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Let’s celebrate love in its purest form

My sister Shawn loves Mickey Mouse, cats and shopping at Wal-Mart.

It’s February, the month when we express our love to our Valentines with special dinners, cards adorned with hearts, chocolate and flowers. It’s a time when we open our hearts.

This year, I want to share with you a love of my life who seeks nothing in return for the love she freely shares with anyone…and anything. For you see, my youngest sister, Shawn, never learned that strings are attached to love. She never learned that love could be used as a tool to get what you want. And she never learned that the heart is anything but open.

When I was 10, Shawn came into this world and immediately faced more challenges than most of us can imagine. Cerebral palsy. Grand mal seizures. Intellectual challenges. We say people like Shawn have “special needs,” but people like Shawn are models for the rest of us who become trapped in our minds and led by our egos.

Any parent or family member of a “special needs” child will tell you this. They are fully aware that their child is love incarnate, and just as aware that they have so far to go just to measure up to this guide who has come into the world with such a pure heart.

Shawn doesn’t expect anything in return for the love she shares. She is present with those who are with her. And in her presence, it feels good just being, whether that means holding her hand while looking at watches in Wal-Mart, sitting next to her as she colors a picture of a cat, or sharing a bowl of popcorn as we watch a video.

I’ve always believed that the people who suffer the most prejudice, the most ridicule, are the souls who are the bravest among us – for choosing what appear to be the most difficult roles to play in this lifetime.

But now, I see it differently. They didn’t choose the toughest path, but the easiest. All they have to do is be themselves, and be love, while the rest of us stumble over our insecurities and struggle on our eternal quest to be happy — just to be like them.

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Touch: heartwarming television

“It’s my job to keep track of those numbers to make connections for those who need to find each other — the ones whose lives need to touch.”

Described by one reviewer as “a supernatural drama,” the new series Touch — starring Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover — on the Fox network (Mondays, 8pm Central, debuting March 19) delves more into the quantum, metaphysical realm by exploring the effect of synchronicity on our lives. In fact, it theorizes that synchronicity is not a random act of the universe, but a series of connections that we play a part in creating. Does a television series really go that far in saying that? Not directly, but those schooled in metaphysics will make that leap.

Touch introduces us to Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) whose wife died on 9/11 and is now left to care for his 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz), an autistic boy who up until now has never touched his dad, let alone spoken to him. He spends his time playing with old cell phones and obsessively writing down numbers.

The pilot episode, which aired on January 25, focuses on an upcoming day, March 18, and the numbers 3-1-8 play a pivotal role as they synchronistically appear everywhere, from the number of a school district on the back of a bus to the address of Professor Arthur Teller (Danny Glover), an autism specialist, to whom Martin turns for keys to understanding his son’s lack of speech and inability to connect with him on a personal level.

Professor Teller tells Martin that his son is extremely gifted, for understanding the power of universal patterns (i.e. the fibonacci sequence, The Golden Mean) innately. In fact, the professor says young Jake has the ability to comprehend the complexity of connections in everyday life unlike anybody else.

“If we could (do that), life would be magical beyond our wildest dreams,” Teller says to Martin. “A quantum entanglement of cause and effect, where everything and everyone reflects on each other – every action, every breath, every conscious thought, connected.”

Connection – within and without the universe – is the underpinning of this new series. The series opens with a voiceover from the mute Jake, telling us about “the red thread of fate,” a Chinese fable that says a red thread is looped around the ankles of all the people that are supposed to come in contact with each other over the course of a lifetime. This thread can stretch and it can bend and it can tangle, but it cannot break.

Touch, brought to us by Tim Kring (“Heroes”), is very detailed, and more information and connections will be known with each viewing. And, this series is a potential tear-jerker. My wife, who watched the show with me, said the program affected her like the best motion pictures. “I felt joy and awe,” she said, “because of the reality of good that can come from connections.”

Missed the pilot episode? View it online here.

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May your inner dragon keep you brave in 2012

Two decades ago, before the human potential movement morphed into Oprah and Buddhist principles paved the way for Presence studies, The Edge was created in the Upper Midwest to share insights on the essence of spirituality and the integration of alternative healing and conventional medicine.

It was a time of great expansion. Holistic business was booming as new centers opened far and wide to offer treatments and classes on complementary therapies. New shops opened to share books and gifts to support body, mind and soul.

Every month, and every year, revealed more. The Edge continued to evolve in concert with the holistic community, ever mindful of the need to offer support in an era filled with uncertainty. Contributors wrote articles that uplifted our spirits, all the while knowing that transformation is not an easy business.

Now it is 2012. We’ve witnessed incredible upheaval on this planet in recent years. It has taken a toll. Climate change has taken many lives; the collapse of the stock market has erased many life savings. And many of the people who opened small businesses to support body, mind and soul have had to shut their doors.

The Edge, which turns 20 in 2012, remains here to offer its support. Each month in 2012, we will celebrate the legacy of this publication [Explore The Edge’s legacy here].

Chinese astrology proclaims 2012 as the Year of the Dragon, the mightiest of all signs, regarded in China as a divine beast, not one we should seek and destroy. The dragon symbolizes ambition, dominance, bravery and success. Dragons are free spirits with great passion.

It is fitting that 2012 is a dragon year, not because it will take dragon powers to overcome all of the doomsday hype attached to the end of this year, but because the transformation every one of us is going through requires dragon-like resiliency and determination.

Your experience — with spirituality, with healing, with magic and inspiration — has prepared you for this moment. Be strong and be bold!

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The path of least resistance

The first time it happened was in the early 1990s. I had been a daily newspaper writer in Missouri for about ten years, and I was toying with the idea of making a career change. I set up an interview at a school of traditional Chinese medicine in Santa Fe and, before I knew it, I was throwing my bags in the backseat of my VW and heading down the road to New Mexico.

As the miles passed behind me, I thought about how I needed a change in scenery, about how rewarding it would be to help people with a natural system of healing that dates back thousands of years.

The outskirts of Santa Fe were on the horizon, and suddenly the engine light went on, the temperature gauge suddenly pegged to hot, the car sputtered to a stop and I was sitting still on the shoulder of the freeway. I was shocked. The car was in good mechanical shape before I left home, and now, seemingly dead on the highway. Before I could decide what to do next, I heard a voice in my mind as clear as day: “When you cool down, the car will cool down.”

And at that moment, I realized that I had been totally unaware of my body and what it was telling me. Inwardly, I was freaking out about making such a dramatic change in my life. I was boiling over with anxiety. I didn’t really know if this trip was just me grabbing for something…anything…that represented change.

I took the voice’s statement as fact. I worked to calm my inner being. I told myself that no decisions were going to be made today, and that all I needed to do was relax, breathe, and know that everything was okay. And then the car started. The temperature gauge read normal and I was driving into Santa Fe as if nothing had happened. But it did.

Fast-forward to February 2011 when my wife and I were headed east on Interstate 94 from the Twin Cities to Madison to look for a home to rent. I had spent the past month searching on craigslist, but I was unsure if anything would pan out. And beyond that, I was anxious whether the move to Wisconsin was right for us, that my wife truly supported my need for change.

Then the engine light went on. Our hybrid Civic kept running, but we didn’t know if it would die at any moment. I was a bundle of nerves sitting next to my wife, as she drove the wintry highway. We had a blizzard the week before, and the whole trip seemed to be full of doubt.

And then I remembered Santa Fe. I tried to calm myself down. I told myself things would work out — and they did. One of my craigslist leads turned out to be the perfect choice, and the car ran normally all the way home. And all the way home I sat in gratitude to my body for helping me to awaken — and to my car, for communicating to me, in the only way it could.

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Interview: Children of the New Dawn

An interview with Insiah Beckman, Chanda Parkinson and Sunny Dawn Johnston on their upcoming seminar at Minneapolis Edge Life Expo

With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and a greater focus on the evolution of human consciousness, children have always been a part of the conversation. The next generation. The ones who lead humanity forward. The ones who are born with innate gifts that synchronize perfectly with the challenges that lie in front of us.

