Circa 2020: Covid 19 Resource Guide for friends

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Good afternoon & Happy Easter Sunday everyone! No matter what the outside circumstance… we are all still free to LOVE & be at peace within. No one can take away our personal relationship with the God Force or Mother Nature or… eachother.

Thank you for your time & attention. Sending out good vibrations of  protection, health, wellness & peace in this unsettling time. 

If you would like to know what’s REALLY going on in this EPIC Covid 19 NEW NORMAL we all now face… tune in here. Circa 2020: A message for YOU

Otherwise, here is a very helpful RESOURCE GUIDE… get to it! Share! Share! Share! The LOVE ❤ ❤

TAP FOLLOW! Namaste 🙂

 

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE COVID 19:

In North Carolina—-NHC Coronavirus Call Center 910-798-6800; Brunswick County 910-253-2339; Statewide 866-462-3821.

 

MEDITATION:

TM Meditation resource for healthcare workers & ANYONE>>> people.https://healthehealersnow.org/

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/video/resources-meditate-coronavirus-crisis-69993152


 

SCAMS:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing {Federal Trade Commission guide on how to avoid Covid 19 SCAMS


 

FOOD RESOURCES:

https://www.feedingamerica.org/

https://wck.org/

NoKidHungry.org | No Kid Hungry | Connect A Child With Meals‎

Donate(877) 575-9803
Find Your Local Food Pantry | Over 8,000 listed in 50 states‎
http://www.ampleharvest.org/‎

Enter your zip code to find a registered pantry near you.


 

PETS:

Need help feeding your four legged furry family members?? DO NOT PUT YOUR PRECIOUS PET IN A SHELTER! Here are just a few organizations who WILL HELP YOU & YOUR PETS stay together.

http://www.bestfriends.org

http://www.bdrr.org

http://www.yum-o.org

http://www.rachaelrayfoundation.org/


 

Depressed, lonely, suicidal, abused, or isolated?

https://www.remedylive.com/depression/ Chat with a Soulmedic if you are lonely, or blue.

Visit the Disaster Distress Helplineexternal icon, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotlineexternal icon or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html Center for Disease Control’s guide to coping in these tough times

http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org You’re Not Alone | Hotline Available 24/7 | Call Our Suicide Hotline‎ (800) 448-3000

Crisis HotLine | You Talk, We Listen | hopeline-nc.org‎

http://www.hopeline-nc.org/(877) 235-4525


 

NEED HELP PAYING BILLS?

Support These 45+ Organizations Helping Restaurants, Workers, and Farmers Survive COVID-19

EXCELLENT List of 40+ Organizations Helping Restaurants, Servers, Bartenders, Food Service Workers, and Farmers Survive COVID-19

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/index.html

Excellent RESOURCE for local financial aide & social services & EVERY KIND OF AIDE you can imagine.


 

BOOKS:

Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age / September 14, 2020 by Bruce Feiler

“I believe we create every so-called illness in the body. The body like everything else in life is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. the body is always talking to us if we will only take the time to listen. Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak. Continuous modes of thinking and speaking produce body behaviors and postures & ‘eases’ or diseases.

Not every mental equivalent is 100% true for everyone however it does give us a point of reference to begin our search for the cause of the disease. Many people working in alternative healing therapies use the ‘Heal your Body’ book all the time with their clients and find that the mental causes run 90 to 95% true.”

— “You can heal your life” by Louise Hay

The following are a list of probable mental patterns that create illnesses in the body. I will also list the new thought pattern, mantra or affirmation that can be used to clear the disease, & create health, but can also be used to prevent the disease, just as effectively. If you REALLY want to PROTECT YOURSELF during these risky times, make sure that you consciously repeat ALL the following “New Thought Patterns” over & over again daily, until you actually believe them all by default. Really engage your heart & mind, to FEEL the LOVE contained within these belief patterns.


Covid 19 Symptoms:

1. Influenza:

Probable cause: Response to mass negativity & beliefs. Fear. Belief in statistics.

New thought pattern: I am beyond group beliefs or the calendar. I am free from all congestion & Influence. (INFLUEN-za)

 

  1. Incurable:

Probable cause: Cannot be cured by outer means at this point. We must go within to affect the cure it came from nowhere and will go back from nowhere.

New thought pattern: Miracles happen every day. I go within to dis-SOLVE the pattern that created this and I now accept a divine healing. And so it is!

 

  1. Viral Infections:

Probable cause: Lack of joy flowing through life. Bitterness.

New Thought Pattern: I lovingly allow joy to flow freely in my life. I love me.

 

  1. Infection:

Probable cause: Irritation, anger, & annoyance.

New thought pattern: I choose to be peaceful & harmonious.

 

  1. Fever:

Probable Cause: Anger. Burning up.

New thought pattern: I am the cool, calm expression of peace & love.

 

  1. Respiratory ailments:

Probable cause: Fear of taking in life FULLY.

New thought pattern: I am safe. I love my life.

 

The LUNGS represent our capacity to take in or give out life. Problems with the lungs usually mean we are afraid to take in life or perhaps we feel we do not have the right to live life fully.

  1. Breathing problems:

Probable cause: Fear or refusal to take in life fully. Not feeling the right to take up space or even exist.

New thought pattern: I love life. It is safe to live. It is my birthright to live fully & freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully.

 

  1. Anxiety:

Probable cause: Not trusting the flow & process of life.

New thought pattern: I love & approve of myself & I trust the process of life. I am safe.

 

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Circa 2020: honeymoon phase EXPIRED

Happy Passover, & Happy Easter everyone. Thank you for your time & attention. Sending out good vibrations of  protection, health, wellness & peace in this unsettling time. If you would like to know what’s REALLY going on in this EPIC Covid 19 NEW NORMAL we all now face… tune in here. Allow me to engage you.

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And we begin…

The slow poison of worry, doubt & fear, may be coursing through the veins of the airwaves of the mass media at this time. This very well may be negatively influencing the mass consciousness to panic, engage in scarcity thinking or drum up all kinds of conspiracy theories. It’s no secret that almost every single part of the globe is on some kind of quarantine. But as Americans, we should be reminded that we live in a supremely great nation. The greatest nation on earth, as a matter of fact. The United States of America is not perfect, our infrastructure may have been under prepared for a pandemic of this proportion. Leadership may indeed be sub-par in certain areas, but we continue to rise to the occasion & improve daily, no matter what mixed messages we may be receiving.

Now is not the time for politicking, however, we are gonna have a friggin field day when damage control puts together a post Covid 19 committee to evaluate how well the system worked. Not to mention, Universal Healthcare would come in real handy right about now. Universal Healthcare is just that… universal, without any discrimination. It’s not the pillar of socialism, & people who say otherwise are just holding on to some egotistical fascism. Period. 

However the cookie crumbles, we are all in this together.

We are essentially on a battlefield where there is death & dying everywhere. Many people are suddenly & unexpectedly leaving this world. It’s tough to watch, when you look out into the world at your fellow man. Solutions to issues are unique to each region, demographic, class, & person. Solutions are not one size fits all, of course, so knowing exactly what your individual needs are for yourself, family, business & life, is your responsibility. Fortunately, as luck & location would have it… we live in a land where not only has Big Brother offered assistance, but there are an overwhelming amount of citizens donating money, food & supplies, & gathering together to fund programs, charities, initiatives, to help any one in need. Now is the time to cash in, if ever there was a time that anyone needed help building their life. Don’t be afraid to speak up, ask for help, or put yourself out there. People now sympathize with each other on a human level, in a most unified heart felt way more than ever before. The heart center (chakra) is being activated on a grand scale due to this. Love always wins.

*I have created a list of helpful organizations at the end of this blog, if you are in need, in any way, at this time OR you would like to make a DONATION. Every dollar counts. Hotlines, phone numbers, aide, funding, food resources, etc. 

