Annapurna Woman Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman
How do you start your day?
With hope, with joy, with love. Sometimes tears. With art. With conscious alignment to the Divine. With stumbling and shinings and wonderings and wanderings. With so, so much gratitude. With creaky knees and wild hair. With Rumi and ragas, hugs and questions. With the language of birds, sun salutations, candles and sage, sacred conversations—sometimes with others; acknowledgments to ancestors and loved ones and spirits. In quiet attention, to what aches, to what ails, to what needs, to what sustains.
I try to remember to pray. And to release. I rarely remember to just surrender.
And still, it’s all holy.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
Creating art is my sanctuary and refuge, always. If I feel stressed or on-edge, I create and let my self dramatically and spectacularly fall into a dark ink abyss; I keen and wail in crimson and violet, or cry quiet, grey-blue tears that no one knows. And somehow, I emerge in color, refreshed and renewed from the catharsis of that act. I pour myself into my life, which is the sacred space of my art.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Violet silhouettes of mountains, the shadows of birds on wild grass, the ebb and flow of a lover’s breathing. Connecting with soul. All of these things can—anything can—but it requires awareness and presence and surrender. Else, you’re just driving down the road.
So true bliss stems from the ability to be present in the moment, where the wondrous things occur waiting for witness. Humble witness begets infinite inspiration. And that’s where all creation truly begins.
What are you currently reading?
Hildegaard de Bingen’s “Scivias’. “Art as Spiritual Activity”—Steiner. Coleman Banks’ Rumi. “Biocentricism” by Robert Lanza.
What are you listening to right now?
Sitar ragas and thunder and the crackling of a quietly dying candle trying to bring itself back to life.
I am listening to my heart rooting for that candle.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Roasted beets. Scrub and then wrap the beets in foil and roast in a hot oven for about 40 minutes. Unwrap them, slice and drizzle with oil and balsamic vinegar, sea salt, cracked pepper and a blur of goat cheese. Crusty, artisan bread on the side. Eaten al fresco, preferably within the view of snow-peaked mountains and squawking ravens.
Few things are so divine that we are worthy of.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
I drink daily from the waters here in Manitou—we have eleven different springs , each one offering a different composition and alkalinity. This was holy ground—“Manitou” actually means “Spirit,” and ancient tribes would lay their weapons down to come and partake of the waters. So a lot of time spent is simply absorbing the essence and atmosphere of this magical realm. I also walk through the mountains, do oil pulling, meditation, yoga, conscious breathwork, practice healthful eating and live in harmony with nature as much as I can.
And I do, admittedly, let loose now and again with the occasional banshee scream.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Like a woman that’s had just enough chocolate and too much love.
How do you make space for play?
By making my life that space.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
I love you.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
Learn worship. Forgive yourself. Remember how much you are loved and why you are here: You are the breath-expression of eternity in human form, a creature so extraordinary that angels wonder over, visit often and bless much. You—are an amazing, incredible, exquisite being of extraordinary light! Be aware. be humble, be willing. Carry only what you need and love what you have. "Gnothi Seauton”—Know thyself: Know your nature, know your passion, know your purpose. Know your time. The power of creation is within you.
Forgive with generosity those that do not love you. Resist deception. Let others in. Be naked. Be truthful. Be right. Floss. Send everyone that you come in contact with a silent blessing. Treat your body as the sacred temple that it is. Find your tribe.
It all comes down to love.
Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman, aka She Who Is, is a spiritual artist, writer and teacher who merges technology with classical mediums to create new interpretations which serve as offerings and prayers to the Divine.
Her body of work spans a variety of forms, exploring shamanic and mythological constructs through art and talisman to create a (third) phenomena, or magical reality. This augmentation of discrete phenomena is dedicated to the celebration of the Divine, and an offering of beauty and praise to the sacred, invisible world that gives us life.
She also creates customized soul portraits and soul mandalas using the geometry of numerology and astrological data which reflect the energetic signature of individual consciousness, and are used to balance the mind and focus energies as well as serve as a lifelong and personal conduit of cosmic truths.
She Who Is Giveaway!
Lisbeth is offering a generous custom soul-portrait to one blessed reader of Annapurna Living. In order to comply with federal regulations, this giveaway is open to US residents age 18 or older. Please read the terms and conditions supplied in the giveaway service below before entering! This giveaway ends at 12 AM September 21, 2015. Due to the custom nature of this art, please allow 6 weeks or more for delivery.