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Poipu Crater Double Rainbow

Rainbow Experience of the Third Kind

I had quite the rainbow experience one late afternoon.

It seems to me that rainbows are learning how to interact with people. Or perhaps, we are learning how to connect with rainbows.

I don’t know if you have ever thought about having unusual rainbow experiences. If not, perhaps what happened to me may prepare you for unusual rainbow experiences.

Kauai, the Island of Rainbows

Kauai is the northern most island in the Hawaiian island chain. The island seems to have many facets that make for wonderful reflective types of possibilities. Maybe rainbows are particularly attracted to multi-faceted environments, such as Kauai, the Garden Island. I now believe “close encounter of a rainbow kind” type of experiences may soon be recognized as a special class of phenomena.

Poipu Crater Double Rainbow

First Sight

Getting on with my story…I was sitting in front of my computer working away on a task that was a bit boring and repetitious. Music was playing in the background providing a soothing sound to help me focus. The repeated action from working on the task at hand and the melody of the music placed me in a sort of trance-like state.

As I was typing away I suddenly heard someone speak to me. Yet there was no one in the room. But the voice continued. Then suddenly I realized I was having a telepathic experience and the messages I was receiving was quite persistent. The voice urgently said, “Get up. Get your camera and go!” Whew, it was so loud.

I was jolted out of my chair because I felt so deeply I needed to follow the voice that carried this direct command so strongly into my thoughts. As I stood up I thought to myself, “What a loud and clear communication.” I happily and eagerly paid attention.

Double Rainbow Spectrum

Immediately I stopped what I was doing and jumped up and grabbed my old camera out of its bag. The two of us headed out the door to Mustang Sally, our pink Mustang convertible. As I slide behind the big steering wheel I knew I needed to head toward the Hyatt Hotel, so I did. It took about 3 minutes of driving from the time I jumped into Mustang Sally until I received a stunning visual scene. Synchronistically I had this strange sensation that I was about to have a one of those close encounters that I had heard about but never really experienced.

I suddenly got all tingly, and as I looked over at the base of a small caldera we know as Poipu crater, I saw not only a single, but a double decker, awesome, vibrating, radiating spectrum.

“Yummy!” I said out loud, and a full range of sensations flowed wildly inside of me.

Out came the camera, and snap, crackle, pop! I stopped the car, jumped out, and I was flashing away. The air was so erie and the sky had a very strange golden glow. I thought for sure I was about to receive a very mind altering experience.

The Race with the Rainbow Began

Then, all of a sudden the rainbow began to move. It started heading for the old sugar mill in Koloa. This started the race. I wanted to see if I could get to the mill before the rainbow did. I again jumped into Mustang Sally and peeled out onto the smoothly paved highway. I was driving faster and faster. I could hear the flapping of the comfortable top on the car, which was yielding to the swirling whirling trade winds known to flow through this area.

Then it happened … and all of a sudden, the rainbow and I seemed to merge. The car filled with bouncing light moving every which way. “Whoa!” I thought, “Who is going to believe this?”

Rainbow Light Pattern

Bathed in Rainbow Light

It was like being sucked into a third kind of experience that I imagined only leprechauns knew about…unexplainable really. The car’s side view mirror was reflecting my close encounter, so I knew it was real. I had no fear as one might have in a close encounter of the third kind. I was smiling from ear to ear!

What I found to be so very exciting about this rainbow encounter was I had arrived to the Koloa sugar mill at the exact moment the rainbow did, too. It was like we were one. When I stepped out of the car, the rainbow eagerly moved to its place just above the top of the sugar mill. It just knew it was waiting for me to take a perfect photograph as this living rainbow expanded it’s colors making sure to present a perfect image.

That day brought me so many gifts, and I learned that a picture  is truly worth a thousand words, or more!

The Pendulum Experiment

As we spend time with our friends and loved ones, it is easy to notice many conversations include similar comments such as: “Gee, life sure has been intense lately,” or, “I sure have been experiencing a lot of challenges,” or “Things seem to be speeding up, and events have been pretty difficult.”

From one person’s perspective, current times could seem to be presenting pretty chaotic life events that are unrelated but full of unfortunate circumstances. From another vantage point, one could imagine an inner connected dance that gains momentum as it weaves through everyone’s experiences.

The following is a demonstration of a pendulum wave that was initiated by a single movement, and offers an example worth reflecting on.

