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published in Achieving Your Dreams, Animals, Intuition, Souls, Spirituality by Maryanne | June 7, 2019 | 8 Comments

Message from Intuitive Massage: STAY ON PATH

 

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“Lynx is the guardian of the secrets and, more importantly, the knower of the secrets.”

– Totem & Power Animals, A-Z

Have you ever heard of a soul-massage?

I hadn’t. But when I was asked recently if I’d be interested in receiving a complimentary “soul-care intuitive massage” and writing a blog about my experience, I said sure!

I didn’t really know what I was in for…but I figured it was likely going to be a positive, relaxing experience. Well, I got a lot more than I bargained for. But when it comes to matters of the soul, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yet again, I was reminded there is so much more to this life – and to us – than meets the eye.

The massage was by Lisa Meikle, founder of Bodacious Living by Lisa, a beautiful boutique spa in Nanaimo, BC.

Lisa Meikle

Before our session began, I asked to use the bathroom and Lisa pointed it out to me. But when I went to slide open the pocket door to go inside, the door wouldn’t move. I told Lisa the door must be locked.

“It can’t be,” she said. “There’s no one in there to lock it.”

I tried the door again. Still locked. Lisa came over and tried the door herself.

“Well,” she said. “That’s odd.”

To which I smiled and said, “Maybe I’m being locked out…spiritually, I mean? Maybe I’m here today hoping to find answers that I’m not meant to know yet?”

After using the upstairs bathroom, we began our session. It was in two parts: the first part was a meditation and intuitive reading in a pretty little room – a sacred space – complete with candles and cushions. Tranquil, serene, peaceful…that’s what I felt the moment I pulled back the curtain and walked in.

I put my glass of water on the floor in front of a sculpture of the Divine Feminine and Masculine then sat down. Lisa asked me if, for the intuitive readings, would I prefer to pull cards from decks about goddesses, angels and/or animal spirit guides?

I shrugged. “Doesn’t matter to me.”

“Let’s do goddesses and spirit animals,” she suggested. “I don’t use the animal cards very often, but I am feeling that we need to with you.”

She placed several different decks of cards in front of me, to pull cards from, then left the room. I pulled a few cards (but didn’t turn them over) then just sat quietly, waiting.

When Lisa entered the room again, she walked over towards the door near me but didn’t see my water glass on the floor and kicked it. The glass shattered. It was a water glass…it should have broken into a few pieces at most. Not this glass – there were tiny shards everywhere.

“I am SO sorry!” I said. “I shouldn’t have put that on the floor where you couldn’t see it.”

“No, no, no,” she said. “It’s not your fault. I just…it’s just weird, that’s all.”

“Do you know what a broken glass can signify?” I asked. “Spiritually, I mean.”

She shook her head. “I don’t think so.”

“It’s supposed to be a portal to the other side,” I said. “When a glass breaks, apparently that means the spirit world is very near.”

“Ahh…” she said with a smile. “This is going to be a very interesting session.”

And it was. The next 90-minutes flew by and most of what Lisa read to me resonated strongly – either for personal or professional reasons. For the purpose of this blog, I will just share the information pertaining to the animal spirit card I pulled: Lynx.

Apparently, Lynx is the keeper of secrets. When Lynx is acting as our animal totem, we will receive guidance on which secrets to reveal – and when. Likewise, there are times when we are not meant to know something because it is not in our best interest.

After the intuitive reading and discussion, I had the actual massage and it was lovely! The purpose of having a massage right after chatting about intuitive matters is to help the ideas discussed really sink in…to our psyche.

I left Lisa’s spa feeling relaxed, focused and significantly calmer. I also felt tremendous clarity on a few matters I had been grappling with, mainly to do with my writing. Some questions – pertaining to my personal life – remained unanswered.

But my experience didn’t end there. The next day, I was driving in my car, flipping through radio stations and I heard a woman telling a story. The woman was First Nations and she was telling the interviewer about the time she was walking down a mountain trail and could sense an animal was watching her…and walking huge circles around her. She couldn’t see the animal nor hear it, but she knew it was there. The animal finally revealed itself to her, from a distance…and it was a lynx!

I stared at my car radio…kay, that is weird.

The woman then told the interviewer that after realizing a lynx had been circling her, she practically ran down the rest of the mountain. And at the very bottom, she found a sign that read: STAY ON THE PATH! DO NOT LEAVE THE PATH! THIS IS AVALANCHE COUNTRY.

I looked at my car radio again, even more weirded-out.

Then, I kid you not, the woman said to the interviewer: “I knew it was a very special experience I’d had but I didn’t know what the lesson or message was. I still don’t. I’m not even sure why I told you that story…on the radio yet!”

