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hen producing a magazine the “Letter from the Publisher” is usually one of the final touches after spending days and nights creating the personality of a particular issue. Every month our editorial themes and the participation of new advertisers bring about excitement. Each magazine’s production process takes us on a uniquely different journey. Our December issue illustrates the reflective nature of our monthly theme “Awakening Humanity”. I am so grateful that we are able to share the contributions of a diverse community of spiritual leaders and healers. In the spirit of this gratitude, I’d like to personally give thanks to all who participated in making this month’s issue such a success. Thank you Maria Yraceburu for introducing us to your ancestor’s ceremonies for personal and collective healing and transformation. Thank you Rev. AliceAnn who, despite traveling in Melbourne, Australia, met our editorial deadlines and submitted her article on Awakening Humanity assuring us that many of the struggles on the planet are shifting us into a better world. Thank you Celestine Yacobini for sharing many different ways of prayer with us and Rev. Juli Somers for reminding us to to shine our inner Light through love. Thank you Mother Clare Watts for your message of becoming the peace, the justice, the generosity and the kindness we want to have in our world. Thank you artist Cynthia Stibolt for creating your illuminated angels that give us hope and healing. And in the healing realms, thank you Robyn Benson, DOM, by giving those with chronic illness the hope that we can heal and overcome. Thank you D. Berje Kaiser Barrow for introducing us to BrainPaint, a revolutionary new way to heal ourselves from chronic pain, addictions and brain disorders. I am so grateful for all of the contributors to this month’s issue. While there is not enough room to mention everyone, just know that without you we would not have this publication. And to our dear readers, I give thanks for your loyalty and ask you to please support our advertisers. Each and every one of them work so hard in their own unique ways to share their services and unique messages with us as illustrated in our center spread with beautiful offers to get pampered, healthy, healed, jewelry and so much more. Last but not least, thank you to my production team that, along with me, spends tireless hours creating ads, editing articles and putting the pieces of the puzzle together every single month. As you enjoy our December artist’s image of the “Angel of the Future” below, I wish you a reflective, peaceful holiday season and cheers to exciting new adventures in 2015!

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newsbriefs Trauma Release Exercise Workshops


alu Integrative Health and Wellness will hold two Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise (TRE) workshops in December. Attendees will get a chance to explore an innovative method for recovery and self-healing using the body’s own tremor response. “Come and learn seven exercises to help the body release stored tension and trauma,” says workshop facilitator Mari Lyford, LMSW, TRE Practitioner, R-YT. “Learn about the stress response and how you can transform the body-mind and soul to return to balance, vitality and well-being.” The first workshop is being held December 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Crystal Mountain School of Therapeutic Massage in Albuquerque. The second workshop will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on December 13 at Body Balance Yoga in Albuquerque. No prior experience is required. Private sessions are also available in the Heartline Wellness Center located at 1201 Eubank Boulevard NE, Suite 200, in Albuquerque. Additional services are available including somatic and cognitive therapies, Reiki, health coaching and yoga. Cost: $50 each class. Pre-registration required. Call 505-463-2043. Locations: Crystal Mountain School of Therapeutic Massage, 5041 Indian School Rd NE, Suite 400, Albuquerque; Body Balance Yoga, 3705 Westerfeld Dr. NE, Albuquerque. To learn more visit See ad below.

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n an effort to raise money for women empowerment, authors Jan H. Stringer and Alan Hickman are giving their bestselling book away for free. The SACAT Plan BEE FREE Book Giveaway and Charity Drive gives participants the opportunity to raise the funds necessary to help aspiring women entrepreneurs achieve self-reliance by gaining access to the resources they need to own and operate successful honey bee farming businesses. “Our goal with this project is to give away thirty thousand copies of our book BEE-ing Attraction: What Love Has To Do With Business And Marketing, and raise thirty thousand dollars to train 60 women to build successful businesses,” explains Hickman. “Starting in…Northern Pakistan where honey bee farming is one of the few economic development activities women are allowed to participate in.” “For each woman generating a sustaining income, and being an example of self-reliance in their community, their families’ entire socioeconomic standing is improved,” says Stringer. “Eventually, the positive impact of one woman can lift an entire community.” To participate, share the link via email and your social media circles. Site visitors will receive a book and be asked for an optional charity donation. See ad page 11 and 17.


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Craniosacral Therapy and Demonstration


tienne Peirsman returns to the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts to kick off his winter season of craniosacral therapy classes. On December 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., he will host an informative evening of craniosacral therapy. Free mini-sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and Piersman will give a brief talk at 7 p.m. As an instructor, Peirsman has over two decades of experience teaching craniosacral therapy in Europe and the United States. With great depth and even humor, he speaks directly to the heart of each student. While his courses frequently attract licensed massage therapists, they are open to anybody interested in learning craniosacral therapy. Location: 501 Franklin Ave., Santa Fe.  For more details, call 505-982-6271. See ad page 3.

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Numerology Course Self Mastery for Self-mastery with Dr. Guruchander is being held the first week of March at Purest Potential in Santa Fe. “Ever wondered what it looks like inside that chrysalis when the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is happening?” asks Guruchander. “It is total chaos, a soupy mess. An irrevocable change to manifest the next level of potential has a chaotic quality to it. What many do when they encounter this chaos is to try and contain it by working harder, smarter and faster doing the same thing dressed up a bit different. “ Guruchander explains that our world is going through a transformation, and the traditional structures can no longer support our next level of growth. “How do we first of all have the eyes to see that we are in the chrysalis and then generate the courage required to allow for the chaos inherent in transformation? Yogis and mystics observed that this journey for transformation starts and ends with the Self. This is the place for enduring vision and courage to manifest a new structure for your life so you can celebrate your purest potential.” Birthdate


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he Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment held in Albuquerque in October was a well-executed, informative networking event with nationally known experts including Drs. Andrew Weil, Donald Abrams, Stephen Devries, Aviad Haramati, Victoria Maizes and Mr. John Weeks headlining the event. Over 300 attendees were provided access to the latest research and trends in integrative health and preventive medicine with a focus on cardiology, women’s health, pain management, psychiatry, oncology, botanical medicine, palliative medicine and much more. The top emerging trends that practitioners and the public walked away with were: 1. Integrative medicine is the future of medicine 2. Integrative medicine group visits for the underserved 3. Integrating cannibas into cancer care 4. Host-gut microbial relationship in health and disease 5. Mindful living and lifestyle medicine “We’re very excited about including the public for the first time in a professional integrative medicine conference – it’s unprecedented”, says UNM’s Arti Prasad, M.D., founder and executive director of UNM’s Center for Life, a Preventive and Integrative Medicine Specialty Clinic in Albuquerque. The event stirred excitement and motivation in public attendees by emphasizing the importance of managing one’s own health by incorporating healthy lifestyle changes, including nutrition, exercise, spirituality and stress management. In connection with the symposium, an almost sold-out public forum with Dr. Andrew Weil at the Lensic Theater left the Santa Fe community enthusiastic about seeking integrative medicine services through the UNM Center for Life and hopeful that future collaboration with UNM will bring these much needed services to the city. Dr Weil envisions a new kind of institution, a healing center somewhere between a spa and a clinic, where people could go for lifestyle education and management of common illnesses. Stays in these would be reimbursed by insurance, very similar to Europe. He also affirms that public majority is instrumental in prompting a major change in the current healthcare system. Thank you “Center For Life” for creating a biennial platform for people and practitioners alike to learn about the latest breakthroughs in alternative and integrative healthcare. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson St. NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque. Clinic Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 505-925-7464. natural awakenings

