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December 2015 ~ Vol. VII, Issue 10

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A Guide for Conscious Living

Transcendence in Everyday Life Make Healthier Holiday Choices Girlfriend Weekend Getaway: Tuscaloosa The Best Gift This Season is the One Only You Can Give EVOLVING‌IN KANSAS CITY

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Publisher’s Letter... Dear Friend:

The Best Gift This Season is the One Only You Can Give

The theme this month, Transcendence, seems like a grand one: to go beyond the limits of ordinary experience; something far better or greater than usual. I think of the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Or even liken it to enlightenment. Pretty large footsteps to fill and a somewhat intimidating aspiration. But rather than some grand achievement, I believe transcendence is an everyday occurrence. We all face struggles each day. It’s how we face these problems that brings transcendence. So how can transcendence occur in the midst of the muck of life? I believe, that instead of having to rise above our problems, we can instead see our struggles from above (a higher place) and know that resolution is fact. Rather than a verb, transcending, we realize we are all already there — transcendent.


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As Transcendent Beings, it doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes. It doesn't mean every moment will be bliss. It will mean that each step we take, each challenge we overcome or see from a higher light, leads to grace—and a transcendent expression of life.

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Wishing you all the most joyous of holidays, however you may celebrate. In Gratitude and Abundance…

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December 2015

News & Tips

Heather A. Clark Joins The Yoga School as New Director/Partner Heather A. Clark joined the Yoga School of Therapeutics, Overland Park, as partner and director, Suzette Scholtes, founder, announced today. Kansas City’s first yoga studio since 1994, Scholtes said the long-term vision of offering high standards of education in yoga continues to be a paramount focus. “With Heather’s skill, knowledge, and training she will help educate the community of how yoga as fitness and therapy provides ease and relief to many.” Clark holds an MBA from Rockhurst University. She worked as a Senior Director at Cerner for 17 years. Her goal is to foster wellness by balancing traditional medicine with holistic choices such as meditation, yoga, and related. The Yoga School of Therapeutics is known for restorative and therapeutic yoga, including work done in a 2006 study with Kansas University to incorporate yoga as a therapy for Parkinson’s Disease. The school offers 30

weekly classes range from vigorous and strength building to gentle and therapeutic. The school is a Yoga Alliance member offering both RYT 200 and 300 yoga teachers training and has certified hundreds of qualified teachers in six different states since 2004. The Yoga School is located at 10400 W. 103, #14, Overland Park, KS 66214. Website: www.theyogastudio.com; email info@theyogastudio.com; voice mail 913-492-9594.

Paradise and Promises Paradise and Promises: Chronicles of my life with a self-declared, modern-day Buddha by Marlowe Sand

spiritual memoir only by coincidence. More importantly, it is a reflection on choices, consequences and reconciliation. “Paradise and Promises is Marlowe Sand recollects the compelling account of 15 years pursuing spiritual Marlow Sand’s time in freedom as a student of guru EnlightenNext, Andrew Andrew Cohen. For a wife Cohen’s spiritual community. and mother from the remote “Even though three former English countryside, meeting students previously published a modern-day, radical memoirs, including myself, the Buddha bore extreme subtlety and descriptiveness of consequences. Sand captures the interior Sand’s account surpasses the other experience of being drawn ever deeper contributions.” —William Yenner, lead into the cult of a charismatic and despotic author of American Guru guru. She invites the reader to share her “Sand draws you into her experience journey from love and liberation to from the first page. She deftly relays her painful alienation and, finally, journey, from the initial seduction by disillusionment. Sand doesn’t blame; Cohen. Her frank self-reflections reveal instead she paints a picture of a complex, the ecstasy and joy, coupled with dangerous phenomenon. While she is inevitable doubts and disillusionment. unambiguous about the destructive This is a book not to be missed.” —Janja nature of the community and each Lalich, Ph.D., author of Bounded Choice: participant’s responsibility for its coTrue Believers and Charismatic Cults creation, Sand’s reckoning is ultimately with herself. Paradise and Promises is a



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Wisdom Within

A Yummy Holiday Buffet BY SUZETTE SCHOLTES

Karen Harrison, Ed.S.


he abundance of food at last understand even if we do disappoint the year’s potluck party showcased holiday baker. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, Eat balanced meals through the day to nuts, dips and chips, and meat keep blood sugar level. Those buffets and/ casseroles. At the Yoga School, our or parties that offer waistline-dangerous appetites and preferences vary as much as foods offer good stuff too. The our students. Everyone finds something to nutritionists say choose foods with lots of eat they enjoy. color, which always include vegetables and I was the first in the buffet line, not fruits. Avoid those vegetables morphed being shy to indulge a healthy appetite. I into calorie-filled diet busters with cheese, returned for a second helping, as the food salt-laden canned soup, fried onions, and is always so good. I love this time of the crème. Even those who are not fond of year to visit and share a joke with guests sweet potatoes can love their bright color, while Christmas lights twinkle in the which promises healing antioxidants like background. beta-carotene. Same for dark greens, as A buffet, in an odd way, is a metaphor you know. for life in the regard we all make so many choices every day. Remember as a kid you may have been upset if the green beans touched your mashed potatoes? My younger sis has lots of likes and dislikes about food. “I hate tomatoes!” she exclaims. I stay silent as I watch her douse her pasta with extra “A buffet in an odd way is a metaphor for red sauce. What we eat life in the regard we all make so many is our business and we need not justify our choices every day. ” preferences to anyone. The most toxic attitude on diet is to believe that your choice is Drink, drink, and drink but balance superior to others. Indeed, is it not ego to with good water or herbal tea. Maybe toast think, “My diet is better than yours?” with a bit of wine and avoid like the plague those calorie laden sweet cordials so Make a List and Check popular in the sexy ads.

you feel better and cope with the stress of the holidays. Give up those tasks that weigh you down such as baking or sending out holiday cards. Do more of what you enjoy. For me, I love to sit near the woodburning fire, watching old holiday films. Added bonus: When we take care of ourselves we give from a full cup, and that is a true gift to family and friends. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, everyone!


816-523-4440 Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the region’s prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park. www.theyogastudio.com news@theyogastudio.com 913 492-9594.

