Tonight’s full moon is in the wonderfully watery sign of Aquarius. Within the circles and worlds of the mystics, astrology passionatas, and cosmic surfers this particular full moon is very auspicious. There are three windows of energy driving each full moon, and these are:
1) The exact point of day PRIOR to the full moon;
2) The Full Moon day itself;
3) The day directly following the Full Moon.
It is a full 180 degree stretch between the sign occupied by the Full Moon and the sign occupied by the Sun. The day prior to July 22 sees the moon in earthy Capricorn and the Sun sitting in the emotional and watery Cancer. The very next day, the chart shifts, and this Full Moon of July 22, 2013 lies within Aquarius, placing the sign directly opposite the Aquarius house as Leo. Therefore, the Sun resides at this point in time within the house of Leo. The sign of Leo is ruled, rather potently, by the element of Fire itself. If the Sun depicts the energy, vibration and oscillation of Male energy, then the Moon depicts the energy, vibration and oscillation of Female energy. With the potency of Aquarius and Leo backing the two of these, it creates a very strong window of opportunity for Manifestation, driven particularly by the marriage and balancing of the Divine Feminine and the Sacred Masculine within each of us.
Here are some simple, yet very effective ways to work with the intensity of this particular Full Moon energy:
· Set a clear, emotion-filled, heart-driven intention for yourself. If you are able to work with a stone or crystal at this time, I would highly recommend it. A few stones I would suggest are:
a) Citrine, for its manifestation and Fire balancing qualities
b) Amethyst, for working with the energy of Aquarius and clearing the higher chakras for highest intent of manifestation
c) Garnet and Jasper, for a lovely ‘massage’ of the Heart Center and clarity of heart driven prayer
First, clear the stones with running water or sage smoke (preferably followed by the smoke of sweetgrass). Secondly, ask the stone if it is willing to work with you for your highest good. There are a few different methods of establishing a ‘yes/no’ response, ie: a pendulum or muscle testing. Upon receiving a ‘yes’ response, you may gently place your intention to the stone, and mentally or vocally repeat your intention until you feel it ‘take hold’ within and around you.
· Upon going to bed for the night, intend to work with the dreamtime. Ask for guidance within your dreams, and for clarity and understanding upon awakening.
a) Place the ‘Intention Stone’ you have just worked with beneath your pillow. You may be surprised at the vividness and knowledge that come up within your dreams by performing this simple task.
b) Keep a dream journal next to your bed, in the event that you wake during the night in the midst of a dream and have the feeling to remember it. More often than not, if you think to yourself that there is absolutely NO way you will forget this dream and choose to go back to sleep, the chances are good that you will forget in upon waking again in the morning. Frustrating, I know, but ‘tis the mysterious way of the psyche!
c) First thing the following morning, be sure to record any insights, sensations, or emotions that you experience. Greet the day with gratitude. Remember, this process can also be done the day/night after the Full Moon.
· For the days and weeks following the Full Moon, intend upon paying heed to the Divine Mother.
a) Shower upon yourself the true essence of Self Love, a reverence for the Great Mystery, a commitment to decisive action for following the mysterious and magical path of your own intuition.
b) Take note of what you have given, and give yourself permission to open to receive.
c) Trust your spirit and its innate wisdom of freedom within action.
We are working with the mighty dance of Aquarian Air and Leo Fire here. Unique ways of self-expression are likely to bring themselves to the forefront. This is a delicate dance now, and work must be undertaken to find a way to authentically ignite the flame of intent and desire, while gently and gracefully fanning these flames with the delicate breath of air. This is truly the idea behind breathing life into ideas. Aquarius energy is also great to work with in the realms of technology and learning techniques for navigating the new world which is being birthed at this time.
Once put into motion from within, air moves swiftly and fire responds accordingly. Motion must be undertaken. In this, yes, I mean physical movement. In whatever way you sweat your prayers, be it Yoga, Dance, Walking/Running or Martial Arts, be sure to move the body in order to anchor these gifts within your energy field. This is also to maintain a healthy equilibrium between Mind, Body, and Spirit. We do not want the mind to take over so that the potency of these elements become less so. Of course, I am partial to the dancing path myself. So my method is to grab some good, pounding music and drive my body into action with the beat. Apres-danse is a perfect time to pick up your journal and a pen.
