Happy International Woman’s Day!

Happy International Woman’s Day everyone. I was blessed to meet up with Kaliyani yesterday to toast in person to the Divine Feminine!

Her shout out:

“Thank you to the Sacred Masculine who are awake and along side US at this time in history.” ~Kaliyani

 

It is truly an honor to bring re share this interview (5/23/2020) with Kaliyani with all of you:

When we allow ourselves to be open to our Highest Level of Awareness, it is unimaginable what can unfold…

Kaliyani’s journey reveals her path of continued awakening, service, creativity, inspiration, and birthing of the Divine Feminine that is within US ALL.

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Kaliyani is a spiritually inspired visionary, modern mystic, community builder and a passionate midwife to the rebirth of the Sacred Feminine in our collective consciousness. Her Soul purpose is reflected in her work as artist, writer, producer, soul coach, and facilitator of women’s sacred circles.

Kaliyani’s Conscious Media Company, Stargate Alliance has among other projects, since 2009 collaborated in the co-execution of a peace platform Peacelink and it’s world music concert Peacelink Live; the documentary Secrets of Love and a feature film, A Winter Rose.

Between 2014 and 2018 she has released two singles, Nammu’s Invocation and Tears For Inanna, which music videos together have garnered over 3.5 million views, with the first one reaching #2 on the billboard hot singles chart in 2017. Her work as a soul coach and facilitator of Women’s Sacred Circles, once only through word of mouth, will soon be accessible to all through KaliyaniSundari.com

Nammu’s Invocation Single release on Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/Nammus-Invocation-Kaliyani/dp/B00GSEPPY8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=nammu%27s+Invocation&qid=1588190394&s=dmusic&sr=1-1

Nammu’s Invocation You Music Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLBGmGnW2Q
Tear’s For Inanna Music Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvlBC7expc8
Stargate Alliance’s :  https://stargatealliance.net/

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Kaliyani’s latest dream project is a non-profit organization called GAEA Foundation, which acronym means Global Alliance for Equality Awareness. GAEA has a dual commitment to assist in the protection, healing and education of women and their children victims of domestic violence and to the funding of conscious media that brings awareness to women’s issues and gender equality.

For more on Kaliyani’s Media and Music you can now visit stargatealliance.net and kaliyanimusic.com , as for her soul coaching and Foundation, you can make a note to check KaliyaniSundari.com and GaeaInternational.org!

Jane Fonda ROCKS!

My heart skipped a beat and my soul was dancing on the night of the Golden Globes when Jane Fonda eloquently accepted the Cecil b. Demille Award and honored ALL KIND.

With Reverence and Gratitude let’s celebrate Woman’s History Month with the words from Jane Fonda:

The Ascension Show Season 2 Episode Eight “Your Path to Liberation”

Liberation, feeling free, getting past Covid — the themes of freedom and liberation keep coming up with our Ascension Show team.  So we thought, what better topic for our show.  We’re going to teach you the things we need to do prior to feeling liberation.  You’ll learn about the #RELEASE and climb up the emotional ladder (AKA: #Fuckit) that’s needed prior to freedom.  Imagine ditching your anger, your guilt, your shame.   Ahhhhhh!   Liberation relates to parenting, dating, race, spirituality — it touches all corners of our lives — and it sure can be elusive.  That’s why we’ll be talking the Pulse of Consciousness as we hunt freedom down #TOGETHER!!

Anchors:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Jennifer Shaffer, Dr. Andrea Best, Beverly Bergmann, Cathleen O’Toole

Executive Producers:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Cathleen O’Toole

Associate Producer:  Katherine Axiotis

Music:

            Vocals: Emily Eddins

            Producers: Dr. Denise McDermott, G. Beverly Bergmann, Emily Eddins

Graphic Artist:  Carolyn Honda

Links in show:

W. E. B. Du Bois’ “The Souls of Black Folk” https://www.gutenberg.org/files/408/408-h/408-h.htm

Dr. Denise “Rocking a Betrayal” https://www.drdenisemd.com/category/rocking-a-betrayal/

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On Alchemy: Deep Dive on Liberation

What happens when one realizes one show alone, The Ascension Show, cannot possibly address the week’s topic  “Liberation”, especially during Black History Month?  Well, you produce another show on your platform that does, a show that addresses the feelings, triggers and questions around that word.

