Category Archives: Mental Health

Through the Looking Glass: Reciprocation

Reciprocation: Healing the rift & working TOGETHER by Chessa Peak

Reciprocation. To me this words means to work with. It is the delicate art of allowing and receiving with grace, integrity, and emotional maturity. It is delicate patience and speaking from the heart. It is accountability for your actions and allowing others to speak their truth without critical judgment. It is being comfortable enough to speak your mind graciously and having your words be received the Lost and Foundwith respect and nurturing. It is the turning of the earth and receiving precious harvest. It is to work with. Sometimes it is hard work and you must know when to cut your losses to preserve self and soul. It should never get to that point of damage.

Reciprocation, I believe, is possible through the genuine and purest of love. So, for me, how have I seen reciprocation come to fruition? Through working with parallels. Parallels in those I love and have made a necessity in my world. Build from likeness with infinite kindness. It will get easier with practice, like any learned skill, all things take exercise and discipline to gain that greater knowledge.

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Listen for the parallel frequencies in your life, you will hear them. These parallel frequencies are the songs emitted in the universe that bind us to our truest, happiest, and lasting gifts. I hope this small insight finds you in the most receptive state of mind and you may put it to use. May we grow together. Stay positive. Light and love, Chessa Peak
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Self Deception and self Actualization Chessa Peak has been in New Mexico since the age of 4 and is an honorary New Mexican. A bartender of over 10 years in the Duke City, musician, entrepreneur, and current student at CNM, Chessa is now currently working towards her own non-profit group that will support literacy, art and music programs for Albuquerque residents and her immediate community. Having come through a negative past, her writings deeply reflect the nature of her personal struggles in an attempt to help others overcome their personal battles.

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What you really want

The Lost and Found: What You Really Want

What You Really Want by Chessa Peak

Part 1 in a 2 part series

Wbat you really wantI see soo many of my beautiful fellow man locked in their places of fixed resistance. From not wanting to move past an emotional wound, staying in a job they hate, back and forth relationships, to refusing to claim their own greatness and live as they’re intended to live life: happy. We give so much power to external forces that it just seems easier to just let go and choose to listen to ourselves and choose the path of happiness.

I understand the confusion of being locked in the cyclical repetition of negative and soul damning thoughts. It’s time to insist on better for yourself. STOP punishing yourself. You don’t have to live there… though I understand if you are locked there and my deepest condolences for your poor soul if you choose to stay, I love you anyways and my strength is with you. Choosing to be happy isn’t easy and requires a lot of soul shredding truth to get there.

What You Really WantSo, decisiveness. In order to make real steps towards what you want (which I believe is ultimately happiness), you have to be willing to be brutally honest with yourself. If you’re not practiced in this it’s like learning a new trade. It takes time, patience, and dedication to learning how to pay attention to you. Not all of us were born or raised into this way of thinking. Those fortunate enough to have it easier don’t understand the struggle and that’s ok. This is for YOU to understand.

Maybe you really want to travel rather than be in at 9 – 5 job. Maybe you daydream about being a musician or a deep sea diver? Maybe you can’t possibly be those things but you love it? Then move yourself in the direction of your happiness. Maybe what you REALLY want is the comfort of a nice home and air conditioning. – To Be Continued next Monday!

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Self Deception and self Actualization Chessa Peak has been in New Mexico since the age of 4 and is an honorary New Mexican. A bartender of over 10 years in the Duke City, musician, entrepreneur, and current student at CNM, Chessa is now currently working towards her own non-profit group that will support literacy, art and music programs for Albuquerque residents and her immediate community. Having come through a negative past, her writings deeply reflect the nature of her personal struggles in an attempt to help others overcome their personal battles.

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Arts for Peace Sake

Arts for Peace Sake

Arts for Peace Sake by Alex Paramo

Albuquerque is a medium-sized city with small town sensibilities. You start seeing the same faces over and over again. Many of the faces in Albuquerque belong to talented artists of all mediums. Living with and around artists (painters, musicians, actors, writers, photographers…) for these last several years has allowed me to “discover” a fascinating link between them: the ability for their work to transcend the everyday tasks demanded of us by ArtTherapy-Handour current economic system (work, pay bills, uhm work some more, bury somebody and work some more).

For those unfortunate folks who work somewhere that is not contributing to their happiness, the arts can provide an escape, a refuge from their daily “reality.” But can the arts “create” reality or better put change our current paradigm from a “war-based” one to a “peace-based” one? The power of Art Therapy is well documented. But for folks who are not “conscious” of their affliction, the arts also have great power.

Arts for Peace SakeWe have all been immersed in a good book or movie. Similarly many works of literature inspire, rejuvenate and/or promote motivation. Just as advertising/marketing pros capture our minds through carefully crafted uses of words, colors and memes, we can as a global society capture the power of the arts to move us towards a peaceful future.

