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Fake Smile Contest. Everybody Wins!

Fake Smile Contest. In this photo the model isn’t just wearing a mask, she’s fake-smiling a mask with her mouth.

Fake Smile Contest. If you enter, you’ll win.

Hooray, how unusual is that! And what a fascinating prize it will be, if you’re a people person. :0)

First of All, Let’s Explore what Fake Smiles Are

Expression + aura reading will combine to drive home this point:

  • Fake smiles are just that. Fake.
  • In all their infinite variety, they may be interesting, but they’re still fake.
  • There are so many ways to give a fake smile.
  • But nobody has to do this silly thing.

I’m hopeful that this unique Energy Spirituality contest will persuade you. I developed this quiz in honor of an Energy Spirituality client who’s a fake smile skeptic.

By all means, use your own self-authority to decide for yourself whether imitation smiles are really cool. I’d just like to add some education.

Second, It’s So Easy to Find a Fake Smile for Entering this Contest

Go to Google. Type in the name of the celebrity of your choice. Click on the tab for images. You’ll find screen upon screen of photograph.

Weird or not, nearly all of them will probably be fake smiles. The hard part would be finding a genuine smile.

Perfect, though, for this contest. Just send a contest entry (as outlined toward the end of this post) giving a link to one of the fake smiles.

Why Are Fake Smiles So Popular?

Mostly the mess is spread by movies, TV, and photos. You know, those 4,000 – 10,000 images you’re likely to see every day. Where nearly all of the people do fake-smiling.

And why all these cutesy “smiles” that really aren’t smiles at all? What do you think, Blog-Buddies. My sense is this:

So great is the quest for new! Different! Ratings-seekers want you to feel that something is different… Even if you don’t know exactly what!

For these reasons — and others — all day long, what are you seeing? Glamorous people, beautifully lit, airbrushed, hyper-attractive. And they’ve put on fake smiles. Photographers and directors request it, no doubt.

You’ll even see children — actors and models — evidently coached to fake smile.

Personally, I find that really sad and annoying. How about you?

And now there’s another way to make images cutesy. Fake smiles plus cropping off the person’s forehead. Or chin. Maybe both.

Can’t wait for people to go back to normal head shots. Where you can see them properly. Maybe do face reading or aura reading or a Skilled Empath Merge. Now that’s more like it!

When Did All this Fakery Move into Collective Consciousness?

As I remember it, fake smiles became popular in the 1960’s. Thank you, Audrey Hepburn. What a childhood she lived through! Besides, by all accounts, she was a sweet person. and so “elegant.” Seldom would you see any teeth in her smiles.

Whether it began with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or in some other way, ugh! That kind of faking has become a thing. Well established in collective consciousness.

Could be, some of you Blog-Buddies don’t know the difference. Which is why I’m making this contest available to you and your friends.

Can You Spot Fake Smiles? Begin by Spotting a REAL Smile.

And what, precisely, is a real smile?

This excellent article introduces us to the gold standard, a Duchenne smile.

Ever hear of Calling a facial expression a “Duchenne smile”?  The name comes from Guillaume Duchenne. This French anatomist studied many different expressions of emotion. And he came to specialize in real smiles: A natural expression of pure enjoyment.

Specifically, Duchenne identified a set of facial movements. A real smile includes this full set of characteristics:

  1. Lips part.
  2. Mouth corners rise up.
  3. Cheeks lift up.
  4. Eyes crinkle.
  5. And, briefly, eyes flash.

For example, in the photo at the top of this article, real or fake? Clearly fake. The masked model only accomplishes #2. See that?

Unlike Fake Smiles, the Real Ones Help You Feel Better

Psychologists and neuroscientists have studied this. Although common sense can tell you: How you outwardly move your facial muscles? This effects your inner emotions. For example, a study by Robert Soussignan explored the difference between Duchenne smiles and fake ones.

Those who produced real smiles were happier as a result. As for those who produce fake smiles? Not so much.

Fascinating but true: Even if the real smile isn’t sincere, if a person does all five of those aforementioned Duchenne tricks… It still counts as a real smile. And it still will produce inner results. Plus outer goodies for any observer.

Also did you know this? Within the category of real smiles, there are many varieties.

And you can learn how to identify them. Plus, interpret their significance. Find the juicy details n “Read People Deeper: Body Language + Face Reading + Auras.” The section on different Smile Styles is one of my favorite parts of that book. Check it out!

