I came across something the other day in my selten “remem’ry drawer” that was both endearingly funny and insightful. This particular drawer that most mothers have somewhere in their houses is where they place things to “remem’ry” about their children’s lives. At least, that’s what my siblings and I (there are 6 of us) named this drawer when we were much younger – a combination of remember and memory – which was actually located in the bottom of my dad’s dresser.
This special drawer holds report cards – good and bad alike – sweet and tender notes written in crayon for Mother’s Day or birthdays, shockingly bad grade school photos that only a mother could love, and other such charming mementos of a son or daughter’s childhood to cherish from time to time. The funny and insightful object I mentioned earlier was my signature when I was about 12 written in neat cursive with the letter “F” in Flynn in the traditional boat-with-a-cap-on-it style and it read: “Lizanne Flynn, The Great Artist”. I think I was typical in my desires at that point in my life as is every other girl – to have a horse and be an artist. Our young feminine fantasies are the stuff of gossamer and lace and gifts of roses from adoring fans who marvel at both our talent and the product of that talent, be in it art or horseback-riding.
I’ve dabbled in many forms of creativity over the years – watercolor painting, crocheting (I still do this), jewelry-making (I still do that) to name a few. Others, such as pottery and painting with acrylics or oils I’ve yet to attempt – maybe someday. They all pale in comparison to the richness of color, complexity of medium, and daunting challenge of completely finishing a piece that is the essence of the art of animal communication. You see, energy is my medium and specifically the energy created by both human and non-human animals, sentient beings alike, complete with spiritual lives and lessons to be learned together. The work of art co-created and facilitated by an animal communicator has a life-long ripple effect for both animal and guardian as it is gilded with love and compassion for self and the other at the same time.
Attention to technique is sometimes involved at the beginning of an art project for instance, by using the correct mixture of clay and water as in pottery. There might be the preparation of the canvas with water or other substances. There’s the selection of colors and paintbrushes, or yarn and hook or needle. Last but not least is, of course, subject matter. “What is to be created, what meaning will it have and how do I want it to be interpreted? What sort of emotion do I want my visual piece of creation to call forth from the observer? Am I trying to call attention to a cultural issue within our society or do I just want to create a picture of fall because it’s my favorite season?” Yes, the scope is that broad and oftentimes just as formidable. Still, the creative voice within the artist perseveres and knows no rest until it is released from within and outwardly shared.
Once the tools are assembled the creative flame sparks and catches fire. At first the flames are small and low in number needing fuel from within the individual to continue burning. It is an assortment of talents and skills that are called forth perhaps unconsciously by the artist to provide the very breath the fire craves. These things lie dormant within an “other” space existing in all of us that is capable of such great feats of creativity it would be a shame not to visit it from time to time if only to reveal to ourselves our deep and divine potential. It is within this “other” space that an animal communicator works in creating their particular piece of art consisting of the interpretation of pictures, words, and feelings from non-human sentient beings, the animals.