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Unity Santa Fe December Services


ll are invited to attend December services held at Unity Santa Fe. Beginning with the first Sunday in December, Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor will focus on traditions found around the world including Buddha’s day of enlightenment and the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. On December 21, she will share the metaphysical interpretation of the Christmas story accompanied by the Joyful Sound Singers Choir. In addition, a Christmas Eve candle lighting service will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on December 24. “This responsive reading service will introduce the wisdom

Celebrating the Holidays in New Space


veryday Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Fe is excited to celebrate the holiday season in their new space located at 1519 Fifth Street in Santa Fe. “We are a growing, thriving community that empowers people to live joy-filled lives,” says Reverend Gayle Dillon. The center will host a special Christmas Eve Service. “Everyone is invited to hear prayers of peace from different beliefs and enjoy a musical celebration of the holiday,” says Dillon. Dillon’s talk series for December will focus on Honoring: Honoring Others, Honoring What We Feel, Honoring Our Members, and Honoring 2015. “Every Sunday we go deep and we live out-loud, celebrating this life and our Oneness with Spirit,” she says. “Upbeat music, meditation, prayer and spiritual practice are the tools we


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of your Inner Self or the Christ Consciousness within,” says Batchelor. A reflective Burning Bowl ceremony will also be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Unity Santa Fe is a leader in the interspiritual consciousness movement. All are welcome to attend weekly classes, silent meditation and healing services. Sunday celebration services at 10:30 a.m. include music with Brian Bennett, Catherine Donavon and the Joyful Sound Singers in addition to inspiring messages by Rev. Batchelor.

healthbriefs Create Your Life with BrainPaint by Carrie Harp


rainPaint delivers a unique neurofeedback experience. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a scientifically proven way to improve the way a person feels and function by improving Location: 1212 Unity Way (off 599 and how their brain operates. Brainwave trainCamino de los Montoyas), Santa Fe. For more ing teaches the brain to work at its optimal information, visit or call 505- capacity, to switch gears as needed for the 989-4433. Check out ad on this page and the task at hand. It is a noninvasive, organic events calendar. See ad page 21. process. Neurofeedback is an evidenced based alternative to, or in some instances, can help reduce the level of medication for use to open our hearts.” most issues that stem from the brain. In addition, the cen Personalized EEG biofeedback ter will close out 2014 protocols are tailored specifically to each with a World Healing person’s needs. Day Meditation being Since the brain is the master regulator, held at 5 a.m. on December 31. most people will enjoy benefits from neuFor more information, call 505-954-1438, rofeedback depending on their objectives. email or visit Some common applications for it are: See ad page 21. • Anesthesia and chemo brain • Chronic pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and fibromyalgia • Relationships and Synchrony Training • Traumatic Brain Disorder (TBI) • PTSD • Addiction • Tantrums Dr. Berjé Barrow-Kaiser, PhD, BCN, owner of Obsidian Health & Wellness, is the only authorized provider of BrainPaint in Northern NM. Her office is located at 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-715-3452 or visit See ad page 9.

Busting Myths of Chronic Illness by Robyn Benson and Jonathon Crews


owerful myths surround us regarding chronic illness; myths that cast us as victims and leave us feeling scared, helpless and frustrated. Not only do these myths limit and paralyze us, they cost us thousands of dollars a year. One of the biggest myths a person can hear is that their disease is progressive and will only get worse. We’ll also hear that pharmaceuticals are the only option to help us feel better. But these are all just myths. We can recover from long-term illness and regain health, happiness and vitality. Major life-changing steps, like reducing toxicity, balancing hormones, eating healthy foods, identifying the root causes, examining past traumas and including changing the way we think about a disease—being optimistic and positive, for instance—can have a huge impact on the road to recovery. Our bodies have a natural ability to restore well-being and health, without the use of addictive pharmaceuticals. Mother Nature has been curing health problems long before the invention of these pharmaceuticals. Her limitless pharmacopoeia of natural herbs has been used to fight disease around the globe for eons, with ingredients like tree bark and leaves, turmeric, ginger, garlic and other fruits of the earth. Natural healing systems like Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have been around for millennia, curing every-

thing from the common cold to life-threatening illnesses. But chronic illness is not just a physical problem. Our bodies are connected to our minds and our spirits, and we strive to keep them in balance., juggling our emotions, beliefs, feelings and essential Selves, which connect us to the truth of who we really are. If any of these aspects are out whack we lose our radiant, vital health. Healing can happen more quickly than you think. Our most challenging, life-threatening situations can actually be a doorway to greater self-realizations, catalyzing change so that we shift to a more healthful way of thinking and being. So here’s to radiant, vibrant health and a new-found liberation from the binding myths about chronic health issues! See ad page 12.

Life-enhancing Retreats Join Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health December 8 to 12 for the revolutionary Breakthrough Program: New Solutions for Chronic Health Challenges. Renowned guests include Michael Gelb and Jeffrey Smith. More details at The center is also hosting Revitalize and Thrive: Heal Your Cycle of Being Tired and Wired, a five-day retreat being held January 26 to 30. Learn more at Location: 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E #3, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-474-8555 or visit

The Mystical Healing Properties of Psilocybin by Laurie Pryor


n recent years, after decades on the DEA’s list of Schedule I controlled substances, the healing potential of an ancient entheogenic medicine, psilocybin, is being demonstrated in research in the United States and Europe. Clinical studies conducted at UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, University of Arizona, NYU, and UNM have tested psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in psilocybin mushrooms, in treating anxiety, depression and alcoholism, as well as testing its potential for inducing transformative mystical experiences. In addition, brain imaging research in the UK and Switzerland is helping scientists to better understand how psilocybin affects the brain. Researchers are conservative about claiming definitive results in the clinical trials, but are very optimistic about the therapeutic potential of psilocybin experiences. In 2006, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published the results of their first psilocybin study. Thirty-six healthy volunteers were given psilocybin to see if it would occasion a mystical experience. Twenty-one of the 36 volunteers reported a mystical experience, and at the 14 month follow-up interview, 58 percent of volunteers rated the psilocybin experience among the five most personally meaningful experiences of their lives; 67 percent rated it among the five most spiritually significant experiences of their lives; and 64 percent reported that the experience increased their wellbeing and life satisfaction. Future studies are planned to test psilocybin in treating obsessive compulsive disorders and eating disorders. There is no telling if and when psilocybin therapy could become an FDA-approved treatment, but many are hopeful it could happen within the next 10 years. Laurie Pryor, MA, LMHC offers holistic, integrative, intuitive psychotherapy services. To connect, call 505-695-8223 or visit LauriePryor. com. See ad page 8. natural awakenings

