Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

Dance with me this holi/holy week….

Sister Maurus with my son in 2003.

Every Wednesday and Friday morning I wake up with that feeling of excitement I used to have as a kid on Christmas morning.  Excited to open my presents!  Now, however, the presents aren’t in boxes under a brightly lit tree. They are insights and inspirations that flood me as I prepare the choreography and music for my Devika Dance class.  They are the mental, emotional and physical releases and renewals I receive by dancing.  And they are the hugs and tears and laughter we share as a community of women.

Sister Maurus with my son in 2003.

Sister Maurus with my son in 2003.

Yesterday was no exception. It was 5:30 a.m. I was just finishing my morning prayers under the silvery light from the full moon and suddenly I was flooded with love and inspiration. It was as if my beloved spiritual guide, Sister Maurus Allen, was in the room talking to me…reminding me of the messages of love, forgiveness and liberation that Holy Week brings.

Sister Maurus was a radical Benedictine nun who taught yoga at the convent for 42 years. Radical because:

  • She saw God in everyone and everything.
  • She honored all paths.
  • She taught women how to know the feminine face of God in themselves.
  • She saw that Christ Consciousness was not confined by religion.
  • She believed that “it is through women that the Cosmic Christ will manifest in this millennium.”

Even though Sister Maurus is no longer on earth in physical form, she certainly lives on through the millions of seeds of love she planted!

I wish you all could have been here yesterday as we danced radical Love, Forgiveness, Trust, Release, Joy and Liberation. I wish you could have felt the radical fusion of Holy Week…Holi, Passover and Easter…as a divine dance. I wish you all could have heard the words of Sister Maurus as she spoke through me at the end of class as we lay in deep relaxation….her words floating over us saying “There is no shame or guilt so deep that it cannot be healed by Love.”

Wishing you radical blessings during this Holy/Holi Week,

Not in Austin? Click here for my playlist and dance this Radical Holiness wherever you are!


What would you do if you were brave?

If I were brave I would go to Bali for SEVEN weeks to study Ayurveda and Yoga and to experience living in an eco village in the jungle far away from city noises. I would go on this trip even if it meant missing the holidays with my family and even if it meant missing dance classes with my beloved Daring Diva Dance community.

Yep. You guessed it. I’m going to Bali!!

Before I tell you about the trip I want to pause and offer huge gratitude to my mom and dad for raising me to follow my heart. My mom was the kind of mom who was always there when I came home from school, snacks prepared and ready to listen to details about my day. My dad was the kind of dad who willingly helped out with the crazy school projects and took me shopping for prom dresses. He’s also the one who built the sacred screen in my home. They are both compassionate, bright, open-minded, adventurous, talented, deeply spiritual people who have encouraged me to follow my heart – even though from the very beginning it was clear that I was not conventional. In fact, my whole family lovingly calls me “the witch doctor.”

So with a mom and dad like that, I have been following my heart for a long time. What that meant for me is that from the time I was 21 until I became pregnant with my son about 15 years ago I traveled out of the country for extended periods of time at least once every 2 years to study, teach or do medical mission work.

For the past 14 years I have enjoyed sticking closer to home – speaking, teaching and being a mom. Now that my son is turning 14 and my husband is able to be home I am feeling the call to expand my horizons. So I am traveling to Bali to study with Yoga With Uma and will be staying at Bali Eco Village

My intentions for this trip are:
* to experience deep healing and rest
* to shed false outer layers of personality I have accrued as a part of living in a super busy world
* to learn Ayurvedic and yogic practices to help women move through midlife with grace, energy, vitality, zest and power
* to provide my son the opportunity to step more into his power without me hovering

My understanding is that I will only have occasional internet service. I do hope to be able to send you some photos and stories while I’m there. But in case you don’t hear from me for awhile, please know that I plan to share all the juicy details when I return…especially the part about moving through midlife with grace, energy, vitality, zest and power!

Meanwhile, many blessings to you as you complete 2011 and step into 2012.


p.s. want more inspiration for being brave? Listen to my friend Jana Stanfield here.

Call to Prayer for the Healing of Our Waters

Dr. Emoto

You may remember when I shared with you in June the healing work of Dr. Masaru Emoto. Dr. Emoto is the scientist from Japan who has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research revealed that water physically responds to emotions. Many of us have predominantly fearful and angry emotions when we consider what is happening with the radioactive materials seeping into the water from the nuclear reactors in Japan. And while perhaps justified in those emotions, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr. Emoto, himself, has proposed. His beautiful prayer incorporates the wisdom of the Huna process called Ho’ponopono. Please share this with all your friends and family!

The prayer procedure is as follows.

Name of ceremony:
“Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima”
Day and Time: March 31 st , 2011 (Thursday) 12:00 noon in each time zone
Please say the following phrase:
“The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you.”
Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
Please offer your sincere prayer.

Thank you very much from my heart.
With love and gratitude,
Masaru Emoto
Messenger of Water

Please share this with all your friends and family!

