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The New Astrology?
Human Design Reveals DNA of Your True Nature
handed all the answers at birth. Yet this imagined scene explains the essence of Human Design — a new system that breaks down and details the DNA of your true nature.
The New Astrology
By Chetan Parkyn
magine, at the exact moment of birth, being handed a piece of paper. “This information is for you and you alone,” whispers a messenger sent by the universe. “It is your reliable guide — and secret — to carry through life.” Before being welcomed into the outside world, you look down at this document — a map-like illustration full of diagrams, shapes, colors, lines and numbers. Your soul, about to embark on its journey,
is curious. The messenger smiles and says, “This is your design for life — all you need to know about yourself for the years ahead is in here.” If only life were as simple as being
The Human Design System
This system is, in my mind, the successor to astrology because it works in a similar way — making a calculation based on birth data — but that’s where the similarity ends. With Human Design, two calculations are made — one at the moment of birth and also one for three months prior to birth when, it is said, the neocortex in the brain is turned on. That is a fundamental addition that brings with it a fascinating dimension. The system produces a life chart, which is a literal map of your inner-being, but instead of creating a one-size-fits-all star sign, it pin points your precise make-up — the secret ingredients of your individuality. Whereas a Pisces is a Pisces and a Libra is a Libra, your Human Design creates a personality blueprint as unique as a fingerprint. It is not primarily predictive — instead, it shows you how to be the author of your own destiny. Human Design takes the torch from astrology and carries insights to the next level because it is more individually specific than astrology. That’s why we say: Forget your sign, what’s your design? This information is the buried treasure that lies deep within each of us, and it finally helps answer the age-old question: Who am I? It is a system ripe for a new age — the Aquarian Age — when individuals, and especially women, are reinvigorated and empowered in discovering their unique groove in life.
Type: Authority: Defined channels: Profile:
Manifesting Generator Emotional, feeling clarity, patience. 20 / 57 Involuntary impulses. Penetrating awareness. 20 / 34 Keeping busy. The drive to be active. 34 / 57 Power. Empowering intuition. 59 / 6 Connecting. Creating through intimacy. 40 / 37 Community. Seeking one’s larger family. 4/1
Does Human Design Really Work? Human Design is being touted as the new astrology, but does it really work? I signed up for a free reading with Chetan Parkyn, author of Human Design, hoping to find out if the system works. The verdict: This system so accurately described me that it was a little eerie, but ultimately, it was an enlightening tool for understanding my life’s path. There are three keys to understanding the Human Design chart: Type. There are five types, and knowing which is yours provides the basis for living in alignment with your nature. Authority: We each make decisions in different ways, according to our authority. Through the Human Design process, you discover which of the six authorities is yours. Profile: The 12 profiles describe the ways you interact with others and how to effectively relate with the world around you. My type is a manifesting generator (MG), which Parkyn describes as someone who needs to listen to her gut response before taking action. Then I can go from zero to 60 mph in four seconds and leave rubber
burning on the road. It’s nice to be understood. Other famous MGs include George Lucas, Salman Rushdie and Mother Teresa. My authority key is emotional clarity, which means that when something feels right, intuition will guide me. My decision-making process hinges on finding that still point that Buddha calls “the middle way.” My mantra: Feel it, don’t think it. My profile is a 4/1, which means that I have a fixed fate vibration — I have one path, one purpose, one perspective. I need to stick to my path and follow my heart. What is my fixed fate? Power, and I’m here to speak my truth, just like Mary Queen of Scots, Gianni Versace and Peter Sellers (so walk like a queen, dress like a queen and most of all, keep my sense of humor on my path of power). Using my intuition as my power base, I now realize that it’s right for me to be so spirit-driven in what I do. I seek inner guidance for all of my actions and plans. What did I take away from the Human Design chart? It’s good to be me, standing strong in my intuitive power. — Vicky Thompson
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Lose Your Mind, Recreate Your Life An Interview with Dr. Joe Dispenza By Linda M. Potter
is role in the landmark quantum physics film, What the Bleep Do We Know!?, made Dr. Joe Dispenza a metaphysical rock star. His groundbreaking mind/body connection work in the bestselling book, Evolve Your Brain, has earned him a reputation as one of the leading authori-
First discovered in 1987, Human Design fuses the four ancient wisdoms of astrology, I Ching, the Kabbalah and the chakra system to become an entity on its own. In 1973, researchers found that there is an established link between the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching and the 64 genetic codons in DNA. Therefore, the direct correlation between the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching and the 64 gates contained within Human Design represents the DNA of your soul as intended for this lifetime. This system is part science, part spirituality. Working from your time, date and place of birth, it reveals gems such as how to successfully direct your life, how you make winning decisions, and how to ensure fulfillment in life and relationships. In a word, it reveals your true potential.
ties on the interconnectedness of the brain, the mind, the body and consciousness. He is also a working chiropractor, and a living testament to the transformative power of the brain. When he invites you in his new book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, to “lose your mind and create a new one,” he isn’t asking you to do anything he hasn’t done himself. At age 23, facing the possibility of permanent paralysis after a spine-crushing bicycle accident, Dispenza was faced with a life-changing decision. His doctors believed that his only hope of walking again was a surgical procedure which, even if successful, could leave him permanently disabled and in constant pain. Dispenza refused the procedure, opting instead to recreate his own physical body by literally “changing his mind.” Ten weeks later, without surgery, he was back at work, completely healed and pain-free. Now Dispenza is out to change the way the world thinks. What is consciousness and how does it relate to the quantum field? Consciousness is a level of awareness about ourselves and the environment. When we pay attention to what we’re experiencing in the outside world and what we’re experiencing in our inside world, and then use our brain to create meaning between the two, we are conscious. Consciousness is awareness. When we are aware of ourselves, it allows us to begin to pay attention to how we think, how we act and how we feel. Because we can notice and
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Rid Yourself of ANTs By Wendy Oden
ven if your house is spotless, you may have an ANT problem. Not the little black ones, but automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). Like the real-life insects, these brain bugs are just as invasive and even more destructive. They infest our outlook on life and eat away at our peace of mind. ANTs take a toll on our health. Stress and anxiety have been proven to kill neurons in the brain and even prevent the creation of new ones. When you are extremely stressed, the dendrites in the brain can actually shrink, causing your mind to go blank. A simple mind body balancing technique called brain wave vibration stops my ANTs in their tracks. It combines ancient healing practices and energy training methods from Korea with modern scientific understanding of the brain. It incorporates three distinct elements: deliberately making vibrations in your body, allowing your body to ride the rhythm, and following the flow of energy to reach states of deep relaxation similar to that achieved through traditional forms of sitting mediation. Try the head nod method: Sit-up straight with your arms at your sides. Close your eyes and breathe comfortably, relaxing your body completely. Begin to gently shake your head from side to side. Breathe naturally and fully, emphasizing the exhalation, as you envision all tension draining from your body. Focus on your brain stem at the base of your neck. You may hear slight noises or popping sounds at the base of your skull. This is normal. Allow your head to move up and down, side to side, or even in the shape of an infinity symbol as you go deeper into the motion. After a few minutes, slow to a stop, take a deep breath and return to your external awareness. Wendy Oden, a freelance writer based in Sedona, can be reached at woden9@commspeed. net. Learn more about Brain Wave Vibration at www.brainwavevibration.com.
All Faiths Coexist at Celebration Church
t Celebration Church, people of all faiths are welcome — literally. The Wilsonville, Ore.-based church celebrates all religions and paths at their CoExist Celebration, which meets throughout the year at different locations around the Portland metro area. The goal of the gatherings? To celebrate all faiths as unique expressions of one truth — love. Priests, rabbis, monks, ministers and teachers of all faiths join together in the common pursuit of peace, peace of mind, and peace of planet. Each CoExist Celebration features soulful music, ceremony and the wisdom taken from all religions. The church invites Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Bahá’ís, Hindus, Muslims and more to be a part of the experience. Never been to a mosque before? The events are held at different venues, including synagogues, mosques, churches, art museums, theatrical stages and even outdoors, giving people a chance to feel spirit in new places. “The Northwest is the least ‘churched’ area in the country. Coexist Celebration is a spiritual experience, not religious,” says Rev. Barry Dennis, who founded Celebration Church in 2005. “CoExist consciousness is an organic movement that has shown up out of a new consciousness arising on the planet. As the planet gets smaller every day, we don’t really have a choice — coexist or perish.” Celebration Church is a Christian-based spiritual community founded on the principle of honoring all faiths that teach love. The church shares many tenets with the New Thought movement. For details on the CoExist Celebration retreat on May 20-22 at Menucha Center in Corbett, visit www.coexistcelebration.org. Learn more about Celebration Church at www. celebrationchurch-portland.org.
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Awakening the Rainbow Warrior By Mara Berendt Friedman
alking S tick My best prayers have sometimes been the ones uttered at the end of my rope. Desolate and desperate prayers, usually with my head leaning on my steering wheel. Those prayers have been pretty much my “Lord, look down here” prayers. Or simply my relinquishing of the moment, realizing I really had no control over the situation. And that, no matter what, he would be there. — River Jordan, author of Praying for Strangers www.prayingforstrangers.com 4
n 2006, I met with my new friend, Trinity Harris, who guided me through a deep healing session. A few months later, I was awakened night after night with dream message fragments. I kept receiving this phrase: Rainbow warrior awaken! The answer is with the maiden. This potent message led to the creation of the Rainbow Warrior Awaken! card deck and
Editor’s Journey 2011: Return to Balance
Step 2: Affirm Your Commitment to Peace
he divine feminine has always been present in the world, but she’s been hidden — in the night of the moon’s energy, in the womb of creation in each mother and in the fertile fields of Mother Earth. Since the 20th Century began, three streams of divine feminine energy have been slowly returning to change the world’s mindset: compassion versus domination, nurturing versus betrayal and strength versus corruption. In 2011, a fourth Vicky Thompson divine feminine energy is emerging: balance versus power. This final energy completes the four pillars of the divine feminine way: compassion, nurturing, strength and balance. Join us on the editor’s journey to create this new way of living. Returning to balance takes six simple steps: 1) Open to the balanced heart. 2) Affirm your commitment to peace. 3) Remember the inner warrior. 4) Create a new personal balance paradigm. 5) Practice the way of compassion. 6) Celebrate the reunion of the masculine and feminine. Today, your task is to affirm your commitment to peace. Peace, which can seem so unattainable globally and personally, is best known by feeling it deeply in your heart. World peace is a noble goal, but inner peace is attainable right now. A peaceful heart at rest and at work radiates a unique glow, a glimmering radiance of soft green light. The heart chakra represents the center of your being, and a peaceful heart is afire with active healing energy. This glimmering light moves out from your being, touching all you meet. When you actively shine the living light of peace from your heart, you become an everyday peace maker. The key to healing others through the peace in your own heart
guidebook with Harris. I am filled with a sense of peace that I picked up the rainbow thread and followed it to a beautiful place. We are here on Mother Earth to develop compassion for self and other, as well as to discover what we love and to share our healing gifts. In doing so, we walk the rainbow way of beauty. When I speak of the rainbow way of beauty, I am dreaming of a reverent and authentic way of living on our planet that springs from cooperation and love. I am imagining a life guided by the light of spirit, in which our actions are in service to each other and to the health of our earth. My vision of healing is one that begins within the individual heart and ripples outward into the world, expanding beyond the universe. Mara Berendt Friedman, an Oregonbased artist and owner of New Moon Visions, has her painting Sweet Reverie featured on the cover of New Connexion. She is cofounder of STREAM, a sacred art school dedicated to the nurturance of true self expression and the rainbow way of beauty. Visit www.newmoonvisions.com.
