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Creating Powerful Exuberance

                                                                  

I first encountered  Deremiah *CPE; this whirwlind of wonder a few years ago through the Inspire Me Today website and although we have not met in person, it is easy to feel the warmth and love that he exudes. I dare you to look into this face and refrain from smiling and laughing. I betcha’ can’t :) Unabashedly enthusiastic, bubbling over with positivity, he uplifts and encourages those he reaches through his artistry; graphic and through the written and spoken word. He challenges people to go beyond the beyond, co-creating a world in which we are all cared for, acknowleged and treasured.  May his intentions come to manifest magnificently and return to him a million-fold.

How do you live your Bliss?

Everyday I live my Bliss in Love with the intention of leaving the world better than what I found it. Often I am Inspiring and Mentoring those in need of peace of mind, clarity and an increase in self-esteem!

You are a multi-cultural fusion; how did that impact on the life you have chosen for yourself?

Knowing quite a bit of my ancestral heritage beginning with the European English and Irish, the Native American Indian (Black Choctaw) and the African has influenced how I see the world tremendously different than most people. It means that I have ancestors that come from  three continents that I know of right now. But when we understand that the oldest living human remains that were discovered came out of Africa we all must look back to Africa as our origination according to scientific research.  We are all just an evolution that has evolved from our planetary migration.  My look at the world is not without completely understanding that above all of the knowledge of my genetic connections with people from all over the earth I am tied to the human race in a deeper way still.  Because we are Spiritual beings having a human experience a person like me enters each day loving the human idea that we are one.  This has impacted the life I have chosen and the person I have become in a huge way.  It allows me to operate looking at each being as a person of Love who only truly really desires to know themselves as the Love they know they need and want to express.  Since my desires have always been to express Love it is easy to see how I have attracted those deeper experiences.  You can see them quite clearly in my life going all the way back to my far reaching military travels as a military brat. That life allowed me to live in all four cardinal quadrants of the United States.  While in Europe my travels were very extensive connecting with people of all cultures in many of these experiences. This is the backdrop out of which my Love for people has been weaved allowing me to display a beautiful tapestry with a unique Love for everyone.

What have you learned about resilience?  Why do you think some people rebound while others succumb to the effects of trauma and life challenges?

My parents were the first mentors I had who helped me to understand the importance of being resilient.  I learned about resilience from them while in poverty where I completely got it that one could be in poverty without making poverty a way of life if they understood how to be resilient.  Apart from my parents I learned to listen to the voice of resilience as it would speak. Resilience taught me that without FLEXIBILITY in your Focus and Concentration on the belief of one’s purpose you may Superstitiously IMAGINE that when things are Changing you are moving further away from who you should be developing into.  This is far from the truth of our experiences and why we even have them.  Resilience is one of the areas where I have coached thousands of people and believe we should be mentoring others to understand more clearly.  Few people rebound from the trauma of life challenges without becoming permanently damaged in their emotions by the experiences because they have a good VISION of their Purpose.  It is so apparent that a lot of people get eaten up and consumed by T&T…Tragedy and Trauma because they lose sight of their VISION or maybe they never truly had one in mind.  When Trauma moves in it ushers in the change that most people repel because they have never been fully trained in how to respond to Challenge and Adversity.  During what people call tough economic times many people faint and have hardships they never truly overcome all because they never were mentored properly to understand how CHANGE WORKS in our Favor! I have been fortunate to teach people how to understand this subject more clearly but I very rarely speak on it publicly anymore and even more rarely coach and mentor people on the subject. But from time to time I meet up with the right person I Feel is ready and we work out a mutual agreeable mentoring opportunity.

Please talk about your work with at-risk children, having been one yourself.

As a  child I grew through an at-risk experience that changed my life forever and drove me back deeper into my purpose of being intentional about creating happiness in ones life.  When you come to the edge of being on the verge of committing suicide you are in a place no one should ever have to imagine for themselves.  At 16 years old that’s where I was and I only go back their to help pull kids and adults out of the abyss.  I count myself fortunate because I have worked with at-risk children for most of my life volunteering, donating and even being employed to encourage them to a whole new level. So most  of my life I have been doing it on a part time basis until the past 9 years where I have had the ultimate experience of mentoring children who where at-risk up close and personal. I have a decree I believe that I say often…”Bring me your at-risk child and if they can Change I will be the catalyst to inspire that change in them!”  I have been fortunate to have that kind of IMPACT on hurting children who really are looking for a way out of the vicious cycle of being at risk to themselves or others.  A great deal of children meet the description of the At-Risk model but many of them are just as normal as all the other kids accept they need more love. Currently I am moving into opportunity’s to play a bigger role through advocacy and philanthropic projects.  Right now I am releasing a song called “Stand For Peace” that will make 24.99% of the revenue for record sales to causes centered around children who are at-risk.  