Sacred Symbols – A Labor of Love

I have never been able to separate the sacred from the everyday. From grade school all the way through college I remember the feeling that I was holding Jesus’ hand while walking to class.  In nature I feel the presence of God.  I’m always seeing angels in patterns made by the clouds, and when I dance I can feel Spirit move through me.  So when it comes to decorating my home, I love to surround myself with art that feels sacred to me.

Last October we moved into a new home that has a large open space where I can host gatherings.  Sometimes people dance in the space, sometimes they create collages while sitting at long tables, and other times they sit theatre-style to listen to presentations.  When the space is not in use, it is empty.  So I asked my dad if he would build a wooden screen to close off the empty space when it is not in use.

As we talked about the design of the screens we thought it would be great to include sacred symbols from all over the world.  Together we researched and chose the following symbols.  Then my dad built the most beautiful screens made of Spanish Cedar with inlaid Maple.  He cut each symbol out of Oak and my mom stained each one.  The result:  a breathtaking labor of love!  In fact, so breathtaking I just had to share it with you.

Deb and Screen

Yin Yang

Yin Yang

Taoist symbol of the interplay of forces in the universe. This represents the unity between all opposites – the masculine and the feminine; the darkness and light. Yin and Yang symbolize the primal cosmic forces. Yin is receptive, passive, cold, feminine energy. Yang is masculine, movement, force and heat. The dark and light represent knowledge and ignorance. In a spiritual practice, use the Yin Yang to help maintain a balance between opposites and instill unity personally and globally. In seeing the opposites, it is noted that each has a little of the other, which is often overlooked in life. Instead of seeing absolute, learn to see an all inclusive form of diversity. This symbol has been a universal symbol of balanced consciousness for thousands of years and brings inner radiance to all who view it. In using this symbol on water, all elements will become balanced, all molecules will pass this balance to all beings.



The Mother of All Mantras is the primordial sound by which the earth was created. The past, present and future are all blended in this one all-inclusive sound. By using this symbolic image, the concept of infinite love and infinite creation is conveyed beyond the limitation of words or ideas.

Ananse Ntontan

Spider Web

“spider’s web”

symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life

Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.



“return and get it”
symbol of importance of learning from the past

Osram Ne Nsoromma

Osram Ne Nsoromma

“The Moon and the Star”
symbol of love, faithfulness, harmony
This symbol reflects the harmony that exists in the bonding between a man and a woman.

Proverb: “Kyekye pe aware.” (The North Star has a deep love for marriage. She is always in the sky waiting for the return of the moon, her husband.)



The word ‘angel’ derives from the Greek and translates to the phrase “messenger of God.”

Asase Ye Duru

Asase ye duru

“the Earth has weight”

symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth

This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life.

The Fleur-de-Lis Cross


In heraldry, the three petals represent faith, wisdom and chivalry. The four arms spread these to the four corners of the world.

As a Christian Cross, the three petals represent the Trinity and the total twelve petals represent the Apostles.

Triple Spiral

Triple goddess

The Triade, Triskele, or Triple Spiral, is an ancient Celtic symbol related to earthly life, the afterlife and reincarnation. It is drawn in one continuous line, suggesting a fluid movement of time. Triades are one of the most common elements of Celtic art. They are found in a variety of styles in both ancient and contemporary uses, especially in relation to depictions of the Mother Goddess. They also evoke the universal concept of the domains of material existence- earth, water, and sky; body, mind and spirit; and the eternally spiraling cycles of time. Used in a personal spiritual practice, this symbol reinforces the movement and interconnection between the dimensions or realms of consciousness – ordinary reality, the underworld, the overworld, all integral to a complete earth experience. In larger context, the Triade radiates the potential of complete experience and wisdom for all. In water, the harmonic convergence of all truths bring a quality to water that nourishes all cells with expansive potential for greater creation.

The Triple Spiral also represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the female principle, the promise of new beginnings, youth, excitement, and a carefree erotic aura. The Maiden in Greek Mythology is Persephone – purity – and a representation of new beginnings. Other maiden goddesses include: Brigid, Nimue, among others.

The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, fulfillment, stability, and power. The Mother Goddess in Greek mythology is Demeter, represtning wellspring of life, giving and compassionate. Other mother goddesses include: Aa, Ambika, Ceres, Astarte, Lakshmi.

The Crone represents wisdom, repose, and compassion. The Crone in Greek mythology is Hecate – wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience. Crone goddesses include: Hel, Maman Brigitte, Oya, Sedna, Skuld, and others.

Nyame Dua

nyame dua

“tree of god” – altar

symbol of God’s presence and protection



The symbolic meaning of labyrinth is also associated with the various  symbolic meanings of the spiral in that we can trace our footsteps (both metaphorical and literal) back to and from the Source (center or core).  In walking the Chartres style labyrinth the walker meanders through each of the four quadrants several times before reaching the goal. An expectancy is created as to when the center will be reached. At the center is a rosette design which has a rich symbolic value including that of enlightenment. The four arms of the cross are readily visible and provide significant Christian symbolism.

