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adiance

A Publication of the Temple of Light Spiritual Community

The Question of Being Vegan

Ho'oponopono Housekeeping for the Soul By Joe Vitale

By Rev. Danielle Marie Hewitt

Orange County Cultural Arts By Lydia E. Ringwald

Waking Up to Love By Dawn Kirk 10 Reasons Why Students Do Not Complete Spiritual Development Programs By Christine Christensen and Dina Kleiman

Getting to the Heart of Freedom By Carol Gervais A Good Story Requires Rewriting and Remembering By Jen Hutchinson and Susan Hough

Being Open to New Opportunities By Rev. Basia Christ, PhD

Connection Through Rhythm By Robert Steffen

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TRUTH  CONSCIOUSNESS  BLISS Sunday Sangati from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rev. Danielle Marie, Founder and Spiritual Director May be joined by a guest or substitute speaker (“Sangati” in Sanskrit means gathering together to learn more about ourselves)

Each week Rev. Danielle selects a topic based on an event from the interfaith calendar or a message from an Ascended Master or Archangel. Channeled messages during meditation and personalized Oracle Card Readings provided to attendees.

Kirtan and song led by Seth Pincus, Sound Healer, Kirtanka, and Musician Beyond the concepts of all beliefs there exists one universal truth that guides every living being. It is not a personality or a single being, but rather a life force with unlimited love and intelligence that lives within each of us. We welcome you to come and be in a place where you can: • Be where like-minded souls gather to find answers to all of life’s great questions • Learn how to listen to the inner voice that guides and comforts • Reason, question, meditate, and contemplate • Learn how to “live in the present moment” and open your mind to all possibilities • Develop a highly personalized path of leading a spiritual life

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The Question of Being Vegan By Rev. Danielle Marie Hewitt

Founder of Temple of Light Spiritual Community, Director of the Academy of Light School for Healing Arts Practitioners, Publisher of Radiance magazine, Mentor to Holistic and Healing Arts Practitioners

Orange County Cultural Arts By Lydia E. Ringwald

The Quest By Arthur Faram

On-Site Practitioners

Leadership Team

Getting to the Heart of Freedom By Carol Gervais

Academy of Light

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MAGAZINE STAFF Published by Rev. Danielle Marie, Spiritual Director of Temple of Light Spiritual Community Editor, Creative Director, & Sales Rev. Basia Christ. Ph.D. Director of Marketing & Public Relations Tony Giuffreda Editorial Staff Tonya Fitzpatrick

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A Good Story Requires Rewrites and Remembering By Jen Hutchinson and Susan Hough

Connection Through Rhythm By Robert Steffen

Ho'oponopono: Housekeeping for the Soul By Joe Vitale

Waking Up to Love By Dawn Kirk

10 Reasons Why Students Do Not Complete Spiritual Development Programs By Christine Christensen and Dina Kleiman

Being Open to New Opportunities By Rev. Basia Christ, PhD

Workshops & Classes

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The Question

of Being Vegan By Rev. Danielle Marie Hewitt

Founder of the Temple of Light Spiritual Community, Director of the Academy of Light School for Holistic Seekers & Practitioners, Publisher of Radiance Magazine a Periodical for Universal Consciousness, Mentor & Practitioner of Holistic Healing Arts

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have been contemplating the virtues of a vegan diet for years. Several years ago, I practiced a vegetarian diet for about 18 months, but did not give up my eggs, half & half in my tea, or fish. I won’t lie. Even being a Pesco, Lacto, or Ovo vegetarian was difficult. It was harder dining out, eating at friend’s and family’s homes as well as shopping and cooking for five family members who were not vegetarians. Unrelenting comments from non-vegetarians were just that, unrelenting. However, the worst battle was the one within me. When I smelled my favorite meats being cooked, my body had an automatic reaction – salivation. Despite my convictions, my body was designed to eat meat coming from thousands of years of evolution and it wanted it. But was it evolution? On what turned out to be the last day of my vegetarian diet, I was taking a week-long course and felt particularly tired. I mentioned my fatigue to a colleague who knew I was a vegetarian. She boldly said, “You need to eat meat and get grounded”. We went to dinner that night, I ordered a steak and promised myself I would return to my normal diet the following day. When the steak was served, I felt like I had not eaten in years. It filled my mouth and stomach in such a satisfying way that I was unable to continue to avoid animal products since the fall of 2007. I have been distressed since then as I have tried to understand how to proceed with my moral, ethical, eco-

nomic, and ecological arguments while my body is my biggest contender for the counter argument. Listening to the arguments of meat eaters and nonmeat eaters can make your head swim. Is a carnivore diet better because of our evolution or is it just a matter of convenience, taste, and habit? There are many myths and misconceptions about what it means to be vegan. The veganism philosophy can extend beyond the palate ("I won't eat anything that has a bladder or a mother") to not wearing animal products (leather, suede, fur, wool, silk, feathers), and avoiding products with animal ingredients or testing ("crueltyfree" labels). Following is the truest definition: “A vegan tries to live without exploiting animals, for the benefit of animals, people, and the planet. Vegans eat a plant-based diet, with nothing coming from animals - no meat, milk, eggs or honey, for example. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk, and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose.” The keys words for me are that veganism supports the benefit of “Animals, People, and the Planet.” These words describe the lack of the ethical, health, and ecological aspects of being a meat eater. Although my Internet searches on the subject yielded results on both sides of the, shall we say carnivore diets as compared to vegan diets, I did notice one thing regarding arguments of the carnivores. They presented evidence for heath side of it, but were quiet regarding continued on page 6 >> Radiance

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<< continued from page 5 the ethical and ecological arguments. Even more onesided were the arguments presented for a meat-based diet which were easily refuted by vegans, but yet, the reasons the vegans argued for a plant-based diet went unanswered by the carnivores. Before I share both sides of the debate I gathered, allow me to share my conclusions. I am convinced as a world population we must embrace the transitional change toward veganism.

on average weigh up to 20 percent less than meat eaters. Vegetarian diets are linked to lower BMIs, reduced risk of Type II diabetes and less cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, eating more fruits and vegetables lower rates of certain cancers, especially colon cancer. Meat protein provides the complete strain of the essential amino acids we need, so often it is not in a low calorie or low fat option.

It won't be easy. Changing my cravings for meat will take time and effort to overcome. It’s like trying to quit smoking or any bad habit that gives us pleasure. Am I comparing eating meat to smoking? Yes. I enjoyed smoking for years before I quit. The most consistent arguments for the non-vegan eating plan are nutrition-based. The non-vegan arguments do not address the moral, ethical, economical, or ecological effect, but stick to the nutrition-based one covering the following areas:  An animal-based diet plan helps people get nutrient rich foods from all good food groups.  Animal protein is a quality protein that provides all of the essential amino acids in a low calorie package.  Dairy products easily provide calcium and are often fortified with Vitamin D for maximum absorption and bone production.  Vitamin D found in fish and dairy helps keep heart disease and blood pressure down.  Vitamin B12, necessary for red blood cell production and a healthy nervous system, is only found in animal products.  Animal protein provides Heme-iron, a form of iron efficiently absorbed by the body which is necessary for red blood cell production which delivers oxygen to the body.  Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in fish; especially salmon which is necessary for good circulation, energy, skin, nail, and hair health. Yes, all food groups that include meat do provide the nutrition we need. Vegans do not argue that the meatbased diet is lacking in nutrition. However, since 1991 the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has recommended a no-cholesterol, low-fat vegan diet based on what they call the Four New Food Groups: fruit, legumes, grains, and vegetables. Vegans and those who avoid animal products (even part of the time) often have low rates of obesity, and

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Plants do not provide this, but each plant provides some them. A diverse diet including many plants will provide the complete essential amino acids we need. To make it easier, vegan protein shakes are available that combine plant-based foods that provide all amino acids. There are many foods that provide a calcium-rich diet so we can avoid milk and dairy, such at hazelnuts, almonds, fortified soy, cabbage, broccoli, etc. For Vitamin D, twenty minutes of sunshine will provide our daily dose. If this is not an option, supplements are available. Vitamin B12 does not come from meat; it comes from microorganisms found in meat. It is found in soil rich in manure and shows up in vegan diets when hygiene was lower and vegetables were not washed. Vegans can take supplements, eat soy, or cereals fortified with it. Although there has been a slight increase of iron deficiency in vegetarians, meat eaters also show a shortage. Iron supplements are not recommended without a blood test as excess iron is not healthy. Natural iron for vegans is black-strap molasses, lentils, tofu, quinoa, kidney beans, and chickpeas Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an Omega-3 fatty acid is found in leafy green vegetables and nuts, and in vegetable oils, such as canola and flaxseed oil. If you’re thinking of becoming a vegan, following are some impressive statistics you should know not only for your health, but also to answers the questions from well-intentioned loved ones and friends.


