Share Your Love

Shaman Durek @ Lightning in a Bottle

Affirmation: I open my arms and share my light and love with the world. I bring happiness to myself and others. I AM love.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post. My new job and summer festivities have led me to a place where I’m now trying to keep up with myself. Yes, the pace of my life has definitely sped up a bit since the period of my life I refer to as “my dress rehearsal for retirement”. I felt it was time I stop for a moment and dedicate time to No Plan To Happiness.

That’s my soul brother Shaman Durek in the photo above hugging someone who just listened to him speak at Lightning in a Bottle. He spent a good minute hugging each person who stood in line to meet him after he finished speaking . Here’s a person who has dedicate his life to sharing his light and love with the world. He’s an amazing soul.

Its so important to share your light and love with the world. The more you share the light and love eminating from within you, the more you unconditionally love and accept yourself and those you do and don’t know, the more your life will  shape into the beautiful divine magic that is within you.

So share your love today. Remember to give yourself and those around you a great big warm hug. I hope you realize how amazing and beautiful you are.

You are light. You are love. May the magic of summer bring you great blessings. Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and family!

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

Melanie Dawn

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True Desires

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Affirmation: I know my true heart’s desires.  I AM clear, open and ready for their magic.

Later this week I’m heading to an annual music and art festival in Southern California called Lightning In A Bottle. This will be my second year attending the festival. I was so inspired by the festival last year that I decided I wanted to help build altars at the Temple of Consciousness this year. The Temple of Consciousness is an area of the festival where they have workshops, speakers, yoga, and meditations. They also have beautiful altars all throughout the temple.

My desire to help led me to not just assist with building the altars but to be given the opportunity to have Living Fae build our own altar in the Temple. So later this week Living Fae (Melanie Dawn & Anne Elizabeth) will be heading there to build an altar. Not only are we excited to have this opportunity to share what the divine inspires us to create but we are also very excited to be working along with Brent “Shrine” Spears who is well known for his amazing temples at Burning Man, Lightning In A Bottle, and Coachella. He is also responsible for the design of the interior of the House of Blues chain.

Another highlight of the event for me is having an altar we’ve built be somewhere where Shaman Durek is speaking. Some of you may recall me blogging about Shaman Durek in my Choose Life! post. Shaman Durek is speaking at 10:30am – 11:30am  on Sunday, May 27th ~ Expanding Your Vessel. When I started building altars at public events it was in collaboration with an event Durek was speaking at so its very exciting for me to be in the same space again with him. It’s like we’ve come full circle.

Building altars is most certainly one of my true hearts desires. I love what it invokes in and evokes from me. I love what channels through me. I love how it comes together in the most magical way. I love the stories they tell. But most of all I love what I’ve seen them bring about for others. It’s always music to my heart when I see someone meditating in front of the altar.

Building an altar is a great way to discover your true desires. However, I know that isn’t for everyone.  If you want to tap in and be clear on what your true heart’s desires are then I recommend looking at images, writing a story and making a creative visualization board.

Something about the magic in the above photo spoke to my heart. Looking at it brings a huge smile to my face. It brings out a sense of awe, beauty and wonderment.  And it reminds me of faeries which I love.

What are you true heart’s desires? Do you have a clear vision on them? Do you know you deserve them? Are you ready to receive them?

Start by looking at images and seeing what kind of emotion that image evokes.  You can go through magazines, your own photos, or check out some great places online like Pinterest. Choose the ones that resonate with you on a deep level. Then once you can see how that image has opened your heart let it speak to you. It’s sure to give you an indication of what it is you desire more of. Sometimes it may bring out something you might desire less of. In this exercise focus only on the ones you desire most.

The next step is to collect a series of images and let them tell a story. Get out scrapbook, and tell your story. Begin to journal your story along with the images.  You’re the main character. Write it in the affirmative and present tense as though it were happening now.  Feel excitement, joy, love, tenderness, peace and the beauty of your emotions as you experience the magic of your desires.

One thing I’ve learned through No Plan To Happiness is not just how important it is to imagine and believe in all your dreams and wishes. But mostly importantly you must let go of how you think they should happen and allow life to guide you to them.

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

Melanie Dawn

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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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