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Posts Tagged ‘#737 + GRACE #1/ #2/ #3/ #4/ #5/ #6/ #7/ #8 2017 Catherine L. Johnson + Pablo Neruda “Of everything I have seen; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;’

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Softly : earTH I-VIII

timeless elegance – colors of our Earth

2012

 each original painting measures: 13″ H x 10.5″ W
Catherine L. Johnson

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I dedicate

the presentation

of this

specific series of paintings

to ALL whose hearts and lives

were/are

navigating through,

coping with,

and,

rising up with courageous resilience

the terrifying, traumatic wildfires in California:

Kincade Fire / Sonoma County

Tick Fire / Los Angeles County

Getty Fire / Los Angeles County.

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California wildfire questions answered in the link below:
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/us/wildfires-california-explained-questions-trnd/index.html

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I send you the life force

of the continuous energy of

GRACE LOVE + RADICAL HOPE.

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​Green:

Green is color of the Heart chakra.

Green is the color of revitalization, hope, and rebirth.

Green is serene, calming, and stress-relieving.

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Softly: earTH I                                                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH II                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH III                                                                                        Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH iV                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH V                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH VI                                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH VII                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Softly: earTH VIII                                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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Norway spruce (Abies vulgaris)

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PURE 

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JOY!!!!!

 

WOXOF!

JASPAR OBI

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2017: MY AMAZING ZING ZING JASPAR OBI RUNNING
THROUGH VENTO NATURE SANCTUARY!

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DAWNING  #5                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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DAWNING  #6                                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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DAWNING  #7                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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Please click on the images to enlarge/detail.
For further information on the DAWNING series, please click on the links below.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/722-dawning-ecclessonatagminor-2017-catherine-l-johnson-william-xucla-double-bass-recital-2008-eccles-sonata-in-g-minor-tanzania/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/724-improvisation-dawnings-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-catherine-l-johnson-2017-bill-evans-trio-bill-evans-scott-lafaro-paul-motian/

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RenshaboKamakura Era

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Imakita Kōsen (1816-1892)

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In Zen, ensō ( , “circle”)

is a circle that is hand-drawn
in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes
to express a moment
when the mind is free to let the body create.
These paintings were done as a type of moving meditation,
so therefore unlike conventional artists
who strive for variety and originality,
these artists brushed the same subjects

over and over,

using the same pattern strokes.
The paintings showed not only the spiritual quality of the artist,
but the uniqueness of each moment in time as well.
So each one is different,
even though done by the same person
moments apart.
http://zenpaintings.com/article-enso.htm

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Playing with freedom

can only come

after

a certain amount of foundational study.

– Geri Allen
Geri Antoinette Allen
(June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017)
https://geriallen.com/

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GRACE #7                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2017

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Please click on the image to enlarge/detail.
For further information on the GRACE series, please click on the links below.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/tag/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-catherine-l-johnson/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/744-grace-8-you-are-my-grace-i-am-your-grace-40-h-x-26-w-catherine-l-johnson-anthony-coxs-dark-metals-charles-lloyds-modern-quartet/

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ELEgancE #2                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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Please click on the image to enlarge/detail.
For further information on the ELEgancE series, please click on the links below.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/840-elegance-1-2-2018-catherine-l-johnson-infinity-eternity-y-our-breath/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/844-elegance-7-2018-catherine-l-johnson-wonder-awe-2019-treasure-heart-gracelove-is-opendeepwideimprovisationalsoaringbrilliantradicalhope-unfurling-courage-bliss-action/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/845-elegance-8-2019-catherine-l-johnson-15-january-2019-awaken-woke-ings-to-make-an-end-is-to-make-a-beginning-t-s-eliot/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/846-elegance-9-2019-catherine-l-johnson-dare-to-move-forward-by-all-means-keep-moving-reverend-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/848-elegance-10-11-2019-catherine-l-johnson-fantastic-negrito-plastic-hamburgers-stacey-abrams-says-we-do-not-succeed-alone/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/846-elegance-9-2019-catherine-l-johnson-dare-to-move-forward-by-all-means-keep-moving-reverend-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/841-winter-solsoul-stice-elegance-3-4-5-2018-catherine-l-johnson-dedicated-to-the-bountiful-grace-luminosity-of-holly-cottor-on-her-birthday/