Intend now upon expanding beyond limiting beliefs, creating goals (both personal and business related), and committing yourself to the notion of trying new things while catching hold of your thought waves in order to guide them into new territory. You may even feel the need at this point to change some things, such as your hairstyle or your presentational wardrobe. Listen to that. Most importantly, allow yourself the time and space to process your experiences. Claim your place within your own life. Remember that you are the grand architect of your experience here … your Earth Walk. Make yourself a promise to never forget this one simple, yet deep seeded truth. No matter what comes up for you in this experience, above all else, remember to love this process. However it feels, trust that it is at work for you and your highest good. Remember to let go, and to have fun!
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Decompression the Cosmic Way, by Sarah Varcas
This is the first of two Full Moons in Aquarius making the second (20th/21st August) an auspicious astrological Blue Moon. In an attempt to clear the air ready for this lunar event, the current Full Moon brings us a veritable energy blast, filled with the electrical power of its ruler Uranus who is now moving retrograde in Aries.
This is not the most comfortable of Moons. There’s some irritation here and a building inner pressure which may cause us to feel what I can only describe as compressed. Think of the pressure within an aerosol can and this’ll give you an idea of the energies around us right now. We want to break out and be free, explode into life, but instead we have to squeeze ourselves through this little nozzle to get into open air. And we all know what damage aerosols can do…
The good thing is this pressure has a powerfully creative element to it if we allow it expression rather than seek only to confine it. If we feel it building inside us this is a sure sign that something needs to be acknowledged and expressed, no matter how much we may prefer that it politely go away. This Moon helps us with this expression if we’ll let her, and if we won’t she’ll just call upon Uranus to do it for us anyway, so far better we step up to the plate and take responsibility for our own personal de-compression chamber and begin to release some of it bit by bit.
It may be anger, frustration, impatience, jealousy, despair… so many emotions we’d rather not have and yet which seem to take up so much energy when they come upon us. This Moon is triggering them now, not to torture us with our inner demons but to show us how their compressed energy inside of us is just about ready to explode. There’s nowhere left for it to go except outward. It will tolerate forced containment no more, which is why we need to stay alert to our feelings and behaviour at this Full Moon, not allowing the polarisation of blame and attack, judgement and conflict. Instead we are all united in a process of decompression during which we can breathe out fully and allow all this pressured, built up energy inside us to gradually release. We may need to do something physical to assist with it: walking, dancing, running. We may prefer to sit quietly and watch it disperse. We may need to act it out, write it out, sing it out. Whatever’s necessary to release the energy we must be prepared to do with awareness and the intention that its expression contribute to the highest good of us all.
To be honest, this is a bit of a test. Here we have an opportunity to show just how far we’ve come in managing the powerful energies that build inside. They can feel so huge, so over-powering that we may live our lives in fear of ever expressing them or even admitting they’re there. But however huge they feel, the universe is infinitely bigger and no matter how much of them we have to release there will always be space for more if necessary. What may feel all-pervading and destructive to us is a mere puff to the endless cosmos into which we gaze!
So this Full Moon is all about energy and what we do with it, how we express it. It’s about owning up to the monster we thought we had inside only to find in the eyes of the universe it’s merely a naughty puppy that needs some love and a bit of firm training. So yes, a pressurised Moon for sure, but one that’s ready to reveal just how creative we can be with the energy inside if we’ll only own up to it in the first place!
Happy Full Moon everyone!
This is a wonderful, small write-up from Lori Saltzman of the Moving Center.
Last month One Billion Rising called people all over the planet to stand up together. The power of the dance, the power of so many human beings embodying a single truth, was a magnificent tribal event the world has rarely seen.
And...standing up is not a one time event – it takes fortitude. In relationships, at work, in a conversation, with our own habits, we are called to stand again and again, in movements big and small, and rarely with a roaring crowd cheering us on.
So how do we learn to embody this powerful practice? For 30 years my most faithful teacher and potent ally has been my body in motion.
Where do you stand? What do you stand for? Who do you stand behind, beside? What are you afraid to stand up for? What won’t you stand for anymore? How do you stand your ground when the ground is shaking?
Let’s ask the questions and let our bodies answer.
