Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute
Healing with St. Hildegard, April 7th & May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

This week I want to begin with a quote from one of my favorite Celtic poets and philosophers, John O’Donohue. He speaks about the Divine as an artist who uses imagination for expression in Creation:

“Everything that is – every tree, bird, star, stone and wave – existed first as a dream in the mind of the divine artist.  Indeed, the world is the mirror of the divine imagination and to decipher the depths of the world is to gain deep insights into the heart of God. The traces of the divine imagination are everywhere. The beauty of God becomes evident in the beauty of the world.”

To find more inspiration from this quote check out my latest blog post:Celebrating Diversity, a Gift of the Divine.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

If you would like deeper access to the heart of God, I encourage you to explore my upcoming guidebook How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras. I’m in the final stretch of completing the guidebook. What a joy it’s been to put this together as a useful resource to guide others in the powerful work of chanting mantras for healing.

As you continue to practice the healing mantras at home, consider how you approach creating a sacred space for this work.

This work is for your health, your growth, your joy.

If you don’t have one already, take time to make a special corner or table that warms your heart. This sacred space is for you. It will serve as your altar.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be considered as a religious space, but a healing space to nurture you and your body-spirit connection. Be sure it’s a space where you can come to calm and center.  Where you can step away from the rest of the world into quiet solitude without being distracted by something nearby.

Take a closer look at the space you may use and see what is around it – the items, the color, the lighting. How will these support you or maybe distract you?

Take time to consider what stand or table you will use, what cloth may cover it and what items you will place on it. Items from the natural world such as a plant, stones, or a feather may be important pieces for grounding and connection.

What lighting would you like? A lamp nearby that emits warm light or just the light of a candle? Maybe the natural light that shines in a window nearby?

What else do you want to include? Possibly the following:

  • A candle with matches
  • A diffuser for essential oils
  • A meaningful poem or verse
  • A small statue of a god or goddess that is important to you
  • A photo of inspiration

On my altar, I like to include the following items:

  • Mary Candle – at the top. Ever reminding me of Mary’s compassion and sweet, caring love.
  • St. Hildegard Statue – back left. St. Hildegard is a constant source of inspiration and strength in my life.
  • Print of a Painting by My Painting Teacher, John Parente – back right. I model a lot of my teaching and healing work after John. His profound spiritual life and powerful artistic gifts inspire me to never give up on my spiritual path.
  • Star Candle – center. This candle reminds me that I am part of a vast, powerfully beautiful Universe.
  • Green Mala Beads – around the Star Candle. I use these beads in meditation. They help me count mantras and act as a tactile guide as I chant.
  • Feather– front left. St. Hildegard describes herself as a feather on the breath of God. The feather reminds me to only ask for knowledge of God’s will for me and the power to carry it out.
  • Hanuman Statue – front right. This Hindu Deity is often depicted carrying Rama and Sita inside his heart. This statue reminds be that my devotion to the Divine is the most important thing.
  • Green Heart Stone – front right. Green has always been my favorite color. Once I found out it is also the color of the heart chakra, my love for this color deepened. Truly…seeking to connect with the field of unconditional love…which I choose to call God…and to love unconditionally… is my daily practice.

Be creative in this process!  What speaks to you?  What brings warmth and a mood of reverence and reflection for you in your sacred space?

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder
Coming very soon……..

February 26th-March 2nd 
Introduction to Creation Spirituality – the seminar that David and I will be teaching in the mornings. In the afternoons, Leon Evans MD, will be offering the Art as Meditation class, Embodying the Tao:Tai Chi as Meditation.

March 5th– March 9th
Ana Perez-Chisti will bring the seminar Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions in the mornings, and David and I will offer the Art as Meditationcourse Chanting the Wisdom Traditions in the afternoons.  Click here to watch a video describing this class!

Later in May, I will also be teaching The Mystic Hildegardand Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs. 

I hope you can join us for one or all of these classes!  To find more information and register click here. 

May we all continue to dive into the heart of God,

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Remember the Doctor of the Soul group events will be starting again in April!

