What’s going on? Insights from my two favorite evolutionary futurists.

Things are unsettled.

Some might say we’re in crisis.

What is going on?

Well, I’m no expert….but I’ve been fortunate to study with two brilliant evolutionary futurists who have helped me understand what’s going on and where we humans are on the evolutionary journey.

Let me introduce you to them:

Dr. Robert Keck
I spent hours mesmerized by Dr. Robert Keck at the National Wellness Conference several years in a row.  Dr. Keck had polio as a child and was catapulted into a lifelong search for healing and meaning.  He became a United Methodist Minister and an Evolutionary Theologian, and when he spoke, he filled the room with his passion for Spirit and Life.  I’ll never forget during one of his lectures when he said,

“Humanity is poised to move from ‘adolescence’ into spiritual maturity. …as long as we don’t commit teenage suicide first.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard
Buckminister Fuller said, “There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara Marx Hubbard, who helped introduce the concept of futurism to society, is the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.”

The recent victory at Standing Rock is confirms Barbara’s perspective. “Crises precede transformation….and problems are evolutionary drivers.”

If Barbara is right, then we are definitely being driven to transform and evolve!

I’ve learned so much from these two powerful teachers that I made a short video for you with a synopsis of their insights into what’s going on.  I hope it not only informs but uplifts and inspires you.

 

On the journey with you,

Deb

A quick and simple way to clear emotional energies.

Dear Ones,

I’ve been thinking about emotions a lot in the last two weeks. You see, one of the gifts of the Feminine is emotion.  For hundreds of years, emotions weren’t considered as valuable as intellect, so women (and men who were in touch with their emotions) were denigrated.  But within the last 40 years, the field of psychoneuroimmunology has shone a light on the value and power emotions have in everything from physical health to leadership skills.

Unfortunately, unbalanced or wounded Feminine energy is overly emotional. And when we are overly emotional we are reactive instead of responsive.

Not only do our own emotions affect us, but other people’s emotions affect us as well.   Neuroscientist, Dr. Candace Pert once said

Emotion is chemistry, but it’s also physics and vibrations. Neurotransmitters are chemicals, but they carry an electrical charge. The electrical signals in our brains and bodies affect the way cells interact and function.”

Pert said that just as our individual cells carry an electrical charge, so does the body as a whole. Like an electromagnet generating a field, Pert said that people have a positive charge above their heads and a negative charge below. “So we’re actually sending out various electrical signals – vibrations – to everyone around us.

Which brings me to a simple practice I guide my dance class in before each class begins. My prayer is that this helps you clear emotional energies and restores your ability to respond instead of react to situations in your life.


Big hugs,
Deb

Turbulent Times Require Furious Dancing

Shocked, numb, angry, sad
Frightened and disillusioned
This is why we danced.

This morning we came together, my beautiful, diverse, open-hearted community of women and I, to do the thing that made most sense after a tense election night: dance.

Leading this class is a high honor. It’s my calling to help women move emotions through and out of their bodies, to help them unblock constrictions and release limited perceptions of themselves and the world through this class I call PranaShakti.

As I prepared I knew it would be a powerful class. And it was. Most women who arrived were feeling shocked, angry, sad and very frightened.  We moved through ALL of those feelings until we were centered and calm. Until we could feel the palpable presence of the Divine.

Then we could feel hope and love again. And our calm minds were free to imagine a future that would draw us forward rather than one we wanted to escape.

The music I chose carried us on this journey – so I wanted to share it with you. My prayer is that you will play some or all of these songs to help you move whatever emotions you are feeling during these turbulent times and that you, too, will be left with feelings of hope, love and an image of the future that will draw you forward.

post-election-play-list

Unwarp the magic.

As I  was driving up the North Dallas Toll Road on the way to my sister’s last weekend I glimpsed Santa Claus unwrapping a gift on a huge billboard.

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The caption read:
Unwrap the MAGIC!

But my mind read:
Unwarp the MAGIC!