“That’s because the message is for ME!” I yelled at my car radio, like a lunatic.

And what, exactly, is the message?

That I need to smarten up and STAY ON MY PATH. I know what I am here to do – as a writer and as a person – but I need to stay super focused and do it. I can’t keep wandering off the path…and I know perfectly well what that path is. Lynx is always circling…there to help me (as a writer/storyteller) determine which secrets need to be kept and which ones need to be revealed – and when.

As for the answers to my personal questions? Well, just like the locked bathroom door…the answers will be revealed to me when the time is right time – and not a moment sooner. But in the meantime, I need to stay on the damn path!

Now…whether this was, in fact, my “Lynx spirit guide” communicating to me – through the radio (!) – doesn’t matter. What matters is that I got the message.

And at the risk of coming across as flakier than a Jamaican patty 🙂 I’m sharing it in this blog because it’s a good reminder to all of us to stay on our path. It is SO easy to get overcome by the waiting avalanche of distractions (such as the damn phone) that can keep us from focusing on – and appreciating – all that really matters in our lives.

For more information on Bodacious Living by Lisa, please click here.

If you’re in the Nanaimo area and are interested in receiving a soul-massage, I highly recommend it. Lisa also offers a wide variety of other spa services such as facials (I had one a few weeks after my soul-massage and it was delightful), pedicures and manicures. Lisa also has a great selection of skin-care products available.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here

published in Achieving Your Dreams, Inspiration, Intuition, PGP Promotions, Souls, Spirituality by Maryanne | November 27, 2018 | No Comment

Introducing…

 

Intuitive Insights for Soul-Inspired Living Quote Cards 

 

“If you look too closely at the form, you miss the essence.”

– Rumi

Oh yes, the little pink gazelle elves have been busy indeed…whipping up new quote card sets left, right & center!

Our latest compilation of inspirational quotes is “Intuitive Insights for Soul-Inspired Living.” We love them and hope you will, too!

Here’s one gem from the set:

“Not knowing how to feed the spirit, we try to muffle its demands in distraction.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The purpose of these particular quotes is to provide a few insights that may help us hear what our spirit might be trying to tell us. In today’s busy, fast-paced and often noisy world, there is certainly no shortage of distractions pulling us every which way.

But if we can make time to sit quietly for a few moments every day, just to check in with our selves to see how we are really doing – regarding the aspects of our lives that are truly important to us, not just the ones that squeak the loudest – then in my experience, quite often we will also receive guidance on the next step that needs to be taken.

As with all the other quote sets, there are 30 cards in a set. Each card is 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches. The sets are $7.95 each (plus $2 shipping) or 2 sets for $14.95 (plus $2 shipping).

Here is a sampling of quotes:

 

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“The authentic self is the soul made visible.”

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Life After Loss

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published in Creativity, Death, Habits, Life After Loss, Playwriting, Procrastination, Saviour Play, Souls by Maryanne | October 4, 2017 | 4 Comments

Perilous Playwriting – Let’s Air Some Dirty Laundry, Shall We?

 

 

“Be truthful, one would say, and the result is bound to be amazingly interesting.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Or…rather confusing for all concerned.

Picture, if you will, a boardroom table…

Six strangers are sitting around said table: a playwright, a dramaturg and four actors. All are gathered to read aloud a play script.

What, perhaps you wonder, might this be experience be like – for the (squirming) playwright?

Imagine a big pile of dirty laundry (belonging to the playwright) being dumped on the table and then the next eight hours are spent watching a small but determined group of strangers systematically sift through (and comment on) each and every piece of one’s (not only dirty but decidedly un-sexy) undergarments.

A tad uncomfortable?

Oh, you betcha.

For that playwright was me. The script was Saviour. And the “dirty laundry” was not just my chaotic thoughts and heartbreaking emotions experienced during the darkest days of my life, but also some marital laundry as well, such as two spectacular (but significant to the story) arguments that John and I had about my habit of procrastinating on my writing and my refusal to say no to unreasonable demands placed on my time.

And those were just a few of the facts (and the human response to those facts) connected to the real-life story. Add in a complicated plot, a completely imagined world (what the soul experiences as the body dies as the result of a brain-injury), and four well-developed but overly chatty characters still trying to sort it all out themselves, and let’s just say the script was in need of…some slashing ☹

Here’s a snapshot of Saviour:

Can one soul save another? A young couple, Sam and Adri, have an argument about Adri’s procrastination as a writer and belief in Virginia Woolf’s idea that in order to write well, women need a secure income.

