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Sunny Strasburg “Anthromandala3”

Sunny Strasburg is also a mom.

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unny Strasburg’s interests lie in art, writing, events planning and depth psychology. She is currently attending the graduate depth counseling program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her therapy practice spans diverse populations, from autistic children to recovering addicts. She has also illustrated and written Goddess Alchemy, a Dream Journal and is currently writing and publishing a dream workbook to be published in the fall of 2008 as well as facilitating Alchemical Gender Circle workshops throughout the United States.

Sunny is a co-moderator for a visionary artists’ hub, the Pod Collective (WWW.PODCOLLECTIVE.COM) and an artist curator for the online store, Evolver Exchange and a writer for Reality Sandwich Magazine (WWW.REALITYSANDWICH.COM). Recent art shows at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors with Alex Gray, the Temple of Consciousness at Lightning in a Bottle, and the Evolver Salon Equinox Show in New York City. She is currently represented by IAmUnified, Light Science, Fun Art Exhibits and Evolver. Sunny is a macro visionary – connecting and bridging the nodal network to facilitate the birth into the era of the goddess. To see more examples of her art, blogs and writings on Depth Psychology, and to order books and prints, visit: WWW.SUNNYSTRASBURG.COM.

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Sunny Strasburg “Anthromandala3”

Sunny Strasburg is also a mom.

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unny Strasburg’s interests lie in art, writing, events planning and depth psychology. She is currently attending the graduate depth counseling program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her therapy practice spans diverse populations, from autistic children to recovering addicts. She has also illustrated and written Goddess Alchemy, a Dream Journal and is currently writing and publishing a dream workbook to be published in the fall of 2008 as well as facilitating Alchemical Gender Circle workshops throughout the United States.

Sunny is a co-moderator for a visionary artists’ hub, the Pod Collective (WWW.PODCOLLECTIVE.COM) and an artist curator for the online store, Evolver Exchange and a writer for Reality Sandwich Magazine (WWW.REALITYSANDWICH.COM). Recent art shows at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors with Alex Gray, the Temple of Consciousness at Lightning in a Bottle, and the Evolver Salon Equinox Show in New York City. She is currently represented by IAmUnified, Light Science, Fun Art Exhibits and Evolver. Sunny is a macro visionary – connecting and bridging the nodal network to facilitate the birth into the era of the goddess. To see more examples of her art, blogs and writings on Depth Psychology, and to order books and prints, visit: WWW.SUNNYSTRASBURG.COM.

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IN THIS ISSUE Volume 27 Number 7 • July 2008

Detail from Sunny Strasburg‘s “Anthro-Mandala” featured on this month’s cover.

FEATURES

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DON’T GET ME STARTED Hanging from the seatbelt straps of a Hummer.

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ENVIRONEWS Environmental news from around the state and the west.

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SWAMI BEYONDANANDA STEVE BHAERMAN Mental dialogue & road rage: Fee free to toss bless-bombs at the bless-ers.

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SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER DENNIS HINKAMP Time to stay home. Why use the car when your brain takes no gas at all?

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SHALL WE DANCE? AMY BRUNVAND How to dance funny: A conversation with Cynthia Fleming, choreographer of Salt Lake Acting Company’s “Saturday’s Voyeur 2008.”

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CATALYST CALENDAR OF EVENTS ADRIANE ANDERSEN Check out our online calendar for complete calendar and continuous updates.

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ASK YOUR MAMA DONNA HENES Rites for Kids: Mama Donna responds to Beatrice’s mom and to Beatrice herself.

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TRANSFORM U AURETHA CALLISON Color U gorgeous: Reviewing the seasonal approach to choosing your best colors. When in doubt, just remember: turquoise and watermelon look good on everyone.

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COACH JEANNETTE JEANNETTE MAW Trading today for tomorrow? The most successful method for creating happy results is to feel good now.

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AQUARIUM AGE Catch the multidimensional shuttle bus!

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METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH Preparing for inspired leadership.

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GETAWAY

Rabbi Marc Gafni, Israeli TV personality and founder of an alternative Jewish spiritual movement, came to Salt Lake City from Tel Aviv two years ago to enlist the aid of a local law firm and data recovery service to recover his life, which was shattered when a former assistant, with two other women, filed a complaint of sexual harassment—and wiped all proof to the contrary from his computer. Prior to that, two bloggers—a gossip columnist for the porn industry and a self-declared victim of ritual abuse—had teamed up to create and pass on innuendos, half-truths and wholly fabricated lies regarding Gafni. Now, with hundreds of pages of evidence that exonerate him on all fronts, Gafni can clear his name in a fair-minded setting. The Internet is another story. A more important question: Who will Rabbi Marc Gafni be when he emerges from this trial by fire? ALSO: sidebar by Rocky Anderson.

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y first encounter with censorship, of any sort, was in junior high when my dad picked up a library book I was reading. “Girl On a Baggage Cart” is the title that comes to mind, and to this day I associate it with Frank Sinatra singing the then-popular “Strangers in the Night,” which means it probably involved a one-night stand. Somewhere in there, someone says “Screw you.” This is the line my dad read. He took this to my mother. They discussed it. Daddy drove me to the library and I had to return the book. It’s okay; it wasn’t that great. Funny thing was, I had no idea what “screw you” meant. I don’t recall getting an adequate explanation from my parents, but I was the kind of kid who didn’t want to embarrass anyone; nor did I wish to threaten the status of my specialissue library card (I was underage but nonetheless had a card to the full library). I have no problem with parents taking an interest in what their teen is reading, and making decrees as to age appropriateness. I share this because it illustrates that censorship has a lot more to do with the censor than the person being “protected.” “And the Banned Played On” is a grand and (usually) hilarious annual fund-raiser for Salt Lake City’s PlanB Theatre, and a paean to the first amendment. I’ve had the privilege of participating in two of the past five performances. Last year the

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focus was banned children’s and young adult books. I got to read from “The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler. Another year it was all banned music—which goes to show there’s always somebody who wants to control somebody else, with top 40 hits such as Neil Diamond’s “America” and the infamous “Short People” by Randy Newman right up there with Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” Sometimes songs and literature in these performances push my buttons and I think, “Yep, I’d ban that one, too.” It’s interesting to contemplate, and a good topic for discussion afterward afterward in the lobby with your friends. This year’s Monday, July 21 performance includes five former SLC mayors, representatives from various SLC media, and professional actors and musicians, hosted by Doug Fabrizio and Bill Allred. The topic is theatre. Reserved seats are $35, and it always sells out. This year’s eats are by Cali’s Natural Foods, and there’s a cash bar. Come see for yourself: What, if anything, pushes your buttons? It’s good to test ourselves, decide what that voice inside is saying. It’s good to stretch. It’s okay to squirm, to be indignant, then examine why. And that, too, is usually good for a good laugh. Come if you can. ◆ — Greta Belanger deJong Greta Belanger deJong is the editor and publisher of CATALYST. GRETA@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET.

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Upside down in a hummer With oil prices up and people driving less, why does downtown need a four-story parking garage? BY JOHN DEJONG here’s a lot of feverish activity at Downtown Rising on the north end of Main Street. Four floors of underground parking are being built under what will be a “pedestrian friendly” commercial/retail/residential development. The ironic part is that by the time the project is completed, most Americans will have bought their last automobile. The way the price of oil is going, many shoppers from the suburbs will have to choose between being able to afford driving to downtown Salt Lake City and being able to buy anything once they get there. Some will opt for mass transit. Most will shop at a mall a little closer to home. The ultimate, and not too distant, fate of all that parking will be as longterm storage/parking for mothballed vehicles that belong to the condominium owners living in that “pedestrian friendly” community. Maybe the real purpose of the skybridge over Main Street is so that residents won’t be forced to descend to the “storage levels” to get from Downtown Rising East and Downtown Rising West. In a grim reminder of the recent mortgage debacle, many owners of large PUTs (Personal Utility Trucks) are upside down on the financing of their vehicles—they owe the bank more than the vehicle is worth. But hey—as the price of oil continues to rise, their owners will likely be driving them less—and they will need some place to store them. Is that what the Salt Lake Planning Commission,

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the City Council and the developer Taubman Centers Inc. were thinking? If they were, they got it right. Likely, they weren’t thinking about the price of oil at all. And the Prophet and Seer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Church), a major player, might need a new pair of spectacles, as well.

Maybe it doesn’t matter. The way retailing is going, the stores will serve only as “reality” show rooms where shoppers can choose their purchases before they buy online. But I can’t help but think that Salt Lake City and Downtown Rising would have been better served by, instead of spending money on parking structures, building more light rail extensions to the suburbs. On the bright side: The future is here (well, at least in Europe) and it works. Already graced with

mass transit systems that utilize just about every form of transportation except large Single Occupant Vehicles (SOVs), cities in Europe are adopting public bicycle programs like there was no tomorrow – for SOVs. Driven by the American Dream and directed by car salesmen and real estate developers, it has taken us only 60 years to get into the low-density/ high transit mess we’re in. We don’t have that much time to switch things around. The population density in downtown SLC must grow rapidly if it’s going to support more than a handful of businesses.

If you build mass transit, they ’ l l c o m e Our only partners in revitalization are the residents and business owners of Salt Lake City. County support for mass transit will be Balkanized, with each city and township trying to keep its residents shopping at the local strip mall. The same can be said for the legislature which will only begrudgingly spend money for mass transit (or rather authorize the expenditure by local governments) when the air pollution gets so bad they can’t see the top of the Church office building on a “clear” day from their perch on the hill. If Salt Lake City is serious about revitalization, it is going to have to get serious about making it happen. In the short term, it needs to get on the “internet tax” bandwagon. Internet commerce needs no further breaks; brick and mortar businesses across the country can use every break they can get. Mass transit will be an intermediate solution. The sooner Salt Lake County is criss-crossed with light rail and interconnecting bus routes, the better. Residential density will be the long term solution. The day parking garages are being torn down to build apartments and condominiums will be the day Salt Lake City turns the corner. Here’s to the price of gas doubling. ◆ John deJong is associate publisher of CATALYST.

Changing Utah's energy production paradigm A coalition forms to study how our state can go 100% renewable

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tah has taken a big step forward in changing the way it produces and uses energy. A coalition of non-profits, researchers, business representatives, utility experts and economists has joined to study the implementation of a carbon-free and nuclearfree energy policy for Utah, with the expectation of making our state the first in the nation to do so.

This local coalition, led by HEAL Utah, is working closely with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) in Washington, D.C., which last fall released a massive report examining how our country can transform its energy grid in the next 30 to 50 years to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions without the use of nuclear power. Why Utah? Well, while most people agree that carbon-based fuel has got to go,

the arguments about nuclear power are far murkier. Given that Utah currently receives 98 percent of the country's low-level nuclear waste, the debate on expanding nuclear power has never mattered more here. Besides Utah's vast coal reserves, our state also has plentiful renewable resources— solar, wind and geothermal. Electricity policy happens at the state level, according to IEER President Arjun Makhijani, PhD. “This is where the leader-

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ENVIRONEWS Solar power plants for BLM lands? Could utility-scale solar power projects on public lands eliminate the need for dirty coal-fired power plants? What would be the environmental, social, and economic impacts of large-scale solar projects? The Bureau of Land Management and Department of Energy have begun a public scoping process in order to develop environmental policies and mitigation strategies for public lands solar energy projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The public comment period for the Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) is open until Monday, July 15, 2008.

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out any public comment whatsoever. Lawsuits would be forbidden except for constitutional violations. The Salt Lake Tribune quoted Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado calling Cannon’s bill “almost a parody of sound energy policy.” Last year, Udall sponsored a law that put a moratorium on oil-shale leases in 2008 in order to allow time for a more thorough environmental review. Cannon claims his bill would help reduce the price of gasoline, but even if we were willing to turn Utah into an oil-shale sacrifice zone in order to save a few pennies, it’s important to consider that right now the technology to extract useable oil from oil-shale and tarsands doesn’t exist.

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Environmental groups (and this column) often ask you to submit comments on public lands projects. If you would like to know more about why your comments are important and how they are used by government agencies, you can find out by reading “A Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard” published by the Council on Environmental Quality. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is a key environmental law that created a process for citizens to express concerns when the federal government proposes to do things that might have significant environmental impacts (such as building large-scale solar power projects on BLM land, or leasing 631,000 acres in Utah for oil-shale development). NEPA is not a voting process. You can’t stop a project just by sending in lots of comments that oppose it. However, citizen comments can make federal agencies address issues that they were not aware of and can nudge the final plan towards one that mitigates environmental impacts. The guide features a flowchart of the NEPA process and a list of all those unintelligible government acronyms like “PEIS” that are associated with the process.

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“Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA”: CEQ.HSS.DOE.GOV/NTF/CITIZENS_GUIDE_DEC07.PDF

Chris Cannon wants NEPA to go away Although there is virtually no chance that this legislation will pass, Utah representative Chris Cannon has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that raises nightmare visions of how much worse public lands management could be without NEPA. The “Oil Shale Opportunity Act of 2008” would allow the president to override the environmental review process and grant oil shale and tar-sands leases with-

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TRAX expansions launched One way to cope with high gasoline prices is to take the train, and due to popular demand (and a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by voters), several new TRAX lines are currently on the fast track. Over the next seven years, UTA is committed to build 70 new miles of light- and commuter-rail lines, and in June construction began on the Mid-Jordan and West Valley lines. Mayor Ralph Becker has signed an agreement to begin work on the Airport line, and as part of that agreement, the downtown “free-fare” zone has been extended to include the Library TRAX stop. Unfortunately, UTA has to pay for fuel just like the rest of us, so the adult fare increased to $2 on July 1, 2008. UTA Frontlines 2015: WWW.RIDEUTA.COM/PROJECTS/DEFAULT.ASPX

August is Wild Utah Local Action Month From August 11 through September 5, U.S. senators and representatives will be in their local offices instead of in Washington, D.C. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance would like you to pay them a visit while they are in the neighborhood. In order to build support for Utah wilderness, SUWA is coordinating a nationwide effort to promote wilderness designation for Utah public lands, so sign yourself up and ask your out-of-state relatives to join the effort, too. WWW.SUWA.ORG/SITE/PAGESERVER?PAGENAME=EVENTS_L OCALACTIONMONTH

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SWAMI BEYONDANANDA

July 2008 catalystmagazine.net

Where Swami answers your questions, and you will question his answers.

Mental dialogue & road rage Feel free to toss bless-bombs at the bless-ers BY SWAMI BEYONDANANDA Dear Swami: My mind never ceases its dialogue and is always asking questions. I’m wondering if you have a secret method that can end all questions? I seem to be trapped in a mental feedback loop. Helen Teheven Midland, Texas

Dear Helen, First of all, you can be thankful for one thing. Your problems are all in your mind! Therefore, the solution is simple. If you want to stop the constant dialogue, you must go out of your mind and into your heart. The best way to do this is to gather all the thoughts in your head in one intense ball of tension, and then release these rapidly while breathing out: “Aaa-a-a-a-a-ah!” The “ah” sound is specifically related to the heart, and the process of sighing—particularly when there is a sizable sigh—allows maximum release. This isn’t my idea, by the way. I learned it years ago from Sigh Baba, who was also known as “The Wizard of Ahs.” Of course, given the way the mind works you will find questions creeping back into your consciousness. No problem. Just remember that it

takes two to dialogue, so don’t answer them. Before long, the questions will stop and you will begin to hear answers instead. Now you’re getting somewhere! Still, to clear the mind and transcend thought completely requires constant vigilance, especially nowadays where information seeps in from everywhere. No wonder so many of us are suffering from truth decay! That’s why four out of five transcendentists recommend mental floss. That’s what I do. Anytime I feel the effects of too much thinking, I place my thumb and forefinger about six inches from each ear and gently move it back and forth like I’m flossing. No better way to release excess flossophy, and go from the static of the head to the ecstatic of the heart.

Dear Swami: I fear I may be one of those people susceptible to road rage. As a daily commuter, I am confronted by idiotic driving all the time—generally on the part of other drivers. I find myself screaming invectives, and being not at all peaceful. When I’m able to finally calm myself, I realize that there seems to be a disconnect between my spiritual understand-

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ing of things, and my reactive impulses. Any advice? Berndt Hoffering Waukegan, Illinois

Dear Berndt, Your letter shows wise judgment. Any time an internal impulse becomes an external out-pulse, it is time to pay attention. The first step? Don’t give your power away by making someone else responsible for your well-being. Instead of shouting, “You are an inconsiderate soand-so!” take responsibility. Instead say, “Why did I create an inconsiderate so-and-so like you in my life?” Now granted, you are going to have strong feelings when another vehicle cuts you off. So instead of cutting yourself off, it is completely appropriate for you to express yourself fully. The trick is to keep your inner peace peaceful even when your outer peace is in pieces. You are probably already familiar with the peace mantra, to be uttered anytime any situation threatens your peace: “Ahhhh ... PEACE on it!” If you still feel compelled to hurl invectives, that’s no problem either— as long as they are loving invectives. Given the circular nature of the universe and the law of

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Time to stay home Why use the car when your brain takes no gas at all? BY DENNIS HINKAMP

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t’s time to stay home for the economy, sanity, ecology, intimacy, conservation, civilization, inflation, salvation, gestation and elation. You’ll save time, money and energy. Embrace the here and now, especially the here. Let the army see the world. How are we ever going to truly enjoy homeland security if we don’t stay home? Really, it’s a great time to plan a fun-filled vacation to nowhere. It’s the ultimate extension of the buy local, eat local movement; we need to start traveling local. Let’s all stay here together and take the yokel out of local. I’ve been a long-time advocate of environmentalism through inaction. Or, as I like to call it, the Heisenberg Principle (sometimes called the “observer effect”) of Environmentalism. The simple act of observing endangered species endangers them. It’s getting hard to tell if Al Gore is responsible for more carbon emissions with all his travel than he has saved. If you drive a Prius, you are still driving. If you go on an ecotour, you are still burning fossil fuel of some sort. Salvation sometimes lies in standing still; the revolution begins with one step backwards. There is no good reason to go anywhere with gas at $4 a gallon, the dollar embarrassingly lower than the Canadian loonie and airline travel resembling an overstuffed school bus full of people heading for fat and angry camp. Just

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stay home. Nothing really good can happen by leaving your own zip code. Let’s use all this wonderful technology we have to see the world for a while. We have email, text messaging, cell phones, video conferencing, chat lines, 12,000 television stations and a couple million radio stations, and we still end up driving and flying all over the place just for diversion. Heck, I just saw Mars on my computer and television today. I’m not going to complain about the high price of rocket fuel and lack of affordable coach seating to Mars. I’m just going to enjoy Mars in the only way I can right now. Of course Mars is so far away that it doesn’t even have a zip code, but maybe we need to start acting that way about London, New York, Chicago, Denver. We need to keep scaling it back until Brigham City is a big trip. Just think how much energy we could save if we looked at photos of Moab instead of going there. We don’t have to give up travel forever, just sit back until things balance out a little more. As the dollar continues to sink faster than a Bass Master fishing lure, the rest of the world will start to come to visit us. We’ll be overrun by interesting looking people with funny accents, negating the need to travel anywhere ourselves. ◆

Salvation sometimes lies in standing still; the revolution begins with one step backwards.

Dennis Hinkamp suggests going on a vacation of the mind. Going out of your mind just wastes time and energy.

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July 2008

A DIET FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

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The low carbon diet Save money and improve sustainability around the planet! BY DAVID HOZA any of our modern behaviors leave carbon dioxide emissions in their wake. Cars emit CO2, coal-fired power plants— which fuel residential electricity use from the power grid—emit CO2, and so on. This emission adds up to our annual carbon footprint, which as we probably know by now contributes to global warming and threatens the health and biodiversity of our species and the entire planet. David Gershon’s “Low Carbon Diet” offers a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint. Gershon offers 19 specific behaviors with their CO2 emission estimate—by the pound. His pro-

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26,115 pounds of CO2 annually. The largest single part? Auto use. Gershon places the average household at 55,000 pounds of CO2. Gershon estimates that 25% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions are generated by American home life and purchases. Compare that with Germany’s 27,000 pounds per year household average, or Sweden’s 15,000-pound average. Recently I conducted a survey at Downtown Alliance’s Live Green festival on Library Square. As an Environmental Studies student at the U, I’m curious about what this “focus group” looks like demographically, how they might prioritize sustainability issues, and how they perceive

Behaviors and their CO2 reduction at a glance: Reduce, re-use, recycle: reduce weekly house- 3,120 lbs/yr hold waste from 90 gallons to 60 gallons. Reduce clothes dryer use by one load per week.

260 lbs/yr

Change your thermostat settings when you are out of the house or sleeping.

1400 lbs/yr

Put all appliances on a switchable outlet and turn them all the way off when not in use.

600 lbs/yr

Go vegetarian one day a week for an entire year.

700 lbs/yr

Based on household national averages and other broad assumptions; David Gershon/Empowerment Institute

gram is designed for you to easily pick which behaviors you want to start with, or which in your life would have the greatest impact. Charts in the back allow you to keep track of your progress to reach the goal of reducing your annual carbon footprint by 5,000 pounds in one month. Like counting calories or keeping an expense report, for beginners, at least, reducing your carbon footprint by 5,000 pounds—and keeping it off—is easy with Gershon’s method. Gershon draws on calculations from a pilot program in Portland, Oregon. For instance, reducing clothes dryer usage by one load a week amounts to a savings of 260 pounds of CO2 per year. Reducing your garbage to 60 gallons a week from 90 gallons amounts to a broadly estimated 3,120 lb savings of co2 per year. Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Services offers 90-, 60- and 40-gallon trash containers with a small monthly savings for the smaller bins. Using Gershon’s carbon footprint calculator (WWW.EMPOWERMENTINSTITUTE.NET/LCD), I rang up

themselves in terms of practicing sustainable behaviors. While I don’t have the expertise to generate accurate, valid statistics, I thought a few correlations were interesting, if not conclusive. Most of the 50+ individuals surveyed, of diverse ethnic background, both male and female, from all over the valley, were concerned about global warming and environmental issues. Most described themselves as moderately to very active when it comes to activities such as recycling. While this in no way describes their actual behavior, it seems our neighbors are somewhat open to discussing their carbon footprint and specific habits. When asked what might motivate people, the majority said “we can’t afford not to” reduce our carbon footprint. No one thought that “Setting a conscious consumer example to developing industrial nations” was a priority. In a recent seminar at the University of Utah given by Doug Mckenzie-Mohr titled Fostering Sustainable Behavior, Mohr’s first imperative was to find out what people resonate with. While I think we

must set a good example to the rest of the planet, especially since we teach others on the planet to consume like us, this point is irrelevant to my neighbors. Professor David Chapman, University of Utah geophysicist, dean of the Graduate School, and man who’s ridden the same Peugeot 10-speed to work for the last 30 years presented “Global Warming: Just Hot Air?” at the 11th annual Stegner Symposium in 2006. Regularly thereafter he continues to present empirical evidence for global warming: his own work with bore hole temperatures dozens of feet below the Earth’s surface; instrumental records, ice cores and glacial and ice shelf melt-offs. Chapman’s research, like the evidence presented in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” is compelling. We the people are in a critical period. What we do today, in terms of habits and value choices we pass on to the next generation and exemplify around the world, will determine whether there will be a quality Earth environment to inhabit for our children and their children. The people I surveyed are right. We can’t afford not to. If you’re wondering what good a few residents in a town this size can do, consider this. Much of our electricity in the West comes from coal-fired power plants, still a dirty burning fuel. Lower residential demand means we could burn less coal. Autos and auto use, one of the highest CO2 sources due mainly to sheer number of autos on the road, are first and foremost controlled by the individual. Wise auto use and routine maintenance, lower power demands, and reliance on alternative transportation add up to a significantly lower local, regional and national footprint. The immediate reduction of greenhouse gasses is imperative, as is the shift of ecology of mind. Our ecology of mind in The Great Depression and World War II caused us to tighten our belts, all work together, and conserve for a greater cause. We recognized the interrelationship each of us had and its impact on success. We recognized too our inter-influence, the impact our thoughts and behaviors had on our neighbors. As a friend said recently, we sometimes think sustainable living means depriving ourselves, but the fact is when we put our minds to it we can generate sustainable alternatives to our favorite conveniences. It’s like growing a backyard garden or learning to brew your own beer. Sure, it takes more time, we have to be patient, and we have to practice. In the end, we tend to be highly satisfied with what we get out of that lifestyle. Gershon’s pilot program in Portland had better success than expected. According to an essay in Moser and Dilling’s “Creating a Climate for Change” (2007), households practicing the diet for four months supported by other neighbors averaged a 6,700-pound reduction. One of the most fulfilling aspects of the diet was the opportunity to pull together with friends and neighbors and support one another while shifting from unconscious habits to conscious consumption and a change of habit. Ordinary neighbors who shared concern for their kids and quality of life were the key to success in Portland. Once somebody stepped up to initiate, others tended to par-


ticipate. Think what a turnoff it might be if a stranger called and asked about your consumption patterns over a four-month period. Neighbors show an interest and willingness to talk to one another about their experiences; they share problems and successes. Gershon’s “Low Carbon Diet” places this conversation in concrete and specific terms for the average workaday neighbor. The worksheets in the back of the book make it easy to see progress. Prompts suggest habits to work with in the next round. Tallying a few basic carbon expenses makes tracking your carbon footprint easy to do and easy to communicate to others. While changing habits takes time, focus and practice, new habits eventually become automatic, like walking

Gershon estimates that 25% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions are generated by American home life and purchases. Compare that with Germany’s 27,000 pounds per year household average, or Sweden’s 15,000pound average. down the sidewalk. Gershon’s method shows you don’t have to live off the grid for 10 years to practice awareness and change of habit. When it comes up in conversation, and others show an interest, you’ll be able to step up and facilitate a neighborhood eco-team. Who knows? Your friends and neighbors might just be waiting for someone to say: “I’ll walk us through it.” “The Low Carbon Diet” can be ordered through most bookstores, or you can order it directly from WWW.EMPOWERMENTINSTITUTE.NET/LCD.

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For illustrated instructions on loading your bike onto the bus racks, visit UTA’s website at WWW.RIDEUTA.COM. I After securing your bike on the bike rack, make sure to pick up a bike card from the driver. It reminds both of you that you have a bike to unload from the bus when you reach your destination. Return the card to the driver as you exit, so the bus won’t pull away before you can get your bike.

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Getting There Bike-n-ride for beginners BY EMILY APLIN ombining bicycles with public transportation can save both time and money, but it can also be intimidating. Even without the bike, there are schedules and routes to figure out and procedures to follow when getting on and off the bus or train. Add in the cumbersome two-wheeler and the task can seem overwhelming. But bringing your bike on a bus or train doesn’t have to be stressful. With this guide to biking and riding, you can use public transportation in new ways, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start sooner.

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Bus riders Most UTA buses are equipped with racks that can hold up to two bikes at a time. Bus drivers may allow riders to carry their bikes inside the bus if the racks are full and the bus isn’t too crowded, according to UTA spokesperson Carrie Bohnsack-Ware. The bike racks are easy to use, said Jackie Briggs, a frequent bus and bike rider. “The bus drivers are really nice, too. I didn’t know how to load my bike the first time, and the driver got out and showed me,” she said.

On TRAX, you take the bike with you inside the train. Each train car can accommodate up to four bikes, two at the front end and two at the back end. The doors on the train have pictures of bikes to indicate where bikers should enter. Once inside the train, bikers must stand with their bikes at all times, making sure that the bike does not block other passengers from boarding and exiting the train. Briggs said she has taken her bike on TRAX a few times. Her only complaint is that some mornings there are too many bikes getting on the train to go to the U. If you plan to take your bike to the U on TRAX, keep in mind that it could be a crowded ride, and you might end up waiting for the next train. Bicycles are also allowed on FrontRunner trains’ lower levels. All seats on the lower level fold up, so there is plenty of room. BohnsackWare said that since FrontRunner started running in May, they’ve had no problems accommodating riders who bring their bikes on the trains. Depending on how you decide to integrate bike riding with public transportation, the bike lockers that UTA recently installed at various TRAX and Frontrunner stops may be a convenient option. Lockers can be rented for an annual fee of $75, which includes a $65 refundable deposit for the key. Contact Pat Dierks at UTA for more information or to reserve a locker. “I don’t think people realize how convenient bikes are if TRAX doesn’t stop right at your doorstep,” said Bohnsack-Ware. “With gas prices the way they’re going, people are looking at alternative ways to get where they need to go. It’s a good opportunity to see if using a bike with public transportation can work for you.” N Emily Aplin is a recent graduate of the University of Utah. She lives downtown with her husband, and takes full advantage of public transportation whenever possible.


EATING WELL

16 July 2008 catalystmagazine.net

P erils of nutritionism Or, how the food industry pimped my breakfast BY CHIP WARD

e seem to have no rules about food anymore. If you survey the planet, it’s pretty clear that given the diversity of habitats and cultures, just about anything goes— if it’s edible, it will be eaten. From fish eggs to frog legs, from calf nuts to hog heads, and from grubs to slugs, almost anything is acceptable to somebody. But every culture also has rules – as in “this food is acceptable and that is not.” I used to think that my food rules were so selfevident that they would never be broken. Like “never eat anything bigger than your head” and “never eat anything that is neon-colored, especially if it is blinking,” and, of course, “don’t eat anything that is actively looking at you.” But now I am not so sure. Ten minutes in Costco and it’s clear we regularly eat things bigger than our heads. How else do you explain gallon jars of mayonnaise and 70-ounce boxes of Cocoa Puffs? You can get gummy bears in pillow-sized sacks now and – there goes another rule — they’re neon.

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When you were two and you picked up that Dorito you found on the park bench, your mom said, “don’t eat that, you don’t know where it’s been.” Well, that’s pretty true of all our food today. I sometimes wish my groceries came with an owner’s manual. Intuitively I know that “Yellow2” can’t be good for me, but I heard that guargum is okay even though it sounds like something you would use to repair the bottom of a leaky boat. The Omega-3s are welcome but I am not sure why. The Cocoa Puffs are “fortified” and the case

of toaster pastries is “organic.” How can that be? We also don’t know where our food comes from because it comes from everywhere. When you were two and you picked up that Dorito you found on the park bench, your mom said, “Don’t eat that, you don’t know where it’s been.” Well, that’s pretty true of all our food today. As evidenced by those recent news videos of sick cows, covered in their own excrement, being fork-lifted through the slaughterhouse doors, where your food has been is still important. We also don’t know who grew it or who processed it, though if you find a severed finger in your can of beans, you can bet some lawyer will find out real fast. And we don’t know how our food was grown. According to Michael Pollan, author of the critically acclaimed “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” our confusion about food reveals a profound disconnection from our food’s ecological and cultural contexts. Pollan’s new book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” (Penguin, 2008), cuts through the noise and confusion and presents some welcome common-sense rules for eating. Claire Hope Cummings also argues that we have taken culture out of agriculture and warns us that if we don’t pay attention to how a handful of powerful corporations are secretly re-engineering DNA, we could face an unprecedented ecological catastrophe. Her book, “Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds” (Beacon, 2008) is a masterful treatment of corporate hubris and the need for a tough but reverent response to the privatization and marketing of seeds. Seeds, she says, are sacred because life begins with seeds. According to Pollan, we lost our way along the food aisle when a Congressional committee chaired by George McGovern asked why Americans are so prone to heart disease and concluded we eat too much red meat. Ka-boom! McGovern was viciously attacked by the food industry and its lobbyists, forced to recant, and soon driven from office. By taking McGovern out and shooting him in front of the others, Big Ag guaranteed that no policy-making politician would ever dis a food group again. The revised message was that “saturated fats” were the problem, not beef. Henceforth, the public dialogue about food would focus on nutritional components like calories, cholesterol, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, carbohydrates, aminos, and so on. This suited the food industry because you can’t make more money by adding value to whole foods. Broccoli, carrots, oats, apples and such are as good as food gets just by being themselves. But if you can take that cheap bag of rolled oats and process it into Cheerios, that’s a money-maker that sells for much more. Then add vitamins to make up for all the nutritional value you extracted by processing the simple oats into digestible little tires of oat powder, and you can tell consumers it’s better for them than the original whole food, even if it’s not. Add colors, coatings, trinkets, and advertisements for the latest cartoon movie, and those plain oats could star in their own reality show called “Pimp My Breakfast.” The bottom line for the food industry is that processed foods are much more profitable than whole foods and can be endlessly crafted into


Across the planet, an amazing array of creative and determined people are building sustainable food systems that challenge the assumptions and methods of industrial agriculture. new food-like substances in the lab and then marketed to targeted groups. Thus, busy workers on the go get cereal bars they can eat while commuting, overweight secretaries get low-carb microwave lunches in boxes, and constipated seniors get little cans of high-fiber drinks to snack on before napping. And if the malnourished masses object, hey, let them eat Twinkies. This drive towards lab-born, market-tested, amalgamated, food-like items was facilitated by an ideology Pollan calls “nutritionism.” Not a science but an ideology, nutritionism assumes that the key to understanding food is to understand the nutrients within the food. There are good nutrients like antioxidants, for example, and bad nutrients like cholesterol. Nutrients become fashionable, too. Fiber was once the rage but now the omega oils are trendy. Nutritionism tells us that we eat in order to maintain and promote body health. If this seems like a no-brainer to you, then and you have so successfully incorporated nutritionism into your worldview and, like all powerful ideologies, it has become transparent. Because nutrients are invisible, we need experts to tell us what to eat. We no longer eat what our culture tells us to eat like we did for hundreds of years when we ate according to this or that traditional ethnic diet, instead we eat according to the findings of the latest studies. The processed food industry takes this information and manipulates us into believing that the chocolate-covered cereal you feed to your kids is okay because the marshmallows in it are “fortified” with the good stuff that the experts have identified and endorsed. The flaw in nutritionism is that real foods—whole foods—are more than the sum of their nutrient parts.

The distinction between a whole food and a food-like product, say between an apple and a hotdog, disappears when the focus is on nutrients alone. The nutrient focus also obscures food’s other contexts – whether, for example, it was produced in a fair and sustainable way or whether its production contributed to soil depletion, feedlot pollution, wasted water, shredded biodiversity, exploited farm labor, and so on. We have identified only a fraction of the nutrients available in food and we are not sure how those nutrients interact with one another within the foods we consume. We have often misunderstood how those nutrients are absorbed into our bodies once we eat them. For example, when we realized that high levels of cholesterol in our bloodstreams are harmful, we cut back on foods that contain cholesterol. But now we find there may not be a link between the cholesterol we eat and the levels in our blood. Nutritional science, Pollan claims, is about where surgery was in 1650. Is all this “science” making us healthier? No. The Western diet is clearly linked to an obesity epidemic, skyrocketing rates for diabetes, and those familiar killers, cancer and heart disease. Americans suffer those chronic illnesses more than

Nutritional science, Pollan claims, is about where surgery was in 1650. others in the world and when traditional cultures abandon their diets for ours, they also experience a sharp increase in those maladies. If you unpack the prevailing empire of belief about food and diet, here’s what you find in the center: reductionism. Reductionism holds that the whole is equal to the sum of its parts. So if you want to understand something, break it down into parts, farther and farther. You can then reassemble those pieces into unique new products. That, after all, is what we do with a barrel of crude oil or a lump of coal. Unfortunately, this philosophy— this habit of perception, if you will—serves us better when we pour the result into our cars than into our stomachs (or, considering glob-

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Although we have become accustomed to eating thoughtlessly and casually, eating is an ecological act that determines how we use our land and water. It is a moral decision that shapes our world. al warming, does it even do that?). And if you take reductionism to its max, you get genetic engineering that treats plants and animals as if they are nothing more than a collection of genes to be broken apart

Continued: uncontained scientific experiment that cannot be recalled if something goes awry. So-called “terminator” and “suicide” seeds are designed to produce plants that have sterile seeds so that farmers, the traditional seed-keepers and guardians of agricultural biodiversity, have to buy them each year from their corporate overlords. There are few regulations governing such experiments. The unchecked tyranny of GM (genetically modified) food corporations is so complete that when pollen from GM foods contaminates neighboring non-GM crops, the owners of the tainted crops can be sued for patent infringement or theft. Even if the experimental monsters in Monsanto’s Pandora’s box do not escape and threaten ecological integrity and public health, and there is plenty of evidence that genetic drift and damage have already become widespread, genetic engineering is bad policy. It puts

THE PERILS OF NUTRITIONISM and Mexico. She knows the cultural origins and importance of food as well as the hard science. At the heart of her treatise is a moral conviction that the integrity of the natural world must be respected and that we have a fundamental right to choose what we eat and to know what is in the food we eat. Readers will come away from her book outraged and alarmed but also hopeful. Across the planet, an amazing array of creative and determined people are building sustainable food systems that challenge the assumptions and methods of industrial agriculture. Local agriculture is coming back. Bioneers like Wes Jackson and his Land Institute in Kansas are finding ways to grow and harvest food without depleting soils by using prairie ecology as their model. Food consumers are waking up and taking a second look at what they eat, how it was grown, where it was grown, and its impact on the natural world. Farmers markets are

Eat less. Longevity is associated with modest intake.

and reassembled for profit and convenience without regard for boundaries, context, or caution. In “Uncertain Peril,” Claire Hope Cummings explains how a handful of self-regulating corporations like Monsanto are threatening the allimportant diversity and integrity of seeds by re-engineering their genes, patenting them, and then controlling access. Their Faustian efforts go beyond the mere hybridization of seeds because they are willing to violate species barriers, crossing animal and plant genes, for example, in what amounts to a potentially catastrophic uncontrolled and

control of our seeds and the fundamentals of agriculture into the hands of a few self-interested corporations. Consumers can’t tell if they are buying GM foods because, thanks to Big Ag’s lobbyists, labeling is not required. GM foods may be linked to allergies, so labeling is important. Although the advent of GM foods has been described and criticized before, “Uncertain Peril” is the most coherent, complete, compelling, and well-written account yet. Cummings brings to her treatise a wealth of experience with indigenous farmers in Vietnam, Hawaii,

sprouting across America like mushrooms after a hard rain. Where Cummings offers a hopeful vision of agriculture restored, sustainable, diverse, and democratic, Pollan offers practical advice. He sums this up in a seemingly simply statement: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” By food, of course, he means whole, natural, real food. There are a few commonsense guidelines that indicate whether a food is real. If your grandmother would not recognize it, chances are it’s a modern food-like invention. If it contains high-fructose corn syrup and has more than five ingredients, some of which are hard to pronounce, it’s probably processed. If it advertises it is “healthy” for you, chances are it is processed and those so-called “good” nutrients have been added. If it doesn’t rot, it ain’t real food. You are more likely to find the real food at the periphery of the supermarket than in the center isles and, of course, at a farmer’s market. Organic foods may cost more but are probably a better value because they are more nourishing and taste better. Locally grown food is fresher, supports local

farmers, checks sprawl, and promotes food security and autonomy. Scientists may disagree on why plants are better for us – fiber? antioxidants? omegas? – but they agree that plants, especially leaves, are good. Plants are “energy dense.” Vegetarians and so-called “flexitarians” for whom meat is a side-dish tend to be healthier than carnivores. So, adopt a traditional ethnic diet that balances meat and plant consumption in favor of vegetables. The Japanese, French, Greeks and many others have been eating the way they eat for a very long time and have survived nicely, untroubled by high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. There is wisdom in traditional cuisine that has been gained over many hundreds of years. Eat less. Longevity is associated with modest intake. Ultimately, both Pollan and Cummings are saying that food is not a “thing,” not a mere commodity made up of other things called nutrients or genes, but a relationship. Foods co-evolved with the people who ate them. Mexican farmers, for example, developed thousands of varieties of corn, each adapted by trial and error to local microclimates and soils, each with its own special tastes and recipes. Taste, smell, and pleasure once guided usm and because we ate locally and either grew our own food or knew those who did, we belonged to a food web. Food was a relationship that was intimate, traditional, and sure, not a collection of things studied, processed, invented, mediated by experts, engineered, and marketed. If we are what we eat, then we decide that daily, meal by meal. This is not a simple matter of building cells and feeling fit. It’s about who we are as a people and our relationships to teach other and to the ecosystems that enfold us. It’s about what we value, our priorities, and perhaps even our survival as a species. Although we have become accustomed to eating thoughtlessly and casually, eating is an ecological act that determines how we use our land and water. It is a moral decision that shapes our world. When you eat your next meal, act like you are eating for dear life. Because whether we are conscious of it or not, that’s what we are doing. The future of nature and the nature of our future are on our plates. ◆ Chip Ward is a former public library administrator and grassroots activist.


