I grew up watching the movies of her father, Vincent Price and am still a huge fan of his work. Once I got older, I learned about the man and just how fascinating he was. I learned of his passion for cooking, his love and understanding of art and his involvement with the preservation of Native American art. And this just scratches the surface of his life.
Through casual research of Vincent Price’s life, I stumbled upon some blogs by his daughter Victoria. For some time, Victoria, who previously penned a best-selling biography of her father, was regularly blogging about her daily practice of joy. And that really struck a chord with me. We all talk about feeling and living joy, but she took it much farther and was actually doing it. And through following her blogs, I’ve been able use some of that in my own life.
I also began to learn about Victoria Price, herself. She’s a truly a fascinating woman. She is a successful interior designer, writer and a cultural global tour guide as well as a life coach. Victoria is a motivational speaker and she tours the world speaking about her father’s life.
In 2011 Victoria began her own spiritual quest in earnest and has changed her life dramatically and joyously. She is now an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister and founder of Red Shoes Ministry. Last year she published a book about her spiritual journey called, “The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self”. And I’ve got to tell you, it’s a must-read!
Victoria will be with us on Tuesday, August 20thspeaking on not only her father’s legacy but about her spiritual journey. Her books will also be available for purchase and autographs. We’ll be hosting her talk at the Holiday Inn Boardman and seating is limited, so please sign-up online quickly! And signing-up online will save you money, and who doesn’t like that?! Registration online is $20 per person, but admission will be $25 per person at the door. All the details are on our website at: An Evening with Victoria Price
Victoria and her associate, Rev. Rachel Hollander will be with us Thursday, August 22ndto present a mini retreat on a much smaller scale. This experience is titled, “ Who Do You Think You Are? Reclaiming the Hearts of Our Truest Selves”. This will be a three-hour workshop held at the Coy Cornelius Studio on Belmont Ave. in Youngstown. Advanced registration for this event is required as space is extremely limited. You must pre-register online at: Who Do You Think You Are?
You won’t want to miss either of these events. And you’ll definitely want to pick-up a copy of Victoria’s book and make it a part of your spiritual journey.
This month some excellent questions have come up. Thank you so much! Here are two questions I thought might be of the most interest to everyone.
I rarely practice my Reiki... both self healing and on others. Is my chakra still open? Can I start over again to make the chakras active again?
~ Setia P.
Setia, once you have studied and been attuned to Reiki, you are always Reiki; it cannot and will not go away. There is no need to start over again, though you are always welcome to do so. And honestly, if you are out of practice as you say, it might help to reinforce the information you learned previously if you do take a Reiki class again. I would be happy to welcome you to one of my classes if you would like.
As a Reiki facilitator and, more importantly in this scenario, I feel the need to remind you that you should be doing Reiki every day. If you don’t share Reiki with anyone else, that’s okay. But you should be doing Self-Reiki as often as possible… ideally every day. As I state in my soon to be released book, “Reiki and Beyond”, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time doing Self-Reiki; a few minutes when you are able are enough. Not ideal, but enough. Keep that energy flowing and working you’re your body, on your mind, on your spirit. We just cannot get enough pampering and every little bit of Self-Reiki will do you a world of good.
And if you would like to re-take a Reiki level I class, just let me know.
Can I do Reiki on a person with a pacemaker? My heart says nothing will go wrong with Reiki but my therapist head knows to be super careful . A friend of mine in her 40s is in definite need of assistance and her drs don't think it warrants putting anything in writing because, "Reiki isn’t a real thing anyway".
~ Amanda D.
Amanda, that’s an excellent question and the short and simple answer is no, there is no conflict between the energy of Reiki and the energy generated by a pacemaker.
But let’s take a slightly deeper look at this question.
I am thrilled that you’re concerned about this and feel the need to be certain not to hurt anyone. Remember, Reiki cannot cause harm. A person cannot even get too much Reiki as it will stop flowing when necessary.
When I have worked with clients who have pacemakers, I have felt the energy they emit. To me it felt like static over their heart. Or like turbulence for an airplane, if you will. But I’ve never felt any negativity or conflicting energies.
I certainly understand your concern and the first time I encountered a pacemaker I was a bit intimidated to place my hands on that client’s chest. I quickly got past that trepidation, however.
As I discuss in my forthcoming book, “Reiki and Beyond”, whenever you’re in doubt, double check that your intention is set for your client’s greatest and highest good. But if, for any reason, you’re uncomfortable touching a client, you are always able to “hover” over the area in question rather than make a physical contact. Don’t forget, contact is not a requirement for Reiki to flow successfully.
