Harness Your Horse!

ImageHappy New Year! 

Today begins the Chinese Year of the Yang Wood Horse.  Bold, creative, passionate and engaged.  Yang wood energy building through the fiery, impulsive, intuitive and heart-centered passion of the horse.  It’s time to get to harness your heart’s longings and get to business in joyful, galloping style!!!

This Chinese New Year marks what is probably the biggest shift in energies within the entire 60 year cycle of the Chinese calendar.  We have emerged out of two intense, deconstructive, highly emotive and shadow-filled water years into the new growth of Wood and the passionate stamina of Horse.  Last year’s Water Snake forced a profound shedding of skins, a decent into soul shadow and a dissolution of false (egoic) identities and securities at the deepest level.  The preceding Water Dragon year saw a global rebellion against the status quo in the name of love, justice and social responsibility.  It also saw many of these movements smashed by the dragonic energies of established authority, causing yet deeper questioning.  So, if you feel like these last two years systematically took you apart and handed you humble pie, you’ve been perfectly positioned by the universe to engage these new energy in high, fresh style.

If you’ve “lost yourself” a bit in the wash cycle, don’t worry.  Here’s why:  When a snake sheds it’s skin, even the skin over the eyes sheds.  During this time, the skin becomes and opaque shroud, and the snake can’t see.  Trust that you’ve shed those final layers.  Like the snake, who was temporarily blinded, open your new eyes. See yourself anew, as the awesome, totally capable person you really are.  With the added humility, depth and realism the last two years have given you, you are prepared to offer your gifts with greater maturity and strengthened heart.   And, because you can see (and feel) clearly now, be sure to clean closets, finish unfinished business and move through those old locked energies – now. 

This is a year to feed emergent growth, trust intuition, ride creative momentum, and engage the heart stamina of the horse. 

 

Image3 Affirmations For the Year of the Yang Wood Horse:

 

1.)  My freedom and response-ability are one.

To be fully alive means to be able-to-respond.  The ability to respond is what distinguishes those who are and who are not free.  The Yang Horse embodies the intersection of freedom and responsibility – the place where our capacity to be in the world, building, creating, engaging passionately with others through visions for a better world – intersects our sensation of freedom – the wild pull of passion on the sinew of our souls. 

 

2.)  I create because I can and because I have to.

All the energies of the world are aligned to support sustained, heart-centered action.  When the universe is aligned in this way, it is doubly painful not to be engaged.  Don’t fight it.  Jut do it.  It’s going to be ridiculously fun.  Sub-affirmation:  I’ve got the reigns.  I can do it!

 

3.)  My heart and mind are in perfect alignment.

The Yang (or Green) Horse is an impulsive, intuitive and deeply feeling creature of fire moving through a building cycle of Wood. Let your horse heart gallop delightedly towards your highest visions with strength and surety.  This energy is too strong to be dominated by mind, but are happily harnessed through the structural, coherent energy of wood. 

 

It’s going to be a great year.  Trust your naked heart, set a clear course, and GET BUSY.  Connect with other in the happy heard.  The universe is supporting your big, bold, dreams and manifestations NOW.

 

 

Love,

Samantha

What are WE Harvesting? Deepen your awareness of what Summer is bringing into your life.

ImageIt’s late Summer.  If you’re like most people, you are doing all you can to squeeze the goodness out of these last luscious days, and to enjoy connection with nature, friends, family and your body in the radiance of the season.

It’s a precious time when our lives, like the trees, are fruit laden.  We buzz with the nectars of sunlight and shared community.  We pulse erotic juice into our movement – a delicious expression of expansive energy.  We play.  We are blessed in sweet anticipation of fall’s harvest.

At this point in the cycle, it’s good to take a pause and observe.   Ask:  what am I harvesting?  What is the fruit of all this connection?  What seeds are being planted?  In me?  In others through me?  Which ones am I willing to water and steward – not just for a little while, but in the deepest currents of my soul and lifestream?

Autumn is coming, and with it Harvest Time.  As we, the human animals, play in Summer’s radiance, traversing coasts, attending festivals, prepping for Burning Man and other late Summer gatherings, it’s good to turn towards our hearts, our beloveds and our communities and ask:  What are WE harvesting?

Is it new work, new love, a deeper turning towards something difficult, a greater commitment to something beautiful, an emergent sense of purpose, or the setting down of some old weight so you can walk tall again?  What steps are you taking to bring the accumulated energy of this time of light into the assimilative and co-creative time of Autumn?

This love dance we are in is a dance for the future of humanity.  As the elders have said, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”  It is for us to birth an emergent pattern for our tribes – one that works FOR life.

