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IN THIS ISSUE- FALL 2008:
Cover Art - Mystikka The Light Within - Corbin Hollis Choate..................................................... 3-5 Cosmic Art - Jan Landers.............................................................................. 8-9 Nature Spirits – Aloramys............................................................................. 10 - 11 Crucifixion Of Nature - Vanesa Martinelli.................................................... 19 Interactive Art Sets - Scott Ashe .................................................................. 21 Collage Art – Peter Lewis ............................................................................ 26 - 27 Cartoons By Cartwright – Steve Cartwright ................................................ 22 Jewelry - Pamela Kritner .............................................................................. 27 - 28
A Conversation with Jinxi Boo - Mystikka .................................................. 30 - 35
Miss Harmonica Sunbeam’s Chicken Run ..................................................
Personal / Spiritual Development
Awakening from Suffering - Dr. Jeanine ....................................................... 6 - 7 The Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Process (Part 2) - Linda Star Wolf .............. 12 - 13 Huna Prosperity: Flexibility with Thoughts - Dr. Matthew B. James ............ 14 - 15 How to Stop Absorbing the Energy of Others – Judith Orloff MD ................ 23 - 25
36 - 38
Poetry Poems and Photos from Days and Nights in Summerville – G.L. Giles ........ 16 - 18 Poetry and Art - J. Slattum .............................................................................. 20
News and Notes – Mystikka ............................................................................. 39 -41
Awakening from Suffering By Dr. Jeanine
The Three Refuges: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha by: Lauren Brownell
I’ve heard it said that while not everyone is a Buddhist, everyone is a Buddha awaiting awakening. When we embrace our Buddha nature we are free of the imagined self. The imagined self is the self that we think we are. However, the Buddha nature is not male or female, rich or poor, suffering or happy. Our Buddha nature is free of contradiction. As human beings who seek to awaken our Buddha nature, we learn to be in the world but not of the world. I believe it is true that most of us are running around with our own stories and dramas and largely caught up in our particular brand of suffering. To awaken is to transcend the attachment to our suffering and to liberate ourselves. While most of us understand and maybe even embrace this perspective, it can often feel like a challenging reality to actualize. A few evenings ago I found myself telling my boys a bedtime story about Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha was a wealthy prince who was sheltered by his father the king from seeing any kind of suffering. He was kept away from sickness, poverty, death, and old age. It wasn’t until Siddhartha was a young man that he finally saw life as it really was behind the palace walls. “Can you imagine what an unhappy surprise that would have been?” I asked my little boys.
After this terrible shock, Siddhartha set out to overcome suffering for all, but he wasn’t at all sure how to go about it. After living a life of indulgence and privilege he thought maybe a life of deprivation, the life of an ascetic, was the answer. But that didn’t seem to work either; that path left him hungry and weak. Siddhartha then thought maybe the middle way might be the way.
Siddhartha then sat under the Bodhi Tree for 49 days and finally reached enlightenment. In other words, he woke up to the truth. He recognized that through understanding and moving beyond ignorance we might all be free. The understanding he arrived at is called The Four Noble Truths*. Basically, it has to do with not getting so attached to ideas and the ways things should be and trusting. “Is this why we shouldn’t disturb you so much when you are meditating mommy?” my boys asked. “Yes” I said. “Mommy is trying to wake up, too.” *(Wikipedia) The Four Noble Truths: 1) The Truth of Suffering relates to the failure to recognize the eternity of the Buddha; 2) The Truth of the Cause of Suffering concerns the perversion and distortion of the True Dharma (i.e. wrongly insisting that the Buddha and Dharma are impermanent); 3) The Truth of the Cessation of Suffering relates to the correct meditative cultivation of the tathagatagarbha (indwelling Buddha Nature in all beings) and not erroneously viewing it as non-Self and empty; cessation of suffering also arises with the elimination of inner defilements, when one can then enter into the Buddhic Essence within oneself: "When the afflictions have been eradicated, then one will perceive entry into the tath_gata-garbha"; 4) The Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering entails envisioning the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as eternal, unshakable and indestructible. (Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra, tr. by Kosho Yamamoto, ed. by Dr. Tony Page, Nirvana Publications, London, 1999-2000)
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Cosmic Art - Jan Landers
Dragonflies for Josie
I love life. I love the earth. I love color and I see art everywhere. I am blessed to live in the beautiful Colorado Rockies where Mother Nature inspires me daily. My art expresses my spirit and is meant to uplift and inspire you. Jan Landers http://turtledove.redbubble.com http://turtledovecreations.com
Nature Spirits by: Aloramyst
“Witch, Witch, she’s a Witch,” they shout with their pointing fingers. I think just about every practicing witch chuckles when hearing this chant. As shudders run down their spine and visions pass through the mind of the burning times returning. The modern woman has much to explain in taking the title of “Witch.” Strangers looking at her with curiosity and at the pentacle she wears. For some its fear that strikes their hearts, as they have visions of the movie versions of the craft and other dark images.
Thunder Bay artist “Aloramyst” defines herself as a witch, who designs her artwork with a pagan theme. She calls these works of art, “Soul Expressions.” Her artwork and designs come from a various mixture of mediums. She uses digital photography as well as sketches, some painting and digital enhancements through various software programs. This provides her artwork with various textures and themes that have a painter like quality to them. You will also find expressions and designs of various animals that are fiery in nature, and the pentacle, which can be found on some of her artwork expressing her spiritual path, “witchcraft.”
Aloramyst is a creative artist, with her newest collection called “Nature Spirits” that are just beginning to enchant the world. Within each of the four elements are nature spirits that are the spiritual essence of that element. They are made up of etheric substance that is unique and specific to their particular element. They are living entities oftentimes resembling humans in shape but inhabiting a world of their own. They have the power to change their size and appearance almost at will. They cannot, however, change elements. Aloramyst has managed to capture that essence and is sharing it. Be sure to check out her website for a gallery of artwork and much more. Will you be “Bewitched” by her creative art?
