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Moving Day…

WE’VE MOVED!!

My new blog is integrated into my website, Cirkla.  I hope that you will stop by and subscribe to my new blog!

My new blog site - Cirkla Notes

The UN-Mini Mini Expo

Sometime last week, a “Meetup Reminder” appeared in my inbox. It said that there was a free Mini Health & Wellness Expo happening on Sunday in Minnetonka, MN put out by the Minneapolis Spiritualism Meetup Group.  Now, I must admit that I blindly joined a whole host of meetup groups and have ignored just about everything that came into my inbox from Meetup from that day forward, but for some reason this one caught my attention so I decided to actually venture out of my home on Sunday and go to it. Wow. Was I ever glad that I did!

First off, on the way there, we actually drove right by it. Miles by it. We were busy excitedly chatting about a new business idea for Cirkla (as we often do, Eric and I) and finally realized that we had gone too far, so we flipped around. On the way back, we passed by this really cool looking market and wellness center and I said to Eric, “We have to go back there when we are done with this expo thing.” So then we started looking at the street numbers again and laughed when we realized that the place that we saw was where we were going! Apparently, neither of us noticed the big signs on the side of the street that said “Health Expo”. My bad.

My expectations were minimal, to be honest, outside of the treat of getting to see the place that looked so cool from the outside. After all, it said “Mini Health & Wellness Expo” and when I looked at the list of six people that said they would attend on Meetup, including myself, I did not expect to see anyone there, really. So we walked into a room and there were only about ten booths, I was not surprised.  But, after all, I was just here to meet a few business owners so a small room with ten booths was fine by me as they would have more time to talk to me.

What I didn’t realize was that there were about four or five OTHER rooms full of booths … each room chuck full of some really cool people doing some really cool stuff! Talk about under-delivery! Wow. The “market”, which isn’t officially opened yet by the way, is a juice bar and a kitchen that will employ a real chef. What a treat!

So, I digress. Sadly, I once again forgot to bring my camera in from the car so I have no pictures to show you, but I am going to go back to the beginning to tell you who was all there that I met. My apologies for those that I did not meet because you will miss a free plug. (Patrick Weseman, where were you?) As I said, there were a lot of rooms and lots more people and it would be impossible to get to everyone. So here we go…I hope that you find some interesting tidbits in this list! Please share this article with others or “Stumble” it if you find it valuable!

SFQ (Spring Forest Qigong) – Spring Forest Qigong is a center in Eden Prairie, MN, run by Master Chunyi Lin. They have an SFQ Annual International Qigong Conference coming up from May 7 – 10, 2009.  If you have an interest in Qigong, I would recommend checking them out. They also had CDs and a book with information on Qigong to learn more about it. One thing that was interesting about their center is that they have study groups for the students to get together and practice. Being a martial artist myself, I know that having others to practice with is a great way to stay with your training and, from what they told me, Master Chunyi Lin is a great teacher.

Isha Foundation – We spoke with Elsa and she mentioned that her foundation is giving away a free talk on May 6th at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park, MN. This free talk is to introduce the teachings for the Inner Engineering Program. She also had a really cool looking book for sale called Midnights with the Mystic. The story behind the book is that, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev stayed with the author, Cheryl Simone, as he was doing one of his retreats. In the evenings after his retreats Cheryl and Sadhguru would take her boat out to a little island and talk around a bonfire. This book is her story of how that experience transformed her life. It sounds very interesting. You can order it on Amazon. She even had a testimonial by Deepak Chopra on the cover, so it MUST be good.   :)

One of the people that I definitely did want to meet at this expo was Steve Fillmore. We are friends on Facebook, probably on Twitter as well and he is part of my Cirkla Community, but we had never met. So today I finally met him. I also met his business partner, Michael Dyda, who makes soaps out of essential oils through their company called MistExotics. Very cool.  Eric picked Michael’s brain about soap making and how its done.  Michael is obviously very knowledgeable in that area! Steve is the marketing genius behind their company as he has figured out the key to social networking – to be EVERYWHERE online!

