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This month, the AQmmunity honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a
fearless and enlightened leader who embodies the concept of “namaste” through
his every word and action. As we continue his struggle for equality and justice, let
us remember that we are all - all of us, whether friends, enemies, or strangers -
brothers and sisters. We are all one.
Namaste, Dr. King. Your lessons live on in the hearts of us all.
The memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washinton, DC.
Forty-eight years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we
celebrate his historical inclusion in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The first
man of color to be honored in this way, his memorial serves as a tribute to the
principles of freedom and equality with which he inspired our country and the world.
The monument begins with a large boulder that has been plit in two, representing
the Mountain of Despair. Emerging from the Mountain of Despair is another
boulder, the Stone of Hope, in which Dr. King’s likeness is carved. Visitors enter the
memorial through the Mountain of Despair and continue through a tour that mirrors
the struggles of Dr. King’s life, ending with his hopes for all of us to continue striving
for justice and equality.
To find this amazing monument on the National Mall, make your way to the Tidal
Basin and turn left. The MLK Memorial will be just past the Jefferson Memorial.
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IN THIS ISSUE
LIGHT IN US ALL!
What is Namaste
What does it mean to
honor yourself and others
Learn how to apply the
concept of Namaste to
every aspect of your life!!
4 Publisher’s Page - Don Martin
6 Be Excellent to Each Other - Christina James
7 Namistakes - Wendel Matthews
8 Enzymes for Good Health - Brenda Cobb
10 Sun Signs
11 Moon Calendar
12 What We Think, We Become - Michelle Griffin
12 Streaks of Divinty - Jerelyn Faber
13 What the World Needs Now...Sweet Love - Cathy Burroughs
15 Namaste Conspiracy - Don Martin
17 Spirituality and Ethics in Buisness - Corinne McLaughlin
19 Afro-Panamanian Altar Exhibit at Hammond’s
House Museum - Christina James
25 The Art of Namaste - Ayesha Patel
25 The Spiritual Side of Conflict - Darshana Patel
27 Life is Symphony - Cassandra Worthy
27 Race and Namaste - Terry Cranford-Smith
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This month is Black History Month.
This edition of Aquarius is
all about Namaste.
Each are dealt with pretty deeply in this issue…so I’m not going to rehash
all that information here.
Those two subjects get me thinking about even bigger things. More
cosmic things. Or more specifically…more “cosmic” things here on earth.
Have you heard the old saying - “don’t be so heavenly minded that
you are no earthly good” Lately, as I have been meditating on The
Aquarius Compassion Project and The Namaste Conspiracy, I have been
wondering…how can we truly make a difference
I was really moved - and inspired - by Marianne Williamson’s foray into
politics last year. Even though she lost the race, she was able to get the
message out there to a wider and possibly new audience. She was able
to shine a light on issues that could be truly impacted by spirituality and
She brought metaphysics into the spotlight in a new and refreshing way.
I am thinking lately that this is something we should all be doing. Or at
least, reflecting on how to do it.
Let’s face it…the world needs us. Race relations appear to be worse now
than ever before. Trust in authority and leaders is at an all time low. Hatebaiters
are on TV and radio, 24 hours a day, stirring up fear and loathing
in the American public, creating dividing lines where there should be
none. Nations are rising up against nations, even though there seems to
be no legitimate reason to do so (as if there was a good reason for war).
We carry within us a powerful, unquenchable agency. We are people
who have touched and been touched by the Transcendent…whatever
we think it is. I am of the belief that the Transcendent is my Higher Self, in
touch with a Cosmic Consciousness that is the Power of Love. I believe
that Love from my Higher Self - that Cosmic Consciousness - can change
anything and everything.
I know hundreds - indeed, thousands - who are living that same reality.
And I am new to the game. There are millions around the world
who have lived in this Mystery for decades. Can you imagine the
transformation that could occur were we all intending to take it to the
world in a new and radical way
I could never run for office. I am not political and savvy enough. I am
passionate and tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve. But maybe you
ARE Or…are a good writer Or…a good photographer How about
radio…ever been interested in doing a radio show Making a movie or
A good friend of mine - and a colleague - has recently begun to record
2-minute videos of her insights about living successfully as a spiritual
person. She posts it to her Facebook page every day or so. Hundreds
are listening…and it is lifting their lives!!
I have another friend who is doing the same thing…about issues of
justice and social compassion. His actions are simple, but he is making a
I really do believe that THE TIME IS NOW for us to take the Light we have
into a world of hurt and darkness. It is not just a marketing slogan for
me…it is a Call To Action.
That is why I bought Aquarius…one year ago. I saw in this newspaper
and in this community an incredible resource to shine the Light!! In the
past year, I have invited several new writers to begin to shine their light.
Now, our flagship radio show, “Truth Be Told” is entering its second
month on air. Video documentaries and inspirational memes are being
created. Our first book has been published.
All the while, the quiet mystery of spiritual work continues…people
experience healing and love is being championed.
So…run for office Write an article, a poem, a song, a book Create a
sustainable community Make a video Host a radio program Become a
community activist Show up at Moral Monday events at the state capital
Let’s live it. Namaste.
Don Martin is the owner of Aquarius Newspaper and CEO of Aquarius Media
Network. He is a native of Atlanta and has traveled extensively in this world
and many others. He is a family man, an outdoorsman, a poet, a musician,
a mystic, a writer, a photographer, and a metaphysical practitioner (Akashic
Field Therapy). All he wants is love, a farm, and a few chickens and goats.
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FEBRUARY 2015 PG 5
February: The time of year we look forward
to celebrating love on Valentine’s day while
looking back with pride on past figures who
embodied love and strength against all odds
as we honor Black History Month. In 1931,
one of these such figures, leader of the
Harlem Renaissance and iconic African-
American poet, Langston Hughes wrote:
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Well. We’re still waiting.
On the one hand, we have made
enormous strides since then and the momentum
created in the hearts of all who have not been given
their fair share of honor and respect is accelerating.
On the other hand, our nation is boiling over from
the heat of the systemic inequality left in place
after the Civil Rights Movement. We are watching
the vicious claws of racism, classism, greed, and
selfishness sharpen their nails with each news report.
“I am so tired of waiting,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind”
As I look back on these stories, I am filled with a melancholy sort of joy. It is with sadness
and grief that I think of the many young souls our nation has lost this year – youth that
might have been dismissed in the detritus of their disenfranchisement were it not for their
martyrdom. Yet, in the reactions to these tragedies, I feel a great uprising of hope as I
watch communities stand together, not for revenge, but for love and respect and equality
and honor to all.
History is happening now. We all have an important role to play.
It is said that we are in the age of Kali, the age of destruction...a violent transformation
that will lead to the rebirth of the collective human soul. We can see this in the ways our
society is changing. We are evolving, moving towards a greater spiritual awareness. Our
paradigms are shifting and, as with any large-scale shift, the death throes of our old ways
of interacting with each other will be forceful, frightening even.
I’ve heard many say that it is how we face those death throes that define us personally.
What defines us interpersonally, however, is how we treat each other in the face of our
transforming world. It is those interpersonal definitions that are how we manifest what we
become as a society, as a whole, after all is said and done.
Unfortunately, it seems that America is reacting divisively to this process. Instead of pulling
together and supporting each other and our communities, we are splitting along the
ancient fault lines of race, religion, and inequality. We’re still waiting for that “good and
beautiful and kind” world because we’ve avoided facing our systemic injustices for too
long and ceased trusting our neighbors to care for each other. Apathy driven by fear and
helplessness has stopped us from seeing the oneness that we all share.
History is happening now. The change starts with us.
The solution is so simple and yet so hard because, despite injustices and inequality,
despite the divisive attitudes of others, we must treat each other as brothers and sisters...
There are reflections of this sentiment in every major world religion, from the Christian
exhortation to love thy neighbor as thyself to the Golden Rule. It is best exemplified,
however, in the meaning of a simple greeting: Namaste.
Namaste, a phrase often accompanied by a gesture symbolic of both worship and
respect, holding your hands in a prayer-position over your heart and bowing your head,
literally translates to “I bow to you” but its true meaning is so much more. In this one
simple word, you are taking a moment to acknowledge our oneness, to see that the God
within you is within everyone. To say namaste is to understand, to respect, and to love
each other and all of humanity.
That love and respect, that understanding and recognition that we are one, that the light
that shines within ourselves is the same light that shines within us all... that is a worldchanging,
So let’s change our world one namaste at a time. You don’t have to use the traditional
accompanying gesture or even the word namaste. Demonstrate your honor in any way
you like, but take the time, in every encounter and at every moment, to understand and
respect the oneness you share with every being you meet.
History is happening now.
Change the world by changing how we treat one another.
Namaste and...party on, dudes.
