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Teaching Essential Reiki at Rancho Santana, Nicaragua

November 4, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace

IMG_5161Teaching Essential Reiki at Rancho Santana, Nicaragua

 As a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, it was a great honor for me to teach Essential Reiki and pass on the attunements of Reiki I & II with the spa staff at Rancho Santana in Nicaragua. My heart unfolds to Khaki Wieters, Tanya Lexin, Yosselin Acevedo, Maria de Los Angeles Guzman, Yolanda Amador Martinez, Daylin Lopez, Isayana Rosario Mora, Francisca Obando, and Peter Lanuza Gonzalez
         My goal as teacher is to help students become competent and confident Reiki healers, while guiding and nurturing them to fully develop their capacity to work with energy and help them develop within themselves the idea of living the Reiki way, not to just practicing it.

As a Reiki instructor it is my purpose to help connect the, “energetic dots,” for the students so they understand the mind, body, and energy relationship. These dots would not have been linked without the amazing help of Tanya and Khaki, who not only were the translators in this all Spanish speaking class, but also the conduits helping the energy flow and touch each person there.
        As I watched the Reiki energy ignite during the wonderful days I truly was living the Reiki Way and found the truth of becoming the Reiki Master, for this is when you truly become the student of Reiki.


IMG_5105The Airport Sleeps

It is going to happen. When you thrive with the elevated precedence of being on the road or to travel in general, at some point you are going to find yourself broke down, delayed, or stranded. This experience again materialized, when my flights to Nicaragua were dipped into confusion and I spent the night, “camping” at Miami International Airport, Not that it was much of a camping trip as there was no where to find comfort in airport camping.
       Late into the night, after all the restaurants closed, random conversations ended and people filtered into their reasons for being there, I was overly amused at how such a large airport can became so empty. The granite floors lost the flow of feet, as the airport became quiet as the delayed travelers found safe spots to sleep.
       So around 2:00 to 3:30, as sleep for myself was nowhere to be found, the creative lights ignited. Never without a camera and never having fully departing from my photojournalistic years, nor the thrill of formulating a photo story, I went on assignment to document, The Airport Sleeps.


Tacos & Tequila
La Taqueria at
The Beach & Surf Club at Playa Los Perros – Ranch Santana – Tola, Nicaragua

IMG_5352When visiting the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua you will be told that the tacos at La Taqueria are the best in the world. I’m not sure how much truth this holds, as I have not yet experienced all the tacos of the world, but until I do the tacos and tequila at La Taqueria will rest high on the at the “Best Taco & Tequila List,” I am constructing. And, for now I will not confuse any palate dreams with euphoric words about the ceviche there.
La Taqueria is located at Playa Los Perros in Rancho Santana, Tola, Nicaragua. An open beach bar and surf shop with a “surf shack sophisticated,” offering light, fresh beach fare in a rustic, casual setting.  The open-air taqueria serves baja-style tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, garden fresh salsas and more. Everything served is prepared to order using fresh ingredients including the freshest of fish. The tortillas are homemade from corn that is ground onsite daily.IMG_5356
       The margaritas served from your choice of tequila, which runs from good to better, were amazingly fantastic. They too are created with freshness and not from an over sweet mix. This liquid invention and location was not constructed to indulge in just one.
As you indulge your senses with this amazing experience, your sense of sight will also be stimulated from the view of Playa Los Perros, one of the most stunning beaches on the coast. There is also a pint-sized surf shop where you can rent surfboards and acquire beachwear before catching a wave or just meandering along the beautiful beach.
 La Taqueria is open daily, 11:00am to sunset. No reservations or shoes needed.