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Trial by Internet? An “archetypal spiritual drama” BY JEFF BELL AND GRETA DEJONG

A coalition of women accuse a charismatic spiritual leader of sexual misconduct. The stories sound convincing. The leader falls.


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arc Gafni could well turn out to be the hero of a spiritual epic—or, at least, a psychosexual whodunit blockbuster.

A rabbi and a Biblical scholar with several published books and a recently approved doctoral dissertation from Oxford, Gafni presently lives in Salt Lake City. (He anonymously authored “Spiritually Incorrect,” an occasional column that appeared last year in CATALYST.) He came to the new Zion two

Gafni teaching in happier times.

years ago from Tel Aviv, Israel, where he led a large, vibrant movement of Jews who lived on the alternative edge, beyond the fringes of organized religion. Perhaps too close to that edge, where dangerous things can happen—and for Gafni, they did. Talking with people about Gafni, a certain pattern emerges: Here’s a guy you’ve hung out with, watching TV and knocking back almond crunch, someone who calls up in the middle of the day and talks your head off, someone who has the usual knotty relational history. He’s a friend of yours, a normal, somewhat eccentric guy. Then, little by little you realize that there’s something kind of, well, saintly about him. Stories about Gafni’s actions lean toward the saintly as well: People say they have seen him go out of his way to bring estranged friends together. They’ve seen him take an entire room full of people through a journey of laughter and tears. They’ve felt an atmosphere around him so affectionate and wild that it sparks off energy most haven’t felt since childhood. They’ve heard him speaking about God and human responsibility and what it means to take care of others with a wisdom

and nuance that makes them search their souls. And even wilder—they know he is the subject of Internet stories that paint him as a guy who “harasses” women, a “sexual predator.” Everything you observe and intuit about him says “Really good person.” The Internet gossip sites say “Really bad person.” Then you get to see hundreds of documents proving the Internet stories run the gamut from distortion to out-andout lies, reflecting all the most shadowy sides of the blogosphere. It begins to occur to you that something deep is going on here. On the surface, it’s a common story: A coalition of women accuse a charismatic spiritual leader of sexual misconduct. The stories sound convincing. It must be true. The leader falls. Examine the evidence in this case, and you see something quite different: Years of recovered email and instant messages from the women involved, some as recent as three weeks before complaints were filed, flatly contradict their own stories. The messages show that every one of the women was quite enthusiastically involved with Gafni on her own initiative. What happened that caused them to band together and file complaints of harassment? And what caused their complaints to do so much damage? Spiritual politics, “victim feminism,” Gafni’s human complexities, and the Internet. The more you get to know Gafni, the more you suspect he is being put through an epic spiritual test, what we might call the Test of Slander. It’s actually part of the biography of countless other teachers whose lives didn’t fit the “normal” social pattern and who ended up redefining a spiritual tradition. Gafni’s story is still in process. Perhaps 25 years from now it will be told as a saga of purification, trial by fire and, hopefully, ultimate liberation. In the meantime, Gafni—this larger-than-life presence tucked into the compact body of a playful 47-year-old—is living more or less anonymously in Salt Lake City. The story we’re about to tell has certain all too familiar elements: one more example of how, in the Internet age, false accusations can become as established as fact, and how a gifted teacher with an anti-establishment bent and a bohemian lifestyle can find his private life subjected to what legal scholar Allen Dershowitz called “sexual McCarthyism.”

Rabbi Gafni—author of seven books, including the best-selling “Soul Prints,” and a popular lecturer and workshop leader—was founder of Bayit Hadash, an alternative spiritual movement in Israel. The organization held retreats, classes and massive services, often gathering hundreds of enthusiasts for Gafni’s celebratory Sabbath services, which included music, chanting and dancing. His lectures and classes on Jewish texts, and on the interface

“Rabbi Gafni was doing something that had not been done in modern Israel,” says Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who attended his teachings in Israel. “He was presenting the traditional Jewish teachings in a way that revealed not only the mystical experience embedded in the tradition, but also offered a powerful experience of ecstasy and community.” between spirituality, ethics, sexuality and what Western moral philosophers have called “the good life,” were not only widely attended, but had brought thousands of disaffected young Jews back into conversation with their tradition.

“Rabbi Gafni was doing something that had not been done in modern Israel,” says Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who attended his teachings in Israel. “He was presenting the traditional Jewish teachings in a way that revealed not only the mystical experience embedded in the tradition, but also offered a powerful experience of ecstasy and community. Most importantly, however, he was the first modern Jewish teacher I met who taught that Judaism was at its core a path to liberation.” Born in Massachusetts in 1960, educated in a yeshiva (a Jewish religious high school), Gafni began teaching in the Orthodox community around New York City. From his early days as an apprentice rabbi and youth group leader, Gafni had a gift for bringing together the spiritual with the secular, working with people who wouldn’t normally talk to each other, and creating communities. He was known as a passionately committed teacher. He spent time as a rabbi in Florida, tripling the size of a young congregation. Then he moved with his second wife and two children to Israel, where he was rabbi in a settlement on the border of the West Bank. In the ’90s, he emerged as a popular public teacher in Jerusalem and then in Tel Aviv, writing books, lecturing to packed houses, and appearing at conferences and spiritual venues in the United States and Europe. Gafni hosted a weekly hour-long national TV show in Israel for several years. In the U.S., he led crowded workshops on the alternative Jewish and spiritual scene. He taught

Rabbi Gafni meets with the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala in 2005.


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came to him.” There appears to have been a cadre of colleagues, older teachers and even a few students who wanted him out of the way. Gafni’s main vulnerability was his counter-cultural and often bohemian lifestyle. Throughout his career, Gafni had several love affairs outside of around the world, including appearances at marriage. “I tried to push the boundaries of what important synagogues and the Harvard was possible. I experimented,” Gafni admits. “I Negotiation Project. When terrorists blew up sometimes chose a moment of love over other loyschool buses in Israel, he presented a series of alties. Sometimes I was right, sometimes dead spots on national television urging people to hold wrong. Where I was wrong, I’ve on to their humanity in tried to ask forgiveness.” the face of horror. He has During the period following his recorded dialogues with divorce from his third wife, his the Dalai Lama, Byron lovers included a few women who Katie, Ken Wilber and had worked with him in his comother spiritual and philomunity, taught with him, or served sophical leaders. “Soul on the board of his organization. “I Prints” was a best-seller in was working literally 24/7, teaching this country, won the and traveling around the clock,” he prestigious NAPRA says. “It seemed natural to be Nautilus award as the best Gafni among his students in Galilee, Israel involved with people who were spirituality book of 2001 part of my circle. At the time, in my and was made into a PBS hubris, disguised even from myself, it felt to me special. that there wasn’t a moment free for anything like And in a conservative society, he supported gay normal dating or personal life.” rights and the ordination of women. His teaching He says he kept these relationships private, not pointed out the presence of a hidden goddess because they seemed inappropriate or “wrong,” element in the Jewish religion, and called for the but because, like many people in his position, he re-emergence of the feminine in spirituality. preferred not to have his personal life the subject A career like this tends to arouse envy—even, of gossip or attack. or perhaps especially, in spiritual communities. One lover wrote after their relationship was “People would complain that Gafni took up too over: “It’s easy to love you and it has been beautimuch space,” says Gershon Winkler, himself an ful to discover you, to feel you, to explore you.” important Jewish teacher and author of many And added, “I’m grateful that we touched each books, including “The Magic of the Ordinary.” other on this path.” She then thanked him for “After he fell, one guy told me that he was actually being in “full intention and clarity” in their relarelieved, because some of Gafni’s people now tionship and honoring her “sacred autonomy.”

Gafni’s former teachers and colleagues denounced him for promoting “pagan Judaism.”

On the ’net:

Lies Live Forever

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he nexus of the Gafni story would appear to be women falsely claiming victim status, bent on exacting some form of retribution which, in their view, matched the suffering at having not obtained exclusivity to Gafni and his affections. That is the center and the catalyst of Gafni’s current nightmare. But it is, by no means, the whole of the problem. Without the women who filed complaints against Marc Gafni, there would certainly be no story, at least not a story of this depth and magnitude. But without

BY JEFF BELL the Internet, and a few “move ahead at any cost” bloggers, the story would have faded away. What has both haunted and hunted Gafni is the relative ease at which rumors and lies have been mixed with more accurate information to paint a picture of Gafni as evil and predatory. Blogs index on the search engines far faster than then traditional websites do. Repeat a phrase or a name, over and over again, link it to other blogs, stories and other articles, and it jumps to the top of the search results in a short amount of time.

This woman would later file a complaint on the advice of a lawyer, saying that Gafni had promised to marry her to gain sexual relations—a felony in Israel, where they lived. This claim, and the claim that Gafni somehow manipulated her, is refuted by both the tone and content of literally hundreds of her emails to him. In 2005, Ha’Aretz, the leading Israeli newspaper, ran a glowing article on Gafni’s work, stressing his belief that the feminine godhead and the softer, more erotic aspects of spirituality need to be restored to contemporary Judaism. The article was widely quoted, causing an incendiary reaction among rabbis in the Orthodox community. Traditionalists who felt threatened by his influence and provocative personal style objected to his stress on the goddess in Judaism, and some of Gafni’s former teachers and colleagues denounced him for promoting “pagan Judaism.” The Wikipedia entry on Gafni credits him—or accuses, it depends on how you read it—with leading the movement to bring eros back into Judaism. At about that time, and some say as a direct result of the Ha’Aretz spread, a rabbi who had clashed with Gafni in his youth gave a story about him to the proprietor of a website devoted to outing Jewish clerics alleged to be sexual predators. The site collects rumors, innuendos and complaints about rabbis, some of whom are undoubtedly people who indeed abused their position. But the site is also known for its maliciousness, venomous language, and for mixing fact with outright fiction. The site’s proprietor is Vicki Polin, who in 1989, under the name Rachel, presented herself on national daytime television as the survivor of a Jewish satanic cult which sacrificed babies. She

Take a moment and think about search engine results. The majority of Internet users look no deeper than the first couple of pages of their search results. Top searches have a false weight of authority that can easily lead a reader to unconsciously lend credibility where none should exist. The strange union of self-proclaimed advocate for The Awareness Center, Vicki Polin, and porn industry gossip blogger Luke Ford and their mutual effort to assail the reputation of Rabbi Gafni, and to continue those attacks despite the lack of anything new to write about, is bizarre at best and nefarious at worst. A vocal member of the Memory Recovery Movement, which ruined thousands of lives in the 1980s, Vicki Polin has wrapped a skein of respectability around herself that, when viewed through the prism of her attacks on Gafni, seems patently false and hypocritical. Polin maintains that she is the child of Satanic Jews who raped her on a regular basis and made her eat her own babies. She now claims to be a victim’s advocate; but her advocacy seems to have taken all

the aspects of vigilante misanthrope, and the power of the blog is her weapon. Polin has a singular focus to not only expose, but to destroy the life and reputation of whatever person that falls into her sights, regardless of facts. Any Google search on her name serves up a fairly even return of Polin’s attacks on rabbinical leaders, and pages written by victims of Polin’s tactics. Luke Ford has made a living as one of the world’s foremost porn industry gossip columnists and, over the years, has owned and operated several different sites full of lewd pictures, stories and first person familiarity with the adult film industry. Ford also has an alter ego in which he calls himself “Luke Ford: your moral leader,” and represents himself as a beacon of decency and Jewish activism. Somehow, Ford and Polin have become compatriots and often work together in boosting their ratings. The cross-indexing between these two and their blogs has, most especially in the area of posts about Gafni and other Jewish leaders, helped push them further and further upward until, for the last two years, they’ve had ownership of the first page of most engines


When a woman retells the story of a sexual encounter and claims harassment, the man—if he does not have physical proof to the contrary—will likely be in deep trouble. The woman doesn’t even have to seek legal redress —the complaint alone can sometimes be enough to get a professor or executive reprimanded or even fired. To complicate matters for the man, in Israel, sexual harassment is a criminal offense.

events is supported by two polygraph tests administered by Dr. Gordon Barland, one of the world’s leading experts in the field. The stories on the website make no attempt to distinguish fact from rumor, distorted memory, or skewed interpretation of events. Polin and Ford painted a teenage romance between 19year-old Gafni and his 14-year-old girlfriend as “child molestation,” and among other things, accused him of changing his name to avoid his past. (In fact, Gafni had followed the common custom of hebraicizing his name when he moved to Israel, and always referred to his family name in his books and other publications.) All of this forms the complex background for what happened next.

claims to have sacrificed—that is, murdered—at least one baby herself. She considers it her mission in life to report those whom she calls “Jewish abusers.” Ironically, the site so evokes the energy of anti-Semitic hate sites that several such hate sites link to hers. In Gafni’s case, the stories described two relationships, one when Gafni was 19, the other a one-time encounter when he was 24. Gafni insists neither involved more then petting, and that both were mutually engaged. Couched in the hate-speech style that has become so familiar in the blogosphere, the stories called Gafni a “known predator” who had “molested young women” and included purportedly first-person interviews with both of these women by Luke Ford, a former pornographer and a gossip columnist for the porn industry. Gafni’s version of these

On an evening in May 2006, Gafni landed in Tel Aviv after a 10-hour flight returning from a teaching trip to the United States. He expected to be met at the plane by his girlfriend. As his plane touched down, he dialed the number of his program director to discuss logistics of a workshop scheduled for the next day. Instead he heard an unidentified feminine voice screeching, “You are finished! Go to [a certain lawyer’s office in Tel Aviv] at midnight, or go to jail.” Gafni thought he had the wrong number. He called again. The same message. He began to tremble as he realized that something terrible was going on. Over the next several hours, he began to piece things together. A former personal assistant, who had been threatening the organization with legal action over back pay, and who

when their targets’ names were searched. What emerges on the Internet is a false image, based on rumor, presented as fact; all in opposition of the axiom “innocent until proven guilty.” What makes Gafni’s story so interesting to me is not so much that, with hundreds of pages of evidence that exonerate him from these false allegations, he can clear his name in a fair-minded setting, but, on the Internet, it will take him years of

expression. The growing influence of blogs and bloggers over the last handful of years speaks volumes about dissatisfaction with the media and generic culture. There also seems to be a need, sometimes nearing addiction, for mass distribution of selfexpression held by these exhibitionists of the written word. The acceptance as “meaningful” granted to them by their own ever-expanding membership roster fuels the rapid growth of this amateur medium.

What makes Gafni’s story so interesting to me is not so much that, with hundreds of pages of evidence that exonerate him from these false allegations, he can clear his name in a fairminded setting, but, on the Internet, it will take him years of exhaustive effort and money to balance his innocence against the two year head start of those who claim he’s guilty. exhaustive effort and money to balance his innocence against the two-year head start of those who claim he’s guilty. Despite the potential to harm, blogging is the quintessential and idyllic evolution of American and international freedom of

I wrote my first blog post in 1996; long before, in time measured by Internet standards, the word “weblog” or “blog” was universally known and accepted into the mainstream lexicon. At the time, some were calling the very public self-publishing

“His best friends basically left him for dead,” says Gershon Winkler. over the previous year had sent him dozens of abusive emails, had gotten together with another woman to discuss Gafni. They discovered that Gafni had been intimately involved with both of them. We can’t know what exactly motivated them from there. We do know what they did: They went to the Tel Aviv police and filed a complaint. Sexual harassment laws have given women much-needed legal protection and gone a long way to support civil treatment of women everywhere. But when a woman tells the story of a sexual encounter and claims harassment, the man—guilty or innocent—will likely be in deep trouble if he does not have physical proof to the contrary. The woman doesn’t even have to seek legal redress—the complaint alone can sometimes be enough to get a professor or executive reprimanded or even fired. To complicate matters for the man, in Israel, unlike anywhere else, sexual harassment is a criminal offense. The women told the police that Gafni had, in one case, used his authority as an employer, and in the other, promised marriage to persuade her to have sex with him. They convinced other women, whom they discovered had been involved with Gafni over the years, to sign their affadavit. In fact, none of the women had been

of one’s own opinions, criticisms, thoughts and life stories to the Internet a “vanity page,” an “online journal.” My early posts were mostly lengthy, often ranting missives about politics with a lot of time, effort and kilobytes dumped into the 1996 Presidential race. It wasn’t long before I received calls, during political primary season, from two different Republican campaigns asking who I was, who I worked for and what my website was about. They didn’t like my analysis and they wanted me to stop. These two different campaign representatives could not wrap their heads around the idea that I was just a guy, sitting in his Denver basement, self-publishing his opinions and analysis on the field of Republican candidates fighting for the GOP nomination. While the number of readers I had at the time would be laughable by today’s standards, in 1996 it was enough to garner the attention of two presidential nomination campaigns. There is power in the written word and that power is intensified when any person, from any background, can release those words, unfettered and unregulated, into

Continued on next page the world for anyone to digest. Telling the truth, no matter how partisan your opinion, is an awesome responsibility, if you choose to view it that way. As the community of bloggers and online journalists continues to grow, so, too, do the numbers of the nefarious, the deluded and the predatory. For every handful of personal, political, entertainment or technology blogs online, whatever their motivation may be, there are always some who use their writing for some form of gain at the expense of others. That would appear to be the case regarding Gafni. Reputation has always been a fragile thing, but the future of reputation is uncertain. Blogs have emerged as a quick, cheap and anonymous means of mass communication that can be used to further an agenda, talk about politics, share pictures of your family picnic or a weapon to destroy someone else’s life. Things on the Internet never go away. Once you’ve been dragged through the mud, no matter how innocent you may be, somewhere, on the Internet, you’re guilty forever. Jeff Bell is the author of JMBell.org, one of the highest rated political blogs in Utah.


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Sally Kempton, a former journalist, leading spiritual teacher and second wave feminist was asked what good might come from this story. She responded, “Marc has gone through a deep purification. He will be an even deeper, better teacher in the second half of his life than he was in the first. The question is, can the people involved move from victimhood to power and responsibility? If they can, then Marc, the women, and all the shadowy players behind the scenes, will offer us great hope for healing in our world.” John deJong

Marc Gafni today, living in Salt Lake City

“And I was here on the back roads of Utah to discover something about the divine feminine so that I might speak of her in new ways. I danced in real ecstasy for hours on end.” either employees or students of Gafni at the time the relationships began. By the time Gafni arrived in Israel that night, the women had convinced his co-teacher, as well as key members of his staff, that they needed protection, and cited others as possible victims. Members of the community were prevented from speaking to Gafni by the women, who claimed that he was a danger to the community. Gafni says no one asked for his side of the story or checked any facts with him. “It was like a weird dream. I had never sexually harassed anyone. I had proof. I went to my computer for the emails I’d exchanged with these women—there were tons of them.” To his shock, a key batch of relevant emails and other correspondence between himself and one of the complainants—his former assistant—were gone. They had been erased from his computer. Worse than a weird dream, it was now a nightmare. He had no way of refuting the complaints. By this time, the story had been leaked to the Jewish press. Though many people in his community felt that Gafni was being railroaded, hysteria prevailed. Without consulting Rabbi Gafni, without cross-questioning the complainants or checking into their motives, a chain reaction was set in motion which resulted in the dissolution of Gafni’s movement. Several newspapers published sensational articles chronicling Gafni’s “downfall.” One reported (falsely) that he had been

accused of rape. Another (again, falsely) claimed that he had made promises to marry five women. Within a few days, Gafni’s teaching work and the organization to which he had dedicated his life had been discredited and destroyed. A group of Salt Lake attorneys helped Gafni recover the deleted data from his computer and then carefully review his correspondence with the women. “There is not a credible basis for legal action against [Gafni],” writes attorney Fredrick Thaler of Ray, Quinney Nebeker, a Salt Lake law firm, in a letter posted on Gafni’s website. “The complaints have no merit,” writes Charlotte Miller, who also served as Gafni’s legal council. However, like the many commentators who assumed that the accusations against the Duke lacrosse team were true, people moved to distance themselves from him immediately. According to feminist writers such as Dafna Pattai, Cathy Young, Laura Kipnis and Bell Hooks, the key reason for this distancing is fear. In a culture where truth is less important than perception, people are afraid to be associated with someone accused of sexual misconduct, even when they know the accusations are untrue. Associates fear liability, or being perceived as not protecting the ostensible victims—two consequences of defending the accused in a culture that assumes that women or groups of women always tell the truth about sexual harassment. This belief persists despite data to the contrary, including the recent collapse of the case against the Duke lacrosse players, not to mention the historic experience of black men lynched because a white woman interpreted a casual glance as sexual harassment. Feminist writers such as Laura Kipnis and Cristina Hoff Summers have written extensively to expose this kind of “victim feminism”: a stance which assumes that in situations of this sort, the woman is always a helpless victim of male desire. “His best friends basically left him for dead,” says Gershon Winkler. Gafni felt he had no choice but to return to the

United States to think through what he should do. In the pain and sorrow of those first few days, he decided that as the creator of the organization which had turned on him, he should take on himself responsibility for the dysfunctions that had led to the situation. He wrote a public letter claiming all spiritual responsibility for what had happened. Accepting the advice of a friend and mentor, he took personal responsibility for the “sickness” behind what had happened and volunteered to seek treatment. This seemed, at the time of trauma and confusion, to be the only way to defuse the growing frenzy. Without the missing emails, he had no proof of his innocence, and at that time he had no idea the disappeared computer files would be restored. Gafni refused any interviews and for the next two years maintained public silence, allowing the stories that were circulating to stand as “truth.” In the meantime, he began an intensive formal process of self-examination and inner work. It was about this time that Gafni came to Salt Lake City at the invitation of a friend and teaching colleague, mediator and Zen teacher Diane Hamilton and her husband, former Utah chief justice Michael Zimmerman. Gafni was living quietly in a small home in Sugar House. Soon after we met, he told us about a pivotal event that had shown him both the depths of his fall, and the painful but spiritually profound path to turning the pain into compassion. He had gone several times to Sabbath dinners at the house of a local family, mainly for the sake of experiencing community. One night, the host took him aside. “One of our guests read the Internet and says she can’t sit at the table with you. I know it’s not true, but she thinks you are a child molester,” he told Gafni. “I have to ask you to leave and not come back. I’m sorry. There is nothing I can do.” Gafni realized that he—who just six months before would have been an honored guest at such a gathering—was in essence a pariah. “I was stunned at first to realize that people were looking at me through the lens of a hate site, and couldn’t see who I am,” he said. “That night, I was up all night, meditating about it, awash in agonized tears. Suddenly, in the midst of my grief, this profound feeling of joy came over me. In Hebrew wisdom, we speak of how the divine feminine, the Shekhinah, has been exiled by God, and lives as hidden sparks inside human souls. I realized that I was participating in the pain of the exiled Shekhinah, the sorrow of the divine feminine thrown out of the kingdom. I, like her, was wrongly exiled and sat in dust and ashes. We were together. As I realized this, my heart became so ecstatic that I began to dance. “Then I remembered the hidden teaching about the old Hassidic masters. These famous rabbis would sometimes discard their robes and wander as beggars through the villages of Western Europe, knocking on the doors of wealthy devotees. Invariably, they would be thrown out by people who, if they had seen them in full regalia, would have honored them. “It all fit together for me then. “I had spent my life seeking after the goddess, trying to return the feminine to her place…and


Former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson is founder and president of High Road for Human Rights and a nationally known anti-war activist. He is no stranger to character defamation, online and off. Anderson has read the documents on Gafni’s situation and has this to say:

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sign of the escape from personal responsibility is the astounding incivility displayed when people can hide behind their anonymity or disregard the truth with reckless abandon. The ability to mislead, whether about one’s identity or about the facts, seems to neutralize a sense of moral responsibility for many people.

“Any feminist should be appalled at the pretension of such utter powerlessness and lack of responsibility.” For those people, the truth be damned. And the reputations of others be damned. The Internet has opened the door to the most boorish, nasty, infantile instincts of people, most of whom would never have the nerve to say what they do if they were required to back up what they say with any facts. Rabbi Marc Gafni has been a victim of a spiraling abandonment of responsibility. After emails from women with whom that in some extreme sense the Shekhinah was testing my love, and she had hurt me because in some sense I hadn’t seen something about her. These relationships had hurt women I loved. Even while she was hurting me, she was embracing me. And I was here on the back roads of Utah to discover something about the divine feminine so that I might speak of her in new ways. I danced in real ecstasy for hours on end.” Gafni later shared the incident with his friend, Brother David Stendl-Rast, who was reminded of an anecdote about Saint Francis: A disciple once asked, “What would be for you the most perfect joy?” Francis replied that for him, perfect joy would be to seek shelter in

he had relationships were deleted from his computer, complaints were made by the women that make it appear they were helpless, obtuse, easily fooled victims of a man who took advantage of them. The emails were recovered from Gafni’s computer hard-drive. Reading them, it appears clear that those relationships actually had been the product of mutual consent and honest, loving disclosure. “Gee, I had a sexual relationship with Marc, but things didn’t turn out how I had hoped, so I’ll blame him for my part in it and hurt him however I can,” is the subtext of the complaint. Any feminist should be appalled at the pretension of such utter powerlessness and lack of responsibility. That isn’t the end of it, however. The story became known to a woman who claims to have recovered the most bizarre memories of baby-sacrificing satanic rituals, and to a man who is a gossip columnist in the pornography industry, who smeared the claims all over the Internet. And they did it in the most salacious, outrageous manner. They’re not required to prove their attacks. They just destroy a man’s reputation and much of his life, then move on to the next person. —Rocky Anderson

a house, be rejected and thrown out, and left to lie in the mud with the dogs. Gafni says this teaching, which might have seemed wildly extreme and weird to him previously, actually described the profound spiritual opportunity that he had begun to see in this moment of his life. So along with examining his part in what he called the “contribution system” that had created this situation, and the qualities in himself that needed to change, Gafni also began a powerful inner journey into the subtleties of the masculine-feminine relationship. “Sexuality creates wounds— sometimes mortal ones,” he writes in an unpublished essay called “The Wounds of Love.” “But if we learn to

live wide open even as we are hurt by love, then the divine wakes up to its own true nature. To be firm in your knowing of love, even when you are desperate, and to be strong in your heart of forgiveness even when you are betrayed, this is what it means to be holy.” Along with his inner work, Gafni began collecting documentary evidence to prove the falsity of the claims against him. He took polygraph tests with internationally recognized polygraph expert Gordon Barland which fully supported his assertion that the relationships with these women had been mutual, and had not resulted from any deception or inappropriate deployment of power on Gafni’s part. He underwent an extensive psychological evaluation with three independent evaluators. Their conclusions and his own were summarized by by Paul J. Goodberg, M.A.: “I am convinced that Rabbi Gafni never abusively hurt or exploited anyone. He is completely reputable.” Ray, Quinney Nebeker turned his computer over to PeakSpan, LLC, a Salt Lake data recovery firm, which recovered valuable information and proved data had been intentionally removed. “Of course, I regret with all my heart that anyone experienced hurt through their relationship with me. And, remember what Bono sings? ‘We hurt each other and we do it again.’ The key is what we do with our hurt,” Gafni says. “But what I most deeply regret is that I allowed myself to jeopardize the work we were doing by engaging in these relationships. I believed that what we were doing was sharing love, and that therefore there was nothing ethically, and certainly not legally, wrong. I still believe that. But I also recognize that a spiritual teacher has to hold strong boundaries around his personal life. Even mutual relationships with powerful and autonomous women are a problem for a public teacher. Moreover, in retrospect, our relationship did not serve the highest growth of these women; it endangered our movement and let down my supporters, friends and partners. In that sense—although I was unconscious of it at the time—they were unethical relationships and I regret that deeply.” But even by Israel’s strict standard, in no way did he break the law. Gafni has contracts for several new books and is beginning to teach again. He has been invited to

create and host a documentary movie that uses the frame of his story to look into contemporary sexual and spiritual politics, and how rumor, innuendo and hysteria can destroy a life. And to show how a life can be rebuilt in love without bitterness. Most of all, he seems committed to helping foster a social justice movement that works to end genocide, human trafficking and sexual slavery in the world. Gafni seems determined not to attack his accusers, unless they leave him with no choice, but rather to facilitate healing. “It is the challenge of the spiritual practitioner,” says Diane Musho Hamilton, “and especially that of a teacher, to become intimate with the processes of life and death, of destruction and of transformation. In this way, everything that arises, whether it appears as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unjust, is regarded as the path. To walk it requires great fearlessness, an abundance of compassion, a willingness to accept blame, and the offering of forgiveness.” Sally Kempton, a former journalist, leading spiritual teacher and second wave feminist was asked what good might come from this story. She responded, “Marc has gone through a deep evolution. He will be an even deeper, better teacher in the second half of his life than he was in the first. The question is, can the people involved move from victimhood to power and responsibility? If they can, then Marc, the women, and all the shadowy players behind the scenes, will offer us great hope for healing in our world.” The third act of this drama has yet to be written. Can this spiritual teacher come back from the dead? The answer is most likely “yes,” due to Gafni’s unflagging persistence. Did the obloquy and ignominy of the last two years break his spirit? No, though it has left some scars. Yet, throughout the whole of this nightmare, in circumstances that could easily, and forgivably, break the spirit of nearly any other person, Gafni has managed to hold onto his chronic optimism and genuine love for humanity. ◆ Jeff Bell is a writer, part-time indie filmmaker, musician, wonk and political consultant. He is the former Democratic National Committee communications director for Utah and former president of the Children’s Justice Corps. Greta deJong is editor and publisher of CATALYST. For more about Marc Gafni, visit WWW.MARCGAFNI.COM


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How to dance funny Saturday’s Voyeur 2008: 30th anniversary production BY AMY BRUNVAND

Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. —E.B. White ne thing about Utah, we always have the best scandals. By comparison, the stuff that goes on in other places can seem just plain tawdry— a politician caught with his pants down, someone with a hand in the cookie jar, that sort of thing. But Utah-style ignominy unfolds in intricately plotted dramas. Who can forget Mark Hoffman and the “white salamander” forgery, or cold fusion, or the star-crossed romance between Congresswoman Enid Greene and Joe Waldholtz? Then there are the everyday absurdities like Gayle Ruzicka, polygamists, Utah liquor laws or what happens during pretty much any session of the Utah Legislature. In fact, for the past 30 years the news from Utah has supplied enough absurdity to keep “Saturday’s Voyeur,” the annual Utah parody from the Salt Lake Acting Company, fresh and funny every single year. (Well, maybe except for that one

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is black” Buttars and the abovementioned Gayle Ruzicka. Are you finding this hard to picture? Well, Cynthia Fleming has not only imagined it, she has choreographed it and put it on stage. Fleming has choreographed dances for 11 episodes of “Saturday’s Voyeur” and she is also the director of audience relations for the Salt Lake Acting Company. (She’s the tall blonde with a gorgeous smile who encourages you to buy season tickets before the show.) She says she got involved with “Voyeur” by way of Broadway (the one in New York City, that is): “I grew up in Utah, and I was a product of a wonderful musical theatre program at the U of U. It was a combined music/theatre /dance program, and they don’t have it any more. I went to California, got into ‘A Chorus Line’ and stayed with the show until it closed in 1990. Then I thought, I could do theatre in Utah.” At the time she thought of herself as a dancer. She says, “Being a choreographer was something I never aspired to be. I wanted someone to tell me what to do, but a friend was in town and he said, I need a tango. Why don’t you choreograph me a tango?” From there, she ended up writing dances for “Voyeur” and uncovered her hidden talent for comedy: “Julie Jenson, who’s our resident playwright, first brought it to my attention,” says Fleming. “The nature of “Voyeur” is that it’s funny and I was just doing my job. It was Julie who first said to me ‘You choreograph funny. How do you do it funny?’”

The rumble between Ralph Becker and Tom Dolan is basically the dance you remember from “West Side Story.” And Mario Capecchi’s dancing mice? Straight from Busby Berkeley. In any case, the 30th anniversary episode of “Saturday’s Voyeur” is rolling-on-the-floor funny (as long as, or especially if, you don’t mind some raunchy jokes). Kudos to Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht for yet another hilarious script. But “Saturday’s Voyeur” is a musical revue, not stand-up comedy, so it’s only fair to mention that a lot of the laughs come from some extremely funny dances. Try to imagine, for instance, a pas-de-deux danced by scowling Utah State Senator Chris “this baby

Locally, Fleming’s dances have gained sufficient notoriety that she was invited to participate in the Repertory Dance Theatre 2008 Iron Choreographer competition, an experience she describes as “like childbirth. I’ve never been so scared in my entire life.” Iron Choreographer is not meant to be taken seriously. It is a silly contest where choreographers get some dancers, a secret ingredient and one hour to prepare a dance and present it on stage. Nonetheless, Fleming says that she felt nervous

comparing herself to other competitors who teach in academic programs or dance with professional companies. She says, “When they asked me I said, “You know I’m a musical theatre choreographer?” Fleming had her dancers turn around and talk through their butts, which produced a flash of selfawareness: “Iron Choreographer was the first time that it really came out how much ‘Voyeur’ has become part of me as a choreographer,” she says. “It was very clear that I’m a ‘Voyeur’ choreographer.” But how does she do it funny? “Lately I’ve been thinking about being funny, and it hasn’t stopped the flow,” says Fleming. She gives credit to the writers: “I’m just trying to match Nancy’s words. I never try to be funny. It just happens through Nancy’s words. What I’m trying to do is rise up and showcase Nancy’s lyrics.” She also credits the skilled actors: “I work with these actors who move beautifully. I tell them, all I want you to do is never say no and completely trust me.” But at the risk of overanalyzing, Fleming’s dances are funny beyond just the lyrics. Part of it is that when Fleming uses Broadway dances to tell a joke, her affection for Broadway shines through. She describes the process of creating one dance—“So Mayors Tom Dolan and Ralph Becker are fighting for that Broadway-style theater. They have a Broadway danceoff, and I started thinking about ‘West Side Story’ and how they’re getting ready for the rumble. The key is that the dance really is essentially the one you remember from ‘West Side Story.’” And Mario Capecchi’s dancing mice? Straight from Busby Berkeley. So go to “Saturday’s Voyeur” for what the program promises—“some breathing space in the atmosphere of our very red state,” but while you are there, be sure to appreciate the tap-dancing queer missionaries. ◆ Amy Brunvand is a dance enthusiast and librarian at the University of Utah.

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Never Too Young Even kids can benefit from yoga practice

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hat allows kids to use a lot of energy, make funny noises, relax and learn all at the same time? Yoga. Kids derive the same benefits from yoga as adults do—yoga heals and strengthens in many ways. Yoga helps build muscles, coordination, flexibility and stamina. Like other exercise, yoga provides a physical release for stress. But yoga offers more than just physical exercise. As young people practice yoga, they can increase their self-confidence and their ability to concentrate and to focus. Yoga also fosters creativity and self-expression as children explore and develop their own variations on poses.

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Chair Pose to Hanging Bridge a. Chair Pose (Utkatasana) “We may not have a chair, but let’s take a seat anyway.” “Let’s stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with our feet about a foot apart. Roll your shoulders back and take a deep breath in through your nose. Stretch your arms out in front of you and pretend you are holding on to a bar. Now as you breathe out, begin to sit down. Do you feel how your weight shifts to your heels? See if you can sit a little bit more. Stay here for two breaths and then breathe yourself back up to Mountain Pose. Let’s do that again. If you would like the challenge of a balance, try to lift your heels off the floor as you sit in your chair.” Benefits: Chair Pose builds strength in the legs, arms, and the abdominal area (core). b. Hanging Bridge “Picture in your mind how it would look if we doubled that pose.” “Let’s practice all breathing in and out together. Find someone who is about your height. Reach toward each other and wrap your hands around the other person’s wrists. At the same time, both take a deep breath in and then let the breath out. Let’s do this again.” “Now, slowly bend toward each other as you each lean back, keeping your legs straight. Remember to breathe as you stretch your shoulders. After two breaths here, bend your knees at the same time and sit back. After two more breaths, each come down to a squat. Now slowly rise back up to the starting position. Let’s try this again, remembering to breathe in and out together.” Benefits: In addition to the benefits of Chair Pose,

Hanging Bridge teaches awareness of breathing and cooperation.

