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Jody McNicholas

LongshotsA New Film by Jody McNicholas

“Inspiring the Creative Healer in Us All”

By Nikki Lyn Pugh

In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a sweeping review of more than 100 studies that connected the arts to physical and emotional healing. What they discovered was groundbreaking: Art reduced stress responses, increased positive emotions, reduced anxiety and depression, encouraged spontaneity, allowed for the expression of grief, helped develop positive identities, and led to involvement in important social networks.

All the scientific health jargon aside, however, we all know creativity heals because, well, it just feels good when we do it!

And this is exactly why we need films like Longshotsville, the latest from filmmaker Jody McNicholas. In fact, in our increasingly chaotic world, we need films like this now more than ever.

McNicholas is founder of Walk-In Productions, based in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before moving to New Mexico, Jody lived and worked for nearly a decade in Chico, where she produced the pioneering documentary film A Wave of Compassion (featuring many Chico locals).

Jody’s latest creation, Longshotsville, tells the story of young actors in small-town Taos and their acting teacher, Metta   Theatre founder and director Bruce McIntosh (who is also a practicing Zen Buddhist). Through intimate interviews and sweeping footage of the rural landscape that these youth call home, we learn about their hopes, dreams, fears, and, above all, the spirit of determination that animates and drives them all.

“There was something magical about being around them,” says Jody about the young people who participated in the yearlong Longshotsville project. “I loved how courageous they were. Following them made me stand true to my own dreams. I went to document their dreams, and it made me reflect on my own life.”

McNicholas herself had a soul-level relationship with the project from the very beginning. She actually started out as a student in one of Metta Theatre’s acting classes and was so touched by the authentic connections and healing that occurred with the youth in that class that she decided that their creative journey must be put to film. Eventually, some of the actors became involved in the project behind the camera as well. The result was a “truly collaborative experience.”

“Much of this project has been about capturing the essence of what Metta Theatre really is,” explains Jody. “Metta is a place where these young people, against all the odds, are really striving for something big—their dreams! What we discover as an audience is that their inner yearnings really aren’t for fame and fortune at all. Rather, they wish to find themselves through connecting with each other in meaningful ways and creating a community of true support.”

Nothing is staged or fake about Longshotsville, the latest creation from a truly gifted and inspiring filmmaker. Honest integrity oozes from the screen with each scene; there is no choice but to cry, laugh, and ultimately root for the success that all of these young actors define for themselves in their own terms. Along the way, what becomes crystal clear is the power of acting as a mechanism for healing. Their love of the art and craft of acting is what binds these young artists together in creative community.

“I would like the craft of acting to be more visible as a tool to engage and inspire our youth,” says McNicholas. “My experience at Metta Theatre—watching the interactions that occurred on stage with no cell phones, no alcohol or drugs —just two or more young people interacting—was one of the most powerful preventative medicines I have ever seen.”

Indeed, in the process of telling their personal stories, the actors in the film inevitably bring up larger issues to consider.

“Everyone has a unique voice, a unique story, and my motivation is to encourage our youth to never give up on their dreams,” says Jody. “We need the dreamers. We need the artists and the creatives. The arts need to be as valuable as any other subject in school today.”

“Longshotsville is a way to reach people who have not had the experience of being part of a group like Metta Theatre,” says Jody. “We can go along for the ride via a film and get a glimpse of the power of this art form and this community.”

As one of the young actors featured in the film, Syndesi, so wisely states:

“I finally came to understand that my path is not to destroy but it’s to create. … You have to go and you have to do what is in your heart. If you don’t do that, then what are you doing? You’re neglecting your talents, your abilities … your love.”

And sometimes the simple act of watching a movie about the healing power of creative expression can inspire us to express ourselves in our own unique way too. This is the beauty, and the gift, of Longshotsville.

So get yourself a digital download of Longshotsville. Keep it close at hand and watch it whenever you need a creative pick-me-up.

Then get to that acting class, pick up that pen and paper, stand before that canvas, or dust off that old guitar. Start creating yourself back to health … and repeat often!

 

After winning multiple awards at film festivals throughout the country, Longshotsville is being distributed via streaming media by going to http://longshotsville1.vhx.tv.

Nikki Lyn Pugh is a health blogger, writer, and coach. You can reach her through her blog, TheGentleTraveler.com.

 

Reference

Stuckey, H. L., & Nobel, J. (2010). The connection between art, healing, and public health: A review of current literature. American Journal of Public Health, 100(2), 254-263.

June 15, 2017 |

Finding Om

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Ayala-book

By Kristy M. Ayala, MA

My new book, Finding Om, includes practical methods, tools, and information to support people in experiencing more happiness and joy within their lives. Since the year 2000, I’ve had the privilege of working with a large cross-section of people and I have found there were several themes or areas that came up for people, no matter who they were or how they moved through their world.

At the end of each session, I always give an activity for people to use in their daily lives to help them integrate the change they’re making. I would ask people to start implementing the activity for at least five minutes a day and then to report back to me. Some people were more enthusiastic than others about this “homework” assignment; however, I’d encourage people to give at least five minutes a day to the activity and even the more reluctant people would usually get on board with the activity before leaving.