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sacred listening

living your truth
self awareness

KINDNESS

radical hope

compassionate empathy
challenging your perspectives + perceptions
moving beyond limitations

beginning anew

freedom
negotiating conflict resolution
making amends with/by change

TELLING THE TRUTH

respect for self + others
honor for self + others
generosity
responsibility
PRESENCE
forgiveness

DEMOCRACY

integrity

SEEING

with an original eye
beauty

resilience

stepping UP
vulnerability
courage
empathy
reliability

intimacy

update/reset your life’s script/narrative
heal/thy art of living

living love

rising

RESURGENCE

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/867-black-ice-tenderly-2019-catherine-l-johnson-prana-qi-vijnana-joie-de-vivre-tenderly-bill-evans-tony-scott/

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‘BLACK ICE: SWEETLY’

Catherine L. Johnson 
2019

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TWO SEPARATE PRISMS/EXPERIENCES OF THE SINGULAR DRAWING
whisper / whispers / whispering

listen

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TOP IMAGE: light is centered and positioned straight on the work
BOTTOM IMAGE: light is  dimmed and centered from below the work 

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intimate — listening/attending with an open heart and with the open palms of one’s hands — listen to the light — reverence

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4B and 2B GRAPHITE ON BLACK HEAVYWEIGHT MATTE PAPER
19.25” H x 13.75” W

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 ‘BLINDED BY YOUR GRACE’

Stormzy
2017

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She,
In the dark,
Found light
Brighter than many ever see.
She,
Within herself,
Found loveliness,
Through the soul’s own mastery.
And now the world receives
From her dower:
The message of the strength
Of inner power.

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Langston Hughes

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CONNIE CATES SHELLA

5 September 1954 – 23 January 2019
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/indianapolis-in/connie-shella-8138040

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AWEwoman.

I can see her as a child,

my cousin,

with her
long platinum brown hair falling
below her shoulders,
a quiet regal presence
and
a graceful ballerina demeanor.

Astonishing, to me.

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I knew her

as a woman

who was luminous,

grace,

fierce

in her determination
to

endure,

transcend

and

prevail.

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Her opened heart was

a July ruby bloom,

a maternal warm nest,
a safe hearth.

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Connie,

my “cousin-sister”,

a Queen,

who invited,
welcomed
and

upheld truth-telling,

elegant dignity

and 

lived the deep sea courage

of

unfathomable loving,

boundless hope,
with

a heartfire

that shined kind tenderness,
remarkable resilience
and

radiant beauty.

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My cousin’s

soul

spiraled, soared tonight

escaping her knotted coiled body
and,
in her last exhale,

a bright star

was created
in the vault
of
the
night sky.

 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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Thank you, Connie.
You live forever in my heart beat.

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Connie WITH me. 13 July 2015.

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ELEgancE #7                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2018

 

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My NEW YEAR’s OFFERING/BLESSING to you:

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The present was an egg
laid by the past
that had the future
inside its shell.

Zora Neale Hurston

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JASPAR OBI

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Jaspar Obi

is my little man,

MY STAND BY ME

on 4legs.
He is my cherished
11 year old English Springer Spaniel.
My constant, faithful and enthusiastic

WING man

to ALL
my outdoor adventures
and
my creative adventures.

Jaspar Obi

is my

fierce/protective lion at my gate

who KNOWS
my code and my embedded passwords
to my

HEARTSOUL

behind my fortress and moat.

He is the entrusted “drawbridge”.