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Most of us have made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get healthier, and to do more to make the world a better place. We can accomplish these and more by switching to a vegan diet. Vegans are, on average, 20 pounds lighter than carnivores due to lower calories, lower fats, and lower saturated fats. Unlike unhealthy fad diets, vegans have more energy and usually keep the weight off for a life time. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than carnivores. They get the nutrients they need, such as plant protein, fiber, and minerals without cholesterol and saturated fats. Meats and dairy products are often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the U.S. Cholesterol and saturated fats spread to other vital body organs, not just the heart which can result in fatigue, low sex drive, and low energy. There are two more compelling reasons to adopt a vegan diet which the vegans argue and carnivores do not address: the ethical and the environmental factors. World population continues to grow. Even though birth rates are down, so is infant mortality and early death. To continue to sustain the 7 billion people on this earth with food and not destroy natural resources for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, we must find more sustainable ways to feed ourselves. Consuming meat is one of the worst things we can do for the Earth. It is wasteful and causes enormous amounts of pollution. The meat industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more effective than switching to a greener car in the fight against climate change. Forty percent of the ocean fish caught is fed to livestock – pigs and chickens are becoming major aquatic predators. The livestock industry is one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions ever. We must promote veganism for health and animal-rights reasons as well as environmental conservation reasons. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. It takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of animal flesh. That plant food could be used more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people go vegan, the better able we’ll be able to feed the hungry.

but may use them in clothing and toiletries. Ethical vegans see veganism as a philosophy rejecting the commoditization of animals and will not use them for food, clothing, entertainment, or any other purpose. The British Vegan Society only certifies a product if it is free of animal involvement as far as possible and practical, including animal testing. The ethical vegan sees the objectifying of animals as resources for human consumption, converting sentient creatures into units of production, thereby consigning them to brief lives of neglect, abuse, and captivity to increase profits of commercial farmers. I have watched films showing the cruelty of animals in industrialized farms and acknowledge what is called the Degree of Absence which strategically intends to help us forget when we buy a package of steak in the store we are eating an animal with a face, a life, and emotions that feels pain and fear. The health reasons are clear. Arguments presented by carnivores were successfully and scientifically answered by some of the most prestigious, peer-reviewed doctors and scientists. The carnivores had no counter arguments to all of the health benefits also presented by the same groups of medical professionals. The environmental and ethical reasons are clear. And yet, I still feel a part of me resisting. I understand if you have resistance, too. I am in my early fifties and don’t want to give up what has been a source of joy and delight to my taste buds my whole life. The truth is the meat our ancestors ate, the type, quality, and quantity is not the same as it is now. Our population and environment is different, too. For our health and our world, we must make a change. If I can quit smoking, give up diet cokes, and decrease my shopping habits, I can give up meat. Some of our greatest philosophers thought so, too.

Rev. Danielle Marie is a Master ThetaHealer® who practices a healing art based primarily on ThetaHealing®, but with several personal additions and modifications. Rev. Danielle Marie's sessions are life-changing, creating shifts in her clients' perceptions resulting in the most positive changes imaginable. Rev. Danielle Marie has been a student of metaphysics since 2000 and studied under several mentors, including Vianna Stibal and Dr. Doreen Virtue. As a metaphysical minister, she believes in the innate intuitive ability gifted to each of us. Teaching this and witnessing healings has become her life's work and passion. She believes we can live free from pain and suffering and be in a constant state of peace and joy.

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What did Great Philosophers Think About Being Vegan? “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~ Albert Einstein “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci “I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.” ~ Henry David Thoreau “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.” ~ Leo Tolstoy “I do feel that spiritual progress does demand, at some stage, that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Orange County Cultural Arts By Lydia E. Ringwald

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he Segerstrom Center offers performances at the grand Segerstrom Center Theater, the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the intimate Samueli Theater along with South Coast Rep. March 7-9, the Monte Carlo Ballet performance with Jean-Christophe Maillot’s choreography of Swan Lake is an avant-garde interpretation of the classic fairy tale of a swan’s metamorphosis into a woman plunges into the depths of the human psyche to emerge with magic into a shimmering chimera of evanescent dance. Subtle choreography reveals Insights into the latent hybrid that inhabits the human, the spiral of evolution, the inner essence and truth of the genetic past, curled within, unspin before our very eyes into an unforgettable ballet. At the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Pacific Symphony (www.pacificsymphony.org) performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto March 6-8, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto 1 performed by Yulianna Avdeeva March 27-29. Experience Sarah Chang on violin performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto masterpiece April 10-12. Festival Ballet (festivalballet.org) presents Giselle March 22-23, the

mystical Romantic era ballet at Irvine Barclay Theater March22-23. Performing the ethereal role of Giselle is the radiant American Ballet Theater star Gillian Murphy paired with Cory Stearns as Albrecht spinning the story of a haunting mystical world beyond life and death. Alvin Ailey dance returns to Segerstrom March 27-30 with performances of classics of American modern dance that catapulted this company to fame in 1958 with its signature choreography expressing Soul of Blues. Jazz at the Lincoln Center with trumpet icon Wynton Marsalis on the Segerstrom stage one night only, March 14. Also, a Segerstrom Center spotlight for April is Celtic Woman: The Emerald Tour April 1-2. Travel to Ireland’s Emerald Isles in a spellbinding production of global music. Art imitates Life in the Arts Alive event at the San Diego Museum of Art (sdmart.org ) April 10-13. Floral arrangements interpreting art masterpieces from their art collection enliven the galleries with the fresh energy of nature, beauty, and spiritual meaning. Enjoy an enchanting production of Cinderella by San Francisco Ballet’s magnificent retinue of principals, soloists, and corps de ballet. March

Giselle is the story of a haunting mystical world beyond life and death. 11-23. Shostakovisch’s Trilogy premieres on the West Coast April 2- 13. Celebrate Spring with a surprise trip to San Francisco to see The Rite of Spring April 4-15 in the restored historical War Memorial Opera House.

Lydia E. Ringwald is a Southern California native, who has traveled the world writing and lecturing about the arts and photographing world heritage sites for her presentations on spirituality. A metaphysical artist and graduate of Scripps College (BA) and the University of California Irvine (MA), she shares insights into the spiritual meaning inherent in the arts with Radiance readers. Lydia has visited museums and art collections throughout the world as a foundation of research for her lecture presentations, arts journalism and publications. Lydia was a professor of English at Golden West College and Saddleback College. She is currently a guest lecturer on the art and history for Royal Caribbean and Oceania cruises.

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pirituality is personal. We yearn to know why we are here and how we arrived in this beautiful, trying, and sometimes tragic environment. However, unless you are an exceptional researcher, most of us will never learn as much as is available about our spirituality. We are products of our environment. How many are willing or able, to pursue that yearning for spiritual knowledge to where they approach an understanding of our place in the universe? Many terminate their spiritual progress at a place that is comfortable. I have observed that comfortable means something different to each of us. Most people do not have the time to pursue their quest for spiritual knowledge so they settle into a spiritual life that is comfortable because it meets their need although some feel there is more to learn. I wondered for years why older people seem to find God late in life. I used to think it was because they were trying to cover their bases before they died. I now know it is only in the serenity and freedom that comes with age that they have time to resume their quest for the truth. Unfortunately, most people do not have the blessing of being introduced to the miracle of meditation early in life. Had these people been taught the gift of meditation, they could have created the serenity that I and my family have every day. How fortunate I am to live the remainder of my life in peace and harmony. I forever will be grateful to that blessed man who thought enough of me to introduce me to meditation. He must have sensed I had spent my life joining various religions in search of

the truth. I had no idea that where I was searching was the reason I was not progressing. Through research I have learned it was meditation that Jesus taught his people as the means to communicate with his heavenly father as did most religious scholars that existed before Jesus. It has been man’s link to the immortal since ancient times. I believe meditation is the only earthly method for achieving total peace. How wonderful it would be if everyone could enjoy this peace, free from hedonism, and worldly vices. Ideally, this would allow the entire world to live in peace, as was described by Plato during the Golden Age of civilization. Organized religion is man’s creation, not God’s. Is there a religion that can exist without politics and the need for income from its parishioners? If that organized religion exists, it has remained hidden from me. It is the makeup of organized religion which prevents them from divulging the truth about our relationship with God. If they developed their parishioners to the point of true enlightenment, there would be no need for the organized religion. Therefore, their parishioners are doomed to remain trapped in an environment from which, unless they are strong, they will never escape. Many religions do not know they are not teaching the ultimate method to communicate with God, but some do. Proselytization and conversion of a church-going individual, to another organized religion, is difficult. You are taking them out of their comfort zone and, since Protestantism is nothing more than a product of Catholicism, continued on page 14 >>

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there is nothing to be gained by converting. If people are shown they have the power within them to communicate with God without a mediator, the prospects of showing them the way is dramatically increased. No longer do they have to chase solutions to their problems; the solutions begin to appear. Organized religion has taught us that prayer is the solution to our problems. Although prayer has been proved, to be a powerful tool, it still entraps the human mind in an earthly bond. It is through meditation that the conscious is released into the cosmos to affect our lives and bring us blessings we only subconsciously contemplate.

