Cupid or Eros?

Love the Little Guy

Cupido is the Roman version of the Greek god Eros. So who was this winged god named Eros? According to myths and legends he was the son of Aphrodite and Ares or maybe Hermes. There was no DNA testing back then and after all she was known as the famous goddess of love and lust.

As was common to the gods and goddesses at Mount Olympus, Aphrodite was very proud of her body and presented herself nude to potential lovers with an occasional thin silk scarf covering her sexual abyss. With her beauty and ability to bring out the lust in most humans and gods, she had many takers for the fruits of her loins.

Version 2One of her lustful affairs produced her son Eros, more commonly known to us as Cupid. He is depicted as a little winged god with a bow and arrows. The Greek Eros was called the god of desire and erotic lust, which is where the word erotic comes from so you get the picture.

The more I read about the escapades of all the Greek gods and goddesses, the more I realize how sexually filtered our current literature is. Each new myth told me about another Greek orgy where the humans involved would blame the illicit sex on the gods and goddesses.

Aphrodite was the primary instigator of all these sexual escapades with the help of her little winged son Eros and his pointed arrows. When she was interested in a sexual encounter with someone, she would instruct her son to shoot one of his arrows at him. This magic arrow caused the intended to feel love and lust for her resulting in sexual intercourse.

Madness from the gods, which was also associated with Eros, was known to create erotic behavior. There were thoughts that his arrows symbolized the oxymoron of pleasure and pain associated with love and lust. Maybe the Greeks got that one right.

So how did Eros become this docile little cherub (Cupid) instead of the god of carnal sexual lust? Plato purified the whole legend and myth of Eros thus the notion of platonic relationship was born, but know that the ancient Greek gods would have been appalled at such thinking.

How the little guy became the icon for a day in February has to do with the Romans. Evidently Valentine was a fairly common name among Christians in Rome where the Roman Emperor Claudius II executed men by that name on February 14th several years in a row. One was a Christian priest who was made a saint and martyred by his followers.

Every year on that date the Christians would celebrate his death by flogging nude women with rags soaked in goat’s blood to ensure fertility. The women would pull from a bowl a name of a possible mate and let nature take its course. Sounds a little like online dating doesn’t it?

This Christian ritual was later erased from Saint Valentine’s history by the Catholic church. We only know about it because the ancient Roman myths hung onto it.

img_0421Each couple would give each other gifts. One popular gift was chocolate. This popular ancient food was used as an aphrodisiac right up there with oysters and olives. When I researched these libido enhancing foods, the list was long. It almost made me afraid to eat in public.

So when you open that Valentine card and there is a winged little guy shooting hearts at you remember that there may be another side to that chubby little guy. You might want to temper your intake of chocolates from that elaborately decorated heart shaped box as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Dream List … No limitations

Happy New Year everyone. If you thought 2016 was full of surprises and lots of changes, you’ll think that it was tame compared to what 2017 holds in store for everyone. For those of you who resist new beginnings and change it will be extremely challenging. For those of you who have shed the old in 2016, old things, old beliefs and even old friends, and are ready to welcome the new, it will be a Magnificent New Year.

Here’s the thing, which is a scientific fact; the universe detests a void. When something leaves, the universe will fill its space with something new. Decide what you want to fill that void with. You’re the director. Is it a new relationship, a new place to live, a new job … WHAT? You’re in charge. Believe it or not you can have whatever you want in life. The hard part is deciding what it is that you want.

There are no limitations in your world so dare to dream. Live your life today so you can die tomorrow with no regrets. When I tell clients who are stuck this, they respond with the proverbial BUT, ‘What if I make a mistake and chose something that I don’t like?’ My answer to them is simply ‘change it’. There are no mistakes. What’s good one moment may not be the next.

2017-happy-new-year-png-28816The year 2017 adds up in numerology to a one which means new beginnings. As most of you know, I’m not a doom and gloom ‘what if’ person. That half full attitude has served me well through the years. As a result my life has been filled with wonderment and happiness. This is why in a year like 2017 I say,     BRING IT ON.

When I was in the fourth grade I wrote a story and decided then that I wanted to be a writer and publish books like the ones I loved reading. Nancy Drew was one of my favorites back then. Read them with a flashlight under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping.

Well, I’ve finally did it, As of now I’ve published 28 books and am still going. I wanted to be an artist and own art galleries and travel all over the world. I did it. Since paper dolls, I’ve wanted to design clothing, did it. After my first set of Lincoln logs, I wanted to design a house … did it. I’m not bragging just stating that I’ve fulfilled my dreams. My point in telling you all this is, if this gal can do it so can you.

These are my dreams not yours. That’s the point. You’ve got to figure out your own DREAM LIST.Forget any limitation and dream crazy. This is the perfect year to do this for like a famous quote in a movie says. In this year especially, the force is with you. Whether you take advantage of it, is up to you.

Accept your upcoming changes with grace and have the life you’ve always dreamed of since you were even a child. You deserve it.

Happy New Year!    May you have Abundance in every Aspect of Your Life.

coverThis last fall I published a book called The Children of Blueberry Hill. Its story and characters demonstrate the importance of acting on your dreams and of being open to change. As a New Year and New Beginning gift, you can download it FREE on your kindle or other reading device from Amazon.com.

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Staying In The Groove

Staying In The Groove
A Parable for Spiritual Growth
By Claudette Cleveland with a team of Spiritual Helpers

Vinyl-Record-PosterYour soul is like a phonograph record. (For those who remember what one is. If you don’t, look it up) When all the grooves are clean and aligned, the needle moves through it and harmonious music is the result.

