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.

Transformational Movement

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Nia is transformational movement.  Was it my subconscious that led me to Nia?  Perhaps it was through the wisdom of the Universe that I found Nia.   I originally thought I was drawn to Nia because it is done barefoot … or maybe it was the music … or perhaps the invitation to express creatively while moving.  Whatever the case, I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity to teach Nia…to share the wonderous benefits (which go waaaaay beyond the physical realm) and to become part of a world-wide community of people who share the love of dance…who actually embody conscious transformation.

Marilyn Gordon, Director of Life Transformation Associates, says, “The divine art of conscious transformation can happen in the flash of a moment and can change the entire outlook of our lives. Even though we set ourselves free at one moment, doesn’t necessarily mean that we set ourselves free the next. We have to keep working on it, keep at it, keep on remembering the transformational work we came here for and keep on bringing the light to every aspect of ourselves.

It is for this reason that I found Nia.  To be a shaman, a healer, a catalyst for others to find their way in this crazy world; to invite others to “remember the transformational work we came here for” — and what better way to bring that invitation than through the expressive, creative art of dance and movement.

A Nia class is not just a cardiovascular fitness practice — although it is definitely that!!  Nia is a lifestyle practice as well.  One begins to feel good about themselves and begins to notice the little things in our lives that keep us from stepping fully into our greatness.  We have within us an inherent “greatness” gene.  It’s always there…sometimes it gets hidden or tossed to the back recesses of our beingness; nevertheless, it is there.  

In a Nia class — at least in MY Nia classes — there is an hour filled with love and laughter and moving the body in ways that perhaps it has never moved in before and in moving the body, the mind and heart awaken to a different voice…a unique and expressly personal voice that beckons the invitation to rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.  So many people in the world have a less than divine sensing of who they are, yet the divine self waits for the layers of self-denial, self-doubt and low self-esteen to fall away, revealing the beauty and grandeur of Being.  

This is my purpose…my sacred livelihood.  To engender change, to be a transformative force in my world…and thus in THE world.  Nia is my platform, my mode of transportation…transformation is an ever-moving destination — one that brings me much joy as I dance through life.  My Life As Art.  Won’t you join me in the fantastic journey?  The first stop along the way is “Love Your Body.”