Angelic Messages for You

Hi, I am so excited to be entering a new phase of my life. As most of you know I have been through some major life changes in the last 18 months and have been searching for direction.

Don’t you just love those “Ahha” moments when everything clicks into place and you know what it is you are her to do.

A lot of you who know me may know that apart from my photography my other passions included Reiki (I am a Reiki master), aromatherapy, crystals, crystal readings and reflexology.

From as young as I can remember I have always had psychic abilities, however at that time I just assumed everyone did. It wasn’t until my late teens that I became aware that I was different from a lot of other people.

I couldn’t believe that everyone didn’t see angels and didn’t have an intimate relationship with the Divine.

It made me sad to realize that so many people struggled through this world alone unaware of the help and comfort that was available to them.

Never alone

angels always watching over us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At first I tried to share it with others through religion, but I then realized that religion was man made, God wasn’t. However when I used the word God people automatically think you are religious so what was the answer.

My son, now in his early 30s asked me how I would describe the being I called God or the Divine. I described him and he said oh you mean “Love-Light Man.”

I loved this because that is exactly how I had experienced the Divine, a being of unconditional love and light. Total love and total acceptance.

I wanted a way to share the help I had received with others but the help I got was for me and my situation, how could I help them in their situations.

I had used Angel Oracle Cards for years for myself and doing readings for friends and I realized this was a way I could deliver messaged and show people the help that was available for them in their situation.

I undertook a number Angel Oracle Training classes and realized this was what I was meant to do.

So you will see my website now shows the name Angelic Messages for you and Photography by Julia K Harwood.

Natural spa

This is a place I go to where I feel safe and protected, so I wanted to convey this feeling in the image of the beautiful pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always seen my art and photography as bringing healing into peoples lives, this is just adding another layer to that.

This is quite a long post so I will leave it there….but stay in touch…good things are coming…..

Inspiration

Most of you know of my orchid images and love seeing them so I will add some at the end of the post as this is what this is all about.

As most of you would know from my absence that inspiration and motivation have been sadly lacking in my life since my hubby, Colin, passed away. Yes I am living, doing new things and trying to move on, but sadly inspiration and motivation have been a long way away, so what has inspired and motivated me to do this blog post?

Well a combination of two things, one a very inspirational person and two, injustice.

First let me tell you about this person who has inspired me.

He, yes it’s a good Aussie bloke, is a person who has a great love of native orchids and wildflowers in general. He has a wealth of knowledge and has found orchids that had never been photographed before as well as many new sites for some that were thought to be extinct or very close to extinction.

Now this in itself is pretty amazing, but this person doesn’t get paid for what he does, he heads out almost every day no matter what the weather and often on his own, to fight the mosquitoes, snakes and tics to survey new areas.

He could rely on what others have found, but no, he ventures out to new locations, exploring, sometimes finding very little and sometimes being greatly rewarded with a rare find.

Does this man keep the information to himself or write a book to profit from the knowledge he has gained?

No, he freely shares it with people in his Facebook Group, called “Western Australian Native Orchids.”

He has inspired a new generation of people to learn about our native orchids, to walk the bush carefully, looking where they walk, taking care when photographing so as not to disturb habitat.

He has discovered things that affect the orchids which no one previously knew.

Such as, that some of the methods of marking orchids for surveying were harming the plants and as a result, new methods have been found.

He has liaisoned with councils and raised awareness to stop habitat loss which is the greatest cause of orchids becoming endangered.

He has discovered that even using a flash can change the percentage of some flowers being pollinated.

He has shared this information freely and shown people to many sites, teaching them how to ensure we don’t harm the orchids.

Has the orchid community at large appreciated this?

Some have, but he has also been the target of much jealousy and people who want to make money doing what he does, harassing him and others in his group.

This in itself would be a great injustice, but on top of everything else his youngest son died this year, less that 3 months ago.

