Thursday, October 19, 2017

LIGHTEN UP


Flowers in the Rain






Clouds and Rain


"It's a 'going within' clouds day."

"What's that?"

"It's a rain day!  I remember when we were kids and we'd have a rain out of activities and the like.  We'd stay inside and have fun with music or paints or cooking," Rob added.  

"It's so green out, it looks like Ireland."

Cats are already dormant. 

The rain came in sheets of greyness, in sprinkles, in drum rolls of thunder, and sparks of lightening.  Strings of clouds, lighten up a for a bit of clearing then start the show all over again.  A play list of weather patterns lingers along for a day and a half of down time and reflection.


*  "Like a blue string tied to infinity intent is part of your recipe for creative awakening.  Pick up a pencil, ink, crayons, or paints and free associate your own journey dance with word-colors and light-speed."

Years ago I received a journal with a Blue Butterfly on the cover.  What will I write or draw in it?  My pristine journal is still blank!


** "Oh, what do I know of the dragon, it comes on wind and clouds?"
Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu



* The Blank Page, waiting to be filled~


Related Posts:
All Alone Universe
* The Blank Page
Flowers in the Rain
Going within Clouds

Resources:
** Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu

Tai Chi Exercise 
Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi for Health Institute
Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming, YMAA
Jou, Tsung Hwa, books, the Dao of Taijiquan, the Dao of Meditation

Music
Deuter, Wind and Mountain

Meditation
Deepak Chopra, chopracentermeditation


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


Photos:
Flowers in the Rain, Chessie Studies Flowers, photo by Paul
Clouds and Rain, photo by Rob
Inspiration, photo by Dahlis

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

STONE AND GLASS

Rock Solid





Liquid Color




The Sturdy and the Ephemeral, one can support the other, or can it?

*  "Like emptiness and harmony...."



Early Autumn and there is a hot humid atmosphere yet a faint chill, breezes blowing gently now will soon have a bite.  Green is the color of the moment.  Cats are suspicious, they know change is in the air.

"All is Process"
One step builds another, a diagram or sketch takes shape and gradually becomes a project in action.  




"Yesterday", when I was little, I had a wagon full of rocks and pebbles, I roamed in the yard  and the wagon went with me.  Today I spliced together words in a fun and random poetic fashion.


String of Pearls Poems:

STONE
A wagon full of memories

White/Black/Smokey

Crystalline 

Grainy/Banded 

Sediment/Sentiment


GLASS

Transparent

Translucent

Invisible

Mirror Image


*** "That's the great joy, creating something that wasn't there before," Tom Petty, musician

Chaos becomes Order: Rock Solid Project, tiny boxwood, original sandstone brick and mortar, river rocks with flagstone trim



In my imagination:
** I see Mt-St-Michel and St. Aubert's Abbey in Normandy
I see Chartres Cathedral in France, sculptures etched in stone with curtains of lace-like stained glass: "The Legendary Windows."



* "I see angels in the architecture, spinning in infinity...."  


Golden Angel Statue atop St. Aubert's Abbey, Normandy 


Related Posts
Stepping Stones
Firm Foundation
Building Blocks
Angels in the Architecture
Musical Architecture 
Eclipsed
Possibly Present


Resources
Music
* Paul Simon live concert, old favorites and new music including Sounds of Silence, Austin City Limits PBS TV, (2016). "Like emptiness and harmony" quote from song Homeward Bound and "Angels in the architecture..." quote from song Call Me Al.

Songs of the Day:  American Tune, Simon and Garfunkel, The Concert in Central Park and
Sounds of Silence, done very slowly here. Edgy yet relaxing music for writing.

*** Quote from Tom Petty, musician 1950-2017, from Charlie Rose Interview April 19, 1999. Charlie Rose, PBS and BTV

Book Mt-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams, take a pilgrimage into time, "The Legendary Windows"

TV: My Little Pony cartoons, episodes Maud Pie and Rock Solid Friendship, DFCH Discovery Family Channel and other sources.  Maud Pie studies rocks and writes poems, "There're all about rocks, I have thousands of them."