This week, on the On Alchemy show, Dr Denise and I address your (and our) questions,  feelings, triggers around the topic “Liberation”. Listen to hear how to Alchemize, how to handle thoughts and feelings to then feel and Be Free, Liberated. We tackle the challenging  questions:  How do you feel Liberation, in this country, if you’re a person of color?  How do we all effectively talk about, create, and experience Freedom? How do we give ourselves permission to Feel Free, Liberated…  when the evidence around us appears to point to the opposite? Racism and inequality may be a daily reality that prevents freedom for some.  The pandemic that isolates us, a collective reality, certainly doesn’t promote the feeling of freedom. Then also, Anxiety and Fear seem to whisper to many that there’s not enough of what we need, not enough to share. That doesn’t feel like freedom. For some others, who are not experiencing any discrimination, restrictions or suffering … we talk about steps to remove guilt about the enjoyment of things, importance of altruism/speaking up for others, and ways to give yourself permission to Feel Free To Feel Good. The path to Liberation. That’s what we’re for and about this week. Join us as we share our respective journeys and tips for Liberation.
 ~ Dr. Andrea Best
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The Ascension Show Season 2 Episode Seven “Empower: Elevate & Speak Your Loving Truth ”

Ever been instructed to do something, and it just didn’t feel right?  That’s because it wasn’t true to your authentic self — and we’ve got no time for that!  We’re here to #EMPOWER & #ELEVATE and speak loving truth!   It’s truly a don’t-miss episode!  Just as we tackle the topic of elevating our parenting styles, the children of Jennifer and Dr. Denise serendipitously give us real-time examples of how to activate the greatness in our children and ourselves.  Our special guest this week, Sara Mayo-Rex, shares the philanthropic works she does with teenagers which shows them how to tap into their inner strength and work altruistically, boosting their own loving truth.  You’ll learn how your body and cells work together to lift up, rise up and elevate.  And how that still, small  voice inside you — grounds you — and #ELEVATES.  Plus, we’ve got the Rosa Parks look, how not to do a photo-shoot and lots of laughs!  The Ascension Show team wishes you #ELEVATION!

Anchors:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Jennifer Shaffer, Dr. Andrea Best, Beverly Bergmann, Cathleen O’Toole

Guest:  Sara Mayo-Rex

Executive Producers:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Cathleen O’Toole

Associate Producer:  Katherine Axiotis

Music:

            Vocals: Emily Eddins

            Producers: Dr. Denise McDermott, G. Beverly Bergmann, Emily Eddins

Graphic Artist:  Carolyn Honda

Links in show:

Sara Mayo-Rex’s non-profit organization:   https://speak2win.org/

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On Alchemy Series: Speak 2 Win with Sara Mayo Rex

 

 

What an honor for Dr. Andrea Best and I to have our first “On Alchemy” show of 2021 with inspirational visionary Sara Mayo-Rex!

I was left speechless. Sara and Dr. Best are mothers that have a common vision for ALL children to feel, speak and BE their own loving best friend and realize the power of love, service and compassion for ALL KIND!

Are you ready to BE inspired and find out about Speak 2 Win?