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Jaspar Obi, 

as his soul slowly lifts away
from his increasingly frail body,
is now

my mentor/detectivepriest

teaching me without words
about

improvisational LOVE,

the true authentic

sacred dynamic

of

GRACE LOVE:

which OPENS hearts

deeper and wider

that WELCOMES uncertainty

as discovery, exciting,
and 

is

the testament/practice

of

REAL freedom.

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This voyage

of

GRACE LOVE

is

NOT

for fearful pale hearts

who do

NOT

have the capacity to

“sacred listen”,

nor the s/hero’s  STRENGTH + willingness
to

enter the unknown

and
who do

NOT

access/activate their own internal

“divining rod”.

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The

choice

to be

a truth seeker

is to

drop the dense slippery veils of denial

continuously with determination/strength,
is to

stay resolved to learn/know

what they may not want to learn.
and
is the

strength + willingness to navigate

the turbulent, starless, fathomless seas
of

concealment

and

uncertainty

in the

requisite

vision quests.

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GRACE LOVE

IS

OPENDEEPWIDE

IMPROVISATIONALSOARING

BRILLIANTRADICALHOPE

UNFURLING

COURAGE

BLISS

ACTION!

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GRACE LOVE

becomes

A CONSCIOUS CHOICE

directed by the

“divining rod”

of 

YOUR

TREASURE HEART.

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Those who choose
to

LIVE LOVE

as

BOUNDLESS INFINITE LIGHT

through
darkness and uncertainty

LIVE BEAUTY;

LIVE TRUTH;

LIVE COURAGE;

LIVE STRENGTH;

LIVE RADICAL HOPE;

LIVE BLOOMING GARDENS of BEAUTY;

LIVE KINDNESS;

LIVE DIGNITY;

LIVE HONESTY;

LIVE VULNERABILITY;

LIVE the ART of LOVING.

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Love is difficult

– yet,

loving is an unfurling blessed revelation of joy

 loving is a relational messy verb

– a  wild A/LIVE river.

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GRACE LOVE

is not a possession,

is not a commodity,

is not a barter,

nor an arrangement of convenience

 that controls or can be controlled.

It is a breath gift of immeasurable value to your heartsoul.

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GRACE LOVE

loving is not falling

– it is riSING to SEE

and

willing to be SEEN!

A decision.

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GRACE LOVE

is calling out an expedition,

a call out adventure to be ALL the things…

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The

revelation and response

of

GRACE LOVE’s

CALL

is
to cross the threshold
and

ENTER

an

intimate dance

with/for a treasured beloved

into

WONDER + AWE!

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To LIVE

GRACE LOVE

is

WONDER + AWE!

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GRACE LOVE

is a testament,

a breathing LIVING template

of  the

coUrage, STRENGTH + capacity

to

break open.

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GRACE LOVE

is a hymn of the sublime
and

  KNOWING

love
is

boundless, creative,

authentic STRONG

when

the hurricane lamp guide
is:

We will figure it out”,

“I see YOU”

and

“Yes,

life is amaZING GRACE”

IS

the

VITAL / DYNAMIC dialectic

of

Y/OUR

awareness;

that listening to silence is hearing

and

KNOWING

the story
of

your choices

and

awakenings

and

relationships

is

YOUR life.

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Yes,

KNOWING 

YOU

are the gardener,

the pilot,

the flight,
the belief,

the practice of RADICAL hope without a map

and

WITH

ONLY

the light in the DARK sTar nights

to guide you

into

the unknown, open, bountiful

fields

of

GRACE LOVE.

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DARK sTar #3                                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2018
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/789-dark-star-1-2-3-4-5-6-2018-catherine-l-johnson-she-in-the-dark-found-light-langston-hughes/

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Your

story

is

which relationships

you chose/choose

to nourish/nurture/dance

WITH

and

you

cherished

as

unrepeatable, sacred

irreplaceable

DISCOVERY ADVENTURE

treasures

– a  synergistic fit of goodness to each + all.

 

Your story

is also

the choices of your exits,

your letting go of relationships
that are no longer respectful or honorable or truthful
of
you AND/OR them.