Think about it… people everywhere these days, are filled with empathy, checking in regularly on neighbors, relatives, friends & the elderly. Good Samaritans are coming out of woodwork, people are pitching in, offering services, or a shoulder to lean on. Influencers are writing helpful articles & blogs, doing informative, encouraging, crafty, musical, cooking, or storytelling web, news, pod & broad-casts. Our favorite doctors, gurus, spiritual leaders, pod-casters, & You Tubers across the globe are offering free advice, group meditations, seminars, energy activations, group calls & clearings. Main stream media is teaching, recommending, & encouraging, various meditation techniques to reduce stress & anxiety in these trying times… that’s a real punch into the glass ceiling, if ya ask me. Not so long ago, did middle America coin meditation practice or TM (Transcendental Meditation) as… fruity or flighty or cosmic fluff. NOT ANYMORE. Yea, um… learned it when I was 21, been practicing for 25 years. Thank you very much… 🙂

Folks everywhere are more than willing to offer love, support, lend an ear or donate a dollar. Celebrity money is generously flowing, Fortune 500 companies are following suit, Go Fund Me’s are in major effect, & philanthropy is at an all time high. Foundations are being started, grants are in full bloom, loans have low or no interest, school loans are deferred, late fees are waived, foreclosures & evictions are postponed. Stocks are at an all time low… so now is the perfect time to buy, & expect an almost certain future windfall. At the rate human generosity is flowing, no one will ever go hungry, homeless or unclothed ever again in this nation. 

Heck, it’s nice to see some nonpartisan leadership as well, across the nation & also across the globe. We are all essentially on the same team. Pandemics & the like, tend to boldly REMIND us that we are all one species, equal & the same race… the HUMAN RACE. And as spiritual beings in a human suit, we should also be sure to recognize the Divine Plan behind all of this. Things are not always what they seem. The God-force works in mysterious ways. Proven throughout time, spiritual teachings, God-force, the God-mind, Cosmic consciousness, Universal Law, Source, “the God of your understanding,” whatever the heck you call it… will ALWAYS find a way to come through to humanity. Even if it’s via a corrupt leader, a crooked regime, war, tragedy, disaster, or crisis… spiritual guidance will always find a conduit. The time has come, for us to fly forth, in a new improved direction. 

Divine work is at hand, appearing as an ominous force under the guise of a crisis that appears to be sinister. It is a challenging time for those who have to contend with unfamiliar territory. It is a vacation or sacred retreat for those who know how to utilize idle time & space to their advantage. It is a time of uncertainty for those who have little faith in a higher purpose & plan. Yet it is a time of obvious transformation, reflection, personal inventory, renewal & rebirth for those who advance with the growing times & trust the process of life. Nature has not betrayed us, but rather Divine timing has dictated that we slow down, in most cases STOP. Stop polluting ourselves, stop polluting the earth, stop diluting ourselves, stop diluting the richness of earth’s natural resources with greed & selfish disregard. The powerful egocentric aura that humanity has thus far through the ages built & established & esteemed… is now being challenged, uprooted & redirected.

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The flawed infrastructure, belief systems & premise upon which our society has led us through the ages, has essentially damaged us & the earth over time. The overall paradoxical infrastructure of polarities that built temporal pleasures & thus pains… is now expiring. We are finally at a place in our human evolution here on the earth plane… where we have been given this grand opportunity to cut ties, cut cords, cut off the mire of past paradigms, the problematic past programs, the old expiring belief systems that just don’t work anymore, if we choose to be free. Free of suffering & pain & low vibrational melodramatic folly that does nothing for us but waste time & groom us for a better life anyway, essentially. Why don’t we just cut to the chase & live that life now. We need not have to learn & grow via pain & incessant mistake making. We can learn & grow & live our best life now via simple gratitude, joy, love & light… pain free.

Outdated human patterns are now dropping like flies by the waste-side, rapidly. The sludge of our forefathers is being consumed by the mud of Mother Earth to be recycled into the fresh soil of new beginnings. At this time… we commend our troops on the front lines of this transformation. All medical personnel, law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS, sanitation workers, transportation workers, funeral home directors, medical examiners, mortuary assistants, housekeeping, food store clerks, food workers, truckers, postal people, scientists, the military. Medics in particular, took a Hippocratic oath to serve. Last I heard, there were 85,000 (thousand) VOLUNTEER medical workers that are now helping out New York.

Let’s take a moment, shall we… to honor & respect these warriors, heroes, Earth Angels, & all the unsung heroes who make this planet so amazing. These humans are making significant personal sacrifices ever single day in order to serve their fellow man selflessly. Wearing hats they never had to even wear before, these people are rising to the occasion, adapting to shortages & dangers & emotional situations unprecedented. FB is right, all nurses’ & doctors’ student loans should be forgiven after this, by default.

Front line noble acts of unconditional loving kindness are the alchemical properties that assist greatly in the changeover to the “New Earth.” Just like how the blood of our lost soldiers that spilled violently on the fertile grounds of the uncivil wars of yesteryear led to big breakthroughs of compromise & peace. The blood of those who are sick & pass on from this world at this time from this silent enemy, are the casualties who are our war heroes killed in the line of duty in many cases… that made the ultimate sacrifice. They are also a significant part of that alchemical formula of the bigger picture. The people who pass on, will infinitely go on… & so will their loved ones that are still here. Everyone needs to grieve. Loss is a sad state of affairs. But eventually time heals & life goes on. Human beings are resilient creatures of superior strength.

We cannot fight fate. But rather, flow with it & understand it. Become a part of its process to alchemize us & our spiritual infrastructure. Everyone is placed purposefully exactly where they are each individually meant to be. It is no mistake you are where you are, wherever that may be. Everyone’s lot in life is different. Our duty as individuals at this time, is to honor our positions, embrace our place & accept what it is that is in front of us at this time. For those of us who are sheltered in place, out of work or working from home, the fat is trimmed down, worldly distractions minimized, the curtain of illusion is fading, do do do & go go go is now halted.

Community & social events, activities, options & opportunities are just about null & void. We are being faced with ourselves, & ourselves alone. Essentially forced to “shelter in place” to do so. The mirror of our lives, is no longer clouded by a world of busy distractions, convoluted schedules & appointments, white noise or drama. We now have a front row seat on the set of our very own reality show. The exact people, children & pets in our lives are all in one place, the home we have thus created & built for ourselves is apparent, we have a boatload of free time as an opportunity to honor ourselves & families in a way like never before. We now have an opportunity to get to know eachother on new levels by deepening relationships with the people that we live with or nourish the long distance ones with non physical communicating & connecting, perhaps on a deeper level as well, in a way that we may have never done unless we were basically forced to. We now have an opportunity to gauge our daily coping skills, gauge how self sufficient we each actually are, how resourceful, how creative we can be when faced with various unique challenges. Again, we now have a front row seat on the set of our very own reality show.

Do we like what we see? Do we enjoy who we are? Are we happy with who we have chosen to surround ourselves with? Are our homes built with love & security? Are they built on a foundation of faith & fruits of the spirit? What’s inside those four walls is a mirror reflection of what’s inside of us. What’s the business of your life look like? What needs attention? What needs improvement? What needs a little TLC? What needs to be renovated, cleaned out, given away, or organized? What can we do to feel more secure, content, balanced, at peace, fed & well rested? How can we nourish ourselves & our families in a more holistic & organic way?

How can we revise our daily lives, structures, plans, & practices to include more down time, meditation or prayer, mindfulness, exercise, conscious breathing, communing with nature, & zen activities that serve our soul? How can we revise our daily lives, structures, plans, & practices to include more time with those who are precious to us, time following our passions, time being more creative, time & energy with things that really matter? How can we revise our daily lives, structures, plans, & practices to serve us with growth, improvement, & healthy patterns that are refreshing, revitalizing & fulfilling? How can we revise our daily lives, structures, plans, & practices to make it easy to achieve goals & live our dreams regularly with no excuses & little procrastination? How can we be more positive, more grateful, more balanced, more grounded, centered & aware? How can we use that awareness to alchemize our own zones to be that little bright corner of the world where we create responsibly? Thus, we will benefit humanity properly from a place of wholeness… from a place of true self-love, from a place of peace.

