Lovebeam : Amelia Powers

Today’s lovebeam is shooting across the world and all the way to London, U.K.and it is zoning in to highlight the amazingly inspiring healing story of flamboyant beauty and handbag designer Amelia Powers

Here are some fantastic photos of her, shot by Philip Volkers

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The Numinous recently posted a story about Amelia’s incredible healing journey which you can read here Amelia Powers: My life in my hands

And through following the links Amelia posted to The Numinous website, I have found another favourite online sort of magazine that is “right up my strasse” fusing style and well-being, a perfect resource for conscious hipsters! Check it out here The Numinous

Now, just a few months after that story was published, Amelia has gone and done it and a bonafide miracle has occured. She has completely dissolved her brain tumor using several alternative healing methods- mostly down to the “Powers” of the mind and most controversially (to traditional western medicine) she credits Cannabis and Cannabinoids for playing a massive role in her healing process.

There are a multitude of alternative approaches to healing out there, most people I have spoken to who have avoided hugely invasive surgeries in favour of alternative healing methods, credit a change in diet- raw, pure, no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no meat as well as a change in mindset- from doom & gloom to positive thinking, gratitude and joyfulness. These also seemed to work in complimentary ways for Ms. Powers’ healing journey too.

Here is her video diary “The Powers of The Mind” 

It’s a beautiful day.

Today I thank my body for being vibrant and healthy.

I thank Spirit, God, The Universe and everything in it for guiding me on a path of awareness, love and light. I thank the many angels who have come and gone and continue to inspire, to appear and disappear in and out of my life, energy field and consciousness.

I thank Amelia Powers for her courage in sharing her inspiring story of healing and for her boldness in experimenting with alternative methods of fighting a brutal disease that has claimed the lives of many. I thank her for doing it all publicly, with style and panache and for sharing the great news today that she has been given the all clear-she did it her way!

Checkout her handbags too. You may want to buy one for yourself or as a gift for someone near and dear.

Website: Amelia Powers

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Lovebeam: Jelila

Yesterday I filmed a presentation and performance by artist, author, musician and healer Jelila. It took place at a cool little cafe full of beautiful earthy types. The cafe was called Soma  and it specialises in Organic, Raw “High Vibration Food”.

Jelila is giving a talk and doing a musical performance at Soma every Thursday from 3pm. Next week will be a juicy-themed talk about Tantra.

The talk was a presentation based on her concepts and writings in her book The Gift as well as teachings about crystal healing and the properties of crystals based on her new book The Power Of Crystals. The traffic outside and motorbikes whizzing past were really noisy and fresh juices were being blended every few minutes, forcing Jelila to project her voice loudly without a microphone. Other then that it was really interesting stuff that she covered. I’ll put a short video from the presentation up on youtube soon.

Here’s a video where she explains the multi-crystal, chakra healing Yoga Chord

Here are some photos from yesterday’s talk and musical performance.

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And here are some photos of her beautiful healing crystal jewellery.

As you can probably tell, I’m a fan of the jewellery which is both pretty and powerful.

I also really love Jelila’s lullabye-like songs which are infused with a “healing vibration”. I plan to include clips of her in the documentary about Sound Healing that I’m beginning to shoot out here.

You can listen to all Jelila’s music online and buy/download it here Jelila Music

The Law of Attraction is my favourite one, sometimes I just switch off my phone and lie down for 20 minutes, floating off into positive thoughts as I listen to it.

Song: The Law of Attraction

I’m now about to rush off and have a one to one lesson in crystal healing with her which is exciting. We will also be discussing her book and the work involved in a personal development and healing program she ha created called The Gift.

The Gift of Harmony

Checkout Jelila’s jewllery on http://www.jelila.com

I think these are perfect presents. You can even perscribe a necklace to empower a particular area in someone’s life such as : Self Esteem, Abundance, Harmony, Detox, Love etc…

I love this pretty and powerful jewellery so much, I would like to have one of each necklace and may even become a wholesaler or probably just be a jewellery Ambassador (easier and less of a financial burden whilst I am a free bird, travelling light!)

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My brain feels really full at the moment from all the learning I have been doing on the Oneness course this week and my computer is getting pretty full of video clips from all the filming i hve been doing. So I am probably going to take off out of the jungle of Ubud for a bit to somewhere by the sea where I can surf and edit. That way,  I don’t get a massive backlog of un-edited videos plugging up my hardrive.

A little bit more learning with Jelila, a bit of crystal healing and a lot of inspiration in this magical little town on a far away tropical island!