How did the CPE aspect of your name come to be?

It’s actually *CPE which is the acronym that I use which I shape the words to fit around every project I’m working on. Originally it begin when I was working in the Security Industry as a Security Consultant and I was known as the * CPE = Customer Passion Evangelist.  Right now my projects are centered around *CPE = Creating Powerful Exuberance.  

What does it mean to you to ‘serve exuberantly’?

Serving exuberantly means to “Please Others” not Focusing on one’s own desires.  It also means to give yourself to the aid of someone else in a HAPPY way (not holding back or giving them the things you like).  It’s not about me giving you what I think you need to be Happy but it becomes very important that we learn to explore what makes other people happy and then serve them in that way.  It is purely going out to please someone in the way that they love.

You inspire so many others. Who or what inspires you?

 I am what I call “Self Inspired” first through INSPIRING others…sort of like a gyroscope uses the momentum that started it to spin to continue spinning.  When I Make someone HAPPY it makes me HAPPY but it is the thought that resonates in me.  I know before I begin that it will make someone else Happy and that thought of Happiness makes me Happy which INSPIRES me to take ACTION bringing forth the result that adorns both giver and receiver to be eternally Blissfully HAPPY!!! LOLLL!!!


How do you stand for peace?

 I “Stand For Peace” in the actions that I desire to see exemplified in the world by others.  As Ghandi said “Be the Change”. So everyday I stand for Peace by seeing my self as a Performance Artist for LOVE & PEACE…CREATING IMAGES of Peace for others through public speaking, words in poetry, images in video & pictures and through my writings & interactions online.  I stand for PEACE by Living it and being intent on CREATING it first in my Imagination through visualization and then in my Actualization through Manifestation.


What is your vision for the world?

I AM my VISION for the World…when you see me in Action Loving people Unconditionally, Encouraging them effortlessly, Inspiring them constantly & consistently…you are taking in my VISION for the world.  As an artist I LIVE what I Believe and I BELIEVE in LOVE & PEACE. What is my vision for the world? “I AM my VISION for the World!”

Please share about your song Stand For Peace that will be out on Independence Day. ( Include a link:)

Coming Soon July 4th, The World Premiere release hit song by Deremiah “STAND For PEACE”…the only INDEPENDENCE gained by Lovefare

Bio info: Winner of the coveted Nightingale Conant “Acres of Diamonds” Award for the thousands of lives I’ve changed as I’ve shared my story of love. I was a teenager when I almost committed Suicide and gave up on life but now I’m so glad I didn’t. At the age of 16 after my parents’ divorce,  I hit a low point in my life. I felt like no one loved me and it really seemed like nobody cared. In that experience I learned to understand what it means to feel lonely and without love. I was lost in the valley of darkness and despair where I had to learn how to love me all over again. Over the past several years I’ve learned a lot of people have felt this same kind of pain. Mostly because of their parents broken relationships or problems in their own relationships. Any way you look at it, many people have been wounded and really wish they could love or find the peace that passes all understanding.  Well if you have felt this way it will be so much easier for you to understand why I’ve created two very powerful songs that will move us all toward LOVE & PEACE again. 
These songs offer us powerful insight and in the chorus of these songs the solution. They tell us why our communities and the world needs  “More Love” and why we need to “Stand for Peace”.  My World premiere release of “Stand For Peace” will be coming out on July 4th, 2011 beginning on my Facebook page Deremiah/Muscian-band page. On the left side of the page is a Green symbol with the words My Store…click on this!
 
  
Business Bio background & Awards: Deremiah *CPE, Customer Passionate Executive is a “Top 25″ Marketing Expert on  Marketingprofs.com . This Nightingale Conant Award-Winning Speaker, Artist & Inventor  has shown hundreds of Customer Passion Evangelist, CEO`s, Consultants and Sales people how to use his simple techniques in serving to get big results.  Using the Servant`s Mentality to help you expand the footprint of your Social Media Relationships while increasing customer retention is where Deremiah brings you the most value. Winning the coveted “Acres of Diamonds” award from Nightingale-Conant places Deremiah *CPE among noted speakers like Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Dennis Waitely, Jay Abraham and Stephen Covey.

 
Business Management guru Peter Drucker said “the only reason why a company is in business is to serve a customer”.  Today Deremiah is using his song stand for Peace to share with you what he believes to be one of the most critical Mind Shifts that anyone who ever plans to become successful must go through. The shift to a PEACE consciousness. This could be the breakthrough paradigm of this generation because with every person Deremiah teaches about this approach to life people end up living much happier lives because of it.  In his life experience successfully SERVING others and moving them towards a Peace consciousness has become the key principle upon which he begins every relationship regardless of whether that relationship is business driven, social media driven or just purely friendship driven. 

