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Raising My Vibration

For months I have been taking Clairvoyance classes at The Green Man Store in North Hollywood. There it is, I am admitting it. Or as my friend Tracey would say, I am officially coming out of the broom closet. I can communicate with Spirit and I have been doing it since I was a child.

Actually, the first spirit that I remember talking to was my grandfather right after he died in 1987. I was only 8-9 years old. And a year later, my grandmother joined the conversation. I could always sense when they were around and when my father moved into their home in 1988-1989, my grandmother would actually stroke my hair to help lull me to sleep. I was never afraid of them. I felt nothing but love and protection from them. But I always thought that something was wrong with me so I didn’t really talk about it. I did my best to suppress it. But with Halloween being my favorite holiday and a fascination with ghosts & psychics, I guess I didn’t do a very good job.

Fast forward twenty something years and my old expression “I’m not weird, I’m gifted” takes on a whole new meaning. I discovered that my maternal grandmother’s mother was a psychic gypsy who left the family to become a nun and work as a healer in South America. An Ancestry DNA test taken in October proved I have Italian gypsy blood.

I am not a thief or a liar (I actually suck at lying, ask anyone who knows me). I am not a con artist who will pretend to read your fortune then steal your wallet or children. I am not a witch and I don’t worship satan. I was raised Catholic though I would now classify myself as being spiritual but not religious. (I have issues with religious organizations but that is another story).

So who am I? I am an empathic intuitive medium, meaning I know how to raise my vibration so I can journey over to the spiritual realm through a type of meditation. I can communicate with my spirit guides, angels and loved ones who have passed on. I am someone who is working on trusting her instincts, putting her over-analyzing mind over to the side, and discovering her life’s purpose–which for me is to help others.

Truth be told, we all have the ability to tap into our sight, aka mind’s eye, aka third eye, aka psychic abilities, etc. I am grateful that I found The Green Man Store where I have learned how to utilize my sight. In class we learned how to raise our vibrations with the help of music. From all the different songs we have used in class, I compiled a playlist of what works best for me.

I have yet to attempt to raise my vibration in my own home, I feel safer in class or in a church (St. Andrews Church in Pasadena has a very high vibration during mass). In class, the first thing we do is light candles and clean the space with incense. Then the music starts to play, we change our breathing (not as deep as yoga breathing but more of a fast meditative breathing), close our eyes and she guides us on our journeys.

Personally for me, the following songs work best:
#1: To Call in the guardians, protectors, the white light and the protective light, I like to use Coldplay’s “Fix You” or my friend Lauren’s song with Creep, “Dim the Lights.”
#2: Asking your spirit guides to cleanse off all the negativity from the day, week or month, I like Florence & The Machine’s “Shake It Out”
#3: For what I like to call my playtime in the spiritual realm, I like Delta Rae’s “Dance In The Graveyards.”
#4: For the journey back to “reality,” I prefer Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold.

Even if I am not trying to do any spiritual work, I really find this playlist, in this particular order, to be extremely helpful in terms of letting go of stress, anxiety and negativity. I use it to dance around on the other side and to dance around my house. If that makes me weird then so be it. I accept it and I will simply reply with a “yes, I am weird but I am also gifted.”

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The Year of the Dark Horse

new-year-2014-the-year-of-the-horse-red-backgroundIt’s now 2014, the year of the HORSE.  With a birth date from 1978, I am a HORSE and this is my year.

2013 knocked me on my ass.  I kept trying to pick myself up but eventually I would be knocked right back down.  And so many times I wanted to just stay down but my closest friends and family wouldn’t let me give up.

The Universe wanted the year of the snake to bite me.  The venom woke me up and forced me to re-evaluate my life.  I was in a career that was killing me.  I was living and working in toxic environments.  I had toxic friends that would feed me lie after lie.  I spent years walking around in a fog, not being true to myself or living my best life.  I was miserable.  I was lost.

Now its a new year.  I left the toxic job, house and friends in 2013.  I don’t have a steady job.  I don’t have an ideal living situation.  But my health is better than it has been in years.  I am no longer lost; I found myself.  I found a community where I can be the real me and I know where I belong.  I know what I want to do with my life.  It’s going to be a struggle getting there but 2013 taught me that I am a survivor.  I am a strong, independent woman and this is my year.

Last week, a friend of mine was helping me move my bed into my current apartment when she brought up the new Katy Perry song, “Dark Horse.”

“Have you heard it?  It is totally you,” she told me.

I explained to her that I came to the same conclusion the first time I heard the song play on the radio.  I was leaving my clairvoyance class and the song came on the radio.  It was playing on every station…or my radio was purposely stuck on the song, forcing me to listen to it.  I usually don’t feel any connection to the words in Katy Perry’s songs.  They are too bubble gum for me.  But this song has my type of beat.  I can’t help but dance every time I hear it.  The song is darker, stronger.  I feel like any guy who wants to be with me should listen carefully to the words of this song.

But my connection to the song goes beyond the beat and the words.  In her Grammy performance, Katy steps into the metaphysical world with crystal balls, gypsy clothes and broomsticks (used like a stripper pole).  Certain members of my mom’s family will laugh when they see the video of the performance.  This is my world.  In August, I discovered that my ancestors, through my Great Grandmother on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family, were Italian gypsies that migrated from Egypt.  (Ironically, the official Dark Horse video is Egyptian themed).  I did an Ancestry DNA test for confirmation and I am a little over one percent Egyptian but I don’t look it.  I look like my Dad’s side of the family but I have the gypsy spirit through and through.  Maybe that is why I have always been the black sheep with my paternal family.  Well, I am the black sheep no more.  I have grown-up, evolved and completely transformed my life.  I am now a dark horse and this is my year.

