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Defining Cooperative Leadership

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In a world filled with upheaval and less than effective leadership, no matter the country, government, corporation, etc., it is necessary to look for and participate in new or at least progressive, inclusive and grounded processes that lead to win-win outcomes for all involved, no matter how small or large the endevour.

It is so necessary for current leadership, (government, business, community, group, private and public) to re-evaluate how they think, act, determine outcomes, fund projects and formulate the ultimate manifested outcomes of the visions or goals desired.

No one person is an ultimate authority on the perfect how to accomplish such a monumental task. Yet, there are many out in the great world, myself included, who have proven ways, workable ideas and a huge willingness to open new doors to be part of the collective solution.

Some of the keys;

Responsibility and the ability to respond. No blame and no victims. Choices in actions determine outcomes every time!

Today I offer a series of presentations recently done on the process called “Defining Cooperative Leadership”.  This process was revealed, discovered and proven in real time, real life and work circumstances over a period of four years and then years of refining through life experiences. All of this was discovered within the  federally-funded, not-for-profit, social services world – not a place I expected to find these answers!

Much of the information found within these presentations is already used, just not in a conscious and empowering way. Some of the ideas and perspectives shared would not be generally associated with leadership presentations or even skills, yet I have found them to be valid and important in defining the unfolding process.

For those who take time to watch and listen to each one, I hope you gain understanding and share with me your ideas and thoughts.

Series 1 of 3  – The Unfolding Process    (in three video segments)

# 1       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqZaoFgSxVM

# 2       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0of4vyrJQ8c .

# 3     This last portion of this presentation is in editing stage – will post shortly.

 

Series 2 of 3 – Moving Beyond the Not-For-Profit Lack Mentality

 

Unfortunately the lighting at the Chai Shop is not as good as it will be (they are working on it!)  It is content is what is important!  Thanks for watching.

Series 3 of 3  Merging Cooperative Living with Cooperative Leadership is coming shortly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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star bursts smallMay 14th is the Wesak Full Moon and the of celebration of the birth and enlightenment of Buddha.

I would like to share my latest meditation video with you.  It is just 30 minutes long and takes you on a journey to the stars and back (fortunately).  It is not a usual journey and you might be surprised who you meet along the way!

Even good for those “non mediators who don’t believe in all that crap!” 

If possible listen with headphones…….Please NOT IN YOUR MOVING CAR.…….parked and with car turned off is okay.

In this day and age of tiny convenient devises people forget they even have headphones on or are listening while in compromising situations….that is driving, working with machinery, fire, delicate objects. The senses and observation skills are numb or turned off and this can be scary for everyone around them.

Take the time to DE-STRESS – it could save you LIFE!

Production and Music by Matt Peters and Jerame Gray

 

 

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These two videos take you in completely different directions although not really!

There is much I could write on these topics using my own perspectives and learning however both speakers share their information simply, clearly and knowingly.

I hope you take those pieces needed in the moment for greater enlightenment and empowerment.

Sat Nan and Blessings

Ophelia

Words to Pay Attention to!

Learn about the Divine Brain

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Here is a wonderful DocuRide of two guys Shawn and Dan riding 5500 miles on their motorcycles from Seattle to Alaska and back. My son wrote the soundtrack music.

This is inspiring beyond measure.

Congratulations to Shawn, Dan, Jerame and all those we you met along the way.

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Yellow Overtone Sun                        August 31, 2013

8I started this writing yesterday and now have just been told that England has called for a debate and investigation for on the validity and rightness of attacking Syria. As I have been off line most of this time I had not seen or heard any news.

I will not change the writing below as it feels like there is something to be revealed for many readers. This delay in action does speak volumes as to the unseen consciousness for so many people around the world wanting correct and fair information. Bravo and Blessings!

The photos included are of my latest paintings that represent the New Beam (so to speak) that Earth is place in now! Literal or metaphoric – you choose!

