Dear Viriditas Community,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I have always enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day. As you all know I love the color green, but I’m also part Irish! This year I took it upon myself to learn a little bit more about St.Patrick. I found out he was not born in Ireland. When he was sixteen years old he was captured from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland where he worked for six years before escaping and returning to his family. Patrick had a vision a few years after returning home. It was:
“I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish”. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea – and they cried out, as with one voice: “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.”
Patrick followed through on this vision and went to Ireland. Inspired by this knowledge, David and I created our March, Tap Into Transformation event around the theme, “St. Patrick’s Day Visions.”
We asked our participants to tune into their own visions, dreams, longings and desires and to tap dance them to the music of Riverdance. The men were wearing green top hats and the women wore shamrock necklaces. And yes! We served Irish Colcannon (winter veggie casserole), Dublin Coddle (Irish sausage, bacon, onion & potato hot pot), Irish Soda Bread, green Ginger Ale, and George Killian’s, Irish Red Beer.
Speaking of “visions”, David and I are now ten days away from birthing one of our visions; the workshop, Tap Into Power For Life on March 21-23. As this weekend draws near we are especially excited about the special performance we are sharing with people on Friday night, March 21st. If you can’t attend the entire weekend you may attend only on Friday night to experience our performance “Tap Into Love.” In this performance David and I are going to share each of our individual journeys with tap dancing, and show how our individual paths are now being woven together. Dinner will be served, and there will also be group tap dancing. The evening starts at 6 pm, and we’ll go until 9 pm. The cost is $25 (free for those who register for the entire workshop.) Click here to learn more & register.
The latest tap adventure that David and I have been part of is Colorado Public Radio’s newest project, Radio Dances. Click here to listen to the recording of our dance, Heaven & Earth.
CPR liked our dance so much that they invited us to return to their studios so they could film us. We were also one of six groups that were invited to perform our radio dance at the gala opening of the CPR Arts Bureau. To read our interview and watch the video of our dance, click here.
One of the biggest surprises in the journey with CPR was to discover that Chloe Veltman, the creator of Radio Dances, knows all about St. Hildegard of Bingen! When I told her about my work with St. Hildegard, Chloe exclaimed, “Oh, Hildy! Do you know I played the part of the Soul in St. Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum?! Working with Chloe has been wonderful. Her creativity, laughter, and visions are inspiring.
St. Hildegard continues to move through my life. This month David and I had a visit with Pastor’s Wolfgang Stahlberg and his wife Liliana in the Viriditas Studio. We are planning a St. Hildegard week to be held at the Messiah Community Church in the fall. During our visit, David and I showed our new friends the St. Hildegard Exhibit as well as our dance Heaven & Earth. It was wonderful to spend a few hours with kindred souls and to begin to imagine the possibilities for our St. Hildegard event.
I continue my exploration of St. Hildegard’s foundation through the Yogic Mystery School. This month the practice included invoking Śiva. (more commonly known as Shiva.) Russill Paul teaches that Śiva is a spiritual consciousness. The sound Śiva means blessing, the one who favors us. Śiva also epitomizes the power of yoga through detachment and spiritual practice, which is the rejection of all that is not of spirit. Lastly, śiva represents wildness, which, when tempered over time, through yoga, moves into the expression of pure consciousness.
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for……our African song from last month was from South Africa and was performed by the Soveto Gospel Choir! The song Asimbonanga is a tribute to Nelson Mandela. Here are some of the lyrics:
Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang’ uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph’ ekhona (at the place where he is kept)
Here is the next piece of music to listen to. Check out this beautiful woman and her amazing voice. Where is she from? Click here to listen.
I now close with this Irish blessing:
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”