Surfing & editing sounds really good and exactly what I want to do next. First I have to do some research into the best places with good vibes and a nice surf community in Bali. I don’t want to and can’t surf massive wave walls or tubes, which Bali is well-known for. I’m also investigating places to scuba dive and to learn how to go deeper with free-diving in a mermaid-like double fin flipper.

Lovebeam : Angelika Hansen

Good Morning,

I have decided for this blog to also do features on inspiring people in well-being and creativity that I have met or that I meet along the way in life. Instead of calling it something like “A spotlight on…so and so” I am going to called it a “Lovebeam”, which to me sounds like a really appreciative kind of spotlight.

Today I am going to shine a “Lovebeam” on one of my cool neighbours out here called Angelika Hansen

She rockedup here to the community of houses I am staying in looking so fabulous in a brightly coloured outfit and red lipstick. “Travelling light-always the way” she said as she introduced herself with a flamboyant flourish. We sat down in my beautiful outdoor living room shortly afterwards and had the most inspiring of conversations as she regaled me with tales from her time acting in Federico Fellini‘s Cassanova to hanging out with Rock stars and Shamans to the first time she met her “Soul sister Gabrielle Roth.” I liked the idea of “Soul sisters”, women who have an instant friendship, trust and connection.

Oh and she has published several books on the themes of Shamanism, Lakota Indians, The Sundance as well as doing countless translations for one of my favourite well-being, consciousness and empowerment publishing companies Hay House Publishing

If I will be anything like this woman in 30 years- I would be very happy!

Here’s a look behind the scenes on Fellini’s Cassanova

Here are some direct links to purchase Angelika’s books on Amazon in English and also German translations (I of course immediately asked her if the film rights to some of her books were available…the answer was good news too!)

Encounter With A Shaman

Sundance

Nur Mut : Meine Reise (Be Courageous: My travels)

Angel Therapy

I love this quote I found from her on the internet:

“Someone told me: “We need more first person accounts” – I couldn’t have said it better myself!”

How kismet is it that an experienced and inspiring expert on first person accounts moves into the house next door to me? Not only that she is an inspiring creative and role model but also that she has done a lot of translating work for my favourite wellness publishing company…

Let’s see how things go…maybe one of her books will be developed into either a fiction screenplay or a factual documentary…

HELLO Film & TV STUDIOS, DEVELOPMENT & COMISSIONERS Check her out!!!

To me this is obviously a no-brainer…

This woman’s published first person true stories about  meetings with Shamans, with The American First Nations Lakota Tribe and with being a free-spirited and glamorous traveller on a budget are all inspiring, spiritual and commercial true stories .

Maybe it’s a sign that “The Conscious Hipster” could evolve into something that would appeal to Hay House too? I have had discussions with Balboa Press (an imprint of Hay House for first time authors) about a publishing deal, however the deal they offered me was not favourable and in fact suggested that I would pay to print the books myself as a first time author…so I just stuck with investing in and focusing on my film company and my record label instead. Now however, I have time to write and I am blogging everyday and I am really getting inspired by the people I am meeting and the things that I am experiencing, learning and feeling….so maybe it’s time to knock knock knock on Hay’s door once more- heeeeeey hay hay hay?

I feel Angelika’s appearance as a neighbour is both very timely and inspiring…perhaps even a good omen for my film career that she has written a book called “Sundance”…

Here are a few photos of Angelika. I think she could also be a model.

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Trooper & Conflict Resolution

Yes, I am a hippie at heart which is possibly why I am on a conscious path more then a hipster path. I came up with the name for this blog when someone called me a Hipster and I felt offended because to me the notion of being a hipster is kind of like being a sheep and wanting to fit in (even if it is by standing out). I like to think for myself and am very open minded, tolerant and even celebratory of differences. Hipster didn’t feel like a good fit for me, I have never liked to be put into any box…always redefining myself or rather evolving. I like the idea of cool or hip people being or becoming conscious, mindful, compassionate. To me that is the true definition of cool or hip, essentially “good vibes”. Thus The Conscious Hipster was born.

Today’s conscious theme is conflict and how to resolve it.

I once asked a professional expert on this subject if he could narrow it down to one solution, what would that be? He said he could narrow it down to two words “Moral Imagination.” I believe that conflict resolution is completely possible when opposing sides take time to really imagine what it feels like for the other side and also to consider the underlying oneness in all humankind.

If leaders around the world invested more in conflict resolution rather than sending soldiers out to war, the death rate would go down and more hearts would open ie tolerance would become a fact of life.

Anyway, I am not an expert on global warfare (though I have studied conflict resolution as part of my Life Coaching studies and if you were to ask anyone I have worked with in this capacity, they’d tell you how effective it is to have a neutral mediator present at times of conflict).