We then met Giovanni Riva.  Giovanni is the Wellness Director of The Center for Harmonious Living and the Living Waters Market and works alongside of Tom, Mark and Kari who run the place. The “place” is really amazing. If you have a class or workshop and need a space, you should really connect up with Giovanni.  You can call him at (952) 938-1929 to book a space or get online to their website and see photos. Everything is very clean and beautiful there with some great spaces to host your event or class! The Living Waters Market has a juice bar and a kitchen to cook up some food so you could even have a workshop with the possibility of having some decent food and drink available! Wouldn’t that be fun? We also met Ron Clausen. Ron works with Intelligent Quantum Solutions and sells jewelry and other items that has the effect of balancing your energetic systems.

Then we met two women – Tammy Johnson and Marilee Keating. Tammy uses her experiences and understanding of the Core Passions work learned by Lori Palm and Wes Hamilton to do Intuitive Consulting using the Core Passion concepts, while Marilee does Therapeutic Counseling, which incorporates NLP and other techniques to help change your belief patterns from the inside out.

Debbie Burns was the next person I met. Debbie is the Director of Operations with Semerit: Body Centered Vitality for Life, so she suggested that the best way to get to know her company was to listen to the free talk given by Dr. Michele “Semerit” Strachan. Semerit was such a treat! In just one short 20 minute session, she revealed some amazing truths about how our bodies “speak to us” and inform us of what we need to know in our everyday lives. Semerit leads courses and workshops around the Twin Cities and has CDs available to help others learn her work.  She was really incredible to see. She is offering a training class called Body Centered Vitality to be offered on Monday, February 23rd at The Center for Harmonious Living from 7 – 9 PM. Check her website for future trainings if you miss that one.

Last, but certainly not the least, was Paula Quinlan. Paula is our resident “Transformation Ambassador” and she and I talked a bit about her microscopy work that deals with understanding the health of your blood cells and she showed me her new drums that she has been making with her drumming classes.  Each drum has special meaning and, when used, helps Paula to “drum up” (sorry, couldn’t help myself) certain qualities that are within herself. Speak to Paula if you want to learn more about her drums or her life-changing microscopy.

Well, that was my visit! It was SO much fun. Be sure and stop by the Minneapolis Spiritualism Meetup Group if you want to know more about events such as this (and meet some of the individuals behind it)! It was really incredible.  Thank you so much to Tom, Mark and Kari for putting this wonderful center together to give people a chance to really give the community a taste of what is available.

For those of you just tuning, please stop by and visit my website, Cirkla! We do a lot of fun projects like this to help PROMOTE the businesses in our community and throughout the world that are interested in raising the consciousness of the planet.

My New Thing..

Today was the first day of an amazing new project and I am so excited to tell you about it! I know… I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but it is true. Today I interviewed Annie B. Lawrence on BlogTalkRadio!

MY INTERVIEW WITH ANNIE

Annie is absolutely amazing. I interviewed her as part of a new project for my website, Cirkla, to take a deeper look at some of the incredible people who do the work of healing around the world. I have had SUCH fun meeting and talking with these fascinating people and so I wanted to find a way to share them with the world.

This interview is an hour long…a bit long to be sitting at your computer, but one thing that is fun about audio is that you can listen while you are browsing other pages or doing other things. You can also choose the Download option and burn it to a CD to listen to in your car or on your MP3 player. I highly recommend a listen! Not just because I am the “hostess with the mostess” but because Annie is SUCH A TREAT TO LISTEN TO!

Canyon Meditation by Iandeth on Flickr

What did we talk about?

Being new at interviewing, I OF COURSE had a laundry list of things to talk about.. I was a little nervous because I really wanted you, the listener, to get some cool stuff out of it and, at the same time, I wanted to give Annie a chance to tell the world about what incredible work she is doing with her retreat center. Annie made it so easy! She is an incredibly talented speaker and she added such a wonderful depth by sharing her personal stories of finding her own power in her life and her struggles to find herself after being raised in an environment that was not very supportive of her intuitive nature. She talks about the relationships between men and women and how we all need to strike a balance between our feminine and masculine natures in order to bring wholeness to the relationship.

