Tap Into Transformation, April

Singing and Dancing in the Rain

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION        

April 3, 2015
7-9 pm

Viriditas Studio 
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

rain girls 

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning to sing and dance in the rain.

What would it feel like to sing and dance in the rain? Come to this month’s Tap Into Transformation and find out! We all experience storms in our lives and have learned how not to let them blow us over. This month we are actually going to learn how to SING AND DANCE in the midst of them, and even do it in community. Bring a raincoat and an umbrella and a smile on your face and join us!

Gene Kelly dancing rain

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.

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 #8: The Person in Sapphire Blue

From: The Second Vision of the Second Part, Scivias

Cropped person saphire blue

I invite you to get comfortable in front of your altar and to take a few deep and slow breaths. Then let the following words from St. Hildegard of Bingen speak to your soul:

“Imagine a very bright light, and inside it there is a person who is the color of sapphire. This person is completely surrounded by a very pleasant fire of reddish color. The very bright light completely surrounds this fire of reddish color, and at the same time this fire completely surrounds the light. Both the fire and the light surround the person, existing as one light with one force of potentiality.

Then listen as the Living Light speaks to you. It says: ‘The bright light signifies God who is without any blemish of illusion, defect, and falsehood… The person signifies the Word who is without any blemish of hard-heartedness, ill will, and unfairness… The fire signifies the Holy Spirit who is without any blemish of dryness, death, and darkness.’”

Questions:

1. Imagine becoming one with the person who is the color of sapphire… In that connection, let go of any of your hard-heartedness,ill will and unfairness…

2.Then feel yourself inside the very bright light. Also feel yourself inside the very pleasant fire of reddish color. Then gradually let yourself be filled with the fire and the light. You are being filled with truth, goodness, moisture, light and life… Feel the nourishment….

3. Gradually you feel a call in your heart to extend the light and fire. Where will they go?… What will they do?

I have created a recording of my voice reading this text with some powerful 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.)

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

 

Meditation #7: The Whitest of Flowers

From: The First Vision of the Second Part, Scivias

Edelweiss flower

I invite you to take a few slow breaths, noticing the air coming into and leaving your body. Notice also your mouth, relax your tongue and feel how it sits inside your mouth. Notice also your hands as they are placed in your lap. Then let the following words from St. Hildegard of Bingen speak to your heart.

“lmagine a very bright fire which is incomprehensible, inextinguishable, wholly living, and appearing as if it is totally alive. The flame of the fire is an airy color, and it is blazing violently in a gentle wind. This flame is inseparable from the fire, just as the entrails are to a person. And imagine this flame lighten in color and give forth a bolt of lightning. Behold, the air – round and of great size – suddenly rising up, and the flame sending sparks into the air, thereby leading the air to perfection. The air sparkles and is put in order, just as heaven and earth. After that, this flame sends forth some of its fire to a little clod of muddy earth which is lying on the ground. This flame makes this little clod warm so that a body and blood are brought forth. This flame breathes into this body and blood, and a person is brought forth. With this finished, the bright fire – blazing violently in a gentle wind – brings the whitest of flowers to this person. This flower hangs down from the flame just as the dew hangs down from the grass. The person does not smell the flower with his or her nose, nor taste it with his or her mouth, nor touch it with his or her hands.”

Questions:

1. Has the Divine ever sent “a lightning bolt” into your life? What was that like?

2. Imagine the whitest of flowers hanging down in front of you. What does it smell like? What does it taste like? Touch it with your hands. What does it feel like?

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.)

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

Tap Into Power For Life!

A Two-day Workshop
March 21-22, 2015   
9am – 3pm

JGA-DS dunes

Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp

Transform limiting obstacles in your life through
creative exploration, tap dance and more!

Using the arts as a doorway to the soul, we will put on tap shoes, create body prayers, do storytelling and dramatic interpretation, use props, and experience communal embodiment and ritual. We will take an important reality in your life that you want to address and transform. We will look at each issue creatively and work to create breakthroughs that will free you to move forward into your best destiny, including having more peace, personal power, joy and gratitude. We will use tap shoes and basics steps as our language to see what there is to stomp and step, acknowledge and honor, remember… and even forgive.

“David and Jeannine, with incredible passion and talent, challenge us to transform our pain into power, moving through our blockages and trauma with grace and beauty.” Jan Rupp, Co-author of The Five-Minute Healer.

