Learning to be Grateful in the Face of Adversity

November 23rd, 2014

highres_154595412By Francine Vale

Gratitude is a state of being.

It’s a feeling that resides within us, akin to love. We feel grateful when we awaken to another day, another opportunity to achieve, to be part of life and experience love.   We may not always acknowledge our gratitude, but it’s there, like our breath.  When gratitude is consciously acknowledged, endorphins immediately flow throughout the body and we feel good to be alive.  We feel renewed.  We are connecting with our soul, our essential self.

But when adversity strikes gratitude is often replaced immediately by fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of loss. And everything in our world grows dark.  Fear is the opposite of love and fear is a mighty challenge to gratitude – love’s child.

What good is a gorgeous sunrise when we are faced with catastrophe?  How does a lovely meadow in morning dew measure against fear? How can we resurrect that beautiful life renewing state of being grateful when it feels as if our world has turned upside down? Who among us hasn’t known that dark space where gratitude ceases to exist for us?  We feel like dying then. This is how essential gratitude is for our well-being.

I have been there, in that dark space.

A text has just this minute arrived, asking me to pray for someone I don’t know but who after all, is a brother, in critical condition shot by a terrorist in a faraway land.  A reminder that every moment on our planet catastrophe is striking someone somewhere and the question of gratitude in the face of adversity rises up in its profundity.

And yet the answers lie within our human heart.  Let us find them together.

We have discussed the essential state of gratitude for well-being, how gratitude is entwined with love within our heart. Therefore, it is clear that when adversity strikes gratitude has not flown away, it has only receded into the dark recesses of our heart, awaiting prayer and meditation to bring it back into the light.

Deep in heartfelt prayer born of love, gratitude begins to re-emerge. Gratitude for the time we have shared with loved ones.  Gratitude for the good we have done with our time on Earth, spontaneous good deeds, friends and family we have loved, how we have shared with others whatever good fortune came into our life.  Awareness begins to arise for the merit we have earned along the way and slowly we become grateful for these intangible blessings that money cannot buy, that no one coerced us to do, the goodness that arose within our own hearts or within the heart of our threatened loved one. And for these we are grateful. The precious state of gratitude shines within like an eternal flame.

When adversity has passed and we find we have outlived fear, we may survey our journey. And as I have discovered through numerous challenges and fearful times, you may also discover, there is something called Divine Timing. In some mysterious way, as I have been contemplating lately, the universe knows the best and highest good for all concerned and through adversity we are guided to learn our life lessons.  Above all, I am ever in a state of gratitude for my soul, that Divine spark of light which resides within my heart chakra and allows me to love even while facing adversity.

Book of Eli movie review

November 9th, 2014

EliThe Book of Eli is a movie about a man, Eli, (Denzel Washington) who hears an inner voice telling him to carry a Sacred book “West” in a post-apocalyptic, desolate and violent world. Eli does not question this calling even though he is being offered nothing in return, except for protection. Eli’s willingness to carry out his mission is put to the test throughout his journey numerous times as people try to kill him and a companion (Mila Kunis) he is traveling with in an attempt to take the book from him. His inner calling has guided him to navigate and overcome a world filled with violence. Now, he must find the strength to meet this challenge head on.

I was skeptical going into this movie because I thought it was just going to be some science-fiction, action-film about an apocalyptic world. However, I am glad I saw The Book of Eli. One message in the movie that really resonated with me is the willingness to trust and fight for your inner callings simply for the sake of serving some higher purpose. Eli is driven by his inner voice to carry a Sacred book to the West. He does not know exactly why he is being guided to do this, but he does it because deep down he knows it’s the right thing to do.

Additionally, Eli continues to trust even though he has not reached his destination after a long and arduous journey. In one scene, a companion he is with asks him how long he has been traveling. Eli tells her that it has been 30 years and she replies, “Do you think you might be lost?” But, Eli continues to trust that he is not lost and that he will be protected if he carries out his calling to bring the book to the West. This scene inspires us to continue to trust that we will be protected if we follow our callings — even though it may appear that we are lost.