 

Click here to find out about the Healing With St. Hildegard sessions.
Click here to find out about the Healing With Mantra sessions.

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018,
Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018,
Fox Institute
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018,
Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Happy Valentine’s Day! To start off I want to gift you with my favorite quote from St. Hildegard:

“As the Creator loves Creation,
So Creation loves the Creator.
Creation, of course, was fashioned to be adorned, to be showered, to be gifted with the love of the Creator.
The entire world has been embraced by this KISS.
God has gifted Creation with everything that is necessary.”

Are you needing a little inspiration for ways to feel this KISS? Would you like to learn ways to deepen or expand what you already do in your spiritual practice so you can grow within the light of the Divine toward your Highest Self? Then don’t miss my blog post this week, 5 Ways to Develop your Spiritual Practice. Now, more than ever, our personal practice is vital for our own health and the health of our communities and world. And after reading the blog, be sure to leave me a comment telling me about how you use these practices in your daily life!

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

As I continue to explore ways to adorn myself with the love of the Creator, I am happy to announce the new Doctor of the Soul events that will be offered for the year in my new Viriditas Home Studio.  I’m so excited to host these once again, starting in April 2018!

Healing with St. Hildegard Building on the work we did last year with St. Hildegard, we’ll explore her life through her music, illuminations, remedies, and letters of correspondence. This will serve as a springboard of inspiration for applying her wisdom in practical ways for healing in our own lives in current times.

The classes will be held in my new Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder the first Saturday of each month from April through August. Dates to put on your calendar for the 5 sessions are: April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th

Healing with Mantra –  Building on our work from last year, we’ll focus solely on chanting mantras to Ganesh to aid you in bringing movement to areas where you are stuck in your life.  Removing any obstacles will help you access your own power and brilliance on your journey in life.

The classes will be held in my new Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder the first Saturday of each month from September through December 2018. Dates to put on your calendar for the 4 sessions are: September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st. 

Everyone is welcome to both classes, even if you were unable to join us last year. I so look forward to welcoming you to my new Viriditas Home Studio

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Coming up very soon is the seminar Introduction to Creation Spirituality that David and I will be teaching in the mornings February 26th-March 2nd.  This course will introduce students to the four paths of Creation Spirituality as well as principles associated with Creation Spirituality. Students will look at the lives and works of the following mystics, artists, and prophets through the lens of Creation Spirituality: Jose Hobday, Joanna Macy, M.C. Richards, The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

In the afternoons, Leon Evans MD, will be offering the Art as Meditation class, Embodying the Tao:Tai Chi as Meditation.  

Then the following week, March 5th– March 9th, Ana Perez-Chisti will bring the seminar Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions in the mornings, and David and I will offer the Art as Meditation course Chanting the Wisdom Traditions in the afternoons.

In the Chanting the Wisdom Traditions course, David and I will use music, lyrics, and movement from the world’s wisdom traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the Indigenous Peoples) to touch the spiritual essence within each of us and bring us together in community and celebration.

And there is more! Later in May, I will also be teaching The Mystic Hildegard and Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs.

If you are looking for inspiration and deep nourishment for your life, sign up for one of these classes!  Find more information and register here. 

All right dear ones, more next week…. In the mean time, may you be showered with the Love of the Creator this Valentine’s Day!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Remember you have access to the mantra for the heart chakra in my Free Healing Library  A support to opening your heart and sending compassion and love to others. What a wonderful gift on Valentine’s Day to chant this mantra for yourself and others in the world!

 

 

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

This week is a quiet one for me. The only family member with me this week is my youngest son, Joshua. How I love spending time one on one with family members. Such a sweet opportunity for connection. Joshua is a composer, and this week I am especially rejoicing as he shares his latest creations with me on our drives to and from his school every morning. For those of you who would like to hear his music, check out DJ BLONDINO on Soundcloud!

