Thursday, December 22, 2011


*Life Colors

*My friend, Deborah, asked me, "What color is God?"  

"Hues are full spectrum and beyond.  These include crystal and textured colors of Heaven too vivid to imagine or even paint with neon brush strokes."

Later, Deborah shared her writing.  "I think of you as an anchor, a kindred spirit, a validation of the mostly hidden but emerging part of me.  You are a companion in the development of that part."

"Here are my thoughts in answer to the question, 'What color is God?'  My body is empowered through energy centers expressed in colors." 

RED: community of family and friends, country, world, the power of mutual understanding, support, and experience

ORANGE:  surprises of new patterns like a lightly tapped kaleidoscope, the tingle of touch, the power of surging emotions, waterfalls

YELLOW:  power to approach methodically and gently follow step by step, completion of a task:  the power to do, to accomplish, the revealing of capabilities

GREEN:  soothing, caressing, strengthening, pain to peace, hurt to healing

BLUE:  power to speak, to observe and then describe, to name realities around us that have no visible physical form, to express one's truth, to know one another more deeply

INDIGO:  imagination, a special way of knowing, a trustworthy foundation and personal guide

VIOLET:  the life beyond, above, and below what we see and touch, the next room, the next chapter, the eternal dimension where all tears are dried, all wounds healed, and there is endless rejoicing:  Home

Deborah continued by phone, "Since we had our angel discussion, I am aware of the name Mary as my special friend.  I now feel there is protection and guidance in the universe for me.  So many others have felt this all their lives.  Actually, as I look back, I see countless signs of protection.   Although that protection was not felt then nor did it save me from considerable difficulties, I now know that it was there."

How can you express your personal spectrum with paint or crayons, words, vibrations, colors, or sing musical melodies or chants?

*Life Colors
"Looking for" a colorful picture for this post, an E-mail arrived.  A child had gleefully colored the  above picture/calendar for me!  I eagerly received permission to print the coloring.  We see the earth tones and full spectrum display.  I note the prominent dark and light blues and purples.  In the numbers 2012, we have the pink of unconditional love! 

**Shirley MacLaine in her book, The Camino, notes increased shades of lavender and purple becoming visible as a shift into invisible dimensions on the Earth, beyond the third dimension.

Another friend contributed, "My Mother, an artist, took me to the Arizona desert and said, 'Look at all the colors!' "

"I don't see any colors, it's just sand and cactus to me."

"Years later, after I started painting, I visited the desert again.  I was amazed at a new display of beautiful colors.  I had tuned into the sensitivity of the lilacs, blues, even pinks and purples in the rocks and sand."

"Artists bring God's colors to Earth."

Happy Winter Solstice:  Happy Winter Solace: A Time of Reflection

Welcome to 2012:  beyond your Horizon! 

 "When you move you take yourself with you", Francesca

*  Conversations based on Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit.  Request this free PDF illustrated E-book.  Inquire to purchase paintings and prints.

**  Shirley MacLaine is a well known actress, author, and mystic, The Camino, Sage-ing While Age-ing, I'm Over All That and more  Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D, and Debra Basham, CHTP  Visualize:  maximize your healing experience.  Debra's New Blog:  Yellow Brick Road:  Your Path to Heart and Health

Contributed Photo, "2012"

Saturday, December 17, 2011


      *  Seasons, years, washed away by rain, fade like watercolor impressions. 

An opportunity arose to paint a series of pictures while talking to a local church group some years ago.  To rehearse, I'd do a talk at home by myself along with practicing the companion chalk or ink painting.  I chose "simple and swift" to create and hold interest.

Fifty people gathered.  I felt confident as I heard them babble.  Hearing my introduction, I walked to the easel, picked up the soft white pastel chalk, smiled and began to speak:  "Advent, a time of waiting...."  The theme was patience, acceptance, and exploring life's directions.  I thought about many paths I walk.  How impatient am I?  Plenty!

Pencil touched illustration board.  I sketched the side of Mary's face with soft, sure strokes.  I shaded the chin and blended it lightly with my hands like sculpting with pencil and chalk instead of honing marble.  Mary's face rose up three dimensionally.  The veil flowed from the pencil.  Then I misted it with white pastel.  While speaking, I stood to the side of the easel and drew across the painting.  Looking out at my audience as I worked, everyone could see the painted action spring to life. 

I chalked in the angel of light, ghostlike with diaphanous silver white beams streaked then blended with my fingers.  I put the finishing touches on Mary's eyes, the shadow of the eyelid over the eyes, the pinpoint of highlight in the pupil.  The eyes sparkled, receiving life, my favorite part of painting faces. 

