Viriditas Newsletter, September

Dear Viriditas Community,

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is my favorite author. I remember discovering the power of his words in college when I was reading Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship (Wilhelm Meister’s Lehrjahre). I remember spending countless hours in Baker Library at Dartmouth College during my senior year with this book, soaking in the Wisdom and Beauty. The above quote is one of my all time favorites. In this newsletter I am going to offer YOU a little song, a good poem, a fine picture and a few reasonable words!

The song I am going to offer you is the latest recording that David and I created from the last Healing With St. Hildegard session which was held on September 2nd. In it you will hear my favorite phrase from St. Hildegard’s music. It is the opening phrase of her song: O Euchari In Leta Via. She wrote this song to praise and ask for the help of St. Eucharius. The opening phrase and title of the song mean “O Eucharius, you walked on a blessed path.” St. Eucharius was the first bishop of Trier whom legend tells us used St. Peter’s staff to raise people from the dead. In our session we used the phrase of St. Hildegard’s song to help us let go of the deadening obstacles in our lives so that we can truly walk on blessed paths. As you listen to the song, visualize yourself walking on your blessed path, the path that you are being called to walk. Notice any negative voices that come up to stop you on your path. Let the music silence these negative voices. Click here to listen to this gorgeous and powerful song.

Now for the poem! Here it is:

Jeannine, how awesome your mystic artistry!
Exuberant your prophetic spirit!
And gorgeous your heavenly voice!
Now is the time to rejoice!
Now is the time to celebrate all the
Inspiration, love and beauty you bring to the world!
Now is the time to be restful and receptive to
Exquisite voices and visions waiting to be born!
  •                            –    Dr. Chuck Burack

Dr. Burack was one of my professors at the University of Creation Spirituality. His brilliance, huge heart and dedication to his students was and continues to be one of the greatest blessings in my life. He wrote me the above poem after I completed the 2011 run of Feathers On The Breath Of God. He made the trip from Californina to Boulder to be in the audience. I keep this poem next to my desk as a daily source of strength and inspiration.

Wouldn’t you love to be nurtured by people like Dr. Burack and myself … on an ongoing intimate basis? Give yourself the gift of an education that enlivens your mind, body and spirit and nourishes your work in the world. The graduate school where I studied with Dr. Burack is now reopening its doors right here in Boulder, Colorado as The Fox Institute. Both Dr. Burack and I will be teaching this coming November and YOU can be one of our students. You can enroll in a degree program or audit a class. But don’t wait! The deadline for enrolling in our November classes is October 1st. The limit for our classes is 20, and we may or may not offer these classes again. Especially for those of you interested in St. Hildegard, seize this opportunity to study and experience her life and work. I have been preparing to teach theses classes for many decades. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of a community of creative powerhouses! If you are interested in taking classes, here are the key links:

Click here for general information about the Fox Institute.
Click here for information about academic requirements.
Click here for information about the admissions process.
If you are interested in taking my class you should contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Carol Bennington at cbennington@foxinstitute-cs.org. Be sure to do it before October 1st.

If you are called to explore studying at the Fox Institute, I invite you also to check out the work of another graduate of the University of Creation Spirituality who has recently moved to Boulder. Her name is Robyn Hubbard and her website is corehealingarts.net. Robyn is also happy to answer any questions you might have about this amazing education. You can contact her at robyn@corehealingarts.net.

Now for the fine picture! How I love tap dancing with this man… And how we love tap dancing with you! Tap Into Transformation continues to be the best dinner party in Boulder, Colorado! Last month after experiencing our group dancing to the song Tightrope by Janelle Monáe, I wanted to jump for joy for weeks. We had two new comers who dove right in together with those who have been coming for years. The group came together as one bundle of delight and pizzazz. One of David’s most amazing gifts is his ability to create a choreography right in the moment to meet all of our dancers at the same time. SO FUN!  If you have been reading these emails for years, saying to yourself, “I should so go to Tap Into Transformation some time.” WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Our next Tap into Transformation is on September 15th and we will be tap dancing to the song “September” by Earth Wind and Fire! Our meal will be catered by Mandala Infusion, a newer restaurant  in North Boulder. David and I recently attended their Happy Hour and sampled their fare. YUM!!! Click here to purchase your tickets!

Now finally…a few reasonable words… One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is, “Jeannine, how do you have the energy to do all that you do?” You have four children, family in Switzerland that you visit frequently, a beautiful home and garden to take care of and then all of your amazing work projects. You are not in your twenties any more. How do you do it all?”

One of the key ingredients in my ability to live my life the way I do is REST.

My current teachers in how to rest are these deer that come to my yard every day to rest. They rest right outside my office window. Rest includes getting enough sleep at night. (I get eight hours a night at least). It also includes naps and breaks, silent time alone, or just sitting or lying still. I believe rest is the most important “activity” I do. Are you getting enough rest?

I close with another quote from my friend Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship:

Knowst thou the land where the lemon trees bloom,
Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket’s gloom,
Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose?

May your inner land be filled with “lemon trees”, “a gold orange glow”, “a soft wind” and “groves of laurel, myrtle and rose”.

So much love,
Jeannine

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