Actually, speaking of Body Language + Aura Reading… that’s where this contest will get interesting.

Entering this Contest, What Will Be Your Prize?

I’m going to read the aura of the public figure whose photo you submit.

Specifically, I’ll be using skills of Stage 3 Energetic Literacy. That’s the level of skill at aura reading where you can research chakra databanks. Where the juicy, practical, helpful insights are!

For each smiler, I’ll give my assessment of whether this really is technically a fake smile. Then I’ll research these four revealing aura parts:

  1. Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity
  2. Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving
  3. Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving
  4. And the Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty

Do I know in advance what that aura research will reveal? Of course not. This will be educational for us all. Maybe it will turn out that I’m wrong, and fake smiles are wonderful!

How to Enter — and Win — this Contest

Right away, let’s be clear. With this contest, if you enter and follow all the instructions below, you win.

And I’m going to keep it open for exactly a week. Accordingly, you might wish to let a bunch of friends know. The more, the merrier. Because that prize will be so darned educational!

Okay, here come the rules.

  1. Only one entry per person. Enter by creating a COMMENT below.
  2. Choose one public figure who is fake-smiling. Give that person’s name.
  3. Add a one-click link to a headshot of this person.
  4. The photo must be taken from a front angle. Not toward the left or the right. Also, taken on the level. Not up-or-down.
  5. No cropping of the person’s face. (Which would go without saying since you’ve read the whole blog post, right?) Don’t waste your one entry, folks!
  6. Optional: You might wish to supply a url for where this headshot appears, if possible.
  7. Optional: Add any info you like, such as why you prefer real smiles. Or so far, you prefer fake smiles. Etc.

I’m looking forward to giving you one of the prizes, right here at this blog.

Note: If your comment doesn’t appear after 24 hours, it’s because you didn’t follow the rules. I expect that this contest will keep me ridiculously busy. Therefore, I’m not adding to my scope of volunteer work by exchanging emails with you about what to fix in order to follow the rules. You can figure this out on your own, based on what’s stated here.

This contest closes one week from today, Wednesday June 5.

Here’s to Smile Smarts for us all! And thanks in advance for joining me in this educational project.

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  I don’t happen to believe that’s true. Each family is unique… and interesting.

With smiles, however, I think it’s valid to note that authentic smiles show happiness. Or, at least, willingness to be happy. And… what a smile is about, more than anything… a willingness to reach out to other people. And give to them emotionally.

While fake smiles are way more varied in their inner significance. Let’s explore the inner meaning of these fascinating social moments.

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  1. 201

    It’s like texting. Recently my husband corrected a super-long text that I was sending my son — you know, trying to be like a cool hep-cat of the 2019’s. Me! Texting!

    Mitch pointed out that this is considered rude. “Make them short,” he suggested. “Like the comments at your blog. That way they’re more readable.” Such a lightbulb went off in my head!

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    So, here I go in teacher role, JNANA. Regarding your Comment #189. Please, never again give me the responsibility of remembering something you want.

    In this case, you put in a request for me to research somebody I had skipped over. You reminded me sweetly. Only — not meaning to criticize — you put that comment in a place where I don’t expect or read comments. The place for comments requesting that I research somebody for the Enlightenment Life List is here, please.

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    The broader point for all you Blog-Buddies: If I don’t respond to your question here at the blog…

    And if I skip over your nominee for the Enlightenment Life List… For pity’s sake, add a new comment.

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    Also, just because I’m an Enlightenment Coach doesn’t mean I use a bunch of traditional guru tricks, such as:

    * Forgetting about people and then acting as though I’m teaching some cosmic lesson.
    * Pretending that I never make mistakes.

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    Nopeee. Just communicate your blog questions to me here by sending a comment.

    One related request, not that this applies to you, JNANA. Please do not try to make me your pen pal, emailing me with your thoughts and questions.

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    When I email you, I’m using that format as a teacher’s prerogative. It’s for a purpose — probably related to a session we’ve had.

    And such emails from me are rare. Much as I like to hear from you, please do it at my blog, not through email. Or else save it for a session. All this just because I’m human. I do care about you but have just 24 hours in each of my days. You too?

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    Regarding Comment #190, JNANA, were you implying that a person would lose Enlightenment due to being ill or in pain.

    Not so. I’ve known of two Blog-Buddies in chronic pain who have made it onto my Enlightenment Life List for Energy Spirituality folks.

