Bula – Hello From Fiji

It’s noon on Saturday here in Fiji in the South Pacific. Wow – a great and adventurous trip so far!

We drove to D.C. on Monday. Did some last minute packing and shopping, had a fabulous Ethiopian meal.

Our flight headed out on Tuesday at 4:30 from Dulles. A 5-hour ride to L.A. We got to see the new Karate Kid movie. It was truly great. If you haven’t seen it, I think you will like it.

In L.A. we had a 5-hour layover. When I went to the counter to get our boarding passes to Fiji, I was told that without a return ticket or a ticket to somewhere else, they could not let us on the plane. Yikes! I had a picture of the boat we were boarding in Fiji as well as a letter from the captain, but that wasn’t good enough. After all the money I’d been spending on preparing for the trip, I didn’t have enough in any one account to purchase two full fares from Fiji to Syndey. So I had to call my mom in the middle of the night. It was around 11 East Coast time already. I said, what a horrible daughter I am. Wake your mom up in the middle of the night to ask for money. What great parents though, they bought the ticket and we were able to get our boarding passes. The ticket to Sydney is refundable.

The waiting area for the flight we were taking on Air Pacific had enough chairs to hold about 20 people. We couldn’t figure out how a really tiny plane was going to fly 10 hours without refueling. Turns out it’s just a small waiting area. They stuck us on buses and transported us to a big jumbo jet.

The flight was the worst I’ve ever taken. The plane was nice enough, but neither Jess nor I could sleep. By the time we took off it was already 2:30  a.m. East Coast time. Once on the plane, I had eye shades, ear plugs, neck pillows. We added the small pillow and blanket the airline provides. We should have been golden and gone right to sleep. But neither of us could. We never did sleep.

Finally, we arrived in Fiji where our sweet Fijian taxi guy picked us up at 5:30 a.m. and drove us to the Marina. What a gorgeous drive.

We boarded the Furthur and began the adventure here.

It’s taken a few days to catch up on sleep. But by now, we are good to go.

This morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m., got up before anyone else and headed to the top deck. I wrote for awhile on my new book, then photographed the sunrise over one of the Fiji islands. We are anchored off shore near a gorgeous marina where we had dinner yesterday.

During low tide, an island pops out of the sea. We took the dingy over and snorkeled this morning around the coral reefs. What cool fish. It was Jess’ first snorkel experience. He loved it.

Later he got to kayak for the first time.

Gotta go. The internet connection is very slow. So, no pictures or anything, even though I’ve already taken a couple hundred.

Hello to all our friends everywhere.

Until next time,

Takara and Jess

Choosing the Best Place to Relocate for the Spiritually-Minded

Best Place to Relocate

We were in the middle of a huge discussion about choosing the best place to relocate in one of the groups I lead on Facebook. Moving is something many light workers are called to do on occasion. With that in mind, I thought I would share some of the thoughts here that I have been sharing there. Just some things for you to contemplate if moving is on the horizon. This particular discussion began with the person wanting to live near the beach and to see dolphins often …

When it comes to moving, I strongly encourage you to Read more

Getting to Know Your Spiritual Gifts and Talents

Spiritual Gifts & Talents

We all have a unique gift, skill, or talent that we are here to express. Some even have spiritual gifts that they are to use to help others. The expression of these gifts and talents often bring joy, peace, healing, or understanding to the individual, and in some cases, other people.

For some, a spiritual gift might be songs that they hear in their head, or symbols or images they see in their mind’s eye. A clairaudient person might hear songs or words. A clairvoyant person might imagine a picture and draw or paint it. I have many friends who “receive” words and symbols.

I am deeply blessed to know … Read more

Photo Shoot with Andi & Jonathan Goldman in Virginia Beach

 

Andi Goldman, Takara, Jonathan Goldman with the Essence of Sound by Dancing Dolphin

Andi Goldman, Jonathan Goldman, and I had so much fun doing this photo shoot for my Essence of Sound oils that are infused with his sacred music.

We used to see one another in Denver quite often … since I lived in Santa Fe and they lived in Boulder. It was a great meeting place. For the last several years we’ve been hanging out in Yogaville and the lovely grounds there. This is the first time we got to see one another at the beach. It was so wonderful having dinner together with an ocean view. So much fun!

Right after I began making them, Jonathan and I did a photo shoot holding the oils many years ago. I decided it was time to get some updated images.

