The Coast News, February 15, 2019

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FEB. 15, 2019

Spiritual living center hosts ‘Thought-a-thon’ extravaganza By Staff

ENCINITAS — One of the area’s iconic spiritual centers, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living has been quietly raising the consciousness of the neighborhood since 1988. Seaside Center will continue that tradition with a “Thought-A-Thon” and open house celebration starting at 1 pm on Sunday, Feb. 17 in Encinitas. The center will be transformed into a Jerry Lewis -style telethon, streaming live and on their Facebook page. There will be twelve continuous 20 minute segments showcasing the diversity of the spirituality in the community. Segments will include educational offerings, outreach and recovery ministries as well as special guests such as Tom Kelly from Soul of Yoga, a Healing Bowl Concert with Amanda. The event will also hold various musical entertainment segments from Rebecca Jade, voted San Diego’s Best Live Performer and who happens to be the Artistic Director of Seaside and other local musical talent. Visitors can attend cooking demonstrations, and even a mini-prosperity program led by Rev. Christian Sorensen. There will be a Kid’s Zone with a jumpy house and face painter with lots of crafts and activities for the children, which Sorensen says hold a special place in Seaside’s heart. “We believe that we can empower our children to recognize their self-worth to be able to take charge of their life and not buy into the peer pressures that are in the world,” Sorensen said. “Being able to control ones thinking helps children bring forth their innate gifts that they came into this world with.” Taking the helm as spiritual leader in 1991, Sorensen is one of several leaders of the New Thought Movement, the fastest growing social or-


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der in the United States. “The New Thought Movement is America’s unique contribution to the world’s theology,” stated Sorensen. “We work with people to take charge of their life, to eliminate victimhood, to create the healing in their body and their world of affairs so they can achieve all that their hearts desire.” Seaside has been an important Spiritual vortex and is part of 50 million people worldwide who are achanging the world, one thought at a time. “We want people to be aware of what’s going on over here,” Sorensen said. “We have been a member of the community for over two decades now. We are going to showcase the many different outreach programs that this spiritual campus participates in.” Since they have been in Encinitas, Seaside has given away over $1 million to various concerns that support Encinitas and other New Thought Organizations. The group believes in healing and that people can experience healing through prayer, or “change your thinking, change your life.” It’s not a new concept admits the Reverend, who’s authored 10 best-selling books on the subject, produced hundreds of archived podcasts and powerful, inspiring weekly spiritual messages through live streaming and virtual outreach programs online. A vendor marketplace will be set up with Queen Eileen’s, Earth’s Elements, Four Moons Spa, Thrive Animal Rescue, Peace & OM, Heart & Sole, The Beauty Counter, Sama Dog and others to be announced. Chameleon Cuisine, Cappuccino in the Park, Eat My Waffles and Everybody’s Favorite Food Truck will participate. This festival vibe, free community event will be seen by thousands who watch Seaside services remotely worldwide.


reer,” she said. As for where she gets some of her artistic background, Mickelson said her mom was a dancer and dance instructor, and her younger brother is a musician. “Other than them, I’m the only artist in the family,” she said. Is she ready to possibly be a “starving artist” if she has to if she wants to follow her dreams? “Unfortunately, finding a stable flow of income is a challenge for most artists, and is becoming increasingly difficult as the professional landscape changes and stable jobs offering benefits become harder and harder to come across,” she said. “I plan on pursuing the ideal of being able to support myself through my craft and will otherwise utilize knowledge about business that I hope to acquire from college classes, to provide for myself.” Some of her favorite artists who she follows and looks up to “pervades many different mediums.” For example, her favorite dancers are Keone & Mari Madrid, Phillip Cheeb and Emma Portner. Favorite media artists are Shephard Fairey, Barbara Krueger, Frida Kahlo and Jean Michel Basquiat. Her top music artists are NoName, Kali Uchis, Frank Ocean and Ms. Lauryn Hill. “As for film, I’m a big fan of Greta Gerwig, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Andersen, Sean Baker, Issa Rae ... and in music video specifically, I love Cara Stricker, Karena Evans and Hiro Murai,” she said. In her spare time, Mickelson likes to draw, listen to music, and spend a lot of time researching film-related or other. “I also work at Building Block dance where I work on digital media and take classes,” she said. “I love any opportunity to go somewhere new, and any chance to be creative with my friends. But I also love staying at home and conceptualizing videos, watching movies, and spending time with my family.” And while she is excited about being named a

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MICKELSON said she is grateful that her family has always encouraged her to expression and creativity. Courtesy photo

winner in the YoungArts, she said she thanks her family for their unwavering support. “They encouraged me to express my passion and creativity,” she said. “For that I am so grateful. I would like to thank them for their unconditional love and support.” The YoungArts Winners 2019 winners will receive cash prizes of up to $10,000, access to mentors

and opportunities to share their work with the public at renowned institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York) and New World Center (Miami). Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly

accomplished artists, the 2019 winners represent the top 10 percent of applications. Of this year’s 710 winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels. Altogether, 725 awards have been attributed: 163 have been named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor; 268 are Honorable Mentions and 294 are Merit winners. Finalists are also eligible for nomination to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars. As the sole nominating agency, YoungArts selects 60 finalists each year, 20 of whom are invited to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the highest honors for graduating high school seniors. The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, regular performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.    For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.