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Cat Grant Appreciation Week | day 7: free day

the hero’s support

- And you’ve been a critic, you’ve been a cheerleader and some say that you are a friend.
- Well, I would like to think so.

“Today (02/25/2017) I had a huge honor of meeting the Princess of Sweden. Very humbled by the experience of sharing my story to her and the members of End Violence Against Children & also the World Childhood Foundation. Can’t wait to become an advocate and speak for those who feel aren’t heard or feel safe. #sexualassaultprevention #endviolenceagainstwomenandgirls #worldchildhoodfoundation” - @italian.muva on Instagram

Madeleine was still in New York as of yesterday, February 25th where she attended a event with the World Childhood Foundation. 

Shahla Sherkat (b. 1956) is one of the pioneers of the women’s rights movement in Iran. She is a psychologist and journalist who has been outspoken about the situation of women in the country, often experiencing legal issues because of it.

She is the founder of Zanan magazine, considered the most important women’s journal published after the Iranian revolution. She often had to appear in court for publishing content deemed controversial, in areas ranging from politics to sex, and at one point even had to spend four months in prison. In 2005 she received the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

International Media Meeting, Edited by Theo van der Aa, Agora Foundation, Maastricht, 1982. Edition of 500 copies. Produced on the occasion of the program of discussions, intermedia presentations and panel discussions held at the State University of Limburg, Maastricht, 19 - 24th April, 1982. W/ Ulises Carrión, Raul Marroquin, Nan Hoover, Rod Summers, Christiaan Nastiaans, Tobe J. Carey, Jaime Davidovich, Herve Fischer, Dieter Froese, Henryk Gajewski, Alexandre Gherban, Madelon Hooykaas, Elsa Stansfield, John Hopkins, Paul Muller, Thor Elis Palsson

Glorious Gems of MP - The Woven History of Chanderi

The fabric of Chanderi has great tales woven into them. The name of the town itself is synonymous with the world of exquisitely hand-crafted saris. The unique warp and weft of chanderi saris are one of the best kept secrets of this town. The saris are woven out of very fine threads making them extremely lightweight and wearable all year long. And the trade of these sarees has been passed on from one generation to the other, and each member of the family makes a significant contribution to the craft.

Chanderi saris use cotton and silk for the base, and zari butis are woven using extra weft technique. It is amazing to watch each motif being created by hand, one thread at a time. The more complex designs on borders and pallu are now made by dobby and jacquard (complex cards are added to the loom). The beautiful colours (neembu-lemon, narangi-orange, tamatari-tomato) and motifs (leaves, mango, chana-peas) are all inspired by nature.

With a background in Textile Design, I was completely drawn to the painstakingly detailed process of weaving. During my graduate programme I had to make a number of table loom samples and if that was challenging for me, Chanderi weaving is a class apart in its mastery. The simplest of Chanderi sari takes at least 3 days to weave, depending on the motifs and complexity of the design. All the weavers have soft hands enabling them to work with extremely fine threads. There are about 5000 weavers working on looms in Chanderi today.

Later, I got an opportunity to meet a few master weavers and visit their homes. The little time I spent with them will remain in my memory forever. The honesty and sincerity of these talented craftsmen humbled me. I was gazing with wide eyes at the beautiful sari being made right in front of me and in that moment I gained deep respect for these guys, for it takes a colossal effort to set up the loom. With the meticulous addition of each buti (motif), I saluted them for the enormous creativity, patience, skill and sincerity required to master this process. 

Looking at my enthusiasm, one of the weavers narrated a small couplet for me:

“Sheher Chanderi Momenbada,
Tiriya Raj Khasam panihara”

“In the city of Chanderi where weavers dwell,
women rule whereas men fill water”

Master weaver Abdul Fareed, who has been in this business since the last 20 years, showed me some of his sarees. His favourite color is Gajari Pink (Carrot Pink) and favourite motif is Keri (Mango).

Spending time at the weavers’ basti, I was curious to know about the origins of these Bunkars (weavers). “How did the city of looms come to be?”, I enquired. And my guide Kalle bhai, a very erudite man told me the story of the weaver community.

It is believed that they came from the lost city of Gaur Lakhnauti - an ancient city that thrived on the India-Bangladesh border. Kalle bhai’s quest to search the origins of this ancient city led him to Bangladesh in 2011 where he discovered art, crafts and even dialect similar to that of Chanderi. He has penned his research and findings in a deeply engrossing book.  

Another highlight of Chanderi saris is the kaala tika (black spot) that each weaver puts on the sari marking its originality and more importantly to protect it from the evil’s eye - a practice common in India.

