Jacqui Saburido – The Power of Forgiveness – Soul Story

Have  you ever held a grudge over someone for not calling you back or standing you up for the umpteenth. Are you still holding onto those feelings of rage against those bullies who put you down every day when you walked through the school gates. Can you still stand the sight of you ex-partner who betrayed you? Could you ever forgive them for what they did to you? Well Jacqui Saburido is a master of forgiveness, she knows that forgiveness has a power that can not be measured by anything. If you ever doubted the power of forgiveness allow this video below to show you just what forgiveness can do.

What did I tell you? After I watched this video I looked at the grudges and anger I held inside against people that had done me wrong and to be honest they all looked petty now. After I had looked at my past experiences and slowly but surely I am beginning to free myself from each of these feelings of hate and regret and each time I let one go there is more room in the heart and soul for love and happiness. Thank you Jacqui Saburido for teaching me the power of forgiveness.

Justin “Hippie Jedi” Verrengia – Soul Story

This was taken straight from Mr. Jedi’s Facebook page, it is a good read.

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Law of Attraction is for “weird folks” like me. It blows my mind how I speak on stage in front of thousands but growing up introverted I couldn’t hold a 2 minute conversation.
ONE THING CHANGED all that and I will share it with you.

I have said a lot of the same things I say today for years but NOBODY CARED. Now that I make more than a lot of NFL players and celebrities people listen. LOL

The crazy thing about it all is that I don’t even spend a lot of money though or do anything flashy. It’s just because my income is public information that I even care to share the fact.

My biggest passion in life is spreading higher consciousness awareness. I love things like The Law of Attraction, Meditation, Yoga, Qi-Gong (the art of cultivating vital energy) and studying and teaching hidden knowledge, etc.

A lot of people growing up called me weird because I was introverted and believed in things so different than the masses.

My heroes were not Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie nor did I even care about celebrity gossip. My hero’s were and still are people like Tony Robbins, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Bruce Lee, Lauryn Hill, Bob Proctor, Deepak Chopra, Esther Hicks, Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay, etc.

The truth is though I am bit weird, and I am totally fine with that.

My reality right now, I get to do basically anything that I desire. I speak on stages in front of thousands of people on a regular basis. When I “speak life into people” on stage the crowds hang onto every word I say and then I exit the stage to standing ovations. I can now do amazing things for my family that I have always desired to do. I often pay double what people ask for when they come help clean the house.

http://loa.hippiejedi.com/

Let me rewind for you real quick… Only 18 months ago I was struggling to pay my rent for $450 a month. Only 18 months ago I didn’t even feel like a full man. It would tear me apart that I couldn’t even afford to take my wife out for a nice meal on her birthday. People would often make fun of me when I would share with them about my big dreams.

People like Tony Robbins & Wayne Dyer had me believing that I could be anything I desired. I would share these visions with people and they would just laugh in my face. For 6 long years it looked like they were right. I failed and failed trying to make it big. At times, I can’t even lie because I started to doubt myself. Even with all the positive books I read it couldn’t help me because of my self doubt which was sabotaging my own success. (just keeping it real)

I remember one time specifically what “almost” made me quit on my dreams. It was coming close to Christmas and I told my wife we would go home for it. We are both big family people so it’s all good when we can go home for the holidays.

I was running an online business at the time. There was this tool that was meant to help me with my business. It was the price though of tickets to go home for christmas. The way they made it seem was that I would double my money really quickly with this tool.

Long story short I ended up actually losing all the money. Let me say that the argument with my wife was not pretty. She really had me feeling terrible about the decision that I made. In my mind I was doing this for US. Then she started crying, and with the holidays coming up it just tore me apart to see my wife like this. I really started asking the UNIVERSE, “Why are you punishing me?” “What have I done wrong?… I am good person.” I went to sleep that night in tears, ashamed and just disappointed in myself that I let my wife down. I gave her my word, so breaking this promise tore me apart.

I just really didn’t feel like a man because I wasn’t taken care of the responsibilities that I knew I could. I felt so drained that I put my heart and soul into my dreams but didn’t feel like I was getting anything back in return.

My wife was talking about having a baby and I would just make excuses why we couldn’t. I never really shared this publicly because it is so personal. In reality I was just scared of that type of responsibility. I mean, we could barely take care of ourselves and I was still asking my family for help when we came up short.