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doer - is Assistant Publisher of Aquarius
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I am frequently amused by the use of Namaste in American culture. I find it in blogposts,
emails, and comical commercials that poke fun at yoga. Rarely do I hear it used in the
context of the Vedas, from which it was born. Often, it seems to be used as a tool to
discreetly distinguish between those who are spiritually connected and those who are not.
Dare I say spiritual elitism has subverted the collective awakening. What would people
Regardless of varying levels of awareness, spirituality is fundamentally all-inclusive.
The divine light of creative energy, the cosmic spark of life resides within each one of us.
Whenever I say, “I see the light in you,” to another person, I mean it. I hope to see thier
face lighting up and their mood changing; their entire energy field shifting in an instant.
Ironically, none of that happens when I say Namaste. Perhaps it should, but it doesn’t.
Maybe people don’t take me seriously when I say it. Or maybe people fail to put its
message into practice even when they have studied its meaning. In Hindu culture,
Namaste is commonly used as a greeting and, despite its original meaning, it has grown
to be a rather informal gesture. Perhaps its saturated use has diluted its meaning, similar
to the way that “I love you” tends to lose its meaning when it is overused and one’s actions
aren’t consistent with the message.
To say Namaste and truly mean it would be to study its origins and embody its original
meaning within the life that you are living. Namaste is not just a clasp of the hands, bow of
the head, and acknowledgment of divinity. Namaste is a process that requires reflection
upon profound questions such as: What is Divine How can we claim to see the divine
light in others What kind of responsibility comes with such awareness
To embody the truth of Namaste would be to honor and respect yourself and others as
divine beings. Many are in denial about their struggles with self-respect and most do not
treat everyone they interact with as divine beings. Namaste is not easy.
Knowledge of what is divine depends not on scientific discovery but on the intuition of
your Higher Self. Remember the mystical nature of consciousness: the same force that
makes us individuals also reinforces the notion that we are one.
We are bound by our capacity for conscious co-creation. No matter how dark your
decisions may be, you are my family as I am yours. Regardless of your choices, your divine
light remains. This is the truth of Namaste.
In my work, I have encountered individuals who profess that it is extremely difficult for
them to see the light in others. Many struggle with the concept of unconditional love and
are less inclined to have faith in the good nature of humanity. Our egos cast a shade that
often dims the light of others as well as our own. The dimming is the illusion of egocentric
You are not defined by any one choice or any one experience. Rather, we often find
ourselves when we let go of attachments. Strip away every decision you have ever made
and see what’s left. Rid yourself of every memory, every friendship, every lesson, and
every experience. What’s left
Nothing other than pure, intelligent energy immersed in a sea of unknown potential
capable of infinite change.
The greatest Namistake is to attempt to honor and respect the light of another without
understanding your own. You are transcendent. You are light! Just as your light is eternal,
so is the truth of Namaste.
Regardless of beliefs, the divinity of each soul is irreversible. To deny the divinity of one
human being is to deny the divinity of all humanity. Express your divinity in the now by
acknowledging the divinity of another. To honor and respect the light of another is to
honor and respect your own. We are best defined by the transcendent divine light of
incarnation that overcomes compulsions of our ego by intuitively aligning our souls with
The luminescent creative energy of immeasurable potential is YOU.
It is always you, regardless of your age, gender, race, economic background etc.
Behold the light within.
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FEBRUARY 2015 PG 7
History is Happening Now:
We Welcome Your Spirit, Loretta Lynch
US Attorney Loretta Lynch, center, looks to Attorney General Eric Holder as with President Barack
Obama at right, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014,
where the president announced that he will nominate Lynch to replace Holder as Attorney General.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
It is with great intention and high hopes that the Aquarius Family anticipates
celebrating the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States,
an historic moment perfectly coinciding with the beginning of Black History Month.
Let this be a call to all of us to manifest the ideal of justice Lynch so eloquently has
spoken of within our own community and the world at large through our thoughts,
energies, prayers, and actions. Namaste.
To Your Health
Enzymes For Good Health
Enzymes are fascinating and essential to all life. The body must have enzymes for the
organs to function properly and to digest and absorb the nutrients from food. The kidneys,
liver, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems need enzymes to eliminate toxic products
and function properly.
Enzymes are unique helpers for the body. They make things work faster and better. It
is virtually impossible for the cells and tissues of the body to perform all of the essential
biochemical reactions required fast enough to meet the basic needs of the body. This is
where enzymes come into play. Enzymes help accelerate the biochemical reactions within
the body. Enzymes are the miracle catalysts. Whether energy is required for the body or
released from the body, the reaction time is shortened by enzymes.
To a large extent, enzymes are responsible for good health. Enzymes are used to treat
everything from congenital deficiencies to cancer. Enzymes repair damaged tissues,
control excessive inflammation, induce proper fluidity in the blood, and prevent abnormal
coagulation. Enzymes are able to break down nutrients, trace elements, proteins, and
damaged tissues. They work tirelessly dismantling, controlling, protecting, destroying,
eliminating, reassembling, or performing whatever is needed in order for the body to exist
day and night. If a person is in good health there is always a new supply of enzymes able
and ready to keep on working.
Enzymes are so critical to survival and easy to consume, but most people are grossly
enzyme deficient. The reason for this is the consumption of a poor diet consisting mostly
of processed and cooked food which is devoid of enzymes. The easy way to correct
an enzyme deficiency is to eat more organic raw and living sprouted foods including
vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds which have not been heated to over 105 degrees.
When the enzymes in foods are not sufficient or have been completely destroyed in
cooking, the digestive glands have to work extra hard to make up the difference and
complete the digestion process. This also puts a strain on the digestive
glands and thyroid which have to work extra hard day after day.
Eventually they can become enlarged and less efficient.
Try this healthy, easy-to-prepare recipe
to add high efficiency enzymes, good
nutrition, and great taste including beets
which are a unique source of betaine, a
nutrient that helps protect cells, proteins,
and enzymes from environmental stress
while helping fight inflammation and
improving cardiovascular health.
Celery is strongly alkaline, counteracts
acidosis, halts digestive fermentation
of foods, purifies the bloodstream, aids
digestion, and can help clear up skin
problems. Its rich organic sodium content
dislodges calcium deposits from joints and
holds them in solution until they can be
eliminated through the kidneys.
Green chard and beet greens are high
in calcium as well as sulphur which has
antibiotic and antiviral characteristics.
Broccoli Sprouts neutralize muscle acids
and are an excellent source of chlorophyll,
enzymes, and vitamins including lecithin.
Raw broccoli contains almost as much
calcium as whole milk and is linked to
lowering the risk of cancer.
Raw garlic cloves are proven to be a potent
antibiotic and have been used to reat a
variety of diseases, including colds and
Please use Organic Ingredients
Beet Broccoli Sprout
2 cups green chard or beet greens
1/2 cup beets
1 cup broccoli sprouts
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup broccoli
2 Tbs. onion
1 Tbs. garlic
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
½ cup lemon juice
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Chop the greens, beets, broccoli, celery,
onion, and garlic. Toss with the lemon,
olive oil, pepper, and salt. Top with the
broccoli sprouts. Let the mixture sit at room
temperature for 30 minutes before eating
to really bring out the flavors. Enjoy your
enzyme rich dish!
Resources: “Enzymes, The Fountain of Life”
by D.A. Lopez, M.D., R.M. Williams, M.D.,
and K. Miehlke, M.D.
“Whole Foods Companion” by Dianne Onstad
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2015 FEB SUN SIGNS Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 17
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Welcome fellow Stargazers!
[ Aquarius (January 20 - February 17)
Happy birthday, Aquarius! The Sun is shining on you and
everyone will notice your bright light. You will align your
identity with a heightened sense of creative spirituality and
will be full of compassion and grace. Your career is moving
to new levels as you are maturing in your sense of self-worth
and personal truth. Relationships can expand and become
more fulfilling as long as you stay patient and avoid mentally
interfering in the natural flow.
t Leo (July 22 - August 22)
Relationships and romance are high on your mind this month,
dear Leo. However, the detached vibration of your opposing
sign (Aquarius) makes it tough to get the warmer, closer kind
of connection you desire. Hang in there and don’t take it
personally if your friends and loves seem cooler than usual.
Use your charm to attract with a witty phrase or mentally
stimulating story. After the 20th, the energy begins to warm up
and you’ll be even more irresistible than ever!
Our journey through the mystical and electric
month of February begins with the Sun traveling
in futuristic Aquarius. During the reign of the
Water-Bearer, our minds are sharpened and
we are encouraged to see the big picture of
the mass world-consciousness. Aquarius is the
revolutionary, reformer, and the crazy genius with
brilliant ideas that are light years ahead of our
time. Their energy crackles with the electricity
that they rule and the spark in their eyes is
unmistakable. Although they carry water (the
symbol of emotion) in a vessel - Aquarius is a
pure Air sign of intellect. They do not allow the
emotional water to touch them, but instead they
pour out goodwill and blessings to everyone. This
is why Aquarians are famous for their emotional
detachment and ability to be objective in a crisis.