A Wonderful Life As the days grow shorter nearing the solstice this year on Dec. 22, make it a priority to honor your exercise routine, as well as other routines you cherish such as yoga and meditation. Then indulging in holiday foods with your exercise will help





it Twice Yet, when Sis dropped 50 pounds a decade ago, she arrived for our holiday feast with special water to drink and avoided many foods on the holiday table. She skipped the dessert she brought. She has kept the weight off. Like her, plan for those nights of the “big” parties or holiday dinners. “No” is a two-letter word we all

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his time of year has important holidays with themes of peace and harmony. Some recent publications by and about women and re-visiting the Equal Rights Amendment made me think about the central importance of women’s happiness in this vision of peace and harmony. Since our true happiness, and certainly our physical and mental health, are influenced by the environment in which we live, it would be good to look at some of these issues affecting the families— yours, mine, and the world’s. Anne-Marie Slaughter in her book, Unfinished Business, tells us the discussion must shift from “being about the work-life balance to discrimination against care and care-giving.” She explains, “I am not proposing to devalue competition; I am proposing to revalue care, to elevate it to its proper place as an essential human instinct, drive, and activity.” Women in the workplace bring attributes of patience, adaptability, courage, compassion and hope. Both men and women would benefit from developing these qualities. Millenial men have more egalitarian attitudes about children, family and work but are finding it difficult to sustain this in the face of current workplace attitudes and policies. Women without children earn nearly the same as men in some fields while married mothers earn about 76 cents on the male dollar. Women in low and hourly incomes make even less. Gail Collins in a recent article, What Happened to Working Women?” tells us that out of twenty-four countries, the United States now ranks 20th, down from seventh, in the number of women in the workplace. “One of the reasons is clearly….the cost of child care.” She cites “…the cost of child care for a family with a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old would exceed housing costs…a working single mother of the same two children… probably eats up a third of your income. In most states infant care is more expensive than college tuition.” Women in the workplace give families more needed income, stimulates the economy, brings needed and diverse skills, and helps women develop personally and professionally. Women in the United States, unlike most other countries in the world, do not get paid maternity leave or other benefits to help them as parents. There is not a lot of incentive for mothers to stay in the


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workforce. The stress for couples with children and both spouses working is very high. I see it frequently in my practice as they struggle to be good spouses and parents in a workplace that values competition and making money over care and care-giving. The impetus to re-visit the ERA is beginning to gain momentum. Jessica Neuwirth, the author of Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now, makes a compelling case that women’s rights, in issues like pay equity, pregnancy discrimination and violence against women, are compromised without the protection of the ERA. Kamala Lopez, an actress, director and activist who established the ERA Education Project is also behind the forthcoming documentary, Equal Means Equal. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “I would like to see women get fired up about the Equal Rights Amendment.” Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Ellen Page, Beyonce, Patricia Arquette, John Legend and Ashton Kutcher, to name a few, are all making pubic statements about equality, women’s rights and feminism. The time has come to re-think what brings happiness and peace to all. Perhaps it is equality for all, especially women and the values of care-giving and compassion with equal measures of courage and competition. Let’s think about that for peace, harmony and great holidays.

Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs or Imago Couple Therapy call913-3225622. For more information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to www.kcholistic.com

Make Healthier Holiday Choices: 10 Tips for an Optimal Holiday Experience

Holistic Health



he holidays are filled with family traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active, peaceful days. The following are helpful tips for those changes. 1. Enjoy all the food groups at your celebrations. Prepare whole-grain crackers with hummus or guacamole as an appetizer; add unsalted nuts and black beans to a green leafy salad; use almond milk instead of heavy cream or cow’s milk in your casseroles. 2. Make sure your protein is lean and organic, free range as possible. Good choices are turkey, wild Alaskan salmon, lamb, roast beef and beans. Serve brown rice with beans to make a complete protein for the vegetarians. 3. Cheers to good health while quenching your thirst with low calorie options. Drink water with lemon or lime slices or seltzer water with a splash of 100 percent fruit juice. 4. Bake healthier by substituting unsweetened applesauce or mashed ripe bananas instead of butter. Try cutting the amount of sugar listed in recipes in half. Use spices to add flavor such as cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg instead of salt. When salt is used,

Mediterranean of Himalayan sea salt are good choices. 5. Tweak the sweet for desserts. Try baked apples with cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar and nuts instead of apple pie. Invite your guests to make their own parfait with colorful, sliced fruit and low-fat yogurt. When fats are used, better choices are organic coconut oil, butter, or cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. 6. Enjoy left overs. Create delicious new meals with your leftovers. Add turkey and beans to soups or salads. Use extra veggies in omelets, sandwiches, or stews. 7. Make exercise a part of the fun! Make being active part of your holiday tradition. Have fun walking and talking with family and friends after a holiday meal. Give gifts that encourage others to practice healthy habits such as workout CD’s, FitBit app, dance lessons, pedometers, running shoes, and reusable water bottles. 8. Be the life of the party! Laugh, mingle, dance and play games. Focus on fun and enjoy the company of others. Laughter is a wonderful natural medicine! 9. Give to others. Spend time providing foods or preparing meals for those who may need a little help. Give food to a local food bank or volunteer to serve meals at a shelter during the holiday season.

10. Take time for yourself to relax and breathe and connect. Plan time for your busy activities and schedule down time, as well. Even if it is just five minutes a day of deep breathing and prayer or reflection time—just do it! Connect with your spouse or other love ones about your feelings and work together to get the extra holiday chores accomplished. As a holistic physician, I am happy to assist you on your life journey, one on one, and use natural remedies as much as possible. Drugs and surgery are sometimes necessary, but I try to avoid them and provide alternatives when possible.

Jay Peters M.S., D.MIN

For a consultation call: (913) 339-9591  Licensed Professional Counselor  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  Certified Hypnotherapist  Addiction Specialist  Spiritual Counseling

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Nancy Russell, M.D., is a holistic Internal medicine physician, blending traditional and alternative medicine in her Kansas City northland practice for over 30 years. For more information on getting to know Dr. Russell, visit her website, www.nancyrussellmd.com or call her office at Nurturing Optimal Wellness at 816-453-5545.


