Detail from Plantagenet in Heaven copyright 2013 Elaine Clayton
He was with me, we were on a flying carpet, flying about 7th floor level through New York City, we could see into apartments, my dog and I. And one person, a young woman in her twenties, was delighted to see us as we flew on soft air currents by her window at eye level to her. Plantaganet was beside me, as he had been for so many years. Sometimes now I think I feel him beside me, in dreams and during moments when I least expect it.
If you’ve had a pet that is no longer on earth, have this pet appeared to you in dreams or visions or in other ways? I’d love to hear about hit. They all go straight up to heaven, we know it.
Detail from a recent Intuitive Stream Drawing/ Elaine Clayton copyright 2013
There is a technique for intuitive discoveries that I developed, and I call it “intuitive stream drawing”. Often in my meditations prior to an intuitive reading sessions, animal imagery appears somewhere in the intuitive stream drawing (these are created while I’m alone, before a session begins). In this one, at the crown and 3rd eye, there is a fierce rhino facing the past. This to me has to do with desire and the fierce look may say, “desire is threatened” or “I am going to have what I desire!” or possibly there is anger from a past experience in where a particular desire was taken away. Since the crown chakra and the 3rd eye chakra have to do with awareness of the presence of the divine within, and how it is recognized and attuned with the self, this single (of many possible) interpretation of this intuitive stream drawing makes me want to talk about getting assertive about any past event that holds a threat in regard to creating and having what the soul desires moving forward. There are many other ways to look at it.
Below we see what may be a fox–it could be a cat. The fox is a terrific symbol. I almost ran over one a few evenings ago and thought, “Time to become invisible”. Fox in Native American animal wisdom can be about “becoming invisible”—since this is a huge fox and it’s in the heart and solar chakra it feels like the need to be unseen in matters of love and even in terms of home life in some way. If it’s a cat, I feel it has something to do with intuition, the mysterious aspects of life– and possibly about trust. We can’t train or control a cat, and so it is in matters of love in some ways, there is no way to control others or make everything go the way we’d like. Fox and Cat could indicate many other things as well. Interpreting intuitive stream drawings is wonderful because it gives us a chance to explore the meanings and to discover which one is most powerful for the client personally.
More about intuitive stream drawings in my new book MAKING MARKS: Discover the Art of Intuitive Stream Drawings (Simon and Schuster/ Beyond Words due out 2014)
Light Up Your Mind Poster / copyright Elaine Clayton 2013
I posted this art on Facebook recently and many people have asked me to have it printed up as a poster. I am happy to say posters are now available for ordering! Each one is 16″ x 20″ on semi-gloss paper. They are $ 25.00 each, plus $3.00 shipping (to cover the mailing tube and postage). To order your LIGHT UP YOUR MIND poster, just go to the Intuitive Readings page here on Illuminara.com and send me a message by using the message box on the right of the page. Thank you!
Yellow Blue with Rabbit/ mono print acrylic, pink and colored pencil Elaine Clayton copyright 2013
Rabbit symbolizes many things, including abundance or fertility and fears. I’d also encourage anyone to allow their own personal meanings and associations guide them as to the meaning of rabbit (when coming across rabbit on any ordinary day or dream). In this intuitive mono print, I found a person tossing coins and the yellow circle became sunshine and reminded me of a coin. Coins are tossed to make wishes (and to place bets?). Fertility sometimes translates as being “rich” and having abundance. Fears want to be conquered or worked with so they evolve into strengths. Wishes are perhaps urges toward abundance and away from fears, making bets or taking risks may be foolish at times and at others the only way to go. What risks would you have to take to remove or to overcome certain fears? What would be lost or changed?
I dreamed that a woman took two sweet young girls around to people at a gathering and the girls asked everyone, “What is heaven to you?” When they came around to me, and asked me that question, I looked them in the eyes and felt so much love, innocence and promise, that I responded, “Heaven to me is YOUR EYES.” In this dream I was filled with that feeling of love, life, light and all things good and I felt the message was that it really is true: the light within us, that life force energy, The Source of Life that is heaven is within each of us, and the light in our eyes is proof of that.
A recent Spirit Painting commission Elaine Clayton copyright 2013
In this newly presented Spirit Painting commissioned a few months ago, a Tree Spirit is also a Spirit of the Air and Light. There is wind, sun, and water, too. The person who this was created for has an extremely rich sensitivity to nature and to the hidden feelings and meanings in her surroundings. I felt that she has the ability to tune into nature and almost blend into it, that she is of the forest and the sunlight, they sky and water. Working on it was a wonderful little journey for me. I have to let these paintings talk to me, so sometimes they take a while to fully emerge. With this one, I had to include a snake although at first it bothered me somewhat. I personally did not want to put a snake in, but the meditation guided me to, so I trusted that. Interestingly, shortly before presenting this painting to the client, she talked quite a lot about snake symbolism, and she had no idea I had felt guided to include one in her painting. That made me realize I truly have to trust the process, trust messages that arrive. I start each painting asking for spiritual, intuitive guidance. These paintings are prayers and are meant to heal and support, to activate the spiritual sense of wonder for the one who commissioned them. And in that person’s honor, they are meant to do the same for anyone who gazes upon them.
