Celebrating Mama After Surviving Maria!

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.
Tuesday Tribute

HAPPY EARTHDAY MAMA!

Mama Daisy w/ World Flags Above Her

Today, my mother Daisy would have been 80 yrs. old. Although a day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about her or wish that she was here, after surviving hurricane Maria and witnessing the destruction and transformation taking place on the planet as a result of mankind’s choices, I’m glad that her spirit is on the other side.

Maybe she’s what kept me safe while in Dominica? Me, my cousin Bird and his wife Susan were all fortunate not to have any windows blow out or lose any part of the roof during the hurricane. With five coconut trees in front of the house, not one fell on the the house. There was no water damage and plenty of oranges, avocados, papaya and coconuts to last us for awhile, with a fresh water spring walking distance from the house. All I can say is G.O.D. is good! My prayers, love and positive energy are with all the survivors of the hurricane season thus far and to all the friends and family of those that didn’t make it in south Asia, Africa, the USA, the Caribbean, Mexico, Peru and anywhere else I’ve forgotten to mention. Although this is a major trauma to mankind, Mother Earth so needs this cleansing and she has no choice but to evolve, with or without us.

BEFORE MARIA

I’m grateful for a most beautiful Sunday before the storm. I went to the river, visited friends and had lunch with family and loved ones while experiencing the most beautiful weather. That day is how I choose to remember Dominica and hold space for what it can become once again.

AFTER MARIA

While my cousin’s house was still in tact, nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed after venturing out to see the rest of Roseau! It felt like being in the midst of a war zone. With so much destruction it was encouraging to see the spirit of the people taking their lost so gracefully and being thankful for life!

MARIA- MY GAME CHANGER

What a difference one day can make. When my mother died on November 14th, 2013, it was The Day That Changed Everything. Now that I’ve survived hurricane Maria, I’m calling it “My Game Changer.” There is no way that I can walk this planet earth the same way again. And to be honest, it’s not just because of Maria, it’s because of what Mother Earth, who loves us so dearly, has been forced to do because of mankind’s choices. This was my wake up call to firmly embrace that humanity is truly on the brink of a major breakthrough or a major breakdown- or both! Simultaneously, for some it will be a breakthrough and for others it will be a breakdown. When we side with what’s a win for our heart’s true desire, nature and the environment, we win; when we side with what works against these things, we lose.

“It’s the small, value-based choices we do have control over today, that eventually create the larger societal conditions and events we don’t have control over tomorrow.”– Deborah Bellony

Movies like Cowspiracy and just being in tune with Mother Nature have opened my eyes to all the ways our everyday choices and indifference allow evil to run rampant. My mother used to say, “He who doesn’t hear will feel!” Well, we are feeling it now and it’s never too late to start again right where we are at.

KEEP IT SIMPLE SISTER!

Before Maria, I had lots of travel plans and projects that I’m now putting On Hold to focus on the “One Thing” that allows me to share my greatest gifts. That goal is still to publish six books by 2020. Instead of launching an Indiegogo Campaign today as I had planned on my mother’s birthday for Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance With the Destiny Cards, I am going to focus on going within a spending more time reaching my writing goals and then pre-selling the book on Amazon.

Although an Indiegogo Campaign would have been nice, the truth is, I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the things I have to do to prepare and keep the campaign going, that it’s been affecting my writing time.

After Maria, my focus has changed even from focusing on the Pushing Daisy Drive to focusing on how I can raise funds for the people of Dominica when I go back in November or December. I will keep you posted on that vision later; however, for now it will be book writing, blog content creation and possibly more podcasting in the future.

By getting back to the basics, I don’t allow procrastination, overwhelm, aiming too high or too low to stop me from accomplishing what I most desire. There will be more to the story in the near future, but for now, it comes on a need to know bases for myself as well as my tribe. Thanks for reading!

Until Next Time and Happy 80th Earthday Mama!

POV Promo (Pt. 9 of 10)- Blook Part 1 of Ch. 3: Tools for F.O.O.L.S

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series that was leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. After surviving  hurricane Maria, I’ve decided to presell the book on Amazon instead and continue to build a buzz by “blooking” the first 3 Chapters. I’ll have more information on that soon!

In Pt. 9 of this series, I’ve posted Part 1 of Ch. 3: Tools for F.O.O.L.S. Remember, this is the rough draft version, so I  look forward to your feedback! Please post a comment or contact me directly if you don’t like to leave comments. Enjoy!

Part 1 of Chapter 3: Tools for F.O.O.L.S

Everybody plays the fool sometime. There’s no exceptions to the rule…” -The Main Ingredient 

The Fool Tarot Card is very similar to the Joker Card in the deck of Playing Cards. In the Destiny Card System, the only day of the year designated as the Joker Card is December 31st. It’s the only birthdate that doesn’t have a life path destiny, which means you have to use traditional astrology if you want to find out about the life path of people born on this day. In Robert Camp’s book, Exploring the Little Book of The Seven Thunders, he states:

“The solar value of the Joker is 0. …The solar value of 0 denotes that the Joker is no card at all. Being no card, the Joker is like a fertile field into which any seed may be planted. Thus the Joker can become any card that he or she chooses.”

Why F.O.O.L.S?

“We start as fools and become wise through experience.” -African proverb

I know you’re probably wondering why is the word F.O.O.L.S is an acronym? That’s because it stands for, Freeing Ourselves Of Lack Spiritually. In my book AOOOS, I explain how spirituality is simply awareness without judgment. When you are aware of what you are up to, eventually and with time, you act in a more spiritual way. Essentially, it’s not what you want, but why you want it and not what you do, but why you do it that makes the biggest difference in your life. I call it being aware of your intentions to bring about better manifestations.

Your S/hero’s Journey-Five Action Steps
The greatest story always told is what mythologist Joseph Campbell is famous for calling the Hero’s Journey (and what I call the S/hero’s Journey). In his work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, he shares his discovery that the theme of the hero is universal and told in every tradition and culture, even in their sacred texts. Campbell explains the correlation between the prophet’s journey to mankind’s journey this way:
“The godly powers sought and dangerously won are revealed to have been within the heart of the hero all the time. He is “the king’s son” who has come to know who he is and therewith has entered into the exercise of his proper power- “God’s son,” who has learned to know how much that title means. From this point of view the hero is symbolical of that divine creative and redemptive image which is hidden within us all, only waiting to be known and rendered into life.”

