Award-FREE Zone

Dear WordPress Community,

As of today, February 7, 2013, I am declaring my blog as an Award-FREE Zone. After being nominated for and accepting The Versatile Blogger Award and the Gargi Award, I was nominated by my dear Life’s Partner, Tomas, for the Day Dreamer Award. Although I delightedly accepted that award on Monday, I have realized that there are many other activities that bring me more JOY than accepting and bestowing awards.

For instance — Visiting YOUR blogs. Reading YOUR posts. “Liking” and commenting on YOUR sites. What I most enjoy is the community building and networking that goes on among all of us. I designate time to visit you daily.

I am greatly honored for the nominations and awards below. From here on, however, I will practice bestowing awards to each of you whose blogs I follow by appreciating your sites with my regular interactions and participation. To me, this is a more joyful process and allows me to get to know you and your work more deeply. My blessings and love to all of you, Alia



versatileblogger111When Leisa of The Tarot Alchemist first nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award, though delighted and honored, I was not sure whether I would actually accept the award. Seemed like a whole lot of work, frankly and, at the time, I was overwhelmed with the basics of blogging. However, there has recently been much discussion about “The Rules” of accepting and bestowing awards and I took heart that “The Rules” did not need to be  so hard and fast, but could be more flexible. Perhaps, intuitively, that is why Leisa chose to nominate me for “The Versatile Blogger Award. I have not lived this many years without being versatile. Leisa, thank you for this acknowledgment and I accept with gratitude and joy!!

It is such a pleasure to visit Leisa’s site. Her insights into the Tarot are deeply spiritual.  There are so many different editions of Tarot cards and the readings on Leisa’s site always draw on the ancient wisdom teachings of the Masters, as well as her own knowledge and experience. Congratulations Leisa on your Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Rules  (If you choose to obey them) (And I do in my own “versatile” way.)

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers  (You can be “versatile” with this.)
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.  (Again, only reveal what is your pleasure — and ours.)

Here are my seven interesting (and versatile) things:

1)  As a young child, animals and fairies were my best friends. I tromped my family’s 200-acre ranch with a retinue of puppies, kittens, chickens, sheep, fairies and elves.

2) I entered college with an intention to become an internationally acclaimed opera singer. This intention was carried out in a parallel reality by another version of my Self, whose name I will most likely never know but I believe she was/is both great and successful.

3) Relationship has been my true career path. Not only intimate relationships but also friendships and familial relationships. Mine has been a path of learning to open my heart wider, each time it was broken and resist the temptation to contract into hurt and bitterness.

4) Two of my most joyous professions involved working with color — personally and architecturally.

5) I love to cook and I love to eat. I am excellent at both and I especially love to explore foods from different parts of the world.

6) I was 47 years old before I tasted my first matzoh ball. How did that happen?

7) My philosophy has always been: “More IS Better!”

Here are my nominees: (According to my versatile nature, I choose to nominate the following five Versatile Bloggers!)






gargieI was also nominated for the Gargi Award by Sheri from The Other Side of Ugly. This award was named for an early female Vedic philosopher and prophetess.  Gargi Vacaknavi, is said to have lived sometime between the years of 800 and 500 BCE.  During this period of ancient Vedic history, both men and woman were regarded equally, with great honor and respect. Women enjoyed the same educational and other cultural benefits as their male counterparts. So in my own mind, this award represents this value of equality for all beings and the cultivation of the Divine Feminine energies in our world today. What Sheri did not know when she nominated me for this award, is that from the age of 20, I have been linked through my spiritual lineage to the Vedic culture and the culture of India in general. Thank you Sheri for this esteemed nomination. I humbly accept.

NOW — if you have not been to “Sheri’s Place” you have missed something truly elegant and grand.  If you asked yourself” Well, what IS the other side of ugly, really?” you would have to say it is a place of great beauty, elegance and wonder. Sheri has put together one gorgeous blog! The dramatic black and red background offsetting a peek into a stately European courtyard is only the surface — the eye candy that compels you to take a closer look. Sheri is a prolific writer, who posts nearly daily, and each one of her compositions (mainly poetry) is a journey deep below the surface of the subject for the day. Then she adds the most unique and glorious photos and images to make a perfect total package for each transmission.  Sheri is truly a woman who lives up to the Gargi image of mastery and integrity. Congratulations Sheri on your Gargi Award.!

The rules of appointment are:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Say a few words of gratitude on your blog
and follow the link
3. Share a few words about yourself and pass on the Award to at minimum 5 other bloggers…

A few words about me:

1) I’ve had a 45 year love affair with Indian spirituality and culture — especially the food.

