CHOICES - The Journey Magazine

CHOICES - The Journey Magazine

Issue 60 | September.October 2011




A Mind, Body and Soul Connection


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From the Publisher

A few years back, I heard Jack, a manager

for a softball team I was playing for, make

a comment that really caught my interest.

He said that during the course of any game,

there are two, maybe three plays that play a

pivotal role and pretty much set the tone for

the outcome of the game. It could be a timely

hit or perhaps a great defensive play. Or it

could be an error on a routine ground ball or

a rally ending double play. I remember him

saying that and I started noticing, that more

often than not, it was true.

When I decided that “Choices” would be the

theme for this issue, for some reason that comment

from the softball manager came to mind.

I started thinking about how over the course of

my lifetime that I have made millions and millions

of choices. But within all those choices,

there were a couple of them that set the tone

for many of the others. The first one was when

I was in my early teens and I started smoking,

drinking and dabbling in drugs. Looking back,

I realize that I did it because I didn’t like the

thoughts I was having or the way I felt. That

it was an easy way to change those thoughts

and feelings.

As I grew older, the use became more frequent

and really controlled my life for a number of

years. As my use grew, the choices I made

were based mostly upon my use. It became

more of a need to use rather than a want. It

was also like I had lost the power of choice.

That I had to use to live.

At the age of thirty two, I made the second pivotal

choice in my life. That choice was to stop

drinking and using. I did that because I didn’t

like the thoughts I was having or how I felt. I

wish I can say it was easy. It wasn’t. But the

rewards have been much greater than what I

experienced in the first major choice I made.

Most of the choices I make today can be traced

back to living a sober life and finding healthier

ways to deal with life’s challenges.

I’m really not sure if a third major choice is in

the future for me or not. I just hope and pray

I make the right one.

May we all make the choices in our lives that

keep us on the road to happy destiny.

~Namaste’ Clyde

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September.October 2011 | Issue 60

The Front Porch | 5-9

From Reggae to Recovery:

A Music Legend Finds There Is a Solution | 12


A Man of Science Gets a Change of Heart | 16

By Dr.Terry Gordon

If You’re Going To Sit, Then Sit | 20

By Eva Starr

Making the Choice to Live Well | 24

By Lauren Duke

The Yoga Listings | 22

Bring the Inside Out, and Begin Now | 28

By Kimmie Rose Zapf

Choosing My Own ‘Road Less Traveled’ | 30

By Mandi S. Babkes

Soul Food | 32

By Eva Starr

Horoscopes | Inner Views | 34

By Kimmie Rose Zapf

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Editor Bob Rosenbaum

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Welcome to the Front Porch! This section serves as a welcoming stage for the rest of the magazine. It is a place for community

news and sharing, updates, notables, and much more. We are excited to announce that book and CD reviews will also take place

here on the Front Porch, so please send us any material you’ve written/recorded or anything you are enchanted by. Press releases

for the Front Porch, as well as submissions for the rest of the magazine are encouraged. Please go to the submission guidelines

page at

CDs, books and DVDs can be sent to: The Journey • 9557 Tamarin Ct. • Mentor, Ohio 44060

Now, grab a cold drink and settle into a rocking chair—Welcome to our humble abode!

The Journey’s 10-Year Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe, but the next issue, November/December 2011, will be our tenth anniversary issue.

In honor of this occasion, we have chosen the theme of “Remembering”. We invite our readers to submit their remembrance of

past issues or anything that may have influenced them to higher consciousness through reading The Journey. Please submit

to We plan on having a page set aside in the next issue for this opportunity for all that wish to share

their remembrance.

We would like to thank and acknowledge all the people over the years that have been a part of the magazines success. Whether

being a reader, a contributor, sales person, distributor, or any part of the staff, without your part The Journey would not have made

it to this ten-year mark.

Thank you all for your help and here’s to the next ten years!

On The Cover: Remembering Eternity

Autumn Skye Morrison

“My purpose is to create. In that process I find stillness and rhythm, my teacher and passion. I believe

that art can be a life shaking experience, or an intimate rendezvous. For me it is both. Placing intention

in every creation, I aim to share honesty and awakening. To celebrate this fantastic adventure. To inspire

and be inspired. Starting with seeds of ideas, I work intuitively, not clinging to a preconceived outcome or

a completed concept. Texture, colour, and mixed media bring the image into our physical space, creating

an interactive and sensory experience. Each canvas takes me on a journey, and as my paintbrush follows,

each time I am lead back to my center. Through exploration of “being woman” and “being human” I express

my journey and my highest realization of who we are, through the language of paint. In this shifting, and

challenging Time, I aim to inspire those around me to see the boundless potential in the each moment. May

my paintings be a mirror, a reflection of your universal light, your human essence, and your timeless divinity.”

Born in Nova Scotia, Autumn Skye moved with her family West across Canada. She spent her youth between the majesty of

the Rocky Mountains with her Father, and the lush coastal rainforests with her Mother. Autumn Skye has been painting since

she could hold a brush, developing a deep wonder for nature and the world around her. Amidst journeys to explore the world and

share inspiration with the ever blossoming community, Autumn Skye otherwise lives and paints in her home north of Powell River

on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. In her studio, she overlooks a sweeping expanse of ocean, islands, mountains,

and sky. She considers herself among the blessed of the blessed.

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Polarity Therapy as Energy Medicine

By Randall Gibson, M.Ed., LMT, RPP

Energy Medicine is an emerging term for hands-on (and sometimes

not so hands-on) healing that focuses on the electrical

and subtle energy systems of the human body.

Polarity Therapy is a very integrative system of energy medicine.

It is unique in that it includes exercise, nutrition, bodywork

and mental attitude as ways to balance and correct restrictions

and problems in the human bio-energy system.

The founder of Polarity Therapy was a naturopath, osteopath

and chiropractor in the early twentieth century who was not

satisfied with the results of Western medicine.

Dr. Randolph Stone had studied everything we knew about

healing and saw that something important was missing.

He left his practice to discover what it was. After spending

fifty years in China and India studying traditional medicine,

exercise and nutrition, he realized that the missing piece

was the concept of “energy”.

Dr. Stone merged his Western knowledge with a much

older understanding of human beings as expressions of

a single, dynamic field of energy with two opposite poles.

He called this new method Polarity Therapy. His physical

techniques and manipulations performed with the intent

of unblocking this energy in the body became much more

powerful and effective. These roots in both Eastern and

Western medical practices are what allow Polarity Therapy

to blend well with massage therapy, physical therapy and

other modern modalities.

For more information, contact the American Polarity

Therapy Association

Randall Gibson runs Polarity Healthcare Seminars which

offers training and continuing education for bodyworkers

and healers. Courses include Polarity Therapy, Touch For

Health Kinesiology and Craniosacral Therapy. You can

view his current seminar schedule by visiting

There are two primary choices in life;

to accept conditions as they exist,

or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

~Denis Waitley

Unusual Facts:

Strange but True.......

• Walt Disney had wooden teeth.

The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle


• Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their

hooves fall off

The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota

is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific


• Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated

for an Oscar with “Midnight Cowboy.” Her entire

role lasted only six minutes.

• Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called

Slaughter County, and the first hotel there was called the

Slaughter House.

• Dinosaur droppings are called coprolites, and are actually

fairly common.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked

by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

• One of the smallest plants ‘Cyclococcolithus leptoporus’

ahs and elaborate outer shell of patterned scales. They are

so tiny that 500 would fit on the head of a pin.

• Back in Medieval times family pets often slept up in

the thatched rafters of the dwelling where it was warm.

However when it rained, they were often washed down...

Hence the saying, It’s raining cats and dogs.

• In 1471 a chicken in Basel, Switzerland, was found guilty

of laying a brightly colored egg “in defiance of natural law”.

It was burned at the stake as “a devil in disguise”.

• Some people believe an acorn should be carried to bring

luck and ensure a long life.

An acorn at the window will keep lightning out.

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“You may believe that you are responsible

for what you do, but not for what you think.

