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SEPTEMBER 2009 ~ Vol. 1, Issue 7

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X volving A Guide for Conscious Living

Resistance to Change Dying to Come Alive Thoughts are Things Inside: Self Improvement Supplement


publisher’s letter

contents

Dear Friend, September is self improvement month and if there’s a theme that suits Evolving better, I don’t know what it is. I believe conscious living includes the responsibility of continually working on the self and all it entails. To consciously evolve is to create and maintain a direction and flow in life that coincides with your beliefs. Although I’m well aware of various modalities for conscious evolution— whether it’s journaling, self care, healthy eating, meditation, exercise, spending time in nature or creative expression—I still have to give my subconscious a nudge and remind myself to work on these practices. I try to take inventory occasionally of who I’ve been, who I am and who I’m becoming. Awareness truly is enlightenment—and opens the door to self improvement. To honor the self improvement theme, we have included a very special section this month: Self Improvement… Services and products to help you on your journey. Not only will you find healthy, nourishing, life-enhancing products and services listed, but the wide variety of advertisers will help to guide you in the direction of self care, as well. Please frequent the advertisers inside these pages and throughout Evolving—and, tell them where you saw their ad! Our advertisers support this publication and enable us to continue to bring vital, informative, enlightening features and events each month. Thank you, as always,

Thoughts are

Dying to Come

Things

Alive

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As Without, So Within

Jill Dutton

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On the Cover:

Artist Susan Towers says, “I wanted to do something that showed the continual change of nature and the seasons—not just the obvious fall colors of a maple tree... The moon constantly reminds us of the everchanging nature of life. The center symbol has to do with walking in balance with Earth with all things given their own time and season. It also represents the four sacred directions and corresponds to the four seasons. The center point represents our unique perspective of Spirit and our eternal connection to the Divine. The spiral on top of the center symbol reminds us of the continual expansion and contraction of the Universe.”

In Business:

Community

Centered Spirit page 6

Events Plus:

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Resistance to Change Page 17

Self-Improvement Special Section Publisher Jill Dutton

Proofreader Judy Kirkpatrick

Contributors Joann Atchity, Carmelita Davis-Beets, Sally Ford, Pam Hawkins, Bethany Klug, Jude LaClaire, Gary Langston, Aluna Michaels, Carol Rydell

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Evolving© 2009 all rights reserved. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. Distribution by PDS, Inc.

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Departments: News Briefs

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Journey of Wholeness

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Food Conscious

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Spiritual Horoscope

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Holistic Wisdom

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Events

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contributors

Carol Rydell and Gary Langston

Pamela Hawkins

Jude LaClaire Aluna Michaels

Bethany Klug

Carmelita DavisDavis-Beets Yvonne Keeny

Sally Ford

Joann Atchity

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books/news

The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Cross Cultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Renewal Walk a path of ancestral wisdom in the modern world

September is National Pain Awareness Month By Yvonne Keeny Pain care advocates across the nation are engaging in activities promoting pain awareness in order to focus public attention on pain as a national healthcare problem. The National Center for Health Statistics indicates that more than 76 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. This is more than one in four Americans who live with pain on a regular basis. Pain affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain is the most common reason Americans access the healthcare system and is a leading contributor to healthcare costs. Conservative estimates have placed the effect that pain has on our economy at over $100 billion per year. Pain that goes untreated can have a significant impact on the sufferer and their family and friends. Chronic pain can become so severe that it affects the sufferer’s concentration, job performance, social life, daily activities and sleep. These negative effects of pain can also cause depression and isolation. This year, the Fibromyalgia Coalition International, a nonprofit or-

ganization in Merriam, KS, will host a Health and Wellness Expo to bring awareness to many other pain conditions as well as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The event will be held on Sat., Sept. 26 from 10am to 2:00pm, at Menorah Medical Center, 5721 West 119th Street in Overland Park. (Enter on east side.) The “Power Over Pain” Health and Wellness Expo will feature speakers who are pain experts, free health screenings, demonstrations and hourly drawings. Admission is free so bring your family and friends and come on out! Yvonne Keeny is founder and executive director of the Fibromyalgia Coalition International. She suffered with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome for over 13 years. With the help of a few alternative/ integrative healthcare providers and self-help techniques, she has been well since 1997. She is editor of the Fibromyalgia Alternative News magazine, and leads a support group in Mission, Kan. For further information visit www.fibrocoaltion.org or call 913-384-HOPE (4673).

A two year, five part weekend intensive apprenticeship program in Kansas City, MO with

Carol Rydell & Rev. Dr. Gary Langston The Call to Heal: Releasing the Past October 16-18, 2009 This apprenticeship program provides all participants with a re-membering of their common destiny as luminous strands within the great web of life. For complete information and registration contact

Carol Rydell at 816.942.5418 or email: crydell@kc.rr.com Sponsored by www.buffalo-lodge.com

Kansas City Mastermind Group Now forming. Looking for visionaries who desire the energy, motivation and excitement that comes with participating in a Mastermind Group. • Explore your vision • Set goals • Brainstorm ideas • Utilize the knowledge of others • Challenge yourself • Act as a catalyst for growth

Email jill@evolvingmagazine.com to get on the mailing list for this exciting growth opportunity forming in late September.

Women Making a Difference in their Community Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), in partnership with Park University, UMKC and the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, is co-sponsoring a six-week session designed to help women who want to explore their personal “next step.” The course, which starts Sept. 14, focuses on community and civic leadership and will help each woman identify her personal passion and develop a plan for leadership in her local community. Students can choose between the Park and UMKC locations allowing

for a cohort-group experience. The teachers, curriculum and resources will be identical between the two locations. The cost is $100 for the entire six-week program and includes all materials and expenses, other than transportation and parking. Class size is limited. Enroll today to ensure that you secure your place in the program! More information is available on the Park University Web site: http://www.park.edu/women/ whatsnext.aspx.

Energy Healing School Discover your potential to Heal yourself and others Classes Begin September 10, 2009 Individual healing sessions are available by appointment 913-831-4422 ~ 6045 Martway, Suite 104, Mission, KS 66202 www.corestarenergyhealing.com Evolving...

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books/news

Letters From a reader…

New Practice Combines Quantum Science and Spiritual Insight What would life be like if you lived every minute of every day with the deep peace of knowing the nothing and no one is against you? Two local authors have teamed up to create a powerfully transformative practice that they believe can help you do just that. The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You, coauthored by Gary Simmons, Th.D. and Rima E. Bonario, is an interactive workbook that weaves together metaphysical and scientific information to illuminate how we create our lives in ways that either support us or confound us. Hailed by spiritual leaders and visionaries such as Barbara Marx Hubbard and Michael Beckwith, Simmons and Bonario are now traveling and speak-

ing throughout North America sharing the practice. The authors take readers through an in-depth 21-day practice designed to reveal a new perspective on life’s most uncomfortable moments. According to Simmons and Bonario, too often in life we believe that our outer circumstances hold us back, drive us crazy, or cause us pain. However, the pair contends that it is our inner life, and the meaning we assign to outer circumstances, that really drives our experience of reality. “When we wait for others to change, for outer circumstances to adjust, we give away our sense of wholeness and our very freedom to craft the life our heart desires,” says Simmons. Bonario adds, “With practice and perseverance,

Jill,

in just 21 days, you really can radically shift your perception and your experience of life.” Simmons and Bonario are teaching a 5-session course at Unity Village Chapel in Unity Village, MO. beginning Sunday October 4, 2009 and continuing on Wednesdays throughout October. The course, based on the teachings and daily practices found in their workbook, offers a comprehensive practice for moving to a new level of authentic expression, masterful living, and manifesting magnificence. For more information on their upcoming course, or to purchase a workbook, visit the www.TheQEffect.com.

in business

A Centered Spirit By Jill Dutton Massage therapists abound in the Kansas City area. Few, however, practice Maya Abdominal Massage, a noninvasive external massage that helps align the internal reproductive organs. It’s also believed to relieve tension in the diaphragm, improve organ function and help maintain overall health in the patient. Alex Jackson, owner of Centered Spirit, and Danielle Jerome, are both certified in Maya Abdominal Massage. Although they offer many services including CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Nutrition Counseling, Chi Nei Tsang and traditional massage, the abdominal massage is their specialty. Doctors in the Kansas City area often refer patients to Centered Spirit for help with fertility issues as well as digestive problems. Jackson says abdominal massage is so beneficial because, “We all carry everything in our gut. After awhile it builds up. Stress causes us to tighten up the organs, creating decreased circulation. Maya Abdominal Massage September 2009 6 Evolving…

