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Raising Your Vibration

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Mama turns all negative activity around. Mama, we, the daughters of Earth, the Sweet Crone Trinity has been inspired in the spirit of compassion for the well-being of our ancient cosmic family to understand why you connected this trio to demonstrate the magic of your power to awaken and protect our universal ancient family.

Empower our ability with the authority of our common purpose. We are one in the best interests of our global family in your essence as ancient of ancients. Mama, please allow this trinity to naturally raise upright our fallen sisters to elevate them to their true celestial level in mind and spiritual substance. ~ The Sweet Crone Trinity – Mamayah El, SiStar Myrah, and Celah Eliana Bey.

8 ways to raise your vibration.

  1. Become conscious of your thoughts. Everything you think, say or feel becomes your reality
  2. Find something beautiful and appreciate it
  3. Be conscious of the foods you eat
  4. Drink water
  5. Meditate
  6. Be grateful
  7. Practice acts of kindness
  8. Get your blood pumping

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Reading:        Saint Germain Press

Volume 4: Ascended Master Instructions, pp. 144-148

  • The Way to Freedom
  • For keeping awake
  • For going to sleep
  • Command as Christ

Volume 9: The I AM Discourses, pp. 178-182

  • On wealth
  • The Presence of Life is the Vibratory Action of Life in your body
  • Power of Qualification in the words that you use
  • I AM Decrees to call forth Perfection of Life

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SWEEP THE VIOLET FLAME THROUGH US!

Beloved Mighty I AM Presence,

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Almighty I AM.

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Give Thy Command.

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Increase It each hour.

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Love, Wisdom, and Power.

USE THE VIOLET FLAME TO TURN UP YOUR VIBRATION

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Finding My Way

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Remembering the Divine Feminine

Truth Uncompromeyezed Network

The recording from 3 28 2016 ProphForeSee below features a discussion of the return of the Divine Feminine and the responsibility of women on Earth to reclaim their power in order to restore peace on Earth. Thanks to Linda, Denise, Beverly, Tom, and Cheryl for allowing me – Joan – to discuss the importance of remembering the Divine Feminine. Also, thanks to Rhonda, founder of the Truth Uncompromeyezed Network!

Linda spoke about the treaties:

MAKE THE CALL

Know that Mamayahallah is waiting for your call. Whatever your heart desires will come to fruition. So, wake up, grow up, and be the LIGHT that you are!

  • Know that YOU impact 70 million people by being the LIGHT that you are.
  • You impact 10 million people by being Peaceful.
  • You impact 750,000 with healing by being Loving and Joyful.

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Welcome to the Ascension

Today, is the official Ascension into the 5th Dimension of Earthlings in the Aquarian Age that began on December 21, 2013, according to SiStar Myrah, and will last for 2,160 years. Ascension is a shift in consciousness, a raising of all lower bodies – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – to full awareness and presence in the NOW. Ascension is the raising of consciousness to a new level of existence, a shift from 3rd dimensional reality to that of the 5th dimension and beyond. [Exit the matrix]

The 12 Stages of Ascension into Your Lightbody

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Excerpt from the book In Resonance by Jasmuheen

We are aware that, while the planet is under going a shift to a higher frequency because she is a living moving energy system, all who reside within her energy fields will also experience this realignment.

Consequently, I would like to cover two issues in this article.

First, as Earth undergoes her transformation, what many are experiencing, naturally, is termed the Creation of the Lightbody.  I will outline the different stages we may experience as this occurs and how it manifests in our personal energy fields as bouts of flu, headaches, and other symptoms.

Second, many are enthusiastic and joyous at these changes. I will cover practical things that we can do to build and increase the Light quotient in our own bodies.

Tuning ourselves to the higher octaves of Light and changing our vibrational frequency has been explored extensively in previous chapters, which I will summarize and add a few additional techniques to accelerate this process. The process of transition into Light is a gradual one. We are not matter one day and pure Light the next. Our energy fields are infused with and realigned to Light, gradually, or else we would experience electrical ‘burn out’.

In the text Revelations from an Archangel – Ascension to the 12th Dimension, Archangel Ariel stated that the entire crystalline structure of matter was activated to 3rd level Lightbody, for all planetary inhabitants, in April 1989. Creation of the Lightbody is due to the planet’s current transition process and is not an optional experience or process. Beings not wishing to be part of this process at this time will choose death by accident, natural disaster, or decay and disease. As mentioned previously, it is foretold that they will continue their cycle of evolution on another planet of frequency comparable to their own frequency. There is no judgment. It is just the changing nature of energy.

