Open Palms

Photo by Forever Conscious

Photo by Forever Conscious

Your body floats above heaven, where fire does not burn. In this moment you are weightless. Each layer of the past lifted like a fine silk. The violet flame casts its gentle glow upon you. Everything softens. From where you are now you rest in a place of truth, seeing clearly. What has passed is past. You are letting go. Shedding old skin. You have worked away a great deal to see it this way.

To be free. 

As your palms open ashes cascade in the wind. Your eyes look onward and everywhere. 

Like the snake shedding its skin, we are being asked to let go and renew our tender selves through truth. This letting go can bear anguish, confusion and disorientation, while at the same time, deliver us to the root of what needs to be healed. 

When a layer of ourselves has been out grown change starts to happen. The old skin sloughs off by way of new skin emerging from underneath. The butterfly is born from the dissolved remains of a caterpillar. The Phoenix rises from the ash. 

Life / Death / Life

Cycles are at play and when we approach a new level of awareness from within it can seem as if everything is out of place. We can feel discouraged by grief and exhilarated by the unknown. 

Something new is pushing its way through.

Truth casts a startling reflection. It becomes a mirror for what we have been unable or unwilling to see before. And we might not know what to do with it. As it stares at us we stare back at it. Half in shock, half in wonder. How could this be? Until slowly we see. As we recognize the delicacy of this finely tuned recognition, we also see how far we have come. Indeed, to see ourselves anew. How far we’ve come to be this real, this close, and intimate with who we are.

As much as it holds great power to shift our experience, truth can be overwhelming. It teachings unveil a path not yet traveled. It creates an opening while simultaneously destroying the constructs that were built for understanding our previous reality.

It is at this time that our circumstances ask us to surrender. Giving way into being with what is. We engage with loss. We face the death that is inherent to life. We let go into a wave of rebirth. We move forward towards the faint light of a new beginning. We no longer resist, but allow ourselves the embrace of the unknown. Cradled and swathed in a body made from tears. We tend. We nurture. We love. We come home to ourselves. We are new again.

 

Fierce One

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FIERCE ONE⠀
Akashic Reading for the Aries Full Moon Oct. 5, 2017


Like the element of fire, anger has a motivating quality that can promise a bounty of transformation. Our duty to its promise is that we live by truth.⠀


When unconscious drives are at play there is an extra layer to transmuting our emotions into states of resolve. At times we would like to believe that we are ok, doing our thing our way, but true healing happens collectively. That means right now we are all being asked to process (Fear, Power, Rage) on a scale that requires tremendous care, patience and responsibility.

But how can one human heart carry such a wound? How can we stand present, purposeful and resilient in the face of terrible grief?

Being able to come back to a state of presence is of monumental value when we are triggered. When we see ourselves as agents of creation we become capable of directing our attention to facilitate change. We can offer kindness. We defend what is life affirming. We become the fierce one. When we feel overwhelmed we can still make a choice to hold onto what is ultimately true. Those we love, who inspire us, who walk with wisdom, grace and integrity. With time and experience, we become those people.

Life presents us with realities that break our spirit. Despair, grief, rage, the unsavory often provide a wake up call. In the yogic tradition anger (Rudra) is a gateway to liberation (Moksha) and peace (Shanti). Fire destroys and transforms. It burns up the illusion of ego. At times this process brings us to our knees so that we can see what is truly there for us. To practice this means to stay with and embody the teachings. Heart, Mind, Soul.

Compassion is an embodied practice revealing a staunch perspective into the nature of our human heart. It offers us space. It allows us to see beyond illusion. It grants us the wisdom when we listen. 

 

Topsy Turvy

When we take the time to simply be in the moment, without rejecting our fears or omitting difficulty, we grow our capacity for tumultuous times. ⠀

Even when there is doubt or confusion we can come to see through the lesser truths with great clarity. We can navigate the external variables of change with more precision and sharpen the needle of our internal compass. ⠀

Life is at times an uncomfortable journey. Obstacles and self-doubt present an invitation to grow and to learn what self-confidence and balance feel like when operating between our inner and outer world. ⠀

What drives your action? How do you move through experiences that touch and test the tender parts of you? Are you staying present for what's happening? What is motivating your interaction - fear or self-love?⠀