The Book of Eli is now available on DVD on Amazon if you Click Here

Reclaiming the Wild Soul

October 21st, 2014

From the introduction to Reclaiming the Wild Soul by Mary Reynolds Thompson

The Journey of the Soulscapes
Remember the earth whose skin you are…

––Joy Harjo

Every spiritual journey is at its heart a quest for wholeness. We long to feel a part of the vast and unfolding mystery of life. We yearn to feel alive, engaged. We are seeking our place and purpose. But how do we proceed? How do we remember who we are? What path will carry us home?

This book maps a journey into the wild environs of the soul through five archetypal landscapes: deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands. I call these “soulscapes,” for they are the merging of inner and outer nature—the meeting place of self and Earth. As you enter their depths, you will awaken the metaphors of the landscapes within you and lay claim to the wild wisdom and power at the core of your being.

Humans, after all, weren’t placed on Earth; we emerged out of the Earth. Every day, we consume part of the Earth in order to stay alive. The great landscapes of the planet are our ancestors; they arose from the Earth just as we did, and their energies evoke deep feelings and potentialities within us at both conscious and unconscious levels

Since the remarkable appearance of self-reflective consciousness around 200,000 years ago, we have been primed to connect with these regions—they are resident in our collective unconscious, part of our primal birth matrix. The cultural historian Thomas Berry puts it this way in Dream of the Earth: “Beyond our genetic coding, we need to go to the earth, as the source whence we came, and ask for her guidance, for the earth carries the psychic structure as well as the physical form of every living being upon the planet.

Today, as concern grows about how far we have distanced ourselves from the natural world, we are encouraged to spend more time outdoors, walking, gardening, or simply being in nature. These things are hugely important. But this book asks something more: it invites you to awaken to the ancient Earth-consciousness that resides within you—within us all—that you can access at any time, in any place, even in the midst of the busiest city.

The landscapes you will explore in this book are not external or extrinsic to who you are; they are woven into the core of your being as surely as elements from the stars or the salty depths of the oceans. For this is the amazing truth: four billion years of Earth wisdom are embedded in your cells. It is time to awaken to the whole magnificent geography of your soul.


Mary Reynolds Thompson is a facilitator of poetry and journal therapy and life coach dedicated to bringing forth the Wild Soul Story. This new story is rooted in our oneness with nature and a vision of the world in which the wild landscapes of both Earth and soul can thrive. She is author of Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World and Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness. Her books are available through Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Wild-Soul-Landscapes-Wholeness/dp/1940468140 and White Cloud Press: http://www.whitecloudpress.com/reclaiming-the-wild-soul.html You can learn more about Mary by visiting: http://maryreynoldsthompson.com.

Creating Ritual in 7 Easy Steps to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

October 19th, 2014

Chris-and-Janet2-214x300 By Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood: Excerpted from their book, Your Hidden Riches – Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life
of Meaning

Do you know that there’s a unique design to your life? There is. Your mission in this lifetime is to discover that design and get aligned with it. When you do, life becomes fun, things flow easily, the inevitable challenges of life are only
temporary setbacks, and you feel that your life has real meaning.

Your Hidden Riches are what surfaces when your rituals help you both discover and stay aligned with your life’s unique design. Rituals can help you manage your time, your energy and your thinking. Only 25% of life can be experienced with the senses. Rituals allow you to connect with and tap into the power of the other 75%.

Many people think that rituals are religious practices or superstitions. Yet rituals are the “secret weapons” of the world’s most accomplished people-from sports stars to corporate executives to world-class performers. What most people have missed is that rituals are essential tools in today’s world to improve performance, to stay calm in stressful situations, and to maintain balance in an over-busy life.

