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I’ve had such a beautiful journey with this latest sacred tattoo design. I can’t express the beautiful flow that was experienced, but perhaps you will feel it and more by sitting with the reflection of its energy.
Once again, the timing was so divine with this piece in so many ways and beautifully came to closure the even before I was teaching a Reiki 1 & 2 Accelerated Workshop this past Friday. Each design is always infused with Reiki, but this one was definitely part of the initiating energy, which is perfect for the celebration of renewal and expansion it reflects for my beautiful client.
As I expressed to her, I truly felt it to be a dance of energy that felt liberating and expansive with so much potential. And since the designs are a shared experience, it was a really special journey for me to receive these blessings as well. With each of these, I feel that I too get to share in the shifts and blossoming that are taking place so it is like the blessing of Reiki, where each person gets to give and receive within the exchange shared.
Here are some of the expressions I shared with my client on what evolved through her design:
The design (which will grace her back, extending from upper left and flowing down and touching her right lower back and hip/waist) is a blend of organic with stylized/henna woven in. I felt that something both ethereal and extremely graceful and flowing – almost like a feather (which is sort of how I see the bigger picture of this design – not just having feathers in it, but like one giant feather that has come to tenderly kiss the skin of my client’s back, as it floats there. The organic comes in mixing some aspects of realism with the woman’s face and hand holding out the lotus, as well as the head of the peacock and a few of its feathers that are emerging from the ethereal quality of the others. So it’s almost like that bridge between Earth and Cosmos and that integration of divinity embodied within the human body temple.
I created sort of a Mandala design around the woman’s head and peacock’s head of stylized lotus and feathery aspects (doubling also as her hair cascading and crowning her with feathers and lotus), which also create that expansion of consciousness and emanation of the Crown Chakra energy blossoming. And the woman and peacock are resting into, and cradling each other in beautiful union – both looking up with confidence, clarity of vision, and serenity of being.
The woman is my client and an aspect of her in her wholeness she is stepping into, which is evident in the design cocooning around her, but simultaneously blossoming around, as she emerges from this dance of life, newness, opening, and partnering with the parts of self within – represented in the design, including the peacock.
After creating the design, I saw this aspect of the woman to be like that of Kuan Yin – Goddess of healing and compassion- and how she is often depicted with/as peacock.
I didn’t actually set out with Kuan Yin in mind at all. The woman that came through I saw as an aspect of my client/and her soul/higher self in wholeness – the Goddess within. Perhaps I was seeing her in another life, but when I placed the image next to a photo my client had sent me of herself, there was indeed a soul essence signature resemblance that was remarkably there in what had channeled through. It was later, as always I find these surprises, and that I realized the connection of Kuan Yin and the peacock, not to mention qualities and aspects that my client was personally intending to create. So that is how these images are so multi-layered and at each turn there is something new and different to discover depending on the energetic perspective of the moment.
The peacock represents a symbol of integrity, the beauty we can achieve through showing our authentic, true colors, guidance, protection, holiness, nobility, vibrancy, helps you on your spiritual path, breathes new life into your experience, rejuvenates self-esteem, expands your creativity and imagination, and speaks to your courage to show up as your unique self. It also symbolizes glory, vision, watchfulness, royalty, spirituality, awakening, immortality, refinement, beauty, desire, enjoying life, generosity, longevity, compassion, sensuality, immortality, and expansiveness. In Buddhism the peacock symbolizes expansive consciousness and is representative of the all-compassionate goddess Kuan Yin. The eyes of the peacock feathers symbolizing the omniscient essence of the soul that is all-seeing and all-knowing. As a royal status, peacocks represent the realm of the Empress and High Priestess. Being a solar animal peacocks express the essence of vitality, radiance, glory, stimulation, life, health, and invigoration.
I had this vision of the twin soul aspect within, merging into wholeness and that is this beautiful love affair depicted between the woman and peacock and how they merge into, and from, One.
Within the feathery design of the peacock’s brilliance there are spirals of life, lotus stars, and some stylized waves to symbolize water cascading down from the combined Moon and lotus symbol at left. The lotus I found, after I created it with the Moon there, to double as the Sun (like a lotus Sun star), which then again is integrating those aspects of duality as One.
There are many layers to the design (along with symbolic meanings), which are the many layers and roads of the journey and the complexity of what makes each person unique. Rather than have everything very solid, I created “space” between a lot of the design to allow for movement, flow, flexibility, change, and lightness (also that time between time and void space of creation) – this all creating more femininity and an ethereal quality to it, while also having those touches of the actualized portions peeking through (like the realistic peacock feathers, her face and hand, and peacock head) for grounding and manifesting stability.
It is a blend of being able to use alchemy to walk between worlds and create anything the imagination desires.
The design has the essence of abundance as well…like a garden blossoming. And her hand coming through the ethereal feathers, again is like that birthing anew and bringing forth a new creation from the womb of her renewal, which is represented by the lotus blossom she gentle cradles and offers to the world, as if to say,
“Here is what I am and have to offer from my heart in service.”
There is also the symbolism of growth, shamanism/shapeshifting, abundance, courage, strength to shine and bring forth that vulnerability of heart from the depths, spiritual groundedness, willingness to always be open and to evolve, and a bit of the mystical and mystery that creation has in the way it can reinvent itself at will and doesn’t reveal everything at once, but rather is always in a “process”. This beautiful process is what is captured, demonstrating that each step of the journey is perfect and whole.
The image appears fluid and in constant motion, which is the dance of life – ever-shifting.
There is always so much more than I can express and some things that are personal to the client that I leave out, but my hope always is to capture an essence snapshot with the designs I create, that have the ability to shift experiences through their sacred symbolism and the portals they open.
I am so excited to hear that my client has already felt the activations ignite, upon her time spent with her design over the last couple of days, and I cannot wait to see it as part of her skin. I continue to excite with her at the beautiful journey she is creating and sharing.
I love what I do and and am grateful that I can be of service in this way by doing something that is so meaningful to me. I cherish my clients and the ability to share this gift.
If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred visionary piece of artwork or tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at email@example.com.
Remember that the new rate is in effect since 1/1/2014 and there is currently a waiting list. You can easily make your deposit at the link provided to embark on this journey in partnership with me.
For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation
To enjoy a visual journey of some of the sacred tattoo designs I’ve had the honor and privilege of co-creating, please visit: Spiritual Skin for my YouTube video.
Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.
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