Well, that is all that I am going to tell you. You are just going to have to have a listen. Give yourself just ten minutes with it and quit if you want, but just warning you that you may as well plan to take the hour because you’re gonna love it. Please add some comments when you are done with it.

If you want to learn more about Annie B. Lawrence, you can find her on her website at www.retreatandheal.com.

I am Just So Psyched!

This post is a continuation of my latest article on Cirkla. You might want to read that first and then come back… go ahead… I’ll wait!

READ THE FIRST ARTICLE

OK, so you’re back! Awesome. I am just FULL of energy today. Bouncy. Eric, my fiance, may be thinking that I have gone off the deep end but he is pretty much just laughing at me. I believe that I am like this because, when you know something really good, you tend to just *itch* to tell people about it! That is how I feel about the people that I met yesterday. For those of you who have participated in expos and shows around healing and metaphysics, you may already know what I mean. It is like a supershot of caffeine without the edginess! lol…

Anyways, I have a lot to write about so I best get started. I am going to start by saying that IF I MISS ANYONE, I apologize. I want to write about everyone that I met and what they are up to but I met so many people that it would take me a year to tell you everything I learned about them. One of the things that stuck out for me yesterday is how powerful and FULL OF HOPE these people were. Such a contrast to what has been occurring in the public domain lately (news media, etc.)

THAT is just NOT WHERE IT’S AT!

Where it’s at is..                HOPE.          MANIFESTATION.               OPPORTUNITY.

I always go back to the Chinese character that means “crisis”. In the Chinese language, the character for “crisis” is the exact same character for “opportunity” and THAT IS WHERE WE ARE AT. We all, as a nation and as a global entity, have an opportunity to make things happen and it is very exciting to be here in this moment.

Here is a list of who I met and what they are about. Please take a moment to click over to their websites and learn more about them!

Valerie Lis – As I mentioned in my Cirkla article, Valerie is helping a lot of people these days. She was responsible for putting the panels together at the Healthy Life Expo this weekend. Valerie also teaches in the Integrative Health and Healing Program at the Anoka Hennepin Community College and she runs Courses for Life, a company dedicated to helping people through EFT and Silva Method trainings.

Susan Just – Susan Just teaches hypnotherapy. She also does public talks and her next one is coming up February 6th entitled “Emotional Healing & Rewarding Relationships: A Call to Love”. This talk is being sponsored by the Intuitive Forum, which Valerie Lis is also involved with, along with Kathryn Harwig. During these Intuitive Forums, there is a speaker (Susan Just this month) and then Kathryn Harwig does channeling. Check out the Intuitive Forum website for details.
Michele Bergh – Michele was a joy to meet.  She runs a networking group called Lodestone Networking that both Valerie Lis and Paula Quinlan belong to (and many more…just not sure who else yet! lol..)  Lodestone Networking sounded like a great way for people to meet other people locally. If you have a healing business, you may want to check them out at www.lodestonenetworking.com. Michele also does a form of healing work called ThetaHealing through her company called Infinite Light Wellness Center.

Deanna Reiter – Deanna Reiter is a dynamic person who is deeply involved in yoga, pilates and rebirthing in her business.  She has also written two books, the most recent of which involves the “Nine Scoundrels” – nine characteristics that keep us stuck in unwanted patterns and she speaks nationally about using affirmations that she has brought forth in her first book entitled, Dancing with Divinity. Deanna’s website is www.dayawati.com .
Phil Bolsta – As I highlighted in my Cirkla article, Phil has written a book called Sixty Seconds. Sixty Seconds is a compilation of stories told through interviews that Phil conducted with 45 well-known authors and visionaries in the field of personal growth and healing. Phil’s blog entitled Triumph of the Spirit at bolstablog.com, continues that way by telling inspiring stories that capture the depth that people live in their everyday lives. I loved re-meeting Phil. It was also fun talking with Phil about social networking because we both agree that social networking is an amazing avenue to share your work with the world!
Judith Froemming – I have met Judith a few times now at a few different shows, but this was the first time that we were able to really get a few minutes to chat. Judith is a very deep and thoughtful person whose work involves helping people to take pause in their lives to capture the moments between the breath. She said that it is in these moments that we are able to access a choice in who we want to be in that very moment. Judith holds workshops entitled “How to Become a Formerly Serious Person” in the Twin Cities area and is currently working on a book about that topic as well. You can find more information about Judith at www.infinitemindhypnosis.com.
Mary Treacy O’Keefe – Mary was a lot of fun to meet. Mary started a non-profit organization called Well Within. Well Within offers low cost healing services to people impacted by serious illness. Mary has also written a book entitled, Thin Places. Thin Places are places where the veil between worlds are thinnest and here she writes about the loss of her parents and how the thin places comforted her family through their greiving processes.

