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The Captivating Energy of Art is a Puzzling Affair

The dynamic world of light interacts with consciousness. For the most part, we know very little, yet take its power for granted. All in all, as the sun’s radiance filters through the darkness, it showers a captivating energy substance our way. Now, this is called “The Great Memory” or Akashic Records.

 Portrait art can reflect higher wisdom that’s part of this “Great Memory”,

as the artist draws upon the subject’s timeless messages for all.

Now, thank goodness I had faith and an imagination when this part of my journey began. As the old saying goes: It’s easier said than done. But me? Lumalight creator and color therapy educator, a writer and now a portrait artist?

So, I scratched my head and began an uncharted path.

The following describes an experience that had changed my life.



Spiritual history vs. vision board

spectrahue vision blackboardFor decades, ancient manuscripts and rare books from original thinkers and “those who dared to be different!” nourished me. Looking back now, each learning experience about them blended perfectly into The Spectrahue Method. Now, this  includes my creation of Lumalight (color therapy tools!)

A while back, as I nixed the idea of a new year “vision board”, supposedly to affirm how I see my future, my life took an about–face. It’s as if I was spiraling back (and still am!) to face the mysterious teachings that make-up my spiritual history.

Needless to say, my life turned into a mystical initiation whirlwind. Which, I had to make time for in my daily life routines!

In other words, I’m tapping into: The Great Memory’s recall. In reality, these incredible souls had existed thousands of years ago (Before Common Era), and up into the 20th century.

Most times, I am not sure who is next in my sketch pad..

Clearly there was no template or tracks to follow, but I had trust.



A pencil in hand captures inspiring ideas

Manly Palmer Hall Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Manly Palmer Hall Portrait

I was filled with creativity while drawing portraits of my top influencers. And, by using graphite pencils with a range of darkness from light grey to black and rich starry colors, stirred up my curiosity of the deep blue universe.

First and foremost, they were all literary, poetic and artistic achievers that had left an impression upon humanity, which I began remembering in this quest.

Well, here’s how I did it.

  1. To start, my writing instruments quickly made way for drawing tools.
  2. Then, their portraits were filtered out of the shadows and into the shine.
    – Metaphorically, they are symbolic of 32 steps on my journey.
  3. But there was so much more….

My hand–drawn portraits glow with spiritual energy & ancient wisdom.

In fact, even Lumalight tools create energy patterned art in the aura.

Coincidently, I wrote about starting over in my book: Ripples: A Novel



Graphite drawings of incredible writers

Nikola Tesla Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Nikola Tesla Portrait

Then, the universal clock struck; it was a calling from out-of-the-starry-blue sky. An unusual urge overcame me. So, I took action and bundled up.

Yes! I braved a Canadian winter storm on foot to pick up: a quality drawing pad and a graphite pencil set. Oh yes, and accessories such as erasers and measuring tools. Next, came colored pencils that soon captured the auras’ hidden messages within my portraits.

My first drawing attempt: A unicorn that I saw months earlier in a night vision! In that moment, I had a hunch it was a sign….

I was right! Simply by referencing a Leonardo da Vinci sketch of this mystical creature, something strange began to happen with each pencil stroke.

That is to say, I was drawn (literally!) into a process of spiritual initiation through art. Eagerly, day in day out, using the ancient Hermes–Thoth’s saying “as above so below,” I drew with an unyielding willpower.

Discover more: Nikola Tesla inspired my Golden Light Series



Life changing memories came back to mind

Arthur Edward Waite Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Arthur Edward Waite Portrait

Well, I must admit, this was (and still is!) a very daunting and laborious task of transforming into a portrait artist. Only after a few final highlights of a specific drawing, the answer to “why?” came in a dream.

We’re all intuitively guided, but this process is still super puzzling to me. Thankfully, each portrait is a reward with its revealing insights about myself.

Simply put: I am putting together a network of paths in my own life maze. It’s as if each portrait is a puzzle piece of a spiritual–awakening process.

Ultimately, this mind-maze journey had challenged my newfound skill. So, spiritual drawing classes are now offered as part of The Spectrahue Method.

