San Diego Hosts Nonviolence Training "Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend." - R ev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
n the spirit of compassion, the people of San Diego will host a major, fourday training entitled “Creating A Culture of Peace.” This gathering has been coordinated and co-sponsored by three local groups: The United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC), the Peace Resource Center of San Diego and the San Diego Chapter of Veterans for Peace. Creating a Culture of Peace (CCP) is a nationwide nonviolence training program for community peacemaking which includes actual practice in local community projects. This course teaches practical skills which address injustice and various aspects of violence and how to apply the same popular educational approach used by civil rights activists Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. CCP will be offering Basic Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change. You can expect instruction from two outstanding trainers: Janet Chisholm and Joan O’Kray. Chisolm is the CCP founder, coordinator and senior trainer. She is
a peace activist with experience in religious education, anti-poverty programs, and teacher training. O’Kray is a CCP facilitator and practicing mediator in New York. She is an experienced project consultant and leader of international delegations. CCP San Diego is looking for local trainers, facilitators, and teachers committed to nonviolence and to the training of those who are interested in becoming CCP Facilitators. This March Basic Training will take place at the U.A.A.M.A.C. Headquarters, 4981 Market St., San Diego, CA 92102. March 10 - 13, 3 evenings and all day March 13. Bring your own drinks, snacks and a sack lunch. Coffee, tea and water will be available. Saturday dinner will be provided. For information, please contact Carroll Boone, the local CCP Coordinator, at CarrollBoone@gmail.com, 619-697-3223, please go to www.creatingacultureofpeace.org for more information about CCP.
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by Dr. Jeff Welsh
enzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama has famously said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” In my many years of working with people, I have found this to be true. Developing a capacity for compassion goes a long way towards relieving loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear and anger. Compassion is the antithesis of, and antidote for, bigotry, prejudice and hate. And compassion— when taken as a basis for decision-making, unerringly paves the way for success in personal and professional relationships. Compassion is the effort to share the suffering of others, and the subsequent desire to bring comfort and understanding. More active than sympathy and deeper than empathy, compassion is a combination of selflessness and hard work. True compassion is difficult to hold, and requires practice to maintain. I believe,
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Debunking Diets: How to Lose Weight through Compassionate Acceptance by Vibhooti Kumar ll of us grow up with labels that become embedded in our currently down 17 pounds. mind’s files which change the perception of ourselves and What happened to me? I found my inner strength and discovered our self-worth. how to enjoy my relationship with food. I became a student We receive these labels from friends, family, and peers. of De Rose’s Thinner Journey and am learning the art of For me, there were some good labels, but my consciousness compassionate acceptance. Recently, I had the pleasure of grabbed onto the negative ones. The most hurtful labels asking De Rose a few questions about how it all were that I was lazy, fat and forgetful. works. I grew up without a lot of self-worth. Even at 18 when Vision Magazine: What is the secret to permanent I was a size three, I don’t remember feeling thin. and successful weight loss? When I look back at my childhood pictures, I question Alfonso De Rose: Your body is an exact reflection of those labels and the people from whom they came. As I how you feel inside…in the invisible world of your mind, reflect back, I can see when self-doubt started entering your emotions, and your spirit. For example, if you have my psyche and how my files got corrupted. The abusive a rash on your skin, it shows that in the inner world, you patterns of inner chatter brought in feelings of lack and are stressed, in pain, or maybe sad. In the same way, to doubt. Self-abuse then replaced self-love. resolve the overweight issue, we need to do the work from Personally, growing meant the process of removing within. Your body is a reflection of your inner world. Your unwanted labels/files from my system. It meant taking charge physical body is only one percent of who you really are, and 99 of myself and questioning my beliefs. It meant observing the percent is composed of your mental body, your emotional body inner chatter and recognizing the manipulations that were part of and your ethereal body. my mind’s makeup. It meant that being VM: What is Thinner Journey? honest with myself was the first step into my ADR: Thinner Journey works at the root You yourself, as much as anybody in the universe, healing. It’s been a long journey. Now I can cause; this is where you have to release the look back, see the progress, and rejoice. The deserve your love and attention – Gautama Buddha weight. We normally think that in order to path into self-love has also taught me how to shed a few pounds, we have to avoid certain feel love and compassion for others. Many teachers have come along, and one very foods, go on a diet, or start some intense exercise program. These changes might recently. work for some time, but eventually we gain everything back, and sometimes more. I met Alfonso De Rose one afternoon by accident at The Bodhi Tree Bookstore There is only one way to keep your body healthy and slim. When you learn to love in Los Angeles. My inquisitive mind took me to a workshop that was just about yourself through your body as it is, you learn to release the weight you are holding to end. Curious to know who had spoken that day, I went inside. Hmm...weight onto. It is amazing how obedient your body temple really is. This is how we get loss—not my favorite subject and one I had given up on. For 20 years, my weight results; this is true weight loss, and this is the Thinner Journey. had been rising steadily with no sign of relenting. The reporter in me decided VM: So how do we learn to truly love ourselves? to question De Rose, a tall dark Italian with intense eyes, a firm demeanor, ADR: The ideal woman’s body shape is always changing. For example, in and of course, an Italian accent. He told me that we need to enjoy food and eat the 1800s, plump women were considered beautiful. Nowadays, a skinny body whatever we love. Good, I thought, because I hate diets and will not go on any crazy is everyone’s perfect body image. We feel that if we are not skinny, we are not eating philosophy. I liked what he had to say and felt confident that I would learn lovable. Television, magazines and the media in general have created this false something new. A week later, I was taking his workshop. After three days, the time body image. I call it The Hollywood Syndrome. So whose body image do we came to test the scales. Much to my surprise, I was six pounds lighter—and I’m continued on page 40
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Free Your Body and Mind With Floatation by David Stuedemann, HHP
loatation Therapy is a profound and effortless healing modality which allows you to get in touch with your true self as you leave stress and distractions behind. The person wishing to float enters a tank about the size of a small closet (lying on its side), which contains a ten inch deep solution of water and 800 lbs. of Epsom salt, set at 94˚ F (skin temperature). The combination of zero gravity and reduction of external stimulus has a profound effect on the nervous system, causing the brain to utilize all of its energy to heal and rejuvenate the body while clearing negative emotions. Floatation therapy can be used in conjunction with other healing therapies which increases the effectiveness of them all. It is especially used to enhance physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnosis, spiritual practices, creativity, and athletic ability. Floating can rapidly and significantly decrease stress and anxiety, by sharply
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lowering the level of biochemicals directly related to these conditions. It helps reduce the production of excess adrenaline (the “fight or flight” response) and increases the level of serotonin in your brain, thus elevating your mood. Considering that excess stress is the number one cause of illness, floating can be a key prevention therapy. It is also a tool to help you to have increased compassion for others by increasing your own level of health and happiness. Have you ever felt bogged down from being excessively intellectual or analytical, and wished that you could instead utilize your creativity and intuition on a daily basis? Floating can suspend the dominance of the detail-oriented left hemisphere of the brain, allowing the right hemisphere (which deals with large scale and novel information) to operate freely. This gives the floater access to unusual powers of creativity, imagination, concentration, and problem solving. Floating has been known to be popular among artists, writers, and designers as it helps open up new channels of inspiration. Floatation therapy is used extensively for relief of chronic pain and to assist the healing of disabling injuries. When the body is released from the force of gravity, the brain is allowed to speed up healing without drugs. Floating naturally releases endorphins in the brain, which are the pain-relieving, euphoria-creating substances produced by the limbic system of the body. Studies have shown that floating increases circulation, stimulates increased blood flow to the brain, enhances the immune system and assists the process of recovery from traumatic incidents. Floatation can also be utilized to enhance spiritual practices. Throughout history, shamans, mystics, and yogis have extolled the benefits of going to remote places for meditation and contemplation where they become in tune with their ‘real’ selves. The floatation tank provides a convenient modern method of isolating oneself from the outside world to transform consciousness into a higher level of awareness, without there being a need to stay holed up in a Himalayan cave for weeks. In a way you are connecting with the collective unconscious—the source of all knowledge. Floatation helps the brain attain a state of theta or gamma rays which are necessary for deep meditative states and providing insight and realization not found in other brain wave states. Floatation can also increase athletic performance and speed up the recovery time of injuries as well as reduce stress from peak output. Floatation enhances the stamina, speed, strength, and coordination of the athlete, as it also helps him stay focused. Everyone can benefit from floatation therapy. It helps smooth out the uncertainties and difficulties that can arise on a daily basis, and helps you integrate your mind, body, and spirit to increased happiness and productivity. Discover for yourself how you can benefit from floatation therapy by calling Green Tara Float Center in the North Park area of San Diego at 619.683.3817. Our website is www.greentarafloatcenter.com and we are located at 3069 Lincoln Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.