Labyrinths have been used for ages.  Native Americans used the labyrinth as a symbol that represents birth, rebirth and/or transition from one world to the next.  On a philosophical level, the symbolic meaning of labyrinth is as complex as the symbol itself.  With many twists and turns, the labyrinth does not share its secrets easily.

On the surface the symbolic meaning of the labyrinth deals with:

  • passage of time
  • spiritual growth
  • enlightenment
  • connection to source
  • rebirth
  • resurrection
  • emergence
  • evolution
  • progress
  • spiritual path
  • initiation

The labyrinth can be a powerful tool for inner enhancement and development.  It is designed specifically for this purpose.  When walking the labyrinth, we find our perspective constantly changing.  Our vision and physical bodies are never facing the same direction for long.  This is a technique to coax our inner knowing out from within.

Further, the spiraling inward motion is a physical replication of our spiritual tendency to seek within the highest truths in order to find eternal freedom.  When we are moving outward from the source, it is an action that we have made the divine connection and now we are expressing our completeness outwardly – essentially sharing our highest good with all around us.

It is important to note that walking the labyrinth (mentally or physically) is not intended to be overly challenging.  There are no dead-ends with the labyrinth, only meandering waves of smooth lines designed to gently nudge us back to our destination.

This is where labyrinths are often confused with mazes.  Big difference.  Mazes are designed to challenge intellect and strategic skills.  Whereas the labyrinth is an exercise in soul development.



The lotus flower symbol has deep, mythic meaning for many cultures.  The lotus blossom has been revered, attributed to deities, and meditated on for thousands of years.

The mystical lotus bloom appears in poetry, the writings of saints and sages, on temple walls, and as a central concept in several world religions.

This powerful and ancient image symbolizes harmony, spiritual illumination and unlimited potential. The lotus is a type of water lily which rises from the sludge of muddy waters and opens into a beautiful flower. It is often used as a mandala, or circular symbol, but any way you use the Lotus in a spiritual practice, it will provide a resonant field that reinforces the concept of resurrection. Human mistakes and challenges are the fertilizer for brilliance and awakened creation as the Lotus shows us. Borne in the murkiest of ponds, Lotus still emerges pure. Use the Lotus as a reminder that “this, too, shall pass.” Be assured that all fertilizer nurtures a beautiful new life. In the greater world, Lotus is a peaceful cosmic beacon for forgiveness, gratitude and compassion to prevail where the sludge of conflict has resided. Using this symbol on water invites a balance between humility and pride.

Luna Goddess

Luna goddess

Symbolic of the regenerative, life-giving forces of the cosmos, Luna Goddess represents the Moon as a keeper of wisdom and magical power.  Her hands connect above her head creating a halo of sacred knowledge. Her belly contains the genesis of light within the darkness of the womb. She holds the frequency of all life honoring the Great Cosmic Mystery in balance with the manifestation of earthly creation. Using this symbol enhances sacred creativity within the consciousness of the individual, and on a larger scale, helps to maintain a sacred reverence for the darkness that is in the process of giving birth to light. Where darkness prevails on earth, within individuals or populations, Luna Goddess silently resonates a remembrance and a return to reason and balance.

Love and Peace

Love and Peace

‘nuff said




symbol of endurance and resourcefulness

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)

Go back to bed.

I asked for a dream on the new moon eclipse last night for clarity around my business and finances.  The dream I received was crystal clear and super vivid:  I am in my current bedroom and have just gotten out of bed when my dad (looking like he did when I was little….wearing a white t-shirt and khakis) walks in and lovingly tells me to go back to bed and take a nap.

How can that be?  This is supposed to be the time of year when I feel all charged up and taking a napready to take the world by  storm.  Unleash all my creative potential as new products and services.  Write my next book.  Deliver my new, powerful keynote.  And instead, I am feeling called to exquisite self-care, self- love and self-compassion… go back to bed and take a nap!

Yes, I’ve read the books and attended the retreats. Heck, I’ve even taught movement classes at Self-Renewal Retreats for Renee Trudeau, the ultimate self-love/self-care guru herself!  So my ego was pretty bruised by the realization that I clearly have not made self-love a sustainable and integral part of my life.

It’s not news to me that self-love must come before any outward expression of love is possible.  I grew up with the words from Jesus, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  And it’s not news to me that I’m in need of self-care after 3 years of being a working, single parent while my husband has had to be away.  But the part of me that is self-critical and self-judgmental is struggling with having the self-compassion to believe I am really worthy of receiving the love and care I need.

One thing I know for sure.  The dream struck a powerful chord in me.  And I also know that my work must be authentic and in alignment.  So, I am declaring 2011 as my year of Self-Love.

How about you?  What is your theme for 2011?

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