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Being and Becoming

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in News, Poetry | 0 comments

WLVT 2014

I Wish I Could Speak Like Music

 I wish I could speak like music.

I wish I could put the swaying splendor

of the fields into words

So that you could hold Truth

Against your body

And dance.

I am trying the best I can

With this crude brush, the tongue,

To cover you with light.

I wish I could speak like divine music.

I want to give you the sublime rhythms

of this earth and the sky’s limbs

As they joyously spin and surrender

Surrender

Against God’s luminous breath.

Hafiz wants you to hold me

Against your precious

Body

And dance,

Dance.

-Hafiz

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Midsummer Greetings to all…

And what a summer it is BEING and BECOMING!  So many epic and transformative moments…from in depth intensives, to wild ecstatic prayer moments of song, to the liberating sweat of humans breathing and changing from the inside out….from wild deserts to deep forests to vivid cities to numerous mountaintops…it has been a wild and wondrous ride with the awakening community.  This summer has brought me from Ecuador to  Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Vermont, New York, Mendocino, Indiana, Vancouver, and Lake Tahoe.  And more to come…

How incredibly lucky are we to have the luxury of doing the work that connects?  And how will we use this wild wisdom to further our service to the world?  Now when the world needs us most, is the time to take responsibility for our wounds and the stories that keep us silent and invisible, and take the risk to be seen and heard.  Take the risk to do the unthinkable and the “impossible”.  I am forever reminded of the “statistical impossibility” of the slave revolution in Haiti….the very revolution that freed all the slaves in Haiti as well as the slaves in France…and set the precedent for many other revolutions as well.  What was at the heart of that movement?  Magic….the world of spirit that is beyond the five senses!!!

So can we…all of us who will walk through this time of intensity and either destroy the gifts of our world or leave a very different legacy for our descendants…can we wake up and speak up now???  Let’s see…

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What is up this month?  Just back from Wanderlust Whistler (amazing fun) and Off The Mat’s Minneapolis Intensive (powerful).  Next up will be Pranafest in Jackson Falls Oregon where I will be leading ritual for the Opening Ceremony, offering Rise Up classes and full band Kirtan on Sat night.  Then onto Burning Man, the Fall Semester of our year long Priestessing Apprenticeship in Sacred Leadership, Concert and Workshop at the Globe Sound Healing Conference and much more.

Also – very excited to announce my participation in Everyday Sorcery for Urban Mystics…Mark Morford (yoga teacher, modern mystic, explorer of the realms, masterful weaver of words and more) is offering 5 days of mystical practices in yogic and shamanic traditions!  I will be offering a module on Creating Rituals that Matter.  See below for deets!

much love to all

suz

Voice of Change and Wings: two new projects take flight!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Music, News, Voice of Change | 0 comments

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Greetings…as I write this I am deep in the woods of Indiana preparing for the opening ceremony at Serendipity (oh happy accident!) Festival and musing about muses (or daemons as ancient cultures liked to call our creative helpers).  Having just spent a week in the woods of Northern California at an intensive with some of my favorite creative individuals, I am struck by the thought that creativity most often happens in the in between moments of our lives…while we are waiting for other, more planned events the divine trickster allies sneak in with new ideas and bits of song, and we must be ready at all times to free the imagination and capture the inspiration.  My favorite moment is when (after planting the seed of intention), my mind will suddenly be flooded with images and solutions bubbling up from the underneath…it gives me faith in the power of the subconscious.   So if there is hidden power there, how can we plant and cultivate seeds more effectively in the collective field?

Last month was a full on immersion into the festival circuit with some fabulous moments (see pics below) and this month continues the trend.  First here at Serendipity Festival…then onto Wanderlust Tahoe (many classes sold out so sign up now!) and Wanderlust Whistler in Canada.  Also, on July 22 at 10am I will be participating in The Future of Yoga Telesummit produced by The Shift Network.  Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and myself will be discussing yoga and activism as part of the evolution of the yoga community.

Plus!  We have officially launched the Voice of Change Initiative and website…the VOC online training will be launched in October and I am thrilled with this new evolution and culmination of my body of work. Here is all of the details…please participate by sending us a pic and description about why/how YOU are a voice of change….

Finally, I have just printed a new CD called Wings – Simple Chants for Everyday Rituals with some of your favorite chants (in English) to be used for collective and participatory rituals.  There are 23 short chants with simple arrangements and harmonies so that you can use them for your own communities.   MORE NEW MUSIC COMING SOON!

So I hope to see you in classes and on dance floors this summer…heating it up and transforming the internal and external doom monger voices with a blast of white hot soul light collective soul song that is irrefutable and irresistible!!!!

MAGNETIZE IT!!!!

love Suzanne