Maria’s Blogs

Let Your Wild Woman Rise

wildwomanToday is Beltaine! Day of fertility, new life, adorning the feminine, attracting new lovers and renewing our current loves, celebrations of warm long days.  I spent much of the day reflecting. It didn’t occur to me earlier, whilst reflecting that it was actually Beltaine but my thoughts were very much with fertility today.

Why?

Perhaps because I see many women with fertility issues.

Why do they have fertility issues?

In truth, almost 100% of the women I see are in some way blocking their feminine expression in exchange of being high fliers in their workplace.  Women in Jersey, are being carried along by the need to succeed, the need to achieve, the need to be active and to make their mark in the world with their careers.  All women I see with fertility issues are big list writers, they like to be in control, they like to have things organised, compartmentalised, so that they can keep doing more more more, to keep their lives as they are, with their flats, houses, mortgages to pay  ….

Hang on – didn’t women used to be frivolous, creative, wild, connected to nature, the moon, mothers of new life?

YES!!! We’ve lost our essence and we’re suffering physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! And so is our island.  We’re dishonouring the sacred temples of our bodies in exchange for more ticks on our lists.  Our bodies are stagnant and craving to be shaken up, stirred, pushed to our edges and filled up with life.  We’ve become half woman, half men … and we wonder why our passion is low, why we don’t feel excited … why we secretly crave to live the adorning life of Cleopatra for a day.  We long to be frivolous, we’ve forgotten how to play, how to let ourselves go and be carried away by our creative natures.

Divine feminine energy represents these aspects within the universe:
Restoration, life, renewal, creation, birth, healing, receptivity, openness, motherhood, nurturing, love, understanding, compassion, insight, intuition, wisdom, forgiveness, the moon, connection, harmony and sensuality. To allow the divine feminine within ourselves to surface, we need to search for these aspects within ourselves. You will find that you are more in touch with some aspects of your divine feminine nature and less in touch with others. For example, you may be fully in touch with your own sensuality but not in touch with motherhood. If this is the case, expressing the divine feminine within you, means connecting with and expressing the latent motherhood within you in your own unique way.

Reflect and Enquire.  What can I do to embrace my feminine?

Find ways to cultivate the above qualities.  Ask yourself “what makes me feel alive?”

Ask yourself “what would make my body a more fertile place for new life?”

Ask yourself “How can I be more sensual?”

Ask yourself “am I ashamed or afraid of shining in my feminine essence?” “Am I afraid I’ll be judged?”

Why would I be afraid of being judged?

Maybe because modern day Jersey society generally places your value and worth on how much you are achieving – not on WHO you are.

Ohhhhh!

Indeed.

Ladies, pamper yourselves, get in touch with yourselves, dance, make yourselves feel feminine, get together with other ladies, commit to healing the feminine in you and give yourself all the compassion to yourself that you can when you finally feel the pain of the separation from your sacred feminine.

And then RISE and celebrate your new birth!

Wonderful to Return to Dancing Again!

So so so so sooooooo so so so so sooooo good to be back dancing again with the Jersey tribe on 1st April!!! What a gorgeous bunch of dancing hearts they are.  Next dance is Full Moon women’s dance on 16th April.  Come along and be in the magic for an evening!

Maria x

Astrology as a wonderful healing support system

milkyway“As above so below, as within, so without”

I learnt over half my lifetime ago that this ancient cosmic system of knowledge and life beautifully supports our transformative processes and adds an extra dimensional insight into knowing who we are at the innermost core of our-self and also who we have the potential to become.  Once we understand better the inherent energies that we came into this world with and perhaps any big current planetary influences for us, we can learn how to surrender and flow with them instead of against them, as we are more able to create the life we want to live where we thrive and are excited, passionate, open and engaged, instead of a life where we feel we simply exist and are controlled by our experiences.

With this extra dimension added to our understanding of ourselves – relationships, careers, creativity, family issues etc are really given the potential to be understood and transcended, and the gifts that they offer our self-growth can be really be reaped.

Its exciting to be able to offer Astrological Insight Guides at Earth Beauty.  For this, you need to know your time of birth, as well as date and place of birth.  The Insight Guide costs £75 and can also be given on Skype as well as in person by myself at Earth Beauty in Jersey.  Sessions usually last around 1hour and 30mins but can be longer too.

