photo credit: goddessrising.org
It's a new dawn , it's a new day, it's a new life . . .
- Nina Simone, "Feelin' Good"
Time to read: 3:46 min.
What do you desire Beloved? From the center of your heart, what is it?
Take a deep breath and bring to mind the greatest thing that concerns you, scares you, makes you angry, sad, discouraged, disillusioned. Before getting into the real emotion of it, stop and give thanks for it. Give thanks for it? Yup! Give thanks for it.
Great things always come out of a problem solved so give thanks for that great thing because on the other side of this feeling or experience is the yearning or true desire of your heart.
Ok, bring that to mind and feel it, immerse yourself in what it would be like to experience that reality and hold that vision and feeling for at least seventy seconds.
Then declare: And so it is. Thank you.
Perhaps the greatest song ever written of this age was "Don't Believe The Hype" written by Public Enemy. We get caught up on the hype of what was designed to be a catalyst for our rebirth. The caterpillar was never the destiny of the butterfly. The pain of the hueman being is not our destiny. We were born to create to be free, to be beautiful and to love.
NEW MOONS & BUTTERFLIES
Today is a New Moon and the perfect time to activate your imagination, to entertain your fantasies, envision your dreams and launch your desires. The pain that is being paraded across our TVs, computer screens from various communities around the world is only the pre-cursor to of an era of lovers, creators and beauty unless . . . the butterfly believes the caterpillar stage of its life was its destiny.
What is it gonna take for us as a collective to experience a golden age in huemanity, a renaissance? To pass this test that we're being given as a collective?
STAND IN OUR IDENTITY AS LOVERS & CREATORS.
We must be aware of what is so while also keeping our focus on what is working, what's right, good, what's possible and engage in the business of amplifying that daily, as a practice. If you don't feel it, how do you get there?
Well GENERATE the feeling. Move your body, listen to music, drink and eat green foods. But just get there! Because one person vibin' on love, beauty, and possibility is more powerful than a thousand who are not. It's always the 1% that make things happen anyway, that participate, that follow-through, that act, that make history, that become legend. When has there never been a case when light didn't overcome darkness, literally. Think about it, a match or a lighter creates the ability to see in a once pitch dark environment.
So plant your seed in this New Moon energy and be that point of light, that creator, our lover.
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Day 1 of 10/13 Moons
Up and about at last night's pop-up exhibition.
Oh Happy Day!
I awoke with Madonna's lyrics "I made it through the wilderness. Somehow I made it through."
The last week and throughout September I'd been feeling uncharacteristically ill and was a bit scary as a healer having done all that I knew to do in regard to remedies. It's clear that it was a clearing of energy that just had to go. Author of "Anatomy of Spirit" Caroline Myss echoes our Ancestors that all illness and disease begins in our Spirit.
My second message this morning was "Thank God I don't get everything I desire." Sometimes we really think we "want" a thing and are shown had we gotten it, it would have been our undoing.
I was invited to participate in a pop-up exhibition to present my healing beauty rituals collection A U S E T : B E A U T Y and wasn't sure days before if I'd be well enough to attend. I was feeling better but then ninety minutes before I started feeling bad again. I smudged, declared, got in the tub with love crystals, declared, cleansed and got back up renewed and strong. It was an energetic releasing of darkness i.e. grief, shame, fear from my body. Then I had the desire to hear Jill Scott's "Slowly Surely."
I was able to go to the event and share my work like a minister shares the gospel. The triumph was in being there, not how much product I sold but like a farmer planting seeds into fertile soil with love everyday.
NEW CHAPTER OF CREATION
Today on this Jupiter-ruled Thursday just a day before this New Moon in Libra bringing in a new chapter of creation, my heart is full of "Thank you." Today won't you wear out these words to the people and experiences guiding us home to ourselves like a loving mama standing at the door illuminating our steps with light and love?
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Day 29 of 9/13 Moons
We come into the world eating and drinking from the body of our own mother.
