January 15, 2019:  I don’t know about you, but it has taken me a minute to connect to the new year. I exited 2018 on a high, thrilled that I had made it through a very long year. Call it a shared reaction to major planetary shifts, “long” seems to be the general consensus. For me, 2018 was filled with life lessons that pushed the boundaries of my comprehension. At every turn, I felt challenged to expand my perceptions and explore my abilities as a new found artist, storyteller, and clairvoyant. After years of hard work, in December I thought was finally ready to launch. Mission accomplished!

Last week was met with rejection at the first door I knocked on. It sent me reeling. Seriously, Universe? Now what are you asking? I thought this would be easy from here. Website in place, artwork and story ready to be engaged. Why aren’t you opening doors? Ok, buckeroo, breathe. What happened to your Sound of Music mantra that when a door closes, a window opens? With conviction I know that is what I tell everyone else. Welcome to being my  own student. 

When in doubt, I turn to my iPad. My trusty companion is able to provide unlimited access to the resources I need to process the reality of my environment and garner wisdom from the beyond.  Google can inform any request and I let the flow of my curiosity carry me to that which expands my way of looking at things.  Not so much as an escape, but rather for the opportunity to digest a given situation in a format I can consume at the exact moment I need it. 

I’m a hibernator. I basically have two speeds, on and off. I can be very extroverted, or very introverted. This weekend I was in quiet mode. My family is respectful of my nature. 

My bruised ego led me to consume all 49 episodes of a Canadian comedy-drama, Being Erica. In the show, the main character resolves her life situations through the “therapy” of time travel. Watching it was like reliving my actual life. The lessons offered parroted those I learned from my medium, Amy. The similarity was unnerving and comforting. How did I find a fictional account of my lived “ish” reality? Wow.

Pondering the concept of reality reminded me of the message embraced by the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral. 

Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Color hits a responsive chord.
— Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®

Pantone has inspired me to create a series of Digital Art to accompany this blog. I am being guided to pair each blog post with a color(s). The words “responsive chord” add a musical element. The world is multi-dimensional and we can enhance our ability to “feel” our reality through a multi-sensory experience. The connection to color, music, and story will provide us yet another means for the Universe to relay its lessons. We’ll see where it goes…

And the lessons are indeed ongoing. I thought since I had gained all this wisdom I would be more prepared when things didn’t flow my way. Truthfully, it is easier to get back in balance. But I would be lying if I said it wasn’t still a challenge. Apparently that’s the point.

Reality - mine, yours, ours - isn’t an accomplishment that can be checked off a list. Reality is always in a state of flux and we experience it differently as we evolve.  

Perspective is everything. 

While we can’t alter the past, we can learn to view it through a wider lens. We can gain deeper understanding of our own actions and reactions by sharing our realities. This enables us to make more informed choices in our lived experiences as we aim to create a wiser future.

Here is what the Universe has to offer us in this regard today.

The Greatest Showman’s “This Is Me” colors me real.