Tap Into Transformation, May

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together while having an absolute BLAST!!

 

FIESTA
de Cinco de Mayo

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

MAY 2, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 pm

fiesta

Fiesta
A big party, a time for joy
Like a piñata full of candy and toys!

Come join us for a glorious FIESTA at this month’s Tap Into Transformation. Yes, we will dance The Mexican Hat Dance. Yes, there will be margaritas, and YES, there will be a piñata! This month we are inviting you to explore what would happen if YOU could create a brand new kind of fiesta? What would you celebrate and who would be there to celebrate with you? What kind of food would you serve? Where would you have your fiesta? Would there be any decorations, dancing, music, more?

Join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.

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Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of Divinity In Action through our spectacular and fun gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

We also have djembe drums and rhythm instruments…so come and play with us, even if you cannot put on the tap shoes, or don’t want to just yet!

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$15.00 admission $10.00 students

No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes!

Our meal will be provided by WAPOS Mexican Restaurant!

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together while having an absolute BLAST!!

St. Hildegard begins to write. / Die Heilige Hildegard fängt an zu schreiben.

Both English and German versions.
Auf Englisch und auf Deutsch.

She became sick because she hesitated to write down what had been revealed to her through the Spirit, but got better when, because of the urging of the abbot, she began to write again.

Many years had passed during which Hildegard had been zealously loyal to her vows to only please God. And then the time approached when her life and her wisdom would be made apparent for the salvation of many. The Voice of God urged her not to hesitate any longer with the writing of the Visions. But because of her feminine shyness and a fear of the talk of the people and the foolhardy judgement of the people, she refrained from writing. And then it was like a huge thorn would force her to hesitate no longer with the unveiling of what had been revealed. For as she lay bedridden with a lengthy illness, she first confided with fear and humility in a monk whom she had chosen as her teacher (Volmar) and then through him in the abbot (Kunot) the reason for her suffering. Abbot Kuno considered this exceptional event. He realized that with God nothing is impossible, so he summoned the wisest of the monastery and asked them to evaluate what had been heard. He asked Hildegard about her writings and visions and advised her to make known what God had put in her. Once she began writing what she had never learned, her previous body strength returned, and she rose again from her sickbed. The abbot was convinced that this was an unusual event. Because his own judgement was not enough, he saw himself obliged to refer the case to the public. He went to the mother church in Mainz and reported what he had heard to the Archbishop Henry. He also presented the writings that the Blessed Virgin had recently compiled.

Daβ sie krank wurde, weil sie zögerte, das im Geist Geoffenbarte niederzuschreiben, aber wieder gesundete, als sie auf Antrieb des Abtes hin zu schreiben begann.

Viele Jahre waren vergangen, in denen Hildegard ihrem Gelübde, einzig Gott zu gefallen, eifrige Treue gehalten hatte. Da nahte die Zeit, in der ihr Leben und ihre Weisheit zum Heile vieler offenkundig werden sollte. Die Stimme Gottes mahnte sie, nicht länger mit dem Aufschreiben des Geschauten zu zögern. Doch aus weiblicher Scheu, aus Furcht vor dem Gerede der Leute und dem verwegenen Urteil der Menschen unterlieβ sie es. Da sollte ein heftiger Stachel sie zwingen, nicht länger mit der Enthüllung des Geoffenbarten zu zögern. Denn als sie an einer langwierigen Krankheit daniederlag, eröffnete sie zuerst einem Mönch, den sie sich als Lehrer erwählt hatte (Volmar), und durch diesen ihrem Abt (Kuno) in Furcht und Demut den Grund ihres Leidens. Dieser erwog das auβergewöhnliche Ereignis. Da er jedoch erkannte, daβ bei Gott nichts unmöglich sie, berief er die Klügsten des Klosters und legte ihnen das Gehörte zur Beurteilung vor. Er fragte Hildegard aus nach ihren Schriften und Visionen und riet ihr, das kundzutun, was Gott ihr eingebe. Sobald sie mit dem Schreiben begann, das sie doch nicht gelernt hatte, kehrten ihre früheren Körperkräfte zurück, und sie erhob sich wieder von ihrem Lager. Da war der Abt von einem ungewöhnlichen Ereignis überzeugt. Weil ihm das eigene Urteil nicht genügte, sah er sich verpflichtet, die Sache der Öffentlichkeit vorzulegen. Er begab sich zur Mutterkirche nach Mainz und berichtete das Gehörte dem Erzbischof Heinrich und dem Domkapitel. Auch legte er die Schriften vor, die die heilige Jungfrau vor kurzem verfaβt hatte.

