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U N V E I L I N G O U R S E LV E S

INDIVIDUAL ONE AND

BY LOUANNE HEADRICK

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things that I just know that I know whether they are based in fact or not. A myth which opposes innate knowing is: "Humans appear as separate beings, therefore we must certainly be separate." All life in this realm demonstrates to us our individual patterns and personalities augmenting the belief in separation. Even our eventual death appears separate. As in living, no two people die in the same manner. A death describes the story of the one who lived. That statement comes from a previous well-practiced Hospice nurse. It is true that we are journeying on a path that has brought you and me together on this planet at the same time. It is a basic fact that most of us believe ourselves to be separate packages of life marching through time as Ricardo, Richard or Rose. Because of this basic myth, some tend toward sheltered lives, somewhat isolated and in fear of opening to others who cross

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their path. Significantly, there are some who cannot open in trust even to those they confess to love. The distrust and fear of life comes from a belief in separation. "I am on my own here and some other one most likely will hurt me." It is the belief that sets the tone. It is the belief that demonstrates what we will become. It is all about the belief.

ness of God remains perfect, peaceful and at One with all there is.

; I really like knowing there is no

; I really like knowing that life

To our great advantage, we have a choice in what we believe. Do we continue belief in the myth of separation or can we envision ourselves as grand ideas coming forth in the here and now to discover our common bond, to envision our unity, to envision our authentic oneness in life and to express joy in that adventure?

; I really like the fact that we

Louanne Headrick is a Registered Nurse, past Hospice Nurse and past Staff Development Director, now retired. She is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and one of its former teachers, a member of the Golden Triangle Center for Spiritual Living and a long-time student of the work of Ernest Holmes, the founder of Centers for Spiritual Living. She is pursuing her final year as student of Practitioner Studies of Religious Science. Please see ad this page.

; I really like the feeling of ex-

is an ongoing flow of consciousness--dependable, unerring and intelligent.

; I really like knowing that we are One Spirit moving through various experiences together.

have equal opportunity to pollinate the planet with love.

; I really like celebrating our

myth present within the Wholeness of Life............. and so it is!

unique gifts and that I am celebrating yours because I know there is abundance within you.

; I really like celebrating our

Oneness because I do so in Truth.

pansiveness and inclusivity in the grand idea, the envisioning, the discovery and the expression of joy.

; I really like knowing that I

am spirit energy disguised in human form, just as a flower is spirit energy disguised in a flower and my daughters are spirit energy disguised in Heather and in Holly.

; I really like knowing we are all

formed in the likeness of God which demonstrates that each person has within a perfect spirit within.

; I really like knowing that no matter the path of my life, my individual portion of the whole-

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MYTHS TO BE BELIEVED THE DAWN OF THE SIXTH SUN

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DIRECTORY AND CLASSIFIED ADS

ORGANIC PRODUCE IS MORE NUTRITIOUS... 12 TRUTH ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE 16

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A B S O LU T E V I TA L I T Y RECONNECTIVE HEALING WORKSHOPS COME TO MIAMI 10

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FEARS AND PHOBIAS

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REAL CAUSES OF STROKES AND HEART ATTACKS 46

SERENITY IN SURRENDER

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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS CRYSTALS? 66

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A N I M A L G AT E WAY LOSS: A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

INDIVIDUAL AND ONE

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MYTH, TRUTH, PERCEPTION

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FIVE REASONS WHY DOGS MAKE GREAT READING PARTNERS

THE VALUE OF TRUTH

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AN EVENING OF KIRTAN WITH DEVAYANI OF SHANTI MANDIR

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HOW TO ACCESS THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS 33 TRUTH: GOD IS IN EVERYTHING A COURSE IN MIRACLES

C O N S C I O U S T R A N S F O R M AT I O N MOVING FROM MIDLIFE MADNESS TO MIRACLE THINKING 14

TECHNOLOGY: PEACEMAKER OR TERRORIST? 57

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE 24

THE MYTH OF MIRACLES IS NO MORE! 62

ELIMINATE THE WORRY HABIT

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THE MAGICAL POWER OF WORDS

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TO BELIEVE OR NOT BELIEVE

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WHAT WAY MYTH IS TRUTH

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EMBODYING GRATITUDE SAVED MY LIFE 71 UNBELIEVABLE, UNTHINKABLE, UNDENIABLY TRUE! 72 A CALL TO AWAKENING

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MYTH BECOMING TRUTH ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH 51 MYTHIC DREAMING

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contributing editors

Purusha K. Radha PUBLISHER-EDITOR

Elijah Nagendra ASSISTANT EDITOR

Julie Norris

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Michelle Thatcher CONTRIBUTING GREEN EDITOR

1 Contributing Community Editor Julie Norris is manager and co-proprietor of Dandelion Communitea Café, founding board director of the Progressive Local Alliance for Community Enrichment (PLACE) and serves on the boards of Slow Food and Mills Fifty Mainstreet. She’s an avid supporter of the local art, music and food culture, and showcases the diverse people and happenings in ‘Ourlando’ on her weekly radio program, Front Porch Radio. Her passion for community, delicious fair food, the environment and culture are the driving forces behind all her endeavors. More on her ventures: http://www.dandelioncommunitea.com http://www.frontporchradio.wordpress.com and http://www.ourlando.com.

Ramah Wagner, DC CONTRIBUTING HEALTH EDITOR

Debbie Paulk CONTRIBUTING SUCCESS EDITOR

Albert Nuñez, DVM, CVA CONTRIBUTING SPIRITUAL LIFE EDITOR

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Michelle Thatcher served as Executive Director of the Association of Florida Conservation Districts, a non-profit organization for the state’s 63 Soil and Water Districts, from 2006-2010. Earlier, she served as Executive Director of Seminole Soil and Water District for four years. She was President of the Friends of Natural Lands and Trails, President Elect of the Florida Conservation District Employee Association, and was an appointed member of the Seminole County Natural Lands committee. Michelle graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Visual Communications and has worked with several independent film companies and television stations nationwide. Michelle serves as a board member of Keep Seminole Beautiful, Inc. and the Global Climate Change Committee for the Florida League of Women Voters. She is also a co-founder of the U.S. Green Chamber, Inc. Visit: http://usgcc.com.

3 Contributing Health Editor Ramah Wagner, D.C. is a third generation chiropractor with degrees from the University of Iowa and of South Dakota. She received her graduate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic (the founding college of chiropractic). Watch for Dr. Ramah Wagner’s new book, “The Health of Business - How to Balance Your Life for Greater Return.” Dr. Ramah is available for speaking events and intensives. Visit http://www.DoctorRamah.com or call: 352-589-5443. http://www.HealthOfBusiness.com.

4 Contributing Success Editor Debbie Paulk is founder of Live Your Passion Life Coaching, a certified life coach, clinical hypnotist, NLP master practitioner, Reiki master and workshop facilitator. For more information about services provided or upcoming workshops, visit her website: www.LiveYourPassion.us or contact Debbie at (407)923-0738.

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Albert J. Nuñez, DVM, CVA is a lifelong mystic and student of spirituality. He has studied and applied many of the profound practices and tenets of Catholicism, Shamanism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Zen, Kabbalah, Paganism, Mysticism, Hinduism, Tantra, energy and sound healing, “Shadow Work,” Kundalini Yoga, many forms of meditation, and Qi Gong. A spiritual and cultural musician and recording artist, his first CD is entitled “Earth School Now.” He is an environmental advocate and educator, nature lover, happy hippy tree-hugger, and rescuer of many baby squirrels. He has been practicing fully integrated and wholistic veterinary medicine for almost 20 years, with two Animal Hospitals in the greater Orlando area. Dr. Al is committed to awakening human beings to their highest self. velo cContact it y him ReadVelocity.com • Raising Consciousness • High Vibrational Living • Since 1998 at 407-897-8555 or visit: myspace.com/animalhospitaloflakemary

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Myths to be Believed FROM THE EDITOR

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messages and lower velocities from television, and by other electromagnetic frequencies broadcast in our environment by others in power positions, we tend to buy what we are served and with hardly a question.

Who determines what is Truth? Why does it have to be recorded in a book somewhere for it be considered as valid, fact, or truth? We have dramatically limited our world by becoming so linear-minded, and this is right where certain ones in power want us to be–right where we can be controlled. The more in the groove of buying other peoples' agendas we get, the more handicapped and controllable we become.

Just because a psychic passes a message on to you from a departed loved one, is it really true? And why did you have to ask someone else to be your conduit for truth when you have every ability he has? Learn to go inside for your answers and for truth. This is real freedom and it affirms the truth of who you are. If you are still questioning the message you've received afterwards, you most probably are in your head. Just get out of your head and into your heart and you'll be okay.

We tend to restrict ourselves to truth that is only recorded in books and media. We also tend to freely accept the printed word as true. Just because words are printed and bound, they are not necessarily true. Do not even accept what I write here as true. Go inside yourself and see how it feels to know if this is truth or myth.

Just because the grocery store or restaurant says your food is healthy, does it really make it so? Just because the nutritionist on television says eating animal protein is good for you, is it a holistic fact that it is? Did the nutritionist holistically take the animal having to painfully give up its life for you to eat into account?

Because most of our society is dumbed down by the food and drink we consume (a potent form of mind control), by the rat-race-pursuit-of-thedollar-to-survive lifestyle we have almost been forced into, by both subliminal and overt

Since we are presented with outrageous accounts of gods who preceded us on this planet and because we were told as children that they are nothing more than mythological figures, are they truly myths? Perhaps these are real accounts of a mystical, magical time on

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this planet, a time from which we have not evolved as we all think we have but from which we have actually devolved.

The myth that has been perpetrated that is not myth at all is that we are Divine beings with the power to create, to manifest, and to heal as Yashuah (known by many as Jesus) did. We have innate powers just waiting to be tapped and developed. There are people all over the planet displaying these powers now and there always have been. The church simply removed most of the evidence from the scriptures they chose to publish and then have made us all to feel the myth of powerlessness. The truth is we do not have to keep coming back onto the wheel of reincarnation either. As long as we continue to believe that, we will keep coming back lifetime after lifetime, preventing ourselves from other expanded experiences in the Light of the Unspeakable. The truth is we don't all have to die as virtually all religions teach. Yahshuah died (or did he?) and then resurrected his body to demonstrate we can be victorious over death. I know of reputable accounts of Masters who have not deceased their bodies but have ascended their bodies right before their students' eyes.

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real. It may not be spoken of in books (a great deal of what I have learned is not found anywhere in books!), and so you will have to discern for yourself if what I write here is true. In one incarnation, he and another man committed horrible acts against children. So atrocious were their offenses against children that when they returned to another lifetime on earth, they came in with the intent of magnanimously spreading kindness and love to all children. One's name was Nikolas and through his good works and philanthropic acts he became a saint (Santa)–not by the church. (Perhaps those Saint Nicholas' recorded in the Catholic dictionary are other men.) For years, I have desired to share this information about blessed Santa Nikolas with you, but because I had no proof written in a book somewhere, I did not write it. Today, I ask you to take it into your heart and feel if it is true. At some point, we have to step outside of the box somebody else made for us to live in and start trusting in what our hearts know to be true. I love you all and I make prayers of gratitude every day for each and every one of you who reads our service of love known as Velocity Magazine. Have a blessed Christ-in-theMasses season!

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A B S O L U T E V I TA L I T Y

RECONNECTIVE Healing Workshops Come to Miami this December This new frequency healing system has a powerful dual purpose–to restore the whole while raising vibratory levels simultaneously.

sic five senses, those who are open to alternative possibilities, and people who definitely believe,’" he begins. "I have now fallen into a fourth category. I’ve experienced it. What I recognize as true goes beyond belief, it was one of the more difficult things I had to face, as in a sense I had to overcome my own sceptiwith daily pain. cism." For more information on attending During the Eric Pearl's upcoming December healing session "The Reconnecevents in Miami, please refer to I experienced tion and ReconThe Reconnection's ad on page 5 tingling and nective Healing of this issue of Velocity. heat around the raises the level of Visit http://TheReconnection.com or problem area, light that is in the call 323-960-0012. and I also expeperson's DNA. rienced a movAs far as I am ing sensation. It concerned, as spiritual beings we are light beings," he adds. "What is interesting was like the gap was narrowing! Now the about that is most forms of energy heal- pain is completely gone." ing, the old and the new ones are subsets, but what we get with Reconnective In terms of scientific measurement of the Healing, is the entirety of energy. Then it effects, "One of our most recent research expands beyond that into aspects of light studies was working with sixty Russian and information not seen before. The Olympic athletes in St. Petersburg," Eric light reminds you of your own natural says, "they were each given approximatevibration, and anything denser than the ly ten minutes of Reconnective Healing light such as health challenges, fall away. and then there was a control group of the The frequency constantly shifts. It’s like same number we worked with who were stepping into an infinity pool, which is given either sham healing or healing such as Reiki. The athletes were then brought beyond 4D and is actually at 5D level." back later to be measured. The analysis Philip Wade, a professional Reconnec- found they had dramatic improvements tive Healing Practitioner, facilitated a in their red blood cells, their white blood Reconnective Healing session for Vince cells, their emotional state, and their from Lancashire via distance healing who DNA. No one in the control group had says, "Following a motorcycle accident these changes, only the athletes." over ten years ago, my pelvic girdle gap Continued on page 13 extended. I had traction surgery but lived

by Rachel Hindle Eric Pearl, an established Los Angeles Chiropractor, had just been given a reading by an intuitive, who then offered ‘something he needed as a healer.' Within days of that encounter, Eric was ‘reconnected’ and his life forever changed. His odyssey had begun. Enter a modality that makes acute reference to the higher, newer frequencies that are becoming revealed and structured in the human energy field and the planet itself. The Reconnection is a two-session attune-ment process that reconnects us to what awakened teachers term the cosmic lattice, or scientists refer to as the zero point field. It connects with "the God Code" in the DNA–what science has now identified and named "the God Gene.” It reconnects the body’s meridian lines to the grid lines on the planet that connect us to the stars and other planets. The day-to-day work more commonly practiced is Reconnective Healing. Within practitioner experience healings happen with both methods. Clients report healings from cancer, cerebral palsy, arthritis, AIDS-related disorders, and other serious afflictions, including psyche-based trauma. The healing modality itself has affected Eric on various levels. "I used to believe there were three groups of people–those who believe in nothing beyond the ba-

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any people suffer from severe neck and back pain because of ruptured, bulging, and herniated discs. As a result of Michelle Hamel’s work, thousands of patients have avoided painful surgery, nerve blocks, and drugs. Michelle Hamel is a licensed neuromuscular therapist and owner of The Neuromuscular Pain Relief Center. She specializes in the non-surgical elimination of disc and nerve-related pain.

Where does back pain typically come from?

It comes from repetitive motion and accidents. In fact, many of our normal daily activities can lead to back pain.

What causes the back pain?

Between the vertebrae a disc can migrate towards the spinal column and place pressure on a branch of the sciatic nerve. Let’s think about a jelly doughnut. When we bend the jelly doughnut forward the jelly comes out the back. This is similar to what happens with the discs between our vertebrae. When the disc pushes against the nerve we feel pain. This can occur in the upper, middle, and lower back. We all have a tendency to lean forward which causes flexion of the spine. This causes posterior disc migration.

What can I do about it?

Michelle’s unique soft tissue protocols can painlessly and quickly return these migrated discs to their normal and correct position. This will recreate your natural structural balance and end the pain cycle.

reverse bulging, herniated, and ruptured discs and their associated pain. Michelle guarantees significant relief after your first visit. Within three to five visits you will be pain free! Michelle clearly explains to her clients what actually happens to the body when injury occurs and once healed, educates them on how they can remain pain-free for life. Not only does Michelle work on the inflammation caused by disc or nerve entrapment, she works on the systemic inflammation caused by what we eat, drink, and think. She coaches clients with unique detoxification therapies that enhance the body’s healing processes. This detoxification re-establishes healthy lymphatic circulation throughout the body. This helps to resolve many health issues that may interfere with long-term wellness.

