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Winter Health

Ok, I'm calling it, the crocuses are blooming, winter is over, and this is the first winter I can remember where I haven't gotten sick.  While it was an unusually mild winter, I've been making some healthy changes over the last two years and I wanted to share my experiences with you.

I've always been prone to headaches, both sinus and tension, and for much of my adult life I was downing some kind of pain reliever (Tylenol and Advil mostly) at least four times a week.  Two years ago I had a nasty allergic reaction to a prescription dose of ibuprofen and I decided to "Just Say No" to drugs (With Nancy Reagan's help there is nothing I can't do). 

I started paying better attention to my diet and added extra neck and shoulder exercises to my day. I got some white willow bark tincture for natural pain relief, it is a natural form of aspirin, and started using Young Living's Deep Relief roll-on.  I was getting fewer tension headaches, but I still got the sinus/throat crud last winter.

This year I got even more focused and I think what has allowed me to stay on this healthier path is that I didn't just decide one day that I was going to Change My Life!  I made small changes over time and when I saw that I was feeling and looking better I made a few more.

This year I have exercised six to seven days a week, made sure to take my multivitamins every day and researched brands that seem to work best for me, drank lots of water and practiced yoga at least three times a week.

thieves oilI have also started taking Young Living "Thieves" oil when I start to feel even a bit congested.  One drop down the back of your throat, hold it for a moment and then wash it down with a bit of water and feel your tubes open up!  If the idea of dripping concentrated essential oil down your throat unnerves you, the cough drops are almost as good.

I'm lucky, I have the kind of job where I can arrange my life around my sleep schedule, but I can feel myself start to fall apart when I don't enough good sleep. Everything is better and easier when I am rested and I consider it essential to my work.

This past week I was in Texas visiting family for a week and I could feel myself falling apart after just a few days off from exercise and my usual diet and while I ate some really delicious food, I came home craving veggies and greens – ready to work out.  The really amazing thing was when I realized I used to feel like that a lot.  The stiff neck and tight low back, the puffiness in my face and belly were familiar and quite normal when I worked in an office.  My last year in NYC I did the Cayce apple diet cleanse 3 times and it never felt like enough, but with small changes I no longer feel that way.johnyoga

I think we start to accept our aches and pains and belly aches and mental fog as normal, we just blame it on age and try to accept it as a part of life.  When I give readings I often pick up on all sorts of physical ailments that are just normal to the clients, but seem horrible to me – especially when I see how simple it would be for these people to feel so much better every day.

Move, every day.  Eat real food and avoid anything that makes to feel awful.  Find solutions to those weak spots in your system and Pay Attention to what your body is telling you.  Ron Roth used to say that every pain is a message, don't ignore those messages!  They are your body's way of pointing out the parts of your self you need to work on and the hurts you need to forgive.

Be The Light Now Recording 3/3/12

March 3rd I was the special Guest on Be the Light Now! with host Michael Carbone.  Listen on BlogTalkRadio.com, Download the episode on iTunesor listen to the show right here!  It was a great show, very exciting, this iwas my first time working with Michael and his amazing show.

Family Photos

I'm leaving town for a few days for my Grandmother's 100th birthday.  I've been scanning and going through old family pictures for a slideshow and thought I'd share a few.

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My maternal Grandparents, Jo and John Williamson, soon after their wedding.

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Grandma worked for years in the Lamar University Library.  Check it out, Card Catalogue!

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My Mother (Janet) and my Aunt Jo.

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My Aunt Jo re-christened her father as Dado when she was a kid.  It stuck, so her is Dado, Grandma Jo, Me (John Michael) and Bitsy (Aunt Jo's dog) It's a waggon we are sitting in, not an over-sized cake pan like I first thought.

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Grandma and Mom in Grandma's big old southern kitchen.  I  loved that old house, it was torn down to make a freeway.

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Nother picture of the house.

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Merry Christmas.

Why I chose Kickstarter

Well, unfortunately the project, Further Up the Stairs, didn't fund.  It really means a lot to me that you pledged and believed in this idea to get involved and even though the project didn't succeed I feel blessed by your support.  Kickstarter is an all or nothing way of fundraising, so no funds will be collected or credit cards charged.
As to where Further Up The Stairs goes now, I'm really not sure.  I will continue to look for ways to move the cd forward and I may even try Kickstarter again in the future, but for now it goes to the back burner.
You can keep up with me, this and other projects at http://johnmichaelthornton.com, my newsletter and Facebook

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
John Michael Thornton

I first read about Kickstarter a little over a year ago on Neil Gaimen's blog.  I didn't really get it then, but he posted a great little introduction, " If you don't know about Kickstarter, it is a wonderful thing that helps people get projects off the ground. If you want to support one of their projects then you pledge money. If the project reaches its funding goals then the money changes hands. If not, it doesn't."

