SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER
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in this issue
PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF MAY by Sally Shotwell
LET’S GET STONED: A MONTHLY MEET-UP with Meghan Taft
AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING with Donna DeNomme, author of 8 STEPS TO WHOLENESS
A NOTE TO THE FEMALE CYCLE by Drusant
WHY ARE YOU STILL STRUGGLING? by Mario C. Veo
AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING with Katherine Parker, author of RESONANCE ALCHEMY
ADAM AND EVE, AND REINCARNATION by Bruce Johnson
FEATURED BOOKS BY LOCAL AUTHORS
May’s focus is on Energies. Movement of Energy, Focus of Energy, Limitation of Energy and Restriction of Energy will be explored in classes and events during the month of May. Sally Shotwell also writes about Energy of Retrogrades and Perserverance in her look at the astrology of May, and Drusant has submitted his latest writings on honoring the Sacred Feminine.
Bruce Johnson writes about Adam and Eve, and Reincarnation, and Donna DeNomme will be visiting to chat about the new book, “8 Keys To Wholeness”. We will also be welcoming Katherine Parker to present her new book, “Resonance Alchemy”. It’s gonna be a great month!!
The Shining Lotus staff
PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES: A LOOK AT THE ASTROLOGY OF MAY
by Sally Shotwell
The Sun is in Taurus ( grounded consciousness) and it is time to celebrate May, even if we no longer dance around a MayPole or create beautiful baskets! Taurus is ruled by Venus in all her natural beauty and by honoring Mother Nature we are bathed in her loving energy. Being outdoors really will benefit us and our mental outlooks.
May 2, Venus herself enters Aries (action) which may add a charge to our interactions since she also rules Libra (relationship) but we shouldn’t get too carried away. Retrograde planets tend to cause us to focus inwardly to address unfinished business. Because of the ongoing “Change Boot Camp” we are living through, we have a lot of material to ponder.
Three planets are in play here. The aggressive but retrograde Mars is in the partnership building sign of Libra until May 19, stressing that we need to delve deeper into interpersonal dynamics. Boundary building Saturn in the intense sign of Scorpio is insisting we revisit our inner realm to uncover wounds in order for them to heal. Transformational Pluto finding its foundations in Capricorn is pushing us to confront fears from our past which hold back our growth. These processes are designed to help us grow in Self-Knowledge which is the key to greater consciousness.
That said, we are in luck with the Full Moon in Scorpio May 14 whose Sabian Symbol is “Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man“. The implication is that these people are seeking fulfillment in their quest to grow spiritually through contact with an advanced one. Whatever our own spiritual path or lineage may be, we too must explore and investigate teachings and methods to satisfy our questions, concerns and frustrations.
We must remember that we are not isolated on this journey and there are resources available if we are alert to what’s going on around us. Also, as the I Ching states; Perseverance Furthers. Are we already committed to a discipline? Are there like-minded individuals we can share our concerns with?
May 20, the Sun (your consciousness) joins Mercury (your mind) in communicative Gemini where Merc has been hanging out since May 7. These two lively entities bring a welcome airiness to our affairs. Let’s actively focus on levity and fun activities whether they involve ice cream, outdoor cafes, hiking or visiting friends. Doesn’t it feel like we need resuscitating after a long winter?
Our psyches being revitalized will help us walk our way through the challenge of the May 28 New Moon which is symbolized by a possible confrontation. “Aroused strikers surround a factory” indicates a disagreement which will be dealt with one of many ways. With clear thinking and a resistance to the allure of drama, the odds of negotiation are great.
This may be a situation which has to go in to long-term mediation where eventually a sense of satisfaction may be achieved by all involved. This is a metaphor for what we confront within ourselves when faced with aspects of ourselves we don’t like. With patience and compassion for ourselves we too can work toward integration.
Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality with a super-natural curiosity and an undying thirst for knowledge. Her focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades, and have included studying with Mario C. Veo, John Joseph, Mark Husson and C. A. Brooks.
LET’S GET STONED…
or “The Art of Being Distracted by Shiny Things
by Meghan Taft
Hey everyone! It is time, I have chosen the stones from my magic box of rocks! This month, we will be going over all of the Feldspars! This includes 3 stones, Sunstone, Moonstone, and Labrodorite (aka Spectrolite). All three stones are good to bring 3 different energies into one unifying force, to create a 4th energy. These stones are powerful to work with, so if you have any of these stones, please bring them with you! Plus, don’t forget, that if you have any stones that you can’t identify, then bring them too, and I will help you name your stones!