Tacos & Tequila
Tacos & Tequila, a assessment of habitual indulgence, is a venture joining the strange, obscure and baffling elements that I seem to find a requirement to do. I came to learn the importance of tacos late in life, though I have been heavily schooled in tequila. So now in this phase, I am making up for the tacos I’ve missed as I combine them with fine tequila.
        This obsession begins with the loss of my dear friend Kelly. It was commonly known that she would drive over 100 miles for a Taco Bell fix. Now that I have followed her trail into the folds of the taco, I will never compare any taco to Taco Bell. Their tacos are unique and cannot be associated to any other style. I must also add that each time I fall to the degradation of a Taco Bell fix, I give tribute to Kelly with a traditional hard shell taco.
Requirements and Criteria
A taco is a fried tortilla that is folded and stuffed with a mixture of seasoned meat, cheese, and lettuce. But, as you have or will see see, you can construct a taco out of just about anything. The only requirement is, it is on a corn tortilla, never flour. The second requirement is it must have a salsa on top.
      Tequila, which is only produced in designated areas of Mexico, has had rocky history climbing to the top shelf, but in doing so has become one of the most popular liquors in the world. It is distilled from the juice of the blue agave plant’s heart, known as the piña. While it’s the essential ingredient to the classic margarita, it’s just as popular served “neat,” with a side of lime and salt, affectionately known as “legs.”
      What I have learned so far is each taco is as unique as the tequila that primes the taco indulgence. There will be no placing of negativity into this quasi pseudo food review to contaminate any flavors and thoughts of any taco or tequila. So, remember that if I have been to a taco shop that does not stimulate a review, that is infect a review into itself.
So this is where it begins and as far as I am concerned there are no rules and no end that I will ever hope to find!


Tattoo Session Number 5,
IMG_5904With the continued homage to spirit animals, tattoo session number Five is Lord Ganesha. I explained these tattoos on my arm during an Extended Reiki Class, and Adam, a new friend, called my arm, my own personal Totem Pole, which it is. Thanks Adam this is a term I will continue to develop and honor. Each item that is added will be connected to the different aspects of my higher self. Thanks to Joe Chandler for helping me reach this mystical quest of documentation. Take note of this one as t is drawn freehand by Joe with markers before the tattooing begin.
If you would like to offer your skin as a canvas to an amazing artist, I highly recommend giving Joe a call and booking a session. Working with Joe is an amazing collaboration. Contact Joe through Facebook or call 307-941-2423


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The Imbalance Of What Is Now

October 21, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

IMG_4752 2Each day I am invaded with the thoughts of the imbalance of what is now, the common day-to-day now of our crumbling society. A society and nation that was built by the dreams of immigrants and the unstoppable commitments of individuals and I find a sick discontent in the back of my throat. We, as we have become an inconsistent nation, have been allowing the degradation of humanity to happen for a long time. Blindly and guided by greed and broken promises, we have been conditioned to believe rules and regulations will curtail change and keep what we have found, like we found it. But, in doing so we have altered every freethinking thought that was ever envisioned. The natural balance is no longer thriving. It has been replaced with ego, greed and discontent. I will also add, for burning sensation, judgment, comparison and cowardly hate.

On a local level, look at all the use-to-be cool free spirited places of fascination, Jackson, Wyoming, Boulder Colorado, Park City Utah, Taos New Mexico, Sedona Arizona, these were all places found by the free thinking gypsy troubadours. Individual people that was not willing to live by the ways of, “the Man,” any longer. In these places a freedom grew and the only rule was, you had the freedom to do your own thing.

These were the true Hippies that were unwilling to live like they were being told and strived to live by a code of rejecting established institutions, while discarding the traditions of mainstream American life. They opposed violence and war and developed a countercultural movement that developed into a distinctive lifestyle.

Then other people took note of these free lifestyles and they too wanted to be part of it, even if it was just for the weekend, a week or a month. The free spirited paradises started to grow. We all know what happened to these places of the once free spirited minds and what they have become. Now only the extreme wealthy can live freely and uninhibited within the restrictions and abundant covenants of what was once the places to deny established rules and treaties. The freethinking, do what you want foundation of what were these places were built on, has turned to what these free thinking people were escaping from. They are controlled with the phrase, “you can’t do that.”

The control and suppression has no end, no reflection on the past atrocities or no boundaries for the future as degradation of man is bypassed for the greed of the few. Now I look at the ruling party, the head of state and a democracy that was built on the foundation of free thinking individuals and immigrants and see that this is no longer available. We have people deliberately hunting down the oppressed and undocumented, and I also question why each of us has to be documented, as documentation is just another way of controlling the people. Are these people, the hunters, the same type of sadistic, cruel, controlling bullies that hunted the roaming natives of the Americas and beyond? The runaway slaves and the Jews during the holocaust?

