Introduction to Embodied Awareness Online is Really happening!

My Online course has launched and already we have had our first two graduates! We are also receiving wonderful feedback  – from  Asia and Europe and  North America.

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The first graduate went through the 10 module course in only one month! (though we recommend one module per week.) Our second graduate is a bookkeeper by trade, and a volunteer with a not for profit called AARF. She shared how she gets ‘goose bumps’ when she works with the modules and that the images that come to her in her dreams at night have become quite spectacular and meaningful.

A psychologist from Asia, who just started the program, shared one of her greatest insights with me after reading Module 3: Your Transcendent Heart-Brain and Energy Body, “Shocking findings to know that heart is also a gateway to our inner spiritual healing resources.”

I am so grateful to participants who have shared with us their learning curve and their technical challenges as we launched the course – including finding out that the multiple choice exam answers were rotating each time someone opened the program.  This led to not only wrong answers, but also impossible answers, like “both a) and b) in the ‘a’ position of the multiple choice exam!

Our Customer Service team and Technical Support team got to work on this right away . . . re-adjusting the settings, answering questions and concerns. .  . And we are looking into alternative online education platforms so we can make this course even better – more user-friendly and interactive – as we progress.

To those of you who are now engaged in Introduction to Embodied Awareness Online, I am grateful for your participation and feedback. For those of you, who are interested, please reach out. I am excited to share this experience and our (e)learnings with you.

Atlantis and Climate Change

We are having unseasonable weather again today . . . it feels like summer . . . I think what we are calling ‘climate change’ is a reflection of the larger changes that we are going through . . . the change into a new Era. The Age of Aquarius.

It is interesting how the early stages of this emerging age are so similar to the Astrological Age that is correlated to the sinking of Atlantis.  In Astrology, we count Astrological Ages based on the precession of the equinox along the ecliptic.  By that calculation, the Age of Atlantis is said to have lasted several thousand years, reaching technological heights during the Age of Virgo, and turning toward more self-centered and self-destructive use of technology and power during the Age of Leo, until it was subsumed by waves during the Age of Cancer about 10,000-11,000 years ago.

I remember seeing the movie Atlantis: The Lost Continent in the early 60’s when I was just a child.  These images left a big impression on me:

  • Cross-breeding between animals and humans
  • Crystal technologies and high-tech power sources
  • Misuse of power by an elite ruling class that brought about its downfall

Sound familiar?

That movie came out 56 years ago–long before we genetically engineered animals and food, quartz watches and silicon-based computers . . . Legend has it that the continent sank beneath the waves because of the misuse of social and political power using technology for self-serving purposes instead of serving the common good.

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The birth of a new era is fraught with labor pains.  We are in the middle of a BIG contraction right now . . . What matters most is how we respond to change as we transition . . . I remind myself today. . .

“The test of our time is to break through separation,both personal alienation and patriotic impulses that portray people from other nations as aliens, to use separation to initiate death and the rebirth of a new golden age. The universality of the next age is represented astrologically by the sign of Aquarius, which is ruled by the planet Uranus,symbol of unbridled creativity and unprecedented social change. Key concepts associated with Aquarius include friendship, community, dreams, innovation, creativity, individuality, originality, and humanitarianism. As a metaphor, the Age of Aquarius reflects the unique and original contributions of individuals who gather together in innovative societal groups or communities to creatively nurture humanitarian ideals.”

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Sensing the Seasons, Sensing the Change

Last week we had summer weather (28 C. / 85 F)—our August weather. . . .This week it is rainy and overcast, like June weather.  Here in Calgary, where I live, the season of Spring has come unexpectedly early.

The neighbourhood rabbits who have brownish fur for a few months in the summer and fall, and white fur the rest of the year, are having to catch up to their current surroundings (brown and dry foliage as opposed to ground and bushes covered with white snow) by molting before their body is telling them it is time. And birds, as they have been called from their winter location early, are trying to nest in trees that have not managed to produce a full coverage of leaves.