Girlfriend Weekend Getaway: Tuscaloosa, Alabama


uscaloosa is a perfect destination for a girlfriends’ weekend getaway. From a centrallylocated train depot, to a walkable college town filled with museums, a river walk with a farmers’ market, farm-to-table eateries, quirky, unique shops, and even a microbrewery, you’ll find a weekend filled with food, arts, history, and entertainment. Activities and sights of Tuscaloosa. Left (Clockwise): Lucy Clock Tower at the University of Alabama; Museum at


Moundville Archeological Park; Outdoor gardens at Tuscaloosa Museum of Art; Tuscaloosa River Walk.

swimming pool, modern fitness center with personal TVs and MP3 player docks, and spacious, modern suites with full kitchens. There’s free breakfast each morning, as well.  Explore Downtown T-Town by foot. Just a few blocks from the hotel, stop for refreshments at Cravings, a specialty grocery, wine bar, and beer garden. Then head off to explore unique shops like The Makers Market, with all local hand-crafted items.  Just down the street is the Grand Hall Art Gallery. The gallery, located upstairs inside the Federal Building, features 16 stunning murals created by artist, Caleb  Check-in at Home2Suites by Hilton. Within walking O’Connor. It’s a stunning depiction of Tuscaloosa history distance of downtown dining, entertainment and that you won’t want to miss. businesses, the hotel features an indoor saline  After an afternoon walking downtown Tuscaloosa, you’ll be ready for dinner and the best view Foods of Tuscaloosa: Left (Clockwise): Appetizer sampler at of the sunset in T-town at the Cypress Inn, Cypress Inn; Fruit plate at The Side by Side, Country ham, grits, located on the river. Amtrak’s Crescent train runs from New Orleans to New York, with a multitude of stops at quaint southern cities, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one of them. Whether traveling from northern or southern destinations, the Crescent train arrives in Tuscaloosa at approximately 1 p.m., allowing plenty of time to get a fun weekend started. The train depot is just a five-minute taxi ride from downtown Tuscaloosa and the Home2Suites by Hilton, so drop the bags at your luxurious (yet efficient) room, freshen up, and get ready to explore.

eggs, and redeye gravy at The Waysider; Raw cheese from AA Farms at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

Museum where the history of the Crimson Tide is told.  Blaze the short trail of 15 minutes from downtown to Moundville Archaeological Park to transport yourself back in history. This must-see on any trip to the area will open your mind to a whole new Native American experience.  After so much exploring, quench your thirst with a refreshing afternoon beer at the Black Warrior Brewing Company, then return “home” to your hotel room to freshen up and get ready for a night on the town.  Stop for a wine tasting at Carpe Vino, then step over to Epiphany Cafe—New American Farm-to-Fork Cuisine—for appetizers.  After sampling a couple appetizers, walk just a few blocks over to The Side by Side for dinner. James Beard award winning Chef, Chris Hastings, created this concept located inside the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa. His eclectic approach at combining the freshest local ingredients, a Southern flair and a unique dining experience make for a winning Saturday combination.  Visit the Temerson Square Entertainment District It’ll be a full day of exploring, so enjoy a hearty southern breakfast at The Waysider: and burn off some calories dancing. Tuscaloosa is, after all, a funky little college town where live music can be Southern breakfast at its finest. found every night of the week.  Head to the Farmers’ Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market, then take a Sunday chance to savor the local flavor, sights and  Enjoy a hearty brunch at Five Bar restaurant before sounds on the Tuscaloosa River Walk. jumping back on the train.  Visit the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art where you’ll explore one of the largest For addresses and websites of locations listed, read and greatest collections of American Art. the complete article at www.jilldutton.worldpress.com.  Head to Archibald’s BBQ for lunch. Voted #6 on the “Best BBQ in the US” list by USA Today, and #3 on Southern Livings “South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints,” is located in a small building with just a handful of barstools and tables, but it’s worth a visit to taste this southern, tangy BBQ.  Explore the University of Alabama campus, where history abounds. From Civil War to Civil Rights, there are Jill Dutton is publisher of some interesting historical sites, and of Evolving Magazine. Follow Jill’s travel course the Museum of Natural History– adventures, Wanderlust: One Woman’s where the only meteorite ever known to Journey of the USA by Rail at strike a human is housed; plus the Bryant www.jilldutton.wordpress.com.



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Food First

Food Gloria’s Food

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There’s a lot of co-mingling going on between silky olive oil and zesty vinegar in one downtown Overland Park tasting shop


eanne Mackay, owner of The Tasteful Olive, is a spirited self-starter. The spark of this entrepreneur started percolating in 2009 when she walked into a Chicago specialty shop and tasted the flavorful combination of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Intrigued, Mackay tucked away thoughts of her next endeavor to open a retail shop in the Kansas City area. Before long, Mackay was actively exploring this new taste profile, embracing the challenge. “Before I knew it, I was becoming well versed in my proposed venture,” she says, acknowledging her timing couldn’t have been better, boosted by the public’s awareness of olive oil as a healthy fat. After a storefront in historic downtown Overland Park was secured, The Tasteful Olive opened in spring 2010 with Mackay at the helm assisted by eight part-time employees.

is encouraged. With a room full of more than 60 different products harvested from around the world, bottles can be tailored exactly to your taste. Oils range from First Fruits such as Arbequina, Picholine, and Coratina, to Fused/ Infused/ High Heat and Gourmet. If Eureka Green Limonato or Milanese Gremolata sounds delicious, drink up. Mackay explains, “Our flavored (or infused) olive oils start with the same fresh olive oil...one of the mild -intensity olive oils are chosen after each hemisphere's harvest to be used as the base. They’re tested to the highest standards of extra virgin quality otherwise known as Ultra-Premium. Our unflavored olive oils come from both hemispheres; the olives processed into these oils have been picked and then pressed into oil within 3-4 hours of picking. This is what we call fresh.” Balsamic vinegar comes from Modena, Italy and then aged for at least 12 years in wooden Harvesting The Seasons barrels. From there, the vinegars are naturally “We love our customers, so when someone flavored with real fruit, spice, and herbs. In new comes in our task is to let them peruse and addition to Mango, Pomegranate Quince, Fig, invite them to taste the oils and vinegars,” says Juniper Berry…even Chocolate, to name just a few Mackay who clearly enjoys the interaction. of the white and dark balsamic available, The Outfitted with rows of imposing stainless steel Tasteful Oil features pastas, olives, sea salts, vats or ‘fustis,’ the 15 and 25-liter metal containers spices & herbs, teas, sauces, hair & skin products, hold the goods: golden oils and thick, rich books and more. vinegars. Each contains Tasteful Olive different Nutritious Baked Apples flavors ranging 7945 Santa Fe Overland Park, KS * This recipe is for two large apples. from fruity to Tastefulolive.com Ingredients: savory oil that 913-649-7900 1 T butter, melted can be mixed 1 tsp Tasteful Olive's Honey with balsamic Ginger Balsamic Vinegar or wine 4 tsp granola (or use more if you vinegar. All it have jumbo apples) takes is a turn 2 tsp ground cinnamon of the tiny Use EITHER 3 droperfuls Stevia spigot OR 2 tsp brown sugar dribbling the contents into a Directions: small paper Kansas City writer, producer, and Wash and core apples. cup. One swig photo stylist Gloria Gale is a Mix all ingredients, spoon into the of the elixirs sleuth when it comes to apple. elicits smiles, discovering interesting features Cover the bottom of a loaf pan puckers, and for the media. Most recently, with aluminum foil. Put about 1/2" continued Gloria profiled area restaurants of water on bottom of pan. Place rounds. as a columnist for 435 Magazine apples in pan. Bake at 350 degrees This and was one of KCUR's Food experiential F for 45 - 60 minutes. Test freCritics radio program. Want to trial of various quently with fork until desired know where to find the best tastes oil and vinegar tenderness is reached. in town? Contact Gloria: combinations Recipe by Jeanne Mackay