Boat Pose to Double Boat Pose a. Boat Pose (Navasana) “We are going to be a boat with a deep “V” shaped bottom. Imagine you are on a calm, peaceful lake. What do you see around you?” “Sit with your legs out in front of you. Slowly bend your knees and lift your feet off the mat. You can wrap your arms around the backs of your legs so you can balance on your seat! When you extend your arms out does the boat start to rock? If it feels good, you can straighten your legs so your body is in a “V” shape, like the hull of a boat. How can you make your body calm and peaceful, just like the lake you imagine you are in? Maybe you want to bend your knees and hold your legs to calm the boat. You practice yoga by listening to your body.” Benefits: Boat Pose builds strength in the abdominal muscles. It is also a great pose for practicing balance, which means it also builds concentration!

Double Boat Pose “Picture in your mind how this pose would look if you doubled it. Let’s see if we can do it.” “Find someone who has legs about the same length as yours. Sit facing each other, with your knees bent and feet flat on the mat. With your arms on the outside of your legs, grab hands so that your fingers are wrapped around each other’s wrists. Now slowly raise one leg so that the soles of your feet touch. Straighten the legs up, just like in boat pose. Now do the same thing with the other legs, so that both of your legs are raised. Breathe together for

My yoga with kids began when my three sons were young. They would tumble around me as I practiced. I am continually amazed at how intuitive yoga is. My guys would create their own wonderful poses or move into actual yoga poses they had never seen, just because it felt good or was fun. Three years ago, we started teaching yoga at my kids’ elementary school and then during the summers at various kids’ camps and at the YWCA shelter. It is from these wonderful experiences that our book— “Create a Yoga Practice for Kids” (Sunstone Press, 2006) was born. Before a yoga class, my kids and I would think of fun themes to keep

three breaths. Come down, shake out your legs, and double your boat again.” Benefits: Adding to the benefits of Boat Pose, Double Boat Pose builds confidence in others, while it provides a superb shoulder stretch. It also shows kids how fun yoga can be.

Butterfly Pose to Kaleidoscope of Butterflies a. Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana) “Picture a special place you would like to be a butterfly. Imagine how it smells and sounds.” “Let’s be butterflies by sitting with straight spines and pulling our legs in so that the soles of our own feet touch. Our legs become flapping butterfly wings as we gently raise and lower our knees. I am flying to a rainforest— where would you like to fly?” b. Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Pose “Have you ever seen a group of butterflies on some flowers or resting in a tree? Let’s see if our group can make a group of colorful butterflies. Do you know what a group of butterflies is called? A kaleidoscope.” “Let’s sit in a big circle with our knees almost touching. As we gently flap our butterfly wings, let’s go around the circle and tell where we would like to fly. Now close your eyes and visualize a new place to fly!” Note: You can reach your arms under your “folded wings” to grasp the hands of the person on either side. Then all together, have everyone try to balance on their seats! This quickly becomes a group favorite. Benefits: This pose adds the benefits of working as a group and developing the ability to visualize desirable destinations. ◆ Some of this material comes from Yael Calhoun’s book, “Create A Yoga Practice for Kids” (Sunstone Press, 2006).”


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Native American Celebration in the Pa r k July 24, 7 a.m. to fireworks time! A community cultural festival, the 14th Annual Native American Celebration in the Park is where you want to be for an intertribal powwow, food booths, arts and crafts, fireworks, and multicultural entertainment. Bring your own chairs. Powwow $4 gen admission, free for children under 6 and senior citizens over 65. The rest of the festival is free to all. Liberty Park, 500 E. 900 S. For more information call Cal Nez at 533-9503 or visit WWW.NACIP.COM.

P racticing Dynamic Alignment: C o n n e c t i n g Pi l a t e s and Rolfing Saturday, July 12, 1pm. Rolfers Paul Wirth and Mary Phillips along with Julie

Caranddo, owner of Exhale Pilates Center, will talk about what leads to and what stands in the way of a strong, balanced body, the meaning of “core” and “integration,” ease and strain, and other topics in light of what Pilates and Rolfing have in com-

July 16, 12-1p. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and neither do seminars that teach you how to manage your spending habits better. This class will teach you how emotions, attitudes, past behaviors can all get in the way of spending money wisely and will explore some of the reasons behind bad money choices. We will also identify tools for avoiding debt traps and showing respect for ourselves and our money. One-hour PowerPoint presentation. Handouts provided. Call 468-3179 to register. County Government Center, 2001 S. State St. S1200. mon as well as how they differ and complement each other. Flow Yoga, Sugar House (2065 East 2100 South). Free. Info: WWW.EXHALEPILATESCENTER.COM; WWW.ROLFINGSALTLAKE.COM

Judaism and the Grateful Dead/Rock Concert and the Book of Genesis July 14-15 7-9p. When a musical community exists for

over 30 years and a religious community exists for over 4,000 years, the two will cross paths. Monday night join Rabbi Grife in

an amazing workshop exploring the connections between Judaism and the famous rock band The Grateful Dead. This workshop will be followed by a Grateful Dead jam session and sing-a-long. The following evening Rabbi Grife captures the essence and significance of questions in the first book of the Bible (ahem, that’s Genesis, FYI) in his rock concert entitled “Tales From the First Book.” Free and open to all. Jewish Community Center, 2 North Medical Drive.

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Canine Casino Night Aug 1 6:30-10p. C.M. Coolidge’s painting of dogs playing poker comes to life! Take part in a “fetching” fundraiser for No More Homeless Pets in Utah, featuring games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas hold’em. Canines are, of course, welcome. Get your paws on tickets: $35 ($40 at the door), which include signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and admission to the Canine Royal Lounge, silent and live auctions. Radisson Hotel, 215 West South Temple. WWW.UTAHPETS.ORG

How to Build and Use a Telescope July 16-18. (Repeats August 13-15.) Calling all Keplers and Copernicuses in the

ence. Applications at WWW.CLARKPLANETARIClark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 W. 456-STAR. UM.ORG

Wander the Wetlands July 17, 8-10p. Experience the Great Salt Lake as the sun sets and the (almost) full moon rises, with a leisurely expertguided walk of the Shorelands Preserve. Bring along a picnic and enjoy dinner in the pavilion before you look for birds and

making! The tools and guidance you need to hone your passion for astronomy are waiting for you at Telescope Camp! With $100 tuition ($50 for students from Title 1 schools), each participant receives and learns to use a 6-inch Dobsonian telescope, star charts, and astronomy materials. Celestial night sky and intense feelings of interconnectedness at no extra charge. Open on a firstcome, first-serve basis to ages 12-17 and to teachers with a strong interest in sci-

Obstacle Course Wool Demos Handicrafts 75 Llamas Races Food Admission: $3/$1 kids Music by

mammals who come to life at dusk in the wetlands. Space is limited! Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, end of 3200 West in Layton. RSVP to Heidi at 801-531-0999.

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It ’s all in the eyes “Monet to Picasso” at Utah Museum of Fine Art

BY CAROL KOLEMAN

n June 23rd, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts welcomed what may be the most significant art exhibit Salt Lake City has ever seen, the Monet to Picasso exhibit. Having experienced museums all over the world, I was excited to view this exhibit considering that the collection was as significant as any great museums I had been to. The exhibit represents a 100-year span (1864-1964) as one wanders chronologically through rooms, from impressionism, to post-impressionism, early modernist sculptures and cubism, finishing in the avant-garde period. This touring exhibition (visiting only four North American cities) comes from the Cleveland Museum of Art, which shares this extraordinary show with the world as their facility is being renovated and enlarged. I was prepared to be awed by some of my favorites. Van Gogh with his thick, swirling brush strokes, so integrated that it’s difficult to discern the foreground from the background. Rodin, and the Fall of the Angels: two figures (male and female), clinging together and swirling in the marble ‘wind’ reminiscent of Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, held in eternal embrace while buffeted in the inferno. What I wasn’t prepared for was to be deeply moved by works that I had not seriously considered before. Picasso’s blue period is not one that resonated with me until I came across the incredible ‘La Vie’ (life). Standing before this large painting, I learned that the main figure was believed to be Carlos Casagemas, Picasso’s dear friend who committed suicide after being rejected by a lover. He stands holding a woman in his arms, while looking at another, older woman holding a baby. Initially the figure’s expressions struck me; Carlos stares with exquisite suffering into his moth-

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Dali’s ‘The Dream.’ As with ‘La Vie,’ I looked into this painting and allowed the images to slowly reveal themselves to me, as in a dream. Freud and his theory of psychoanalysis inspired surrealists to explore the inner depths of the mind through their art. One must look closely at the images Dali creates in ‘The Dream’ (some are tiny but significant) to fully grasp the disjointed story playing out in the dreamer’s mind. There is an obvious Oedipus theme: men reach inside large red pillars, clearly displaying Freud’s theories of dream images in the ‘Interpretation of Dreams.’ This painting portrays the complexities that lie in our subconscious. It takes some time to analyze... (that’s a joke). er’s face; his lover looks down with resignation, perhaps regret, and his mother with an expression only a mother could display at the death of her child. But we see a mother’s anger as well; she understands that he is rejecting the life she gave to him. Carlos’ hand points to the mother in the same gesture as in Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam,’ and I wonder, is Carlos’ gesture acknowledging the life his mother gave to him, or is it symbolically returning this life to his creator? This is all conjecture of course but as this (and any) visual story plays out through images of life and death, one notices details that expand one’s perception. We can never fully know the artists’ intentions, but we can catch a glimpse of their vision. We can choose to shrug our shoulders and walk away, the same as when we came. Or we can surrender to the image and fill ourselves with the poignant beauty of all that it implies. Moving into the Surrealist (and final) room, I felt at first disconnected with the art (perhaps that is intentional) until I focused in on

I must say it was an amazing journey through these masters’ halls, beginning with the dreamy eyes of Renoir’s Romaine Lacaux (he was so good at eyes, wasn’t he?) and ending with the absent eyes of Dali’s dreamer. It occurred to me that this is an exhibit of shared vision: We view the looks of the painted subjects as they view something beyond anything we could ever know. ◆ Carol Koleman wrote CATALYST’s “Profile of a Goddess” column that recently concluded.

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And the Banned Played On July 21, 7-9p. Plan B Theatre’s sixth annual fundraiser celebrating the First Amendment. Intended for all but the bashful, this year the focus is on the theatre with scenes from five banned plays and songs from five banned musicals! There will be a cash bar and food by Cali's Natural Foods (a new venture from the Sage's Cafe & The Vertical Diner folks). Hosted by Bill Allred from X96’s Radio From Hell Show and Doug Fabrizio from KUER’s Radio West, and featuring all the living SLC mayors that could be rounded up, as well as media types (including our own Greta deJong) and real actors and actresses who can sing and dance. This promises to be a real treat! $35, Plan B Theatre Co. in the Jeanné Wagner, 138 West 300 South, 355-ARTS. HTTP://PLANBTHEATRE.ORG/BANNED.

Kanzeon Zen Center: Exploring Zen and Nature (Art Month) July 1 – Aug 2. Spend the most parched, desert-y month of Utah drinking in creativity and originality at the Kanzeon Zen Center. Share an exciting journey of artistic creativity, beginning with an Earth, Air, Fire & Water art show opening on July 5 at 7p. The following Saturday, July 12, the Zen Center is proud to feature Utah’s Poet Laureate, Katherine Coles. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 7p, followed by a poetry reading at 7:30. Throughout the month, the Zen Center will be offering workshops on writing and poetry, Japanese flower arranging

Visit WWW.UMFA.UTAH.EDU for related info: free lecture series audio guides classes for children and adults film series with films relating to the exhibit

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Ending World Hunger (All Saints Episcopal Church) Aug 3 and 10. 11:15 am (following 10:15 morning worship). Come learn about global poverty relief, eco-stewardship and your important part in making poverty a thing of the past. A raffle will be held for an LCD HDTV, and if that isn’t bait enough, books, tapes, DVDs, and other cool items will be on sale. All proceeds support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, on the corner of Foothill Dr. and 1700 S. For more information call 581-0380. and much more. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the Kanzeon community! Everyone is welcome. For information and to register call 328-8414 or email signup@kzci.org. WWW.KANZEONZENCENTER.ORG

Women’s Art Center July Art and Tea Party

SL Art Center Art Ta l k s July 18 6:30p. Had enough political talk for the whole year? Reached your saturation point with celebrity gossip? Gather with your fellow gallery strollers and kick off Friday Gallery Strolls with an engaging art talk featuring Campbell Gray, director of the BYU Museum of Art, and his presentation titled “Present Tense: A Post-337 Project.” It’s the first of three art talk events scheduled for the third Fridays of July, August and September, all featuring noted artists, curators and scholars from Utah and beyond. Free. 320 S West Temple, 328-4201. Visit WWW.SLARTCENTER.ORG for additional information and other SLAC activities!

July 13, 1p. Enjoy a tea-tasting where you can sample a variety of exotic teas sponsored by the Tea Grotto as artists from “The Body Unfurled” exhibit will discuss their current work. It’s a terrific opportunity to learn about new teas and the art featured in The Women’s Art Center’s current exhibit. Their website says, “‘The Body Unfurled’ represents the concept of the Body being exposed, and documented, in differing perspectives: internal, external; hidden, visible; layered, uncovered; spoken, and by way of text. Through printmaking, sculpture and bookbinding, the artists in this show have explored paths of expressing their idea of the Body, taking from society’s view of fashion and sex, to investigating the emotional relationship to the body. “ Admission is $7 in advance via PayPal or $10 at the door. Members get in FREE. Pay now to ensure your spot, as space is limited. Women’s Art Center, 345 W. Pierpont Ave. WWW.WOMENSARTCENTER.ORG.

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Dear Mama Donna, I am not a follower of the Goddess, but I was walking around in downtown Brooklyn with my sixyear-old daughter, Beatrice, when she said to me, “Mommy, I don’t believe in God. I believe in Mother Nature and the fairies in the woods. That’s why I make circles with the rocks.” Clearly she is on a spiritual path and I would like to support her, but I really don’t have the background to show a six-year-old the path to the Goddess. Ready and Willing, Brooklyn, NY

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Rites for kids? Mama Donna responds to Beatrice’s mom and to Beatrice herself BY DONNA HENES

Dear Ready, Willing, and Able, Ah, to have had a mom like you when I was six and building altars and shrines in nature! I am deeply impressed with your desire to help your daughter pursue her own personal spiritual path, without coercion, indoctrination, judgment, or repression. Brava! Children are natural ceremonialists. They are reverent, practical, organized, open, response-able, and utterly sincere. They are still linked with the infinite profound, and believe in the magical power of tranceformation. They are more than willing to suspend logic and take that crucial leap of faith. They believe. My fairy goddess daughter and soul sister, Shameike, is my favorite ritual partner. Eleven now, she has spent summers and spring breaks with me ever since she was three. Over the past eight years, we have established quite a roster of rites for special occasions as well as for daily life. Our most consistent and satisfying has been “Doing Om” at bedtime. After we read stories or talk, we join our energy and chant together. I sit on her bed and we hold (all four) hands to create a complete circle of the two of us. We close our eyes, center ourselves, breathe deeply, and chant “Om.” Every night it is different — sometimes our energy carries us longer, sometimes the chant is quite brief. Occasionally, a visiting friend will join our intimate circle. Once in a while, it gets silly and giggly, but more often, we tone until we feel relaxed and peaceful. She usually drifts off to sleep, while I feel revitalized for the rest of my night’s chores.

This has become sacred to us, and we never miss. On her first day back in Exotic Brooklyn last summer after our months-long separation, she asked, “Can we Do Om for a really long time tonight?” This

ritual binds us in an unbreakable embrace, which is at once physical and spiritual. It cements our connection as family, and honors the divine union of our eternal soul-selves. We are bound by our breath.

Children are natural ceremonialists. They are reverent, practical, organized, open, response-able, and utterly sincere. They are still linked with the infinite profound, and believe in the magical power of tranceformation. They are more than willing to suspend logic and take that crucial leap of faith. They believe.

Once we attended a wonderful Passover seder with the extended clan of the Living Theater. At one point during the ceremony, someone started to intone Om. Soon, everyone lent their attention and voice. Shameike slipped her hand into mine and squeezed it in silent affirmation of the years of our shared understanding and experience of Doing Om. The moon is another great way to link to the Goddess. In most cultures, the moon represents the divine female principle. Luna is the Lady in the Moon. She is the queen of the subconscious, the emotions, the spirit, and maternity. She rules creativity and invites our admiration and interaction. Women have always claimed a special relationship with La Madama Madonna Moon. Kids, too, have a special affinity to the moon and identify it as a friend and companion. Remember the feeling that the moon was following you wherever you went? The first thing Shameike always wants to know when I pick her up in the summer is when the full moon will be. When she was little, she called it the “whole moon.” Keep track of the lunar cycles and do something really wonderful together to mark the full and new moons. Treat the new moon like a mini-new year, a new beginning. Create an intention for the coming moonth. Make a resolution. Start a joint project. Plan to do something new. Make a wish on the first crescent. Celebrate the full moon by walking, dancing, drumming, swimming, bathing, sleeping in its bright light. Turn off all your lights, raise the shades, and invite the moonlight in. Make shadow puppets. Take a middle-of-the-night field trip to some beautiful place in nature. Get dressed up all in white and take family pictures. Don’t forget to bring snacks! You might want to say some version of grace at meals, acknowledging the bountiful Earth Goddess for all of the fruits and vegetables from Her belly. Set a beautiful table, light candles, and make pretty food in honor of simply being alive and loving each other. Decorate your house, her room, the windows, the


yard, for every holiday and seasonal change. Since she already seems to be drawn to altars and shrines, you can encourage her to make a very special one for her room where she can “make offerings” to her own vision of the Goddess of Nature. She will certainly have her own very distinct idea of what that might mean. Take your cues from your daughter. She still remembers. xx Mama Donna

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Can we get together and make a Goddess circle or a Mother Nature Circle or a water circle or an earth circle or an air circle or a fire circle? Beatrice

Dear Beatrice, Yes. It would be my honor to do a circle together with you. But you know you can also do a circle whenever you want to all by yourself. Or you can invite your mom or a friend if you feel like sharing. You can sit down with a bowl of water and a bowl of earth. You can ask your mom to help you light some incense to make fire and sweet smelling air. Keep on making your stone circles. Stones come from the earth. They are like the bones of the body of Mother Earth. Circles are powerful magic. The moon is a circle. The earth is a circle. The year is a circle. People all over the world have made circles out of stone to use like a church or temple for their ceremonies to the Great Goddess. Why not have your own circle ceremony inside of one of the circles of stones that you have built? You made the circle. You can make the ceremony, too. You can make it any way you want! Also you can talk to the Goddess any time you want to. You can ask Her for help, or you can just tell Her how you feel about Her. Of course, if She does help you, I’m sure that you will remember your best manners and say “Thank you!” Whenever you have a question, please write to me and I will answer you. I send circles of fire, water, earth and sky to bless you. xxMama Donna Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. Send your questions about seasons, cycles, and celebrations to Mama Donna at cityshaman@aol,com.

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Color U Gorgeous Reviewing the seasonal approach to choosing your best colors olor is power. Wearing your best colors can affect you so strongly that you experience people being attracted to you and complimenting you in an attempt to make a connection with your energy. Color has the power to transform, soothe, excite, inspire and mesmerize. Colors can bring a room or home together—or break the continuity and create a feeling of unrest. On our bodies, color can be our calling card. It can say (for us) that we are coming to make a powerful agreement (red) and that we believe we are attractive and don’t you think so, too? We can say that we are easy to be with (blue) and that we are passionate (purple). We love to learn (orange), and we are hopeful and cheerful (yellow). Color sends a message far ahead of our language and prepares people to be in the space to receive what we are offering. I’m sure you’ve heard of people being categorized in color seasons. There are two cool seasons and two warm seasons. Cool seasons are defined by white and blue tones. The cool metallic color is silver. A “winter” would be someone who looks good in black, white, dark gray, deep purples, blues, reds and deep intense “jewel tones.” This person goes gray well and looks yucky in weaker, mellow colors. A “summer” looks good in vibrant pastels— still intense colors (like the jewel tones) but with more white added. Black won’t look as good, because it is just too intense and will wash a “summer” out. Pinks, blues, periwinkle, lavender, watermelon and aqua are all great colors for this person. Great examples of cools are Asians and people with blue eyes and paler skin. Many summers are natural blue-eyed blondes. Cools should avoid brown, gold and yellow-beige at all costs! Warm seasons are defined by brown and yellow tones. The warm metallics are gold and copper. Warms need to avoid colors with too much

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blue, gray, black or silver. An “autumn” will typically be a redhead or brunette with freckles and look great in brown, coppery orange, moss green, rusty ginger, chartreuse and dark turquoise. They are easy to spot and wear intense warms beautifully. Many people mistakenly think they are this season because they are attracted to the rich, earthy and grounding colors. People are also attracted to “autumns” because they are the rarest color category (3%) and wear these colors so well! A “spring” looks great in lighter yellow-toned colors like soft coral, yellowgreens, tangerine and soft brown, olive and ginger. Springs look terrible in black and require a light hand with makeup. Light aqua and soft watermelon are a sure bet! A great example of a spring is a strawberry blonde with pale skin. Two colors look great on almost everyone—turquoise and watermelon, which contain equal amounts of warm and cool colors. Applying these rules to makeup and hair is especially important, because anything near your face needs to be your best colors. Remember that sales people know how to sell a product, not necessarily what color is best on you. Natural light is critical for purchasing the right colors for your face and also seeing your hair color. Ask your stylist to walk out into the light with you at the end of your session with a mirror so there are no surprises when you go out the door! When you go blonde, if you are cool, go ash blonde (white blonde), not orange blonde and vice versa for the warms. Winters will gray beautifully, but require a cut that is a classic shape, such as a long bob, not just long hair that’s gray. The rest of us get to color our hair so that we keep our vital look because as we age we lose our color. Blush and lipstick become more important and defining our eyes with soft shades is helpful as well. Color is energy. Use it well! ◆ Auretha Callison is an image and essence consultant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Questions? AURETHACALLISON@YAHOO.COM.


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SLC. Enjoy Better Health Today. Maharishi Ayurveda herbal supplements are ancient, authentic, time-tested formulas for promoting health and well being, without negative side effects. Produced with naturally organic wildcrafted herbs, these supplements are manufactured according to the highest international standards of purity. WWW.MAPI.COM Todd Mangum, MD, Web of Life Wellness Center 531-8340. 989 E. 900 S., Ste. A1. Dr. Mangum is a family practice physician who uses acupuncture, massage, herbs & nutrition to treat a wide range of conditions including chronic fatigue, HIV infection, allergies, digestive disturbances and fibromyalgia. He also designs programs to maintain health & wellness. WWW.WEBOFLIFEWC.COM Leslie Peterson, ND Full Circle Women’s Healthcare 746-3555. Offering integrative medical care for women of all ages. Natural hormone replacement therapy; annual exams; evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of many gynecological health concerns; natural medicine preferentially used. Gentle, safe, whole-person care. WWW.FULLCIRCLECARE.COM Planned Parenthood of Utah Call 1-800-230-PLAN to reach the Planned Parenthood nearest you. Affordable, confidential health care & family planning services for women, men & teens. Abstinence-based education programs for children 532-1586. Many volunteer opportunities 532-1586. Precision Physical Therapy 557-6733. Jane Glaser-Gormally, MS, PT. 4568 S. Highland Dr., Ste. 140. Licensed PT specializing in holistic integrated manual therapy (IMT). Safe, gentle, effective techniques for pain and tissue dysfunction. This unique form of therapy works to identify sources of pain and assists the body with self-corrective mechanisms to alleviate pain and restore mobility and function. BCBS and Medicare provider. Wasatch Vision Clinic 328-2020. 849 E. 400 S. in Salt Lake across from the 9th East TRAX stop. Comprehensive eye care, eye disease, LASIK, contacts and glasses since 1984. We accept most insurance. WASATCHVISION.COM Acupuncture Associates. 359-2705. Natalie Clausen. Center For Enhanced Wellness 596-9998. 2681 E. Parley’s Way. Millcreek Herbs, LLC. Merry Lycett Harrison, RH, CAHG. 466-1632, WWW.MILLCREEKHERBS.COM Millcreek Wellness Center WWW.MILLCREEKWELLNESS.COM 486-1818. 1550 E. 3300 S.

MISCELLANEOUS HOURLY SPACE AVAILABLE Dhanyata Life Center, West Jordan. Available for life enrichment classes, weekend workshops,


Suzanne Wagner creative workshops, small yoga/meditation groups, client and group meetings, life coaching etc. Early A.M. P/T subleases also available. FREE WIFI. DHANYATALIFECENTER.COM Space Available 596-0147 Ext. 41, 989 E. 900 S. Center for Transpersonal Therapy. Large plush space. Bright & comfortable atmosphere, available for workshops, classes, or ongoing groups. Pillows, yoga chairs, & regular chairs provided, kitchenette area. Available for hourly, full day or weekend use. Tracy Aviary 322-BIRD, WWW.TRACYAVIARY.ORG. An oasis in the heart of Salt Lake City with 350 birds and 150 species. Many are endangered or injured in the wild and unfit to be released. Guests enjoy Utah’s oldest standing industrial building – The Mill, used for event rentals and year-round bird programs. Volunteer Opportunity Adopt-A-Native-Elder is seeking office/warehouse volunteers in Salt Lake City every Tuesday and Friday 10:00 am - noon. Come and join a wonderful group of people for a fascinating and gratifying experience. Contact Joyce 801-4740535 or MAIL@ANELDER.ORG, WWW.ANELDER.ORG. Catalyst 363-1505. 140 McClelland, SLC. CONTACT@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET. KCPW—88.3 & 105.1FM. 359-5279 KRCL—91 & 96.5FM. 359-9191 KUED—TV 7. 581-3064 KUER—FM90. 581-6777

MOVEMENT & SPORT dance, fitness, martial arts, Pilates, yoga AquaNia 801-455-6343 Jacqueline Fogel, Certified Nia Instructor. Experience the joy of movement in the water of a warm pool. AquaNia is movement that awakens body awareness and body wisdom to promote health and well-being. Adaptable to meet the needs of all fitness levels. JLFOGEL@COMCAST.NET Bikram Yoga—Salt Lake City 488-Hot1 (4681) 1140 Wilmington Ave. (across from Wild Oats) Bikram certified instructors teach a series of 26 postures affecting every muscle, ligament, organ & all of the body, bringing it into balance. 36 classes each week. All ages & ability levels welcome to all classes. The room is warm by intention, so come prepared to work hard & sweat. Check for new classes in Catalyst calendar. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASLC.COM Bikram Yoga—Sandy 501-YOGA (9642). 9343 S. 1300 E. Our south valley sanctuary nestled below Little Cottonwood Canyon provides a warm and inviting environment to discover or deepen your yoga practice. All levels encouraged, no reservations necessary. Certified teachers. Classes 7 days a week. Call for schedule. Introductory package is 10 consecutive days of unlimited yoga for $20. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASANDY.COM Centered City Yoga 521-YOGA. 918 E. 900 S. and 625 S. State St. Centered City Yoga is often likened to that famous

TV “hangout” where everybody knows your name, sans Norm (and the beer, of course.) We offer more than 60 classes a week to keep Salt Lake City CENTERED and SANE. WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM.

Psychic, Lecturer and Author Psychic Questions and Answers session at the Golden Braid Bookstore

Mindful Yoga 355-2617. Charlotte Bell, RYT & Iyengar certified. Public & private classes, workshops, retreats, river trips and teacher training since 1986. This form of yoga combines alignment awareness with mindfulness practice & breath-supported movement to encourage a sense of ease & balance in traditional postures. Classes include meditation and pranayama (breath awareness) instruction as well as physical practice. Bring comfortable clothing and a sense of humor. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM Red Lotus School of Movement 740 S 300 W, SLC, UT, 84101. 355-6375. Established in 1994 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and Jean LaSarre Gardner. Traditional-style training in the classical martial arts of T’ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and T’ai Chi Chih (qi gong exercises). Children’s classes in Wing Chun Kung-Fu. Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC. NET. THE SHOP Anusara Yoga Studio 435-649-9339. 1167 Woodside Ave., P.O Box 681237, Park City, UT 84068. Certified & affiliated Anusara instructors inspire students to open their hearts & express themselves through the art of yoga. Exciting all-level classes taught in an amazing 4,500 sq ft. historic building in downtown Park City. Drop-ins welcome. WWW.PARKCITYYOGA.COM The Yoga Center 277-9166. 4689 So. Holladay Blvd. Hatha-based yoga classes 7 days a week, including vinyasa, slow flow, Anusara, prenatal, gentle and restorative. Workshops, corporate and private sessions available. All levels of experience welcome. WWW.YOGAUTAH.COM Body & Mind Studio. 486-2660. 1063 E. 3300 S. WWW.BODYANDMINDSTUDIO.COM Erin Geesaman Rabke Somatic Educator. 898-0478. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM DanceScene. 298-8047. Margene Anderson. RDT Community School. 534-1000. 138 W. Broadway. Streamline. 474-1156. 1948 S. 1100 E. WWW.STREAMLINEBODYWORKS.NET

PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES astrology, mediums, past life integration, psychics All About Your Life: Readings, Psychic Tarot 575-7103. Margaret Ruth. Listen to Margaret Ruth on X-96 FM on Friday mornings or book a private appointment or party. WWW.MARGARETRUTH.COM Channeled Full Spectrum Readings Direct From the Masters 347-5493, Marie. Tap into your highest potential by having readings brought forth in the

August 20 & October 22 $15.00/person 6:30-9:00 PM Each person will be allowed to ask two to three questions of Suzanne

For information or to register: 322-1162 To schedule a private session with Suzanne or to order books, call (801) 359-2225 Email suzanne@suzwagner.com

Or visit www.suzwagner.com Call (801) 359-2225 for more information. Integral Integral Channeling Numerology Class Palmistry Class Class Aug 2-3, 2008 Oct 4-5, 2008 Sept 6-7, 2008 INTEGRAL TAROT BOOK

$29.95

INTEGRAL NUMEROLOGY BOOK

$22.95

INTEGRAL TAROT CD

INTEGRAL TAROT

Treasure Chest-7 CDs $49.95

Meditation CD Set-2 CDs $39.95

Get books from Golden Braid Bookstore, Amazon.com, or Suzanne’s website.

PSYCHIC FAIR Melanie Lake (801) 451-8543 Tarot, Kinesiology, Essential oils.

Suzanne Wagner (801) 359-2225 Numerology, Palmistry,Tarot, and Channeling

Ross Gigliotti (801) 244-0275 Tarot, Past Life Regression, Intuitive Coaching, NLP, Hypnosis.

Wade Lake (801) 451-8543 Numerology and Tarot.

Adam Sagers (801) 824-2641 Tarot, Numerology, Astrology Art. Shawn Lerwill (801) 856-4619 Channeling, Intuitive Arts, Clairvoyant.

Krysta Brinkley (801) 706-0213 Horary Astrology,Tarot Palmistry, Numerology. Larissa Jones (801) 424-1217 Tarot, Intuitive Essential Oil Readings, Healing with Essential Oils.

Nick Stark (801) 394-6287 Tarot, Clairvoyance, Shamanic Counseling, Numerology.

July 15 & Aug 18 6-9 pm Golden Braid Bookstore $25 for 20 minutes First come first serve. Readings are meant to be introductory experiences only. Arrive early, space fills quickly.

For more info call the Golden Braid Bookstore (801) 322-1162


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highest vibration possible. Receive wisdom, counseling, life path, career, and love advice, entity healings, prayer work, ascension and path acceleration. Become the light. Channeled Readings through Spiritual Medium 968-8875, 577-1348. Deloris, as heard on the Mick & Allen Show (KBER Radio, 101.1), can help you with those who have crossed over and other paranormal activity. She can help bring understanding regarding past lives, life purpose and relationships. Available for parties and night clubs. DELORISSPIRITUALMEDIUM.COM

Lilli DeCair: Inspirational Mystical Entertainment 533-2444 and 577-6119. European born professional psychic, holistic health educator, reiki master /teacher, life coach, Mental Health Association in Utah Board Member, serves on Mayor’s Diversity Speakers Board, ESL I instructor, party entertainer. Featured radio magazine personality. Available at Dancing Cranes Fri-Sun, 486-1129 and Cafe Alchemy Sundays 5-9 p. One of 2005 Governor’s Commission on Families Women of the Year recipiants. Poet, singer, dancer, wedding planner/official, Shamanic 9 Day Medicine Wheel Journeys. Alyse Finlayson, Spiritual Artist & Psychic 435-640-6042. Trained artist uses her psychic gifts to paint portraits of your angels and guides. Offering soul retrievals and assists people in building and bringing awareness to their connection with their souls (higher selves) so as to develop their chosen soul paths. WWW.SOULINTERCONNECTION.COM;

Free Horary Charts: Practical Astrology Avani Vyas. 288-9354. Quick answers to your specific questions relating to day-to-day matters (relationships, purchases, job changes, relocation, travel etc.). Excellent aid to your decision making. No medical questions please. Horary: The Art of Cycles & Timing Victoria Fugit. 435-259-9417. Horary can answer questions about lost articles or animals, buying new cars or houses, signing contracts; it helps you decide about changing jobs, moving, getting married. If you are wrestling with a question, horary can probably shed light on it.

Instant Psychic Ability; Metaphysical Therapy Perform visual telepathy and telekinesis in just minutes. Parties and private counseling by Koda, author of “Instant Enlightenment” and “Koda’s Psychic Party Games.” Metaphysical awareness, psychological wisdom and astrology can rid you of guilt and fear and empower your life. WWW.KODASPLACE.COM Intuitive Coaching Ross Gigliotti. 244-0275. Intuitive guidance through life coaching. 2766 E. 3300 S., at the Gift of Touch.

Soul & Psyche 293-0484. Cynthia Hill, PhD. Astrological readings focused on energetic & cellular memory patterns of the ’mind-body’ system, personality strength & challenges; current & past life patterns & habits, relationship & family dynamics, soul purpose & spiritual intent, current & future cycles of growth, healing & empowerment through self-knowledge & understanding. 30 years clinical experience. Call for appt. & class info.

Transformational Astrology Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit her website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or e-mail her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM Amy Megan West, Professional Astrologer WWW.MOONGLIDE .COM. Astrology, Tarot and Psychic reader with over 20+ years experience. Astrologer for WWW.MYSTARLINES.COM. Call for appointment: 550-5353.

Anne Windsor, Professional Astrologer 888.876.2482. 1338 S Foothill #182 Salt Lake City UT 84108. KNOW NOW. Invest in a session with Anne Windsor and draw on her extensive experience to crack your own life’s code. Discover winning strategies to attract healthy relationships, establish financial security, achieve professional success, and find contentment. Private tutoring, gift certificates available. Visa/MC. WWW.ANNEWINDSOR.COM The Windswept Center 560-3761. We offer classes and workshops that teach you how to access your own clairvoyance and healing abilities. Learn simple tools to bring your life together—manage your job, family, future, relationships, creativity, health and spirituality. For more information about us, classes and workshops, please visit our web site or call our office. WWW.WINDSWEPTCENTER.COM

Center for Healing Arts 209-4404. Carol Littlefield, APRN/PP, psychiatric nurse specialist with prescriptive practice. 18 years offering natural alternative care. Awaken the soul by applying new science and technology to ancient wisdom practices. Metatronic healings. Soul therapy, the highest healing! Group meditation Thursdays 7-8:30. 1210 Princeton Ave., by appointment, insurance accepted. WWW.OURCOMMUNITYCONNECTION.COM. Center for Transpersonal Therapy 596-0147. 989 E. 900 S. Dana Appling, LCSW, Denise Boelens, PhD; Chris Robertson, LCSW; Lynda Steele, LCSW; Sherry Lynn Zemlick, PhD, Wil Dredge LCSW. The transpersonal approach to healing draws on the knowledge from traditional science & the spiritual wisdom of the east & west. Counseling orientation integrates body, mind, & spirit. Individuals, couples, groups, retreats, & classes.

Steven J. Chen, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist 718-1609. 150 S. 600 E. Suite 4A. Defeat depression. Eliminate anxiety. Heal trauma. Improve relationships. Are you sad... feel helpless... hopeless... or worthless? Steven specializes in helping you resolve emotional pain and live a happier and more successful life. Licensed since 1992. Expert help for adults, adolescents and couples. Visit our website: WWW.STEVENJCHEN.COM.

Illuminate the luminous body! A luminous energy field surrounds us and informs our body and life. Release the wounds and contracts that keep you from choosing your own destiny. WWW.THESHAMANNETWORK.COM.

Teri Holleran, LCSW Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 5240560. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Transformational therapy, consultation & facilitation. Discover how the investigation of loss, trauma, body symptoms, mood disturbances, relationship conflicts, environmental despair & the questions related to meaning & purpose initiate the transformational journey. Hypnosis: Jolene Shields, C.Ht. 801-942-6175. Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration in which suggestions for change are communicated to the subconscious mind, making change seem effortless and easy. Jolene is a medically certified hypnotherapist with 18 years of experience. Weight loss, HypnoBirthing®, stress reduction, smoking cessation, etc.

Law of Attraction Lynn Solarczyk 801.510.0593 or LYNNSOLARCZYK@MAC.COM. Teaching the law of attraction—what it is, and how to apply it to your life. LIVINGLOA.BLOGSPOT.COM

Intuitive Therapy Suzanne Wagner, 359-2225. Trish Withus 918-6213. WWW.THEREISONLYLOVE.COM

Sue Connor, Ph.D. 1399 South 700 East #10. 583-7848. Improve your response to stress with effective self care strategies. Increase your relapse prevention skills and enhance your recovery. Mindful psychotherapy for relief from acute and post traumatic stress, addictions, disordered eating, chronic pain or illness, mood disorders. New book clubs starting in June. Check out info at WWW.MINDFULSLC.COM

Jan Magdalen, LCSW 582-2705, 2071 Ashton Circle, SLC. Offering a transpersonal approach to the experiences and challenges of our life cycles, including: individuation-identity, sexuality and sexual orientation, partnership, work, parenting, divorce, aging, illness, death and other loss, meaning and spiritual awareness. Individuals, couples and groups. Clinical consultation and supervision.

