2017 filled me with a dynamic blend of trust and confidence in the Great Mystery through humbling lessons and beauty. In response to our collective unrest and loud wake up call to pay attention and act, I needed to examine how my own drama and trauma was showing up in my inner and outer reality. So I danced with my shadows and plunged into the thick bog of my own feminine pain body on my quest for empowerment, authenticity and Truth. I was able to dive deep into my own abyss because I am supported by a net of light- woven by seen and mostly unseen threads that cannot be understood by my logical (left hemisphere) mind.
I needed to embody these layers of self, identity, arche/stereotypes- to unveil and liberate my Self. Still liberating. Still integrating.
I relate my layers of psyche to my favorite childhood movie- The NeverEnding Story- to see how I’m playing all the characters within my own neverending story of consciousness.
When I’m playing my self-cast role of Atreyu- the warrior on a mission to save the Empress of Fantasia from the scary Nothingness that is threatening the imaginal realm because no one is dreaming anymore (the imaginal realm is the mythos, right hemisphere of mind)- I can find myself stuck in my own swamp of sadness and completely lost. No one else is allowed to pass through this phase of the journey. Everything must go. All the attachments. One must release all the layers of self and to feel completely powerless and separate from the whole.
So today, before we enter into 2018, I’m reflecting back on some of my most potent Luck Dragon experiences of 2017. Some of these Dragons appeared when I was in my own swamp of sadness, some appeared when I was already on mission to create my dreams and purpose. And I acknowledge these Luck Dragons have their own complex layering of characters and phases beyond my casting them in this story as simply Luck Dragons. And I also acknowledge some of these Luck Dragon moments seemed to happen from pure luck, but most happened as a result from cultivating deep, intimate and authentic relationships over the years. And other moments happened from broadcasting sincere messages from my heart. From prayer.
For linear times sake- I will not capture all the Luck Dragons in my life in this post. So for those not specified, please know that Luck Dragons exist in the mythos, the realm beyond our ordinary laws of space and time, and you carry deep significance in my heart beyond this slice of 2017 recognition.
For those reading, may we all real-eyes we are all our own authors, readers and characters in our NeverEnding Story. So long as we're choosing to play in this game of consciousness.
Happy New Year.
Thank you for sharing your gift of presence and listening during our Soma series. You reminded me of the power of possibility with movement with grace, and I appreciate all the times we shared this year with Soma, walks and asking the bigger questions about life, love and authenticity. Thank you for being vulnerable and real and sharing that gigantic heart of yours. Your gifts continue to positively impact how I move and see through my more aligned, integrated body.
My Lyra Luck Dragon: Amber
Thank you for bringing your positive attitude in the vertical plane with me as we got to duo for a bit on the Lyra. I love playing with new pathways of movements and getting to share both our love for aerial arts and yoga this year. I'm grateful you came to Doe Bay and we shared our pleasurable/painful growth in flexibility class. I am excited to see how we continue to dream together in 2018!
My Beloved Dream All the Things Real Partner Luck Dragon: Andreas
Thank you for turning in, even when I'm in my darkest swampiest of places. Thank you for sharing your world with me- especially your beautiful son Tavi- and for cocreating our dream life together filled with embodied adventures, travel, yoga, piano, trapeze, cooking in copper pots and gardening. This was a big year of challenge and growth for us- co-facilitating our first yoga and biking retreat in Ireland, moving in together, sharing quality family time in Montana and Wild Horse Island, performing our first trapeze act together, traveling in Positano and Dordogne for Embodied Adventures. You are my Fire Dragon. And I, your Water Pig.
My Dream Loft Luck Dragon: Christian Hogan
Thank you for dancing all weird with me at Matt Drew's party. That fateful evening led us to sharing Soma and now I live in my dream loft home thanks to you. I thought the impossible dream of living in a space big enough for Andreas, Tavi and I in Capitol Hill with tall enough ceilings to rig trapeze was waaaaay out of reach. But then you followed your own trajectory of inner guidance, and voila! A miracle. I am forever grateful you've entered my life and we continue to share spontaneous moves together. Plus you ARE a Dragon!
My Mystery School Luck Dragon: Christian Martin
Thank you for mysteriously gifting me the awareness of divine timing and potency of images and music. This summer when I was in one of my swamps of sadness and I almost lost my photos in the compost, they were found. I was found. Got found. Again. Thanks to you and your love. I'm grateful to be in this Mystery WITH you. And that our 3rd times a charm for CloZee was a wonderful Christiando to this year.
My Performing Arts Luck Dragon: Kaili aka Isobella Bloom
Thank you for guiding me into the realm of character work and photography and supporting every one of my aerial performances with your artistic directing and encouragement. Thank you for introducing me to Rhiannon Brunnett and the two of you cocreating a year-long photo project for my Virgin Whore Bitch Witch course- which I’m currently writing a separate post just about this project and my gratitude for you so stay tuned... Thank you for expanding my imagination and embodying the potency of storytelling. Thank you for joining me in Italy and sharing your magic.
My Psychic Medium Luck Dragon: Jasmine
Thank you for validating my inner reality with your gifts of seeing, and your way of articulating the layers and layers. Your serendipitous presence lifted me from my swamp of sadness and we've been traveling in vertical timelines ever since, and I am humbled and honored to be in this embodied experience with you. Thank you for sharing your truth and authenticity and positively impacting my life beyond words.