I liken the Reclaim Game to the S/hero’s Journey. It’s a journey that takes courage and a level of commitment that grows as we grow to acknowledge and accept the divinity within us. Before we go deeper into the Destiny Card System, let’s go over what we’ve learned so far by putting it all into five action steps that are helpful on the S/hero’s Journey. Each step has a keyword or phrase to remember when times get hard, as they invariably do.

STEP 1: Embrace the Beginner’s Mind

“The feminine values are the fountain of bliss. Know the masculine, keep to the feminine.” -Laozi

Key: Receptivity

Whether you’re male or female, as you become more receptive to learning and growing, you begin to tap into the power and resourcefulness of the feminine principle. We all know that masculine and feminine are in everything and necessary for life, but more so than being male or female, I’m talking about feminine principles on the journey that allow you to be more successful. Laozi’s quote is powerful because he doesn’t discredit the masculine. In fact, the masculine principle of courage is most important because without it, you never begin the s/hero’s journey, just like without the courageous journey of the male sperm to impregnate the female egg, there would be no life. Yet, it’s the wise and mysterious nine month journey of the feminine that gives birth.

STEP 2: Reset Your Reality to an Afrikan-centered World View

“Equanimity; emotional stability that comes from a balanced mind in situations of gain or loss. The serenity of knowing ones true self at all times. First, through achieving intellectual knowledge and then through direct experience.” -Author Unknown (to Me)

Key: Equanimity

I love the above definition of equanimity because it shows how peace starts in the mind first and then shows up in your reality (over time). It wisely alludes to the fact that it takes time to act on what you intellectually know you need to do. Or to put it another way, it takes courage to do what you know in your heart is right. What helps to strengthen your courage is having the right worldview or asili that allows you to understand that you are not separate from G.O.D, nature or others. I’m calling this an “Afrikan-centered” worldview because it pays tribute to our mother continent and links all mankind as we now know it to a common Afri-kin origin. By resetting your reality to an “Afrikan-centered” worldview, you are reconnecting (at least intellectually) to a universal concept of reality that indigenous people embraced. Prayerfully with time, commitment and courage it becomes your direct experience.

STEP 3: Reclaim Your Virgin Mind

“You can know all of the things that this substance is doing to you, to your health, your life, your family, your community and your society and you are powerless to do anything about it. That’s the definition of addiction.” -Robert Lustig

Key: Commitment to Ending All Addictions

It may be a challenge, but here is where it starts. Remember the last chapter-The Tale of Two Choices? A choice to commit must be made that allows for true personal and spiritual growth to occur. Some of us mistake spiritual practice with spirituality; however, meditating everyday, doing rituals, practicing yoga and even praising G.O.D doesn’t make you spiritual. You are spiritual when through awareness you are able to recognize when you are at a crossroads situation and you have to make the choice to act based on your old self-image or based on your new self-image of what you want to experience.

STEP 4: Make a Prayer

“Anything that you dwell on, give voice and energy to, or move towards with strong intention, presents itself to the universe as a prayer.” – by Misha McGlown

Key: Align Your Person, Your Purpose, and Your ‘Prayer Power’ with the Creator of All There Is.

The key above is actually step number three of seven steps I share to become a better conscious co-creator in my book AOOOS. Let me break this down a bit. Align your Person (which is your new self-image based on what you want to experience), your Purpose (which is what you want to create or your intention) and your Prayer Power (which is your attention or what you focus on), with the Creator of All That Is. Your purpose is your intention and what you focus on becomes your prayer or power. You pray to war and drama when you constantly talk about and watch war and drama on the screen. You pray to abundance and harmony when you constantly focus your attention and energy on manifesting a new self-image based on those desires. Now that you have a new commitment to choosing what brings you joy, you tap into the power within by aligning it with Creator of All That Is.

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POV Promo (Pt. 8 of 10)- Blook Part 3 of Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

In Pt. 8 of this series, I’ve posted Part 3 of Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game. Remember, this is the rough draft version, so I  look forward to your feedback! Please post a comment or contact me directly if you don’t like to leave comments. Enjoy!

Part 3 of Chapter 2: The Reclaim Game

Reclaiming Your Virgin Mind- A Practice

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

In many ways, the virgin mind is similar to the beginner’s mind in Zen Buddhism. According to Shunryu Suzuki, author of the modern day classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice, the beginner’s mind refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. It also relates to the Fool’s card in the Tarot and the Joker in the deck of playing cards, which I’ll get into more deeply in the next chapter. But first, let’s talk about the virgin mind and how it relates to the beginner’s mind.

The Virgin Mind

So, for a recap or just in case you skipped the introduction where I explain this more fully, a virgin by a more traditional definition, isn’t a sexually inactive person, but rather, a person that is one within themselves or unclaimed by another individual or thing. The goal then is to become virginal in your mindset where no other person, ideology, or substance that doesn’t have your best interest in mind has ‘ownership’ over you.

Now let’s be clear, being claimed by someone or thing isn’t a bad thing at the end of the day. In fact, I see it as our ultimate goal once we’ve done the work of knowing and loving ourselves. Just as you would claim virgin land and build a foundation that supports your current and future generations, being claimed by the right person or thing can bring meaning and joy to your life. However, if you’ve built your foundation on quicksand or near a toxic dump, then you have no foundation or future you can depend on.

Give me the child for the first seven years and I’ll give you the man.” -Jesuit maxim

This bold statements needs to be written in bold letters, for it encapsulates (for better or worse) the power of the mind in the formative years of shaping our reality.

If you wake up one day with the clarity that you’ve had no say in the shaping of your reality or you don’t like what you’ve been claimed by, then it’s up to YOU, to reclaim yourself back, so you can be claimed by what you DO want. This is one of the hardest things to do and this is why I can’t stress enough that this is a purging and a practice.

Any person overcoming a drug addiction understands all too well what this purging process entails; however, there are so many other ways we have been claimed or become addicted to people and things that don’t serve us. Whether it be toxic thoughts, unfruitful philosophies, fried food, senseless sex, co-dependent relationships, or non-productive nationalism.

In their work, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor put it this way.