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St. Hildegard and Volmar
Die Heilige Hildegard und Volmar

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

How St. Hildegard proves herself. / Wie die Heilige Hildegard sich bewährt.

Both English and German versions.
Auf English und auf Deutsch

Read how during her initial years in the monastery Hildegard grew in wisdom and strength in the midst of painful illnesses.

Lesen Sie wie während der Anfangsjahren im Kloster, Hildegard, trotz schmerzlichen Krankheiten, durch den Geist der Weisheit und Stärke wuchs.

How Hildegard after taking her vows and receiving the veil despite continuous painful illnesses progressed in the monastic life.

Let’s return to the biography. After the Virgin of Christ took her monastic vows and received the holy veil from Otto Bishop of Bamberg, she made great progress learning about the virtues. With recognition and joy her already mentioned honorable mother (Jutta) recognized this and marveled how a student had become the teacher as well as a pioneer on the high paths (of the virtues). A soft love glowed in her heart which included everyone in its vastness. The wall of humility protected the tower of virginity. The sparseness in drink and food was joined by the simplicity in dress. Silence and the few words that she uttered revealed the calm quiet of her heart. And Patience, the Treasurer, guarded all these jewels of the holy virtues, which come out of the hand of the highest Artist, as an ornament for the bride of Christ. Yet as the vessel of the potter proves itself in the fiery oven, so it is that in suffering the virtues become perfect. From her childhood on, she had to suffer from painful illnesses, so that she rarely was able to walk. And since her whole body was continuously subjected to changes, her life was the picture of a precious death. But what was being lost in the strength of the outer human being was gained in the inner human being through the Spirit of Wisdom and Strength. While the body fell apart, the Power of Spirit wonderfully burned brightly inside her.

Wie Hildegard nach Ablegung der Gelübde und Empfang des Schleiers trotz anhaltender schmerzlicher Krankheiten im klösterlichen Leben voranschritt.

Kehren wir zur Lebensbeschreibung zurück. Nachdem die Jungfrau Christi das monastische Gelübde abgelegt und den geweihten Schleier empfangen hatte (durch den heiligen Otto, Bischof von Bamberg), machte sie große Fortschritte und stieg von Tugend zu Tugend. Mit Anerkennung und Freude gewahrte dies ihre bereits erwähnte ehrwürdige Mutter (Jutta) und nahm voll Bewunderung wahr, wie aus einer Schülerin die Lehrmeisterin wurde und eine Wegbereiterin auf den Höhenpfaden (der Tugend). In ihrem Herzen glühte eine milde Liebe, die von ihrer Weite niemanden ausschloß. Den Turm der Jungfräulichkeit schützte die Mauer der Demut. Zu der Kargheit in Speise und Trank gesellte sich die Schlichtheit der Gewandung. Die züchtige Ruhe ihres Herzens offenbarte sich im Schweigen und in sparsamen Worten. Und all diese Kleinodien heiliger Tugendkräfte, die aus der Hand des höchsten Künstlers kommen, hütete die Schatzmeisterin Geduld als Zierde für die Braut Christi. Doch wie sich im Feuerofen das Gefäß des Töpfers bewährt, so gelangt im Leiden die Tugend zur Vollendung. Beinahe von Kindheit an hatte sie fast ständig an schmerzlichen Krankheiten zu leiden, so daß sie nur selten gehen konnte. Und da ihr ganzer Körper ununterbrochen Schwankungen unterworfen war, glich ihr Leben dem Bild eines kostbaren Sterbens. Was aber den Kräften des äußeren Menschen abging, das wuchs dem inneren durch den Geist der Weisheit und Stärke zu. Während der Leib verfiel, entbrannte wunderbar feurig in ihr die Kraft des Geistes.