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Seeing Myself Through Another Man’s Windows
© 2010 by Michael Raysses
or ancient Greeks, the eyes were the windows to one’s soul. One day, many years ago, I noticed my windows were clouded and lifeless. It was early on a hot summer morning, and as I stared into the mirror in my bathroom, I was seized with the notion that my life had become nothing I recognized or wanted. I had moved west to become an actor, and though I’d had modest success, none of it connected me to anything meaningful. All it led me to was this moment—holding a nine-to-five job, about to angle my way through rush hour traffic, yearning for a cup of coffee. I was wrestling with that realization on my way to work when I looked up and suddenly saw an old man crossing the street in front of me. I hit my brakes, the tires screeching their protest. As startled as I was, the old man barely seemed to notice how close he’d come to becoming roadkill. He was dressed in a dark suit and black fedora, more fitting for a Chicago winter than a midsummer morning in Los Angeles. I shook my head at his carelessness as I parked the car and ran into Starbucks. As I got in line, there he was—the man I almost hit—right in front of me. I wanted to say something to him about being so negligent, but he turned to me first. “Hello,” he said with warmth and familiarity, almost as if we were old friends. I felt disarmed, instantly regretting having had any ill thoughts about him. When he got to the head of the line, the old man ordered a cup of coffee. “Tall, grande, or venti?” the clerk asked. The man looked perplexed. “Just a cup of coffee, please,” he answered. And in one of those moments that make you wish for a simpler time, the clerk recited the same inane litany of choices. Watching this was torture, so I stepped up and ordered a large cup of coffee for the old man. When he finally got what he came for, he exited the line, toasting me with a look of gratitude and a tip of his hat. As I stirred my coffee, I noticed the old man had taken a seat on the patio, and that I would have to pass him on my way out. I looked up at the clock—I was running late—but as I exited the café, I inexplicably stopped and asked if I might join him. He effortlessly gestured to a chair like he was expecting me the entire time. Sitting down, I finally got a good look at him. His suit was shiny from too much wear; his shoes clung to his bare feet with what little life they had left in them. The light blue shirt he wore beneath his coat was missing a button right over his heart. His expressionless face was rimmed by a thick gray beard, which gave way to his eyes: two deep pools of blue, an oasis in the desert of his countenance. I didn’t really see his face until I saw his eyes. His name was Sam. He was 72 years old and had suffered a stroke sometime in the last two years. He was Jewish, from Germany. He’d been married twice, with children from his first union. They were all adults now. As we talked, his words seeped through like water from a dam straining not V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
to burst. Yet the more he leaked, the greater the cascade. Listening to him, I was struck by the jagged paradox he posed. He was dressed shabbily, but he carried himself regally. Even when he became animated, I could detect him trying to maintain an air of decorum. Then, in one of life’s head-on coincidences, Sam began to talk about the very things that had weighed so heavily on me that very morning. He spoke about his past and how it didn’t match up with his present. He didn’t even bother to mention his future. In fact, the more he spoke, the more passive his voice and manner grew, until by the end of our conversation, he was talking as if his life was over, and he was merely marking the days. During the time it took me to finish my coffee, the craggy contradiction had become worn smooth with sadness and resignation.
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pring is coming! March 20 marks the Spring Equinox, bringing blossoms and new life. For those of you who have already reneged on promises made to yourself, this is a great time for getting back on the horse and initiating change. Take one habit that is holding you back from becoming the “best you” possible. Expect your destiny to change—in fact, declare it! Then write to me about your progress or any questions concerning what may be holding you back. Dear Dr. Toni: I have been an artist for almost 20 years. I am told my work is good but I have trouble with the PR part of the business. I hate having to show at gallery openings and talk about my work. I would rather just do what I do and have an agent market for me, but I am told that you have to be part of the selling end of things. I am writing because I think part of it has to do with the fact that my father does not approve of me being an artist. He maintains that because I didn’t go to a professional art school, I lack credibility, so I always feel like a fraud when I have to promote my work publicly. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to get out of my own way? Hiding Out in Encinitas Dear Hiding: Ah, yes. This is a common dilemma for many artists. The personality of the individual who can spend long days creating in isolation is often quite introverted. Public openings in galleries can feel downright painful. In your case though, I think that more is at play. I would like to suggest that you use writing as a healing tool for releasing the beliefs you inherited from your father. One way for you to do this is to speak to your “inner father/judge” using your dominant hand and respond to this critic using your non-dominant hand. What this does is open the channel to your intuition and your “wholy” self. For example, ask this question from your critic using your right hand if you’re right handed: “Who are you to think that you have what it takes to be taken seriously as a painter?” Answer the question with your left hand. Keep asking questions from the critic until you feel enough support from the answers given by
your “wholy” self that you feel more at peace and you can surrender your resistance to promoting your work. Get in touch with the part of you that has experienced joy from your art and let that be your intention for what you want people to feel when they have one of your pieces in their home or office. Dear Dr. Toni: I’ve started a relationship with a man who lives in a part of the country I will never move to. I work from home and could live anywhere, but I don’t want to live in a hot, humid climate. He claims that he wants to move back to California, but not for 18 months—until his son graduates. It is really hard having long separations and I am questioning if I am wasting my time on someone who may never move back. How does one decide whether to invest in something that could end in a year? Lonely and in Love Dear In Love: My dear, love is a risk no matter where it shows up. If he were here, it would come with other risks. You don’t mention how often you see each other. You also don’t mention whether this is an exclusive relationship or what has been decided regarding a future with each other. Let’s presume you see each other once a month. If you don’t, by the way, I would insist on those terms if you need more contact. Secondly, I would not make it an exclusive relationship until there is a commitment in place. What will allow you to be more patient with the process of discovery is if you continue to date others and have a social life where you let it continue to evolve. If he wants exclusivity, define what the relationship is and what each of you expects over the next 18 months. I have one last suggestion, should things progress. If there is a way for you to work anywhere, negotiate with him what you need in order for you to move to where he is. What kind of compromises do you need from him for you to relocate: Do you need a plan? Do you need a ring on your finger? Do you need him to accommodate your heat sensitivity by providing you with constant air conditioning at all times? Perhaps extracting a promise that he will never wear flip-flops and Bermuda shorts when he takes you to dinner will be comforting. The point is, be clear but do it with humor. You will get further in your negotiations, irrespective of whether you move there or not. Dr. Toni Galardi is a licensed psychotherapist, public speaker, and author of The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in Times of Personal and Global Upheaval. She can be reached through LifeQuake.net or for consultation at 310.712.2600.
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by Carolyn Berry, MFT and Bibi Caspari e healers enter into our work with comWayne Muller, extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, said, “… passionate hearts and thoughtful resolve even as we serve others we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every to make a difference and help others. gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well. It is not Sometimes, however, we become depleted by those a question of who is healed first. When we attend to ourselves with compassion we are helping. Consequently, we may find ourselves and mercy, more healing is also made available to others. And when we serve unable to do our best. At that point, it is necessary others with an open and generous heart, great healing comes to us.” to heal ourselves. The most powerful way to do so may Compassionate language consists of loving words and tones that manifest into be through an awakening to the interconnectedness of our bodies, loving actions. Our conscious thoughts, given strong positive attributes by the hearts, minds, spirits and the world around us. This can start with a infiltration of consistent compassionate language, streams into our energy field shift in our thinking. engendering healing connections, which then loops back to support our positive Our thoughts affect our emotions, attitudes, behaviors and thinking and compassionate language. choices. Our inner dialogue reflects and feeds our thoughts and This is a method of indigenous healers. By seeing the interconnectedness of all beliefs, functioning interdependently and contributing to a healthy supportive things, they practice harmonious connection between the unseen, the body, the process or a negative draining process. The process between inner dialogue, heart and the mind that manifests into experiential healing. thoughts and beliefs can be transformed by injecting compassionate language. In The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Problematic language is rooted in a win-lose paradigm in which situations are Miracles, author Bruce Lipton, PhD, wrote, “The latest discoveries in physics either/or—either I care for myself (and am selfish) or I care for others (and am and cell research are forging new links between the worlds of Science and Spirit. generous). The healing truth lies in the win-win interdependent paradigm in The latest science leads us to a worldview not unlike that held by the earliest which caring for self and others exists simultaneously. civilizations, in which every material object in Nature was thought to possess We can learn to create a flow of conscious thought and compassionate language a spirit. This is the world of quantum physics, in which matter and energy are that provides us with a dependable and clear path to healing. We can learn to completely entangled.” expand and draw on the endless loving flow of energy that is ours to use freely. This concept of interconnectedness propels the flow of conscious thought and Energy is everywhere. It is outside of and within us. We consist of and live in a compassionate language, opening the door to heal the healers. world of neurons, protons and electrons. When we think, those atomic particles are affected and stimulate energy. When we are aware of our thoughts and direct Carolyn Berry, MFT, and Bibi Caspari, Founder and Executive Director of them, we can conduct the composition and projection of our energy field. When Forward Step will present “Healing the Healers” workshop March 26 at the Holy we create a message of compassionate language to give to ourselves, our inner Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, CA. For more information, call 818.231.0708 or dialogue then projects positive messages toward others in our environment. register at turnkeytrainings.com.