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    Also regarding Comment #190, vows can be removed energetically. I’ve helped some clients do this during Energy Spirituality sessions. Likewise, moving out Causational Agreements — more common as a Healing Centerpiece.

    So, please, don’t any of you think that you’re now obligated to live out an out-dated vow — whether from this lifetime or from a previous incarnation.

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    We’re living in The Age of Awakening now. Unlike during the Age of Faith, we can evolve exceedingly rapidly. So if any of you fear that you’re being limited by some vow in the past, mention it to me in a session. I might be able to help.

    More often, though, during an Energy Spirituality session where I’m the facilitator I’ll be the one find one of these dismal vows… and then co-create help for removing it.

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    Regarding Comment #191, JNANA, here’s another one of your power-packed statements. (You’re quite some writer yourself, you know.)

    Far be it from me — either behavior or values — to be a kind of state-of-consciousness determinist. Like where Natalie’s work would be no good, just because she’s spiritually stuck, when she writes about writing. Of course, it’s important to read those writings that speak to you.

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    Especially books! (Internet word-trinkets are no substitute for developing ideas in depth.)

    Thoughtful people can definitely learn from books. And if anyone’s word literacy skills have been dinged by too much reading of texts or blogs or electronic whatevers, please know you can get it back. Just start reading something book length, of quality, on a topic that interests you.

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    All that said, imagine a woman who gives her life to a belief system where God matters more to her than anything else. Unfortunately, what she’s doing doesn’t work. And cannot work.

    Don’t you think a bit of that belief system would creep into her otherwise excellent writing? For that reason, if you’re falling under the influence of a writer who seems really spiritual, please propose her or him for my Enlightenment Life List. (Back months ago, JNANA, you did a smart thing there.)

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    Sylvia says:

    Rose, thank you for your inspiration and generosity — I have learned so much from this post and comments!

    I have a technical question, which I hope is appropriate here. [Rose notes: Then comes a technical question about chakra databanks, which is not appropriate here. In a comment, I’ll explain why.]

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    Okay, on to Comment #192, “When you say a “beautiful experiment, and valuable for soul’s learning’ do you mean a failed experiment? ”

    Yes, JNANA. That’s a term of art that I use in sessions of past-life regression, SEAH-style. As you know, sometimes I’ll guide a client through the Life Review from a past incarnation where that former earth personality got on the wrong track. So I will sometimes use the term “A failed experiment” to mean, “a beautiful experiment, and valuable for that [eternal] soul’s learning”

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    Regarding Comment #193, we can either wait for God to send us a memo… or we could do Soul Thrill Aura Research. You realize, what that kind of research does for a client, right?

    Sometimes all of us compartmentalize. But let’s smash that down.

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    I hope you don’t mind a small correction, for the sake of others reading this blog. Of course, in your personal life you’re welcome to take parts of what I say and create your own version. Otherwise, here goes:

    Using the system of 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment®, in my view there is no such thing as “an extreme cord.” Nor is there any cord of attachment that requires Shiva to be the Divine Being who helps in the session.

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    Finally, regarding the last in your awesome series of comments, JNANA, I don’t know what you’ve been told about “the paradox of Shiva.”

    I’ve facilitated many sessions with him, mostly for a Hindu client where Shiva was the chosen ideal for his entire family. Shiva is not for everybody. You don’t have to be best buddies with all Divine Beings, you know.

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    SYLVIA, thank you for your gracious Comment #2013. Regarding your technical question about aura reading, I’d like to make a distinction that I hope you and other Blog-Buddies can appreciate.

    I do a lot of aura reading at this blog, and sometimes write instructional posts about energetic literacy. However I don’t rewrite my online workshops or books. These are available to give you deeper knowledge, and teach you systematically.

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    One way to learn a lot about chakra databanks, and also develop excellent skills with Stage 3 Energetic Literacy, is to take the Aura Reading Online Workshop.

    Start with the Free Intro, five useful lessons.

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    Going through Aura Reading 101 will teach you loads about chakra databanks and the system of Aura Reading Through All Your Senses®.

    You might wish to add Aura Reading 102 so that you can learn to read auras from regular photos.

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    Anchie says:

    Dear Rose, thank you for all these incredibly interesting readings!

    I can’t say that I’m totally surprised by the reading on Rafa. Though, I had hoped he would be doing better!