But what’s the difference between a habit and a ritual? We all have good habits and bad habits. In contrast, rituals are conscious, intentional acts we choose to make habitual. Rituals focus attention in a very practical way, and can be tailored
to the major needs we all share:

* Relationships: Attracting your ideal partner and forming a loving bond between you.
* Health, Diet & Beauty: Bringing your body into harmony at every level so that
it becomes your strongest ally in reaching a state of optimal well-being.
* Money & Wealth: Matching your inner riches with external abundance.
* Ceremonial Rituals: Creating a sacred space and entering it for healing and renewal.
* Family: Bringing parents and children into a closer circle of security,understanding, and love.

There are 7 aspects to creating your own ritual-rituals that create a special feeling
and experience when they are performed:

1) Intention-Read out loud the intention you are setting.

2) Preparation and Purification-Create a special spot where you keep the elements for your ritual. Also, take a few moments before you start each time to clean up and wipe off your ritual space.

3) Use of Symbols-Place symbols in your ritual space that are meaningful to you and will inspire you. These could include photos of your family, special mentors or teachers you value, mementos, and anything else that will give personal meaning to your ritual.

4) Activating the Senses-By incorporating fruit, flowers, scented oils or candles, your ritual will have a deeper and more profound effect.

5) Prescribed Performance-Create a specific order to what you’ll do during your ritual. An example would be:

1. Prepare the space: take a moment to clean the area, light some incense, arrange
your fresh flowers, your fruit or healthy snack, and put your scarf or cloth on.
2. Sit quietly in silence for 30 seconds.
3. Open your eyes and read your intention out loud.
4. If you’re beginning your day write out 3 things you’d like to accomplish today;
If you’re ending, list 3 things you accomplished.
5. Read a quote or passage from a book that is inspiring to you and reminds you
of why you’re focusing on this ritual.
6. Quietly speak out one thing you’re grateful for – find something you have not
expressed on previous days.
7. Speak out one thing you appreciate about yourself – again find something you
have not expressed before.
8. Put out the incense and begin working on your project.

6) Repetition-Repeating your ritual over and over will help to ground your intention and create new neural pathways so that your day will always be connected to the intention you set.

7) Invoking the Unseen-This can be as simple as acknowledging that you need help to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself and you’re willing to accept that help from wherever it may come.

Using these 7 aspects of ritual as a guide (no need to follow a particular order) you will create specialness in your day and in your life. You’ll find you’re more
focused when you’re working, and you don’t obsess over your work when you’re not.

There is a design to your life. You were born with it. Uncovering your unique role and purpose in the world lies in covering that Life Design through ritual. Our world is at a turning point. It needs you doing what you came here to do. When you achieve that, you will be living your ideal life, reaping the inner riches that are your birthright.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda film

October 13th, 2014

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

It opened in theaters across the country this past weekend. To see if it is playing near you and more information about the film, visit the film’s web site at: http://www.awaketheyoganandamovie.com/screenings/

Q&A with Benjamin Wachs – Author of A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City

October 5th, 2014

The Welcome GlassQ&A with Benjamin Wachs – Author of A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City

Is there a connection between spirituality, music, and bars, during your travel experiences in the world?

Absolutely. In no small part because there was a connection between these things during my life at this time. I sat down, meditated, and asked myself: “What do I really want to be doing?” And the answer eventually came back: travel the world. Bars originally had nothing to do with it. But it absolutely blended the world of bars and nightlife into my post-modern spiritual quest.

How did you come up with the title A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City?

I started looking for patterns, and realized just how many stories from this period involved somebody walking into a bar, meeting someone, having a complicated discussion, rising sexual tension, and then an experience of the magical or divine that resolved it somehow.

Where is the Sacred City? Are we all looking for it?

Every city is an outer borough of the Sacred City, which means if you go deep enough into any city … if you go where the dreams are dense and hopes are stacked like skyscrapers and possibility hangs out of windows like air conditioning … you step into it. That much human activity, that much input, it’s a kind of prayer, and to go deep into the heart of it is to experience the holy and magical pumping through the city like blood.

I don’t know if we’re all looking for the Sacred City all of the time, but we’re all looking for it at some point in our lives.

After dropping out of graduate school, you worked as a freelance nightlife Playboy.com reporter. Was dropping out of school the right thing to do?