Declaring Independence

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I love ritual. It links me to my Source and helps me to turn inward, while simultaneously making needed outward changes. On holidays that have symbolic meaning, I particularly like to work/play with creative ideas. As we are approaching the celebration of the 4th of July in the U.S.,  I decided to make two lists, one in which I declared independence from beliefs and actions and one in which I allowed freedom to hold certain rights inviolate.

I declare freedom from:

fear

self imposed judgment

judgment of others

scarcity/poverty consciousness

obsessive thought a.k.a.  ‘stinkin’ thinkin’

concern about what the ‘propriety police’ might think

micro managing anything

holding back my expressions of love and appreciation for fear of rejection

playing small

imposter syndrome

carrying the weight of the world

“running around with my hair on fire”, to quote my friend Amy Storm

believing that I have to be all things to all people

co-dependence

toxic interactions

shoulda woulda coulda’s

unreasonable expectations

‘savior behavior’

‘being a Teflon coated pan’ from which love slides off

the inner critic

clutter and chaos

excuses and justifications

desire to have the last word

belief that the way it has been is the way it always has to be

 

I claim freedom to:

ask for what I want and deserve

anticipate joyful, grace-filled outcomes

experience love in all aspects

accept easy financial flow

express from the heart, regardless of whether someone else can/will accept the love

love the woman in the mirror wholeheartedly

lighten up physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually

play big in the world

let my light shine

love with abandon without fear of being abandoned

be one of the cool kids

inspire others to live full out

dance my dreams to life

wink at the Goddess in the mirror

express my truth

do my creative work and have it well received

be in a healthy, mutually suppportive, deeply heart and soul satisfying, loving relationship

manna-fest miracles

So what is it that from which you choose to free yourself?

What do you claim the freedom to be, do or have?

Richie Havens celebrating FREEDOM at Woodstock. Was anyone who is reading this there for this extraordinary performance that went on and on~ ?

http://youtu.be/fA51wyl-9IE 

Happy Or Crappy

                                                                               

This morning before leaving for work, I received an email from the Go Gratitude folks.  They are focused on the idea whose time is always NOW, that having a grateful heart and mind can open doors to all manner of miracle and wonder. Today’s message highlighted a powerful concept that emerged from one of my alltime favorite books, called Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. I intitially read it in college and likely have perused the pages 100′s of times since then. If you haven’t yet immersed yourself in the parable-like story of Valentine Michael Smith (a.k.a. The Man From Mars), I encourage you to do so.  He comes to Earth and teaches those who are willing to learn, about the inter-woven connection between all life through one word:  Grok. It has
become part of the human vernacular even as in the Martian language as explained in the book, the word literally means to ‘drink’. To ‘Grok’ is to ‘to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed; to understand intuitively or by empathy; to become one with.’.
I like to think that we are all inter-woven and drink of each other’s essence each time we connect heart to heart with another. Today was filled with grokking opps.

During a rather hectic, somewhat unsettling day at my job as a social worker in a psychiatric hospital, I had two heartening experiences. The first was in a family session with a patient and her devoted mother. Their bond was beautiful to witness despite their challenges. In the midst of the session, the mother said to her daughter, “You know that there is a always a choice to feel happy or crappy.”  I laughed and responded that I wished everyone knew that. There were would be far fewer divorces, illnesses, suicides and wars if we recognized that although we may have no conscious choice about circumstances, we certainly have the opportunity to decide how we feel about them.

The second event that brought a smile to my face, was when another patient and his wife with whom I had a couples counseling session yesterday, informed me that they felt they had gotten greater benefit from the hour and some we had spent together than in many sessions with their out patient counselor. One things I tell my patients is that I am kick ass therapist, who helps people laser into whatever it is that is in the way of their healing. This particular couple was ripe and ready to open their hearts to each other and commited to following through on the agreements they made in the session to be more fully present to each other and to ‘feed’ their marriage as steadily and lovingly as they do their relationship with their daughter. Just as they would never literally starve her, so too do they need to nourish their bond.