The truth is that you are responsible for

what you think, because it is only at this

level that you can exercise choice. What you

do comes from what you think. “

From ‘A Course In Miracles’ ©

Foundation For Inner Peace

The Whole Foods Co-op, Erie, PA

The longer I live, the more I realize

the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me is more important

than facts. It is more important

than the past, than education, than

money, than circumstances, than

failures, than successes, than what

other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance,

giftedness or skill. It will make

or break a company ...a church ...a


The remarkable thing is we have a

choice everyday regarding the attitude

we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past ...we

cannot change the fact that people

will act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on

the one string we have, and that is

our attitude ...I am convinced that

life is 10 percent what happens to

me and 90 percent how I react to

it. And so it is with you... we are in

charge of our attitudes.”

Charles Swindoll

The Whole Foods Co-op is a full-service natural foods market and organic café and bakehouse. The Co-op is a cooperative business,

which means we are owned and democratically controlled by its members.

The origins of the Whole Foods Co-op were in 1978 at the Food Basket, 540 East 14th Street in Erie as part of an initiative to

provide hard-to-get foodstuffs to the area’s Hispanic community at affordable prices. Today, the Whole Foods Co-op serves its

4000-odd Member-owners and the community at 1341 West 26th Street in Erie.

More than simply a place to find wholesome and delicious food, the Whole Foods Co-op is committed to this mission:

• To be the premier provider of affordable foods and products that enhance health and well-being

• To enrich the community through education and excellent service.

• To create an atmosphere conducive to maximizing the potential of all concerned: member-owners, employees, customers, sup

pliers, the community and the environment.

• To be stewards of the environment in all our endeavors.

• To embrace the Seven Cooperative Principles:

• Voluntary and open membership

• Democratic member control

• Member economic participation

• Autonomy and independence

• Education, training and information

• Cooperation among cooperatives

• Concern for the community

Read Me!

See additional Front Porch stories on

our newly revamped website at:

While you are there, check out the

additional gooodies

we have for you, with more being

added constantly!

You can find the Whole Foods Co-op at 814.456.0282, on the web at

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Unusual Facts:

Strange but True.......

• Every time you lick a stamp, you’re

consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

• Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads.

• Both Hitler and Napoleon were

missing one testicle.

• Stalin was only five feet, four inches


The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually

named after Grover Cleveland’s

baby daughter, Ruth.

• Armadillos get an average of 18.5

hours of sleep per day and can walk


• Polar bears’ fur is not white, it’s clear.

Polar bear skin is actually black. Their

hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics,

directing sunlight to warm their skin.

• To escape the grip of a crocodile’s

jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs

-it will let you go instantly.

• Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing

up into the shark’s stomach from

underneath, causing the shark to


The only planet without a ring is


• If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its

stomach will explode.

The raised reflective dots in the

middle of highways are called Botts


“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important

tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make

the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all

external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment

or failure - these things just fall away in the

face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best

way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have

something to lose. You are already naked. There is no

reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs

Fire the Grid : Become

Each human being on our precious

planet feels that we are living a time

of major changes. The Earth is giving

us clear signs that she is on a path of

transformation and because we live and

depend on her, we are experiencing this

with her. As you know, what we are living

in our lives, our outside world, is in

fact a direct reflection of our inner feelings

and thoughts. This is a call to bring

us all together as ONE. On November

11, 2011 at 11:11 GMT we will gather

collectively as one Heart, one Soul, one

deeply loving thought. We are inviting

people from around the world to raise

their love and joy frequency to the highest

level and visualize from our hearts

a world of harmony, joy and peace. A

world with clean water, pollution free air and soil, where everyone cares for each

other with intensely positive feelings. We can achieve this in different ways: we

can meditate, pray, chant, drum or dance. If you are near a sacred site, please go

there. You can use the powerful energies of the Earth as an amplifier..

All is interconnected. Separation is an illusion. There is only UNITY. The hour

is at hand to bring a new consciousness to humankind and to begin the Era of

Universal Peace.

Join us and lets create our new world together!

Namaste ~ Annie Tremblay (Anael)

to organize and event or simply participate:

“If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no

Hitlers. We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that

they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest

curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or

from fear.” ~Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Choice is bondage,

choicelessness freedom.

The moment you choose

something, you have fallen

in the trap of the world. If

you can resist the temptation

to choose, if you can remain choicelessly aware,

the trap disappears on its own accord, because when

you don’t choose you don’t help the trap to be there

— the trap is also created by your choice.

The man who chooses remains disturbed. Serenity

means a state of choicelessness. Just like a mirror, it

simply reflects, with no choice. An ugly man comes,

it reflects. A beautiful man comes, it reflects. It has no

choice; there is no question of choice. Just reflecting.

Don’t choose. Don’t say this is good and don’t say

that is bad. Remain alert, that’s all. Don’t say this

is a saint and that is a sinner. Remain alert, that’s

all — and accept the total. The sinner exists, the

saint exists: the total accepts both. You also accept

both. With no condemnation of the sinner, with no

appreciation of the saint, you become choiceless. In

that choicelessness you will be balanced, and you

will be total.

Freedom is choicelessness. The sage does not

choose: he lives moment to moment, without any

choice. He allows life to flow through him. He allows

God to do whatsoever is his will; he has no will of his


In choicelessness, love starts overflowing.

~ Osho

Do you have something interesting you

would like to share with our community?

The Front Porch is a place for community news and sharing,

updates, notables, and much more. We are excited to announce

that book and CD reviews will also take place here on

the Front Porch, so please send us any material you’ve written/

recorded or anything you are enchanted by. Press releases for

the Front Porch, as well as submissions for the rest of the magazine,

are encouraged, please go to the Front Porch section of

The Journey website and submit according to the submission


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Art of Living

The nature of human beings is to take action. Even inaction is a form

of action. The desired outcome is to consistently take right (wise)

action. (in Sanskrit - choosing “shreya” over “preya”) Watching TV,

worrying, accepting a situation, planning, day-dreaming are also actions.

To take right (wise) action, we need good “buddhi” (intellect and

discriminating faculty of mind) and good (positive) thoughts. Nature of

thoughts drives feeling, feeling drives attitude, which gets manifested

in the form of action. Repeated actions become habit and that forms

our personality. Buddhi (or good intellect) comes from (a) restraint of

senses and (b) reduction or elimination of fear, ego, jealousy. These

come from calm mind and inquiring into our true nature - “who am

I” - Soul (“atma” which never dies) and not body and intellect (both

are prone to decay). Achieving true evenness of mind, and the power

that genuine detachment brings is the end result of a disciplined mind.

That (evenness of mind) comes from regular meditation. Brain and

body take rest when we sleep. Mind may not. Meditation is a way to

give rest to the mind. Pranayam (control of vital energy through breath)

helps one prepare for meditation. Control of the breath constitutes a

starting point toward attainment of control over the functioning of the

autonomic nervous system and control of mind. Aasana, balanced diet

and reading of scriptures/knowledge helps one prepare for Pranayam.

Art of Living Foundation

promotes knowledge, and

inspiration to help people

live happy and active life that

benefits the community and

world. (216) 236-4182.

Need to make an important

decision or choice?

Ask yourself: What takes me toward my Divine purpose

and what takes me away?

Place your hand on your heart, breathe slowly, deeply

and feel the answer. This takes the head out, connecting

with our spirit, our true authentic essence. By calming

the mind chatter, we connect with the Divine residing

inside. Often times the choice is affected by a past,

present or future life event. Discover within.

Register for Past and Future Life Exploration

with Tina Sacchi, Master of Holistic Arts,

who will be facilitating at The Journey Expo


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From Reggae to Recovery:

A Music Legend Finds

There Is a Solution

By Rishi

Papa” Dave Smeltz is known as the father of Reggae

in Cleveland. The founder of the legendary

“band I-TAL, Dave gave us an opportunity to get to know

him and the history of the band.

The Journey: I look at interviews like this as a kind of

“spiritual genealogy.” So of course the best way to start

is at the beginning. Who were you, where you came from

and your early childhood, family etc?

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Dave Smeltz, center, with I-TAL in the ‘80s

Dave: My family consisted of my mother and grandparents.

My parents divorced right after I was born. Within

a week or two.. My father was an actor, on and off Broadway

in New York. I grew up on the east side of Cleveland

until the third grade and we moved to Shaker Heights.

My father was really out of the picture and I never got to

see him in my early years. Later on, I did get to talk to

him and spend time with him, but not a lot.

The Journey: Were you raised in any specific religion?

Dave: Not really. No real church history. As far as God

goes, I thought he was some white guy with a long beard

throwing thunder bolts. And I couldn’t identify with that.