PSYCHOTHERAPY COUNSELING & PERSONAL GROWTH

Stephen Emerson, LCSW 487-1091. 150 S 600 E, Ste. 7B Offering a transpersonal approach to psychotherapy that facilitates access to innate inner wisdom, strength, creativity and potential for individuals, couples and families dealing with life transitions, stress, emotional difficulties, low self-esteem, relationship issues, addictive behaviors and abuse issues. Treatment of performance anxiety for musicians, actors and other public presenters.

Marilynne Moffitt, PhD 266-4551. 825 E. 4800 S. Murray 84107. Offering interventions for psychological growth & healing. Assistance with behavioral & motivational changes, refocusing of life priorities, relationship issues, addiction & abuse issues, & issues regarding health. Certified clinical hypnotherapist, NLP master practitioner & EMDR practitioner.

coaching, consulting, hypnosis, integrated awareness, psychology / therapy /counseling, shamanic, sound healing

Avatar 244-8951. Avatar is a consciousness training course that teaches us to live deliberately. It gives us tools for experiencing compassion and true cooperation on our planet and opens doors unimaginable. Rebecca Hunt is a new Avatar Master. Call regarding a free introduction. Barbara G. Babson, L.C.S.W. 567-3545 370 E. South Temple, #550. Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and adolescents. Specializing in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing). Barb uses EMDR from a position of empathy and understanding in treating trauma, loss, and relationship issues. Jeff Bell, L.C.S.W. 364-5700, Ext. 2, 1399 S. 700 E. Ste. 1, SLC. Specializing in empowering relationships; cultivating hardiness and mindfulness; managing stress & compulsivity; alleviating depression/ anxiety/grief; healing PTSD & childhood abuse/ neglect; addictions recovery; GLBT exploration as well as resolving disordered eating, body image & life transitions. Individual, couples, family, group therapy & EMDR.

Emotions Anonymous Need a 12-step group? Call 359-HEAL (4325). Marianne Felt, MT-BC, LPC 524-0560, EXT. 3. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Licensed professional counselor, board certified music therapist, certified Gestalt therapist, Red Rock Counseling & Education. Transpersonal psychotherapy, music therapy, Gestalt therapy, EMDR. Open gateways to change through experience of authentic contact. Integrate body, mind, & spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts, & relationships that challenge & inspire our lives. Some lower fees available.

Robin Friedman, LCSW 599-1411 (Sugar House). Transformational psychotherapy for making lasting positive change. Discover effective ways of finding and expressing your deeper truth and authentic self. Relationship work, sexuality, depression/ anxiety, addictions, trauma recovery, and creative explorations of life-purpose and self-awareness. Individuals, couples, groups. Trained practitioner of Expressive Arts Therapy. Jeff Grathwohl, MA 403-5171. 336 E 900 S. The Synergy Center.

Sunny M. Nelson, MSW CSW 801-755-1229. Healing with the Higher Self. Interventions to assist Autistic and Indigo children and adults. Healing with assistance from the Higher Self to resolve trauma, addictions, grief/ loss, women’s issues, emotional pain, gay/lesbian /bisexual issues. This approach teaches the concept that one chooses life events for the purpose of soul growth and spiritual mastery. NeuroFeedback Associates 801-428-3178. Donna J. Salmen, Ph.D. 4001 S 700 E Suite 500, SLC. Specializing in neurofeedback and biofeedback computer interactive treatments for anxiety, depression, behavior disorders, attention problems, support for smoking and addiction treatment. Facilitates self regulation without drugs or side effects. Introduction at no cost. privateREVOLUTIONS 232-6162. Online Coaching. Success Soundtracks. Strategic Plans. Revolutionize your life or business in 2008. We help you cross the finish line, mixing powerful right-brain tools like visualization with strategic coaching. Goal-focused packages or custom soundtracks – available completely online. Credit cards accepted. WWW.PRIVATEREVOLUTIONS.COM.


Jon Scheffres, MA, LPC 633-3908. 1550 E. 3300 S., SLC. Every life is a call to adventure. Offering an awareness-based approach for treating depression, anxiety, marital/relationship issues, adolescent behavior problems, domestic violence and addictions. Individual, family, couples, and groups. Stress reduction through yoga and meditation. Clinical consultation and supervision also available. Mike Sheffield, Ph.D. 518-1352. 1104 E. Ashton Ave (2310 S.) #112. Coaching and psychotherapy with adults and youth. Integrative approach to personal transformation, emphasizing process work with selfawareness, pattern change, transitions. Workshops and groups on mindfulness, creativity, emotional intelligence, transformational journeys, relationships, parenting.

Sierra Earthworks Foundation 274-1786. Holladay, Utah. Ramona Sierra, MSW, LCSW. Providing clinical services through integrated approaches utilizing traditional and indigenous healing practices to health/mental health and complementary medicine. Most insurances accepted. SIERRAEARTHWORKS@QUEST.NET Steve Seliger, LMFT 661-7697. 1104 E. Ashton Ave. (2310 S.) #203. Specializing in helping people develop healthy loving relationships, conflict resolution for couples, developing powerful communication skills, resolving parent-teen conflicts, depression, phobias, ending & recovering from abuse, conflicts & issues related to sexuality & libido in men & women, sexual orientation issues. Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW Shamanic Practitioner, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth 531-8051. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing. Mentoring for people called to the Shamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Path. Explore health or mental health issues using the ways of the shaman. Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive training includes shamanic extraction healing, soul retrieval healing, psychopomp work for death and dying, shamanic counseling and shamanic divination. Sarah has studied with Celtic, Brazilian, Tuvan, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepali Shamans.

Spiritual Coaching Marlise Cromar, Oceans Consulting. 815-3658; (MARLISE33@MAC.COM). Spiritual life guidance using a refreshing combination of wisdom traditions including Buddhism, the Tao, Shamanism, Mayan Calendar, A Course in Miracles, Numerology, Christian mysticism, and Eastern Indian consciousness. Focus is on bringing balance to life by harmonizing masculine & feminine energies and embracing your unique, creative role

Kanzeon ZEN CENTER

Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 631-8426. Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 860 E. 4500 S., Ste. 302. Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer. He sees kids, teens, adults, couples and families, integrating psychotherapy, meditation and soul work with judicious use of medication to relieve emotional pain and problem behavior. Steve specializes in creative treatment of bipolar disorders. STEVE@KARMASHRINK.COM. Blog: WWW.KARMASHRINK.COM.

in the collective transformation. Outdoor sessions welcome!

Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW 209-1095. Psychotherapy and shamanic practice, 989 E. 900 S. #B5. Holistic practice integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to health, healing, and balance or â&#x20AC;&#x153;ayni.â&#x20AC;? Access new perceptual lenses as you reanimate your relationship with nature. Shamanic practice in the Inka tradition. Spiritual Psychology, SoulCentered Coaching 801-440-1752. Sara Winters. Find balance in your life by connecting with your soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to live your life consciously thru self-awareness, gratitude and forgiveness.

Jim Struve, LCSW 364-5700 Ext 1. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 2, SLC. Specializing in life transitions, strengthening relationships, fostering resilience, healing from childhood trauma & neglect (including male survivors of sexual abuse), assisting partners of abuse survivors, addictions recovery, sexual identity, empowerment for GLBT individuals/ couples. Individual, couples, group therapy and NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) practitioner. Flexible times. www.mindfulpresence.com The Shamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cave John Knowlton. 263-3838. WWW.THESHAMANSCAVE.COM TalkingWithChuck.com 542-9431. Chuck Davidson, M.A. Through a series of conversations I offer insight into helping you find rational, effective ways to set new direction for your life, and to help you find ways to reduce the barriers standing in the way of reaching your desired destination. POB 522112, SLC, UT 84152. CHUCK@TALKINGWITHCHUCK.COM,

With Michael Mugaku Zimmerman, Sensei

August 24 - 31, 2008, Torrey, Utah "EGINSAT0-s%NDSAT0-

A Zen meditation retreat set in Torrey, in the midst of the amazing red rock and mountains of Southern Utah. This retreat will provide a strong sitting and walking meditation schedule in a large tented zendo. There will be Dharma talks, including use of the Big Mind process, and opportunities for individual interview with the teacher. This retreat will be held in silence.

Matt Stella, LCSW Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 5240560 x1. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups. Specializing in relationship work, mens issues, depression, anxiety, addictive patterns, and lifemeaning explorations.

Daniel Sternberg, PhD, Psychologist 364-2779. 150 South 600 East, Bldg. 4B. Fax: 364-3336. Sensitive use of rapid release methods and EMDR to free you from unwanted emotions to allow you more effective control and happiness in your life. Individuals, couples, families, groups and businesses. Treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, tension, stress-related difficulties abuse and depression.

Sit as the Mountain Retreat

Those attending should plan to participate in the entire schedule unless special arrangements are made with the leader of the retreat. Accommodations are available on the property for camping and motel lodging is available nearby. Registrants will be furnished a detailed schedule, a list of needed items, and references to available motel accommodations.

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Please contact Kanzeon Zen Center for more information or to register: signup@kzci.org. Call 801.328.8414 or visit our website at: www.kanzeonzencenter.org

WWWKANZEONZENCENTERORGs 1268 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102

FREE TALK AND BOOK SIGNING

Karmic Therapy HEALING THE SPLIT PSYCHE By Dr. Steve Proskauer

July 10th, 7:00 pm Golden Braid Books, 151 S. 500 E., Salt Lake City

Karmic Therapy One Day Intensive When: Saturday July 26, 2008 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Where: 860 E. 4500 S. Suite 302, Salt Lake City Tuition: $150 Preregistration required with Steve $75 nonrefundable deposit to hold your place. Some scholarships may be available.

801-631-8426 or steve@karmashrink.com

Patricia Toomey, ADTR, LPC 463-4646, 1390 S. 1100 E.,Ste.202 The Dance of Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Transformation within a psychotherapeutic process of healing and spiritual growth using somatic movement analysis, dreamwork, psychoneuroimmunology, guided imagery & EMDR to support the healing process with stress, depression, trauma, pain, eating disorders, grief, addictions & life transitions. Individuals (children, adults), couples, groups, consultation & facilitation.

Disabling symptoms and blocks against realizing full potential have deep roots in infancy, birth, prenatal and past lifetimes that can be explored to their source and severed, allowing you to change your self-limiting vows and beliefs. Through lecture, guided meditation, and work with volunteers, this experiential workshop will demonstrate the profound non-hypnotic clearing process described in Dr. Proskauerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book, Karmic Therapy: Healing the Split Psyche. For more information about this book, check Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: www.karmashrink.com.

True Self Recovery Tel. 712-6140. 455 E 400 S #410. Compassionate, non-judgmental addiction support group employs evidence-based holistic healing and creative arts

Visit Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog: www.karmashrink.com

Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer who has been leading workshops for thirty years.

Stephen Proskauer M.D. INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRIST


The Library Store

UNEXPECTED, L I T E R A RY- I N S P I R E D GIFTS

Shop the Friends Used Book Sale at the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 9 and receive a 20% discount off one item the next time you shop at The Library Store. The Library Store is owned and operated by the Friends of The City Library. All store proceeds benefit the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Main Library • 210 E. 400 S. • 524-8238 www.slcpl.org

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practices. Tuesdays 6-8pm, must pre-register; $50 ($75/couple.) Package discounts and financial assistance available. Call to register or email SHANNON@TRUESELFRECOVERY.COM. WWW.TRUESELFRECOVERY.COM.

Christiane Turner, NLP Trainer, Coach, Consultant 979-4799. CHRISTIANETURNER@ YAHOO.COM. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the art and science of human excellence that offers effective tools for creating lasting change. We offer NLP training, coaching and consulting—oneon-one and groups. Come to our monthly free seminars to learn more about NLP. WWW.QUANTUMNLP.NET Western Sand Play Associates (801) 356-2864. Jungian-oriented sand play therapy--children and adults. Training for healthcare professionals. Offices in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Directors: Drs. Cliff Mayes and Pam Blackwell Mayes, C.G. Jung Fellowship of Utah. WWW.WESTERNSANDPLAY@COMCAST.NET. Elizabeth Williams, RN, MSN 486-4036. 1399 S. 7th E. #12. Lic. psychiatric nurse specialist offering a safe environment to heal inner wounds & process personal & interpersonal issues. Specializing in relationship issues, loss & grief work, anxiety, depression & selfesteem. Adolescents & adults, individuals, couples & group therapy. The Work of Byron Katie 842-4518. Kathy Melby, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. The Work is a simple way to access your own wisdom and lead a happier life. Specializing in developing loving relationships, relieving depression, and improving your outlook on life. Individuals, couples, families, groups and retreats. WWW.THEWORK.COM

Barbara Jenson—Sound & Light 4668944. Clarity Coaching. 487-7621. WWW.KATHRYNDIXON.COM.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE meditation/study groups, churches/ ministry, spiritual instruction, workshops Antelope Island Spiritual Foundation 364-0332, 150 South 600 East Suite 1A. A community-based developmental spirituality program. Beginning level group support encouraging internal exploration, challenging the individual’s attachment to personal history; intermediate guidance for responsible use and discernment of transformative power through a series of initiations; advanced guidance and mentoring in community leadership with ceremonial Deathlodge, Purgesweats, Dreamlodges, Shamanic journeywork, Kundalini principles, and SelfStalking practices. INSIGHT@VELOCITUS.NET. ASCENSION WORKSHOP Saint Germain presents his 3-day Dreamwalker Ascension workshop in S.L.C. June29-July1, Sept.7,8,9. Discover myths and facts of ascension from a Grand Ascended Master, informative, intense, class you’ll never forget. $495 registration www.shaumbrashoppe.com questions call Colleen Sory 801-581-9444 Yvonne Jarvie 435840-1096

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Trading today for tomorrow? The most successful method for creating happy results is to feel good now BY JEANNETTE MAW “Hey, you want to come sing with Sacrificing ourselves in order to prehappen for you. I mean, this is conme?” he asked, with a twinkle in his pare for future time doesn’t make a ventional “wisdom.” beautiful blue eyes. “We’ll travel the lot of sense, when you think about I was on board with the whole gig world together—it’ll be a blast!” it. Not that preparing for tomorrow until that guitar player solicited me The invitation posed by the guitar is a bad idea; it just doesn’t lead to to hit the road with him, and I realplaying vagabond at my bus stop the happy endings we otherwise ized I liked the thought of leaving it was purely ridiculous. expect if we lose ourBut he asked the quesselves in the process. You tion with such sincerity know how that “like and innocence that attracting like” thing you’d have thought he works—unhappy jourwas offering the chance neys can only lead to of a lifetime. unhappy endings. Little did I know he Furthermore, I wonwas. dered, why do we believe I laughed as I stepped the goal of enjoying today onto the bus, hoping he versus preparing for had access to psychitomorrow are at crossatric help. He definitely purposes? Maybe we needed it. After all, I could have our cake and explained as the bus eat it, too. doors closed, “I can’t Which inspired me to sing!” not only rethink the wis“I can’t sing?” The bus dom of investing 40-plus ride home allowed for years in an unfulfilling reflection on my answer career while counting the for refusing his invite, days till retirement, but But he asked the question with such sincerity and innocence that you’d have which I had to admit, also to look for everyday thought he was offering the chance of a lifetime. held some sort of opportunities to incorpoappeal. Not: “I have a rate pleasure now rather all behind. No more daily grind or husband; a job; a home; a life I than forgo it for a future reward. mortgage payments? No more dress love.” But rather, I can’t sing? Like giving up dessert so we can fit codes or living for just two precious into the reunion dress. Or doing the Down with the plan weeks off every year? This was a chores before we relax with the new way to think about things.… movie. Or whatever price we believe At the time, my job as a retireAfter all, he called his own shots, we need to pay before we’re worthy ment specialist was to encourage traveled the globe, and did so with a of the good stuff. employees to save for retirement. I smile and a song. Yeah, he could Author Michael Neill recently approached employees well-armed probably use a shower, and I’m not wrote about his experience with with statistics about the pitfalls of suggesting wandering like a gypsy is “The First Project of the Day,” where relying on social security, increasing not without challenges and drawhe suggests beginning each day by health care costs, and growing life backs, but he seemed to have more deliberately doing something that expectancies that would require jig in his step than I could relate to. doesn’t need to be done. That is, enormous nest eggs to get us I was living for the promise of doing something you enjoy that you through. tomorrow; he was living for the might not otherwise get to until The goal was to enroll all eligible pleasure of today. there’s “time for it”—which we know employees for their 401k plan at the And he seemed to be doing a doesn’t happen frequently. maximum rate allowed. My employgood job of it. What did he know Neill’s experience was that by puter’s interest was the assets, but I that I didn’t? ting himself first at the beginning of truly believed I was doing the world the day he was of better service to a favor by helping Average Joe plan The illusion of sacrifice others the rest of the day. It’s a pracfor his future, shuttling every availtice that fits in nicely with the prinThe blue-eyed stranger’s offer was able dollar into savings. And I pracciple of making present moment a catalyst for seeing life with new ticed what I preached—maxing out enjoyment a higher priority than eyes. How could I enjoy my time my own contributions and methoddoing what you’re “supposed” to do. here as much as he enjoyed his? ically forecasting its growth, creatIt triggered me to wonder why we ing more incentive to keep saving Why put it off? focus more on securing the future for tomorrow. For those of you way ahead of me over enjoyment of the present Which is what we’re supposed to on this, I’m thrilled to have joined moment, since now is all we have do, right? Be responsible; plan for your ranks, compliments of that bus anyway. What makes tomorrow the future. Get a safety net in place stop conversation years ago. For more important than today? because no one’s going to make it


those of you who haven’t yet had the benefit of a wakeup call from a guitar-playing stranger, this is for you: •It turns out that all that keeps us from having our cake and eating it too is the belief that we’re not supposed to or it’s not possible. That’s it. Only the thought stands in our way! •There is nothing scary in our future that is worth sacrificing our pleasure today for. We’re the creators of our reality—and practicing deliberate creation allows us to experience what we would prefer, rather than what we fear. •We’re already worthy, automatically, no matter what. We don’t have to prove ourselves deserving of what we want before we get it. There’s no test to pass or sacrifice to offer or hard times to endure in order to earn happiness. Happy days can be ours simply by knowing it and choosing it. If you’re not doing what you love right now, what are the reasons you use to justify your actions? You have to finish the degree, or raise the kids, or pay off the debt before you can focus on you? My experience as a life coach tells me that we easily find arguments to distance ourselves from what we love most, and none of them are good. But because we’ve built lifetimes around the rationale of delaying—or putting off altogether— what we most desire, it can be overwhelming and debilitating if we don’t actively question those thoughts. The “reason” I went to a life-sucking job every day was because this is what I had worked so hard for; this is what was expected of me; this is where the money was. I couldn’t let my boss down, I had no other employable skills, this was “who I was.” Each of those excuses served as a bar in my self-imposed prison. My wanderer friend helped me see another way. The Law of Attraction taught me unhappy journeys don’t lead to happy endings. Author Eckhart Tolle walks the talk of enjoying the present moment, and author Byron Katie shows us nothing needs to change in order to do so. Practicing deliberate creation showed me the most successful method for creating happy results is to feel good now, whatever that means for me. As we’re in the throes of summer vacation mode, it’s worth remembering that we don’t have to limit our enjoyment of life to two measly weeks of the year. Which many of us struggle to enjoy anyway, since we’re so busy preparing for it and recovering from the busy-ness of it once we return. That’s not what we came here for. There is incredible happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment available when we release old beliefs and patterns, and let our imagination take us somewhere that feels better. As we entertain new possibilities, managing gremlin thoughts and fears that tell us it can’t be done, our vibration shifts and calls forth an entirely new reality. Life is happening right now, and this present moment is all we get. What are you doing with yours? ◆ Jeannette Maw is an Attraction Coach and founder of Good Vibe Coaching in Salt Lake City. WWW.GOODVIBECOACH.COM.


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Catch the multidimensional shuttle bus! BY RALFEE FINN his month, we enter a complex system of parallel universes, and while we’re not quite in the Twilight Zone, each world, personal or collective, has a distinct signature and its own peculiar brand of intensity. In one dimension, minds are busy with anything but trivial pursuits, as imagination fires up artistic and intellectual vision and ideas pour forth with unbelievable ease. In another reality, an oftengrueling need for precision stimulates a need to blow off steam through confrontation. In still another plane of existence, an irrepressible desire for personal freedom collides with a tendency toward exaggeration, and the combination tilts human behavior toward extreme actions and reactions, again, personal and collective. And while no one universe is particularly strange, as they blend or collide with one another daily life could turn a little odd. So don’t be

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surprised if you start imitating Rod Serling and humming “do-do-dodo.” But don’t worry; not every day or night is spooky, and there are guaranteed periods of fun. For the first 10 days of the month, a Mercury/Uranus square, as well as a Mercury/Neptune trine, makes minds busy. Mercury symbolizes all mental processes and activities

Don’t worry; not every day or night is spooky, and there are guaranteed periods of fun. from brain/body functions to crossword puzzles and everything in between. Uranus represents eccentricity. And when Mercury and Uranus combine, eclectic choices become the only choices. Add Neptune, which signifies the imagi-

nal as well as the spiritual realms, and you just might find yourself inspired to go on a meditation retreat, attend a Landmark workshop, or create your own “Fantasy Island” episode. But complete escapism isn’t likely. From the 1st-20th, exact and separating on July 10, a difficult Mars/ Saturn conjunction creates a “challenging” environment. Mars is the Warrior who thrives on action. Saturn is the Critical Eye who thrives on seeing what needs to be made more perfect. Mars wants to move. Saturn sets limits. And when these opposite conflicting archetypes share the same space, Saturn inhibits Mars, Mars resists Saturn’s authority, and neither is able to fully express their positive potential. On the negative side of the spectrum, this conjunction symbolizes a potentially destructive energy that focuses on finding the flaw in an often harsh and brutal

manner. On the positive side, a Mars/Saturn conjunction can give birth to a persevering determination to get the job done no matter how difficult the actual doing of it may be. Some will experience this conjunction as tests of strength. Others may see it as an opportunity to concentrate on a specific goal. But most of us are likely to feel as if we are vacillating between depression and excellence —a polarity that could be more than a little discombobulating. Most importantly, because this conjunction leans toward angry, it would be important to pick your fights wisely. Try not to embroil yourself mindlessly in conflict that, while satisfying in the moment, may come back to haunt you in the future. From the 2nd-17th, a Sun/Jupiter opposition turns appetites of all kinds—for food, drink, sex, and just plain stuff—excessive. Don’t be surprised if you encounter several hun-

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that too.

Aries

March 21-April l9

What’s required is a light touch that’s capable of corralling several disparate agendas, yours as well as others, into a cohesive whole. Rather than push, figure out how to gently encourage, and you’ll make consistent steady progress toward that goal.

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Spontaneous conversations with friends stimulate a fresh approach to several stagnant situations, especially if you are willing to switch your perspective and try something new. You don’t have to “surrender.” You just have to be open to the possibility of letting go.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

You’ve been burning the candle at both ends for quite some time, and now what you need is a nice long rest. So rather than continue to compulsively meet

the needs of others, take care of yourself. Replenish your reserves and you’ll not only restore your health, you’ll also re-establish a positive attitude.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

There is no avoiding the spotlight, so rather than spend your energy attempting the impossible, display your gifts and talents. If you refuse to be shy and instead allow yourself to shine, you’ll inspire others to do the same. You also might be surprised by how much fun it is to be the center of attention.

Leo July 23-August 22 You’re trying to straddle several dimensions simultaneously, with the intention of aligning your financial and creative goals. And while that unity is possible, it will require tremendous effort, confidence, and humility to channel your ambitions. Be determined, precise, and patient and you’ll make steady progress.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

You think you have to choose between logical, practical choices or a heartfelt spontaneity capable of being guided by intuitive insight. But it’s really not an either/or situation. Quite the contrary: you’re being asked to synthesize both approaches in the hope of achieving a healthy balance between pragmatism and idealism.

Libra

September 23-October 22

Yes, it is a lot of work, but it is not impossible to manage, especially if you stay flexible and willing to deal with unanticipated developments. I’m not advising you throw out your plan or abandon your strategies. I’m simply suggesting it will be easier to maintain your equilibrium if you expect the unexpected.

Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 21 As the I-Ching would say, “If you want to compress some-

thing you have to first let it fully expand.” So rather than resist increase and development because it seems unmanageable, allow this “growth” process. And when it has revealed the next step, start to discard what is unnecessary or superfluous.

Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21 A deep desire for change stirs impulsive behavior and before you have a chance to stop yourself, you are off on an adventure. There’s just no stopping your yearning to leave the mundane in the dust. Just try to send postcards so your loved ones won’t worry about your disappearance.

Capricorn

Dec 22-Jan 19

Intense, passionate conversations with partners, personal and professional, startle you into new ways of thinking about the same old themes and patterns. While some of this process is jarring, ultimately it will help you to cre-

ate greater intimacy with yourself and those you love.

Aquarius

Jan 20-Feb 18

You are happily at home in the “work” universe, especially as opportunities increase to improve your status as well as your finances. Make the most of this phase by focusing your intention, being clear about those goals, and then doing whatever it takes to actualize your ambition.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

You are not making it up—it is all about partnership of every kind, including your relationship with yourself. So rather than polarizing or withdrawing, stay on the field, and allow these themes to unfold. And remember, this phase is not about winning; it’s about playing the game with integrity and compassion. © 2008 by Ralfee Finn. Visit Ralfee’s website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or email her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM.


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Words of Truth: Manifestation, Understanding, Spirit he story of Taliesin is an Arthurian legend of a great poet and singer. As a child, Taliesin was assigned the task of caring for a witch’s magical brew of all knowledge. This witch planned to give it to her deformed son as compensation for his looks. Taliesin was to stir it for a year and a day to infuse the potion with his knowledge. He accidentally spilled some on himself and licked it off, thus giving him the full gifts of the potion. The witch discovered that the brew was now worthless and pursued Taliesin over great distances to kill him. Taliesin shifted his shape into many creatures, but always the witch became a bigger one able to eat him. Finally the witch caught up with him as he changed into a grain of wheat. She changed into a black hen and ate him. When the witch came back into human form, she realized that she was now pregnant, and the child was Taliesin himself. He was born so beautiful she could not kill him, and so she set him adrift upon the sea in a leather bag. A nephew of the king found the bag, and raised and cared for the Taliesin child in the protection of the king's family. They quickly discovered that he was brilliant and magical. He eventually became the seer for the Kingdom of Britain; many people heard and were inspired by his words. This story touches on the upcoming election in interesting ways. Each candidate must find the words that can magically unite the hearts of

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METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH Americans. Their inspired “songs and poetry” will be the deciding factor in this election. The majority of Americans will align behind the one candidate who inspires them to create good values that can inspire others. We all want to feel that we can contribute to the growth of a civilization and eventually the world. The pattern indicates that we all need to remember Fortune spins her wheel blindly. Yet change is always a good thing. Either candidate will need to be inspired to make the massive changes our system now needs. We are in challenging times—not necassarily bad times, but they have to be dealt with directly. The patterns of the past 30 years are shifting. We must find new ways to deal with the growing problems, before it is too late. In this time of tremendous transformation, we need to drop our past defensive postures, take off the armor and let go of nagging selfdoubt and guilt. Life at times will lead us astray, but there is no need to dwell in guilt. These challenges are how we each learn lessons and experience growth. Look at the paradise in which you live right now. How grateful are you each moment that you are an American? You have great safety and security compared to those in many other places on this planet. Appreciate the miracle that you are here at this time on this planet. You must have done something right to be here.

Appreciate the miracle that you are here at this time on this planet. You must have done something right to be here. Drop your old disappointments and resentments, and liberate the joy in your life. Whenever your achieving mind becomes involved in your life, you begin to lose contact with the paradise you are in. That leads down the path of misery. Instead, look toward patterns and perspectives that allow a new manifestation of understanding. Be inspired by the heart within you that yearns to give more love and connection to the world. Know that inside you is a depth that can touch the suffering of others with its knowledge and experiences. Recognize that with your willingness to reach out, you become a bridge for understanding and loving-kindness. This month, surrender to the openness of your heart, let go of the illusions of the past, and be willing to actively weave the threads of your reality into the greater web of life so we can all connect and support the amazing process of living on this planet together. None of us can do it alone. Together we can become something amazing that this planet has never seen. We are co-creating it together. If you can give your gifts and allow others gifts to also be honored and integrated, this world would become something truly unique and inspired. N Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM.


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JULY 10 FIRST QUARTER MOON. Whenever you plant, spread two to four inches of mulch on top of the surrounding soil. Pull back at least two inches from the trunk or stem. Use alfalfa hay, bark, compost, grass clippings, leaves, pine o needles or shredded tree trim- llen mings. Look low to the west tonight at nightfall for a Saturn/Mars rendezvous. JULY 11 Put a couple of drops of mineral oil on corn silks the week they appear, to prevent corn earworm. JULY 12 Wasps, like soldiers, rank each other by their stripes. The yellow and black stripes on their abdomens, combined with colored blotches on their faces, indicate their place in the hierarchy of the nest. Wasps also coat themselves with wax from their home nest to prove where they come from. If they leave and return without the proper wax coating, they’re driven away.

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JULY 17 Plant basil, artemisia and bachelor’s button near doors and outdoor seating areas to repel mosquitoes, and peppermint to shoo flies. JULY 18 FULL THUNDER MOON. The Moon is moving away from us. Each year, it steals some of Earth's rotational energy and uses it to propel itself about 3.8 centimeters higher in its orbit. When it first formed, the Moon was about 14,000 miles from Earth; now it’s more than 280,000 miles. JULY 19 Pay attention: birds always stop singing just before a thunderstorm. JULY 20 Two things can cause the icky brown spot on the bottom of tomatoes: calcium deficiency and irregular watering. Work gypsum into the soil to add calcium, water consistently and mulch well. JULY 21 Pollen, like water droplets, can make beautiful coronas around the sun. Unlike water droplets, pollen grains are non-spherical, and many have air sacs to assist in wind dispersal. These causes the grains to orient in peculiar ways as they drift in the air, sometimes creating elongated coronas with bright patches on their rings. JULY 22 Time to fertilize butterfly bushes, and prune evergreen hedges and espaliered fruit trees.

JULY 23 The pugnacious rufous hummingbirds currently visiting feeders and flowers around JULY 13 Time to thin the valley are comcreeping phlox, sedums, pleting an elliptical snow-in-summer and migration that takes other rock garden plants, them up the Pacific and transplant Oriental Coast in spring and m poppies. You can cut poppy m down the spine of the i n roots into pieces and plant them gbird Rockies in late summer. Along like bulbs. the way, they stake out and defend JULY 14 If you can see your footforaging territory. us Rufo

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unny Strasburg’s interests lie in art, writing, events planning and depth psychology. She is currently attending the graduate depth counseling program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her therapy practice spans diverse populations, from autistic children to recovering addicts. She has also illustrated and written Goddess Alchemy, a Dream Journal and is currently writing and publishing a dream workbook to be published in the fall of 2008 as well as facilitating Alchemical Gender Circle workshops throughout the United States.

Sunny is a co-moderator for a visionary artists’ hub, the Pod Collective (WWW.PODCOLLECTIVE.COM) and an artist curator for the online store, Evolver Exchange and a writer for Reality Sandwich Magazine (WWW.REALITYSANDWICH.COM). Recent art shows at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors with Alex Gray, the Temple of Consciousness at Lightning in a Bottle, and the Evolver Salon Equinox Show in New York City. She is currently represented by IAmUnified, Light Science, Fun Art Exhibits and Evolver. Sunny is a macro visionary – connecting and bridging the nodal network to facilitate the birth into the era of the goddess. To see more examples of her art, blogs and writings on Depth Psychology, and to order books and prints, visit: WWW.SUNNYSTRASBURG.COM.

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DON’T GET ME STARTED Hanging from the seatbelt straps of a Hummer.

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ENVIRONEWS Environmental news from around the state and the west.

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SWAMI BEYONDANANDA STEVE BHAERMAN Mental dialogue & road rage: Fee free to toss bless-bombs at the bless-ers.

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SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER DENNIS HINKAMP Time to stay home. Why use the car when your brain takes no gas at all?

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SHALL WE DANCE? AMY BRUNVAND How to dance funny: A conversation with Cynthia Fleming, choreographer of Salt Lake Acting Company’s “Saturday’s Voyeur 2008.”

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CATALYST CALENDAR OF EVENTS ADRIANE ANDERSEN Check out our online calendar for complete calendar and continuous updates.

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ASK YOUR MAMA DONNA HENES Rites for Kids: Mama Donna responds to Beatrice’s mom and to Beatrice herself.

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TRANSFORM U AURETHA CALLISON Color U gorgeous: Reviewing the seasonal approach to choosing your best colors. When in doubt, just remember: turquoise and watermelon look good on everyone.

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COACH JEANNETTE JEANNETTE MAW Trading today for tomorrow? The most successful method for creating happy results is to feel good now.

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AQUARIUM AGE Catch the multidimensional shuttle bus!

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METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH Preparing for inspired leadership.

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Rabbi Marc Gafni, Israeli TV personality and founder of an alternative Jewish spiritual movement, came to Salt Lake City from Tel Aviv two years ago to enlist the aid of a local law firm and data recovery service to recover his life, which was shattered when a former assistant, with two other women, filed a complaint of sexual harassment—and wiped all proof to the contrary from his computer. Prior to that, two bloggers—a gossip columnist for the porn industry and a self-declared victim of ritual abuse—had teamed up to create and pass on innuendos, half-truths and wholly fabricated lies regarding Gafni. Now, with hundreds of pages of evidence that exonerate him on all fronts, Gafni can clear his name in a fair-minded setting. The Internet is another story. A more important question: Who will Rabbi Marc Gafni be when he emerges from this trial by fire? ALSO: sidebar by Rocky Anderson.

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THE PERILS OF NUTRITIONISM: OR, HOW THE FOOD INDUSTRY PIMPED MY BREAKFAST CHIP WARD Nutritional science is about where surgery was in 1650, says Michael Pollan. At its center is the belief in reductionism: that the whole equals the sum of its parts. Taken to extremes, you get genetic engineering. The integrity of the natural world must be respected, asserts Claire Hope Cummings, who writes about GM foods and indigenous cultures. Eating is an ecological act that determines how we use our land and water.

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y first encounter with censorship, of any sort, was in junior high when my dad picked up a library book I was reading. “Girl On a Baggage Cart” is the title that comes to mind, and to this day I associate it with Frank Sinatra singing the then-popular “Strangers in the Night,” which means it probably involved a one-night stand. Somewhere in there, someone says “Screw you.” This is the line my dad read. He took this to my mother. They discussed it. Daddy drove me to the library and I had to return the book. It’s okay; it wasn’t that great. Funny thing was, I had no idea what “screw you” meant. I don’t recall getting an adequate explanation from my parents, but I was the kind of kid who didn’t want to embarrass anyone; nor did I wish to threaten the status of my specialissue library card (I was underage but nonetheless had a card to the full library). I have no problem with parents taking an interest in what their teen is reading, and making decrees as to age appropriateness. I share this because it illustrates that censorship has a lot more to do with the censor than the person being “protected.” “And the Banned Played On” is a grand and (usually) hilarious annual fund-raiser for Salt Lake City’s PlanB Theatre, and a paean to the first amendment. I’ve had the privilege of participating in two of the past five performances. Last year the

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focus was banned children’s and young adult books. I got to read from “The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler. Another year it was all banned music—which goes to show there’s always somebody who wants to control somebody else, with top 40 hits such as Neil Diamond’s “America” and the infamous “Short People” by Randy Newman right up there with Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” Sometimes songs and literature in these performances push my buttons and I think, “Yep, I’d ban that one, too.” It’s interesting to contemplate, and a good topic for discussion afterward afterward in the lobby with your friends. This year’s Monday, July 21 performance includes five former SLC mayors, representatives from various SLC media, and professional actors and musicians, hosted by Doug Fabrizio and Bill Allred. The topic is theatre. Reserved seats are $35, and it always sells out. This year’s eats are by Cali’s Natural Foods, and there’s a cash bar. Come see for yourself: What, if anything, pushes your buttons? It’s good to test ourselves, decide what that voice inside is saying. It’s good to stretch. It’s okay to squirm, to be indignant, then examine why. And that, too, is usually good for a good laugh. Come if you can. ◆ — Greta Belanger deJong Greta Belanger deJong is the editor and publisher of CATALYST. GRETA@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET.

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Upside down in a hummer With oil prices up and people driving less, why does downtown need a four-story parking garage? BY JOHN DEJONG here’s a lot of feverish activity at Downtown Rising on the north end of Main Street. Four floors of underground parking are being built under what will be a “pedestrian friendly” commercial/retail/residential development. The ironic part is that by the time the project is completed, most Americans will have bought their last automobile. The way the price of oil is going, many shoppers from the suburbs will have to choose between being able to afford driving to downtown Salt Lake City and being able to buy anything once they get there. Some will opt for mass transit. Most will shop at a mall a little closer to home. The ultimate, and not too distant, fate of all that parking will be as longterm storage/parking for mothballed vehicles that belong to the condominium owners living in that “pedestrian friendly” community. Maybe the real purpose of the skybridge over Main Street is so that residents won’t be forced to descend to the “storage levels” to get from Downtown Rising East and Downtown Rising West. In a grim reminder of the recent mortgage debacle, many owners of large PUTs (Personal Utility Trucks) are upside down on the financing of their vehicles—they owe the bank more than the vehicle is worth. But hey—as the price of oil continues to rise, their owners will likely be driving them less—and they will need some place to store them. Is that what the Salt Lake Planning Commission,

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the City Council and the developer Taubman Centers Inc. were thinking? If they were, they got it right. Likely, they weren’t thinking about the price of oil at all. And the Prophet and Seer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Church), a major player, might need a new pair of spectacles, as well.