THE AQUARIAN SHAMAN Shamanism for a New Age
The Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Process Part 2 (Continued from the Summer 2008 issue of MetaCreative Magazine) by Linda Star Wolf The Creator gave us this precious life to explore what it means to be a real human being while manifesting our sacred purpose on earth - remembering we come from the cosmos and are visitors on this planet for only a little while. I believe that the main purpose for being on this planet is to learn and cultivate within ourselves, and support within others, the soul qualities learned from life’s lessons. These are the lessons of love, forgiveness, healing, compassion and embodying divinity while manifesting the idea of conscious co-creation. There are models for shamanic awareness in the myths, legends and religions of the cultures of the world - Innana, Quan Yin, Shakti/Shiva, White Buffalo Calf Woman, Merlin, Queatzcoatal, Green Tara, Isis, Osiris, Demeter, Pluto, Persephone, to name just a few. This awareness is found also in the many human spiritual leaders who have graced our presence such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Chief Seattle, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. These spiritual and shamanic leaders still inspire us today. I honor the traditional way and all these practices have to teach us, while recognizing that we all have a “Shaman Within.” We all have a wise inner self that is directly connected to our own Higher Power, spiritual guides and allies. By studying the traditions of old and opening to the cosmic vibrations of future wisdom we can arrive more fully integrated into the present timeless moment of the external now. To embody shamanic consciousness in our everyday living is the goal of all shamans - to appreciate and learn from the elders, the children, from animals and all of nature. We look to the heavens and great star nations, and we also look deeply into our own soul’s wisdom to access all we have learned from our journey through time and space. We are the star children learning how to live on earth. The longing many of us have felt for the mother ship to come and take us home is really an ancient memory of our lineage and ancestry. It is similar to longing for our lost childhood, or for those we love who have passed over. It is not really about going “back home” but rather about “growing up.” Growing up is about standing tall - standing in truth with love. Truth equals love - and the opposite of truth is lies which equals evil or hate. You cannot have authentic grounded mature love without truth, for without truth there is no trust, and without trust we cannot surrender into the arms of love. To stand in truth is the first step toward becoming trustworthy and becoming an agent for higher love and wisdom on this planet.
Walking in shamanic awareness is not about knowing the “correct” order for calling in the directions, or the “exact” number of stone people to be placed in the medicine wheel, or the “right” way to behave in a purification or sweat lodge - it is about learning how to heal oneself by knowing oneself - the light, the dark, no difference - and through this awareness awakening the Inner Shaman. The Inner Shaman is more interested in evolving spiritual traditions forward and away from dogma, respectfully honoring what has been and standing on these teachings as foundations, yet continuing to dream the dream forward in an upward spiral of spiritual wisdom. The modern day shaman blends mysticism and magic with compassion. This is the Aquarian age - it is time to revolutionize and shape shift reality into higher consciousness. We are all unique and individual sparks of the Creator moving within a spiraling network of kindred spirits and sister/fellow Aquarian Sha-
mans. We do not need to follow the letter of the so-called law, but rather to follow the spirit of the law. We can certainly learn from our elders, from history and from tradition and the ancestors. The ancestors teach and support us and they deserve to be honored with respect. Their teachings are not meant to trap, suppress or hinder the spiral of conscious spiritual evolution. I believe the rigid adherence to what has been is based on fear, not love and not truth. It originates from a time when there was a risk that the teachings would die and the world would be adrift without spiritual guidelines and support. The time has come to embrace the new, to stop looking outside of ourselves for what can only come from within. We are not suggesting that there is not a need for teachers or healers - this is a both/and and not an either/or. However, the time has come for each of us to step fully into our direct connection to the One Source of all creation, and acknowledge our true heritage. We too are divine and are the adult children of Great Mystery. When we know this truth deep within our hearts, no matter where we find ourselves in this vast universe, then we will know we are truly home.
Linda Star Wolf holds a Doctorate of Ministry from University of Integrative Learning, a BA with honors in Human Services from St. Leo College, and is a nationally certified Addictions Counselor. As a Shamanic Pastoral Counselor, spiritual midwife and guide for souls in the transformational process, Star Wolf has facilitated groups and worked with individuals from every walk of life. For more than 30 years she has served as a guide to individuals moving through the full spectrum of spiritual initiations, including addiction, mental illness, shamanic life changes and spiritual transformation.
For a complete bio and more information about Linda Star Wolfâ€™s work, please visit: http://www.shamanicbreathwork.org/ http://www.myspace.com/venusrisinginstitute *note â€“ part 1 of The Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Process by Linda Star Wolf can be found in the Summer 2008 issue of MetaCreative Magazine http://metacreativemagazine.com/
Huna Prosperity: Flexibility with Thoughts By Dr. Matthew B. James
The news reports say we are in a recession. Some experts say it is not true, based on textbook definitions of a recession. Some people say to invest now; others say hold on to everything you have. One report shows the housing market in a slump; another says it is all based on negative views of the media. Who are we to believe or listen to at this point? My Kumu (teacher) of Huna would say, “enough already with the negative speculation, let’s take some action.” Huna is a modern label for an older system of empowerment and flexibility for the mind/body/spirit, and growing up with my lineage of Huna, I was taught that, while there is a real world, there is also our perception of the real world. What does this mean? First, thinking that everything outside you is a projection of the thoughts and emotions inside is a powerful tool in gaining control over your reality. I have taught thousands this very concept, and some of my students have gone on to teach the masses these same thoughts. Unfortunately, it is still not fully understood, and it needs to be to harness the mana (energy or power) we each posses. Let’s look at this concept of the current economic times and compare it to perceptions. Are gas prices high? Is the stock market up and down like a roller coaster? Are people unsure what to do? The answer to all could be yes. And this is where it gets interesting. Gas prices are high, and the stock market is up and down. This is a description of reality and not up for discussion in the realm of projections. In other words, it is something that we all need to deal with and discover what we each need to do. However, the third question above (are people unsure what to do?) has to do with perceptions and projections. This is where the power of this concept comes from - in the reaction you have to your environment. This area, how you feel or think about what is occurring, will have a direct relationship to your results. Please allow me to simplify the idea that perception is projection first. We have all woken up in a bad mood (e.g. angry), and on those days, do things look and sound different than the days when we wake up in a good mood (e.g. happy)? The answer for most people I meet is yes! So if you are afraid to do something, do your chances of achieving a result increase or decrease? They decrease because fear is a negative emotion that can prevent us from taking action, and this is especially problematic when it is in an area we want to improve. Seven years ago, my fiancé (now wife and mother of my beautiful daughter) and I had no money in our savings, no money in our checking, well over the average in credit card debt, and a desire to achieve the level of prosperity that I teach people. We borrowed money against the only thing we had (a 401k) and put a 10% down payment on a house against almost everyone’s advice. People said the economy is bad; the housing market is going to crash; save your money; don’t spend it, and many other things that sound a lot like what is going on now. I simply responded with a long term goal of financial stability. And after doing all the research and crunching the numbers, I found a house that was perfect for us.