Three highly intuitive teachers — Insiah Beckman, Chanda Parkinson and Sunny Dawn Johnston — will address the children of today, young people they consider “the most powerful beings on the planet,” during a special workshop intended for parents at the Minneapolis Edge Life Holistic Expo [www.edgelife.net] on November 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1300 Nicollet Mall.

The expo also will feature keynote speakers (tickets include expo admission), more than 100 exhibitors, a bookstore, intuitive and psychic readings, free workshops and expert seminars — on health, wellness and spirituality. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Admission to expo hall (includes free workshops) is $7, or $5 each for groups of two or more.

“A Powerful Spiritual Workshop for Parents of Today’s Children” will share what we need to know about children who are spiritually conscious and how to support them as they grow up. Participants will learn how to support the healthy development of these young souls and how to invoke spiritual protection for them from the angels and archangels. The public also will learn what the angels have to say about these children, who often are called “indigos” or “crystals,” based on qualities perceived in their auras.

The following is a conversation about the children of today, with the three spiritual teachers presenting this workshop:

Chanda Parkinson

What signs tell you that the children of today are the most powerful beings on the planet?
Chanda Parkinson: The intensity to their personalities is the first thing you can notice. They appear wise and often have a look in their eyes that tells you they understand more than they are able to let on. Often children of today are hyper-sensitive and empathic, so they have a difficult time keeping the world and what’s going on in it out. This affects their moods and behaviors tremendously.

Insiah Beckman: Most of the children of today, especially born in the last decade, are more conscious and aware, with special gifts of intelligence, insight, intuitiveness and psychic abilities. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to meet some of these bright shining stars of humanity in the work that I do. They come from all backgrounds – some from older parents, young parents, single households and different belief systems. These “Children of the New Dawn” are the way-showers, bringing in all the positive changes of love, harmony and balance to a system that has forgotten its origins of love and compassion.

Sunny Dawn Johnston: The energy that they are coming in with is much more clear. You can feel it in their energy. If you are a visual person, you can see it in their aura. For someone who is not sensitive, it feels like someone who knows their purpose here and is clear about that.

What I see in them is a knowingness of their journey — sometimes that is conscious, but it is absolutely clear energetically.

They are coming en masse to help shift our planet, to shift the energy, to shift the models that no longer work, whether that’s in government, education or health care. These kids are coming in with a really clear intention of being here on their journey and knowing what they need to do, but not necessarily being able to express it.

Sunny Dawn Johnston

How can parents better support these children as they interact in a culture that does not recognize their gifts?
Sunny Dawn Johnston: I think one of the best ways the parents can support them is by acknowledging it with them: You are gifted, you are special, you have talents, and you may not be like everyone else, but we’re not supposed to be. We’re supposed to be different. We’re supposed to be dynamic in our own ways, and your gifts and talents manifested differently than other people’s.

Too often kids get into that comparison game at a very young age, and so the parents can support them by walking that talk, by not getting wrapped up in the “keeping up with the Joneses” or focusing only on physical or material attributes — and really be that change that we want to see for our children.

Affirm for those children who they really are. “You know what? You are a very evolved soul and you might not have chosen an easy path, maybe you don’t feel like you fit in, but as you step into who you really are, you will attract those to you who are in alignment with your energy and your truth.”

It just so happens that a lot of people are unaware right now, but they are coming into awareness.

Insiah Beckman

Insiah Beckman: Fortunately, it is much easier now than about 20 years ago when gifted children were frowned upon or thought to be weird or strange. People are more accepting. Many people believe in guides, angels and past lives.

Of primary importance is to ensure that children are in an environment of love and harmony. Because of their sensitive nature, parents should keep away from disruptive behavior in their presence. Everything is energy. Words and sounds affect all around you, be it animals, plants or even just the environment.

I would strongly recommend lots of hugs and words of love and support at all times. Encourage them to be in nature as often as possible, for nature carries its own soothing and expansive energy, renewing and rejuvenating the soul. Listen to the sounds of nature, observe nature with joy and wonder, breathe in, exchange and integrate that which is part of all life — and also part of you.

Chanda Parkinson: It’s not so much about spending a lot of time and energy trying to convince our culture to recognize the gifts as it is more important that the children have space in their family life to be exactly who they are without judgment or editing.

Create a safe, nurturing and protective sanctuary for those little beings at home. Consistency in their daily rhythms is so important, as is having a strong spiritual presence in at least one of the parents who are there to support them and answer any questions that come up.

Children need time to allow their minds and inner eye to grow in a healthy way, unhindered by so much information that, with our technological age, it seems more and more difficult to get away from. Restricting the influence of the information world is crucial to the spiritual development of all children, but especially children who are psychically gifted. Shut off the TV, monitor all media intake and get children connecting with nature. They need so much space to allow their full creativity to develop and their intuition to strengthen.

If only parents really knew that less information, a quiet serene disposition and a consistent and steady presence allow children’s true genius to shine. We have overloaded our senses with toys, games and places to play that are noisy and disruptive to a sense of peace and well-being. None of that is necessary. Children play just as well with dirt, rocks, sticks and what they can gather in the backyard.

What are your guides or angels telling you about these children and the role they are to play in the future of the planet?
Chanda Parkinson: Right now, structures are crumbling…these children come in with an enhanced creativity and wisdom that will allow them to rebuild what has fallen.

Insiah Beckman: These magnificent children are our future and have contracted to bring in the positive changes of love, peace and harmony to our beautiful planet. They also carry a vibration frequency of transformation with their light, love and expansive positive energy.

Your planet is going through a massive transition from The Love of Power to the Power of Love. Changes are evident everywhere. People want justice and equality, and they want to get away from being self-serving to service for all in an equitable, fair manner.

Mother Earth also is doing a lot of releasing as she transits to a higher level of consciousness to accommodate the new earth. These beautiful Children of the New Dawn are ushering in a new golden age of love, peace and harmony for all in our beautiful planet. Humanity has abused and disrespected her for several thousands of years, saturating her with all the destructive toxins, chemicals and warfare, when we were heading for self-destruction. We are now getting to a time of balance and harmony.

Sunny Dawn Johnston: They are telling me that these children are the ones that are going to break down the system that no longer works for us, to help us to expand to a vision that is of oneness instead of individualness. That might not be the right word, but you know what I mean. They’re teaching us to come together. They are teaching us to look beyond what is seen physically, to look inside instead of outside, look within instead of without. They are offering us an opportunity to heal by challenging the paradigms that we have been living and that we continue to associate ourselves with. So many people say, “You know what, I don’t like this and it doesn’t work, but I don’t know what else to do.” So they’re causing us to shift that.

I’ve walked this journey myself and with my son, and it’s challenging — and at the same time there’s so much relief and so much peace when you can get to that place.

Please share an experience you’ve had with a young person that represents what we are sharing about their abilities and gifts.
Sunny Dawn Johnston: My son is 21 now. I think he was kind of a way-shower. And like him, a lot of the kids who are coming in have challenges — physical, mental, emotional issues that most people want to medicate or have them conform in particular ways.

My son came in with a bunch of diagnoses — attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar tendencies — and the medical world wanted to medicate him because that would make him conform. I tried that, because I didn’t know any better at the beginning.

Then, I started discovering that this response was actually stifling his spirit. It was holding him back, so we started expanding and looking into alternative ways that I likely never would have done had I not had him. I had to look at alternative options in education; I pulled him out of the regular school system and put him into an alternative school system. I had to look at alternative health care, including chiropractic, biofeedback, energy healing.

Everything shifted from traditional to alternative because of my son’s energy. It came in in a way that doesn’t necessarily look like, “Oh, I’m a spiritual teacher who knows my journey.” And in the process, he learned about himself, and the experience was a ripple effect that led to teaching for my whole family, and teaching for my students and clients. Everyone has learned from this one little being.

These new children are coming into body with autism and other challenges because we need to learn from these experiences. These children are coming to parents who can support them on some level, whether we’re conscious of it or not. I was much more conscious of my second child than I was with my first, because my first broke down all those barriers and that “this is the way you do it” mode. He opened me up to a new way of seeing and thinking, and so he has been that Child of the New Dawn. He has taught so many of those things, and then in my teachings I’ve been able to share them.