Maybe it doesn’t matter. The way retailing is going, the stores will serve only as “reality” show rooms where shoppers can choose their purchases before they buy online. But I can’t help but think that Salt Lake City and Downtown Rising would have been better served by, instead of spending money on parking structures, building more light rail extensions to the suburbs. On the bright side: The future is here (well, at least in Europe) and it works. Already graced with

mass transit systems that utilize just about every form of transportation except large Single Occupant Vehicles (SOVs), cities in Europe are adopting public bicycle programs like there was no tomorrow – for SOVs. Driven by the American Dream and directed by car salesmen and real estate developers, it has taken us only 60 years to get into the low-density/ high transit mess we’re in. We don’t have that much time to switch things around. The population density in downtown SLC must grow rapidly if it’s going to support more than a handful of businesses.

If you build mass transit, they ’ l l c o m e Our only partners in revitalization are the residents and business owners of Salt Lake City. County support for mass transit will be Balkanized, with each city and township trying to keep its residents shopping at the local strip mall. The same can be said for the legislature which will only begrudgingly spend money for mass transit (or rather authorize the expenditure by local governments) when the air pollution gets so bad they can’t see the top of the Church office building on a “clear” day from their perch on the hill. If Salt Lake City is serious about revitalization, it is going to have to get serious about making it happen. In the short term, it needs to get on the “internet tax” bandwagon. Internet commerce needs no further breaks; brick and mortar businesses across the country can use every break they can get. Mass transit will be an intermediate solution. The sooner Salt Lake County is criss-crossed with light rail and interconnecting bus routes, the better. Residential density will be the long term solution. The day parking garages are being torn down to build apartments and condominiums will be the day Salt Lake City turns the corner. Here’s to the price of gas doubling. ◆ John deJong is associate publisher of CATALYST.

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tah has taken a big step forward in changing the way it produces and uses energy. A coalition of non-profits, researchers, business representatives, utility experts and economists has joined to study the implementation of a carbon-free and nuclearfree energy policy for Utah, with the expectation of making our state the first in the nation to do so.

This local coalition, led by HEAL Utah, is working closely with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) in Washington, D.C., which last fall released a massive report examining how our country can transform its energy grid in the next 30 to 50 years to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions without the use of nuclear power. Why Utah? Well, while most people agree that carbon-based fuel has got to go,

the arguments about nuclear power are far murkier. Given that Utah currently receives 98 percent of the country's low-level nuclear waste, the debate on expanding nuclear power has never mattered more here. Besides Utah's vast coal reserves, our state also has plentiful renewable resources— solar, wind and geothermal. Electricity policy happens at the state level, according to IEER President Arjun Makhijani, PhD. “This is where the leader-

ship needs to be because this is where the electricity structure decisions are made— at the level of the grid and the regulatory commissions. I think it’ll be a bit of a surprise when we get done [implementing this study] that Utah will be the most visionary state in the union in terms of renewable energy, the environment and the jobs they create.” —Sophia Nicholas


ENVIRONEWS Solar power plants for BLM lands? Could utility-scale solar power projects on public lands eliminate the need for dirty coal-fired power plants? What would be the environmental, social, and economic impacts of large-scale solar projects? The Bureau of Land Management and Department of Energy have begun a public scoping process in order to develop environmental policies and mitigation strategies for public lands solar energy projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The public comment period for the Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) is open until Monday, July 15, 2008.

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out any public comment whatsoever. Lawsuits would be forbidden except for constitutional violations. The Salt Lake Tribune quoted Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado calling Cannon’s bill “almost a parody of sound energy policy.” Last year, Udall sponsored a law that put a moratorium on oil-shale leases in 2008 in order to allow time for a more thorough environmental review. Cannon claims his bill would help reduce the price of gasoline, but even if we were willing to turn Utah into an oil-shale sacrifice zone in order to save a few pennies, it’s important to consider that right now the technology to extract useable oil from oil-shale and tarsands doesn’t exist.

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Chris Cannon wants NEPA to go away Although there is virtually no chance that this legislation will pass, Utah representative Chris Cannon has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that raises nightmare visions of how much worse public lands management could be without NEPA. The “Oil Shale Opportunity Act of 2008” would allow the president to override the environmental review process and grant oil shale and tar-sands leases with-

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TRAX expansions launched One way to cope with high gasoline prices is to take the train, and due to popular demand (and a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by voters), several new TRAX lines are currently on the fast track. Over the next seven years, UTA is committed to build 70 new miles of light- and commuter-rail lines, and in June construction began on the Mid-Jordan and West Valley lines. Mayor Ralph Becker has signed an agreement to begin work on the Airport line, and as part of that agreement, the downtown “free-fare” zone has been extended to include the Library TRAX stop. Unfortunately, UTA has to pay for fuel just like the rest of us, so the adult fare increased to $2 on July 1, 2008. UTA Frontlines 2015: WWW.RIDEUTA.COM/PROJECTS/DEFAULT.ASPX

August is Wild Utah Local Action Month From August 11 through September 5, U.S. senators and representatives will be in their local offices instead of in Washington, D.C. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance would like you to pay them a visit while they are in the neighborhood. In order to build support for Utah wilderness, SUWA is coordinating a nationwide effort to promote wilderness designation for Utah public lands, so sign yourself up and ask your out-of-state relatives to join the effort, too. WWW.SUWA.ORG/SITE/PAGESERVER?PAGENAME=EVENTS_L OCALACTIONMONTH

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Where Swami answers your questions, and you will question his answers.

Mental dialogue & road rage Feel free to toss bless-bombs at the bless-ers BY SWAMI BEYONDANANDA Dear Swami: My mind never ceases its dialogue and is always asking questions. I’m wondering if you have a secret method that can end all questions? I seem to be trapped in a mental feedback loop. Helen Teheven Midland, Texas

Dear Helen, First of all, you can be thankful for one thing. Your problems are all in your mind! Therefore, the solution is simple. If you want to stop the constant dialogue, you must go out of your mind and into your heart. The best way to do this is to gather all the thoughts in your head in one intense ball of tension, and then release these rapidly while breathing out: “Aaa-a-a-a-a-ah!” The “ah” sound is specifically related to the heart, and the process of sighing—particularly when there is a sizable sigh—allows maximum release. This isn’t my idea, by the way. I learned it years ago from Sigh Baba, who was also known as “The Wizard of Ahs.” Of course, given the way the mind works you will find questions creeping back into your consciousness. No problem. Just remember that it

takes two to dialogue, so don’t answer them. Before long, the questions will stop and you will begin to hear answers instead. Now you’re getting somewhere! Still, to clear the mind and transcend thought completely requires constant vigilance, especially nowadays where information seeps in from everywhere. No wonder so many of us are suffering from truth decay! That’s why four out of five transcendentists recommend mental floss. That’s what I do. Anytime I feel the effects of too much thinking, I place my thumb and forefinger about six inches from each ear and gently move it back and forth like I’m flossing. No better way to release excess flossophy, and go from the static of the head to the ecstatic of the heart.

Dear Swami: I fear I may be one of those people susceptible to road rage. As a daily commuter, I am confronted by idiotic driving all the time—generally on the part of other drivers. I find myself screaming invectives, and being not at all peaceful. When I’m able to finally calm myself, I realize that there seems to be a disconnect between my spiritual understand-

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Dear Berndt, Your letter shows wise judgment. Any time an internal impulse becomes an external out-pulse, it is time to pay attention. The first step? Don’t give your power away by making someone else responsible for your well-being. Instead of shouting, “You are an inconsiderate soand-so!” take responsibility. Instead say, “Why did I create an inconsiderate so-and-so like you in my life?” Now granted, you are going to have strong feelings when another vehicle cuts you off. So instead of cutting yourself off, it is completely appropriate for you to express yourself fully. The trick is to keep your inner peace peaceful even when your outer peace is in pieces. You are probably already familiar with the peace mantra, to be uttered anytime any situation threatens your peace: “Ahhhh ... PEACE on it!” If you still feel compelled to hurl invectives, that’s no problem either— as long as they are loving invectives. Given the circular nature of the universe and the law of

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Dear Swami: I notice you do your State of the Universe Address each year, and you can’t possibly use everything in this one address that you’ve thought about. What do you do with the extra material? Tex Stedditt Vorr, Texas

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t’s time to stay home for the economy, sanity, ecology, intimacy, conservation, civilization, inflation, salvation, gestation and elation. You’ll save time, money and energy. Embrace the here and now, especially the here. Let the army see the world. How are we ever going to truly enjoy homeland security if we don’t stay home? Really, it’s a great time to plan a fun-filled vacation to nowhere. It’s the ultimate extension of the buy local, eat local movement; we need to start traveling local. Let’s all stay here together and take the yokel out of local. I’ve been a long-time advocate of environmentalism through inaction. Or, as I like to call it, the Heisenberg Principle (sometimes called the “observer effect”) of Environmentalism. The simple act of observing endangered species endangers them. It’s getting hard to tell if Al Gore is responsible for more carbon emissions with all his travel than he has saved. If you drive a Prius, you are still driving. If you go on an ecotour, you are still burning fossil fuel of some sort. Salvation sometimes lies in standing still; the revolution begins with one step backwards. There is no good reason to go anywhere with gas at $4 a gallon, the dollar embarrassingly lower than the Canadian loonie and airline travel resembling an overstuffed school bus full of people heading for fat and angry camp. Just

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July 2008

A DIET FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

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The low carbon diet Save money and improve sustainability around the planet! BY DAVID HOZA any of our modern behaviors leave carbon dioxide emissions in their wake. Cars emit CO2, coal-fired power plants— which fuel residential electricity use from the power grid—emit CO2, and so on. This emission adds up to our annual carbon footprint, which as we probably know by now contributes to global warming and threatens the health and biodiversity of our species and the entire planet. David Gershon’s “Low Carbon Diet” offers a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint. Gershon offers 19 specific behaviors with their CO2 emission estimate—by the pound. His pro-

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26,115 pounds of CO2 annually. The largest single part? Auto use. Gershon places the average household at 55,000 pounds of CO2. Gershon estimates that 25% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions are generated by American home life and purchases. Compare that with Germany’s 27,000 pounds per year household average, or Sweden’s 15,000-pound average. Recently I conducted a survey at Downtown Alliance’s Live Green festival on Library Square. As an Environmental Studies student at the U, I’m curious about what this “focus group” looks like demographically, how they might prioritize sustainability issues, and how they perceive

Behaviors and their CO2 reduction at a glance: Reduce, re-use, recycle: reduce weekly house- 3,120 lbs/yr hold waste from 90 gallons to 60 gallons. Reduce clothes dryer use by one load per week.

260 lbs/yr

Change your thermostat settings when you are out of the house or sleeping.

1400 lbs/yr

Put all appliances on a switchable outlet and turn them all the way off when not in use.

600 lbs/yr

Go vegetarian one day a week for an entire year.

700 lbs/yr

Based on household national averages and other broad assumptions; David Gershon/Empowerment Institute

gram is designed for you to easily pick which behaviors you want to start with, or which in your life would have the greatest impact. Charts in the back allow you to keep track of your progress to reach the goal of reducing your annual carbon footprint by 5,000 pounds in one month. Like counting calories or keeping an expense report, for beginners, at least, reducing your carbon footprint by 5,000 pounds—and keeping it off—is easy with Gershon’s method. Gershon draws on calculations from a pilot program in Portland, Oregon. For instance, reducing clothes dryer usage by one load a week amounts to a savings of 260 pounds of CO2 per year. Reducing your garbage to 60 gallons a week from 90 gallons amounts to a broadly estimated 3,120 lb savings of co2 per year. Salt Lake City’s Department of Public Services offers 90-, 60- and 40-gallon trash containers with a small monthly savings for the smaller bins. Using Gershon’s carbon footprint calculator (WWW.EMPOWERMENTINSTITUTE.NET/LCD), I rang up

themselves in terms of practicing sustainable behaviors. While I don’t have the expertise to generate accurate, valid statistics, I thought a few correlations were interesting, if not conclusive. Most of the 50+ individuals surveyed, of diverse ethnic background, both male and female, from all over the valley, were concerned about global warming and environmental issues. Most described themselves as moderately to very active when it comes to activities such as recycling. While this in no way describes their actual behavior, it seems our neighbors are somewhat open to discussing their carbon footprint and specific habits. When asked what might motivate people, the majority said “we can’t afford not to” reduce our carbon footprint. No one thought that “Setting a conscious consumer example to developing industrial nations” was a priority. In a recent seminar at the University of Utah given by Doug Mckenzie-Mohr titled Fostering Sustainable Behavior, Mohr’s first imperative was to find out what people resonate with. While I think we

must set a good example to the rest of the planet, especially since we teach others on the planet to consume like us, this point is irrelevant to my neighbors. Professor David Chapman, University of Utah geophysicist, dean of the Graduate School, and man who’s ridden the same Peugeot 10-speed to work for the last 30 years presented “Global Warming: Just Hot Air?” at the 11th annual Stegner Symposium in 2006. Regularly thereafter he continues to present empirical evidence for global warming: his own work with bore hole temperatures dozens of feet below the Earth’s surface; instrumental records, ice cores and glacial and ice shelf melt-offs. Chapman’s research, like the evidence presented in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” is compelling. We the people are in a critical period. What we do today, in terms of habits and value choices we pass on to the next generation and exemplify around the world, will determine whether there will be a quality Earth environment to inhabit for our children and their children. The people I surveyed are right. We can’t afford not to. If you’re wondering what good a few residents in a town this size can do, consider this. Much of our electricity in the West comes from coal-fired power plants, still a dirty burning fuel. Lower residential demand means we could burn less coal. Autos and auto use, one of the highest CO2 sources due mainly to sheer number of autos on the road, are first and foremost controlled by the individual. Wise auto use and routine maintenance, lower power demands, and reliance on alternative transportation add up to a significantly lower local, regional and national footprint. The immediate reduction of greenhouse gasses is imperative, as is the shift of ecology of mind. Our ecology of mind in The Great Depression and World War II caused us to tighten our belts, all work together, and conserve for a greater cause. We recognized the interrelationship each of us had and its impact on success. We recognized too our inter-influence, the impact our thoughts and behaviors had on our neighbors. As a friend said recently, we sometimes think sustainable living means depriving ourselves, but the fact is when we put our minds to it we can generate sustainable alternatives to our favorite conveniences. It’s like growing a backyard garden or learning to brew your own beer. Sure, it takes more time, we have to be patient, and we have to practice. In the end, we tend to be highly satisfied with what we get out of that lifestyle. Gershon’s pilot program in Portland had better success than expected. According to an essay in Moser and Dilling’s “Creating a Climate for Change” (2007), households practicing the diet for four months supported by other neighbors averaged a 6,700-pound reduction. One of the most fulfilling aspects of the diet was the opportunity to pull together with friends and neighbors and support one another while shifting from unconscious habits to conscious consumption and a change of habit. Ordinary neighbors who shared concern for their kids and quality of life were the key to success in Portland. Once somebody stepped up to initiate, others tended to par-


ticipate. Think what a turnoff it might be if a stranger called and asked about your consumption patterns over a four-month period. Neighbors show an interest and willingness to talk to one another about their experiences; they share problems and successes. Gershon’s “Low Carbon Diet” places this conversation in concrete and specific terms for the average workaday neighbor. The worksheets in the back of the book make it easy to see progress. Prompts suggest habits to work with in the next round. Tallying a few basic carbon expenses makes tracking your carbon footprint easy to do and easy to communicate to others. While changing habits takes time, focus and practice, new habits eventually become automatic, like walking

Gershon estimates that 25% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions are generated by American home life and purchases. Compare that with Germany’s 27,000 pounds per year household average, or Sweden’s 15,000pound average. down the sidewalk. Gershon’s method shows you don’t have to live off the grid for 10 years to practice awareness and change of habit. When it comes up in conversation, and others show an interest, you’ll be able to step up and facilitate a neighborhood eco-team. Who knows? Your friends and neighbors might just be waiting for someone to say: “I’ll walk us through it.” “The Low Carbon Diet” can be ordered through most bookstores, or you can order it directly from WWW.EMPOWERMENTINSTITUTE.NET/LCD.

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For illustrated instructions on loading your bike onto the bus racks, visit UTA’s website at WWW.RIDEUTA.COM. I After securing your bike on the bike rack, make sure to pick up a bike card from the driver. It reminds both of you that you have a bike to unload from the bus when you reach your destination. Return the card to the driver as you exit, so the bus won’t pull away before you can get your bike.

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Getting There Bike-n-ride for beginners BY EMILY APLIN ombining bicycles with public transportation can save both time and money, but it can also be intimidating. Even without the bike, there are schedules and routes to figure out and procedures to follow when getting on and off the bus or train. Add in the cumbersome two-wheeler and the task can seem overwhelming. But bringing your bike on a bus or train doesn’t have to be stressful. With this guide to biking and riding, you can use public transportation in new ways, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start sooner.

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Bus riders Most UTA buses are equipped with racks that can hold up to two bikes at a time. Bus drivers may allow riders to carry their bikes inside the bus if the racks are full and the bus isn’t too crowded, according to UTA spokesperson Carrie Bohnsack-Ware. The bike racks are easy to use, said Jackie Briggs, a frequent bus and bike rider. “The bus drivers are really nice, too. I didn’t know how to load my bike the first time, and the driver got out and showed me,” she said.

On TRAX, you take the bike with you inside the train. Each train car can accommodate up to four bikes, two at the front end and two at the back end. The doors on the train have pictures of bikes to indicate where bikers should enter. Once inside the train, bikers must stand with their bikes at all times, making sure that the bike does not block other passengers from boarding and exiting the train. Briggs said she has taken her bike on TRAX a few times. Her only complaint is that some mornings there are too many bikes getting on the train to go to the U. If you plan to take your bike to the U on TRAX, keep in mind that it could be a crowded ride, and you might end up waiting for the next train. Bicycles are also allowed on FrontRunner trains’ lower levels. All seats on the lower level fold up, so there is plenty of room. BohnsackWare said that since FrontRunner started running in May, they’ve had no problems accommodating riders who bring their bikes on the trains. Depending on how you decide to integrate bike riding with public transportation, the bike lockers that UTA recently installed at various TRAX and Frontrunner stops may be a convenient option. Lockers can be rented for an annual fee of $75, which includes a $65 refundable deposit for the key. Contact Pat Dierks at UTA for more information or to reserve a locker. “I don’t think people realize how convenient bikes are if TRAX doesn’t stop right at your doorstep,” said Bohnsack-Ware. “With gas prices the way they’re going, people are looking at alternative ways to get where they need to go. It’s a good opportunity to see if using a bike with public transportation can work for you.” N Emily Aplin is a recent graduate of the University of Utah. She lives downtown with her husband, and takes full advantage of public transportation whenever possible.


EATING WELL

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P erils of nutritionism Or, how the food industry pimped my breakfast BY CHIP WARD

e seem to have no rules about food anymore. If you survey the planet, it’s pretty clear that given the diversity of habitats and cultures, just about anything goes— if it’s edible, it will be eaten. From fish eggs to frog legs, from calf nuts to hog heads, and from grubs to slugs, almost anything is acceptable to somebody. But every culture also has rules – as in “this food is acceptable and that is not.” I used to think that my food rules were so selfevident that they would never be broken. Like “never eat anything bigger than your head” and “never eat anything that is neon-colored, especially if it is blinking,” and, of course, “don’t eat anything that is actively looking at you.” But now I am not so sure. Ten minutes in Costco and it’s clear we regularly eat things bigger than our heads. How else do you explain gallon jars of mayonnaise and 70-ounce boxes of Cocoa Puffs? You can get gummy bears in pillow-sized sacks now and – there goes another rule — they’re neon.

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When you were two and you picked up that Dorito you found on the park bench, your mom said, “don’t eat that, you don’t know where it’s been.” Well, that’s pretty true of all our food today. I sometimes wish my groceries came with an owner’s manual. Intuitively I know that “Yellow2” can’t be good for me, but I heard that guargum is okay even though it sounds like something you would use to repair the bottom of a leaky boat. The Omega-3s are welcome but I am not sure why. The Cocoa Puffs are “fortified” and the case

of toaster pastries is “organic.” How can that be? We also don’t know where our food comes from because it comes from everywhere. When you were two and you picked up that Dorito you found on the park bench, your mom said, “Don’t eat that, you don’t know where it’s been.” Well, that’s pretty true of all our food today. As evidenced by those recent news videos of sick cows, covered in their own excrement, being fork-lifted through the slaughterhouse doors, where your food has been is still important. We also don’t know who grew it or who processed it, though if you find a severed finger in your can of beans, you can bet some lawyer will find out real fast. And we don’t know how our food was grown. According to Michael Pollan, author of the critically acclaimed “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” our confusion about food reveals a profound disconnection from our food’s ecological and cultural contexts. Pollan’s new book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” (Penguin, 2008), cuts through the noise and confusion and presents some welcome common-sense rules for eating. Claire Hope Cummings also argues that we have taken culture out of agriculture and warns us that if we don’t pay attention to how a handful of powerful corporations are secretly re-engineering DNA, we could face an unprecedented ecological catastrophe. Her book, “Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds” (Beacon, 2008) is a masterful treatment of corporate hubris and the need for a tough but reverent response to the privatization and marketing of seeds. Seeds, she says, are sacred because life begins with seeds. According to Pollan, we lost our way along the food aisle when a Congressional committee chaired by George McGovern asked why Americans are so prone to heart disease and concluded we eat too much red meat. Ka-boom! McGovern was viciously attacked by the food industry and its lobbyists, forced to recant, and soon driven from office. By taking McGovern out and shooting him in front of the others, Big Ag guaranteed that no policy-making politician would ever dis a food group again. The revised message was that “saturated fats” were the problem, not beef. Henceforth, the public dialogue about food would focus on nutritional components like calories, cholesterol, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, carbohydrates, aminos, and so on. This suited the food industry because you can’t make more money by adding value to whole foods. Broccoli, carrots, oats, apples and such are as good as food gets just by being themselves. But if you can take that cheap bag of rolled oats and process it into Cheerios, that’s a money-maker that sells for much more. Then add vitamins to make up for all the nutritional value you extracted by processing the simple oats into digestible little tires of oat powder, and you can tell consumers it’s better for them than the original whole food, even if it’s not. Add colors, coatings, trinkets, and advertisements for the latest cartoon movie, and those plain oats could star in their own reality show called “Pimp My Breakfast.” The bottom line for the food industry is that processed foods are much more profitable than whole foods and can be endlessly crafted into


Across the planet, an amazing array of creative and determined people are building sustainable food systems that challenge the assumptions and methods of industrial agriculture. new food-like substances in the lab and then marketed to targeted groups. Thus, busy workers on the go get cereal bars they can eat while commuting, overweight secretaries get low-carb microwave lunches in boxes, and constipated seniors get little cans of high-fiber drinks to snack on before napping. And if the malnourished masses object, hey, let them eat Twinkies. This drive towards lab-born, market-tested, amalgamated, food-like items was facilitated by an ideology Pollan calls “nutritionism.” Not a science but an ideology, nutritionism assumes that the key to understanding food is to understand the nutrients within the food. There are good nutrients like antioxidants, for example, and bad nutrients like cholesterol. Nutrients become fashionable, too. Fiber was once the rage but now the omega oils are trendy. Nutritionism tells us that we eat in order to maintain and promote body health. If this seems like a no-brainer to you, then and you have so successfully incorporated nutritionism into your worldview and, like all powerful ideologies, it has become transparent. Because nutrients are invisible, we need experts to tell us what to eat. We no longer eat what our culture tells us to eat like we did for hundreds of years when we ate according to this or that traditional ethnic diet, instead we eat according to the findings of the latest studies. The processed food industry takes this information and manipulates us into believing that the chocolate-covered cereal you feed to your kids is okay because the marshmallows in it are “fortified” with the good stuff that the experts have identified and endorsed. The flaw in nutritionism is that real foods—whole foods—are more than the sum of their nutrient parts.

The distinction between a whole food and a food-like product, say between an apple and a hotdog, disappears when the focus is on nutrients alone. The nutrient focus also obscures food’s other contexts – whether, for example, it was produced in a fair and sustainable way or whether its production contributed to soil depletion, feedlot pollution, wasted water, shredded biodiversity, exploited farm labor, and so on. We have identified only a fraction of the nutrients available in food and we are not sure how those nutrients interact with one another within the foods we consume. We have often misunderstood how those nutrients are absorbed into our bodies once we eat them. For example, when we realized that high levels of cholesterol in our bloodstreams are harmful, we cut back on foods that contain cholesterol. But now we find there may not be a link between the cholesterol we eat and the levels in our blood. Nutritional science, Pollan claims, is about where surgery was in 1650. Is all this “science” making us healthier? No. The Western diet is clearly linked to an obesity epidemic, skyrocketing rates for diabetes, and those familiar killers, cancer and heart disease. Americans suffer those chronic illnesses more than

Nutritional science, Pollan claims, is about where surgery was in 1650. others in the world and when traditional cultures abandon their diets for ours, they also experience a sharp increase in those maladies. If you unpack the prevailing empire of belief about food and diet, here’s what you find in the center: reductionism. Reductionism holds that the whole is equal to the sum of its parts. So if you want to understand something, break it down into parts, farther and farther. You can then reassemble those pieces into unique new products. That, after all, is what we do with a barrel of crude oil or a lump of coal. Unfortunately, this philosophy— this habit of perception, if you will—serves us better when we pour the result into our cars than into our stomachs (or, considering glob-

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Although we have become accustomed to eating thoughtlessly and casually, eating is an ecological act that determines how we use our land and water. It is a moral decision that shapes our world. al warming, does it even do that?). And if you take reductionism to its max, you get genetic engineering that treats plants and animals as if they are nothing more than a collection of genes to be broken apart

Continued: uncontained scientific experiment that cannot be recalled if something goes awry. So-called “terminator” and “suicide” seeds are designed to produce plants that have sterile seeds so that farmers, the traditional seed-keepers and guardians of agricultural biodiversity, have to buy them each year from their corporate overlords. There are few regulations governing such experiments. The unchecked tyranny of GM (genetically modified) food corporations is so complete that when pollen from GM foods contaminates neighboring non-GM crops, the owners of the tainted crops can be sued for patent infringement or theft. Even if the experimental monsters in Monsanto’s Pandora’s box do not escape and threaten ecological integrity and public health, and there is plenty of evidence that genetic drift and damage have already become widespread, genetic engineering is bad policy. It puts

THE PERILS OF NUTRITIONISM and Mexico. She knows the cultural origins and importance of food as well as the hard science. At the heart of her treatise is a moral conviction that the integrity of the natural world must be respected and that we have a fundamental right to choose what we eat and to know what is in the food we eat. Readers will come away from her book outraged and alarmed but also hopeful. Across the planet, an amazing array of creative and determined people are building sustainable food systems that challenge the assumptions and methods of industrial agriculture. Local agriculture is coming back. Bioneers like Wes Jackson and his Land Institute in Kansas are finding ways to grow and harvest food without depleting soils by using prairie ecology as their model. Food consumers are waking up and taking a second look at what they eat, how it was grown, where it was grown, and its impact on the natural world. Farmers markets are

Eat less. Longevity is associated with modest intake.

and reassembled for profit and convenience without regard for boundaries, context, or caution. In “Uncertain Peril,” Claire Hope Cummings explains how a handful of self-regulating corporations like Monsanto are threatening the allimportant diversity and integrity of seeds by re-engineering their genes, patenting them, and then controlling access. Their Faustian efforts go beyond the mere hybridization of seeds because they are willing to violate species barriers, crossing animal and plant genes, for example, in what amounts to a potentially catastrophic uncontrolled and

control of our seeds and the fundamentals of agriculture into the hands of a few self-interested corporations. Consumers can’t tell if they are buying GM foods because, thanks to Big Ag’s lobbyists, labeling is not required. GM foods may be linked to allergies, so labeling is important. Although the advent of GM foods has been described and criticized before, “Uncertain Peril” is the most coherent, complete, compelling, and well-written account yet. Cummings brings to her treatise a wealth of experience with indigenous farmers in Vietnam, Hawaii,

sprouting across America like mushrooms after a hard rain. Where Cummings offers a hopeful vision of agriculture restored, sustainable, diverse, and democratic, Pollan offers practical advice. He sums this up in a seemingly simply statement: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” By food, of course, he means whole, natural, real food. There are a few commonsense guidelines that indicate whether a food is real. If your grandmother would not recognize it, chances are it’s a modern food-like invention. If it contains high-fructose corn syrup and has more than five ingredients, some of which are hard to pronounce, it’s probably processed. If it advertises it is “healthy” for you, chances are it is processed and those so-called “good” nutrients have been added. If it doesn’t rot, it ain’t real food. You are more likely to find the real food at the periphery of the supermarket than in the center isles and, of course, at a farmer’s market. Organic foods may cost more but are probably a better value because they are more nourishing and taste better. Locally grown food is fresher, supports local

farmers, checks sprawl, and promotes food security and autonomy. Scientists may disagree on why plants are better for us – fiber? antioxidants? omegas? – but they agree that plants, especially leaves, are good. Plants are “energy dense.” Vegetarians and so-called “flexitarians” for whom meat is a side-dish tend to be healthier than carnivores. So, adopt a traditional ethnic diet that balances meat and plant consumption in favor of vegetables. The Japanese, French, Greeks and many others have been eating the way they eat for a very long time and have survived nicely, untroubled by high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. There is wisdom in traditional cuisine that has been gained over many hundreds of years. Eat less. Longevity is associated with modest intake. Ultimately, both Pollan and Cummings are saying that food is not a “thing,” not a mere commodity made up of other things called nutrients or genes, but a relationship. Foods co-evolved with the people who ate them. Mexican farmers, for example, developed thousands of varieties of corn, each adapted by trial and error to local microclimates and soils, each with its own special tastes and recipes. Taste, smell, and pleasure once guided usm and because we ate locally and either grew our own food or knew those who did, we belonged to a food web. Food was a relationship that was intimate, traditional, and sure, not a collection of things studied, processed, invented, mediated by experts, engineered, and marketed. If we are what we eat, then we decide that daily, meal by meal. This is not a simple matter of building cells and feeling fit. It’s about who we are as a people and our relationships to teach other and to the ecosystems that enfold us. It’s about what we value, our priorities, and perhaps even our survival as a species. Although we have become accustomed to eating thoughtlessly and casually, eating is an ecological act that determines how we use our land and water. It is a moral decision that shapes our world. When you eat your next meal, act like you are eating for dear life. Because whether we are conscious of it or not, that’s what we are doing. The future of nature and the nature of our future are on our plates. ◆ Chip Ward is a former public library administrator and grassroots activist.


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SPIRITUALLY INCORRECT

Trial by Internet? An “archetypal spiritual drama” BY JEFF BELL AND GRETA DEJONG

A coalition of women accuse a charismatic spiritual leader of sexual misconduct. The stories sound convincing. The leader falls.


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arc Gafni could well turn out to be the hero of a spiritual epic—or, at least, a psychosexual whodunit blockbuster.

A rabbi and a Biblical scholar with several published books and a recently approved doctoral dissertation from Oxford, Gafni presently lives in Salt Lake City. (He anonymously authored “Spiritually Incorrect,” an occasional column that appeared last year in CATALYST.) He came to the new Zion two

Gafni teaching in happier times.

years ago from Tel Aviv, Israel, where he led a large, vibrant movement of Jews who lived on the alternative edge, beyond the fringes of organized religion. Perhaps too close to that edge, where dangerous things can happen—and for Gafni, they did. Talking with people about Gafni, a certain pattern emerges: Here’s a guy you’ve hung out with, watching TV and knocking back almond crunch, someone who calls up in the middle of the day and talks your head off, someone who has the usual knotty relational history. He’s a friend of yours, a normal, somewhat eccentric guy. Then, little by little you realize that there’s something kind of, well, saintly about him. Stories about Gafni’s actions lean toward the saintly as well: People say they have seen him go out of his way to bring estranged friends together. They’ve seen him take an entire room full of people through a journey of laughter and tears. They’ve felt an atmosphere around him so affectionate and wild that it sparks off energy most haven’t felt since childhood. They’ve heard him speaking about God and human responsibility and what it means to take care of others with a wisdom

and nuance that makes them search their souls. And even wilder—they know he is the subject of Internet stories that paint him as a guy who “harasses” women, a “sexual predator.” Everything you observe and intuit about him says “Really good person.” The Internet gossip sites say “Really bad person.” Then you get to see hundreds of documents proving the Internet stories run the gamut from distortion to out-andout lies, reflecting all the most shadowy sides of the blogosphere. It begins to occur to you that something deep is going on here. On the surface, it’s a common story: A coalition of women accuse a charismatic spiritual leader of sexual misconduct. The stories sound convincing. It must be true. The leader falls. Examine the evidence in this case, and you see something quite different: Years of recovered email and instant messages from the women involved, some as recent as three weeks before complaints were filed, flatly contradict their own stories. The messages show that every one of the women was quite enthusiastically involved with Gafni on her own initiative. What happened that caused them to band together and file complaints of harassment? And what caused their complaints to do so much damage? Spiritual politics, “victim feminism,” Gafni’s human complexities, and the Internet. The more you get to know Gafni, the more you suspect he is being put through an epic spiritual test, what we might call the Test of Slander. It’s actually part of the biography of countless other teachers whose lives didn’t fit the “normal” social pattern and who ended up redefining a spiritual tradition. Gafni’s story is still in process. Perhaps 25 years from now it will be told as a saga of purification, trial by fire and, hopefully, ultimate liberation. In the meantime, Gafni—this larger-than-life presence tucked into the compact body of a playful 47-year-old—is living more or less anonymously in Salt Lake City. The story we’re about to tell has certain all too familiar elements: one more example of how, in the Internet age, false accusations can become as established as fact, and how a gifted teacher with an anti-establishment bent and a bohemian lifestyle can find his private life subjected to what legal scholar Allen Dershowitz called “sexual McCarthyism.”

Rabbi Gafni—author of seven books, including the best-selling “Soul Prints,” and a popular lecturer and workshop leader—was founder of Bayit Hadash, an alternative spiritual movement in Israel. The organization held retreats, classes and massive services, often gathering hundreds of enthusiasts for Gafni’s celebratory Sabbath services, which included music, chanting and dancing. His lectures and classes on Jewish texts, and on the interface

“Rabbi Gafni was doing something that had not been done in modern Israel,” says Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who attended his teachings in Israel. “He was presenting the traditional Jewish teachings in a way that revealed not only the mystical experience embedded in the tradition, but also offered a powerful experience of ecstasy and community.” between spirituality, ethics, sexuality and what Western moral philosophers have called “the good life,” were not only widely attended, but had brought thousands of disaffected young Jews back into conversation with their tradition.

“Rabbi Gafni was doing something that had not been done in modern Israel,” says Dr. Gabriel Cousens, who attended his teachings in Israel. “He was presenting the traditional Jewish teachings in a way that revealed not only the mystical experience embedded in the tradition, but also offered a powerful experience of ecstasy and community. Most importantly, however, he was the first modern Jewish teacher I met who taught that Judaism was at its core a path to liberation.” Born in Massachusetts in 1960, educated in a yeshiva (a Jewish religious high school), Gafni began teaching in the Orthodox community around New York City. From his early days as an apprentice rabbi and youth group leader, Gafni had a gift for bringing together the spiritual with the secular, working with people who wouldn’t normally talk to each other, and creating communities. He was known as a passionately committed teacher. He spent time as a rabbi in Florida, tripling the size of a young congregation. Then he moved with his second wife and two children to Israel, where he was rabbi in a settlement on the border of the West Bank. In the ’90s, he emerged as a popular public teacher in Jerusalem and then in Tel Aviv, writing books, lecturing to packed houses, and appearing at conferences and spiritual venues in the United States and Europe. Gafni hosted a weekly hour-long national TV show in Israel for several years. In the U.S., he led crowded workshops on the alternative Jewish and spiritual scene. He taught

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came to him.” There appears to have been a cadre of colleagues, older teachers and even a few students who wanted him out of the way. Gafni’s main vulnerability was his counter-cultural and often bohemian lifestyle. Throughout his career, Gafni had several love affairs outside of around the world, including appearances at marriage. “I tried to push the boundaries of what important synagogues and the Harvard was possible. I experimented,” Gafni admits. “I Negotiation Project. When terrorists blew up sometimes chose a moment of love over other loyschool buses in Israel, he presented a series of alties. Sometimes I was right, sometimes dead spots on national television urging people to hold wrong. Where I was wrong, I’ve on to their humanity in tried to ask forgiveness.” the face of horror. He has During the period following his recorded dialogues with divorce from his third wife, his the Dalai Lama, Byron lovers included a few women who Katie, Ken Wilber and had worked with him in his comother spiritual and philomunity, taught with him, or served sophical leaders. “Soul on the board of his organization. “I Prints” was a best-seller in was working literally 24/7, teaching this country, won the and traveling around the clock,” he prestigious NAPRA says. “It seemed natural to be Nautilus award as the best Gafni among his students in Galilee, Israel involved with people who were spirituality book of 2001 part of my circle. At the time, in my and was made into a PBS hubris, disguised even from myself, it felt to me special. that there wasn’t a moment free for anything like And in a conservative society, he supported gay normal dating or personal life.” rights and the ordination of women. His teaching He says he kept these relationships private, not pointed out the presence of a hidden goddess because they seemed inappropriate or “wrong,” element in the Jewish religion, and called for the but because, like many people in his position, he re-emergence of the feminine in spirituality. preferred not to have his personal life the subject A career like this tends to arouse envy—even, of gossip or attack. or perhaps especially, in spiritual communities. One lover wrote after their relationship was “People would complain that Gafni took up too over: “It’s easy to love you and it has been beautimuch space,” says Gershon Winkler, himself an ful to discover you, to feel you, to explore you.” important Jewish teacher and author of many And added, “I’m grateful that we touched each books, including “The Magic of the Ordinary.” other on this path.” She then thanked him for “After he fell, one guy told me that he was actually being in “full intention and clarity” in their relarelieved, because some of Gafni’s people now tionship and honoring her “sacred autonomy.”

Gafni’s former teachers and colleagues denounced him for promoting “pagan Judaism.”

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he nexus of the Gafni story would appear to be women falsely claiming victim status, bent on exacting some form of retribution which, in their view, matched the suffering at having not obtained exclusivity to Gafni and his affections. That is the center and the catalyst of Gafni’s current nightmare. But it is, by no means, the whole of the problem. Without the women who filed complaints against Marc Gafni, there would certainly be no story, at least not a story of this depth and magnitude. But without

BY JEFF BELL the Internet, and a few “move ahead at any cost” bloggers, the story would have faded away. What has both haunted and hunted Gafni is the relative ease at which rumors and lies have been mixed with more accurate information to paint a picture of Gafni as evil and predatory. Blogs index on the search engines far faster than then traditional websites do. Repeat a phrase or a name, over and over again, link it to other blogs, stories and other articles, and it jumps to the top of the search results in a short amount of time.