Oprah Winfrey - Jan. 29 Norman Rockwell - Feb. 3 Rosa Parks - Feb. 4 Bob Marley - Feb. 6
] Pisces (February 18 - March 19)
Your magnetism is super charged this month and you’ll
draw many admirers to your side. It will be a test of your
discernment who you allow to get close to you and who
you choose to swim away from. If something feels wrong,
it probably is - so trust your fabulous intuition! Investing in
education or continuing to study something you love is an
excellent idea that will reap many benefits in the long run.
q Aries (March 20 - April 19 )
You are spiritually super-charged this month and you can
turn many long-held dreams into reality. Anything you do
to benefit the world around you will create extra benefits.
Any fatigue or lethargy are cast off after the 19th, as both
Mars and Venus shift into your sign. You’ll be feeling extra
motivated and everyone will find you attractive and a joy to
w Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Your higher calling is ringing clear as a bell this month. The
hard work and perseverance you’re so capable of will be
needed in the world around you and has direct ties to your
public image and career. If you’re normally a home-body, this
energy may feel disruptive, because you’ll be pushed to be
out and about far more than usual. Absorb everything you
learn now, as it will be deeply important in the near future!
e Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
We begin February with Mercury still retrograde, so remember
to hold off on major decisions and communications until the
11th. It’s very possible that a career project you’ve worked
on for some time will begin to pay off now. Your close
relationships can become strained if you don’t invest adequate
time in them. Make sure to divide your time wisely between
home and work life.
r Cancer (June 21 - July 21)
Secrets and mysteries easily reveal themselves with a little
effort. Any work you put into the realms of psychology and
spirituality bear excellent results towards your own healing.
Travel could bring a romantic, dreamy encounter. You’ll feel
feisty and argumentative at work, even if you try to avoid
confrontations. Avoid saying anything you’ll regret and do your
best to handle projects on your own, as you are feeling very
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y Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
‘To lose balance sometimes for love, is part of living a balanced
life’. This quote from ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is the perfect summation
for your month. Love will seem confusing, misty, and harder to
pin down than you like - but being out of balance is just fine.
It’s actually quite important to your personal growth at this
time. Not in a romantic relationship situation Then apply this
magically wild energy to your relationship with spirit and the
world around you. Don’t be afraid to be messy and let go of
the need to ‘know’.
u Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Your sign rules relationships of all varieties, marriage and
agreements. This is a month that you will absolutely demand
the best in all of your personal interactions. You want a life that
is generous, warm, and creative and you’ll expect to give and
receive those things in equal measure. Indulging in some extra
TLC for yourself is also highly recommended. You’ve been
through many transformations - take a moment to rest!
i Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
The influence of Aquarius is generally frustrating for you, as it
pushes you to open up and reveal your deeply held secrets.
You will mostly feel this at home and with family. Become as
vulnerable as is required of you - it will go a long way towards
creating a closer, more intimate connection. Your creative
mind is overflowing with ideas and your health may suffer if
you don’t release them. Find a channel in music, art, poetry,
cooking, or any area of your life that expresses the beauty in
o Sagittarius (November 22 - December 20)
Your personality is becoming a powerful force and everyone
can sense you are more serious than ever about creating
yourself in a solid, tangible way. Your mind will be racing with
ideas and you’ll want to communicate those thoughts in a
humorous, rapid pace style. Love relationships and gaining
true forward motion may feel foggy and frustrating, but that
will improve greatly after the 21st.
p Capricorn (December 21 - January 19)
Your core life values and basic resources are your primary
focus now. Your attitudes toward money are changing and
growing. You are in a process of transformation as you realize
nothing can buy your contentment. Cultivating a more relaxed
approach to your resources will help them flow far better.
Love relations and communication are also being evaluated.
The full realization of what you need from an intimate partner
can stabilize your heart and allow you to make monumental
decisions in your love life.
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February 19th begins the Chinese Lunar New
Year of the Wood Sheep. The Sheep is a gentle,
nurturing sign that is connected to the Western
Zodiac sign of Cancer. This is a year where family
connections, traditions, and home life will all have
priority. The pace is much softer and relaxed
than the frenetic year of the Horse and allows us
to recuperate and re-charge our batteries. The
Wood element is connected to the color green
and this is a great time to incorporate more green
into your environment.
Our Full Moon arrives early in the month, on
Tuesday the 3rd. This is the Leo Full Moon; so
expect plenty of color, drama and action. Use this
time to reflect on your sense of personal pride
and where your ego needs to be balanced. It’s
also a perfect time to show love and gratitude
to others. The New Moon cycle begins on
Wednesday the 18th, as the Sun moves into
magical Pisces. New dreams and spiritual goals
can be birthed and realized over the following 2
Have a wonderful month and best wishes to all!
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The Guru is You.
Streaks of Divinity
What We Think, We Become
February. Always the month where we
decide to get serious about the New Year’s
resolutions we made. We take stock of our
lives and develop a list of changes we want
to make during the year, often regarding
improvement of the self. The most popular
resolution involves improving physical
well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight,
exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol,
quit smoking, stop biting nails, and get rid
of old bad habits.
While these are all great choices to make,
they begin with a seed thought that
something is not good enough, a part (or
parts) of you need fixing or changing. A
2007 study conducted by the University of
Bristol involving 3000 participants showed
that 88% of those who set New Year’s
Resolutions failed. So, first we being with
the belief that there is something about us
not good enough and then we fail in our
attempt to improve it. Now we are a failure
on top of everything! What a way to start
the New Year!
Let me clarify something here: I am not
advocating an unhealthy lifestyle. I am
not suggesting that you don’t make
changes in your life to help ensure your
happiness, body, mind, and soul. What
I am suggesting that you change is your
thoughts about those changes and why you
want to make them.
The first step in ensuring your success in
making the desired changes is to know
that nothing that we do, or don’t do, can
make us any more perfect than we already
are authentically. Know that. Repeat that,
meditate on that until you know it at your
core. Your spirit, your energy, the truth of
who you are is divine. You know this. As
you read this, your body resonates with this
knowledge. I’ve used the word “know” 6
times in this paragraph alone to stress its
Secondly, choose your words wisely. Not
only the words you speak allowed but those
you speak to yourself. Find words that are
positive. Words like lose, less, quit, rid, etc.
speak of inadequacy and are of a lower
vibrational frequency. For instance, if you
would naturally say, “I want to lose weight,”
change that to, “I want to be/feel healthy.”
Worded in that way your focus is on what
you want to gain. Rather than, “I want to
quit smoking,” try, “I want to breathe better.”
With just a little thought, we can change
all of our words to those that focus on
abundance and positivity.
Our words and thoughts have incredible
power. Without even being aware, our
thoughts control our energy every day.
This is because we have not learned to
monitor them, let alone change them. Try
saying one of the previous examples. Say
the first, non-positive phrase and see how
your body reacts to the words. Do you feel
your stomach lurch a little Do you have a
sense of sadness How is your self esteem
Does the task seem insurmountable Now
try the second, positive phrasing. Again,
how does your body react Can you feel
the sadness lift Do you feel the change has
now become doable
Next, repeat your goals daily. Some days
may require that your repeat your goals
several times. Remind yourself of what
you want and not what you don’t want.
Be gentle with yourself. Set smaller goals
with your large goal being the desired end
result. Use positive affirmations like, “It is
easy for me to make healthy food choices. I
mediate easily. I am good at saving money. I
am ready for a healthy relationship.” Initially,
these affirmations might sound silly and
untrue. Just keep in mind that you haven’t
been speaking facts in the past but rather
Buddha said, “All that we are is the result
of what we have thought. The mind is
everything. What we think, we become.” Sit
with that a moment. Seriously. Stop reading
and let that resonate: What we think, we
become. What would you like to bring into
your life How can you begin thinking like it
has already arrived
The New Year has begun! What a great time
to begin a new way of thinking, a new way
of being in this world.
Happy Abundant 2015!
What does it mean to see the divine in
people Most religions have a slot in their
rhetoric dedicated to “seeing the good in
everyone.” In modern life, with high crime,
conflicting politics, and religious wars
blotting out the sun, this proves to be an
elusive practice. Where is the divine in a
sociopath, mass murderer, or just that jerk
that stuffed you in a locker in ninth grade
The keys to unleashing the divine streak
are simply to look for it, recognize it, and
grasp hold of it. Beauty hides in a soft
spoken word, a slit of sunshine peeking
through the blinds, and an impassioned
speech. Hunting for moments of beauty
causes you to raise your awareness of their
numerous occurrences. Stop and breathe
in that grace-filled moment.
Our lives are busy, there is no denying
that. Ten hour work days, long commutes
stretching to traffic infinity, projects that
deem tufts of hair fall endlessly from our
heads, all contribute to unhappiness. We
have become a society of cranky, balding
bottle caps waiting to explode from the
pressure. There is a way to mitigate the
stress, the tense muscles, and unhappy
tempers. It lies in a new perspective, a pair
of divinity sunglasses.