Meditation and the Teachings of the Ancients Today people are returning to the practice of looking for God within their own souls through meditation rather than allowing theological intermediaries to do it. A similar time was mentioned in the book of Ezekiel which tells of God’s disgust for persons filling the souls of his children with lies in order to benefit themselves. Ezekiel, Chapter 13, verses 18-23: 18 - And thus saith my Master, God, Alas, for the women who sew-oracle-cases on all elbows, and prepare wraps upon the head of every stature to hunt souls, the souls ye hunt are those of My people, whereas your own souls ye keep alive. 19 - Thus have you profaned Me unto My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, putting to death the souls that should not die and, and keeping alive the souls that should not live, by your lying to My people who hearken to lies. 20 - Therefore, thus saith my Master, God, Behold Me! against your oracle-cases wherewith ye are hunting the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them off your arms, and let go the souls of those of them whose souls ye are hunting as birds; 21 - And will tear off your wraps, and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall be no longer in your hand to be hunted; so shall ye know that I am God. 22 - Because of the paining of the heart of the righteous man with falsehood, whom I have not pained, and strengthening the hands of the lawless man that he should not turn from his wicked way, by letting him live. 23 - Therefore, of falsehood shall ye have no vision, and a divination shall ye not divine anymore, so will I deliver My people out of your hand, and ye shall know that I am God. As most of us have been taught; God is omnipresent, 14 Radiance

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omnipotent, and invisible. The Monks of India have had a direct relationship with God for millennia. They are the keepers of the ancient religious practices handed down from God ions ago. When organized religion was formed by the Romans, the truth in the Celtic and Krishna philosophies was recognized and became the basis in the formation of Christianity. However, important philosophies were omitted in order to keep control of the congregation. The true reason Constantine started this religion was because his soldiers were secretly converting to the teachings of Jesus, taught by the followers of Jesus called the Nazarenes. They taught that each person had a body and a soul and through the soul we have direct contact with God through meditation. This part of the ancient philosophies was discarded by Christian religions for fear of losing control of their members. Meditation was morphed into prayer, an earthly creation which gives some relief, but does not provide the spiritual freedom provided by meditation. Therefore, organized religion keeps individuals forever trapped in a worldly dependence on the church. The problem with this is the body and the soul operate on two different principles. The body learns and communicates through its senses, is a physical being, and can only exist within the realm of information experienced since birth. The soul, created by God, is a spiritual entity which is omnipotent and loving. We have been told, "We are created in God's image.” This reality has been distorted to mean our physical body, while it is our soul which is like God and will return to its previous state upon death. As we grow older, our physical body becomes subjected, through its physical senses, to the viewpoints, sometimes misconceptions, and outright lies, which form our mental image of the world. All this time our soul is quietly occupying our body with the remembrance of its previous lives and recording our current life. But remember, the soul is omnipotent and full of love. We have the ability, through meditation, to connect the beauty and continued on page 16 >>


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power of the soul to our consciousness and bring it into play. That is its purpose. We leave the physical world and enter spiritual communication with our Creator. Normally the infinite knowledge and love contained in our soul and our physical body's limitations are not connected. However, through meditation they can be. That is why we can never reach our full potential as physical beings until we communicate with our soul. Through meditation, our souls and physical bodies communicate. The ability to bring these qualities through to our conscious mind is demonstrated through out of body experiences of persons who have died and returned to life, and through genuine psychics who can see the past. This is the infinite capabilities of their soul breaking through to their conscious mind. This must be why the Monks in India spend their lives meditating. It is not a chore; it is a pleasure to experience the pure love of God and put the omnipotence of the soul into communication with the physical mind. This process cannot be developed simply by verbal discussion with another human being. It must be done by the person through meditation. I once asked a Master, “Can we accomplish the same thing through prayer?” He replied, “Praying is asking favors from God; meditation is communicating with God. Communication with the Divine is the way to enlightenment and love.” Of course, had organized religion retained personal meditation in their philosophies, there would be no monetary gain to be had, only the spiritual enlightenment of their parishioners. Eventually their parishioners would attain sufficient enlightenment to depart and begin teaching others the joy of meditation. Unfortunately, now that meditation is becoming popular again, there are the greedy few that teach newcomers for a large fee as there are always those who take something given freely by God and charge others for it. It would seem more proper that if a group of spiritual people want to organize and share their experiences they should be self-supporting, outside their church, and meet only to enjoy each other’s spirituality and instruct newcomers.

On Meditation "...the practice of meditation is the primary method one must employ to arrive at higher states of consciousness. Cosmic Consciousness, and beyond, is not attainable through intellect because the mind cannot experience or understand God. " 16 Radiance

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We all have the ability to connect directly with the great energy of the Cosmos, an energy which we call God. This is what is missing from most organized religions. Most of the people of the world, at least initially, need guidance in the path to God. It is a shame most organized religions choose to keep their flocks tethered to them, rather than revealing the truth. Meditation and ancient knowledge were the basis for the Nazarene, Hindu, and Buddhist spirituality. This is why they were the primary religions used by Constantine to form Christianity. Unfortunately, the job of communicating with God, and the joy of the development of spirituality, was left to the church while individuals were assigned the task of obtaining favors through prayer. To make matters worse, religions that followed failed to make their parishioners aware that everyone’s sins were already forgiven through Grace by Jesus, and that adherence to Jewish Law was no longer necessary. Jesus said in Mathew 7, Verses 7-8, "Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. For whosoever asketh receiveth and he that seeketh, findeth, and to him that knocketh shall it be opened." Meditation is not for everyone. It is for persons who have experienced religion and are ready for something more enlightening. There is an old saying that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Since I have begun meditating, my life has drastically changed for the better. I feel closer to God; I am no longer anxious or fear the unexpected. With the scientific and spiritual revelations currently appearing daily, it seems like the world has come full circle. I feel confident the future holds spiritual breakthroughs, just as the decades of the recent past have provided technical breakthroughs. Meditation shall set you free. Introduce others to this wondrous tool of love and direct communication with God and watch them blossom and transform their lives from worldly chaos to unearthly peace. (Released into the public domain 12/03/2013)

Arthur Faram is the Founder of The Faram Foundation and President of Infotel Corporation. For more information, visit www.thefaramfoundation.com.


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Getting to

the Heart of Freedom

By Carolyn Gervais

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hat does true freedom look and feel like? Would you be free if you had every worldly thing you desire? The relationship you long for, the free rein to go where you want when you want, fame, money, power, that bigshot job…..would having any or all of these make you free? True freedom isn’t something that can be bought, borrowed, or stolen. True freedom lies in understanding that the material world to which we have become addicted is nothing but a construct of the illusion of separation we have bought into and manifested here on Earth – a false truth. So there is no fear in losing our attachment to anything in the material world that does not serve our true Self. Your true Self agreed that if and when the material human aspect imbalanced your real purpose and hindered the breaking of the shell of false truths that you, on a soul level, would transform your human life in order to bring balance between your body, mind, and soul. In doing so, the illusions you created between those aspects would

gradually fade into the nothingness from which they came. Signs that imbalance and transformation is at hand, globally and personally, are evident everywhere. The strain of living in the world, especially at this pivotal time in history when everything is going through a metamorphosis of sorts, is peaking. Many people are feeling the heaviness of that in their lives. Some people feel trapped by their society, government, or culture. Others are facing more personal challenges and constraints. This is all a part of the process that is bringing a deeper spiritual need to the human consciousness. Weak economies and war are symptoms of untruths into which mankind has bought. Those symptoms are bringing challenges that are forcing people out of their comfort zones. With each challenge come previously unknown fears and obstacles to be faced rather than denied. No matter our circumstances, what culture in which we live, into what family we were born, we have to choose from the opportunities that human existence brings our way. It

is our birthright to experience and use the opportunities we choose in order to find our heart’s inner most freedom. Not all opportunities, however, come packaged with a bow. In fact, the challenges we face are actually our greatest opportunities and greatest gifts because they force us to face our fears. Can fear stop you from finding personal freedom? If you choose to deny it, it can. However, it’s only a matter of further life experience before you eventually come to the place in consciousness where most fears, which are false truths, can be overcome. The less you know yourself inwardly, the stronger your denial is, until the need to push through what is ignored becomes so strong it can no longer be denied, contained, or put off. Let’s say the fear of surviving becomes so emotionally painful that the mind feels it will go insane if it doesn’t let go of the fear completely. You come to a place where you are willing to accept whatever you must to survive. In that moment of continued on page 18 >>

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surrender, a sense of peacefulness and inner strength frees you from the ego, shame, and guilt that hampered your inner guidance. What you now feel is a sense of empowerment. You accept that whatever the outcome of this experience, you now have the powerful energy of acceptance, surrender, and inner guidance to push through the fear and the unknown to a more aware you that awaits as you move through your learning experience. When the need to overcome your fear overpowers the fear itself, real inward and outward changes take place. This is true freedom. Many of you have had to give up homes, jobs, and/or relationships and live more modestly than before. There is no shame in that. In fact, these seeming sacrifices are a gift. These are the kind of challenges that are helping humanity to break through the shell of fear, sep-

arateness, and self-denial to new experiences, new opportunities, and relationships that enhance who you have become and continue to become as you move into an everexpanding awareness of self and the purpose of life. It is difficult for humans to lose or seemingly give up what they have worked so hard to acquire, to be, to do, and accomplish in a world of duality. Nevertheless, those human aspects of life that have been inwardly outgrown have now become stumbling blocks to true inner freedom. Isn’t it time to let them go? You who are reading this have asked, consciously or unconsciously, to understand the purpose of your life and, possibly, human existence. The material world is addicting, but there comes a point where it can prevent the true freedom of self-knowing and soul growth. Balancing body, mind, and soul means living in the light of your in-

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ner being through the purification of the heart. True freedom doesn’t come with closed minds and hearts or overused misunderstood beliefs and teachings. True freedom doesn’t know greed, selfishness, fear, hate, or separation from each other. It takes deep searching and challenging inner work to see through and beyond the false beliefs this duality has given power, but with that comes true freedom. Carolyn Gervais is the author of I Dreamed I Was Human: Awakening from the Illusion, an eloquent explanation of complex metaphysical concepts that describe how human life connects with soul and spirit. She is an ordained spiritual psychologist, certified hypnotherapist, has a Masters in holistic nutrition, and has been a professional singer for more than 20 years. www.IDreamedIwasHuman.com; www. awakeningyou.com

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Waking Up

Saturday,

By Jefferson Parson, MA

10am—6pm

March 1

I went to the bottom of the deepest dark lake, Rode on the sole of a moccasin snake, Prayed the pressure wouldn’t my poor heart break ‘Til I popped to the top, my eyes wide awake.