Sweet. Buttery. Salty.
It's very difficult on a fundamental level to believe that something
as natural as eating could lead us straight to the grave.
How we eat can determine how we live and how long we live.
We can't afford to get this wrong.
What? How? When?
It's not so much that the consumption of food that is dangerous but
what we eat, how it's prepared, when we eat it and if we assimilate
the nutrition and release the waste by-products.
Before developing The Organic Beauty Detox, I complained "Why aren't
we taught the 101 course on nutrition and how to take care of our bodies in school?"
Eating has never been as complicated as it is today with the corporate interests.
Once upon a time we ate fresh food from our farms and local grocers.
Today if you live with a food allergy, diabetes, eating disorder
and happen to be living in an average American city it could feel the
way I'd imagine a thirsty alcoholic surrounded by liquor stores feels
when he/she just wants a glass of fresh spring water.
Gone Too Soon.
Yesterday I attended the life celebration of a childhood friend
who passed away from diabetes, leg amputated and all.
I always feel a profound injustice for deaths that occur from preventable circumstances.
What drives someone to continue to eat in a way that is threatening their very life?
My masseuse shared with me that when he's missing his mother,
he craves McDonald's cheeseburgers because it brings a sort of comfort.
As someone who personally deals with food allergy activated illness from
time-to-time, I know all too well the deeply emotional pull to
certain foods regardless of the toll those foods may take my our health.
Months ago after being in bed ill for a week, a clear voice spoke to me saying:
"If you want to be immortal you can't eat like the mortals."
There's a lot for each of us to consider to achieve this end:
Lack of knowledge.
Lack of cash.
So what is the solution?
Like preparing to go to war, it's going to take:
1. a tactical approach
2. daily preparation
3. a support team
4. mental + emotional strengthening
I know personally, that you're not ready until you're ready.
If you are ready to really go in on this, which of the four steps will you commit to this week?
Me? #3. I'm going to call my friends Gabrielle Darvassy + Ron Brigel of B'Gab's Goodies
to get my vegan/soy-free/gluten-free/peanut-free back-up goodies in position!
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Day 28 of 9/13 Moons
And still I rise.
- Maya Angelou
This note is dedicated to all of the elders, teachers, ancestors, pioneers, mavericks, trailblazers who have come before and left clues, maps, sacred texts so that we may continue the work of the Light Ones.
- - - -
How does one harvest an apple?
First, plant the seed. Furthermore, I know that when I plant an apple seed, it is impossible to harvest a watermelon. What I sow is what I reap, this is the universal law of cause and effect at work.
Author, Comedian, Health Activist Dick Gregory reminds us that the greatest and most powerful law of our lives, this land, planet, universe is Universal Law. We've learned that when we violate the laws of nature there is a price to be paid; again cause and effect. Case and point, our bodies are made mostly of water, like 85 - 95%. When I don't drink water, I dehydrate my body then all sort and form of malfunction begins to occur: lack of energy, lack of concentration, inability to breathe, perhaps even death.
As "hue"manity experiences its growing pains, what Charles Dickens said comes to mind, "this is the best of times, this is the worst of times." It's easy to get distracted and take on a Neptunian style of living when you look at your life, your community, our world and have no clue of where to begin with solving the human dilemmas - so you seek escape from it all. "It's so much, it's too much. Wonder what's on Netflix?"
Consider that the solutions we seek have nothing to do with worldly things but in our ability to create - to be the metaphysicians we were born to be. We are multi-dimensional beings, with intellect and yet also creativity, literally the ability to CREATE. As the author of SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic almost ten years ago now, I suggested that "without knowing it, we have created a great deal of painful and pleasurable experiences not overstanding our power as goddesses and superwomen."
It is only in feeling powerless that we disconnect from our innate power of being creators. The beauty of seeing, feeling and otherwise experiencing what we don't enjoy is that it creates a desire for something else, a dream or vision. From there we can begin to create differently, consciously - even otherworldly. My consciousness, thought, feeling and actions precede the manifestation of things and conditions.