Take the time to remember what you wanted - the part of you that wanted to come into this world. The part of you that continues to birth herself anew. The part of you that grows through conflict. The part of you that understands.⠀

Steep in the deep waters that churn while learning how to nurture yourself - it is a delicate unfolding. Walk through your mind, notice the quality of thought, acknowledge the chatter, choose space, allow what is essential to reach you. Walk with the grace that holds you.⠀

Your soul has taken many steps to be here now. Every breath offers us a renewed sense of our choices. We have access to understanding any time we make the journey home inside ourselves. Practice going to and dwelling in the place of your most authentic self. Be honest. See yourself as you are. Be kind. Receive her.⠀

How do you choose to arrive at the threshold of your truth? What daily practices bring you back to the precipice of wonder and rediscovery within yourself? Notice: what keeps you from following your inner guidance? 

Try not to deny any part of yourself while remaining open to others. Let them show you who they are. This is how we grow and become wise. We listen. We center. We observe. We connect. We learn how to stay with the process. We learn how to love again despite our wounds.


Even amidst uncertainty we can find and choose clarity. Come back to the where there is ease and you will gain your perspective. Navigate the power of yourself to know what is true. When we are honest with ourselves about what we want we can cross over any terrain of doubt with unwavering presence. ⠀


A Phoenix Rising

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

 

Lightning flashes down through the center turning you into a mound of feathers.⠀
Like the Phoenix, you rise out of your own ashes. A force of insight. New and found.⠀
This momentum carries you into the next phase. You are transformed. You are witness. You are broken open, again.

You are the guardian to your own unfolding⠀


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With this eclipse season there is a lot of energy opening and closing. A thousand cycles per day exchanging preference with perspective. There are choices to be made. Everything is available yet nothing is given. You must choose. The action you take will state everything.

In a small window of time you are being asked to look directly inside yourself and align with the highest directives of your heart. As you move forward you want to feel connected to what is true for you. This is a time of re-evaluating your priorities and sitting with what Is.

Letting go of past hopes is, right now, a steady means for maturing the movement towards your aspirations, those that call to you from inside. There is urgency around this phase of growth and a regenerative quality to this expansion. All of it pressurized by the solar eclipse.

The future is opening a portal on the past unveiling a gateway for you. A new direction is being offered. All you have to do is choose it. Move ahead with the least amount of attachment to the outcome. Notice tendencies that arise around old suffering. Patterns like these can keep you feeling stuck, in pain and disempowered simply because they are no longer relevant.

Amidst this transition come important questions around what it means to be in relationship with what you want. The invitation here is to feel your own radical self-acceptance. This is a time of alignment. The future you are building is always a reflection of the choices you are making now. You are piercing through illusion and holding ground for something more withstanding.

Be gentle with yourself. Create the space to see yourself. Hold what is dear. Contemplate the directions available. Honor all the feelings. Tether yourself to a daily practice. Commit to your deepest heart.

Stunning Recognition

Source Unknown

Source Unknown

When the world is spinning, come back to yourself, bathe in the deep light, the reservoir of eternal knowing, call upon your wisdom and allow the flow of spirit to touch you. Know that all is not lost, that this is just the beginning of a stunning recognition.⠀

We are the vessels for the divine to enact it's vision. We are the channels for the message to get through. Thats why we must remember the way and practice surrender. Give way, let go, let god. When we create spaciousness within we unfold the possibility for grand perspective and co-evolution.

We are, each of us, an anchor for consciousness to land, expanding thought into the world around us. We must learn to feel it in our bodies, that co-creative hum in our belly and our hearts, to awaken the understanding of what the third eye sees. Becoming the lens through which the divine can be seen, an intricacy of connection, exquisite and available at all times.⠀

When we suffer from the overwhelm of the world it's time to journey beneath and face our projections. Any force we recognize as demonic outside is a symptom of the lost and humbling collective consciousness. Without becoming a martyr choose to make space, stretch time and notice how the flow of conscious breath guides you into knowing better. ⠀

In the meantime, work on relinquishing what causes disease, release harsh judgements and unhelpful belief patterns, allow the flow state to move through you. Patterns serve you greatly once we recognize what they are for and can let them go. Perhaps it's time to soften, breathe and let the old skin shed. May you listen well, love deeply and remember your path forward.