Here are some helpful website for further information on conflict resolution:

Conflict Resolution Help Guide

Conflict Resolution Network

Also on the themes of war and conflict…

I just got some good news that a feature film I Co-Produced a few years ago called “Trooper” has landed a distribution deal and a pretty major one too. This is a huge step for an indie film and it’s been a long time coming. The Oscar-winning movie “Hurt Locker” came out in the same year that we made Trooper and Hurtlocker slightly overshadowed our indie film endeavour also as it was the first time a woman (Catherine Bigelow) won the Oscar for Best Director.

A few years on and after several attempts at shopping it about to distributors and also after both many festival awards and rejections (likely for being a bit sensitive and controversial).

Trooper now has a distributor!

This is a film about PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and this is an issue that needs to be raised to the surface. Nobody really discusses how traumatic it is for a soldier to return from war and try to re-integrate into society once again.

This film is the Writing/Directing debut for Brooklyn-based filmmaker Christopher Martini and it paints a realistic picture of what it feels like to deal with the issues that arise when returning from war. It also features several real life soldiers, some in their acting debut and others who are veterans of war films such as Jerry Della Salla And on the soundtrack we have been given the blessings of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to feature their songs after seeing the film with their songs in it and agreeing that it was an important film.

I hope that you will get to see it.

Here is the trailer

And finally on this theme of Conflict Resolution Consciousness.

Someone recently wrote to me inquiring if I would be interested to host and facilitate workshops in conflict resolution and non-violent communication. Of course I said yes as I am totally down with that kind of purposeful work, also to empower others. I will likely be offering some workshops in non-violent communication and conflict resolution as well as some divine well-being and creativity retreats starting next year.

Peace Out

Make Love Not War

Playlist : Current Top 10 Artists & Tunes

Over the last year I’ve been hosting and producing a radio show in London on K2K Radio called Motivational Mondays and right now I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for a moment and missing that weekly process of sourcing guests, tunes and creating playlists and powerful questions for each show.

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Wondering if I could setup an online community radio station out here in Bali?

These are the tunes I am listening to and artists I am loving a lot right now.

Have you got any new songs or artists to reccommend to me?

Connan Mockasin

HK119

Charles de Pury

Tallulah Rendall

Yoav

Bishi

Watsky

Feral Is Kinky

Beats Antique

Djanan Turan

And here’s a bonus track from the signed CD I have just been given 🙂

Danny Paradise

Inspiration: Top 10 Well-Being & Creativity Websites

Feedback…

I am open to it and I welcome it. If you’ve got something to say in response to what I write here please feel free to leave a comment below and I will likely respond to you in a future blog.

It has been brought to my attention that many great blog articles are madeup of short and punchy lists such as “Top 5 tips” or “Top 10 these or thats”.

In fashionland as you probably know very well already, there is a saying each season that for example “Neon is the new black”. Black being the unconditional epitome of chique so if something is to replace it, well it is pretty darn hot. Right now, I would say “Lists” are currently hot enough to be “The new black” and this piece of advice was given to me over a very late night trans-continental skype session with my sister who is a Central and South American expert. magazine editor, travel writer and author of the Moon Guides and the Rough Guides.

Today is a rainy day here. In the tropics, a rainy day means a proper heavy downpour. A rainy day here is perfect for writing and watching movies. I am in the final healing stages, post motorbike accident and it’s a tricky stage because it’s mostly internal pain, as the bruising begins to fade from a deep purple to a jaundiced yellow- it doesn’t look too bad but that whomp on the kneecap is and was trauma that I’m still feeling. The way I ‘m working on healing it now is through visualisation. I close my eyes and I visualise the kneecap and where it might be dented or hurting and literally visualise the nerves, the fascia everything fusing back together and becoming even stronger and more flexible then before. I learnt about visualising to heal from the woman who trained me to be a a yoga teacher: Shakti Mhi of The Prana Yoga College. Several years agao, she had a bad accident and she was told she would very likely not be able to walk again. She explained how everyday in the hospital bed, she would visualise herself healing, the very nerves and tissues fusing back together within her spine. She healed herself this way in record time and shocked the doctors with her recovery and ability to get back up and train more future yoga teachers. I have since passed this knowledge on to many suffering from injuries over the years and now it’s my moment to experiment with the concept. So far so good- it’s certainly forcing me to be mindful!

Anyway…

I thought I would begin today by exploring the listy-trend, with my top ten favourite websites to inspire in the realms of well-being, empowerment and creativity and also to entertain you on a likely up-coming rainy wintery day.

This also feels to me like it’s a way to big up and pay respect to my predecessors, distractors and online inspirations.

I will list some great sites and feature one article from each. Follow the links if they intrigue you and happy reading, rambling, learning, growing and surfing.