My mom and grandma would go to Protestant Church.

They took me a couple of times but I complained about

the pews being too hard and I never had to go back. I’m

an only child and was used to getting my own way. Very

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selfish and self-centered starting at a

young age. Actually, as I look back I

really didn’t feel like I fit in when I was

very young. I felt different from all the

other kids because I didn’t have any

brothers or sisters, no father was ever

around. Even my name – Smeltz – was

different than any other black kids.

Just felt apart from everyone.

The Journey: Did you graduate

from Shaker High?

Dave: Yes, I majored in partying.

I graduated in 1974, was supposed to

a year earlier but didn’t get enough

credits. Spent too much staying out

and not studying. By high school I had

found a group that I felt comfortable

with. The guys that were smoking, drinking and doing

drugs. I grew my hair into an afro and did what I could to

be a part of this group. That was the first time I felt like

I belonged with a group of people.

By my early teens I was hanging out in Coventry.

We’re talking the late ‘60s and that was the place to be if

you were into the drug scene. Once I started using it didn’t

take me long to really get into it. Acid, pot, mescaline,

hash, whatever was around. Anything to get me out of

my fears and insecurities. What was I looking for? I just

know it was a tool or an instrument to get me out of me.

I can’t really say it was spiritual, but it was comfortable

because I didn’t have to deal with life. So using seemed

to be a solution to my fears and feeling of being apart

from everyone else.

The Journey: Let’s back up a bit. When did you first

pick up?

Dave: I was probably 12 or 13. That was beer. I didn’t

necessarily like the taste of it, but I liked the effect. So I

would drink for what it would do for me. Started smoking

cigarettes at 15. I remember I tried a Kool non-filter and

felt like I was going to die. But I got a buzz from it and I

kept smoking.

Of course all my new friends were drinking and smoking

so I felt like I was fitting in. Trying to get the insides

to feel better by playing the role on the outside. Really

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just searching for some

way to feel powerful in

my life.

The Journey: So

the drink and drugs


Dave: To a degree. I

tried other ways. I grew

the afro because the

Black Panthers were

around and they had

power. I wanted to be

a part of that because

I could see the respect

and power they had.

So I would walk around

screaming “power to

the people” and free

Huey [Newton]. I didn’t

even know who Huey

was. But they should

free this dude because

Dave on stage this summer everyone thinks so and

I don’t want to be looked at as different… I thought everyone

had it going on but me.

The Journey: So when did the music start?

Dave: I always loved music. Used to go to a music

store in Shaker Square where they had music booths

and you could go in and listen to all the new albums. The

Beatles, Bob Dylan, Temptations, James Brown, Wilson

Pickett, I really loved Motown. Started listening to people

like Janis Joplin. This is when I started to run with stoners.

They turned me on to a lot of different types of music that

were very similar to the type of music I had been listening

to because the root of the music came from Motown. So

I felt that music was universal and felt the connection to

all these types.

We got a space above the Coco

Lounge, to, I guess you could say,

rehearse. Sometimes doing more

partying than rehearsing.

The Journey: When did you start playing the guitar?

Dave: My mom had gotten got me this little guitar

when I was in sixth grade. It had a little 8-inch speaker

and I blew out the speaker in the first couple of days.

The Journey: Did you take lessons?

broken. But he told me what those forms were. That was

about the extent of my lessons. Learned the banjo, a little

harmonica. But pretty much self taught.

The Journey: Did the music help you to settle your

mind? You’ve shared how difficult is was for you with the

fears you had and with that is a lot of chatter in the mind.

When you listened to or perhaps felt the music, did you

find a peace of mind?

Dave: Yes, it helped a lot. I like that you make a distinction

between listening and feeling the music.

That’s why I felt that music was universal and I loved

all of it. I felt the connection to it all. Listening is more

of the outer and feeling it is more inner, deeper. Its like

when I play now, someone will ask what chord are you

playing? I’ll say, “I don’t know, its what I feel.”

I only saw [my father] about

three times in my life. Never

really got to know him. When he

died and I went to New York to

bury him and clean out his

apartment, I could see he was

just like me. Pretty much lost. I

could feel his loneliness.

The Journey: When did Reggae enter your life?

Dave: There was a TV show with The Manhattan

Transfer and Bob Marley was on one night. Never had

heard of him or Reggae before. First exposure to both. I

remember connecting to it and thinking I really like this.

He came to Cleveland in 1977 or ‘78. The feeling was

even more intense. It was like I felt a universal heartbeat.

In Reggae they call it one drop – it’s the third beat. And

of course at that time when I would listen to Reggae I

would add a little herb to it and wow - look out!

The Journey: At this point were you in a band?

Dave: Just jammed with some friends. We would

drink and smoke and played around a little. Sounded

great to us. In our heads anyway. But we stuck with it. I

had a friend, Bob Caruso, I knew from school. He played

congas. We got a space above the Coco Lounge, to, I

guess you could say, rehearse. Sometimes doing more

partying than rehearsing. But we also started going to

different clubs, checking out different bands.

One of the places was the Coach House that had

open mic nights. We got up and played one night. Afterwards

the owner came up, Dave Valentine, and said he

liked reggae and that we needed a bass player and he

played bass. In an apartment above the Coach House

lived a guy named Gair Linhart who played harmonica

and organ. So we picked him up to play with us. Dave

knew a guy named George from Jamaica who worked

Dave: No, I pretty much taught myself. Later when

I went to Ohio State for a year, I had a friend that told

me names of the chords I had been forming. I had been

forming them differently because this finger had been at University Hospital. We asked him to come hear us

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and see if we caught the sound right. George liked it and

said we got the right sound and we invited him to join.

He played the tambourine. Dave Valentine introduced

us to Bob Allen who played drums and John Wagner

played guitar.

The Journey: How did you pick the name I-TAL?

Dave: I was reading a magazine that had an article

about Marley and he talked about Jamaican Patois.

Kind of like a combination of African and West Indian

dialect and Jamaican slang. You put I before everything

to identify the connection to the God self. Like tomato

becomes I-mato, banana is I-nana. So I-TAL is from

natural. It felt right. I was smoking a lot of pot and I felt

that was very natural. So we had the guys, a name and

a home base to play because Dave owned the Coach

House. We were pretty successful right away. I think

a lot of people started coming because there wasn’t

anything else like it.

Unfortunately, my progression

in getting high went with the

progression of the band. Coke

started coming into vogue and

everyone wanted to party with

me. I started doing a lot of

blow. That was the beginning

of the end.

The Journey: Were your mom and grandparents


Dave: They were very supportive. They tried to keep

a blind eye to getting high, but they would come to the

clubs and listen. Actually, my father had come to town

and came and heard the band with my mom at The

Mistake, down below the Agora. This was the first time

I had ever seen my father. I only saw him about three

times in my life. Never really got to know him. When he

died and I went to New York to bury him and clean out

his apartment, I could see he was just like me. Pretty

much lost. I could feel his loneliness.

The Journey: Did you resent your father?

Dave: I did when I was a lot younger. All the kids

in the neighborhood had fathers and I didn’t. Again, it

made me feel different. So I blamed him for how I felt.

I’m OK with it today.

The Journey: So the band took off right away?

Dave: Right away, like I said we were unique. We

met a woman named Ellie Nore who would come see

the band. Ellie looked good and she could shake the

tambourine and she could do great back up harmonies.

Also, she could play the keyboard. Chris Dunmore

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became our drummer. Carlos Jones came down to the

Coach House to see us and he would play bongos off

to the side of the stage and we ended up inviting him to

join. We became family. It was magic when we got up

and played. To this day I still get told by people what

the band did for them. Unfortunately, my progression

in getting high went with the progression of the band.

Coke started coming into vogue and everyone wanted

to party with me. I started doing a lot of blow. That was

the beginning of the end.

The Journey: Did the partying become daily?

Dave: Yes, it was no longer a social thing. I needed

it to function. Or so I thought.

The Journey: Did it cause problems with the


Dave: Absolutely. Like where is Dave? Check the

bathroom. I was the problem. They weren’t using like

me. Eventually dissension between me and the band

started. There was some stuff they wanted to play that

I didn’t. I started to feel apart from rather than a part of.

So as I said, the progression of my drink and drug use

went with the progression of the band and eventually

the progression of the break up of the band.