Some of the traditional designs are Masrai Dadia Sari, Do Chashmi (both sides can be worn), Daadi Dar, Baane Bar and Mehandi Bhari Haath. One master weaver has been weaving the Mehandi Bhari Haath sari since 1976. Chanderi fabrics are so precious that they are treated like a newborn baby, with utmost care. Legend has it that Chanderi was the most prized fabric of Akbar’s court. With diminishing royalty, Chanderi fabric also saw downfall in production and skilled craftsmen. When Madhav Rao Scindia I inherited the throne, he established a training centre for the weavers of Chanderi.

A centre that is making waves across the city and the country is Chanderiyaan- a cluster of weavers part of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Media Lab Asia. It is a social entrepreneurial initiative towards sustaining livelihoods of the Chanderi weavers community. Set up in the Raja Rani Mahal where heritage seeps through each and every wall, Chanderiyaan is an opportunity for weavers to bypass the hefty network of middlemen and sell their creations directly in the global market. That’s why they call it the Digital village of Chanderi.

Designers from all over the country come to Chanderiyaan to develop their weaves and saris. It felt great to see digital empowerment allowing the craft to live long and prosper.

The looms shall be etched in my memory for years to come and the weavers shall continue to remind me of their rich heritage, pride and modesty. The exquisitely crafted saris will wrap me around in their sheer radiance. With a hope to return someday, I bade salaam and left this magnificent city.

About the artist 

Neethi Goldhawk is an independent illustrator and textile print designer who loves drawing all things dreamy, inspired by nature and life. She has illustrated for platforms like Redbull Amaphiko and Launchora. Her pen name (Goldhawk) was concocted in the crowded space of her mind full of absurd characters, who are but little children at heart. She is an avid Tumblr blogger and can be found here

By Neethi Goldhawk
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Olivia will be honoured at the 42nd annual Gracie Awards.  Each year, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation “celebrates female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms.” The 2017 gala — which supports the AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media — is set for Tuesday, June 6th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Among the topics that will be addressed at the gala are immigration, reproduction rights, race relations and women in the workforce.

Olivia is honoured for her performance as Angela Burr in The Night Manager

laurennvalentino  asked:

Do you think that we can change the world by reaching out through social media in a positive way? I have so much hope for our future. I am 20 now, studying psychology. When I was 16 I suffered from chronic depression, social media was a big issue in my teen years. And I can see how it still is an issue for people that are in the younger ages. I hope to share my story and help others reach happiness. Thank you for the positive vibes, ✨ we need more of this.

Absolutely! First of all I think it is so fantastic you are utilizing your experience to give back to others who may be having similar experiences. That is what community is all about - we learn from others in order to better ourselves and be more inclusive. In my experience at It Gets Better, we’ve already seen the impact positive messaging can have. There have been over 60,000 videos created viewed over 60 million times, we’ve received countless testimonials about how these uplifting and empowering stories have changed lives and given young people perspective. When you are going through a difficult period it can be hard to envision what a positive future can look like, but with social media you can see the potential your life can have through the lived experiences of others sharing their stories. And when you say “the world” - yes! It is a global movement. We have affiliates in 16 countries (and growing) because positive messaging is universal, it is one of the few but powerful tools we have to unite people from all backgrounds, locations, religions, etc.

Social media is creating so much positive change and of course, like any communication tool, there are drawbacks as well. I love what I see on Born This Way Foundation social media every day; people connecting and building community from across the world and helping to support one another. We decided to work with the incredible young people in our network to build a platform to formalize this support, sharing and storytelling and just a few months ago, we launched ChannelKindness.org. Channel Kindness is dedicated to sharing the every day and heroic acts of kindness in our homes, schools, and communities. It has only been up and running online for a couple of months but the positive and action-oriented stories that have flooded my news feed are such a welcome change from the negative and more importantly, disempowering stories that were in their place.

I also think social media has an important role to play in building and sustaining relationships. My generation was the first to move around this much – both geographically and employment-wise. Social media allows me to connect with people that I knew when I was six, friends from high school, and the incredible group of young people that I worked with at my first job at Rock The Vote. It would be impossible – without social media – to maintain those relationships and stay connected.

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Unified Field of Consciousness


Einstein believed that there was an equation for a Unified Field that could explain the reason for everything in existence.  With this knowledge, time, space and even humanity’s origin could be deeply understood.

Today, in the world of quantum physics, there are so many mysteries that our current understanding of reality seems unequipped to grasp phenomena such as the double slit experiment, the observer effect, phantom DNA and quantum entanglement.  At the same time, there are many scholars beginning to think outside the box.