Sometimes I would hear back from people more quickly than from others. However, when I did hear back from people I often heard the same kind of thing. People would tell me that the activity helped them and then they would ask what I affectionately started calling “The Question.”

Here’s the question:

Do you have a handout or a PDF with activities for other areas of life that I can buy?

I’d always answer the same way—by telling them that I appreciated their enthusiasm and that I was so happy the activity was helping them. I would also tell them that I thought a collection of activities was a great idea but that I didn’t have anything like that put together. Then I would tell them that maybe one day when I got around to it, I’d write one. This went on for a long time, years in fact.

Ayala-bookFinding Om is that list, finally compiled into a book. When I was working on the book, I chose 44 areas or themes that I found affected people the most through the years. This book isn’t a complete list of all of the activities I’ve ever used but it does include a lot of topics that hit home for people. The book is compiled into three parts: Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Spiritual areas of life. My intention in writing this book was to offer practical, doable, and transformative activities that would support people in making positive change.

I’ve found that seemingly small shifts or changes can create a big change through time. I’ve seen this time and again for people I’ve had the privilege of working with and in my own life as well. Often the hardest part for people is getting started. So many things can feel overwhelming when making any changes in life; however, choosing to make a change is a powerful place to start. I hope Finding Om will inspire people to begin implementing small but significant changes in their day-to-day lives. The book is meant to be used as a guide and my hope is that by using an activity from Finding Om or by becoming inspired to personalize an activity in the book, people will move forward in the way that’s right for them.

I hope that my book will support people in giving themselves permission to honor what they know is right for them. It’s never too late to make positive change and yes, you’re worth it.

Kristy M. Ayala, MA, is a professional author, speaker, integrative intuitive counselor, and life coach. Kristy has both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and uses her professional and educational background in conjunction with her spiritual gifts to best support her clients. You can connect with Kristy by visiting her website kristymayala.com.

June 15, 2017 |

American Spiritual Master

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Justin Time

Autobiographical Stories from

an American Spiritual Master

By J. Jaye Gold

Currency of Struggle

How is it that some people get mildness, mellowness, and circumstances of natural beauty, and others have conditions that are so extraordinarily different that life for them is a struggle for food, clothing, and shelter, and sometimes even for safety? If you have never had to miss a meal—if you have the leisure to read and talk about extraordinary things—if you have time to explore and experiment, while millions of people have to make sure they have food, clothing, and shelter, then you are probably troubled by that question.

I’m going to explain something that may help you embark on and maintain a spiritual quest without having to contend with and be challenged by that conflict. Rather than be inhibited by it, you could be inspired by it, be enthused by it, be motivated by the absurd-appearing dichotomy between the people who have so much, as most of us do, and the many millions who have so little. In actuality, though circumstances may be diverse, there is a common denominator for all human beings. What we have all been given is a stage for struggle, and the players are either struggling or they aren’t on that stage.

I am going to explain what I mean by this word struggle. It is the commodity, or more like the currency, of participation in human life, and everyone has an equal chance to participate. We are all players on the same stage if we recognize what we have to struggle with and are fully engaged in that struggle. We have the opportunity to recognize that we have enough, and even excess. The struggle for money, for attention, for recognition, for comfort—even the struggle for control is no longer our struggle.

Our natural inclination to struggle is now meant to be put in another arena—the arena of struggling toward consciousness, toward awareness. Now, our struggle could be with our lack of attention, with our lack of concentration, struggle with our inability to get beneath the surface of things, struggle with our negative opinions of other people, struggle with our blame and self-pity, and all the other obstacles that are between us and the beautiful experience of being a servant—not for our own pleasure but because the world desperately needs people who have those qualities.

We will start to feel differently about ourselves in relation to the poor and downtrodden and to all the other people in this world who have very difficult external circumstances, including threats to their physical safety. You may even find yourself assisting those people in some way, but not from your guilt, not from discomfort with your own good fortune.

In some curious way, those who struggle for the essentials may have a more straightforward task than those of us who are struggling toward consciousness. First of all, we are dealing with an elective choice, because external circumstances don’t demand our struggle. We have the option to stay off the stage of life, even though it might bring us numbness and cost us our humanity. Second, we have two obligations, as opposed to the one obligation of survival held by those in poverty or in harm’s way. We must not only work as hard as they do at our endeavor, but we must lend assistance, in any way we can, to those who are actually trying to make a living—or more precisely, trying to keep themselves and their families living.

If you are actually struggling for consciousness, your life will not be easy. It will be difficult, but in a different way from that of those who lack the essentials. Perhaps we should use a term other than struggle to define our work, because it’s not strain, and it’s not suffering. It’s going against. Going against self-destructive tendencies can take tremendous effort, as can going against the momentum of numbness and blame and all the different forms of negativity and darkness. Similarly, it can take a tremendous effort to go against our laziness, our mechanical ways of acting, our false confidence, and our tendency to blindly accept what we’ve been taught.

There are so many opportunities to struggle that if you really were fully involved in what people have historically called the work, not the play, you would not, at the end of the day, feel so separate from those who have been given other assignments of struggle. Understand, those of you who have been given the gift of leisure have been given it so that you can struggle with your lack of consciousness. If you do, your confusion will be replaced by an overwhelming sense of belonging to the unexclusive experiment called the human race.

