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May 2015

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The truth behind past lives, parallel lives and future lives

I enjoyed reading our writers talk about their belief systems regarding past lives, parallel lives and future lives this week.  The topic has always been one of great interest to me.Some people simply believe in reincarnation—from a young age there’s an innate understanding that they’ve been here before, or known things they have no business knowing.  For me this manifested in a few simple moments throughout  my childhood.Me and my soul kitten, Briar RoseI recall being four or five and thinking, fiercely, that I was so happy I had been born a human rather than a cat (which at that time, and in many ways still is my favorite animal).  I had no concept of reincarnation… but I felt certain at that moment that I...

The Old Soul

When our third son was born and we looked into his eyes, we could feel it.  Jakob had an old soul.Our first two boys were normal (and awesome, of course) babies.  New, cuddly, and learning things for the first time.  With Jakob it was different.  Jake knew and still knows things before his time.  Jake, studying for the 2008 electionHe was walking at eight months, because I think he expected it of himself.  Being surrounded by so many walking people, he figured he should be doing that, so he did.  He decided he should walk down stairs at eight and a half months.  He biffed it big time, but he reached up, grabbed the railing and stepped off into nothingness like he knew exactly...

Past life regressions and future life progressions – what they are and how they help!

“… Death is merely a pause to reflect on the progress of your eternal self so far." –VERONICAThis quote has been excerpted from Inner Whisper, Volume 1, Issue 15 by April Crawford, a Open Deep Trance Channel for an entity named Veronica(http://www.innerwhispers.net/transition15.html). Reincarnation by Dana BreeWhether you believe someone can channel a spiritual entity or not, the words are something to be considered and give us a degree of confidence when considering our own inevitable death.In Past Life Regression, I assist persons who seek to understand and release the karmic reasons for their present fears, proclivities or idiosyncrasies. Is that scar on your back the result of a wound from a past life?  Does your fear of water that has been with you for as long as...

The Connection of Parallel Lives

I’ve never been sold on the whole ‘you live, you die, and that is it!’ idea.  As a very young child I’ve felt a connection to some higher force, a spiritual being who watched over me and had a plan for my life.  At that age I didn’t know what it was or what it meant, and it took several years of self discovery and spiritual journeys to finally realize where my beliefs stood.  I’ve met countless people that cover both ends of the spectrum; from adamant atheists to deeply devoted Christians.  I’ve also met Hindus and Muslims, New Age spiritualists, Pagans, and others who simply didn’t wish to be labeled but walk on their own spiritual path.  We may be different from each other,...

In a Nutshell: Meet the Community

Last week, we met several new members of the Mind Key Community.In Meet the Community: Dr. Kevin Hall, Dr. Kevin talks about his views on his health modalities.  “There are people that looked up at the starts and just saw stars, then there are those that looked up and saw constellations,” Kevin said.  “I’m a constellation seer.”  Read more about Dr. Hall on his website, Do Well Be Well.In Bringing Visions to Life: The Dream art of Dana Bree, we got to know artist and graphic/website designer Dana Bree.  “I have always loved to make art, draw and paint what I see in real life as well as give voice and image to my dreams,” Dana said. “I have always had...

The Juice Box Incident, from the memoir “The Golden Skillet” by Tara Ann Lesko

Ignore them and they will stop when they see they can’t get the reaction they want out of you. Another commonly used and utterly false declaration. Nuisances don’t care about being ignored by one person because there is always going to be a group of sheep bleating behind them in support. So I sat at the table with my head down. My tiresome lunch looking up at me – the scent of chocolate milk, fruit cups, and mozzarella cheese swirled around my throbbing head. I looked at my juice box that was slightly crunched since it was mostly empty. Juice boxes are all fine and dandy, but there is only problem with them. They are never enough. Your thirst is vaguely quenched once you reach...

about “The Golden Skillet” by Tara Ann Lesko

AboutThe Golden Skilletby Tara Ann Lesko  Discover "The Golden Skillet" a memoir about self-discovery and spirituality as told through one woman's evolving relationship with food.A few years ago I decided to begin a memoir that would be funny as well as dramatic. I knew I had a story to tell, and once the dissolution of my seven-year marriage began in the Fall of 2012, I knew it would only get better. But I needed an angle that would make people care about my story. I chose one thing that molds and defines all of our experiences, the good and the bad, and that is food.Collage for chapter entitled "Namaste" by Tara Ann LeskoThe tentative title of my memoir is "The Golden Skillet," and it will...