A Pendulum Wave

In this demonstration, a single motion started the movement that affected each individual pendulum. If we viewed each ball separately, we would notice its movement and not think of its connection to the other balls. We would never notice any synchronicity. But when viewing all the pendulums, we can see how one action affects all the balls both individually and as a whole. At some points, the pendulum’s movement completely seems chaotic. However, it quickly becomes obvious they are connected as the movement flows into a pattern.

Filling The Space with Your Light

Heart CenterWhen I reflected on the pendulum experiment, it got me thinking about the effects of being happy or unhappy.

When we are unhappy and stuck in a fearful state due to what we notice out in the world, what we broadcast to those around us is that we live in a pretty scary place.

What if instead we punctuated our fear by embracing how we feel and then moved into a heart space? We could then take a deep breath, and move our fear into a lighter place that is capable of transforming our state. Then, with a sense of our inner light, we could turn toward another and share our light. It makes sense that this light would ripple and have an impact on others.

To help, take a moment and breathe in your fears. As Alana shares in the Seven Sacred Steps, place your hand on your heart, and let your heart transform these fears. The following video provided by WildDivine is a delightful reminder to also shine your light.


A Model for Every Community: The Destiny Arts Center Grows Peaceful Warriors

Established in 1988 as a response to Oakland, California’s increasing rates of violence and crime and the corresponding decrease in accessible programs for youth, Destiny Arts Center seeks to “end isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people.”

Youths often live with frustration and depression. Destiny Arts Center seeks to provide for them a safe environment designed for creative and positive expression.

Instilling in youths valuable feelings of safe worth and respect for others paves the way for a lifetime of positive participation at school and within the community, and inspires every child to achieve greatness.

Destiny Arts Center is a community organization to model in all cities, large or small.

Violence Prevention & Conflict Resolution

Destiny Arts Center Kids Learning Marial ArtsThe martial arts and performing arts programs serve as a proven violence prevention strategy for the center’s youths aged three years old to 18 by reinforcing positive and nonviolent behavior in the face of negativity.

Destiny Arts Center seeks to establish in youth the alternatives to provoking or reacting to violence. Through the programs staffed with positive and genuine instructors, the kids learn respect for themselves and for others, effective violence prevention strategies, and positive conflict resolution skills.

Effects on the Community

The programs offered through the center run at the most essential times in kids’ days: after school, on weekends, and during the summer. This gives the youths an accessible forum to “explore, express and reshape daily challenges through physical, emotional and creative growth.”

The instructors and alumni of Destiny Arts Center have witnessed kids become vocal in the community at large about nonviolence. When kids feel safe and have valuable self esteem, their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical growth is dramatic and positive. When kids learn how to engage their authentic selves and connect with peers and culture in a positive manner, the effects last a lifetime.

The following is a transcription of kids and parents talking about the effects Destiny Arts Center has had on their loves.

Destiny Arts Center, Growing Peaceful Warriors

Danny Glover at Destiny Arts Center

Danny Glover visits Destiny Arts Center

Emerald Mitchell: I come to Destiny because I love being a part of something that is just so profound. How many youth organizations are like us? You know, we dance. Some of us sing. Some of us rap. We act. We perform. But we do it for a reason. We include our own stories in our scripts, in our poems, you know, in our dances.

Any decision that I’m making that is a big decision—that will affect another human being, that will affect an animal, a plant, the environment, you know—we cover that stuff at Destiny. And so I’m doing something powerful, you know, and I’m affecting my community. So that’s why I hang out.

Matt Plut: Actually, it’s the philosophy of Destiny, really, that kind of sets it apart. Jake got fascinated kind of with the dancing and just the way they were teaching him, so we decided to start Destiny here on Saturdays. We live in San Francisco, so it’s a little hard for us to get over on the weekdays. But on weekends we’re here, on Saturday, and he does hip hop here and martial arts after hip hop.

Jake Plut: I used to sometimes get angry over stuff that I shouldn’t have. But now that I’ve joined Destiny, they’ve helped me with my life. I was in a competition. I managed to win two medals. I feel proud and it was a great experience for me.

Giana Cirolia: The five fingers of balance prevention and the seven steps of conflict resolution, they’re like the moment you start thinking about it, that’s like taking a breath and stepping back and just the idea of having that in the back of your mind gives you the chance to deescalate the situation.

