Review of last Sunday’s Breathology Workshop!

Last Sunday I had organised for Rev Dawnecia Palmer to come from Bristol to London to share some of what she teaches in her Universecity in the UK and USA on Breathology.

I could tell from some of the attendees faces, that they were challenged by her long, blonde wig/weave, as I had been when I first met her!  If you’ve read my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, there’s a part which says ‘the worst case of Self-identity crisis had to be seeing my sisters wearing a long, blonde weave’.

Fortunately, I’ve evolved since writing the book three years ago – besides, the hair was synthetic, not human!

Rev. Dawnecia has such a strong sense of Self, more than many women I know who wear our hair natural!  (I’m including myself!) If I had allowed her hair to deter me from developing a relationship with her, I would have missed out on the opportunity to get to know this extraordinary woman!  The lesson for me was to look past the flesh, and look at the soul.

Here’s a short clip from the workshop:

Here’s the feedback we received:

“An experience in Ascension. Beautiful and engaging.”

“Really good, affirmed some of the things I’ve been learning from Spirit and didn’t realize where it was coming from.  Now I know.”

“I found it uplifting and it touched certain areas of my inner core.  I came with a headache and left without it. I am magnificent.”

“I have more of an awareness of my magnificence.  I will definitely be more aware of conscious breathing as opposed to taking breathing for granted. I feel more connected to Source as I realise breath comes from Source and if it’s in me then life, love, God is in me!!”

“Very thought provoking was of how I connect to my inner Self through my breath.  Many thanks.”

“Empowering experience to be among women learning an amazing message; powerful exercise; thinking through the breath.”

“Great vibration, nice overstanding, beautiful delivery.”

“Brilliant workshop, very informative.”

“I really enjoyed learning about what the soul is, and breathology. The Rev was always positive.  I will add breathing exercises in my meditation.”

“The workshop was amazing and informative.  It is a reminder of how to stay aware and to continue to be awesome.”

“Stimulating, with lots of practical tasks, fab! How to keep focused as a soul?”

“Thank you for sharing your experience. I am so excited to learn that all have known somewhere deep inside is being expressed, and I can learn more about myself and who I am through my breath.  You are a gift, thank you.  I cannot wait to learn more.  Your insight into who Jesus really is/was was beautifully expressed.”

“It was very useful, would like more indepth teaching. Really enjoyed it.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, came away with lots of pearls of wisdom.  Reverend Palmer was magnificent and helped fortify a lot of my own philosophy regarding breath and spirituality. I am really interested in the course…”

“One of the best workshops I’ve attended this year!”

“Attending the workshop was quite inspiring having had Rev Palmer explain the meaning of Awakening Magnificence and the many aspects through the art of breathology, was like a new beginning..”

“It was magnificent!”

Rev. Dawnecia is a pioneer in Breathology and Breathomics the Science of Soulification™.  She is also co-founder of The Magnificent Way™ a principle for wholeness and wellbeing. She is the visionary/Principal of Life Universecity LC and Soul Clinic focusing on Soul Health Education, consciousness transformation for self-empowerment and lifelong personal development.

At least two women began calling her ‘Divine’ after the workshop, but aren’t we all Divine? If you don’t believe that about your Self then you need to do her course!  If enough people sign up (minimum 10), Rev Dawnecia will be willing to travel to London once a month to teach the classes.

I gave my personal testimony at the workshop of how I used my breath to get out of a situation recently; I had just returned to my car, which had been playing up recently.  I turned the key in the ignition but it wouldn’t move, and the doors had automatically locked.  The windows (which were electric) wouldn’t open, and it was a blazing hot day – I thought I was going to suffocate!  I started to panic as I kept turning the key, with no luck.  Then I suddenly remembered to do my breathing, and without me doing anything, the doors suddenly popped unlocked!  Praise be to the Most High! I thought I was going to die, lol – I can laugh now!

I was honoured to be able to organise this taster workshop; if you would like to attend one in the future, or are interested in signing up for her Universecity (starts in September) send me a message:

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No Ordinary Woman Chat Show Interview

NOWLast October I attended an event where I met Caz Mac, who was in the process of setting up the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show YouTube Channel.  She would be interviewing a number of ordinary women doing extraodinary things! I gave her a signed copy of ‘Journey of a Sister‘ to read.  Some time later she contacted me really excited, having just finished reading the book, and invited me for an interview!  We had a good connection because she identified with a lot of what I’d written about.  In this interview I share my inspiration behind writing both books, but it’s mainly focused on the one she read.  The video launched on the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show YouTube Channel last week, and is available to watch NOW! (No Ordinary Woman) 🙂

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First Video in my series: Why the Black Woman MUST Heal! (HAIR)

I recently became clear about my Purpose: It’s to ‘Help the Black Woman to Heal’ just as I am; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually (including from ancestral trauma). We MUST heal in order to truly love ourselves. And Self Love is the ROOT CAUSE of many of our issues, especially our relationships!  It’s important for us to heal for a number of reasons; we are the core of our commUNITY. We are the ones raising the next generation. We are the core of the family. If we don’t re-build our family structures by re-building our relationships with our MEN, we cannot re-build our commUNITY!

