As we emerge into the first days of Spring, it is energetically an interesting time, as we return to longer days and the promise of seeds to be sown in the upcoming months, and awaken from our hibernation of winter reflections and dreamtime. To support us into coming back into the fullness of life energized by the sun’s return, it is time to face the mud and muck as we cycle from freeze to thaw and to clear out the dusty corners- the neglected areas we have avoided and have one last effort to “clean up our lives” and let go of what is no longer serving us. This process makes room for us to plant new dreams in fertile soil, and is an important cycle of both the seasons and our lives, yet we often meet this season with some resistance with the rollercoaster it sometimes brings as we need to deal and feel our “old stuff,” forgive ourselves and others, realign our relationships, and free up some energy for new growth.
Resistance to What Is only seems to make everything worse. We may say to ourselves, “I thought I was done with this pattern/heartache/wound” and we often beat ourselves up for not conquering it completely. We try to be socially “appropriate” when emotions flood in, and think we can choose a convenient time to feel what we need to feel, wiping away our tears and stifling our anger. We cope by avoiding, and we all have our own versions of behaviours, addictions and bad habits that are our best distractions. We put it on the convenient shelf to be dealt with later, but is it ever good timing to look at what is holding us back, feel what we avoid, and deal with our wounded stories?
The Art of Letting Go is practiced when we embrace what comes up, face ourselves with honesty, feel what is true in the moment, forgive and release old pains. Our heart begins to lighten up by facing our shadows, letting go of old burdens, and practice forgiveness. We face our lives with new energy, momentum, focus and freedom, and for that, we are all Alchemists who have the ability to turn the lead of our lives into gold. We learn that our pain is our greatest teacher and our wounds can be our greatest medicine to move forward in our lives and rise up and be who we were meant to be!
Spring is the season of transformation and I am here for you to witness you, to hold space for you, to gently guide you through whatever comes up, knowing that “this too shall pass.”
The Phoenix in me, sees the Phoenix in you!
With deepest faith in you,
Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer
P.S. You got this.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Today I celebrate the returning of the sunlight, as daylight begins to return, easing the darkness of long winter nights! I have been spending much time lighting candles or in front of my fireplace hibernating in reflection this January, connecting with family and friends, reading inspiring stories and dreaming.
To me, February 1st feels more appropriate as a time of resolution and recommitment, as I simply want to rest in the weeks of January. Today I am committing to a cleanse of my mind, body, and spirit; a detox on all levels, and I can feel that with the energies of Imbolc (Feb.1/2) and Chinese New Year (Feb. 8), I am supported in choosing a healthy discipline that is rooted in self-Love!
The questions I ask myself are:
“What do I do to nurture my inner Light?”
“What do I need to let go of to enlighten up my Life?”
“What daily acts of self-Love can I commit to?”
“How can I share my Light with others?”
I love the clarity that comes to me when asking these questions, as it shapes how I choose to spend my time and energy, my most precious resources. It makes it easier for me to call in discernment and discipline, to say “No” to the things that are not for me, and to commit to what keeps my inner flame burning bright.
What I do know is that meditation, my spiritual daily practice, dance, yoga, nature walks, exercise, eating clean whole foods, being playful and creative all keep me feeling amazing! (These things keep me moving and are a recipe to cure depression during the lull between winter and spring.) I am so happy to be sharing so many of my passions with you, launching 3 sweet self-Love circles this February, and if it is a “Yes!” in your heart, I welcome you to join me and be nurtured by your tribe- a community of likeminded people dedicated to being the best they can be!
I have so much LOVE and so much gratitude for you being in my Life!!!!
Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer
P.S. I would deeply appreciate if you could forward this newsletter to anyone who may benefit from receiving the information and the opportunity to transform their lives from the inside out!
(en)Lighten Up Adventure! ~ 7 months of exploration in community through the map of the chakras through expressive arts, movement, meditation, ceremony, dyads, self-reflection, and remembrance. Guided by Marcus Fung and Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer Every Wednesday night 7-9 p.m. ~ Roots to Flight at Roots on Whyte! Roots on Whyte, 3rd floor Conference Room 8135 102 Street This is a choose your own adventure ~ Chakra/Month passes are available for $70; 10 session punch card $170; or drop in for $20 cash. http://universe.com/enlightenupadventure
Sacred Heart Sanctuary ~ Women’s Self Love Retreat
Feb. 13th ~ 9:45-5:45 p.m. @ Roots on Whyte, 3rd floor Conference Room 8135 102 Street ~ $111
Enjoy a day of indulgent self-care goddess time, women’s circle wisdom, heart-opening cacao ceremony, meditative self-reflection and ecstatic dance as we enjoy a retreat in the heart of Edmonton! Guided by: Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer & Tsaida Springfield
Howling Hearts Women’s Circle Journey
Circle one Saturday night a month for 7 months, starting Feb. 20th!
