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New book brims with insights how readers can traverse endure The Long Journey Home’

HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) August 17, 2017

In the “The Long Journey Home” (published by Balboa Press), author Sheila Gautreaux offers a fresh look at one of the most powerful parables in the Biblethe Prodigal Sonas man’s personal journey of evolution in consciousness. This book revolves around its central theme that forgiveness holds the key to reawakening love, peace and connection for all humanity.

“The Long Journey Home” takes a fresh look at one of the most widely-recognized and most frequently interpreted of the many parables taught by Jesus during his ministry. Using the process of metaphysical interpretation, along with the concepts of conscious evolution and quantum science, the Prodigal Son emerges from a great story about coming home and forgiveness to an exploration into how life experiences are valuable teaching points and may provide powerful catalysts for quantum shifts in consciousness.

The book helps readers make sense of the challenges, struggles and detours that define people’s paths as they attempt to live and grow in a world that appears to keep them from finding the safe haven they seek from birth that inner sense of “home.” What it seeks to highlight is that, “our painful experiences do not have to destroy us; that they are not happening “to” us but are happening “for” us to awaken us to the tremendous power within us to heal our lives.”

An excerpt from the book: “The key to successfully living in this world of polar opposites is remembering that God exists within the light and the dark; that there is only God, only Truth, and all else is but a hoax perpetrated by our ego for its own glorification. Awareness is focused attention to the details of lifethe messages, spiritual meaning and lessons within everything around us and everything that happens to us. By recognizing that everything happens for a reasonhappens not to us but for uswe use life as a tool for conscious evolution and the route to home.”

“The Long Journey Home” By Sheila Gautreaux Softcover | 6 x 9in | 162 pages | ISBN 9781504368704 E-Book | 162 pages | ISBN 9781504368797 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author Sheila Gautreaux calls herself a “Spiritual Activist” and passionately carries the message of healing people and the planet through forgiveness. She is a Unity Minister, Licensed Unity Teacher, Certified Radical Forgiveness Coach and a 30-year student of “A Course in Miracles,” and a 38-year student of Unity principles. She has written two books: “Praying Through a Storm” and “Messages.” She is in demand as a highly-praised, exciting speaker who, as a retired Opera Singer, adds her vocal gift to her message. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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Sheila Gautreaux Highlights Importance of Forgiveness – Benzinga

New book brims with insights how readers can traverse endure The Long Journey Home’

HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) August 17, 2017

In the “The Long Journey Home” (published by Balboa Press), author Sheila Gautreaux offers a fresh look at one of the most powerful parables in the Biblethe Prodigal Sonas man’s personal journey of evolution in consciousness. This book revolves around its central theme that forgiveness holds the key to reawakening love, peace and connection for all humanity.

“The Long Journey Home” takes a fresh look at one of the most widely-recognized and most frequently interpreted of the many parables taught by Jesus during his ministry. Using the process of metaphysical interpretation, along with the concepts of conscious evolution and quantum science, the Prodigal Son emerges from a great story about coming home and forgiveness to an exploration into how life experiences are valuable teaching points and may provide powerful catalysts for quantum shifts in consciousness.

The book helps readers make sense of the challenges, struggles and detours that define people’s paths as they attempt to live and grow in a world that appears to keep them from finding the safe haven they seek from birth that inner sense of “home.” What it seeks to highlight is that, “our painful experiences do not have to destroy us; that they are not happening “to” us but are happening “for” us to awaken us to the tremendous power within us to heal our lives.”

An excerpt from the book: “The key to successfully living in this world of polar opposites is remembering that God exists within the light and the dark; that there is only God, only Truth, and all else is but a hoax perpetrated by our ego for its own glorification. Awareness is focused attention to the details of lifethe messages, spiritual meaning and lessons within everything around us and everything that happens to us. By recognizing that everything happens for a reasonhappens not to us but for uswe use life as a tool for conscious evolution and the route to home.”

“The Long Journey Home” By Sheila Gautreaux Softcover | 6 x 9in | 162 pages | ISBN 9781504368704 E-Book | 162 pages | ISBN 9781504368797 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author Sheila Gautreaux calls herself a “Spiritual Activist” and passionately carries the message of healing people and the planet through forgiveness. She is a Unity Minister, Licensed Unity Teacher, Certified Radical Forgiveness Coach and a 30-year student of “A Course in Miracles,” and a 38-year student of Unity principles. She has written two books: “Praying Through a Storm” and “Messages.” She is in demand as a highly-praised, exciting speaker who, as a retired Opera Singer, adds her vocal gift to her message. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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Nights Of Fire: A Conscious Evolution Festival Preview – NYSMusic

It is officially time to prepare for this years Nights Of Fire: A Conscious Evolution. Hosted by Spun Out Productions, the annual music festival kicks off on Thursday, August 17, and runs through the morning of Monday, August 21. Located at The Woods at Bear Creek, a glampingglamorous campingground in Franklinville, NY, Nights of Fire will offer its patrons an educational exploration through fire dancing, art, live music, and workshops.

As eloquently described on the Nights Of Fire Event Page:Nights Of Fire is a FIRE, Art, Music, & EDUCATIONAL RETREAT. We invite all likeminded individuals and those who seek to learn and do more to improve themselves and the world around US. NIGHTS OF FIRE is an educational retreat where YOU can come study many different forms of FIRE SPINNING, FLOW, DANCE, DRUMMING, PAINTING and much more. Evolve with us at night as we will teach you how to celebrate life and simply being alive through song and dance with live music.

Pre-sales for the festival are no longer online, however, you can pick up a $75 ticket thru a ticket rep, or grab one for $100 at the gate! The ticket includes camping and parking.

Take a peek below and click the play button. Youll find a Rochester Groovecast podcast episode. This episode is a preview of the upcoming Nights Of Fire Music Festival. During the episode, youll listen to Roots of Creation, Freekbass, The Mantras, Madam Bliss, Dixons Violin, Stereo Nest, Subsoil, Space Junk, Haewa, and Flux Capacitor. All of these artists are performing at this years Nights Of Fire Music Festival.

If you peek even farther below, youll find an episode timestamp, and Nights Of Fires daily schedule.

Enjoy!

Timestamp:00:00: Roots Of Creation- Different 04:12: Episode Introduction09:56: Roots Of Creation- Row Jimmy15:23: Freekbass- Put It In A Letter18:42: Freekbass- Milkhunt23:25: The Mantras- Here We Go29:27: The Mantras- Dirt Nap35:26: Madam Bliss Remix- Notorious BIG Dead Wrong39:15: Madam Bliss Remix- Erykah Badu On And On44:10: Dixons Violin- Ignition (Correction! Jade Dragon is the album name)!46:31: Dixons Violin- Night Spirit50:56: Stereo Nest- Gradient Peak55:03: Stereo Nest- Elder Ladder59:39: Subsoil- Joe Rogan1:03:24: Subsoil- Great Unknown1:07:34: Space Junk- Ascension1:14:31: Haewa- Chem De-Vision1:18:15: Haewa- Swampin1:23:35: Episode Closing Comments1:26:46: Flux Capacitor- Big Bad1:36:29: Flux Capacitor- Unite

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What’s Happening: August 4, 2017 – Verde Independent

Stephen Scott of Underwood Gardens to speak Aug. 8

On August 8 come hear Stephen Scott of Underwood Gardens in Chino Valley, explain how sowing a cover crop in the late summer/early fall will help build your garden soil. Stephen reports that theyve seen tremendous results with bindweed and morning glory both with their raised beds and with customers reports, so this should be valuable info! Meeting is at 6 pm at Pine Shadows Clubhouse, 2050 W. SR 89A, Cottonwood. Bring a friend and well see you on Tuesday, August 8. Questions? Call Janice Montgomery, 634-7172.

Reminder: The Verde Valley Seed Library, sponsored by the Verde Thumbs Gardeners, will open every other Saturday from 11 1 at the Cottonwood Library beginning August 19. There are lots of free veggie, herbs and flower seeds for you to check out.

Solar Viewing at the Library

The first total solar eclipse since 1979 to be seen over the North American Continent will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. Although totality will not be seen from Arizona, the Moon will cover up nearly sixty-eight percent of the sun for those in the Verde Valley. Join J.D. Maddy of the Astronomers of Verde Valley for a presentation all about the Sun.

Those attending will have a chance to see the Sun safely with special telescopes designed to view the Sun in different wavelengths of light. Come out and learn about the Sun and how to view it safely. The presentation will be on Wednesday, August 9 in Library Meeting Room B. It will begin at 12 p.m. and the solar viewing will begin outside the library at 1 p.m. Free solar viewing glasses will be given out to all who attend. This event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

The Seed Library returns to Cottonwood Public Library

The Cottonwood Public Library is once again partnering with the Verde Thumbs Gardening Club and offering a seed lending program for the fall growing season. The Seed Library is a collection of free, open-pollinated seeds and a community of gardeners coming together to celebrate their hobby. With a seed library you can check out seeds and grow the plants. From those plants you can save some seeds and then return them to the Seed Library for the next growing season. Eventually these seeds become adapted to our soil and climate and are more productive.

The Seed Library will reopen on Saturday, August 19 and free seeds will be available to be checked out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot lobby. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and help with seed selection. The Seed Library will be open every other Saturday, starting August 19 through October 14. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Come Back Buddy ready to rock at Clarkdale Concert in the Park

On Saturday, August 12th, Clarkdale Community Services is proud to present Come Back Buddy. They will perform 7-9 p.m. at the Clarkdale Town Park gazebo. This concert is FREE to the public.

