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About Ishka


 
 

Ishka reveals a world of the eternal Beauty that is all things.
A river of elementals, cosmic beings, and magical beasts
swirl together in one great flood of light and shadow, emanating
the shapes and colors illuminated within the Beloved’s kaleidoscope.
With every turning of the wheel, an ever-changing cycle of Life appears.
Dawn spills into the night sky, a blossom falls as a cherry grows;
and the movement in our mind trickles down into a land
where thoughts kneel before a pool of peaceful waters,
watching silently, as Spirit emerges from the depths.

 

Ishka Lha (pronounced Ee-shka Lha) was born in 1982, and grew up on a ranch atop the rolling hills of northern California, where the quiet natural beauty of her childhood surroundings inspired endless imaginative play and creativity. She earned a professional B.A. for Architecture with an emphasis on natural building and eco-village design at California Polytechnic State University; but, she promptly set her course for the exploration and creation of healing art upon graduation. Ishka is part of a growing visionary art movement that is dedicated to the happiness of all beings, and approaches her creative process as a spiritual practice. Her art explores and celebrates the natural radiance inherent in all dimensions of life through the use of neo-traditional iconography and mythology, and she is especially interested in what universal archetypes have most helpfully governed mankind's passage through time into greater avenues of mutual respect, understanding, and heartfelt livelihood. Her work is primarily featured in private collections, galleries, boutiques, and transformational art and music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.

 

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What's in a name?

My birth name is Jessica, but I took on the name Ishka Lha in college, after a sort of lifelong journey to find my "true" name. From a pretty young age, I didn't feel quite settled with the name my parents gave me, partially because it was such a popular one when I was born, and even though I grew up in a tiny town out in the country, I was surrounded by a handful of other Jessicas. I wanted something more unique. I played with more exotic pseudonyms like Jasmine and Kasmira growing up, which I used for signing off on journal entries and letters to friends. I also tried spelling Jessica every which way (Jessyka, Jesica, JAHseeka, Jahsheikha, etc.) over the years before finally discovering and taking on the name Ishka.

One evening, in the fall of 2005, after a majorly pivotal turning point in my adult life, I was feeling really ready to change my name for good, so I did a search for the etymology of Jessica on the internet. Even though I wanted to change my name, I hoped I could find a new one that was somehow connected to the one my parents had given me, to honor their inherent wisdom; and also, because I knew the power in a name--the destiny one's birth name spells out throughout one's life.

Lo and behold, I found Iscah (pronounced the same as Ishka), which is the name that Jessica comes from-- it's the Hebrew root, which loosely translates to "she will see" (Jessica similarly translates to "the Lord sees"). I was hooked. My true name was there all along, I just needed to trace its origins! I changed my name right there and then, but made up my own spelling, and haven't looked back. I have since discovered that Ishka is found in several different languages, with many different spellings: In Russian, Ishka is a diminutive that is added to the end of a word to make it cute or small, as a term of endearment. In Irish Gaelic, Uisce (pronounced the same as Ishka) means water. In Arabic, Ishq'a (pronounced like Ishka) means 'spiritual love' or 'God's love'. And supposedly in Lakota, Ishkya (not sure of the spelling) means "moon glow", or, more specifically "that which the wolves howl at". There are others variations in other languages, but I honestly can't remember them all. I continue to learn more about my name to this day.

Shortly after I took on Ishka, I added the "Lha" as the second part of my name for a few reasons. One, I absolutely love the Sufi universal songs and dances for peace, as well as their great mystic poets, Rumi and Hafiz. Their mantra "Ishq'allah mabud lela" (God is love, lover, and beloved) has been one of my lifelong meditations of the heart. I also wanted my name to be a reminder of another practice which I hold dear: Singing! I chose L(h)a so that every time someone calls my name, I remember my song as a part of myself. I landed on the Tibetan spelling for Lha because Tibetan Buddhism has deeply influenced my world view, and it is their word for the tippy tops of the mountains, where the atmosphere for inspiration is absolutely beyond measure.

 

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Ishka Lha wants you to be happy with your art, and we understand how sometimes things can turn out a little differently than you expected. If for some reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us within 3 days of receiving your order. All returns and exchanges are handled on a case by case basis. Once approved, you must ship the undamaged item back within 5 days to exchange it for another item or to receive a full refund. Did your art arrive damaged? Please keep and document all packaging, and contact us for further instructions to replace your order items. Any Ishka Lha original will be shipped via UPS and insured for full cost. If item is damaged in shipping, please contact Ishka immediately with photos of the damaged art and packaging. A partial or full refund is contingent upon the insurance claim decision made by the mail carrier.

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