Bringing a baby into this world put pure fear into my heart. I wanted to raise my future child in the ways I desired. I don’t believe in the traditional medical system ways anyways because they disturb me. I didn’t want my child receiving forced vaccinations and putting all those corporate greed meds into their precious lil’ system. My wife and I decided we wanted a natural holistic birthing process outside of a hospital and I know they are not cheap.

I am not even into material objects really. I am not dumb, I understand how much mental stress having a lack of resources caused me. I could not reach my highest level of consciousness either while I am going to sleep and waking up thinking about things like… “How am I going to pay these bills and put food on the table tomorrow?”

This week I earned over $40,000 in a single day. That used to take me literally YEARS to earn especially back in 2010 when I was only earning $1,200 a month teaching English in China because we couldn’t afford to live in the USA. The money has not changed me really at all. I am just able to help a lot more people now.

I don’t wear fancy watches and my most expensive shoes are like $60. I bought a nice used car a couple months ago cash for $15,000. I could’ve bought a fancy car, but I am just not into it.

I am more into living for experiences and helping others than for material things. I am more about creating a legacy vs. buying things to impress others. There are things we do now though that we couldn’t do before.

We do fly first class, because it saves so much time when we are flying places and it’s definitely more comfortable. We are able to tip waitresses nicely now which feels so good. We are able to help friends and family in need. We are able to give back and pay it forward without asking for anything back in return. We are even able to set up future investments now.

We spend a lot on education, personal development and mentoring from people. We literally spend 5 figures a month to have advice from people who know more than us.

I believe the best investment you can make is in yourself. I always knew deep down inside I would accomplish something great. I just didn’t know how it was going to happen. While I loved all my heroes I never had the blueprint of how to achieve the success I visualized of living.

WHEN MY LIFE CHANGED………….

I am going to share 1 MAJOR thing which totally transformed my life.

That one thing was a MENTOR.

Once I found a mentor who cared and believed in me my life changed QUICKLY.

I loved everything that my heroes did and stood for but I couldn’t reach out to them. My mentor had everything that I desired. He had a mobile online business, he had time freedom, when he spoke people listened, he had respect, he had integrity and above all a really BIG heart.

At the time he was making in a day what I was making in a couple years. Thousands of people were craving for his time. I had to do something that made me stand out from the crowd. I was not going to be like 95% of the people. Most people just said to my mentor things like, “Hey can you help me be successful?” Me I thought differently… I thought about things like… “How can I help my mentor out?” and “What value could I bring to the table to benefit him?”

One thing I have learned is that the right information can take you to heights you never even imagined in record time. The wrong information has the same effect and can set you back YEARS.

I dropped my ego and told my mentor, “Whatever you tell me to do I will do” because the results I was manifesting in my life I was not enjoying.

I don’t care whatever it is you want to pursue, a mentor can share things with you to speed up your learning curve.

I was not like a leech either, my mentor would give me a set of instructions and I would go and knock them out and come back for more. I respected his time and he got that. He treated me like a leader from the start.

He expected greatness from me and saw more in me than I saw for myself. To be honest 18 months ago I just wanted to earn $5,000 a month and not stress about things. I couldn’t even see $10,000 in my near future.

He saw a lot in me and told me I could achieve much more. I didn’t even believe that when he told me that. It seriously was less than 2 months later from that conversation I had my first $26,142 month. My life has not been the same since, everything has just gone up from there. That was back in June of 2012 when I had my very first breakthrough month.

I had studied the greats for years and so I had a lot of the mindset and everything I needed. There was just small certain shifts I needed.

My mentored shared information that just blew my mind. Since that moment I have been on a mission to share it with everyone who deserved it. I struggled for so long and had experienced so much pain… so there was nothing I desired more than to help erase that pain for others.

If you want to find out in detail more information I created a website to show you just that…

http://loa.hippiejedi.com/

If not that is all good too I just hope you got some value out of my post.

Also on my site I will share with you how you can get a hold me personally too.

I do read my messages because I do really care. I am not the type of person who thinks he is too good to answer messages just because I make a lot of money. I never forget where I come from and who I am.

Love and Light,

Namaste my friend,

tsj

P.S. My wife is happily pregnant now, and so we have a baby Jedi on the way. It feels so GREAT to bring our future child into this world without stress the way they deserve. We are having an all natural water birth at an holistic birthing center and my wife and I couldn’t be any happier about that. Also we decided to be surprised and not find out if it’s a boy or girl until birth which makes things even more exciting.