ood First is the title of this column because I firmly believe food is the foundation of health. Yet, like all generalizations, it’s never that simple. Over the years, I have clearly seen the role consciousness plays in our health and well-being. Habitual patterns of behavior and mind states that do not serve us can be detrimental to our health. Most of the time we aren’t aware how consciousness sabotages our efforts to be healthy. Just as everyone needs to exercise regularly, everyone needs a regular routine to keep their consciousness in shape. I am a big fan of daily mindfulness meditation or centering-prayer practice. Both methods cultivate the ability to clearly see what is going on in the body and the mind, that is, identify the habitual patterns and mind states that do not serve us and cultivate the ones that do. Both practices calm the body and mind. If there is one organ that characterizes Western culture it is the adrenal glands. However, a body and mind running on adrenaline can’t restore and repair themselves or be introspective. They also eventually wear themselves out. These practices rest adrenals, giving body and mind the space it needs to heal and to see our world and our self more clearly. I also recommend yoga, Tai Chi or Chi Gong. I think of them as meditation or prayer in motion. Because of the emphasis on breathing, they too calm our tendency toward adrenal overdrive. Hubby and I sit in mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes every morning. I add in 15 to 30 minutes of yoga. The fact that many CEOs meditate regularly is a secret that’s recently getting out. It helps them more skillfully handle the challenges of their position, stay well, and even manage chronic health problems. Check the Internet for video interviews of

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Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, about how his daily mindfulness and yoga practice helps him manage chronic pain after a ski accident, and how it’s changed the way he leads Aetna. I also advocate meditating or praying in a group. A synergy arises in group meditation that makes the practice easier and more powerful. Many groups discuss what is coming up in their practice and share how they worked with similar situations in their own lives. Once you clearly see patterns that aren’t working for you, how do you change them? The good news is awareness is usually enough. They change by themselves, all at once, or in layers as deeper insight arises. However, if a pattern won’t budge, I recommend a process called Resonance RePatterning. It helps clear blockages and aligns you with more healthful patterns. Check the Internet for practitioners near you.

Bethany Klug, DO created HealthSpan out of a deep wish: for everyone to experience vibrant health. We go beyond the conventional pill-for an-ill approach to educate and inspire you so you can successfully make positive steps toward greater health and wellbeing. HealthSpan is also offering some excellent classes to help you add some quick, easy and delicious dishes to you weekly repertoire. Learn more at www.healthspankc.com or 913-642-1900.


The Best Gift This Season is the One Only You Can Give


omans observed Saturnalia, the Roman winter solstice. Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day on December 8. Soyal, the holiday of the Zuni and Hopi, is held on December 21. The Persian Mithra, born to a virgin mother on December 22, symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Hindus’ Pancha Ganapati honors Lord Ganesha for four days from December 2125. Hannukkah, the Festival of Lights in Judaism, lasts eight days, beginning December 6. The Yule of ancient Germanic people was their focus from late December to early January. The birth of Jesus in the Christian tradition can last from Christmas Eve on December 24 through Epiphany on January 6. Kwanzaa, an African American observation, extends from December 26 to January 1. We see that cultures around the world seem to feel the need to spread warmth and light at the end of the year to those they care about. “Good tidings to you!” they all seem to say. Whether your winter season festivities traditionally last one day or 12, gift giving predominates in them all. Our thoughts turn to how we can honor others at the close of the year. We wonder what gift will share our desire for well being: “Carry this with you in winter’s darkness until a new season arrives—and know I am wishing you the best.” This season, give a gift that will remove some shadow that may have been cast over a relationship or your own heart. Consider one of these five shining gifts this season.

Forgiveness It has been said that forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past. Although the beginning of the year is often the time people think of starting over, clearing out a mental or emotional space has to happen first. We have to make room to move forward. The winter season is a prime time to lighten a corner of heart, mind, or body. Take an issue you are holding onto and consider whether it deserves to burden us or others. Not forgiving has been compared to drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. We are the ones who pay the price. Forgiving does not mean what happened wasn’t important. We do need to grieve losses. Our pain needs to be witnessed and acknowledged.

But then we don’t have to build a room addition for it and move in. There are many simple tokens or symbols to embody this gift of forgiveness. A simple note can contain the words of release for another, a stone with “forgiveness” on it, a butterfly, symbol of new life beginning again, flying away, and not lingering in futility. The perfect expression will reveal itself to you. It doesn’t matter whether the other person accepts it. You will have lightened your spirit to move forward.


that page. “Ah-ha! She is thinking of me!” Another way to show support is to schedule loving postcards to send throughout the year on your own calendar. Once you set your intention, gratitude will flow.


