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ALL ABOUT TOWN

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FROM THE HEART

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Hibernation Hell: A Personal Account of My Struggles with Stillness BY THERESA PUSKAR

Where to Find True Love BY ALAN COHEN

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THE SHARED HEART: NEW DIMENSIONS OF RELATIONSHIP

You Never Need to Defend or Justify Your Feelings BY JOYCE AND BARRY VISSELL

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THE MAGICAL WORLD OF NUMBERS

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YOGA FROM MY YOGA EXPERIENCE

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HEALING WITH HORSES

The Number Two…The Gentle Giant BY ELIZABETH SUMMERS

12 Light BY CYNTHIA GRAN

WHERE TO FIND TRUE LOVE

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SOUND MATTERS

Affirmations vs. Resolutions, Audible vs. Subliminal? BY STEVEN HALPERN

CYBERWEAVE: SPIRITUALITY AND THE INTERNET

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER Our 4th Annual Conscious Connection Conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois. I personally extend an invitation to our readers to stop in and say hello to me, our staff, and our writers. The free healing room is a major benefit to attendees. We have many new speakers and some old familiar faces. Take the opportunity to meet and greet old friends and to make new ones at this conference. Ole White Shield will be joining us again this year to invoke Nature’s divine presence at the event, and to offer us a blessing at the conclusion of the conference. Ole White Shield is a Black Creek Shawnee Elder who resides in Utah, and is a talented musician as well as a gifted instrument-maker. Ole will be bringing some of his handmade instruments, which will be available for purchase. Last year, he traveled home much lighter than he arrived, as many of his instruments sold out quickly! Make sure you read next month’s issue to learn about some of the surprises that are in store for you. You can find out which of our wonderful vendors and speakers will be there so you can plan your visit. The Body Mind Spirit Expo is here again in March, so I hope you receive your Conscious Community Magazine early with the information regarding attending. I will be presenting two free classes, one each on Saturday and Sunday, at both the Chicago (Northlake) and Milwaukee venues. The Saturday class, which will be held on March 5th, is in Room 2 at 3:00pm and will be a Dream Interpretation Workshop which will feature live interpretations. The Sunday class, held in the same room at the same time, will be on the topic of Living Your Dream. I invite you to please stop by our booth to say hello. For more information, check out the Body Mind Spirit ads on pages 2 and 3 in this issue. I look forward to meeting all of you who are able to attend these exciting upcoming events.

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COMMUNITY

A COMMON GROUND PROGRAM DREAMS, HEALING, AND THE SELF WITH KENNETH JAMES THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 7-9 PM

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Learn how to tune in to your INTUITION, & practice using your intuition or inner knowing.

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relationship to

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Self, the source

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Symbols in dreams the deep unconscious, the

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Self, offered to our waking identity, our Ego complex. Ways to remember dreams, and examples of how to work with dream imagery in waking life will be covered, and there will be opportunity for sharing. $10 payable to Common Ground. Sponsored by the Swedenborg Library. Location: 77 W. Washington St. (at Clark), 2nd floor, Chicago. RSVP to info@SwedLib.org. For parking, we suggest using SpotHero. com for $10 parking after 5 pm at the 172 W. Madison Self-Park lot. Kenneth James is a diplomate Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Chicago; Ph.D., Northwestern University; Diploma in Analytical Psychology, C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago; currently the Director of Student Services at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

SHOOTING LOVE BULLETS Calling all Soldiers of Love! Learn how to ramp up the vibration of love and shoot into your creations, sustaining a Life of heaven on earth at this presentation on

February 14, at 1:00 PM. Susan Curry of InteriorWerx shares her intuitive insights and helps audience members clear energetic anomalies to create more happiness and

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happiness.

InteriorWerx brings the body, mind, and spirit to the natural state of Being by clearing emotional frequencies that vibrate at a lower hertz than love. Susan Curry developed this modality, InteriorWerx, over 4 years ago. A born Lightworker, her first “white-light download” recollection occurred as a young child. Susan has a passion for the highest and best in our human form and is a self-taught facilitator of this natural method. Come see what adults, children, and animals have been experiencing for the past ten years. Release and go to the highest and best potential. Things to expect: Happiness, clarity, great family relations, release of stress, anxiety, sorrow, and regret, health advice, and more! Infiniteus, 1644 W. North Avenue, Chicago. $10. www.InteriorWerx.us


HAPPENINGS

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or those of you who have read my column during the past three months, you might remember that I have been getting messages to slow down. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I got the message yet again from Jacob, a spirit guide who has been supporting me for over a decade. I’ve come to realize through the years that if I hear a message three times, I really need to act on it. It has become crystal clear to me that if I don’t stop doing, doing is going to stop me! So, Walter and Kasia have graciously given me permission to take a couple of months for myself. Thus, my articles for the next three months will not be about events, but about my experiences as I work hard not to work hard (there’s an oxymoron for you!). While I believe I’ve been getting these messages for quite some time, I trust my intution-my wise inner self, and she is harking, “Now is the time

ALL ABOUT TOWN

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By: Theresa Puskar

ibernation Hell:

A Personal Account of My Struggles with Stillness

“SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY LIFE. IT’S NOT ONLY THE SCENERY YOU MISS BY GOING TOO FAST - YOU ALSO MISS THE SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHY.” – EDDIE CANTOR

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ear soul. Now is the time!” As I sit here and look at my “almost empty” calendar, I find myself filled with both angst and excitement. As my family and friends can attest to, it is rare for me to be “unbusy.” Usually I am running from one event to another. It has been a brand new experience to have so much “free” time. I don’t know about you, but for me, this addiction to action started when I was about 12 years old. I was living in Toronto, Canada, and I had two part-time jobs. The first job was as an office assistant, and the second as a singer-guitarist for the Saturday night folk mass. I was also taking piano, gymnastics, and ballet lessons. Goodness knows that the gymnastics and ballet lessons were a total waste of time. Grace and ease of movement were never my strong points. Frankly, I couldn’t even touch my toes, and I moved like a cow on stilts. In fact, I still do! Needless to say, I was a busy young lady.


My mind wants no part of silence. “A man must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’ . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time—the stuff of life.” - Carl Sandburg The first full day that I spent quiet and alone was January 1st. I started the morning off very enthused and ambitious, however, as the day progressed, I found myself getting more and more edgy. What I’ve been noting is that when I have time to get quiet and think, I really struggle with the “THE MAN WHO FEARS TO BE ALONE WILL NEVER BE ANYTHING BUT LONELY, NO MATTER HOW MUCH HE MAY SURROUND HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE. BUT THE MAN WHO LEARNS, IN SOLITUDE AND RECOLLECTION, TO BE AT PEACE WITH HIS OWN LONELINESS, AND TO PREFER ITS REALITY TO THE ILLUSION OF MERELY NATURAL COMPANIONSHIP, COMES TO KNOW THE INVISIBLE COMPANIONSHIP OF GOD. SUCH A ONE IS ALONE WITH GOD IN ALL PLACES, AND HE ALONE TRULY ENJOYS THE COMPANIONSHIP OF OTHER MEN, BECAUSE HE LOVES THEM IN GOD IN WHOM THEIR PRESENCE IS NOT TIRESOME, AND BECAUSE OF WHOM HIS OWN LOVE FOR THEM CAN NEVER KNOW SATIETY.” - THOMAS MERTON, NO MAN IS AN ISLAND When I read this quote from Thomas Merton, I wonder if my avoidance stems from a deep fear of truly feeling just how lonely I am. I ponder, “Is this just me or is it the human condition? At our core, are most of us lonely?” While I have a terrific family and friends, perhaps the loneliness that I seek to satiate is an aching to connect with my divine. While I give lip service to my beliefs, I ask myself how much faith I really have? If I won’t even take five minutes each day to connect with my source, am I truly committed to growing in my spirituality? Although I can fill my days reading all of the scriptures and inspirational books out there, none of them will give me the experience of divine connection. I know that the only thing that will is feeling the silence. The question remains, “Do I have the courage to be still a while?” “LISTEN! CLAM UP YOUR MOUTH AND BE SILENT LIKE AN OYSTER SHELL, FOR THAT TONGUE OF YOURS IS THE ENEMY OF THE SOUL, MY FRIEND. WHEN THE LIPS ARE SILENT, THE HEART HAS A HUNDRED TONGUES.” - RUMI As previously mentioned, I most recently received the message again to slow down a couple of weeks ago. Jacob informed me that as I got quiet, I would connect in a much deeper way to my own voice. I will then be able to communicate more from my soul’s unique experience, and not lean so heavily on the words and wisdom of others. While I’ve caught glimpses of my radiant soul, I know that I haven’t quieted myself enough to really get to know who this splendid inner-self is. I’m delighted to get to know

“thinking” part of it all. To leave my mind to its own devices without any distractions at all can be overwhelming. My mind wants no part of the silence. Perhaps this is because it fears itself, and in response, I spend a great deal of energy avoiding the quiet. I follow the lead on one distraction after another, and avoid getting still and silent at all cost. When I finally do still myself, I usually only allow five to ten minutes. In that short time, however, I feel wonderful; a sense of relief fills my body and mind. It’s as if I’ve spent a great deal of time there. Who knows, perhaps I was a monk, or someone who took an oath of silence in past lives. While I’ll never know for sure, when I get quiet, I feel like I’m in a very warm, wonderful, and familiar place. So, I ask myself, “Why do I continue to avoid getting quiet and still?” her in a more intimate way. For some reason (and I don’t fully understand why), this is going to take more courage than moving to a foreign country, solo backpacking throughout Europe, or starting divorce proceedings. It will take more than just about anything else I have ever done in my life. “USUALLY, WHEN THE DISTRACTIONS OF DAILY LIFE DEPLETE OUR ENERGY, THE FIRST THING WE ELIMINATE IS THE THING WE NEED THE MOST: QUIET, REFLECTIVE TIME; TIME TO DREAM, TIME TO CONTEMPLATE WHAT’S WORKING AND WHAT’S NOT, SO THAT WE CAN MAKE CHANGES FOR THE BETTER.” – SARAH BAN BREATHNACH

Here is my commitment for the month of February. Like all commitments, I think it is wisest to start small. So, I commit to silencing myself for at least five minutes each day. I often feel comfortable closing my eyes and visualizing, intending, or praying, yet I realized that they too are distractions. Thus, for the sake of this exercise, I will avoid focusing on anything, except for my breathing. Next month, I will commit to a longer duration. I will also keep a journal nearby when I meditate, and write about any insights or shifts I note in response to doing so. I look forward to sharing my journey with you in the following months. If you struggle with taking time to be in silence as I do, I would encourage you to join me. We will open our hearts and minds to the adventures that lie within. Please feel free to email me at the magazine, if you would like to share your experience with me. I’d love to hear from you! Theresa Puskar, our All About Town contributor, is a writer, trainer, speaker, and inspirational audio-book producer. She recently authored The Terri Series – seven books that focus on social issues such as bullying, honoring diversity, celebrating creativity, non-judgment of emotions, finding alternatives to technology-based entertainment, discovering a non-judgmental God, and overcoming fears. She has also recorded a powerful experiential audio program, How to De-clutter Your Mind and live a Heart-Centered Life.