Danielle Jerome and Alex Jackson of Centered Spirit

provides relief.” One benefit of abdominal massage is aligning a displaced, or tipped, uterus. Jackson says a displaced uterus is the primary cause of menstrual dysfunction. By massaging the area, “It helps to reposition the reproductive organs to a more optimal state and increases circulation and Chi,” Jackson says. Jackson believes he was drawn to the healing arts for a reason. He says, “I had an intuitive sense when I was around people that I could help them

in some way. Massage was an outlet for that service. The abdominal massage has extended that reach.” Both Jackson and Jerome believe in fully getting to know their patient’s needs. The first visit includes a twohour consultation covering personal medical history, health care needs, self -care techniques and dietary and herbal remedies. A few of the common symptoms relieved by Maya Abdominal Massage include: • Digestive disorders • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Painful periods and ovulation • Crohn’s disease/Colitis/Gastritis • Frequent or painful urination • Bladder or yeast infections • Peri-menopause and menopause symptoms Centered Spirit is located in Brookside at 6306 Walnut Street 816-225-9393 www.centeredspirit.com

Jill Dutton is publisher of Evolving.

I want to thank you for publishing Evolving. I really love it and now grab an extra copy (I get mine at Unity Temple on the Plaza) to mail to a good friend in Columbia, Missouri. At the end of last year, when Jeanette Schoenlaub-Jackson passed away, I did not know her, but I cried so much. Not just for a woman who died awfully young, but for the sad loss of my favorite publication, KC Wellness. Thank you so much for creating Evolving. It is such an awesome magazine and great resource. I make sure all my friends on the spiritual journey get a copy of it. Rachel Penn From an advertiser… Connie and Jill, Wow!!!! What creative geniuses you both are. I love the ad and Connie I so appreciate the word-smithing with putting my ad/event information together at the 11th hour. Your enthusiasm, giving 120 percent and genuine caring is evident and has blessed me in ways unimaginable. I was astounded and ever so grateful for the effort and time you took in pulling together numerous bits of information from going online to InterPlay and the info I sent. It touched my heart when you acknowledged other energy work that I do that I have kept under covers and put it out for me on the ad without my prompting. Amazing. Above and beyond, your talents and your sincerity and your loving heart are very evident. Words cannot say thanks enough. Devi Wetterer

Love Evolving? Looking for a way to help? Evolving is seeking volunteers to help distribute magazines to community events and local businesses.

Contact Jill to help: jill@evolvingmagazine.com.


food conscious

Putting Food Up By Bethany Klug, DO It’s not unusual for me to feel sad as autumn settles in. Summer’s bounty is winding down, and soon I will be reliant on grocery store produce. Years ago that didn’t bother me. Now more of our food comes from far away places like New Zealand, Chile and Mexico, and its road weariness shows. It doesn’t look or taste good. Last year, I grew greens under a shelter called a cold frame with mixed success. When the temperatures dropped into the teens in December, everything stalled out until March. Alas, I’m doing something I never would have considered a few years ago. I’m putting food up. Prior to refrigeration, most homes had a root cellar. My grandparents had one dug into their basement. They grew their own vegetables, berries, apples and cherries, which my grandmother canned for the winter. By the time this article goes to press, one will be built in my basement. All that’s needed is a corner, two well insulated walls, an insulated door and PVC pipe for air exchange and temperature control. The book Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Mike and Nancy Bubel details many ways to keep food cold without refrigeration and most don’t require a basement! Most winter produce can be kept in cold storage with little to no preparation. The first half of the Bubel’s book is devoted to selecting and pre-

paring foods for storage. It’s quite simple, especially when you remember that humans did this for millennia prior to the Oil Age. It’s how we survived. My grandmother put food up with hightemperature canning. I just can’t get into the energy cost of it or slaving over a hot stove. Imagine my pleasure when I happened upon Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning by the Gardeners and Farmers of Terre Vivante, an ecological research and education center in southeastern France. The book deliberately ignores energy-intensive freezing and high-temperature canning, in favor of centuries old methods that maintain and enhance the life of the food: preserving in the ground or cellar, drying, lactofermentation, sweet and sour preserves, preserving in oil, vinegar, salt, sugar and alcohol. The recipes are simple and are for small quantities, not bushels. This works for the produce I get from my small garden, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farmer’s market. Here’s a recipe from the book.

large. Heat enough vinegar in a saucepan to cover the zucchini. Immerse the zucchini in the vinegar as soon as it begins to boil. Immediately, remove from heat and leave the zucchini to poach for five minutes. Drain and blot with paper towels. Layer the zucchini in the jars along with two or three chopped mint leaves. Cover the contents of the jar with oil and close it, preferably with a cork—I used Mason jar lids. The zucchini will keep for up to one year in a cool dry place.

Bethany Klug is a physician for whom food is a doorway to personal, community and planetary health. Learn more about her practice of “Restoring Health with Holistic Medicine” at 913-642-1900 and www.bethanyklug.com.

Zucchini Preserved in Oil Zucchini ~ Oil ~ Vinegar ~ Saucepan Mint Leaves ~ Canning jars and lids Choose small firm zucchini. Wash and cut them in half or into several pieces if they are

loving living foods

Green Drinks By Gwyneth Jones. HHP Apple –Kale-Lemon 4 apples (cored and seeded, maybe peeled) ½ lemon juice only 5 leaves of kale (remove the stems) 2 cups filtered water Puree the apple and kale and slowly add the water while the blender is on High.

Peach – Spinach 6 peaches 2 handsful spinach leaves 2 cups filtered water Puree the peaches and spinach while slowly adding water while blender is on High.

Pear- Chard- Mint 4 ripe pears 5 leaves Swiss Chard ½ bunch mint leaves 2 cups filtered water Puree first three ingredients in blender on High while slowly adding the water. Basics of Raw Foods classes available. For more information and reservations contact Gwyneth at 816-726-4692.

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holistic wisdom

Ayurveda Guides You Through the Seasons By Carmelita Davis Beets As we transition from the hot summer months to the crisp air of autumn, it’s a wonderful time to think about the importance of the seasons in our lives. And since this issue of Evolving is focused on the seasons, it’s the perfect time to write about Ayurveda, a health science that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. The Ayurvedic philosophy is based on living life in the harmony and balance of the natural cycles of the world; being aware of the subtle things in life and the world; and learning to adjust your body, mind, emotions, and spirit to them. The Ayurvedic year is di-

By Jude LaClaire, Ph.D. In thinking about cycles and seasons, my mind and heart turn to nature and its amazing capacity to feed, heal, inspire, amaze and, sometimes, terrify us. For millennium, people of many tribes and origins have experienced nature as a path to healing, spirituality, the secrets of life and the universe. As a people, we have become more separated from the natural world than at any time in history. Some children have no idea where any of their food (animal or plant) originated. Some have never seen a forest, a farm, the ocean or many of the wonders of nature. Richard Louv writes in Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder: “Within the space of a few decades, the way children understand and experience nature has changed radically. The polarity of the relationship has reversed. Today, kids are aware of the global threats to the environment, but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading.” Some facts that support the need for this intimacy with nature may surprise you: •Visual exposure to settings with trees produced significant recovery from stress in five minutes, evidenced by September 2009