Gina Citoli – Gina Citoli has created “A Cabaret of Consciousness”, described as “The Extraordinary One-Woman Musical About a New Kind of Humanity”. Gina has been involved in the local metaphysical community of the Twin Cities for many years now, presenting herself as an artist and an intuitive tarot reader. She was a lot of fun. Gina’s next show will be taking place at the United Methodist Church of River Falls, WI. Contact Gina at www.GinaCitoli.net to find out more.
Tina Johnson – Tina and I have met each other a few times over the last few years, but this weekend was the first time I got to really spend some time with her. Tina has a great outlook on life and is challenging people to expand beyond their current reality through her intuitive work involving the FIFTH Dimension. Yeah, the fifth! How fun! If you are interested in exploring the fifth dimension with Tina, you can find her at the Mind Body & Spirit website.

As I said, I met a LOT of people yesterday and unfortunately I cannot write about them all but let me just mention the remaining lovely souls I met - Sherokee Ilse who works with people dealing with the grieving of the loss of babies; Cheryl Hiltibran – a life coach extraordinaire;  John Peterson – an intuitive reader who is well loved in the intuitive community;  Wes Hamilton – who shared a beautiful story of how he discovered numerology during the Healthy Spirit panel; Hanakia Zedek – who weaved wonderful tales of his childhood discovery of metaphysical principles ; Kristin Burich – a lovely and smiley colon hydrotherapist who was browsing the show with her sister; and finally, Paula Quinlan – one of my favorite peeps who is just about always there, wherever there is a crowd of people gathering in the name of health and wellness.

I Just Love Blogging!

I have just spent the last hour following little juicy tidbits through link after link, blog after blog… I am just so in love with blogging! If you should come across this page, and are considering starting blogging, take one little piece of advice I might offer as a veteran-less-than-six-month-old-blogger_hahahaha… COMMENT! I was just blogging to the air until I actually figured that out. Comments are the new forums… not that forums are dead… it is just that comments are so FUN!

Here are some reads from this evening… I can in NO WAY link them all! But I will definitely pay attention in the future! I find a lot of them through my lovely tweeps on Twitter these days! And through other blogs!

Jungle of Life (Lance) Lance is a classic… he is also a great commenter…is there a word for that? Is it commentator?

ISayUSay (Henie) Henie is a new blogger and definitely worth her salt. Also into photography.

Dreambuilders Australia (Liara) Liara’s collection is HUGE. You could get lost in here. Very metaphysical and health oriented. Fun.

Mommy Mystic (Lisa Erickson) What a joy! Lisa wrote about Gangagi in this post.

Tongue in Cheek (Corey) I normally stick to blogs about health and metaphysical, but there is something about this one that I just love. Maybe it is the decorator in me? Maybe the world traveller… whatever the case, Corey is a treat.

About.com Holistic Healing (Phylameana) OK, I may be really looking green here, but I just LOVE the idea of a carnival. Such brilliance! This woman is the Master of Blogging Carnivals!

These are just a FEW that stood out to me today! Have a great week everyone! And don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT!

Obama, What Else?!