Even the real estate agent said don’t do it; the house is too much; it will come down, and we should wait. Well, my gut said go, and I did. Now the house just sold for almost 3 times what we paid for it, and along the way, we have reinvested our money and now own a bunch of houses and have financial freedom. There will always be people that view the world as going in the “wrong” direction, and what I have seen is that most successful and prosperous individuals have made money no matter what is going on around them. I have been very fortunate, through my investments, to meet people who have control over more money than I could describe, and each have a few qualities that I believe are universal for successful people. First, successful people research the facts about a context. They learn everything they can and discover what a great decision looks, sounds, and feels like. Next, they take that information and look at the current market and make sure that the information is appropriate for what is occurring. Finally, they take action based on their instincts and gut reactions because they have already done the thinking. In Huna, I was taught that in ancient times the person that could trust the gut was considered to be more intelligent than the person who could reason things out. How does that apply to now? Well, it is very simple. Take relationships, for example. When you first get together with someone, you learn everything you can about them. What types of food do they like; where do they like to go, and what do they like to do. Then, at some point we begin to trust our gut and make decisions based on what we already know. My wife likes certain things, and she does not like other things. If I am at the store and I see a wonderful gift that I could get for her, I don’t question what she likes. I see it and know she will like it, and I get it for her. Well, people who are financially successful take a similar approach to financial decisions. I have read books that say successful people make decisions fast and are slow to change them (unsuccessful people do the opposite; they make decisions very slow and are very quick to change them). To clarify, once a successful person has gathered all the information they need (for example about the real estate market), they make decisions very fast because they trust the instincts they have based on the information they have already researched. I am a firm believer in making Huna SMART™ decisions (an approach to decision making that I teach), and I also believe that once all the information has been gathered, it is time to take action and trust the gut with the path to achieving our goals. Realize that we all create our reality based on our reactions to the environment. If the economy looks scary, it will be more frightening. I agree that just changing a view does not change the economy. However, if you know what to do, you can be successful in any economic time. And, some of the most successful people made a lot of money during “bad” times, so if it is possible for them, it must be possible for anyone.
About the Author: Matthew B. James, MA, DCH, international trainer, lecturer, and educator, is President of American Pacific University and the Empowerment Partnership. His work is dedicated to creating personal transformation by teaching the ancient science of consciousness and energy healing, Huna, with cutting edge therapeutic techniques. To reach Dr. James, please e-mail him at info@Huna.com.
Poems and Photos from
Days and Nights in Summerville A book by G.L. Giles
A Single Couple Bending shadows On a wall Engaged in combatLove. They almost look Like they’re having fun When really feeling none. Fine gossamer curtains Fill like dragons’ wings With the stagnant air From Plato’s Cave blowing~~~ The Mother’s Regions Lovely Gaia cried today As her kneecaps buckled in pain. The rest of her Massive Body placed all the blame On the Bent Cartilage of the fair Dame. So, her Southern Grids folded in shame, Their Latitudes & Longitudes must be unworthy, lame Compared to the Mother’s Other Geographical Locations with different locutions. However, could it be that Terra Mater, Gaea, Disowned a part of Herself, part of her Nation? No way...Gaia laughed, as she treated her injured Knees With care, cotton-bandaged, she slowly stood saying, “WE Are all ONE Transformation’s begun... Let all areas of Me Come together and see
How love and true acceptance Allow Green Ways and Perspectives~~~
Together most times in their life Looking good from the outside While only numbness in.
G.L. Giles has written four books to date: The Vampire Vignettes (2004), V2:B4 (The Vampire Vignettes Prequel) (2005), V3: The Vampire Vignettes ReVamped (2007) and Days and Nights in Summerville (2008). She has a column called “The G.L. Giles Files” at Psychic Times where she reviews mostly new releases, and she’s also an interviewer and regular contributor to MetaCreative Magazine and the Pagan Space newsletter. Giles is currently hard at work her new book, The Vampyre Vignettes .
