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Ruiz also offered a delightful exercise, suggesting recording your own voice when you are happy, chatting into the microphone about uplifting things. Then replay the recording when you are depressed – because what could bring us out of our own depression better than our own happy voice?

Scientist and author, Brooks A. Agnew, Ph. D., offered insight into sacred geometry, and explained how random numerical cycles ultimately return to the Golden Mean, a mathematical message of hope.  He is the host of X-Squared radio.

A film festival, including the film, 2012: We’re In It, was hosted by Elevate Films (

A raw food panel was sponsored by the award-winning superfood company, Transition Nutrition ( The panel was emceed by radio host, Laura Fox. Panelist Chad Ashley Vandenburg noted that he believed that the perception of scarcity that is so pervasive in people’s consciousness springs from a cellular level. Since food in the average diet is so lacking in nutrients, our bodies’ cells fight an inner battle for resources, and this inner war translates into the macrocosms of daily and global life. He and others on the panel all related feeling more relaxed, peaceful, and kind, in addition to experiencing more vibrant health, after switching to a nutrient-rich, raw food diet.

The Chocolate Chakra Shakedown event was a cosmic combo of yoga and dance, energized by delicious Bliss Balls, a pure, vibration-raising superfood that offers instant euphoria with no guilt.

Bliss Balls

At five bucks a pop (for a ball the size of a small brownie), I was skeptical. But now, I’m a believer!  The raw food Bliss Bar café also offered such delectables as a choco-maca Bliss Shake, and a Neptune Nori roll made of sunflower ginger pate and avocado!

And the Divine Organics Coconut Gelato (a non-dairy "ice cream" - the Chocolate Almond Ecstasy flavor was amazing), the BlissMix (super energizing trail mix with amazing nuts and cacao bits), and out-of-this-world Sacred Cacao Brittle, by Transition Nutrition, were all absolutely to, um, live for! (I considered it my journalistic duty to taste everything.)

Faith Rivera by Faith Rivera

Ascended belly dancing performances and a class were offered by effervescent Nicole Whitney ( and the stunning Emmy-award winner Faith Rivera lit up the room with a rockin’ version of Kumbaya like you’ve never heard before.  

Cloudwalking CD by Stewart St. John

Award-winner, Stewart St. John was the last event on Saturday night, after a long, full day. Those who stayed til the end were rewarded handsomely with the surprise treasure of the weekend: Stewart’s music was a feel good mix; mellow, transcendant, energizing, happy, and centering, inspiring both joyful dancing as well as quietly blissful introspection.

Rassouli's paintings and Rumi translations grace his calendar.

Fusionart movement founder, Rassouli, offered images of his uplifting artwork in multimedia presentations, as well as a Fusionart room, where accomplished artists as well as novices romped in creativity together during the weekend. When Stewart St. John’s Cloudwalker CD was played in the room, the artists noticed a delightful change in the feeling of the room, enhancing their creativity. A number of Rassouli’s followers, including Lily Nava and Roy Smith, participated in the Fusionart room and also had artworks on display in the gallery area.

The Offering by Fusionartist Lily Nava

The Natural Cycle by Fusionartist Roy Smith

The display of the various arts created a nurturing environment of beauty and wellbeing.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)

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live in the Now of Things live their day as it is ... by shadow dancer on Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 7:19:52 AM
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