This woman would later file a complaint on the advice of a lawyer, saying that Gafni had promised to marry her to gain sexual relations—a felony in Israel, where they lived. This claim, and the claim that Gafni somehow manipulated her, is refuted by both the tone and content of literally hundreds of her emails to him. In 2005, Ha’Aretz, the leading Israeli newspaper, ran a glowing article on Gafni’s work, stressing his belief that the feminine godhead and the softer, more erotic aspects of spirituality need to be restored to contemporary Judaism. The article was widely quoted, causing an incendiary reaction among rabbis in the Orthodox community. Traditionalists who felt threatened by his influence and provocative personal style objected to his stress on the goddess in Judaism, and some of Gafni’s former teachers and colleagues denounced him for promoting “pagan Judaism.” The Wikipedia entry on Gafni credits him—or accuses, it depends on how you read it—with leading the movement to bring eros back into Judaism. At about that time, and some say as a direct result of the Ha’Aretz spread, a rabbi who had clashed with Gafni in his youth gave a story about him to the proprietor of a website devoted to outing Jewish clerics alleged to be sexual predators. The site collects rumors, innuendos and complaints about rabbis, some of whom are undoubtedly people who indeed abused their position. But the site is also known for its maliciousness, venomous language, and for mixing fact with outright fiction. The site’s proprietor is Vicki Polin, who in 1989, under the name Rachel, presented herself on national daytime television as the survivor of a Jewish satanic cult which sacrificed babies. She

Take a moment and think about search engine results. The majority of Internet users look no deeper than the first couple of pages of their search results. Top searches have a false weight of authority that can easily lead a reader to unconsciously lend credibility where none should exist. The strange union of self-proclaimed advocate for The Awareness Center, Vicki Polin, and porn industry gossip blogger Luke Ford and their mutual effort to assail the reputation of Rabbi Gafni, and to continue those attacks despite the lack of anything new to write about, is bizarre at best and nefarious at worst. A vocal member of the Memory Recovery Movement, which ruined thousands of lives in the 1980s, Vicki Polin has wrapped a skein of respectability around herself that, when viewed through the prism of her attacks on Gafni, seems patently false and hypocritical. Polin maintains that she is the child of Satanic Jews who raped her on a regular basis and made her eat her own babies. She now claims to be a victim’s advocate; but her advocacy seems to have taken all

the aspects of vigilante misanthrope, and the power of the blog is her weapon. Polin has a singular focus to not only expose, but to destroy the life and reputation of whatever person that falls into her sights, regardless of facts. Any Google search on her name serves up a fairly even return of Polin’s attacks on rabbinical leaders, and pages written by victims of Polin’s tactics. Luke Ford has made a living as one of the world’s foremost porn industry gossip columnists and, over the years, has owned and operated several different sites full of lewd pictures, stories and first person familiarity with the adult film industry. Ford also has an alter ego in which he calls himself “Luke Ford: your moral leader,” and represents himself as a beacon of decency and Jewish activism. Somehow, Ford and Polin have become compatriots and often work together in boosting their ratings. The cross-indexing between these two and their blogs has, most especially in the area of posts about Gafni and other Jewish leaders, helped push them further and further upward until, for the last two years, they’ve had ownership of the first page of most engines


When a woman retells the story of a sexual encounter and claims harassment, the man—if he does not have physical proof to the contrary—will likely be in deep trouble. The woman doesn’t even have to seek legal redress —the complaint alone can sometimes be enough to get a professor or executive reprimanded or even fired. To complicate matters for the man, in Israel, sexual harassment is a criminal offense.

events is supported by two polygraph tests administered by Dr. Gordon Barland, one of the world’s leading experts in the field. The stories on the website make no attempt to distinguish fact from rumor, distorted memory, or skewed interpretation of events. Polin and Ford painted a teenage romance between 19year-old Gafni and his 14-year-old girlfriend as “child molestation,” and among other things, accused him of changing his name to avoid his past. (In fact, Gafni had followed the common custom of hebraicizing his name when he moved to Israel, and always referred to his family name in his books and other publications.) All of this forms the complex background for what happened next.

claims to have sacrificed—that is, murdered—at least one baby herself. She considers it her mission in life to report those whom she calls “Jewish abusers.” Ironically, the site so evokes the energy of anti-Semitic hate sites that several such hate sites link to hers. In Gafni’s case, the stories described two relationships, one when Gafni was 19, the other a one-time encounter when he was 24. Gafni insists neither involved more then petting, and that both were mutually engaged. Couched in the hate-speech style that has become so familiar in the blogosphere, the stories called Gafni a “known predator” who had “molested young women” and included purportedly first-person interviews with both of these women by Luke Ford, a former pornographer and a gossip columnist for the porn industry. Gafni’s version of these

On an evening in May 2006, Gafni landed in Tel Aviv after a 10-hour flight returning from a teaching trip to the United States. He expected to be met at the plane by his girlfriend. As his plane touched down, he dialed the number of his program director to discuss logistics of a workshop scheduled for the next day. Instead he heard an unidentified feminine voice screeching, “You are finished! Go to [a certain lawyer’s office in Tel Aviv] at midnight, or go to jail.” Gafni thought he had the wrong number. He called again. The same message. He began to tremble as he realized that something terrible was going on. Over the next several hours, he began to piece things together. A former personal assistant, who had been threatening the organization with legal action over back pay, and who

when their targets’ names were searched. What emerges on the Internet is a false image, based on rumor, presented as fact; all in opposition of the axiom “innocent until proven guilty.” What makes Gafni’s story so interesting to me is not so much that, with hundreds of pages of evidence that exonerate him from these false allegations, he can clear his name in a fair-minded setting, but, on the Internet, it will take him years of

expression. The growing influence of blogs and bloggers over the last handful of years speaks volumes about dissatisfaction with the media and generic culture. There also seems to be a need, sometimes nearing addiction, for mass distribution of selfexpression held by these exhibitionists of the written word. The acceptance as “meaningful” granted to them by their own ever-expanding membership roster fuels the rapid growth of this amateur medium.

What makes Gafni’s story so interesting to me is not so much that, with hundreds of pages of evidence that exonerate him from these false allegations, he can clear his name in a fairminded setting, but, on the Internet, it will take him years of exhaustive effort and money to balance his innocence against the two year head start of those who claim he’s guilty. exhaustive effort and money to balance his innocence against the two-year head start of those who claim he’s guilty. Despite the potential to harm, blogging is the quintessential and idyllic evolution of American and international freedom of

I wrote my first blog post in 1996; long before, in time measured by Internet standards, the word “weblog” or “blog” was universally known and accepted into the mainstream lexicon. At the time, some were calling the very public self-publishing

“His best friends basically left him for dead,” says Gershon Winkler. over the previous year had sent him dozens of abusive emails, had gotten together with another woman to discuss Gafni. They discovered that Gafni had been intimately involved with both of them. We can’t know what exactly motivated them from there. We do know what they did: They went to the Tel Aviv police and filed a complaint. Sexual harassment laws have given women much-needed legal protection and gone a long way to support civil treatment of women everywhere. But when a woman tells the story of a sexual encounter and claims harassment, the man—guilty or innocent—will likely be in deep trouble if he does not have physical proof to the contrary. The woman doesn’t even have to seek legal redress—the complaint alone can sometimes be enough to get a professor or executive reprimanded or even fired. To complicate matters for the man, in Israel, unlike anywhere else, sexual harassment is a criminal offense. The women told the police that Gafni had, in one case, used his authority as an employer, and in the other, promised marriage to persuade her to have sex with him. They convinced other women, whom they discovered had been involved with Gafni over the years, to sign their affadavit. In fact, none of the women had been

of one’s own opinions, criticisms, thoughts and life stories to the Internet a “vanity page,” an “online journal.” My early posts were mostly lengthy, often ranting missives about politics with a lot of time, effort and kilobytes dumped into the 1996 Presidential race. It wasn’t long before I received calls, during political primary season, from two different Republican campaigns asking who I was, who I worked for and what my website was about. They didn’t like my analysis and they wanted me to stop. These two different campaign representatives could not wrap their heads around the idea that I was just a guy, sitting in his Denver basement, self-publishing his opinions and analysis on the field of Republican candidates fighting for the GOP nomination. While the number of readers I had at the time would be laughable by today’s standards, in 1996 it was enough to garner the attention of two presidential nomination campaigns. There is power in the written word and that power is intensified when any person, from any background, can release those words, unfettered and unregulated, into

Continued on next page the world for anyone to digest. Telling the truth, no matter how partisan your opinion, is an awesome responsibility, if you choose to view it that way. As the community of bloggers and online journalists continues to grow, so, too, do the numbers of the nefarious, the deluded and the predatory. For every handful of personal, political, entertainment or technology blogs online, whatever their motivation may be, there are always some who use their writing for some form of gain at the expense of others. That would appear to be the case regarding Gafni. Reputation has always been a fragile thing, but the future of reputation is uncertain. Blogs have emerged as a quick, cheap and anonymous means of mass communication that can be used to further an agenda, talk about politics, share pictures of your family picnic or a weapon to destroy someone else’s life. Things on the Internet never go away. Once you’ve been dragged through the mud, no matter how innocent you may be, somewhere, on the Internet, you’re guilty forever. Jeff Bell is the author of JMBell.org, one of the highest rated political blogs in Utah.


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Sally Kempton, a former journalist, leading spiritual teacher and second wave feminist was asked what good might come from this story. She responded, “Marc has gone through a deep purification. He will be an even deeper, better teacher in the second half of his life than he was in the first. The question is, can the people involved move from victimhood to power and responsibility? If they can, then Marc, the women, and all the shadowy players behind the scenes, will offer us great hope for healing in our world.” John deJong

Marc Gafni today, living in Salt Lake City

“And I was here on the back roads of Utah to discover something about the divine feminine so that I might speak of her in new ways. I danced in real ecstasy for hours on end.” either employees or students of Gafni at the time the relationships began. By the time Gafni arrived in Israel that night, the women had convinced his co-teacher, as well as key members of his staff, that they needed protection, and cited others as possible victims. Members of the community were prevented from speaking to Gafni by the women, who claimed that he was a danger to the community. Gafni says no one asked for his side of the story or checked any facts with him. “It was like a weird dream. I had never sexually harassed anyone. I had proof. I went to my computer for the emails I’d exchanged with these women—there were tons of them.” To his shock, a key batch of relevant emails and other correspondence between himself and one of the complainants—his former assistant—were gone. They had been erased from his computer. Worse than a weird dream, it was now a nightmare. He had no way of refuting the complaints. By this time, the story had been leaked to the Jewish press. Though many people in his community felt that Gafni was being railroaded, hysteria prevailed. Without consulting Rabbi Gafni, without cross-questioning the complainants or checking into their motives, a chain reaction was set in motion which resulted in the dissolution of Gafni’s movement. Several newspapers published sensational articles chronicling Gafni’s “downfall.” One reported (falsely) that he had been

accused of rape. Another (again, falsely) claimed that he had made promises to marry five women. Within a few days, Gafni’s teaching work and the organization to which he had dedicated his life had been discredited and destroyed. A group of Salt Lake attorneys helped Gafni recover the deleted data from his computer and then carefully review his correspondence with the women. “There is not a credible basis for legal action against [Gafni],” writes attorney Fredrick Thaler of Ray, Quinney Nebeker, a Salt Lake law firm, in a letter posted on Gafni’s website. “The complaints have no merit,” writes Charlotte Miller, who also served as Gafni’s legal council. However, like the many commentators who assumed that the accusations against the Duke lacrosse team were true, people moved to distance themselves from him immediately. According to feminist writers such as Dafna Pattai, Cathy Young, Laura Kipnis and Bell Hooks, the key reason for this distancing is fear. In a culture where truth is less important than perception, people are afraid to be associated with someone accused of sexual misconduct, even when they know the accusations are untrue. Associates fear liability, or being perceived as not protecting the ostensible victims—two consequences of defending the accused in a culture that assumes that women or groups of women always tell the truth about sexual harassment. This belief persists despite data to the contrary, including the recent collapse of the case against the Duke lacrosse players, not to mention the historic experience of black men lynched because a white woman interpreted a casual glance as sexual harassment. Feminist writers such as Laura Kipnis and Cristina Hoff Summers have written extensively to expose this kind of “victim feminism”: a stance which assumes that in situations of this sort, the woman is always a helpless victim of male desire. “His best friends basically left him for dead,” says Gershon Winkler. Gafni felt he had no choice but to return to the

United States to think through what he should do. In the pain and sorrow of those first few days, he decided that as the creator of the organization which had turned on him, he should take on himself responsibility for the dysfunctions that had led to the situation. He wrote a public letter claiming all spiritual responsibility for what had happened. Accepting the advice of a friend and mentor, he took personal responsibility for the “sickness” behind what had happened and volunteered to seek treatment. This seemed, at the time of trauma and confusion, to be the only way to defuse the growing frenzy. Without the missing emails, he had no proof of his innocence, and at that time he had no idea the disappeared computer files would be restored. Gafni refused any interviews and for the next two years maintained public silence, allowing the stories that were circulating to stand as “truth.” In the meantime, he began an intensive formal process of self-examination and inner work. It was about this time that Gafni came to Salt Lake City at the invitation of a friend and teaching colleague, mediator and Zen teacher Diane Hamilton and her husband, former Utah chief justice Michael Zimmerman. Gafni was living quietly in a small home in Sugar House. Soon after we met, he told us about a pivotal event that had shown him both the depths of his fall, and the painful but spiritually profound path to turning the pain into compassion. He had gone several times to Sabbath dinners at the house of a local family, mainly for the sake of experiencing community. One night, the host took him aside. “One of our guests read the Internet and says she can’t sit at the table with you. I know it’s not true, but she thinks you are a child molester,” he told Gafni. “I have to ask you to leave and not come back. I’m sorry. There is nothing I can do.” Gafni realized that he—who just six months before would have been an honored guest at such a gathering—was in essence a pariah. “I was stunned at first to realize that people were looking at me through the lens of a hate site, and couldn’t see who I am,” he said. “That night, I was up all night, meditating about it, awash in agonized tears. Suddenly, in the midst of my grief, this profound feeling of joy came over me. In Hebrew wisdom, we speak of how the divine feminine, the Shekhinah, has been exiled by God, and lives as hidden sparks inside human souls. I realized that I was participating in the pain of the exiled Shekhinah, the sorrow of the divine feminine thrown out of the kingdom. I, like her, was wrongly exiled and sat in dust and ashes. We were together. As I realized this, my heart became so ecstatic that I began to dance. “Then I remembered the hidden teaching about the old Hassidic masters. These famous rabbis would sometimes discard their robes and wander as beggars through the villages of Western Europe, knocking on the doors of wealthy devotees. Invariably, they would be thrown out by people who, if they had seen them in full regalia, would have honored them. “It all fit together for me then. “I had spent my life seeking after the goddess, trying to return the feminine to her place…and


Former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson is founder and president of High Road for Human Rights and a nationally known anti-war activist. He is no stranger to character defamation, online and off. Anderson has read the documents on Gafni’s situation and has this to say:

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sign of the escape from personal responsibility is the astounding incivility displayed when people can hide behind their anonymity or disregard the truth with reckless abandon. The ability to mislead, whether about one’s identity or about the facts, seems to neutralize a sense of moral responsibility for many people.

“Any feminist should be appalled at the pretension of such utter powerlessness and lack of responsibility.” For those people, the truth be damned. And the reputations of others be damned. The Internet has opened the door to the most boorish, nasty, infantile instincts of people, most of whom would never have the nerve to say what they do if they were required to back up what they say with any facts. Rabbi Marc Gafni has been a victim of a spiraling abandonment of responsibility. After emails from women with whom that in some extreme sense the Shekhinah was testing my love, and she had hurt me because in some sense I hadn’t seen something about her. These relationships had hurt women I loved. Even while she was hurting me, she was embracing me. And I was here on the back roads of Utah to discover something about the divine feminine so that I might speak of her in new ways. I danced in real ecstasy for hours on end.” Gafni later shared the incident with his friend, Brother David Stendl-Rast, who was reminded of an anecdote about Saint Francis: A disciple once asked, “What would be for you the most perfect joy?” Francis replied that for him, perfect joy would be to seek shelter in

he had relationships were deleted from his computer, complaints were made by the women that make it appear they were helpless, obtuse, easily fooled victims of a man who took advantage of them. The emails were recovered from Gafni’s computer hard-drive. Reading them, it appears clear that those relationships actually had been the product of mutual consent and honest, loving disclosure. “Gee, I had a sexual relationship with Marc, but things didn’t turn out how I had hoped, so I’ll blame him for my part in it and hurt him however I can,” is the subtext of the complaint. Any feminist should be appalled at the pretension of such utter powerlessness and lack of responsibility. That isn’t the end of it, however. The story became known to a woman who claims to have recovered the most bizarre memories of baby-sacrificing satanic rituals, and to a man who is a gossip columnist in the pornography industry, who smeared the claims all over the Internet. And they did it in the most salacious, outrageous manner. They’re not required to prove their attacks. They just destroy a man’s reputation and much of his life, then move on to the next person. —Rocky Anderson

a house, be rejected and thrown out, and left to lie in the mud with the dogs. Gafni says this teaching, which might have seemed wildly extreme and weird to him previously, actually described the profound spiritual opportunity that he had begun to see in this moment of his life. So along with examining his part in what he called the “contribution system” that had created this situation, and the qualities in himself that needed to change, Gafni also began a powerful inner journey into the subtleties of the masculine-feminine relationship. “Sexuality creates wounds— sometimes mortal ones,” he writes in an unpublished essay called “The Wounds of Love.” “But if we learn to

live wide open even as we are hurt by love, then the divine wakes up to its own true nature. To be firm in your knowing of love, even when you are desperate, and to be strong in your heart of forgiveness even when you are betrayed, this is what it means to be holy.” Along with his inner work, Gafni began collecting documentary evidence to prove the falsity of the claims against him. He took polygraph tests with internationally recognized polygraph expert Gordon Barland which fully supported his assertion that the relationships with these women had been mutual, and had not resulted from any deception or inappropriate deployment of power on Gafni’s part. He underwent an extensive psychological evaluation with three independent evaluators. Their conclusions and his own were summarized by by Paul J. Goodberg, M.A.: “I am convinced that Rabbi Gafni never abusively hurt or exploited anyone. He is completely reputable.” Ray, Quinney Nebeker turned his computer over to PeakSpan, LLC, a Salt Lake data recovery firm, which recovered valuable information and proved data had been intentionally removed. “Of course, I regret with all my heart that anyone experienced hurt through their relationship with me. And, remember what Bono sings? ‘We hurt each other and we do it again.’ The key is what we do with our hurt,” Gafni says. “But what I most deeply regret is that I allowed myself to jeopardize the work we were doing by engaging in these relationships. I believed that what we were doing was sharing love, and that therefore there was nothing ethically, and certainly not legally, wrong. I still believe that. But I also recognize that a spiritual teacher has to hold strong boundaries around his personal life. Even mutual relationships with powerful and autonomous women are a problem for a public teacher. Moreover, in retrospect, our relationship did not serve the highest growth of these women; it endangered our movement and let down my supporters, friends and partners. In that sense—although I was unconscious of it at the time—they were unethical relationships and I regret that deeply.” But even by Israel’s strict standard, in no way did he break the law. Gafni has contracts for several new books and is beginning to teach again. He has been invited to

create and host a documentary movie that uses the frame of his story to look into contemporary sexual and spiritual politics, and how rumor, innuendo and hysteria can destroy a life. And to show how a life can be rebuilt in love without bitterness. Most of all, he seems committed to helping foster a social justice movement that works to end genocide, human trafficking and sexual slavery in the world. Gafni seems determined not to attack his accusers, unless they leave him with no choice, but rather to facilitate healing. “It is the challenge of the spiritual practitioner,” says Diane Musho Hamilton, “and especially that of a teacher, to become intimate with the processes of life and death, of destruction and of transformation. In this way, everything that arises, whether it appears as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unjust, is regarded as the path. To walk it requires great fearlessness, an abundance of compassion, a willingness to accept blame, and the offering of forgiveness.” Sally Kempton, a former journalist, leading spiritual teacher and second wave feminist was asked what good might come from this story. She responded, “Marc has gone through a deep evolution. He will be an even deeper, better teacher in the second half of his life than he was in the first. The question is, can the people involved move from victimhood to power and responsibility? If they can, then Marc, the women, and all the shadowy players behind the scenes, will offer us great hope for healing in our world.” The third act of this drama has yet to be written. Can this spiritual teacher come back from the dead? The answer is most likely “yes,” due to Gafni’s unflagging persistence. Did the obloquy and ignominy of the last two years break his spirit? No, though it has left some scars. Yet, throughout the whole of this nightmare, in circumstances that could easily, and forgivably, break the spirit of nearly any other person, Gafni has managed to hold onto his chronic optimism and genuine love for humanity. ◆ Jeff Bell is a writer, part-time indie filmmaker, musician, wonk and political consultant. He is the former Democratic National Committee communications director for Utah and former president of the Children’s Justice Corps. Greta deJong is editor and publisher of CATALYST. For more about Marc Gafni, visit WWW.MARCGAFNI.COM


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Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. —E.B. White ne thing about Utah, we always have the best scandals. By comparison, the stuff that goes on in other places can seem just plain tawdry— a politician caught with his pants down, someone with a hand in the cookie jar, that sort of thing. But Utah-style ignominy unfolds in intricately plotted dramas. Who can forget Mark Hoffman and the “white salamander” forgery, or cold fusion, or the star-crossed romance between Congresswoman Enid Greene and Joe Waldholtz? Then there are the everyday absurdities like Gayle Ruzicka, polygamists, Utah liquor laws or what happens during pretty much any session of the Utah Legislature. In fact, for the past 30 years the news from Utah has supplied enough absurdity to keep “Saturday’s Voyeur,” the annual Utah parody from the Salt Lake Acting Company, fresh and funny every single year. (Well, maybe except for that one

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is black” Buttars and the abovementioned Gayle Ruzicka. Are you finding this hard to picture? Well, Cynthia Fleming has not only imagined it, she has choreographed it and put it on stage. Fleming has choreographed dances for 11 episodes of “Saturday’s Voyeur” and she is also the director of audience relations for the Salt Lake Acting Company. (She’s the tall blonde with a gorgeous smile who encourages you to buy season tickets before the show.) She says she got involved with “Voyeur” by way of Broadway (the one in New York City, that is): “I grew up in Utah, and I was a product of a wonderful musical theatre program at the U of U. It was a combined music/theatre /dance program, and they don’t have it any more. I went to California, got into ‘A Chorus Line’ and stayed with the show until it closed in 1990. Then I thought, I could do theatre in Utah.” At the time she thought of herself as a dancer. She says, “Being a choreographer was something I never aspired to be. I wanted someone to tell me what to do, but a friend was in town and he said, I need a tango. Why don’t you choreograph me a tango?” From there, she ended up writing dances for “Voyeur” and uncovered her hidden talent for comedy: “Julie Jenson, who’s our resident playwright, first brought it to my attention,” says Fleming. “The nature of “Voyeur” is that it’s funny and I was just doing my job. It was Julie who first said to me ‘You choreograph funny. How do you do it funny?’”

The rumble between Ralph Becker and Tom Dolan is basically the dance you remember from “West Side Story.” And Mario Capecchi’s dancing mice? Straight from Busby Berkeley. In any case, the 30th anniversary episode of “Saturday’s Voyeur” is rolling-on-the-floor funny (as long as, or especially if, you don’t mind some raunchy jokes). Kudos to Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht for yet another hilarious script. But “Saturday’s Voyeur” is a musical revue, not stand-up comedy, so it’s only fair to mention that a lot of the laughs come from some extremely funny dances. Try to imagine, for instance, a pas-de-deux danced by scowling Utah State Senator Chris “this baby

Locally, Fleming’s dances have gained sufficient notoriety that she was invited to participate in the Repertory Dance Theatre 2008 Iron Choreographer competition, an experience she describes as “like childbirth. I’ve never been so scared in my entire life.” Iron Choreographer is not meant to be taken seriously. It is a silly contest where choreographers get some dancers, a secret ingredient and one hour to prepare a dance and present it on stage. Nonetheless, Fleming says that she felt nervous

comparing herself to other competitors who teach in academic programs or dance with professional companies. She says, “When they asked me I said, “You know I’m a musical theatre choreographer?” Fleming had her dancers turn around and talk through their butts, which produced a flash of selfawareness: “Iron Choreographer was the first time that it really came out how much ‘Voyeur’ has become part of me as a choreographer,” she says. “It was very clear that I’m a ‘Voyeur’ choreographer.” But how does she do it funny? “Lately I’ve been thinking about being funny, and it hasn’t stopped the flow,” says Fleming. She gives credit to the writers: “I’m just trying to match Nancy’s words. I never try to be funny. It just happens through Nancy’s words. What I’m trying to do is rise up and showcase Nancy’s lyrics.” She also credits the skilled actors: “I work with these actors who move beautifully. I tell them, all I want you to do is never say no and completely trust me.” But at the risk of overanalyzing, Fleming’s dances are funny beyond just the lyrics. Part of it is that when Fleming uses Broadway dances to tell a joke, her affection for Broadway shines through. She describes the process of creating one dance—“So Mayors Tom Dolan and Ralph Becker are fighting for that Broadway-style theater. They have a Broadway danceoff, and I started thinking about ‘West Side Story’ and how they’re getting ready for the rumble. The key is that the dance really is essentially the one you remember from ‘West Side Story.’” And Mario Capecchi’s dancing mice? Straight from Busby Berkeley. So go to “Saturday’s Voyeur” for what the program promises—“some breathing space in the atmosphere of our very red state,” but while you are there, be sure to appreciate the tap-dancing queer missionaries. ◆ Amy Brunvand is a dance enthusiast and librarian at the University of Utah.

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YOGA FOR EVERYONE

Never Too Young Even kids can benefit from yoga practice

BY YAEL CALHOUN

hat allows kids to use a lot of energy, make funny noises, relax and learn all at the same time? Yoga. Kids derive the same benefits from yoga as adults do—yoga heals and strengthens in many ways. Yoga helps build muscles, coordination, flexibility and stamina. Like other exercise, yoga provides a physical release for stress. But yoga offers more than just physical exercise. As young people practice yoga, they can increase their self-confidence and their ability to concentrate and to focus. Yoga also fosters creativity and self-expression as children explore and develop their own variations on poses.

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Chair Pose to Hanging Bridge a. Chair Pose (Utkatasana) “We may not have a chair, but let’s take a seat anyway.” “Let’s stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with our feet about a foot apart. Roll your shoulders back and take a deep breath in through your nose. Stretch your arms out in front of you and pretend you are holding on to a bar. Now as you breathe out, begin to sit down. Do you feel how your weight shifts to your heels? See if you can sit a little bit more. Stay here for two breaths and then breathe yourself back up to Mountain Pose. Let’s do that again. If you would like the challenge of a balance, try to lift your heels off the floor as you sit in your chair.” Benefits: Chair Pose builds strength in the legs, arms, and the abdominal area (core). b. Hanging Bridge “Picture in your mind how it would look if we doubled that pose.” “Let’s practice all breathing in and out together. Find someone who is about your height. Reach toward each other and wrap your hands around the other person’s wrists. At the same time, both take a deep breath in and then let the breath out. Let’s do this again.” “Now, slowly bend toward each other as you each lean back, keeping your legs straight. Remember to breathe as you stretch your shoulders. After two breaths here, bend your knees at the same time and sit back. After two more breaths, each come down to a squat. Now slowly rise back up to the starting position. Let’s try this again, remembering to breathe in and out together.” Benefits: In addition to the benefits of Chair Pose,

Hanging Bridge teaches awareness of breathing and cooperation.

Boat Pose to Double Boat Pose a. Boat Pose (Navasana) “We are going to be a boat with a deep “V” shaped bottom. Imagine you are on a calm, peaceful lake. What do you see around you?” “Sit with your legs out in front of you. Slowly bend your knees and lift your feet off the mat. You can wrap your arms around the backs of your legs so you can balance on your seat! When you extend your arms out does the boat start to rock? If it feels good, you can straighten your legs so your body is in a “V” shape, like the hull of a boat. How can you make your body calm and peaceful, just like the lake you imagine you are in? Maybe you want to bend your knees and hold your legs to calm the boat. You practice yoga by listening to your body.” Benefits: Boat Pose builds strength in the abdominal muscles. It is also a great pose for practicing balance, which means it also builds concentration!

Double Boat Pose “Picture in your mind how this pose would look if you doubled it. Let’s see if we can do it.” “Find someone who has legs about the same length as yours. Sit facing each other, with your knees bent and feet flat on the mat. With your arms on the outside of your legs, grab hands so that your fingers are wrapped around each other’s wrists. Now slowly raise one leg so that the soles of your feet touch. Straighten the legs up, just like in boat pose. Now do the same thing with the other legs, so that both of your legs are raised. Breathe together for

My yoga with kids began when my three sons were young. They would tumble around me as I practiced. I am continually amazed at how intuitive yoga is. My guys would create their own wonderful poses or move into actual yoga poses they had never seen, just because it felt good or was fun. Three years ago, we started teaching yoga at my kids’ elementary school and then during the summers at various kids’ camps and at the YWCA shelter. It is from these wonderful experiences that our book— “Create a Yoga Practice for Kids” (Sunstone Press, 2006) was born. Before a yoga class, my kids and I would think of fun themes to keep

three breaths. Come down, shake out your legs, and double your boat again.” Benefits: Adding to the benefits of Boat Pose, Double Boat Pose builds confidence in others, while it provides a superb shoulder stretch. It also shows kids how fun yoga can be.

Butterfly Pose to Kaleidoscope of Butterflies a. Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana) “Picture a special place you would like to be a butterfly. Imagine how it smells and sounds.” “Let’s be butterflies by sitting with straight spines and pulling our legs in so that the soles of our own feet touch. Our legs become flapping butterfly wings as we gently raise and lower our knees. I am flying to a rainforest— where would you like to fly?” b. Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Pose “Have you ever seen a group of butterflies on some flowers or resting in a tree? Let’s see if our group can make a group of colorful butterflies. Do you know what a group of butterflies is called? A kaleidoscope.” “Let’s sit in a big circle with our knees almost touching. As we gently flap our butterfly wings, let’s go around the circle and tell where we would like to fly. Now close your eyes and visualize a new place to fly!” Note: You can reach your arms under your “folded wings” to grasp the hands of the person on either side. Then all together, have everyone try to balance on their seats! This quickly becomes a group favorite. Benefits: This pose adds the benefits of working as a group and developing the ability to visualize desirable destinations. ◆ Some of this material comes from Yael Calhoun’s book, “Create A Yoga Practice for Kids” (Sunstone Press, 2006).”


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Native American Celebration in the Pa r k July 24, 7 a.m. to fireworks time! A community cultural festival, the 14th Annual Native American Celebration in the Park is where you want to be for an intertribal powwow, food booths, arts and crafts, fireworks, and multicultural entertainment. Bring your own chairs. Powwow $4 gen admission, free for children under 6 and senior citizens over 65. The rest of the festival is free to all. Liberty Park, 500 E. 900 S. For more information call Cal Nez at 533-9503 or visit WWW.NACIP.COM.

P racticing Dynamic Alignment: C o n n e c t i n g Pi l a t e s and Rolfing Saturday, July 12, 1pm. Rolfers Paul Wirth and Mary Phillips along with Julie

Caranddo, owner of Exhale Pilates Center, will talk about what leads to and what stands in the way of a strong, balanced body, the meaning of “core” and “integration,” ease and strain, and other topics in light of what Pilates and Rolfing have in com-

July 16, 12-1p. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and neither do seminars that teach you how to manage your spending habits better. This class will teach you how emotions, attitudes, past behaviors can all get in the way of spending money wisely and will explore some of the reasons behind bad money choices. We will also identify tools for avoiding debt traps and showing respect for ourselves and our money. One-hour PowerPoint presentation. Handouts provided. Call 468-3179 to register. County Government Center, 2001 S. State St. S1200. mon as well as how they differ and complement each other. Flow Yoga, Sugar House (2065 East 2100 South). Free. Info: WWW.EXHALEPILATESCENTER.COM; WWW.ROLFINGSALTLAKE.COM

Judaism and the Grateful Dead/Rock Concert and the Book of Genesis July 14-15 7-9p. When a musical community exists for

over 30 years and a religious community exists for over 4,000 years, the two will cross paths. Monday night join Rabbi Grife in

an amazing workshop exploring the connections between Judaism and the famous rock band The Grateful Dead. This workshop will be followed by a Grateful Dead jam session and sing-a-long. The following evening Rabbi Grife captures the essence and significance of questions in the first book of the Bible (ahem, that’s Genesis, FYI) in his rock concert entitled “Tales From the First Book.” Free and open to all. Jewish Community Center, 2 North Medical Drive.

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Canine Casino Night Aug 1 6:30-10p. C.M. Coolidge’s painting of dogs playing poker comes to life! Take part in a “fetching” fundraiser for No More Homeless Pets in Utah, featuring games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas hold’em. Canines are, of course, welcome. Get your paws on tickets: $35 ($40 at the door), which include signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and admission to the Canine Royal Lounge, silent and live auctions. Radisson Hotel, 215 West South Temple. WWW.UTAHPETS.ORG

How to Build and Use a Telescope July 16-18. (Repeats August 13-15.) Calling all Keplers and Copernicuses in the

ence. Applications at WWW.CLARKPLANETARIClark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 W. 456-STAR. UM.ORG

Wander the Wetlands July 17, 8-10p. Experience the Great Salt Lake as the sun sets and the (almost) full moon rises, with a leisurely expertguided walk of the Shorelands Preserve. Bring along a picnic and enjoy dinner in the pavilion before you look for birds and

making! The tools and guidance you need to hone your passion for astronomy are waiting for you at Telescope Camp! With $100 tuition ($50 for students from Title 1 schools), each participant receives and learns to use a 6-inch Dobsonian telescope, star charts, and astronomy materials. Celestial night sky and intense feelings of interconnectedness at no extra charge. Open on a firstcome, first-serve basis to ages 12-17 and to teachers with a strong interest in sci-

Obstacle Course Wool Demos Handicrafts 75 Llamas Races Food Admission: $3/$1 kids Music by

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It ’s all in the eyes “Monet to Picasso” at Utah Museum of Fine Art

BY CAROL KOLEMAN

n June 23rd, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts welcomed what may be the most significant art exhibit Salt Lake City has ever seen, the Monet to Picasso exhibit. Having experienced museums all over the world, I was excited to view this exhibit considering that the collection was as significant as any great museums I had been to. The exhibit represents a 100-year span (1864-1964) as one wanders chronologically through rooms, from impressionism, to post-impressionism, early modernist sculptures and cubism, finishing in the avant-garde period. This touring exhibition (visiting only four North American cities) comes from the Cleveland Museum of Art, which shares this extraordinary show with the world as their facility is being renovated and enlarged. I was prepared to be awed by some of my favorites. Van Gogh with his thick, swirling brush strokes, so integrated that it’s difficult to discern the foreground from the background. Rodin, and the Fall of the Angels: two figures (male and female), clinging together and swirling in the marble ‘wind’ reminiscent of Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, held in eternal embrace while buffeted in the inferno. What I wasn’t prepared for was to be deeply moved by works that I had not seriously considered before. Picasso’s blue period is not one that resonated with me until I came across the incredible ‘La Vie’ (life). Standing before this large painting, I learned that the main figure was believed to be Carlos Casagemas, Picasso’s dear friend who committed suicide after being rejected by a lover. He stands holding a woman in his arms, while looking at another, older woman holding a baby. Initially the figure’s expressions struck me; Carlos stares with exquisite suffering into his moth-

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Dali’s ‘The Dream.’ As with ‘La Vie,’ I looked into this painting and allowed the images to slowly reveal themselves to me, as in a dream. Freud and his theory of psychoanalysis inspired surrealists to explore the inner depths of the mind through their art. One must look closely at the images Dali creates in ‘The Dream’ (some are tiny but significant) to fully grasp the disjointed story playing out in the dreamer’s mind. There is an obvious Oedipus theme: men reach inside large red pillars, clearly displaying Freud’s theories of dream images in the ‘Interpretation of Dreams.’ This painting portrays the complexities that lie in our subconscious. It takes some time to analyze... (that’s a joke). er’s face; his lover looks down with resignation, perhaps regret, and his mother with an expression only a mother could display at the death of her child. But we see a mother’s anger as well; she understands that he is rejecting the life she gave to him. Carlos’ hand points to the mother in the same gesture as in Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam,’ and I wonder, is Carlos’ gesture acknowledging the life his mother gave to him, or is it symbolically returning this life to his creator? This is all conjecture of course but as this (and any) visual story plays out through images of life and death, one notices details that expand one’s perception. We can never fully know the artists’ intentions, but we can catch a glimpse of their vision. We can choose to shrug our shoulders and walk away, the same as when we came. Or we can surrender to the image and fill ourselves with the poignant beauty of all that it implies. Moving into the Surrealist (and final) room, I felt at first disconnected with the art (perhaps that is intentional) until I focused in on

I must say it was an amazing journey through these masters’ halls, beginning with the dreamy eyes of Renoir’s Romaine Lacaux (he was so good at eyes, wasn’t he?) and ending with the absent eyes of Dali’s dreamer. It occurred to me that this is an exhibit of shared vision: We view the looks of the painted subjects as they view something beyond anything we could ever know. ◆ Carol Koleman wrote CATALYST’s “Profile of a Goddess” column that recently concluded.

