If you want to challenge yourself to find more depth, take a couple months in another country. Do something you’ve never done before. Find your inner adventurer and develop a relationship with that explorer. Here we are…on this planet. Why not live in this moment as creatively as possible?
I love to travel. Not only to gather new images, but to be intimate with the land. If I am to paint it effectively, I need to know, at least, a part of its story…its people. Fear is planted in us from early childhood. Fear’s voice tells us we cannot do all sorts of things. It locks us into a smaller and smaller universe. My thought is: If you want to make your own decisions, make peace with your individual fears. My wise friend, Maria, told me she had read if you want to overcome fear, smile at it. I LOVE that. It is clear. Part of our basic need for health is creativity. We all have amazing things to offer. Fear tells us not to bother. It feeds our insecurities. Our affinity for dualistic thinking feeds the fear. It says it’s better to hibernate than to make mistakes. Yet how do we shake the apples out of our trees without a few shake-ups. We have chosen ease. We have lost our patience for smiling at our enemies. Our lives afford so much comfort. We don’t realize how much we want to hold onto it .
So here, in this cloudy place, I am beginning a real journey into an unknown – which is creating in me something new. A place of sunlight. A land where clouds in the outside world are giving me the motivation to find the light which has been covered by a basket.
To be sure, in my own personal experience, wisdom has always been accompanied by pain…all part of this search for True.
Happy 2016! I am excited to tell you all this message comes from Dornoch, Scotland. The Highlands. I have been here a month. It is cold and dark. (only about 7 hours of light in a day} and it is surprising even to me that I am enjoying this new experience as much as I am. My life these days has been a long lesson in “mining for jewels”. I am discovering when I look for and concentrate on whatever is good and lovely, emerging from the raw materials of the moment – there is an awareness of my own creative voice. I am searching for the gems around me. My own creativity is excitedly jumping with anticipation. Anticipation for the next glimpse of some true thing. So I am painting…making some new friends. My eyes are growing accustomed to this dim light and these bright people. I’ll keep in touch. And I’ll be back before too long!
Let’s celebrate! This thought has been part of my soul for a very long time….when life is difficult, when things don’t happen the way we want. When we are in need, the best solution is to have a party! Celebrate !!! Be thankful! I believe in magic – not hocus pocus magic, real magic! A merry heart is like a medicine. It does good. When we find our courage to be thankful in the face of pain, sadness, trouble…we begin to see transformation inside ourselves and outside in others. We learn secrets we could never learn otherwise. The gifts inside us let us find them. We are filled where we once were empty. If we can decide to accept the moment with everything it holds and rejoice on purpose. I suspect we all can find a great deal in our lives to be thankful for…let’s do it on purpose. Let’s turn the music up and dance through our days. Let us raise our hands in the air and shout thank you to the heavens! I can promise it wont be lonely. You will find yourself in precious company. Happy Season of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you all!!!
You may have heard me mention my screened in porch where I have early coffee nearly every morning of the week. I like to be the only person up; meditating with no distractions. Last week, I was well into the process of emptying my mind, when I began to be conscious of the positive spaces before me. The trees and bushes……the flowers, lawn furniture……the teal blue shed which sits patiently, and the little stone patio my nephew Josh laid years ago. All these positive images hold memories and emotions. Every thing else in my view was a negative space. The air……colorless…..empty of object has never captured my attention in quite this way. I saw (with my imagination) flashes of light in that negative space. Then more light flashes. Colors… I became aware of this thought. The empty spaces were not empty. They were host to any number of light, tinted, ethereal creatures. The spaces held angels and muses who were playing, rejoicing really, all around and through the solids. It made me think how mysterious and lovely life is on this planet. These creatures were here to play, be creative and be involved with us in any way they possibly can be. Good manners dictate their behavior toward us. They help only when invited. They inspire when this is what we seek. Our lives would hold so much less beauty without them. This has become one of those guiding roses which lead and encourage me farther in and farther up. Forever this.
Walking Each Other Home – 40×40/acrylic on board – in previous blogs and now completed, we have featured the progress on this painting. This is the first painting in a new series inspired by the Ram Dass quote “We’re all just walking each other home”.
Something is happening. New alliances are forming around us. Relationships are being born with new purpose. Friendships, Love, Mentors…are all rallying to the call of ‘walking each other home.’ We have all found ourselves in survival mode. This is not a competition. We all have times of need, and of abundance. We live from our abundance. As I am drawn to a person, this mutual sharing is what I look for. Whoever crosses my path is there for a reason. Usually to teach me or learn from me, or to help me in some other way.. Some times these bridges are strong enough to carry a great deal of weight. Sometimes they are designed for learning, for conversation, for artistic light. Some of us are light bearers, listening for the next conversation or the next act of kindness to direct us. We watch for our muse to clarify where the next clue is. Where the next painting, poem or song will be found.
There are rules – more like principles…to guide us. We keep in mind the clear admonition to maintain a positive approach; to bring our minds into the captivity of Truth. This painting we create of our lives, is designed for light and for love. It is an adventure…for sure.
Walking Each Other Home (Stage 3) – 40×40/acrylic on board – in previous and upcoming blogs, we are featuring the progress on this painting. This is the first in a new series Dorsey is beginning inspired by the Ram Dass quote “We’re all just walking each other home”.
The mass migration out of Syria is all over the news here in Scotland. Europe is being taxed to find room for thousands of souls searching for refuge. I have been thinking of them all as well. It is hard to imagine having to leave your home, not knowing where to go, or how to get there. Most have walked or taken dangerous, life-threatening voyages; risking their lives to find sanctuary. And we are all the same family…the family of man. It is evident to me that our most pressing need is to find the love, the compassion and the empathy to walk awhile along side these people. Our hearts need to be open to the reality that we all can give a little toward walking these people home. It can enrich our own lives and the lives of one another to find this well in our own hearts. We are all, in reality, moving along at different paces to our own “farther in and farther up”. Our lives will be better for it. Better for learning the joy of walking each other home.