…nature is not stupid. In nature, a species changes itself when it perceives (or feels, that taboo word!) over a period of time a genetic need for change. Species change is not dependent on random arbitrary mutation, is not a function of sheer accident, or blind luck, but is a kind of group-willed phenomenon…

No matter what is or has been, NOW is the time in mankind’s evolution to collectively reclaim a virginal mindset in order to ‘reset’ our minds to what we really desire. I’m not saying the venture will be easy or hard for that matter, but it will take a level of commitment, passion and compassion that I feel as a collective we must be ready for.

Mastering The Mind- The Tale of Two Choices

Going back to Dr. Marimba Ani’s work in reference to the asili, she states:

It acts as a screen, incorporating or rejecting innovations, depending on their compatibility with its own essential nature. It is as though the asili were a principle of self-realization. It is a compelling force that will direct the culture as long as it remains intact: i.e., carried in the “cultural genes.” In order for the culture to change (and this includes the collective thought and behavior of those within it), the asili itself would have to be altered. But this would involve a process of destruction and the birth of a new entity. Cultural asili(s) are not made to be changed.

My question is, although a cultural asili is not “made” to be changed does that mean it’s not “meant” to be changed over time? And if so, who does the changing? The only thing constant is change. This is where G.O.D as the Generator, Operator and Destroyer working via It’s creation comes into play. And as I stated earlier, this aspect of G.O.D is the one thing that gives our person with its limited perception, the most problems in life. We resist change and therefore we resist G.O.D’s natural timing for change.

If a change can be seen in the current Afrikan cultural asili today moving from unity and regard for all life, to the level of tribalism, war, and mass genocide we’ve seen in modern times, is it also possible for a change to be seen in the European cultural asili where the motivating factors of individualism, greed and separatism are replaced with planetary oneness? And going even deeper, will it involve what Dr. Ani calls a process of destruction and the birth of a new entity which was also historically witnessed when the Afrikan-centered/Indigenous Peoples asili was usurped by the modern day European world-view?

…unconnected consciousness is destructions keenest tool against the soul.” -Ayi Kwei Armah

Social psychologist Mari Fitzduff states in her groundbreaking work, “An Introduction to Neuroscience for the Peacebuilder,” that changes are possible but not always easy. Quoting directly from her work, I want to address the bad news first, the good news, and then end by sharing my answers to two of the ten questions she poses to all peacebuilders to ponder at the end of her paper.

The Bad News- Change comes slowly or not at all

How much our genetics influence our attitudes and behavior is still a major research question. The suggestions range from 40% to 53%. While it is suggested that predispositions can be changed and altered, effecting such change has been likened to turning a supertanker – such change takes considerable effort and time.”

The Good NewsPredisposition does not mean predetermination

…While we are, both as individuals and groups, often predisposed to respond to conflicts in certain ways that are more sympathetic to our genetic and biological make‐up, as well as our social and environmental history, we are not trapped by such characteristics. Predisposition does not mean predetermination– there is no individual or group that cannot change its behavior towards another individual or group.”

Questions for the Peacebuilder

Question #7: How do we change our peacebuilding work so that our strategies can take account of the frailty or our inherited human nature that tends towards fear and exclusion of others- as well as our human capacities for cooperation, altruism and courage?

My Answer: Courage! It takes courage to share your greatest gifts and to stand up to the collective criticism of introducing new paradigms or analogies that allow people to see things from a different perspective. People like Shariff M. Abdullah and his paradigm shifting book Creating a World That Works for All  and John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex are beautiful examples of courageous trailblazers in shifting the current paradigms.

Question #10: How can we pitch/target our messages and campaigns to different audiences in full awareness of their differing neural dispositions? How do we frame messages about our work so that they appeal to the whole brain, and not just the rational part of it?

My Answer: Story! In the book Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence, Lisa Crons mentions that according to research, it’s the firing of our dopamine neurons that lures us into story, signaling that intriguing information is on the way. She states,

“Even more exciting, it turns out that a powerful story can have a hand in rewiring the reader’s brain- helping instill empathy….Writers can change the way people think simply by giving them a glimpse of life through their character’s eyes. They can transport readers to places they’ve never been, catapult them into situations they’ve only dreamed of, and reveal subtle universal truths that just might alter their entire perception of reality.”

There is nothing like sharing the story of a person overcoming overwhelming obstacles that can take you out of your rational mind and plant you more into your whole brain, as well as your heart space. Every effective screenwriter knows the power of story. As part memoir and part paradigm shifting guidebook, my forthcoming book, It’s All G.O.D: A Conscious Creator’s Guide to Healing the Effective of White Supremacy, seeks to both introduce a new paradigm and share my story of facing the shadow and delving deep into the unknown to find the truth behind the veil of illusions.

The Tale of Two Choices

Everything is about choice, essentially the purpose of this book is to inspire and assist you in understanding your life path and cycles to make better choices, which I’ll get into in the chapters that follow. But before I do, I can hear some of you saying, “Why do I have to choose at all? Why can’t I have, be and do it all?”

In this instance, I’m not talking about what you choose to “have” in your life, because you already have the potential to attain everything innately within you. I’m talking about what you choose to “commit to” that can bring you more happiness. This has to do with your level of dedication to the standards you set in the pursuit of happiness. There’s an expression that says you can’t serve two masters at the same time and I think it applies perfectly in this case.

Two Places

Essentially, you can only do any action and think any thought in life in one of two places, and that is- inside your heart space or outside your heart space. When you think and act from the heart, you are able to see beyond the veil of illusion and create more happiness in your life, in cycles and cycles. When you don’t, you enter into the jurisdiction of the mind, making daily deals with the devil of separation. You fall prey to your unknown subconscious desires and are easily manipulated by what Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, calls the collective pain body.

Two States and Two Types
There are two
states of being and two types of beings on the planet. The two states of being are awake and asleep, and the two type of beings are initiated and uninitiated. All four categories are relative in certain areas and to certain degrees in everyone’s life. You can exist on all four categories, depending on the area of life we are talking about.

For example, when it came to the importance of leaving a financial legacy, I was totally asleep! However, while going through my mother’s belongings, I had a life changing revelation after finding five life insurance policies that my mother had let lapse (including the last one that she hadn’t mailed off when she first got sick with blood clots). Somehow, the realization that my mother died with NOTHING financially was what it took to finally awaken me to just how important leaving a financial legacy is. While my mother Daisy didn’t leave a strong financial foundation, she did leave a strong spiritual foundation that is serving as a catalyst for my initiation and commitment to leaving a financial legacy for the next generation.

