Tap Into Transformation, February

L.O.V.E.
A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON

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TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION
February 6, 2015, 7-9 pm Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway,Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

MJ
A pop idol; Thrilling dancer
Like a powerful star in a hurting world.

This month’s Tap Into Transformation is a tribute to Michael Jackson, one of the most lovable and loving artists of our times. A dynamic and original performer, he created dance steps the world continues to move to and imitate. AND SO WILL WE. Come and learn some MJ moves we can do with tap shoes on! THIS IS GOING TO BE POWERFULLY FUUNNN!! Imagine… the moonwalk, hips, shoulders, arms, hands and fancy footwork! Yes, you will leave the evening with a spring in your step as you take the world by storm with your cool new tap dancing moves.

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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.

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!

Come manifest your most powerful creative self while having an absolute blast!

Meditation #1: The Brightness From The Iron-Colored Mountain Speaks

From: The First Vision of the First Part, Scivius. 

With each of these meditations, I invite you to sit comfortably in front of your altar, light a candle and/or some incense and play some spiritual music very softly in the background. Take a few deep breaths and then either read aloud or even better have some one read the following text to you. I have created a recording of my voice reading this text with some beautiful background music. (If you would like me to send you this recording, feel free to email me at info@viriditasllc.com with your email address, and I will send it to you.)

At the end of the meditation there are some questions for you to consider. As the week goes by, I encourage you to do this meditation every day and keep a journal describing your experience and any insights you receive. Let the questions speak to you and write down any answers that you are given.

Here we go! Meditation on the First Vision from St. Hildegard’s theological text Scivias: The Brightness From The Iron-Colored Mountain Speaks.

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Imagine a great mountain which is iron-colored. A person of very great brightness is sitting upon it. The person’s brightness is so great that you can not look upon the person. You look on a soft shadow and realize that the shadow is actually a wing of extraordinary width and length stretched out from each side of the person. The person sitting upon the mountain is crying aloud with a very strong and sharp voice saying:

     O humanity, you who are fragile in regard to the dust of the earth and in regard to the ashes of ashes, cry aloud and speak concerning the beginning of incorrupt salvation. There are people being taught who, seeing the middle of the messages about salvation, wish neither to speak nor to proclaim it, because they are lukewarm and dull to preserving the justice of God, by which the hidden mysteries have been revealed. The very timid conceal this justice in obscure lands without fruit. Therefore extend yourself in the fountain of abundance. Come to light in the knowledge of mysteries, so that those who wish to be contemptible to you because of the collusion of Eve may be aroused by the flowing of your water. For you do not take the understanding of this profoundness from humanity, but you receive it from above by celestial and fearful justice. With a bright light this serenity will shine forth strongly among those people who dare to shine forth.

   Arise therefore, cry aloud and say what is revealed to you with the strongest power of divine help. That one, who strongly and kindly gives orders to all creation, fills those fearing the divinity by means of a pleasant choice in the spirit of humility. Brightly, with a celestial illustration, the divinity brings them to the joy of an eternal vision by way of justice that will last.

Questions:

1. Who is contemptible to you in your life? What could their arousal by the flowing of your water look like?

2. How is it that the Divine is calling you to shine forth?

Take this powerful text and the related questions into your soul. I will share some of my experience with this meditation in the next blog, and I greatly look forward to hearing about your experiences.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

Viriditas Newsletter, January 2015

Dear Viriditas Community,

I would like to dedicate the first newsletter of the year of 2015 to the theme of strength. David and I began the New Year on January 2nd dedicating our Tap Into Transformation event to the Elephant. In our tap dance we invited our sixteen participants to feel the power of the magnificent Elephant in their own bodies. For those of you who were not able to join us I invite you to dress in grey and dance along with David and me as you watch our promo video! (Click here to watch the video.)

Before we began the dance David and I invited everyone to say one word that describes the Elephant. My word was “tender.” Using my arms and hands I imitated the movements of an Elephant’s trunk finding my way around the circle to embrace each participant. What would your word be and how would you express it in your body?

Our meal was catered by the Buddha Café which offers some of the best Thai food in Boulder. After dinner we had a wonderful guest, Kristal Parks, join us for the evening. Kristal is the founder and organizer of Pachyderm Power! Love in Action for Elephants. I met Kristal in 2011 during the creation of Feathers On The Breath of God and donated the proceeds of both the 2011 & 2013 final performances to her organization. Kristal’s passion and commitment is to protect awesome and magnificent Elephants from abuse in the entertainment industry, to stop poaching along with the sale of ivory, to ban The Crushing Box and to preserve Elephants in the wild. Click here to check out Pachyderm Power’s website for more information.

