Day 17: Amazing Grace

Today is the last full day of Week Two Sacred Circularities. As soon as I got out of bed my foot reminded me about the little tumble I took on the bridge. Hmmmm... a hobbling kind of day. Take it slow, take it easy, breathe deep and stay present. This is my mantra. This is my pace. I have been running all around writing and teaching and taking classes and eating with friends and Skyping with Kellen and just having a grande ole time! But now, The Universe says “Slow Down”. I listen, thankful for the grace and gentility of this tiny lesson, that could have been much worse. Today we go In Depth the Gail, Tammy and myself, and have one super fun workshop with Gail as well. I love learning from these amazing women, truly. They inspire me beyond my realm of mental comprehension. I will admit here and now that I never feel ‘like the best hooper in the room’, even though I feel very confidant with what I teach, way I teach it, and the clarity it brings my students. I feel acknowledged for who I am and what I offer, and I also feel very inspired to take it to the next level with my hooping, so that I can continue to inspire the community on multiple levels. Today I was able to inspire during my In Depth in a way that is new for me, and people appreciated very much.

In Depth with Tammy FireFly was such a sweet and intimate experience. She is so beautiful! I remember when I met Tammy in 2010 in San Diego, on my first round of touring with the Qi Revolution. She was walking up to the event with hula hoops, staves and poi in hand, and I had my multiple hoops walking into the same door. We were instant sisters. To hear her speak on her journey, her size, her methods of training and her dedication to health and well being was magically inspiring. I am so grateful to be able to witness Tammy ‘do her thing’ with such grace, beauty and majestic quality. She may only be 4’9”, but has the BIGGEST heart and the BRIGHTEST talent! I love you FireFly! Thank you for being in my life :)

The “Two Hoops One Hand” Workshop with Gail was so much fun and very mentally stimulating. I have taken a workshop from her on this material once before at HoopCamp and have been practicing her teachings ever since. I love it! It hurts a little in the beginning to find the control on your hands, fingers and forearms, but the rewards are great and very visually pleasing to an audience. We worked also on Four Hoops Two Hands and I think this is where the majority of time in training will be spent. I really like the shapes that four hoops can create and love showing the world the sacred shapes of hoop dance. Geometry makes the world go round, and hoop dance is a mystical story being told by the dance of our bodies and circles, and very heart opening to all who witness. Thanks for showing us what hours of training a day looks like, Gail! Practice More! 

In Depth with Gail was equally inspiring and heart opening as Tammy’s. Gail didn’t start hooping until she was 29! She is so badass you would think she’s been at it for a lot longer. She was inspired by a young girl in Bolivia, while training for her previous profession as a physiotherapist. Being from a small town in Belfast, Ireland, she is absolutely the lead hoop icon of the flow community there, and around the world for that matter. She has the tattoo on her feet for us all to be reminded; “Practice More”. Yes, Gail, yes. We can see how her hours and hours of practice daily pays off. Her performance is always moving to the depths of the soul and her technique is flawless. She is so innovative, and has inspired me to get back to the roots of my own practice....my training. I love you, Gail. It is an honor to teach at the same retreat with you and all of these other phenomenal women.

In Depth with Myself. Ha! It actually did go quite deep. I had a hurt foot, so while all of the other hoopers danced their most inspiring dance at the opening of their In Depths, I was ‘forced’ to do things a little differently. I sang. I sang my heart open to the tune of the first song I remember learning, ‘Amazing Grace’. Singing in front of my peers is a new experience that I am embracing in a beautiful light. Singing and Storytelling. At the same time. This is my newest expression, my most authentic art. I shared my story, from beginning to present moment. I spoke about my up bringing as a southern baptist preachers daughter, ever-evolving relationship with my amazing father and mother, which was the most inspiring portion to many, bringing tears to the eyes of women who could relate. I mentioned how my hoop career was fueled by a breakup, and how I would not tolerate being with a man who could not appreciate the way I was blossoming and growing into my highest self. I got raw around my issues in my late teens and early twenties with alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, food, tobacco, and depression. I shed some light for those who have battled with mood disorders and a lack of self love. It was so refreshing and liberating to be able to tell my story, be heard, loved, valued, and honored for it. “You are a wonderful story teller”, was the feedback from every participant there and many of the other instructors. I realize this is truly my highest calling, and am choosing to embrace this. Inspirational Speaking, Motivational Improv, and Stand Up Comedy here I come! ;) 
Anyone willing to book me for my first gig as a Storyteller with a Circular prop?! 

