Sunday, February 9, 2014

Altar to the Golden Child Within





This graceful little shrine is the Altar of the Divine Inner Child! Your authentic self, beyond all masks and personas. That part of yourself that is true to his/her feelings, express joy and sadness alike, without feeling shame, creative, spontaneous and free from the critical self!

The inner child is the golden, magical child of the Soul. It is the perfect child of the Divine that lives within you : innocent and pure. 

Within ourselves, behind our masks and acquired personalities, we have an authentic
self, the Golden Inner Child.  It is that part of ourselves that feel alive, energetic, creative, free, 
joyful and fulfilled. Through the conditioning process of life, most of us learn to stifle, suppress, 
repress or deny our inner child. When this vital part of us is not nurtured and allowed 
freedom of expression, a false or co-dependent self emerges. 








A great deal of time and effort has been put into creating an acceptable and powerful 
ego and persona.  Indeed, this is necessary for your primary survival and as a way of 
functioning effectively in the world. We need to protect our vulnerable self,
at times hide our true feelings and build up a thick skin.
To communicate skilfully and masterfully; to be part of a community
and to negotiate our way through the many layers of society and its
rules and expectations.

But this sense of power is not authentic, and it will not hold up to stress and stressful situations. 
As long as this acquired ego is based on fear, it does more harm than good.
In fact, the safe place that you have created for yourself, becomes your jail. 
For instance, as you defend against being hurt, you cut yourself 
off from your vulnerability and your real heart feelings. 
Eventually, you cannot feel sadness and pain, but you also cannot feel ecstatic joy either.

The human psyche thus experiences the onslaught of these two powerful opposing forces at all times. 
On the one hand you have your authentic self, whom has only your highest good as a focus. 
The True Self, however, does not adhere to the laws of this world, 
but it adheres to the Divine Law of One.

The ego or projected self, on the other hand, understands that it is the vehicle 
and the instrument to keep your body and mind safe.
It serves your ideas of yourself, your perceived identity, your
personal goals and desires.
So yes, it is not the enemy, but without
the loving and compassionate guidance of the authentic self,
without the unconditional love which is your deepest
Essence, the ego will stifle you and stop the flow of the living waters
of the Soul.

In order to discover what it is that you, as personality, want and expect from life, 
you need to uncover your personal unconscious. This is often termed as shadow work as you uncover all your hidden and suppressed aspects of self. Once you have uncovered your personal unconscious you are able to deal with it. You have the power of choice and free will as to whether you want to keep or discard these suppressed values and feelings. You learn to grow this process using discernment as opposed to judgement and the challenge is to live with the tension of the known as well as the unknown at all times. You cannot eradicate certain aspects of your being and you have to learn to use these to their highest potential. In this part of the journey you decide what it is that you value and you build a strong sense of self which will serve as a powerful and healthy vehicle for the True Self. This work is done on all levels of being, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. 

As you access aspects of yourself from the personal unconscious, you will access aspects of the collective unconscious. You will uncover the beliefs of your culture, your ancestry, your gender, your faith, and so on. Often we live symbolic sacrificial lives because of keeping an archetype alive in the collective unconscious. Once again, you have the power and choice of freeing yourself from the collective unconscious to the degree that you need or should choose to. At this part of growth, spirit and matter meets. It is to discover what it is that I want (ego as masculine self) and what it is that I want (soul as feminine self). This is where you will truly feel the power of the opposing forces and it is your challenge to find a sense of balance and integration. 

The True Self does not judge. It acts from the premise that all is innocent. It is free of hostility and defensive attitudes and behaviour based on negative experiences of the past. 

The False Self, comprising of the various voices of authority and conditioning, judges everything. The False Self believes in the premise of separation (divide and conquer). 

As the True Self develops through the different stages of the personality and physical self, it becomes stunted at specific ages. Our Inner Child therefore never matures and heals. Unless you become conscious and aware of your own actions and behaviour, you will not realize that you are nursing a wounded inner child. 

The ego will rationalize and justify the behaviour of its wounded inner child, and in fact, many childish behaviour are quite acceptable and, in fact, part of the norm of our society. 

The Real Self feels vibrantly alive – it does not matter whether the feelings are those of guilt, anger, irritation or joy, but it FEELS. When you are in your true self, you are present and aware and you are in the moment. 

One does not have to do anything in order to connect with your Self – it is to allow your true self to emerge and show itself and not to contrive or act in a way of should, ought to or must. 


The journey of wholeness entails entering the dragon’s lair, getting to know its darkness and fears; making friends with the dark feelings and pain. Eventually you will be able to seduce the dragon into becoming tame enough for you to kill it and to retrieve your treasure : your golden magical child.



Friday, February 7, 2014




A wearable shrine and altar Our Lady of Lourdes - a miniature shadowbox of the grotto at Lourdes. I visited Lourdes and you can read about my experiences on my blogs http://hergracedevata.blogspot.com and http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com.