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m i n d s t a t e s aking your life your integrity and light. As you grow in practice is being your light, we all grow. divinity, living every This work is not for the weekend moment from your divine essence— spiritual visitor. This is an ongoing not simply accessing your holiness discipline and it is the work of the through occasional meditation, spiritual warrior. yoga or visits to a healer or teacher. The first step toward this new It involves choosing responses, way of being is to understand the activities, relationships, and thoughts experience of living in your Spiritual based on your higher good. This is Integrity. total life—seeing all moments as Let’s explore these two very linked and inseparable. important words. Merriam Webster Living your divinity every moment defines spiritual as “of or relating is a commitment to developing to sacred matters; incorporeal,” spiritual goals, ideals that guide your and integrity as “the state of being © 2010 by Selina Maitreya interactions with the world, and rules complete or undivided.” of spiritual conduct that you choose to Living in Spiritual Integrity means direct your relationships and actions. that you have values that you have It’s living by holy laws that help you chosen to live by regardless of the choose which thoughts to keep and conduct of others. Despite your which thoughts to let go. Yes, you physical state, or your financial or can indeed choose to hold onto your emotional state, you choose to sit thoughts or not. Every action you in your integrity. You are consistent choose to take or not contributes to living life with your values intact. the overall fabric of your life here on Regardless of the chaos around and Earth. As we are all connected, your thoughts are ours, meaning that the energy outside of yourself, you remain grounded in your knowing. There is no blaming you create with your thoughts affects everyone. Choosing to live in the state of others or waffling. You know your truth and you seek to live there constantly. being awake, aware and conscious of each word, thought and deed you create Make no mistake, this is a huge undertaking. is truly making your life your practice. Living this way is what builds spiritual Living in the physical world in your Spiritual Integrity is the goal that each of us has been asked to take on as we incarnated into physical life. “Be in the world, but not of it,” Jesus proclaimed. Though you may have made great attempts to be this way, I would lovingly challenge you to look and see how, when and where you are and are not in your life’s integrity. Being aware of your state at all times is one of the most important spiritual practices to master. As a teacher, Jesus knew how hard it was for energy beings to be in their divinity in their physical lives and he knew that this was the work that we are here to do. Being in this physical reality is most difficult. It’s the place where you can most assuredly lose your values and indeed it’s the place to practice retaining them. This is one of the many paradoxes that the Universe offers us. Many talk about being spiritual, but in reality, while many have spiritual
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thoughts, attend workshops and read books about spiritual beliefs, their daily actions rarely represent these values with consistency. This disconnect between who you deeply know you are and the actions you choose, (often unknowingly) is what contributes to feelings of unhappiness and the lack of fulfillment and disconnection that you may experience. Certainly living in disharmony with your beliefs puts you out of alignment with your true self and does not serve you or others well. Most beings live this way, unaware that they control the power to bring happiness into their lives. So take a look now and determine how often you truly live your spiritual values. How often are you living in spiritual integrity? Identifying Your Spiritual Values In order to live in your Spiritual Integrity, you need to be clear on which values you choose to own and where you currently stand with each of them. Saying that you are of love, peace and compassion is different than living a life that reflects these values. Being able to hold onto these values in your daily life, whether you are driving, waiting in line or in a challenging conversation, is an ongoing process. The goal is to live in harmony with the energies of the values that you choose to build your life upon. For many, these values include kindness, wisdom, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, integrity, endurance, honesty and sound judgment. Begin by defining the values you hold most dear. For many, working from love, being kind, being in service to others, holding a place of calm, sitting in honesty, speaking your truth and walking your talk are key spiritual values. There are many others to consider; however being able to master one of these in your daily life is an enormous effort and a huge gift to all. Once you have defined an initial list of values, begin with one to assess your current ability to stay in these energies. For instance, if kindness is a value that resonates with you, begin to thoroughly examine your kindness quotient. When is it easy for you to be kind? When is it difficult? Do you have trouble being kind when you are hungry, tired or stressed? Are there certain people whom you find it difficult to be kind to? Are there others who are easy to be kind to? You will need to carefully watch your reactions and it is helpful to build the ability to watch your responses to situations and people while events are taking place. This does not happen all at once and the power of observation is one of your most helpful tools. Take this one step at a time. For now, begin to list the values you hold dear and choose to honestly review your actions to see which values you are truly using as you seek to make your life your practice. Selina Maitreya has been a spiritual student for over 30 years. An international lecturer, author, and teacher, Maitreya works with students one-on-one to help them to make their lives their practice. Learn more at selinamaitreya.com V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
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wenty Five Hundred years ago, there were no statues of the Buddha. There was just the man himself: Siddhartha Gautama, the Prince who left the noble life to become a homeless wandering beggar—simply the Buddha. His search was for enlightenment, to understand the cause of all suffering. After his enlightenment, the Buddha continued to teach people how to live a simple, peaceful and compassionate life. After the Buddha’s death, many people were left wondering how the teachings would continue. The Buddha’s last two teachings were to be a light unto yourself and to be diligent with your practice. Considering the theme of Compassionate Living, I believe our inner reality reflects our outer life. Many have turned to ancient traditions to balance the hectic pace of life and
reflecting this, there are statues of the Buddha everywhere. The Buddha has become a trendy and cool item to have at home, work, in restaurants, and even on movie sets. People are attracted to the serene image of the Buddha and to me it is important to understand what the Buddha taught. The image of the Buddha is a reminder to live a simple and humble life. Those of you who know the store called Buddha For You in San Diego, CA are sure to smile when you think of Alfred Baron, the 82-year-old man who started the business. He was a light unto himself and once you met him, he was hard to forget. Welcoming, informative and full of life, Alfred served his country in World War II as a member of the Army and went on to work for Bullocks and the May Company. He traveled the world to buy many items, resulting in his collection of rare Asian Art and Buddhist statues. In 2000, at the age of 72, he opened Buddha For You, which was, for him, the true love of his life. People would walk into the store and often spend hours looking for their perfect Buddha. Browsing over 2000 square feet of a huge array of Buddha statues could take awhile, so there was plenty of time to hear stories from Alfred about the country a particular statue was purchased from, or what had happened on that buying trip. If Alfred didn’t tell a story during the customers’ adventures, he might offer some friendly advice about how apple cider vinegar would heal all of their ailments. Over the years Alfred did quite well selling Buddha statues, carrying the rarest pieces of the highest quality from around the world. People came from all over the United States just to see the latest collection. Meanwhile, at the end of 2006, the desire to share the teachings of the Buddha actualized in the form of a little place in downtown San Diego known as The Dharma Bum Temple. It was a space for people to study and practice the teachings of the Buddha. There were no memberships and all meditation classes and Buddhist teachings were provided for free. It was and is a simple place, hidden from all who walk by and only sometimes recognizable from the little Buddha in the window (which was, by the way, purchased at Buddha For You.) At that time, we had no idea how connected The Dharma Bum Temple and Buddha For You
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n Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, prisoners living underground, prevented by chains from turning their heads, could only see what was before them, on the back wall of the cave. At a distance above and behind them was the mouth of the cave. Between this source of light without, and all the prisoners within, was a low wall, like a dividing line. Nameless men passed along this wall carrying all sorts of vessels, statues, and figures of animals made of various materials. Some talked as their objects cast strange shadows on the opposite wall. As the prisoners conversed, they would name the shadows before them, and when they heard the echoes of voices behind them, they believed these came from the passing shadows. The Truth was literally nothing but the shadows of the images. In this cave-world of resentment and malice, military tactics, politics and competition, the prisoners
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a much poorer quality. However, when the monkey in the first cage wanted more of the high-quality food, the other monkey in the adjacent cage received an electric shock. The second lever, on the other hand, the one that provided very little food and of a lesser quality, produced no shock affect whatsoever. The first monkey is therefore already capable of compassion. Once he learns about the shock, which he discovers quickly, he readily gives up the highquality, more abundant food, and opts instead for the smaller portions of lower-quality food, (in essence, to go without) in order to save the other monkey from electric shock. Sadly, this tendency is lacking in a great many humans. In other parts of the world we are killing each other recklessly, exhibiting not even a modicum of the monkey’s level of compassion. And yet here in this deplorable lab, which is a terrible existence for a monkey, he won’t purposely cause another monkey pain and suffering, if he can avoid it, (which he can) even to the extent of giving up more of his favorite food. Human beings continue to show selfishness and a desire to kill others for money, and any kind of gain. But what is to gain? Sadly the answer is: the gaining of people, places and things—nothing but nouns. All this has to do with dominion—man over man, man over woman, man over animals. In fact, throughout history all equal rights have been a struggle against dominion—human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, animal rights, etc. The list goes on. The question is often asked, “When will peace and happiness prevail on earth?” And the answer always is, “When the ‘without’ is as the ‘within’...and we treat them both as equally possible.” Lasting peace and happiness are indeed possible; they just can’t come from objects...because objects don’t last. None of the objects in this world are meant to give happiness to anyone. The mind vainly seeks to find such happiness in these objects. But happy are they who are free from egotism and who are not swayed by the cravings of sense pleasure. Nor does happiness come from our bodies, which are protoplasm, because they won’t last either—for bodies are objects too, and every object in the field of time grows old. Peace and happiness, therefore, comes from realizing just how old we really are—the True Selves—which are ageless and timeless. So the only question is how can we begin to recognize this more often, day by day? Which way should we turn? The answer is inward. As Victor Hugo proclaimed, “There, inward, we compare the serenity of the heart with the serenity of the skies and open ourselves to the thoughts that fall from that Unknown.” It is from your own peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises. This is how we leave appearances and approach reality. True knowledge replaces
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Aries: Temperance (3 of Cups) 3/21-4/19 Patience is more than a virtue; it is a necessity for managing the currents of life. Even in your most emotional moments, you can draw upon this energy to find peace. Patience is not aimless waiting; it is mindful awareness of the right moment. Your emotions will get the best of you this month if you react without that awareness. Stay in the moment and observe the changing tides before launching out unknowingly. An exciting circumstance around the 16th may tempt you to go looking for the pot of gold. Enjoy the moment and move on. Taurus: Lovers (3 of Swords) 4/20-5/21 Relationships are best experienced between two individuals. However, to your dismay, that will not be the case this month. You will find that a connection you are trying to make is interrupted by an outside influence. If this is a person, it is likely that he/she will interfere with your channel of communication. Do your best to ensure that what you say is being understood. In terms of an important decision, get ready for an unexpected detour. What you think you want will be challenged by an annoying factor around the middle of the month. Be flexible! Gemini: Hierophant (6 of Cups) 5/22 – 6/21 Have you ever considered how much of your perspective contains residue of your past? Your emotional memory was storing information long before the logical mind could process it. As a result, many of your beliefs are founded upon memories that were never logical. If you don’t challenge your emotional thoughts, you will inevitably find experiences to reinforce them. This feedback loop keeps you locked in primitive and reflexive thought patterns. Create a new philosophy to live by, instead of tolerating a “that’s just the way I am” mentality. Someone you have respected in the past comes back into your life around the 20th. Cancer: World (6 of Wands) 6/22 – 7/22 Recognition can come in different forms and for many reasons. This month you’ll receive something equivalent to a standing ovation. You deserve to be recognized for your efforts and so you will be. If professionally focused, your acclaim could be a promotion, raise or bonus. If relationship focused, you will receive adoration and praise. If personally focused, you will accomplish a private goal that brings with it a sense of deep satisfaction and a new perspective on your place in the world. Your worldview is an extension of your self-view; if you want to change the world, begin with yourself. Leo: Sun (Ace of Cups) 7/23 – 8/23 A deep feeling of self-confidence permeates your month as you find ways to express your truest feelings. This doesn’t imply only rainbows and sunshine; in fact, your courage to speak up for yourself may shock others. Don’t be surprised if something you say resurrects an issue you thought was dead. Trust yourself. Confidence derived from external acceptance is, at best, fleeting. Selfacceptance, on the other hand, offers liberation from the obsession to please. Take note of situations in which you sacrifice your integrity for the sake of approval. Around the 25th, an emotional experience will call for celebration. Virgo: Emperor (Page of Wands) 8/24 – 9/22 The competing forces of freedom and responsibility seem to be the common theme this month. Your growing restlessness only exacerbates your frustration with obligations. Before throwing caution to the wind or restricting childlike impulses, find ways to give each their deserved expression. Be the parent to your inner child, but have fun too. In the area of work, allow your imagination to lead; then bring new vision to your current projects. An important someone may reward you for this creativity. An exciting message arriving at the end of the month will lead to an adventure.