You see, once you awaken to something, the next step is initiation in that area and your personal life journey is the path to that awakening. It’s interesting the symbiotic relationship between the persons asleep and the persons uninitiated. It’s as if G.O.D uses the cries of the uninitiated to awaken those that are asleep, just as it uses those that are asleep to initiate those that are uninitiated. A perfect example of this in the US is police brutality, especially among Black males. While the American-African community has been historically wide awake to this brutality, it has been the sleeping denial or indifference of the White community that has lead to more initiating protest, community organizing, and public awareness campaigns to awaken all of America to it’s shadow side.

What’s Your Choice?

We are all engaged in the task of peeling off the false selves, the programmed selves, the selves created by our families, our culture, our religions. It is an enormous task because the history of women has been as incompletely told as the history of blacks.” -Anais Nin

There are two choices. One leads to a world of separation that starts in the mind and the other brings forth unity, which also starts in the mind. Which choice will you choose? Will you choose to be in the heart, to become more awakened and initiated, to see life from an Afrikan-centered worldview or will you choose the opposite? This is the tale of two choices and every moment you are making choices. Will you make more choices based on the divinity within you or will you continue making daily deals with the devil of separation?

Everybody falls the first time” Cyper: [to Neo] From movie, The Matrix 1999

Now that you understand that “falling” is necessary in order for G.O.D to experience Itself via It’s creation, it’s time to sharpen your skills and play the reclaim game as an act of living your truth and shaming the devil of separation that allows any one of us to believe that there is anything separate from G.O.D. The next chapter will cover five action steps you can take to reclaiming your greatness and to become a better conscious co-creator of the life you desire.

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POV Promo (Pt. 7 of 10)- Blook Part 2 of Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

In Pt. 7 of this series, I’ve posted Part 2 of Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game. Remember, this is the rough draft version, so I  look forward to your feedback! Please post a comment or contact me directly if you don’t like to leave comments. Enjoy!

Part 2 of Chapter 2: The Reclaim Game

 

Reclaiming Your Afrikan Mind- A Tribute and Paradigm Shift

Why in the world can’t everybody recognize that Africa’s in everybody? We all ask why can’t we be sisters and brothers, but first we gotta accept who is our mother, rather embrace her…” -Arrested Development [Africa’s Inside Me] From album, Zingalamaduni 1994

In the book, The Real Eve: Modern Man’s Journey Out of Africa, scientist Stephen Oppenheimer studied mitochondrial DNA and traced the origins of the human race back to one female in Afrika several million years ago. Today, many can agree that mankind as we now know it originated on the continent of Afrika. Many can also agree that a lot of the gold, diamonds and natural and human resources used to propel the industrial revolution, also came from Afrika.

However, what many don’t seem to agree on is that when the gods first walked the earth, it was done so here, in the cradle of civilization. We don’t seem to agree that the earliest and longest running dynasty on earth also has it’s origins on the continent of Afrika.

Whether you agree or not with any of these statements, the question still remains, “Why don’t we respect our mother, the continent of Afrika?” A perfect example of this disrespect is how we’ve even taken Egypt out of the continent, calling it the Middle East, when if you look on any map, common sense would tell you different. To make matters even more interesting, according to author Robert Bauval, leading Egyptologist and co-author of Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt, all research points to Egypt’s cultural legacy originating from a Black Sub-Saharan race coming from the Tibesti mountains in northern Chad some 12,500 years ago.

So, if Afrika is our mother, why do we continue to abuse and rape her of her natural resources? And why do her people, the genetic, indigenous cultural bearers of the original program for mankind, live in some of the worst conditions in the world? Why is there is a direct correlation to the more natural resources an Afrikan country has, the more the people suffer from outside influenced (and often instigated) civil unrest, resulting in man made poverty her children must bear?

At this point, some of you may be wondering why am I spelling Africa with a “k” instead of a “c.” In his book, From Plan to Planet Life Studies: The Need for Afrikan Minds and Institutions, poet and writer Haki Madhubuti explains how most vernacular or traditional languages on the continent spell Africa with a “k,” and it wasn’t until Europeans, particularly the Portuguese and British, polluted Afrikan languages by substituting ‘c’ whenever they saw ‘k’ or heard the ‘k’ sound.

Yet, I’m taking poetic license to use this spelling for another important reason and that is to represent where all of mankind as we now know it originated. You can say it represents the “k” in mankind. So in this spelling, we are all Afrikans or Afri-kin, to be exact.

WHY AFRIKA?

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston S. Churchill

I can hear some of you saying, “Why dwell in history and get stuck in story? The past is the past and we have evolved.” However, that is because the damage has already been done, and the lie has already become the truth in the minds of many about Afrika’s his-tory and her greatest contributions. The best answer to this question can be found in the words of the late psychologist, Dr. Amos Wilson in his book, The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy. He used the analogy that if a doctor was about to see a patient and had the wrong client history, then it would make all the difference in the world in how they “treated” their patient. His-story is exactly what we have today in regards to Afrika- the conqueror’s version of historical events.

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” -Desmond Tutu

I know some of us can’t see past the current day tribalism and mass killings in places like Rwanda and the Congo, and associate the continent of Afrika with pure evil, greed and paganism. But all you have to do is go back further to a time when Afrikan people had the land’s resources and Europeans had their version of the bible. Now Europeans have the land’s resources and Afrikans have their bible and yet and still, no real justice or prosperity for the majority of her people is in view. When you read books like How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, you begin to see his-story from another perspective, from the unpopular truth of the conquered.

Now let’s be realistic, evil or as I stated earlier, thinking there is anything separate from G.O.D, has been around since the beginning and Afrika is no stranger to it. In fact, in my opinion, it was the reason for Afrika’s ultimate downfall, which I’ll discuss more extensively in my forthcoming book, It’s All G.O.D: A Conscious Creator’s Guide for Healing the Effects of White Supremacy. However, that is for another day.

What I want to emphasize today is how Afrika is one of the first places that established in their cultural practices and paradigm, a world view or what anthropologist, Dr. Marimba Ani, calls an asili (I will get more into her work in a minute) that promotes the concept that we are not separate from nature or from one another.

