Mel Hopkins

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    Jet setting, globetrotting, and landlocked seafaring, book peddling recovering broadcast journalist wordsmith who dreams vividly and commits it to white space.

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  1. 0001707.pngSearching for a birthday card the other day, I noticed in Rite-aid there were no hallmark cards only American greetings and in Publix grocery store, they only stocked Hallmark greeting cards.   What was noticeably absent, or not, because I can't really recall hearing about them until today was "African-American Expressions. Founder, Gregory Perkins, indicates on the  company profile , AAE has been existence for 26 years.  "Today, African American Expressions sells over 2,500,000 cards annually with over 500 original designs. This multimillion dollar operation has expanded to include many other inspirational gifts such as calendars, handcrafted figurines, journals, mugs, magnets, bookmarks, Christmas decorations and more."  Visit African American Expressions  at http://www.black-cards.com  and download their catalog, http://www.black-cards.com/aaexp/pdf/common/WS_catalog.pdf

  2. Believing is seeing...and it's how we, as magicians or the faithful, manifest what we seek to have in our lives. BUT, while I respect it, I tend not to mess around with optical illusions, especially those involving colors, for this very reason. Its effects is two-fold. On one hand, it seeks to reinforce you can't trust your own mind, since "seeing" is a function of the mind. But at the same time, it teaches you NOT to trust everything your mind reveals... which is a good thing too because "what you believe can kill you"... Since words create images for me; and I score very high on spatial intelligence... I use my other senses such as "feel" (not to be confused with touch, btw) to determine reality
  3. Bravo! We have the power to tell our own stories! The time is now!
  4. @Troy, I don't think lacking ability to concede to another perspective is a function of gender per se, but rather society's expectation put upon men. I also believe "catty" behavior is a function of women too. We will nearly annihilate one another to win the favor of men. My favorite quote is still "Patriarchy isn't men or women but society. We all have the capacity to become caricatures of our selves. BTW, I was around. I don't think Sara and Cynique were catty with each other.. Those arguments were downright eyebrow singeing-edge-snatching vicious. So glad they are over. I missed Cynique's Corner, so I was anxious to read what Cynique has to share. I thought the arguments took away from her content. Same with you three, when you all stopped building and start tearing down, the lessons, the how-to-use the knowledge was lost.
  5. @Cynique it is the earthly male's greatest downfall. They have the most difficult time with -AND- . I see three men who absolutely want to be heard by each other but go about it in the most clumsiest way. I read through all these posts and I didn't see anyone saying anything diametrically opposed to the other...I saw the proverbial blind men and the elephant. And the frustration building from not each seeing exactly from each other's perspective. Still, I do agree with the alpha theory - it's hard to build alliances without having your POV heard and respected in this society. We as a society do tend to follow and form allegiance to the folks who know the most. (Still can't figure out why 45* is in the Oval office) But I digress.
  6. I originally want to re-post here for @Pioneer1 but think my response to @Troy "Can blacks ever be normal" about "astral projection and agreement" can go here too. We didn't say anything that is in disagreement .. I never lost my consciousness. We don't lose our consciousness when we join the THE ALL... We are in agreement until we ARE NOT that is when we individuate. In Astral projection you are still corporeal entity, You're still matter. Your question reflects a value system; a hierarchy. Value systems exist here in this dimension - This is indicative of people who are still attached to material things... We all are attached to matter in this dimension...It is the foundation of the value system. Still it makes it difficult to answer but I'll do my best. Just like you don't believe there's such a thing as race - the same is true in the other dimension. There's no hierarchy. There's no value system in the eternal. What is the value of infinite? But if I had to judge what has served me well, here, it is understanding of energy and its vibration. Also seeing light in the dark. Livings things, even things we don't believe have life are illuminated here in this dimension. If it is made from life or of living that energy remains with it. It is same with people - some people give off more light than others - and while I don't believe what people say I do trust their light. The one thing I'll tell you about leaving this dimension and traveling beyond is this: There was no "bright" light like most people say they see. It is an incredible darkness ( I wrote this part in my novel) like looking into a school at night where those cut-out shapes of Washington and Lincoln, made from black construction paper, are taped to windows. You can see the shapes even though they are pasted to the window in a dark classroom. When you return here... you can see beyond darkness because everything is illuminated to different degrees.