COME BACK BUDDY is a 4-piece rock-n-roll band inspired by the legendary Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The trios repertoire includes the music of many artists from the 50s era including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, and of course, Buddy Holly. Mike Randall provides Come Back Buddys lead vocals and guitar. Accompanied by Janine Randall on bass and Don Rinehart, Austin Case, or Tim Kimbro on drums. Dean Randall on Tenor Sax joins Come Back Buddy on stage at select performances. The band has a strong foundation and a strong following! The bands purpose is to add a fun and musical atmosphere to any event. For some, Come Back Buddy is an education in nostalgia, while for others its a walk down memory lane. So, if youre looking to turn back the clock, or simply want to hear some great music and hits from the 50s, Come Back Buddy is the band for you! Visit: http://www.comebackbuddy.com for the latest news, performance schedule, and music samples.

The park is located in the center of the towns historic district on Main Street, between 10th and 11th Street. There is a 50/50 raffle which all proceeds benefit the Concerts in the Park. Remember to bring your own seating and that alcohol is not permitted in the park.

Vending spaces are available and can be arranged by contacting Community Services at (928) 639-2460. For more information please visit: http://www.clarkdale.az.gov/concerts_in_the_park.htm or contact Clarkdale Community Services at (928)639-2460; email: community.services@clarkdale.az.gov. For up to the minute updates on the status of scheduled concerts visit the Clarkdale Parks & Recreation/Clark Memorial Library Facebook page or call the Concert Hotline: (928)639-2492.

Toys for Tots Golf Tournament set for Oct. 7

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the 12th annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament will take place at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in Cornville.

The entry of $85 includes scramble format, green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, promotional item, individual and team cash prizes. ($75 for uniformed services–military, police and fire)

$65 for Verde Santa Fe members. Limited to 80 paid players. Raffles (before golf) and silent auction (after). 8:00 sign in and shotgun start at 9:00. Beverage cart will be available.

Larry Green Chevrolet will provide a new car for a hole-in-one on a designated hole. Bring an unwrapped toy over $15 value and receive a raffle ticket. More raffle tickets will be on sale as you check in. Register 1-4 players, ladies and/or men.

Forms available at the golf course or contact Krys (928) 649-3747 email krysvogler@gmail.com for registration or questions. Early entries help us with planning.

Flight of Obscurity XII on display at Yavapai College Aug. 22

Nationally renowned installation artist, Nathaniel Foley is the featured artist for a solo exhibition titled Flight of Obscurity XII at the Verde Art Gallery on the Yavapai College Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive Bldg. F-105.

Flight of Obscurity XII features sculptures consisting of cones integrated with spires held together under tension, supported by utilitarian containers. This fragile relationship of forms exposes the delicate balance between grace and imminent danger, like the fleeting ballet of courting birds or hostile dogfight between foes. Referring to aeronautical form, the sculptures communicate tension and dance in direct opposition to fundamental forces.

Flight of Obscurity XII will be available to the public at the Verde Art Gallery at Yavapai College 601 S. Black Hills Drive, Bldg. F-105 Clarkdale, AZ, from August 22 through September 15, 2017. The new gallery hours are Tuesday -Friday 10-AM to 3PM. A Special Preview with the artist will be held on August 3, from 5 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Camp Verde Quilters Group holding meetings

The Camp Verde Quilters Group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 8:30 A.M., at the Dennys restaurant located at 1630 W. Highway 260, Camp Verde, Arizona. Please join us to discuss quilts and quilting. We meet monthly to share ideas and plans for the Bi-Annual Quilt Show which is held during the Fort Verde Days Celebration in October. The next Quilt Show will be in 2018. Ongoing plans for the show include a Country Store with fabrics, books, vintage quilts, textiles and even sewing machines. Proceeds will benefit the quilt show and charitable organizations. We also share quilt projects we are working on or have completed. All quilters are welcome! Our next meeting is on Monday, August 14.

Sherman Andrus in Concert

The Verde Valley Church of the Nazarene invites everyone to come and enjoy Sherman Andrus sing during the morning service on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 10:45 a.m. Be sure to bring your friends and family as you will enjoy hearing him Praise the Lord.

Sherman Andrus is an American gospel singer, who was the lead singer with the mainstream Christian music group, the Imperials. He has been a very prolific artist who has been involved in one way or another with thirty gospel albums to date.

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Sunset Yoga & Wine at Yavapai College

Sunset Yoga & Wine. Enjoy an expansive yoga class on the patios of Yavapai Colleges Southwest Wine Center, followed by a delightful glass of their local, student made wine. This relaxing, Friday evening class is led by yoga instructor, Roxanne W~. 4:30pm, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale. $11 with wine or $6 for the yoga class only. For more info contact the Southwest Wine Center at (928) 634-6566.

August events calendar at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot

August will be filled with a lot of fun and educational special programs at both Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments! Here are some of our featured events:

How Did Montezuma Castle Get Its Name?

Montezuma Castle, Friday, August 4th 9:00am-11:00am

Joint presentation with Fort Verde State Historic Park, to be repeated from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Fort Verde.

Ancient TechnologyArrow making

Tuzigoot, Saturday, August 19th 10:00am-12:00pm

Monthly demonstrations by Zack Curcija of Echoes from the Past School of Ancient Technology, every third Saturday of the month through the end of the year.

Founders Day Fee Free

Friday, August 25thAll National Parks will be fee free in honor of the National Park Services 101st birthday.

Bat Blitz! (rescheduled)

Tuzigoot, Friday, August 25thJoin us for the free event onFriday, Aug 25thfrom6:30pm to 9:00pmfor a peek inside the life of the only flying mammal in the world. The evening will begin at6:30pmwith a ranger talk all about bats. Attendees can learn about the mysteries and misconceptions that surround these amazing night creatures.

Sacred Scarlets Macaw Program

Montezuma Castle, Friday, August 25th 10:00am 11:00am

Tuzigoot, Sunday, August 27th 10:00am 11:00am

Sacred Scarlets presents lectures and demonstrations featuring a young, beautiful captive-bred Scarlet Macaw. These lectures and demonstrations address conservation as well as the Scarlet Macaws fascinating history in American Southwest culture.

Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Highway, Camp Verde, AZ 86322. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information, call 928-567-3322 or visit http://www.nps.gov/tuzi and http://www.nps.gov/moca and select the calendar icon.

For the latest updates on events and programs, find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TuzigootNPS and @MontezumaNPS

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for Americas 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

Know your numbers, choose your lifestyle

Camp Verde Community Library offers FREEHealth Screenings FridayAugust 4th,between9 am and 3 pm. These non-fasting screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure are sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) and Verde Valley Medical Centers.

During the 20 minute non-fasting Biometric screening you will not only get your Numbers but a healthcare professional will go over your results with you to help you understand the connection between your numbers and healthy lifestyle habits.

Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Road. For more information call NAH at 928-853-0879 or contact the Library at 928-554-8391.

Using essential oils to beat the heat

Thursday, August 17 1-3 p.m., FREE CLASS at the Camp Verde Community Library. Summer heat got you down? Essential oils can help — quickly and naturally!

Learn about the intricate and reliable interaction between essential oils and your body and mind, and you will have a powerful and scientifically proven tool for keeping your cool and protecting your health and well-being. Many oils are also appropriate for our four-legged friends!

Pre-registration is advised due to space considerations.

Call or text Honey Rubin 404-626-5535 or Sarah Jensen 928-451-4847.

Forum on education in Arizona

The Sedona/Verde Valley United Education Team is inviting the public to attend an informative presentation: Education: Whats Happening in Arizona and How Will the Proposed Federal Budget Affect Education. The presentation will be held at the Cottonwood Public Library in Library Meeting Room A at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5th. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Job Fair at Cottonwood Library

Presented by Goodwill Industries, a Hiring Fest will be held at the Cottonwood Public Library on Wednesday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Multiple employers from around the Verde Valley will be on hand with job opportunities for a variety of different career paths. The Hiring Fest will take place in Library Meeting Room B. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Free nutrition workshop

Join Doctor Sandra Bonhomme as she presents a free workshop called Healthier Nutrition Habits for Life. Those attending will have a better understanding of the evolution and global causes of obesity in America, gluten sensitivity, dairies and processed foods. Bonhomme has a PhD in Nutrition from the Paris Descartes University in France, as well as a specialized degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a passion for helping people appreciate nutrition as a crucial discipline for health and prevention. Bonhomme also graduated from a French Pastry School in Paris and has developed gluten-free, dairy-free and healthy traditional French pastries. This workshop will take place in Library Meeting Room B at the Cottonwood Public Library on Saturday, August 12 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

Author visit with Carol Rifon

Author Carol Rifon has over 30 years of successful training for individuals, businesses, colleges and the United States Navy. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) professional certification. Her book Rethinking Fear: A simple, unique approach to reprogram old patterns for a happier, more confident life is an award winning finalist of the 2017 International Book Awards. Rethinking Fear is a self-help book that is unconventional in its use of a multi-dimensional approach to stimulate cognitive, emotional and neurotransmitter functions to help individuals override fearful life patterns. Rifon will be visiting the Cottonwood Public Library on Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Living Your Life in a Turbulent World

Paula and Alana Green are a mother-and-daughter team who, in 2014, found themselves paring down their possessions and beginning a journey that they later described as a Soul-Journ. Paula was 55 at the time and Alana 15.

After living a year in Australia, New Zealand and Bali, they have recently returned to the Verde Valley where Alana was born and they lived for 15 years.

We had an idea and a couple of intentions with our adventure but really no clue how it would unfold or who and what circumstances we would encounter says Paula, but as we kept following our hunches and trusting our gut instincts, we began to see a pattern unfolding as to where we were being led.

Many people told them during their travels, how significant it was for them to hear about a mother and daughter taking this endeavor together. They were invited to a 3-part radio interview in Melbourne, Australia that you may hear at their Soul-Journ page on Facebook.

After re-entering the American culture in November of 2016, a time of great upheaval, they felt a commitment to share and host conversations around many of the insights they discovered about community, family, young people, parent/child relationships, Indigenous, environment and consciousness.

