Abundant Michael: Sandbox

Regain Childlike Flexibility and Breathing 8/31/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Gathering we learn how to regain childlike ablities in flexible movement and breathing with Stephen Shafarman.

How can you breathe more easily.? Move more comfortably? Be stronger and more flexible? Improve your posture and balance? Relieve and outgrow back pain, arthritis, asthma, and other problem conditions?
Enhance your skills and enjoyment of yoga, dance, golf, tennis, and everyday activities?

Windmill Children

FlexAware is a revolution in exercise, fitness, healing. These unique, breathing-directed exercises are based on the way very young children learn and move. Young children are much more flexible than adults and, for their size and weight, much stronger. They naturally move easily, efficiently, aligning with gravity and not fighting against it. You can regain that skill with FlexAware.

You, whatever your age and health condition, will benefit from FlexAware. And people enjoy doing these exercises.

You can reach Stephen at info (at) FlexAware (dot) com, 202-640-1373 or http://www.flexaware.com/

Your Limitless Potential 8/24/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Gathering we learn how to reach our limitless potential in the now with Matthew Horne.


His book “All We Have is NOW,” is a guide to embracing your power to create your life, your way, NOW! The premise is there are no perfect moments in life except the one’s which we create. Matthew’s belief is that every human being is a creator at their core, and life simply will not do things for you that you’ve been empowered to create for yourself. After reading Matthew C. Horne’s, “All We have is NOW,” the double dutch approach to life will be negated by the reality that we have the power to live our dreams, desires and inner-pictures of destiny, NOW!

"All We Have Is NOW...is a powerful guide which inspires us to rise to the occasion of being the great, creative and unstoppable beings that we were originally designed to be...offering valuable insights on how to leverage and build on the most precious moment set before us...NOW!" - Les Brown


Matthew C. Horne, success genius, motivational speaker and
author, presents speeches filled with inspiration, hope and
direction for everyone in attendance. His presentations radiate
positive energy, inspiration, passion, and great audience

His thought provoking and insightful speeches introduce
people to facets of themselves they never knew existed.

He is all about introducing you to your limitless possibilities
and enabling you to live your best life possible through
connecting with your dreams.


Matthew C. Horne, motivational speaker and author, is the president of Optimum Success International, a speaking and publishing company located in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. He is an international authority on Maximizing Human Potential. Matthew is the author of “The Universe Is Inviting You In,” and the newly released book “All We Have Is NOW,” which are both publicly endorsed by legendary motivational speaker Les Brown.


Growing up, Matthew’s ultimate vision for his life was to play basketball in the NBA. He positioned himself to live this reality through obtaining a full-athletic scholarship to play Division I basketball in college. Much to his surprise destiny revealed his true calling during his collegiate years, as he discovered a passion for motivational speaking. Matthew was told by his professors he would never make it as an English major, and to the astonishment of everyone he not only obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, but was offered his first book contract before he graduated in his last semester of college.


Matthew’s message is one of creating your own reality according your vivid destiny pictures. Matthew empowers audiences live their unique truth, independent of the opinions of others. Matthew’s message is quickly spanning the globe through his books, audios and motivational speeches. He is the co-host of the television show “How To Survive In A Bad Economy.” He has also been featured on the legendary radio station WOL with his weekly minute motivational segments. Matthew is also a regular contributor the internet’s leading motivational ezine: Let’s Talk Motivation Matthew will bring any event to life! Matthew is available for speeches, radio and television interviews, and book signings. All who encounter Matthew C. Horne will leave with a heightened awareness of their limitless possibilities, and be positioned to live their Best Life Possible.


You can reach Mathew at 240-605-1106, matt (at) matthewchorne (dot) com or http://www.matthewchorne.com/

Your Universal Peace Journey 8/17/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Gathering we learn our own Universal Peace Journey with Joe Kennedy, Jr. in an experiential evening of movement, music, speech, photos and other creative and playful ways! How do you shift dull parts of your life and work to be fun and playful? How can you bring joy and spirit into the everyday?


The purpose of this workshop is to learn creative, fun and practical tools to help enrich our daily lives. We will use movement/body exercises, texts, musical instruments, photographs and more on our journey.
You will leave with (1) an expanded awareness of the many possibilities each day can bring and (2) practical activities you can use at home to deepen your creative connection with life on an ongoing basis.