I used any money I could

scrounge up to get high. I

actually learned that crack

will detox you from heroin; you

just have to use a lot of it.

The Journey: So the “family” was disbanded?

Dave: I took George and Ellie and started a new version.

Got some musicians from Kent Sate.

The Journey: Did the progression of the drug abuse

go with the transition?

Dave: Definitely. We were still popular and got some

great gigs. The more popular you are the more accessible

the drugs were. We went to Indiana for a gig and a cousin

of one of the band members basically owned a drug house.

I found myself doing heroin for the first time. Didn’t shoot

it up. Never did. Someone had told me you can’t get addicted

if you snort it. Found out that wasn’t true.

The Journey: Did any of the band members ever say


Dave: No, for the most part I always showed. Somehow

I was able to do what was needed to be done on stage.

I guess I can attribute it to a God-given talent. Somehow

it comes through – even through the drug-induced haze.

And of course they weren’t going to say anything to me

because I started the band. At least not to my face.

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A Man of Science

Gets A Change of Heart

By Dr. Terry Gordon


Science teaches us to accept as fact that which our

five senses experience. Anything beyond that is considered

by most in mainstream medicine to be heresy.

Before the invention of the microscope, scientists couldn’t

see microbes. That didn’t negate their existence. But facts

change with new revelations; technological advances open

the doors to discoveries that undermine our previously held


An interesting shift occurred for me about 10 years ago.

The pace of my life was grueling. Beginning at 6:45 a.m. I

would perform the first of five or six heart catheterizations,

angioplasties or pacemaker implantations. Between procedures

I would see the many patients hospitalized under my

care, finishing in time to get to my office by 1 p.m. to see

still more patients.

One morning I was in the middle of a typical day of hospital

rounds. I had run from one patient’s room to another.

Quickly perusing the chart of a new patient I was about to

see, I took in a deep breath and with a façade of calmness,

entered his room. Art Blair was a friendly gentleman in his

mid 70s who had been admitted to the hospital the previous

evening complaining of chest pain. As I entered his room, the

first thing out of his mouth was: “Whoa, Dr. Gordon, you’re

killing yourself!”

I was taken aback. “I beg your pardon?”

“I can see your aura, Dr. Gordon. You are surrounded by

marvelous energy, but it’s terribly fractured. Man, you’d better

do something about this,” he said shaking his head slowly,

“or something very bad is going to happen to you.”

I didn’t have time for this. In a nice way I shared with him,

“You know Mr. Blair, I’m the doctor. I’m here to help you.”

I completed his evaluation and shared with him my plan

of treatment. As I turned to leave his room my thoughts were

already focused on the next patient. On my way out, Mr. Blair

musically beckoned to me: “You know Doc, when the student

is ready, the teacher will appear.”

I didn’t respond to his comment as I rushed from the

room, but remember thinking, “What is this old geezer talking


Medically, I suspected he had blockages to the arteries

supplying his heart. So the next morning I took him to the

lab for a cardiac catheterization. As I made the preparations

to begin his procedure, an emergency arose in the coronary

care unit. Another patient began having a major heart attack.

We had to abort Art’s catheterization.

About half-way through the emergency procedure, I

stepped outside in the hallway just to make sure Art was

doing OK. He was asleep on the gurney in the hallway in no

apparent distress.

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When I was finally able to

get Art back in the lab, I apologized

for the delay. He said with

a radiant smile on his face, “No

problem, Doc. I had two hours of

g-r-e-a-t meditation. You realize

that meditation would benefit you

immensely? It would help you to

re-connect with your higher self,

the one that you have forgotten.”

Then he added, “Do you

want to know what I saw in my

meditation?” Not waiting for my

response he continued, “I saw that you are going to find two

blockages in my heart.”

I smiled at him as I responded: “Well, Mr. Hotshot Meditator

Man, let’s see how good you are.” I felt pretty confident

that I would prove him wrong. I have performed thousands of

these procedures. I never know what I’m going to find.

As I completed the procedure, Art must have seen a smile

cross my face because he asked, “What’s so funny, Doc?”

“Well, Art,” I paused, “perhaps we should have delayed

your catheterization for three hours rather than just two so

that you would have had more time to meditate. You have

just one blockage.”

Art Blair was a friendly gentleman

in his mid 70s who had been

admitted to the hospital the

previous evening complaining of

chest pain. As I entered his room,

the first thing out of his mouth

was: “Whoa, Dr. Gordon, you’re

killing yourself!”

Art wouldn’t let go. “Are you sure, Doc?” he asked. “I

know I saw two in my meditation.”

I reviewed the films with him, showed that in each view

there was only one blockage. It was a critical blockage, but

he had only one occlusion.

What happened next brought gooseflesh crawling over

my skin. He looked at me with such conviction, his crystal

hazel eyes piercing mine. Emphasizing each word, he slowly

said, “Terry you’re missing something.”

I reviewed his films one more time. He was so insistent

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that to get him off my back, I took one last picture of his arteries

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I reviewed his films one more time.

He was so insistent that to get him

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I fixed his arteries, but I must share with you that I don’t

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Intrigue was drawing me to him like a magnet; I sensed I was

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When I finally completed my 14-hour day at the hospital,

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The student was ready and the teacher had appeared. I

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Years of training and experience had paved the way for this

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Art and I spent the evening together as he shared with

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If You’re Going

to Sit, Then Sit

By Eva Starr

ack in 1998, a movie came out with Gwyneth

Paltrow called Sliding Doors. In the movie, a

woman’s love life and career both hinge, un- bknown to her, on whether she catches a train. We see it

both ways, in parallel.

I’ve seen this movie at least three times and have

had many deep-rooted discussions over it based on the

choices we make in our own lives. The movie brings to

question whether our choices determine our fate, or if our

fate is pre-determined and guides our choices.

If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend

it; if you’re an over thinker (like myself) you, too, will

ponder the idea of a parallel existence leading to the

same destination.

There’s a meditation I created for my Louise Hay

groups when we come to the part of the course that deals

with making life choices. I would guide the students into

a relaxed meditative state to a fork in the road. Then I’d

ask them to visualize what it would be like if they took

the fork to the left or the fork to the right – taking them

through a variety of feelings, thoughts etc., leading them

six months, one year, then five years down the road.

It was a powerful meditation, which provided interesting

results. The key is that the decision is based on the

combined will of spirit and instinct. Ultimately this is a

most desired place to be when making our own choices

– the alignment of head and heart.

In my daily meditations, I vacillate between using an

Angel deck and an animal deck. There are occasions

when I draw the Antelope card, an action card. It will tell

me to make a decision and take action of some sort or

another. If I’m going to sit, then sit; if I’m going to stand,

then stand; and if I’m going to run, then run.

Before I take any action I need to make a choice. If

I’m in tune with spirit and my intuitive side, then I can go

into the silence and hopefully make a choice and then

proceed into action mode.

The key here, as with any of the choices we make on

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a daily basis, is to be at peace with the choice. Ah yes,

I know you don’t like to hear it. But isn’t that the key to

everything: to be at peace with whatever happens?

All the Gurus talk about it. Byron Katie calls it “loving

what is.” The Course in Miracles refers to the choice

between the Holy Spirit and the Ego, and if we’ve chosen

an error thought we ask the Holy Spirit to “let us see it


Ester and Jerry Hicks tell us that it’s a simple choice

of what thought feels better and to “gravitate toward the

next feel-good thought” up the emotional ladder. Yes,

it’s enough to make even the ascended master student

go insane.

It was a powerful meditation,

which provided interesting results.

The key is that a decision is based

on the combined will of spirit and

instinct – an alignment of head

and heart.

Being the mother of two daughters, I’ve had my share

of dilemmas with the word choice. If they chose me for

their mother, then is it their choice if they travel down a

sinister and treacherous path? Will they eventually reach

Nirvana anyway – just a little bit later because they chose

to get on the train (as in Sliding Doors), or in fact missed

the train?

And do I, as their mom, have any say about their


The world we live in has made becoming a nun or

monk a great deal more enticing. The plethora of choices

is enough to drive a crazy person sane. You heard me

right; the homeless people might know something we

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don’t if they’re making the choice to live a simpler life

on the streets…I’m just saying.

