Wednesday, October 30, 2013


*  Spider Webs at Sunrise

I'm getting a title and writing it down:  Hear and Now.

Next I picture scenes from Walt Disney's Fantasia, musical pictures in (gasp) hand drawn and painted cartoons.  I "see" scenes of ancient Greek myths (Pastoral Symphony by Beethoven's 6th) and the dinosaur age  (Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky).   I pause and "watch" a dinosaur scene in my imagination as the frequencies change.   Suddenly, everyone, big and small, pauses and raise heads to listen.  The Thunder Lizard is coming as lightening flashes!  I sense the reptilian intuition of watchful waiting and decision making.

I picture my cats, intuitive creatures, signalling with eyes, posture, gestures and voice that an unfamiliar cat is in their yard.  ** The animal is Fully Present at all times.

I type:
Electronic Blueprint
Sacred Frequencies:
Sacred Destinations
Meditation Music, guided or toned, mantra and more. 
I let this rest in draft form.

Calling with restful intent "suddenly" over a short span of days, I receive a program to watch:

*** Resounding Earth, frequencies from many cultures created with bells, Tibetan bowls, and much more into a musical composition, a harmony and balance in 4 parts.

 Pigments of Joy

Sacred Rainbow and Beyond 
I ponder the wonder and harmony of light, color and music in a cosmic blend.  

I receive:   
The Color of Music

**** Then I remember (in the middle of the night) the book by Daniel Tammet, Born on a Blue Day. 
"I was born on a Wednesday and Wednesdays are always Blue."

The next day My daughter calls and tells me excitedly about attending a reading of Beowulf and meeting Benjamin Bagby.  He is also an expert in musical modes and has a harp tuned to the Pythagorean 5th, "the true 5th."

  Later I open LinkedIn and read:
 + The Sonic Mysticism of Hindu Mythology by Jayanta Choudhury.  Raga means "color."  "Color the mind in various shades of emotions."   The path to higher consciousness is musical.  

"Explore your core consciousness," Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Electronic Blueprint

Creative Artists

Related Posts 
*  Building Blocks, Time and Pace and Wander and Ponder, Oct 2013
** Fully Present (Aug 2011)
Color (Y)our World (Feb 2011)

Tonal Vision, The Power of Music and Frequencies in Our Lives, (Jan 2011)
Lavender Blue and Already Done (June 2012)
Sacred Destinations (Sept 2012)

***  Resounding Earth by Augusta Reed Thomas, composer, North Western University, Chicago, Illinois USA

Third Coast Percussion, Musical Group in Chicago performs Resounding Earth.

Resounding Earth documentary about the making of the piece aired on PBS (USA) on Oct 25, 3013.  I am reminded of John Cage's musical work and play.

**** Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet, "a high functioning Aspergers and an extraordinary Mind."

+ The Sonic Mysticsim of Hindu Mythology by Jayanta Choudhury, Ph.D., mathematician and physicist posted by Dr. Glen Hepker author of A Glimpse of Heaven, the Philosophy of True Health.  Dr. Hepker is also a counselor/wellness coach, instructor of Tai Chi and wellness arts.  Blog Post Oct 14, 2013, on Glen Hepker's Blog.

Chants of India Ravi Shankar, music Cd produced by George Harrison 

Deepak Chopra, "Open your mind with Silent Meditation."

LinkedIn is a Professional Business Network worldwide. Articles, Research, Special Interest Groups such as Creative Designers and Writers fuel sharing and discussion.

Fantasia by Walt Disney (1940), full length feature film:  "Music and Art are One."

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Spider Webs at Sunrise appear to be floating on the grass, photo by Dahlis, see post Time and Pace Oct 2013.

Pigments of Joy, contributed photo by Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, HTt, RMT, Debra's Blog

Creative Artists in New Zealand, 2013 photo by Paul Lam, M.D. in Whangarei, NZ in an artists' co-op.  Enhance your creativity and total well being with Tai Chi, an integrative exercise. 
Improve Your Life and Health with Tai Chi for Health.  Free online newsletter, Articles, Research, Music for Practice, more on You Tube, free lesson, Tai Chi for Beginners.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Snail Pace
Slow Down?  Speed UP? (mostly speed up)

Dr. Hallowell is stopping to study a painting in a museum instead of rushing on quickly.  "My wife helps me to linger." 

I look out the window on a charcoal grey morning.
Spider webs in foggy grass appear.

"They're always there, but we just don't see them" Rob adds.

