Surrendering and Patience

 

 

Seven of PentaclesThis card speaks to every aspect of my life right now. The Seven of Pentacles — seeds have been sown, the garden is beginning to fill in and now it’s time for patience…but not the sit back and wait for something to happen kind of patience. Rather it’s the discipline, diligence, accountability and being responsible for what is emerging kind of patience that is necessary. It is both scary AND inspiring…but mostly inspiring. Now I Am Surrendering…

A Garden of Being

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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?

Sacred Space Studio

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Our new business website features my beautiful Sacred Space Studio.

I’ve been a Licensed Black Belt Nia Practitioner since 2008 and this is my 16th year of teaching Nia (White Belt in 2001, Blue Belt in 2003, Brown Belt in 2006).  It has and continues to be my passion for expressing creativity, for moving and dancing, and for opening to the guidance of spirit. Kathy Rink, Licensed White Belt Nia Practitioner also teaches at Sacred Space Studio.  Our classes are Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

I also teach Awakening the Tarot: Embodying the Cards classes on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.  This class is a combination of learning the tarot cards, moving/dancing to the energy of the cards and the class ends with a meditation.

I offer Reiki healing sessions by appointment and Chakradance Workshops are available twice a year.

Life has not always gone in the direction that I’ve wanted, but it’s always led me to exactly where I need to be.  I’ve learned and continue to learn to trust the path of life that the Universe has opened up for me.  It’s been and awesome journey so far with some unexpected delights along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Queen of Swords

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I think it’s pretty synchronistic that on this day specifically named to honor women, I would pick the Empress for my daily card.  Abundance, nurturing, beauty, maternal, birth — all of these and more are traits of the Empress.

I am a woman, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a dancer, a teacher, a tarot reader, an energy worker, a small business owner.  I am the mother of felines. I have no children by conscious choice. I’ve never regretted that decision. To anyone who would judge me as being less than whole for not going through childbirth I say this: I have given birth and nurtured the growth of countless creative projects, ideas, thoughts and dreams. I have dug my hands into the wet soil of the earth, planted seeds, watered and watched as trees, plants and flowers pushed forth into lush gardens for many to enjoy.

Along with my life partner (my husband and soulmate), I have grown a small business of 10 employees into a successful small corporation with 37 employees.

I honor my Mom who instilled in me a good work ethic. I honor my sisters who paved the way for me to grow up in a loving household.  I honor my girlfriends, past and current, goddesses who continue to offer me compassion and extreme companionship  through thick and thin.

I honor the girl I was, the woman I grew to be and the beautiful essence of feminine power I am today. My love, my earthy, grounded spiritual expression serves as notice to all:

I am Woman.  Hear me roar.

 

A Remarkable Woman

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I was afforded the gift of meeting a remarkable woman on Saturday.

I’d say she found me by chance, but there are no chance meetings — life planned this I’m sure, just as life has moved me about like a chess piece making sure I’m in the right place at the right time.  Even on those occasions when I manipulated the direction thinking, of course, that life didn’t know what it was doing, I find myself exactly where and with whom I need to be — most of this recognized in hindsight. My intuition however is being honed.

It’s actually pretty magical.  No, I don’t just sit around waiting for life to tell me what I need to do — I am in action, I’m doing AND being.  I remember oh so well my next door neighbor where I grew up coming home from school and announcing “I am a noun verbing.”  That was what…50 years ago?…but it stuck with me because she’s right.  I am a noun verbing. And I’m rarely disappointed.

So this meeting with a remarkable woman…I’m still not quite sure how she found me but she scheduled a Reiki appointment with me. We had only spoken on the phone and then via a text message so I had no idea what she looked like.  I had evidently left the front of the office for a moment and when I returned, she was standing at the cash register paying for her Reiki session.  The moment she looked up from the cash register I sensed that she and I were connected at some level beyond time and space. I find it curiously exuberant when I recognize spirit incarnate.

The Reiki session alone was extraordinary.  Afterwards we chatted as I do with all my Reiki clients — about the session, about life and work…yet underneath, around, above and through it all was this intense sensation of familiarity, of connection. We both acknowledged it without much ado.  And I think we both left with the certainty that we would meet again.

I’ve thought about this connection all weekend.  It is a gift that keeps on giving.