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The ruins of Jutta’s and St Hildegard’s cell at St Disibodenberg.
Die Ruinen der Zelle von Jutta und der Heiligen Hildegard auf dem Rupertsberg.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

Viriditas Newsletter, April

Dear Viriditas Community,

It’s Spring! It’s time to wake up and tap into a sense of awe and wonder! David and I began the month with our April, Tap Into Transformation and the theme of Awakening.

Awaken
Eyes wide open; Fresh breath of air
Like a sweet smile of awe created by God.

I was certainly in awe as I experienced the group follow David in our tap dance to Pharrell Williams’ glorious song, Happy. Everyone was grinning from ear to ear and the power of our stomping almost blew the roof off the Viriditas Studio! During the second half of the evening I introduced the group to one of my favorite poets, David Whyte.

Here are the four questions inspired by Whyte that I asked the group to meditate on as they listened to me play Morning Passages by Philip Glass on the Steinway.

1. What urgency calls you to your one love?
2. What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?
3. What is the step you’re afraid to take?
4. What is the conversation you’re afraid to have?

I invite you to listen to this recording of Morning Passages by Philip Glass and meditate on those four questions.

As you already know one of the seeds in David and me that was waiting to grow and spread its beautiful branches was our workshop Tap Into Power For Life, as well as our performance piece Tap Into Love. I always know when I am following God’s will for me when things fall into place easily and quickly in ways beyond my wildest dreams. As David and I shared our stories with tap dancing and showed how our individual journeys became woven together the audience members had tears of joy in their eyes. I was reminded that night that we have to trust our calls, embrace the unknown as a parent, and follow our bliss one step at a time.

After we performed Tap Into Love on Friday night the group that had gathered sat in a circle and shared impressions. It felt like we’d been together forever. There was lots of love tapped into that night, and it carried us into the weekend workshop.

During the next two days each of the workshop participants including David and myself presented an area of pain that we are currently experiencing in our lives. After learning some basic tap steps each participant expressed the pain of the others using the tap steps, the available instruments (which included 4 ukuleles and 3 djembe drums) and anything else in the studio! Then we spiraled out of the pain to create dances of transformation. I felt immense awe as I watched the divine flow of creativity come through each and every one of us. I personally experienced a profound shift as I was able to let go of some old resentment and wake up to the guidance to continue working on a composition based on St. Hildegard’s Kyrie.

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And speaking of awe and wonder, I am now going to tell you where the beautiful singer, Khadja Nin that you listened to last month is from. She is from Burundi, a tiny landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa.

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And here is this months’ African treasure. Check out this video and see if you can tell me where these glorious drummers and dancers are from!

Moving from Africa to India, awe filled my soul these past weeks as I worked with the Vigneshwara Dhyanam as part of the Yogic Mystery School training. This mantra is a tool to remove obstacles:

Suklambaradharam visnum
Sasivarnam caturbhujam
Prasannavadanam dhyayet
Sarva vighno pasantaye

The message of this mantra is that as we meditate on “the one who is adorned in a white garment”, “the one who is the color of the moon” and has “a blissful face” all obstacles will be extinguished. I do believe that St. Hildegard’s experience of the Living Light in many ways mirrors what is happening in this mantra.

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May you embrace the energy of renewal of this beautiful time of year. I would love to hear about your experiences of awe and wonder as you journey through your days.
Happy Spring!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine