Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Opposite of Fear - Book Release & Signing 10/28/09

Wednesday October 28, 2009
Admission: $14.95 (Includes book)

Arnold’s Way
(Raw Vegetarian Café, Store & Education Center)
319 West Main Street, Store #4 Rear
Lansdale, PA 19446
(215) 361-0116

Raw vegan author Cassendre Xavier will be signing copies of her new book,
The Opposite of Fear: a Food, Mood & Progress Journal. Cassendre is an award-winning musician, author, and community arts organizer (founder & executive director of Philadelphia’s 7th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival). This book is a tool for handling difficult emotions that surface when moving from unhealthy to healthy eating, and breaking free from compulsive/addictive eating.

Cassendre has been an imperfectly practicing raw vegan since 2005, and is co-founder of the former REAL Raw Life vegan support group.

A prepaid registration fee of $14.95 entitles each guest to either 1 signed copy of Opposite of Fear or Cassendre’s 1st raw vegan book, Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal, which has been called “very good” by Arnold’s Way proprietor Arnold Kauffman and “a fine publication” by Essene Natural Market & Cafe manager Ed Mitinger.
Deadline for prepaid registration is October 20, 2009.

Call 215-361-0116 for information about this event.

For more information about Cassendre, visit, email cxwriting(at) or call the Black Women’s Arts Festival at (215) 951-0330, ext. 2108.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Love Letter to Myself

I read somewhere that it’s a good idea to write love letters to yourself frequently. I started doing this a few years ago and so far have only opened two of them. One was opened last night as I searched through old boxes, bags, and files for the documents I’d need to start my new restaurant server job. A beautiful exotic envelope filled with brochures and tickets of events I’d conceived and produced myself (SISTERSTAGE: Women’s Culture in Performance-2004, and the 3rd Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival-2005), it was a perfectly-timed reminder that my art/work was important, regardless of whatever I had to do to fund it, even if it meant waiting tables from time to time.
I felt I had to share what I wrote, in case it spoke to any creative folks, fellow/sistren artists, and late bloomers out there like myself. We are all ways seeking examples of our possible future selves, encouraging us to move forward in our dreaming, and never forget their validity or our worth.

“22 Feb 07 – The day the Black Women’s Arts Festival organization was accepted into the New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator Program

Dear Sweetheart-

My, how you’ve accomplished a lot!
How you’ve pursued your dreams with strength, dedication, vision, and courage!
How you’ve persevered.
I am so very, very proud of you, precious one.
You have taken lemons and made champagne! Wine! Absynthe! Ginger beer!
Take good care of yourself, my love. Many are counting on you, yes it’s true, but what matters most is that you count yourself number one.
Follow your heart. Use your instinct. Never give up or shrink your big, big dreams.
They are great like your endowed womanly features- all of them from your sharp brain to your beautiful toes. Never forget your purpose – to enjoy living and make the most of your gifts – to serve your highest *selves and others.
To be here now and fully.
To love and be joyful.

I remain with you.


Lest you think this kind of letter is easy to write, it isn’t. You may feel funny or even embarrassed at first, but I highly recommend keeping it up til it feels easier and more natural. Reading it back may feel weird at first to, it certainly did for me, and even now reading it back, I’m terribly embarrassed, but it’s for a good cause, and it gets easier each time I read it.
Like using affirmations or increasing your capacity for joy, or like any other exercise, it may be a little uncomfy at first, but keep it up and the rewards can be tremendously yummy.
Write, seal, and mail yourself a love letter very soon if not today.

*I don’t know exactly why I wrote that in plural. I don’t have multiple personality disorder, but I have been growing to embrace more and more pseudonyms embracing various aspects of my life and art/work. I’ve received artistic “permission” recently from sister artist Charlyn Brown who uses many pseudonyms.
**Amethyste Rah is my self-assigned spiritual name. ARah are that name’s initials and also my highest spiritual name.

© 2009 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved.

Cassendre Xavier is an award-winning multi-media artist and founder/executive director of Philadelphia’s annual Black Women’s Arts Festival. Visit

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Orin DaBen Professionals Newsletter 8/16/09

Greetings, Friends!

It’s been busy as usual, but I wanted to take a moment to reach out to my spiritual community.

I hope this message finds you doing well, reaching for your ever-vibrant and attainable dreams, and enjoying each moment as it comes!

Although my life and schedule have been pretty intense and overwhelming these days, I’ve still felt a connection to myself, to my communities, and to the LuminEssence Productions team by having their products around me.
I’m also very happy to have three clear quartz crystals I received from LuminEssence Productions which have been charged by Orin himself. I carry these crystals with me everwhere and place them on my office keyboard when I’m working and/or writing. They provide two benefits – knowledge that they were sent to me with love and appreciation, and also their physical properties of absorbing and balancing the electronic energies of the computer.

Below are some updates recently posted from our group:

Works incorporating Thaddeus music, or workshops/classes on the books of Sanaya Roman and/or Duane Packer PhD:

Member Jadikavi Anahata wrote:
Removing Doomed and Evil Karma
with samples from Star Journey's and a Buddhist Chant.

I wrote a Christmas Song, In The World Of The Nativity.
I have three versions. This one is called Through The Eyes Of Love.
From the Second Will- The Will To Unify..
"For Through The Eyes Of Love....True Vision Happens."