The Plutonian influence of Kali (death/rebirth) during this Autumn Equinox gives us an opportunity to leave behind outmoded consciousness and create anew in a clean kitchen. A new month, new moon, new beginning is just days away and possibility is abound.
So what if we let go of this illusion of powerlessness? What would happen if we awoke from our "mean sleep" thinking that: Celebrity, Isolation, Illness, Poverty, Violence and Prejudice are normal facts of life? Aren't they just illusions i.e. nightmares that can be undone?
Also there's so much more that can be said about each of these things I'm going to skip that inquiry and suggest that we get quiet, fast from the unnecessary, and tap into the voice of our inner oracle and activate the metaphysician that works universal law, the superwoman that powers in possibility and the goddess that inspires life in everything she touches.
Imagine a world where the sleeping giants awoke and expressed every gift, talent and ability. A world where there was no concept of celebrity and that each citizen of this planet was an honored member of a harmonious and honorable community, health and vitality is the status quo, each person, family and community had access to anything they required so there is no need to hoard from others, peace and cooperation amongst a diversity of cultures, traditions and expressions of hueman being with option of a dual citizenship amongst the heavens.
This vision is not so far-fetched as the standard was set before by the most ancient Kemetians (Egyptians) who famously lived in peace for thousands of years without the need for police because the goal of each citizen was to be an empowered and enlightened being. I have to agree with Carter G. Woodson, that said "When you control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions."
Sheep are adorable in fact I was born the year of the sheep according to Chinese Astrology, however like the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly, it's the holy hour for the beloved sheep to become the metaphysician.
Get quiet. Fast. Tap In. Dream.
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Day 27 of 9/13 Moons
Less is more.
When you go deep you don't have to go wide.
When you have quality you don't need quantity.
We've all heard these statements and applies to so many areas of our lives. Currently we are in the last quarter of the ninth moon of 2016. The Last Quarter Moon phase is the best time to release the unnecessary and outdated. If soaring is the goal then making sure we are not overloaded with the unnecessary is key.
I'll never forget preparing for a 205-day adventure on the road in "Lucy The LoveShip," my vintage Oasis motorhome. I planned all that I would require in such a compact space. It was revealing to review my daily rituals and activities while creating a list of each thing I would specifically require. Once I set out on my journey, everything had it's proper place and I could move about in a clean, organized environment and focus on whatever task was at hand. Simplicity sets us free to focus without distraction or burden of excess.
When you have quality you don't need quantity. I find that if I consume protein in my first meal I don't get as hungry the rest of the day. When I skip that and I'm at home I will find myself snacking all day. You can eat fast food all day, even be obese but still be hungry and malnourished because you're eating quantity with no quality i.e. true nourishment.
On the other hand, do you have a habit of buying too many fresh groceries and the food going bad before you had a chance to consume it? Going to the market as you need it is a great option if you have that option available to you.
I grew up at a time where if someone called and you weren't there, they would just have to call back to reach you. If you wanted to send a note to someone in another country or state you would need to write a letter, put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, walk to the mail box and WAIT. This process alone decreased the amount of communications that you would receive in your mailbox. In fact getting a hand-written letter was an event, something to sit down and enjoy. Now we have the blessing and curse of getting instant messages from every direction at all times of the day.
FRIENDSHIPS & RELATIONSHIPS
When you go deep you don't have to go wide. Did you have a best friend or a small circle of friends you hung out with everyday when you were little? Do you have a mate, best friend or circle of friends now as an adult? Do you keep up with them? Do you know what they are excited about? What their concerns are? Is there intimacy?
We have Facebook Friends, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube Followers, the people we know from our work place, the organizations we participate in, our church or spiritual communities . . . so many people so little time. We can attempt to stay in touch with people through a multitude of channels but at the end of the day, the only way to really create real connection and intimacy is to be present and involved in the lives of fewer people.