I have been coming across so many words lately, written by others, that I am enjoying immensely. Not to mention, words that are to large degrees pertinent to elements within my own personal teaching and learning journey ... and so, I feel great beauty within the sharing. I have taught yoga now for many years, and it is always an intriguing mystery surrounding the teacher/student relationship and dynamic. Keeping in mind, I believe we are all our own teachers, and every single person carries their own individuated and potent form of Medicine. Healing logistics aside, and speaking simply from the practical "one room, one teacher, multiple students" arrangement, I found this article itself to be great medicine, because it is truth. In nearly every class I have taught in a registered setting, there is a sort of 'archetypal' line up that comes into form, which to this day leaves me somewhat quizzical about it. Not to mention, I am very sensitive. Not in the overly-emotional sense of the word ... but as in, I very easily pick up on what others are feeling and experiencing. It is a big job, this teaching gig. It is a big job, and a huge passion. That is what, despite the 'doubters and comparers', the sometimes judgments, the anxieties and uncertainties that mix up into one breathy room ... that is what keeps we impassioned instructors showing up at the mat. Sometimes I have felt like standing at the front of the room, demonstrating a posture, and then calling out to the class "You do!" as the author describes below! This is not my process however, but admittedly it sounds like a fun one! Yet I will continue with my methods. Because there are also the supporters, the cheerleaders, and the pure lovers of the process. And it is precisely this process, and the trust we know we must hold within it, that will keep us coming back for more.
Ten Tips from a Yoga Student
By Russell Shields I am not a yoga teacher. I am one of those people who bring a mat to class and do the asanas with everyone else. I have been a yoga student for many years. The experience has taught me how to be a better yoga student. I now offer 10 tips on how to get more out of the student/teacher relationship.
1. BE A STUDENT. If you are a student, it is important to be a good student. This means adopting the attitude of a diligent student for the class period, especially with a new teacher. For many of us, especially if one has a regular practice, there is a tendency to compare teachers and think we know of a better way for the class to be taught. The mind likes to think, “My other teacher did not do it that way. This feels weird.” When I first took ashtanga yoga, it seemed that some of the set sequence of poses would make more sense if done in a slightly different order. After years of practice, I have come to realize there is wisdom in the sequence just as taught.
2. BE OPEN. Thoughts that the teacher is teaching incorrectly is a wrong attitude that puts up a barrier to learning what the teacher has to offer. The truth is, we can learn something from every teacher, if we can BE OPEN to what they have to teach. I have had teachers whose asana practice was less developed than mine. However, I learned much from them. The more advanced student must be especially aware of this pitfall, as there is a tendency to use existing knowledge and experience as a sort of bias against new teachings and experiences.
3. OVERLOOK. Yoga teachers, like all of us, are works in progress. It is not unusual to hear them mispronounce the names of asanas, embarrass students, criticize other teachers, arrive late, start the class late, run the class past the scheduled end time, display anger, direct you into a sequence of poses and then forget to do the “other side,” leaving you feeling lopsided. Most yoga teachers are not masters and teach at least some mistakes. It is important to remember that they are people in different stages of development, just like the students. My wife once asked an East Indian lady the secret to a long, happy marriage. She responded, “Overlook.” The fact is, people come mixed. They are not all good or all bad. It is up to us to overlook the flaws so that we can enjoy the real yoga teachings, which are pristine and eternal.
Although yoga teachers may be flawed, it is also true that you would be hard pressed to find a more heart-centered, God-loving group of people. They do not teach for the “big bucks.” Most yoga teachers are not striving to reach early retirement. However, it is fair to say that most are working on piling up sizeable spiritual bank accounts -- a quality that is both admirable and endearing.
4. EXPECT ODD SITUATIONS. Yoga teachers sometimes do things that seem very odd. There is an implicit trust relationship between the teacher and student. It is the teacher's duty to find a way to get the student to learn and the student's duty is to be obedient and open. Since yoga deals with mind, body and spirit, the forms of teaching can be quite odd indeed.
One of my yoga teachers, Dawn S., would often choose one person per class session to receive special help with supta kurmasana, the turtle pose. This is a pretzel pose to end them all. Dawn was not happy until someone was completely scrunched into a tiny ball, feet crossed, head in crotch, arms between and under the legs and bent behind the back. When she “helped” me into it, my breathing became about 1/100th of what it was up to then. Tim M. could somehow put me into twisting poses like marichyasana D, where my hands barely clasped, and then he would help other people for what seemed like FOREVER, or until my sweaty hands got so weak they slipped apart and the pose collapsed. Tim was also fond of saying, urdhva dhanurasana, or backbend/wheel, “is like pancakes--the first two are no good.” To me, that meant we were going to be holding the pose FOREVER, or until the body shook and collapsed down, over and over again. At the end of the wheel poses, he would sometimes say, “OK now, second set!”
The yoga literature is full of stories of teachers doing even more strange things to make a point to the student. For example, the great teacher, Kabir, was chastised by some Muslims for pointing his feet in the direction of Mecca. Kabir responded by asking his critics to kindly point his feet in the direction that did not face God. Mulana Rum, or Rumi, is reported to have said, “If the teacher says soak your prayer mat in wine, soak it in wine.” In so many ways, the teacher and the yoga challenge our parameters and break down limitations to growth. So if the teacher places you in an odd situation, try to use it as an opportunity to learn.