We don’t always teach through phenomenal, positive experiences. Sometimes the teaching is through the challenge and through the strength that you gain within yourself and your knowingness as you walk through those challenges.

Chanda Parkinson: I remember a time recently when we were driving to a doctor’s appointment and my daughter Addi kept looking at the seat next to her and saying “Hi Martin,” over and over again. Crystal clear as a bell. Once she got all of our attention, she then said, “bye bye see you soon.” Well, Martin happens to be my deceased grandfather and he has been known to visit the grandchildren in our family. I have cousins whose children have seen him, as well. He loved kids, and it’s no wonder Addi is seeing him.

My son Jacob corrects my parenting occasionally. He will challenge me when I am making a decision that he feels is not for our highest good. He is so perceptive and highly intuitive. I did not listen in the beginning and found that if I had, we would have been in better shape because of it. He is so kind-hearted, and he defends his sister Addi when she gets into trouble. It is marvelous to watch his leadership and intuition shine forth constantly.

On your personal journey in this lifetime, why do you feel called to speak about the Children of the New Dawn?
Chanda Parkinson: I have two precious and adorable children, one an indigo and one a crystal. I have learned so much from them, but it has taken a tremendous act of discipline to slow down and pay attention to what is going on with my children. We now find ourselves tuning in to each other’s rhythms, and we now know the moment something is off with someone in our family. We are a tight psychic unit.

I am so passionate about working with families, because I have been there…in moments of total frustration confused by messages our society sends us to move faster, grow bigger, want more, more, more…knowing it was going against my very being and my intuition.

I stopped myself in my tracks. I have done two years of studying and research and have made phenomenal changes in my own family that have promoted more connection and peace. It’s still a work in progress, but I feel as if we have created a solid foundation for the spiritual and psychic development of our children. I am so passionate about the results I am experiencing and want to share it with the world!

The formula is different for every family, but there are such simple things you can do immediately to eliminate the chaos in your life and bring so much more peace and joy to everyday living. It has not been an easy path to this awareness, but I have to believe that this message will resonate with the hearts of parents, and hopefully stir them into action.

Insiah Beckman: I strongly felt that it was important for me to share some of my experiences for parents with children who are out of the norm. As a child, I always felt lost. I could not understand most of the behavioral patterns of people: hungry people, the lame, the sick, fighting, anger and a host of other human frailties. I could not resonate with what I was seeing or feeling. I would go outside at night and look at the stars and beg them to take me home. “I don’t understand what is going on, I don’t like it here!”

Fortunately for me, my mother was a beautiful soul, very loving and caring. She was religious then, and she became very spiritual in her later years. She explained to me some of my concerns to the best of her ability without the tools of all the spiritual knowledge and terms that present-day lightworkers use.

Sunny Dawn Johnston: I have personally experienced it as a transformational, life-changing, life-altering event in my life through having my son. Not only just the process of having to speak up and to hold space for him as a child who is different, but also to learn as a parent that I could not force him to be the way that I thought he was supposed to be either. I was functioning off of old paradigms, and I was also working off the belief system that you have to be a certain way. I didn’t know or understand how to do that differently until he taught me.

I think a lot of parents get stuck in the “I’m the parent, you’re the child” mentality. In my experience — and from what I’ve witnessed in a lot of my students and clients — they’re the teacher and we’re the students. That’s sometimes hard for those of us that who were raised with the “I’m the boss” attitude.

I’ve lived it and I know what it’s like to be in the not-so-healthy space with it, and then I know what it’s like to make that transition and really embrace it. It’s really so heart-opening for everyone when we can just honor who they are and why they’re really here.

What will be the key message you want to leave Expo attendees with during the Children of the New Dawn presentation?
Sunny Dawn Johnston: The words that come for me are, “It’s time for a change,” and so I want to leave them not only with knowing that, but also with steps to be able to make that change in a more loving and honoring way than maybe what people are creating now. It is time for change, and our children are the ones to bring it. We’re the supporters of it.

Chanda Parkinson: I want to leave with the message that our children are not alone. We are all moving through this intense time together. The discipline and action steps to tighten the psychic family unit are worth it. Sometimes this may mean sacrificing sometimes selfish desires in favor of creating a space that nurtures spiritual and creative growth. We are only caregivers for our children such a short time before they are out in the world expressing their potential. It is worth the sacrifices of personal interest in favor of creating a den of love, protection and constant support. That does not mean hovering as parents, but it does require a tremendous presence to hold the space for a family’s spiritual success.

It’s not about achieving perfection. It’s about striving to reach an ideal and all the magic that is experienced and created along the way. It’s the process.


For more information on the Minneapolis Edge Life Expo, visit www.edgelife.net. Advance discount tickets available online, or by contacting Gary Beckman at gary@edgelife.net or 763.427.7979.

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Interview: Carole Hyder & Cyndi Dale

An interview with Carole Hyder and Cyndi Dale

The public yearns to not only find jobs that put money on the table, but also satisfy their souls. In response to that, two Twin Cities businesswomen — Cyndi Dale, president of Essential Energy, a successful corporation that offers intuitive-based consulting and healing, and corporate consulting, and Carole J. Hyder, an internationally known Feng Shui consultant and speaker — will present a program to help others cultivate a richer life.

“Your Abundance Mindset” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Normandale Community College. Admission is $99. Registration is at 952.358.8343 or http://normandale.augusoft.net.

The two presenters, both best-selling authors and world-renowned teachers, will help participants uncover the blocks that keep them from accepting both worldly and spiritual blessings and help them construct a new “money blueprint,” an energetic and practical plan for creating financial flow.

The Edge asked Cyndi Dale and Carole J. Hyder to share their personal experiences and offer more insight on abundance.

Carole J. Hyder

How does one know if he or she is in an Abundance Mindset or not?
Carole J. Hyder: I know when someone has an Abundance Mindset by looking at the space in which they live and work. Coming from a Feng Shui perspective, I know if a person regards their possessions with respect and delight. Obviously, this has nothing to do with how much money an item costs nor does it have to do with how many items someone owns. It has to do with appreciation of their surroundings. Some of the richest people I know live in modest homes with few possessions; some of the poorest people I’ve worked with live in mansions.

Cyndi Dale: There are two main ways to know if you have adopted an Abundance Mindset or if you are mired in lack, limitation and scarcity. The first measurement is external. To some extent, we assess our prosperity by examining what or who is in our lives. Quality wins over quantity every time. Abundance is about what nourishes us. Do you have a comfortable home, one that supports your lifestyle? Are your friendships nourishing, loving, and dependable? These are the types of questions we should reflect upon.

The second criterion is internal. The Abundance Mindset begins and ends with integrity, our ability to match our values with our deeds and our hearts with our activities. We cannot be abundant if we do not know who we really are. What makes us tick, what creates internal peace, and what propels us toward joy?

Cyndi Dale

What is the number one thing all of us can do today to have an Abundance Mindset?
Cyndi Dale: Begin by appreciating who you are. This is even more important than being grateful for what you have, because externals come and go. Today we might be joyously situated in our dream house and tomorrow it’s all swept away by a tornado.

To appreciate our real self, the being we know ourselves to be, we can meet every situation and person with calm and openness. Even the most challenging of circumstances can be transformed into opportunities for connection and growth.

Carole J. Hyder: Wealth comes directly from gratitude, not the other way around. In my Feng Shui world, if someone is grateful for their circumstances, whatever they may be, it will be reflected in how they live and move through their space. I will see whether gratitude is coming through anything and everything, from the color on the walls to the angle of the sofa to the amount of unwanted items that clutter up their space. Someone who’s grateful takes care of what they have.

What are the most common blocks that keep us from cultivating a richer life?
Carole J. Hyder: I have seen four blocks that keep people from embracing their abundance: fear, guilt, being a pleaser and being irresponsible. I call these the Four Faces of Money, which we will be talking about in The Abundance Mindset workshop. These challenges are usually learned — from what the family said about money, how they treated money, or from a specific experience that caused someone to look negatively on being abundant.

