Wednesday, May 23, 2018

You Are Amazing, Brilliant, Beautiful and Compassionate! Thank You!

You Are Amazing, Brilliant, Beautiful and Compassionate! Thank You! 

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Beautiful People, 
You Are a Gift.  And within you lives a Genius!  Sometimes we forget but if You were not here, the World would be different. 

Breathe Deeply and Exhale Slowly Ten Times. 

You Are a Gift and YOU have Gifts to Share! 

This week take some time for Reflection.  Get your writing journal and open the door to the Dreamer within You.

 First, make a Long JOY LIST.   Every day commit to do at least 5 things off of your JOY LIST.

Second, Make a Daily Gratitude List! 

Next, Answer the following Questions. 

1. What is your Gift/Genius?
2. How do you use your Gift/Genius? 
3. How do you share your Gift/Genius?

4. What is your earliest childhood memory of using your Gift/Genius?

5. What is your next good step to further develop your Gift/Genius?

6. What is your Passion? 

7. If you could do anything, what would you do?  Where would you work? 

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  How do you plan to accomplish your Goals? 

9. What is one thing other people say about You?   Is this how you see yourself? 

10. What are the most  important Skills you use in your work? 

11. If you are looking for a New Job or Creative  Opportunity;  why should an employer/artistic director/investor, etc.  Consider You or Hire You? 

12. Who Inspires You?

13. Name 30 people you would like to meet or companies where you would like to work. 

14. Is the Dreamer in You Fully Committed to Live with Compassion, Gratitude and Integrity? 

Today and Everyday, Breathe Deeply and Exhale Slowly.  
Remember to Listen Deeply to all that is said and not said. 
Use your Intuition.  

Be Willing to Change and Grow! 

Be Consistent in Your Good Efforts. 

Live with Good Purpose. 

Say to Yourself,  I am a Gift.  With Gratitude, I Am Willing to Share My Gifts and My Genius with the World! 

Thank You! 

YOU INSPIRE ME☆♡☆♡☆♡

Always, Melony 

(c) Melony McGant

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Great American Read on PBS Television Nationwide

Tonite, Tuesday, May 22...

Please Watch the Premiere of The Great American Read on PBS Television at 8pm/7c.  
Follow the Series and look out for Aronda Way, Carolyn A Butts, Melony McGant and Mario Sprouse discuss why we think The Shack by William P. Young is a Special Book!

Melony Celebrating the Premiere of the Great American Read with Carolyn A Butts, Aronda Way and Mario Sprouse!  BRAVO!😊💖🙏💖




I Am Like the Bamboo!

I Am Like the Bamboo!

Beautiful People, 

Today, I sit in Gratitude and Marvel at the Details of Creation.  

What makes a Bamboo shoot grow in water and in soil?  How is it that its roots are flexible while the shoot is firm and learns to bend and wind?  

I Breathe Deeply Six Times.  

In Flexibility and Care.  Out Patience and Compassion.  
In Flexibility and Care.  Out Patience and Compassion. 
In Flexibility and Care.  Out Patience and Compassion...   

In my heart, I am like the Bamboo.  

I believe that the roots of Love can grow in many places.  

We embrace life's difficulties and joy with compassion.  We sprout new leaves that blossom in beauty and grow with patience. 

 I Breathe Deeply... 

In Flexibility and Care.  Out Patience and Compassion.  
In Flexibility and Care.  Out Patience and Compassion.... 

I Am Like the Bamboo!

Compassion, Flexibility, Hope, and Patience are the Roots of Love that Grow in My Heart so they can be Shared and Blossom in Many Places.

 I Am Like the Bamboo Living and Learning to Share with the Joy of a Bird of Paradise!                              
 Always,  Melony

Peace is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Deep Listening, Faith, Forgiveness, Good Purpose, Hope, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Mercy, Respect, Understanding and the Gift of Love!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Honoring the Ascension of Dance Icon Miss Katherine Dunham on May 21, 2006 #OPRAHLegend


Honoring the Ascension of Dance Icon Miss Katherine Dunham on May 21, 2006 #OPRAHLegend




Katherine Dunham Speaks Out on Dunham Technique, Today's World Violence Leaders, and Hope by Melony McGant .

Anthropologist, choreographer, writer and humanitarian Katherine Dunham has been called a visionary, a pioneer, and a living legend. She has been a major force in dance, and is best known for incorporating African American, Caribbean, African, and South American movement style themes into her ballets. She has appeared in more than 57 countries around globe, received recognition from UNESCO as well as heads of state, and is the recipient of hundreds of awards and honorary doctorates including the U.S. Presidential Award, Kennedy Center Honors, the Albert Schweitzer Award, Essence Magazine Awards, the National Black Theatre Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, and was one of Oprah's Legends.

Originally recorded in 2002 at the Miss Katherine Dunham's residence in NYC, portions of this conversation have appeared in African Voices Magazine (a much longer version) and Tribes Magazine. In this interview with Melony McGant, Miss Dunham shares her heart, and hopes for a World of Peace, as she passes us the baton.

