Pageant of the Masters: On Stage With Living Art Theater

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In the beachy, artsy town of Laguna Beach, California, a world class fine art event takes place every summer since 1933! The Pageant of the Masters was originally an afterthought publicity gimmick to celebrate the Festival of The Arts which is the main attraction of this town.


This has become one of the most unique theatrical celebrations, attracting visitors from across the globe. As a summer tradition for 85 years, the highest quality colony of artists that participate in this event is astounding.


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Fifty Shades of Gray:The Cover Up

accessoriesAt a certain age, most women (and men) are battling the bulge and the daily sprouting of gray hair.

In this age of worshiping eternal youth, most boomers are covering the gray.  A new company called offers a breakthrough method to cover those grays right at home.
However, not everyone is pleased with this new hair color solution. Many professionals are outraged at the thought that their clients would leave them to do their own hair.

eSalon is different from the grocery/drug store grade dyes. They make salon haircolor available for home use, and it’s even made-to-order for each individual. This means you’re getting the complete salon experience without paying outrageous salon bills!
First, you have a personal consultation with their professional colorists. Then, they create your very own custom dye, just like they would mix for you in a salon. Not only will it completely cover your “Fifty Shades of Gray,” but it leaves you with a rich, vibrant haircolor.

After a recent visit to eSalon’s headquarters in Culver City, CA, there was much to learn about this solution to the gray hair dilemma. Estelle Baumhauer, the company’s Color Director and a veteran colorist herself, is a part of a team of expert colorists. They craft an individual hair color blend and personalized instructions for each client. You truly receive the same quality service as you would in a salon.


The absolute best part, this custom blended color is mailed right to your door for only $19.95 plus s&h. This is definitely not information your stylist wants you to know about!
Let’s face it, eSalon is the wave of the future! Check out the great reviews on their Facebook page, or try a quick search on google to see great user reviews and blogs.
The company also has a great deal for first time clients. You can get a complete custom color kit delivered to your door for just $9.95 (a 50% savings). Check out their special offer today:


Best Event of 2012 : THREE DAYS OF LOVE

Photo by, Bob Degadillo
L-R-Neale Donald Walsch,Stephan Dinan, Jack Canfield,Barbara Marx Hubbard, Freddie Ravell,Veronica Ravell,Lisa Nichols, Marcia Weider


The invitation headline was:

“There comes a time when the global community joins together in joyful communion to set a new vision for our world on a scale unprecedented in history. Such is BIRTH 2012-December 22, 2012. A Day that will forever affect your sense of possibility.”

When it is declared that this kind of event would bring forth a powerful energetic such as this, it is a rare occurrence that their promise is fulfilled.
However, this event definitely fulfilled its promise with an array of performances and luminaries that all at once were uplifting, inspiring and beyond words.

With the doomsday rumors shotgunning around the mass media and internet, the daily onslaught of negative, sinister, evil and darkness flooding the airwaves, one may conclude that the end is nigh. However, this event demonstrated that the end of the ‘evil empire’ is on it’s deathbed, and the awakening of a new life is happening. Check out the, it delivered the message for all to experience.


This event celebrated the birth of a new era, featuring some of the leading edge luminaries of the new earth with Stephen Dinan and the birth mother, Barbara Marx Hubbard, who partnered to create the Shift Network’s Birth 2012 event.

Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.” Some say she has become “his philosophical heir, as a social innovator, speaker, author, educator and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.

The Shift Network is a “growing global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity.”

The Whole World was watching, Birth2012/The Shift Network
The Whole World was watching, Birth2012/The Shift Network

The main event, on 12/22/12 was a day of enlightenment. The anchor for the webcast is the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. The transformational leaders, artists, and visionaries gathering with hundreds of events worldwide: “it’s the global Golden Moment, with millions joining their prayers and blessings worldwide to mark this beautiful transition.” Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, one of the world’s leading charismatic speakers, lead the audience on a journey to the soul. Other luminaries shared their visions, such as Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Jack Canfield, and music from Chaka Khan, Rickie Byers Beckwith, Ozomatli, Freddi Ravel, the Agape Choir, as well as presenting gift Shift Awards to Innovators in peace, sustainability, wellness, and economics.

