How to make people change 

The only way to make people change is to not need them to. The only way someone else can change is when you do. (We are All One!)

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Black Women’s Arts Festival Lineup!

Dear Friends & Total Complete Strangers!

We are gearing up for another lovely edition of the Black Women’s Arts Festival, coming up at the end of the month. Very exciting!

Here is where you will find the line-up and other news which will be updated regularly!

BWAF Philly 2017 – The 11th Black Women’s Arts Festival

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1st

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705

1pm-9pm both days

Smoke-free, alcohol & drug-free, all-ages, wheelchair-accessible.

Events include:

All-People’s Open Mic

Ceremony to Honor Our Ancestors & Elders

Free admission.

As always, “All respectful persuns are welcome to attend!”

Current lineup (more TBA):



Amor La Luna – painter (exhibition + Q&A)

Tamara Xavier – dancer/choreographer (performance + Q&A)

Kai Oceans – artist & speaker (exhibition, talk & angel reading)

Dr. Sunlight Little – lecture presenter on diet & health (+ reflexology)

Cassendre Xavier – music performance; reading poetry & essays



Food by Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods (raw, vegan, and vegetarian)



Info: http://www.cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com

Contact: Cassendre Xavier, founder/artist/organizer cxmusic(at)gmail.com (215-552-8850)



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What the angels want you to know today 9/10/17

Don’t Get Out of Bed Until You Do This
Sometimes, or iff’n you’re very fortunate most or all of the time you wake up feeling pretty good and optimistic about things-  the world,  your life, etc.

 Once in a while, if difficult or unpleasant things are happening, or if you have the gift and challenge of some form of depression, it will be harder to get out of bed. Harder to start the day, because of thoughts that don’t feel so good.

 I have the great depression as well as a teensy bit of life challenge that happens to include a project with a fast approaching deadline (so anxiety is as its peakery reggiones!). When I wake up these days, I’m surprised and oh so very, very grateful when I actually wake up feelin’ purdy cheerful! 

 Usually when I awake in the land of dumpsville, I just say a few comforting things to myself, mentally, and that helps me feel better. Or I’ve got Columbo to look forward to in a few minutes, so I hurry up and make the beds and pack up my computer and notes and maybe collect laundry before heading downstairs to set myself up on the couch to write and do my online stuffs, which all make me very happy, especially when I can get in a couple of loads of laundry. I cherish being alone, although I also enjoy when my nesting partner, his college-attending daughter and I are all at home enjoying being at home together. (But I prefer being there alone, because there’s nothing to stress me out or concern me other than the stressors already in my own head and in the world around me!)

  This morning was particularly challenging for me to get out of bed and feel good.

 My CLAP breathing machine stopped working on August 23rd and I haven’t received the replacement unit yet (hopefully it will arrive tomorrow.) In the interim several of my sleep apnea symptoms have returned, including fatigue, frequent urination especially at night, and early this morning I had an attack o’ the old painful dry-eye! I woke up to pee (again!!!) and my left eye was really hurting,  and watering, and I realized what had happened – the condition I had before the machine returned. It is so painful but now feels better. 

 So, when I woke up, I had physical reasons to feel bad in addition to the other reasons.

 But I knew I didn’t want to get out of bed feeling that way. I must have put out a psychic, milli- second plea to the angels for relief and guidance because suddenly I knew:
Don’t get out of bed until you feel better. This is very important. We are glad you asked and came to us!

 Before you get out of bed right now, say 10 things to yourself that are positive. They can be less than 10 things that you repeat, but ideally choose 10 different things at least. More is better but not if it becomes boring, annoying, or something you resent doing.
So I said to myself: 
Everything’s going to be okay.

Everything IS okay!

All is well.

The world is fine.

I am beautiful. 

People love me.

I am loved.

I accept myself as I am.

I am doing the best i can.

All is well.
I mean, I don’t remember if I said exactly those things, I didn’t write them down, but it was only a few minutes ago and they are what I think about a lot, and they do address all of my concerns right now.

If you are:

Worried about your productivity, know that everyone is doing the best they can, given the way they are and the resources they have at the time. That includes you. Also, note that your life does not consist of just one area of “work” but many.

The angels and guides (including God) help us see the greater picture of our lives, and that we are always doing good work and making progress. Never judge yourself harshly, especially not for how much typical work you do or how much money from this work you make. You are much more than these things in the eyeball sockets of Spirit!
If you are:

Living in a challenging household, try to work around the difficulties, and meet people where they are or find and interact with the traits about them you do enjoy.

 For instance, my nesting partner smokes a lot and I realized as I wrote this that one of the reasons I was kinda bummed about getting up was that I could already smell the cigarette smoke in the bedroom on the smoke-free 2nd floor from his smoking on the first floor. I was feeling anxious about going downstairs for breakfast. 

 But I decided to relax, and when I heard him come up to use the bathroom I called out his name on his way back down. I remembered that while his is usually very negative in how he speaks and sees the world, he loves to watch the news and complain about the government or just about everything he can find to complain about, one of the very handy and helpful things about him is he is very sympathetic to others’ pain, and is superman when it comes to handling a problem. I called him in and when he came in I told him about my painful eye incident. He way very concerned, very compassionate, and it was a very sweet and short conversation. He returned to his smokes, coffee, and computer, and I got back to writing this. Time alone but together. I felt better.
I hope that every day you wake up feeling pretty good and having positive thoughts about who you are in this world and how it is all around you, because all is truly well! 
Well doesn’t mean happy, in this case, it means learning the value of practicing acceptance, seeing the gifts and the lessons in everything.
I wish that for you today, and that you recognize your true value and worth, and see yourself, others, and the world around you through the eyeball sockets of Spirit. 
And so it is!