5. HANG IN THERE. I have found that the solution to the odd situations is to hang in there, even if you don't like it. Sooner or later, the wisdom comes out. For example, after a while, I learned from Dawn that the turtle pose can be very peaceful, sort of like your own personal sadhu cave. I learned from Tim that twisting poses can really help me to open UP and expand. I even learned that backbends get easier. The key was always just hanging in there. When one of my teachers, Steve, saw the class straining in a difficult pose, he would encourage us to hang in there by saying, “Don't leave before the miracle. It is just coming.” There is truth to that statement. I am grateful to my teachers, including Dawn, Tim and Steve , for their encouragements and patience.
Avoid comparing yourself to others. Negative thoughts can block all progress. Thoughts like “I will never be that good” will suck away your energy and put you into a mode of struggle in the practice. Expect that some days you will feel better than others. Ultimately , it is what is going on internally, not externally, that counts. If you hang in there, you will get great satisfaction from the yoga. Just keep doing the yoga. Do it during the ordinary turmoil of life. Do it despite days of lesser strength and flexibility. Do it without comparing yourself to what others are doing on the mat next to you.
6. DO IT THEIR WAY. Teachers have different styles. Some are young, very flexible, strong, and vigorous. Their classes are often a faster paced, more intense workout. Older or more experienced teachers often place less emphasis on external form and more emphasis on breath and concentration during the practice. There is no bad choice. What is important is to do the practice their way so that you can get the benefit from their style of teaching.
For example, I have noticed Iyengar teachers talk a lot during class. They explain every tiny detail of the asana until I feel mentally exhausted from the input. Also, I know several Iyengar teachers who can be very picky about the way you fold blankets. However, I am deeply indebted to them for teaching yoga etiquette and the great body of physical / mechanical info rmation they provided. I would not have gotten that benefit if I left the class because the teachers never shut up
7. YOU DO! In contrast, I have noticed that a s h tanga teachers give very little instruction. The class moves from pose to pose and you are left to figure out precisely how each pose should be done. One teacher would sometimes silently show a pose and then only say, “You do!” I learned a lot from those two words. To my surprise, what I did not know the doing often taught me. If I had not experienced the asana flow without the teaching interruptions, I would not have developed the slow , rhythmic breathing in movement that leads to a deeper practice. In the end , it is not doing asanas but learning to repose--to achieve a deep sense of the eternal within -- that is the real yoga practice. The understanding and internal experience that eventually come from the yoga are the best teacher. If you open your heart and just do the practice, then the timeless and pristine gifts of yoga will be discovered.
8. ETIQUETTE. The newer student may be surprised to know there is an unofficial yoga etiquette that is widely accepted. First on my unofficial list is to come with fairly clean body and mat. I am not all that finicky about odor. Even so, being on a yoga mat next to malodorous feet or mat has ruined the whole experience for me many times. Be on time. If you are late, just stand near the door and wait for the teacher to acknowledge you and direct you to a spot. Most teachers will arrange a spot for you, when the time is right.
9. RELAX/DON'T TENSE UP. As a result of being the equivalent of human pretzel dough to many teachers over the years, I have learned that the best way to take an adjustment is to RELAX. Let it happen. Try to get the feel of what the pose is like after you are in the adjusted pose. Try to get the “body memory” of the adjusted pose. Does it feel better than before? How is it different from what you were doing? Good things happen when you relax. You go much deeper into the pose. You may learn that mentally surrendering is a huge key to spiritual growth. DON'T TENSE UP. The converse is also true. Tense up and bad things happen. When you resist, the deep steady breathing is lost, tension comes in, the mind gets defensive and becomes unreceptive. The selfish mantra of “what will happen to me” is soon to surface. One of the challenges in backbends is to relax in what is at first perceived as a stressful situation. This lesson carries over into daily life. As my practice has become established, I notice that when my daily work gets intense, my deep , slow yoga with ujjai breathing get going and automatically the situation becomes more even.
10. HONOR AND ENCOURAGE. We should honor and encourage our yoga teachers. I notice that when a yoga instructor just walks by me, or adjusts me, my practice immediately perks up, and I try a little harder for awhile. Teachers also benefit from recognition and feedback. When I think of the great line of yoga teachers stretching back into antiquity who brought these great teachings to us, it is natural to feel humility and gratitude to all yoga teachers. For these reasons, it is good to honor and respect yoga teachers. I try to bring flowers to class once in a while. I like to remember them at Christmas with small gifts like nuts, incense or a yoga type calendar. Sometimes just a few words about how I sincerely enjoyed a class or how I improved from an adjustment in the class bring a smile to their face.