Cherishing your morning coffee can
become a ritual of gratitude. Whether you
take a few extra moments in the morning
to appreciate the swirls of creamer dancing
in your cup, or savor the warmth in the
elevator between floors four and seven, it
doesn’t take much to spice your life with
gratitude. Thankfulness is a door to divinity.
When you are grateful for the little things,
daily stress doesn’t wear on you the way it
used to and miracles are easier for you to
spot. When you are grateful for your life,
the divine in others becomes more readily
apparent. You can now appreciate their
thousand watt smile, subtle brilliance, or
Actively observing another person,
listening to the meaning behind what they
say, and recognizing the beauty in them
is a form of boisterous self-love. Seeking
those moments out in others eases the way
to seeing them in yourself. Appreciating
the divine of self may be one of the hardest
tasks we have as overworked adults, but
when we were small and the world was big,
it was all we ever saw.
Children have this effortlessness about
them, a lightness to their being. Before
being trained that they are bad at some
things and good at others, little humans
believe they can accomplish anything. Prior
to fear of stinging bugs, hot stoves, and
jumps from great heights being instilled in
them, miniature adults fear nothing.
Fear is a survival mechanism. While it has
its place in some things, what if we could
do more than just survive, but, instead, live
Think of all the things you would’ve done
with your life if you hadn’t been told you
weren’t good enough, couldn’t make
money in that, or your dream was just
ludicrous. How would life be different if
you had pursued your dreams anyway
Would you be happier, richer, or more
fulfilled Would anyone be working 60
hour work weeks, slowly chipping away
at their sanity to sit in a cubicle Offices
wouldn’t exist. No one voluntarily wants
to live that way, but we do for reasons
unknown to us, reasons simply bundled
under the headings of “bills” and
“responsibilities of the modern day adult.”
It seems to me, for the survival of a
thriving human race, we need to do
more than that. Thrive, not just survive. It
becomes a necessity, then, to seek out the
moments of divine grace in everyone and
everything that you encounter.
Live your dreams, not just your life. Be
impassioned. Take risks. Dream big and
live out loud. Love with every part of you.
Next time you see someone, in the office
or on the street, really see them. Actively
recognize the divine within them, the part
of them that doesn’t sit in a cubicle or
make coffee day in and day out. Reach for
the divine in all you do.
That, my friends, is the Namaste principle.
Now, go out and live it.
Michelle Griffin is a contributing writer and has
been featured in several publications. Her passion
is pursuing the connection between the spiritual,
metaphysical, and paranormal philosophies.
She is the owner of Through The Veil Productions.
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As we approach Valentine’s
Day this year, we are facing a
lovely romantic Jupiter in Leo while
Uranus and Pluto continue their on-going
negotiations between independence
and commitment. Jupiter is the planet
associated with happiness, generosity, and
dreams fulfilled. When it’s in the sign of
Leo it’s all about romance and the drama
of life. Being treated like royalty, it makes
Jupiter particularly delightful in a newly
found love and budding love relationships.
It is a delicious combination for Cupid and
To illuminate some of this year’s Valentine’s
dynamics, it might be of interest to have
a look at the relationship secrets of a
well-known couple, one who has never
married, but remain, we hope, blissfully
in love. There are many types of charts
to look at relationship dynamics but the
chart of the “moment a couple meets” is
a fascinating tool for looking at the whole
story of the relationship: beginning, middle
and ideally, till death do they part. Let’s
look at the story being told for this couple
as depicted through the chart of their first
date, gathering some clues and inspiration
from this well-matched pair.
Kurt and Goldie’s First Date
Tells The Whole Story
In 1983, producer of Swing Shift auditioned
Disney star Kurt Russell to play opposite
Goldie Hawn. He was smitten immediately
and she felt completely at home and
instantly attracted. As luck would have it
for this article, their first date took place on
Valentine’s Day (what are the chances).
Late that night, Hawn suggested they go
to her house; Russell was asking her a
question and turned toward her and she
was leaping in the air towards him…and
the rest, as they say, thirty-one years later, is
In the chart of their first date, the dynamics
for life-long partnership are already in
place. With Moon, Venus and Mars all in the
sign of unconditional love Pisces (where
Venus, planet of love, is in exaltation) are all
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the 7th house of partnership.
With the lunar emphasis, we would expect
to see comfort, and the Venus and Mars
conjunction show highly charged chemistry
with a sense of partnership right from the
get-go. Pisces energy in the 7th tends to
be free flowing; openly loving without
judgment and romantic, but with indications
of a lack of definition which can sometimes
The Sun of the “meet chart” is with Juno,
which some Western Astrologers consider
to be an asteroid of marriage, as she was
the wife of Zeus, but others (the Magi
Eastern Astrologers) consider Juno to be
a sign of a sexual passion and an affair
outside of marriage. So we see the Sun (the
essence) of the “meet chart” in the freedom
loving sign of Aquarius just outside of the
Pisces ruled 7th house of marriage (so
close, but no cigar), conjoined Juno the
asteroid of either marriage or sexual affair,
depending on your perspective.
Either way the Sun and Juno are in the
freedom loving sign of Aquarius, which
means fundamentally the relationship itself,
would resist restriction or an institution like
marriage. In the 4th house of this chart,
we find Jupiter in its rulership bringing
great abundance (and in fact, they each
are independently financially prosperous),
expansion, fun, philosophy (she’s Jewish/
Buddhist with a foundation for mindfulness
and he’s a outspoken Libertarian), travel,
happiness, and need for open unlimited
expression, conjoined Uranus (planet of
freedom and higher consciousness) and
Neptune (idealism, no boundaries and
unconditional love – again!).
In sum, based on this wonderful first date
chart, it looks like this unique couple are
ideally suited and in theory could on
together unwed indefinitely. So, in answer
to our question, does the “Chart of the
Meet” tell the whole story In this case the
answer would be a resounding, Yes! And as
a special bonus, there are some great tidbits
on the care and feeding of a long and
happy union. Enjoy, and have a very Happy
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FEBRUARY 2015 PG 13
conspiracy - joining togethe
No question - the word “conspiracy” has an ominous tone.
It implies something dark, troubling, and deceptive.
But the truth is, conspiracy is not intended to be ominous. It
is intended to be secret. It is a collective action that is meant -
not to draw attention to itself - but to bring about a particular
So…look around you. Daily, we are bombarded with images
of people acting in a way that has most of us confused,
scared, even despairing. Disrespect and rudeness have
become cultural norms. Social cohesion has begun to give
away to social chaos…random acts of kindness have been
overwhelmed by random acts of violence.
The person in the street shrugs, shakes their head, and moves
on. I have done it many times. We carry the tension into our
homes…where we say and do harmful things to the ones that
we love the most, the ones who love and trust us.
Is there something we can do to change the course of things,
to bring about a transformation that can prepare us for the
shift in global consciousness that is coming (and indeed has
“Namaste.” It is a word that is yoga trendy, and as Wendel
Matthews has noted elsewhere in this edition…a word that is
quickly becoming as meaningless as “gesundheit.”
But “namaste” is a word of powerful meaning.
You know it’s meaning, I am sure…
“I recognize and honor your sacred worth.”
Namaste is, at it’s simplest, respect. It is treating every person,
regardless of their place in society or their importance and
value to you personally, as if they were God’s gift to you. It is
a concept that - once having taken its place in your heart - will
resist you having negative intention for anyone, even those
who your ego may identify as your enemy.
At Aquarius, we believe that Namaste is a word worth saving
and a concept worth seeding into the hearts, minds, souls,
and lives of every human being.
We also know that if we shout “namaste” on the street, people
will laugh, mock, roll their eyes, and turn away - “another crazy
new ager, drunk on yoga!”
So…our goal is to find ways to sow seeds of namaste in
secret. And thus…THE NAMASTE CONSPIRACY.
Will you join us
“I believe in the sacred worth
of every person
young old rich poor
male female black white
gay straight atheist christian
buddhist hindu shinto muslim
every human who has ever lived is unique
there will never be another me, or another you
that is why i believe in the sacred worth
of every human
that’s what it means
Live it...every day”
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, usually in secret, to bring about a given result.
Those words are the cornerstone of The Namaste
Conspiracy. Our “statement of commitment”.
Namaste is believing in the sacred worth of every human
- and acting in accord with that belief.
In 2015, Aquarius is launching The Namaste Conspiracy.
We will begin by building a team of people who will
commit to living namaste in their daily lives.