According to Ariel, the Lightbody is gradually created through the transmutation of our current physical body as it mutates and absorbs more Light. Again, this is interconnected with the realignment of our energy fields to higher frequencies and higher octaves of Light and the following information describes the actual physical process and common symptoms as this change occurs. We are all evolving and absorbing Light at our own pace. Some are consciously working with these changes, so their transmutation is quicker. Others are unaware and are absorbing this Light and change in direct relation to planetary change.  However, one can classify this creation in 12 levels:

  1. First level – When the body drops density it displays mutational symptoms of flu, headaches, diarrhea, rashes, or muscle and joint aches. Most flu epidemics are actually Light epidemics! Brain chemistry changes mean that right and left brain functions blend and the pituitary and pineal glands begin to change in size. The DNA structure and chemical components begin to change and pick up extra hydrogen atoms and chemicals that the cells need to take undifferentiated higher Light and break it down into useable Light codes for the DNA.
  2. Second level – The etheric blueprint floods with light and releases karmic experiences. Individuals may feel disoriented and experience of bouts of flu.  Many may ask the question “Why am I here?” Light in the etheric blueprint releases 4th dimensional structure and causes spins in the geometries of the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.  Change is rapid and many will feel tired.
  3. Third level – Physical senses become much stronger. Your body not only absorbs Light for its own change but also acts as a transducer – a decoder of higher light energies to the planet as a whole. The process of the in-breath is now irreversible, like an elastic band stretched to maximum capacity and let go of to return to its natural state.
  4. Fourth level – Major changes are in the brain, its chemistry, and electromagnetic energies, resulting in symptoms like headaches, blurry vision, loss of hearing, and chest pains. Crystal regulators in the etheric body keep lines of light within the 5th dimensional blueprint from connecting again, until you are ready. Chest pains are due to the expanding energies of the heart as it opens to deeper levels. Vision and hearing are realigned to function differently. The mental body wonders if it is really in charge and individuals get strong, inexplicable, and undeniable urges to follow spirit without hesitation. Individuals may get flashes of telepathyclairvoyance, and automatic writing, and nearly all begin to experience empathy, [the ability to understand and share the feelings of another]. This is a time of feeling, honoring, and accepting, by validating the emotional body and learning to control it.
  5. Fifth level – The mental body decides to tune into spirit. Dreams change and may become more lucid. You get feelings of deja vu. Thought processes become non-linear.  Beings oscillate between knowing and doubting. They become more prone to knowing answers to questions about “Who am I?” We all realize the habitual nature of thinking and behavior, and look at deprogramming and reprogramming to create the “I” we wish to be, not the “I” we thought we were from our interaction with parents, peers, and society. Change is constant and we discern, consciously, from our heart rather than judge from conditioned responses.
  6. Sixth level – We draw to us others for mutual support and stimulation of growth.  We question what is real, our mental process, and how we identify with others. Our selves change, rapidly. Re-evaluation may be uncomfortable but we feel it must be done. We look at our relationships, jobs, home, environment, and lifestyles, with an understanding of letting go and moving on. We change our friends. Everything feels to be in a state of flux but we feel lighter, vaster, and freer, somehow.  By this stage, the Light quotient in our being is 33%. We feel as though our inner senses are opening up and clairvoyance and clairaudience seem normal and natural to us.
  7. Seventh level – The heart chakra opens more and we become more ‘real’ with our emotions. We just have to be ourselves! We release blocks and old patterns. It is a time of great emotional clearing and great intensity as we rid ourselves of emotional baggage. We feel in tune with each moment, feeling very present, and flowing with life. Often, old relationships end or change, rapidly, as Earthlings dig deep and honor their feelings. There is no room for denial on any level. We lose emotional attachment to others. Chest pains (angina, discomfort caused when your heart muscle does not get enough oxygen-rich blood) are more common as the heart continues to open its energy fields. Doing the unified chakra meditation will assist in the heart opening. Fear is released as the energy fields of all the bodies are realigned through the heart and, when aligned, fear drops away. Pressure at the forehead, back or the whole head is due to the opening of the pituitary and pineal glands as they absorb more light, when these glands are fully open, activated and functioning at the highest level, aging and death cease. When the pineal gland is fully open, we experience multi-dimensionality. Yet, duality seems to increase as we leave it behind. Some days, we feel connected and joyous. Other days, we are in fear and caught up in survival issues. Many wish to ascend and leave the planet as they sense the very real possibility of ascension, through their deepening connection with spirit. As we learn to follow our joy, we may then want to ‘save the planet’ and have everyone follow their joy. ALL are stages of progression and reflect our changing perception.  Dietary wise, you feel to eat less, lighter, and live food. Many at this stage have ceased imbibing meat, sugar, and alcohol as they feel the effects of these substances on the vibrational fields of the body. 
  8. Eighth level – We see the Master in all and purely wish to be of service. We leave the ‘saving and rescuing’ mode behind in favor of the desire to serve Divine Will. The pineal and pituitary glands change shape. If headaches persist, ask the Beings who are working with you to simply ‘tone it down’ for they don’t feel pain. Ask them to release endorphins, the brains natural opiate. The brain is being activated – particularly the cerebrum, the ‘sleeping giant’.  Cranial expansion is common. When triangular seed crystals in the brow and recorder crystals in the right side of the brain are activated, along with the 8th, 9th, and 10th chakras, we begin to be hooked into the languages of Light.

