I entered the new year of 2014 with a heavy and hurt heart, freshly sliced open with the sword of unrequited love. Or some illusion like that. Healing became my main focus, as I nursed my wounded spirit in the sacred space of my own little home, set in the luscious green and free lands of outer Sydney. Protected and safe in my cave, I began to heal. Deep in my heart I had always know that Sydney wasn't my real home. Sure, I grew up there, and yes indeed blessed with a supportive and inspiring family who I love more than anything in the world - but Sydney always felt like a foreign place to a Faery like me. Early in the year, after much healing had already taken place, i put my wings back on and once again leapt of the cliff of dreams and possibilities. The big world beckoned me back after a couple of years aimed at "settling down" . The truth was that there was nothing settling about my static life. My heart was restless until the day I flew away. A new decade of life had just begun.
In retrospect, I have had the most rewarding and enriching year of my life. Through the darkness comes great light, and I have a deep sense of gratitude to those who contributed to those dark times and those who supported me to find my way back to the light. We can never know the reasons for the happenings until they reveal themselves, and our gratitude lies in lieu of trusting spirit. Easier to say in retrospect yet always important to remember. Trust is a good friend that I get to know better every day, who loves me more and more as I surrender to the unknown.
This year, I have felt the blowing wind under my growing wings, wings that develop one feather at at a time, and have become more powerful and defined than ever before. I continue learning to love myself again and again, whilst journeying up this spiracular experience of being human. Our perfection indeed lies in our divine imperfection. The world reflects infinite amounts of beauty into my realm and I am in love with the fact that happiness is infectious without reason... The poor still smile more than the rich as I learnt long ago in my days wandering and wondering about India. It is no surprise that i love to live simply. Knowing all my possessions fit in a bag on wheels that fit in a car with wheels that has a mattress in the back - is the highlight of my life! Reflections of all the exquisite people that I have met affirm the identity of my soul reflected by theirs, light and only light in a world of illusions.
Creation is our natural state and 2014 opened the door to infinite inspiration of an unending passion within my art: merging the sacred feminine with Mother Earth, encouraging men to support and hold space for creation as is their divine role, recognising the healing potential of body painting and putting my life's teaching into words has become my journey and a story that will continue for the years to come. Combining my passion for travel over the last 12 years with my anthropological training, words art and graphic design have merged together in a beautiful mandala of my professional life. I couldn't have dreamed of a more aligned way to spend my days. Gratitude overwhelms my being when I am present to this magic, and so i continue in full trust that abundance is my destiny and service to this beautiful sacred world, is my lifelong mission, the journey of giving a secret beacon to overwhelming sensations of contentment.
Though there have always been few and far between, my intention to partner with a soul like mine is engraved deeply in my heart. Scar tissue seals the deal with much clarity since my last run in with a man I loved more than he loved me. Lessons are good and learning them is better. Grateful to have given myself the space needed to morph into a butterfly. I celebrate love around every corner, recognising when love is lost to fear, and knowing the importance of mutual enthusiasm in every relationship. In studying the ways of the world and the dances of the heart, I am showered with insights as I manifest a masterpiece of life.
After two months in Israel, two months in Peru, three months in the US and one month in Costa Rica, I am flew to Guatemala to welcome in the new year with my conscious community, celebrating our devotion to Pachamama, our magical mama earth. Together we danced in the dirt and indulged in sweet yummy moments of earthly pleasures, we shared our hearts and stories and blessed one another with happiness for the new year. My first body painting project of the new year signified the mountains that we climb in life and in love, the volcano of our heart. Though I intended to paint two beings, man and woman, into the volcanic view of lake Atitlan., the man was enough as he encompassed much of the volcanic energy, calm yet potentially erupting, full of destruction and creation and magic. Throughout the years of following my heart I have learnt that declaring our dreams is already half way to manifesting them. And so it was! Magic happened very quickly and my first piece of 2015 was born.... So grateful for all the beings I come into contact with, all the diversity of spirit's manifestations and all the beauty of creativity.
May 2015 be the awakening of our spirit's calling to reach higher towards the light, to impact the world with our hearts through the arts, to speak up for what we know feels right as the light and stand up fearlessly in the firing line for those who cannot stand anymore.
So to you my friends and family, my supporters and my observers, may the new year bring peace into our hearts and may this peace emanate outwards, may we be bestowed with appreciation and gratitude and learn the joys of simplicity. May the spirit of 2015 shine light where it is needed all over the world and may we practice to be better humans by loving, forgiving, remembering where we came from so that we may be ready to die complete that we have lived beyond the illusions of this world.
I love you!!!
Peace to all my bothers and sisters.
16 years world traveller, internationally recognised award winning body painter with a background in Anthropology, Orly delves deep into the enquiry of what it means to be a human being and ceaselessly expresses her art whilst following her heart. Nowadays, specialising in mimitism (camouflage), Orly's current expressions are a moving living creative and expansive entity that represents her passion for re-merging humanity with the earth from which we came, sustainable conscious living, healing the sacred feminine as we learn to respect our mother earth and advocacy for balancing commercial gain with global and local contributions.