ThorntonWeddingA while back my website got swarmed by bots that overloaded my email list and filled it with thousands of fake and stolen email addresses.  Fixing it sounded like an incredible pain in the fanny and I had more exciting things to do. For Example:
Five years ago I met a wonderful man, Joe, and fell in love.  Last year, on May 28th, we got married.
Together we founded a 501c3 nonprofit, Great Conjunction(if you remember the old GCSCLogoLightgreatconjunction.org website, this is what I always hoped that would be, only better).  We started hosting Psychic FairsLecturesWorkshops, a Lily Dale Bus Trip, meditation and spiritual outreach programs, and all sorts of wonderful things that I always dreamed of doing but never had the time or energy to do on my own. 
Through it all I have continued offering psychic readings and helping people on their spiritual path.  So, I've been busy.  All that time I've kept a stack of email sign-ups sitting on the edge of my desk, waiting for me to start writing my newsletter again.  A few weeks ago, a little voice in my head told me it was time.  I hope you join me on this amazing adventure I'm on by reading these letters, joining in, and replying when the spirit moves you.

We've been talking about it for a while, but Joe is now bringing his own blend of Energy Work to Youngstown!  Clear Spirit Healing is a blend of Reiki, Pranic Healing and Psychic insight to bring physical healing and relief, clear energetic and emotional blockages and help you along your spiritual path. 

I am so very proud of him for embarking on this journey and the work he is doing is phenomenal.  You can check out is website at ClearSpirit.org and schedule an appointment by calling (330) 328-2308

Great Conjunction Expo and Psychic Fair

Saturday, June 14th ~ 10-7pm

3300 Morewood Rd Fairlawn, OH 44333

Come be inspired.      Come be blessed.      Come have fun.

And come be One with everyone at the

Great Conjunction Expo and Psychic Fair!

 
 

Hello Visitor,

This weekend is the Great Conjunction Expo in Akron, OH!  We are thrilled to be presenting this Metaphysical Expo and Psychic Fair and we hope you can be a part of it!

I have been stunned and humbled by the array of talented people who are joining us at the show and you should check out the website at greatconjunctionexpo.com to see all the amazing vendors, readers and speakers who will be attending.

Saturday, June 14th!

Great Conjunction Expo & Psychic Fair is only 3-days away!


Dancing Mindfulness, Medical Intuition, Body Story Telling, Reiki-infused candles, Massage, Mediumship, Shaman Singing Bowls, Tarot & Palm readers, Wands, Past Life Regression, Jewelry and so much more!
And even bring your leashed, well-behaved pets to meet an animal communicator!
Get your discounted tickets on line!
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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 https://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.