Andi is holding Tantra of Sound (the frequencies are based on a book she co-authored with Jonathan). Jonathan is holding the Chakra Kit that I developed from his Chakra Chants music as well as crystals, colors, and aromatherapy unique to each chakra.
Andi and Jonathan Goldman
You can also see that Andi is wearing one of my Dancing Dolphin Design jade bracelets. I hadn’t realized she had it on when we were doing the photo shoot. It was fun to see it afterwards.
Takara with sound healing pioneer, Jonathan Goldman
All the images were taken on the grounds at A.R.E., Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment. The bamboo forest made a great backdrop.
Andi Goldman, Takara, Jonathan Goldman with the Essence of Sound by Dancing Dolphin
To find out more about the Essence of Sound, visit the Dancing Dolphin Store at this link.

Press Release Faerie and Earth Festival, Asheville, NC

Faerie and Earth Festival Asheville

For Immediate Release

THE OCEAN IS COMING TO ASHEVILLE

ASHEVILLE, NC, May 15, 2016  Bestselling authors, Cyndie Lepori and D. Takara Shelor, bring mermaids, dolphins, and other elements of the sea to the Faerie and Earth Festival May 21st and 22nd.

The two ladies met a couple of years ago through a book collaboration led by Takara. The book, Dolphins & Whales Forever, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon.

They have much in common. They are both authors, jewelry designers, artists, and have both lived on a boat. Cyndie lived on her own sailboat for 5 years in the Gulf and the Bahamas. Takara liked on a yacht in Fiji and the South Pacific for awhile.

That is such a far cry from where they each began. Cyndie was once a nurse in Mississippi. Takara was an engineer and manager in the pharmaceutical industry in Pennsylvania. But they each felt “the call” of the ocean, dolphins, and whales. Takara moved to the San Juan Islands to be near orcas and later San Diego to be near dolphins. Cyndie went to Gulf Shores, AL and then to Florida to be near dolphins and live on the water.

At the ocean and mermaid-themed booth, you will find books, jewelry, art, pendulums, Dancing Dolphin oils & mists, Mardella Fine Art, t-shirts, note cards, magnets and more. Just look for the canopy with scales and the whale tail.

For more information about Cyndie, visit www.dolphinhugs4u2.net.
For more information about Takara, visit www.magnificentu.com or www.magnificentu.com/Store.
For more information about the Faerie and Earth Festival, visit http://enchantedwalkabouts.com/faerie-and-earth-festivals/
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My Love for Native American Culture

I am so truly blessed to have friends from many Native American and other indigenous “nations.” I’ve had the great good fortune of having some extraordinary experiences that many would consider shamanic or related to Native American culture, earth-based spirituality or indigenous in nature.

My intrigue began as a small child living in Texas. We often played cowboys and indians and I always insisted on being an indian (the term Native American was not yet part of my awareness at the time). I could close my eyes and literally feel the buckskin dress against my skin, the moccasins on my feet, the feathers in my hair, the pottery bowl in my hand. At the time I thought I was just making it up. Later, as I was being taken through the forest near Sedona, AZ by a professional guide, when I looked down, for a brief moment, instead of my hiking shorts and boots, I saw the buckskin dress and moccasins.

Sitting on the ground right in front of the dancer at Chaco Canyon on Summer Solstice, I could feel that they were literally “waking up” the earth with their dance. No one had danced there in 500 years – according to what they said that day.

I had a powerful vision while sitting in my sacred circle all day high up in the Sangre de Cristos after a sweat lodge early in the morning poured by a native man from back east somewhere. It was all part of Stuart Wilde’s 8-day Warriors in the Mist program.

Over the years I have participated in drum circles, medicine wheels, shamanic journeys, sweat lodges, riding horses bareback and blindfolded, walking barefoot on the earth, having numerous encounters with animals in the wild, sitting for hours by a stream being “downloaded” with information, soul retrieval, leaving gifts of blue corn meal or something else in nature in exchange for a shell, a feather, or a stone, having spontaneous past life memories flash through my mind as I traveled and hiked in locations all over the globe, listening for hours to storytellers sharing their own adventures or that of their people, and being a storyteller myself. Each of these moments was a powerful gift in my life, not just for the experience and insight it brought me, but because of the other people who were part of it with me.

EnJOY this fabulous collection of images of Native Americans:

http://mashable.com/2015/11/25/edward-curtis-native-americans/

I share many life adventures in my upcoming Memoir.