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    Anchie says:

    Stage 3 Energetic Literacy reveals so much and in greater detail.

    It’s so fascinating to learn about these public figures, as we all go through our own paths and choices. Thank you for having delayed your house cleaning to share so much with us- haha! I hope you are enjoying a sparkling new floor today!

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    Rose says:

    Awe, ANCHIE.

    Floor is good. You are better.

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    Liane says:

    Must admit to being skeptical about fake smiles and what they do to us, aurically speaking.

    Then I decided to do the fake smile experiment on myself. Researching my aura in front of a mirror while fake smiling, using the same Chakra Databanks in this post. It isn’t pretty.

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    Liane says:

    Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity:

    10′. Being ‘polite’ doesn’t cover up how uneasy I am. It shows in my speech and tone of delivery.

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    Liane says:

    Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving: 10′.

    I will give just enough to stay under the vulnerability radar. Not enough to be all-in.

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    Liane says:

    Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving: 10′.

    Very guarded. Suspicious, even. Not trusting the goodness in people, or even in myself.

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    Liane says:

    Heart Chakra Databank for Self Honesty:

    5′. Takes me down to the level of self-sabatage. In other words, my fake smile not only does my fake smile NOT fool anyone, it chips away at my integrity every single time.

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    Liane says:

    In conclusion, for me, fake smiling is like kicking my own butt.

    Being that it’s such an automatic and unconcious act, a session may be in order : )

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    Of course, LIANE, I loved every word. Most notably Comment #224.

    My big dream is to help people develop Stage 3 Energetic Literacy, as you’ve done, equipping us to live in The Age of Awakening. Just as word literacy has become indispensable in the last few centuries of the Age of Faith. Yes, let’s all use reliable literacy skills and then find out the truth for ourselves!!!

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    Sylvia says:

    Rose, regarding to comment #218, I certainly respect the fact that you wouldn’t want to repeat the contents of your workshops or books.

    I just realized I could read those two databanks in myself and see whether they were the same or not. Duh! I just hadn’t thought of that sooner.

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    Jnana says:

    I hadn’t realized my comment was not on the main Enlightenment list. Don’t really know how come I put it there. And I didn’t pursue it. That it was not read was on me totally.

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    Jnana says:

    I know there are among the enlightened those who are dealing with chronic illnesses. And I know enlightenment does not require a physical body in the pink of health.

    But with Natalie, when I heard the news, it did not seem a good thing.

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    Jnana says:

    I read Natalie many years before the Age of Awakening. In nominating her, I was revisiting my past. So soul thrill research would not be applicable now

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    Jnana says:

    I am sorry for using an incorrect term, ‘extreme cord’.

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    Jnana says:

    And yes, the other Divine Beings do an equally excellent job as Shiva. Like the one I eventually chose.
    Paradox as in a Divine Being that would give one a hard time.

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    Isabella Cates says:

    Inspiring and helpful Liane!

    Thank you for doing that research and sharing it here!

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    SYLVIA, isn’t that funny? Sometimes just asking a question of somebody knowledgeable can start to wake up an answer.

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    JNANA, thank you for all these clarifying comments. Why are you such a good sport about the educational nature of this blog?

    I don’t think it’s just because, in your professional life, you’re an awesome teacher. I think it’s because you’re just plain sweet.

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    ISABELLA, I’m with you. Some Energy Spirituality students show leadership as they start learning powerful skills.

    What LIANE has done here reminds me of many magnificent guest posts you wrote long ago, long before becoming an Energy Spirituality practitioner, and back before Name Alignment®. (Find nine beauties here, as written by “JORDAN.”)

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    And I think it’s so perfect that you would have acknowledged this leadership from LIANE because of what you did just this year, ISABELLA. Which was to write a guest post that stretched my understanding of how to use Stage 15 Energetic Literacy. (A super-practical, creative way of reading a series of Energetic Holograms.) Definitely, you advanced the field of RES!

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    Graham says:

    Jnana, I also used to really be into Natalie Goldberg. If ever I got stuck with something I was writing, I would turn to her book, “Writing Down the Bones,” read one of those short chapters and whoosh! I was off.

    That book was fantastic for helping me to just get writing.

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    Graham says:

    So I have read all these comments with interest.

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    Graham says:

    However, I have only now just clicked on the link to her photo. And just with my Stage 1 energetic literacy skills, I was shocked.