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vided into six seasons that can ultimately be reduced to three primary growing seasons and three harvests. The first harvest comes in the spring and consists mainly of roots, sprouts and bitter greens that are fed by the spring rains and melting winter snow. The second harvest comes in the summer, and is characterized by a more plentiful harvest of fruits and vegetables that are picked continuously during the extended growing season. And the final harvest, though it takes place in the fall, is referred to as the winter harvest because the food feeds us throughout the long, cold winter months. During this harvest, the last growths of vegetables are

changes in blood pressure and muscle tension. •Housing areas with more trees had lower rates of home violence than in similar housing with fewer or no trees. Ties to neighbors were stronger. •Office workers without views of nature claimed 23 percent more incidents of illness in a six-month period than those with views of nature. •Hospital patients with views of trees needed less medication and had faster recovery times after surgery than those without such views. •Children with ADD, ADHD experienced relief of symptoms after contact with nature. Being outside in paved, non-green areas didn’t relieve symptoms. •Kids who spend more time outside, away from the TV set, are less likely to develop myopia. There is a growing body of scientific evidence, certainly validated by our personal experience, that being in contact with nature offers many benefits contrasted with the high cost of alienation from nature. How many of us would like to feel less stressed, greater alertness of our senses, better physical and emotional health? Who wouldn’t trade depression, anxiety, being overweight, for a sense of peace,

gathered, along with nuts and grains. The three harvest seasons coincide with the three major Ayurvedic seasons of eating. In the spring, the emphasis is on cleansing and weight loss, with a low-fat/low-calorie diet that includes the wonderful greens of the spring harvest. The summer diet is high in carbohydrates and features high-energy fruits and vegetables that provide vigor and vitality. And in the winter, a high-protein diet helps us stay warm through the cold months. Ayurvedic philosophy also holds that each of us is a mixture of three body types, but everyone has one body type that is dominant. For example, those who have winter or “Vata” body types are frequently cold all year around. Those who are always warm are said to have summer or “Pitta” body types. And others retain water all year around and have a spring or “Kapha” body type. I encourage you to learn more

about this by visiting the website of Dr. John Douillard, a well-respected Ayurvedic expert, www.lifespa.com. You’ll find an interactive quiz for determining your body type based on responses to mental, behavioral, emotional, physical and fitness profiles. Don’t confine yourself to the same diet year round! Instead, discover your predominant body type and eat appropriately from the three seasonal diets. You’ll be amazed at how healthy, balanced and vibrant you will feel. Let Ayurveda guide you through the seasons!

Carmelita Davis-Beets is a natural healer living in Kansas City. She has credentials to practice Reiki, Electromagnetic Field Balancing technique, Neuromuscular Therapy, hypnosis, Craniosacral Therapy, Holistic Energy Healing, Zen Shiatsu, Body Somatic Therapy and Holistic Nutrition Counseling.

journey to wholeness

Nature Is Nurture clarity, better focus, and more energy? The connection or re-connection with nature has positive effects for each of us personally and for the wellbeing of plants, animals and the earth. The more we connect, the better we feel and the more we want to preserve the natural environment. I am reminded of the words attributed to Chief Seattle: This we know: all things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Nature nurtures us as we experience that early morning walk, visit a

park or experience a new vista of nature in some other place. We are nurtured by the food we plant in that new backyard garden. Even as we sweat, suffer a few bug bites, perhaps get a sun burn, we may be contributing to the renewal of the earth and her living beings, experiencing that sense of sacred connection. Try it, you may even like it!

Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, LCSW is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs call 913-322-5622. For more information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to www.kcholistic.com. Email: jude@kcholistic.com.

Kansas City offers many ways to connect with nature. The Kansas City Community Gardens offer an opportunity for adults and children to work in the garden or to attend events that assist children in an experience of insects, animals and plants. www.kccg.com Powell Gardens has many wonderful programs throughout the year. www.powellgardens.org The Sierra Club offers different programs for adults and children to experience nature. www.sierraclub.org Visit www.kcnature.org to connect with many nature programs throughout the area.


Shamanic Pathways at White Deer Lodge Daniel Baxley THOTH Endorsed Teacher in The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition

Offering: Shamanic Healing and Teachings, Spiritual Counseling, Sacred Stone Massage, Reiki, Craniosacral, Vision Quest, Sweat Lodge, and Workshops 816-769-7343 email: rainbowspiritstar@yahoo.com Website: www.shamanicpathways.net

Abundant Life Therapeutic Massage Tamella Remick, NCTMB, CNA 9424 Johnson Drive, Merriam, KS 913-709-1865; www.altm.vpweb.com At Abundant Life Therapeutic Massage wellness is emphasized. Tamella Remick combines treatment for mind, body and spirit. Tamella has 13 years experience and is proficient in 16 different modalities. ALTM specializes in pain relief and injury recovery, with a specific emphasis on sports injury, neck injury, knee injury, plantar fasciitis, hip and low back injury and repetitive motion injury like carpal tunnel. Tamella is nationally certified in massage and bodywork as well as being a CNA and a certified pregnancy massage instructor. Tamella is also trained in energy work and oriental medical massage. With her years of experience and multiple modalities, you can’t do better than Abundant Life Therapeutic Massage. Avena Naturopathic Center for Well-being, LLC 1810 Summit St #101, Kansas City, MO 64108 www.avenallc.com; 816-471-7227 Avena, LLC is committed to helping people achieve mental and physical well-being. Dr Krukowski is a naturopathic doctor trained as a primary care physician to util-

ize natural therapeutics. Naturopaths experience the same four years of basic medical training as that of traditional allopathic practice. In addition, they learn to treat patients using natural modalities such as physical manipulation, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, counseling, acupuncture and hydrotherapy, among others. Treatment is based on the individual patient, not the generality of symptoms. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions. Steffany Barton, RN Angels Insight 913-451-4567; www.angelsinsight.com My goal as a member of this wonderful community is to help each person connect with the perfect, radiant light within. I work to accomplish this through offering angel readings, a conversation between the spirit world and the mundane. We are supported by human spirits, guardian angels, spirit guides, Archangels and even animals; I bring these voices to light offering insight into the past, present, and future. I also offer Reiki sessions and training to help connect to the light within. We are all unlimited beings; it is my mission to serve as the bridge between this world and the next and bring our true nature to light.

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Dr. Kat Bowie 816-960-4525 ~ www.drkatbowie.com Dr. Kat Bowie is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the State of Missouri. Dr. Bowie is a Body-Psychotherapist specializing in Holistic Health and Certified as a Live and Whole Food Nutrition Instructor. She addresses the entire person: Emotions, Men-

tal processes, Physical health, and Spirituality. She is a Certified Karuna Reiki Master and Non-traditional Usui Reiki Master. Dr. Bowie's office is located at 1721 1/2 Westport Rd in KC, MO. For more information please contact her or look at her website. Traci Bray, Medium Kansas City, Missouri 913.940.0754 http://TraciBray.com Traci@TraciBray.com by-appointment-only “Honor and privilege,” are prevalent descriptives Traci Bray assigns to her readings. Her clients reflect mirror-like expressions of both her Mediumship and psychic abilities. As an internationally-acclaimed Medium, Traci served as a Research Medium for the prestigious VERITAS program at the University of Arizona. From connecting with specific personspassed, Traci’s work offers unambiguous information assuring us that the soul continues to live, that life is everlasting. Too, her psychic readings provide insight to issues of concern, frequently shedding light in otherwise dim corners. Visit http://TraciBray.com for information about Traci, her services, rates and contact particulars.

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Daniel Baxley Shamanic Pathways at White Deer Lodge 816-769-7343 www.shamanicpathways.net rainbowspiritstar@yahoo.com Shamans believe that any imbalance is due to a disconnect in an individual’s spiritual wellbeing. This imbalance may manifest physically, mentally and emotionally. Shamans connect with the rhythms and cycles of the natural world (often herbs, songs and prayer) to teach patients what they need to heal themselves. Many conditions unresponsive to Western Medicine may be completely cured in a very short time with this powerful spiritual practice of treating the whole individual, not just disease and symptoms. My work specifically is focused on Native American and Peruvian Shamanistic Healing. For appointments and free community events: www.shamanicpathways.com.

