On April 18th 2016 I was driving to Dulles airport in route to Tulum, Mexico to embark on a first time collaboration with Christine Koth in which we would share a journey with five stunning souls. This was a step into the unknown, a venture into vulnerability and a real walk along my growing edge. For five days we would immerse in deep practices and exploration of personal and profound aspects of who we are as humans. It was a realization of my hearts desire to craft an experience to offer what I have come to understand as central guiding principles for living in a way that reflects the wonder, meaning and mystery of embodied existence.
Orient to Love, Light and Truth
Attune in Full Perceptive Presence
Express Authentically and in Appreciation
Honor and Hone our Intuitive Nature
I have come to think of embodying these intentions as making ones home in a liminal space where the spiritual and superficial or the mystical and mundane merge internally and from which our engagement with the external world transcends the illusion of duality. Here oneness is experienced in myriad manifestations of the sublime moment by moment as we chart our path in our day to day world.
As I drove due west towards the airport, leaving behind my dear family for the week, I was headed straight toward the moon setting over the horizon. I observed her waxing and pondered her as representation the feminine and internal world of our emotions, memory, unconscious and collective unconscious cycling through time. Glancing in my rearview mirror I caught sight of the sun, representative of the external world, conscious mind, the masculine, manifestations in space emerging directly over the eastern skyline. I took a deep breath, touched the hand of my husband Paul and relished this moment of symbolic synchronicity; duality balancing in a liminal space along the the curvature of the Earth's surface.
I charted this course all the way through our adventure in Tulum with two primary intentions for myself on the journey. First, embody the principles and practices we designed this experience to share in full service of the women who chose to join us. Secondly, to learn through the experience whether this new venture of creating and sharing experiences of this nature is aligned with my purpose in this life; to discover if this is a way to serve in the areas that are most meaningful to me using the gifts I have to offer.
As we hoped, we shared a journey of sensual immersive exploration in deep presence, authenticity and explored our relationship with our intuitive knowing/internal guidance. We were restored and refreshed by the turquoise waters of the coastal landscape; offered what needs to be released and transformed to the sacred fire; expressed and sent forth our our intentions in the currents of ocean air; and grounded in the abundance and resourcefulness of the earth.
Nourished by the peace and deliciousness provided by the setting and generous spirits staffing our jungle hideaway. We were nurtured in ways that deepened our relationship with ourselves as creatures of an awe inspiring whole. Our hearts and minds were opened and expanded through practices and interactions of inquiry with ourselves, each other and the wise people of Tulum who we engaged to share with the group.
On our final morning we ventured to a little outcropping that juts into the ocean along the shore of Akumel to meditate upon the sunrise. Soaking in the moment with all my senses I offered my gratitude for the beautiful women around me and our shared experience to the oneness of all. Offering salutation to the sun emerging from the singing sea, I caught sight of the moon setting over the palms to the west and offered my sense of wonder and awe for this liminal space, seemingly elusive, yet eternally available...
I hope to see you there someday!