There’s Something About Ellen

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Ellen, Ellen, Ellen.

There is something about Ellen DeGeneres that just makes me so very happy. This is a woman who I would literally swim oceans for. I don’t understand why there aren’t more people like her in this world. If you don’t know who this woman is then you SERIOUSLY need to get out from under that rock that you are clearly living under.  Just bring you up to speed with who she is and what she does let me quickly go over everything Ellen.

So firstly she started out as a stand up comedian way back in the 80’s. Then in the 90’s she starred in her own self-titled sitcom from 1994 (the year I was born) right through to ’98.  During the fourth season her sitcom Ellen in 1997, DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In my opinion it seems that Ellen DeGeneres really came into her own after she stood in her truth and owned it. Many of my generation (the 90’s babies) will probably recognise her from ‘Finding Nemo’ where she played the amnesic loveable blue fish that goes by the name of Dory. This was where I was first introduced to Ellen and I must say it was love and first .. sound? She was bubbly, energetic and fun, and for me, little miss Dory stole that movie. It appears that Pixar agreed with me, because in the year 2016 a WHOLE movie dedicated to the character of Dory is going to be out in cinemas everywhere and this movie is going to be titled ‘Finding Dory’ and Ellenhas agreed to come back and play that role I am just so excited by that! She was a judge on the hit TV show American Idol, she has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy’s. She has won thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.

OK, so now your up to speed I really want you to understand why it is that Ellen is such an inspiration of mine. to mark her 1500th show the Ellen team put together a little montage of all of her best bits and this video truly embodies everything about Ellen which I just love and adore. So here is a challenge for you, try to see if you can make it to the end of this video without experiencing any kind of positive emotion. Take a look.

As you can see from this video she is such a positive force of energy in this universe. Every day I am going to strive to be a little more like her and find the joy in every thing I do and bring laughter and love everywhere I go, I hope that you do the same.

After seeing how well she is doing and observing how successful her show has become I began to wonder why her show is doing so great and why does everyone, including myself want to tune in and watch her. I do not watch Ellen on the daily, because her show does not broadcast over here but from the many clips that I have seen all over the internet, Ellen has yet to deliver any real ground breaking interviews. So if she isn’t delivering any REAL top quality journalistic style interviews what is making her so popular. Well I will tell you, her success is solely based on her kind nature her giving spirit and that beautiful smile, she makes us  laugh with happiness and cry with joy. Ellen is just being Ellen and THAT is the key to her success and the key to yours and by you being more of yourself. Thank you Ellen for teaching me that.

For more information on Ellen you can visit her website http://www.ellentv.com there you can find more thing Ellen.

World Kindness Day

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Today is World Kindness Day – an annual day launched by ‘Secret Millionaire’ David Jamilly and UK Kindness Movement founder Louise Burfitt-Dons in a bid to make acts of kindness a greater part of everyday life in the UK. (The pair are currently lobbying the United Nations to recognise it as an official national day.)

What kind act have you done or will you do to help others or what has someone done for you?

World Kindness Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day dedicated to kindnesses, big and small.The holiday is the project of The World Kindness Movement, and can trace its start to the birth of the World Kindness Movement in Tokyo, in 1997. The day is observed in several countries around the world, according to Wikipedia, including Australia, Italy, Singapore, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.This year’s World Kindness Day falls not even a week after Typhoon Hainan devastated the Philippines, leaving more than 1,500 people dead. If you’re looking to keep the kindnesses going, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (http://www.randomactsofkindness.org  ) maintains a list of “kindness ideas,” which includes cleaning up graffiti, donating used books to your local library, and tutoring school children.

Observance is simple: be kind; or, even better, do something kind. Will you celebrate?

I think that this positively the most incredible idea for official national day that there is (aside from Christmas, Valentines and the other obvious). I do think this is only one of several days in a three hundred and sixty-five day year that can be devoted to pure kindness. I believe we owe it to ourselves with all the war memorials and the infinite moments of silence that we have to endure, in my opinion we owe it to ourselves to just be kind to one another and enjoy life. I am not saying it is not important to remember the holocaust and appreciate the lives lost during the wars I understand these are very important but WKD (World Kindness Day) will inspire people young and old and give us an excuse to just be cool with each other in a world where everyone seems to forget that we are all in this together. People seem to be so wrapped up in their own lives I think that having this national day would encourage people to step outside of their shells and look around them and see what they can do to bring a little happiness into someone else’s life. It does not even have to be a huge thing.