Michelle Hamel asks that you allow her to be your coach and share her secrets to a long and healthy life with you. She is a licensed massage therapist and neuromuscular massage therapist (#MA0009077). She is also a certified nutritional coach and additionally certified in lymphatic drainage by Teslar Global Technologies Inc. Call Michelle today at 407628-2176 or email her at mhamel1@embarqmail.com You can also check out her website at http://Ihelpbackpain.com. For a guaranteed results appointment at Michelle's office in Longwood located at 1771 W. S. R. 434, call today to be free of pain tomorrow. Many insurance companies pay for treatment prescribed by physicians. Please see ad this page.

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there, X-rays, an MRI, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs, my condition did not improve very much. Fortunately, when mentioning this to a friend with a similar problem in the

past, he recommended Michelle Hamel at the Neuromuscular Pain Relief Center. After a consultation with Michelle, and her

review of my history on this matter including radiology reports, Michelle  suggested  my problem  might be  a bulging disc and not a hip, groin, leg, or other area problem after all. The pain

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Organic Produce Is More Nutritious: Fact or Myth? by Lekoma Akate

Ask a nutritionist and they will likely tell you a tomato is a tomato--same nutrient value no matter how it is grown, but that is not totally accurate. Any horticulturist will tell you that the nutrient value of produce is determined by the soil in which it is grown. If the soil is deficient in any minerals, the produce grown in that soil will also be deficient in those minerals. If you look up the nutrient content of tomatoes, you will get an average of the sample collected for that test. The results of that test are only representative of the tomatoes grown in those fields that season. The following season, that field may have a different nutrient profile. A field in the next farm will likely be very different. If you have ever grown plants elsewhere and then grown the same plants in Central Florida, you know what I mean. Not only does soil vary in texture, organic matter, and nutrient content, the farmers are likely not taking care of the soil in the same manner. Mineral content is just the beginning. We must look at the big picture. How do organic farmers differ in their care of soil from conventional farmers? The key to successful organic farming is top quality soil. If the plants are healthier, they are less susceptible to disease and less attractive to insects. Organic farmers will invest more in keeping their soil in prime condiContinued column 1, page 13

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tion rather than spraying pesticides. Conventional farmers will spray pesticides and add incomplete synthetic fertilizer to the soil.

Established practitioner Christina Cherry recently facilitated Reconnective Healing sessions for Vera Cummins. "The effect was incredibly powerful," Vera says, "it enabled me to recall and release deep-seated abuse-related traumas in such a powerful way that I was left completely free of the hold these memories had over my life. The equivalent of several weeks' worth of psychotherapy was accomplished in a couple of hours."

Organic farmers will use a natural fertilizer that has a broad variety of nutrients. Conventional farmers will use an incomplete, synthetic, petroleum based fertilizer. Continued use of synthetic fertilizers will result in soil that will produce crops that have minimal nutritional value, if it continues to produce at all. Soil is more than minerals, it is an entire ecosystem. The most important ingredient is the microorganism population. Microorganisms perform a multitude of vital functions in producing healthy plants. Scientists continue to discover new roles microorganisms play in this process. Not only do they break down organic matter into basic minerals, they produce enzymes that are crucial in seed germination, healthy root production, and pest resistance, to name a few. We are still discovering how important these little friends are to food production. Conventional produce is sprayed with harmful pesticides. You not only get a product that has low nutritional value, but it is loaded with synthetic pesticides. Organically grown produce has more nutrition without the harmful pesticides. The next time you have a choice when selecting produce, think about how it was grown. Lekoma Akate is a native New Orleanian who moved from New Orleans to Central FL in 2010. He has earned a Masters of Science from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Education from the University of New Orleans. Lekoma is an avid gardener, musician, health enthusiast, and owner of SowingLite.com, promoting health, sustainability and self-sufficiency.  Please see ad previous page.

Eric believes precisely that the healing is the next step in evolution. "We are on the precipice of the next level of human evolution," he says, "and as enough of us gain this at critical mass level, what we will see is that people will be picking the system up simply by sitting next to someone at the movies or on an airplane. We will pass it to our kids and there will be a time where a child looks up at her parents and says, ‘really? Did people really used to swallow poison to get well?" One of the most rewarding aspects of the system for Eric is being the catalyst and channel for people to see their own power and potential. The biggest challenge which remains is getting people past their ingrained resistance and onto the pathway of discovering the fullness of the love in the healing. Eric currently speaks and presents around the world. He has already trained 70,000 people in full weekend seminars. At least 15,000 mainstream medical healthcare practitioners have attended the seminars and brought the system into their private and hospital practices. For more information on attending Eric Pearl's upcoming December events in Miami, please refer to The Reconnection's ad on page 5 of this issue of Velocity. Visit http://TheReconnection.com or call 323960-0012.

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An Evening of Kirtan– Devotional Chanting Led by Devayani Devayani Cable from Shanti Mandir Ashram in Walden, New York, will present two evenings of kirtan, also known as devotional chanting, December 4 and 5 in Ormond Beach and in Winter Park, respectively. Devayani began her spiritual journey at the age of 14, when she met her Guru, Baba Muktananda in 1979. She has been practicing meditation and chanting for over four decades, and is acknowledged for her singing and harmonium playing having led thousands of people into ecstatic chanting throughout the world. As executive administrator of Shanti Mandir, she tours almost non-stop with Gurudev Swami Nityananda. Devayani enthusiastically embodies joy and love, inspiring people to embrace the heart of yoga and to incorporate it into their daily lives. She often says, "Chanting is a way to open your heart, free your voice, and soothe your soul.” Devayani invites the community to Celebrate the Divine at these two events. The first evening of devotional chanting will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Om Away From Home Yoga located at 386 South Atlantic Avenue in Ormond Beach (contact telephone number: 386-585-0711). The second evening of devotional chanting on December 5 will be held at The Yoga Shala located at 927 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in Winter Park (contact telephone number: 407-5064626). It is advisable to bring a cushion, pillow or floor chair for comfort. The fee is $15 per person. To learn more about Shanti Mandir go to: http:// shantimandir.com and please see ad page 15.

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It’s important to note that avoiding this powerful discomfort and its accompanying emotional stress also lead to extreme stress on the physical body, quickly sabotaging efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Midlife Madness demands our attention and drains our energy…and it won’t take “no” for an answer.

e’re excited to present an excerpt of Chapter 2 from Clardy Malugen’s soon-tobe-published book, Moving

from Midlife Madness to Miracle Thinking. Clardy is a dynamic speaker and a brilliant visionary. Her latest kick-in-the-posterior book is all about taking you from the craziness and chaos of “Midlife Madness” into a world of that is ruled by your true passions, a world of joy and peace and creativity—doing whatever it is that your

The power of Midlife Madness is palpable. It can be enticing and insidious at the same time. But however it might be appearing in your life, the true source is always the same. Although it may seem to begin with a sense of panic at acknowledging that the end of your life might out there on the horizon, the real catalyst for Midlife Madness originates with something much simpler and more profound.

heart truly desires. If you’re feeling the effects of Midlife Madness, with or without a diagnosis, this excerpt is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy!

What is Midlife Madness?

“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.” [ Thomas Moore ] The energy state that we call “Midlife Madness”, can start with an underlying sense of stress, a feeling that something isn’t right, or perhaps a feeling of being disconnected. If ignored or left unaddressed, Midlife Madness can progress quickly. It’s not unusual to see full blown panic attacks or the unconscious creation of negative situations or events, perhaps a dramatic “acting out” of a discomfort that is being felt on a deep unconscious level. Many people respond to Midlife Madness in the fastest and most convenient way possible: they avoid it. They spend their energy finding ways to fill the void they are feeling, to trick themselves into thinking that they are imagining the whole thing. They often choose material possessions or exciting, albeit dysfunctional, relationships to help them ignore the distress that is percolating inside. This powerful discomfort has been known to lead to the decisions for major purchases like sexy new convertibles and motorcycles, or vacation homes, or perhaps to the creation of a clandestine marital affair that feels great in the beginning, but ultimately leads to more chaos and discomfort.

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Are you staying in a career that no longer is meaningful to you? Has your once loving relationship become a source of conflict and negativity? Have you somehow created a life that is lonely or devoid of honest, supportive communication? If you’ve been pushing yourself to focus your energy on something that no longer feeds your true essence, if you’ve managed to do this day after day, month after month, year after year…you have brilliantly navigated your life to the point of no return. You have blindly, unknowingly, steered your life into the chaotic, confusing realm of Midlife Madness… and the chances are good that it’s not bringing you even the remotest sense of joy or peace. In fact, you’re probably feeling miserable. Which area of your life isn’t working? Can you feel that sense of dis•

comfort and misery? Can you try to grab on to that feeling for just a moment? That feeling has come to deliver a wonderful gift. That’s the signal your authentic self has been trying to transmit. It’s time for you to recognize the truth about Midlife Madness—and the power of your passions. ...Continued in Ms. Malugen's new book, "Moving from Midlife Madness to Miracle Thinking", available at www.clardym.com or on Amazon in January 2013. Clardy Malugen, MA, MFA, is a speaker, master healer, personal consciousness expert, and author of “Let’s Manifest Miracles!” Her unique healing gifts and insights regarding health, wealth, and relationships have radically transformed the lives of internationally-known celebrities and athletes, business leaders and politicians, bestselling authors, and many others. Ms. Malugen has profoundly affected the lives of many Central Florida residents with her workshops and private coaching. To learn more about her private sessions or upcoming events on Nov. 2, 4, 29, and Dec. 2, visit http://clardym.com or her Facebook fan page at Clardy Malugen – Prosperity Academy. Please see ad top of next page.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE by Dr. Stephanie Irzyk, DOM

When it comes to acupuncture, there are a lot of myths that prevent patients from seeking care. Don’t be fooled by these myths. Here is the truth:

seen patients obtain miraculous results, most patients need to be seen for several treatments when battling chronic conditions. It takes time for the body to recharge and repair itself.

MYTH #1: “Acupuncture needles hurt.” Fear of needles is the most common reason people avoid seeking acupuncture. When we think of needles, most of us imagine the giant painful hypodermic needles used in doctors' offices to draw blood. These needles are very different from acupuncture needles. In fact, acupuncture needles are so thin that ten needles can fit inside one hypodermic needle! The needles used are as tiny as a hair and are solid, sterile, single-use, disposable, and painless. Many patients feel a sensation such as heaviness, numbness, or tingling as the energy of the body is being accessed, but no sensation of pain. Once patients realize that there is no pain associated with acupuncture, they find the experience very enjoyable and relaxing.

MYTH #4: “Acupuncture only treats pain and stress.” Acupuncture is very effective at treating pain and stress, however it is phenomenal at treating almost any health condition patients suffer from. In fact, acupuncture excels at treating conditions when conventional medicine fails. Acupuncture is very successful at treating anxiety, depression, the common cold/flu, skin problems, digestive disorders, addiction, headaches, and neurological conditions, just to name a few.

Acupuncture has been around for over 5,000 years and continues to be a popular choice for healthcare. If in doubt, always seek out a licensed acupuncture physician to answer your questions and get the real facts. You will be surprised to find out what acupuncture can do for you!

MYTH #2: “Acupuncture is voodoo.” Acupuncture is in no way associated with witchcraft or religion. I have heard people say, “I don’t know if I believe in acupuncture.” Acupuncture works whether the patient believes in it or not, and in fact, the most skeptical patients I have treated have obtained some of the greatest results.

Stephanie Irzyk, DOM, AP (NCCAOM) graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Studies from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. She has completed advanced certifications and extensive study in Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis and Contemporary Oriental Medicine.® Stephanie focuses on incorporating the knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine with a contemporary approach to cater to the needs of our industrialized society. She also utilizes her knowledge of Classical Chinese Herbology to prescribe the most powerful herbal formulas individualized to each patient’s unique condition. Please see ad this page.

MYTH #3: “Acupuncture doesn’t really work.” Some people think that even though they have spent 20 years struggling with a health problem that one acupuncture treatment should cure their problem, otherwise it doesn’t work. While I have

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MYTH #5: “There is no proof that acupuncture works.” We live in a society that wants scientific evidence and proof. While there are several theories about how acupuncture works, the one important thing is that acupuncture does work. Where Western medicine would give all patients with the same symptom the same medication, Chinese medicine treats every patient as an individual based on their unique symptoms, conditions, and root cause of disease. Research has proven the existence of acupuncture points, and functional MRIs and thermography have been used to demonstrate the effect of acupuncture on physiology and specific areas of the brain that correspond with the functions of various acupuncture points.

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m y t h, t rut h , p e rc e p t i o n and realit y by Colleen G or d on

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Even many scientific theories are just that--theories. It doesn’t make them truth or reality. Every day, scientists make new discoveries that are forcing them to throw out the old text books and write new ones. Reality is a very fluid concept. What you see as real is only defined by your belief structure. Your version of what is real is only your perception of it. “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are.” [ Talmud ] This sums up the two core things in life that make up who we are. Our choices and our perceptions. Both are within our control and the only things that truly matter. Everything begins with a choice.

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. [ Napoleon Hill ] Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you are right. [ Henry Ford ]

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hose are great quotes for sure, but have you ever wondered how your perceptions actually create your truth and your reality?

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Our personal beliefs play a huge role in how we view our own lives. Our beliefs provide a structured process through which we evaluate everything in our lives. Many beliefs were established in childhood, and others are leftovers from situations and circumstances that are no longer relevant. Why is this important? Imagine trying to run your current software on an obsolete operating system. The results would not be very satisfying. The same could be said of obsolete belief systems that are still influencing how we evaluate everything in our lives. Belief starts out much like a theory. Assumptions are made based on logical observations and deductions. Through the window of these beliefs, we try to make sense out of the world and form assumptions about probable future results. As we learn and grow, many of our former beliefs will no longer serve us. They have outlived their usefulness. Perception is not necessarily a barrier; it is more of a gateway. Perception can be finely tuned to see more than we ever thought we could and gives us our uniqueness. What is reality and truth but a concept unique to each of us? Just because we see something a particular way does not make it so. Keep an open mind at all times and remember that a point of view is always valuable to each individual.

