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Ignite Me!

 

Greetings & Happy People!   Today’s post is something different for me. I rarely post other sites or other people’s work here at Lady Barefoot Baroness. But finding this in my inbox today has made me second guess my scruples on this. When there is fabulous information and or places to go, see, & do  I have decided some of the information warrants sharing. This is one of those times.

From a musician friend I was hooked up with this organization and grateful for such amazing information that helps me navigate my  life, and more important helps us help each other.  There are many things as artists we can do to help lend our hand to doing some good in our world. Again, this is one of those times.

Please if you would, spend a few minutes and acquaint yourself with IGNITE.ME.com.  The page I have posted is their Consciousness category, be aware that they have many different categories; so if this not your ( as my favorite  English Gentleman says); “If this  is not your cup of tea “ keep reading.

And should you feel so inclined to join, welcome aboard ~

 

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Consciousness

Happiness Strategies: The Science and Pursuit of Bliss

Photo from i.images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-6201064220-original/Kathmandu<br />Hari Giri Maharaj and Sitaram Baba during Mahsivaratri,Girnar

A few years ago, I found myself torn up over unrequited love. Rejection was quicksand that kept my mind stuck in the past. I replayed the heartbreaking moment over and over. Why had this man robbed me of a perfect future? Why couldn’t he see how happy we would be?

     

 

Posted by on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 with 5 Comments

Finding Happiness in the Hemispheres of the Brain

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I enjoy all species of Burning Man theme camps, from Bacchanalian to buttoned-down. In 2005, my favorite theme camp was everything Burning Man is reputed not to be: relaxing, peaceful and nourishing. With spiritual statuary and curtains and cushions in rich hues of blue, magenta, orange and green, the place looked like an Indian meditation […]

     

 

Posted by on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 with 4 Comments

Lucid Dreams: Merging Fantasy and Reality

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A few years ago, I experienced my first lucid dream, a dream I was able to consciously control. It was a beautiful dream which changed the course of my life. At the time, I was dealing with intense fear in my personal life. My dream began in this place of fear.

     

 

Posted by on Friday, April 5th, 2013 with 12 Comments

Pros and Cons of Immortality

Transhuman version of Sistine Chapel

Are you afraid of dying? Most of us are, to some extent. Through the work of the world’s first immortality research center, Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is planning to make death irrelevant. Called the 2045 Initiative, Itskov wants to give investors the option of allowing their minds to live forever in robot bodies. Eventually, […]

     

 

Posted by on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 with 15 Comments

What Our Memories Say About Us

Melting Watch by Salvador Dali

A few days ago, I got into a heated discussion with a friend. By the end of the argument, we were both saying things like, “But you said this…” and “That’s not how I remember it.” At that point, we weren’t even arguing over the original topic. We were disputing our different versions of what […]

     

 

Posted by on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 with 10 Comments

7 Lessons About Wisdom

Owl painting by Harvin Alert

Are you wise? If so, I want to be like you. I’m on what will surely prove to be a lifelong quest for wisdom. I have my sage moments, but emotions and a tendency towards impulsive behavior sometimes wreck wise decisions for me. That’s why I’ve set a goal to learn from every situation so […]

     

 

Posted by on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 with 9 Comments

The Science of Consciousness: Can We Measure Emotional Energy?

Group prayer

Have you ever felt moved by the energy of a crowd? Maybe you’ve felt a heaviness in the air at funerals, or you’ve experienced an electric buzz at concerts or at a sporting event. I’ve felt these things. Personally, I never choose to watch baseball on TV, but I happily go to games because I […]

     

 

Posted by on Monday, February 4th, 2013 with 6 Comments

Cognitive Dissonance: How Our Minds Deal With Conflicting Ideas

Kontemplation by Alex Grey

I love debating open-minded people. It’s fun to exercise my old brain in this way. Sometimes, I teach. Usually, I’m the one being taught. I’d rather take a pass on debating people who decided long ago to reject all ideas beyond the ones they already hold. It’s frustrating to discuss issues with those who’ve already […]

     

 

Posted by on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 with 2 Comments

Optical Delusions: The Problem with “Seeing is Believing”

3D Street Art, by Kurt Wenner

I’ll never forget my first deep dive. I was in the Bay Islands, Honduras, and my scuba instructor was Morgan, the raving mad Irishman. Even though he’d never lived in the U.S., he had a giant tattoo of the Oakland Raiders on his shoulder. His teeth were filed into sharp points. “The better to eat […]

     

 

Posted by on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 with 0 Comments

What’s Missing from Vampire Stories: How Immortality Would Really Change You

Vampire Dawn by Avelina de Moray

Love them or hate them, vampires are in your face. They’re all over books and the big and small screens – and they’re likely here to stay. We’re fascinated with vampires because they represent our shadow side. They’re dark and mysterious, and through them we get to explore physical immortality. By living vicariously through vampires, […]

     

 

Posted by on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 with 4 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

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My Grace Notes.

~ IN MEMORY~

December 18, 2012

A  fun challenge was put to me by my good friend who was the original writer challenged by this prompt. The concept is easy, to express your life in 4 to 5 m music choices, preferably posting the challenge with the ability to hear the music such as videos. Music videos were used by my friend, and this is to be my medium as well.

Could you do this? Could you find 4 to 5 songs to describe or be reflective of your life? This challenge is extended to all of you.

Go ahead, and take a risk and try it. I dare you!