Libra: Wheel of Fortune (10 of Pentacles) 9/23 – 10/23 A productive phase has either delivered results you are satisfied with, or inspired you to pursue something even bigger. You are in a wonderful place of growth and opportunity; to make the most of it, you will really need to focus your energy. Half-hearted goals or unformed visions could produce distorted outcomes. If you have been struggling, your diligence will pay off (assuming you’ve been diligent) in the form of greater stability or a monetary reward. Circumstances regarding real estate or an inheritance will arise at the beginning of the month; by the end of the month, things should be very interesting. Scorpio: Death (7 of Pentacles) 10/24 – 11/22 Out with the old and in with the new. There’s no better time to cut away the excessive foliage and make space for new growth. During this transition, it would be wise to assess your possessions, not in terms of their worth, but rather, in terms of why you value them as such. If you cling to things out of obligation or for security, they will only stunt your growth. Worn out objects, relationships and attitudes must also be discarded in this process. A situation you’ve put a lot of effort into will finally yield results during the first week of the month. Sagittarius: Justice (Page of Pentacles) 11/23 – 12/21 A thorough examination of your goals will lead to clearer objectives. While faced with questions about resources, finances and skills, you must rely upon your own dispassionate views. It can be challenging not to give in to societal pressures of success, especially in a system that places value on what you do over who you are. You may consider how higher education, specialized training or other ambitious aims will provide the experience you need to make changes in your life. However, be sure to honor how this information adds to the quality of your life. Legal issues around the 5th need your attention. Capricorn: Empress (Ace of Swords) 12/22– 1/20 The creative force of your mind can be used to bring harmony to a seemingly hectic situation. Your inner authority must rely more upon the feminine energy of reconciliation. Heart-centered strategies are more apt to be accepted. If you try to force your own agenda, you will evoke a battle. Take your time to create a plan, but then be decisive in your actions—vacillating will cause others to assume you are incompetent. Issues related to motherhood arise around the 10th. This brings up important lessons about how to nurture yourself and others. Aquarius: High Priestess (6 of Swords) 1/21 – 2/18 Something hidden will be revealed. Whether this is connected to you or another person, it will provoke new movement. Fear of the unknown causes anxiety, yet when you try to avoid uncomfortable feelings, you move further away from a clear solution. The chaos in the background will likely simmer down after the 8th; it would behoove you to mindfully face the situation. If possible, take a short trip to clear your mind. New information about your job will prompt you to make a difficult decision—do you stay or do you go? Pisces: Fool (Page of Cups) 2/19 – 3/20 After painful emotional experiences, the common reaction is to try to avoid them in the future. And, although learning from your mistakes often means that you don’t repeat them, losing trust in yourself and being skeptical of others only alienates you from healing past pains. Pain is often a companion to the pleasure of love, but by being overprotective of your feelings, you deprive yourself of love’s full experience. Take a risk, be vulnerable, open your heart and speak from that place of sensitivity. If you’re in a long-term relationship, you will also benefit from forgiving and moving on.
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y life, which is never what one could call entirely normal, turned completely bizarre in February 1997 when I saw Superman as a threedimensional hologram while I was engaged in my busy chiropractic practice. Yes, it probably was a hallucination, but this particular one enabled me to heal the eyesight of a child instantly! I had driven up from Seattle to Livingston, Montana, where I was practicing as a chiropractor for the weekend in the office I owned. Having slept very little and worked all day, the veil between fantasy and reality, or alternate dimensions of possibility, was thinner than usual for me. I still don’t know what really happened, but the myth surrounding those events will do just fine. When confronted with something I did not know how to help or to heal, my subconscious mind offered to me the image of George Reeves as Superman, a powerful and useful archetype from my childhood. One of Superman’s many abilities is the power of x-ray vision, a very useful tool for a doctor to possess. I actually saw, through the projected image of Superman’s x-ray ability, what was wrong with my little patient. I have never been one to question when the weird or wonderful shows up to offer me assistance. I acted immediately on the information I was presented with. Something new and amazing occurred, and the little girl was healed in that very moment. The very next day after the “Superman Event,” as the myth has come to be called, there was something vastly different about my energy. Suddenly the act of lightly touching a patient with focused intent created dramatic, and often startling changes. Bones would realign themselves, patterns of chronic pain would disappear, often with only one brief session, and scoliosis curvatures would realign
right before my eyes. As time went on, this phenomenon seemed to grow stronger. Sometimes it revealed new and marvelous outcomes each week. Chronic conditions began to change even though they were often not even a conscious focus for the treatment. In addition, people began to report that their emotional states, belief patterns— their very lives—were mysteriously being transformed. Better still, these changes appeared to continue over time. I began to read books about quantum physics in an effort to understand and explain just what was happening with my “energy thing.” It was within the more esoteric aspects of quantum field theory that I began to form the foundational principles that underlie what is now called Matrix Energetics. Mathematics and physics are unconscious symbolic languages. They are meant to stimulate higher brain function—not the hired hand of the left brain’s higher analytical functions, but, instead, the right-brain awareness of symbolism and interconnectedness. The problem is that we have made science a closed system. The equations we devise to explain the unexplored or unknown have to make “sense” to our left brain’s way of thinking and perceiving. If it does not make sense and fit into our closed loops of reality, then we will just chop pieces off until it does. You cannot imagine how many times this has happened in the history of physics. The problem with the classical model of physics is that the x factor of consciousness is not taken into account. Without the acknowledgment of the role consciousness plays in our experiments performed in life’s laboratory, what you get are the unconscious expectations of the observers performing the experiments. The standard model in physics is a closed system. In a closed system, the effects of consciousness are excluded. In such a system, there is no room for miracles. Healing and disease are two parts of the same equation of a closed loop. In a closed system, you can only get out what you put in. I think this is one reason why you only see or hear about miracles occasionally. Dissolve the ideas that healing and disease are a polarity and that one can’t exist without the other. In an open system that is not true. In an open or so-called free energy system, you can get more energy out than you put in.
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ur theme this month is Compassionate Living. As I talk with Shari Arison, author of Birth I am reminded that compassion comes from a place of no judgment. Arison’s demeanor during our discussion is forthright and her thoughts are brief. Her words are simple yet powerful and her beliefs about how we each can change the world around and within us are direct and to the point. I appreciate this as my world can seem incredibly complex at times. Vision Magazine: How do you think the world is changing? Shari Arison: The world is changing in many, many ways. I feel that we are changing on all levels–personal, inter-personal, community and country-wise and globally. I believe that everything is a reflection of what goes on within ourselves, and that the change is happening both within and without. The old is falling apart–all that is not good and not working is coming out–like pus oozing from a wound–and something is being born; something purer, nicer and better. VM: What do you think each of us can do, on a daily basis, to transform ourselves on an internal level? SA: In order to transform ourselves, we must look inside and connect to our inner voices, and to peel off the layers that have accumulated through life. It is important to get through to the layers about the ways we were brought up and get to the things that hurt, as well as the different life experiences that made us protect ourselves. There are layers upon layers. And in order to make the transformation, we need to peel off the layers. We need to see where they’re coming from—if we’re angry, hurt or sad—to really know what’s going on. And then: Release it, and reach your inner core and your inner essence. VM: How do you think people can turn difficult times in their lives in to learning experiences? SA: I think with a lot of awareness. And most importantly, understand that everything in life comes about in order to teach us a lesson, so that we can grow and connect with ourselves and to come to a better place. I think if we see every life lesson, no matter what it is—no matter how it hard it is, as a gift in which to grow—that in itself makes a big difference. VM: How we can support others who are less fortunate? SA: I think, for me, the best way to support others is to help them with tools. Our foundation, The Essence of Life, and I, do a lot of giving with an emphasis on education. I believe it is important to give tools to empower people so that they can stand on their own two feet. I always say it is like giving the fishing rods rather than the fish, because if you give it away it causes dependency. VM: What do the words “compassionate living” mean to you? SA: To me, compassion is the basis of everything. When I talk about inner transformation, what I mean is that we need to care for ourselves; we need to V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
l i v i n g a r t s care in a way that we respect and listen to ourselves and to our inner voices. And when we talk about caring for others, we need to understand that each and every one of us has our good and our not-so-good [aspects]. So, when we look at it this way, we can connect to the inner goodness and be more caring. We can lend a helping hand. It is important for people to understand that it doesn’t take money and it doesn’t take power, to lend a hand. Essentially it is just helping someone across the street, or giving him or her a smile and brightening their day; it is caring about someone other than yourself. VM: What do you believe your life’s work is about? SA: It’s about transformation—by making a difference and making changes—and by generating conversations as well as generating acts of human kindness that will transform the world. You know, we are all inter-connected; we are all part of the same puzzle. We all share this globe. If you hurt others, you are hurting yourself. When you help others, you are helping yourself. VM: For those with very little, or no material wealth, how do you think they can transform their lives? SA: We all basically want the same thing. Of course, we all need food and water and housing and we all deserve to breathe clean air. Aside from this, I think continued on page 46
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When I was 20 years old, I was diagnosed with a deformed heart. The medical community of America told me that my condition was incurable. Then I met a Harvard medical doctor who was a surgeon during the Korean War and afterward, gave up surgery and prescription medicine for homeopathy. He told me that my heart condition was curable—just not in America, and that I had to go to Germany or Switzerland for alternative treatments that the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] had made illegal here. He said this was because these natural treatments cannot be patented and the medical community of America is more concerned with profitability than healthcare quality. So I went and got a live cell treatment and was cured in 90 days. Then I wondered, What other treatments are illegal in the U.S.? I traveled five million miles to over 60 countries and interviewed over 5,000 doctors who are curing every disease without drugs and surgery. I first sought out this information for my own health. I haven’t been sick—even with a cold—and I haven’t taken any drugs in over 25 years. After experiencing this success with my health, I wrote my books so that I could educate others about this lifesaving information. VM: What would be the one natural cure, above all others, that you think people should know about? KT: There isn’t one natural cure. Rather, people need to know what is causing their illnesses. Why are so many people sick in America today? Why do we have the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and cancer? I thought that we were supposed to have the best healthcare in the world, but we have the least healthy people. More people in America take prescription drugs than in any other country. What causes disease are the drugs themselves. Statistically, the American Medical Association has proven that drugs are the number one cause of disease in America. If you want to be healthy, the first thing you should do is reduce the amount of drugs you are taking. That is the cure. It’s like the guy who goes to the doctor and says, “Doctor, every time I hit my foot with a hammer, it hurts. What’s the cure?” Well, stop hitting your foot. In America, doctors are trained to only treat the symptoms, not to ask what is causing them. And the treatment is always a poisonous, chemical drug with pages of side effects. All they do are suppress the symptom by begging the body to do something unnatural. VM: Where do you see our country heading in the next two years, especially with the healthcare crisis? KT: There is no healthcare crisis in America. We have the best crisis care in the world. So, why are people saying we need healthcare reform? If you read all the reforms, they’re about increasing taxes so that all illegal immigrants and
A Conversation with Kevin Trudeau by Sydney L. Murray
evin Trudeau, an author and speaker who claims that natural alternatives, rather than standard western medicine, can cure diseases, has caused quite the controversy amongst audiences. His claims are certainly thought-provoking, and he will speak at this month’s Health Freedom Expo, a three-day event dedicated to informing people about the benefits of natural health. Recently, Vision Magazine spoke with Trudeau to find out more about what lies behind the controversy. Vision Magazine: What prompted you to get in the line of work you’re in? Kevin Trudeau: It was really an ongoing process. I knew I wanted to have a successful career. I also became motivated to work on my own health. I saw how so many other people were unhealthy and not financially successful. I started to gain many helpful insights and then found myself helping others with this knowledge.