To live lies is to steal/extinguish light.

Cruel theft.

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Choosing

heal/thy

IS

I / ThOU.

 

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The Cottor family KNOWS

GRACE LOVE

the active choice to  move forward,
to go WITH the beloved,

to go beyond:

conventional wisdom, boundaries, expectations.
My cousins, Holly and Jonathan Cottor,
KNOW + LIVE GRACE LOVE.
My Uncle Bob and Aunt Sharon Cottor
KNOW + LIVE GRACE LOVE.

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Improvisational creative geniuses

KNOW + LIVE GRACE LOVE!

They MUST

because

they cannot deceive/lie

to

themselves.

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To choose

RiSING

RESURGENCE

is
to go waaaay

beyond

conventional wisdom

and
to have faith that you do

taste/touch/see

the Dark sTar

within

LIGHT.

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Pioneers.

Hurricane LAMPS.

Mavericks.

INNOVATORS.

CREATORS of NEW optics

to SEE ANEW.

BOUNDLESS.

FREEDOM BLUEPRINTS.

OPPORTUNITIES which SPARK.

Crescendos of POSSIBILITIES.

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The

TRUTH SEEKER’s

choice

is a

“I MUST KNOW”!

I will enter
the unknown/the unnamed
so I can

discover

and,
in turn,

become a guide.

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You KNOW

when YOU
make/made that transforming

LIVE LIFE

choice.

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You can

ONLY

move forward

once

you choose,

with actions,

the momentous life-defining

call

of

GRACE LOVE.

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NO backwards step

once

YOU

FEEL

the aWAKEning.

WOKE.

 

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The

FREEDOM

of

LIVING

GRACE LOVE

is the design,
flight and blissful confidence
of the

alchemy story 

of the

PHOENIX!

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Fear is a now a forever slayed dragon.

You learned what/who to listen to

– you can no longer can be taken hostage.

You feel your own heart beat, heart blood and breath.

You know WHO to seek

–  those relationships

who SEE YOU

in/with

GRACE LOVE.

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YOU

are now
the

victor/leader

of the
dynamic relational template
of

dignity,

radiance

and

peace.

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YES!

YOU.

YES!

ME.

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JASPAR, variation of Caspar, meaning TREASURE in Persian.
Caspar was one of the Magi, reigning from Persia,
who followed the Star of Bethlehem brought frankincense.
OBI is an African name which means HEART.

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LETSBLISSSOARFLYAWCYESU/METREASUREFIELDSOFJOYUCOMETOME

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SIMPLE AWE + SIMPLE WONDER #3                                                     Catherine L. Johnson   2018

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SIMPLE AWE

SIMPLE WONDER

RADICAL HOPE

YES!

amaZING GRACE

NEW BREED LEADERS

RESURGENCE

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“An Egoless Practice”: Tantric Art
https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/04/03/an-egoless-practice-tantric-art/
http://sigliopress.com/book/tantra-song/
 

 

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“When the soul

wants to experience something

she throws out an image

in front of her

and

then

steps

into

it.

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Meister Eckhart , 14th century German theologian

 

 

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The circle symbol meaning is universal

– it represents the infinite nature of energy.

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STILLNESS

2018
Catherine L. Johnson

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For further information on STILLNESS, please click on links below:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/stillness-1-10
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/818-stillness-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-meister-eckhart-14th-century-german-theologian-uncharted-territories-2018-dave-holland-craig-taborn-ches-smith/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/817-stillness-4-5-6-2018-catherine-l-johnson-meister-eckhart-14th-century-german-theologian-uncharted-territories-2018-dave-holland-craig-taborn-ches-smith/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/816-stillness-1-2-3-2018-catherine-l-johnson-glenn-gould-ignites-j-s-bachs-partita-2-with-his-lassie/

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STILLNESS #1                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson   2018

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STILLNESS #2                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson   2018

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STILLNESS #3                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson   2018

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Image result for rilke love quotes

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