It was a terrible decision in so many ways. If I had it to do over again I probably wouldn’t, but I don’t regret it for a moment. There are times when you have to be true to yourself and this was one of them.

What can a city’s nightlife tell you about the people there?

It tells you about their aspirations and their taboos, along with the state of gender politics. Discoveries like:

  • What vices the police tolerate, and which they crack down on
  • How much a bribe can let you get away with
  • Who people are pretending to be when they go out (are they trying to be Scarface? John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever? Donald Trump? Muhammad Ali?)

How much fact is there within your stories?

All the stories take place in real cities, most were inspired by one or more elements in real life, and everything in between is a jumble. No story is directly true to life.

Can you name a couple of your favorite stories?

“The High Prices of Venice” where an American tourist discovers his life’s calling – living the high life with a prostitute while he waits for the devil to come to the ancient city. One of my best works includes “Feeding Time” about three friends out on the town who discover a homeless man with an extraordinary knowledge of theoretical physics. They want to find out his story, but he just wants to eat.

One of the biggest surprises for me has been the reception to “Free Will,” a story about a man who comes to a bar because his attempt to live a life free of intense addiction is failing him, and how he tries to keep from bending his knee to a visiting God. The story almost didn’t make the book, but I’ve had people from across San Francisco’s counter-culture text me at three in the morning saying “I just read Free Will – I can’t believe how much that speaks to me!” That’s really gratifying.

How many cities have you visited? Which ones were the most exotic?

I can confirm fifty-one during the period of time that inspired these stories. Twenty-six cities are covered in the book, including Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Budapest, Prague, Moscow, Istanbul, Zurich, and Rome.

The question of how exotic a city is must be matched by the question of who you are in it. I have seen teenagers enter the Kingdom of Death and leave talking about who had a crush on whom. I have seen Americans walk right past great works of culture because they were looking for a beer. I have seen first world liberals walk through Havana and miss the deprivation around them because they wanted it to be a worker’s paradise.

You’ve sung in some of history’s greatest cathedrals. What was that like?

I love cathedrals so much, and I love singing in them. Those acoustics aren’t an accident: they were built on purpose. To “see” a cathedral without experiencing the acoustics is to be half-blind.

Any life-changing revelations during your travels?

I discovered the following.

  • It’s important to not be afraid
  • Strangers will often be kinder to you than you would be to them
  • People who say they love you are far more likely to let you starve than are the people who work in a homeless shelter
  • People are absolute geniuses at finding innovative ways to make themselves miserable

How does your involvement with Burning Man impact your writing?

It’s helped me to become good at actively engaging rather than being a spectator to one’s own life. It’s been especially helpful, as I’ve moved from fiction to non-fiction.

You consider your book to be spiritual. Yet, it takes place in bars around the world. How can that be spiritual?

I’d go so far as to say that there is more spirituality in a bar where people are actively engaging with their spiritual hungers and needs than there is in a church where people are passively accepting the idea that as long as they sit still in the right place for a minimum number of minutes, they’ll be spiritual.

Does your job of Communications Director for Saybrook University which is focused on Humanistic Studies, figure into your writing?

My passion for humanistic studies does. We’re too ready to abandon the human for the technical. Our notion of what people are capable of – of what makes us human – is getting narrower and narrower.

You’ve traveled the world, lived in a Buddhist Monastery, worked as a nightlife reporter for Playboy.com and you’re the bar columnist for SF Weekly. Considering all of that, what’s one of the most memorable things you’ve done in your life?

The more interesting question is: what memorable thing is going to happen to me tomorrow? To the extent this book (and my life) are about longing, and need, and sorrow, they’re also about possibility: about our capacity to rise up and be part of something miraculous.



The Expansion of Conscious Media Film Festivals

September 19th, 2014

By Kate Neligan

In 2014 two new conscious media film festivals launched: the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ and the Awakened World Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. There are dozens more, including one happening right now: the Awareness Film Festival  in Santa Monica, CA which is celebrating its fifth year.