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Kanzeon Zen Center: Exploring Zen and Nature (Art Month) July 1 – Aug 2. Spend the most parched, desert-y month of Utah drinking in creativity and originality at the Kanzeon Zen Center. Share an exciting journey of artistic creativity, beginning with an Earth, Air, Fire & Water art show opening on July 5 at 7p. The following Saturday, July 12, the Zen Center is proud to feature Utah’s Poet Laureate, Katherine Coles. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 7p, followed by a poetry reading at 7:30. Throughout the month, the Zen Center will be offering workshops on writing and poetry, Japanese flower arranging

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Ending World Hunger (All Saints Episcopal Church) Aug 3 and 10. 11:15 am (following 10:15 morning worship). Come learn about global poverty relief, eco-stewardship and your important part in making poverty a thing of the past. A raffle will be held for an LCD HDTV, and if that isn’t bait enough, books, tapes, DVDs, and other cool items will be on sale. All proceeds support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, on the corner of Foothill Dr. and 1700 S. For more information call 581-0380. and much more. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the Kanzeon community! Everyone is welcome. For information and to register call 328-8414 or email signup@kzci.org. WWW.KANZEONZENCENTER.ORG

Women’s Art Center July Art and Tea Party

SL Art Center Art Ta l k s July 18 6:30p. Had enough political talk for the whole year? Reached your saturation point with celebrity gossip? Gather with your fellow gallery strollers and kick off Friday Gallery Strolls with an engaging art talk featuring Campbell Gray, director of the BYU Museum of Art, and his presentation titled “Present Tense: A Post-337 Project.” It’s the first of three art talk events scheduled for the third Fridays of July, August and September, all featuring noted artists, curators and scholars from Utah and beyond. Free. 320 S West Temple, 328-4201. Visit WWW.SLARTCENTER.ORG for additional information and other SLAC activities!

July 13, 1p. Enjoy a tea-tasting where you can sample a variety of exotic teas sponsored by the Tea Grotto as artists from “The Body Unfurled” exhibit will discuss their current work. It’s a terrific opportunity to learn about new teas and the art featured in The Women’s Art Center’s current exhibit. Their website says, “‘The Body Unfurled’ represents the concept of the Body being exposed, and documented, in differing perspectives: internal, external; hidden, visible; layered, uncovered; spoken, and by way of text. Through printmaking, sculpture and bookbinding, the artists in this show have explored paths of expressing their idea of the Body, taking from society’s view of fashion and sex, to investigating the emotional relationship to the body. “ Admission is $7 in advance via PayPal or $10 at the door. Members get in FREE. Pay now to ensure your spot, as space is limited. Women’s Art Center, 345 W. Pierpont Ave. WWW.WOMENSARTCENTER.ORG.

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Dear Mama Donna, I am not a follower of the Goddess, but I was walking around in downtown Brooklyn with my sixyear-old daughter, Beatrice, when she said to me, “Mommy, I don’t believe in God. I believe in Mother Nature and the fairies in the woods. That’s why I make circles with the rocks.” Clearly she is on a spiritual path and I would like to support her, but I really don’t have the background to show a six-year-old the path to the Goddess. Ready and Willing, Brooklyn, NY

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Rites for kids? Mama Donna responds to Beatrice’s mom and to Beatrice herself BY DONNA HENES

Dear Ready, Willing, and Able, Ah, to have had a mom like you when I was six and building altars and shrines in nature! I am deeply impressed with your desire to help your daughter pursue her own personal spiritual path, without coercion, indoctrination, judgment, or repression. Brava! Children are natural ceremonialists. They are reverent, practical, organized, open, response-able, and utterly sincere. They are still linked with the infinite profound, and believe in the magical power of tranceformation. They are more than willing to suspend logic and take that crucial leap of faith. They believe. My fairy goddess daughter and soul sister, Shameike, is my favorite ritual partner. Eleven now, she has spent summers and spring breaks with me ever since she was three. Over the past eight years, we have established quite a roster of rites for special occasions as well as for daily life. Our most consistent and satisfying has been “Doing Om” at bedtime. After we read stories or talk, we join our energy and chant together. I sit on her bed and we hold (all four) hands to create a complete circle of the two of us. We close our eyes, center ourselves, breathe deeply, and chant “Om.” Every night it is different — sometimes our energy carries us longer, sometimes the chant is quite brief. Occasionally, a visiting friend will join our intimate circle. Once in a while, it gets silly and giggly, but more often, we tone until we feel relaxed and peaceful. She usually drifts off to sleep, while I feel revitalized for the rest of my night’s chores.

This has become sacred to us, and we never miss. On her first day back in Exotic Brooklyn last summer after our months-long separation, she asked, “Can we Do Om for a really long time tonight?” This

ritual binds us in an unbreakable embrace, which is at once physical and spiritual. It cements our connection as family, and honors the divine union of our eternal soul-selves. We are bound by our breath.

Children are natural ceremonialists. They are reverent, practical, organized, open, response-able, and utterly sincere. They are still linked with the infinite profound, and believe in the magical power of tranceformation. They are more than willing to suspend logic and take that crucial leap of faith. They believe.

Once we attended a wonderful Passover seder with the extended clan of the Living Theater. At one point during the ceremony, someone started to intone Om. Soon, everyone lent their attention and voice. Shameike slipped her hand into mine and squeezed it in silent affirmation of the years of our shared understanding and experience of Doing Om. The moon is another great way to link to the Goddess. In most cultures, the moon represents the divine female principle. Luna is the Lady in the Moon. She is the queen of the subconscious, the emotions, the spirit, and maternity. She rules creativity and invites our admiration and interaction. Women have always claimed a special relationship with La Madama Madonna Moon. Kids, too, have a special affinity to the moon and identify it as a friend and companion. Remember the feeling that the moon was following you wherever you went? The first thing Shameike always wants to know when I pick her up in the summer is when the full moon will be. When she was little, she called it the “whole moon.” Keep track of the lunar cycles and do something really wonderful together to mark the full and new moons. Treat the new moon like a mini-new year, a new beginning. Create an intention for the coming moonth. Make a resolution. Start a joint project. Plan to do something new. Make a wish on the first crescent. Celebrate the full moon by walking, dancing, drumming, swimming, bathing, sleeping in its bright light. Turn off all your lights, raise the shades, and invite the moonlight in. Make shadow puppets. Take a middle-of-the-night field trip to some beautiful place in nature. Get dressed up all in white and take family pictures. Don’t forget to bring snacks! You might want to say some version of grace at meals, acknowledging the bountiful Earth Goddess for all of the fruits and vegetables from Her belly. Set a beautiful table, light candles, and make pretty food in honor of simply being alive and loving each other. Decorate your house, her room, the windows, the


yard, for every holiday and seasonal change. Since she already seems to be drawn to altars and shrines, you can encourage her to make a very special one for her room where she can “make offerings” to her own vision of the Goddess of Nature. She will certainly have her own very distinct idea of what that might mean. Take your cues from your daughter. She still remembers. xx Mama Donna

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Can we get together and make a Goddess circle or a Mother Nature Circle or a water circle or an earth circle or an air circle or a fire circle? Beatrice

Dear Beatrice, Yes. It would be my honor to do a circle together with you. But you know you can also do a circle whenever you want to all by yourself. Or you can invite your mom or a friend if you feel like sharing. You can sit down with a bowl of water and a bowl of earth. You can ask your mom to help you light some incense to make fire and sweet smelling air. Keep on making your stone circles. Stones come from the earth. They are like the bones of the body of Mother Earth. Circles are powerful magic. The moon is a circle. The earth is a circle. The year is a circle. People all over the world have made circles out of stone to use like a church or temple for their ceremonies to the Great Goddess. Why not have your own circle ceremony inside of one of the circles of stones that you have built? You made the circle. You can make the ceremony, too. You can make it any way you want! Also you can talk to the Goddess any time you want to. You can ask Her for help, or you can just tell Her how you feel about Her. Of course, if She does help you, I’m sure that you will remember your best manners and say “Thank you!” Whenever you have a question, please write to me and I will answer you. I send circles of fire, water, earth and sky to bless you. xxMama Donna Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. Send your questions about seasons, cycles, and celebrations to Mama Donna at cityshaman@aol,com.

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TRANSFORM U BY AURETHA CALLISON

Color U Gorgeous Reviewing the seasonal approach to choosing your best colors olor is power. Wearing your best colors can affect you so strongly that you experience people being attracted to you and complimenting you in an attempt to make a connection with your energy. Color has the power to transform, soothe, excite, inspire and mesmerize. Colors can bring a room or home together—or break the continuity and create a feeling of unrest. On our bodies, color can be our calling card. It can say (for us) that we are coming to make a powerful agreement (red) and that we believe we are attractive and don’t you think so, too? We can say that we are easy to be with (blue) and that we are passionate (purple). We love to learn (orange), and we are hopeful and cheerful (yellow). Color sends a message far ahead of our language and prepares people to be in the space to receive what we are offering. I’m sure you’ve heard of people being categorized in color seasons. There are two cool seasons and two warm seasons. Cool seasons are defined by white and blue tones. The cool metallic color is silver. A “winter” would be someone who looks good in black, white, dark gray, deep purples, blues, reds and deep intense “jewel tones.” This person goes gray well and looks yucky in weaker, mellow colors. A “summer” looks good in vibrant pastels— still intense colors (like the jewel tones) but with more white added. Black won’t look as good, because it is just too intense and will wash a “summer” out. Pinks, blues, periwinkle, lavender, watermelon and aqua are all great colors for this person. Great examples of cools are Asians and people with blue eyes and paler skin. Many summers are natural blue-eyed blondes. Cools should avoid brown, gold and yellow-beige at all costs! Warm seasons are defined by brown and yellow tones. The warm metallics are gold and copper. Warms need to avoid colors with too much

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blue, gray, black or silver. An “autumn” will typically be a redhead or brunette with freckles and look great in brown, coppery orange, moss green, rusty ginger, chartreuse and dark turquoise. They are easy to spot and wear intense warms beautifully. Many people mistakenly think they are this season because they are attracted to the rich, earthy and grounding colors. People are also attracted to “autumns” because they are the rarest color category (3%) and wear these colors so well! A “spring” looks great in lighter yellow-toned colors like soft coral, yellowgreens, tangerine and soft brown, olive and ginger. Springs look terrible in black and require a light hand with makeup. Light aqua and soft watermelon are a sure bet! A great example of a spring is a strawberry blonde with pale skin. Two colors look great on almost everyone—turquoise and watermelon, which contain equal amounts of warm and cool colors. Applying these rules to makeup and hair is especially important, because anything near your face needs to be your best colors. Remember that sales people know how to sell a product, not necessarily what color is best on you. Natural light is critical for purchasing the right colors for your face and also seeing your hair color. Ask your stylist to walk out into the light with you at the end of your session with a mirror so there are no surprises when you go out the door! When you go blonde, if you are cool, go ash blonde (white blonde), not orange blonde and vice versa for the warms. Winters will gray beautifully, but require a cut that is a classic shape, such as a long bob, not just long hair that’s gray. The rest of us get to color our hair so that we keep our vital look because as we age we lose our color. Blush and lipstick become more important and defining our eyes with soft shades is helpful as well. Color is energy. Use it well! ◆ Auretha Callison is an image and essence consultant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Questions? AURETHACALLISON@YAHOO.COM.


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Rolfing® Structural Integration Certified Rolfers Paul Wirth, 638-0021 and Mary Phillips, 809-2560. Rolfing improves movement, eases pain, and brings about lasting change in the body. Addressing structure together with patterns in movement and coordination, we help people find ease, resilience, efficiency and comfort. Free consultations. WWW.ROLFINGSALTLAKE.COM. Sensate Tools for Body Knowledge Ever wonder how you can influence the way your body feels? I combine myofascial/structural manipulation with Laban Movement Analysis to help you feel, understand, and re-pattern the movements that form your body every day. Matthew Nelson, CLMA, CMT, 897-7892 THEWNELSON@VERIZON.NET. Soma Libra, LLC Ingrid Bregand, LMT, KMI. 801-792 9319. Innovative Kinesis Myofascial Integration. Unfold into greater innate balance and alignment via a systemic manipulation of your body Anatomy Trains (groundbreaking myofascial meridians theory). Dynamic and attentive structural therapy. Lasting significant work with anatomical precision. WWW.ANATOMYTRAINS.COM SpiritWolf Healing Arts 870-5613. 1390 S. 1100 E., Ste. 107. Margaret Miller, LMT, Transformation Catalyst. Ignite your inner work! Create more joy now. Experience major shifts and lasting change through a full spectrum of body work, innovative energy work, and shamanic healing. Each session tailored and aligned to your needs. Utahna Tassie, LMT, EFT-ADV, Reiki Master, Energy Therapist 801.973.7849 Nurturing, deeply healing massage with or without EFT, Theta, Quantum-Touch, give you fast, easy relief from chronic pain, anxiety, dis-ease, injuries, addictions, and depression (in 3 sessions or less!). Intuitive healing classes available. Mon-Sat by appointment. Taylorsville area. Bill Wagner, LMT 582-2275, Bill Wagner, LMT. Therapeutic massage & bodywork integrating various modalities such as shiatsu, craniosacral, acupressure, reflexology & injury massage. Relax...repair...rejuvenate. Reasonable rates & discount packages available. Dr. Michael Cerami, Chiropractor. 486-1818. 1550 E. 3300 S. WWW.DRCERAMI.COM Healing Mountain Massage School. 355-6300. Time Out Associates. 530-0633.

print books on Utah and the American West; travels, explorations, wilderness, the environment, national parks & Western Americana. Antique photography, prints, postcards, posters, all kinds of paper ephemera. Out of print searches. Hours: M-Sat. 10a- 6p.

Blue Boutique. 982-1100. WWW.BLUEBOUTIQUE.COM Dragon Dreams. 989 E. 900 S. 509-1043. WWW.DRAGONDREAMSGIFTBOUTIQUE.COM The Vug Rock & Gem Jewelers. 521-6026. 872 E. 900 S. Twigs and Company. 596-2322. 1616 S. 1100 E.

CERTIFICATION, DEGREES & SCHOOLS education/schools, vocational, massage schools A Voice-Over Workshop Scott Shurian, 359-1776. The Salt Lake City voice-over workshop teaches the art of voicing commercials and narrations for radio, TV, multi media and the World Wide Web. Personal coaching and demo production also available. WWW.VOSCOTT.COM Healing Mountain Massage School 355-6300. 455 South 300 East, Suite 103, SLC, UT 84111. Morning, evening, & weekend programs. Graduate in as little as 7 months. 8 students in a class. Mentor with seasoned professionals. Practice in a live day spa. ABHES accredited. Financial aid: loans/grants available to those who qualify. WWW.HEALINGMOUNTAIN.ORG Sego Lily School. 274-9555. WWW.SEGOLILYSCHOOL.ORG Elaine Bell. Art Instruction. 201-2496. Red Lotus School of Movement. 355-6375. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM

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BOOKS, GIFTS, CDS, CLOTHING books, gifts & jewelry, imports, music stores Ken Sanders Rare Books 521-3819. 268 S 200 E. Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, B. Traven. Literary firsr additions. Out-of-

Lilli DeCair 533-2444 or 577-6119. Holistic health educator, certified Thought Pattern Management practitioner, coach, shamanic wisdom, Medicine Wheel journeys, intuitive consultant, mediator, minister. Usui Reiki Master/teacher offers all levels complete in 10 individual classes, certification & mentoring on request. Visit at Dancing Cranes Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons for psychic sessions. Cafe Alchemy and Mayan Astrology, nutritional nudges, stress relief hospital visits, fundraising. Send a psychic telegram. On the board of directors, Utah Mental Health Assn.


Dynamic Touch Healing Arts Center 486-6267. 1399 S. 700 E. Elizabeth Williams, RN, MSN. Traditional Usui Reiki Master. Reiki is a gentle, easy technique with remarkable results. Offering a safe environment for healing/balance on physical, emotional, spiritual levels. Everyone can learn Reiki. Classes & sessions available. Supervised student sessions available for reduced rates.

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Integrated Quantum Healing 801-252-1556. Lynne Laitinen RMT, ECRT, MC. 25 years of experience. Access to unparalleled key guidance into your spiritual, emotional and physical challenges; releases stress naturally. Offering core emotional release techniques, cranial-sacral, polarity, Quantum-Touch, Reiki and workshops. Credit cards accepted. Morning Star Healing Circle We are a group of non-Native American healers who channel the great Northern Cheyenne hero, Morning Star. We provide: at-a-distance healing, soul rescue, spirit rescue, site clearing and spiritual emergency work. WWW.MORNINGSTARMEDITATION.NET Neuro Emotional Technique 364-5700 Ext 1. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 2, SLC. Jim Struve, LCSW. NET is a non-invasive mind-body technique that clears emotional blocks. By combining light touch, supportive dialogue, memory retrieval, and breathing, NET assists in “rebooting” disturbing emotional and behavioral patterns. Useful for adults with entrenched beliefs, unresolved trauma, or removing barriers to desired life transitions. WWW.MINDFULPRESENCE.COM Reiki & Karuna Reiki Master Teacher; Sound Healing and Meditation Teacher Carol A. Wilson, Ph.D., CHES. 359-2352 or INFO@CAROLWILSON.ORG. Registered, International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) and International Center for Reiki Training. Individual Reiki, Karuna Reiki and sound healing sessions. For more info or Reiki I, II, III/Master and meditation class schedules, see WWW.CAROLWILSON.ORG Sheryl Seliger, LCSW, Cranio-Sacral Therapy 556-8760. 1104 E. Ashton Ave. (2310 S.) Powerful healing through gentle-touch energy work. Infants and children: sleep issues, feeding difficulties, fearfulness, bonding, birth trauma, pre- and perinatal therapy. Adults and teens: head injuries, accident recovery, PTSD, chronic pain, stress reduction. Enjoy deep relaxation and peace. Mon-Fri 8:00a12:30p. SELIGERS@GMAIL.COM Spring Forest Qigong Healing 842-4517. Phil Story. Energy healing sessions for relief from illness and pain. Restore and maintain harmony and health. Individual and group instruction. Theta Healing & EFT 435-843-5309 Theta DNA I & DNA II certified by Vianna’s Nature’s Path. Resolve physical & emotional pain. Limiting beliefs dissolved quickly. Leave your pains from years past & create lasting peace in your mind and body, call or e-mail today! HEALINGSWITHGENNA@COMCAST.NET Theta Healing with Darcy Phillipps 916-4221. Are you free to be who you really are? Changing your beliefs changes your life. Doors open to instant healing. Love is unconditional. Dreams to reality. Come and play. DARCYPHILLIPPS.COM. Universal Abundance Reiki Master-Teacher: Distance Attunement 313-0692. Karen Burch, Reiki Master/facilitator. Specialized Reiki helps release limitations, promotes prosperity, insight. Easy to facilitate. No touch positions. Entire being activated, not

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just hands. Flows through intention, travels any distance. Only one Attunement needed. Manual/ certificate. $40. UA Reiki phone sessions also available. Kathryn Wallis 394-4577. Evenings 4-7. Be healthy regardless of your age and what you hear. Your body is a chemical lab reflecting formulas by thoughts, illnesses, aging, mindsets, lifestyle. Just living offsets chemical balance. I change your balance by remote only. 30 years experience. WWW.WHOLEBODYBALANCETUNING.COM

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GETAWAY outdoor suppliers, lodging, spas, outdoor education Canyonlands Field Institute 1-800-860-5262. P.O. Box 68, Moab, UT 84532. Authentic nature and culture. River and hiking trips and camps for schools, adults and families. WWW.CANYONLANDSFIELDINST.ORG Cliff Spa 933-2225. Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, UT. Relax, refresh, recreate. The Cliff Spa at Snowbird offers massages, wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures & a full service salon. Also a rooftop lap pool, whirlpool, eucalyptus steam room, dry saunas & exercise facility. WWW.CLIFFSPA.COM

HEALTH, WELLNESS & BODY CARE Ayurveda, beauty supply, birth services/ prenatal care, Chinese medicine/acupuncture, colon therapy, dentistry, health centers, health products, homeopathy, naturopaths, nutritionists, physical therapy, physicians, women’s healthcare

A.I.M: Frequencies – Balance – Self-Healing DaNell 680-2853, David 558-9340. Stop surviving and begin thriving. The progression of the AIM (All Inclusive Method) technology is chronicled in the novel “Sanctuary: The Path to Consciousness” (Lewis & Slawson). Inherited predispositions, physical & mental imbalances, environmental toxicity–you can self heal 24/7 using this frequency tool. Pets too. WWW.INFINITECONSCIOUSNESS.COM. Alexander Technique Mindful Movement with Cathy Pollock, 230-7661 Re-educating the kinesthetic (movement) sense to replace harmful habit patterns of movement and mind with ease, balance, and coordination. Improve your musical performance, voice, dance, athletics, dressage, martial arts, workstation posture…and more! If you live and breathe, the Alexander Technique can help you. WWW.ALEXANDERTECHNIQUEUTAH.COM

Almarome® Organic Essential Oils 1.866.392.6909. Based in Sugar House and Provence, France. Home of The SHIELD™, unique blends of 100% certified organic essential oils to protect your health all winter long, reduce exposure to bugs and maximize immunity. WWW.ALMAROME.COM Lori Berryhill, L. Ac. MSTOM Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine 670 7th Avenue 355-3076 / 554-5913 Offering a full range of health/wellness care. The philosophy of my clinic reaches for healing, restorative and preventative therapies including all acute and chronic diseases, sports injury, pediatrics, and emotional issues. Cameron Wellness Center T.W. Cameron, BSN, ND. 486.4226. 1945 South 1100 East #202. You can enhance your healing potential! Naturopathic medicine with emphasis on treatment of chronic illness. Services include: education in mind/body connection, thyroid, adrenal and hormone balancing, diet and lifestyle counseling, neural therapy and intravenous nutrition treatment. Colon Hydrotherapy—Massage 541-3064. Karen Schiff, PT. Licensed physical therapist, certified colon hydrotherapist, I-ACT member, FDA approved system. Clear out old toxins & create the environment within you to realize your health goals. Gently soothe, cleanse, hydrate & tone your body’s primary elimination channel. Enhanced results with nutritional guidance & abdominal massage. This ancient work is a gentle, external method to relieve digestive distress, PMS, menopause, infertility, more! WWW.KARENSCHIFF.COM Dragon Dreams, a New Age Gift Boutique In the Web of Life Wellness Center, 989 E 900 S, 509-1043. Meditation and chakra CDs, ORGANIC skin care products and incense, books, crystals, local artist consignments and mystical things like magic wands, fairies and dragons. DNFT Chiropractic With Lacey Picard, DC. 505-8189 Directional Non-Force Technique offers specific, gentle adjustments for long-term correction. No cracking or popping. TMJ, knees, shoulders and spine are addressed as well as previously hopeless concerns. This technique focuses on minimal visits. Enjoy your life now! POWERFULLIFECHIRO.COM. Five Element Acupuncture LLC Pamela Bys, RN, BSN, L.Ac. (Dipl Ac.) 2670 South 2000 East, SLC; 256 Historic 25th St., Ogden. (801) 920-4412. Five Element Acupuncture focuses on getting to the root cause of all problems. It treats symptoms as well as causes. Live Healthy and Live Long. WWW.ACUPUNCTURE5E.COM Uli Knorr, ND Eastside Natural Health Clinic 474-3684. Dr. Knorr, with 12 years of clinical experience, offers comprehensive naturopathic medical care. Focus on gastrointestinal health, endocrinology, detoxification and the cardiovascular system; Bio-identical hormone therapy along with adrenal and thyroid function support. Natural medicine/ herbal medicine focus. RBCBS/ ValueCare. EASTSIDENATURALHEALTH.COM. Maharishi Ayurveda 801.446 2999. Maharishi Invincibility Center of

SLC. Enjoy Better Health Today. Maharishi Ayurveda herbal supplements are ancient, authentic, time-tested formulas for promoting health and well being, without negative side effects. Produced with naturally organic wildcrafted herbs, these supplements are manufactured according to the highest international standards of purity. WWW.MAPI.COM Todd Mangum, MD, Web of Life Wellness Center 531-8340. 989 E. 900 S., Ste. A1. Dr. Mangum is a family practice physician who uses acupuncture, massage, herbs & nutrition to treat a wide range of conditions including chronic fatigue, HIV infection, allergies, digestive disturbances and fibromyalgia. He also designs programs to maintain health & wellness. WWW.WEBOFLIFEWC.COM Leslie Peterson, ND Full Circle Women’s Healthcare 746-3555. Offering integrative medical care for women of all ages. Natural hormone replacement therapy; annual exams; evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of many gynecological health concerns; natural medicine preferentially used. Gentle, safe, whole-person care. WWW.FULLCIRCLECARE.COM Planned Parenthood of Utah Call 1-800-230-PLAN to reach the Planned Parenthood nearest you. Affordable, confidential health care & family planning services for women, men & teens. Abstinence-based education programs for children 532-1586. Many volunteer opportunities 532-1586. Precision Physical Therapy 557-6733. Jane Glaser-Gormally, MS, PT. 4568 S. Highland Dr., Ste. 140. Licensed PT specializing in holistic integrated manual therapy (IMT). Safe, gentle, effective techniques for pain and tissue dysfunction. This unique form of therapy works to identify sources of pain and assists the body with self-corrective mechanisms to alleviate pain and restore mobility and function. BCBS and Medicare provider. Wasatch Vision Clinic 328-2020. 849 E. 400 S. in Salt Lake across from the 9th East TRAX stop. Comprehensive eye care, eye disease, LASIK, contacts and glasses since 1984. We accept most insurance. WASATCHVISION.COM Acupuncture Associates. 359-2705. Natalie Clausen. Center For Enhanced Wellness 596-9998. 2681 E. Parley’s Way. Millcreek Herbs, LLC. Merry Lycett Harrison, RH, CAHG. 466-1632, WWW.MILLCREEKHERBS.COM Millcreek Wellness Center WWW.MILLCREEKWELLNESS.COM 486-1818. 1550 E. 3300 S.

MISCELLANEOUS HOURLY SPACE AVAILABLE Dhanyata Life Center, West Jordan. Available for life enrichment classes, weekend workshops,


Suzanne Wagner creative workshops, small yoga/meditation groups, client and group meetings, life coaching etc. Early A.M. P/T subleases also available. FREE WIFI. DHANYATALIFECENTER.COM Space Available 596-0147 Ext. 41, 989 E. 900 S. Center for Transpersonal Therapy. Large plush space. Bright & comfortable atmosphere, available for workshops, classes, or ongoing groups. Pillows, yoga chairs, & regular chairs provided, kitchenette area. Available for hourly, full day or weekend use. Tracy Aviary 322-BIRD, WWW.TRACYAVIARY.ORG. An oasis in the heart of Salt Lake City with 350 birds and 150 species. Many are endangered or injured in the wild and unfit to be released. Guests enjoy Utah’s oldest standing industrial building – The Mill, used for event rentals and year-round bird programs. Volunteer Opportunity Adopt-A-Native-Elder is seeking office/warehouse volunteers in Salt Lake City every Tuesday and Friday 10:00 am - noon. Come and join a wonderful group of people for a fascinating and gratifying experience. Contact Joyce 801-4740535 or MAIL@ANELDER.ORG, WWW.ANELDER.ORG. Catalyst 363-1505. 140 McClelland, SLC. CONTACT@CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET. KCPW—88.3 & 105.1FM. 359-5279 KRCL—91 & 96.5FM. 359-9191 KUED—TV 7. 581-3064 KUER—FM90. 581-6777

MOVEMENT & SPORT dance, fitness, martial arts, Pilates, yoga AquaNia 801-455-6343 Jacqueline Fogel, Certified Nia Instructor. Experience the joy of movement in the water of a warm pool. AquaNia is movement that awakens body awareness and body wisdom to promote health and well-being. Adaptable to meet the needs of all fitness levels. JLFOGEL@COMCAST.NET Bikram Yoga—Salt Lake City 488-Hot1 (4681) 1140 Wilmington Ave. (across from Wild Oats) Bikram certified instructors teach a series of 26 postures affecting every muscle, ligament, organ & all of the body, bringing it into balance. 36 classes each week. All ages & ability levels welcome to all classes. The room is warm by intention, so come prepared to work hard & sweat. Check for new classes in Catalyst calendar. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASLC.COM Bikram Yoga—Sandy 501-YOGA (9642). 9343 S. 1300 E. Our south valley sanctuary nestled below Little Cottonwood Canyon provides a warm and inviting environment to discover or deepen your yoga practice. All levels encouraged, no reservations necessary. Certified teachers. Classes 7 days a week. Call for schedule. Introductory package is 10 consecutive days of unlimited yoga for $20. WWW.BIKRAMYOGASANDY.COM Centered City Yoga 521-YOGA. 918 E. 900 S. and 625 S. State St. Centered City Yoga is often likened to that famous

TV “hangout” where everybody knows your name, sans Norm (and the beer, of course.) We offer more than 60 classes a week to keep Salt Lake City CENTERED and SANE. WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM.

Psychic, Lecturer and Author Psychic Questions and Answers session at the Golden Braid Bookstore

Mindful Yoga 355-2617. Charlotte Bell, RYT & Iyengar certified. Public & private classes, workshops, retreats, river trips and teacher training since 1986. This form of yoga combines alignment awareness with mindfulness practice & breath-supported movement to encourage a sense of ease & balance in traditional postures. Classes include meditation and pranayama (breath awareness) instruction as well as physical practice. Bring comfortable clothing and a sense of humor. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM Red Lotus School of Movement 740 S 300 W, SLC, UT, 84101. 355-6375. Established in 1994 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and Jean LaSarre Gardner. Traditional-style training in the classical martial arts of T’ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and T’ai Chi Chih (qi gong exercises). Children’s classes in Wing Chun Kung-Fu. Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC. NET. THE SHOP Anusara Yoga Studio 435-649-9339. 1167 Woodside Ave., P.O Box 681237, Park City, UT 84068. Certified & affiliated Anusara instructors inspire students to open their hearts & express themselves through the art of yoga. Exciting all-level classes taught in an amazing 4,500 sq ft. historic building in downtown Park City. Drop-ins welcome. WWW.PARKCITYYOGA.COM The Yoga Center 277-9166. 4689 So. Holladay Blvd. Hatha-based yoga classes 7 days a week, including vinyasa, slow flow, Anusara, prenatal, gentle and restorative. Workshops, corporate and private sessions available. All levels of experience welcome. WWW.YOGAUTAH.COM Body & Mind Studio. 486-2660. 1063 E. 3300 S. WWW.BODYANDMINDSTUDIO.COM Erin Geesaman Rabke Somatic Educator. 898-0478. WWW.BODYHAPPY.COM DanceScene. 298-8047. Margene Anderson. RDT Community School. 534-1000. 138 W. Broadway. Streamline. 474-1156. 1948 S. 1100 E. WWW.STREAMLINEBODYWORKS.NET

PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES astrology, mediums, past life integration, psychics All About Your Life: Readings, Psychic Tarot 575-7103. Margaret Ruth. Listen to Margaret Ruth on X-96 FM on Friday mornings or book a private appointment or party. WWW.MARGARETRUTH.COM Channeled Full Spectrum Readings Direct From the Masters 347-5493, Marie. Tap into your highest potential by having readings brought forth in the

August 20 & October 22 $15.00/person 6:30-9:00 PM Each person will be allowed to ask two to three questions of Suzanne

For information or to register: 322-1162 To schedule a private session with Suzanne or to order books, call (801) 359-2225 Email suzanne@suzwagner.com

Or visit www.suzwagner.com Call (801) 359-2225 for more information. Integral Integral Channeling Numerology Class Palmistry Class Class Aug 2-3, 2008 Oct 4-5, 2008 Sept 6-7, 2008 INTEGRAL TAROT BOOK

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Get books from Golden Braid Bookstore, Amazon.com, or Suzanne’s website.

PSYCHIC FAIR Melanie Lake (801) 451-8543 Tarot, Kinesiology, Essential oils.

Suzanne Wagner (801) 359-2225 Numerology, Palmistry,Tarot, and Channeling

Ross Gigliotti (801) 244-0275 Tarot, Past Life Regression, Intuitive Coaching, NLP, Hypnosis.

Wade Lake (801) 451-8543 Numerology and Tarot.

Adam Sagers (801) 824-2641 Tarot, Numerology, Astrology Art. Shawn Lerwill (801) 856-4619 Channeling, Intuitive Arts, Clairvoyant.

Krysta Brinkley (801) 706-0213 Horary Astrology,Tarot Palmistry, Numerology. Larissa Jones (801) 424-1217 Tarot, Intuitive Essential Oil Readings, Healing with Essential Oils.

Nick Stark (801) 394-6287 Tarot, Clairvoyance, Shamanic Counseling, Numerology.

July 15 & Aug 18 6-9 pm Golden Braid Bookstore $25 for 20 minutes First come first serve. Readings are meant to be introductory experiences only. Arrive early, space fills quickly.

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highest vibration possible. Receive wisdom, counseling, life path, career, and love advice, entity healings, prayer work, ascension and path acceleration. Become the light. Channeled Readings through Spiritual Medium 968-8875, 577-1348. Deloris, as heard on the Mick & Allen Show (KBER Radio, 101.1), can help you with those who have crossed over and other paranormal activity. She can help bring understanding regarding past lives, life purpose and relationships. Available for parties and night clubs. DELORISSPIRITUALMEDIUM.COM

Lilli DeCair: Inspirational Mystical Entertainment 533-2444 and 577-6119. European born professional psychic, holistic health educator, reiki master /teacher, life coach, Mental Health Association in Utah Board Member, serves on Mayor’s Diversity Speakers Board, ESL I instructor, party entertainer. Featured radio magazine personality. Available at Dancing Cranes Fri-Sun, 486-1129 and Cafe Alchemy Sundays 5-9 p. One of 2005 Governor’s Commission on Families Women of the Year recipiants. Poet, singer, dancer, wedding planner/official, Shamanic 9 Day Medicine Wheel Journeys. Alyse Finlayson, Spiritual Artist & Psychic 435-640-6042. Trained artist uses her psychic gifts to paint portraits of your angels and guides. Offering soul retrievals and assists people in building and bringing awareness to their connection with their souls (higher selves) so as to develop their chosen soul paths. WWW.SOULINTERCONNECTION.COM;

Free Horary Charts: Practical Astrology Avani Vyas. 288-9354. Quick answers to your specific questions relating to day-to-day matters (relationships, purchases, job changes, relocation, travel etc.). Excellent aid to your decision making. No medical questions please. Horary: The Art of Cycles & Timing Victoria Fugit. 435-259-9417. Horary can answer questions about lost articles or animals, buying new cars or houses, signing contracts; it helps you decide about changing jobs, moving, getting married. If you are wrestling with a question, horary can probably shed light on it.

Instant Psychic Ability; Metaphysical Therapy Perform visual telepathy and telekinesis in just minutes. Parties and private counseling by Koda, author of “Instant Enlightenment” and “Koda’s Psychic Party Games.” Metaphysical awareness, psychological wisdom and astrology can rid you of guilt and fear and empower your life. WWW.KODASPLACE.COM Intuitive Coaching Ross Gigliotti. 244-0275. Intuitive guidance through life coaching. 2766 E. 3300 S., at the Gift of Touch.

Soul & Psyche 293-0484. Cynthia Hill, PhD. Astrological readings focused on energetic & cellular memory patterns of the ’mind-body’ system, personality strength & challenges; current & past life patterns & habits, relationship & family dynamics, soul purpose & spiritual intent, current & future cycles of growth, healing & empowerment through self-knowledge & understanding. 30 years clinical experience. Call for appt. & class info.

Transformational Astrology Ralfee Finn. 800-915-5584. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 10 years! Visit her website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or e-mail her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM Amy Megan West, Professional Astrologer WWW.MOONGLIDE .COM. Astrology, Tarot and Psychic reader with over 20+ years experience. Astrologer for WWW.MYSTARLINES.COM. Call for appointment: 550-5353.

Anne Windsor, Professional Astrologer 888.876.2482. 1338 S Foothill #182 Salt Lake City UT 84108. KNOW NOW. Invest in a session with Anne Windsor and draw on her extensive experience to crack your own life’s code. Discover winning strategies to attract healthy relationships, establish financial security, achieve professional success, and find contentment. Private tutoring, gift certificates available. Visa/MC. WWW.ANNEWINDSOR.COM The Windswept Center 560-3761. We offer classes and workshops that teach you how to access your own clairvoyance and healing abilities. Learn simple tools to bring your life together—manage your job, family, future, relationships, creativity, health and spirituality. For more information about us, classes and workshops, please visit our web site or call our office. WWW.WINDSWEPTCENTER.COM

Center for Healing Arts 209-4404. Carol Littlefield, APRN/PP, psychiatric nurse specialist with prescriptive practice. 18 years offering natural alternative care. Awaken the soul by applying new science and technology to ancient wisdom practices. Metatronic healings. Soul therapy, the highest healing! Group meditation Thursdays 7-8:30. 1210 Princeton Ave., by appointment, insurance accepted. WWW.OURCOMMUNITYCONNECTION.COM. Center for Transpersonal Therapy 596-0147. 989 E. 900 S. Dana Appling, LCSW, Denise Boelens, PhD; Chris Robertson, LCSW; Lynda Steele, LCSW; Sherry Lynn Zemlick, PhD, Wil Dredge LCSW. The transpersonal approach to healing draws on the knowledge from traditional science & the spiritual wisdom of the east & west. Counseling orientation integrates body, mind, & spirit. Individuals, couples, groups, retreats, & classes.

Steven J. Chen, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist 718-1609. 150 S. 600 E. Suite 4A. Defeat depression. Eliminate anxiety. Heal trauma. Improve relationships. Are you sad... feel helpless... hopeless... or worthless? Steven specializes in helping you resolve emotional pain and live a happier and more successful life. Licensed since 1992. Expert help for adults, adolescents and couples. Visit our website: WWW.STEVENJCHEN.COM.

Illuminate the luminous body! A luminous energy field surrounds us and informs our body and life. Release the wounds and contracts that keep you from choosing your own destiny. WWW.THESHAMANNETWORK.COM.

Teri Holleran, LCSW Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 5240560. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Transformational therapy, consultation & facilitation. Discover how the investigation of loss, trauma, body symptoms, mood disturbances, relationship conflicts, environmental despair & the questions related to meaning & purpose initiate the transformational journey. Hypnosis: Jolene Shields, C.Ht. 801-942-6175. Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration in which suggestions for change are communicated to the subconscious mind, making change seem effortless and easy. Jolene is a medically certified hypnotherapist with 18 years of experience. Weight loss, HypnoBirthing®, stress reduction, smoking cessation, etc.

