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April 2015

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Faeries and humans together

Are the faeries here to help us?  The opinion differs depending on the person.“I don't think [the fae] are here to help us, although they sometimes can be helpful to have around,” faerie artist Soso Erlenkamp said.  “All in all they are not very philanthropic and why should they be? Humans have not been very kind to them for a long time.”  The fae tell Soso that the magic is disappearing from the world and they want us to recognize and understand this.  It’s not only the magic that the fae themselves possess, Soso said, but also the magic that keeps our world turning.  Perhaps it is this reason, above all, that faeries have made their way back into our minds and our hearts, despite being...

Advice for seeing faeries

photo by Kely Luzio-CardonaPeople often ask how I see faeries.Like most things, seeing faeries (at least for me) is a good measure of faith and imagination. The imagination being the place where creative beings such as the faeries who paint the sunset or drop dew on the flowers live.  Faith is believing your gut when it tries to convince the heart that these stories—this imagination—is something more than flight of fancy.There are always signs when the faeries talk. Some people get the chills, some hear the voice in their head change in pitch or timbre.  Sometimes the signs are more subtle—diary entries that mimic subsequent events, or dreams that come true.  Sometimes the sign is as simple as a song on the radio at just...

What the faeries think of us

Photography by Kely Luzio-Cardonawhat is a faerie, and why not call them fairies? Learn more HERE  There are many beliefs on who the faeries are and how they view humanity at large.  What is their role in this world, and what is their role in our lives? Faeries are in large part energy, but they also live in part in our world, on Earth.  In fact, they cannot live without Earth, and it is their duty and their purpose to keep earth spinning.They also believe it is our purpose in living here - to work with them to keep the world turning, to keep it happy and healthy for it is our mother and our child in turn.  Shame on us, they say, for not...

Faeries for Beltane

Artwork by Brian FroudWhat is a faery?There are many definitions and belief systems for faeries and their role on earth.  A common thread through most stories and beliefs, however, is how Beltane, or May Day, is one of the faeries primary holidays.Because May Day (May 1st) is fast approaching, I thought it appropriate to share some thoughts on who the faeries are, what their role is in our lives, and how we can try to contact them as the days draw closer to one of their favorite festivals… which also happens to fall on a full moon this year.As I wrote in a November blog, Faerie, or faery, is a broad term for the millions of different kind of elemental spirits that live with and...

In a Nutshell: Connection

This week our bloggers spoke on connection and what it means to them to be connected.  Mind Key IS connection - a way for people of all walks of life to find their personal path to health and enlightenment.  As a community we bring together the resources and support to make that happen.As member Dr. Kevin Hall of Do Well Be Well says in Connected through Community, “I think that we are all affected by everyone that we meet and interact with, and that sometimes they mold or reshape our way of understanding things."In large part this happens because no matter who we are or where we live we all have common experiences as human beings. These experiences are what gives teachers...

Nature Connectedness

Photo by Helminadia RandfordThe history of humankind is impossible to understand, or even validate, without acknowledging the evolution of man in the natural settings.  Since the beginning of time our ancestors relied on nature to provide them with physical sustainability, spiritual awareness and a holistic connection. The direct connection which humans and nature have shared for centuries can’t be ignored, but should help us reevaluate the benefits of it while living in a world so embedded in technology. The modern world has been enriched by the technological advancement of global connectivity, managing to connect billions of people around the world with the simple click of a button.  This process, which enables us to view a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon while chatting on Skype...

Connectedness – The Human Experience

Have you ever been sitting in a movie theatre and felt a kinship with the character on the screen?  Ever had something hit a little too close to home? Have you read a book and wondered how they knew what was going on in your head?  There’s a reason for that.  I’m going to call that reason “The Human Experience.”No matter your station, your race, religion, sexual orientation or creed, if you have “this” experience, “this” will almost inevitably happen.  Cause and effect of the human kind.  Human experiences encompass birth through death and everything in between and they are fact.If you live to a certain age, you go through puberty.  Male or female, puberty is hard, no matter what. If you are in...