How do we deal with the buffet of choices in front of

us on any given day? Which cell phone to buy? Do I take

the job even if I strongly dislike it because jobs are hard

to come by? Do we say yes or no to the boy or the girl?

What to cook, what to wear…the choices are endless.

Think about nature; the squirrel doesn’t lie there on

his psychiatrist’s couch having anxiety attacks over what

nuts to gather; the birds don’t take Prozac because they

can’t figure out what tree to build a nest in. The animal

kingdom and nature mosey about their business allowing

the Creator to guide them along.

My thoughts on this are to go with the Antelope; if

you’re going to sit, then sit; if you’re going to stand, then

stand; and if you’re going to run, then run.

Just make the choice. Don’t second-guess it. Be at

peace with whatever choice you make. You do know

you’re going to get another chance to choose all over

again, the next moment, hour, day or week. May the

choice be with you.

Eva Starr’s spiritual journey has taken her coastto-coast,

studying various schools of thought. Starr

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Making the Choice

to Live Well By Lauren Duke

finally made it home on Sunday to

a house that looked like it hadn’t

been maintained for months.

On top of that, I had just taught Iback-to-back yoga classes, my pants

were thick and I was sweating in the

80-degree heat.

On a day like this, it’s hard not to

be anywhere but the beach. Usually

I try to maintain whatever it is that

supports while I continue on with my

life. But not this time.

Something shifted the last couple

of months and my life began to run

circles around me. Maintaining anything

seemed next to impossible. The

last thing I wanted to do was go clean

my kitchen. The last thing I wanted

to choose was to try to get a handle

on my life.

When things are out of control,

sometimes it’s easiest to just leave

them that way.

I walked in to my house, looked

straight into the kitchen and saw that

the juicer, which my lovely partner

didn’t clean again, had made the best

of friends with a gang of oversized

bull flies. Maybe if I ignore it and

just walk right into my room it will


So, I did that.

I sat down. Ahhh, a moment


I got up and shut the door.

BBBBUUUUZZZZZZ. Darn, it’s still

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there. The bull flies have taken over

and they can’t be compassionate

enough to give me a moment to relax

before they ruin my day. Don’t they

know I have been working all morning?

No respect anymore.

Something shifted

the last couple of

months and my life

began to run circles

around me. Maintaining


seemed next to

impossible. The last

thing I wanted to

do was go clean my


I took one abundant breath, trying

to breathe into all of the places

overwhelmed with tension and got to

my feet. I closed my eyes and another

deeply profound breath moved me

closer to the door. I felt like Braveheart

in his kilt standing on the top

of a mountain preparing for battle

–except without the breeze getting

my panties in a tussle.

I walked to the kitchen and

stood there observing, plotting and

researching the most appropriate

strategy for me to attack this foreign

territory. I decided the sponge and

counter surface cleaner would be my

allies here.

I started spraying the surface

cleaner, (it’s organic; don’t worry) in

the direction of the giant bull flies. Not

bothered by this substance (which

I’m pretty sure is the closest thing to

water you can get) they continued

buzzing above the fruit and veggie

particles drizzled around the juicer.

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Time for plan B. Choices, choices,


My next choice was impulsive. I

decided that a text to my beloved –

shear anger about his stupidity and

negligence for leaving the juicer

dirty for three days – is the best

way to handle this. He texted me

back: “Don’t worry about it. We will

deal with it later. Come down to the


I became infuriated at his lack

of understanding. I paced back

and forth around the dirty, bull-fly

infested house. I could feel the heat

burning a hole in the lining of my

stomach as I walked. I thought, “Now

I have an ulcer. Great!”

I heard a little noise by the side

of the refrigerator. I walked over and

saw a new little friend staring up at

me. It was a mouse. And he was

laughing at me and mocking me

and basically telling me I’m a drama

queen, which triggered a lot of my

childhood memories with my sister

so I started acting like a kid.

I felt like Braveheart

in his kilt standing

on the top of a

mountain preparing

for battle –except

without the breeze

getting my panties

in a tussle.

I was sobbing and jumping up

and down and throwing a full-on

tantrum. I grabbed the broom and

started beating it between the tiny

crevice next to the fridge. It didn’t

fit so I tried to ram it in. That didn’t

work so I got down on the floor and

started trying to use the strength of

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my legs to move the refrigerator.

I faintly remembered hearing the mouse taunting me

as he ran back and forth from the tiny archway to his

shelter where I couldn’t reach him. And there was nothing

I could do because the space between the refrigerator

and the wall was simply too small to put my hand into,

or anything else for that matter, and the fridge was too

heavy for me to move on my own.

I sat on the couch and cried just like when I was a

kid. “Things apparently haven’t changed much,” said

a voice from the kitchen. Dammit! I knew that mouse

could talk.

At this point I wished I had some rat poison or some

of those old acid tablets I used to take when I was a

teenager. But then I remembered one of my old teachers

talking to me about Ahimsa (non-violence) that in every

other respect at this point, I had completely tossed out

the window.

The moment I thought about what my teachers have

shared with me I started to feel calmer. I began to remember

all of the things I had learned. I walked outside

and took a deep breath to re-evaluate the situation with

the talking mouse and buzzing bull flies.

The mind is a funny thing. It’s tricky – always trying

to convince you that the world is going to end if you

don’t save it.

I slowed down for a moment. I wiped my tears away.

I saw this amazing monarch butterfly sitting on top of

the lilies across the drive. For a second I thought that

thing started talking to me too and I thought I was really

losing it.

So I closed my eyes and re-opened them. It was

gone. I could hear some kids playing in the next yard.

I took another deep breath just to pause. The air was

warm and I realized I had choices. The pausing cleared

my perspective.

I realized I had created a soap opera; my stomach

hurt from getting so upset. I remembered my dharma

and my duties.

Pausing in this moment allowed

me to put my feet back on the

ground. It allowed me to

recognize this wasn’t that big

of a deal. It’s just life.

I thought about my mom cooking, cleaning and loving

three kids totally on her own. I thought about my father

dying from too many heroin needles in his life. I thought

about my sister’s addiction to crystal meth when she was

16-years-old. I thought about my sweet little brother’s

rosy red cheeks (even though he is 20).

Pausing in this moment allowed me to put my feet

back on the ground. It allowed me to recognize this wasn’t

that big of a deal. It’s just life. And life happens every

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single day, all day, to all of us.

I walked into the kitchen, armed myself with the sponge

and the organic counter cleaner, turned on some music and

took care of my life.

I realized in that moment that I could live my life or I

could let my life live me. I chose to live my life. So I cleaned.

I cleaned and cleared so I could feel the bigger energy that

helps me connect with the things that are really important.

We still have the mouse. I accept that – for now. I realize

that nothing is ever going to be perfect unless I choose to see

flawless perfection even when things seem like a hurricane.

The best choice was for me to just calm down and to clean.

So I did just that.

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Bring the Inside Out,

and Begin Now

By Kimmie Rose Zapf

am sharing thoughts from my heart with you today.

I love all of you. What is happening in our outer

Iworld in relation to our relationships with loved ones,

jobs and health is a reflection of what is happening

within us.

As it is within, so it is without. Our current reality is

a mirror of what is going on inside us. If our outer reality

is unhappy, chaotic or unfulfilling, it is a direct result of

what is happening inside.

It does not matter one iota what we change on the

outside, if we haven’t done the work to change on the

inside. Our reality will continue to lead us to patterns of

detachment – not moving forward and accomplishing

our goals, or working toward feeling free of guilt and

separation from those who matter to us.

So if you feel you are not capable in the inside, then

this is what you will reflect on the outside. We have total

and complete control over only one thing in life – our


As it is within, so it is without. Our

current reality is a mirror of what

is going on inside of us.

Most of the time people do things because they think

they are helping a situation; the rest of the time, it’s not

out of poor intentions, but rather from making decisions

based on hurt, fear and anger.

Start today by putting the past in the past. Look at

yourself in the mirror and say, “I am OK with me.” Stop letting

the “should have” and “could have” rule your life.

Let go of other people’s expectations

for you. For every person who has

been hard on you, remember that

someone was hard on them. Break

the chain of harshness by being kind

to yourself.

Forgive yourself first and it will be easier to forgive

others. Allow yourself to know what is really going on

inside. If you are numbing yourself to feel happy by using

substances or other addictions – like shopping or overworking

– then you are not allowing yourself to feel what

is going on in the present moment.