As a mindful media expert who has followed this space for many years, I can affirm that this market is expanding. In fact, Gaiam put out a whitepaper called “The Explosion of Conscious Media” and acknowledged that the current audience size in the US is over 100 million and will continue to grow for another five years.

It is exciting to see more films produced that illuminate, awaken, and raise awareness. We are often surrounded by the doom and gloom of thrillers, horror movies and adrenaline-packed action flicks, but the films that tug at our heartstrings and help us connect back to our inner selves are also important. It is time for society to see a more positive, healthy mirror.

Films and stories have the potential to heal and improve our lives. This is one of the reasons why I founded my start-up, Synergy TV, which entertains, enlightens and inspires a global audience with curated mindful movies and transformational television. I believe people need to see solutions presented in the media. Our content continues to uplift, evoke awe and restore hope in humanity.

Consciousness-raising film festivals can do the same. They create a temporary home for these films to be discovered, showcased, and celebrated. The audience can watch movies with like-minded individuals and connect with the filmmakers after the screening. New friendships, business relationships and collaborations often occur at festivals like these because everyone is passionate about the vehicle of entertainment as a force for good. If you are someone who loves to see positive role models, learn something new, and feel your heart open, then these are the types of festivals you want to attend.

This weekend, the Awareness Film Festival is happening in Santa Monica.
Some key films that will be screened are Finding Happiness, When My Sorrow Died, No Evidence of Disease, and The Starfish Throwers. On Saturday, September 20th I will also be moderating a first-of-its kind panel called “The Consciousness Movement – Wellness in the Media” with writer, athlete and wellness advocate Rich Roll, chef and co-partner in SunCafe Organic Ron Russell, and founder of The Aware Guide Gary Tomchuck. Then, as a gift to filmmakers, I am hosting a roundtable on “Distribution & Marketing.” The Festival ends with a special Gala on Sunday, September 21st honoring The David Lynch Foundation and the Better U Foundation. Proceeds from this festival benefit the non-profit Heal One World which offers yoga and alternative treatments to under-served groups.

Then, from October 27 – 30, the Awakened World Film Festival launches with inspiring films such as Project Happiness, Walking the Camino, The Invocation, andMoney and Life. This festival is woven into a working conference and urban retreat that also features galas, concerts, dialogues and workshops. Produced by the Association for Global New Thought with support from Science of Mind Foundation, the festival will bring together an audience whose values are aligned with spiritual and social responsibility and enlightened action. One special event will be the 10th birthday/anniversary party for the famous documentary What the Bleep?! In honor of this celebration I asked the film’s producer, Betsy Chasse, what she thinks about the expansion of this market.

“I’m grateful to see that conscious people are creating a home for conscious films. For so long we’ve sort of been left out of the mainstream festivals. Although Awake and Song of The New Earth did premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, it’s few and far between. It’s time that there are festivals that show the quality films that are available in this genre.” – Betsy Chasse

We both agreed that it’s important for visionaries in this space to be honored and rewarded for their heart-centered work to help humanity. The community, which includes you, holds the power to choose which stories we want to see more of and you make a positive difference when you purchase tickets, sponsor, promote, and support conscious media film festivals. The time has come for us to move from a stressed society to one of synergy and mindfulness. The stories we tell in film and media, as well as inside our own heads, can take us there!
Kate Neligan – Founder of Synergy TV Network
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Faith In A Seed Form

September 12th, 2014

indexBy Greg O’Brien

“We exalt in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint.”— Romans 5:3-5

Hope, when it springs from faith, does not disappoint. The dictionary defines hope as desire with anticipation; scripture says hope is faith in a seed form. All of us need watering.

My watering is in nature, in the mystery and marvel of Cape Cod and the pastoral islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. I remember as a young boy gazing out at the flats of Cape Cod Bay where the tide ebbs in places for almost a mile; it was as if someone had pulled a plug. I wondered where all the water went and why.