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Self-Improvement… Buffalo Lodge www.buffalo-lodge.com 816-942-5418 Carol Rydell and Rev. Dr. Gary Langston are the co-creators of the sacred hoop known as Buffalo Lodge. Through this hoop they bring their love, gifts and attention to the community in a variety of ways. These include workshops, teachings, ceremonies, healing sessions as well as journeys to sacred sites such as the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. Their teachings allow individuals to open their hearts, experience their healing abilities, inner guidance, spiritual strength and intuitive skills. They are two of 26 teachers worldwide that are fully endorsed by The Heart of the Healer Foundation to bring The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (Peruvian Shamanism & Healing) to the world. Karen Elise Cowdry CHt 913-636-9502 Overland park KS Karenelise@kc.rr.com www.karenelise.com Karen has been doing tarot and intuitive readings at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival and by appointment for

over 10 years. She balances practical common sense counseling with intuition to help empower you on your life path. She is also a certified hypnotherapist and does dream interpretation. Please contact her for an appointment or visit her at Arachne’s Psychic Palace booth 428 at the Kansas City Renaissance Fair. Please mention Evolving magazine for your Renaissance reward. Crash in Communications Connie “Crash” Humiston 913-322-3378; conniecrash@kc.rr.com Communications: creative concepting, branding, publicity/media relations, social media, presentations/public speaking, voice talent. Writing/Editing: Web and creative copy, e-newsletters, magazine articles, video and DVD scripts, ad copy, press releases, media kits, brochures, book editing. Events: extensive experience in smallto-large event production, promotion, emceeing; public, media, sponsor, vendor, volunteer and guest relations; talent booking and post-event analysis. Ad Sales: Evolving and KC Jazz Ambassadors JAM Magazine. Background: assistant director of the

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Thoughts are Things! By Sally Ford

Thoughts are things! Excuse me, did I say thoughts are things? How can that be? Things are things (excuse the redundancy) that one can see or feel or touch; so how can a thought be a thing? Well, thoughts are vibrations of energy and although we can’t see or feel or touch them directly, we certainly see, feel and touch their results. Let me give an example. Everything in our physical environment was a thought before it became a chair, a table, a beautiful painting, a computer or your car. Someone thought these things, imagined them in their mind down to the last detail. Otherwise, how did they get here? Think about it! Thoughts are mental vibrations that create your life. It is the Law of Vibration, the Law of Attraction in action. Everything in your life is your own creation. Yes, that’s true whether you deliberately, that is consciously, created the things and circumstances of your life, or just let your thoughts run amuck and let your life be created by default—your fault. Well, most people don’t accept the fault, they place it somewhere else, like, I had a lousy childhood, it’s my mom’s fault, it’s my neighborhood, no money, it is God’s fault! Yes, people even use God as their scapegoat when they are unable to explain the circumstances of their life. “God’s will be done” is often

used as a crutch to lean upon when they have failed to understand and work with the Law. We all live in the same world and are as far apart as the differences in our thought processes. Some fail while others succeedm some are sick, others are healthy, some are miserable, others happy. We all want to blame luck or fate or someone else, but the difference is within ourselves. We are the product of our prevailing habits of thought. Check it out!! Check out your circumstances today and then check yesterday’s thoughts. See any correlation? As Einstein said, “Your thoughts today are tomorrow’s coming attractions.” In Proverbs you find, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” Every experience with which you meet has been built for you by your own interior thought processes. The world without is merely a reflection of what you have acknowledged as true in your world within, so if the state of your health or finances is not all you desire, you must look within yourself for the cause. Regardless of what the condition is or how it seemed to have come about, its cause had to find place in your consciousness before it came into expression. There is no such thing as luck or chance; on the contrary, our lives are governed by law, by actual immutable principles that never vary. Law is in operation at all times, in all places, mighty, silent, fixed laws that underlie every human action, that bring to us with exact precision, the full measure of our thoughts. In a sense, there is nothing in all the universe but law; every tree that grows, every flower that blooms, every snowflake that falls, testifies to the operation of this great law.

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There is but one law, one principle, one cause, one source of power. We cannot change the law, but by understanding and cooperation we may bring ourselves into harmony with the law and let the law work with us, through us and for us. It is natural for us to be healthy and whole in mind and body, and for us to abound in all good. When we learn this truth and live in accord with the laws of our being, health and prosperity spring forth naturally and abundantly. The majority of people believe that peace and plenty on one hand, and poverty and sickness on the other, is somehow interwoven in divine providence. But, those who know the truth understand that life, health and abundance are a natural law of the universe—thought is the active principle by which we are related to the things we need and desire. Thoughts are things. Thought causes vibration and sets in motion the Law of Mind. Everything has its beginning in mind, and as thought. This is mind in action, which produces form. Through this form we realize that thought is creative. Sally L. Ford is a writer, life coach and spiritual counselor. She has spent the last 20 years exploring spirituality and new thought. She teaches workshops and teleseminars on the Law of Attraction and The Science of Getting Rich. She also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Living The Secrettm. For more details visit her website at www.sallyford.com or contact her at sallyford@sallyford.com

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Resistance to Change

By Joann Atchity So, you have awakened, as though from sleep, to the awareness that you are unhappy and that you do not have what you want and are not living the way you want. Eckhart Tolle would congratulate you because you have made the first and MOST important step to making lasting change. You have become “aware”. You now realize that where you are is not where you would like to be. So, a decision is made, you want your life to be different. You want to go in a different direction. What next? Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of books have been written on self-help, on how to improve and to make positive change. So why is it so difficult? What keeps us stuck? How do we begin to move from where we are to where we would like to be? What usually happens is that we become very excited and energized with the new idea to make a change. We begin to say affirmations which are positive statements about what we’d like in our lives. We create a vision board, we meditate, we start to eat better, etc. At first we find it easy to flow along and start feeling really, really good. This feeling good is new and unfamiliar territory. While it’s very nice, it doesn’t feel at all like home. It doesn’t feel “natural” or “normal”. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the wheels sort of come off the bus. We do or say things that are not at all in alignment with our new perceptions and we very quickly fall back into old patterns. This creates the belief that we cannot make changes and perhaps do not even deserve to have what we want. This internal resistance to change is precisely the area where most of us completely derail and even give up, believing that where we are, is just our lot in life—just what life has dealt us. But it is the resistance that can actually be the clear signposts that you are making progress toward your intention. How so? Where we are in our lives is the product of our entire lifetime’s conditioning and programming. Yes, programming. We are taught that money doesn’t grow on trees, rich people must have sold their souls to become wealthy, only pretty girls have boyfriends, only special or lucky or favored people get what they want and worst of all, life is hard and struggle is normal. When we attempt to do things in a new way,

to see things in a new way, all of our programming will resist and then we do a really good job of maintaining the status quo. We are such good little computers and we run exactly as we have been programmed. It’s not that we don’t deserve what we’d like, it’s just not yet in our software to have it. Listening to our resistance is one of the best and easiest ways to find the old lines of code that no longer serve us so we can reprogram them. We have within us, the power and ability to co-create our world, to rewrite our software to be exactly what we’d like. However, since we can’t format the disk and start over, this requires some patient and careful reprogramming so everything can keep running as we make our changes. In her wonderful book, You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay recommends that you define something you’d like in the form of an affirmation and say it into a mirror, speaking it into your own eyes. It is absolutely amazing what will come up. You may hear messages from within that say, “You don’t deserve what you’d like, you’re too fat, or too thin, or too stupid or whatever. Uncovering these hidden beliefs allows you to then reprogram the old lines of code into new ones that better serve you. Recently I heard about a weight loss program that encouraged their patients to lose a certain amount and then to stop losing weight and stay at a stable weight for a time. This was to allow their bodies to become accustomed to the new reality before moving on. This makes so much sense! They had time to allow for new programming. Let’s use a travel analogy. Let’s say you decide to travel from Kansas City to Austin. No one in your family has ever been there, but you have heard Austin is great and you’d like to check it out. You set off. You watch for signs along the way to make sure you are still on I-35. You watch the gas gauge and of course keep your eye on the road. The trip seems to be going well, the music on the radio is nice, the scenery is nice and this new direction feels really good. All of a sudden, you are overcome with a certainty that you forgot to lock your front door, or forgot your cell phone or any of thousands of things seem to go wrong. You think, “I really need to go to the bathroom, did I just pass the rest area? Do I have enough gas to get to Oklahoma City? Oh my heavens, Oklahoma City? I don’t want to be in Oklahoma City!”