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New Theme Song

Whenever I am going through a time of turmoil (which often means a time where I need to make a life altering decision–I am a Libra), the Universe uses music to communicate with me. It will usually be a new pop song that speaks to who I am in that moment and what I am going through–my theme song.

There was a point in my life where my theme song was “Not Ready To Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks but for the past year or so, it has been Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” Over the past few weeks, my theme song has changed, filtering out Kelly and replacing “Stronger” with Daughtry’s “Waiting For Superman.”

The Universe uses this song to catch my attention; like tonight, it started playing the minute I started my car while leaving class tonight. I talk to angels, I count the stars, I make wishes and I dance with strangers. I used to be a self-rescuing princess but I have been knocked down too many times lately and I can honestly say that I am waiting for someone to come and help me back up. I even know exactly who I want that person to be. So the words fit perfectly with my present life situation.

But the Universe never stops there. I often need more clarification and validation so the theme song is always followed by an older song that doesn’t get as much radio play, one you wouldn’t expect to hear on the more popular radio stations. This second song usually tells me what it is that I really need, what my heart is calling out for. Tonight, it was Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Again, this song makes me think of the same person, my superman. Now if only the Universe could let him know that I need him. But until that happens, I am just going to have to continue talking to angels, counting the stars, making wishes on passing cars and dancing with strangers.

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A Musical Sign: Ask and Ye Shall Receive

We all have a group of angels around us, many refer to them as our ministry of angels.  They are the ones who help us with our every day problems and blessings.  So when you need help, they are usually the first to respond.  And when we ask for a sign to help us with a particular situation in our lives, they are the ones who answer.

Personally, my angels like to give me signs through music.  It will usually happen at specific times, giving me specific numbers when the song will start–like 11:11 or 4:44 or 7:11 and so on.  Well, tonight while I was stuck in LA traffic, I asked my angels to give me a sign concerning a certain aspect of my life, something that would explain how I was feeling and what I should do.  They gave me two songs tonight.  The first one was playing in my friend’s car on her satellite radio when she drove me to my car then it was playing on all my programed stations on my car radio at the exact same time.  (Pretty obvious I was supposed to listen to the words of the song).  The song was “Say Something” by A Great Big World and it was followed by “Make A Move” by Gavin Degraw.  The latter ended just as I arrived home and pulled into my parking space.

And for the skeptics out there, it doesn’t really matter if the angels are real or not. The songs that came on the radio spoke to the situation that I was inquiring about and it made me feel better. It meant something to me and gave me the answers I needed to make it through another day.

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Pasadena Art Weekend: The Art of Food: Personal Challenge, Day 27 (10.13.12)

After the debacle with Friday night’s introduction to Pasadena Art Night, I was a bit nervous about trying out Saturday’s activities.  But again, being a Libra, I had to push forward, stay optimistic and hope that the next event would be better.  Besides, this particular event involved food so how could it be bad?

So I took the Metro Gold Line over to Lake (where I realized I had to buy a transfer ticket to ride the Pasadena Arts bus) and hopped on the Arts bus down to the South Lake Farmers’ Market area to partake in the Art of Food event.  There were no mishaps with the buses this time so things were working out.  The Art of Food just might redeem Art Weekend.

So when I arrived at the event, a young woman approached me, asking me how I had learned of today’s event.  I told them “Pasadena Weekly.”  They then sent me over to their booth where I could fill out a quick survey and get a free reusable grocery bag.  (YAY for free stuff).

There were food booths galore, a demo area (there was a bartender teaching the art of cocktail making–awesome), a live band performance and a beer and wine garden.  Each booth represented a local business in the South Lake area.  I decided I would avoid the chain restaurants and check out the local Mom & Pop style establishments.

Most booths were giving out sample platters for $1 to $4, depending on what you wanted to try.  There were also free samples, stickers, raffle prizes, and menus.  Some booths had really long lines–like the fondue place.

I decided I would check out a place that I had just read about in this week’s Pasadena Weekly, The Real Food Daily (Organic Vegan Cuisine).  Since my friends and I really enjoyed Green Earth Vegan Cuisine the other night, I thought it would be nice to compare and contrast.  At the Green Earth Vegan Cuisine booth, they had samples of a Caesar Salad and Wrap sandwich for $2.00.  To be honest, it wasn’t bad.  It tasted like there was meat in there–chciken and bacon, I believe–even though it was completely vegan.  But when you compare it to Green Earth, Green Earth is more of a fancy, sit-down restaurant where as Real Food Daily reminds me of diner of deli food–kind of like the vegan version of Togos (which was at the event as well).  I would definitely check out their restaurant and other items on their menu.

I continued to walk around and check out the different booths, picking up free samples along the way.  But it was Float Pasadena that got my attention and caused me to stop.  There were selling “Dad’s” root beer, root beer floats and boxed water.  I was curious about the boxed water so I had to inquire about something I had never seen or heard of before.  It literally was a box of water, kind of like the box that you would purchase milk it.  They said it was better for the environment.  I just thought it was really cool and I was stopped by many people, asking about mybox of water.  They also had samples of their caramel popcorn (in a recycled bag) and their sandwiches.  I tried the “Hungry Vegetarian” sandwich sample and it was amazing–a flavorful treat for my taste buds.  I took their menu–and they gave me a sticker (yes, I am a big kid).  This is definitely a place I want to check out.

Now I would like to clarify that I am not in-fact a vegetarian.  I am a Midwestern born and bred girl from Detroit who loves meat.  I have many friends who are vegetarians or who have food allergies so it is also a good idea to find places where everyone can enjoy the food.