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

Photos by Dahlis:
Rock Solid project begins
Stained Glass Candle Holder Glows in the Sunlight
River Rocks
Completed Project:  includes three tiny boxwoods in natural surroundings

Oil Painting by Dahlis: Sky Sea and Stone (detail)
St. Aubert's Abbey, 807 AD, appeared in a meditation and later gradually painted itself.  St. Aubert received three visions from St. Michael the Archangel to build Mt-Saint-Michel, fortress on the top peaks of this island off the Normandy Coast.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

IRIDESCENT



As summer melts into early autumn,  the Birthday Girls come out to play:
Silver Butterfly Sept 23, 1985 and Blue Butterfly Sept 26, 2010




Iridescent Butterfly, how do you glow?

Behold, you were blue and now you are multicolored?  How did this happen?

Day and Light, you change and evolve.

Where will you be next? 


This necklace changed color from a blue butterfly pendant to various pearl tones and reflective prisms on March 17, 2017?  How did this happen?





Chuckling, I write down random titles for possible future posts?

Lighten Up

Crystal Clear


Mile-a-Minute Mind


Out of Order





Muted image of Silver Butterfly shows a bit of pink and lavender.  Out of a Dream You Came....





* "Attention Energizes, Intention Transforms."

Love is a mirror reflecting Infinity.



Happy Birthday Out of the Blue: 333 posts later and 7 happy years of writing experiments, my, how we have grown!

This Year the Top 5 Posts on Out of the Blue are:

Tonal Vision

Lavender Blue

Magic Numbers

Luminous Feather

Light Returning



Blogger Search Key Words:  Butterfly, Dream, Visions, Creativity

Resources:
* Chopra Center Meditation, 21 Day Meditation Experiences by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, M.D., various topics.  Quote from Desire and Destiny, segment, Intentional Me, July 27, 2017

blogger.com  create your free blog with Google, it's easy and free

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

Images:
Blue Butterfly Logo Painting and Muted Image of Silver Butterfly Painting plus photo of necklace by Dahlis

Celebrate! Hand Made Cards by Linda published with permission 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

LOON HAIKU

 *Loon Haiku by Isabel Jackson             




              Loons close to our shore
    the next minute far, far out
              then feeding near us


              Loon parent and chick
    a diving feeding lesson
              takes repetition 







Blog Search Key words: birds, wildlife, poetry

Related Posts:
Two Cranes are Better than One
A Rooster's Tale
Mist Rising
Floating Feather
Mystery Feather
The Rainbow Crane
Think Green, the Backyard Cranes
In the Fog
Stillness and Motion
Double Vision
Deer Dreamer

Resources:
Music
Sonic Satellite Music: Various Selections and Styles

Tranquility, music for relaxation:
Jim Centorino, Loon Lake
CD: Ivory


* Isabel Jackson, writer, poem reprinted with permission

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

Pen Drawing, Loon on Lake by Dahlis 


Thursday, August 31, 2017

ECLIPSED


*Total Eclipse of the (He)art


Moonglow Sunburst:

A 90 minute event, transformed the Nation and the World with new technology and heightened enthusiasm.  With awe and wonder, we watched, cheered, laughed, and cried, a display of vivid emotions, heart felt.  

I watched "live...."

Jackson Hole Wyoming scenes were particularly memorable, the sharp mountain peaks went dark!  Silence! 

Carbondale IL, ** "but clouds got in my way"....seconds of light shining through a dark rain cloud hovering above.  Some viewers in various  locations related that during totality, there was an "ethereal blue" tone to the landscapes. "Yes~"

I checked out our own landscape during partial coverage, I watched as the cloudy bright sky became a shade darker, I noticed subtle shades of green and blue mutate to a calmer frequency.  I felt intensity and excitement.

Thinking back to more primitive times, when the world turned dark for a brief time.  How would I feel then?  

I made drawings and marked in the colors, intense fast fun.  I watched and wrote at the speed of light, absorbing a timeline of timeless magic flashing quickly before me.  The diamond ring appears!  Spectroscopy, a neon rainbow of data, shows a feast of light and color. 

Smile!  


Recently, in Possibly Present, the previous post, I felt "somewhat connected." 

During the eclipse and afterwards I experienced "perfectly present" moments of being absolutely there~ in a span of focused concentration.

