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Lead With Your Heart

Images of Spirit, Empowering Women, Honoring the Sacred Feminine Lead With Your Heart


2006 Mara Berendt Friedman

acrylic on canvas

NFS

A favorite painting of mine, it is the second of a trilogy of images created in response to a powerful robe ceremony at Crater Lake. The Zen ritual was led by my teacher Gary and shared with my two other sangha sisters, Denice and Brooke. We had climbed to a thousand feet above the sacred lake and were gathered at the edge of a sheer cliff. Our eagle Gary spread his arm-wings wide and called to us "The way is not safe! Lead with your heart!" In this image, she (we) has surrendered to Trust as she steps off the edge into the vast unknown.


From card back

It Felt Love

How
Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give the world
All its Beauty?

It felt encouragement of light
Against its
Being,

Otherwise,
We all remain

Too
frightened.

From the Penguin publication The Gift, Poems by Hafiz.
Copyright 1999 Daniel Ladinsky and used with his permission.

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