is simple: give your peace freely through thoughts, words and deeds throughout the day. Try this today: When you wake up in the morning, feel the peace of a deep, restful sleep fill your heart. Breathe deeply, filling your heart center with the radiance of peace. As you move through your daily tasks, take a moment to stop and breathe in that light of peace. Then focus on a friend, coworker or family member. Imagine this person wrapped in a golden orb. Say from your heart, Peace be with you, and let your light shine around this person. Feel the peace in your heart activating peace in the other person. When the going gets tough during the day, actively choose peace to guide you through the situation. For example, if you have a conflict with a coworker, rather than stewing in anger or resentment, take a deep breath and tap into your morning feeling of peace. Move into your heart center and let this peace become you. Listen to your heart, asking yourself, What would peace do? Let the answer or feeling wash through you. Staying in your heart center, let peace guide you to resolution, whether it’s visualizing your coworker surrounded by peace, or by extending the olive branch and resolving your conflicts. When expressed through the divine feminine energy of balance, peace is strength personified, and it comes from a strong sense of right living. Balance may require that you peacefully end a relationship, bring a strong presence of peaceful resolution to a difficult situation or even stand up for yourself in a powerful yet peace-loving way. Declare your commitment to peace by affirming: Peace begins with me. I open my heart of peace to all I meet. I am strong, I am peaceful, I am love. Join editor Vicky Thompson on this year-long journey to balance at www.newconnexion.net.
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Stop, and Take Responsibility By Gangaji
igilance and responsibility is the capacity to take responsibility for the grace that has appeared within the individual life form called “you.” It’s not a duty or a should. I am not talking about anything that has weight or punishment attached to it. Vigilance is the capacity to take responsibility for where your attention is in the moment and to take responsibility when it habitually goes into the past and future. In general we are trained not to take responsibility. We are trained to know who we are and what reality is through our definitions, through others’ definitions, through cultural parameters, religious parameters and even spiritual parameters. We limit ourselves when we rely on knowing ourselves indirectly, through predetermined thought. When I met Papaji (who is also known as Sri H.W.L. Poonja, the Indian guru and teacher), he told me to stop. When I let that stop in, I recognized that he meant to stop every habit of defining myself. He meant to stop creating and recreating myself. What a monumental task that is, and yet it is absolutely immediate and simple. The truth of who we are is freshly revealed when we take responsibility for its direct discovery. Our responsibility as a particular life form to the consciousness that animates us, to life itself, is ongoing. What grace that we can be responsible to the life that is present within us and outside us, to the silent life that is the source of all our life. As the source of all thoughts, consciousness is naturally present before all thought, during any thought and after all thought. Our lives can be living proof of our capacity for responsibility. When the thinking mind reasserts itself and the habits of suffering come back to reclaim our allegiance,
we can always take responsibility to be aware of the habits of mind. In our awareness of internal narrative habits, we can take responsibility to stop the narrative and discover what is present. We can take responsibility to internally meet what we have habitually avoided, or fought, or hidden from ourselves. We can recognize when we turn our attention to defend a particular point of view or definition as reality. We will have points of view, of course — it is a part of being human — but when we embrace them as reality and decide that our reality conflicts with another’s reality, we forget to recognize that these are simply different points of view — multiple, infinite points of view — all arising from the same consciousness. If you are willing to take an instant to withdraw attention from whatever your internal dialogue is, to withdraw energy from whatever the latest point of view about your suffering is, it is immediately obvious what is here: the fullness, the richness and the love of oneself as conscious life. If there is an ongoing conversation about your pain and suffering, then you can take responsibility for the object of your attention. Where is your attention? The pain may not go away, but if you turn your attention to attention itself, you will discover that the spaciousness of consciousness has room for all feelings and sensations. The fullness of love, the fullness of beingness is always available, whatever the circumstances. Vigilance is the call of a lifetime, and our responsibility is in answering that call. True responsibility ends all excuses for remaining a victim of thoughts. If you feel victimized by thoughts and habitual patterns of reaction, then I invite you to discover how
... If you turn your attention to attention itself, you will discover that the spaciousness of consciousness has room for all feelings and sensations. The fullness of love, the fullness of beingness is always available, whatever the circumstances. that victimization is held in place. What habit of mind is being indulged? In recognizing the fruits of vigilance, the willingness to be “busted” and humbled is joyous. The idea that, “My life will start when I don’t have to be vigilant any more,” or “I won’t have to be vigilant when I reach a certain mark,” is really denial of the present moment’s opportunity for vigilance.
In hoping for an end to the need for vigilance, what is wanted? What emotion accompanies that hope? Where is it? Will you take responsibility for opening to that emotion fully, as you withdraw all internal dialogue associated with it? Will you meet what is here without hoping or knowing the outcome of such a meeting? We can naturally keep deep, true, lifelong vigil at the flame of consciousness. Being responsible to vigilance honors that which gives each of our particular life forms its intelligence, its very ability to think and to imagine. Vigilance is the relishing of honoring the source above the thoughts and fantasies born of that source. When we recognize that we have in some way denied our responsibility, we can bring it back into the center of the lifeblood of our awakening. Then we take responsibility for our continual awakening and for our inevitable mistakes. We can see that ignoring or defending our mistakes is irresponsible. Responsibility and vigilance require full attention, but they don’t require energy, and they don’t require effort. The surrender of effort — of what is being done, of what is being reached for, of what is being rejected, or of what is being hidden — reveals the fire of consciousness as the ever-present ground. Where is your attention in this very moment? If you’re attending to thoughts, let these words be a beacon to come home to yourself. What a blessing that your life can be the living vigil to that which is the ground of your life. Gangaji, author of The Diamond in Your Pocket, is an American-born teacher and author who has traveled the globe since 1990, speaking with spiritual seekers from all walks of life. Gangaji presents an open meeting in Portland on March 18 and a weekend workshop on March 19-20. Visit www.gangaji.org.
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Who’s the Emotional Vampire in Your Life? By Judith Orloff
s a physician, I’ve found that the biggest energy drain on my patients is relationships. Some relationships are positive and mood elevating. Others can suck optimism and serenity right out of you. I call these draining people “emotional vampires.” They do more than drain your physical energy. The malignant ones can make you believe you’re unworthy and Judith Orloff unlovable. Others inflict damage with smaller digs to make you feel bad about yourself. For instance, “Dear, I see you’ve put on a few pounds” or “You’re overly sensitive!” Suddenly they’ve thrown you off-center by prodding areas of shaky self-worth. To protect your energy, it’s important to combat draining people. The following strategies will help you identify and
combat emotional vampires from an empowered place.
Signs that You’ve Encountered an Emotional Vampire • Your eyelids are heavy — you’re ready for a nap. • Your mood takes a nosedive. • You want to binge on carbs or comfort foods. • You feel anxious, depressed or negative. • You feel put down.
Types of Emotional Vampires The narcissist. Their motto is “Me first.” Everything is all about them. They have a grandiose sense of self-importance and entitlement, hog attention and crave admiration. They’re dangerous because they lack empathy and have a limited capacity for unconditional love. If you don’t do things their way, they become punishing, withholding or cold.
Protect yourself: Keep your expectations realistic. These are emotionally limited people. Try not to fall in love with one or expect them to be selfless or love without strings attached. Never make your selfworth dependent on them or confide your deepest feelings to them. To successfully communicate, the hard truth is that you must show how something will be to their benefit. Though it’s better not to have to contend with this tedious ego stroking, if the relationship is unavoidable this approach works. The victim. These vampires grate on you with their “poor-me” attitude. The world is always against them, the reason for their unhappiness. When you offer a solution to their problems they always say, “Yes, but ….” You might end up screening your calls or purposely avoid them. As a friend, you may want to help but their tales of woe overwhelm you. Protect yourself: Set kind but firm limits. Listen briefly and tell a friend or relative,
The Science & Art of Transformation
“I love you but I can only listen for a few minutes unless you want to discuss solutions.” With a coworker sympathize by saying, “I’ll keep having good thoughts for things to work out.” Then say, “I hope you understand, but I’m on deadline and must return to work.” Then use “this isn’t a good time” body language such as crossing your arms and breaking eye contact to help set these healthy limits. The controller. These people obsessively try to control you and dictate how you’re supposed to be and feel. They have an opinion about everything. They’ll control you by invalidating your emotions if they don’t fit into their rulebook. They often start sentences with “You know what you need?” and then proceed to tell you. You end up feeling dominated, demeaned or put down. Protect yourself: The secret to success is never try to control a controller. Be healthily assertive, but don’t tell them what to do. You can say, “I value your advice but really need to work through this myself.” Be confident but don’t play the victim. The constant talker. These people aren’t interested in your feelings. They are only concerned with themselves. You wait for an opening to get a word in edgewise but it never comes. Or these people might physically move in so close they’re practically breathing on you. You edge backwards, but they step closer. Protect yourself: These people don’t respond to nonverbal cues. You must speak up and interrupt, as hard as that is to do. Listen for a few minutes. Then politely say, “I hate to interrupt, but please excuse me, I have to talk to these other people (or get to an appointment or go to the bathroom).” A much more constructive tactic than, “Keep quiet, you’re driving me crazy!” If this is a family member, politely say, “I’d love if you allowed me some time to talk to so I can add to the conversation.” If you say this neutrally, it can better be heard. The drama queen. These people have a flair for exaggerating small incidents into off-the-chart dramas. My patient Sarah was exhausted when she hired a new employee who was always late for work. One week he had the flu and “almost died.” Next, his car was towed, again. After this employee left her office, Sarah felt tired and used. Protect yourself: A drama queen doesn’t get mileage out of equanimity. Stay calm. Take a few deep breaths. This will help you not get caught up in the histrionics. Set kind but firm limits. Say, for example, “You must be here on time to keep your job. I’m sorry for all your mishaps, but work comes first.” To improve your relationships and increase your energy level, I suggest taking an inventory of people who give you energy and those that drain you. Try to spend time with the loving, nurturing people, and learn to set limits with those who drain you. This will enhance the quality of your life.