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CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY

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a child of the 80s. I lived in the suburbs with a white collar dad and stayat-home mom who taught me, along with my teachers, that I could do anything I wanted, just like my male classmates. Going to college and having a career was my pre-destined future thanks to the tremendous work of the feminist movements that came before my time. To this equal rights future I marched while my own mother made a home by Julie Norris for my father, sisters and Contributing Community I, doing the work of daily Editor meals, homework, holiday specialness, PTA meetings, shuttling us back and forth from extracurricular activities and making sure our house was kept together through all the ups and downs of family life. Onward I went, sleepwalking through a Business Administration curriculum at a large growth-oriented university, the kind that taught you about big business and how to navigate the rat race of large corporations. It was all very... normal, expected, hum-drum.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

I went on to work for a big corporation, then smaller ones that serviced big ones. I made a decent salary, lived an entertained life, had a smart boyfriend or two and was reasonably happy but longed for more meaning in my life. Like many of my female friends, I had entered into the business world only to discover I didn't like it there. I couldn't have told you why at the time, there was just something amiss, something that didn't fit for me, even though I was promoted and valued by the companies I worked with. So I started wondering about what I could do to fill this unnameable void. Perhaps if I was in charge of something, I would feel value and meaning. I looked to the business world again, this time starting my own company, one that focused on serving the community instead of the big businesses which primarily served bank accounts. During this time something shifted. Instead of carving out a career, I began to sculpt a way of life. I felt my contribution to society suddenly rife with meaning and experienced tremendous value, yet the scope of the responsibility was overwhelming. Surely there was a way to belong and contribute without working myself into ill health. Along came motherhood. I was dumbstruck. Why hadn't being a mother and building a family been an option, a path, something to hold ambition for? Why had a career in business always been my chosen path to try and express my instinctive nurturing,

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especially when that is typically the last place those qualities are encouraged? How had I turned a love for dinner parties into a restaurant instead of making a home and just throwing dinner parties? My mother made a home. Why wasn't it okay for women in my generation to desire that as a life path? Reflections on parenting eventually brought me to wonder why it also wasn't okay for men to want to make a home either. It used to be that everyone worked their land together. Home was the center of a slower paced life, and town was a place where all the families grew in a community together. After all this time, I've come to realize that a mother's place is at home. It's also the place for fathers, children, grandparents, some chickens, a goat, and a big garden. The cubicle, daycare, assisted living, and the grocery store are all poor substitutes for family, tribe, community. We've collectively agreed that earning money for someone else to take care of our loved ones is being responsible. What if we collectively agree to take active care of our loved ones in ways that are unique to each of us? Some of us like to grow food, others cook it, others tell stories and sing songs to lift us up. This is the true work–work that is shared among all of us so that none of us is required to be everything to anyone. Recognizing our misplaced responsibility is the first step. Adjusting our valuation of what it means to contribute to society away from how much money we make and towards how much love we cultivate around us is the next step. When we see these critical factors, we can begin making gradual lifestyle changes to stop outsourcing and start giving our personal version of care for our community. There may be some re-skilling involved which is just a fancy way of saying making those fun extracurricular activities more central to our lives: learning to cook, raise chickens, garden, weld, sing, play a musical instrument, sew. We will be less reliant on a paycheck to purchase manufactured food, clothes, and entertainment and lead a more creative existence that generates good times together instead of stressful times apart.

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SELFLESS MOTHERING

"God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." Contained within the lines is the power of surrendering. I explain to each pregnant woman I work with that in order to be in control during labor and birth, she must surrender to the process. The way to surrender involves hiring a caregiver she trusts, choosing a supportive, honoring birthing environment, childbirth education that includes tools to release fears and painful thoughts, and the creation of a relaxation habit within her body. These are the things she can change if they are not already in place. This allows a woman to be able to feel safe, to trust, and to let go in labor. She can then surrender to her birthing wisdom.

Serenity In Surrender BY MICHELLE SMITH

Birth continues to teach me the power of surrender. As a doula,1 I have to surrender control over my life and my children’s lives. Babies don’t care about our schedules, holidays, or birthdays. I am not in control. Birth is. I can create havoc in my mind and body through my thoughts and fears of What if? What if I have two moms in labor at once?… What if I miss her phone call?… What if I have no one to pick my daughter up from school? My stress and fear then affects everyone in my life.

Michelle A. Smith, CHt, HBCE, CHCI, HBFC, CCA is a practicing staff member of the Hypnotic Research Society, Inc., and the founder/director of Birth Ease and The Birth Ease Method. Since 2001, Michelle has been assisting women, babies, and families through a sub-specialization in childbirth and fertility hypnosis. Her clinical expertise is enhanced in her years of experience as a midwifery birth assistant, doula, and as a childbirth, lactation, and parent educator. Michelle’s dual knowledge base in both birth and hypnosis provides her clients with the distinct advantage of a well-trained, practicing clinical hypnotist, as well as the assurance of a professional birth attendant and educator who has assisted at hundreds of births. Please see ad this page.

1 Doulas provide non-medical educational and emotional support to women and their families through prenatal and postpartum visits, and by attending the labor and birth.

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Or I can surrender… “You are in control God. I can not control this. Divine Order is present and active in my life.” Once again I find the wisdom to know what I can change--my thoughts. It is amazing the miracles created in that surrender. For example, two days ago I received my client’s text after I finished teaching a class and minutes before l was to leave for the hour-long round trip to pick up my daughter from school. Fortunately, my mom was able to pick my daughter up at a moment's notice, and I was able to quickly arrive at the hospital. Thank you, Divine Timing. This sweet baby was born two and a half hours later. As I write this article, another client is anxiously waiting for a room at the hospital for a medically necessary induction that was scheduled for 5 a.m. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change [or control]…” We laugh at the divine irony of the topic of my article as we discuss the power of surrender. After a seven-hour wait, we are grateful for a room and ripe for the birth of her daughter.

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fears and phobias:

How Real Are They? by Connie Williams

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ruth or Myth: The fear or phobia you have is not real. It is only in your imagination.

Answer: Myth. A phobia is real. It is an uncontrolled, unregulated fear energy that is lodged in the energy body. In the study of Pranic Healing, a fear energy or fear elemental left untreated can become anxiety and eventually manifest as a phobia. According to the modern founder of Pranic Healing, GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui, thoughtforms, whether positive or negative, are generated by people. Elementals are naturally occurring energies that are attracted to like energies and can act like an energy parasite. What can you do about fears and phobias? These energies can be easily disintegrated with Pranic Healing. Let me share a story that happened recently in a Pranic Psychotherapy course in North Carolina. A portion of the course deals with the treatment of phobias. I asked if anyone in the class had a phobia. One

woman who happened to be a practicing clinical psychologist volunteered that she had an extreme fear or phobia of spiders since childhood. Because she was a therapist she felt that she possessed good coping skills and could usually manage the phobia, however she admitted it continued to be a strong influence in her life. When shown a photo of a spider, the psychologist cringed. Her face drew into a grimace. Her body contracted, her voice tightened, and you could feel the fear energy like a palpable presence in the room.

As I began the Pranic Healing protocol for phobia, she began to have difficulty breathing. She complained of tightness in her throat. As I continued the session, she remembered when the fear first began. She remembered spiders in a ditch in her hometown in Colorado. “So many spiders!” she said. As I continued to remove these layers of old energy, she began to remember even more. The psychologist in her began to say, “I am processing it now, in this moment.” She remembered that her male cousins had thrown her brother into a ditch of spiders. She shared, “I was afraid that they would throw me into the ditch of spiders, too.” I continued to do the healing and she continued to feel better. Within the time/ space of about five minutes, she was able to breathe normally. The total healing took less than 15 minutes. At the end of the protocol, she was again shown the photo of the spider. She said, “It’s ugly, but I am not afraid." So yes, the phobia or fear is real, however the reality is that this fear or phobia energy does not have to control our lives. With simple energy techniques such as those taught in Pranic Healing course we can regain control of our reactions to such energies forever. To find out more about Pranic Healing, go to http://pranichealingandwellness.com or join us on Facebook and Meet-up. Look for Pranic Healing Central Florida. To contact Connie directly, call 850-3800561. Please see ad this page.

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The Value of Truth The truth is the highest guiding principle in the universe and in life. All phenomena are guided by their own principles, including heaven and earth, humans and matter, and sense and emotion. But all principles need to be in accordance with the truth, not contrary to it. So what is truth? Truth is in conformity with the principle of cause and effect. As the saying goes, “When one plants a melon seed, one gets melons, and when one plants a bean, one harvests beans.” Another way to say it is, “Good begets good and evil begets evil.” This principle is applicable to everything in the universe. The religions of the world all claim to be the truth. There seems to be truth everywhere, so what is truly in accordance with truth? Truth can only be proven over time, space and among people. Truth must be universal, equal, inherent, and enduring. For example, as humans we all must die. This holds true for both men and women, throughout history and the entire world. Therefore, the impermanence of life is truth. Truth is also in accordance with the principle of cause and effect, for that is the fairest judge of our universe. Wrong cannot obscure reason; reason cannot overcome the law. Law cannot overpower authority; authority cannot defeat the universal truth. Universal truth is the principle of cause and effect, the highest law.

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dha is found in a leaf.” The world of nature expresses the truth of life, be it the summer streams or the autumn valleys, the blossoms of spring or the snows of winter. We need only to pay attention and to listen with our minds. Then, we can hear truth in the gushing brooks as they cascade over the rocks. Seeking truth is the noblest hope of humans, and spreading truth their noblest mission in life. Truth is in accord with nature. When we are at ease, we are in accordance with nature. When we are carefree, we live in accordance with truth. Conversely, when we work against the truth, we are doomed to fail. Truth is a priceless treasure to which even gold and silver cannot compare! How many of us really know what truth is? We see politicians rally for votes before an election, but if they fail to serve the public every day, how can they possibly win the support of the voters? If we do not plant seeds in Spring, how can there be a harvest by fall? If we never seek affinities with others when we are doing well, how can we expect others to help us when we are in trouble? Some may commit all sorts of evil deeds, and when their acts catch up with them they blame everyone but themselves. We often say that heaven is always watching us. Heaven is the principle of cause and effect, for everything is guided by truth. Therefore, we should always take the right path in all we do. That is the path to truth. Additional writings and publications by Venerable Master Hsing Yun may be obtained through Fo Guang Shan Guang Ming Temple, 6555 Hoffner Ave., Orlando, Florida 32822, or through Buddha’s Light Publishing at http://blpusa.com. Please see ad this page.

Truth is not limited only to religion. Truth permeates the universe and every corner of the world. In Buddhism we say, “A universe exists in a flower and a Bud-

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An Attitude of Gratitude: How Be-ing Great-full Invites a Full-filled Life by Anthony Diaz The phrase, "Attitude of Gratitude," sounds like a cliché, but what does it really mean? Gratitude is being grateful for what we do have in our lives. I like to think of it as being great-full– having a life that is full of great things. On the other hand, attitude is a mindset, a strong belief in something and then acting upon it. This word seems to have gotten a bad rap. Some use it to describe another's bad behavior, however in this case, it really describes a positive trait. So do you have a mindset of being great-full about your life? The questions I invite you to ask yourself are: What do I have to be grateful for and does my attitude need to shift to a more grateful mindset? We bring the good we desire in our lives by being grateful for who we are, what we experience in our lives, and how we live our lives. If you are not experiencing the life you desire, I urge you to explore the following: Focusing on the good in our lives sets an intention in the Universe which says, "Bring me more." Focusing on what we don't have does the same thing, again saying, "Bring me more." Which do you want? It reminds me of the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for." I like to think of it as, “Be mindful of what you think of.” By thinking of what you do not have in an effort to manifest it in your life, the Universe will demonstrate just that--what you don’t have. By focusing on the good we have, we attract more of the same. Another way to shift your mindset is to set an intention for what may not be visibly appearing in your life at that moment by intending that it already is. This way of “acting as if ” creates a

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vibration that attracts that which you desire by aligning those thoughts with its like energy thereby inviting it to manifest in your reality. In this time of Thanksgiving, visualize preparing a garden of abundance and prosperity. When you feed this garden with thoughts, words, and actions of being grateful, it grows and it is vibrant. When you feed your essence with the nutrition it needs, it grows and attracts more of the same growth--more reasons to be grateful. I invite you to embody the following affirmation which supports your truth of being great-full: I am grateful for my amazing life. As I give gratitude for the life I live, the dreams I dare to dream come true. Somewhere over the rainbow, my skies are blue with feeling and energy and I can touch the life I was destined to live, the life that I desire. I wake up to an attitude of abundance and happiness and can see all clouds are behind me. My thoughts, words, and actions are always full of greatness for myself and those around me. Anthony J. Diaz has more than a decade of practicing family law and mediation, and is considered a leader in the area of collaborative law. As an attorney and a life and spiritual coach, Anthony incorporates a healthier approach to empower those going through a divorce or any legal or personal challenge by going within themselves to understand how their outer circumstances are affected by their inner conflict. To sign up for his newsletter which will keep you informed about his upcoming workshops and messages of inspiration and empowerment, scan the code on the ad this page (or go to http://eepurl.com/mw2Ff ). Anthony has speaking engagements worldwide and is available for workshops and conferences by request. To schedule a free consultation, contact Anthony at 407-5424367. Please see ad previous page. Velocity Magazine MYTH AND TRUTH | November • December 2012

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A Rare Opportunity Comes to Winter Park:

Celebrating Divine Re-Creation in Art with Renowned Mystic Theologian Matthew Fox and Artist Friends Velocity Publisher Purusha K. Radha engaged Founder/Executive Director Randall B. Robertson in a conversation about his Winter Park-based non-profit GladdeningLight and their upcoming Symposium of the Spiritual Arts in February. Purusha K. Radha (PKR): First, tell us

about your most interesting name. Randall B. Robertson (RBR): The name GladdeningLight is inspired by the fourth century Christian prayer of Phos Hilaron. In Greek, phos is translated as light, hilaron as grace or gladness, Greek origins of the word hilarity. The canticle prayer was used to begin the daily office of Vespers in the tradition of the eastern, now orthodox, church. It signifies the meeting point of night and day–an entry of light into darkness. We thought phos hilaron might entice people toward a new way of looking at things, so GladdeningLight we became. PKR: How would you describe your way of looking at things? RBR: Generally, we shy away from tradition for its own sake and try to consider progressive, modern ways to honor the ancient. For example, we mentioned the daily offices, monastic practices devoted to singing and praying at appointed times of the day and night. There’s a rhythm to that, one which we can observe even today as a means of quieting us among the frenetic pace of modern life. PKR: From your website (http://gladdeninglight.org), GladdeningLight serves to “explore the nexus of faith and art.” Why is art so central to your take on the faith journey? RBR: Much of what I see in organized religion is preoccupation with sin and guilt. While I think personal redemption is an important step toward spiritual growth, I don’t wish to subscribe to any denomi-

national practice that frowns upon the beauty of creation and humanity’s contribution to it. GladdeningLight is affirming, about seeing God in great art, drawing upon the existential fire which compels our most talented to create. Eternal beauty may be found in many things, beyond the walls of churches. PKR: So, is GladdeningLight affiliated with any religious denomination? Do you consider yourselves a New Age movement? RBR: No. Though rooted in Christianity, GladdeningLight embraces an ecumenical, multifaith path. All faith disciplines lead to the Godhead. There are some principles of New Age that apply to us as an emerging movement, but ethereal, new age culture isn’t typically grounded in ancient doctrine. PKR: Let’s talk about your Symposium in February. RBR: This is our third annual Symposium of the Spiritual Arts to take place February 1-3, 2013 at the Winter Park Civic CenPercussionist ter. Author and River Guerguerian iconoclast Matthew Fox from Oakland, California will keynote alongside eight practicing artists from around the country–a gouache artist from the Chelsea arts district in New York City, a percussionist and a guitarist/ pianist from Asheville, a watercolorist and a fiber artist from Durham, a storyteller, among others–who will exhibit and discuss their mentors, influences, and inspiration. This year’s focus is “Love, Now” in the spirit of the divine present. PKR: Hasn’t Matthew Fox written a book about this?

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his masterworks, of the thirty-one books he has penned, is entitled Creativity, Where the Divine and the Human Meet and serves as our sympoFiber Artist sium text. Marni Goldshlag PKR: What does it cost to participate in the Symposium? RBR: $150 for the three days, which includes four lectures from Matthew Fox and two colloquia with the participating artists on Saturday plus participants receive a copy of Creativity in advance. PKR: Why do events seem to be so essential to GladdeningLight? RBR: Events bring us together beyond the digital community into face-to-face human contact where we can foster relationship and share common experiences of the loftiest aesthetic that shapes our lives. PKR: Is there anything else I haven’t asked that you wish to add? RBR: Visit my blog at GladdeningLightBlog.org and give me a piece of your mind. GladdeningLight is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported arts endeavor celebrating the nexus of faith and art through spiritual retreat, hosted conferences, and religious pilgrimage. GladdeningLight is a progressive Christian initiative open to all faith disciplines, representative of thoughtful spiritual seekers both inside and outside traditional religious practice. More information can be found at our website: http://GladdeningLight.org. Please see ad page 26.