This small shadow box is hand soldered with lead free solder. It is between two cathedral window shaped pieces of glass. It contains part of a Lourdes holy card that I brought back. The solder on the sides of the grotto is reminiscent of the water that drips down the sides of the cave. It is hanging from a beautiful strung rosary which contains sterling silver parts, aurora borealis beads, glass pearls, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals, glass beads, mother of pearl and shell beads. Above the shadow box dangles a precious vintage Lourdes medal and a tiny agnus dei locket. The shrine is suspended from a beautiful enamal Our Lady of Grace rosary connector. On the back of the shrine is a prayer from the Hail Mary.




The beaded section of the rosary is 15 inches long and the entire rosary including the shrine is 19 inches long.

"I visited Lourdes last year as a pilgrim. There, in front of the cave, I experienced something very special. I felt a spiritual vibration, a kind of spiritual presence there." - the Dalai Lama.



Mary of Lourdes is the mystical healer and this shrine carries some of that incredible miracle of healing and compassion that the pilgrim witnesses at Lourdes. Thousands of volunteers serve there free of charge; they take care of the invalids and the ill who come to the healing waters of Lourdes and every night at the special Mass, one can witness the procession of ill and crippled one.

She is the Mystical Rose of our hearts that has such incredible potential power for love and compassion.

All my altars, shrines and pendants are washed with water that I brought back from Lourdes.

You can read about my pilgrimages to sacred sites on www.path-of-divine-love.com and more about each piece of art on www.hergracesacredart.com


All my art carries the energy of the sacred places that I have visited and continue to visit across the world. You can read about my pilgrimages on my blog www.path-of-divine-love.com. My articles do not only carry the energy, but also the holy cards, medals, water and other items that I bring back with me - making it even more special.

Each one of my pendants, shrines, paintings and other sacred art are first infused with holy water from Lourdes (which I brought back), and then infused with holy relic oil of more than 53 Saints & pure essential oils. A mixture of one hundred oils are used, including frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, agarwood and rose. It is also immersed in blessed pink dead sea salts, infused with rose petals steeped in holy oil of a third relic of St Therese of Lisieux and it is packaged with blessed salts, frankincense and sprinkled with holy water collected form many sacred places in the world. So it becomes sort of holy object to be handled with reverence and care.

Images of the Divine carry enormous energy and Presence. There are various ways of explaining it, but the ancients believed that the Spirit of that aspect of the Divine lives in Its image and form. Those of us who can see light around living beings, can see the light around sacred objects. In holy places of pilgrimage one can often smell the fragrance of the Divine.

I also wrote during the Twelve Days of Mary meme, how the visit to Lourdes had changed my life in physical ways, here http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com/2011/12/twelve-days-of-mary.html.



To me, the Blessed Mother is not limited to any religion, any dogma or any culture.  
The Soul has its own religion and that is where you will find Her and Her many faces.
She is present for all 
Her Grace enfolds everyone
You only have to become aware of Her.

Wherever I travel in the world, I visit Her sacred shrines.  I have visited Kwan Yin in Ayutthaya in Thailand;
Kali Ma in Her many temples in India;
I have attended the Navaratri and Durga Puja, the nine nights of the Goddess in Varanasi;
the holy well and holy fire of Brigit in Kildare;
the Goddess Temple in Glastonbury 
and I have participated in many Goddess Conferences in Glastonbury
hosted by the Temple of Avalon and Her priestesses
and I have facilitated the first International Goddess Conference in South Africa in 2008
to name some of my pilgrimages to the Holy Mother

all of these have been numinous experiences
that touched me deeply
and brought great insight and healing to my mind
for our conflicted nature as human beings

but 
none
touched 
me so profoundly
as
Our Lady of Lourdes.

I did not have exaggerated expectations of my visit to the Grotto and the City of Lourdes.
I had seen many pictures and thought I knew what to expect.



At the grotto I fell in line with the other pilgrims, waiting my turn to touch the walls of the cave and its dripping water.  The atmosphere was light and joyful, although many stood and kneeled deep in prayer.  As I approached the statue of Our Lady where She appeared to St Bernadette, I could feel an
intensification of the energy, a slight vibration and a humming sound.  The closer I came, the louder the sound became.  The sound was over and above the sound of the rushing waters.
As I put my hand out to touch the dripping water and I raised my eyes, 
a column of light was visible to me,
shimmering and dancing.
My first impression was that it is a giant candle, but then my logical mind
realised that this is not possible.
The only way I can describe it is 'a flame of living organic light' :
Her Divine Presence made manifest in this world,
visible to my eyes.

And overwhelming and immense feelings which I am at a loss to name.
A feeling of such incredible fullness and completeness which has stayed with me ever since.

A hundred thousand harps take you
like wings and sweep you up out of silence.
And your primitive wind is blowing
the fragrance of your marvelous power
to every being and to every creature in need.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

All my items are beautifully packaged for the sacred treasure that it is and mailed with a tracking number - included in the price

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Shrine to St Therese d'Lisieux

A piece of sacred art : a shrine to St Therese of Lisieux, the little flower.