Symbols of the Language of Light

forgiveness1#1 – FORGIVENESS – Pink – Nature: Active
Forgiveness is the basis of all unity in that all is allowed; yet all is healed. In using the vibration of forgiveness, nothing sticks, and therefore all karma is released. As forgiveness is made a part of the aura, all interactions become a blessing. Forgiveness made manifest is the thousand-petal lotus in the heart of the Bodhisattva that projects joy and compassion upon all.
structure2#2 – STRUCTURE – Lavender – Nature: Passive
Structure is the formation vibration which, when applied, holds the space for layering other vibrations together for the completion or creation of a thought regardless of the creational level. Much as a cup contains or holds the space for a potential mixing or blending in third dimension, structure provides a similar function in the energetic realms. Another way of perceiving structure is as a template or grid work through which other vibrations may be woven. Yet another function of structure is to provide a pathway for

The pituitary and pineal glands are opened fully and work together to create the Arc of the Covenant, a rainbow light that arcs over the top of the head to the third eye that is a decoding mechanism for higher dimensional language. You may find it hard to find words to express yourself as you may think in geometries and tones. If confused, do the unified chakra meditation and ask for messages to be decoded and translated. Again, you become so much more aware of the vastness and multi-dimensionality of your nature that you can be anything that you want to be. You cease to operate from obligation and relationships and become transpersonal. You share words from your heart and soul and others may feel disorientated, when dealing with you, as they no longer have ‘hooks’ into you to link with. You operate from a deep level of serenity with heightened sensitivity and awareness. Yet, you feel grounded and transformed. By this stage, it is possible to be sustained purely by Light and prana, to take no nourishment from the atmospheric realms and to be healthily sustained by the ether.

  1. Ninth level – Decoding geometries and toning is easier. Spirit is using the languages of light which shift the 6th dimensional blueprint into a new template for your 5th dimensional Lightbody. Your body may change shape as the energy field’s shift.  You feel interconnected to all Beings everywhere and less connected to the opinions of others. You release the desire for and the energy to sustain the ‘game of separation and limitation’ and feel truly free. The 9th level sees a mass descension of the Lightbody into physical form. As with the 3rd and 6th levels, this level sees a strong re-evaluation as we begin the final surrender to Spirit and truly become the Divine instrument. Here, Spirit determines our income, our work, other beings in our lives, virtually, everything about us and our lifestyle.  This is the dissolution of the ego-self and, while ecstatic, it can be most painful.  Making the leap can be fearful, even though we have evolved through eons of time to reach this point. We may go back and forth, clinging to old comfort zones, before completely letting go. There is no turning back and all must be released. At this 9th level, we experience surrender, then, ecstasy. Letting go of the “I” means we realize that, while free will is real, it is also an illusion as it is only there to guide us and to empower us to be One with Spirit. Survival fears leave as we focus on the Now, at-one-ment.  Though fears may surface, they seem unreal and are easily put aside. We tend to disconnect from consensus reality and our choices and reality seem unreal to others. From the 7th, 8th, and 9th levels, the inner light radiates out noticeably and you feel unbelievably grounded, connected, centered, filled with purpose, and desiring only to serve.

Good grounding surfaces include:

  • Sand (beach)
  • Grass (preferably moist)
  • Bare soil
  • Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
  • Ceramic tile

The following surfaces will NOT ground you:

  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Rubber and plastic
  • Vinyl •Tar or tarmac

For a while, you may slip between the 8th and 9th levels from feeling complete at-one-ment to being ‘a limited human being’ again. This fluctuation settles down by the end of the 9th level. Then, you will feel connected, continually, and operate from your Christ level. Your intention and motivation is always for the highest, although others, due to their own inner triggers and issues, may not always choose to see that. The 9th level is where we begin to hook up to our Mighty I AM Presence. The last three levels unify all energy fields. All chakras are unified and you become totally connected to your Mighty I AM Presence.

