Upcoming APP meeting – November 18, 6:30pm at Unity Church

Upcoming APP meeting – November 18, 6:30pm at Unity Church

With just 9 weeks to go before launching the 3rd annual Albany Peace Project, we are gearing up for the final charge.

We hope that all of our regular meeting attendees and committee members can be present for this meeting, as it may be the last time we all get together before the kickoff concert.

Out marketing efforts this year have started to take hold – 70 new members have signed up for January meditations in the past month.  This is a massive increase – more than double, the number of new sing-ups during the month of October last year. We’ll continue these efforts through December. We are even more encouraged to strengthen our efforts for next year.

Complaint-free bracelets will also be available for pickup at this meeting. (Please note that the purchasing of the bracelets has been financed via donations during our summer fund raising so we are happy to offer them free of charge while supplies last, but we always welcome donations to keep the Albany Peace Project going for its remaining 8 years.  To donate please visit https://www.peacefulcities.org/donate/).

And last but not least: the Albany Peace Project has already, and will continue to grow through word of mouth. The projects most powerful tool to find new meditators to join may be the simplest – people who have experienced the benefit of participation talking about it, and encouraging their family, friends, colleagues and personal communities to sign up! If everyone who participated so far was to encourage 2 more people to sign up, we would instantly triple our number of meditators for January 2016! Are you up for it?   Let’s do it!

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Don’t Miss This Sunday….And Even MORE NEW programming…

Don’t Miss This Sunday….And Even MORE NEW programming…

Funny You Should Say That…A Lighthearted Message Circle with Brandon RussSunday October 16 at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Cohoes NY (Address for GPS)
(But really in Latham!  Right next to the Century House)

If small enough group, you will receive a message from a well established pyschic, Brandon Russ, co-founder of Spirit Tree in Latham who has a great sense of humor and helps people integrate psychic information with extra wit and wisdom!  Laugh while learning…

$25 Donation appreciated

Special event!
Violence Interrupters:  Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Meet Everyday Heroes that Protect Albany Streets! 

Saturday October 22 at
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary
College of Saint Rose
959 Madison Ave, Albany
6:00-9:00 PM

The Interrupters documentary presents unforgettable profiles in courage, as three former street criminals in Chicago place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities. The two-hour film follows the lives of these “Violence Interrupters,” who include the charismatic daughter of one of the city’s most notorious former gang leaders, the son of a murdered father, and a man haunted by a killing he committed as a teenager. As they intervene in disputes to prevent violence, they reveal their own inspired journeys of struggle and redemption.  This work is the inspiration for our local Cure Violence chapter (formerly SNUG) funded through Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region.

After the documentary, we will have a panel discussion featuring real life Cure Violence Interrupters who work heroically to reduce violence in Albany.

Donations will be collected to support local organizations that support peace in Albany.

Utilizing Higher Consciousness in Everyday Life
Todd Cunningham, author of Energy 101
11/6 at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

Cultivating higher consciousness goes far beyond the meditation cushion.  As we cultivate higher states within ourselves, we begin feeling more comfortable in our every day interactions in this world. We begin to feel more personal meaning, and deep connection to people in our lives.  Unfortunately, many people have not learned skills to communicate with Higher Intelligence so they don’t feel a connection between ther spiritual lives and their daily lives.

In this Discussion, Todd Cunningham, author of Energy 101, (a personal manual with 10 exercises to help you become more conscious, aware and able to communicate with your higher source), will offer guided meditations and exercises geared to help you become more conscious and aware of your unique connection with Source, your higher consciousness.  We all have our own unique connection to the Divine, and Todd will be helping us reveal our own personal connection through skilled exercises.    By becoming more conscious of this connection, we are able to reliably access our higher nature and live happier and healthier lives with greater ease and joy.  We will find, there is no standard answer to these life questions and the answers are uniquely ours.  As we learn to skillfully pause and polish our connection to the Divine, it deepens and enhances our entire existence.

$25 Donation Appreciated

Gaining Traction with Law of Attraction: Making Decisions With Great Amplitude
Bethany Gonyea
Sunday 11/13  at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

“You are far too tolerant of mind wandering”   A Course in Miracles

People often yearn for change, and yet perpetuate mental habits that keep them stuck.  So many times, we find ourselves in mental loops, and have no idea that we have been through the loop hundreds of times.  These mental cul de sacs are often the reason why our intentional efforts to not take effect.  We spend far too much of our time in dead end thinking.

I heard someone say recently that he wanted to take some time off to heal, however, I had heard the person say this during many other situations.  I suggested it was no longer a time for him to heal, as it is a time to make a decision to be healed and stick with it.  Healing any aspect of our lives often comes down to us making a decision, and the decision must be made with a great amplitude for it to hold enough power for change.

In this talk we will discuss law of attraction and the areas where we feel stuck and trapped.   We will help you to review your thinking, and see where you can make a decision to move forward, whether outwardly or not.  You will be able to examine your thoughts and get off the hamster wheel you may find yourself on, and make a decision with such amplitude and power that you will finally be able to move forward in creating the life you want.  You will feel like a door has been opened, and you will need to decide if you want to walk through it.

$25 Donation Appreciated

The Art of Feminine Presence
Jill Boyd
11/20  at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

If you are a woman who has been on a personal and spiritual growth path for quite some time and wanting to stop pushing to make things happen, come and experience an informational session and demonstration on the Art of Feminine Presence. It is a series of unique and tangible practices that increases a woman’s presence, feminine energy and vocal power so she can be heard, be seen and inspire change. These are practical tools that create massive results. You will see the change in yourself and other women immediately. It is undeniable. It is not where we intellectually discuss whether the feminine needs to be more present in our society. We already know that. It is not that we dance on a beach with hip scarves in the hope it will change our lives. We can do that on our own. Imagine walking into any room or any situation with a magnetic presence and attract the attention you want in your career and in your relationships. Your life will be transformed.

