About Alise Sheehan

A lifelong Artist, Inventor and entepreneur Alise loves nothing more than a good adventure down a path she has not taken before. This spirit of adventure and love of mystery has led Alise to explore new ways of making art by marrying what she loves most which is nature, photography, and working with cool new technologies to acheive what she sees in her imagination and feels in her bones. The work shown here is just a sampling of what has been created using camera and ipad aling with mixed media painting and encaustic like techniques.

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Alise Sheehan Art

May 12, 2016

Dreaming Strong

I have been Dreaming strongly and vividly all my life - with many lucid and even precognitive experiences.
This year I have taken this to another level studying with some amazing dream teachers- including Robert Moss Stephen Aisenstadt and Sergio Magano. Many have asked me how to remember dreams and dream more lucidly.  Sharing this article from Social Consciousness.com with you that has some good practical tips- Many are new to me, like foods for better dreaming! I will share more about this subject with you. Enjoy and wishing you happy dreams!

There are tons of useful and well-known methods to achieving Lucid Dreams, but what many people don't know is that if you don't live a healthy lifestyle these methods will never work to their full potential. These 7 useful tips will give you a fresh perspective to the world of Lucid Dreaming. Whether you have years of experience or are a new aspiring dreamer, this post will help you. Here are just a few of the benefits you'll get: Dream recall will improve; dreams will become more vivid Falling asleep will become easier; helps with insomnia Lucid Living will come easily and naturally WILD will become easier Overall amount of LD's will greatly increase Results in feeling healthier and revived during the day All methods are FREE Before we begin, here's a small amount of background research; do NOT skip over this section, as it is important to some of the tips below. Please note that everything in this article can be backed up with scientific research and reasoning. No guesswork is involved. 

The Pineal Gland, Melatonin, and it's Effect on Sleep 
Deep inside the brain there is a tiny pine-shaped organ called the pineal gland. The pineal gland serves many purposes, one of which is to produce a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin works to communicate information about environmental lighting to different parts of the body. In other words, it acts as the body's internal clock; it helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It promotes awareness during the day and reduces the amount of time it takes to fall asleep during the night. It also affects the quality of dreams. High levels of melatonin lead to vivid dreams and high quality sleep, while lower levels lead to trouble sleeping, insomnia, poor quality dreams, and often even mood disorders due to the chemical imbalance. Speaking in lucid dreaming terms, 'vivid' means more lifelike, easier to recall, and naturally the dreamer is more aware of the dream. The more vivid the dream is,the easier it is to obtain lucidity. Therefore one of the best ways to increase the chances of having lucid dreams is to increase the body's melatonin levels. 

Now that you have this handy piece of information, you will be able to understand how you can ultimately impact the success of your lucid dreaming life with a few simple easy steps: 

1. Have a consistent sleep schedule. This is a pretty obvious one. Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day is what sets your 'body clock' (aka melatonin). You know how sometimes you wake up 5 minutes before your alarm rings? That's your melatonin in action. But it cannot function if you do not have a consistent sleep schedule. This internal 'clock' is used in many lucid dreaming methods. 

2. Sleep in complete darkness. Scientific research shows that your melatonin levels are the highest at night while sleeping in complete darkness, around the time that you dream. This promotes vivid dreams and better dream recall. In the ideal situation, there should be no difference in darkness when you open your eyes compared to when you close them. Sleeping with a light on decreases the quality of dreams and messes up your internal clock as it brings down the melatonin level in your body. Don't let light pollution ruin your dreams for you!

 3. Limit your time spent with electronics. The bright light of a computer can burn up your melatonin levels if you spend too much time in front of one. Don't spend more than 5 hours on your computer each day. Also the electromagnetic fields of cell phones, televisions, and computers can burn up your melatonin levels. Limit your time on your phone and do not sleep with your computer or TV too close to you. 

4. Recall earlier events from the day. This is a great and fun thing to do while lying in bed before you fall asleep. Think back to the very beginning of the day and recall as many details as you can. What colour was that car that was parked on the side of the road? Who was your cashier at the grocery store? What colour was his/her eyes? Were you paying attention or did you just worry about buying your food? Go through the entire day and remember as much as you can. Doing this every night will encourage you to subconsciously increase your awareness levels. Before you know it, you will be practicing lucid living with no effort at all! 

5. Massage your scalp before you go to bed. I know this sounds like a weird one but it is actually very relaxing and is wonderful for your health and lucid dreaming. When you massage your scalp, you release endorphins and serotonin. The endorphins give you a relaxing sensation that will help you fall asleep faster. Serotonin is used to create melatonin, so naturally the more serotonin you produce the more melatonin you produce. Melatonin leads to more vivid dreams, which means a higher chance of becoming lucid. Scalp massages are great to do before WILD, during WBTB, and before you go to sleep at night. If you Google scalp massaging techniques you should come up with a fair few. 

