What Does Elvis Presley Mean?

Elvis Presely playing guitarMost Americans and music lovers worldwide acknowledge Elvis Presley as “The King” of rock and roll. But some people have no idea who Elvis Presley is or what it means to be “The King” to millions of loyal fans.

This is what I learned from Cindy, the foreign exchange student from China that I hung out with for a few weeks.

I was taking a class on multi-cultural competency as part of the process towards my master’s degree in counseling. Our instructor, Vince Noble asked for volunteers to escort foreign exchange students and ease their transition into the USA. He may have even offered extra credit, I can’t remember. But I volunteered and was paired up with Cindy from China.

One day, Cindy and I went an art show at Cal State Long Beach. There were many paintings and several rooms filled with original art pieces created by students. We came upon a portrait of Elvis Presley. I admired the creativity of the piece. Cindy pointed at it and asked, “who is that?”

I was stunned. It was as if my life was flashing before me. I could not imagine how to describe who Elvis was. He is so many things to so many people and I couldn’t imagine what the world, or at least my world, would be like without him.

I managed to mumble out some answer about how Elvis was a rock legend and I hummed a few bars of Blue Suede Shoes and Jailhouse Rock to see if it would ring a bell.

Nothing.

I was speechless.

I had been slapped aside the head once again and reminded that just because I have an experience or a social construct built up around a certain object or person, doesn’t mean everyone else does. Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this, assuming the person you’re talking to knows something when really they don’t; assuming that everyone knows all the same things you do?

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How Much Pleasure Can You Stand?

How much pleasure, beauty, and joy will you be creating for yourself today?

It can happen with the simple act of appreciation. Stay in the pleasure zone, it’s where the creativity resides. Power too.

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You by Jamie Lerner. Editorial responses by DJ GAL-VanIZed.

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Surrender, Sex and a Spring in Your Step

The Web-Empowered Warriors of Wisdom (AKA We-Wow) have put together a series of gifts for your mind and body over at Awaken Your Spring.com.

One of the gifts is from Yours Truly, a free report that will teach you the one word guaranteed to improve your sex life and 7 ways to put that word to use immediately.

You’ll also find gifts from Christopher Westra of icreatereality.com, Chris Cade from the Course in Miracles.com and Thea Westra of ForwardSteps.com.

Please enjoy these gifts thoroughly and share them with friends.

Nothing Wrong With You

When you love yourself, you do not want to change anyone or anything about another!

Just love, acceptance and bliss. What you’ve always wanted.

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You by Jamie Lerner. Editorial responses by DJ GAL-VanIZed.

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Nourish Yourself, Then Give

When we are nourished emotionally, physically, and for some, spiritually, we can extend ourselves in such a loving and unconditional way!

And yet, when you’re starving you can be such a drag!

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You by Jamie Lerner. Editorial responses by DJ GAL-VanIZed.

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Embrace the World

When we allow ourselves to remove all judgment and embrace the world with an open loving heart, it feels so good!

Just checkin’ things out and enjoyin’ the ride. Pretty cool. And so much to learn!

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You by Jamie Lerner. Editorial responses by DJ GAL-VanIZed.

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Visionary or Reactionary?

Visionary or reactionary? How are you directing your life with your thoughts?

Are you obsessing on the past or hyper-focused on something someone did to you? If so, you are allowing the past and the people who hurt you to direct your life. Take your focus off of them and focus on what you’re going to do from now on. Then, make it happen.

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You by Jamie Lerner. Editorial responses by DJ GAL-VanIZed.

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