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Find Your Fitness Style

Workouts that Suit Your Personality by Wendy Worrall Redal


hile some people find repetitious workouts boring, others like doing predictable routines at regular locations. Ensuring that our fitness regimen jives with our “fitness personality” is integral to making exercise a consistent part of our lifestyle, a concept that has traction among exercise experts. Jonathan Niednagel, founder and director of The Brain Type Institute, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and an athletic consultant for professional teams, explains in his book, Your Key to Sports Success, that understanding our inborn brain type can help us to determine which sport is best suited to motivate us. In Suzanne Brue’s book, The 8 Colors of Fitness, she applies principles from the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to help readers develop a personalized exercise program. Susan Davis-Ali, Ph.D., in St. Paul, Minnesota, a professional coach for working women, created a Fitness Interest Profile survey for the Life Time Fitness health club chain. She points to research that suggests people that engage in activities appropriate for their personalities enjoy their workouts more and are likely to stay with them longer. Identifying our fitness personality can help us find a program that suits our rhythms and interests. Based on composites from growing research, here are six categories that assess and capture the way we may feel about exercise; more than one

can apply to any individual. Disciplined and driven. This is an image to which many of us may aspire, even though not everyone fits the mold. These exercisers are self-motivated and goal-oriented. Commitment and consistency go hand-in-hand. They like to use devices to track progress, maintain a training log and/or work with a personal trainer in systematic workouts geared to measure improvement. Disciplined types are often early risers; starting the day with regular exercise is second nature. Compatible fitness regimens include cardio workouts, interval and weight training, running, swimming and martial arts. Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even working out at the same time every day—often first thing in the morning or after work—finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical


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details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and renew the spirit while strengthening the body. These types naturally gravitate to outdoor pursuits, but some indoor practices may also suit them, like yoga, Pilates, tai chi or even karate, which incorporate a strong mind-body component. Workouts are often soothing, rather than intense. Plays well with others. For many people, exercise is best enjoyed with others, combining the social and fitness benefits of both. Connections and camaraderie get them off the couch, revved up and ready to go. Whether it’s a committed group of friends chatting during water aerobics or a highpowered cardio class that compares notes, motivation comes primarily from the presence—and accountability factor—of others. A lunch-hour class at a nearby studio or gym may be a fun break in the workday. On weekends, consider golf, tennis, dance or a local recreation team. Compulsive competitor. While the communal aspect is appealing, the greater gratification for this type comes through the thrill and challenge of competition. Trying to win is the great motivator, unlike driven and disciplined types that are happy to push through to their personal best. Team sports are a natural outlet, including soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball or swimming, plus disc golf, tennis or racquetball matches and running events. Avid for adventure. It’s tough for any formal exercise program to keep the attention of adventurers. They crave freshness and spontaneity in fitness venues, activities that engage their interest and animate enthusiasm. It’s crucial for adventurous types to mix things up and not rely on any one exercise practice. Outdoor endeavors such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, inline skating or mountain biking have appeal. They may gravitate to the variables of Nia, Zumba’s high-energy Latin dance groove, kickboxing, exercise balls or hot yoga. A midday exercise escape can break the work routine. Their key to keeping active is to keep things stimulating. Wendy Worrall Redal blogs at Gaiam Life (, from which this was adapted.

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Singing the World Awake by Tom Kenyon Article adapted from the film, Song of the New Earth


hen I was a Music and sound Brain research shows that when we experiyoungster, I clearly remember are the language ence pure sound without reading a book, The Boy and architecture language, the right side of the brain lights up like a Who Sang to the World, of the cosmos. Christmas tree. I’d worked although I later learned it in brain research for about doesn’t exist. I read it in 13 years when, while meditating, I some other realm of consciousness and received new information about brain that’s what I became. geometry that I recognized as the ge I sang to the world, sun, moon, ometry of consciousness in its relationstars and all life. I sang in church and ship to sound and emotion. choirs and later took up guitar and I understood that if I taught this to piano. One day, a visitor to our house said, “You’re going to heal many people others, I would observe rapid change and improvement in brain function in this world with that voice.” and creativity, which took place when When I attended the University of North Carolina, I discovered that neuro- I conducted beta testing at three sites. physiology could be used as a language One day, I was in California doing a workshop when these sounds just came to explain mystical experiences. The through me. That’s what spawned my whole time I was engaged in scientific current sound work. training, I was also going deeper into I become like a tuning fork to the the mysticism of the East, the yoga information that is coming to me. In of India, Taoism of China, Egyptian shamanism, this is called being the alchemy and Tibetan Buddhism. I was hollow reed. I step out of the way. In practicing every meditation from every terms of brain frequencies, I go into tradition, sometimes for five hours a an alpha state, in which I can attend day. Without realizing it, I was changto what I need to do vocally, but for ing my neurophysiology.


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that moment surrender my voice to the energy. When I work shamanically with drums, animal spirits come through my voice, as do beings from other traditions. I feel like a doorway, or a chauffeur looking in the back seat to see who I’m driving. I live in two diametrically opposed worlds. I’m logical in how I look at things and am fascinated by brain neurology. Then there’s this other side that’s off the charts. I never know when the whales are going to appear. As I operate in an altered state, I can see humpbacks psychically approaching until one of them enters my energy field. Subjectively, I become as large as a whale, at the same time I’m aware of my physical body. I have dual realities, and then the whale sounds emanate through me. In a visionary experience on my 40th birthday, the question arose, “Will you sing the song of the new Earth?” I believe that we’re not going to survive much longer as a species if we don’t change how we are living, and that’s what my work is about. Many people are having spiritual emergences, yet we don’t, as a culture, have a place to harness its potential. What I do with groups is a type of sound healing, working collectively with the energy of a large gathering. Each person responds in ways unique to them, breathing into some

inner emotion and making a sound that matches how it feels inside. Something happens with people that attend these events. It’s about the transformation and beauty of being able to step into the unknown to commune with a knowledge and intelligence that’ll sing through my voice. Together, we’ll see what will come forward. A major message I’ve received is that if we are to survive, we must raise the feminine out of the ashes created by millennia of cultural traditions and have the male and female meet together, not one above the other, but in equality, and with that union, create a new world. The boy who sang to the world has grown up to sing a space that allows people to create their hopes and dreams into existence. Psychologist and musician Tom Kenyon is trained in Ericksonian medical hypnosis and whole brain learning. His 25 years of practicing psychotherapy led to the formation of Acoustic Brain Research to scientifically study neuropsychology and psychoacoustics. He teaches Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Egyptian high alchemy and esoteric Christianity. He has authored Brain States, many CDs and the new documentary about his journey, Song of the New Earth (

‘Angel of the Future’ Artist Cynthia Stibolt


ccording to artist Cynthia Stibolt, “Angels are showing themselves to us in new and contemporary ways. They appear as light-filled, unique beings dressed in vibrant or subtle hues, ever present and waiting for us to recognize them as the helpers and intermediaries.” Working in a studio space built in sacred geometry has enabled Stibolt to feel their presence. “I believe these light beings are here now for the benefit of all mankind to impart hope, peace, healing and wisdom to the world,” she says. These images Stibolt paints are tangible. “They are here to assist the healing process,” she explains. “They invoke a presence that can be felt; most importantly, they are here to assure us that we are not alone.” Currently these angels are at work in the medical world, assures Stibolt. “I have many doctors who have these images in their healing practice where treatments are going on,” she says, “especially the triptych: The Angel of the Past, the Present and the Future. In the words of a surgeon and a noted specialist: “We can use all the help we can get.’” For more information, visit To see the “Angel of the Future,” see ad page 4.