This week I am happy for the Earth as it enjoys the moisture.  I know that nature functions better at this time of year with cooler temperatures and precipitation. And even though I love the warm sunny, cloudless days, I know that the soil, the rivers, the animals, the vegetation are all desperate for rain.

There have also been earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, plus floods in Texas and a wildfire in Canada (which usually arrive in late summer). So, what is Mother Earth telling us?

I keep coming back to legendary Atlantis, and Lemuria, and Mu before them.  According to my Aboriginal friends (and other ancient traditions), we are entering into the 5th cycle of humans on planet Earth.

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Like Atlantis, and Lemuria, and Mu we too are living in legendary times. . . . So much to say about that . . . and I will be writing more about it in my next blog.

In the mean time, I am wondering what you know about Atlantis?

 

Taste and Tasting More

In pondering further on TASTE, I have recognized that this word comes up in my vocabulary on a regular basis–and in more ways than describing an impression on the tongue. I use TASTE to express feelings, thoughts and reactions.

For example, a few days ago I had an unpleasant encounter with a customer service representative that I described as leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

In observing current politics, I have thought more than a few times lately that some politicians have presented themselves in very poor taste.

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with a wonderful woman, whose style and overall good taste was so pleasing to my senses that she has left a lasting impression.

Interestingly enough when I researched quotes and proverbs about TASTE, I discovered its recurrent use throughout history.  From Sir Winston Churchill, to Victor Hugo, to Edward Fitzgerald; each has added depth in expressing their opinion of good and bad TASTE.

Proverbs include multiple references to TASTE.  My current favorite is the following Chinese Proverb: “Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.”  Quite the metaphor for life…

How do you draw on the sense of TASTE in your life?

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TASTE

I am continuing to prepare my  Introduction to Embodied Awareness online course . . . Last week I shared with you my fascination with smell.  It only makes sense then that I am enthralled with Taste as well.  I thought you might enjoy a snippet from the up-coming course . . .

“Does a particular experience leave a “bitter taste in your mouth” or was the experience especially “sweet”?

Sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory all have their place in nourishing the body—and the soul.  Taste, like all the senses, moves from the most physical or dense to the most subtle and sublime, until it becomes a metaphor for our spiritual nature and soul-experiences.

Did you know the second chakra correlates with the sense of taste?  Smell and taste are both associated with nourishment in Hindu Tantric traditions.  Most gourmets will confirm how taste can transport you to other worlds and induce states of joy, bliss and satisfaction.  These delicious experiences correlate with the second chakra’s focus is on distinguishing creativity and pleasurable encounters from guilt, worry, emotional reactivity, manipulation and other negative events.

At the most subtle level, taste poses the question:

  • How do you find nourishment in the bitter, sweet, salty and sour experiences of life?
  • How are you taking time to savor the pleasures that life offers?”
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{ Chakra Light Body }

 

Smell

This week I am on retreat in Northern California adding finishing touches to my Introduction to Embodied Awareness on line course that will launch in April.  Today I am reviewing the Module on the 12 senses as I bask in the sensory stimulation of my current environment.  While I was walking in the hills, I turned off my hearing aids to dampen the din of traffic rolling along the freeway by the nature reserve; one of the advantages of wearing hearing aids.  I am staying on the edge of a nature reserve. . . streams of sunshine make the emerald green hills even more vibrant against the bright orange California poppies that grow wild in these parts. It rained just before I arrived, and the ground is moist and full of life.  The fragrance of Spring is in the air, everywhere.

Our bodies are receiving stations for signals sent between the outer material-physical world and the inner world of the psyche or soul.  We are vibrational beings.  From the molecular vibration of different substances which constitute our sense of smell, to waves of light that impact the retina of the eye, our sensory nerves transmit electrochemical signals to our brain that we interpret as physical reality.