Our homes are our headquarters. From this observation deck, we can view our very lives & gauge not just the temperature of our bodies, but also the temperature of our current personal climate. What needs to be healed? What needs to be addressed? What kinks need to be ironed out? What relationships need work? What relationships need to be mended? What relationships do not serve us anymore? What ones will we allow to fade away? What cords need to be cut?

We are being forced to slow down, stop & smell the roses & sit still in many cases, apart from any other identity than our own. The busy influential world outside has slowed & basically stopped. Notice the birds are singing louder, wild animals are gathering more freely, the polluted skies of LA have cleared to blue. Human traffic is no longer gnarling up the energy waves with noise, static, confusion or contention. The nefarious senseless low level crimes committed daily all over towns & cities coast to coast have been significantly reduced. Consider this a cleanse of sorts, if you will. 

There will always be those villains though, in every crisis, who maliciously attempt to capitalize on weakness, desperation, fear, exhaustion or vulnerability. That said, sophisticated criminals are now popping up everywhere. Although cyber crime, scam artists, fraud, identity theft, organized crime & drug rings, are surfacing exponentially at this time, don’t let that fool you, this is a good thing. Awareness is the first step. We cannot address what is not known. That said, Interpol is now working twice as hard to produce sophisticated software that will foil these kinds of criminals. Going forward, plans will be in place to educate communities on how to be vigilant & how to take preventative measures with their teams, staff members, offices, schools, & families. Just as the Covid 19 virus spreads, so does malware, spyware & infected emails sent by hackers with virtual viruses. Due to the recent prevalence of these kinds of otherwise clandestine crimes, when we come out of this, we will have a way better task force to tackle & contain it going forward. This… is significant progress.

The International Criminal Police Organisation, more commonly known as INTERPOL, is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control.

Speaking of technology, might I take a brief second to just mention that not only will our world & human society at large, be transformed, at this time, for the better, in ethereal ways… but our world is also about to enter into a massive tech revolution inclusive of the 5G technology that is going to advance us like never before. This flood of new technology will indeed match our new improved states of being, as we evolve & grow each & every day into more enlightened ego-free, soul based beings. This new technology may be controversial for some, or refuted by others for several reasons, but in the end, it winds up making the most sense in the scheme of things.

Regarding the pandemic… we are coming out the other side of this with a renewed sense of self. A renewed identity both personal, professional & public. We are coming out the other side of this with renewed faith, a new lease on life & a new real sense of purpose, a deeper purpose for all of us & our families. We are now being called to show up. We are collectively being called to actively participate in the rebirth of our union. A conscious revolution that far expands into the next & future generations to come. How we respond to this mass blessing masquerading as a crisis… is of the most superior importance at this time in the scheme of our human evolution here on earth. Just like significant time periods in history that were break through eras, this time now in our history is unprecedented. It will be memorialized just as the Italian Renaissance, the American Revolution, the Roaring Twenties, the Reconstruction era. We will look back with endearing sentiment as to how this period of civilization was the very doorway to the Golden Age of man.

Although, it is certainly not up to our egos to lead the way with some kind of false sense of power or authority. The spiritual strands of our DNA are being activated, old programs uninstalled, new ones uploaded & then downloaded. We are all being assisted by powers beyond our finite minds. The God-force works tirelessly behind the scenes with our Angels, Guides, Guardians, Elemental & Spiritual beings of light to move us along quicker & more efficiently than we could ever do on our own. This is why we are being told to shelter in place. Not only to protect ourselves & each other from some man made runaway viral infection… but more so for the deeper purpose of allowing the Greater Good to perform its magic on us without the ego’s bundle of poor excuses, blocks, walls, & distractions. We are all now in a more vulnerable, thus receptive state of surrender & this is exactly what Spirit needs in order to implement her new designs into our hearts, minds, lives & family units.

This is all about personal responsibility. Taking personal responsibility not only for your actions & ability to follow the outer directions of our leaders in office, medics & scientists… but also taking personal responsibility for our actions & ability to follow the direction of our intuitive nature, our soul’s passions, our God identities as opposed to the selfish wants & needs of the ego mind. That darn Ego mind who always seems to want it his way with little or no regard for his fellow man or consequences for that matter… like a teenager who doesn’t think–it–through. The ego is an enticer, an entrapper, a empty promiser, an instant gratification prophet. The ego likes to limit us while pretending to give us the world & all the power & satisfaction in it. But, the ego is just a poor sad little means to an end.

The spiritual guidance system within us, is the true leader of our lives. The still small voice within that if we allow to become loud & proud will actually not be so still & small anymore. It will thus begin to dominate our individual existences with unimaginable forces of magic & miracles. Consequently, our lives will no longer be filled with disappointments, false hope, indignation, negative consequences, lack, limitation, fear or frustration. Our lives rather, will begin to light up with the fruits of the spirit in ways formerly unimaginable to just regular people walking around with their heads in the sand.

It’s time for us to release the ego from that secret chamber in our heart, where it resides day after day in chains just rattling around like an old scary stuck ghost in limbo. Go into the light! Let’s unhinge the tired old ego from our heartstrings, always playing the poor me pity card & the infamous blame game… & let him sail off into the sunset of an old Scorsese gangster movie or Tarantino vampire flick.

The time is at hand for all of us to consciously take our rightful places here on earth & transcend the egocentric way of existence to move forward into the vast sea of union with oneness. Love opens codes… to our greater lightbodies. As we ALLOW our souls to surface more & more each day… via self-love, we allow that still small voice to become the big loud voice that will begin calling the shots for us, our loved ones & our communities. The ego is no longer relevant in the New World.  The New World will laugh at the ego as it tries to foolishly assert itself. The New World is filled with people who spot bullshitters & recognize trauma & toxicity for what it is… low vibrational unhealed sad hearts who just willfully refuse to shed their egos & get free.

The New World is not having it. The New World is one of peace, joy & good for the Greater Good. The New World order has had its reckoning with unhealed unhealthy individuals stuck in the pain of past paradigms & released them. As the New World order formulates itself upon this earth, man becomes a greater more instinctual conduit for miracles, wealth, health, joy & love. Man becomes a willing participant in his own co-creation, enjoys the journey of self realization & gathers together with his fellow man to share & inspire & reach greater heights of grace & glory.

There will be no such thing as blame or injustice because man will no longer actively participate in a dark underbelly of self pity or the senseless chatter of fuckery. Everything is enjoyable. Life is good. Gratitude, a higher power. Love, light, integrity, fortitude & loyalty to the one heart presence will be king. Purposeful practices will be second nature. Perfect programs built in & installed. The correlation of everything will look beautiful, not judgmental. The world will be a new & different adventure for us, the light at the end of the tunnel we will actually be LIVING IN. No more tunnel. just the LIGHT. No more sad sad unhealed hearts running around covering up things with senseless addictions, obsessions, & attachments, co-conspirating with each other to employ excuses for not living a full life.

Note to heavy hearts dragging around stuck harbored negative emotions: Get healed. Period. No more excuses.

If you are a human with a beating heart & an active conscious mind… you can most certainly CHOOSE to heal, grow & renovate yourself to reposition your life path for a greater purpose & better day. Humans still stuck in past paradigms of pain, suffering, anger, sadness, lack & limitation, war, poverty & injustice will eventually die off & go right back into the pool of recycled souls & then choose to revisit the earth at a later date, when the world has had a chance to make a fuller recovery.

There is a mass plague of humans that roam the earth right now, that just don’t care. Mother Earth is no longer your dumping ground, your punching bag, your torture chamber for innocents. You shall rightfully be recognized for the plague that you are. “Forgive them father for they know not what they do,” Jesus said. I get it. But, now is not the time in our history, to NOT BE KNOWING what u do. Ignorance is not bliss it’s the biggest deadly sin there is. The ONLY one if ya ask me. Ignorance is the sole reason why any human would behave in any kind of way that’s less than Godly, fortuitous & noble. Enlightenment should be the first desire of all hearts. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God & all else shall be added… ALL ELSE .