These days I’m also happily preparing for my class coming up at the Fox Institute on Feb. 26 – March 2, Introduction to Creation Spirituality. In order to deeply connect with the material I am teaching, I am creating audio recordings of myself reading the assigned books out loud. Last week I finished recording Stories of Awe and Abundance by José Hobday. Sister José Hobday was one of my favorite teachers during my doctoral studies. I took her class called Native American Rituals. Her enthusiasm for the presence of God in the ordinary is contagious. As I was reading José’s words out loud all nestled up in my comfy living room couch by the fire, it felt like Sister was with me. I could feel her love, her glorious sense of humor and her profound Wisdom filling my soul. I invite you to get a sense of her by watching this video.

If you enjoy the video, I encourage you to read her book. It is full of stories drawn from her own experience growing up as a Native American Catholic in the American Southwest. If you want to explore how to incorporate her teachings into your daily life, then join me and David for our class: Introduction to Creation SpiritualityClick here to find out more. I’m so looking forward to this fun adventure! I’d love to see you there.

Later in March and May, I will also be teaching Chanting the Wisdom TraditionsThe Mystic Hildegard and Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs.  To check out all of the upcoming classes at Fox Institute in Boulder, click here. 

The 16th Annual World Sound Healing Day, February 14th, Valentine’s Day
For all of my mantra students as well as my St. Hildegard singers, I also want to let you know that you can join thousands throughout the world for the 16thAnnual World Sound Healing Day on February 14th.  You can sound to send the energy of compassion, love, and peace to our dear Mother Earth – bringing health and healing.  Find out more here.

Also remember you have access to the mantra for the heart chakra in my Free Healing Library.  A support to opening your heart and sending compassion and love to others.  What a wonderful gift on Valentine’s Day to chant this mantra for yourself and others in the world!

Are you seeking ways to deepen your practice of compassion in the world during these difficult times we face every day? Check out my blog post Finding Peace in Difficult Times this week.

All right dear ones, if you do watch the video of Sr. Hobday, be sure to send me a note to let me know how she moves you!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register if you are interested in joining David and me in our class, an Introduction to Creation Spirituality, at Fox Institute in a few weeks, Feb. 26th – March 2nd!  We’d love to see you there.

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Today is my parents’ 61st wedding anniversary. I marvel at their marriage. What a remarkable team they are. One of many things they have modeled for me is incredible strength and courage. They have birthed many spectacular creations over the years, not the least of which are their four children. With each birth I have seen how they kept nourishing their creations, and that no matter what obstacles they faced, THEY NEVER GAVE UP!

 

 

It is this kind of courage I see playing out with the birth of the Fox Institute. I want to share some photos with you of the new Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder. This is where David and I will be team teaching our Introduction to Creation Spirituality Course in a few weeks.

Images:
#1. Fox Institute Banner by entrance.
#2. Entrance of the Fox Institute in the basement of the First Congregational Church on Pine Street in Boulder.
#3. Administrative offices in renovated church carriage house.

The Institute just hosted a free community gathering on January 15th in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King. It was a powerful event that included song, drumming, and poetry to honor MLK’s legacy and to imagine strong, healthy communities into the future. Please enjoy this inspirational video created by Fox Institute Pouria Montazeri for this event.

I’m also very excited to share with you that two additional classes have been added in May that I will be teaching at the Fox Institute in Boulder. The classes will be held from May 14th through May 18th. This is wonderful news for all of you Hildegard lovers!

The first class is a seminar entitled The Mystic Hildegard.  In this one, we will immerse ourselves in St. Hildegard’s creativity via St. Hildegard’sJourney through the Senses, an exhibit that shows the life and work of this powerful mystic. We’ll dive into the first biography written about St. Hildegard in the 12th century and touch on St. Hildegard’s theological writings/illuminations as well as her medical texts.  I’ll also make available some of St. Hildegard’s remedies for sampling. We’ll complete the class with an exploration of how we can use St. Hildegard as an inspiration in our own lives. (Image: St. Hildegard statue on the relics church in Eibingen Germany.)

The second class is entitled Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs and is an Art As Meditation offering. Through singing, guided imagery, movement, and meditation related to the life’s work of St. Hildegard, we’ll enter into a deep meditative state with this powerful saint. Through this doorway, we will access our deepest creative selves and express our souls in a variety of artistic mediums including watercolor painting, drawing, singing, movement, journaling and modeling.  We’ll share the creative process as well as our creations within class thus forming a community of creative powerhouses.