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Sara Mayo-Rex is a strategist, consultant and motivational speaker passionate towards the realization of personal and professional excellence. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. and studied Software Engineering at the University of Maryland. After a briefteaching career in Washington, DC. Sara combined her passion for teaching with her academic studies in biology and systemsengineering to pursue a healthcare consulting career. Sara served as a Senior Consultant within the Department of Defenseamassing process engineering, organizational change management and operational excellence expertise. Beyond the DoD, Sara has held several key leadership positions within Kaiser Permanente, SPEAK, Inc,Singer Burke Zimmer, LLC and the National Association for Securities Professionals. Over the span of a 25 year career, Mrs. Mayo-Rex develops operational excellence strategies and drives enterprise wide LeanSigma process standardization initiatives to advance organizational capability maturity; achieving breakthrough results for her clients. Her role as Executive Strategist & Coach gives rise to her commitment to excellence, talent activation and cultivating leadership capabilities within corporations and beyond. As achange agent, Mrs. Mayo-Rex is a recognized community leader and youth advocate striving to createopportunities and access for the underserved. Subsequent to this passion, Sara founded SPEAK, Inc. and has designed countless transformational scholastic programs and curriculum products that improve the outcomes of youth by focusing on five core leadership tenets – service, philanthropy, excellence, achievement and knowledge. As the Program Director for the NASP Wall Street Financial and Scholastic Training (FAST)Track program, Mrs. Mayo-Rex leverages the dynamic SPEAK delivery model to develop emerging youth leaders through a masterful blend of business ideation, management and administration principles with ASQ Six Sigma caliber problem solving, critical thinking, situational and facilitative leadership models. Proven student success, breakthrough corporate results and sustained culture and community change are hallmarks of Sara’s leadership effectiveness. Mrs. Mayo-Rex is a truly dynamic leader committed to transforming and activating excellence within everyone whom she engages! She currently resides in Santa Clarita, CA. with her husband Todd Rex, their three children Zoe, Zion and Maximus. She can be contacted for at sararex@speak2win.org.

 

The Ascension Show Season 2 Episode Six “Celebrating the Strength of the Human Spirit”

The Ascension Show is Celebrating the Strength of the Human Spirit.  We get scientifically geeky talking about what our body actually does to make itself strong.  Think epigenetics, but explained in a way we can actually understand!  We look at what the Universal Truth of #STRENGTH means in all its shapes and forms.  We also talk about using our awareness to figure out if a vulnerability is actually our own or if we are taking on someone else’s energy.  You don’t have to pray to God, if that triggers you.  We’ll learn how else we can pray for #STRENGTH.   And, we will delve into finding #STRENGTH in speaking your own personal truth.

Anchors:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Jennifer Shaffer, Dr. Andrea Best, Beverly Bergmann, Cathleen O’Toole

Guest:  Dr. Sonnee Weedn

Executive Producers:  Dr. Denise McDermott, Cathleen O’Toole

Associate Producer:  Katherine Axiotis

Music:

            Vocals: Emily Eddins

            Producers: Dr. Denise McDermott, G. Beverly Bergmann, Emily Eddins

Graphic Artist:  Carolyn Honda

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A Grandma’s Love… Happiness at 100!

“No Regrets” — that’s the battle cry from Helen Kruskal who just celebrated her 100th birthday.!  In this episode of the Dr. Denise Show, we hear from this centenarian who takes that old phrase “laughter is the best medicine” and turns it up a notch to “Love is the best medicine.”  Grandma Helen is joined by her grandson Howard Flamm, a natural health practitioner who operates wellness centers in the West.   Joining the discussion is journalist Cathleen O’Toole.  You’ll hear how Helen’s humble upbringing in 1920s and 1930s New York City was infused with familial love, music and creativity.  Grandma Helen and Cathleen muse on the immigrant experience — why a banana and its peel could become fodder for a family story that will be passed down for generations.  Howard reminds us of his grandparents’ motto:  “Leave things to look forward to.”  Grandma Helen and her straight-shooter approach will teach you what not to do as you age and how finding the people with “love in their heart” will enrich your life and longevity more than you’ll ever now.

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From Howard Flamm, Grandson of Helen:

         Helen Kruskal‘s parents immigrated from the area of modern day Belarus and arrived in the US just a couple years before the pandemic of 1918. Europe was going thru the 1st World War. The family was lucky to be able to hop a ship to the United States. They had quotas on immigrants here in America.  And the quota for men had already been reached.Helen’s Father, Izzy, was dressed up as a woman for entrance to America when the ship arrived at Ellis Island. Low & behold… he got through!