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FROM THE HEART

By: Alan Cohen

Where to Find True Love DISCOVER THE HAPPINESS YOU SEEK My coaching client Jodi has been in a Mormon marriage for nearly 30 years. For all those years she, her husband, and five children have participated avidly in the Mormon Church, rituals, and community. A few years ago Jodi felt guided to explore other philosophies such as yoga, meditation, and alternative forms of spiritual expression—all no-no’s according to traditional Mormonism, which shuns people who step out of line. So for Jodi to express her desire to delve into non-traditional pathways required a huge leap of faith. Although Jodi’s husband Don was initially distressed by her dabbling outside the church, he supported her to venture onto other paths of spiritual inquiry. Jodi stopped wearing traditional Mormon garments, took a life coaching course, read books by Paramahansa Yogananda, set up an altar including small statues of Buddha and the Hindu deity Ganesha, and took an unprecedented trip by herself to a residential meditation retreat. If Don

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had been stuck on their special relationship, he might have hit the ceiling and called in the church fathers to “deprogram” his wife. But, to his credit, he just kept loving Jodi, which endeared him to her all the more. His trust in her explorations did not dissolve their marriage, but strengthened it. When I last spoke to Jodi, she reported that she and Don were doing tantric sex practices. Both of them deserve huge credit for flowing with the changes in their relationship and co-creating a marriage based on love, not fear. I have often pondered why so many of us have had so much pain in relationships. It’s because we were trained to believe that we are empty or broken, and if we can just get someone to give us what we are missing, we would be happy. Then we must control our supposed source of good so that person will keep doing the things that make us feel loved. As it turns out, it’s the other way around. The purpose of relationship is to source love within ourself and then extend it to our partner. When we genuinely love, the joy that passes through our heart to the other person blesses, uplifts, and heals us as it moves through us.


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used to teach about unconditional love, until my mother taught me what unconditional love really is. When I set out on my spiritual path, I was inspired by the teachings of Jesus. I studied the New Testament and I taped a small picture of Jesus on the dashboard of my car.

house, I saw something I had never seen before in my home or in any Jewish home. On the dining room table, propped up against a napkin holder, was a small picture of the Catholic Saint Veronica.

My Jewish mother was not exactly pleased as punch to ride with Jesus as co-pilot. When I picked her up to take her shopping, she made fun of the photo. “Were you cold out here last night, Jesus?” she mockingly asked the image, tapping it with her forefinger. “Would you like me to knit you a sweater?”

“I saw it at a garage sale,” she answered nonchalantly. “I thought you would like it.”

So out of respect for my mother (especially since she had paid for the car), I removed the photo from the dashboard and placed it in the glove box. The next time my mother sat in the car, she said nothing but she seemed happier, so I figured Jesus was secretly smiling under the dashboard. A few weeks later when I went to visit my mother at her

February is Valentine’s month, when we celebrate great love. If you are searching for love, it may be closer than you think. Kabir said, “I laugh when I hear that the fish in the water is thirsty.” The love of your life might be right where you stand. Even if you are not with your ideal lover, you have friends and family who love you deeply. If you are with a partner who does not appear to be “The One,” there might be more love available in that relationship than you know. Appreciate and celebrate what you have before asking for more. The gifts that you have been seeking have been laid at your door. When you find beauty and wonder in those around you, you open the door to find it in yourself. Let this month be the one in which you find true love, by discovering the happiness you seek right where you stand.

Astonished, I asked, “Mom, where do you get this?”

I was speechless. In order for my mother to get me that picture, she had to rise above her lifetime belief system and values as a Jew and a Jewish mother. In that moment I realized that unconditional love goes far beyond words. It is an energy we radiate, a principle we live.

Love is not about control, but connection. Not about demanding, but allowing. Not about getting, but overflowing and supporting. As we release fearbased models of love, we open to the gift we were born to receive by giving it.

Alan Cohen is the author of the new groundbreaking book A Course in Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love. Join Alan and intuitive Dougall Fraser in Hawaii, February 21-26 for a life-changing retreat, The Guru in You. For more information about this program, Alan’s Life Coach Training Program, free daily inspirational quotes, and weekly radio show, visit www.AlanCohen.com

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Someone once gave Barry and me a small yellow button to wear that says, “You never need to defend or justify your feelings.” I love the message on this button and, though I don’t wear it, I keep it in my desk so it is the first thing I see when I open the drawer. This little message has helped me over and over again, and I would add to the message that you also never have to be ashamed of your feelings. I really feel my feelings. Sometimes I have to admit that I wish I could turn them off, but I can’t. Barry tells me I am very blessed to feel so deeply, and he wishes he could feel his feelings more often. Sometimes everyone in a room will be acting as if everything is just perfect, yet I can feel that something is off or inharmonious. When I state these unpopular feelings, I can be met with criticism, yet to remain silent is painful. When I try to defend or justify my feelings, it just makes things worse, and I feel worse.

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we had to ask her to leave, but not until she had upset every single person in the room including her partner. She even upset our children who were hardly even around. We talked for a long while after that experience, and realized we needed to honor if one of us felt someone wasn’t appropriate for a workshop. That lasted for 10 years, and just recently it happened again. This time it was me that felt a certain couple was not right for our couple’s retreat. Barry assured me that he had talked to both of them, and felt they would be fine. I still did not feel good about it. I did not stand up for my feelings, and their presence in the workshop was a disaster. Again we talked, and came back to our original agreement of honoring the other’s feelings even if we disagreed. The wonderful thing about honoring your feelings is that your capacity to feel love and joy are also deepened. The good times are made all the better by honoring all your feelings. What do you do with the sad, insecure, confused, and painful feelings? I find that if I ask someone to hold me, it can make a big difference in knowing that I am loved by this person. When no one is around to hold me, I will throw my arms around one of our golden retrievers and talk to them. They look at me with beautiful eyes of compassion, and seem to share the experience with me, which helps a lot. Sometimes I am all alone without even a dog around. What to do then? During these times I do a special practice that I would like to share. I have learned that I can be a mother to myself. During times of painful sadness, I can call upon this loving mother within me to come and comfort myself. I put my arms around myself, and the mother in me “talks” to the painful feelings. I say comforting words and remind myself that my feelings are a gift not just to myself, but to others as well. Once I was on the east coast working while my very young children were home with Barry on the west coast. One night as I was going to sleep I felt overcome with homesickness, and yearned with all my heart to go home. I was completely alone. I put my hands on my heart and began saying words of comfort and love to myself. In time I felt better, and fell into a very peaceful sleep, awaking to a feeling of joy. Men have told me it is helpful to call upon the father within them, whether they have had children or not. We all have a loving father or mother within us. Some people have so many painful memories of their parents that they cannot picture a loving father or mother comforting them. For these people it is better to call upon a loving teacher or friend, or perhaps an angel. Whatever image you call upon, remember that you are calling upon a higher energy to come and comfort you.

“YOU NEVER NEED TO DEFEND OR JUSTIFY YOUR FEELINGS”

Our feelings are a gift, to help us better understand ourselves, and the world around us. Our feelings can be a great teacher leading ever more fully into our heart of love. Joyce & Barry Vissell, a nurse/therapist and psychiatrist couple since 1964, are counselors near Santa Cruz, CA, who are widely regarded as among the world’s top experts on conscious relationship and personal growth. They are the authors of The Shared Heart, Models of Love, Risk to Be Healed, The Heart’s Wisdom, Meant to Be, and A Mother’s Final Gift. Call Toll-Free 800-766-0629 (locally 831-684-2299), or write to the Shared Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 2140, Aptos, CA 95001, for further information on counseling sessions by phone or in person, their books, recordings, or their schedule of talks and workshops. Visit their website at SharedHeart.org for their free monthly e-heartletter, their updated schedule, and inspiring past articles on many topics about relationship and living from the heart.

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NUMBER TWO IS THE YIN TO THE UNIVERSE’S YANG

As we move from the focused hard-driving energy of January and the Number One vibration, February, our second calendar month, for some may feel like “hitting the wall”! The energy of Number Two is the YIN to the Universe’s YANG. Balancing out one’s world through partnerships, gentility, the setting of boundaries is all part of the Number Two personality. A feeling of ennui may come over our daily lives as Spirit and our Higher Selves nudge us to just slow down, take a deep breath and re-assess where we are going next. Even Mother Nature takes a nap during February getting ready for the energy explosion of March and the early signs of Spring.

THE NUMBER TWO...

THE GENTLE GIANT

THE MAGICAL WORLD OF NUMBERS Those who have chosen to be born on a Number Two day, whether it is Two, Eleven, Twenty or Twenty-Nine all have the same basic qualities of a “gentle giant”. Caution to those, however, that misinterpret a seeming lack of initiative just might find themselves run over by this detail oriented cooperative spirit. This laid-back sincere individual has the uncanny ability to see both sides of a situation frequently receiving information intuitively or through psychic ability. The downside of this is an out-of-balance ego to manipulate situations to one’s own advantage. Having no desire to be the main figure on the stage appears in the Number Two make-up but receiving appreciation for one’s hard work and trustworthiness is definitely desired. The Number Two energy is ruled by the moon which astrologically represents the emotions. During New Moon or Full Moon times and even more intensely during Eclipses, the subconscious is activated and sleeping becomes an issue

for this personality. Therefore, understanding this and not resorting to sleeping pills, alcohol or other chemicals to bring on drowsiness is highly not recommended. Due to the sensitivity of Number Two’s energy fields, holistic solutions are a must. Interestingly, the Number Two personality, especially the Number Eleven birthday Number, needs to be around water. Water is an earth element that has an uncanny influence in calming down the high-strung Number Eleven temperament. However, showers, soaking tubs, Jacuzzis, fountains in the house or office are all wonderful holistic sedatives for the needs of all Number Two’s. Although the current focus may be on the Number Two, know that these solutions are valuable to all Numbers with their calming influence that pacifies the soul. Indecisiveness, mood swings, periodic bouts of depressed feelings, rampant displays of a lack of self-confidence are all indications of an out-ofbalance temperament that needs to be addressed and understood. These behaviors are a result of the subcon-

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By: Elizabeth Summers

scious fear of not being “good enough” often brought into this incarnation from previous human lifetimes. For example, not recognizing one’s intuitive abilities and expressing them comes from a fearful memory of being killed in the past for just such practices. All this is buried in the subconscious and shows up in an Esoteric Numerology reading. On a lighter note, oh, can Number Two personalities be romantic! If anyone is seeking a mate who loves cuddling and hugging search out those born with birthdays adding to the Number Two. These teddy bears need warmth, affection and frequently fall into childhood patterns when giving and receiving some snuggles. To be made to feel safe and secure is their great unconscious need. Therefore, if their environment is peaceful, harmonious with background music and displays of art on the walls, the mood will set off fireworks of passion! This gentle giant vibration expressing imaginative, artistic romantic qualities resembles the Number One vibe but not as forceful in carrying out

their ideas. In addition, the Number Two may not be as physically strong as the warrior Number One. Therefore, consider expressing any altercations on a Sunday, Monday or Friday since these at the lucky days for a Number Two temperament. For extra help jade, pearls, moonstones and pale green stones worn close to one’s body will help as a support system. The eastern philosophy of “going with the flow” is an appropriate description of the energy of a Number Two birthday person. “Leading from behind” may appear to be the case in leadership situations but make no mistake, when this conservative personality gets emotionally revved up, the feathers will fly!

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LIGHT

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By: Cynthia Gran

February 1st is halfway between the first day of winter and the first day of spring. In November and December we celebrated holidays that summoned the return of the sun by lighting candles and decorating elaborately with electric lights. During Diwali, Hanukah, Winter Solstice, and Christmas we beckoned and prayed for the sun to return and brighten our lives. Now in February we’re rewarded with longer days and we’re certain the promise of spring is around the corner. To the Celts, February 1st is called Imbolc and is celebrated as the quickening of the year. As such, light returns at a noticeable pace lengthening each day. We awak-

“GIVE ME LOVE GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH GIVE ME LIGHT GIVE ME LIFE KEEP ME FREE FROM BIRTH GIVE ME HOPE HELP ME COPE, WITH THIS HEAVY LOAD TRYING TO TOUCH AND REACH YOU WITH HEART AND SOUL OM” - GEORGE HARRISON

en in the morning to less darkness and it stays light longer each evening. Light from the sun: we all need it. We crave it. We thrive on it. We love bright rainbows after a storm and light shining through crystals or stained-glass windows. We refer to famous people as “stars” and travel to warmer climes to turn our faces to the sun. We write stories with characters desperate for it (“Give me light!” demands the king in Hamlet) and characters that are sad sing about it (“The sun’ll come out tomorrow,” from Annie). But these are all metaphors for the deep human condition of trying to return to our origin, our birthright, the place that we can truly call home, the Light Within.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, Their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Years ago my stepmother was thought to have died when she flat-lined during surgery. But she regained full consciousness and said that, for those moments, she was summoned to walk toward the light at the top of a staircase. There was no face, just light and the understanding to move toward it. There are many references to this light in yoga literature, where it is known as the Light of Consciousness.