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HOLISTIC LIVING EDUCATION All About Art - Artful Living Center; Donna D’Amato; 5162 S. E. Abshier Blvd., Belleview; 352-307-9774

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HYPNOBIRTHING Birth Ease; Michelle Smith; 407-791-7989; hypnodoula@aol.com; http://BirthEaseBabies. com; HypnoBirthing for Fertility and Childbirth, Doula Services, Clinical and Regressive Hypnosis INTUITIVE READINGS Moon Astrology Readings by Raven Moondance; by phone or in person; Gainesville, Florida; 352-372-8594; moondance_raven@hotmail.com

CHIROPRACTIC Wagner Chiropractic; Ramah Wagner, D. C., 2755 S. Bay St., Eustis, FL 32726; 352-589-5443; http://DoctorRamah.com

White Wings Foundation; Susan Z. Rich; 155 Crown Point Circle, Longwood, FL 32779; For more info., call: 407-862-6902; szrich@aol. com; http://szrwhitewings.com

COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS Florida College of Integrative Medicine; Gale L. Springer, Director of Admissions; 7100 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando, FL 32809; 407-888-8689 ext. 15; gspringer@fcim.edu; http://fcim.edu

Body, Mind and Spirit; Wanda Winters, Alexandria Bay, NY; Readings by Telephone; 315-686-2640; wanda_bodymindspirit@yahoo. com; http://therealmshift.com

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EVENTSNOVEMBER We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. [ Thornton Wilder (1897–1975), US novelist and playwright. His work is particularly concerned with the universality of human experience irrespective of time or place.]

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. [ Norman Vincent Peale, (1898–1993), U. S. clergyman who preached "applied Christianity," which encourages people to think positively. ]

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A Matter of Perspective by Jo Maldonado

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hen one of our animals die we're devastated, heartbroken. We have lost a member of our family. Loss is the key word and also a matter of perspective. If we truly believe that our loved one or pet is gone forever and that we will have absolutely no contact with him ever again, then it most certainly does become a loss. If we look at the concept slightly differently and view all living things as having a soul, if we believe that animals return back to their pure spirit form after they leave their physical bodies, the concept of death is not as tragic and unbearable. Before an animal is brought into our physical world as we know it, its spirit or soul, if you will, makes an agreement with our souls as to what the purpose of our existence together will be--in other words, the goal of our relationship together on this earth. These are lessons animals teach us while they are with us. I help people with their sick or dying animals, and I also help connect them with their dear pets who have passed over. Toby was a critically ill elderly cat. He had been hiding in the closet, not eating, and clearly, his organs were deteriorating. His owner contacted me and wanted to know if it was his time to go. I do all my phone consultations through a photo which my clients send me. When I received his photo, I knew we didn’t have much time to accomplish the work I perceived we needed to do. Toby’s owners and I spoke at length on the phone with specific instructions from Toby: a special recipe for food, a few walks in the sunlight, and above all he wanted his owners to be calm and relaxed. I gave them their specific instructions and sent them one of my meditation files for working with animals.

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The couple not only listened to the audio file but created a soothing corner in their bedroom designated for relaxing and listening. Toby came out of the closet and I began to receive miraculous reports from the owner. He started eating, he went for walks in the sunlight, and he now lay on their laps, purring happily, because they “got it.” When we relax, everything is possible. When we are stressed, our animals are stressed. The couple was so grateful that Toby had decided to stay longer with them that they bought him a fish tank just so he could enjoy his last days with them gazing at the fish. Toby loved his family and appreciated what they did for him dearly. Because his owners realized the importance of being calm in all perspectives of life, Toby was able to pass very peacefully. Toby's owners had learned that loss is a matter of perspective. Jo Maldonado is an animal reader and offers her services privately and to groups and organizations. More information is available at http://animalreader.com. Jo is the facilitator and founder of Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., an educational program that offers studies on the intuitive, energetic, and behavioral aspects of animals. More information is available on http://cat-edu.com. Jo can be reached by email at jo@cat-edu.com or by calling 386-279-0257.

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is our suppressing our emotions rather than observing them and letting them flow through us. This creates vibrational blocks that cause us to manifest depression, anger, fear, and potentially rage. To access your greater vibrational potential, begin to accept what is, embrace where you are, and take positive action. Accept what is. Accept where you are right in this moment. Even if your current situation finds you facing a myriad of challenges, see where you are in this moment as the perfect launching platform to propel you forward into something greater.

How to Access the Life of Your Dreams

Embrace where you are. you aware that you are a When you fully embrace divine being capable of by Panache Desai where you are, greater posliving the life of your dreams? That sibilities become available you deserve to live a life of great to you. Until you become health, great love, great happiness, fully present where you are, nothing else is accessible. It’s not and great prosperity? Perhaps at some level you are aware of your because you did something wrong or it’s broken, it’s because the birthright, yet your underlying unconscious message of lack of Universe is always growing into and allowing more expansion. self-worth negates that knowledge. You’ve dreamt about living your dream life, yet have you created space for it? The space I Take positive action to bring it into being. The blessing is it refer to is a vibrational space of being in alignment with your becomes easier as you’ve embraced where you are. You still need dreams and wishes and knowingness of deep self-worth--meanto play your part, however, in taking the necessary steps to put ing, align your dreams with your beliefs. you in front of the opportunities and move toward accessing

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For centuries, mystics and philosophers have studied and validated that everything from humans, animals, and plants to inanimate objects is made up of energy (vibration) and it’s to the level at which we are vibrating that we experience our outer reality. The only difference between living a life of perceived happiness or sadness is in direct correlation to accessing our greater vibrational potential. Our greatest vibrational potential is accessed through releasing judgments of ourselves and others. I have found the greatest reason we are cut off from our potential

your greater vibrational potential in a conscious way. You will find that the Universe begins to bring it to you as you begin to magnetize it. Join me December 8 through 11 for our annual Global Gatherings in Orlando and learn vibrational solutions to improve the quality of your life, break through the fears, limits, and self-doubt that hold you back from achieving your unique personal greatness. For more information on Global Gathering visit: http://panachedesai.com/orlando2012/.

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Truth:

God is in your happiness and your sadness, your peace and your anger, your confidence and your doubt, your courage and your fear, your appreciation and your jealousy, your generosity and your greed, your acceptance and your criticism, your embracing and your rejection, your self-sacrifice and your selfishness, your ego and your Divinity–everything. What if you embraced every aspect of yourself as unconditionally as the Divine embraces you and as you embrace those you love in your life? What if you honored yourself completely by saying how you felt in the moment you felt it? Out loud and from the heart so that the integrity of how you felt stayed authentic? What if the worst case scenario did play out if you spoke your Truth? Would you trust that something more wonderful was in store for you and everyone involved? What if the best case scenario actually happened?

Truth: God Is In Everything BY ANGELA SPARKS

What would happen if all there was to do was to go within to that fascinating space where all of your love, compassion, humor and creativity reside and play? Whenever I listen to the whisper of the Divine within me trying to get my attention and actually allow myself to breathe, relax, and enjoy the moment, I feel the Truth. I feel an unfathomable depth of love for every aspect of me, and it just goes deeper and deeper each time I allow myself to go there. The guidance becomes clearer and more intricate, the trust in myself grows stronger, and the deeper understanding brings me more peace. I go here most often when I'm simply being still and breathing and listening although it also arises when I'm relaxing into a creative flow. Experiences I had hidden and forgotten about express themselves finally through rhythm, melody, and harmony and are laid to rest. Excited possibilities emerge that were otherwise not previously conceivable. Even in conversations when I relax, breathe, and fully listen to what is being shared, the Truth emerges and so much more love is shared. What if all there was to do was to accept that God is in everything and to enjoy and experience each Divine moment whether it was a happy one or sad one, angry one or peaceful one, fully and completely, as if nothing else was going on anywhere or anytime else, but what was right before you and within you in that moment? Without judgment. Without expectation. Would you try it? Angela Sparks is a spiritual consultant and teacher who has helped hundreds of individuals to trust and become more empowered in their own wisdom and inner guidance. Please see her ad on page 40 for more information.

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Eliminate the Worry Habit Use the Power Source of Harmony

BY REV. E. ANN OTZELBERGER Knowing something about the Universal Laws that affect us daily will help us to understand how to deal with the positive and negative in our lives. How these laws affect us and how we live with them have no relation to any religion. We can say we are Catholic, Baptist, Buddhist, Unitarian, Presbyterian or any other religion. Religion does not have control or authority over these laws. I believe that we are all children throughout our lives. This means that we will always keep learning and growing. We remain children for we have much to learn in this life and in the next vibration. I am not certain when or if we ever stop learning. Even the most knowledgeable people keep learning and those who try to keep learning just seem to find more and more to learn. We are fortunate to have these opportunities and our world grows with us as we learn. Some feel that many of our Earth Changes have caused a shortage of things we require to live. Others feel that through our own consumption, we ourselves cause the shortages of resources necessary for living. When something we feel is necessary to mankind is being used to the point of depletion, perhaps the need for this thing will be filled by a new discovery or resource. The human brain seems to generate the creative ideas we need when the demand arises. This is how we restore harmony to the effect caused by our exhaustion of resources. There can be no real progress, no lasting success, and no inner peace without the Law of Harmony. The law is always in charge and will always be recognized. Events will take place the way they are intended to take place. The essence of all harmony is within each one of us and it is an all abundant power. When we are in a mental attitude of harmony and inner power, we become masters of ourselves instead of slaves to our environment and with this security found in the Law of Harmony, we are able to eliminate worry, fear, and anger habits from our experience. Think of it. Few can see what increasing energy and inspiration this reflects but we must have nerve, faith, and confidence. Harmony is a wonderful source of power. All the wealth in the world can be taken away from us, but not our harmonious consciousness. No one can take away our inner spiritual development or our inner peace from us. Rev. E. Ann Otzelberger is the founding pastor of New Vision Spiritualist Center. She is an NSAC Ordained Minister, a Commissioned Spiritualist Healer, a certified medium and National Spiritualist Teacher. Rev. Otzelberger is a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the NSAC. She also serves the Morris Pratt Institute as Vice President of their Board of Directors and is on their Education Committee. Please see ad this page.

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"Do what brings you to union, think what brings you to bliss, feel what brings you to heaven, there's no more to life than this…" This little mantra was offered to me by Spirit early one morning while the sky was still dark and my awareness drifted between dreams and wakefulness. There was a time when I deemed such guidance to be too idealistic to actually be useful in the “real” world. How can one possibly participate in the chaos of humanity while feeling blissfully at one with the Divine on a daily basis? I later came to realize that if living in a personal hell is possible, then it is only logical that the perception of a personal heaven can be cultivated as well. When we cooperate with the stream of universal intelligence that flows through us, our dramas begin to soften, and even though earthly challenges remain, heavenly days are no longer just the stuff of dreams. I celebrate the fact that lately, many of us are feeling such inspiration take root within us. Whether we have long been aware of the spiritual essence or we have just begun to notice whispers of our own intuition, this energy urges us all to claim independence from ways of life that no longer serve our growth and keep us from feeling joy in a deep and soulful way. As we approach our old patterns with fresh wisdom, we can start to weave them into intentional works of art.

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Now more than ever, it is vital that we stay present and make our choices in the NOW for the highest and best, checking any automatic reactions that cause us to overlook the simplicity of rich, meaningful, and centered experiences. The key to maintaining this elusive balance is to commune with our core being regularly. Meditate, contemplate, and honor this supremely organic, authentic part of the self by learning its language and dancing its rhythm. There are many voices flowing through our heads, but only the soul's voice resonates from the heart. It knows how to love, communicate, and cooperate effortlessly. It holds the power to HEAL US and OUR WORLD. It glows in times of good fortune yet is fortified in times of challenge. Even in the midst of tribulation, can you see the beauty of the soul's growth in your story? There are lessons, gifts, and healing magic in even the darkest of nights. It is with this clarity that our travels on the road of life become the most splendid journeys, with our highest potential at the wheel. "There is (truly) no more to life than this…" Molly MacCartney is a psychic artist, medium and spiritual counselor based in Central Florida. She offers soulcentered readings for those who seek clarity on the path of life, evidential mediumship to comfort the grieving, and a variety of art forms and written words to uplift and inspire. For more information, please visit her website at http://mollymaccartney.com and please see ad this page.

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C O N S C I O U S T R A N S F O R M AT I O N

by Michael Richardson

To Believe or Not Believe

While I was in college I was told to pick a pseudo-science and prove or disprove it. I chose metaphysics. When you look at astrology it is not an exact science, but it is a science. You cannot prove that planets have effects on people’s personalities, but you cannot disprove it either. The Native Americans had visions of what was to happen to their nation because of the white man coming. How is it that spirit can tell people what is going on in their lives and be so accurate, but in the world of science this action cannot be proven? I found more factual evidence that led me to believe that metaphysics exists than to prove that it doesn’t. It can neither be proven nor disproved, therefore it would be an individual’s belief as to whether mediumship, for example, is real or not. To believe or not believe in something rests solely upon the person and one's belief system surrounding spirituality as well as science.

curate. Nothing is black and white in the spirit world, and there are no limitations, whereas science has to test and prove that it’s all black and white. As one astrologer put it to me: The sun will rise, the moon will set, the sun will set, the moon will rise. Science has proven this has an effect on the currents and the tides. 75% of our body is made up of water so wouldn’t it make sense that the planets would have the same influence on emotions and personalities as it does on the tides and currents? That left me with the thought that it is what it is. You can’t prove or disprove many things, but they make you think. Take Edgar Cayce,1 for example. He was blessed with an ability help heal and give guidance to people. Many people called him a fraud yet he helped countless numbers of people. Did he really help them or was it their belief in him that facilitated their healings? Was it real or not? It all comes down to each individual’s belief and faith. Good is good no matter how you look at it.

I studied astrology, Chinese astrology, mediumship, psychic development and I met many wonderful people throughout my education. All to me were very accurate. There were small variations among them, but for the most part they were all very ac-

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___________ 1 Edgar Cayce: March 18, 1877–January 3, 1945) was an American psychic who had the ability to channel answers to questions on subjects like healing, Atlantis, wars, and the destiny and evolution of earth.

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THE MEANING IN THE MYTH Sometimes we don’t understand something until its message connects with us directly. For many ages, myth has indirectly charged each and every one of us with clues, messages, and predictions. What many of us take for granted today is the Truth in the myth. We have many modern distractions these days and old stories are BY RAYNA TAMARIN ANGELERI GARCIA exploited in Hollywood for the sake of shock value and to make a profit, but why do certain storylines come up over and over again? Why do we feel like we need to reveal mythical characters until they become as well known as historic figures? It’s because we’re trying to remember their meanings. We want to remember the meaning in the myth because we originally wrote the stories in order to recall emotional imagery with all of our senses. Historical or not, these myths have been entangled in our subconscious as our history. Have you noticed that many of the themes you once thought were nonsensical have played a role in your personal storyline? Your life is similar to some myth out there. Each of us plays out various roles within our lives and experience similar circumstances to some mythical character at one time or another. We are living out human character and circumstantial trends that are part of the larger body of lessons. We have collective lessons and trending themes. These are part of the original blue print of the purpose of this lifetime on Earth for all of us. Subconsciously, we remind ourselves to live and learn specific lessons. If we could

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consciously recall all the things we came here to learn, we wouldn’t actually be able to learn them properly. With the dose of amnesia we experience by coming here, we are able to live out these story-lives in full character. “All the world’s a stage,” wrote Shakespeare, so while we are in full costume, dressed as our human egos, we’re schooling ourselves as both teacher and student through the art of the play. Truth is really what we are and where we’re from and what’s Real. Our myths are real lessons that our United Self, Oneness, outlines, therefore the mythoi we study in repetition are what we are to express back to our United Self, experientially. Myth is a way to express and explore a concept (a lesson) viscerally. We can only study Truth because that’s all that exists and is Real. There’s nothing else to study in Real life, therefore we study (to remember) via myth, and myth is a lesson created by Truth. Truth cannot create anything that isn’t true (Truth begets Truth because there is nothing to blend with it). How have your own experiences synchronized with mythical tales? Rayna Tamarin Angeleri Garcia, is a Starseed Indigo child transitioning to Crystal, known from her blog as the “Modern Muse,” she’s an ordained minister, spiritual pop music artist, author, artist, actress, intuitive, and healer. She owns The Crystal Closet in Mount Dora with her husband Jorge. Rayna is available for spiritual readings and coaching through http://www.thecrystalcloset. com (Twitter @StarseedCrystal) (Facebook /thecrystalcloset) (Meetup.com / the-crystal-closet-sanford) Her blog ishttp://www.mystiquemuse.com (Twitter @ MystiqueMuse), Her personal portal ishttp://www.raynatamarin.com Find her music and guided meditations athttp://www.reverbnation.com/raynatamarin (Twitter @RaynaTamarin) (Facebook /RaynaTamarin). Please see ad previous page.