Payomo Family (mother speaking): So, yes. I have four kids here between the ages of four and fifteen. The first few months I was really, really amazed with how it affected them in such a positive way. They were so excited to come. The energy and the self expression that you teach the kids and you allow them to have, it really gives them a lot of confidence and it also makes them want to share that.

What Does Destiny Mean?

Kids Empowered at Destiny Arts CenterYoung Man: If I could describe Destiny in word word, I’ll say mind changing. Eye-opening.

Older Man: Full of life.

Young Woman: Can I make up my own word?

Matt Plut: For us, community.

Payomo family (young man): My second family.

Young Woman: Fantastically beautiful.

Jake Plutt: Excellent!

Payomo family (mother): Talented.

Payomo family (young girl): Hope. Community. Beauty. Friendship. It’s love. Future. Growth. It’s amazing!

Man: I feel like it’s not about anything but helping children grow to their full potential as human beings. That’s what i would say. Rooted in contribution.

Young Girl: Awesome.

Payomo family (young girl): Fun!

The Spirit of Destiny Arts Center

Javier Santos: Unlike other places, the real hard neighborhoods where the people grow up, have it real rough, you know, and most of the time they don’t come out to be so positive. All they’re surrounded by is violence and hate, and they’re not really surrounded by that positivity and that peacefulness that they need to get to know themselves and get to be creative and artistic. And when you come to Destiny, I feel that you get that.

Herman Pecot: The spirit is very ripe here. The spirit of Bushido, the warrior’s code, Destiny really cultivates that part of the being. You know, the balance of power and peace and skill and kindness, all that mixed together. So that’s what we’re seeing.

Arianna Butler: I couldn’t imagine me without Destiny. I really couldn’t. And even when we have breaks from Destiny, I’m still like, “Dang! I miss dance class! Dang! I miss Sarah! Dang! I miss the company!”

Dalmacio Payomo: I can’t even explain how deep the bonds are between everyone in Destiny and the company, in the classes that I teach. The teachers that I work with are just amazing.

Everything You Could Want in a Youth Organization

Martial Arts KickGiana Cirolia: If I had two words to describe Destiny, I would say presence and energy.

Young woman: Beautiful and empowering.

Javier Santos: Positive. Family orientated. Strong, beautiful, caring. Real . . . hah! Real!

Emerald Mitchell: A short phrase? I’ll try to make a short phrase that can describe Destiny . . . “Everything you could possibly want in a youth organization.”

Fees and Funding

The Destiny Art Center offers scholarship programs to families who are unable to afford the fees for the various dance or martial arts classes offered. In addition to offering free trial classes, the center also enforces a strict policy that no family will be denied access due to a lack of funds.

Destiny’s success and ability to continue offering quality programs and a safe haven for kids is because of the continued support from the community. Be it through monetary donations, the offering of physical space for programs, or the valuable help from volunteers, Destiny Arts Center is thankful for all its support.

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Programs That Teach Violence Prevention

Growing peaceful warriors does not mean being passive. It’s exactly the opposite as kids learn how to channel their energy while moving their skills toward violence prevention through dance and martial arts, games, and role playing exercises.

  • Real Talk – Real Moves: violence prevention for teens and young adults.
  • The ABCs of Anger: creative conflict resolution.
  • Self-Defense for Boys and Girls.
  • Moving in the Movement: using dance and theater as tools for social change.
  • Dance Basics: hip-hop, modern, African & Latin dance.
  • Martial Arts Basics: kung fu, karate & Capoeira.
  • Hip-Hop and Beyond: the African roots of hip-hop.
  • Theater for the People : theater games and exercises that explore the nature of life.
  • Yoga Program

If you want to learn more about Destiny Arts Center or to be inspired to create a similar organization in your community, please visit their website.

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Angels in Connecticut is a Collection of Inspiring Stories

Books and stories about angels reach into our hearts and offer readers comfort during challenging times.

Angel books also inspire us to view life’s synchronicities as more than mere coincidence.

Angels in Connecticut is a self-published gem (CreateSpace) written by Susan Pettella, a resident of the state of Connecticut. Her intention in writing this little treasure of a book was to help others believe in a higher power and in divine intervention.

Stories About Angels

Angel Art ImageIn Part 1—The Simple Truth About Angels, Pettella shares ways for readers to open their intention in order to begin seeing and knowing the angels that are around. She feels signs are everywhere. One example I really connected with was on how animals in nature can show up at the perfect moment and offer messages of hope or insight.

