I met Peyton Turner as I was working on creating the Spring 2022 issue of the JMB Living Journal. Peyton is an artist that performs intuitive paintings guided by channeled spiritual meaning. She lives in Louisville, KY and can be found as the artist-in-residence at KOZY in New Albany, IN.
I’d been so excited with how beautifully the artwork of Briana Ariel had looked in the winter issue of the journal that I knew I wanted to highlight more artists in future issues. I stumbled across Peyton’s Instagram page and instantly knew she was someone I wanted to connected with. It was such a delight to meet Peyton over a cup of coffee and learn more about how she creates her paintings. When I told her that I’d love to feature her art in a future journal issue, she offered to do an intuitive painting with a message for JMB Living. Of course I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to see how this would unfold.
The following is a guest blog by Peyton about her experience creating the piece and its meaning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Guest Blog by: Peyton Turner
If you are on a spiritual path, then you know this one fundamental truth: it’s no joke. Every glorious day in the sun is only possible after a dark night of the soul. Over and over again, we unearth our shadows; and there are plenty to last a lifetime. It’s a cycle that is continuous and, at times, relentless.
Why, then, do we even begin? Why embark upon a spiritual path of growth when growth means that there is always another storm to endure or demon to slay?
As a spiritual mentor and guide, I am not immune to the pains of the shadows. In my early days, I did everything I could to stay out of the darkness. I tried to avoid it. It found its way to my door. I tried to rush through the visit. The darkness made itself at home. I tried to fight it. The darkness barely flinched. No matter what I tried, I could not change its agenda. Once I realized it wasn’t going anywhere, I pulled up a chair and we sat face to face. Not sure what to do next, I decided to ask it a question.
“What are you here to teach me?”
This was revolutionary.
We sat together, my shadow and I. As it told its story, I learned about forgiveness, grace, and resilience. It showed me how its presence had made me wiser and stronger. By the time it was done, I was so moved by all it had to teach me that I embraced my shadow, loving it as a dear friend. What had felt like a last ditch effort for survival turned out to be the key to my salvation. And then, just as unexpectedly as it arrived, the darkness left. Rays of sun peaked through the curtains, warming a happier (and much wiser) me.
This journey of spiritual growth is the inspiration behind my newest painting, “The Phoenix”.