“Lead me from untruth to truth. Lead me from darkness to light. Lead me from death to everlasting life.” Centuries later, Buddha declared a similar sentiment when telling the seeker to “Light thy own lamp.” Grace dawns only after we do the hard work of a spiritual aspirant.

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, But by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung

The Vedas, and the Upanishads contained within them, bring us mantras and other reminders of inner Light. A well-known verse from the Rig-Veda is the Gayatri Mantra. It inspires meditation on inner illumination, purification and imparts knowledge of the sun that dwells within. The Katha Upanishad teaches that the sun shines equally on us all, providing life-giving energy, warmth and light. The Pavamana Mantra is a well-known affirmation from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. The middle stanza reminds the seeker to remain steadfast in the pursuit of the light of knowledge, despite a busy, disturbed mind that creates a veil of darkness:

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The Bhagavad Gita teaches that darkness is the path of selfishness and suffering. This is brought on by ignorance and attachment to the things of the external world. A yogi is one with selfcontrol. She follows the path of light, faithfully devoting her life to gain control over the senses and the mind. There are also bringers of light, torchbearers to help dispel the darkness of ignorance. Yoga tradition tells us we need a Guru, one who can selflessly bring us to see our own inner light.

“For a beginner on the spiritual path, a Guru is necessary. To light a candle, you need a burning candle. An illumined soul alone can enlighten another soul.” Swami Sivananda


Ayurveda has a precept that the microcosm is reflected in the macrocosm, and vice versa. Everything in the outer world exists in the inner world. In hatha yoga we salute the sun as reflected in our hearts when practicing the twelve positions called Soorya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation. This invigorating sequence clears glands, loosens joints and increases warmth all over the body.

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LEARNING TO ROLL WITH IT LIFE IS NOT A FLAT, STRAIGHT LINE. NO, THAT ISN’T A SURPRISE. EVERY DAY, LIFE THROWS US SOMETHING NEW. Life is not a flat, straight line. No, that isn’t a surprise. Every day, life throws us something new. Sometimes life throws us a small pebble, other times it throws us a curve ball, and sometimes it throws us a boulder. With all that is thrown at us, we get good at the dip, duck, dodge, WHACK! There is never a convenient time to deal with what is thrown our way, and sometimes we have to learn to roll with it. If you get unsettling news just when you are tending to someone else’s needs and you may not be able to process it right away, it may be necessary to compartmentalize the emotion, and cowboy up until you can steal a moment. This can seem somewhat contradictory to the idea of being authentic, yet we cannot deny that it happens. If you work in a field where you are working with people who come to you to be emotionally vulnerable and process through their own trauma, or if you are a teacher and you are responsible for the wellbeing of the 21 little ones, what do you do when that whack on

the side of the head occurs? You may not have the luxury of taking a time-out right at the moment, because if you do, you add a layer of burden onto someone else’s shoulders, and they may not be able to take it. As an example, imagine you are teaching a lesson on bullying to a group of students, and they are all sharing stories of when they were bullied. Some of their stories are emotional, and you are leading the discussion. You glance at your phone as a text comes through that someone you know was in an accident. At that moment it may not be possible for you to step out and address the situation. You might need to take a deep breath and roll with it. That is just one example that we can all identify with. It doesn’t even have to be at that level. Sometimes it is the small stuff that we have to roll with that adds up over time. Horses have a great way of rolling with it. Something happens; they might flee, freeze, or even fight, and then it’s over. They can go back to grazing, and on

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with their life. The ability to roll with it can be one of the greatest skills we can develop, leading to the ability to be resilient. In a barn, shit happens, there is nothing you can do about it, and life has to go on. That doesn’t mean that we have to suppress or bury our emotions in order to function, but it does mean that sometimes we have to leave it in the bucket for a moment, shake it off, and move on. The trick is to remember to go back and deal with it later. There are several ways we can learn to roll with life practically, instead of fighting it, or constantly rolling in it. The first is to be aware of what you’re rolling with. We have to be honest with ourselves. Horses are so honest. You can’t know exactly what’s going on inside their heads, yet if you pay attention, they give you a pretty good idea. Being honest helps us to remember to go back and deal with the emotions or situations we may have buried. We also have to adopt a perspective that emotions are energy, and that energy has to be moved through. We may not be able to do that at the moment something comes up so even if it’s after the fact, we need to move. That can take the form of walking, or dancing, or whatever. Just move. If you have ever trained a horse,

they can be fabulous in the ring while you work through a new behavior or skill you are working with them on. Then when you let them loose, they run out to the pasture, and buck and run, letting go or working through the pent-up energy of all that hard work, and then they are done. They will get down on the ground, and literally roll with it. Horses also live in herds. Having someone to lean on can mean the difference between holding it together and not. You can lean on them to hold the space for you when you have to set emotions aside and get through the next task, and they are also there when it’s time to move it through. Horses in the wild migrate and cover miles of ground every day, finding food and water. They gain a new perspective on the landscape, as it changes before them as they look out from the higher ground. Many times shifting our perspective literally and figuratively can help us become more resilient. In our heads we can choose to look at a situation differently, helping us to let an emotion roll over us and off of us. Changing our point of view, or shifting our physical location to see something from a different vantage point can help create a shift in our thinking. Changing your perspective, you remem-


ber how much there is out there beyond the problems we deal with on a daily basis. Don’t forget that everyone is trying to roll with it. We all have stuff going on every day, and some days we are able to roll with it, and some days we are simply not able to. Giving yourself and others “off days” helps keep things in perspective also. Horses are some of the most adaptive and resilient creatures, able to cope with what we as humans bring into their life. In a moment they can become a container for strong emotions, especially when the human is vulnerable. In the moment, the best way to roll with it is to breathe. Take a deep breath,

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and find your feet, and ground them into the earth. Grounding yourself makes it easy to still the storm building inside; finding calm in the moment, to get through the next moment until the time is right to process. One of the most important things we can do to help learn to roll with it is practicing gratitude. It may not be possible to scientifically prove that horses show gratitude. In my mind, I see a mutual sense of gratitude between horses and humans when they connect with us; those quiets moments when they are still with us, and allow us to be with them, with no agenda or task. In the same way we can show gratitude to those things in our life that we cannot live without. We can be grateful every day we wake

up, for our family, friends, and life itself. Take time to make a list of things you are grateful for each day. Show gratitude by saying thank you, and demonstrating appreciation for the things and people that are important. When we take stock of what is really important, it makes it easier to roll with the punches, curve balls, stones, and shit that life throws at us. Blair McKissock, MSEd, RYT is a speaker and author on experiential and nature-based learning. She loves sharing the amazing world of equine-assisted learning and therapies, through her work at Strides to Success in Plainfield, Indiana. You can learn more about coaching, OmHorse mounted yoga sessions, and upcoming equine-assisted workshops at stridestosuccess.org

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By: Steven Halpern

Affirmations vs. Resolutions, Audible vs. Subliminal?

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STARTING THE YEAR OFF ON A GOOD NOTE!

Long before ‘intention’ became a popular meme, I had learned about, and validated in my own life, the power of positive affirmations. Like many who grew up in the 1960s, I was not aware that I had been ‘using’ affirmations for years already. The problem was, however, that these were mostly the negative affirmations and subconscious programming I got from my family, and peers in high school. Over the last 40 years, I continued to rediscover new applications for this wonderful and free psychotechnology. (Of course, I will also confess to almost yearly rediscoveries of things I forgot, or didn’t use.) This past holiday season, I spent more time than in most years in refocusing intention in a number of areas of my life. Perhaps you did the same? Affirmations vs. Resolutions As I detailed in last month’s column, the big news in this Decade of The Brain is that cutting- edge research on the power of intention and conscious communication with our own mind, body, and spirit is available to the public, rather than being locked in academic journals read by a very small audience. For me, the larger perspective of the information put forth in The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., and Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of Your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being, by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., should be of interest to us all. It validates the effectiveness of affirmations, self-talk, and ‘in-house’ communication. How you structure and script your positive statements of how you want to orchestrate your reality is

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also vitally important. For instance, if you write: “I will be more creative in 2016,” your subconscious mind, and your innate intelligence at the gene level, hear this as ‘’sometime in the future...but not now.” That is like movable goal posts; you never actually ARE more creative, in the Now, in the present. That is also the problem with making resolutions. The language is typically not scripted in a way that brings the results you want. Like relaxation, creativity only happens in the present moment. That’s also why affirmations are more effective if spoken, thought, or even listened to in a mindful state of awareness; which brings up the obvious next question: How do you optimize your brain/mind/ consciousness to receive this positive input? One of my favorite answers has always been: “Listening to brain balancing, mindful meditation music in which affirmations are included in the music itself.” It’s a form of effortless multi-tasking: the beautiful music is highly pleasurable to listen to, which results in higher levels of oxytocin and other endorphins (the feel-good neuro-hormones our bodies make), as well as getting you in the right state of mind that heightens your receptivity to the affirmations. In fact, I got a head start on this process, as I also highlighted in my recent columns in which I shared some of the current projects I’m working on. Some are already available exclusively from my website: StevenHalpern.com, in MP3 digital download format. The release schedule of CDs has to go through levels of distributors in order to become available on Amazon and iTunes, which explains the delay for physical product.


