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UNUSUAL ORGANIZATIONS 4 Your Education, Inspiration & Inner Freedom

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We’ve shared some unusual jobs and unusual people.

Today, we’re looking at some unusual organizations selected for their positive missions.

This one I’d like to be part of: KEYS TO THE RAY 4 YOUR DAY

For organizations, companies, individuals and groups, missions or mission statements can be powerful. They are a kind of prayer for something important to come in. They are intentions for ways of being in our world. When buzz words are shared by more than one individual, this makes them empowered (or stronger than they are alone).

To find out more about each group or company, you may need to click on the words, “click here” or on a picture. It’s kind of a game. See what you discover as you go about your day. Are you game? Notice what “games” people play.

The first organization is absolutely incredible in the way it helps and supports artists, performers, and others who use the arts. The art in us can be under-developed, missed, and misunderstood, and those who work in the arts for their jobs or livelihood can be underfunded, often working long hours without any source of income, payment or job security. Click here to learn more about it, and begin your adventure in supercalifragilisticexpialidocious group awareness!

Click here to continue your adventure and discover how a circle can be more than its rings. It’s located in the metropolitan Toledo, Ohio-area, just in case you lack faith that heaven is here on earth now.

and for an ocean, sky, air, earth – or a boatload – of possibilities that might be exactly what you need: click here now.

The organization represented by the words below has an unusual name. Click on the word, DANCE, in the dark square below. See where it takes you, and see if you can figure out what the company’s name means without reading, by looking and listening only. This incredible company holds the dream of the POFFF and POFFF Master within it. Enjoy, and please, accept this invitation to the…

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Sound Healer Aleya Dao, an interview

Q: You’re known as a sound healer and do something called Toning. Could you give us a little description about how you tone and what toning does?
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>>>Toning is a form of sound healing using the voice. When I tone I first listen from my heart the sound I am hearing that is coming from the angelic realms, from my body, or from an individual or group.

As I listen to that sound I invite that sound to be found within my body, my cells, my heart. Once I feel the sound I take a deep breath of air into my belly and I let my breath flow over my vocal cords creating the sound I am hearing. I use my whole body to tone. I literally invite each cell of my body to emit the sound so that when I do tone I have fully received that tone which enables those who are present to fully receive the tone I am emitting.

Whenever I tone, either for an individual healing, or for a group I first hear the sounds of discord that are being held within an individual or group. For every sound that is not in balance there is a sound that can bring that vibration back to balance. As I tone I am listening to the sound of imbalance and I invite my body or the angelic realm that I work with to present the tone that will bring all energies back into harmony. As the healing progresses layers of balancing tones weave into the chaotic sounds that are being held within the individual or individuals that are present. As this weaving occurs, a gentle process of letting go of all that no longer serves occurs.

Q: What kinds of things do you do in your unusual job, and what might a typical day be like for you?

>>>A typical day begins usually with a meditative beach walk where I connect in with the Ocean energy which can sometimes involve the sighting of dolphins.

After my beach walk, work begins. I see clients at my office typically from 10 to 5 three days a week. In my private sessions I help people access their own innate wisdom. We look at the blocks and belief systems that are coming up for them and using the intelligence of their energetic fields, release vibrations that no longer serve.

I have a sound table that I work with when people come in person. The sound table has speakers embedded in it and is hooked up to a microphone.

As I work with people I will sense chaotic sounds and energetic blocks in their fields. When I tone into the microphone, which vibrates the entire massage table they are lying on, I direct the sound using sacred geometry, thought intention, my higher self, and the assistance of the angelic realm, into the energetic or physical disturbance. Within a short period of time (20 to 30 seconds) the vibration in their field begins to hold a more coherent energy. I change the tone as the energy shifts, gently guiding it back into balance. I also look at all discord as a spiritual lesson waiting to happen. So whenever I work with someone and they are wanting to shift the discord, I always ask and hold the space for their soul and all aspects of their being to activate the spiritual lesson, and to update their identity and personality, so that they can move beyond that pattern. I then ask that their soul move into alignment to master that lesson by practicing it, instead of doing the opposite.