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If we are to believe the teachings of Jose Arguelles (and so many others from times past) 2013 initiates the Year of the Galactic Seed holder of a new matrix of genetic codes for our universe. It is based on the feminine principle (unity of masculine and feminine energies within all life) new in ways unimagined by past minds – It has been Birthed!

The codes and frequencies of the previous matrix, beam, cycle of time (5200 years +) are not in resonance with the new frequencies and thus have no place to attach

Today I send forth a request to the Law of Time Galactic Family around the world and all others who resonate with what I am sharing and who DESIRE to establish the best world model possible unhindered!

 

As holder of the Rhythmic Seed in this year of the Galactic Seed thus birthing the New Beam for Universal Humanity, I DO NOT ACCEPT the behavior and projections as overlays of truth and business as usual.

Change will come, yet not only through and by the 3-D level but on the Higher Unified Conscious Field of Humanity. And we are the ones to begin with action in consciousness.

5If I may be so bold…..My Request is for each person is to hold in High Consciousness the Vision of these, any and all  Holographic Projections to be NEUTRALIZED, DISSOLVED AND PURIFIED of past, present and future threads and holds, entities, curses, programming, beliefs and manipulations that not only hide from view what is true in all circumstances yet is also restricting the true free-will evolution for the Greatest Good of All Humanity on all levels, dimensions and abilities of individuals.

What is playing out in the Middle-East is once again tragic and manipulative on and from ALL sides.

Deception, Lies and Finger-Pointing have been the norm for the “old matrix/paradigm players” – they know it gets the Populations riled up into fear and anger.

Recently I was shown (once again) that in many cases all is not what the public is told…..that too often Holographic Projections on huge scales have been released in order to gain a desired result which is usually NOT GOOD.  Just refer to The Matrix style of movies revealing the working of holograms – technology both good and bad that has come out of Space and Military programs.

The visions I were shown: #1 the holographic projection of Middle-East/Syria/Iran/Iraq regions in conflict, weapon, warfare, innocent victims, destruction in1 the need for oil, gold, minerals, power, money, revenge, etc., on all sides. All as reported in mainline media.

#2 vision was on many groups of men scattered around the globe, hidden from view of prying eyes, satellites and light – something like underground bunkers/cities. In the center of the rooms were huge sand pits (for children) covered with toy soldiers, equipment, terrain, buildings, etc. Each group was a different nationality and therefore had a different point of strategic focus. These men now appeared as groups of 10-12 year old boys playing out their make-believe war games, innocent of ever hurting anyone in reality as it was all imaginative play and for critical thinking. This was the scenario shown that is being used now to decide who, how, what, where and justifications of why these insane actions are taken.

There groups are devoid of emotional attachment to any outcomes because all the figures of focus are plastic and inanimate objects.

Please know that on an individual level a new awareness in consciousness with new possibilities and perspectives on the world and life around and beyond our shores can affect and change scenarios even mid stream.

We are the power, We have the Power, We just need to use the Power!

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At the end of the first part of this story I left the reader with many questions to ponder in relation to the Unseen World of Spirit and Light and Dark. As a reminder go back and refer to the questions posed and thus the reflections revealed!

To continue on……that first week at the Ojai Foundation was filled with serendipitous meetings and happenings. While I arrived late on a Friday afternoon, unknowingly the following morning the monthly Sweat Lodge was being held on the Upper Land. I would absolutely participate. I had experienced my first Lodge in 1998 with Lakota Chief Richard Swallow Eagle and Elder Red Earth (who later became my teacher.) From this beginning and all Lodges since, from Lakota and Cherokee and a mixture of other Traditions and Teachings I have grown to honor and respect those who hold the role of Lodge Keeper. More often than not, they will tell you “they were chosen, it is not their choice!”

I felt an instant rapport with Lodge Elder Paul (Eagle Bear) and knew it would be a powerful experience. My Medicine Bundle was placed on the Altar and my prayers requested clarity to be revealed. Along with the other dozen or so men and women who shared the Lodge that Saturday morning, we sat in the Womb of the Mother and were blessed in the darkness, the heat, the waters, the songs, the wailing truths and the unspoken secrets released…..we left changed as is the purpose of each Sacred Lodge Ceremony.

