Small Victories

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Friday is the 62nd year of celebrating my life on the planet Earth.

The photo above is of the 62nd Hexagram of the Chinese divination tool, the I Ching (pronounced Yi Jing).  The I Ching is centered on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change. The 62nd hexagram deals with small victories — in all aspects of one’s life — work, relationships, creativity, etc.

I would have to say that at this point in my life, small victories are the way to go.  I’ve never been in to the mindset of “success” as it relates to stature or monetary gains in the world.  I’m quite successful in my own world — the world of conscious movement — the world of teaching Nia, which for me goes well beyond what I offer in the classroom.  Nia (www.nianow.com) is my platform for not only creative expression but spiritual expression, as well.  Do not confuse spiritual expression with religion.  I do not profess any religious beliefs — that is not my way.  Do I believe in God?  That would be a resounding YES.  But it is more than a belief.  I experience the qualities and characteristics of God in my daily living.  God and I are one and together we have a plethora of small victories on a daily basis.  Am I working toward perfection?  Hmmm. I’d have to say no, but I do begin and end my day with gratitude for those instances in which I lived to my highest vision and for those instances when I fell short.  Small victories attained through simply living in the moment.

I started out my focus of 2013 by choosing the image of Crow Woman, Guardian of Sacred Law.  What one expresses into the world is what one can expect from the returning cycle…or another way to put it (paraphrasing from the TV show “Laugh In”…I am 62 afterall)…”what you think, what you see and what you do is what you get.”  If you don’t like what you’re getting, then Crow Woman suggests that you change what it is you’re expressing into the world.

Small victories.  There are so many opportunities to think, to see and to do things differently.

What are your small victories?  What changes have you made or are you making that enhance your world?  That enchant your world?

As Captain Pickard would say, “make it so.”  I plan to make it so in every moment…and making  it a dance through life.

Clarity

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As mentioned in my blog from New Year’s Day, Crow Woman is the Guardian of Sacred Law.  I did some reading this morning (after getting 8 hours of sleep — FINALLY!) regarding the significance of Crow Woman from a Native American standpoint.  I have Native American heritage (Ottawa/Ojibwe).  The Ottawa considered the Crow to be messengers.  In Cree lore, Crow Woman lived between two worlds, bringing messages through dreams to her tribe.  

“Her messages are not always welcome or immediately understood but their impact is clear.”

The relationship between Crow Woman, my Sun Sign Capricorn and my 13 Moon Signature White Planetary Mirror holds significance for me.  Crow Woman and the goat of Capricorn both draw forth images of living between two worlds while White Planetary Mirror’s responsibility is to be a reflection of death.  Death, in my humble opinion, is not to be feared.  It is ultimately a letting go of what no longer serves our purpose.  When the physical body can no longer contain our immense spirit, it passes away.

Death is not something I find talked about regularly in a conversation with friends, yet every moment of every day we find ourselves in the process of letting go or needing to let go of something that is detrimental to our overall survival.  It always comes down to choices.  We choose to eat what we want to, whether it’s deemed “good” or “bad” for us.  We choose to get involved emotionally and mentally with the ways of the world which then affect us physically.  Becoming consciously aware of what we think, say and do — every moment of every day — is not just important, but paramount to our personal health and healing.

When I talk to friends about their choices — what they put in their bodies:  food, smoking, pharmaceuticals, alcohol; and what thoughts, words and actions come forth from them) the message is not often not welcomed or understood. Yet one of my purposes on earth is to create opportunities for people to look more deeply inward, to let go of those things that keep them from their true identity — and it is also to allow them to be who they are without judgement.   So, Crow Woman I am — walking between two worlds.

Clarity — mental, emotional and physical — is my focus for 2013.  Clarity around boundaries.  Clarity with absolute awareness (realization) — there’s no sense in focusing on clarity if I’m unwilling to act with integrity on the visions that appear, holding sacred my responsibility of bringing balance to my world while being unattached to the things of the world.  Indeed the world’s way are not my ways, but I do live IN the world — I have a body, a mind, a heart and an immense spirit which contribute to how the quality of my life unfolds.  I am Crow Woman, Guardian of Sacred Law.  Sacred Law:  What one expresses into the world creates the world.  

I hold the power to transform.  I am not afraid to use it.

The dance of life.  Come…come and dance with me.  Create, let love radiate, be the truth of who you are.

Crow Woman – Realization, Boundaries, Creativity

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It’s New Year’s Day!  I welcome the abundant blessings and opportunities available in 2013!

It is up to me to manifest the reality of my focus and intentions in 2013.  The best way I know how to bring creativity into the world is through my sacred livelihood, Nia.  It is the dance of life for me — and the powerful agent of death — the letting go of all that does not serve my unique spirit.  

In honor of stepping in to a new cycle, I drew from the Mythical Goddess tarot deck four cards that surround my focus and intentions for 2013.

“Crow Woman is the Guardian of Sacred Law, wielding true justice and the highest principles of right and wrong.  Crow Woman shape-shifts and is unattached to the affairs of this world and the drama of human experience.  Crow Woman asks that you honor your boundaries.  Shift your life to be in synch with your own sacred nature.  Be true to yourself.”   

  • I intrepret that as:  The world’s ways are not my ways — true justice and the highest principles of right and wrong have nothing to do with man’s laws and justice system.  It has everything to do with integrity and living to my highest vision in any moment.  

 Remaining unattached to the filth, degradation and mockery that imbues this world on a daily basis is paramount for health and healing.  

  • True identity is key.  For those of you who know me, I think you would agree that this is how I live my life…I couldn’t have drawn a more perfect card!  Except that I drew 3 more perfect cards!!

 

Astara, Ace of Wind; Four of Earth (the goat mandala); and Creativity, Mother of Wind.

Astara, The Ace of Wind has to do with Realization, razor sharp mental clarity, conscious understanding.  Realization is the first step — conscious awareness.  Nia is the dance of conscious awareness and goes beyond just mental clarity — physical and emotional clarity are also a part of my process of Realization.

The Four of Earth portrays the Goat Mandala as a powerful shield of unity and strength that creates clear boundaries.  My sun sign is Capricorn and my 13 Moon calendar signature is White Planetary Mirror — both have to do with being grounded AND living with spiritual intent.  I am being invited to keep safe and sacred my boundaries and the space around me.  Conscious choices create safe boundaries and sacred space.  Not all of my choices have created a safe and sacred space for me.  One of my intentions is to have less of those occurrences in 2013!  

Creativity, Mother of Wind embodies the abundant, fertile creativity of the mind.  Her flow of ideas come into the Earth as beautiful manifestations of heavenly creations.  She brings inspiration and new realities to come.  Nia allows for creative expression that goes far beyond what I dance in the classroom.  I am lifted up to heights unknown when I am in that place of creativity — I am the dance of life.  

So it would appear I have quite a year ahead of me — having the Guardian of Sacred Law as my guide, I have no doubt it will be an exciting, adventurous journey.

A big thanks to beautiful Mythical Goddess tarot deck!