You begin to wonder, do I really want to go to Austin? It’s hot there and I don’t know anyone and they have fire ants… You get completely swept off course by your programming that would keep you back in KC. “Now that I think of it, Kansas City isn’t so bad. I may not be happy here, but I know people and things are familiar.” So you turn around and go home. This happens because we don’t recognize the “bumps” in the road as our prior conditioning keeping us right where we are. It requires discipline to remain aware of our programming in order to replace it with new programming. Instead of being frustrated that you’ve only made it as far as Oklahoma, you can be excited that you are half way there. Revel in how far you have come. Remember, that success is a journey, not a destination; life is what happens along the way. Allow yourself to enjoy the ride. Dr. John Gray in his book Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus offers another perspective on the resistance that comes up when things are going well. He tells of being asked why, when things are going really well in our lives, we seem to fall apart reinforcing the belief that we are not good enough or don’t deserve good in our lives. What is actually happening, however, is that when we have come to a safe oasis, a quiet comfortable place where we feel secure, then and only then, can we allow the scary, ugly stuff to rise to the surface and be processed away. This doesn’t mean we are on the wrong path, it means we are on the right one. The phrase “seeds of change” is so very important to understand. Whenever you decide to move in a new direction, you first set an intention, make a decision, or “plant a seed”. You know that seeds take time to germinate and to grow. You don’t plant a seed one day and have a harvest of produce the next day. Be patient, the Universe is, at this very moment conspiring in your favor.

Joann Atchity RN BSN is the owner of Like a Day at the Beach which offers hands free, oil free Jade Thermal Massage. www.likeadayatthebeach.com

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As Without, So Within: Being the Change You Wish To Be

“These cycles or phases are calling upon us to let go of the old ways of being and doing. We are being called from the inside to express ourselves in new ways on the outside.”

ies. In the giving up of something, another something flourishes—it is all a part of the natural cycles of life. As humans, change occurs continually within us on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. It is constantly happening outside of us as well. We experience change within the relationships in our life, the families and communities we live in, the organizations we work with, the world in which we live, as well as within our beliefs and perceptions of life. In other words, nothing is static. Yet, we tend to have judgment, fear or difficulty with the natural cycles within our own lives. Many of us are currently experiencing intense changes in our daily lives. These changes may be experienced as a death process. However, we would do well to remember that such “deaths” as being laid off from a job or losing a home often By Carol Rydell and Rev. Dr. Gary Langston

In this splendor it was clear to each of us how everything within the jungle is constantly changing. There is always something growing while in

We have just returned from the Amazon rain

that same moment something else is dying. A tree

forest deep within Peru. Most of our time was

falls to the jungle floor and begins decaying

spent on 15,000 pristine acres of primary rain

thereby providing rich nutrients for another tree

forest recently acquired for preservation by The

or plant to grow even as it provides a home to

Heart of the Healer Foundation. It was truly an

forest creatures, fungus and millions of insects.

exquisite experience! The natural world, in all

An animal killed and eaten becomes the nourish-

of her glory, welcomed and embraced us. The

ment for others to thrive in a constant process of

river, ancient trees, monkeys, birds, plants, flow-

death giving birth to new life. In the jungle, there

ers, the moon and the sun all participated in our

is no judgment about these cycles as it is all a

time there.

natural part of the life, death and rebirth myster-

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create the seeding for something new—whether a new career, a change in that cycle of our life, a new beginning, or a new way of being that we would not have considered prior to the death of the previous cycle. Now is a time for personal and planetary renewal in all aspects of our daily lives. These cycles or phases are calling upon us to let go of the old ways of being and doing. We are being prodded through the collapse of outmoded systems such as the automotive industry, the banking industry, or even the world economy to culturally evolve. We are being called from the inside to express ourselves in new ways on the outside.


The Andean peoples of South America would describe the change and time that we are cur-

Feel the sun caressing you skin

tions in life.

Listen to the ancient wisdom of a rock

Love, Love, Love.. Change, Change, Change...

is literally defined as a “world turning” or the

Be amazed about life

As the Beatles said:“LOVE IS ALL YOU

turning over of time as we have known it to be.

Reduce/reuse/recycle

rently going though as a Pachakuti. A Pachakuti

This current cycle is intended as a time of great transformation, assisting us in creating a new

Breathe consciously

world era of harmony with one another and with

Join and participate with organizations who are

nature.

doing work in the world that your heart resonates

With these significant changes we are all ex-

with

periencing in our lives, people, now more than

Practice silence

ever before, are looking for ways to feel safe and

Smile

grounded, to feel connected and not alone and to find community.

NEED” And, as prophesized, WE WILL get through it TOGETHER!

Carol Rydell and Rev. Dr. Gary Langston are the co-creators of Buffalo Lodge and are both THOTH endorsed teachers of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition and have focused their love and

You get the point. Be creative and find the

attention on bringing community together. They

practices that work for you. Investigate, discern

are teaching the initial series in the PMT Cross-

Finding community, grounding yourself and

and study what nourishes you at all levels of con-

cultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Plane-

connecting doesn’t have to be complicated, al-

sciousness. Most importantly, let your heart be

tary Renewal beginning October 16-18, 2009.

though we human beings tend to make it unneces-

your guide. Be a friend, make a friend, daily. It

sarily so. In fact it is actually quite simple. Cross

You may contact Gary at revsaw@kc.rr.com or

really is that simple. Be of service. Volunteer

-cultural shamanic arts and indigenous wisdom

Carol at crydell@kc.rr.com; 816-942-5418. For

your time to an organization that speaks to your

teachings, regardless of what tradition they are

information about Buffalo Lodge visit

heart. One of the fastest and easiest ways to

from, are about getting back to nature. They are

www.buffalo-lodge.com

bring balance in your own life is by assisting oth-

about simplicity in all aspects of our daily lives.

ers. When we give, we receive.

They lead us to re-establishing our connection to the unseen world, nature and all of life. They are the path for reawakening our relationship with all of life, seen and unseen. These shamanic arts and wisdom teachings are about living from a loving, centered place within our own hearts. The practices from these teachings can be and are quite simple. They can assist us in managing the constant change that we live with while keeping our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in balance. They can assist us in creating a new world era, a time of new consciousness both within and without.

Long forgotten and ancient shamanic arts are being remembered and called forward. These ancient teachings are being remembered in new ways by a broader spectrum of people than ever before. People are setting aside modern methodologies and going back to their ancient roots. This does not mean that people are forsaking our everyday conveniences but rather that we are searching for new spiritual meaning in our lives. Many times, cross-cultural shamanic arts are the vessel that brings new spiritual meaning forward. Practicing these simple truths is a way to awaken our call for personal and planetary renewal. And,

Here are some simple tips to help us engage a

in the process, indigenous cultures are being pre-

new consciousness and nature’s abundance in

served and then taught as a way to help human-

our lives:

kind restore ourselves and the earth.

Sit silently in nature Tell someone that you love them Talk to plants

Shamanic arts such as the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition provide a solid foundation for transforming and rebuilding lives. These offer a way of releasing the past, for transforming the present

Listen to the songs of the wind

and helping create the future. Embracing such a

Start and work a community garden

tradition allows each of us to live the mystery

Spend time gazing at the moon and the stars

while fully serving the earth and all of our rela-

“Transitions can be smooth if we are willing to simplify life to the most basic of needs by delegating to others and letting go of activities that no longer serve us; by connecting with the divine through meditation, silence, and prayers of gratitude, and by eating a simple whole foods diet, spending time in nature, and immersing the body in water, which all bring connection with the earth and help to ground us.” —Delight Davis, bandwoman@aol.com “Whatever happened in the past you did your best, at the time and with the tools you had. Forgive yourself for believing that you "should" have done something differently. Now listen to both your head and your heart in making the most supportive decision in the future.” —David Couper, Career Coach