Presence & Vision

 

"My Dear, you have been escalating your presence and vision, your purpose and your reason. All is well with the work you have done. Now it is a matter of finding a happy home for the work you have to offer. It is a time of nurturing those seeds, watering the ground and giving light and breath to your ideas. So, it is also a time of planning. Envisioning with implementation. Do the research that is necessary so that your decisions are well informed. Pause first and then consider the openings that are offered you. Where will your efforts feel most welcome and appreciated? This may mean looking outside of your familiar networks. There is much being revealed to you. Contemplate with love in mind. If you are willing to commit know this will be for the long term. A relationship you will want to foster and see grow into the light of its own beauty. As this endeavor flourishes you will blossom too. For now keep your eyes open. Be aware and stay realistic of the obligations and demands that are upon you. Honoring the responsibility you have to these new projects is good. If you feel a heartfelt connection it becomes a worthy cause. Follow through. Be mindful. In order to catch this bigger wave of momentum you must remember to adhere to what is required of you on the ground. Details are important. Stay on task. Establish necessary boundaries to help shape the essence of what it is you are creating, find the flow and let it be seen and received by the world."

Ocean Embrace

"31 May 2010 at 20:52
Something about the sound of the ocean, the inner rhythm, the waves
misting breaking an edge within me. It’s a hypnotic peace. The wind
was strong today and carried the salt water by sea as if the dew were
a kiss to heal. The embrace of time was swallowing and beautiful. I
have finally softened, unleashed and opened. Breathing into my own
presence again. Uttering sounds of relief amidst the unwinding of a
young heart. I am happiest here. At home with myself, I feel into it
all so deeply, wading the waters of she, the one who knows her self in
silence. This time apart and of growth has invited so many questions.
My process continues to unfold alone and I try to embrace the paradox
of what I thought I knew with what I do not know anymore.

Feeling it all I am both overwhelmed and emptied. As your memory passes through me I churn and hurt with awareness. It is all too clear and my own worth and knowledge deepen.

This truth burns like a fire and any illusions melt away.

Letting go is the alchemy and in this new light my own skin turns gold. However much I
do not know it at the time. I pulse like a frequency through various shapes of consciousness until I pause and listen for a voice to tap through."
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#photography by @michellisphoto .
#words by @practice_seeing_beauty

Morning Time is Sacred Time

Photo: Andrea Frade

Photo: Andrea Frade

 

"Morning is precious; Morning is essentially private. Morning is when we come to know ourselves in the world again. ... Conversation is good; conversation can be good work; conversation is an absolute necessity; meetings must meet, but all of our verbal conversations depend on a continuous conversation with the real patterns forming in an unspoken way at the center of {ourselves}. We need this intensely personal, private conversation with what we do, or none of the other outer conversations make sense. We need the pattern made known to us again and again in intimate ways that reinforce our sense of being engaged with something real."

- David Whyte, from his book Crossing the Unknown Sea

Empty before you Begin

 

I can feel the cold damp air around me. In a library hall I pick out a book off a shelf and do not know what it says. I blow the dust off the cover with my breath and begin reading what seems to be a book with no words. Its pages are blank, cream colored and thick, soft to the touch and old. As I flip through the pages I begin to understand, words unseen. Letters and script begin to appear but only on pages already turned. The only words I can see are the ones in hindsight. 

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Patience as you move through this next phase of the process. The story is being told to you and revealed. Nothing can appear that you have not already created. Whatever you need and want let it bear fruit. Let the work create you.

Place your desires on the fire of your heart. Manifest from the deep soul waters inside. Employ the vast scope of your mind to see with one eye. Your third eye sees it all into being. Act accordingly with your daily practice and write down good notes regularly. Keep track. Observe. Letting go of the old ties that bind.

Empty out the avenues of thought and feel into the spaces in between. This is the pivot. The mark. The beginning. Create from nothing. Befriend your doubt and become a measure of audacity.

Transformation

Photograph: Andrea Frade, Self-Portrait 2001

Photograph: Andrea Frade, Self-Portrait 2001

 

This was me many years ago. Before yoga, before even art school. I woke in the morning with an incredible recognition today. These images I created are more relevant and powerful to me now than ever before. Wild how things come full circle unexpectedly.

Before I began teaching I was in search of the language of intimacy, the soft space of what it means to be known, from the inside. This was and has always been the driving force behind my work as an artist and now as a teacher and writer. Yoga for me is just another means to an end, the end goal being a forceful passionate and exhilarating understanding of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive, what it means to be a woman, in a body, with biology and a deep fierce soul.