Joe Kennedy Jr. is a performer, musician, teacher, artist, free spirit, and workshop developer. He uses voice, keyboards, world instruments, poetry, dance and video to share his vision of hope. He has played with artists of all types all over the world. Joe creates unique school programs for the Choral Arts Society of Washington, The Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center, including Let's Make TV and Let's Make Computer Music programs. He is currently sharing Universal Peace Journeys, an original interactive multi-media production featuring student participation. Joe recently received a grant from the American Composers Forum. In addition to performing and teaching, he produces and hosts a weekly television show, Close To Nature, which has been on Arlington Independent Media for over 6 years, and he has an ongoing Creative Nature workshop series for people of all ages. You can reach Joe at: www.universalpeacejourney.com, naturezen at yahoo.com or 703-371-4495

Mayan Calendar Solar Initiation and Dance 8/10/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday gathering 8/10/11 we learn about the Mayan Calendar and 2012 in a right brained experiencial way with Sandra Solomon.

What changes in your life and in society have you noticed as we come towards 2012? How are you prepared for all the changes happending now and coming in the next year? What is this "Mayan Calendar" all about? It is called "The Peace Calendar" and is a way to live in greater flow, and more connected to the natural rhythms of the universe. Sandra will offer an initiation into the "Mayan Archetypes and Tones of Creation." 

No dull lectures on calendars tonight! This experiential evening is designed for fun and creativity through free style dance and movement to the music of the "Mayan Solar Glyphs." You will take in the Mayan knowledge into your heart where you can use it directly.

Sandra was first introduced to the 2012 Mayan Tzolkin calendar round in 1992 where she traveled 4 time that year to learn this ancient wisdom. She has done workshops in Boston,Ma  Minneapolis,Mn and Charlottesville, Va where attendee's have likened her work to that of the "Indigenous  Shaman's of the Yucatan.


Sandra Solomon, Teacher, Channel/Conduit of Energetic Healing & Transformational Consultant. She is  a gifted and accomplished healer who works on both an individual, group and planetary level.  Her practice utilizes a wide range of energy modalities including, Quantum Healing which includes Reconnective   Healing and Matrix Energetics. She attunes Reiki Masters to six levels beyond Master Level through the Lightarian Institute™. Sandra is also trained in Shamballa Healing.

Sandra offers Transformational Consulting using a variety of techniques, including: the Work of Byron Katie, Psych-K  which is Psychological Kinesiology,  EFT-    Emotional Freedom Technique and The Sedona Method. These techniques assist in whole brain synchronization.  Her Transformational Consulting helps you to fine-tune your life into a more peaceful and balanced journey. She employs transformational techniques to assist you in attaining your goals.

Sandra’s explorations include quantum physics, sacred geometry, the Mayan Calendar, Kabbalah, the Sacred Alphabet, Universal Laws, the nature of reality and consciousness. She empowers people to discover their own self-authority.  You can reach Sandra at mayanone (at) juno (dot) com or 434-825-5564

Awareness practice to avoid self-sabotage 8/3/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we learn Intro to Awareness Process to avoid self-sabotage with Gene Freeheart Long. When was the last time you wondered "Why on earth did I do that? That's not what I intended to do!"? How do you sabotage your life plans? What would your life be like without these underground patterns controlling it?


Awareness Process is a set of practices designed to help us become sharply aware of our thoughts and how they affect our reality. When we are unaware, our capacity to respond to reality in a healthy way can be greatly diminished. Many seek awareness through meditation; unfortunately, in meditation, it is very easy to fool ourselves, to get away with things that exist within the privacy of our head, and to avoid facing the shadow pieces that can disappear so quickly. We do our process in a group setting because the subtle energies in our words are more obvious when spoken out loud and witnessed by others.

The results of a greater self-awareness allows us to recognize and clear ourself of stories which affect our perception and response to the world around us. Self-awareness helps us notice when shadow pieces arise that can sabotage relationships and goals. If you have ever wondered "Why on earth did I do that? That's not what I intended to do!", it is often a lack of awareness that causes our lives to be controlled by inner factors that have escaped our attention.

This workshop is an introduction to the basic concepts of Awareness Practice, and will be very participatory - we will be practicing the concepts as quickly as we learn them.

Gene has been creating and running workshops since 1999 on personal growth, meditation, communication, body acceptance, relationships and sexuality. You can reach Gene at genefreeheart at gmail.com or 703-261-9181 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            703-261-9181      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            703-261-9181      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            703-261-9181      end_of_the_skype_highlighting




Tarot for Decision Making 7/27/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we learn how to help make complex decisions Tarot with Diane Rukmini Bongiorni
Tarot cards have been used by mystics and occultists in efforts at divination or as a map of mental and spiritual pathways, perhaps from
ancient Egypt or the Kabbalah. Dr Carl Jung said that ‘the cards are descendants from the archetypes of transformation’. Come learn the meanings and how to use Tarot cards for decision-making. 