"Look at that!"  I point out:
"See those single threads of spider silk lacing between those nearby trees!"  Sun through fog, a realm of visual possibilities usually not seen:  unveiled!

Sunburst Awakening
Purple fog on white fence in the haze of sunrise.  Photo cannot capture its color and mood.

Crane Hunched in a pond surrounded by Ruddy Ducks and their young.  He surveyed us by turning his head sideways then turned the other side of his head to view us with "both eyes."  Were we moving toward him?  Were we standing still?  Were we predators?

Tai Chi slow down~breathe relax.  Meditate and medicate while exercising!  Feel connection of mind-body-spirit as one in harmony and balance.

"You spend most of your life running after things, doing things.  You forget that being comes before doing.  Those who remember this secret make an effort to 'be' and discover that when they stop and observe, life helps and brings whatever is needed,"  Barbara Brotsky, Author

"We want it yesterday!"  
"Everything is Yesterday....,"  Debra Basham

Daily seated meditation is helping me to calm, slow down, focus, create, and catch the moment with joy and appreciation.   The brain rests in silence.  I feel more aware.  Intuition is sharpening.

I see scattered scribbled notes: Meditate: "to imagine."  "Thought and pictures flow, write and create from the flow."  

"Eye in the Heart"~pictures inner:  "On the screen inside your mind. watching the action."

Green Light Writing!
Exercise:  Write 5 min, set a timer.  Write/Type free of thinking, spelling, or grammar.  Choose a topic or let it come to you.  Let Go~Let Grow, freedom from rules.
Resist  re-reading or correcting in digital or on paper.
NOW!  Shred or permanently delete your writing.

**  "Even though you know what you know, I know that I'm ready to leave...." 

Quit after 5 minutes of writing and proceed with confidence that you have expressed yourself and your innermost thoughts and feelings "by you for you!"  You have also let it go.

* "Delete your need to understand," Joy's Way, A Map for Your Transformational Journey by W. Brugh Joy, M.D.

Related Posts:   Color (Y)our World with Tai Chi (Feb 2011), Universe Shadows of Cranes, Achieve Goals by Paul Lam, M.D. (March 2011), Grow Green (April 2011), Double Vision, two cranes are better than one (Sept 2011)  Lavender Blue and Already Done (June 2012), In The Fog (Feb 2013), Forgetting (is more important than remembering) by Paul Lam, M.D. (May 2013)

Edward Hallowell, M.D, Answers to Distraction, book to help adults with ADD/ADHD.

Barbra Brotsky, author, workshops

*Joy's Way, A Map for Your Transformational Journey by W. Brugh Joy, M.D.

Marilu Henner actress and author, book Total Memory Makeover:  Anticipate, Experience, Recall.

Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey present 21 Day Meditation Challenges, various topics, online and Cd.

Paul Lam, M.D., Tai Chi for Health, DVD, You Tube, articles, research.  Tai Chi exercises developed by Medical Doctors and Tai Chi experts to help you.  Learn to relax while exercising and increase strength, rage of motion, better mood, mental concentration and much more. 

Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way, The Writing Life and more

** Song of the Day: She Said, She Said (Lennon-McCartney) sung by the Beatles from Revolver Album

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

Images by Dahlis
Snail Pace, who will "win?" Ink brush snails capture the journey
Green Light,  photo sun on green table
Rainbow Flying, photo prism of sunlight

Thursday, October 17, 2013


*  "The endless deserts are crystals of sand.  The mountain ranges are a string of beads"

A Firm Foundation 
I am fascinated with medieval architecture ever since I can remember.

***  Recently I experienced a 21 day free online meditation, Miraculous Relationships.  In  silent time of daily segments, I received many images of painted and written material including scrolls of ancient Asian type writing from various cultures as well as symbols carved onto stones or in caves.  After the sessions, I jotted images and noted impressions in a journal.  

One of the pictures stood out.  "Paint Me Now!"

An image had slowly developed out of clouds of light and fog.  I felt and saw a cold clear blueness.   **** "I can still feel the clear mountain air, the crisp chill it brought."

This inner eye picture slowly developed into a sky-sea-stone event.  It came in (downloaded) starting with sky melting into sea. The image came in section by section instead of a completed fully formed picture.  Next I perceived a steep rooftop forming followed by stone outcroppings which were the building's foundations.  I felt a sculpture (angel?) forming standing on a pediment.

After meditation, I penciled in a drawing-sketch of the building I had "seen."  I started with a small piece of paper.  The lines grew right off the paper, so I taped a second paper onto the first as a zagged stair step drew itself out to the lower right.

