What Lights You Up? Full Moon Movement Ritual

Dear torch carrier of the light,

Chances are if you are reading this, you are some combination of the following:

A) experiencing or are empathic to the challenges of this time

B) consciously practicing gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings of this time

C) feel a call to be of service combining your skills and passion at this time

D) identify as a light worker and take responsibility to do shadow work instead of project it on everyone else

E) like to dance

If we were preparing, let's say just for fun, for the Olympics, we would take great care of the torch as we pass it from town to town getting ready for the big event in which the whole world comes together as one world. (And we would practice some great coordinated dance moves for the opening ceremony!)

Well, let's say just for fun, this is the lead up to the spiritual Olympics, and every single person is the torch carrier. Your responsibility is to tend the flame of your own spirit to bring all the flames together. Let's also not forget about the dance moves.

Courage is required as every flame can potentially be destructive when uncontained and dimmed down or put out when unsupported.

Listen, I know some days can be pretty rough, but the world isn't over yet. Let's all find the torch of light inside of us and carry it towards the inevitable opening ceremony of coming together as one world, remembering all roads lead us back to love.

Our resident Qoya Astrologer Virginia Rosenberg offers:

The Full Moon in Libra on April 11th, 2017 (12:08am EST) is a big beacon of fiery light. The light is so strong that it can guide ships, airplanes, and weary travelers of all kinds toward their destination. The light is a warning, a signal, and a celebration: that we are Rising. We are emerging. In this groundswell, outworn contracts are transforming. Balance is becoming restored. During these times, each of us IS the call to higher ground. We are each made of light and attuning ourselves to contain more and more of it. How can we be more light? We bring grace and levity into our hearts. We release judgements against ourselves, one another, and the world at large. We can simply be who we are and party in the joy of pure self. We stand strong for the embers burning in our hearts, that what is truly best for one will benefit all. We are soul-pioneers, following our just passions to reinvent humankind. Walk your path. Especially if it is brand new or untried, forge onward. Surf the evolutionary wave. Those who need guidance will follow when they see your light against the darkness. The light of the collective web gets brighter as each shining vibrant soul finds one another. Let's set the world ablaze.

To embody this energy, I recommend a combination of the following:

Tend a physical flame as a metaphor of your own. It can be a candle or a fire ceremony, but watch it dance and be sensitive to its needs.

Practice your dance moves. I recommend here Proud Mary, imagining all of us lightworkers rolling on this river.

When you receive the light of the sun of the world, reflect it back like the moon. Donate to a cause, get on the front lines, be nice to the people you see everyday. Make the moon proud so that a few weeks from now when you look up and see her smiling or giving you a cosmic wink, you two can be in on the game of spiritual Olympics.

One more thing - if there is something that drains your energy immensely, dimming your fire, and you can stop doing it - I recommend that, too.

Because the sun, moon and stars shine on us all,


Two new interviews this week:

1) My friend Patricia Echeverria has invited me to speak at the Creative Courage Summit. This free event begins April 17th,  and you'll get exclusive access to more than 20 creativity, psychology, and life design experts who will equip you with invaluable skills and strategies. Save a virtual seat here.

2) Listen to my interview with Hanna Bier on the Wisdom of Your Body for The Mystics on a Mission Show. We talk about the healing wisdom of the body and the importance of trusting yourself!



The Well-Rested Warrior: New Moon Movement Ritual

Hello Dear Dancing Soul,

Let us celebrate for one quick moment.

Throughout all of time and space, in this moment, here we are meeting!

Your eyes are on your screen, and as I look into the screen in front of me, my fingers are typing symbols of letters to create communication through words and phrases, so that during this wildly dynamic time on Earth, we can have a moment of being CONNECTED.

(Party time!)



Be Willing To Do the Work and Occasionally Break Some Dishes Along the Way: Virgo Full Moon

How many times can we hear the encouragement, "Trust yourself!"?

How many ways can we receive the message, "Follow your heart!"?

How many heartbreaks need to heal until we trust the resilience of love to heal all wounds?

How many times do we have to see our old habits and patterns hold us back until we stand up and say, "Enough!"?

Everyone reading these words knows the next step you are being called to in your life, and you know the main thing you have to let go of to do it. I promise you, you know!

So now the question becomes: are you willing?



Dream the Impossible Dream: New Moon Eclipse

It's been said unless there is a question, there is no need for teaching.

When we are connected to our body, our breath, our heart, our life, we trust in its flow. When we lose connection with our body, our breath, our heart, and our life, we feel bound by the patterns of the past and torn towards the thoughts of the future, feeling disconnected from the power of the present moment. Many variations of the same question arise here: How do we return? Remember? Heal? Awaken?


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Sovereignty as Oneness: Full Moon Eclipse!

Qoya means Queen.

Not an emotionally distant, bejeweled, position of inherited power. Queen as a feminine manifestation of consciousness. Queen as embodied wisdom. Queen as expressed creation.

Queen as free. As sovereign. Sovereign not on a throne dominating others. Sovereign as a conscious chooser and co-creator in her own life. Sovereign as a woman who has remembered her essence as wise, wild and free. Because she has a deep experience and awareness of the physical sensation of that truth when it zings through her spine, she recognizes others as expressions of that same eternal light.

She can trust life because she realizes: she is life.

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Descend to Ascend with this New Moon in Aquarius

Do you remember the story of David and Goliath?

One man against a large giant?

Do you remember how David defeats Goliath?

A slingshot to his head. Let's say his third eye.