Jill Boyd is a certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She is an iconic image stylist. She is licensed in New York as a registered nurse and aesthetician. She received a masters degree from Long Island University in Community Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Austin’s School of Spa Technology and afterwards received training from the Stoltz Image Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Gabriel Productions in Miami, Florida; The Universal Style System in San Moreno, California; and the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Provo, Utah.

$25 Donation Appreciated

November 19th, 2016 at Overit Studios, new Scotland Ave., Albany NY. 7-9:30 pm.  Get tickets here: Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics ( Get yours Now! Before they’re sold out!)

Mark Shepard, composer of the theme song of the Albany Peace Project, “Be The Change” is putting together an amazing lineup of his favorite talented musicians and calling this one time band the “The Rogue Mystics.” As part of his own personal 90 day challenge last summer he fantasized about what a cool and wonderful thing it would be to gather all of his favorite and beloved musicians together for a spontaneous and improvisational spiritual but not religious evening of his positive genre music sung by multiple voices and instruments… and a small, intimate audience that was every bit a part of the “band” as the band…Come join us on

Come join us on November 19th, 2016 at Overit Studios, new Scotland Ave., Albany NY. 7-9:30 pm.  Get tickets here: Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics ( Get yours Now! Before they’re sold out!)

Here’s Mark’s lineup so far:

1 Joe Mennonna –  Joe Mennonna is one of the most incredible musicians of our time. You name it, he can either sight read it or play it by ear. And on about 20 different instruments. Flute, piano, tuba, trumpet,  saxophone, guitar, drums, bass, pipe organ, accordion… whatever. He plays everything. He has played with everyone from Don McClean to Deep Purple, Vanessa Williams, Tom Rush, David Bromberg and currently touring with The Bacon Brothers (as in Kevin Bacon the famous actor guy).

2 Gene Moore – Gene Moore is an amazing electric guitarist. Mark thinks he’s one of the best in the world.

3 Rilee O’Neill – Rilee O’Neill is the golden voice that really nailed my Posi award for “Together We Can Change The World.”  She sang it back when she was only 11 years old. And she’s sung a few things recently like “Oh My Beloved” that Mark can’t wait to play for you. She loves to improvise and she will get a chance to do just that for your ears.

4 Joy Adler – Joy is one of Mark’s most recent musical collaborators. She sang awesomely on four of his most recent productions and added so much spark and fire, silk and soul to those tunes that HE HAD to have her join us. She, like Mark and pretty much every other player in Mark’s “dream band” is not just a musician. She is a masterful energy healer and it is so fitting to make music AND healing with her.

5 Brian Mellick – Mark has known Brian for probably 20 years. He kept bumping into him in various places and felt so moved and inspired by his percussion genius and personal authenticity that he just envisioned playing with him.

6 Roger Mock – The man who got Mark to learn other people’s songs! While Mark Shepard has known some of the dream band longer, Roger is the one he has played with the most. For 5 and a half years they essentially did 3 gigs a week and Mark  wrote  30 new songs in his general direction.  He will be joining us on Mandolin, guitar and vocals.

7 Pete Furlong – Mark and Pete enjoy singing harmonies together.  Pete’s fine clear tenor is simply the perfect blend for Mark’s voice. AND he’s an awesome percussionist and multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

8 Sarah Puig – Sings some of the most unusual and cool harmonies I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. She is also an endless source of sweet quirkyness and wicked good puns as well as a fine multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

9 Mike Covey – After Mark jammed with Mike, he quite literally caused him to create an entirely new way of playing that has increased his enjoyment of playing music with other people 10 fold. He is totally self taught but he’s one of the best teachers Mark knows.

10 Gary Goldberg  –“Master of Ceremonies”.

11 The Mystery Guest Singer.  You may recognize her immediately!….

Get tickets here: Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics ( Get yours Now! Before they’re sold out!)

2017 Albany Peace Project Kickoff Program Concert –

Participate in the Albany Peace Project This January and Awaken the Hero Within with the Albany Peace Project This January!

Friday Evening, December 30,
Unity Church of Albany
7:00 PM

As the testimonials say below, amazing things happen when people participate in the Albany Peace Project.   The theme of this year is “Awakening the Hero Within,” because after three years of offering APP, we have heard some powerful stories of how when we advocate for the dignity and honor of others, we enlargen ourselves.  We feel greater dignity, self respect and deep purpose with our lives.  In these times of great global turmoil, we can find a place in ourselves through these meditations, where we know we are connected to a Loving Intelligence that connects us all, and “vote with our heart” to accelerate the presence of peace on this planet.   Taking a stand in our own hearts for peace, instead of feeling victimized by media accounts, makes our head go up and our shoulders go back.  Meditation Peace research has been demonstrated, however we need your help to get the local measurable results.  We can’t just talk about peace…we must “be it”

Come join us for a catalyzing uplifting evening on Friday Evening December 30 with exhilarating group of musicians,  singers and and also inspiring speakers!!!   The program concert will help you to start 2017 off right and set you on a trajectory to make 2017 your best year yet!

After participating int the Albany Peace Projet for two years, it is still hard to describe what participaing in the Albany Peace Project does…but it just changes you…for the better.

I asked my husband to join me meditating Jan 1 as part of the Peace Project, not something he would choose to do.  We selected 5:00 pm as our time. Yesterday at 4:50, he asked if we were going to be meditating. Thank you for creating this project. Peace starts at home. It has descended here!

I was very moved by today’s meditation, and I’m very moved by your work.  Thank you.

 First, your guided meditations this year are beyond wonderful.  I am loving them all.  

You’ve got some interesting people you’ve interviewed. 

