TITLE: Growing Strong (2017)
ARTIST: Abby Kamen
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas. 16 x 20 in.
STORY: I had just started this painting when Sophia, the female Messianic entity, began appearing in my sessions with Amy (my medium). I learned she had a heavy hand in its meaning, beyond the nod to my family’s shared fascination with Apple products.
Durning one of these sessions, she revealed that we (our souls) exist forever. I already believed this to be true, but apparently I would need really wrap my head around this concept for her message to resonate with me.
That night I couldn’t sleep. I kept hearing the phrase “you have time to be wise” playing on repeat in my head.
Finally it was morning. I was hungry, so I went to McDonald’s for my ritual Egg McMuffin (no bacon). The line at the one near my house was busy, so I decided to take a ride and drive to another location. Coincidently (or not), I received a sign from Sophia which I documented in a text to Amy.
It’s probably not surprising that Amy confirmed my story, but stick with me. How am I getting this information?
The experience provided me with a new perspective on how we curate our days and relationships. I think humanity needs to adjust its concept of time. The current catchphrase to happiness is “live each day as if it were your last.” Our modern-day schedules are overpacked trying to cram it all in. We are told time is precious, yet we treat it as anything but that.
We have put time in a pressure cooker. Do more, do it quickly, do it efficiently, have fun while you are doing it, and do it perfectly. We are so busy keeping this frantic, self-imposed schedule that we don’t actually do or experience anything fully. As a result, we are left either exhausted and unsatisfied, or overwhelmed and apathetic.
That night Sophia was still very much with me. She shared this message:
Wisdom is strength. To grow strong we will have to take the time to be present.