Cyndi Dale: The most potent blocks are held in our soul, which carries in misperceptions and fears from other lifetimes, and our family, which creates negative mindsets that affect us energetically, or practically and spiritually. We don’t want to limit our abundance. It’s just that at some point we adopted limiting beliefs in order to adapt to our external circumstances. The good news is that we can always exchange a dysfunctional set of beliefs for functional ones.

What do you do personally to stay in the flow of abundance?
Cyndi Dale: Every day I wake up in gratefulness. I ask the Divine to bless and run my day (alone, I don’t always do such a great job.) I also continually work on my limiting beliefs. For instance, I currently work with a Sufi therapist who helps me excavate my negative thought processes and open to divine flow.

Carole J. Hyder: Gratitude goes a long ways to making me feel like I may be one of the richest people on the planet. Besides starting the day with a heart full of appreciation, one of my rituals is to make the bed each morning. I love the act of straightening out the sheets, plumping the pillows, bringing order to the room. It has become a mini-meditation and I feel out-of-sorts when I didn’t get around to doing it. I particularly love the experience when I walk in the bedroom at the end of the day. I’m reminded about being grateful all over again.

Please explain the Enrichment™ process from your perspective.
Carole J. Hyder: The Enrichment process is all about how to discover the blocks that may be preventing someone from opening up to their abundance, how to heal those blocks, and how to set up a specific action plan to move forward with a new system in place. Having money isn’t about being lucky, but instead it’s about strategizing, planning and preparing for a wealthy life. Getting their space in order to facilitate that wealth is a big part of the Enrichment process.

Cyndi Dale: This process is about how to have a life that rocks! We all want to wake up excited, eager to dance with life. We want to lie down to sleep feeling satisfied with what’s occurred and who we’ve been. To help participants get there, we discuss the elements that prevent the prosperous life and provide healing support to clear these issues and blocks. We then guide participants in accessing the spiritual powers available internally and externally to supercharge their manifestation abilities.

What is a “Money Blueprint” and what does it do for us?
Cyndi Dale: A money blueprint is a template that enables participants to transform negatives into positives and insert their spiritual purpose center in their lives. The key idea is that we are promised all the support we need to fulfill our spiritual destiny. This includes money, love, and guidance. If we make decisions from our purpose, we’ll naturally attract nourishment and abundance. The remainder of the plan includes action steps that will fulfill our destiny.

Carole J. Hyder: Participants will go home with their own specific blueprint for opening up to a new abundance mindset. This will be a literal blueprint with reminders, actions steps, and their money purpose clearly delineated so they can begin their Enrichment process to creating a richer life. Similar to a treasure map, the money blueprint can be hung or positioned prominently to remind them every day of their abundance steps.

What can participants expect at “Your Abundance Mindset” event at Normandale?
Carole J. Hyder: The Abundance Mindset event will offer opportunities for everyone to examine their blocks, experience what happens because of those blocks, how to start unraveling their effects, and (the best part) how to move forward with a new and richer life. Furthermore, there will be fun, surprises, and probably some laughing — true abundance expects nothing less!

Cyndi Dale: How about fun, healing and inspiration? The Enrichment™ process is designed to free you from the limitations and impositions keeping you stuck in the muck, unlock your manifesting abilities, and establish the mindset necessary to continually attract the support needed to fulfill your destiny. We’ll have fun so you can move into a more fun life.


To register or for more information, call 952.358.8343 or visit normandale.augusoft.net.

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Interview: Robert Kenner

The critically acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated film Food Inc. – filmmaker Robert Kenner’s exposé of corporate farming in America – also is one of the top-grossing theatrical documentaries of all time. In the three years since its release, Food Inc. remains part of the conversation as America wrestles with obesity, diabetes and other health conditions that are linked to the poor quality of food consumed by Americans and produced by only a handful of multi-national corporations.

Director Robert Kenner will appear in Duluth to speak about the making of Food Inc.

Until seeing the film, many Americans did not know that food production has changed more in the past 50 years than it had in the last 10,000 years. They didn’t know the extent that food corporations force growers to stay in debt, that animals are not the only species being mistreated by the food industry. And they didn’t know how often corporations put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our environment.

Kenner will speak on Food Inc. at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Romano Gym at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, brought to campus by Access For All. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture. It is free to the public and will be interpreted in ASL.

The event is co-sponsored by: Duluth Whole Foods Co-op; Wellness Renaissance; Essentia Health; Duluth Grill; Slow Food Lake Superior; The Edge Magazine; UMD Office of Sustainability; UMD College of Liberal Arts; UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions; UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering; Medical School Duluth; UMD School of Fine Arts; College of Pharmacy Duluth; UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics; UMD Office of Civic Engagement; UMD Food and Vending Services; UMD Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Minnesota Public Interest Research Group.

“I will be talking about making of Food, Inc. and the surprises I had along the way and where I’m going from there,” Kenner said in a phone interview with The Edge.

The filmmaker remains devoted to public education. He’s currently creating a campaign of short videos called “Fixed Food” to help drive a consumer-led change toward more natural and organic food that is sustainable and in balance with the environment.

Kenner’s video campaign is expected to launch in November, but in the meantime he said the food industry — through the Alliance to Feed the Future, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association — is preparing to launch multi-million-dollar campaigns of its own to convince Americans that the food it creates is healthy.

“On one hand the consumers are ready to make these great changes,” Kenner said, “and on the other hand, some of industry wants to change and some of it wants to go on the offensive and talk about why they are serving the healthiest food, why this processed food is the healthiest and best food we can get.”

What was your intention in making Food Inc. and did that intention change by the time the film was completed?
Robert Kenner: My original intention was to have a conversation about how to feed the world and is our food sustainable, our food system, and by the end I realized that so much of the industrial food world was not ready to talk to me. It was very hard to have that kind of a conversation. So much of our present day food system is off limits to the consumer. They don’t want us peeking behind the curtain to see how this food is made – “they” being the industrial system. It really does not want to engage in a conversation about how this food is made.

You’ve said in an interview that you weren’t wanting to preach to the converted, but to enlighten people who were not aware of what is going on.
RK: I am hoping really to expand the circle to let people know. I guess I started to make this film because I was curious to know where our food came from, how it’s grown, what’s on our plate and what it does to us. I had no idea how difficult it would be to make that film. I wanted to make a film for people who had not thought about their food, people who are just eating this stuff and just presuming it is not a problem and that nothing’s changed, when in reality, our food system has changed dramatically in the last 40 to 50 years.

What challenge did you face in tackling the role of the multi-national corporation in our food system? Did any of them speak to you for the film?
RK: Well, they spoke to me off the record, constantly. I tend to think if I had made the film a few years earlier they would have spoken on camera, because no one thought that the food system presented any danger. I had a friend who made a film on Frito-Lay and they were able to talk about getting to the heavy users. By the time I was making Food Inc., they realized they can’t be seen talking about such things.

Makers of the small documentary King Corn had a hard time talking about high fructose corn syrup.
RK: Industrial food makers don’t want you thinking about where your food comes from and what’s in it.

Do you think the public’s desire to know that is growing?
RK: Absolutely. People are becoming more and more concerned and people are becoming more and more aware that this system presents dangers. I also think the industrial food makers are about to engage in a campaign — spending close to $100 million, different groups are spending $30-40 million dollars — to tell the public that this processed food is good for you, that we should be eating more meat, all the things that we might have questioned. But ultimately, people are becoming more aware and more conscious that we have to put better things in our stomach and this system is making us sick.

I listened to a recent interview about nutrition, specifically the amount of education doctors get in nutrition. It was said doctors only get 30 hours of study in nutrition during medical school, and if there was a greater emphasis on nutrition, it would make the country a lot healthier overall.
RK: What is the saying, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” That used to be how we lived, and today, we have companies that are plying us with massive amounts of sugars and salts. Now we have to come out with new diabetes drugs. So they are on the one hand making us sick and on the other hand providing us our cure.