Upcoming Book Signings with G.L. Giles: 1) Waldenbooks, 120 Market St., Charleston, S.C., 843853-1736, from 6-9 PM on Friday, October 3, 2008 2) Waldenbooks, Columbiana Mall, 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia, S.C., from 1-4 PM on Saturday, October 4, 2008 (with author Laura Stamps_) 3) Barnes & Noble, Northwoods Marketplace, 7620 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, S.C., 843-572-2322, from 1-4 PM on Saturday, October 18, 2008 4) Barnes & Noble, Northwoods Marketplace, 7620 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, S.C., 843-572-2322, from 1-4 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2008 5) Waldenbooks, Columbiana Mall, 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia, S.C., from 5-9 PM on Friday, November 7, 2008 6) Waldenbooks, Broad & Bultman Streets, Sumter, S.C., from 1-4 PM on Saturday, November 8, 2008 7) Waldenbooks, Columbia Place Mall, 324 Columbia Mall Drive, Columbia, South Carolina, 803-788-6963, from 5-9 PM on Friday, November 21, 2008 8) Waldenbooks, 14045 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia, 912-927-1408, from 1-5 PM on Saturday, November 22, 2008 9) Waldenbooks, 5901 University Mall, Huntsville, AL, 256-830-0168, from 2-6 PM on Saturday, November 29, 200810) Waldenbooks, 900 Commons Drive, Dothan, Alabama, 334-792-4554, from 1-4 PM on Sunday, November 30, 2008 11) Waldenbooks, Columbia Place Mall, 324 Columbia Mall Drive, Columbia, S.C., 803-788-6963, from 5-9 PM on Friday, December 5, 2008 12) Waldenbooks, from 1-4 PM on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Broad & Bultman in Sumter, SC
Visit GL Giles on the web: http://www.paganspace.net/profile/GLGiles http://www.myspace.com/thevampirevignettes3
-STATEMENTMy art is born from silence. Itâ€™s an intimate and timeless dialogue with myself, taking the observers through a journey of self-reflection, revealing the unknowns hiding inside every one of us toward the light.
-BIOVanesa Martinelli was born in Argentina. She studied in different studios since she was 4 years old. She got a Fine Art degree from the Cordoba Fine Art University. She traveled to Europe and studied the Masters at El Prado Museum in Madrid while she was exhibiting in Barcelona. This versatile artist works with several techniques such as oil, mixed media, drawing, silk and ceramic. Also designs sets for theater plays and paints murals. She teaches art at the Molaa, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach California. She's participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Europe and United States. VANESA MARTINELLI www.vanesamartinelli.com
Poetry and Art by J. Slattum Within Your Mind LET THE WORLD MORPH WITHIN YOUR MIND Melt into one another and one to the other Frozen whole and shattered, Sewn into the soil, Earthborn, grows a ladder. LET THE WORLD EVOLVE WITHIN YOUR MIND Steps high, through a hole in the sky Enter this world- what do you see? Perhaps another Life, a Plane, Or a time in a History? LET THE WORLD RUN WITHIN YOUR MIND Man without care returns the stare, Looking back at you, as you ponder, As you morph, evolve, run... As you wander.
Visions Of Visions Not places but versions of our world, twisting and turning, flying and learning... These snippets, all in your mind, doorways and portals to another find... A lucid validity in another land, tiny life on a grain of sand, Sliding through fingers of a clocks hand. Decisions and Decisions. Visions of Visions... ...This is what I see.
-J. Slattum www.jslattum.com
Interactive Art Sets - Scott Ashe quartz rocks, but locates other exquisite rocks from remote areas all over the world like the Australian Rainforest and Brazil, as well as from here in the United States from states like Wyoming and Arizona.
Scott Ashe moved from his hometown of Buffalo, New York to Laguna Beach, California in 2006. On a construction site in Laguna where Scott was doing custom concrete work is where he first saw sparkling quartz. It was lodged in the hillside that was being torn away for the construction. He couldn't leave the quartz rocks there to be thrown away. "I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I kept putting it in my pockets and my toolbox every time I found a cool-looking chunk." He cleaned them and took them home. He couldn't leave them alone - he wanted to do something with them. "I tried to carve something - anything into the quartz with a Dremel diamond cutter but the wheel wouldn't budge the hard surface," Scott recalls, "I burned the wheel up in under five minutes." Scott then tried a four-inch grinder. "As soon as the blade hit the crystal, my mind just totally kicked-in and took over. I just started making all kinds of crazy cuts in the rocks!" Scott's rocks have evolved into incredibly beautiful zen-like works of art. He now not only carves
Scott cuts the rocks dry, hand-sands them and doesn’t polish them, which is unique. He passionately explains “I like to leave the rocks in their natural state.” He finishes them with a special clear-coat process and carves his initials “SA” into each piece. Scott’s larger pieces are available as individual sculptures, but most of Scott’s rocks are grouped in sets as interactive art pieces. “My interactive art sets make great conversation pieces. You can feel the energy, when you hold them in your hand.”
Scott Ashe www.scottzrockz.com
Cartoons by Cartwright – Steve Cartwright It’s well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so I’m typing this with one hand while pummeling my head with a frozen mackerel with the other. I’ve done art for several magazines, newspapers, websites, commercial and governmental clients, books, and scribbling - but mostly drooling - on tavern napkins. I also create art pro bono for several animal rescue groups. I was awarded the 2004 James Award for my cover art for Champagne Shivers. I recently illustrated the Cimarron Review and Stories for Children covers. Take a gander ( or a goose ) at my online gallery, Cartoons by Cartwright: Swami
How To Stop Absorbing The Energy of Others by Judith Orloff MD
Adapted from “Positive Energy” (Three Rivers Press, 2005) Growing up, my girlfriends couldn’t wait to hit the shopping malls and go to parties, the bigger the better--but I didn’t share their excitement. I always felt overwhelmed, exhausted around large groups of people, though I was clueless why. “What’s the matter with you?” friends would say, shooting me the weirdest looks. All I knew was that crowded places and I just didn’t mix. I’d go there feeling just fine but leave nervous, depressed, or with some horrible new ache or pain. Unsuspectingly, I was a gigantic sponge, absorbing the energy of people around me. Thank goodness, as my intuition matured, I had a life-changing revelation. From conversations with other healers and from working with patients I realized I was experiencing intuitive empathy: the ability to sense what’s going on in others both emotionally and physically as if it were happening to me. Amazing at times, but also challenging. Let me explain the dynamics of empathy: the more people per square foot, the more our energy fields intersect--thus the tendency to become overloaded in high-density areas. This aspect of intuition is the most neglected and misunderstood. I’m not referring to ordinary empathy--for instance, when you sympathize with a friend whose fiancée left her, or share your brother’s joy on the birth of his first child. Intuitive empathy goes way beyond. It’s the capacity to energetically merge with someone else and, for the moment, see life (positive and negative) through their eyes, sense the world through their feelings. If this describes you, it may be impossible to distinguish these sensations from your own, throwing you off center. I know. I’ve been there. That my intuitive empathy has become a gift is mind-blowing--and a tremendous relief. Many of us never get to the good part of empathy because we’re not shown how. What ails us even eludes our doctors. We go in for care, but it’s like the blind leading the blind. No one knows what’s going on. Empaths, unintentionally, can make even a good doctor’s life hell. They manifest such a barrage of “unexplained” treatment-resistant symptoms, that frustrated physicians write them off as hypochondriacs. Empaths are notoriously misdiagnosed. Patient after patient has come to me labeled “agoraphobic” or with “panic disorder,” having received only minor respite from traditional treatments: valium and behavior therapy. Some were nearly house-bound. They’d all say, “I dread being in crowded places where I can’t make a quick escape. Forget department stores, busy streets, elevators, tunnels. I avoid them like the plague.” It sounded very familiar. So I decided to take a history of how these people processed subtle energy in the world, something all healers must be trained to assess. Voila! I found many were undiagnosed empaths. For me, this changed everything. My job then became teaching my patients to center themselves and deal with the day-to-day nuances of energy more productively. In my workshops I always inquire, “How many of you have intuitive empathy?” It’s astounding. Hands shoot up from at least a quarter of the room. Of those people, nearly everyone concurs, “I had no idea how to describe my feelings, let alone cope with them.” Then they’d dangerously conclude, “I thought something was wrong with me for being ‘overly sensitive’.” I want to dispel such a myth, illustrate how you can positively utilize this form of intuition in daily life. From telephone calls, letters, and feedback I receive during my workshops from New York to Omaha, I’ve seen how widespread empathy is. How do you know if you have it? What are the signs to look for?
