This painting was inspired during a seclusion I took in December 2011 as well as the Song, Christ Child written by Swami Kriyananda. Deep peace and wonder await us in the unknown. The lion looks up in great ah and wonder at the journey that lies ahead of him. Not knowing what is at the end of his path, he continues patiently, and represents the lion like yogi that exists within each of us, searching for truth, searching for love, happiness and ultimately, searching for bliss. The owls represent the three wise men who come to greet him as he arises and lifts himself up to meet the Christ consciousness that is within him. Jesus Christ represents, not a man, he represents the Christ consciousness that resides within each one of us. He is there to encourage us all that he came not to tell us how great he is, he came to tell us, how great we are, and he gave us the keys on how to find the kingdom of heaven from deep within our very own selves. The keys that can unlock the doors and lead us to deeper understanding and true knowing, through our own direct experience. Seek that knowing in deep silence, shhhh, listen and know that peace awaits you in the unknown. You are one and you are free, awaken to your divine full potential and know that you are never alone.
Link to listen to The Christ Child's Asleep:
Lyrics to the song: The Christ Child's Asleep
Written by Swami Kriyananda
The Christ child's asleep. The silence is so deep
That round about, with hope in their eyes,
The animals await, Their breathing they abate:
They know their time has come to arise.
2. For Jesus came on earth, To offer second birth
To all who would the blessing receive.
The inner peace he brings, Can lift us on soul-wings
To soar in light, and heaven perceive.
3. Our pleasures and pains, Our losses, our gains
Have kept us long bound, The ropes of yearning hemmed us round.
We dreamed of imposing on desert sand
Flower gardens of beauty, Verdant vales of delight:
Imagination misted our sight!
4. The freedom we would know Christ offered long ago,
And even from his slumber flows peace.
All creatures here on earth, Alive to their own worth,
Can welcome love, and win their release.
February 25th, 2012
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