Certainly you can refute what you’ve been reading, and your heart will still continue to beat. The power that creates breath and heartbeat doesn’t enforce the requirement to struggle, but you will not be having the experience of a natural human being. You will be a passer of time, and a passer of time is far, far short of what a human being can be. Human beings are those who struggle for food, clothing, and shelter, along with their brothers and sisters who are struggling for consciousness. The only way you can really verify the equitability of those struggles is to engage in them. When you do, you’ll feel a unique connection to history and time, because you will be a player on the stage of life. You will be paying the currency of struggle.

We are aware of the details of the struggle for freedom from oppression and deprivation, but how clearly are we aware of the details of the struggle for freedom from our obstacles to consciousness? Here is a list of 10 freedoms worth seeking. They are all examples of our self-destructive tendencies, and our struggle is with these tendencies that keep us from realizing our full potential as conscious human beings:

  1. Freedom from identification with negative emotions;
  2. Freedom from a distorted sense of our own importance;
  3. Freedom from self-deception and dishonesty;
  4. Freedom from the misconception of responsibility;
  5. Freedom from fear of other people’s opinions;
  6. Freedom from unexamined concepts;
  7. Freedom from mechanical behavior;
  8. Freedom from fear of relinquishing control;
  9. Freedom from insecurity and material loss;
  10. Freedom from unconscious imitation.

If we can identify, understand, and eventually remove the obstacles to these freedoms, our innate beauty will be revealed beneath them. The stories I am presenting are geared toward understanding those obstacles and the freedoms they conceal.

June 15, 2017 |

Book Reviews for Spring 2017 Issue of Lotus Guide

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Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine

By Pablo Noriega

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-571-2 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

In my lifetime I have watched as boundaries between Eastern and Western modes of healing merge, which is what we call “integrative medicine.” Backed by a mountain of research, Noriega leads the way to a deeper understanding of flower essences, especially in regard to Chinese medicine. This book is a detailed explanation of the inter-connectedness between each essence and how it corresponds to a variety of illness, both emotional and physical. It is a perfect way to catch many chronic disorders before they manifest on the physical realm.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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Happiness Genes: Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA

By James D. Baird, PhD, and Laurie Nadel, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-60163-105-3 (New Page Books, 2010)

If you know anything about Dr. Bruce Lipton’s work, you know that simply by working with your emotional energy you can reprogram your genes. We are no longer victims of our inherited genes, and this book shows the way to altering your genetic makeup. Although there are many ways to go about this, one proven way is through the emotion of happiness, which sounds deceptively simple. Here’s my advice: Take 28 days out of your life to read and practice what’s in this book and you will find the magic behind “epigenetics” through this program.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Healing

By David Elliot

ISBN-13: 978-0-97539-106-8 (Hawk Press, 2010)

Is there a universal energy that flows through all of life? I think we can all agree to this on some level and if it’s so, I would say that this energy is what we call love. We all need to be healed on some level and it seems that all we need to do is to get out of the way with our beliefs and ideas that no longer serve us. We are living and being right in the midst of an amazing transformation on this planet and books such as this can light the path. Even though this book is for sale everywhere, I was touched when I found out that it’s a free download on David’s website, www.davidelliott.com.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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Soul Breathing: Spiritual Light and the Art of Self-Mastery

By Carrie L’Esperance

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-249-4 (Bear & Company, 2016)

What grabbed me about this book is the approach Carrie takes to embrace life’s experiences and be with it, good or bad. By doing this we start to break our addiction to constantly being distracted. We constantly try to fill a void with “things,” not realizing that “things” are devoid of spirit and will never quench that spiritual thirst we have. But this book goes even deeper into the fact that we live in an ocean of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that disrupt and distort our beings on subtle levels. We all had better wake up to the fact that we are living in a world much different from one that our grandparents were even able to dream of. This is a great “how-to” book.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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The Book of Tapping: Emotional Acupressure with EFT

By Sophie Merle

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-601-6 (Healing Arts Press, 2017)

Being the publisher of an alternative health magazine gives me a privileged view of many healing techniques and by far, “tapping-EFT” has proven itself time and time again with everything from PTSD and depression to jealousy and panic attacks. The real challenge has been to find a well-written and easy-to-understand book on the subject and this is it. It’s the perfect little book for a beginner or for a long-time practitioner to be reminded of the simplicity of the process.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain

By Joseph Goewey

ISBN-13: 978-1-58270-491-3 (Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2014)

Who’s ever heard of rewiring your brain? Well, anyone who has been keeping up with neuroscience and the research with neuroplasticity. Stress is the number one factor behind most illness in today’s modern world, so you have a choice: You can numb out with drugs, which a large percentage of the population does, or you can read this book and follow the formula “4 Steps + 8 Weeks = The End of Stress.” Don’t be like 80 percent of the population and do nothing about it until it’s too late. Reducing stress increases performance, creativity, and your ability to live a healthier life … it’s time.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

June 15, 2017 |

Lotus Guide Book Reviews for October 2016

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Candida Albicans: Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

By Leon Chaitow, DO, ND

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-581-1 (Healing Arts Press, 4th edition, 2016)