Part 2—Letters contains the majority of the book’s content, offering a wide range of stories from those who submitted stories of their first-hand about angels and their experiences of divine intervention.
A couple stories include pictures of angels seen by the naked eye.

One story shares that an angel image appeared on a developed photo of an infant taken while in her high chair.  A small angel is clearly visible above the child. The grandmother didn’t notice the small floating angel till she later viewed the photo.

How to Connect with Your Angels

There is such a wide range of stories. Some are of angels that watch over loved ones, or appear from nowhere just to show their smiling faces. The book includes stories of angels that offer protection, and messages of hope, love, and inspiration.

Angels in Connecticut closes with Part 3 offering readers a meditation to assist in connecting with their guardian angel and other angels around them. It includes tips on how journaling can facilitate connecting to one’s higher insights and power.

Angels in Connecticut Book CoverThis is a very sweet book for those with religious faith and those who view spirituality as a divine order, light, or intelligence. Pettella’s intention embraces everyone who is curious about the presence of angels or would like greater evidence to believe in a higher power. The large collection of angel stories certainly offers any reader evidence that angels have and are touching people’s lives every day. Angels in Connecticut is a perfect book to have on hand to give someone who is going through challenging times. It is also a delightful reminder to be open to trusting your heart, intuition, and life’s mysterious coincidences.

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Santana & Gerald Jampolsky’s Revised Love is Letting Go of Fear

Today it can be hard to imagine living without fear.

With economic problems, the state of health of nations, and the unimaginable happening before our very eyes in Japan, we face everyday not knowing what will happen next—or in fear of what will happen next.

In this latest addition of Love Is Letting Go of Fear (Celestial Arts), author Gerald Jampolsky modifies some of his information in this beloved classic to directly address much of what is happening in the world today—and he teaches readers how to overcome it with love and let go of fear.

From home foreclosures to broken marriages, Jampolsky once again presents a twelve step course on how to not only survive these obstacles, but how to thrive despite what’s going on around you.

The principles set forth in this classic book explain to the reader how to live with inner peace, joy, and happiness—no matter what your current situation may appear to be.

Music Legend Carlos Santana Weighs In

Third Edition of Love is Letting Go of Fear BookcoverMany of you have heard of Carlos Santana, but what you may not know is that he created along with Jampolsky Architects of a New Dawn, a site for music, videos, calls to action, and thoughts for purposeful living.

Santana is a long time fan of Jampolsky. This latest edition of Love Is Letting Go of Fear includes a new forward by Santana. Santana has been deeply moved and touched, his life changed by the principles Jampolsky presents in this timeless book.

In his own words Santana explains,

Love Is Letting Go of Fear is the sweetest, gentlest healing melody to my heart. Its principles have…helped me find a sense of inner peace, joy, and happiness beyond what I had ever experienced before—or thought possible.

Watch Video Introduction to Architects of a New Dawn

Discover Inner Peace for Yourself

With more than 4 million copies sold, Love Is Letting Go of Fear has the ability to change lives—one step at a time. In fact, there are twelve steps in Part III of the book that will take you by the hand and teach you how to intrinsically alter your life and thrive.

I particularly like Lesson # 3: I Am Never Upset for the Reason I Think, and  Lesson # 10: I Could See Peace Instead of This. Each lesson is easy to read and relate to, and includes illustrations that bring lightness and humor to the very serious topic of learning to live in happiness. Yes, this is a serious topic today with so many people on anti-depressants, suicide rates amongst children soaring, and the sad state of affairs of the world.

I encourage everyone to read, and then live, Love Is Letting Go of Fear, so as a collective group we can lead this planet to a healthier, happier, and more peaceful existence in the here and now. No matter what comes our way.

Meet Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD

Gerald Jampolsky Picture Jampolsky is a graduate of Stanford Medical School and is a psychiatrist for both children and adults. He has authored and co-authored seventeen books.

He is also the founder of the first Center for Attitudinal Healing now with locations worldwide. He calls Northern California and Hawaii home.

Jampolsky has appeared on CNN Nightly News, 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose Show, Oprah, CBS Morning Show, The Today Show and many more. You’ll really get to know Jampolsky, an extraordinary man, within the pages of this classic book, Love Is Letting Go of Fear. If you already have a copy, pass it on to another, then treat yourself and get yourself a new copy so you can guide others in the twelve steps to support the transformation of fear.

To learn more, visit Amazon > Third Edition: Love is Letting Go of Fear