Seeking enlightenment to thus exceed any trace of ignorance is nothing but righteous & indefinitely rewarded with the peak performance of the soul engine. Alignment, balance & a state of grace is achieved. Being tuned in, tapped in, & turned on, being in the vortex as the master teacher Esther Hicks would say. These are the fruits of a tree rooted in the soil of enlightenment. Any tree that’s rooted in the soil of the decomposing dead bones of ignorance… will produce rotten fruit. It’s called karma. In other words… reaping what one sows. Planting pearls of wisdom in one’s garden will grow nourishing plants. Planting lies, deceit, hatred, remorse, guilt, contempt, sadness, self pity, blame, misinformation, & misconceptions will grow thorny poisonous weeds, that wind up tangling a person’s life to death. Seek the truth & the truth will seek you. Be the conscious leader of your life, a true believer in goodness, kindness & grace. Be a dedicated disciplined consistent constant vibration of balanced unbiased intention. Pay attention. To all the signs & small voices, to all the simplicities & to your soul speaking.

Pay attention to the nuances, to nature, to the unfolding of things, the subtleties of things, the energy of a person, the aura of a room, the intentions of the people around you. Pay attention to the path your on, the feelings that arise, the emotions that well up, the enthusiasm that dawn’s with a new idea, the passion that emerges with a new friend, the peace of a restful sleep, the calming cozy cleanse of a rainstorm. Pay attention. Pay attention to the sun on your face, the Vitamin D absorbing into your skin, the space in between… where the magic happens, where the hidden gems are found. Pay attention to your dreams, the food you eat, the television you watch, what you consume, what you listen to & read, what you feed into, what you believe. Pay attention to your body, your cravings, your feelings, your passions. Pay attention to your words, your thoughts, your deeds, your actions, your behaviors & moods.

“Know thyself.”

Shelter in place… to thus “Know thyself.”

Self-knowledge is the key to the knowledge of Truth or God. And throughout the ages, all the great enlightened beings taught this.
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Self-knowledge is the key to the knowledge of Truth or God. And throughout the ages, all the great enlightened beings taught this.
 
  • “Know Thyself” – Socrates
  • “Examine yourself & understand who you are… Whoever does not know self, does not know anything. But, whoever knows self, has acquired the knowledge of the universe.” ~ Jesus, Book of Thomas (Gnostic Gospels)
 
  • “Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.” – Lao-Tzu
  • “This is true knowledge, to seek the Self…To seek anything else is ignorance.” – Bhagavad-Gita
  • “The body is the temple of the gods within you. And therefore, it is said, “Man: know thyself.” – ~ Egyptian Proverb
  • “Jesus said, ‘When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you shall know that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty.’” – Gospel of Thomas
  • “Those who know and realize the Self are forever free.” – Katha Upanishad
  • “All the scriptures tell us one thing: Know Thyself. If you have known yourself, you have known everything else.” – Swami Satchidananda
 
Spiritual Law, How to know God, Self realizationBut, what is self-knowledge?
 
If we say, “I know myself” – meaning our outer shape, body, form such knowledge will never lead to the knowledge of God.
If we say, “I know myself – I am (insert your name)”, well that tells us nothing either for that is just a label which our parents have chosen to attach to our form when the “true you” was born into this world.
 
Real self-knowledge consists in knowing what we are within! It is knowing where we have come from, where we are going, and for what purpose we have entered this world.
 
Now there are lesser reasons (purposes) as to why we are here. Some of us need to learn about patience, love, or compassion, while others may need to learn about forgiveness, mercy, etc… But our greater purpose is to realize that we have all come from the same “Source’” – that we are one with God. Our great purpose is to recognize or awaken to the truth of our inner being. Even Christ’s great message was that we are all Children of God – divine sparks hidden within this body. And recognizing your divine self is the key to your freedom.
 
You come from a royal lineage – one of love, compassion, peace, strength, happiness, wisdom, and courage. To define ourselves in terms of our limited human nature is a desecration of the image of God within us. We must learn to not identify ourselves with that which must pass away, for that part of us is not real. What is real is the eternal part – and we are eternal for we are energy.
 
So, do not dwell on your short-comings and do not dwell on your faults. Why should you dwell on negativity and limitation when God doesn’t mind your imperfections. Instead, dwell upon your innate perfection. Contemplate the part of you made in the image & likeness of God, and claim your birth-right. For, when you know thyself as It’s child, you become empowered by all you have inside.
 
So, make it your purpose to know thyself. For, within you is hidden the treasure of treasures. And if you
“know thyself you will know the universe & God.” – Pythagoras
 
Now meditation is a priceless tool for attaining this knowledge because it is an inner looking practice. It helps us to see what’s really going on within our hearts & minds. It also helps us to realize the truth of reality. And as the great Carl Jung once said,
“The person who looks outside, dreams; the person who looks inside, awakens”.
Awakens to what?  Self-knowledge or God-realization.
 
Through this realization, we can confidently & boldly declare with certainty that “I & the Father are one!”
 
Blessing on your journey and may each of your days be filled with an abundance of love, happiness, & peace! ~ Anthony Profeta

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A little Metaphysics for ya…

“I believe we create every so-called illness in the body. The body like everything else in life is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. the body is always talking to us if we will only take the time to listen. Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak. Continuous modes of thinking and speaking produce body behaviors and postures & ‘eases’ or diseases.

Not every mental equivalent is 100% true for everyone however it does give us a point of reference to begin our search for the cause of the disease. Many people working in alternative healing therapies use the ‘Heal your Body’ book all the time with their clients and find that the mental causes run 90 to 95% true.”

— “You can heal your life” by Louise Hay

The following are a list of probable mental patterns that create illnesses in the body. I will also list the new thought pattern, mantra or affirmation that can be used to clear the disease, & create health, but can also be used to prevent the disease, just as effectively. If you REALLY want to PROTECT YOURSELF during these risky times, make sure that you consciously repeat ALL the following “New Thought Patterns” over & over again daily, until you actually believe them all by default. Really engage your heart & mind, to FEEL the LOVE contained within these belief patterns.


Covid 19 Symptoms:

1. Influenza:

Probable cause: Response to mass negativity & beliefs. Fear. Belief in statistics.

New thought pattern: I am beyond group beliefs or the calendar. I am free from all congestion & Influence. (INFLUEN-za)

  1. Incurable:

Probable cause: Cannot be cured by outer means at this point. We must go within to affect the cure it came from nowhere and will go back from nowhere.

New thought pattern: Miracles happen every day. I go within to dis-SOLVE the pattern that created this and I now accept a divine healing. And so it is!

  1. Viral Infections:

Probable cause: Lack of joy flowing through life. Bitterness.

New Thought Pattern: I lovingly allow joy to flow freely in my life. I love me.

  1. Infection:

Probable cause: Irritation, anger, & annoyance.

New thought pattern: I choose to be peaceful & harmonious.

  1. Fever:

Probable Cause: Anger. Burning up.

New thought pattern: I am the cool, calm expression of peace & love.

  1. Respiratory ailments:

Probable cause: Fear of taking in life FULLY.

New thought pattern: I am safe. I love my life.

The LUNGS represent our capacity to take in or give out life. Problems with the lungs usually mean we are afraid to take in life or perhaps we feel we do not have the right to live life fully.

 

  1. Breathing problems:

Probable cause: Fear or refusal to take in life fully. Not feeling the right to take up space or even exist.

New thought pattern: I love life. It is safe to live. It is my birthright to live fully & freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully.

  1. Anxiety:

Probable cause: Not trusting the flow & process of life.

New thought pattern: I love & approve of myself & I trust the process of life. I am safe.

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Leather and Cigarettes: 80s kid life

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Today is my birthday, was born September 18th 1974, hurricane season. Stay tuned for a bitchin’ 80s rewind, after I bring ya up to speed on the current temp of me now, circa 2019. Not quite sure how interesting I am to ya, so, if you only have time for the 80s Rewind, feel free to scroll down to: Leather & Cigarettes. Otherwise, Class of ’92 folks, & all my Gen-Xer peers, will enjoy this whole article. Keep reading!