How did the making of Food Inc. make you feel personally? Did it change your life?
RK: Well, it makes me much more conscious, both about what I’m putting in my stomach, as well as to the role of corporations in our society. Some are trying to change things, but there are many others that are willing to sell you food that is making you sick — and they are ready to put pressure on the government not to be regulated in any form or fashion, even though they are getting massive amounts of subsidies from the government.

While watching your film I was struck by how it epitomizes the whole discussion of corporations’ role in our everyday lives.
RK: I think on some levels that Food Inc. became about more than just food. I had no idea that was going to happen when I started to make it.

What has been the result of the film overall? Has it made a difference?
RK: I think it’s made a huge difference. I have been very pleasantly surprised what kind of reception it has had. We were one of the most successful selling DVDs of the year. And more people saw it on the internet than they did on DVD and/or in theaters.

It became part of a conversation, which was very exciting. I think it fed into what is a growing movement out there. People are concerned. Organic is the fastest growing segment of the food business. Ultimately this movement is being led by moms, who might not have thought about where their food comes from, or dads, or parents buying food for their children, and parents want their children to eat healthy food. It’s not democrats or republicans, it’s parents.

People felt their lives were changed on some levels. This is a growing movement, and Food Inc. was one of the many things that played into this movement, along with Eric Schlosser’s book Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, films like King Corn and all that’s out there. It’s really helping to change. People are being affected by it.

I even take encouragement by people like Jamie Oliver and his “Food Revolution.”
RK: Oh, of course! Listen, when I travel around, the food that you saw going to the school system was frightening. You would not want to feed it to dogs.

For those who have not seen Food Inc., what positives can people take from the film?
RK: First of all, I know a lot of people were scared to watch the film thinking it would be filled with upsetting images. We really tried to go out of our way to make a film that you didn’t have to keep your eyes shut to watch, but could open your mind instead. We tried to add as much humor as possible.

I think the ultimate positive, if you look at this in a historical context, is that things change. Tobacco is a great example. People lied about what the effect of cigarettes on our health was. They stood up and said things that were absolute lies — lies that they were fully aware of — and testified in front of Congress. But as people started to understand what those lies were and people understood how unhealthy those cigarettes were for us and how much they were costing us as a society, we eventually put taxes on those cigarettes and were able to change patterns in this country and save lots of money and lives.

Industry will fight any form of regulation and they don’t want to pay for the externalities that they are creating. But at the same time when we start to understand what those externalities are, I think we will, as consumers, want to start to become healthier and change our own habits.

I think I am much more optimistic about consumer-driven change than I am governmental change. Anything can happen in government, but I do think we consumers can drive true change. Look at how people complained to Wal-Mart about the growth hormone in the milk. Wal-Mart changed its policy. That was a surprise for me, too, by the way. I had no idea that Wal-Mart would end up being a good guy in our film.


For more information on Food Inc., visit www.foodincmovie.com

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Interview: Theresa Rose

Center for Conscious Living: The renewed vision of LHSC with Theresa Rose

Theresa Rose offers an inspiring Sunday message at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community | Photo by Wendy Houser Blomseth

MINNEAPOLIS — The names have changed, but the energy beneath the dome at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community remains just as refreshing and awakening as ever. It inspires people to reconnect with their true nature, go beyond what they thought was possible and embody the soul that yearns to be expressed.

The energy here inspires change — perhaps the only constant in the community’s 23-year history in the landmark church building at 44th and Upton Avenue South in Linden Hills. Sitting high in the neighborhood, towering over the shopping district to the north and the tree-lined homes leading down to the banks of Lake Harriet to the east, the silver-domed structure is home to one of the nation’s most vibrant spiritual communities. And while many inspiring speakers, worship leaders and members have come and gone since 1988, every transition has inspired the community to evolve into a new expression of what is now.

One senses when speaking to current leaders that Lake Harriet Spiritual Community (LHSC) is in a completely new space, one that it has never been in before. It as if this collection of eclectic souls is coming out of the closet to its city, fully accepting of itself for who it is and no longer afraid to be judged for being different by its neighborhood.

New spiritual director Theresa Rose – an ordained minister, national motivational humorist, award-winning author of Opening the Kimono: A Woman’s Intimate Journey Through Life’s Biggest Challenges, wife and mother — acknowledges that the LHSC is relaxed as it embarks upon a new path of integrating with its more mainstream neighbors by recognizing their shared values of seeking a balance of body, mind and spirit.

“We’ve changed our tagline to A Center for Conscious Living,” she says, “and we really want to create Lake Harriet Spiritual Community as a center for Minneapolis and St. Paul to come for not only Sunday services, but for classes and workshops and concerts and movies and other performance art.”

It sounds like it may be an opportunity for Lake Harriet more than ever before to announce itself and really step out into the Twin Cities community as a whole.
Theresa Rose: That’s exactly right, and that is our intention. We not only want to introduce ourselves to the larger communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, but we also especially want to extend our hands out to our community in Linden Hills. Those are the people who hear the concerts coming out of the sanctuary, and they’re the ones who come to yoga classes, and they’re the ones who walk to our Sunday services.

We really want to be more integrated with our neighbors in the Lake Harriet area. Connection to our community is good. We want to support members of our community who can walk to where we are and whose businesses we support locally. So, it’s a real synergistic relationship we’re trying to create with our local neighbors.

Recording artist Michael Monroe performs | Photo by Wendy Houser Blomseth

What is your vision of what a Center for Conscious Living is?
TR: It is a gathering place where we offer services, classes and special events that support one’s personal spiritual growth. Anything related to consciousness, anything about increasing our own awareness of our power and developing a spiritual relationship with the Divine – walking on this Earth with a light footprint.

We don’t want people to just merely see us as a church. Sunday service is just a small portion of what we’re offering, and we’re continuing to expand. For example, we are having Gina Citoli come in September for a fundraiser for LHSC and present her Cabaret of Consciousness, a concert that we’re going to be sponsoring with her.

And we’re very excited about Allison Scott, who is going to be here on October 13 to do a fundraiser for us. Allison is a phenomenal singer who is starting to really make a name for herself in the Twin Cities music scene. She has been identified as one of the up-and-coming musical artists and has a really large following. She is a soulful singer who plays at the Dakota and at festivals. She has been a musical guest at one of my Sunday services, and we’re fortunate to be able to have her come for an entire concert. We hope that new people can come see LHSC as the result of their connection to Allison. I encourage everyone to check her out. She is really, really wonderful.

Our goal is to build our presence in the community by bringing in events and offerings like this to appeal to wider audiences.

Is there a reorganization of what’s already existed at Lake Harriet or are there new ideas that are being implemented into this vision?
TR: Both. First of all, there is a reorganization of what we’ve already done, but we have also endeavored to include a lot more offerings than we previously have in the past. We want to not only offer classes and services for people who are well down the path of spiritual development, but also for those who may be just beginning, opening our doors to them, as well.

We’re looking at things that we haven’t looked at before, like fitness classes, nutrition classes, parenting classes, relationship classes, different things that really haven’t been happening at LHSC. I want to even bring in a hula hoop class, because that’s a great way to get in the body.

We want to support the body-mind-spirit triad by looking at things we hadn’t brought in previously because we were focusing solely on metaphysical studies, whereas now we’re really expanding our vision.

What sparked this change?
TR: The universe started pushing us in different directions with some people departing the community and new people coming into the community — and different inspirations developed. One of our motivations is to maintain a thriving community, and to do that we really want to offer what people want.

This is not an exclusive club. We want it to be an open community, a really thriving center. And so, change was something that was being called for.

What is changing at Lake Harriet from a leadership perspective?
TR: We have restructured the spiritual leadership at LHSC. Previously, as you and your readers may be aware, we had ministerial guides. Those ministerial guides were elected for a period of two years and they led one Sunday service a month. There were anywhere from three to five MGs, as we called them, and then we occasionally had guest speakers.

As the community has evolved and morphed, what the community decided was that it would be more effective, and ultimately more of a representation of who we are, to have one spiritual director and a group of resident speakers. Resident speakers are leaders in the spiritual community nationally who were not able to commit to once-a-month services as a typical ministerial guide and did not want to be too terribly involved in the day-to-day operations of the community.