This is the first video in my series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal!’ which is all about our HAIR:

When we as Black Women ‘RE-MEMBER’ Who We Are, we will naturally develop Self Love, which doesn’t rely on outward appearance, it comes from deep within.

If you would like to join me on this journey of Self-healing and Self-discovery, start by reading my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ from Year One FREE!  In it  shared everything I discovered after asking God for “the Truth!” in a beautiful, Black Love story format!

If you identify with the topics raised in it, consider joining me on our Self-healing journey, by coming on The Self Love Retreat in the Gambia in November or December (subsequent dates may follow). I’ve organized for us to spend 7 days at the Healthy Ways Foundation, with authors of the cookbook ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’, Dr Joe Gregory and Naasira Angeela Bledsoe. Not only are they our hosts, they have a wealth of experience regarding relationships, healthy eating, and much more to share with us! There are only 6 places on each Retreat, to ensure individual attention. (You can choose either from the first two weeks in November, or the first two weeks in December, 12 women each month)

If you would like more information about The Self Love Retreat come to the Taster Workshop on Saturday 1st July being held at Intuition House, Borough, South London (right next to Borough High Street station); the cost is just £25 which includes a FREE copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, and if you decide to sign upon the day, the cost of the workshop (£25) will be deducted from the price of the Retreat! (£100 deposit will secure your place, the Retreat is priced at an introductory price of just £599!).

If you are unable to attend the Taster Workshop on July 1st but are interested in joining me on The Self Love Retreat, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com, and I will set up a Skype call to share the information!

All the topics covered in my video series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal‘ are raised in my Self-help novel.  Order your personally signed paperback for just £9.99 with FREE delivery in the UK!

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From Friday 26th to Monday 29th May, you can download Years 1 to 11 of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE!  Here I am reading a short extract:

If like me you were indoctrinated into a religion, you’ll definitely be able to relate to Year One, whether your’e a woman or man! The constant feelings of condemnation, not knowing what to do with your sexual desires, and living a life far removed from ‘heaven on earth’, which we are supposed to live as children of God. By Year Two, the main character Suzanne had begun the process of un-indoctrinating her Self from belief systems that weren’t serving her!

Join Suzanne on her quest for “the Truth!” about sex before marriage, the creative power of her thoughts, her African ancestry, and the history of the religion she had been indoctrinated into! Embark on your own personal journey of Self-discovery, Self-healing, and discovering True Love!

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Today is Black Woman Heal Day!

Today is officially Black Woman Heal Day, founded by Lilada Gee in 2015.  The aim is to organise events, write blogs, and create forums where sisters can get information, share stories, and empower each other.

I would have liked to organise an event this year, but I’m attending the Woman to Woman Conference today, so I’ve decided to write a blog instead, with the aim of organizing an event next year…

Why The Black Woman MUST Heal:

The Black Womban is the Original Woman, the ‘Mother of All Nations’.

It has been scientifically proven that the oldest human remains is of a Black Womban.

She carries the original gene: Mitochondria DNA.  Men do not carry this gene, it can only be transferred from mother to child, which is where I believe the word inHERitance comes from! (I’ve covered the topic of MDNA in Year 8 of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’)

There is a secret war against the Black Womban; to prevent her from ‘re-membering’ who she is, to degrade her image (and that of her male counterpart) in order to destroy her family, and ultimately her whole commUNITY.

The Black Womban is the core of her community; in order to heal our community, the Black Womban MUST heal – for the sake of the next generation!

The Black Womban, being the Mother of All Nations, is pow-HER-full!  But we have forgotten our power.  Many of us have issues to do with our womb, relating to the foods we eat, the products we put on our skin and hair, and the toxic men we sleep with.  In order to heal, we must return to nature!  In order to heal our relationships, we must begin by healing ourselves, starting with Self Love!