“When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” 
― St. Thérèse de Lisieux


'For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; 
it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love,
embracing both trail and joy. - St Theresa of Lisieux



This shrine celebrates all that this young saint believed in and lived in her short devoted life.
A small statue of St Therese, a part of a rose scented rosary (brought back by myself from Padre Pio's sanctuary at San Giovanni Rotondo in Southern Italy), a small silver statue of St Therese at the end of the rosary beads, a cross entwined with roses and a St Therese coin - all set against the backdrop of a vintage St Therese holy card. 
With this shrine comes rose petal leaves which are a second class relic - these roses were touched to a first class relic of St Therese and also rose petals that were blessed during a special Mass.
The St Therese coin is loose and can be taken out of the shrine for contemplation.



This is one of my small altars. Its frame is wooden and it is lined inside and out, with ribbon and lace. A light wooden shrine ready to hang.


This shrine and coin is blessed with the rose petals steeped in oil from a third relic of St Therese, as well as blessed pink sea salt that is infused with rose oil, crushed rose petals from those that is infused with the third relic of St Therese.




This shrine comes with a bottle of the rose petals that was steeped in the third relic oil of St Theresa and then dried, as well as a bottle of blessed pink salt crushed together with
some of the holy oil and rose petals - all crushed together. 

All my altars, shrines and pendants are washed with water that I brought back from Lourdes.

You can read about my pilgrimages to sacred sites on www.path-of-divine-love.com and more about each piece of art on www.hergracesacredart.com




The size of the shrine is 27 x 12 x 5cm

All my art carries the energy of the sacred places that I have visited and continue to visit across the world. You can read about my pilgrimages on my blog www.path-of-divine-love.com. My articles do not only carry the energy, but also the holy cards, medals, water and other items that I bring back with me - making it even more special.


Each one of my pendants, shrines, paintings and other sacred art are first infused with holy water from Lourdes (which I brought back), and then infused with holy relic oil of more than 53 Saints & pure essential oils. A mixture of one hundred oils are used, including frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, agarwood and rose. It is also immersed in blessed pink dead sea salts, infused with rose petals steeped in holy oil of a third relic of St Therese of Lisieux and it is packaged with blessed salts, frankincense and sprinkled with holy water collected form many sacred places in the world. So it becomes sort of holy object to be handled with reverence and care.


Images of the Divine carry enormous energy and Presence. There are various ways of explaining it, but the ancients believed that the Spirit of that aspect of the Divine lives in Its image and form. Those of us who can see light around living beings, can see the light around sacred objects. In holy places of pilgrimage one can often smell the fragrance of the Divine.

All my items are beautifully packaged and sent registered mail with a tracking number at no extra cost to you, the buyer.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Shards of Beauty

It has been reported that remains of an ancient
culture and peoples have been uncovered
on the continent of Africa.

Many incredibly exciting pieces have been
dug up, some still in very good condition.

From the obvious reverent way in which these relics have been buried,
it is obvious that these, still un-named and unknown,
peoples, considered many, maybe even all,
aspects of ordinary life to be sacred.
It is also obvious that devotion to
a higher ideal was very important to them.

Many of these pieces contain the images of
women, regaled as sacred mother, priestess, teacher,
householder, artist and as holy.


It would also appear that they understood the essence of
the goodness of Life to be represented by radiant Light.

These relics all contain pottery or clay shards of the
image of the Revered Woman and in some
instances various names are sculptured into these
mysterious and mystical shards.


Remnants of an ancient language is still
visible in pieces of scrolls which had become
embedded in these relics.




These relics all contain very precious pieces
of jewels and other treasures
and this shows that these relics
were regarded as extremely important
and valuable to this community and tribe.




Scholars are speculating that these relics
are from an ancient temple, most probably from
the Temple of Mary.

These relics may be the key to a deeper understanding
for a peaceful and wise society!!!






Shards of Beauty - Queen of Heaven, Regina Caeli




Regina Caeli
Queen of Heaven
Mary, Queen of Heaven
one of the mystical titles of the Litany of Loreto




A sacred reliquary shrine
part of the Shards of Beauty series




May 31 is the Queenship of Mary.
Here is a striking passage from the Third Nocturn of Matins
of that feast written by Saint Bonaventure :
'Mary the Queen outshines all others in glory,
as the Prophet clearly shows in the Psalm
which particularly concerns Christ and the Virgin Mary;
It first says of Christ, 'Thy throne, O God, stands forever and ever'
and shortly thereafter of the Virgin,
'The queen takes place at Thy right hand'
that is, in the position of highest blessedness, for it refers
to the glory of soul.


'In garments of gold' by which is meant the clothing
of glorious immortality which was proper
to the Virgin in her Assumption.
She is enthroned next to her Son.



The Virgin Mary is a most excellent Queen towards her people:
she obtains forgiveness, overcomes strife,
distributes grace and thereby she leads them to glory.

from David Richo's book : Mary Within Us



Blessings
Hettienne