TO DO LISTS
Once upon a time people had to wash clothes, linens, etc. by hand and it took the whole day. Now we can pop a load in the washing machine and go on about our day. With so many time-saving devices in this modern-day culture, it's a wonder why we still feel we don't accomplish enough in the day, in the week, month, year.
We all know that a plane has strict weight limitations that must be met prior to taking off to soar, it makes sense that we each take a moment to reflect on what weight limitations we have before taking off and letting go of the unnecessary, paring down, simplifying so that we can soar at heights never before experienced - so let that shite go beautiful!
Review your possessions, your eating, the media you're consuming, your relationships and to do lists to get to the essence of what is truly of value and of quality. Tweet or Share what you plan to let go of during this last quarter moon.
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Day 26 of 9/13 Moons
COME BACK TO THE LOVE
Last night I was listening to an interview Tim Ferriss was doing with strategist, businessman, author and philanthropist Tony Robbins when he mentioned a documentary on him called "I Am Not Your Guru." I stopped listening to the interview then opened up my Netflix account, typed the name in the search box, watch the opening credits and within five minutes of viewing I was in tears - completely moved by the apparent love that Tony Robbins brings to his work.
The morning after I'm still enchanted by the impact of his message because it so resonates with me. From a very young age. I never had any doubt that my life would be a life where my work would be creative and was something I loved. Although there have been a few detours, I always come back to the love, no matter how much or little financially its brought me.
MOM AWAY FROM HOME
This feeling of enchantment I'm feeling was similar three years ago, the night after my mother's retirement celebration. My mother Bea Harris, an educator for middle and high schoolers in the area of Life Skills which encompassed World Cuisine and Home Economics for forty-seven years. I'll never forget her saying that she wanted to be a "mom away from home teaching them skills that they will use for life." Her students impact the world and she left her fingerprints on them.
LOVE & CONTRIBUTION
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Robbins said "people need: certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution." It is clear that both Tony and my mother chose LOVE and CONTRIBUTION as their guiding force. As I wrote in honor of my mother's retirement tribute years ago: "We are all building legacies as we pass through each moment, day, week, season, year. The seemingly mundane becomes a body of work later to be reviewed and enjoyed. Bea Harris discovered what she was born to do and has shared it with love: from the White House, to Seventh Avenue and the islands of the Caribbean in the most profound way through a legion of students of national diversity in whom she planted her seed of Love. Her story is a beautiful love story that continues to unfold."
DO YOU DO IT FOR LOVE?
What would this world look like if every person who held a job was doing it for love and contribution? Your doctor, your auto mechanic, your teacher, your customer service rep, your pilot? Our policemen and women? Can you imagine it?
What is the work, mission, purpose, calling that you could do for LOVE & CONTRIBUTION?
This weekend really think about it. Below are two films that may get you inspired while you meditate on these questions.
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Day 23 of 9/13 Moons
Last Quarter Moon
. : Double Feature : .
It's a good reminder for me and us all to NEVER eat when you feel stressed, upset or otherwise peaceful.
When you are stressed your nervous system is in "fight or flight" mode, ready to handle a crisis or physical exertion. What this means is that all of the maintenance functions of your parasympathetic nervous system: like digestion of food has been paused. So if you eat while stressed the food will not be properly digested but sit, putrefy, and ferment in your digestive tract. Not sexy, in the truest sense of the word. Undigested food can lead to a host of beauty and health issues like including problem skin, indigestion, mental imbalances.
Prior to diving into your food:
Today be an example and REMIND your family and friends to EAT IN PEACE today and see how your eating experience transforms your life.
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Day 22 of 9/13 Moons
"How you got him is how you will lose him."
"Love is dead, I want to die. My heart is broken."