    Natalie Goldberg looks – right there, on the surface of life, to my perception – like a ‘tortured soul.’

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    Wonderful share there, GRAHAM.

    Of course, people can help others immensely. Gaining Enlightenment or not is a separate consideration.

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    Living on Earth says:

    Reply to comment #198 & 199

    “Inspiration”… It makes a lot of sense when you point out the difference like that 💡and I love it 🙂

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    Living on Earth says:

    It sounds a bit like Soul Thrill to me.

    I’m always so inspired to fill my 20min daily technique time with various Energy Spirituality techniques. In fact l almost get giddy right before my mini sessions.

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    Living on Earth says:

    When I act on what gives thrill to my soul, I don’t have a need to rely on my will power, assuming determination and ambition would need it at some point.

    But instead I get the support of nature!! So even if faced with challenges during the process, I’m still very much inspired to continue with it. The inspiration happens very naturally.

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    Thanks for all you’ve added here, LIVING ON EARTH.

    Isn’t it a crude and terrible misunderstanding, trying to force our awareness? Why use the exquisite consciousness that God has given each of us humans… and instead wield it like a blunt instrument, calling it “will power”?

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    Living on Earth says:

    Comment #249
    Wow!! I’m having so many Aha!s Rose 💡You’ve taken my understanding of consciousness to another level.

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    You’re always a joy to teach, LIVING ON EARTH!

    To you, and all readers here, I haven’t forgotten about doing the rest of our Fake Smiles research. Aiming to do some or all of what remains tomorrow.

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    Liane says:

    Thank you for the kind words, Isabella. Tomorrow I will treat myself to reading the nine guest posts written by ‘Jordan’, plus a re-read on the last one you wrote.

    I still find it incredibly fascinating what happens in a moment’s time (all the moments of every day in the life…) within our auras.

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    LIANE, me too.

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    Ha, LIANE, you just posted comment #50,000!!!! And what a gorgeous comment it is.

    Thank you. Thanks to all you Blog-Buddies who have been commenting here.

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    Liane says:

    How wonderful! Rose, you’ve created a living, breathing masterpiece with this blog.

    No way to tell where I’d be without this safe environment. More than just safe. How about educational, caring, honest, funny, comprehensive, deep, on-going, lively, loving…….. and then some. Thank YOU!

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    LIANE, sweet of you. Thank you.

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    Soon, LEO WATTS, I’ll get to your Comment #128. Soon I’ll start playing catch-up, and that means meeting the inner smile of Giannis Antetokoumpo, NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks.


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    Leo Watts says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting that update!

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    Yes, here we go, LEO and other Blog-Buddies. Who’s doing the jump shot into receiving an aura reading? Why it’s Giannis Antetokoumpo, NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Inquiry submitted in Comment Looooong Ago, #128.

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    What a cutie! #1. Now, regarding Giannis Antetokoumpo’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 24 feet. Within normal range.

    When it comes to communicating with people, Giannis is a straight shooter. (That can be about baskets, not just guns, right? 😉 ) I’m also impressed by the joy within this chakra databank. He uplifts people without trying.

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    #2. Giannis Antetokoumpo’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 24 feet. Within normal range.

    He doesn’t give emotionally like a star athlete. Or somebody with exceptional talent that’s being widely recognized. Nah! He just gives emotionally because that’s what he does, and how could he live any other way? As for his signature flavor of joy, there it is again!

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    Ha! Giannis Antetokoumpo’s not just within normal range in all his chakra databanks, at the time of the photo. Is he, LEO? Haha. I’ll bet you researched this before you submitted him here.

    The man’s in Enlightenment!!! Woo-hoo. No wonder I keep finding joy. (I stopped to research other chakra databanks besides the ones in this little 4-databank profile. Ethically required before this Enlightenment Coach makes such a statement.) Hooray!

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    Kylie Sparks says:

    What an inspiring person! I read his aura too, from a photo I found online.

    It was such an uplifting experience. He is just bursting with joy, as if filled with fireworks.

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    Leo Watts says:

    I have a confession to make. I submitted Giannis because I’m a huge fan, and have enjoyed following his awesome season this year.

    I searched for “fake smile photos” of him and really really struggled to find one.

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    Leo Watts says:

    Ha! In most of his photos he’s flashing a mega-watt smile.

    But this was the closest one I could find, although it wasn’t exactly fake. I really wanted to sneak him into this post!!!

