Alexia Parks: A Woman of Many Gifts


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For more than 30 years, the writing, work, and community service of Alexia Parks has focused on the fields of energy, the environment, education, and communications. Author of seven books, including the acclaimed child abuse exposé An American Gulag, Alexia has served as a nationally syndicated columnist, New York City publisher for the magazine, Vision USA, and has written for the national desk of The Washington Post. She has also served as Director of Communications for a trade association representing 100 major metropolitan daily newspapers.  In December 2007, Alexia was distinguished as the United Nation’s first accredited blogger at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali.

In 1995, Alexia co-founded Votelink.com – the first electronic democracy website on the Internet – and continues as its president today. At the launch of Votelink, Newsweek magazine called Alexia “one of 50 people who matter most on the Net.”  Today, Votelink uses its voting and discussion system to stimulate civic engagement at the community level. Its Energy Futures program engages local citizens to do community energy planning for a “world without oil.” The invitation to participate is sent out via their Mayor’s offices and through announcements in the local media.

 

Alexia believes that the origins of war start with child abuse. By contrast, the pursuit of peace requires peace in the heart and peace of mind. From this sense of personal peace flows unconditional love, unconditional acceptance, and hopefully, relationships based on mentoring. These are qualities that Alexia embodies, as a gracious woman who has accomplished much in many areas, and gives of herself at every opportunity.

 

Alexia was awarded a “teen hero” award in 2000 for her work to protect the civil and human rights of teenagers, and her website, TeenLiberty.org is linked from many youth websites. Alexia’s research into the world of behavior modification and residential treatment “boarding schools” was initiated through her attempts to contact a close teenage relative who was sent to one, and led Alexia to uncover a secret world of child abuse. She describes this secret world in her book An American GULAG. The book was picked up as a television movie.

In response to parents who question “What should we do with our “out of control” teen?” Alexia co-founded a national mentor training program, Focus on Success, through her non-profit, The Education ExchangeFocus on Success trains parents how to become mentors to their own children. The program also includes a continuing education workshop which guides school districts and teachers in the use of specific mentoring techniques in the classroom.

Currently, Alexia teaches a once-a-week parenting class to parents going through divorce. Drawing upon techniques in her mentoring program, she helps them describe what they like BEST about their child(ren). Often, for parents, teachers and counselors, this is the most difficult exercise of the program. When caught up in conflict or fear, they cannot see who the child really is.  Alexia believes that her national mentoring program can sow the seeds of peace for future generations of children.  She also states that her greatest accomplishments lie in three areas:

(1)    In her discovery of the principle of rapid self-evolution, as described in her book Rapid Evolution (she describes a higher-vibration human, who has learned to use food, thought forms, and change at the cellular level (including yoga and qi gong) to self-heal. In the process, each person becomes a healing force for all life on Earth.);

(2)    In her work to pioneer electronic democracy on the Internet through Votelink.com,  based on her belief that everyone has a right to speak and to be heard; and

(3)    In her work to protect the civil and human rights of teens.

dscn1945.JPGThis photo Alexia took in Bali shows the power of focused thought. As an exercise, she advises: Imagine the sound of the ocean’s waves breaking on the shore. Breathe in slowly at this pace. Then slowly breathe out like the ocean waves. With each out breath release ask yourself this question: “I wonder what my next thought will be?” Stay focused on this question. See how long you can keep other thoughts from intruding. Can you sustain it for one minute? Two? Six minutes is a record. Our minds process 50,000 thoughts a day; when we try to live thought-free for a minute or two  we experience the health-building benefits of meditation.

One person’s peace of mind can travel like waves across the ocean to calm us all.

Thank you, Alexia, for all your gifts.

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  1. WOW what a great inspiration that Ms. Parks is.

    Thank you.

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