An outstanding surprise was actor Esai Morales, (NYPD Blue), who remarked, “we are now living in a world ruled by organized crime and what we need now is organized Divine!”

Powerful Presentation
Powerful Presentation

Maryann Williamson delivered the most empowering message for women, declaring that we are living in a different world, the benchmark of a new awakening. “Humanity can be in charge of it’s own destiny, where we go from one way of looking to another. It is a very important thing that is happening here today, when people claim it, when people are willing to embrace the vision, stand in that space and say……..This era shall be born and it shall be born within me. This is one of those amazing magic moments in history. Now, men as well as women are claiming birth as an imagery. Men are now borrowing women’s intuition.”

Williamson continued, “There’s something we need to explain to the men, it hurts like hell. Let us not kid ourselves, labor is hard. We are going to have to invoke our courage. If you’re going to stand for all the things people are talking about today, true sustainability, true peace on earth, love is the bottom line. We are going to need to know we have a support system of our community”…. because outside these rooms, we are going to have extreme opposition…….Before anyone gives birth to what is possible, they have to go through the struggles of what has been before. When we give birth to something new, we have to die to what has come before. We don’t have to be perfect, we have the unwavering, steadfast support of our community to make this a reality.


The entertainment was electrifying, especially the music, and the dance. One of the most outstanding performances, Phaedroid, with Phaedra and Android Jones that combined computer art images cast on a screen ,where a female dancer wrapped in white cloth was moving in front of the screen, and music from an otherworldly source created a new art form. Andrew Jones, a.k.a. Android Jones, is a U.S. visual artist working in the fields of concept art for movies and video-games, fashion design, body painting, illustration and digital performances. He started his career with George Lucas at Industrial Light and Magic, worked as the only North American concept artist for the Japanese gaming company Nintendo and became creative director for the entertainment development company Massive Black Inc., of which he is a founder. (Wiki)

Some of the Presenters
Some of the Presenters

Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, was one of 12 members of The Shift Network’s Birth2012 Welcoming Committee, a group of 12 of the most respected thought leaders of our time. The Welcoming Committee is committed to model how we can have cooperative, synergistic leadership of many movements in service to us all giving our greatest gifts to help make humanity Shift in time. The Reverend Beckwith was the effervescent leading force of the event, empowering the community to opening up to the Birth of 2012 new life. “Yes we are willing, Yes we can, Yes we are able, Yes I am. Feel into your sacred yes. Where there willfulness there is a wall, where there is willingness there is a way. Where there is willingness a way can be made out of no way. It is the vibration of the miraculous. We invite this willingness even if we don’t know how. Through our willingness, saying yes to our own growth, something beautiful is taking shape. We see the promise and the possibility of our own world. The realm of ever expanding good is anchored in our heart and soul. We stand in gratitude and thanksgiving allowing it to be so. “

Treat yourself to the online festivities and become a part of this global shift to transformation. and experience the other masterful presentations, including Barbara Marx Hubbard.

Special thanks to photographers, Laurie Towers and Dave Degadilloimages-2

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21st Century Beauty for the Soul

We are now in an age of profound change. As a global society, we are moving from self-centered to SOUL Centered. In matters of the soul, we are all one.

After decades of living in the fast lane, I realized that if I didn’t slow down and experience the present moment, life would pass me by.  As someone who always lived in hope of the future and suffered from the disappointments of the past, I was never satisfied with what was right in front of me. Always seeking more, without fully appreciating what IS NOW. As life flows from youth to adulthood and beyond, looking back from the other side of fifty, what is most important is cherishing what is and appreciating the wonders around me. As Bill Clinton once said, we are in an age where the years ahead are outnumbered by the years behind. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to become awakened, mindful with eyes wide open. In the movie, As Good As It Gets, Jack Nicholson asks the rhetorical question to other patients when leaving his shrink’s office,

“What if THIS is as good as it gets?”