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Sacred Activism Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig

Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”

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“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.” ~ Andrew Harvey


he butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration to and from Mexico and Canada. “When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would have pulled them out because

they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa


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The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to

“When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” ~ Carla Goldstein spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism. “For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening under-

standing of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?” Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994. “Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions, but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, feelings of peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries ( Positive Action – While many thorny issues take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others only need smaller individual or collaborative actions for positive outcomes. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first. “Kindness reveals kinship. It gives

us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.” Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate microgrants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers when the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. This small contribution made a big difference to the whole community. Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

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Opening Up to Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson


otivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan nightclubs. After hitting rock bottom at age 25, Bernstein made the unwavering decision to seek spiritual help and change her life. The entrepreneurial young woman found her groove as a spiritual teacher, introducing millions to new ways of thinking and living through her books, lectures, blogs and videos. Her nononsense approach to spirituality and knack for making practices like meditation and prayer accessible to beginners and cynics have attracted a new generation of seekers. Bernstein’s latest book, Miracles Now:108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose, offers simple, yet powerful tips to short-circuit unhealthy thought patterns and take a shortcut to transformational change.

to reorganize your belief system and align it with a loving, forgiving perspective, rather than a fear-based reality, that’s when miracles can happen.

Some people shift away from a harmful relationship with addictive drugs and alcohol like you did, while others take such unhealthy behaviors to the grave; what makes the difference? Often when we get caught in unhealthy behavior, we aren’t willing to ask for help. I think the reason I was able to leave those behaviors behind and create a new path was my willingness to live a different way. I was able to witness my life and see that it wasn’t working. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve been on my current path of turning to spiritual principles for many years, but I’m still constantly working to apply them throughout my moment-tomoment experiences.

How does meditation help create radical change?

Shifting your perception and choosing again is a core principle from A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical text that I study and teach from. When you choose

I think meditation is a key tool for health, happiness and well-being. It can help reorganize the nervous system, lower stress levels, calm the mind and recalibrate energy. It can help us experience more synchronicity in our lives and a greater sense of interconnectedness, as well.


Why do you reframe a miracle as simply a shift in perception?

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What do you struggle with the most and what personal miracle are you still trying to realize? I’m in constant conversation with myself over my thoughts and beliefs about judgment and separation. People are programmed by society to believe we are separate and to judge ourselves and others. My practice suggests a reinterpretation of that general belief system in order to perceive things differently. I also try to forgive limiting thoughts I was holding onto; for example, judging myself for not performing well at a lecture. Talking too much in conversations is a big challenge for me. A practice in my Miracles Now book called WAIT, for “Why am I talking?” reminds me to notice when I’m saying too much, commenting unnecessarily or not supporting the greater good.

How do you think about money, and has that proven helpful in broader terms? I believe that we have the power to attract healthier relationships in our financial circumstances in the same way that we have the power to attract healthier relationships with people in our lives. Some people think that you can’t both be spiritual and secure financial abundance; I think that’s nonsense. When you start to reorganize your beliefs around your self-worth and capacity to earn, and open up to your intuitive voice and the creative possibilities for earning, then your financial situation can change dramatically. I have lived that principle fully. I was brought up in a poverty mindset, but with a shift in perception, I was able to release my fears of financial insecurity.

Do you have a go-to practice that you reach for first when faced with a difficult situation? When I’m faced with a complicated situation or feeling powerless, I say a prayer in stillness. Such a practice asks through prayer and listens through meditation. It’s in that stillness that I can hear the voice of intuition and the voice of forgiveness, and love can come forward. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at


Celebrate the Light by Rev. Juli Somers

Humanity Arising By Mother Clare Watts



elcome to December and the end of 2014. This season is equated with return of the Light with the various holidays in December, solstice and the gradual lengthening of the days. We also bring the light of greater awareness gleaned from past experiences into the new year with us. We commonly celebrate the Light through different types of rituals, concerts and gift giving in this month. Our soul, or inner being-ness, is also considered to be the Light. Perhaps the greatest expression of this inner self

is love. God is love. God is within. We are each love. It costs nothing, weighs nothing and everyone has it to give. It doesn’t belong to a certain political party, religion or country. It is a universal language that connects us all. As we move about our plans this holiday season, notice how everything we experience externally is actually a result of how much we can let our own inner Light shine. As we give we will receive. We can see this as a time of materialism or choose to notice all the quiet miracles of love that abound. May each moment be seen as an opportunity to shine our inner Light through love. This is the greatest gift we can give to each other and the place from which all other gifts emerge. Maybe it happens in a smile, or a prayer, or a kind gesture to someone in need. Don’t underestimate the power to create happiness in the world. Starting with ourselves. Reverend Juli Somers is the founder and director of the Center For Inner Truth; a school for meditation and healing. For more information, visit See ad page 15.

Real happiness doesn’t come from getting, but from giving. ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

e have never before in the history of humankind been in greater need of a revolution in consciousness than we are now. Many people are aware of our need to contribute to change by addressing global warming and the environment. But fewer have taken to heart that we must make the changes within ourselves if we are to affect the world in a transformative way. This is the spiritual challenge of this age: it calls out to all of us to enter into a transformation of heart and mind, word and action, and it calls us into becoming the peace, the justice, the generosity and the kindness we want to have in our world. On December 21 throughout the northern hemisphere, people of all cultures and religions have traditionally celebrated the return of the Light. Christmas comes three days after the winter solstice, symbolizing the time it takes for this great descent of spiritual Light to emerge from within us as we give birth to the Light at the center of our beings. To give birth to the Light requires our conscious cooperation and decision to do so. Christmas midnight masses held throughout the Western world have for centuries carried that mystery and have helped those seeking to experience the mystical birth to experience that beautiful, gentle mystery shining within them on this starry, starry night. Some even notice angels singing and feel the change in the consciousness on that amazing night of nights. Those tired of the commercialism of Christmas, may want to look for a midnight mass. Join in with others who are listening for angel voices, who are calling down the Light and are inviting it to be born from inside their beings. May your Christmas be one of conscious expansion into the reality of the mystical wonder occurring within and around you.