Kindness is the act or the state of being kind – ie. marked by goodness and charitable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.

 

I remember one time I was have THE WORST day, I am sure you have had them to. You know the ones where things just don’t seem to get any worse, you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, your room is a tip, you wear your scruffiest clothes, the weather is not on your side, you have puddles in your shoes, you have a headache, your phone just keeps going off,  and people (who aren’t really doing anything wrong) just get on your nerves. Well I was having one of this days and I was walking home in the pouring rain and I walked past this guy who was waiting at a bus stop. He was wearing some torn up jeans and a Jack Wills hoodie that was drenched through and  he looked straight into my eyes and smiled at me and said, “How are you?”. Now I know you where probably expecting some deep profound moment, but it was just the idea of a stranger who doesn’t know me and has no idea who I am, smiling at me with genuine kindness and compassion it completely turned my day around and I was, from that moment on, a lot happier. So something as simple and a genuine smile can completely change someones day. Being there to listen to someone, help out the elder with their bags, if you see someone struggling don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand, go see that family member who you have been avoiding, call that friend you have been feuding with and just bury the hatchet. You might as well, what have you REALLY got to lose.. its World Kindness Day.

Now go forth and be kind to one another!

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The Guide To Change … by Iyanla Vanzant

IYANLA1. HAVE A VISION.

You can’t achieve something if you don’t know what it is! Maybe you want to start thinking more positively. The vision will give you something to focus on and writing it down will help you to stay in track

2. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE DIFFERENT…

from how you’ve been in the past and what you think is expected of you. Answer the call from within to connect with what is true for YOU!

3. BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.

When you start a workout a trainer will tell you, “If you can’t touch your toes touch your knees, if you can’t touch your knees go for your hips.” So do what you can. And then…

4. PUSH

When your mind says”No!” you say yes (No, you can’t think positively about that plane train delay? Yes – 2 hours to yourself! – yes, yes you can.)

5. LIGHTEN UP YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT 

Transformation doesn’t have to be deep, dark and mysterious. If you screw up fine – laugh at yourself, learn and move on.

George Briere – Soul Story

This is Mr. Briere’s ‘Soul Story‘ that I came across on Facebook. All of the text below has been written by George himself, completely unedited and unfiltered. I want you to fully understand everything he writes about and this may inspire someone out there to make a change the same way that I have and the same way that he himself has. Please read the whole way through. You may finish this reading this post as a changed person. 947204_593116567389876_536873195_n

“I am SO TIRED of seeing all these SELF HELP books and GUIDES from people that are sad and miserable in reality.

A lot people are out here PREACHING the DREAM , but LIVING A NIGHTMARE.

I am not making a million dollars a month, and I don’t work only 2 hours a day. I think it is lost art of just being transparent online at times. A lot of people are living in a fairyland with over hyped promises.

I just spoke on stage in front of thousands of people sharing my journey. People around the country wanted to know how I started a successful personal development online business.

There is so much disappointment with guides and different online businesses because of all the false expectations that are out there. The world is changing and the online world is an amazing place to create a career that will last a lifetime.

Myself personally, I am huge believer in law of attraction and personal development. If you are not growing you are not moving forward in life. People back in the day like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown & Tony Robbins were groundbreaking in the field.

They really helped transform so many lives out there, not because they told people what they wanted to hear. They told people what they NEEDED to hear even if it was hard for them.

I now earn a strong 6 figures a year online working only 4 hours a day. There was a lot that happened to get to this stage. I want to be transparent with you and show you my journey on what it really took for me to get where I am at today. I’ll tell you right now it took hard work, trial and error, personal development and a mentor that really looked out for me. I will explain each of these in detail for you.

But before I do….

I want to share a little of my story with you. I feel its important for you to know where I am coming from so you can understand my journey better.

September 2012 I was broke and didn’t even know how I was going to provide for my family. I had just lost 2 income streams which totally devastated our bank account. Now let me be very clear about something. Although I was broke as a joke, I wasn’t desperate. We just had more month left at the end of the money.