Another Magnificent Trip to Yogaville

Another Trip to Yogaville

I have been blessed many times by my visits to Yogaville. When my dear friends, Andi and Jonathan Goldman, teach there, it gives us an opportunity to see one another in person. Since moving to the east coast from Santa Fe, seeing them in person happens much less often.

Typically on the final day of their weekend course, I’m given the opportunity to share the Divine Name Essence with each of the participants in the class. After the workshop is over, I’m asked to stay and let people try additional essences, mists, and other products I offer.

The Divine Name Essence is just one of the series of products I co-created with Jonathan Goldman, which infuses his Divine healing sounds into my sacred healing oils. We call it the Essence of Sound. Whether you use the oil while listening to the music, or on it’s own, they bathe the body and energy field in those exquisite vibrations and people really seem to love them. I know I do. Andi and Jonathan do as well. Many of those who love his music greatly enjoy the oils also.

When I was in Yogaville at Jonathan and Andi’s workshop this spring, I met many of the people who live and work at the ashram. It was the first time I felt really connected with the community there. One of the wonderful ladies who has lived there since the early 80’s invited me to come back to stay for a weekend. We were collaborating to lead workshops and Goddess experiences together.

So many wonderful things happened this time, I hardly know where to begin . . .

When most people think of Yogaville, they instantly think of the LOTUS – Light of Truth Universal Shrine. What a gorgeous facility radiating such wonderful loving energy. People meditate there daily on the upper level. The lower level contains a collection of artifacts and sacred objects from many of the world’s religions. It is a place honoring all traditions.

Yogaville - The Lotus Temple

The image at the top of the article, of the hillside with two temples as you move up the hill, are what you see if you are standing in front of the LOTUS and look up the hill.

The first night on my trip to Yogaville, my host took me to the top of that hill (in the top photo) to watch the sunset. Others showed up who were doing the same. We ended up joyfully telling many stories and laughing until long after the sun had set. Looking down on the Ashram from that vantage point was so lovely.

I met with many people, did a private energy healing session for one of the ladies who lives there, and shared Dancing Dolphin Sacred Healing Oils & Mists, pendulums, and bracelets, with many. At lunch one day, my host suggested that I show my pendulums to a particular swami. I was so surprised that this deLightful woman that I’ve seen there many times is quite an accomplished dowser and absolutely loved the various pendulums I had with me and especially the one I gave her. Who knew swamis were into dowsing? I certainly didn’t.

Much like here, there were deer everywhere.

My host took me to see a statue at the farm – where they grow organically many vegetables and flowers. Just as we were leaving, the guy in charge drove in. He had just returned from selling produce at the vegetable stand. After our introductions, I asked him about the stand and the vegetables they had for sale. He went on to tell me all about it and then offered to walk around with me to pick fresh vegetables to take home. Beautiful, and very scrumptious, squash, peppers of all colors, some very unusual and yummy tomatoes, and many other veggies began filling the two huge bags I got to come home with. It was amazing the amount of vegetables I got for the money I spent.

For dinner on Saturday, instead of eating as we usually do in the dining hall of the ashram, we drove 10 miles to a lovely little town and enjoyed a wonderful Italian meal at a restaurant owned by a former student of my friend and host for the weekend.

Every Saturday night there is a sacred gathering. There is typically a short video clip of Swami Satchidenanda speaking followed by talk or music by one of the presenters holding a workshop there at the time. David Newman (Durga Das) was there that weekend. So Saturday night’s gathering involved his music and much dancing. The evening always concludes with participants being offered food that has been blessed.

It was the weekend before Spring Equinox, so on Sunday afternoon one of the wonderful women from Yogaville facilitated a Peruvian Despacho. It was held on top of the hill overlooking the LOTUS. A large group of us gathered and shared in the beautiful ceremony honoring the harvest and blessing the earth.

I had planned to return home on Sunday evening. But one of the women I’d connected with at a meal was teaching all weekend and wasn’t available until Monday. I stayed the extra day so she and I could get together for tea. Tea turned into lunch and could easily have turned into dinner. We had so many things in common, from interests to philosophy. It was a powerful connection and we are planning a collaboration for the future.

The thing I am constantly reminded of is that fewer magical things happen if you never go any where and do any thing that is outside the normal for your life and your routine. When you live fully in the present moment, always open and anticipating wonderful things to happen, they usually do.

Have a glorious day and enjoy your adventures at Yogaville or somewhere else!

