Oil-on-canvas – 3′ x 3′
Excerpt from Lessons from the Trumpet Vine
Throughout your visits with us, the elders stressed, we will help you understand the importance of true self-value, which is presently a struggle for you. You have created the measurement of your value through self-proclamation or judgment of your actions, thoughts, or words. At other times, you seek the words of others to provide you with an appraisal of your value. These methods are inadequate, result in a false sense of value, and are destined for failure. With love and the highest level of integrity, we ask you to understand that you were born with intrinsic value, with or without your worldly accomplishments. You inaccurately believe that your value can shift and be altered dependent upon whatever you produce, create, or facilitate. This is why you find yourself requiring outside proof of your value through the words of others, or your transitory thoughts, or symbolic gain. In doing this, your self-value shifts, becomes precarious, and is subject to your most recent judgment. Your feelings of self-value and self-worth have been placed outside of yourself. This is not appropriate and will cause you to live in a way that will require the constant filling from without. You need to turn your view of self-value inward and to spirit, the highest source, or God, which accompanied you here, to equate your value.
Quiet yourself. Stop the feelings of panic and fear that you will not have something you need, that you will be without something important or, more directly, that you are inferior. Understand, trust, and accept that you have all you require to complete your intended journey. You are protected.