By reclaiming my Afrikan mind, it’s my way of not only giving thanks for her contributions to civilization, but to also pay tribute for the natural and human resources that were used to propel the industrial revolution that allows me to enjoy the life I live today. It’s my way of acknowledging that in Afrika, there still exists a powerful system of cultural retentions that can help bring us back to the understanding that we are all one.

When you reclaim your Afrikan mind, you are just affirming the undeniable truth that we all originated from Afrika and these same people of Afrikan origin had a worldview based on a concept of reality very different from the current European-centered world view that has now come to dominate and is at the root of mankind’s choices that are causing Mother Earth to become extinct.

WHY A WORLD VIEW?

The African world-view, and the world-views of other people who are not of European origin, all appear to have certain themes in common. The universe to which they relate is sacred in origin, is organic, and is a true “cosmos.” -Dr. Marimba Ani

Let’s get back to Dr. Marimba Ani and her classic definitive work, Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. In her work, she takes the liberty to use the Kiswahili word asili meaning origin, essense or seed as a term to serve as a conceptual tool for defining what we would consider a world view. She explains asili this way:

The idea of a seed, the ubiquitous analogical symbol in African philosophical and cosmological explanations, is ideal for our purposes.The idea is that the asili is like a template that carries within it the pattern or archetypal model for cultural development; we might say that it is the DNA of culture. At the same time it embodies the “logic” of the culture. The logic is an explanation of how it works, as well as, the principle of its development.”

In a 1992 lecture, Cleansing Ourselves of European Concepts, Dr. Ani clearly delineates the difference between an Afrikan-centered and European-centered worldview of which I’ve taken the liberties to paraphrase in the graph below:

 

AFRIKAN-CENTERED

*Language as symbolism

* Complex/Nature

* Facts put in context

* We are part and unison with Nature

* Objective is to feel the oneness of the group

* Consensus (If we are a community and one, then we can come to a conclusion that represents who we are as a collective. The decision is not as important as feeling the oneness of the group and not to disrupting that)

EUROPEAN-CENTERED

* Language as Intellect Devoid of Meaning

* Simple/Logic

* Just Facts (devil is in the details)

* We are alienated from Nature

* Academic- devoid from life

* Majority (Objective is being effective- quick and to the point)

 

Any civilization that destroys the soil, destroys itself. There is an ancient saying– In this handful of soil, is your future. Take care of it and for thousands of years you will have prosperity and wellbeing. Destroy it and you will go with it.” -Vandana Shiva

Let’s be clear, there is no ‘one way’ of reclaiming an Afrikan mindset and there isn’t any set agenda, aside from saving Mother Earth, or to put it more correctly, to save mankind as we now know it from becoming extinct if or when Mother Earth decides to shake us off like a bad habit.

By reclaiming our Afrikan mind, we are paying tribute to our mother and mentally shifting our consensus reality to an Indigenous cultural asili that promotes oneness with one another and the earth, which is so needed at this time of planetary evolution. As you are probably well aware, this doesn’t happen overnight and I’m not talking about creating a utopia based on how it was in the past. Things can be better or worse, but not the same.

However, it all starts with remembering we are all one Afri-kin family. We are all divine expressions of G.O.D. experiencing Itself through Its Creation. This understanding starts within yourself first, moving from an intellectual to an experiential level. From there, it spreads out to your immediate family and community, and then it goes outward on a national and global scale.

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POV Promo (Pt. 6 of 10)- Blook Part 1 of Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

In Pt. 6 of this series, I’ve posted Part 1 of Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game. Remember, this is the rough draft version, so I  look forward to your feedback! Please post a comment or contact me directly if you don’t like to leave comments. Enjoy!

Part 1 of Chapter 2: The Reclaim Game

First rule when dealing with the devil- don’t.” Colonel Madden: [to the rebel leader] From movie, Solo 1996

I have two questions to ask you that I’m almost certain will lead you to ask two questions of your own.

My first question is who or what is the “devil” and how do we all make deals with the devil daily without even knowing it?

The best definition for the devil I’ve ever heard came out of the mouth of Reverend Ike in his famous Gift of Money Seminar.

He states, “The devil is a fallen angel. What does that mean? A thought that has fallen from God…The devil shows us what happens to our thoughts when we let them fall from God. Every thought that we let fall from God becomes a devil and a demon to us.”

So basically, what made the devil or Lucifer “fall” was the thought that there is something, anything, separate from G.O.D.

My second question is who or what is G.O.D, and why have I made the name an acronym?

I know the word God means different things to different people. Some see God as a benevolent and kind Creator, some see God as a cruel and vengeful dictator, some don’t think we should use the German/Dutch word “God” to represent a Higher Power, while others don’t even believe there is a God at all. My use of the term G.O.D as an acronym relates to this Higher Power, being the Generator, Operator and Destroyer of all that is in existence.

In these three modes, G.O.D starts out as the Generator of life, then the Operator or Organizer/Sustainer of life, and lastly the Destroyer or Transformer of life in order for the new to come out of the old. It’s very simple. In order for a new day to arrive, another must end.

In my e-book, AOOOS, I briefly explain how we are all avatars for G.O.D. to experience Itself via Its Creation. In order for this Pure Life Force Energy we call G.O.D to experience Itself in all aspects of creation, It uses form. It uses US! And sometimes, what came before must be “destroyed” or transformed in some way to make way for a new expression. This aspect of G.O.D is the one thing that gives that part of us identified with form and being separate from G.O.D in our perception, the most problems in life, just as it did Lucfier. We resist change and therefore we resist G.O.D’s natural Generating, Operating and Destroying process. But as you will see, this is also all part of the process as well.

Let me give you an analogy to put things in perspective, because perspective is what we need more than anything. Imagine you’re a newlywed on your honeymoon, enjoying a moonlit night on the balcony of your 5 star villa overlooking the Caribbean sea with your spouse. Then in a instant, you both witness a beautiful falling star in the night sky, making the night even that more special, right? Yes, for you all; however, not for all the beings in that solar system if it happened to have life on it! That night would represent fire and brimstone and an end to life as they knew it! So as you can see from this analogy, everything in life is about perspective.

So here are the two questions I can hear you asking:

Question #1:

Why is it necessary for G.O.D, the Creator of All There Is, to have to experience Itself through It’s creation?

