Living Deeply

Living Deeply with Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson takes us on a thoughtful and rewarding mythic journey that is equal parts inward and universal. What happens when a contemplative heart uncovers timeless patterns as they unfold in life? 1969, was a year that shaped a generation with the lunar landing and Woodstock. The archetypal lessons gleaned are just as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. Listen in as Atkinson shares his Year of Living Deeply.

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Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author, educator, and developmental psychologist, has published nine books, including the 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness; Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (2012); The Gift of Stories (1995); and, Year of Living Deeply: A Memoir of 1969 (2019). He is an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, a pioneer in the techniques of personal mythmaking and soul-making, a member of Evolutionary Leaders, professor emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, and director of StoryCommons. www.robertatkinson.net.

Spiritual Anatomy

Spiritual Anatomy: Realigning Body and Soul with Ginny Nadler

On this show, you’ve heard guest experts talking about mind over matter, the biology of belief, and so many other spiritual tools and practices that tap into our body’s inherent energetic and healing powers. But have you ever heard matter over spirit? There is an important connection between the energetic roadblocks that are deep in our cellular structure and the flow of spiritual energy and wisdom. Ginny Nadler invites us to unravel our deeply entangled distortions and bring our body and soul back into alignment.

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Ginny Nadler is the author of Spiritual Anatomy: Realigning Body and Soul and founder and CEO of Core Body Wisdom®, which delivers the highest quality wellness initiatives and care to individuals, businesses, healthcare providers and organizations. The core of Ginny’s approach is Structural ReAlignment Integration® (SRI) which draws on her years as a wellness educator and body alignment specialist to support individuals with stressed and in pain structures to be pain free and rediscover freedom in movement. Ginny studied yoga in the B.K.S. Iyengar Tradition for years before deciding to seek more creative ways to discover where imbalance and distortion arise in human structure and psyche with a focus on releasing trauma in the pelvic floor. She cofounded the first comprehensive wellness center on the East Coast and also created The Urban Global Healing Center where she participated in and helped develop a wellness program for young women incarcerated and offered a wide range of wellness education services. Ginny works with the worldwide Pocket Project Training with 150 others from 39 countries, exploring cultural agreements and global collective trauma (that live within us all). She also consults with individuals to help awaken them to the trauma that exists in their cell structures and collaborates with practitioners of other modalities seeking a deeper framework for their own approach to movement, trauma, and pain management.

Breaking Through

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The not so subtle “Crack!”

Reverberates through every cell of our being

And echoes in the midst of those in witness

As the bones break, the marrow spills its essence

In endless cascades through dimensions and lifetimes

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Strength and brute force are gone in an instant

While pain, subtle knowing and creative juice

Take their resonant place

This isn’t just another break

The feminine voice will be heard

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The spiraling fracture intrigues and entertains

Those not feeling its significance

While the Great Healer maps Her plan

Conspiring with the Wisdom of Everything

To realign, balance, and walk a new way

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At the place where science and spirit meet

A reunion occurs in the collective life force

The pieces come together in ascended delight

And dance in the field of quantum vibrational love

As the weaving begins

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Something cosmic is breaking through

Heart consciousness is anchored

The spark of genius is received

A path with potential is remembered

We embody it all, inviting Her in

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          Wait. Dare I let grace and beauty define this new path?

          Am I bold enough to allow the deep, dark precipice

          Of Her bleeding womb to inspire my soul?

          Can I hold it all together in its rightful place?

          Whole? Complete? Balanced? And aligned?

