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SINCERITY 

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In Zen Buddhism, ensō (円相 , “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.

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The ensō symbolizes
absolute enlightenment,
strength,
elegance,
the universe,
and
mu (the void).

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Ensō is characterized by a minimalism
born of Japanese aesthetics
and
Zen Buddhism’s disciplined meditation. 

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“The circle is a symbol of the Self. 
It expresses the totality of the psyche in all its aspects,
including the relationship between man and the whole of nature.”
Carl Jung

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11 July 2017    St. Paul, Minnesota                                                                    Photo credit: ME!

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Halo: CIRCLE                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2007

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/halo-circle-2007-catherine-l-johnson-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-15-january-2016/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

 

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BODY&SOUL                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2011

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/elementsperiodic-table-of-a-super-hero-and-the-sacredprofane-body-and-soul-of-humanity/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/23-august-8twenty-third-august-23/

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/heaveninmymouth-20128-januarysilver-circlesindigo/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/a-great-teacher-living-like-water-waterfall-portfolio-2004-catherine-l-johnson-water-is-a-great-teacher-that-shows-us-how-to-move-through-the-world-with-grace-ease-determination-and-humility/

 

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PRIVATE RHYTHM: MYTHROATSINGINGYOU                       Catherine L. Johnson  2009

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/private-rhythm-beautiful-fortitude-urgent-rhythmic-songs-that-resound-with-the-elixir-of-desire-wonder-awe-profound-moments-of-discovering-love-touching-what-could-not-be-touched-what-can-o/

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GRACE #7                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

 

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The most common first scribbles of children are circles and crosses,
basic symbols of wholeness and spirit.

http://redie.uabc.mx/redie/article/viewFile/205/786/3393X

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Concentric circles, or circles within circles,
 have a long historical association that depicts the cosmos and its spheres
as a microcosm within a macrocosm.
These early shapes are imprinted deeply in the soul,
emerging through expressive art forms
and
within dreams-spontaneously.

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ANONYMOUS: tantric painting Shiva linga 2000 (Chomu, Rajasthan) unspecified paint on found paper 13.5 x 8.75”

TANTRA PAINTINGS FOR MEDITATION
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/17th-century-modernism/

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The circle embodies a spiritual energy.
Consider the circle symbol meaning with the Native American medicine wheels
-the integration of energy and matter – spirit and humans,
combining for the purpose of greater spiritual understanding and evolution.

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The most sacred learning/teaching dynamic, I BELIEVE,
is a
a testament of a bone/heart/soul/blood education
that recognizes and incorporates  
the principle of cycles within cycles
-that is, deeper levels of meaning
are  found in every learning/teaching process,
and
presents something for everyone to learn,
at every stage of life
acknowledging the levels of maturity.
The willingness, capability and readiness
TO learn
is GRACE and the unfolding inquisitiveness of the learner’s
 (not paralleling with the Western educational model with a temporal sequence)
 developmental capabilities and processes.

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The best teacher is an open mind
and  
is embodied by the teacher/individual
who is a tender and fierce gardener of the student’s soul.
ORGANIC, not ONLY academic!
The teacher is a vehicle, a vibrational conduit.
The teacher is NOT  “I am the MASTER” 
and you, the student, serve me (!)
-that is a rigid POWER OVER stance demonstrating hubris, insecurity
and toxic displaced arrogance.  

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 Learning is call and response,
a gospel song of exploration; humility; experimentation;
redemption and improvisation
that breaks open uncharted earth, waters, fires and skies
with awe and wonder.

 

GRACE.

 

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Concentric rings are among the most complex symbols
in Native American ways of knowing
because they represent relationships between
all symbols in the system as well as all processes.

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medicine wheel

 

 

 

The Native American Medicine Wheel suggests, by its very structure,
a relativistic approach to human experience.
There are four directions, an inner circle and an outer one.
Things appear differently depending upon your position,
where you are on the wheel of life.

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It is possible to capture the meaning of concentric circles
in the below bulleted list,
yet, the list runs the risk of being reductive.
In general, concentric circles represent:
  • processes,
  • interrelationships,
  • wholeness,
  • systemic view of nature and universe,
  • usually physically represented as a place or location
    from which stories and experience emanated
    and to which the people and stories are historically tied,
    and layers of meaning.

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Every myth has its concentric rings of meaning
and is told and retold in this way.
The telling of a myth begins with a simple version for children,
then moves to a slightly more complicated version for adolescents,
to a deeper version for initiates,
and
to a still deeper version for the fully mature”.