This skill is now taught in my live classes…

Here’s more of my ancestral threads from my early drawing days…

Firstly, a special praise goes out to the spirit of Arthur Edward Waite for his lifelong work of brilliant poetry, essays, and translations of ancient manuscripts.

Albeit, I was so captivated by the lives of many magnificent theosophists, philosophers, mathematicians, astrologers, astronomers, Rosicrucians, and Kabbalists. As well, inspiring discoverers, artists (the works!). Musicians and composers too! All in all, portraits of incredible great minds that took the chance to shine their inner light bright.

I’ll try and demonstrate briefly how their memory unfolded even more…



They were all heartfelt, wishing on a star

Count of St. Germain Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Count of St. Germain Portrait

As for the alchemists and mystics in search of life mysteries and the philosopher’s stone, I found their wisdom cleverly concealed in their work. They sometimes gave clues to decode their ciphers, which is a type of cryptic writing or symbol that disguises a secret.

My portrait drawings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Comte de Saint Germain, Moses, and Sir Francis Bacon (Shakespeare) emanate their energy as great teachers throughout the ages.

All are equal in brilliance including Manly Palmer Hall and Madame Blavatsky, and of course, rival inventors such as Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, even Benjamin Franklin; all of whom found their rightful spot in my drawing pad.

You may wonder how: Joan of Arc, Giacomo Casanova, Cleopatra VII, and Christopher Columbus, found their way into this puzzle too.

And yes! That’s my own cipher–signature in the bottom corner of these portraits.



My drawings inspire me in a profound way

Alice Ann Bailey Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Alice Ann Bailey Portrait

A huge salute goes out to William Walker Atkinson whose life and career was influenced by the mystical.

Surely his writings influenced New Thought and consciousness movements as well as motivational and self help gurus such as Napoleon Hill and Neville Goddard.

Perhaps even Alan Watts…

Truly, I’m amazed with Atkinson’s books under his various pseudonyms. Now, this includes the signature “The Three initiates” for a must-read 1908 work called The Kybalion.

Most importantly, they all inspired generations (and writers!) to come.

Regulate your imagination in the world of eternity by accessing your own starry power, for healing and creativity. – Julianne



The new age movement in North America

Henry Steel Olcott Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Henry Steel Olcott Portrait

As well, my drawings depict incredible 19th century Freemasons such as:

  • Henry Steel Olcott, author and co-founder of The Theosophical Society;
  • Annie Besant, British socialist and activist, celebrated author;
  • Charles Webster Leadbeater, a mind-bending clairvoyant author;
  • William Quan Judge, author and a leader of The Theosophical Society;
  • Alfred Percy Sinnett wrote, Esoteric Buddhism, as ancient wisdom filtered into each season.

But, I’ve drawn so many more soul portraits with their entwined wisdom weaved throughout each other’s work.

Ultimately my plan is to write an original book or film documentary about their lives, achievements and their importance in modern day times.



The craft of spiritual art for healing

Alfred Percy Sinnett Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Alfred Percy Sinnett Portrait

For decades, I was consumed with reading ancient manuscripts and rare books. But while drawing, I’d listen intently to the subject’s centuries–old writings online, through the book-to-audio mode (Worldwide Library Archives).

Faithfully, I trusted my own “I can do it!” attitude as I alluded to earlier: There’s no how-to guide to teach this skill!

Constantly I was seizing the moment; while digesting the author’s clues of whose image should be on the next page of my drawing pad.

And by all means, through your meditative practice, explore tracking your own spiritual history beyond your recent mentors or teachers’ own history.

Learn more: Lumalight spiritual development



More authors with life-changing guidance

L. Frank Baum Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
L. Frank Baum Portrait

My art portfolio also illustrates L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz); and Alice Ann Bailey whose 20th century works includes “Esoteric Healing” and “A Treatise on the Seven Rays.”

And, 19th century theosophist, Mabel Collins, who not only lived in the present but the eternal through her prolific writings. I was moved by her treasured words: “Open your soul to the eternal with inner strength, and desire only that which is within you…”

Basically, this means to me that an idea needs to be activity within me to come to fruition. And with Lumalight in hand, I’ll take a mindful trek for inspiring discoveries.

Further down read how Paracelsus tapped into higher guidance on his walks.