This is my prayer for our dances:  that they seed and bring to fruit the visions and connections, the courage and the surrender, the persistence and the joy, to feed and fuel an emergent regenerative culture.

May every step be experienced as the surrender of the fruit – a ripe and honest death – a rebirth into trust.  As Summer yields to Autumn, to Winter and to Spring, may each season’s precise mirror bring us ever more deeply into harmony with the implicate order of life – the sacred cycles that our lives, dreams and daily acts co-create as a love dance of spirit and matter.

I invite you, in these last long days, to bring your heart’s deepest longing and your authentic presence lovingly into your dances, into all of your relating.  Look into the eyes and hearts of your beloveds.  There, we will find our next steps.

Love,

Samantha

In and Beyond Time

In and Beyond Time

Words Fall in oneness, through me.

Words fall on my side of the cosmic divide between this “one”
and “everything else.”

It is for me to hear through my soul channel,
As it is for you to hear through yours.

We are not alone in the hearing
Because the listening itself is a fabric,
a connective
act,
a verb that is a tissue,
a structure,
a promise
of gossamer connectivity between all things
In all time
In now.

I no longer forget.
I no longer remember.
I act or be
Be and act.

Noun into verb,
Verb into noun
All object.
All subject.

All subject to the rulership of divine harmony,
divine
chaos.
All in service to the sweet channel… of love.
And, in this, I have chosen.

I choose to dance the violet pentacle at the center of the flame,
At the center, where all hands grasp through the fire,

I choose a creativity
Which is uniquely peace.

I chose embodiment that is universally peace.

That is what is.
No more.
No less.
We are bowls of water.
Always full
Always empty.

Half and half is for beginners.
Take it all and leave it all.

And, still…
Don’t forget skillful maybe –
the open portal to what is beyond imagining.

But,
leave ambivalence at the door.

In this fierce storm of yes,
this sweet autumn of wind,
this quiet knowing of the path:

Begin in the Body.
Let it live.
Let it breath.
Let it feed.
Let it be soft, animal, instinctive and
Unavoidable.

Begin in the body, and connect.
This is where peace lives.
Peace becomes.
Peace acts, one gesture at a time.

Begin in the body.
Live in the heart.
This is not a choice.

This is a fact.
ACT from this fact.
And through this align in and beyond – space and time.

~ s.s.

Power, Courage, Grace – A Black Friday Post

We have far more power, more knowledge, more capacity and more beauty available to us than we give ourselves credit for.

Today, of all days, BLACK FRIDAY, let’s contemplate and ACTIVATE our true potential as PARTICIPANTS in emergence. The market is merely a reflection of our chosen reality. Through our buying choices, we co-generate change, we co-create emergence, we “altar” reality. I embrace and invite fully conscious choice and participation… YOU IN??? Let’s be conscious consumers, conscious growers, conscious weavers, conscious dancers, conscious consumers. Above all, let’s be conscious co-creators of a new world! Love ~s

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Dancing Freedom – Chapter 1

“Imagine then a dancer who… has attained such a degree of understanding that his body is simply the luminous manifestation of his soul; whose body dances in accordance with a music heard inwardly, in an expression of something out of another, profounder world. This is the truly creative dancer; natural but not imitative, speaking in movement out of himself and out of something greater than all selves.”
Isadora Duncan – The Philosopher’s Stone of Dancing, 1920

Photo by Wes Carson

Photo by Wes Carson

Creation Dances. The universe dances. When existence was born out of the great, undifferentiated field of the One, the dance was born. Since the beginning of time and the beginning of existence, being has been dancing with essence. Our souls are dancing the space where our spirit and our bodies meet.

The dance is the great unifier. Dance invites us into union with the masculine and feminine, seen and unseen, being and doing, spiritual and physical aspects of ourselves. Gently, fiercely moving us in the tides of our own bodies and emotions, it brings us right to the center of soul. To dance is to celebrate being human – being a spirit in the body living on this miraculous planet called Gaia.

Dancing Freedom is my spiritual practice. It is not a religion. It has no dogmas, no boundaries. It welcomes all bodies, all gestures, all gods. It invites diversity, and through embrace of the wild multiplicity of expression, teaches the truths of Unity. Dancing is spiritual because it is a way of joy. Joy means saying a divine yes to life – to the movement that IS life – all of IT – and, to our divine creatorship. When we move and just keep moving, we become one with all parts of ourselves and with the great cosmic dance.