Once again we come face to face with the fact that our daily diet can be our worst enemy or our best friend. It was interesting to see how many mental and physical diseases can result from excessive Candida albicans. With today’s sugar-rich diet it’s almost assured that many of us will develop this imbalance. Most people in our society don’t realize that everything from contraceptives to antacids and antibiotics can contribute to this condition. This little book is a must for anyone wanting to live a healthier life.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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Lost Race of the Giants: The Mystery of Their Culture, Influence, and Decline throughout the World

By Patrick Chouinard

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-148-0 (Bear & Company, 2013)

Why is it that every culture throughout time and dating back millennia has tales and myths of giants? “There were giants in those days” is a phrase echoed by ancient religious books worldwide and now that we have actually found skeletons of humans who were 12 to 15 feet tall and even taller, we know they did exist. So the real question becomes, “Why is this information being hidden from the population?” I could tell you but it will be better for you to read this book to understand the complexities involved. Let me just say this: It will unravel everything you’ve been taught about human history.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon

By Alex Seymour

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-579-8 (Park Street Press, 2016)

Alex Seymour paints a graphic picture of what it’s like to serve your country and why post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is so debilitating. I venture to say that most of us simply can’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation and come home to a “normal” life and try to integrate. This is where ayahuasca enters the picture. Western society is far behind in understanding alternate realities and how they can guide us into a better future. If you are a veteran and want to understand why you feel so traumatized and want to do something about it, read this book and then take the journey. If you aren’t a veteran, I suggest you take the ayahuasca journey first and then decide if you enlisting is for you.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All

By Stephen Dinan

ISBN-13: 978-1-57174-744-0 (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2016)

The United States is much more than a piece of land between two oceans; it’s an ideal, a standard of excellence, an experiment in human nature … or at least it was. We have drifted so far that most of us can hardly remember the original vision. We have become and embodied the very thing we have been fighting. This book was, at the very least, inspiring, because Stephen Dinan lays out a beautiful vision to hold on to as we guide ourselves back to greatness. I would like to feel as if I’m part of this country again and this book really gave me hope.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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The Suppressed History of American Banking: How Big Banks Fought Jackson, Killed Lincoln, and Caused the Civil War

By Xaviant Haze

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-233-3 (Bear & Company, 2016)

Here’s my question: A few of us have known about the corrupt and criminal banking system for many years, and now, most of the world knows this, but there’s one big difference … they know we know. This is where the game is changing and for the first time we have pulled back the curtain to find a group of angry, scared old men pulling the levers of hate and injustice. The Federal Reserve creates debt, its idea of money, but its only purpose is to control the multitudes. This book lays it all out perfectly and the more we can understand that the system is not really complex at all, it’s simply illegal and secretive, then the more quickly we can zero out the world debt.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Seven Secrets of Time Travel: Mystic Voyages of the Energy Body

By Von Braschler

ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-447-8 (Destiny Books, 2012)

Most of us live routinely in our three-dimensional bodies and give very little thought to traveling in time, although we are doing it in every moment we are alive. But there are many people who have looked into time travel and Von Braschler is one of them. What sets this book apart, other than clarity, is the exercises that most anyone can do and experience a shift in his or her perception of time. It’s obvious that the author has had firsthand experiences and decided to write about how we can have those same experiences. There’s much more I could say on this subject but that would take … time.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

October 27, 2016 |

Lotus Guide Book Reviews for July 2016

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Adult ADHD: How to Succeed as a Hunter in a Farmer’s World

by Thom Hartmann

ISBN-13: 978-1620555750 (Park Street Press; 3 edition-2016)

I love a book that turns everything I thought I knew upside down. What if we truly are still ‘hunters’ learning to adapt in a ‘farmers’ world? There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘farmer’ because this is what creates and sustains stability. But without innovation and creativity, stability can quickly become stagnation. As hunters we were constantly scanning our environment for food and danger. In today’s world the hunters scan their environment for danger and opportunity and are brave enough to make changes. This book shows very useful steps to turn what we are told are disorders into attributes. An important book for business owners and/or entrepreneur’s.

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Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders: Treatment Strategies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, and Seizures

By Sidney J. Kurn M.D. and Sheryl Shook Ph.D.

ISBN-13: 978-1620555538 (Healing Arts Press-2016)

Even though we have known of the value of herbs and nutrients for years, most allopathic doctors need hard facts…well, here they are, along with modes of treatment. Neurological disorders are traditionally difficult to diagnose and are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs for lack of knowing what to do. The very first thing a good mechanic asks when you take your car in is “What kind of fuel are you using?” Every treatment center and physician should have this book in their office for reference.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Herbs for Healthy Aging: Natural Prescriptions for Vibrant Health

By David Hoffmann FNIMH AHG

ISBN-13: 978-1620552216 (Healing Arts Press; 3 edition-2013)

I’m to an age where I can see that I had better start paying much more attention to my health. There’s no reason to accept things like ‘senior moments’ as being normal, but most people do and that is a dangerous perception. This book is a detailed expose of what to take, when, and what for. We all need to take responsibility for our health and stop depending on outside organizations for their support…it’s not working. Here’s a good test to see if you should buy this book, if someone mentions it in the future or you see it at the bookstore and you forgot all about this review and didn’t buy it…you should have.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Mind Wars: A History of Mind Control, Surveillance, and Social Engineering by the Government, Media, and Secret Societies

by Marie D. Jones

ISBN-13: 978-1601633583 (New Page Books-2015)

