Keeping Birds Away

We hardly ever want to do this in our natural home in the Ozarks, but when it comes to windows, lets decorate them away. People do all kinds of things like posting profiles of predators and using predator recordings. It doesn't have to be this complicated. The cascading jewel like colors of the Gold Rainbow Windsock create a magical sight in the garden or on the patio.  Hang from the eaves or on a shepard's crook, and the wind, sun and moon create spectacular and ever moving garden art.

While humans and hummingbirds delight in the full spectrum color, not so other birds.  A Cornell University study shows that the 3rd major reason for backyard birds is window collisions.  The Rainbow Windsock is a beautiful bird deterrent and prevents many bird strikes.  We call the Rainbow Windsock the World's Most Beautiful Bird Scare!  Place one inside or outside large window to help protect our feathered friends.

You can also hang windsocks every 3 or 4 feet along the upper eaves for an effective woodpecker deterrent!  And you'll brighten the house at the same time!

Author: Pam Hughes in General

Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

From Birds and Blooms: If you are planning a summer or fall garden, these flowers that attract butterflies will keep on going until the first frost – and sometimes beyond. It’s important to keep flowers blooming as long as possible to help butterflies and hummingbirds later in the season. With thousands of monarchs and hummingbirds migrating south for the winter, these amazing fliers still need good nectar sources to fuel their journeys. While some hummers and monarchs start their flights south as early as late July, many of them are still passing through in late October or even early November.

To make it easier to choose the right plants, we put together this “Sweet 16” list of blooms to grow in your yard this time of year. We chose them because they are some of the hardiest plants you can find. Joe Pye Weed, Russian Sage, Black Eyed Susan, Chrysanthemum, Bee Balm, Aster, Autumn Joy Sedum, Coreopsis, Dahlia, Cosmos, Purple Coneflower, Goldenrod, Zinnia, Petunia, Pansy, and Sunflower.

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Butterfy Communication

You don't have to have an actual rainbow, you can have a rainbow kind of life. Imagine hand-raising butterflies for a living? That's what they do at Rainbow's End Farm in Pawling, New York. The home of the Trinity Pawling School, residents say not much else is going on there, but it seems they haven't been to the farm. In addition to hand-raising butterflies they make butterfly habitat and raise those fascinating luna moths. We have absolutely huge luna moths here in the Ozarks and we have our butterfly festival in Paris in late June at Mount Magazine. Or check out the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. The butterfly house there has a wonderful representation of the 150 species of butterflies that live in our state. Eighty-six of them live on Mount Magazine State Park.


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Plant Perception


In doing a little research on rainbow crystals, our photo was from a crystal found in Paro, Arkansas, we wandered over to crystal healing on Wikipedia. Of course those progressive thinkers said crystal healing was a sham, or alternative science, simply because it had not been tested by the Western cause and effect designed experiment crammed into narrow statistical models.  At the bottom of the page it listed Marcel Vogel as one of the proponents of crystal healing. Lo and behold, Dr. Vogel was a research scientist with IBM for many years and invented many things, including psychedelic colors. He studied luminescence from his teenage years. Of course, Wikipedia calls his dabblings with healing, the occult, but let's move on from there because on of the most interesting things about this man was his study of plant communication, between plants and humans and among plants. He said that he could duplicate the Backster effect.  Cleve Backster was actually an interrogation specialist for the CIA and claimed that plants had ESP. He tested this with a polygraph. He was in turn inspired by the work of Jagadish Chandra Bose, a physicist, who experimented with music and plants among other stimuli and found they had feeling that was measurable. And those feelings were measurable when the stimulus was just a human thought. These reactions were similar to human reactions to the same things. Scientists say that in order to have ESP you have to have sensory organs - that doesn't make much sense - you have to be able to smell?

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The Bonpo

Dzogchen most likely originated in Central Asia outside of both India and Tibet as Upadesha (man-ngag), or secret oral instructions, communicated orally from a real master to a disciple, in the Tibetan tradition. In the Buddhist tradition, this mysterious region was designated as Uddiyana (Orgyan), identifiable as Eastern Afghanistan before the Muslim era. According to the Bonpos, their own Dzogchen tradition, known as the Zhang-zhung snyan-rgyud, "The Oral Transmission from Zhang-zhung," comes from two masters, Tapihritsa and Gyerpung Nangzher Lodpo, who lived in the then independent kingdom of Zhang-zhung in Western and Northern Tibet in the seventh and eighth centuries. These Dzogchen precepts, exceedingly brief in form, were originally oral, but Tapihritsa gave permission for his disciple to write them down in Zhang-zhung smar-yig, the writing and language of Zhang-zhung. Later, in the following century, these same precepts were said to have been translated from the Zhang-zhung language into Tibetan by Ponchen Tsanpo for his Tibetan disciples. Like the famous Tibetan Yogin Milarepa, these early masters of the Zhang-zhung tradition were not educated monks residing in monasteries, but solitary hermits and ascetics living in remote mountain caves in the wilds of Northern Tibet. Thus, this tradition, like the early Nyingmapas before the eleventh century, gives us much insight into the evolution of Dzogchen as a mystical and spiritual transmission existing outside the more familiar monastic context.