Judith Orloff, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and bestselling author of the new book Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life. She presents lectures on March 23 at Town Hall Seattle and March 25 at New Renaissance in Portland. Visit www.drjudithorloff.com. New Conneüion March/April 2011
an you manage and potentially heal type 2 diabetes by changing your lifestyle and attitude? As a physician, I was intrigued when I heard about the experience of Rita Sandler, an Oregon-based host of the TV show Rita’s Room, who worked diligently with exercise, diet, meditation and affirmations to manage her diabetes, and even feel like she had reversed the disease. “I attribute my success to taking my power back from the ‘dis-ease,’ and getting more in touch with my body from the inside out,” says Sandler. “I was willing to trust my intuition, and ask questions and for help from my wellness team. It didn’t take long before I was actually feeling spontaneous gratitude for the occurrence.” Diabetes lends itself to a holistic approach because it is a whole body and life-altering illness. Although seen as a pancreatic or insulin receptor dysfunction, the impact of diabetes reaches every cell of the body. Lifestyle decisions are changed forever — this is no small ticket diagnosis. Not all diabetes is created equal. Type 1 diabetes, which usually begins in childhood, is a failure of the pancreas to pump out insulin in adequate quantity for the body’s needs. With type 2 diabetes (also known as adult onset diabetes), the receptors that normally take up insulin in every cell of the body are malfunctioning. Because these receptors serve as on/off switches for the utilization of glucose, the body’s capacity to use glucose as fuel is hindered. As a result, the liver pumps up the body’s level of triglycerides — a move that can stress the heart.
What’s a Body to Do?
There are ways to improve insulin levels naturally. Although these whole-life suggestions will more likely influence type 2 than type 1 diabetes, these lifestyle changes offer a beneficial path to follow.
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Approaching Diabetes Holistically By Dr. Mary Ann Wallace-Iyer
Exercise. Engaging in a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day does lower glucose levels, increase the apparent efficiency of the insulin receptors, help with weight loss, reduce blood pressure and make for a healthier heart. Make exercise easy and fun by choosing two or three things you like to do and alternate between them. Nutrition. A good diet serves every body well, but it’s particularly important for someone with diabetes. The rigid American Diabetes Assn. diet has been relaxed somewhat – but there are basics that do matter: Get your weight under control. Central obesity is associated with “syndrome X,” a malady of insulin resistance that has been estimated by some researchers to be a significant cause of heart attacks, among other things. Choose your calories wisely. Dump the fat and go for the fiber. Whole
grains, nontropical fruits and vegetables are always a safe bet. Diabetes Care reports that Dr. Mary Ann Wallace-Iyer m e n w h o consume processed meat at least five times a week have a 46 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with men who consume processed meat less than once a month. Increase your consumption of omega-3s (found in walnuts, flax seeds, and cold-water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel) and make it your fat-of-choice. Avoid high glycemic goods like white rice and corn flakes — they’re a waste of precious calories. Sandler faced challenges with being on this new diabetic diet. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by Dr. Audrey Bergsma, who is a naturopath at the National College of Natural Medicine Clinic in Portland. Bergsma suggested a low carbohydrate diet (20 carbs a day) and eliminated all of the nutritional supplements Sandler
was using (later, Sandler used aloe to drop her blood sugar significantly to the normal range). Sandler’s blood sugar and blood pressure went down, but not to a normal range. Being on a diet wasn’t smooth sailing. “My old nutritional pattern of being on a diet or off a diet came into play, and I pretty much stopped paying attention,” says Sandler. “I gained weight, stopped watching carbs and let go of my exercise routine.” According to Bergsma, for type 2 diabetes, the insulin receptors are “insensitive” for a good reason — they have been bombarded with glucose and they are trying to protect the cell, which has also been showered with glucose. Too much glucose is damaging to the cell and so the receptors shut down. The goal of diet and exercise is to help the body reach homeostasis and open up the insulin receptors. Increasing exercise uses glucose and significantly reducing certain high carb foods (including grains, fruits and starchy vegetables) helps the patient achieve homeostasis. By monitoring the blood sugar level, the patient then knows what foods work in the diet. It is the hope that once the body heals and reaches homeostasis, the patient can eventually have a diet that includes “good” whole grains, fruits and starchy vegetables.
A New Attitude
Sandler’s challenge with the special diet ended when her health took another turn for the worse. She went blind in her left eye, and although the diagnosis seemed to be unrelated to her diabetes, the scare prompted her to do more research in what she could do to empower herself. She became devoted to healing herself Continued on page 8
Diabetes, from page 7 naturally. She began to keep a journal and use her blood sugar and blood pressure readings as barometers of what worked and what didn’t work. “My favorite thing and biggest motivator was turning the readings into charts, which clearly showed a cycle and a continual lowering in numbers,” says Sandler. “A big healing factor is that I was happy through the whole experience. I wasn’t feeling like it was a burden.” Sandler is really onto something here. Creative Nursing reported that an attitude that fosters optimism enhances the body’s capacity to heal. The field of psychoneuroimmunology, which investigates how emotions trigger physical responses, has outlined the clear connection between the parts of the brain associated with emo-
tions (the hippocampus and amygdala) and the resultant physical and behavioral responses. Research in Family Medicine found that an exercise aimed at increasing gratitude is associated with less depression. Writing down three positive things that happened during the day every night for one week increases gratitude. As Sandler found, the behavior changes that come from feeling more optimistic are likely to promote better health.
The Aloe Factor
Sandler’s success also came from using a nutritional product not usually offered in the realm of conventional medicine: an aloe-based supplement. Initially, Sandler stopped drinking aloe when she was on the low carb diet prescribed by her naturopath. “When my blood sugar readings were in
a comfortable zone, I chose to add aloe back to my diet,” says Sandler. “The results were amazing. Drinking aloe actually lowered my readings by 15 to 20 points almost immediately.” Research supports her results on this front as well. Research in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that aloe vera has the ability to stimulate human skin fibroblasts and potentially improve wound healing. The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy reported that five out of seven studies showed significant reductions in fasting blood glucose after treatment with oral aloe vera in patients with diabetes. What is the secret of Sandler’s success? “I totally live my life from the belief that we create our own reality and I was well aware during the course of my dis-ease, what I had thought, felt and believed that allowed this experience into my reality,” says Sandler. “I found myself in gratitude almost
immediately, which allowed my body to go from damaged to repaired.” Through a combination of attitude, gratitude and lifestyle, Sandler’s blood sugar levels decreased from 163 to 105 (normal blood sugar ranges from 80 to 130). Over the course of seven months, her hemoglobin A1c (which measures average blood sugars) decreased from 6.9 to 5.5 (normal is less than 7). Amazingly, she also regained the sight in her eye. Follow your physician’s advice, but take control of your own health, choices and attitude. Mary Ann Wallace-Iyer, MD, is a physician whose primary focus is mind-body and spiritual healing. For nine years, Wallace served as the medical director for the integrative medicine program she developed within a large regional hospital system. Visit www.maryannwallace. com.
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March 4-5: Reiki I. April 1-2: Reiki II. March 12: Basic Shamanic Journey Workshop. April 29-May 1 (new date): Reiki Master Class. Michelle Christensen, MS, Ancient Wellspring, 503-516-4001, www.ancientwellspring.com.
Reiki with Colleen Benelli Reiki I and II: March
Lynne McTaggart is a best-selling author, researcher and lecturer whose work has been described as “a bridge between science and spirituality.” Learn about her compelling new book, The Bond: Connecting the Space Between Us.
MARCH 12 - APRIL 15
Mark it: Events in Washington and Vancouver, BC on April 26-30, and in Portland on May 4. Visit www.lynnemctaggart.com.
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26-27, April 18-19. Reiki Art Master: March 11-13, April 29-May 1. Karuna Reiki Master: June 17-19. Taught by Colleen Benelli, Usui/Tibetan, Karuna Reiki Master Teacher. www.reikilifestyle.com.
Wild Feminine with Tami Lynn Kent March 12: Workshop at New Renaissance. March 31: Appearance at Powell’s (Hawthorne). April 15: Appearance at Healing Waters & Sacred Spaces. www.beyondword.com. MARCH 15 - MAY 24
Art and Science of Raja Yoga Class Learn yoga
postures, energization exercises, pranayams, yoga philosophy and meditation practices. Offered at Ananda Portland, 4855 SW Watson Ave. in Beaverton, www. anandaportland.org. MARCH 18 - 20
Gangaji in Portland A weekend of events dedicated to discovering the peace in every heart. Open Meeting: March 18, $20. Weekend retreat: March 19-20, $195/$225 at the door. World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd. in Portland. www.gangaji.org. MARCH 22
New Connexion Wellness at New Ren
Margaret LeMay and Judy Thomas present whole body wellness using intuition and Jin Shin Jyutsu. $10 at New Renaissance, 1338 NW 23rd Ave. at Pettygrove St. in Portland, www.newrenbooks.com. MARCH 23 - 25
Emotional Freedom with Judith Orloff, M.D.
The New York Times bestselling author presents the power of intuition and emotions to heal. In Seattle on March 23 at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., www.brownpapertickets. com. In Portland on March 25 at New Renaissance, 1338
7pm Reiki Share: Exchange Energy with Paul M Rakoczy, Reiki Master. Monthly 1st Weds. No experience necessary. Register: 503-997-8611. Also initiations, classes, individual healing sessions by appt. See ad under Counselors. 7-9pm Drumming Circles Join us for Weds. night drumming at Cedar Mountain Drums at 2239 E. Burnside, Portland. Bring your own drum/rattles or use ours. $5 donation. 1st Weds.: Men’s Drumming. 2nd Weds.: Mixed Drumming (supervised kids welcome). 3rd Weds.: Women’s Drumming. 4th Weds.: Shamanic Journeying ($10 donation). www.cedarmtndrums.com.
May MAY 4
Lynne McTaggart Book Signing in Portland
1-2pm. Author Lynne McTaggart signs copies of The Bond at New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland. www. newrenbooks.com.
Lynne McTaggart Lecture in Portland NW 23rd Ave., www.newrenbooks.com. Details at www. drjudithorloff.com. MARCH 25 - MAY 7
Dr. Joe Dispenza in Seattle and Portland
Learn how to harness the most powerful tool in your body - your brain and mind - to create the life you want. Seattle: March 25 lecture at Unity of Seattle and March 26 workshop at Seattle Renaissance Hotel. Portland: May 6 lecture and May 7 workshop at Embassy Suites. Tickets at 970-443-0732 or www.bellaspark.com. MARCH 26
Spiritual Salon at New Renaissance. Ask any question related to metaphysics and receive clear, concise answers. Presented by Ani Avedissian, a medical intuitive specializing in energy work for people and places for over 28 years. Details at www.newrenbooks.com. MARCH 27 - APRIL 2
Raelian Happiness Academy World Tour
Maitreya Rael teaches what science is discovering about happy people and human consciousness. Alexis Park Hotel in Las Vegas. www.rael.org. MARCH 31 - APRIL 3
Laser Reiki at the Reiki Ranch Four-Day Laser
Reiki Levels 1-4 Workshop on March 31-April 3. Reiki Ranch is located near Chehalis, WA. Reservations: 360748-4426, email@example.com, www.reikiranch.com.