Takara

 

 

Because Texting and Driving is Stupid, Get a Voice App for Your Smartphone to Use on the Road

Texting + Driving = Stupid

Every now and then the safety-conscious engineer in me looks at a situation and just thinks, “something about this needs to change.” Texting and driving is one of those situations …

 

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My son recently got his learner’s permit and has started learning to drive.

It was cause to reflect on how things have changed so drastically since I was learning to drive some 30+ years ago.

There are a lot more cars on the road for one thing.

There are more traffic lights, more roads have been built, and a great deal more traffic on all the roads we travel.

And then there is texting drivers.

I was behind a car the other day where the driver was texting. It was a very busy road, full of cars and stop lights, and she kept weaving from being off near the shoulder to crossing the middle line into the lane of oncoming traffic. I pulled up beside her at a stoplight and got to see first hand that it was indeed texting causing all the problem with her driving ability. That driver is a disaster waiting to happen.

She is just one example of a prolific problem facing all drivers on the roadways now – other drivers who are spending more time looking at their phones, than they are on the road or in their mirrors.

It used to be that there were only a few times a day that you had to be extra cautious because something unexpected might happen.

If you live in or near rural areas, then you know that you have to watch out for deer and other wildlife trying to cross the road right around twilight.

Late at night, especially on weekends, it has always been a good idea to be on extra high alert for anyone that appears to be drinking and driving.

The rest of the time, you could proceed by being alert, slowing down around corners, being watchful as you pop over a hill or go around a blind corner that you may need to brake if something unusual is happening on the road up ahead.

But now with drivers on the road who are texting, you have to be hyper-vigilant every moment of every day because so many others are not paying attention.

I believe that no-one should ever text and drive. Either pull over to text or don’t text at all.

There is another alternative, however, and that is to use a smartphone app that lets you speak to text.

For iPhone, the app is called Siri.

For Android, there are many choices. I use Skyvi.

Anyone with a smartphone knows you can add apps.

Learning to use this one is very important. With that in mind, I’ve included these videos on how to use Siri and Skyvi.

Lives depend on safe, focused drivers who are paying attention.

Do your part when you are on the road and PLEASE teach your kids how important this is as well!

 

BioElectric Shield Electromagnetic Protection Questions

 

BioElectric Shield for Electromagnetic Protection
“Marcie and I both love our Shields. I wear my BioElectric Shield on all flights and I’ve noticed a significant shift in my energy, particularly after long periods of time on airplanes.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Internationally renowned author of best-selling books including The Power of Intention

“I absolutely love it. If I’m in a car or use a cell phone I make sure I have it on. Previously as I was using the cell phone, my hands would get a very uncomfortable tingling sensation. When I put on the Shield, I’m protected and I no longer have this feeling. It’s proof of its effectiveness. I believe in them absolutely.” – Marcie Dyer, Co-Author with Wayne Dyer, A Promise is a Promise

 

Recently I received an email from someone interested in purchasing a BioElectric Shield. They had some questions and concerns.

The shield strengthens and protects a person’s energy field from electromagnetic frequencies and other people’s negativity.

This is my response to the questions:

  • “I understand your concerns. I’m glad I didn’t have those in the beginning. I saw one in a magazine and instantly, just from the photo, I KNEW I needed one. Then I read about what it does. But my inner knowing happened before I even knew its purpose.
  • Yes, they work for everyone. Medical testing has proven that. Even an independent test by Alternative Medicine Magazine. The magazine started out quite skeptical and the reporters were very surprised that the shield did, in fact, make a significant difference.
  • I’ve never owned a heart shield – it’s just not my style. However, lots of people purchase them and they are quite happy with them. I trust the company when they say that the heart is as effective as the original round design.
  • There is a 9-week return policy so you have plenty of time to determine if the shield is right for you. I’m happy to report, however, that in all the years I’ve been offering shields, only 2 or 3 have been returned. I started offering them in 1996. Of the two or three returned, at least one of those was an upgrade … meaning that the person decided on a different shield. So it wasn’t actually a return.”

Let me know if you have questions about the shield,

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Dolphins Dolphin Everywhere!

Sometimes you just need to see a wonderful group of dolphins jumping.

They brighten your mood and always make you smile.

Visit this site and enjoy the dolphins jumping in the video on the right.

http://adventures-at-sea-debbie-shelor.blogspot.com/

Have a deLightful day,

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