At the core of war is fear. The way I see it, sociopath leaders create the conditions for war and rush to use the tools of communication to convince us that war is ok, acceptable, necessary even vital to our survival. War is only necessary for their survival. The answer to war comes in breaking down walls created by fear. Grammy Award winner Omar Akram (Afghani American) explains that he plays instrumental music so his art can be communicated to everyone regardless of culture, nationality etc.

The key is “Arts Immersion Therapy.” Arts Immersion Therapy is not covered by your health insurance but it is available right outside your door. It involves visiting the wonderful galleries, independent book stores, local music venues, local watering holes and eateries that provide a space for the arts. Unfortunately too much of our “national” media are focused on war – Corporate TV/Film. Avoid those and visit small local movie houses, and live-theatre venues. Your support of the arts has reciprocal benefits: the dollars spent in a local establishment will allow that establishment to pay artists to display their work and in turn benefit society and move us in a positive direction.

“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.z;

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The Lost and Found

The Lost and Found: The Nature of Truth and Deceit Today

The Nature of Truth and Deceit Today by Chessa Peak

It’s very difficult to be honest with people these days without receiving a reaction like you are attacking the other person. We are not encouraged to be honest with each other. I’ve found that speaking the truth, even kindly and mindful of not creating pain for the other person, is a difficult thing for people to do and receive.

Truth and Nature of Deceit So how does one speak with truth without making someone feel attacked? Speak from a place of truth about you, ie: rather than telling someone that their actions are wrong which makes the person feel like they are “bad”, tell the person that you are having a hard time with their behavior and it is causing you stress or anger or whatever negative emotion you may be experiencing.

By coming from a place that is authentically you, if the person you are confronting with the The true nature of Truth and Deceitdifficult truth has love for you they will not want to cause you pain or will do their best to correct their behavior. If we can’t be encouraged to speak the truth, no matter how difficult you feel it is to speak, then we are all contributing to the widespread culture of lies and deceit that so many of us see and despise. If you can’t receive the truth, no matter how kind or harsh it is, then what course of action is left?

How you react is a choice, stop reacting out of anger, PERIOD. Act and react in grace and kindness or not at all unless it’s critical. If you love someone enough to speak the truth to them, realize that it’s just as difficult to speak it and receive it. The only way to correct this behavior is to be the change you wish to see in your world. Brightest Blessings, Chessa Peak

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Self Deception and self Actualization Chessa Peak has been in New Mexico since the age of 4 and is an honorary New Mexican. A bartender of over 10 years in the Duke City, musician, entrepreneur, and current student at CNM, Chessa is now currently working towards her own non-profit group that will support literacy, art and music programs for Albuquerque residents and her immediate community. Having come through a negative past, her writings deeply reflect the nature of her personal struggles in an attempt to help others overcome their personal battles.

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Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth: Astar’s Maze IV

The Spiritual Aspect of Mental Health by Pan Bourcier-Hidalgo

Part 4 in the Mental Health 4 part series: Astar’s Maze

Astar's MazeThe most important thing to understand about mental health is that people who experience major dissonance in the mind are experiencing multiple parallels. From the research I have done and the energy masters I have talked to, studying energy has been one of the major ways to find harmony with the self. What I means when I say this is that one must understand how energy works, what it’s properties are, how it moves, and how it functions in relation to the body and the mind.

There are many pathways to understanding energy. Some of those pathways include studying natural healing, Chinese medicine, martial arts, magnetism, and electricity. These all have to do with wave structure and vibration. We are wave structures and vibration and when you understand the way vibration behaves you can then apply it to human behavior and patterns within the mind.

There are many ways to approach one’s health and studying physics and energy has shed light on my own personal health. I encourage you to find what works for you and remember that you are a multidimensional being with many facets and it is worth understanding those facets in order to understand the self. We are going to be our own life-long companions; we might as well get along with ourselves.

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Pan Burcier-HidalgoPan Bourcier Hidalgo is a Dancer who is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her blog series, Pan’s Labyrinth, discusses Self-Discovery and Personal Evolution.

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Astar's Maze III

Pan’s Labyrinth: Astar’s Maze III

The Emotional Aspect of Mental Health by Pan Bourcier Hidalgo

Part 3 in the Mental Health 4 part series: Astar’s Maze

The emotional aspect of mental health has to be the most challenging. It is intertwined with all of the other aspects of the body, as some of you have noticed. It can be overwhelming at times to experience certain emotions- especially fear and rage. When emotions are ignored they bubble up at the most inconvenient times. They are energy and when stored in the body can cause physical illnesses but also extreme disharmony with the self. Disharmonies are usually created in childhood. It is in childhood that we are given our work that can last a lifetime.