Russell Shields was last in Chicago in 1968. He came as one of many Students for a Democratic Society who engaged in anti-war protests at the Democratic Convention. Soon after, he began studying hatha yoga with Yogi Sharma in Long Beach, California. In 1972 he was initiated into surat shabd (meditational) yoga by G uru Charan Singh. Russell has traveled to India between 15 and 20 times, mostly to see his guru at an ashram in Punjab, India. He has traveled the Himalayas, studied medi t ation with the Brama Kumaris in Rajasthan, performed Shivaite practices in Varanasi. Russell is a partner in the law firm of Shields & Kowalski located in Tustin, California. He is a longtime , familiar student at many yoga studios. Since writing this story, Russell has started to teach a yoga class at Bally's Gym in Southern California.
This is the transcription of an interview with actress Tantoo Cardinal that took place with CTV News in regards to the Idle No More movement. I found Tantoo's words so beautifully raw and striking, and so much further reaching than the INM movement itself, that I took the time to sit down and write it out as I listened. Here it is.
--"We were put here by the Creator just the same as everybody else was...when I talk about a smouldering, those types of battles have been going on all over the country for generations and generations and generations...i think what's happened here is that C-45 really illustrates what gov'ts have been doing to indigenous people, but what's happened this time is it can't be identified as just indigenous. We are the ones that are standing up, because we are the ones that have the contract with creator, with Creative Force.
What's in those treaties, is a responsibility to natural force - for lack of a better term. It's a responsibility to be caretakers of this land. We were here...we were here. The blueprint of how to relate to our Sacred Mother Earth...she is alive. What that means is that we have responsibilities...as she feeds us, and is constantly giving, giving, giving...and always working towards balance, we have responsibilities towards that. But the people that "know everything", who have decided that we are primitive and have no sense of civilization, have decided that we have nothing to offer and that we don't know nothing...
It is that spark that's ignited and says that yes, we have responsibilities to the water, to the land, to life, and no gov't, no corporation, no nobody can stand on our necks and say 'no, that's not right'...the Mayan calendar is over and it re-begins...it starts again. And it's a cycle of truth, and it's a cycle of light...and INM is connecting with the planet...the land...and WATER...if you drink water, you should be paying attention! Don't be distracted. It's not just about treaties.
And besides that, treaties belong to everybody. Everybody that is on this land, was a part of the signing of that treaty...I believe in Peace and Light. That is what we're defending...we're standing in the energy of 'the earth needs healing'. She WILL heal. She will look after business. And that tar sands is a big, cancerous cyst. As men and women we have a certain responsibility, and it's the combination of those energies that make it a whole...It's all gonna be nice, but there is alot of work to do and it's HARD and it's been set for a long time. INM is bringing it all out so it can move and it can start to heal."
- Tantoo Cardinal
The Time is Nigh. The End is Near. The poles are reversing. The ice caps are melting. The globe is warming. The Mayan Calendar is closing. Jesus is coming. It's the zombie apocalypse. Shift Happens.
By now, we've heard it all, in one form or another. What we choose to believe is our choice. It is hard to deny that something big is going down. Hard to deny, I dare say, by anyone. It is very apparent that the world is in a time of massive shift. No one can truly know what is coming, though many have asserted to know. Yet with the eyes to see and the ears to hear, we feel it in our bones. Our hearts may flutter with excitement, while our chests may clutch in fear. This shift is collective in its nature, and much is being asked of us on a spiritual level, which breathes into all levels of the emotional, mental, and physical self. In both my work and in my workshops, I am encountering much yearning which is offset by much uncertainty. This may lead to seeking or to grasping, or it may lead to its opposite - which I have perceived as a sort of numbness. This numbness allows us to believe that everything is just as it was and nothing is truly "going on". The Earth is just as it was; sacred resources will supply our employment, plump our wallets and fill our fridges; new vehicles and forever new supersmart me-myself-and-i-phones can continue to fly off the product lines onto shelves and into every room of our homes and they will do so comfortably with no repercussions to our health or safety any level.
But this is not Truth. We know this. We know this so deep in our bones, throughout the entire landscape of our hearts and our minds. We know this, and it rages deep into our very cells to the microcosmic degree. And we are now being asked to tell ourselves the Truth, every microcosmic moment of every macrocosmic day. Much is going on, much is happening, and it will not stop anytime soon. We are being asked to harness our energies, and to get to know them intimately. What is that niggling behind my eyebrow? Why is that old injury acting up after all these years? Why is my menstrual cycle kicking in every two weeks? Every two months? Why does my knee give out every time I walk away from so-and-so? What are these childhood memories resurfacing for? Why does this shit keep happening to me?
