July 31, 2015
Exploring a Path of Compassion Brings Instant Inner Peace
"I have found when I am placed in a challenging life situation, no matter what that situation is, finding the way back to opening my heart chakra to view the situation through compassionate eyes always brings a sense of knowing and inner peace. Sometimes, it is extremely difficult to get through the pain or anger that a situation is causing me to reach that compassionate viewpoint, but it is possible."~Leah Marie
Finding ways to open yourself up to the energy of unconditional love and compassion is what is needed to explore a journey to ultimate inner peace. This means unconditional love for yourself as well as others. We humans are all quite capable of this incredible journey to self love and loving others. There is as much inner violence that we can inflict on ourselves as there is out in the world today. Maybe even more in the human inner world experience.
What if we were to start seeing all situations with compassion? What would happen to our world if all were feeling compassion for themselves and others? We know that we can only control our own inner world though, but since we are all connected, it is possible that each of us working on removing inward focused violence from our being could effect the whole of humanity.
Please join Leah Marie as she talks about different aspects of this idea and ways to incorporate more compassion in your life which can lead to inner peace.
July 31, 2015
Lynn Van Praagh-Gratton, Spiritual Medium
Lynn Van Praagh-Gratton is a Spiritual Medium with the gift of communicating on the other side with those who have passed. Lynn comes from a long line of highly gifted psychics and mediums, it's been her family's gift for many generations.
"I want to heal people by speaking for those who can no longer be heard by loved-ones left behind"
Lynn met a woman who told her she is “A Bridge Between Worlds.” That was it! It was that simple phrase that connected for her the journey on which she’d been on and the road on which she was to continue to travel. Lynn likens this calling to being on the precipice of an abyss, hearing whispers and seeing images of those desperately looking for someone to hear them. She stands on that bridge, arms outstretched to embrace and give voice to those who need to speak and deliver to those here on earth in pain, messages of love and comfort. "I want to heal people by speaking for those who can no longer be heard by loved-ones left behind" is the mantra behind Lynn Van Praagh-Gratton’s work.
Utilizing her unique gift, she can convey messages of hope, love and compassion to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones. These messages bring closure, peace and love to people all over the country. For many years, Lynn believed everyone had her gift and pushed it aside, unaware that she would someday fulfill her life’s journey by becoming the psychic medium she is today.
It wasn’t until her husband’s untimely death that she fully embraced her gifts and began to share them with those in need. Lynn comes from a humble family in Bayside, New York. Lynn's mother had the gift as do some of her siblings. Lynn was one of four children, raised by a stay at home mom and a father who worked as a stagehand for Broadway and TV. She began to receive messages and feel that she was unique at the young age of ten. After high school, Lynn was also a stay at home mom and then went on to become a FlightService Manager at American Airlines. After retiring from the airlines she began to focus more on her gifts. She has four children and is a grandmother to six. Lynn would never have imagined the worlds that have opened to her over these past few years. http://www.lynnvanpraagh-gratton.com/
July 31, 2015
Smile of Hope, An Arab Woman’s Compassionate Initiative ~ A Conversation with Zeina Abdo
On my recent journey to Dubai, I had the fortune of coming across a truly beautiful, inspiring – even electrifying woman. When I discovered Zeina Abdo had been the first Arab woman to reach the summit of Imja Tse Island Peak 20305ft (4 miles) high in an effort to raise funds for pediatric cancer patients in Nepal, I knew I wanted to have a conversation and learn more about her. One of the most difficult lessons was that people find it hard to see the truth – they spend most of their time making themselves unhappy and making others unhappy – but blame it on the world. The truth is that we do have the power to change our world, to take care of those who are needy, to find personal happiness. It is a happy day in your life, indeed, and to find our personal mission. In spite of the abuse and the pain in her own life, Zeina saw there was a greater need – and out of nowhere, decided to create a special program for the truly poor. In this conversation I ask what it is that empowers her to do what she does in spite of the risks and resistances. I think you will find that she is one of those who is fully in the process of awakening to her potential and that she can serve as an inspiration to us all Listen to her story, hear her with your heart, see the work she is doing on a shoestring (http://smile4hope.org ), and give her a little help (http://smile4hope.org/donations ).
July 31, 2015
Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #174 is a spacious, stripped-down affair featuring Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, guitar and ukelele, Bob Sherwood on piano and percussion and Craig Harris on congas. We begin with the breezy and very cool “Deep Forest Blues”, a whimsical ode to the Summer Solstice and the birds of the deep forest. “Mamacayo” follows and is a stately, epic piece about the ancient tribes and animals of the Americas and the severing of so many ways of life and migration paths caused by the construction of the Panama Canal. “The Sun’s Gonna Shine” is an improvisation detaling the passing of a very special summer Sunday at Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge in Cummington, Massachusetts. The piece builds in intensity to a joyful, jazzy conga and piano groove decorated with Mariam’s native flute. Touches of swirling electronics pull the piece away down a river of sound and the Gaea Star Band eases into the beautiful and elegiac “Heyonomeheyo”, a song of praise to life with a gorgeous vocal from Mariam and a piano performance from Bob that flows from gospel to psychedelic sheets of notes, phasing, echoing and folding backwards on themselves. Mariam unleashes a soulful, questioning flute solo into a mysterious and shaded coda. We continue without a pause into a driving, native-flute led instrumental that takes us to the break. For the last section of the show Mariam picks up the Martin 12-string and spins the tale of “Runaway Pony”, a suspenseful piece full of narrative changes and raga-like modal experimentation.