As the morning message set the stage, I did find myself in grok mode, truly drinking deeply of the experiences as the day unfolded. On my way home, I had an urge to meander, without direction, trusting the AGS (Angelic Guidance System) to plan the course. As I felt the rush of summer breeze through the open Jeep windows, and watched the rustling leaves, I became aware of a certain sense of melancholy; missing my parents, wanting to communicate with them the lessons of the day. I hadn’t eaten dinner and asked to be drawn to just the right place. I passed by a few places that would have appealed to me before and thought “Not yet, don’t stop there.”, until I came to Moe’s Deli in Lafayette Hill, PA.  Of course!  My dad’s name was Morris and one of his nicknames was Moe. I walked through the door to an empty restaurant, since it was nearly 7:30 pm. I read the menu, laughing at some of the culturally Jewish humor scripted on it. One said “If you can’t say something nice, say it in Yiddish.”  In my family, it would have been more like “If you don’t want the kids to understand what you are saying, say it in Yiddish.” We were pretty savvy and could usually discern a few words; enough to get the gist of what they didn’t want us to know. I enjoyed a sandwich and a few sweet potato fries and then was on my way back home.  As I drove through the part of Philly known as Chestnut Hill, I passed another landmark that connected me to my father, a beautiful garden called The Morris Arboretum. I am still waiting for the third confirmation that he is around. Maybe in my dreams tonight.

I encourage you to explore the synchronicities that occur because you have invited them and the ways in which you grok them, drinking them in to the fullest, straw all the way down to the bottom of the celestial cup…sluuuuurrrpppp <3

www.gogratitude.com

Elephant Wisdom

                                                              

This morning I received an email newsletter from my wise friend Veronica Drake and it contained an image of an elephant  and words that had me considering all of the ideas that go along with this massive, wrinkled being. She spoke about the concept of training baby elephants who live in captivity, to remain stationary. When they are very young, a sturdy rope (and sometimes a chain) is tied to their ankle. As they get older, something less substantial keeps them bound. Because they have been so conditioned to stay put, they never consider that with one slight pull of a gargantuan leg, they could break free of their bondage.    Is it any different with us?  When I think about the ingrained beliefs that have kept me constricted, restricted, fear-laden, hesitant, STUCK, I shake my head in wonder that all I really needed to do was recognize where my feet were planted and then take the next step. So here is my Elephant Guide To Enlightenment, for your entertainment and consideration:

 1. It’s all about perspective. Remember the story of the 5 Blind Men and The Elephant?  Each one of them had a portion of the creature accessible to them, or at least thought that’s all they had. One touched the trunk and discerned that an elephant was a hose. Another held its tail and was sure that an elephant was a rope. A third touched the silky ears and stated definitively that an elephant was a fan. The next one wrapped his arms around a leg and swore that an elephant was a tree trunk and the fifth caressed it’s hide and just KNEW that an elephant was a wall.  The truth is, metaphorically speaking, it was all of those things and none of them.

2. Don’t work for peanuts. You and your creative abilities are worth more than a few meager crumbs in order to perform. (unless you REALLY like peanuts)

3. Sound your magnificence mightily.  Have you ever heard an elephant toot its own horn?  Pretty earthshaking and attention getting. It really is ok to get the world to sit up and take notice of what you have to offer.

4. Consider the Hindu God Ganesha/Ganapataye, referred to as The Lord of Success and Remover of Obstacles  (child of Parvati and Shiva) whose elephant head rests atop a rotund body. He is the blending of spirit and corporeal.  Devotees repeat a chant to honor him .

Chanting, with reverence:

“Om gam ganapataye namaha!
  
A very loose translation might be:
Om = Salutations! Everyone wake up!
Gam = The secret power sound of Ganesh. It is his “seed syllable” or bija mantra.
Ganapataye = Another name of Ganesh, the breaker of obstacles.
Namaha = Yo! Ganesh! You da God!”

This came from the website  Indo Pagan Project  http://indopaganproject.tripod.com/id22.html                             

5. Be like Babar. The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff was written in 1931. It describes the tale of an elephant who leaves the jungle, dons clothes, learns about the world outside his familiar confines and returns to become king. He wisely advises his willing subjects and yet knows he can’t do it all himself, so he takes counsel from others that surround him as well. He is a beneficent ruler who admits his flaws as well. My first yoga book, believe it or not was Babar’s Yoga For Elephants. My friend Brian gave it to me when I began my practice. I laughed when I saw it and figured that if elephants could do asanas, so could I!

6.Overcome limiting beliefs like Dumbo.  As far as we know, elephants don’t fly….except when they do. Armed with his magic feather (which I particularly like as a symbol of transformation) which he really didn’t need, he just thought he did, this little guy was able to take off simply by flapping his wings and lightening his heart.

7. Retain an elephant’s memory for the beautiful, loving, creative, beneficial experiences in your life. In the midst of daily activity, especially those times when I am tempted to complain about what’s wrong, I forget what’s right about any given situation. I can always, when reviewing past events that might have looked similar to what I am experiencing now, remember something that worked that I can bring forward into this present moment.

And enjoy the sounds of the Ganesh chant offered by Deva Premal http://youtu.be/_EaJNzzycIk

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