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Dying to Come Alive “ And I wondered, if this pulse is always moving through us, are we fostering it? Are we stifling it? Are we even aware of it?” By Pamela Hawkins When this phrase surfaced in my mind, I smiled at the sweet perfection of its layered meanings and how it seemed to be an accurate reflection of where I am, where the world is and maybe where you are, too? It's curious, this expression we have—when we say we're dying for something what we really mean is that we have a desire for it, like really want it! Then there's the adage "grow or die." And yet, when I think about the cycles of growth, it seems to me the first one is: dying, such as when a flower drops its leaves and petals, because all the energy is going into the new seed...or when we let go of something that is no longer in alignment with what we are bringing forth. So how do I reconcile these two ideas about dying for something? First, I try to recognize my own deep desire(s). In my process, there are times when I feel so overwhelmed or depressed, scared, anxious or angry, and I think I just want to check out. But when I follow this thread further, I find that underneath is a deeper desire not just to live, but to be really alive! So I look around my life and I acknowledge, sometimes with brutal honesty, the things that aren't really working, aren't healthy, aren't very supportive of what I truly want. I challenge myself to let go, to die to what isn't working—to lay myself bare and surrender to transformation. As I'm writing this article, a storm is brewing outside and I can't help but be out in it. The wind is picking up and the sky is becoming dark and dramatic. I find myself drawn to the beauty and excitement in the impending possibilities, the break from normalcy. It's a heightened sense of energy, like a quickening, a promise that things will never be the same. And, as much as there is a part of me that is terrified of change, another part of me is equally and secretly glad for it. I felt this same quickening as I lay September 2009

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next to my dying mother. Yes, most certainly, things would never be the same. In the midst of this shocking and horrifying experience, I was also feeling some kind of euphoric cosmic expansion, a change at the cellular level and I was having a mystical experience. In the midst of this death and dying, life was happening. Death and loss have been great teachers in my life and one of the things I've learned is that swirling around in the space of endings is also the energy of new beginnings. It's rich and powerful, but also paradoxical. When a painting is begun, it is the destruction of the blank canvas; when a baby is born, it is the end of a pregnancy; when a plant sprouts, it is the death of the seed. And when life brings me to this

whether the roses froze or felt the sting of being cut back, this pulse was still seeking a way to come to life through them. For days following his death, I continued to feel this pulse, like the heartbeat of the universe—silent, yet deafening. It didn't stop my tears or take away the tragedy, but it made itself known, suggesting to me that no death stops the divine impulse of life. And I wondered, if this pulse is always moving through us, are we fostering it? Are we stifling it? Are we even aware of it? For a while now I've been feeling that some things in my life are coming to an end, pondering what's next, feeling like "now is the time." But for what? I only know that the old is falling away, but the new isn't quite clear yet. I think we are all going through some version

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." —Howard Thurman space, either by my choice or an unexpected circumstance, if I can move through it with some measure of presence and awareness, it stretches me. It expands me beyond what I've known myself to be; it asks me to hold more, feel more, be more and pulls me beyond "either/or" and into "both/and." This is the energy of change, death, transition and transformation. When my nephew died, I was asked to say a few words at the memorial. The day before the service, feeling major apprehension about what I could possibly say, I noticed the rose bushes out in the yard. After blooming, they had died during a late freeze and been cut way back, a strange sight for the springtime. Upon closer inspection I noticed little sprouts already forming. I was struck by this life force; this pulsing that seemed to be moving through them and everything. No matter

of this, individually and collectively. And even though it's uncomfortable to be in a space of uncertainty, full of loss and turmoil, experiencing a full gamut of what this realm offers: fear, excitement, frustration, liberation, madness, anticipation, constriction, expansion, mystery, magic, all of the above and more—it all seems to be an integral part of the process of birthing something new. Recently I came across the Howard Thurman quote, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Yes, this is the world I want to co-create and live in, a soul-full one where each of us is alive to our own deepest desires and purpose and authentically expressing them—truly living from the inside out.

I can only do my small piece in the bigger picture, to follow my own internal compass. What I do know is that I no longer want to feel half-hearted about work or relationships. I no longer want to wake up to the stress of how to make ends meet or how to complete the never-ending "to do" list. And so I ask death to come at my own bidding. I want to die to that which no longer serves me. I want to die to the beliefs and patterns that keep me stuck in my insecurities and mediocrity—to die to the part of me that is afraid to really live. So yes, I could say my life is in chaos and shambles. I could say I'm letting go of things and places I've loved and adored to make space for something new and even unimagined. And I could say I'm cutting myself way back, like the rose bush, so I can feel the rush of life force pulsing through me even more deeply, seeking new ways to come into expression. I'm offering myself up for transformation and yes, I am dying to come alive. How about you? Pamela Hawkins is an artist, art medicine woman, teacher of process creativity and creator of The Lily Movement. She will be speaking on the subject of this article at the Authentic Women Luncheon Series at House of Menuha, Tuesday, September 22 (menuha.org). She can be reached through her site www.thelilymovement.com or 816-806-1843.

"To glide gracefully through life transitions, think, speak, and act from the place where grace resides, the heart." ~Patti Stark, yoga instructor and owner of Serenity On The Square, Liberty, MO


horoscopes

Spiritual Horoscope for September by Aluna Michaels, M.A.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Happy birthday Virgo! The Universe is pushing you, which is uncomfortable—but it’s the best birthday present you could have. Be willing to rid yourself of old habits, negative thought patterns and destructive relationships. If people or situations get torn away, view the loss as a positive change!! The freer you are, the happier you’ll be. Embracing change will open you to new career and relationship opportunities. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Pay attention to your dreams since your soul is giving you clues about what changes to make so you’ll feel more balanced emotionally and physically. Also, ask questions in your daily meditation and look for answers throughout the day. A deep karmic piece is shifting now that will help you be able to achieve an important goal. Map out plans this month and make your moves in October. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Let more people into your life and into your heart. Trust is an important theme for all Scorpios, and the astrological energies that are happening now are quite rare! Please use this time to meditate and examine why you hold people at a distance. Accept social invitations, even if you don’t feel interested. Be more present to your kids or pets. Get out of your emotional comfort zone! Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Use your meditation time to forgive people that seem to be in the way of achieving your goals. It’s important to stay emotionally balanced at work right now. Even if things are getting to you, take some deep breaths and meditate about your next steps. It’s best to

plan now and make changes in October. There might be shifts with superiors or policies that make situations easier for you. Hang in there and don’t make rash decisions or actions! Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Surround yourself with people who recognize your personal power. It’s not egotistical to be aware of your spiritual strengths! People who see your light often recognize their own and live in an authentic and ethical way. Meditate on your gifts and ask how you can best apply them. You might receive guidance to change jobs, move, or shift your relationships in some way. Don’t let fear stop you from living your truth! Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) If you’re having problems with trust, try meditating more. As you grow spiritually, your ego gets very challenged because your soul becomes more powerful. Aquarians fear the loss of individuality and uniqueness, and can pull back from blending with others. Extra meditation helps overcome your ego’s defensiveness. You’ll feel safer about bonding with others. Self-esteem increases as you see how valuable you are. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Open yourself to new possibilities! Don’t let the negative voices in your head limit you. Your soul is unlimited and is here to grow and evolve. Set boundaries with critical or negative people. You need to be surrounded by those who believe in their own evolution, as well as yours! Meditation gets you in touch with your power. Make a drastic or exciting change in your outer appearance to symbolize that the inner you is changing.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Please be very gentle with yourself! Unexpressed anger and frustration can build up in your subconscious, causing you to take aggression out on your body. Some signs might be eating or drinking too much; exercising too strenuously; working too late; denying yourself sleep. Be sure to meditate to be able to forgive and release stressful situations. For now, stick with gentle yoga, slow walking or deep breathing. Solutions to relationship and work problems will come when you give your body a break! Taurus (April 20 – May 20) People appreciate you so much more than you realize! It sounds silly, but make a list of friends and be grateful for their support and love. Make another list of your interests and hobbies. You are fascinating and cool! Also remember your soul is guiding you and never forgets about you! Changes with work are coming, as are ways to be freer from stress. Stay positive so you’ll clearly see the steps you need to take when they appear next month! Gemini (May 21 – June 20) If you’re unhappy at work, please don’t allow yourself to gossip at the office. Changes are happening and situations will be better soon. It’s best not to cause a new issue in the meantime! Instead, talk with a trusted friend who’s removed from those who trouble you. Meditate to stay emotionally and mentally centered. Exercise to release pent up aggression. Let your partner know about your frustrations so s/he doesn’t take your moodiness personally.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Ponder your ideas about God. Do you see God as critical parent? Do you see God as a distant figure that doesn’t have time for your needs? Meditation helps create a true bond with your soul and with the Divine. You’ll find relationships improve because you can feel truly present to others as you release your fear of judgment. Forgive negative experiences with parents that might keep you from seeking support from God and create isolation. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Don’t jump to conclusions this month. Mercury is retrograde, which means it’s easy to have misunderstandings that will cause unnecessary stress. Believe that those close to you are trustworthy. Treat yourself to a massage, bubble baths or a spa day. When you feel pampered you’re more grounded. Meditate and ask to see your problems from alternate viewpoints so you don’t get stuck in narrow thoughts that frustrate you. Options and solutions will come next month if you prepare an open mind now.