The colors were very clear now as I penciled in "blue sea" etc as hue indicators of what I would paint.  The stones were ancient and perhaps crumbling.  Colors of the stones were blued through the veil of crisp cold air.  I could breathe in the scene.

Painting day came in on a crisp clear blue early autumn morning.  The color and energy of the air matched the vision I had.  I put the painting flat on the table and closed the drapes most of the way to receive the bluest muted light.  I opened the doors and windows.  First I brushed in the blue sky fading to ocean  then took some tan stokes and blocked in the building, gradually adding slashes of blue and grey giving a bit of depth.  Next I started up the blue area above the building.  It felt like sea yet the sky appeared.  I stepped back, there were misty mountains visible along with the clouds and fog.  I ran out of the clear blue mist of paint I had mixed.  I quit!

After a few weeks, the oil paint layer had dried thoroughly.  Then I carved in the roof and stones, sharpened the shadows and added the sculpture I felt was there at the roof line.  The zagged steps begged me to straighten them as in the sketch, but they painted themselves crooked.  Why?

As the painting progressed, I cut the sharp shadows and rough hewn stones into the paint with a small chisel brush and palette knife.

Why was I seeing images of scenes and buildings?
"....silent meditation permits the mind's eye to go beyond its limitations and experience your core consciousness," Deepak Chopra (Facebook Oct 5, 2013).

Detail and Mystery

Random Notes:
Dwelling-Ruin on a cliff (painting) Meditation, clear air, breathe it. 

Smell the oil paint!  Like walnuts roasting!

Viewpoint like a gull-eagle soaring effortlessly overhead.

Ongoing  Discovery:
Several days ago, I opened a book about Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy.  A huge color spread greeted my eye.  My heart quickened.  I was drawn to a small simple building several hundred feet below Mont-Saint Michel.  The small structure was near the sea built on a bed of steep rocks.  "That's it!  That's what I'm painting!" 

I recognized the structure instantly, even though it was viewed from the side instead of from above.  The color in this photo displayed iron oxide stained rocks, the building's stones were light tan instead of grey in bright sun and shadow.

I flipped quickly through the pictures, one by one, and SAW a photo of what I was painting, colors and all!  How can that be?  I know I leafed through this book at least 10 years ago and "saw" this blue view but did not consciously recall it until now.

I looked at the blue photo for a couple of seconds, then closed the book and  put it back on the shelf.  Yes, the zagged ancient steps are crooked, built around their natural granite rock foundation.  I smiled to notice changes "I" had made.  

"Don't Touch It," I perceived a silent voice.

The building is St. Aubert's Chapel.  In 708 A.D. The Monk Aubert had a vision from St. Michael, the Archangel, who instructed him to build a church on the mountain above the chapel.  

Mont-Saint-Michel was born of vision and wonder.

** "The Archangel Loved Heights!"  Henry Adams    

 Stillness ~ Vision ~ Spontaneity ~ Creativity

The Stonecutter's Art  

Related Posts:  
Tonal Vision (the Power of Music) and  Angels 101 (Jan 2011), Encounters With Michael, A Different Light, Painting Mont-Saint-Michel (Feb 2011), Grow Green, help your brain grow new neurons (April 2011),  Healing Hearts (May 2011), Running Wild in the Universe (poem), July 2011, Lavender Blue (June 2012), Sacred Destination (Sept 2012), Angels in the Architecture and Electric Handshake (June 2013)

* Quote from illustrator, author, filmmaker, Peter Sis, Conference of the Birds.  "For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw pictures of flying, freedom and birds."

**  Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams.  Explore sacred sights with the author including St. Michael's Mountain in Normandy.  Thousands of free full text online books available including Mont-St-Michel and Chartres.

***  Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey team up to present 21 Day Meditation Challenges, various topics.

**** Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision, Awaken Your Creative Spirit, free E-book by Dahlis Roy
Le Mont Saint-Michel, book by Jean-Paul Benoit, photographs by Jean-Paul Gisserot (1994 edition).  This book written in French.  I almost gave it away three times recently, but something held me back.

Wiki, Mont-Saint Michel, St. Aubert's Chapel

Visit The Cloisters, New York City, USA.  Debra Basham's Blog:  Yellow Brick Road, Your Path to Heart and Health

Song of the Day:  All I've Got To Do (Lennon/McCartney) from the UK album With the Beatles.  It was 50 years ago in mid October when John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote I Want To Hold Your Hand, "and the rest is history!"

Total Memory Makeover, Book by Marilu Henner, actress.  How does memory work?  Steps to improve, store and retrieve your memories.