I believe the dance can set us free. Freedom means that we are at home in our bodies and in our spirits. It means that we have fluidity between our inner connectivity and outer expressivity. When these two parts of ourselves are in dynamic flow, we live with soul. WE dance in the fire of love that is at the center of hearts. Freedom means embracing that fire – being ok with the full spectrum of our experience, at home in all of our stuff AND in our exaltation. I call this divine OK-ness. It is a place where there is no separation between the sacred and the mundane – a place where we KNOW that THIS is the true essence of sacredness. When we live here, we are free. Incredible magic happens. The world opens before us as a place of wonder, color, authenticity and beauty. Our instinctive, intuitive and worldly aspects reconnect. We stop going through the motions of life, and instead really feel the vibrancy and joy of existence pulsing through us.

No true freedom can emerge from resistance. What we resist persists. We are learning how to really love what is, how to embrace. The path of liberation asks us to surrender everything while we simultaneously hold the mother wisdom of creating safe space. What does this look like in the dance? It looks like working within a clear container of practice where we can really let go to explore. It means developing the clarity of our own sense of yes and no. It means exploring how our physical and emotional experiences are holographic reflections of all dimensions of our experience. Our skin is a sacred boundary. Our hearts have boundaries and borders that can be contained, entered, held, opened, surrendered. It is through naked dialogue with the bounded aspect of experience that we come to the blissful experience of boundlessness. It is through the existence of a contained self and a distinct other that we give and receive. When the flow is open in both directions, we can open to the infinity loop of creation.

Freedom does not mean being without boundaries. It means choosing boundaries, keeping agreements with our self and other and communicating clearly and cleanly. It means giving and receiving. It means knowing that we create our realities through choice. The dance teaches the total creativity of the moment. We be, do and act from an inner creative impulse that is always our own, always available for us to claim. It teaches us ownership of this creative impulse, and how to share that impulse without giving away all our energy. The dance teaches us healthy, heart-full ways to be authentic. This is freedom.

Dancing takes me home. This is my practice. My cells speak many languages: jazz, rock, samba, techno, dub, trance, silence. My body knows many paths in time and space: slow, fast, chaotic, graceful, high, low, lazy, energized, linear, circular, sweeping. I connect to the filaments of consciousness that flow through all things, all time and space. And, I surf the textures of dimensions far greater than this one. I ignite in the downward spiral of Love, Light and Energy: the core frequencies of embodiment. I release into the upward spiral of Love, wisdom and power – in action and in essence. Immanence and Transcendence. I return, again and again, to stillness.

I have seven sacred agreements I keep with myself:
1.) I will show up.
2.) I will pay attention.
3.) I will love.
4.) I will be myself.
5.) I will breathe.
6.) I take responsibility.
7.) I honor my body, my emotions, my mind and my spirit.

I keep these agreements …ask others to keep these agreements with me as we re-birth a culture of spirit in the body. As we return to these fundamental ground rules for spiritual practice, we create a powerful field for transformation and a safe space for all souls to dance.

Open Heart Empowerment Ceremony, Mount Shasta

Open Heart Empowerment Ceremony, Mount Shasta

So. You say you don’t dance…. It is a gift of life and right of passage to dance. Once upon a time, everyone danced. The world was born dancing. Mother god seduced father god with her great beauty, and thus, the universe was born. Original peoples everywhere on the planet have danced communion since the beginning of time. It is in your blood. We have danced the cycles of the seasons, the hunt, the harvests, the birth, marriage and death portals of life. We have danced to recognize the girl becoming the woman and the boy becoming man. We have danced for praise, gratitude, forgiveness, harmonization, re-genesis, and transformation. We have danced to become one with the elements, the directions and the devas. The Sufis swirl, the Quakers shake, the bushmen of the Kalahari jump, the Hawaiians hula. South Indian Kathak dancers tell the great Hindu epics in the exquisite detailing of fingers and eyes, while aboriginals, Tibetan Buddhists and Cuban Santeros invite divine energies to take over the body in states of trance.
Our dances reflect our connection to the earth, our beliefs, and the ways in which we relate with each other. They are the backbone of culture.

In this now time, we are coming together to dance a revolution of dancing evolution. We are bridging the mind and the body to create a culture of heart. Dancing is a path of truth. We come to truth through authentic connection and expression. We are not here to seek the truth, we are here to live it. We remember how to do this when we dance. If you feel this call, Dancing Freedom is your tradition. Certainly, it is my tradition. It is a choice. It is my choice. It is a re-birthing of cultural backbone and a celebration of peace. We create Oneness as we dance. WE re-weave the wholeness of the world and the coherence of community. We remember that being human is ok, and that, in this humanness, we can be ONE.

We are luminous bodies. We are light. We know this mentally as a truth of Quantum Mechanics. But, let us dance it – as Truth. Let us touch the knowing that true stillness is moving and that true movement holds all stillness. Let us dance to know our selves, and that which is greater than the self. Let us dance and come home. Let us dance and be Freedom.