New Earth Expo

General Admission is $10, but when you sign up for New Earth Expo’s mailing He spared me his poison all the way down, we'll email you Free Passes whenever we do shows in your area. But I shuttered to utter all that I found: Space heaters, tvs and old tennis shoes, Even an I-phone that’s never been used.,

Step 1 - Sign up for our mailing list using the above link. On the following Saturdays Step 2 - We email you, and you confirm your email address. Step 3 - A window appearsMarch with your free and 7, you print it out. 1,pass, June

Huge pieces of plastic, to the earth so unkind, But the scariest pieces were pieces of mind: Fear for the future, shame for the past, Fears that each day would be our last.

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General Admission is $10, but when you sign up for Directions New Earth Expo's mailing lislt, we'll mail you Free Fromwe I-405, exit Irvine Dr. & go south. Turn right o Passes whenever do shows inCenter your area.

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11 Goddard From I-5, exit Lake Forest Dr. & go west. Turn right onto I Step 1: Register for our mailing list on NewEarthCenter Dr. Turn left onto Tesla. Take the 1st right onto Go Irvine, CA 92618 Expo.net. Facing my fears didn’t drive them away, (949)333-1641 Step 2: We email you and you confirm your email www.LiveYourRadiance.org But they’re way less scary in the light of the day. Lots of FREE PARKING in the Temple of Light parking lo address. I say what I feel and I feel what I say,

Which is way better than hiding away. To bring all this up I had to go down To the bottom of the lake to find what I found, Down to the bottom of the deepest dark lake, ‘Til I popped to the top, my eyes wide awake.

Step 3: A window appears with your free pass and you print it. Directions Take I-405, exit Irvine Center Drive and go south. Turn right onto Tesla. Take the 1st right at Goddard. From I-5, exist Lake Forest Dr. and go west. Turn right onto Irvine Dr. Turn left on Tesla. Take the 1st right at Goddard. PLENTY OF FREE PARKING in the Temple of Light parking lot.

Jefferson Parson (MA, Columbia University) is a poet, playwright and singer-songwriter from northern California who has recorded four albums of original songs. With the release of his CD “Hillbilly Hook” (produced by Blue Grass legend Peter Rowan), Jefferson has been recognized as an inventive, moving story-teller and wordsmith. 20 Radiance

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GODDARD BUSINESS CENTER 11 Goddard Irvine, CA 92618

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A School for Spiritual Seekers, Students and Holistic Healing Practitioners Have You Heard the Calling? The Academy of Light helps personal seekers learn and apply some of the most ancient and time-tested spiritual and holistic healing tools to lead them in the discovery of the most powerful energy of all, their own healer within. In this time of New Beginnings, New Age, New Energy, it is time to Seek, Clear, Activate, Fill the Void, Emerge, Embody & Emit Compassion and Be the Light Body that you are!

Wake Up the Inner Healer in You! We now offer 16 courses that support the skills and knowledge of an emerged and enlightened Spiritual Healer. The instructors chosen are experienced, professional, devoted and committed to help you along your journey. Choose a course that inspires you, completes you and adds to your repertoire of skills or take them all and earn a "Spiritual Holistic Healing Practitioner" certification. (If you have taken these courses, apply for a credit transfer.)

Register for Courses separately or in packages with up to 30% Savings Call 949 333-1641 or visit www.liveyourradiance.org/academyoflight to register and see Dates/Times of Classes

Intuitive Development

Energy Work

Spiritual Healing Fundamentals Channeling the Masters & the Angels Mediumship (Begin/ Intermediate) Mediumship (Advanced/Platform) ThetaHealing Beginning

Reiki Level One Reiki Level Two

ThetaHealing Advanced Law of Attraction Mastery Conscious Anatomy, Medical Intuitive

Advanced Reiki Training Reiki Master Universal Healing Touch Level 1 Universal Healing Touch Level 2 Universal Healing Touch Level 3 Crystals Certified Consultant

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Intuitive Counselor Certification Courses With Rev. Danielle Hewitt ThetaHealing® Basic: 3 Days (Fri, Sat & Sun Consecutive) $500

Basic DNA introduces ThetaHealing techniques and focuses on activating the 12 strands of DNA within each participant. The chromos, or youth and vitality chromosome is activated, the telomeres are strengthened to reverse the aging process, and students experience an opening to the Unconditional Love of the Creator of all that is. The heart of this class is the practice of techniques that allow you to change life patterns held in place by core, genetic, historic and soul beliefs, either self-inflicted or externally imposed. The student will learn to identify their own beliefs as well as to practice changing or replace them. This class quickly reveals beliefs that might otherwise take years of traditional psychotherapy to uncover. By the end of the course the student is prepared to become a practitioner.

ThetaHealing Advanced: 3 Days (Fri, Sat & Sun Consecutive) $500

Expands, deepens and strengthens the information in the Basic Class to encompass an greater understanding of the Seven Planes of Existence that surround us. The student will learn how to clear old resentment, vows, and commitments that hold them back. The “Healing of the Baby in the Womb” and the “Healing of the Broken Soul” exercises are introduced as well as the “Heart Song Exercise”, talking to animals, plants, deceased loved ones and angels are experienced and a manifesting exercise. The student will experience hundreds of feelings and new beliefs activated that will bring profound healing and enlightenment to them. Pre-requisite: ThetaHealing Basic

Law of Attraction Mastery: 2 Days (Sat & Sun Consecutive) $500

When you want to know what someone wants, ask them. When you want know what they believe they can have, look at their life. In this experiential course the students will spend two days exploring the most prominent beliefs that help them get clear on WHAT they are manifesting. Unlike other courses that teach HOW to manifest, this course concentrates on the premise that we manifest EVERYTHING about our existence every day. In this course we address the inner dialog of the conscious mind and hidden dialog of the unconscious mind. Pre-requisite: ThetaHealing Basic & Advance recommended but not necessary.

Conscious Anatomy, Medical Intuitive: 8 Days (4 Sat & 4 Sun) $1,500

Total Intuitive Counselor Certifications Enrollment Fee:$3,000 Temple of Light Spiritual Community “Live Your Radiance”

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Your body overhears everything you say! This is one of most life changes classes a student can take. Learn the basic body anatomy of 14 systems as well as the signature emotions that are housed in each of the systems. Students learn how to scan, heal and address the beliefs that cause the body to be in state of “dis-ease” of their own as well as others. Beliefs are held from our current life experience, genetics, past lives and soul. Students will experience accelerated clairvoyance, clairaudient, claircognizant, clairsentient and clairgustant skills. Pre-requisite: ThetaHealing Basic & Advance recommended but not necessary.

Enroll for the entire Intuitive Counselor Certification Program Courses and get a 10% discount, $2,700 or do 6 payments of $500 11 Goddard, Irvine, 92618 (949)333-1641 For Dates & Times go to: www.liveyourradiance.org/Academyoflight


TRUTH  CONSCIOUSNESS  BLISS Intuitive Healer Certifications with Elaine Stahlhofen, MS, Rev Danielle Hewitt and Debra Hookey Spiritual Healing Fundamentals: Elaine Stahlhofen, MS 6 Days (3 Sat & 3 Sun) $1,000

For beginning seekers or the seasoned professional, this class covers it all. Deep meditations, calling in guides, angels and sentient beings of all dimensions to guide the student on the spiritual journey. Learn to work with and heal your Chakras, Auras and Energy fields. Access and accelerate clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognizance & clairsentience. Access and heal with the Akashic records. Instruction tools will also include crystals, oracle cards, feng shui and so much more. Learn the basics of over 15 different healing modalities. Receive 4 attunements. No pre-requisites. Channeling the Ascended Masters & The Angels: Rev. Danielle Hewitt

6 Days (3 Sat & 3 Sun) $1,000

Students in this class will gain the confidence and the experience to allow messages from the highest realms and sentient beings of light to speak to them, with them and through them. Means of expression will be Oracle Cards, Automatic Writing, non-trance channel, semi-trance channel and full trance channel. Gentle, guiding and easy does it to reduce any fears or blocks to allowing the wisdom of the Universe to come through. Beginning and Intermediate Mediumship: Debra Hookey

4 Days (2 Sat & 2 Sun) $750

Students will begin by establishing good strong relationships with their communications guide and explore the energies of the astral plane where our deceased loved ones reside. Continuing the intermediate level with establishing stronger connections and obtaining personalized evidence. Advanced and Platform Mediumship: Debra Hookey

4 Days (2 Sat & 2 Sun) $750

Total Intuitive Healer Certification Enrollment Fee: $3,500 Temple of Light Spiritual Community “Live Your Radiance”

Student will continue to create clearer and clearer communications with deceased loves ones establishing the concepts of Mediumship and affirming the continuation of life after “death”. Upon gaining skill confidence in readings the protocols and skills needed for platform readings to groups are provided and opportunities to demonstrate skills are scheduled.