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Ways we can heal:

  • Get in touch with our True Self, by spending time alone, sitting in the Silence, meditating, praying, taking notes.
  • Read (and implement) Self-help books, audios and videos that help us return to our natural state of being.
  • Get into nature at least twice a week
  • Use natural skin and hair care products (these sink into your bloodstream!)
  • Grow natural! (There’s a section in my novel which will help you innerstand why this is important)
  • Exercise your mind and body daily
  • Eat foods provided by Mother Nature
  • Learn about the power of your yoni and womb (covered in Year 8 of ‘Journey of a Sister’)

In a society which has turned everything upside down, where the truth is now a lie, and a lie is now the truth, it doesn’t take much to realize why the Black Woman and her male counterpart is under such attack.  Yet WE have the power to turn everything the right way around again!  We are POW-HER-FULL!

The source of our power is in our EMOTIONS and our INTUITION.  Yet if we continue operating in our masculine energy instead of our feminine energy, we will never be able to tap into our full pow-HER.  We will never take our rightful position on this planet , next to our Black Man, reigning side by side.

As melanin-rich people, we are naturally spiritual, and naturally sexual.

Religion has played a big part in separating sex from spirituality, but in this time we MUST heal, and put the two back together again.  I have gone into much more detail about this in my novel, preview Year One FREE! (click on link to open)

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The Truth about the Letter (featured in Year One)

In Year One of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ the main character Suzanne wrote a fearless letter to God asking all the questions the church couldn’t answer, and ended it by asking for “the Truth!”

She knew many of her brothers and sisters in Christ wanted to ask these same questions but were too scared for fear of God’s wrath, so she decided to stand in proxy for them.

The letter boldly questioned the Adam and Eve story, which opened the door for religion to make women subservient to men.  It also questioned the whole battle between God and the devil, which we, God’s creation, are supposedly caught in between.  The letter further questioned God’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character; on one hand loving the world so much that He sent His only son as a blood sacrifice for our ‘sins’.  Yet on the other hand, the bible portrays God as this vengeful, jealous figure who had anger management issues.  Not only did He strike people dead with plagues, famine and war whenever he felt like it, He also supported groups of people in raping, plundering and killing others and stealing their land and inheritance.  Suzanne couldn’t relate to this second character, as she had only experienced God as Pure, Unconditional Love.

She asked why, even after praying in the name of Jesus, meditating on His word, and even fasting sometimes, she still had so many needs.  She had hit rock bottom when she wrote the letter, which marked a turning-point in her life.  She desperately wanted to figure out how to get her life to work.

Now, the truth about the letter:

While the letter was brilliantly constructed, it wasn’t something I took any time to sit and think about; it was an inspired letter that was ‘auto-written’, meaning I didn’t have to think about what I was writing, just like my inspired poems ‘Jesus Never Left You’, “Call Me By My Name!” (Jehovah), and “Look to Me!” (God’s reply to Suzanne’s letter which also features in Year One):

Reading the letter, you might wonder why God would inspire such questions.  The truth is, God was simply responding to the questions many of us have been asking in our heads but haven’t verbalized, because we’ve been told ‘not to question the infallible Word of God’ – as if God no longer speaks.

It was only after asking these questions that I began to receive the answers, and learnt ‘the Truth’, which I’m now sharing with you through this Self-help novel.  In fact, I had not intention of ever sharing the letter publicly, but when I started writing Year One, I was led to include the letter.  My response was “Are You sure?”.  I felt as if I was putting my life on the line by sharing it in the book, but surprisingly, many people have said they’ve asked the same questions!

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The Books Have Finally Arrived! BOGOF!

After a 4 week delay, the paperbacks of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ have finally arrived!

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They’re now unpacked and ready to get to YOU!  The printers sent me 100 extra copies for the delay, so I’ve decided to pass it forward!

Kwanzaa Offer: Get two books for the price of one!

Kwanzaa is all about sharing the first-fruits of your harvest, so I’m giving away 100 free copies of the book!  Start the journey by previewing Year One FREE!

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Buy one for your Self, and get a FREE one for a friend  for just £9.99 (+ £4.99 p&p) – they make great gifts!

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If you read the First Edition (titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’), you can now read what happened after the way  it ended, in The Sequel! (only in the paperback).  Also, the Second Edition includes my artwork in full colour, so you can benefit from the COLOUR THERAPY in them while you read!

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If you are on a journey of Self-discovery, this book is for YOU!   (That goes for men too!)