It is time to ask the deeper questions. It is time again, to believe. To allow ourselves to remember who we are, where we came from, and where we wish to go. We have worked long on ourselves, in order to balance ourselves within this process of Healing and Awakening. It is inevitable, but we can of course put blinders and masks on if we so choose. It is, after all, a free will universe. Dates and numbers are effective with which to look to for a landmark of awareness - but nothing within manifest reality is finite. We are the navigators of our own waters. We do have help, we do have guidance, but we are being asked to wipe the sleep from our eyes. We are being asked to stand our ground and not allow the shades to be drawn any longer. Be the eye of the hurricane, but don't deny the hurricane its existence. This is an option that we do have. Pretending no longer serves anyone, anything, anywhere - and things are moving much too swiftly now for us to look away from ourselves in the mirror.
It is not easy to watch this go down, to see the game unfold, to feel the wounds and the pains as they wash to the surface. But please, let's not allow ourselves to get disheartened. We are doing the work, we must simply remain diligent. Let us also not allow the rockiness of this massive shift to give way to a fearful need to control. This can lead to an insatiable desire for power. And we are being asked to re-define, re-form, and re-claim this very word. The power-hunger-program is one born of a very old paradigm which is now causing large ripples and waves as it moves to the surface in order to be cleared. Let us choose to clear it. True power comes from within our own selves, our own bodies, our soul vibes and essences. Let us be clear. This is not power over - it is power within. Let us be conscientious that we do not grasp outwards for "pieces of power". The stars are within us.
To quote Don Mariano Quispe, of the Q'ero Lineage, "Our inner stars are linked to our souls and with the Kawsay Pacha (living energy world) and with the cosmos, in all of its manifestations. Each of our inner stars holds information about where we came from and where we are going. It carries information about our biological lineages and about our spiritual lineages. It is like a guiding star - or a guiding light: illuminating the pathways of our souls from the past through the present and into the future ... our inner stars can illuminate areas from our past (including past generations) that are infused with hucha (heavy energy), like emotional hurts from our childhood or physical trauma. Our inner stars reveal these areas of hucha to us and support us with cleansing and illuminating our past so that our present and future can be clean and clear and radiant."
This is the time to begin to work with our individual abilities, gifts, passions, and "keys". It is not necessary that we 'go' anywhere. Let us thrive well in our places, and the temples of our bodies. Our information and tools are right here inside of us. We brought them with us when we came into this world. Let us restore them to their original intended divinity. As the old adage goes, the only constant we can count on, is that there will be change.
Let us also not give way to the heavy arms of hopelessness. We are revisiting that which we have allowed, over time, to seep in. Some old programs and thought patterns have been triggered into release on their own terms and we have had to sit tight for the ride. Some of the old has taken a lot of work, on an individual basis, in such a way that we have been able to manage the releases and their effects on our personal timing and in some cases, on our own terms. Now we are being asked to truly feel the beauty and magic of working as a cohesive and interwoven collective. It would serve us well to keep driving the points of our deepest desires home. That which we wish to see happen for our families, our communities, our homelands. Do not give up hope. Let us place our signatures on those pieces of paper. And let us sign them, over and over again, until we feel that our voices are heard and that we, ourselves, believe us.
Today, for the first time in many months, I was child-free in dance class. This was thanks to my very gracious and intuitive babysitter, whom I believe could feel how run off my feet I was becoming with one babe in arms and two at my side all summer long. There is a very fine line between being run off of one's feet, and dancing into one's feet. There it is. The key. When things seem to get crazy, chaotic or out of control, my medicine is to dance my energy. Dance it back inside.
Once I got into the dance studio, I didn't quite know what to do with my free hands. They felt almost 'too' free after having them continually filled. (To be true, I am typing this one-handed as we 'speak' ;) Deciding to explore this new space, after the first wave of movement I decided to really take my time getting into the second wave of movement. I wanted to ooze lusciously into the floor, to feel cradled by the earth and fully use the gift of gravity to give my body a complete stretch over and a deep release. This also happened to be one of those fine days where the music I had chosen for class fit the freedom bill perfectly, it was a groovy and relaxing sound massage.