9am New Thought Center for Spiritual Living Celebration, connection, community. Services at 9am and 11am. Infants, children and teens at 11am at 1040 C Ave. in Lake Oswego. 503-296-9922, www. newthoughtcsl.org. 9am-12pm Morning Loving Kindness meditation group with Paul M Rakoczy, Reiki Master. Experience group meditation monthly on 4th Sun. Multiple sits with discussion in between. Register, no charge: 503-9978611. Wise Counsel & Comfort, 423 NE 60th and Glisan, Portland. 10:30am Celebration Church Services in The Celebration Center in The Conference Center at Stafford Woods. 25030 SW Parkway Ave., Wilsonville, OR. www. celebrationchurch-portland.com. 11am Celebration at Open Spirit Community a New Thought Church at 10209 SE Division, Ste. 3, Portland. 503-206-8027, www.openspiritcommunity.org.
practice for ourselves and the natural world. Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey, Wash. Register at 360-352-7066, www.bonpacificnorthwest.org.
APRIL 1 - MAY 15
Intimate Communication with Self Gilly Adkins
presents how to find self honesty, self compassion and self forgiveness. April 1-3: Orange County, CA. May 13-15: Portland. 503-680-7020, www.intimatecommunication.org.
7-8:30pm. Unity Church of Portland hosts an upcoming lecture and book signing by investigative journalist and author Lynne McTaggart, whose exhaustive research produces science-based discoveries in the worlds of science, spirituality and health. 4525 SE Stark St., Portland, 503-234-7441. Tickets: $15 through May 3, $20 at door. Tickets go on sale March 21 at www. unityofportland.org.
Invocation Class Join shamanic healer Pearl Pierce
for this Invocation class beginning on April 22. www. pearlpierce.com. April 25-29
The Ancient Shamanism of Lemuria Workshop
with Almine on 2012 and the rising of Lemuria. Portland. Contact Annique Lottin, 503-710-8844, annique@almine. net, www.spiritualjourneys.com.
MAY 19 - 22
Experience Ancient Wisdom Rising in Port
Townsend, WA. Learn from seven elders whose traditional ways of healing, ceremony, story, gratitude, sacred song and prophesy will change your relationship with the world. www.ancientwisdomrising.com.
New Connexion Wellness at New Ren The
Crystal Skull Explorers share their healing teachings, based on real-life adventures investigating crystal skulls and their powerful crystalline healing energy. $10 at New Renaissance, 1338 NW 23rd Ave. at Pettygrove St. in Portland, www.newrenbooks.com.
Eden Energy Medicine Foundations Program
You can become an EM practitioner, based on the work of Donna Eden, author and healer. Details at www. awakenhealing.com under “Regional Educational Program” for Portland classes. Class 1 starts in May. Kathy Chambers, instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 26 - 30
Lynne McTaggart in Washington and Vancouver, BC Featuring Lynne’s new book, The
Bond: Connecting the Space Between Us. April 26: Unity of Seattle. April 27: Mt. Vernon. April 28: Bellingham at Heiner Theater, Whatcom Community College. April 29 lecture and April 30 workshop: Vancouver, BC at Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel. Tickets at 970-443-0732 or www.bellaspark.com.
MAY 20 - 24
Matrix Energetics in Seattle This ground breaking
consciousness technology for insight and spiritual growth was founded by Richard Bartlett, DC, ND. May 2023: Levels 1 and 2. May 24: P.C. Training. Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport. 800-269-9513, www.matrixenergetics. com.
APRIL 29 - MAY 1
Earn a Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Portland Learn effective hypnosis techniques to
MAY 27 - 30
Sun Valley Wellness Festival Renew your
change unwanted habits and make permanent changes. Call now for $95 special pricing. Kona University, 800800-6463, www.hypnosis.com. Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Returns to the Northwest to teach the sacred indigenous Bon-Buddhist practice of Five Element Soul Retrieval, which is a healing
body and spirit at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Keynote speaker Gregg Braden and more than 30 other presentations and workshops, movement classes and a large Wellness Expo. Come and get inspired to enhance your life! 208-726-2777, www.sunvalleywellness.org.
APRIL 2 - 3
Shamanic Dreamwork, Advanced Weekend Workshop at Still Meadow Retreat. New workshop!
Taught by Leslie Conton, Ph.D. as presented by Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies. For information and registration: Leslie Harris, leslie@ bodyofspirit.com, 503-804-4621, www.bodyofspirit.com.
Are you ready for change?
APRIL 9 - 23
Dr. Joe Dispenza
Shamanic Path Classes with Marilyn Schwader April 9: Heart Centered Marketing. April
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself
23: Shamanic Writing, Level I. Taught by Marilyn Schwader, writing coach and shamanic healer. www. theshamanicpath.com.
Learn how to harness the most powerful tool in your body – your brain and mind – to create the life you want.
APRIL 15 - 17
Level 1 Basic Journey Class Taught by Jan EngelsSmith with A LightSong School of Shamanic Studies. 503-669-3013, www.lightsong.net.
APRIL 16 - 17
Friday, March 25 – 7pm Unity of Seattle Extra! Full Day Workshop Saturday, March 26 – 9am Seattle Renaissance Hotel
Body Mind Spirit Expo in Portland at the
Oregon Convention Center. Weekend admission of $12 includes all lectures and demos as well as admission to the exhibit hall. Rejuvenate! www.bmse.net for a $2 off coupon! 541-482-3722.
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Survival of the Fairest: How We Can Connect with Our True Nature to Create a Better Life, a Better World
Tuesday, April 26 – 7pm – Unity of Seattle
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New Renaissance Bookshop Events for March, April and May! 1338 NW 23rd Ave. at Pettygrove St. • (503) 224-4929 • www.newrenbooks.com March Ananda Night at NRB $30 covers all March Ananda Night at NRB events, or $10 drop-in per event. AnandaPortland.org Sadhana:Yoga, Energization & Meditation Laurie Chadwick & Daiva Glazzard,Wed. March 2-30, 5:30-6:45 pm Take a moment out of your busy schedule, breathe deeply, practice yoga postures and energization techniques and then spend some time going within to find the answers you need. Exploring the Bhagavad Gita, Part I-IV Daiva Glazzard,Wed. March 2-23, 7-8:30 pm Finding Time for Spiritual Life—Making the Moments Count Lorna Knox,Wed. March 30, 7-8:30 pm Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips Tess Whitehurst,Thurs. March 3, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Your home has so much potential! Learn the spiritual importance of clutter clearing, take a fresh look at space clearing, create aroma-therapeutic essence mists and discuss the significance of imagery in the home. TessWhitehurst.com
Soul Weekend: An Inspirational Evening with Suzie Wolfer and Katrina Wynne Suzie Wolfer & Katrina Wynne, Fri. March 4, 7–8:30 pm, $12
Soul Weekend kicks off as you explore the process of uncovering your life purpose and vision. Then experience the power of imagery to create a direct connection with Soul with using SoulCollage®. TarotCounseling.org
Awake and Know! Lucid Dreaming for Solutions & Remote Viewing Carol Corchero, Sat. March 5, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, $20
Learn how to remote view and manifest solutions to your every problem using lucid dreaming techniques. Create a template you can use nightly to train your unconscious mind to solve your problems while you sleep. ClarityByCarol.com
Finding Your Soul Purpose and Path in Life Katrina Wynne, Sat. March 5, 1-6 pm, $50 Knowing your soul purpose is the most powerful awareness you can possess, at any age, to establish your path to success and wholeness.TarotCounseling.org
The Twelfth Insight James Redfield, Sat. March 5, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Join James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy, as he discusses his new book, The Twelfth Insight. This book describes an emerging Twelfth step in human consciousness, focusing on how humans are finally integrating spiritual knowledge in a surge of awareness that is the Ninth Wave of Creation predicted by the Mayan Calendar. This breakthrough awareness is now leading to a clarity of mission and influence exemplified by the recent heroic efforts in Egypt. James Redfield’s first two books, The Celestine Prophecy and The Tenth Insight spent a combined 74 weeks on the New York Times list, making James Redfield the best-selling hard cover author in the world for two years. TheTwelfthInsight.com
SoulCollage®: Invite Your Soul to Speak Suzie Wolfer, Sun. March 6, 12-5 pm, $65
SoulCollage® helps you connect your local story to your Larger Story. With SoulCollage® you can find meaning in challenges, and delight in discovery of your Real Self in all your complexity. SuzieWolfer.com or SoulCollage.com
Tibetan Energy and Healing Circle Francesca Fleming,Tues. March 8, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Learn the Tibetan healing energy forms that recharge and restore chakras and body health. Visualizations and group energy will be directed to helping our physical/mental/emotional bodies, cope with the increased spiritual and cosmic energies. Be-Joy.com
Ancient Moon Lore for the 21st Century Judith Hill, Fri. March 11, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Judith discusses the effects of the Moon’s transits upon the twelve bodily zones, plant life, farming, weather and also how the physicians of 100-1700 CE made use of this information. JudithHillAstrology.com
Wild Feminine: Make Your Pelvic Bowl Sing Tami Lynn Kent, Sat. March 12, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, $25
Learn to read the patterns of your pelvic bowl, expand your creative vitality and redefine this inner range. Restore access to the natural resources, the beauty and wildness within you. WildFeminine.com
Walking Your Soul Path with Purpose Linda Backman, Sat. March 12, 2-6 pm, $40
Your Time Now, as a soul incarnated in body, IS purposeful. Through Linda’s teaching and guidance through the experiential portions of the workshop you will learn much more about being a divine soul. BringingYourSoultoLight.com
Ready to Love: Improve Your Relationships Through the Alphabet Jennifer Crebbin, Sun. March 13, 11 am-5 pm, $65
Align your intent with your life through using the transformative, sacred symbols of the Vimala Alphabet. Everyone receives a short personal session with Jennifer and will leave with very specific instructions to bring a powerful change to all their relationships. ChangeYourHandwriting.com
Discover Your Spirit Animal: Five Steps to Unlock the Power of the Animals to Transform Your Life & The Planet Catriona MacGregor,Tues. March 15, 7-8:30 pm, $12 Spirit Animals can open an ancient doorway to the mysterious realm of the soul. Gain an understanding about spirit animals, how they can help you, and experience a shamanic spirit animal journey. NaturalPathfinder.com
Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad Tamam Kahn,Thurs. March 17, 7-8:30 pm, $12
This fascinating subject matter comes alive as Tamam Kahn reveals the stories of these largely unknown – and empowered – historical women. CompleteWord. wordpress.com
Spring Equinox Meditation with Carol May and Archangel Michael Carol May, Fri. March 18, 7-8:30 pm, $12
You are invited to relax and be inspired while receiving the refreshing energetic gifts of Spring Equinox 2011, in a guided imagery meditation with Carol May, author of Working With Angels in Everyday Life, and Archangel Michael. LotusGrid.com
Embodying Healing Sounds Workshop Norma Gentile, Sat. March 19, 10:30 am-1 pm, $35
Norma and her guides (most likely Archangel Michael, Mary, and her Hathor guide Atamira) will share an idea, then put healing energies into practice with everyone using sound, breath, and gentle movement. HealingChants.com
Energy Healing for Relationships Chris Stopa, Sat. March 19, 3-6 pm, $30
Whether you are between romantic relationships, have issues in other types of relationships such as parent/child, friendships or business, this healing workshop will help you remove stress, reduce old patterns and hurts, and increase your flow of positive energy. ChrisStopaLPC.com
Spring Equinox Sound Meditation Judith Lynne, Sat. March 19, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Celebrate the balance between night and day through the power of the harmonics. Utilizing the Frequency Keepers™ meditation practices we will embrace the moment with the Voice, sound the Creation and surf the echo into Stillness. FrequencyKeepers.com
Full Moon & Spring Equinox Drumming Circle: For Light, Love and Well Being Connie Hill, Sun. March 20, 11:30 am-1 pm, $12 Drumming helps clear and shift energy, and helps release what is no longer needed in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. GMNite.com
The Body-Love Technique for Change and Healing Carol May, Sun. March 20, 2-5 pm, $33
Whether you are uncomfortable in your body from illness, excess weight or just its shape, you will enjoy this ‘divine floating’ meditation experience designed by the Angelic Kingdom to support a more loving relationship with your body, body-image and self esteem. LotusGrid.com
Class Series Psychic Development Workshop: Hearing and Trusting Your Inner Guidance Dawn Lianna, Mondays March 21, 28, & April 4, 7-8:30 pm, $75 Would you love to develop your intuition, trust yourself more and be able to follow your intuitive hits? This fun, empowering class series will help you develop accurate, reliable intuition and increase and deepen your clarity and self-trust. IntuitiveCallings.com
New Connexion Wellness Night at New Ren Whole Body Wellness: Using Intuition and Jin Shin Jyutsu Margaret LeMay & Judy Thomas, Tues. March 22, 7-9 pm, $10
Learn how to use the power of your intuition to listen to your body and identify blocks to well-being. Discover how your hands can be used as “jumper cables,” to redirect or unblock the flow of energy along its pathways. MargaretLeMay.com
The Mastery of Dream States: Healing the Cycles of Reincarnation Annique & Rain on the Earth, Thurs. March 24, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Take a journey that will help clear the burden of all previous incarnations so that you can know where life’s true power source lies and move into a life rich with shamanic insights. CenterOfEnlightenment.org
Achieving Emotional Freedom Judith Orloff, Fri. March 25, 7-8:30 pm, $20 includes a copy of Emotional Freedom ($16.00 value) This event will sell out! Register early.
