Friday, January 29, 2010

Embrace Your Inner Girl ~ by Eve Ensler at TEDIndia 2009

Embrace Your Inner Girl ~ by Eve Ensler
TEDIndia November 2009 ~

A SPECIAL HEART CONSCIOUS NOTE: This is one of the most INSPIRING, MOVING TALKS about embracing the EMPOWERING feminine cell in all of US... AND why is is returning within the heart of both men and women.

In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

Eve Ensler: Playwright, activist

Eve Ensler created the ground-breaking Vagina Monologues, whose success propelled her to found V-Day -- a movement to end violence against women and girls everywhere.

Why you should listen to her:
Inspired by intimate conversations with friends, Eve Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues. The play recounts tender, funny, gripping and horrifying stories she gathered from hundreds of women about their bodies, their sexual experiences, and yes, their vaginas. Since its first staging in 1996, it has been translated into more than 45 languages, performed in more than 120 countries and re-created as an HBO film.

The Vagina Monologues' success allowed Ensler to create V-Day,, a movement to stop violence against women and girls, which has so far raised $70 million to prevent violence and protect abused women. Ensler has also drawn praise for The Good Body, a play that cuts to women's obsession with their appearance, and her film What I Want My Words To Do To You, that portrays a writing group she leads at a correctional facility for women.

Today, she continues to find new projects and push the envelope, with a new book about the secret lives of girls to be released in February 2010 and a film project in conjunction with National Geographic about women caught in the Bosnian war also on the horizon.

"Eve is bringing women back, she's giving us our souls back."
Glenn Close


Desmond Tutu

“Despite all of the ghastliness in the world, human beings are made for goodness. The ones that are held in high regard are not militarily powerful, nor even economically prosperous. They have a commitment to try and make the world a better place.”

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Monday, January 25, 2010

I See You (Theme From Avatar) ~ Leona Lewis

Artist: Leona Lewis

Lyrics:Walking through a dream, I see you
My light and darkness breathing hope of new life
Now I live through you and you through me, enchanted
I pray in my heart that this dream never ends

I see me through your eyes
Breathing new life, flying high
Your love shines the way into paradise
So I offer my life as a sacrifice
I live through your love

You teach me how to see all thats beautiful
My senses touch your world I never pictured
Now I give my hope to you, I surrender
I pray in my heart that this world never ends

I see me through your eyes
Breathing new life, flying high
Your love shines the way into paradise
So I offer my life
I offer my love for you

And my heart was never open
And my spirit never free
To the world that you have shown me
But my eyes could not envision
All the colours of love and of life evermore,

I see me through your eyes
Breathing new life, flying high
Your love shines the way into paradise
So I offer my life as a sacrifice
I live through your love
I live through your love

I see you
I see you


Friday, January 22, 2010

The Choice to Speak With Your Heart Margo Renay

The Choice to Speak With Your Heart Consciously ? ~by Margo Renay ~ January 2010

When Should We Speak Our Truth?
How Does Our Divinity and Passion Speak Through Us?
What Form Should We Use to Express Our Consciousness?
Who Speaks the Words That Our Soul Hears?
Our Soul is Inspired by Passion and downloads streams of 'twitters~blogs~emails~ youtubes~ widgits' Endlessly through Our Expressions. The Artists play a pivotal role in bypassing the 'perceived separation' between the human and the divine. Whether it is expressed actively in dance, music, film & videos, literature, culinary arts, or design, just to name a few, the experience raises the 'feeling' nature of our greater Self.

Photo Credit: Christophe Margot, NY Times
However, this Voice of Daring or The Human Divine Expression is Silenced when the Sounds and Words create a polarized or negative exchange entrenched in Drama and Fear ~ The Spectrum of Extremes ~ through judgements of unique expressions.

Photo Credit: Christophe Margot, NY Times
We need to encourage Artists at all Levels as this Relationship increases the Heart Connection to each other, no matter the race, culture, age, sexual preference, religion, or even geographic locations.

In the Simplest Words, The Artist Within Raises Your Human Vibration to Meet The Divine Vibration.

