I’ve come to the conclusion that this banquet of sensations that are roiling about in my body, mind and heart are my spirit’s invitation to expand…to be more of who I say I am…to stop hiding my greatness. All of my astrological charts, my Tarot readings, and in particular my own intuition, are pointing to “expansion”.
I had a phenomenal phone conversation with a good friend the other day. Expansion became the topic. Of particular interest was what is happening currently in my life that is allowing for this expansion and what obstacles or issues have kept me from experiencing it up to now.
Interestingly enough, through just a bit of prompting from my friend, I was able to pretty much pinpoint an event that occurred where I was able to release a long-held belief/judgment that instantly created the sensation of breathing deeply, expanding my heart realm, opening my…
The words “Stay identified with the irresistible force” were in my dreams last night…all night.
What is the irresistible force? Spirit in Action. Love in Action. Integrity in Action.
The Irresistible Force is the total opposite of what is being portrayed in the world today with all of the violence and killing. Humanity at its worst. If you have nothing else with which to identify then it’s very easy to get caught up in this chaos and destruction.
There is a choice to be made. Stay identified with the Irresistible Force or find yourself dealing with the consequences of not doing so.
The world’s ways are not my ways. Rise up my love, my fair one and come away.
Three years ago I had an extensive tarot reading done about what was to emerge in 2015 for me. I had it rocking around in my being somewhere that I wanted to blend Nia (a cardiovascular dance and lifestyle practice) with tarot. The guidepost words that came out of that reading were: Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare. What better words does one need than those in order to manifest one’s dream? The tarot reading I had done also indicated that 2016 was actually when it would all take place. I am not a patient person. Waiting is not something I do comfortably or easily. When the tarot/Nia blend didn’t immediately happen for me in 2015, I turned my focus to other things — in other words I became distracted from my original intent.
So, to make a long story short…in 2016 I stepped in to my dream. I’ve been teaching Nia for 15 years — if you’re not familiar with Nia, check out http://www.nianow.com — my interest in tarot goes way back. In order to read tarot, one must dream, create, study, learn, inquire and prepare. and hat is exactly what I’ve been doing in 2016. I’ve successfully blended Nia and tarot. I bring a reading I’ve done ahead of time into my Tuesday Nia class. I bring enlarged color copies of each card used in the reading that I lay out on the floor in the tarot spread. We discuss the reading. Then we “dance the cards”. I put music to each of the initial 6 tarot cards. I end with a meditation of the chakras.
My dream has become a reality for me.
By the way, my dream also includes being a Black Belt Nia Practitioner, a Reiki Master Teacher, and my goal before the end of 2016 is to become a Certified Chakradance™ facilitator.
So good vibrations can be found at Sacred Space Studio!
Nia classes are on Saturdays and Mondays at 9:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.; Tarot Tuesdays are on…Tuesdays; Kathy Rink, Certified White Belt Nia Practitioner has a Nia class on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
I just celebrated my 15th year of teaching Nia! I’m in the 4th week of Chakradance™ training! I’m continuing my Tarot Tuesday classes which are so much fun and so insightful! I’m opening up shop for one-on-one Tarot readings! I have an abundant Reiki practice! I’m also the co-owner and bookkeeper for The Nutman Co. USA, Inc., the Really Cool Gift Shop, Java Dancer Coffee Bar and Sacred Space Studio.
But my full time job is living life to my highest vision…being in place to receive what life has to offer — opportunities and challenges that I meet head on and with an open heart. Focused living. Focused radiation of love into the world.
I like to set a focus in my mind’s eye for each day after awakening (and after a cup of coffee!). I didn’t used to do this, but after 15 years of teaching Nia it’s a welcome habit that I enjoy.
Setting a focus before each Nia class is merely one of the things that sets apart this fabulous cardio fitness lifestyle practice from any other on the face of the earth. My focus for this past Saturday’s morning class was “The Spaces Between.” This could relate to a good many things in life, but I narrowed it down to the spaces between our thoughts and our actions. There is a SPLIT SECOND between a thought and the choice that follows — to act or not act — and what type of action if that is the choice.