I know, we dare not call it a conspiracy…but it is, and at the highest levels of our global society. Through the Release of Information Act we know that social engineering has been going on for many years, like MKUltra, directed energy weapons, and many other government projects. But what about now? It’s still going on and has evolved to a level of technology that you won’t believe, and you’re not supposed to. This book even touches on the world government’s involvement in the occult and their rituals as a form of mind control. It’s a Brave New World, and guess what…you’re in it.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Weapons of the Gods: How Ancient Alien Civilizations Almost Destroyed the Earth

By Nick Redfern

ISBN-13: 978-1-63265-038-2 (New Page Books, 2016)

Let’s assume for a moment that the Mahabharata, Ramayana, ancient scrolls from almost every continent, hundreds of thousands of Sumerian clay tablets, and for the most part, every indigenous culture on the planet has something to say about our past. I know it’s difficult if you are imprisoned behind cultural filters but step out of the box for a moment. We not only “don’t” learn from our past; we use it for our future directives and marching orders. This is one lesson we cannot afford to let slip by us. All over the planet there are indisputable signs that in our distant past there were many nuclear explosions and they are documented even in the Bible. It’s a sobering account of our history … let’s not repeat it.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Zecharia Sitchin and the Extraterrestrial Origins of Humanity

By M. J. Evans, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-255-5 (Bear & Company, 2016)

I always try to be respectful of people’s beliefs but when the evidence starts getting so overwhelming that our human origins may be far more complex than we originally thought, it’s time to get brave and open our minds to something pretty amazing. This information doesn’t stop our quest to find God; it takes us to a whole new level of mystery of who we are and why we are here. I highly recommend books such as this to anyone who wants to know the truth more than he or she wants to be right.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

August 10, 2016 |

The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery

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The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery and

Meditations for The 12-Step Program

  By Rahasya Poe

 

  Every once in a while I feel compelled to reach out and connect with what I see as the fastest-growing segment of our population. Drugs and Soldiers1Now I have to admit, it would be very easy at this point to get into how other countries, such as Portugal for instance, have decriminalized drug use and have substantially fewer violent crimes associated with drugs and far less usage … but then again they don’t have a billion-dollar prison industry to support like we do and pharmaceutical companies putting millions into the pockets of their politicians, but this is a subject for another time. This is a spiritual crisis.

Drugs and Soldiers(I really need to add something here; the underlying cause of a lot of addiction is the fact that it’s actually being supported by our government. For instance, our soldiers are guarding the poppy fields in Afganistan (Over 93% of the worlds heroine comes from Afganistan, who do you think is making all that money?) as you read this. many people know this but never really think about the fact that if we are guarding it, who do you think is smuggling the heroine into our country? And if we are smuggling it in, as we were doing all the way back to Viet Nam war days and the drug cartel/CIA days, then we are also setting up distribution chains for the drugs to hit the streets. No one wants to admit that their government is doing such things, but this little fact should help…it’s not our government and hasn’t been for many years. It belongs to secret organizations and breakaway aspects of the CIA, the FBI, FDA, CDC, NSA and almost every international corporation and banking cartel there is. You may be asking, “Isn’t this a harsh indictment?” My answer is no, actually the truth gets far worse. If we want Justice we must learn to respell it because it should be spelled “Just-Us.” Did I mention that YOU are paying for this?)

            And believe it or not, this article isn’t about the millions of people on drugs, legal and illegal, who are suffering all over the world and who are in the grip of a system that is dysfunctional, to say the least. This is about stepping back and taking a realistic look at “why” we go down this path in the first place, because the answer to this question is also the answer to “how” we stop going down that path (this statement is at the heart of this article so remember it). I think most anyone who gives this subject some honest thought has wondered why some substances that are relatively harmless with no lasting side effects are illegal while others, such as alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and tobacco, are legal and actually drive a lot of our political machinery. It becomes obvious that the laws are not meant to protect us; they are meant for something else entirely with respect to drug use. This too is a subject for another time.

         Conscious Awareness   Now we are getting close to the “why” in relation to drug use. The answer seems to have been lost in the legal system with a barrage of disinformation and misinformation. Meanwhile, we have millions of people, young and old, who are suffering while the rest of us stand back and legislate laws, judge, and separate ourselves from one basic truth: Human beings are adventurous souls and we should have the right to explore our own consciousness as long as we are not harming another person. I think we all intuitively know this and as adventurous souls we explore the most amazing thing in the known universe … our conscious awareness.

 

Drugs & The Heart of the Matter-Consciousness

So here we are at the heart of the matter, consciousness. A number of years ago I wrote a book along with my wife, Dhara, specifically for young people. I was a drug counselor for adolescents going through drug recovery in San Diego. As a house manager, I had some freedom to really get to know the boys coming through the program and in the beginning it was my plan to impart all of my knowledge and wisdom to them. Well, I quickly learned that it was I who was being taught. Asking these kids why they took drugs was like asking a fish what it felt like to be wet; in the world they grew up in, they had no normal frame of reference to compare their lives to.