Alana, today at 18 years: When I was a little girl, I dreamed of a community and future where people helped each other. Everything was interconnected. At the time, I was too scared to share that dream because I was afraid that it would never come true. However, since I have had that dream, I have seen evolution take turns like a river flowing ever more upward. And with each resolution, and revolution, the process goes faster and faster. I think the maturity we have reached compared to twenty years ago is astounding. The only question now is, what do we do with the gained information and maturity?

Join Paula and Alana at the Cottonwood Public Library on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Library Meeting Room B. Some of the topics to be discussed include coping with disaster, tragedy and the unknown, how to incorporate conscious evolution and action, the differences between consciousness and action-oriented people, how thought translates into action and the changing environments around us. All members of the public are invited to join in the discussion. The Library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.

2017 Chamber Golf Tournament and Sponsorship Opportunities

Its tee time! Planning for the 15th Annual Cottonwood Cooler Golf Challenge is well underway. Committee members are inviting area businesses to join as major sponsors.

Sponsorships available: Gold $750-includes one foursome with company name on a Tee or Green, exposure on all marketing promotions, opportunity to hang advertising banner and place a table to promote your business at the event and two flyer inserts in the Chamber Newsletter. Silver $400-includes one twosome with company name on a Tee or Green, exposure on all marketing promotions, opportunity to place a table to promote your business at the event and one flyer insert in the Chamber Newsletter.

There are opportunities for non-golfers as well. The Community Partner Sponsorship $250-includes exposure on all marketing promotions, opportunity to place a table to promote your business at the event and one flyer insert in the Chamber Newsletter. Tee or Green Sponsor $100-sign placed with your logo and company name on a Tee or Green the day of the event! In addition to sponsorship opportunities, Chamber volunteers will be calling community businesses for donations for the raffle & silent auction. Business are also invited to include promotional items or coupons in the golfer goodie bags at no cost.

We would like to thank our Current Sponsors: Northern AZ Rehab, Crazy Tonys Cornville Market, Lawler Construction, Unisource Energy, LaserLyte, SpeedConnect, Big-O Tires, Butler Leavitt Insurance, Colonial General Insurance, SpectrUm Healthcare, Coldwell Banker/Mabery, Edward Jones/Amy Brown, PacWest Insurance, Galpin Ford, Yavapai Title, Meadowbrook Insurance, Stanley Steel Structures.

We hope that area businesses will see this as an excellent marketing opportunity, explains committee Co-Chair Lori Mabery. In addition to the application, prospective golfers will be sent a list of other things to see and do in the Verde Valley. We hope theyll be encouraged to make a family weekend out of it.

Verde Santa Fe Golf Pro, Mike Wright, is once again offering new and exciting changes for this years tournament that were sure you will enjoy. Last year, we donated $1000 to support Junior Golf in the Verde Valley through the CMS Junior Golf Program.

The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course. If history is any indication, the tournament is expected to sell out all 112 spots so get your team registered now. For fourteen consecutive years the outpouring of generosity from the business community has been incredible, allowing nearly every participant to go home with a raffle or silent auction prize. For more information about the tournament, to participate as a sponsor, to donate raffle and silent auction items or to include your item in the golfer goodie bag contact Christian at the Cottonwood Chamber office at 928-634-7593. Register on-line at http://www.cottonwoodchamberaz.org.

Opioid Overdose Training: What does it look like and how to respond

MATFORCE is hosting Opioid Overdose trainings on Monday, August 7 in Cottonwood and Tuesday, August 15 in Prescott Valley. The public is invited to attend.

Ivan Anderson, Firefighter/Paramedic with the Verde Valley Fire District and Member of the MATFORCE Speakers Bureau, will present information on opioid overdose, what it looks like and how to respond. Ivan will also discuss details about Arizonas naloxone law, overdose prevention and how to use naloxone to rescue overdose victims. Free Naloxone will be made available for eligible participants.

Arizona lost 790 people to opioid overdoses in 2016, a 74% increase in opioid overdose deaths in four years. On June 5, 2017 Governor Ducey declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The declaration seeks to expand the distribution of the overdose reversal drug Naloxone, the development of new guidelines for health care providers on responsible prescribing and the expansion of access to drug treatment options.

The training Monday, August 7 will take place at the Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Conference Rooms A and B. The training Tuesday, August 15 will take place at the Step One Building, 6719 E. 2nd Street in Prescott Valley. The trainings will take place from 12 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

To register for the training email MATFORCE at matforce@cableone.net or call 928 708 0100.

Bring books to concert to help launch re-opening of Clark Memorial Library

Beginning with July 29s Missouri Opry Country Legends, Friends of Clark Memorial Library will have a booth at the free Concerts In The Park where CML supporters can drop off books for the librarys Grand Reopening Book Sale. Book donors will also find the Friends on August 12 (Come Back Buddy), August 26 (Shri Blues Band), and September 9 (Matchbox Twenty Too).

Concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. Friends from 6:15 or so. Come early and hear the latest installment of the Clark Memorial Library saga.

Also, watch this space for more book, time, and cash donation opportunities around Clarkdale. For more info, contact Jimmy Salmon, or drop a card to Friends of Clark Memorial Library, P.O. Box 301, Clarkdale, AZ 86324.

Mingus on the Hill class reunion

If you attended Mingus on the Hill in Jerome classes 1959 to 1975, you are invited to our multiyear class reunion at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds on September 23, 2017. Cost is $20.00 per person if paid and registered by September 1st. For info, contact Detta @ 949-290-2872 or Becky @ 928-451-6937

Vendor space available for artists, arts & crafts vendors, local businesses, non-profits

Clarktoberfest2017 is not really like Oktoberfest although there is beer involved. Its Clarkdales unique event, a fall festival that is a street fair/concert/beer garden and a fun time for all and of course live music! This year we are merging Howl-o-ween, the Clarkdale dog event, with Clarktoberfest. There will be lots of fun for dogs, kids and adults with both events in one place and time. More information at our website:http://clarktoberfestaz.com/

Vendor space is available! Vendors will be provided a 10×10 space on the street you will bring your own tent, tables, chairs, etc. The cost of the booth space will be $25 with your business license or $30 for those without a business license. If you are interested in a booth space you can go to http://clarktoberfestaz.com/ and CLICK on Participants Forms to complete our online application then mail a check to us or email us at madeinclarkdale2012@gmail.com and we will email back to you a vendor application. If you have any questions, also email us at madeinclarkdale2012@gmail.com.

Alzheimers Association support group

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Conscious evolution – Wikipedia

Conscious evolution refers to the claim that humanity has acquired the ability to choose what the species Homo sapiens becomes in the future, based on recent advancements in science, medicine, technology, psychology, sociology, and spirituality. Conscious evolution assumes that human beings may be positioned at the crest of the ongoing evolution of the universe.

It has loose connections to integral theory, Spiral Dynamics, and noosphere thought. It is also sometimes connected to the theory of the global brain or collective consciousness.

Writers and thinkers on conscious evolution include Ervin Laszlo, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Andrew Cohen. Tobias Tripler made some important contributions in his widely appraised treatise “Common Sense and other Things Mankind has not yet achieved”, Fnord, 1991.

Conscious evolution suggests that humanity can choose advancement through co-operation and co-creation or self-destruction through separateness and competition.

In April 2014, Cardinal Gerhard Mller, prefect of the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a rebuke to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents the majority of U.S. nuns, for its promulgation of conscious evolution.

In the rebuke, he wrote: “The fundamental theses of conscious evolution are opposed to Christian Revelation and, when taken unreflectively, lead almost necessarily to fundamental errors regarding the omnipotence of God, the Incarnation of Christ, the reality of Original Sin, the necessity of salvation and the definitive nature of the salvific action of Christ in the Paschal Mystery.”[1]

Soon after Mller’s rebuke, the National Catholic Reporter issued a response by Barbara Marx Hubbard, whom Mller had mentioned in his remarks, in which she attempted to explain how the concept of conscious evolution is not, in fact, incompatible with Catholicism.[2]

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KABAKA PYRAMID + One-A-Chord & DJ Spleece – SantaCruz.com

Keron “Kabaka Pyramid” Salmon is a multi-talented artist and producer hailing from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical style blending the power, energy and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop. He is based out of the Bebble Rock Music camp and through his liquid and hypnotizing delivery spreads the positive messages of spirituality and conscious evolution that forces you to listen.

The name “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and the long lasting survival of the Pyramids of ancient Africa represent his desire for longevity in the music and deep connection to Kemetic roots; leaving messages for generations to come.

He is an ever-evolving artist that has numerous ways of expressing his creativity. The ability to watch and learn from others around him has made him into somewhat of a Jack-of-all-trades, writing lyrics, producing tracks, engineering/recording himself or other artists, mixing songs, editing video/photos and even playing the guitar!

His passion for music began at an early age when he would change the lyrics to popular songs and record his own version on his mother’s tape recorder. What began as a humorous venture was actually a stepping-stone for the artist we know today. Reggae music has always been a strong influence on the Kingstonian lyricist with Sizzla Kalongi and Peter Tosh providing a great source of spiritual inspiration in his life. During high school Hip Hop music also captivated him; reciting his favorite Canibus lines constantly with Nas and Common serving as great examples of the success of conscious music. The influence of both genres can be easily detected as he seeks to find the perfect fusion of the two cultural expressions.

Kabaka spent his early years as a rapper to underground success. He was awarded a place on internationally renowned; Dj Green Lantern’s “Myspace Invasion” Mixtape as well as released two Mixtapes for himself The Transition Vol 1 and 2 and a collaboration album Bebble Business as part of the Bebble Team group dedicated to his fallen brother in music Rap Brown (Taiwo McKenzie). With these projects he cemented himself as an artist with deep spiritual messages and proven lyrical ability and was instrumental in raising the bar on the standard of Hip Hop in Jamaica.