Great interview & meditation today. Thanks

 Wow! I LOVE your guided meditation. You are so sweet and gentle.  Having us envision Albany residents in scenarios is brilliant! You are a gem; APP is fortunate to have you on the team. 

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This Sunday, Also Rogue Mystics concert

Todd Cunningham, author of Energy Work 101 Sunday 11/13  at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

Cultivating higher consciousness goes far beyond the meditation cushion.  As we cultivate higher states within ourselves, we begin feeling more comfortable in our every day interactions in this world. We begin to feel more personal meaning, and deep connection to people in our lives.  Unfortunately, many people have not learned skills to communicate with these more elusive aspect of themselves,  so they don’t feel a connection between ther spiritual lives and their daily lives.

In this Discussion, Todd Cunningham, author of Energy Work 101, (a personal manual with 10 exercises to help you become more conscious, aware and able to communicate with your higher source), will offer guided meditations and exercises geared to help you become more conscious and aware of your unique connection with Source, your higher consciousness.  We all have our own unique connection to the Divine, and Todd will be helping us reveal our own personal connection through skilled exercises.    By becoming more conscious of this connection, we are able to reliably access our higher nature and live happier and healthier lives with greater ease and joy.  We will find, there is no standard answer to these life questions and the answers are uniquely ours.  As we learn to skillfully pause and polish our connection to the Divine, it deepens and enhances our entire existence.

$25 Donation Appreciated

 Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics

November 19th, 2016 at Overit Studios, new Scotland Ave., Albany NY. 7-9:30 pm.  Get tickets here: Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics ( Get yours Now! Before they’re sold out!)

Mark Shepard, composer of the theme song of the Albany Peace Project, “Be The Change” is putting together an amazing lineup of his favorite talented musicians and calling this one time band the “The Rogue Mystics.” As part of his own personal 90 day challenge last summer he fantasized about what a cool and wonderful thing it would be to gather all of his favorite and beloved musicians together for a spontaneous and improvisational spiritual but not religious evening of his positive genre music sung by multiple voices and instruments… and a small, intimate audience that was every bit a part of the “band” as the band…Come join us on

Come join us on November 19th, 2016 at Overit Studios, new Scotland Ave., Albany NY. 7-9:30 pm.  Get tickets here: Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics ( Get yours Now! Before they’re sold out!)

Here’s Mark’s lineup so far:

1 Joe Mennonna –  Joe Mennonna is one of the most incredible musicians of our time. You name it, he can either sight read it or play it by ear. And on about 20 different instruments. Flute, piano, tuba, trumpet,  saxophone, guitar, drums, bass, pipe organ, accordion… whatever. He plays everything. He has played with everyone from Don McClean to Deep Purple, Vanessa Williams, Tom Rush, David Bromberg and currently touring with The Bacon Brothers (as in Kevin Bacon the famous actor guy).

2 Gene Moore – Gene Moore is an amazing electric guitarist. Mark thinks he’s one of the best in the world.

3 Rilee O’Neill – Rilee O’Neill is the golden voice that really nailed my Posi award for “Together We Can Change The World.”  She sang it back when she was only 11 years old. And she’s sung a few things recently like “Oh My Beloved” that Mark can’t wait to play for you. She loves to improvise and she will get a chance to do just that for your ears.

4 Joy Adler – Joy is one of Mark’s most recent musical collaborators. She sang awesomely on four of his most recent productions and added so much spark and fire, silk and soul to those tunes that HE HAD to have her join us. She, like Mark and pretty much every other player in Mark’s “dream band” is not just a musician. She is a masterful energy healer and it is so fitting to make music AND healing with her.

5 Brian Mellick – Mark has known Brian for probably 20 years. He kept bumping into him in various places and felt so moved and inspired by his percussion genius and personal authenticity that he just envisioned playing with him.

6 Roger Mock – The man who got Mark to learn other people’s songs! While Mark Shepard has known some of the dream band longer, Roger is the one he has played with the most. For 5 and a half years they essentially did 3 gigs a week and Mark  wrote  30 new songs in his general direction.  He will be joining us on Mandolin, guitar and vocals.

7 Pete Furlong – Mark and Pete enjoy singing harmonies together.  Pete’s fine clear tenor is simply the perfect blend for Mark’s voice. AND he’s an awesome percussionist and multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

8 Sarah Puig – Sings some of the most unusual and cool harmonies I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. She is also an endless source of sweet quirkyness and wicked good puns as well as a fine multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

9 Mike Covey – After Mark jammed with Mike, he quite literally caused him to create an entirely new way of playing that has increased his enjoyment of playing music with other people 10 fold. He is totally self taught but he’s one of the best teachers Mark knows.

10 Gary Goldberg  –“Master of Ceremonies”.

11 The Mystery Guest Singer.  You may recognize her immediately!….

Get tickets here: Mark Shepard and The Amazing Rogue Mystics ( Get yours Now! Before they’re sold out!)

Legacy/Reinvention For the Second Half of Life
Gerri Ratigan
11/20 at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham, NY(For GPS, enter cohoes)
(right next the the Century House)

While you may need a tweak or even a gentle shove to embrace creating a more rewarding life, the truth is that it’s never too late.

Legacy/Reinvention is about your new life – even if it just means reinvention from within!

Come learn the best kept secrets to transforming limitations into reality. Discover how you can begin reinventing yourself at any age, clarify your legacy and move passionately toward your dreams.  It doesn’t get much better than that, right?

Here’s what you’ll gain from coming to this talk:
– Create a sense of clarity about how to move past age limitations
– Find the essential building blocks for creating a whole new and exciting YOU
– Identify the most powerful actions that will move you towards the joyous new life you desire

Gerri Ratigan is a life coach who runs a highly successful meetup group Capital District Single professionals 50+. She has lead programs on Divorce Recovery, the Law of Attraction, fulfillment, life purpose, success, self-esteem, stress reduction, the mind-body connection, spiritual alignment and creativity, among others. She is past President of the Albany International Coaching Federation, founder and leader of the Women’s Success Network, and the Manifestation Project.