He has continued to be there for others as he quietly deals with his pain and grief and yet this is when some people choose to put the boots in.

What is wrong with the human race that we attack our own kind?

We see it constantly, people who give and care being attacked or vilified by others in the industry.

I would encourage each of you to think about the things you fight against and see if there is another way, can you educate people, rather than trying to control them.

Can you instill love rather than hate?

Can you be an example to others?

Terry Dunham is the man that has inspired me to write this post and I want to thank him for all the work he has done, in running the FB group, in opening up the wonderful world of native orchids to us, for giving his time and knowledge freely. For choosing to educate us, so that we too can educate our friends and the next generation, it is only as we learn to know what is around us that we will be able to preserve it.

Now I would like you to enjoy the following images.

such amazing detail

close up of the leafless orchid, aren’t the colors beautiful

Helmet Orchid

This is the tiny helmet orchid, it is about the size of a pinky fingernail and grows in moist damp areas close to the ground or in rotting tree stumps.

Tozers Bush Camp

Queen of Sheeba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hare orchid

Hare Orchid. I left the finger in to show you the size.

Blue lady a sun orchid

Tell them….

For those of you new to my blog, I am 54 and have just recently lost my husband. He was diagnosed with cancer in Oct and died in March although the Drs had given us much longer. He was fit and healthy, still working and neither of us had any idea he was sick, being on my own these last two months after being married for 25years has been the hardest thing to go through, but if I can remind others to look at the positives in each other and tell the other person what you see in them while you have the chance then something positive will come out of it.

Baby steps

Learning to live again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No relationship is perfect but we can focus on the negative or focus on the positive. Choose the positive. I had a sign on the inside of the pantry door which read, “if I am upset with Colin, what is it that I am not doing for myself?”

We may think they should do this or that etc but when they are gone you have to do everything for yourself as well as feeling a huge empty hole inside you that feels like it will always be there.

When I first started saying to Colin how much I appreciated our life together and who he was as a person, he said, “bloody hell, it sounds like you think I am going to die.” But I said, “why do we have to wait for someone to die or be dying for us to tell the other person that we are thankful for them and what we have together.

i am so glad I did as if I hadn’t I may never had got the chance. So many people die of heart attacks, car accidents or other sudden deaths that we never get the gift of parting moments. How amazing to know we had already told them all the things we would have wanted to say.

I challenge each of you to let the people in your life know what they mean to you. It may be a husband or wife, but also include, your children, your parents, your brothers and sisters and even your friends.

If the list or the task feels overwhelming then put one person in your diary each week and send them a card or even a text if you cant do it any other way.

To each of you my readers I say thank you for being there, for reading my posts and making me feel connected even at a time when I feel so disconnected.

Digital Art – Photoshop Artistry

Ever notice how many most photographs start to look the same after a while

I mean, how many photos of flowers have you seen? How many butterflies? How many interchangeable landscapes? How many near-identical “street photos?

With so many photographers out there, and with great cameras and editing software becoming more and more popular, the whole field of photography sometimes feels as if it’s becoming repetitive in the extreme. At worst, so much out there just feels … trivial or boring.

Which is why I’m so excited to FINALLY see something different. Something that can make your photography stand out. And even make you feel more excited about being a photographer than ever. Go have a look at this.

This changes everything.

I don’t know about you, but I can see this reinvigorating my love of photography (and real photo art) in a big way. The possibilities are endless, and can easily become the one thing setting you apart from all of the other photographers out there.Don’t miss it, have a look here:

I had dabbled in digital art for a while but was frustrated as I knew the look I wanted, but just couldn’t quite achieve it.

I had a bunch of apps I used but it was very hit and miss….where could I learn more….

Fortunately at this time I heard about a course called Photoshop Artistry, so I looked into it and looked at the work of its creator, Sebastian Michaels and I started to get excited.

Not only was it what I had been looking for but it had its own Facebook site to safely share your work and get help but also tutorials and resources including images I could use.