Did you know you can access the strength of your inner mystic? Curious about what a mystic is?  Wondering if you really are one?  Check out this week’s blog post: Are You a Mystic?

And if you are interested in exploring more about being a mystic, don’t forget to check out the class I am teaching in February on an Introduction to Creation Spirituality here. 

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

Mantra practice continues to give me courage for my life. I was just writing a piece for the Healing Mantras guidebook and was remembering a time many years ago when I woke up in excruciating pain in my pelvic area.  While at the doctor’s office, feeling fearful about the pain I may experience undergoing a pelvic exam, the Saraswati chant “Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha” came to my mind.  I began to chant it in my head silently. I felt my body relax and an inner knowing that all will be well washed over and through me.

You’ll be able to find out more about this mantra and the chakra that it helps to heal in my guidebook.  It will be coming soon – in February!

In closing I remind us all that the word courage comes from the French word courage which is a composite of two French words: coeur (which means heart) and large (which means large). May we all, like my parents, live our lives with large hearts!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  If you missed the video about the class David and I are team teaching Feb. 26th – March 2nd on Creation Spirituality, you can still find it here.

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

How I love writing to all of you each week! I hope you are enjoying this new weekly rhythm as much as I am….

This week I want to focus on CREATIVITY. What are your plans for nourishing your creative self in this new year of 2018?  What new ideas or forms are bubbling up within and waiting for you to express them?

Creative expression puts us in touch with our inner core.  A part of the Divine flow. It’s enlivening and invigorating. And brings to us a possibility for self healing.

Creativity is the breath of life.

As you all know, one way I like to engage in creative expression is through music. I have posted a video of a recent performance of the marimba band KUTANDARA that I am a part of on the doctorofthesoul website. We were part of the 1st Annual Martin Luther King Talent Show of Boulder last Monday night. The Talent Show was held at the Avalon Ballroom and was a fundraiser for the I Have A Dream Foundation. It was a heart warming evening. I encourage you to watch the video. As you listen, ask yourself the question: How am I called to nourish my creative self?! Click here  to access the video.

We are all artists, capable of creating something new in a moment of inspiration and imagination. Through this, we can connect more closely with the Divine, and the Divine in each other.

Check out this week’s blog post on how to Discover the Artist Within.

And if you are interested in exploring your own creative expression as an artist, find out more about the class I am teaching in February here.  

Healing through the Chanting of Mantras

I continue to be in my creative flow as I develop my mantra practice. The mantras used for chanting in healing are precise instruments that support us in connecting with the Divine, often through the doorway of the attributes or energetic force of a Hindu god or goddess. This is possible for anyone to do, with or without any belief in religion.

Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom and Music
Through the power of sound within the mantra, chanting as a spiritual practice leads us closer to our Higher Self, dissolves obstacles in life, and brings compassion and peace into the world. Making you be the best self you can be in your life.

As you continue forward with your practice of mantra chanting, you do want to eventually dissolve the image of the Hindu god or goddess used in the practice. This will facilitate the power of the mantra to come forth through the sound. Then you can enter into a deeper place of stillness where transformation can arise.

(Image: Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom and Music)

As a spiritual explorer, are you looking for a way to deepen your spiritual practice so that you can be even more effective in your work in the world? So you can be your best self and make a positive difference in the world?

If so you may find my guidebook on How to Bring Life to your Chakras helpful. It will be available soon. It is a simple, step-by-step guide that will support you in deepening your practice in balancing your chakras through mantra chanting. It’s engaging, effective, and even fun! Easy to do in only take 10-15 minutes of your time each day. I’ll update you as soon as it becomes available.

All right dear ones… I close with this quote from St. Hildegard of Bingen:

“Humankind, full of all creative possibilities, is God’s work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life-sustaining.”
 
I would love to hear about how you are nourishing your creativity in 2018!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Audios to guide you in your mantra chanting practice at home are available in my Free Healing Library. 

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018,
Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018,
Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

New Year Greetings to you!  I hope you had a joyful and rejuvenating holiday season.

