It seems our crazy plan to sublet our expensive Brooklyn apartment and studio space and live in Nicaragua for a few months has worked out surprisingly well. We highly recommend Nicaragua in general, its the safest country in central america and a couple can live comfortably for around $1,000 a month. Not only did we come to Nica to focus on the film and be artists in residence at an inspiring cultural center, (there are just too many distractions in NYC), we have been able to work and connect with local folks through a youth media arts project and improve our drumming chops while we were at it. Today, for example we shared a video called “The Change” which is an amazing animated film that attempts to explain in a simple and funny manner problems and solutions related to industrialization. I’m eternally thankful that the universe provides for us, especially traveling artists, and that synchronicity continues to be a guide that awakens the greater purpose in our hearts. – Katy
We are grateful to be on sacred land, surrounded by wise trees and spacious skies. For the last three weeks or so, we have been hard at work putting a new and stronger cut of the feature film, Time is Art, together. After close to three years in the making, twice almost letting the entire project go, numerous synchronicities and strange encounters – we feel we really have something special here. The confidence and trust we have felt from Jennifer Palmer has been truly heart warming. It goes without saying that there wouldn’t be a film without her. We have captured the story of a human being that we can all connect with and who finally realizes that there is more than the materialist world and that something lurks beyond the mind. We are also grateful for the ability to co-create this film with the talented Maia Monasterios, who no doubt added a level of insight and assistance we can’t possibly articulate intelligently. And to everyone else who has contributed a little something to this film, directly and indirectly, there are so many to name (credits are going to be interesting), we will honor you and we will put this film out so the world can “see with their heart what was once invisible.” – Joél
Jocelyn James is a clairvoyant, empath and channeling medium who uses these gifts to benefit and honor the lives of others. She is also featured in the upcoming film, Time is Art, in which she gives Jennifer a reading that helps connect her with her guides that are supportive of her courage to face alcohol addiction and continue the healing process. She also shares her story in the 8th webisode of the ongoing web series, “SyncStories”.
“As a baby grows to be an adult, that innocent will always remain sacred. The love of Spirit can come through any spiritual consciousness, even if others don’t agree. For example, if someone, anyone, has a difficult experience and needs support, they should call on that which can aid in support. I might call on my grandparents who have left this Earth and watch over me. They love to help. It’s not strange and it certainly isn’t fear-based. Angels, Ancestors, Gods/Goddesses and Spirit Guides & Helpers have all evolved to help humankind exist within their own spiritual consciousness absent of fear. As the sacred texts have explained, all of these manifestations of Spirit help all beings. Guess what? They are all here with you and I in this place we call Earth right now and all of the time. They love us as they always have and they are not weird, too cool for you, or too holy to help. They love us all.” – Excerpt from the ebook: Angels of the Earth and the Living Goddesses by Jocelyn James
Has a dream you had ever come true?
So many come true. That’s the beauty of clairvoyance.
What’s a song that has special meaning for you?
Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) by Jay Electronica, it’s beautiful and I can see the saints of Yoruba when I hear it.
What’s your most memorable synchronicity?
To date, when I see the bees buzzing around me I know it’s time to move out of a specific environment. Late fall, I realized it was time to move from my apartment because the bumblebees wouldn’t leave me alone. Shortly after, I realized that my landlord was not responsible. Thanks to those bees I started looking for a new place and then got one quickly before any harm could come my way. Animal spirit medicine = synchronicity.
In the 8th webisode of SyncStories, a web series in which people share stories about synchronicity, Jocelyn shares a story about the guidance she received from spiritual teachers who helped her understand her clairvoyant gifts which were at first, confusing and difficult to accept.
Do you believe in the afterlife?
I believe that existence changes with the shedding of our physical form.
If you could time travel, who would you like to meet?
I journey all the time and that’s a form of time travel. I love that I know my ancestors from 8 generations back and up.
If you woke up tomorrow with no fear, what would you do first?
I would roll back over and sleep in.
If you could change one aspect of your society what would it be?
Stop the hate! Embrace love for all!
If you could spend ten minutes with your ‘hero’ alive or dead what would you ask them?
I’d rather just listen to what they have to say.
What is one influential film that you feel has affected the collective unconscious, positively or negatively?
Pretty Woman, the leading man was cold and cruel to his lover, but he was very gallant in the end. And, yet, it is a modern fairy tale. He was alright by himself, but he was much more powerful with that woman. If the end was the beginning of the movie and he was consistently kind and loving to his beloved and vice versa, then that’s a good one.
If you had to move to another country tomorrow, where would you go?
Koh Phangan, Thailand. What a beautiful island.
What is the difference between living and existing?
It’s minimal. I think it’s the attitude of the one projecting their judgement. The truth is we all exist as we live and vice versa.
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Metaphysics, though I already teach Reiki. I’ll probably start doing some workshops on psychic discernment soon.
