Maria’s Blogs

Dancing with Intimacy

intiate handsAs I reflect over the awesomeness that was this weekend, I want to thank again all of you gorgeous dancing warriors that joined us for the journey … and that includes the amazing Friday night-ers that came just for one night. I am in so much gratitude for the depth of sharing and heart connections that occurred and were formed over the weekend.

Dancing brings up stuff, some bitter, some sweet, it bring us together, it brings us into our power, it brings us into our vulnerability and it brings us into our joy, truth and our true potential.  When you combine that with a facilitator who carries with him his own gifts and intentions of breaking down barriers in humankind, you get an extremely heart warming and healing time for anyone there.

Tim Broughton created a very safe and loving space for us all this weekend, using exercise structures, the 5Rhythms, and our sacred dance space to bring us more into our hearts, truth and vulnerability.  Our theme ‘Intimacy, Innocence and Connection’ had even made a few of our long-term ‘Soul Movement’ dancers feel the pangs of resistance in coming to this weekend but many just chose to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.  Its scary to be open, showing our tenderness and vulnerability but wow does the world need it right now! Most people I meet are aching to feel at home in themselves again and aching to feel better connected to those around them. If we just do nothing about it, then nothing happens and we remain aching and longing, but this weekend really showed us that our power lies in our hearts … and to hear our hearts we need to let go of those conflicting thoughts and beliefs and make a few courageous innocent moves in the direction of what we want in our life and how we want to live.  Thank you Tim and everyone for being a part of something that has recharged me, given me new tools and left me excited about how I can saturate these important qualities into my life.

Maria xx

 

 

 

 

Ancient Wisdom for Jersey by Little Grandmother

heart pyramidJersey was blessed to have Little Grandmother, aka Keisha Crowther over this past weekend to teach and deliver an important message to us all.

Her message was clear – for us to be living in the power, beauty and sustenance that is Love and Heart consciousness, instead of the EGO consciousness that generates so much fear and suppression in ourselves.

THE POWER OF THE HEART

The energy of the heart is incredibly powerful – and the highest and most healing emotional state is gratitude (even more beneficial than LOVE).  And we can CHOOSE to live in that state by just putting our focus there.  Letting go of ego consciousness and moving into the heart also means letting go of the need for status, the fear of judgment, the need for more and more money, fame or approval from others and all the negative states that attach themselves to this way of living so we can instead be living and expressing our passions in a way that SUPPORTS all of life by loving each other and working together to stay awake, aware and active in our pursuits to care for each other, and care for and heal the Earth.  When we bring our hearts together we are even more magical and powerful … we are not meant to stand alone.

WE HAVE NO MORE TIME

The message was so beautiful and simple, we ARE caretakers of Mother Earth, we all have a responsibility to act NOW to make the right choices to change ourselves and to save our beautiful planet because she’s being destroyed beyond repair and tipping over the edge rapidly.  We aren’t going to hear about this in our news  … but the scientists are telling us that there’s absolutely no time left. The poles have begun to shift and soon things will change dramatically for us all.

THE MAGIC OF CRYSTALS AND WATER

She stressed to us how we can also help our Mother Earth using the power of crystals to heal the radiation around us …  pretty much everything is already contaminated with it now thanks to Fukushima and its continual daily release of radiation into the earth and sea ….  we can put our intentions and prayers into crystals and release them back to the earth and the waters of our planet.  Apparently quartz is the best for this.  Even add them to your water jugs and fridges to cleanse your food of radiation (this has been proven to work!).  It was really good to be reminded of the power of words and prayer upon crystals and water (and OURSELVES as we are mostly water!!) as already researched and proven by Dr Masaru Emoto and the famous ‘Hidden Messages in Water’. Every thought, wish, word we express, are literally creating imprints, moment by moment upon our emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing and those around us.  It is insane to choose to live from a lower vibration of being now that we know this.

CREATE YOUR PERSONAL PRAYER

My personal prayer for Jersey is that we slow down and listen to ourselves, to nature, the animals and the trees, and hear what is being said.  That we look to support each other and care for each other and learn to express ourselves and our own needs and true passions.  Is it really so important to keep on having to acquire more and more, each day working harder and harder mindlessly without respite or time to just BE? Will this all matter in the final analysis of what our lives have meant to be living here on Earth today when we leave our bodies as we all inevitably will do? Listen to your heart closely, what would your heart say right now if you quietened your mind and let your heart speak and act for you? Who would you Be if you let go of the importance of serving yourSELF?

Thanks to the Isis Centre for organising this great day!

Maria x

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

butterfly woman pic

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