Celebrate New Year’s Day 2011 on San Francisco Bay Universe Day Cruise

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2nd Annual Universe Day Community Celebration of Life and Abundance with Rochelle Alicia Strider
On the Creative Spirit Yacht, Marinship Marina near 2310 Marin Ship Way, Sausalito CA, USA

January 1st, 2:30 PM 

Bring in the New Year With Hope and Light on the Universe Day Cruise.

Let us celebrate and be grateful on Universe Day the first day of the new year with our spiritual community of friends. For all the information on the eco-spirituality, sustainability and other rich meanings of this second annual Universe Day.

RSVP: manage@integrativespirituality.com

The tax-deductible suggested donation for this once a year Universe Day Sunset Cruise, Potluck and eco-spirituality event is $25.

Please put ” RSVP for the Universe Day Cruise ” in the subject line of your email.

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Errol & Rochelle Strider Present Keynote at 8th Las Vegas Conference on Young Adults

The US Journal Training and Institute for Integral Development will feature Rochelle & Errol Strider as Keynote speakers at the 8th Las Vegas Conference on Young Adults.

This professional conference is for Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, Courts and Correction, Staff, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 1:15am-12:45pm

Keynote: Family Baggage

Using a unique theatrical and humorous approach, this presentation will illuminate the challenges of addiction and recovery. Employing performance art and humorous sketches, the emotional side and the cognitive side of these issues interface will be covered.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm:

Keynote: Family Baggage

This workshop will demonstrate innovative techniques and tools drawn from drama and humor therapy, and how to apply them while working with adolescents and their families. These original processes have proven to be extremely effective, especially in working with youth as they engage the body, the emotions, the mind and the spirit.

Continuing education credits are available. For more information, see the brochure.

Or visit: http://www.usjt.com.

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Laugh your financial worries away.

Are you by any chance worried about money in “this economy?”  I thought so.

Take a moment to relax and see the lighter side of money. Here is Rochelle portraying “Madame Channella” as she improvs on feedback from the audience and provides both a humorous and mystical perspective on their concerns. Madame takes on the issue of “worries about money” helps you release your fear about the money issue and laugh about it.

Filmed in Boulder, CO at “The Laughing Heart”.

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How to be a Mensch

What is the “consumate human being?”

A Mensch!

I invite you to go on the journey of “menschood” in this poem I wrote several years ago. In case you’re not familiar with  Yiddish or Hebrew, let me know and I’ll translate, but I think you’ll get the meaning…

Becoming a Mensch

Stand up full strength, stride inside yourself,

rimming over,

fully caffeinated male…

Fill the frame… with all your humanity,

no more holding back

no more crouching down

Come forth male God incarnate

light the way…generous spirit

pregnant man with Mensch inside you…

Mazeltov! It’s a 144 pound mensch.

We’ve waited for years,

inside the sack of pain or shame,

the womb of struggle and faith,

the vagina of “It’s about time”

You surround each moment with a giant L’chiam

and echoes of “To Life!”

reverberate into every resonant heart

Yea! Mr. Mensch

as you breath vitality into families, relationships,

communities and friends

you are such good company

companion,

slide over and ooze into me,

walk with me talk to me of heaven,

speak to me of joy

Show up manly soul

emerge,

raise your self to the full height

of grandeur man

You have arrived, undiminished,

arms open,

exuding splendor, majesty

and the humility to see it

in all who cross your vision.

You radiate wealth, gusto, effervescence

full pockets bursting with goodies

you enter our space and throw a mitzvah

make it a party

You reek love, you sly Mensch

you drip hope

you dish out possibility, free of charge

You flavor our yearning with the warm spice

of your exuberant presence

you nourish our minds with a buoyant knowing

a knowing that reaches into the First Source and Mensch

who has charged you to deliver his ubiquitous menschness

into every corner of time,

to impassionate every truth-filled desire.

to open up Mensch stands all across the world,

advertising the Menschood

giving out your Mensch brochures—

each warm, intoxicating smile that surges through your love

You are a mirror

for my latent, true, rich, abundant maleness

how gracious you are…

you make room inside you for my woman

you model exquisite intimacy,

the male and female at home in us

two hands clasped in gratitude

2 palms facing the world

ready to receive,

eager to give

What a present you are, you Menschness

friend to the earth,

compadre to the little, the bereft…

those who long for their Menschness,

though they know not what it means

or how to sound it in their person

A long standing grace has made it possible for you to appear now,

to take stage on planet earth

as you walk across the sand, the dirt, the highway,

songs spring from your footsteps

songs of Elohim and Adonai of Allah and Krishna,

of Buddha, Christ, and Mother-Son

As you step fully into this space,

we greet you with a bountiful “Good Yontif!”

Good Shabas!

…each moment suffused with Shabat,

the time to rest in God,

in the revelation of how Menschy we all can be…

when we discard doubt,

and step naked as a budding shoot from the showers of purification

into the full open embrace of renewed innocence

There you are, you hunk of Mensch,

luxuriating in self delight

forgiving the past,

trusting the future

bonded to this sacred instant

where your face beams assurance

to our waiting, eager, hungry pubescent souls

Shine forth, Sir Mensch,

Be Knighted in a diamond studded shout, of

“Hallelujah!