Also, don’t forget to work with your guides. Ask them directly if it’s okay to proceed when the client has a pacemaker, or any other issue. Listen to them; they won’t steer your wrong.
June is going to be a time of shaking things up a bit and breaking out of your normal, daily rut. Take some time and examine your personal rules, values, and/or beliefs. Do they still ring true to you? Have you outgrown your views on politics? Have you shifted your stance on human rights? Does your religion nurture you spiritually or are you attending services simply out of habit?
Living hidebound by the “shoulds” and “oughts” society dictates (we’re not talking about actual laws here) can stifle your individuality. I mean, on whose authority do we ladies not wear white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day? It’s time to step out of the box you’ve stuck yourself in and make some rules of your own when it comes to your wardrobe, beliefs, and habits. As long as you don’t harm anyone else or break the law, be the “weird” one; it can be enormously liberating and rewarding!
If you can let go of some of the restrictions you’ve followed, you may find your innovative juices will flow. Expect a burst of creativity this month that will be recognized as something valuable to not just you.
Have a happy avant garde June!
The Emerald Box Turtle
This article originally apeared on John Michael Thornton's personal website in April and is reprinted with permission.
My first past life memory was one of cataclysm and destruction. I was running through the streets of a city that was crumbling from earthquakes and rising waters, clutching the hand of a companion. The memory ended when she was attacked, I don’t know if we made it to docks and escaped. I was fourteen when I remembered those few brief moments and spent years wracked with guilt, convinced I could have done more to save her and get us to safety. Hundreds, if not thousands, of years later and I am still trying to forgive myself for those last moments.
I’ve remembered snippets of other lives since then, I’ve even remembered dying, but nothing shook me to the core like that first memory. For years after recalling that life I was obsessed with never coming back. I learned what I could about reincarnation and even bought a book, from the humor section, called “101 Ways to Avoid Reincarnation.” I studied it obsessively.
Around the same time I read the book Starborn, by John Nelson, in which one character asked the question, “how could I possibly leave everyone I care about without helping them move on as well?” It was that question that catalyzed the soul growth and evolution of the character. It also deeply resonated with me, but at the time I just wanted to get out and never come back.
Twenty Seven years as a psychic has changed my perspective a bit, and I know my thinking will continue to evolve. This still often feels like a harsh and challenging planet to live on, but I’m no longer obsessed with making this my last life.
For many people the idea that this is your last lifetime on Earth is almost a boast, a moment of ego. The ida is they have evolved beyond this planet, and maybe they have, but to me there still seems like so much to do here on this lovely blue green planet. There are so many things to learn, so many souls to help, and so many gardens to tend (and trash to be picked up).
That doesn't mean I don’t read the news and think, “stop the world, I want to get off.” I wonder how I can exist, let alone grow as a sensitive soul amid so much ugliness. I remember that first past life memory and the horror I felt as we ran for our lives and the conviction I felt that this time, this life, I would do better. I would be better.
So, I know I’m not done. This will not be my last time around. When I feel tired and overwhelmed by the ugliness, fear and hatred I see in the world I will remind myself that my job is to make myself and the world a little bit better and if I fail today, there will be another day, another lifetime, another chance to be better.
This card is all about the different connotations of lying. Lying to others, yourself, being “less than completely honest”, manipulating the situation, lying by omission, and generally being tricksy just to name a few ways we can be untruthful. Now, it’s true that sometimes, we simply must lie or bend the truth for ethical reasons. Doctors will tell loved ones the patient died without suffering when he knows damned well the patient fought and suffered until the end. You’ll tell your partner it was “good” for you, too, just to help them feel a little better about themselves and so you can roll over and go to sleep. The coach tells the worst kid on the team that he can see “improvement” to give the kid a boost in self esteem.
My point today is to really examine your motivations behind your untruths. Are you saving someone’s feelings? Are you motivated by compassion and sympathy? Or are you lying to save your own skin or ego, to weasel out of something you don’t have the balls to straightforwardly say you don’t wanna do, or to get something you want at the expense of another?
If you’re lying to yourself about something, stop. Face your truth: you actually LIKE to smoke, you’re just too lazy to exercise, and you hate smoothies/love bacon. Do you have to do anything about the things you lie to yourself about? No. But if you have to lie to yourself to shut something up, then there’s a deeper urge that’s saying maybe you should do something about that. Food for thought.
Happy May all!