New Moon Intention Setting and Writing Exercise

Tonight is the new moon in Pisces. For tonight, or, for the next two nights, it is a good time to set intentions. I propose an intention setting exercise this evening. A few years ago I learned an exercise similar to the one I am presenting here while I was going through a particularly tough […]

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My next online writing class begins on the Pisces New Moon (March 11th)

Writing the Energetic Body – Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions – 28 Days of Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras

New Moon in Pisces, Monday March 11, 2013 starts the next class!

New Moon is the time to plant intentions — combine that with fertile Pisces ruled by numinous Neptune and this is sure to be a very abundantly creative session.

We will begin the session with an intention setting ritual and start our exploration at the crown chakra and work our way down to the root, the earth, our place of manifestation.

Get ready to explore possibility, make (re)discoveries, release inhibition, and develop a writing practice.

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Invitation to Write Past the Mind and into the Chakras

Are you ready to let go of your intellectual understanding of what is “socially acceptable writing” and allow yourself to really say what you need to say?
Are you ready to let writing move through your body, into your energetic being, and trust what it’s saying to you?
Are you ready to release memories (or make up new ones), blocks, and sticky spots?
Are you ready for non-judgmental feedback, compassionate communication, and encouragement?
If you said “yes” to any of the questions above, then you are ready to participate in Writing the Energetic Body.

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Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions – with me

A new session of Writing the Energetic Body online is scheduled for the end of this month. I am constantly updating material so there will be new video instruction as well as a slightly new format for this next version. I’ve even made a new website/blog that focuses just on the classes — Writing the Energetic Body. I will be offering live workshops at my studio very soon.

The next four-week session begins on the Full Moon ~ January 27, 2013 to February 23, 2013

Writing the Energetic Body – 4 Week Online Course
Shedding Inhibition and Divining Your Intentions Workshop – 28 Days of Writing Past the Mind and into the Chakras

Allow your inner-critic to relax, have fun writing, and recieve encouragement and feedback while exploring your chakras.

For this workshop we start from the Crown and work our way down to the Root. You’re encouraged to set an intention at the beginning of the session and to give thanks for the abundance that is already in your life. The Crown is about Ideas, Spirit, Divine Inspiration. The Root is about Manifestation.

Writing the Energetic Body will use the major chakra system as the “backbone” for self-exploration through writing.

Participants will:

compassionately and creatively observe the Self
uncover hidden impulses, stories, and life patterns
awaken the body/mind
utilize the breath for presence in the moment
deepen and expand creative vision
loosen up and strengthen fluid writing
There is no need to “know” anything about the chakra system, our bodies physically and energetically hold information, and by freely writing we can tap into that knowledge.

Participants will receive daily writing prompts designed to stimulate a specific chakra for the given day in their in-boxes. They will spend 30 minutes only on the given prompt. They will return their responses via email to me. Participants will also have the chance to upload their work to a private blog site to share and to give and receive feedback from other participants.

I will personally respond to your work via email.

As an added bonus, participants also receive either written, audio, or video instruction for movement, meditation, or breath work that will deepen the prompt for the day. Participants may use the additional instruction however they choose—and it is theirs to refer to whenever they like.

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Anahata Chakra ~ Breathing the World

The heart is where we discover our emotional nature in relation to ourselves alone. (It is here where we also realize that Self, really is the whole world. As I inhale and exhale, I exchange the air with everything that inhales and exhales—you, animals, plants, etc.) In the big picture, nature is always balancing itself Bringing it back down to ourselves (knowing that we are connected), we must at some point ask ourselves, “How do I achieve balance in my life?”

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Sparking Creativity on the New Moon

For three weeks, we’ll explore integrating intentions and the mind/body with movement, meditation, and daily writing exercises. Why three weeks? Because three is a lucky number, we’ll explore each of the seven chakras for three days a piece, and, I’ve heard that it takes 21 days to instill a habit. If you want to write, this is a great way to start a daily practice.

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Relating and Writing – Body Energetics and Creativity

The next workshop begins on the new moon – June 19th. Get the early bird discount by registering before May 31st. To register for my next three-week session go to my little “shop” and click on my workshop, “Writing the Energetic Body – Shedding Inhibition Workshop – June 19 to July 9”.

Also, I’m having a moving sale – so check out my cd – Journey through the Chakras. It’s now $5.00 for a limited time (normally it’s $7.00).

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Moving out of T-Town and a Solar Eclipse

I am also going to do some moon magic – a little letting go, a little intention setting, and a little gratitude. Of course, it’s good to take stock on a regular basis—and have some gratitude everyday—but today is especially big. (My friend Robert Alvarez created a lovely post regarding the moon and the power of “no” just this morning. Check Robert’s post out).

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What I’m Listening To Tonight

Tonight, both child and dad are gone! It’s nice to have some quiet – so I can enjoy music in peace. Was listening to songs set to random on my Ipod and Creep from the album Pablo Honey by Radiohead came on. I had to just stop all that I was doing and listen. Thom Yorke’s voice is amazing (up there with Jeff Buckley), and this song is really beautiful.

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Chakra, Body Wisdom, and Writing

How to write? What if I’ve never written before?

No worries! The writing prompts and movement are geared to stimulate the chakra we are focusing on. I will ask you to write for a specific period of time. During the writing period, the only requirement of you is to write until time is up.

There is no wrong way to do this. You may write any way you like. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or punctuation. They do not matter here. I always go back to what my first creative writing teacher Suzanne McConnell (and many teachers after her)* taught me—there is only one rule, keep your hand(s) moving. If you feel stuck, keep writing anyway. Try going back to the prompt and write it out until other words arise, then write those—or, repeat the last word you wrote again and again until new words appear—or, write, “I am stuck,” or “I can’t think of anything,” as long as you keep your hand moving. Writing is physical, the words will move through your body and come out of your hand—just keep it moving.

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At Last

Whenever I get ready to move, I go through my writing. I think it’s a response to moving to the unknown. (I start writing more, too—perhaps a good strategy to keep myself writing regularly is to habitually experience new things . . . )

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What are your fears . . . ?

Yesterday, I asked in my post Relational Power of Writing: Have you ever asked yourself what your fears are about writing? Well, to go a little deeper with that question, try this: Take a few deep inhales and exhales. Inhaling . . . shrug your shoulders up to your ears . . . exhaling . . […]

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