Inspiration From The Vortex.

Coming your way every Wednesday, join me on a whimsical, informative and at times profound journey into the depths of healing the soul………..mine……..yours………..the whole planet!

 

My Body As A Prayer: Let’s Dance!

danceI am a bit sick of this whole impermanence business so there is only one thing left to do! DANCE, DANCE AND DANCE! Moving the body in space is still my favourite medicine and I haven’t been doing nearly enough of that in recent weeks. So our ecstatic dance events are coming back just in time to keep me on track and get my body moving and grooving to an inner flow of transformation. And sharing that flow with other moving enthusiasts as we create an ocean of love over a couple of hours of dance. That sounds very much like heaven to me!

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My Beloved and I did manage some dance while we were away from the Magic Kingdom and I could so feel the difference in my body even just spending an hour or so in a movement practice. So I continue to hold the intention of spending more time in that creative space as I am motivated by the imperative of once again holding space for the dance. Why there often seems like so much resistance to things that are fun and very good for me I really don’t know. But I will be like a dog with a bone and just keep intending until I have worn out all that resistance!

Ecstatic Dance Silhouette

So what is it like to come along to one of our ecstatic dances? There is always a theme and for our return we are finally going to have the opportunity to embody “Songs for the Earth”. Actually the sub-heading could easily be: after the landslide! If you would like to read that story then check out “The Earth Moved As I Expand Into My Infinite Self“. We begin in a circle and invite everyone to bring an intention to the dance, you may want to explore a particular issue in your life or you may simply desire to dance joyfully with an open heart! There is a warm-up for the first 10 minutes or so as you have the opportunity to come fully into your body, then the journey begins.

Here is a song that is a part of the playlist for this Sunday, the song is Gula Gula and the artist is Mari Boine:

We always try to have a variety of music and there are times when it is not what people would normally dance to. I always encourage them to get out of their comfort zone and allow their bodies to find a way of navigating the sonic landscape even when it seems a bit strange. To surrender to the flow of your body and let yourself move from that place, it can be like a moving meditation.

To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy. ~ Gabrielle Roth, Sweat Your Prayers: http://www.5rhythms.com/gabrielle-roths-5rhythms/the-dancing-path/sweat-your-prayers/

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Gabrielle Roth.

So whatever your intention the opportunity is there for transformation as we create the sacred space of the dance. Laughter, tears and sweat, a great recipe on the roads to ecstasy!

Aho!

 

Trusting In Abundance Amidst Great Change.

community cutsWell the desire to curl up in a cosy love nest with my Beloved is just as strong as it was last week when I wrote my post. Seems like a bit of a response from me to sudden huge change and the changes keep rolling in for me. Added now to the search for a new home base is a search for a new source of bread and butter income. My employer lost funding and unfortunately for me my job is amongst those being cut from the service, I have until the end of the financial year for business as usual so not much more than a month. The desire to curl up indicates some kind of fear but it is not overwhelming and underneath that is a sense of trust in the unfolding of my future, now shared with my Beloved.

Us on the day of our workshop!

The Love Bubble!

There was an expectation that I would be devastated but that isn’t what I’ve been feeling at all. Great sadness that such a wonderful job is coming to an end but not truly surprised somehow, as if on some level I knew this was coming. There is a shifting in the energies for all of us in some way shape or form, the best way to experience ease and grace is to respond to each shift as it occurs. I keep checking in to see if I am holding something down but there really isn’t a lot of fear coming up for me at all. And believe me I don’t have anything like what most people would consider basic financial security. Yet I am confident that the next chapter of earning money in the world will be not only prosperous but also very interesting.

In a world with billions of people I found the one that I was looking for, it took forty-nine years and it was worth the wait. If I can experience a miracle like that then there is nothing that can not be created in a fluid energy universe, the quantum cosmic soup. So it will be most interesting to see what comes out of the place of pure potential, how big can I allow my dreams to be!

We shall see, I will keep you posted!

 

The Warm And Cosy Nest Of Love.