It didn’t take any time at all for me to discover my mistake, and  then to laugh at the realization that in a culture that trivializes a day to honor the dead and commercializes the season of Light and Love, we DO need to unwarp the magic!

Don’t get me wrong, I ate my fair share of banana Laffy Taffy’s on Halloween – and enjoyed every riddle. Even though I enjoyed the fun of the kids and the temporary pleasure of those candies, the sugar coma afterward needs to be unwarped!

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(Here’s a riddle for you:  What does Christmas have in common with the desert?  Answer at the end of this blog ☺ )

As the holidays approach, I can feel people preparing to go into decorating and shopping mode… losing touch with the true magic of the season.

So… before your life starts spinning at warp-speed, how about joining me for 5 weeks of UNWARPING.  Beginning on Monday, November 7th, I’ll be guiding my ‘Clear the Way’ program to support healthy digestion and detoxification (i.e. bye-bye junk food toxicity!) and help your mind, body and emotions stay more centered and clear amidst all the chaos of the pre-holiday season.  If we start now, by the time Thanksgiving arrives we won’t be driven by unconscious cravings to overeat, and we’ll be able to enjoy the true magic of the entire holiday season.  What a concept!

If you’d like to learn more about the program, click here for more information or to join me.  

Oh….and here’s the answer to that riddle:

Sandy Claws

Bring It On!

Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief

turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,
nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown by those who wished for something else.

~David Whyte
The Well of Grief

 

I’m no stranger to grief.

When I was 30, I was devastated by a sweeping cascade of losses.  In a 3 month period, I lost a pregnancy, my marriage, my home, my ability to handle managerial responsibilities as a hospital department director, my position in society and all the dreams of the life I thought I was building.

The two years following those losses were as transformational as they were challenging.  I call them “the years of tears” because I never knew when I would be overcome with waves of grief.  

One of the many gifts I received from those years was the ability to fully and unapologetically grieve and emerge with insights and treasures – like the  ‘source’ and the ‘small round coins’ in David Whyte’s poem.   Another gift I received was the ability to hold sacred space for another’s grieving.

In the last 18 months I’ve experienced another series of losses (the end of a 20 year marriage, loss of property, wellness and dreams) which culminated in my son’s departure for college.   

I know many of you reading this have children who have recently headed off to college or married.  While college and marriage are life changes to be celebrated – I also know there’s a kind of grief for the parents.  In my case, I knew I’d feel the loss of my son’s presence and my role in his life deeply.  

So I prepared.

I organized my life to allow for the time I would need in order to dive fully into it and move through to the other side.  Instead of trying to carry on business as usual: seeing clients, teaching classes, giving keynote addresses…. I drastically reduced my commitments for 6 months.  For the 3 months prior to taking my son to college I kept only the absolutely necessary items on my agenda in order to be fully present for the experiences of high school graduation, Olympic Swim Trials, packing and moving.  I also allowed myself the time to rest, walk with friends, cry, journal, cry, pray, cry, dance, cry, sleep, cry and – when I simply couldn’t handle any more….binge-watch Netflix and cry ☺

For the 3 months after dropping him off at school I scheduled myself to travel and lead workshops and retreats interspersed with time for resting and healing.  In fact I’m writing to you from my friend Britt Steele’s YogaFarm where I’ve spent 2 weeks hanging out with goats, donkeys, horses and golden retrievers; eating veggies from the garden, resting, doing yoga, dancing and leading a weekend retreat.  

I’m telling you all of this because I can’t find many examples in our culture of ways to take care of ourselves when we are grieving a life transition like this.  What I know in my bones is that diving in and fully feeling grief is actually more effective and efficient than putting on a happy face and moving on too quickly.

I also know, that having allowed for deep grieving, I’m suddenly feeling ready to move on to the next phase of my life.  It’s such a great feeling that I wanted to share one of my favorite songs to dance to when I’m at the end of grieving and ready to BRING IT ON!  Hope you enjoy the music and that you’ll dance along with me ☺

 

 

Music:  Bring It On by Jana Stanfield http://www.JanaStanfield.com

Bring it on!
Deb

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