$777 ~ Payment plans are possible
In a countryside yurt, east of Sherwood Park
We invite you to journey to remember the Wild Woman within your heart and soul! Inspired by the book, Women Who Run With The Wolves, your wild women guides, Lisa Friedt (Rebel Hearted Women) and Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer (Rainbow Phoenix Alchemy) will take you on a soulful discovery of the divine feminine within. This is a closed circle of 16 adventurous women!
Kundalini Dance ~ Spring Transformation:
“Experience the movement that is changing lives!”
8 week series begins on Feb. 27th (Saturdays ~1-4 p.m.)
Sugarswing Ballroom ~ 8116 105th Street, Edmonton
*** This is my dream venue- 50 foot ceilings, sprung hardwood floors, room for 50+ dancers! It is going to be incredible!
Kundalini dance is a sacred dance journey that honours dance as medicine for the mind, body, emotions and Spirit! Through spontaneous expressive movement, breath work, toning, singing and energy healing, Kundalini dance inspires people to embrace their authentic self, remember Oneness, and transform with the support of your Tribe! This class is for everyone- women and men, 16+ years old is recommended- no dance experience required.
*** So many people from out of town have wanted to take this class, but have been inconvenienced by the weeknight timing- so I invite you to make a day trip to Edmonton, enjoy the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market before class, and spend the day in Edmonton!
*** Please let everyone you know about this- I see my class double in size this year, and I will need your help getting the word out!!!
Be part of the ReLOVEution:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
This is a wonderful New Moon practice for Feb. 8, 2016 as well!
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
― Og Mandino
We are at the midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, a time where the nights lengthen, and we naturally experience a cycle of inner reflection in the northern hemisphere. The energies forecasted for November 2015 based on astrological events point to the fact that this November is going to be a month where there may be a great deal of pressure experienced as we need to let go of everything that is not serving us in order to lighten up for our journeys ahead: http://thepowerpath.com/monthly-forecast/november-2015-monthly-forecast/. This means if you have not done “your work” by facing your shadows (unacknowledged parts of our consciousness), limitations, addictions, negative thoughts and cycling patterns, they may make an appearance in order for you to move through them, once and for all. This can be a very uncomfortable, anxiety-inspiring, painful experience that is necessary in order to evolve. I often am reminded by the process of transformation by the story of the journey of Inanna into the Underworld at this time of year, and all the adversity and stripping down of the ego self it entails: http://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2004/4/18/inannas-journey-an-ancient-sumerian-myth
I know this place well. I sat in my darkness all summer. I had no choice, as it all came up at once for acknowledgment. Everything I had placed on the convenient shelf to be processed later when I was “less busy” exploded in front of me in a mess of tangled unaddressed threads knotted together as my Life. It was relentless and there really was no relief from having to see it all, feel it all, and experience what I needed to experience. I suffered for a really long time as I just did not know how to let go, to truly surrender. It was
like someone turned out the lights and I was in solitary confinement with my chaotic mind and ego, and there was no escape, and if I thought I knew what surrender was, I did not know a single thing about it from this place! Eckhart Tolle shares his experience and explanation of the Dark Night of the Soul https://www.eckharttolle.com/newsletter/october-2011 and I really experienced all he shared. The beauty of emerging on the other side of it is that you embrace yourself like never before. My friend sent me this piece of writing by Danielle LaPorte called Near-Blinding Radiance, and it helped get me through the experience: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10207131448074877&id=1542192689. I read it often and prayed. In fact, it was the small acts of kindness, the experience of being witnessed and held in unconditional love by the people I reached out to that made the biggest difference. I have no words for my gratitude for all the people that held me during this time.