Do you know the brilliant metaphor of a slingshot that applies to honoring feminine cycles? The deeper you go within, the more momentum you have to move forward.



Create Your Own Reality: Full Moon in Cancer

Dear Dreamers,

During the Qoya Remember Our Future Retreat last weekend in upstate New York, we created our own sense of reality. We dedicated the luxury of our free time to movement to honor the sacred gift of our bodies that make it possible for our spirits to be here. We did ritual and ceremony to honor the awareness of our consciousness and emotions that pass through our hearts for all things that bring us back to love. We gathered in community to strengthen our spirits on the sometimes arduous journey of life. We followed the call of pilgrimage.



Wishing you a WONDER*FULL New Moon and New Year!

Dear Qoya Dancers of Light,

There's a game I like to play from Ester and Jerry Hicks' book Ask and It is Given called Rampage of Appreciation, and it goes like this: set the timer and for a few minutes, name as many things in the room that delight you.

This game reminds me of a time I had an epiphany after I heard, "If you want to be happy later, you have to be happy now." It was one of the first times I really understood that instead of focusing on external events to determine or derail my happiness, it is dependent on my own perspective. What you look for is often what you see. If you look for a miracle and believe in your heart of hearts it is possible, you are the most likely to experience it. However, if you do not believe that it is possible, it may cross your path but you may not be able to see it, because when you're not looking for a miracle, you may be looking for more evidence of loss.



Contrast is a Powerful Teacher: Full Moon Movement Ritual

Dear Courageous Embodied Soul, 

If you are reading this, you are likely conscious of the transformational process you as an individual and we collectively as humanity are being forcefully initiated into. On a soul level, you acknowledge that you most likely chose or won the lottery to be here for this moment.

You are becoming a master of sensitivity to the non-dual aspect of everything truly being one. One breath. One mind. One heart. One pulse. One love. You are praying for yourself and all others as we courageously face unity's contrast through thoughts of hate, actions of violence, and emotions of fearing the other. 



We All Must Journey: New Moon Movement Ritual

What if someone told you the world is spiraling towards impending doom and destruction and that the prophecies of this time are to break down the old systems that do not serve the highest good of all? Would you get that fight, flight, or freeze feeling in your body?

What if someone told you the world is re-birthing itself into an inevitable fifth dimensional reality where polarity is no longer necessary as a teacher? What if they promised that if you keep doing your energetic practices, you can levitate your consciousness above all that does not appear as love and magically one day ascend to a land with perennial sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns? Would you feel relieved in some ways and simultaneously suspicious?



Sovereignty: Full Moon Movement Ritual

Dear Dancers of the Dance,

A lot has happened since our last cycle of the moon.

Many are shocked and disoriented from the results of the American Presidential election triggering PTSD from past hurts and inciting fear of the future. In the midst of these challenges, there has also been a spark ignited to wholeheartedly commit to co-creating the world we want to live in.

For many of us, activism, service, and participation felt optional. Somewhat unexpectedly, we have all now been thrust into what a friend said to me this week with his eyes and with his words, "Welcome to our Brave New World."



Grief, Gratitude, and the Art of Alchemy: New Moon Movement Ritual

Here's a recipe you may want to consider.

STEP 1) Honor your grief. You don't have to force it. It doesn't really work that way. But if you sit still for a little while, something may happen. When the numbness of being so busy falls away and you can take the true grief in the heart of your heart and offer it the gift of your attention.



Gather Around the Fire: Full Moon Movement Ritual

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I invite you to gather with me around the fire. Have a seat and rest your bones.


Now we will all inhale together and exhale together and see ourselves and one another more clearly by the light of the fire, even through it may be dark this night.

If we get closer to the flame, the light illuminates our true faces and helps us acknowledge that human desire to be in a circle of support and be part of a community in which we feel supported authentically.


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Loving the Journey: New Moon Movement Ritual

This New Moon is an invitation to see the grace and beauty in the dance of separation as it leads us back together. Through lived experience, day by day, we get initiated into this evolution of consciousness that is happening in us and all around us, and on some special days, like at a wedding, or on a New Moon in Libra, the divine whispers into our soul ear and says, "There is one thing to which there is no opposite. Do you remember what it is?"

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Patience Prays: Full Moon Movement Ritual

Dear Dreamers and Doers,

You know the saying...Patience pays.

I just made up another one...Patience PRAYS.

What do you do when you want something, not indulgently but from a place of needing it SO badly. The perfect home. The perfect partner. The perfect job. The perfect a/b/c/x/y/z. We know that honoring everything has it's fair share of challenges or imperfections, but still, we yearn for the things that are puzzle piece perfect for us.



Take Your Star Seat: Qoya Full Moon Movement Ritual

You are a star. Together we are a constellation. We each shine a unique luminescence of the same light, and when we gather together, we embody archetypes that magnify and mirror our human experiences so that we can see them more clearly.

We are at a crossroads in our individual and collective experience that requires us to know our true essence, embody it, shine it and SHARE it. The antidote to destruction is creation. The elixir to pain is love. The cure for hopelessness is faith. The remedy for isolation is community. The healing from fear-based existence comes by remembering who we are and why we came here.



Where Do You Live? Qoya New Moon Movement Ritual

Dear Dancer,

I'm on the road again. Everything is in storage, and my boyfriend and I have decided to drive across the United States in the shape of an infinity loop. I'm teaching Qoya classes, retreats, and teacher trainings, and together we are having conversations with people about the evolution of consciousness that is happening at this time in a project we are calling the Infinity Migration, which you can check out here.