  1. Tenth level – You are one with Source consciousness and know all is possible. Your DNA is no longer 2-strand but 12-strand and teleportation and manifestation are instantaneous. This exercise will change your DNA:

morrnah1Ho’oponopono is the Hawaiian Code of Forgiveness that follows four simple mantras created by Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a Hawaiian Kahuna Lapa’au :

  1. I love you.
  2. I’m sorry.
  3. Please forgive me.
  4. Thank you.

Your Merkabah (Lightbody) has been built and allows you to pass through space, time, and dimensions complete in your totality. It has its own consciousness directed by you.

  1. Eleventh level – All levels of the lightbody have been constructed and activated, and are connected to your physical body via spin points.
    1. Axial Circulatory System is 5th dimensional and is within the body, connecting to every Spin Point in every cell and on the body’s surface. This is the model for physical transmutation. The energy that it pulses is like the blood circulatory system but is basically electrical like the nervous system. It draws energy from the Oversoul through surface Spin Points, combining color and sound to realign the blood, lymph, hormonal, and neural systems into the Divine Being. The axial system shifts the body’s pain, sending apparatus so that the mutation can be experienced with Joy as it accelerates the molecular spin of the cells to create or generate a grid work for renewed evolution in humankind.
    2. Axiatonal Lines – The axiatonal lines lie along and connect into the acupuncture meridians by means of the Spin Points, which also connect to the axial circulatory system. The axiatonal lines are the equivalent of acupuncture meridians and connect with the Oversoul and resonant star system. The separation game, as it is called, took place when the acupuncture meridians were cut off from direct connection with the Oversoul and other star populations. This separation is what created brain atrophy, aging, and death that we humans constantly think about and experience. It is through these lines that a human body is directly reprogrammed by the Oversoul into a new body of Light. The axiatonal lines exist independently of any physical body or biological form and emanate from various star systems and are the means by which the galactic body controls its renewing mechanisms. The lines are made up of light and sound.  It is necessary to reconstruct the axiatonal meridians in the human body to allow the Oversoul to transmit the appropriate color and tone frequencies to regenerate the physical body into a Lightbody.
    3. Grid Lines – The axiatonal lines intersect Universal waves, forms, and grids. So, in Higher Light Integrations, we lay grid works from chakras into various Spin Points on the body, thus connecting chakra grids into the axiatonal and axial systems. By connecting chakra grids into the axiatonal lines, the chakras are hooked up into a high evolutionary resonance grid and wave motion. This assists the chakras, as well as the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies to merge into one unified energy grid, which receives the Oversoul bodies and moves in synchronicity with the Universal waves and pulses of energy through the Spin Points into the axial circulatory system, thereby recalibrating the pulse and flow of the body fluids. When this happens, the whole new grid work transmits the waves and pulses of energy through the Spin Points into the axial circulatory system, recalibrating the pulse and flow of the body fluids.

    These light matrices lie along the physical acupuncture meridians and are lines of light intersecting in beautiful geometries, in a new 5th dimensional circulatory system of Light. Subsequently, cellular regeneration has been accomplished. Time is no longer linear but simultaneous – past, present and future co-exist – all exist in parallels. There is no separation and you will manifest fully your vision of Heaven on Earth and express the ecstasy of Spirit. In this ‘frame’ of conscious awareness, many now access and create new types of Light-based technologies, new community living, new systems of government, and equitable food and resource distribution systems. All have received specialist training and skills to help create and manifest the Golden Age in the New World.

  1. Twelfth level – The continuation of the Creation and implementation of New World systems connecting with other 12th level initiates, who bring into existence new governments, new financial and educational systems, and a better system of food and resource allocation. All Beings will be redefined in the final stages of Earth’s ascension, so that all may exist in joy, equality, and harmony. By this time the planet and her inhabitants will have been ‘rewoven’ into Light to shine in their full glory as the final stages of this Divine Plan unfolds. The planet goes to Light, shifts out of this dimension, and is brought into a multi-star system, where everyone is a lightbody and follows Spirit in total Mastery.

[Source of this article]

The Vision Alignment Project: A Vision for the Golden Rule, a new vision from Isabel Foltin for the alignment of children and adults into a world of true compassion.

I visualize the Golden Rule being properly and carefully taught in all schools all around the world. It is the mission statement of all the schools everywhere. As the Golden Rule is taught and properly explained and understood, the children of the world are touched by it, they live by it, thus making them more compassionate and understanding not only of others but of themselves as well. This generates a cycle of continued growth, expansion and well being for all and as the cycle grows, the vibrations of everyone are increased. This increased intensity in vibrations, releases the light within each one of us, allowing all to live in harmony, love and camaraderie. Life becomes Light once again!
In Love and Light,
Isabel Foltin

 

Age of Aquarius

iampresenceAccording to Celah Eliana Bey’s post, “There will be no leaders, gods, or deities in the Age of Aquarius.”