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Among nations, the highest incidence of and death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke is in the Eastern European nations and Russia. This has been attributed to high rates of alcohol abuse, smoking, and very high levels of stress, especially during the Communist era when industrial pollution was extremely heavy in the larger cities. There is compelling evidence that pollution causes rapid, advanced atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and inflammation in the heart muscle, adding considerably to the harmful effects of a bad diet, heavy smoking, and alcoholism. If we examine the nations and groups with the highest rates of cardiovascular disease, we see a common set of factors emerging, including:

Many medical professionals think that strokes and heart attacks occur when blood vessels are slowly blocked off by a dense buildup called plaque. Actually, most heart attacks and strokes occur when the blood flowing through an artery suddenly clots. In fact, studies have shown that many times the deadly clot forms at a site with much less constriction than the areas with the greatest plaque buildup. When these areas of plaque buildup are highly inflamed (called unstable plaque), the risk of a clot is highest, but it’s often not even related to the size of the plaque. The reason this is important is that it explains why some people with only moderate constriction of their blood vessels can suffer a massive heart attack, while others with worse constriction are spared.

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• Diabetes or prediabetes • Hypertension • High sugar intake • Low intake of fresh vegetables • Low magnesium intake The common denominator among all these factors is a high level of inflammation that persists for a very long period. When stress levels are very high, as in the old USSR, rates of cardiovascular disease rise rapidly. We know that diabetes is associated with many health problems, including: • Peripheral vascular diseases • Ulcers • Impotence • Loss of vision • Kidney failure • Higher rates of heart attack and stroke

If you or a loved one are currently experiencing health challenges and are concerned with the current status of care rendered, then I would highly suggest that you seek the care and expertise of a highly qualified, trained, licensed healthcare provider in Alternative Complementary Medicine. Physicians who practice this healing art are very well trained and equipped in the careful examination and evaluation procedures needed to make a proper diagnosis. These healthcare practitioners are the cutting edge in modern medicine and will be able to properly assess and treat many conditions which have been misdiagnosed, mismanaged, and mistreated. These healthcare providers are the future for the life-saving knowledge and skills that will aid our ailing society and mankind. We offer a wide range of diagnostic testing and treatment protocols the conditions mentioned in this article and urge readers to call for a courtesy consultation in regards to these issues discussed or any major health challenge.

In each case, the condition is caused by chronic inflammation brought on by disrupted metabolism of carbohydrates, damaging the inside lining of blood vessels and weakening veins, making them leaky. Damaged blood vessels, especially micro-vessels cause many of the complications in each of these diabetes-associated disorders. Virtually all the damage caused by diabetes comes from high levels of inflammation, storms of free radicals and lipid peroxidation products, and increased coagulation of the blood.

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MOON ASTROLOGY November-December 2012

We are in a time of collective emergence. Each one of us is here on the planet to experience this monumental timing-, the turning of the ages. Let your goal be to experience and flow with the shifts that are occurring, without worry, judgment or reaction. We can see and feel a sense of falling apart and endings all around us as old, outmoded ways of living and believing are no longer working. Simultaneously, there is excitement and exhilaration in the air surrounding the infinite possibilities opening and emerging for cocreating a more just, harmonious, and humane world. If you feel worry or fear, a natural reaction when we are in uncharted territory, look around and observe. New ways of living at the grass roots level are beginning to expand as people re-work and re-create the institutions of society that no longer serve us. Consider the expansion of local, organic farming, co-ops, farmers' markets, alternative healing modalities, bartering, and so much more. (Check out http://GreenAmerica.org) Much has been written and postulated about 2012 and in particular, Dec. 21, 2012, but it is all basically speculation. What we do know is that many ancient cultures and prophecies have foretold this timing called the "turning of the ages." In the Sept./Oct. 2009 issue of Velocity Magazine, an excellent article by Vil-Am Ben-A'him entitled, 2012: What's Really Going On? examined these times from the larger perspective. "Something is happening now (2009) and leading up to 2012, on a galactic level that may have monumental consequences for our planet and inhabitants. Our galaxy is a spiral galaxy and our solar system sits about two thirds of the way out as one of the arms or spirals. Our solar system rotates with the galaxy around a black hole and a huge sun in the center of the galaxy. Our solar system doesn't move in a simple line as it travels but spirals closer to the galaxy's center, then further away. Each complete spiral takes 25,625 years, exactly the amount of time the ancient traditions saw us orbit through the twelve constellations of the zodiac. They further divided this into five world ages, each having 5,125 years. If we look at our galaxy on end (like looking at our hand from the side rather than straight on) and draw a line through the middle of the line of stars, we would create an equator in the galaxy. Our solar system will be passing through that equator in December 2012. On a galactic level, our solar system is completing three major cycles all at the same time: the ending of a 5,125 Mayan cycle, the ending of a 25,625 cycle of being the farthest from the center of the galaxy to begin moving back towards the center, and passing through the galactic equator. All are calculated to happen in December 2012. The effects of these alignments, with the combined energies and shifts in gravitational pulls can have a massive effect on our earth." (p.62) Knowing that what is occurring on our planet is so much more vast than we could ever comprehend helps us put into perspective the intense shifts and changes our body, mind, spirit, and emotions have been experiencing over the past few years. The key word being experience not control, figure out or avoid–experience by being present to what we are observing, feeling, and sensing within our being, within our lives, and in our world–without judgment or reaction, negotiating each day, each moment as present and in our body as possible. Utilize your tools and practices. Connect with the Earth and Moon cycles and BE PRESENT. Be in

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peace. Enjoy the journey! Be in awe as it unfolds before you. Utilize the affirmation in your zodiacal forecast below to assist you in aligning more fully with these amazing times! ARIES (March 19-April 19) With life continually shifting and changing at such a rapid pace, don't hold onto anythingideas, beliefs, possessions, people. Tap into your sense of optimism and positivity. Look for and focus on the joy in each experience. Enjoy the journey! AFFIRMATION: With each exhalation I release uncertainty and then, I deeply inhale peace. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Examine any areas of stress. Are you compromising your integrity or serenity by trying to please or placate others? Be true to yourself first. Follow your inner guidance and be who you are in a gentle way. You will feel much better. AFFIRMATION: I trust that I am guided from deep within, easily balancing service with self-care. I feel respected and appreciated. I am blessed. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Continue to work on re-inventing yourself. Give yourself the time, space, and permission you need to examine those aspects of your life that are being highlighted. Be patient with your ongoing evolution. All is in Divine Order. AFFIRMATION: One day at a time, I step forward in love, in balance, and in trust. All is exactly as it should be. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Whenever you venture into unfamiliar territory emotionally or physically, it is natural to feel trepidation, concern, or worry. Take a few deep breaths to center and calm yourself, then shift from worry to excitement as you anticipate something new and lifeaffirming unfolding before you. AFFIRMATION: I surrender to the joy of new experiences. I am safe and supported in all that I do. I am blessed. LEO (July 23-Aug.22) Whenever you encounter a challenge emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually push yourself to the next level. You can do it! You are stronger and more resourceful than you believe. Don't waste time embroiled in worry and doubt. Take action, step up to the plate and empower yourself! AFFIRMATION: I confidently negotiate life with ease. I trust that I am capable and have the resources to meet any situation or challenge. VIRGO (Aug.23-Sept.22) Use all your senses to tune in to the world around you, your environment, nature, people. Watch and observe what is occurring beneath the surface. As you hone your skills of observation, your intuition will be nurtured and you will "see" so much more. AFFIRMATION: As I attune more fully and completely to the essence of

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each moment, the guidance and inner knowingness emanating from deep within strengthens me. LIBRA (Sept.23-Oct.21) The powerful experiences of the past few months have pushed you to evolve at an accelerated pace. Consider the intensity of your experiences as an initiation, aligning and preparing you for your true work in this timing on our planet. AFFIRMATION: Love, joy, and hope fill and surround me creating wondrous opportunities to be in the highest service to the Earth and all our relations. I am blessed. SCORPIO (Oct.22-Nov.21) Be in gratitude for the life lessons that have served to form the amazing being that you are today. It has often been quite difficult, but as you end one year and begin anew with your birthday, make a conscious effort to let go of the hurts and trials of the past. The past is over. Now is the time to be reborn into a new, empowered version of yourself. AFFIRMATION: I emerge in my new year freed from the past with infinite possibilities before me. I am blessed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec.21) As you prepare to begin a new year with your birthday, do some cleaning out on all levels. Observe where you feel a need to control or change others or situations. Examine areas of resistance, dogmatic beliefs, or limiting thinking. Observe and allow your intuition, as opposed to your logical mind, to guide you. AFFIRMATION: Surrendering to the flow of each situation and experience enables me to step forward when my presence is of the highest benefit. I feel guided in all things. CAPRICORN (Dec.22-Jan.19) Take care of business. Do not falter. Act on whatever is being presented, whatever needs attention. Take decisive action and commit to it without equivocation. Don't worry, wonder or doubt. Just do it! Allow your inner knowingness to guide you. AFFIRMATION: My intuition guides me from deep within my being. I feel connected to the flow of the Universe and to the Earth beneath my feet. I am truly blessed. AQUARIUS (Jan.20-Feb.18) If you are feeling unsure, shaky, or out of sorts in some area of your life, do what you need to do in order to correct it. Observe and make adjustments in order to bring a healthier sense of balance to your physical body, mind, emotions, and spirit AFFIRMATION: My body, mind, and spirit are filled with peace and joy. Harmony surrounds me. I am in total alignment with all that is. PISCES (Feb.19-March19) It is essential to your health and well-being to plan regular times for rest and renewal on a daily or at least weekly basis. Perhaps a massage, a walk in nature, a relaxing bath... implement this right now! Your stress will begin to dissipate and you will feel soooo much better, more productive, and centered in all areas of your life. AFFIRMATION: When I take care of myself, everything in my life flows more harmoniously. Ahhhh... I am so relaxed. Raven Moondance (aka Shenna Benarte) writes the newsletter, MOON ASTROLOGY UPDATE six times a year and a monthly column on working with the moon in MOMA BEAR, a magazine for Gainesville, Florida moms. For a complete Moon Astrology reading or to attend a monthly Moon Astrology Class, call Raven at (352)3728594 or email: moondance_raven@hotmail.com. Please see ad this page.

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Home birth, however, is my preferred method of birthing. We chose the home birth route after researching our options and interviewing professionals who work in hospital births, birth centers, and at home. When it came down to it, I personally could not bear the thought of getting into the car, getting strapped with an electronic fetal monitor, having a hep lock 1taped to my arm, or many other challenges of leaving the house. Go ahead, call me a wimp! Home was comfortable for me. My bed, my bathroom, and my food! When people would say, “You’re brave for doing it drugfree, and you’re crazy for doing it at home!,” I would turn it right around and say, “You’re the brave one!” I hate to think what the side-effects of the drugs or procedures are doing to mom or baby and how one could risk their personal birth experience to staff who they just met! I am not asking everyone to agree with me and so I am okay with people calling me crazy or brave, or whatever. You have to be where you are most comfortable. Birthing at home has been magical for me. In total peace and calm, my labors began. We called our midwife, ran a warm bath, and began dealing with the contractions by relaxation: mental, physical, and emotional. This is what Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth2 truly teaches! The relaxation is critical because it opens up your uterus as it is a sphincter muscle. We can’t poop in the middle of a room, even if there is only one person in it, so how do we expect a mom to open herself up completely if she is not totally comfortable with the environment or people surrounding her?

felt like pushing. During birth two, the baby was sunny-side up making intense back labor and prolonged experience, not to mention he was all tied up in his cord and was being harnessed back up inside me by the part wrapped around his shoulder! In a home birth, what does a mother do in these situations? She relies on patience and calm. In the end, we birthed two beautiful babies and I was able to settle in right away with breastfeeding, eating, and sleeping. My midwife and her team handled clean up. I did not have to worry about anything. Aree Pearlman is a Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth instructor and birth doula (labor support professional). She has home-birthed two beautiful children and is an advocate of parents’ rights and responsibilities. Contact Aree at 704-2000183 or bay7180@gmail.com for class information. Also, find her on the web at http://bradleybirth.com. Please see ad below.

At different points in each labor, we reached hurdles. During birth one, I had a swollen lip of cervix and had to wait when I 1 Heparin Locks, or Hep Locks, are small tubes attached to a catheter, inserted into the arm and held in place with tape in order to administer drugs and fluids without injecting patients multiple times unnecessarily. 2 Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth: The Bradley Method® classes teach families how to have natural births, simply and effectively. They are based on information about how the human body works during labor. Couples are taught how they can work with their bodies to reduce pain and make their labors more efficient. Of over 1,000,000 couples trained in The Bradley Method® nationwide, over 86% of them have had spontaneous, unmedicated vaginal births.

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here are multiple examples of myth becoming reality in contemporary (or “New Age”) spirituality. In astrology, all the planets and most of the major stars and constellations are named from ancient myths (mostly Greco-Roman).

Myths reveal to us life lessons and great spiritual truths. They are not merely stories or fiction. Many are based in reality. I will illustrate by giving one example in some detail. The half human and half “God” (divine) hero of mythology, Hercules, in his infamous Twelve Labors, represents the testing undergone by all aspirants on the spiritual path. In esoteric astrology, the sign Scorpio represents strength through testing. Even if we do not have Scorpio as our Sun or rising sign, Scorpio is present in everyone’s horoscope (birth chart). The Labor of Hercules representing Scorpio is his destroying the ghastly swamp monster, the nine-headed Hydra. He cannot kill the monster by beheading it with a sword, since eight of the heads immediately grow back as two heads are severed, and the ninth head is immortal. The monster dwells in water, (symbolizing the emotions, and the astral body or plane). Hercules, instead, reaches into the muck, and struggles with the foul, stinking, writhing serpent-like monster (the emotions). At length, upon his knees (representing humility), Hercules is finally able to lift the Hydra out of the water (astral plane), into the air and light (mental plane). Deprived of its source of power, the Hydra weakens and droops, enabling Hercules to sever the one immortal head with his sword, successfully completing the Labor.

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In Scorpio, disciples (spiritual seekers) undergo those tests which will enable them to take the Second Initiation (expansion of consciousness), to demonstrate that the desire or emotional nature is subdued, conquered, and controlled, and mastery of the astral body is achieved. The Master Djwahl Kuhl stated, “The Second Initiation is a profoundly difficult one to take,” and that “the longest period between [the five] initiations is to be found between the first and second Initiations," and “many, many, long lives can elapse between the First Initiation and the Second–long, long interludes of silent and almost unapparent growth.”