Beginning:

Growing up I was a faith filled resilient & self-reliant young child. Music was a large part of my life and my families, with both parents being involved and was a daily asset to my soul. Feeling the love of family, consistency, and spirit was all that I needed,  but this all changed when I was 9 yrs old. by my parents separation, Losing my faith in something powerful also happened at this time. This took me on a long self discovery journey from knowing that the loss of something more powerful than myself had to be found again. I searched, and I studied, and at the age  of 15 or 16 my spiritual epiphany came to be. This song  has sustained me and my way of living always since then. Both Eric Clapton & Stevie Winwood’s music individually, and together again, as they were in a reunion performance as Blind Faith was also very much part of this time in my life. If you want you know something about me you will find that I am a life long Eric (Epic ) Clapton fan. I have been impressed by not only by his music but the way he has grown into his own authentic life over the many years.

 

  From my young adult years until I was 38 yrs old I spent as an active full-time parent and foster parent. My life with children, who I surrounded myself with was and still is a passion I hold close to my heart.  This song is representative of  all the wishes & hopes I held for them. Although Rod Stewart was not an artist that I listened to much when this song was released I made sure immediately I dedicated this to the young daughters in my world; my own two daughters,, my niece, and the 3 foster girls I had in my heart & home during my daughters tween & teen years. I love being involved with children, and  even before I had my own daughters in 1972 I had 5th grade Campfire Girls. All 10 of them. Raising my children has been my most gratifying contribution to this world.

Finding  a point in my life when I realized that no matter how much  I wished for my life and world  to feed me,  sometimes they just did not. When I realized that there was an emptiness of my soul and spirit that was  needing to be fed,  my spirit roared right back. Finding ways to feed  my soul in ways I had not seen,, nor  ever known before. This song is about  coming out on the other side of that journey.

I’m Okay by Lissa Shaw~

 

With my faith comes making my life right. Though this will assuredly be raw feelings I am expressing with this The Rascal Flatt’s choice I am including it for what I would call my declaration song today. It is in keeping with my journey for living an authentic life, remaining honest, & true no matter how painful or vulnerable it might feel.

I am adding an extra sing/video because as regular readers of this blog know I have 3 lifelong friends I have known since birth. The Dirty Mothers. We four ladies had seen our selves in this movie in many ways. In particular my friend Lynn & I. This challenge could not be complete without this song being included. Crystal Vision by Stevie Nicks has also been a mainstay in my world since 1972 and still  is fitting well into my life at this moment in ways that never resonated with me before. I will add this song and its magical message as my way of saying out loud that I do believe in dreams, hopes as well as  life’s most-perfect & practical magic.

From The soundtrack of the motion picture Practical Magic the song Crystal Vision; written and performed by By Stevie Nicks

May wishing on a falling star bring all the practical magic necessary for a life full of truth & wisdom that feeds  your spirit and soul.

Note~ A Grace Note is a kind of music notation used to note several kinds of musical embellishment or flourishes within a piece of music.

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©tjhelser2012

Finally~

Living Proud * Living Loud

{Inspired by the project for September’s Chronic Pain Awareness Month 2012}

 Finally.

I am a person of deep faith. My faith runs proud and it runs loud and brings to my life a constant sense of Hope and Dreams. Having hope allows the possibility of my dreams to sustains me. I have finally found a way to own that.

To Live It Proud,  To Live It Loud. (in my heart)

I believe in the spiritual power of Hopes and Dreams. I believe that keeping Hope alive is as essential to my life as is breathing. The times without hoping for dreams are as dark as they are bleak. Time’s of my past, I know My faith needs to include hope for dreams, and now shines lightness and brilliance.

I am not so naive or such an overly positive person that I do not know things, events, life can get in the way and dampen the lightness & sparkle. There was a time when I believed chronic illness had wiped all those dreams and my hopes away. It was like a light had been switched off suddenly, and life became smothered in darkness.

Without HOPE dreams are useless.

Yet dreams are persistent in some magical way. maybe they never  really do leave you alone. Instead, possibly when the light went out it only shadowed all my dreams, I believe in all possibilities.

With light being what light is, it spilled glancing glows despite myself, showing me that it is I that has been completely unaware, and had turned away; reminding my soul that it is up to me to see and to feel the castings of the small glimmers of hope. “They are there” a reminder from the universe. A reminder glimmering in the shadows.

Possibilities?  Dreams? Hope?

Was it possible that I was not seeing that dreams were still there in the shadowed light? Could it be all along that they have always been right there under my own nose? Just because I was not seeing? Or refusing to admit what I was seeing was real.  Hope & Dreams” as I thought they should be, meaning = I was not seeing them at all. The Should have’s, the could have’s, the what if’s  all got in the way, they have no place in Hope & Dreams,  that is where I became confused.

Listening to my soul is an option. There are no should haves or would haves, there are no what if’s or could be’s.. It just is. That is what my faith is. It’s all, or it’s nothing with soul talk, no more second guessing, the light shines brightly through and I see it.

My eyes are opened wide today. Soul talk is a powerful thing. It takes a leap of great faith to listen to the soul sometimes when it feels frightening. I’d quite rather be frightened with a deep faith in something more powerful than I than to be without. This spirit feeds me, why would  I ever question it?

Today I Live Proud.  I Live Loud.  I Live again with my Hope for Dreams.

 ©tjhelser2012