We have selected four of our six resident speakers so far, and they are going to be doing services on a quarterly basis. They include: noted jazz vocalist and radio personality Patty Peterson; spiritual teacher, healer and Pleiadian channel Christine Day; intuitive, author and “Michael” channel Linda Elwell; and intuitive counselor Cindi Claypatch. All of these people come from a different perspective, from their own unique perspective, from a spiritual development perspective, and from a consciousness perspective, but they all are in such harmony with the energy of LHSC and they all bring a unique voice. That’s what we’re really excited about, that they’re going to be here on a regular basis and be able to provide that sort of leadership to us.

And then, we’re going to continue to have guest speakers once every month. We’ve had such notable guest speakers as Leonard Jacobson and Kathryn Harwig, and all sorts of different people from different realms have shared their expertise with us, and we encourage differences. We want to see lots of different voices and we want to hear from these amazing teachers who can share with us their own guidance, their own messaging.

What is the value for somebody to become part of this spiritual community?
TR: I think the value lies in the welcoming, nurturing community that we offer. It’s more than just a beautiful building and more than just a calendar of events. We are really creating a spiritual family, a spiritual community that can provide all of those tools that we need to traverse this world and to get through the challenges that we face. The value is helping you move into a greater place of joy and health and connectivity to the Divine. That’s what we offer.

Maybe for some it is just about entertainment. So if you want to see wonderful music being played through joyful hearts, that’s what we offer, too. Everyone is looking for something different, but our goal is to provide that sense of home — a spiritual home for people.

What will a first-time visitor experience at a Sunday service at Lake Harriet?
TR: They will experience a morning full of inspiration and music, meditation, fellowship, community and lightness. That’s the through line of every single Sunday service, whether it’s me who is delivering the service or one of our resident or guest speakers. Each week will be completely different, but visitors will get some nugget of what they can do to move in this world with more grace and more connection and more power. They’ll hear from lots of different sources on how to do that.

The community is building and it’s very loving, and I’m really excited about how we are all becoming the best of who we are as individuals and as a community. We’re really rising above a lot of fear and really stepping into our power more fully, both as individuals and as a community.

It’s a really beautiful thing to be witnessing, and I’m really just privileged to be a part of this.


For more information, please visit www.lakeharrietspiritualcommunity.org or search for Lake Harriet Spiritual Community on Facebook.

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Interview: Dolores Cannon | part one

An Edge Interview


By any stretch of the imagination, people who randomly pick up her books and browse through them would declare them to be science fiction. But author and lecturer Dolores Cannon, a regressive hypnotherapist and psychic researcher, says the truth can be much stranger than fiction.

Her many books focus on such topics as Nostradamus, Jesus and the Essenes, the Afterlife, the original birthing of humanity on Earth, Past Lives – and everything from the birth of the planet to extraterrestrials and abductions shared in an ongoing series of books entitled “The Convoluted Universe.” They arise from Cannon’s unique technique of regression using hypnotherapy that taps into the “Superconscious” of the client, revealing not only past-life issues that affect the client in this life but information related to mysteries of the universe. That’s not all. Cannon’s hypnotherapy clients also are being healed spontaneously of diseases and conditions as serious as life-threatening cancer.

Her latest book, The Three Waves of Volunteers and The New Earth (Ozark Mountain Publishing), reveals that since the two atomic bomb explosions in Japan in 1945, three distinct groups of souls representing beings from across the universe have been volunteering to be birthed as humans so they can uplift the frequencies of Earth and help prevent a global catastrophe.

  • The First Wave: Now in their late 40s to early 60s , these volunteers are disturbed by the violence, anger and hate that they experience on Earth. They have had the hardest time adjusting to life as humans, and many of them try to commit suicide.
  • The Second Wave: Now in their late 20s and 30s, these volunteers are more comfortable in bodies and are said to be beacons or channels of energy who can affect others just by being near them. Their mission of just sharing their energy with others means they don’t have to do anything but just be.
  • The Third Wave: The new children, many of whom are now teenagers, have all the knowledge needed to exist on the planet after the dimensional shift and transformation takes place. Their DNA is more advanced, and the greatest challenge they face is being misunderstood by humans as having a condition (ADHD) that needs to be medicated.

The challenge for these souls, Cannon said, is that when they are born they lose all conscious memory of who they once were and why they volunteered to be born here in the first place. She shared more about these volunteers during a phone interview with The Edge from California while on a national tour to lecture and teach her hypnotherapy technique to others.

For those who have not heard of you or are not familiar with the vast amount of information you have gleaned from your willing hypnosis clients, how would you describe the thread that ties all your work together and what does this new book add to what you have already done?
Dolores Cannon: Well, I’ve been doing hypnosis for over 40 years. I developed my own technique down through the years. It’s not like any other hypnosis technique out there. We are able to contact what I call the greatest force there is, and it’s a source of all knowledge. I found the way to have it come through every single person that I work with, and I’ve worked with thousands of people.

In my classes, I teach others how to do what I do, and we have found we can have instantaneous healing in just one session working with this power, because it can come through anybody. This is what I am teaching now all over the world.

When you see thousands and thousands of clients, as I do as a therapist and a counselor, you begin to see a common thread going through many of the cases. Earlier on, it used to be that everybody would go back to a past life and I’d find some of the answers there, and then I’d explore the source of all knowledge to answer all of their questions and do the healing.

Just in the last five years or so, I began to see clients who weren’t all going into a past life on Earth. I began to find they had never been on Earth before and that they had come here directly from God, from the Source, from other planets, other dimensions, where they were light beings.

That’s the common thread that I have been finding, and that’s where I came up with the theory of the three waves of volunteers. When I began talking about this on my radio show and on “Coast to Coast” and at all of my events, people began contacting me from all over the world saying, “Finally, it made sense.” They said, “I thought I was the only person in the world that felt like that.” Like they didn’t belong here and they wanted to go home. They did not understand Earth. They just knew this wasn’t home. They didn’t know where home was, but they knew it wasn’t here, and they all wanted to leave because Earth is such a strange place. And they began to find out, “Well, I’m not the only one out there.”

That makes them feel a whole lot better, that there are thousands of people who feel the same way. Well, we found out why – because they have not been on Earth before. They are part of this special group that have come to help us through these times we are going through right now.

What are the volunteers here to do and why should we, as citizens of the planet, be interested in their presence here.
DC: They’re here to save the Earth, because the ones who are caught on the wheel of karma cannot do it. They are so ingrained in their own karma and repeating their same mistakes over and over again that there is no way they can keep us from blowing up the world. But souls coming in that are pure and have never had any lives on Earth can do the most good.

But now in body, these people don’t have any memory of why they came. They come in and an amnesia descends on the person and they don’t remember why they are here. But this group has an energy that they have to project. It is a loving energy that will change the mindset here on Earth. It will change history, just them being here. They don’t realize they are doing it, but they are generating positive energy to offset the negativity of the world.

But they don’t want to be here. They don’t like it here. They don’t understand Earth: “What am I doing here. I want to go home.” They just know this is not where they’re supposed to be, but they’re here to generate positive energy that will benefit everyone. They are here to raise the vibration of Earth.

Some of these people, especially the second wave of volunteers, said they can walk through a crowded mall and their energy will affect everybody they walk past. They don’t have to do anything. This energy is just projecting out of them, and it influences everyone in positive, beautiful way. So the average person should be grateful for that, because it is changing the vibration of the world and getting it away from negativity.

Toward the end of the book you even talk about a fourth group of volunteers, the Keepers of the Grid. Can you tell us about them?
DC: That was something I discovered as the book was being put together. I have written about Atlantis many, many times in my other books, in the Convoluted Universe series, and I thought that I had found all of the information on Atlantis, on why it went down, but I learned that Atlantis wasn’t the only civilization that was destroyed. There were many, many others before that.

Each time when people got to the point when they were using energy in the wrong way and couldn’t control it, they had to be stopped. And every time, everything would be reset on this planet. The civilization would go back to the primitive stages and start all over again.

That’s why they don’t want to have it happen this time. They don’t want to start over with the planet and begin life for humanity one more time.