Kristal spoke to our group about Elephants and her work. We had a moving question and answer period and many of our participants supported Kristal’s work by buying some of the beautiful items she had for sale.

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One of the gifts of my connection with the Elephant is that I’m inspired to move forward into this new year with strength and determination and “oh, boy!” do David and I have some exciting programs coming up soon!

Michael-Jackson-King-of-DanceWe are really excited to create our next Tap Into Transformation on February 6th as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson is one of the most lovable and loving artists of our times. A dynamic and original performer, he created dance steps the world continues to move to and imitate. AND SO WILL WE. Come and learn some MJ moves we can do with tap shoes on! THIS IS GOING TO BE POWERFULLY FUUNNN!! Imagine… the moonwalk, hips, shoulders, arms, hands and fancy footwork! Yes, you will leave the evening with a spring in your step as you take the world by storm with your cool new tap dancing. (Click here to purchase your tickets.)

On Valentine’s Day, David and I will be sharing our performance, Tap Into Love. This performance shares the true story of how tap dancing brought us together and shares how much can happen when you follow your bliss. I encourage you to invite someone you love to join you at this special Valentine’s Day evening. We will be serving hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. We are only selling 50 tickets so get yours today! (Click here to purchase tickets.)

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On March 21 & 22nd, David and I are giving our workshop, Tap Into Power For Life.  During the weekend David and I will share how tap dancing has been a source of healing in our lives and journey with you into challenging areas of your life, new or old, that you are ready to look at and transform. For more info and to register please click here. 

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As a vehicle of gaining strength in our lives I am offering a new blog series which will be weekly meditations on the theological works of St. Hildegard of Bingen. Please join me in expanding the wisdom that came through this great lady and let it transform your life. St. Hildegard has so much to give each and every one of us and I’m looking forward to exploring what these gifts are for us in the coming year. To follow the series please click here.

To conclude this newsletter I invite you to tap into the strength of the Royal Drummers of Burundi! Please visit The Joy Collaborative website (click here) and scroll down to our latest addition, Tap Dancing With The Royal Drummers of Burundi.

David and I connected with the strength and grace as well as the powerful joy of these amazing drummers. We then tap danced along with them! David created a magnificent film portraying our experience and connection with these men. Watch the video and dance along with it.  Feel the power! (Click here to view the video.)

May this year be a STRONG one! I will conclude with these strengthening words from St. Hildegard of Bingen:

Humankind should ponder God…

Recognize God’s wonders and signs.

Let these signs and wonders be

The firmament on which to build,

     So as not to be shaken by fear,

     Or distracted from the love

                      Of God.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

Scivias Meditations – A Three Part Series

Dear Viriditas Community,

I hope you have enjoyed learning about St. Hildegard’s life through the eyes of two monks of her time. I found that translating the very first biography that was ever written about St. Hildegard renewed and deepened my connection to her. I gained strength and an even deeper love for her as an example of powerful faith and courage.

As we begin the New Year, I am going to be offering a series of meditations based on her theological works: Scivias. I invite you to experience the Wisdom that came through her and let it transform your life. As always I welcome your comments and questions. I will be sending out one meditation per week. I encourage you to practice the meditation every day for one week and keep a journal of your experience. I have created a recording of my voice reading this text with some beautiful background music. (If you would like me to send you this recording, feel free to email me at info@viriditasllc.com with your email address, and I will send it to you.)

To support your meditative journey I would like to invite you to create an altar. Below is a photo of an altar I have created. On my altar you will see a plant, a candle, some sacred objects I love (incuding my tap shoes!) I also have some art work I am working on as well as some sacred texts. Near by I have a CD player and some favorite inspirational CDs. And last but not least a comfortable seat! The most important thing when creating an altar is to bring in beauty and those items that speak to your soul and help you to feel the presence of St. Hildegard and the Divine. So make an altar and send me a picture!

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St. Hildegard has so much to give each and every one of us, and I am greatly looking forward to exploring what these gifts are for us during the upcoming year.

May St. Hildegard inspire and hold the journey ahead,

In Viriditas,
Jeannine