Have you felt the overwhelming kindness of being celebrated just for who you are and for no other reason? You can give this tremendous experience to someone else. The writer SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is well known for Gratitude her exuberant and unexpected We have all heard someone say a celebrations: of others, life, or even each hurried, “Oh, thank you,” or we ourselves dust mite. Joy in the existence of a person have mumbled something similar as we is a sacred experience. We remember the rushed around our day. Few of us, wonder and awe of seeing a newborn baby. however, have had our day or night light That baby is now grown up and among us. up with a genuine, deeply felt expression Hold an Honoring Party. Ask everyone to of gratitude. Think back over the year to a create an expression of how beneficial the time when the bell really saved you, by person has been, how the person has someone’s thoughtfulness or willingness to brightened the world just by being their go the extra mile. Perhaps in the pressure unique self. Include good natured jokes of the experience, you did not get back to and ribbing, “remember when” stories, letting them know how much it meant, and emphasize what makes that person a even though you intended to. This is a one-of-a-kind. Handmade posters, poems, perfect time of year to give this gift. There songs, memory books are all good ideas. are many effective ways to say “Thank Because it is not held on a birthday or you.” Coupons for service throughout the other expected occasion, few gifts can top coming year can say, “Because you cared,” this one for shining lasting light far and or simply a collection of positive wide throughout the year. If you cannot statements you have written for them that hold a party, ask friends to place cards, they can use when needed. A small book of poems or other tokens with a note in a box gratitude may suffice, with a note on each that is then wrapped and given to the page from you to them. Your imagination person during the season. can come up with many appropriate Blessing expressions, and you will catch yourself If you have never been the recipient of smiling since expressing gratitude lights a blessing, entirely too much time has up your heart as well. passed without one. If you have never Support given a blessing, entirely too much time What makes you feel supported? has passed without one. Someone listening without giving A formal extending of a blessing is a advice? Someone helping to carry deeply moving and even a healing or a heavy bag? Someone willing to transformative experience. It is not as take a phone call? Simply the gift riotous as a Celebration, but as deeply of time? Chances are that the meaningful. ways you feel supported are needed by A blessing has four elements: another person you know. Give them an  Acknowledging a quality you expression that you intend to be a support value or want to enhance in the person to them in the coming year. You may know  Noting a time when they how they want to receive that, or you may displayed that quality have to make a commitment to keep in  Speaking words of love and touch regularly to find out. Whatever the appreciation for them form, give the person the gift of knowing  Stating your commitment to be a someone intends to be in their corner, blessing to them even if they don’t think they need it. That For a younger person, some add a in itself is often the support that we want. One woman buys a “Day by Day” calendar vision of a positive future. Adding quotations or verse can help with tear off pages. She writes on various you find words you may want to use. ones throughout the year so that the Including meaningful touch, such as hands person gets a surprise when they come to

on the other’s head and looking into their eyes can also add significance to the experience. The person should come away from the blessing knowing they are valued. Concluding with a symbolic token, beverage, or treat can provide a serene sense of completion. The legacy of the blessing tradition is a long one found in every culture. We all want to be affirmed, to be sent into the world knowing we have a loving, strong person who cherishes us as we go. The accounts of those who did not feel wanted, accepted, or even tolerated are myriad. Giving a blessing can help lessen this loss. Whether forgiveness, gratitude, support, celebration, or blessing, you are the only one who can give these gifts from your heart and mind. You will experience the truth of the saying, “The giver gains.”

“The legacy of the blessing tradition is a long one found in every culture. ”



December 2015

Shirley Fessel offers workshops on Writing for Spiritual Development, the Divine Feminine for women from the Christian tradition, and advanced writing, reading and speaking. Shirley is currently developing a workbook for women suffering religious abuse and domestic violence. She is an educator with DivineBalance.org. Visit writingresearchtraining.com or email her at Fessup2@msn.com.


Transcendence Means Down, Not Up


ot that ancient wisdom texts are easy to interpret in the first place, but I think some of the sages who studied and decoded the meaning of these documents, despite their best efforts, got it wrong. Reaching enlightenment, greater states of awareness or transcendence isn't about bypassing the emotions. It isn't about living from the upper chakras and going through life forcing positive affirmations and rejecting the existence of the shadow. It isn't about walking around in a self-delusional blissed-out state while cancer is quietly developing in your colon from the 48 years of anger you haven't expressed. It is easy to be spiritual. It is hard to be human. Yet that is exactly what we embraced when we chose to incarnate as a human being on this planet. One of my favorite quotes by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin sums it up perfectly: "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Several years ago I had an epiphany during a ceremonial gathering. As I watched the convener get triggered and have a less-than-stellar moment in how they chose to handle the situation, it hit me: what is the point of all of this "spiritual practice " if we can't relate to the human standing next to us? If we can't

have an honest conversation about how we feel? If we can't speak our truth and communicate clearly? It's easy to be a mystic on a mountaintop. But strap on unresolved childhood issues, hunger, divorce, differing political views, a mortgage payment, three kids, ailing parents, lack of sleep, corporate greed, getting laid off, and all of the others issues we confront on a daily basis and then try to be spiritual in the midst of "real" life. That is where the work lies. Spiritual bypass is seductive, but ultimately gets us nowhere. Robert Augustus Masters says, "Spiritual bypassing is the use of spiritual beliefs to unconsciously avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It’s so pervasive, and largely goes unnoticed, and such actions often do more harm than good." We can convince ourselves we're growing because we meditate, go to church, read enlightening books, and give money to charity. But our upward reach is directly proportional to the depths of our excavating. We must grow deep and broad roots to support the growth above. Otherwise, the tree falls over. The spiritual path doesn't just lead up. It leads down. Down into the body. Our mission is to learn how to bring our connection with Spirit down all the way into our body. To fully inhabit ourselves--the muck, the beauty, the fear,


BY STEPHANIE RED FEATHER the love, the agony, the ecstasy, and 6. Embrace your shadow. Our shadow everything in between. To feel our represents the unloved and disowned feelings. To ride the sublime roller coaster parts of ourselves. These aspects are of the natural rhythms always seeking and cycles of our expression. If we deny human existence. To them and pretend they "Soul, to me, means embrace the exquisite aren't there, rest assured ‘embodied essence,’ they will still come out. joy and agony of our frailty and our they will come out when we experience But magnificence. To be a sideways and express as human bridge between ourselves and others in inappropriate behavior at heaven and earth, the most inopportune our full humanity - part time. As Carl Jung says, spirit and matter. So what does being "One does not become animal, part divine. fully embodied look enlightened by imagining Healing comes through figures of light, but by like? 1. It starts with the darkness embodiment of the soul." making accepting your conscious." humanness. You are Now I realize all of this —Marion Woodman human and divine. may seem like a downer, Yet it's much harder but the more you can to embrace our less-than-perfect accept your humanness and fully embrace qualities. Accept your imperfections, the entire spectrum of human experience, your foibles, your flaws. Give yourself a the greater your ability will be to ground break. It's exhausting to deny. It is your spiritual nature on this plane. If the freeing to accept. point was just to experience our spiritual 2. Do your inner work. Whatever nature, why would we have chosen to unresolved issues or buried wounds incarnate in human form in the first you have, work through them. Seek place? If all you do is pursue your help. Ask for support. Spiritual connection to spirit, you're only awakening is not a destination, it is a experiencing 50 percent of what it is to be journey. Spoiler alert: no matter how human. We chose to be in-body in order much inner work you do, there is to em-body. So embrace your amazing self always more to learn, uncover, heal, and focus not only on the upward growth, release, and embrace. Enjoy the but the downward growth as well. journey. 3. Feel your feelings. This is one of the most precious and unique gifts of being human! Feeling your emotions (especially anger and fear) doesn't make you un-evolved. It makes you, simply, human. Emotions are our most accurate navigation system. Our body's reaction to circumstances will always tell us the truth, if we learn to embrace and listen to our feelings. 4. Give yourself permission that "being spiritual" doesn't have to look a certain way. Spirituality shows up in as many forms as there are humans on the Stephanie Red Feather is a shamanic spiritual healer, planet. Express your uniqueness. Be teacher and life coach. She offers authentically you. private coaching as well as 5. Tell yourself the truth. Erich Fromm multiple workshops, trainings, says, "Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's products and processes, including the Embodied Priestess identity." Lying to yourself is one of the Process™. Visit her website: most dangerous forms of spiritual www.redfeatherconnections.com bypass. When you lie to yourself, you erode your trust in yourself. Then you begin to relate to yourself as untrustworthy. Being truthful with others starts with being truthful with yourself.