If you could choose one book as a mandatory read for all high school students, which book would you choose?
I would never want to make that choice for them. When I was in high school, I just waited for the teacher to recap the reading assignments in class and kept up with the mandatory books that way. I read most of them later, when I chose to.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I listen with my spirit.
What is the most desirable trait human beings can possess?
Can you describe your life in a six word sentence?
Santo Antonio please help me find… (I just moved and am still unpacking.)
What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?
What do you love most about yourself?
My ability to make myself laugh and sometimes others.
Would you like to know about all your previous lifetimes so you can learn from your mistakes?
No, it would just preoccupy me.
How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words?
I think most people relate the word to an awareness of being without restraint but, in my mind freedom is each decision we make.
If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask?
I do it all the time as a medium. I used to ask, “What happened?” but many times the answer was heartaching so now I ask, “How are you?”
What makes a person beautiful?
If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?
Peanut Butter, the puppy, not the food. She’s not a possession but she’d fit in my backpack.
When does silence convey more meaning than words? The truth of silence is more powerful than words.
Anything more than yes or no can be better answered with silence. If you ask a question and the other person is silent, you will feel the answer, truthfully.
What do you think about when you lie awake in bed?
What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down?
It depends on why I’m down. I love Kanye West when I’m frustrated but I love Cree Summer & Subject to Change when I’ve got the blues.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
The grass is green.
What is your favorite fictional story? (novel, movie, fairytale, etc.)
The Tough Bretts episode from Flight of the Conchords. 🙂
What artistic medium do you use to express yourself?
Who or what is the greatest enemy of mankind?
Fear, everything else can be reconciled.
What does God mean to you?
Hopefully, the same thing as Spirit, Universe, Creator, Allah… that which is beyond the intellect.
How do you know when it’s time to let go of something or someone?
Sometimes the bees come. Usually I can see it fading away before it does but sometimes you don’t know until it’s gone.
What have you witnessed that has strengthened/weakened your faith in humanity?
Watching babies coming into the world. Strengthened.
What is your favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?
Horton Hears a Who. I love how one who sees through the reality (Horton), steps up to the plate and saves Who-manity. Plus, I love the voices– Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Carol Burnett… They changed the story for the film but I still like it.
What are some of your favorite books?
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, The Dhammapada, Sayings of the Buddha, Lafcadio the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Psychology and Religion by C.G. Jung, Wounded in the House of a Friend by Sonia Sanchez, Starring Sally J. Freeman by Judy Blume, The Women and the Men by Nikki Giovanni, Blood Song by Eric Drooker and Angels of the Earth and the Living Goddesses by Jocelyn
Do you think people can control their own destiny?
Yes, sort of. 🙂 We all are bound by karma and all the variables that exist within the reality of interdependence. So yes, but only to the extent that one person can shift life. If my destiny were to live only 25 years as Jocelyn I wouldn’t be able to change that. However, my use of those years within whatever circumstances I come into might have potential to shift my life’s outcomes and the lives of others. Yet, my time will be finite. I can’t change that time. People grieve a lot about being limited in relationship to the world and their own experiences in life. And, yet, we also rejoice when we see our individual impact or when we work together to influence life. There are Akashic records, there are agreements that are made by souls before they take physical form and then there are the decisions we make while we are here. These all affect what we call destiny.
What do you think we could do to best improve the education system?
Dismantle everything and then we’ll see.
Who is one of your favorite philosophers, spiritual leaders or adepts?
There are so many but I love Hafiz. He’s so honest.
Have you ever had contact with beings other than human beings?
All the time! It’s what I do. 🙂
Do you think the majority of human beings will ever live in true harmony with nature in this lifetime?
Yes and no. True harmony seems like a loaded term. Balance is relative, especially, in New York.
In order to make sense of things, we tend to create associations with words. The word conscious is almost nostalgic for me, because it takes me back to high school, a time when I was first exposed to the word. When I was a teenager I listened to what everyone was calling “conscious hip-hop”, which was ironically in the mainstream at the time (those days are long gone). In 1993 artists like Queen Latifah had songs like “U.N.I.T.Y.” with lyrics like “love a black woman/man into infinity”. You’d never hear that in today’s mindless pop music. During the “Golden Era of Hip-hop”, groups like Poor Righteous Teachers rhymed about seeing with your third eye in almost every song. At the time I didn’t know what they actually meant and had never heard of the pineal gland, but I had a vague idea as if it was some long lost memory.
So what does it mean to be conscious as an artist? Even as a young person which was well before my official “spiritual awakening”, to me it simply meant caring.
Rawkus Records was once a successful indie label that put on artists rapping about social injustice and empowering yourself by standing up against oppression. They were big proponents of activism as opposed to complacency. Celebratory music has its place, and it’s important to be joyful, but we also need to balance it out with music that can motivate us, help us to heal our wounds rather than medicating and numbing them.