Let The Sun Shine :))

Let The Sun Shine :))

Broadway Rendition of Seasons of Love/Let The Sun Shine January 21, 202. A New Dawn, A New Day and I’m Feelin’ Good!!!! (Actually that is a lyric from Nina Simones Feeling Good but it reflects how I feel when I listen to and watch this video :)) )

Friendship from Mark Nepo

Friendship from Mark Nepo

Nothing among human things

has such power to keep our gaze

fixed ever more intensely upon God

than friendship. — Simone Weil

….Honest friends are doorways to our souls, and loving friends are the grasses that soften the world. It is no mistake that the German root of the word friendship means “place of high safety.” And as Sant Martin said, “My friends are the beings through whom God loves me.”

There can be no greater or simpler ambition than to be a friend.

Meditation:

  • Center yourself and open your heart to the unnamable place of high safety.
  • After a time, look around in your heart and see who is there.
  • Breathe gently and give thanks for the true friends you have.
The Sunflowers by Mary Oliver

The Sunflowers by Mary Oliver

Come with me

into the fields of sunflowers

Their faces are burnished discs,

their dry spines

creak like ship masts,

their green leaves,

so heavy and many,

fill all day with the sticky

sugars of the sun.

come with me

to visit the sunflowers,

they are shy

but want to be friends;

they have wonderful stories

of when they were young —

the important weather,

the wandering crows,

Don’t be afraid

to ask them questions!

Their bright faces,

which follow the sun,

will listen, and all

those rows of seeds —

each one a new life! —

hope for a deeper acquaintance;

each of them, though it stands

in a crowd of many,

like a separate universe,

is lonely, the long work

of turning their lives

into a celebration

is not easy. Come

and let us talk with those modest faces,

the simple garments of leaves,

the coarse roots in teh earth

so uprightly burning.

Barbara Mahler Dance

Barbara Mahler Dance

White dress…Katherine Butler 2019 IN BUNDLED POSTURES – performance w NEWDANCEALLIANCE
My website…Www.barbaramahler.net 
Alvina calls this “Levitating”
Green Dress Series: Summer 2020 QueensboroDanceFestival VIRTUAL EVENT

The working title of this solo is “This is how it happened “Music: Bartok, Sonata for solo violin 117 Meladia ( adagio)This solo dance reaches to make a movement collage of some of my hard to talk about experiences of this pandemic journey. It grazes only the surface.Grateful for this platform. Living and creating on Canarsie ,Munsee Lenape, and Matincock Land. 

Thank You Barbara for sharing …. Your amazing and beautiful work!

While WaitingThis solo was created in the pandemic- and we worked with all limitations which included lack of space, distance between us, time, more. We utilized the stool and taped outdoors in the middle of day to day living as the weather permitted. Making use of what life and the situation has given us was the reason we were not on the river. Dancer- Jamie Graham

Yes! See the influence!!

Beauty

There’s a powerful Native American Chant celebrating beauty. It is said or sang in circle of people around a Medicine Wheel or Dance of Universal Peace. It goes like this:

I walk with beauty all around me, as I walk the beauty way.

I walk with beauty before me,

I walk with beauty behind me,

I walk with beauty above me,

I walk with beauty below me,

I walk with beauty all around me, as I walk the beauty way.

My thoughts will all be beautiful, HO!,

My words will all be beautiful, HO!

My actions will all be beautiful, HO!

As I walk my life the beauty way.

It comes from Navajo Blessing and here is a link to that information. https://talking-feather.com/home/walk-in-beauty-prayer-from-navajo-blessing/

Here is a link to a You Tube Video of it done by Dances of Universal Peace folks. Enjoy!!!

