Will You Still Need Me?

I’m giving thanks for another year almost coming to a close.  In 52 days (but who’s counting?) I’ll turn 64 years of age on this earth.  I’ve looking forward to singing “When I’m 64″ by the Beatles at my birthday celebration!  One of the lines in the song for anyone who isn’t familiar with it is “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”

To whom would I be asking this question?  Friends?  Relatives?  Spirit?

Perhaps I would ask my Self.  Hey Self..will you still need me?  Will you still feed me?  I can answer unequivocally “YES” to that question.  My Self (the truth of who I am, not the “self” which I would call the ego) needs me…needs my body, my mind and my heart in order to express the truth of who I am.  And I’m very much loving the sustenance with which I’m being fed.

Those who hunger and thirst for the truth find it.  It’s my mission, my purpose in life to continue to express the truth of who I am in every moment of every day.  Do I always find that I’m living my purpose?  Mostly, but I do have epic fails from time to time — keeps me on my toes and ever vigilant.

And so it goes.

The Sixth Sense – Developing Your Intuition

Jill Campana:

Following one’s intuition — that still, small voice inside — what a gift.

Originally posted on Spiritual Magazine:

The Way To The Sixth Sense Is Through The Other Five

The Six Sense

By expanding your awareness into all of your senses you will automatically increase your intuition because you will be living more in the present moment with your mind enrolled in expansion and receptivity. It’s a way of living your life from one second to the next. But you have to do the work. Listen to what people say and really hear them.

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Thinking Magically™ | The Art of Actively Living

Jill Campana:

Great blog. Stop existing and start living.

Originally posted on Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
- Steve Jobs

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We all come to grips with death
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Like everyone, I have had to deal with the death of loved ones. And interfacing with some of the hospice workers involved in those passages has been remarkable. In one instance, a hospice worker said to me: “He’s on a remarkable journey and will be learning lots of things.” I discovered that the journey was really that of everyone involved in the process. And we all learn lots.

Hospice workers have a checklist to determine whether someone moves into the actively dying stage…

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Moving Energy

This Sunday I’m teaching my first Reiki I class since receiving my Reiki Master Teacher certification. What an honor. I believe I was born to do this; just as I was born to teach Nia. It’s in the stars. Really. Several years ago (more than 25 years!), I worked with an astrologist. My chart indicated that leading groups, energy work (Reiki) and creative arts (Nia) were very strong — this would be my direction in life.

At that time, I worked for a major corporation (from which I retired after 30 years in 1998). I felt I had no room in my life (at least that’s what I thought) for energy work or dance. Amazingly enough, I managed to fit in Reiki I (1986), Reiki II (1997), took Gabrielle Roth’s 7 Rhythms classes (1983 and 1993) and Eurythmy classes (1996) plus every aerobic fitness class available.

It wasn’t until I retired in 1998, moved to Indiana and subsequently to Wisconsin that the direction became apparent. I stepped in to the Nia White Belt Intensive in June of 2001, married my twin flame in July of 2001 and began a journey of consciously moving energy. My Nia practice (13+ years) has been my passion…I love to dance and Nia is conscious movement in the form of a dance exercise fitness fusion. My Nia and Reiki practices are (and have been) a part of the The Nutman Co. USA, Inc. business that my husband and I own.

My Reiki practice did not really take off until recently. I attended two Shamanic Journey workshops in March of 2014. From each of the journeys, I discovered that “Reiki Master” was the direction into which I should move. I found a Reiki Master Teacher close to home…one of my best friends and a Nia compadre! The Reiki Master and Reiki Master Teacher classes were exciting, filled with energy and except for my journey with Nia, was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

So now I get to put into practice my Reiki Master Teacher training. This Sunday, I’m stepping in to moving energy the Reiki way. I am so blessed.

Are you a Reiki practitioner? Have you had a Reiki treatment? Do you teach Nia? Have you taken a Nia class?

If you want to have the movement of energy in your life, these are two premiere modalities for doing so, and natural healing occurs along the way. It might be a cliche’ but “try it, you’ll like it!”

Breaking Open

I had an epiphany today…actually just a few seconds ago.  Just when I think I’ve offered someone else a “lesson”, ffffwap!  It’s my lesson to be learned.  My motto recently is “I’m breaking open”.  It’s not violent, it doesn’t hurt (well, I can’t actually say it doesn’t hurt…perhaps not physically speaking anyway), there’s no mess to clean up (yeah, right)…it’s just a breaking open.  It starts with a little crack in the seam of my closely guarded, lightly armored heart.

It is my belief that through teaching and passionately sharing the principles of Nia (you do know what Nia is by now, yes??), by offering and passionately sharing Reiki, by opening myself to the mysteries of Tarot, by answering questions around what’s not working well with regard to my creativity, what are my weaknesses, what are my powers…well, the crack just begins to widen and there the stuff behind those walls is pretty darned scary…stuff I’d forgotten about, stuff that was from another lifetime. And by that I mean BC (before consciousness).

So here I am breaking open, it’s not pretty, but it’s healthy.  It’s not fun, but it’s necessary.  It is in living color and I get to be the creator/inspiration for what comes next.  That’s pretty freaking awesome.  When I stop to think about it, I swoon — I use the word swoon because there is a palpable sensation that emerges with the word “swoon.”  It’s a word that invites anticipation, romance and passion.  It’s so much more colorful than “faint.”  Faint connotates dropping on the floor — unconscious.  Swoon leaves me feeling dazzled, but conscious.

The breaking open is empowering.  It is life-altering.  And it is the best excuse (if one needs an excuse)  to dance through life — not with hobnail boots but barefoot, liberating, twirling, swirling, cascading, reaching, expressing…changing and transforming moment by moment.

 

Smaller Movements

I seem to waffle between posting on my blog a lot or posting very seldom. Anyone else have that issue? I have the intention to blog every day, I just don’t do it. I’m going to reinstate the intention here that I would like to blog more often.

About a week ago, I started writing “morning thoughts” (yes, writing…as in longhand, cursive). Except for the weekend (do weekends count?), I have been true to writing down my thoughts without caring about proper punctuation or spelling — just stream of consciousness writing which pretty much amounts to getting all the buzzkill crap out of my head and onto paper.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook this morning about not always having to “push through” (relating to the fitness myth of having to push through pain or resistance in order to achieve greatness) but instead to use smaller movements, to even rest while moving.

Those words struck me deeply. As a Nia practitioner, my goal in every class is to bring a variety of movements and energies — but mostly I love the big movements — whether Tae Kwon Do kicks and punches or (Isadora) Duncan’s playful, freestyle of dance movements.

I’ve noticed that my physical stamina is not what it used to be. At the age of 30, I was doing amateur weightlifting (ala Arnold) and going to the health club EVERY day using all the machines and taking aerobics classes. My body was buff. At the age of 40, I gave the health club, machines and aerobics classes up and began to search for other types of dance exercise. I found Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms and Rudolf Steiner’s Eurythmy, which ultimately led me to Nia.

At the age of 63 (closing in on 64 — will you still need me?), I am committing to making smaller movements, slowing down, quieting down. That does not mean my Nia classes won’t be kick ass spectacular, they will be. But there will be a difference and it will be magical.