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Circles were protective emblems to the Celtic mind.
Circles were often drawn as protective boundaries,
not to be crossed by enemy or evil.
Circles were also  Celtic symbols of the cosmos
– noting, in symbol, the intangible procession of time.

Celtic Triskele (Triple Spiral) Stone Carving, Newgrange, Ireland ~ symbolic of the three realms: Land/Sea/Sky or the Triple Goddess (phases of womanhood): Maiden/Mother/Crone

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In Chinese macrocosmic symbology,
the circle expresses the shape of heaven,
with earth signified by a square.
When we see a square inside a circle in Chinese art,
it represents the union between heaven and earth.

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The deeply significant yin yang symbol is circular,
and speaks to us of encompassing
the whole of duality
with intent for unified balance.

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The Traditional Chinese characters 陰 and 陽
for the words yīn and yáng
are both classified as radical-phonetic characters,
combining the semantically significant
“mound; hill” radical 阝 or 阜
with the phonetic indicators yīn 侌 and yáng 昜.
The first phonetic yīn 侌 “cloudy” ideographically combines jīn 今 “now;
present” and yún 云 “cloud”,
denoting the “今 presence of 云 clouds”. 
The second phonetic yáng 昜 “bright”
originally pictured 日 the “sun” with 勿 “rays coming down”.
This phonetic is expanded
with the “sun” radical into yáng 暘 “rising sun; sunshine”.
The “mound; hill” radical 阝full forms
semantically specify yīn 陰 “shady/dark side of a hill”
and
yáng 陽 “sunny/light side of a hill”.

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The Simplified Chinese characters 阴 and 阳 for yīn and yáng
combine the same “hill” radical 阝
with the non-phonetic yuè 月 “moon” and 日 “sun”,
graphically denoting “shady side of a hill”
and
“sunny side of a hill”.

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An extremely rare early Ming blue and white ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ brushwasher, Yongle period (1403-1424).
Dragon=yin. Phoenix=yang.

 

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GRACE #1                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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Newport in Paris

MILES DAVIS’ 90th BIRTHDAY: 26 MAY 1926

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe.
If anybody wants to keep creating, they have to be about change.”
http://www.ibtimes.com/miles-davis-most-memorable-quotes-songs-pay-tribute-legendary-musician-his-birthday-2374568

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Robert Glasper 

NYT/ Nate Chinen: “What Would Miles Davis Do? Robert Glasper Has an Idea”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/arts/music/robert-glasper-miles-davis-everythings-beautiful.html?_r=0

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MercyMercyMercy_#8_2008_np_CATHERINELJOHNSON_BMERCYMERCYMERCY #8     (For N.A.P.)                           Catherine L. Johnson  2008

 

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Cannonball Adderley Quintet

 “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (1966)

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Played by Joe Zawinul & the Cannonball Adderley Quintet during a live studio performance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4rXEKtC8iY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRrFWp4DUho

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE

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Finding Deep Strength
Below The Surface

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by Madisyn Taylor/DAILYOM

 

When we look back on our lives we see that we have survived many trials and often to our own amazement.

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We have all faced moments in our lives when the pressure mounts beyond what we feel we can handle, and we find ourselves thinking that we do not have the strength to carry on. Sometimes we have just gotten through a major obstacle or illness only to find another one waiting for us the moment we finally catch our breath. Sometimes we endure one loss after another, wondering when we will get a break from life’s travails. It does not seem fair or right that life should demand more of us when we feel we have given all we can, but sometimes this is the way life works.

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When we look back on our lives, we see that we have survived many trials and surmounted many obstacles, often to our own amazement. In each of those instances, we had to break through our ideas about how much we can handle and go deeper into our hidden reserves. The thought that we do not have the strength to handle what is before us can be likened to the hard surface of a frozen lake. It appears to be an impenetrable fact, but when we break through it, we find that a deep well of energy and inspiration was trapped beneath that icy barrier the whole time. Sometimes we break through by cutting a hole into our resistance with our willpower, and sometimes we melt the ice with compassion for our predicament and ourselves. Either way, each time we break through, we reach a new understanding of the strength we store within ourselves.

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When we find ourselves up against that frozen barrier of thinking we cannot handle our situation, we may find that the kindest choice is to love ourselves and our resistance too. We can simply accept that we are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stretched, and we can offer ourselves loving kindness and compassion. If we can extend to ourselves the unconditional warmth of a mother’s love, before we know it, the ice will begin to break.

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25 MAY 2016:
ONE month post-op of the prosthetic/joint implants into my ART HAND.
Surgery #47.