During that first week I also met and had wonderful conversations with two women on personal retreat from Sedona and two men and a woman all film-makers from LA. From these very simple meetings I am still in contact with several of them and those connections are part of the profound clues being revealed even today.

(I tell you all this and more in the hopes that the reader may begin to know how to see clues and patterns in their own lives that would not have been possible before without this reminder.)

Getting back to the Domes (previous story)…..That first Thursday saw the arrival of the first group of high school seniors for their 5-Day Rites of Passage Retreat. During the month three other groups would also come for the same retreat experience.

Rites of Passage in modern USA society and culture brings forth in dramatic realism scenes of drugs, sex, alcohol and hazing rituals. Great symbols of manhood, acceptance, very loose courage, power and horrific hangovers.

Whereas in ancient, older and traditional indigenous cultures these same Rites of Passage marked the evolving through life’s growth stages and the tests of courage and self-awareness and respect for the land and heritage were woven into the ceremonies.

For these seniors their days were filled with activities, lessons, sharing, doing and quietness. The highlight of their experience was always participation in the Sweat Lodge Ceremony the second to last day. Prior to the Lodge Ceremony, Paul spent time explaining the history, workings and expectations, everyone participate in dressing the willow frame with layer upon layer of blankets and canvas tarps to ensure total blackness within.

They had heard from others, they knew deep within that this was an experience to transmute and transcend fears and out-worn beliefs, to find their meaning of courage, to support their friends and to know that no matter what happened they are guided by Spirit and what is right for them in the moment. This was done with each group of young people.

During the ensuing weeks I did my work, shared, meditated, helped, walked the endless hills and laughed a lot. On the third week a major conference was scheduled to be hosted on the Land. It was a group of sixty people from many parts of the world – Australia, Canada, Europe and across the US – attending the International Summit of the Rites of Passage Leaders.

Wow…this is significant….especially as I was reminded that I wasn’t supposed to be at the Foundation until the following month!

Everyone… staff, work exchange, volunteers and some council members pitched in to help get ready. The Land was going to be supporting more than twice as many as usual and there were logistic concerns.

What an interesting, diverse and nice group of people. And all seemed to be so truly committed the success of the conference and purpose. So many cultures, heritages, social and economic backgrounds and work environments, varying religious beliefs, traditions, personalities, talents and knowledge were represented.

Granted I was not part of the conference nor attended any of the sessions yet each morning after meditation in the Council House I read the comments, points of reference, notes, etc. on the work sheets on the walls. Top references repeated were the need for common language, inclusion of different people, ideas, traditions, acceptance of where people are, high conscious awareness to the needs of people and planet, and the list goes on. Good stuff to be embodied and exampled world-wide.

The official conference ending was Sunday. On the Saturday evening, at 9:30pm there was to be a Sweat Lodge Ceremony for any of the participants wishing to do so. Paul would be Lodge Leader as with all Rites of Passages groups.

That same Saturday, beginning in the afternoon, Paul’s wife, Melinda held a Women’s Lodge. I chose to participate in this along with twelve other young women. Melinda also held a beautiful and powerful Lodge, honoring The Mother, the cultural diversity of the women present and honoring the songs and Rites she had learned over time.

The Women’s Lodge ended around 6:30pm and Paul who had been our Fire-Keeper busied himself getting ready for the Lodge later in the evening.

The arrival of the Messengers heralded a change that was not evident at first. This couple met with Paul away from everyone. Something was not right in the energy surrounding the small group. Dialogue continued and then dispersed. Paul was not happy about something. Word came back that the evening Lodge was cancelled at the very last moment. Why was on our lips!

Later it was learned that in an intense afternoon session “concern about the traditional authenticity of Paul’s Lodge” was put forth by a couple of people. Paul was hurt beyond measure by this comment as well as feeling all the other emotions to go with it. From within the group of sixty there had been approximately fifteen people who wanted to participate and were looking forward to the Lodge that evening.