This has all happened in the past and history is repeating itself again, though we shudder in fear and disgust with what has been, we stand quietly as it is unfolding in front of us and as a whole all we truly care about is if our morning latte is made right and that the internet stays up with no glitch in service so we can see more atrocities unfold in the latest mas-controlling stream of misinformation. – dbA


Tattoo Session Number 4,
Paying more homage to spirit animals, tattoo session number four are ravens back grounding the Reiki Tree. The Raven signifies intelligence and the ability to learn quickly, it shows mystery and represents prophecy and insight and the guide towards the magical and mystical ways. Each item that is added will be connected to the different aspects of my higher self. Thanks to Joe Chandler for helping me reach this mystical quest of documentation.
If you would like to offer your skin as a canvas to an amazing artist, I highly recommend giving Joe a call and booking a session. Working with Joe is an amazing collaboration. Contact Joe through Facebook or call 307-941-2423


SpokenWord
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Levi 501’s
It’s not that I’ve cut off
my back pockets,
I’ve just tossed
the right one away
and moved the left one
to the right front
and Levi 501’s
are no longer quiet.
These denim jeans
are much to binding
after knowing the freedom
of Thai fishermen.   – dbA

Levi 501’s a new poem from the 2019 Collection
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age


DerivativeThe Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way –
Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness
Live Them
Being spiritual, being kind and being compassionate are characteristics and features that should not be practiced; they should be lived each and every day. – dbA


A Page From My Journal
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Ryan gift
After returning to my mode of transpiration, after some magnificent refueling time at my sanctuary on the lake I found a gift from Ryan. It blessed my heart and then found permanent residence on a journal page.


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         If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give a donation of love to help you can Donate to the cause. Please go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and hit the donate button. I will be forever grateful and return the kindness by continuing to furnish random acts of kindness each day and will keep the content of my endeavors alive for all to see, read and hear.
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Notifications

September 29, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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Notifications
In an era where knowledge and information is as close as our fingertips we, as a whole, seem to become less and less informed with the importance of truly being. Social media and the constant connection are depriving people with what is happening right here, right now. The perplexity our heads are submerged in now, is not one of calmness and purity.

There are lots of reasons to be connected to people, but it is also a venue to be sucked into the drama that unfolds each second. People are dedicating numerous hours of the day to be connected and involved in this performance of tragedy. The social cellphone dominion has been conceived and orchestrated into a mind-controlling atmosphere, which infested and acerbated in all populated areas. As people become involved and obsessed with this addiction, they in fact are all physically standing alone with their fixation. There is nothing real within their touch.

Put the cellphone devices down and not on the table your siting to eat at, to better keep a close eye for rumbling and buzzing notifications. Leave it in your pocket, purse or car. You do not need to constantly be on alert for another cellphone notification. Allocate some alone time without your cell phone. Take a walk, read a book, truly be with someone you love and give them 100% of your time and attention. It was not that long ago when we knew what existing without being tethered to a phone was. How living real time was without an umbilical cord to what is not. – dbA


The Oral Art of the Spoken Word
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 Sagebrush
The sagebrush hills

that surround me
hold 1000’s of contradicting,
contrasting and unique stands of sagebrush.
Each one exclusively their own.
Each one different
then the one standing next to it.
They all survive and unite
in just being sagebrush.
So why is it expected of me,
or anyone else
to all be the same?
There is no reason to be like you,
or you to be like me.
We can only be ourselves,
united together as who we are.

That was Sagebrush a poem from my next Chap Book. Moring Sex and Pancakes
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age


Derivative
The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way –
Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness

Children of the Earth
There should be no reason for hating a race, a religion, or a way of living any chosen life. You do not have to agree with anyone’s way of thinking and believing, even when it is contrary to yours. But, bashing and hatred do not equate to living a free life for you. There is room within this global society for all people, as we are all children of the earth. – dbA


New Pieces from the Unique and Eclectic Jewelry of Dan Abernathy
This artistic jewelry is created completely by Dan Abernathy. Formed from his ideas and visions, the core of this one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry is created using recycled copper from demoed houses and power lines. It is shaped and patina then combined with crystals, stones, and vintage objects of all types to enhance the unique flair.

