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Pure Imagination

                                                                     

I love ritual. It grounds me and helps me to feel more connected to the Divine. One unusual ritual in which I engage each Tuesday night is going to my ‘gym ashram’ to ‘sweat my prayers in the key of  Glee’. For those who don’t watch tv or who have been meditating in a cave for the past year, Glee is a weekly show that takes place in a fictional Ohio High School. Populated by a quirky cast of characters that represents the various cliques and archetypes; from the football quarterback to the mohawked troublemaker, from the Barbra Streisand wanna-be raised by two Gay men, to the head of the cheerleading squad who used to be in the abstinence club until she got pregnant by the mohawked troublemaker but had been in relationship with the jock who eventually fell in love with the Barbra wanna-be and then broke up with her to get back with the first girl who prior to their reunion, was with the new kid in school who becomes the new football captain … from the bad girl secretly  in love with the sweet, but ditsy blond, to one who wants to dance, but is unable because he has been in a wheel chair since a childhood accident and who was in relationship with the Asian-American goth girl who broke up with him and is now dating another Asian American who can’t sing, but can dance up a storm, ends up with the sweet but ditsy blond, to the token openly Gay kid who sings like Madonna, Ethel Merman and Julie Andrews who is best friends with the token African American young woman who is a gutsy diva and is now in relationship with a male student from another school to which he had transferred to get away from a bullying football player who is in the closet himself and then the mohawked troublemaker who has mellowed is now in relationship with tougher than he is female wrestler (you need a score card to keep up with all of the dynamics:) they all have one thing in common…they have talent in the vocal realm.  For various reasons, each has decided to join the Glee club called The New Directions. Lest you think that it is all glamour and glory, know that they are considered mistfits by most of the other students, as evidenced by the number of times they have gotten Slushies in various shades and hues tossed on them in the hallways.  Add to it, the coach of the cheerleading squad called The Cheerios who detests the head of the Glee club and does everything she can to sabotage their success , an OCD beleagured guidance counselor who has  mutual but unfulfilled love and lust for the head of the Glee club and you have a worldwide hit on your hands.  

Growing up loving music and musical theater performance, it is like watching an hour long musical that keeps me on the elliptical for that length of time.

The character development has gotten richer week by week and topics such as bigtory, homophobia, prayer, death, sex, teen alcohol abuse and pregnancy, forgiveness, parental job loss and homelessness are touched on poignantly.  This week was  no exception.  Sue, the Grinch-like character who we come to find out got the way she did, because her Nazi-hunting mother left her and her sister Jean who had Down Syndrome in the care of others to travel world wide. Sue developed a bitterness about life as a result of that and the way people treated her sister.  In the most recent episode,  Jean dies from pneumonia and two of the Glee club kids (both who have lost parents and whose surviving parents end up marrying each other, making them step-brothers) help her clean out  the nursing home room that had been hers for more than 30 years. They also plan Jean’s funeral. When they discover that Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was Jean’s favorite movie that, according to Sue, “She would watch at least three times a week.”, they plan a service around that theme. When Sue walks into the funeral chapel, she is astounded by how many people showed up in tribute to her adored sister. At the front of the chapel were props that looked like they came straight from the movie.   No oompa loompas in sight though.  The New Directions choir then sings the song Pure Imagination as a video of Sue and Jean plays. A sense of redemption, softening and forgiveness occurs. A Course in Miracles says”  “The holiest place on Earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.” Clearly, the melting of Sue’s frozen heart is the beginning of that love. 

What was especially cool for me, was that this is the song that is my cell phone ring tone. When I think about the genius and the literal pure imagination that goes into creating such a quality show, I am astounded. It has something for everyone and the ways in which it celebrates diversity and isn’t shy about confronting the controversial topics is to be admired. 

So sit back and have a listen and allow your own pure imagination to flow forth~

Pure Imagination

Lyrics & Music by: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley Written for the Film: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka:
[Spoken]
Hold your breath
Make a wish
Count to three

[Sung]
Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy
Explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly
Wish to be

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq09ITXV3xo

Complimentary Love

 

                                                                            

Even though I am chronological adult; at age 52, one of my favorite radio programs is called Kids Corner played on WXPN 88.5 , broadcast out of the University of Pennsylvania.  The ‘big kid’ host is the ever so enthusiastic Kathy O’Connell who is like the cool big sister/aunt that many would like to have. The show which airs from 7-8 pm est each weeknight, has a plethora of components that encourage listeners to love learning in the form of games, music, interesting guests and a ‘ radio stage’ on which kids can share their talents.  

A few nights ago, Kathy’s musical guests were The Verve Pipe whose songs entertain adults and children. I found myself singing along to the lyrics of a song called Complimentary Love from A Family Album.  “What if” I mused, “there really was enough love for everyone without the need to either hoard or withold? How would life be if we KNEW that to be the truth? What if love multiplied by sharing it, rather than dividing it? ”

I know that when I live from that sense of ‘enough-ness’, I have room to welcome in people each day.  I feel sad when I think that there are some I encounter who believe that those they know now are the only ones they will ever know. There are actually people waiting for you to come into their lives and make a difference.  I am one of the richest women I know, since my friends are my treasures and there was a time when I didn’t even know they existed, not even on my radar screen and then ta-da…one day we showed up at the same time and the same place. How cool is that?   Are you willing to enrich yourself by opening your heart to complimentary love?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWi9L12Djvw

www.xpn.org

A Higher Possibility

                                                                           

Mali Apple and Joe Dunn are another of what I consider a ‘spiritual power couple’ whose coming together not only benefits themselves, but touches lives on a planetary level. I am convinced that when we love, full out, like they do, we created a ripple effect and can become a greater force for good in the world. Together they have birthed a book entitled The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide To Creating Extraordinary Relationships.  They do their best to view everything from a higher possibility…another way of seeing the world as an array of choices that extend beyond our wildest dreams. Their invitation to you is to see life through the eyes of love as well.

