The True Faces of Refugees

In this chaotic and chilling political environment, we as a nation have stepped into as the new President has taken office, leaves a lingering feeling of sadness and powerlessness. As a Mexican-American living in the U.S.- the land of the free and the land of immigrants- I am afraid. I had not experienced this type of fear first hand till this past November 2016, when Trump was elected to the presidency. According to the Southern poverty law center a rise in rascist hate crimes have been recorded and fear has taken the country into its grips.  I had read it many times on the news, in our own American history during the civil rights movement. An empath by nature- my heart would cry tears of sadness for my brothers and sisters who endured so much in a very dark and unjust history. Not to mention our Jewish brothers and sisters who endured the largest extermination, one group of people had ever encountered in the past. Our brothers and sisters in the Middle east and Africa suffer on a daily basis and must live in a world of terror, and so many just want their families to be safe and sound and put them out of harm’s way. So many refugees who have been persecuted and terrorized, such as Yaman’s story of survival of how he and his family made it out alive when others were not so lucky.

We must realize- even though we look different- we are more similar than what we think. We all want to live in a loving, accepting and just world- isn’t that land the United States? A land that in its very foundation- laying down its first cornerstone- paved the nation into a democratic land, free from persecution, freedom from religious persecution and freedom of thought and free to be.  Not one person in this great nation has more rights than others to be here…this is a country of immigrants, whether your a first, second, third generation American, we are all immigrants…it is a country of dreams, a country of freedom, a country of hope, which seems to shatter as the days progress into this presidency that seems to be filled with a racist, misogynist, xenophobic rhetoric- a rhetoric that eerily mirrors Nazi Germany.

No matter who you voted for, what your politics are, at this point, that doesn’t matter, what matters is that we shift as people, and shift this feeling of hate, into a feeling of LOVE.

Just as Martin Luther King Jr. said not so long ago- his words still resonate in our psyche and memory. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must remember these words now…be love rather than hate, be accepting rather than rejecting, be kind rather than mean-spirited, be forgiving rather than punishing, be light rather than darkness, be one rather than dividing. Becuase the sooner we realize we can be one nation, one world living in peace and love, and the only way to do that is by accepting each other as we are, with all out beautiful differences that make this world so diverse and so unique. We are a beautiful rainbow in all its splendor. Let us come together as ONE world tribe to tear down walls and build bridges instead.

With love and light,

Mariela

The Power of Words

thepowerofwordsCan words have the power to create your reality? I will put it this way, all sound has a frequency and can be measured, but at a deeper level, sounds resonate within our psyche and can be as powerful as our imagination.

Mantras, which are Vedic in origin, act on the same principle of sound frequency and although they were created in the Sanskrit language, which is now a dead language, our soul recognizes these sounds and its powerful effects can transform our lives.

It is no surprise to know that words can also be hurtful and can cause damage, this echoes the same premise of the power of sounds. So if you tell yourself all day “I CAN’T DO THIS!”, guess what? You can’t do it. That is how powerful your words are. But instead, if you tell yourself “I can do this!”, “I am wonderful”, “I am intelligent”, “I am loved”. Guess what? You are and will be all of that and more.

It is important to focus on the positive words and only state those to yourself and to others as the power frequency will envelop your environment and will literally pave the way for whatever you are stating or verbalizing to come to you. Good or bad.

Words, backed up by your inner- belief and your positive emotions will bring those things to you even faster. Sometimes a quick shift of words when you’re having a bad day can transform the negative experience into a positive one. Try it one day you’re having a bad day and witness how the power of words can affect your reality almost instantly.

That is why words, mantras and prayers are so powerful and can have such a healing and peaceful effect by delving into its daily practice.

Star Rise- The Initiation goes into these premises and you will learn how the power of words and mantras can literally transform your reality and your powers can awaken. The Gayatri mantra is a central aspect of the book, listen to it HERE as it is sung by Deva Premal to feel its powerful effects.

I end this note with a very powerful quote:

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” —Frank Outlaw

What will it take for us to Thrive?

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Sometimes we think that we cannot do much more for our planet and the feeling of impotence lingers and settles in our psyche until it clouds our thoughts and attitude. We need to realize that we are much more powerful and our actions– even small ones –can pave the way for change.

If you have not seen the  documentary THRIVE, I  urge you to get up (yes- right now- I promise you won’t be disappointed), pop some yummy popcorn or prepare a fruit and veggie platter (which would be my choice 🙂 ) and watch this life changing film! Foster Gamble and his lovely wife Kimberly have created this unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s “really” going on in our world by following the money upstream – uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives.

The documentary weaves together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

So if you want to Thrive and make a difference- now is your chance. Go to their website where  you can be a part of their collective change:

http://www.thrivemovement.com/

To watch the film, visit:

http://www.thrivemovement.com/the_movie

I end this entry with a phrase I love and fits perfectly for this occasion:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.