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This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a polished piece of Lapis. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 1 ½” X 2 #118919 $68

 

 

 

 

 

119019This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a nice piece of Amethyst. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 2 ½” X 4 #119019 $68

 

 

 

 


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From My Sketchpad
This drawing form my sketchbook is a merger of lines and pointillism.


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         If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give some donation of love to help keep the Chool Bus rolling you can Donate to the cause. Please go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and hit the donate button. I will be forever grateful and return the kindness by continuing to furnish random acts of kindness each day and will keep the content of my endeavors alive for all to see, read and hear.
 
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Olympic Discovery Trail

September 22, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy
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Olympic Discovery Trail
One of the most incredible discoveries I had in Washington was the Olympic Discovery Trail. I had the opportunity of walking a few different portions of this trail with Dave and his Malamute companion, Shadow. Included with these dog-walking hikes, was being witness to the many different and extremely friendly people also utilizing this multi-use trail. The Olympic Discovery Trail spans around 140 miles between Port Townsend and La Push Washington. 80 miles of the trail is completed with the additional miles under construction.

The Olympic Discovery Trail was the brainchild of three area cyclists who formed the Peninsula Trails Coalition for the purpose of developing a trail across a derelict railroad grade. When walking or biking this trail you can see the segments of the railroad and I hope that anyone near this path will use their own exploratory skills and experience the joy of meandering the many different magical areas of the Olympic Discovery Trail. – dbA



Session Number Two and Three, Session number two is the fan I use for smudging and during Reiki sessions. I made it with feathers I found or was given. Thank you Russ for being part of this sacred bundle. Russ and I became Reiki Masters together. He has walked on now, but is with me each time I use this mystic feather fan. The small people honor all my friends and family that have walked on and are not here but are still with me. Session number three is a badger scull that sits at my altar, a butterfly and some owl feathers. This is paying homage to spirit animals. Session number four is on the way.  Each item that is added will be connected to the different aspects of my higher self. Thanks to Joe Chandler for helping me reach this mystical quest of documentation.
                  If you would like to offer your skin as a canvas to an amazing artist, I highly recommend giving Joe a call and booking a session. Working with Joe is an amazing collaboration and I should also add he has a very soft touch, a good feature for a tattoo artist. Contact Joe through Facebook or call 307-941-2423


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Living in Your Own Home
It is constantly being expressed that humanity is moving towards a higher realm of awareness and civilization is resonating while aligning with a type of pseudo universal law. During all of these accusations, I continue to look and see the devastation that we as humans continually inject on all things and I see little or no realm of awareness at all. I see massive greed, hate and anger with very little care for freely living life with kindness and compassion.
                Amid this view, I am feeling pushed to walk alone as I fear the situation of who we are all being told we are, we will become. The words that are being spoken, the words that you constantly listen too, become the dwelling that you reside in. I choose to stop and no longer listen while I exist in in my own home. A place where there is no judgment, A dwelling where kindness and compassion are not just fleeting guests, but rather full time residents. – dbA


DerivativeThe Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way – Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness

The Crowd
When I started to follow my soul I started to loose the crowd. The crowd did not understand the process of being who you are, without waiting for the approval of the crowd to performing the next fashionable and uniform step.


Donators
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         If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give some donation of love to help keep the Chool Bus rolling you can Donate to the cause. Please go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and hit the donate button. I will be forever grateful and return the kindness by continuing to furnish random acts of kindness each day and will keep the content of my endeavors alive for all to see, read and hear.

