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Week 2 Artist’s Way Check In

Today is Week 2 Check In with The Artist’s Way. I have been working hard on my business plan. I attended four online business meetings. I joined the group Women Who Rock Business run by Sage Lavine. I was blessed with a free copy of Sage Lavine’s book “Women Who Rock Business” worth $33. I was reading over the bonus materials that came with the book. You can join Sage Lavine’s group Women Who Rock Business Sister at https://www.facebook.com/groups/854906531317035/
I was going to write a memoir. But then Sage Lavine said you can’t make money on memoir. That the real money is in how to books. But I don’t know how to write a how to books. Now I don’t know what to write. I am trying to come up with products for my business.
I made a Skype call to MrMalhtora on advice on how to set up a schedule for my YouTube channel. MrMalhtora and Michael Buckley co-authored a book “How To Become a YouTuber” which I purchased and gave five stars on Amazon. I signed up for the free trial at their How To Be a YouTuber website. Today I have a call with Michael Buckley to talk about my YouTube channel and my business plan. Michael Buckley is a famous YouTuber and a Life Coach.
I wrote in my Morning Pages today about the quality of my relationships. I reviewed my encounters with people since I moved to Milwaukee, WI. I realized how important relationships are to me. I am brainstorming ways to improve the quality of my relationships.
My Artist’s Date I read the book Money Drunk Money Sober by Julia Cameron. I have a lot of blocks around money. I grew up in poverty. My mom was on welfare. I grew up in foster care. I spent 21 years on disability. I don’t know how to make money. 
Week 2 of The Artist’s Way is Recovering a Sense of Identity. I have spent over two decades on disability that I struggle with what is my Life Purpose. I took an online course on Life Purpose. I am trying to define my Life Purpose as a Writer, Peer Specialist, and YouTube Partner.

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Doreen Virtue & Religious Freedom

 

Doreen Virtue and Religious Freedom

On Aug 21, 2017, Doreen Virtue PhD posted this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVAz… about her conversion to Christianity. Of course the US is a country of Religious Freedom where we celebrate everybody’s right to explore religion anyway they want. As a person who attended Unitarian Universalist Churches I strongly support the exploration of religions. Personally, I believe in Jesus but I don’t use the Christian label because of the history of Christianity that includes burning witches and the genocide of Native American people. As a Native American of the Mohican tribe I can not support the term Christianity that was forced upon Native Americans by abducting Native American children and throwing them in Boarding Schools with the sole purpose of destroying Indianess. As a Native American Witch who believes in Jesus but not the persecution of Witches by those called Christians I refuse to claim myself as a Christian. Even though I have very strong beliefs against Christianity I don’t have a problem with Jesus himself. Jesus wasn’t a Christian he was Jewish. Jesus lived a life of love and compassion which is what I value. For a long time, I felt very supported by Doreen Virtue by her spiritual path as a spiritual teacher which I looked up to. However, now I fear that in the process of claiming Christianity has Doreen Virtue also claimed Christianity’s hatred against witches? If I would introduce myself to Doreen Virtue as a Native American Witch, would she be against me for being a witch like so many other Christians before her? I listened to Doreen’s video very carefully and I have yet to hear Doreen’s Virtue’s public views now on witches through her Christian eyes. So I wonder if she is also against witches now that she is a Christian? As a spiritual teacher does Doreen now teach against witches?

Doreen Virtue and Tarot

 

 

On Aug 21, 2017, Doreen Virtue PhD posted this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVAzoYkOMY about her conversion to Christianity. Of course the US is a country of Religious Freedom where we celebrate everybody’s right to explore religion anyway they want. As a person who attended Unitarian Universalist Churches I strongly support the exploration of religions. Personally, I believe in Jesus but I don’t use the Christian label because of the history of Christianity that includes burning witches and the genocide of Native American people. As a Native American of the Mohican tribe I can not support the term Christianity that was forced upon Native Americans by abducting Native American children and throwing them in Boarding Schools with the sole purpose of destroying Indianess. As a Native American Witch who believes in Jesus but not the persecution of Witches by those called Christians I refuse to claim myself as a Christian. Even though I have very strong beliefs against Christianity I don’t have a problem with Jesus himself. Jesus wasn’t a Christian he was Jewish. Jesus lived a life of love and compassion which is what I value. For a long time, I felt very supported by Doreen Virtue by her spiritual path as a spiritual teacher which I looked up to. However, now I fear that in the process of claiming Christianity has Doreen Virtue also claimed Christianity’s hatred against witches?  If I would introduce myself to Doreen Virtue as a Native American Witch, would she be against me for being a witch like so many other Christians before her? I listened to Doreen’s video very carefully and I have yet to hear Doreen’s Virtue’s public views now on witches through her Christian eyes. So I wonder if she is also against witches now that she is a Christian? As a spiritual teacher does Doreen now teach against witches?