Since my person was created by a Higher Power, I can’t speak for that which created me as to why; however, as a human endowed with the power to co-create life, I would guess it’s similar to why any parent chooses to have children. And not every parent chooses to have children for the same reasons.

Question #2: Why did Lucifer (or anyone for that matter) have to fall in the first place?

The more I understand what G.O.D was up to when creating this simulation game called Life to experience Itself, the more I come to realize that none of this is real. However, it sure does feel real and that’s exactly what we came here to experience.

Just like a video game or a good movie, we desire the experience. The better the movie, the more powerful the villain or the obstacle to overcome. The harder the level of your video game, the sweeter the reward. Tending a garden is a fulfilling thing, yet to nurture and watch a child blossom from an infant into an adult is a challenging, yet even more rewarding, worthwhile experience (at times!).

Looking at things from this perspective, I guess you can say “falling” is part of the game of life and it doesn’t even have to be seen as a bad thing. The sun slowly falls out of the sky each day bringing darkness for a time, but you don’t see anyone crying too hard because they know it will come out tomorrow. However, the moment we forget and believe (I mean truly believe) there is anything separate from G.O.D in our heart and mind, then we’ve made a deal with the ”devil.” Yet, even to think of the devil as separate is a trap. The devil gives us or “tempts” us to make decisions based on what we want from a limited understanding of the purpose for life and G.O.D gives us or “motivates” us to make decisions based on what we need from a more universal understanding. They both give us free will to choose, and they both are necessary-two sides of the same coin called Life.

But just like the boy in the movie The Matrix tells Neo, “none of this is real,” it’s still an experience our Higher Self (that part of our being that is connected with G.O.D’s purpose for our life) chose to have by being incarnated into a body. In the movie Matrix 2, Neo asks the oracle, “If you already know, how can I make a choice.” She replies, “Because you didn’t come here to make the choice, you’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand why you made it.”

Every single action you take in your life and every experience you have has meaning and is fulfilling a purpose and it’s the purpose and meaning YOU give it. When we as a collective lost our connection to G.O.D., we also lost the connection and awareness between our higher self and lower self, our conscious mind and our subconscious or superconscious mind. By focusing on understanding what the Creator and our higher self were up to before we incarnated here on Earth, we unify this disconnection and thus become enlightened. Enlightened to our whole Self, the unity of our higher and lower self; which, to me, is the true definition of Self-Love.

In doing this, you will find that up to that point of enlightenment, there was little of nothing that needed changing-only your perception and perspective about it. Tony Robbins, world renowned motivational speaker and author of, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, mentioned in his book that a few people were actually outraged with the title that suggests that money could be seen as a game. Part of his response is as follows, “…and remember, not all games are frivolous. Games are a reflection of life. Some people sit on the sidelines, and some play to win. How do you play?”

So the reclaim game measures your skills to stop making daily deals with the devil and to get off that trickster’s concept of reality based on separation. In order to do this, aside from having the proper tools and the desire and commitment for change, you have to have the right paradigm. With commitment and the right concept of reality, all things are eventually possible. All you have to do is just live your life and love this life knowing it’s an illusion and a game you chose to play.

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POV Promo- Blook Ch. 1- My 2020 Vision (Pt. 5 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

In Pt. 5 of this series, I’ve posted Ch. 1:  My 2020 Vision of POV. I  look forward to your feedback! Please post a comment or contact me directly if you don’t like to leave comments. Either way, I am thrilled and thankful to be sharing my greatest gifts at a crucial time on this planet. Next week, I go a little deeper in Ch. 2: The Reclaim Game, which will be broken up into 3 parts. Enjoy!

 

Chapter 1: My 2020 Vision

My mission is to motivate myself and other magnetic, melanin aware light beacons to become better conscious co-creators of the life they desire, while removing race, gender and generational blockages on the path to planetary oneness.

To be a light beacon that is “magnetic and melanin aware,” it doesn’t matter if you are Black or White, female or male, old or young; because, when you honor the feminine and melanin within you, you help to bring yourself and the planet into balance and wholeness, which is so needed at this time of planetary evolution.

What IS Conscious Co-Creation & Why Is It Important?

For better or worse, you are constantly co-creating your life circumstances with the Creator of All There Is in your every thought, word and action. Yet, what if you could do so more consciously? What would it be like if you knew (just like you know when you’re hungry) how to tap into Creator Source to co-create the mental, emotional and financial breakthroughs you know you deserve?

Now imagine if we could ALL consciously co-create the lives we desire on every level. Do you think we would spend so much time complaining or getting into power struggles with others? No! However, because of a loss of faith and a lack of trust, it feels almost impossible or even futile to fully commit to attaining our desires.

This is one of the biggest reasons I’m dedicated to my mission. Facing the shadow of some of my greatest wounds involving racism, sexism and ageism has over time transformed into my greatest gifts, allowing me to delve deep into the unknown to find the truth behind the veil of illusions. If I can inspire just one of you to reclaim all those dreams you’ve allowed life to steal from you, then that makes my work all the more meaningful.

What Exactly Is Your 2020 Vision?

Since I’ve worn glasses since the age of 5, I’m definitely not talking about my eyesight! Aside from striving to be a better living example of the light and change I want to see in the world, my 2020 vision is to have published 6 books on the concept of conscious co-creation by the year 2020.

So far, I’ve finished two of the six books. The first book, Afraid of Our Own Shadow: A Manifesto and Guide for Conscious Co-Creation (AOOOS), was published in 2013. AOOOS is a 40 page e-book that covers the seven steps to become a better conscious co-creator, the three societal wounds that prevent conscious co-creation, and the four pitfalls and how to avoid them. AOOOS can be considered the practical, hands-on, how-to part of a much larger work entitled, It’s All G.O.D: A Conscious Creator’s Guide to Healing the Effects of White Supremacy (IAG). Part memoir, part paradigm shifting guidebook, IAG promises to be my most thought provoking book to date.

Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards (POV) is the second completed book toward my six book mission. As a 52 week inspirational guidebook and calendar specific to your birthdate, POV helps you understand your life path and cycles to make better choices using an ancient astrological system coined the Destiny Cards by Robert Camp.