December 2015


Transcendence in Everyday Life


ftentimes individuals believe that the ability to reach a state of transcendence is something that is unattainable in their everyday lives. They feel that this is a state of consciousness that is only available to spiritual adepts, saints, enlightened teachers, and indigenous healers. Transcendence is viewed in our culture as something that lies beyond the range of our ordinary perceptions, knowledge, comprehension, or experience. One senses that transcendence is apart from the material universe and that it is beyond their experience and unknowable. In my experience I have found this to be totally false and is a byproduct of the limitations that we have imposed upon ourselves by our disconnection with the natural world and the beauty of the universe. In my work as a Shamanic Healer and teacher for almost 20 years, I have learned that the ability to reach a state of transcendence is available to everyone regardless of their spiritual experience or level of enlightenment. In Shamanic cosmology it is believed that there are two levels of reality: ordinary reality, and non-ordinary reality. Ordinary reality is the reality that we experience most commonly in our daily existence, doing our work, taking care of our families, taking care of the business of life. Non-ordinary reality is just as real in our lives as the ordinary reality of our everyday existence, yet it is entered into by moving into a state of flow, a space of moving from the realms of this world and into the realms of the unseen. The Shamanic Healer or Practitioner does this through the Shamanic Journey. The Shamanic Journey is a trance like state that is attained with the use of some type of monotonous sound by the practitioner. This can take the form of drumming, rattling, chanting, dancing, or any form of trance-like music. The Shaman can navigate through three worlds: the Upper World or the “Hanaqpacha” as we call it in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition that I practice the Lower World or the “Ukhupacha,” and our ordinary world known as the


Kaypacha. The Hanaqpacha is a world that is filled with light and is very surreal; our spirit helpers there are highly evolved spiritual energies that exist only to be of service to mankind for guidance and healing. The Ukhupacha is a world very much like our world; only it is pristine and unspoiled. Its residents are our animal allies. They also serve us for healing and guidance, as well as to help integrate or release shadow elements from our being. These two worlds are mediators for the Kaypacha and are continually interpenetrating our ordinary reality to assist us in our personal healing, the distant healing of others, and access to information we can’t call forth in our normal awareness. Everyone is capable of accessing these unseen realms. They can be accessed through training and the guidance of a Shamanic Teacher of integrity and good heart, and oftentimes they can be accessed spontaneously when one is in a receptive state of flow, exhaustion, or awareness. Being in such a state of transcendence in journeywork is much like being in a dream while you are in a waking state. A state of transcendence in communing with a place of non-ordinary reality can be experienced in forms other than a formal shamanic journey. It can come forth through periods of extreme exhaustion or over work when your mind has moved aside and allowed you access to that spark of awareness to the unseen. It can occur through any kind of art where you are within the flow of the moment and have stepped outside of your ordinary awareness into a state of bliss. It can occur with tender moments with your children, grandchildren, or other beloveds in your life in the times where you feel the resonant heart connection of one soul to another. It can occur with the intimacy of a beloved in moments of sexual ecstasy. There are many ways that transcendence can occur spontaneously. What is most relevant is the synchronicity that existed to produce the state of transcendence. If one can recreate this experience it can lead to being able to access a transcendent state at will.

“Divinity exists in all things, believing that the universe exists in separate forms is simply an illusion. ”


One of the issues that we as humans have imposed upon ourselves that acts as a block to experiencing transcendence is the belief that we are separate from the Divine. Divinity exists in all things, believing that the universe exists in separate forms is simply an illusion. There is duality in our universe and everything in our universe depends on its opposite to be complete and balanced, that is how wholeness is achieved. We need to re – member source, the source that is within us. And, that everything in creation is part of that source of oneness and the I AM. How can we re remember our connection to all that is and the I AM? How can we regularly consciously call in transcendence into our everyday lives, rather than just have the brief moments of bliss that may occur randomly? We can follow the examples of our native indigenous peoples of the world. The interconnectedness of the natural world, the relationship to all that is there for us to see and experience if we just open our eyes to the great web of life and spirit that is all around us. The stones, the earth, the waters, the trees, the heavens, stars...everything in the Universe is part of us as we are part of the Universe. Developing a deep connection and honoring of the natural world allows us to move into transcendence. Developing quiet time and stillness within our lives leads to transcendence. Practicing good self-care leads to transcendence. Learning ways that resonate personally to achieve an altered state whether that be the Shamanic Journey, Dance, Artistic Expression, Meditation Techniques, Mindfulness or many others can lead to transcendence. Transcendence is a natural part of our being, as is our connection to source. Embrace your oneness to All That Is— Transcendence—in everyday life.


December 2015

Daniel Baxley is a Master Ceremonialist, Teacher, and Healer. He is a long time student of don Oscar Miro – Quesada and one of several stellar teachers from around the world trained and endorsed to teach the Pachakuti Mesa Tradtion. Daniel provides Shamanic Healing and Teaching at White Deer Lodge in Gardner, KS. For more information contact Daniel at 816-769 -7343 rainbowspiritstar@ yahoo.com www.shamanicpathways.net

Spiritual Horoscope

December 2015 Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Happy birthday Sagittarius! Uranus, the planet of exciting possibilities, opens doors to happy relationships.You can also have breakthroughs with kids. You’ll feel extra fun and creative. Start a new sport; try dance lessons; explore the arts.You’ll also feel self-appreciation that fills you with joy. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Lots of career breakthroughs happen, even if you’ve been waiting for most of the year. Be patient if a superior is jerk-y or power-trip-y, even as they present new options to you. Play it cool and send them love, since they’re jealous of your talent and internal poise! You’ll skate around them soon, so don’t worry! Meditate on forgiveness and then open your heart to people who honor your essence.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Meditation helps to release obsessions, as well as resentments you dwell on. Quietly reflect and write about frustrations, arguments and beliefs that limit your joy and life energy. It’s an opportunity to clear out your subconscious mind and have amazing breakthroughs. Look for stubborn ideas you pridefully hang onto, even though they make you unhappy. Releasing this stuff fills you with enthusiasm for life!