So come on out and LET’S GET STONED…or ‘The Art of Being Distracted by Shiny Things’, is a guide for working with gemstones to help you balance your life. Doing so helps you heal yourself, manifest positive changes, and develop your psychic abilities. There are many gemstones to work with, and many different things they can do for you! We will go over the basic of the basics about gemstones and how you can work with them. Also, if you have any stones that you can’t identify, bring them with you and I can help you to learn how to identify your stones! We are going to have a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing you there, so come on and Let’s Get Stoned!
Meghan Taft has been studying geology and working with gemstones for 14 years. She works with gemstones by setting up grids in houses and businesses and does gemstone readings.
Please contact Meghan Taft at 303-789-0646 and ask for ext 47 to sign up for the group, admission is $5, we will go over a different set of stones each month and you will be emailed the updated info for each group.
AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING
with DONNA DeNOMME, author of 8 Keys To Wholeness
Join Donna for a lively discussion on her newest book, 8 Keys To Wholeness: Tools For Hope-Filled Healing.
8 Keys To Wholeness uncovers remarkable tools for true and lasting healing. A licensed Spiritual Coach shares an ancient and powerful path found by utilizing the human chakra system as a container for our personal stories. Donna DeNomme reminds us that the ultimate truth is not found in our wounding but rather in the discovery of the ways in which we can heal those wounds.
An award-winning, internationally published author, Donna DeNomme is a visionary who sees meaning in even the worst of our wounding, accepting its value for our greater collective healing and evolution.
Discover the 8 keys to unlock your Essential Self.
Access your own insight and wisdom.
Observe life’s Great Mystery.
Celebrate your inherent resiliency.
Discover vast potential and live from wholeness and love your life.
A book signing will follow. Call 303-758-9113 to register.
A NOTE TO THE FEMALE CYCLE
My knowledge of the female chemistry is very limited but I do know she goes through a very large and intense chemical change every month. I am most distressed that my male world has yet to acknowledge her monthly cycle with more respect and a little more gentle understanding.
The female body goes through such a complex chemistry of internal change and pressure that I can’t even imagine what that must feel like. Does it feel as if your internal organs are being squeezed and twisted? Does it feel like you are being turned inside out sometimes? I don’t believe my male body could survive such anguish, and yet because all women endure this blessing of a monthly life and death cycle, we men look away and make distasteful jokes.
I would ask that we men give her natural cycle some serious thought, space and patience. I would also ask the women of the world to not hide this beautiful and tender time from us men. We need to know and understand what has been unspoken for too many years—this elegant, but perhaps confusing flow of nature. How can we men be supportive to you when we don’t accept or understand your discomfort?
From the beginning of recorded history women have been told to be ashamed or to be dismissed from social engagement or to apologize if she shows the least degree of emotional variation. Women and men have both used several degrading slurs to describe the period. Let’s reverse and banish this image and use a little more sophistication. Women of the world, please let us men know when you are going through your fragile time, let us know how we can support and praise your experience. This may be the time when we cook your dinners and have you relax. Put your feet up and be pampered—no excuses. You deserve it and you need it. You need to be given the accepted honor for the complex cycle that provides life for all future generations.
It will take time for us men to recognize more clearly what happens inside your bodies and it will take time for women to see more clearly that we men wish to understand you better and love you more deeply. It will take a little more time before a man does more as a woman does less while she is accepting this rest to lighten her thoughts and her body. Let’s come out of the dark ages and celebrate together this gift of life. All of life has its cycles and all of life is to be shared.
Drusant is the pen name of a long-time, faithful customer of the Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore. A unendingly inquisitive mind that never stops asking ‘why?’ or ‘how?’, he continues to quest for esoteric, spiritual and paranormal answers in the Denver area. We are extremely grateful to him for allowing us to publish his creative writings in our newsletter and on our website. Go to www.shininglotus.com and find the search field, type “drusant” and enjoy some of his other articles.
WHY ARE YOU STILL STRUGGLING?
by Mario C. Veo
It’s too easy to say “It’s Karma… in some way they deserve it… it’s a test – to see how they cope with it.” Really…?!? That’s just so much b*-sh#t!
Consider this – yes, Karma does exist; and yes, it is a “lesson” to be learned… but remember, these are wonderful people!
No, I’m not being a bigot, nor prejudiced – it’s simple knowledge of Energy and Vibrational Rates – if the person embodies a more Animalistic Consciousness, if they are driven by their Lower Nature, if their Energies are lower/contaminated, then yes, all they’re going through IS Karma, and the lesson they have yet to learn… equally, if the person is kind, loving, nurturing, then their Energies are more refined, purer, higher… now this is NOT Karma.
Then what’s going on…?
It’s quite simple – these ‘wonderful’ people have taken upon their shoulders someone else’s Karma, someone else’s burden… (as their Service to Spirit). Why would they do this…? Because they truly are nice people (and this is their way to help all others progress and evolve.)
