Ganesh is a hindu God and is known as the "Remover of Obstacles". You know how you just feel connected to certain streams of energy? Ganesha is an energy field of great power and for me he's all about MAKING IT HAPPEN ! I've had to muster up a lot of courage and resilience to create and maintain a small creative business for 10 years. Ganesh (and a whole 11:11 team of angels!) always comes through. I created this collage with a lot of devotion at a time when I really needed some obstacles removed. It has since become a best selling passport holder design ! We also have this Ganesha collage available as a cardholder and small moleskine notebook.
The elements of this piece are significant to my story. The sunshine illuminating Ganesha's crown is from a picture I took after a very challenging weekend in Austin at a craft show. It was one of those times Ganesh was definitely rooting for me. The nature in the background on the lower right side and the back is a picture I took while on a hike with my parents in the High Sierras in California. I'm not a hiker. We were were wearing 50 lb packs and hiking up and down mountains with no trail for 5 days. It was CRAZY. It was beyond beautiful and it was the sheer perfection of the pristine nature that gave me the energy to keep going. That and I had no choice haha. Ganesh was there too!
I went to wikipedia though to see what everyone else has to say about him. I mean, I know my experience but whats the official story? This is some of what i found. Interesting stuff!
"Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles,patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is honoured at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.
Ganesha is worshipped on many religious and secular occasions; especially at the beginning of ventures such as buying a vehicle or starting a business. K.N. Somayaji says, "there can hardly be a Hindu home in India which does not house an idol of Ganapati. Ganapati, being the most popular deity in India, is worshipped by almost all castes and in all parts of the country". Devotees believe that if Ganesha is propitiated, he grants success, prosperity and protection against adversity."
Pretty good stuff right!?! I also read about how he also places obstacles in peoples paths as well as removes them... very interesting right! The karma wheel and all the lessons we are here to learn... It makes sense that even our obstacles are divinely placed. They force us to grow after all! I know I have..
Anyways, as always, thanks for reading !