The Ocean breathes life. Almost all living, breathing creatures on our planet depend on it, including us. In ancient times, Pelicans and Cormerants were highly respected around the world and were even symbols for Ocean and fishing. Their images were used to adorn pottery, art and even ancient ruins such as Chan Chan in Peru dating back to 1300 AD. Amazing still, at one of the wonders of the world, the Nazca Lines, also in Peru, enormous drawings of both a Pelican and a Cormerant are so large and stretch for so many miles on the ground, that they can only be seen from the air.
This painting was inspired from having spent time in the beautiful Mayan Riviera, Mexico and watching the Pelicans and Cormerants there in their natural habitat. The region is sacred and special. It’s rejuvenating, uplifting and magical. Many even believe (myself included) that The Mayan Riviera is one of our planet’s Energy Vortexes – geographical locations where one’s awareness and consciousness can be heightened, senses can be magnified and healing can take place.
Shamans (‘Medicine People’ and ‘Healers’) around the world teach that we are inseparable from the elements – stone, earth, sky, wind and water. Just like animals who pick up on subtle signs from nature like electromagnetic fields or subtle shifts in the earth, we can also tap into this intuitive and inherent knowledge if we just slow down. Then, we can become aware and observe these energies and subtleties. Perhaps Pelicans and Cormerants are like the gatekeepers to these messages and signs from the Ocean and Nature. The Cormerant as a symbol can help us find where we belong in our communities and teach us to dig deep into who we are, especially in times of change and transition. The Pelican, similar to the Cormorant can help us go inward and remind us to slow down and take time for ourselves to bring our lives back into balance.