The Story of The Women’s Health Protocol                               Soul Lightening International Acupressure

The Story of The Women’s Health Protocol Soul Lightening International Acupressure

 There are several versions of The Women’s Health Protocol Story depending on where you were at the time of its development.  There are many perspectives…

How It Started…

A Request in Class

     While Missy Grace Oleaga and I were co-teaching a Clinical Acupressure 2: Meridians Class with Susan Grant in Wilmington, North Carolina, in a hospital, which sponsored the program for its nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and massage therapists, a student came to Missy Grace asking for acupoints applicable for women’s breast health as she had to teach a segment on breast health the next evening at a hospital.  The student showed up for her class on women’s breast health and discovered that it was really on Women’s Health.  Missy Grace got an intuitive hit that we needed to pursue this request and need.

We all started to make suggestions, “the Spleen points for blood”…and such. I opened the question to the greater  to the Soul Lightening Community for input.  Alvina wrote to Dr. Aminah Raheem (the originator of Soul Lightening Acupressure) ,  Leah Matalon, Angelique Priscilla and Betsey Baker, senior teachers, and others who gave their ides of which areas would be beneficial to woman’s health.  

     So, we started with a question.  Gathered some data.  Arrived with books.  A lot of books!!!  Yet we didn’t need a one.  Not a one.  As you will hear. 

Travel Ensued

     Several months later, Alvina Quatrano, Missy Grace Oleaga and Cathy Miller met one weekend at St. Micheals, MD, a sleepy fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore of Maryland near to where Cathy Miller lived.  We arrived to a quiet motel situated by the Bay at the turn of spring.  The back of the car was piled with texts. Each woman carried her sworn texts on the subject — there were piles of books — no two alike.  We thought we’d be hunkered down all weekend delving through those books, pouring through, discovering secrets of the ultimate healing potion for women’s health.  

     That’s not what happened.

Books!!!

     Alvina had left her Ocean Grove, N.J. home to pick up Grace in PA on the way to meet Cathy. Grace and Alvina met Cathy and they all trundled their books into the motel room.  After the long trip in the car Alvina used the bathroom (“the loo” British friends say, “the head” the sailors say) and when she came out of the bathroom Cathy was on the massage table set up between the beds, surrounded by piles of books and Missy Grace was moving around her.  “Are you guys???”… and they never stopped.  

     I (Alvina) grabbed a pad and pen and started writing but Missy Grace said, “We remember it.”  They moved easily from one set of points to another as though spiritually guided.  They were spiritually guided.  We all tapped into the spiritual guidance checking in to our experience of how the points felt and adding suggestions along the way.  And, before we knew it it was done.

Ta-Dah!!

     Forty minutes after arriving to St. Michaels, MD for a studious weekend we had finished the protocol.  We were annoyed, elated, shocked, a little confused, grateful and happy. We now had vacation time in this beautiful location, not indoor study time as we had anticipated.  

     We practiced the protocol to be sure and we were sure.

And Then…

     After the weekend, we brought the protocol to our teachers Dr. Aminah Raheem, the originator or Soul Lightening Acupressure and Susan Grant.  They tested The Women’s Health Protocol and made decisions about what we gave them.  

     It was/is a very powerful protocol.  Aminah wasn’t ready to let us teach it yet, for a long time.  She wasn’t ready to grant the whole community to teach it but we developers could teach it if we wanted.  And so we taught The Women’s Health Protocol for many years on our own as a one-day class (8 hours). 

     Finally, 20 years later Cathy Miller who was by now the President of Soul Lightening Int’l and also the Graphics Designer, was redesigning the Clinical Acupressure Manual, which has 75 protocols in it,  asked Dr. Raheem is she could add the Women’s Health Protocol to it.  And she said yes!

Currently

In 2021 there are several versions of the WHP.  Alvina and Grace like to use the original. Since that original time, Cathy Miller has developed Clinical Acupressure 3: Extraordinary Vessels — Lineage Material (which many say should actually have been CA 1 because it’s what the work is based upon — what goes around comes around) and she realized that the Master Points for the Chong Mai Meridian work well to support the original WHP, and so, that sequence was added as an option to the beginning of the protocol. Subsequently, the manual size and style changed, so, several versions of the Women’s Health Protocol exist as it has been explored over the years.