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?