Monday , August 10 2020

Publisher’s Letter – May 2019 – Journey

By Katarzyna Szumal

Katarzyna (Kasia) Szumal Publisher

The May issue is a very special issue for me because it marks my third year of being the publisher and my ninth year of running Conscious Community Magazine. Let me tell you, it has been quite a journey!

This all started when Walter Perschke, the previous publisher, wanted to expand his spiritually-based, entrepreneurial horizons. It was 2012, and The Monthly Aspectarian magazine was for sale. I vividly remember the day he purchased it like it was yesterday. He was so thrilled to be overseeing the oldest spiritual and metaphysical magazine in the United States. At that time, my life was pretty comfortable. I was working at the Spiritual Learning Center and studying business management in college. All of that changed the day I asked him who would manage the magazine. Much to my shock, his response was “YOU!” I said “yes,” and I became the Circulation Manager of Conscious Community Magazine. As many of you know, Walter Perschke passed away three years ago in May of 2016, and he left me the magazine in his will and this community. He knew that
I would take this magazine to the next level of consciousness.

After a couple of years of running Conscious Community Magazine, I have learned many meaningful lessons, some of which I would like to share with you. You can apply them to not only running your own business but also everyday life.

  1. Trust your intuition and follow it.
  2. Be open-minded.
  3. Take care of yourself.
  4. Celebrate your uniqueness and be yourself!
  5. Take steps each day towards your dreams.
  6. Open yourself to new experiences and new people.
  7. Eat a clean diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes.
  8. Ground yourself daily with seated meditation or active meditation.
  9. There are no mistakes, just lessons that take you to the next level of consciousness!
  10. Be patient with yourself.

This month, we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor the Divine Feminine. Spencer Schluter and Janae Jean spoke with author and gatherer of women, Danielle Dulsky, about her book, The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed and the feminine archetypes of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone that all women embody in their interview, Embracing the Feminine Archetypes: Maiden, Mother, Crone. We continue our celebration of women in this month’s Ask Alecia, where Alecia offers advice to a reader who has an issue with a woman in her women’s spiritual group. Also, Debra Landwehr Engle offers 8 Ways to Foster Self-Love. Alan Cohen urges us to ask, “What’s the best thing that could happen?” in From the Heart column. Theresa Puskar shares another stop along her spiritual journey with us with her experience at the Advanced Spiritual Retreat with Douglas Bentley at the Flowering Heart Center in Wheaton in All About Town. And, of course, there are many more uplifting articles and inspiring events packed into this issue and online.

As always, I invite you to visit throughout the month for our newest thoughtful and inspiring content. I consider the Conscious Community part of my larger family, and I am thankful for all of you, and your commitment to raising consciousness.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Best,
Katarzyna Szumal

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