The Final STEP-Freedom

It was no surprise that they weren’t resonating with the 12-step program, a program that was created back in the ’30s for alcoholics hanging on to the last remnants of reality. I remember Ram Dass saying that he worked with the program for many years and noticed one big problem: There was no way out. Even John Bradshaw, a well-known supporter of the 12-step program, said that after almost 30 years of being in it, he had to admit that the greatest value was as a resocialization step for addicts wanting to get back in society but that it was unfortunate that there was no final step to exit the program. I will always remember this young kid in the recovery program who was sitting with the other five kids I had taken to a 12-step meeting one evening. He was quietly listening to Joe: “Hello, my name is Joe. I’m an alcoholic; I’ve been sober for 22 years, three months, two weeks, and one day.” It was at that point that the kid stood up and screamed and ran out. I followed him out and asked him, “What’s wrong?” He said, “If this is what I need to do for the next 22 years to stay clean I can tell you right now … it’s not me!” The next day in group we all talked about it and I found that every kid who came through the program sincerely felt the same way.

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What was the biggest complaint? The first step: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/drugs and that our lives had become unmanageable.” I know a lot of you 12-steppers are going to go crazy right about now, but hear me out. The reason our lives became unmanageable in the first place was because we “gave” our power away to drugs and/or alcohol. As a society we have been indoctrinated into giving our power away to local and world leaders, churches, schools, doctors, institutions, governments, you name it. But something amazing has been happening right under our noses and most of us, especially the older generations, have missed it. An awakening is happening and with that comes the power to change things, including our lives.

 

The Big Difference Between ‘Fault’ & ‘Problem’

Something else I noticed in almost every client who came through the program was the tendency to “blame” and place fault on the world around them, which made sense because everyone from the parents to the courts was blaming them. It was easy to get them going in the “blame game” in group sessions; I would let them get all worked up and at the height of the conversation I would ask them a question, “OK, settle down for a second and let me ask you something. If I made all of you take off your clothes and shoes, tied you up, threw you in the van, and took you out in the desert 500 miles from nowhere with no water or food and kicked you out of the van and drove off, whose fault is it that you are there?” Of course there was an immediate response, “It’s not our fault, it’s your ‘!@#*ing’ fault, Rahasya.” Then I would quietly sit back and ask the next question, “Yes, it is my fault … but whose problem is it?” The whole room would get quiet and they would “always” look at each other for group coherence and say, “It’s our problem.” This is why asking them to give their power away to what they see as the very system that put them in this position is completely out of the question, but getting them to realize they have a problem and take responsibility for it is within the realm of possibility.

Just a Different Form of Slavery

For years I experimented with all sorts of drugs and it was a long, strange trip indeed. When it came time to quit, I realized that giving away what power I had left was not an option for me, so I embraced my addiction as a transformative tool and it was ultimately a meditation that I learned that brought me out of it and showed me another aspect of consciousness. This is why the 1st Spiritual Law in our book is “What you resist, persists.” It was through meditation that I learned about the truth, which was what I was actually looking for in drugs … an expanded consciousness, an awareness of a deeper aspect of being.War on Drigs

            No matter what we are declaring war on—poverty, terrorism, or drugs—it simply does not work. So it’s time to think out of the box, take charge of our lives, be responsible, and recognize that we are powerful spiritual beings exploring every avenue of consciousness. It was a lifetime of experience and my short career as a drug counselor that provided the material for this book. And since it was a particular meditation practice that brought me out of it, Dhara’s contribution of developing a meditation for each step was invaluable. She brought more than 25 years of meditative experience to this project.

           

 

FINAL NOTE:

Here are the links that I was talking about in the Print version.

Brain Restoration has been show to have dramatic affects when it comes to addiction. If you’ve read our book, The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery & Meditations For the 12 Step Program you know that I covered this with something called “The Bomb” which is a strong megadose of vitamins and nutrients. The reason for this is because I found that many people go back to drug use simply to feel better so the quicker you can get healthy, the better. CLICK HERE for BRAIN RESTORATION INFO

The Wildness of Children: If you take the time to read this article you will quickly realize that one of the biggest contributors to addiction is not the drugs, it’s everything from the environment and civilization to us.  This is why kids must take back their power and we must support that process. There has been research that clearly shows that rats that are addicted will break their addiction if they are put in an environment that’s 200 times larger than their cages, has fun toys to play with, and the opportunity to fornicate 🙂 If you are a teacher or a parent I highly recommend that you read this: CLICK HERE

For more information on Rahasya visit www.RahasyaPoe.com and for Dhara, visit www.DharaLemos.com. Rahasya is also the author of  To Believe Or Not To Believe: The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems, was interviewed in the documentary on addiction called A Wave of Compassion, publisher of the Lotus Guide, and soon will have a live Internet radio show called Spiritual Activist Radio. Dhara Lemos, along with many years of meditation experience and dance, produced with her friend Pam Jamian her meditation CD called Dhara’s Active Meditation. Dhara also played an invaluable role in the documentary Eco-Chic Retreat demonstrating her meditations. Available on Amazon.com.