Dr. Judith Orloff cont . How do you constructively deal with intuitive empathy? What practical methods can you employ to avoid becoming overamped or depleted? I’m going to present some strategies I use. Try them. See which appeal. One is not more preferable than another. Most important is if your choice works. Walk away. Let’s say you’re chatting with a man you’ve just met at a conference and your energy starts bottoming out. Here’s how to tell if you’re being zapped: Don’t hesitate to politely excuse yourself; move at least twenty feet from him (outside the range of his energy field). If you receive immediate relief, there’s your answer. Most people are oblivious to how their energy impacts others. Even energy vampires--people who feed off your energy to compensate for a lack of their own-aren’t generally intending to sap you yet still they do. Obnoxious or meek, vampires come in all forms. Watch out for them. For years, reluctant to hurt anyone’s feelings, I needlessly endured these types of situations and suffered. How many of us are so loathe to appear rude that a raving maniac can be right in our face, and still we don’t budge for fear of offending? Whenever possible--if your well-being feels at risk with an individual or group--give yourself permission to make a tactful and swift exit. In a spot, physically removing yourself is a sure quick solution. Shield yourself. A handy form of protection many people use, including healers with trying patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white light (or any color you feel imparts power) around your entire body. Think of it as a shield that blocks out negativity or physical discomfort but allows what’s positive to filter in. For instance, your sister is on the rampage. She’s about to blow up; you don’t want her anger to shatter you. Now--take a deep breath, center yourself, engage your shield. Literally picture it forming a fail-safe barrier around you which deactivates anger. It simply can’t get to you. Shielding is a deliberately defensive technique aimed at guarding your feelings, not repressing them. It works by establishing a perimeter of protection around you that functionally doesn’t permit harm in. Practice vulnerability. One tenet of my spiritual practice is to remain as vulnerable as I can to everything; not to shield, the antithesis of defense. Some people prefer my strategy, some don’t. Use it if it succeeds for you. Here’s the premise (not madness) behind this: if we solidify our bond to our inner self, we’ll become centered enough not to need to defend at all. Thus, the best protection turns out to be no protection--a stance that initially alarmed me. It didn’t seem possible I could do hands-on energy work with someone who had cancer or depression, for example, without absorbing their symptoms myself. But it was. What could be more liberating than to find I could hold my own and still remain open! Too often we’re taught to equate vulnerability with weakness. Not so. I like being vulnerable and also strong. This disarms people. To me, the appeal of such an approach is that it’s a non-fear-based way of living in the world. It requires that, increasingly, you harmonize with whatever you confront, let it flow through you, then recenter again, stabilized by your own resilience. Pace yourself. A vulnerable posture will feel safer the stronger you get. It is a choice and a life-long practice.
Meditate. To cement your inner bond and hold your center in any situation, I recommend a daily practice of meditation where you focus on the spirit within. Doing so gets you into the habit of connecting with yourself. Start with a few minutes, then gradually increase the duration. The technique is simple: follow your breath and explore the silence. It is not void or empty; that’s the mystery. As thoughts come, and they will, continue to refocus on your breath. Every inhalation. Every exhalation. The spaces between thoughts are where your spirit waits to be discovered. There is something real in there worth finding. My spirit feels like a core of head-to-toe warmth vertically aligned though the center of my body. Imbued in the warmth itself is an intelligence and intuitive respon-
siveness to my rhythms and questions. It speaks only truth, which resonates like a chiming in every cell. Silently become acquainted with your spirit. You can return to it to reinforce who you really are--not just the self you present to the world, but that part of you that is timeless. Make room to pursue it.