A tarot card reading will give you the general outcome of the ways matters are progressing, IF you don’t make any changes to the way you are thinking, feeling or acting – and the cards assume you don’t make any changes. There is very little in life that could be classed as “fixed.” We all have free will in our choices, decisions and actions. Sometimes things may hit you unexpectedly, however you can always decide how you react to those.

If the outcome is looking rather challenging, you have the opportunity to make changes, so that you can steer your life in a more positive direction. See some light at the end of the tunnel, when all looks dark, bleak and hopeless around you. It can bring some hope, optimism and encouragement to your life. Often that will be enough to open up your own inner resources such as creativity, problem solving, intuition and the ability to notice a different way forward.

You can consider an “alternate future” to the one which is currently unfolding and make better, more informed choices for yourself. You can explore various options to create the future you desire, and look at ways of enabling you to get to where you really want to go. You can then make the most informed choices and decisions, as the cards can make you aware of potential positives and challenges in each path. Tarot cards cannot make any decisions for you.  (From http://www.learntarotonline.com/articles/tarotcanhelpwith.html)

Rukmini has been reading tarot for over 35 years.  She has been blessed with the gift to receive deep guidance and information in very complex situations.
She is also a Feng Shui consultant, energy healer, and tarot reader.
You can reach her at 202-744-3698 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-744-3698      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or rukminidmaria at hotmail.com

Holotropic Breathwork for Deep Relaxation 7/20/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

  Breathwork refers to many forms of conscious alteration of breathing, connecting the inhale and exhale, when used with deep relaxation. Holotropic breath work is a breathing technique that can heal suppressed emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, etc. This mind expanding technique helps people shift into an alternate states of consciousness. Rebirthing starts with lying down, relaxing and breathing. Deep inhalations and relaxed exhalations form the "Alpha" brain waves. Long and careful attention to the relaxed breath will reveal a many layered pattern of inhibitions and exposes our unconscious patterns of defense against pleasure and aliveness.


Randy Goldberg trained in Rebirthing with Sandra Ray in ParisFrance and Holotropic breath work in Chapel HillNC. Randy is a former Yoga monk, a Craniosacral therapist, a world famous astrologer interviewed by the Washington Post and by CNN. He facilitates Family Constellation therapy for individuals and groups. You can reach Randy at randy (at) randygoldberg.org or 202-380-6850 www.randygoldberg.org

How to Create Your Own Rituals 6/22/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

 Michael/Michelle here:
Summer solstice is nearly here, and many people will celebrate with 
different rituals. So now is the perfect time to learn about creating 
your rituals. I have found that a ritual together with sacred space can 
lead to deep inner transformation and give meaning and closure to 
otherwise upsetting events. Or help create greater meaning to happy ones!

I am currently in New Mexico for the Kundalini Yoga Summer Solstice 
festival (http://www.3ho.org/) with about 2000 other yogis. I spent the
day before the festival at Ojo Caliente hot springs - there is something 
about hot mineral springs, and water in general, that I find very 
relaxing. After an hour of soaking in the waters I found my mind 
emptying and my body relaxing (hmm could it be that a full mind tends to 
cause a tense body?). I have read that rebirthers use each of the four 
elements for rejuvenation and I can definitely say that water is good! 
(Air or breath is used a lot in yoga and works well too. Fire gazing is 
hypnotic and relaxing too. As for Earth, well being in the mountains of 
Peru was very connecting to spirit for me!). For me it is good to take 
time for myself and not overdo things like I used to. When I traveled on 
Monday I worked for 2 hours on email, had a relaxing lunch, followed by 
a massage and then took my time packing so I was not rushed driving to 
airport. At one point I reminded myself not to feel nervous and did some 
releasing on an old pattern I had of stressing out before travel.

I have seen a lot of changes in myself in last few weeks - I think with 
the 3 eclipses this month (6/1, 6/15, 7/1) plus the solstice there is a 
lot of energy for change in the air. I also experienced some back ache 
which I have done lots of healing on. For me it was nt just an immediate 
physical issue but an opportunity for me to learn better how to connect 
to the Earth and strength my lower chakras. And to notice a lot of 
tension that I had been holding in my legs and hips which were pulling 
on my back muscles. Tension that I had had for years! Thank you spirit 
for bringing me the back pain so I could work on these issues and 
transform them :-)


Living life deeper 6/15/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we learn how to engage in deep, dogma-free spirituality with Dr. Anatole Ruslanov. Why do we crave DEPTH that seems inherently missing in modern culture? Join a much needed conversation where we shall touch upon the following questions:

  • What are the true goals of all spiritual practices?
  • What are your goals in life?
  • Who are you down deep the well of your soul?
  • Why would you be doing anything but jumping into this deep well now?
  • It is time to see what YOU can become!