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July 6, 2016 |

Lotus Guide Book Reviews for April 2016

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Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic

By Werner Kühni and Walter von Holst

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-500-2 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

The broad-spectrum healing properties of colloidal silver have been known and used for centuries in folk medicine. The authors bring the knowledge into our modern times by presenting the scientific background and evidence of colloidal silver’s effectiveness as well as the chemistry and geology behind it. You’ll learn how it’s made and the many modalities in which colloidal silver can be of significant use. A third of the book is devoted to specific instruction for the treatment of common ailments for humans and other animals. In just 150 pages, this well-researched work will provide all the information you need to make your decision and begin its use.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

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Imagining the World into Existence: An Ancient Egyptian Manual of Consciousness

By Normandi Ellis

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-140-4 (Bear & Company, 2012)

It wasn’t until I interviewed John Anthony West that I had the deep realization that direct personal experience is the key to understanding ancient Egypt; Normandi Ellis embodies this tradition with a writing style that leaves you with information and a slight sense of the wonder she experienced. This book made me realize that we are children playing on the shoreline of an ocean of knowledge lying before us and we are only ankle deep. The more I understand the more I realize that we are “imagining the world into existence” moment by moment.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic

By Ellen Evert Hopman

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-557-6 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

The art and science of herbal medicine can be daunting. Hopman, from the very first chapter, leads the reader into the sensory world of nature with the approach to identification and medicinal use that the ancients practiced before printed herbal compendiums. With one’s mind and heart thus opened, the breadth of wisdom and information that follows falls on freshly tilled soil. The reader will learn the sacred and the magical traditions of many cultures, wild-crafted and kitchen recipes, a system for prescribing and mixing formulas, scientific tables, resources and sources for further learning, and more. This is my all-time favorite herbalist’s reference. I couldn’t put it down.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

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The Omniverse: Transdimensional Intelligence, Time Travel, the Afterlife, and the Secret Colony on Mars

By Alfred Lambremont Webre

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-215-9 (Bear & Company, 2015)

This was almost too much for even me to handle until I talked with people such as Jacque Valle, who told me that after more than 30 years of experience he would say that we are being visited by interdimensional beings, and later I interviewed Frank Jacob, who did the documentary Packing for Mars, in which he documents the Secret Space Program and the “breakaway society.” This book will take you higher on the “peak of perception” than you’ve ever imagined so be prepared for a breathtaking view of reality.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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There Were Giants upon the Earth

By Zecharia Sitchin

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-121-3 (Bear & Company, 1st Printing 2010)

This is a masterful recapitulation of his previous books, but with the addition of more recent evidence hidden away in places such as the Natural History Museum in London. Why would “they” hide evidence of an alternative human history? Simple; it will overturn almost every religious “his-story” ever written in the common era. There are large giant skeletal remains and alien DNA waiting to be shown to the world. Zecharia plows through myth and legend like a bulldozer armed with evidence and facts.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Treat Concussion, TBI, and PTSD with Vitamins and Antioxidants

By Kedar N. Prasad, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-435-7 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress affect 9.4 million Americans and carry an estimated annual cost of $20 billion. The good news from Dr. Prasad is that with attention to micronutrients there is hope for real advancement in treatment and recovery. Biochemical dysfunction is the secondary damage caused by brain injury and biochemical defects are responsible for the progression of PTSD. Micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants may reduce both the risk and the progression of these brain disorders when medication and counseling have proven unsatisfactory. This is a scientific work made accessible to the nonscientist with an extensive bibliography and nutrition tables and the energy of progress and possibility.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

April 15, 2016 |

Raising Our Consciousness: What Are You Thinking?

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By Nayaswami Anandi

Yogananda made an amazing statement in Autobiography of a Yogi: “Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted.”

I have found this statement so valuable. We can release the idea that our thoughts are ours personally. Instead, our thoughts reflect the level of consciousness we’re experiencing at the time.

This makes me think of the record changers of my youth. Vinyl records were stacked on the record player spindle, and they would drop one at a time to be played.Anandi-27-1-copy-2

When our consciousness is on a certain wavelength, it’s like playing a certain record. When our minds are unclear, we are on a record at the bottom of the stack. We’ll see all of life from that level, and our thoughts will reflect this. If we feel fearful, anything we turn our minds to seems threatening and fear inducing.

If we are on the record of criticism, we criticize this person and the next and also ourselves. No one seems to be all right.

When we have negative thoughts, it’s easy to become upset with ourselves and try to fight those thoughts. But Yogananda’s statement reminds us not to identify with any thoughts—they are not our own. We’re simply playing the wrong record.

We need to move up the stack of thought records. How? By choosing positive influences. Instead of wasting time worrying about negative thoughts, we can put ourselves in alignment with higher thoughts—through reading inspiring books, doing Ananda Yoga with affirmations, listening to talks by people with high consciousness, mingling with friends who have a higher consciousness.

Another powerful way of changing consciousness is to focus the mind with great energy, and at the same time relaxation, at the point between the eyebrows, the seat of highest awareness in the body. Sometimes a negative train of thought will vanish instantly as you practice this.

Remember, the greatest and most beautiful thoughts that have ever been expressed are also available to us at any time. We simply need to raise our consciousness to be able to receive them.