July 27, 2015
Death, Suicide and Humor
Bernie shares when his Father transitioned to the other side wearing a smile, then amazing stories of young patients and their messages through drawings. Bernie used humor to help adults who were thinking of suicide, many times they would get mad at his insensitivity but then would realize his motive in keeping them alive. Bernie & Deborah share their own thoughts about suicide.
July 27, 2015
Author Betsy Otter Thompson, Author of LoveHuman
LoveHuman is a book about you; where you come from, where you are going, and why you are here. It offers valuable guidance regarding how to find comfort in a world where uncomfortable things happen.
Betsy Otter Thompson is the author of The Mirror Theory (published by Hampton Roads Publishing) and 4 self-published books through her own company, Ascension Publishing. Betsy’s books are now available on Amazon.
Betsy’s work has always gravitated toward the media. A native Philadelphian with a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for WFIL radio in Philadelphia, and from there went to radio stations WPEN and WFLN. After that, she became a commercial print model and acted in television commercials in New York and Philadelphia. For seventeen years, she worked in Los Angeles at the motion picture and television company Castle Rock Entertainment as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. In August ’99, she followed her boss to Warner Bros. as he took a new position there as President and COO, and became his Executive Assistant. She is now writing full time. Betsy’s writing began unexpectedly while going through an especially difficult time in her life. She believes that her books were the answer to her prayers.
WALKING THROUGH ILLUSION: Jesus Speaks of the People who Shared his Journey (2010)
THE MIRROR THEORY: The Way to Inner Peace, Resolution and Transformation (2005);
The WHAT HAPPENS IF I…Book: How To Make Action/Reaction Work For You
Instead Of Against You (1996).
YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK: Make Your Thoughts Delicious (1993);
LOVEHUMAN: How To Be Who You Love (1992);
LOVEPARENT: How To Be The Parent You Hope To Be (1991);
July 27, 2015
Women Healers of the World~ A Conversation with Holly Bellebuono
In recent years there has been a dramatic emergence of many different natural approaches to healing. Along with this has come a heightened fascination with herbal remedies, especially as they appear in fields such as acupuncture, yoga and aromatherapy. Our guest today is Holly Bellebuono, director of the award-winning Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary on Martha’s Vineyard and The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, which offers training and certification in Community Herbalism. She will take us on a tour through some of her discoveries during the seven years she spent traveling and interviewing women from all over the globe, their plights, their fears and their achievements. Holly has produced an absolutely beautiful book entitled Women Healers Of The World – The Traditions, History, and Geography of Herbal Medicine, a glorious full-color world tour that offers us an intimate look into the stories, challenges and triumphs of an impressive collection of truly remarkable women – herbalists and healers – past and present. The women she presents range from simple healers of the mountains of Peru to a Jordanian Princess – physicians such as Dr. Low Dog, a Native American and even Susan Weed who has been a favorite here on Conversations With Extraordinary People.
July 27, 2015
Nomi Bachar, author of the Gates of Power: Actualize Your True Self which is a comprehensive curriculum for self-discovery and self-actualization. Nomi and Sheryl will share a look at the way past the outside environmental and social influences minimizing their damaging and limiting effects and sharing an appreciation of living life from your inner sense and the personal power of your intuitive and instinctual soul presence. Nomi Bachar as a psychotherapist counselor and coach lays out “The Seven Gates of Power” and discusses what she calls “The Four Commitments” for achieving a state of self-awareness and finding your ultimate path to peace harmony balance and love. www.gatesofpower.com/
July 27, 2015
Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #173 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington MA and features Mariam Massaro on vocals, guitars, celtic harp, native flute and ukelele, Sondra Lewis on vocals and percussion, Robert Sherwood on piano, Dameron Midgett on banjo and mandolin and Craig Harris on congas and marimba. This mystical, drifting collections of songs and improvisations begins with the unusual and mantra-like “Yanawedowayo Parts One and Two”, a lovely and deep first movement distinguished by Mariam’s captivating vocals and native flute, Craig’s frankly cool marimba work and Bob’s minimalist explorations and variations on a two-note ostinato. Minor is steadily, patiently pointed to major as Sondra adds percussive highlights and Mariam moves to the harp for the final pianissimo movement featuring introductions of the players
July 17, 2015
West Shield: Being Afraid to Receive or Feel