Dr. Judith Orloff shows you how to identify your most powerful negative emotions such as depression, anger, worry, and fear and transform them into hope, compassion, and courage, guiding you on the path to spiritual awakening. DrJudithOrloff.com
Spiritual Salon Ani Avedissian, Sat. March 26, 10:30 am-1 pm, $25 Ani’s Spiritual Salon is a cozy gathering where everyone has the opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to general metaphysics. You name it, we’ll discuss it! AniAvedissian.com
Shamanic Celebration of Spring Equinox Frank Coppieters, Sat. March 26, 3-6 pm, $35
Join us for a couple of shamanic journeys with the intent to call in the auspicious energies of the Spring Equinox. This work is internationally known to provide a deep opening of the heart, a brightening of consciousness, empowerment, healing and transformation. LivingLightCenter.com
Raise Your Vibration Colby Wilk, Sun. March 27, 2-5 pm, $30
Your energetic field can attract or repel. So, how do you make sure your vibration attracts what you want? This interactive workshop teaches six practical ways to immediately shift your energetic field to improve your mood, outlook and health. HealThroughSpirit.com
Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children Ruth Nemzoff,Tues. March 29, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff will lead a discussion on the challenges of parenting adult children. Event topics include communicating over long distances, emerging adulthood, discussing finances, marriage and grand-parenting. RuthNemzoff.com
The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, Heal Your Family Karen Keeney,Thurs. March 31, 7-8:30 pm, $12 Discover why hospitals, universities and researchers around the world are investing time and money in an attempt to understand the unprecedented healing possible using The Reconnection. TheReconnection.com
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Events to Enlighten, Educate and Entertain For full event descriptions and to register go to newrenbooks.com or call (503) 224-4929.
Readers Ingrid Kincaid, Shamanic Rune Readings March 1, 3, 20 & 23, April 7, 9 & 17, May 3, 5, 11 & 15, $120/hr. or $70/half hr.
Ingrid Kincaid is a gifted intuitive reader of runes, a keeper of the old ways. When she reads she speaks in the voice of the ancient ones. IngridKincaid.com
Reincarnation and Karma: What is Cause and Effect? Marie Friend, Fri. April 1, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Why do we reincarnate? How do we resolve our karmic issues? Enjoy an evening with Marie Friend as she guides you through a meditation in order to reach the deepest recesses of your subconscious. MarieFriend.com
Purpose Without Fail: Write Your Life Purpose Now! Jeremy Bennett, Sat. April 2, 2-5 pm, $38
Jeremy will guide you in writing your life’s purpose, which you are already expressing, but may not be yet fully aware of. He will customize the personal direction he gives based on who you are at a soul level and any input he receives from your spiritual guides. PurposeWithoutFail.com
Communicating with Your Animals: An Evening of Blessings Carole Devereux, Sat. April 2, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Participants will bring pictures of animals to create a telepathic bond as they write a short story together that reflects their soul purpose on Earth. AnimalInsights.com
The Art of Dreaming: Healing the Cycles of Reincarnation Annique & Rain on the Earth, Sun. April 3, 10:30 am-5:30 pm, $200
Become a cosmic proxy and empower the interpretation of your dreams through non-cognitive tools. Learn Almine’s cutting edge processes for clearing the 24 cycles of your past lives and awakening from the dream state. CenterOfEnlightenment.org
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Moving Forward in Peace and Clarity Diana Byrnes,Tues. April 5, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Learn what’s really going on in the minds and hearts of both the “breaker” and the “breakee.” Get guidance to deal with friends and family, avoid mixed messages, and make this break-up a milestone in your personal growth. DianaByrnes.com
Ananda Night at NRB $30 covers all April Ananda Night at NRB events, or $10 drop-in per event. AnandaPortland.org Sadhana:Yoga, Energization & Meditation Laurie Chadwick & Lorna Knox,Wed. April 6-27, 5:30-6:45 pm
Take a moment out of your busy schedule, breathe deeply, practice yoga postures and energization techniques and then spend some time going within to find the answers you need.
Teachings of Parmahansa Yogananda Lorna Knox,Wed. April 6-27, 7-8:30 pm
April 6- How to be Happy All the Time; April 13- Looking for God—the Eight Manifestations of Spirit; April 20- Introduction to Meditation – for Those Who Know They Can’t; April 27- Practices to Enhance Your Meditation
You are Light,You are Love; Learn to Live it! Monica McDowell,Thurs. April 7, 7-8:30 pm, $12 A group healing session with guided meditation and channeled light will help you shift into these vibrant energies of love, joy, peace and security so you are living the life of your deepest desires and dreams. MonicaMcdowell.com
Spiritual Discourse with Anam Thubten Rinpoche Anam Thubten, Fri. April 8, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Examine the path of dharma that challenges the core beliefs that chain us to our misery. These teachings, free of any sect or dogma, point directly to the recognition of one’s true nature as boundless love, unfettered by the false notion of a self that is separate from others, and free from any limitations of egoic mind. DharmataFoundation.com
Past-Life, Future-Life, and Between Life Experiences with Hypnosis Cynthia Hengge, Sat. April 9, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, $25 Experience a powerful, up-to-date method of selfhypnosis that will help you reach your regression goals. We will also be doing past/future/between life guided hypnosis sessions. LifeTap-LLC.webs.com
Group Reading Event Phyllis King, Sat. April 9, 2-5 pm, $35
Group Readings are shared in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere. One of the goals Phyllis has is to leave everyone in the group feeling inspired and empowered. You can ask Phyllis anything. Enjoy the benefits of reduced rates with the power of group consciousness. PhyllisKing.net
Forgiveness: Release and Move Forward Michelle Garnier Winkler, Sat. April 9, 7-8:30 pm, $12 Releasing through forgiveness helps you to move forward, freeing you up energetically for all the gifts to come. Learn ways to help you work to forgiveness including some tools you can use in your daily life. CreateHealingReiki.com
Shamanic Journey 101 Star Gazer, Sun. April 10, 2-5 pm, $30
Learn practical tips on how to prepare and get the most out of your shamanic journeys. Experience the magic and wonders of synchronicity between the inner messages and everyday life events. www. meetup.com/shamanic-sounds
Live the Life You Were Meant to Live Phyllis King, Mon. April 11, 7-8:30 pm, $12
What does it mean to live the life you were meant to live? Is it a Fairy Tale? Is it magic? Phyllis King, the Common Sense Psychic, answers these questions and many more in this powerful presentation on a purpose driven life. PhyllisKing.net
3rd Eye Rising: Group Sound Healing Bath Paradiso and Rasamayi,Thurs. April 14, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Entrain the melodic, meditative, healing frequencies of the sacred sound current, the divine vibration from which creation and transformation flows. Experience your Soul’s center in deeper connection with the Divine and your Guides! 5thElementMusic.com
Read Your Dog’s Energy and Know What to Do! Celia Pohlschneider, Fri. April 15, 7-8:30 pm, $12 Dogs communicate through energy and body language, and this discussion is designed to help humans learn how to read a dog and determine where he or she is coming from when exhibiting certain behaviors. MyDogMyself.com
Earth, Fire, Water and Air: Elements Move Us Michelle Wirta, Sat. April 16, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, $20
Check out this refreshing process called the Organic Life Management System.You’ll learn how the elements; earth, fire, water, and air can be identified and used as your teachers. MichelleWirta.com
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Katrina Wynne,Tarot Counseling & Dream Analysis March 4, 6, 7 & 8, $80/hr. or $50/half hr.
With wisdom and compassion, Katrina assists you in integrating the challenges and blessings of your life’s journey. TarotCounseling.org
Jennifer Harbin, Motherpeace Tarot Readings March 5 & 14, April 18, $110/hr. or $60/half hr.
Down to earth, practical, and light-hearted, Jennifer’s readings provide immediate clarity and a renewed sense of trust in life’s passages. DaughterOfTheMoonTarot.com
Ralph Gardner, Intuitive Reader March 9 & 30, April 19 & 26, May 4 & 17, $90/hr. or $55/half hr.
Ralph uses his gifts of clairvoyance and intuition to align with your Guidance providing images and messages offering clear, concise directions. He will engage with you a powerful clarity enabling you to move forward in your life’s direction.
Kelly Davidson, Astrological Counselor Thurs. March 10, April 21, May 19, $125/hr. or $65/half hr.
Depending on the nature of your question, or particular challenge, Kelly will interpret the astrological influences currently affecting your life, and show you how to recognize and utilize the opportunities that are coming your way, and align yourself with planetary influences.
Dawn Lianna, Intuitive Readings March 11, 15 & 19, April 1, 10 & 22, May 13, 23, 28 & 30, $100/hr. or $60/half hr.
Using her intuition, Dawn looks “in” clairvoyantly and uses the pictures, feelings and sounds she picks up to give you insight into your direction and purpose and answers to your questions. She has a fun, enjoyable style. IntuitiveCallings.com
Devika Battan, Intuitive Sat. March 12 & 26, April 16 & 23, May 14 & 21, $130/hr. or $65/half hr.
