Opening to the Light

During the past several months, I’ve been under the tutelage of a Reiki Master Teacher (and good friend, Kathy Rink) training to become a Reiki Master Teacher myself.

Our last formal class was yesterday. I receive my Reiki Master Teacher attunement in late September.

Some of the most incredulous realizations, images, dreams and experiences have occurred during this training.

I became more grounded through the Root chakra. I opened up to knowing that shame cannot exist in the same place as the sacred – check out the article I wrote for a new project created by Theresa Reed and Debra Smouse. http://www.midlifemidwifeproject.com/2014/08/10/re-awakening-sacred/.

Personal power redefined itself for me with the Solar Plexus chakra; closed areas of my heart were gently accessed and given permission to blossom without fear. I recognized and acknowledged that I do voice my truth with integrity into the world through my Throat chakra.

During the time given to explore my Brow chakra (Third Eye), I remembered a time when I was a small child, terrified of the dark. My mom would come in and kiss me goodnight and the door would close into total darkness…except for a small slit under the door…the light emanating from the living room gave me solace. There were a few times, I’m unable to pinpoint how old I was — perhaps 6, 7 or 8 years of age — when I would focus on this little slit of light and all of a sudden it would burst into a huge flash of light. The door would become quite small (think Alice in Wonderland) and I would feel safe and secure in this light. Then the light would fade, the door would come back to its normal size but I would have a sensing that I needn’t be afraid of the dark. This was probably the first experience I had of opening to the Light.

The Crown chakra is like a lotus blossom unfurling its petals, receiving and connecting with the Divine. I was 30 years old when I began…or was invited to begin…a journey of spiritual awakening.

I’m 63 now. The journey continues, however, I’ve known for quite a few years that I am the source, not the seeker. The journey is within me and unfolds organically as I remain in place to give and receive the gifts of love, truth and life. I already know the answer to “will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64”.

My journey has led me to many people and many experiences. One of the most mind blowing, heart opening, body changing, spirit expressing experiences is my ong-going Nia practice. If you haven’t danced, moved, expressed spirit or invited change into your life, what are you waiting for?

My Reiki practice is open by appointment. My Nia practice continues with 3 super-charged classes a week — no appointment or experience necessary! Along with my 3 Nia classes is an additional opportunity to dance with Kathy Rink. Here’s our Nia schedule: Mondays & Saturdays and 9 a.m.; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Thursdays with Kathy at 9 a.m. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month I have a “Night In After Nia” where we commune together after class for fun, frolic and food.

Life just doesn’t get much better.

The Odd Duck

I’m not sure how many Nia students, or Nia teachers for that matter, view Nia as a lifestyle practice.  For me, Nia runs so fluidly parallel with my own spirituality and way of living that it just IS a lifestyle practice.   I never questioned it.

Along with Nia inviting me to be more aware of my physical health…muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, the way my body moves, etc.,  I’ve also become more aware of my eating habits.  I’m a choco-holic.  I love a good glass of cab.  I like my red meat on occasion.  My husband and I follow the Weston A. Price Foundation nutritional guideline and since doing so (we started about 7 years ago), my energy has remarkably increased.  We don’t eat out alot since many of the restaurants do not have gluten- or dairy-free options.  However, we ate at a restaurant last night that is unparalleled, IMHO, in food preparation and in customer service.  The Odd Duck is located in Milwaukee on Kinnikinnic Avenue, not far from the Lake.  Many of the items on their very unusual menu can be prepared gluten free.   We had ourselves a feast, ending with GOAT CHEESE cheesecake AND french press coffee (my favorite).  My husband is lactose intolerant, so cheese (which he dearly loves) is taboo.  However, goat and sheep cheese — not being dairy — he can have.  We have never been to a restaurant that actually offers a goat cheese cheesecake dessert.  This was a first for us.  And it was divine — the whole experience actually.  From the moment we walked in the door, being greeted by the owner, Melissa, to being served graciously and attentively by the ultimate server, India, we were impressed.  Being impressed didn’t stop for the entire time we were there.  I don’t know that we’ve ever said that about any other restaurant experience.  Sublime it was.

So, for all of you gourmet foodies out there in Milwaukee and surrounding areas, please give the Odd Duck a whirl.  I doubt seriously that you will be disappointed.

And now, the day after such a sublime dining experience, it’s time for me to prepare for my Nia class tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.   I absolutely believe that I imbue my Nia classes with the same care and love that Melissa, India and the entire staff at the Odd Duck imbue into their restaurant experience.   I want my students to leave feeling not only satisfied with their experience, but truly feeling loved.

Thanks Odd Duck for being one of a kind.  It’s my experience that Nia is one of a kind, too.

Give your body the love it desires … through the sacred essence of life itself — wholesome, delicious food for the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Nia…and the Odd Duck!  Quite a pair!!!l