Not only was this a very economical approach, it saved my lungs Audible vs. Subliminal Affirmations One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “Which is bet- a lot of irritation. ter?” When it comes to audio affirmations, there is a third level of emThe answer I give is: They are both good. Why limit yourself to powerment that I include in my Next-Gen Brain Balancing series of just one? The advantage of subliminal technology to communicate recordings, in addition to the music itself (composed in a coherent with your subconscious mind is that your “conscious mind” does not state of mindfulness), and the affirmations. You can read about it on the liner notes of each album. interfere. It does not respond by negating the affirmation. Making Your Own Affirmation Recording in 2016 For instance, many people hear that small voice in their head that It’s easier than ever to do a simple version. Simply play any track says, “No, you’re not,” or “No, you can’t.” That is so often the “voice” of a parent or peer that you’ve internalized, and accept as true, even from virtually any of my albums on your stereo system or computer speakers, and call yourself on your cellphone. Speak your message though it is not. (affirmations) with the music in the background. Perhaps the most common question I’m asked is, “Does it make a You can adjust the volume of the music and your voice simply by difference whether the affirmations are scripted in the first person or moving closer to the speakers, or further from your phone. the second person, i.e., ‘I am relaxed,’ vs. ‘You are relaxed?’” You can start with just three affirmations. Total time of recording: I’ve written about this extensively elsewhere. To summarize: When you are speaking your own affirmations in your own voice, as ONE minute. I suggest later in this column, of course you should only use the first Which affirmations to use? That’s up to you. Let me know how person. that works for you. Over the past 35 years, my real-world research, and the feedback ARETHA FRANKLIN - Transcendent Performance at the of many listeners, is that both are viable. More significant variables Kennedy Center Honors are the quality of the music that the messages are embedded in. One of the best-ever performances ever shown on TV occurred My friend, Dr. Eldon Taylor, is one of the most prolific authors and authorities on mental programming and self communication. His on December 29th at the annual Kennedy Center Honors. Carole books really clarify what is going on here. His latest, Gotcha!: The King was being honored, and every singer was great. When Aretha Franklin walked on stage to sing (“You make me feel like) A Natural Subordination of Free Will; would be an excellent place to start. Woman,” the energy in the room was electric. How Can You Tell if it’s Working? You could see—and feel—Carol’s total surprise and delight. The Some subjects and outcomes are easy. If you fall asleep by the third song of an album intended to help you fall asleep, like SLEEP cutaways to audience members showed how emotionally they were touched, too. I dare say many a tear was shed in living rooms around SOUNDLY, or SLEEPSCAPE DELTA, the recording is working! the country, as it was in my home. If you are finally able to clear out three file cabinets and two bookWhen Aretha sat down at the piano and began to sing, I could tell cases that have been on your to-do list for over a year, I’d say the magic was in the air. Midway through, she got up from the piano, program is working. and her singing reached new heights of ecstasy. That’s my experience so far in listening to my latest project, CLUTThen...when she dropped her long fur coat to the floor, everyTER BUSTING at the Speed of Sound. It is available immediately, exone in the audience could feel the Spirit in the air. The gospel choir clusively at StevenHalpern.com/clutterbusting joined in, and we witnessed the unquestionable power of sound to take us into higher states of consciousness. Could it be a placebo effect? Of course that’s a possibility. I would love to hear from those of you who see auras to know I’m a practical guy; I care about results. Does it matter to me what you saw at that moment. I would also bet that the national whether it’s a placebo, or totally due to my recording? No! KDE (Kundalini Rising Effect) hit a new mark. When I first met Dr. Andrew Weil at a mutual friend’s ThanksI’ve written about this phenomenon in the context of crossgiving dinner in Big Sur in 1979, he was the first medical doctor to promote the study of what is called “the placebo effect.” To recap: In cultural studies in music and higher consciousness, referencing the many research studies, test subjects are given a sugar pill rather than ethno-musicology research of authorities like Dr. Morton Marks. the experimental medicine or drug. If you missed the live broadcast, or want to relive it, here’s the In many cases, the placebo pill does almost as well as the new link: youtube.com/watch?v=0Ca5Xd_usG8. drug. Until next time, That means it is the power of that person’s belief system that is Steven Halpern creating the effect. Steven Halpern is a Grammy® award nominated recording artist celebrating I always loved that concept, even before I knew what placebo meant. 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MALCOLM SMITH, INTERNATIONAL HEALER, by appointment, at The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center, 259 E. Central Rd, Des Plaines. Malcolm has relieved pain, restored sight and hearing, cured “incurable” diseases including cancer, solving problems including virtually every physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition. A 30-minute session is $90, Call 847-299-6535 to schedule. Remote sessions available. 

MEDIUMSHIP CLASS with Amy Biank, Mediumship Class, Friday February 5th, 7-9 pm, and Friday, February 19th, 7-9pm, 83 Century Dr., Oswego, IL – Call 630-554-7713 to register, by donation. www.theintuitiveangel.com . CHANTINGWITHMEDITATIONWITHTEYMUSICatFocusOmBatavia. Time: 7-9pm.www.focus-om.com. $25 online registration. $30 at door.

Wednesday, February 3 WISH DREAM SPARKLE - Internet Radio Show - February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th – 7 pm CST – www.247thestream.com

Thursday, February 4

GUIDED MEDITATION WITH WALTER PERSCHKE - Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 7-8pm. Suggested Love Offering $5. “Now is the time to build bridges. When the flood comes, and it will come, you need to be ready. It will be too late to prepare.” Walter Perschke. Learn to prepare for the changes our world is experiencing now and the changes to come. Learn how to center yourself and enter the inward journey we are all on. Join the peaceful future rather than the chaotic present. The answers are there for us to find. Let us help you to find them. Location information: Spiritual Learning Center, Burr Ridge. Details available when registering. Call 312-786-0077, or send an email requesting the Burr Ridge address to SpiritualLearningCenter@gmail.com or www.SpiritualLearningCenter.com FREE PARKING. MEDITATION - 6 p.m. to 7 for $10 Open your heart 2016 is all about an open heart and being receptive to others, and why not in February the month of LOVE. Presented by Bharat Kalra. Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-5358708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com

Saturday, February 6 APRESENTATIONANDGATHERINGABOUTACOURSEOFMIRACLES with Barret and Charlie - Fun, laughter and inquiry exploring this spiritual masterpiece. Saturday, February 6th, 10 – 11:30am, 1800 Dewes Street, Suite D, Glenview. $20/$10 online.www.RegOnline.com/GoodNews. CRYSTALCONNECTIONSWITHATLANTISANDLEMURIApresentedby JANEL WATSCHKE, 11am-1pm, atThe EdgarCayce Holistic Center, 259 E. Central Rd, Des Plaines. What is Lemurian Seed Crystal? Did they purposely grow crystals in Atlantis, and why? Find out the answers, view, hold and purchase these special stones from antiquity. $25, $20 for A.R.E. members. THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF LEMURIA AND ATLANTIS presented by DR. ROSITA RODRIGUEZ, M.D., Ph.D., from 2-5pm, at The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center, 259 E, Central Rd, Des Plaines. The ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria were very different in their spiritual beliefs. Explore these differences. Also a look at the migrations to Egypt during the sinking of these ancient lands. Dr. Rodriguez, founder of Arche International, has spent over 30 years of research in psychology, parapsychology, philosophy, comparative religions, healing and meditation. $45, $35 for A.R.E. members. 

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WIRE WRAP CLASS - cost of supplies $10; 12-2 pm. So many people have asked and we have found a wonderful person to teach it! By Justin Pasternak Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-535-8708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com

in private practice in Chicago; Ph.D., Northwestern University; Diploma in Analytical Psychology, C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago; currently the Director of Student Services at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Sunday, February 7

COUPLESMASSAGEVALENTINE’SDAYWORKSHOPChicago,ILwww. cindyhuston.com. Massage will be practiced clothed. Participants must register as partners.

ESSENCE QIGONG: INTEGRATING BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Through Moving Meditation — 10:30-4:30 pm. Led by Tim Speduto, MSOM. Learn to synchronize your spirit, mind and body and experience the joys of health, balance and self-awareness. $130 includes CD and manual. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. www.csjthewell.org

Tuesday, February 9 REIKI SHARE - 6 p.m. to 7:30 All are welcome ! No matter what level you are or you are interested it the meaning of REIKI It is always a wonderful feeling to get together with others and talk about your experiences. Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-535-8708. www.CrystalRiverGifts. com

Wednesday, February 10 GONG MEDITATION - 7-8pm • $25 Gong meditations are one of the most deeply healing and restorative meditations possible, particularly because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. The gong works on many levels from the physical to emotional and spiritual in order to heal and transform. As the sound of the gong creates deep relaxation and clears the mind, it also aids in the reorganization of emotional energy. Gong meditation participants typically lie face up on a yoga mat or blanket in resting pose, (Shivasana), or sit in a chair to experience the tremendous healing sounds and vibrations. Location information: Spiritual Learning Center, Burr Ridge. Details available when registering. Call 312-786-0077, or send an email requesting the Burr Ridge address to SpiritualLearningCenter@gmail.com. www.SpiritualLearningCenter.com FREE PARKING. UFO’S, CROPCIRCLES, ST. MALACHY’S PROPHECYthat this is the Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. How are these all related? Not a recruitment type meeting, just an interesting presentation and discussion, plus plenty of thought provoking literature to take home. 6:30-8:30pm, Garrett Wellness, 3020 N. Kimball, Chicago. Free. Tom Masbaum, 708-955-3634, www.EFT-Tom.com WISH DREAM SPARKLE - Internet Radio Show - Wednesday, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th – 7 pm CST – www.247thestream.com

Thursday, February 11 COMMON GROUND: DREAMS, HEALING & THE SELF, WITH KENNETH JAMES. Participants will consider ways to move from dreams to a deeper understanding of individual suffering, spiritual sustenance, and continuous healing by deepening the relationship to what Jung call the Self, the source and destiny of each life. Symbols in dreams are resources from the deep unconscious, the Self, offered to our working identity, our Ego complex. Ways to remember dreams and examples of how to work with dream imagery in waking life will be covered. 7-9 pm, Thursday, February 11 at the Chicago Temple Bldg, 2nd floor, 77 W. Washington (at Clark), Chicago. $10 fee, payable to Common Ground. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Swedenborg Library. RSVP to info@ SwedLib.org Kenneth James is a diplomate Jungian psychoanalyst

FREEWORKSHOPFORREADERSOFCONSCIOUSCOMMUNITY.6-8pm, Muscle Testing (AK) and Intuition, Learn 6 ways to muscle test. Learn how to protect yourself from “energy vampires.” Learn how to tune in to your INTUITION, & practice using your intuition or inner knowing. Get answers to your important questions during the workshop. Getting guidance from the Universe, Garrett Wellness, 3020 N. Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL. 2 CE’s for Massage Therapists and yoga Teachers. $25/$20 Tom Masbaum, 708-955-3634, www.EFT-Tom.com FREE IF YOU SAY YOU READ ABOUT IT IN THIS MAGAZINE. GONG MEDITATION - 7:30 p.m. for $20 Gong meditations are one of the most deeply healing and restorative meditations possible, particularly because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Presented by Andre Peraza. Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-535-8708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com GUIDEDMEDITATIONWITHWALTERPERSCHKE-Thursdays,February4, 11, 18, 25. See Thursday, February 4th listing for full details.

Friday, February 12 INTRODUCTION TO EFT. Releasing Emotional & Physical Chronic Pains, 6-8pm, The Miracle of EFT, EFT works for PTSD, digestion related issues, anxiety, back, hip, shoulder and knee pains. SoderWorld Healing, Rte 83, Willowbrook, IL 630-455-5885. Free workshop. 2 CE’s Tom Masbaum, 708-955-3634, www.EFT-Tom.com

Saturday, February 13 CHICAGO IANDS SUPPORT/STUDY/RESOURCE FORUM for near-death, out-of-body, & spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: SUSAN DOLAN, RN, JD, Expert in end of life planning; Author of “The End of Life Advisor”, Hospice nurse, lawyer. Frank Auditorium in Evanston Hospital. 2-5 pm. Free covered parking. Suggested donation - $20. For more info: 847.251.5758 or http:// www.chicagoiands.org

Saturday-Sunday, February 13-14 REIKI I. 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. the cost is $200 Presenter Reiki Master and teacher Bharat Kalra Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-535-8708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com

Sunday, February 14 SHOOTING LOVE BULLETS 1:00PM - Calling all Soldiers of Love! Learn to ramp up vibration of love and shoot into creations, sustaining a Life of Heaven on Earth. With Susan Curry (InteriorWerx). Infiniteus, 1644 W. North Avenue, Chicago. $10. www.Interiorwerx.us

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Wednesday, February 17

OPEN DISCUSSION WITH ROSE WOLF, our very own psychic medium. 1 p.m. till 2:30. This month’s topic is open to you! Is there a question you have about what we do, stones, tarot or Crystals? Bring them all and let’s see if we can’t find the unsure together. Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224535-8708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com WISH DREAM SPARKLE - Internet Radio Show - Wednesday, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th – 7 pm CST – www.www.247thestream. com

Thursday, February 18

Wolf psychic and psychic medium Fran Versoza psychic palm reader Saturday only Can Bentley intuitive reader Roxann Bjorklund tarot card reader Reiki practitioner Saturday only Barack Kalra chakra reader Cranial Sacral Therapy and Indian head massage. ZSAHLINN Cartomancy. Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-5358708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com

Sunday, February 21 PROPPING AND ADJUSTMENTS WORKSHOP WITH PETE STADALSKY . Time: 2-4pm. FocusOm Batavia. www.focus-om. com. $35 Online Registration. $40 at Door.

