Melissa Hevenor
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We’ve Come So Close but Yet so Far with Embracing Equality

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As many of you know from following me on social media, I love what I do. I love Spirit and 99% of the time, I love my life. I have always been blessed to serve as an advocate for my fellow members who are differently-abled, or historically labelled “handicapped.” I think it is amazing how far we’ve come, when someone like myself, can be widely embraced and supported through social media or someone like Amy Purdy, an amputee, who is conquering the world one activity at a time, and making a statement in Hollywood, and still, there is so much further to go. I love the blessings and opportunities that the universe is allowing for me as I have a growing clientele who work in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and, as to be expected, as that clientele has grown, doors have opened, inviting me to be showcased on various media platforms such as talk shows and/or television appearances. Unfortunately, the sad reality is realizing, after interviews and being watched by interested parties, the studios where the appearances would take place, are not wheelchair-accessible. This unspoken barrier in Hollywood floors my mind, when there have been television shows such as Push Girls, that center around women in wheelchairs, and other tv shows with main characters who are in wheelchairs. Although, it does explain why able-bodied actors are used to portray characters in wheelchairs.

I am certainly familiar with the stigmas that can surface in areas of art or artistry. For example, in my first two years of college, I was the first individual in a wheelchair to take choreography, Dance Notation, History of Hip-Hop, Intro and Advanced Modern Dance, and a whole group of other art-related classes that involved dance or movement. Obviously, I was not able to participate in the same way that able-bodied students were able to dance. But, I did learn how to choreograph and put dance numbers together, verbally describing the choreography to able-bodied dancers. I will never forget the first day of class. The dance professor was so closed-minded and completely irate that I refused to leave the class. She insisted that it was a waste of time, and that I would be an observer who was in the way. Fortunately, the angels and my guide helped me to win her over quickly when she realized I had a photographic memory and could verbally describe each dance step precisely. Not only did I learn a greater appreciation for the art of dance, but also on the last day of class, each classmate thanked me for teaching them how to be better dancers, through the art of listening. And the professor even choreographed a piece in my honor, called “Dancing from the Heart.” Sometimes, against all odds, you know you are placed among people for something much greater than the circumstances convey, and although I find great joy in dong my readings and being of service to Spirit, and people from all over, I know that much of the greater picture is to serve as an advocate for differently-abled people, not only by sharing my story and the obstacles I’ve overcome from a wheelchair, and in life, but also to demonstrate that someone who is physicallyh different, still can be a valuable contributor, sexy, have an active social life and bring a perspective that the average person may not.

I recently went to a popular restaurant/bar in Fort Lauderdale, where I was treated like a second-class citizen. The interior of the restaurant had no tables accommodating a wheelchair and the exterior tables that did accommodate for a wheelchair, were typically not available. After an hour wait for a wheelchair accessible table outside (in 90 degree weather), more than one waitress came over and recommended that I eat off of a metal bar stool removed from the outdoor bar. Sadly enough, not fully comprehending what the waitress was asking of me, I agreed. Until she brought a tiny, metal bar stool that I couldn’t get my wheelchair underneath, and left my friend who was accompanying me, to eat with the food on her lap. When i told her I was not comfortable eating off of a metal stool,she insisted that this is how other disabled customers were most often accommodated. When I asked her how many able-bodied customers she had made this suggestion to, she began to giggle, and miraculously, a table outside opened up, where there was not only table available, but all of a sudden, four tables were available. To top it off, when my friend ordered a $10 mimosa, it was 1/4 full, when other mimosas came in all directions to other tables, filled to the top. We found out later that for $5 more, you could have a whole bottle of champagne and orange juice, and miraculously, we were not told of this Sunday brunch option. I am always optimistic and look for the best in every situation, though this particular experience was over and beyond outrageous, and I am a firm believer that when you remain silent when an injustice occurs, you might as well be committing the injustice yourself. I still view these experiences as blessings, as they open the door to raise awareness and the vibrational consciousness of humanity. So, I will continue on my journey to make a difference with the main intention of helping society embrace the true colors of all individuals, no matter the shape, color, formation or limitations of the light that each person shines.

Summer Blessings-in the Words of Katy Perry, “Let Light In”

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Summer is a whirlwind of emotions and blessings, so far. I recently joined a yoga clothing company from Miami to promote and represent the spiritual community. Details on that to come very soon, but I am thrilled to support our South Florida spiritual enlightenment movement and the expansion of consciousness. I recently found out, this month, that I will be joining together with this amazing organization, product and community, representing those of us who do wheelchair yoga! Getting ready to strike a pose, yoga-style. Lol!

I also will be joining forces with another South Florida business, that custom makes crystal decor, to heighten the vibrational atmosphere of both your home and work environment.  Details on that will come shortly as well.

I am blessed to expand my international client base, recently reading for clients in Barcelona, Argentina, Hong Kong, India, and Indonesia. Though I am eternally grateful to share gods love and Spirit’s amazing gifts worldwide, I have recently in meditation, discovered the internal desire to support and collaborate with local businesses of South Florida to give back to the diverse ethnic and enlightened community that has been my home, for the last fifteen years in South Florida.