While another innocent man was senselessly shot by police yesterday, the newsfeed was dominated by varied sentiment on the ending of the "Brangelina" era. I have to admit that when I heard the news my heart sunk a bit too. Celebrities or not they are human beings. We root for love and project our hopes, dreams and fantasies as well as our fears, phobias and disillusionment on other people's relationships.
"The Notebook" and "Cinderella" stories seem to be the default or ideal love story in our psyche and anything outside of that looks like failure in the love life department. But is that really fair?
THE HOLY GRAIL
Years ago a gentlemen asked me if I was married and I said "no."
He further asked if I ever was and I said "yes." In fact I went on to say that I believe every intimate relationship is a marriage. He offered his apology and said "I'm sorry it failed." I said "but it didn't. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, we are still close and I grew in such profound ways so I feel that the union was a great success." Just because a couple chooses to redefine their relationship doesn't mean that it's a failure. Just because a couple stays together for fifty years doesn't mean that the union was "successful." Many people view a walk down the aisle as the holy grail and staying together no matter what as successful. I've asked the question "Do You Really Want A Ring On It" to explore this notion.
GROW & EVOLVE
I agree with Jujumama's Kenya and Carl Stevens that the purpose of relationships are for growth and personal evolution and not necessarily to get love because ideally we already identify ourselves as love and are already in a love relationship with ourselves. When it comes to relationships, marriage, partnership, union there is no "one size fits all" template. Each person comes to this life unique with a specific life's purpose, mission, lesson and how we experience and express those things are one-of-a-kind. Our complexities don't neatly fit in a box.
Whether you're celibate, single, married, divorced, widowed, it's complicated, open relationship, monogamous, polygamous, polyandrous, for seventy-two hours or seventy-two years it's perfect for YOU. So it's not really fair or accurate to believe that all people have to have "The Notebook" or "Cinderella" template to constitute success in love.
I really feel that what we're each really looking for us the ultimate union within - our perfect expression of feminine and masculine within. Two flames becoming one to create a greater flame - power couple. I realized recently that it doesn't make sense to put absolute trust in human beings because at the end of the day we are - human. And that although it looks an awful lot like it, the REAL relationship isn't with him, her, them . . . human beings. The relationship I have with another is the relationship I have with the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the Omnipowerful Creator of all things within ME.
POWER COUPLES + THREESOMES
I am already in the ultimate power couple relationship with the Divine. God is my boo, my bae, my Beloved. I'm the first lady of the All. How do I do that? My love affair is with the expression of Good, Life, Love guided by the laws of the Universe - Maat. This union becomes polyandrous when I share the energy of this union with everyone I come in contact with including the man at my side. He becomes the beneficiary of that love, the vessel through which I rendezvous with the Divine: The ULTIMATE Threesome. It's a BIG IDEA right? Try it on.
The only possible failure in relationship I see is coming out of any relationship the same as you went in because that means you didn't grow or evolve. If you're not growing you're dying. So I say let's dive in to every union, partnership, marriage willing to do what it takes to graduate to the next adventure whether it's with one or multiple teachers.
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Day 21 of 9/13 Moons
We run off . . .
We medicate . . .
We do whatever it takes to cover it up and dull the sensation.
We're suppose to feel.
We're suppose to love and hate and hurt and grieve
and break and be destroyed
and rebuild ourselves to be destroyed again.
That's humanity. That's being alive. That's the point.
That's the entire point.
Don't avoid it. Don't extinguish it.
- Grey's Anatomy, Season 11 Episode 24
How do you escape pain, grief and avoid loss . . . boredom?
Do you numb your pain? If so what's your drug of choice?
. . . because if you're numb to the pain you're also numb to the passion, the joy, the happiness, the pleasure and all the other delicious feelings and experience of being a human being. When you put up a wall to block one thing it blocks EVERYTHING else too.
If you can stand in the moment of discomfort knowing that the discomfort is temporary; that "this too shall pass," it becomes a holy reference point. If you take the discomfort on like a researcher or observer and use that information to dream and create what you would rather feel or experience, the contrast creates a new desire in you (Abraham Hicks).
