My life has always been a strange dycothemy of contrast. I was a tom-boy from Kansas City who was called to the world of makeup, fashion, and runways! Who would have thought? In the midst of a high fashion consumerism career, I became an avid environmentalist wanting to save the planet. When my life hit rock bottom thru the sudden death of my sister and devastating divorce, I realized that the only way I can heal the planet is to heal myself ﬁrst. Then the rock and roll rebel that I was, became a yogi. I got my Kundalini yoga certiﬁcation and became a certiﬁed health coach. It is thru the contrast that I have learned the most -seen thru appearances- and not over identiﬁed with labels. It is in contrast we are able to be clear about what it is that we do not want, so we can truly know what we do want. Today, I am simply an advocate for humanity and the planet. I am taking the contrast of war, and turning it into a message of peace with my jewelry collaboration with Article 22.
Article 22 takes melted down shrapnel from remnants of the Vietnam war in the form of cluster bombs and landmines, melts it down, and creates jewelry with a message of peace. I discovered this company and just loved what it stood for. I decided to collaborate and in doing so, start a campaign for peace –“Peace Begins With Me.” My pieces are engraved with the message “I Am Love, I AM Light, I Am Peace,” then overlaid with sacred geometrical designs in sterling silver or 14K gold.
How do we create peace in ourselves and peace in our world? There are so many conﬂicts in these times that we live. Be it politically, socially, environmentally, economically –there is a lot that we are up against, that it sometimes feels overwhelming. We may ask ourselves, “how can I, as an individual, create change?” Especially when we can barely keep up with the daily grind.
Many of us on a personal level feel the pressures of the outside world to the point of adrenal fatigue. There is so much focus on the external, the way we look, other people, social media, and technology that they have become addictions and a way that we identify ourselves. We live thru judgement and comparison, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.
Simultaneously, we are living in times of great potential. Comparable to the industrial revolution when we were alive with invention and promise of new opportunities, we are at a time of great technological innovation, cutting edge science, and greater understanding of the human body, mind, and consciousness.
We can fear a future of robots, ecological wastelands, war, and domination, or we can live with vision and possibility. Imagine a world where we use technology to replace the mundane tasks so that we can focus on rebuilding our biosphere. Imagine cities teaming with life, vertical farming, sustainable agriculture, mind-expanding experiences, art, music, performance, and time to invest in our families and ourselves. There are many possibilities. We are the generation to implement our genius for a new future and there are many solutions already available.
I am an optimist and believe in humanities potential. We are only using a very small fraction of our brains. Science has only scratched the surface of these built-in a computer system comprised of the human structure. If we are only using 10% of our capacity, imagine what we can do with the other 90%! This is exciting. It is known that whatever we focus on, we create. The question is, “what are we putting our focused attention on?” Can we use our imaginations to unlock our highest potential to evolve as a human race? I believe we can.
We have forgotten many of our truths and wisdom of the ancient past. We have dumbed ourselves down in the modern world. We have forgotten that we are creators in so many ways. We are conductors of pranic life force energy waiting to be generated and projected, inwardly and outwardly. We have energetic structures within our being –a capacity to tap into the greater web of life. The sacred geometrical structures of the earth and universe are right here within us. We are like a short circuit that needs to be rewired to produce energy and we just have to tune back in and remember how.
So where do we begin? Right here, right now! It starts with YOU and it’s not outside of you. We no longer have to search outside of ourselves. It all begins from within. The inward journey is the answer to our deepest healing both individually and collectively. You hold the power of the universe within you. It all starts with where you place your attention. What thoughts are you holding throughout the day? Are they of lack and limitation? Judgment? Anger? Hate? Or are you participating in the magical web of life, having reverence and appreciation for all its beauty and abundance? All of our thoughts generate energy where we experience it in our “feeling body”. From our feelings, we then create our reality.
So how do we heal these wounds in our feeling body when so many of us have been betrayed, hurt, attacked, and manipulated? What if we ourselves are beating ourselves down the worst? This is the cycle of the human condition of pain and suﬀering, but we can get out of this torture and illusion thru love, mercy, and forgiveness.
First, we must tap into our highest self, the core of our being, our consciousness, the light within us and disengage with with our mortal surface mind. We must connect with our hearts…the purity of love. This simple daily practice of connecting love of our heart and light of our mind is remembering who we really are and then we begin to dissolve the pain. This then begins to unfold in our daily lives thru healing our physical body, mental body, and feeling body –the trinity of our human makeup. By healing ourselves, we collectively heal together. We then can take this generated love and light within us, and project it out into the world and to others. We can tap into our greatest human potential and use our creative life force energy to imagine and implement our greatest visions yet for the future of mankind.
It sounds so simple, and it is also the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves and our world. Remember this mantra, “I AM LOVE, I AM LIGHT, I AM PEACE,” and “Peace Begins In Me.”