My Ongoing Soma Luck Dragons: Jeff and Stephen
Thank you both for guiding me deeply into my body through our Soma exchanges and providing me space for healing and education. You both individually have helped me grow in my technique from your honest feedback and guidance. Jeff- thank you for sharing your expertise in movement education and constantly widening my bodymind to the possibilities of new pathways. Our mentorship is invaluable. And Stephen- thank you for opening me to the magic of meridians and trusting our experiments to expand our intuitive guidance.
My Celtic Luck Dragon: Mary
Thank you for journeying 5 hours to meet us in Killarney during our Ireland Yoga and Biking Retreat. Thank you for sincerely and authentically sharing your Celtic spiritual connection with the land of Ireland, for inviting us into the rituals with choice, for embodying the welcoming nature of Celtic tradition, for allowing the teachings the space and time to sink in, for gifting us with a Celtic Blessing before our biking journey. Your generosity of spirit continues to spiral and weave in my everyday consciousness and I trust our paths will meet again.
My Design Luck Dragon: Nadja
Thank you for offering your exquisite design and brand help for my Virgin Whore Bitch Witch course materials. Your generosity of time and energy has positively impacted this course and all those who lay their eyes and hands on your design. You truly leveled up my offering and I am blessed to have you help materialize these inner visions with your BEAUTY LOVE and COLOR.
My Social Justice HeartWombMate Luck Dragon Wife: Lo
Thank you for trusting me to travel externally and internally this year- to both Ireland AND Italy, and for all the layers of learning that have come from these experiences. Thank you for wearing Brigid's cloak that is wide enough to hold the whole spectrum. Thank you for relentlessly being on- and beyond- the threshold for positive change in the social justice realm as a warrior of wisdom. Thank you for positively impacting the culture of 8 Limbs to reflect the necessary change of focus and direction for our collective consciousness. Thank you for being in this sometimes sloppy swampy awakening together, as heartwombmates. Thank you for practicing with me to move beyond our hungry ghosts together and finding some fresh air in our Tweedle Dee and Dum moments.
My Impeccable Ho’oponopono Luck Dragon Wife: Kanti
Thank you for sharing your practices of forgiveness and right-relationship with me and our community this year. I'm blessed I got to witness and participate in your Ho'oponopono sharing of forgiveness at Fluidity and Eclipse Festivals this year. Thank you for journeying across the pond to Italy and having the necessary and relevant conversations about pono. Thank you for helping me forgive myself and move toward right relationship with our bodies, our land, our world.
My Compassionate Luck Dragon Wife: Karuna
Thank you for helping me with your Karuna compassion this year. By understanding the complexities of sharing space with others, and to find that verticality of Self. Thank you for showing me the power of deep internal listening and for following that guidance. You inspire me to continue digging, feeling and creating deliberately with no fear. Specifically thank you for helping me see through my swamps of sadness and to have self compassion, for sharing part of my reality.
My Waking Up Luck Dragon: Lee Kaufman
Thank you for keeping it grounded, simple and real. Thank you for helping me see my own illusions, for the conversations and insights. For reminding me to go further. To complete my work. Thank you for helping me see and integrate. Thank you for spontaneously appearing in divine timing and offering potent words and reflection. And thank you for the tips on chocolate making!
My Authentic Financial Warrior Luck Dragon: Maketa
Thank you for asking the right questions at the right time and demonstrating the power of authenticity. Specifically, thank you for being present and compassionate in Rome when I was swirling in a financial swamp of sadness. Thank you for your generosity and for demonstrating the power and bravery of truly doing your inner work.
My Magic-is-Real Luck Dragon: Orbit
Thank you for reminding me this year that magic is real, and it resides within our deep respect for matter as can be demonstrating in serving Oolong tea. Specifically when we were serving tea at Imagine, your presence and invitation reminded me of the power of the unseen. Thank you for Will-ingly going deep beneath the surface to access true magic with humbleness of spirit.
My Grounded and Confident Brilliant Medicine Wife Luck Dragon: Reya
Thank you for sharing your brilliant medicine in so many ways. Your ability to deeply listen, and move from a grounded centered place with your heart focused on the pure potential of humanity is beyond words. You brought Dragon magic to my life, and I'm forever grateful. This year you were my luck dragon by listening, and bringing me into deeper trust of my Self. Our journey to Eclipse and practicing being in the field. Allowing and trusting that inner guidance. Specifically- thank you for finding me in the bathroom in Rome during one of my swamps of sadness and bringing my shadow into the light of consciousness to collectively learn. That moment shifted me on a quantum level. You got to the point, and you know just how to precisely poke to find liberation.
My Yoga Retreat and #1 Mystic Luck Dragon Wife: Terilyn
Thank you for being my coconspirator in so many ways this year. For being my biggest edge-walking champion and trusting me to cofaciliate two yoga retreats with you. Thank you for welcoming all of me- my deepest darkest shadow of doubt and my goofy playful fool. I am so blessed to be sharing this life with you in so many ways. Sharing our Doe Bay Welcome the Spring women's yoga retreat was empowering and beautiful. And then getting to travel to Italy together and co-facilitate our retreat in Positano was life changing. I'm honored to be cocreating this Brave Life WITH you.
My Sophia Stephens Luck Dragon Wives
Thank you for being part of this Sense6 collective energy that is so much bigger than us individually. Thank you for laying your healing hands on my body after I plunged deep into my feminine pain body in Ireland. Thank you for showing up to my aerial performances. Thank you for showing me the power of intimacy through sharing our shadow (only 10%!) and light and learning together in this 5D/3D reality. Thank you for saying YES, for showing me the power of sovereignty in our collective, for providing me purpose and support. Thank you for helping me rewrite my connection to the feminine collective with compersion, forgiveness, compassion, and Self love.