Yes, moments of pain can then become a tool for your growth, development and expansion. Put another way, it's pain and the things you don't desire that help you to get crystal clear on what you do desire.
So my beautiful whirler of magic, FEEL IT ALL with gratitude knowing that the spectrum of feeling and experience is what it is to be human, if you can feel, it means you're ALIVE and you can create something beautiful from this "icky" moment. Avoiding, blocking and otherwise trying to escape pain is discarding one of the most valuable resources for creating what you desire. The KEY is to not stay in the "icky," in the pain because then you're just suffering (SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES p. 18).
What if you took the blockers and blinders off . . . tore the wall down?
What if you freestyled it today, opened your heart and mind?
Today is a great day to feel all the PASSION in this life in all it forms and use it to dream, create and expand.
You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.
- Genesis 50:20
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Day 20 of 9/13 Moons
photo credit: Akua Auset
What's that saying that somethin' was sooooo goood it made you wanna smack your mama?
Ok, NOT that - NEVER gonna happen but I sure did call my mother on the heels of a dinner experience last night that was on the level of ecstasy that made me blush. Lola Yum Yum was most definitely in the building. Who's Lola Yum Yum? She's my alter ego who's pleasure for eating surpasses the most sensual of acts - wink wink. ;o)
fresh collard greens from my mother's garden
sliced san marzano tomatoes
two boiled eggs, sliced
I told mom that if I'd made some johnnie cakes to go with this odyssey of yum, the level of ecstasy may have taken me out of this world. For real, straight to a delicious Heaven.
Welps, I ate my dinner so fast that I didn't think to photograph it . . . but here's the recipe:
THE GODDESS'S COLLARD GREENS
Makes about 3 cups of greens
1 bunch of collard greens (10-12 leaves), rolled and cut into thin strips
1 large sweet vidalia onion, diced
1 TBSP coconut oil
2 tsp light white miso, non-gmo, organic
1 1/2 c. spring water
1 tsp black pepper or cayenne (better on digestion)
1 tsp. pink himalayan salt
4 cloves of garlic (not too big), minced
2 TBSP nutritional yeast (not brewer's)
Cut your greens, onions and garlic
Combine spring water, miso and garlic
Boil eggs prior to making this dish so they are ready
Slice or dice your tomatoes
1. SAUTE onions in coconut oil in a stainless steel dutch oven
(i.e. big pot) for about 3 minutes at a medium heat.
2. ADD greens to sauteed onions then lower heat a little and continue to stir for 1 minute.
3. ADD water, miso, garlic mixture to greens and continue to stir until miso has fully dissolved.
4. LOWER heat to low then sprinkle greens with pepper and salt.
5. COVER pot and allow greens to simmer until tender. Keep checking and stirring.
It's important to keep heat low so as not to burn the greens. Maybe 10 - 15 minutes.
6. Taste and season with salt or pepper to your taste.
7. TURN off the heat when you feel the greens are done.
8. ADD the nutritional yeast and stir. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
9. SERVE greens in a bowl with a side plate of tomatoes and boiled eggs.
10. EAT with your eyes closed and a heart of gratitude.
Please, TWEET me or TAG me and let me know if you're going to try the recipe as
well as how your meal turns out. (pics would be even more awesome to see)
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Day 19 of 9/13 Moons
Today is a Full Moon in Pisces
Priestesses, Goddesses and Superwomen are in sync with their internal and external moon cycle. It's not as "woo woo" or esoteric as one might think. After all the most impressive engineers who built the pyramids in the most Ancient Egyptian culture were guided by star science. My si"star" friend and author Myeka even goes so far as to say the difference between a lunatic woman and a Luna Queen is all in the knowledge of her lunar cycle.