Quantum Physicist Ph.D. John Hagelin explains the foundation of the Universe is a single Universal field of intelligence.  Particles of nature are understood to be One, a Universal ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness in motion. We are just different ripples on a single ocean of existence at the basis of everything.

Just as the waves are continuous with the ocean. Your body is continuous with the total energy system of the cosmos, and it’s all you.
— Alan Watts

New evidence is beginning to show us that everything is Energy and the result of an indiscernible sound wave or frequency. Vibrational frequency creates the energy that becomes solid matter. Galaxies, planets, plants, animals and humans are all just waves of vibration of this Unified Field. In essence, we are literally united and One at the core!


Connected Universe

The Universe is connected and alive and we are a part of the metric of space.        
— Nassim Haramein

Nassim Haramein, the Director of Research at the Resonance Foundation, was deeply inspired by Einstein and continued to pursue Einstein’s idea that geometry held the key to creating a unified equation for the Universe. He proposes that space is not empty, but rather full of untapped energy.  This action, reaction, and connection between the energy present in space is creating a dynamic flow in the Universe.  Simply put, it could be thought of as “the Universe is dancing with energy”.


In the Resonance Foundations various media productions, Nassim explains the idea of a ​​Holofractographic Universe. His findings explore the fractal (infinitely repeating pattern), holographic (illusion) and geometric nature of space from the macrocosm to the microcosm, and thus how the potential of the Whole is within each piece of the Universe on every scale.

Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy.
— Plato

Sacred Geometry

Learn how to see. Realize that everything is connected to everything else.
— Leonardo da Vinci

Everything in the universe is geometrically connected.  Sacred Geometry is the source code of the Unified Field. It’s the language of nature, a fundamental blueprint of the universal creation process.

It’s not a coincidence that human hands & tree branches have the same fractal growth patterns or that our hearts & the Earth have the same toroidal-shaped electromagnetic field.  Even our embryos contain the fundamental geometries of star clusters and galaxies. Patterns are always present when our eyes are open. Every single system in nature uses fundamental mathematical languages as a template for growth. We can find all kinds of mathematical formulas and sequences in nature, such as the Golden spiral/ratio or Fibonacci sequence/numbers in pineapples, sunflowers, tornado formations and even galaxy arms.

When we start to see universal patterns everywhere we look, a realization of interconnection occurs deep within us. We start to see that all is intimately unified. When this occurs, we begin to simply choose Love in every aspect of our lives.

True love is born from understanding.
— Buddha

Ascension & Healing HeArt

As our understanding of Sacred Geometry develops, we begin to see deeper connections between Science & Spirituality.  As a reminder of our interconnected & united nature with all life, interacting with Sacred Geometry on a daily basis invites harmony & balance into our experience. This idea inspired and changed my life profoundly and I found myself at the center of my passions by exploring Sacred Geometry as a communication tool with consciousness in everyday life.  I found my purpose by participating in nature’s harmony.

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.  
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I’ve learned that visualization & attention are key in spiritual growth.  They are fundamental in many energy practices such as Qigong, Tai-chi and Reiki. Creating designs based on Sacred Geometry help us to visualize, touch and play with Universal Energy formations, giving us direct communication with the divine. This is a meditative art that can help us find resonance with our inner and outer lives. Eventually this intention brought me to develop my dream project, Healing HeArt, where I am able to develop and share this deep and meaningful experience with everyone by creating personal communication tools and crafts for seekers.

For the first time in human history we have technology to create precise patterns without any error or mistake. Thankfully there are laser machines available for everyone to produce any possible design from a collective digital platform to the physical world.  The possibilities are infinite when it comes to creating art pieces, tools, crafts, toys or even small size constructions wherein we can meditate or experience the harmonious presence around us.

These limitless possibilities inspired me to take action, and as a result, I began an Indiegogo campaign to gain enough support in order to access a laser device with the intention to share this inspirational art with everyone.  I need your help to manifest this collective dream! As Sacred Geometry reflects the potential of the collective, we can also create amazing innovations together and support various artists with our collaboration.

You are not here reading this by accident, you are here for a greater purpose than you could ever imagine. We are here to restore the balance and uplift humanity into the next stage of evolution; from separated duality consciousness to interconnected unity consciousness, in which all life is in equilibrium and harmony.

Let’s manifest this co-creative dream together!

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
– Buddha

anonymous asked:

I keep thinking about how her and joe could've broken up during those 7 months & we wouldn't have had a clue about him/rs at all come now.. like she kept it lock & key

It just makes me happy for her. It’s like he had the opportunity to get to know her at the core of who she really is, without the bells and whistles. And I think that foundation will make the media, and the stress of transitioning to public or semi-public at some point in the future, much easier.