Our first goal is to gather the people. Today, you can go
to www.aquarius-atlanta.com, and click on the link to The
Namaste Conspiracy. Sign up, and we will send you a
special gift…100 cards that you can hand out to people
who you think need to hear these words:
“Today, I want to tell you that you are a person of infinite
worth and that I recognize that and honor that. My
intention for you is to have a happy and successful life,
filled with love and friendship, experiencing prosperity in
all that you do. Remember…you are a person of sacred
worth and deserve respect and honor. Namaste! (that’s
what it means…live it, every day!)”
In the months to come, we will call you to get involved
in other activities, actions, and events that serve to
promote the concept of namaste…and to allow others to
experience the honor of being a person of sacred worth.
Keeping It On the Down Low…and Real!
No buckets of water. Just quietly demonstrating honor
and respect to EVERY PERSON YOU MEET…even the
ones who you think don’t deserve it.
It may seem like a stretch…or a silly ideal. But just for
one month…sign up and hand out the cards. Watch
what happens. See if those seeds of respect and honor
will grow into plants of beauty.
You are a person of sacred worth.
Just give them to people,
as your own inner wisdom guides you.
Don Martin is the owner
of Aquarius Newspaper
and CEO of Aquarius
the Aquarius Compassion Project is launching two programs:
“the namaste conspiracy” is a ground-roots movement
to put respect back into our personal and social words and actions.
Join us in telling others - and acting like we mean it - “I honor You.”
“we are home” bringing together the spiritual
community to address homelessness in our communities.
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the dream experts
Mike Madigan, Master Numerologist.
For more in depth information about
numerology and the different types
of charts and number meanings
go to: www.numerologyguide.com.
Welcome to “The Dream Experts” where you can wake up to the meaning of your dreams.
Dreams are messages from your subconscious mind that reflect your thoughts and attitudes.
Dear Dream Expert,
I was at a school and trying to make
an appointment to bring my pet to the
vet. The lady next to me was making
the appointments. She was busy, so it
was frustrating. Finally she made me an
appointment. I asked my husband if he would
be available tomorrow to bring our pet to
You are in a mindset of learning (school).
You want to learn about or heal a habit
(taking your pet to the vet). You are having
difficulty making this happen due to a part of
yourself that is very busy. You want a familiar
aggressive part of your self (your husband) to
assist in this healing and learning process.
Dear Dream Expert,
I am at a fancy restaurant with my friend Jill
and my ex-boyfriend Tom. We are seated at a
table. The waitress comes by with some wine
for us. Tom speaks Italian with the waitress
but I don’t understand them. I taste the wine
and it is really good. Next, we all somehow
transitioned to lying down on a mattress in
a dimly lit room. Tom kisses me. I kiss him
back. Then he tries to kiss me again. I say no
this time. I realize my friend Jill might see us
kissing and then she could tell other people
and I don’t want anyone to know I am kissing
him. Tom proposes to me to be his mistress
and go over and see him during the days.
I say no. It seems Jill doesn’t like Tom that
Sincerely, Sought After
Dear Sought After,
You are in a position to receive knowledge
(restaurant). There are two other aspects
of yourself involved (your friends Jill and
Tom). To understand what qualities they
represent, think of one or two words to
describe them. You had an experience that
has the potential of weakening your will. You
are having trouble understanding some of
the inner communication (the waitress and
Tom speaking Italian). The part of yourself
represented by Tom wants to harmonize with
you (kissing you). At first you gladly accept
being more intimate with this part of yourself,
but then you are reluctant to continue. The
part of you represented by Jill does not fully
appreciate the part of you represented by
Tom. It would be beneficial to reflect on why
you don’t feel comfortable allowing those
qualities into yourself.
Dear Dream Expert,
My friend, Gail, comes over and invites me to
a movie. The theater was close by, so I said
yes. When we get to the theater, it starts as a
regular movie, but then some people do talks
as if it is a lecture. Then a group of women
come on stage and do a dance. I have never
seen an interactive movie like this before.
Suddenly my husband shows up and then
my daughter. It is fine because the movie
is kid friendly. My daughter, Heather, and I
are sitting on this seat that raises up if you
move a certain way. We are about mid way
up between the floor and the ceiling. Then I
move and the chair raises up until we reach
the ceiling. I am so scared I scream, “I want to
go down.” Then the chair starts to lower. I am
thinking the whole idea to go to this movie
was strange. The movie was something about
the mind and its capabilities.
The quality of yourself represented by Gail
is encouraging you to use your imagination
(going to the theater). Your imagination seems
to be going in directions you did not expect.
You realize the versatility of your imagination
as you move from a regular movie, to
dance, to a lecture. You have not used your
imagination in this manner before. You realize
it is easy for you to use your imagination
in this way, even for more immature parts
of yourself (kid friendly movie). As you use
your imagination in this way, it allows you
to have more mental freedom and a larger
perspective of what is happening (the chair
lifting off the ground). Eventually this mental
freedom and greater perspective scares you
and you want to return to your more limited
What is YOUR
Personal Year Number
Using our universal principles of
numbers 1 through 9 we can find
what our Personal Year is right now. It
begins with understanding that we live
in nine-year cycles. The cycle repeats
over and over throughout our life. Find
your personal year number, then look
back through time and compare your
experience with the principles within
Take the month and day
of your birth date.
Example: January 15, 1984
Write it this way: 1/15/
Now ADD IT TOGETHER with the date
of the CURRENT YEAR,
1 + 1 + 5 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 5 = 15
Keep adding until you get a
15 = 1 + 5 = 6
PERSONAL YEAR NUMBERS
A personal year 1 in numerology has
the following meanings: Planting Seeds,
Rebirth, Beginning of An Era.
This is the beginning of a new nine year
cycle. You may find your priorities have
changed altogether. Any work that you
do during this year sets the tone and
foundation for the next nine. This is the
time to decide what your goals are and
act on them.
A personal year 2 has the following
meanings: Nurturing, Development,
Waiting For The Right Moment.
This is a time during which the seeds of
change you have planted during a year
1 cycle start to grow. Ideas or attempts
to change can be compared to seeds
that are nurtured in darkness and just
pushing their tendrils up through the
soil. A year 2 is all about patience.
A personal year 3 has the following
meanings and interpretation:
Blossoming, Expansion, Personal and
This is a very happy year during which
you see your efforts begin to show fruit.
You can expect delightful surprises and
gratification in many areas of your life
including business, career, friends, and
love. You exude such enthusiasm for life
that others may find you irresistible.
A personal year 4 has the following
meanings and interpretations:
Maintenance, Foundation, Work, Self
Control, and Responsibility.
This is a year of hard work and discipline
in which you will be struggling to keep
up with all the promises you made
during year 3. Many find a year 4 to
be very frustrating as responsibilities
A personal year 5 has the following
interpretations and meanings:
Independence, Freedom, Connecting
This year positive opportunities may
present themselves on all fronts. Your
hard work is rewarded with more
personal freedom and a break from
restrictive routines. Travel, adventure, or
additional education might be part of
the overall picture.
A personal year 6 has the following
meaning: Finding A Soul Mate, Love,
Family and Home.
A personal year 6 intensifies feelings in
existing relationships and enables you
to make new emotional connections.
Many people find a soul mate during
this phase. You are most likely to
get married or engaged during this
harmonious year. Although this can be
a wonderful experience, it can also be
sobering and it often presents a choice:
to make a commitment or not. A friend
that you meet during this cycle is likely
to become a friend for life.
A personal year 7 is for Reflection,
Learning, and Self Analysis.
You may feel like pursuing your
interests, travelling, or finding a way to
escape from business pressures. A year
7 is an introvert stage for the psyche,
in which you analyze, reflect, and try to
shed any behaviors, relationships, or
patterns that may be preventing your
A personal year 8 is time for Health,
Wealth, and Abundance.
This is a potent year that usually gives all
aspects of your life a big positive boost
but it especially favors your career
and money matters. While you are in a
year 8 others find you more attractive
and charismatic and many people
find themselves thrust into a position
of great authority or power during 8’s
A personal year 9 can have
the following meanings for you:
Completion, Taking Personal Inventory,
The End of an Era.
The number 9 year is one of completion
and marks the beginning of the ending
of everything you have managed to
accomplish during the last decade. This
is the year you reap what you sow.
Kathryn and Patrick Andries are the dream experts. They are the authors of the recent release from
Ozark Mountain Publishing, Naked in Public: Dream Symbols Revealed, and The Dream Doctor. If you
would like a dream interpreted, please send it in the body of an e-mail to: email@example.com.
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Spirituality and Ethics in Business
by Corinne McLaughlin
Many people today are finding that there’s more to life—
and business—than profits alone. Money as the single
bottom line is increasingly a thing of the past. Values and
ethics are an urgent concern. A popular buzz today is
about a “triple bottom line,” a commitment to “people,
planet, profit.” Employees and the environment are seen
as important as economics. Some people say it’s all about
bringing your spiritual values into your workplace. A poll
published in USA Today found that 6 out of 10 people say
workplaces would benefit from having a great sense of
spirit in their work environment.