Judith Orloff MD is a psychiatrist, a practicing intuitive, and author of Positive Energy: Ten Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear Into Vibrance, Strength, and Love (Harmony Books.) Her new book Emotional Freedom will be released March, 2009. She is also author of the bestsellers Guide to Intuitive Healing and Second Sight. Sheâ€™s an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has a private practice in Los Angeles, and is an international workshop leader on the interrelationship of medicine, intuition, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on CNN, PBS, A@E and NPR. Dr. Orloff â€™s website is www.drjudithorloff.com *The corresponding video to this article can be viewed at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Oyap0KBouP0 25
COLLAGE ART - PETER LEWIS
Seashells and Ice Cream Peter Lewis is a paper collage artist based in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has been mutating, mutilating and reconfiguring popular culture and its images since 1990. Deftly slicing with his scalpel, he seeks to shock the viewer’s eye out of its complacency with surreal juxtaposition and silly humour. His influences and inspirations include Winston Smith, Max Ernst, Mark Ryden and Robert Williams. He intentionally uses nostalgic images and pictures taken from old children’s books, not only because they appeal to his keen sense of personal nostalgia and revisiting the obsessions of his childhood (robots, monsters, rocketships, dinosaurs), but also because the visual language of childhood evokes memories of a time when magic was everywhere and you either hadn’t heard of the ‘accepted view of the world’ with all its rules and limitations, or you were unwilling to accept it and preferred to make up your own, seeing mystery and intrigue everywhere. The magic still exists, you just have to learn to turn the filters off, to really open your eyes and absorb the beauty of everything around you.
In addition to his bright, psychedelic colour work, Peter also creates collages using reprinted Victorian engravings. He finds this source material very exciting to work with as the uniformity of the original style and printing techniques mean that his collages are virtually seamless, allowing him to fool the viewer’s eye and make the impossible appear possible; the unreal seem real. He also feels that the often-formal subject matter of the engravings lends itself very well to Surrealism and satire. Peter’s work has been featured on CD covers in New Zealand and the US, in San Francisco art magazine Churn, and recently in New York art and fashion magazine Fifth Avenue. He has exhibited pieces throughout New Zealand, in Germany, and briefly and unauthorisededly at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York. After many years of working exclusively on paper, he has recently begun collaging directly onto canvas, using mixed media colour wash backgrounds. The Lady Of The Lake
Visit Peter’s online gallery at www.warpart.co.nz to see many more pieces.
by Pamela Kritner
Many of my pieces have pendants, beads and ornamentals older than my son (age 27) from all over the U.S. I make hair sticks, magnetic and healing jewelry as well as Sun and Dream Catchers. Weâ€™ve recently aquired some lapidary equipment and I will have stones from the Wyoming area included as well as some stained glass work incorporating stones into the piece. I have been making jewelry all my life. I learned enamaling and silver work in high school, lapidary at an old shop in Douglas, New Mexico and Lost Was Casting in Colorado. I worked for a jewelry repair shop for a while and did all of the engraving in the Annapolis, Baltimore area. I then worked in a custom jewelry shop in Annapolis where I honed my skills in lost wax casting. My work can be found in Cody, Sheridan and a little shop back east in Vermont... www.wynotdesign.com www.myspace.com/pamster55
MetaCreative Magazine Presents
A Conversation with Jinxi Boo Interview by: Mystikka
The Cupcake Continuum was featured in the July/August 2007 issue of MetaCreative Magazine. Since we last checked in with you, how has this project developed? Well, the Continuum continues to reach more and more people and I have been SO LUCKY to continue to collect amazing & creative cupcakes. Thanks to the internet and my endless handing out of postcards and business cards in pursuit of making sure everyone makes their own cupcake, the response and participation has been incredible. I am still collecting them and probably will continue to do so for another year or so. At first, I wanted to collect them, begin the mural and present it right away ... but I have realized over time that you really can’t rush a good thing. There are so many people that might be left out if we “wrap it up” already and I just want the message to continue for a longer amount of time. Many people have worried about time constraints and that if they don’t finish theirs immediately, that it might be left out of the project.... and we can’t have that! I want everyone that feels inspired to have the time and opportunity to participate. So we are collecting at a slower pace, but still have the same goal. I have also been approached with the idea of turning it into a book to showcase the cupcakes, so that might be something to work towards in the future as well. What other creative project(s) have you been working on?
Well, I recently finished writing my first book, a collaboration with Mike DeVries called “Let’s Be Realistic: Advanced Tattooing Techniques & Gallery.” It was a challenging and fun project that took close to a year to
complete, with the writing, editing, re-editing, proofreading and printing. We are thrilled with the way it turned out and hope that everyone who buys it really enjoys the book, as it was truly a labor of love. If you are interested in reading more about it or buying a copy, visit www.mdtattoos.com. Please tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial endeavors and your secret to running a successful internet business? Well, I have an interesting story regarding the way it all came about - LOL! I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology, so I definitely never thought I would be doing this for a living... but back in 1997, Steve was in his last year of Law School and our kids were little (Brynn was 2 and the twin boys were just babies). I had been working part-time as a proofreader for a court reporting agency, so it was something I could do at home and it was working out well, but Steve was studying for the Bar exam and trying to work full-time, so I needed something else to help so he could dedicate more time to studying and we could pull in more money to start paying of Law School loans and all that wonderful stuff... anywhooo... I was BUYING on eBay (mind you, eBay was quite new at the time and super small - but less competition, so the profit margin was huge)... anyways, I thought, geez... all of these things I am buying - I have similar items, I should give it a try. Well, I did... and long-story short, by the time Steve graduated from Law School, I was SO busy that I needed his help running everything. So... for the next 10 years we did it full-time together and he was also a real estate agent part-time (never did practice law - after all those years of school - LOL - but crazy enough, we made more money doing this than he ever could have as an attorney). Steve is currently working full-time for a pool supply company, so a lot of what we previously shared in terms of the workload, I now do alone... but he still plays a significant role with the shipping aspect of the biz. In the early years, we would hit antique/toy conventions & stores, etc. on the weekends with the strollers in toll & then come home and list them on eBay. But as the years went on and the competition grew on the site, I had to find my own niches and slowly, but surely, acquired really great contacts and distributors to buy my stuff from - so that I didn’t ever have to leave the office to buy the products - I just had them shipped to me and resold them online. I currently sell approximately 2,000-2,300 items every month - so it keeps me SUPER BUSY!! And the key for me is QUANTITY. I pack everything right here. Our formal living room in the house is the “office” - so I have the packing table and everything organized right here (I prefer that rather than being a room, as the kids always need something, you know?)... and then Steve helps me with all of the shipping with the Post Office runs and will post everything at night and take packages on his way to work every morning. It’s pretty awesome, because I love being my own boss... and of course, I can look however I want, which is a big plus!! And BEST of all... ever since the kids were little, I have been home with them and nothing can beat that!!! =) A lot of people assume that when you work from home or work for yourself that it’s easier than a 9-5 job. But when you really want to be successful at it, it takes a LOT of discipline and focus. I work much more than 8 hours each day - and also work on the weekends, because it seems that there is ALWAYS someone, somewhere... with a question or ready to buy a collectible. I don’t mind though... it’s an awesome trade off. It’s just a lot more work than most people assume that it would be and it NEVER turns off. But it has really worked for me and I keep on plugging away at it and trying to increase my inventory, increase my customer base and find fun, cool goodies for people to add to their collections.