However, Doreen Virtue has come out in her video clearly against Tarot so much she is refusing to sell Tarot anymore and is even going so far to remove her name from her current Tarot decks. I purchased her Archangel Power Tarot Deck. It doesn’t make me feel good anymore about this deck the way I used to. I loved her original interpretation of the Tarot deck with Angels as a wonderful blending of both worlds. So yes I do take it personally now that she rejects Tarot and I am feeling that when she does that she is rejecting a part of me too. I always viewed Doreen Virtue as a motherly spiritual teacher very comforting. However now I feel her choosing to denounce Tarot is sending the message that there is something wrong with following Tarot. I have been told many times that Tarot originated in the Christian church and was originally used by the Christian priests. Somehow Doreen is missing out this vital piece of information. I don’t believe that the use of Tarot goes against Jesus himself.  Historically Tarot did not go against Christianity either since Christianity gave birth to Tarot.  

Another issue is that there are a lot of people who bought Tarot certification from Doreen Virtue. What now is the worth of those Tarot certificates when the teacher and creator is giving the world the message that there is something wrong with Tarot. There are many people who spent a lot of money just so they could say they were Tarot certified by Doreen Virtue.  Does Doreen care that by rejecting her Tarot certification it is going to cause financial harm to her followers?

I recently purchased an online course about Life Purpose by Doreen Virtue and her son Charles. Since Doreen came out in name a Christian the same name of the group of people that crucified Native Americans and witches, I am starting to question the value of this course I just purchased. My Life Purpose is very connected to me living as a Native American Witch. Even though Doreen Virtue has not publicly stated that she is against witches, I feel that she would actually turn against me and that she would believe that my Life Purpose is wrong and I am living the wrong path.  

In abandoning Tarot and choosing Christianity knowing how Christians are against witches, I feel like Doreen Virtue has also abandoned me as a Native American witch. That makes me feel sad to be rejected. In rejecting Tarot, Doreen is sending a message that it is bad to use Tarot and that is a harmful judgment against people who do use Tarot. That negative judgment carries over to my Doreen Virtue Archangel Power Tarot  Deck. When I look at the Archangel Power Tarot Deck when I see Doreen Virtue’s name on them it’s now stamped with her negative judgment about Tarot. They now have been poisoned that I am not a good enough believer in Jesus because I use Tarot.

I am not against Doreen Virtue for personal exploring a religious path which is her personal right. What I object to is that Doreen Virtue positioned herself as a spiritual teacher and collected a lot of money for being that spiritual teacher. I believe that makes Doreen also accountable to her followers too. As a spiritual teacher she is now teaching that Tarot is wrong and evil that and to believe in Jesus you have to abandon Tarot. That is a spiritual teaching that I am against. To me that is what is enraging people. As much as she says she only believes in love, I strongly believe that teaching people that Tarot is bad is not a loving act by her and she is causing harm by doing that. Her new position is offensive and hurtful to people who trusted her and parted with their money to her to show that faith. It is a negative spiritual judgment that is causing people to react so strongly against her. It is no longer just a personal choice but is now her policy as a spiritual teacher to teach the masses the evilness of Tarot and that it is against Jesus.  How in good conscience can I let in such negative teachings? No matter how many biblical quotes she makes or how many times she prays in her videos doesn’t negate the fact that she now teaches Tarot is wrong for followers of Jesus and everybody else.  Why would I want to follow that path? 

 

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September/October 2017 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli

September/October 2017 writing contest deadlinesSeptember 2017

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry
Theme: None
Website: Still: The Journal
Deadline: September 9, 2017
Entry Fee: $12
Prize: First – $200

Genre: Essay
Theme: None
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $10/1 essay or $15/2 essays
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: My Crazy Family
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

October 2017

Genre: Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: (Early bird) October 2, 2017
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Popular fiction (romance, YA, thriller, crime, horror, sci-fi)
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: (Early bird) October 16, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Short story (new writers only)
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Christmas and Holiday
Website: Chicken Soup for the…

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My Big Vision

Big Vision

So it’s Day 3 of my 12 week Artist’s Way journey. I decided this September I am focusing on writing a business plan to be a self employed writer. I am using the book by Right Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee. The first task she has us set out to do is creating a collage of our company’s Big Vision. I decided I would create a digital collage that I pinned to my secret Pinterest board.

When I look at my Big Vision collage I see that my Native American culture of the Mohican tribe is very important to me. Despite James Fennimore Cooper’s fictional book The Last of the Mohicans, my Mohican tribe did not die from extinction like so many people falsely assume. There are over 1,500 Mohican tribal members enrolled in Wisconsin. It is my belief to counter the lies of Mohican extinction of Last of Mohicans, that the world needs to hear more stories written by Mohicans. That is why I place such great value on writing my story, my memoir Mohican Forever! Cause we are still here and I dream that the Mohican people will survive for at least the next seven generations in the future.

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