Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Maria is a beautiful, highly sensitive, and empathic 7-year old girl. She has very deep brown colored eyes that draw you in, while reflecting back a lot of light and clarity. She is also the daughter of a dear friend; who told me that Maria was drawn to my painting titled The Eyes of Love, which I published on my website in October 2019.
Her mother asked me if I could print a copy of the painting. Since I had not printed any of my paintings before, I tried at home, at a couple of professional printing locations, and even on different types of paper, but I found it difficult to ‘capture’ the essence (or the feelings) of the artwork in a printed copy. It just didn’t feel right or the same. So, I decided to paint a new one for Maria.
When I started to draw the Merkaba (the 6-pointed star), I found it curious that I was guided to use different measurements, for some of the angles and lines, than the ones I had used in the original drawing. I was also guided to draw the eyes differently; and to use different colors from the one I had drawn before. Even though at times it felt awkward to change it, I trusted it was the ‘right way’ and dimensions. Throughout the days that I worked on it, a lot of information came through for Maria’s mother. I wrote it down so I could share it with her.
I have a love and growing interest in sacred geometry and gematria. Numbers and symbols speak (communicate) a deep and rich language that carries codes and information beyond time and space. I had been learning, throughout 2019, that most of my artwork has precise mathematical significance whose meaning would unfold in the drawing process. The images usually arrive in my mind as very basic outlines and only when I start drawing and painting do they come alive with numerical values, messages and colors.
I was guided to show the painting to my friend (the mother) first. I explained the four numerical values that I wrote down and their correlation to the drawing. The length of the triangle that makes up the merkaba is 16, the length of the ‘ears’ is 6, the shape of the outer eye is 5 and inner eye 21. Since I am a trained Soul Plan and Soul Transformation Therapist, I decided to use my Soul Plan Archetypal Tarot Deck to show her the corresponding symbol to each number; while relaying the messages I had written down. The information resonated with her and it gave her insights into her daughter’s highly empathic and sensitive nature. It also confirmed that she was on the right track with her daughter.
I found the numbers quite curious and wondered whether they matched both of their soul plans, so I asked my friend if I could look at their soul plan charts and read them together. It turned out that the 16(7) is the mother’s Soul Destiny and it is also Maria’s Worldly Talent in this life. In Soul Plan, the energy of the number 16 is about bringing spiritual frequencies and the love vibration to others in an authentic and ‘down to earth’ manner; and the number 7 is related to integration which is about trusting with an open heart to make magnetic connections. They are both working together to inspire others in a way that is uplifting above and beyond our conditioned eyes; to help others see with unconditional love; and to feel nourished and connected with their true essence.
The number 6 energy is about thought and creativity. This energy, when in balance, is about clear focus for the flow of the universe’s creativity. Maria’s mother always has paper and colored pencils readily available because she knows that it is what Maria loves to do most, but also what helps her stay focused and balanced with her emotions. When Maria is in this creative flow of energy, it is when she can best ‘listen’ to her own voice, feel centered, grounded (present), with herself and with others around her.
It was no surprise to see that Maria’s mother carries the strongest Earth vibration as a Spiritual Talent which would help Maria with grounding. She mentioned that she always felt she could help her daughter in ways that the medical profession could not fully (yet); and, therefore, had decided to learn as much as she could through alternative and holistic methods. Among many things, my friend had recently trained as a Reiki practitioner to help her daughter balance her emotions and ground her high vibrational energy.
The outer eye (#5) is about Spirit & Freedom. This energy is pioneering, visionary and has the ability to express spiritual connection. In Soul Plan, this energy appears as a challenge for Maria. However, in a relationship with her mother, Maria’s challenge helps her mother trust her inner voice; the voice that tells her what is best for Maria. Maria is helping her mother to see her without any doubt. She is helping her mother connect with her inner wisdom and guidance; and to trust her intuition which can be challenging at times for my friend; also expressed in her soul plan.
When we follow this path of inner trust we build endurance which is reflected in the numerical value of the inner eye as 21(3); and with endurance, intelligence, and great inner strength, we are able to communicate clearly that which resides deep within our heart. Our heart is our greatest channel of creative expression. This is from where our inherent wisdom wishes to communicate freely and openly without judgement.
This energy of endurance and expression is my friend’s Worldly Talent. Where Maria may sometimes struggle to communicate clearly what she feels (as most highly empathic children do), or where others may misunderstand Maria’s moods and behavior, her mother can help Maria communicate, or communicate confidently on her behalf. My friend is, therefore, also teaching others how to ‘understand’ what Maria is feeling and why. Maria is helping her mother learn to trust her feelings; and believe in herself that she is on the right path with all she is doing to help her.
My friend and I were emotional when we saw the correlation and direct significance to their soul plans; and their mother/daughter relationship in this lifetime. It was clear that Maria is communicating to us and teaching us from a dimensional space that sees beyond our two physical eyes; and taps into soul wisdom that is helping us to re-member to keep coming back to our feeling center, to our heart center, to the space where the connection through our heart only knows truth.
An empath is a highly sensitive individual, who has a keen ability to sense what people are thinking and feeling. All children are born with this ability; and therefore all humans are empathic beings. However, empathy is experienced as a spectrum; and the degree or depth to which one feels depends on a person’s experience, particularly in their early childhood years, but also the soul’s journey and choices made before coming into this life.
