Journal

by Nansee New

How to choose your wedding officiant

  Your wedding is a very special opportunity to speak your love for one another, to join your friends and family together in love and support, and to state your deepest intentions for your shared life. The person you choose as your minister or officiant can skillfully anchor and express your most heartfelt intentions in […]
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Traveling in Mexico

Many American friends ask me if I feel safe living and traveling in Mexico. They innocently assume that the terrible news stories they hear and read in the American media pertain to all of the country all of the time.  Our little village of La Manzanilla, situated on the Pacific coast, is safe and very […]
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Seeing at the outer edges of your field of awareness

In recent months I have become a student of “The Way of Mastery”, a publication by the Shanti Christo Foundation. This work is a collection of channeled teachings by Jeshua ben Joseph as given to Jon Mark Hammer.  In Chapter 12, “You are Unlimited Spirit” it says: “At no time are you imprisoned within the […]
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Return to the pottery studio

Sculpted elephants, polished little pots, wedding vessels, cereal bowls – yes, I am back to work! It is more like “play” and very rewarding! After living in Mexico for 8 months – rewarding in itself, but without a studio –  it is a true pleasure to be immersed once more in art-making. It brings me […]
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A Grand Bay Wedding/ Yachting Style

The sun was setting over the Pacific as we gathered on a rocky bluff to celebrate the love that radiated from Joanne and Jon. Here we were –  friends and family assembled – surrounded by  the beauty of the tropics,  sharing this moment filled with electric joy. Jon and Joanne arrived via dune buggy to […]
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A Contemplative Life: Mind Training

One week ago my Mexican born puppy Nube (it means “Cloud” in Spanish) and I arrived in San Francisco. It was her first trip out of her country. I have been traveling back and forth for over 10 years now, spending my winters on the beach in La Manzanilla, summers in my cabin in Mendocino. […]
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The true meaning and promise of marriage

After performing hundreds of weddings and being married myself for over a decade, I have some observations about this rite of passage. Some people unconsciously approach marriage as a vehicle to quell fear and loneliness, and meet their “needs”. There is nothing wrong with that necessarily. However, marriage may not accomplish this goal. What it […]
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Kirtan in La Manzanilla

Casa Luz was pleased to present Hari Bol live in a New Year’s Kirtan. Musicians Raoul Diaz on  harmonium, and Jimmy Shiva on tabla/percussion delivered a very moving Kirtan to the community of La Manzanilla in celebration of the New Year. Nearly fifty of us gathered under the full moon to welcome new beginnings, change […]
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Spiritual study groups in La Manzanilla!

We  are people from all over North America and Mexico who join together every Sunday morning during the winter months in La Manzanilla. Each November, after summering in our diverse homes all over North and Central America we meet once again at our hub in La Manzanilla like spokes on the wheel to share our […]
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Vow Writing Tutorial

Your Vows are the heart of your ceremony. Your wedding vow is not only a vow you make to another. It is a vow you make to yourself. It states how you intend to be through all of your changing circumstances, challenges, disappointments and triumphs. It provides an inspiring and strong place to stand.  Where do you […]
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