Who is Olypsis?
Olypsis is my guiding muse from a vivid night dream I had 22 years ago, in which her name was invoked on an ancient beach. I came to Santa Fe in 1996 at 21 yrs old to live with my spiritual teacher and patroness Bette Rose, whose guides, the Angels, set me on an immersive course of discipleship and study. An ascetic, celibate lifestyle ensued for 7 yrs, in which I read everything I could about the myth of Atlantis and the archeology of lost civilizations. Primarily self-taught, I began drawing the ensuing visions that began to emerge in my mind's eye. (I feel we all have the capacity to tap into other realms of inspiration and wisdom: it is naturally awake in some; or like myself, asleep in some, but receptive to cultivation.) I worked in hospice care throughout this time, and had the honor of tending to some of Bette Rose's friends, witness to both sorrow and hope at the end of life. I look back on these formative years as my "priestess" time. When my teacher passed, reintegrating into the "real world" and making a living took my focus; I had 7 yrs of catching up to do! My enormous body of artwork overwhelmed me and went in storage.
Art sometimes slipped to the background as my fulfilling career as a licensed massage therapist blossomed. (I am honored with each session to be entrusted with the well-being of my massage clients.) As my artist self slept, dance became my main creative outlet and path of self-care. It cultivated my self-confidence, awakened my femininity and strengthened my body as it introduced me to the lovely sisterhood of dance. It nourishes my spirit still! I am ever grateful for being introduced to the joy and empowering qualities of belly dance. Yet I have daydreamed for 22 years of bringing all my various creative personas fully forward - artist, belly dancer, costumer - instead of one at a time. I am so inspired by the stories of others who have a fire in their belly, whatever their passion, and find a way to stoke it.
Olypsis remained latent, never forgotten, until in 2018, as the world shakes and the old patriarchal systems and belief structures crumble, I feel the call to share her. Whenever there is a major shift in the collective - such as we're experiencing now - the old gods and goddesses lose their meaning and power, they no longer serve their purpose. New ones need to enter the collective, bringing what is needed for the times coming into being. The clarity with which she appeared signifies that she may indeed carry something potent for those who will make her acquaintance. A dear friend advised me when I sought verification for using the name Olypsis, which has no record as a mythic goddess that I can find, "As far as 'verifying' anything whatsoever, no muse needs verification – acknowledgement, gratitude, expression, yes."
So I present my work to you with a playful intention to embrace Olypsis into my life, and reach for my dreams. I invite you, dear visitor to Dreaming Olypsis, to dive into this site and see if anything awakens your own dreams and desires. And if the concept of Olypsis doesn't resonate, no worries! Regardless, may you fulfill your unique talents and shine your Light into the world. You are beautiful, and your voice and perspective are precious.
Whether she be an artist's fantasy, a forgotten archangel, an earth deity, sea goddess or creative muse, may Olypsis awaken us to reclaim our innate equality, our creative spirits and authentic voices ... and be a symbol that embraces diversity, the healing power of beauty and pleasure, and above all, kindness and humanity. Please feel free to share any thoughts you have of what you for-see in a new archetype, if any have been knocking at your door, and if you too are feeling the call to awaken.
Areena Arjuna Estul