I look forward to journeying with you into your-self!

Maria

Return from Magic Bay

 

smallbeachSunny Thai musings, sitting in the bed, early in the morn, parts of me reborn, with echoes of the flip flops flapping on the bay.  Imagination bags filled to brim with blessings had and sun so bright it shone right out my bum.  Shiva’s spiral eyes peeping up in sands below, praying mantis visiting; reminders to go slow and move only with the flow. Days connected, in full power, others eager, sweet n sour, losing time immersed in flowers.  Beginning gentle fruity mornings, dancing as the days are dawning and beautiful new friends shining their light, giving daily embraces warm and tight.  Sometimes days were harder,  times feverish in bed, from frustration I was led, to alchemical healing hall, a playground for transforming all, and pushed right to my edge. Final night in paradise, Bobby’s chocolate cake at ‘Spice’, still lingers on my lips. Giggly gangsta rap-off under the full moon, making crazy tunes, provoked by tall and cheeky bubbly Irish bearded loon.  Arriving still arriving, landing back inside, integrating magic and shedding bits that died.  Dancing in this gratitude,  thanking life and all of you.

 

Earth Beauty is closed UNTIL MARCH 10th

Because I need some sunshine, because I need some rest, because I need warmth and beautiful scenery, because I want to do some more experiential studies.  It seems that Thailand is offering all the above so I shall be there until the early spring.  Do email me if you need to get in contact as I will be checking regularly.

I’ll miss you all and hope to see you when I get back.

Keep well and nourished this winter.

Love Maria x

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Igniting the Body and Soul through Dance! A Weekend of Dancing the 5Rhythms with Tim Broughton in Jersey

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I am still very much in the warm afterglow of a gorgeous weekend of 5Rhythms here in Jersey.

We began on Friday, with around 30 of us.  It was a strong and exciting start to the weekend which gave us a foundation in how to move to the 5Rhythms (Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness).  Most of the dancers had never danced this practice before, created by Gabrielle Roth around 30 years ago.  It was amazing how quickly we found these rhythms and over the weekend, dived deep into each one to experience the mystery that is at the core of each one.  Together these rhythms make up life! Think of a storm, a lifetime, an eruption and you will find each of these rhythms inside these and countless other mysteries of nature. Gabrielle called the 5Rhythms, ‘The Wave’. When we become attuned to this Wave, we can begin to know ourselves on a very profound level. A level much deeper than the thinking mind can fathom.

Whilst discovering the Wave, we also experienced what it is to be out of our heads and grounded in our bodies.  Each and every dancer was able to experience the peacefulness that comes through this practice of dance; this inner peace which many of us find so hard to feel in this day and age.   Each dance journey is different, but there is something so special for me in dancing a deep journey with my fellow jersey dancing family on this lovely island we live on.  I never fail to be blown away but how beautiful each person becomes when the have lost their heads and found their inner dancer. Also when we stir and shake the body, we really hear the wisdom, the communication that the body is telling us moment by moment.  Sometimes this involves old unprocessed experiences which need to be felt fully to be healed.  Feeling it and moving any old stuff through the dance really sets us free from the blocks we had perhaps been living with for years or a lifetime.  By the end of the weekend a bunch of random strangers turned into a family of open hearts totally connected and supportive of each others own inner healing processes and journeys.

Are we humans or are we dancers? My wish is that everyone can experience the freedom and potential of fully connecting with their bodies and losing their heads for a while.  I have not yet found a better way for doing this and for experiencing joy and inner truth than through the magic of dancing the body alongside a community of other amazing body’s on their quest to become more open and alive.

If you want to move your body and open more to life then come to a Soul Movement Dance Class in Jersey!

Maria x

 

What an amazing dance community in our little isle. Thank you all for a fabulous week end xxx

Sarah Howard

 

Love, gratitude and blessings to you all, I had an amazing weekend! Thank you all for sharing and expressing your love and light x Very beautiful! Thank you Maria Barnicoat X x Tim is amazing, very inspiring!

Sharleen Morgan

 

Fabulous weekend – another journey of depth so worthwhile, thank you to the community of fellow travellers/dancers and to Maria for organising, her helpers, and Tim’s unique presence in facilitation.