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Who would have thought that smell is vibratory?  One of the latest theories, according to biophysicist and perfumer Luca Turin, is the sense of smell is based on the molecular structure of a substance.  The olfactory receptor sites respond to the molecular vibration and send a signal to the brain where the scent is interpreted as a fragrant rose, or exhaust fumes from the bus.  Smell can also be a subtle intuitive signal when it takes the form of a metaphor—like when something smells ‘fishy’ or is a ‘fresh’ idea.

Smell is vibration.  I don’t know why that fascinates me so much; but it does.  It reminds me of the reality that life is not always what it seems and we can ‘smell the truth’.  I have come to view every aspect of being as a signal—the quality of our thoughts, the experience of emotions and all our physical senses as subtle signals—messages between the outer material world and the inner world of Spirit.  It is not the content of thoughts and feelings as much as the quality that is the signal—it’s the vibration our thoughts and feelings emit that signals how important it is to return to the sanctuary of Spirit within the soul before taking action.

We are mediators between inner and out worlds—finding a way to move between worlds with grace and ease.  If we pay attention to the subtle signals, how might that impact our awareness of our relationships with each other?

Je Suis Bruxelles…Je Suis Le Monde

Yesterday morning I went to an airport, boarded a plane and took and international flight. It was uneventful, except perhaps for the slightly longer line up at security.

How different this experience would have been if I were planning to fly out of Brussels…

I hear that this latest terrorist attack in Europe, which we as a global community are witnessing on TV and through the internet, is being met mostly with a peaceful response. Artists, designers and illustrators have primarily responded with graphics depicting peace, and with hashtags such as #JeSuisBruxelles, #JeSuisBelge and #PrayforBrussels.

Many news editorials and world leaders ask for patience and restraint.

I ask that we consider Forgiveness as well. This horrid event, along with all acts of violence and terror that continue in our communities worldwide, are reminders to come together in new ways.  They are for-giving us each an opportunity to choose humanity and compassion over fear and hate.  Artists have long been the spokespersons with the vision of deeper truth…lighting the path to our collective future.  I am grateful for their reflections.

At this time of heightened feelings, we feel compassion for all mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, who have lost loved ones, as we remember that terrorists and victims all come from families who are suffering from this sorrowful event.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM-MARCH 22: People hold up a banner as a mark of solidarity at the Place de la Bourse following today’s attacks on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. At least 31 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions. The attacks come just days after a key suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels.
(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Betrayal of Society – Gateway to the Family of Humanity

In my book Betrayal, Trust and Forgiveness, I start my Chapter on Betrayal of Society with this:

Wound:   If you suffer from a wound inflicted by society, your sense of relationship to the whole has been injured. You feel isolated and alienated, and powerless and helpless to effect change or get your needs met.

Truth:   Unresolved mother, father, and beloved betrayal wounds are projected onto the collective. Your personal transformation makes you an agent of social transformation. Conscious commitment to be your most creative, fulfilled Self within limits of your physical environment has a profound effect on everyone you meet. This contributes to awakening of humanity.

Healing:   Develop trust in your inner, knowing Self that directs you to ACT in your community, workplace or social group. Let your enthusiasm and joy attract others who share your values and vision. Together with them, practice creating new ways to embody your shared ideals.

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In Calgary, where I live, many of us are feeling betrayed as we the find our job security vanishing, our lifestyle altering drastically, and a way of life we have come to expect no longer an option. What is true is that we are not alone in this shift of reality in this city, nor are we alone on this planet. Collectively we are living in a time of great change. Some of us are working together to change society from the inside out.

My student Bianca Sinclair is doing just this.

Through her Laid Off Calgary – empowered community support groups Bianca offers the Calgary community an opportunity to address our wounds, understand the truth, and to ACT in a positive healing way.

Groups are held at a local public library in Calgary Alberta, and are free of charge.

Please share with anyone who might benefit from a community engagement such as this.