You need to be fully aware of the duality and polarity that you are steeped in, dear ones. Understand that there will be no leaders or gods or deities of the Age of Aquarius, for this age is about oneness, not hierarchical systems and Pyramid schemes. It is about full equality and unconditional love.

The dark is still trying to control this new era with their layer upon layer upon layer of deception, false flag operations, mind control, and programming operations. They have even bought those who were once working for the light with wonderful gifts, such as bestselling books on the New York Times bestseller list and huge web presence, including alternative news networks that shout and scream about conspiracy theories and those dastardly dark ones in charge who plan to disarm you and send you to internment camps. They show you all of their symbols and secrets in order to expose the dark and warn you about how powerful they are.

The truth is, the dark does not care whether their games (New Age or Conspiracy Theory) raise or lower your vibration. They just want your full attention. They want to occupy your mind. For, if they occupy your mind, you will never find your heart and true soul power.

SiStah Myrah said it is now time for us to go within our own Spirit. Going to people outside of ourselves is becoming obsolete in the Age of Aquarius, which will last throughout this new millennium and into the next.

Mamayah El remembers what SiStah Myrah told her in an astrological reading, that it is up to me to focus on what it is I want to manifest for myself in the future. “No more looking outside of yourself. You’ve got to look internally. Spiritual language is symbolic. Only your Spirit can guide you,” according to SiStah Myrah. There is too much clutter in the airwaves and we are challenged with listening to our Spirit and adapt to an opposite reality.

It is up to us to encourage others to “Walk in your knowing!”  SiStar Myrah discussed the signs of Leo that says, “I create” and Aquarius that says, “I know!” Together you have the proclamation, “I know I create.”

Like in the movie “The Matrix” (Parts I and II), most people are still plugged into the system and cannot unplug from the program of Christianity and other programs that promote self-doubt and insecurity. Most of these programs proliferate the emotions of doubt and fear. Intimidation reigns supreme among so-called leaders that the masses cannot wrestled their personal power away from. Therefore, focusing on your internal power is the only way to communicate with the subconscious mind, the hidden power, Mama’s domain – what’s most hidden – the hidden kingdom balanced with the visible kingdom. SiStar Myrah said we must balance the opposites in order to become whole.

Spirit is spiral. What goes around comes around. But Spirit moves inside out not outside in. Our true value is determined by the balancing of the internal feminine elements of water and earth with the external masculine elements of fire and air.

So, the Zodiac signs work in pairs:

  • Aries – Libra
  • Taurus – Scorpio
  • Gemini – Sagittarius
  • Leo – Aquarius
  • Cancer – Capricorn
  • Virgo – Pisces

Therefore, on Sunday, March 20, 2016, our Sun will move into Aries, fully into the Aquarium Age, wherein we will begin to manifest everything we think, say, and do, in Fifth-dimensional speed. We remain in our third-dimensional bodies, but our thoughts and words catapult us into fifth-dimensional reality.

Celah Eliana Bey asked, how long will the age last?

cherubim4facesSiStar Myrah said we entered the Aquarian Age on December 21, 2013. The age will last 2,160 years. Aquarius is the sign of evolution -the cross of crucifixion – an infinite process of transformation, referred to in Ezekiel about the four faces of the cherubim. [Ezekiel 10:14]

So, our statement should be that we are returning to the internal domain, to Black Mama’s Magic, who is the matriarch that we are spiraling back to in a new cycle at a higher level – the point of evolution in the Aquarian Age. The individual aspect of the star is just a twinkle, which is just as important as the full shine of the star. Without that contribution it is not whole and complete.

One heart, one mind, one spirit. One in all and all in one.

As we each awaken and refocus our energy and vibration away from the illusion, we are returning to the original idea of pooling our personal power for the good of all.
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We are approaching the reward we have been awaiting, once the negative energy is balanced with the positive energy. We are at the crossroads, the Jubilee!

Walk in the knowing of your power means to act like you know you know this power that is blossoming within you. If you send it out at 20%, you’ll draw it back at 20%. If you send it out at 80%, you’ll draw it back at 80%.

Mama Magic is beyond our comprehension. You must embrace this energy with faith that Mama Soul will bring us the magic of the ancestors balanced with Father Spirit to generate the power. All four of the elements are harmonizing equally to open the vortex for us to evolve.