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Session Number One

September 8, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy
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Session Number One, of the sleeve illustration for the of for my left arm. Its not that I thought there was anything wrong with my left arm, I just believed it would be a bit more vibrant with my path of living life. This is my Reiki Identification image and the beginning of the route of illustrations for my spiritual side of being. Each item that is added will be connected to the different aspects of my higher self. Thanks to Joe Chandler for helping me reach this mystical quest of documentation.
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If you would like to offer your skin as a canvas to an amazing artist, I highly recommend giving Joe a call and booking a session. HE has a way seeing beyond what your ideas are and making them shine even brighter. Working with Joe is an amazing collaboration and I should also add he has a very soft touch, a good feature for a tattoo artist. Contact Joe through Facebook or call 307-941-2423


IMG_4738We The People

We The People – have not and are not meant, to live in the course and style that our society is corrupting us to live. This contrary path will only lead to the all-inclusive degradation of freedom and self.
We The People – are meant to thrive in communities that care, are filled with people who love and have compassion, not greed and judgment, which is being fueled by the constant need for expansion and advancement.
We The People – must find calmness and coexist with each other and nature. We must be a part of nature, drink its fueling energy and honor our Mother Earth, while caring for it above all things. This is our natural environment and on all levels are sustaining life source.
We The People – need to live with openness and a spirit that is free and curtailed by nothing. Create and embrace art and enjoy it. Grow your own food and eat it. All of us must stop destroying our environment and pickup all of the debris left behind. See the beauty that is around you and inhale it. There is no reason to workday and night in pursuit of a false happiness until death is the final act of your compensation. This is nothing but a symptom from the forced consciousness of modern society. Know that happiness is nothing but an emotion. What we must strive for, each and everyday is to live and reach the total and complete joy in just being.

I Keep My Head in the Clouds

To be in recipient of, “having your head in the clouds,” broadcasts you are not paying much attention to what is happening around you. Your attention is deep within your own thoughts, or their head is filled with unrealistic ideas. When you are described as having your “head in the clouds,” it usually means that you are prone to acting or thinking unrealistically. This description can be used to indicate both behavior and thought.
          So yes, I have “My Head In The Clouds.” It is my comprehensive rebellion to not remain within the evils and greed that is circumnavigating the globe. I will not let the global societies desire to numb me as a way to achieve more and to let more of the unspeakable speak. To do this I turn my back to them and put my head into the clouds. I do this, I rebel because I feel, and what I feel hurts. So with calmness, while my head is in the clouds, my retaliation is to look away from the atrocities as I offer my hands for compassionate healing and preservation.


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Let it be known, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I must have a balance with self, so I avoid the constant white noise, delusion and misunderstanding that both parties constantly communicate. I am just a small town boy, though seldom have chosen wisely, knows the difference between right and wrong.

          I find it disgustingly insulting that everyone is overly analyzing and fear common courtesy. Repulsively today it seems as if being American means overlooking someone in need, thinking with a closed mind, tossing individuals out of the window, or under a bus, while you stream sexual innuendoes towards your cousin. When these sadistic situations are inhaled and regurgitated, then to reappear in your mouth. You are brainwashed to swallow and are told you must swallow to make America great again

        America, where greed has become commonplace, while throat punching compassion to watch it quiver in the charred and cauterized filth of advancement, profitability and progress. The real sins and atrocities slither by as misconduct and the petty misdemeanors are attached to you for eternity as you are publicly hung to decompose from a center pole. That is until someone else has the misfortune of public ridicule to unwillingly pilfer your unsolicited limelight. – dbA


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When you completely find yourself, your true self, the one that had been placed behind the barriers and blockades erected by the manipulation of what is being deemed, “should be,” you will find a freedom that is intoxicating. The naysayers will stand and look bewildered and scoff in disbelief, or perhaps they turn and run in fear.


SpokenWord
Mans Gift
There is no logic in this story,
but the sensations are so precisely real,
that life seems to creep in.
I can feel my existence
drenched with heavy industrial oil,
as it routes its way down the who,
of who I am.

My eyelids are heavy and tired
as it drizzles into my eyes.
It is slowing moving down my back,
diverted and dripping from my elbows,
though it never splatters
on the gravel at my feet.

The aftermath of this degradation
is hidden from seemingly inquisitive eyes.
There are no oily stains to witness
for people holding doves;
the ones say they care.
There is no reason to feel
the claustrophobic suffocation
of what is being squeezed from my lungs.