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After writing the First Edition I discovered the root meaning of the word ‘fornication’.  When I was growing up in church, we were led to believe that fornication meant ‘sex before marriage’.  Read what it really means in  Year One FREE! (← click on the link to open PDF)

If you enjoyed the free read, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY LIMITED KWANZAA OFFER  and purchase two copies of ‘Journey of a Sister’ for only £9.99 + £4.99 p&p (UK only, if you are outside the UK purchase your book from Lulu)

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Read my blog post which explains what Kwanzaa is, and join us at two Kwanzaa events  on the 26th and 30th December, where you’ll be able to get the same offer (Buy One Get One FREE), and framed or laminated prints of my art! For addresses visit my Events Page!

Join me on The 30 Day Mind Detox and get my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE! (Starts 2nd January 2017)

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FREE DOWNLOAD: How to Get the Ring On Your Finger & December Events!

Download  my Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ (with contributions from over 30 brothers) from Amazon!TODAY (Sunday) and TOMORROW FREE!

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Today I’m doing a Presentation at the Launch of Kings & Queens United on ‘Re-creating Our Bond’, based on ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘:

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I’ll also be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’ for the first time in a couple of years! This is a Dinner & Discussion type of event; the King/Queen theme features a lot in my books, poetry and art, so I was happy to accept the job of being Keynote Speaker! I will explain what it means to truly become a King or a Queen, and what we can do to re-build our Empire – our relationship! It’s not too late to  Book your ticket, which includes a Caribbean meal! The event starts at 4pm @ Xquisite Caribbean Bar & Restaurant, 7a Station Road, Tulse Hill SE27 9BW (right next to the station on the left)

Next Sunday: SAD Workshop @ Brixton Library Sunday 18th December 2-4pm

If you suffer from low energy, lack motivation and generally feel SAD at this time of the year (winter) read my blog post on how COLOUR THERAPY can help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and come to my FREE workshop next Sunday! (Books and Art Prints will be on sale)

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Leaving a Legacy & December Events!

Last week was an event-full week!

On Saturday I attended the Legacy Gala where we championed people within our community who were making a positive impact and leaving a legacy (maybe I’ll be included next year!)  An old friend of mine, Marlon ‘Kush’ Palmer received an award for his contributions to showcasing Black films over the last 20 years (I designed his very first logo!).

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I was interviewed at the Gala by ‘No Ordinary Woman’ Chat Show about my novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ – it was a coincidence that I’d only met the presenter Caz-Maz a few days earlier at the Mayor of Southwark’s Office! (That’s another story!)

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And last Thursday, I attended the Premier Screening of ‘Birth of a Nation’.  It wasn’t what I expected, as most of the film simply promoted white supremacy, and blatantly showed how the bible was used to subdue my ancestors and turn them docile.  I thought I was going to see an empowering film about revolution, but for me, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ was really about the birth of white supremacy through the enslavement of my ancestors.  As the descendant of an enslaved African, in my opinion, this film did nothing to empower me, and did nothing to honour my ancestors.

The bright side was, I had the opportunity to perform my poem “Who Am I?” before the film started.  It was befitting for me to perform this particular poem, because when I was in Ghana in November 2014, I performed this same poem in the dungeons where my ancestors were held in squalid conditions before being torn from their Motherland and shipped from Cape Coast (one of them was called ‘The Good Ship Jesus’).  I performed it right on the spot where my ancestors were held captive. It was also the 8th anniversary of my grandmothers passing:

It took me a year to write about my experiences in Ghana, but the last two chapters of my revised Self-help novel now titled ‘Journey of a Sister’ are based upon my experiences there. Get your paperback here (ships worldwide).

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Anyway, the following day (Friday), I went to see the play ‘So You Think I’m Crazy?’ at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, North London.  Brilliant acting, which again portrayed the many ways my people are under psychological attack – this time through the Mental Health system.  Here’s a clip:

Religion, mainstream media, the food we eat, the music we listen to, and the (mis) education system, are some of the ways we battle psychological warfare.

Along my own Self-healing journey, I studied how the mind works in order to heal myself from depression and self-sabotage.  I learnt that our childhood programming determines how we think and act as adults.  As someone who was indoctrinated into a religion from a very young age, it took me years to un-indoctrinate myself.  On top of that, I’m still going through the process of re-programming my subconscious mind from the negative words and beatings I received as a child (that’s how deep it goes!)  I now know that the whippings my ancestors received were to break them down mentally in order to control them physically.  My parent’s generation were simply enacting their genetic coding of beating their children mercilessly, being emotionally detached from them, speaking negatively to them (e.g. “You are worthless/good for nothing/ugly…”), and taking them to church to be indoctrinated to be humble servants.  I am grateful for my upbringing, because that’s what has led me to the path I’m on today; to help my people ‘break free from mental slavery’.

