Follow your heart in all you do …

Follow your heart in all you do …

Find what moves you and let those be the things you build your life on.

I have never found life to be ‘easy.’ Yet, over time, I have found a sanctuary of stillness within. A place where respite can be found. A peaceful place within my heart where there is trust, a knowledge of our deep, inherent connection to the Divine.  As a nun and a student on the Tibetan Buddhist path, I was able to sink deeply into cultivating a profound awareness of this connection.  When I am listening, everything I need to know is there.

The article below is from an early issue of Sedona Monthly magazine. In it, I share a bit of my story. May you find something to inspire your journey.

The above picture is of me working on the model for the Buddha sculpture commissioned for the Amitabha Enlightenment Stupa & Peace Park in Sedona, AZ. It was an honor to be a part of bringing this sacred monument into the world. May any merit generated by our efforts be dedicated to the end of suffering for all beings.

At the top of this page is a detail from “Padmasambava: The Lotus King.” Padmasambava was the Indian master who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century at the invitation of King Trisong Detsen. This painting took a full year to complete and includes many layers of symbolism. Below is a detail of the Amitabha Enlightenment Stupa in Sedona, AZ. A visit to this sacred site offers blessings to all.

 

This detail is from a pointillist painting of “Vajravaraji: Dance of the Red Dakini.” Her image is a display of the wrathful aspect of Compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of deities. She is fierce, grounded in love and regard for all beings.

 

“Vajrasattva: Diamond Warrior” (above) & “Red Tara: Tara of the Bodhichitta” (below) Pointillist Paintings from the Tibetan Buddhist Traditional Art Series

The above painting is, “King of Lapis Lazuli Radiance: Medicine Buddha”, a painting commissioned for a private collector. The other images include details from “Mother Tara: Angel of Peace,” “Vajrasattva: The Diamond Warrior” & “Red Tara: Tara of the Bodhichitta”

 

“How would I like my work to be remembered? Simply as ‘works of heart,’ works that were filled with the wish to bring an end of suffering for all people. That’s its only purpose. That’s why I do it.” Shey Khandro

 

 

May all beings know Peace, Peace in our hearts, Peace in our minds.

Thank you for sharing a moment with me.

Namaste,

Shey

 

 

 

 

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We are the Heroes

“Tragedy is what gets our attention,” says Tom Chi, as he addressed the crowd on opening night of the 5th annual Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona AZ. We know how often this is true.

Tom Chi is co-star of the film chosen to set the tone for the opening night. Live Your Quest, a film about directing our focus, settling into our purpose and becoming the best version of ourselves. Tom is an innovator and founding team member at Google X. He is an out of the box thinker committed to action. He teaches people at all levels of involvement how to innovate quickly and how to bring the necessary tools to the people working on the solutions to the world’s most important problems. In addition to the work he as done on groundbreaking projects at Google including self-driving cars and Google glass, Tom is working with people around the globe on solar electrification, basic health care, micronutrients and creating access to clean water. Tom has tuned into the state of our planet, he has taken personal responsibility to inspire change for the betterment of life for all of us.

As the world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema, Illuminate explores a range of stories with the potential to ignite our spirits. A hallmark of this conscious media festival is with every problem presented, solutions are also explored. Ideas for what we as individuals can do today, right now, are presented. The theme that emerged for this year’s festival is the “hero’s journey.” Danette Wolpert, founder and director of this festival, and her dream team invite us to look within to find the power and the gifts inextricably a part of the human spirit. They encourage us to use our amazing potential as human beings to create lasting change.

Years ago, I began to recognize the dramatic and deleterious effects of so many widely accepted practices on our basic health and the health of our planet, I could feel my heart break. I invited myself to look deeper. As I became more aware, I could see clearly how our indiscriminate use of plastics is bogging up our oceans and our waterways. How our deep reliance on fossil fuels has created challenges for our Earth, the sky and all who live here. Our investment in factory farming has created deep imbalances in our soil and the atmosphere. We are hearing more and more about the long-term impact of our behavior and the serious mess we are creating. This includes but is not limited to life-threatening health issues, shortages of clean air and water, and the depletion of the nutritional value of the foods we love. But is knowing about these things enough to compel us to action?

Tom Chi made it simple as he engaged the audience after the film for “Reel Healing.” Reel healing, another powerful part of the festival each year, often offers an opportunity to hear from those committed to taking the lead in creating a more compassionate and sustainable world. During this segment on opening night, Tom asks the audience what our primary concerns are in the world today. Voices rose up from around the theatre, issues involving our expanding population, government controls, endangered species, education, elder care to name just a few. To all of these, Tom responded with an invitation to each of us to look within, to cultivate our “response-ability.” What moves you? Then ask ourselves, what action can I take now to make a difference?

This is a time for each of us to be the hero in our own lives and the lives of those around us, to look and to feel, to recognize the issues and call ourselves to action. Together we can create the world we would like to see.

 

 

 

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WInd Dragon

Dragons, fact or fiction?

Mystical and powerful these creatures have held a place in our imagination for centuries. In a world where our perceptions are limited, we are now discovering hidden potentials beyond our current understandings. As we expose layers beyond the veil, I believe the question is a fair one.

Cultures around the globe imbue meaning in imagery and lore. Born from these symbols are stories that inspire and invite reflection. The imagination comes alive with possibility. Our very thoughts planting seeds of potential, if nurtured, they grow. We see it all around us, our intentions, our beliefs, moving into form.

My work is most often an expression of my own inner experience, the movement of my consciousness through this time, this space. I do not paint what I see outside of myself but invite what is present within to express itself. I like to say, “I paint my inner landscape,” imaginings move into form. The dragon speaks of the story beyond the bounds of our ordinary senses; a story of the infinite layers that lie beneath our day-to-day perceptions of reality.

This dragon, energy alive within my being, pushes through the clouds of perception, reaching into the darker mysteries. Points of green, yellow, orange form the body, vibrations of the heart, of wisdom and creativity. Rising in harmonic motion, the resonance of purples and blues calling forth the voice of higher consciousness. With this dragon come “dragon blooms.” A flower from the realm of imagination, they bloom with thoughts of Kindness, Compassion and Love. Created by mere intention, the seeds spread.

This image is born from the heart of this artist, opening to the vibrations of Wisdom and Creativity in the field of awakening potential. She and her dragon spread seeds of possibility, the possibility of a world Motivated by Compassion, Kindness and Love.

Real or imagined? Imagined clearly, it becomes real. Alive with purpose, she sees you.

This original Painting Acrylic on canvas 12”x 36” is currently available.
Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are signed & numbered and available in various sizes through Goldenstein Gallery

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Our Time is Now

“Our Time is Now”
Pointillist Painting by Sherab.Shey.Khandro
Original Painting 24″x 48″
Acrylic on Canvas

Around the globe the Buddha is recognized as a symbol of Peace and Compassion. A rich and vibrant blue, the Medicine Buddha is revered for his qualities of healing.
His presence points to the wellness present within and around us; our inherent mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

 

Set on a ground of deep orange, I am reminded of the creative fire burning within each of us. I chose this striking combination of blue and orange to weave together the ideas of healing and the powerful creative spirit embodied in the human experience. My invitation is to engage our vast reservoir of knowledge and experience to promote the healing of our planet and it’s people.

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are signed & numbered and available in various sizes

This original acrylic painting on canvas 24”x 48” is currently available at  Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona AZ

 

 

 

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