I was in equal awe of the graceful herring gull skimming the surface of the sea in search of another meal, and ever amazed at the force of waves as they broke in steady rhythm, a soothing cadence, on the lip of the Great Outer Beach. I remember catching hermit crabs by the pail and watching in bewilderment as jellyfish slipped through the cracks between my fingers. Why did the crabs pinch and the jellyfish ooze, I pondered?

Like many of my young friends, I also wondered about such basic questions of life on the sea: do fish sleep, why do the tides run on a clock, and what makes the ocean often sparkle at night in bioluminescence?

As I grew older, the questions became more probing. I remember the first night I sat on a sand dune in the highlands of Wellfleet on the Outer Cape, and looked up at a clear, moonless sky, a stark black canvas having been flecked with a million specs of light. The sight was exhilarating, yet made me feel so small. Years later, I began wrestling with the 5Ws of an almighty presence: the who, what, where, when, why and how? I had been spoon fed the answers in Catholic school at the hands of the Baltimore Catechism; had been “Master of Ceremonies,” a high calling in the altar boy choir, even considered the priesthood, or an evangelical outreach, and at that time, fundamentally, questioned: is God real?

I wasn’t sure.

So I reached out one night at the expanse of the universe, those flecks of light, on the bluff high above the ocean. I felt foolish, puerile at first. Then I realized I wasn’t alone. As I looked deep into the Milky Way, I began to understand all this didn’t just happen by chance. There was a perfect order to it beyond what the brightest of us could ever imagine. It is difficult to describe in a word picture, but I found myself in conversation with God, as Father to son. No judgments upon me, no fear, just a compelling peace. I returned to the bluff several times that summer to pose my questions, my doubts, and my purpose in life. I left without all the answers, but with the everlasting conviction that an all-loving Supreme Being was watching over me. Those nights gave me great purpose as a young man. I found God in nature. I had reached out and the Lord reached back. My hope turned to faith.

But faith—the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen—is consistently challenged in wrack line of life. Faith is not proof of a problem-free life; it is testimony to persevering in a race with the finish line in Shamayim, the place of Heaven.

However, there are hazards along the way in this world of free. For me, on a health front. I watched from a front row seat as my maternal grandfather and my mother succumb to Alzheimer’s, a demon of a disease. Now it’s coming for me. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer, an affliction of my father. Yes, I’ve raised my fist at God, several times, but have learned from my days on the bluff to keep reaching out against all odds. Scripture says it best, 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith.”

That faith was recently called sharply into question as the daily disconnects of Alzheimer’s continue exponentially. Alone in my office about a year ago, when my brain froze up, I began screaming at God in four-letter words, as detailed in my book, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.

“You don’t give a (expletive) about me,” I yelled.

“Where the hell are you? I thought you’re supposed to be here for me! I’m trying to work with you…”  

Moments later, realizing I had to meet with someone, I rushed out to my Jeep, only to find the back left tire as flat as a spatula.

“Great, just (expletive) great,” I yelled in rage.

“You just don’t give a (expletive) about me, Lord!”

I limped in the car about three miles down winding country roads to Brewster Mobil, in a Tourette’s of swears the entire way.

“Got a problem,” I told the attendant abruptly. “Fix it.”

The sympathetic attendant, a kid who had graduated from high school years earlier with one of my sons, said dutifully that he’d patch the tire right away—working his pliers to pull out the obstruction that had sent me into chaos. He returned in short order.

“You might want to look at this,” he told me.

I stared intently at the culprit with astonishment. I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“Believe it,” he said

It was a small, narrow piece of scrap medal, bent into a cross.

A perfect cross.

Hope is faith in a seed form.

Greg O’Brien’s memoir, ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s (Codfish Press; September 2014; $15.99) is written with faith and humor, and provides Baby Boomers a window into a possible future. He is also the subject of the short film, “A Place Called Pluto,” directed by award-winning filmmaker Steve James. In 2009, he was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. His maternal grandfather and his mother died of the disease. O’Brien also carries a marker gene for Alzheimer’s. You can follow him on Twitter, www.twitter.com/OnPlutoOB, his website, www.onpluto.org, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GregOBrien.Author.OnPluto

Interview with Jill Mangino, president of Circle 3 Media

August 29th, 2014

In the picture below, Jill Mangino (right) with her Public Relations mentor Arielle Ford (left) at the Hay House I Can Do It! Conference in San Diego.