The Conscious Hipster’s Top 10 Websites (For Inspiration In Well-Being & Creativity)

1: The Cultureist

Featured Article: Cool items for yogis that give back

This site is just an awesome online magazine that captures the zeitgeist and inspires

2: The Elephant Journal

Featured Article: Common misconceptions about yoga

A website for everything, meditation and mindful-living

3: Nowness

Featured Article: Connan Mockasin: I’m the man that will find you

This website features the cutting edge in pop-culture and lifestyle- everything now and wow! Beautiful, inspiring short films.

4: Deepak Chopra

Featured Article: Blog Talk Radio

This man speaks to me in a way that feels safe, makes sense and opens doors to new ways of thinking/seeing/being. It’s all very grounded, not too out there conceptually and the vids/podcasts are good stuff too.

5: Martha Beck

Featured Article: How to tune in to your inner wisdom

Oprah Winfrey‘s life coach- need I say more? This woman and her insights are awesome.

6: Dazed Digital

Featured Article: Top ten innovative documentaries

London based style magazine’s online little sister. Awesome articles in the realm of pop-culture and creativity. You saw it here first, everything on this site ends up in the mainstream a year or two later.

7: Single Girl Survival Guide

Featured Article: Making love to the dancefloor

(Also checkout the book of the same name written by my friend Imogen Lloyd Webber A bit of surfing on google led me to this website of the same name which has some great articles, though I do wish Imogen had her own website to link to the book- which is a must read about dating and is VERY funny The Single Girl’s Survival Guide)

8: David Deida

Featured Article: The way of the superior man

This website is for all men who want to be the very best man and person they can be. It’s also good for women to read so you can recognize a superior man when you meet him and snap him up as a partner, lover or a friend. If you are married or partnered up, this book is worth leaving lying around on the coffee table for him to stumble upon. I often give copies of this book to the men in my life: friends, clients, family. I would definitely only consider a relationship with a conscious superior man- one who can admit to being perfectly imperfect and one who is willing to do some personal development work…ideally one who has read this book.

9: Marie Forleo

Featured Article: Networking for introverts

Marie’s gusto and oomph blows me away. This site is loaded with confident and great business and life advice from the creator of B School an online MBA. There is much to learn from her funny, slick, free online videos.

10: Yoga on a shoestring

Featured Article: Yoga Holidays

This is a great website and resource for affordable global yoga holidays. I so often am asked by people if I can recommend a yoga or wellbeing retreat. This has inspired me to setup my own well-being and creativity retreat company which will kick off with retreats in Bali and California in 2014. For the moment I usher people towards this site which has a lot of goodies to offer.

Eek- that’s it….only 10…urgggh there are SO many other great, inspiring and cool websites though so I’m just going to mention a few more that are worth checking out (Maybe with practise I’ll get better at being more ruthless with this shortlist making discipline)

Here are a few more last but not least great sites to nurture your mind and soul (i’ll do a seperate blog listing some great sites to feed/nurture your body- a list of my fave healthy global restaurants and cookbooks -yum, the thought is making me hungry!)

TED Talks

The Dalai Lama

Eckhart Tolle

Tony Robbins

Oprah Winfrey

The Daily Love

Mark Manson

Jamie Catto

Horst Und Edeltraut

Fast Company

So it was supposed to be my list of top 10 inspiring websites in the realm of well-being and creativity but really oops…now it’s the top 20!

I could probably spend this entire rainy day writing a list to become the top 100 hundred and maybe even publish an ebook as a resource- something like the new age yellow pages… but wait- I was just trying to write a resourceful Top 10 To support the opinion that “Lists are the new black/the new trend/the cyberzeitgeist” also because I do frequently get asked questions about global resources from well-being to creativity, so by writing a blog I am saving myself some time and rather then responding to individual inquiries I can support more people on their personal development journey in one with this blog and am able to offer you a one stop shop for such resources by giving tips so you can bounce around and do your own bespoke investigation, googling, learning and growing as well.  Soon I’ll be producing, promoting and or hosting retreats wherein you will be invited to experience many different teachers, outlooks, platforms for creative-expression and healing modalitites (such a trending word in the new age community- “modalities” other trending words are “juicy“- to describe anything from a person to experience and “dropping in” a verb to describe becoming present and “checking out” a word thats pretty obviously to describe mentally leaving a scnario before physically or verbally doing so “projecting” as in to paint an imaginary picture of what you want or don’t want to see, thus clouding what actually is clearly going on right there in real time.)

Anyway enough from me today.

Hope you enjoyed this, my first of many likely lists to come.

Namaste

The Animated Musings of Mozaic Moss

The Animated Musings of Mozaic Moss