Our Kwan Yin journal features artwork by Duirwaigh Studios
Last week we shared a couple of posts on our Facebook page about the benefits of writing by hand. WOW. We were surprised by the number of views. Something really resonated with our friends.
Human beings have long known and cherished the power of writing by hand to nurture the soul. Poets, scholars, authors, and educators the world over have historically shared their wisdom through writing. Many writers use journaling to capture ideas, dreams, sorrows, joys, and more. In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron extolls the effectiveness and inspiration of “morning pages” — hand writing 3 pages each morning — in removing creative blocks. The list of examples could go on. Continue reading
“Discipline yourself to polish skills, nurture your own imagination, know what you want and guide yourself towards it. Never stop learning.” — Kinuko Y. Craft
Click image to see the complete series of Kinuko Y. Craft greeting cards.
Kinuko Y. Craft is one of the most widely respected and versatile female artists in the United States. Her past commissions have included editorial art for major national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Forbes, National Geographic, and many others; book jacket art for a number of well-known authors; opera poster designs; and illustrated picture books. Her work appears throughout the world in both private and public collections, in galleries and exhibitions, and in her illustrated books. During her career she has become known for meticulous attention to detail, a passionate love of fine art, and a deep knowledge of art history. Ms. Craft was born in Japan and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Kanazawa College of Art in Japan. She came to the United States in the early sixties as a graduate student, where she continued her studies in design and illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By the late sixties, her work was in wide demand and she had begun a long and successful career that continues to this day. Her original art can be seen at Borsini-Burr Gallery in Montara, CA. Continue reading
Our warehouse is bursting with new greeting cards from Ram Dass, Kinuko Y. Craft, Duirwaigh Studios, Renée Locks, and Kristina Swarner as well as new additions to our best-selling Illuminating Spirit card series. Sampler packs — six different cards in a series — are now available.
For most of us to this life born, the heart takes no great comfort in its own company but yearns for its completion in another. And so it is that it becomes a hungry hunter and wanders the world in search of its counterpart. The tales told of this human enterprise see no end.
Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card
We live in an age with more than its share of sorrow and loneliness, and so it is a goodness and a mercy when two hearts meet, and a greater goodness when they surrender one to the other and declare themselves as bound and joined.
But the sages declare that the happiness of this union is given to us as example and foretaste of a greater bliss which is the perfect Unity of the soul. There is no need to search for this in far and distant realms, for it is the nearest of all things. The soul is here for its own joy, and it abides always in the Great Unity and the mystery of No Other. So it follows, then, that all souls are in truth just one soul. Thus is the simple secret of the ages laid bare for all to see, but alas, there are but few to hear, and fewer still to seek.
by Michael Green