How does the chain of connections start? Well, Connections.Media picks someone we feel drawn to hold space for. Like anything, it is a feeling in your gut, something you just have to reach out and begin. Then we follow the journey from there, as one person picks the next, based on the conversation that took place on that day, in that moment. After 5 conversations a theme reveals itself, and a chain is complete.
Follow this theme of "AWARENESS"
Town of Birth: Frankfurt, Germany
Occupation/Job/Life Purpose Work: A share bear, healer, mother and... love spreader.
“There seems to be more light on the earth right now than there is darkness. It’s like WILDFIRE - people everywhere are starting to question their realities, starting to become more existential, maybe not more religious, but just a little bit more connected and seeking.
People are seeking truth and they’re not as comfortable with their boxes, or with the programs that they’re given when they’re younger from their parents or from society or the world.”
I don’t know, but I know why I would have picked her. And we think a lot alike, so...
When I’m with Samantha I remember I’m beautiful, if only for a moment. I see my beauty in her.
“I value the signs. I follow them and I follow synchronicity, whether it’s seeing a big bird or running into someone I haven’t seen in a long time, little things like that.I’ve never been able to understand assigning a CURRENCY to enlightenment or anything like that.”
Angela Parsons has a deep respect for the mind - both her own and the minds of others. She studied Psychology at Christopher Newport University, and found a special interest in neuroscience studies of sensation and perception.
She is curious and seeking, but content to use her own mind as a means of exploration rather than needing concrete answers from outside sources. She uses introspection, meditation, and her connection with the world around her to find meaning.
Angela’s curiosity stems from her infatuation with the world and its beauty. That infatuation radiates outward from her spirit onto the people she loves, and is reflected back in their love for her.
“For most of my life, I was very much an in-the-closet spiritual. I’d never say I was a vegetarian, and I’d wrap my theosophical, metaphysical, psychology self-help books in masking tape so no one could SEE what I was reading. I PRETENDED to be somebody else for self-preservation, survival, and I wouldn’t let people see me. When anyone isn’t living their truth I think you can also be very depressed and self-destructive, and it kind of festers inside you and you take it out on yourself.”
When do you feel the most like yourself?
In stillness. Alone. Or, asleep.
Where is the best place you’ve been for taking walks?
Magnolia Plantation (Charleston, SC), Green Lake (Seattle, WA), Chihuly Garden and Glass (Seattle, WA) and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (Fort Brag, CA)
What nicknames do you have for the people in your life?
I call my daughter (Annabelle) Angel Bébé, Belly, Bellyboo, Bellybean, BananaBelle, Boobie and Sassypants. My son (Frank James) is often called Frankenstein, Frankie Bébé, Bubbie, Stink, Doodle, Critter, Love Muffin and Handsomepants.
What matters the most in your life?
Children, my own included sometimes. And the temperature. Health. Sleep. Humility, reverence, forgiveness, retaliation, humor, healing, balance. Creating. Nurturing all manner of relationship & growth in connection with All That Is. Multidimensional awareness and alignment with & for the highest good. Love. Light. RAINBOWS.
“We’re in a period of time right now where with globalization, disseminating of information, and with the internet, the world has this opportunity to consume all this information. It has access to all these ancient texts, and we’re connecting more. Even though we think the internet is making us more disconnected, in many ways it’s bringing us more together. We can JOIN a meditation group with a young woman who’s oppressed in Egypt or who has the same ability to tune in to the same kind of life force energy that we have here. I think there’s going to be a lot more synchronicities that are created by that kind of energy around the planet and start to MOVE us hopefully into this new age of people being more connected, mind body spirit.”
Courtney Dyer. Courtney has a unique and epic story of becoming. One that is all together heartbreaking, heartwarming, brutal, beautiful and everything in between. Learning of and bearing witness to her spiritual journey and healing process inspired and accelerated my own.
“I still have a really hard time being authentic because I’ve created all of these masks to wear in different situations, and while it’s a blessing to finally start taking them off, sometimes I have to stop and think, ‘wow, I don’t know who I am right now, and that’s okay because I feel connected. Truth is unfolding and coming.’ It’s really cool to finally be okay with feeling vulnerable.”
Editor in Chief: Becca Finley
Article: Caralie Byrnes
Photos: Caitlin Billard
Stay tuned for the ‘Connections’ book coming out January 22, complete with all 55 Connections, and how they fit into the Charleston community. Brand new pics + quotes.