“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They are in each other all along.” – RUMI
he kissed me (my first kiss)
20 years ago
"I don't believe in rules. I think it's the heart that should talk. The first thing about love is that you have to love yourself. No relationship will work unless you do...I wanted to be his friend. I thought he would be a good friend to have. But we were completely taken over by passion, and it was completely, utterly unexpected on both sides. That made it more exciting, because it was so unexpected...Yes, I do believe in soul mates." - Diane von Fürstenberg (b. 1946)
"Life is given. Nothing is earned, so learn to serve others, not your own desire and greed and ego. They steal your energies, whereas devotion builds your strength and protects the intelligent flame that leads to the truth within."
"In the infinity of life, all is perfect, whole, and complete. The cycle of life is also perfect, whole, and complete. There is a time of beginning, a time of growth, a time of being, a time of withering or wearing out, and a time of leaving. This is all part of the perfection of life. I sense it as normal and natural, and although saddened at times, I accept the cycle and its rhythms. Sometimes there is an abrupt ending in mid-cycle. I am jarred and feel threatened. Someone dies too soon, or something was smashed and broken. However, I know that life is ever-changing. There is no beginning and no end, only a constant cycling and recycling of substance and experience. Life is never stuck or static or stale, for each moment is ever-new and fresh. Every ending is a new point of beginning." - Louise L. Hay
let us honor the sacred dance, the sacred rhythms, breath by breath, moment by moment...
I dreamed with the ocean last night...salty kisses and tears...waves of emotions combined with memories...
"I know the way you can get when you have not had a drink of Love; your face hardens, your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned about a strange look that appears in your eyes which even begins to worry your own mirror and nose.
Cats sense your sadness and call in an important conference in a tall tree. They decide which secret code to chant to help your mind and soul.
Even angels fear that brand of madness that arrays itself against the world and throws sharp stones and spears into the innocent and into one's self.
Oh I know that way you can get if you have not been drinking Love:
- You might rip apart every sentence your friends and teachers say, looking for hidden clauses.
- You might weigh every word on a scale like a dead fish.
- You might pull out a ruler to measure from every angle in your darkness the beautiful dimensions of a heart you once trusted.
I know the way you can get if you have not had a drink from Love's hands.
That is why all the Great Ones speak of the vital need to keep remembering God, so you will come to know and see Him as being so giving and wanting, just wanting to help.
That is why Hafiz says,
"Bring your cup near me, for a I am a Sweet Old Vagabond with an infinite leaking barrel of Light and Laughter and Truth that the Beloved has tied to my back. Dear One, indeed, please bring your heart near me. For all I care about is quenching your thirst for freedom! All a sane man can ever care about is giving LOVE!"
si tienes un hondo penar piensa en mí, si tienes ganas de llorar piensa en mí, ya ves que venero tu imagen divina,
tu párvula boca, que siendo tan niña, me enseñó a pecar. piensa en mí cuando beses, cuando llores, también piensa en mí. cuando quieras quitarme la vida, no la quiero para nada, para nada me sirve sin ti.
“Since I was a little girl, I believed I was a child of destiny, and if that is true, Richard Burton was surely my fate.” - Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) do you believe in destiny? do you believe in fate? do you believe in karma?
"My life is fruitful and abundant. Just as the earth has its cycles and seasons, so, too, our own lives have times of planting, times of growth and times of harvest."
"So much of my frustration comes from my refusal to accept life's seasons as they come to me."
"An adolescent child enters a period of rebellion. This is necessary to full maturation. A project at the midpoint is sprawling and unwieldy. This, too, is necessary. A marriage enters a time of solo growth and trajectories as each partner pursues independent interests. However unsettling, this, too, is healthy."
"Not all seasons lie serene in the sun, yet each has its place. As I ask to be attuned to life's cycles, I feel my anxiety slipping away. I rest in the faith that all is unfolding according to right timing. I am where I should be when I should be. I am alert to the good of every moment."
- Julia Cameron
images: mixed media on paper from a series of work in progress
"I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited powers in the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could."
-Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
well, no, not ALL men...at least not the men in my life...
"She shows up just when you need her. She always gives you the support and counsel you need, and never judges you.
She is an amazing psychic advisor: she knows what the future holds for you, and she can tell you what to do and what not to do to avoid something bad or find the right job, or the right home, or the right partner.
She is a...healer who can help you to fix your body before you get sick, and who has the right medicine and nurturing to speed you into healing and recovery...She makes house calls at any time, and she never charges you a cent.
She's fabulous fun and a great traveling companion. She makes you want to get up and dance, and sing, and play. She loves to fly off to exotic places...
She has wonderful energy. An hour in her company gives you a boost for a whole week.
She'll mother you when you, and your beautiful inner child self, need mothering, hold you when you need holding, and give you a shove when you need to jump through a hole in the world.
She knows you better than you know yourself, in your everyday mind. When she holds up a mirror in front of you, you don't notice the blemishes. You see a being of radiant power and possibility, your ancient and shining self. And in that moment of recognition, you begin to remember and live from your soul's purpose, the sacred contract you signed before you came into your present body.
...and you never say thank you, or remember her birthday. You ignore her advice more often than not...You forget the songs you sang together, and those nights of love and beauty...If you find the moon through the smog and city lights, you do not recollect that she flew you there...
If she were a regular friend, she might dump you as a miserable ingrate. This friend is beyond the ordinary, and she has the patience of an angel - but even the patience of angels is not endless. So if you won't take her advice, she might make less of an effort to warn you...Then the magic begins to flicker in your world, and you are more alone than you ever need or want to be.
...dreams require action. We must take action to honor the friend who visits and advises and travels with us in our dreams, but the most important is the one we find in the mirror - when our sight is clear: the ancient and shining self.
Taking the right action to honor dreams is practical magic of a high order. Real magic is the art of reaching into a deeper reality and bringing gifts from it into the physical world. This is what we do when we honor dreams, and the powers that speak through dreams."
CASIMIRA grew up surrounded by art and storytelling with music and poetry playing a part of everyday life. She developed a fascination for textiles and clay since early childhood.
An educational background in art history and romance languages served as inspiration when CASIMIRA began creating poetic wearable pieces from wire, vintage beads and objets trouvés. She has studied in Europe and Latin America and is continuously diving into studio art courses. Private collectors may be found in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States.
She believes in the healing power of nature, meditates under moonlight and wishes upon stars. She treasures old love letters, dreams of publishing her mountain of journals and of one day living by the sea...
When not painting, sculpting or writing, CASIMIRA is reading, playing with crystals and stones, practicing yoga, volunteering for favorite non-profits and dancing dreams into realities with her best friends and soul mates - her husband and their young children.