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Israel and Palestine: T A Conversation with Robi Damelin, Th
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f you choose to turn on the news while comfortably nestled in your living room, you’re bound to hear about the casualties of war in faraway lands. These death tolls are not just numbers on the rise—they represent mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. Can you imagine what it’s like to lose a child through war? That’s what Robi Damelin experienced. Her son, David, was an Israeli soldier killed by a Palestinian sniper on March 3, 2002. He was 28 years old. It’s easy to get angry, to crave the taste of revenge. But this is precisely what perpetuates violence and it was not the choice that Damelin made. Originally from South Africa where she had been active in the anti-apartheid movement, Damelin came to Israel in 1967, raised two children, and ran a successful public relations firm. Needless to say, when David was killed, her priorities began to change. That’s when she discovered The Parents Circle – Families Forum. Since its inception in 1995, The Parents Circle has been uniting Israelis and Palestinians who have lost immediate family members in the conflict. Rather than using tragedy as a motive for revenge, The Parents Circle’s 500 members work to promote reconciliation through education and the exchange of personal narratives. They are changing the mindset that led to the violence in the first place. Some of the non-profit organization’s groundbreaking projects include high school classroom sessions; a toll-free telephone line for Robi Damelin, photo by Xenia Hausner Israelis and Palestinians to create a dialogue; “Cartooning in Conflict;” an international art exhibition; seminars; workshops; and “Good Intentions,” a television series in Arabic and Hebrew. Damelin’s path has led her to become one of The Parents Circle’s leading voices for reconciliation and peace. Two and a half years after David was killed, the sniper was caught. What was Damelin’s reaction? She sent a letter of reconciliation to his family—a true test of her beliefs in action. Recently I had the great opportunity to speak with her about her personal journey, the progress The Parents Circle has made, and her hopes for the future. Vision Magazine: What does compassion mean to you and how does it help to create a transition from battlefield to common ground? Robi Damelin: In a way, you can intertwine the word compassion with empathy. If you don’t have empathy and some form of understanding, you can never come to forgiveness. For me, compassion is not feeling sorry for anybody; it’s empathy and understanding, which leads to forgiveness in many ways. And what does forgiveness really mean? Does it mean giving up your right to justice? Does it mean that the person can do it again? Or that we should turn the other cheek? I’ve asked great thinkers from all over the world for their definition of forgiveness, from archbishops to rabbis to imams. The definition is such a personal V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
one; this is why I tend to use the word understanding more than forgiveness—because if you understand, this brings you back again into compassion and empathy. VM: Can you talk about the importance of being what you call “pro-solution,” rather than pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian? RD: It’s the most natural trait for human beings to take sides. It makes you feel good about yourself. The only problem is that it isn’t really helping anybody to be pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian. Neither of us is going to disappear in a puff of smoke. And it’s not only on the ground level; it’s also the politicians and policy makers who find that taking sides is much easier than being part of the solution. I think that people who take sides are part of the problem. It doesn’t help either of us. But if you wanted to support something like a Palestinian hospital or an Israeli school, that is not side-taking—that is support, which is very different. It would be so much more helpful for everybody if Muslims, Jews, Christians, or people who don’t believe in anything would stand together against violence in the Middle East. VM: Why is it not enough to have, as you write, “another handshake on the White House lawn?” What will it take to create reconciliation on a grassroots level? RD: I’m not certain that there can be a dignified solution to this situation without political agreements. But alongside the political agreements, there has to be something between the people on the ground to gain empathy. If you look at all Images from internation “Cartooning in Co of the agreements that were made—the Oslo Agreement, the Geneva Initiative, and many others—there isn’t room for any reconciliation process between the people. And without that, all political agreements will be temporary ceasefires until the next shot. Peace has to come from the people and that’s why the framework for the reconciliation process needs to be in place for after the agreements are signed. VM: How did you move past the anger and the pain of losing your son? RD: You never move past the pain. You learn to live with it next to you. Everybody has a recipe for bereavement and what you should be feeling. I found that a little bit difficult because everybody’s different. I searched very deeply into myself to see where my anger was coming from. It was really from the situation with my son because David didn’t want to serve in the Occupied Territories and I certainly didn’t want him to go. It was a huge dilemma for him. We had a long talk and he was absolutely torn. Sometimes I wonder who is in more pain or who is more frightened: the Israeli soldiers standing at the roadblocks or the Palestinians. I understood really early on that the man who killed David didn’t kill him because he was David; he killed him because he was a symbol of an occupying army. It’s not easy for me to say that. I have said it many times, but each time, it is difficult. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate David’s name and to commemorate his spirit than through the work I’m doing. His whole being was in education and
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his whole way of looking at life was to say that Israel should become an example to the world of what democracy really is. VM: How did you get involved with The Parents Circle? RD: I was looking for something. I knew that I wanted to contribute to stop the violence but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Then Yitzhak Frankenthal, [the founder of The Parents Circle] invited me to a seminar. I was a little bit skeptical because I didn’t think that I wanted to mix with other bereaved people; I thought it would be very depressing. When I went to the seminar, it was the first time that I’d met bereaved Palestinian mothers and families and the first time I truly recognized that we shared the same pain. It brought home the fact that we could be a very powerful force if we worked together and spoke in one voice to stop the violence. That was really the beginning of my journey with The Parents Circle. At the time, I had a PR office, but the work didn’t seem important to me anymore. I closed the office about five years ago and today, this is my whole life. I spend many months of the year traveling all over the world speaking, going into schools, creating new partners, and looking for ways to spread this message so that people will understand that there’s another way. VM: Can you share a bit about The Parents Circle’s success with outreach and education? RD: We do about 1000 classroom dialogues a year with international exhibition ooning in Conflict” 17-year-old kids in Israel. We were doing quite a lot of work on the Palestinian side but it has become very difficult since the Gaza War. We go into the classrooms of kids who have never met a Palestinian and suddenly they see a human being telling a personal story of loss. This creates a completely different atmosphere. Israelis don’t know Palestinians and vice versa. It’s hard to believe, but that’s the truth. Even though we live so close, we hardly know each other. If you go into an Israeli classroom and ask, “How many Palestinians do you know?” there will probably be none. They don’t know who’s living on the other side. It is true of the adults as well; they don’t know each other, so how can we ever create a situation of quiet and peace here when there is this fear of the unknown? Fear breeds violence and violence breeds more violence. Just knowing the person on the other side creates humanization. We also had a toll-free telephone line between Palestinians and Israelis called Hello Shalom/Salaam, and there were more than a million telephone calls. We’ve been given a grant from the European Union, so we’re going to upgrade the telephone line and call it A Crack in the Wall. It will probably start in April or May via Facebook, Twitter and the Internet so that the whole world can be involved through our Web site [theparentscircle.com]. We may start with a question such as: “What do you think of the Arab Initiative? Let’s discuss.” There will be two virtual walls— one Palestinian and one Israeli, and you can send a note between the walls with what you think. There will be some translation and only violent language will be V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
censored. Something I imagine that will come out of this will be a crack in the virtual wall. VM: In terms of peace efforts, has there been any support from policy makers in the region? RD: This is the thing: People are really detached. Of course we’ve got politicians who agree with what we’re doing. We’re not affiliated with any political party so that we can embrace anybody who wants to come and be a part of what we are doing. We’re not a huge group. We’re 500 families, but we do a lot of work. We’re now working with Georgetown University, our academic partner, and this year, we’re going to do a lot of lobbying to create a committee in Parliament so that the reconciliation process can be in place. We’re just the ants on the ground working to create a future agreement. Everything we do is geared toward that. VM: Do you believe that there will be peace where conflict has raged for thousands of years? RD: If I didn’t believe that, then what am I doing? Miracles happen all over the world. In Germany, they talk to each other without walls—the wall is past between them. Who would have thought that it could happen with Jordan? And look what happened in David Damelin South Africa. So I really think that miracles can happen for us as well. I can’t afford to give up hope. VM: Do you have any advice to offer people who are seeking reconciliation and a compassionate path in their own lives? RD: I don’t think that I’m qualified to tell people what to do. It’s very personal. I can only tell you one thing: When I wrote that letter to the family of the man who killed David, I gave up being a victim and that’s the beginning of the path of reconciliation. I think that for your own personal health and creativity, if you let go of that terrible block in your heart, you can, in a way, be healed. There is an uncertainty in all of this. It’s not black and white; there is a huge area of grey. Sometimes I question my own feelings—not sometimes, but often. I received a very vicious letter from the sniper, out of the jail. I’m not sure if he wrote it, but I realized that it’s another test, like when I asked you about the definition of forgiveness. Does it mean that the person you want to understand has to become repentant? It’s not that simple. Regardless of who sent the letter, it’s the beginning of a dialogue. I don’t know where this is going to go. The one thing that I’m completely convinced of is that what we are doing is the right path to take. Support the extraordinary efforts of The Parents Circle – Families Forum. Visit theparentscircle.com to learn more, make a donation, or get involved in A Crack in the Wall. Become part of the dialogue.