With that in mind, I have reflected upon my life and realized that no matter how good or bad things were, my focus was always on a better future. Instead of living in present time awareness, I was reflecting back  into the rear view mirror. So the future was about running away from what didn’t work, and not so much flowing into the present.

Many of us are realizing that life is precious and the simple pleasures are more satisfying than the Madison Avenue big-ticket items. The 5 Star Life is focused on the mind/body and especially the spirit. Living by the highest virtues of honor, integrity and loving kindness is living your best life now. I am a journalist and write about Soulful Beauty in all forms. From wellness to healing retreats and luxury spas, this is living an INSPIRED life. We are blessed to be living in new times with spirit as our guide. Awakening to the true meaning of life and our world, many of us will be leading the path to uplift and inspire others around the globe to a new way of peace. Most important is for each of us to find our own inner peace (from the inside out) so we can share it with joy, kindness and especially love.

Leading the way to mindful living, we can all benefit from taking care of ourselves so we can be our personal best. The future of healthcare is SELF-CARE! We are living in the best times for achieving vibrant health and radiant beauty. The Art of Living Well is a gift we can share, and I will be sharing the latest breakthroughs to feeling great all the time. Get ready to have the time of your life!

Piero Ferrucci, the bestselling author of The Power of Kindness shows how the ability to appreciate beauty-far from being a luxury or an afterthought-is vital to leading a happy, balanced, and satisfying life.

Beauty is all around us-in a flower, a song, the sound of falling water, or a dramatic painting. We often think of it as just “window dressing.” But it’s not. It is the balm of our existence, and we cannot live full and satisfying lives without it.

We are here to experience everyday beauty in a whole new way-and to understand its powers to guide us through periods of darkness or stress, to speed recovery, to make life feel purposeful. We will explore a variety of experiences to explain how different kinds of beauty complement and complete our lives in different ways.

So much of the malaise and low-grade depression we may find in our lives and those of people we love is due to our inability to understand the extraordinary power-and necessity-of taking time to “stop and smell the roses” can place ourselves in closer proximity to the therapeutic healing that only beauty can bring.

 We race around; harried, worried, and distracted. Much of the time we are unable to see the beauty all around us. Some of us think we don’t deserve it or that it’s frivolous. When we work to change this, he writes, we escape from the cages we have created. We heal better when we are open to beauty, when healing is unobstructed by stress: “The encounter with beauty takes us easily back to the pure spring of our spontaneous emotional life.” “Because beauty is temporary,” he writes, “appreciating it involves a kind of surrender.” We must learn “to welcome it when it comes, let it go when it leaves.” Ferrucci’s writing is calm and clear. His insights are widely intuitive. The very act of reading his balanced sentences unties knots and encourages openness.

“There is great importance of appreciating beauty. Beauty is not the province of artists, poets and philosophers; it is as essential to the health of the individual soul–what the Greeks conveyed in the word psyche–as breath is to the individual body. A transpersonal psychology clinician, Piero Ferrucci not only hears what makes people ill, he also hears what makes them better, and the remedies can be small: contemplating a painting, smelling a piece of ripe fruit, hearing favorite music. There is also literature that empirically supports this theory. There is evolutionary evidence that the need for beauty is hard-wired into humans, and this adds new weight to philosophers’ age-old arguments. There’s a reason airports are unpleasant experiences: they’re “nonplaces” that harm the souls of the people who use them. This is a wonderful book to give to anyone made uneasy by the conditions of modern life, because the solution is so simple and yet bears repeating: stop to smell the roses.”

Beauty in nature and all living things is beyond words