Those who were born with their ‘feeling’ center wide open don’t always understand what they are feeling and many times they are feeling what another person can’t feel within themselves. Very empathic people cut through the ‘blocked’ layers of another person, but because the other person may not be aware, or exhibit any of the visual characteristics, it is quite confusing for the highly sensitive individual.
If a highly sensitive individual expresses what they feel they may be told by the other person that they are overreacting, or that they are too emotional, or that they’ve got it wrong. The person who has not yet become aware of their own trauma will push back or get defensive; and the empath who has not learned about their gifts will feel misunderstood by others but also by themselves.
If you say these words (and project negative emotions) to a child who is still learning through observation – where all they observe, experience, and feel is programmed into their subconscious mind; then they will take these comments and negative feelings on as a limiting belief. With time the child’s feeling center will slowly start to close up, or they may find numbing outlets as young adults or throughout their life.
Furthermore, they may store the emotions they felt from others as their own and then carry them into adulthood until they (hopefully) learn, or seek help, to tap into their subconscious mind again and ‘unlearn’ all the conditioning and limiting beliefs. Being consciously aware of a limiting belief is very different than healing it at its root. Knowing a trauma does not necessarily resolve it. It will continue to show up in your life as a pattern until you go to the incident and transmute the energy at its root.
There are many high vibrational souls coming into this world in the last few decades and many with genetic conditions, as well, that doctors are yet to understand. However, there are many parents who know that they must do more to help their children and give them a ‘voice’. They can do this by tapping into their soul wisdom and searching for alternative and holistic methods (that also compliment any conventional intervention) to re-connect at soul level so they can hear the whispers and trust their intuition without a doubt.
Maria, and many children like her, are teaching us to feel and to learn what if means to feel; to truly feel connected without relying on external sources or validation; and to see with our hearts and not through our ‘conditioned’ eyes. Our conditioned eyes are eager to label, identify, and blame others, but we must move away from this way of thinking that only lends itself to more conditioning and trauma. We all know how to do this, but we have forgotten.
When we feel different or wrong in how we feel, we start to put protective layers around ourselves (creating a series of ‘false selves’) like masks in order to ‘relate’ and not feel different or wrong. This is how we start to feel disconnected from ourselves, from our true essence, and then many spend a large chunk of our lives ‘undoing’ and reconnecting. Feeling disconnected can lead to embodiment trauma and all sorts of traumas that impact the individual throughout their life. This, in turn, will naturally extend to the collective group.
To understand empathy we also need to change the way we are conditioned to think of trauma and ourselves. If you have any negative physical or emotional condition, or are triggered by anyone or anything, then you have a form of trauma. It is not a bad thing, it is part of being human. However, it is how we react and respond that makes the difference and it is the responsibility we take to do the inner work that makes the difference. Our conditioning and lack of understanding trauma is what labels it as bad and keeps individuals and societies alienated from themselves.
When we understand trauma within ourselves, we are able to then view all else with compassion. Empathy is the emotional path of understanding what you feel; and compassion is the ability to rise above your emotions and understand why you have trauma and then relate with other humans with compassion.
How amazing would it be if we could all help our children with this level of understanding, so they (and we) do not feel different and disconnected? How wonderful would it be for parents to take on the responsibility to heal themselves from any past or ancestral traumas (emotions) they carry in their cellular structure so that they can connect with the best version of themselves? So, then, they can ‘show up’ for their children in the most loving and balanced way; and no longer project their ‘hurts’ or limiting beliefs onto the next generation of humans.
I am grateful to Maria and her mother for the incredible privilege and gift of drawing Maria’s Eyes of Love and for teaching me that my compass has always been, and will always be, within my heart; and for allowing me to share this message and image with others. I invite you to look into Maria’s eyes of love and feel what you feel. What is she teaching you? What is she teaching us as a collective?
When I finally showed the painting to Maria I asked her, “What do you see?” and she said, “My mommy”.
Words from Maria's mother in Testimonials.
My dear friend Yass, First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love, time and dedication you have gifted Maria and myself. I am still trying to take in the immense and unexpected teachings that your beautiful drawing has brought to our household; more precisely, to the relationship between Maria and I. As the saying goes: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ I sense/know (!) that the more I read the words accompanying the drawing, the more I will learn about us, our relationship, journey together, and our mission. I always knew Maria has chosen to come to our family to teach us something, but I didn’t quite realize how much! So many things have become clear to me in such a short period of time. Maria absolutely loves her drawing. I know she can’t quite express in words what it means to her, but even though it has only been a few days since you gifted it to her, I can see there is a before and after Maria’s Eyes of Love; in the most positive ways. So, again, thank you for your help opening my eyes so I can better see into Maria’s eyes of pure and immense love. Maria’s Eyes of Love was finished on December 29, 2019 and given to Maria as a gift on January 1, 2020.
*All images are copyrighted © by Yassica Ferrer. Images published by the artist can be downloaded and used with permission from the artist.
**Soul Plan Archetypal Tarot Deck is a tool used by Soul Transformation Therapists trained at the Holistic Healing College in London [↩]
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