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Compassion Fulfilled - A Conversa by Sydney L.
his has been an interesting month. So much has happened—some of it devastating, such as the loss of a friend; some surprising, like the reactions you may not want in a person whom you trust. When I think of what compassion means to me, it’s to live with grace and have the forethought of love and kindness toward those who surround me. I have to admit that I did not always reach this lofty goal during the month. Instead, I have chosen to look at all of the kindness and generosity of spirit I have offered, overall, and be grateful for those moments of grace I experienced during a difficult time. In the middle of this challenging month I had the good fortune to speak with Louix Dor Dempriey who has offered up his life to service and to bettering the world we live in. Some may question his motivations, but his words ring of a profound truth in my heart. Vision Magazine: Tell me about your background and what influenced you to become the teacher you are today. Louix Dor Dempriey: I hail from the Boston area. I am one of four children born to Italian-American parents and my education was the product of traditional public and private schools and four years of college. My spiritual life was thriving, alive and awake, from birth, and I had a deep knowing of who I was right from the get-go. I had many mystical and powerful experiences during childhood, such as being able to travel outside of my body and an in-person encounter with Jesus when I was 5 years old. He materialized and manifested himself in my room and talked to me for about 15 minutes and shared with me two key revelations regarding my future—one that ended up happening at age 13 and another at around age 30. People used to appear in my room, after they had passed away, and would talk to me about where they had gone and what they were doing. They would also give me words to share with their families [those who survived them]. A lot of these abilities—what people call “paranormal”—were with me from childhood. For example, people would call me and I would often pick the phone up before it rang and say their name. It was always funny little things like that. I also had the ability to communicate with animals. Wild animals used to walk right up to me and sometimes even touch me, so I knew there was something going on. I continued in my earthly life while not really making a fuss over everything. I didn’t think it was paranormal—it was just my life. I had a childhood dream to become an actor and movie star. I pursued acting voraciously and that led me, after college, to New York City, where I began training to be an actor. I eventually made my way to Hollywood and had a thriving career in show business doing TV, film, commercials and voice-overs. In May of 1990 I had a spiritual awakening and my crown blasted open. I went into Samadhi for a week. I didn’t sleep a wink or eat one morsel of food. I had so much ‘current’ running through my body that I had an experience of complete and total omnipresence. I could see and hear everything about everyone, everywhere, in or out of my presence. This is what people call the “gift of safe healing” and it was awakened in my hands. I started, at that time, doing readings. People caught wind of what was going on, and they would ask me questions and ask for guidance. I began going into schools—junior high, high school, and college—to work with the guidance counselors. When the awakening happened, it just catapulted me into V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
the stratosphere. It became like a full-blown ministry. People were coming for readings and healings on their bodies, and it was quite amazing. I then started having mystical experiences too, such as encounters with beings, ascended masters and angels, and extra-terrestrials. I started calling out to God. I was raised a Catholic but I left the church at 13 following one of those revelations from Jesus when I was 5. I was devastated to leave the church. I knew that as much as I loved my religion, it was too limiting for what I knew to be true. There were certain beliefs that I knew were not accurate, such as the devil and original sin. Other concepts, like fearing God and a God that punishes people, I did not believe in. As a child, I was constantly at odds with the priests. I would ask them questions that they could not answer. When I left the church, I had nowhere to turn. All I knew was God, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the angels and saints, so I began calling to them, “Please, tell me what is going on and what is happening to me. Send me someone who can help me.” I said that prayer every night in bed and after three months I met an individual who became a spiritual teacher for me. I was taken to a mystery school where the faculty awakened within me the ability to speak with, and to celestial beings. I would go into a trance state, which in Sanskrit is known as Bhava-Samadhi and these beings would coagulate in my body and minister through me. I trained for four years and then my liberation, or enlightenment, happened on March 7, 1996 and I was off on my own ministry. I walked away from the world for the third time. I left my job, my school, and everything I had, and it was just me, God and the world. And then people started coming. Money came in. I trusted and surrendered. In 1997, I had a vision—one which God had given me. I had an in-person encounter with Parmahansa Yogananda and he materialized in the room, put his hand on my head, and blessed me with my Sanskrit name Sri Pranananda. He came again, shortly thereafter, to announce the opening of my ashram. I didn’t know what any of this stuff meant and he said, “You don’t have to. You are it.” Jump to ten years later and I was making pilgrimages around the world to sacred sites, and leading retreats, group events, seminars, workshops as well as doing private counseling, teaching classes, and guiding people individually. In 1997 we finally had the means and enough people to form the foundation that bears my name. We incorporated and just last year, submitted our petition for non-profit status. We’ve got three ashrams in Australia and the Mother Center is in Laguna Hills, as well as other centers and groups around the world. I married in 2000 and began raising a family so I stopped most of my traveling. By early 2000, I wasn’t doing the pilgrimages anymore. I needed to help set up the foundation and take care of my kids. For now, my wife and two of my daughters are living in Hawaii. We’re still legally married but living apart—she is going through what she needs to go through right now. Our eldest child—a son, passed away three years ago at the age of 15. It’s been quite a ride. I have been through a lot of initiations and a lot of blessings. VM: What led you to this life of service? LDD: There are two factors. One is my insatiable hunger for God, which was there from birth. When I was young and I would sit in church every week, all I
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wanted to do was be an altar boy or the priest. I wanted to climb up on the altar. God was my overall driving force. But when I looked at the world, everything seemed wrong. People were cruel and mean; deluded by things that they chased and pursued that would never bring them happiness. I saw people not living the way I knew we were all meant to live—in peace, in joy, in love. I had an ache inside to help people find deep inner peace and communion with God. VM: Why do you think that having compassion in one’s life, mind and heart is so important? LDD: Compassion is critically important. I define compassion as seeing and experiencing the world and one’s life through someone else’s eyes and feeling body. To have compassion for others, to experience life through others’ eyes, is to have compassion for ourselves and it teaches us to care for and love other people unconditionally. Through this vehicle, we are taught to love, forgive, accept, cherish and nurture ourselves. VM: You have taught the art of self-inquiry and you have said it’s one of the most powerful tools that we can use to grow as humans and liberate our souls. LDD: This, too, is a most pivotal aspect of who I am and what I teach. Because there is nothing outside of self—we create everything in our world and in our environment. We create all of our relationships. We create everything that happens to us. We are the screenwriter, the director, the producer, the star, and we are theatre itself. We are the driving force within our lives—the co-creators with God. So, we should always look within the self: “Why did I create this?” and “What is it teaching me?” This is how we master all of life’s lessons. Earth is God’s classroom. We’re here to remember, discover and restore our original, divine blueprint, which is our inherent divinity and to walk as God on Earth. That is why Earth is a paradise that was given to us, to enjoy as gods and goddesses. We can see that we were created by God, as God, and in God’s image. We are like the creator, too. If we look at ourselves as the source of all and as the co-creator of everything, then we are fully accountable, we take full responsibility and this empowers us to see that anything we don’t like in our lives and in our circumstances, we have the power to change. We are here to incorporate and integrate all the aspects of our divinity and to balance, transmute, cleanse and calm the disassociated parts of self and the parts of us that are living in exile from God and love. It goes back to self-inquiry because all you come into the world with is your consciousness. And all you leave with is the evolution of your consciousness. However you grow, integrate, or love, is the only thing you take with you. That self-inquiry is the single most powerful vehicle for becoming greater at offering unconditional love. VM: So, self-inquiry is simply asking, “How do I feel?” and “Why did I create this situation?” LDD: Yes, absolutely. “Why did I create this?” Everything is a blessing, whether it is painful or pleasurable; whether it is a win or a loss, a success or a failure. Everything is a gift. Everything we magnetize in our lives teaches us something. Sometimes it is to acknowledge the great things about ourselves so that we feel more confidence, self-assuredness, and self-love. Other times, we magnetize V I S I O N M AG A Z I N E
situations that may be confronting or conflicting, which helps us polish some of the rough edges of the crystal. VM: If there were one thing that everyone can do—regardless of his or her belief structure—that would make the world a better place, what would it be? LDD: Love everyone and everything all the time. It sounds lofty, but when put into practice—it’s quite a task— and it can be done. It’s easy to bless people and say, “I love you” when we’re in a prayer circle, at a retreat or while watching a sunset. But when someone is giving you the finger in traffic, or when a waiter is being rude, this is when it is the most challenging to be forgiving and kind and to bless people. Or, when people are jealous or envious; one-upping you, or condemning you—this is when it is the most difficult to be loving and when God most needs you to be. Try your best to experience the world through other people’s eyes so that you have compassion and you are not just seeing it through your own filter of judgment. Also, forgive everyone and everything. The power of forgiveness goes hand in hand with the power of apology. Ask for forgiveness. The healing and transforming power of this is immense. Most people have not even discovered the alchemical, transmutative power of true forgiveness. A lot of us think we forgive but we don’t— we may still hold judgment, and grudges. ‘I’ll forgive you if you forgive me. I’ll apologize if you apologize.’ Conditional apologies and conditional forgiveness is conditional love. To break the word down: It literally means for give—like giving as before. I am giving you my love as before the transaction or the altercation occurred. This is a high level of mastery, to go back to the same if not greater love for the person in the face of adversity. This is one of the most powerful gifts that we can offer. This makes the world better. Lastly, don’t pollute. Be kind. Don’t hurt any living being—any animal, any plant, any part of the Earth or human. Be kind to everything and everyone. This is what you and I both know and it is one of the foundations of all the world’s major Louix religions. “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” VM: What does “Compassionate Living” mean to you? LDD: Bless everyone all the time. When you practice true compassion, you learn and acquire the gifts—the divine qualities of patience, forgiveness, mercy, perseverance, endurance, tolerance, understanding and wisdom. You exalt [these virtues] enough within yourself so that the gift you give to others is the gift you give to yourself, ultimately. Louix Dor Dempriey is a spiritual Master who has come into this world to help others restore their inherent divinity and live as unconditional love. Louix’s darshan, as well as his illuminating discourses, meditations, and ceremonies, have invoked profound transformation in thousands of people worldwide. Louix imparts timeless wisdom in contemporary, practical teachings—that transcend all faiths, paths, religions, and cultures. He resides at Prema Drala Ashram, located in Laguna Hills, California. For more information, please visit: www.Louix.org.
