• Symbols of Prosperity and Love: Coconut & Rose

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    Last night I had a dream- which was pretty weird so I won't go into it.  It was 4 am when I woke up, thought about it for a minute, and then interpreted the dream as 'a transformation is happening for me'. Or there is a new beginning. I have been feeling that more so now than ever.

    This morning I met my Filipinos gals for coffee.  They are the perfect ones to tell about my dream symbolism because Filipinos are open to the idea of signs or omens, angels and other mystical practices. They all agreed not to be scared of this dream and it was all about something new or a big transformation. So after coffee I came home, sat down to work and randomly looked into my bowl of coconut flakes. I have this bowl because Maria, my Argentinean (mucho spiritual) friend told me to keep it next to my work space to bring on prosperity. Anyhow I look into my bowl and see this dried rose petal that fell in. To me it looks like a heart and I think to myself huh, dream, coconut, rose petal WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN!? ha, maybe nothing but I like to think it does. Maybe the Universe is just super in love with me. I figured there was some sort of meaning to rose, rose scent, petals, etc so with a quick search I found this article. Why write all this myself when About.com does such a great job. Who knew roses were so powerful....

    Re-posted from about-Religion

    Since ancient times, roses have symbolized God at work in whatever situation they appear. The intricate and elegant rose offers a glimpse of a masterful Creator's active presence in creation. As this popular flower blossoms, its buds gradually open to reveal blossoms with lovely layers -- an illustration of how spiritual wisdom unfolds in people's lives. The strong, sweet scent of a rose brings to mind the powerful sweetness of love, which is the essence of God.

    So it's not surprising that many miracles and encounters with angels throughout history have involved roses.

    Roses and Angels

    People regularly report smelling the fragrance of roses while communicating with angels in prayer or meditation. Angels use rose scents as physical signs of their spiritual presence with people, since roses have powerful energy fields that vibrate at a high electrical frequency -- the highest of any flower on Earth -- and since angelic energy also vibrates at a high rate, angels can connect easier with roses than with other flowers that have lower vibrational rates. Rose essential oil vibrates at a rate of 320 megahertz of electrical energy. In comparison, essential oil from lavender (one of the next highest frequency flowers) vibrates at a rate of 118 megahertz, and a healthy human brain usually vibrates between 71 and 90 megahertz.

    Barachiel, the archangel of blessings, is usually shown in art with either a rose or rose petals, which symbolize God's blessings that Barachiel helps deliver to people.

    Roses and Miracles

    Roses appear in accounts from all of the world's major religions as a symbol of miraculous love at work in the world. In ancient mythology, roses symbolized eternal love in stories of how gods interacted with each other and human beings. Pagans use roses as decorations to represent their hearts. Muslims view roses as symbols of the human soul, so smelling the scent of roses reminds them of their spirituality. Hindus and Buddhists see roses and other flowers as expressions of spiritual joy. Christians view roses as reminders of the Garden of Eden, a paradise in a world that reflected God's design before sin corrupted it.

    A Sacred Scent

    In Islam, the fragrance of a rose represents the sacredness of people's souls. If the scent of a rose permeates the air yet no actual roses are nearby, it's a sign that God or one of his angels is sending a spiritual message supernaturally, through clairalience. Such messages are meant to encourage people.

    In Catholicism, the scent of roses is often called the "odor of sanctity" because it indicates the presence of spiritual holiness. People have reported smelling the fragrance of roses after praying to saints in heaven to intercede for them with God about something.

    The "Mystic Rose"

    Roses, which have long served as symbols of the Virgin Mary, have shown up in some of the miraculous Marian apparitions that people worldwide have reported. Mary is known as the "mystic rose" or the "rose without thorns" among some Christians, because of her role as the mother of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the world's savior. Before sin entered the world and corrupted it, tradition says that the Garden of Eden featured roses with no thorns, and thorns appeared after humanity sinned. Since Mary played a vital role in God's plan to redeem the fallen world, Mary became associated with the original purity of the uncorrupted beauty of the roses God originally designed for the Garden of Eden.

    The most famous Virgin Mary miracle involving roses was the Our Lady of Guadalupe event from 1531, when believers say Mary arranged roses in an intricate pattern inside the poncho of a man named Juan Diego to form a supernaturally imprinted image on his poncho. The image, which depicted Mary and an angel, symbolically illustrated the Gospel message to illiterate Aztec people, leading millions to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

    The Rosary Prayer

    Since Mary is so closely associated with roses, a traditional prayer that people pray to her while reflecting on the earthly life of her son, Jesus Christ, is called the Rosary. Mary has encouraged people to pray the Rosary during some of her apparitions worldwide (such as Fatima) people have reported.