Naomi West

 

Deep Gratitude

Maz Heaney

A great weekend celebrating life and re-kindeling PASSION .. and to share this with a family of Dancers; to see and be seen was the best bit! Thank you all

Susie Andrew

 

 

 

 

Infrared Addition to Earth Beauty

I’m excited to announce that I am now using infrared technology alongside bodywork treatments and organic facials!

What is this all about??

Infrared Heat

  • Thermal infrared heat rays are the same type of heat the sun emits. Infrared light, which is invisible, can be felt as warmth entering your body. The rays increase the surface temperature of the body and activate positive cellular changes. The light energy changes to thermal heat energy and promotes healing and a feeling of well-being.

Research and Development

  • Infrared light developed from LED technology made for the NASA space shuttle. The invention was originally designed for researching plant growth in space. In research studies, doctors at Milwaukee’s Medical College in Wisconsin discovered the light has the power to heal wounds and is beneficial in cancer treatment.

Therapeutic Benefits

  • Thermal heat dilates, or expands, blood vessels and increases blood circulation. This, in turn, helps facilitate the healing process. Infrared heat therapy aids in promoting greater tissue flexibility, reduces inflammation and decreases joint pain.  This type of therapy is beneficial for many ailments including, arthritis, back pain, Fibromyalgia and tendinitis. Light therapy has also been shown to generate vitamin D in the body.

Soulful Movement

Movement encourages transformation, relaxes the body, frees up stuck energy and stuck energetic patterns and energises the body.  Friday’s dance session was filled with authentic movement and was a fusion of amazing beings finding their feet, kicking out old energy and peeling back the layers of the daily armour to reach the soft rich potential of human nature in its truest and most childlike form.  We had a small childlike being with us with her mother which was a new experience for our group.  I sensed a curiosity in myself in what this would bring to us and after a gentle and seemingly comfortable experience for her and the group, I was left with a calm excitement at the prospect of having more little beings in our space, gifting us with their innocence and openness.  I do ask that if anyone would like to bring a little being that they stay really conscious of our soul movement dance etiquette in respecting the space with no distracting verbal communication and awareness of the other dancers at all time.  Its so good to be back! We’ll be dancing again Friday 11th October.  I hope you can join us!

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The Soul Movement has Begun!

moverWHY WHY WHY do we dance??

Dancing is healing, free-ing, releasing, fun, opening and softening. Its a great practice for returning back to our bodies and for putting our modern day overactive mind back in its proper perspective.   When we dance we give ourselves permission to express our hearts desires, our longings, our loves, our frustrations, our needs, our heartaches, our expansiveness … and, with practice, we can bring that metaphor into our daily lives to serve us on our path to more freedom and more openness in all of our lives. It opens up the closed petals of tension to reveal our truer natures.

Dancing makes us kinder – because it makes us more aware of our own emotions.  You cannot fool the body because the body knows, and is already holding everything which we have not processed; the suffering we did not fully realise, the hurt we did not allow ourselves to truly feel, the anger that we internalised … and so on ….  and so once we move ourselves and begin to feel the whirl of experience that we carry, we naturally begin to cultivate a sense of empathy and compassion for ourselves which we can consciously (or unconsciously – it will naturally evolve that way) extend out to others.

This leads to dancing being a great connector of people – even those of us who have always felt we didn’t fit in (well, my hand is up!) there is always a place on the dance floor for us.  When we move our bodies instinctively, our hearts begin to express their truth with ease.  No-one’s dance is the same – amongst the beauty in the individuality of movement, there is a pulsating union, and we cannot fail to see that we are all from the same family!  There is a communication that happens to easily and readily without words – it is truly a relief to simplify the language of the moment into movement and have our hearts more readily accessible to us.

Once we honour our hearts with our expression, we have moved a bit further down the path of freedom.

Last nights return to our bare feet dance classes was a lovely evening!! It was such a great turn out! Fantastic to see so many people in the hall, and so good to be back in a community of movers and groovers again!

Soul Movement Classes are fun, nurturing, connecting and liberating.  They are a fusion of meditations and relaxations on a dance and movement journey back to our centres.  Next Class is on Friday 6th September and held by Maria Barnicoat at First Tower School. Times: 6:30pm (doors open and music starts at 6:15) til 8:15pm.  Bring water, a blanket and wear comfy layers.