Category Archives: Poet

A humble thank you

The greatest gift a poet can receive is unexpected praise. Thanks to Eva  X, a magnificent poet in her own right. Learn more about her work at theartisticmuse.com

La Mesa Book Fair Today

Today’s the book fair! Made my first sale, like ever already 🙂

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Pelican lifestyle choices

I found this guy resting on a pier in Oceanside, California. To me, he looks like a rock star posing for pictures with the paparazzi! Pelican

Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula Book Trailer

I’ve been having fun working on this book trailer for “Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula.” Tell me what you think and if you’re intrigued, consider buying the book!

The beautiful art is by the talented Ali Ries. The music, “Raise the Rain” I wrote using a great program called Reason. For now, its a free download!

 

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Raven Moon

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Lunarosity

Hello, all. The fine editors of Chizine have graciously published a poem I wrote called “Lunarosity.” I have a fondness for the magical and the fantastic and I hope that come out in this piece. Please have a look and tell them what you think. Please share.

Warning to Healers and Sensitives

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I had an awakening encounter this weekend when I met a man who claimed to be a healer. He ran a booth selling crystals at a local street fair. In fact, he called himself a “healer of healers.” To be certain, he was very sensitive and even wise. He could pick out healers from a crowd and he was drawn to them like a moth to a candle. He spoke with wisdom about his observations on the universe and energy. He talked about how he could use crystals to move energy better than others and how he demonstrated his metaphysical mastery by playing a trick on a reiki teacher by multiplying the energy in a crystal until the teacher could no longer hold it. He talked about working with a client who used crystals to lend herself power and how he could cut that power off from her with a thought. Looking back, I later realized that never ONCE did he actually talk about healing anyone. This man was no healer. What he was, was an energy manipulator. Its true that healers can manipulate energy. But they use that gift for divine purpose, for healing. That’s what healers do. They can’t help it. Some healers are downright selfless in their desire to help others. This man manipulated energy for his own benefit, even at the expense of other human beings, even if it caused them pain. His aura was dark gray muddied with pink but the crystals in the shop made it difficult to see with any clarity.

As he spoke he upset me. Later on, he angered me. During our interaction he had tried to hurt me and more importantly, those who are important to me. I am no fool, but I am rocked that such selfish people of the darkness could walk so openly in the daylight. I realized I am terribly naive…optimistic about humankind.

This is a warning to healers, sensitives and intuitives, especially those who are still learning to cope with, or are unsure of their abilities, and to those that manifest the Goddess within themselves: Your energy will draw people of the light and those of the dark to you. You must learn to recognize which is which. You must learn to walk the path–light or dark–that surrounds you with the kind of people you want to be around. Though your mind is open and accepting, you must learn patience and yes, even suspicion when your intuition is ringing deep inside your mind or heart that something is wrong. It is easy to get caught up when you find someone who understands your gift and speaks to you on a level that you actually understand. That does not make them a friend or someone worthy of your trust. If you think that something is not what it seems, it is probably not no matter how good or wise the talker may seem, no matter what tricks they can show you with crystals. Or totems. Or anything for that matter. Watch their actions as well as their words. And trust, trust, trust your instincts over your ego or your doubt. Know yourself before seeking teachers of your own. I know you want to learn, to grow, to reach your full potential as a human being. That’s why you were put on this path. Just know that there are others who are not interested in seeing you successful. They just want to take a piece of that energy for themselves. And those users don’t always look like a bad sort. Healers may even instinctively reach out to try to “fix” these people. Unless you are VERY experienced at this, do not attempt it. Merely recognize the darkness for what it is and move on.
My enlightenment is still upon me. I am slowly discovering what my role is in the grand scheme of the universe and plan to consult a reader to find out more. There are healers. There are spell casters. There are energy manipulators and users. Perhaps there are protectors who use their own energy to fight for those whose light is threatened. And maybe that’s what I am.

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On the Incarnates of Aphrodite

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A good and enigmatic friend of mine pointed me to a blog post by the SeventhSisteroftheStars entitled “Incarnates of Aphrodite: A new ancient breed of Goddess.”

This is a post worth reading.

I feel the incarnate is no new evolution. She has always been with us, to heal us when we needed healing. To love us when we needed loving. She is a capacitor of love with boundless ability to store love’s energy. She is a being of the universe, and beyond it. She is of the elements, earth, air, water and fire. Like nature, she is constantly changing, and yet she is changeless.

Rather, it is we who are evolving. We who are re-tuning our senses as we begin to focus once again on the spiritual; the natural, the unnatural and the supernatural. When we sit for a moment in silence and listen while the universe moves, suddenly we see her and realize she was there all along.

Once discovered, do not be alarmed by the passionate and creative creature you find. She is worthy of worship, but do not attempt to worship her. She is too well grounded to accept so lofty a position. Do not attempt to contain her, she will not be confined. May as well try to catch a hummingbird in your hand.

Instead, if you wish to know an incarnate in your life, be true in how you love and are loved. Recognize the darkness and the light in your heart and embrace both. Incarnates are healers drawn to positive energy. Take in her energy if she offers it to you (never demand it!), make something positive of the gift, and return it to her. She will respond.

Most importantly, do not be afraid to be changed by her. One cannot be touched by an incarnate of the Goddess on Earth and expect to ever be the same afterwards. Breathe in the Now, and so be transformed. And consider yourself blessed.

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Shadows, Read by Christopher Vera

Hello, dear readers. Continuing my grand experiment in audio poetry, I’ve recorded myself reading “Shadows” from Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula. Would love your feedback.

If you have a cool or interesting voice (or are just passionate about poetry), and would be willing to read one of my poems, I’d love to add it to my collection.

  1. Find a poem you like in Transmissions and record yourself reading it. I use a free app called iTalk for my iPhone.
  2. Post your recording in MP3 format somewhere where I can find it. Send me the link.
  3. I’ll download the file and post it here along with your name and your website (if its all right with you.)
  4. If you’re particularly daring, post your reading on Youtube. I’ll send my favorite readings a signed copy of the book, Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula!
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Audio Poetry Experiment

I’ve been experimenting with the idea of putting some of my poetry into audio format. Every so often I’ll hear someone with a unique voice and think to myself, “Wow! I’d love to have that person read a poem or two!” So I’m looking for portable tools and software (mostly my mobile phone) to capture such moments when I get the opportunity.

Here’s my first try with my father, Thomas Vera, Sr. He’s reading “She Reminds Me of Mangos” from TRANSMISSIONS TO THE MYSTIC NEBULA.

He’s reading into my iPhone 4 using the free version of iTalk. I’d love to hear what you think.

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