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Yes. The sacred marriage begins

As the Divine Physician officiates and remodels

Back comes her strength tempered with compassion

Force returns softened with an ease of communion

Structure is restored as Grace does Her thing

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The new marrow spills a peculiar essence of hope

As harmony activates a sweet song of connection

Trusting the mystery of a higher potential

She breaks through and bows in deep gratitude

Realigned, in reverence, she walks a new way

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Art:  Heart of Ether by Andre Ferrella – http://www.andreferrella.com/

I Leap Without Leaping

Silhouette of hiking man jumping over the mountains

wandering along this broken path

urgency pushes and torments

my thoughts are clouded

emotions emerge and churn

 

this pioneer, searching

with each long, overcrowded step

lost becomes my imaginal soul

unsure of which direction to go

 

darkness haunts all that’s left

as glimpses of light allure my gaze

like my once safe environment

I am breaking down consciously

 

the path becomes ruin

as i find the edge of a cliff

the crumbling pieces forever falling

into perfect disorderly order

 

with no remains of the path ahead

I can fall into the abyss

or leap through the crisis

into the birth of a certain unknowing

 

chaos and crowding keep

moving me closer to the edge

there are so many here

yet I stand alone

 

with one evolutionary breath

I surrender in complete silence

contractions pushing

the portal beckoning

 

I leap without leaping

into the cosmic dance

and expand into the oneness

of Universal Divine Humanity

Finding the Source

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The water was disappearing more and more all the time.  Our sacred backyard sanctuary had a leak.  The pond needed to be filled every couple of days.

We put the pond in ourselves in 2004.  We really didn’t know what we were doing.  We researched for years and decided to go ahead with our limited knowledge and experience.  We ordered a kit, rented a backhoe, and followed the instructions.  It turned out beautifully and we enjoy it immensely.  The Koi and gold fish are maturing and the water plants need little care.  But that “limited knowledge and experience” piece does come back to haunt us.

There are two important steps the instructions did not cover adequately. First, how important sealing the main seam is!  Second, they never mentioned that the liner needed to be fitted inside the waterfall spill-over.  We paid careful and diligent attention to the main seam when we sealed it.  I believe it is a waterproof seam serving us well.  But the other issue with the waterfall spill-over has caused us grief.

We knew we had small amounts of water leaking around the waterfall, but feared a much bigger problem.  It seemed like a daunting task to tackle the leak.  Surely it would require de-construction and re-construction.

One Saturday I was working in the gardens – weeding, moving plants, and playing with the stone around the pond – when I noticed moving water where it wasn’t supposed to be.  Outside of the waterfall and creek a small trickle of water was discovered.  I began moving rock, pulling mint plants, and clearing out roots of a reed that sucks water from the pond.  Slowly but surely I made my way up to the source of the leak.  There, before my eyes, water was emerging from a place I never imagined.

I vacillated between joy and hesitation.  Would this be a simple fix or a major de-construction project?  And then, two simple solutions quietly emerged.  First, we could carefully work with the liner and simply re-route the water back to the pond.  Or second, we could fill the hole with concrete; creating a dam or plug, and hopefully the source of the leak would re-route itself down the waterfall.  If you know the temperament of moving water, the second option could be risky and wasn’t likely a viable solution.  So, I began working with the liner to catch and re-route the leak.

I expected the worst.  Fixing the leak seemed like such a big project.  But I was delightfully surprised to find a gentle little stream of water where it wasn’t supposed to be.  For now, the liner has been manipulated to re-route the water and it seems to be a manageable solution.

There are times in my life when I experience energy leaks.  Finding the source means two  things to me.  First, it is important for me to understand where my leak originates.  Where and why am I loosing energy?  Finding that source helps me address the issues and move back into wholeness.  Second, finding my Source, my center, the spiritual essence of who I really am, is a powerful daily practice.  This Source is an abundant stream of powerful energy that fuels my life.  This infinite Source of love and light can heal any leak, wound, block, or congestion, and move me into right relationship with myself and the world around me.  Having an intimate and infinite relationship with my Beloved Source illuminates dark shadows, ignorance, and self-doubt.  This constant companion is so life-affirming!

So, when something is out of balance and I’m feeling low, all I need to do is be still, go within, and find that Source… She leads me beside the still waters.  She restores my soul!