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Monday, February 20, 2017


Copyright 2017 Nancy Barra, "Daydreaming", oil on canvas, 24" x 20" from: Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo

She sat on the rocks, then, she closed her eyes and just dreamed about what she wanted to see happen. Her visualizations were so real that a peaceful happiness filled her heart. She felt like she was in another world, where everything she wanted was possible.

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Barra, "Epiphany", Pastel on paper, 18.5" x 14.5",from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

   No more a stream of annoying daily challenges, disappointments, trade-offs or unforeseable negative outcomes, no hurt feelings, no guilt, no fear, no low self-steem and no hatred. Only a world where love, joy, unity, wisdom and beauty existed. 

Copyright © 2016 Nancy Barra, "Ancient wisdom", Pastel over watercolor on paper,  12" x 16", from: Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

The world behind her closed eyelids was functioning as smoothly and perfectly as an atomic clock. In an instant she could go back to the past and alter what she wanted and then, jump to the future to see the results.

Copyright © 2014 Nancy Barra, "Riding on a Light Beam", Pastel on La Carte Pastel paper, 12" by 15.3/4", from: Nancy Barra Contemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo

When she told her friends about her practice and how much joy she got from it, they told her in a condescending way that what she was doing was simply “daydreaming” or in other words, escaping reality.

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This got to her. 

Copyright © 2014 Nancy Barra, "Ocean joy"

But then, she realized that every time she daydreamed, 
she came back to reality 
much calmer, happier and energized and could face the daily challenges of life with equanimity and humor. 

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For example, she chose the shortest line in the supermarket to pay for only two items. Suddenly, the person before her could not pay with her credit card, although she insisted there was nothing wrong with it. 

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The client asked for the manager. The cashier called him. He was busy and took his sweet time to arrive. The line stopped, while the other longer lines moved quickly. "Why this has to happen to me?", "Oh! yea, of course, this had to happen to me. I am not daydreaming”, she fumed.

Now, she began to see these daily annoying situations as cosmic jokes. She thought that she might just be a character in a galaxy game program to entertain superior beings in other universes. In the end, it might be  a challenge between her and that mysterious cosmic generator of these jokes. Therefore, next time she chose to laugh and patiently wait until the supermarket manager came to solve the client's situation.

Before this practice of daydreaming, she always became upset and full of comtempt towards the person creating those delays. After all, he/she was also having a disappointment. "Now I am just playing a game", she thought smiling. 

Therefore, because life is full of these unexpected, unpleasant situations, she continued daydreaming in spite of her friends’ pejorative judgements. 

This time, she dreamed with a world without ATMs , supermarket cashiers, rejected credit cards, high interest rates, inhumane wars, dictatorships, exclusion and ecological disasters. Just imagining such a world filled her heart with intense happiness.

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Days later, with her guitar in hand, she came to this conclusion: "If I can function in a positive way in this conflictive and challenging world, I will continue daydreaming as long as possible”. Then she grabbed her guitar, closed her eyes and began to dream happiness to a Rhapsody tune. 

Copyright © 2013, Nancy Barra, "Guitar Solo",Pastel over watercolor, 12" x 20",from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

Happy welcoming to Alessandra to a daydream world!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Copyrigt © 2014  Nancy Barra, "Nature Enchantment", Rockport, Massachusetts

She likes the beauty of nature, the kindness and compassionate gestures of anonymous people and the sense of peace when she is close to the ocean. She always has something to say about these experiences. 

© 2011 Nancy Barra, "Enjoying the Tidepool", oil on canvas, 30" x 15" from: Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

However, now realizing the incredible violence and turmoil spreading throughout our planet, she wonders what she can say or do to help reverse this state of affairs, even in very tiny ways. Nothing feasible came to her mind and she felt sad, overwhelmed and speechless. Desolation took over her.

One day, she remembered what she instinctively believed (and science was just reluctantly beginning to confirm): that thoughts and emotions are pure energy, with a unique frequency and magnetic resonance and as such, have the power to spread in space, perhaps faster than the speed of light. 

Copyright © 2014, Nancy Barra, "Sending a Message", Pastel over watercolor on paper, 17" X 12.02" from:Nancy Barra Contemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo

Suddenly, a luminous strength grew inside her heart and she felt the need to rebel. She decided to decree her visions of the future in front of the ocean as a way to defy the increasing chaos that is leading our civilization to possible extinction. 

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Barra, "Epiphany", Pastel on paper, 18.5" x 14.5",from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

She thought: “If that would be the case, I want these thoughts and emotions be my last human act". She began to speak her thoughts quietly, with her eyes closed, so the ocean breeze could spread and amplify them around the planet:

Copyright © 2014, Nancy Barra, "A message to the world" Andrews' Point, Massachusetts.

“I decree that:

our planet will be restored to its natural beauty 
and unending generosity.”

Copyright © 2013 Nancy Barra, "Two Reflections", Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

"I decree that:

goodness and solidarity will spread all around the world like a blanket protecting our blue planet and all the innocent people from any act of violence."

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"I decree that:

we will not be fearful of defending humanistic values, justice and human rights."

© 2016 Nancy Barra, "Fearless Dreamer", Pastel over Watercolor on Arches paper, 11.02" X 8" from:Nancy Barra Contemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo

"I decree that:

death will not scare us because we know that there always be someone who will continue what we began and will carry on our dreams.

Copyright @ 2009 Nancy Barra,"Ocean Rebirth", oil on canvas, 28" x 24", from:Nancy Barra Contemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo

We need to remember that we all are an energy-unity, without ego and end and our bodies are just vessels, which allow us to experience this particular aspect of a much larger reality.”

"I decree that:

wars, pessimism, greed, repression and violence will be eradicated from our planet and peace, solidarity, respect and generosity will blossom everywhere as a majestic Spring".

"I decree that:

 we will develop technology to help each other connect, exchange, undertake collective endeavors, trigger creativity, sense of community and restore the natural state of Mother Earth, our Gaia, our Pachamama".

"I decree that:

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American Poet Gwendolyn Brooks writing (1917-2000)
poetry and 

science will be 

intertwined and

through them, we will

explore the mysteries

of the universe". 

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"I decree that:

Copyright © 2013, Nancy Barra, "Guitar Solo",Pastel over watercolor, 12" x 20",from: Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

music, laughter and dance will resonate 
everywhere, making joy a daily and contagious emotion for everyone."

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"I decree:

that art will be a common shared language of unimaginable potential that will help us to record and celebrate our imagination, ideas and history."

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She thought that she could continue decreeing for an eternity all the dreams that nested in her heart, but she understood that this would have to be a collective task and therefore, she decided to invite everybody around the Earth who were willing to dream, to do it. Perhaps, to just send to the cosmos one decree at a time every day.


She thought that if many people could also agree to express these decrees and add many more, ever increasing good energy could repel all the negative forces, which for so many centuries have spread out on this magnificent planet and their inhabitants. 

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These negative forces have propagated
systematic fear, calculated violence, increasing greediness, deception and a sense of isolation that have made us all weak and fearful. 

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She thought that perhaps these decrees could be the dreams of millions of  anonymous people, whose lives were interrupted in their pursuit of making them true. 

Copyright © 2008 Nancy Barra, "Ocean Breeze", Pastel on paper,from:Nancy Barra Contemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

Finally, she said: "We have to drecree that our visions of the future will come true. We have to decree that we will become fearless, peaceful, loving and victorious."

After that, she felt as being part of an invisible collective power and said with total confidence: "We will overcome!"

Copyright © 2011 Nancy Barra "Meditation at Sunset", Rockport, Massachusetts.