There are many meditation practices I have found that have helped to harmonize the entirety of the emotional spectrum. One that is very effective is when you are experiencing an intense emotion, whether positive or negative, you simply say to yourself “I love and accept this feeling and I love and accept myself.” It helps create synthesis within the electromagnetic field. This essentially creates a more vibrant experience where all emotions can be experienced and appreciated. I would rather appreciate myself and be in harmony than to ignore any aspect of the self. We are holistic beings and deserve to have a full experience.


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Pan Burcier-HidalgoPan Bourcier Hidalgo is a Dancer who is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her blog series, Pan’s Labyrinth, discusses Self-Discovery and Personal Evolution.

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Mental Health

Pan’s Labyrinth: Astar’s Maze II

The Physical Aspect of Mental Health by Pan Bourcier Hidalgo

Part 2 in the Mental Health 4 part series: Astar’s Maze

This is the second video in the four part series concerning mental health. These videos are a compilation of what I have learned over the years in my personal experience and from books I have read. I am not a doctor, I am not a psychologist, and I am not a professional that can offer professional advice. I am simply offering knowledge from my experiences so that some of you will have more clarity in your own experiences and achieve health faster than it has taken me.

I am not at peak health and I don’t think anyone is, but I have come to expect certain things from myself and been able to design my life so that I can flow better with myself. Physical activity is key along with a healthy diet that supports gut health. There is not a diet that will be right for everyone and there is also not a specific exercise routine that is right for everyone. You just have to find what works for you and flow with it.

These videos provide a reference for the different aspects and how they all tie into one another. I will continue creating videos as I conduct more research and learn more about physics in relation to mental health as this is the bulk of what I study. The next video will be about the emotional aspect of mental health and harmonizing with one’s emotions. See you there!
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Pan Burcier-HidalgoPan Bourcier Hidalgo is a Dancer who is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her blog series, Pan’s Labyrinth, discusses Self-Discovery and Personal Evolution.

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Pan’s Labyrinth: Astar’s Maze I

The Mental Aspect of Mental Health by Pan Bourcier Hidalgo

Part 1 in the Mental Health 4 part series: Astar’s Maze

Ever since I can remember I felt that I wanted to help people and I knew I would change the world in some way. This is still not something that is clear to me. However, I do have my story to offer and I do have insights to offer in my journey up to this point. I do not have everything figured out but I would like to share my story and share my theories in the hope that at least one person feels less alone in their struggles.

Over the years I have tried many things to balance myself out and help myself function to my full potential. I approach health from what I call the four bodies. This includes the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. I am sure there are other aspects but for the sake of simplifying and presenting my theories in an accessible and digestible way we will keep it narrowed down to those four.

Video One: Mental Health

This first video has to do with the mental aspect of mental health. Most of us tend to locate our mental health at the head where our brains and the mind are located. The brain is just a physical organ that houses our thoughts and our imagination. Since we are physical beings in a physical body it is important to understand that the brain needs to be cared for in order for it to function properly. One also needs to remember though that the brain is connected to the whole of the body- physically and the electromagnetically which I will discuss in later videos.

I hope you enjoy this video and that it provides you some clarity for your own healing. As I learn more about this system I am developing (and testing on myself) it will evolve and one day I would like to present it to you all as a holistic therapy that will help transform and enrich your lives. So stay tuned for the other three videos in this four part series as I will be releasing one each week over the course of a month. As always thank you for your support, we are on this journey together!

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Pan Burcier-HidalgoPan Bourcier Hidalgo is a Dancer who is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her blog series, Pan’s Labyrinth, discusses Self-Discovery and Personal Evolution.

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The Lost and Found: Own Your Delusion

The Lost and Found: Owning Your Delusions

Owning Your Delusions by Chessa Peak

I’ve been my own worst enemy. I’ve allowed my anger and resentment to poison my spirit and The Lost and Found: Own Your Delusionsrelationships. I’ve allowed myself to stay in situations that were not beneficial to my upward growth. I’ve allowed myself to perpetuate the victim mentality in my mind. I’ve knowingly enabled bad behavior in myself and others which kept us both in stasis. I’ve based logical conclusions on emotional fallacies. I’ve been blaming and accusatory. I know the hell I’ve been through is not entirely self-inflicted but in taking responsibility for my ill actions and seeing my part in my afflictive nature I am able to learn my lessons.

In the past I’ve forced myself to say I was over this or that. Truth is I just looked past it and kept truckin, never learning from my mistakes, always repeating them, and finding any way to justify my lack of whatever I perceived to be important(real or imagined). Finding any band aid that would cover up my wounds. All of these self-defeating patterns can be changed. Habit is conditioning and environment. If you are committed to living a better life you must be committed to changing yourself. Change is slow and gradual unless you have three things: enthusiasm, a sense of urgency, and a The Lost and Found: Own Your Delusionsufficient motivatior.