You have done a significant amount of work in the media including appearing on ABC’s ‘Wife Swap,’ and have been featured in various publications. Has the media attention opened up new doorways for you and your family, and how so? Although “Wife Swap” was a crazy social experiment and QUITE an experience to live through, it really was a cool opportunity to get to see how other people live. It taught me to be SO GRATEFUL for the life I live and the people that surround me. It also brought me in touch with a LOT of people that could relate to me and my family and I have met some amazing people and made incredible friendships from people that sought me out after seeing the show. We were asked to do numerous interviews for magazines and websites and were featured on the local news in LA, so it was fun to get to re-live the experience in that sense. I am also so happy that by finding my website and also my page on myspace, that many who didn’t know about the Cupcake Continuum project yet, were able to read about it, join and be a part!! To this day, I continue to get very kind emails from people all over the world (as they aired our episode in many different countries) who saw the show and appreciated our message and lifestyle. That really means a lot to me and I always appreciate every person that takes the time to write.
You are a walking work of art! How did tattoos become such an integral part of your life? Since I was born and raised in sunny Southern California, it is fitting that my first epiphany into the tattoo fascination, began at Disneyland. As a young teenager, I spiedanother Magic Kingdom visitor with a purple and pink Cheshire Cat inked onto her shoulder blade. I thought it as the dreamiest thing I had ever seen and knew that one day, I too would sport some colorful body art on my own skin. Though I consistently dreamed up tattoo ideas and projects in my head for many years after that Disneyland encounter, it wasn’t until I had already given birth to all three of my children and was about to turn thirty years old that I finally took the plunge into beginning my tattoo collection. I headed into Animated Canvas Tattoo Studio (now called Ground Zero Tattoo) in Riverside, California, and had a cute cherry tattooed onto my ankle by artist, Craig Tidwell. That little piece of inked fruit was all it took for me to catch the “tattoo fever” and from that point on, my obsession and love for the art form began. I continued to visit Craig for many years, acquiring several pieces from him on my back, legs and stomach. He also began working on my right arm sleeve, which consists of a colorful, cartoonish collection of underwater creatures, including: mermaids, fish, seahorses, oysters, crabs, jellyfish, ocean vegetation, an underwater diver girl and herscuba diving cat, and even Spongebob Squarepants. When I began my left arm sleeve, I went to my good friend, artist Nate McManus (now tattooing at Ground Zero Tattoo) to help me design a Japanese pin-up girl style sleeve. We collaborated on finding many of the images from various Japanese adult magazines and web sites. These tattoos include many nude girls, sprinkled with sweet, fun, girly background images; like sugary candy hearts, caramel apples, taffy, lollipops and various kanji text sprinkled between the risque and flirtatious women. Nate also tattooed the sides of my neck, designing an anime girl on the left side and a Maneki Neko (Japanese lucky cat) on the right; as well as inking several fun designs on my shoulders and back, which include: a panda bear, a pink cupcake (designed after my art project the Cupcake Continuum, which I will explain more about below), a penguin holding a heart balloon, Bloo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, ChocoCat, Eric Cartman from South Park, my kids’ names, an Alice “Malice” in Wonderland (patterned after the computer game “American McGee’s Alice”), Indiana Jones secret decoder text, two lyric tattoos from songs by Screeching Weasel and The Murmurs, two finger tattoos, an atheist atom logo, two Twiddlebugs (from Sesame Street) and a Freethinker text tattoo, which Nate tattooed for me as a symbolic gesture after my appearance with my family on the television show, “Wife Swap.” This Freethinker piece was important to me, because while I was on the show, the father/husband from the family that we “swapped” with was constantly ridiculing me for being an open-minded person that taught my children to do the same. He was a strict fundamentalist Christian who lived by a rigid set of rules and his method of getting me to believe as he did was to try to mock the way that I lived, so to show him that this did NOT work during my stay at his house, as soon as filming for the show ended, I went RIGHT into the tattoo shop to have “Freethinker” added to my left shoulder so that when we filmed for the “follow-up” of the program, I could tell him that now my open-mindedness was permanently inked onto my skin. My back piece is a work-in-progress and is being tattooed by Paula Higgins-Clark from Haledon, NJ. This festive project is a montage of many Alice in Wonderland characters all set around a banner that reads “Curiouser and Curiouser,” a saying that certainly does encompass me. The Alice critters include: Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, the Walrus & Carpenter, little oyster babies, the Dormouse and the Caterpillar. About three years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet the amazing realism artist, Mike DeVries, at a tattoo convention in Pomona, California. Mike hadn’t been tattooing for long at this time, but his portfolio was mindblowing and I immediately knew that I wanted him to tattoo my throat/chest piece. He designed a beautiful octopus for me that fit perfectly onto this area. The project was an incredible progression to watch as it came to life. He worked 26 hours (6 sessions) total on the octopus tattoo before giving it the final stamp of approval.
