Doorknobs and Broomsticks

My favorite television show as a child was “Bewitched.” The artist Stevo painted a picture in the style of Andy Warhol of Endora, Elizabeth Montgomery’s mother on the show. I had to have it for my art collection. Just looking at the painting makes me smile. My favorite character on the show, though, was Aunt Clara. She collected doorknobs. You have to love an old woman who collects something so odd and ornate.

In the 80s, every morning in Pittsburgh, my sister Cindy rode a bus to college. One day after a hard day at school, she boarded to find a busload of undesirables. Near the back, though, was an older woman who looked quite tame, kind of like Aunt Clara.

Cindy headed toward the old woman and took a seat beside her. The lady clutched a large brown grocery bag in her right hand. She quickly put it on the window side of the seat when Cindy sat down.

If you’ve never ridden a city bus or subway, you may not understand the kinds of aromas you might expect from public transportation. In any given day, especially in the summer months, you could smell anything from an over-perfumed transsexual to defecation to cuminlike body odor. Needless to say, this bus had its share of aromas.

Cindy cast a friendly smile at the little lady. To her disbelief, the woman began to chatter on about everything from her childhood to the piéce de resistance, what was in the brown bag. She told Cindy that it was her one-of-a-kind collection.

Cindy, of course, asked if she could see it, wondering what kind of collection a city woman would dare to carry around with her on a bus. The woman tentatively opened the bag and let Cindy gaze in.

My sister says she saw and smelled green and gray, furry mold and what looked like old soured cream in an array of various dark colors splashed like a child’s doodling on the sides of the bag. With hesitancy, Cindy asked, “What… exactly is it?”

The woman closed the bag and clutched it again. “Pudding. I’ve been collecting it for three years now.”

My sister got out at the next stop to vomit.

Halloween is this week. This holiday can scare you with the insanity of normal life, lift your spirits with fantasy and fun costumes, and give you reason to party like an animal. Which ever direction you intend to go, I hope your broomstick is ready and you won’t ride it under the influence. And, if you walk door to door with your children, I pray that whatever you collect in your Halloween bags is safe for consuming and definitely not old pudding.


Go to Week 2 of the “Year to CLEAR Challenge”


Below is information that I will be sharing for about a month, as not every person on my list reads the blog every day. If you have already read it, just skip over it. Thanks for understanding.

A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)

The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”

A Year to CLEAR Challenge!

The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.

My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.

As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.

The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.

The One-Year Approach to Change

No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”

In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.

Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.

Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
Go to www.bosebastian.com for Week One Challenge:
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• Introduction to Meditation
• Smoke Cessation mp3
• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
• Eternal Om mp3
• Meditation Music mp3
• Guide to Meditation mp3
• Healing the Body mp3
• And my “Lessons from the Heart” book ready for your download purchase.
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