When I finally came out of my deep breathing and stillness, everyone else was already standing and moving, deeply entranced in their own journeys and flowing with their dance. It was so beautiful to see. Despite the fact that the studio is surrounded by wall to wall mirrors, everyone had eyes closed. Though mirrors can also at times serve a good purpose in observing, accepting and loving the natural movements we are each gifted with, I do enjoy it immensely when the existence of the mirrors is dropped from mind and all we are left with is free movement. Free movement, directed only by our joy and gratitude for the gifts of our body vehicles. I am filled once again with awe at the power and beauty of this medicine. The entire room was electric and pulsed by that which holds all things as One. Cohesive.
At the completion of this one particular dance journey, the sense of community and bonding was both blissful and grounding.
And I was able to go home, arms free and expanded, scoop up my babes and feel them close while I showered them with butterfly kisses. Still. Free.
It is no secret that across humanity's rich history, people have been drawn rather powerfully to gemstones and crystals. And it is also no secret that these amazing stone beings are among the most beloved treasures of the Earth herself.
It is more than just their beauty that attracts people to them - it is the radiant Life Force that these stones and crystals contain within them to which people are instinctively drawn.
Crystals, and particularly Quartz, may help one to become more balanced. The more balanced one is, the more Life Force can flow freely through them. Not only can stones and crystals contain Life Force, but they can also transform it into gemstone energy.
This increased flow of energy will create even greater balance, which in turn brings more Life Force to the individual, resulting in less room for disease . . . it is a beautiful alchemic cycle of healing. As stones and crystals loosen stuck energies and movement is freed, this additional energy nourishes, balances, and aligns the inner aspects of mind, memory, and emotions.
My approach to Crystal Healing is one of developing an intimate relationship with the stones, in order to tune in to the consciousness of the stone and work with it more effectively. Crystals and stones are very powerful teachers and energy oscillators and need to be worked with consciously and lovingly.
Using these teachers as our examples, we can see that it is possible for form to manifest Light, for every atom to oscillate at a common frequency, and for every molecule to order itself into perfect alignment. Thusly, it is possible for us to align every fiber of our bodies to this common source.
Each session is unique to the individual. Along with intuitive guidance, stones and crystals are selected according to size, shape, colour and mineral content. These healings may have you develop or build upon your own heart-based intuition, inner knowing, and relationship with stones, heightening awareness and personal healing abilities.
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of your passing. It was a grand, round number of age that you chose... the infinite number of 88. And I say infinite, because I still feel you, and within my heart you and your memories live on and live strong.
| find myself doing things that you enjoyed so much, such as watching Coronation Street and leaving music on all day just to sing along with it while I do housework. I always, always tune in to David Suzuki when the time presents itself. Oh my, would you believe I even watch the news now and again? I have yet to immerse myself in a proper game of Yahtzee or Scrabble however... but that is coming, I assure you!
Your passion for all growing things has grown within me also, and I am happy to say that I have attempted planting my first garden this year which includes more than just flowers... although the rainy weather hasn't done much to help it along (yet)! I know what you would say, "Don't you fret about it sweetheart, there is always next year!"
Saoirse has carried your namesake well, there are so many bits and pieces of you within her. She has your serenity, the same twinkle in her eyes, the same complete and utter glee about the simplest things. She loves to cuddle, and she loves to hold hands. The first thing she does every morning when she wakes is reach for me and smile into my eyes. There is no better way to start the day than this! I recall the last few days with you, and holding your hand... how if even for a moment I stepped away you would awaken and ask into the room, "Where is that hand?" Right here, Grandma, it's right here.
I will have precisely one half of a bottle of beer in your honour, and as you would have said, I will be "keeping it LEVEL..." :)
I will enjoy a meal in your honour, just as you imagined to enjoy with Derek and I in those final days, confined to your bed but expressing in great detail the fine restaurant the three of us were in, and the delightful meal that we shared together. I will recreate that meal that we 'shared' by your bedside, in that grand restaurant, Grandma. And I will savour every morsel.
Although I know your Spirit dances strong, I miss you so, so much. Thank you for your love, your inspiration, your fine example.
And that bag of Nahappi tea that I never got to you in time... it still makes me cry, but tomorrow I will open it for the first time.
We will delight in it together.
As a necessary part of getting to know ourselves in this day to day dance we call life, learning what we want and what we don't, knowing where we came from and where we are headed, feeling what moves us and what holds us in stillness...
We tell ourselves stories.
We do it beginning at an early age, and perhaps some of these stories are ones that are told to us. If you've been around children for any length of time, you know that children are incredibly skilled with their imaginations and the worlds they weave. Their imaginary worlds can be very real for them, in that moment... but then the moment will pass once they decide they need a nap, some snuggle time, or a mid-afternoon snack. Suddenly hunger or fatigue sets in, and the physical once again becomes primary. The story is put back on the shelf, momentarily, awaiting the next play date much like a toy placed back in its box for the night.