GUIDED MEDITATION WITH WALTER PERSCHKE - Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25. See Thursday, February 4th listing for full details.

DRUM CIRCLE - 7 p.m. the cost $10. This is a great way to release energy, find your inner child, and meet new friends! If you’ve never touched a drum or if you are an experienced percussionist… this Drum Circle is for you!! “EVERYONE IS A DRUMMER!” Bring your own hand drum or use the ones provided. Crystal River Gifts 310 N LaFox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-535-8708. www.CrystalRiverGifts.com

Friday, February 19 MEDIUMSHIP CLASS with Amy Biank, Mediumship Class, Friday, February 19th, 7-9pm, 83 Century Dr., Oswego, IL – Call 630-5547713 to register, by donation. www.theintuitiveangel.com

Wednesday, February 24

WISH DREAM SPARKLE - Internet Radio Show - Wednesday, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th – 7 pm CST – www.247thestream.com

Saturday, February 20 THE A.R.E. HOLISTIC FAIR is a comfortable forum for exploration of a wide range remedies, techniques and methodologies all associated with health and personal growth, based on the work of Edgar Cayce. 25-minute sessions, $35 each. A well-stocked bookstore is available, as are free short lectures. For more information, www. holisticcenterchicago.com click on ‘Events.’ Admission is free, love donations gratefully received. Held at the Edgar Cayce Holistic Center, 259 E. Central Rd, Des Plaines, from 10am-4:30pm.

Thursday, February 25 GUIDED MEDITATION WITH WALTER PERSCHKE - Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25. See Thursday, February 4th listing for full details.

Friday-Sunday, February 26-28 Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21

CERTIFICATION CLASS FOR EFT WITH A GUARANTEE™ at SoderWorld Healing, Willowbrook, IL 9am-5pm all days. CE’s for Psychologists, Massage Therapists, Yoga Teachers & Reflexologists. 14 hour Certification workshop. Become an “EFT With A Guarantee™” Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself & for your clients. This workshop is for both beginners & experienced EFT Practitioners. Experience relief for yourself. $225/$195 advance registration. $95 repeat of “EFT With A Guarantee” Certification class and other discounts for prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6 hour or longer workshops valid at SoderWorld only. Money back guarantee for this workshop. 14 CE’s. 630-455-5885 for registration. Call Tom Masbaum for more information. 708-955-3634. www.EFT-Tom.com INTUITIVE GALA- Featured readerJR Carmonyacupuncture.Acupuncture is a hands-on healing therapy that utilizes specific pressure points along the energy meridian system to stimulate the body’s own balance and Healing effective for stress reduction in the repair neck and shoulder relief and so much more. David Beck psychic medium Rose

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VOYAGER TAROT READER/COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP, an exciting opportunity to learn from the master, Dr. James Wanless, Intro to Voyager Tarot, Friday, February 26th, 7-9 pm, 2-Day Voyager Tarot Certification Workshop, Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th, 10 am to 5 pm, 83 Century Dr., Oswego, IL – Call 630-554-7713 for pricing and to register. www.theintuitveangel.com

Saturday-Sunday, February 27-28 CERTIFICATION CLASS FOR EFT WITH A GUARANTEE™ at Infinity Foundation, Highland Park, IL 9am-5pm all days. 9am-5pm all days. CE’s for Psychologists, Massage Therapists, Yoga Teachers & Reflexologists. 14 hour Certification workshop. Become an “EFT With A Guarantee™” Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself & for your clients. This workshop is for both beginners & experienced EFT Practitioners. Experience relief for yourself. $225/$195 advance registration. Money back guarantee for this workshop. 14 CE’s. Register online at http://www.infinityfoundation.org/courses/ professional-training-and-intensive/emotional-freedom-tech-


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Saturday, April 23

SPIRITUAL STUDY GROUP: VISUAL IMAGERY AS A PATH FORWARD - presented by RON HOUNSELL, from 3-5pm, at The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center, 259 E. Central Rd, Des Plaines. Cayce’s Readings point to the importance of self-help on our individual journeys, not only for healing but for happiness. Visual imagery can be that tool to open up direct access to our core sense of things. Free event. Love offering.

ANNUAL CONSCIOUS CONNECTION CONFERENCE is on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Save the date! 40 vendors, 10 speakers, free healing room and much more! Join the Conscious Community Family! Practices and tools that will assist you in gaining deeper connection and a greater understanding about your life’s purpose. Strategies that will provide you with greater clarity, focus and balance. Free energetic cleansings and healing sessions throughout the day. Art, essential oils and other products to support your spiritual practice. A variety of speakers that will share anecdotes and insights on: cultivating greater inner knowing; how to increase your energy and decrease stress; how to live consciously and abundantly…and much, much more!. More information you can get on the website www.ConsciousCommunityMagazine.com by calling 847-966-1110.

HARMONEHARMONYWITHFELICIASCHMID.Time:2-4pm.Location: FocusOm Batavia www.focus-om.com. $35 by 2/21. $45 after or at door.

Saturday, March 5 BODY MIND SPIRIT EXPO in Northlake! March 5-6, 2016. Location: Midwest Conference Center,
401 W Lake St,
Chicago (Northlake), IL. More informations you can find on the website www.bmse.net. DREAM INTERPRETATION CLASS. Saturday, March 5, 2016.Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Room 2. Free lecture. Learn the importance of your dreams and how to interpret them. Learn to utilize your own dreams to improve your life. You will also learn techniques to remember your dreams. Dreams are the primary method of communication from the subconscious mind for most people. The various types of dreams their function in your life, and their symbolic nature will be discussed. Bring your dreams questions and leave with answers. Presented by the Emmy Nominated, Award Winning, Publisher of The Conscious Community, formerly The Monthly Aspectarian and Founder of The Spiritual Learning Center, Walter Perschke. Location: Body Mind Spirit Expo, Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St. Northlake. www. bmse.net.

ONGOING INTERNET RESOURCES - WWW.CONSCIOUSCOMMUNITYMAGAZINE.COM Conscious Community online includes our print edition plus links to past issues. WISE WOMEN GATHERING strengthening intuitivewisdom, authentic greatness, self-esteem by sharing our life’s journey in supporting, inspiring atmosphere. Not a therapy group but therapeutic in nature forthe feminine spirit.Tuesdays 7:00p-8:30pwwwomenswisdom@aol. com Des Plaines (847) 258 7225 website: www.womenswisdom.org CRYSTAL RIVER GIFTS offers an eclectic assortment of books, meditation CD’s, essential oils, jewelry, crystals and much more. The services that we provide include astrology sessions, tarot readings, psychic readings, pet readings, reiki, and reflexology. Address:310 N. La Fox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177. 224-535-8708.

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Sunday, March 6 BODY MIND SPIRIT EXPO in Northlake! March 5-6, 2016. Location: Midwest Conference Center,
401 W Lake St,
Chicago (Northlake), IL. More informations you can find on the website www.bmse.net. LIVING YOUR DREAM CLASS. March 6th. 3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Room 2. Free lecture. Learn the secrets of how self-made millionaires think differently. Successful people really are different. Learn the secrets of how to manifest your hearts desire and how to consciously realize your dreams in your daily life, whether that be relationships, career or money. Learn the 4 easy actions you can take to achieved your goals, from someone who has done it, and how to start today! Also Learn 7 reasons why it doesn’t seem to work for you, even though it actually is. Presented by the Emmy Nominated, Award Winning, Publisher of The Monthly Aspectarian and Founder of The Spiritual Learning Center, Walter Perschke. Location: Body Mind Spirit Expo, Midwest Conference Center, 401 W Lake St. Northlake. www.bmse.net.

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THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER, 259 E. Central Rd, Des Plaines. Our Center offers many diverse modalities to guide you on your path to spiritual development. We offer an eclectic selection of lectures, workshops, holistic fairs and a wonderful book store filled with metaphysical literature including Cayce’s work and his holistic health products. More information you can find on the website: www.holisticcenterchicago.com 847-2996535. JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS CENTER offers Yoga, Dance, Workshops, Massage, Life Coaches, Counselors, Intuitive Readers and a Bookstore. Call or visit us: 9501 S. New England Ave, Oak Lawn 708634-3664. www.journeytowholeness.org

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INTERVIEW WITH STACY CHANDLER FROM

STACY’S PLACE OF HEALING

By Anna J. Anthony

the heavens, and then bring you back to earth, and it is always related to your guides. Every time it’s different. The feet are the seal. Sometimes it is like a cleansing. We take you through the waterfall and cleanse you with the water. For me it’s magical! AA: You have many clients that have been diagnosed with cancer, MS, as well as other diseases and ailments. How does the crystal healing bed benefit them?  SC: The human body  is  like a chimney; you have to keep cleaning it out and putting fresh wood in it. Some people do a great job of keeping their energy clean, yet not everybody does. Our body has the ability to heal itself, yet if we are never cleaning the chimney then our bodies fight twice as hard. If you are not cleansing your body so that your body has the ability to fight, then it’s a bigger struggle than it needs to be. I believe that the foods we eat, and the way we think is what creates a lot of it. 

Anna Anthony: Stacy, thank you for allowing me to visit Stacy’s Place of Healing, and experience one of your magical crystal bed sessions! I was very relaxed, yet I feel there was a lot happening. What exactly was going on while I was on the healing table, surrounded by healing light and blanketed in healing crystals? Stacy Chandler:  I have Reiki, Chios, and other energy modalities that I have learned to use, and I then take it to a different level. It’s more source-guided. As a matter of fact,  it is all source-guided. My guides tell me what crystals to place on and around the body. I stand next to myself, and let source do it all. It’s almost like I am standing with my arms crossed and allowing them to do the work. The LED lights are not harmful. You will feel it in different areas that need more work. If you have a hard time speaking your truth, you might feel it in your throat. It’s aligned with whatever is going on in your body. AA: I did experience that. I especially felt  something powerful when you were working near my feet. SC:  I do all the clearing, and the feet are where it’s magical! I get to fly with you and take you to different guides. We go up to

It’s not a cure, yet what it does at times is keep it at a very low level instead of being inflamed. It’s all about aligning what’s going on in your body and keeping it fresh. Some healings take longer than others. For me it is not about the money, or length of time. It’s about the person on the table and what they need. AA: How did Stacy’s Place of Healing come into existence?

SC:  I have always loved crystals and visiting crystal stores. I didn’t know I was going to be a crystal healer; I just kept buying more shelves. I always wanted to be a psychologist, yet didn’t have the opportunity  for schooling. I have always wanted to help people in general. I knew this was going to be my path, yet I didn’t know how it was going to play out. I think to do this work you have to be clear, and I had a lot of things I needed to heal before I could do this professionally. I discovered  Meetup. com,  and that is how I eventually met  Diana Kushenbach, my teacher and mentor,  one and a half years ago. If you have an interest, Meetup.com has it. This is how I found this network because I didn’t have anyone I could talk to. I searched  Chios, and I ended up taking classes. That led me to the teacher and her Meetup group, and then I found a lot of different groups that were in this industry. Diana helped me understand my talents and how to harness them and bring it to another level. She taught me to trust the universe, because it doesn’t always make sense. I am very blessed to have someone as my teacher that is this pure. I feel God brought me to Diana because she is an incredible teacher. I now have my own Meetup group listed under Stacy’s Place of Healing. Continue reading Part II in March issue...