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 two decades. Aluna is available for appointments in her home or by phone. Call (248) 583-1663 or visit www.alunamichaels.com

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events September 2 WEDNESDAY NIGHT LINK UP AT WHITE DEER LODGE 7:00-10:00 PM Please join us for this free event. A time of prayer, meditation and healing in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradtion. All are welcome to join in this Peruvian Tradition, no prior experience is necessary. Come join in community gathering. For more information contact Daniel Baxley: rainbowspiritstar@yahoo.com. 816-769-7343 Directions at www.shamanicpathways.net September 3 FREE INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HEALING Core Star Energy Healing School presents a 2 hour introduction for people who want to explore their abilities and expand their knowledge and practical capabilities for working with healing energy. Core Star Energy Healing School, 6045 Martway, Suite 104 Mission, KS 66202 Cost is Free To enroll call 913-831-4422 or online www.corestarenergyhealing.com September 5-7 LIGHT PEOPLE’S CAMP 1 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday At Subterra, in Keene, Kansas Dances of Universal Peace and Middle Eastern Goddess Dances All are welcome. $175 (785)542-1300 or miraclesongster@yahoo.com September 5-Oct. 18 KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Open Weekends, Labor Day & Columbus Day 10am-7pm—Rain or Shine 913-721-2110 www.kcrenfest.com September 7-18 YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 200 HOURS M-F, 8-5 p.m. Comprehensive program in the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of yoga and meditation. By donation | monthly payments | military grants www.kcfitnesslink.com/yogaed or call 816.256.4443 September 8 TUNING IN Tuning In is a 12 week metaphysical course that will teach you how to tune in to your spirit for guidance and inner direction. If you are interested in stress management, improving relationships, accelerating in spiritual growth and connecting with your spiritual support system that is always around you, then join us! Starting Tuesday, September 8th and will be every Tuesday at 6:15pm for 12 weeks. Contact Kelly D. Murphy at 913634-7553 or go to www.meetup.com/ Tuning-In and sign up! September 2009

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September 9 INGRID BUSCH, CREATOR OF GRACENOTES Authentic Women Conversation Series Ingrid was increasingly troubled by technology's role in distancing us from authentic relationships. Voicemail, email, texting and tweeting were poor substitutes for "showing up" with a hand, a shoulder or an understanding tear. After losing her job in the fall of 2008 she found her purpose, her "mighty cause" by lacing technology with care and compassion. GraceNotes powerfully connect us to our family and friends experiencing major challenges, those difficult times in life, when you want to be a thoughtful, embracing presence. Sample cards will be available. 11:30pm-1:00pm House of Menuha.. $20 Lunch provided. RSVP: (816)444-2434 or www.menuha.org Sept 10 & 24 WHAT AM I DOING FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE? At each stage of our lives, we have the challenge and opportunity to create our lives anew. Each stage can be an opportunity to build on the past and move into a rich time of deep soul-level fulfillment. Explore what you find meaningful and how to become a soul-led person. 6:308:30 pm. House of Menuha. 801 E. 77th St, KCMO. Marlene Wine Chase, Facilitator. Suggested Offering $15-$25 each session. RSVP: (816)444-2434 or www.menuha.org September 11 GROUP CHANNELING Black Hawk (my Spirit Guide) provides answers, insight, awareness, laughter. 7 p.m. Sug. Donation: $33 Overland Park Call Maitreya at 917-575-9785 Maitreya912@gmail.com SEPTEMBER 12 SEICHIM REIKI MASTER TRAINER MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS At Sastun Center in Overland Park and September 14th at Saint Lukes Northland. Please call or email to reserve a space: 913-789-9696 or lisa@mindfulnessmatterskc.com September 12 WOMEN’S CIRCLE Connect with the power of nature’s elements and manifest your intentions. Red Moon Lodge and Gardens of Delight, Parkville. 6-9 p.m. Love offering. Contact: Diane Davis Reed at 816-741-0820 or pathfinder@kc.rr.com, or Lynn Johnson at gardensofdelight@att.net. SEPTEMBER 13 CHAKRA BALANCING 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM What is a Chakra? Why are they important? How to keep them balanced. Register at www.myeverydayyoga.com or call (816)-809-9574

September 17-20 GAEA GODDESS GATHERING is a Festival for All Women www.gaeagoddessgathering.org for more information.

Rhythms of Your Life. 7:00PM to 9:30PM. $15. 1539 MapleWoods Drive, Liberty, MO. 64068 RSVP swoxland@atthehealingplace.com 816-415-2607

September 18 SPIRIT CONNECTIONS The Psychic Studies Institute will sponsor a demonstration of spirit connections. Starting at 7:30pm, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, I will be making spirit connections for members of the audience. Come with an open heart and prepare to be touched by the love and wisdom of the Other Side. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for PSI members. Please visit the PSI website at PsychicStudiesInstitute.org for further information, please call or email today to set up a time at 913 451-4567 or Steffany@angelsinsight.com

September 22 CORE STAR ENERGY HEALING CLINIC 7:15 pm. $20. Experience the benefits of healing through the human energy field. Healings by students under faculty supervision. 6045 Martway Suite 104 Mission KS. Reservations: 913-8314422. www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com September 22 AUTUMN EQUINOX MEDITATION Let’s Invoke and Create the Season of Transformation coming before us. 7 p.m. Donation Overland Park Call Maitreya at 917-575-9785 Maitreya912@gmail.com

September 19 MOVEMENT TO THE RHYTHMS OF YOUR LIFE At the Healing Place, in conjunction with Black Belt Nia instructor Sharon Bowman, presents a night of Movement to the

ONGOING 12 STEP SHAMANIC RECOVERY & DISCOVERY MEETINGS "Grounded in the traditions and principles of all 12-Step Fellowships, our intention is to create a bridge that incorporates the roots of the 12-Step philosophy and expands to embrace shamanic consciousness." Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts, Sylva, NC. 1st & 3rd Mondays of every month, 6:30 pm; All meetings are OPEN. nonsmoking. Contact: Jeri@jcambird@gmail.com or 913-908-7248 LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB Every Friday 6:00-6:45 p.m. Fun exercise that combines playful movements with laughter and yogic breathing for powerful changes in our body, mind and emotions. Love offering. Plaza Wellspring, 4901 Main, KC, MO. www.plazawellspring.com REIKI CLASSES Bring a friend or friends to a reiki class and receive a $50.00 discount for each friend. With a non-refundable deposit we can schedule classes up to 3 weeks from when you call 913 961-8583 or www.wolfordclinic.com MOVIE SCREENINGS, WORKSHOPS, CLASSES Every Sunday 5:30 p.m. Experience community, clarity, enlightenment and inspiration. Admission is free, gratuity appreciated. Check www.likeadayatthebeach.com for the schedule. Like a Day at the Beach, 11032 Quivira (NW corner of College & Quivira). 913.327.3938. LIVE AND WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION EDUCATION CLASSES WITH DR. KAT Basic education in live and whole food preparation classes will be held two Wednesdays a month beginning Wednesday, August 26th. Classes will be from 6-8:30 p.m. and cost $30 per person and $50 per couple (meal included). Learn how to gently incorporate healthier food choices into your diet in a casual, relaxed and fun environment. Classes will be held at 1719 Westport Road, KC, MO 64111. Reservations ARE required. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Dr. Kat Bowie at 816-812-2364 or drkat@kc.rr.com (www.drkatbowie.com). BASICS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION On the third Wednesday of every month at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Classroom C. 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by Dharma talk. All levels of experience are welcome. Next session is Wednesday, September 16th 7-9 p.m. Contact Lisa at Lisa@mindfulnessmatterskc.com for more info.