Talk over, painting finished, I stood aside.  Applause washed over me.  My heart smiled.  The group started to file out for coffee.  I glowed from praise and adrenaline rush and tried to project humility.  Three people stopped by to talk.  One had a photo in her wallet, a drawing done by an Italian mystic who claimed his hand was guided by God.  His drawing of Mary was haunting.  The expressive upward looking eyes were remarkably similar to my painting.  In my practice drawing at home, Mary's eyes looked straight forward and seemed forlorn.

A man claimed I had already drawn in the eyes before class because he saw them right away.  He said that in some moment of the talk, I worked over the eyes again.  Answering, I pointed out the tiny pencil dots in the corners of the eyes and the bottom of the nose were the only advance guidelines.  Drawing from the side, and at a slant, I didn't want any mistakes in perception with alignment of eyes and nose.  "Oh, no, you already had the eyes drawn in," the man insisted.  "I saw them when I came into the room!"

The third viewer told me she saw the entire pencil outline of the finished picture.  "And you just traced over the lines that were already there!"  I pointed out the tiny pencil dots again, but she stated that all the pencil lines were clearly visible, dark enough for her to see from her seat near the back. 

I was startled.  What was happening?  I felt like a Zen artist, painting what was already painted....

All my life I have thought about painting and creative inspiration:  how and why it happens, or doesn't happen....Gradually I am learning to brush clouds of control and ego aside, surrendering to love's light and feeling free to create paintings, words, and better relationships with people for a more balanced life.

Restless dreams had slowly prepared me for the next steps up the mountain at sunrise.  Often I climbed on against my will.  At times, inspiration slept, buried under winter snow....then new fresh green stalks sprouted, combining both Earth's nourishment (Yin) and fire of Heaven (Yang) to reach fullest bloom. 

The rosebud of the soul opens slowly, petal by petal, to become the highest potential of the spirit.  Can I be patient enough?  Reprinted from Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit.  Request this free PDF E-book sent via E-mail.
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Mary and the Angel, pencil and pastel painting by Dahlis Roy

Monday, December 12, 2011


                        "I am convinced no one comes to my door by accident." 

Lorrenne bubbled as she invited me into the sun porch of her home at Sunnybrook Farm.  It was March then, many years ago.  Bare trees were bending and creaking in the gray and white winter's last hurrah in Iowa.  And now it is Christmas, many years and endless miles later.  As I write, I am looking out over a snow dusted sunny morning, breathing in a Claude Monet living painting before my eyes.  Monet loved snow shadow blues, subtle oranges and violets.  I see blue-violet and red-violet superimposed with an imaginary paintbrush. 

I flash back to winters long ago in Western Pennsylvania.  I think of deep snows that blew icy talcum powder swirls and sparkled like blue and silver diamonds in the light of Christmas nights.  We had a live pine tree spreading invigorating fresh scent in our home.  We watched the large multicolored lights sparkle bright.  One year we had a tree lit with all blue lights!  My Dad and I set up the electric train.  Some of my plastic farm came out of the attic every Christmas. 

I am a little girl again playing in the attic.  "Little Iowa Farm," was complete with farmhouse, barn, and many animals.  The farm was up all year.  In winter I set down a white sheet for snow.  Summer I had a green sheet showing.  I wanted to live in Iowa because Steve Field lived in Iowa and raised prize collies.  My first collie, Lad, traced down to Steve's champion Parader Collies.  What city in Iowa would be good for my future farm?  I got in a map and zeroed in on the Cedar Rapids area. 

My imaginary farm grew and grew.  My dad helped me get enamel paint.  I repainted each plain brown, black or white animal figure with realistic coat markings, each one different.  Now I had Holstein cows with spots of black on white.  I had my favorite cow and calf!  My chosen horse had a tiny star on his coal black body.  Painted plastic collies in golds, tri-color, and blue merle danced in front of my sign:  Sunnybrook Kennels. 

Christmases passed.  Many dogs, cats, and horses raced across paper and canvas.  Meanwhile we had relocated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  One summer day, I found myself driving down a dusty hot gravel road.  I "felt" strangely familiar here.  The farmhouse and barn came into view, the black and white Holstein cows were in the field.  The sign said (wait for it) SUNNYBROOK KENNELS!  I turned into the driveway and was greeted by a happy chorus of barking from the boarding kennel.  I felt warmth and love.  I approached the door and knocked.  Lorrenne answered.  I was taken by the fact that Lorrenne looked so much like my silver haired Collie breeder friend, *Bobbee Roos, in Washington D.C. area where we had lived.  Both women also loved to write!