“David and Jeannine are very loving and accepting. With their encouragement, it allowed me to not only have a hell of a lot of fun, but also to feel free to release my inhibitions and safe to explore deeper parts of myself.” Herb Rodriguez, Musician/Artist – Member of The Boulder Chorale 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to journey into…YOU.

Viriditas Studio
4939 Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, Colorado 80304

$125 – includes lunch both days
Workshop limit:12 persons

Register: www.viriditasllc.com 

Viriditas Newsletter, March

Dear Viriditas Community,

As I noticed the daffodils under my little Aspen grove peeking their heads out through the melting snow yesterday, I was touched once again by the beauty and gentle transformative power of creativity. daffodil in the snow As I share with you once again this month the many ways that I am expressing my divine creative gifts, I invite you to write me back and share some of the ways that you are being creative in your life. This sharing about our creative lives is so invigorating, so please even if it is one sentence… let me hear from you!

I am very excited to let you know that I have now completed the meditations for all of the Illuminations from the first part of St. Hildegard’s Scivias. For years, I have yearned to connect to the entire body of St. Hildegard’s theology. “And yet, how?”, I wondered, “There is so much there!” Well, I have found a way. I took one Vision per week, recording the text St. Hildegard left us onto my iPhone. I then listened to the recording and tuned into the guidance that inevitably came. From the guidance I created a short text as well as an audio-recording… a meditative tool to tap into St. Hildegard’s main message for each Vision. I am now offering the entire set of 6 Meditations with the text as a set for $15.00. If you are interested in receiving the set, please contact me at info@viriditasllc.com.

The Egg of the Universe

The Egg of the Universe

On the tap dancing front I want to start by telling you about our Valentine’s Evening Event Tap Into Love which David and I created and shared with folks on February 14th. Never before have I felt so bathed in unconditional love on Valentine’s Day! It was such a gift to be able to share the story of how David and I followed the call to tap dance each in our own way, only to be led to each other at this time in our lives. We started the evening off with some delicious appetizers. The community that gathered that night was bubbling with excitement and appreciation. As I connected with each guest, surrounded by the beauty and comfort of the Viriditas Studio, my heart was melting with gratitude for my life, for my husband and for each and every one of the people that came that night.

David and I then shared our performance piece Tap Into Love. It begins with David and me singing the song that David wrote for me many years ago when I was trying to get the rights to certain music for Feathers On The Breath Of God. The song is called  Don’t Hold Back Your Love. Singing it with David that night, looking into his sparkling eyes, surrounded by the love of the people present, I can say that I know what heaven feels like! I could write pages describing this performance. For now, know that David and I felt like the evening was so magical, we are discussing making it a yearly event! We ended the evening with tap dancing (of course!). We danced Psalm 91 (a tap prayer David and I created which became part of Feathers On The Breath Of God) as well as the Michael Jackson dance from our February Tap Into Transformation. Thanks to all of you who came that night. And yeah…stay tuned for next year…David and I are already hopping with ideas for Tap Into Love #2! For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the promotional video that David created for this event. Take a look and feel the LOVE! (Click Here to view the video.)

After the Valentine’s Event, David and I dove into getting ready for Tap Into Transformation on March 6th. Our theme was Express Yourself! David really stepped it up a few notches with the choreography this month, bringing some syncopated rhythms and some really powerful flapping. The group put their hearts and souls into every step that night. Wow… what tap dancing! After dinner I invited the participants to lie down on gigantic pieces of newsprint. I then asked them to close their eyes and tune into their wild creative sides. From that place, I invited them to strike a pose on the paper. A partner then traced the body form on the paper and each person then added color to the form. Oh the beauty that was created…very, very cool. Each one so different, each one so DIVINE! Here is a photo from that evening with folks showing their expressive pose. Thanks gang!

Tap Feb photo

Finally on the tap dancing front, I want to encourage you all to come to our upcoming workshop Tap Into Power For Life Now. This will be a personal and intimate journey, as David and I reveal how tap dancing has been an amazing source of happiness and healing in our lives. We will show you how the myriad of human emotions can all be expressed through tap dance and how to use tap dancing to transform pain into joy and joy into fits of laughter!  No previous tap dancing experience is necessary. With basic tap steps as our language, we will journey into our hearts, souls, and minds to see what is there to be talked about; to be stomped and stepped, tapped and touched…acknowledged and even transformed!  We will sing and shout with our feet. We will become a joyous toe-tapping, foot stomping community! Oh yeah! The workshop will take place at the Viriditas Studio on March 21-22. The workshop limit is twelve participants, and we still have some places left. Click Here to sign up today!