Miss Katherine Dunham was born in Chicago on 22 June, 1909 and left this Earth Realm and Ascended to the heaven Realm on May 21, 2006. She Is Re-membered with Love!

MM: It's been said that the Dunham Technique has strong implications and affiliations to the "other world."

KD: I feel that to know Dunham Technique you have to be willing to accept the holistic view of life. That is the body, mind and spirit work together. They don't work separately from each other. They grow together and unite. You have to be aware that these things do not operate alone, they operate together. So when you are deeply into Dunham Technique and are performing the choreography or are teaching, or learning, then all of those parts of your body begin to sing. And they begin to sing not in solo voices but in unison. It's like striking a wonderful chord and the response from the person who is receiving is so great that the teacher grows from it too. You can not be a teacher of Dunham Technique without receiving back from the pupil or the person that you teach.

MM: Sometimes the student could get lost out there in their own meditation and become ecstatic . How can a teacher know when to bring them back?

KD: By identification. By being able to identify with others. The good teacher is so sensitive, so willing to know and love, and be a part of ... The open minded student feels that. It's like the audience. The audience wouldn't be there if they didn't want to be there. The minute you step on to the stage you have to feel their awareness and willingness and gather it into your whole being. Every move that you make goes out with love and with an understanding of body, mind and spirit being united into one feeling, being, one "itness," so that you are a successful performer and your audience is able to receive with an open self.

MM: How can a teacher help a student understand that?

KD: I'd say don't talk about it. Just be it. Do it and be it. A lot of teachers try to explain. There's a little explanation, maybe. If you help your student eat the right thing, breath the right thing, feel the right thing, be aware of good things. It can help ... For instance, you might suggest that your student attend a concert that will immediately fit into their needs. Knowing the needs of other people is one of the hard things about BEING. I don't say to a student don't do this or don't do that. I just try to show them. You know what was so wonderful about Erich Fromm ... He'd ask me questions instead of telling me how to be over my malaise or unhappiness or whatever it was, he'd ask me questions that would lead me to the Balm and Gilead for me. And that I think is what a good friend or a true psychoanalyst, a truly worthy element in your life does ... It is to guide you through love.

MM: How do you feel about what's happening in the World"?

KD: What's happening in the world today is very, very hard on me. It is so awful, so terrible, so painful and so many people suffering. It's a fact. It's here with us. It's ridiculous to think that your government is going to ease your pain. As I look at it I say ... For God's sake I say don't go and kill to compensate for killing.

MM: This is a hard question for me to ask. Do you have any anger about anything?

KD: Anger. Oh yes, that's a part of activism. If I do not approve of what you are doing, then I will do everything I can to stop it. I will bring all of my strength to stop it. I am not in agreement, I am not in accord ... I am angry at what is happening in this world today. I wouldn't be me if I tried to suppress that anger, I'd be false ... hypocritical. I don't have to put it on anyone else. You don't have to be angry with me if that's not the way you feel. But above all don't try to stop me from being angry.

MM: If you were speaking to our world leaders, what would you say?

KD: Well to most of them I would say: "You do not belong in a position of leadership. You have not overcome self. You don't really love humanity, yourself included. You are not a leader. Stop and look at it and study it, realize it and change it. Change yourself or step aside and help someone else take the position that you feel you are fulfilling but you're not." And I'd say: "Stop and think and don't try to put aside, or shut your eyes to those things that are showing you where you've made mistakes. Open your heart to these things inside and help. Be sure that your every breath, every thought, every movement, every deed is being helpful to someone or something. Be sure that you are honest and true."

MM: How do you feel about this violence?

KD: It should have no place in human living.

MM: Are all religions the same? Not the dogma, but the spirit?

KD: I think that intellectually they sound as though they are the same. Intellectually they all say we believe in our God. We want to do what that one God says do but we see errors that are committed because between God and action comes man. And man is by no means perfect creature.

MM: And the United States?

KD: The United States is a great big hypocrite bully. Our God has chosen to give us ... .a means of conquering ... but when you are power driven, you are bound to turn to destruction and violence.

MM: What do you want to tell my generation and the children ... those who come after. What should we be doing?

KD: You should be aware. And of course always be forgiving. You can judge but I don't feel that we have within us the right to hold forth any blessings. God does that. And I would say be aware and be giving. Know how to take, how to receive and how to give. Be sure that both are operating always in your life. If you feel strongly about a cause, don't push it on people but be willing to defend it when it is necessary. Just one word, that one word love is strongest. Know all the different phases of love and have them all in your life. And be able to live with them.

MM: Could you give me a couple of examples of love that you were thinking of ?

KD: Well, you certainly have to know self-love. Erich (Fromm) was probably the founder of that... belief in yourself and a love of yourself. Be kind and gentle with yourself and everything else. Try to avoid, and succeed in avoiding injury to others. Live life with kindness and live life with love.

MM: Is there any hope?