September 2012 was also the same month my wife broke the news to me that she was pregnant with our first child. Talk about a wake up call. I am a confident guy, but at that very moment the type of fear that took over my body was intense.

In life, it’s not what happens to you, it is how you react to it. I had been an employee for many years and back in 2008 when I got laid off and dropped without any warning or reason, I knew I would never put my trust in another corporate company or any JOB ever again.

I was just a number to them vs a person with a soul. They didn’t care about me or my family they only cared about the bottom line.

At the time we were living in a crappy old small house built in 1890 and every spring and when it would rain for more than 2 days the basement would flood, not to mention there was no space for a nursery.

What did I do, that made me more uncomfortable than ever? I made promise to my wife that we would move into a new house with space for a nursery before our baby was born.

I had no idea at the time how was I going to accomplish a feat that was bigger than anything I had ever done before. I was not about to break a promise to my wife and my unborn child.

I knew for a LONG TIME I wanted a successful online business. I wanted freedom and flexibility to do what I wanted, when I wanted and wherever I wanted. I knew there was a lot of junk out there but I guess like God says, “You take a step towards me and I will take step towards you.”

1.) Found a Mentor

Once I opened up my mind and my heart I came across a mentor that would forever change my life.

This guy was just different in so many ways.

He didn’t “put on” any type of persona or look to impress. He was just himself it was just refreshing to me. He was earning as much as professional athletes but he didn’t wear any fancy clothes or drive a bentley or anything.

One thing I noticed a lot was that he treated everyone the same. That was a big thing for me, because I knew other people who were big shots and it was not the same. They made people feel like it was big deal just say hello to them.

This guy has thousands of people all the time craving for his time. He didn’t get successful just wasting time with just anyone. If you were the type of person to prove to him you were really ready for a change, he would invest time into you.

The right mentor will shorten your learning curve more than you can ever imagine. Reading books are cool but you still have to figure out a lot by yourself. I struggled for years trying to find the right business and the right things to do. When my mentor shared with me the proper things to do online, my life changed almost overnight. In September 2012 I earned less than $2000 that month. Within 3 months of coming in contact with my mentor I had my first $3000 profit day.

2.) Hard Work & Truth

I would love to say that no hard work was required to get to the stage I am at in my life right now. But the truth of the matter is, it took hard work. That is a problem with finding the right vehicle online, so many people are given misleading information which develops false expectations. I know people who quit on their dreams because they were sold this dream of just pushing one button and your whole life is going to change.

I will share the reality my mentor shared with me right now. He shared with me that in the beginning of starting your online business, you will have to work harder than you have ever worked before. He told me he could tell me a pipe dream but would rather tell me the truth. Which I really appreciated!

I decided if I was going to work hard , I was going to do something I was passionate about. My biggest passions involved personal development. I almost got burnt out at one point, reading all these books and listening to these audiobooks and not getting the results I thought I deserved. People would always tell me, “George you are wasting your time.” I knew I was destined for greatness though, ever since I was young. I just didn’t have a clear path how I was going to accomplish it before.

I can’t lie I was discouraged and even started to doubt myself after years of failure. I almost started to resent the books and audiotapes. Once again why a mentor was so important to me.

He explained to me that I was attracting everything I had in my life. Every decision I made up until this point has landed me where I was in life whether I liked it or not. He told me that everytime I wanted to blame someone else for my problems to just look in the mirror. He said, “Yes, maybe someone told you the wrong info before that set you back, but George you chose to listen to that information, so therefore it was your problem. When things are going great you don’t mind taking credit for that do you?”

A great mentor will challenge you to be better, but also tell you when you are doing great.

I did exactly what my mentor suggested in business.

1. Find solid products that will hold value for a long time.
2. Learn one advertising method that works over and over again
3. Learn to properly follow up with customers
4. Have a system in place that will enable you to be mobile
5. Make sure that when you go sleep, you feel great about the work you are doing

My mentor assisted me in handling all of them. The end result is that I went ,from a $2000 a month guy, with very little time freedom and stressed out about the future all of the time. To a 5 figure monthly earner with true freedom and a sense of security I have been searching for my entire life.

Let me rewind real quick. In April 2013 my wife and I moved into our new home. We have more than enough room for a nursery. It was truly a dream come true. We moved in couple months before our beautiful baby girl Gianna arrived into this world.