Devika is an intuitive, offering advice to those seeking to understand the meaning of their life in the past, present, and future. Her guidance can help you transform your everyday experience to one of greater clarity, balance, peace, and happiness. Devika-Battan.com
Susan Marek, Angel Guidance Readings March 13, April 30, May 22, $85/hr. or $55/half hr.
Susan connects with your angels and guides to provide you with positive guidance and answers to your questions. SusanMarek.com
Anna Abraham, Chakra or Tarot Readings Mon. March 14, April 18, May 9, $80/hr. or $50/half hr. Anna sees into the visionary portals of the chakras and offers transformational readings combining chakra visions, mystical insights of the Tarot and the light inspired guidance of the archangels to help you on your soul’s journey. MysticalVisionary.com
Deborah Koan, Intuitive Tarot March 16 & 22, April 5, May 31, $100/hr. or $55/half hr. Are you feeling frustrated or stuck? Do you lack direction or purpose? Deborah can help you find answers to questions about your relationships, career, family, health, even your children and pets. DeborahKoan.com
Linda Cahan, Palmistry Psychic Counseling Sessions March 17, May 24, $100/hr. or $60/half hr. With the lines of your palm as a roadmap Linda helps you with any questions about relationships, and business, as well as spiritual and emotional issues.
Sara Wiseman, Clairvoyant March 18 & 31, April 14 & 28, May 1 & 12, $120/hr. or $60/half hr. Using divine intuition, trans-dimensional energy and compassion Sara provides you with a clear understanding of the next best steps to take on your life’s path. SaraWiseman.com.
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AUM Tune-up Workshop Paradiso and Rasamayi, Sat. April 16, 2-5 pm, $40
Learn how to dispel or reduce the discord that obstructs your spiritual progress and to augment harmonious vibrations of love, joy, health, abundance and inner peace in this glorious infusion of healing resonance. 5thElementMusic.com
Your Magical Soul: A New Picture of Reality Jeffery Marks, Sat. April 16, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Based on his book Your Magical Soul, Jeffrey redefines the nature of the soul based on modern scientific consciousness studies, coupled with his own otherworldly experiences. Come be inspired by Jeffrey’s insights about the soul’s role in time, mass events, creating reality, the afterlife, the psychic signal, ghosts, and more! SpiritualExploration.com
Labyrinth Meditation Connie Hill, Sun. April 17, 1-3 pm, FREE!
For a transforming and reflective experience, everyone is invited to walk this ancient meditative symbol’s circular path with its twists and turns. Drop-in to the event center anytime from 1-3 pm and Connie will answer questions to help you begin your walk. GMNite.com
Full Moon Drumming Circle Connie Hill, Sun. April 17, 4-5:30 pm, $12
Drumming helps clear and shift energy, and helps release what is no longer needed in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. GMNite.com
Your Pet’s Psychic World Patricia Schaller,Thurs. April 21, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Discover how pets use their psychic ability to know which people are friendly, which ones are a threat, how they can find their way home from long distances, and how they know when their humans are about to have a seizure, among other things. PetReader.com
Awakening in the Dream Paul Levy, Fri. April 22, 7-8:30 pm, $12
When we begin to spiritually awaken, we begin to recognize the dreamlike nature of reality. Lucid dreaming will be discussed as both a vehicle and a perfect metaphor for waking up in this dream.
Transcendental Numerology Lynn Buess, Sat. April 23, 10:30 am-2 pm, $30
This workshop presents a rich and entertaining format for exploring the inner aspects of the psychology, spirituality, and cosmology of numerology. Just bring your curiosity and willingness to open the door to the deepest and highest levels of self-discovery. ForeverNumerology.com
Heal Yourself: How to Self-Clear Karma Terry McGill, Sat. April 23, 3-6 pm, $30
Every thought, memory and emotion has a unique vibrational quality, or Message. We can change those messages, using Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha’s Four Power Techniques.
NRB will be closed on Easter Sunday April 24th. New Connexion Wellness Night at New Ren Teachings of the Crystal Skull Explorers Joshua Shapiro & Katrina Head,Tues. April 26, 7-9 pm, $10
The Crystal Skull Explorers share their healing teachings, based on real-life adventures investigating crystal skulls around the world and how their powerful crystalline energy helps you create inner and outer peace. V-J-Enterprises.com
Divine Guidance: Getting Clear on Your Clairs! Susan Marek,Thurs. April 28, 7-8:30 pm, $12 This evening focuses on the four clairs—clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and claircognizance—and how you can become “clear on your clairs.” Discover your own communication style and learn techniques to improve your divine reception with all four clairs. SusanMarek.com
Group Reading Event Deborah Koan, Fri. April 29, 7-8:30 pm, $12
Deborah can help you understand what’s blocking you, giving you easy-to-follow guidance, so you can move forward. Bring your questions about relationships, career, family, health, your children and pets, or even your dreams. DeborahKoan.com
Your House is Talking! Bette Steflik, Sat. April 30, 10:30 am-1 pm, $40
Puzzled over the best placement for your bed, desk, and stove? Plans waylaid since the new year? Mystified how your home affects career, health, family and money? Get answers to these questions and more. ShenMenFengShui.com
See Your Dream Job: Using Intuition to Fulfill your Life’s Purpose & Navigate Change Sue Frederick, Sat. April 30, 2-5 pm, $35
Did you know that you arrived on Earth with a GPS device embedded inside you? You programmed it before you were born. Learn how to tap into this powerful intuition, see the mission you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly. CareerIntuitive.org
Nature’s Diet: Dietary Myths Exposed! Andrew Iverson, Sat. April 30, 7-8:30 pm, $10
Dr. Iverson will share the clinically proven health model outlined in Nature’s Diet that has helped his patients boost energy levels, promote weight loss, and address chronic symptoms from allergies and depression to digestive complaints, headaches, and sexual dysfunction. DrAndrewIverson.com
Energetic Health for Healers Dewey Meyer, Sun. May 1, 2-5pm, $35
Health care workers are constantly exposed to excessive discordant energy. Join Dewey Meyer in examining why this happens and what you can do to keep yourself and your work space free from energetic interference. 5thDimensionHealing.com
Book Signing Session for Lynne McTaggart’s New Book: The Bond Lynne McTaggart,Wed. May 4, 1-2 pm, FREE!
Lynne McTaggart, one of the preeminent spokespersons for the science of spirituality and author of the worldwide bestsellers The Field and The Intention Experiment signs copies of her latest book, The Bond. TheBond.net
Ananda Night at NRB $30 covers all May Ananda Night at NRB events, or $10 drop-in per event. AnandaPortland.org Sadhana: Yoga, Energization & Meditation Laurie Chadwick & Lorna Knox,Wed. May 4-25, 5:30-6:45 pm
Take a moment out of your busy schedule, breathe deeply, practice yoga postures and energization techniques and then spend some time going within to find the answers you need.
Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda Lorna Knox,Wed. May 4-25, 7-8:30 pm May 4- Carrying Meditation into Daily Life; May 11- Understanding the Chakras
Power and Purpose: Guidance for Embracing Your Life’s Work Aubrie De Clerck & Emily Trinkaus, Fri. May 6, 7-8:30 pm, $12
How can you respond effectively and thrive during these changing times? Join Emily and Aubrie to gain astrological perspective and practical tools for moving forward through the current and upcoming shifts. CoachingForClarity.net & VirgoMagic.com
Consciously Crafting Self™ with Essential Oils Ailynn Halvorson, Sat. May 7, 10:30 am-3:30 pm, $45
Explore the concept of Consciously Crafting Self™ through the lens of five exotic essential oils and their resonant energies that stimulate our doshas, chakras, and subtle bodies, particularly the energies stemming from the oils’ associated mantras, yantras, archetypes, and rituals. DivineArchetypes.com
Recognizing the Paranormal Shirley Scott, Sun. May 8, 12-3 pm, $35
Learn about ghosts, demons, implanted energies and visitors from the other side. Shirley can explain significant paranormal events and take the Hollywood out of what is real and what is not. AnimalTalkHealing.com
Readers continued Autumn Edwards, Energy Reader & Intuitive Psychic Mon. March 21, April 25, May 2, $90/hour or $50/half hr.
Melding multiple traditions from shamanism to alchemy into a unique practice, Autumn Edwards uses an intuitive process to bring through universal energy for spiritual healing and psychic reading.
Lynn Buess, Numerology Readings March 24, May 10 & 25, $75/hr. or $40/half hr.
Learn the deeper meaning of your own numbers and better understand the life direction you have chosen. We examine strengths and potential within the personality and soul pattern and unconscious blocks that get in the way of what you really desire.
Raina Rowland, Cards of Destiny Readings Fri. March 25, April 15 & 29, May 6 & 27, $100/hr. or $50/half hr. In a session with Raina the Destiny Cards reveal past, present and future information about your life, including love, finances, work and health. MagiCardsofDestiny.com
Rebecca Singer, Energy Readings based on Shamanic Healing Practices March 27, April 11, May 6, $85/hr. or $45/half hr.
Using her hands as auric sensors Rebecca is able to observe the energy flow in and around your body and bring back information to you regarding physical health, ancestral or karmic issues and life purpose. ShamanicEnergy.com
Colby Wilk, Spiritual and Theta Healer Mon. March 28, $120/hr.
Combining spiritual healing with his experience as a counselor and coach, Colby Wilk assists people in creating powerful, magical relationships with themselves and with life. HealThroughSpirit.com
Patricia Schaller, Pet Reader March 29, April 6 & 20, May 18, $95/hr. or $60/half hr.
Patty can help when you: • want to change a pet’s “bad” behavior • need to know why your pet’s behavior has changed • wonder about your pets’ lives before they came to you • or wondering if it’s the right time for your pet to transition to spirit.
Marie Friend, Past Life Regression April 2, 3 & 4, $45/half hr.
During each session, Marie taps into what she calls your hologram and will share what she sees from the past life she connects with. The past life she sees is always specific to issues you are struggling with. MarieFriend.com
Phyllis King, Common Sense Psychic April 12 & 13, $125/hr. or $65/half hr.
Phyllis King is known as the Common Sense psychic because she loves to give practical and down to earth advice. If asked she will tell you “I’ll answer any question...love, career, life purpose…it’s all energy.” PhyllisKing.net
Shirley Scott, Animal Communication & Clairvoyant Readings Sat. May 7, $80/hour or $45/half hr. Shirley is an animal communicator and clairvoyant. She communicates with animals as well as crossing the veil to talk to our loved ones on the other side. (Please leave your pets at home.) AnimalTalkHealing.com
Jerry Henderson, Intuitive Tarot April 8 & 17, May 8 & 20, $85/hr. or $55/half hr.
Jerry Henderson is a gifted intuitive reader who will lead you to find useful answers regarding relationships, career and your spiritual journey. JerryHenderson.com
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Breaking Free and Moving Forward By Emily Trinkaus
On March 11, Uranus the great awakener moves into fiery Aries, waking up your instincts, passions and power to take action. This energetic acceleration helps you break free from blocks that keep you from living authentically and moving forward. Emily Trinkaus
A second major shift occurs on April 4 when Neptune — planet of spirit, dreams
and the imagination — enters mystical Pisces for the first time in more than 100 years. Neptune in Pisces dissolves the boundaries between the seen and unseen, and dissolves the ego to uncover the truth that we are all one.
