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Dhyana K.

"To go beyond the circle"

Redmond, OR, USA
female, age 56
single, 2 children
Speaks: English
Joined Apr 21, 2001


 
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Throughout history and from regions all over the globe there are mythologies of the dragon. Although the various descriptions may differ slightly, the basic concept is always the same: serpentine in body, raptor-like head with wings capable of navigating flight and huge curved talons jutting out of scaly feet. Just about every scholarly reference to dragons ponders the mystery associated with such an symbol being so widespread, reaching as far back into human history as can be imagined.

Each culture ascribes some deeper meaning to the beast, ranging from guardians of treasure to harbingers of evil. Many will relate the dragon with the story of King Arthur (Pendragon) whose shield touted the red dragon, always reminiscent of the struggle between good and evil. The symbol I prefer describes potential for personal power or the ability to overcome difficult situations (slaying or, with equal bravery; befriending the dragon).
But no matter what you may think of the dragon as a symbol, you're not likely to imagine that you mike run across one in real life. It may surprise you, however, to learn that there are real, live dragon-beasts flying freely, even today, about our skies.

I came to realize this fact for myself one summer afternoon not too long ago. It was one of those days that beg a person to be outdoors, soaking up the sun and reveling in nature.
With only a few clouds in the sky and nothing to deter an afternoon's adventure, I loaded my faithful four-legged companion Cysco into the car, and off we went to one of our favorite hiking haunts along Central Oregon's Crooked River.

The geology and landscape along the river is nothing less than fantastic. even on a dull day. Huge rocky cliff faces rise high above the riverbed on either side of the winding road, as it snakes gracefully along the canyon floor. Undulating rocky outcroppings jut out of the rimrock like imposing castle turrets from another century -- making this a most likely place to encounter a medieval creature.

This particular day I was fully engaged in enjoying the drive, catching sight of all variety of wildlife along the way. As we neared our hiking destination the most amazing sight filled the sky, drawing my attention upwards, away from the road. A number of large birds circled overhead in the bright blue sky, the brilliant sun cast their bodies in silhouette. The birds jutting about in the air as if agitated by something in their midst. Curious, I slowed down to get a better look. The object of all this agitation became immediately and amazingly apparent as something very unusual dawned on my vision. Unmistakably, it was a dragon.

Having seen more than a few dragon movies my brain readily registered 'dragon' -- and for all intent and purpose that is what floated on the air currents above that canyon. I stopped the car and peered, unbelieving yet awestruck at this strange beast. Long serpentine body, huge scaly talons glistening in the sun, raptor-like head twisted back and forth and wings like a massive bird of prey -- certainly this appeared to be a dragon in the midst of so many lesser birds. Just like in the movies, the body of the beast undulated back and forth in the sky, as if doing so somehow helped to keep the creature buoyant in the air.

Within a few seconds I came to my senses, realizing that this is real life and not some Hollywood production. Lacking a good pair of binoculars I strained once again to take a closer look. With no small amount of wonder, I realized that this must in fact be the exact same animal people have been seeing since time began, retelling the encounter over bonfires in glorifying detail. This is that same mythological creature seen by so many people, on so many continents all over the world.

The ‘beast’ turned out to be nothing less than a eagle, majestic in its own right. Clutched in its talons an immense snake struggled against its attacker, writhing back and forth in an unsuccessful attempt to gain some advantage, and in the process win back its freedom. What a vision the two of these primordial enemies made that early summer day! A sight I'll not soon forget and one that clarifies, at least for me, the mystery as to why there are dragon stories in every culture on the planet.

So, I recommend that you keep your eyes to the sky for sightings of the ordinary, and the not so ordinary. Remain attentive enough and perhaps you too will win a glimpse of rarest of rare creatures -- the Central Oregon Dragon.

Dhyana Kearly - Copyright 2008

 
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Birthday March 15, 1958  
Languages English  
About Me Community has been my middle name for more years than I can count; community writer and editor, nonprofit community coordinator, development director (aka community coordinator), and I launched a nonprofit arts organization several years ago that landed me in a glossy magazine (my 15 minutes of fame).

I currently work on a contract basis for nonprofits offering all of my many amazing and mind boggling skills as resources for those who lack same. My main client currently is the local Council on Aging for whom I do public relations work, research, write and manage grants, handle event promotions & marketing, and various other things.

That's the business side, privately I spent years as hospice direct patient volunteer (until hired as volunteer coordinator, which is just another fancy name for community development). I've also dabbled as a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SMART and the local Humane Society.

Although I suspect the word is much over-used I am a sensitive from way back. For the past 30 years or so I've worked to develop my energy awareness skills and offer myself as volunteer for the DHN (Distance Healing Network). I meditate like my life depends on it (which it does), have enjoyed bouts of Yoga and Chi Gung and I always enjoy a nice long walking meditation.

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Political Leaning Liberal
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Wild Fact About Me I was in a movie once.
My Philosophy Be strong and be kind, generous & forgiving.
What Gives Me Hope Change
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Sustainable local agriculture, products & services. I would advocate for local commerce. Local growers, craft persons, professionals marketing and selling their wares locally. Feeding the hungry locally.
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Quotation Mind is the master power that molds and makes,
Mankind is the mind,
And evermore we take the tool of thought
And fashioning what we will,
Brings forth a thousand joys,
A thousand ills.
We think in secret,
And it comes to pass.
Environment is but our looking glass.

-(adapted from a poem by) James Allen
Interests herbs, meditation, Mind/Body/Spirit, philosophy  
Books A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, A Course In Miracles, Ram Dass, Dhyani Ywahoo, Steven Levine, The Tao Te Ching - L. Tzu  
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