Look at where you are lacking in your life. What needs dusting off? What are you neglecting in yourself and your life? What are you focusing on in excess? What can you do to make yourself a better person? Perhaps you make too many excuses? Make a list of your short comings. Train yourself to recognize when you are doing them. Force yourself to slow down and pay attention to what you are feeling. Write it down and re-read your own words. I’m not saying I’m there. I still have a long way to go but I have a genuine want to change. It can be done. Teach yourself a better way. These are some of the promises I have made to myself:

  1. I will never put myself or another person through emotional turmoil.
  2. I will know when to graciously cut my losses to preserve my inner peace
  3. I will keep with kind, considerate and compassionate people
  4. I will not allow the bad behavior of others to destroy my inner peace
  5. I will try always to respond with love and positivity, if I can’t I must walk away and return with a calm attitude or know when to walk away for good.
  6. I will know how much of myself to give to others.
  7. I will respond to inner anger and frustration with tolerance and patience
  8. I will keep my negative emotional reactions to myself, this nature causes an unnecessary drain on those who love me.
  9. I will not expect that others will reciprocate my good nature
  10. I will maintain my integrity, ethics, grace and soul. I do this by listening to my instincts and not going against them or else all falls apart.  
  11. I must avoid contact with what I desire until my mind is tamed. I have no self-control.
  12. I will stay dedicated to being the woman others see me as
  13. I will keep a healthy distance from those whose nature is contradictory to mine.
  14. I will slowly place people in my life. I will learn about their nature before I let them in.
  15. If the people I love are not interested in growing with me I will not attack them for it, I will separate myself instead.
  16. I will not force a connection or closeness on another soul again, I have to save that energy for my upward growth
  17. I will never again keep in my life those who hold no honor for them self or me.
  18. I will base my decisions on my needs rather than my wants.
  19. I will always try to wear a smile on my face and consciously try to emit kindness
  20. I will keep with souls of similar frequency that nourish my spirit and distance myself from overly confused, blaming and averting souls. I naturally expel too much energy on saving the lost. This feelings should be meet with compassion and empathy only, then distance. Nothing more

If I don’t learn to stick to my guns on these things I will not make it and I want to die with that peace in my soul. This is my own personal list. I challenge you to define for yourself what you wish to become for yourself. I wish you strength and perseverance. Namaste

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Self Deception and self Actualization Chessa Peak has been in New Mexico since the age of 4 and is an honorary New Mexican. A bartender of over 10 years in the Duke City, musician, entrepreneur, and current student at CNM, Chessa is now currently working towards her own non-profit group that will support literacy, art and music programs for Albuquerque residents and her immediate community. Having come through a negative past, her writings deeply reflect the nature of her personal struggles in an attempt to help others overcome their personal battles.

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70 years to give or take

The Lost and Found: 70 Years to Give or Take

70 Years to Give or Take by Chessa Peak

About a year ago, I had one of the most interesting conversations of my entire life. I meet an elderly couple who were 89 and 90 years old. They had been together since they were 17 & 18 years old. They were out walking because they both exercise and enjoy being outdoors together. An eclectic old couple. The lady was wearing a tie dye and the man with a carved walking stick. I had to ask them,

“How long have you two been together?” and man said “About 70 years give or take dear.”. I proceeded to ask them more questions which they didn’t mind at all answering. Since I had my notebook handy I took some notes. “How have you managed to stay together so long without fighting?” I asked. The lady said, “We don’t fight. We argue but we are always considerate of what we say to one another and how we say it. We’ve had our ups and downs, even been separated for some time but our love always got the best of us.”.

Her husband then said, “We’ve learned together to have a willingness to work for each other and with each other. We learned the hard way but always tried to find ways to work together. Whether it was finances, children, or just living together. We learned to grow together and we 70 years lost and foundboth tried to find common ground. Sometimes that can be hard if you always want to see life your way but you can’t do that when you truly love someone. Sometimes you have to put down what you’re doing to make the relationship last. My problem was always work because I was good at what I did. I wish I’d given more time to my family when I should have.”.

With a still baffled look on my face the lady said to me, “We’re best friends, we never lie to each other and we respect each other. If I need something I can count on him and vice versa.” How incredibly blessed I am to have meet this couple. I thanked them for their time, got on my bike and rode home to post this.
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Self Deception and self Actualization Chessa Peak has been in New Mexico since the age of 4 and is an honorary New Mexican. A bartender of over 10 years in the Duke City, musician, entrepreneur, and current student at CNM, Chessa is now currently working towards her own non-profit group that will support literacy, art and music programs for Albuquerque residents and her immediate community. Having come through a negative past, her writings deeply reflect the nature of her personal struggles in an attempt to help others overcome their personal battles.

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