Enroll for the entire Intuitive Healer Certification Program courses and get a 10% discount, $3,150 or do 6 payments of $584 11 Goddard, Irvine, 92618 (949)333-1641 For Dates & Times go to: www.liveyourradiance.org/Academyoflight

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Reiki Master Certification with Tony Giuffreda Reiki Level 1: Reiki is a powerful “hands-on” energy healing technique. This workshop includes the Power Symbol, the Japanese and Western Reiki history, the Basic Hand Positions, Byosen Scanning (intuitive healing), Japanese Healing Techniques, and the Level I attunement. In addition, all of these Reiki workshops are infused with Shamanic Techniques. You will receive “Reiki the Healing Touch” Level I and II Manual.

1 Day (Sunday) $150

ICRT Practitioner’s Certificate awarded Prerequisite: None

Reiki Level II: This workshop will expand the scope of your Reiki abilities. In this workshop you will learn the Mental/Emotional & Distant Symbols and how to use them, how to release unwanted habits, distant healing, more Japanese Healing Techniques and the Level II Attunement. In addition, all of these Reiki workshops are infused with Shamanic Techniques. “Reiki the Healing Touch” manuals made available as needed.

1 Day (Sunday) $175

ICRT Practitioner’s Certificate awarded Prerequisite: Reiki Level I certification from an In-Person Reiki Master Advanced Reiki Training: This workshop includes ICRT Aura Clearing, Reiki meditation, the use of crystals with Reiki & how to make a Reiki crystal grid, the Usui Master symbol, and the Usui Master attunement. In addition, all of these Reiki workshops are infused with Shamanic Techniques.

1 Day (Sunday) $275

ICRT ART Practitioner’s Certificate awarded This class is required for Master Level training. Prerequisite: Reiki Level II certification from an In-Person Reiki Master

Reiki Master/Teacher Level: This workshop includes two Tibetan symbols, the Usui/Tibetan Master attunement, The Healing Attunement process, instruction on how to give attunements for ALL levels of Reiki, selfattunement, and plenty of time to practice. In addition, all of these Reiki workshops are infused with Shamanic Techniques. You will receive a Master/Teacher Manual.

2 Days (Sat & Sun) $600 Total Reiki Master Certification Enrollment Fee: $1,200 Temple of Light Spiritual Community “Live Your Radiance”

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ICRT Reiki Master Certificate awarded Prerequisite: ICRT Advanced Reiki Training from any ICRT Professional Reiki Master Enroll for the entire Reiki Master Program all 4 courses and get a 10% discount, $1,080 or do 6 payments of $200 11 Goddard, Irvine, 92618 (949)333-1641 For Dates & Times go to: www.liveyourradiance.org/Academyoflight


TRUTH  CONSCIOUSNESS  BLISS Universal Healing Touch & Crystals Certifications with Deborah Shea

3 Days (3 Saturdays) $500

3 Days (3 Saturdays) $500

3 Days (3 Saturdays) $500

Level 1: Learn the Basics of a Powerful Method of Healing Learn to run specific energies through your body and hands so you can clear, balance and stabilize the chakras and aura system creating greater health and wellbeing. In the level 1 certification you will begin by learning basic techniques, exercise and meditations necessary to channel 3 different frequencies of Universal Life Force energy. You will learn how to: Channel healing energy, Connect with your spirit/ healing guides, How to sense energy fields ( your own and others), Scan the aura for blockages and disease, Give and receive healings. Level 2 : Dive Deeper into Personal Transformation Continue with the in-depth study of the Human Energy Field (aura) focusing on the Mental layer / Solar Plexus Chakra, Astral layer/ Heart Chakra and the Etheric Template layer/ Throat Chakra . Level 2 dives deeper into transformational and personal work enabling you to have a greater connection to your authentic self and others. In addition you will learn: Mental layer diseases and imbalances, Learn about the function, diseases and imbalances of the Solar Plexus Chakra, Meditations to connect with and hold Solar Plexus Chakra energy and further your ability to give healings to yourself & others. Level 3: A Greater Connection to Your Authentic Self Complete the in-depth study of the Human Energy Field (aura) focusing on the rd Celestial layer / 3 Eye Chakra, Ketheric Layer/ Crown Chakra and Integration of all the layers and chakras . Level 3 dives even deeper into transformational and personal work enabling you to have a greater connection to your authentic self and others. In addition you will learn: Celestial and Ketheric layer diseases and imbalances, the rd function, diseases and imbalances of the 3 Eye and Crown Chakra, Meditations to connect with and hold Celestial and Ketheric Layer energy, deepen your ability to give healings to yourself and others. Crystal Energy Certification Course Learn the Therapeutic Use and Application of crystal energy. Many crystals will be provided for use in class. We will study Crystals basics A-Z as well as methods for working with crystals.

4 Days (2 Sat & 2 Sun) $750 Total Universal Healing & Crystal Enrollment Fee: $2,250 Temple of Light Spiritual Community “Live Your Radiance”

Topics Included: Selecting Crystals, Crystal basics/ Clearing, Charging Programming Stones, Making and Using Gem Elixirs and Essences, In depth study of Crystal Types (from A-Z), Crystal Healing/ Laying on of Stones, Healing Chakras and Subtle Bodies with Crystals and Creating Crystal Grids for Personal and Earth Healing Enroll in the entire 4 courses of the Universal Healing Touch & Crystal Certification program and get a 10% discount, $2,025 or do 6 payments of $375 11 Goddard, Irvine, 92618 (949)333-1641 For Dates & Times go to: www.liveyourradiance.org/Academyoflight

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A Good

Story Requires Rewrites and Remembering

By Jen Hutchinson and Susan Hough

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can."

– the same shame, guilt, anger, or loss – and the buildup leaves us disillusioned, depressed, and disconnected from ourselves in order to distance ourselves from the pain.

~Neil Gaiman

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hat does it take to write a good story? A beginning, middle and an end? What does it take to write your story?

Do you feel as if you are stuck in the middle of your story? In constant Draft mode? Do you keep coming up with the same ending again and again? Or do you feel as if you are still searching for the perfect ending? 2014 is a Mineral year in the Dagara tradition of West Africa. The Dagara people believe that stories are carried in the rocks and minerals of the earth. And that our stories are carried in our bones. This is a powerful year to let go of or re-write the old stories that no longer serve us, the ones that keep us stuck in the same patterns, the ones that keep producing the same results. It will also be the year to remember the stories of who we truly are. Friedrich Nietzsche said, "The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys the same good things for the very first time – several times." Without remembering, or being able to utilize the knowledge of who we truly are, we experience the same bad things over and over

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Remembering Maya Angelou noted that, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." A key element in changing and transforming our stories isn't just the act of writing and re-writing however; it's also this state of remembering. Certain things have the power to produce healing, provided we remember them. The ability to remember releases that thing into an energy form capable of making a difference in our lives. How do we remember? Scientists say we need visual triggers...if you don't want to forget your keys, leave them by the front door. They also speak of something called echoic triggers. In scientific terms, these relate to memories of things we have heard. But that word echoic to us is evocative of those deep echoes of our true nature that trigger the memories of who we really are. In our Living Your Gifts workshops we use the G.I.F.T. protocol: Grounding, Intuition, Feel Your Feelings, to find the True You. In the same way that scientists say to leave the keys by


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the front door in order to remember, we can develop our intuition to pull those echoes closer to the surface, where they are able to begin to make a difference in our lives. When we begin to see and experience our true nature, it will express itself in who we are being. This is living the story of who we really are. In your new way of being, you may experience shifting patterns of behavior, addictions, relationships, and the joy of being aligned with your true North. Re-Writing

Jen Hutchinson and Susan Hough are Co-founders, Living Your Gifts Groups, Workshops, Coaching and online Community, are a part of the growing worldwide movement recognizing women and girls "as the most powerful force for change on the planet." At LIVING YOUR GIFTS we understand this to mean that women and girls' unique gifts are needed now in our global 'village,' for its health, prosperity and sustainability. Our offline programs, and online community empowers women and girls to name their gifts, and contribute to the world. www.livingyourgifts.com

However, there is still a need for some re-writing as well to release from the past and avoid derailing our new stories of self. Last year, Susan went through a particularly traumatic experience. When she came out on the other side, she realized it was a story she had been repeating, and the hardest stories have the biggest lessons, and the most power for transformation.

How do we re-write our stories? Be open to shifts in perspective. Don't write yourself as the victim this time and experience a different outcome. What will it feel like? Who will you be? Sometimes, discovery consists not in seeing new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. And Marilyn Ferguson said, “Real progress in understanding nature...the important advances are sudden intuitions, new principals, new ways of seeing."

Please join us for Sunday Sangati from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Danielle Marie, Founder and Spiritual Director .

