Choose Life!

Tribal BODY Markings by AMIR \|/ | Amir Magal

Affirmation: Sometimes following your joy guides you in the direction to be there in any way that you can to help heal someone’s life.  Life is miraculous, life is beautiful. I choose life!

You know I wrote that affirmation, but I’m more than sure it was Durek who taught me that. 

My friend, my soul brother, Durek Verrett (Shaman Durek) needs a kidney transplant. His sister, Angelina Verrett-Byrne is donating her kidney. Kidney transplants now days are a very successful, somewhat simple procedure. It’s still major surgery however. With Durek, it’s a bit more complicated so after surgery he will actually be quaranteened for some time. Rather then go into detail about the complexities of Durek’s surgery I encourage you to watch the video where he explains it all.

Due to the extensive costs of surgery and recovery time, Durek and his family need help financially. It would be so much appreciated if you could donate to his cause. Every dollar counts. If everyone out there could spare a dollar they would reach their goal.

Know this…. When you donate money to this cause, when you press that submit button, you will have contributed directly to saving someone’s life. The life of a very special person to me. Not only that, Durek helps, heals and saves so many people on a daily basis. So a dollar to his life is really a dollar compounded with interest because saving him means you save so many more.

My friend Durek Verrett is a healer. He has been as long as I’ve known him. I remember our first meeting. It was in San Francisco at Squat and Gobble on Haight Street. We were there with Jason Peacock (J-Bird of Sunset/Pacific Sound) and Manny (DJ M3 Green Gorilla/Black Pancake Records/Monarch). That was back in 2001. From there it was faerie soul sister-shaman soul brother love at first sight. Kindered spirits are we for sure!

I can’t tell you how many Sunset Parties we spent dancing in front of the DJ booth to Galen, Solar, J-Bird, Sean Murray, M3, Monty Luke, Joshua Iz, John Howard, Jeno and the many, many, many amazing DJ’s that graced the tables at Sunset. Definitely more than I can count. From the dance floor we went to ceremony where we’d collaborate on what the annual Saturday ceremony for the Sunset Campout in Willits would be, to the altars where we’d sometimes dispute over the items I was going to place on it. I always got my way btw… hehehe.

Then Durek moved to LA. I followed shortly thereafter. We’d already talked for years about how he was going to take his healing practise to the next level and he felt LA was the place for it to prosper.  And it certainly did.  In the meantime, I was continuing to work on my own career. Durek was always there supporting and encouraging me along the way. Honestly, I would not be the Faerie I am today without his guidance.  He’s my Merlin.

Then one day, life took a drastic turn and Durek ended up in the hospital. This was about 8 years ago. It was seriously touch and go. The doctors pronounced him dead more than once but he kept reviving himself. I remember walking into his room in ICU and it looked so blank and empty, and he looked so frail. It was still soon after he was first admitted, and all I could think was… “oh my goodness, he’s forgetting who he is.” Maybe that was the case or maybe it was just my shock but it was my reality for a moment. Soon after that, so much love came pouring in. And by that I mean people. People came from everywhere. They sent emails of love and encouragement, and I read them all to him. So many people came actually that his sister Angelina had to create a waiting list just to see him. Thank goodness I was put on the VIP list! The nurses even kept asking us who he was because they thought for sure he must have been a rock star with so many people stopping by. But that’s honestly how many people he had already helped at that time. He had already poured out that much love to so many people and they wanted to return it. Again, that was 8 years ago.

In the last 8 years, Durek has had to be on hemodialysis. It saves his life on daily basis but he needs to get off of it. His partner Hank Greenberg has been there by his side ever since. In addition to the dialysis, Durek has been in and out of the hospital and has had to have multiple surgeries. He almost died again last year due to an anerysm. Hank has been there every step of the way. Words can not express the love and gratitude I have for Hank. It is truely an honor to know him.

Watching Durek evolve into the Shaman Durek he is today has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. He has given me hope, faith, love, encouragement and COURAGE! I will always continue to pursue my dreams because of him.  Durek has touched and healed the lives of so many people, and I know he is destined to help so many more.

So please, if you could take a moment and donate to Durek. I’d be forever in your gratitude. You can donate here at Operation Get Shaman Durek A Kidney until March 31st.