Spirituality, or knowing the real you, is a birthright of all living beings -- because it is built in: we cannot be other than ourselves. Humanity, however, is incredibly good and efficient at being distracted away from happiness and satisfaction by culture, social mores, insecurity, etc. Thus, we humans need a way to our very own inner being, the source of all happiness and satisfaction.

You can find the way yourself. It is not that difficult in theory because it is not like you can run away from being you. In practice, following a system that is proven to work is a much better idea -- an efficient and effective way. It is similar to studying in college vs. by yourself -- you benefit by the system, by people more experienced than you, and your peers are there as well, to make the journey together a fun group affair. Doing it on your own is an admirable but more work in practice.

Dr. Anatole Ruslanov is the founder of Modern Seers, an international organization providing profound impetus towards culturally-neutral spiritual practices that are truly effective in culminating in an authentic, dogma-free spirituality. Dr. Anatole is currently a professor of computer science at SUNY Fredonia. He has recently returned from a 10-month tour of South Asia , including teaching a semester in Bhutan .

Dr. Anatole Ruslanov is a naturally gifted mystic and a life coach, mentor, healer, and teacher.

He was formally ordained in Varanasi, India as a tantric monastic after completing full monastic training. He is a Lineage Holder of Advaita Shaiva Tantra Yoga Tradition and an initiate of the ancient tantric Avadhuta Order. He has also had a substantial training in Zen and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions, Native American Toltec traditions, and Russian Orthodox Christian mystical spiritualities. Dr. Anatole has been practicing tantra yoga meditation for 36 years and teaching for 27 years.

Dr. Anatole founded Modern Seers Inc. (formerly Abhidhyan Yoga Institute) in 1991 and is the originator of Abhidhya'na Yoga (macromeditation), Abhidhya'na Insight Meditation, Abhidhya'na Yoga Philosophy, and Abhidhya'na Yoga Community.

Anatole has a baccalaureate degree in mathematics and a doctorate in computer science. He is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at State University of New York at Fredonia.

Dr. Anatole is passionate about going deeper and taking you deeper!

Dr. Anatole’s involvements and personal interests include:

  •     A no-nonsense approach to spirituality that embraces our complete humanity;
  •     Life and transformation coaching;
  •     Spirituality divested of religious dogma;
  •     Vajra meditation teaching and teacher training;
  •     Natural, organic food and living foods;
  •     Energy-efficient, ecologically-sound community living;
  •     Non-dual spirituality and spiritual practices;
  •     Practice of science and rigorous inquiry as a spiritual path.

More info at http://www.modernseers.org/

Vastu for Health, Wealth and Relationships 6/8/11 - Wed Gathering in Rockville

This Wednesday Sandbox gathering we learn about Vastu, the Indian form of Feng Shui, the art of placement, with Dr. Manjul Kant Dwivedi. How can you change your luck and business good fortune by changing your home? What can you do to improve your relationship? And how can home arrangement affect your health for good or bad? Learn about Vastu and discover how you can affect your life with simple rearrangements of your home and it's energy.

Dr. Dwivedi will provide in-depth information about Vastu and practical suggestions on how one can benefit from placing certain objects in the right direction for peace and happiness. Vastu is a supporting science for Holistic Healing. You can increase the curing capacity of healings/medicines many times and turn them for instant action by following Vastu principles. Thus its hidden usefulness must come in light for the betterment of human health.


What is Vastu?

Vastu let you  benefit from the spiritual experience of Vedic sages over the years and live a life of comfort and peace. Apart from several Asian countries like China, Thailand and Singapore, etc., the principles of ‘Vastu’ are being practised in various other developed western countries as well. Vastu Shastra is not merely a baseless myth but it is a scientific axiom which strikes a maximum equilibrium among the 'five elements' and shows the way to keep them, as far as possible in balance. It is based on the gravitational force, magnetic force, air & water streams, electric currents effect of environment, effect of solar rays, significance of directions, etc.

Our wise sages laid down the principles of Vedas millenniums ago. One part of the 'Atharwa-Ved', dealing with architecture, was the first treatise on Vastu-Shashtra. Certain basic principles have been derived from the 'Rig-Ved' also. According to the Indian Philosophy, every particle is a part of the Universe, and therefore, is affected by unseen universal forces. In Vedic epics, construction of ones own house was supposed to be a religious act. ‘Yagya’ and the rituals were conducted in the course of construction to bring about good luck and success. Construction of one’s own house is fullfilment of four 'Purusharthas'.