Put people around you that support your highest self. Ask them to remind you when you are repeating an old pattern. Speak to your Ancestors/God/Higher Power. Even if you didn't have a good relationship with your Ancestors, the Dagara believe that once our relatives pass, we can ask them, too. They want to help us from the other side to break ancestral patterns, to give us guidance from their new vantage point. Use ritual. A simple one we used in our Women's Groups is to find a rock, put your old story in it, and throw the rock away. Then find a rock to put your new story into and keep it on your desk to remind you. Practice Trusting and remember it is a process. Tamra Kieves asks us to "Trust the process. A calling calls to remind you to enter the mystery of instinct and the metamorphosis of an inspired life. Honor your passion to emerge. Say yes to a super-natural, all natural self within."

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Connection 

Through Rhythm

By Robert Steffen

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he feedback I received after one night's drumming at the Temple of Light , Irvine was, "l always knew I loved drumming, but didn't know how to connect to others through music." I watched this attendee’s demeanor go from tentative and withdrawn to bouncy and ecstatic. Music heals. Rhythm transforms. In much the same way blood travels through our veins, energy through our bodies and thoughts run through our heads, drumming moves energy through space and time. Beginning with the attack, sustain and ending of sounds in rhythm, it expends and simultaneously creates energy. In the right space and context it speaks across age, cultures, genders and languages. When I say the "right" space, I mean an open space, a space free of distraction, and free of judgment. A space where one can listen, focus, and connect with the rhythm on the outside and simultaneously hear creative ideas on the inside wanting to be expressed. And so attendees trickled in one evening around 7 p.m., all shapes and sizes. Spanish, Indian, Korean, Caucasian, male, female, younger, and older. The breeze over the hills blew through the eucalyptus trees and into the sanctuary. A sunset of pink and orange took shape between the hills outside the rolling side door and the setting was invigorating. We gathered together in the front of the sanctuary and shared introductions and a thought or two about our interest in the event and drumming experience. 28 Radiance

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The room was suddenly quiet except for the trickle of a water fountain in the corner of the sanctuary. To join everyone together, I invited them to think of rhythm as a filmstrip in the mind’s eye. The film started rolling and each frame was a marker which will repeat at consistent intervals. There were infinite possibilities of what can happen between the points, but the points in time are consistent for our reference and to stay together as a group. Using a basic time signature of 4/4, we connected on the first beat of four even beats, the "one.” When we had each established the "one" consistently as a group, the creativity and individual voicings of the various instruments were expressed. The sun set. We were immersed in a warm glow of a selenite lamp and two decorative lights on either side of the room. The consistency of our rhythm was solid and I invited one attendee to "dance around" the "one" with the unique sound of their drum playing as colorful and articulately as possible, the group held the rhythm. No real right or wrong… just good, better, more even... It was very exciting. First there was trepidation, thinking, a flash of eye contact, and then slowly everyone trusted their hearts. And it fit! The unique sound of that particular drum resonated across the group rhythm and enhanced the feeling of the whole dynamic. The next attendee to the left was invited to do a similar process, less dynamic, but the eyes and smile opened wide to a huge "Aha!” moment. We moved down the


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line for eight bars or so and the rhythm was alive.

lelujah.”

I invited the group to hold the rhythm as I detoured into odd counter rhythms, flams, and rim-shots indulging my inner "Olatunde" and returned to the group, then countered the first attendee’s accents.

It was both masculine and angelic. It felt as if I had been transported to a campfire a hundred years ago where we all renewed our bodies and minds singing spirituals together. This dynamic charged my battery for the week, filled my heart with love and renewed my spirit.

“The sound truly became a percussive dialogue of her saying something to us through sound,” I replied. “In space and time,” she replied. The man opposite me swayed back and forth, grinning ear to ear as though he was on his favorite roller coaster while a joyful song blasted through his soul. We were in the "zone" together and it was remarkably complex so early on. People who did not consider themselves "experienced" drummers were in full surrender and focused on our rhythm. The feeling was trance-like and ecstatic. Forty-five minutes later, the evening came to a close with a soothing rhythm like an old gospel hymn. The men and women designated simple vocal patterns to sing out together spontaneously around the word "hal-

All people want to be heard, respected, able to express themselves, feel understood, and included. Drumming is a wonderful way to experience this, especially in a beau-

Robert Steffen is a vocalist, musician, and Martial Arts instructor with many professional recordings, IMDB, and performance credits in California and New York. If you have any questions or comments, he may be reached at Robertsteffenmusic@Gmail.com.

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Ho'oponopono - Housekeeping for the Soul

By Joe Vitale

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've practiced Ho'oponopono for almost 10 years. it's clear to me that the Hawaiians have a wonderful tool for clearing the data so we can hear that still, small voice within, whether we call it God, the Divine, or Nature. As you practice Ho'oponopono, you clear the data in your sub-conscious (Unihipili), which frees you to hear the path the Divine has waiting for you. The more you clear the lower self of its programming, the more your higher self (Aumakua) can guide your way.

... The more you clean, the more you receive inspiration from the Divine. The only thing to clean is what you feel inside. The only goal is freedom – to be at Zero. The world is made up of data and that data needs to be cleaned. However, we can only perceive all that data from within. In other words, there's nothing out there. It's all inside you. That's where you experience problems – and that's where the cleaning needs to be done. But what is the right way to clean? If cleaning is the number one most important thing to do and the core of the entire Zero Limits process, 30 Radiance

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how do you do it accurately? Although there's no one right way to clean, I've found these five ideas work well for me and for others who have followed them: 1. Notice something wrong. This can be triggered by a thought, another person, an event, or anything else. This is the stimulus. Before Zero Limits, you notice a problem you consider out there. After Zero Limits, you realize the problem is inside. No one can make you mad or upset; you do that inside yourself from what you perceive outside yourself. Whatever the case, the first step is to notice you don't feel good. You're angry, upset, worried, scared, or any other of a wide range of emotions and feelings that could be labeled as unhappy. 2. Start to clean on the feeling. It's not about cleaning on the other person, the thought, the situation, or anything out there. Again, the problem is inside. I'm the one aware of a problem. I'm the one who has to clean it. Saying, "I love you," "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," and, "Thank you," is the way to clean. You can say

them in any order. I say them nonstop in my mind while feeling the problem as I perceive it. And I say them to the Divine. 3. You can use other cleaning methods. For example, my mentor Dr. Hew Len explained blue solar water and how it could help us: "Take a blue glass, any color blue, and pour regular tap water into it. Put the bottle in the sunlight or under a light bulb (not fluorescent light) for 15 to 60 minutes. It will solarize the water. You can add it to your drinking water, or any way that you use water. It's wonderful if you have pets, and in any cooking you do. I love to put it in my laundry. I even spray my car's tires before I go on a trip. Blue solar water is a cleaning tool. Drink it or use it any way that you're using water." 4. Let go until prompted to take inspired action. Dr. Hew Len once told me he cleans on a decision three times. If the answer is the same after those cleanings, he takes action on it. This means that if I get an impulse to do something to resolve the perceived problem, I might clean on it three times before


TRUTH  CONSCIOUSNESS  BLISS I actually take any action. This is a way to ensure the action is coming from inspiration and not memory.

5. Repeat. 6. Everyone wants a shortcut to cleaning and reaching Zero. I do, too. But that very impatience needs cleaning. Wanting something right now is memory playing out, urging us to get instant gratification. It's data. The Divine has no time and no urgency. Wanting things to unfold faster than they unfold is a wonderful opportunity to clean. I keep cleaning because it makes me feel lighter, happier, and healthier. It's a fast-track way for me to remove the data in my being so that I can get closer to the Divine. It's also easy, effortless, and free. Excerpted with permission of the publisher, Wiley, from At Zero: The Final Secrets to "Zero Limits" The Quest for Miracles Through Ho'oponopono by Joe Vitale. Copyright (c) 2014 by Joe Vitale. All rights reserved.

Joe Vitale, author of "At Zero: The Quest for Miracles through Ho'oponopono and Zero Limits, The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More," is a globally respected bestselling author, speaker, musician, healer, and star of such blockbuster films as The Secret. Dr. Vitale is an authentic practitioner of modern Ho'oponopono, a certified Reiki healer, certified Chi Kung practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified NLP practitioner, ordained minister, and holds a doctorate in metaphysical science. He has written more than 50 life-changing books, including The Attractor Factor and Life's Missing Instruction Manual. For more on At Zero and Ho'oponopono, go to http:// www.MrFire.com

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Waking 

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By Dawn Kirk

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t 7:00 am on January 29, 2008, I took Templeton into my arms. As I came downstairs into our living room, she looked at me and meowed for the first time in close to three weeks. I had known the week prior that this particular day, a Tuesday, would be the day. All my clients had cancelled their appointments, something that had never occurred.

I called another vet who made home visits to schedule putting Templeton to sleep.

Templeton meowed and without a thought I scooped her into my arms. I cradled her for just over seven hours except for the thirty minutes I dashed up the street still in my pajamas for a chiropractic appointment.

Templeton didn't need putting to sleep I needed to wake up.

Templeton had been dying for nearly three weeks. If anyone had told me my cat of nearly 18 years would die over a period of time in my home, I would not have believed them. I would have quietly thought, “I will emotionally die being part of that.” Yet those three weeks instead became a time of living. Living? Yes, living. Just after the 2008 New Year, I was told Templeton's insides appeared to be glued together. This was unlike anything the vet had seen. I intuitively thought her sudden decline was related to drinking the Christmas tree water and clumping cat litter. I then read on-line of the many chemicals in farmed trees that leach into the water reservoir after trees are brought into homes for the holidays as well as the dangers of litter that can clump internally in cats. 32 Radiance

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It didn't take long to realize my cat was not in pain or suffering. Although she wasn't eating or drinking, she followed me from room to room, she watched while I wrote and she faithfully sat in her window perch. She was not an animal in pain. I was a person in pain.

