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

http://nutman.com/sacred-space-studio

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Tarot Dancing

For those who are following my blog…I’ve changed the name of my blog from “Conscious Movement” to Tarot Dancing: Living the Truth of Who I Am. I wanted to better represent this blog with my passion for both Tarot and Dancing.  You can still find my blog on WordPress as myjoyfuldance.com.

I trust you will continue to follow me! I will be posting about my passions in life: Nia, Tarot, Reiki, Meditation and Chakradance plus my love for my husband, my cats and my world.

Mystical Cats Tarot

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My good friend, Mary Carol, gifted me with the Mystical Cats tarot. I have 2 cats and have always been a “cat person”…of course I love dogs and all animals, but cats are my fave.  There is something mystical about them.

I drew the Strength card today.  As aways, my one card draw always speaks some truth to me.  Today is no exception.

With this deck comes the usual booklet that gives the meanings for each of the cards and additionally their is “the cat’s advice”. The cat’s advice for the Strength card includes this:  “You have overcome your baser instincts to choose the higher path. Your courage and strength are deeper than you know. Draw upon them to carry you through any challenge.”

 

I’m needing to make some positive changes related to the evolving tarot side of my business offerings (creating a specific tarot website and maybe even a tarot Facebook page).  Being more of an introvert though I hesitate in putting myself out there in the world; yet my love for tarot is a passion whose flame continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  What to do, what to do?

The Mystical Cat speaks.  Strength.

Hear me roar.

And a special kind of thanks to my mentor, The Tarot Lady.

 

Two of Swords

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The mighty sword — and in this case two of them.

One sword is for action and the other for introspection.  Which to choose?

When I was younger, I was a “play by the rules; don’t rock the boat” kind of person. Since the age of 40 though I’m pretty much a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal. Decision needs to be made?  No problem. Do it.  Now that I’m in my 60’s, I’m kind of liking the “wait and see” what needs to happen version of me; more introspection.

So today, my decision is to pay attention to my blog.  It’s been a month since my last post.  My intention was to post once a week…scratch that.  Maybe once a month is the answer right now.

That’s my decision.  Today.

Love Warrior

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I am a love warrior.  That really about says it.

The sword of love is at hand. I am a love warrior and I sense creative changes coming for my Tuesday night classes that involve Nia, Tarot and Chakradance™.   Nothing has emerged in form yet…

When it’s time, all will be revealed.

Trust.

 

 

 

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!