A Garden of Being

Campana's Gardens Metal Structure

My husband and I have had a garden party every summer for 15 years.  We invite our friends, neighbors, our staff and our business customers — most of who fit into the friend or neighbor category, too.

The picture is of a metal structure that was gifted to my husband by four really good friends for his upcoming birthday.  We intend to move it to “the perfect spot” when we find it.  We have 2 1/2 acres of paths, gardens, a pond, a vineyard and truthfully it’s just an awesome sanctuary, if I say so myself.

I came in from this sanctuary just moments ago and felt I had to state my gratitude for life’s design. I had been sitting at one of our newer seating areas — a new deck built by another good friend — and as I looked out on the property and looked at the pond and then watched my cat, Gloria, walk over to me and flop down beside me, I was moved to tears. Life has been good to me AND I’ve been good to life.  If it wasn’t for me following life’s designs throughout the years, I wouldn’t be sitting at the dining room table typing this into my blog.

Even our modest house is harkening me to tears:  the downstairs rooms painted several years ago by another good friend.  The colors:  Paprika and Sage Green in the kitchen, Cashew and Sage Green in the living room and Paprika in the hallway. The colors are still rich and stunning even after these several years.

Gratitude for this garden of being — inside and outside.  Gratitude for my garden of being — my body, my mind, my heart guided and served by Spirit.

Among the many aspects within my stewardship , I give tarot readings and the cards say this is a year of manifesting my dreams.  The cards never lie.

 

 

Scared or Sacred?

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I remember as a child being terrified of the dark; most likely due to nightmares from watching movies like Dracula and Frankenstein…or it could be from my two older sisters telling me that monsters lived under my bed and in the closet.  What are sisters for if not for giving one a reason to grow strong and courageous??l!!

When I was very young, I’m thinking 7-9 years of age, as I lay in bed after mom kissed me good night and closed the door, I would focus on the light coming from beneath the door from the TV and the living room lights.  As I focused on that light, the door would shrink to the size of a stamp and everything else in the room (including my body) grew very large.  I don’t recall having what might be called an out-of-body experience but I do remember that shrinking the door and becoming big made me feel safe and strong.

At the current youthful age of 66, I’m still not fond of going to bed and having the bedroom door totally closed.  I leave it open just a titch so that there is a bit of light available and knowing my husband, my knight in shining armor, is only a few stairs away from me should those monsters under the bed decide to show their ugly heads.

My experience with tarot has been immensely helpful in my journey through being scared of the dark — I used to see the Devil, the Tower and the Death cards as ominously foreboding. Now I know that when the Devil card appears in a reading (my own or someone else’s), it is a reminder to acknowledge and incorporate the dark side (we all have one); when the Tower appears, I know not to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak, that a major collapse of something held dear might be just around the corner; or if the Death card appears I’m actually jubilant!  Something is about to change drastically and letting go of things that no longer serve Life will aid in the transformation.

I have found that my journey has been more about seeking and embodying the sacred — rather than being scared.  It’s about seeing things with new eyes.

My Awakening the Tarot: Embodying the Cards classes are on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.  I’ve found the best way to awaken the awesomeness of tarot is by telling a story using the cards. We follow the cards as they are presented in Theresa Reed’s “The Tarot Coloring Book” (available at the Really Cool Gift Shop inside The Nutman Co. USA and other fine book stores).  Ahead of time, my normal (if there is such a thing) process is to shuffle the cards, cut the cards and draw 4 cards off the top.  Those 4 cards, along with the Significator card (this next Tuesday the story will be around the Death card) allow me to create a story.  I also add music that speaks to the energy of the story so that we can dance (I use Nia choreography) and then I end with a 20 minute meditation.