What is spirituality in business There’s a wide range of
important perspectives. Some people say that it’s simply
embodying their personal values of honesty, integrity, and
good quality work. Others say it’s treating their co-workers
and employees in a responsible, caring way. For others,
it’s participating in spiritual study groups or using prayer,
meditation, or intuitive guidance at work. And for some,
it’s making their business socially responsible in how it
impacts the environment, serves the community, or helps
create a better world.
AQ conscious business
that the bottom line can be strengthened by embodying
their values. They can “do well by doing good.”
People at all levels in the corporate hierarchy increasingly
want to nourish their spirit and creativity. When employees
are encouraged to express their creativity, the result is a
more fulfilled and sustained workforce.
Happy people work harder and are more likely to stay
at their jobs. Spirituality was cited as the second most
important factor in personal happiness (after health) by
the majority of Americans questioned in a USA Weekend
poll, with 47% saying that spirituality was the most
important element of their happiness.
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Key spiritual values embraced in a business context
include integrity, honesty, accountability, quality,
cooperation, service, intuition, trustworthiness, respect,
justice, and service.
Are spirituality and profitability mutually exclusive
Bringing ethics and spiritual values into the workplace
can lead to increased productivity and profitability as
well as employee retention, customer loyalty, and brand
reputation, according to a growing body of research. More
employers are encouraging spirituality as a way to boost
loyalty and enhance morale.
A study reported in MIT’s Sloan Management Review
concluded that, “People are hungry for ways in which
to practice their spirituality in the workplace without
offending their co-workers or causing acrimony.” The
word “spirituality” is used generically and seems to
emphasize how one’s beliefs are applied day to day, rather
than “religion”, which can invoke fears of dogmatism,
exclusivity, and proselytizing in the workplace.
To the surprise of many, this movement is beginning to
transform corporate America from the inside out. Growing
numbers of business people want their spirituality to be
more than just faith and belief--they want it to be practical
and applied. They want to bring their whole selves to work-
-body, mind, and spirit. Many business people are finding
Across the country, people want to bring a greater
sense of meaning and purpose into their work life. They
want their work to reflect their personal mission in life.
Many companies are finding the most effective way to
bring spiritual values into the workplace is to clarify the
company’s vision and mission and to align it with a higher
purpose and deeper commitment to service to both
customers and community.
Why all the sudden interest in spirituality at work
Researchers point to several key factors. Corporate
downsizing and greater demands on remaining workers
has left them too tired and stressed to be creative--at the
same time that globalization of markets requires more
creativity from employees. To survive into the 21st Century,
organizations must offer a greater sense of meaning and
purpose for their workforce. In today’s highly competitive
environment, the best talent seeks out organizations that
reflect their inner values and provide opportunities for
personal development and community service, not just
bigger salaries. Unlike the marketplace economy of 20
years ago, today’s information and services-dominated
economy requires instantaneous decision-making and
building better relationships with customers
Corinne McLaughlin, is Executive Director of The Center for Visionary Leadership, which offers public educational programs,
values-based leadership training and consulting services for business, government and non-profit organizations. She wrote
The Practical Visionary, is a co-author of Spiritual Politics and a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She formerly taught at
American University and coordinated a national task force for President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. She can
be reached at The Center for Visionary Leadership, 369 3rd St. #563, San Rafael, CA 94901; 415-472-2540; email: corinnemc@
DO YOU HAVE A
Conscious business is about people who are
aware of the impact each of their habits and
actions has on their environment (people
and planet). It is about individuals who live
their lives based on knowing that everything
is interconnected. It is about people who
know who they are, recognize their strengths
and weaknesses, and desire to live and work
with joy, creativity and ease instead of fear,
power, and domination.
1 - aim to provide positive value in the domains of people, planet, and profit.
2 - seeks to benefit both the external livelihood as well as the internal lives
of its shareholders and employees.
3 - seeks to minimize its impact on the environment.
The Aquarius Conscious Business page is currently looking to highlight
local conscious businesses. If you feel your business meets most of the
criteria described above, please send a write up of your
business to us and we will feature it in upcoming issues.
We are also looking article submissions.
Have your ad on the Conscious Business page. It is important
to let the public know of your efforts to put people and the
planet first in your organization.
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SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE
Atlanta Center of Self-Realization
Fellowship - 4000 King Springs Rd., Smyrna.
Meditation Service 10 a.m. Reading Service
11 a.m. Sundays. 24-hr. info. 770-434-7200.
Atlanta Unity - Sunday Services at 8:45a.m.
& 11:00a.m. Wednesday Evening Prayer
Service 7:00-7:30p.m., 3597 Parkway Lane,
Norcross 30092, 770-441-0585, www.
Center for Spiritual Living - Midtown
Sunday service at 11:00 am at the Academy
of Medicine, 875 West Peachtree St, Atlanta,
GA 30309 www.cslmidtown.com.
Drepung Loseling Monastery - established
under the Dalai Lama, an affiliate of Emory
University. At 1781 Dresden Dr. Atlanta, GA
30319 Free: Sundays: Guided Meditation 11
a.m. Call: 404-982-0051 or email: center@
Eckankar Center - Religion of the Light and
Sound of God. ECK Worship Service on first
Sunday each month at 11a.m. 2217 Roswell
Rd, Marietta. Children’s program Call: 770-
Hillside International Truth Center -
2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.
Lessons in Truth, Aramaic Bible Study with
Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King, visit: www.
Inner Quest Church - Sunday service:
10:30 am. -11:30 am. Metaphysical Class
9:30 am. -10:15 am. Come Celebrate God’s
love! 770-521-2875. 12830 New Providence
Road, Alpharetta, GA., 30004. www.
One World Spiritual Center - Celebrating
One World, One Heart. Sunday Service
at 11:00 am. 3535 Shallowford Rd. NE.
Marietta, GA 30062. 678-214-6938,
Saint Thomas Christian Church - Sunday
services & attend our Celebration of Life,
Spirit & The Eucharist. 11 a.m. at the Karin
Kabalah Center, 2531 Briarcliff Rd., Suite
#217, Atlanta. Call 404-320-1038.
Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta - New
Beginnings Through New Thought - Services
9:30am. &11:30am. 1730 Northeast Expy
NEAtlanta, GA 30329. (404) 417-0008.
See slc-atlanta.org for more information.
Trinity Center for Spiritual Living - Create
Your Best Life & Thrive. Sunday Services
at 11:00 am. Weekly Consciuosness
Empowerment Classes, 1095 Zonolite
Rd. Atlanta, GA 30306. (404) 296-6064
Unity North Atlanta Church - Transforming
the world through love. SundayServices
at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15p.m. Wed.
meditation service 7:30 p.m. 4255
Sandy Plains Rd. Marietta, GA 30066
Unity Spiritual Center - Sunday Services
11:00 a.m. Classes Wed. 7:00 p.m. 3415
Stancil Rd., Gainsville, GA. 770-534-0949.
Take 129 to right on Lakeland, then right on
Charles Bridge Rd. and right at the Center on
Unity of Kennesaw Church - Putting love
into action. 11:00 am services are at Shanty
Elementary, 1575 Ben King Rd., Kennesaw,
Introduction - “Community HU Song” and
Special Spiritual Exercise,12:30 p.m. - 1:00
p.m. Eckankar: Religion of the Light and
Sound of God, 2217 Roswell Rd., Marietta.
Call 770-973-4001; www.eckankar-ga.org.
An oasis in the city
offering a healthy mix of
and spiritual programs.
Complete information on space rental, pricing
and calendar of events at withloveandlight.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
INNER QUEST - 7:30 p.m. Share in a loving,
supportive environment. Each evening begins
with a healing circle. Take a step closer to your
Divinity. Love offering. 770-521-2875.
MEDICINE BUDDHA PRACTICE 6:30pm -
7:15 p.m. Public talks on Tibetan Buddhist
Studies & Practice: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. given
by monks and guest speakers. Call: 404-982-
0051 or email: email@example.com. Visit:
METAPHYSICAL STUDY GROUP - Healing
modalities, Book studies, Advisors, Full
Moon drumming circle. Call for this
month’s topic. Marietta (Austell & Callaway).
CALL 770-641-9055 OR EMAIL CALENDARS TO ADS@AQUARIUS-ATLANTA.COM
SOUL HEALING MIRACLES CLASSES
- Looking for clarity for your life
path - every Wednesday 7 pm-8:30
pm -Trinity Center for Spiritual Living
- 1095 Zonolite Rd Atlanta 30306
SPIRIT COMMUNICATION - 7:30 p.m. at
Harmony Place Spiritual Center in Roswell.