Since then I have gone from strength to strength, I still have a lot to learn but I am loving creating my own work.

if you want to begin creating some for yourself then have a look here for more details and a very special price.

Click here

To give you an insight into what its like I have done a short video on how I created one of my pieces. Have a look here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl50MJD7daY

 

This was starting image:

original image

farmhouse original for Trapped in Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the final piece:

final in Photshop artistry

Final Image Trapped by Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

or this one

another option

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look forward to seeing what you can create and I am also available for coaching and advise if you feel you need it…..Lets go and create and see what is possible….

My World Fell Apart

It’s been a while since I posted, the reason is that my world fell apart.

On the 1st March, my beautiful husband of 25 years passed away. We had been told in Oct that he had Leukemia and would have 2-5 years. So when he only had 5 months we were very unprepared.

Fortunatly for him it was a blood clot to the lung that took him out and it was very quick, he was joking with the nurses and an hour later he was dead. He had been very unwell for 2 days.

We were blessed with the the fact that we both realised on the last day that his time was running out, so got to say our goodbyes in the afternoon and I was able to be with him when he passed. I will always treasure this great gift that was given to me.

So as you can imagine it has been a hard time of adjustment and trying to find my feet in a world that looks the same to everyone else but feels so strange and unfamiliar to me.

I realised something yesterday, so thought I would share it with you.

When you love someone and are with them for may years, you see the beauty in them, not the ravages of age.

With Colin I was beautiful and loved, he didn’t see me as fatter or older, he just saw me as the woman he loved and adored and through his eyes I saw myself like this too.

I saw Colin as the beautiful, handsome man he was, I always saw him as handsome and young, he was my love.

He asked how I could still see him as handsome as the ravages of illness took their toll, but I told him I truly did see him as gorgeous and handsome. I saw the twinkle in his eye, the way his face lit up when he smiled at me.

Those twinkling eyes, those looks of love are gone, yet I remain, beautiful no more, the mirror on the bathroom wall reflecting back at me the ravages of age and time.

When you lose the one you love you also lose a part of who you were. I was part of a couple, I was Colin’s wife.

Who am I know?

Julia, who is she without that beautiful, loving, caring man beside her?

I look in the mirror and see the harsh realities of life. Who is this stranger looking back at me? Where did she come from?

When Colin died he took who I was with him as well, he took away the beautiful reflection of how he saw me and left me looking at the hard cold reality of what I see in the bathroom mirror.

Years ago when my Grandfather, died I felt I had lost the only person in the world who appreciated me for being me and once again I am left in this lonely place of feeling that while people do love and appreciate me, that I am all alone.

My daily challenge is to find the joy among the sorrows and most days I have been able to do that, occasionally it seems like there are none, but if I reach out, and this is so hard when you are so lost, then there are people waiting to help and I am reminded that there is still joy in this strange unfamiliar new world.

So many people treat you different or become awkward with you that it is hard to find your way, I am so lucky that one person, probably the most unlikely person, has been there and been a real friend, just coming around to spend an evening chatting or going to somewhere new with me so I am not too frightened to go alone. I know at times he has felt uncomfortable and not known how to react to my changeable moods and constant questioning of myself, but he has let me know it is okay, he is there as a friend.

Having someone treat me as a genuine person, being honest with me and wanting nothing but friendship is a rare and wonderful gift, a true joy among the sorrows.

This person has coped flack for being there for me as people have questioned his motives and yet we have been able to be open and talk even about this. (I am not his type and he doesn’t see me like that).

I am telling you this here so that if you are ever in the position to be there for someone in a time of grief, be honest, be open, talk about the hard questions and what others are saying. So much of life seems unfamiliar, strange and scary that being a real friend and being open and honest is the greatest gift you can give someone.

Having lost so much over the last 6 mths, from all our possessions, our house, my husband, total unconditional love and acceptance here on earth as well as having a home invasion, then 4 mths later my house being broken into again and my car being broken into and ransacked, I feel that even my sense of security has been threatened so to know that someone is there when I need them is so impotant.