This is my work, my craft, my art, the essence behind my movement practice, the motivation to search and seek and find, to lift the veils. It is all a means to understand and touch into the core of our being here, the fabric of aliveness. Our conscious experience of grace.

I feel so grateful for this tender awareness and sacred process.

To awaken the beauty that dwells within is the art form, and it lives and breathes within each of us. It is our vulnerability and the generous nature to our truths. It is the marrow of love in all the ways we remember who we are through our own becoming. For therein lies the greatest wisdom.

Energy

Photo: Martha Graham Dance Archive

Photo: Martha Graham Dance Archive

 

"Energy vibrates and forms patterns in nature. The same patterns appear at all levels of existence. Patterns that exist in the world outside the body exist also in the world inside the body...The fluids are the transportation system of the body. They underlie presence and transformation and play a major role in the overall counterbalancing of tension and relaxation, rest and action. The characteristics of each fluid system relate to a different quality of movement, touch, voice, and state of mind. These relationships can be approached from the aspects of movement, mind states, or from anatomical and physiological functioning. All fluids in the body are essentially one fluid."

- Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

A Firm Persuasion

photography by Leigh Aschoff

photography by Leigh Aschoff

 

"... a firm persuasion. To have a firm persuasion in our work - to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at exactly the same time - is one of the great triumphs of human existence... Life is a creative, intimate and unpredictable conversation if it is nothing else, spoken or unspoken, and our life and our work are both the result of the particular way we hold that passionate conversation."

- David Whyte, from his book Crossing the Unknown Sea

Moon Cup

Artwork: Susan Seddon Boulet "Moon Cup"

Artwork: Susan Seddon Boulet "Moon Cup"

Remain self-aware and composed.

As the budding leaves begin to emerge you yourself are also unfurling.

Find the comfort in doing so. Like a silk lotus your petals are opening with fragrance and beauty. Others become aware of these great gifts and pause in the tremendous light as you offer them. Continue to place yourself at the center of your lotus throne, hold your head up high and use your circular vision to see the pathway ahead.

Visualize it.  See the way.

It is important that you continue with your vision, letting others know the work you have chosen to do. Notice those around you that second guess you, in some instances you may have to distance yourself from these situations, this too is part of your learning. Work on this by inviting a golden sheath of energy to form around you, delicately and with fervor, to reinforce clarity. This will also help filter what moves in and out of your energy field, supporting you against unwanted energies, releasing old stuck patterns and allowing positivity and strength to build from within.

Stay true, my Dear, to what it is you receive. Pay attention and know when it is time to let go. Acknowledge that you are still learning the wisdom ways. Brush against the unknown like a feather eager to understand the winds of mystery. You are remembering the path as you go. You have traveled this way before, thousands of years ago. The precious terrain unfolding at your feet.

Trust. Ask. Listen.

Your inner guidance is available to you. Know yourself as a true measure of what is right and just for you.

Pray and Listen well.
 

GRATITUDE

Artwork by Isabelle Menin

Artwork by Isabelle Menin

 

I always feel incredibly touched when I receive a testimonial from someone who shares about their experience of our work together.

It's astonishing to me the levels of transformation that occur even after our session has closed. The words they use to describe their experience reach into me so deeply, as if something new is born both in the consciousness of my client and myself.

In so many ways we birth each other through this process of exchange, conversation and healing. Coming back again and again to holy ground of ourselves in new ways that are lifetimes old. It's like a long lost prayer of the soul has been answered in the most beautiful, Self-honoring way. So many blessings and good work being offered by so many.

With eternal gratitude for this work, our collaboration in unfolding it together and every awakening that comes along on the journey ahead.

Thank you @houiea for sharing your experience with me. #love#gratitude 

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"I received an Akashic Records Reading from Andrea and it was the most powerful and life changing reading I ever had. As a fellow practitioner I feel so much joy to endorse this life changing experience. I was unsure about a few things and this reading secured me in my truth. I went on to learn how to do Akashic Records Readings myself and now offer them as a service. It's completely transformed my life for the absolute better. I feel unlimited in every way! I give eternal thanks to the creator for introducing me to Andrea. I'm so grateful."

- Houeia