You bring life to the words,

“Bawruch ataw adonoi elohaynu melech hawolawm…

“Blessed art thou, Oh Eternal, Our God, King of the Universe…”

Father of all Mensches.

for all are full bodied total beings in your sight;

that’s what makes you our Daddy Mensch

So, what is a Mensch?

A man or woman who walks securely in every living moment,

with full confidence

that every beat of his heart

and each breath of her soul

is a gift to life

and everyone he touches is a gift to himself.

Mazeltov…

Beloved…Mensch!

L’Chaim.

(PS…If you’d like to hear this read with beautiful music played by Itzhak Perlman, let me know and I’ll send you the the mp3 file.)

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What’s an infinity to do?

“What’s Real and How Would you Know?”

So, what’s an Infinity to do? Where is it going to spill if it wants to diversify, if it is already filling up everything…always? Why, the finite, of course.

“What’s that?” asks infinity of itself.

“Well…that’s what would happens if I separate the In from the Finite”…There you have it.

Could that be what happened 13.4 billions years ago? The “In”…separated from the “Finite” knowing full well that that was impossible…hence the illusion, but hey…an illusion might be a really fun thing…like putting an amazing puzzle back together…with the addition of something the Infinite could only dream about…Novelty…and indeed the infinite does probably and literally dream novelty it up…and that’s where you come in.

Everything grows out of the nature and the quality of The Exchange.

Everything that happens occurs through an exchange. All life is just a bunch of never ending exchanges. All we ever do is exchange…exchange this air for that air, this water for that water, this saliva with that saliva…this car, this spouse, this idea, this emotion…all of it. All that is going on are exchanges.

Governments come into being as do corporations and all institutions to manage or at least attempt to manage, if not control, the exchange. Money exchange, stock exchange, chemical exchange, subatomic exchange, exchanging the purple dress one for the green one. Not to mention exchanging this body for not-this-body, probably the most mysterious of all exchanges…exchanging this mortal perspective for an immortal one.

And then there is what appears to be the opposite of exchange, thewithhold, staying attached to something…all attempts to solidify, bind, control and concretize reality…to stop the movement of…the exchange.

The challenge is to manage and facilitate the exchange in such a way that, as Jeshua (aka Jesus) says, we keep the system in dynamic balance. Optimal exchange leads to an enrichment of those involved in the exchange: new formations, innovation and ever increasing complexity that must be harmonized with ‘the rest’, which in turn leads to a more abundant and variegated stew of life, which constitutes existence in the known universe…so far.

Every time we bump up against something, where we feel resistance, that is the universe calling to us to unfold, open up, receive, engage and be transformed through intercourse. Every lover knows this. Every artist knows this…the artist exchanges with her subject and out of that exchange comes the work of art. Lovers exchange and there is not only the potential for ecstasy but also for a brand new being. How’s that for a fantastic two for one deal?
So it is with people, with us, with life itself. Consider that we are, in fact, the work of art (obviously) in process—and who knows what the completed piece will look like, or maybe it’s just never finished or maybe it’s “finished” in stages, in little bursts and fits, until we are called to evolve some more.
It looks like the Life is the canvas,

Absolute Will is the artist,

Our wills… the brushes…

Conscious beings…the paint becoming the picture,

and every time we exchange color with the canvas, we become more conscious…more Being.

BUT WHAT ABOUT DUALITY IN A SEAMLESS UNIVERSE?

After all, if there were not divisibility, how could there be an exchange? How could there be growth, change, diversification, manifest beauty. But if duality is essentially an illusion, what is going on in these “exchanges?” And how is it that we appear to be wrapped up in a package that is decidedly over here and not over there? This is me and not him, her and it? What’s with that? …especially if “existence is seamless” as it is purported to be?”

Self awareness is reality turned inward upon itself and differentiated– that love which continually flows out of the infinite exchange of love itself as the First Source Meets the Second Source in infinite discourse…love must inevitably spill inwardly/outwardly as differentiation…hence “duality.” The only place for the Oneness to go is to the “Many-nesses.”

“God is all love rolled up into One. We are all love unfolded into the Many”.

Every conscious, volitional self-contained, self-aware being has the potential to become as God…to become an all-inclusive, even infinitely personalized universe of its own…forever expanding, universally exchanging…especially as it is understood that life is love exchanged in the ocean of Spirit.

The stage of time and space is set…and you are invited to play your part… to keep filling up the gap between the “IN” and the “FINITE” with your “ever emerging selfhood.” And that’s achieved through making good exchanges…always willing to trade in what was… for what is eager to be…through and as you.

So, welcome to the “Human Stock Exchange”…where you can keep making exchanges…
the more fluid they are…the more ecstatic they become, the deeper and more penetrating…the greater possibility for new Life… an ever new you…the more that you give yourself to the exchange, the more love abounds.

Places everyone!

Think on’t!

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