Oh, that’s so nice… (many of you would say)
Heck no, it isn’t!
At some point it is ‘enabling’, and actually prevents the other from learning his own lesson.
And how do we know when this is happening? When the ‘nice, wonderful’ people are collapsing under this burden… when it has started to feed off their Life Force, when they are caught in this stinky mess and are unable to find their way out… So, it’s time to wake up, all you ‘good people’, and consider the First Rule of Life; “Life is for living, joyfully, lovingly, happily… fully!”
So, it’s time to LET GO and recharge your batteries…(or are you just so programmed to be a ‘beast-of-burden’…?)
This month is dedicated to Energies – their movements, limitations, restrictions and fallacies…and how to release them and fully reclaim yourself…(so, take a deep breath, and figure out what to do with yourself…oh, what to do…what to do…?)
Mario C. Veo is a teacher of Spiritual Science and a Healing Arts Practitioner. He teaches classes and individuals on Personal Transformation and the Expansion of Consciousness. Mario is available for personal guidance and consultations on Tuesday afternoons at the Shining Lotus Bookstore.
Tue, May 6, 2014 – CUTTING THE CORDS THAT LIMIT YOU
Tue, May 13, 2014 – RECLAIMING YOURSELF – SOUL RETRIEVAL AT ITS BEST
Tue, May 20, 2014 – GETTING YOUR JUST DESSERTS-OR-YOU GET WHAT YOU BELIEVE YOU DESERVE!
Tue, May 27, 2014 – SPIRIT GUIDANCE – AND HOW TO CREATE A NEW FLOW IN YOUR LIFE
AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK SIGNING
with KATHERINE PARKER, author of Resonance Alchemy
Join Katherine as she leads an informative discussion of her new book, Resonance Alchemy: Awakening the Tree of Life.
This book takes you on a remarkable journey of discovery that will expand your consciousness and transform forever the way you view yourself and your reality. Based on the author’s direct experience, this journey begins with a mysterious gift from a group of celestial Light Beings. Their gift leads to the unveiling of ancient but long hidden techniques designed to assist humanity in the current shift of consciousness now taking place.
Call 303-758-9113 to register.
ADAM AND EVE, AND REINCARNATION
by Bruce Johnson
Adam and Eve did not die after eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil as the Lord God prophesied they would. Instead, they were clothed in “garments of skin”, became thistle farmers, and begat the human race. Let’s examine this allegory of the human spirit falling into matter, or reincarnation.
Adam/Eve is the soul as formless spirit, naked or free of clothing or limitations on its own plane of life. The soul’s expression on planes lower than its own requires” garments”, or matter of those planes. Each plane of life would require a garment or sheath through which the soul can function. Clothes, vehicles, bodies, sheaths, or containers, are synonymous with” garments of skin”. Occult Science teaches us that we have seven of these bodies or sheaths.
Reincarnation is one of two cornerstones, along with karma, of Esoteric Science. Reincarnation is the cyclical process whereby the spiritual divinity of an individual is unfolded and eventually expressed in physical form. Physical, moral, and spiritual perfection is the goal of this “cycle of necessity” that all humans participate in. Successive rebirths are needed, as one lifetime is not enough to accomplish the objective of metempsychosis, an ancient term for reincarnation.
The most intelligent minds of the Hindus, Buddhists, Egyptians, Greeks, Chaldeans, Hebrews, Gnostics, Persians, and Essenes, have all taught the truth of reincarnation. The Hindu belief in transmigration, or the soul alternating between human and animal forms during incarnations, is a false teaching. The Ancient Wisdom contradicts this belief, showing that the soul moves progressively forward in its evolution, not retrograding back into lower life forms. To the reincarnation adherent, vicarious atonement has no basis in fact, as karma requires all souls to pay the price for their own salvation, or enlightenment.
The Buddha taught that the cause of repeated reincarnation was ignorance of the senses, wrong desire, and attachment to objects. Soul attunement and it’s resulting spiritual growth, frees us from the dreary cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
The book- Reincarnation, by E.D. Walker, is an excellent book that examines the cyclical return of souls into physical incarnation.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
FEATURED BOOKS BY LOCAL AUTHORS
RESONANCE ALCHEMY: AWAKENING THE TREE OF LIFE
by Katherine Parker $18.99
Resonance Alchemy takes you on a remarkable journey of discovery that will expand your consciousness and transform forever the way you view yourself and your reality. Based on the author’s direct experience, this journey begins with a mysterious gift from a group of celestial Light Beings. Their gift leads to the unveiling of ancient but long hidden techniques designed to assist humanity in the current shift of consciousness now taking place. Join Katherine as this ancient knowledge unfolds, from the revelation of a universal language of Sacred Syllables to the discovery of a unique healing method based on the vibrational resonance of this sacred language.