The sun is a puzzling picture to me

Mabel Collins Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Mabel Collins Portrait

Clearly at first, I needed a “neuro–aesthetics” rewiring for my hand to draw what my eyes perceived in the reference photo. (They were mostly sourced from public domain images.)

In reality, It felt as if I was filled with the sun’s wisdom, nourishing my skills of capturing light and dark tones that bring a picture to life.

Albeit, I’m not surprised that the ancients called the sun, Sol (soul). Surely, we’ve always had this star light within us! Now, with this in mind, what the sun is made of (Helium and Hydrogen) does not really define what it is.

After all, aside from the sun’s annual pilgrimage through the star signs, and with all its nourishing earth tasks, it’s a good time to ask yourself: What’s really driving its mission throughout space and time?

Could our creative process be a part of it? Maybe. So, let’s look at what is called “The Great Memory” which the sun is most likely privy to.



The Great Memory is the Akashic Records

Mary Ann South Atwood Portrait Art by author Bien
Mary Ann South Atwood Portrait

Instinctually, I know that through the act of respiration (breathing), sun-filled inspiration is received. And in doing so, feeding this great memory with updated data.

Even though, this so-called “information stream” is eternal, its access is only through energy resonance, thanks to our bioenergy fields or aura.

In brief, all of life’s mysteries have one thing in common. Energy. This is a universal substance and a carrier of information, mingling with everything it has an affinity to.

Now, this data also drifts through our higher senses that are located in the chakra system. Intuitively, it’s up to us to attune and decipher its message or meaning.

For this reason, imagine we are sailing the legendary seven seas through the seven dimensions of these 7 energy vortices.

But, whatever your belief, we’ve taken direction well, thanks to the sun’s persistence.

Read more: The meaning of Akashic Records and ancient symbolism



My first spiritual mentor portrait

Paracelsus Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Paracelsus Portrait

Swiss born 15th century Paracelsus was a physician, alchemist, and philosopher. Later in life, he had declared his own spiritual energy through his self given name: “Para” meaning beyond. And, “Celsus” after the 1st-century Roman encyclopaedist known for his medical work.

In light of the obvious, this mystical healer was my first graphite portrait, while listening (at least five times) to Franz Hartmann’s 1836 book: The Life and the Doctrines of Paracelsus, as well as Mary Anne (South) Atwood’s 1856 book: A Suggestive Inquiry into Hermetic Mystery.

Note: A Hermetist is a person who follows the practice of hermetic doctrine, which are the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. Also known as Thoth, Hermes was supposedly a contemporary of Moses in ancient Egypt.



Paracelsus understood universal laws

Franz Hartmann Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Franz Hartmann Portrait

Now, being a Hermetist himself, Paracelsus knew the secrets of the ethereal “Book of Nature” and received its knowledge from the leaves under his feet. Simply put this act of rustling through the fallen foliage instilled all of Nature’s wisdom into his mind.

Supposedly, Paracelsus also knew how to access animal magnetism for its therapeutic healing energies. Notably, his awareness of this substance’s power was centuries before Franz A. Mesmer coined the same method with term “Mesmerism,” after himself.

To clarify his gifts further, Robert Browning’s 1835 epic poem called Paracelsus, also reminds us that knowledge can be gained by intuitive perception.

I wrote the following on a post-it note that helped me along:

“If we want to know what life really is, we must look not merely at its surface but into its depths; we must behold it as it is, and not merely admire the picture which we have formed of it in our imagination.”
– Franz Hartmann

Isn’t Franz brilliant? What an incredible doctor, theosophist, astrologer, and author.



Universal energy always recreates perceived reality

William Blake Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
William Blake Portrait

Amazingly, my mind had lit up through the lives of Pythagoras and Isaac Newton as well as Romantic Poets William Blake and William Butler Yeats.

By concentrating intently, I sensed a remembrance of each one stir in the energy of The Great Memory, during the layering of light’s shadowy concealed side.

That is to say, as each layer of graphite and color pencil impressions blended, and swept across the paper, I was becoming more aware of a higher calling.

In addition, Charles Gardner’s 1919 book, William Blake The Man, breathtakingly illustrated how Blake pushed his limits of creative liberty, in art and poetry. And, it was this prose that charmed me into a higher understanding of my own destiny.