The following morning, after meditation, I asked someone in attendance about the incident.  Indeed there had been heated discussion for over an hour on the topic and not from those one would suspect…those present who hold the heritage and cultures of Indigenous Peoples. The complaint came from several “white Christians! And they persuaded everyone to give-up the idea of the Lodge.

Here you have sixty individuals from around the world at a conference on Rites of Passage and expecting young people to live through these examples.

Individuals whose life work, beliefs, mission and financial livelihood are based on “building better communities, cultural understandings, acceptance of others that are different, have different beliefs, color of skin, status and affiliations.

Fifteen or so individuals who allowed a few fearful Christians to rob them of a very special personal experience by not speaking up for themselves!

In my view, this one act spoke volumes as to the failure of the conference as a whole. I did learn there were many who were not happy and disappointed with the outcome, as they should be! At first I heard some making excuses and my not so nice response was “they are hypocrites and how can there be respect from the young people they work with.”

And as for the “white Christians” stirring the pot and having no backbone, please prove me wrong! The years my former husband and I spend serving churches and congregations taught us well that most people are easily intimidate to change their minds or stance when social, financial or religious acceptance are pressure points.

If one does not like or agree with something…stay away or don’t participate. Do not deny others their own experience to learn and grow through diversity and difference.

Gladly I can end this piece on a positive note. I did learn that from this experience new dialogues were begun between Staff and Council members of the Ojai Foundation, several of the participants and leaders of the Rites of Passage movement with the intention of not repeating such an experience.

Therefore when the veils are pulled back from the Dark and Disruptive influences the Magic of Light affords change for all who choose to see!

The richness of my experience at the Ojai Foundation is still close. I am grateful for all of it and the people I met. The theme that revealed itself the first few days was “Birth through the Passages of Life to Unity.”

I am still following the threads even today…..more stories on the unseen and unknown being known are surfacing….stay turned!

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It appears the long wait is over. It is hard to believe my last real posting was two months ago…..it has been a time of much shifting, change, challenge, greatness love and loss. And I am not alone. Virtually everyone I know or come in contact with is going through this “void” yet in the long run (as blurred as all may appear) it is and will be a good thing.

Last week a dear friend loaned me a book and strongly suggested I take heed of the first chapter. This book was originally printed in 1961 and the copy I had was the seventh printing – 2002 “The Law and the Promise” by Neville. I have read the first chapter twice and completed the whole book once. I obviously needed a good reminder in creating new life paths!

If you experienced childhood and growing up like most of us, using and believing in our imagination was totally frowned upon, discouraged or downright outlawed. A child’s “make-believe” world was just that and could not possibly become anything productive, secure – financially or socially, acceptable or logical. The creative, make-believe world was one for the non-educated, losers, trouble-makers and eccentrics. And thus most of the education systems in the world “taught it (imagination) out of the child’s mind.”  

The entire message within Neville’s book is about how to use, cultivate and hone our Imagination to create the world we want or desire around us. One challenge I had in reading it was the language Neville used, the language “appropriate” for the 1960s. His constant use of the word “Man” when referring to both men, women (seldom even mentioned) and humanity. Even though I completely understood what he meant a wave of discomfort came over me and the little inner voice started saying, sometimes angrily “what about women!” “what about the world! “do only men count!” This showed me how deep some social conditioning can still reach.

Yet, of course back in the 60’s, which was not so long ago, this was the reality in most parts of the world, even the civilized world. Women have been “allowed to vote” in many parts of the world since the late 1800s yet the image of “a woman’s place is in the home, only to serve husband and raising of children” was strongly portrayed in many television programs of the 50s, 60s and even into the 70s.

With the cultural and social movements throughout the 80s and 90s and into this new millennium the imaging of women in the world of business, creative arts, science, medicine, law and child-rearing has changed yet not everywhere…..thus there is more “imagining to do here!”

Neville states the key and secret to changing your reality is Self-abandonment! “You must abandon yourself mentally to your WISH FULFILLED in your love of that state, and in doing so, LIVE IN THE NEW STATE and no more in the old state. You can’t commit yourself to what you do not love, so the secret of self-commission is FAITH – plus LOVE.” In FEELING the wish fulfilled it must become a reality because imaging creates reality.