Community as a source of connection

The Mind Key Community is not only a source of talent, information and guidance, but it is a community of support.  Each member believes that some form of connectedness is important for our journey as human beings.The method of connection to community differs greatly from person to person.  Community is more than just the sum of the individual relationships within it, and as a whole functions as a higher vibrational energy.“Humans crave (and need) to be connected to each other, to the environment and to community,” writer Charla Dury said. Charla enjoys sharing her life and her views on life through her writing, using her blog as a place to open dialogue and stay connected to others.Healer Vera Remes volunteers.  She also stays connected through...

The meaning of Connection

    Being connected is the ultimate reason Mind Key exists.  It’s a community and a resource with the intention of closing the gap between people and knowledge, emotion and each other.Merriam Webster defines “connection” as: “a situation in which two or more things have the same cause, origin, goal, etc.”     Throughout history, humankind has relied on connection and community for survival, living in close proximity to neighbors, staying in the same family home for generations.  The United States of America would not exist if not for communities that traveled across oceans with limited supplies, then learned to live in the wilderness together, raising their communities together, and often relying on no one but each other for many years.    Today we live in a global community...

Tamara Rokicki on Minute Novel – Writing as inspiration

by Tamara RokickiThere’s a spiritual connection that comes from writing and it harbors a strong inner enlightenment.I began writing at a very early age.  I wrote about everything—stories of fairies, fashion tips, recipes, Tamara Rokickimanga, personal journals and eventually what turned out to be the beginning of novels.  Thinking back to the early years of my life, I see that writing wasn’t just something I learned to enjoy over time.  There wasn’t a particularly enlightening class in elementary school that prompted me to love the art of writing.  It was something emblazoned deep inside my core even before I could steadily hold a pen in my hand.  It was my life connection to something higher.   I often see myself as lost inside a venue of...

Why I’m having such a good time this April

Writing has always been my expression and release.  Even more than that, it acts as a form of manifestation.  I remember being in my twenties, reading through stories I wrote in high school and college featuring heroines with attributes I could only wish for… and discovered that I had become those women.  Later in life I wrote and recognized that my angels and guides were speaking to me, quite clearly, through the “fictional” words I wrote. Today, as a mother of two young girls, a freelance journalist, and the founder of this fledgling community, I struggle with writing - specifically with writing for myself.  There rarely seems the time to do it, and when the time is there, my energy (creative or otherwise) is low. ...

My Views on the Camp NaNoWriMo Challenge on Mind Key

Me.NaNoWriMo has been a thorn in my side since I started blogging years ago.  My writer friends would say Join NaNoWriMo, Charla! Join NaNoWriMo, Charla! Just the mouthful should have told me how difficult this challenge would be.I don’t write novels, which is the main focus of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer’s Month) but I do write.  I write personal stories on my blog.  Every once in a while I throw in a bite of fiction or a puff of poetry, but personal stories and experiences are my forte.  So I figured I didn’t qualify for NaNoWriMo.  I mean, why would I?  I can barely find time to readnovels, certainly not to write them!   But then I joined the Mind Key Community.  Being surrounded with so...

The Camp NaNoWriMo Mind Key Challenge

I have undertaken an amazing adventure.Yes, yes, relaunching Mind Key is an amazing adventure… and please don’t think I’ve dropped the ball on this yet.  We have a wonderful community built, and we are all working together (which is incredibly inspiring) to create a blog worthy of what you expect from a community dedicated to creativity, inspiration, connection and growth.  Meanwhile, we’re looking to add new members and creating a calendar of events that couldn’t possibly leave anyone wanting for things to do.  There will be more to come in upcoming days, including fantastic contests, online and live classes, and possibly a radio show.As part of this I want to introduce you to a fantastic contest that simply couldn’t wait.  The amazing adventure I’ve mentioned...