Welcoming May with a fresh collection featuring Raw Emerald - May's Birthstone. The energy and word that comes to mind with this collection is Symbiosis. The greens and black values of raw emerald remind me of growth as well. When I think of symbiosis - relationships are the centerpiece. This can mean relationships with ourselves, one another, the world, our environment, specific objects -- all of it. Not all of our relationships will be romantic or even with people. Not all of our relationships will be happy or cohesive. Some are more spiritual or metaphysical. An important relationship to note is the one you have with yourself.
I've been thinking a lot about the relationships in my life and how I can improve or work on them to become more peaceful -- even if it's not outwardly beneficial to me. Even if the improvements aren't so much as actions but realizations. All perspectives and experiences are valid, even if we don't agree and beyond that, we all still have a right to live a happy life; regardless of our disagreements. Always being 'liked' is not what is best for us or the world for that matter.
It's important that we disagree, have a solid debate, and still live symbiotically. We don't need to tear one another or ourselves down for being different. Our differences have so much potential to improve our world. These are keys to finding middle ground that might suit us all. That's our ability and privilege as conscious beings. It's all about how we channel our energy. (Yes YOU can channel YOUR energy into the changes you want to see, even in your lifestyle or across the globe!)
That's why this collection also reminds me of growth. Not just because of the color palette but because of the energy emitting from the gemstone Emerald. Growth is important to focus on but also necessary for us to mature and evolve! The feeling of growth is not always pleasant but the benefits of working with your growth instead of against it is... Organic. It's our inherent ability to grow. Think about it, we are constantly reproducing cells in our bodies, thoughts in our minds, making actions, and creating 'things'. The luscious greens of Emerald remind me of the freshness and strength of growing. The naturalness of it. It's okay for us to change. We don't have to stay the same and in fact, from one moment to the next, we literally aren't the same!
This collection is inviting us to embrace ourselves for our uniqueness and inherent ability to grow all the time. It is also encouraging us to embrace that quality in one another! We can change and others do too! It is happening all the time. Know that we assist one another as well as ourselves through moments of transition. There are times when we are leaders by example; others when we learn from what we watch. Never fear standing out or being on your own. It can be an incredibly valuable lesson for yourself and anyone who may see what you're doing. We have the power to speak to one another from a place of love, experience, and wisdom. Share your experiences with the world, when you can. It could save us all or even change the world one person at a time. Being different is valuable AND NATURAL. Thinking for yourself should not exclude you from the world or its communities. This is how we can generate an inclusive future. Embracing that naturalness of growth, change, and our differences from one moment to the next! <3
I hope you are blessed with abundance in your scarce areas.
Be well, laugh lots, find reasons to smile.
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About the Author & Artist
Megan LaCroix also known as Citrine is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. She’s lived all over the US but has roots in Michigan where her family is from. Spending summers in Northern Michigan exploring nature inspired her to create art work starting with jewelry and photography. She’d spend hours looking for rocks and creating assorted beaded jewelry with her sisters. In 2014 She graduated from University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA then moved to Detroit where she is currently living and working. She is a multi-media artist with ever expanding skills but is best known for her jewelry, screen printing, photography, and paintings. Detroit Graffiti has a significant influence on her painting and drawing style. She’s participated in ArtPrize 2015 & 2021 and currently has a studio in the Village Arts Factory of Canton, MI.