I’ve also been teaching Nia for 16 years. I searched most of my adult life for some kind of dance or exercise that allowed me to express myself.  I didn’t find it in the traditional dance or aerobics classes.  The first time I stepped into a Nia class in Dallas, Texas was in 1999. The experience was phenomenal and I knew I needed to find a Nia class in Wisconsin…and I did, and the rest as they say is history. Nia allows my body’s story to unfold. Nia uses 9 movements forms within the Dance Arts, Healing Arts and Martial Arts, all blended into an hour cardiovascular and spirited class.  Nia invites the realms of the Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit to play with movements, steps and stances.

Manifesting a class that blends Nia and Tarot has been personally and creatively satisfying! Life led me from being a little girl scared of the dark to an older and wiser woman utilizing my experiences of the dark to shine a light into the lives of those who come to Sacred Space Studio.  Many come just to dance or just to find out more about tarot and ultimately find that their own life’s purpose and inner light unveils itself.

Has your life’s purpose unveiled itself?

A Spiritual Autopsy

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My Reiki client yesterday is a young woman who works in the funeral industry and is the person who, a few years ago, let me know of my gift with Reiki and hands-on healing.

Her comment after the session was that she felt it was like a spiritual autopsy.  I laughed and told her I had never heard Reiki put in those terms.  Yet as she explained her sensation of having had layers pulled back with a spiritually surgical precision, I actually got it.

She was able to “see” layers of old “stuff” being cleared away and chakra colors with gold moving in and out likes the waves of an ocean.  I’m a visual healer…I see images when giving a Reiki treatment, so I could relate to what she was telling me.

Peeling back the layers — that is what the first three months of 2017 has been like for me.  The Universe is conducting a spiritual autopsy.  Like my friend yesterday, I sense gold flowing through my body — the gold is in the living of spirit in action.

How about you?  What have the first 3 months of 2017 been like for you?

Tarot Card for 2017

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Queen of Swords — I love this card so much on many different levels for moving into 2017:  I’m drawn to the energy and vibration of this card — the strong character of the woman; the glint of light on the sword and her crown indicating a relationship between spirit and form; the doves indicating peaceful interactions; the cat indicating intelligent, self-reliance; the purple and indigo colors indicating connection to intuition and the Divine.  The Queen of Swords offers a mature expression; she doesn’t mince words AND communicates clearly without being devoid of emotion.

I couldn’t have picked a more appropriate card for moving into 2017.

I’m so excited about my tarot business expanding as well as expanding my vision for my Sacred Space Studio classes:  Nia, Chakradance™ and Tarot Tuesdays.

Gratitude in All Things!

The Gift of Words for 2017

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Every year I receive a few words that become my guideposts for the year.  In 2015, I received the words through a tarot reading from http://www.thetarotlady.com. In 2016, there were two words:  “Gratitude” and “Forgiveness”.  Those two words have been immense blessings this past year and will be forever in the forefront of my daily living; however, I also received seven (7) words through my own tarot reading on New Year’s Eve.  My gift of words for 2017:

HEALING, INTUTION, LEADERSHIP, MYSTIQUE, POWER, STABILITY AND STRUCTURE

As I move into 2017, it is my honor to continue to teach Nia, Chakradance™, and my own creation “Tarot Tuesday”.  I’d like to thank a few special folks who will continue to teach Nia at Sacred Space Studio in 2017 — to these three women I offer my heartfelt gratitude:  Kate Mann, Mary Carol Rick and Kathy Rink.

This blog started out as a way to share my love for Nia — that love has expanded into a few other directions. I’ll be offering blog posts about my Chakradance™ classes and my Tarot Tuesday classes, as well as tarot card interpretations and mini tarot readings.

I’m so excited for the direction of my intention(s) for 2017!

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I’m also on Facebook (Jill Campana) and I maintain two business Facebook pages:  Conscious Movement Sacred Space Studio and The Nutman Company USA, Inc. And I’m on Twitter, too @tarotdancing.

 

 

 

 

The Spaces Between

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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 enjoy living and learning.  How about you?

 

 

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.