Nayaswami Anandi is known for her natural warmth, humor, wisdom, and kindness. One of the founding members of Ananda, she began sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda soon after her arrival there in 1971. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda’s guest and outreach programs at The Expanding Light Retreat and around the world. As an editor for Ananda’s Crystal Clarity books, she has created a seven-book series based on Yogananda’s original teachings, which include the popular How to Be Happy All the Time. Anandi is married to Joseph Bharat Cornell, a Chico State grad and world-renowned nature educator. Anandi will be a featured speaker at The Autobiography of a Yogi weekend events in Chico April 29 and 30 and in Reno June 17 and 18. For information about these celebrations visit www.ananda.org/events.

April 15, 2016 |

Not Totally Human

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Conscious Awareness

By Benjamin Hills

These days one must consider that not all of us walking around planet Earth on two legs are completely human. Some think that several races of extraterrestrials have been in residence here for many millennia, but after attending the recent International UFO Congress near Phoenix, Arizona, I have to give more thought to the confluence of galactic DNA that we are now calling alien hybrids. The invasion that humanity is now experiencing is not one of scary ET beings but a more subtle one of off-planet consciousness well developed by thousands of years of evolution that have taken place on planets throughout the universe. Many of these hybrids have committed their lives to teaching the rest of us how to rise above the shortcomings of selfishness on a global scale.galaxy

As the Kepler telescope continues to astound us with frequent discoveries of new planets, open minds are encouraged to look at evidence of emerging new thinking not previously considered. Brilliant astronomers who have identified planets in the “Goldilocks zone” of solar systems light-years away are enough of a miracle, but the people being identified as having alien DNA in their bodies are truly a leap into the future of our species. Pure consciousness does not need a spacecraft to travel vast distances and influence beings such as us. Influences from far-distant places such as Arcturus, Lyra, Sirius, the Pleiades, and even Andromeda are working with the part of our DNA that is mutable. This “junk DNA,” previously not understood in the unraveling of the human genome, may have many functions concerning consciousness not related to the coding of the production of proteins. Some of these hybrids understand very early in life that they have special abilities that other children do not have. I personally know a 46-year-old woman who started talking to her Russian mother in Russian hours after her birth. Her intelligence is a joy to share. Galactic rumor has it that a major upgrade was attempted earlier on Earth but failed. In any case, where we are going is eventually evolving enough that we will be invited to join the Intergalactic Federation of Sovereign Planets (IFSP). Given the state of conflict of our many tribes, we have a long way to go to be accepted.

Progress, however, has been happening in individuals who see the bigger picture of evolution beyond Darwin and have made sharing it with others their life work. Barbara Lamb has taken a brave step with the release of a book called Meet the Hybrids, bringing forth the case studies of eight people self-identified as humans containing DNA from many different ET races. She followed it up with a presentation at the UFO Congress that included six of these people. All of them have a strong sense of their mission to educate us to the possibilities of acting from an expanded group consciousness for the good of everyone on this planet and beyond.

Vanessa LaMorte speaks of her work as a psychic and energy healer, calling herself an ET contact specialist. She helps parents understand their hybrid children and has had experiences with bilocation, remote viewing, and astral projection. She has learned to use modalities such as Reiki, sound healing, and light language, which is a bridge between telepathy and spoken language, to move between states of consciousness while staying in and interpreting through the heart chakra. Of course there are hybrids who are more alien than human, but the acceptance of these more human hybrids makes them far more effective in helping humans understand the concepts of ascension. At this point, I think, we have to trust the intentions of other races in trying to bring us out of the morass of materialistic struggle that is destroying the planet. They believe our warlike ambitions also threaten the rest of the galaxy, especially if we succeed in exporting nuclear weapons.

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Barbara Lamb

The origins of a 27-year-old woman living in England named Charmaine D’Rosario-Saytch are explained by her as Reptilian, although her ancestry is described as a mix of Italian, English, Indian, and Jewish. She is gentle and beautiful, with six hybrid children, three of whom live on a military base in the UK. There are four implants in her body, in her nose, arm, hip, and leg. One is to prevent her from shape-shifting and the one in her nose is for tracking. She is not happy about her forced contact with the military. Her mission on Earth is to help integrate hybrids and neutralize the negativity ascribed to Reptilians. Charmaine does nutritional counseling and is also a practictioner of emotional freedom techniques (EFTs).

Jacquelin Smith is one more hybrid I met who deserves mention. Her blended soul arrived through Tall White Zeta parents, and she remembers many sessions aboard starships as a child, learning about love and how to travel with her consciousness. Now at 65 years old, she counsels and teaches, raising the frequencies and consciousness of humankind, partly through telepathic communication with animals. She has recently published a book on that topic called Star Origins and Wisdom of Animals, revealing that she is clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient, which enables her to track lost animals worldwide by looking at a photo. She has many hybrid children and is part Reptilian. Yes, this all sounds beyond wild so you will just have to read Barbara’s book for details that will make it more real.

This planetary shift is also helped along by abductions, such as the one I was privileged to hear about from a woman who was abducted in 1979 when she was 17 years old. She was given what she said was the answer to the universe, adding that “This was the best thing that ever happened to me.” Space does not allow me to tell her story here but I hope there will be an opportunity in the future. It appears we have much help in our process of ascension into a new reality.

Benjamin Hills—Benjamin Hills Photogenics, Chico, CA, benjamminations@gmail.com, 530-332-9857

April 14, 2016 |
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