Oh I must add. I do not consider myseolf a {professional+ in any sense of the word. Everything I have created I give away for free.
For as Jesus said, "Freely You Have Recieved, Freely Give."
My needs have been met most abundantly without any effort from my part other than to Will To Cause.

Founder/Member Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls):
Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love (Guided Meditations by Amethyste Rah, with Music of Light by Thaddeus.
Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality (Guided Meditations by Amethyste Rah, with Music of Light by Thaddeus.
Both were released in 2007, feature tracks from the Thaddeus album “Becoming Your Soul” (used with permission) and are available in CD and MP3 download format at or

Outside of the Orin DaBen Professionals Facebook Group:

Sue McDonald creates guided meditations with music of light by Thaddeus as background. Info:

Maggie Sale Ostara writes:
I'm offering Awakening Your Light Body class in Oakland again this year (Oct 09-March 10). This will be the third time I've taught it and it supports me to go higher every time! Please check it out and pass it along if you are inspired to do so. I would love to connect with others wanting to experience Orin and DaBen's most transformative course!

Roland Verschaeve wrote
at 10:39am on June 18th, 2009
Dit weekend 20 en 21 juni is er in het Lightbodyinstitute in Brugge een super cursus voor gevorderden. "je bewustzijn expanderen".
Graag een seintje.

Works inspired and motivated by LuminEssence Productions:
Member Anneke Rabius wrote:
I have started my own business. I give creative workshops on location in the Netherlands and also in France. After my lightbody..i knew what I want! And I did it. I just follow my heart!

Simen Myrberget (Norway) wrote
at 3:03am on September 27th, 2008
Hello everybody here :-) I work for peace the best way that I can. I have been much inspired by Orin and the book "Living with joy". Please join me for World Peace by joining our peace gardens :-) And thank you all for being!

Community News & Networking
Catherine C Pernot (Merrill Lynch) wrote
at 8:04pm on March 12th, 2009
is there anyone who would interested in forming a Divine Will group ? i am based in London, UK ?

Samuel Berg (Australia) wrote
at 2:30am on January 27th, 2009
Started a group for "Living with Joy," as there wasn't one previously, join if your keen:

Brigitte Züger wrote
at 3:39am on January 11th, 2009
Dear Groupcommunity
I have found the group a few days ago happy to meet so man people who are familiar with Sanaya and duane Paker's, Orin and DaBen's work.
I have started learning the Light Body in 1994. SInce then I have steadily studied the material and became a Light Body Teacher in 1999. I have taught the LB frequently. Again this February there will be a new group entering the LB process. So, to whom it may concern and wants to learn the Light Body, you can contact me. There is more information on my website ( limited though to the German speaking people.
Love and Light

If you have or know of someone who creates sound or video media featuring music of light by Thaddeus, or teach(es) classes & workshops based on the books and teachings of Orin/DaBen/Sanaya Roman/Duane Packer, please reply to this message or email Thanks!

All for now, folks!

Feel free to visit our page anytime [], and of course stop by and sign the guestbook at whenever you get a moment. The folks at LuminEssence love to hear from us, their friends and spiritual family!

Love, light, and blessings to you all!

In light,

Cassendre Xavier
renaissance negresse (musician/writer/actress/visual artist)

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (est 2003)

© 2009 Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved. (For Orin DaBen materials, please visit


Orin DaBen Professionals Newsletter 8/16/09

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The #1 Sex Toy

[From the bed of Amrita Waterfalls – the Sexy Side of Cassendre Xavier]

Dear Beautiful,

Hi! I don’t know what I’m doing up at half past midnight - getting the last few minutes of fun-time in before I retire for the evening, I guess, but I wanted to share a Dodson & Ross video with you: The #1 Sex Toy:

Here’s my input:

Yes, it’s absolutely imperative to make sure any oils used with latex products (condoms, gloves, dams, oh my!) are WATER-based. Oils, while dreamy while used skin-to-skin, will break down and render no longer effective all latex products.

Like Liquid Silk, Eros is also a wonderful lube for anal play, in part because of its numbing qualities (not that anal play should ever ever hurt), but I find that it is an incredibly annoying feature to have numbing anywhere else. I think it’s the silicone in these lubes that create the numbing.

If you’re adventurous and really into the natural, aloe vera gel is an excellent lube for all play. I’m not talking about anything you buy in the drug store or even the health store – I’m talking about buying a whole plant or even just a huge leaf (Asian, Caribbean, “ethnic” food stores carry them), paring off the thick skin, and enjoying the firm, slippery flesh and gel within. Sure, it’s not conducive to play requiring copious amounts, but it’s pretty slippery and fun! (You can even get creative with it and see how many different ways you can pleasure yourself or your partner(s) with it.)

Thanks to raw vegan leader and sex pup David Wolfe for this tip: coconut oil. Great as a lube (not for latex!) in part because of its anti-microbial properties. Alas, I wish I could say I learned this from Avocado Cacao in practice, but I only read it in his wonderful book “Eating for Beauty”. Give me some time, though, folks, I’ve only been raw, and semi-raw at that, for 4 years :-)

As with everything else in sex, communication is so important. And, as I’ve always says, you can never, ever have too much lube!

Have fun, play safe, and if you haven’t already, join my new Facebook group Betty Dodson & Carlin Ross, which Carlin loves and personally approved! It’s the only place I’m sending genuine love ‘n lust letters!

Dodson & Ross Group run by CX:

Yours with pleasure,

Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah aka Amrita Waterfalls)
renaissance negresse (musician/writer/actress/visual artist)