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CYBERWEAVE SPIRITUALITY AND THE INTERNET

By: Mary Montgomery

MY PUERTO RICAN INTRODUCTION TO HERMETICISM An interesting thing happened to me on the way to ringing in the New Year. I was invited to join three other friends on a Puerto Rican adventure. As they say in Spanish; “¡El viaje fue fabuloso!” “The trip was fabulous!” By now, most of my readers know that I love to have spiritual adventures when I travel. Let’s be frank; accomplishing this is often a bit harder to do when you are traveling in a group. However, it is not impossible. I’ll be writing about this in more detail on my new blog, SpiritualTravelerGuides.com. Here is one example of what worked for me in Puerto Rico: Open your mind to the spiritual possibilities. This is exactly what happened to me when we attended the New Year’s Eve gala in the ballroom at Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar. My expectation was that we would be surrounded by a bunch of adults like ourselves visiting from the 50 states or other parts of the world. The reality was that we were surrounded by Puerto Rican families—toddlers, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas. As I sat at our table, watching the little kids on the dance floor playing with complete joy and abandon as they tossed large balloons in the air, I suddenly realized that I was having a spiritual experience. I was embraced, not only by the pure joy these children found in such a simple pursuit and by the warmth and joy of their families. It was a warmth and joy that embraced me throughout the evening, as I joined in the conga dance line in the lobby, sang Spanish karaoke, and toasted the New Year with my friends.

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There was one spiritual adventure, however, that our entire group shared. On Sunday, January 3rd, we were invited to the San Juan home of Ines Bocanegra. Ines, a long-time member of Church of the Spirit in Logan Square had moved back to her family home after retiring from the City Colleges of Chicago. She was very excited to be hosting our group, especially our Spiritualist Pastor, the Rev. Marrice Coverson who had organized our adventure. Rev. Coverson had been instrumental in Ines’s spiritual growth, and now Ines wanted Marrice to share the Spiritualist philosophy with her new spiritual group that practices Hermeticism. The beautiful thing about both Spiritualism and Hermeticism is the ability to embrace and focus on the similarities rather than the differences of each other’s spiritual paths. Both Spiritualism and Hermeticism are tolerant of the spiritual paths of others. One of the reasons I was attracted to Spiritualism as my community of faith (nsac.org) was that religion’s recognition that there is Divine inspiration in all sacred texts, yet that this Divine inspiration must be tempered by the fact that it is being interpreted by humans. My research turned up this quote about Hermeticism from Tobias Churton, Professor of Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter: “The Hermetic tradition was both moderate and flexible, offering a tolerant philosophical religion, a religion of the (omnipresent) mind, a purified perception of God, the cosmos, and the self, and much positive encouragement for the spiritual seeker, all of which the student could take anywhere.”


The similarities between Spiritualism and Hermeticism include some definite parallels between what Spiritualists call Natural Laws, and Hermeticists call Principles. Rev. Marrice spoke to the group about Spiritualist beliefs, including our use of mediumship to prove the continuation of life after death. She then treated the Puerto Rican group to personal messages from their loved ones in spirit. Arturo, the head of the Hermetic group, explained the Seven Hermetic Principles: Mentalism, Correspondence, Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Gender. The parallels between some of these principles and our Natural Laws of Mind, Vibration, Cause and Effect, and Balance/Polarity had the Spiritualists on Ines’s spacious veranda shaking our heads in agreement. Delicious Puerto Rican delicacies and warm conversations completed the adventure. Back in Chicago, I decided to continue the experience with my own exploration of Hermeticism. Some of the information I’m finding will definitely contribute to my own spiritual growth. I hope it will contribute to yours as well.

This column is far too short to go into great depth about Hermeticism and how it can positively impact your life. Here are a few insights from Doreen’s book and from the CD, which accompanies the paperback. The CD didn’t come with my Kindle purchase, yet I did find it at Disclose TV: (disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/147082/ Doreen_Virtue__Divine_Magic__ Hermetic_Philosophy/) —This is a free listen! The insights: MENTALISM: If the Universe is mental in nature, then mental transmutation must be the art of changing the conditions of the Universe along the lines of matter, force, and mind. So mental transmutation is really the “magic” that ancient writers discussed in their mystical works, and about which they gave so few practical instructions. If everything is men-

tal, then transmutation can not only change conditions ordinarily thought of as “mental,” but also material conditions. THE UNIVERSE, THE ALL: The Universe and everything in it is continuously growing, moving, and changing. Nothing is permanent and enduring but change. The underlying power fueling this constant creation is called The All. It is all that is, and therefore infinite and eternal. The All is living mind consisting of an immortal life force and Divine wisdom. The All is Spirit. The All occupies every space in the Universe. Spirit permeates your body, home, office, and automobile. There is no place where Spirit is not. Unlike the Universe, which it powers and infinitely inhabits, The All is unchangeable. This paradox is reconciled through

MENTALISM UNIVERSE CREATION At first, the task seemed daunting. Ines had shared the book her group followed, El Kybalión. I took a photo of it with my iPhone and was able to download the English version, The Kybalion, to my Kindle app. There were also a number of websites with information on Hermeticism including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (golden-dawn.com), The Gnosis Archive (gnosis. org/hermes.htm),The Roots of Consciousness: History, Hermeticism (williamjames.com), The Hermetic Library (hermetic.com), and the Hermetic Fellowship (hermeticfellowship.org). I have to admit, though, that the language was often dense, and a bit confusing for a newbie like me. Then I discovered Doreen Virtue’s wonderful little book, Divine Magic: The Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation; A New Interpretation of the Classic Hermetic Manual, The Kybalion. What a relief! A blog post at Doreen’s website (angeltherapy.com) explains her intent in writing this book: “…Most students of metaphysics understand that thoughts create reality. Yet, how do you control and focus your thoughts so that manifestations are at the highest and best level? I found the answer to that question within a book from 1908 called The Kybalion. It taught me a method that keeps my thoughts, and therefore my moods, health, relationships, finances, and such at a consistently high level. Yet, the book was also written in an archaic manner which made it difficult to read and understand. Because The Kybalion’s language is now dated and sometimes cryptic, I was guided to edit the manuscript into modern language and add my comments and practical application tools. The result is my new book, Divine Magic: The Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation.”

the Hermetic teaching that the Universe is contained within the Mind of The All. The container (The All) is unchangeable, but what’s inside (The Universe) is forever changing. CREATION: Following the Principle of Correspondence (“As above, so below”), we can deduce that The All creates the Universe mentally, in the same manner humans create mental images. Such was the teaching of Hermes: The All can create in no other way except mentally, without either using material (and there is nothing outside of itself to use), or else reproducing itself (since one times one equals one). Just as you may create a Universe of your own in your mind, so does The All create Universes in its own Mentality. Your Universe is the mental creation of a finite mind, whereas that of The All is the creation of an Infinite. The two are similar, but infinitely different in degree. DO NOT DENY MATTER: Hermetics teaches that it’s a mistake to go through life as if everything is an illusion. They call this practice “sleepwalking through life.” Ignoring or denying matter doesn’t help us live effectively. While we live in human bodies on Earth, it’s important to acknowledge that matter is real to us. And yet, we can change our relationship with matter by elevating our thoughts about it. This is how we practice Divine magic to heal bodies, attract prosperity, and complete important projects. We can gain control over our material existence first by acknowledging matter’s existence within the illusion, and then by applying the

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higher forces of transmutation and Mental Creation… Remember The Kybalion’s wise words: “Mastery consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher forces against the lower—escaping the pains of the lower planes by vibrating on the higher.” VIBRATION: …the Principle of Vibration underlies the wonderful phenomena and power manifested by masters and adepts who set aside natural laws. In reality, they are simply using one law against another to accomplish their results. They have learned to change the vibrations of material objects and other forms of energy, and perform “miracles.” Remember the Hermetic axiom: “He who understands the Principle of Vibration has grasped the scepter of Power.” Theory is all well and good, yet how can we actually use Hermetics to improve the quality of our lives? According to Doreen, that’s where the Principle of Polarity comes in. She states: “The Principle of Polarity could also be called ‘The Principle of Practicality,’ since it offers a profoundly practical tool for living, manifesting, healing, and practicing Divine magic… [It] states that everything has two polarities or extremes. These seeming opposites are part of the same pole, and they’re just situated at different ends. For example, hot and cold are extremes of the pole called “temperature.” This is where Hermetics and Doreen’s book, Divine Magic, can start generating “miracles” in our own lives (and, as it turns out, in the lives of others). Doreen gives two examples of how Polarity can work for us: Prosperity: Imagine a pole with “Prosperity” at the top and “Poverty” at the bottom. In between are many gradations ranging from poor all the way up to greater and greater prosperity. Now imagine a lever sliding up and down your Money Pole. To attract more money, you can adjust your vibration upward by visualizing that the lever is at the highest possible location along the pole. Since this pole is in your mind, it’s your personal Money Pole. Even if you’re worried about money, you can mentally will the lever to move up higher. Relationships: Say you’ve had an argument with a loved one and desire a peaceful resolution. Image that relationship as a pole with “Peaceful Resolution” at the top. Mentally move the lever alongside the pole to the top position of “Peaceful Relationship with [name of person].” Every time you think about this person, check to make sure that the lever is still at the top of the pole. And for your whole life? This is Doreen’s suggestion:

“EVERYTHING THAT YOU DESIRE HAS A POLE ASSIGNED TO IT, WHETHER IT’S HEALTH, A HAPPY MARRIAGE, INNER PEACE, OR ANY OTHER TOPIC. IMAGE THIS WHOLE SERIES OF POLES WITH SLIDING LEVERS, SIMILAR TO A SOUND MIXING BOARD IN A RECORDING STUDIO, OR LIKE AN AIRPLANE’S CONTROL PANEL. EACH OF THOSE LEVERS CONTROLS YOUR FINANCES, RELATIONSHIPS, HEALTH, AND OTHER LIFE AREAS. TAKE A MOMENT TO VISUALIZE YOUR INNER CONTROL PANEL. WHERE 40 Conscious Community - FEBRUARY 2016

ARE THE LEVERS POSITIONED ALONG THE POLES? TO IMPROVE ANY SITUATION, MENTALLY MOVE THE LEVER HIGHER UP THE POLE (AND TO THE TOP, IDEALLY). CHECK YOUR POLES REGULARLY, OR IF YOU EVER FEEL UPSET, TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVEN’T SLID DOWNWARD.” Hmm…I don’t know about you, I’m going to start working on my own control panel right now! My Advice: If I were you, I’d download both The Kybalion (it’s only 99 cents), and Doreen’s book, Divine Magic ($9.99 from Amazon.com). I didn’t have space to get into Doreen’s technique of using the Hermetic Principle of Polarity to help others, yet that alone is worth the price of admission. If anyone knows of a Hermetic group here in the Chicago area, please let me know. PS: Yes, I know that some secret societies like the Rosicrucians and Freemasons incorporate a lot of Hermetic principles. I’m not trying to step on anyone’s iron-clad toes here. The Hermetics I met in Puerto Rico were open-hearted and not at all secretive; and so am I. Mary Montgomery’s company, Montgomery Media Enterprises, specializes in public relations, writing projects, and social media development, especially in the non-profit sector. Ms. Montgomery has a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS). She has completed the coursework in doctoral studies with a focus on Altruism and Unconditional Love. Contact her via email at Monty764@sbcglobal.net. Please use Cyberweave in the subject line. You can also visit her on her new blog, SpiritualTravelerGuides.com.

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SOMETIMES VISUALIZING CONVERSATIONS WITH ONE OF THE CARDS can bring out a new insight into its essence. Here is a lighter side to one of the dark cards, number 13...Death. Sitting at my computer, working on the last chapter of my book, I glanced at my deck of tarot cards. The Death card appeared to be looking right at me. I needed to take a break. It was midnight already! As I rose and turned from my chair, I walked right into card number 13 standing tall and still. Death! “Uh! Aren’t you a little early?” I said in total shock. “That’s what most people say when I drop by,” he answered. Hoping to get on his good side, I said, “Uh, well, hello, Mr. Death card, uh. How are you? Uh, you look real good for yourself. Been working out? I wasn’t expecting to see you so soon. Uh, I’m gonna be 60, or I was.”