  7. We didn't say anything that is in disagreement. I never lost my consciousness. We don't lose our consciousness when we join the THE ALL... We are in agreement until we ARE NOT that is when we individuate. In Astral projection, you are still corporeal entity, you’re still matter. Your question reflects a value system; a hierarchy. Value systems exist here in this dimension - This is indicative of people who are still attached to material things... We all are attached to matter in this dimension...It is the foundation of the value system. Still it makes it difficult to answer but I'll do my best. Just like you don't believe there's such a thing as race - the same is true in the other dimension. There's no hierarchy. There's no value system in the eternal. What is the value of infinite? But if I had to judge what has served me well, here, it is understanding of energy and its vibration. Also, seeing light in the dark. Livings things, even things we don't believe have life are illuminated here in this dimension. If it is made from life or of living that energy remains with it. It is same with people - some people give off more light than others - and while I don't believe what people say I do trust their light. The one thing I'll tell you about leaving this dimension and traveling beyond is this: There was no "bright" light like most people say they see. It is an incredible darkness (I wrote this part in my novel) like looking into a school at night where those cut-out shapes of Washington and Lincoln, made from black construction paper, are taped to windows. You can see the shapes even though they are pasted to the window in a dark classroom. When you return here... you can see beyond darkness because everything is illuminated to different degrees. I'm going to post this in the spirituality discussion for @Pioneer1
  8. From my experience, there's only agreement in the astral realm - All are in the ALL. It was how I was able to return here. As soon as I voiced "I" want to return "I" have something to do... I individuated from THE ALL.
  9. Absolutely it makes sense! Let me let you in on a secret.. I don't believe anything people say. I do, however, believe they believe it. For example, I don't believe you don't believe I visited another dimension...but I do believe that you rather not believe it because it would force you to lose your grip on this spot and you're doing everything you can to keep your foothold... I get that too - because I'm afraid of losing my grip too. So in a way, skeptics especially natural skeptics allow us, those of us who float between dimensions, an anchor or tether as you mentioned earlier.
  10. bwhahahaha! Straight from a comedy skit... Yes, syntax is our best friend especially in discussions on the internet. So, @Troy what would you convince that people die and return? That is if there "earthsuit" (body) is viable, that is.
  11. I'd like to read that essay! I'm currently researching autodidacts in general, and learning specifically. Two locations I can think off hand that might help your search http://www.blackpast.org And the Library of Congress online - loc.gov for example - I looked for essays on education and it brought me to this link https://www.loc.gov/search/?in=&q=essays+about+education&new=true&st= When you find it, please post here. Thank you.
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  13. I forgot I added AALBC to my warnerbros mediapass list of platforms. When I went to update my profile today, I went to add it, AALBC.com popped up. It's either an already recognized site or I made it one. Warnerbros.mediapass offers videos, photos, news releases on all their upcoming movies - they also host media junket Q & A... I keep active on the site to see if there are any black movies or black actresses I'd like to feature and promote. All this to say, we writers/journalists can also post enterprising stories on our own site and submit to aalbc for possible publication too!
  14. Look at 4 visitors coming here from TheLeadStory.org! One of my favorite links to AALBC from The LeadStory is the AALBC book event widget! Every author with a website should at the very least use the AALBC calendar of literary events widget. It is the one widget that promotes other authors, literary events and keeps one abreast of national literary events throughout the year. I just noticed an upcoming event in Jamaica.
  15. "see" is an interesting way to describe energy - I did "see" too but what "saw" wasn't with my eyes. It was more like "seeing" motion in which all were represented. Yes as @Delano mentioned sort of like the sea of tranquilty that spoke as one. Speaking of which, another thing I brought back with me was the ability to use my sense of "feel"... so I wonder if those claims are more that they are able to "feel" their deceased relatives - Like @Cynique mentioned "Words fail us in this dimension. Agreed. It seems magick and spirituality are connected though. My mom said she saw herself hovering over her body. It was during a time she was grieving for my father. Also it wasn't her first time experiencing a projection . When she was younger she saw a man sitting on the wall in her room She said her own projection scared her and I think she willed herself to never allow it happen again. I have a feeling we can literally do all these things but choose against it. In a way, it makes sense how grieving loved ones can follow the one who preceded them in death. The "Give up the ghost" idiom must have started with this type of transition.