I talked to Lorrenne about boarding our silver Collie, Sky, and two ornery cats, Zar and Zara.  There were farm cats a-plenty.  There were kittens in the barn.  Tony, a giant gray rangy Egyptian looking tabby cat, could knock you over with his friendliness and thunderous purr.  Lorrenne had prize Schipperke dogs, coal black "Little Captains," so eager and alert. 

Warm feelings of Sunnybrook grew like grain.  Lorrenne and I became friends.  We shared memories and spiritual dimensions of thoughts, prayers, and realities.  Sitting in Lorrenne's warm kitchen over steaming coffee and warm cookies, one day she said to me, "I have a simple faith."

Lorrenne continues:  "I know a priest who was at a spiritual retreat center.  He stopped to rest on a bench by himself.  Another man came and sat beside my friend.  When they talked, the priest was astounded that this man knew all about his life in great detail even though they had not previously met.  Later, in the group gathering, the priest's companion was not there!"

"I am convinced this teacher was an Angel!"

Seasons rotate and evolve in a cosmic dance.  Our family moved on to other locations where the winters are not as sharp and cold as Iowa was.  Silver shrouds of snow melt more quickly here.  Skies can be cloudy gray from smoke to pearl.  I have continued my path to explore spiritual directions taught to me by God's teachers, Lorrenne and Glen. 

I have my kennel/ zoo retreat center on my walls now.  Cheetahs, lions, tigers, snow leopards, zebras and wolves join the animal parade.  There is an occasional barn and a "fortress deep and mighty," Mont-Saint-Michel, along with horses and dogs.  Angels join in to grace my heart-mind.

Albert Payson Terhune, author, comes to mind.  He banged out his Sunnybank Collie stories on an old typewriter from his home in New Jersey.  "One or more collies lie sleeping at my feet as I write."  He continued, there are also, "furry ghosts that haunt my memory."  Terhune wrote so vividly, I can see photograph clear images as I read his words.  I know these Collies deeply!

Meanwhile Sunnybrook Farm also nestles warm in my memory.  The tree is trimmed and lit, presents await eager young children.  Pie is baking and coffee brews.  I can see again twilight settling in over snow banks.  I feel again the blueness in the dusk of an Iowa Christmas.  Golden light radiates from curtained windows.  I know God is Love! 

            **  "In prayer we discover what we already have," Thomas Merton


Related Posts:  
The Human Angel 
Out of Box Experience (Who were the Sunnybank Collies?)
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The Christmas Rose (An Angel at Christmas
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Shirley MacLaine, author, actress, mystic The Camino and other books.  Accompany Shirley on a walking  pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella and discover yourself. 

* Mrs. George H. "Bobbee" Roos, Wickmere Collie Kennels, is author of Collie Concept for Alpine Press.  Illustrated by Dahlis Roy, the first edition won second place in Best Breed Book category in the Dog Writer's Assoc. Annual Awards 1982.

Albert Payson Terhune, (1872-1942) journalist, author, mystic.  Author of Lad A Dog, Gray Dawn, Sunnybank Home of Lad, and many other books.  

The Master of Sunnybank, by Irving Litvag  Who is "The Visitor" at Sunnybank?  "The dogs are here!"

Your Life and Love Beyond Death by David Hyatt, has a section about A.P. Terhune.  "Word renowned writer...returns after death to reassure his beloved wife Anice of his continuous adoration [and journey] from the next dimension."  George W. Fisk, Cosmic Concepts Press, Publisher, 1992.

Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite plus other books and writings.

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Snow Tree photo and December Sky photos by Paul, published with permission

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


                 "Imagination is more important than knowledge," Albert Einstein

It's About Time!
I picked up the phone, "Mom!  We want to do so many projects.  How can we?  Do you ever think about this?"

"All the time."

"Mom, I was thinking that accomplishing a project has to do with several factors:

Later as my mind wandered and wondered,  felt "T-I-M-E" appear:





Rewinding bits of conversations and writings, I mused about T-I-M-E.

Time/Travel:  Do I have "physical" time to travel towards my goals and projects?  I need to plan ahead for my travel wish list to see people, cities, countries, mountains and oceans.  Can I add another project, adventure, event, meeting, and social networking to my smorgasbord schedule?  Can I remain centered, calm, and focused with more on my plate?  Daily Tai Chi practice helps me here, clearing my mind for yes or no to additional commitments.