Poet Yeats’ words awoke something in me

William Butler Yeats Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
William Butler Yeats Portrait

A bit obscure and mystically written, Yeat’s 1925 book A Vision influenced my understanding of perceived time and astrological chemistry in universal symbols.

“Let’s seize the moment between ripe and rotten,” Yeats writes emphatically, using a metaphor of an apple snapping from its life source branch.

“Caught it midair!” I thought to myself smartly, “I’ve captured an important fleeting thought from the great memory!” Now, it’s that feeling that inspired me from dawn to dusk.

In fact, if I were to draw your own portrait, you might discover your own hidden mysteries and wonders.

You’ll find out how this is possible in a few moments!



Thought ideas are sun-drenched brainwaves!

Sir Francis Bacon (Shakespeare) Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Sir Francis Bacon (Shakespeare)

It’s important to realize that thinking does not create ideas but only perceives them. The sun’s millions of colors trigger your thoughts and sensations around you.

In fact, I believe all conceivable and inconceivable ideas exist in a world of possibilities. Now, this place is part of the magnetic flow of The Great Memory around us.

And, it’s all out there for the picking when the apple is ripe. In other words, be open to attuning to a universal thought or idea. It might give you an answer or a clue.

For this reason throughout history, writers, poets, artists, sculptors, and architects, reached for the stars for an inspiring brainwave (idea!). In doing so, they accessed their creative channels while exalting what their minds perceived into reality.



Lumalight energywork can initiate change

lumalight-light-set-2Alongside writing, drawing, and engraving tools, Lumalights are light wands. In brief, these penlights creatively influence Qi energies of all living beings, which are a part of nature.

And, an important point to keep in mind is that observation comes from all senses during a creative process.

Have you ever wondered why common sense is far from ordinary?

Study more:  Lumalight metaphysical classes



The “nose” like the sun “knows” everything

John Dee Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
John Dee Portrait

Shortly after I had acquired my art supplies, I had a profound vision about this sensing mechanism. Ultimately, I believe the nose knows how to access higher vibrations or dimensions – subliminally and undetectable!

Moreover, I believe this sense moves into a higher gear (octave), through the sun’s rays during a creative initiative. To me, it’s an enlightening experience.

As well, today’s healing arts practitioners are aware of subliminal hunches from the “nose knowing.” To clarify, this guiding sensation is felt while giving a treatment or session. In other words, it’s that aha-moment of knowing what to do next!

In fact, all of our physical senses (smell, taste, etc.) have their own extrasensory counterpart described as clairsentience abilities.

Together, let’s jump up and reach for the stars.



Graphite comes from the earth and the stars

Madame Blavatsky Portrait Art Drawing by author Bien
Madame Blavatsky Portrait

On a final note, I wonder: Are we evolving from a carbon-based reality into a star diamond state of mind?

In short, natural diamonds form deep beneath Mother Earth’s mantle. This occurs over billions of years under extreme pressurized conditions. This gestation melts then perfectly crystallizes blackened carbon (graphite) for sunny clarity.

OK. Time was on another cosmic clock, but Earth’s offspring called diamonds soon sparkled like their own starring ancestors above.

Inasmuch as a diamond symbolizes power and mystery, this star–stone’s flashing facets shine into each one’s human potential. In addition, graphite is the mineral substance in pencils and even ancient writing tools. Actually, its carbon atoms make up our structure as well as the stars.

So, it stands to reason why I draw my portraits with diamond energy. And, why there’s a Diamond Geometry Insert in the Lumalight system.

Here’s how my experience can benefit you.



Spiritual Initiation Portraits: Commissioned Artwork

The time is now for your own spiritual history initiation, with Lumalight as your guiding light. My hand-drawn portraits takes The Spectrahue Method to a higher level.

Please reach out for details about my commissioned artwork as well as portrait drawing classes (2024/2025).

Contact: Discover light alchemy in portrait art


© February 2024. Julianne Bien for  All rights reserved including artwork. No medical claims made or implied. The opinions and experiences expressed are based on the author’s viewpoint. For informational purposes only.

Portrait credits: Original artwork by the author Julianne Bien, Canada

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