Tarot Tuesday

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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.

 

 

Nia and Tarot

It is what it isSo 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.

 

Reflections class

Tonight is the last Wednesday Nia class in 2015.  I call it my Reflections class.  Normally I would have everyone reflect back on their year. But in this class I’m actually reflecting back on my favorite songs that I taught in my Nia classes in 2015.  There were actually too many songs to fit into an hour class, so I may have to teach 2 classes of my faves of 2015!

If you’re in the mood to dance, find your way to Sacred Space Studio in Hubertus, Wisconsin.If Not Now, When

My playlist for tonight, December 30, 2015:

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Being a Shaman

Leave a trail of magic

I remember several years ago while retaking my Nia White Belt, the trainer asked all of the attendees what we would choose to be if there were a magic wand to make it so.  My answer was a Shaman.

In hindsight, looking back from the day that question was asked up to this current moment, that is exactly the path I have chosen.  I’ve taken several Shamanic Journey workshops and have facilitated a few.  A Shaman perceives everything that exists as alive and as having a spirit.  Shamanism is a path of the heart, not of the mind.  For those who need scientific evidence (required by the mind), you can stop reading now.

I’ve been teaching Nia for 15 years.  My Nia classes all begin in a circle — which is sacred in itself.  I see every class beginning with a ceremony.  We set an intention and then we dance that intention with our bodies.  Sandra Ingerman, in her book Walking in Light: the Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life says, “Ceremony creates a relationship between humans and the creative forces of the universe where intention leads to an action that manifests as change in the physical world.”  THIS is my world — the world of change.  Nia invites change.  Many of my students who have been with me for years have experienced profound changes in their lives — they were and continue to be willing to grow and evolve and move with life’s challenges.

I love my life, the path I find myself traveling and those with whom I share this path.

I Am Still Here

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It’s been a bit of time since I’ve posted on my blog…early January was the last post, shortly after I was offered (by spirit) the guidepost words of Gratitude and Forgiveness for moving into 2015.  Along with those two guidepost words, I was also given (as an invitation from spirit):  Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare, Infinity and Dance.

My journey through this invitation from spirit has been nothing less than amazing.  My dream was to create something new and exciting in my studio for those who are looking to expand, to grow, to manifest their own dream(s).  Shortly after this invitation was offered to me, I received a Facebook invitation to an event — a Long Distance Learning (my favorite kind since I don’t like to travel) Kai Earth Immersion.  Kai, developed by Kelly Atkins (who I’ve known since 2001 but have never met in person), is a fitness practice based on the elements of nature (Water, Air, Earth, Fire and Wood) using the architecture of authentic movement, a deepening of a relationship with one’s body — for me it’s a conversation with my own divine nature while moving through an internal landscape of sensations and emotions.

As those of you who have been following my blog know, I’ve been teaching Nia for 14 years.  My passion for sharing and teaching Nia has not dwindled one iota by adding Kai into my class offerings.  In fact, Kai has allowed me to deepen my own relationship with Nia.  The two practices, Nia and Kai, are both cardiovascular in nature (depending on the energy one wishes to expend); however I can also say that the two are as different as night and day — neither better than the other — both offering a wealth of body/mind/emotion/spirit information through movement.

You can find out more about Nia by checking out http://www.nianow.com. You can find out more about Kai by checking out http://www.kaimoves.com.  AND you can actually experience both of these unique fitness practices by attending my classes.  Nia is taught at my studio on Saturday, Monday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m.  Kai is taught on the first two Tuesday evenings of every month at 6 p.m.  As more folks become aware of and interested in my Kai classes, I will expand those offerings.

I am still here…awash in the creative waters of inspiration and movement.  I am dreaming, I am creating, I am learning and studying, I am inquiring and preparing. An infinity of dance awaits…

Pressure is a Privilege

Welcome pressure

I’m an avid football fan.  This morning I was watching the NFL channel as they interviewed Larry Fitzgerald from the Arizona Cardinals.  He said, “Pressure Is a Privilege.”  He was of course talking about the pressure his team is sensing with the loss of their quarterback and their push for their division’s title which would give them home field advantage if they were to do so.  I am not an Arizona Cardinal football fan, but I am a fan of pressure.

Back along my spiritual education path, one of my mentors said, “Welcome Pressure.”  At the time those words did not sound inviting.  At the youthful age of 64 (well, almost 64 — exactly 31 days from today, but who’s counting), I can say I understand those words, I acknowledge them as part of my daily living.

The world’s ways (which are not my ways) are to eliminate pressure, to find someone to blame for the pressure, to pursue violence in the name of pressure.  Accusation, blame and criticism are the results of allowing pressure to dominate, rather than allowing pressure to build and release as a creative process.

When pressure begins to build and I am not aware of its intensity, anger is the emotion that shows itself. There was a time when I did not know how to creatively release anger…and when anger raises it’s ugly head and I don’t release it creatively, it winds up locking itself up somewhere in my body — usually in my neck or shoulders. Anger is ancestral; not just in my family ancestry, but in human ancestry.

Two days ago I felt my father’s presence (he’s been deceased since 2005).  I remember saying, “Hi daddy.”  I waited to see if there was a message of some kind.  Nothing.  So I went about my day and that night I had a horrible nightmare.  I woke up the following morning with my shoulder and neck locked up in pain.  There was nothing I could do or did do that relieved it.  I sought out help from a healer who told me that my pain was ancestral on my father’s side.  She knew nothing of the visit from my dad.  My dad had a quick temper; other than anger, I really never saw him emote much at all.  The anger was never directed at me or anyone in my family to my knowledge.  I recognize that anger in me.  So last night I set the intention to resolve the pain in my shoulder.  The message during the night was “release the guilt, you are enough.” I’ve never been troubled by guilt — except for the fact that I never took the time to really know my dad until I was much older. I realize now that I’ve been holding that guilt in for quite some time.  As soon as I embodied the message of releasing the guilt and realizing that who I have become would make my father very happy, my shoulder pain released. Magic.

How about you?  Are you a flawless diamond in the making or is life making you a basket case? What do you do to allow the pressure to release creatively?  I dance, I meditate, I share Reiki, I dabble in Tarot reading.

I am grateful for pressure.  I sense myself to be very much in the process of becoming a flawless diamond. Thank you daddy.

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.