Personal Sun and Ascendant Messages Aries (March 21 - April 19) Uranus in your sign for the next seven years catalyzes a powerful period of growth and change — your personal revolution. Shake off old, self-limiting patterns and experiment with new ways of meeting the world. You’re ready to step into a greater role as a leader and innovator, and to inspire others through your courageous example. Trust your instincts and live your passion.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Spiritual activism is your assignment for the next several years. You’re waking up to your power to work with the invisible realm and to effect positive change through the energy you cultivate and transmit. Seek out friends who inspire you, expand your perception and help you open to more magical possibilities. A new spiritual group or community could provide valuable support.
Gemini (May 21 - June 21) Let go of friendships and group activities that drain your energy and limit your potential. You’re ready to give your gift to the world in creative new ways, and take your work in a more spiritual, healing direction. Update your community of allies to support this shift. Getting involved in causes you feel passionate about will open the door to exciting new connections.
Cancer (June 22 - July 22) Clinging to the status quo in your career is not a viable strategy. You’ve got opportunities for new growth, and if you jump in, take the initiative and seize the moment, you can make changes that lead to lasting success. Adaptability and creativity are key. Pay attention to synchronicities, take the risk of acting on your hunches, and be willing to release old beliefs about what’s possible.
Leo (July 23 - August 22) A surge of enthusiasm inspires you to take a brave leap into the unknown. Embrace unexpected opportunities to travel, pursue a spiritual quest or otherwise broaden your perspective. Stepping outside your comfort zone helps you break free from self-limiting beliefs, strengthens your intuition and opens up unforeseen possibilities. Soften emotional defenses and be willing to receive help for this process.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22) There’s plenty of cosmic support for releasing old subconscious programs, emotional patterns and deep-seated fears. As you free yourself from inhibitions and allow more of your authentic self to be seen, you open the potential for greater intimacy with yourself and others. A longing for deeper spiritual connections may lead to dissolving relationships that no longer fulfill or inspire you.
Libra (September 23 - October 23) An urge for more freedom and independence stirs up the need for change in your significant relationships. You’re
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ready to break free from old patterns of being overly accommodating, and sacrificing your desires to please others. For the next seven years, you’re putting out the casting call for unconventional or unusual people who shake up your outlook and bring forth unexpressed parts of yourself.
Scorpio (October 24 - November 22) If you’re feeling restless and impatient with the daily grind, take charge and make a change. Sticking with what’s familiar will not serve you. Instead, take steps to bring more independence, flexibility and excitement into your work life and routines. Approach your everyday life as a heroic adventure. Boldness and originality will be rewarded.
Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21) Express yourself! Your creativity is on fire, and you’re ready to give birth to visions that have been brewing beneath the surface. Experimenting with different forms of creative expression can help you break through blocks and strengthen your confidence. Turn your home into a sacred sanctuary to increase your feeling of support and security.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 20) The ground beneath you may be shifting, as you awaken to deep feelings and underlying restlessness that threaten the status quo. Trust that temporary instability will ultimately lead to greater security — if you’re brave enough to give voice to your true needs and desires. You have the opportunity to awaken to, and break free from, old family patterns that have held you back.
Aquarius (January 21 - February 19) The fires of enthusiasm, innovation and leadership stir you into action. You may have made some bold new beginnings last summer, only to return them to the back burner for further simmering. Now you’re ready to go for it. Speak your truth and share your message with the world. Take advantage of opportunities to express yourself through writing, teaching and public speaking.
ake up! Explosive busyness. Gift yourself Uranus shakes with a trip to a mystical you with a jolt as it or romantic location to moves into pioneering Arhelp remind you of your ies on March 11. Call upon connection to source. your courage and begin a Know that this comnew path this spring, bepassionate and intuitive cause Uranus is a catalyst energy will return again of change. in 2012 to really get to The year started off on a work. For now, know that sluggish tone where many you are being teased with people felt a lack of motivaprophetic visions of things tion. Many felt a feeling of to come. Strengthen your a need for change, but the connection to your higher needed action was illusive self in the months ahead and unclear. Well, no more. so that it will be easier to By Mark Dodich Although you may still trust your inner knowing. feel a lack of clarity, incoming energy says Choices are ahead for you and logic will it is time to begin shifts. You may not know provide little assistance to you in making where you are going, but you know what those decisions. Intuition will play a much you don’t want to do anymore. Go deep larger part. Participate in activities such within and access that fearless part of you, as meditation or releasing unhealthy patthat inner knowing that everything will terns to help your inner knowing work at work out fine as long as you act in integrity. heightened levels. Uranus has not been in Aries for 84 years At the same time Neptune in Pisces is (since 1928 to 1934), so it is new energy taking you beyond the veils of this world, to almost everyone. Uranus is associated mental Mercury is calling for your attenwith earthquakes. New Zealand had mastion right here and right now. Beginning sive earthquakes and 21,000 buildings in on March 30 and lasting until April 23, Bulgaria were destroyed when Uranus Mercury appears to move backward in its was last in Aries. thrice-annual retrograde cycle. What is the personal earthquake waiting This communications breakdown cycle to happen in your life? Everyone must is in the sign Aries, making for an abunrenew their relationship with self. Some dance of Aries energy going on in the sky. people need to leave a relationship and Expanding Jupiter, explosive Uranus, the go it alone for a while. Others must learn a life-giving Sun and now Mercury are all new way to do relationships. This is as true moving through fiery Aries. You will feel of your love life as it is in career. Astrologilike you are going forward and backward cal energies indicate that the economy will simultaneously. not see significant improvement before It is time to review your actions, exer2015, so many unemployed people will cise your body and explore new ways to start their own businesses rather than communicate with the world. Be careful waiting for jobs to come back. of impatience. Know the next level of Aries is an impatient and restless enchange is coming quickly, but don’t make ergy desiring something new, and Uranus yourself crazy if you cannot immediately would rather blow up outdated structures see it happening. than wait for them to change. The women’s Overall, spring is exciting because there suffrage movement was strong 84 years is a feeling of new beginnings in the air. ago. Now, women in places like AfghaniAlthough these shifts are just at the tipstan are creating a revolution, seeking of-the-iceberg stage, know that your life education and other rights that old-school will be revolutionized during the next male institutions have denied. Eight deseven years. Trust your inner knowing cades ago, Amelia Earhart was breaking to move with those changes, and don’t barriers in the aviation world, so it will expect guarantees. You are being watched be interesting to see what new barriers over for your highest good from currently women break in the coming seven years. unseen places. Take comfort in change While the raw energy of Uranus is and be open to the new you that is now bursting at the seams to create change, a being birthed. more subtle influence initially arrives on Mark Dodich has been a professional astrologer April 4. Neptune, planet of spirituality and intuitive consultant since 1980. Join him and compassion, tests the waters of Pisces and like-minded friends on a trip to Greece until early August. This dreamy energy is this spring to open to this intuitive energy. ungrounded for now because it is helping Dodich’s specialties include natal astrology, you re-vision your life. relocation astrology maps and seven ray If you have been suffering or feeling like spiritual purpose astrology. Receive his free a martyr, this soft and feminine undercurAstromark newsletter and download a free rent quietly reminds you that there is a Basic Astrology Primer at www.astromark. higher purpose to your life than simply us or call 503-252-1558. paying your bills and becoming lost in
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Pisces (February 20 - March 20) As erratic Uranus exits Pisces, it’s time to integrate the shake-ups of the past seven years. While the speed of change may slow down, a more subtle but equally powerful influence seeps in. Dreamy Neptune flows through Pisces from April 4 to August 4, deepening your connection with the invisible realm of imagination and spirit. This is just a preview of Neptune’s 14-year stay in Pisces, starting in February 2012. Emily Trinkaus is a lifelong student of astrology and has practiced professionally since 1999. She is also a certified BodyTalk practitioner and Yin Yoga teacher. Visit www. virgomagic.com for details about sessions and events, or www.virgomagic.wordpress.com to read her weekly blog.
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eing green means more than just sustainable living. It also means bringing nature indoors. Green plants provide many benefits, both physiological and psychological, to all of our five senses. Research has shown that healthy, wellmaintained plants can improve air quality, reduce background noise and affect your behavior. Being close to plants reduces stress. Your heart rate, blood pressure and skin conductivity all benefit from the presence of plants. Joanne Craft People in well landscaped offices and homes recover from stress more quickly than those in environments without plants. If you work at home or in an office building, it’s ideal to keep a plant right on your desk as well as other areas throughout the office. Bring these Pacific Northwest plants indoors, not only to heighten and satisfy your senses but also to keep your environment happier and healthier: Green Lady (Aglaonema Green Lady): The plants’ scientific name originates from the two Greek words aglaos, meaning bright and nama, a filament or thread, referring to the striking stamens produced within the flowers. It is a popular plant with the Chinese, to whom it symbolizes long life. The less romantic common name
of Painted droptongue refers to the leathery, tongue-shaped leaves of Aglaonema crispum. The Green Lady is characterized by its dark green leaves with silver green markings, rapid growth rate, and resistance to diseases common to other Aglaonema. Black Coral (Sansevieria Trifasciata Black Coral): This exotic plant with tall narrow leaves with gray and green wavy lines across a rich green background, can be used as artful accent or in mass in planters or beds. The seemingly indestructible Black Coral can be grown in any type of light, tolerates low humidity and water, and sporadic feeding. Philodendron Red Congo: This plant is a new and distinct cultivar of Philodendron. It is a product of the cross or breeding between Philodendron Imperial Red as the female parent and an unidentified cultivar of the Philodendron tatei. This plant grows vigorously in an upright but spreading or open manner. New Red Congo leaves are brownish maroon to almost red in color while the large mature ones are dark green in color with a touch of red. The plant’s leaf petioles remain reddish purple to bright red with long-lasting petiole sheaths. Joanne Craft is an environmental stylist based in the Pacific Northwest region for Ambius, the world’s leading provider of plants for the workplace. Visit www.ambius.com.
