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Living In Liberation

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in News, Poetry | 0 comments

I always knew I would end up here
the clearing in the woods
the decision point
where so much pain leads me to surrender to something
much larger than myself, my ego or my mind
there is nothing outside me that will make me feel better
there is only this upwelling
the sword of Spirit
the hand of the Holy One.
my allies standing sentry
cheering me on as I stumble into the open
scratched, bloody, thirsty but still alive
Deep self meets me here
she wears a red dress
I stare into her eyes and remember
who I really am and what I have to offer
a wild, wise woman with superhero strengths
a lonely wounded child angry and powerful
a thousand year old crone seeing speaking truth
and a liquid laughing creature
who sings in the woods for her own enjoyment

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Greetings and Happy (Gregorian) New Year,

After and beautiful and intense holiday I am ready to start the new year with a sense of letting go of some old deep patterns and a tender surrender to the unknown.  As I drop into the wisdom of my years, I call on all my Allies to hold me to the fire of trust. Trust in the greater picture that I cannot see and trust in the lessons as they arise.

The collective shadow is very strong right now…visceral in the ways that our individual shadows are rising up in order to be felt and consciously released.  The possibility of living in liberation is also stronger than ever and my promise for this year is to share my vulnerability and my strength…my own pathways, breakthroughs and open hearted poetry.  It used to frighten me to do so…but now I see that the revealing of my imperfect self gives permission for a conversation about true growth and evolution.  And so I hold myself and all of us in the haunting song of the soul…may we turn each other away from judgement and toward clarity with fierce forgiveness!

This month I am in La Jolla and LA teaching and recording some new material.  At the end of the month I travel to New Zealand and Australia for two Wanderlust Festivals (lots of classes and a Voice of Change Speakeasy), two OTM NZ/AUS Intensive workshops (co-taught with Kerri Kelly) and some other workshops as well. I am very excited to be returning to Australia after 10 years.  I have a deep fondness for the people as well as a fascination with the tradition of songlines. I hope to find time to drop deep into the medicine of the magic that lives in the land there.  After my return, I will be participating in the MUSE Conference in Bend Oregon…facilitating a movement of girls and women rising up into full vocal power and freedom!

Suzanne’s end of the year message!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in News, Poetry | 0 comments

On a day when the wind is perfect

IMG_0640On a day
when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty
Today is such a
day.

My eyes are like the sun that makes promises:
the promise of life
that it always
keeps

each morning.

The living heart gives to us as does that luminous sphere,
both caress the earth with great
tenderness.

There is a breeze that can enter the soul.
This love I know plays a drum. Arms move around me;
who can contain their self before my beauty?

Peace is wonderful,
but ecstatic dance is more fun, and less narcissistic;
gregarious He makes our lips.

On a day when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open
and the love starts.

Today is such
a day.

~ Rumi

Greetings!

As I prepare for my last teaching weekend of 2014 I am reflecting back on an incredible year of growth, intensity, evolution and empowerment. I spent the majority of the year traveling and offering workshops and classes…as well as being in the studio and creating albums. This year took some risks…some of which involved saying no, letting go of old structures and relationships and doing less…some of which involved trusting more and letting myself be vulnerable…some of which involved speaking truths that I was afraid to speak and experiencing how much that truth was needed in the world.

Voice of Change
And now on the threshold of 2015 I am stepping into my own body of work in more and more profound ways. This year will see me officially launching Voice of Change…an Initiative and Training Program encompassing all that I offer and stand for; healing the deep seated patterns that keep us silent and uncovering the soul of expression that lives in each of us. Then becoming an effective agent of change by embodying truth as our message, our medicine and our direct action. Stay tuned for all the details at the beginning of the year.

Off The Mat
My work with Off The Mat Into the World continues with 4 trainings next year. Check out our brand new website full of wonderful blogs info and our team of new leaders. This is an exciting moment for us as we evolve into a training institute focused on empowerment and social justice!

As Director of OTM’s Global Seva Challenge I am also very excited to be leading the 2015 Seva Challenge trip to Kenya. This trip (jointly hosted with our partner The Village Experience) we will be working with two incredible organizations to build safe houses for girls forced into Early Childhood Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. These orgs are doing amazing work creating alternative Rites of Passage for the girls to enter into womanhood!! The trip will be in October and you can register HERE to begin fundraising. As many of you have already discovered, the Seva Challenge is an incredibly inspiring and empowering journey that takes participants from fundraising and awareness building through to life changing experiences in the field and in many cases a life long commitment to conscious activism and service. I hope you will join me on this life changing trip…more below.

ALBUMS
Recently I finished (with Christopher Krotky) the music for Seane Corn’s “The Yoga of Awakening” 3 DVD series on Sounds True. The first, DVD titled “Body Mind Flow” has been released. The second, “Chakra Flow” has a companion CD. It can be purchased from iTunes or Sounds True. This is music designed for yoga/meditation practice with tracks for each of the 7 chakras and some added bonus tracks as well. We hope you enjoy it!

Also – I have self published an album of short English language chants called “Wings – Simple Chants for Everyday Rituals” which is available through me and will soon be on CD Baby. This is an album of chants that you can use to get groups of folks singing together…a collection of my many years in the field (both in the states and abroad) seeing how simple singing can unite us across many boundaries and barriers.

Remember – most of my albums are available on ITUNES (along with some other wonderful albums that I have guested on) so please check them out there!

Work on my dance album has commenced and I will be keeping you updated as that progresses!

much love and have a wonderful holiday season!

Suzanne