The last three of the six books are part of a series entitled, Conversations With a Virgin: On Race, Gender and Generations. This three part series will be a collection of interviews with some of the most radiant, outspoken, heart-centered light beacons of every race, gender, and generation. We’ll not only cover conscious co-creation, but we’ll also delve deeply and openly into the topics of racism, sexism and ageism and whatever else makes its way to the surface.

POV’s INSPIRATION

POV was inspired by the death of my mother, Daisy Elizabeth King Bellony, who made her transition on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 (the same day of the week and year as her mother, exactly 56 years earlier!). On Jan. 14th of the following year, I started a 10-Month Manifest Your Desires Campaign in her memory. My mission was to encourage, inspire and support others in manifesting their desires by blogging about my 10-month commitment to manifest my desires in honor of my mother. While bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert , “Ate, Prayed, and Loved” her way through Italy, India and Indonesia, I set out to “Travel Write, Fundraise and Book Publish” my way through those 10 months of the campaign.

Pushing Daisy Drive

A portion of the sales of this book will go toward the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven By Miss Daisy’s Daughter), which is an on-going, long-term vision to build an eco-friendly home and health educational center in Antigua, West Indies, in honor of my mother’s legacy of service. A world of thanks to you if you have purchased this book! Your support brings me one step closer to manifesting my desire. If you haven’t purchased this book or would like to learn about the seven ways you can support the drive, go to my travel blog.

POV’s TITLE

If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devils I say.” -Bob Marley

The inspiration for this book title came from my first love back in my college days when he called me out of the blue after not hearing from him in years. He was calling to ask me a favor and what came out of his mouth surprised me, even today when I think of it. He said, “I need the prayers of a virgin.” At that time, I was a little shocked and embarrassed because, I didn’t hold my virginity as a badge of honor, but rather something that alienated me from the rest of society in some unspoken way.  I’ve come a long way since then and part of the reason it’s taken me so long to write my book in the past has had to do with me exposing my “literal” virginity up to age 32. In truth, I’ve always seen virginity as neither good nor bad, however, it’s the values, beliefs and judgments that society projected on me around sexuality that I’ve empathically picked up on and allowed to hinder my full expression. Now that I’ve broken free from all the mental madness, I’m also more free to share my most poetic expressions without concern for what others might think. So, from now on, I’ll be taking Dr. Seuss’ advice from his quote, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Eric Pearl, healer and author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself  mentions the importance of having triggers in our lives to help us grow. Triggers are topics that bring up strong emotions. I like to use “trigger” words in my book titles that may bring up predetermined ideas in our minds in order for us to address them collectively.

While the word virgin brings up different things for different people, I define virginity as a person who is owning unto themselves and not claimed by anyone.

In the book, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, authors Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor wrote:

“Virgin” meant not married, not belonging to a man-a woman who was “one-in-herself.” The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence.

To me, true virginity has less to do with purity based on sexual intercourse and more to do with ownership. We are all “claimed” by certain things whether they be good or bad (a nation, a person or a philosophy), and yet we are also “virgins” in other areas of life experience.

What we put our focus on is our prayer, and when we are “unclaimed” and focused in any area, that is real power. This book will inspire you to reclaim aspects of yourself, and address the importance of the prayers of all virgins to create a vision for tomorrow…today.

WHAT POV HOPES TO ACHIEVE

For the Writer

Sharing my greatest gifts is my highest experience and expression of LOVE. This heals me in the writing and hopefully inspires and enlightens you in the reading. I’m thankful to not only have the opportunity to channel my poetic inspirations, but to also share my wisdom and knowledge to bring more awareness about an ancient and amazingly accurate astrological system, hidden in the ordinary deck of playing cards!

For the Reader

Coined the Destiny Cards by Robert Camp, this powerful tool that I’ve been graced to learn has helped to guide and direct my life for well over 15 years. By becoming more aware of this ancient astrological system hidden in the deck of playing cards, POV hopes to provide tools for you to become a better conscious co-creator by understanding your life path and cycles to make better choices. You still have to choose. However, I hope this book opens you to a new perspective, a new paradigm, and a new way of looking at the world that inspires you to choose more wisely.

For the World

As with all my books, I hope POV serves as a guide to inspire those who are where I was or who are where I’m going on the path to planetary oneness. I hope POV contributes to a new dialog that helps to shift the current paradigm on how we see the Earth and her inhabitants and brings us closer together. This book wants to assist in creating a world where people take responsibility for their actions and are actually able to do so because of having a higher understanding of how everything is interconnected and especially connected to G.O.D.

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POV Book Launch Community

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POV Promo- “Blook” Schedule & “Bee” Poll-en (Pt. 4 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

In Pt. 4 of this series, I’ve created our first Google+ Poll to get your feedback on the book title. Starting on August 21st, I begin “blooking” the first 3 Chapters of POV and have posted the schedule below. I really look forward to your feedback! Please participate in the one question poll in preparation for the upcoming “blook.”

 

I’ve decided to use Google+ as a platform to post pictures, polls & quotes to inspire, promote and get feedback for the upcoming Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser. Please take the one question poll about the book title and share with your tribe. There’s also a link to take the POV Survey in the comments section if you haven’t already. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Take the 1- Question Poll

UPCOMING “BLOOK” SCHEDULE

August 21stChapter 1- My Virgin Vision

August 28thChapter 2- The Reclaim Game (1 of 3)

September 4thChapter 2- The Reclaim Game (2 of 3)

September 11thChapter 2 The Reclaim Game (3 of 3)

September 18th- Chapter 3 Tools for F.O.O.L.S (1 of 2)

September 25th- Chapter 3 Tools for F.O.O.L.S (2 of 2)

 

JOIN THE BEEHIVE!

DBTBB Google+ Page 

DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog is where the love to travel, fundraise and write unite. So, when you join the “Beehive Tribe” you have a place to post comments and participate in polls. Click Here To Join

POV Book Launch Community

Who I Am Communications Google+ Page is where each book will have it’s own community. To join the POV Book Launch “beehive” community and bee involved in the upcoming Indiegogo crowdfundrasier  Click Here.

