Talking Stick Radio 3/30/13 with guest Barbara Joannides

Just a few words to say that I am a woman of a certain age, 60 to be precise, who has recently stepped into the world.

Three decades ago I took the decision to be a stay-at-home mom and raised two boys. I enriched my days by learning from my children, taking courses on herbal medicine, reflexology, cookery and gardening. There was also a drawer in which I housed my writing. It felt like a sleeping giant brooding, awaiting the kiss of life.

I would call that ‘kiss’ my decision to claim a new life in the world.  I have recently returned from a 6 week trip to Montevideo, Uruguay. It was more than I had ever expected it would be. It’s never easy to break the mould and challenge the expectations of those around you, but for me it was as essential as breathing.

And so it is true that life can begin anew wherever and whenever you decide.  You know that old Sufi saying: “If you take a step towards your destiny, your destiny takes three steps towards you.” Just give it a whirl.


Barbara Joannides

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After the Show with Marisa on March 23, 2013

After the show with Marisa on March 23, 2013, I resonate with the idea that what we experience physically is an illusion and is our human creation. We can let go of all of our experiences after we’ve had them. For me, I had the sense earlier this morning while walking that it is all just stories, and even my being aware of the fact that it is stories is part of my story.

Marisa feels that freeing ourselves of expectations about where and how and what we should be is very liberating. Because being bound by those expectations takes us out of self-love and into judgement.

What we are doing is always perfect, says Marisa. I keep saying, “I’m always where I should be, as I should be.”

Kuthumi had told Marisa that this moment is as good as it gets and that is a HUGE reminder to me always to not judge my experiences as good or bad. I came here for experience, experience of all kinds.

Acceptance, gratitude, appreciation of the Now is just really loving. It is also the divinity within us making itself felt as these attributes of acceptance, gratitude, appreciation, are attributes of the divine.

Marisa brought out the idea that “I need to change myself or the situation because something’s wrong.” And just seeing how there is judgement in that idea. So change it to “I love myself and my experience and then I move forward into the next experience of myself and the world.” And this is a real challenge for many of the people whom Marisa works with and speaks with. And it is a real challenge for me as well. I seem to have chosen, in this lifetime, to struggle a bit, to grapple a bit, with the ideas and feelings around wanting and desire.

One of the things that Marisa said that really rang bells for me was that health and abundance are the biggest triggers that we give ourselves to take ourselves out of love, acceptance and trust. I suddenly realized as I listened to her during the show that when we are able to stay in our love, acceptance and trust, that those triggers will disappear. Triggers are our own creations, our way of growing forward into being the love embodied and expressed that we have come here to be. Triggers are the places where we need to grow into the ability to love. Jamye Price said something very similar when she was on our show, during her first visit. She said that we bring love to places where there was no love before. I thought that was a beautiful image at the time, and I feel that I understand it even better now after hearing what Marisa had to say.

Marisa did also say that when we feel we are finished being triggered by something, it will try again to trigger us, will come back hard to test us. That is our own self making sure that we have accomplished what we had chosen to accomplish. Have I really brought love and acceptance to this aspect of my humanity? Now, I see my recent struggles with the integration of my divinity within my humanity in a new light.

One trigger for me is the phrase “I have to…” because I tend to fill my days with that. Marisa says, “No, I don’t. I’m God also.” And she uses this marvelous idea of saying, “Is this pattern really larger and more powerful than God?”

Is this pattern of fearing lack actually larger and more powerful than the divine I AM? I think not.

Susan brought in a beautiful image that the world supports her. Her office, her car, her dog, her home, all of these externalizations of her being support her in a loving way. The world supports me.

And finally, Marisa spoke of theself as Creator in a casual way that charmed me. “I created this. All of it. I created it. When I’m done with it, I’ll create something else.”

I tend toward feelings of entrapment in my humanity and that sense of freedom, of being the creator of my life, is a timely reminder to me that I am not trapped in my own creation; I create the feeling of being trapped and can change it in an instant.

Once again, Talking Stick Radio has blessed me this morning.

3/23/13: join us with guest Marisa Calvi!

Marisa- I have been on a long journey of questions. This started as a young child where I questioned everything from why people behave the way they do to wondering how a pen works. This has led me to find answers to where I fit in within the world while losing several of those tiny springs within biros along the way.

There has been a great joy in now knowing and owning that I have all the answers and am complete within myself. For my middle aged single female aspect, there is also great relief within this.

 I now have a great fun with life- working part time in a supermarket to pay for stuff, and writing for the joy of being creative and expressive. In recent years I have been joined by the energy of Ascended Master Kuthumi Lal Singh. If you have not heard of him, just picture a dead Indian guy with a wicked sense of humour. We are a match made in heaven despite the fact that neither of us have ever been there.

 Kuthumi has shown me how simple and beautiful life can be when you set yourself free of your mind, your past and your expectations of the future.

Being in the now, loving myself, trusting my soul connection and being aware that this life is just one big crazy illusion that I create; that is my passion!

Dancing with the distractions from this passion is the fun of being human.

3/16/13: guest Lu Emanuel returns!

Lu Emanuel, who is usually the co-host of Talking Stick Radio, will also be the guest speaker, discussing teaching children to become independent and joyful life-long learners.  Lu Emanuel will discuss the practical how to’s of empowering your child to become a confident life-long learner, whether in school or as a homeschooler.

Lu Emanuel taught children of all ages and ability levels for twenty years, in Montreal, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and in Pennsylvania, focusing on children with learning disabilities who were not able to learn easily in a traditional classroom.

Lu has a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and focused in her Masters’ work on the design of educational systems and learning environments. Lu has researched and designed learning environments that honour children’s innate ability to learn and has taught in a variety of alternative learning environments for school age children, including the homeschool system, which enables parents to create the space for their children to learn where they live.

Lu has many passions and interests in the New Earth which we are co-creating; one of those is the creation of learning environments that serve the children who now populate our planet, and it is this which Lu will explore on Talking Stick Radio.

If you would like to call in to the show and ask a question or share your viewpoint and ideas live on the air, call us during the show at 424-220-1870.

For those of you who already know about Talking Stick Radio, this show will be one of a series that explores ways that we can empower children to become independent learners and discerning explorers of their emerging reality.