Q: Tell the readers of the POFFF what it was like for you as a child
and teenager growing up. Please include what caused you to became interested in acupuncture and then sound healing.

>>>I have a recollection of being a healer and teacher in previous lives, so it seemed a very natural path for me to follow. I was and am very sensitive, so I had to find and create ways of maintaining balance with all of the sounds in the world. The principles, protocols, and toning are the ways that I have found and created that help me maintain clarity and balance within myself. The principles, protocols, and toning also assist me in evolving into a more conscious, awake being.

Q: In what ways can sound, music and toning help young people (and adults) feel better?

>>> Sound healing has the power to relieve depression, anxiety, obsessive disorders, high blood pressure, just to name a few. As we know, music and sound healing are incredibly powerful ways of healing and inspiring the soul. When you tone for yourself (the shower can be a great place to tone) it has the ability to clear your mind, your energy fields, and your chakras.

No matter your age, I recommend chanting, toning, singing, humming whenever you want to shift the space you are in. When we listen to music or sounds that soothe us, our entire body, mind, and spirit tend to move into a more coherent state.

Q: You’re also a teacher, and I believe that young people, if they’re interested, might attend your workshops or weekend retreats. At what age do you begin accepting young people?

>>>It really depends on the individual but I have found people of all ages resonate to the information I teach. In my private practice, I work with the very young explaining to them why their life is the way it is and how to shift it. By the age of 5 children seem to be able to follow the information energetically and get it to a certain degree mentally.

In terms of attending a workshop I recommend 15 and up but it really depends on the being.

Q: Would the experiences you offer train attendees in becoming sound healers? If not, what might young people learn and why might they attend?

>>>I used to teach sound healing workshops but am now coming out with a CD teaching sound healing. It is very difficult to give everyone the type of attention they need in a group setting. I also teach toning in private ‘in person’ sessions with people. In regards to my workshops I teach people how to activate their energetic intelligence. In my workshops, I teach the seven principles, which explain why are lives are the way they are, why we draw certain events into our lives, and how we can learn from them and change the energy that we are pulling into our lives.

At a young age we tend to feel a connection to another world, another way of being, but then as we grow older we tend to forget that “other world,” yet in our hearts we know that somewhere it still exists. When I work with children, teenagers, or adults I remind them of where they are from. They get reconnected to their “spiritual family.” When we can literally feel these beings of light around us, our despair, hopelessness, and sometimes deep depression tends to fade.

Teenagers in particular can go into deep depression as they mature. Their hormones are changing, their brains are still developing, social pressures are enormous, and their desire to fit into some energy can lead them to bond with unhealthy energies. My sense of what teenagers are really asking for is to reconnect with their spiritual families that are still on the other side. They are calling out for help and more resources to guide them in this complicated world. In my workshops I teach people, parents, teenagers how to gather those tools and walk in the world with a greater support structure.

Q: Can you talk about the idea of teams that you present in your workshops, so young people might recognize them?

>>>Teams are a concept I was born with. I thought everyone knew and could perceive their “teams.” As I moved more into the role of being a healer I quickly realized that people did not connect with their teams.

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As children we may perceive our teams as imaginary friends. Then as we grow older we tend to forget. My perspective of teams is that they are beings, other souls that gather around us prior to our incarnation here in this world. They have similar tasks to master.

We have two sets of teams around us, our soul TASK team and our soul PURPOSE team. Our soul task team helps us master our tasks, and our soul purpose team helps us master and accomplish our purpose here in this life. When we work with the energies of these beings that are expressing themselves in these other dimensions, it actually shifts our reality.

Imagine having someone standing next to you in another dimension that you cannot see, but you can feel them, and in your head you can hear them, yet you perceive their energy to be yours, and they are an anxiety ridden soul. Their energy could definitely effect you. So, when I work on your team with you, it shifts your own energy.

Thank you, Aleya. If POFFF readers have questions, please leave a comment and we will try to answer them as time permits.