Jill Mangino is president of Circle 3 Media, a public relations and media consulting agency that specializes in promoting Natural Health & Wellness, Spas, Eco-Friendly, Human Potential and Non-Profit organizations, as well as, products, services and personalities that inspire and uplift humanity and positively impact the planet.

I had the honor of interviewing her about what is like to promote organizations and people who make such a positive impact on the world. In our candid conversation, she talks about some of the challenges she faces and offers advice for people who would like to break into the human potential industry either as an author or spiritual entrepreneur.  For more information you can visit her website by clicking here.

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Secret Sounds

August 28th, 2014

Jill 2012 pic jpgBy Jill Mattson

If everyone stopped talking, our personal energy would drop. Our voice creates vibrational energy – with great subtle influence on us! Ancient people knew the power in sounds and words – not from the word’s meaning, but from its sounds. The power is soft and subtle, but ever influencing us.

Ancient Egyptians drank water, energized with words and sounds for healing benefits. Today Masaru Emoto publishes pictures books revealing the impact of words on freezing water crystals. Beautiful shapes in the water crystals are created by kind and loving words. The sound of word, shapes of the letters and one’s intent subtly changes matter. This concept is grasped better by your experience. Try this incredible exercise! Hold a glass of water, intending to send beautiful energy to the water. Take four breaths through your nose and exhale from your mouth directed at the water, making a “ha” sound. Next take four normal breaths, then four deep “ha” breaths. The deep ha breaths pass energy to the water and the normal ones keep you from getting light headed. The water may start to bubble and turn pale blue. It will taste better than water that did not receive the sound blessing.

Sound changes us far more than we are aware. Historian Schwaller de Lubicz[1] discovered that in rituals, the ancient Egyptians used “sound formulas” – not comprised of words nor meanings, but… “Sacred or magical language is not understood with definite meanings… the excitation of nervous centers cause physiological effects evoked by the utterance of certain letters or words which make no sense in themselves.”[2] Magic words are more a subtle science than capricious child’s play.

Ancient people selected words for their subtle impact on the physical body! Once that was determined, the dosage (number of times that you would listen to something) would be set. Confirming this, an ancient Egyptian named Asklepios said in a letter to King Amman, “As for us, we do not use simple words but sounds all filled with power.”[3] In another ancient Egypt example, a form of vocal music, called layali, repeated the syllables, ya, leal and einy.[4] This was believed to uplift and spiritualize the soul. Try it! It is a beautiful practice!

Language sounds have been used as subtle energy healing power for the body, mind and soul. For example, the Taoists from ancient China wrote that:
* Ssss helps the lunges
* Who is for kidneys
* Sshhh is for liver
* Haw is for heart
* Woo is for spleen

Other languages and cultures linked sounds with very specific healing benefits! “Hu” is the mystical Sufi’s sacred sound… “Hu” creates a burning sensation in one’s head if you say it over and over. “Ha,” also begins with H, stimulating glands, especially the thymus.Today, the medical society confirms that laughter sounds (“ha, ha” sounds) boosts the immune system.  

As you speak, pay attention to where sounds resonate in your body. Which sounds are enjoyable, making you lighter and feeling better? Who would have ever imagined that we have such a powerful force – hidden within our very selves…..our voice.

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[1] R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz in his book, ‘Sacred Science.’ In this quote he refers to the Corpus Hermeticum.

[2] www.cymascope.com/Egypt

[3] Cymascope.com from John Reid.

[4] Gadalla, Moustafa. Egyptian Rhythm: The Heavenly Melodies, Tehuti Research Foundation: Greensboro, N.C., 2002, Pg. 164.