I want to share with you 10 shamanic healing ceremonies that have completely changed my life, especially in the way I relate to myself. They have helped me navigate my shadows and bring it all to the light of radical self-acceptance. One of my superpowers is to hold space for people in their transformational experiences, so if there is any way that I can help guide you through whatever it is that you need to reconcile and remember in yourself, please know that I am here for you as a compassionate guide and sacred witness. It would be my joy to hold you through your times of darkness and transition, just as others did for me.
1. The Gathering- This is a 1.5 hour ceremony designed to thoroughly address any event that left you “scattered” through time-space and helps you to remember who you are on an essence level.
2. Power Retrieval Ceremony- You consciously call back a reintegration of all the power that you gave away to others or to wounded experiences in your life.
3. Butterfly Ceremony- The quantum healing medicine of the butterfly serves to heal all timelines from their root source of a wounded aspect of your consciousness.
4. Inner Sorcerer Journey- You will heal the aspect of yourself that sabotages your greatness and fullest potential at all times.
5. Forgiveness Ceremony- This is an essential ceremony to come to a complete forgiveness so you can move forward in your life, and it involves a fire ceremony.
6. Inner Body Journey- this is a warrior journey of feeling the layers of repressed emotion all the way through until there is only Love.
7. Soul’s Reflection Journey- a journey into the subconscious mind to witness how you truly see yourself (self-image)and relate to yourself (self-love) and healing this.
8. Mother’s Milk Ceremony- for anyone addressing their addictions and negative cycles, they can find renewal by experiencing the purest energy of what it is they are attempting to substitute for.
9. Past Life Journey- Our patterns are often sourced in a past life, so in this ceremony you will become aware of the root cause of the pattern and have an opportunity to heal yourself so none of the karma is brought forward to your life now. *usually some previous work in the Lower, Middle and Upper World is required first, as this is an advanced ceremony.
10. The Dreaming Ceremony- This is an Upper World journey where you can see the divine, destiny line for your life, revise this in any way you dream for your life, and accept what it is you came here to do. *usually some previous work in the Lower, Middle and Upper World is required first, as this is an advanced ceremony.
Although the inner journey into the darkness is essentially yours to experience for yourself, never forget to reach out for support, as you do not have to navigate this entirely alone! Facing our darkness is a common thread to our human experience, so it is something we all will be called to at some point. Pain and darkness will be experienced, yet suffering is optional. I learned this one the hard way.
I truly wanted to share these resources with you, as I want you to know that I love you, I believe in you, and I know that we are all here to help uplift one another to greater heights. I want you to know that you are not alone.
May the medicine of the Owl help you to navigate through the darkness, the dissolution of the ego, and all that needs to die into the light of your awareness for its transformation!
I see you finding the starlight in your experience.
With love and blessings on your journey (and so much compassion!),
P.S. If you find yourself in absolute crisis and feel you have no one to turn to, you can always call the Edmonton Distress Line at 780-482-4357 (HELP), or your own local distress line number.
A complete listing of all support services resources in Edmonton is found at: http://www.211edmonton.com/resources.html
If you have taken a full Kundalini dance series with myself or another instructor, I welcome you to drop into any class this series for a $25 cash at the door. Please text me before class so I know you are coming! (780) 932-1109!
Nov. 5- Sacral Chakra (Orange)
Nov. 12- Solar Plexus (Yellow)
Nov. 19- Heart (Green)
Nov. 26-Throat Chakra (Blue)
Dec. 1/3- Third Eye (Indigo)
Dec. 10- Crown Chakra (Violet/Purple)
50% Discount on Shamanic Healing Sessions for all past Kundalini Dancers for as many sessions as you like if you book before December 11th, 2015! Only $44 for a one hour session! To book a session: http://healing-connections.ca or (780) 488-9779. Gift certificates are also available! I can do long-distance sessions for anyone who cannot attend one in person as well.
Price list after December 11th:
1 hour $88
Couples Session $122
1.5 hours $133 (recommended for The Gathering)
3 session package $222
5 session package $333
10 session package $666
Healing Connections is having their Open House on Sunday, November 15th from 12-5 p.m. at 10548 115th Street, Edmonton, and there will be demonstrations, prizes, free workshops and an opportunity to tour the facility and meet all of the bodywork and spiritual healers on staff. I hope to see you there!
If you would like to learn more about the 8th Fire and experience a healing session, you can find me at the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at the St. Albert Enjoy Centre on Nov. 7th & 8th: https://www.facebook.com/events/868631123210830/. My teacher, Algonquin medicine man Pete Bernard, is also doing a healing circle at Healing Connections on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 p.m. For more information on his program Earning the Light, the 2.5 year program I have taken, starts again March 2016 in Edmonton and all the details are at http://the8thfire.com.