I called the vet to cancel the appointment. There was no answer. An hour later she called me. I assumed she had caller ID. Instead, she had double booked and needed to cancel. We mutually agreed this was a Divine intervention. In the nearly three weeks that passed, Templeton revealed so much to me. At first I cried and cried. I made agreements with her like, "I'll take better care of myself if you live," and I discovered other parts of me. For example, during this time I was also visiting my mother a couple of miles away in physical therapy rehab. One day driving home, I was surprised to hear a thought zip through my mind, a thought that went, “I am nearing the house of death.’” What? This was quickly followed by, “Wait a minute. Your home is experiencing a sacred process.” This surprising voice revealed the part of me still dreading her death. Fortunately I was waking up and truly re-


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alized Templeton was offering me a gift that was holy and sacred. If I chose to be present and engaged, I could be an active participant in her parting Earth. My opening to this gift changed everything. I reminisced, told her stories, witnessed, and wrote of my experience. I continued to cry, but my tears now included joy. I kept candles lit, bought flowers, and repeatedly played George Winston's piano CD Plains. Moments of quiet that seemed an eternity arrived as I sat on the sofa with Templeton across from me. I talked of how she was freeing the butterfly in me and in the process she was becoming a butterfly herself. I began to describe Rehab in the Universe to her and asked her to consider returning to me four months later the week of my birthday. And for some reason, I told her the doves would come to be with her to assist her in going home to the stars. At lunch on that Tuesday in 2008, I called Jerry into the room where Templeton and I were. I felt like she needed to hear something from him. With tears streaming down his cheeks, he shared from his heart. Then Templeton held her head up and gave a meow she had not given in weeks.   Moments later she died.

presence for much of the time we lived together. I was walking Earth, holding a job, looking alive, and fulfilling a role, yet deep down inside much of the time I was not listening to me. I was not present in my life. Why does it often take a crisis such as illness, divorce, job loss, flood, tornadoes, fire, or death to awaken us? And when another dies how often do we avoid and suppress grief due to the discomfort of our known and unknown regrets? How is it that as time passes we return to our routines and ruts? Life, this flesh and blood time we have on Mother Earth, is so very precious. To our knowledge this is the only planet on which our spirited souls get to find form and come home in this physical way. I don't know about you, but I take so much for granted and am still prone to sleepwalking, forgetting this Earth journey is a sacred process. Then there are times when the brilliance and beauty of it all seeps into me and I am breathless. With tears of joying welling in my eyes, I can hardly take in the beauty of being alive. continued on page 34 >>

I've heard the spirit does not leave the body immediately. It certainly felt this way with Templeton. I continued to hold her for most of the afternoon before brushing her, putting oils on her, then laying her on two quilted fabric squares I had forgotten about in the top of my closet. Imagine my joy when I opened the box and found squares of quilted butterflies. Two, one for me and one for her, became her burial cloth. That night I painted her burial box. The next morning we placed her in it alongside tokens related to our journey. In a light snow, we laid to rest this dear cat that, in her dying, had been a great teacher to me. After coming inside, I sat on the sofa and looked out onto our small Nashville yard. There circled about Templeton's grave were doves, doves sitting on the ground in a semi-circle and one lone sentinel sitting on the small rock wall overlooking our yard. As dates and days don't often coincide, when I realized last year's anniversary fell on a Tuesday for the first time since her death, I knew I had to set the day aside. George Winston's "Plains" again played throughout the day as I held Chickie, the little stuffed chick Templeton brought to me while meowing loudly every morning and night. This tattered, worn chick stirs my only regret.

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Right now is one of those times when my breath is taken by both deep sorrow and great joy. As Templeton died, I cradled her. Today I cradle her memory as I honor her and myself, our journey and our hearts. Today on this the sixth year anniversary of her death, I have taken time to recall what I learned, to reflect on the degree to which I've embodied these lessons, to extend self-forgiveness for all I have lost through my ignoring and to listen to the new layers that emerge in this old yet new still unfolding story. There are many plains in addition to George Winston playing through my life. New layers and new plains offering me continued opportunity to awaken to the mystery of my journey and my heart for on this anniversary I awakened with a sick cat. Remember my asking Templeton to return the week of my birthday? When Bogeysattvah was not at my bedside this morning, I knew something was wrong. Feverish and curled in a ball, he lay on the futon where Templeton had passed. Bogey lay in my lap for three hours as we awaited the vet. We sat in the same space and I found myself again in the space of staying awake and aware, feeling joy and compassion for my cat and for most of the time just being in the love we share. I didn't do it perfectly. I felt the fear of what if periodically, but for most of the day, I stayed open to this unfolding mystery and felt joy getting to be with this dear Spirit again. There have been times when I've wept and wondered, 'If I had known how painful life on Earth could be would I have agreed to come here?' The doves in my yard and the cat in my lap both remind me. I came here to hear and honor the heart, this physi-

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cal, energetic vessel that has experienced so much. Closed and open. Asleep and awake. I honor and intend to keep opening my Heart. Imagine the Shift of opening your heart again and again and again. I believe that's why we are here.

Dawn Kirk, LCSW, has been a psychotherapist for more than twenty years in Nashville, TN. She co-hosted “Wake Up and Live” a local radio show for four years and now writes as The Good News Muse at www.imaginetheshift. com. Dawn considers herself a tend-er, listener, see-er, a wonder-er and wander-er. Whether she’s traveling to another land without or within, walking in another country or in the country, she wants to inspire others to wake up, to see the magic in the mundane and live the Shift of experiencing life’s journey from a place of Big Love that’s open, engaging and adventurous.


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10 Reasons

Students Do Not Complete Spiritual Development Programs

By Christine Christensen and Dina Kleiman

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f you have ever taught or enrolled in a metaphysical course, you may have noticed that upon class completion the number of students who graduate is often much lower than the number of students who enrolled. This can be confusing to the remaining students as well as the teacher and leave the students with their often erroneous ideas of what happened. When someone enrolls in classes at a university or for their business, the dynamic is completely different than that of courses or classes that seek to raise consciousness levels and delve deeper into universal wisdom. As experienced teachers in metaphysical arts, we would like to share our findings of why it is students drop out and what can teachers and students do in order to create the best atmosphere and experience for learning. 1. I got so much other stuff with which to deal. One of the jobs of the human ego is to protect us. Ego does not like change because change is unpredictable and unpredictable is potentially dangerous, so the ego will

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do its best to prevent change. One student began a medium ship class and within a month had a friend move into her living room couch. In addition to the new class, she now had the responsibility of helping her friend. Another student, kept trying to begin a meditation course but either would get ill, her child would catch a cold, or her other child’s schedule would change to conflict with the meditation class. Our job as conscious human beings is to recognize when things start to happen and not let them keep us from our journey. 2. There is too much sharing. For those of us who tend to be private, hearing other people’s stories can be annoying. However, sharing ideas and experiences is an integral part of the human experience. Even if it seems extraneous at time, we learn from others and often the questions and stories from students allow the class to be more effective. 3. I do not get enough time to talk

about MY issues. In a group setting, the teacher must be fair to all. If you feel your voice is not heard, share your concerns with your teacher. Many teachers and coaches offer private sessions. 4. I know this stuff. This is one of the common thoughts the ego has. You may know some of the topics, but there is always a way to delve deeper into each topic. For example, we may have spent years doing child work and still, emotions, events, and issues from our childhood still can pop up. 5. This class is weird, it’s too woowoo for me. This is a common feeling because in our left-brain, logical society, we are taught only logic and reason matter. We are taught science, math, literature, and history, but not intuition. We are not taught how to talk our bodies and how to hear our spirit. We associate spirituality with religion (which often strips an individual of his/ her personal power) and intelligence with logic. However,


TRUTH  CONSCIOUSNESS  BLISS spirituality is not a religion nor does it require one to give up logic or reason. In fact, a good teacher will encourage you to question everything you hear, read, and see. Use your brain but remain open to the possibility humans are capable of more than just five senses.