Mother Clare Watts is the minister at the Santa Fe Center of Light located at 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-467-8336 or visit See ad page 21.

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I Said Yes! to Spirit


by Celeste Yacoboni

magine that we are all part of a prayer field, an energetic flow of love for ourselves, each other and the Earth. There are always people praying, all over the world, any time of the day and night, in every country, language and tradition. Our prayers join all the prayers ever said, felt and embodied. They form an energetic template that translates to the physical. Our prayers do touch the Earth. When I woke up one morning in the autumn of 2008 and heard the words, how do you pray, I knew that my life would be changed for ever. I was guided to ask this question to the world. How do you dance in ecstasy, bare your soul to the Divine, bow in gratitude, cry out for guidance, merge with nature? I saw people of all cultures, religions and denominations expressing themselves in prayer. I heard the songs, chants and drum beats, and felt the tender touch of feet dancing upon the Earth. I smelled the incense and herbs and tasted the sweet nectar of devotion. I saw that what sometimes were considered differences were actually similarities. We are one people with one Spirit with many beautiful names. As I asked this question, how do you pray, to everyone I met, I felt unity in our diversity, like many colored flowers in a beautiful garden. I realize that everything I had ever done was in preparation for this vision. When I went to my office and laid my hands upon someone, it was a great prayer. Touching their body was touching their soul. Our relationship was sacred and we were praying together. We gave ourselves over to each other in trust and love. My husband and I invited people to come together in circles called prayer shares. We honored and participated in each other’s prayers and traditions. This was sacred community and holy communion. We celebrated the Spirit that unites us. After two years I realized a book of prayers, essays and offerings from our religious leaders, spiritual guides, thought leaders, healers and activists would be a great inspiration and support in this time of great transition. I sent out invitations and the response was yes!, thanks for asking. It would be an honor to be part of this book and vision. The generosity and diversity of the 129 contributors open our hearts and we feel our oneness and know that our similarities are greater than our differences. Spirit moves in unusual ways and in divine timing. That’s the great gift of grace. Saying yes! to Spirit is how I pray. Celeste Yacoboni is a Minister of Walking Prayer, ordained by the Center for Sacred Studies in Sonora, California. Her work focuses on guiding and supporting people through transitions by creating a space of awareness, presence and inspiration, which integrates body, mind, spirit and emotions. She maintains a thriving private practice in Santa Fe, NM. For more information, visit and


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About the Book:


ow Do You Pray? Inspiring Responses from Religious Leaders, Spiritual Guides, Healers, Activists & Other Lovers of Humanity (Monkfish Book Publishing, July 2014) was born from a vision in which Celeste Yacoboni was guided to ask the world, “How do you pray?” She reached out to family and friends, then to leading figures from all walks of life and schools of thought. Culled from those responses is an original and deeply personal collection of prayers, essays, and offerings that encourages readers to contemplate the intention of prayer in their own life. Composed essentially of prayers and short biographies of its 129 contributors. How Do You Pray? is an interspiritual prayer book and resource guide to an emerging global spirituality, which embraces our religious and spiritual diversity.

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n the new energetics of the world that we are all now living in, we are moving more and more toward a clearer consciousness of who and what we are, what our origins are, where we have come from, and what our current perspective is in terms of where we are going on this earth plane. We each have the potential to move to the next step of evolutionary consciousness. We have the ability to set our own reality and find a new modality of living. To achieve this, we must have a few ground rules in place within our very being. By this I mean we should find time to ruminate, time to contemplate, time to internalize a future in a positive direction so that collectively we can build the future of Nova Earth. Each one of us has this potential. It is a divine gift that has been reinstated to support the advancement of human consciousness. In this evolutionary next step, we are becoming more than human. As we move forward into our becoming, as we create our new physicality, as we manifest our new consciousness, we are contributing to the entire evolutionary consciousness of humanity. As each person uplifts to their highest potential, they raise the human octave. This advance in consciousness

on a global level means that we are connecting the dots more and more. You may notice that people are more loving, more giving, more caring, more able to receive and benefit from mutual cooperation. This means that the patterns of perfection are actually settling onto the planet, in our consciousness and in our everyday lives. As we move forward into a Nova Earth modality, we have the great joy of projecting our highest human potential into a new earth manifestation. How does one further this shift, this awakening of humanity? It’s very simple. Become aware of the changes, the shifts within your own being, within your consciousness, within your attitude, within your everyday emotional response to your environment and to other people. This is a key point. Finding these patterns of perfection within yourself and holding to them, keeping your focus on them will allow a permanent perceptual shift. As the Ascended Masters teach us, it is all about intention and attention. Once you find the purpose that you have your heart-mind set on, you go with the flow,

moving in that direction. The whole idea of moving forward into Nova Earth, into manifesting a greater reality is the upliftment of the human collective, lifting awareness into the next higher octave. Humanity’s upliftment is already assured, however it is how we each individually and as a global network decide to shape the larger global mentality that will determine how much effort, how much success we will have in creating these patterns of perfection which is called Nova Earth. Make no mistake, each and every one of us has free will and the opportunity to make a better world now. Yes, the masters are aware that there are still pockets of high negativity on the planet, of corrupt government on the planet, of struggling humanity, starvation, lack of shelter, lack of ecological and financial abundance, but more and more, that is shifting. It is the greatest shift of the ages. It is our choice to step up to this new reality and become our highest self globally and individually. To read the full version of this article, visit NaturalAwakeningsNNM. com. Rev. AliceAnn Saunders, Ph.D., is the founder of Oak Rose Academy of Light in Santa Fe, NM. For more details, call 505-660-5278 or visit See ad page 21.