I look into each of the four directions
seeing nothing but beauty emerge from every angle,
but the feeling of euphoria has been lost.
There is only this dripping, thick oil,
and the smell of sickening pungent waste.

All I can do is watch this dead deer
hanging from the fence,
a dissipating monument
of the horrific death that man gifts the planet,
a gift that materialized so quickly,
leaving us with nothing but empty tears,
that no longer know to fall.

That was Mans Gift a poem from my next Chap Book. Morning Sex and Pancakes
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age


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Derivative 
The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way –
Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness

 
In the quiet moments of self allow yourself to know and feel gratitude. Hold a fragment of this moment, now, and give thanks. This is an acknowledgment of the mighty distance that you have come and what you have achieved. Give yourself this uninterrupted time of appreciation with no concern or worry what may manifest in the future.


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         If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give some donation of love to help keep the Chool Bus rolling you can Donate to the cause. Please go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and hit the donate button. I will be forever grateful and return the kindness by continuing to furnish random acts of kindness each day and will keep the content of my endeavors alive for all to see, read and hear.
 
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Strolling Around Sequim, Washington Plus More

August 25, 2019

Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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Strolling Around Sequim, Washington

To say Sequim, Washington is a hidden gem is as elusive as the title of the town itself. It was once believed Sequim meant, “quite waters,” but was later discovered by a tribal linguist to be wrong.
     Timothy Montler, an expert in the study of dying languages has studied the Klallam language and interviewed elders. He determined the correct translation is, “place for going to shoot,” a reference to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley’s once-great elk and waterfowl hunting.
IMG_4344Sequim is located along the Dungeness River near the base of the Olympic Mountains. It is in the rain shadow and receives on average less than 16 inches of rain per year, which is much less then the surrounding area. This unique climate aids in making Sequim, “The Lavender Capital of North America”, rivaled only by France.
IMG_4402   This area of Washington seemed to have everything from mountains, elk and timber to, orcas, oceans and oysters. Peruse these few images and you to will see why this is a must see and a fantastic place to return to. – dbA


The Chool Cast

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I have a new episode of the Chool Cast out and in it is a,
Conversation With Someone You Should Know
This dialogue exchange was a fun! I was able to be witness to Zahira and the Rising Buffalo Tribe and to say I was moved with their performance would be a great loss of emotions. When I got to meet Zahira and invite her to the Chool Bus for a conversation, well we clicked. The rest was magic. She not only is a light worker and humanitarian she graces the realm of sound with her voice. Zahira is definitely, Someone You Should Know. Even with hearing her angelic voice, being in her presence was dancing in the realm of white light. I hope you felt the real compassion as I did. Find her on line and treat yourself to some bliss.
You can connect through here website at: www. zahiramusic.com
Zahira is definitely, Someone You Should Know.
Go to http://www.contributechaos.com and click on the Chool Cast link  to listen to The Chool Cast Episode 12


Mother American Night – My Life in Crazy Times
By John Perry Barlow
IMG_4699I finally acquired John Perry’s book, Mother American Night and I have to say it was a fantastic read. Perhaps because he was a good friend and I knew some of the stories, or that he was a neighbor and one of the first like-minded oddities I met when I ventured into Wyoming. Whatever the many reasons were, I enjoy turning the pages of this book. John wrote with an openness and honesty that parallels free writers of thought such as, Richard Brautigan and Charles Bukowski. He spoke the truth in this book, not how people might have wanted to see it, but rather how it was. John Perry Barlow did live his life as, “An American Life Like No Other.”


Page From My Journals

Remebered

If I Am Remembered

If I am remembered after I leave this world, let me be remembered for knowing love, even when love might have been foolish. Remember that I cared without judgment and always looked at the good in a person, as I overlooked what might have not been. Remember the words that I created and shared. They were meant only to evoke thought and were never exposed to pursue a way that was not yours. I pray that the last thought remembered will be to share my beliefs that basically the heart of all people, with just a sliver of encouragement, can be good.


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I have escaped, freely walked away from the constant injection of what’s current. I am free, as my mind is no longer concerned with the opinions of the world. – dbA
PHOTO: Standing in the sand on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington.

