One of the very best love mentors ever

One of the very best love mentors ever

 One of my very best love mentors ever was and is my big black cat Jupiter, who lived and loved with me for 17 years.

I called him my “fur husband” and he slept with me every night – and part of each day as I was completely nocturnal at that time in my life.

Here we are in my Magic Cottage in San Francisco in the beginnings of our lives together.

I found Jupiter in the window of a department store in San Francisco called Gumps. He was part of a Victorian scene to promote adoption – having been rescued by the SPCA.

I had never had a cat, and had been taught to fear them by my mother who loved animals – especially dogs- but felt that cats couldn’t be controlled – and that all must be controlled 😉

 When I moved into the Magic Cottage I had just ended a long love relationship and felt lonely.

 Jupiter was not only an antidote to my loneliness, he was my unconditional love teacher, as I believe all animals are.

He mentored me deeply in the ways of love and loving, and showed me that love is infinite and extraordinary, and that all my fears were ordinary and couldn’t be trusted to guide my life.

 Jupiter and his extraordinarily loving ways helped me to create a life that was made of love, and I let that guide me.

 And so when the time came for his physical life to end, I was able to feel all the pain, all the loss and sorrow that were contained within that love, and let love lead in that ending, which immediately became a beginning.

 I took care of Jupiter for 9 months before he died in my arms. The unconditional love I experienced through his mentoring allowed me to practice next with people, and I created such great love relationships as a result.

 After Jupiter left, he became a magnificent spirit guide for me, and that continues in all sorts of ways.

 When I met John in 2012, he said,

“I’m your Jupiter now. Not to replace him, but to join him in loving you.”

I immediately exclaimed, “ I hope that doesn’t mean you’re going to die!”

 Thankfully he didn’t die then.

John and I lived 4 more happy years together before his dying in my arms in 2016, after I’d taken care of him for 9 months.

 I met David in 2018, and Jupiter’s love mentoring helped me to keep my heart open and allow that great love IN after I’d tried to close my heart to love again.

 David & I are wildly creating and multiplying love in the world with each other, and to share.

 Do you have, or have you had animal love mentors?

I’d love to see a photo and read your words.

 

Love, 

SARK

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A Valentine LIFE

A Valentine LIFE

The whole concept of Valentine’s Day was not ever meant to be only for couples, or if it was, it’s missing out on a lot. If we’re going to have a celebration of love, let’s make it inclusive of EVERYone.

Loving ourselves truly so we can truly love others is the real valentine, and experiencing what I’m calling a Valentine Life, is available to everyone. 

I think a Valentine Life is one where we ongoingly blend and alchemize the wonderfull and the terrible things into a brand new mixture we can more easily use for healing and change. I call the life that results from practicing this: the “marvelous messy middle.”

In my marvelous messy middle life, I’m madly truly deeply in love with the world, myself and my quantum love partner David. I’m practicing alchemizing all the time, and live with love and joy as much as possible. 

Does that mean I don’t feel sad or in despair? Of course not! I experience deep anxiety and voluminous fears frequently and cry so often. There is SO MUCH TO GRIEVE. It can all seem so huge and insurmountable and awful and horrible and truly excruciatingly DREADfull.

And love is bigger.

Love is the true message and love transcends form and measurement.

Love of ourselves and other people, children, animals, and nature is all around all of us and reminding us all the time to fill up on love, to LIVE LOVE.

And we are made to fill ourselves up from the inside – because we are all succulent creatures. A succulent consistently gives itself the nourishment it needs.

There is no need to wait for love, as much as there is a need to create love. Love isn’t to be found as much as it is to be felt. 

Let the feelings of love and joy fill you from everywhere and then offer that to others and the world.

If you feel alone or lonely, feel those feelings by acknowledging them – say out loud or under your breath; 

“Loneliness, I see you, I hear you, I acknowledge you.” 

This allows loneliness to soften and change shape, and receive your love. When we tend and care for our feelings in this way, it builds a tremendous power and resilience.

We do need to feel all of our feelings – I believe we just don’t need to stay quite so long in the challenging feelings, or let those eclipse our feelings of love. Also of course, we aren’t meant to try to skip over the challenging feelings either. It’s all about integration, flow and movement.

Emotions are made to be in motion and we’re the activators and recipients of that motion.