Jefferson Memorial by MShades on Flickr

Jefferson Memorial by MShades on Flickr

I am sure that the blogosphere is just flooded this week in posts about Obama, but how can we help ourselves? I didn’t get to see his speech at the time he made it, but I watched it online when I got home from work. Fantastic. We don’t currently have a working television in our home, but I would be tempted to set one up JUST to watch this guy lead our country.

Throughout my life, I have always had a disdain for politics. Not because I didn’t like it or didn’t believe in what politics meant, but because it was just NEVER RIGHT. It never fit my ideal of what it is supposed to be and it was just too disappointing to watch or get into it.

When I was about fifteen, I saw the movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and I cried. I cried because I knew that was what we as a country wanted for ourselves and we could never find it. Our country’s ideals are just so beautiful and they’ve laid fallow in a wasteland of greed and “what’s in it for me?” for so long that we have forgotten what we stand for. This Spring, I was in Washington DC for the Cherry Festival and I read the walls in the Jefferson Memorial. At the time, Obama was fighting for his nomination for Presidency with Hillary Clinton and I was moved by these words:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Here we had two very pioneering people (Hillary and Obama) pushing our nation to change it ways. Change was inevitable.

I guess what it comes down to with my ideal version of government is HOW WE LEAD. Where are we going? For so long now, so long that the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument were filled during the Inauguration Speech…for so long now, we have been lost as a nation. In the past, our leaders have been chosen for reasons other than what is truly leadership. A handshake here, a promise there….B-O-R-I-N-G! More than just boring and uninspiring, but downright detrimental to who we have become. Our choice of leadership is a token representation of who we ARE as a nation. And who have we been? If you stop and think about it, have we even been conscious of it… EVER? Not in my lifetime. Not until Obama. Obama brings us back. He asks us to wake up and take a direction. He inspires all of us to take a look in our own lives to where we are going because that is only a microcosm of where we are going as a people. As a nation. Yeah, I am proud. If that man who stood on those hallowed grounds yesterday and spoke with such reverence to our nation is a chosen representative for our people, I am proud of us. We are strong and we are a beautiful nation and I am happy to be a part of it. Thank you, Obama, for helping us see ourselves better and for leading us back to our goal.

Tarot Tag

Tarot - Old Gypsy Caravan by Mark Hillary on Flickr

Tarot - Old Gypsy Caravan by Mark Hillary on Flickr

I saw a Twitter post by @TarotbyArwen and followed her link to find out what Tarot Tag was… turns out, it is something about listing seven things interesting about yourself.. or 25 things, not sure… I will stick to the seven as this is easier. (I suppose I can’t count laziness as something interesting about myself?)

So here goes… SEVEN things that are unique about me! If you are reading this, please either post seven things interesting about yourself in the comments or add a link to your seven things in the comments so we can pass it on!

  1. I read tarot cards, but in a very different way. I am not your “traditionalist” when it comes to tarot, I just look at the cards and say whatever comes into my mind. It can be pretty interesting sometimes!
  2. My fiance, Eric, and I are both internet junkies. We like to sit on our couch with our dueling laptops and play online, watch movies and generally waste a LOT of time just finding amazing people and links.
  3. When I was a kid, I used to have a book about how to survive in the wilderness. I would love to try doing that someday. Eric also had a similar idea growing up. Maybe we will live in the woods someday in a small hut.
  4. I love walking on the lakes in the wintertime, especially at night. I live near a quite large lake and it is very beautiful at night. I have also vowed to love winter more. Winter gets a bad rap!
  5. I live in a tiny house. It is little, cute and mine. We live in a great little neighborhood in the tiniest house around.
  6. When I walk in the woods, I can feel the energy of the trees. It is hard to explain it, but I can feel their beingness. It is pretty cool. I also get lost sometimes and it feels like they are trying to keep me there, but not in a scary way… in a good way.
  7. OK… last one. Alright, I am really good at Scrabble. When we were growing up, Mom used to always beat us and now that we are older, we are all pretty evenly matched. (My mom and my sisters and I.) When Eric met my family, he actually won a few games. I was impressed.

I know that this is a pretty basic list, reading through it, but I am just a pretty ordinary girl. It will be fun to see what others have written. Are you up for the challenge?

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