With love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Melanie Dawn

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Steady Progress

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ

 Affirmation: I acknowledge my progress on this life journey to align all my thoughts and feelings with love, peace and harmony. I practise the law of attraction and know I’m on the right path.

We are three days into the Chopra Center’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge, how are you feeling? I just finished today’s guided meditation and I’m certainly filled with a sense of peace and well-being. It’s good to acknowledge and recognize our progress, so take a moment today to Thank Yourself for the work you are doing. The more we can acknowledge where we’ve come the more we are encouraged and allow ourselves to continue.

Thanks so much to everyone who has joined The Meditation Challenge with me. It feels good to know I’m sharing the experience with you. And I’d also like to take this moment to thank everyone who has been reading and following my blog. I feel so much love and gratitude for you all. You are all such a blessing in my life.

My BFF Bea has left on a jetplane to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico today. She started a new blog called Bea, Anywhere that gives lots of great insights and info into the different places she travelled to so check it out! We traveled from the “happiest place on earth” Disneyland – to sin city Las Vegas – to the magnificent Grand Canyon Skywalk – to alien encounters at Area 51 – to mystical Sedona – to the mysterious ghost town Jerome – to being “surprised” on the way to Palm Springs [there is city named Surprise in Arizona] – to the magic and illusion of the Magic Castle in Hollywood – all which led us right back to the place we left our hearts, the city of summer love San Francisco.

We had an amazing journey together. It was full of magic and adventure no matter where we were.  During our downtime we watched copious video clips of two adorable rising stars, my new favorite fairies Princess Sophia Grace and Princess Rosie.

Thank you again. I will see you in meditation bliss! Namaste.

With love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Melanie Dawn

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A Meditation Challenge

Affirmation: Through the power of meditation I tranform my life and discover the untapped potential that rests within me. I live the life of my dreams.

The Chopra Center is having a 21 Day Meditation Challenge. Care to join me and the many others who have committed themselves to taking on the challenge?

It’s said that it takes 21 days to get yourself into a habit or daily ritual. What do you think your life could look like, would look like if you committed yourself to 21 consistent days of meditation?

I’ve practised various forms of meditation for many years now. I’m not always consistent, but I do know that when I dedicate myself and have a daily ritual my life shifts and changes in miraculous ways. It always goes in the direction that makes me happiest too. Why wouldn’t I just do it all the time then? Good question. Let’s just say I let myself get in the way sometimes. You know the part that likes to distract or create reasons for not doing it.

I’m dedicated to continuing to make my life a powerful journey of following my joy, so I’m taking on the Chopra Challenge. Let’s do it together and see where we end up 21 days from now.

It’s easy! All you have to do is register and give yourself a bit of time to meditate every day for 21 days. We can all make the time. The Chopra Center is even going to provide us with free guided meditations.  You can Register Here.

The Challenge starts February 2oth.

See you in bliss! Namaste.

With love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Melanie Dawn

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Hello Love, it’s me!

Affirmation: Hello Love, it’s me. What is the most loving thing I can do for myself right now? 

Happy Valentines Day from sunny Palm Springs, California! May the light of your being be so full of love today. Whether you are in a relationship or on your own let love flow through you. Be open and receptive. You are loved!

Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “Love is the very essence of your being. Your objective is to ask love within you to make its presence known, to have an awareness of being so full of love that this is what you have to give away. By doing just that, you’ll attract more of what you’re giving away.”

Louise Hay says, “The more love we allow to flow out from us, the more there is within us and the more we receive. It is endless and timeless. Love for ourselves is the power that heals us. Practice as much as you can.”

Enjoy this day where we celebrate love. Be loving to yourself, your partner, your family, your friends and strangers. Make this day of love a day where everyone you encounter feels your love.

With love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Melanie Dawn

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The Vortex

Bell Rock ~ Sedona, AZ

Affirmation: I am aligned, in harmony and whole. I am in the vortex. The vortex and I are one.

Sedona, Arizona, is a mecca of vortexes, and it’s the next place our journey led us. What a beautiful, breathtaking and magical place. I’m so happy I’ve been able to experience it.