Go forward in love with ALL the feelings in your emotional family, including loneliness and all the others, and live more like a full cup of self love, sharing your overflow with the world.

The world needs all the full cups we can get – not half empty cups trying to get filled with flowers or chocolates or declarations of love from others.

Flowers and chocolates and all else are good unto themselves, and best applied to yourself as your own source and creator of joy. 

Share a moment of your marvelous messy middle Valentine Life with me, I’ll love to hear. 

Love, 

SARK

p.s. What MAGNIFIES your joy & love? I’m going to be on Facebook Live(ly) next Tue/16th at 1pm (Pacific) to inspire your joy. Have a pen & paper with you if you can and we’ll playfully create something joyFULL together. 

Go HERE to register and you’ll receive a reminder and a glorious gift!! 

Here Comes Some Animated Love

Here Comes Some Animated Love

I’ve been loving zoom teaching since 2010, and since last year, I’ve zoomed more than ever. Representing the spirit of SARK is my full time gift and privilege. 

You will notice a lot going on in this photo of my screen from a few months ago.

My smile, a giant purple crayon, bright tulips in a festive vase, a juicy looking necklace, twinkly lights in my hair and a heart mirror above my head on the left. 

To the left of that heart are two SARK posters: How To Be An Artist and Being A Succulent Wild Woman. 

These are some of my many forms of offering love to you in this world – I’m committed to sharing love in an animated way, because it feels great to love the world as much as I can – even with VERVE and ELAN! I had to double check the definition to be sure it meant what I thought it did. 😉 

If you’ve read my books or posts, or read this Magic Blog for awhile, you know that I cry a lot too, and practice alchemizing and blending the wonderfull and terrible things together, into a healing mixture I can use & share. 

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up – I want to invite you to live a Valentine’s LIFE with me – it’s where you love what is as much as possible, and do your alchemizing work to create what will be. 

I just finished the first draft of my new book: Living (Mostly) Wonderfull: The Surprising *Gifts of Terrible Things. 

*gift locating is optional. 

This book has taken me the longest to write, and I’ll be editing it for awhile before it’s time to share with you. Meanwhile, I’ll be continuing to mentor, teach, create and share my animated love with you. 

I welcome any celebration of my first draft completion you might want to share, and I thank you! 

Love, 

SARK

p.s. I’m offering a Valentine’s LIFE Self Love Special! I wanted to add more color and love to your days and nights ahead and offer you a 25% discount on all 19 SARK Art Prints + 2 SARK Card Decks. Each of these are designed to be resonant messages of LOVE. 

Enjoy this luminous opportunity and scoop up the happiness HERE. This sale is on until Sat/6th midnight Pacific. 

Beginnings of SARK

Beginnings of SARK

Here I am at age 10, in Minneapolis Minnesota, in the tiny playhouse my grandfather (Boppa) had built for me. It had sliding glass windows, a linoleum floor and electricity, along with my dream of a “dutch door” where I could open the top door and peer out. I had described my dream of a tiny house to my Boppa.

On a sunny summer day in June, I stood on the front lawn with my best friend Missy, as a flatbed trailer drove slowly past my house, with a tiny house on the back! I started positively vibrating with excitement that it could be what I had dreamed about for so long- and it WAS.

Boppa mentored me in the best way- he believed in me and my creativity and let me know it, and I felt sheltered by his view. That shelter helped immensely as I was being molested at home, and this tiny playhouse became my refuge and creative retreat from those horrifying abuses. I’m wearing glasses because I developed a visual impairment due to the stress of this incest in our family. Much later on, my eyesight healed as I did.

This creative refuge and my Boppa’s belief in me also resulted in my writing my first book at age 10: Mice From Mars.

It was a thinly disguised abuse story about a mouse that comes to earth and is horrified by the kind of humans he finds, and returns to Mars. I like to say that the art in it is not too different from the art I create now 😉

Boppa also mentored me by asking me to be a “family reporter” on vacations and to write what I saw and experienced, and then perform it for he and my grandmother when I got home. This resulted in my being able to begin to speak, write and teach my creations.

Much later in my life, I went on to create all my bestselling books and art, and teach & mentor around the world. You might know that my name Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy stands for SARK, and in this tiny house were the beginnings of SARK, even though I didn’t find out about that miracle until many years later.