There are also a lot of similarities between Vastu and its Chinese counterpart Feng Shui in that they recognize the existence of positive and negative forces (Yin and Yang) except for the fact that the latter attaches too much importance to gadgets, like fish tanks, flutes, mirrors and lanterns. This is one reason why Fend Shui is gaining rapid popularity in India.

Construction of a building was regarded as a disturbance to the Natural environment. Vastu Shashtra shows us the way to strike uniformity with nature. It is this uniformity on the basis of which we are able to obtain the practical energy of Universal forces and lead a life of peace and concentration, which brings about prosperity and success. Our existence comprises of the five elements. It is evident that our body is also based on the five elements. The significant aim of Vastu-Shashtra is to establish a positive balance between the nature and our body & mind by construction of a building. Modern Medical Scientists undoubtedly agree that by keeping one’s head towards south, his/her blood pressure remains normal and he/she gets sound sleep. This is the principle of Vastu-Shashtra. The magnetic currents of the earth move towards the North Pole and if the head is towards North Pole, the magnetic circuit will not be completed and will cause repulsion. As a result, concentration will not be possible. Around the body of every living human being there is a natural AURA, which is known as ‘Bio-Electro-Magnetic Field’. We should make it more effective and powerful.

Dr. Manjul Kant Dwivedi is a world-renowned Spiritual Vastuguru, Tarot Card Reader and Meditation Guru. He also uses Mudra Yoga and Healing through Mantras. He is available for private consultations by contacting Dr. Manoj Dharwadkar at             301-528-5986       till June 14th.  More info at http://www.vastushastri.org

Dr Manjul Kant Dwivedi is the founding president of International Society for Spiritual Sciences and is also a well recognized Vastushastri of Uttar Pradesh. Basically he is spiritual "Vastu Specialist" who visualises and feels the power of different Gods in every atom of land and construction. Dr. Dwivedi's specialty is that he has developed a synthesis of Vastu and Feng-Shui. He firmly believes that in India, all Feng-Shui principles cannot be fully applied though at times several remedial measures of Feng-Shui are definitely capable of doing miracles.

Dr. Dwivedi was born in a Brahmin family in the district of Hardoi, which falls under the ancient and holy area of 'Namisharnya' where eighty eight thousand sages did penance for a long time. After his birth, Dr. Dwivedi did not open his eyes for five days. Due to his sharp mind and remarkable personality, this child excelled in school and always acquired top position in his class. At the age of thirteen, he started writing poetry and prose. His work was published and he established himself as a writer. He also won various state and national level awards in creative photography and his photographs were published in established newspapers and magazines of the country.

He has been awarded scores of titles in dozens of international conferences. He was accorded Ph.D. from Colombo, Srilanka on the subject "Good Health from Vastu Shastra". He has been nominated President/Chairman of several Astrological and spiritual organizations of North India and believes in the reflection of echoes of the doctrine of Ved - "All be happy, all be disease free".

Dr. Dwivedi propagates the system of meditation for the removal of defects in Vastu. In this, he primarily creates a flow of super pure pranic energy in an individual, so that the individual becomes capable of creating positive vibrations in his house by this pranic energy. This makes the negative energy escape to some extent. Foreign experts have found his system of meditation very effective and with the regular practice, they convey their message of fruitful results. Dr. Dwivedi is often invited by foreign citizens and NRIs for consulting the "Vastu defects" of constructed home, industries etc. and the mapping of under construction building.

Dr. Dwivedi is the only specialist in North India, who uses cosmic energy while advising Vastu and judges the efficacy of his advice with scientific equipments. Further, he also uses Lecher Antenna and various scientific instruments (which measures the flow of electro-magnetic energy) to measure energy. It is a scientific instrument that measures the flow of energy in men or animals and gives suggestions to make it (flow of energy) more effective. One can easily measure the same by its scale. Not only this, it measures the flow of electro-magnetic current of the land and building as well as indicates the pathogenic emission present there. This instrument, invented by the German medical scientist, Emest Lecher also indicates the geo-magnetic currents as well as the ill effects beneath the surface of Earth. At the same time it gives directions to safeguard from those ill effects. Dr. Dwivedi says, "Although I give top priority to the voice of my soul in taking decisions, yet these scientific instruments do help in arriving at reasonable conclusions".

He never boasts of being a learned person and presents himself as a student in this field. According to him the whole universe is a playground of Energy. If we are able to conceive the flow of this energy, there will be no problems left.

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