Children however, being fresher to the world, are usually able to let go of their stories and let them wisp to the wind. Perhaps to come back at some point, or perhaps never again... but rarely to let it stick, and certainly not to cause harm. How could it, it's only a story, it's only imaginary, right? Even invisible friends come and go, though some know or believe these to be guides and spirits (and this is something that as tuned in parents, we should nurture in our children). The idea of tongue-clucking and eye-rolling at the unseen - which is expressed by our children - is shifting. If not accepted, I would say it is at least more tolerated.
Now, that is children. As we grow into adulthood, we are still very much able to tell ourselves stories.
Harmless, right? Sure.
So long as we are aware that it is just that. A harmless story.
Dance with your own stories, sing with them, play and write with them. If left unexpressed, they may stew and become a bit more solid within you. Express them - and be sure to do so safely, beautifully, and lovingly - however that may take form. No one else has had your experiences. No one else has your filters or your eyes. There is no one else that believes exactly the way that you do.
Stories become harmful if they become your reality, unfounded, born of anger and mistrust. If you move from these stories as a base without studying them inside and out, you may trip for a hard fall. And they become destructive if projected upon another, without shining your light upon them first and seeing them clearly. Placing them gently upon a smooth foundation, studying them intently, and taking all necessary action to be sure that your story is aligned with the world you wish to have expressed within and around you will be of great benefit. It will help to heal and nurture you, your loved ones, the world.
Now go on... breathe deep.
Turn the corners of your mouth upward in delight and curiousity.
Place your hand upon your chest.
What is your story? Do tell.
The world is waiting.
Just the other day I heard the most wonderful string of words: "There is no path to Enlightenment, there is only stepping out of the Darkness." Bam. The world is shifting, flowing into new territory, and I see more and more that people are placing others upon pedestals less and less. We are all human, all fallible, and there is no means to an end. We came from the spirit realm, we know it there well. And that is to where we shall return.
Tonight I was spending some fabulous quality time with my eight year old niece. She was having great fun goofing around, and one of her plays included her donning a pair of too-large heels, turning to the door and exclaiming, "Oh my, it's midnight!" Then running for the door, she kicked one shoe off and left it behind... having us all laughing so hard we were in stitches.
This got my sometimes too-deep mind running later on in the evening... it is indeed midnight. The end of one cycle, moving from light of day to dark of night momentarily, allowing the world and all beings upon it to rest before we give birth again to the light. And sometimes, we need to kick off our old shoes and find a new pair.
The sleep is being wiped from our eyes, even while commercials, flyers and advertisements are being hurled our way to spend, spend, spend. The old is making way for the new, and perhaps we are experiencing its final death throes. Could this be true? Are we really clearing through the brushes to pave new paths for yet uncharted soul journeys? The old won't go down without a fight, and this is where we must keep the light in our eyes shining strong, our senses alive and engaged.
We hear so much of the statement, "it's not about You", while in the same breath we are told that the work that we do on ourselves is what will effect the outcome of all that surrounds us. So in this regard, everything is about You. What I will say to that is this... we are learning to step into our power as individuals, while sensing the intrinsic pulse that connects and keeps us all as One. We each came here for a reason. Each of us carries a Medicine, and we are each a piece of the greater cosmic puzzle. Some vastly aware of their missions, some working corporate jobs perhaps unaware of the lightwork they are performing, and there are all levels of awareness in between.
I am reminded of a spiritual teacher who once told me a story. She had been rushing to buy lunch between classes and was digging through her purse for change. Outside of the shop was an older man, appearing weathered and homeless, and he asked her to spare some of her change. She replied that no, she could not, and with an apology she rushed into the cafe. As she turned to leave with her food, she passed the man on her way out. As he walked, she saw rainbow colours and beautiful codes flying out from beneath the man`s feet. She stopped, frozen, and looked up at the man. He paused to catch her gaze, and then with a sparkle in his eye, he winked at her. My teacher at this point remembers standing there awestruck and thinking, ``I know nothing.``
So I end here with this - perhaps clarity is finally gracing us as we dust off the shoes we brought with us to wear at this time. They may feel a bit tight, but if we just wear them around the house for awhile, we`ll break them in and finally be able to wear them out. Maybe even spend some time dancing the night away in them, and with a bit of luck, grace, and faerie dust, maybe our coaches won't turn into pumpkins (wink, wink ;)
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