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26 MAY 1999:
17th anniversary of my first total hip prosthetic/joint implant of my right hip.
I had to lie back @120 degrees for 8 weeks so the implant to set into my precarious bone.
I finally was receiving the “gift” of my beloved Dr. Mark Coventry’s revolutionary innovation:
the prosthetic hip joint- which has altered the vision of lived mobility forever.
Dr. Rodney Peterson was the selected surgeon.
My Dr. Coventry’s soul had gone over the rainbow
– but, he was PRESENT and WATCHING OVER!
I created Catherine’s Courageous Compassion Circle: a GOLD circle; a SILVER circle and a BRONZE circle
– friends that stepped up and entered this wilderness: a challenging and a pivotal vortex of healing 
with their kindness, their honor and their constancy of loving presence.

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My Uncle Bob Cottor ( Dr. Robert Cottor) was at the helm as I began this uncertain/high risk climb
to a summit of an OVER THE RAINBOW dream.
My Aunt Sharon, Bob’s wife/partner, was fully present in the distance.

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Of course, the sonics of Charles Lloyd set the tone in THIS pivotal surgical procedure of magnitude.
Charles’ sonics have been in EVERY OR ever since 
EXCEPT for once: when my right knee was reconstructed:
my friend Connie Evingson’s  SWEET HAPPY LIFE album filled the OR!

 

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Healing is like music- it cannot be created in an empty vacuum.
Healing occurs within the invited souls’ energy of intentional and the scintillating 
improvisational capacity to create the rhythm, beauty
and a palpable frequency of compassionate  LIGHTLOVEGRACE.
Yes, that is how it works: ensembles.
The Wounded is also the Healer within the ensemble because the wounded
invisibly calls out the LIGHTLOVEGRACE within the souls of those attending.
A concert.
A performance.
A Tibetan prayer wheel.
A dance.

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/13-july-look-to-this-day-for-it-is-life-the-very-life-of-life-dr-mark-b-coventry-promise-me-two-things-only-let-those-who-honor-and-respect-you-come-near-and-always-remain-an-art/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/hip-hand-heart/

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THE ARTIST aka ME
15 MAY 2016

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THE TWILIGHT ZONE “HAND” aka SEA URCHIN/MOLLUSK aka MY ART HAND!

WEEK #3 POST-OP!!!

FUN FACT: #47 reconstructive surgery since birth.

ARTHAND_WK#3_16MAY2016

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3 weeks. Patience.

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J DILLA

GENIUSSONICS
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/j-dillabrilliance-genius-moving-joy-forwardalways-moving-ahead/

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Don’t Cry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXeywtmWKzU

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Flowers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Jc8rC6S_E

 

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My WILD CHILD/ left hand is creating drawings.
Keep checking in @ my WordPress!
THIRTY so far…
My ART HAND/left hand is both appalled, amused and aggravated!
Yet, she can do NOTHING because the “HAND” lives in the  shell/contraption for the NEXT 6 weeks…OR MORE.

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J DILLA/BRILLIANCE: GENIUS MOVING JOY FORWARD/ALWAYS MOVING AHEAD.
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I love the art of J Dilla -his creative genius in sampling,
creating sonic holograms is pure gold-
made possible by the conduit
of his  joy in discovery, openness, roving intellect, sense of wonder
 and  his uncanny impeccable ” micro-listening”
to rhythms and beats within the  core moments of other artists’ vinyls.
Brilliance.
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James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla
(February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006)

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J DILLA
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J Dilla- Hi
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J Dilla – Hi (FunkyFetts)

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J Dilla – Hi (Kid sWINg rough remix)

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J Dilla INTERVIEWS ( 4 parts):
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This interview was shot during his last days in Toronto 2003.
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J Dilla DOCUMENTARY (3 parts):
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J DILLA last Performance Live in Paris 2005 feat frank n dank.

R.I.P J DILLA /James Yancey

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Since he’s been gone February has been now known as Dilla Month. 
 Jay Dee is simply the greatest Hip Hop Producer of all time.
  Forget about Dr. Dre or such and such Jay Dee is the Michael Jordan of beats. 
 And honestly it’s not even close.
  I recently watched the “Still Shining” Dilla remembrance piece and Common’s DJ said something that stuck with me. 
 He said the difference between Dilla and the Dre’s and Swizz and all them is that Dilla doesn’t make music for today. 
 Dilla simply makes classics. 
 The music Jay Dee made, every single song is something that you can play forever. 
 And on top of that if you really dissect his production process it is as complex as it gets
but when you listen to the music it feels so natural and effortlessly soulful. 
Before I go off and lose it let me just say once again
 Dilla is the best and don’t even try to argue. 
 Just enjoy the music and remember a one of a kind talent that we’ll never see again. 
 Dilla rest in peace.
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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

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