In both traditions, the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo, Dzogchen (rdzogs-pa chen-po), "the Great Perfection," focuses on the Nature of Mind. This Nature of Mind (sems-nyid) must be distinguished from the mind (sems) that represents the ordinary thought process. This Nature of Mind is identified with the Bodhichitta or Natural State (gnas-lugs), a state of total primordial purity (ka-dag chen-po) discovered by way of contemplation (khregs-chod), and this contemplation is then developed through the practice of vision (thodrgal), also known as the practice of the Clear Light ('od-gsal)


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The Great Perfection

     Dzogchen is the Tibetan Buddhist practice of reaching the primordial or natural condition. It is the central teaching of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Bon (Bonpo). "Rdzogs" means perfection and "chen" means great. It is used synonymously with the Sanskrit term "atiyoga" or primordial yoga, the realization of the nature of reality In the creation stage, one visualizes a deity and its mandala. In the next stage, one merges with these, dissolving them. It is not a vehicle but a stage. Atiyoga is a modality of Mahayoga practice.  Dzogchen originated with the founder of the Bon tradition 18,000 years ago.

 Dzogchen popularized in the western world through the Tibetan diaspora, staring with the well-known exile of 1959. Teachers include Sogyal Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu. The 14th Dalai Lama is also a qualified Dzogchen teacher.

The Dzogchen student undergoes basically:
Direct introduction to one's own nature, rigpa;
Not remaining in doubt concerning this unique state;
Continuing to remain in this state.

It contains two aspects. The first is Togal, translated as "direct crossing" or a direct approach to realization of  the three kayas in this lifetime is a faster way of reaching the dissolution of a practioner's karmic vision.
First you must reach a stabile practice of kadak trekcho.

The togal practioner works with the clear light that dwells inherently in all phenomena and within himself or herself.

It is instantaneous, meaning you do not travel to your destination, you leap there, thus being able to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. We may call this the final leap into primordial being. Another way of putting this is "the practice of vision."  One must go through four visions to generate a spontaneous stream of illuminated rainbow-color images that gradually expand in compexity and extent..

Having completed four visions before death, exceptional practitioners are said to liberate their physical bodies into the nonmaterial body of light and can exist in any time or place, directed by one's compassion.

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Reflections of You

Where can you actually buy a piece of artwork that actually reflects you? This is the amazing quality of our mylar mobiles, windsocks and wall mounted artwork that create a holograph that is actually a reflection of you. Rainbow Makers are unique in this way.


Did you know that no two people see the same rainbow? The image depends upon where you are standing, and since no two people can be standing in the same place, the image for two people is never the same. This is why the rainbow represents diversity and why it teaches us the value of the individual and the collective at the same time. As individuals we have to work together in order to create a vision that is comprehensive. Yet we have to recognize our individual values at the same time and recognize the values in each other.

This conflict of science and experience comes into play in the debate where scientists say that there is no way to approach the end of a rainbow. Yet there are many people who have. Consider these accounts:

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Carpe Diem

Rainbows can appear at the most auspicious times. In Native American mythology, tobacco is offered with a prayer whenever a rainbow appears becausae it is the opening to the Creator. Whenever you see a rainbow, note what is happening in your life, where you are, what path you are on, what your goals are at present and what actions you are taking. You may be getting somewhere, although you feel that you are not. You may be making the right choices, although you may be doubting them. Encouragement is one aspect of the rainbow. Knowledge that you are not alone is another. All of your ancestors and friends who have passed on are walking with you. Never doubt the spiritual help that they can bring to your life.So whether you sieze the day, the moment or the thought, make a prayer when that rainbow appears. Or make an intention. Don't ask for too much specifically, but make sure you ask to be on the right path.

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Rainbow for Thought

A little poetry shared:


I know as I look at you out from my window
Tomorrow you retreat back to your shadow
Today stripes of colors brighten my disco
Red, orange, green, blue, violet, and yellow

So rainbow, rainbow
Before you give the elbow
Take it nice and slow
Let your colors gaze at me and glow
Make the warm sunshine once again flow

Today you display your colorful cargo
With your yellow as bright as a meadow
You stand on your own curved beautifully solo
With colors I find so beautiful to swallow

So rainbow, rainbow
Before you give the elbow
Take it nice and slow
Gaze at me and glow
Let my sunshine flow

Copyright 2008 - Sylvia Chidi


On this long storm the Rainbow rose—
On this late Morn—the Sun—
The clouds—like listless Elephants—
Horizons—straggled down—

The Birds rose smiling, in their nests—
The gales—indeed—were done—
Alas, how heedless were the eyes—
On whom the summer shone!

The quiet nonchalance of death—
No Daybreak—can bestir—
The slow—Archangel's syllables
Must awaken her!

-- Emily Dickinson

My Heart Leaps Up - Poem by William Wordsworth

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

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Art Therapy

Art therapy, sometimes called creative arts therapy or expressive arts therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process. From The Free Dictionary

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk and markers. Art therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the affective properties of the different art materials. From Wikipedia

Art therapy involves the creation of art in order to increase awareness of self and others. This in turn may promote personal development, increase coping skills, and enhance cognitive function. It is based on personality theories, human development, psychology, family systems, and art education. Art therapists are trained in both art and psychological therapy. From The New Medicine

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