From My Archive, February 2012 "Urban Mermaid"

This is my first "post" here. I love reading OM Times and have since way back. I find the articles very enlightening, empowering and helpful. This is my first entry and I find it fitting since I wrote this several years ago on my blog entitled OneUrbanMermaid, and read it for the first time on 9/23/2016 after seeing this magazine has a writers community - I am honored to be here. I have to say, I have come a long way since 2012. If you identify with any of this, I would love to know! :)

ONE URBAN MERMAID

'Mermaid'
Artist unknown

Original Blog Entry
February 2012
Written by:
Shawni Groves

"I came to the realization that I need to be close to the water, and have found myself missing the ocean tremendously; to get my fix I frequently take sea salt baths to kind of satisfy this craving, and decided I was an "Urban Mermaid." The post below about salt baths is how this blog began. I am including some personal information, which I rarely do and the reason I am doing so is to encourage others out there, especially who are younger in their teens and might not understand why they are so sensitive, and adults who are experiencing these gifts and might be afraid to share them too.

I hope my willingness to share this in a public place will help them to share theirs too...it's time. For those who know they are sensitive to etheric energy, or may not yet understand this, I hope to offer ways and support that will help you, or them. I was born in Hilo, Hawaii at a hospital that sits on and overlooks Rainbow Falls which is at the base of Mauna Loa spilling into the Pacific Ocean (Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth and located on the big island. It is also estimated to be at least 10 million years old, and is a powerful energy healing vortex.) This is also where the Goddess Pele lives, she sometimes appears in my dreams and visions.

I have lived in Southern California since I was three, but am still very connected to the amazing energy found in Hawaii. I was born with an extra "spark" and for most of my life was not very comfortable because of it, and having what I now consider gifts. I have always known I am here to learn, so I can help others, and protect those who need it. Many of my friends don't even know this as I have a tendency to be shy and not share too much of this info. I find these gifts, and what I do for a living now merging and it is very organic and sensible to me. My background is in non-profit event planning and advocacy, and for the last several years I have worked independently within the world of creative expression, as an event developer, publicist, many times a volunteer and on occasion a consultant (which is now happening more frequently.)

For the last few years I have been working in one capacity or another in the realms of contemporary and urban art, and working with mixed media, muralists and graffiti artists; next realm is Eco-artists, along with a few other surprises. When my mom and I moved to L.A., I was 3 and in my earliest memories of recognizing art, I remember falling in love with the murals and mosaics that used to be all over L.A. and later different parts of Orange County, CA where I went to elementary school through a few years in college until dropping out. (I haven't lived in the OC since 1984, and know that many of those works of art are long gone.)

This love of public art, has intensified over the years, and I have spent the better part of the last three, learning about and advocating in support of once again making murals legal on private property, protecting artists, and working with others on getting more painted. In my opinion, many of these artists are extremely important, major visionaries, creating unbelievable masterpieces with spray or brush paint, telling stories that anyone can understand with many being able to relate to in one way or another. I believe they are here to help us through this shift that is ultimately leading us to a peace-filled new way of life."

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Comment by Shawni Groves on September 24, 2016 at 4:41pm

Hi Regina, Thank you so much for the guidelines, I appreciate knowing them and look forward to contributing. Have a beautiful weekend :)!

Comment by Regina Chouza on September 24, 2016 at 1:47pm

HI Shawni, Welcome to the community and thank you for the submission - your article resonates with me as I love the water too, having grown up in California =)

My name is Regina, I'm one of the editors at OM Times. I thought I'd share our submission guidelines with you as we don't publish blog-style pieces (for example, no 1st person singular narratives and no personal anecdotes). Below you'll find a list of suggestions:

Generally speaking, article submissions should fit the following criteria: 

- Original content, in other words, it hasn't been posted in other magazines or in blogs.  

- We are aiming for a professional tone of voice, using "we" rather than "I" to make the articles more inclusive, and to avoid sounding like a blog post. We also suggest avoiding 2nd person as much as possible, to keep from sounding too preachy (as in, "you might be doing this wrong...) 

- Please include an Author Bio with links to your profile and any information (up to 60 words) 

- Title reflective of the general theme (up to 60 characters) 

- Article length: 500 - 800 words 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to submit a piece along these lines. 

Blessings!

Regina

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