I returned home from my holiday travels to continue my preparations for my class: The Essence of Creation Spirituality  starting on Feb. 26th. David and I are thrilled to be team teaching this class for the first time at the new Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder. This course is a framework for living that dives into an exploration of the sacredness of the universe, the wisdom of science, the passion of creativity and the power of social change.

(This book is on the required reading list for our February class.)

Click here to watch the video to learn more about the class. In this video you will not only find out about our class, you will also hear what happened when David and I first met many years ago on the Berkeley Pier in California!

At the Fox Institute David and I are part of a phenomenal group of faculty. Truly this group of spiritual teachers is breathtaking. Find out more about who is behind this powerful education here.

Did you hear about the bomb cyclone on the east coast?  Maybe experience it? I did!
What a name, right?  Makes you anxious just hearing that.

I was on my way traveling to New York City from the Swiss Alps when the bomb cyclone decided to direct its brutally frigid path to the east coast, bringing biting winds and blinding snow.  My flight was cancelled. Plans unexpectedly halted.  Disappointment and upset swirled about in the air. Fear and anxiety of the unknown.  What destruction will occur?  What devastation?  When will it end?

In the midst of the chaos, I gathered my strength to return to my center and ground myself.  I tapped in to the depth of my own spiritual practice for support.  What comfort I found, with warm, embracing arms of this inner work to help me through my current challenge.

Although this bomb cyclone was an incredible snowstorm on the east coast during this holiday season, I know we all experience bomb cyclones within our lives that have the potential to throw us off track, tear us down, disappoint and make us anxious.  For this is life on this beautiful planet Earth at this time.

How do we navigate through this?  And come out healthy and strong?  Still growing and reaching to become the best self we can become? The course that David and I are teaching in February will offer helpful tools – tools to help you remain calm, strong and hopeful even in the midst of the bomb cyclones within your life – whatever they may be.

This course will teach you how to open your heart, how to communicate and connect with others, and how to navigate through those experiences that have the potential to throw you off track.

Needing a Little Help to Navigate your Days in the Time of Bomb Cyclones and False Ballistic Missile Alarms?

Check out the blog post for an intro to one tool.  Explore the rich and colorful tapestry of the four threads of our inner work as we navigate the bomb cyclones in our lives.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

I hope you were able to make use of the Holiday Gift that I sent a few weeks ago to support you in taking care of yourself through the holiday season.  It was so exciting to launch this introduction to How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras as a holiday gift!  If you missed it, you can still access it HERE.

The rest of the guidebook with engaging stories and specific recommendations along with gorgeous audio recordings of the mantras will be available in February.  A perfect spiritual practice to support and nourish you in the challenges of daily life. Truly helpful.  I would love to hear any questions or comments you have about the holiday gift material.

For now, I will close with one of my favorite lines from the Introduction of Original Blessing by Matthew Fox.

“When I use the word “wisdom”, I think of the definition that the Native American tradition gives us: that the people may live. I am very at home with this understanding of wisdom. I believe it encompasses the breath and depth of cosmic and human living, and I believe it names what God the Creator wants for all of her children: that the people of this precious Earth, all  global peoples, may live. Bangladesh people, old people, hungry children people, robust adolescent people, people in socialist countries, people in capitalist countries – that the people may live.”

Join me and David at the Fox Institute in February and experience what it means to really live!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Don’t forget you have access to the audios for the Healing with Mantra for all 7 chakras in my Free Healing Library.  A brief recap of each chakra can be found here to support you in your practice at home.

Cancelled: “We Miss Tap and We Miss You All Party”, Dec. 15th

UPCOMING EVENTS
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Sadly, I must share that the Dec. 15th, “We Miss TAP and We Miss You All Party” hosted by Jeanny Russell and Jaime Shuey is cancelled. Jeanny’s home experienced a flooding event and is no longer available.

David and I are so grateful for the loving impulse behind this event. We’ll keep you posted on our plans for future tap events in the new year.

Happy Holidays,
Jeannine

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
“We Miss TAP and We Miss You All Party”, Dec. 15th from 6:30 -11 pm,
Jeanny Russell’s home at 1335 Redwood Ave
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Who are the people in your inner circle? Who are the people who totally get who you are and love all of you? Who are the people that celebrate you? Who are the people you trust?

