Kuan Yin, known as the Chinese Goddess of Compassion or “She Who Hears the Cries of the World,” has played a major role in my spiritual awakening and personal healing, and is a constant presence in my healing work with others. She is known for helping to bring about “everyday miracles,” rather than the “out-of-the-blue” kind, and is typically depicted with much flowing grace and softness.
In painting Kuan Yin’s image, I used lots of glazing medium relative to the actual amount of paint, another new experience for me. The semi-transparent layers of color create a pearly, inner glow, matching my experience of her energy.
Because her image is clearly not Oriental, and with our present-day cultures becoming more and more of a melting pot, she’s entitled Modern Day Kuan Yin. She hangs in the healing room of my home, where clients often remark on her comforting, gentle presence.
Reprinted with permission from Goddess Heart Rising: Paintings, Poems & Meditations for Activating Your Divine Potential, copyright Roslyn McGrath, 2014.