1. Shadow Work with Nathalie Jackson– Shadows are the unacknowledged parts of ourselves that we tend to reject and deny in ourselves. In order to integrate and claim our wholeness, we have to face all that we have avoided in ourselves. If you are ready to breakthrough
Sunday November 8th 9-5 p.m.
2. Electric Brunch with Galloway Hiatt & Friends– If you would enjoy leaping out of bed and enjoying an ecstatic dance session for brunch, join Galloway EVERY SATURDAY 10:00-11:30 p.m.and dance yourself free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1686198358265619/
3. Kirtan Songha with Sparrow Grace– Sanskrit is the language of light and sound and holds an evolutionary technology that helps people attune to higher consciousness through the practice of mantra. Kirtan is like receiving a soul bath. If you have never been in the presence of Sparrow, you are in for a Shakti treat! Next event is November 28th at 7:30 p.m. I am going to offer complimentary deeksha/Oneness blessings at each kirtan I attend as my sea and service to our community. https://www.facebook.com/events/529963687151290/
4. Edmonton Gem and Mineral Show– Always a great place for you hard rock lovers! Nov. 5-8th, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/events/868631123210830/
Embodiment = In * Body * Meant
I have never felt so deeply embodied, than I do right now. It is a feeling of being grounded, peaceful, expansive, loving and present. It is a warm expansive glow from the inside
out that simply radiates outwards with its luminosity touching everything within its reach. It is being absolutely anchored in my body, every cell tingling with a unified sense of wellness and harmony with a profound connection to the Earth. It is a sense of wonderment of the Life I am creating for myself, as I let go of all limitations, and consciously choose the thoughts that assist me in creating what I came here to create. It is the sense of empty-fullness, of being a vessel for the Divine to express himself/herself.
Last night in my launch of my Kundalini Dance series, something magical happened. I shared in ways I have never shared before, and from a place of embodiment, I took a group of nearly all beginners to Kundalini Dance to that sweet space of ecstatic Union! This has never happened before in any other intro class I have shared- there has always been a lingering sense of resistance, doubt, judgment, and caution in a portion of the dancers and this has been challenging for me as a facilitator. Last night, upon reflecting on the whole experience, I came to the understanding that I have given myself permission to BE WHO I AM like never before and in that EMBODIMENT- the permission to be in this Body, fully claim my Self and my Life, and deeply root into the Earth- I have the power to guide people back to that sacred home in their hearts, to feel connected like never before, to lighten up through play and dance, and to claim their birthright of FREEDOM!
I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my journey in this moment. It has taught me to grow and evolve, to consciously choose, and to liberate myself. As I do so, I can only encourage others to do the same. What a gift!
With inspiration & gratitude,
Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer
We have all experienced the surprise twists, rollercoaster rides, low points and challenges in our human experience that have shaped us, for better or worse, and we often carry energetic baggage, limiting beliefs, and wounded perspectives forward into our lives:
Our subconscious minds are reprogrammed in those universal moments of pain and we often create mechanisms for protecting ourselves from ever experiencing these wounds again, even if it compromises our ability to love ourselves, to love others, to take risks, and experience life to its’ very fullest potential. We just do not want to face our pain and shadows, feel our emotions fully, or experience being hurt again. Instead of having the courage to face our pain and wounds, we often ignore them by not listening to what they are here to teach us, and they persist in our cellular
memory, growing into energy blockages, and overtime creating dis-ease and negative cycles based on the limiting beliefs that manifested from our original wound. We often discover that we need to start listening, to face our pain, to become more self-aware, and to begin our healing journey.
The ancient lineages of shamanism from around the world share a spiritual philosophy as well as techniques that can offer healing that transforms people’s lives. Although each tradition has its own unique approach, the foundations of shamanism are essentially the same:
All Wounds Have Roots
It is the role of a medicine person to effectively track your issue back to its original root cause in time-space and initiate healing from that origin. For instance, you may believe that your issue is purely physical and in your body, yet upon tracking, it may have a root in an emotional event early in your childhood, or perhaps another lifetime, that requires addressing. In our western medical system, we are often taught to address surface issues with a pill that may dampen the symptoms rather than heal the issue at its very root cause. Shamanic healing aims to heal the root cause, and when this is achieved, the results are transformational.