            Helen, the oldest of 3, was born in 1920. So she wasn’t around for the pandemic. Her Mother, Ida, didn’t really talk about it. They had only been in U.S. for a few years at that point. Likely, they were just so happy to be living in America… that nothing could get them down!

            It was humble beginnings, as Helen was born in a lower-Manhattan neighborhood in New York City. Then, later, they moved to the Bronx, N.Y.  There were 8 family members (immediate & extended ) sharing a 2 bedroom / 1 bath apartment. THAT’S RIGHT!!! 8 adults shared ONE BATHROOM. They had no phone/ no T.V. (it wasn’t invented yet)/ & certainly no computer.  There were definitely sacrifices on accommodations and privacy. Bu, t hey were happy and didn’t necessarily believe that anything of material value would  be a missing piece of happiness. They were happy with meager belongings, as they were poor, but were surrounded by love and family. Even the toys the kids played were simple, Grandma Hellen remembers, “a spoon & a bottle cap” as providing hours of fun.  Neither of Helen’s parents ever drove a car; they would walk, or her father would take the subway to go to work.

            Helen’s husband, Bernie, passed in 1987. Together, they owned a wedding ring manufacturing business in New York City. Her grandson Howard, learned so much about entrepreneurship from living and working with his grandparents each summer as a teenager.   It was truly an unforgettable and invaluable experience. He parlayed that experience into starting several health and wellness centers, children’s book publishing business, and a feature film production company.

            Helen and Bernie believed in working hard. But as avid travelers, always had a grand vacation planned, often times one year out. They would shut down their sole-proprietor jewelry business and head out on an adventure each summer. That included driving thru Europe for seven weeks, doing it three consecutive years! Driving cross-country. Throughout Mexico. And, many airline trips in the 1950’s, when most people at that time had never been on a commercial airline.

            In her 40s and 50s, Helen took classes in the craft of oil painting. She painted dozens and dozens of beautiful still life and landscape portraits still hanging in many family members’ homes today.  She also played tennis for many, many years.  In her 80s, she travelled to both China and Israel and has been on more than 10 cruises, mostly throughout the Caribbean in her later years.

            Helen has three daughters, split between New Jersey/Washington D.C./and South Florida, along with four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

            She loves Broadway plays, watching game shows, New York deli and most of all — surrounding herself with the love of family.

            Today she lives in her own home. In New Jersey, just under an hour from the city. It’s part of an over 55+ community. Before changes with the quarantine, she’d drive and go out with a group of ladies to dinner and the movies. They’d never talk about their age (or health problems, that’s a rule they keep). They probably think Helen is about 83 😉

            For her hundred birthday, the family surprised her with a Zoom video party.  About 50 family members and close friends watched an incredible video montage that was produced by many well-wishers.  Lots of cake and food was served at her place in New Jersey.  The gala affair was the next best thing to being there.

The Pause…

We all have days, moments or times in our life when we want to rest, create, dream, relax and take our own unique pause.

Right?

The Ascension ladies thought as a collective we do not talk enough about how we actually adapt and make that happen when we need it the most. Dr. Denise  suggested that we take a week off from filming and during the production meeting a few of us thought why not do a short and sweet show about “The Pause…”

Listen to our tips, tools and more, right here:

 

 

 

Thank you Beverly for being the wise sage and sending your prose to read this week on the show.

Here is a “shot of love” from Bev:

xoxo

The Ascension Team

Vaccine Hesitant? That is ok…

Prayers UP for Health & Happiness for Humanity!

I am known as an M.D. in my community for minimal prescribing and/or doing so only if needed. I usually wait > 1 year to try any new meds (scientific method and gathering data) if needed for my patients, when considering new medicines.

 

It is ok to be vaccine hesitant.

Make your best health decision driven by science and holistic health and your unique set of health circumstances.

xoxo

Dr. Denise

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