"Imagine"

Afterglow:  Total Eclipse of the Clock




*** "Time it was, oh, what a time it was...."



Related Posts:
Possibly Present
A Strong Clear Vision
Tonal Vision
By an Unfaltering Trust

Resources:
* Sue Broome:  empowerment4you  Author, Spiritual Teacher, Books, Video, Angel Messages and more, photo by Sue Aug 21, 2017, reprinted with permission

Eclipse Over America, NOVA, PBS broadcasting

The Week  Magazine:  The Great American Eclipse, p 11,  Aug 11, 2017 and The Eclipse:  A Nation Briefly United in Awe, p. 17 Sept 1, 2017   


Music:  **Quote from Both Sides Now by Judy Collins, "but clouds got in my way..."

More Songs: Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler, Moonglow the Theme from Picnic, Moonshadow by Cat Stevens, Allegheny Moon, Moon Over Miami, Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Moonlight Becomes You So.  When You Wish Upon a Star from both Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Walt Disney's Pinocchio  

*** Quote: from Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends, "Time it was, oh, what a time it was..."

TV and Online:
Luna Eclipses (2011) My Little Pony cartoons DFCH, TV, for kids of all ages, "Once In a Blue Moon...."

NASA, CBS, CNN, Sky and Telescope, and more


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



Images:
*Total Eclipse of the (He)art, photo by Sue Broome, reprinted with permission 

Total Eclipse of the Clock photo by Dahlis

Sunday, August 13, 2017

POSSIBLY PRESENT

Possibly Present in Every Way~ ?




Zoe drew a sketch:  We have the "Earth"  peppered with "people" on your left view representing "Normal Reality."  There is a bridge connecting Earth to the "Beyond," multiple dimensions of "Non Physical Reality" on your right.  People on Earth may be more grounded (rooted in reality) or not (out there:  dreamers, mystics, writers, artists, musicians and many others).  Some people can co exist in several dimensions at once, in a harmonic balanced blend. 




"It's fun up there!"

"Where are you in the spectrum of present on Earth or in the Beyond?" Zoe asked.

Without hesitation I replied, "I'm way out there right now."  For a short while, recently, I actually felt more rooted to Earth, more in the moment, more spontaneous, yet less creative, restless for the missing 'me.'  I started drifting out again...."


 Questioning a friend, "Where do you feel you fit in to the broad spectrum of physical and non-physical reality or a blend of each?"  

"I'm possibly present."

"I like that!"


** Face Forward:





Wander and Wonder:

Fully Present? 

How might I feel then?  Am I more willing to experience activities and new adventures?

More social, let go and relax more, less drive to achieve, less OCD, more flexible

Less controlling, less agitated.

Link more ideas and data together, active and dynamic learning.

Feel more like a team player, part of group activity, a feeling of belonging.

However:  far less motivated~ more of a drifting carefree attitude, more enjoyment of life, food music, etc. 

Out There?

Creative inspiration, strong feelings to paint or write

Intuition deepens

More solitary

M
otivational drive to achieve

Increased
OCD and edgy drive, "my stuff my way~"

Some areas of daily life and tasks may actually be more organized in this mindset, usually in short bursts.



* Shirley MacLaine speaks of "Multidimensional Identity" part of which can be non physical childhood friends.  I certainly have them in the forms of animals!  The many incoming images feed my desire to draw and paint animals....and more.

Meditation is "really hard" being an overachiever, Shirley also commented.

Sitting still, when we can, nourishes and energizes every dimension of our physical and non physical selves.


*** Future Forward




Up Close


From the Stars We Came~
Possibly Present in Every Way




Related Posts:
Fully Present, "The Cat is Fully Present at all Times"
Wander and Ponder, Chessie walks her timeline

Resources:
* Shirley MacLaine, actress, author, spiritual teacher, visionary,  and dancer.  Multiple books, movies, and documentaries help us understand ourselves and explore new pathways of thinking and acting. Quotes from Oprah Winfrey's interview with Shirley 2015, OWN  Super Soul Sunday

Music: 
Radical Face, Ben Cooper: Roots, Branches, Leaves, and new EP
SunMoonnEclippse.com.  Tune in for visual relaxation and energy, a cyclical EP, repeats the loop of music.