Two of the people in my inner circle are Jeanny Russell and Jaime Shuey and they are throwing a party this coming Friday…AND YOU ARE INVITED! David and I hope to see you there.
Date/Time:  December 15th from 6:30 pm-10 or 11 pm
Location: Jeanny’s house at 1335 Redwood Ave., Boulder
Please bring: a little snack to share.Tea, champagne, and wine will be provided.
RSVP: jruss57725@aol.com
Much appreciation to Jeanny and Jaime for hosting this gathering!

Opening your Crown Chakra  

We had a wonderful final session of Healing with Mantra last week focusing on the crown chakra.  If you were not able to join us or want the audio for your home practice, it is now available in my Free Healing Library. Also click here to check out my description of the crown chakra and how to find a connection to an eternal field of unconditional love and deep peace.

As I reach the recent completion of the journey through the Healing With Mantra sessions, I find myself reviewing the entire program and also thinking back to the 6 sessions of Healing with St. Hildegard. How I have enjoyed all of theseDoctor of the Soul sessions –  sharing the mantras and revisiting the music of St. Hildegard with all of you! Thank you for your huge hearts, your beautiful voices, and your commitment to healing and spiritual growth.

I look forward to more steps on this journey together as I make plans for the next program in the spring. Stay tuned!

Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality

Preparations continue for the two classes I will be teaching with David at the Fox Institute in February and March. After sharing the 4 paths of Creation Spirituality in the last few weeks, I also want to introduce you to the 12 principles of Creation Spirituality.  More will come in the class I will be teaching at the Fox Institute in February. But, below is a quick peek for now.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Remember you have access to the audios for the Healing with Mantra for all 7 chakras in my Free Healing Library.  A recap of each chakra can be found here to support you in your practice at home.

The First Principle of Creation Spirituality

“The universe is fundamentally a blessing.  Our relationship with the Universe fills us with awe.”

Do you experience the Universe as a blessing? I do… and I really did this past weekend. David and I spent four glorious days in Breckenridge skiing under the magnificent Sun and crystal clear blue Sky. Remembering how the Native Americans teach us that the Sky is our father and that the Sun can be a brother or sister….wow did I feel blessed and awestruck. If the Sky is our father and the Sun is our brother….well….we are POWERHOUSES!!! Check out the vibrant blue SKY!

I was also filled with awe staying at One Ski Hill Place at the bottom of the Peak 8 chair lifts. Oh my, and they even had a ski valet…an angel of a man… whose smile and caring heart took such great care of us and our gear.  And then to top it off THE BRONCOS WON!!! Aaaahhh….now that too is a blessing.

So do me a favor and write me a little note about the blessings in your life…how does your relationship with the Universe fill you with awe? Let me know!

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
“We Miss TAP and We Miss You All Party”, Dec. 15th from 6:30 -11 pm,
Jeanny Russell’s home at 1335 Redwood Ave
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Take a look at the sweet little shoe hut in the Viriditas Home Studio!  I think it is darling.  A perfect place to pause for a moment and find the perfect shoes to tap dance in. A place to remember the importance of play and having fun. A place to remember that life is magical and full of JOY!

Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality

In recent weeks, my home has been filled with the passion and love that David has for spirituals and his heritage as he is preparing for the course he will be teaching Jan. 8 -12: Singing and Embodying the African American Spiritual, Freedom, and Protest Song.  What a joy to have the opportunity to be bathed with the sounds of such a soulful musician!  Click here to watch a webinar with David if you are interested in being part of this Fox Institute Intensive. If you are interested, act soon! The deadline to register for the class is December 8th.

We Miss TAP Party
Don’t forget to put this on your calendar: “We Miss TAP and We Miss You All Party” hosted by Jeanny Russell and Jaime Shuey.

Date/Time:  December 15th from 6:30 pm-10 or 11 pm
Location: Jeanny’s house at 1335 Redwood Ave., Boulder
Please bring: a little snack to share. Tea, champagne, and wine will be provided.