CASE & POINT
I remember when I was documenting my Organic Beauty Detox journey years ago, I had a really tough emotional day complete with a headache and an uncomfortable "growth" conversation with my Beloved at the time. I thought that these two occurrences were simply part of my detox symptoms - the next day my moontime (period) showed up. Feeling ridiculous that after all these years I wasn't in syne with my own lunar cycle, I committed to knowing daily where I was in my lunar cycle so that I could utilize that energy in the most beneficial way. Since that day I've been charting my internal lunar cycle and flow with the cosmic lunar cycle because we are all connected to it like every driver on the road effects the flow of traffic. I utilize the energy and magnetism of the Moon by syncing daily with its cycle. In fact, the movements of every planet effect "the all" as we effect "the all."
As women, similar to our own internal lunar cycle, we have thirteen 28-day (give or take) lunar cycles every year. Even the strictly scientific astronomers recognize that the magnetism of the Moon affects the tides of the waters on Earth. Human beings are mostly water, so the Full Moon effects the waters within us as well. Ever wonder why people behave in an especially amplified manner on the Full Moon?
On the Full Moon phase which last seven days, as it wanes, on the first day I:
SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES
If all this Moon, crystal, astrology, priestess stuff isn't making any sense to you, I understand. I host a Facebook SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES community and although the focus is to stay present to the tending of self before we tend to everyone else we stay in sync with the lunar cycle daily as well as other metaphysical matters.
When you SHARE or TWEET this "note" CHOOSE one of my seven FULL MOON actions that you will perform today, tomorrow, or this weekend for the FULL MOON.
Happy FULL Moon Beautiful One!
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Day 16 of 9/13 Moons
"When strangers tell you that you're ugly,
apply more highlighter and roll your eyes."
- Jeffree Star, Singer/Makeup Artist/Mr. Diva
I've painted over a 1000 faces as a makeup artist for mostly celebrity clients as well as teachers, high schoolers, realtors, strippers, porn stars, video vixens for over twenty-seven years and I have yet to run across any one that I would call "ugly." I find it very hard not to find beauty in every face/person I come across.
On page 17 of my book SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power and Magic I even go so far as to say that "God don't make ugly, people make ugly with their mindsets, which shape their disposition, attitude, habits, lifestyle, thus their "package."
Beauty or Ugliness is TRULY in the eye of the beholder which brings me to the latest - America's own First Lady Michelle Obama (the partner of our Commander-In-Chief) graced the cover of INStyle magazine and received "deplorable" insults that I won't even dignify by repeating.
For better or worse, the internet makes voicing one's opinion, perspective and visibility possible for any consciousness and mindset that exists on the planet. Being someone who was verbally and physically bullied in grammar and junior high school, I've always had compassion for the underdog, the misfit and the outcast. To this day I don't understand the cruelty of one that can verbally disparage another person's appearance, especially features that they wore born with.
When it comes to how people look, I agree with the saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing or find something you can acknowledge positively." Unfortunately many people were not taught such things so in those cases, it's best to not to give a fudgebucket about what other people think, say or do. Love yourself even deeper, affirm yourself even harder and keep it movin' because it's the moment you begin to have unwarranted insults that you know you're working power. You must be truly up to something and tapping into your magic because no one would utter a peep about you if weren't stimulating some deep emotion for that person. Have compassion for the living hell it must be for them to have such discord within.
I so love what the very controversial, singer, makeup artist and all-around Diva, Jeffree Star had to say about haters which I feel is just a projection of their own internal ugliness onto others, it made me giggle. The only thing I'd add to Jeffree's response is to not only apply more highlighter and roll your eyes but FLIP YOUR HAIR (if you've got a 'fro . . . just pat it) as you walk away.
And like Mama Maya said, "And still I rise!"
In solidarity for the First Lady, the outcasts, the misfits and the underdogs share my remix of irreverence: "When strangers tell you that you're ugly, apply more highlighter, roll your eyes and flip your hair (if you've got a 'fro . . . just pat it) as you walk away. And still I rise!"