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healing abilities with so many, Jeff is able to lift his arms. He touches his hand to his head to show that he can still do it. It all began, says Tonya, when she and her husband were painting their bedroom while listening to George Noory interview Pearl on Coast to Coast AM. The Olsens were fascinated. They flew to Los Angeles to attend his by Jean-Noel Reconnective Healing seminar. Jeff had read enough of Pearl’s book to know that some people report healings just from becoming aware that reconnective healing frequencies exist. And Pearl explains that anyone can tap into reconnective frequencies. If you watch reconnective healers at work, you’ll see that they don’t touch the subject’s body, but make hand passes over and around it, exploring the energy field. But these hand motions, says Pearl’s associate, Doug De Vito, who co-hosts the seminar, are just training wheels that help healers find the energy. Both Pearl and De Vito stress that Reconnective Healing is not about technique. The energy zeros in on what needs to be healed. “The less you know when a client comes in, the better,” Doug or Eric tells the audience. By just showing up as a “catalyst,” the Reconnective Healing practitioner invites energy to flow from a Source that knows exactly what’s needed and supplies whatever healing the client can accept. So why was Eric Pearl, (a mild-mannered chiropractor and TV addict with three homes, two dogs and one Mercedes) tapped by the Universe, God or some other Higher Source to bring these new frequencies onto the planet? He hasn’t a clue. Pearl’s life swerved off course in the summer of 1993 when his receptionist dragged him to Venice Beach to get his cards read by a woman he describes as a “Jewish gypsy.” The reading was not memorable, but the encounter changed his life. “There’s very special work I do,” the woman told him, explaining that she could connect meridian lines in his body to the Earth’s grid lines, and then to the planets and stars. Feeling a crazy urge to do the work, Pearl signed up. After the first session his bed lamp turned on by itself and his house seemed filled with unseen visitors. The next (hot August) day, he felt chilled to the bone. Something
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inside him had changed. “I was not the same person,” he writes in his book, The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, “My odyssey had begun.” I ask Pearl how he’s dealt with the strange and miraculous course his life has taken, and if it has changed him. “I don’t know. That’s like asking, ‘how did I handle curly hair?’” he responds. “I guess I’m more aware of spirituality. I mean, the fact is, something causes trees to grow from acorns and children to be born with two eyes and one nose—I’m much more aware of that. But whatever we want to call it, it’s not contained in any one religion.” Pearl says that religions are like windows; the view from each is different, but all are correct. “I guess I just allow myself to stay in the state of awe I was in when I first saw it happen,” says Pearl. Years ago, Deepak Chopra told him to “remain childlike” in the face of these strange events, and he’s followed that sage advice. As a practitioner, “you have to be present. There’s nothing to hide behind, so you become responsible for that ‘something’ being present, too—and sharing the space. That’s the challenge we meet: to discover more of our center. And in that lies our own healing.” He pauses. “And in that lies our own Reconnection.”
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Getting up to leave, I asked if he needed a lift. Sam graciously accepted a ride to a cross-town bus stop. As I pulled over to the curb, he sighed. “Can I tell you something personal?” he asked. I agreed, thinking he was going to tell me that he knew it was me who had almost hit him earlier that morning. But instead he took my hand between his, tattooing me with his stare. “Michael, I am old, and you may think I don’t see much anymore, but when I look into your eyes, I see the eyes of one who can do anything. But, Michael, I also see one who is blind to all he has already done…” I withdrew my hand, brushing away his kind words. But he grabbed it again, continuing, “Michael, I see the eyes of one who can do anything he wants! ” He then kissed my hand three times and was gone. I would like to say that in the intervening years since I saw Sam that hot summer morning, my life has been transformed. That his vision propelled me to fulfill the promise he saw in my eyes. But that would be a lie neither of us could tolerate. What I can say with complete assurance and eternal gratitude, however, is that ever since that day, when I stare into the morning mirror, every once in awhile I see a glimpse of what I imagine Sam saw that day. And for the briefest instant, I believe it, too. Michael Raysses is a writer/NPR commentator/actor living in Los Angeles. Email him at MichaelRaysses@hotmail.com.
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MARCH 7 SUNDAY EXPERIENCE UNIQUE ENERGY TREATMENTS AND PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION WITH ADAM DREAMHEALER INTENTION HEALS CONFERENCE. Rare appearance of Adam, international speaker, Molecular Biologist, author and gifted Native American energy healer teaching techniques to focus intentions on embracing your own healing power. As featured in “The Living Matrix” with astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Adam has presented at “What the Bleep” and Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. conferences. Rolling Stone Magazine says “Adam is becoming one of the world’s most in-demand healers.” Learn techniques to focus your intentions toward healing and manifesting your desired reality. Be proactive and take control of every aspect of your life! All registrations www.dreamhealer.com 03/10
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MARCH 9 TUESDAY ORIENTAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER Dawn Asher, MS, LAc, shares the Eastern perspective on growth and development and helpful ways to support our young loves dietarily. 711 University Ave. San Diego 92103. 917.620.2666. 03/10
HEALING WITH CRYSTALS WORKSHOP Discover crystal properties and how to use them for healing and support. Facilitated by master vibrational healer Elivia Melodey. Dress comfortably. Cost: $35. 1-4 PM at Kindred Journeys, 510 N. Coast Hwy Ste: A, Oceanside. 760.721.2110. kindredjourneysonline.com 03/10
MARCH 12 FRIDAY FREE EVENING - Cheyenne Maloney from HawaiiFriday, 3/12 7–9pm. Live with freedom your soul offers. (AssemblagePointShift.com.) Weekend experience follows. Joni, hjhdgroot@cox. net & 619.464.5513. 03/10
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MARCH 13 SATURDAY SHIATSU, ACUPRESSURE, TCM, NUTRITION, HERBS, PLUS MANY ASIAN HEALING THERAPIES. Starts March 13. 1:30–6pm. Natural Healing Institute, 760.943.8485. 03/10 MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS a 6 hour course over 3 weeks in La Mesa. Begins Saturday, March 13. 1-3pm. Details at www.blissyogi.com 03/10 CRYSTAL VIBRATIONS CONCERT Music to sooth your soul with the sacred sounds of 45 Singing crystal bowls, flutes, harp, Didjeridu, and percussion. Blankets & Pillows suggested for deep listening. 7 PM. Cost $20. Red Lotus Society, 540 Third Avenue, Downtown San Diego. Call: 619.808.9847 www.Elivia.com 03/10 MARCH 14 SUNDAY MARCH 14 & 21: ADVANCED ENERGETIC HEALING Clearing energy blocks, chakras, auras, much more. Natural Healing Institute, 760.943.8485. 03/10
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MARCH 19 FRIDAY THE GREEN LIFESTYLE FILM FESTIVAL is making a very bold statement for media to be all inclusive at its 19th-21st March event at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre in LA. The Green Carpet includes eco-celebrities and the launch of the first vegetarian food drive. www.greenlifestylefilmfestival.com Phone 310.854.2078. 03/10 FOR ONE DAY ONLY. AKASHIC RECORD READINGS March 19th 2010 By Gina Crystal Pre-Registration & Payment Required. SPECIAL RATES Space is Limited Register early to guarantee your session. Sacred Pathways, 800 Grand Ave. ste A6 Carlsbad, Ca. 92008, 762.729.2434, sacredpathway@.gmail. com For more information call Gina @ 916.421.4136 or firstname.lastname@example.org 03/10 MARCH 21 SUNDAY FREE COMMUNITY LABYRINTH WALK 7:00pm – 8:30pm Poway, California 92064. Pamela Underwood, BFA, MA. Please RSVP 619.857.8820, email@example.com www. pamelaunderwood.com 03/10
MARCH 23 & 25 TUESDAY & THURSDAY PRO PENINSULA HOSTS SYRCL’S WILD & SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL @ Hazard Ctr’s Ultrastar Cinemas. Tickets start at $15. Visit www. propeninsula.org/wildscenic gigi@ propeninsula.org 619.574.6643 03/10
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APRIL 9 - 11 FRIDAY & SUNDAY PRESCOTT, ARIZONA APRIL 9-11, 2010 FAMILY CONSTELLATION WORKSHOP Family Constellations create a living model of the family that discloses the deeper forces influencing our thoughts, behaviors and emotions. Developed in Germany by Bert Hellinger, Family Constellations heal deep-seated “entanglements” that may disturb one’s life and relationships. Claus Kostka, German psychotherapist and student of Hellinger, travels internationally facilitating workshops regularly sold out in Canada, U.S., and throughout Europe. EmailPrescottFamilyConstellations@ yahoo.com or for cost and information call Rita at (951) 203-3216. A September 2010 workshop will be held in San Diego. Contact Christine at (760) 505-4559 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org APRIL 10 SATURDAY COMPREHENSIVE 6-WEEK COURSES ON REIKI AND ENERGY HEALING CA Board of Registered Nurses approves this course for 30 CE contact hours CEP 15226 www.sacredtransformation.net 619.204.0504. 4/10 APRIL 10 - 11 SATURDAY & SUNDAY SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE ON BOTANICAL MEDICINE, TEMPE ARIZONA Topics include: Pelvic Decongestants; Cardiovascular Blood Markers; Top Ten Aromatic Herbs; Herb Walks and more! Keynote: Rosita Arvigo of Belize. CE credits. www.botanicalmedicine. org 800.252.0688 04/10