Meditation: 
chopracentermeditation Deepak Chopra, M.D., online meditation programs, free and for purchase, Deepak and Oprah 21 Day Meditation Experiences and more

Tai Chi and Qigong Moving Meditation
Dr. Paul Lam, taichiforhealthinstitute.org  Programs for all ages and ability levels

Dr Yang, Jwing-ming, WMAA.com

Yoga 
Giam  instruction for all levels
Peggy Cappy, Yoga for all ages, various programs

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

Images
Art work and photos published with permission:
Earth and Beyond, sketch by Zoe
"It's fun up there!" photo by Jule
** Face Forward, drawing by Zoe
*** Zoe Meditating, painting by Ivy

Saturday, July 29, 2017

INNER CHILD


** Breathe:  art works by Ivy



Wandering around in my data overloaded picture mind, I mentioned to a friend, "I am overwhelmed."   

"Acceptance" Ivy replied.

Silently to myself I growled inwardly, "How am I going to do that?"  There's that Acceptance word again I had struggled to write about many years ago.  Have I learned anything at all?  Have I let go of agenda or schedule?  Have I ever relaxed?


Today I opened a meditation from *Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, topic: "Acceptance... and Trust in the Power of Sacred Energy." 





Sacred Energy



Based on the online journal questions included with the meditation, I emoted:

Acceptance is So Hard!  I wrote fast.
I want what I want, I want it NOW, I wanted it Yesterday, Data Overboard, I Love Data!


To My Inner Child:
"For many millions of light years you are rejoicing and struggling in your various light/life forms in the physical and non physical shifts that "You" are:

I pick up the power of YOU, my Inner Child
determined
watchful
over focused
wandering traveller
light walker
dream weaver 
creativity coach
spontaneous intuitive inspiration
out of box thinker
contemplative
rule breaker
flexible non scheduled, in the moment
joy of achievement 
What Else?

painting with light

writing with sound

The Color Blue





Therapeutic Writing!
I Feel better now this is exactly what I need!




Blog Search Key words:  Vision, Creativity, Blue


Related Posts:
A Strong Clear Vision
The Painted Word
See Spots Run
By An Unfaltering Trust
Tonal Vision
Lavender Blue



Resources:
* chopracentermeditation  Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra present 21 Day Meditation Experience, free online July and part of Aug.  Other free meditations and for purchase or download to help you get started in self transformation.  This blog is based on the segment Desire and Destiny, Day 13 Faithful Me, July 29, 2017 optional online journal included to help you focus. 

Music:
Over and Over song:  Ben Cooper, Radical Face, Leaves  cut #1

Art Work:
Breathe, Pencil Drawing with Sculpture by Ivy, reprinted with permission


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author and Tai Chi Instructor


Photos by Dahlis: 
** Sculpture with Pencil Drawing "Breathe" by Ivy, printed with permission

"Energy" Stone from the Field Museum of Chicago, IL plus green tree agate, "grounding." 

The Color Blue, light reflected through a blue bottle in sunlight reflects aqua 

Monday, July 17, 2017

LAKE LUMINOUS

A Poem by Isabel Jackson


*Lake Luminous


Sparkles on the lake below
dance, flash, twinkle
(as if myriad bells are tinkling)


sparks dart across water
air currents make inaudible music
subtle rhythm, random, free


beginning   ending   beginning
fascinates, mystifies
myriad lumens


a pathway of glimmers
scattered sprinklings
tiny flames of brilliance


cascading toward shore
a prick of light but for an instant
gold detonating


momentary mobile brilliance
stars of sun's morning
each jewel blinks


clustered gems
gradually dispel
only to return yet again





Key Words Blog Search: poetry, water, lake, beach

Related Posts:
A Strong Clear Vision


Resources:
* Lake Luminous, an original poem contributed by Isabel Jackson, reprinted with permission

Music:
Roots, Leaves, Branches, by Radical Face, Ben Cooper

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

Photos by Dahlis
Light Effect
Diamond Sparkles

Sunday, June 25, 2017

THE REEL WORLD

During a *guided meditation, words float around me.  Enjoying a quiet tonal segment, fully awake, eyes closed, suddenly I saw and felt:


Clearer than Crystal

*** "The Borders of Our Lives"


"Realer" than "reel"~ a living movie unfolded!

Heard: Borodin Music, On The steppes of Central Asia

"Photograph clear" HD detail, a journey deep and mighty in motion.


Crystal Clarity 4th dimension:
I walked desert and rocks, ground crunches underfoot.  Every grain of sand and slab of rock stood out.  Blue banner sky, as clear as glass. 