Learn how these Sacred Syllables can bring your body, soul, and spirit back into harmony with their Divine Design. Transform your consciousness as you gain a profound new understanding of inner alchemy and shift your perspective from separation to unity with your Divine Nature. Discover powerful methods that will: open your heart and develop your intuition; activate your body’s power to achieve and maintain radiant health; reconnect you to your Higher Self and accelerate your spiritual evolution; and; help you achieve a profound inner alchemy of body, soul, and spirit.
Katherine Parker is a gifted empath, intuitive, and the visionary founder and developer of Resonance Alchemy, a new system of healing and personal development that uses the vibrational frequencies of higher dimensional sacred syllables. She is a certified massage therapist, hypnotherapist, and ordained minister with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of holistic health. In 1994 she began to have a series of profound mystical experiences that initiated the development of the Resonance Alchemy healing system.
Katherine will be presenting a free event on Sunday, May 11 at 2 pm to introduce her work.
8 STEPS TO WHOLENESS: TOOLS FOR HOPE-FILLED HEALING
by Donna DeNomme $19.95
8 Keys to Wholeness uncovers remarkable tools for true and lasting healing. A licensed Spiritual Coach shares an ancient and powerful path found by utilizing the human chakra system as a container for our personal stories. Donna DeNomme reminds us that the ultimate truth is not found in our wounding but rather in the discovery of the ways in which we can heal those wounds.
Donna provides us with a glimpse of her own sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, a brutal betrayal she kept publically hidden for over 50 years. She also weaves practical and profound healing insights gleaned from over 25 years as a spiritual teacher and shamanic facilitator. Whether or not you have been abused, accessing and utilizing the 8 Keys is a dynamic method for drawing forth your inner resilience and enduring strength.
Donna DeNomme is the award-winning, internationally-published author of “Turtle Wisdom: Coming Home to Yourself”, “Turtle Wisdom Personal Illumination Cards” and co-author of the best-selling girls motivational series, “Ophelia’s Oracle.” Turtle Wisdom is now being published in 8 countries and Ophelia’s Oracle has been recognized with 15 National and International awards for excellence.
Donna will be presenting a free event on Saturday, May 24 at 2 pm to introduce her work.
BUILD YOUR PSYCHIC SKILLS: THE 90-DAY PLAN
by Karen Fox, Ph.D. $34.99
Explore your potential — develop your psychic sense! While everyone is natural psychic, psychic ability must be nurtured and learned. Everyone can improve their innate psychic sense. This 90-Day Plan is designed to help readers take small steps each day, so that, in just three months, they can learn everything they need to develop psychic abilities: a quiet mind and body; an open, curious mind; good psychic boundaries; a knowledge of how your mind works; and, of course, how to best practice your skills! The color-coded cards are organized by day of the week to make practice easy and foolproof, and each day has a particular psychic focus so you can increase your skill level efficiently, without growing bored by rote and repetitious exercises. It’s easy and fun, and you will discover your psychic ability getting stronger each day!
Karen Fox, Ph.D. is not a typical psychic. She has developed her left, analytical brain as well as her psychic sense. Karen achieved her doctorate in Sociology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I value intellectual curiosity. Set aside pre-conceived notions about things psychic, and consider there is an aspect of your mind that you aren’t tapping. Karen established the Aspen Program for Psychic Development based in metro Denver, Colorado, where people interested in developing their psychic abilities find comfort with an instructor coming from a mainstream perspective. Karen is a professional psychic, medical intuitive, and spirit medium.
Karen will be presenting a free event on Saturday, June 14 at 2 pm to introduce her work.
PARTNERS IN PASSION: A GUIDE TO GREAT SEX, EMOTIONAL INTIMACY AND LONG-TERM LOVE
by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson $21.95
Partners In Passion is a wise, unique, and original book, informed by Michaels and Johnson’s background in Tantra, as well as their lived experience as married professionals and literary collaborators. It is peppered with useful tips and anecdotes, and with examples of long-term couples in satisfying relationships. Whether you are single and hoping to find a long-term partner, in a new relationship, hoping to make your committed relationship even happier, or seeking to renew your connection, Partners In Passion is essential reading.
About the Authors:
A graduate of NYU and Yale, Mark A. Michaels writes for scholarly and legal publications and his plays have been produced off-Broadway. He took his first Tantra class in 1997 and gave his first lecture on the subject two years later.
Patricia Johnson spent many years as a professional operatic soprano. In 1999, a longstanding interest in Tantra inspired her to attend a lecture by Mark Michaels, now her husband and collaborator. Since then, she and Michaels have taught and lectured throughout the world. They live in New York City.
Mark and Patricia will be presenting a free event on Monday, June 23 at 7 pm to introduce their work.
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