I hope to see you there!

Seeing with Your Third Eye 
The mantra for the brow or third eye chakra (the sixth one) is available in my Free Healing Library now. You can listen and chant along with the audio to support you in your practice at home in seeing and understanding more clearly and trusting your intuition.

Check out my blog for a quick look and reminder of healing the brow chakra. The text can be used with the audio of the mantra, invoking the god, Shiva, who sees beyond the obvious with clear perception and shows what is truth.

Healing with Mantra – All 7 Chakras

The writing of The Healing with Mantra Guidebook is in full swing. It will be an easy-to-use manual that will be available in January/February. It will provide you with support in strengthening your practice at home in this healing work. At your own pace, on your own schedule.

The first section of the guidebook is almost complete and will be available to you soon for FREE. It’ll introduce you to the work of healing with mantra and share some of my personal experiences with this work that have touched my life.  Let me share a little peek into the book that I just completed and makes my heart sing!

One warm, sunny summer day when I was ten years old, I bought myself a few boxes of clay. When I got home, I pulled out a lump of cold, wet clay and began to create. Soon from the coaxing and caressing of my own hands, an elephant came to life.  

First one elephant.  

Then another.  

Then another.  

Until I had a whole herd of elephants!  I decorated each precious one with sparkling glitter of silver and gold.  
Oh, how I adored my collection of elephants for many months to come!  

Later, as an adult, I found myself sitting in a mantra class at the University of Creation Spirituality one afternoon.  Russill Paul, my teacher, was describing the Hindu deity Ganesh, a deity with the head of an elephant and the body of a human.  

My love of elephants came back to my mind, and I was completely captivated!  

Their strength, the way they moved their long trunks. Even their huge ears were fascinating to me. What a unique and beautiful creature! 

Guided by our teacher, we, as students in class, soon were learning the chant Om Gum Ganeshaya Namaha. The words started to become familiar to my mouth as I repeated them again and again, their power resonated within my whole body. My body became alive. It was energized.  

A big smile came to my lips.  

We were invited to move, if inspired, and I arose from my chair without hesitation. 

Soon, I felt the spirit of this great creature, the elephant, with its power and glory fill my body……

More will come and be available to you soon!

Finally, I have included below a brief picture of the fourth and final path on the journey of inner work within Creation Spirituality. The four paths are the foundation of the class I will be teaching at the Fox Institute in February. Take a moment to be introduced to the Via Transformativa.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  Remember you have access to the audios for the Healing with Mantra for the first 6 chakras in my Free Healing Library.  The 6th one just was added to the library!  A recap of each chakra can be found here to support you in your practice at home.

The Fourth Path of Creation Spirituality

The fourth path of Creation Spirituality is the Via Transformativa, the path of transformation. To transform is to make change to the form that exists.

When we enter into an interdependent connection with others, we have the potential to change who we are, who they are, and what exists in the world. True transformation.

How does transformation come about? 

Through compassion. We can see and understand others (and ourselves) as together we celebrate our shared joys and heal our shared pain. In doing so we have the possibility to sow a seed within ourselves that truly changes who we are and the world around us.

Picture the transformation that occurs to a seed. Take a moment and imagine a pumpkin seed, by itself, in your hand. You place it down in the soil in the earth and it starts to be fed by the nutrients in the soil, by the raindrops that reach it, by the light and warmth of the sunshine. Soon, it changes. It no longer is a seed, but a sprout. Then a plant, then a flower. And then a new fruit grows.

Now hold that picture as you consider a connection you have with a friend.  In the shared experience of healing a sorrow or pain with compassion, how does that change you or your friend? How does that change the world around you?

There is a reason why all deep spiritual leaders—Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad, and Black Elk to name a few, call us to Compassion. The Dali Lama confesses that compassion is his religion and we can do away with all religion but not with compassion. Jesus said: “Be you compassionate like your Creator in heaven is compassionate.” In Islam, “The Compassionate One” is by far the most used name for Allah in the Koran. Compassion is the “secret name for God” in Judaism.