Who believed in you at a younger age, or believes in you now? How have you been mentored or guided in your life?

Love,

SARK

p.s. I’m reopening my small, private one to one Magical Mentoring program soon.

You can receive more information by signing up at this link. This particular offering is at a significant investment with significant results.

Beginnings of SARK

What We Must Do

Be happy.

Pure hearted happiness is revolutionary if we practice it in the midst of all of our other feelings and experiences. 

Here I am being re-MINDed on one of my daily miracle walks in San Francisco.

And when you can’t be happy, (which happens to me periodically throughout the days also) and in addition to being happy, here are some other “must do” opportunities. Here’s what I vote for, in addition to all the rest.

What we must do:

We must fail, we must regress.

We must love and be loved.

We must feel all of our feelings.

We must grieve.

We must quit.

We must resist and refuse and lie sobbing in bed at 3am.

We must help others.

We must investigate and develop awarenesses of our racist, sexist classist, ableist, capitalist, privileged existences and make essential and substantial changes, and keep making them.

We must learn.

We must rest.

We must nourish our bodies, our minds, our souls and our spirits.

We must grow.

We must heal.

We must refuse to participate in spiritual bypassing or toxic positivity.

We must allow our intuition to speak and listen to what it says and then take new actions.

We must transform critical inner dialogue to be more nourishing than that.

We must play and experience joy and happiness.

We must practice receiving as well as giving.

We must create for ourselves and for the benefit of all.

We must fail to do all of the above and be willing to begin again in new ways, over and over and over.

That’s why it’s called practice.

And of course in all our fabulous failures lives the magic, the miracles and the marvelous messy middle of it all. All the brave successes and achievements contain multitudinous failures.

We can do the new, we can do less, we can do nothing, and we can continue practicing no matter what.

We can love ourselves more in the midst, and learn to speak incredibly kindly to ourselves and then as a result, to others.

Let me know if you have other must do’s to add to the list, and what’s currently bringing you happiness, or what happiness you’re bringing!

Love, 

SARK

p.s. I’m delightfully happy to have Susan B. Katz, award-winning, bestselling author join me on FB Live(ly) next Thu, 28th @ 2pm Pacific, and you’re invited!

It’s a special mini-meditation class on Loving + Kindness and the REAL life benefits. If you want loving support right now, come and be in the loving stream of energy with other miraculous souls. Children are welcome! 

Sign Up HERE + you’ll receive a reminder, plus the recording.

More Revealings for the Healings

More Revealings for the Healings

Here we are in America, seeing and experiencing such intense devastation in the aftermath of the riots in Washington last week, and white supremacy dominant all around. It feels truly heartbreaking to witness and experience all the divisive and cruel behaviors and actions right now, and I continue to believe that the terrifying revealings of all of these are absolutely necessary for all the healings to begin to occur.

The most mighty shadows are being exposed now more than ever, and we are faced with all that we are not, or not yet, and where new kinds of visioning is required. And of course it’s not only America that needs reVISIONing. 

New awarenesses, accountability and action taking are all being called for as we start to dismantle all that hasn’t worked for all, for so very long.

I wrote a Magic Blog on Nov 12 called the United States of Avoidance, about how accountability must come before unity, and if you want to read that, you can find it here.

As we navigate through these dangerous days, I believe that we are being called to live more fully inside of our hearts than ever before.

Here’s a piece of art from one of my journals. It’s my visual response about what the heart might look like, seen from the inside out. I see connection and love as primary, which also necessitates staying grounded and teachable as we respond to conditions inside ourselves, and the world, and all that we don’t know how to handle.

One of the ways to begin to heal ourselves, and consequently the world, involves facing and feeling ALL the feelings in our emotional families.

And we must be willing to keep asking and receiving support for change and growth, as a result of feeling these feelings – you probably know that I also believe and teach that great mental health is primary to being able to keep going and growing.

I send you willingness, grace, fortitude and resiliency as we keep proceeding inward and forward.

If you wish, let me know what you are sending out as you learn and grow, and what’s something your heart is guiding you to do or be?

Love, 

SARK

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SARK’s NEWest Year Blessing

SARK’s NEWest Year Blessing

Bless this newest Year. Bring the oldest you along.

If you want a truly NEW year, become the newest oldest you, and blend the two together and go forward with ALL of you, and let us all see and know that you.