What is Ceremony? by Grandfather Joe Montoya


eremony was given to me by the Ancient Ones,” notes idealist Maria naylin iskiñihí naakai ts’ilsoose Yracébûrû from her home near Santa Fe, New Mexico. “This life insight came to me from both my grandfather’s teachings and my psychology studies in college.” Yracébûrû, who is known to many by the single title Shima (One Who Is Like My Mother), a descendent from the Chihenne Band of the Chiricahua Apache, is a deeply spiritual woman, but hasn’t always been so.  For a third of her life, she lived a shattered existence, as she candidly relates.  “I spent a lot of time trying to be someone I can never be.  I chose bad boys, sex, drugs and rock and roll over sensibility and pride.  I lost myself for awhile.” Yracébûrû was raised traditionally, and her grandfather and other Elders told her she was akicita—guardian. As she neared the end of her denial odyssey, she returned to the foundational roots of her life.  “My ceremonial my life started when I embraced the lessons of the great Medicine Wheel of Life—Tutuskya. Ceremony and tracking time can be compared to a big spiritual treasure hunt, which uncovers clever clues and creates fun in how we see ourselves. Together, individually, or in a group, we hunt inspiration and healing, allowing ourselves to receive visions and answers.  We gather our truth and power.  We create a new sense of ourselves, one where we are happier.” According to Yracébûrû, during ceremony our bodies become instruments through which our higher selves can accomplish the purpose of healing.  “We use ceremony in personal and collective healing and transformation. Our approach is to become exquisitely attuned to the earth’s energy fields, and in resonance with our own body frequencies, aligning in grounded and practical ways that allow us to assist others in their processes.” Healing in this tradition means involvement in ceremony and community, explains Yracébûrû. “Personal ceremony for daily rejuvenation, direction and self-nurturing, and ceremony with community as an overall healing for humanity’s soul and the earth. By actively engaging in our connection to Earth and Spirit, we provide a heightened state of energy, and information necessary to determine the healing tools most appropriate for each moment.” In ceremony, Yracébûrû utilizes every technique and concept possible for revealing personal truths.  The result is an insightful and powerful collection of self-illuminating actions, with heart-opening results.  The Shadow of Fear is an oppressive, overwhelming composite of all our psychological doubts that are revealed as illusional belief structures that can be dispelled.  The steady steps and Yracébûrû’s unique concept proposals evoke all the strength of self-empowerment.  EarthWisdom turns victimization on it’s head by celebrating changes for life affirmation and unlimited potentials.  The work’s masterpiece is that it’s seated in the lunar cycles—each revealing information without judgment, where the separation of previous soul sickness gives way to the logic of coming together in co-creation. “Being human is a spiritual life we dance in love and connection to Earth and Spirit,” Yracébûrû says.  “It’s a life of fulfillment, a continuance, the threads that unite us together.” For more information about Maria Yracébûrû and ceremonies visit See ad page 13. natural awakenings

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Pet Bed-Buddies Is Sleeping Together Healthy? by Erik J. Martin


here was a time Staying in close room in the bed if you when Eliska, a don’t wake up.” contact makes it three-pound Prague ratter, would curl up and easier to pick up Make a Good Choice sleep next to owner Krista fleas, ticks or skin “Having your pet sleep in DeAngelis, and most of the time, she and the mites a pet may the bed with you is a perdog enjoyed a peaceful sonal choice,” says hocarry, and can night’s slumber. listic Veterinarian Patrick Then DeAngelis worsen allergies. Mahaney, of California married, and her husPet Acupuncture & Wellband banned the dog ness, in West Hollywood. ~ Roger Valentine, from the bed for fear of holistic veterinarian By discouraging this unintentionally squashbehavior, “Your pet will ing Eliska in his sleep. After enduring a be less likely to confuse your bed with few sleepless nights of canine whining theirs, and therefore prevent potential and barking, the Salt Lake City couple territory-related problems.” By failing successfully curbed their pet’s protests to discourage it, “You not only face the by simply spraying Eliska with a misting possibility of behavioral problems, you bottle every time she acted up. After could also face adverse effects to your two nights of this routine, the pocketown sleep and health,” he notes. sized pooch was fully trained to sleep According to results published in by herself in another room. a survey of 300 sleep disorder patients “I originally thought letting my dog conducted by Dr. John Shepard, then sleep in my bed was a good idea,” says medical director of the Mayo Clinic DeAngelis, a communications director Sleep Disorders Center, in Rochester, at Westminster College. “But I realized Minnesota, nearly 60 percent of the pet that they can keep you up when they owners in the study slept with their pets rustle around, wake you up if they have inside the bedroom. Twenty-two perto go out and sometimes go to the bath- cent of the patients were likely to have


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pets sleeping on the bed with them. Plus, 53 percent said their sleep was disrupted to some extent every night. Twenty-one percent and 7 percent of their dogs and cats, respectively, snored. Yet, a British study of 420 UK cat owners conducted by the nonprofit Cats Protection revealed that 44 percent of respondents (including 51 percent of women polled) said they enjoyed a better night’s sleep with a cat in bed with them than with a human companion. Benefits listed included an absence of snoring, more space on the bed and soothing purrs. “The advantages of letting your pet share your bed include companionship, warmth and a sense of security,” advises Mahaney. Among the drawbacks, he notes lack of space for people to sleep, interruption of normal sleep patterns and the pet’s confusion about its expected place to sleep.

Nip Problems in the Bud

To break a pet of a bed-sleeping habit, Mahaney recommends applying persistence, consistency and the following tips: n Establish a separate area or bed for the pet to sleep. A cat or dog bed can be as simple as a clean, soft blanket placed nearby. n Use positive reinforcement techniques. Offer a tiny training treat, “gooddog” clicker noise or praise when the animal is comfortably resting in its own bed, to reinforce this desirable behavior. n Immediately address any territorial aggression when co-sleeping with a pet, such as growling or nipping. First, authoritatively say, “No!” Then put the pet on the floor or into its own bed and give the command to sit and stay. n If problematic behavior persists, seek consultation with a veterinary behavior specialist.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

If a family member decides to share a bed with a pet, Mahaney offers the following recommendations: n Let it sleep on top of the covers, instead of under them. n Be aware of the need to remove environmental debris, including fecal

A pet’s companionship can reduce levels of stress hormones while enabling people to deal with their emotions and stressful situations. ~ American Heart Association journal, Hypertension material, on its coat before bedtime. n Give the dog an opportunity to void itself within a reasonable timeframe before going to sleep. A typical healthy dog should not have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate or defecate. n Allow a cat the opportunity to exit the bedroom throughout the night to play, eat, drink and use the litter box. Cats are nocturnal animals and are more likely to be active during lights out.

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calendar ofevents THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 Cowspiracy – 7-9pm. Free screening of this award-winning documentary. One single industry is destroying the planet more than any other but no one wants to talk about it. WildEarth Guardians, Coyote Project, Trap Free New Mexico and Santa Fe Veg teamed-up to screen this important documentary. Free event incl. popcorn and other snacks. Two $15 dining certificates to Thai Vegan for lucky attendees. Other door prizes. Whole Foods Community Room, 1090 S. St Francis Dr., Santa Fe. 248-219-3966.

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olunteering provides rewarding satisfaction and progress for adults and children alike. Seniors stay involved and parents work alongside kids to experience the value of helping others. Local places of worship often maintain a list of opportunities to serve a community through helping and healing ministries and special projects. The Red Cross is best known for supplying aid in emergency situations, but many needs are year-round ( A call to city hall can steer willing participants to the right local organization. Here are other examples from around the country to spark love-inspired ideas.


Meals on Wheels does much more than deliver lunches to those in need ( In Austin, Texas, the Healthy Options Program for the Elderly program brings a bag of groceries monthly to clients most nutritionally at risk, plus Groceries to Go volunteers shop for or with clients every two weeks. Minor safety-related home repairs are provided through the Handy Wheels project. In Seattle, community helpers paint classrooms, install new playground equipment and donate books and supplies at the city’s public schools. Berkley, California, YMCA volunteers teach classes like mindful


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meditation or restorative yoga, work the front desk, read to preschoolers and do fundraising.