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C O N S C I O U S T R A N S F O R M AT I O N For aeons, man has been ever moving towards more awareness of himself and the universe around him. Many ancient mystics and sages have described an etheric universe of one consciousness made of love and expressing itself as light with the dreams of GOD as first cause. Their wisdom speaks of an unmanifest sea of pure potential that continuously manifests the universe from the desire of stillness to be all that is. Throughout the ages many inspired messengers have repeated the message that GOD is love, GOD is light and that we are to wake up to that awareness within our being so that the universe can express love through us consciously. Throughout history a greedy few realized that there is great power in this metaphysics of dreams and so they discredited any notion of an ether metaphysics as 'fool's play,' and they kept the science of dreams, consciousness, and the ether to themselves so they by Albert Nuňez, DVM, Contributing Spiritual could create the world we see. They have given the through their purposeful intention and also the people the 80% of the code fruit of ours through ignorance, apathy, and forthat makes them well-behaved citizens, but refuse to give them the 20% that would free them getfulness. from this runaway dream which enslaves rather Later, experiments disproved the results of than frees. So effective is the science of continuous creation that the current world system those earlier flawed ether experiments and gave which enslaves billions is held together by the evidence of an ether, but by then all of science collective dark dream of control by probably less had embraced Einstein’s theory of relativity and than 100 to 1000 people. This same group has the belief of a Big Bang postulated1 by the cathothrived because the masses are ignorant to the lic priest Georges Henri Lemaître. Hmmm…

ing and augmenting the world of our senses, but it is impotent at calculating the exact dimensions of a vision, or the weight of a dream, or the power of love. Einstein himself said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” yet he could not, with all his knowledge and imagination, come up with a way to unite relativity with quantum physics in one unified field. Why? Because consciousness-stillness, GOD…all that is--was left out of the equation.

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science of the ether which the controlling group obtained and repressed by sword, religion, and pseudo-science.

The atomic bomb came next. Years have gone by and relativity, quantum theory, and astrophysics have not been able to come up with a unified field theory that explains all observed phenomena both large and small that also includes consciousness within its frame work. You see, our current science is really good at measur-

A series of flawed experiments in the early twentieth century erroneously disproved the presence of an ether and delivered mankind from GOD as primary cause over to science, industry, and the military as primary cause. The resulting mess of the last century with its man-made wars, famine, pollution, global warming, mass extinction, nuclear disasters, and plain old meanness running the place is the fruit of their labor

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1 Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître: July 17, 1894–June 20, 1966); a Belgian priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain. He was the first person to propose the theory of the expansion of the Universe, widely misattributed to Edwin Hubble. He also proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, which he called his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom.'

Here we are in 2012. This summer, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) made a huge discovery in their particle collider. They discovered the presence of the “GOD particle” or the Higgs Boson2 particle and also the presence of a Higgs Field of potential energy present throughout and connecting everything in the universe to everything else. This is now officially a universe of one!

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This ether, now renamed the Higgs Field,3 has always been there even when and though many of our scientists, religions, industries, corporations, and political leaders denied its existence, even while they enjoyed the benefits of its knowledge for themselves. Now that we once and for all have proof of an ether, let us remember the wisdom and messages from the masters on the knowledge of the ether. 2 Higgs boson (subatomic) particle: An elementary particle (a particle not known to have substructure) in the Standard Model (a theory concerning the electromagnetic, weak, and strong nuclear interactions which mediate the dynamics of the known subatomic particles) of particle physics. The Higgs boson is predicted to exist for theoretical reasons, and may have been detected by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (the world's largest and highest energy particle accelerator, built 300 feet underground in Crozet, France.) If confirmed, this detection would prove the existence of the hypothetical Higgs field3—the simplest of several proposed mechanisms for the breaking of electroweak symmetry (In particle physics, the electroweak interaction is the unified description of two of the four known fundamental interactions of nature: electromagnetism and the weak interaction), and the means by which elementary particles acquire mass. 3 Higgs Field: A possibly discovered, ubiquitous quantum field supposed to be responsible for giving elementary particles their masses. Continued on page 54

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sciousness interacting with itself. Everything you sense is part of the One with the illusion of motion creating the illusion of separateness. Love your neighbor as yourself is so true because your neighbor is yourself interacting with itself within a dream.

The all that is GOD is consciousness itself. It is a still magnetic light. It is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. It is love and it has never left us alone. It has sent us many messengers of hope and light through the ages. Names like Akhenaten,1 Krishna, BudAkhenaten dha, Christ, Muhammad, Ramana Maharishi,2 and so many others all seem to say the same thing: GOD is love; your connection to him is now undeniable. Everything you sense, interact with, and imagine is part of Its body. The masters' voices continue to stand up to face what has always seemed like insurmountable odds. Their wisdom states that the world we collectively see is the sum total of the weight of our collective dreams. As more people wake up to the realization Sri Ramana Maharishi that we can collectively dream a new dream based on beauty, truth, compassion, and tolerance the dreams of the world will tip from fear and greed to collaboration, respect, and mutual cooperation--all this through our conscious collective efforts-- because we cannot rely on our leaders to do so. We must all stand up and lead, through the power of our new dream of love, light and beauty.

The message of hope for everyone is that the weight of the collective dream has already shifted into balance towards light and love. It is already done! We are witnessing the inertia of our old collective dream. It has served us well. We now know how not to behave. In a shrinking world the only way to win is to cooperate. The yogis say that in the age of Pisces which we are about to leave, those who controlled the information had the power. In this new Aquarian age, those that give the information away the fastest are the most powerful because they serve the most! I see evidence of this cooperation globally on the internet. Thousands of inventors are sharing and giving away their ideas for all to see and benefit from. Free energy and zero point energy systems are being discussed and shared in open source forums and on YouTube. The works of Nikola Tesla3 are again being discussed as solutions for today's problems. His zero point energy devices are in more need now than they were 100 years ago. His devices are not science fiction, they are science fact and can be easily reproduced in any handyman's or handywoman’s garage. (Visit http://www.fuellesspower.com/.) The need for clean, reusable zero point radiant energy has never been greater and the adoption of these technologies will rapidly shift us from the current carbon-based economy to one of clean, radiant energy for the benefit of all, not just the few. Walter Russell,4 the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century, gave us the 'cosmogony of one' in the 1920s. There is no need for a new explanation of what is. He did it 100 years ago. All we need to do is adopt what was given to us, but was repressed by greed, in his own words, ”Man's nature is essentially good. The evil in man springs from fear for the safety and security of his body, and from greed for satisfaction of bodily desires. Remove these and man will naturally respond to the good in him, for all men seek peace,

This is a mirrored universe of one field of con1 Akhenaten: Meaning "living spirit of Aten," Akhenaten was a Pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died approximately 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten (the sun-disk in ancient Egyptian mythology), which is sometimes described as monotheistic or henotheistic (the belief and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities that may also be worshipped).

3 Nikola Tesla: (July 10, 1856–January 7, 1943), a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, futurist, and creator of 'miraculous' inventions, his work fell into relative obscurity after his death, but since the 1990s, his reputation has experienced a comeback in popular culture.

2 Sri Ramana Maharshi: (December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950), born Venkataraman Iyer, was a Hindu spiritual master ("jnani"). He maintained that the purest form of his teachings was the powerful silence which radiated from 'presence' and quieted the minds of those attuned to it.

4 Walter Bowman Russell: (May 19, 1871 – May 19, 1963) was an American polymath (a Renaissance man; a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas) known for his achievements as a painter, sculptor,author and builder and less well known as a natural philosopher and for his unified theory in physics and cosmogony (any scientific theory concerning the coming into existence, or origin, of thecosmos or universe, or about how what sentient beings perceive as "reality" came to be).

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happiness, and security which only a balanced system of human relations will give him.” There is no doubt in my mind that we have all we need to free humanity and it is found in the vaults of our patent offices filed under “not enough profit” or the university of YouTube.com and open-source think tanks. In the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, “Damn the Pharisees. They hold the keys to knowledge, but they do not enter nor let the masses enter.” I think his words should now be modified for the times and be a prayer for all: ”Blessed be our leaders who are aspects of ourselves. They Nikola Tesla hold the keys of knowledge and they open the doors to share that knowledge freely in the name of love, light, and GOD for the benefit of all of nature and the people of the earth who are his body and who they serve in peace. Thank you Father for it is so." I and the Father are One has now become We and the Father are One. The weight of our collective dream is so great that the balance has tipped to love… and light… See, we have come to set light upon the world and it is ablaze…with love…” Suggested web searches on Google:

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rguably, if it were not for technology we might be sailing off the face of the earth. Unfortunately though, we may have gone to the extreme in more areas than we intended. Are we stuck in a whirlwind of technology? Sometimes it appears that we may be slipping into a Sci-Fi fantasy leaving our personal contacts and conversations behind. Computers are replacing our educators and customer service consists of recordings and button pushing. Virtual chat lines and computerized matchmaking are replacing the thrill of casual flirting and just getting to know someone is limited to one-minute speed dating and Skype appointments. Job interviews have gone from eye contact, handshakes and howdies to generic form filling questionnaires. No wonder our school curricula has had to dumb itself down and more children than ever are being treated for diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, in grammar school, no less! Contact sports have become a competition for the fastest thumb on a remote or video game. Sporting events are for professionals. Most children do not know what it is like to work up an honest sweat! If they don’t have an iPod, an iPad, a smartphone, or a laptop they sometimes are considered social outcasts. The next time you drive your car look around. You might be hard put to find someone who is not on a cell phone. Why, we cannot even have a conversation without it being interrupted by text messages, Facebook or Twitter alerts. What in the world are we thinking?

by Diane J. Ackerman

College educations are noble goals but they are not meant for everyone. Who is going to build the houses, repair the plumbing, sew the shirts, cook the meals, and nurture the children if everyone is so busy getting degrees for high tech jobs? What is interesting is that many of the college graduates today can neither spell nor have a grammatically correct conversation because they are so busy shortcutting with technology. It appears that we are replacing potential genius and creative minds with lazy robots in mass numbers. It could be debated but at last count I found a lot more average folks than technology gurus. Here is a thought: What would happen if we put our cell phones down for one day and not touch the computer or watch television? We might have a conversation with a family member or even make a friend. Now, wouldn’t that be interesting? Perhaps we need to create a program to balance technology with humanity.

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U N V E I L I N G O U R S E LV E S ent individuals and different cultures. These universal dream symbols provide the basis of mythology and are what Jung called archetypes. Our collective archetypes live in our myths and legends. The ancient gods were primarily personified forces or aspects of nature and personality and as such are archetypes. Through these archetypes we can connect with the deeper layers of our psyche. ESP, along with mythological imagery, arises from this implicative higher order of being. That is why psychic phenomena have no known forms of energy transmission since they originate in a realm that is everywhere at all times–outside of our time and space. Individuals who have specifically trained their minds to turn inwards to the deeper levels of consciousness also tend to become more proficient in psychic awareness. For this reason, dreamwork is one of the basic techniques taught to students in my psychic development classes.

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“Dreams are private myths, and myths are public dreams.” [ Joseph Campbell ] Ancient gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and fabulous creatures are alive and well within us. They exist in the mythological subconscious and emerge in the dreams, fantasies, and paranormal experiences of modern men and women. Our dreams provide a gateway into an incredibly rich psychic reality. Some of the greatest psychologists of all time have declared emphatically that the essence of the psyche is myth. For most people, the term perception suggests the physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, however all of these senses have a psychic counterpart that exists outside of space and time as we know it, and the information comes to us in the form of a dream or vision, or sometimes merely a hunch. The subconscious mind is the source of all our creativity, art, poetry, and ESP experiences. Parapsychological research suggests that we are all, at all times, perceiving psychic information as well as normal physical sensations that are subliminal. Our conscious minds can only cope with a fraction of this information, so the mind has various filters and barriers to ensure that only the most important information receives conscious attention. By working with our dreams, we can learn to become more aware of this alternate reality and more conscious of psychic phenomena. Dreams use language symbolically. Symbolism is also the language through which psychic awareness emerges most readily. Psychiatrist Carl Jung affirmed that parallels exist in the dream symbols of differ-

Quantum physics, parapsychological research, and the beliefs of many cultures suggest that the dreamworld may be more real than the waking reality of our physical senses. With a little effort, we can all become more aware of this higher-dimensional reality and of the psychic relationships that surround us. Dr. Andrew Nichols is a parapsychologist, author and lecturer on ESP and psychic phenomena. He has appeared on many television and radio programs as an expert on paranormal topics and is currently Director of the American Institute of Parapsychology in Gainesville, Florida. Contact Dr. Nichols by emailing anichols@instituteofparapsychology. org. Visit http://parapsychologylab.com and please see ad this page.

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The Myth of Miracles Is No More!

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Many people pray for a miracle to sweep into their lives and solve all their problems. Halfheartedly, people pray for a miracle, but underneath their prayer they believe miracles are really a myth. They believe that miracles are divine intervention from God that spring forth complete with bells and whistles, leaving the onlookers awestruck. Perhaps we have childishly viewed miracles like a Cecil B. De Mille movie thinking that if we were able to part the Red Sea like Moses did we would be miracle workers. What if we looked at miracles differently? What if we looked at miracles as things that are normal everyday occurrences? However, to view miracles as normal we would need to change our perspective about miracles. According to A Course in Miracles, a miracle occurs when we change our perspective and see things differently. We change our mind about the troubling situation that is happening in our lives and view it from a higher perspective. That higher perspective brings us to a level where we can view the event as being in our lives for our own good. The event then becomes not so much about the incident but about how we are handling the situation and that makes all the difference in the world.

To begin to have miracles happen in our lives we need to determine the overall message we are sending out to the Universe. The question to ask ourselves is this: Are we sending thoughts, feelings, and emotions of peace and love to our immediate world? It is through the thoughts, feelings, and emotions which we transmit to the Universe that determines how our lives will actually unfold. Miracles do not unfold just during those specific times when we are formally praying. If our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions are in one accord with our formal prayers, it is then that we can expect miracles. It is then that we will begin to experience wonders working in and through our lives. If we believe that we need a miracle in order to attain our good, we are automatically limiting the power of our prayer. No miracles are needed to bring good to us. The very nature of God is wholeness, abundance, and love. As part of God’s creation, we are inheritors of all good. Miracles happen when we get ourselves out of the way so that God can work freely in and through us. It’s like removing the dam in a brook so that the water can tumble and flow where it will. So the myth of miracles is no more. Miracles are the natural outworking of God’s divine universal law when we simply change our minds and expect to witness good. Rev. Mary Blocher was ordained as a Unity Minister in 2005. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Indiana University. Prior to entering the ministry, she was a special education teacher for 24 years.  Nine of those 24 years she lived and taught on the Navajo Reservation where she learned first-hand the traditions, customs, and spirituality of Native Americans.  Please see ad for Unity-Leesburg this page.