- Jeffree Star/Maya Angelou: The Remix by Akua Auset
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Day 15 of 9/13 Moons
"Forgiveness is my beauty secret."
- Liz, Pat Perkins' mama
I ran into career advancement mentor Pat Perkins yesterday, one of my 9 1/2 Weeks: The METAMOORPHOSE Project alumni while having lunch with my beautiful mother. We were speaking of longevity, staying vivacious and beautiful. Pat stopped me in my tracks when she so eloquently spoke of her beautiful mother's ultimate beauty secret, forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a tough feat for many people. As a practitioner of holistic beauty I can tell you that stress is the number one health and beauty destroyer. Your food doesn't even digest properly under stress i.e. fight or flight mode.
PEACE & LOVE
Peace is our natural state, so holding grudges, blame, pain, anger and all sort and form of anything that isn't peace is the worst thing you can do if you want to live a life of radiant health, natural beauty and financial prosperity. I really believe that each person is doing the very best that they can and that we all require and desire the same thing: LOVE! . . . in all its aspects of experience. This realization gives me a healthy helping of compassion when the actions of others are hurtful, bizarre and confusing.
Optimistically I ponder, what if the people that have been the greatest villains and abusers in my life are actually my greatest teachers and blessing?
SOWING & REAPING
Although I feel transformation and growth are possible without pain and discomfort, the qualities I've developed making it to the other side of pain and disappointment have expanded my consciousness and wisdom on a level I wouldn't trade. We live in a universe governed by laws including the law of cause and effect. I am clear that we will reap a harvest of the things we sow every time, so I can go on and about my life not having to be concerned about the fairness of life, who did what to whom and will they pay for it. Life may not seem fair but it is just.
THE LITTLE SOUL & THE SUN
My spirit brother David recommended a wonderful book to me years ago that offers a beautiful perspective of the purpose of villains in our lives. Written by "Conversations With God" author, Neale Donald Walsch, the book is entitled "The Little Soul & The Sun." Someone on YouTube has read and recommended the book here: The Little Soul and The Sun
Pat's mother has a practice of never going to bed with unforgiveness in her heart.
Tonight when you retire from the day think about who you can forgive today before your head hits the pillow? Once you have them in mind, use my forgiveness mantra: "God has sent me nothing but angels and teachers. So I forgive you because I know who you really are."
YES! Powerful right?
Let's create a ripple of peace, love and forgiveness together by tweeting and sharing this post with The Forgiveness Mantra: "God has sent me nothing but angels and teachers. So I forgive you because I know who you really are."
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Day 14 of 9/13 Moons
I sing the body electric
I glory in the glow of rebirth
Creating my own tomorrow
When I shall embody the Earth
And I'll serenade Venus
I'll serenade Mars
And I'll burn with the fire
Of ten million stars
And in time and in time
We will all be stars
Lyrics by Irene Cara & Paul McCrane
"AND I'LL BURN WITH THE FIRE OF TEN MILLION STARS" : Yaassss. I've had this song on my mind for a few days now and was one of my favorite growing up. We sang "I Sing The Body Electric" from the film "Fame" in junior high chorus and for some reason I'm vibing with this message today on my birthday. I just may christen this year with this theme of "SHINING WITH THE FIRE OF TEN MILLION STARS."
I have two questions for you:
1. WHAT does "shining" mean to you?
2. HOW can I, you, we SHINE 1000 X brighter in the next 365 days?
When you share this post on Facebook or Tweet include your answer.
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Day 13 of 9/13 Moons
Yesterday (Sept. 11th) was the Nubian New Year observed by the Ethiopians, an African people who were never colonized by foreigners. This week is my birthday week, which is my personal new year.
What a purrrrrfect time for a new beginning and to shine 1000 X more than I ever have.
Each one of us is needed. Will you join me?
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Day 12 of 9/13 Moons