Sunday, February 28, 2010
Having read that heroism can be redefined for our age as the ability to tolerate paradox, to embrace seemingly opposite forces without rejecting on or the other just for the sheer relief of it and to understand that life is game played between two paradoxical goalposts.Winning is good and so is losing, courage and fear.One does not cancel out the other. Both are true. They may sit on the opposite sides of the table but beneath it their legs are entwined.
A similar heroic quality of intelligence is required in the face of a calling, which flings often opposing energies into our lives. One part of us wants to go on and the other wants to hide. This must have been Joannie Rochelle's truth as last week upon hearing the news of her mother, best friend and team mate passing away.
One part of Joannie must have wanted to continue with her calling to skate in the Olympics while the other wanted to run like hell.The opposing forces occupy a space, like an ecotone, a transition ZONE between two parts of us (two communities) like forest and grassland or river and desert. They compete. They also exchange. They swap information. Ecotones have tremendous biological diversity and resilience.Throughout this entire week Joannie Rochelle displayed tremedous courage and resilience.
Psychologist Robert Johnson speaks of the ground between conflicting forces as a holy place. The struggle to hold paradox is ultimately a religious experience (Zone) in the sense that the re-ligare means to re-join, to bind together, opposites, to restore them to each other. Heresy, he says is giving domination to one principle over others. "When the unstoppable bullet hits the impenetrable wall" he writes in his book Transformation, "we find the religious experience. It is preciously here that one will grow. Conflict to paradox to revelation: This is the divine progression."
Tonight Joannie Rochelle carries the Canadian flag for the closing of the 2010 Olympics. Tonight one door closes for Joannie and another opens.Without a doubt Joannie is being transformed. Job well done Joannie and life's work well done Theresa ... may you rest in peace.
Friday, February 26, 2010
But in a culture where ecstatic experience has been marginalized, athletes have been robbed of a context within which to identify, understand, and place these extraordinary moments. I truly hope that after watching the athletes at the 2010 Olympics especially Joannie that will have started to change NOW.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I literally controlled the ice that night. Jumping with uncanny ease, I seemed to jump to heights never reached before and with full turns of 3 rotations. I made the jumps that were destined for the late - night sports highlight reel. It was the Olympic figure skating championships and I was to bring home the gold for our team and our country, no one could take our team to victory but me. As I skated to the curtain I felt as though the world was watching. I would place my name in ice rink greatness. I felt as though I touched the “ Zone”… no that’s wrong…I owned the “ZONE”.
My years as a teenager left me wondering if in any way my mom's death created a shift in my identity.It was on the night of that actual performance my quest began. Was there any connection to why for so long I could not connect into the Zone.
After many years of studying the mind/body connection in 1995 I found the answer and reconnected to the ZONE.
Last night I wanted more than anything to be able to watch Joannie skate. However, I was on board a flight with malfunctioning TV screens. Nothing by coincidence. Throughout the flight I kept sending her love and empowering thoughts of strength and encouragement. Late last night I got to watch the replay brilliantly covered by CTV in Canada.Watching her skate I could feel her mothers' presence, guiding her, their connection lending Joannie the strength to jump, to spin, to complete what they as a team had started so many years ago.
My heart aches knowing what she has yet to go through by now being a motherless daughter but I also know that this is part of her personal journey.
During her short program Joannie was able to stay in the Zone. All her logical levels lined up. I pray her identity does not shift before her performance on Thursday so we all get to experience the true meaning of Owning the Zone
Curtain Call on Thursday ...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Talent wise I was pretty “Shirley average”, strong on desire, short on power for lift off in jumps. With a jumping average of not always completing full rotations I was no threat to the opposing skaters that fought hard for fully rotated landing rights. This would be like other winters get ready for the show rehearsal nights for me … or was it?
During warm up I remember a strange feeling coming over me … unexplainable in words a euphoria like I had never felt before. Everything around me seemed so clear. It was like I was listening to every conversation but could hear nothing. From that moment on I felt as though I knew what was about to happen…
next ... “CURTAIN CALL”
Sunday, February 14, 2010
“An Athlete is an Artist who wants to bring the JOY of their FEELINGS through the ACTIVITY of their BODY.”© Colli Christante
Congratulations to Alexandre Bilodeau for winning Canada's first Gold on home land! / Félicitations à Alexandre Bilodeau pour avoir gagné la première médaille d'or du Canada à la maison!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Goodheart also explored the subtle energy pathways or meridians, and found these too were affected by energetic imbalances. These were also incorporated into kinesiology.
In 1977, Dr Bruce Dewe was introduced to Applied Kinesiology through a chiropractor in California. He became a Touch for Health Instructor in 1977 and a member of the International College of Applied Kinesiology in 1981. DR Dewe created a series of workshops which over time evolved into the PKP Certification Programme™. Bruce became chairman of the TFH International Faculty and helped set up the International Kinesiology College, Zürich of which he was the first President.
In 1999 he and his wife Joan founded the International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice to introduce an internationally recognised Diploma in Kinesiology.
And the rest, as they say, is history!
The Hundredth Monkey
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Health can then be viewed as the maintenance of the dynamic energy field which is flowing, and strong, giving it the capacity for regeneration. The physical body is the first line of defence and regeneration.A much-studied example of the etheric body is the concept of phantom limb pain, where someone who has lost a limb still experiences the pain or the sensation of the missing limb. This is because the etheric limb is actually still there. Another example of the etheric body is the phantom leaf effect, where a Kirlian photograph of a leaf is cut in half still displays the image of the energy field of the complete, uncut leaf. Kirlian in Krasnodar in Ukraine.
We are constantly dealing with stressors from a range of sources. Stressors create energetic blockages in our etheric bodies. When the energy of subtle fields is depleted by stressors a breakdown of the physical body occurs and disease results. When the subtle fields are energised, they strengthen the physical body.
Vibrational modalities like kinesiology, reiki, homeopathy and acupuncture all provide ways to redress and rebalance the body’s subtle energy system. They all incorporate techniques specifically aimed at restoring the energy in the etheric body. Kinesiology techniques for balancing the etheric body include: sound balances, colour balances, massaging neuro-emotional points, meridian tracing, flushing and walking, plus many more.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Surrogate testing is a method kinesiologists use when someone can’t physically participate in the session or when a part of the body isn’t able to function like it should. When testing on a surrogate person permission must first be sought from the person being balanced. The client being balanced then touches the surrogate person whilst the surrogate is tested to find out where the client’s chi blockages are. The client then receives the corrections, not the surrogate. Using a surrogate structure or part of the body simply involves asking the body’s permission for that structure to surrogate. For example the right anterior deltoid muscle could surrogate for a broken left arm.
My first experience of surrogate testing proved beyond a doubt that this particular modality was phenomenal. I watched as my friend’s (who was surrogating for me) testing arm - normally quite vague for her yes/no responses – started acting as my own, giving very defined yes/no responses as my own arm normally does. A person can be tested even if they’re not physically in the room! (Permission must be given of course.) This experience for me was evidence enough of the power of what I was learning.