Pyramid also released a few reggae and dancehall tracks including Carry on and Never be the same and achieved chart success in Bermuda with the track “Love is all I see” featuring Ashanti. Also as a producer he saw chart success in the Bahamas for Dead Man Walking.

In July 2011 Kabaka Pyramid released his Rebel Music EP free to the public at http://www.kabakapyramid.bandcamp.com. This project is a fusion of roots rock, reggae, dancehall and hip-hop and made waves in the global landscape, particularly Europe and North America. It has received an overwhelming worldwide response gaining homepage features on websites and magazines such as Reggaeville and United Reggae and gaining over 14,000 downloads with the 10-track CD regarded as a classic in its own right.

Kabaka has since achieved top spot, placing #1 on the BILLBOARD Next Big Sound Charts Worldwide and also been featured by the popular music conglomerate MTV Iggy. A solid global fan-base has developed that connects with the messages in his music.

He has been awarded breakthrough artist of the year 2013 by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association and was also nominated for Song of the year 2013. The lyricist has also been nominated for best reggae recording 2013 by Canadas highly respected Juno Awards. This follows up a successful 2012 where he was nominated by the Jamaica Star for Break-through artist of the year and named by Popular New York Publication Largeup.com as in the top 10 Caribbean artists to watch . He had also been tipped by the Jamaica Gleaner as one of the top 4 (four) artists to watch in that year.

Releasing singles such as Free from Chains, No Capitalist, Mi Alright, and King Kabaka as well as music videos for the popular Free from Chains, King Kabaka, High and Windy, Warrior featuring Protoje and World Wide Love; he has achieved regular rotation on local and international airwaves. Kabaka is being touted by many as strong part of a new wave of powerful artists coming out of Jamaica.

In 2013 Kabaka embarked on his 9 country 20 show Rebel Music Tour performing on major reggae festivals spanning from the US West Coast to Europe. He has brought his message and power to stages such as Reggae on the River, Rototom Sunsplash and the Chiemsee Reggae Festival. He has certainly developed a solid global fan-base that connects with his music.

He has also performed in Toronto, Canada at the Manifesto Arts Festival and travelled to Costa Rica for the Rebel Musik Fest series of shows to great response from the people. 2012 was his first visit to Europe completing his 6-week, 13 show “Ready fi di Road ” tour where he headlined sold-out club shows in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Locally; Pyramid has graced the stage of major local concerts such as Rebel Salute, Trench Town Rock and the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert as well as live national TV performances to rave reviews. He has made a significant impact on the Live Music scene performing at many shows in and around Kingston including the Manifesto Jamaica Festival, JARIA Reggae Month and Live from Kingston shows as well as venues such as Tracks and Records, South Beach Caf, Emancipation Park, Wickie Wackie and Pulse.

His new EP Lead the Way released in November 2013 has been making waves in the reggae industry debuting at #9 on the Billboard charts. He also featured in the Top ten iTunes reggae charts all over the globe building on his success earlier in the year where he achieved top spot, placing #1 on the BILLBOARD Next Big Sound Charts.

With a mission to steer future generations towards harmony and unity Kabaka is primed and focused on bringing a righteous and conscious way of thinking to the masses through Reggae and Hip Hop Music.

With a solid list of skills not only in the booth but on the mixing board, and an array of lyrics that preach a message of love, self-awareness and African pride, Kabaka Pyramid is well on his way to a career that should not only lead to greatness but also lead a lot of fans to righteousness Aesthetics Now Mag.

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The 8 Stages of Conscious Evolution – Waking Times

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Stephen Parato, Contributor Waking Times

Have you ever wondered About what level of consciousness youre truly at?

Not in terms of it being a contest, or to say youre better/worse than other people, but as a kind of inner GPS that simply tells you where you are.

As humans, we tend to have very distorted and biased perspectives, especially when it comes to ourselves.

Its really easy to go on a yoga retreat and think youve transcended stress forever, or think youre enlightened after reading a few spiritual books.

This is why its crucial to have references that tell it like it is and objectively reflect where youre at.

I recently came across what can be described as a map of consciousness. Its a research paper by Justin Faerman entitled Mapping the Evolution of Consciousness: A Holistic Framework for Psychospiritual Development.

This paper describes, in plain English, eight stages of consciousness. And its not abstract or woo-woo. Its straightforward, simple to understand and backed by a lot of research.

Here are the stages outlined in the paper

Note: The first 2 stages are considered lower consciousness, while stages 3-8 are considered higher consciousness. This is not a judgment of being better or worse, but simply a means of classification.

Stage 1 is categorized by patterns of externalization and an overall victim mentality. The dominant emotions are fear, disdain and hopelessness. There is also a belief that life cannot be trusted.

In this stage, blame is placed on other individuals, society, government, nature, disease, etc. and other elements believed to be outside of ones conscious control and influence.

The motivating forces of stage 1 are safety and security.

Dominant Belief Structures: Life is not safe; I am not safe

Mantra for Evolution: God does not play dice with the universe. Albert Einstein

In this second stage, individuals realize that they have some degree of control. Yet this control is often motivated by fear and survival.

For example, war is an extension of this stage of consciousness. The enemy is perceived as a threat, and because of this, people believe they are morally justified to kill, eliminate or repress that enemy.

We also see various reflections of this stage of consciousness in our collective world. Look at how most people treat the environment and interpersonal relationships. Or consider the dominant mentality of politics and business.

This level of awareness is cut off from the following deeper understanding: Life is not a random series of events over which control must be exerted, but a deeper reflection of the internal psychodynamics of a persons own mind and consciousness.

Dominant Belief Structures: I must make it so; What I cannot control will destroy me.

Mantra for Evolution: If you bring forth what is within you, then that which is within you will be your salvation. If you do not bring forth what is within you, then that which is within you will destroy you. Gnostic Gospels

In this stage, the individual begins to understand the direct connection between their own perceptions, beliefs and emotional state and the conditions of their life, relationships, experiences and reality as a whole.

This level of consciousness is represented by a fundamental shift, from disempowerment to empowerment.

In order to fully complete this stage, an individual must undergo a deep transformational process that includes the purging of all perceptual distortions (limiting beliefs) and the healing/release of all emotional wounds and traumas. The emergence of consciousness into later stages is observed in direct proportion to the evolution of an individual through this process of deep inner healing and transformational work.

Dominant Belief Structures: I am in control; I am creative

Useful Psycho-Spiritual Practices: Mindfulness, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, Emotional freedom techniques, Neuro-linguistic programming, Trauma release exercises, Psychotherapy, Hooponopono, Introspection

Mantra for Evolution: Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung

In this stage, we see the evolution of the self into the beginnings of deep joy and peace.

As the resistance to perceived undesirable circumstances in life falls away and one begins to understand that there is an intelligent flow operating in every moment guiding the evolution of consciousness on both an individual and collective level through what could be dualistically termed positive and negative experiences.

The individual realizes here that even in great suffering, there is great wisdom and potential for expansion and evolution and that nothing is out of place, ever has been or ever will be.

Dominant Belief Structures: I am loved; I am supported

Useful Psycho-Spiritual Practices: Seeing everything as perfect, Surrender, Acceptance, Letting Go, Embracing Flow and Effortlessness, Meditation

Mantra For Evolution: Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. Eckhart Tolle

At this stage of consciousness, the individual begins to understand and observe that the Universe is evolving itself through them.

The individual begins to realize that all perceived suffering or negative events are either: a) Created or called into their reality by aspects of their own consciousness in an effort to be resolved and transcended as part of their individual evolution and as part of the larger collective evolution or b) Exist due to their conscious or unconscious resistance to what is unfolding, which is essentially a resistance of oneself.

Individuals in stage 5 live more through their intuition, as intuition becomes clearer and clearer as one moves up the stages.

Dominant Belief Structures: I am safe; Everything is perfect

Useful Psycho-Spiritual Practices: Intuitive Development, Kinesiology

Mantra For Evolution: Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. Rumi

At this stage of awareness, the individual begins to understand that reality does not exist independent of consciousness, and therefore consciousness, or awareness if you prefer, is the causative factor of the universe and all that existsthat consciousness is creating all reality.

Individuals in this stage experience a profound sense of unity and oneness with everything.

When an individual fully enters and embodies this stage of awareness, their simple presence itself becomes a transformative experience for others. Individuals in this stage often become teachers or leaders, dedicate their lives to service of others or seek solitude to spend time in introspection, although they may also choose to live very normal and inconspicuous lives.

Dominant Belief Structures: I am one; I am whole

Useful Psycho-Spiritual Practices: Service, Contemplation, Meditation

Mantras For Evolution: You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. Alan Watts

Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion. Rumi

Individuals at this stage of growth begin to transcend the physicality within which we are proverbially trapped until we reach this point.

Here individuals begin to harness conscious control over this process by directing their awareness in such a way (through belief, emotion, thought, visualization, the manipulation of energy, intent, accessing transpersonal aspects of the self and likely other mechanisms not yet discovered) as to be able to make use of these higher order quantum-transpersonal abilities of the self.

Individuals at this stage perceive and know themselves to be limitless and are in various sub-stages of actualizing that reality beyond a simple intellectual understanding.

As individuals move more deeply into this stage they proportionally complete lower stages which leads to an embodied confidence, power and knowingness, which is palpable to most all who they come into contact with.