Start NOW or forever hold your pieces.

Because of course it is always now.

 “The opposite of old is not young. The opposite of old is new. As long as we can experience the new, we will gloriously inhabit all of the ages that we are, and welcome all of the dreams that we have”

 I created these words to inspire myself and others to allow and practice the NEW as much as possible, whatever age you might be.

I often try to cling to whatever is more familiar and perhaps not my most alive choice. The most alive choice often feels scary – fizzy or makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This is where your creative dreams live.

 Reflect on one thing you are feeling afraid of and one thing you are reveling in.

 I’m afraid of anxiety running wild & I’m blending and alchemizing these experiences and others into my “marvelous messy middle” life. 

 I’m reveling in the explorations of my soul, and drenching myself in what fills my soul as much as possible, and spending more time there.

 In this NEW year, may you rediscover and experience all the wisdom that you gathered in this last year, and apply it again freshly and fully and newly this year.

 If you became an activist, deepen it. If you resisted activism, let yourself soften and see what kind actually fits you and your actual life.

 If you tried and failed at something, congratulate yourself for the reaching and readjust your approach. Tune your vision to receive in new ways.

 If you wanted and it was not given, ask, ask again differently and practice receiving. 

 If grief or grieving are surrounding you, let yourself be consumed by the waves, and let your love and loving be multiplied.

 If you felt furious, heartsick, lonely, despairing, frightened or baffled, thank you for being human and living your life.

 If you felt euphoric, joyfilled, satisfied, successfull, resolved and complete, share it and help others.

 Happy happy NEWEST Year and blessings to all the other ones too. 

I send you my most soul full loving illuminations.

 

Love, 

SARK

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Built to Love

Built to Love

My love partner David arrived to our lunch table wearing this post it on his T-shirt.

And of course two tiny rainbows hopped on for emphasis.

He had received this message in one of his daily communions with God & spirit, and had written these words in his journal, and then wanted to share them creatively with me. 

Love loves loving, and love loves moving through us. In that way, we are all built for love and for loving. 

Thank you to everyone that celebrated our love union on an anniversary I posted about recently- it’s so wonderfull to celebrate love and loving.

I think there can also be a “tyranny of couples” where we imagine that “if only we could find love with another” life might somehow be easier, better, or more romantic. And it can be, and often is wonderfull to be part of a couple, and we must all practice solo too.

When I was soulfully single, I practiced in these soul loving ways, and romanced myself. I am continuing to do that with myself and in partnership with David.

One of our main commitments to ourselves and each other is to tend to our own alignment before reaching out to the other. This means we spend time separately tending to our own souls, so that we can truly be together when we are. We live in a fairly small space, so it means that we get creative to be able to do so. 

And I’m practicing this kind of “intimacy with myself” in new ways while we’re together too. 

In what ways are you built for love?

How are you practicing loving yourself while loving others?

In what ways is love moving through you?

Let me know if you wish, and know that I’m all-ways practicing.

Love, ever love,

SARK

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Happy Thanks~Grieving

Happy Thanks~Grieving

Here we are in America, at Thanks~Giving time, and in the world all-ways giving thanks.

I think of it as Thanks~Grieving too.

It might seem odd to give thanks for grieving, yet I believe it is generative to be gratefull for the grieving as much as we acknowledge all the love that is woven through it.

My deeper experiences with grieving started with the death of my beloved former fiancé John in 2016, and a book I began writing with the working title of “Deeply Grieving, Wildly Living.” I believe we are made to do both together, like bird wings.

We are all grieving in one or more ways, for a myriad of losses. It is not only death that calls for grieving.

I wish that grieving were more ordinarily spoken of, and that we would support ourselves and others in openly grieving, while also giving all thanks for all we have. You can do this by speaking of and acknowledging others grieving, and grieve your own losses as you move through life.

The naming of, and the awareness of grieving, will shapeshift the subject forward for all to benefit from. Grieving gathers helpers and angels too. I believe and know from experience, that angels are in attendance whether we believe in them or not. 

“Clusters of Angels

All along your path

Wherever you go

There are

Clusters of angels

On a mission

These angels

Surround your soul

Wherever you go

Whatever happens” 

I want to recognize the many many people who have been, or are going through challenging times, who feel confused, alone, lost, or scared in the world today- which is all of us at one time or another, and many more people than ever as we all experience this global pandemic time.

