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Sharing Inspiration

59854_10101086077563774_1473401164_nSharing inspiration is healing for you and me, it allows me to give back as an act of selfless service. I started this kind of journey back in 2008 on Facebook. Shifting my consciousness from one focusing merely on myself to journeying into the depths of myself and thus sharing this journey outwardly with others. It was during these years of internal inquiry that I rediscovered the Love Gateway that allows for greater Self healing, Global communication and thus higher frequency for the planet! This kind of awareness heals, balances and sustains for the highest good of all.

One might call me a “Black Hippy,” a “New Ager,” a “Lightworker,”  “Environmental Advocate” “Raw Foodist” or “Hipster” but truly I’m just a person(being, soul) who has remembered much of the ‘old ways’ where humans were ‘one’ with the planet and lived in cooperation with other species. Today, that idea seems like a cosmic or galactic hint of  Utopian paradox that is outer -wordly from Earth’s evolution in the cosmos. True — Earth has known her battles and indifference for millennia with consistent tribal wars and strife but it’s also a new age for peace, unity and a real kind of movement toward evolution which includes a right use of technology, cultural respect, inclusion and distribution of resources.

As an optimist, I offer happiness, hope, wisdom and unconditional love! Because we are all growing, expanding and becoming something greater than we once were or closer to where we once was – centered, alive and empowered!

Expanding Consciousness + Wisdom

In your transformation journey, there are some great resources to tap into which include books, videos, movies and documentaries. Here are a few that will inform and change your perspective on food, plant-based whole food nutrition, water, agriculture, our environment, human behavior, the health industry,  and consciousness. I will update this to include a few separate pages for links to videos and books!

Must See Movies for Health, Nutrition and Wellness!

The Gerson Miracle – 2004 – Documentary – 1h 31m


  • In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that has cured tens of thousands of people worldwide since then, including patients’s previously thought incurable by their doctors. For the first time, this film chronicles the epic true story of Gerson’s miracle. Written by Anonymous, (IMDb) (see also: Beautiful Truth, Dying to Have Known)


Hungry for Change – 2012 – Documentary – 1h 29m



Filmmakers James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma expose the diet industry’s deceptive strategies designed to keep people from losing and keeping off weight.


Food Matters – 2008 – Documentary – 80 minutes


Food Matters is a 2008 documentary film about nutrition.[1] The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, often substituting for medical treatment.

“Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine, And Thy Medicine Be Thy Food.” – Hippocrates That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in this brave new documentary film brought to you by Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. ‘Food Matters’ is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and every day maladies. Patching up an over-toxic and over-indulgent population with a host of toxic therapies and nutrient sparse foods is definitely not helping the situation. In a personal quest of discovery James & Laurentine together with a film crew and the editorial and production expertise of Enzo Tedeschi have set out on an independent mission to uncover the wholesome truth. (IMDb, Wikipedia)


Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – 2010 – Documentary – 1h 37m

Project:  Fat Sick Nearly Dead
Fat Sick Nearly Dead

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.Written by Jamin Mendelsohn, (IMDb)



What’s On Your Plate? -2009 – Documentary –   1h 16m


whatsonyourplateTwo eleven-year-old girls take viewers on a tour of the road from the farm to the dinner table and explore the medical, political and economic issues behind the foods we eat in this family-friendly documentary. Sadie and Safiyah are two friends from New York City who, during a vacation in Ohio, discover some seriously delicious tomatoes in their salad one evening and learn they’re locally grown organic produce. Wanting to know more about the difference between organic and conventionally grown vegetables, Sadie and Safiyah meet the farmers, and it sparks their interest in the subject of food and the variety of ways it makes its way to our plates. Director Catherine Gund follows the girls as they check out a farmers’ market in New York, take a careful look at the ingredients of a typical frozen meal, talk with a man who has had to change his diet for the sake of his health, and try to find out just what’s in a typical junk food snack as they learn more about healthy eating and how food can be good for the community and not just individuals. What’s On Your Plate? was an official selection at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi (Fandango)


untitledFood Inc – 2008 – Documentary – 93 minutes

Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner.[3] The film examinescorporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. The film is narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. (Wikipedia)

The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business – with an emphasis on the business – has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and technology, but often have negative side effects.The products made have been shown in several studies to enlarge male sexual organs and increase male breast size. The answer that the companies have come up with is to throw more science at the problems to bandage the issues but not the root causes. The global food supply may be in crisis with lack of biodiversity, but can be changed on the demand side of the equation. Written by Huggo (IMDb)

Promoting Self Love+ Awareness

The Art of Meditation, Oak Canyon Park, Virginia, 2011
The Art of Meditation, Oak Canyon Park, Virginia, 2011

Love Gateway is a path, practice, vibration, state of consciousness that  allows for greater Self healing, Global communication and thus higher frequency for the planet! This kind of awareness heals, balances and sustains for the highest good of all. It comes from a very deep connection one finds from within that transcends the Ego self into understanding and thus ‘seeing’ the Other as the aspects of the Self. It is a kind of “Christ-Consciousness” or “Higher Self” or “God” “Goddess” Self that personifies oneness, righteousness and natural balance.

Self Love is not an Ego centric kind of love, but a deep understanding into the depths of oneself spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physically. Where one see herself/himself as extension and as the Universe itself. Separation melts where unconditional love renews. Self Love is not selfish yet it allows process and time to cultivate the Self, discover gifts, passions and life purpose, and ways to thrive in harmony with Self, Community, and Planet (all equally valued and important for survival AND higher consciousness).

Awareness allows growth, expansion of consciousness, inquiry and solutions to our greatest questions.  Awareness is a form of greater expanded or developed consciousness.

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