Dominant Belief Structures: I am infinite/limitless; Anything is possible

Useful Psycho-Spiritual Practices: Esoterics, Visualization, Kabbalah, Sound/Vibration/Mantra, Qi/Nei Gong, Kriya Yoga

Mantra for Evolution: Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein

Individuals at this stage tap into phenomena like:

Those who have near death experiences as well as users of psychedelic drugs or plant medicines (ayahuasca, DMT, LSD, mushrooms, etc.) are often able to have highly embodied first-hand experiences of this state of awareness pre-development into this stage, giving them a proverbial taste of this reality without necessarily having done the psychospiritual foundational work necessary to experience this stage organically and therefore they often lack a deeper understanding of the larger framework of what is happening along with the ability to maintain it beyond a transitory phenomenon, still nonetheless forever changed by the experience.

As an individual becomes more grounded in the later phases of stage eightwhich encompass this dimensional awarenessand simultaneously completes their evolution through lower stages, one would theoretically achieve complete enlightenment or non-dual self-realization.

Dominant Belief Structures: Everything is energy; I am awareness; Reality is an illusion

Useful Psycho-Spiritual Practices: Energy healing, Esoterics, Visualization, Kabbalah, Qi/Nei Gong, Kriya Yoga, Meditation, Visualization, Remote Viewing, Astral Projection, Telekinesis

Mantra for Evolution: We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Although this model ends at stage 8, this doesnt imply that no further stages exist and that somehow stage 8 is the pinnacle of conscious evolution. However, any claims as to what happens beyond stage 8 at this time are simply conjecture.

At this point, you probably have a pretty good idea of where youre at.

When the descriptions are objectively laid out, it forces you to be honest with yourself.

Its also helpful to accept where youre at right now, while continuously learning and growing. Dont resist where you are right now or beat yourself up, neither of those serve your highest interest. Choose love, gratitude and compassion in each moment and you cant go wrong.

Heres another important point: youre not limited to one stage! Chances are that youre dipping into different stages on a daily basis. But it should be fairly apparent as to what stage youre grounded in at this point in your life.

For me, Im pretty grounded in stage 5, though I often fluctuate between stages 3 and 6. Ive tasted stages 7 and 8, yet these experiences have been few and fleeting. Sometimes Ill even find myself in stage 1 or 2, and thats okay. Its all a part of the human experience.

This framework is beautiful because it allows you to effectively calibrate where you are. It naturally creates self-awareness. Awareness is the first step toward any change, and transformative in and of itself.

I encourage you to read the full paper, which you can download for free here:Mapping the Evolution of Consciousness: A Holistic Framework for Psychospiritual Development

Which stage are you in at this point of your journey? Is this framework helpful for you?

Leave a comment below.

Much love to you on your path.

Stephen Parato (akaStevieP) is a holistic health & wellness advocate, philosopher, writer, and positivity connoisseur. He is also the founder ofFeelin Good, Feelin Great. Website link:http://www.feelingoodfeelingreat.comFacebook link:https://www.facebook.com/FeelinGoodFeelinGreatTwitter link:https://twitter.com/SteviePThatsMe

This article (The 8 Stages of Conscious Evolution) was originally created and published by Stephen Parato of Feeling Good, Feeling Great, and is re-posted here with permission.

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First Gaia Symposium scheduled for July 7-9 in Weed – Taft Midway Driller

The first Gaia Symposium (Conscious Evolution) is scheduled for July 7, 8 and 9 in the Kenneth Ford Theater at College of the Siskiyous in Weed.

Mount Shasta resident Jonathon Shalomar said he and other members of Awake Within The Dream Productions are putting on the event, which features speakers, a concert, and after-symposium workshops on July 10 and 11 in Mount Shasta.

Dr. Bruce Lipton, one of two keynote speakers, is a cell biologist and lecturer and author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect. In 2009 he received the Goi Peace Award in honor of his pioneering work in the field of new biology, which has contributed to a greater understanding of life and empowered many people to take control of their own lives.

Symposium presentations are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

The list of presenters, according to information submitted by Shalomar, includes:

Dr. Bruce Lipton Keynote Speaker

Tricia McCannon Keynote Speaker

Jamye Price

William WhiteCrow

Ron Amitron

Michael Cremo

Stephanie South

Dr. Paul Drouin

Grace

Eostar and Mathias Special Concert

Many of the presenters, according to Shalomar, will be giving an extra workshop, and those tickets will be sold separately from the symposium.

Tickets for the symposium are available on the website: http://www.awakewithinthedreamproductions.com and at Soul Connections in Mount Shasta.

The price of the full three-day event ticket is $199 per person.

Limited ticket sales for Fridays Gaia Symposium opening day are available at a marked down rate of $25.

Daily tickets and workshop tickets are also available.

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Talk About INDEPENDENCE. We just divorced, yet get along better than ever! – The Good Men Project (blog)

Question: Coach Allana, my wife and I just signed divorce papers. Now, were getting along better than ever! Should we have gotten the divorce? Is it possible being free from each other is making us want each other more?

Answer: Isnt independence curious? We certainly dont want codependent relationships or to be controlled or dominated by anyone, yes? And yet once weve become solid on our own, solid independently, whats next in our conscious evolution is interdependent relationships where we each contribute to one another and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

It sounds like in your marriage there wasnt a sense of freedom with in the partnership. Perhaps there werent spacious non judgmental conversations about what it would take for each of you to be thriving independently so you could come together interdependently.

Perhaps one or both of you gave away your time with your girlfriends or guyfriends. Perhaps once you began to live under the same roof, old limiting beliefs or negative programming or cellular memories or images imprinted into your mind flashed up to the surface triggering each other. Perhaps you didnt have the skills to move through challenges with success during the marriage, bringing you closer ever time. Perhaps you never learned about intimacy rituals or healthy communication patterns so that it was safe to be vulnerable and honest together.

And now that youre divorced and getting along better than ever making you want each other even more it seems were back to the core place that attracted you to one another. This is great but dont think just by getting back together everything will be fine! The old patterns have not been healed! The sabotaging mechanisms have not been healed! Its simply youve taken the foot off the gas and youre coasting in a bigger bubble of spaciousness But is soon as you get back into gear living under one roof, the issues will rise again. Promise. And perhaps worse given all youve been through with the divorce, too.

My recommendation would be to have a clear look at whats going on: youre attracted to one another and have the capacity to get along when theres a sense of freedom and honor and spaciousness. Marriage the old way didnt work. What WOULD it take for a relationship to work together? The next step would be to do the inner work and gain the communication skills so that you could thrive in a relationship again whether thats officially marriage or cohabitating.

I literally have one couple that I coach who unknowinglgy haphazardly blended two families with 6 teenagers together. As you an imagine it combusted into a legal separation with tremendous shame and judgment from family and friends. However during the separation period they found me. I worked with each of them separately and together while they lived separately. They actually realized they parented quite differently and each enjoyed their downtime away from each other substantially. Thus living a few blocks away from one another was perfect for now. Coming back together meant some forgiveness work, a new solid deal in place, new courageous communication rituals and a boat load of patience.

This past month their last child graduated from high school and is off to college. Theyve already put their house on the market and found a beautiful lake property to retire two together They are living beyond other peoples judgments of their non traditional marriage and theyre happier than ever.

Bottom line if they hadnt been willing to do the inner work and learn how to communicate effectively together, separation wouldve led to divorce. Yet because they were willing to sit in the fire and look inside and do the deep work that I take my clients through now they are happier than ever, kind of like high school kids to be honest! The sex is incredible, the communication is honest and theres a sense of vulnerability, safety and connection theyve never had before.

If youre a 10 out of 10 ready to roll up your sleeves and do this type of transformational work with your I guess shes your ex-wife Why dont we call her your beloved If youre ready to do this work with your beloved and would like to see if youre a fit to be invited to work with me I would be thrilled to see your application in my inbox!

Go to http://www.allanapratt.com/connect and apply for a complementary session with me so that I can ensure exactly the results youre looking for, and more

Life rarely looks like what we think its going to Yes?

I guess thats why they call the unknown a mystery

Sending you so much love XOXO Allana

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First Gaia Symposium scheduled for July 7-9 in Weed – Mount Shasta Herald

The first Gaia Symposium (Conscious Evolution) is scheduled for July 7, 8 and 9 in the Kenneth Ford Theater at College of the Siskiyous in Weed.

Mount Shasta resident Jonathon Shalomar said he and other members of Awake Within The Dream Productions are putting on the event, which features speakers, a concert, and after-symposium workshops on July 10 and 11 in Mount Shasta.

Dr. Bruce Lipton, one of two keynote speakers, is a cell biologist and lecturer and author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect. In 2009 he received the Goi Peace Award in honor of his pioneering work in the field of new biology, which has contributed to a greater understanding of life and empowered many people to take control of their own lives.

Symposium presentations are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

The list of presenters, according to information submitted by Shalomar, includes:

Dr. Bruce Lipton Keynote Speaker

Tricia McCannon Keynote Speaker

Jamye Price

William WhiteCrow

Ron Amitron

Michael Cremo

Stephanie South

Dr. Paul Drouin

Grace

Eostar and Mathias Special Concert

Many of the presenters, according to Shalomar, will be giving an extra workshop, and those tickets will be sold separately from the symposium.

Tickets for the symposium are available on the website: http://www.awakewithinthedreamproductions.com and at Soul Connections in Mount Shasta.

The price of the full three-day event ticket is $199 per person.

Limited ticket sales for Fridays Gaia Symposium opening day are available at a marked down rate of $25.

Daily tickets and workshop tickets are also available.

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Surprise: People Who Claim They Don’t Eat or Drink Are Probably Liars – ATTN:

This month a British tabloid published a story about Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo, a self-styled “breatharian” couple who claimed they have “barely eaten for the last nine years” and are “sustained solely by the energy of the universe.”

The couple spoke of how they “have survived on little else besides a piece of fruit or vegetable broth just 3 times per week” over the last decade. At one point, they claimed, they went three years without eating or drinking anything. Claiming “humans can easily be without foodas long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing,” the duo are portrayed as living only on light and air, whilepossessing an “understanding [of] cosmic nourishment (not just physical nourishment) and living without limits.