Accept it when something hurts; feel it and notice

that in this very moment you can be happy and change

it by doing something about it. Ignoring it only puts a

bandage on it temporarily.

Let go of other people’s expectations for you. For

every person who has been hard on you, remember that

someone was hard on them. Break the chain of harshness

by being kind to yourself and refusing to live up to

someone else’s expectations for you.

Whenever someone criticizes you unfairly, realize that

they have just made it that much harder for themselves

to fulfill their own perfectionist ideas when they make a

mistake or fail.

Take this moment to remember where you’ve come

from and why you no longer want to live that way. Be

grateful for what you do have – great relationships, a

It is not until we change our thought patterns to focus

on what it is we truly desire that we can effect meaningful

and lasting change.

Detaching brings temporary happiness. It keeps us

from feeling what may hurt or what is going on inside

of us. Eventually it catches up to us, manifesting itself

through health issues, relationship problems and feelings

of not being worthy.

Worthiness has nothing to do with how much you

give another person or how much you are accepted. It

has everything to do with believing in the choices we

make, and feeling OK with the person we look at in the

mirror each day.

Start today by looking in the mirror and knowing

what your heart truly intended. If you feel you have let

someone down, ask yourself: “Was that my intention?” home, people who love and appreciate you, abilities,

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interests, hobbies, pets, health, etc.

Look for the good in your life and you will no longer

need to “try” to feel happy – you will simply be happy on

your own. When you do this your outer world will begin to

change because your inner world is more peaceful.

Look in the mirror and smile and know that this moment

is brand new. Pick up the phone and say what you

really want to say. Don’t let fear keep you from showing

others how much you love them, and it will be easier to

love yourself and to be loved.

Understand that love doesn’t have anything to do

with money, outer beauty or acceptance. Love is simply


If you try, you will see it was never as complicated as

you thought, and that you have more control over your life

when you allow love to be your guide. Watch the miracles

begin to happen. Relationships will heal and abundance

will manifest.

Make the choice to begin now.

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astrologer, author, public speaker and radio and

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Choosing My Own

‘Road Less Traveled’

By Mandi S. Babkes

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omething is happening, a shift more apparent, more

poignant, and more sacred than anything that has

ever happened before in my life. I am so completely

finding completeness. Hard it may seem, to forgo Sthose feelings that often encompass me with pessimism

and hopelessness. I am choosing to free myself from this

vicious cycle. I am resonating on such a different level

that it almost scares me. My path is allowing me to reveal

and let those things go that have haunted me for years

and to embark on a new-found journey of self reflection

and renewal. I am discovering the person I truly am and

want to be. I am drowning out the unimportant concerns

and pretentions in my existence, the superficial “stuff,”

the worries and self -defeating practices that have proven

to be my deterrent. If I can continue to move past these

obstacles, this shall be my most amazing accomplishment

and life’s work in the making! Let the process continue,

the journey be blissful and my life and the lives I impact

be beautiful. -An entry from my personal journal

My mother lay speechless and

fragile for days. One day, I sat with

my mom, holding her hand, and

sang “The Rose.” Within moments,

she uttered, “Talk to me, help to

guide me.”

I have chosen to travel on my very own “road less

traveled.” For many years, this road guided me in directions

that were less than fulfilling. Engulfed by suffering,

I was stuck in a static and sad state of existence. I was

infected with negativity and chose to believe that there

was no way out.

The death of my mother was my ultimate defeat. I

recall her life and death so vividly, the moments when her

mortality became a reality. I chose to commit myself to

saving her. I refused to believe that she was really facing

death and I would not accept her bleak state of affairs.

She was not going to die.

Sitting at her death-bed sobbing, I finally got the

courage and made a choice to allow her to pass. “It’s

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OK Mom,” I said. I sensed she was holding on until I accepted

her departure. I did not want to say these words.

I wished to give my mom peace, but I also felt defeated

and cheated.

But an unbelievable moment had happened shortly

before I expressed these words –an experience that I will

never forget.

My mother lay speechless and fragile for days. One

day, I sat with my mom, holding her hand and sang “The

Rose.” Within moments, she uttered, “Talk to me, help

to guide me.” At this very second, I recognized something

powerful. Despite my anger and sadness, I was

mesmerized by her prayer. It was as if my mom’s spirit

was speaking to me, and it was at this moment that I

chose to let her go.

One would think that, with my acceptance of her

death, my life would have become easier. On the contrary,

I still felt anguish. Although I chose to permit my

mom to die, I struggled to accept the loss. I felt like a

failure for not being able to keep her alive. As I let her

go, I let myself go too.

My own health challenges became inflamed and

overwhelming. Pained and out of control, my ego was

crushed. I chose to surrender and give up on life, allowing

my emotional and physical existence to crumble.

I had always possessed an interest in health and natural

healing. It had been my hope that this interest would

have enticed my mother to change her own treatment

patterns, but this was not an option in her “old school”

world where doctors were gods.

After her death, as I began to

despair, I lost my passions for so

many things –alternative healing

being one of these. I suffered

from illnesses myself, and chose

to succumb to doctors who gave

me death sentences.

After her death, as I began to despair I lost my passions

for so many things –alternative healing being one

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of these. I suffered from illnesses myself and chose

to succumb to doctors who gave me death sentences.

I allowed myself to believe they were right. I was

over-medicated, surgically wounded and emotionally

scarred. I began to choose a life of resentment and selfdestruction.

I was lost and fearful, allowing my woes to

chip away at my very foundation.

But then something happened.

Louise Hays suggests, “Whenever we are ill, we

need to search our hearts to see who it is we need to

forgive.” I began to look into forgiveness – primarily

for myself and my choices.

I became determined to acquire a sense of personal

happiness and transform my dreams into reality.

And so my journey began. My choices have proven

to be my ultimate accomplishments. I have chosen

to look within, to “sit with myself,” and unleash the

demons that have haunted me for so many years. My

passion for healing resurfaced. I chose to pursue a

masters degree in holistic health and nutrition, graduating

with honors.

By choosing to heal myself and my life, I can now

follow my dreams. By accepting my circumstances, I

have awakened my true essence and have embarked

on a rewarding path of helping others achieve their own

sense of wellness and enlightenment.

These are my choices that have shaped me into the

woman that I contentedly have become.

My choices have allowed me to let go of ego and

welcome in aversions and shifts, to establish a personal

and emotional intimacy with myself, and to be conscious

of my life in its entirety. I have chosen to embrace

the past and recognize that all of my experiences,

though not always pleasant on the surface, have, and

will continue to, affect me in a positive way.

I have chosen to embrace love, adventure, discovery

and positivity. Ultimately, I have chosen to love

and respect myself.

I have come to realize that life is a mountainous

journey, with peaks and valleys. With each valley, we

must make a choice; climb back up or admit defeat.

I once chose defeat, but I now choose to ascend on a

constant quest to feel enlightened. I have chosen to live

by these very words that I created during my transition

– words that have become my mission statement:

We have the power to change those things in our

lives that are far from great and make the greatest of

things even greater.

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holistic health and nutrition counselor,

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Soul Food

By Eva Starr

Being spiritual doesn’t mean you are a doormat and wear

a sign that says “Use me, abuse me; it’s OK, I forgive you.”

Soul Food is dedicated to all my readers as an offering

to share my metaphysical musings and the lessons

that I have encountered throughout my journey here in

this classroom we call Planet Earth. I encourage your

questions and quandaries as we grow together toward

solution and enlightenment.

Dear Eva:

I’m fairly new to the metaphysical world and have

been working diligently at feeding my newfound spirituality.

My dilemma is this: I’ve met a guy who I’ve fallen

deeply for. I feel like I’m in quicksand and the more I try

to dig my way out the deeper I sink.

I find myself allowing certain things he does or

doesn’t do to go without comment. There is a part of

me that is in conflict over this, yet I feel that I should be

more spiritual and not judge, while being more forgiving.

Inside I’m suffering, but don’t want to lose him. I can’t

bear to spend another night crying myself to sleep. I’m

reaching out to you, please help me discern between

what’s loving and what’s not.

Confused in Cleveland.

mine for the novice is Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your

Life. Grab a copy, read it and carry it everywhere.

Start with defining your boundaries and don’t let

anyone cross them. Look at it like this: What if this was

your daughter or someone else you cared deeply about?