However if there is a scratch or debris on a groove at some place on the record the needle gets stuck. If too long that part of the record wears away thus that part of the song is lost.

If the needle is picked up and manually moved into the next groove, the rest of the song can be heard. But even then the record is still missing a part of its song.

The needle is like the universal energy moving through you. When there is a block your soul is not playing its whole song.

If the groove is mended or the groove cleansed of debris, your soul is free to play its entire song. If that debris remains never in your life will the whole song of your soul be heard.

Since your soul’s song is an important part of the universal orchestration, if even one soul is stuck, the universal song is not as harmonious. Too many stuck souls the beautiful song of the universal soul is painful to listen to.

Remember we are all one so when we remind someone to cleanse their grooves, we are helping the whole become more harmonious.

When cleansing, start with the physical by getting rid of anything that’s physical including people that you do not resonate to any more. Discard them. Then move onto thoughts that don’t make you smile when your think them. Discard them. Finally, spiritually beliefs that don’t make you glow from the inside out. Discard them.

“We affectionately applaud your efforts.” The Boys. Claudette’s Spiritual helpers.

Hope For Dirty Politics

What do I know about Dirty Politics? I grew up in the nation’s capital for it, Illinois. The Inaugural, however shows us that there just might be Hope for our broken system. This book was written months ago, long before we saw who would be running in the current campaign, so you can see why when a lot of what I wrote happened I was a bit amazed.

This book is not based on any one person or group of people. Frankly when I wrote this I never thought we’d have a woman running for president in my lifetime. I did predict that we Americans would rebel against the established political machines in Washington and soon. The rotting corruption can only go on so long until we have to seek out the stench and get rid of what’s causing it.

coverI teach awareness and never is it more important a tool than when you chose who you want to run YOUR country.

What fun it is to write fiction where I can make up how I want the world to be.

Enjoy all the crazy action and tender thought provoking moments in The Inaugural.

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Found My Thrill

Every generation has its challenges. Such was the case of the children of the sixties. It was a time of dichotomies. War/Peace, establishment/free spirit, long hair/short hair, marriage/free love, big band/rock and roll. You get the idea. ‘Live for the moment’ and ‘if it ain’t fun don’t do it’ became a couple of the mantras of that era.

The Children of Blueberry Hill is a feel good story about a granddaughter that finds and reads her flower child grandmother’s journals explaining in detail her experiences while growing up during that mystical sixties period in time. To put it into Pam Porter’s words, (the granddaughter), ‘Grandma made my generation look like nuns’.

Three generations of women discover that to be happy one must follow your bliss and not settle for what relatives or society thinks is acceptable for them.

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Maybe some of us retired flower children need to share again that there really is no universal right and wrong, no black and white in life … no judgement. Then maybe we could all get along and ‘make love not war’. We might then start respecting each other as just another human being trying to learn how to be a more spiritual person; all the while, FINDING OUR THRILL on this wonderful earthly playground.

Find your thrill by downloading The Children on Blueberry Hill on Amazon.com.

Remember High School

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. When is a high school not just a high school? My book called The High School is one of the books in the Molly McGuire mystery series. While working for the FBI, her team goes undercover in a small midwest town. She poses as a gym teacher and girl’s swim coach at the local high school. They soon discover that more than algebra classes are taking place in the old high school. The deeper the investigation goes, the more amazed they are about the depth of the corruption.

Ever wonder what went on in the principal’s office after most everyone went home? Why did the lights burn until after midnight? Did the principal really need a large sofa in his office? In your mind, go back to your high school days and remember. Were there times when it seemed that things were not quite right? Was there more going on than what appeared on the surface?

When you read this keep in mind that I have a tremendous imagination so even in high school I made up stories in my head about the faculty and administration of my high school. My stories were much more interesting than real life.

I hope you‘re laughing by now because if I recall most teenagers would not have even noticed, but I’m not saying it didn’t happen and possibly still does. Once upon a time I was a young attractive teacher and the propositions were numerous from all ages of men at my school. Even some remarks from the student’s fathers were not too subtle with their innuendos. I had no problem handling them and defusing the situations back then but some women might have.

coverSome of you may ask, ‘Why don’t they report this kind of harassment?’ You’re kidding right? Report to whom, when it’s the guy in charge doing it. Most young women like their job. I write this book because I have heard story after story as a therapist like some of these in the book. I’m hoping times have changed since my time.

Even though part of the theme of the book is serious, the humor in the story helps us to see how laughing can keep this darker side of human nature from destroying those who deal with it. Not all principals are like the one in the story nor does all charity come with a price, but we need to not forget that some does.

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A Dream Job That’s a Nightmare

Meet Molly McGuire, who discovers that life can have many twists and turns when she gets hired as an events planner at an exclusive all men’s spa in southern Arizona. Her brilliant mind and keen intuitive sense helps her to realize early on that it is not all fun and frolic at this remote mountain retreat.

There are many copper mines in Arizona which once flourished and supported the towns where this story takes place. The tunnels are still there hidden inside the mountains, although in most no mining is taking place. I had an opportunity to tour one of these mines. It was a bit surreal as they drove us through layers of tunnels. You could almost hear the hammers hitting the stone walls when you closed your eyes. Being down there truly felt like I was in an underground city.

coverIt was that experience that stimulated me to use a copper mine for the setting of my book, The Spa. What if even now these underground cities were being used by drug cartels or human traffickers from which to run their business. Jesse James used caves as hideouts so why couldn’t modern day bandits use old mine tunnels?

Also, what better way to camouflage an illicit business than through a spa? Unless of course if you hire Molly to work for you. Let your imagination reel as you experience her adventure at this remote resort.

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