MARCH 26 - 28 FRIDAY - SUNDAY HEALTH FREEDOM EXPO Long Beach Convention Center. Exhibition hall filled with over 200 natural product vendors. 90 of the top speakers in the country. $15 for single day/$35 for all 3 days. For details see HealthFreedomExpo.com or call 888.658.EXPO (3976) 03/10 MARCH 27 SATURDAY HOW TO CONNECT TO YOUR PERFECT PARTNER Fun-filled co-ed workshop to reveal & decode beliefs that block the path to harmonious relationships. Selfknowledge tools for getting in sync to find The One. 11-2pm at The Imagine Center, 18635 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 91356. Registration is $75.00. Register at 818.345.1100 or online at www. theimaginecenter.com 03/10
APRIL 17 SATURDAY CHRISTIAN SCHOYEN, FOUNDER AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the life manual, A SECOND LIFE, God is giving you a second chance, will be at The Imagine Center on Saturday, April 17 from 11am – 5pm. Book signing and a free talk on the life support and belief system designed to free you to create the life of unlimited potential that God intended. 18635 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 91356. Register at 818.345.1100 or online at www.theimaginecenter.com 03/10
APRIL APRIL 3 SATURDAY HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR AT THE TEMPLE OF LIGHT 10am-3pm. Highest Quality Healers. $20 for 20 minutes. First Saturday of every month. Lake Forest, CA. 949.340.7408 www.templeoflight.info 07/10 ASTROLOGY LECTURE. Laurie Baums’ “Your Celestial Name”. Mira Costa College, Cardiff Campus. 10am-12pm. Contact: Pam Ciampi pciampi@sbcglobal. net Registration: www.ncgrsandiego.org 03/10
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DARSHAN WITH LOUIX DOR DEMPRIEY - Saturday, April 17th at 5PM Rose Temple, 305 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291 To be in the presence of Louix Dor Dempriey is a rare gift that can have profound transformational effects. To receive the blessing of this spiritual Master often evokes exalted states of bliss, kundalini rising, and even, at times, healing of physical ailments. This very special evening will be accompanied by devotional chanting performed by Pranam, musicians from Prema Drala Ashram, who blend traditional kirtan with contemporary music styles. For more information, please contact Samantha at 888.288.3735; or e-mail samantha@Louix.org. This event is sponsored by the Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation and attendance is by donation. For more information, please visit: http:// www.Louix.org 03/10
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APRIL 17 SATURDAY THIS IS NEW! THIS IS DIFFERENT! FIND OUT WHAT’S BAFFLING THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. Discover why hospitals and universities around the world are investing time and money in an attempt to explain these healings…and how you too, can master this extraordinary work! Level I/ II Reconnective Healing & Level III The Reconnection in Palm Springs with Doug De Vito April 17-20, 2010 Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Level I/II Reconnective Healing & Level III The Reconnection in Phoenix with Christine Upchurch May 1518, 2010 Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club. For more information please contact: 888. EricPearl, 888.374.2732 or 323.960.0012, info@TheRonnection.com or www. TheReconnection.com 03/10
MAY MAY 15 SATURDAY TRANSCENDENTAL REBIRTHING™ One-day intensive Workshop: 9amcomplete. Transform your Life & Rebirth in Brilliance! In San Diego w/ Swami Deviananda 858.405.5088/www. sacredrebirthing.com. 06/10
JUNE JUNE 12 SATURDAY DIVINE TRANSFORMATION Transcendental Rebirthing™ Special Event: 10-7pm. Rebirth with the Divine Mother! In San Diego, w/ Swami Deviananda 858.405.5088/ www.sacredrebirthing.com. 06/10
ONGOING SUNDAYS ONENESS MEDITATION - Learn to use breath as a pathway to Source/All that IS and Divine Earth. You will walk away connected to divine love, life purpose and support for moving your life forward. 11-12:30 at The Imagine Center, 18635 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 91356. Register at 818.345.1100 or online at www.theimaginecenter.com. $10 minimum donation. 03/10 SPICA - WAY OF LIGHT INSPIRATIONAL SERVICES 2nd Sunday of the month at 10am, 4th Sunday at 9am. Myztic Isle Bookstore, 8036 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA. 619.588.6483 for information. 03/10 FIND THE CENTER OF DIVINITY WITHIN! Inspirational prayers, metaphysical teachings, music, social hour to follow. 10:30AM-11:30AM. Teaching of the Inner Christ 1100 N. Second St. Suite 1114 El Cajon, CA 92021. 619.447.7007 03/10 OM SPIRITUAL CENTER SUNDAY 10AM SERVICE All Faiths are welcome! 1233 Camino Del Rio South-Mission Valley, San Diego, 92108 Ph: 858.213.7061. For more details: www.omspiritualcenter.org 03/10
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MONDAYS FIRST MONDAY – The ﬁrst Monday of each month is Service Professionals Day at The Imagine Center, with 10% off all retail merchandise with your business card. We offer intuitive readings and retail merchandise for spiritual enrichment and personal empowerment. 18635 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, CA 91356. Free parking in the rear. Call 818.345.1100 or shop online at www.theimaginecenter. com 03/10
MONDAYS FREE PSYCHIC READINGS every FIRST Monday 7:30pm by students in Vessa’s INTUITIVE INSIGHTS Clairvoyant Program, 4455 Morena Blvd. #108, 858.509.7582 www.MyIntuition.Net 06/10 WEDNESDAYS MIRACLE CIRCLE MEDITATION: Connect with your inner divinity through deep meditation, inspirational prayers, and group discussion. 7PM-8PM. Teaching of the Inner Christ 1100 N. Second St. Suite 1114 El Cajon, CA 92021. 619.447.7007 03/10 YOGA: SKILL IN ACTION - Stand in your bones, maintain an open spine. Learn to do “hard” poses, without tightening. San Diego www.blissyogi.com 619.813.6733 02/10 THURSDAYS FREE DETOXIFICATION AND WEIGHT LOSS CLASS 1st Thursday of every month. 6:30 PM. Easy and successful program. Register @ Body Basics Health Center, San Diego. 619.296.7390 05/10 FRIDAYS HAPPINESS CLASSES - Based on the lifehealing teachings of VERNON HOWARD, Fridays - 8pm; Sundays - 10am. New Life Foundation, 5779 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA. 714.899.9300 Conquer stress, handle difﬁcult people with ease, banish problems. Donation basis. 02/10 SATURDAYS CERTIFIED NUTRITIONAL CHEF -THERAPEUTIC LUSCIOUS COOK (CNC -- TLC)™ Every other Saturday. 10 am – 1:30 pm. Natural Healing Institute, 760943-8485. 03/10 CERTIFIED ASIAN HEALING ARTS PRACTITIONER – Shiatsu, Acupressure, TCM, Nutrition, Herbs, plus many Asian Healing Therapies. Starts March 13. 1:30 – 6 pm. Natural Healing Institute, 760-9438485. 03/10 CORRINE’S MEDIUMSHIP CIRCLE – This weekly practice circle will help you increase your intuitive abilities and strengthen your connection with Spirit. Focus will be to clearly and safely receive and deliver loving messages from spirit guides, angels and deceased loved ones. The goal is to relate messages that are from the highest and best good of each participant. Circle convenes on Saturdays from 1 – 3:00pm at the Imagine Center, 18635 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356. $15 love offering. Reservations accepted at 818.345.1100 and online at www. theimaginecenter.com. 02/10
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“A Conversation with Shari Arison” continued from page 21
everyone wants to be healthy and happy. People should do whatever it takes for them to be happy. You can be rich and unhappy and you can be poor and very happy. I don’t think that it is material wealth that makes us feel a certain way, either happy or sad. It is the will to make a difference in your life that is essential. Some might call it believing in something. More so, it is about the will and the desire to bring yourself to a better place, whatever that may mean to you. VM: Do you think those parts of our culture, based upon greed and selfishness, are truly being transformed into benevolence and compassion? SA: You cannot see the light of day, if you haven’t been through the darkness of night. In order to know or to choose [actions which are] good, you have to experience the opposite—the not-so-good. There are those extremes. And I think the world came to a place where people became more and more greedy, more and more manipulative, more and more caring about only material wealth and we can all see where this has gotten us. I don’t think, anymore, that we can take from each other and take from our resources and do it in a way that isn’t caring about the results upon each other and our environment. We have seen the effects of these behaviors and people are beginning to understand that we need to act differently. VM: In your book, Birth, you had a teacher who asked you where you see yourself in twenty years and I will ask the same question: ‘Where do you see yourself in twenty years?’ SA: Wow! You know, it’s funny because years ago when I was asked that question, I couldn’t envision it. Today, however, I have come to a place where I truly live in the moment. I wanted to reach a place in my life where I was in the present, and to really be happy–that’s all I want now. VM: If you could do anything in this New Year, what would it be? SA: Just to continue what I am doing—trying to make the world a better place, in every way I can. I don’t see a world without compassion. I think that we should all understand that we’re in this together. My son always says that if we’re in a rowboat and someone punches a whole in it, then we are all going to drown. On the other hand, if everyone pitches in and helps push the oars in the same direction, then we all get to where we need to be. This is how I see compassion—we need to understand that we are all in this together.
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For more information on Arison’s book Birth visit www.phoenixbooksandaudio. com. Arison has also created a “Good Deeds Day” scheduled for March 16th in Israel. This is for anyone who wants to do a good deed that day. The celebration of “Good Deeds Day” is just before Passover. It is a day to stop and think, “What good deeds can I do today?” In Israel, it is very well known and more and more people are getting involved every year. This year, they are expanding the day to include the international community. Please join them. See www.arison.com for more information.
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