Intention: Connection and Examples of Validation
J Kelly Reed
12/5 at 2:00 PM
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

Living a life of intention can be baffling at first, but over the years, patterns emerge.  After working with intention for long periods of time, people develop a confidence that comes only through commitment to the discipline.

In this NUMINOUS talk we are fortunate to learn from J. Kelly Reed, who has spent a life time developing how to skillfully live on a moment to moment basis with intention.  Kelly will teach us to stand in our presence of the I AM while we face any challenge and cultivate a peace heart for those around us; as standing in our presence creates dynamic change.

Carving a homestead from a raw piece of land, living from the gifts of the earth over the years has kept me grounded, and centered. I received a certification from Cornell University for Home processing and a Certification from the Department of Agriculture; thus began a career involving Farmers Markets and Organic Baking. I became a member with the American Red Cross and held a NYS Ombudsman certification and a volunteer with Hospice. Recently I did a tour in Iraq as a civilian on military bases where I began the understanding in earnest of energies and their affect thus returning home to find exactly how healing energy works; I studied and received certifications in both Past Life Regression, BioEnergy Therapy, Medical Intuition and am an Ordained Minister.

SAVE THE DATE!!!  2017 Albany Peace Project Kickoff Program Concert –

Participate in the Albany Peace Project This January and Awaken the Hero Within with the Albany Peace Project This January!

Friday Evening, December 30,
Unity Church of Albany
7:00 PM

As the testimonials say below, amazing things happen when people participate in the Albany Peace Project.   The theme of this year is “Awakening the Hero Within,” because after three years of offering APP, we have heard some powerful stories of how when we advocate for the dignity and honor of others, we enlargen ourselves.  We feel greater dignity, self respect and deep purpose with our lives.  In these times of great global turmoil, we can find a place in ourselves through these meditations, where we know we are connected to a Loving Intelligence that connects us all, and “vote with our heart” to accelerate the presence of peace on this planet.   Taking a stand in our own hearts for peace, instead of feeling victimized by media accounts, makes our head go up and our shoulders go back.  Meditation Peace research has been demonstrated, however we need your help to get the local measurable results.  We can’t just talk about peace…we must “be it”

Come join us for a catalyzing uplifting evening on Friday Evening December 30 with exhilarating group of musicians,  singers and and also inspiring speakers!!!   The program concert will help you to start 2017 off right and set you on a trajectory to make 2017 your best year yet!

After participating int the Albany Peace Projet for two years, it is still hard to describe what participaing in the Albany Peace Project does…but it just changes you…for the better.

I asked my husband to join me meditating Jan 1 as part of the Peace Project, not something he would choose to do.  We selected 5:00 pm as our time. Yesterday at 4:50, he asked if we were going to be meditating. Thank you for creating this project. Peace starts at home. It has descended here!

I was very moved by today’s meditation, and I’m very moved by your work.  Thank you.

 First, your guided meditations this year are beyond wonderful.  I am loving them all.  

You’ve got some interesting people you’ve interviewed. 

Great interview & meditation today. Thanks

 Wow! I LOVE your guided meditation. You are so sweet and gentle.  Having us envision Albany residents in scenarios is brilliant! You are a gem; APP is fortunate to have you on the team. 

The Art of Feminine Presence
Jill Boyd
1/8/17 at 2;00
(was scheduled for 11/20  at 2:00 PM)
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

If you are a woman who has been on a personal and spiritual growth path for quite some time and wanting to stop pushing to make things happen, come and experience an informational session and demonstration on the Art of Feminine Presence. It is a series of unique and tangible practices that increases a woman’s presence, feminine energy and vocal power so she can be heard, be seen and inspire change. These are practical tools that create massive results. You will see the change in yourself and other women immediately. It is undeniable. It is not where we intellectually discuss whether the feminine needs to be more present in our society. We already know that. It is not that we dance on a beach with hip scarves in the hope it will change our lives. We can do that on our own. Imagine walking into any room or any situation with a magnetic presence and attract the attention you want in your career and in your relationships. Your life will be transformed.

Jill Boyd is a certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She is an iconic image stylist. She is licensed in New York as a registered nurse and aesthetician. She received a masters degree from Long Island University in Community Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Austin’s School of Spa Technology and afterwards received training from the Stoltz Image Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Gabriel Productions in Miami, Florida; The Universal Style System in San Moreno, California; and the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Provo, Utah.

$25 Donation Appreciated

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We Need Your Help! IMAGINE…..

We Need Your Help! IMAGINE…..

Help Us Reach Our goal of $2700 to purchase 10,000 Complaint-Free Bracelets to encourage Albany to go Complaint-Free in 2015!

Hear the inspiration for this Complaint- Free Program from Will Bowen, Founder, in this inspiring Video:

After we place this order for bracelets, we can book Will Bowen to come to Albany and present a live presentation of his Complaint-Free World Program at the State University of Albany in November!!   Over 10 million of these bracelets have been distributed world wide and have inspired people to  become more focused, effective and “certifiably happier” after taking the Complaint-Free Challenge.

Please help us raise the remaining $1,975 needed to purchase the bracelets that we intend to distribute around Albany through various retailers.  We can’t book Will to speak until after we order the bracelets.   We already have $725 in donations, but we need the remaining $1,975.

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To encourage people to participate, for donations over $175, Bethany is donating a free gift of a combination coherence and subtle energy biofeedback session with a customized meditation CD for you to invoke a healing state specifically focused on your challenge based the latest intentional research.

Click Here To Donate

Let’s raise this funding quick…so that we can book Will Bowen for November.   Imagine…A Happier Albany…

Imagine if your family stopped complaining…

 Imagine if your office stopped complaining…

Imagine if Albany stopped complaining…

“If you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude-don’t complain.”      Maya Angelou

Imagine If we could positively impact the lives of everyone in our community.