Time-Space Is Circular
Most people have adopted the consciousness that the world is round, but that was not always the case. Shamanic practitioners have always viewed time-space as non-linear, multi-dimensional, circular, and all happening NOW. For all you Dr. Who fans out there, the Doctor explains that “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff!” This means that when we choose to heal right now, we are actually healing all versions of our multi-dimensional self in time-space; our past lives, our future lives, and everything in between. It is challenging to truly understand the ripples that occur when we choose to heal.
Healing Is For All My Relations & Mother Earth
Intertwined with the concept of time-space, is the idea that we heal “for all our relations.” In most aboriginal traditions, this involves seven generations in the past and into the future, but why stop there? Imagine that your healing not only heals your blood relatives in your lineage, but our Earth family and your spiritual family as well, for all time! Considering all the Oneness teachings from every tradition, we are all interconnected, so when one person heals, they influence the web of Life. We are seeing a great deal of war and conflict in our world these days, but what are you doing to create inner peace and alignment in yourself? Taking this concept further, if you can see that the human body is a microcosm of this Earth, whatever you can do to heal your body from dis-ease, energy blocks, toxins, neglect and abuse, you are directly healing Mother Earth in the process. Any stagnant energies that you free up in a healing session are transmuted and composted back into love and light. Shamanic energy healing is a way to be the change you wish to see in the world!
You Are Empowered To Heal Your Life
Shamanic healers are here to guide and support you on your healing journey, however it is YOU who is empowered to do “the work” in order to create lasting change in your life. The energy medicine and plant medicine will support you in your healing intent and will meet you where you are at in your consciousness. There is an infinite potential for energetically healing the past, present and future when people are ready and receptive to experience alchemy of change. Whatever you believe is possible for you on your healing journey, is possible! Alternately, if you doubt your own healing is possible, do not believe in miracles, surround yourself with negative people with toxic thoughts, and are not committed to doing what it takes to embrace change and approach your life from a new perspective, you are equally able to sabotage your own ability to live life beyond your wounds. Healing is a choice and it is up to you.
You Are Supported By Spirit
Whatever you see your Creator to be, is supporting your evolution every step of the way, as he/she deeply desires that you align with your divine potential you were gifted this lifetime to share! Your Higher Self, your Spirit guides, your ancestors, your angels, your star being family are all here for you, and all you need to do is ask for their presence and guidance in your life. They require your invitation, as they are instructed to not interfere with our free will choice by natural law. We need to cultivate the faith that we are heard and supported every time we pray, and that we are never alone on our journeys, even if our eyes may not see the love that surrounds us at all times. In every shamanic energy healing session, you are surrounded by your dream team of support from the Upper World working with and guiding the healer before you in sacred space.
Are You Ready To Rise Above?
If you find yourself cycling in repetitive life patterns (bad habits, addictions, attracting the same types of people and situations), have felt difficulty letting go in all life’s transitions (career/job, union/separation, death, new identity), have let fear rather than love rule your life, or experience low energy, dis-ease, or a sense of feeling “stuck”- perhaps it is time to track the absolute root cause of your issue and heal it with shamanic energy healing and enjoy living life from the freedom of a healed perspective.
What I know is that your future Self is grateful that you chose to love yourself enough to heal NOW and begin living the life of your dreams (and all your Relations and Mother Earth thank you too!)
Blessings on your Journey!
Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer
Olivia is a passionate woman rising to fulfill her evolutionary potential by following her heart’s calling to fully embrace the shamanic healer, ecstatic temple dancer, priestess and messenger archetypes within her soul. Upon receiving her medicine name, Fire Phoenix Dancer, she has been on her own healing journey, which has awakened her ability to hold sacred space for people to navigate their own healing and transformation processes. She is under the guidance of Algonquin medicine man, Pete Bernard of The 8th Fire (www.the8thfire.com) and his teachings and healing ways have transformed her life completely. It is her joy and purpose to compassionately guide and empower you to courageously let go of what is not serving you and consciously create the life you want to live.
She is honoured to be joining the Healing Connections family of practitioners and is here to serve you in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and beyond.
For a shamanic energy healing session with Olivia ~ Fire Phoenix Dancer, please call Healing Connections at (780) 488-9779 or book online at: http://healing-connections.ca