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Wake Up, Jonas Elrod and Chloe Crespi, Beyond Words, 2010, $19.95
The “wake up” in the DVD Wake Up is Jonas Elrod opening his eyes one day in a San Francisco hotel room and realizing he can see otherworldly things — spirits, demons, angels and auras. Shortly after that, his best buddy dies, and the combination of events sends Elrod and his skeptical but loving girlfriend, Mara, on a journey across the nation and beyond, seeking help, enlightenment and scientific validation. His search includes the minister of the small-town Georgia church he grew up in, a man in Rome who takes pictures of spirits, various experts in the science of the paranormal, an acupuncturist, a Sufi healer, Buddhist nun Joan Halifax, and Ramtha channeler JZ Knight. The climax is a nine-day Skokomish vision quest in the woods near Chehalis, Wash. Yet after he’s done all these things, you can’t help but wonder: why Jonas Elrod? Why this ordinary guy in sneakers and a baseball cap? Elrod wonders, too. He makes no claims to insider spiritual knowledge based on his visions, but says the entities have told him to explain that their world exists. This documentary is part of that explanation. — Fran Gardner
Rainbow Warrior Awaken!, Mara Berendt Friedman and Trinity Harris, TrinQuinity Productions, 2010, $33
The power of the divine feminine flows with grace through this 44-card divination deck and guidebook. The deck features the visionary art of Mara Berendt Friedman and messages from the voice of the wise grandmother written by energy therapist Trinity Harris. The seed was planted for creating the deck when Friedman kept hearing the words rainbow warrior. She later learned about Native American prophecies that tell of a time when the planet is ravaged by environmental destrucT O R’ tion and in a grave state DI of imbalance. A new tribe of people of every color, culture and creed will gather, and these rainCHOICE bow children, through their compassionate actions, will heal the wounds of Mother Earth. The messages and images awaken the sacred wisdom of the crone dwelling in all beings, creating living doorways through which the sacred feminine brings forth love and truth. — Vicky Thompson
tions and toning, you open your heart and live from a place of deeper meaning. As a master of voice and a sound healer, Pearce understands the healing nature and power of sound. The Heart’s Note resonates with 2011
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The Two Sisters’ Café, Elena Yates Eulo and Samantha Harper Macy, Portal Books, 2010, $24.95
Sisters Alma and Vannie May own a small magical café in Willow Creek, a sleepy little town set in the 1950s in rural Kentucky. The café hosts town meetings, gossip sessions, delicious home cooked meals and a special kind of magic. Many of the local residents have their lives drastically changed after coming to the café. The heart of Willow Creek lies in the hands of these two amazing and capable sisters who endeavor to help better the lives of their fellow townsfolk in their own unique way. The sisters take on a young apprentice, who works with them in the café, learning and practicing the teachings. This magical story kept me intrigued and hungry for more. I found myself wanting to drop by the café and have a cup of tea with these two fictional women. This is a lovely, uplifting and positive story with just enough twists and laugh-out-loud moments to make it an exceptional read.
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Are you interested in improving health and vitality? Energy Medicine is a major key! Energy Medicine is the new frontier in medicine. It is a proven modality for promoting sound and effective healing. If you are interested in learning & practicing the fundamentals, based on the work of Donna Eden, author and healer, please go to www.awakenhealing.com under “Regional Education Program” for Portland, Oregon classes. This course is sponsored by Innersource (www.innersource.net). Class 1 starts in May 2011. Part of Certiﬁcation Program.
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Tapping the Source, William Gladstone, Richard Greninger and Gayle Newhouse, Beyond Words, 2010, $19.95
How do you find your own inner joy and peace? How do you find happiness? This DVD discusses the how and why we want to go within to find that place of discovery. More than 100 people were interviewed and asked: What is source? They opened their hearts, shared their thoughts and experiences, illustrating perhaps a shift in consciousness to a place of deeper meaning. This is a definite feel good movie, inspiring and joyful with such a positive message to share with the world. Maybe it will create a shift on a personal level, or perhaps we will notice it in politics, science, religion, business or even through art. It all fits together like a puzzle when you allow the pieces to come together.
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The Heart’s Note, Stewart Pearce, Findhorn Press, 2010, $14.95
In his rich and heart-moving book, Stewart Pearce reminds us of the mysteries of living a heart-centered life. Pearce guides you to the secret chamber of the heart known as the Shante Ishta, the single eye of the heart, where you tune into the universal heartbeat. Through inspiring meditations, affirma-
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The Legend of the Crystal Skulls By Joshua Shapiro
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ncient prophecies foretell how crystalline objects will assist planet Earth in becoming a world of peace. Could these indigenous legends be about crystal skulls? As a crystal skull explorer for the last 28 years, I have investigated the mystery around these crystalline carvings, which
are human-shaped skulls made out of different types of quartz crystals and other gemstones. Many of the early crystal skulls were initially found in the 1800s in Mexico within or near ancient tombs. Today however, skulls have been uncovered worldwide, including China, Mongolia, Peru, Australia and throughout Europe. My crystal skull fascination began in 1983 with a chance encounter with an amethyst crystal skull while traveling through San Jose, Calif. A friend shared a photo of an ancient amethyst skull she had personally seen, and my life was forever changed. It awakened an inner knowing that these crystal skulls carved by ancient cultures are one of the most powerful tools emerging to assist in the spiritual transformation of our world. A few days later, I saw this crystal skull with my own eyes and I became a real-life explorer. The Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull, one of the most famous carvings, was discovered
Top: Joshua Shapiro holds his personal crystal skull, Portal of Light, which was created by a Brazilian carver in 1998. Middle: Mitchell-Hedges is an example of an almost human-sized crystal skull. Bottom: Shapiro, shown with his personal crystal skulls at Machu Picchu, has searched for a blue skull in Peru.
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in 1924 in the Central American country of Belize in the city of Lubaantun, which is a buried Mayan city known as the City of Fallen Stones. This human-sized quartz skull is an almost exact replica of the human bone skull, including fantastic detail in the carving of the eyes, the nose and the teeth. The Mitchell-Hedges skull is comprised of two pieces — the upper part of the skull and a separate lower jaw. Modern archeologists have debated whether the skull was fashioned by advanced crystal carvers in the 1800s (like the master carvers in Idar-Oberstein in Germany) or if it was made by Mesoamerican carvers. Many theories abound about the perfectly crafted skull, and some spiritualists and paranormal researchers believe the Mitchell-Hedges skull is much older than reported and could have originated from the time of Atlantis. Miraculous healings have occurred in the presence of this well-known crystal skull, including the healing of physical ailments or illnesses, and an expansion in spiritual and creative gifts. I’ll never forget the experience I had with the MitchellHedges skull in 2008. I brought three of my own crystal skulls to sit with the MitchellHedges skull. I placed a 10-pound (almost human-sized) Brazilian smoky quartz skull face-to-face with the Mitchell-Hedges skull. Behind the legendary skull, I then placed a two-pound dark smoky quartz skull and a one-pound rose quartz skull, forming a perfect triangle. I sat in a meditative position facing the skulls. I sensed in my mind’s eye a very powerful being or consciousness floating to the right of the Mitchell-Hedges skull. I was then blessed with the sharing of wisdom by this universal consciousness, and I continue to feel its heart-opening and protective power today.
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It is the first system of its kind to reveal unconscious elements of our personalities — that hidden side of your personality that influences so much of your behaviors. It is about character and identity. It informs you how you best operate, think, function and respond.
observe those things, it means we actually have a choice in modifying our behavior. The more consciousness you have, the more awareness you have about yourself, your environment and yourself in the environment. More consciousness also means you are better able to adapt to conditions in your life and make changes to meet those environmental conditions. If someone is unconscious, they keep repeating or reconfronting the same issues over and over again without even thinking about modifying something about themselves to produce a different outcome. Consciousness allows us to take the shortcut to evolve our actions, our thoughts and our emotions so we can actually, in a very nonlinear way, take the shortcut to a greater level of evolution. How do emotions work in setting intentions? In the process of creation there is a balance between intention and surrender, and if you over-intend, that’s called “trying” (trying to control the outcome) and that doesn’t work in the quantum field. Then there is surrender, which is trusting an outcome that already exists beyond your senses and letting your body emotionally move into what that would feel like. Then you give thanks before the event has taken place. We know from the experiments that intention by itself does absolutely nothing. But when you couple it with an emotion, when you surrender to the emotion ahead of the actual event and don’t try to analyze it or figure out how it’s going to happen — and you just let go and believe — it works a whole lot better. It’s a balance.
It is a blueprint because your design is as unique as your fingerprint, created at your exact moment of birth. It determines the kind of person you were born to be and how you are designed to interact — socially and intimately — with others. It captures your true nature long before it was influenced or shaped by outside conditioning, so you really do get to see the most authentic version of you. From birth, and through the years of childhood, adulthood and love, the people around us tend to impact our behaviors and so we cut our cloth accordingly to be fit in, be liked or accepted, to live up to expectations or avoid judgment. Consequently, we become someone not true to ourselves and can live out of alignment with our intended design. Human Design is multilayered because it shows what type of person you are, what your particular way of being is, and what decision-making strategy works best for you. It is multipurpose because this self-knowledge can then be applied to your work, love relationships, family interactions and friendships. Once you rediscover your true nature, and decide to honor it, the more authentic and fulfilled you feel. Self-knowledge becomes self-power. Chetan Parkyn is the author of Human Design: Discover the Person You Were Born to Be. Visit www.humandesignforusall. com. Reprinted with permission by New World Library at www.newworldlibrary.com.
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Network with others in the community who are interested in whole living. Bring your flyers for our free information table.
• March 22 •
Whole Body Wellness: Using Intuition and Jin Shin Jyutsu Margaret LeMay, a psychic intuitive consultant, shares how to use your intuition to identify blocks to well-being. Judy Thomas, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, shows you how your hands can be used as “jumper cables” to unblock energy flows. Visit www.margaretlemay.com. • April 26 •
Teachings of the Crystal Skull Explorers
Crystal Skulls are everywhere — featured in the last Indiana Jones film, hundreds of crystal skulls are carved or discovered worldwide. The Crystal Skull Explorers share their healing teachings, based on real-life adventures investigating crystal skulls and their powerful crystalline healing energy. Visit www.v-j-enterprises.com/cs.html.
Tuesdays at 7-9 pm • $10 at New Ren Participants receive a $2 discount coupon good toward New Ren purchase that day.
New Renaissance Bookshop
1338 NW 23rd Ave. at Pettygrove St. in Portland • www.newrenbooks.com Details on the Calendar at www.newconnexionjournal.com New Conneüion March/April 2011
Almine: The Ancient Shamanism of Lemuria April 25-29 Portland, OR
A 5-day Event from Monday through Friday Join this powerful, lifealtering workshop with Almine on 2012 and the Rising of Lemuria. $900 through March 25 Thereafter: $1000
Contact: Annique Lottin email@example.com 503-710-8844
Rev. Julie Applegate
Rev. Cathi Condon
Open Spirit provides the tools and spiritual practices that transform lives and awaken individuals to the experience of Divine Love as a conscious reality.
Sunday Celebration Children’s Church 11:00 am
Meditation 9:50 am
10209 SE Division, Ste. 3 Portland, OR 97266 Lower level, behind building
Call 503-206-8027 for classes, retreats & Enneagram workshops
firstname.lastname@example.org www.openspiritcommunity.org We believe that the universe is spiritual and has intelligence, purpose, beauty, and order. Our beliefs are in harmony with all the world’s great spiritual teachings, and we honor all paths to God. Whether we call it God, Spirit, Energy, or Universal Intelligence, we are ever conscious that all people, places, and things emanate from this Universal Intelligence that is within us and all around us.
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Friday, April 15th
Saturday, March 31st
Healing Waters & Sacred Spaces
Saturday, March 12th
Appearance: Powell’s (Hawthorne)
Workshop: New Renaissance
Available February 22, 2011
Reconnect With the Sacred Feminine to Restore Balance, Release Creativity
EMOTIONAL VAMPIRES Judith Orloff
HUMAN DESIGN The New Astrology?
FREE 20 Years of Well-Being
LOSE YOUR MIND Joe Dispenza
Pacific Northwest’s Journal of Conscious Living