A few days after the New Year, I got together with mystical artist and photographer Jasmine Amara in the redwoods of Occidental for a portrait session. I first met Jasmine before she joined my group coaching program, "Let go, Vision Transform." Jasmine knew she was passionate about dreams, water, and photography, but didn't fully believe she could support herself through those passions.
Over the course of the six-month program, she came up with an exciting idea for a photography exhibit. With some encouragement from me and the women in the group, she began taking photos for her series "Dreaming Awake" creating lucid imagery through double exposures. When I first saw the images I acknowledged her for how unique and powerful they were.
Over the months that followed, Jasmine began to create a business for herself doing what she loved. When she announced her offering of Visionary Portraits, I was inspired to participate.
Leading up to my portrait session, she asked me a series of questions.. One of those questions was, "What is your deepest desire?"
I sat with that question for a few days, and eventually wrote this piece, (Which I sent to you a few weeks ago.) It was about the feminine rising, women stepping up to take supreme care of themselves, to face their fears, and develop the courage to take care of the world.
Before our session, she asked me to read my deepest desire. She created a sacred space with flowers, dreamcatchers, and sipping chocolate (ceremonial cacao from her travels in Guatemala).
Being witnessed in sharing my deepest desires in such a sacred and intimate space was a powerful experience.
Then, she took these photos.
Images by Jasmine Amara Photography
To have this moment captured through photography was invaluable. When I saw the beauty and magic we created in the photographs, I was in awe.
After seeing the images I thought, "If Jasmine had never taken the steps to believe in her art, these images wouldn't even exist!"
So today, I invite you to look through the images, and to ask yourself, "What gifts am I hiding from the world? How could I be of higher service to others through my gifts and talents?"
It's time to honor whatever hidden creative potential lies inside of you, ready to rise to the surface. Do you know what it is? I'd love to hear in the comments.
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