KD: I feel that this present civilization is just about over. I feel that there is a hope in some people, elements, I won't say remnants ... things that are still there, that they can manage to be together after a period of rest and growth. And choose to grow in the sunshine of hope and love. Yes then there is hope for another civilization on this earth. Of course there is always a chance that out in the universe there are some other earths that could come and smash this one into nothing. I see no reason why there shouldn't be another chance for man because he is a creature of God but I'm not counting on it. I'm counting on trying to help save and give hope to those whose eyes are open now and who are suffering.

MM: Is there anything that I can personally do for you? Or anything that I personally need to know ?

KD: I think that you are one of the people who has the fabric of knowledge and I think that you should develop it and continue on your mission of nurturing love and furthering love and that you must spend a little more time protecting yourself. You can't afford to be hyper-sensitive, put it that way. You have to find different ways to help you to be stronger everyday. And be stronger and wiser. You need strength and you need wisdom. And you've helped so much ... just the fact that you are there. And I know that you are there. And that I know you are an honest person working towards the same end, that's great.

MM: Thank you, you honor me.

KD: And don't be embarrassed by tears ...

MM: I gathered my things, thanked Ms. Dunham again,and gave her a big hug.

Miss Katherine Dunham was born in Chicago on 22 June, 1909 and left this Earth Realm and Ascended to the heaven Realm on May 21, 2006. She Is Re-membered with Love!

(c) Melony McGant, 2002, Photo May 1, 2006 by Tyrone Rasheed

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Melony's Wisdom Mondays: You Are a Hierophant, a Bringer of Light and Love!

Melony's Wisdom Mondays:
You Are a Hierophant, a Bringer of Light and Love! 

Beautiful People, 

Breathe Deeply Five Times.  Inhale Humility and Joy.  Exhale the Grace of Love.   

You Are a Hierophant, a Bringer of Light and Love! 

As Hierophants we are all students and teachers....
Living, learning, sharing, and Loving. This is our path, a Return to LOVE. 

Again, Breathe Deeply Five Times. Inhale Humility and Joy.  Exhale the Grace of Love.  

People would have us believe that we should not focus on the heart.

The Truth Is we can NOT develop and travel into the new realms purely in our minds. 

The heart always has the right answers.  And Truth Is All There Is. 
For In Truth We Experience Divine LOVE.

Breathe.  

Right now let us feel Joy's embrace as particles of LOVE run through the very cells of our body

You Are a Hierophant, a Bringer of Light and Love! 

Breathe!  Inhale Humility and Joy.  Exhale the Grace of Love!

You Are a Hierophant, a Bringer of Light and Love! 

Always, Melony
Peace Is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Deep Listening, Faith, Forgiveness, Good Purpose, Hope, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Mercy, Patience, Respect, Understanding and the Gift of Love! 
#MelonysWisdomMondays
#GeniusIsCommon

Let Love Be Your Motivation!

Let Love Be Your Motivation!

Beautiful People, 

So many of us attend Churches, Mosques, Temples or Religious Gatherings and listen to messages of dogma.

We pray that we are right and walk out the door with selfish intent that dictates unholy actions. 

Tolerance and Respect for Others means letting go of ANY dogma that promotes superiority over another.  

Breathe and Exhale Deeply Many Times  so that you are able to clear your heart of the dogma of separation.  

True Love is driven by compassion, good discernment, gratitude, hope, integrity, kindness, kinship and respect for All.

Breathe Again and Again; until you hold a commitment to listen deeply.

Allow Love, with its Holy Spirit of Cooperation and Grace to be the consistent motivation and force in your every thought and action! 

Now, gently and tenderly say to Yourself...  
I Am a Being of True Love!
 Re-Member to Be Love, Offer Love, Receive Love and Share Love!

In Your Every Thought,  Word, Action and Deed...
Let Love Be Your Motivation!

Always, Melony 

Peace Is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage,  Creativity, Deep Listening, Faith, Forgiveness, Good Purpose, Hope, Integrity, Mercy, Patience, Respect, Understanding and the Gift of Love with JOY!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Beyond Mis-Understandings!

Beyond Mis-Understandings!

Beautiful People, 

Often we have wounded eachother in so many ways; we expect to be hurt and disappointed.  

And because we expect it, we find a reason to be hurt or disappointed. 

There is so much Mis-Understanding in the World.  

Today I will see the best in myself and others.  I offer only my best.  

I Breathe Deeply Four Times.   

With each breath I honor the gift of Love.  I am able to give graciously and forgive easily. 

I let go of every thought of disappointment.  

I Breathe In Love and Out Joy with Gratitude for Every Experience!   

I Breathe.   Today I will see the best in myself and others.  

Because I honor the Gift of Love, I am able to Give Graciously and Forgive Easily.  

As I move forward I remember to Breathe!  In Love.  Out Joy with Gratitude!

Always, Melony 
Peace Is Possible through Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Deep Listening, Faith, Forgiveness, Hope, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Mercy, Patience, Respect, Understanding and the Gift of Love!