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There's No Such Thing As Crystals? by Karen Ball

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For most of the years that reflexology has been practiced in the west, reflexologists have operated under the hypothesis that the “crunchies” found in people’s feet are metabolic waste products (specifically uric and lactic acids) that have accumulated at the nerve endings in the feet. These crystals have been credited with causing pain and impeding the flow of nervous information within the body. This sounds reasonable, but now scientific evidence from Europe is suggesting something quite different. Dr. Jesus Manzanares, a physician and medical researcher living in Spain, has been shocking the North American reflexology community with his groundbreaking, theory-shattering research. In the past 30 years, Dr. Manzanares has conducted over 70,000 clinical studies in two teaching hospitals in his home city of Barcelona. His colored biopsy photos show the make-up of both congested (displaying unwanted symptoms such as pain) and asymptomatic foot reflexes in live patients. The deposits in both groups show a mass of connective, vascular (referring to the blood vessels), and nervous tissues in the deep layers of the skin. Of particular interest to reflexologists,

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the deposits show no evidence of metabolic waste products, i.e. no lactic or uric acid crystals! Dr. Manzanares’ studies indicate the asymptomatic (control) samples to comprise 8% nervous tissue and the congested samples, 42%. According to Dr. Manzanares, what we are feeling in the tissue is not waste deposits, but rather an entanglement of the excess nervous tissue created in response to, and as an indicator of, a stressed organ. With more nerve fibers we also see higher concentrations of bradykinin (a neuro-polypeptide that incites chronic pain) and substance P (an amino acid peptide that elicits inflammatory responses and functions as a pain neurotransmitter). Specific reflexology techniques applied to congested reflexes can untangle the nerve fiber adhesions and break the biomechanical link between them. Dr. Manzanares’ research concludes that:

1. Deposits in the feet indicate an anatomical or functional imbalance. 2. Deposits are not attached to tendons or muscles. 3. Deposits felt by the therapist and experienced as painful by the subject indicate subacute or chronic (long-standing) pathologies. 4. Deposits experienced as mildly sensitive by the subject, but not felt by the therapist, suggest an acute (recent) pathology. There are hundreds of studies that demonstrate to what extent reflexology affects people with certain homeostatic imbalances. What makes Dr. Manzanares’ work exciting is its contribution to the understanding of how reflexology works. Anecdotal testimonials attest to the fact that reflexology “works.” Perhaps now, we are finally beginning to uncover the scientific evidence of “how.”[ 1st International Fascial Research Congress, Shah, J.P. ] Karen Ball, certified reflexologist, teaches an Introduction to Reflexology in the main licensing program at the Florida School of Massage, Gainesville, in addition to a variety of advanced continuing education classes on the subject. Please see ad this page.

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It turns out dogs are not only good for our health, finding missing people, and helping disabled people live independent lives–they’re good for kids’ report cards, too! Canines have been found to help people improve their immune system and reduce blood pressure, among other health benefits. They help rescuers, law officers, blind people, and those with limited use of their hands and arms. Now we have another reason to celebrate man’s best friend. “Dogs not only help children learn to read, they help children learn to love reading,” says Michael Amiri, coauthor with his wife, Linda, of the children’s book, Shellie, the Magical Dog (http://shelliethemagicaldog.com). “And that’s true for children with and without learning disabilities.” A Minnesota pilot project called PAWSitive Readers finds that trained therapy dogs helped ten of 14 grade school participants improve their reading skills by one grade level. Additionally, a University of California study showed that children who read to the family dog improved their ability by an average of 12 percent. Amiri discusses five reasons why dogs help kids learn to love reading: • No embarrassment: “Most of us have memories of reading out loud in class,” he says. “Though we may have been proficient readers, the fear of stumbling on a word in front of everyone was a constant source of anxiety.” Dogs are excellent for unconditional, nonjudgmental love; they won’t laugh if and when mistakes happen. • Confidence boosters: “I never had a dog while growing up which is too bad because I think I would have had an easier time gaining self-confidence,” says Amiri. As an adult, he discovered the many benefits of dogs through his and his wife’s very special Maltese, Shellie. She’s often the center of attention in their community at pet-friendly restaurants where she laps her water out of a martini glass, and she has a full-time job as the greeter at Linda’s hair and nail salon. “If a little dog can give me, a grown man, more confidence, imagine what it can do for kids,” he says. • Polite listeners: Like humans, dogs are social creatures and most enjoy the sound of a calm voice speaking to them. Many, except perhaps the most energetic breeds, seem to enjoy curling up on a rug and listening to a story being read aloud. They don’t interrupt (except for the occasional ear scratch or to sniff a body part) and they often show appreciation for the attention. • A fun approach to schoolwork: Too often, when children think of studying, they think of time spent hunched over a desk struggling alone to work out problems and memorize lists. Interacting with a lovable, fuzzy friend for an hour of homework is an appealing alternative. • Win-win: A canine-student reading program is a great way to help service dogs-in-training learn patience and discipline. Dogs are trained to help veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, the blind, and people who use wheelchairs, among others. These dogs-in-training help children, while children improve a dog’s service abilities. Michael Amiri grew up in New York City and became an actor in local theater productions and television commercials. Linda Amiri is the owner of a successful hair and nail salon. Their personality-plus Maltese, Shellie, is a popular community character, who puts in a full day of work every day as a greeter at her “mom’s” salon. She’s the inspiration for the first in a series of children’s books that will address topics and issues of concern to children.

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The Dawn of the Sixth Sun The Path of Quetzalcoatl by Sergio Magaña Ocelocoyotl

Published by Blossoming Books Torino, Italy Reprinted with permission Chapter 7 7 (CHICOME) The Dawn of the Sixth Sun The Mexicas understood that both movement and creation occur in every single moment and realized that everything followed the same order and was created in exactly the same way. They observed how the day took part in the four principal movements (the lunar cycle, the years, the Venus cycles and the stars and planets’ cycles), and were even able to calculate with absolute accuracy the major cycles of the universe, and their effect on human behavior. They laid two snakes around the calendar, i.e. a rattlesnake and a red snake, to signify respectively the precession movement of the Earth’s equinoxes–made up of four cycles, each lasting 6,625 years–and the revolution of our Sun around the Pleiades. As previously mentioned, they named these movements ‘Suns’ and noticed that they followed the same sequence of both the four ‘essences’, the Tezcatlipocas, and of the elements; they recounted in detail the ‘chronicle’ of the previous Suns and forecast the future Suns, describing what they would look like. The Mexica calendar was carved in stone during the Fifth Sun and contains detailed information on the last five Suns. As a cyclical calendar, however, it also provides information regarding the coming Suns, in accordance with the method clearly handed down in the oral tradition. The description of these future suns has been preserved in the memory of the guardians in the Nahuatl language–as is the case with the Legacy, for instance–and to this day they continue to repeat it succinctly in its oral version, making use of a series of short metaphors to describe the characteristics of each sun. The First Sun: Ocelotonatiuh, the ‘Sun of the Jaguar’ This is the Sun of the Earth. “All was darkness and there was no movement. The Hueyac tlacah, the giants, were there, together with wild beasts that devoured the humans. This is how this Sun came to an end.” The jaguar is considered the main animal that inhabits the underworlds: one of these underworlds is actually known by the descriptive name of ‘Wild beasts that devour humans’. The wild animals that devour human hearts in the underworlds symbolize those destructive emotions that have not been ‘cleansed’: from this we can therefore gather that this period was governed by shadows and dreams–the nahual–and that negative emotions were behind the extinction of the Hueyac tlacah, whose literal meaning is the ‘big beings of the Earth’, or the giants. The Second Sun: Ehecatonatiuh, the ‘Sun of the Wind’ “To Ehecatonatiuh, nahui ehécatl (‘the four winds’) gave direction and meaning. During this Sun, the wind carried everything away and humans were transformed into ozomahtli, ‘monkeys’.”

As you may recall, Ozomahtli, the monkey, is one of the glyphs in the calendar, and its distinguishing features are the blossoming of art and poetry, as well as mirth and contact with nature. From this we can gather that it must have been a period of harmonious cultural growth, while the expression ‘the wind carried everything away’ would suggest that this Sun ended with dreadful hurricanes. The Third Sun: Quiahtonatiuh, the ‘Sun of the Rain of Fire’ “In this sun there was a rain of fire and humans first became turkeys and then turned into ash.”

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Totolin, ‘the turkey’, symbolizes the ego: we therefore gather that it must have been a period of great selfishness and pride for humanity as a whole. The planet witnessed intense volcanic activity, namely a ‘rain of fire’. The tale of men turning into turkeys, whose skin actually looks like it is all covered in burns, tells us of humans who were burnt and who eventually would turn into ashes. The tradition recounts that since that time turkeys have been displaying their burnt skin, almost as a memento of that Sun, as well as a warning to prevent it ever happening again. Nextli, the ash, is one of the epithets1 of the shadow, and we can thereby deduce that humans were reabsorbed into the shadow. The Fourth Sun: Atonatiuh, the 'Sun of Water' "People were not honest and the Water carried everything away.' The oral tradition tells us that because human beings 'were not honest' the highest form of consciouness on the planet was the inhabitants of the seas. Going by the sentence, "the Water carried everything away," we gather that this Sun ended with a deluge. The Fifth Sun: Ollintonatiuh, the 'Sun of Movement' "It arose a long time ago. When it reaches its end, the Earth will shake and suffering and famine will occur. Everyone will perish." We thus gather that this sun will end with many physical earthquakes that will cause many deaths and as many individual earthquakes, which will destroy all our old structures. In this respect the oral tradition is crystal clear: we all will have to die; our old way of being will die and we will be forced to change. This is the Sun of solar justice. As I have mentioned in a previous chapter, this does not mean that a new cycle begins the moment that the previous one has completely run out; there are periods of transition when the new sun slowly begins to enter the realm of its predecessor, until they both share the same level of influence. Finally we can observe that the previous Sun is exiting the stage, while handing over the baton to the new Sun for thousands of years. What we are living through at present is the extraordinary period in which our star is reborn. In 1991, the Sixth Sun silently started to exert its influence, which on 21 December 2012 will be on par with the influence of the Fifth Sun. We are therefore living in extraordinary times, the dawn of 1 In this context, the term 'epithet' indicates an adjective or a noun used to characterize a person or thing, like in the expression ‘Catherine the Great.’

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the Sixth Sun, which from 2021 onwards will single-handedly govern our consciousness for thousands of years. To give it a warm welcome, in accordance with the predictions of some of the masters of the oral tradition, a ritual that belongs to this tradition will be conducted in 2021, in which thousands of people from all over the world will participate; this is a signal that over the next few years the Mexica teachings, together with their dates and predictions, will spread all over the planet. If we want to understand what the period that spans from 2012 through to 2021 will look like, i. e. when the Fifth Sun disappears from the scene, we ought to carry out an analysis of its dualistic aspect. The Fifth Sun, the Sun of solar justice, can actually express itself in two different ways: •

Tezcatlipoca tonatiuh, the Sun of destruction which creates both hurricanes and the winds that make water evaporate, the sun which warms up the earth causing earthquakes and draughts on a collective scale, and which on an individual level creates the destructive patterns of our tonal, the waking state, and thus causes huge personal crises. Quetzalcoatl tonatiuh, the sun that is the source of life, heat and knowledge through tzontemoc, 'the solar fire:' this is its positive influence, which on a human level makes possible the dismantling of the prison of the Moon and gives access to the positive side of the Sun, the side that leads to one's possessive own 'blossoming.' As it is a 'Sun of justice' those who do not follow any paths of transformation shall remain stuck in the realm of the Tezcatlipoca tonatiuh, and there they will face their personal and collective catastrophes; they will die and will have to face this transformation after death, when it is much more difficult to bring about, as we shall see in a chapter entitled, 'Death and the Nine Underworlds.'

As the guardians of the tradition are revealing the Mexica teachings now to comply with the prophecy, the aim of this book is to share both their practical and philosophical training, so as to transform our Yayauhqui Tezcatlipoca shadow, the black Tezcatlipoca, into the 'blossoming' of the many quequetzalcoah (in the plural) that will flower under the Sixth Sun. The Sixth Sun: Iztactonatiuh, the 'White Sun' It is not difficult to foresee what the Sixth Sun will look like, but in this respect numerology comes to our aid. Each Sun preserves the influence of its number, and presents itself on a cyclical basis: the calendar describes five of them, before starting again from number one. The Sixth Sun, therefore, will resemble the First one, although bearing the particular features of its own number, i. e. number six. Similarly, the Seventh

Sun will look like the Second, the Eighth like the Third, and so on, thus showing us the extent that can be reached by human consciousness and spirituality. Number six directs us to the power of unified energy, and we must study this number if we want to understand what this Sun will look like and recall its name, which will be discussed later. Number six tells us that this Sun facilitates the individual decision to raise coatzin: this is the 'venerable sexual energy' that is symbolized by a snake, and it rises through the totonalcayo, the seven doors of chicomoztoc,2 'the cave of power' (see figure in the color insert); these 'doors' are energy points located in the body, and more specifically in the coccyx, the genital area, navel, chest, throat, forehead, and in the crown of the head. On its way up, the snake activates our individual chicomoztoc and we go through the threshold of the unknown; the snake will come out through an ear and transform itself into a bird: a magnificent quetzal or an eagle, symbols of spiritual flight. This means that the sun will witness the manifestation of beings who have developed extremely powerful energy handling skills such as have never been seen before: this is what our ancestors used to call 'the return of the quequetzalcoah,' hoping that many would survive the solar justice of Tezcatlipoca tonatiuh and would therefore manage to 'blossom.' Although the Sixth Sun displays certain features that are similar to the First, these should be more accurately defined: if the Fifth Sun, for instance, was a Sun of the tonal, whose luminosity drove mankind to look externally for everything that is visible in the illusion of the day, namely in conquests and relationships, thus projecting their existence mainly outside themselves, Sun ruled by darkness entails that the night and its forces, the dream realm (the 'unknown'), will be the governing forces and therefore the gaze of humans will be turned inward. The Sixth Sun is a sun of the nahual: the jaguar, ruler of the underworlds, and will force people to get to know the Chicnahumictlan, their own underworlds, and to sort out their unconscious issues. All Suns, whether of light or darkness, are dual: yet in the Suns of darkness dream control is not the exclusive domain of a few, but is achieved by many which poses the risk that these people may exploit their training to keep others under their control in the daytime, having conquered them in their dreams. 2 The chicomoztoc is the mythical primordial cave from which everything is born, where the Astecs used to live before the separation of their tribes. According to oral tradition, however, on an individual level the 'cave' is our inner dimension, where the shadow takes root. The points where it is possible to go back up to the light are the energy points.

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When I was a young girl, life seemed so simple. The days were endless, and the nights were filled with wonder. Being one of three sisters in a family of five children, no one bothered me much. They each had their own thoughts, and journeys to come. As I woke each morning, lying in bed after the others had fled its warmth, I was just happy and content to see and feel the warm light of the new day. It would pour into the bedroom window, and it filled my senses with delight, and urged me to visit the world outside. In such a special place I would find myself each new day. Somehow, it all seemed so full of wonder, so perfect, so simple. The only thing that mattered was feeling my aliveness, feeling the simplicity of my existence. Today, I strive to stay in that feeling of pure aliveness. Fortunately, there is an amazing person named Prem Rawat who has shown me some simple techniques, which when practiced, helps me to do just that. These techniques simply show me where to look within. An image comes to my mind of a parent gently caressing the head of a child, pointing him or her to what is “right before their eyes. Slow down, look here. It has always been inside of you.” “The story of your life isn’t finished yet. It’s still being written. The pen has the ink And there are plenty of blank pages. There’s still time.” [ Prem Rawat ]

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Embodying Gratitude Saved My Life

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one point in my life, nothing seemed to make me feel happy or balanced. My life seemed broken. My work, relationships, and health were all in pieces. I felt hopeless and very empty. My heart told me that attention to my spiritual life would lead me into a better place, but I didn’t quite know what that might mean. A friend literally saved me when she suggested I write a “gratitude list.” She advised me to make a daily list of all the things in my life for which I was thankful. At first, this simple practice was a labor of desperation. I had to really think. It was an effort to give thanks, however in a very short time, without quite realizing what was happening, I began to feel joy as I made my list every day. My list lengthened and the writing came easily. I gave thanks in the morning and at bedtime. The joy began to extend beyond the lists into my daily life. I watched the pieces of my life heal and fall into place with new work, new relationships, new places to live and spend my days, physical rejuvenation and healing. My spiritual life deepened, seemingly without effort. I began to live in a state of gratitude which extended into a state of joy and peace. It is important to note that I was cultivating gratitude for the sake of my spirit. I was not using gratitude as a tool of affirmation or manifestation, meaning that I was not cultivating gratitude with the thought of manifesting material changes. I was working to create a spiritual life. I was cultivating gratitude to create inner changes.

coffee, etc. Over time, we find ourselves in gratitude apart from those things. We find ourselves feeling and expressing gratitude without a gratitude list. We find ourselves being gratitude. The most authentic “thank you” comes from the soul, a wholehearted offering of oneself to life in service, in surrender, and in joy. This prayer of “thank you” is the greatest gift we can give and receive. Rev. Sunemaura O'Brien is a spiritual healer and teacher dedicated to supporting individuals in opening doors to authenticity and joy. She is an ordained minister and teacher with the Sacred Earth Ministry. She is co-facilitator and co-founder of the Sacred Earth Center, an interfaith chapel and healing center in Gainesville, Florida. She can be reached by emailing sacredearthcenter@yahoo.com, calling 352-275-8537 or visiting http://sacredearthcenter.org. Please see ad below and on page 58.