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    LEO, you did manage to supply a fake smile. You know, it’s a controversial idea, what constitutes a fake smile.

    In this blog post I defined it, related to “lack of a Duchenne smile.” I think that would be the consensus among body language experts. (Which, to some degree, would include me, as the author of an internationally published how-to book about body language + face reading + auras. Fact is, Giannis’s cheeks didn’t rise up and his eyes didn’t crinkle. Guess you did better than you knew!

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    Leo Watts says:

    I did research his aura from a photo and was quite impressed.

    He’s a really cool guy with an amazing back story of overcoming major poverty and discrimination as a Greek Nigerian. Hurray for Giannis and Energy Spirituality Reading skills!

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    Kylie Sparks says:

    Haha Leo! He does have a megawatt smile for sure in most of his photographs.

    Now I want to see him play. Thanks for finding such great athlete candidates to research Leo, and thank you Rose!

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    #3. Giannis Antetokoumpo’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 24 feet. Again, in normal range.

    He loves to be loved, liked, admired, and all of that. However, he doesn’t need it.

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    Finally, #4. Giannis Antetokoumpo’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 24 feet. Also in normal range.

    Blog-Buddies, I’m impressed by Giannis’s sensitivity and range of emotion. He feels the ugly emotions like shame and guilt; sometimes the pretty ones like happy and emotionally connected; and there’s a beautiful range of sense of humor. Not too quick a laugh. More like a wisdom Aha! sometimes, leading to laughter.

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    And really, I think anybody getting over the model of Traditional Enlightenment, and curious about Age of Awakening Enlightenment would do well to research that last chakra databank in Giannis’s aura. (Or even just read that description just given.)

    It’s important to understand the differences between these two varieties, the old and the new one finally possible since the Shift into The Age of Awakening. Notice, he’s not detached. Or “all bliss.” More like, definitely human!

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    Now for LIVING ON EARTH’S nomination, in Comment #129, of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Our wise Latina on America’s Supreme Court! And within the array of smiles you provided, I’m settling on this one. Especially interesting as fake smiles go!

    Small technical point: You can read fake smiles whether or not a person is wearing glasses. It’s a skill that gets easy with practice. Meanwhile, thank you for working extra hard.

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    Let’s start with Sonia Sotomayor’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 29 feet. Within normal range.

    First I note the complexity, her awareness of the many components, weighing and balancing, regarding what might be true.

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    But then I get to the power. Sotomayor’s verbal integrity is like a powerful locomotive, with tremendous force.

    Only this isn’t like “brutal honesty,” or other variations on fake integrity mixed with great power. She really speaks like one who weighs truth and then delivers her opinions forcefully. (And, BTW, if you think all Supreme Court Justices do that, read that chakra databanks on some others now on the Court.)

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    #2. Sonia Sotomayor’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 40 feet. On the large side of normal for her, at the time of this photograph.

    What a generous, loving person. I challenge you to find anyone who can match that heart of hers!

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    #3. Sonia Sotomayor’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 25 feet. Within normal range.

    How much sorrow is carried in this beautiful chakra databank. But she receives what she can, and gratefully.

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    #4. Sonia Sotomayor’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 80 feet. So impressive!

    This Supreme Court Justice doesn’t guilt herself, but she does have a scrupulous conscience. I’d describe her as having an “immaculate heart.” Even though I know that term has already been taken. Still, I’ll say that anyway, because I mean it.

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    And at the risk of saying something rather personal about you, under that pseudonym, LIVING ON EARTH, this quality of hers reminds me of you.

    Not just your quality of living in Enlightenment. But how you’ve impressed me as a person, right from our first Energy Spirituality session, years ago.

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    BRITTANY, thank you so much for nominating Rachel Maddow. I’m a steadfast fan of this brainy, passionate, nuanced pundit.

    Wow, how did you and LIVING ON EARTH get the idea of no glasses? Yipes! You can tell eyes that crinkle even when somebody wears spectacles. Try and you’ll see. Anyway, you have definitely located a fake smile. Well done. 🙂

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    #1. Rachel Maddow’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 70 feet. Over-functioning, somewhat.

    Clearly, Rachel struggles. Often she’s tempted to exaggerate, a struggle made trickier since she’s a persuader by profession. Yet she struggles to be a truth teller and is largely successful.

