Wednesday, June 22, 2011


"Space is the canvas matter paints itself upon," Rob

The Visible Journey
Recently I collected myself for an invisible journey, accompanied by energies and thoughts of family and friends and animals and angels.  Patsy Dollar calls her team, "The Posse."  I like this!

How would I get to my destination?  How would I keep calm, centered and focused?  I tried something new!  I packed without a list!  I promised myself I would take notepaper, but be free of written notes! How will I do this?  I took along a small gift tote bag from Thailand filled with sacred treasures:  a scarf, two small polished rose quartz pebbles, rosaries from various friends, sacred calligraphy symbols, a balsa wood horse figure and many more small items.

My assignment:  Letting Go, Trust, and Intuition

My Wish:  "Arrive Without Traveling," Tao Te Ching

My Destination:  Terre Haute, Indiana USA for Dr. Paul Lam's pre-conference workshop Tai Chi for Arthritis Fall Prevention and Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor certification.  One day of travel and two days of seminars plus home is just right for me, a three day sprint.

Small travel bags in hand, my husband, Paul, and I began the trek south.  It was wonderful breathing the summer air of Indiana and feeling Illinois close by. I loved feeling again the land we left eleven years ago, the land where I first experienced and taught Tai Chi.

Many Stories: One World
The Tai Chi seminar was set in a small Catholic Girls' College, St. Mary of the Woods.  The spacious country campus is dotted with huge green trees.  There is a labyrinth, chapel, grotto, shrine and church.  Many buildings date from 1840, sporting tall ceilings, soft wood floors, marble stairs, sparkling stained glass scenes and angel paintings.  The buildings and grounds have a European feel.  I am walking on sacred ground.

Many come from all over the world to experience Dr. Paul Lam and his International Teaching Team, the Master Trainers.  I let intuition lead me as I met others, all with valuable stories and lessons to share.  Dr. Lam mentioned the principles of "song" (loosening) and "jing" (the quiet mind).  Master Trainer, Jef Morris added "letting go" during seated Tai Chi.  A very large group practicing Tai Chi together imparts harmony of "all one energy" free of ego, judgement and competition.  Dr. Paul Lam feels, "All is possible with the mind."

Twice in a Lifetime
During the Tai Chi weekend I experienced gratitude of being healthy, in complete wholeness, and sharing with others in a safe and comfortable environment.  I felt surrounded by invisible energies of animals and friends, far and near.  I absorbed the gold-silver frequencies of Angels and Archangels. 

At night I wrapped myself in a small candy pink blanket I had purchased recently.  I relaxed while feeling love from friends and family back home, and enjoyed deep restful sleep. 

When my son, Rob, led me to his Tai Chi class, I was fifty two years old.  I worked with Rob for eight months at home until I was strong enough to go to class.  The first day of class, my life began to change.  I met Jiong Gu, a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Later Dr. Gu promoted me to lead the Yang Yang Form (88 pattern variation) with music accompaniment he had learned from his family in Shanghai as a young boy.

Tai Chi gave me my life back!  I began to write a vision book, Silver Butterfly and teach Tai Chi.  My paintings took on new jewel like colors and energy.  I became young again!  Dr. Gu encouraged me to meet masters of Tai Chi including Dr. Paul Lam, so that I could experience and learn from experts.  "It is good to be young, twice in a lifetime"

The Highway With No One On It
Years ago, I had a dream vision.  I was driving north in my old blue car.  I was alone.  It was raining.  Gradually the sun came out.  It was humid and summer wind whipped into the car.  I felt happy as I drove north.  In my dream, the highway was a peaceful dual road empty of traffic.  

As we moved out of Illinois to our new home, my husband, Paul, and I traveled north on highway 41.  We were driving separate cars.  When I pulled onto the road following Paul, I recognized the empty highway in my dream!  I felt great adventures lay ahead!

Driving toward home on the same highway, 41 north, after the Tai Chi seminar,  "Look, see the sunny empty road ahead!"  It was fun to revisit my dream on the "highway with no one on it!"

Carry Water Chop Wood
What have I learned upon returning home?  The quiet mind ("jing") is more present now with less frantic push to always be reading, drawing, or writing something.  Rob reminds me that process is the journey.  All is process whether painting a picture, building a brick patio, writing a story, brewing tea, or training a puppy.  Down to Earth tasks are equally important such as making buckwheat cakes, washing dishes, processing laundry, or mowing the lawn.  I am feeling increased gratitude for these experiences since the seminar.  My "carry water chop wood" part of the day is helping me feel solid connections to the Earth and sensory experiences.  Spontaneity feels easier now.

We are expressing the times of our lives!  The journey to eternity begins with one thought, one breath, one step.  It is an ongoing forward moving path.  The invisible and the visible journey are one. 

I opened a new fortune cookie:  "Sometimes travel to new places leads to great transformation."

*Out beyond the ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing
There is a field
I'll meet you there

The Unfinished Flower by K. Wilson

*The Illuminated Rumi, Translations and Commentary by Coleman Barks, illuminations by Michael Green

Related Posts: Fortune Cookies, Invisible Journey, Starchild (June 2011),The Pink Blanket, (May 2011) See Spots Run, (the lesson of letting go), Follow the Leader, Universe Shadows of Cranes (March 2011)  Patsy Dollar, products, readings, art work, Cd's, music, blog and more  Dr. Paul Lam, a family practice physician and Tai Chi expert from Sidney, Australia, travels the world to share his Tai Chi for Health programs.  DVDs, Music, Books, Forum, Workshops, Instructor Training, Newsletter  Caroline Demoise, author of Tai Chi as Spiritual Practice is a Master Trainer in Dr. Paul Lam's International Tai Chi for Health Teaching Team.  Pamela M. Kircher, M.D. is the author of a new audio book, Love is the Link, a Hospice Doctor shares her experience of near-death and dying.  Pam is a Master Trainer in Dr. Paul Lam's International Tai Chi for Health Teaching Team.  Jef Morris is a Master Trainer in Dr. Paul Lam's international Teaching Team.  Jef works with the disabled through programs such as Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis.   Saint Mary of the Woods College founded in 1840, north of Terre Haute, IN is a Catholic Girls' College and Mother House for the Sisters of Providence. 