Law of Attraction Lynn Solarczyk 801.510.0593 or LYNNSOLARCZYK@MAC.COM. Teaching the law of attraction—what it is, and how to apply it to your life. LIVINGLOA.BLOGSPOT.COM

Intuitive Therapy Suzanne Wagner, 359-2225. Trish Withus 918-6213. WWW.THEREISONLYLOVE.COM

Sue Connor, Ph.D. 1399 South 700 East #10. 583-7848. Improve your response to stress with effective self care strategies. Increase your relapse prevention skills and enhance your recovery. Mindful psychotherapy for relief from acute and post traumatic stress, addictions, disordered eating, chronic pain or illness, mood disorders. New book clubs starting in June. Check out info at WWW.MINDFULSLC.COM

Jan Magdalen, LCSW 582-2705, 2071 Ashton Circle, SLC. Offering a transpersonal approach to the experiences and challenges of our life cycles, including: individuation-identity, sexuality and sexual orientation, partnership, work, parenting, divorce, aging, illness, death and other loss, meaning and spiritual awareness. Individuals, couples and groups. Clinical consultation and supervision.

PSYCHOTHERAPY COUNSELING & PERSONAL GROWTH

Stephen Emerson, LCSW 487-1091. 150 S 600 E, Ste. 7B Offering a transpersonal approach to psychotherapy that facilitates access to innate inner wisdom, strength, creativity and potential for individuals, couples and families dealing with life transitions, stress, emotional difficulties, low self-esteem, relationship issues, addictive behaviors and abuse issues. Treatment of performance anxiety for musicians, actors and other public presenters.

Marilynne Moffitt, PhD 266-4551. 825 E. 4800 S. Murray 84107. Offering interventions for psychological growth & healing. Assistance with behavioral & motivational changes, refocusing of life priorities, relationship issues, addiction & abuse issues, & issues regarding health. Certified clinical hypnotherapist, NLP master practitioner & EMDR practitioner.

coaching, consulting, hypnosis, integrated awareness, psychology / therapy /counseling, shamanic, sound healing

Avatar 244-8951. Avatar is a consciousness training course that teaches us to live deliberately. It gives us tools for experiencing compassion and true cooperation on our planet and opens doors unimaginable. Rebecca Hunt is a new Avatar Master. Call regarding a free introduction. Barbara G. Babson, L.C.S.W. 567-3545 370 E. South Temple, #550. Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and adolescents. Specializing in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing). Barb uses EMDR from a position of empathy and understanding in treating trauma, loss, and relationship issues. Jeff Bell, L.C.S.W. 364-5700, Ext. 2, 1399 S. 700 E. Ste. 1, SLC. Specializing in empowering relationships; cultivating hardiness and mindfulness; managing stress & compulsivity; alleviating depression/ anxiety/grief; healing PTSD & childhood abuse/ neglect; addictions recovery; GLBT exploration as well as resolving disordered eating, body image & life transitions. Individual, couples, family, group therapy & EMDR.

Emotions Anonymous Need a 12-step group? Call 359-HEAL (4325). Marianne Felt, MT-BC, LPC 524-0560, EXT. 3. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Licensed professional counselor, board certified music therapist, certified Gestalt therapist, Red Rock Counseling & Education. Transpersonal psychotherapy, music therapy, Gestalt therapy, EMDR. Open gateways to change through experience of authentic contact. Integrate body, mind, & spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts, & relationships that challenge & inspire our lives. Some lower fees available.

Robin Friedman, LCSW 599-1411 (Sugar House). Transformational psychotherapy for making lasting positive change. Discover effective ways of finding and expressing your deeper truth and authentic self. Relationship work, sexuality, depression/ anxiety, addictions, trauma recovery, and creative explorations of life-purpose and self-awareness. Individuals, couples, groups. Trained practitioner of Expressive Arts Therapy. Jeff Grathwohl, MA 403-5171. 336 E 900 S. The Synergy Center.

Sunny M. Nelson, MSW CSW 801-755-1229. Healing with the Higher Self. Interventions to assist Autistic and Indigo children and adults. Healing with assistance from the Higher Self to resolve trauma, addictions, grief/ loss, women’s issues, emotional pain, gay/lesbian /bisexual issues. This approach teaches the concept that one chooses life events for the purpose of soul growth and spiritual mastery. NeuroFeedback Associates 801-428-3178. Donna J. Salmen, Ph.D. 4001 S 700 E Suite 500, SLC. Specializing in neurofeedback and biofeedback computer interactive treatments for anxiety, depression, behavior disorders, attention problems, support for smoking and addiction treatment. Facilitates self regulation without drugs or side effects. Introduction at no cost. privateREVOLUTIONS 232-6162. Online Coaching. Success Soundtracks. Strategic Plans. Revolutionize your life or business in 2008. We help you cross the finish line, mixing powerful right-brain tools like visualization with strategic coaching. Goal-focused packages or custom soundtracks – available completely online. Credit cards accepted. WWW.PRIVATEREVOLUTIONS.COM.


Jon Scheffres, MA, LPC 633-3908. 1550 E. 3300 S., SLC. Every life is a call to adventure. Offering an awareness-based approach for treating depression, anxiety, marital/relationship issues, adolescent behavior problems, domestic violence and addictions. Individual, family, couples, and groups. Stress reduction through yoga and meditation. Clinical consultation and supervision also available. Mike Sheffield, Ph.D. 518-1352. 1104 E. Ashton Ave (2310 S.) #112. Coaching and psychotherapy with adults and youth. Integrative approach to personal transformation, emphasizing process work with selfawareness, pattern change, transitions. Workshops and groups on mindfulness, creativity, emotional intelligence, transformational journeys, relationships, parenting.

Sierra Earthworks Foundation 274-1786. Holladay, Utah. Ramona Sierra, MSW, LCSW. Providing clinical services through integrated approaches utilizing traditional and indigenous healing practices to health/mental health and complementary medicine. Most insurances accepted. SIERRAEARTHWORKS@QUEST.NET Steve Seliger, LMFT 661-7697. 1104 E. Ashton Ave. (2310 S.) #203. Specializing in helping people develop healthy loving relationships, conflict resolution for couples, developing powerful communication skills, resolving parent-teen conflicts, depression, phobias, ending & recovering from abuse, conflicts & issues related to sexuality & libido in men & women, sexual orientation issues. Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW Shamanic Practitioner, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth 531-8051. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing. Mentoring for people called to the Shamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Path. Explore health or mental health issues using the ways of the shaman. Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive training includes shamanic extraction healing, soul retrieval healing, psychopomp work for death and dying, shamanic counseling and shamanic divination. Sarah has studied with Celtic, Brazilian, Tuvan, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepali Shamans.

Spiritual Coaching Marlise Cromar, Oceans Consulting. 815-3658; (MARLISE33@MAC.COM). Spiritual life guidance using a refreshing combination of wisdom traditions including Buddhism, the Tao, Shamanism, Mayan Calendar, A Course in Miracles, Numerology, Christian mysticism, and Eastern Indian consciousness. Focus is on bringing balance to life by harmonizing masculine & feminine energies and embracing your unique, creative role

Kanzeon ZEN CENTER

Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 631-8426. Sanctuary for Healing and Integration, 860 E. 4500 S., Ste. 302. Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer. He sees kids, teens, adults, couples and families, integrating psychotherapy, meditation and soul work with judicious use of medication to relieve emotional pain and problem behavior. Steve specializes in creative treatment of bipolar disorders. STEVE@KARMASHRINK.COM. Blog: WWW.KARMASHRINK.COM.

in the collective transformation. Outdoor sessions welcome!

Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW 209-1095. Psychotherapy and shamanic practice, 989 E. 900 S. #B5. Holistic practice integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to health, healing, and balance or â&#x20AC;&#x153;ayni.â&#x20AC;? Access new perceptual lenses as you reanimate your relationship with nature. Shamanic practice in the Inka tradition. Spiritual Psychology, SoulCentered Coaching 801-440-1752. Sara Winters. Find balance in your life by connecting with your soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to live your life consciously thru self-awareness, gratitude and forgiveness.

Jim Struve, LCSW 364-5700 Ext 1. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 2, SLC. Specializing in life transitions, strengthening relationships, fostering resilience, healing from childhood trauma & neglect (including male survivors of sexual abuse), assisting partners of abuse survivors, addictions recovery, sexual identity, empowerment for GLBT individuals/ couples. Individual, couples, group therapy and NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) practitioner. Flexible times. www.mindfulpresence.com The Shamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cave John Knowlton. 263-3838. WWW.THESHAMANSCAVE.COM TalkingWithChuck.com 542-9431. Chuck Davidson, M.A. Through a series of conversations I offer insight into helping you find rational, effective ways to set new direction for your life, and to help you find ways to reduce the barriers standing in the way of reaching your desired destination. POB 522112, SLC, UT 84152. CHUCK@TALKINGWITHCHUCK.COM,

With Michael Mugaku Zimmerman, Sensei

August 24 - 31, 2008, Torrey, Utah "EGINSAT0-s%NDSAT0-

A Zen meditation retreat set in Torrey, in the midst of the amazing red rock and mountains of Southern Utah. This retreat will provide a strong sitting and walking meditation schedule in a large tented zendo. There will be Dharma talks, including use of the Big Mind process, and opportunities for individual interview with the teacher. This retreat will be held in silence.

Matt Stella, LCSW Red Rock Counseling & Education, LLC 5240560 x1. 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C. Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups. Specializing in relationship work, mens issues, depression, anxiety, addictive patterns, and lifemeaning explorations.

Daniel Sternberg, PhD, Psychologist 364-2779. 150 South 600 East, Bldg. 4B. Fax: 364-3336. Sensitive use of rapid release methods and EMDR to free you from unwanted emotions to allow you more effective control and happiness in your life. Individuals, couples, families, groups and businesses. Treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, tension, stress-related difficulties abuse and depression.

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Those attending should plan to participate in the entire schedule unless special arrangements are made with the leader of the retreat. Accommodations are available on the property for camping and motel lodging is available nearby. Registrants will be furnished a detailed schedule, a list of needed items, and references to available motel accommodations.

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Karmic Therapy One Day Intensive When: Saturday July 26, 2008 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Where: 860 E. 4500 S. Suite 302, Salt Lake City Tuition: $150 Preregistration required with Steve $75 nonrefundable deposit to hold your place. Some scholarships may be available.

801-631-8426 or steve@karmashrink.com

Patricia Toomey, ADTR, LPC 463-4646, 1390 S. 1100 E.,Ste.202 The Dance of Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Transformation within a psychotherapeutic process of healing and spiritual growth using somatic movement analysis, dreamwork, psychoneuroimmunology, guided imagery & EMDR to support the healing process with stress, depression, trauma, pain, eating disorders, grief, addictions & life transitions. Individuals (children, adults), couples, groups, consultation & facilitation.

Disabling symptoms and blocks against realizing full potential have deep roots in infancy, birth, prenatal and past lifetimes that can be explored to their source and severed, allowing you to change your self-limiting vows and beliefs. Through lecture, guided meditation, and work with volunteers, this experiential workshop will demonstrate the profound non-hypnotic clearing process described in Dr. Proskauerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book, Karmic Therapy: Healing the Split Psyche. For more information about this book, check Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: www.karmashrink.com.

True Self Recovery Tel. 712-6140. 455 E 400 S #410. Compassionate, non-judgmental addiction support group employs evidence-based holistic healing and creative arts

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Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer who has been leading workshops for thirty years.

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practices. Tuesdays 6-8pm, must pre-register; $50 ($75/couple.) Package discounts and financial assistance available. Call to register or email SHANNON@TRUESELFRECOVERY.COM. WWW.TRUESELFRECOVERY.COM.

Christiane Turner, NLP Trainer, Coach, Consultant 979-4799. CHRISTIANETURNER@ YAHOO.COM. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the art and science of human excellence that offers effective tools for creating lasting change. We offer NLP training, coaching and consulting—oneon-one and groups. Come to our monthly free seminars to learn more about NLP. WWW.QUANTUMNLP.NET Western Sand Play Associates (801) 356-2864. Jungian-oriented sand play therapy--children and adults. Training for healthcare professionals. Offices in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Directors: Drs. Cliff Mayes and Pam Blackwell Mayes, C.G. Jung Fellowship of Utah. WWW.WESTERNSANDPLAY@COMCAST.NET. Elizabeth Williams, RN, MSN 486-4036. 1399 S. 7th E. #12. Lic. psychiatric nurse specialist offering a safe environment to heal inner wounds & process personal & interpersonal issues. Specializing in relationship issues, loss & grief work, anxiety, depression & selfesteem. Adolescents & adults, individuals, couples & group therapy. The Work of Byron Katie 842-4518. Kathy Melby, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. The Work is a simple way to access your own wisdom and lead a happier life. Specializing in developing loving relationships, relieving depression, and improving your outlook on life. Individuals, couples, families, groups and retreats. WWW.THEWORK.COM

Barbara Jenson—Sound & Light 4668944. Clarity Coaching. 487-7621. WWW.KATHRYNDIXON.COM.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE meditation/study groups, churches/ ministry, spiritual instruction, workshops Antelope Island Spiritual Foundation 364-0332, 150 South 600 East Suite 1A. A community-based developmental spirituality program. Beginning level group support encouraging internal exploration, challenging the individual’s attachment to personal history; intermediate guidance for responsible use and discernment of transformative power through a series of initiations; advanced guidance and mentoring in community leadership with ceremonial Deathlodge, Purgesweats, Dreamlodges, Shamanic journeywork, Kundalini principles, and SelfStalking practices. INSIGHT@VELOCITUS.NET. ASCENSION WORKSHOP Saint Germain presents his 3-day Dreamwalker Ascension workshop in S.L.C. June29-July1, Sept.7,8,9. Discover myths and facts of ascension from a Grand Ascended Master, informative, intense, class you’ll never forget. $495 registration www.shaumbrashoppe.com questions call Colleen Sory 801-581-9444 Yvonne Jarvie 435840-1096

White Light Chakra Alignment and Meditation by Tamara Nicholas, ASSW, Natural Born Psychic/Medium and Published Author Conveniently Located at the Spring Run Office Complex off VanWinkle and 900 East 965 East Murray-Holladay Road, Ste #3A-Murray, UT 84117 Phone: 801-597-2350 Email: tammy2145@comcast.net Clients are seen by appointment only. SOME SERVICES PROVIDED ARE: Connecting with Higher Power, Guides, Angels, or Lost Loved Ones. Chakra Reading and Alignment. Angel, Oracle, Celtic Card Readings. Rune Casting. Law of Attraction/Manifestation. Tantra. Meditation. Energy Work/Healing. Elevating Your Vibration/Transitioning. Past Life Recollection. Astral Projection. And More...

Goddess Circle 467-4977. Join us second Monday of every month for Wiccan ritual. Free, open, women & men, beginners, experienced & curious all welcome. 7:30pm at Central City Community Center, 615 S. 300 E. Rm. 35-36. Inner Light Center Spiritual Community 268-1137. 4408 S. 500 E., SLC. An interspiritual sanctuary that goes beyond religion into mystical realms. Access inner wisdom, deepen divine connection, enjoy an accepting, friendly community. Events & classes. Sunday celebration & children’s church 10am. innerlightcenter.net Kanzeon Zen Center International with Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel. 1268 E South Temple, 328-8414, WWW.GENPO.ORG. Salt Lake Buddhist Temple 363-4742. 211 West 100 South. Shin Buddhism for families. Rev. Jerry Hirano and the sangha welcome you to our services Sundays, 8:30 a.m. tai chi /qi kung, 9 a.m.meditation service, 10 a.m. dharma school service, 11 a.m. study class. Naikan (self-reflection) retreats for everyone. Please check our website for calendar of events. WWW.SLBUDDHIST.ORG. Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living 307-0481. Elizabeth O’Day, Minister. A home for your spirit. 870 E North Union Ave. (7150 S at 900 E), Midvale. Sunday celebration Services at 9:30 and 11am; childcare at both services, Youth Church at 11. “Empowered people sharing in spiritual growth.” WWW.SPIRITUALLYFREE.ORG.

Transcendental Meditation Program 635 8721 or 446-2999, WWW.TM.ORG. The easiest and deepest meditation, automatically providing rest twice as


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Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple 740 S. 300 W. 328-4629. Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa offers an open environment for the study, contemplation, and practice of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The community is welcome to our Sunday service (puja), group practices, meditation classes and introductory courses. WWW.URGYENSAMTENLING.ORG

Vedic Harmony 942-5876. Georgia Clark, certified Deepak Chopra Center educator. Ayurveda is the oldest continually practiced wellness enhancer in the world. Learn how it can help you harmonize your lifestyle and well being. Primordial sound meditation, creating health workshops, Ayurvedic wellness counseling, Ayurvedic oils, teas and books, Jyotish (vedic astrology). Georgia has trained in the US and India. TARAJAGA@EARTHLINK.NEt Work, Live and Practice Buddhist Community, Northern CA. Work-Study opportunity includes housing, vegetarian meals, living allowance, free classes in meditation, Tibetan yoga, Buddhist psychology and more. Work with projects of benefit to all humanity. Learn about us at WWW.NYINGMA.ORG or call 510981-1987.

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Trading today for tomorrow? The most successful method for creating happy results is to feel good now BY JEANNETTE MAW “Hey, you want to come sing with Sacrificing ourselves in order to prehappen for you. I mean, this is conme?” he asked, with a twinkle in his pare for future time doesn’t make a ventional “wisdom.” beautiful blue eyes. “We’ll travel the lot of sense, when you think about I was on board with the whole gig world together—it’ll be a blast!” it. Not that preparing for tomorrow until that guitar player solicited me The invitation posed by the guitar is a bad idea; it just doesn’t lead to to hit the road with him, and I realplaying vagabond at my bus stop the happy endings we otherwise ized I liked the thought of leaving it was purely ridiculous. expect if we lose ourBut he asked the quesselves in the process. You tion with such sincerity know how that “like and innocence that attracting like” thing you’d have thought he works—unhappy jourwas offering the chance neys can only lead to of a lifetime. unhappy endings. Little did I know he Furthermore, I wonwas. dered, why do we believe I laughed as I stepped the goal of enjoying today onto the bus, hoping he versus preparing for had access to psychitomorrow are at crossatric help. He definitely purposes? Maybe we needed it. After all, I could have our cake and explained as the bus eat it, too. doors closed, “I can’t Which inspired me to sing!” not only rethink the wis“I can’t sing?” The bus dom of investing 40-plus ride home allowed for years in an unfulfilling reflection on my answer career while counting the for refusing his invite, days till retirement, but But he asked the question with such sincerity and innocence that you’d have which I had to admit, also to look for everyday thought he was offering the chance of a lifetime. held some sort of opportunities to incorpoappeal. Not: “I have a rate pleasure now rather all behind. No more daily grind or husband; a job; a home; a life I than forgo it for a future reward. mortgage payments? No more dress love.” But rather, I can’t sing? Like giving up dessert so we can fit codes or living for just two precious into the reunion dress. Or doing the Down with the plan weeks off every year? This was a chores before we relax with the new way to think about things.… movie. Or whatever price we believe At the time, my job as a retireAfter all, he called his own shots, we need to pay before we’re worthy ment specialist was to encourage traveled the globe, and did so with a of the good stuff. employees to save for retirement. I smile and a song. Yeah, he could Author Michael Neill recently approached employees well-armed probably use a shower, and I’m not wrote about his experience with with statistics about the pitfalls of suggesting wandering like a gypsy is “The First Project of the Day,” where relying on social security, increasing not without challenges and drawhe suggests beginning each day by health care costs, and growing life backs, but he seemed to have more deliberately doing something that expectancies that would require jig in his step than I could relate to. doesn’t need to be done. That is, enormous nest eggs to get us I was living for the promise of doing something you enjoy that you through. tomorrow; he was living for the might not otherwise get to until The goal was to enroll all eligible pleasure of today. there’s “time for it”—which we know employees for their 401k plan at the And he seemed to be doing a doesn’t happen frequently. maximum rate allowed. My employgood job of it. What did he know Neill’s experience was that by puter’s interest was the assets, but I that I didn’t? ting himself first at the beginning of truly believed I was doing the world the day he was of better service to a favor by helping Average Joe plan The illusion of sacrifice others the rest of the day. It’s a pracfor his future, shuttling every availtice that fits in nicely with the prinThe blue-eyed stranger’s offer was able dollar into savings. And I pracciple of making present moment a catalyst for seeing life with new ticed what I preached—maxing out enjoyment a higher priority than eyes. How could I enjoy my time my own contributions and methoddoing what you’re “supposed” to do. here as much as he enjoyed his? ically forecasting its growth, creatIt triggered me to wonder why we ing more incentive to keep saving Why put it off? focus more on securing the future for tomorrow. For those of you way ahead of me over enjoyment of the present Which is what we’re supposed to on this, I’m thrilled to have joined moment, since now is all we have do, right? Be responsible; plan for your ranks, compliments of that bus anyway. What makes tomorrow the future. Get a safety net in place stop conversation years ago. For more important than today? because no one’s going to make it


those of you who haven’t yet had the benefit of a wakeup call from a guitar-playing stranger, this is for you: •It turns out that all that keeps us from having our cake and eating it too is the belief that we’re not supposed to or it’s not possible. That’s it. Only the thought stands in our way! •There is nothing scary in our future that is worth sacrificing our pleasure today for. We’re the creators of our reality—and practicing deliberate creation allows us to experience what we would prefer, rather than what we fear. •We’re already worthy, automatically, no matter what. We don’t have to prove ourselves deserving of what we want before we get it. There’s no test to pass or sacrifice to offer or hard times to endure in order to earn happiness. Happy days can be ours simply by knowing it and choosing it. If you’re not doing what you love right now, what are the reasons you use to justify your actions? You have to finish the degree, or raise the kids, or pay off the debt before you can focus on you? My experience as a life coach tells me that we easily find arguments to distance ourselves from what we love most, and none of them are good. But because we’ve built lifetimes around the rationale of delaying—or putting off altogether— what we most desire, it can be overwhelming and debilitating if we don’t actively question those thoughts. The “reason” I went to a life-sucking job every day was because this is what I had worked so hard for; this is what was expected of me; this is where the money was. I couldn’t let my boss down, I had no other employable skills, this was “who I was.” Each of those excuses served as a bar in my self-imposed prison. My wanderer friend helped me see another way. The Law of Attraction taught me unhappy journeys don’t lead to happy endings. Author Eckhart Tolle walks the talk of enjoying the present moment, and author Byron Katie shows us nothing needs to change in order to do so. Practicing deliberate creation showed me the most successful method for creating happy results is to feel good now, whatever that means for me. As we’re in the throes of summer vacation mode, it’s worth remembering that we don’t have to limit our enjoyment of life to two measly weeks of the year. Which many of us struggle to enjoy anyway, since we’re so busy preparing for it and recovering from the busy-ness of it once we return. That’s not what we came here for. There is incredible happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment available when we release old beliefs and patterns, and let our imagination take us somewhere that feels better. As we entertain new possibilities, managing gremlin thoughts and fears that tell us it can’t be done, our vibration shifts and calls forth an entirely new reality. Life is happening right now, and this present moment is all we get. What are you doing with yours? ◆ Jeannette Maw is an Attraction Coach and founder of Good Vibe Coaching in Salt Lake City. WWW.GOODVIBECOACH.COM.


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Catch the multidimensional shuttle bus! BY RALFEE FINN his month, we enter a complex system of parallel universes, and while we’re not quite in the Twilight Zone, each world, personal or collective, has a distinct signature and its own peculiar brand of intensity. In one dimension, minds are busy with anything but trivial pursuits, as imagination fires up artistic and intellectual vision and ideas pour forth with unbelievable ease. In another reality, an oftengrueling need for precision stimulates a need to blow off steam through confrontation. In still another plane of existence, an irrepressible desire for personal freedom collides with a tendency toward exaggeration, and the combination tilts human behavior toward extreme actions and reactions, again, personal and collective. And while no one universe is particularly strange, as they blend or collide with one another daily life could turn a little odd. So don’t be

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surprised if you start imitating Rod Serling and humming “do-do-dodo.” But don’t worry; not every day or night is spooky, and there are guaranteed periods of fun. For the first 10 days of the month, a Mercury/Uranus square, as well as a Mercury/Neptune trine, makes minds busy. Mercury symbolizes all mental processes and activities

Don’t worry; not every day or night is spooky, and there are guaranteed periods of fun. from brain/body functions to crossword puzzles and everything in between. Uranus represents eccentricity. And when Mercury and Uranus combine, eclectic choices become the only choices. Add Neptune, which signifies the imagi-

nal as well as the spiritual realms, and you just might find yourself inspired to go on a meditation retreat, attend a Landmark workshop, or create your own “Fantasy Island” episode. But complete escapism isn’t likely. From the 1st-20th, exact and separating on July 10, a difficult Mars/ Saturn conjunction creates a “challenging” environment. Mars is the Warrior who thrives on action. Saturn is the Critical Eye who thrives on seeing what needs to be made more perfect. Mars wants to move. Saturn sets limits. And when these opposite conflicting archetypes share the same space, Saturn inhibits Mars, Mars resists Saturn’s authority, and neither is able to fully express their positive potential. On the negative side of the spectrum, this conjunction symbolizes a potentially destructive energy that focuses on finding the flaw in an often harsh and brutal

manner. On the positive side, a Mars/Saturn conjunction can give birth to a persevering determination to get the job done no matter how difficult the actual doing of it may be. Some will experience this conjunction as tests of strength. Others may see it as an opportunity to concentrate on a specific goal. But most of us are likely to feel as if we are vacillating between depression and excellence —a polarity that could be more than a little discombobulating. Most importantly, because this conjunction leans toward angry, it would be important to pick your fights wisely. Try not to embroil yourself mindlessly in conflict that, while satisfying in the moment, may come back to haunt you in the future. From the 2nd-17th, a Sun/Jupiter opposition turns appetites of all kinds—for food, drink, sex, and just plain stuff—excessive. Don’t be surprised if you encounter several hun-

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that too.

Aries

March 21-April l9

What’s required is a light touch that’s capable of corralling several disparate agendas, yours as well as others, into a cohesive whole. Rather than push, figure out how to gently encourage, and you’ll make consistent steady progress toward that goal.

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Spontaneous conversations with friends stimulate a fresh approach to several stagnant situations, especially if you are willing to switch your perspective and try something new. You don’t have to “surrender.” You just have to be open to the possibility of letting go.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

You’ve been burning the candle at both ends for quite some time, and now what you need is a nice long rest. So rather than continue to compulsively meet

the needs of others, take care of yourself. Replenish your reserves and you’ll not only restore your health, you’ll also re-establish a positive attitude.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

There is no avoiding the spotlight, so rather than spend your energy attempting the impossible, display your gifts and talents. If you refuse to be shy and instead allow yourself to shine, you’ll inspire others to do the same. You also might be surprised by how much fun it is to be the center of attention.

Leo July 23-August 22 You’re trying to straddle several dimensions simultaneously, with the intention of aligning your financial and creative goals. And while that unity is possible, it will require tremendous effort, confidence, and humility to channel your ambitions. Be determined, precise, and patient and you’ll make steady progress.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

You think you have to choose between logical, practical choices or a heartfelt spontaneity capable of being guided by intuitive insight. But it’s really not an either/or situation. Quite the contrary: you’re being asked to synthesize both approaches in the hope of achieving a healthy balance between pragmatism and idealism.

Libra

September 23-October 22

Yes, it is a lot of work, but it is not impossible to manage, especially if you stay flexible and willing to deal with unanticipated developments. I’m not advising you throw out your plan or abandon your strategies. I’m simply suggesting it will be easier to maintain your equilibrium if you expect the unexpected.

Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 21 As the I-Ching would say, “If you want to compress some-

thing you have to first let it fully expand.” So rather than resist increase and development because it seems unmanageable, allow this “growth” process. And when it has revealed the next step, start to discard what is unnecessary or superfluous.

Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21 A deep desire for change stirs impulsive behavior and before you have a chance to stop yourself, you are off on an adventure. There’s just no stopping your yearning to leave the mundane in the dust. Just try to send postcards so your loved ones won’t worry about your disappearance.

Capricorn

Dec 22-Jan 19

Intense, passionate conversations with partners, personal and professional, startle you into new ways of thinking about the same old themes and patterns. While some of this process is jarring, ultimately it will help you to cre-

ate greater intimacy with yourself and those you love.

Aquarius

Jan 20-Feb 18

You are happily at home in the “work” universe, especially as opportunities increase to improve your status as well as your finances. Make the most of this phase by focusing your intention, being clear about those goals, and then doing whatever it takes to actualize your ambition.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

You are not making it up—it is all about partnership of every kind, including your relationship with yourself. So rather than polarizing or withdrawing, stay on the field, and allow these themes to unfold. And remember, this phase is not about winning; it’s about playing the game with integrity and compassion. © 2008 by Ralfee Finn. Visit Ralfee’s website at WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM or email her at RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM.


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METAPHORS FOR THE MONTH Americans. Their inspired “songs and poetry” will be the deciding factor in this election. The majority of Americans will align behind the one candidate who inspires them to create good values that can inspire others. We all want to feel that we can contribute to the growth of a civilization and eventually the world. The pattern indicates that we all need to remember Fortune spins her wheel blindly. Yet change is always a good thing. Either candidate will need to be inspired to make the massive changes our system now needs. We are in challenging times—not necassarily bad times, but they have to be dealt with directly. The patterns of the past 30 years are shifting. We must find new ways to deal with the growing problems, before it is too late. In this time of tremendous transformation, we need to drop our past defensive postures, take off the armor and let go of nagging selfdoubt and guilt. Life at times will lead us astray, but there is no need to dwell in guilt. These challenges are how we each learn lessons and experience growth. Look at the paradise in which you live right now. How grateful are you each moment that you are an American? You have great safety and security compared to those in many other places on this planet. Appreciate the miracle that you are here at this time on this planet. You must have done something right to be here.

Appreciate the miracle that you are here at this time on this planet. You must have done something right to be here. Drop your old disappointments and resentments, and liberate the joy in your life. Whenever your achieving mind becomes involved in your life, you begin to lose contact with the paradise you are in. That leads down the path of misery. Instead, look toward patterns and perspectives that allow a new manifestation of understanding. Be inspired by the heart within you that yearns to give more love and connection to the world. Know that inside you is a depth that can touch the suffering of others with its knowledge and experiences. Recognize that with your willingness to reach out, you become a bridge for understanding and loving-kindness. This month, surrender to the openness of your heart, let go of the illusions of the past, and be willing to actively weave the threads of your reality into the greater web of life so we can all connect and support the amazing process of living on this planet together. None of us can do it alone. Together we can become something amazing that this planet has never seen. We are co-creating it together. If you can give your gifts and allow others gifts to also be honored and integrated, this world would become something truly unique and inspired. N Suzanne Wagner is the author of numerous books and CDs on the tarot. She lives in Salt Lake City. WWW.SUZWAGNER.COM.


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DISPLAY ADS IN THIS ISSUE Listed alphabetically A Course In Miracles (Celeste Cohorn) . . . . . 53 Acumen Biologics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 All Saints Episcopal 1of2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 All Saints Episcopal 2of2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Arts of the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Beer Nut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Berryhill, Lori, L.Ac.Mstom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bikram Yoga SLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Blue Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Body & Mind Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Caffe d'Bolla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Caffé Ibis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Carl & Erin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Center for Enhanced Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Center for Transpersonal Therapy . . . . . . . . . 47 Cerami Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Clarity Coaching. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Coffee Garden #1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Coffee Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Confluence Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Conscious Journey (Cathy Patillo) . . . . . . . . . 53 Cucina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 D. F. Dance Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 DanceScene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Dog Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Dragon Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 DTA Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Earth Goods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Entrada Institute/Torrey Music Festival. . . . . . 33 Evergreen House Café. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 FindMyTruth.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Five-Step Carpet Care #2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Flow Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Founders Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival . . . . 56 Four Winds Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Full Circle Women's Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Green Building Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Healing Mountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Healing Mountain Gems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Helper Arts Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Home Caregivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Icon Remodeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Idlewild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Inner Light Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Jenson, Barbara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Jul Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Kanzeon Zen Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Kanzeon Zen Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Knead a Massage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 KUED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Kula Yoga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Library Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Llama Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Long Okura Law Firm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Lucarelli, Michael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Mazza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Millcreek Herbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Mindful Yoga (Charlotte Bell). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Moffitt, Marilyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Montessori Community School . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mulberry Grove Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mythic Mountain Retreats (Janet Chatwin) . . 48 No More Homeless Pets (Strut Your Mutt) . . . 35 Nostalgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Om Shanti Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 One World Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Open Hand Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Pain Research Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Proskauer, Steve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 RDT dance classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Red Iguana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Red Lotus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 RedRock Brewery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Reiki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Residential Design (Ann Larsen) . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Retreat for Rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Sage's Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Salt Lake Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sego Lily School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Seven Canyons (Waldorf) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 SL Art Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 SL Roasting Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sool Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Streamline (pilates/yoga). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Structural Integrity (Paul Wirth). . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Takashi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Theta Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Twigs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 U of U/Nonprofit Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Underfoot Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 United Concerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Urban Shaman (Donna Henes) . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Vertical Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Vug, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Wagner, Suzanne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Web of Life Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 White Light Chakra Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Wing Tai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Withus, Trish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Women's Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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DAY B Y DAY IN THE HOME,GARDEN & SKY BY DIANE OLSON

JULY 1 The Sun rises at 5:59 a.m. today and sets at 9:03 p.m. July’s average maximum temperature is 82°; the minimum is 63°. Average rainfall is .93 inches and it typically rains five times. JULY 2 Go count butterflies: This week is the North American Fourth of July Butterfly Count (www.naba.org).

JULY 4 Earth reaches aphelion, its farthest position from the Sun, today. At nightfall, look for Mars, Saturn and Regulus, all in a line, with the crescent Moon hanging just below. JULY 5 There’s still time to plant beans, beets, carrots, chard, Chinese cabbage, collards, cucumbers, kale and radishes. JULY 6 Here’s a cheap, organic shrub and plant fertilizer: Add 1/2-cup of apple cider vinegar to one gallon of water; pour around the root zone or spray on leaves. JULY 7 As melon vines develop, bury each runner at two or three leaf nodes to encourage root growth.

JULY 10 FIRST QUARTER MOON. Whenever you plant, spread two to four inches of mulch on top of the surrounding soil. Pull back at least two inches from the trunk or stem. Use alfalfa hay, bark, compost, grass clippings, leaves, pine o needles or shredded tree trim- llen mings. Look low to the west tonight at nightfall for a Saturn/Mars rendezvous. JULY 11 Put a couple of drops of mineral oil on corn silks the week they appear, to prevent corn earworm. JULY 12 Wasps, like soldiers, rank each other by their stripes. The yellow and black stripes on their abdomens, combined with colored blotches on their faces, indicate their place in the hierarchy of the nest. Wasps also coat themselves with wax from their home nest to prove where they come from. If they leave and return without the proper wax coating, they’re driven away.

JULY 25 LAST QUARTER MOON. Side dress vegetables with manure or spray with fish emulsion fertilizer. Most fish emulsion is extracted from the menhaden, a member of the her-

JULY 17 Plant basil, artemisia and bachelor’s button near doors and outdoor seating areas to repel mosquitoes, and peppermint to shoo flies. JULY 18 FULL THUNDER MOON. The Moon is moving away from us. Each year, it steals some of Earth's rotational energy and uses it to propel itself about 3.8 centimeters higher in its orbit. When it first formed, the Moon was about 14,000 miles from Earth; now it’s more than 280,000 miles. JULY 19 Pay attention: birds always stop singing just before a thunderstorm. JULY 20 Two things can cause the icky brown spot on the bottom of tomatoes: calcium deficiency and irregular watering. Work gypsum into the soil to add calcium, water consistently and mulch well. JULY 21 Pollen, like water droplets, can make beautiful coronas around the sun. Unlike water droplets, pollen grains are non-spherical, and many have air sacs to assist in wind dispersal. These causes the grains to orient in peculiar ways as they drift in the air, sometimes creating elongated coronas with bright patches on their rings. JULY 22 Time to fertilize butterfly bushes, and prune evergreen hedges and espaliered fruit trees.

JULY 23 The pugnacious rufous hummingbirds currently visiting feeders and flowers around JULY 13 Time to thin the valley are comcreeping phlox, sedums, pleting an elliptical snow-in-summer and migration that takes other rock garden plants, them up the Pacific and transplant Oriental Coast in spring and m poppies. You can cut poppy m down the spine of the i n roots into pieces and plant them gbird Rockies in late summer. Along like bulbs. the way, they stake out and defend JULY 14 If you can see your footforaging territory. us Rufo

JULY 8 Bufonophobia is a fear of frogs and toads. For a quirky look one of the world’s worst ecological blun-

JULY 9 Look for Jupiter, at its brightest and closest, the next two nights.

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JULY 3 NEW MOON. The Dog Days of summer begin. Gross—but effective—wasp trap: fill a soda bottle halfway with fruit juice and hamburger. Add a couple drops of vinegar to discourage honeybees, and rub oil or Vaseline around the mouth to prevent the wasps from crawling out.

ders, watch Cane Toads: An Unnatural History.

JULY 24 Non-organically grown bananas, broccoli, plums, watermelon and green onions contain the most harmful chemicals. Avocados, cauliflower, onions, sweet corn and sweet potatoes contain the fewest.

ring family and the fish that Squanto recommended to the Pilgrims as fertilizer. Menhaden live in the warm, shallow waters of Chesapeake Bay and along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts; they are primarily fished by a company called Omega Protein, which was cofounded by George H. Bush. JULY 26 Hang a banana from the stem of tomato plants to encourage ripening. It'll also distract slugs and snails and mystify your friends and neighbors. JULY 27 Float citrus peels in birdbaths and other water features to discourage mosquitoes from laying their eggs in there. JULY 28 You can start planting fall crops of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach and peas now. JULY 29 Earthworms are so cool. They produce up to half of their body weight in nutrient-rich castings every day; aerate the soil and improve drainage with their tunnels; and exude slimy, nitrogen-rich secretions that help bind soil particles and increase moisture retention. JULY 30 Turn compost piles every couple of weeks, and keep them moist. There’s a good composting howto at www.compostguide.com. JULY 31 The Sun rises at 6:24 a.m. today, and sets at 8:45 p.m.

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