Castillo even claimed that she carried two children while staying breatharian, knowing her “son would be nourished enough by my love and this would allow him to grow healthily in my womb.”

Like many outrageous medical woo stories, the Sun’s tale was picked up by other tabloids, including the New York Post, and fringe alternative medicine websites, all of which re-printedRicardo and Castillo’s claims without contrasting them with basic science.

New definition for “dangerous” and “bullshit” = this story, which cites 0 experts & promotes a concept that’d kill: https://t.co/SP2uM6emBs

If anyonehad checked, they’d quickly learn that the couple’s claims defy everything we know about how both thermodynamics and the human body work. Their claims fall under the logical fallacy known as “special pleading,” or asking for an unwarranted exception to established knowledge.

The couple’s claim of going “three years” without eating or drinking violates every known principle of human nutrition and physiology. The maximum amount of time a person can go without water is aboutthree or four days, and aroundthree weekswithout food.

Unsurprisingly, Ricardo and Castillo aren’t the first people to claim they live a “breatharian” lifestyle, subsisting only on the life-giving energy of the universe, as opposed to food and drink like the rest of us suckers.

It’s bullshit and free viral publicity for a dude who sells, amongst other crap, 8 days of video calls for $500. Breatharian my arse. pic.twitter.com/Ql1Ev0wEeL

In March, Broadly profiled two of what they described as “thousands” of breatharians who say they are sustained only be energy and occasional liquids.And a Ukrainian model gained a reputation as a “human Barbie doll” for her many plastic surgeries andoutlandish claim that she subsists only on “air and light” in her effort to become “the most perfect woman on the internet.”

It’s incredibly dangerous, these stories: multiple people have died from trying to live breatharian beliefs.A teacher inScotland, a mother of nine inAustralia, and another person in Switzerlandhave all died grizzly deaths from starvation while attempting to subsist on light and air.

Beatharianism comes with a grab bag of religious tenets, taking bits fromIndian mysticism, Hinduism, andBuddhism, and combining them with pseudoscientific concepts like sungazing (staring directly at the sun). It’s a favorite of self-styled gurus who have gotten rich off people seeking mystical enlightenment, all of whom have failed to prove their claims.

The foremost practicitioner, an Australian woman who goes by “Jasmuheen,” haswritten a slew of books about living off light, but has failed to demonstrate her abilities in several filmed attempts. Indeed, she was found to have a refrigerator full of food in her home.

Another guru, Wiley Brooks, calls himself the “founder of breatharianism.” He sells breatharian workshops ad was interviewed on the Tom Snyder Show in 1981. He alsowas caught buying Twinkeesat a 7-11, and has concocted an elaborate mythology that allows him to eat cheeseburgers and Diet Coke while simultaneously living off air and light.

Yet another, an Indian mystic named Hira Ratan Manek, runs a “solar healing center” and claims to obtain all of his nutrition by staring at the sun. He was caught by a documentary crew eating at a restaurant in San Francisco.

It’s here thatAkahi Ricardo and Camila Castillobear a second look, because they too are monetizing their fringe beliefs, which they may not actually believe.

Ricardo’s website hawks books, DVDs, $1,000 tickets to week-long retreats, and video courses, all of which promise to “correct damaged DNA, generate and rejuvenate emotional, mental and physical well-being, regulate the oxygen intake in the body and align the nervous system in the best interest of the overall health of human body.”

Likewise, Castillo has a website called “Pranic Woman” where she sells video courses and books about “conscious evolution” and “living on light.” The only hint from either that none of this has the slightest evidence to support it is a brief disclaimer on Castillo’s sitethat what she sells is “for information purposes only.” Ricardo, however, claims his program is “scientifically proven.”

After exposing the Sun’s story as having originated with a British content company, CNN contacted the duo to follow up. Ricardo stood by all of his ridiculous claims, saying the exposure has led to “thousands” of people contacting him. He reiterated that “we all know the air is light. We all know there is energy in nature. So there’s no way this can be dangerous.”

The people who have died from breatharianism were unavailable for comment.

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Native Americans are getting cheated again by a white president … – Los Angeles Times

To the editor: I am a Japanese American who was born at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II, so although I am not a Native American, I can empathize with them in their betrayal by the federal government over the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation. (Shrinking Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument would be one more broken promise to Native Americans, Opinion, June 19)

The Trump administrations plan to shrink the Utah monument, one that native communities worked with the Obama administration to create in 2016, fits into a pattern of broken treaties by the federal government against many Native American nations throughout U.S. history.

The push westward and the establishment of communities by white settlers supported militarily by the U.S. government resulted in the killing and forced evacuation of Native American nations. During this period, treaties were signed by the U.S. but broken to meet the needs and demands of the encroaching settlers.

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It took a black president to establish Bears Ears, and now a white president and a white Interior secretary want to scale it back.

Larry Naritomi, Monterey Park

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To the editor: I am optimistic that the people of Utah will continue to evolve in the understanding of their shared history of Bears Ears National Monument. There is a sacred history in Utah that is not smeared with hate and should be valued beyond extraction of resources.

Im betting on conscious evolution.

Patti Blair, Coronado

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JACKAL Releases ‘Endorphins’ EP – Noiseporn

JACKAL is a figure like no other in electronic music as he continues to shine and develop his craft. Alongside his clear influences from dubstep, hip-hop and electro-house, JACKAL possesses a keen ear and appreciation for everything from UK grime, garage house, to even heavy metal. JACKALs shows render genre distinctions pointless and irrelevant, as he seamlessly fuses them all into his bass-driven sound.

From chart-topping releases to touring and performing at several of the top clubs in the world, there isnt much that JACKAL hasnt accomplished already, therefore it is no surprise that his latest musical offering, Endorphins EP, is chock-full with quality and charisma.

The DJ/producer is proud to finally unveil his most intricate and introspective project to date, the highly-anticipated Endorphins EP. The 2017 calendar year so far has been all about preparing for this four-track body of work, with the LA-based artist releasing lead single Feel It in early April, followed by the highly-anticipated follow-up Summer in Your Arms, to critical acclaim in mid-May.

An artist with roots in hip hop and trap, JACKALs recent string of releases show a maturation and transformation that is representative of an artist undergoing a conscious evolution in style.

Endorphins isnt just a collection of songs. Its my first-ever real cohesive project, JACKAL says in regard to his EP.

JACKAL set out with a goal to produce a coherent mini-album that tells a story, and his new EP is the latest step in tackling yet another landmark in his impressively developing journey as an artist. Experience Endorphins below:

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New book published by Balboa Press presents the Miross system, a measure for conscious evolution, self … – Benzinga

Rossco announces publication of New-Dimensional Thought Technology’

KOBE, Japan (PRWEB) June 09, 2017

In his new book, “New-Dimensional Thought Technology: The Dawning of a New Civilization” (published by Balboa Press), Rossco presents his self-development program Miross to help readers to achieve inner peace and create a society of “absolute peace.”

“Civilization seems to be reaching a deadlock and it appears to be on the point of dissolution,” Rossco says. “Humanity stands at a crossroads and the time has come for us to truly awaken and realize that we cannot end human sufferings or bring about true peace with existing or conventional approaches, no matter how much we try.”

Rossco says that by following the system he offers in “New-Dimensional Thought Technology,” one can evolve one’s consciousness and transform one’s life. Unlike traditional solutions to problems in such areas as finances, work, relationships or health which Rossco says have proven “superficial and ineffective” his book “provides real answers addressing the roots of problems” and “demystifies the traps that humans have fallen into,” allowing readers to escape these traps and achieve “absolute peace.”

An excerpt from “New-Dimensional Thought Technology”: A radical turnaround awaits humanity. It begins by grasping the greatest deception the world has played on us: the trap of reversal. The world we see before us is all reversed. Thus not a single thing we have seen is true. If our lives have not gone well, that is only natural. But we needn’t remain stuck in the world of reversal. Once we recognize this, we can escape it.

“New-Dimensional Thought Technology” By Rossco Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 110 pages | ISBN 9781504365635 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author Rossco is the founder and president of Miross Institute and the creator of Miross, a New Thought system developed through 30 years of research. Together with his wife, Midori, he is dedicated to introducing Miross to the world as “the ultimate measure of conscious evolution with the capacity to eliminate all problems and create a society of absolute peace.” He and his wife live in Kobe, Japan.

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Dr. Leslie Wells Announces Upcoming Launch of the EVE Consciousness World Tour – PR Web (press release)

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Jackal – Summer In Your Arms – EDM Sauce

Following up on the release of his lead single Feel Itin early April, Jackal returns with a summer smash hit entitled Summer In Your Arms, the second single from his forthcoming Endorphins EP.

Born as Mikey Pennington, is no stranger to the spotlight. From chart-topping releases to touring and performing at numerous nightclubs in the world, there isnt much that he hasnt accomplished already. An artist with roots in hip-hop and trap, Pennington’s recent string of releases show a maturation and transformation that is representative of an artist undergoing a conscious evolution in style. Summer In Your Armsis more on the melodic side of the spectrum, focusing more on emotion.

Endorphins isn’t just a collection of songs. It’s my first-ever real cohesive project, he says in regards to his EP.

He set out with a goal to produce a mini-album that tells a story, and his newest single is the latest step in the tackling yet another landmark in his impressively developing journey as an artist. To celebrate his EP release, Jackal is also announcing a trio of EP release parties in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and last but not least, New York City. For tickets + more info, click HERE.