Then I learned about the Keepers of the Grid. During a hypnotherapy session, a woman went back to Atlantis and was telling me the prime reason for Atlantis being destroyed. It was not what I’d heard before, and I told them, “I’ve never heard this theory.” And they said, “That’s because we’ve never told it to anyone before, so it’s new theory.”

I was told that there were scientists at the time of Atlantis. I thought they were fooling around with crystal power, and they were, but there were others who were fooling around with what they called Dark Matter. I was told that this is the same thing scientists are doing now when they are fooling around with what we call Anti-Matter. In those days, they were trying to do the same thing, out of curiosity, to create their own universe and wormholes and things like that by experimenting. They said we have to know this, because the scientists are doing the same thing now. The Large Hadron Collider experiment in Switzerland is the same thing. They are messing around with Anti-Matter. The scientists who are now fooling around with the Collider experiment don’t have any idea what they are really doing, and it’s very highly dangerous.

In the days of Atlantis, this experimenting got out of hand. The Dark Matter began to collapse the grids of the Earth, so outside observers from the universe had to step in and stop it at that point.

Many of these people are coming back into body now, and their job is to energetically rebuild the grids of the Earth. But none of these people, the waves of volunteers or the Keepers of the Grid, know this consciously. But their presence here is extremely important.

If those experiments had continued at that time in Atlantis, it would have broken down the grid of the planet, causing an implosion of the Earth, and it would have reverberated to the point where it would have broken the grids down of the entire Universe. But they stopped it before it got to that point, but destruction took place.

Do you find that there are spiritual seekers out there who are curious if they are volunteers?
DC: Oh, yeah, a lot of them ask me that. Many people, who go back to past lives still have karma to be repaid, have written and e-mailed me saying, “I think I’m first wave” or “I think I’m second wave.” Because they resonate with the description of what they are. But, we never know until we do the session if they are or not. There’s always those people who want to be these things, and then you’ll find after you do a session there’s nothing there at all.

I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of these cases, and that is when I began to put the whole story together and it began to make a theory that I’d never heard before.

Perhaps it doesn’t really matter if we know that information, if we’re volunteers or not, and we should maybe just focus on living our lives the best that we can.
DC: That’s what I tell everyone. That’s why the memories were taken away, so we can just live and do what we’re supposed to do. The job is to help everybody, to help people. That’s the purpose of everyone who comes to Earth, even though they don’t realize it.

You’re not here to get rich and drink and party and all of that. You’re here to help each other, so if they’re doing that, at least they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing in some way or another. There’s a lot of different ways to help each other. But, it’s better off if you don’t know why you’re here and then you can just fulfill your mission.

From the surface, it seems to me that the average Joe who picks up your book for the first time might look at it and say that what you have here is science fiction.
DC: I have some people at my lectures who say, “You’ve got to be the best fiction writer in the world!” There’s no way on Earth I could make this stuff up.

I have 16 books out there now, and all of it has come through the cases I have worked on with the average person just walking in off the street. I did not know these people until they came through the door of my office, from every walk of life you can imagine: CEOs of companies, professors of colleges, priests, shamans, and many ordinary people. I have not found anyone who has not had a past life. So, that should be one answer to the skeptics out there. It’s never what they were looking for to be the answer to their problems, but it’s definitely not fiction.

To me, this is real because I’ve worked on it for so many years, and it makes perfect sense to the client because it explains their problems and they can understand where it’s coming from. They put it into place and they can go on having a normal life. But even the average Joe who picks up my book is fascinated by it. They say they may not understand these concepts, but it makes them think, and that’s the important thing. They’ll know it’s not fiction once they get started into it.

Something inside of them will resonate with them when they start reading it?
DC: Yes. When I began writing The Convoluted Universe series, I wondered if anybody out there would be able to understand it, because I said that book is for people who want their minds bent like pretzels. Readers said the same thing: “It makes us think.” We go into all kinds of concepts and theories that even people who have studied metaphysics for years have never come up with, so it’s interesting.

My job is just to produce lost information and bring it back to our time. But, yeah, people when they read it say, “I know this and I don’t know how I know it, but I know it and I know it’s true.”


For more information on Dolores Cannon, visit www.ozarkmt.com.

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Interview: Dolores Cannon | part two

An Edge Interview


By any stretch of the imagination, people who randomly pick up her books and browse through them would declare them to be science fiction. But author and lecturer Dolores Cannon, a regressive hypnotherapist and psychic researcher, says the truth can be much stranger than fiction.

Her many books focus on such topics as Nostradamus, Jesus and the Essenes, the Afterlife, the original birthing of humanity on Earth, Past Lives – and everything from the birth of the planet to extraterrestrials and abductions shared in an ongoing series of books entitled “The Convoluted Universe.” They arise from Cannon’s unique technique of regression using hypnotherapy that taps into the “Superconscious” of the client, revealing not only past-life issues that affect the client in this life but information related to mysteries of the universe. That’s not all. Cannon’s hypnotherapy clients also are being healed spontaneously of diseases and conditions as serious as life-threatening cancer.

Her latest book, The Three Waves of Volunteers and The New Earth (Ozark Mountain Publishing), reveals that since the two atomic bomb explosions in Japan in 1945, three distinct groups of souls representing beings from across the universe have been volunteering to be birthed as humans so they can uplift the frequencies of Earth and help prevent a global catastrophe.

  • The First Wave: Now in their late 40s to early 60s , these volunteers are disturbed by the violence, anger and hate that they experience on Earth. They have had the hardest time adjusting to life as humans, and many of them try to commit suicide.
  • The Second Wave: Now in their late 20s and 30s, these volunteers are more comfortable in bodies and are said to be beacons or channels of energy who can affect others just by being near them. Their mission of just sharing their energy with others means they don’t have to do anything but just be.
  • The Third Wave: The new children, many of whom are now teenagers, have all the knowledge needed to exist on the planet after the dimensional shift and transformation takes place. Their DNA is more advanced, and the greatest challenge they face is being misunderstood by humans as having a condition (ADHD) that needs to be medicated.

The challenge for these souls, Cannon said, is that when they are born they lose all conscious memory of who they once were and why they volunteered to be born here in the first place. She shared more about these volunteers during a phone interview with The Edge from California while on a national tour to lecture and teach her hypnotherapy technique to others.

For those who have not heard of you or are not familiar with the vast amount of information you have gleaned from your willing hypnosis clients, how would you describe the thread that ties all your work together and what does this new book add to what you have already done?
Dolores Cannon: Well, I’ve been doing hypnosis for over 40 years. I developed my own technique down through the years. It’s not like any other hypnosis technique out there. We are able to contact what I call the greatest force there is, and it’s a source of all knowledge. I found the way to have it come through every single person that I work with, and I’ve worked with thousands of people.

In my classes, I teach others how to do what I do, and we have found we can have instantaneous healing in just one session working with this power, because it can come through anybody. This is what I am teaching now all over the world.

When you see thousands and thousands of clients, as I do as a therapist and a counselor, you begin to see a common thread going through many of the cases. Earlier on, it used to be that everybody would go back to a past life and I’d find some of the answers there, and then I’d explore the source of all knowledge to answer all of their questions and do the healing.

Just in the last five years or so, I began to see clients who weren’t all going into a past life on Earth. I began to find they had never been on Earth before and that they had come here directly from God, from the Source, from other planets, other dimensions, where they were light beings.

That’s the common thread that I have been finding, and that’s where I came up with the theory of the three waves of volunteers. When I began talking about this on my radio show and on “Coast to Coast” and at all of my events, people began contacting me from all over the world saying, “Finally, it made sense.” They said, “I thought I was the only person in the world that felt like that.” Like they didn’t belong here and they wanted to go home. They did not understand Earth. They just knew this wasn’t home. They didn’t know where home was, but they knew it wasn’t here, and they all wanted to leave because Earth is such a strange place. And they began to find out, “Well, I’m not the only one out there.”

That makes them feel a whole lot better, that there are thousands of people who feel the same way. Well, we found out why – because they have not been on Earth before. They are part of this special group that have come to help us through these times we are going through right now.