Homeless dogs in shelters learn leash manners while participating in the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound program at South Carolina’s Aiken County Animal Shelter. Leashes and treats are supplied to encourage volunteers to walk dogs at least once a week. It’s healthy exercise for both dogs and humans. To calculate the calorie burn, visit Tinyurl. com/WalkOffCalories. Shelter cats need socialization, too. Visits that include playtime and gentle petting make them more adoptable.


New York Cares has family projects available with no minimum age requirement ( Either on an ongoing or a one-day basis, volunteers improve parks, plant community gardens and refresh public spaces. Trails require refurbishing after bad weather. Streams and waterways need a good cleanup after floods. Check with the park ranger for more information. With a little research, volunteers can find the right activity, whatever their location, interest, age or abilities. Another good place to start is VolunteerMatch. org, which is easy to search by zip code and personal interests. A perfect opportunity to help others awaits.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 The (organic) Living Room at Albuquerque Garden Center Holiday Fair – Dec 5-6. 9am-4pm. Arts, crafts and great spa and body products from EarthGift and Body Bueno, plus massages from Majik Fingers Happy Toes. Holiday shopping and refreshments: 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, in Los Altos Park, Albuquerque. 505-288-2233. Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 6-6:30pm. Actively explore one’s inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388. TRE: Release Tension and Trauma – 6-7:30pm. $50. Crystal Mountain School of Therapeutic Massage, 5041 Indian School Rd NE, Ste 400, Albuquerque. Preregistration required: 505-463-2043. Conscious Movie Night – 7pm. will be showing Origin, a movie about the inter-connectedness of all of life. Free with popcorn and discussion afterwards. The Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva. 505-467-8336.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 Special Full Moon Kundalini Yoga – 9am10:15am. With Ramleen. $13 class passes apply at Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. Self-Love Class – Dec 6, 13 and 20. 10am-12pm. Ladies discover how to become more conscious of the ways in which we deny ourselves to receive and be powerful. Release old concepts and energies resulting in self-punishment patterns and not recognizing our real worth. Let go of old stories and create self-love and self-validation. $120. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister: 505-920-4418. The Irish Herbalist Lecture Series: Botanicals for the Immune System – 12-2pm. With Clinical Medical Herbalist, Carol Davison. Winter is considered the season of the kidneys, a time to find comfort in our inner heat. Colds, coughs, flu, sniffle nose, even bronchitis are common ailments. Help yourself and your family to prevent those winter bugs. Warming winter tea served. $25. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Register: 505-820-6321. Yoga for Holiday Stress Relief – 1-3pm. With Heather Kazda. Workshop provides gentle yoga and movement exercises as tools to shift nervous system to tackle the holiday season from a place of love,

generosity and a deep connection to others. $30. Studio Sway, 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Ste 32. Albuquerque. 505-710-5096. An Afternoon with Mama Souls Offering Prenatal & Postpartum Coaching Sessions – 2-4pm. Jen Antill, holistic midwife discussing questions regarding pregnancy and motherhood. Observe a sample coaching session with one volunteer while others see what a coaching session looks like. Topics include self-care, nutrition, fear, self-empowerment, birth plan, rebuilding body, breast-feeding and more. $5. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Register: 505-820-6321. Full Moon in Gemini – 5-6:30pm. Everything needed will be provided. $20. 1807 Second St., Studio 80, Santa Fe. RSVP/directions/info: 480766-6535.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 Galaya at the Santa Fe Railyard Artisan Holiday Market – Dec 7, 14, 21 and 28. 10am-4pm. Intuitive readings and animal communication sessions. Holiday festivities and music. Dec 21 special Solstice Celebration. Railyard Farmer’s Market Pavillion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta at S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 Fresh Start: Breakthrough – Dec 8-12. 7am6pm. Chronic health conditions can make people feel so exhausted that they become paralyzed. We understand how tiring it can be trying one thing after another, spending money and not getting results. Breakthrough is specifically designed to get individuals out of this endless cycle. Info/cost: www.

prepare participants for birth of light during this season of light, life and love. What does the epic birth of Jesus mean on a metaphysical and personal level for each of us this year? Who are the players and what is their significance for the inner potential emerging inside of us to rise up in consciousness? Donations basis. The Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva. 505-467-8336. Introduction To Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy – 7-8:30pm. Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy, 819 Vassar Dr, NE. Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-918-6555.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 The (organic) Living Room Organic Holiday Shopping Open House – 2-7pm. Local and ecofriendly companies represented for organic dressing and holiday gifting. Refreshments and holiday shopping. Happy hour special 4-7pm.Albuquerque. Info: 505-288-2233.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 TRE: Release Tension and Trauma – 1-2:30pm. $50. Location: Body Balance Yoga, 3705 Westerfeld Dr NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration required: 505-463-2043. Psychic Faire – 1-3pm. Access your inner wisdom through a reading that provides clarity and insight into the energy patterns and belief systems shaping life’s issues. Have a clairvoyant reading to help gain clarity and learn the next step on life’s journey. Drop-in $10/reading. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister: 505-920-4418.


Winter Sanctuary Stars – Dec 8 & 12. 5-8pm. Quiet family evening strolling through solar lit pathways, take photos of stars and spirits of the land and enjoy stories. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies served. $6 adult. $2 children 2-11. Benefits Yraceburu EarthWisdom 2015 Community Projects. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-4141583.

Light Workers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will give a brief discourse on current ascension progress and lead a guided meditation and answer questions. All light workers welcome. Limited street parking. Donation: $22 door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy. Directions, Rev AliceAnn: 505-490-8855. Teleconference callin number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.



META-Health Presentation – 6-7:30pm. Acknowledges the intelligence of the BodyMind in the healing process. New approach to a path of healing beginning with 12 questions that address organ, stress, emotion and belief associations that can assist people in reaching health and wellness goals. Free. Obsidian Health & Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452.

EarthRenewal Fire & Drum Ceremony – 5:307pm. Celebrate earth renewal and human connection with Yraceburu EarthWisdom Church at Taa-naash-kaa-da with our monthly fire and drum ceremony, facilitated by Maria Yraceburu. No musical experience necessary. All ages and levels of development. BYO drum and intentions third Friday of each month. Donation: aa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary. Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. www.Meetup. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 Introduction to Aromatherapy – Dec 11-13. 2-5pm/Thurs & Fri; 9am-5:30pm,Sat. With Kristi Seibold. Art and science of using plant essences in the form of essential oils and hydrosols to balance and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. Topics include: Information on the fundamental properties for 15-essential oils; daily hands-on exercise to experience the oils; information on basic blending techniques and more. No previous bodywork necessary. 14 CEs. $290 plus $50 directly to Kristi for materials. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271. Mystical Meaning of Christmas – 7pm. With Mother Clare teaching this powerful seminar to

An Evening with Etienne Peirsman – 6-8pm. Opportunity to experience Craniosacral therapy, meet Etienne, ask questions and see a demonstration. Open to all. Free demo. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 Womyn’s Monthly Healing Circle – 10am6:30pm. Maria Yraceburu, LLd, author and elder. These circles are open to all womyn and girls (13+ with adult in attendance) desiring knowledge and experiential work with the multi-faceted aspects of earth in healing ritual. $55. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. RSVP, required: 505-414-1583. Past Life Regression – 1-3pm. In this two-hour group session regress to a past life to discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit oneself and other people currently in one’s life. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Solstice Renewal Retreat – 1-5:30pm. With Kate Dow. Neutralizing our experiences from this past year and powerfully seeding the future. $65. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. 505-982-6369. www.