Creative Commons License by Margo Renay (Sullivan) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

El Sistema USA ~ The Abreu Fellows First Semester Comments (2010)

El Sistema USA ~ The Ted Wish Update

A Heart Consciousness Note: "Watch the Video. Often Times We Feel great inspirations, passions, and desires yet the manifestations never seem to appear in our human experiences. With true integrity, cooperation and a desire to share, the universe will activate and assist. As inspired with this update on the Jose Abreu El Sistema  USA Initiative...With True Heart and Loving Desire, All things are possible." ~Margo Renay Sullivan~
The Abreu Fellows Finish Their First Semester

At TED2009, Maestro Jose Abreu revealed his TED Prize wish, asking that a special program be created to train gifted young musicians so that they could recreate the highly successful El Sistema program around the world. Those young musicians, the Abreu Fellows, have just finished the first semester of their program at New England Conservatory, and are preparing for the second when they will spend two months at the original El Sistema in Venezuela. This amazing video conveys their journey so far, and the Q&A that follows was completed as an exclusive bonus for the TED Blog at the end of their semester.
How has this semester affected you? Has it changed or solidified any of your ideas, thoughts, plans and why?
Rebecca Levi: This semester has made my nebulous definition of a movement concrete: We are the movement! The relationships that the ten of us are forming will strengthen the web that El Sistema USA needs to thrive. In addition, I have been thrilled to indulge in some of the “deep thinking” I did during my literature degree — we’ve been searching for themes, making connections, seeing patterns, and it’s all for a cause that we deeply believe in!

Stanford Thompson: The semester has been full of hope and possibilities for the future of the music education in the United States and beyond. The fellowship has solidified my passion for bringing music education to children (especially those in need), helped to focus my thoughts about what an ideal music program could look like, and directed those thoughts into theories of action that I am working to implement in Reading and Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and Meru, Kenya.

Who has been your favorite professor/ guest lecturer over the semester? Why?

Jonathan Govias: We had a fantastic session with Elizabeth Baback of the Crittenton Women’s Union. She’s an amazing model of someone who’s both passionate and extremely well informed — rare qualities in combination.

David Malek: This is an impossible question to answer considering all the amazing people that have been put before us. That being said, one of my favorite presenters has been Larry Scripp. Larry addressed the issue of musical literacy, but within the larger context of redefining the role of the artist from that of a performer or teacher to that of a citizen/artist/teacher/scholar — it is really a complete paradigm shift.

What’s something specific that you’ve learned from another Fellow? Tell me what you learned, who you learned it from and the story of how you learned it.

Dantes Rameau: I learned from Stan (and his parents) the importance of having a family or people that support you when you’re growing up. I went to Atlanta with Stan to look into starting El Sistema there and got to spend some time with his family. They reminded me a lot of my parents. On Stan’s family’s basement walls, which are plastered with photos of the great jazz musicians, his father hung these wise words on a piece of paper: “Those that enter here are slated for greatness. You are in the company of the best musicians alive.” So I learned from Stan, by way of his parents, that it’s important that growing up, every kid hears things like that as much as possible. As a nucleo leader I will tell them this and the music we play will show them.

Lorrie Heagy: It’s no secret among the fellows that I am very new to Facebook. They laugh that I can create webpages, iMovies and detailed blogs, but don’t know how to add photo albums to my Facebook! Needless to say, I haven’t done much in the way of updating my Facebook page because of it. Imagine my surprise when I click on my page and find movies, photos and links related to the Abreu Fellowship added weekly, sometimes daily! How’d this happen? Dante, who has been responsible for most of the additions, had to sit me down and explain the art of “tagging.” Thank you, Dante and the other Abreu Fellows for making me look so Facebook savvy!

What do you plan to do during your break?

Katie Wyatt: I will be home in North Carolina, touching base with my board, and drinking many cups of coffee with teachers, community leaders, and supporters of KidZNotes — the El Sistema nucleo I will manage in Durham, NC. In January, I will join New England Conservatory student musicians in a string quartet presentation at the Panama City Jazz Festival, where I will give a masterclass for music students on the potential to pursue their passion through careers in music and social change.

Alvaro Rodas: I want to continue my exploration of the Corona neighborhood in Queens, New York. I became interested in this neighborhood and hope to start a couple of stand-alone choral projects. First, I want to establish a strong link with the community — leaders, parents, teachers and authorities — and have them own this initiative. I hope to organize at least one meeting with people in the community where I can talk about El Sistema in general, and El Sistema USA in particular, to measure the interest of those leaders in moving ahead with projects in the near future. At the same time, I want to use these break to engage potential allies and supporters among my network of friends and colleagues in the city.

What are you most looking forward to about your time in Venezuela? What are you hoping to experience while there?