I felt:  chilly clear air coupled with beating hot sun.

I wore:  white gym shoes, worn blue jeans, a patterned red and white flannel shirt over a white T-shirt, black sun visor, eye protective sun glasses, and a red and white bandana as neck or head scarf as needed..

I was:  alone, young, walking, wandering, both observer and participant wavered back and forth in shifts of perception, absorbing energy from the Earth and Sky.

I saw:  **a Pallas Cat!  Grey and white, a bit of tan, long hair, broad face, slung low to ground and alert.  Every whisker, every hair in perfect detail,  He melted  into the rocks.
Alien.

I had:  eagle eyes~

Then, a Mongolian Fox appeared!  A mix grey and red.  Square sturdy shape, every thing square.  His eyes slanted and mostly shut against the glare.  He scurried and vanished into a rocky cave. 
Prehistoric.

I knew:  I had been "there" wherever "there" was.  Mongolia? I love being "there!

"Push a Button" in your imagination, and you're "there!" 

I heard:  stillness silence

Absolute Magic~

*** "I touch no one and no one touches me."





*** "And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries...."






Related Posts:
Reel Life
Building Blocks
A Firm Foundation
Fully Present



Resources:
*Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, 21 Day Meditation Experiences, various topics,  chopracentermeditation

** Big Cat Dynasty, NGW, National Geographic Wild, 2 parts.  The Pallas Cat and Mongolian Fox appeared as if by magic in the scenes I witnessed during meditation.

Music: 
Borodin, On the Steppes of Central Asia

***Simon and Garfunkel:  quotes from I am a Rock and Dangling Conversation, Simon and Garfunkel The Best of Simon and Garfunkel

Writing Therapy:
3 minute writing:  spontaneous, anytime, anywhere, write for 3 minutes, helps clarify thought, write "anything" express feelings and intentions, shred or keep.  Iyanla VanZant, The Dr Oz Show, June 2017

The Artist's Way, The Writing Life, reboot your creativity and inspiration, Julia Cameron


More:
Globe Trekker, globetrekkerTV.com  grab a backpack and travel the world, various locations, food, art, culture.

Charlie Rose, VR Stanford Univ., Aug 12, 2016,

Shirley MacLaine actress, author, dancer, visionary, spiritual teacher, journeys of the heart, books: Out on a Limb, the Camino, Out on a Leash and many more.


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos by Dahlis
Red Rocks, various sand and rock formations

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CURTAIN CALL

"Preparing to Scan"

Drawing the Curtain

In the previous post, Drawing the Curtain,  I thought about "drapery studies" but, until today, I didn't have "time" to try one.  Interesting as the pen made lace-like effects from the solid print curtain on its rod.

Drawing the curtain is hard!  I want something easy....How about:



Drawing the Puppy

Drawing a puppy from memory is fun, no specific animal, free of agenda, mind on autopilot, an evolving door.  Steps of drawing an animal friend are suggested, go lightly at first, then darken as the images becomes more clear and sure. 


Details

Now for a more specific dog.  To fix "Blue" more in my memory bank, I add "details" such as eye color, coat color, expression, personality and feeling freedom with the sketch.  Sketching is more powerful than we think!


"Preparing to Write"

1-2-3 JRNL
*I heard a suggestion today about daily self care.  Grab a journal or a piece of paper and write free style about anything at all for only three minutes.  You can shred it afterward if you like.  

"I can do that!"

Here's what I wrote:


Standing on the precipice of writing, I feel like I'm standing on the high dive.

I look down into the shimmering crystal turquoise water.

What do I  feel?  Think?
Unknown

Where am I?
Unknown

Who am I?
Unknown

A grain of sand in the ocean of time
I AM


Words drift in:
"....and I took the road less traveled...." poem by Robert Frost


Key word: Creativity

Related Posts:
The Blank Page ( I have yet to write in my blank journal)

* Resources:
The Dr. Oz Show, June 7, 2017, Iyanla Vanzant, recovery and release, inspiration

Music for the Day:
Radical Face Ben Cooper, layers of sounds in Leaves, Roots, and Branches


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


Pen on paper images by Dahlis:
Drawing the Curtain

Drawing the Puppy

Sketch of "Blue"