What would you want for them?

As to figuring out whether your choices are right or

not, the answer is simple: How do you feel inside?

I think you’ve already answered that because you’ve

told me you are in conflict and are suffering. When it

comes from a place of truth there is no doubt, no sleepless

nights crying into your pillow. Surrender my dear

to God’s will; he is your father and will watch over you.

Start loving yourself the moment you read this and don’t

ever stop for anyone.

For myself, I might want to look at

why I am attracting these people

into my life to begin with. There may

be a lesson in it for me.

Dear Confused:

I first want to reassure you that you are not alone

in your dilemma. Many people, when embarking on a

spiritual path, find themselves in a state of confusion as

to the new choices they are now faced with in their entry

into the world of metaphysics. Please take comfort in

knowing this is a quandary we all go through.

Being spiritual doesn’t mean you are a doormat

and wear a sign that says “Use me, abuse me; it’s OK, I

forgive you.” What it does mean is that you have a fresh

understanding of who you are, which is a child of God, a

divine being deserving of love. That love starts with you

looking in the mirror and recognizing the inner beauty

radiating from inside because you are that child of God.

This is a constant that does not change; the only thing

that changes is your perception.

Once you start loving the self, you will no longer

allow another human being to treat you in a manner less

than you treat yourself. There are a plethora of books

out there dealing with this subject. A personal favorite of

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Dear Eva:

In my day-to-day life, I come across various friends,

co-workers, and/or family members who seem to shoot

down some of the choices I’ve made in my life. There

are times when I go home after being with them and feel

like a vampire just sucked all the blood out of me. I don’t

want to be rude, and some of these are people I am in

contact with on a daily basis due to work situations or

family. I feel drained at the end of the day and can’t seem

to motivate myself for my own spiritual needs. What’s a

person to do?


Dear Drained:

The good news is you’ve recognized there are indeed

energy vampires in your life; pat yourself on the back.

Now that you’re aware, you can actually be proactive in

how you deal with them. Allow me to share a quote by

John Assaraf: “I just do not hang around anybody that

I don’t want to be with. Period. For me, that’s been a

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lessing, and I can stay positive…”

There are several ways to do this. First, you can

surround yourself in a shield of white light, similar to

a protective bubble before you start your day or leave

the house. When your co-workers start going into their

Drama Queen mode, simply smile, nod your head and

move on. No response to the bloodsuckers is the best

response. They’re looking for attention. Detach.

As for family members, you can say, “Tell me something

positive that happened today,” and if they can’t,

then smile and say, “I love you but I’m going to go do

something uplifting.”

It’s similar to the bully on the playground: As long

as he has an audience he will continue to push your buttons

and bully you. Once you quit playing his game, he

moves on to his next victim.

For myself, I might want to look at why I am attracting

these people into my life to begin with. There may be

a lesson in it for me. You are No. 1 (next to God of course)

and you have a right to love yourself and surround yourself

with people who honor and respect that.

Speaking as a person who fishes, if all else fails

“cut bait.” Yes, there simply are times in our lives where

we have no other choice but to cut bait – hook, line

and sinker. Sharks can smell blood a mile away, and if

they’re headed over to your pond, it’s time to quit making

deposits in the blood bank. You can do this, I have

faith in you!

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By Kimmie Rose Zapf


September – This is a good month for making new

friends. Your energy is open, engaging and ready for new

things. You bring a spark to life that others can’t match.

That is what draws people to you. Enjoy!

October – Forgiveness is important during this time

as old issues surface. It’s important to leave the past in

the past. New things begin to happen when you can see

clearer without the misunderstanding blocking the way.


September – Financial issues come to a head when

someone decides to be honest with you about their

spending habits. The importance of being understanding

will help them get their financial house in order. Kindness

and patience are key.

October – Romance will seem in disguise this month

but will actually be in plain sight. The vibration of love is

all around you whether it is in books, television, movies

or your own life. Open your awareness and engage with

your heart.


September – Things are distorted now because

people are not allowing themselves to fully communicate

their true feelings with you. Make an intention to be present

for them so they can let go of what is bothering them.

Sometimes a good ear is all someone needs.

October – You seem to revel in family oriented activities

and find more meaning in your life because of it. The

lesson learned is to live in the present and forget the past.

Don’t take revenge for past actions. Leave it to God.


September – Instead of holding onto old wounds,

allow yourself to see them as openings to new opportunities

in your future. Don’t be afraid to speak from your

heart and everything will go more smoothly with those

around you.

October – This month offers long-term romantic

partnerships to those who authentically hold the energy

of unconditional love in their heart. Otherwise, be ready

for relationships that are not honestly rooted in love to

crash and burn.

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September – Connections are made outside your

normal circle of friends. Go to parties when invited and

join new groups. Indulge yourself in music, art and beautiful

things. An open and expressive heart invites light

romantic flirting.

October – The tide is turning for you this month as

old issues dissolve and a new energy steps in. A fresh

start or new approach will help things get moving again.

Take advantage of this shift, not just for yourself, but

everyone involved.


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Opportunities for business trips and a new love interest

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are possible. Existing relationships have the potential to

move into something deeper.


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triggers could easily lead you into making the same old

mistakes if you’re not in a state of awareness.

October – Good things come together for you in the

area of love this month. As you find yourself more open

and receiving from people, they will be comfortable sharing

their deeper feelings. In return, this is a great time to

communicate your true feelings too.


September – Nothing is going to cheer you up or

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Your feelings of restlessness and disconnect have been

helping you make positive changes. Trust the process

and know everything is as it should be.

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September – Don’t look out into the world with what

you have and don’t have. Know that your abundance is

always within your fingertips unless you believe otherwise.

Money issues may pop up testing your ability to


October – Changes at work have taken a lot of your

energy and it’s time for balance to be restored. As you

spend more time at home, your romantic relationship will

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Kimberly Rose is a professional intuitive, vibrational

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host on CBS Radio and Telos Television Networks. She is

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Dave Smeltz.....Continued from page 14

Plus the other part of was that some of the new band

members were partiers like me. Actually 4 or 5 members,

who at one time were part of the new versions of

the band, died. All the direct result of drinking and drugs.

It wasn’t till after I got sober and realized the insanity of

what was going on.

The Journey: How long did the band last?

Dave: Until about 1992. I did a gig and decided that

was it. Pretty abrupt. But I was sick. I needed to stop. We

were playing out every night and I was using to get myself

up for the gig. Then every morning I was throwing up.

Just up and left. We were on the road and I came back

to Cleveland. Also, I had met a woman in South Carolina

that would come to our shows down there. We became

a couple. I might add that she was not a partier like me.

Anyway, she came to Cleveland and we found out she was

pregnant. My older daughter was born. Five years later

my younger daughter was born. We got married and we

were living in Cleveland Heights. Not much money. Both

of us were going to school. Her for Occupatioinal Therapy

Assistant, and me for Physical Therapist Assistant. Finally

got out of school and we both went to work. My mother

helped us get a house.

The Journey: Did you keep using?

Dave: No, well yes....I put down the coke, heroin

and the drink, but still smoked pot. Thought I needed

something to take the edge off. Then we had a party to

celebrate our graduation. My ex-wife had told me that it

wasn’t so much that she minded me drinking, just that

I drank too much. So I thought OK, I just wont drink

so much. We got the band back together for the party.

I started drinking that night. We opened up a bottle of

champagne and that was it. I was off and running. In

no time I was down on Superior buying crack. Started

snorting heroin again. I’m working in a hospital and I’m

copping before work, lunchtime and on the way home.

Sometimes nodding out at work.

The Journey: Did your ex-wife suspect anything?

Dave: She was concerned that I was losing so much

weight and was upset that I came home from work and

would bypass the kids and go right to the bathroom. Like I

said, I would cop on the way home. I tried to pretend there

was no problem. But she knew something was up. This

was about 1999. Finally I found a way to get out of work

due to an injury I sustained. Twisted my back. Though it

did really hurt, I used it to not only get out of work, but

I also got a prescription for methadone to help with the

pain. Only paying $1.30 for 60 tabs. So not only do I get

out of work with pay, but I get my drugs cheap and I can

tell the ex-wife I need it for pain.