Meister Eckhart1 wrote, “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ it would suffice.” I believe that authentic gratitude is the highest and most important spiritual principle, the most useful and effective spiritual practice. After years of expressing gratitude for the wonders in my life, I finally (on my best days) find myself embodying gratitude. “Embodying gratitude” is feeling and expressing gratitude apart from the material things of life. We begin our gratitude practice giving thanks for our loved ones, our homes, our morning 1 Meister Eckhart: Eckhart von Hochheim, 1260– c. 1327, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, considered by many to be emblematic of the intellectual spirit of the Middle Ages.

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Unbelievable! Unthinkable! But Undeniably True! BY REV. TIMOTHY YERO

Do we all believe in the same things? Why not? Our little minds are influenced by so many things, aren't they? Many myths are actually true, don’t you think? Are there dragons and fairies? What is this thing called an angel? Is there really a heaven and hell? Do we really die or do our souls survive after we are gone? Are we re-born to return here to the Earth (and maybe some parallel Earth?) Are there real aliens from other parts of the Universe? Were they here? Are they here now? Do you believe in miracles? What does the word ‘magic’ mean to you? Take the test at the end of this article and see how you rate!

but never rare. I cannot stand its taste and I know those who say it is their favorite meat dish. Sour cream has a distinct flavor. When you spoon it onto a potato you add that flavor which I do not like on a potato. Give me salt and butter, hold the sour cream. I rest my case. Continued next page

I do not know ‘about’ you but I do know you. If you are anything like me, you have your own ideas, your own preferences, your own desires and motivations. Some of these may be pretty close to mine, but others are most likely worlds apart. So the question is, what are these differences? Why do they exist and why can’t they ever be exactly the same? Do you like a nice rare lamb chop? What about sour cream on your baked potato? Do you like football? What about golf? Do you play? First of all, I have tried lamb many times, cooked various ways

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These items seem trivial, have little consequence to the overall mainstream of our being and are not the major contributors to our differences. The major differences are what each of us believe. I definitely believe in things you may think are just plain poppycock. I may think the same about some of your beliefs as well. More than anything else, we tend to differ with our beliefs. This drives our community of interests, religions, politics, and everything else, even who we should be with or not, when we should go or stay, and how about how we differ in bringing up our children? What myths we each may believe in (that others do not) is what makes us individual creatures. We create our own beliefs from the influence of others, what we think we know, what we thought we saw or heard, what we read by someone else we trust, or what we just caved in to an overwhelming amount of evidence. We are never wrong. We are always right! I think this is a great way to exist, don’t you? Believe what you may even though others may not agree. Communicate those thoughts and differences. Think and accept what and who you are and what you believe in. There is no better way to exist in the Universe. TEST Your answers to the questions below are the only ones that matter. 1. Do you believe in dragons and fairies? Yes / No 2. Do you believe in angels? Yes / No 3. Do you believe in heaven and hell? Yes / No – Both – Neither 4. Is death forever? Yes / No 5. Does the soul live on and we return to ‘somewhere’ else? Yes / No 6. Do extraterrestrials exist? Yes / No 7. Do you believe in miracles? Yes / No 8. Is magic real? Yes / No Number of answers marked 'yes:' ____ Number of answers marked 'no:" ____ Result: You got them all correct. Congratulations! Rev. Timothy resides in Homosassa, Florida. He is the CoFounder of New Age Thinkers, a community group of over 300 positive followers. A Vietnam vet and a 30-year business owner, he holds a B. S. degree from Pepperdine University and was formerly a corporate trainer in sales, marketing, and management. He specializes in writing, teaching positive thinking, and meditation techniques. Contact Tim at timy@newagethinkersshop.com, by calling 954-464-4406 or visiting http://www.NewAgeThinkersShop.com. Please see ad this page. Velocity Magazine MYTH AND TRUTH | November • December 2012

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Escape the Pleasure Trap BY YOGI AMRIT DESAI

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passionate pursuit or attempt to gain the glorious dream of happiness and pleasure turns into a trap when attraction to that pleasure becomes dependency. If you are dependent on pleasure for your happiness, then you are also always afraid of losing that pleasure. That is why there is no freedom from fear. You can make as many changes as you want and be as clever as you want, but if you’re not clever enough to be free from fear, all your cleverness is foolishness.

We control it so we can have more of it, and because we need more of it, we need to have it guaranteed. Then, the more you like pleasure, the more you will repeat it. The more you repeat a pleasurable experience you will progressively grow insensitive to it. The need will arise to increase the intensity and repetition of the pleasure. That’s it. It’s a trap that nobody can get out of. The attachment to pleasure is the basic cause of misery for all of humanity. Masters have known and taught this throughout history. The more you need pleasure to be happy, the more control will be required to fulfill your need. Then you will invariably find that the objects or individuals upon whom you depend for pleasure are beyond your control. Your attachment then turns to desperation as the fear of loss manifests.

Whenever you try to trap happiness and pleasure, what happens is that pleasure traps you. That’s because you want to control the pleasure. The moment you have a need to control it, you are automatically controlled by it instead, through the fear of losing the pleasure you searched for so persistently.

The masters saw only one solution– that is, not creating attachment. Keep

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everything on a choice level. You may choose to have pleasurable experiences. There’s nothing wrong with that. You choose to have success. You don’t have to choose failure, but you release the habit of trying to control your experience one way or the other. You release the belief that you can only be happy with pleasure, with success or with what you want. Then you are free to experience without fear of loss. When you have no fears, you are boundless in your capacity to process and receive the love you need. You become the vehicle for love. It comes through you and goes out of you and you give more as you receive more. Remain aware that what you really want the most is freedom from fear. Choose happiness rather than struggle to create pleasure. Amrit Yoga Institute is located in beautiful Salt Springs, Florida. Call 352-685-3001 or visit http://AmritYoga.org for more information. Please see ad next page.

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A Call to Awakening

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BY REV. OJELA FRANK

What is awakening? Awakening can be something different for each person. It is enlightenment, clarity, clairsentience— a sense of knowing, having more peace within self, and full alignment with the Divine, just to name a few. For most of us, awakening occurs in stages throughout our lives. We gain insights from life experiences and we are given opportunities to grow. In a brief moment, we can sense that we have awakened to a new level of consciousness. It may seem like we are looking at life with new awareness. The ultimate awakening is an amazing moment to experience ourselves or to witness it in others. I saw it at the moment of my mother’s passing in her hospital bed. She lived her life unconsciously and not knowing her Higher Self. I was alone with my mother when she awoke from a two-day coma, looked up at the ceiling, shed a tear, and took her final breath. In her last moment of existence, she awakened. It was a profound gift to see this. At that remarkable moment, I sensed my mother was aware of her surroundings, her Soul and the higher dimensions. She knew that her life was ending and she left with an instant of full consciousness—an awareness beyond physical existence. There are avatars, enlightened beings that share high amounts of energy and wisdom with their awakened presence. Jesus, Buddha, Babaji, Sai Baba, St. Theresa,

and other holy saints inspire us. The way they lived their lives reveals to us a path to higher consciousness. How can we be more like them?

GROWTH IS A CHOICE.

Many people go through life kicking and screaming. Emotions may build up from not expressing thoughts and feelings that are important to them. It is what we do with our thoughts and feelings that defines us as either a reactive or proactive person. Do we instantly respond to another’s negative emotions with our own pouring of repressed feelings and let them out like an exploding steam kettle? Or do we pause for a moment, center ourselves and see another’s expression as just that, an expression? It is not about what others do that affects us. It is our actions and how we respond that affect us. We are the only ones who can give our power away. It cannot be taken.

A BEGINNING…

How can we awaken faster? Here are some ideas for starting the process: • Remove the mask you wear. • Journey inward to discover how you think and feel. • Transcend the roles you play in life that define who you think you are. • Become a witness to life and how you live it. • Do journal writing. • Breathe fuller, expansive breaths.

Sai Baba • Learn how to meditate. • Become your own best friend. • Learn from your life circumstances and results, but don’t be attached to them. Blessings on your inner journey to discovery of Self. Namasté. © Ojela Frank. Rev. Ojela Frank, MSC, LMT has been active in the healing arts for more than forty years.  As a teacher, author, energy healer, spiritual awakening coach and Initiation Master, Ojela has inspired thousands through her sessions, seminars and books on healing and personal growth.  Ojela Frank’s workshop and webinar schedule can be found at http://initiaitionhealing.com.  Please see ad this page.

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Piña Colada Smoothie / $8

Fresh pineapple chunks blended with young Thai coconut and a hint of vanilla, garnished with a pineapple wedge.

Berriana Blend Smoothie / $8

A trio of banana and two of today’s berries sweetened with dates.

Living Entrées Please inquire about Today’s Specials. Heirloom Lasagna / $16 Lunch $19 Dinner Latticed wide zucchini lasagna noodles, “ricotta cheeze,” piquant marinara sauce, heirloom tomatoes, pistachio pesto, and spinach leaves stacked and packed with layers of authentic Italian flavor; with a side Cleopatra salad.

Pad Thai / $15 Lunch $17 Dinner

A duo of “noodles” from zucchini and sweet potato combined with mixed vegetables and delicately laced with a zesty, nutty Thai-inspired red chili pepper sauce.

Asian Noodles with Sweet Dragon Sauce / $15 Dinner Zucchini “noodles” laced with a light sweet dragon sauce, served chilled with a side du jour and side mixed green salad with house dressing.

Tostada Mexicana / $15

A large round Mexican spiced tostada shell topped with taco crumbles “nacho cheeze,” a mound of crisp lettuce, sliced avocado, “grilled” veggies, fresh salsa du jour, and “sour creme.” Substitute guacamole for avocado $3

Pizzas All pizzas served with a side Cleopatra Salad

Sandwiches

VB Signature Sandwich / $14

Our popular vegan “faux salmon” pâté dressed with our homemade vegan mayonnaise, avocado slices, lettuce, heirloom tomato, and fresh green sprouts.

Sonship Burger / $13

Our “burger” with a kick, dressed with fresh or caramelized onion and the condiments and accoutrements of your choice. Add “cheeze” ($2.50); add “bakun” ($1.50).

“Grilled Cheeze” Sandwich / $14

Olive and shallot white “cheeze,” avocado, lettuce, heirloom tomato, sprouts, and vegan mayonnaise on onion bread.

“BLT” Sandwich / $14

Our specially seasoned eggplant “bakun” complements a thick slice of heirloom tomato, green leaf lettuce, sprouts, and vegan mayonnaise.

Entrée Salads

Our flat bread is decorated with “grilled” vegetables, “ricotta cheeze,” fresh basil leaves, heirloom tomato slices, and garlic.

White Light Pizza / $13

Soft flat bread adorned with “grilled” vegetables, a rich and slightly sweet marinara sauce, kalamata olives, and white “cheeze.”

Medi-terranean Kale Salad / $13

Chopped romaine lettuce, garlic sprouted buckwheat croutons, and vegan caesar dressing with “parmesan cheeze” topping.

Cleopatra Salad / $11

Romaine and butter lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh grape tomatoes, onion bread croutons, kale chips, onions, and tossed with seasoned “sour creme.” Add a scoop of VB Signature Pâté $4

VB Signature Salad / $12

Hearty Party Pizza / $15

A hearty mélange of kale leaves massaged with a seasoned tahini dressing, and tossed with grape tomatoes, pine nuts, kalamata olives, and chunks of gourmet nut “cheeze.”

Salada Mexicana / $15

Crisp romaine lettuce, taco crumbles, “nacho cheeze,” onions, tomatoes, red peppers, fresh salsa du jour, guacamole, “sour creme,” and mexi-croutons.

Mixed Green Salad / $11

Assorted mixed greens, grape tomatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, green sprouts, and dressing du jour.

Our Desserts and Food Philosophy On Back Cover

Fermented nut “cheeze” du jour, “ricotta cheeze,” golden “cheeze” sauce, and marinara sauce all on our nurturing soft flat bread.

“Cheeze” Lovers’ Pizza / $13

On top of soft flat bread and red pizza sauce are “bakun” strips, taco and burger crumbles, marinated portabello mushroom “flank steak” slices, onions, and seasonings.

Medi-terranean Pizza / $13

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Our ENTIRE MENU is Living, 95% Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free. Daily Specials! LIVING: Some of our entrées are gently warmed at less than 115 degrees to preserve their living enzymes, oxygen, natural hormones, phytochemicals, bio-electrical energy, and Life Force. Our food is alive with VITALITY and you will be, too!

Desserts Please inquire about Today’s Specials. Tutti Fruitti Parfait / $10 Layers of banana slices, today’s berry, chunks of succulent pineapple, chopped dates, and chopped almonds are interspersed with vanilla bean cashew “ice creme.”

Ma’s Apple Pie / $11

A date nut crust is filled with perfectly sweetened apple and served with a scoop of vanilla bean “ice creme.”

Chocolate Brownie à la Mode / $8

A luscious chocolate nut brownie topped with vanilla bean or chocolate “ice creme” and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

“Ice Creme” Sundae / $8

Vanilla bean, chocolate, or pistachio “ice creme” is embellished with your choice of chocolate sauce or today’s special fruit coulis; chopped nut topping if you choose.

ORGANIC & NON-GMO: We serve food prepared with organic ingredients so they are free of non-organic farming chemicals and are not genetically modified (GMO). VEGAN: We use no animal products of any kind including meat, dairy, fish, or seafood. We support the studies which show that a plant-based diet is the ultimate for physical VITALITY.

Your choice of “ice creme” flavor topped with super crisp walnuts in maple syrup.

The New Wave in Cuisine:

All Living, Vegan, Organic, and Delectable, too

Whether you’re new to living food or a seasoned pro, enjoy the delight of feeding your body expertly prepared delicious living food you’ll never have to feel bad or guilty about eating.

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Chocolate Truffles / $9

Exquisitely smooth and creamy, flavored according to fresh flavors of the season.

“Cheezecake” du Jour / $8

A creamy blend of vanilla, orange, and cashew “ice creme” will bring back memories of a familiar classic.

Vanilla Orange Creamsicle Shake / $8

Just like how you remember fudgesicles and thick frosty chocolate shakes, but vegan, sugar-free, and better!

Frosty Fudgesicle Shake / $8

Vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio “ice creme” topped with fruit coulis, pineapple, and chocolate sauce, dusted with chopped almonds and drizzled with coconut creme.

Banana Split / $12

Maple Walnut Sundae / $11

GLUTEN-FREE: Gluten has been proven to have an inflammatory effect in the intestinal tract. Most people react in some way or another to glutinous foods, even those who do not have Celiac disease. EXACTING STANDARDS: Menu items containing more than one ingredient are made by hand in our kitchen. All food is carefully and lovingly prepared. WHY WE DO NOT SERVE: SEA VEGETABLES: Our oceans are now so contaminated with chemicals and radiation, we cannot ensure that foods harvested from them are safe to serve. GRAINS AND SOY: 90% of all U. S. grain and soy is now genetically modified and unsafe for consumption. SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, AND HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: All are processed using destructive, high degrees of heat; aspartame and corn syrup contain chemicals which are not in alignment with true physical VITALITY, to name only one concern. Also, we harvest our coconut meat and coconut water by hand from young Thai coconuts and not from a package or can.

WE USE OIL VERY SPARINGLY: The human body is not

built to process oil optimally.

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