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Calmness is the foundation we enter that directs us to teach ourselves what we want to learn. – dbA
PHOTO: dbA Cairn on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington.

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The greatest wealth is not what is valued by a materialistic and money driven society. Real wealth is your spiritual values and how they offer you a true path to live your life. – dbA
PHOTO: Found sculls on the high desert of Wyoming

Somniative Collection.
The Somniative Collection has no borders or parameters. This collection is inspired and created from found natural objects and or rusted metal from abandoned dumpsites. Old, antique, reclaimed and repurposed metallic objects are mounted to enhance the uniqueness. These are one-of-a-kind, completely created by the hands of the artist.

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This is made from a very old found leg bone. Found on the high dessert of Wyoming. The inside of the cracked bone is packed with beautiful Amethyst. Wrapped with patinaed copper. This piece of art is one-of-a-kind and completely created by the hands of the artist. M2519, approximately 3” X 11” $150
Go to www.chaoscrations.net to order

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This is made from a very old found hipbone. Found on the high dessert of Wyoming. Wrapped in socket with copper wire is a large piece of Turquoise from Kingman Arizona. Wrapped with patinaed copper. This piece of art is one-of-a-kind and completely created by the hands of the artist. M2619, approximately 3” X 11” $200
Go to www.chaoscrations.net to order

These pieces are from the Somniative Collection. I wanted to offer a bit of background on the name and the inspiration for the art in the Somniative Collection. I met an amazing artist, Christopher Reitmaier at an art festival. He too travels the show circuit and not only makes great art, but also lives the free vagabond lifestyle I am so attracted to. His art comes from recycled and reclaimed bits and pieces he finds on the street and in old dump sites. I was so inspired seeing his work, visiting with him and finding out that we both knew some of the same eclectic people traveling this world. I was so inspired by his work, after scrounging around old dumpsites on a ranch or two in Wyoming; I added it into my own style and ideas. The result I am very happy with and I hope you are too. The name, Somniative Collection derives from Christopher’s Instagram name and means, obsolete and relating to dreams. To you Christopher I thank you and cannot wait to see you down the road.

The Chool Bus
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Trying to safe a few dollars with a recap tire can cost you a lot more then what you thought you were saving. Bus Life Matters so keep good rubber on your house!


The Unique and Eclectic Jewelry of Dan Abernathy

This artistic jewelry is created completely by Dan Abernathy. Formed from his ideas and visions, the core of this one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry is created using recycled copper from demoed houses and power lines. It is shaped and patina then combined with crystals, stones, and vintage objects of all types to enhance the unique flair.

118319This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a fossilized sand dollar. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 4 ” X 2 #118319 $88
Go to www.chaoscrations.net to order.
118419This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a piece of turquoise from Kingman Arizona. Copper bowl is created from reclaimed copper flashing. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 2 ¼ ” X 2 #118419 $108
Go to www.chaoscrations.net to order.
118519This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a piece of turquoise from Kingman Arizona. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 3 ” X 2 #118519 $128
Go to www.chaoscrations.net to order


The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace

And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way –
Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness

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Even if you think you don’t, you do. There are 10 minutes to be had each day to find your true self. To quiet the mind in meditation and be with who you are, to become acquainted with your higher self. These 10 minutes, found daily will alter the way you feel, see things, think and most importantly, how you respond. – dbA


Searching for the Tree of Life

July 30, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

IMG_4498Like all things that are not supposed to be, the Tree of Life is called a freak of nature, or some refer to it as magical. However it is described or defined it is something that isn’t supposed to happen. It isn’t natural for a tree to be alive with its roots exposed and holding the tree proudly by clinging to air. With no logical explanation for why it hasn’t toppled into the ocean this truly amazingly enchanted tree seems to be immortal.

I learned of the Tree of Life before venturing to The Pacific Northwest. I knew this area is filled with natural wonders and this fairy-tale like tree I had to see. It was calling me to come sit under its roots and for just a brief moment be totally and completely there as I quieted myself in a meditation while connecting to Mother Earth. So I went.