After a while the high wasn’t enough so I started

snorting heroin and smoking crack. I am such a physical

wreck that my ex-wife is thinking I have cancer. She

ends up taking me to the Clinic and they check me in

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and start giving me liquid morphine. After a couple days

and a bunch of tests, they can’t find anything wrong and

they send me home. Then my ex-wife starts waking up,

she finds some pot and starts realizing that I am using.

She wants a divorce and leaves with the kids. We had

gotten in a fight and I kicked a broom across the floor,

hit her ankle and shouted at her. The police came and

I was arrested for domestic violence. Spent the night in

jail. My mother picked me up and told me I needed to

get some help.

The Journey: Did you get honest with your mom?

Dave: I did. She arranged for me to get counseling.

I went and copped instead. Man, the people we hurt so

we can get high. My ex-wife and I had some money we

were going use for a down-payment on a new house.

Thousands of dollars. I took that money. I was restrained

from being in the house, so I got a room at a flop house

off of West 25 th Street– the kind of place where people

don’t even make it to the bathroom and just piss and crap

wherever. I spent every last dime on drinks and drugs. I

did pay her back every last dime after I got sober. I had

to use just to get up in the morning. Had to get out of

my mind because I couldn’t deal with the thoughts of all

the rotten things I had and was doing to everyone around

me. Like I said, I went through all the money, ended up

sleeping in my car. Not too much fun sleeping in your car

in February in Cleveland. Then in a homeless shelter.

The Journey: Did anybody recognize you?

Dave: No. I had lost a lot of weight and looked like

any skinny junkie. Also, I didn’t want any of my friends

to know what was happening in my life, so I had isolated

myself from them. I used any money I could scrounge up

to get high. I actually learned that crack will detox you

from heroin; you just have to use a lot of it.

The Journey: Any exposure to recovery?

Dave: I had gone to an emergency room at the Cleveland

Clinic and told them I was going to kill myself. I

thought they were putting me in a detox ward or treatment

center. Ends up it was a psych ward. That’s where they

put people who say they are going to kill themselves.

They did have meetings there and a guy gave me

an NA book. They weaned me off the drugs. Got out of

there and I immediately found a bag of dope I had hidden

and was back at it again. My mother let me stay at her

house. I started hallucinating. Cocaine psychosis. I was

delusional. This was the beginning of the end.

Begging my mom for five dollars every morning to

get high. Finally she kicked me out, saying, “You’re crazy

and don’t know what your doing.” She said don’t come

back until you got some help. I got my mom to let me

back in under the promise I would call Orca House and

get in for help. I called and they said I could come in the

next week. They said don’t use for a week. It was the

longest week of my life. My mom dropped me off and

gave me ten dollars. She said I love you and go do what

you need to do. As the car turned the corner, I looked

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Dave’s mug shot

at Orca House and I looked down the street and started

walking and went and copped. Spent that ten dollars on

dope. That was my last hit.

I went back to Orca House and somehow got the

clarity to realize it was over. I started my recovery. My

sobriety date is April 20, 2001. I started hearing things

differently. I believed that maybe I could live sober. Started

working the 12 steps and did everything I was told to

do. They told me to get a sponsor and I got one of the

roughest guys who would come there to talk to us. I did

whatever they told me to do and wouldn’t you know it,

my life started changing.

The Journey: How long were you in Orca House?

Dave: 104 days. Then I was sent to the Pass Program

for eight months. That was one of the best things to happen

to me. It was a building that housed 72 guys and I

shared a room with four of them. That’s really where my

recovery took off. I had to learn to deal with other people

without getting high. I knew I didn’t want to get high anymore

and this took me to the test. Somewhere between

going to Orca House and Pass something changed. It was

like [moving from] knowing I can’t get high to not wanting

to. There is a big difference. I know now that I did my

best to cut myself off to the Creator of all things. But that

Creator never left me. I can’t do this by myself and that

Creator brought the people into my life to help me.

The Journey: Did you go back to work? Did your, ah

... back get better?

Dave: Oh yea, my back got better. Funny how those

things start to change when we begin to wake up. Got a

part time job in home-health care. The woman that hired

me was a true angel in my life. She hired me knowing

that I was in a halfway house. She had a relative in recovery

and gave me a chance. She has since passed but

her brother hired me back on because of how much his

sister believed in me. It’s a miracle that I even still had

my license for physical therapy. My mom renewed it for

me while I was in jail for domestic violence. She actually passed me the

forms to sign through the bars of the jail. It took some time though to work

again as a therapist. I had to write a letter to the board and I got honest

about my using. I had to get reinstated. So I owe big. So many people

played roles in my recovery.

The Journey: So you got out of Pass, went back to work, got your

own place and re-established your relationship with your mother. Were

you scared?

Dave: Yes, very much so. But I went to meetings every day, talked to

my sponsor, started sponsoring. Got crazy with the 12 steps. I did everything

I was told to and my life kept getting better. Still does. I was scared,

but I had a solution. Before that, I thought I had a solution (the drink and

drugs) but it stopped working. Now I had real solution.

The Journey: Did you play your guitar during that time?

Dave: I wasn’t allowed at Orca House or the Pass program. But once

I got into my own apartment I started playing by myself.

The Journey: Did you see your kids?

Dave: In the first few months after getting sober my

ex-wife filed for divorce. I wasn’t able to see them for about

a year, being in treatment and then the halfway house.

Once I got out, I went down to South Carolina where they

were living and was able to see them. It was awkward at

first, but I was able to rebuild a relationship with them.

My ex was very angry with me. Rightfully so. I did a lot

of damage. But I am making amends.

...something changed. It was

like [moving from] knowing I

can’t get high to not wanting to.

There is a big difference.

The Journey: So who is David Smeltz today?

Dave: Still finding out. But I’m finding I like Dave

today. I like being sober. I like the people in my life.

Sometimes I still feel apart from, but it’s getting better.

I still feel emotional pain today. The difference is I don’t

blame others for it. I take responsibility for it. Which

means I can do something about it. Again, today I have

a solution. I was able to be there for my mom when she

got ill from heart disease and leading up to her transition.

I’m able to be a better father to my children. I’ve gone

to South Carolina many times over the years and they

have come and stayed with me. I’m teaching my younger

daughter the guitar today.

It’s also interesting how things have changed for

me with bringing in meditation, making it a big part of

my life. It really helps me calm myself down and find

one focus. Now, I’m not against people who smoke pot,

because I sure did my share. I guess you can meditate

smoking herb and use other things to get you there. But

… I find that I don’t have to rely on something to get me there.

I do the work to get me to where I want to be. I rely on my

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are going to teach them computer skills to make it easier

for them to get work when they leave Clean House. We

are in the formative stages of putting it together and are

looking for donations and funding to purchase a house.

I am just trying to give back for what has been given to

me. A life beyond my wildest expectations.

The Journey: So, there is a solution…...

Dave: Yes, there is a solution.....

Clean House

will have a booth

at The Journey

Expo Cleveland

2011 at Lakeland

Community College on September 9, 10 & 11.

Dave with I-TAL at the 2011 Hessler Street Fair

inner self. I guess you can say I am awaking.

The Journey: The inner self you were always trying to

find? Perhaps the one where the true power lies?

Dave: Exactly.

I like being sober. I like the people

in my life. Sometimes I still feel

apart from, but it’s getting

better. I still feel emotional pain

today. The difference is I don’t

blame others for it. I take

responsibility for it.

Dave Smeltz will be appering

wiih the band I-TAL

for a special reunion concert

on Sunday September

11 at the Expo starting at

1 pm.

Admission is free with

a paid admission to the

Expo. More Information can

be found online at www.

The Journey: I know the band has had several reunion

concerts. How did that come about?

Dave: I guess I called some of the original members

and we got together and played a benefit at the Grog Shop

a few years back. Since then we have played a handful

of times. I am excited about being a part of and playing

at The Journey Expo in September.

The Journey: Anything else you would like to add?

Dave: When I was in the halfway house I remember

that there were many people who were helping us to get

back into society. There were attorney services, life skills

to teach guys how to do banking, take people to meetings

etc.... I thought back then if I ever can, I am going

to be a part of helping people like how all these people

were helping us.

So here it is years later and I have a project going

called “Clean House.” It’s a halfway house that is going

to help men to become part of society. We are going to

implement the 12 steps of course, but also bring in martial

arts and some other spiritual and healing modalities. We

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