Wednesday, February 14, 2024

R Dickson and the "Recitations on Reels" video project.

The very first audio recording that I ever did...I think I was around 7 years old...I read from a children's book...and then well a fight broke out (all fully captured on the audio recording of course) between my sister and I...but that's another story for another time.

Here it is...some 44 years later and I'm excited to announce a project I've been working on to enhance my auditory, narration and recitation skills.  I'll call this project, "Recitation on Reels."  This is where I read excerpts from some of my favorite books and from some of my favorite authors. I specifically choose to read from passages that have cognitively challenged me or had an impact on calling my "established" world-views into question or have called out to my heart in some way.

I've posted the videos I've created from the audio recording of these recitations as Reels on Instagram and also on Facebook. This one below I'm reading from Pema Chodron's book titled "The Places That Scare You."

Click on the image to view the video.


 

Click the link below to view this video:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3TKm38hQFV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

 

This project not only is causing me much auditory practice while reading, but is also causing me to learn video editing tricks and tips among other technical skills. 

My goal here is to eventually becoming a narrator of books on audio. 

This trade of content creation is driving the social platform industry to new heights. The availability of simple to use audio recording and video editing software is astounding compared to the studio limitations of years gone by.

What FUN to create digital content on this level!!

Onward and upward!



Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Combining nature and sound! Crystal singing bowls...for improving mental and emotional clarity.

 

It is believed that the pure sonic vibration from crystal singing bowls can help wake up your ability to hear. Vibration from these quartz crystal bowls moves through your body creating a relaxed meditative feeling. Alternative health practitioners believe that they help to bring health and harmony to your life by balancing your chakras.

Click on the image above or here to view this NEW nature video combined with the sounds of the playing of Crystal Singing Bowls by Elise Fournier of Brevard, NC. 

Everyone can enjoy the benefits of listening to the sounds of singing bowls. Due to the nature of our modern, industrialized lives, many pure, natural healing sounds have disappeared from our daily experience. We no longer commonly hear the beautiful sounds of nature such as singing birds, rustling leaves or running streams. Because of the high pitched noises surrounding us, our mind tries to shut out sounds from reaching us in an effort to protect us from constant distraction. 

It is my intention with the creation of this video to blend the beauty of nature with the healing benefits of sound from the playing of crystal bowls.

The benefits from experiencing these sounds are vast!  A few of these are...

  • Effectively reduces stress and anxiety
  • Relieves physical pain
  • Improves mental and emotional clarity
  • Cleanses and balances chakras
  • Stimulates the immune system

Special thanks to Elise Fournier of Brevard, NC for allowing me to record and introduce this amazing vibrational raising sound for all to hear!

Onward and Upward!

 

 


Monday, January 15, 2024

Adding video content to Youtube weekly. Check it out!

Living in an area of Western North Carolina surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains...there's an abundance of outdoor "on-location" sites that are breathtaking and inspirational. There's a reason so many movies have been filmed near here (such as the Hunger Games, the Last of the Mohicans and many more.)

Check out RDickson Outdoors on Youtube where you can find mountain streams, waterfalls, forest rivers and others to relax, unwind and simply enjoy some nature .

 


More soon!  In the meantime...onward and upward!



Friday, January 5, 2024

Mountain Forest River views from me to you on Youtube!


I've been a fan of nature videos on YouTube for years! For hours and hours I've watched campfire videos and mountain flowing stream videos and forest videos and on and on.

I've often thought...hmmmm, I wonder how one goes about filming and adding one's own nature videos to YouTube?  Well,  I'm pleased to announce...I now have my own outdoor nature channel and what a fun and exciting project!

So far the outdoor forest, mountain, waterfall videos I've uploaded are all 3 hours long so you can just have them playing in the background while you work or sleep or study or meditate.

Click here to view RDickson Outdoors Youtube Channel.

I invite you to comment.

ENJOY!  

More soon.

Gotta run...outdoor exploration galore now that I'm a nature videographer!




Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Podcasting project!

Introducing ...Conversations at the Council Tree Podcast!  This has been an ongoing effort for months in the production phase...and is now being published...one episode at a time.

