Open Spaces has been my theme lately; to use different spaces ( invisible to some and visible to others) to bring comfort and affirmation to individuals that are on the path of awakening and those individuals who are grieving a loss.
With this theme in mind, I have been finding myself in different spaces with individuals that continue to confirm within me that I must be there, wherever there is. To be ready when I am pulled. To share when its necessary. To sacrifice my story in service to others.
On a monthly basis, I will share these “Open Spaces” and the story that comes with it.
Venue: Carver Terrace Recreation Center
Event: A Leap of Love Dying to be Reborn
The day long event started with great food and a great atmosphere. It’s always a pleasure when you enter a space and there are options for everyone, but mainly vegetarian. The space was warm and inviting. One table had gifts on it and I couldn’t help but smile when I found my name.
From the start of the event the host gave us her backstory, which included her experience of ascension. Although unlike my own, I am relieved when other people can share pleasurable experiences about ascension. As I sat there listening to her story, I couldn’t help but take notice of how different things in the room contributed to her story. For instance, she said that when she found herself coming out of her ascension that she thought about popcorn and she didn’t know why. As I’m sitting there devouring the caramel popcorn on the table, I thought, this is awesome. To have this popcorn on the table helps in making this connection that much more real. I asked her if that was her plan and funny enough she said no, but there goes the sub-conscious. I smiled because haven’t we all recognized our subconscious at work?
I offered a 45 minute session on writing for the sake of gratitude that I thought was refreshing. This writing exercise was based on Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Keeping in line with the simplicity of things, I created handouts for participants to draw inspiration from different quotes from Simple Abundance.
Here are a few of the quotes that participants had to inspire them to write about what they were grateful for.
“Every day offers us simple gifts when we are willing to search our hearts for the place that’s right for each of us. (January 15)”
“if you want your life to come together, you have to start treating yourself better.”
“You only live once—but if you work it right, once is enough. —JOE E. LEWIS”
Next was a powerful story about redemption by Linda, a transformation speaker residing in the DMV. This was a golden story and one that I will never forget. Her use of metaphors added a surprise element that left all of us with our mouths wide open. For someone who had not planned to speak, she seemed prepared. Looking back I am reminded of the quote, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”
I was delighted when canvases were passed out. We were instructed to paint a drawing or use words to create an imagine of ourselves. In the end, there were pictures of flowers, happy faces with a smile spread across the canvas, and a lake surrounded by nature. We worked our creative muscle and it was awesome when we were encouraged to share our paintings.
If you can find a women’s circle in your area, I encourage you to check it out. Women Circle’s are theme based and offer participants a support system. My first circle was formed in support of women who seek support in reaching financial, spiritual, health, professional, and personal goals.
The host of A Leap of Love Workshop, Crystal Bell-Lundy leads Breath of Life Women’s Circle in Washington, D.C on a weekly basis.
My Affirmation in this Space: The truth is all that matters.