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Right now I am reading a book called Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy.
It was a gift from a friend, but this book has been on my radar for well over 2 years when I first heard about it from my previous boss, Lissa Rankin.
She too said it was the bees knees. You could say I was beyond pleased when it's splendid glory showed up on my door step as a surprise belated birthday gift.
I'm only on page 22 + already, my mind is more awake.
Levoy talks about Gordon Hempton, the man who wrote The Vanishing Dawn Chorus, an Emmy Award winning PBS Documentary.
Hempton tells a story about a particular time he was in the forest with his listening ears recording the sounds around him when suddenly he was overwhelmed with a state of panic. Though his logical mind was telling him there was nothing to run from, his listening ears + intuition insisted that there was.
Hempton decided to leave his equipment behind + high-tail it out of there. When he returned in the morning, the footage showed that moments after he left a leopard had visited where he was.
If he had listened to his logical mind, he might not be alive. But because he chose to listen to that voice of intuition even though it didn't make sense at the time, his life was spared.
It made me wonder how much I miss out on because I choose to deny the voice that lives within.
"We shy away from introspection because, however fearful the surface seels, we fear the depths still more. And we are right. There is much to fear there. If there is terror about darkness because we cannot see, there is also terror about light because we can see. Would rather not see. If we do not climb down willingly with our eyes open, he said, we risk falling in with our eyes closed. If we ignore seuketat [*], we end up turning our backs on the leopard, tempting fate, putting our souls in the position of having to come after us, teeth bared. The only conscious oveservations we'll make will be those forced on us by crises."
I would love it if some of you would read this book along with me.
As for now, I am turning my listening ears on. Trusting my intuition a little bit more + keeping my heart open to what this book has to teach me.
"You have to be willing to suffer what you hear. It's probably fair to say that awakening is attached to suffering like a rope to a bell, and you're not going to pull on it withoutmaking some noise."
*seuketat - the ear of the animal
Putting on my super duper Listening Ears,
I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now? ― John Lennon
The Burlesque Experience 10/07/2011
Happy Friday Rainbow Riders!
Today I have some very exciting news to share. Earlier this year, my friend Lisa Carmen created a Burlesque training workshop that she calls The Burlesque Experience.
Since I first heard of this, I wanted to be a part of it. However, the money just never quite lined up right for me to be able to work it into my schedule + afford to give Lisa what I know she deserved for hosting such an amazing experience.
In the first class, I watched my friend Ashleigh, or should I say, Moxie LaVeau kick some serious ass on stage.
Now, I am happy to say that it is my turn to rock the stage.
What's the best part about it? My home-girl Heather will be rockin' it with me!
Through this 6 week process we will be creating our character, choreographing our dance, picking our costume + much more. On November 18th Heather + I will make our BIG reveal in a one-time LIVE performance in Deep Ellum.
+ yes. I plan to blog my journey through this course, right here. Are you ready? It's gonna get naughty + nasty up here.
+ well, vulnerable, honest + sassy too.
Great Goddess Interviews: Jilian McDermott 10/04/2011
What part of nature do you feel most connected to? Animals are my biggest connection, non-domesticated; they are intuitive creatures that can teach us a lot if we listen to the intuitive context/language. I have had certain animals or insects come to me(some continually) at certain points in my life, I see them as spiritual guides or signs.
What do you feel has been your greatest achievement so far in life? Graduating Nursing school from Arizona State. It took me 7 years to just get there, working 60 hours a week, being a single mom. I got accepted to an elite fellowship program that was accelerated, competitive and brutal. When all was said and done I thought "Holy (expletive) I made it, on my own, with my tribe supporting me all the way" A huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing I could take care of us (my daughter and I) on our own; I was officially a grown-up, mmm no not really :)
Tell us one strange-ish fact about yourself... I had ghosts for friends when I was little, I didn't say they were ghosts, I just told my mom and my sister they were dead and they talked to me and we were friends. As an adult, I am extra sensitive to " energy shifts" in my surroundings, some people call it intuitive or just plain crazy (which ever is your preference). I dont talk about it much. Its something that those close to me know already because they can feel it & sometimes see it.
What do you feel is your current 'big life lesson'? You know, the one you keep having to learn over and over. Letting go...Letting go of the past, the future, my expectations,control, fears, worry, my pain, attachments.... Letting go of stuff, even negative stuff that has been with me for so long is scary and painful, even when I want to let go of it, it is still really hard to actually do it...for good.
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[celebrating] A Year of Self Employment 10/03/2011
In November of this year, I will have officially been working for myself for
One Whole Year. Wowza.
If there is anything I have learned so far it is that there is no destination. Well, there is.
But once you reach it, another appears. Having your own business means growing, changing, reaching higher, moving in new ways + e x p a n d i n g. It means Living in the Questions.
Although, I suppose the same applies to life in general.
Here is what my next New Year holds for you + me:
Blazing My Trail,
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Whole body freedom 10/01/2011
The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
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