For the past 5 years, I have been going stag. It’s been my great pleasure to be removed from the relationship dynamic, to rewire my programs & become totally free. A few weeks ago, I cut my hair pretty short, cause I am ready to begin a new chapter. Aaaaaand… it starts NOW. 

Regarding my birth date, technically the cusp doesn’t start until tomorrow, but after much research over the years, I definitively consider myself both a Virgo & a Libra. For those of you who roll yer eyes & think astrology is a myth, think again. The movement, science & design of the planets, moon & stars significantly influence everything. Up to & including you there pal, whether you agree or not. Kinda like God. The God Force & Universal law indefinitely eternally exist & are indeed structurally sound, no matter what, beyond what any man decides to think or say about it.

“In Astrology, your Birthday is known as your Solar Return. It’s when the Sun returns to the precise position it was at the moment you took your first breath as your “Sun Sign” here on earth. Ever wondered where the Birthday greeting “many happy returns” comes from? Well, now you know. Every single year that passes, your transiting Sun returns to the exact location in the heavens as your natal sun… providing unique insight into the planetary energies and influences that will affect your upcoming year.”

—www.numerologist.com

I turn 45 today. The U.S. is in the age of the 45th president, El Trump-O. And, here’s a little numerology for ya… feel free to scroll past if you’re not interested.

A number’s meaning can be thought of as the number’s basic tone or vibration. As an overview, the numerology number 45 represents a composite energy containing the ideas of:

  • Humanitarianism
  • Compassion
  • Pragmatism
  • Conscientiousness
  • Adventure

The 45 essence contains:

  • the 9’s essence, such as humanitarianism, compassion, and philanthropy,
  • plus a dose of the 4’s focus, pragmatism, and conscientiousness.
  • plus a dose of the 5’s adventure, curiosity, and expression of personal freedom.

The result is a unique essence.

45 is pragmatic, not easily persuaded by hyperbole. It is an active existence. And generous with its skills and time. It’s creative, tolerant, compassionate, and intent on doing the world some good.

The number 45 essence generally prefers interaction with others.

It’s also worldly and sophisticated, and has a global consciousness — aware that much needs to be done to bring humanity to a more ideal existence. It’s both idealistic and pragmatic. It provides generous charity for individuals and organizations dedicated to the benefit of mankind.

The essence is nonjudgmental, deeming no value difference between itself, its neighbors, and people living in different cultures in other parts of the world. There’s no judgement of lifestyles, societal expectations, religious beliefs, and political practices — unless they oppose the work 45 is doing, in which case 45 can be quite persistent in accomplishing the vision regardless of opposition.

Imagine welfare of humanity as your highest priority. Compassion and tolerance are innate, as is idealism. You are pragmatic in your pursuit of helping people and you get results. Occasionally, you go off on an adventure, yet are always conscious that things need to be done to get humankind on a better plane.

That’s 45.

—affinitynumerology.com

Honestly, I think 45 years old, is young. I love my age. I don’t dread another birthday or shame getting older. I think it’s a true achievement to have conquered another year on this planet. And it’s a sheer privilege to get to embark on yet another go of it this year, despite the risks (though, isn’t that what makes it fun?). I don’t feel old, I feel wise. I feel accomplished. I feel initiated, or finally sworn into the Cool Kids Club. We are seasoned, have seniority, clout, accrued standards, strong muscles, a well defined palate, clear boundaries, plenty of life experience, a depth of vast understanding, a valid proven stand point & a pretty boss vocab, if ya ask me. If we were a stock… our holders would be pretty rich by now.

I feel like the mid-aged ruby red fine 100% proud to be Italian… wine, I am. I might not be old vine oak yet… but, I’m definitely spiked with subtle notes of warm toasted apple cigar box vanilla. I definitely feel more powerful, healthy, abundant, whole & balanced more than ever before, despite my tendency to sulk & question my whole existence once a week. After select long pauses of quiet desperation, or voracious venting fits to a good listener… I usually bounce back pretty fast.

I gotta say though, despite my wisdom, I most definitely picked the Fool card out of the Tarot deck a time or two (or three) in the past few years. Learning lessons the hard way by trial & error, is definitely not my favorite thing. But, oh well… a sense of humor… is like, in a bejeweled holster on my hip, for the golden quick draw of self-deprecating oh so charming sweet sweet sarcasm.

If I couldn’t laugh & have a tail wagger with four paws & stink feet, I would have been a statistic long ago. Those of us with brain damage from a history of heavy drug use, have a few more emotional loose strings than the average Joe or Jill. Not making excuses, just saying. “Recovered addict” folks have to catch up the lazy brain parts that got left behind nodded out under a tree somewhere. Whether its two years or 20, the last time a person got high, the lazy brain is always having to up its game. It’s a lifelong process. This Opioid crisis we have right now in the midst of humanity is gonna wind up eventually turning into a lazy brain crisis when they all get clean, & droves of folks have to retrain their brains to catch up. It’s the nature of the beast. Oh well, all the best to ya, mates…

Since its my birthday, I think it’s fitting to say, I certainly believe in ageless beauty, unedited, unfiltered, minimal make-up if any, bra-less (if I lived in Spain) & pretty much… no airs. Just me, sitting on the dock of the bay swingin my feet watchin’ the gulls play & the little waves bounce. I like to think I am past having to explain myself to anyone, & over the hump of trying too hard or people pleasing. What you see is what you get, drama doesn’t do anything for me, & responding rather than reacting is a good skill. I’ve honed in on the ability to think>>>things>>>through. And, those moments that deserve no filter & the uncensored truth… I’m your gal. 🙂

Self preservation is of utmost importance at this stage of the game. I have my RX regimen down pat pretty good by now. I believe in natural organic earthy preservation of youth. Clean eating, exercise, stretching, meditation, recalibrating the soul via communion with nature. Stress will put ya underground in a box fast, (not to mention, give ya bags, lines & wrinkles). I try not to worry too much, despite my tendency to get melancholy & hormonal on special occasions. Paying attention, & slowing down once in a while… popping out from behind the techno curtain of the screen, is usually a good idea.

I believe in downtime, a good night’s sleep, solitude, & regular R&R, just as much as rigorous activity, ambitious pursuit, & social engagement. If you are gonna “work hard,” “play hard,” I guess. Balance & moderation are our best co-pilots. I don’t believe in regrets, that’s no fun. I can’t say I practice what I preach all the time… but who can? We are all flawed little human captives of Earth. I don’t believe in deterioration, either. 99 is the new 50, haven’t ya heard? We have slowed down the aging process… kudos to us! Remember those days when our grandparents were only like 30, & they looked not a day under 55? Lol. The idea of aging felt so grim back then.

Regarding the likes of “shit happening,” what’s done is done. No use in worrying or obsessing or running around like a nut in the jungle of thorny “why me” trees. What for? Who cares. No one is keeping score, really. It’s all imaginary bullshit jibber jabbering in your head like a penny jangling around in a tin can piggy bank. What ya did or didn’t do, what ya coulda, shoulda, woulda, & how your life would be so next level, if you weren’t such a dumb-ass whenever that random time was before. Why do that to yourself? It’s not nice. Let it go. It’s time. No use in getting the panties in a wad, sweating small stuff or bein’ your own worst enemy ‘n’ shit. Spilled milk is exactly that: spilled. And, for the record, the future can be totally shifted in your favor still yet based on your behavior in the present… to not have anxiety over it, & instead visualize its glory. Up to you there, champ.

Those pesky times when I find that I’m caught up in the struggle, I remind myself of how it could be so much worse. A bee coulda flew in my can of Pepsi today & then stung the crap outta my lips, or, I coulda got food poisoning & been trapped in a work bathroom stall of all places, or I coulda locked BOTH sets of keys in the car, or dropped my phone in the unflushed toilet bowl (yellow rice for dinner anyone?).