    The Rosary, which means "crown of roses," involves offering a group of prayers to Mary like a spiritual bouquet. People hold or wear a beaded necklace (which itself is called a "rosary") and use the beads as physical tools to focus their minds on 20 different spiritual mysteries from the time Jesus Christ  spent on Earth. During some of Mary's apparitions, she has promised rewards for those who faithfully pray the Rosary -- from protection from evil during people's lives on Earth to rewards in heaven after they die.

    The prayer tradition of the Rosary dates back to 1204 AD, when Saint Dominic said that Mary described it to him during an apparition in Toulouse, France. Prior to that time, some other ancient people had been using tangible objects to pray groups of prayers. Orthodox Christians carried ropes with them when they prayed; after saying each prayer, they tied a knot in the ropes. Hindu monks carried strings of beads around with them to keep track of their prayers.

    Rose Color Meanings

    All roses symbolize God's love at work in the world, but different colors of roses also symbolize different spiritual concepts. White roses mean purity and holiness. Red roses mean passion and sacrifice. Yellow roses mean wisdom and joy. Pink roses mean gratitude and peace. Purple or lavender roses mean wonder, awe, and change for the better.

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  • Shivam Seghal: Faith and Art

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    Here at FAITHHAUS we are always on the search for inspiration and art for the home. When we find things we love, we are curious to know if there's a driving force behind that design. When we look at faith and art, there is often  a common thread which is the soul of an artist that comes through in their creations. Shivam Seghal is a perfect example. As a believer in God, faith is a big influence and a calming force in Shivam's life. Read on to see how he is inspired...

    -Would you say you have faith in your life?
    Well, I have faith. I believe in God. Frankly, it's one thing to say you have faith, but it's an entirely different matter to apply your faith to life's challenges. And if you don't have faith in yourself you will not be able to face life's challenges, at certain point of time you will break.

    Jesus Zentangle
    Jesus Zentangle. 8.3x11.7" $15. Faith and art.

    -What is your definition of faith?
    Faith is no different from Trust on someone or something. If I tell someone that, "I have faith in you, that means I know and trust that person's capabilities."

    Do What You Are Passionate About
    Do What You Are Passionate About. 13x19" $35. Faith and art.

    -Do you have specific rituals that you do in relation to your faith (meditation, prayer, celebrations, etc)?
    When I'm too broke or having an art block, it becomes difficult to hold a grip on myself and faith in my works, then I just sit back there on my bed and tell myself the reason why I started that work and what all good it will do to me if I  keep on doing it. I say that to myself for once.. twice.. thrice.. repeatedly.. till I get a grip on my emotions. Sometimes it just takes few hours sometimes a couple of days, but it works every time.

     

    Lord Ganesha
    Lord Ganesha. 8.3x11.7" $15. Faith and art.

    -Do you think it’s important for youth to have faith? Why?
    Yes, it is the most important thing to have faith on yourself and what you are doing. Because if you can't trust yourself, nobody else will put their faith in you. Having faith in yourself also enhances your personality because it shows how confident you are about yourself and how well you can present yourself in front of the world.

    Baby Jesus
    Baby Jesus. 28x36" canvas $125. Faith and art.

    -Do you share your faith with others or keep it private?
    I don't like to share my problems. I try to keep it to myself and find ways to tackle it. But if any person comes to and ask for help. I do help them with all possible means I can.

    Robert Downey Jr, be happy
    Robert Downey, Jr. (be happy) 13x19" $25. Faith and art.

    -What’s your favorite thing about faith?
    My favourite thing about having faith is, it helps you keep going in life. Having faith in yourself will give you self-confidence and having faith in others will give you their forever loyalty and friendship.

    Modern Lady watercolor
    Modern Lady, a watercolor 13x19" $25. Faith and art.

    -Do you buy gifts, items for your house or items that you wear that are related to faith or spirituality?
    I wear a thumb ring with an arrow craved in it. It's more like a lucky ring for me. It symbolizes that time is like an arrow, once the time is gone it cannot be pulled back or lived again. So live your life to the fullest. Follow your dreams... your ambitions…and have faith in yourself that you can become someone who matters.

    guru gobind singh
    Guru Gobind Singh Ji- coffee painting 11x16" $25. Faith and art.

    -Are you creating items to celebrate your faith and can you tell us about what you make?
    Currently I am making illustrations for my home and also they are available on my Etsy shop. They include pencil drawings, galaxy and dotworks, watercolor sketches. God has no shape or face- I just try to make what I think god might look like.

    We love Shivam's outlook on life. He currently resides in New Delhi and he likes to celebrate all festivals but doesn't follow any religion as such.
    In his beautiful words, "I believe god is in my heart and I just follow whatever my heart says."

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