September 23 AUTUMAL EQUINOX FIRE CEREMONY AND DRUMMING 7:00-10:00 PM Please join us for this Free Community Event to Celebrate the Fall Equinox. We will celebrate this special time of harvest and Thanksgiving in our lives with a Fire Ceremony and Drumming. Please bring sacred sound makers. For more information contact Daniel Baxley: rainbowspiritstar@yahoo.com 816769-7343. For Directions: www.shamanicpathways.net Shamanic Pathways at White Deer Lodge. Daniel Baxley, THOTH Endorsed Teacher of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, Offering: Shamanic Healing and Teaching's, Sacred Stone Massage, Reiki, Craniosacral, Attunement, Vision Quest, Sweatlodge, Workshops and more. September 24th "WHO YOU GONNA CALL? ARCHANGELS!" is a one night event designed to help you understand the unique energy of the major archangels, and strengthen your ability to connect with each of these archetypes. This class will be held at Unity Church of Overland Park on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm. Each angel has a unique gift to offer, so come prepared to discover more about these powerful beings of love. This class is held on a love offering basis. Call or email to set up a time: 913 451-4567 or Steffany@angelsinsight.com Sept. 25 & 27 ADVANCED PSYCHIC WORKSHOP: COMPASSION & LOVE Together we will open our psychic reception centers, clearing old blocks. Energizing new, light channels. The focus will be on supporting one another with light. Immense possibilities, here. Depends on how deep the group wants to go… You will leave feeling energized, I promise! More class dates available, small groups of 4-8 people. Janet McLaren, Psychic, 816-437-5353; 831-254-2151 September 26 PAIN AWARENESS HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO It will feature: Speakers, Health Screenings, Demonstrations, Health Services, Resources, Hourly Drawings. See ad on inside front cover of this issue for more information. SEPTEMBER 26 OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. 9229 Ward Parkway, Suite 107. Kansas City, MO 64114 The Chinese Medicine Clinic is opening its doors to the general public. The open house will give anyone interested in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, and Naturopathy the opportunity to tour our expanded office, meet the licensed acupuncturists, chiropractor, massage therapists, and

staff, and learn more about our integrative services. There will be door prizes, specials, free consults, free samples, food, beverages and chair massages (provided by MTTI students). September 28 INTERPLAY – AWAKENING THE DREAMER Experience the magic of movement, dance, story and creative genius with Masankho Banda, African Healer from CA. Dream Studio, 711 E. 31st St. KCMO, 6:30 p.m. Love offering. Info: Devi @ 816-5692000 September 30 SPIRIT SONG Sing to nurture the soul and soothe the spirit. Listen to healing music. Sing and chant songs from many different sources. $10-$20/person. 6:30-8:00pm. Led by Leslie Lewandowski. House of Menuha. 801 E. 77th St, KCMO. RSVP: (816)444-2434 or www.menuha.org

October 8 ANGELS AMONG US 7pm at Unity Church of Overland Park. In a gallery style event, Steffany Barton will share some of her most inspiring spirit connections, then convey messages from the other side to numerous audience members. This event is on a love offering basis and is open to all. October 8 - 10 INTENTIONAL TRANSFORMATION with biofeedback pioneer Patricia Norris, PhD. Residential for Holos University, Unity Village. $225.00. Reservations, call Marilyn at 888-272-6109. www.HolosUniversity.com October 8 - 10 INNER COUNSELOR with transpersonal psychologist, Ann Nunley, PhD. Residential for Holos University. Unity Village. $225.00. Reservations, call Marilyn at 888-272-6109. www.InnerCounselor.com

October 3 DRUM MAKING WORKSHOP At the Healing Place, in conjunction with Shaman, JeanneMarie Troge, presents a Drum Making Workshop. Make a 15-inch Elk hide drum and beater and journey to meet the spirit of your drum. 10AM to 4:00PM. $180 Registration with $80 deposit due on September 3rd . 1539 MapleWoods Drive, Liberty, MO. 64068 .RSVP swoxland@atthehealingplace.com 816 -415-2607

October 10 & 11 From Reiki With Love A small group of us (4-8) people will open up our Reiki Channels and work Reiki on each other. First we will meditate. Next, we will tune into our group Kharma. The focus will be on balancing each others’ energy through the Godhead and the Heart. (More class dates available. Small groups of 4-8 people). Janet McLaren, Psychic, 816-437-5353; 831-254-2151

October 3-24 INTERPLAY – UNLEASHING CREATIVITY THROUGH MOVEMENT, STORYTELLING, IMPROV AND PLAY Presented by Devi Wetterer. Please enroll with Communiversity at 816.235.1448. Fee $33.

October 16 LISTENING TO THE RHINO: WHERE PSYCHE AND BODY MEET Presented by Janet Dallett. Lecture: Friday, Oct 16, 2009, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Price: $20 / $15 Members & students Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence; 1263 N.1100 Rd, Lawrence KS 66047

October 4 – November 4 THE ART & PRACTICE OF LIVING WITH NOTHING AND NO ONE AGAINST YOU A 5-session series at Unity Village, presented by Gary Simmons, Ph.D., and Rima E. Bonario. $20 suggested love offering per class. www.TheQEffect.com October 5 - 7 EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY with Patricia Bechdolt, ThD. for Holos University. Unity Village. $225.00. Reservations, call Marilyn at 888-2726109. www.HolosUniversity.com October 5—9 EMOTIONS AND INTUITION with renowned intuitive Barbara Rasor. for Holos University. 5 - 9, Unity Village. $375.00. Limited reservations, call Marilyn at 888-272-6109. www.HolosUniversity.com

October 16-18 INTRODUCTORY WEEKEND PERUVIAN SHAMANISM/HEALING The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: CrossCultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Renewal. Weekend 1 – The Call to Heal. Join THOTH endorsed teachers Carol Rydell and Rev. Dr. Gary Langston in this initial apprenticeship weekend where you will learn about the mesa, be introduced to the nature of initiation, the “calling” and transformation, and experience cultivating a relationship with unseen levels of guidance. Participate in a clearing/healing ritual in order to create a more soul-infused and healthy life. No previous experience necessary. Cost $250 per weekend. Carol Rydell crydell@ kc.rr.com 816-942-5418 Gary Langston revsaw@kc.rr.com. 816-7283963 www.buffalo-lodge.com

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October 17 AN AMERICAN ARCHETYPE: THE EXPLOSION AS ICON OF THE DRIVE FOR INDEPENDENCE Presented by Janet Dallett Workshop: Saturday, Oct 17, 2009 10:00am 4:00pm Price: $65 / $50 Members & students Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence 1263 N.1100 Rd, Lawrence KS 66047 Stories, myths, and case material amplify the numinous image of the explosion. October 17 KACICO DANCE AT THE FOLLY THEATER 8:00pm Featuring the world premier of a new contemporary dance ballet set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings performed live by the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Tickets $22/$15 816-5784721 artdir@kacicodance.org www.kacicodance.org October 17 GROUP CHANNELING Black Hawk (my Spirit Guide) provides answers, insight, awareness, laughter. 7 p.m. Sug. Donation: $33 Overland Park Call Maitreya at 917-575-9785 Maitreya912@gmail.com October 18 Can the Writer Change Her Spots? Reading and Booksigning: Sunday, Oct 18, 2009, 2:00pm - 4:00pm Price: No charge 719 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044 Inside Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse Along with reading from her latest book, Listening to the Rhino: Violence and Healing in a Scientific Age, Dallett talks about factors that have influenced her writing, casts light on the psychology of creative people and discusses ethical dilemmas she encounters in her work. October 22-25th Activate Your Genius Discover what you want. Transform selflimiting behaviors and beliefs. Improve significant relationships. Express yourself more effectively. Lidia Young, LSCSW, Executive Coach, Life Coach www.ActivateYourGenius.com; 913-681-6068 October 29 GHOST BUSTING & EXORCISM Presented by Rabbi Barry Albin. 7:30 p.m. Unity Temple. $5 members, $10 public. www.psychicstudiesinstitute.org November 5-8 InterPlay Utensive Retreat Facilitated by InterPlay Leader Masankho Banda. Spirit Path at Unity Village. www.interplay.org/retreats. Info: Devi Wetterer @ 816-569-2000.

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