Vertical reality vs. horizontal reality: Vertical reality is looking up, aligning oneself with the things of Spirit as opposed to looking straight ahead or looking down and aligning oneself with the ways of the world.
The body, the heart and the mind are our capacities from which Life, Love and Truth are expressed. So many in the world today are fooled into thinking the capacities ARE the expression. Don’t be fooled.
Know the difference. Live it. Express it. You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine. Be the light from which others can find their way.
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.
My latest accomplishment has been to receive my certification as a Chakradance™ Facilitator. I cannot express fully enough in words how grateful I am to have had this movement practice for the soul come into my life. It was quite synchronistic that I found it actually. I had noticed it several times on my Facebook newsfeed. I’ve been facilitating meditation classes for quite some time and on most occasions go through the chakras. When I taught Yoga back along the way, chakras were very much a part of my teaching. I’ve been teaching Nia for 15 years and movement of the 3 body weights in Nia (the pelvis, chest and head) activate and open the 7 chakras.
I’ve been wanting to expand the offerings at Sacred Space Studio so when I logged on to my email one morning back in April, there was a message from “Jenny” of Chakradance™ letting me know that this day was the last day to register for the Facilitator training at a reduced cost. All sorts of thoughts when through my head about not having the time or not being sure if this was exactly what I was looking for, yadda yadda yadda. You know the drill. But my intuition was much more open and willing than my mind, so I went for it. And W.O.W. am I ever delighted that I followed my intuition.
The feedback I’ve received from the several one hour and 15 minutes classes I’ve taught has been encouraging and enlightening. I finished my first of seven Workshops this past Sunday — starting with the Base Chakra — and the feedback from this workshop confirmed even further that I had made the right choice.
Spontaneous dance, specific music, creative visualizations and imagery, along with the wonderful Mandala-creating exercise contained in the classes and the workshops invites the participants to go way down deep. It’s transformational. It’s healing. It’s truly a movement practice for the soul.
It is my pleasure to be offering Nia classes, Reiki classes and therapy sessions, Chakradance™ classes and workshops, Tarot readings and meditation classes at Sacred Space Studio. If you find yourself compelled toward any of these offerings, please feel free to contact me. You can find my contact information on the “About” page.
The words “Stay identified with the irresistible force” were in my dreams last night…all night.
What is the irresistible force? Spirit in Action. Love in Action. Integrity in Action.
The Irresistible Force is the total opposite of what is being portrayed in the world today with all of the violence and killing. Humanity at its worst. If you have nothing else with which to identify then it’s very easy to get caught up in this chaos and destruction.
There is a choice to be made. Stay identified with the Irresistible Force or find yourself dealing with the consequences of not doing so.
The world’s ways are not my ways. Rise up my love, my fair one and come away.
I just celebrated my 15th year of teaching Nia! I’m in the 4th week of Chakradance™ training! I’m continuing my Tarot Tuesday classes which are so much fun and so insightful! I’m opening up shop for one-on-one Tarot readings! I have an abundant Reiki practice! I’m also the co-owner and bookkeeper for The Nutman Co. USA, Inc., the Really Cool Gift Shop, Java Dancer Coffee Bar and Sacred Space Studio.
But my full time job is living life to my highest vision…being in place to receive what life has to offer — opportunities and challenges that I meet head on and with an open heart. Focused living. Focused radiation of love into the world.
I like to set a focus in my mind’s eye for each day after awakening (and after a cup of coffee!). I didn’t used to do this, but after 15 years of teaching Nia it’s a welcome habit that I enjoy.
Setting a focus before each Nia class is merely one of the things that sets apart this fabulous cardio fitness lifestyle practice from any other on the face of the earth. My focus for this past Saturday’s morning class was “The Spaces Between.” This could relate to a good many things in life, but I narrowed it down to the spaces between our thoughts and our actions. There is a SPLIT SECOND between a thought and the choice that follows — to act or not act — and what type of action if that is the choice.
And once an action has been taken there is the need to accept the consequences. There don’t seem to be many consequences in the human world these days with actions taken that cause harm.
There is always the Universe to which we are all accountable. My mom used to say “what goes around comes around.” I believe this to be true.
So those spaces between our thoughts and our actions are profoundly important.
I had this brainiac idea two years ago to combine my love for Nia and my love for Tarot. Alas, it was not to be until 2016.
My own Tarot guru (www.thetarotlady.com) did an Entrepreneurcast in 2015 for me. The words I took from her beautiful work for 2015: Dream, Create, Study, Learn, Inquire and Prepare.
My previous blog post alluded to my tapping into tarot by using a tarot card for each Nia class…well, the Universe had a different plan based on my Entrepreneurcast and my decision to do something more in-depth with Tarot and Nia! Voila’!! Tarot Tuesday was born.
Here’s how it goes: One of my students gives me a question. I do a tarot reading and then sit with it a bit and the final step before taking it to class is to find music to go with the reading….I call it “dancing the cards.” The actual reading takes about 15-20 minutes at the beginning of class. We all gather around enlarged paper copies of the Celtic Cross tarot layout. I do the reading. In the moment feedback is encouraged and welcomed. Then I pick up the cards and we dance.
To date, Tarot Tuesday has been well-received and well-attended!! SUCCESS!! It was foreseen that this would be the result…a lot of hard work, studying learning, inquiring of the cards and preparing the classes has been absolutely AWESOME.
In case you’re wondering, I use the Chyrsalis tarot deck. It’s a non-traditional tarot deck. It drew me in and speaks quite clearly to me and through me.
Combining Nia and Tarot, my two passions for creative inspiration and expression is nothing less than perfect…I made a decision and the Universe conspired to make it happen. Not in my time, but in spirit’s.
I am blessed to have a Nia community with open mind and open hearts. They are all my heroes.
So you might ask what Tarot and Nia have to do with one another. They are more similar than different actually. They both move me deeply. I am guided by spirit when reading Tarot or when dancing Nia. Both require listening to my intuition and sensing in all the realms — physical, emotional, mental and spirit.
My plan is to begin using one Tarot card to guide me in setting the focus and the intent for each day and if there is a Nia class that day, that same focus will apply to the class.
I’m really excited about how this journey will unfold. It is What It Is and I’m Going with the Flow.