Meet the Community: Tara Ann Lesko

“I live my life between my ears.”Tara Ann LeskoTara Ann LeskoIn sixth grade Mind Key writer Tara Ann Lesko’s elementary school librarian asked the class to write a story based off a picture prompt of a dove that looked like it was flying off the page.  What ensued was a story about a motherless girl who watched the doves on her wallpaper disappear one by one, until one day she saw them flying outside her window.  Tara’s story brought her teacher to tears.  “[Writing has] been who I am ever since,” Tara said.  “It’s defining of who I am.”A teacher and tutor of English, Tara admits that she was a writer first and last.  “My identity is comprised of poetry and prose,” Tara said. This...

The Mind Key Community: Meet Dr. Kevin Hall

Doctor Kevin Hall of Do Well Be Well utilizes a wide variety of modalities for health including sports and functional medicine, and acupressure.“There are people that looked up at the starts and just saw stars, then there are those that looked up and saw constellations,” Kevin said.  “I’m a constellation seer.”This talent, and his experience and extensive skills as a doctor in both traditional and alternative medicines has allowed Dr. Hall the opportunity to offer perspectives and guidance in a broader context than most doctors and health care professionals.“Everyone exists within and everything takes place within a context, a domain,” Dr. Hall said.  “Understanding the broader picture of the domain helps to frame responses, approaches and even perspectives that allow an individual to not only...

Bringing Visions to Life: The Dream art of Dana Bree

Dana Bree, photo by Trix Rosen Web, logo and marketing graphics designer Dana Bree is also a painter of the fantastic and surreal.  Her dreams have always intrigued her with questions of alternate realities, past and future lives, and our present course.“I have always loved to make art, draw and paint what I see in real life as well as give voice and image to my dreams,” Dana said. “I have always had a very active, colorful and memorable dream life.”As an artist, Dana believes that a connection to, and an opportunity to discover new things with like minded individuals is essential to her health, happiness, and creative progress.“This has also allowed me to move forward into metaphysical realms with healing and helping others as well...

The Mind Key Community: Meet Sarah

Mind Key Member, Sarah LoukosIf you’re so psychic tell me when my birthday is. When people ask me questions like that, I know they don’t understand what being psychic really means.Sarah LoukosAlthough a deeply connected Mind Key Member, Sarah Loukos is more than just a psychic.  She picks up on the subtleties of humanity, particularly those of the emotional variety.  “I can’t read your mind,” she clarifies. But as an empath, she can energetically read the emotional signals each person’s body and aura transmits.  Once aware of a person’s dominant feelings she uses her clairvoyance (psychic seeing), clairaudience (psychic hearing), and claircognizance (psychic knowing) to decipher what is happening to trigger the emotion—the loss of a pet or friend, or news of a marriage or...

Charlapalooza Memories

October, 2006. The gauntlet had been thrown, and Charla and I prepared for the mental gymnastics that were soon to follow. Two poets enter. . . well, two poets leave. As far as I know, no one’s brain has ever exploded from Charlapalooza. But only one poet will be victorious, their reward the knowledge that they have mastered the art of pulling a poem out of their ass. It didn’t matter that my highest level of poetic training was high school AP English, or that I had never willingly written a poem in my life. What mattered was the blood-thirsty fans that threw the most ridiculous topics at us, yet not once did I cry uncle– not even when the topic of BANANA HAMMOCKS was...

How Charlapalooza rocked my world

Danielle Rose and Charla Dury in 2007Strict guidelines, ridiculous suggestions, and sometimes tight forms totally stretched my creative muscle back in 2006 when I first (most willingly) fell victim to Charlapalooza.  First of all, I met and became great friends with Mind Key Member, and creator of Charlapalooza, Charla Dury.  Secondly, of my best poems—a few of which were subsequently published—ensued.  Not only that, but Charlapalooza gave my writing exposure I had never experienced.  A ton of new readers, a spot on a Blog Talk radio show, publication, and editor positions were all to follow as a direct result of my participation.   From there I was invited to and traveled to poetry festivals, further building my network and my social networking skills both in person...

The origins of Charlapalooza and what it means to me

Charlapalooza is a blog game that sprouted on my old Myspace blog back in 2006.  I was writing a semi-successful blog about life, the universe and everything and wanted to be more interactive with my audience.  Back on the Space, people would actually comment on blogs but I wanted more.  I figured that I enjoy challenging myself and, since I am NOT a poet – or don’t think of myself as one – but love words, I decided this would be a good way to do it.  So, I got my friend Medussa on board and we called for topics from my many blog subscribers.  Lots of people showed up!Suggestions ranged from the serious to the silly and Medussaand I furiously wracked our brains...

Charlapalooza 2.0 is open for suggestions!!!