It's that last bit that's kinda scary.  You do all this work and you don't know if it will be rewarded or not, it's an all or nothing venture.

It provides a deadline - March 8th!

I don't know about you, but I am hard pressed to get creative projects off the ground without a deadline.  Heck, it's hard for me to get around to cleaning the kitchen without threat of visitors, and as much as I like writing and recording it is too easy to put off til tomorrow and tomorrow again.  You have this short period of time, they recommend less than 30 days, to get the word out.  Talk endlessly about your project and give all your friends meaningful looks.

There are Fabulous Prizes.

I hate begging for money and Kickstarter is not about begging – it is about providing real, tangible rewards for contributions.  Creative rewards that you might never even think about outside of this framework.  You find yourself sitting in front of the "rewards" form trying to think of creative and interesting stuff you can give away that is different for what you have for sale.  Some people offer crazy stuff like the vegan artist offing to eat a pound of bacon for one reward.  Bizarre, but it gets your attention.  One thing that I am offering (for just $17) is an autographed photo from the cd photoshoot.  It seemed a bit egomaniacal, but last year at ULE this woman asked for a autographed copy of one of my fliers, so what do I know?

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While people can just make a donation, for as little as $1, to get the project off the ground, most every donation gets you something worth as much or more than what you donate.  It’s a great deal and gets us creative types to be creative.

It's Venture capital for artists.

What I liked most though is that it is venture capital for artists.  Crowd sourcing small donations to create something bigger than what you were managing to do on your own and getting lots of other people involved in the project.

The world needs more art and beauty and meditation and music and this is a way to make it happen.

That is why I chose Kickstarter and I hope you choose to get involved in my Project – Further Up The Stairs and make it happen.  Without your help and involvement I don't know when or if this cd will ever get made.  Together we can bring it into the world with a really good start.

100 Years

dogwoodNext week I fly to Texas for my maternal Grandmother's 100thbirthday.  It's going to be weird with distant cousins coming in from across Texas and Louisiana – people I knew quite well as a child, but haven't seen in years.  Grandma Jo has had Alzheimer's for years and sleeps most of the time, but the assisted living place she lives in is determined to have a big party and call the local media.  It will be weird.  I will take pictures and report back.

Speaking of names, Grandma Jo married John Williamson, gave birth to Josephine, and Janet who married Jim and gave birth to John – so all you matchmakers out there, I'm guess I'm looking for a J or possibly an E, can't have too much variation in the family tree, might get confusing.

I've been scanning a bunch of old photos, some I'd never seen before, in preparation for Grandma's party.  I think this one is my favorite.weddingphoto

My grandparents Jo and John, younger than I am now. I never knew those people, I only knew who they became, but they were lovely. I have the same half smile as my Grandma, never noticed before.

In Memorium, Eleanor Dicks

TulipMy Great Aunt Eleanor Dicks died a few weeks ago.  I didn't know her.  For most of my life she lived in Florida and I probably only met her half a dozen times, she was just a character in my Grandmother's stories.

It's strange when you can't relate to the people you are related to, but I found out more about her at the memorial service than I had heard about her in my entire life.  She was a nurse, she was a baseball player back in the days of the Women's League, she was a mother of two and she is still a mystery to me.

My Aunt Eileen (three siblings named Eileen, Edith, Eleanor, and Wayne - go fig) had a memorial at her church in Hubbard, OH last weekend.  It was a small service, My aunts and uncles were there, I was the only cousin, a few members from the church and a minister who looked like the Wizard of Oz desperately trying to come up with something to say about a woman he knew nothing about.

Eileen is the last of four children and you could see her narrow shoulders slump during the service.  Even though she lives nearby I barely know her as well, but I can see my Grandmother in her and feel a connection.

Further Up The Stairs KickStarter!

Well, unfortunately the project, Further Up the Stairs, didn't fund.  It really means a lot to me that you pledged and believed in this idea to get involved and even though the project didn't succeed I feel blessed by your support.  Kickstarter is an all or nothing way of fundraising, so no funds will be collected or credit cards charged.
As to where Further Up The Stairs goes now, I'm really not sure.  I will continue to look for ways to move the cd forward and I may even try Kickstarter again in the future, but for now it goes to the back burner.
You can keep up with me, this and other projects at http://johnmichaelthornton.com, my newsletter and Facebook

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
John Michael Thornton

 

I am incredibly excited to share my new Kickstarter Project with you - Further Up The Stairs!  Kickstarter is a great new way to fund creative projects and receive Fabulous Prizes - it's like your own PBS pledge drive.

The way Kickstarter works is once a project has been created anyone can donate to the project and at each donation level (10, 17, 23...) are reward prizes created by me for you.  It is only after the project is fully funded that donations are collected and rewards are sent, so I need your help! 

 

About the Project

I started working on this the moment my first cd was finished.