 

 

 

I love you!

have I told you I love you - famous letter - momayah el From GaiaMind Poems

By

Joan Cartwright

Refreshing My Spirit

Sometimes, opportunities lead to extremely debilitating circumstances that call for a complete overhaul of the Spirit.  My one-month performance on a cruise ship turned out to be exactly that situation. Aside from making far less money than I consider myself to be worthy of, the accommodations on Deck 1 of a 17-Deck ship proved to be less than I am ever able to accept for myself in the future. “What’s the lesson?” asked my dear friend Aman.  Well, there were many.

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First, knowing my worth is first and foremost the most important lesson I can ever learn. Entertaining hundreds of people is my forte. Knowing what I should be compensated to do this is of paramount importance. Then, choosing the right musicians to accompany me is next on the list. When you are confined to a band that doesn’t know your repertoire, this can be HELL for a professional vocalist and that was my experience on this gig. Too many musicians call themselves Jazz musicians without knowing the vocal Jazz repertoire.

Here’s mine: www.fyicomminc.com/Jazzquest/divajcrepertoire.htm. Certainly, from over 250 songs, a true Jazz musician would know 50 of these songs. However, on this journey, that was not the case. So, this gig was like pulling a train without an engine. Each of the 24 nights we performed, I resorted to singing the Blues in Bb, just so I knew the musicians would know the song. A few times, I had to stop them from starting the song in the wrong tempo. My question is: “If you don’t know the tempo I want to sing in, why start the song without my count?”

Second, where you are living and how you are living dictates how well you feel when you perform. This is standard for any vocalist. You must be clean, warm, and comfortable. All three of these elements were lacking on this cruise. The crew cabins are not well-kept, so I felt very uncomfortable. Also, the second one they moved me to (to get me off the top bunk, where I cried to climb up into most mornings at 2:00 a.m., as my 26-year-old roommate slept, curtains drawn) had a faulty temperature gauge to the point that I caught a horrible cold, being chilly for four days. I finally called maintenance and an engineer came and closed the vent that was wide open.

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Third, my left foot was swelling, continually, until I got my water pills mailed to me by my daughter to my friend in Fort Lauderdale, where we docked every Sunday. It was so painful and I was the only one standing on stage and in the club. Painful. Uncomfortable. Miserable. Eventually, I figured out that the salt in the foot had a lot to do with my feet swelling.

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I bought two pair of shoes, one Sunday, at Famous Footwear in Hollywood, FL, that never fit. They were Italian-made but didn’t coincide with American sizes. Just pitiful. I returned them, when I got off the ship for good and the cashier wanted to argue with me about not bringing the boxes back, which I had never taken from the store. “We always explain that we will not refund your money, if you don’t return the boxes,” she said snottily.  “Well, WE never told ME that, when I said I didn’t want to take the boxes,” I responded. “Well, the next time you may not get a refund, if you don’t return the box.” Needless to say, there will NOT be a next time for me to shop at that store. Customer service is a thing of the past. I wonder if she knows that I could start a Facebook campaign to shut her out of a job?

Fourth, after one week, the food started tasting the same – tasteless. The fatigue of the crew that works seven days a week, 10 hours a day was in the food. Extremely uncomfortable. Eating in the crew mess hall became more interesting than in the guest buffet, where the young waiters walked around from table to table producing obvious false smiles, apparent to me and the band members, during the third and fourth week.

The upside of this journey is that I managed to WOW my audiences, night after night. At 66, any singer is happy to hear that she or he is appreciated. “OH, Baby,” got me over ever time! That’s a hook I developed at O’Hara’s Pub in Fort Lauderdale, in 1988, that has carried me along for 26 years. “OH, Baby,” exclaimed cruise guests, as they passed me on deck or in the elevator. A memorable line that brings a smile to the faces of those who watch me perform.

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I would love to say getting off the ship in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Labadee, and Cozumel was interesting but because of the intense tourist shopping scenarios, I did not enjoy those places very much. In Falmouth, a friend picked the four of us band members up and drove us to Montego Bay. That was the most fun I had off ship.

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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Falmouth, Jamaica

Falmouth, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica

On ship, I slept most of the mornings on Deck 17 in the lounge, simply because it was sunny and quiet. In my room, you couldn’t tell if it was night or day. Plus, the air conditioning kept my nose stopped up. So, I got up, during the first week as early as 6:30 a.m. and went up to Deck 17. The following three weeks, I rose around 9:00 a.m. and went up to Deck 16 for breakfast, then into the lounge for a nap. There was little else to do because the Internet was too expensive ($30-35 for a 24-hour period) and too slow to be bothered with.

In port, on Sundays, in Fort Lauderdale, we all had to disembark, meaning that as guest crew, we had to go through customs with the other 4,000 – 6,000 guests. Most harrowing experience I can remember. Just like being in a cattle call. So uncomfortable. One Sunday, our drummer had to do this twice because the port manager gave him the wrong ID card, getting back on the first time! Ugh! Painful. Repeat!