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

Photos by Dahlis

I left these photos as taken, free of enhancement or cropping.

Ancient Times, school sculpture by Rob

Pencil Sketch Ancient Building: what is it?

Start of Painting the meditative image

Completed Painting, Sky-Sea-Stones, Impression of St. Aubert's Chapel

Sculpture (Angel?)  Who is it?  Colors and Canvas Vibrate

Blue Light on Jagged Steps.  Imagination is Fun.  The dark "cave" to the left presents three animal images:  I see a black wolf cub in cartoon form (40's style) with round head and large eyes.  There is a black bear cub tilting his cocked head upward (part of the wolf image).  At the bottom of the cave, a cougar lies crouched, head and shoulders. To the right of the cave and before the steps, I see a Cheetah head and shoulders, head cocked.  What do you see?

The Stonecutter's Art, Zen Walkway, photo contributed by Debra Basham

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Journey to Forever

Words came in from nowhere.  I get a lot of ideas, between my kitchen and living room...I go to the table and write the title down quickly on a scrap of paper, lest it vanish.  I relish paper pads and pens in every room.  Sheets of hard copy notes are easier for me to sort, splice and (yes) tear off bits of them to cut and paste into what later becomes (as if by magic) blog posts or other types of writing or paintings!  Some prefer computer, tablet, or phone notes.  All are great resources!  Creativity and Opening are Here and Now.

I love to wander and let my mind free focus.  Tai Chi, meditative exercise, helps relaxation while exercising.  Seated meditation brings a stillness and inner vision.

Wander and Ponder~

"I use wandering a lot to clear my mind."  * Sanjay Gupta, M.D., talked about the importance of keeping the body in motion to clarify thought.  He may even walk around during meetings or exercise while interacting with others!   His brain works with more focus and clarity while he is in motion....exactly!

Chessie, our cat, wandered a lot about the house and yard, making her rounds and checking territories plus people and cats.  She kept close watch and was quite active.  Even near 20 years of age she got out of the house by herself and patrolled her yard, a cat with a mission.

Chessie Walks her Timeline in the autumn.  She comes again on the painted backdrop of the autumn leaves.

Related Posts:  
The Little Chessie that Could (Sept 2011 ), Zenwalk (Oct 2011).

Sanjay Gupta, M. D., Monday Mornings, a Novel.  Sanjay is on CNN Saturday afternoons with medical news.

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Deepak Chopra, M.D., Seated Meditation, books and more

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

Photo by Paul

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


* Elephant Hug

"What are you doing?  "My husband inquired.

I paced slowly back and forth in our kitchen.  My timer had rung.  What was it for?

I answered, "Don't mind me, I'm writing.  I'm thinking out loud."

"Hey!  That's a blog post coming in!"  I grabbed a scrap of (physical) paper and jotted the title down.

As I walked it became "clear" why my bell had rung, I needed a brief time out.

Returning to the NOW of the computer screen, I began writing quickly, brushing aside, the story I had "planned" for today.

* Elephant Hugs!
Debra had experienced the energy of the elephant and the joy of their paintings.  Some elephants are specialists who paint landscapes, florals, or abstracts.  They pick the brush handles up with their trunks and touch blank surface with painted brush tips as we do!

Debra:  "Elephants are thought to have developed emotional intelligence, and they have long been revered and honored in many cultures around the world.  When I was in Thailand in September 2010, I visited the elephant camp where I even saw elephants creating artwork."

I. Kaewthanasawad, Director of the Elephant Art Gallery:  "The fact is that elephant art has an immediate visual aesthetic appeal.  Paintings that are executed by sentient beings will always elicit a response because I believe that we recognize in them something fundamental.  When I study a painting by an elephant I see something primeval."

I picked up the postcard Debra had given me of a painting by an Elephant Artist named Duanpen.  The vibrancy of the abstract color design, mixed paints and pure hues, leads my eyes around the painting in a moving visual of bright reds, oranges, purple blues, pinks and veridian greens.  White spaces left between some painted areas accent the painting in motion.

 * Debra Basham's Blog:  Elephant Hugs Sept 14, 2013, story and photo.  Debra's Blog:  Yellow Brick Road Your Path to Heart and Health. 

Gallery Maesa:  World's Best Elephant Painting, Chiangmai, Thailand

 Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. a psychiatrist with ADD/ADHD writes Answers to Distraction and other books, help for adult ADD/ADHD
More help for adults with ADD/ADHD, humor, documentaries,medical  research.

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

Elephant Hug, Debra and Elephant Friend