6. Learn to recognize dream signs before they appear in your dreams. Yes, this is possible. The subconscious mind works based off of the conscious mind, so if you continuously feed in information about a certain topic there is a high chance it will appear in your dreams. Before it starts appearing in your dreams, there's a good chance it will have appeared in your daydreams as well. Think really hard... Is there something you are incredibly passionate about that you think about very often? When you daydream, does a certain topic float into your mind frequently? When you relax and allow your mind to wander, how often does that topic effortlessly float in? If you can nail a specific topic, use it as a dream sign. 

7. Eat lucid foods. Yes, they do exist! There are certain foods that increase the production of melatonin, therefore making lucidity more attainable. Did you know that eating a teaspoon of mustard before bed actually does increase your chances of getting lucid? Making these foods a part of your everyday diet will help increase your chances of having a lucid dream. 
Below is a list of lucid foods and how much melatonin is in them (measured in nano grams). 

Foods that Contain Melatonin: White mustard (378 ng/tsp) Black mustard (258 ng/tsp) Almonds (39 ng/g) Sunflower seeds (29 ng/g) Cherries (15 ng/g) Flax seeds (12 ng/g) Oats (1.8 ng/g) Rice, red radishes, poppy seeds, tomatoes, bananas (0.5 to 1 ng/g) Other lucid-friendly foods include milk, yogurt, eggs, fish (especially cod and tuna), broccoli, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and lentils. These foods not only contain vitamin B5 (a coenzyme acid that is essential for the synthesis of melatonin), they also contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin, which is later converted into melatonin. Using these methods does not guarantee instant lucid dreams
every night, but you will definitely have a greater chance at becoming lucid and probably have lucid dreams more frequently than you did before. Plus, not only will these tips give you a larger chance of becoming lucid, they will also make you healthier and happier in your day-to-day life. Read more at: http://www.social-consciousness.com/2012/09/lucid-dreaming-7-tricks-you-didnt-know.html?m=1

March 23, 2016

Its all a mystery

Off to a retreat to learn about the great mysteries of life- will be a true adventure which is just what I love most. Back soon with hopefully something new to share.

February 27, 2016

Life in the abstract

Painting an abstract feels like life at times. Not knowing what it is really about but moving forward with purpose, finding a way to create balance with your senses. And being a mystery of sorts to everyone else- as they all create thier own meaning from what they experience in your painting.

January 27, 2016


"The fiercest dragons guard the richest treasures" Rilke

January 24, 2016

January 15, 2016

Embracing The Lines

Embracing The Lines
By Alise Sheehan

My art has taken me in a new direction- a turn unexpected and wonderful..
"I dream the painting and paint the dream" Van Gogh

January 11, 2016

Flower Child

Flower Child
A painting and a poem
By Alise Sheehan

Felt today like the only way to get past the hole in the ground

Was to jump into the dream
of a painting of water of a flower

Unbearable softness and grace

I am now on my knees
white light surrounding me
opening the darkness to reveal

That I AM the dark hole
the ground and the flower
the painter and the painting
the softness and the light

-Alise Sheehan

December 29, 2015

Dreaming of the landscape

My recent trip to Death Valley was awe inspiring and art inspiring! I am very excited about the new discoveries I have made in my process of creating. It beautifully combines my love if color, nature, photography, fabric and texture

December 24, 2015

We can decide to be the light

Path to the center by Alise Sheehan

"We make moment-by-moment decisions what kind of people to be -- whether to be someone who blesses, or who blames; someone who obsesses about past and future, or who dwells fully in the present; someone who whines about problems, or who creates solutions. It's always our choice what attitudinal ground to stand on: the emotional quicksand of negative thinking, or the airstrip of spiritual flight."
-Marianne Williamson

December 22, 2015

The Light to come

May the light of the coming year bring blossoms of joy and abundance into your lives!

December 12, 2015

Layering light

This piece is part of a new series that involves experimenting with light through glass. Layering paint, paper collage and photographic images on glass which all invoke the dream quality. Title "Looking through a dream"

November 18, 2015

The Art of Dreaming

I am a strong dreamer and dreaming is an important source of creativity and guidance for me. I am excited to be working on a new series of paintings inspired by my dreams. I am also in process of developing a new workshop to help others be inspired to create using thier dreams as guidance- more to come soon- stay tuned!

November 9, 2015

A Spiritual Journey

I returned from an amazing workshop in the high desert. Wonderment and peace are the two words I have for this time I took to honor all that has been deeply loved - and to now
continue on this amazing journey which is my life.

October 3, 2015

Fall and the moon

I grew up in Ohio where Fall announced itself with bright leaves, crisp air and apples. I loved the fall and the deep comfort I felt wrapped in cozy sweaters just warm enough as I walked across town to see friends.

San Diego fall brings the moon and bright sunsets, cooler breezes and comfort as I move into the turn of another year. This one was deeply challenging and transformational. Thankful for my art and my loved ones and what's yet to come.

September 28, 2015

New Way to purchase my artwork!

I am very excited to feature my artwork on this site (here on the right side of my blog- so cool!) Artwork can be purchased as prints on canvas, metal and many other products- take a look and let me know what you think!