What are the volunteers here to do and why should we, as citizens of the planet, be interested in their presence here.
DC: They’re here to save the Earth, because the ones who are caught on the wheel of karma cannot do it. They are so ingrained in their own karma and repeating their same mistakes over and over again that there is no way they can keep us from blowing up the world. But souls coming in that are pure and have never had any lives on Earth can do the most good.

But now in body, these people don’t have any memory of why they came. They come in and an amnesia descends on the person and they don’t remember why they are here. But this group has an energy that they have to project. It is a loving energy that will change the mindset here on Earth. It will change history, just them being here. They don’t realize they are doing it, but they are generating positive energy to offset the negativity of the world.

But they don’t want to be here. They don’t like it here. They don’t understand Earth: “What am I doing here. I want to go home.” They just know this is not where they’re supposed to be, but they’re here to generate positive energy that will benefit everyone. They are here to raise the vibration of Earth.

Some of these people, especially the second wave of volunteers, said they can walk through a crowded mall and their energy will affect everybody they walk past. They don’t have to do anything. This energy is just projecting out of them, and it influences everyone in positive, beautiful way. So the average person should be grateful for that, because it is changing the vibration of the world and getting it away from negativity.

Toward the end of the book you even talk about a fourth group of volunteers, the Keepers of the Grid. Can you tell us about them?
DC: That was something I discovered as the book was being put together. I have written about Atlantis many, many times in my other books, in the Convoluted Universe series, and I thought that I had found all of the information on Atlantis, on why it went down, but I learned that Atlantis wasn’t the only civilization that was destroyed. There were many, many others before that.

Each time when people got to the point when they were using energy in the wrong way and couldn’t control it, they had to be stopped. And every time, everything would be reset on this planet. The civilization would go back to the primitive stages and start all over again.

That’s why they don’t want to have it happen this time. They don’t want to start over with the planet and begin life for humanity one more time.

Then I learned about the Keepers of the Grid. During a hypnotherapy session, a woman went back to Atlantis and was telling me the prime reason for Atlantis being destroyed. It was not what I’d heard before, and I told them, “I’ve never heard this theory.” And they said, “That’s because we’ve never told it to anyone before, so it’s new theory.”

I was told that there were scientists at the time of Atlantis. I thought they were fooling around with crystal power, and they were, but there were others who were fooling around with what they called Dark Matter. I was told that this is the same thing scientists are doing now when they are fooling around with what we call Anti-Matter. In those days, they were trying to do the same thing, out of curiosity, to create their own universe and wormholes and things like that by experimenting. They said we have to know this, because the scientists are doing the same thing now. The Large Hadron Collider experiment in Switzerland is the same thing. They are messing around with Anti-Matter. The scientists who are now fooling around with the Collider experiment don’t have any idea what they are really doing, and it’s very highly dangerous.

In the days of Atlantis, this experimenting got out of hand. The Dark Matter began to collapse the grids of the Earth, so outside observers from the universe had to step in and stop it at that point.

Many of these people are coming back into body now, and their job is to energetically rebuild the grids of the Earth. But none of these people, the waves of volunteers or the Keepers of the Grid, know this consciously. But their presence here is extremely important.

If those experiments had continued at that time in Atlantis, it would have broken down the grid of the planet, causing an implosion of the Earth, and it would have reverberated to the point where it would have broken the grids down of the entire Universe. But they stopped it before it got to that point, but destruction took place.

Do you find that there are spiritual seekers out there who are curious if they are volunteers?
DC: Oh, yeah, a lot of them ask me that. Many people, who go back to past lives still have karma to be repaid, have written and e-mailed me saying, “I think I’m first wave” or “I think I’m second wave.” Because they resonate with the description of what they are. But, we never know until we do the session if they are or not. There’s always those people who want to be these things, and then you’ll find after you do a session there’s nothing there at all.

I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of these cases, and that is when I began to put the whole story together and it began to make a theory that I’d never heard before.

Perhaps it doesn’t really matter if we know that information, if we’re volunteers or not, and we should maybe just focus on living our lives the best that we can.
DC: That’s what I tell everyone. That’s why the memories were taken away, so we can just live and do what we’re supposed to do. The job is to help everybody, to help people. That’s the purpose of everyone who comes to Earth, even though they don’t realize it.

You’re not here to get rich and drink and party and all of that. You’re here to help each other, so if they’re doing that, at least they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing in some way or another. There’s a lot of different ways to help each other. But, it’s better off if you don’t know why you’re here and then you can just fulfill your mission.

From the surface, it seems to me that the average Joe who picks up your book for the first time might look at it and say that what you have here is science fiction.
DC: I have some people at my lectures who say, “You’ve got to be the best fiction writer in the world!” There’s no way on Earth I could make this stuff up.

I have 16 books out there now, and all of it has come through the cases I have worked on with the average person just walking in off the street. I did not know these people until they came through the door of my office, from every walk of life you can imagine: CEOs of companies, professors of colleges, priests, shamans, and many ordinary people. I have not found anyone who has not had a past life. So, that should be one answer to the skeptics out there. It’s never what they were looking for to be the answer to their problems, but it’s definitely not fiction.

To me, this is real because I’ve worked on it for so many years, and it makes perfect sense to the client because it explains their problems and they can understand where it’s coming from. They put it into place and they can go on having a normal life. But even the average Joe who picks up my book is fascinated by it. They say they may not understand these concepts, but it makes them think, and that’s the important thing. They’ll know it’s not fiction once they get started into it.

Something inside of them will resonate with them when they start reading it?
DC: Yes. When I began writing The Convoluted Universe series, I wondered if anybody out there would be able to understand it, because I said that book is for people who want their minds bent like pretzels. Readers said the same thing: “It makes us think.” We go into all kinds of concepts and theories that even people who have studied metaphysics for years have never come up with, so it’s interesting.

My job is just to produce lost information and bring it back to our time. But, yeah, people when they read it say, “I know this and I don’t know how I know it, but I know it and I know it’s true.”


For more information on Dolores Cannon, visit www.ozarkmt.com.

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Flow is the Way Forward

Decades from now, textbooks describe the early 21st century as a time of unparalleled earth changes, widespread collapse of global financial markets, as well as incredible technological innovations in social networking and medical science. The texts inform students that there were mass casualties due to war and natural disaster, and topics of the day ranged from terrorism to safe food and drinking water.

But teachers, knowing full well that history books only tell part of the story, turn to the oracles, the intuitives, to relay the true history of our time. They tap into the consciousness of the past and translate it for the present moment.

One such intuitive, dressed in a black bodysuit, touches the oracle disc in front of her, and she begins speaking, in a hushed tone, with eyes closed:

“I touch upon 2011, fifty years past, and reflect this from that time. Incredible change and hardship faces this woman. Loss of job. Home flooded two years prior. Two children to support. She is applying for work via the global network. Now she is sitting still, in meditation. She opens her eyes and picks up a cellular phone. She speaks with her sister, saying this:

‘Sis, I know times are tough. Half of the homes on my block are in foreclosure. But I know things will work out. What I received in meditation is that the less we resist, the easier things will be. We need to be like the water in the stream and flow. Flow is the way forward. Yes, I know it’s a tough challenge for you. I know that few companies are hiring. But do not fear. Be present. Look at what you need to do now, do it, and move forward. Do not dwell on what’s not working. Just flow like the wind in the trees. Be alert for opportunity. Breathe and relax into the flow. Spend time in stillness, and silence the mind. We were not given this opportunity without the ability to achieve our soul’s purpose.'”

The oracle opens her eyes, turns and walks out of the room toward a different class down the hall. The teacher smiles to the class, arms outstretched, pleased that the oracle was able to share such wisdom.

One student, bored, watches clouds float by overhead, moving over the translucent ceiling. Other students squirm in their chairs, whispering that they learned about meditation and the stillness when they were babies.

The teacher senses the sentiment and reminds her students that knowing about meditation, about sitting in the silence, is one thing. Applying it to your life, when you face the most difficult of circumstances, is something else entirely.

“It is only when we are truly tested that we grasp the wisdom of our souls,” she said. “May you have the courage to be still when your fears tell you to run.”

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