Not to minimize the impact of anyone’s twist of fate, bad luck, mood or day, but some people are like trapped in refugee prison camps n shit. Keep trucking, everything improves eventually. It’s the nature of duality & 3 dimensional gravity. What goes up must come down, & vice versa. I try to keep in mind that life is a big goddamn paradoxical adventure filled with discrepancies & contradictions that alotta times don’t even make sense. Everything seems alright in the world, until all of a sudden IT’S NOT. Blind sided, like a little bitch. So, “So what, who cares”… is my newest motto. Life goes on. A strong level of detachment proves a trusty companion.

Hootin’, hollarin’, whining, crying, struggling & trying, permitted only in micro bursts. It all comes down to two things (unless you live in Comfortzone-ville on Complacent Street) one, the ability to tuck the fear-based ego back into its wasps nest & dare to live free despite its rather rude interference & two, coping skills. Which yes, people, I’m still polishing.

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I gotta say, I don’t prefer the company of those who feel they have to put people down to feel good about themselves or who play the holier than thou card to gain leverage or advantage. We are all different. Every circumstance, & experience… is tailored to a unique moment in time. I’ve learned, true empathy comes only from walking in another persons shoes. Otherwise, it’s just mere ego based speculation. You can keep that shit in the junk drawer next to the scissors, old keys, random pills & shriveled up balloon animals.

“It is what it is,” another good slogan to iron on your tee shirt. You & me & everyone else are exactly where we are meant to be, in the scheme of things, all things considered. We are then thus where indeed we are supposed to be… which is, here, in this moment, which, if we are good little conscious creators… Is where we will choose to be grateful.

#GratfulAF

The Universe has playfully paired me with a feline reflection at this time in my life, by perfect whisker snouted sweet design. Her name is MOOSE, and she is the coolest alive stuffed animal ever, & very much a hit in my circle. She has proven to be thee most social butterfly cat that ever lived, a service animal/emotional support cat of sorts, & can most likely be labeled a 100% genuine Cat-DOG, with a kissing issue. She is the most loved animal, I have ever had. She is so open that she lets me massage her tail, bite her lips, pull her whiskers, scratch in between her toes, pick her nose, smack her belly & flick her ears. Sometimes, I don’t even think she’s real. She’s just an illusory fun magic cartoon creature that Angels or Aliens sent me temporarily… to help me through. Hahahahaha…

This year on this birthday, I have made an executive decision to not allow myself to be bullied by lack, limitation or loneliness. I have decided once & for all, to not ever again focus on… what I DO NOT have (for long periods of time, anyway)… It screws up my manifestation skills & messes royally with my point of attraction, prohibiting me from creating the life I deserve. Also, included in some clause in fine print somewhere, I have decided not to set myself up, due to the haunts of prior patterns.

That said, previous years, unfortunately, on or around my birthday, I have been pulled over (& all that comes with it), hand cuffed, locked up, beat up, jumped, chased, robbed, broke down on the side of the road, incarcerated or in a rehab, fired from several (good) jobs, kicked out unexpectedly of some living situation, living in my car, curled up in a ball crying my eyes out, sitting in an ER somewhere, & I got a really bad case of Bells Palsy (my second month in Wilmington @ birthday #41) which completely rocked my world in the most terrifying way. And, I haven’t told anyone this in a long while… But, back in the day… 20 years ago… my prison inmate # was my exact birth date (091874) when I got arrested>>>on my exact birthday<<< the year of 9/11. And those inmate #’s are TOTALLY RANDOM. Um, weird coincidence.

Strung around my birthday week like a halo of spinning cartooned tweetie birds when ya get the wind knocked out of ya, my bell always got rung over the years, it never failed. Somehow, whether I like it or not, it always seems, that some big giant monumental change is destined to shake things up around the day of my birth, a sinister reset button, if you will.

My ex threw me a surprise party at age 21 or 22, circa 1995-ish, which was magical, & all my loved ones were there, but after that… the book of my birthdays had some whole other shit planned. That was 25 years ago. That’s a crapload of birthdays, I felt impending doom since. My birthday, even up until last year, had a black cloud looming in the background, which wound up pouring acid rain on me pretty hard, in a most unexpected way. Just when ya think you are in the clear (and you have a bunch of positive fortune cookie fortunes to prove it)… a bomb drops. That was the buried belief I’ve had for a long time, so, I’ve been tiptoeing around the sleeping dogs of September with my helmet on for a while now.

Today, it all changes. Like I said, it’s executive decision time. Impending doom… be gone!! Tough times, unwelcome surprises, self sabotage, betrayal, repeat offenses, illness, anger, arguments, fights & volatile disagreements… ENDED, over, null, void, banished. So it is! This September, & from now forward I am changing my fate. “Attention! Henchmen of the Black Cloud Council… stay the fudge in your lane, I’m not your bitch anymore.”

Moving on to brighter days then, I will have you know that doesn’t mean I’m now magically crowned a little angel with perfect manners. I may not welcome gloom or doom any longer, but I sure as shit will always keep the screen door unlocked for those savvy little charming guilty pleasures, once in a while.

Speaking of the little devils… you got me, I admit it, even though I gave it up (like 78 separate times), not a day goes by that I don’t really really want a cigarette. It’s my 45th birthday… maybe I will smoke one today, just for old times sake. Fine, I will pretend it’s a cigar, which is more celebratory & socially acceptable then, if that keeps my moral compass’ trap shut. A nice cold mentholy strong street gang Newport 100 with that sneaky little sweet rush at the end. Dang things. Givin’ up the sheer swag of the cool factor was probably always the hardest part of the “quit,” honestly. Love that prop… it was my thing. Gum, candy & toothpicks just don’t say: “keep your shit up… & I’ll smack ya one,” quite like the lovely pairing of a stink eye & a smoke hanging from a bottom lip does. Jus sayin’…

The following is a list of celebrities my age, in the 45club, you might know & love. We were all wee tykes, eating outta Muppets, Star Wars, Smurfs, He Man, Hulk, Barbie, or Care Bears lunch boxes in fifth grade in 1985. We were all likely playing the shit outta some Tag, doing cartwheels & hand stands, competing who could swing higher, jumping rope, climbing trees or monkey bars & jumping into piles of coats… lol.

Jimmy Fallon (we are only born a day apart); David Muir; Penelope Cruz; Leonardo DiCaprio; Jay from “Jay & silent Bob,” Allanis Morrisette, Julian Castro (D), Mos Def, Beanie Sigel, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Eva Mendes, Seth MacFarlane, Victoria Beckem, Nas, Hilary Swank, Derek Jeeter, Tyra Banks, Steve-O, Mario Lopez, Neve Campbell, Jenna Jameson, Seth Myers, Nick Lachey, Kate Moss, CeeLo Green, Terrell Owens, Jillian Michaels, Ryan Seacrest, Lil Kim, Nelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Elizabeth Banks, Ryan Phillipe, Chloe Sevigny, Alyson Hannigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Settle in, pop the corn… In honor of my Gen-X co-conspirators… I’m about to herald the 1980s!

Leather & Cigarettes

The aroma of leather & cigarettes mingling in the air reminds me of my Pop when he was in his prime. It was back in the day when Rock & Bowl was the signature spot on a Saturday night, feathered winged back hair was trendy, & you could win a feathered roach clip at the neighborhood carnival (I really did). Knee socks were in, “Lipsycning” was cool, the Kmart snack bar was still kickin’, & my mom called jeans: dungarees. “Three’s Company” was winding into its last season, everybody knew your name at a bar affectionately called “Cheers,” & “Campfire” TV was just beginning to fade away as the VCR was invented. My mom had a 78 burnt orange gremlin with white stripes & no seat belts she just traded in for a red/orange barely loaded, as is, plastic made 80s Honda. I was always scared to get into that thing, even at age 7, I knew it was a deathtrap.