Imagine If we could do this in a fun way that pulls our whole city together.

As outlandish as it sounds, that’s exactly the powerful opportunity that the Albany Peace Project team is working to provide.

To encourage people to participate in the Albany Peace Project, we are embracing Will Bowen’s wildly successful Complaint-Free World bracelet campaign.  Will explains the complete Complaint-Free program in his book, A Complaint Free World—How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted.    Bowen’s idea has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show on NBC, The ABC Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and more.

This program inspires people to go  21 consecutive days without complaining (which takes the average person 4-8 months).   The program will be accompanied by a bracelet that we are distributing throughout Albany.  The bracelets will be an outer representation of inner transformation.  For more information please visit: http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org and http://www.willbowen.com.

The impetus for distributing the bracelets is to inspire people to make positive changes in their inner life.  These inner efforts strongly magnify the power of a meditation practice to promote inner peace and happiness.

These bracelets are NOT fashion statements, they are tools.  

They are used to help us become more aware of our complaining patterns as we switch the bracelet from arm to arm each time we complain.  The goal is to keep the bracelet on the same arm for 21 days. (See a brief summary of the program below)

We expect to start with approximately 1500 bracelets, and utilize some of them to inspire businesses to offer additional funding support.  Please consider approaching your organization to see if they are interested in being a sponsor.  This is actually a lot of fun when it is approached as a group.  Listen to this endorsement already:

“By the way, I have started complain free Wednesdays at work.  For every complaint, we put a quarter in a cup!  It has been a blast today!!!”  Ann Becker

Donate By Clicking Here

Our hope is to get 10,000 bracelets circulated in Albany within the next 6 months. Imagine Albany, NY a Happier City!   Please consider helping us start the wave of happiness by contributing to our first goal.

You can also support us, by participating in the Albany Peace Project which simply involves meditating to generate peace and happiness each day in January.   This historic research is not only empowers people to not only live happier lives, but also to feel that voting with their heart “counts” as we document people uplifting their communities through focused in intention of peace.

We are still gathering the initial funding to obtain the first batch of bracelets.

If you are interested in obtaining bracelets, please let us know by using the form below.

Also, please consider donating to the bracelet campaign by donating to our GoFundMe Campaign, or using the donate button at the top of this page.

Bracelets will packaged individually with a card directing people to the AlbanyPeaceProject.com website to encourage people to participate in APP for January 2016.

These bracelets will go further into the community than we can.  

Donate By Clicking Here

Start Becoming Happier Now By Following These Complaint-Free Guidelines

  1. Begin to wear the complaint-free bracelet on either arm.                                                           Goal: keep the bracelet on one arm for 21 days in a row.
  2. If you catch yourself complaining, gossiping or criticizing, move the bracelet to the other wrist and begin again.
  3. If you speak it, it counts.  Start over.  Thoughts are free!
  4. Stay with it!  It may take many months to reach 21 consecutive days.  It takes the average person 4 to 8 months to complete the 21 days.

To learn how to obtain your bracelets(s), please use the contact form below.

Click Here To Donate

Please forward to anyone you think would be interested.

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APP Volunteer Meeting – Wed. 4/27/16 at 7:00 PM Unity Church

APP Volunteer Meeting – Wed. 4/27/16 at 7:00 PM Unity Church

Hey Everyone.
This year the Albany Peace Project/Numinous has set ambitious goals to help inspire peace in Albany.

If you are interested in volunteering with a group of light hearted good natured people who love to laugh, and who understand that peace is just a few thoughts away, please come out this Wednesday evening April 27 at 7:00 PM at the Unity Church of Albany and add your insights.  Please review the list below and see where your talents fit!  The first four items need immediate attention.

Interfaith Prayer Study Committee

Help is needed to gather 2500 people of faith who are willing to do a 15 minute prayer meditation for peace for eight days between July 24-July 31.

Fundraising Committee Event

We have a fundraising event scheduled for 10/1 tentatively at the Unitarian Church in Albany.  Our current idea is to offer hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-8:30 PM with music and seven stations where people can learn about the various outreach functions of Numinous.

Stations:

  1. Mindfulness As A Solution to Violence (MASV)
  2. Albany Peace Project
  3. Institute of Heartmath Coherence Software Demonstrations
  4. Numinous – programs
  5. Interfaith Prayer Study
  6. Mindfulness For Busy People
  7. Mindfulness in Schools

We need a committee to do the following to help with this event :

  • organize food donations
  • find printing donations
  • establish a guest list.
  • help organize and run the event

Marketing Committee – 

Help is needed to raise money for our new initiative Mindfulness As A Solution to Violence, where youth learn both alternatives to violence practices and also biofeedback self regulation skills that they can learn to reliably call upon to calm their nervous systems during the chaos of conflict.  We feel that this is where we can make the greatest difference toward peace in the Albany, NY area.  Businesses may want to support this initiative, because businesses often suffer the consequences of youth violence.
Mindfulness As A Solution To Violence (MASV): 

Almost 40 percent of American children were direct victims of two or more violent acts, and one in ten were victims of violence five or more times.

Without a tactical comprehensive plan to end the violence of today’s youth by activelyteaching peace the cycle of learned violence will continue permanently!!

Mindfulness as A Solution to Violence(MASV) is a strategically designed peace building program designed to finally stop the cycle of violence by teaching youth well-established alternatives to violence and self-regulating biofeedback practices.

Summary Goals

– Teach self-regulation and mindfulness skills through biofeedback technology to at-risk youth proven to reduce violent behavior and increase academic competence

– Teach Alternative To Violence (AVP) skills to at-risk youth established in Green Haven Prison over 40 years ago that have continued to positively influence inmates in hundreds of prisons. When inmates learn these skills it reduces their recidivism rates and helps offenders experience a peaceful re-entry into society.