This podcast is a collection of collaborative conversations where Elaine Bracken and myself create an inviting come-sit-by-the-campfire-chat that you can cozy up to and roast some spiritual marshmallows along side. We discuss personal transformation, leveling-up, dimensional galactic expansion, spiritual awakening, and navigating life here on Earth.

The title “Conversations at the Council Tree” was born from years of conversation between Elaine and I about all things Universal, Life, Love, Human Experience and Existence, Galactic Assistance, the Cosmos, and all the places in between. 

 Click here to listen to the "Latebloomers" episode

Over the years we began referring to these as Conversations at the Council Tree due to my love of trees and nature and a particular tree in the Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center in Cherokee, NC. The energy of the Podcast is the feeling of an invitation to gather under a giant wise old tree, maybe around a campfire, sharing thoughts, ideas, and experiences, and listening to the wisdom of the Tree, the Universe, and the Cosmos.

So let’s be curious, inquire, ask questions, demand answers, explore, listen, feel, breathe, surrender boldly, be willing to sit silently with what is, be brave, speak truth, trust the process, and...may we each embrace...fully...loudly living our own authenticity. 

Elaine and I are both members of the LGBTQ community, I'm a lifelong-card-carrying-lesbian and Elaine's a latebloomer.  This leads to some pretty lively dialogue.

It’s such an honor to create a shared space with the intention for the wisdom that will download and be discussed here on this podcast.  

To learn more about Elaine Bracken please visit
http://www.elainebracken.com

To learn more about Rachel Dickson please visit
http://www.racheldickson.com

To learn more about the Conversations at the Council Tree Podcast please visit
http://www.conversationsatthecounciltree.com



Thursday, May 11, 2023

Memories of times past

I'd been searching for this photo for weeks and weeks now.  And low and behold...I found it.  Tucked away into a file folder deep in the dark of stored file containers was this little beauty of a pic.

That's my sister Brenda on the left, my dad (who passed away Jan. 1 of 2021) and me on the right.  I distinctly remember the day this photo was taken.  Probably one of the earliest memories of my childhood.

It was a chilly day...but something struck a chord with my about not wearing a shirt on this day.  Was like a statement my little self needed to make.  (no idea why at this moment or why it even mattered to me...but it did)  I remember putting on these pair of pants and with no shoes or shirt marching out to the garden where this random photo op was going down.

As you can see I'm proudly standing there like...yep bitches...this is what's happening.  I love this picture! And I love my younger self who on that day didn't care about gender rules (girls have to wear shirts).

Meet young Rache.  Trying to navigate life's rules and regulations in her own way.  Just so happened that THIS day...I didn't get any guff about it.  Those days were yet to come.


 

Turning over a new leaf

 

Hard for me to believe that I haven't posted anything here for over 2 years.  And my oh my much has happened during this time.  Many life changes..many dark nights...many challenges...many upgrades.

I think it goes without saying it's difficult to write creatively when you're in the middle of major life changes and everything seemingly is just swirling around you. (Much like it appears on screen when Frodo puts on the "one ring" in the Lord of the Ring trilogy and everything goes sorta slow motion and blurry and fragmented.)

Over the next few months I'll be gradually updating my blog here and shifting my topics from surface..fun and frivolity to a more comprehensive approach with more real life application to how I'm embracing life more fully...openly...with full regard for feeling/cognitive/intellectual and heart-mind comprehension all involved and at play.

I have rarely if ever publicly touched on the topic of being gay...but I'm going to allow myself more freedom to express this part of my life in the hopes that it will help others embrace their truth as well, whatever that may be.  Honestly and openness begets honesty and openness.

Also, I recently admitted to myself that I had a drinking problem.  Rarely did a night go by that I wasn't drinking in the last...oh I dunno...15 years.  Beer, wine and whiskey were my friends.  That country song "a long-necked ice cold beer never broke my heart" is in fact very true.  Beer doesn't break your heart...you break your own heart...in an effort to cope with the pain, hurt and trauma that you find in your lap.  So having recognized that I am not only harming myself...but also others all around me..I choose me now.  I choose to reach toward myself...hold myself up...love myself...and become the greatness that I know is within me.

I'm not going to kid myself here and think that simply stating these things makes it so.  I know to say "and that's a wrap" would be a lie here.  There is much work to do...much darkness and shadow to uncover and grapple with and understand and find compassion for...so be it.  This is the way.

Onward and upward!