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Like the kind you might still find bolted to a wood work bench in a hole in the wall small town dusty mechanic’s garage, we still had rotary telephones. Mustard yellow, baby blue or army green colored ones hung on the wall with stretched out tangled cords that hit the ground. And how could anyone forget that ring? That earth-shattering oh so vociferous ring tone would shake windows, & shrill right through walls & down the street & slap ya in the face if it could. We also had big push button phones too then, with big bulky answering machines with removable mini cassette tapes. It was the age of digital clocks & watches, sweat bands, boom boxes, wicker & that tacky mirrored wallpaper left over from the 70s in everybody’s powder room.

With forensic science only in its infancy stage, the infamous cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was just getting warmed up, joyfully leaving his DNA all over the place with no regrets. “Dead Heads” & VW buses were spotted all over town, & free basing cocaine, now called “crack rock,” was the dangerous new craze amongst high & low brow circuits alike, making meth pale in comparison for a stretch.

Weed was called “dope,” joints, “doobies,”AIDS was feared, gays were hiding in plain sight, black lives matter was definitely not a thing yet, & women just entered the workplace in force as secretaries & what not. Main Street was still very much alive… with graffiti laced walls, but… the “store front” was still a booming industry. Walmart didn’t rule school yet, Mom & Pop were still tucking us in at night. Tailors, RX Drug Stores, Italian bakeries, butcher shops, boutiques, book stores & Jewish delis were still surviving around almost every corner.

Ronald Reagan the actor, just got elected President, you could still smoke on airplanes, & as disco flew out the door with bell-bottoms, MTV was just starting to catch fire. Heavy Metal was spawning cults & suicides, the New Wave British invasion would brand music history, Michael Jackson was about to go viral, Rap music was this underground sensation just beginning to bubble to the top, & Punk was definitely NOT dead.

{Fun Fact: Forensic DNA analysis was first used in 1984. It was developed by Sir Alec Jeffreys, who realized that variation in the genetic code could be used to identify individuals and to tell individuals apart from one another.}

My newly divorced Dad, early thirties, sporting a genuine leather “Thriller” jacket, was always takin’ me through the car-wash in his fully loaded leather-bound Lincoln Continental. It felt like a cool safari ride to mini-me then. Mysterious soapy snake things hitting the winda, the spooky suds made the car go dark inside & bein’ in neutral, felt like a phantom was the driver. My dad made it fun, he knew how to trick me, plus “Scooby Doo” was every kid’s staple back then, everything was somehow sneaky, suspicious & possibly haunted. Zoinks!

My dad had a brand new leased luxury vehicle every 2 or 3 years all his life, it was his M.O. Never seen anyone so smitten with their vehicles. It was how he represented himself to the world. The kind of car he drove was of utmost importance, especially when he pulled up to a customer’s house with carpet samples for an estimate. The guy was a sharp dresser & make no mistake, Caddies & Lincolns are where the buck stopped. The guy was obsessed with Turtle Wax, Armor All, old ripped up tee shirt rags & coconut spray car freshener. He always had tasty cakes in the center console, a lukewarm 7-11 coffee in the drink holder & the pull down ashtray was always kinda smoldering & full. No matter how clean the car was, there were always ashes flying around. Jimmy Carter was the guest of dishonor on right wing radio subliminally streaming always on in the background. I was like 8 or 9, adorned in those gumball ponytail holder pigtails or woven ribbon barrettes that hung down with beads. My pop always smelled good, had gold rings on & some fruity candy of some sort & I definitely thought my Dad was a Rock Star…

It was circa 1983, I had a killer sticker book (actually more like 3 or 4), courtesy of our father/daughter midweek moo-moo/Q-mart runs after school. Unicorns were definitely my spirit animal, E.T., stuffed animals, Atari, Sea Monkeys, Madonna, “Fraggle Rock,” & pretend friends my forte. I ran up to pet every single dog I saw, assaulted every gumball machine with a pulse, & I played every pinball machine, & piano I could get my little hands on. I reckon I still had a fighting chance at becoming a talented phenom maybe or just at least a regular productive emotionally stable human being with my own family & what not.

In the early eighties I had the dillusion that my mother could still be a somewhat sweet & kind nurturing soul (in there somewhere was the good fairy, I thought). My grandmother still had Sunday spaghetti dinners choc full of meat-a-balls-a, soss-age & braciole (pronounced: Braa-shole). My dad was moved out from the divorce, but everything still felt sort of pleasant to me for some reason, between migraines & crying spells anyway. When the snow fell on the County Line in those days, it still felt fresh & magical, & hot chocolate & Xmas cookies were filled with jam not fat, calories & guilt, & I felt like people still cared about me, & that I mattered. In retrospect, I was still little enough to be a liability I suppose… so grownups had no choice but to take care of me. That’s how I see it now… anyway.

Awe, bless her heart.

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Here they are… my uncle & my dad (on right)… the dynamic duo. Ernie & Gary, their names were almost synonymous with each other back in the day. Sadly, eventually they broke up, & these old friends became enemies later in life. But in this photo, these two pals were my world back then. Little kid me was always the indiscriminate fly on the wall of their kooky friendship & fun, dysfunctional, love/hate bro-mance. They were in the carpet business together, like partners, for all intents & purposes. I was the sole casualty of my parents split at the time, & so, Uncle Gary was the guy who distracted me from the friction of the family feud for a spell.

One of the summers to follow… was “Live Aid…” July circa 1985. Not only was it to be the largest concert ever held in history, but it was being held right in my back yard! Uncle Gary VHS’ed the whole 3 day event front & center at Mom-Mom’s house on the pea green old itchy chair still half covered in plastic. He wore pulled up basketball socks with the red ring stripe & a pair of white converse, & I was wearin’ jelly’s, & spotted with red Ringpop goo. I mighta been a kid, but I knew exactly the moment Queen flew on that stage, Phil Collins flew back & forth from London on the Red Eye in an hour flat & when young mullet-fied revolutionary Bono rose to the occasion with freedom bells on, introduced by none other than Mister Jack Nicholson. I mighta had a bad case of poison ivy, but I was squatted right on that floor, calamine lotioned up & glued from end to end. What an amazing monumental pop culture event it was… every single second, biting at the bit for the next act, not to mention: EVERYONE was there. It was superstar heaven, literally, every Rock & Roll Great was in attendance.

{Fun Fact: 150 million pounds: The amount that Live Aid raised for famine relief in Ethiopia. It works out to some $245 million U.S. 162,000: The number of people who attended the two main Live Aid concerts — 72,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium and 90,000 in Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium.}

Loved that worn gruffy spot in that old brown rug at my mom-mom’s house on Lakevue Drive, In Willow Grove Pennsylvania. Right in front of the floor model tube, X marked the spot for the kid butt to be planted. Freeze pops, pudding pops, or a big fat trough of vitamin D milk saturated sugary cereal was the eighties kid’s finest indulgence. Yep, I was raised on high fructose corn syrup with the best of them. Musta drank a million gallons of milk too, unfortunately. Ignorance is bliss, as they say. It went with the territory back then, I guess. Bless our little cute Stone-age hearts…

Despite our less evolved nature, the eighties was a revolutionary decade, to say the least. The dawn of talk shows was the original Reality Television. Oprah, Phil Donahue, Morton Downy Jr., Geraldo Rivera, Sally Jesse, started significant taboo conversations about controversial topics. The buzzing of current hot button issues thus created a very poignant proactive platform. The general public could now openly share their stories, relate, connect & heal. People had a stage to hash things out, argue, vent & clash all kinds of personalities & viewpoints. Skeletons were flying out of closets by the dozens. Tempers were flaring so irreverently, & it all was so deliciously damn necessary… lol. I remember specifically being in 6th grade & running home from the bus to catch Oprah at 4pm. Her show riveted that little 11 year old. If I recall correctly, that is when I began to put everything into perspective & could really counsel my Dad through his shit. Lol. That’s funny. Thanks, Big “O!”

The Eighties was the home of “the one hit wonders” that we all made up dances to. Classic legendary sitcoms coveted our after dinner time slots. Like, if it’s odd & obscure, or had some kind of parable behind it with a feel good lesson in the end, or weird-ball scatterbrain characters enmeshed in slapstick comedy… it came from the eighties, no doubt.

