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.
Of course, this is tricky sometimes, because it a paradox. In addition to being the same, we are also the other. We are different. We are separated, and the expression of our essence can be confined by a thin layer of skin. We are each unique, and at the same time, we are undoubtedly one. Every breath and heartbeat is sourced from the same animating life force. I often reverently bow when leading a Qoya class, workshop, teacher training, or retreat in the knowledge that despite appearing as many, there is only one of us in the room.
How do we rise in these times? How do we continue? How do we create, even here? Love, even here? Have faith, even here? Create community, even here? Heal and honor life, even here?
Well, I would say...you dance. If you live solely in your head, the ego-based mechanism of the mind feeds on fear, stimulates your stress response, and spins you along the wheels of worry. However, when you start to move your body wisely, wildly and freely, something shifts. You remember. I see it happen all the time.
As I travel around the US and the world, women come into class who have lost everything. Women come heartbroken. Women come lost. Women come confused. Women come angry, hurt, and unseen.
Yet when they move their bones, breath, and skin in a way that reactivates their inner knowing, they start to see the divine thread of opportunity to merge with the present moment and trust themselves, life, and each other again. This becomes possible because they reconnect to a feeling in their bones. They balance their logic with their heart. They embrace their challenges with humility and compassion, and eventually transmute them into SERVICE.
I've watched thousands of women begin their transformational journeys, and the ones who have emerged with the greatest sense of fulfillment have always been the ones who took their wounds and alchemized them into power. They learned to keep loving with great strength, service, and passion because they touched the tender core of vulnerability in their own soul. They broke open in a world that was committed to their distraction, desensitization, and despair.
They woke up and got to work.
It might be the way they mother. The art they make. The social justice action they take. The businesses they start. The policy they influence. The gatherings they organize for their community to commune. The gardens they plant - literally and metaphorically. They balance their masculine and feminine essence by allowing the purity of their hearts lead and their mastery of their minds serve that love.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes in an article titled We Were Made For These Times, "Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good."
Our Qoya Resident Astrologer Virginia Rosenberg writes, "This Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19, 2016 (6:56pm) marks Lunar Lammas, first harvest of the season. There is an old tale of a Sun God. The story goes that at this time of year, the Sun God pours all of his power into the grain, which is harvested and made into bread to feed the world. The Sun is infinitely generous. Imagine if the Sun was without an Earth to shine on. What a loss that would be! A brilliant, shining star without a planet to warm and smile its goodness upon. In each of us, there is a Sun: a huge source of light, warmth, illumination, creativity, and generosity. Just as the sun burns and burns, our creative source continually rejuvenates and remains lit. What is the steady fire in your heart? What do you naturally illuminate? What is your personal signature? What is something everyone knows you for? Utilize those gifts, and and consider this your offering. Be dedicated. There is good work to be done in this world. Your offering is essential.
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”
Many feel that work is a sacrifice. Sacrifice brings strength, and calls forth your ability to be in command. What lies within the fruits of your labor? Fulfillment. What is the power the Sun pours into grain? Love. Shine your light. Pour your power into grain and feed the world.
“Work is love made visible.”
– Kahlil Gibran
Because this is big work right now for all of us, here are 2 Free Movement Rituals to explore.
#1) Let Your Lovelight Shine
#2) Do Your Sacred Work
You are a star. Together we are a constellation. We each shine a unique luminescence of the same light, and now, today, this time is the moment for us all to take our star seat.
May it be so, and may it be inspired and in service to Great Love.
Together we rise,
P.S. During this expansive time of summer, we are working to expand our offerings over at qoya.love.
FREE Chapter of Qoya the Book on our homepage
FREE 10 Days to Love Qoya e-course
Updated Intro to Qoya online training
July 23 - 26: France Qoya and Writing Retreat with Betsy Blankenbaker
August 25 - 26: Qoya at the Taru Festival
September 10 - 17: France Qoya and Writing Retreat with Betsy Blankenbaker
September 19-20: Only Love is Real Workshop in Dorset, England
September 22: Autumn Equinox Workshop in Mougins, France
September 23 - 25: Only Love is Real Workshop in Mougins, France
October 28 - 30: Woodstock Retreat
October 23 - 30: Zimbabwe Service and Safari Retreat with Betsy Blankenbaker
October 31 - November 5: Cape Town Qoya and Writing Retreat with Betsy Blankenbaker