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    #2. Rachel Maddow’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 40 feet. Within moderate range for her aura at this time.

    Here’s the sweet part: A very affectionate nature. And here’s the rest: Cold toward the public. Fans may gush at her but she keeps her distance from them, emotionally.

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    To put this another way, in her capacity as a politics nerd, Rachel Maddow is totally comfortable.

    But as a cable TV celebrity? Not so much.

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    #3. Rachel Maddow’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 40 feet. Within normal range, given her larger-than-usual aura size.

    Being loved makes Rachel thrive. She’s very willing to accept affection from those she knows well.

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    #4. Rachel Maddow’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 40 feet yet again.

    Mostly, this chakra databank functions with exceptional candor. Yet Rachel bears a considerable amount of “scar tissue” here, suggesting that she used to struggle a LOT with personal doubts, etc. Not so much now, but the This STUFF hasn’t yet been healed; she’s just learned how to adjust to it and move forward without being so hard on herself.

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    And now we’re done, yes? Have I missed anybody’s nomination?

    Thanks to all who participated here, including those who commented just for fun. I’ll be sorting out the prizes in days to come and telling you who won what.

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    Living on Earth says:

    Comment #278
    Wow Rose! I did not expect such impactful reading when I nominated her. Such a strong loving person.

    And definitely not what you said about me. Made me tear up! Discovering you was quite literally a turning point in my life. What a journey!

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    Graham says:

    Ref #159
    Rose, are you going to research Viggo Mortensen? (Julie’s nomination).

    I’m very curious about him….

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    Last, but definitely not least, here comes the energetic literacy research on Viggo Mortensen, not using this photograph, as nominated by JULIE in Comment #159.

    JULIE, other Blog-Buddies, this isn’t a fake smile. This is not a smile. Not a single component of the Duchenne smile is here. The man just doesn’t feel the need to smile when he isn’t smiling.

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    But, hey, since this is the last one if this series, let’s see what I can find. (Comes from this article.)

    Here’s Viggo giving a REAL smile. Sweet!

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    Look, here’s one. Viggo Mortensen has opened his lips, lifted up his mouth corners, and then… slightly lifted his cheeks and even less, letting his left eye crinkle a bit.

    The man just isn’t often a fake smiler, more power to him!

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    So… #1. Viggo Mortensen’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 43 feet. (For him, that’s the large side of normal. He’s juicing up his aura a bit, as performers know how to do, since this photo was taken while he was doing a media interview.)

    This man likes truth. Speaks truth. Craves truth. And aims to bring more truth into the world, always in a natural way.

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    And yes, he’s still got a spot on my Enlightenment Life List.

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    Next, #2. Viggo Mortensen’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 43 feet. Doing fine!

    He’s a big-hearted man who carries some scar tissue from past emotional disappointments, yet he insists on loving relationships. Remarkably, there’s nothing “movie-star-like” about this chakra databank. (Or others in today’s research.) Emotionally he’s human, and for him that’s plenty.

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    #3. Viggo Mortensen’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 43 feet. Doing fine!

    For this actor, the emotional receiving that counts? It comes from personal relationships. The fans don’t really factor into emotional receiving for him. (No wonder he’s handling his fame so well.)

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    #4. Viggo Mortensen’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 43 feet. Doing just fine!

    Sometimes Viggo can be a bit hard on himself. But he does the same for anybody he’s in a close relationship with! Emotional courage is a way of life for him. Quite a pure form of emotional courage. As noted in Comment #291, this man cares about truth.

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    In conclusion, seems to me that Mr. Mortensen is performing a smile here.

    He’s just not given to smiling unless he actually has a genuine one welling up from within him. But he’ll do a little something if expected. (For this photo, evidently he was promoting his latest movie.)

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    Julie says:

    Thanks, Rose, for the Viggo research. How unusual an actor and a person!

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    Julie says:

    I am understanding better some qualities that may be why I found him compelling to watch in the movie The Lord of the Rings.

    There he played a hero and a leader, but not in a larger-than-life way.

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    Julie says:

    With humility and humanity and emotional courage and search for truth.

    It clicks for me why I found him so naturally leader-like.

    Well-chosen for that role

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    Beautifully put, JULIE.

    Maybe in the Age of Faith, people needed heroes to be larger than life. But I suspect that in this Age of Awakening, people may come to prefer heroes who are human, with qualities like humility and emotional courage and an ongoing search for truth.

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