For more information on Laid Off Calgary, please send an email.

You can also join the growing community through Bianca’s Facebook group.

 

And, I ask you to consider and share with us what is happening in your community – and – in what ways are you changing society from the inside out?

More from Bianca on Laid Off Calgary. . .

Over the last two weeks, I have been sharing with you the journey of Bianca Sinclair, who has just founded Laid Off Calgary – empowered community support group.  Bianca is a student of mine and recently completed her course work in my Embodied Awareness Facilitator Certification program.  She is now completing her practicum hours.  Since last week, Bianca has had more media coverage and a surge in group participation.

This week she wrote to me:

This past week has been filled with changes, with the first big change being an increase in group size. I went from groups of two or four, to 12 attendees with a wait list!

What I noticed about myself after facilitating my first big group of the week is that I felt a combination of fullness of heart yet I felt exhausted and drained. I also felt an overwhelming urge to take time out for myself for rest and renewal. I appreciated having some extra family support last week so I could immediately take some time for myself by going to a yoga class and letting each encounter with new individuals wash over me by way of each vinyasa sequence. Consistent ujayi breath helped to cleanse my mind of my self-doubts and inner-critic and to just be present and intact in my body again.

The second group on Friday went smoothly. However, I was a little taken a back when I showed up half an hour early to set up and there were already new people waiting to talk to me!

During both sessions this past week, I have been more diligent in capturing the feedback from participants of “what is working well for you? What are your coping strategies?” and sharing this back with them on a whiteboard and my on Facebook page.

I’m observing my keen desire to propel this forward, and to be honest I’m a little fearful that the growth could stop (“what if there are no more members or new requests and people stop showing up”, I ask myself). Then I challenge that thinking with the reminder that everything flows at its own rightful pace in its own rightful place.

Everything is going exactly as it should.

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Laid Off Calgary – empowered community support groups are for people who are wrestling with the trauma of being laid off and in sudden career transitions. Groups are held at a local public library in Calgary Alberta, and are free of charge.

Bianca has been interviewed by another the local paper and the response continues to be exceptionally positive.

Please share with anyone who might benefit from a community engagement such as this.

For more information on Laid Off Calgary, please send an email.

You can also join the growing community through Bianca’s Facebook group.

 

Responding to the Massive Lay-offs in Calgary Part 2. . .

In Last week’s blog, I introduced you to Bianca Sinclair who just founded Laid Off Calgary – empowered community support group.  Bianca has recently completed 150 hours of course work in my Embodied Awareness Facilitator Certification program and is now completing her practicum hours by facilitating at Laid Off Calgary – empowered community support groups.

After her second group, she wrote to me:

“Yesterday we explored the grief process and how this might relate to being laid-off/unemployed, coping with loss and moving through the transition.  I had the participants choose randomly keywords from the Kubler-Ross model (denial, anger, acceptance etc.) and invited them to share what that might mean in the context of where they are at, or have been on this current journey.  Then, I had drawn a wavy line on a whiteboard and asked them to suggest where on a timeline their keyword might sit if it were a “model of grief”.  It was an interesting way to explore grief theory from different perspectives, and how different it is for everyone.

By the end of our session in our group yesterday, participants reported feeling:”optimistic”, “normal”, and “satisfied”.

I thought the comment “normal” was very interesting, and we all shared a laugh as that participant playfully patted themselves on the back as if to congratulate their normal-ness.”

Laid Off Calgary – empowered community support groups are for people who are wrestling with the trauma of being laid-off and in sudden career transitions.  Groups are held at a local public library in Calgary Alberta, and are free of charge.

Since last week, Bianca has been interviewed by the local news and the response has been exceptionally positive. Bianca has added a second group.

Please share with anyone who might benefit from a community engagement such as this.          

For more information on Laid Off Calgary, please send an email.

You can also join the community through Bianca’s Facebook group.

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A Space Full of Potential