How do you live your bliss, both as individuals and as a couple?

By making a conscious decision to enjoy and have fun with everything that shows up, to play with life, and to appreciate it all—including the most challenging circumstances. By always doing our best to totally embrace every experience life offers us. In essence, we always endeavor to get the most life out of life.

What would be your definition of a soulmate? Do we have more than one in a lifetime?

A soulmate is someone with whom we experience a profound connection on every level: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

Do we have more than one? Yes—potentially, six billion! If we were all fully enlightened, we would recognize and live our soul connection with everyone on the planet. We would recognize that everyone is our soulmate.

So the real question becomes: How aware are we of that potential soul connection with every person we meet?

Of course, most of us don’t experience such a profound connection with everyone, though we likely experience it to differing degrees with close friends, family members, and sometimes even strangers. And we’re often more open to experiencing it at the beginning of an intimate relationship than we are after fears, expectations, resentments and the like have gotten in the way.

How did the two of you meet and grow your relationship?

Interesting that you’ve asked these two questions together, because our answer to both is one and the same: We met online through a conversation about relationships—a conversation that has continued for eight years. And through that process, we’ve realized that a profound way to keep a relationship fully alive is to continually explore how to keep it alive! In other words, by approaching relationships as an exploration into LIFE.

Did it feel as if it was meant to be?

The universe was not going to let us miss that we were “meant” to be together! As is always the case when we’re truly in tune with our soul’s path, the serendipitous events and moments were off the charts.

What ingredients go into creating a conscious, loving, healthy relationship?

Way up there are taking full responsibility for your own experience; cultivating a willingness to explore, to be vulnerable, to communicate your full truth, and to find a way to have everything contribute something of value to your relationship; and continually increasing your awareness of what you’re doing, who you’re being, and what you’re bringing to your relationship.

What does intimacy mean to you?

Real intimacy is a willingness to be vulnerable, to expose ourselves, to bring our deepest thoughts, feelings, and desires out into the open, into the light. It’s a willingness to be fully naked. Of course, to be this vulnerable, it helps tremendously to know how to create a safe environment for intimacy, in which everything is okay to share, and to have the tools in place to be able to heal anything that arises. Those two things—creating a truly safe space for full intimacy, and developing tools for healing anything that comes up in that space—are important aspects of our book.

What would you like to see your book do out in the world?

Our greatest desire is to help people have better relationships, not only others, but also with themselves. We believe our book has the potential to help every person who reads it continually create an experience of more and more love in their lives.

www.thesoulmateexperience.blogspot.com

Transformational Magic Power

                                                                            
 
Lately I have been questioning just what it is that I have to offer readers, clients and students by way of synthesizing life experience into a meaningful and portable ‘life skills’ package.  Along comes a Huffington Post entry this morning,  by one of my favorite conscious living writers/teachers named Gay Hendricks. Together with his wife Kathlyn, he has been offering guidance and ideas for life and relationship healing and enhancement for more than 30 years. They had a ‘some enchanted evening’ encounter in 1980 when they say they literally met ‘across a crowded room’ and each recognized a kindred spirit. The world is richer for that initial encounter and what grew as a result.
 
Gay’s post is called:
 

He invited me as the reader to become aware of and then cultivate just what it is that I have learned in my lifetime that can be offered to feed and nurture the potential and possibility in others. He reminded me that I have a unique perspective and thus a gift that only I can offer. 
 
We are always encouraged to teach what we know and what we need to learn. In my own life, I am amazed when I consider the multitude of lessons I have amassed  from wise ones whose paths I have been blessed to have crossed over the past 52 years. The truth is, everyone and every experience is my teacher; those I openly welcome and those from which I might have wanted to hide. When I sit with patients in the hospital where I work, I tell them that each technique, method or concept I present as possibilities for them, are those that I use myself to keep on track.  Do I get de-railed at times?  Of course, but then get a message from the universe that reminds me to jump back on board.
Gay refers to this as our Transformational Magic Power. I imagine a magic wand, replete with sparkles and streamers that never runs out of steam and has the ability to alchemically change our perspective and the ways in which we communicate in the world. The cool thing for me, is the awareness that this wand is not something outside of me or outside of you. It is within us always and can be tapped to do its thing.
So, a  short list of experiences that can be translated into my own TMP:
 
 Childhood asthma
 Foster parenting and adoption
Running a business for 10 years
Being a caregiving spouse
Being widowed at 40
Re-creating my life/re-inventing myself
Death of both parents in a 2 1/2 year period
Shedding more than 40 pounds of  physical and emotional weight

 

What are some of yours?
 
www.hendricks.com
 
 

 

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