Offering youth the opportunity to learn these skills before they become part of the juvenile system offers a huge advantage in shortening the violence cycle.  Our goal is to cultivate a group of young leaders who embody Alternative to Violence and self-regulation and mindfulness skills and train them to facilitate peer leaded group intervention programs for other at-risk youth.

Mindfulness as a Solution To Violence Program (MASV) Daily Outline
Welcome Breakfast
Introductions and ice breakers
AVP instruction
Biofeedback instruction
Lunch
AVP Instruction
Biofeedback Instruction
Summary and debriefing

MASV Group Facilitators

Bethany Gonyea, MS

For the past 22 years Bethany Gonyea has been teaching biofeedback and self-regulation skills to a wide range of populations, including young inmates at Brookwood Secure Center, a facility for juvenile offenders who, while under the age of 16, committed violent felonies and were convicted and sentenced in adult criminal court.  Brookwood Secure Center is the juvenile equivalent of a maximum security prison for adults.  Ms. Gonyea is the founder of the Albany Peace Project which was created to make self-regulation skills available to all residents in Albany,  NY.  She has also presented these concepts to the Albany Police Department and established coherence based programming for the staff at Cure Violence,  and is responsible for introducing and establishing comprehensive mindfulness programs in nine capital district public schools while consulting with several others, and more scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year.

Bernard Shuman

During his 22 years of service both in and out of prison, Bernard Shuman has spent thousands of hours volunteering his time to support others in turning away from crime, hatred, helplessness, and hopelessness, while urging them to turn toward faith, emotional healing, and offering assistance to others.  Mr. Shuman has offered over 6000 hours of teachingAlternative to Violence practices to inmates, and holds a Gold Certificate for teaching and facilitating Alternatives to Violence, the highest certification possible.  He also was trained to facilitate classes for Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education through Hudson Valley Community Service and ultimately enabled over 3,000 individuals to be tested for HIV infection.  Mr. Shuman has an quiet impressive unassuming presence that young people admire which is why they listen intently to what he has to say.

His motto: “Don’t make the mistakes that I made.”

Volunteers from The Albany Peace Project

Volunteers who are trained biofeedback self-regulation practices will be available to help with administrative tasks and teach biofeedback principles.
Meditation Outreach Committee

All of our efforts will make the greatest impact only if we gather 2500 meditators to participate in this research.  Please consider helping us inspire more meditators to participate both in our summer interfaith prayer research study and the January Albany Peace Project.

Other Committee areas we could use your help:

Volunteer Coordination Committee

– help organize volunteers…we have plenty of talent, we just need to keep people connected

Meditation Leader Certification Program Committee

– this program certifies people to teach the the protocol used by the Albany Peace Project to facilitate peace in Albany, NY.  When people become certified in the Albany Peace Project protocol, they feel more confident bringing meditation to their home or work environments.
Guided Meditation Video (editing/recording/posting) Committee

APP relies heavily on video.  We really need individuals who feel comfortable doing simple video editing.
Social Media Committee

– Social Media is how we have grown.  We need a group that can devise a strategic plan to help leverage the power of the internet to inspire more meditators.

Technology Committee
– Help with video editing, live streaming, webinars, etc.
Data and Analysis Committee
– help with gathering data for research

Event Committees:

Comedy and Conversation Committee

– Our first comedy event was a HUGE hit….people obviously want more spiritual comedy!  We are putting the word out for comedians who have a humorous insight about spiritual practices…we intend to offer a “last spiritual comedian standing” in the future.

A Midsummer’s Meditation Committee

Albany Peace Project Volunteer Meeting
Unity Church of Albany
April 27 at 7:00 PM

We strongly encourage you to come a half hour early and take part in Rev. Crystal Muldrow’s silent meditation taking place at 6:30 at Unity Church of Albany that same evening.  Enjoy sitting and meditating in a group to allow your own meditation to effortlessly deepen. 

Upcoming Numinous Events:

Spiritual Conversations for Men 
Unity Church of Albany-
Wednesday May 4 at 7:00 PM
Led by Glenn Hogue and Tim Moon

Come talk with “the guys” about the challenges of living spiritual concepts as a modern man.

Albany Peace Project Meditation Leader Certification Training – Part 1
Anne-Marie Serre
Wednesday 5/11/16 at 7:00 PM

Learn the science behind the protocol of the Albany Peace Project so you can feel comfortable offering it to the greater Albany community.

Worry Addiction: Why It Is Critically Important To Stop The Habit
Jerry Petell, MSW
Wednesday 5/18  at 7:00 PM

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”  Corrie Ten Boom

Kick the worry habit because you FINALLY understand the true costs of a worry addiction.

Albany Peace Project Certification Meditation Leader Training – Part 2
Anne-Marie Serre
Wednesday 5/25/16 at 7:00 PM

Learn the protocol of the Albany Peace Project so you can feel comfortable offering it to the Albany Community.

Spiritual Conversations for Men
Unity Church of Albany
Wednesday June 1 at 7:00PM
Glenn Hogue and Time Moon

Exploring the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine
Ray Crist, Founder of the Jaguar Path Shamanic and Yoga School
June 8, at 7:00 PM

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June: Something for EVERYONE!

It is with amazing gratitude that I write this post…As I look at each of these events, I recognize how blessed we are because I have met so many wonderful people of such wisdom and depth.  You will see below that we are collaborating with amazing individuals.  There is an event for almost everyone here this month, and two events will be held in beautiful outdoor places.      Please scroll all the way down…all of these events support our efforts to encourage intentions for peace research.
Living The Discipline of Conscious Intentionality
Bethany Gonyea, NUMINOUS founder
Wednesday June 1, at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

More and more research is documenting that our mental intentions have real world impact.  As we come to grasp the enormous implications of this research, we learn how important it becomes that we create through conscious intention rather than unconscious default.  With Intention…everything counts…so we  need to be brutally honest with ourselves about what intentions we are emitting at all times.  We also need be aware when we are going “unconscious.”  Conscious Intention only works when we are inputting the same signal into the field repeatedly, and we don’t fall asleep at the wheel.