I know how much my mentor changed my life. I feel it in my soul to pay it forward. I know there are so many talented people out there struggling. I know with the right guidance they can reach heights they couldn’t even imagine. I have helped people with no prior experience online leave their jobs in under 6 months. When you have the right blueprint and people around you, success comes much faster than you think.

I invite you to visit my site if you want to find out my detailed blueprint.

http://GeorgeandMerissa.com/

If you want to connect with me personally, I am open to it. I will only talk to people who are serious about making a change. I have literally thousands of people contact me now asking for help. You can either message me on this fan page, or you can contact me at my regular page at http://facebook.com/gogreen4profits

Much Love,

George & Merissa Briere
http://GeorgeandMerissa.com/

P.S. If you are the type of person who truly is ready for a change in your life, we will make arrangements to meet in person soon  ?”

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My ‘U-CARE Urban Culture Against Racism’ Journey

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‘Europe has always been a continent of migration and cultural diversity, and has drawn both cultural and economical wealth from this. Recently, the ongoing crises in Europe have lead to a rise of extreme right-wing and anti-European populism in many European countries, making worse the situation for immigrants and minorities in terms of racism and discrimination. Old manifestations of intolerance receive new vigour and new forms of racism, coupled with economic, social and political marginalisation of affected groups, deepen their exclusion from active social participation.
In November 2012 the new project “U-CARE – Urban Culture Against Racism in Europe” started, where 11 organisations in 8 countries join forces and pool their knowledge to combine an anti-racist/anti-discrimination peer coaching approach with urban culture and media. Young people with diverse cultural backgrounds (including the national majorities) will be educated in national seminars and an international summer academy 2013 to become U-CARE Junior Coaches. They will empower themselves to spread the message of increasing mutual understanding and combating racism and discrimination.’

‘Being part of urban youth scenes themselves, they have potentials of reaching other young people that are mostly inaccessible for adults from social majority groups. Thus, the U-CARE Peer Coaches will carry the torch of respecting cultural diversity and deconstructing negative stereotypes on to other young people. Together with them, they will do workshops, run campaigns and create public events making the U-CARE message visible, reaching 1000+ young people all over Europe. After this project, the U-CARE Junior Coaches will be ready to run further activities on their own.’ (Taken from the official U-CARE website http://www.u-care.org)

In the summer of 2013 I was selected to attend (along with seven of my peers) an incredible academy that was located in a little place called Heek Nein-Borg, that is right near the border between Germany and The Netherlands. Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 02.12.40I went there to partake in a 2 week academy that was all about battling racism and discrimination. People from all over Europe came and I am proud to say that I now have friends and adopted family in Romania, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Hungary, France, USA (not a part of Europe) and Germany. Each of these people that I had the honour to meet and live with for 2 weeks, were artists and masters of their discipline I met incredibly skilled comic artists, beautifully gifted dancers, skilful wordsmiths and inspiring spiritual teachers.

We were asked to build relationships from outside of our own countries and by the second day we all, remarkably, already felt like a family. Which to me was a true testament to the souls that were surrounding me, how quickly we each could connect to the other was mind blowing, the miles and distance between our homes, the different languages we spoke were boundaries that were effortlessly overcome. We were the untied by one common goal so straight away we bonded. We were family

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I have got to tell you this out of pure honesty every other experience in my life has paled in comparison to this. This entire experience was an eye opener into what REAL artistry is, what art means and the unmeasurable power it holds. The whole atmosphere just completely captivated me and held me hostage from day 1 right through to day 14, because this academy was so cut off from the rest of the world it was a very intimate setting and therefore we each got to see the world through the others eyes.

‘This entire experience was an eye opener into what REAL artistry is, what art means and the unmeasurable power it holds over the human soul’

Each and every single day was carefully mapped out so that every hour of every day we were working towards our ultimate goal. Long hours did not stop the creative souls from expressing themselves outside of  ‘academic’ hours. I remember vividly coming home from a VERY long day and walking past the building next to where I was staying and and I thought I could hear music so I went to investigate and to my surprise there I found a jam session taking place and all people were invited to attend if they wanted to. Outside you could over hear some a few people exchanging life stories and harsh lessons they have learned over a quite beer and a cigarette. Magic.

