine to do. I trust my intuition and realize I am here to live in happiness and joy. I deserve to be inspired by Spirit. I deserve to have a beautiful life.

O you who dwell in the gardens, my companions are listening for your voice; let me hear it.—Song of Solomon 8:13

Friday, May 23, 2014

Yellow Roses by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #1173  Oil on Linen on Board   (12"x 12")    Painted in July, 2012     Archived

From Unity's "Daily Word"
My faith is strong and active.
Friday, May 23, 2014

My faith is a vital, vibrant part of my spiritual life. Through faith, I know that I am whole and well, no matter the situation. Through faith, I recognize my life overflowing with God’s good and blessed with prosperity.
Faith implies action to boldly step forward, move on, or stand strong, regardless of the challenge. If my faith wavers, I turn within in prayer. A brief reconnection with God brings me the assurance I need to continue on.
I energize my faith through prayer and meditation, staying centered in the Power that is always with me, directing my steps. My faith is steady and strong.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.—Hebrews 11:3
If your dominant intent is to feel joy while you are doing the work, your triad of intentions—freedom, growth and joy—will come quickly and easily into alignment. See your "career" as one of creating a joyful life experience. You are not a creator of things or a regurgitator of what someone else has created or a gatherer of stuff. You are a creator, and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. That is your mission. That is your quest. That is why you are here.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Archived Floral by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting # 848 Oil on Linen (24"x20")  Painted in August, 2005    Archived

From Unity's "Daily Word"
Love is my sacred connection to all.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Just as the sun has the power to warm the soil and vitalize a seed, Divine Love has the power to transform my life for the good. Each day I journey within to experience the simple gift of Love in me.
As I close my eyes and allow my mind to become still, I slowly follow my breath into my sacred heart center. My attention turns to the presence of Divine Love. In this presence, I am grounded, calm, and at peace. I am at one with the Divine.
Restored by time in the Silence, I return to my daily activities. I am filled with peace and love, which I express through loving-kindness. Love is how I express my sacred connection with others. I am in harmony with all who cross my path today.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.—John 15:9

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Sunlit Roses" Oil by Artist, NORA KASTEN


From Unity's "Daily Word"
My blessings multiply as I focus on the good in my life.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In Genesis, God called all of creation good. Good is everywhere present. We can compare the good in all to the power of electricity. Electricity existed before humans discovered it, just as my good exists before I have manifested it. Good exists whether we perceive it or not. Through awareness, imagination, and faith, we behold the potential for good and bring it forth in our lives.
Like flipping a switch to turn on the lights, I turn my attention to everything good. As I focus on my blessings, they multiply. I turn on the light of Spirit in me and see my good increase.
The greatest gifts of life are mine to claim, and I am open to receive them. As I focus on my good, it continually expands.

God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance.—2 Corinthians 9:8

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ego & Spiritual Quest by Artist, NORA KASTEN


Nora in France      April 23, 2014

"This is my 9th day home from the beautiful French Countryside and Paris.  Shouldn't jet-lag be over?  I'm not complaining because this resting time has provided me with new Spiritual insights and enlightenment.  

While an unfinished painting remains on the easel, I have been reading "Listening" by the author, Lee Coit.  Well, actually, I've been reading three of his books now.  As is always the case, when we ask, we receive.  I was so hungry and thirsty for more Spiritual leading after returning from the France trip (I Am always eager for more) but a last minute thought before hanging up the phone with my friend, Doris, I asked her if she had a book title for me . . . .  immediately, she told me "Listening".   Right away I downloaded the book from Amazon and I was off and running.  Well not running but walks on the beach and plenty of reading.

I am Blessed abundantly and feel led to share some of my Blessings with you.  I realize that  the world at large does not want to hear about the phenomena I experienced on January 18, 2013 and since March of this year, 2014, I have been quiet about it.  Do you want to know how I became aware not to tell everyone?  If not, don't read any farther.  

One thing I have learned on this special Spiritual Quest for me is that we are actually creating our life here on Earth.  Nothing comes to us that we have not consciously or unconsciously asked  to experience.  I Am experiencing the Peace now that I have asked for even though Karl is no longer physically with me.  I realize now that it was always within me but I didn't know it.  Well, to get to this other thing . . . . . I was being bombarded with one person after another coming to me to talk, talk, talk about themselves, their accomplishments, etc., their egos big time and I just didn't want to hear it.  I truly LOVE everyone so I was put out with myself for feeling this way.  I knew I wasn't pushing my art onto others and I was baffled why this was happening to me.  (I couldn't believe Nora had asked for this in her life).  The answer came, as it always does.  This time it was The Still Small Voice showing me that my messages were for me personally and how I was coming across to others when sharing my Spiritual messages.  Everyone can receive their own messages and they really aren't that interested in mine. 

The Spiritual Quest of this past year has revealed to me how the ego, given free rein, is such a detriment to me on this Spiritual path or journey.  The daily writing and meditations have been so helpful to me and below, I want to share a small portion of the "Morning Pages" I received today." 

"Question everything, Nora, but Trust that All is Well.  You need only to let go (of ego) and stay steady the course laid out for you.  Your path continues on in the Flow of Holy Spirit.  Sometimes you have to lift the oars and just float.  You’ve cried enough tears to fill the ego’s river and what have you received?  The ego’s burden is always too heavy for you.  In the Flow of Holy Spirit, there is no burden.  There is Peace, LOVE, and Harmony.  Yes, be thankful for your gifts.  Use them and open your heart for more.” 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Home from France by Artist, NORA KASTEN

Painting #1153  Oil on linen on board (20"x16")  Painted in March, 2011 Destroyed

"The French Countryside Tour came and is now over.  It was a first, going to Europe for me and I am so thankful.  Monet's Giverny, the impressionist museum, Musee` d'Orsay and the Louvre were what I treasured most.  Being able to see the Impressionist's paintings up close at the Musee` d'Orsay was like visiting dear, old friends.  What a wonderful experience!"
This is from Unity's "Daily Word"
I meet every challenge with strength.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Strength enables me to persevere when I am challenged; yet I don’t need to endure alone. The presence of God strengthens me whenever I need energy to meet any adversity.
Just as I nourish my body at mealtimes to remain physically strong, I nourish my spiritual strength through prayer and meditation. Prayer reminds me that God and I are one, that everything I need is already available to me. I connect with God’s mighty presence by affirming: My resilience comes from Spirit within. My strength is the energy of God.
As I partner with God in prayer, I become stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally. I meet any challenge through the presence of God that strengthens me.
The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation.–Exodus 15:2