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Do friends reflect your values? Does how you spend time move you toward life goals? Have courage to stand up for what you believe in, even if it means going places on your own — or meditating on choices without other people’s input. Finding your authentic voice and living from your truth moves you in an empowered life direction. New people will come in who resonate with the real you.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) You’ll need extra meditation or quiet time this holiday season, as you likely can feel on edge and easily triggered by others. Before you speak or act, take few deep breaths, ok? Be patient at work and don’t confide mean or controversial things to co-workers. Again, deep breaths and focus on forgiveness and

compassion! Let frustration out with trips to the gym or vigorous yoga classes!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) If you feel tired or sick, meditate on suppressed anger. Your energy is depleted and you need to get in touch with emotions. Also, be careful of over doing junk food, which is hard this month! Write statements that affirm your strength and inner power and speak them to yourself often. If anyone is taking advantage of your good nature, especially at work, clearly state your limits. You’ll be successful by being honest and authentic, not by resentfully pushing yourself beyond your abilities!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Meditate on forgiveness about relationships, intimacy, and also money. Listen to the stories you tell in your own head over and over and also aloud to others. Are these the versions of reality you want to repeat or reinforce? By letting go of the stories, and healing from the wounds, you’ll open to happier possibilities. Affirm and visualize new options, but only after releasing the painful memories.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Like Aries pals, you’re feeling extra edgy around family, co-workers and your partner. Take some deep breaths, even if you have to escape to the bathroom to have privacy in holiday settings. Watch out for trigger foods, like sugar, caffeine and alcohol, since you’ll be even more emotionally sensitive. Ask a balanced friend to be “on call” if you need to reach out for some sanity in tense situations!


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) The Universe is abundant with infinite possibilities, so if you’re unhappy with your life, meditate and focus on what you do want. Don’t let yourself dwell on negative things. Watch out for talking about your bummer situations. Say to yourself, “No! I release this limited reality and am open to better divine options!” You can have many breakthroughs with health and work as well as other areas!

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) If partnered, money issues can be very touchy this month. The core of the fear and anger is trust and intimacy. Try to meditate together and then communicate as a team about finances. It builds more closeness to get things out in the open and work together. If single, forgive and release past wounds and betrayals about money or sexuality to be healed for new love — and better individual prosperity!

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Meditation and dreams help find the root of challenges. It’s easy to react with intense emotion or cutting words this month. Examine deeper feelings and look for “the story behind the story”. You’ll be able to figure out situations and have compassion for the other person as well as for yourself. Sugar and caffeine can make you more edgy, so watch for overindulging

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) With Mars in your sign, it’s easier to express anger, but you can also feel extra impulsive. Don’t squelch your feelings (since it’s hard to let them out usually), but carefully consider words and actions. Ponder what you want to accomplish and what your true goals are. Then you can speak and act with boldness and poise too! If you’ve been struggling about a relationship, things can resolve in surprising ways, so don't give up yet!


December 2015

Aluna Michaels is a secondgeneration astrologer and soul evolutionist practitioner. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call (727) 239-7179 or visit www.alunamichaels.com

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EDUCATION Maya's Oasis Energy Healing Institute Classes & sessions in Reiki, energy healing, intuitive development, and more. NCBTMB approved courses. www.MayaZahira.com

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GOURMET FOODS The Tasteful Olive, Downtown OP & Topeka Over 65 oils & vinegars. Holiday Gift Sets and gift certificates. Accessory gourmet products. www.thetastefulolive.com


Advanced Quantum Healing Hypnosis Expand your awareness, receive healing Karen Marie, MS, www.co-createnow.com 913-954-9701 intendingmiracles@yahoo.com

LIFE COACH Healing Thru Music and Life Coaching For more info. Contact Kathleen (913)206-2151 or Klmamuric@yahoo.com $25.00 per session. Laura Wolf, Transformational Life Coach Unlock Your PASSION, POWER & PURPOSE Counseling, Breathwork, Yoga, Shamanic Journeys www.shamansheartsanctuary.org 913-721-6655 Your Dream is Waiting for You. Certified Dream Builder Coach—Business, Relationship, Wealth, Health. Contact Marcy, 660-441-1805, marcyrobinson01@gmail.com Stephanie Red Feather, the Healer's Healer Transformational life/business/$ coaching, shamanic healing, energy therapies, Reiki classes, women's circles. 913-515-3271, redfeatherconnections.com

MEDITATION Kansas City Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship Sunday Service 10AM 10819 Wornall Rd, KCMO http://kcmeditation.com/ 816-799-5544


Kimberlin Hypnosis, LLC Kathleen Kimberlin, CHt Smoking/weight loss/childbirth/past life/behavior www.HYPNOSISEMPOWERS.com Call for free consultation (816) 305-8418

PETS N2paws Offering Doga (doggie yoga) An integrated approach to balance & relaxation for you and your canine companion! www.n2paws.com 816-522-7005

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Ayurveda Practitioner Stephanie Kieltyka Mohr works to find health & relieve disease with recommendations for diet, exercise and lifestyle. www.GoWithSteph.com

December 2015

Daniel Baxley Shamanic Healing and Teachings, Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Sweat Lodges, Workshops. 816-769-7343, www.shamanicpathways.net

SPIRITUAL GROWTH Stephanie Forcier, CT/CAP, Classes, Akashic Record, Source, and Angel Sessions: connect with your infinite nature, 816-260-2438, www.facebook.com/innerwisdomevolution

YOGA The Yoga School of Therapeutics Kansas State Education Board Approved School 10400 W. 103rd Street, #14 Overland Park, KS (913) 492-9594; www.theyogastudio.com Leavenworth Yoga Co-op Join us at Leavenworth's only yoga studio. Daily yoga classes, massage therapy, and Tai Chi. 913-933-9595 ~ www.LvnYogaCoop.com

WEDDINGS Unity Temple Offering Free Simple Wedding Ceremonies Register at www.simpleceremonieskc.com 707 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO

Events DECEMBER 1 CLEARING AND TRANSFORMING YOUR ENERGY AROUND MONEY Begin shifting your energy around money, freeing you to be more purposeful and prosperous. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $25 Vivian Faulkner, Money Coach and Energy Healer (913) 735-3183 Core Star Energy Healing School, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS

alternating between playing music and meditating. This is a sacred space for adultlike activities. This group is facilitated by Paul McMillian and love offerings are gratefully received.