“Ah. Don’t get all excited; I’m not here for that. It’s not your time yet.” “Whew! Thank God.” I gasped, resting my forehead in both hands. “I just heard you were writing about a few of the cards, so I thought I would drop by. I mean, I’m a pretty big name in the tarot, wouldn’t you agree?” He said as he scraped a bony finger over the edge of that sickle. “Yeah, big, but not too welcome,” I replied. “That’s what I mean. I wanted to get that straightened out. I think I’m being misrepresented. I mean, come on now. It’s not all that dramatic.” What, dying?” I shouted. “Yes, dying. You all must die at some time. So what’s the problem? Why don’t you just accept that simple and inevitable fact? It’s a transition, that’s all.” “A transition to what?” I asked.

“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” he answered. “Oh, now Death is a comedian,” I said, rolling my eyes. “Really, telling you would take all the fun out of living. People get too bent out of shape over dying. Yet the more you accept death as a reality of life, the more you live your life while here. It’s a natural process. People that know I’m coming soon will tell you that. They live each day and hour with eyes wide open, loving every minute. They become more alive. They realize how beautiful this wonderful gift of life is. Everyone else is busy thinking about trivial nonsense. People don’t realize the impact they could have while here. Life is a play, and each of you are in the leading role. Your performance can be good, or it can be lousy. Either way, at the end, you are going to say, ‘So, how did I do?’ Will others applaud your performance when it’s over, or will they just walk away thinking it was no big deal? This is your time to shine. Put your heart into your life. Savor every minute, and make a difference. Leave with a standing ovation!” “Wow, that was a really good sales pitch,” I said. “But it still doesn’t make you a welcome sight. Sorry, but nooo thanks.”

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“Still afraid of dying? Why?” “Because I don’t know what happens afterward. That’s why.” “It’s not for me to tell you what happens after you leave here, but ask yourself this: What’s the worst that could happen? Nothing. That’s the worst that could happen. Nothing. You just go to sleep and never wake up again. Just nothing,” he snapped back. “If there is something more afterward, you’re in like Flynn. Correct?” I just stared with a blank expression at the skeletal figure before me. “You still don’t get it, do you?” he asked. “I can’t die yet. I’m writing a book,” I said. “Ah, don’t worry about that. I’m not going to be back until after your book is finished.” “OK, then I’ll take my time to finish it. Maybe another 40 years!” “So you want to live to be 100, then?” “I don’t know,” I said. “I guess, yeah.”

“Really? Have you ever visited a nursing home, Vince? See those lucky 100 year old souls? Tell me if you feel they’re happy? Their bodies still work, yet it becomes difficult for the spirit to stay strong.” “I tell you what, Death. You’re a real depressing pain in the ass, you know that? I was having a real good day until your bony ass came by.” “See ya soon, Vince.” “Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of. So take your time. Put me at the bottom of your to-do list, OK?” “Finish your book, Vince.” “It’s gonna take a looooong time to finish. It’s a 28 volume encyclopedia set on dental floss.” “I know it’s a book on the tarot, Vince.” “Hey, Death, I got a skeleton joke for you: a skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer…and a mop. Get it?” “Clock’s ticking, Vince.” “OK, OK. Hey, really. I’m not going to be wearing a marble hat anytime soon, am I?”

TAROT: CONVERSATION WITH A TAROT CARD

By: Vincent Pitisci

A CONVERSATION

WITH A TAROT CARD

“TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK.”

“YA KNOW WHAT? YOU SHOULD GET SOME NEOSPORIN. MIGHT HELP CLEAR UP THAT BONY SKELETAL CONDITION AND IMPROVE YOUR APPEARANCE.” “VINCE, SOMEDAY YOU WILL LOOK JUST LIKE ME. QUIT SMOKING THOSE CIGARETTES. I DON’T PLAN ON BEING BACK HERE FOR A WHILE, AND I’D HATE TO MAKE A SPECIAL TRIP.”

Vincent Pitisci is the author of Genius of the Tarot: A Guide to Divination with the Tarot, and The Essential Tarot: Unlocking the Mystery (both available in paperback from Amazon). His contact information and services can be found at pitisci.com. Pitisci lives and maintains a private practice as an intuitive counselor in Chicago’s southwest suburb of Berwyn, Ill.

WITH THAT, HE FROZE BACK INTO THE CARD.

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February Schedule

Open Your Heart Meditation February 4 - 6:00 to 7:00pm $10

2016 is all about an open heart and being receptive to others. Why not in February, the month of LOVE? Presenter: Bharat Kalra

Discussion with RoseWolfOur Very Own Psychic Medium February 17 - 1:00 to 2:30pm

This month’s topic is open to you! Is there a question you have about what we do, stones ,tarot, or crystals? Bring them all and let’s see if we can’t find the answer together . Presenter: RoseWolf

Wire Wrap February 6 - 12:00 to 2:00pm $10 So many people have asked and we have found a wonderful person to teach it! Create your own jewelry with crystals! Cost of supplies - $10 Presenter: Justin Pasternak

Drum Circle February 24 - 7:00pm $10

This is a great way to release energy, find your inner child, and meet new friends! If you’ve never touched a drum or if you are an experienced percussionist…..this Drum Circle is for you!! “EVERYONE IS A DRUMMER!” Bring your own hand drum or use the ones provided. Join in for an exciting hour of TRIBAL DRUMMING FUN! Weather permitting, the Drum Circle will be held outside.

Gong Meditation February 11 - 7:30pm $20

Gong meditations are one of the most deeply healing and restorative meditations possible, particularly because of the deep state of relaxation that is attained in response to the sound vibration. Gong meditation participants typically lie face up on a yoga mat or blanket in resting pose, or sit in a chair to experience the tremendous healing sounds and vibrations. Presenter: Andre Peraza

Reiki Share February 9 - 6 to 7:30pm All are welcome ! No matter what level you are or you are interested it the meaning of REIKI It is always a wonderful feeling to get together with others and talk about your experiences.

Presenter: Andre Peraza

Intuitive Gala February 20th - 10:00 am-5:00 pm February 21st - 12:00-5:00 pm All healings and readings are $35 for 25 minutes and $70 for 50 min. Featured Reader: JR CARMONY - Acupuncture Acupuncture is a hands-on healing therapy that utilizes specific pressure points along the energy meridian system to stimulate the body’s own balance and healing. Effective for stress reduction, neck and shoulder relief and so much more. DAVED BECK - Psychic Medium ROSEWOLF - Psychic and Psychic Medium

REIKI I Training February 13 and 14 - 10:00am to 2:00pm $200

Learn how to heal yourself, your family and friends with reiki energy. After completing level one reiki you will know how to: heal yourself, help your family and friends, manifest goals, use reiki as a preventive tool. Pre-registration is required. Presenter: Bharat Kalra, Reiki Master and Teacher

FRAN VERSOZA - Psychic Palm Reader, Saturday only KEN BENTLEY - Intuitive Reader ROXANN BJORLUND - Tarot Card Reader, Reiki Practitioner, Saturday only BHARAT KALRA - Chakra Reader, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Indian Head Massage ZSAHLINN - Cartomancy

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February 2016

COSMIC DAILY WEATHER The full Moon in Virgo has us looking at what worked and what didn’t work in the past. This allows us to exercise our superhero powers. Miraculously, we are able to see trouble before it comes around the corner.

Overview Please note: Times given are for CST, Central Standard Time. For EST, add one hour; for MST, subtract one hour; for PST, subtract two hours. February is a time of belief and hope. We’re on the last steps of winter (we hope!), and we are cultivating the areas in our lives that will be the placeholders for the new seeds that will be planted in our gardens. February 8th gives us that first indication of what awaits us with the new Moon in Aquarius. New people, innovative ideas, and a new sense of security are what are on the horizon. The full Moon in Virgo has us looking 46 Conscious Community - FEBRUARY 2016

at what worked and what didn’t work in the past. This allows us to exercise our superhero powers. Miraculously, we are able to see trouble before it comes around the corner. By the way, this is the best superpower to have. Mercury will be out of its shadow in the second half of the month, and will have us traversing new territory. Venus will be happy about this because she is all about having a good time. If there is one thing that Venus knows, it would be this; you can’t have fun in the past. If you ever thought that a leopard couldn’t change its spots, think again. Uranus, the chaos maker will transform into “innovator motivator,” and will have the blessing of Father Time, Saturn. Yep, I know! It’s crazy when you think that what couldn’t happen actually happens. Welcome to February 2016!


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Monday, February 1

Sunday, February 7

Everything is changing and it’s for the better. Last month you did a deep dive analysis of the dos and don’ts of the past. Be grateful that you are able to start out the month of February from a place of power and knowledge, rather than from a place of confusion. Just remember today is not yesterday. Moon Void of Course (VoC) 6:36

The Moon enters Aquarius today, and that could bring on a feeling of knowing. Somehow you just know what it is that you want to accomplish, and where it is that you want to go. It feels good to finally have that sense of belonging that you’ve been craving. For the record, you’ve always known what you wanted; you just needed a little extra time to go over the play-by-play. As the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait.

PM until tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 2

Monday, February 8

The Moon is leaving Scorpio, yet not before it does an emotional check-in with Jupiter and the North Node. It’s easy to know where you’re going, once you know where you’ve been. Everyone says that, but no one actually remembers. So make sure you remember how far you’ve come, even if no one else does. Now that you’ve checked in…get moving! Moon VoC until 9:50 AM.

As the new Moon makes its arrival at 8:40 AM CST in Aquarius, it’s accompanied by the Moon Void of Course (VoC). This could feel a little ominous, because one of these events wants you to set new intentions while the other wants you to wait. The Moon and the Sun are in a tense angle to Mars, which could indicate an unexpected option that shows up at the table. With that said, it might be best to wait until tomorrow to set those new intentions.

Wednesday, February 3 As the Moon gets comfortable in Sagittarius, nostalgia sets in. A reminder or two could trigger feelings. If left untamed, those feelings could have you looking backwards instead of forward. Remember, you can’t reconstruct the past, yet you can build the future.

Thursday, February 4 What you used to love was great, but remember it’s what you used to love, and may not be what you love now. Find new ways to be inspired, and have faith that you are heading in the right direction. Moon VoC from 4:04 AM until 6:45 PM.

Friday, February 5 As the Moon enters Capricorn it is prepared to meet up with three wise planets that have been huddled in conversation for quite some time. Pluto, Mercury, and Venus are all making sure that Uranus, the chaos maker, has indeed turned over a new leaf. As a reminder, chaos is another name for innovation.

Saturday, February 6 Communication might pick up as Mercury finds itself in the same position that it was on January 21st and 22nd. It’s the first time that your emotions haven’t completely ruled your thoughts. Therefore, it could be a good day to have a conversation about your intentions, even if you’re the only person in the room. Moon VoC 9:54 AM until 12:00 AM.

Tuesday, February 9 The Moon and the Sun are moving further away from one another. With that said, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t still trying to set intentions even they contradict. The discoveries of a few days ago still apply, so don’t get all freaked out and change course. As a gentle reminder chaos often shows up as innovation and vice versa. Moon VoC until 2:32 PM.

Wednesday, February 10 Today is one of those days when everyone has switched sides. With the Moon in Pisces shining a reflective light on the past, you might see things a little differently than you previously had. It’s similar to those times when you watch the same movie repeatedly, only to discover something that you hadn’t seen during the first viewing. That little nugget of information may or may not have an impact on the outcome. However, what is interesting is that you didn’t see that little nugget the first time. Moon VoC 10:26 PM until tomorrow morning.

Thursday, February 11 Wishing you’d reacted differently to a past event doesn’t make the outcome any different. You can’t undo the past but you can learn from it. If you change the way you look at those previous events, it will directly impact how you see the future. So see the future differently. See it bright with lots of light. Moon VoC until 3:55 AM.

