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Poipu Crater Double Rainbow

Rainbow Experience of the Third Kind

I had quite the rainbow experience one late afternoon.

It seems to me that rainbows are learning how to interact with people. Or perhaps, we are learning how to connect with rainbows.

I don’t know if you have ever thought about having unusual rainbow experiences. If not, perhaps what happened to me may prepare you for unusual rainbow experiences.

Kauai, the Island of Rainbows

Kauai is the northern most island in the Hawaiian island chain. The island seems to have many facets that make for wonderful reflective types of possibilities. Maybe rainbows are particularly attracted to multi-faceted environments, such as Kauai, the Garden Island. I now believe “close encounter of a rainbow kind” type of experiences may soon be recognized as a special class of phenomena.

Poipu Crater Double Rainbow

First Sight

Getting on with my story…I was sitting in front of my computer working away on a task that was a bit boring and repetitious. Music was playing in the background providing a soothing sound to help me focus. The repeated action from working on the task at hand and the melody of the music placed me in a sort of trance-like state.

As I was typing away I suddenly heard someone speak to me. Yet there was no one in the room. But the voice continued. Then suddenly I realized I was having a telepathic experience and the messages I was receiving was quite persistent. The voice urgently said, “Get up. Get your camera and go!” Whew, it was so loud.

I was jolted out of my chair because I felt so deeply I needed to follow the voice that carried this direct command so strongly into my thoughts. As I stood up I thought to myself, “What a loud and clear communication.” I happily and eagerly paid attention.

Double Rainbow Spectrum

Immediately I stopped what I was doing and jumped up and grabbed my old camera out of its bag. The two of us headed out the door to Mustang Sally, our pink Mustang convertible. As I slide behind the big steering wheel I knew I needed to head toward the Hyatt Hotel, so I did. It took about 3 minutes of driving from the time I jumped into Mustang Sally until I received a stunning visual scene. Synchronistically I had this strange sensation that I was about to have a one of those close encounters that I had heard about but never really experienced.

I suddenly got all tingly, and as I looked over at the base of a small caldera we know as Poipu crater, I saw not only a single, but a double decker, awesome, vibrating, radiating spectrum.

“Yummy!” I said out loud, and a full range of sensations flowed wildly inside of me.

Out came the camera, and snap, crackle, pop! I stopped the car, jumped out, and I was flashing away. The air was so erie and the sky had a very strange golden glow. I thought for sure I was about to receive a very mind altering experience.

The Race with the Rainbow Began

Then, all of a sudden the rainbow began to move. It started heading for the old sugar mill in Koloa. This started the race. I wanted to see if I could get to the mill before the rainbow did. I again jumped into Mustang Sally and peeled out onto the smoothly paved highway. I was driving faster and faster. I could hear the flapping of the comfortable top on the car, which was yielding to the swirling whirling trade winds known to flow through this area.

Then it happened … and all of a sudden, the rainbow and I seemed to merge. The car filled with bouncing light moving every which way. “Whoa!” I thought, “Who is going to believe this?”

Rainbow Light Pattern

Bathed in Rainbow Light

It was like being sucked into a third kind of experience that I imagined only leprechauns knew about…unexplainable really. The car’s side view mirror was reflecting my close encounter, so I knew it was real. I had no fear as one might have in a close encounter of the third kind. I was smiling from ear to ear!

What I found to be so very exciting about this rainbow encounter was I had arrived to the Koloa sugar mill at the exact moment the rainbow did, too. It was like we were one. When I stepped out of the car, the rainbow eagerly moved to its place just above the top of the sugar mill. It just knew it was waiting for me to take a perfect photograph as this living rainbow expanded it’s colors making sure to present a perfect image.

That day brought me so many gifts, and I learned that a picture  is truly worth a thousand words, or more!

Healing Visions: A Film by Annie Gusman Joly

The following film and transcription follows the artistic expression of Annie Gusman Joly.

Annie describes her creative path and how starting in 1986when she attended classes at the Esalen Institutehow her relationship to painting deepened and opened a door to healing.

Perhaps her journey may provide inspiration for others to move beyond fear and channel their energy into a path of healing no matter what chosen medium to fuel a space for healing.