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The Tree of Life sits on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in the in the plush Olympic National Park, about an hour southwest of the Hon Rainforest. However, there is no grid coordinates, roadside signs or markings on a map to get to this amazing tree and if the truth were told, destiny guided us as we stumbled into the area where it is enchantingly tucked away on the shore.

Known for its wide trunk and towering height, The Tree of Life is a Sitka spruce, the largest type of spruce known and can be found all along the west coast.

Underneath the tangled roots of the Tree of Life is seemingly a cave with small, smooth Sellers_RS_cobble like stones carpeting the entrance. Inside is a streambed where water can flow into the cave and out towards the ocean. It’s this stream that washes the soil from underneath the roots, nourishing the tree and possibly destroying it. The Tree of Life is a phenomenon that lives beyond the parameters of any tree.

Questions have been asked many times of why, but no one really knows how it keeps on living. Perhaps as I deliberated while sitting cross-legged underneath these free and massive roots, it is an empowering symbol. The Tee of Life is giving us all a message that we also can continue to live and be free, even when so many worldly components are seemingly against us. – dbA

 


Shucking and Slurping at Hama Hama Oyster Farm

IMG_4544It’s not very often you’re remotely offered fresh oysters on someone’s else’s tab, but I was! When Jed Duke found out I was going to be in the Pacific Northwest he made me an offer I just could not any intelligent reason to refuse. It also didn’t take much convincing to get Dave to embark on a short road trip to the Hood Canal with the climatic destination being the Hama Hama Oyster Farm, near Lilliwaup, Washington.

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When we got there I found Lissa, who is generation number five of the family ran business. I have to say; she was looking at me with a bit of curiosity on her face as I boldly walked towards her with a large smile saying I had something for her. I wrapped my arms around her in a big hug and said this is from Jed and Brad! She hugged back, smiled and told me the Wyoming shadow keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Dave and I had a fantastic time as we shucked and slurped fresh oysters along with a couple IPA’s while listening to live music while a couple of bald eagles circled around the canal. The whole experience was unforgettable and the oysters were delicious. The Hama Hama Oyster Farm is an amazing happening place that should be on the list of anyone traveling through the area.

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Not sure how much tab you have left Jed, but thanks to you, Dave and I had a great lunch experience in this magical location you and Brad have told me so much about.

 

 

 


Twisted Buddha Copper Necklacetb2

Wear Twisted Buddha and share the dispatch towards joy, words to follow that need no organized principles to follow.
“There is no path to happiness, happiness is itself the path.”
Helping to find the Way with Calming Compassion, the Twisted Buddha is created from recycling and reclaimed copper wire. Each one is twisted and formed by hand with the intent of calmness and compassion. Being created by hand, each one will have slight variations in style and uniformity. Available in two sizes, large, approximately 3 inches, $24, on a 26, inch copper chain, and small, approximately 2 inches, on a 24 inch copper chain, $22. Chains are treated and will not discolor skin.
Go to www.chaoscreations.net Oder NOW for free shipping.

erikaChasing Illusions Podcast

I was honored and asked to visit with Erika Winterton as a guest on her podcast, Chasing Illusions. It was a pure treat and I had an amazing time. Thank you Erika I cannot wait to visit with you more.

“In this episode I interview Dan Abernathy to discover a deeper layer to his internal operations, perspective, and practices that allow him to truly live life the way he feels called to, without the ties that bind him to “do” life the way others might expect.

I was so inspired by the way Dan simply is… and I hope that you enjoy his charismatic and joy filled voice just as much as I did.” Erika Winterton

Go to www.chasingillusionspodcast.com


Being With Buffalo

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buf2Being in the middle of hundreds of bison, surrounded by the massive animals as they ambled about looking deeply into what I am. Being alive and completely present in the moment was truly an interval of time consenting words to be unworthy. It was an incredible moment that briefly erased time from time. To quietly be, to see, hear and feel their presence was more than humbling. Reflecting on what occurred, I was completely present while being there, not only allowing me to be with glorious creatures of the earth, but also permitted me to be filled with the gratitude of being who I am and living in the ways I have chosen. – dbA