Did I mention that the piano player (60) fell asleep at the piano? Now, this was truly a first for me. I was mortified. I just called his name loudly until he was revived. “I could not be playing and asleep,” he insisted. “Yeah, right,” I  maintained. “Yeah, right!” Luckily, he didn’t snore.

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We performed on the Promenade Deck 6 twice a week for one hour.

We performed on the Promenade Deck 6 twice a week for one hour.

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At Jazz on 4, we preformed from 9:30 pm to 12:30 a.m. six nights a week.

At Jazz on 4, we preformed from 9:30 pm to 12:30 a.m. six nights a week.

So, in conclusion, what I learned is that “All that glitters is not gold!” These cruise gigs may seem like a dream to most but, if it were not for the spa, where I enjoyed the steam room and large shower and the audiences that showed great approval of the music I brought them, I would have chalked this month up as the worst ever spent in my career.

I learned that only I know my true worth and that it is my responsibility to demand what I need as far as payment and accommodations BEFORE I sign a contract and hire musicians. And I must be sure that the musicians I hire are up to the job, meaning that they know the music I perform.

Now, after one week of being off the ship, I am in Spirit Overhaul Mode. Sleeping in my own bed is very healing. Eating my own cooking, and being in my own space is rehabilitating. I will think very carefully before I accept any future contracts that take me out of my comfort zone. If the Creator wants me to perform for multitudes, I must insure that I am duly compensated and comfortably accommodated. This is what I learned!

P.S. I did meet some wonderful people and for this I am ever grateful!

Zoila, Lilliana, and Vanessa from Mexico City

Zoila, Lilliana, and Vanessa from Mexico City

Kiki & Jeff from CT

Kiki & Jeff from CT

Vicky and Nancy Chaloff from Florida

Vicky and Nancy Chaloff from Florida

One of the "Oh, Baby" crews in Jamaica.

One of the “Oh, Baby” crews in Jamaica.

Ladies from Indiana in Jamaica

Ladies from Indiana in Jamaica

More audience members in Jamaica

More audience members in Jamaica

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Carl and Victoria Branker, publisher of Treasures of the Heart Magazine from Pembroke Pines, FL. Here, they are at Juici Patties in Falmouth, Jamaica. We became fast friends. “Oh, Baby!”

So, all’s well that ends well. Home safe and comfy, never to leave again without sufficient remuneration and accommodations and that is a promise to myself! My Spirit is, again, on the rise.

This video is about sleep deprivation:

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War Against Women

A Facebook friend sent me this link today to a BlogTalkRadio Show

THE GOD OF FORCES; THE GOD OF GODS AND THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/masterteacher33/2014/09/17/the-god-of-forces-the-god-of-gods-and-the-war-against-women

Keywords: feminine, principles, love, compassion, joy, peace, self-control, meekness, givingness

The host mentions women but his discussion is about men, well past the mid-point, when he does talk about the power of the womb.

Click the images below for two interesting viewpoints about the power of women and activities men should stop.

Advantages women have over men

Advantages women have over men

What men need to stop doing to women

What men need to stop doing to women

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Dream – Keep your dream close to your heart and your mind will know the answer. While your soul plays the chords, your imagination can be the dancer! ~ Diva JC

Since 1983, I’ve been building dream boards with destinations I wanted to visit.  I began touring Europe in 1990 and visited most countries on my board except Ireland, Scotland, Egypt and India.

Presently, my dream is to develop multiple streams of income with rapid flow as I complete my PhD in Business Marketing, build my www.fyitravel.biz and continue to recruit members into www.wijsf.org to promote women musicians, globally.  My goal is to find like minded people, who are interested in fulfilling their dreams and willing to do what it takes to do that.

Education – Now, in my fifth year of doctoral studies at Northcentral University, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. My projected completion date is January 2016. The next step is to travel to Fiuggi, Italy, where I will do research at Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica on the economic status of women musicians.

Opportunity – There are several streams of income I have at my disposal including:

The object is to get ALL of these opportunities flowing rapidly!

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Acknowledging the Crone

Today, on Facebook, a woman posted this wonderful statement about the Crone.

My response is a link to my page ON BECOMING THE CRONE

IN PRAISE OF THE INNER CRONE!

OK, we all know about the “inner child”, right? The innocent being who still lives inside of us, who needs and deserves love and care, and whom we sometimes have to channel in order to learn self-compassion?

