Rejecting another human being simply because they are human, has become a collective neurosis. People ask, “When will my soul mate get here?” But praying for the right person is useless if we’re not ready to receive him. Our soul mates are human beings, just like we are, going through the normal processes of growth. No one is ever “finished.” The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another, and even if someone meets us when we feel “on top” of things, the chances are good that very soon we’ll be going through something that challenges us. It is our commitment to growth that makes this inevitable. But the ego doesn’t like the look of people when they’re “going through things. It’s unattractive.

As in every other area, the problem in relationships is RARELY that we haven’t had wonderful opportunities or met wonderful people. The problem is, we haven’t known how to take the greatest advantage of the opportunities we’ve had. Sometimes we didn’t recognize at the time how wonderful those people were. Love is all around us. The ego is the block to our awareness of love’s presence. The idea that there is a perfect person who just hasn’t arrived yet is a major block. Our vulnerability to the myth of “Mr. Right” stems from our glorification of romantic love. The ego uses romantic love for its “special” purposes, leading us to jeopardize our relationships by overvaluing their romantic content.

The difference between a friendship and a romance can be illustrated with the image of a long stemmed rose. The stem is the friendship; the blossom the romance. Because the ego is sensation-oriented, our focus automatically goes to the blossom. But all the nourishment that the blossom needs in order to live reaches it through the stem. The stem might look boring in comparison, but if you take the blossom off the stem it will not last for long.

Marianne Williamson (via mindofataurus)
eternallybeautifullyblack:

URGENT!!! We need your help in finding Alexandria “Alex” Dowels.
She is seated in this picture with me and is my LS. She was last seen on the Orange Line DC Metro at approximately 2 a.m. and has not been heard from since. If you have seen her, or you have any information on her whereabouts, please inbox me immediately. The first 24 hours is crucial.

eternallybeautifullyblack:

URGENT!!! We need your help in finding Alexandria “Alex” Dowels.

She is seated in this picture with me and is my LS. She was last seen on the Orange Line DC Metro at approximately 2 a.m. and has not been heard from since. If you have seen her, or you have any information on her whereabouts, please inbox me immediately. The first 24 hours is crucial.

Reblogged from soulbrotherv2

Before you focus on how well someone else is treating you, ask, “How well am I treating myself?” Your answer has a direct impact on the person you attract. When I mention self-care, people think I’m talking about manicures or man caves. But that’s not taking care of the essence of who you are. Do you have a fitness practice? Are you eating well? Are you meditating? Are you meticulous about the people you allow in your life? If you are not caring for yourself in that sacred way, you are not going to find anybody else to do that for you. You also have to let to go of past hurt. Unpack the baggage you’re carrying from last relationships, of slights experienced or [perceived]. The next thing is working on your ability to receive support. As supermen and superwomen, we don’t know how to ask for, or accept, what we need most, which are expressions of love. Embrace a compliment. Say yes to assistance. Let the person who wants to support you do it. Last, learn how to communicate in a manner that your partner can receive.
Abiola Abrams (via adriftinthereverie)
illumistrations:

Batgirl (2014), original artwork.
Ever since I’ve had some serious life changes in the past few months, its been a struggle to sit down and find some time to draw a fully complete illustration.  And its been sapping my energy in my art downtime to see people stealing my artwork for various purposes, some of which was to make profit off of.  But I put that all aside to finally get this finished.  Its been sitting as a sketch for the absolute longest, and it feels good to finally get one done.  
If you would like to purchase this as an awesome 11” x 17” print, you can do so at illumistrations.storenvy.com!

illumistrations:

Batgirl (2014), original artwork.

Ever since I’ve had some serious life changes in the past few months, its been a struggle to sit down and find some time to draw a fully complete illustration.  And its been sapping my energy in my art downtime to see people stealing my artwork for various purposes, some of which was to make profit off of.  But I put that all aside to finally get this finished.  Its been sitting as a sketch for the absolute longest, and it feels good to finally get one done.  

If you would like to purchase this as an awesome 11” x 17” print, you can do so at illumistrations.storenvy.com!

Reblogged from illumistrations

illumistrations:

Untitled, original artwork.
I drew a quick sketch and thought that I could throw some quick colors on it while I was at it…and that didn’t go as planned.  So, I just used this as a practice exercise for future stuff.  Plus its sort of fall inspired, and you can’t really go wrong with fall fashion.

illumistrations:

Untitled, original artwork.

I drew a quick sketch and thought that I could throw some quick colors on it while I was at it…and that didn’t go as planned.  So, I just used this as a practice exercise for future stuff.  Plus its sort of fall inspired, and you can’t really go wrong with fall fashion.

Reblogged from illumistrations