Sam, a police officer, goes to work that night, falls through a roof and hits his head, only to discover it is Virginia Woolf who will take him to the moment of his brain-death. Meanwhile, Sam’s Sergeant guides Adri through the early days of grief – and tells her she will receive Sam’s wage for the rest of her life.

Saviour is about the need to live and die in peace – and just how difficult that can be to achieve. The play promises the audience a fast-paced, imaginative and compelling theatrical journey that has strong links to real-life events.

Though a love story, Saviour challenges the notion of romantic love and suggests instead the staying power of tough love.

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”

– Virginia Woolf


Although I haven’t yet personally experienced this as a playwright, I suspect a workshopping of one’s entirely fictional play would be uncomfortable. After all, regardless of the story’s roots, whatever we create is an expression of our imagination. It’s our story, our creation…our baby under the knife.

But add in the fact that it is based on personal events and boy oh boy, it can get really uncomfortable.

A workshopping of one’s play can be a very useful exercise (it certainly has been for me) but it is not for the faint of heart. You pretty much have to leave your ego at the door, put on your big-girl panties, shut up and listen.

The problem, of course, is that we can’t really leave our ego at the door. Like it or not, it goes where we do. The solution to this, I have found, is to take notes. Lots of notes. And remind myself, more than once, that I have chosen to be experience this because I am HERE TO LEARN.

In other words, my big-girl panties had to be very big…granny-panties, in fact.

There are times, of course, when the playwright does get to speak…like when one of the actors asked me a question about a character’s journey that I thought was blatantly clear. But guess what: if someone has to ask the question, it obviously isn’t clear – especially if everyone else around the table has the same question.

A good question – and there were plenty of them – is pure gold in terms of figuring out how best to move forward with the next draft.

I learned an awful lot in that eight-hour workshop, both about the Saviour play and playwriting itself.

Which brings me to my next point: I choose very wisely WHO I let sort through my dirty laundry.

I have been working with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network on the Saviour script for nearly a decade. Trevor Rueger, the APN’s executive director (and the dramaturg at the table), has earned my trust over the years. Trevor knows what he’s doing. I know he’s not only going to get the right actors to the table, he’s also going to make sure the workshop is of benefit to me. The learning curve for playwriting is steep…I need constructive criticism, honest feedback and useful guidance on that seemingly endless upward climb.

Yet at the end of the day, it is my play and deep down, I KNOW which nuggets of advice to run with – and which ones to leave on the table.

And how do I know? Because of the resounding “click” I feel in my soul when someone says something I needed to hear…like another little piece of the puzzle was just put into place. And since this particular play is about the journey of four different but interconnected souls – mine being one of those – this makes sense.

That the workshop was on the actual 17th anniversary of John’s death was deliberate. I knew magic would happen. And it did. It just wasn’t the fun, Disneyland kind of magic.

It was better.

Here’s what happened:

After an intense session of brainstorming in the afternoon, Trevor called for a break. But the actor who read the part of Sam (the character based on John) and I continued chatting. Or rather, he continued chatting. I scribbled in my notebook what he had to say.

Prior to the break, we’d all been discussing WHAT it would look like for Sam to achieve peace. Sam’s goal – what he had to achieve by the end of the play (which is the moment of his brain-death) – is to be at peace with his sudden death at the age of 32. But the group had been brainstorming about what specific outcome had to happen so that Sam could be “at peace” when he died.

Here’s what the actor who played Sam said to me on break:

“I think what would give Sam the most peace is seeing that Adri is okay…and by that I mean she is taking her writing seriously and that she does, at long last, believe in herself. He needs to see that she has become empowered by him, and his sudden death, to do what she needs to do, which is write. And when he sees that she is empowered and does, finally, begin to write three months after his death, he is able to die in peace.”

I nodded and continuing scribbling like a madwoman as this total stranger summed up Sam’s journey as it relates to Adri – and therefore, of course, John’s journey as it relates to me.

And the actor had more to say.

“Oh, and I think,” he added, “that’s what the connection to Jesus as Saviour is about, too. It was likely not the intent for Jesus to come back and single-handedly save humanity with a magic sweep of his hand. Rather, his job was to be a role model to empower people to save themselves and each other.”

So I HAD hit the mark!

I just need to make the story less convoluted. Easier said than done…but certainly do-able.

After the workshop, I returned to John’s sister place, where I was staying, and collapsed on their couch…overwhelmed and exhausted. I stayed there, staring at the ceiling and processing the day – until a steak dinner got me back on my feet.

The next morning, I woke up, dusted off my bruised ego and jotted down a summary of the key insights. Thanks to the workshop, I now have a clear idea of what needs fixing, why…and how to fix it. My imagination will take care of the rest 😊

You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes and failures. 

– Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life