Sun, Feb 1, 8 & 15 FrOm 9 am – 12 pm
with the Unity Meditation Center
Sat, Feb 7 FrOm 10 – 11:30 am
Spiritual Kids Support &
with Jamie Bulter
Sat, Feb 14 FrOm 8:30 – 9:30 am
Foam roller Class
with Corey Dobyns
mOn, Feb 16 FrOm 6 – 8 pm
Creative Writing Workshop
with Nicki Salcedo
mOn, Feb 23 FrOm 7 – 8:30 pm
the Consciousness Quest
with Darshana Patel
INNER QUEST HEALING NIGHT - 2nd
Saturday each month 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Experience God’s love through Reiki and
Energy Balancing. (Love Offering) 770-521-
2875, 12830 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta,
GA. 30004. www.innerquestchurch.org.
FULL MOON TRANSMISSION MEDITATION
provides a dynamic service to the world and
powerful personal spiritual development.
Introductory talk. Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Phoenix
and Dragon Bookstore Annex, 5505 Roswell
Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Free. 404-680-7423
NESHAMA INTERFAITH CENTER: Yoga and
Meditation Mini Retreat. Saturday - 10am to
3pm. Two Sessions: (1) Yoga Body-Breath-
Mind-Spirit Practices and (2) Science of
Breath and Pranayama. $20 each session,
$30 for both. all are welcome - RSVPs to
www.neshamainterfaithcenter.org for more
FEBRUARY 7 & 8
THE “BIG PSYCHIC FAIR”- Harmony Place
- Saturday 10-6 pm & Sunday 12-6 pm -
Always the first weekend. The best Psychics
and more than ever before! Fabulous
vendors upstairs - Gloria 678-524-9607-
REIKI/ENERGY/HEALING CLINIC - Sunday
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Come experience
relaxation & rejuvenation. 20 minutes for $10.
All energy modalities are welcome. We serve
the community Call Keith at 404-829-4783
Our studio is now
available for rent
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Reuter Clinic of Chiropractic - Assisting you to a healthier state
of being. Dunwoody 770-455-4547. http://reuterchiropractic.
Inner Quest - Full ministerial services available, including
weddings. 12830 New Providence Road Alpharetta 30004 -
As seen on The Dr. Oz Show - Reconnective Healing. Melissa
Mintz, Energy Medicine Healer. In Person or Distance Healings.
I also facilitate Animal Healings. Credit cards accepted. 770-
517-2516 or http://melissamintz.com
FOREVER AND A DAY PSYCHIC FAIR
2ND Saturday of each month (except February, which will be
Feb. 7th due to our hosting the Kryon event)
10:00 - 6:00
All readings are $1 per minute....20 minute minimum, no limit
for length of reading.
Some of the area’s most popular and experienced readers!
Reiki Energy Healing Clinic - Sunday Feb.15 - 1:30 pm to 5:30
pm - Experience a stress reducing, relaxing, and rejuvenating
non-invasive energy session that promotes healing and
increases your life force energy. The Center for Love and Light
- 1145 Zonolite Road Suite #7 Atlanta - www.keithdykes.com/
Inner Quest - Cindy Fuller and Patrick Abent, Reiki Masters.
Treatments and classes available daily. 770-521-2875
HARMONY PLACE - Have your next event or workshop here!
Roswell a large open room (30 x 40 area). Easy access to GA
400, off exit 7-B, excellent restaurants and hotels in area. Call:
678-524-9607 - ATTN: Psychics and Healers! Hourly rates now
Cindy Fuller - Master RoHun Therapist, Minister at Inner Quest,
12830 Providence Rd Alpharetta - 770-521-2875.
Tree of Life Montessori School - Holistic education in
my home in Doraville for children age 3 - 6 yrs. http://
treeoflifemontessori.com - 770-458-9955 Marla
Myst of the Wildwood, established & ethical Coven of Wicca
accepting Adult seekers for training. Our roots are Traditional,
Celtic & light Native American. Classes - Call: 404-723-7549 or
Atlanta Arts & Culture
Afro-Panamanian Altar Exhibit
at Hammond’s House Museum:
Guest curator, Kali-Ashet Amen, talks about altars,
culture, and spirituality.
On what a home altar means to a family:
“An altar is...an intentional act of keeping the past present in the
everyday life of the family... An altar is a living space... You have to
nurture it and feed it. For an altar to do the work that it is designed to
do – and by the work I mean for it to be a vehicle of communication,
really, across worlds – you’re trying to harness positive energies that
you might send to your relatives and that you also wish that they
might transmit to you, through the altar, as a vessel... so you have to
tend to it, like a garden. You keep fresh water on it...because...if we
assume water to be a means of communication across worlds, you
want clean water, you want clear water, you don’t want the messages
to be muddy and murky... Flowers must be fresh and alive. You don’t
want dead things on your altar because then you’ve only created an
altar to death.”
On the different styles of altars:
“Altars are constructed differently, not only with spiritual intent in
mind, but because they are coming out of particular cultural origins
and they reflect the intermingling of different cultural encounters...
Each altar is an expression of individual creativity as well... Altars
carry aesthetics that are embedded in
[ both macro- and micro-] culture: the
way it looks, the fabric that you put on it,
the way that you approach it, the ritual
that you bring to it.”
On her approach to the exhibit:
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photos by Kali-Ahset Amen
“On the one hand, I was so compelled by the aesthetic beauty and the spiritual
and cultural power of these altars and I really wanted to create this exhibit to
present them to a wider public who otherwise wouldn’t... not only not know
about these altar making traditions often because altars are such...symbols of one’s private world...and
sometimes there can be stigma around them and I wanted to challenge that.”
“I also set about the creation of the exhibit as an interrogation into what is Afro-Latin culture and identity. So,
really, I use altar-making practices as a means of exploring questions about black identity...”
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“Dead Issues” Workshop. Completion with deceased,
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On the role of alternative religion:
“It’s in the spaces of alternative religion that
some surprising and needed and useful crosscultural
and international connections are
happening. We tend to think of the so-called
dominant religions as the most cross-cutting
because they have the most practitioners
but there’s a missed narrative there, which is
what a globalizing force alternative religions
are and actually have been because they’re
actually more primordial and even older than these other
ones we’re talking about... [This is]...partly because of their
marginality, which necessitates recognition that, ‘hey we’re in
this together. We’re keeping this tradition alive and expanding
and re-defining it because we have to.’”
On the importance of remembering these traditions in
our modern world:
“In general, I think it’s important to celebrate religious practices
and relate them to specific cultural roots. One, because of
this amorphous phenomenon we know as globalization. And
we know a lot of cultural death is happening in the name
of cultural freedom or freedom of choice. So a lot of these
practices are being lost... In that way, it’s about the survival
of a legacy...in a very tangible and physical way, these things
are necessary for our survival because in the end we can talk
about our need for food and shelter and all of that stuff but
our need for spiritual rootedness is just as important if not
the most to our collective survival. And when we devolve into
violence and chaos along these social cleavages of race or
class or difference..., I think that is a reflection of our having lost
a sense of spiritual centering.”
“In a climate now where we are told through the mass media
to be afraid of immigrants – and there are a lot of black
immigrants.... In a climate we are told that we need to be
afraid of African people because they carry ebola and you
will die if you touch them, which has all sorts of hints of things
we’ve seen in the past...In this environment of mass fear and
stigmatization of...the colored “other”...it’s important...
to remember not to get swept up in these other narratives...
to remember the connection...”
...to remember the oneness we all share.
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The Art of Namaste
“My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me.
In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one.”
We are all fragments of the universe. We are all spiritual beings filled with infinite potential.
Each of us is a piece of artwork on our own, but we also make up a much larger sculpture
when we are united.
However, many times we are unable to cooperate in fitting together our portion of the
art. As we get lost in the human experience, we get caught up in making our portion of
the sculpture the best and the most prominent compared to others. We hold back from
sharing with others what is in our minds and hearts for the art we are making. Focused on
competition, we forget our true selves and lose the ability to recognize another’s true self. We
miss opportunities to build off of each other’s infinite potential, missing opportunities for growth.
It is especially easy to get disconnected from the truth of our universal oneness in the face
of conflict. When people disagree with one another, they are simply seeing two different
perspectives. If we thought of all life as art, we might remember that people can interpret the
meaning portrayed in art differently. Yet in life, we all have our own opinions and differences
of opinion can cause disputes when our egos begin to interfere. Our egos give us the
illusion of separation and fuel our natural need to be right. When we can set aside ego and
acknowledge the fact that we are all connected, we are able to love
unconditionally and eradicate the labels that we put on one another.
But in conflict, we are usually not focusing on acknowledging the soul
and the divine in the person we are in argument with. How do we stay
connected to the truth that we are all one when we feel alone and isolated
As a teenager, I constantly feel like I am not being understood, which
leads me to feel frustrated and annoyed. I catch myself taking my anger
out on people around me, even when they’re not the ones that have
done anything wrong. When I notice myself reacting this way, what
helps me most is to determine what exactly I am feeling and why. The best way that I am able
to distinguish this is through journaling. Writing allows me to vent my feelings and helps me
notice when I have a frustrated reaction that is exaggerated compared to what the situation
really is. Then, I can take some deep breaths and bring myself back into full awareness of the
present moment. By being in the present moment, the little voice inside my head begins to
quiet, as I am no longer focused on it. I am able to accept the fact that the situation is what it
is and that I can only change myself in the situation.