Fu Dog /Acrylic and pastel on paper/ Elaine Clayton copyright 1997
I had a collie I very much loved as a child. I had a lot of deep emotions about this dog that I was not very conscious of having, and a dream along with another event healed me in unexpected ways. When I was about twenty five, I had a dream that I saw my collie, and I walked over, sat down and embraced him. I slowly realized that actually, he was a lion, not a dog. I felt I might be in danger hugging a lion like that. But then the dream switched, even though I was still in the same place. It was as if a screen was lowered to help me understand. A Chinese Fu dog, shimmering and magical, was dancing the most adorable dance. A few months later, I happened to walk by a pet store and desperately wanted to “rescue” one from the place. It was a furry fuzz ball of a puppy, but it seemed to pick ME. So I bought this dog and on the way out of the store, the attendant said to me, “Here’s a book that will tell you about this kind of dog.” I knew nothing, but looking at the little book saw that it was a Shi Tzu and inside it said, that this dog breed was known as Fu Dog or “Lion Dog”. I felt slammed by that, in a good way. I kept thinking, “What if my dream about my beloved dog from childhood was telling me that he was coming back in the form of a new dog, a protector, a lion. A lion dog?” Having this extremely interesting dream connection and the new dog in many ways healed me in that the dog provided companionship and unconditional devotion as well as a lesson in responsibility, grounding me. I still feel this dream and many others are spiritual signs and worth paying attention to. Over the years, my artwork has included Fu Dogs I like to connect to the feeling of synchronicity and guardianship, emotional and physical. (My current dog is a pug, also very much a Fu Dog, she literally dances and prances).
This is a repost of an illuminara.com post I put up in 2012. In this meditation/astral vision (I was fully conscious and felt I was being “instructed” or shown important things) I saw a terrible explosion, or rather the smoke plumes following a fire or explosion. The image in the right at top is a small watercolor and ink sketch I made of the vision. There were explosions in an open plains area. I’m originally from Texas so I know the feeling of standing on land that is so wide and so flat, you can see for miles beyond. In this vision, there were explosions far in the horizon but clearly visible and clearly very momentous and dire. I thought of it when I heard about the West, Texas explosion. In the vision, however, there were 3 plumes of smoke, not just one and I am not sure why. The crater image on the top left of this meditation sketch reminds me of all the reports of sinkholes we see lately. This crater like opening was full of sand, so I felt it was a beach area or coastal kind of event. I felt like I could intensely see each grain of sand (this kind of sharpness of vision in astral meditations is often experienced). And as far as undersea volcanoes or quakes, seen at the bottom, I am open to learning what this may mean. I do not expect what I see in visions to always or necessarily ever come true, I just try to have the courage to share what comes to me if it feels especially sharp, clear and gripping. I’m happy if anything scary does not come true, of course. I think we all have an ability to perceive precognitive information, it is only a matter of paying attention and writing or drawing what comes. These may just as often be wonderful, beautiful visions as they may be dire and worrisome in nature. I do not like to spread negativity or fear, but acknowledging difficulties or challenges is a positive and caring approach in that we can be prepared and have time to shore up our resolve to love and flourish even amidst the hardships of earth-life.
This is number 19 in my well-worn deck, Illuminara Intuitive Journal with Cards.
I painted this because I love clouds, and because this is a scene from my first decade of life on earth in the Panhandle of Texas. But what this card means to me doesn’t matter as much as it means to you, when you look at it.
In a recent intuitive-psychic reading, a client drew this card during the session. He identified with the cloud. “I’m the cloud,” he said, “and I worry about the effect I have on others.” This client has a lot of responsibilities and is reviewing his life anew, so he is going over life and his choices. He worries he casts shadows, or feels he is responsible for all his employees in ways that may be ominous in their lives. So for him, this card represents his desire to gather up and fully comprehend his life in terms of how his choices effect others.
Another client felt that the house below the cloud represented isolation of some kind, but with the knowledge that the sky is full and rich, dreams abound and potential can be fulfilled, no matter what.
I have been revising the new book, at this point in time entitled MAKING MARKS (Beyond Words/Simon and Schuster) and that (plus scheduled reading sessions) is where all my studio time has gone in the last few weeks. But I’ve wanted to write about my visit to Dr. Raymond Moody, MD, PhD and Yoga guru (she is a serious yoga practitioner, teacher), Cheryl Moody’s home. To be with my absolute Soul Sistah (Cheryl and I have so much in common and I cannot express enough how fun-loving and deep she is–a person with honesty, integrity) and to talk with Raymond about a variety of thoughts and ideas was enjoyable and inspiring. And one of the highlights of my visit was being able to experience Dr. Moody’s psychomanteum. This is what his site, www.lifeafterlife.com says about it:
The Psychomanteum is a chamber invented by Dr. Moody, but inspired by the ancient techniques used for 2500 years at the Oracle of the Dead in Ephyra Greece. A visitor to the Psychomanteum often experiences contact with departed loved ones. For further explanation and understanding watch Through the Tunnel & Beyondor readReunions. The process takes several hours and is not to be taken lightly. For more information email us at mail@LifeAfterLife.com
My own experience of it was fascinating. In my own 3rd eye spiritual vision, I’m noticing I develop more and more as time goes by and as I pay attention to it, cultivating it. I didn’t know when I entered the chamber (dark so you can truly relax into hypnogogic visions) that anything very different would happen when compared to seeing visions otherwise. (I said a prayer of protection, asking God to allow me to see only what was best for me, according to Divine Will, which I do before any meditation and before almost anything, actually). And as I sank in and opened up my senses, a lot went on that I had not quite experienced before. An hour zoomed by and I was only getting started! I knew that I was beginning to perceive on a different level and something about the dedication and focus stayed with me, as though I had deepened a sense of seeing within myself. I was invited to go back inside the psychomanteum the next evening and visions increased.
If you’re at all interested and serious about developing your spiritual 3rd eye seeing abilities, this might be for you. Otherwise, you will not find a more caring and brilliant guide–Dr. Moody is a genius, but one with a heart. He is a medical doctor and a philosopher, the original Near Death Experience pioneer and his knowledge is staggering (and I mean that), but his gentle humor and soul is that kind of love and compassion that makes the world go ’round.