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Like the joy of the sea

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.

― John O’Donohue

There are two symptoms of enlightenment

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness.

The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy.

The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.

Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the infinite power of coincidence to create miracles

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for…”

A Message from the Hopi

doorway lightWe have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE HOUR. And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in the right relationship? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth.

Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The Elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river, keep our eyes open, and our head above the water. See who is there with you, and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary! All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for…”
The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona

I will keep my face to the light

I will follow the upward road today; I will keep my face to the light. I will think high thoughts as I go my way; I will do what I know is right. I will look for the flowers by the side of the road; I will laugh and love and be strong. I will try to lighten another’s load this day as I fare along.

~ Mary S. Edgar

SEDONA WORKSHOP: The Illuminated Narrator — The Art of Transformative Storytelling

Workshop at The Sedona Arts Center

May 24, 2014

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Instructor: Leigh Hopkins

Price:  $85

Time: 2—6:00 pm

Space: 20

“Culture is simply the ensemble of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.” –Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist

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When seen through the eyes of the “Illuminated Narrator,” the stories you tell yourself can create a rich and powerful story about your true essence. Through the oral tradition of storytelling, Leigh Hopkins will guide you to revisit a significant story from your past and breathe new life and meaning into the event.

Through guided meditation, the group will use “soul travel” to return to specific life events and connect any related threads from previous incarnations to heal the past. Finally, participants will work collectively to understand the rich lessons and interconnectedness that comes from sharing life’s meaningful stories.

Consider bringing any of the following:

  • a story that your family tells about you;
  • a life event that was difficult;
  • a story about loss;
  • a family story that has been passed down for generations;
  • a story that you’re proud of.

It’s not necessary to know in advance which story you will be offering for transformation. Everyone is encouraged to share “as the Spirit moves.”

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Travel and Lodging

For information, visit the workshop event page on Facebook.

Leigh-buddhaAbout Viva Institute

Leigh Hopkins is the Director of Viva Institute, a “virtual retreat center for the modern mystic.” In 2010, she left a 20-year career in education reform and public policy to create virtual and physical spaces for people to connect to their intuition. She is an intuitive coach, meditation leader, and energy healer who specializes in Soul Mapping.

Leigh has Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Education, is a Certified Usui Reiki Master, and has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition.

Egyptian Sun Meditation (Vitality)

This quick meditation can be done at any time, any place, when you’re feeling the need to revive your energy. You can use this in the morning to get you energized and ready for your day, in your office when you want a boost, or any time you’re feeling in need of more “spark.”

Guided Meditation

  • Find a comfortable place to sit, like a chair or a bench.
  • Close your eyes and imagine a bright golden-white orb (almost like a miniature sun) glowing about six feet above your head. This sun emits an intense, vitalizing energy.
  • Feel it flowing through the top of your head and throughout your body, filling every single nerve and cell, charging your body with energy.
  • As it fills you, imagine that your body is now pulsating with this light. When you feel this sensation, allow it to last for a minute or more. Bask in it…feel it working!