 

POV Promo- Subscribe to the BEEHIVE Tribe! (Pt. 3 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE BEEHIVE TRIBE

In Pt. 3 of this series, I’d like to share what’s coming down the promo pike. After just completing a 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Silence Retreat, I’ve been buzzing around the past few days to get to my current Beehive location on Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean. I’ve also been setting up and updating my YouTube and Google+ Pages, Communities  and Collections in preparation for the POV crowdfundraiser on Indiegogo. I hope you feel inspired to join the “beehive tribe.” Here are some ways to bee involved.

I’ve decided to use Google+ as a platform to post pictures, polls & quotes to inspire, promote and get feedback for my blog and book.

POV Book Launch Community

As part of my 2020 Vision, I plan to promote and publish six books by 2020. Who I Am Communications Google+ Page is where each book will have it’s own community and I’ll share YouTube videos, blog posts, conduct hangouts, run polls for feedback, and share quotes and photos on Google+ Collections.

To join the POV Book Launch “beehive” community and bee involved in the upcoming Indiegogo crowdfundrasier  Click Here.

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DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog is where the love to travel, fundraise and write unite. So, when you join the “Beehive Tribe” you have a place to share and keep the spirit of the blog alive Click Here To Join

Upcoming Schedule

Starting on August 21st, I begin posting the first 3 Chapters of Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards.

If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do! I’d love to get your feedback on the book title and concept so far in order to create a better product, more capable of reaching my audience. If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given at the end of the survey.

Take The Survey

 

POV Monday Promo- The Story Bee-hind the Title (Pt. 2 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

THE STORY BEE-HIND THE TITLE

In Pt. 2 of this series,  I’d like to share the story behind the book title, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The inspiration for the title came from my first love back in my college days. He called me out of the blue after not hearing from him in years, and as always, he was right on time, always popping up when I was going through life’s fire, and hearing his voice was a healing balm. He was calling to ask me a favor and what came out of his mouth surprised me, even today when I think of it.

He said, “I need the prayers of a virgin.” At that time, I was a little shocked and embarrassed because I didn’t hold my virginity as a badge of honor, but rather something that alienated me from the rest of society in some unspoken way.  I’ve come a long way since then and part of the reason it’s taken me so long to write my book in the past has had to do with me exposing my “literal” virginity up to age 32. In truth, I’ve always seen virginity as neither good nor bad, however, it was the values, beliefs and judgments that society projected on me around sexuality that I picked up on and allowed to hinder my full expression. Now that I’ve broken free from all the mental madness, I’m free to share my views without concern for what others might think around the true meaning behind virginity, which to me has little to do with sexuality and more to do with a person “owning onto themselves,” not claimed by any person or perspective that doesn’t serve their ultimate good. I decided to take Dr. Seuss’ advice when he said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Below is the schedule for the promo and PLEASE take the survey below so I can get your feedback on the book title and concept so far.

NEW & IMPROVED POV MONDAY PROMO SCHEDULE (Updated July 26th)

June 12th- POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Kick-off

August 7th: POV Monday Promo 10 Pt. Series Reconvenes

I’ve changed the POV Monday Promo from 9 to a 10-Part Series. As part of the series, I plan to post the first 3 Chapters of POV by my mother’s Earthday on Sept. 26th.

August 26th: Indiegogo’s “Coming Soon” Pre-Crowdfundraiser Kick-off

The pre-crowdfundraiser option allows fans to sign-up and spread the word before the crowdfundraiser begins and to also offer additional perks for early birds and fans that spread the word.

September 26th: POV 49-Day Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser Begins on Daisy’s Earthday!

From the time of my mother’s Earthday to her memorial day is almost exactly 49 days! Seven Weeks (49 Days) has a lot of significance in the Destiny Card System, so it’s befitting to start on her Earthday.

November 13th: Complete POV Indiegogo Crowdfundraiser

November 14th: 49-Days 2 Book Launch Project Starts on my Mother’s Memorial Date

I know that it’s a pretty ambitious goal, yet for the love of Daisy and sharing my greatest gifts, I plan to push on through to complete the editing and publishing of POV by the New Year. Whether I meet with success, failure or some combination of the two, I’m glad to be on the journey and I give BIG THANKS for your readership and support.

January 1st: POV Book Launch Date!

TAKE THE SURVEY

I’d love to get your feedback on the book basics in order to create a better product, more capable of reaching my audience.  If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a free copy of my e-book and a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given at the end of the survey.

Take The Survey!

POV Monday Promo-Let the Survey Begin! (Pt. 1 of 10)

POV Monday Promo is a ten part series leading up to an Indiegogo book crowdfundraiser for, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The promo’s goal is to build a buzz around the campaign, “blook” the first 3 Chapters by my mother’s Earthday on September 26th, and get the needed funds and feedback before publishing.

Let the Survey Bee-gin

I’d like to begin this ten part series with a survey to get your feedback on the book basics in order to create a better product more capable of reaching my audience.  If you complete the short survey, you’ll get a free copy of my e-book and a 45% discount on a Destiny Card Report with the coupon code given. But first, read the book summary below before you Take The Survey

Book Summary

Inspired by the death of my mother, POV is a 52 week inspirational guidebook and astrological calendar specific to your birthdate that helps you understand your life cycles to make better choices using an ancient astrological system coined the Destiny Cards by Robert Camp. This book will be accompanied by a .PDF formatted, 52 Week Report that reveals your personal daily life cycles using an ancient astrological system hidden in the ordinary deck of playing cards! This fascinating system that has been preserved throughout the ages by the Order of the Magi, is based on a mathematical formula that is NOT founded on divination alone like the more familiar tarot cards. With your accompanying report, you will be able to record your daily influences in the book and use it as a planning guide to make better choices.

Eric Pearl, healer and author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself mentions the importance of having triggers in our lives to help us grow. Triggers are topics that bring up strong emotion. I like to use “trigger” words in my book titles that may bring up predetermined ideas in people’s mind in order for us to address them collectively.

“If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devils I say.” -Bob Marley

While the word virgin brings up different things for different people, I define virginity as a person who is owning unto themselves and not claimed by anyone. To me, true virginity has less to do with purity based on sex and more to do with ownership. We are all “claimed” by certain things whether they be good or bad (a nation, a person or a philosophy), and yet we are also “virgins” in other areas as well.

What we put our focus on is our prayer, and when we are “unclaimed and focused” in any area that is real power. This book will inspire you to reclaim aspects of yourself, and address the importance of the prayers of all virgins to create a vision for tomorrow…today.