Just in case you don’t understand the pace at which we were working let me break it down for you. So, during some of the academic hours that you guys have just seen on the timetable from the academy (above right) a group of musical artists had come together and developed and concept for a song, written it, sang/rapped it, recorded it, produced it, developed a concept for a music video, shot it and edited it then finally published it within guess how many days? … Just to put it into perspective for you (according to wikipedia.org) it took Ms. Rihanna 5 months to shoot (all in the same location) and edit then publish the video to ‘Pour It Up’… now that you understand how long it takes the ‘pro’s’ to do it you will appreciate the awesomeness of this next sentence. It took the musicians three days to write, record, sing, rap and produce a song AND shoot, edit and publish a music video. HOW AMAZING IS THAT! ..Here is what they produced.

Where I’m From – U-CARE

Love that song. Great job guys!

Now as part of the cluster groups I ended up a part of a ‘super-group’ containing 15 members each with their own ideas and concepts. We eventually created our own Project … named Project Panda. Now this Project is so intense it will need its own page which I will be posting in the near future so stay tuned in.

To conclude this experience, this adventure this journey and discovery of self was an experience that I definitely will not soon forget.  Whilst I was there, there was a man that kept popping up with a camera it wasn’t until later on in the week I was informed he was creating a documentary. I must admit I was thankful that someone was documenting it all and capturing this incredible journey we were on because me being the doofus I am completely forget to bring a camera here is the completed documentary if you watch to the end you will see me at the end.

Macklemore’s Same Love

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Ben Haggerty, who goes by his stage name Macklemore is very well known for his song ‘Thrift Shop’ (above), produced by Ryan Lewis. It managed to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 7 million copies in total. The song also reached number one in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. Furthermore, the song has garnered more than 400 million views on YouTube. Thrift Shop was used in the trailers for the films ‘Pain & Gain’ and ‘The Internship’.

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The song received critical acclaim. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song 5 out of 5 stars, calling it “a rare beast of a song – original, musically daring and genuinely funny.” Entertainment Weekly named the song as the 18th best single of 2012. Some thrift stores have reported an increase in business, especially among college students, which they have attributed to the song.

Macklemore is a multi award winning artist. Collecting awards from the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. He was victorious in winning awards such as Rap Song of the Year and Best Hip-Hop video. I am sure his awards are all carefully and mindfully placed around his home in Seattle, Washington.confused

As you can clearly see, this artist is a huge success with countless adoring fans all around the world watching his every move and the money flowing in from all his success… which his why his next move was completely confusing.

It is very common for artists, such as Macklemore, to lose their moral compass when the spotlight hits them. When they take centre stage its known that stars tend to get blinded by the flashing lights and distracted by the money. And all of a sudden they have completely lost themselves to the forever hungry entity known as fame. But dear old Ben ..ahem excuse Macklemore is an exception to this rule and seems to have truly kept his moral compass in check. I don’t know how he has done it whether he meditates, listens to Jessie J ‘Who You Are’ on repeat or just gets pulled back down to earth on the regular by his dear mother.

If you have not guessed already I am talking about his song entitled ‘Same Love’. This song was written in support of legalising same-sex marriage particularly in reference to a Washington state referendum to approve or reject the February 2012 bill that would legalise same-sex marriage in the state. Macklemore explained that the song also came out of his own frustration with hip hop’s positions on homosexuality. “Misogyny and homophobia are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip hop culture. It’s 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we’re evolving and I think that hip hop has always been a representation of what’s going on in the world right now.”

I must say when I heard this playing on the radio in my flat I was quite surprised at how Mac  was so open and honest about everything. He truly bared his soul let us take a look at some of the lyrics in just ‘Same Love’.

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“When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight….”

“…Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A preconceived idea of what it all meant…”

“…The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion…”

“…And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago…”

“…If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying…”

“…Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board…”

“…It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself…”

“…A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are…”

“…No law is gonna change us
We have to change us…”

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As you can see from these extracts I took from Macklemore’s song he truly touches on some very controversial and profound points. He opened up about the time when he thought that he himself was gay and that must of took a lot of courage and a straight man to openly admit that at one point he thought he was attracted to men. He also layed out on the table the fact that his own uncle was a gay man and in a committed and loving relationship. I truly stand up and salute this young man for the courage it took for him as a heterosexual male to take a stand. He put everything on the line to make his point, all of his fame and success could of come to a very sudden and abrupt holt. Thank You Macklemore for your courage and honesty.

‘I might not be the same but that’s not important no freedom til’ we’re equal, damn right I support it’

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