We drove in through Flagstaff, AZ. Having never been to Arizona before, I didn’t realize that we would drive through a huge forest to get here. I guess I had it in my head that Arizona was just desert. At Flagstaff you are at 7000 ft and then you drive down a windy two lane highway about 28 miles to Sedona. At first it seemed like the forest went on forever, so I couldn’t figure out when the giant red rocks Sedona is know for would appear. When they did, it was so breathtaking my eyes welled up with tears. I was overcome with its beauty and I could feel the energy and love Mother Earth has.

Since we’ve been here I’ve made a point to hike to each of the vortexes and do a meditation to engage myself further with the energy here. It’s been magical. I could actually feel the energy. To me it feels like flowing waves and I feel lighter, like I’m floating. Everyone experiences it differently though.

What is a Sedona vortex? The vortexes are sites where there is a spiral flow of spiritual energy existing on multiple dimensions. It is believed that you can tap deeper into your inner self through prayer and meditation when you access the vortex energy.

Even if you come here and don’t have the heightened sensitivity to actually feel the energy, you can’t help but notice it in the people, the environment and just the general sense of peace that comes over you from being here.

Abraham Hicks speaks of the vortex. Abraham tells us that the vortex is, “where the Law of Attraction assembles all cooperative relationships.” To hear more about what Abraham has to say about the vortex check out this video on You Tube.

Experiencing the energy of the vortex here has definitely had a powerful effect on me. I do believe, however, that we all have the capability to tap into the energy of the vortex no matter where we are as long as we know we are one with the energy of the vortex.

Here’s a simple meditation you can do to unite with its energy. If you can do this outside in nature, I highly recommend it.

Sit quietly with your eyes closed. Take three deep breaths and allow your body to relax. Feel the energy of whatever you are sitting on beneath you. Begin to see it as energy rather than the physical object it once was. Now begin to see yourself, your body, as a form of energy. Feel how you become one with the energy of the ground beneath you. In front of you see a mass of spiraling energy. Call that energy towards you and feel yourself enter the center. See your energy uniting with the spiraling energy. You are now the energy of the vortex. Feel the love that energy has for itself and for you. It’s powerful, it’s unconditional. Express your gratitude to the energy for all that it is, all that you are. If you’d like say a prayer, mantra, affirmation or ask it for something you’d like to bring in or dissolve from your life. Now sit with the energy so you can share yourself with it, like you would if you were spending time with a loved one. Begin to bring yourself back. Feel the ground beneath you. Feel the physical manifestation that is you. When you are ready open your eyes.

With love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Melanie Dawn

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Moving Forward With Faith

Affirmation: I have confidence that I am supported in every step I take. My courage and faith are strengthened the more I trust where Life leads me.

After spending a few magical days at Disney we journeyed our way to Nevada to make more of our dreams come true.

A few years ago I saw a picture of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. I thought the picture looked insane but I said to myself, “I want to do that!” After doing a bit of research I found out that the Skywalk is located in the west rim of the Grand Canyon so its an easy 2-1/2 hour drive from Las Vegas. It just so happens my sister, Amber, was going to a conference in Vegas the same time so she was able to join us for the adventure.

The evening before we decided to overnight at the Grand Canyon Ranch to break the drive up a bit. The Grand Canyon Ranch was a nice treat as we got to experience a bit of history. The ranch was built back in the 1800’s so it feels like you’re on an old country western movie set. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were even said to have stayed there.

This was my first visit to the Grand Canyon. Seeing it was one of the most amazing, magical and humbling feelings all wrapped up into one. Walking the Skywalk was both scarey and incredible. Bea seemed to have absolutely no fear. She actually jumped up and down on it hard enough it shook! Amber and I weren’t quite as brave but we made our way around despite the feeling of uneasiness. Let’s just say as  cool as it is to look down through the glass and see the Canyon 4000 feet beneath you, I was glad there was a railing to clutch onto.

For me, walking the Skywalk was a test in moving forward fearlessly. As uneasy as I felt with the experience I persevered and pushed through. Every step I took, well it was more like a foot slide, I just kept telling myself, “you can do it. There is nothing to worry about. You are fully supported.”

I think its important to approach life with this same knowledge. Sure some things seem scarey and make us feel uneasy because for one reason or another our confidence wavers, and we wonder how we can do something. Or maybe we just don’t know or can’t see how we will make it happen. The place to start is to remember how supported we are. Once you feel that it gives you the courage and faith to carry on.

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With love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Melanie Dawn

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