Awesome Charlapalooza banner!!!Welcome one and all to Charlapalooza 2.0!!!  Charlapalooza is a blog game where a challenger and I take suggestions of topics on which to write poems.  Begun on myspace circa 2006, we're resurrecting the game for Mind Key. To see some of the old suggestions and poems we wrote way back when, check out my warning post from last week.  This week my challenger is Danielle Rose. She and I will be writing poems based on your suggestions.    We have decided to go with a website called Formsite for both the suggestions and the voting.  I've embedded the code below to allow you to suggest right here in the blog.Whew!  This is so much more darned work!  (Mostly for Danielle.  Even though this is called...

In a Nutshell: On Mothers

“The true value of a woman shines when she is one with herself and others.”The Real Emancipated Woman  by Tamara RokickiWho hasn’t felt frustrated with their mother?  Haven’t we all at some moment or another?In Make sure the kids wear coats: A Mother’s Day Blog, Charla Dury writes her feelings about a “helpful” suggestion her mother made one freezing Colorado morning. "Was it possible that my mom actually thought that, after my 17 years as a mother, I wouldn’t know to put a coat on my kids when it was cold?"Despite certain difficulties, Charla recognized the power of Mom.  "My mom was the glue that held our family together and I feel like, without her, we’re all adrift in our own oceans, wrapped up in...

The Goddess Connection – Mothers and Maeve

We are all mothers in some way or another, whether we have children or we don't. Like it or not, as women we are caretakers and nurturers. We live in a world where few of us are impervious to the mommy realm. In the office, you may be the one everyone turns to for a mint or an Advil. You may be that one friend everyone turns to for advice, a listening ear, or a phenomenal recipe for a spinach and artichoke dip. Gardening, painting, writing, working - creations can give us a sense of motherhood if we are lucky enough to engage in what we love doing.​No matter what kind of mothers we are, in the rigamarole of female life it is easy to forget three elements needed...

Make sure the kids wear coats – A Mother’s Day Blog

Kids walking to the bus in the snow“Make sure the kids wear coats,” my mom said.I sat there speechless, the cordless phone in my hand, watching the 6 AM news.  The weather guesser was predicting 15 degrees with a -3 wind chill.  Was it possible that my mom actually thought that, after my 17 years as a mother, I wouldn’t know to put a coat on my kids when it was cold?  “OK mom,” I said after a few beats.  “We will.”******At the time (nine years ago) I was so angry with her.  How in the ever loving hell could she think that we wouldn’t put a damned coat on our kids when it was cold?  Did she think that we were so irresponsible...

The Real Emancipated Woman

“But Mom, you don’t work,” is what I heard from the backseat.It was the answer given to the recap of my day as a reason for my exhaustion.  I had done five loads of laundry, picked up the dry cleaning, cleaned up the home and planned dinner.  We were heading home, where I’d spend the next few hours cloning myself to help with homework, start supper, walk the dogs and put those loads of clothes away.“Dad has a job and you don’t,” she continued innocently.  I was stunned.  I thought about those words for a long moment.  You don’t work.  Is that how the children really view me? I thought.  As a jobless mother who sits at home watching TV, painting my fingernails and occasionally...

Saving our children from Mother’s Day?

A few years  back writer Anne Lamott wrote an article for Salon.com which has since gone viral.  Today’s post is my comments to her article.  I’ve included some of the original article here, but feel free to click on the link below to hear the whole rant.   http://www.salon.com/2010/05/08/hate_mothers_day_anne_lamott/I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. … Mother’s Day celebrates a huge lie about the value of women: that mothers are superior beings, that they have done more with their lives and chosen a more difficult path. … I hate the way the holiday makes all non-mothers, and the daughters of dead mothers, and the mothers of dead or severely damaged children, feel the deepest kind of grief and failure. … It should...

In a Nutshell: Faeries- Our Magical and Spiritual Companions

There’s something magical around us and we experience it every time we observe a sunset or walk through an open field carpeted with dew-kissed grass. This week, writer Danielle Rose beautifully brings to light the mystery of that magic:  Faeries.  As May 1st approaches, Danielle finds it appropriate to talk about Beltane, or May Day, one of the photography by Kely Luzio-Cardonafaeries primary holidays.  In Faeries for Beltane she explains what the term Faerie means by re-introducing two previously published articles.   She explains, “[Faeries] embody the magic behind the science of things. They are the reason the flowers bloom, the snow glistens, and the waves crash upon the sand. ”    Danielle also includes another fresh take on faeries. Artist and tattooist Scarlet Sinclair says, “To me ‘faerie’...