Our current times are calling for our compassion. Compassion for ourselves and for others. Celebration of our joys and healing of our pain – together. And in that, the world can be transformed.

Interested in finding out more about The Fox Institute of Creation SpiritualityClick here.

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing With Mantra, Dec. 2nd, 3:30-5:00 pm, 800 Zamia Ave
“We Miss TAP and We Miss You All Party”, Dec. 15th from 6:30 -11 pm,
Jeanny Russell’s home at 1335 Redwood Ave
Introduction To Creation Spirituality, February 26 – March 2, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, March 5 – March 9, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

I’m so excited to tell you that the tap floor at the Viriditas Home Studio is done! Hurray! The ramps installed at the thresholds into the room create a lovely entrance into the sacred space. A sweet shoe hut has space for sitting to change shoes along with convenient storage for them. Soon David and I will conduct a special blessing for the space too. I’ll share further updates as we continue forward with this process.

On the tap front I also want to let you know that you are warmly invited to a “We Miss TAP and We Miss You All Party” hosted by Jeanny Russell and Jaime Shuey. Here are the details:

Date/Time: December 15th from 6:30 pm – 10 or 11 pm
Location: Jeanny’s house at 1335 Redwood Ave., Boulder
Please bring: a little snack to share. Tea, champagne, and wine will be provided.
RSVP: jruss57725@aol.com

We will share in the JOY of the season together!  David and I hope to see you there.

The last Healing with Mantra group session in 2017 coming this Saturday will focus on invoking Brahman to balance the crown chakra. Brahman is without a beginning and without an end and yet is within all. Brahman is cosmic spirit and infinite consciousness. The universal principle and eternal truth.  Brahman is the divine source of everything that exists and does not exist. Brahman is genderless. 

Join us as we step into the experience of Brahman through chanting a mantra to balance the crown chakra on December 2nd, 3:30 – 5 pm at the Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave.

You’re welcome to join us for this one even if you didn’t make it to the past sessions. I hope to see you! Tickets are available here.

Finding the Power within Your Voice 

The recording of the mantra for the throat chakra (the fifth chakra) is available in my Free Healing Library. It is the Healing Lakshmi Chant. You can listen and chant along with the audio to support you in your practice at home in finding the power within your voice.

Check out my latest blog for a quick look and reminder of healing the throat chakra. The information in the blog can be used with the audio of the mantra from the Free Healing Library invoking Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance and prosperity.

Healing with Mantra – All 7 Chakras

Work on The Healing with Mantra Guidebook continues. The book will be an easy-to-use guide that will be available in January/February. It will provide you support in strengthening your practice at home in this healing work. At your own pace, on your own schedule.

The first section will introduce you to the work of healing with mantra and share some of my personal experiences with this work that have touched my life in profound ways. That part will be made available to you FREE, for you to preview in December.

Fox Institute For Creation Spirituality

This week I have included below a brief picture of the third path of four on the journey of inner work within Creation Spirituality. The four paths are the foundation of the class I will be teaching with David at the Fox Institute in February. Take a moment to be introduced to the Via Creativa.

I hope to see you this coming Saturday.
In the mean time… stay in Viriditas!
Jeannine

PS  Remember you have access to the audios for the Healing with Mantra for the first 5 chakras in my Free Healing Library. The last two recordings will be coming soon! A recap of each chakra can be found here to support you in your practice at home.

The Third Path of Creation Spirituality

As we enter into the experiences of the Via Positiva and the Via Negativa, there is the possibility for something new to be birthed within a third path, the Via Creativa. 

Imagine a spark being ignited to bring life to imagination and creativity.

As human beings, we are naturally creative. We are the creators and authors of our journey through our lives.

Within this creative nature that we all possess, we have the possibility to become a powerful healing force in the world. We can look with fresh eyes as a young child would in order to envision new possibilities into the future, while also understanding our connections to the past.

Our current times, as we know, require new solutions, new ideas, and new ways of thinking. We need new directions for becoming authors and creators of the solutions within our communities, locally and globally. So that all of us can live fully and peacefully on the earth.

Interested in finding out more about The Fox Institute of CreationSpirituality? Click here.