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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.

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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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Nature Connections


We have some amazing nature photographs on our Facebook page this week. Imagine capturing the rainbow wavelenghts of a dolphin colocation call on film! Capturing rainbow colors is no easy task. Our copyrighted designs bring a wonderful variety to the visual experience of the rainbow. From our wall-mounted artwork to our simple windsocks, the experience of viewing, just as in viewing nature, carries over into our lives. It is easy to foget the lessons and wonders of natures as we run from task to task. We need to stop and listen to our hearts, to the birds, to the plants and to the fish. Holistic healing involves many types of therapy, color, animal, sound, touch. Try finding a water source, and listen to the different sounds and view the different patterns that each movement of the water makes. Then try to visualize this on your own, when at home or at the office. Take a few minutes every day to connect with nature. Our mobiles and windsocks are our own interpretation of the inner and outer rainbows that effect us through our day. Worried about something? Imagine that you are walking with the dolphin, the spider, the flower or the parrot. Bring a rainbow with you wherever you travel and let it arch over your worries and hopes.

Although chromotherapy is considered unproven in Western circles, it is an interesting area to experiment with. From the website http://www.natures-energies.com/natural-therapies/colour-light-therapy-chromotherapy-resources-and-equipment we find that green regulates the pituitary gland, fights depression, bulimia, and other psychosomatic conditions affecting the gastric system. It is useful in calming the nervous system, fights irritability, insomnia and can be used to assist in recovery from nervous breakdowns. Blue is calming and stimulates the parasympathetic system, reduces blood pressure and calms both breathing and heart-rate. It has anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing effects. Fights both physical and mental tension and is used to assist in relaxation. ifies blood, helps digestion, and has a cleansing effect. Strongly stimulates happiness, brings on a sense of security, as well as a strong feeling of well-being.

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Sacred Fire


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References to a new Era, a Golden Age characterised by harmony, stability and prosperity, do not just belong to the Native Americans, but can be found in myths and legends from all over the world.  It is known as Chryson Genos in Greek mythology, the Kali yuga in Vedic and Hindu culture, and gullaldr in Norse mythology.  One aspect that is common among many legends of the Golden era is the return of beings or gods that will aid in the restoration of the Earth.

In classical Greek mythology the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

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William Commanda


William Commanda was a famous Canadian Elder who lived a very long life. He hosted people from all over the world. From Ancient Origins: In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth. 
Grandfather William Commanda, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

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Rainbow Prophecy Second Part


Again from Ancient Orgins. 

A particularly interesting part of the prophecy relates to the choosing of leaders.  According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest, boasts of successes, or has the support of the elite. Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest, the ones that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and have proven that they work for the benefit of all. Isn’t this how things should be?

The Rainbow has always held special significance among the different Native American Indian Nations. It is connected to the Spirit (Supreme God/Creator) in all things. Apart from the Cree prophecy there are many prophecies and stories from the Hopi, the Zuni and the Cherokee related to the rainbow warriors.

There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

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Rainbow Prophecy


Ancient Origins is a fascinating website. This is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Cree are one of the largest groups of the First Nations Native Americans in North America. There are over 135 bands of Cree living in Canada, with a total population of approximately 200,000 today.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth.  It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values and the knowledge that has been lost in time, demonstrating how to have wisdom and extra-perception, and how unity, harmony and love is the only way forward.

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Ojibwe Offerings


Ojibwe people have varied customs, but generally they use colored cloth and tobacco to make basic offerings. They make them in ceremony and they place them in sacred fires. Ojibwe customs like this are not generally discussed with the general public and certainly are not for use in promoting retail sales of windsocks or spiral mobiles.

However, Rainbow Makers is interested in more than the sales of garden ornaments. We truly have seen  that our windsocks and mylar holographic mobiles can be meditation points of focus, add the beauty of the rainbow to a garden, landscape or home, can prevent birds from hitting windows and can attrach hummingbirds and butterflies.

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