To skillfully sculpt our lives through intention, we need to learn the discipline of keeping our desires alive while facing life’s inevitable challenges.  We will discuss the concept that maintaining conscious intentions is similar to living from the peaceful eye of a storm. We may see all softs of things flying in the wind but learn not to attach to them and fly away ourselves.   We will also discuss what is our role in creating our lives and how to interface skillfully with the Loving Intelligence that connects us all, to sculpt a lives of the deepest meaning and engagement.

$ 20 Donation Appreciated

The Jaguar Path: the Benefits of  Shamanic Skills in Every Day Life – Part 1
Ray Crist, Shaman and Founder of The Jaguar Path Yoga School
Wednesday June 8, at 7:00 PM
Unity Church in Albany

Shamans are men and women who heal themselves an train others to cultivate their power and abilities to heal by learning to shift into “second attention”  First attention includes all of the ordinary information we experience through our five senses every day.  However, Shamans also access information form “Second Attention”, which means they sense the additional energy and information flowing around the filters of our five senses. A power innate to all of us. “Listen to your heart” ” Trust your gut feeling” etc.

When we train to widen our perceptual fields we can access this wealth of information along with a quite confidence and inner peace. Through the tools you will learn you will accelerate your healing and find both courage and the capacity to make the changes your heart and higher self wants you to make!

By training our minds to sense and become aware of this subtle information the way shamans do, we gain access to a whole new breadth of information that can be highly advantageous to our path.  We can even start to make changes without  “white knuckling” them, because we have accelerated accessing the crisp clarity required for sudden change.   As we learn how to access this occluded information we gain great wisdom and discernment, and our steps become more sure.

In this class, we are happy to invite back by popular demand, Ray Crist, founder of the Jaguar Path School of Yoga and Shamanism.  Ray will be offering us some practical Shamanic tools and understandings He will share with us how Shamanic training can help westerners to:
–    Learn tools that will help heal past traumas
–    develop an abiding sense of personal power, integrity and authenticity
–    understand your place and purpose in life
–    develop innate psychic impressions (second attention)  and understand them as a spiritual resource
–    deepen creative inspiration and expression
–    strengthen established regular spiritual practices
–    deepen your understanding of your personal relationships with nature, people, and living environments
–   experience deep mystical states that can elevate and stabilize you morally, spiritually and emotionally

This fall, Ray will be opening a chapter of his Jaguar Path Yoga School through NUMINOUS this fall, so we will be offering similar classes so that people can get a good experience of his work, and learn whether they would like to expand their training through the comprehensive 9 month program .  Ray is a grounded teacher, who loves to combine contemporary life with established primordial wisdom practices to help us live lives of greater meaning, purpose, ease and majestic wonder.

$ 20 Donation Appreciated

SPECIAL EVENT:  Introduction to Alternatives To Violence and Numinous’s new program: Mindfulness As A Solution To Violence (MASV)
Quaker Friends Meeting House
727 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208
June 11 – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Are you interested in working with helping to reduce youth violence?  

This meeting will introduce people to a new program that Numinous is starting called, Mindfulness As A Solution to Violence.  A large component of this program will be Alternatives to Violence practices.  This class will be taught by Bernard Shuman who  holds a Gold Certificate for teaching and facilitating Alternatives to Violence, the highest certification possible and has spent thousands over 8,000 hours volunteering his time to support others in turning away from crime, hatred, helplessness, and hopelessness, while urging them to turn toward faith, emotional healing, and offering assistance to others.  During his 24 year tenure in the NYS Department of Corrections, Mr. Shuman’s contributions were invaluable in creating the environment in  Otisville Correctional Facility as the “Otisville Peace Academy.”

AVP Workshops are intensive learning experience which teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills through a series of step-by-step processes.  These experiences in small groups and one-to-one interactions build a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on:  The Advance AVP workshop focuses on the underlying causes of violence, both in ourselves and in the world we live in.  It is designed to give participants opportunities to rebuild community, review in depth the concept of Transforming Power and proceed to set individual and group goals for the focus of the remainder of the workshop

This meeting will be offer some practical Alternatives To Violence Skills, and will facilitate a group discussion for expanding efforts in Albany, NY.  If you have any interest in this subject, please attend.  The goal of Mindfulness As A Solution To Violence is that we start a wave of peace within young people in the Albany area…As Bernard says, possibly starting the Albany Peace Academy.

An Introduction to the Avatar Material – Living Deliberately
Anna Witt. Avatar Master
Wednesday June 15, at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

In this class we are fortunate to have Anna Witt, master of the extremely profound Avatar materials synthesized and collected by Harry Palmer.  The Avatar® Course is a set of practical, effective tools that allows people, in a very short time, to identify and change the conclusions, decisions, and agreements that are shaping their lives.  Participants set new goals or revive old ones, and use their rediscovered powers, create opportunities,motivation, and the courage to pursue dreams.

“Avatar is a non – religious practice that allows a person to reconnect with their true spiritual self. And along the way, students discover the source of issues, problems and concerns, learn ways to resolve and eliminate those issues, problems and concerns, and as a consequence gain the  ability to create the life they want. This is known as living deliberately.”

So, Avatar doesn’t really discuss what is consciousness per se, but it provides you with fundamentals tools on how your consciousness works.