2) I can speak certain dialects of “Catese.” Much more than “meow.”

3) Regarding music — harmony is more important to me than melody. Love country.

I now appoint the following five bloggers for this award:

First, I want to add that in nominating these fellow bloggers, I have taken into consideration the above information about the historical figure of Gargi. I have selected people who, in my mind, are representing the values of the Divine Feminine on their blogs by means of their writing, their images and their attitudes. I thank you each and all for helping us to restore balance again on our Mother Gaia. Namaste, Alia

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22 thoughts on “Award-FREE Zone

  1. How beautiful. I will honor the idea of “Award-Free zone.” And I will honor the humility through which you animate that idea, for it was in accepting award and acclaim with humility of spirit that animated and exemplifies such a noble idea. And it is so inspiring to witness humility as people rise to their responsibilities of acclaim—with grace, and kindness and sharing, for the spirit of these then also has venue to express in a world that needs more of these.

    Thank you. I really enjoyed this article.

    • And lovely to meet you also, Sophia. Tomas has shared some of your comments with me and so I was delighted to see that you are now following 13th Paradigm. I’ve had a several-week break from visiting other sites (just don’t seem to be able to stare at the screen too long these days) and hope to return to that this coming week. I’ve begun several new projects recently and had to let them find their balance (read: body exhausted from taking on too much at once.) It’s all working out nicely now. Blessings to you, Alia

      • Oh yes, i’ve noticed that there are many similarities between you and Tomas, and the atmosphere of your two blogs – you both are very developed esoterics and light workers 🙂 Pleased to meet Toma’s friend!

        I can understand your taking breaks from looking into the computer screen from time to time. I do that too, and then come back to visit other friends’ blogs just when the people start to ask if everything is ok with me ))

        I believe the reason is that we might be quite empathic people and HSPs, and too often too much information and media can overload our nervous system. So we need frequent breaks for silence and meditation.

        Really really glad to connect! All the best to you 🙂

        • Thank you Sophia for reminding me that certain temperaments require a greater amount of silence and meditation to balance all the internal processing that’s going on 24/7, it seems to me. I sometimes make myself wrong for not being able to go flat out continually like some of my friends but you have said it so clearly, that’s not how we’re made or expected to be. We dance one dance and sit the next three out and that is perfectly OK. Much love to you Sweet Sister of Light, Alia

        • Oh haha forgive my ignorance! :)) I didn’t know that you and Tomas are spouses! ♥ Just read it now on your profile 🙂 Oh that’s why I felt there is so much in common and close between you!
          C- on my ignorance, and B+ for my intuitive skills ;))

        • I consider ignorance only a transitory state while acquiring knowledge. We are all ignorant of some things and knowledgeable in others. Once we are truly enlightened, all those little ignorances along the way will be instantly irrelevant. I’m delighted that you are friends with both of us — appreciate your love and support so much. Hugs, Alia

          On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 2:27 AM, 13th Paradigm

  2. Alia, I see that I need to spend some time with you here. Lovely words holding much wisdom. The Divine Feminine resides in us all and is emerging to bring harmony to a world struggling with imbalance. Thanks you for honoring Source of Inspiration, for Source is truly the origin of All. hugs, pat

    • Dear Pat – I was happy to learn recently that our new 12th adn 13th chakras are the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine bringing a new balance within each human, as we evolve into Galactic Humans. This new information brought so much comfort and reassurance to me that this will be an organic rebalancing within each one who opens to this process. Allowing the process is the Divine Feminine way; no forcing or efforting needed for this. Surrender and open — we are all growing together. Blessings, Alia

  3. Thanks Alia, of course an honour to be nominated. Indeed I am doing this as it just part of who I am and what I wann bring forward in this new 5D paradigm. There is no need for thanks as all is unconditional. I hope the new 5D project from ESN Earth Star Network will bring a new way of communication, business, projects, crowdsourcing, funding, etc about from a spiritual 5D perception and with uses of new ways of doing things even with our 4D internet technology.
    Thanks Alia, and keep enjoying the blog and if you can support it as I do with others that would be nice. Love and Light, Lucas

    • You’re welcome, Lucas — There are many 5D opportunities beginning to show up. ESN, Fix the World, the Thrive movement. The new energies of the new paradigm will cause these businesses and technologies to flourish. Easily. Thank you for all you are doing to bring forth the new, Alia

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