After spending time with Mike and walking away with such a beautiful piece, I knew that I wanted him to continue to tattoo me, so we next planned a portrait of Gwen Stefani for my left leg. The Gwen portrait was fantastic as well and this gave us the idea to plan an entire leg sleeve of my favorite female musicians. So for the last two years, DeVries has been adding his beautiful portraiture work onto my leg project. Since that first Gwen Stefani tattoo, we have added: Cyndi Lauper, Bjork, Sinead O’Connor, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Meg White, and my favorite female rocker of all, my guitar-playing daughter, Brynn. In addition to the portraits, Mike designed pink and fuschia musical notes that swirl around and between the girls. We are almost finished with the background work on this sleeve and have just a few more sittings to go before completion. Mike DeVries recently started tattooing my right leg sleeve as well, beginning with portraits of my twin sons, Shea and Aidan. They will be followed next with a portrait of my husband, Steve. While tattoo collecting is one of my favorites pastimes, my greatest love is really that of being a mom and wife. I have been married for almost 17 years to my best friend, Steve, and we have three amazing children (Brynn, Shea and Aidan) that totally support and encourage my ink addiction. I plan to continue collecting tattoos until I run out of canvas. What do you feel is the most misunderstood aspect of who you are? So often, people who don’t know me take one glance... notice that I’m a bit “different” looking than the norm and immediately decide that I must not be a good person. I recently had an experience at a restaurant/arcadetype of establishment that initially would not let me in with my children because I had a head tattoo (if you are interested, you can read more about it here: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=24568323&blogID=407753982 That was definitely a good example of judging a book by its cover. It’s very odd to me that some parts of society look down upon people that choose to decorate their skin with artwork. I am used to the stares and nods of disapproval and I truly do know that people really just fear what they don’t understand, but it’s still quite an odd concept to me and I hope that this type of thinking (and judging) changes over time. I hope that people learn that there is SO MUCH more to a person than their exterior. In the long run, it really doesn’t matter at all if you have arms covered in green & blue ink or if they are untattooed. It doesn’t matter if you have long hair down to your ankles or have a bald head. It doesn’t matter if you pierce your ears or wear purple socks... what REALLY matters is how you treat others, how kind you are to people, what you contribute to your family and to your society, how you treat the environment... and I could go on and on =) I love quotes and I have two favorites that kind of sum up what I am trying to say. The first, by ,Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) summarizes why I look and live the way I do... it says, “BE WHO YOU ARE AND SAY WHAT YOU FEEL, BECAUSE THOSE WHO MIND DO NOT MATTER, AND THOSE WHO MATTER DO NOT MIND.” The other, by Maya Angelou, encompasses why I look past those that judge and choose to focus on being kind to others, focusing on the good in each of us, and making sure that everyone knows that they are unique, special and wonderful in their own way:
“PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU SAID, PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID, BUT PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.”
If you could be granted three wishes, what would they be? Oh gosh... how fun! Ok, well... my husband and I got married in Ireland in 1991. We loved it there SO MUCH and dream of going back someday. I think my first wish would be that we could both take a GOOD amount of time off of work, go there again and enjoy such a beautiful country and such wonderful people!! Next, I wish that my children follow their dreams and are truly happy in their lives. Happy with the things they learn, happy with the people they surround themselves with, happy in their work and their families, that they know how very much I love them & how lucky I feel to be their mom... and just live amazing lives that bring them joy. And third... I wish that my daughter could meet her hero, Robert Smith of The Cure (and that I could tag along too and play the bass with Simon) - he he
What links can people visit to find your offerings online? I would LOVE if you visited my collectibles site! You can shop at http://www.mermaidink.net and can browse & buy there - or click at the top of the front page on the eBay logo to go to the eBay listings (which include over 2,500 items) The Cupcake Continuum art project is at http://www.CupcakeContinuum.com Be your own cupcake! Join the Continuum!!! And you can find all of these links + LOTS more on my website: www.JinxiBoo.com Thanks for your support!!
Miss Harmonica Sunbeam’s Chicken Run Harmonica Sunbeam, The Queen of Comedy, has been delighting audiences at nightclubs, cabarets and fundraising events up and down the East Coast for over 10 years now. Her live appearances along with her personalized DVDs have gained her a cult following of all ages, races and backgrounds. With her unique yet classic style and razor-sharp wit, she has all the necessary talents to reach her goal of mainstream stardom. “The sky’s the limit!” Harmonica exclaims. “In the entertainment field, if people feel you are marketable, they will use you in any capacity.” She has been featured on several television shows (Law and Order SVU, Third Watch, Johnny Zero and 100 Center Street). Her film credits include Honey (with Jessica Alba), Uptown Girls (with Brittany Murphy) and the Oliver Stone drama, World Trade Center.
“After Kandela, Mama wanted some hot, fresh fried chicken…”
“Hold up! These Mofo’s done messed up my damn order.”
Harmonica has also entered the world of music with three independently produced pumping club singles that made her thousands of new and lifelong fans. These titles include “Ready to Pump,” “I’m Here To Work” and the latest “This Is The Beat.” Despite her busy schedule, Miss Sunbeam has still found time to assist and work with many community based gay organizations such as POCC, GMAD, Jersey City Pride and AAOGC to name a few. Her commitment to being a positive role model in today’s selfish world clearly speaks for itself.
“Let’s go, kids. Mama got her chicken.”
In closing, Harmonica wants to take the time out to thank all of her fans that continue to support her endeavors both on and off the stage. *Note: You can currently catch one of Harmonica’s shows at New York City’s ‘Escuelita’ on Sunday nights or at Hoboken, New Jersey’s ‘The Cage’ on Tuesdays. DVDs of her performances are available for purchase on her official website.
For more information, please visit Harmonica Sunbeam on the web: http://harmonicasunbeam.com http://www.myspace.com/therealharmonicasunbeam
NEWS and NOTES By: Mystikka For the first time in MetaCreative Magazine history, I have featured my own art on the cover of this season’s issue. The title of the image is ‘Peace Wheel.’ If you would like to see my digital art prints and products please visit: http://mystikka.deviantart.com/store My official site: http://mystikka.com
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Have a blessed and prosperous fall season! I will connect with you on New Years Day, 2009 with the winter issue! One Love, Mystikka