SUNDAY, DECMEBER 21 Miracle Mantra Meditation Practice – 5-7:30am. Free. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. More Info: Introduction to the Great Healing of the Gypsies: Vas Pesh – 1-5pm. Ancient wellness practice using gentle energy movements easily learned by anyone. Increase energy, vitality, strengthen the immune system and heal (dis)ease. Reduce stress and develop equanimity. Winter Solstice special ritual included. $40. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505414-158.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23 NES WellNES Presentation – 6-7:30pm. Learn more about the NES Total WellNes System. NES Health based on the principle that energy and information control biology. Science proves there is a regulating field of energy and information that operates in the physical body at the subcellular level called the human body-field researched for more than 30 years. Free. Obsidian Health & Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Mystical, Midnight Christmas Eve Service – 11:30pm. Conscious Celebration of giving birth to the Christ within. Followed by a feast of Christmas delicacies. All welcome. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva. 505-467-8336. “White” Christmas Eve Service – 5-6pm. Everyday Center for Spiritual Living, 1519 5th St, Santa Fe. 505-954-1438.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day Gong Voyage – 5-6:30pm. Chance to close Christmas Day in style. Everything needed will be provided. $20. 1807 Second St., Studio 80, Santa Fe. RSVP/directions/info: 480-766-6535.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 Recreate Yourself: End of the Year Ritual – 6-7pm. One-hour of inner reflection and healing unfinished business of 2014 and align energy for 2015. Guided meditation, music and a ritual to reset for the New Year. Refreshments and appetizers following. Reserve space in advance. $20. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Preregister: 505-920-4418.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 10:3011am. Actively explore one’s inner worlds, expe-

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rience more divine love, a feeling of peace and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388. Spiritual Cinema Circle Potluck – 11am-4pm. Films of inspiration and motivation with thought provoking, uplifting stories. Enjoy full-length features, documentaries, short films and discussion with other participants. Free. Space limited. Obsidian Health & Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31 World Healing Meditation – 5-6am Everyday Center for Spiritual Living, 1519 5th St, Santa Fe. 505-954-1438.

plan ahead THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day Gong Voyage – 5-6:30pm. Start the New Year right. Miracle Good Luck Beans will be served. Reserve space early. $20. 1807 Second St., Studio 80, Santa Fe. RSVP/directions/info: 480766-6535.

ongoing events sunday Embodydance - Dancing your Journey from the Inside out – 3-5pm. Gathering together in Ecstatic Dance provides an opportunity to drop into profound connection with self, community, the world; with Source. Cost: $12. Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe.575-770-1228.

monday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9am10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. First class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30-6:45pm. Michal teaches conscious awareness, being present to the journey of mind, body and breath combining several yoga traditions, along with qigong, breathing and imagining creating full body-mind experience. $15 drop-in. Five classes $10 with $50 payment. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-501-9300. Healing Holidays: A Guided Meditation Practice – 7pm. Each Mon through Dec a 30-min meditation combining mindfulness and visualization techniques for inner healing and well-being to combat holiday stress. Donation. Spiritual seekers of any tradition welcome. The Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva. Info: 505-467-8336. SantaFe@


and vitality. Combining seated, standing and floor exercises. Diane Chase, Magadao Institute Qigong Guide. $10/session. Obsidian Health & Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452. Beginner’s Tai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. With Sifu Jill L. Basso. Tai Chi Chuan is a slow moving, meditative, martial art good for health, relaxation and self-defense. Monthly fee: $48 four classes. Single class: $15 drop-in. Monthly class fees collected on the first class of each month. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 518-929-1161.

wednesday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9am10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. First class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, Yogic and Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12. 1st class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. www.

thursday Obsidian Health & Wellness Check – 10:30am2:30pm. Closed Christmas day. Activate body’s healing potential. Restore energetic coherence within the body field with NES Feel Good Infoceuticals. Design personal energetic first aid kit. $50-$100. Obsidian Health & Wellness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Preregister: 505-715-3452. Embodydance - Dancing your Journey from the Inside out – 6:30–8:30pm . Gathering together in Ecstatic Dance provides an opportunity to drop into profound connection with self, community, the world; with Source. Cost: $12. Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe.575-770-1228.

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CHANTAL FIDANZA – Receive loving support on your journey to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Offering Intuitive Healing Sessions, Reiki, Self-Healing Classes, and Intuitive Practitioner Training. Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide. Call to take advantage of my December Holiday Offer: Buy One Intuitive Healing or Reiki Session, Get One FREE: 505-438-1074, INTUITIVE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION

CHANTAL FIDANZA – This program offers a deep self-exploration of one’s own intuitive language, learning to tune in to and trust the messages received from the subtle realms, and mastery of all aspects of offering intuitive skills with integrity for healing. Certification will be provided upon completion of course requirements that will prepare the trainee to work with clients, if he or she chooses to follow that path. Ongoing Saturdays, 1:00-4:00pm, 1300 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM. Space is limited but still some available. Ph 505-4381074, or visit

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Local hand-made raw and gently cooked natural and organic pet food for dogs and cats. We also carry bones, tripe, jerky treats and raw goat milk. Optimize your pets vitality through the food-health connection.

Psychic & Tarot Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe

Your spirit awakens in resonant, gradual but steady ways as information is given in the form of color, symbol, story, amusement and non-judgment. Grounding gently guides you into — and past lives inform — your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed.


Counseling, Psychotherapy & Mediation for Individuals, Couples & Families 505.695.8223 Holistic, integrative, intuitive psychotherapy. My approach blends concepts from several modalities including: applied interpersonal neurobiology, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, solution-focused, transpersonal and depth psychology. Whether you need guidance with an immediate situation, or want to delve into long-standing patterns, the process that unfolds is as unique as you are.

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Yoga Santa Fe & GRD Health Center 505-982-6369 Santa Fe, NM Offering Kundalini Yoga Classes, Yogic Energy Healing, Numerology Readings, Chiropractic Care, and 10 Body “Deep Peace” Treatments. Dr. Guruchander, Kirn, and the team of yoga teachers and healers offer practices and healing sessions to help you awaken and claim your deepest and purest potential. Balance, heal, and remove unwanted energetic blocks and live with great vitality, courage, and happiness.

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