As I have dared to reach out I have found many people who are there for me in many different ways, but at the end of the day everyone has their own lives, which are going along pretty much as they always have been. So I need to find a new way to be, a new life, new interests, friends who don’t have partners and kids that fill their life so they have little or no time for themselves, let alone anyone else.

I value and appreciate all my friends and am so fortunate and grateful that they have been there for me and I know they will continue to be, but I also have to find out who this new me is and how to find happiness, joy and purpose without my wonderful man by my side.

So let’s begin this journey of discovery together and see where we end up……

I want to start the journey with two images, one I created just after Colin died and one more recently.

Death

The pain of losing someone while in love https://artboja.com/art/s6w7af/

Baby steps

Learning to live again

 

Photography, Art or both

I love my photography and I love bringing the beauty of the outdoors to you in it’s pure form and you will see that in my landscape images and nature shots, however there is also a creative part of myself that likes to start with an image and create something completely different out of it.

A few of my early attempts got lots of good feedback. There is some here.

abstract art

Looking inside a cave and I felt a presence there, so tied to recreate the feeling with the swirling light and then used blend modes to create the final image.

Tunnel Creek

This is from Tunnel creek in Western Australia, I looked towards the entrance to the cave and saw the light and the rocks creating the figure of a woman and so the image was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me hooked and  I wanted to learn more, so I started an Photoshop Artistry course. This taught me new techniques for blending and composition images but I was still looking for more when I heard they also run an Awake course.

This course is about being awake in life and using your photography and art to bring that about. I was off and running.

Natural spa

This is a place I go to where I feel safe and protected, so I wanted to convey this feeling in the image of the beautiful pool

Jabiru eating

A Jabiru swallowing a fish it caught. This was one of two images that I wanted to create a artwork of to give the feeling of the marsh that it was in.

Hunting time

This was the first in the series of the Jabiru stalking the fish.

frog praying

This little fellow was on my back deck and it looked like he was praying that I just left him to his own devices. The deck didn’t match the iamge, so I created a background using another of my images and created a composite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So finally I decided to step out even further…my challenge was to create something that could bring about change, a cause that meant something to you and then to create another piece that was just fun….

This is a cause close to my heart and be warned this can be quite confronting.

If any of these images triggers things in you then reach out to someone to help or give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14 in Australia or go to  arkofhopeforchildren.org

happy families

This depicts a family as we dream it to be, how many families look from the outside and it also shows the trust that the child has in the parents, this is what makes what follows so hard to fathom.

verbal or physical abuse

This is the second in the abuse series and shows what is often the first abuse a child suffers and that is parental abuse, be it physical or verbal and this is how it leaves them feeling.

self harm

This is the third in the series. Often a child who has suffered verbal, emotional or physical violence is looking for love and this is when the sexual predictor appears on the scene, they make the child or young teen feel special and loved so they are willing to sneak out and meet them, to keep them a secret. They are left broken and confused. They don’t understand how they can feel loved and used at the same time, how they feel that they are a bad person and deserve what they get. This often leads to suicide or self harm.

hate

This one represents domestic violence. This is usually the most aggressive and confronting and often the violence leads to murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

courage

This is the forth in the abuse series f images, this one shows a woman finally taking the step to walk away from an abusive relationship

letting go

This is the final in the abuse series, It depicts a woman finally free to be what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a very hard exhibition to put together as it looks at a side of society we try to turn away from, so after this I needed some healing therapy so created my fun peice.

It’s called In Full Swing and was recently published in the 17th edition of the Artistic Life Magazine.

Memories

Remembering times gone by. A wedding in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will continue to share both my nature based images and my artworks with you as well as articles to help you on your journey.

Thank you for accompanying me along this part of my journey.

You can see some of my images here and they are available for purchase and also here at Redbubble.