Our normal waking but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it,

parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely

different ...No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms

of consciousness quite disregarded – William James

My gaia girl image was not staged or photoshopped.

As I was photographing the dunes on the solstice,

she magically appeared and, just as I snapped the shutter, she jumped off the other side.

Winter Solstice 2014

Hampton Beach  State Park

“ Far the best part, I repeat, of every mind is not that which he knows, but that which hovers in gleams, suggestions, tantalizing unpossessed before him."

                                    – Emerson

Bald Cypress in Congaree National Park

CC Jean Stimmell: March 2015

This is a Photoshop image I made from

the following vividly real dream I  had –  

As I wade across a small, insignificant stream,

it suddenly transforms into a raging river

with an irresistible, swirling current attempting to suck me under.

Resisting with all my might, I escape to the other sideto a world of utter stillness – totally alone – sitting on a shimmering ice sheet extending to  infinity.

This is from Buddhist scripture:

Dhammapada 85-86

Few are there among men who go across to the further shore; the rest of mankind only run about on the bank.  But those who act rightly according to the teaching, as has been well taught, will cross over to the other shore, for the realm of passions is so difficult to cross.


CC Jean Stimmell: 6/2/15