Annie Gusman Joly’s film, Healing Visions, is about how the act of painting has helped her heal emotional wounds.

Annie Gusman Joly’s Healing Visions

Painting of a Face by Annie Gusman JolyI started painting for myself in 1986.

I took a workshop at Esalen Institute, and when I arrived I had no what I was going to paint. I had been an illustrator over 10 years, and I was just feeling the need to paint for myself to do something different. I thought maybe I would paint the scenery. I was painting in a beautiful building on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and I stood there with a giant white piece of paper and my hand just started to move. And I was totally amazed at what came out.

And the more I painted, the more came out. Even though the paintings were very dark as far as imagery, it was a great release to do them. It was discovering a whole new part of myself that I did not know had existed. When I look at the paintings now, it seems that I had some kind of awareness, some kind of precognition, because that year my mother committed suicide.

Using Intuition

People are afraid to paint because they don’t know where to start. Seeing that piece of white paper is very scary, but it is also very exciting at the same time.

I don’t think too much about what I am going to paint, I just try to go on intuition. Sometimes I just put a color down, and that color has a certain feeling which will make me want to put another color next to it.

After my mother’s suicide I felt like I was leading a double life: the internal life and the external life. It made me feel very separate from other people. As you can imagine it was a very, very dark and very difficult time for me. But I knew that I had to do something. I started to paint again, because I remembered how comforting the paintings had been to me when I painted at Esalen.

Healing Through Painting

Painting by Annie Gusman JolyIn one of my favorite paintings called “My Healer,” I realized that my healing was up to me. The paintings became a practice, like meditation . . . like dance . . . like poetry.

It’s very important to suspend judgment at the painting. I still occasionally look at something and say, like, “Oh, I don’t like that color. I think I’ll move this.” But now I think of it more as it’s only a part of painting that I don’t like, and I know that’s going to happen.

And maybe it’s just the tension in the painting that helps me move on, that helps me finish the painting. And I really try not to judge it as though I would if I went to museum.

It’s about those early paintings . . . there is a lot of demons flying around. And the demons are really scary at that point, I am really afraid. They look mean. They look angry, because that’s really how I am feeling inside.

As the months progressed, the demons became my friends. For example, after her death, I had an incredible dream. The dream was very scary at the time, but when I actually started to work on the piece, the whole mood, the whole character, of the painting changed into one of benevolence and compassion, and kindness and healing.

Listen to the Paintings Speak

In the early nineties, I met a man named Shaun McNiff. He taught me that it’s really not a good idea to talk about paintings, and that so many of us judge paintings according to somebody’s criteria. He taught me: don’t judge the painting. Don’t talk about the painting. It’s just as if the painting has a soul and a being of it’s own. So when I look at the paintings, what I do is pretend that they are actually a person.

For example, you wouldn’t talk about a friend who came into the room and said, “Wow, that dress looks really bad with those shoes,” you know, or, “That hat is really the wrong color.”

What I like to do is have the paintings speak to me.

Most of the time, I stand when I paint. I feel like if my whole body is involved rather than my hand and my brain, things seem to flow better.

When you paint with no judgment, things happen that you don’t expect. And it’s a journey. It’s like going on a trip to a foreign country, a place like you had never been before.

It’s almost like a door. It’s really not the grief any more; the grief is turned into a door. Where I know that these images will come . . . I just know that.

Speaking Truth

Annie Gusman JolyI think it’s easier to speak your truth when you are not doing something for money. These paintings were created for me; they came from a flow that was inside. So I feel free . . . I feel free to create what I want to create without worrying about the end result.

When I first started doing these paintings, I was little nervous to show them to people, because I thought they would think I was really strange, kind of crazy. Slowly, but surely, when I started to share them with some people, it was really amazing to hear their reaction. I think everybody relates to them in some manner in their own life. Everybody’s had loss, everybody’s had some problems.

I never feel like I run out of things to paint. I have an endless well of imagery that I feel now can come out at anytime. I never felt like this before I started these paintings.

When I’m in a room full of my paintings, I feel that I am with my best friends. It’s like something else is at work and things are not as they appear, and that there is another force going on within us. And that if we just can connect with . . . I don’t know, just makes me smile.