Infomercials, “The Headbangers Ball,” & David Letterman gave us late night wings, reruns of the Brady bunch & Happy Days made us feel safe, & lunchtime reruns of The Munsters, Adams Family, & Bewitched made us feel like it’s okay to be different, lol. The Love Boat & Fantasy Island put a little Pina Colada magic in the air, Dallas & Dynasty, made us feel seductive & fancy, while Entertainment Tonight & Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous put a little diamond twinkle in our eyes. Saturday Night Live was exactly that: LIVE. It was spontaneous, edgy, silly, sardonic, politically charged, wildly funny & trendsetting at its finest. In the 80s, SNL was in its prime & chock full of the budding talent of all the famous celebrity comics we have today.

So many other classic TV shows & movies were born & raised in the decade of iconic pop culture. The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard, Knight Rider, Chips, Miami Vice… I mean… we make movies out of these gems today. And, Hollywood sure had its hands full… Sixteen Candles, Ferris Beullers Day Off, Say It Again (boombox, “In your eyes…”), The Goonies, Poltergeist, Spaceballs, Moonstruck, Stand by me, The Terminator, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, Aliens, Die hard, Star wars, Trading Places, The Gremlins, E.T., Karate Kid, The Lost Boys, Dirty dancing, Beverly Hills Cop, Scarface, Risky Business, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Cocoon, the Rocky sequels, Nightmare on Elmstreet, all the Halloween sequels, Friday the 13th, Full Metal Jacket, Big, Weekend at Bernie’s… blockbuster memorable hits. The eighties was a whirlpool of strong IDEAS. The imagination was running wild. Inventions & original ideas were overwhelmingly abundant & so apparent, as art imitated life. So many household names we have today were founded in the 1980s.

We had the HOTTEST Hair Bands… come on! Ladies?! Van Halen, Bon Jovi, White Snake, Poison, Def Leopard, Motley Crue, Warrant, Cinderella, White Snake, Skid Row, Ratt>>> DEFINED Glam Rock. They were the O.G.’s of boy bands, if ya ask me… the original… slutty version. They were the sexiest & prettiest boys to ever slide across a stage in skin tight jeans, leather pants & snake tattoos. They coined the rocker howl & made panting in a song or crawling toward a camera, not creepy. This was the birthplace of bad ass ballads with dramatic synthesizer story lines. They would choreograph their rugged high voices & share a sweaty communal microphone singing into a video camera while rippin’ some killer panty-dropper guitar solos. Lol! This is the stuff, “Guitar Hero” was made of. This is the stuff the Jersey Shore was made of & make-out sessions in the back seat of muscle cars were sound tracked to. The Eighties were so like, totally gnarly, bra…

Video killed the radio star. Ya think? Prince was the king of innovative punk funk, MJ, a straight pop phenomenon, Madonna, a women’s lib movement all by herself. The Police, The Cure, Metallica, U2, big time musical genius was woven into the fabric of our culture then. Hip Hop gave a voice to the streets, gave the mess a message, leading to “Rap for a reason” Mind Revolution music & eventually political Gangster Rap.

Did someone say “Silicon Valley?” Technology in every form… erupted, the video revolution jumped off, the arcade was born, home movies, home video game consoles, cassette tapes, cordless phones, answering machines, “call waiting,” 1-900-milliondollar-a-minute-dirty-talk hotlines, & typewriters turned into computer key boards with monitors & memory. The world’s first commercial handheld cell phone became available to the public in March 1984. And, need I say… “WalkMan??” A game-changer for all… Geez, I could go on & on. Hope ya had fun!

The Eighties… I love that I lived it.

*DEDICATED TO: Mister STEVE WEST

(Love ya, kid!)

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About the Author

My name is Jenay (JZapp), I was born in the hurricane season circa 1974, which makes perfect sense, because I certainly do like ta shake shit up. I am a writer. I write & write & write, that’s what I do. I came out of the womb with a fat lip from fighting off the earthlings tryin’ to pull me out onto this godforsaken land. No doubt I was snapping gum (if a toothless baby could snap gum), sporting a green sun visor, brandishing a pen & white legal pad, making lists & taking notes. It was September 18th, which was the five year anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, bell-bottoms were en vogue, Eric Clapton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff” just hit the Billboard top 100, & it was fondly the era of the sexual revolution, better known as “Free Love.”

I knew how to write before I could talk or walk if that makes any sense. If writing was a faucet of running gold…. I would be the Queen of England, Egypt, and 12 other great empires. I would live in a golden castle with a golden cat & eat golden cucumbers. Diamond chips would be shooting out of my fingertips. Writing is what I do best. It’s how I live. It’s what I know. It’s timeless. It’s healing. It’s cathartic. It releases unwanted emotions. It exonerates. It liberates. It validates. It vindicates. It provides resolutions, answers, clues, closure, knowledge, information, wisdom, comic relief & enlightenment. I NOW HAVE THREE published books available on Amazon.com.

I am most definitely a wordsmith. Frankly, I have way too much fun with words, I can’t resist. I have some serious spunk & there’s no denyin’ my audacious attitude. I am my own brand of freelance writer & reporter of current, relevant, buzzworthy topics. I write colorful articles, create moods, stir things up, am brutally honest & have no apologies, & if ya don’t like me, oh well.

I’d like to think that my writing style is a blended firestorm of bursting color, & a healthy trail mix of Saturday Night Live, Sarah Silverman, Marisa Peer, Esther Hicks, Bob Marley, Bono, Kathy Lee & Hoda, Jimmy Fallon & a tiny sweet little dash of the Royal Renegade of radio… Dr. Michael Savage. I am a melting pot of many influential people. You don’t have to agree with me. I don’t have to always be right. I will say it how I see it, anyway.
I am a poet. I claim poetic license to the max, in or out of rhyme. I am an Artist of Word Art. What I write is deliberate. The English language is a “living” language that is still evolving. It’s not Latin. “Proper” grammar or sentence structure, etcetera, etcetera… may or may not apply here, thereof. So those of you who either may be nitpickers or English majors, put on some sunglasses, put your feet up, & flip on some tunes, cause nobody’s countin’ commas at this party.

If you read through my blog (Tap FOLLOW!)… you will find that I am a bit of a diplomat, pleasantly patriotic and am quite an ambassador for female empowerment and principles. I’m also a tried & true Culinary Grad, a foodie for sure, & recently embarked upon a Vegan lifestyle, so I feature plenty of nutrient-rich intel. As a “recovered addict,” reformed Catholic, abuse & rape survivor, I am a significant advocate for addicts, those in recovery, victims of abuse, animal rights, anyone ready to embrace their power & improve the quality of their life. I wear a hero helmet most days that reads: “power to the people” on the front, and “justice” on the back. I believe in equality, respect, unity, peace, & the eternal Divine force of Universal Law.

Furthermore, I am an Empath. This means I have the gift of clairsentience which loosely translated, means: “clear sensing.” And thus, I have a supersonic capacity to feel, sense energy & experience everything in detailed technicolor. Empathic souls absorb more than non-empathic people. We typically have a deeper understanding of life… & not by choice. We are born sensitives. I literally feel the pain of a wine-soaked drowning fruit fly. It gets even more amplified when I’m high… lol. Look out! She’s a philosopher!

This hyper-developed sensory perception has given me the ability to channel intel from higher dimensions, & over years of continued contact, I have become fluent in these transmissions via writing. In addition, empaths are the arch nemesis of narcissists… which is probably why I tend to have a bone to pick (more like 5 or 10) with any kind of controlling, egocentric, self- serving, dictatorial non-diplomacy.

What I stand for is non-denominational, non-affiliated, nonpartisan & all-inclusive. I am an amplifier of goodness & Light. It could be said that I am a proactive agent for the greater good. I espouse positive thinking. I consider myself a leader in the Conscious Revolution, a Light Guide/Life Coach/Spiritual advisor all rolled into the cool girl next door. Thanx for reading!
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