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Meagen Surowiecki, also known as Tookie as my close friends call me. I am 27 years old and a recent graduate from Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. I have a passion for the music industry, I love EDM, I came to the realization that I have always loved “EDM” it just wasn’t called EDM when I was a teenager. My range of EDM artists range from Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebing, Carl Cox, Saeed Younan, Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Pretty Lights, Oliver Heldens, Tommy Trash, Arty, Diplo, Tritonal, Vicetone, Tchami, Danny Howard, Sam Feldt, Kill the Noise, Bassnectar, Fedde Le Grand, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Above and Beyond, Dash Berlin, Sander Van Doorn, Simon Patterson, Bryan Kearney, Deorro, Showtek, Firebeatz, Dada Life, Eric Prydz/ Pryda/ Cirez D, Audien, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, Avicii, and so much more.

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Modi supports yoga at Lord Shiva bust unveiling – Easterneye (press release) (subscription)

Indias prime minister Narendra Modi urged people to embrace the age-old practice of yoga, saying that rejecting an idea because it is ancient could be potentially harmful.

Yoga is constantly evolving, the prime minister said as he unveiled a 112-foot statue of Adiyogi, Lord Shiva, on the occasion of Mahashivratri at the Isha foundation in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu last Friday (24).

As a tribute to Adiyogi, Modi lit the sacred fire to commence the Maha Yoga Yagna across the world. He urged one million people to take an oath to teach a simple form of yoga to at least 100 other people each over the course of the following 12 months, so that 100 million additional people practised yoga by Mahashivratri next year.

Yoga is ancient yet modern, constant yet evolving, but the essence of yoga has not changed. It is important to preserve this essence, Modi said.

A brainchild of spiritual leader Jaggi Vasudev Sadhguru, the statue showcases Shivas contribution as Adiyogi.

It is essential that the next generations of people on this planet are seekers, not believers. As philosophies, ideology, belief systems that dont stand the test of logic and the scientific verification will naturally collapse in coming decades, you will see the longing for liberation will rise. When that longing rises, Adiyogi and the science of yoga will become very important, Sadhguru said.

During his visit to the Isha Foundation ashram, Modi took part in the Pancha Bhuta Aradhana, a yogic process of cleansing. He also visited the shrines of Dhyanalinga and the Linga Bhairavi.

The tallest bust of its kind, the height of Adiyogis face is symbolic of the 112 possibilities he explored for human beings to reach their ultimate potential, besides scientifically representing the 112 chakras of the human system.

Sadhguru said: For the first time in the history of humanity, Adiyogi introduced the idea that the simple laws of nature are not permanent restrictions. If one is willing to strive, one can go beyond all limitations and attain liberation, moving humanity from assumed stagnation to conscious evolution.

But, it also has a scientific significance there are 112 chakras in the human system, with which you can work, to explore 112 dimensions of life. In pursuit of the divine, you dont have to look up because it is not somewhere else. Each of the 112 possibilities is a method to experience the divine within you. You just have to pick one.

The statue was designed by Sadhguru over a period of two and a half years, and built over the next eight months by the foundations in-house team. Sadhguru also expressed a desire to place similar statues of Adiyogi in the other three corners of the country.

Excerpts from Modis speech

Maha-Shivratri symbolises a union of divinity with a purpose, of overcoming darkness and injustice.

It inspires us to be courageous and fight for good. It marks the shift of seasons, from the cold to the lively spring and brightness.

From Somnath to Vishwanath, from Kedarnath to Rameshwaram and from Kashi to Coimbatore where we have gathered, Lord Shiva is everywhere.

Standing here before this 112-feet face of Adiyogi and the Yogeshwar Linga, we are experiencing a colossal presence enveloping everyone in this space.

In the times to come, the place where we have gathered is going to be a source of inspiration for all, a place to immerse ones self and discover truth.

Today, yoga has come a long way. This is the beauty of yoga it is ancient, yet modern, it is constant, yet evolving. The essence of yoga has not changed.

Yoga is the catalytic agent, ushering the transformation from Jiva to Shiva.

By practising yoga, a spirit of oneness is created oneness of the mind, body and the intellect. Oneness with our families, with the society we live in, with fellow humans, with all the birds, animals and trees with whom we share our beautiful planet this is yoga.

Yoga is the journey from me to we. Today, the whole world wants peace, not just peace from wars and conflict but peace of the mind. The burden of stress takes a heavy toll and one of the sharpest weapons to overcome stress is yoga.

There is ample evidence practising yoga helps combat stress and chronic conditions. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple.

That is why I call yoga a passport to health assurance. More than being a cure to ailments, it is a means to wellness.

Yoga is about Rog Mukti (freedom from diseases) as well as Bhog Mukti (desisting from worldly greed). Yoga makes the individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion.

It would be very unfair to see Yoga only as a set of exercises that keeps the body fit. You may see people twist and turn their bodies but they are not all yogis.

Yoga is far beyond physical exercises. Through Yoga, we will create a new yuga a yuga of togetherness and harmony.

The coming together of so many nations to mark the International Day of Yoga illustrates the real essence of yogatogetherness. Yoga has the potential to herald in a new yuga (a new era) a yuga of peace, compassion, brotherhood and allround progress of the human race.

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Crowdfunding the skyscraper – Curbed

The commercial real estate developer Rodrigo Nio has a problem with commercial real estate development. The immense amount of wealth it generates, he argues, falls into the hands of too few people. People like him.

Nios sitting in the corner office of the New York headquarters of Prodigy Network, his 50-person company with offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, and his native Bogot, Colombia. Hes been developing real estate since the early 1990s, and by all appearances has made a successful go of it. But hes also an unusually reflective real estate mogul. He sees that sometimes the success of one comes at the expense of others, and he wants that to change. The idolization of capital has created greed and mistrust between people, he says. We need a revolution of unity, a revolution of oneness.

The problem, he says, traces back to the passage of the Securities Act of 1933, a U.S. law that, among other provisions, drew a hard line between investment opportunities offered to the public and those offered to an accredited group of private investors. Private offerings were allowed to be significantly more valuable than public ones, and that select group of accredited investors was empowered to reap the rewards. Think of a startup: A venture capitalist could invest an unlimited amount in a company like Google, while an individual could buy far fewer shares on the regulated stock market, and only once Google went public. That legalized and institutionalized exclusion, separation, and privilege, Nio says.

Now, hes trying to erase those divisions through crowdfundinga relatively new model of real estate development that, thanks to a recent exemption to the Securities Act, allows anyone to be a potential investor. Developers like Nio are now able to mimic the Kickstarter approach by proposing a project and inviting the public to help fund it. But instead of receiving a thank you note or t-shirt as a reward, investors get a cut of the profits.

The rule changes are still new in the U.S.; restrictions were first loosened in 2012 to allow crowdfunded investment opportunities from accredited investorsthose who earn more than $200,000 a year or have a net worth above $1 millionand the market fully opened to everyone last year. But Nio has been using crowdfunding to develop real estate since 2010. He started in Colombia, where crowdfunding has long been legal. In downtown Bogot, his first crowdfunded venture is a two-tower skyscraper called BD Bacat thats set to open later this year. Peaking at 67 stories, its the tallest building in the country and the second tallest in South America.

The idolization of capital has created greed and mistrust between people. We need a revolution of unity, a revolution of oneness.Rodrigo Nio

Now, hes using the crowdfunding approach to develop real estate in New York City, one of the most valuable markets in the world, where hes been based for 20 years. Two projects are already open, and three more are under construction. All five have been financed through crowdfunding.

And hes not alone. In recent years, dozens of real estate crowdfunding platforms have popped up, offering seasoned investors and rookies alike the opportunity to buy shares of real estate developments across the street or around the world. The projects these platforms help fund run the real estate gamut, from flipped houses to urban condo conversions to self-storage facilities to hotels to shopping centers to office towers. For some, its just another technology-enabled avenue to make investments. For Nio, its a way to undo the system of haves and have-nots that the Securities Act of 1933 put in place.

Crowdfunding is a paradigm of inclusion and access for all, he says. I think that the best thing is that the illusion of separation between individuals is now gone.

In the nascent field of real estate crowdfunding, Ian Ippolito is probably the most knowledgeable investor.

A self-described serial entrepreneur, hes followed the build-sell-repeat model of entrepreneurship to the point where managing his money has become a full-time job.

Hed tried all the traditional stuffstocks: too risky; bonds: the yield is terriblebut wanted to find something new. After he sold his last company in 2012, he came across LendingClub, an online platform that pools investors to make loans directly to individuals and businesses. By sidestepping the overhead and fees of traditional lenders, LendingClub was able to offer lower interest rates to borrowers and higher returns to investors. Other computer-enabled fintech financial services began to flourish around this time, and Ippolito dove in.

Real estate crowdfunding was still a new concept, but it exploded on the fintech scene as soon as the 2012 law change went into effect. It went from pretty much nothing when the law started to about a hundred platforms really, really quickly, Ippolito says. I thought this could be huge, this might be a fantastic thing. But its so disorganized and you cant figure out which site is which and which one to invest in, theyre all so different.

So Ippolito started researching. He learned which crowdfunding sites focused on equity, where investors essentially become shareholders in a property, and which focused on debt, where investors are direct lenders to a property owner or mortgage holder. He compared the minimum investments that each site required and analyzed what kinds of returns theyd likely provide. He looked at what kinds of properties each site was offering, and how many projects they had to offer investors. After a few months, he felt confident enough to start investing. He also saw another business opportunity and launched The Real-Estate Crowdfunding Review, a website that compiles all his research and features rankings, and reviews all of the roughly 150 real estate crowdfunding websites now operating.

The current top ranking platform is PeerStreet, which primarily focuses on investments in existing private real estate loans. (Prodigy Network is ranked 19th.) Ippolitos review highlights PeerStreets $1,000 minimum investment as far more appealing than the fields $10,000 average. He also notes the sites transparency, allowing users to review the performances of all its past investments. The company has garnered the interest of high-profile investors, including Dr. Michael Burry, who famously predicted the crash of the housing market in 2007. PeerStreets investments have similar yields to LendingClub, but are backed by real estate and carry very attractive loan-to-value ratios, Burry is quoted on PeerStreets site. He calls it simply a smarter way to invest.