Imagination/Intuition:  Rob thinks "Imagination is another dimension."  Will my new projects open my mind to a more creative, imaginative life?  *Imagine Healing is already here!  If I were free of concerns, debt, and other issues, what would I do right now?  Where would I live?  Who would accompany me?

What intuitively feels right for me?  Is there static on the line about joining the new group or meeting?  If there is, or if I need to let go of a current situation, so be it!  Then, I can move forward.  Where do I need to be right now?  At this moment, what project should I be doing at home, school, or work?  Can I be flexible enough to "Grow and Glow with the Flow" if a new spontaneous opportunity arises? 

Money/Abundance:  Are my new projects cost effective?  Can I afford that great trip or a shopping spree?  Will I get long lasting emotional and physical return for my outlay of cash? 

Beyond physical money or the acquisition of souvenirs is the emotional peace and gratification of abundance.  Climbing to a mountaintop and gazing at the sunrise even in your imagination is free of charge and recharges the spirit.  Will my "abundance" projects enhance my creative experience, energies, and friendships?  Will I feel pride of accomplishment and enjoy the satisfaction of acquiring higher skills, outreach, or purpose?

Energy/Empathy:  Do I have the physical, emotional, and spiritual energy to achieve my new goals?  How can I reach people like "me" in the energetic/etheric sense through intuition?  Imagine, and "all" is already here!

**Paul Lam, M.D., talks about empathy:
..."when you understand others, you can better achieve your goal."

It's Now or Ever!

*  Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D, and Rev. Debra Basham

**  Dr. Paul Lam, a family practice physician in Sidney, Australia.  Reprinted with permission from article What is Real Tai Chi?  Dr. Lam's free online newsletter, March 2011  Gregg Braden, author and scientist, Deep Truth, The Divine Matrix.  You Tube: Walking Between Both Worlds and Technology of Emotion, (healing in a no medicine hospital in Beijing without drugs or physical surgery).  Brian Green, physicist The Elegant Universe (Welcome to the 11th Dimension), and Fabric of the Cosmos (Universe or Multiverse) books and more. Wake Up documentary by Jonas Elrod, an "ordinary guy" suddenly begins seeing angels, colors, light, darkness, and more.  Experience Jonas' Vision Quest.  purchase paintings and prints, request free E-book, Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit.

Angel On Time, photo by Emilie

Thursday, December 1, 2011


                           Inspirations of Light in the midst of Global Change:

Rapid Spontaneous Events and Creativity are increasing.

Share Information

Going Within

Keep Love Strong

The pace of modern life seems to be speeding up, streaking ever faster as we have more to accomplish than can ever be done.  We feel creative and free to try new projects while connecting and sharing with others globally via technology.  Information floods us with the click of a button.  Suddenly we find ourselves turning 180 degrees at the speed of light and, intuitively, heading in yet another direction!

How can we keep up, or should we?  Going Within for quiet meditation every day is needed soul fuel to recharge our thinking and help us maintain health and stamina.  Moving meditations such as Tai Chi, Yoga, or walking a Labyrinth, can create a quiet space and inner harmony while moving into a state of relaxation and concentration. These exercises help us resonate with frequencies of the Earth.  We absorb the vibrations to the cellular level.  Brain and Body refresh and rejuvenate.  Healing can begin at all levels.

*Mayan Wisdom Keeper, Ac Tah, calls for "Internal Happiness." These quiet positive moments keep Love's focus strong and promote world peace and unity.

A picture of a large round clock with blue painted numbers came into my imagination.  The image morphed into a "Now Clock" ("Now" written where numbers were) and then fading into a "No-Thing" clock (a multidimensional circle without numbers.)  All are "timely."

*   Book by Ac Tah, The Night of the Last Katun, newsletter, labyrinth and more.  Also Facebook,Twitter and You Tube   Maya Vibration Sound Technique.  Ac Tah has prepared Mai Needham to teach these sacred sounds.  Brian Green, Physicist, Welcome to the 11th Dimension from The Elegant Universe series and Quantum Leap from Fabric of the Cosmos Series, books and more  Dr. Paul Lam, a family practice physician from Sydney, Australia creates Tai Chi for Health Programs, articles, newsletter.  books by Shirley include I'm Over All That, Sage-ing While Age-ing, The Camino (Shirley's personal pilgrimage while walking ancient paths), Going Within and Out on A Limb (two classics). thousands of free full text online books including Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams (a journey to sacred sites) Healing NOW with Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D, and Rev. Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, HTt, RMT  purchase paintings or prints and request free E-book, Silver Butterfly: Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit 

Wild Orchid photo by Dahlis Roy