“Allow yourself the gift of universal perspective. Wisdom will appear and your actions will be motivated by an intuitive, spontaneous, benevolent intent. There is no regret. Do useful things. Help others for the delight of helping others. Concentrate on adding value to the world rather than consuming the world.”
– Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar materials

$20 Donation appreciated

RARE SPECIAL EVENT:  Aini Despacho & Sacred Fire Ceremony

Ceremony for Gratitude, Abundance and Resetting
Ray Crist and Don Sebastian Paucar Flores
June 18, 2016 – 6:00- 9:00pm – $50, $40 for NUMINOUS participants
Austerlitz NY
(40 minutes southeast of Albany)

To register: please contact: info@NuminousOnline.com to reserve your space.

Numinous attendees have been fortunate to receive an invitation from Ray Crist, Founder of the Jaguar Path Yoga and Shamanic school to participate in a ceremony of gratitude performed by Q’ero Sebastian Pauccar Flores who was born in the village Q’eros in the Andes at 17,000ft.  Don Sebastian has been initiated as a Pacho and holds the Incan lineage from father to son for hundreds of years. Don Sebastian travels internationally and shares his heart connection to Pachamama.  Several books are written about him, including The Andean Codex written by J.E. Williams, known as Santiago in the book.  He shares all the ways that Sebastian taught Santiago the Andean Teachings in the Mountains of the Andes.

We invite you to share sacred space, clear and recharge your energy field, strengthen your balance and love in these challenging times, and offer your heartfelt gratitude for the abundance you have, or would like to have, in your life.  Through ceremony we will cultivate gratitude for our provision and offer a thank you and remind our selves what is most important in life by honoring and appreciating our abundance, intimate relationships, jobs, home, family, health, dreams and plans. The Aini despachio ceremony brings balance to our relationship because as we connect with mother earth we regain perspective of what is real and important in life which helps us to swiftly gain focus which automatically enables us to repriorities and make choices that uphold what is most important to us!

Overcoming Chronic Pain by Tending to Mind, Body and Spirit
Cindly Perlin, LMSW, Author, The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free
Wednesday June 22 at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

The presenter, Cindy Perlin, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified biofeedback practitioner, chronic pain survivor and author of The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free. Cindy will discuss the dangers of most conventional pain treatments and how to develop a safe, effective treatment plan that incorporates body-based, mind-based and spirituality-based approaches to maximize your healing potential.

“Doctors are trained to treat the result and not the cause. Cindy Perlin’s book reveals important and significant information about the many effective treatments for pain other than a pill prescribed by your doctor. I know from my experience as a surgeon that there are many treatments, from emotional to physical, which can heal the cause and relieve the resulting pain. This book is a wonderful resource for those in need of relief from pain. I have also personally experienced energy healing and the effectiveness of hypnosis in my life and work. I know from my experience that what Cindy shares speaks the truth.”
– Bernie Siegel, MD, Author of The Art of Healing and Love, Medicine & Miracles

To see more endorsements for Cindy’s amazing book…visit cindyperlin.com

$20 Donation Appreciated

Albany Peace Project Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday June 29 at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

Lots to do for several events.  We could use your help.  Please consider coming out and working with some of the kindest, light hearted people who love to laugh and enjoy making the world a little happier place.

Note: We recommend you come early 6:30 to take part in the silent meditation at Unity Church lead by Rev. Crystal Muldrow.  Experience how you can often deeper in your own meditation by meditating with a group.

Donations Accepted

The Jaguar Path: the Benefits of  Shamanic Skills in Every Day Life – Part 2
Stable Gate Winery
Sunday June 26 from 10-12:30
10 Linda Way
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
info@stablegatewinery.com
www.stablegatewinery.com

For this event, we are so blessed to be able to learn shamanic skills outdoors through the invitation of Val Feldman, owner operator of Stable Gate Winery, only 15 minutes from Albany.

Shamans are men and women who heal themselves an train others to cultivate their power and abilities to heal by learning to shift into “second attention”  First attention includes all of the ordinary information we experience through our five senses every day.  However, Shamans also access information form “Second Attention”, which means they sense the additional energy and information flowing around the filters of our five senses. A power innate to all of us. “Listen to your heart” ” Trust your gut feeling” etc.

When we train to widen our perceptual fields we can access this wealth of information along with a quite confidence and inner peace. Through the tools you will learn you will accelerate your healing and find both courage and the capacity to make the changes your heart and higher self wants you to make!

By training our minds to sense and become aware of this subtle information the way shamans do, we gain access to a whole new breadth of information that can be highly advantageous to our path.  We can even start to make changes without  “white knuckling” them, because we have accelerated accessing the crisp clarity required for sudden change.   As we learn how to access this occluded information we gain great wisdom and discernment, and our steps become more sure.

In this class, we are happy to invite back by popular demand, Ray Crist, founder of the Jaguar Path School of Yoga and Shamanism.  Ray will be offering us some practical Shamanic tools and understandings He will share with us how Shamanic training can help westerners to:

–    Learn tools that will help heal past traumas
–    develop an abiding sense of personal power, integrity and authenticity
–    understand your place and purpose in life
–    develop innate psychic impressions (second attention)  and understand them as a spiritual resource
–    deepen creative inspiration and expression
–    strengthen established regular spiritual practices
–    deepen your understanding of your personal relationships with nature, people, and living environments
–   experience deep mystical states that can elevate and stabilize you morally, spiritually and emotionally

This fall, Ray will be opening a chapter of his Jaguar Path Yoga School through NUMINOUS this fall, so we will be offering similar classes so that people can get a good experience of his work, and learn whether they would like to expand their training through the comprehensive 9 month program .  Ray is a grounded teacher, who loves to combine contemporary life with established primordial wisdom practices to help us live lives of greater meaning, purpose, ease and majestic wonder.

In case of rain, we will be working in a large space indoors…bring your curiosity and  a healthy desire to perceive things in your life differently!

$ 40 Donation Appreciated

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