If I could title this picture I would call it “harnessing my shadow”. That phrase just about sums up 2020 for me. I’ve spent so much time this year looking inward to discover what’s under the surface. I’ve learned to embrace the parts of me that I didn’t like, or that I kept hidden for protection and even found parts of me I didn’t know existed. And I’ve been slowly putting some of those things out into the world for others to see. Those decisions came with a tremendous cost. However, what I’m left with is a life much healthier for me than the one I previously lived. And one that’s definitely more enjoyable!

Our bodies have a voice that longs to be heard. That voice is movement. By engaging in movement that is guided by what we feel to be true (versus what we know to be true), we can channel our own inner wisdom. Intuitive movement is a personal practice of self expression that can transport us to a place of being fully aware and fully present in our bodies. When we move guided solely by our intuition, not focused on technique or choreography, dancing becomes something of a treasure hunt. We can discover our unique truth and embrace our authenticity. Inside this type of container we can begin to speak our innate soul language in a way that words can’t adequately express.

  • You are allowed to grow, evolve, and change your mind.
  • You belong to yourself.
  • You have complete autonomy and authority over your life.
  • Don't ever let anyone steal your power.

These are the things I have to remind myself of daily because for a good chunk of my life, I was taught the opposite. Things like compliance and conformity were rewarded in my church community. To question or think differently was to risk exile - and yes I’m speaking from experience.

A shaman is an intuitive healer. The word shaman literally means “one who knows”.  Shamans connect with the spirit realm through altered states of consciousness for the purpose of directing spiritual energy back into the physical world, usually for the purpose of healing. Dance or movement is one way to achieve this altered state and begin your journey. It is also a powerful form of communication that surpasses language barriers helping to communicate the language of Spirit where words fall short. 

Samhain is the third and final harvest festival falling on October 31st in the northern hemisphere. In the wheel year, Samhain signals the beginning of the darker half of the year. On this day the veil between our world and the unseen is the thinnest. Historically speaking, this is the day when many cultures choose to honor and connect with their ancestors. 

Growing up Halloween was my absolute favorite holiday. As a child, I even loved it more than opening an abundance of presents on Christmas morning. I’m not entirely sure why, or at least I don’t know how to accurately put it into words. Maybe it’s the time of year - crisp air, pumpkins, apple desserts, mulled wine and falling leaves. The best way I know to describe it is that on this day, everything feels the most alive. I’m sure it’s also due to the thinning of the veil, allowing me to feel the fullness of all that is unseen and sensing the presence of those who are no longer with us. 

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