And once an action has been taken there is the need to accept the consequences. There don’t seem to be many consequences in the human world these days with actions taken that cause harm.
There is always the Universe to which we are all accountable. My mom used to say “what goes around comes around.” I believe this to be true.
So those spaces between our thoughts and our actions are profoundly important.
I had this brainiac idea two years ago to combine my love for Nia and my love for Tarot. Alas, it was not to be until 2016.
My own Tarot guru (www.thetarotlady.com) did an Entrepreneurcast in 2015 for me. The words I took from her beautiful work for 2015: Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare.
My previous blog post alluded to my tapping into tarot by using a tarot card for each Nia class…well, the Universe had a different plan based on my Entrepreneurcast and my decision to do something more in-depth with Tarot and Nia! Voila’!! Tarot Tuesday was born.
Here’s how it goes: One of my students gives me a question. I do a tarot reading and then sit with it a bit and the final step before taking it to class is to find music to go with the reading….I call it “dancing the cards.” The actual reading takes about 15-20 minutes at the beginning of class. We all gather around enlarged paper copies of the Celtic Cross tarot layout. I do the reading. In the moment feedback is encouraged and welcomed. Then I pick up the cards and we dance.
To date, Tarot Tuesday has been well-received and well-attended!! SUCCESS!! It was foreseen that this would be the result…a lot of hard work, studying learning, inquiring of the cards and preparing the classes has been absolutely AWESOME.
In case you’re wondering, I use the Chyrsalis tarot deck. It’s a non-traditional tarot deck. It drew me in and speaks quite clearly to me and through me.
Combining Nia and Tarot, my two passions for creative inspiration and expression is nothing less than perfect…I made a decision and the Universe conspired to make it happen. Not in my time, but in spirit’s.
I am blessed to have a Nia community with open mind and open hearts. They are all my heroes.
So you might ask what Tarot and Nia have to do with one another. They are more similar than different actually. They both move me deeply. I am guided by spirit when reading Tarot or when dancing Nia. Both require listening to my intuition and sensing in all the realms — physical, emotional, mental and spirit.
My plan is to begin using one Tarot card to guide me in setting the focus and the intent for each day and if there is a Nia class that day, that same focus will apply to the class.
I’m really excited about how this journey will unfold. It is What It Is and I’m Going with the Flow.
My husband and I have been having conversations about change, about rising up to the challenge of letting go of some pretty ingrained behaviors. One thing that we’ve come to learn in this process is that letting go of subtle attachments is not easy. It’s not easy because it’s not easy to identify subtle attachments until they’ve raised their ugly heads.
Testy responses, emotionally-charged reactions, tones of voice, eye-rolling, listening but not hearing…
Those behaviors have to go. My purpose on earth is to become fully and wholly ME — not the human form that is known as Jill; not the mind that thinks it knows a lot; not the emotional center that wants to always have its way — but ME (the I Am), fully present, in touch with my divine nature. The body, mind and heart will always be incomplete and “in progress”. The I Am is perfect NOW, and to discover the I Am doesn’t involve going to the mountain top and focusing on my belly button, or sitting in Lotus position Om-ing til the cows come home.
I Am — a Human BEING. No, I am not just human — that is merely my form. What animates that form is BEING charged by spirit.
I love living life in the moment, with clarity and purpose, with conviction and compassion, expressing truth through an incomplete mind, love through an incomplete emotional realm and life through an incomplete body, offering forgiveness to myself and others and always, always, always knowing that gratitude needs to be for ALL things. There is no picking and choosing. Am I always 100% in this precious space?
Lots of laughs and eye rolling for sure. It sure is rewarding being aware of subtle shifts creating HUGE changes. High five to the husband and me for making it a dance.