Cassendre 

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BWAF Philly Street Team Alert! 

STREET TEAM ALERT! 

Hi, folks!

We’ve got fliers ready for pick-up and distribution. If you’re in the area, please pick up a pinchful to take to a coffeehouse or community center, etc. Or take a few more if you like or if you have been notified that you will be a featured presenter. We haven’t notified everyone so please stay tuned and check your messages! Also, even if we weren’t able to select you for this year, there’s always the All-People’s Open Mic and next year’s festival!

Fliers are at:

Bindlestiff Books

4530 Baltimore Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143

When:

This weekend, 12pm-7pm

They are in a box at the counter.

Thank you for helping to promote the event!

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Failure and bliss…

Artist and Late Bloomer Inspiration: 

It is much easier to accept failures when one is following one’s bliss.

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What the angels want you to know today 9/8/17

“Be gentle with yourself” and “What you focus on grows”

During my morning angel meditation, what I sensed them tell me is to just love myself today, to just be gentle with myself:

“You have so much heaviness with you right now. Your body is heavy, and your mind is heavy with guilt and shame thoughts and feelings about your heavy body. You are hurting yourself with those thoughts and you really don’t need to – you are so loved. You are so loved! You are so loved!”

 “You are out of control with your eating and it may be a time to examine the link between your bipolar disorder and whether your supplements are working well enough. When you are manic, so as your eating. Also you are depressed and when you are depressed you eat for comfort. Also you are stressed and when you are stressed you eat for comfort.”

 “What you need is more gentleness, more softness, and more ways to comfort and sooth yourself. Being with us a lot more often can and will help you with that.”

The angels are speaking out to anyone with food and body image issues, eating, mood and anxiety disorders. 

 They are also calling out in support and invitation to writers, healers, artists, lightworkers and earth angels in hope, courage and inspiration. 

In my evening angel meditation, I received:

“What we focus on grows, so no matter what is going on in your life, try to see the parts of which you wish to expand and grow. Focus on those.”

I took that advice as well, and here is something I wrote after a day of frequent frustrations: 

What we focus on grows. 

So while I am awash in a sea of crazy, I will choose instead to focus on the sanity I also encounter in others and in myself, and I want to grow that.

While I am experiencing some conflict, I choose to consider it as par for the course in the high volume of interactions I have with people daily. I have way more positive experiences and that’s what I want to grow.

While I see some darkness there is much more light and much of it is within me. This I choose to express and share, and this collective light is what I want to grow.

I think the more beauty one exudes and attracts, the more ugliness we may at times also attract and need to prune, like roses. They are beautiful, the petals feel soft and their fragrance is lovely, enchanting, and inimitable. But there are thorns inescapable.

I am thrilled to have such joy, passion, love, light, and beauty in my life, and while my troubles have also increased, the former is what I wish to grow.

Thanks for being here, and angel blessings to you!

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GoFundMe Update & Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll Tonight! 

Dear Friends & Total Complete Strangers!

First of all, thank you for your donations to my “CX Inspiration 2017” GoFundMe campaign! I have $174 coming to me in a couple of days and thanks to you I have a public transportation pass for the month!!!! Whoo-hoo!!! What peace o’ mind, thank you!
I will be writing again soon with updates about that, and what I will be looking to raise for next month.
My main concerns for this month are moving my things out of my soon-to-be former co-working space of 4 1/2 years, and finalizing plans for the 11th Black Women’s Arts Festival, Sat-Sun Sept 30-Oct 1 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA 19104, 1pm-9pm both days, Free and open to all respectful persuns.

I am still trying to raise $250 more for this month, so iff’n you’re a feelin’ inclinatory towards giftation without representation, why I would be most obligerized!

Visit http://gofundme.com/CXInspiration2017 or http://Paypal.me/CXInspiration or message me for paper mail/off grid options.

I appreciate your enrolling in the creativity of my life, and thank you for being part of a growing number of renaissance negresse m/patrons!

In other news, Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll is tonight,  Thurs/8th, and my CDs and chapbooks (booklet-type publications) will be available for sale at Bindlestiff Books, 4530 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia PA 19143. They are sold there year-round, but from 5pm-8pm will be a particularly fun time to go out n’ git ’em!

Current Cassendre Xavier/ Amethyste Rah/renaissance negresse stock, while they last, are:

1) secrets & lies: poetry and other words (Original release 2005, Re-issued with new poems added June 2017) 

2) Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us: Dating & Relationships for the Polyamorous, Recovering, Survivor & Tantric (October 2015)

3) A Survivor Speaks: On Bipolar Disorder, PTSD & Recovery (June 2017)

Musical CDs (Full-length, $7-10)

1) The Whittenberg Sessions
2)Live at Café Improv
3)live at the kraftbrau, kalamazoo!
4)Beautiful
5)Live at Tin Angel
6)Capable of Love
7)Hope (the latest, released in 2015)

Guided Meditation CDs ($10, released in 2007)

1)Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love
2)Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality

Well, that about wraps it up for me today, folks!

Thanks for being here, and for your continued support of my art/work, and therefore, life!

Cassendre
https://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com

Never let it be said!

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