Tai Chi Melody, by Shanghai Chinese Traditional Orchestra music for the 88 pattern and other form practice music, CD or MP-3 on  inquiries or request free PDF E-book, Silver Butterfly, Create A  Vision. Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D. and Rev. Debra Basham, SCS-Subtle Communication Systems, a blend of NLP (neurolinguistic programming), energy medicine, and the intuitive process.  Online instruction, books, hypnotherapy Cd's, seminars, newsletter

Walkin' By The Water, (Smokey Mountains, TN) and Water, Mist, Mountain photos by Rob

Unfinished Flower, watercolor painting by Kay Wilson.

Monday, June 13, 2011


"Answer just what your heart prompts you"

What is the fortune cookie saying to my heart?  Many years ago, I felt I had a book assignment, stitching together random bits and pieces of words written on notebook paper, scribbled on backs of envelopes, and some even typed! 

How am I going to construct this puzzle into an organized whole?  I ask for help!  Help is here.  My friend Kay suggested I would place the random stories into categories or sections in an orderly fashion based on themes in the stories.  Then "sew" them together with threads of transitions. 

I sat down to write the first draft and panicked!  In desperation I called my friend, Joanna, "You have gone too far to turn back!"  

Poised to type I asked myself, "How am I going to do this?"

"You will write this book, one word at a time,"  Sharon my angel advised.  "The more you relax, the easier it is!"

Writing the first draft of Silver Butterfly, Create  A Vision became a lesson in advanced intuition and trust.  I cut and pasted real paper drafts with scissors and tape, like a child in art class!  Sometimes I tore out words or phrases I liked and taped them into another story....and so I wrote out the first draft, a joyous collage.   One day, I stood in silent wonder after Tai Chi practice at home, "Now what?  Where do I go from here?"

The phone rang.  It was an author friend of mine.  I had given him a copy of the poem Saturday Colors.  "I want to read your book draft!"

He gave me some simple suggestions.  Read your book as the reader.  Strive for clarity and focus.  "I know what you are saying. You know what you are saying, but your audience is not going to know where you are unless you clearly place them in a time frame with phrases like, 'I reflected back several years,' 'recently I felt', 'today I experienced' to set their stage."

Later one of my daughters helped me shape the second draft into computer form and connect the sections in a flowing manner.  Tai Chi helps me to organize and balance my right and left brain functions for more written coherence.  Daily practice of Tai Chi followed by short editing sessions helped bring vision to achievement.  And so, Silver Butterfly began to emerge from the cocoon of lifetimes of learning. 

I became impatient!  Fortunately my husband helped me with formatting and details, and I added more pictures to make the book an artistic whole.  I am flustered.  "When will this be completed?  How come I am so slow! "

"Your book will be finished in cosmic 'time' and not a moment sooner!"

Angel Sharon reminds me, "Don't force the flower.  The buds open only when ready." 

Joanna, my friend, recalls, "Let you life unfold like the petals of a rose opening, one at a time and each in perfect order."

Yesterday, I opened another fortune cookie.  A unique message appeared:

"Proceed as if limits to our ability do not exist."

                 "Trust the Growing Tree,"  Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

Submit to daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door. 

Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who's there.   Rumi

The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks Tai Chi as Spiritual Practice by Caroline Demoise, a Master Trainer in Dr. Paul Lam's International Tai Chi for Health Teaching team.

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and The Writing Life  Inquiries or request PDF free E-book Silver Butterfly Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit.  Enhance your creative path.  biography and paintings

Trust the Growing Tree, photo by Rob

Thursday, June 9, 2011


"The ruby and the sunrise are one..." Rumi

Come with me on an invisible journey, a spiritual pilgrimage through time....

"See" you soon again, Love Dahlis

The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams now available on free full text books at  inquiries or request Silver Butterfly Create A Vision, PDF free E-book text and illustrations biography

Fire In The Sky, Great Smokey Mountains, photo by Rob

Sunday, June 5, 2011



Pinwheels of color dance around me, through me.
Light vibrations--neon rainbows!
Feather light, I turn and circle on the emerald carpet of April.

     white crane spreads wings  *
   *  In harmony the flock dances  *

Bare twigs scratch the cerulean sky.
I glance upward.

Wind whips the flag against the pole.
I do not hear it.

Music from another time--another place
Floats my soul.

         *  play guitar  *

Light fading to peach, I pick up a silhouette.

     *  sunrise mountain  *

Turn, circle, kick--hit the tiger.
I feel a rose hue,  an inner light shines.
Sun splashes the emerald:  silent speaking!
Soon will I leave, not leaving this time....

              wave hands like clouds  *
Sometimes it is time to travel with no destination:

You will hear my voice

     You will feel the breeze

          You will pick up my light

               I will know you are there

Leaving for a new location is a journey of becoming.  We didn't have a destination in that Emerald April.  After Tai Chi class Kay exclaimed, "I saw mountains today during Tai Chi practice!  I think your new home will be a land of mountains." 

A bit later in our new location, I walked the beach, looked up and marveled.... " and the mountains are made of sand!" 

                        "We miss you but you are still here...."  

Poem by Dahlis Roy

Sand Mountains

Starchild, oil painting by Dahlis Roy
Sand Mountains photo by Paul, published with permission
Tai Chi Silhouette, photo by Kay, published with permission