DECEMBER 12 REDEFINING CAREER: NOT WHAT YOUR MOMMA TOLD YOU! 12:00 -1:00 pm. Attend this FREE webinar and DECEMBER 1, 3, 8 & 15 discover the patterns limiting you around JOINT & STRETCH your career and what we can do to change For massage therapists. See website for them. Call Teri Bybee: 913-219-6788 for precise dates and times. WellSpring School of registration information. Allied Health. $272. Register 816-523-9140 ext 111. http://wellspring.edu/programs/ DECEMBER 12 continuing-education INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HEALING WORKSHOP DECEMBER 1 & 8 Learn the Basics of Core Star Energy Healing ETHICS FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS to expand your knowledge and abilities for WellSpring School of Allied Health. $136. working with healing energy 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register 816-523-9140 ext 111. http:// $125 see web site for more details. wellspring.edu/programs/continuingwww.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com education DECEMBER 12 -13 DECEMBER 3 AT THE HEALING PLACE HOLIDAY OPEN Open Mic Night HOUSE AND SALE 5-9 p.m. every first Thursday. Share your 10am – 4pm Door Prizes, Refreshments, talents with a warm, accepting audience. Shopping December 12th - Waldo Location – Beer and wine available. Unity Village 103 East Gregory Blvd, KC, MO 64114 Bookstore and Coffee Shop. unityvillage.org/ December 13th – Liberty Location - 1539 bookstore Maple Woods Dr. Liberty, MO 64068 816-415 -2607 – www.atthehealingplace.com DECEMBER 6 UNITY SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES DECEMBER 12-13 Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Unity Village EMBODIED PRIESTESS PROCESS™ Activities Center, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, INTRODUCTORY WEEKEND Unity Village, MO. Sunday morning services This weekend begins the 9-month with Rev. Erin McCabe are healing for the transformative journey through women’s soul. All are welcome. If you can’t make it in mysteries, an apprenticeship to the Goddess. person, you can join us from home as we live Facilitated by Stephanie Red Feather. Must stream the entire service. register to participate: 913-515-3271. unityvillagechapel.org/sunday-livestream www.redfeatherconnections.com/ priestess_process DECEMBER 8 CORE STAR ENERGY HEALING CLINIC DECEMBER 13 Experience the benefits of energy healing. "SECOND SUNDAYS" CHANNELED 6045 Martway, Suite 104, Mission, KS TRANSMISSION AND GROUP DISCUSSION Reservations 913-831-4422 7:15 p.m. $20 FREE 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jessica will be www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com channeling from the collective guidance to help guide us on our journey of integration DECEMBER 11 and expansion through these challenging SACRED CIRCLE MUSIC AND MEDITATION times we are all currently facing. (There will A music and meditation group that meets be a question and answer) every second Friday of each month. Meetings www.transcendencekc.com or (913) 387are held in the Clubhouse at Unity Village, 4631. from 7-9 p.m. Bring a healthy dish to share, an instrument or your voice. We will be


DECEMBER 15 CONSCIOUS PARENTING FOR THE NEW CHILDREN – 10 IN THE SERIES Empowering the 6 basic needs of a child 6:30-7:30, $30 p/p or $35 per couple. Adults only please- day care will not be provided www.transcendencekc.com or (913) 3874631

JANUARY 7 ASTROLOGY 101 6:30 p.m. Come learn the basics for understanding your astrology chart! Taught by Sheri Woxland – Over 30 years of experience At the Healing Place – 1539 Maple Woods Drive, Liberty, MO 64068 816-4152607 www.atthehealingplace.com

DECEMBER 15 - FEBRUARY 2 NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE For massage therapists. See website for precise dates and times. WellSpring School of Allied Health. $408. Register 816-523-9140 ext 111. http://wellspring.edu/programs/ continuing-education


DECEMBER 17 CELESTIAL TIMINGS RESONANCE REPATTERNING® TELE-SESSION 7-8:30 p.m. Align with the key celestial event chosen monthly. Flow with the energies of the Universe. $22 through www.lovewisdomwellness.com/ RR_proxy.htm. Teri Bybee: 913-219-6788

REIKI CIRCLE Unity Church of Overland Park – 10300 Antioch, OPKS. 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9pm. Love offering. All welcome. Receive a Reiki treatment. For flier email karen@ karenharrison.net. 816-5234440

DECEMBER 22 HEALING PTSD 6:30-7:30 p.m. Emotional healing, & stress relief are one session away. Stress shuts down the body’s ability to heal itself and PTSD is a traumatic trigger response we all have from negative experiences in the past. Healing emotional trauma and PTSD is fast, safe and relaxing. www.transcendencekc.com or (913) 3874631.

ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND VETERANS By Appointment. The Kansas City Healing Project provides energy healing sessions for cancer patients and veterans. Our clients have been experiencing a reduction of their stress, anxiety and pain levels. These sessions are provided at NO COST to the client. Contact John Hoefer at 816-718-6358 for details. KansasCityHealingProject.org

JANUARY 2 RETREAT - RELEASE - RENEW WORKSHOP At the Healing Place – Liberty Location Begin the new year at this day long retreat, releasing the past, and renewing yourself for the future. Tammy and Sheri facilitating 816415-2607 – www.atthehealingplace.com 1539 MapleWoods Drive, Liberty, MO 64068

MONDAY ONENESS BLESSINGS 6:30 p.m. at Don and Jessica Palmer’s in Lee’s Summit: theharbor@sbcglobal.net or 816806-1838. Love Offering. Open to all faiths, belief systems, and spiritual practices.

JANUARY 5 CLEARING AND TRANSFORMING YOUR ENERGY AROUND MONEY Begin shifting your energy around money, freeing you to be more purposeful and prosperous. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $25 Vivian Faulkner, Money Coach and Energy Healer (913) 735-3183 Core Star Energy Healing School, 6045 Martway, Mission, KS


December 2015

THE TASTEFUL OLIVE - 3RD FRIDAY NITES Open until 9 p.m. Food samples, 65 oils and vinegars to taste, music and wine. 7945 Santa Fe Dr., OP, KS. 913-649-7900. www.thetastefulolive.com

SACRED CHAMBERS Free, profound 5-hour process for Transformation, Awakening, and Healing. Dates available for Lee’s Summit or Olathe locations: www.SacredChambersKC.com.



December 2015

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