Another key that Neville mentioned of importance was to “re-imagine the past or past outcomes to recurring situations with an outcome that is of a higher, better or the best desired, to also feel and live with that scenario until it is totally real within as this will be the foundation for the new future outcome of the recurring situation. In other words “re-imagining the past can/will change the future.”

A possible example of this could be having a bad or challenging parent relationship which appears to have some genetic or heritage patterns. You re-imagine the best or most desired, even fairytale relationship, feel and live what it was/could have been, feel love for yourself and others. This may take some time, patience, forgiveness and work. Now when the similar relationship is in your life (say father/son or mother/daughter) be observant of subtle or not so subtle changes in interactions or emotions. Perhaps the old buttons are not being pushed quite so much or at all or you are not attracting people who create the similar stresses. It is at least worth a try!

This has taken me back into review of my life and most specifically all I have created and done in the past 13 years (since 2000) and how I would like to reinvent, enhance and recreate myself in the wonderful new paradigm we are in now. In reviewing I found that indeed ” my creative imagination, feeling and living in it” before any manifestation happened was and still is the flow. Most especially when I followed my heart and intuition. This also played/plays out when imagining from fear, loss and lack that were separate from my great learning journey of how the unseen world of dimensions manifest.

There are many examples of people with amazing imaginations revealed through all forms of The Arts as well as every other fields of business, health, science, technology and so forth. Our world is being taken to new galactic heights. There are and have always been the pioneers who open doors of possibilities yet to make real the Imagined it takes many, many, many more to use their gifts of imagining to participate in the creatitive manifestation for the new Reality.

Now it is time for a new imagining to be in synchronicity with the new paradigm of unity, collaboration and cooperation in melding and honoring the male and female, feminine and masculine and the balancing of opposites within and around each one of us.

The creative visions of imagination are for everyone to access, to live from and be in love with. Imagining the highest Reality desired for it to be Created.

It is Nice to be Recognized  – Do you know how you touch other people’s lives? Most of the time we have no idea. Yet when we are gifted with a view into how most often we are surprised.

It is always nice to be recognized for who we are, what we do and how we touch others. I would like to share some of my friends with you. For more information on me, my consultations, creations and products and past work visit www.earthspiritjourneys.com

On Friday night I danced Flamenco (my style) accompanied by Michael Olsen, a wonderful flamenco guitarist.  I was fulfilling a vision to publicly dance again and now am looking forward to do it again if the opportunity arises.

Original Music by Jerame Gray.….words from the heart and the experiences of life -a proud mother! And the stage is waiting for Mathew Gray!

My friend and psychic Pam Jenkins, Heaven Calling Earth. Pam and I have shared readings and support with each other for many years now. Although our psychic and clairvoyant gifts are similar, we are given different information as each client requires.

Karmanjot Sharu is a young man with a gift for Vedic Astrology. A recent relocation reading has opened ideas to allow “my Sun/Mars/Venus in the 10th House” to shine and be the brightest they can be. In other words…it is my time to present myself to the larger world, as desired be my heart and soul. (Confirmation is always a key to the next push!)

Dorothea Joyce…..Writer of magical children’s stories for adults, Singer, Composer, Performer

Ken Abbott – Kirtan and Rumi

Nickki Lee Hill – Graphic Artist and Creative Photographer

Amani Skalacki – Creator of beautiful and unique jewellery and accessories

Women’s Mystic Journeys to Becoming.

Here is video Part 3 in a new series of stories being produced by Andree Morgana of The Hawahwatha Institute.

The full interview can been seen in Parts at Earth Spirit Journeys You Tube Channel.    Part 1

The Journey of Becoming is not just about women and cannot happen with only women interacting. Men are doing the journey and are integral to the balance of showing the progress of evolving consciousness. We need each other to help along the way and most especially to show us how far we have come or not in our own journey. We are the measuring sticks for each other, such an important role to play.

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