I can have more compassion and
remember to acknowledge the other
person’s point of view and look past
their ego. In doing so, I can truly act
upon the phrase Namaste and look
into their soul. Instantly, my own ego is
reduced in their presence and I can see
and love them for who they truly are.
In this world, we are programmed
to believe that we must compare
ourselves to others and to compete
with one another. This type of thought
is the focus of the ego, which is not the
authentic self; it is the final coat that
we put over our art, thinking that it will
hold everything in place. Instead, it
only separates us. But when we are
intentional about taking the time to
remove the ego layer, we can look at
another’s work and admire all that they
have done, and see how our pieces
of artwork relate to theirs. We can let
ourselves be seen and really see one
another. In doing so, we gain unity;
we are one.
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The Spiritual Side of Conflict
Conflict. What comes to mind
In today’s world, we often associate conflict
with negative images and feelings. We
believe conflict is destructive, unnatural,
and unhealthy. In turn, we approach
conflict from a position of fear and
uncertainty. We do whatever we must to
restore a sense of power and certainty in
the situation. We push to end the conflict
quickly and in our favor, or we go to
extremes to avoid the person and situation.
Is this familiar
In this ego-based paradigm, we view
conflict as a proverbial “pie” to divide,
with winners and losers. There is a model
I’ve adapted from Thomas-Kilmann that
highlights five main conflict styles based on
a scale of assertiveness (concern for self)
versus cooperativeness (concern for other).
Let’s use two people in the process of
getting a divorce for our behavioral
examples. Here is an illustration of how
these conflict styles are defined. I invite you
to reflect on your ways of engaging conflict
and think about the impact on yourself and
(1) -Avoiding – We both lose. One or both
parties delays engaging in the conflict by
being unassertive or uncooperative for
some period of time (or forever). This is the
divorce that gets dragged out for months
(2) -Accommodating – I lose and you win. I
am fully cooperative and unassertive. I want
to preserve the relationship so I concede
to your demands or needs. In the case of
divorce, this means handing over the keys
to the car, the house, or even time with the
kids to keep the “peace.”
(3) -Compromising – We both win and
lose. We make concessions and divide the
estate equally, giving up things important
to us. We may get bitter later.
(4) -Competing – I win and you lose. I
am fully assertive and uncooperative and
pursue my own interests with little or no
focus on the relationship. I fight for the
house and the kids and will do everything
possible to ensure you get as little as
(5) -Collaborating – we both win. We seek
to enrich the relationship, explore multiple
perspectives, and strive for creative
solutions. We agree to joint custody and
examine possibilities to nurture sustainable
Notice that this paradigm is based on
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separation – I and other. Could there be a
spiritual side of conflict designed to nurture
our individual and collective evolution
towards unity What if conflict is nature’s
catalyst to expand consciousness
A New Conflict Paradigm
The powerful concept of Namaste
embodies the notion that we are all one
divine Consciousness. We are united
once we dissolve our ego and with it, the
illusion of Separateness. We can approach
conflict from this empowering, spiritually
based context. Instead of thinking of it as
dividing a fixed pie, we can view conflict as
integrating different pieces of a puzzle.
We can approach conflict as a creative
force, bringing together disparate ideas or
things for the first time, in a new way.
Conflict can be an opportunity to
harmonize concepts with a focus on
collaboration, creative outcomes, individual
and collective growth, effective problem
solving, and decision-making. This
requires communication and a personal
exploration of our beliefs. We must sit with
the discomfort of discord, realizing our
truths are only partial views of the whole.
Through sharing our perspectives and
openly exploring another’s, we expand the
possibilities for new, creative solutions.
You see, many of the conflicts in our lives
and in the world are often about more than
a mere dispute over some resource. They
often go deeper into our identities… What
do we value What matters to us What do
we believe What do we hope for, need,
and fear Do you think the conflict over
the Gaza Strip is just about a piece of land
Certainly not – it’s about what the land
represents to each side’s identity.
In this new conflict paradigm, conflict is
an access to greater consciousness and
awareness. It is an invitation to explore our
beliefs and needs and realize our shared
humanity. We are all more alike than
different, sharing a common pool of needs,
fears, and hopes. Conflict is a wake up call,
guiding our evolution. It is an invitation
to step beyond our limiting beliefs to cocreate
In the spirit of Namaste, I invite you to
step into this new paradigm of conflict to
transform our families, communities, and
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Ponder something for a moment…what does harmony mean to you What
does having harmony in your life look like…feel like If you’re stuck coming up
with an answer, no need to worry. I did a mini-sensing project with a handful of
friends and family ranging from actors/models, authors, chemical engineering
professionals, screenwriters, and even a PhD percussionist. The meanings
shared were beautiful, quite frankly, a bouquet entwined with words like love,
well, spirit, and peace and phrases like ‘multiple pieces’, ‘synergistic kind of way’,
‘coming together’, ‘absence of conflict’, and ‘opposite of discord’.
Race and Namaste
As you’re smelling that bouquet, journey with me a moment. Picture yourself
at the symphony. Everyone is in their best dress and polished to perform. The
conductor’s wand is raised and the music begins. As the first piece progresses,
among the layers of chords and notes, you hear dissonance. A loud, horribly out
of tune trumpeter is somewhere in the symphony’s midst. At times it sounds as if
this individual is playing a completely different sheet of music. Slowly but surely
you find yourself distracted...unable to hear anything else BUT that trumpet.
When it’s not being played you’re waiting to hear if and when it will start again.
Your entire symphony experience has been reduced to a game of hide-andseek
with the sound of this off-tune trumpet. And that, my friends, depicts the
importance of YOU, the extreme importance you play in the symphony of life.
In order to successfully take part in harmony, your note must be in tune. Yes,
harmony is all about different elements working together to create something
more beautiful than individual parts but that can’t be achieved without every
element being in tune. Being healthy. Being strong. Being confident. Being
aware. Life’s symphony falls apart without the strength of its individual parts…
without the strength of you.
Now if you find you’re in tune but still lacking harmony in your life, well that’s OK.
You’ve got choices my friend: Either change your tune or change the symphony
Stuck in rut Curiosities nagging at you ‘Day job’ getting in the way
Well it may be time to change your symphony. Think about it. What if an
operatic soprano tried engaging in a jam session with John Mayer. How
do you think it would sound Not so great, right It would be an attempt
to marry completely different strengths and
styles…sure they would all be in tune but the
result would probably sound…off. That just
may exemplify you. Your brilliance may be
drowning or sticking out like a sore thumb in
your current symphony. So perhaps change
the symphony to enable that brilliance to
shine or throw a raft out to that drowning
So what will you do to tune your note
today To increase your awareness of
the notes being played around you To
ensure you’re in the right company of musicians
Ultimately to increase the strength of YOUR note in
February is Black History
Month and the theme
of Aquarius this month
So this month I’ll try to join these two
themes and make a heavy request of folks
who cling to something that’s bigger than
us (Allah, God, or some other Great Thing).
Here are five practical ways that you (and
I) may be able to recognize the spark of
divinity and humanity within our brothers
and sisters without squashing it out.
1. Speak up. Our black brothers and
sisters have undergone generations of
political and social discrimination. Yet
there are well meaning, spiritual, and good
humans who refuse to admit that things
like white privilege still exist. This refusal
to acknowledge this discrimination isn’t
founded in hate or racism. It’s founded in
ignorance. It’s not a purposeful ignorance
most of the time but it is ignorance. White
folks who have the voice and privilege
have to sacrifice this privilege and side
with our oppressed brothers and sisters.
We have to for the sake of our own souls.
Those of us who are not blind to our own
privilege have to forsake that privilege.
2. Ever the contrarian, I say the second
thing we must do is to shut up when the
voice of the oppressed is speaking. I don’t
deal with the discrimination my brothers
and sisters face, therefore I am not the
BEST person to speak about it.
Don’t crowd out their voices.
3. Go to rallies and marches. Be politically
active and more than on social media.
Literally stand in solidarity with your
brothers and sisters in the face of injustice.
4. Read the book
“The New Jim
Crow” by Michelle
Alexander to learn
disparities and the
hard truth about
our court system.
yourself. Listen to
the voices of our
black brothers and sisters. Listen to the
pain in their voices when they talk about
their encounters with police persons. Pay
attention when the parents of black kids
are worried their kids are the next Trayvon
Martin or the next Mike Brown.
Whatever light you hold onto in this world,
hold onto it tightly. Change is coming. We
live in the era of unveiling and progress.
Darkness is being brought to light by the
prophets of our generation. Recognize
the divine spark in all of our brothers and
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