I love this title.  My Money Love Story, Burning Man and Qoya in Austin, Italy and Zimbabwe. We have a lot to cover in a few paragraphs here. My_Money_Love_Story_badges_02_35My first intention is to share with you My Money Love Story.  You see, a dear friend of mine, Kate Northrup, has her first book coming out today called Money: A Love Story  and it's a beautiful antidote to the more disempowering and negative stories we as individuals or our culture may carry around money.  Kate brilliantly does what a lot of us have found to do in our most challenging times, in the times when we are ready to evolve to the next level or in the times where we are full of gratitude for where we are- we learn to love it.  We come into agreement and celebration of things as they are, not collapsing into the discontent of what they are not.  And, when we are lucky, we realize that this gratitude, this honoring, this LOVE of our story is the fertile ground to plant seeds for the future to grow.  That creation itself is best planted in the garden of loving soil.  Kate interviewed me and many other inspiring authors, thought leaders and friends of hers to share their Money Love Story .  Here's our interview below with stories of my relationship to money growing up, how the less I worry about money the more I feel supported, about imagining I am on the universe's payroll and how I make decisions about money the way I teach Qoya, by listening to my body.

 

In Kate's words,  she shares that Money: A Love Story takes a fun, understanding, and – most of all – proven approach to creating true financial freedom. You won’t find any shame, blame, or finger wagging here. Just tons of relatable moments and simple, step-by-step guidance to living out your own money love story.

Whether you want to pay off your debt for good, rake in more income, or forge a lifestyle of true freedom.  The book Money: A Love Story is your road map and this book will lovingly take your hand and show you exactly how to get there.

Oh – and all that stuff about enjoying the journey? Well, turns out it’s true. The path to financial freedom will be way more fun than you ever thought possible.

Love your money. Love yourself. Love your life.  

Speaking of Love and Money.  Last week I went to the Burning Man festival in the desert.  I loved it. This festival is a pop-up city created by its inhabitants for one week of the year based on a set of principles to explore the possibilities of human evolution and radical expression.  One of it's principles is no money (other than to buy coffee and ice).  It is a gifting economy.  People come and offer workshops for free, art installations, toast, smoothies, massages and spa services, music and more and it's all given as a gift.  In addition to teaching Qoya and leading despacho ceremonies, my gift was writing love letters.  Someone would hand me a green juice and I'd hand them a unique, just for them, handwritten love letter.  It was beautiful.

Rochelle Schieck dances by the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada

Burning Man 2013 was one of the most transformative, profound and powerful weeks of my life. One example, but I could share dozens, is the moment with the photo above.  My favorite way to pray is to put my music on shuffle and dance. Like someone would pull tarot cards for divination, I listen to the lyrics and feel the gift of vibration in the music, knowing whatever song comes is perfect. The first song was about walking away, consciously shedding the snake skin of the past. I went deep and danced it fully and kept rolling with the surrender that shuffle knows me better than I know myself.

About an hour later of wise, wild and free dancing, I went towards this sculpture by Marco Cochrane called Truth and Beauty in the picture above. I had been to the lighting ceremony where the artist who created Her shared a story of him growing up and his childhood next door neighbor friend was raped when they were both 9 years old. He spoke about how deeply this affected him in realizing the world was not a safe place for women. His request was was asking all who saw this sculpture and were moved by it to commit to being part of changing the world that allows space for the feminine to express itself safely in our world. My tears wept down my face to water the dry desert floor.

As I danced in front of this sculpture, Ave Maria by Beyonce came on and I held the pose of the sculpture. I felt the resonance of Her, of Self, of Women, Of Humanity. And mostly, I felt it all. I soaked in the sunlight, savored the morning desert breeze and had a moment of sacred communion.

After the song ended, a gorgeous man named Jim Bourg came up to me and asked if he could show me something. He had caught the moment on his camera. He made the prayer visible. And, so I offer it here to you. Ave Maria. Hail Mary. May the divine feminine in all of our hearts feel the safety to express its heart truth and deeply connect to Self, Others, Spirit, Life. To remember.  (He was also a reuters photographer, so this picture has been in dozens of publications from the AtlanticTotally Cool Pix, The Baltimore Sun and more!)

The experience of Burning Man was such a powerful affirmation of the intention of Qoya that through movement, we remember our essence as wise, wild and free on this journey of embodying the divine feminine in all minds, bodies, hearts and souls. The embodiment of the divine feminine is something that moves me deeply and I am so grateful for the inspiration to keep doing the work and dancing the dance that interconnects us all with love.

The other thing about Burning Man is to have a week where you are invited to create your own Heaven on Earth.  In my ways, this is my intention with Qoya classes, workshops and retreats.  They are my version of Heaven on Earth.  Meditation and breathing to go within and center in your connection to source.  Delicious and healthy meals to nourish one's body as a temple, the home for your soul.  Movement to remember, to feel the physical sensation of truth and divinity in your body. Community to know we are not alone, but all in this together.  Ceremonies to honor the past, celebrate all that is and to invite the future in to dance.

Here are my best versions of Qoya and Heaven on Earth this fall.

Join us the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival for the Qoya's first dance with Texas October 12-14, 2013.  There's also an optional one day Intro to Qoya Teacher Training.  Austin City Limits tickets still available here: http://www.aclfestival.com/tickets/

A Day Dream Come True in Tuscany, Italy, November 16-23, 2013.  Delicious food.  Staying in a restored Italian Villa. Poetry Salons. Learning some Italian and a few recipes to take home.  Daily Qoya and Yoga along with Meditation and Breathing.  Goddess Rituals. A Spiritual Pilgrimage to Assisi.  A beautiful community. Love.

Qoya and House of Loveness Service Retreat in Zimbabwe November 23-30, 2013.  There is a magic in service.  A magic in adventure. A magic in nature.  A magic in community.  And a magic when we all come together for one week to share love with the world.  This trip will be magic.

Thank you for sharing this journey of money as a love story, of Burning Man and of Qoya in our desire to create our own little heaven on earth.

All things are possible with great love.

Don't stop believin',

Rochelle

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