"Think of this model as a circle that spirals inward without a beginning or an end. There is no "better" place to be on this model. Just being on it is enough.
As a matter of fact, being is enough. Because "being" is circular, this model continually recycles, meaning that you return to where you have been before, but it spirals inward; you are never exactly in the same place as before.
You are constantly changing, and everything you perceive is seen as if for the first time with renewed eyes. Because there is no known end, there can be no goal in getting to the end. Thus, the journey is the goal. It is being on the path, not the final destination that is important.
And there is no competition because nobody is judging. Thus, then becomes the model of acceptance.
The Western Model of Doing is a paradoxical model in that most people hope to achieve goals that are not obtainable. The goals of peace and balance and inner power are found with the Far Eastern Model of Being, which is not goal-oriented. The Model of Being requires some training because it is opposite of the more-familiar Doing Model.
This Far Eastern model, however, does not need to be the only model in your life.
You can use the Western Doing Model for some areas of your life, such as education and career advancement, and use the Being Model for the other aspects of your life. One warning: A certain amount of trust and a small leap of faith are required to jump off the Doing Model and experience the other.
Remember, you can always jump back. You can always choose to go back to what you know. But first, please ask yourself if it worked for you. Do you know what you need to know to stop the craziness?
If the answer is no, take the leap. If you have questions about a personal situation, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to answer them briefly on an intuitive level or visit Dyanne Yellowlight's Web site at www.spiritualitybeyond.com.
Year of the Dog
Cori Richman and Blue, her labrador-rottweiler mix, host a gallery opening Saturday, May 27 at Blue's Gallery in Pine to celebrate Year of the Dog - 2006 on the Chinese Zodiac.
"This is a dog-friendly place," Richman said. "It's an opening and dogs are invited. I urge everyone to bring their puppies. "Blue's Gallery, a long, wooden chartreuse building accented with lemon-yellow paint, holds an eclectic collection of Richman's paintings - colorful, plasmid images of pets, and even a few people, painted on pine boxes instead of canvas.
And she accepts commissions, priced affordably for every budget.
"I don't have one style," Richman said. "I will not do anything conventional. It all comes from feeling and each painting I do is different."
Pieces by renowned glass artist Richard Altman, and painters Adam Thomas and Karen Wells complete Richman's collection.
After graduating from Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, Richman, a Southern California native, embarked on a creative career. Back then, during the 1970s and 1980s, Hollywood sparkled with New Wave energy.
"I became a sign painter, which I loved," Richman said. "I didn't do any fine art. I did graphic art. I don't like to do generic stuff.
"Seven years ago, Richman packed up her bags and moved to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, first to Tempe, and then to a cabin in Pine. Richman opened Blue's Gallery in fall 2005, inspired by the big, black dog she adopted as a puppy more than two years ago.
"It was love at first sight," Richman said. "I don't think the gallery would have happened without Blue. It had to be about her."
Blue and Richman welcome pet lovers, art enthusiasts and neighbors to the Year of the Dog gallery opening, Saturday, May 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Blue's Gallery, Highway 87, Pine. For more information, contact Richman at (928) 476-5600 or visit www.bluesgalleryonline.com.