Dancing Lovers.There are times when I want to lie forever in the warm nest that my Beloved and I make between us. Exploring the frontiers of pleasure and connectedness to another being so deep that you often have the sense of almost being merged with them. It’s a cosy little world and when I am in it I don’t ever want to leave. Then I go out in the world to work and to connect with my community, to interact with a different environment. That too can be magnificent, just as long as I keep nurturing that place called home that we have created together and separately. The place in myself that is love that I do not actually carry, it is more that it is the truth of who I am.

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One of my important jobs is to be as happy as I can be and to radiate that joy out into the world as widely as I can. I am considering the possibility of being out in the world a bit more depending on some outcomes, I will have to remember the light and remember to radiate. Taking my bubble of love out into this strange world we have created is an opportunity to spread the energies of love and of compassion.

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May all Beings everywhere be happy and free!

Love and blissings to all beings everywhere!

Perceived Losses Big And Small.

I do love bright colours!

I do love bright colours!

Please excuse me if this is a bit of a quickie, and a day late too! My last post was all about impermanence and the gently shifting sands of change. I was and am handling all the changes in current very well as I sail with my Beloved in the Love Bubble, upon the sea of love. But even so I got a quick taste of just how attached one can be to material objects when my jewellery bag with all my basic things that I wear often, went missing for a night and a day. I was devastated, not by the material loss but for the loss of bits and pieces that I’ve had for years and wear with certain things. My jewellery is a part of my creative expression, for me a very important one along with the clothes that I wear.

My Beloved and I all dressed up and dancing! Photo by Antara May.

My Beloved and I all dressed up and dancing! Photo by Antara May.

So there is a material attachment there that goes along with my passion for colour and dressing up. I would have managed to surrender to the loss but it would have been hard, very glad it was a brief lesson this time. So in the end all one can do is keep surrendering to what is there in each moment. To be in the physical world is to have attachment of some description, after all we are interdependent with all things. So it may be more the attitude we have towards the various things we really like having around, the stuff that we all need to receive in order to be balanced and happy in an earthly life. After all perception is really everything in the end, so much choice in how we can perceive the world around us.

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May I have compassion for myself and for anyone who suffers from the perceived loss of changing fortunes, there are always swings and roundabouts. The kinder I am to me the more likely I am to manage positive and uplifting outcomes anyway so why not indeed!

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Love is all you need.

The Impermanence Of Home.

buddha impermanenceThe life I have chosen to lead teaches me all the time about impermanence, the shape of where I am going to live always fluid. Now we are making a bigger shift as my Beloved and I begin the search for a new place to call home base. Somewhere to keep our stuff and to be at when we are in between house sits, ’twill be interesting to see what the next shape of our anchor is going to look like. I have fears that come up around this kind of change but more and more they are small and not so hard to let go of. Feels like there is a knowing in me that knows perfectly well that if we trust the flow we will move on to exactly where we need to be, in Divine Timing.

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The thing is to marry the intuitive feeling into the shape and texture of the future, to the action that is required to carry this intention out into the world. The word is going out as we print up flyers, as social media gathers and connects us to community. So the energy goes out, seen and unseen, a new vision is birthing into vibrant manifestation! To be alive is to be changing constantly, how much more interesting than any soap opera is the inner view that is available for our perception if we so desire. And to see the shifting sands of life as exciting and full of potential creates the kind of mood that does bring great good fortune!

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Hooray for change and for my graceful and easy passage through her shifting currents, at sail on the sea of desire with my Beloved…… life is good.

Aho!

Animals And Bacteria Galore As I Do The Garlic Cure!

I begin to ponder the last 6 or 7 days where I have been experiencing physical health issues at the same time as my Beloved and I move into our cat, dog and alpaca house sit on acreage. Some of it is a bit dream like as I rest a body that simply doesn’t want to move, a healing stupor and sometimes sleep where it is easy to drop in deeply. Thus re-charged I do what is needful and no more as we transition into yet another kind of life, one that is complicated by a lot of animals. Dogs and cats as children can be lovely, indeed charming, but they can also be a bit neurotic at times.

alpacas

For my Beloved this is family territory but it’s a bit easier for me, I can come in and simply adjust as I do in any house sit, no particular triggers here for me. He is also the one doing the alpaca stuff but I will help a bit more as I get stronger. With the bacteria colonising my bladder to the antibiotics that I had to take for what seemed like forever and the dodgy shoulder, my body has been going through rather a lot! So the night of our first full day here I had no dinner and then gradually consumed seven large cloves of garlic. I felt a bit spacy and light but it wasn’t difficult. I was very glad not to have to chew the garlic up, instead I simply chopped up each clove finely and swallowed it with water.