Friday, February 12 The Moon is in Aries, and your emotions are in check. You’ve put the past behind you and are running, not walking, towards a new innovative approach that could have you changing how you build and communicate love. The harsh reality of failed attempts at stability

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have proven to be a motivating factor in how you approach the next phase of your life. Love smarter, not harder.

Saturday, February 13 Today could be one of those days when you try and keep a stiff upper lip. It’s a Saturday night and you might not feel like celebrating. With that said, do yourself a favor and find something to be happy about. Learning lessons and taking “life” tests is a grueling task, and no one gets an A+ the first time around, so be happy that you passed, and that you can now move on to the next great learning experience. It’s going to be amazing! Moon VoC 4:33 AM until 5:36 AM.

Sunday, February 14 The Moon has found a happy spot in Taurus. You are finally able to protect yourself and your values. Venus is in a lovely aspect to the planet of luck and abundance. Although Jupiter is retrograde it is still providing a whole lot of internal love and light that is shooting an arrow directly at your heart. Throw your arms up into the air, then wrap them tightly around your body. It feels good to get that big hug that you know you deserve!

Monday, February 15 Mercury is finally out of its shadow period, and it’s about time. You’ll be covering new ground for the next few months, which will allow you to communicate to groups with a newly discovered level of confidence. Yep, others will definitely notice that you’ve reclaimed your mojo. Moon VoC 4:54 AM until 8:35 AM.

Tuesday, February 16

Friday, February 19 Wowza! 3 T-Squares in the same week, and this one comes with a dose of innovative Uranus. Looks like you are nurturing the right opportunities. Keep in mind that these aren’t just little opportunities like the kind you find in a fortune cookie, yet are life-changing ones that you find at the end of the Yellow Brick Road. Moon VoC 8:36 AM until 8:18 PM.

Saturday, February 20 The Moon is in Leo, and wants to keep a good thing going. On the other hand, Venus and Mercury want to go out on the town, and share some of this good news. Maybe there’s a way to do a little bit of both, just don’t overdo it in either direction.

Sunday, February 21 Aren’t you glad you didn’t overdo things yesterday? Today is a Grand Fire Trine day, and everything is falling into place. Accept this good fortune because your ideas and determination are blazing a trail towards success. You have the Moon, Saturn and Uranus to thank! Moon VoC 7:18 PM until tomorrow.

Monday, February 22 The Full Moon at 12:20 PM CST in Virgo could have you deep in thought wondering what needs to go, and what needs to stay. Think back to August 2015, and that will give you a good indication of what didn’t work. If it doesn’t serve your long-term goals, then buy that one-way ticket, and send the heartache on the next bus ride out of town. Moon VoC until 5:25 AM.

Tuesday, February 23

Let’s call today T-Square Tuesday. The same energy that had you flexing your confidence muscle is back at it again today. This time Neptune is getting involved, and has you visualizing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Make sure to allow yourself the space to get excited about opportunities, because those lessons that you’ve recently learned could come in handy right about now.

Way to go! You made it through the Full Moon, and you were able to maintain stability. Not only was it easy but it was a no-brainer. It’s like you had x-ray vision, and could see right through the pretense. Your superhero powers are finally in working order! Go Go Gadget!

Wednesday, February 17

Wednesday, February 24

The Moon is still in Gemini, and could have you on a communication high. Without the square to the Sun or Neptune, it’s just you and Saturn in a faceoff, and he wants you to hold back on all of the chattering. It’s time to start taking care of the tasks at hand. Basically, get back to business! Moon VoC 10:37 AM until 1:24 PM.

The Moon is still in Virgo, and is having a deep conversation with the North Node and Jupiter RX. The last time this conversation occurred was on January 28th, where the emphasis was centered on forward movement and communication. This time it’s centered on the promotion of change, the types of change that create stability. Moon VoC 8:23 AM until 4:42 PM.

Thursday, February 18 The Moon is at home in Cancer, and is in harmony with the Sun and Neptune. Aren’t you glad that you listened to Saturn yesterday and started tackling those tasks? With a little effort on your part there is a real opportunity to make something amazing come to fruition.

Thursday, February 25 The Moon is in Libra, and is having a lovely conversation with Venus. The two are talking about all of the amazing things that have occurred. Mercury is of course tooting its own horn. Yeah...ok. Maybe

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we can be thankful for that retrograde that got everyone marching in the same direction, wink, wink.

Monday, February 29

Friday, February 26

It’s the last day of the month, and the sky looks a little turbulent. In actuality all of those squares are making you focus even harder. That’s a good thing. You’ll need to call upon that ability to focus on the tasks at hand as the year progresses. Be thankful that you have a head start! Moon VoC 1:56 PM until 5:57 PM.

Now is not the time to be sentimental, it’s time to move it! Opportunity doesn’t wait just because you’re not ready. Sometimes the only way to get ready is to be ready. So you’re ready, right?! Moon VoC 5:19 AM until tomorrow morning.

Saturday, February 27 What are you ready for? If you don’t know the answer, then today will give you a good indication. FYI, You’re ready to start going after what it is that you desire. This movement is all about creating a new you, and not about changing yourself to fit the ideologies of others. You’ve tried that in the past, and it didn’t quite work, so why not give this new thing a shot? Moon VoC until 5:27 AM.

Sunday, February 28 The Moon is in Scorpio, and you could be feeling a little moody. If you are, then snap out of it. It’s ok to do a deep emotional dive every once in a while. Just don’t get stuck down there at the bottom of the pool. Swim your way back up to the top, because that’s where the sunlight and your source of strength reside.

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Kaye Berjot is a transformational astrologer who specializes in the aspects of Chiron, the wounded healer. Visit her at askkaye.com to read new articles, schedule readings, or to find out about her future books.


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KEN BENTLEY - Intuitive Reader Being a Psychic with Medical Intuition and with the assistance of Spirit, Ken will guide those in need of direction. Spirit is here to tell you the things you need to hear, to guide you on the path that will bring you peace and happiness and inspire confidence in one’s self.

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DAVED BECK - Psychic Medium A Medium with over 20 years experience connecting with the whisper of LOVE, transforming emotional fear. In 2013, he was inducted into the Lightworkers Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Lightworkers Life Achievement Award. People’s Choice Around the Globe: Honesty, Integrity, Efficiency, Services.

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In Print BOOK REVIEWS

By: Kayla

Lessons from the Twelve Archangels: Divine Intervention in Daily Life by Belinda J. Womack (Bear & Company, $15.00, Paperback)

The archangels are powerful loving forces in our lives who have a lot they wish to communicate to us. Belinda Womack shares various practices from the 12 archangels that will help you release your deepest fears and pains, shift your vibration, and rebuild your selfesteem. Each word in this book is transmitted directly from these beautiful beings and contains their love, meaning that when read, the love is immediately absorbed into the mind of the reader. Womack also includes guided visualizations to help readers experience the power of chakra healing and creative imagination.

The 12-Type Enneagram: Know Your Type Improve Your Life by Matthew Campling (Watkins Publishing, $14.95, Paperback) In this book, Matthew Campling introduces readers to an ancient system known as the 12-Type Enneagram. He explains how we each embody one of the 12 planetary essence types—which, once identified, can allow us to learn about ourselves in a new and valuable way. Campling offers detailed information about each type, helping us to deal with our individual essence-type limitations and resolve conflict in our lives.

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Beat Depression Fast: 10 Steps to a Happier You Using Positive Psychology by Alexandra Massey (Watkins Publishing, $14.95, Paperback) When depression takes hold, it can trick us into thinking it’s there to stay. Alexandra Massey knows this firsthand. In this book, she shares how she recovered from depression using just ten simple and practical steps. Massey’s integrated approach to beating depression includes aspects of positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and holistic healing. She explains how bodywork and breathing techniques, together with the right foods, can help you alleviate your depression and rediscover yourself from day one.

The Evolutionary Testament of CoCreation: The Promise Will Be Kept by Barbara Marx Hubbard (Muse Harbor Publishing, $21.99, Paperback) In this book, Barbara Marx Hubbard offers an in-depth examination of the Gospels as well as the Acts of the Apostles and Epistles. She tells us how the statements of Jesus are coming true…that we are all being changed. We are already achieving miracles comparable to those of Jesus, she explains. We just lack “Christ consciousness” and do so without realizing the true power we have as human beings to destroy or rebuild our world. Hubbard invites us to form groups so that we can help one another on this journey towards discovering our new Christ like powers and how we can use them to create a positive future for all inhabitants of our planet.


Life After Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People With Newfound Powers by Debra Diamond (New Page Books, $16.99, Paperback) According to author Debra Diamond, the only defining factor of a near death experience (NDE) is that it leaves a lasting impression on an individual and creates permanent transformation. This book takes a look at various NDE accounts, specifically focusing on the cognitive and physiological aftereffects of these experiences such as newfound musical talents, enhanced hearing, spontaneous healing, etc. Diamond reveals the reason people have NDE’s, circumstances that lead to NDE’s, and the connection between predisposition and the NDE.

The Union of Isis and Thoth: Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt by Normandi Ellis and Nicki Scully

realities.

In this book, Normandi Ellis and Nicki Scully guide readers through connecting with their heart center, also known as the adytum, so that they can become a channel for divine wisdom. They provide various structures, readings, and teachings to help readers connect deeply with the Egyptian pantheon and restore the magic of the Egyptian mysteries to our time. Included are shamanic journeys, initiations on ascension, soul retrieval, and multidimensional

The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a hanging World by Dan Millman (HJ Kramer/ New World Library, $14.00, Paperback) What is my purpose? This is a question that many ponder often. In this book, Dan Millman reveals the purposes of life: learning your life’s lessons finding your career and calling, discovering your life path, and attending to this arising moment. He expands further on these goals but explaining how they bring life into sharper focus by revealing how to make wiser decisions, appreciate the value of every day challenges, and our twelve mandatory courses we must experience within our own school of life.

You Were Not Born To Suffer: Love Yourself Back to Inner Peace, Health, Happiness and Fulfillment by Blake D. Bauer (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $18.99 on Amazon, Paperback) This book offers unique guidance that explains how all suffering and unhappiness are cries from our souls’ asking us to fulfill our life purposes. Blake Bauer explains how to develop unconditional love and compassion towards ones’ self in order to ultimately enable transformation of emotional, psychological, and physical blocks that are holding one back and affecting his/her wellbeing. He integrates ancient and timeless wisdom that goes straight to our deepest wounds so that we can heal. Reaching for Insights: Stories of Love, Faith and the Kitchen Sink by Mitch Rosenzweig (Outskirts Press, $14.95 on Amazon, Paperback) Every reader can relate to something in this book. It contains over 200 essays written by author and clinical social worker Mitch Rosenzweig which focus on ordinary situations. Using light-hearted, dry humor, Rosenzweig allows readers to connect with their true selves. His stories remind us that we are not alone in our humanity and inspire us to find the divine in even the most mundane parts of life.

Pandora’s Gift: Pandora Series Book Three by Carolyn Mathews (Roundfire Books,$16.95, Paperback) Full of romance, transformation, and suspense “Pandora’s Gift” is the third and final novel of its series. After Jay loses his job and business and Pandora’s job is being threatened, the two witness an archangel and believe they have just witnessed a miracle. The message from the angel, however, forces Pandora to help out a street mission to fulfill some secret prophecy.

Kayla is 22 years old and humbled to be able work for Conscious Community Magazine. She loves healing work and is a certified Deeksha blessing giver and Reiki Practitioner. She also loves to write and is interested in astrology, holistic health, and dreamwork.


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February 2016 - Conscious Community Magazine. Dedicated to Elevating Consciousness. America's Oldest Spiritual and Metaphysical Magazine.

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