Tap shoes photo

I will wrap up this newsletter by telling you about the Kutandara Center Winter Community Concert benefiting Rise and Shine, a charity working in Zimbabwe with AIDS orphans. Our band Titandare was one of four Kutandara Center bands that performed at the concert and we raised over $2,778.00!  As I listened to the story of how one Zimbabwean woman started this charity to help these children who have been left without their parents and often also their aunts and uncles, I felt awe and inspiration. It is true, one person can make a huge difference in this world. I was especially excited for this concert because it was the first time I performed on the mbira. The mbira or thumb piano is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board (often fitted with a resonator) with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with both thumbs and the right pointer finger.

mbira_image

I look forward to hearing from you about the ways that you are being creative in your lives. To inspire your writings here are some words from St. Hildegard of Bingen:

                      “There is no creation that does not have radiance.

                              Be it greenness or seed, blossom or beauty.

                                       It could not be creation without it.”

 

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation #6: The Crown of Light

From: The Sixth Vision of the First Part, Scivias

Crown found at the Relics Church in Eibingen, Germany

Crown found at the Relics Church in Eibingen, Germany

I invite you to get comfortable in front of your altar and to take a few deep and slow breaths. Now, imagine a crown of light being placed on your head. Slowly, let the light of the crown enter your soul. Then let the following words from St. Hildegard of Bingen speak to your soul:

“Imagine two armies of heavenly spirits on high in the heavenly mysteries. They are shining very brightly. Those in the first army have wings on their shoulders, and they have faces that are like the faces of people. The looks on their faces appear as if they are pure water. Those in the other army also have wings on their shoulders, and they too have faces that are like the faces of people. The looks on their faces appear as if they are the image of the Word of God shining in a mirror. You are not able to detect any other form among either of these two armies. These two armies are surrounded by five other armies, arranged in a circle as if they are a crown. Those in the first of these other five armies have faces that are like the faces of people. They are shining brightly from their shoulders downwards. Those in the second of these other five armies are shining so brightly that you can not look at them. Those in the third army are as white as marble, and their heads are the same as those of people except that they have little burning torches coming from them. And they are covered from their shoulders downwards as if with a cloud made of iron. Those in the fourth army have the faces of people and the feet of people. They have helmets on their heads, and they are clothed with tunics that are the same as those with the white marble. And those in the fifth army are not like people at all, but they are as red as the dawn of the day. You can not, however, determine any other form in these.

All of these armies are surrounded by two additional armies, also arranged in a circle as if they are a crown. Those in the first of these last additional armies are full of eyes and wings. In each eye, a mirror appears; and in the mirror, the face of a person appears. Their wings are raised on high to the heaven’s. Those in the second of these last additional armies are burning as if they are a fire. They have a lot of wings. These wings reflect like mirrors, and they reflect all the distinguished orders of the institution of the church. You do not see any other form among these last two armies. But all of these armies are resounding with wondrous voices – accompanied with every type of music – all the miracles which God performed in the blessed souls. In this way, they are glorifying God magnificently.”

Questions:

1. How have you been helped by heavenly spirits?

2. Imagine a mirror appearing, and in the mirror you see your soul. Ask your soul, “What is yearning to be born in 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.)

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, March

Express Yourself!

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION

March 6, 2015    7-9 pm
Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

March Tapit pic 1

Express
Say what you think; Do what you feel
Like conveying with words, gestures, conduct.

Come and express yourself like never before! Put your best and worst foot forward as we have fun diving into the uniqueness of each of us. We will go inside our own feelings to find out what is there to be stepped and stomped, tapped and touched. We will express our souls with confidence and freedom, even while tap dancing to choreography that will be fun and stimulating. Don’t miss this opportunity to strap on a pair of tap shoes and feel the rhythm right under your feet.  Dance with the earth (it is already spinning). Tap your rhythms into Gaia. Feel the vibrations coming back as blessing.

March Tapit pic 2

Join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in and 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!