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The next day I continued to fast and drank lots of water and healing herbal teas. It was a trance like day where I watched a lot of Charmed episodes and made sure I was nicely rugged up. I didn’t sweat a lot or stink of garlic except for my breath and that faded as the day wore on. The idea is that the garlic attracts the right kind of bacteria to come and inhabit my gut and my bladder. And fasting for a day is not a bad thing to do as long as you don’t have to do any kind of hard physical labour. I did think about food and want it with my mind but my body was actually quite ok with not eating anything. And I did have some good teas including the one that my naturopath made up for me especially for my bladder issues.

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So here I am and the things I would usually be doing every week like my choir for example, are too far away for me to go. So I have this time available to explore whatever I want to and I have begun by finally doing the garlic cure. Right after nuking all the bacteria in my gut and bladder with medicine’s heavy weaponry. Golly it was nice to eat again today, starting with a delicious and healthy green smoothie! Then a late breakfast with a great coffee out and an adventure out into rural parts further out. Oh and I am taking a very good certified organic probiotic daily to help in the healthy re-colonisation of my gut and bladder.

Aho for a simple country life!

To Move Is To Be Alive!

Organs-Of-The-Human-Body“Blood cells that don’t move cannot transport oxygen, lungs that don’t move can’t breathe, hearts that don’t move can’t pump blood, and spines that don’t move can’t create the motion required for proper joint nutrition, for the activities of daily living, or for the stimulation of the joint-brain pathways required for proper brain and body function.” In short, movement is what enables our bodies to operate in all their delicate, wondrous complexity.

James Chestnut, chiropractor.

Dance and movement keep popping up whenever I consider current issues in my life, particularly in relation to my shoulder injury and the urinary tract infection that won’t go away. Of course I am doing what is appropriate with the medical profession, just because there is a lot wrong with modern medicine doesn’t mean that it isn’t a wonderful method of dealing with some problems. But expecting someone else to do all the fixing isn’t a useful way of thinking, if I want to get better then I need to participate in the healing process with as much mindfulness as I can muster.

mind-fullI’ve been moving less because of my shoulder injury, still can’t do my regular yoga class and struggling to get myself to do any kind of practice at home. Sometimes I don’t even know what makes it flare up, with that kind of uncertainty I am a bit scared to do anything that might conceivably make it worse. And becoming less physically fit isn’t going to help my immune system with the infection it’s dealing with. My sugar addiction is going strong again too which doesn’t help with this overall picture, certainly doesn’t look like the optimum health that I am aiming for in this life.

Not the state I aspire to!

Not the state I aspire to!

It’s very easy in a place like this to feel like there isn’t anything I can do to change this, the mind may know it’s possible but the emotional body feels trapped. What needs to happen is an internal shift of consciousness that breaks the old patterns that are flaring up at the moment. Each time I have been in this space I have found various ways of breaking the loop and the message that keeps coming to me right now is to move my body. My Beloved and I are about to spend four weeks on five acres with dogs and cats and alpacas and not much else so a space is opening up for exploration and for play.

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Sometimes it will be movement to music but there will be times when I invite my body to move to its own rhythms. This can be done alone but it is even more powerful with another as witness, simply observing, not participating except to give feedback afterwards. This is one activity that can be guaranteed not to hurt my shoulder, I have learned how to move so that it can participate without trauma. And my body always feels better when it is in regular motion, even just a short walk is enough to perk everything up. So while I will continue to call upon doctors to support me in my healing I will also be taking responsibility for my own wellbeing.

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And once the shift in consciousness has occurred then all the other stuff becomes so much easier! When my head is in the right place healthy choices seem simple and obvious. I need to be kind to myself and take one step at a time, after all I have done this before. And each time I do it I find myself in a better position than the last time it happened, slowly but surely I am getting healthier and healthier.

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Hooray for the opportunity to create a happy and healthy life on the lovely planet known as Earth!