UNUSUAL JOB#3 – AN ARTIST WHO IS A PUZZLE SOLVER

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Toledo, Ohio’s Kathleen Gill-Slee is not your ordinary artist. She is also something of a puzzle-solver and a marathon runner.

An honors student in math, English and science in high school, Kathleen knew she could draw from the A’s she received in art class. But she didn’t spend every moment drawing like many would-be artists.

In fact, when she had elective classes to choose during the school year, she chose English courses! By the time Kathleen graduated from high school, she had accumulated five years of extra English courses. “I was a nerd,” she said.

Nerd or not, those classes taught Kathleen to use her mind in ways that helped make her the dedicated, unique artist she is. And she is currently a graphic designer for Hickory Farms in Maumee, Ohio–her day job. “Who else has a job where they can draw all day and get paid for it?” she said.

At the time of this interview, Kathleen had been drawing fruit. Her drawings were clearly visible in the fruit wrapping paper she created for Hickory Farms. But when Kathleen creates wrapping paper, she actually only draws a small section of what will become rolls of it. She has to discover a way to do that one section so it can be repeated without showing any seams. Sound like a puzzle to be solved? It is.

Many sketches later, after discovering a segment that will work, Kathleen sends the segment to the printer. The printer follows Kathleen’s directions to produce a high resolution scan, which is like a very good color photograph. From Kathleen’s one small piece, the printer creates one finished puzzle or huge roll of wrapping paper.

Kathleen has also used her fruit drawings for two of the eight catalogues Hickory Farms owns: Mission Orchards and Pinnacle Orchards. But if you look at the catalogues, you will not see drawings at all. Where is Kathleen’s work? It’s another kind of puzzle.

“I brainstorm with the catalogue manager,” Kathleen explained. From the ideas, Kathleen draws exact sketches to serve as master plans for all the pages and photographs that will be used in the catalogue.

From Kathleen’s drawings, displays are set up for a photo shoot. A local or agency photographer shoots the photographs. Then Kathleen goes to the printer for what is called a “press check,” to make sure the colors come out correctly. After that, the photographs are put into the catalogue, taking the place of Kathleen’s drawings.

“Sometimes, a catalogue has to be designed right at the photo shoot,” Kathleen said. “I play around with props.” Props is short for properties, or pieces that might be used in the photographic puzzles that make up each page of a catalogue: candies, flowers, nuts, bowls, etc.

“There is always something different to work on,” Kathleen admitted. “I once did a scale model of a kiosk (a little booth or stand) and the boxes that went on it. I created 400 boxes in miniature.”

Kathleen makes signs, mailers, packaging, labels, and store display pieces. For the displays and packaging, her work is mostly three-dimensional; that is, work that takes up space in several directions. If Kathleen creates a box, she must imagine how it will look assembled. She must also be able to imagine it and draw it flat, before it is assembled, along with the slots and tabs that will hold the box together.

Kathleen often uses math skills she enjoyed in school to help her figure out how something will look. “I use a lot of math in my work,” she said. “Mostly for packaging. It’s mainly geometry–like the circumference of a circle, the legs of a triangle, or formulas to figure out the square inch area of something.”

Besides doing graphic design, Kathleen also creates pottery. “After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1994, my first jobs at Office Max and Cherry Dale Farms in Cleveland were very stressful,” Kathleen said. “My brother suggested I take a community pottery class to relax.”

When Kathleen made the move to Hickory Farms, she discovered The 577 Foundation’s Pottery Barn in Perrysburg. She has been making pottery there ever since, and she never stops sleuthing for her next project.

“I was trying to figure out something to do with all the bottle shapes I had been throwing, and I came up with a pig. It just came out of my head. I don’t even know if my pigs have pig ears. They may have cat ears.” She admits that her mood at the time plays a big factor in determining the pigs’ expressions.

Since the first pig was thrown on the potter’s wheel, it has been pig heaven for Kathleen’s new nieces and nephews. They all receive ceramic piggy banks. That is, until she made a purple warthog for her brother-in-law. “The warthog has a Mohawk and several piercings,” Kathleen said.

