Have you read the book Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping? For me, that book was like oxygen when something so challenging happened in my personal life. It can also be helpful when one is feeling weighed down by what is happening in the collective because it poses an interesting invitation:

What if life is not happening to you, but for you?

For your's soul's growth? For your highest good? And...what if, on a soul level, you actually want this horrible thing to happen so you can heal and rise from it? (I'm paraphrasing).

Listen - anyone with a heart is going to have a hard time buying this as a way to explain how life works, because there are so many unjust things in this world, so much pain and suffering. Who are we to comment on anyone else's life in this way? I don't really think we can.

However, I do believe that this philosophy is potentially helpful in the way that we look at our own lives. Not even necessarily because it is true, but because it empowers us and it is interesting. Telling stories of how we have been wronged by the world sucks energy out of the room like a brand new vacuum cleaner, but asking questions and investigating how this experience is serving our soul is potential rocket fuel for our journey if we are willing to believe in a benevolent universe for a moment.

Of course, everything in life is nuanced and layered, and I never want to minimize or negate the beauty and richness of each experience or deny anyone the grief that they need to honor any of the challenges that have crossed their path.  

At the same time, the energy of this full moon and lunar eclipse is saying, "I'm so sorry that this is difficult, but it's time to rise."

Our resident astrologer Virginia Rosenberg shares that the Full Moon in Aquarius on August 18, 2016 (5:26amEST) is a multidimensional initiation. Consider this a system upgrade. It is also a partial Lunar Eclipse: Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon, casting an orange shadow over part of the Moon’s face. This Full Moon is the first of 3 consecutive eclipses running through September 16. Eclipses are portals of change. The lights dim, and as light returns, we find ourselves inside a different act; a new scene of being. Change is not always comfortable. This may be a time of stress. Anger. Frustration. Stress can be healthy.

“The impediment to action advances action.

What stands in the way becomes the way.”

--Marcus Aurelius

Know your limits and your purpose. Healthy boundaries and delineations are essential for effective expression. Consider stressful moments your personal training. Resistance is fertile. Every challenge is a chance to rise. Without a force of resistance, one will never become strong. We can use this time to focus, build strength, and harness the motivation to succeed. Get real: what are the best uses of your energy? Where can you cut the fat? This Full Moon asks you to Know Thyself. Expansion and growth comes from humble, grounded action. Step-by-step, we can slowly and thoroughly fulfill the goals aligned with authentic Soul Purpose. You were made for this.

Communications are extra sensitive right now. Remain tender and compassionate, even as you get clear for yourself where to invest and where to withdraw. Move towards where you feel the call, and what feels most like an anchor. Utilize your resources, knowledge, and experience, and make steady progress. Polarization can become synthesis. Gather your battalion of love: those who support you in coming to fulfillment. Circle up together and move. Hard times call for furious dancing. Elevate!

Over here at Qoya, I want to remind you that from the perspective of the mind, this is a lot harder, but through the movement of the body, you can recconnect with the part of you that knows, as Virginia says, "You were made for this."

So this is the part where I ask you to notice how you feel right now with your face in front of this screen, then take 23 minutes. It's just 23 minutes!!!! And it's free! Take just 23 minutes and move. Notice how you feel after you move and notice if you feel more like yourself (your Self) after you move. If you do, please keep moving! 

I'm so passionate about this because every time I move with intention, so much magic, healing and remembering happens. And it is so simple! I want everyone who feels called to this work to experience it and feel how easy and effective it can be. Let's dance and see what happens!

Because Rising is Better Together.

With love,

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

August 25 - 26: Qoya at the Taru Festival
September 10 - 17: France Qoya and Writing Retreat with Betsy Blankenbaker
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


Now is the perfect time to dive into your Qoya Teacher Training journey! Once you have completed the online Intro to Qoya training, you are eligible to attend a liveInitiation Training to start your qualifications for the Intensive for full certification.

Greenville, South Carolina (September 16 + 17)
Odemira, Portugal (October 22 - 29)
Woodstock Retreat (October 28 - 31)
Auckland, New Zealand (November 12 + 13)

France Intensive (October 1 - 8)
France Intensive (October 9 - 16)
Woodstock Intensive (October 21 - 28)