Christine Witkowski: First, I am most excited to see how the nucleos in Venezuela function within their communities at large. How does a music school actually become the center for the community? How have they gotten so many people engaged and excited about el sistema? Second, I am SO excited to play horn with the kids in the nucleos! Music will have to be the primary form of communication for me, and I know I will learn the most about these programs and people by playing with them. Sharing music is so meaningful and sincere. And we’re brass players, so we will have a lot of fun!

Jonathan Govias: I’m very eager to witness first-hand the social change wrought by music there — this is the heart of everything we do, and much like music, I imagine it will be expressed most profoundly in ways other than words or numbers.

Dan Berkowitz: Our Venezuela trip provides an opportunity to be totally immersed in the nucleus of this movement. Two months of exploration and study will enhance each of our visions on every level.

What’s one thing you hope to accomplish by spreading the El Sistema program? What impact do you see it having on young lives and/ or communities in the US?

Katie Wyatt: I hope to change the minds of young people. I hope that after being members of an El Sistema community, they will make different decisions, better decisions, about the way they treat each other, the way interact in their communities, and the future they feel they deserve. I hope they will develop empathy for those they are touched by and those they reach through their music, and thus join a global community of tolerance and understanding.

Stanford Thompson: I want to get communities fired up about life and possibilities by spreading the El Sistema program. If music can change a person on an individual basis, I know that music can change a community. If music can change a community, I know it can change a city. If music can change a city, I know it can change a state… and you know the rest.

Christine Witkowski: In Dr. Abreu’s words, I hope to facilitate a great “affluence of spirit” in disadvantaged youth through music. The music school becomes the center for the child’s support network — it is here that the student, family, friend and teacher congregate. From this support network, a child-centered community is cultivated, creating a safe and supportive space where music nurtures the whole child. The self-esteem, creativity, responsibility, cooperative learning skills and self-expression acquired gives each child the ability to contribute fully and gracefully within the life of her community now and in the future.

Original Source: TED WISHES BLOG– Shanna Carpenter



Photo Credit: El Sistema USA

El Sistema USA is a support and advocacy network for people and organizations inspired by Venezuela’s monumental music education program. It will grow to provide comprehensive information on the El Sistema philosophy and methodology, and host a variety of resources that will aid those building, expanding and supporting El Sistema programs in the US and beyond.

Photo Credit: El Sistema USA

Debuting the Abreu Fellows Program …

The first initiative of El Sistema USA is a one-year postgraduate certificate program for accomplished young musicians and music educators who desire to become ambassadors of El Sistema and who are committed to developing the music education miracle outside of Venezuela. Housed at New England Conservatory, Abreu Fellows will spend a year studying between Boston and Caracas, and leave with the tools to return to their communities to implement the El Sistema model.

Photo Credit: El Sistema USA

The curriculum, teacher training materials and documentation of the Abreu Fellows Program will be freely available on as a resource for all to support local El Sistema programs being developed around the country and internationally.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

We're A~L~I~V~E! Within You ~ Ft. Jennifer Brown

We're Alive
A Heart Consciousness Note:
Yes!The Old Hierarchies and Names
Are Just that.
New Ancient Masters
Are Arriving and Awakening
In Every Moment
By Conscious Choice.

Take A Deep Breath...

We Are The Ancient Ones
We Are Waiting For.
So Let's Act Like it.
~margo renay sullivan~


Artist: Jennifer Brown
Album: Vera
Title: Alive

The Lyrics:
Have you seen a mother kiss her son goodbye
Have you seen a dark cloud fight a silver line
I have seen a loved one tell a million lies
Karma's like a boomerang whirling deep inside

I may not know a thing about you
You may not know a thing about me
But if we're free, then....
We're alive

Take a breath because
We're alive
Take a breath
We're alive

I may speak a language you don't understand
But what words do you need to take somebody's hand
Love is like a blanket everyone deserves
Drape it on your shoulders and let your voice be heard

You may not know a thing about me
I may not know a thing about you
But if there's a me and you

We're alive
Take a breath because
Take a breath
We're alive

Take a breath, take a deep breath
Take a breath, take a deep breath
Take a breath, take a deep breath
Take a breath, take a deep breath

And we may wear different clothes
And pray to Gods in different robes
But if we're praying
We're alive
Take a breath because
We're alive
Take a breath
We're alive

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Heaven's Elevators Come Down ~ With a Twist ~ Margo Renay Sullivan

With A Twist
Heaven Come Down...
IS the Call to the Divine.
We Answered.

From Heaven's Own Breath.
And the True Master Evolves.
From Within.
Balanced. Integrated. Ready!
To Create.
Three Circles Through The Wind.

...Now with a Twist.

Friday, January 1, 2010