As many of you know, my other passion where I strive to advocate for children and the community, both worldwide and locally, is children battling childhood cancer, and children, adolescents and/or adults who are on the Autism spectrum. Much of my energy healing is currently focused on these two populations.

That being said, many of you know I dearly love Talia Joy Castellano, who lost her life on July 16th at 11:22 am, 2013, to childhood cancer. For that reason, I have started a fundraising campaign, http://give.acco.org/fundraise?fcid=327295 to raise money in her name from her legacy, to allow little girls battling cancer to receive make-up makeovers. The goal is to raise $100. The minimum is just one dollar and I need to raise the money by July 30th. So, please, my little pocket pixies, let’s band together and spread some magic for these little courageous fighters.  I have definitely felt Talia’s presence recently, as I was gifted tickets to Katy Perry’s Prism World Tour, and I asked Talia to join me. As I was looking at Katy’s tour T-shirts, I was completely shocked that one T-shirt cost $45. Obviously, I had not been to a concert in some time, as the prices have almost doubled! As I was looking at a beautiful pastel colored Katy Perry T-shirt, the merchandise clerk told me the lady behind me had paid for a shirt for me! I know this was truly a gift from Talia, because whenever I connect with her and ask her to join me, she incredibly finds a way to get me things for free! Of course, I thanked the woman behind me, repeatedly, and not to my surprise, she said, “it was my pleasure. I don’t know what come over me. I just had to buy it for you!” I didn’t tell the lady,  but I know exactly what came over her-a little angel named Talia!

Prism is the perfect name for Katy’s album and concert because the energy of the music, theme, and lyrics embrace spiritual topics such as functioning on a high vibration, unconditional love, inner strength and being present in the moment. I have always been a huge fan of Katy’s from the very beginning, and this latest album only amplifies and embodies my admiration for her as an artist. Her opening act, Ferras, is equally amazing. It was such a pleasure to watch his aura change, in sync with the theme and energy of each of his songs.  his music also embodies spiritual undertones and self-reflection from an honest and healing standpoint that can transcend across genders and cultural backgrounds. When I heard his new album, named after him, I fell in love. Then, after seeing him perform live, I wanted to tell him what was occurring, energetically to his aura, and let him know, he,most certainly, is following his life path and doing what he’s supposed to be doing, sharing his artistry. My favorite songs are “Champagne,” “speak in Tongues” and an amazing duet with Katy Perry, called, “Legends Never Die.” The first night I missed his “Meet and Greet” with fan base, but, intuitively,I knew another opportunity would come about.

In true Katy style, katy entered the stage through the floor, Ina beautiful indigo colored prism, singing her song, “Part of Me,” and the latest anthem, “Roar,” in Katy style and gusto, in a white shimmery dress,trimmed in glow stick colors, that illuminated her body in all the right places. She didn’t disappoint performing “Dark Horse,” in Egyptian attire, in an amazing mechanical horse, “walking on air” complete with aerial acrobats and silk cloths that resembled clouds draped over the audience, who were embedded in a triangle-shaped pit, in the front of the stage. Katy declared her love and admiration for her fans before serenading a full stadium with the song, “Unconditionally,” where she comes out onstage in traditional Katy-style, with her voice and a guitar, complete with a rainbow dress, pastel matching hair, and an amazing white sparkly cape, that also fanned out underneath to look like rays of a rainbow.

The first encore embraced the nostalgic,happy-vibe energy of the California Dream tour as she danced rave style to “Teenage Dream,” “California Girls,” “E.T.” And “TGIF.” In The second encore, she serenaded the auditorium with “Birthday,” as she was airlifted over the audience on a swing that looked like it was being lifted by birthday balloons, in a suit that was nude in color, but covered in what looked like cartoon tattoos. Her final encore, was in a huge ball gown that looked like a firework sprouting out over her leg, with live fire and video illumination that resembled a real-life firework show. Then, to all of the Katycats’ dismay, she disappeared once again into the prism , and was swallowed up by the stage, after a two and a half-hour adrenaline-filled, celebratory concert. Needless to say, it exceeded my expectations beyond my imagination.

The following day, I was delighted to learn that a college friend of mine was working in the public relations department of Ticketmaster, and he secured two tickets to the Miami arena where Katy had her second concert in South Florida.Fortuately, this time I  made it to theMeet and Greet with Ferras,and to my delight, he was humble, genuine, and touched to hear my description of his aura, as he performed and followed his life purpose as an artist. If you have an opportunity to go to Katy’s concert, do not miss it,because the Prism world  tour will illuminate your heart and inspire your spirit, for years to come. in whatever way you can,whether it is through the inspiration  of Ferras or Katy, or supporting a cause, or group of people,such as children on the autism spectrum, or children fighting cancer, find a way to ignite a spark in your heart, and let that light find its way out as you let more light into the world.