Hickory Farms once asked Kathleen to use her pottery skills on the job. She developed pieces for miniature ceramic farms that could serve as gifts. Want to ask Kathleen some questions about being a graphic designer, potter and puzzle solver? Leave your questions as a comment and we’ll see what happens!

UNUSUAL JOBS #2

Gia Combs-Ramirez is an energy practitioner and soul intuitive. Here is a brief interview with her.

Q: You have an unusual job and live on a ranch. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

>>>>>I grew up in Montana where it was very fun in the summer and very boring and cold in the winter. When I was 15 my parents bought a second home in Mexico and I started living part of the year in Mexico (guess which part of the year!) and the rest of the time in Montana. When I was 30, I went through a big crisis (a.k.a Saturn Return) and I felt the need to get more schooling in something, although I didn’t know what.

Much to my surprise, and everyone else’s, I decided to go to massage school. From the beginning I loved the classes that were about energy. After graduating from massage school I continued to study energy through a variety of classes. Eventually I quit doing massage (but I still get them!) and kept working with energy. Energy is like the air you breathe…. you can’t see it (usually) but it is there all around us.

About 7 years ago I discovered I could do my energy healing by phone, which was fun because I began working with people all over the world. I could be sitting on a beach, working with someone on the other side of the world OR sitting in my pajamas while working. I really love my job!

Q: What do you do as an energy healer?

>>>> In a sense we are all healers because our bodies have built in
healing mechanisms. I remind the body about its healing abilities.
Kind of like a mom reminding you to pick up your socks… except it’s a
lot more fun and loving.

Q: What is it like to live on a ranch?

>>>I live on the same ranch that I grew up on. It’s not a ranch with cows and fields of hay or crops. It’s a guest ranch where people come to stay in the summer and ride horses. When I was young I loved the summers which were filled with new friends every week. We liked to play in the creeks, go racing across the meadows on horseback, and lie on our backs on piles of hay and stare at the stars. In the winter my brothers and I had to go to school and that wasn’t much fun.

Then I started going to Mexico in the winters and that was fun for a long time. About 6 years ago I got really tired of moving twice a year (and I had a son who needed to stay in one school), and my husband and I decided to stay on the guest ranch all year. Life is funny. Now I love the winters for being quiet and still and I don’t like the summers with too many people around. As a kid I would have never guessed that would have been possible.

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Q: You write about the science of energy and a relatively new field called energy medicine. How can kids become aware of energy?

>>>>Just like kids are natural artists until school educates them out of it, kids are naturally aware of energy. Energy shows up for children in stories of magic. I don’t believe, however that kids below the age of 14 should be taught about energy.* Children need a lot of psychic protection and deliberately showing them energy can be too much for them before they are ready.

Teenagers do great learning meditation and entering naturally created altered states. For several years I taught meditation to teenagers and they were easily able to enter naturally created altered states of consciousness. I think it’s because their hearts are very open still.

*NOTE: This is gia’s point of view about teaching energy to those under the age of 14 due to her concern about psychic protection. There are those who teach Reiki to children in different parts of the world. There are also books on it for those called to do so. Reiki is actually a form of meditation and can help children who suffer from anxiety or have trouble in school.

Q: I felt sad today because something I wanted that depended on another person’s cooperation no longer seemed possible despite everything I did to find a way to achieve it. I went through a range of emotions from feeling angry to hopeful as I tried to deal with it. I became sad when nothing worked. If I were a young person, what would you suggest that might help someone like me?

>>>>For starters, if you were a child, you wouldn’t be able to explain yourself that way! I remember as a child getting really frustrated with adults who misused their power just because they got to order us around. They would change the rules to suit them, or that’s the way it seemed. That used to make me so mad I would do “battle” with them. Of course, they always won. What I wish someone had taught me was how to call on angels for protection and for help.

Q: Speaking of angels, many people today are talking about angels, guides, fairies, and changes taking place inside us and all around the earth. Is there a way for young people today to understand all of this?