I want to share my love and transcendent wishes for people to be able to also deeply grieve while living and loving.

Here’s a VERY partial list of my recipients. 

Please add yours to the comments if you wish.

I am sending love and transcendence to:

  • Everyone in this global pandemic, and all the families who have experienced the death of loved ones or health challenges as a result, and all the essential workers in hospitals and every other realm
  • All the teachers teaching virtually in new ways and all the parents adjusting and helping their children to adjust 
  • All businesses lost or closed
  • All affected by wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other planetary expressions
  • All who feel lonely, or forgotten or without hope
  • All experiencing inner critics without supervision or translation
  • All who feel unlovable, unloved or unseen
  • All concerned, conflicted, despairing,  frustrated and or fed up with political outcomes and irreconcilable differences
  • All who rise for social justice and keep rising
  • All who know that the political is the personal
  • All who go beyond the personal to work for a mighty vision for change
  • All who think they can’t
  • All who feel ignored, repressed, closed out, treated unkindly or unfairly
  • All who experience racism
  • All unaware of their racism
  • All educating themselves and others about privilege, racism, and the immense necessary changes needed
  • All who experience sexism
  • All who are other gendered and feel unknown 
  • All who experience ableism
  • All who judge
  • All who feel and are judged unfairly
  • All who are feeling suicidal
  • All who are hiding or scared 
  • All who are ill or in pain in any form
  • All disconnected from their wisdom and power
  • All who fear
  • All who fear fear
  • All who deny, resist, avoid and repress their feelings 
  • All who refuse to face facts
  • All who say science isn’t real
  • All who believe in only what can be seen
  • All who struggle against great obstacles to build a better world 
  • All who quit because of fear, doubt or worry
  • All who cry alone unendingly
  • All who try to stop or apologize for their tears and say “I’m sorry” for being human
  • All who experience violence from the hands or guns of another 
  • All who feel forgotten, misunderstood, or unseen
  • All who are trapped, imprisoned or wrongly accused
  • All who wonder why they’re here
  • All who know why they’re here and yet sometimes despair at the time it will take to transform themselves and the world
  • All who live, love and practice in the marvelous messy middle of life, and help others to do so too

All BEings

All ways

All the time. 

Feel free to share this writing with others- let’s openly welcome grieving and mix it liberally with our loving, and our living. 

Love,

SARK

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The Art of Heart Opening

The Art of Heart Opening

About 2 years ago, David moved from his home in Massachusetts to my home in San Francisco- he had lived in California for most of his life before that.

We met on my “Inspiration Phone” line (415 546 3742) and grew in love talking on the phone for months before we met.

Here we are 2 years ago in this photo- I love my messy hair and our smiling faces.

I count it as one of my voluminous miracles that I opened my heart again and let love IN.

I had asked for the miracle of an epic love, and it happened. And I didn’t ask for epic love to arrive when my heart was closed.

I had to open my heart.

My dear friend Val had asked me not to close my heart after John died, and I replied that it was too late- I had already closed it.

She calmly said, “You can always open it again.”

And somehow, I did.

Of course it was a messy process, full of stops, starts and stutters. And sometimes refusals.

At first I just peered out and quickly closed it again.

Then I practiced with energy medicine and EFT, and my heart stayed open longer.

Then I got scared and closed my heart again.

Then I wrote and shared something called “I’m Dating the World,” and my heart expanded and opened.

And David read what I had written and called me, and I called him back! We communed for hours right away.

It was an outright miracle and my heart bloomed even more open.

It’s open almost all-ways now as David & I live, love and continue to create our mostly wonderfull life together. I say mostly because it’s an art to practice, and keep practicing.

I realize now that all through my life, I’ve closed and opened my heart, and asked for miracles.

Sometimes it appears that the miracle doesn’t appear- certainly the form changes often from what I originally envisioned or asked for. Sometimes I can’t receive what I’ve asked for, or don’t know how to.

My willingness to ask and keep asking, and then receive what comes, has grown ever stronger over these many years.

My “miracle vision” is tuned to SEE the miracles, and ask for more.

And of course the realest miracle is YOU.

We are made for miracles, and our hearts are made to open- again and again. 

Let me know how your heart is moving and what you’re loving these days in our wildly precious earth lives~

Love,

SARK

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