But in January, Ippolito reported that PeerStreet had seen the first foreclosure on one of its investments. Though Ippolito sees it as only a minor setback compared to other platforms that have already folded, it does highlight the risks of this type of investing. Due diligence is crucial for investors, as many of the offerings posted on these platforms are scattered throughout the country in places that may be unfamiliar. And for the platforms themselves, Ippolito says they need to be very careful about what debt they take on or which developers project they put before their investors. But that doesnt always happen.

The platforms job should be, theoretically, to read through those proposals, pick only the good ones, and then present those to the investors, Ippolito says. But the problem is theres kind of a conflict of interest there, because if theyre too picky, theyre not going to have enough offerings, and thats a problem on most of the sites. So theres a temptation to, I dont want to say cut corners, but to not be as thorough as they should be.

With so many different platforms in a field thats still new, quality varies wildly, and so do operational standards. Most offerings are still only available to accredited investors. No one has really quite figured it out, like whats the magic formula, whats the best way, Ippolito says. So I think the industry kind of has to mature, and once it gets that going then I think youll see a whole bunch of people rushing to invest.

You have to stand at least a few blocks away from BD Bacat to really see the whole thing. Its two towers, 56 and 67 stories tall, rise like steep staircases of glass and steel. Theyre a sharp contrast to the rest of Bogot, Colombia, where, despite a population of around 10 million people, the citys core is mostly a low-rise jumble. There are some tall buildings in Bogot, but theyve become a rare species. The last tower of any vertical significance was built more than 30 years ago. So the opening of BD Bacat later this year will be something of a statement.

But its not just about the size. Nobody wanted to do a skyscraper of this magnitude, Nio says. Concerns about currency devaluation and Colombias shaky commodities-based economy have scared many developers off from seeking financing from banks. Traditional institutional equity doesnt make sense because of the country risk and because of the devaluation, he says. If the economy got too volatile, senior lenders most likely would take over the equity and wipe out the developers.

Instead of receiving a thank -you note or t-shirt as a reward, investors get a cut of the profits.

To do a project of this size, crowdfunding was the best option. So the developer, BD Promotores, partnered with Prodigy Network to build up a pool of people to fund the project. They fitted out a showroom to lure investors and advertised in magazines and on television. More than 3,000 individuals invested, raising roughly $145 million.

Mara Nurth Macas and her family were some of the first new residents to receive an apartment in the building. We looked at the project on Saturday and Sunday we made the decision to buy it, she said in an interview conducted by the developer and provided to Curbed. (The developer would not connect Curbed with an investor directly.) Shes worked downtown for more than 25 years, and she says BD Bacat was a clear opportunity to invest in a project that would attract tenants and businesses. What excites me most is to know that I am part of one of the most important projects in the country.

And thats why the project is very relevant, Nio says. It is not that its the tallest building in Colombia. It is that the tallest building in Colombia was funded all cash by its own people.

When it opens, the project will feature 457 apartments, 382 hotel rooms, 117 offices, and a three-story shopping center accessible from the street. Rents from these spaces will trickle down to the investors in the form of quarterly dividends.

Its an attractive investment for a growing number of Colombians, and Prodigy Network has built two other projects in the city that tap into that demand. One is an upscale hotel in the posh neighborhood of El Chic. Carolina Leon, a project manager in Prodigy Networks Bogot office, explains that its popular among businesspeople. Its interior design is inspired by an indigenous ethnic group called the Kogi and a rooftop pool looks out on mountains that hug the citys edge.

The other project is a $25 million office building a few miles from the airport. Accented with bold yellow columns, its six floors are clad in smooth brown panels and jut out at haphazard angles to create a decidedly modern feel in an area dominated by workaday metal warehouses and brick two- stories. Leon is especially proud of the roof, which is covered in artificial turf and ringed by a walking track. Planes taking off from the airports runways fly directly overhead.

Inside, the office spaces will be leased unfinished, aside from themed common areas on each floor. One is outfitted with cave-like cubby holes for informal meetings. Another will have video game consoles and padded seats in the shape of Pac-Man. Another will have a pool table. Each can be accessed via tube slide from the floor above. Like Facebook, Leon says.

This kind of creative office space is relatively rare in Colombia, and thats part of its selling pointboth to future tenants and to the roughly 480 individuals whove invested in the building at $17,000 a share. Thats the minimum investment, which varies by project and by crowdfunding platform. Leon and her husband even bought in.

The relatively low entry point and the comparative stability of physical real estate has made crowdfunding a successful development strategy in Colombia for Prodigy Network. Its been a good way for more people to benefit financially from commercial real estate, Nio says, but its also a viable way for a real estate developer like Nio to get more projects built.

So when the laws changed in the U.S., Nio was quick to shift his focus to the significantly larger market of New York. I think it has potential everywhere, he says. Because its all about access.

In New Yorkthe city of Trump Tower, barely used foreign-owned luxury suites, and buildings named after their starchitect designerstheres much less democratic symbolism in gathering a crowd to develop a piece of real estate. Nio didnt go to New York for that.

Rather, hes there precisely because New York is a city where real estate is understood as a good investment, and where those who want to develop something ambitious can find a way to pull it off.

Though his projects still rely mainly on a crowd of individual investors and eschew formal loans from banks, Nio is not shy about tapping large institutional investors to help leverage the funding of his crowd.

Thats why I have this office, Nio says from his 16th floor perch on Wall Street (in another notorious Trump building, its probably worth noting), to look out these windows to remind me that these are the best assets in the world.

Those famous Financial District assets have helped enable Prodigy Networks two completed New York projects, buildings featuring furnished apartments for short- and long-term stays that Nio calls legal Airbnbs.

Wall Street funds have also played a role in its three other New York projects, slated to open later this year. Theyre part of what Prodigy Network is calling The Assemblage, coworking and co-living facilities geared toward what slick marketing materials refer to as a community of individuals who believe the world is at the verge of a collective conscious evolution, transitioning from a society defined by individualism and separation into one of mutual interconnectedness. The buildings will have short-term apartments, private offices, shared work areas, and lounges. A plant-based juice and elixir bar will also be accessible at each location.

For the crowd, the minimum investment for these projects ranges from $10,000 to $50,000; the three projects are expected to cost about $150 million. Roughly 1,200 investors from seven different countries will be co-owners, and the annual rate of return is projected to be between 12 percent and 16 percent. By focusing on coworking and co-living spaces, Nio is hoping to materialize his crowd-centric ethos into buildings, while also making a profit. Its the best of both worlds, Nio says. Its the best of capitalism and the best of socialism.

Whether the Assemblage turns out to be the community of mutual interconnectedness that Nio envisions remains to be seen. But some say projects like these can show the potential power of crowdfunding that allows like-minded people to come together to help create something that wouldnt otherwise exist.

Ethan Mollick is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School of Business whos studied crowdfunding extensively. He argues that seemingly odd projects like the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift were only made possible because a group of passionate supporters coalesced to create a pot of initial seed funding that larger companies or venture capitalists or traditional funders wouldnt.

By focusing on co-working and co-living spaces, Nio is hoping to materialize his crowd-centric ethos into buildings, while also making a profit.

People forget the crowd part about crowdfunding, Mollick says. Crowdfundings ultimately about activating communities to make things happen.

And, as with projects like the Oculus Rift, its the most passionate and interested people who can see why a project makes sense. Mollick says that principle can easily apply to real estate crowdfunding.

Getting local people that know something or have specialized expertise to invest acts as a signal that the market is wrong about something. Who would know best what part of a neighborhood is going to gentrify next? Who would know best if there would be demand in an area for a new kind of commercial venture? People who live in the area, Mollick says. Real estate funding is at its best when its actually incorporating people who know something about why this is a good investment.

Thats how Fundrise, another prominent crowdfunding platform, started out. By focusing on projects in Washington D.C. neighborhoods that other developers and investors were ignoring, the company was able to build up local support for projects in the form of investments. Its really potentially a radical transformation of urban planning, of development, of investment, of local government, Fundrise CEO Ben Miller told CityLab back in 2012, shortly after the laws changed to allow crowdfunding.

Mollick says this kind of local connection does have a potential to transform how development happens and how neighborhoods evolve. Hes hoping to conduct new research looking into whether projects that receive crowdfunding get less neighborhood opposition than projects that arent crowdfunded. I suspect that the answer would probably be yes, he says.

For the most part, though, real estate crowdfunding is used as an investment tool. The projects put before investors are often distant buildings that have questionable merit in terms of community and neighborhood development. Many are suburban shopping centers or single family homes. And sometimes, the money coming into these projects can have negative impacts on their surrounding neighborhoods. Crowdfunding has been criticized for allowing outside money to fuel gentrification in some places.

Ippolito of the Real-Estate Crowdfunding Review says the field is still young and will continue to evolve. More project typesand potentially more ambitious effortswill likely begin to emerge as the process becomes more standardized. I think whats going to happen is a lot of the weaker platforms are just going to disappear, unfortunately, he says. Because there are just too many of them right now.

Mollick says the field will start to mature, but it still faces some big questions, particularly in what happens when an investor in a crowdfunded project wants to sell or get out. The secondary market worry is a big one across all of equity crowdfunding, he says. The issue is its early days.

From Nios view, these issues will sort themselves out. He sees his own crowdfunding business continuing to grow in the U.S. and beyond, and perhaps even branching out to other areas, like renewable energy production.

Ultimately, its about changing a system that concentrates the proceeds of development. By getting more people involved and sharing in those proceeds, he says the projects that get developed will fall closer in line with peoples shared interests. Its collective mutual caretaking to make money, he says. That is crowdfunding.

Editor: Sara Polsky

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