I’m a big fan of the notion of the inner child. It can be a really healing construct. Once, when I was going through a particularly dark season of self-loathing, I taped a sweet photo of myself (age 2) on my mirror, and taught myself that any harm I did to me, I also did to HER. It made me kinder and more tender to myself. Imagining other people’s inner children makes me kinder and more tender to them.

So the Inner Child is a good thing.

These days, though, I spend less time thinking about my Inner Child lately, and more time focused on my INNER CRONE — the old lady who lives inside me, whom I hope to someday be.

Because she’s a serious bad-ass.

The really old ladies always are bad-asses. I’m talking about the real survivors. The women who have been through everything already, so nothing scares them anymore. The ones who have already watched the world fight itself nearly to death a dozen times over. The ones who have buried their dreams and their loved ones and lived through it. The ones who have suffered pain and lived through it, and who have had their innocence challenged by ten thousand appalling assaults…and who lived through all of it.

The world is a frightening place. But you simply cannot frighten The True Crone.

Some might consider the word “crone” to be derogatory, but I don’t in the least. I honor it. The crone is a classic character from myth and folklore, and she often the bearer of great wisdom and supernatural power. She is sometimes a guardian to the underworld. She has tremendous vision, even if she is blind. She has no fear of death, which means: NO FEAR.

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I keep a wall of photos of some of my favorite crones, for inspiration. The photo below is of a Ukrainian Babushka who lives in (get this) Chernobyl. There are a group of such women — all tough elderly peasants — who have all recently moved back to the radioactive area around Chernobyl.

You know why they live there? Because they like it.

They like Chernobyl because that’s where they came from. They are natural-born farmers. They hated being refugees.They resented being shunted off their land after the catastrophe. They hated living in the shabby and crime-infiltrated and stress-inducing government housing in the city, and they much prefer the independence of living off the land in the most contaminated nuclear site on earth. They have formed a stupendously resilient retirement community there, in what some would call the world’s most terrifying landscape.

Is it safe? Of course not. Or, whatever. After 90 years of hard living, what does “safe” even mean? They drink the water. These women plant vegetables in that radioactive soil and eat them. They butcher the wild pigs that scavenge around the old nuclear power plant, and eat them, too. Their point is: “We are old. What do have to fear from radioactivity? At this age? Who cares?”

All they want is their freedom. So they take care of themselves and each other. They cut and haul their own wood. They make their own vodka. They get together and drink and laugh about the hardships of World War II and the evils of the Stalin years. They laugh about everything, then they go outside and butcher another radioactive boar and make sausage out of him.

I would put these women in a Bad-Ass Contest against any cocky young alleged Bad Ass you’ve got going, and I guarantee you — the Chernobyl crones would win, hands down.

We live in a society that romanticizes youth. We live in a culture where youth is considered a real accomplishment. You look at a seriously powerful classic crone like the woman in this photo and you see foolish we are — to imagine that the young offer much for us to aspire to, or learn from. No wisdom like the wisdom of survival. No equanimity like the equanimity of somebody who plants a garden right on top of a nuclear disaster and gets on with it.

So these days, when my Inner Child gets all fluttery with the panic of living, I just ask myself: ” WWMICD?”

“What Would My Inner Crone Do?”

Ask yourself that same question. See what she tells you.

One thing I can promise you she will never say? She will never say: “WORRY.

She will more likely tell you this: “ENDURE.”

Hang in there, all you future awesome crones!

LG

My response is a link to my page ON BECOMING THE CRONE

My new friend in Atlanta Roz and I have mutual things in common - we both love Jazz and we both write.

My new friend in Atlanta Roz and I have mutual things in common.
We both love Jazz and we both write.

Watching my father (94) age gives me so much pleasure.

Watching my father (94) age gives me so much pleasure.

  The only object to life is to enjoy it and have fun!

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Remembering You

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As you rake across the coals of my sleeping heart

The love I hid for years comes shining through

And as I wake to mem’ries all gone dark

I reawake to passions gleaned by you

The value of these words is that they speak the truth

I dared not say for decades when

I thought that we were through

But now I see that this belief was all in vain

And, oh, how I long to lay with you again

To hear you speak to me sweet words of love

And lust, oh, yes, sweet lust I do recall

The memory of our love is not in vain

For the heart keeps memories present most of all

Each moment that we shared just making love

Oh, man of love it’s thee I do desire

Your words, your touch that set me all aglow

They set the pulse between my loins afire

You, caressing all my parts at once

Stirred up this soulful love I have for you

A ray of hope that leaps across my brain

Reminds me that we’re mending years in truth

So, then, we may, once more lay in the sun

Soaking up the heat of love ‘til evening’s end

The mission of our souls to be as One

Twin flames of love that ne’er will part again

©2014Joan Cartwright

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