>>>>Children who are exposed to nature at an early age, naturally know about fairies and nature spirits. Santa Claus is one of the best known nature spirits out there. If there is a strong foundation of connection to the earth, established at an early age through play and joy, this will carry them through a lifetime of being a “grownup” who mostly focuses on work.

The job of children is to BE children. Part of being a child is innocence. Whatever is going on in the world needs to be explained in ways that are appropriate for the developmental stage the child is in. The best way to “teach” children is to show them. You don’t have to talk about recycling to a child… just do it.

Q: What is a soul intuitive?

>>>I am able to see the soul or spirit of a person. That is the part
that existed BEFORE you were born and will continue on for more
adventures AFTER this life. The soul shows me all kinds of amazing
things like what it did before this lifetime and what lessons it wants
to learn during this lifetime. I can then give this information to the
person I’m talking to who for reasons that are a bit complicated to
explain can’t always remember these things herself.

Comment: You sound incredibly imaginative!

Q: If a young person or parents of a young person with unusual abilities are interested in learning more about some of what you talk about here, what would you recommend they do?

>>>Young people with “unusual abilities” don’t recognize themselves as having “unusual abilities.” They either think everyone can do what they do OR they think there’s something wrong with them and that they are weird and don’t fit in.

Reading the great classic stories about children with magic and secret lives such as the Chronicle of Narnia books or Harry Potter can show them how in the muggle world you might be weird but in the magic world you might be a Harry Potter! Parents need to be aware of the challenges of being gifted psychically and show their children simple techniques for shielding themselves such as using a bubble of color.

Often times the unusual abilities show up as “disorders,” such as a child empath or healer who has sensory touch disorder. Understanding both the upside and the downside of unusual abilities can help a parent guide the child into the positive expression of his or her abilities… at the right time.

If you are a young adult of 14 or 15, I would suggest finding a good mentor to help you learn about energy to avoid some of the pitfalls. The best way to find a good mentor is to ask your guides or angels to bring you one and then wait and see who shows up.

Q: There’s a great deal of talk today about the children who are Indigos, Rainbows and Crystals. Is it important for a child to know that they are one of these? What should a parent do if they think they have one of these children?

>>>>Indigos, Rainbows and Crystals are names that adults have used to describe the children that have been born in the last 18 years. These children often remember who they were before they became a human, have special gifts and talents musically or artistically, and also have talents in the intuitive fields such as being telepathic, telekinetic, intuitive and so on.

Parents need to become educated about these children and their special needs because these young people do not fit into our typical education and social structures. Be open to creatively raising these children, following your own intuition about what’s best for them.

Nontraditional schools such as Waldorf, Montessori and home schooling are best options for them. These children have very sensitive energies and having them around a lot of technology (i.e. computers) at an early age is not healthy for them.

Drugging them on ritalin or other “fit in” drugs will cut them off from their essential knowing and will create “lost” adults. On the other hand if parents understand simple energy techniques such as Reiki or Crystalline Consciousness Technique they can use these techniques to help their children, not so much “fit in,” but bridge the gap between their unique gifts and the existing systems that are currently being offered in education and other social structures.
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To learn more about energy healing and modalities such as Reiki and Crystalline Consciousness Technique, you can look on this site, or visit sites that offer energy work and other forms of spiritual and personal growth work.

If you have questions for gia or the POFFF, please leave comments below, and we will try to address them.

UNUSUAL JOBS: A SERIES

THE FIRST IN THE SERIES: CHOREOGRAPHER… DANCE MAKER…

Because choreographers are dancemakers, the POFFF decided to give you a snippet of what they produce and do on the job. It’s all about dancing and an art form. Want more information on how to become a choreographer? Click here.

Check back often as this series of unusual jobs continues. The POFFF will feature some interviews with people who have what some might find as unique and very special employment.

Click on the links below the slideshow to see more examples of choreography.

Ballet classical, story and contemporary

A choreographer at work

Another choreographer at work with the composer of the music for his ballet

Before its seen on stage choreography can look like this

Theatrical dance… interviews

More ballet fun

Musical theater – Jerome Robbins – An American master of choreography for the stage and film.

Giselle as the Danes do it