Ideas chased each other around my head and I kept thinking, how can I make this next project be More?  More ideas, more journeys, more exploration for you and me.

In this 4 track CD, Further Up the Stairs, I will be talking about why we meditate, how we can expand our understanding of our place in the Universe and leading two mediations – Broken Pieces and Further Up the Stairs.  This new CD will have new music from local musicians, original photography and incorporate everything I have learned in this past year about spirituality and our connection to the Divine.

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This time I want to go deeper into your soul, gathering up the broken pieces, clearing away the damage and loss of your past and helping you to live in the ever unfolding now.  Healing those parts of your past broken by pain, loss and strife and helping you to be healed and whole.

I also want to take you out, into the wider Universe, going further up the stairs to meet with Spirit Guides, commune with your Higher Self and sit with your connection to the Divine.

You are so much greater than you ever imagined ~ More intuitive, connected and powerful than you know.  Your path may be rocky, smooth, straight or windy, but it is yours and yours alone, not mine or anybody else's.  I am here to help you along your path, and we can start walking it together.

 

The Rewards

 

PLEDGE $1 OR MORE

Thanks, You're Awesome!

PLEDGE $10 OR MORE

A digital download of the CD and a Thank You on my website, http://johnmichaelthornton.com – Anyone who donates $10 or more is welcome to a digital download and will be thanked on the website!

PLEDGE $17 OR MORE

An autographed photo from the album photo shoot, a digital download of the CD and Thanks!

PLEDGE $23 OR MORE

An autographed copy of the CD, an autographed photo and Thanks!

PLEDGE $50 OR MOREsuperpsychict

An exclusive "Super Psychic" t-shirt, autographed CD and Thanks!

PLEDGE $75 OR MORE

A thank you in the CD liner notes, an autographed copy of the CD, an autographed photo and Thanks!

PLEDGE $90 OR MORE

T-Shirt hand painted with the chakra symbol of your choice, liner note thanks, an autographed copy of the CD and Thanks! You can choose both the chakra and the shirt color/size, but I will tell you that 6th chakra on black is a bit of a miss.

PLEDGE $125 OR MORE

A personalized, meditation recording, (I'll give you a quick mini reading on any topic you want to work on and then create a meditation recording just for you) liner note thanks, an autographed copy of the CD, and Thanks!

PLEDGE $176 OR MORE

An original chakra painting (the chakra of your choice), liner note thanks, autographed CD and Thanks!

PLEDGE $200 OR MORE

Dinner with me featuring a home cooked meal with veggies from my garden and Darling, for you I'll even bake, plus an autographed copy of the CD and Thanks! You can come from anywhere in the world, but dinner is here in Youngstown, OH. - it's much nicer than the news makes it out to be.

heartchakraPLEDGE $500 OR MORE

A psychic party and meditation for you and 4 friends within 150 miles of Youngstown, OH. The meditation will be recorded - you and your guests will all get copies of the CD and the onsite meditation.

PLEDGE $1,200 OR MORE

A psychic party and meditation for you and 4 friends, anywhere in the continental USA – anywhere in the world if you pay airfare and lodging. The meditation will be recorded - you and your guests will all get copies of the CD and the onsite meditation.

PLEDGE $2,000 OR MORE

Explore your psychic potential with a weekend retreat. We will do yoga, meditate and explore your spiritual path.

Understand

Magic is everywhere.

I went out dancing last night.  

I am an admitted hedge witch.  Cities leave me feeling drained (and I lived in NYC for four years), I love the life and power to be found in nature.  The feel of the grass under my feet, even when it's asleep, the dirt, stone and deeper power of the molten rock.  I love the touch of branches and leaves tangled in my hair.  That moment when you feel your consciousness spread out like a fog across the landscape and you fade into the background.

A nightclub is an entirely different form of life. The building, the lights, the music and the people become a living organism - it's pulse the downbeat, it's breath smoky and sweet, it's blood both clear and amber and it's mind alive with passion, lust and longing.  It is alive.

I walk in and my shields snap into place, smooth as stone, clear as quartz and strong as the life in my blood.  I take a deep breath, tasting the power of this place, knowing it will welcome me if I become a part of it.  I feel the edges soften and my mind expands out like the striking of a dandelion clock.  The dance floor pulls me like gravity, it is down and all I have to do is fall.

Lights.  Music. Pulse. Power to be found in every movement.  Look for the beings hiding in the shadows, enjoying the free energy.  Smile and watch them flee - this dance is mine... but the next is yours and after that we join in the raising of power in movement, and joy, and freedom, and sweat.

Dance.

Ride the wave or loose yourself in the swirling undertow.  Both are fun.  Both are power. We often

Forget.

Our modern world keeps trying to forget the power of dance.

We try to tame our music.

Dance.
it makes the crops grow.

Sing.
it brings the sun.

Sweat.
it brings the rain.

Love.
it brings life.

Understand.
it brings enlightenment.