Good afternoon everyone I am so happy and pleased to be here with you at Femme Fest.
Now I want you to be kind and gentle with me this evening for I am wearing a new hat as I stand on this stage as a stage performer, actually it is my second time for I did perform last year at the Boom Festival, yet that was a collaboration with several friends. It was a cultural piece entitled A shift in our times.
So this evening again be kind it is my first time standing alone before all of you. I must share that in my 74 plus years I have worn many hats one of the earliest being when I was 8 years old I was already a small business owner. Yes, that is correct. my mom and dad and I owned a wonderful hardware store in Media,Pa. It was called Media Hardware, the complete hardware store!! I dug plants, weighed nails, waited on customers and eventually by 10 helped my mom with the deposits for the bank.
I went on to add a new hat when I became an educator in the late 60’s. Working in the schools in north Philadelphia , west Chicago and Oakland.
The next hat I dawned was some what unusual it was the hat of a world traveler. It was a DARE by my new cousin George that yes, dared me to go what would become around the world, with little money and no job in sight. Of course I went and of course it changed my life. You can read more about that in my book DARE.
My DARE changed my life and thus I added a new hat, one of a special holistic integrative therapist, it is a hat, now some 40 years later, that I continue to wear and work with today.
It was adding the hat of therapist that allowed me to dawn the hat of radio host and producer at my own community radio show, entitled, Beyond Personal Limits, which in the late 70’s I hosted in Ashland, Oregon. That project then opened the door for my next hat, one as journalist. I traveled to London , England as a visiting journalist to attend the 2nd World Symposium on Humanity. I arrived , I participated and I made Europe my home for the next 26 years!!
On my return to the States I maintained and wore and continue to wear my hat as an educator and therapist and it is with this focus that I attended a very special event in D.C. in 2017.
In February of 2017 I attended, with a friend, Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant. This was the first time Marianne had offered this amazing event on the east-coast.
At Sister Giant there were many speakers I knew of yet one that stood out was a woman named Vera Chalambert. Her sharing deeply touched me, for Vera shared that she had been facing some difficult unsettling experiences and feelings and she had the good fortune to see the projected image of an ancient female deity of the Hindu tradition displayed in vivid color on The Empire State Building. This image impacted Vera so deeply that she wrote about her experience and eventually was invited to speak of it at Sister Giant.
You see when we choose to live our life from an authentic truth within us we will find ourselves facing many unsettling situations, experiences and feelings. And like Vera we can work with the energies of this ancient female deity Kali to assist us at these times.
Kali has been known as the Dark Mother who brings death, destruction and ultimately resurrection and renewal.
Well when I heard Vera’s sharing it impacted so much that I shared a bit about Kali at the Boom festival and this evening I want to expand on what I have learned and continue to learn from Kali’s energizes.
Yes living an authentic life for me has to do with something I share in my book and that is to live through the lens of an adventuring spirit, that we are always on our own yellow brick road and when we live from this perspective we are bound to encounter unsettling situations which will reveal so much about ourselves.
One thing I have learned is that these unsettling experiences really assist us to see what we do not want. In turn they help refine and define what we truly do want. They help us uncover old distorted attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and expectations that no longer serve our journey. Here is our opportunity to say let them go and say good bye to them, to shed them.
Yes dear Kali , if we embrace her and are aware of her energies she may offer up so much in the breaking down of old distorted ideas about ourselves and life that she will then assist us in the building up ways that eventually allow us to continue on our way as we see new portals open and new pathways unfold.
So it is in this evening as I stand before you and share I too am living in this moment an unsettling dynamic experience and it is a bit shaky and scary yet it has opened my heart to all of you as I offer my gift of insight that has been growing within for more than 74 years.
And with that I close.. I journey on to live through the lens of an adventuring spirit.
thank you all….