6. I don’t know what to tell my friends and family about this class. If you feel your friends and family will support you, explain this is a spiritual development and personal healing class and share the class syllabus with them. If you feel they may not understand or support you, tell them you are taking a meditation or a personal growth class. 7. My family does not approve. It is important to be very clear with yourself about what your intentions for going down this spiritual path are. When you are clear your intentions are good and in harmony with a higher good, it is easier to accept. Although some people may not agree, it is your life path and purpose you are seeking. You cannot change how another feels or thinks, but you can become more at peace with the decisions you make by understanding they are of good intentions. 8. My family needs me more than I need this class. Often times your family or partner may see you begin to change. They may not understand what is happening; they may be confused, or intimidated by the changes they see in you. They may also feel if you change, where will that leave them? Will you still want or need them? They may also feel your new boundaries and independence directly con-

flict with their wants. They may put up blocks, create drama and stress in order to focus your attention away from the class and back to them. Chances are, they will do this subconsciously and may not have intend to hurt you. However, just as your ego does not like change, the same applies to their ego. And in the same way that your ego will create blocks, so will theirs. 9. This is too much (or I don’t want to deal with my issues. It’s too much responsibility. I don’t need this. I don’t have time. ) Yes, “stuff” does come up. Buried childhood begin to resurface. The truths we have been avoiding and hiding show up. This may be scary or uncomfortable. You may want to “run.” Be assured your teachers are here to guide you through this. They have had these feelings as well. Your classmates are experiencing this as well. Reach out for support through this uncomfortable process. A student who was at the 6-month point came in one day and declared she was close to quitting. After speaking with her teacher, it became clear this was too much for her. She felt powerless because she could now see and know everything that was happening. Her teacher showed her everything she was seeing and feeling would have been happening anyway, but she wouldn’t have known what it was and would have possibly wrote it off to mental instability. Remember, evolving your abilities puts you more in your power than hiding from them. It may be scary, but it is well worth it. 10. I don’t like the teacher or the teaching style. Growing up,

you probably had teachers you didn’t like (and some you probably only liked after getting used to them or their style). The same holds true when we become adults. Sometimes we do not resonate with the teacher’s energy. Sometimes we do not like how they explain things. Sometimes we are not ready for the material being presented. Prior to leaving the program, check in with yourself. Do you truly not resonate with the teacher or is it one of the reasons listed above and disliking the teacher is just an excuse? We hope this article helps you recognize these feeling and thoughts should they arise in yourself, your classmates, or your students. As you continue on your journey of spiritual development, remember it’s most important to be present with your process, take accountability for your journey, and honor your spirit by continuing to seek out wisdom from within and without.

Christine Christensen and Dina Kleiman are Intuitive Healers, Channels, writers, and Transformational Coaches. Their passion is to teach people how to connect with their spirit and soul and live an empowered life. Together they teach a 9-month spiritual development and personal empowerment course. For more details go to www.MiracleofSpirit.com or email info@ MiracleofSpirit.com. Radiance

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Being Open ď ˇ

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to New Opportunities By Rev. Basia Christ, PhD

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ometimes we set our sights on one goal and, in the process, may miss an opportunity to try something different.

My failure - and success - is completely on my shoulders. As a single woman, I can only count on what I earn. I have learned so much about me during this time.

Since I lost my full-time position marketing for a children's hospital in Orange two years ago, a job which I thought I would have for a long time, I have been spreading my wings so to speak.

The point of this article is to ask you to think about your life. Are you doing what you really want to do or are you settling because you are afraid to spread your wings?

Working as the editor and graphic designer for Radiance is a blessing. I have met so many wonderful people at the Holistic Healing Fairs and, of course, the staff and Rev. Danielle are incredible. Working on the magazine is only one way in which I support myself. I also do graphic design and websites for businesses, do commission paintings, write for other magazines occasionally, write book proposals for other authors, and have even finished my first ghostwriting assignment, a book called Miracle Dogs which will be published in the fall. When I think back to when I was working full time, I really was not happy. I was not using many of the skills I had honed throughout the years. I wanted to be on my own again, although I was afraid to try because of the tough economy. Fortunately, the Universe heard my unconscious pleas for a happier life and my job was eliminated. At that time, I was devastated as so many people are when they lose a job, a steady paycheck, and the social environment of working with others. However, this event turned into a wonderful opportunity. I have been able to take on a variety of projects I would never have had the opportunity to do had I been working full time. 38 Radiance

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To be truthful, I would probably be still working full time if the Universe had not stepped in for me. Or, maybe I would have eventually gotten it and quit. It really does not matter. I am here, enjoying every day doing something creative, but always keeping my ears, eyes, and heart open to new opportunities to be make money, be creative, and especially have fun and relish today...now...the present. After all, that's all we can really change.

The holidays are coming. If you are at a loss as to what to buy your loved ones, surprise them this year with a custom painting or themselves or their pets. I work from a high resolution photo and will e-mail a Photoshop proof for you to approve before I begin painting. Turnaround time is two weeks after approval of the proof. Pricing is available at www.basiachrist.com. If you have any questions, please call 949.690.1257 or e-mail a photo to basia@basiachrist.com.


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We will be utilizing the text of Wake Andrea Riggs Up, American Women, to explore the 5 myths that women face today in breaking through barriers and reaching their potential. We will build a safe circle of community support between like-minded women. Transformational tools, recently Holly Hawkins brought to this planet to assist us to Marwood connect more deeply with our inner Clarity, Peace and Guidance. We will also be doing a demonstration on one of these ancient techniques, more recently brought back to the planet to assist us now in this time of Ascension. Dr. Mary began teaching shamanism Dr. Mary over 20 years ago. Her teaching now Blankenship is not one tradition but is influenced by studies in North and South American, Celtic and Esoteric traditions. Learn about the healing and Deborah Shea transformational power of crystals.  Learn powerful techniques for working with crystals. Experience a new crystal “friend” or technique each class. This class is wonderful for energy workers, crystal enthusiasts and the newcomer alike! Celebrate the Spring Equinox and the Deborah Shea first Portal Date of the year with like and Seth minded souls and the beings in spirit Pincus that are assisting humanity and our precious earth in making the transition to pure light, love and oneness.

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$21 prepaid by 3/20 or $29 at the door

Integrated Energy Therapy Certification Course

Integrated Energy Therapy Certification Receive energy attunements and certificate of completion at each level. Beginning Intermediate & Advanced. 8 hours of CE contact hours available for Nurses and NCBTMB at each class level.  Register: www. Meetup.com/Transformational-Healing

Lauren Serna

Saturday Mar 22

10:30am -6:30pm

Holistic Healing Fair

FREE Speakers/experiential workshops all day, healers, vendors, vegan food and live music come and stay all day!

Temple of Light Spiritual Community

Saturdays (1st) April 5th

12pm - 5pm

Radiance

Adv. $215

FREE

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Workshops & Classes United Conscious Community Programs Special Events EVENT

DESCRIPTION

INSTRUCTOR

DAYS

TIME

DONATIONS

S.H.A.R.E. Day

All day group sessions in: Reiki, Universal Healing Touch, Crystal Therapy, ThetaHealing, Law of Attraction Mastery, Medical Intuition Healing, Mediumship, Chakra Clearings, Attunements, Channelings from Angels and Masters and much more!

Academy of Light, a division of the Temple of Light Spiritual Community

March 22nd

10am - 5pm

$20

New Earth Expo

Speakers, Vendors, Exhibitors, Healers & Psychics

Dean Price

March 1st

10am - 6pm

$10 or Free with email signup

Holistic Healing Fair

Free Speakers and Experiential workshops all afternoon. Vegan food and live music - come and stay all day.

Temple of Light

April 5th

12pm - 5pm

Free

CommUNITY Mixer/ Healing Arts

The Temple of Light is hosting a Holistic Care/Healing Arts Practitioner networking mixer.....Come mingle, network and enjoy! Special guest speaker: Kathy Kangarloo "Mantras, Mudras & More"

Temple of Light

April 28th

6:30pm-8:30pm

Free

Music, Sound, Dance & Movement EVENT

DESCRIPTION

INSTRUCTOR

DAYS

TIME

DONATIONS

Integrative Dance

A movement journey of emotions, feeling and exploration for unlocking the soul. (No experience necessary other than willing to let go and relax with ease)

John Salat

Sundays (1st) March 2 and April 6

1pm - 2:30pm

$5

Naam Movement & Meditation

Gentle movement to open up energetic meridians. Chanting and healing sound resonate. Energetic opening for the body, mind, and spirit, prepares the nervous system for Shakti Naam - the yoga of immortality - which follows this class at 6:30pm!

Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser

Wednesdays

5:45pm 6:15pm

Donations

Naam Yoga

Naam Yoga combines the ancient and powerful sciences of yoga with Universal Kabbalah. Senior Discount available!

Lemia Astarabadi & Joshua Bowser

Wednesdays

6:30pm - 8pm

$15 per session or $130 for 10

Sound Healing Journey

Ancient sacred instrument didgeridoo is used to create healing vibrations. This is a deeply transformational experience that is unique to each participant's personal journey.

Seth Pincus

Fridays (3rd) March 21 and April 18

7pm - 9pm

$15 prepaid or $20 at the door

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;S.H.A.R.Eâ&#x20AC;? DAY (Spiritual, Healing, Awakening, Rejuvenating, Energizing)

Entrance Fee: $20 $20 Vegetarian Lunch Vegetarian LunchAvailable Availablefor for$10 $10 When: Saturday Saturday January March 22, 20142014 When: 11th, 10:00am -- 5:00pm From: 10:00am 5:00pm

Check Arrive on Time! DoorsDoors will close 10:00am. CheckIn:In:9:30am 9:30am. Arrive on Time! willatclose at 10:00am.

You will experience sessions in: - Reiki - ThetaHealing - Universal Healing Touch - Law of Attraction Mastery - Medical Intuition Healing

- Mediumship - Crystal Therapy - Chakra Clearing - Attunements - Channeling from Angels & Masters AND MUCH MORE!

Seats are limited to 100 spots! Call early to reserve your seat! 949-333-1641

This event is provided by the Academy of Light, a division of the Temple of Light. We honor and offer gratitude to the instructors, Rev. Danielle Hewitt, Tony Giuffreda, Deborah Shea, Elaine Stahlhofen & Debra Hookey and the admin support of Tonya Fitzpatrick & Alyssa Fitzpatrick who made this event possible.


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