Religion is a Mind Control tool.  When coupled with the slave mentality, it leaves our minds weak and susceptible to any suggestion made to them.  I seek to work with those who are raising the next generation, because as Frederick Douglas said, “It’s easier to raise strong children than to mend broken adults”. If you are committed to the process of healing, read my Self-help books!

After watching the film ‘Sankofa’ in 2010, I cried out to my ancestors and asked them what I could do to help my people heal.  The following morning, I played the guitar track and recorded ‘We Belong Together’ in my home studio (I recorded it first, then wrote it after – it was channeled!):

Since then I’ve also written ‘Journey of a Sister’ and ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ (which has contributions from over 30 brothers).  Both books look at how our PAST has affected the way we relate to each other TODAY. They will help you begin the process of Self-healing, and help you build Self Love, Love for your race, Self-dignity and Pride in who you are.

These are the legacies I am leaving for my commUNITY, read them!  You can download ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE when you subscribe, or get both paperbacks signed by me from the Books page for only £14.99! (ships worldwide, Paypal will convert currency).

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This Sunday I’m doing a Presentation at the Launch of ‘Kings & Queens United’, a new platform aimed at helping us ‘re-create our bonds’.   My interactive talk will be based on the topics raised in ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’, and I’ll also be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’  This is a Dinner & Discussion type of event, download the e-book of ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE, and come and join in the discussion!  Book your ticket here, which includes a Caribbean buffet meal!

SAD Presentation @ Brixton Library Sunday 18th December 2-4pm

Read my blog post on how Colour Therapy can ease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and come to my FREE workshop! (Books and Art Prints will be on sale)

For details of other events I’ll be at during December visit the Events page!

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Do you Feel SAD in the Winter? COLOUR THERAPY Can Help!

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During this time of the year when the clocks go back and days are shorter, many people suffer from low energy levels, lack motivation to do everyday tasks, and generally feel SAD.

What is SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight, which mainly affects people of colour because of our MELANIN.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • A persistent low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • Going to bed much earlier than normal yet finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Comfort eating and gaining weight

What Causes SAD?

According to the NHS website, ‘the main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the ‘hypothalamus’ (also known as the Pineal Gland) from working properly.  The ‘hypothalamus’ is responsible for:

  • Production of melatonin– a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels
  • Production of serotonin– Commonly referred to as the happy hormone, serotonin affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression.
  • The body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) – your body uses sunlight to determine various important functions (such as when you wake up), so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD

It is also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some cases appear to run in families.’ (source: NHS website)

Why does SAD affect people of colour more than others?

We are designed to live in hotter climates, where the sun is out for most of the day.  Lack of sunlight prevents the Pineal Gland from functioning properly; it is further calcified by sodium fluoride in toothpaste, tap water, and man-made chemicals used on the skin and in food.

The main treatments offered by the NHS are:

  • Lifestyle measures, including getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
  • Light therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
  • talking therapies, such cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling
  • antidepressant medication such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

The problem is, many people of colour are diagnosed as suffering from depression and offered SSRI’s (a chemical drug) instead of being offered Vitamin D supplements, Light Therapy, or even COLOUR THERAPY which isn’t even on their list!

I used to suffer from SAD; each winter I would just want to just curl up underneath my duvet with the curtains closed; I lack energy, didn’t feel motivated to do simple tasks, and felt depressed.  But in 2009 I intuitively healed myself by painting bright, colourful paintings and hanging them on my walls (see my Art page!)  Since that winter, I noticed I wasn’t getting my usual symptoms, which led me to study the benefits of colour on the MIND and EMOTIONS.

Meet me at Katakata on Sunday 5th November 2017 from 2-5pm, 132 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS where I’ll be explaining the benefits of COLOR THERAPY in more detail, at a Taster Workshop for The Self Love Retreat! (Gambia)

The last 3 paintings from my collection ‘Nature’s Art‘ will be on exhibition (for sale), plus you’ll be able to get Prints of my artwork!  Get your ticket for the Taster Workshop (£15) Just make a payment to www.paypal.com/cezanne121 – your ticket price includes a vegan lunch and a LIMITED EDITION signed copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’  (which features my Art in full colour)

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If you are unable to attend, you can still order your signed paperback from the BOOKS page!

Omega Radio Interview 2nd November 2017  

I’ll be on www.omegafmradio.co.uk on Thursday 2nd November 1-2pm with the Roots Doctor, explaining the benefits of Colour Therapy, and talking about The Self Love Retreat.

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Hope to see you there!

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