Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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"The Gift"

18″ x 18″ on museum quality panel, framed
“When we fall in love, what we fall in love with, is the way that person makes us feel about ourselves when we are with them.” 
I overheard this statement many years ago and have never forgotten it.  The reason?  Because I felt its truth then and have personally found it to be true in the time that has since passed from when I first heard it. 
I have been in the presence of many people since then.  Sometimes I have left, feeling somewhat akin to a rat –no count, lazy, stupid, slacker, wanna be, ugly, old, dumb.  But then, there are those spirits, those people, that in their presence I felt like the cat’s pajamas.  I felt smart, witty, attractive, engaging, worthwhile, capable, and …well….LOVED!  And this came from people that I had sometimes just met all the way to those who have known me many years.  They just had that intense sparkle in their eyes, they “heard” me!  They didn’t have to spend hours with me or give me gifts. 
What they did, knowingly or unknowingly, was give the best of themselves to me–they saw me through the eyes of love and thus allowed me to see myself that way.  And I left their presence walking taller, feeling like I could do the things I dreamed of. 
With one year ending and another beginning, thanks to each of you who have made me feel “taller” while  in your presence this year. 
You have given the best gift of all.  The gift of making another feel good about themselves.  And that is the  gift of love.


P.S.  My girl is home this week with me, so if I am a bit absent online, please know I am very present with my daughter and making the most of each precious minute.  If there are any blog posts mentioning a “tuna drive” you will know it’s Eddie behind it and not me……

Note:  The painting Happy is one of those available from the Let There Be Love… Collection.  From now until December 31, 2010, paintings from this collection are available with free shipping in the continental US and come with an autographed copy of the book of that name.  Flex pay is available as well, spreading the amount into 3 pays over 3 months, so that you can acquire the art you wish for your collection.  To see the entire collection you can click here.

Reproductions of this collection are available to purchase by clicking here.

Dreama’s 2013 Workshop Dates Click to View

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  • Laurie G. Miller - December 31, 2010 - 1:41 pm

    Hi Dreama,

    I just listened to my first AHA podcast and am hooked. You and Leslie are giving great info in a fun and informative way! Thanks so much for sharing all that you have learned along the way.

    Best regards,


  • Andrea Fleming - December 31, 2010 - 4:31 am

    Slowing down and being present with someone is the best “present,” I think…thanks for the reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - December 30, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Loved hearing everyone’s comments on this:)) And thanks for the support to slow down and enjoy my daughter’s time with me..:)))!ReplyCancel

  • Marian Fortunati - December 29, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Your paintings are always happy… and yummy too..

    And I love Eddie in the last one… but then I love Eddie in all of your work!!!

    Love Faye’s comment!!ReplyCancel

  • Jerry Stocks - December 28, 2010 - 7:19 pm

    Dreama, the painting is sooooooo beautiful and so are your thoughts. Having had art instructions from you, I know you know how to make people feel taller. You have the gift. Enjoy your girl.ReplyCancel

  • shirley fachilla - December 28, 2010 - 5:24 pm

    Lovely roses, lovely thoughts. Enjoy your daughter’s company to the max; such time is, as you know, quite precious.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Roux - December 28, 2010 - 8:58 am

    Lovely painting Dreama. The colors in the background dance wonderfully.

    Enjoy your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • FCP - December 28, 2010 - 8:46 am

    Beautiful painting, and beautiful sentiment, Dreama. It reminds me of author Toni Morrison’s “aha” moment when she realized what her children needed and wanted most from her, was to see her eyes light up when they entered a room. What a different world it would be if we could all learn to be fully present with each other. Thanks for sharing, and Happy New Year!

  • Dana Cooper - December 27, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Lovely sentiment Dreama…have fun with your daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Popple - December 27, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    Beautiful painting and beautiful commentary! You can count yourself as one of those people who make a person feel taller. And I am looking forward to Eddie’s tuna drive! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Angela - December 27, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    This is lovely Dreama, and I love what you wrote also. I know exactly what you mean, and it’s wonderful to be around those who lift you up without even knowing it. I also chuckled at the “tuna drive” comment! Too funny! 🙂ReplyCancel

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