All in all, it was a very sweet closing to the gathering in it’s fullest expression. I had a very fun Human Design Reading with a 21 year old participant who was so grateful and loving about her session afterwards. She even paid me extra. It feels so amazing to assist people on their own evolution. I am feeling Bali mold me and curate my offerings to be of the highest service to my fellow flow folk, and for the masses. I feel the book brewing, and promise that after this 40 Day Blog Challenge is over, the books are my next project. Stay tuned and sign up for my mailing list so that when it is complete, you can snag a free copy! Blessings and Beauty abound from BALI ~
One in the Sacred Story,

Shellie White Light

Day One: Arrival

I have the stamp on my visa. I am officially in Indonesia for 40 days. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and became a prophecy fulfilled. I wonder what will happen for me. Truly, I wonder what it is that will come through me. What will the Universe have me create? I am so excited! It was such an initiation just GETTING here. 36 hours of flights, layer overs and everything in between. Maui > Honolulu > Tokyo > Jakarta > Bali. 

I always meet such sweet people on planes. This time I sat next to (on four different flights) a man named Tracy stationed in Osaka with his wife and two kids, who was astounded I could make a living from hula hooping. He proclaimed his daughter would think I was very cool, and that she would want my boots (My new cowgirl boots from Texas). There was Sara, who is Indonesian but lives in Australia, and was going diving with her boyfriend in Flores. She was also very excited about my chosen career and was also very excited that this was my first time in Bali. “You’re going to love it!”, she said with a heart felt smile. Then there was the kid in the rock metal band. 22 years old and leaving California for the first time. He was so stoked! He couldn’t believe I was 30. We had one thing in common (and one thing only I realized deeper into the conversation). This ‘one thing’ is the most important ‘thing’ to both of us, and probably the most important ‘thing’ to many others. We do what we love. We are doing what we love and traveling the world and making a life. A good life. A GREAT life! He gets to travel all over Asia and play heavy metal with his favorite bands, and I get to travel and teach hoop, breath and conscious living. 
I am so happy that there are so many people creating lives like these. 
And it has brought me to beautiful, beloved Bali. To Sacred Circularities 2015 Bali! Where there are flowers and coconut leaves in water bowls as offerings all over. Where there are women carrying heavy objects on their heads. Where there is delicious curry. Where there are butterflies and dragonflies and frogs in your bathroom that is mostly outside. Where there are terraced fields of rice patties sparkling in the sun. Bali. 
Where the smell of flowers permeates the air and everyone seems to be smiling because they know that they live and breathe beauty. I am so grateful to be here.

I got a massage as soon as I checked in to the hotel, Ananda Cottages. I unpacked my bag and my altar and went to the Spa straight away. It was imperative that I take care of myself after all that crazy travel with hardly any sleep at all....so I ordered the 75 minute Double Hand (two people, four hands) Massage and a Rice and Turmeric body scrub. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....the relief! 
Rhythmic and synchronized awesomeness. After the hot shower I recognized I felt like a new woman. And then I realized, I AM! I am a woman, a new me, on a new day, on a new continent, in a new country, learning a new culture, being touched by new people, opening to new possibilities. 
I am so ready to receive the blessings this will bring. 
After my relaxing treatment I had a nice dinner by myself, which felt really good after being around so many people on planes and such. After dinner I brushed my teeth and was in bed by 7:30. I woke up this morning at 3:55AM feeling amazingly rested and ready to write THIS blog. I am inspired to write 40 blogs in 40 days. I want all of you to experience this beauty through my eyes. Today is officially Day Two as I am writing this....and today the Sacred Circularities officially begins with an opening circle at 7:30PM. I am so grateful to this hoop community for showing me so much love, enough love to bring me all the way across the ocean to teach and share more about hoop, breath and being impeccably YOU. It is because of this amazing community, and the generous and visionary Jaguar Mary X, that I am able to live this aspect of my biggest dreams. We are all living our dream together! Me, you and that rock metal kid on the plane ;) Hundreds of hoopers are gathering here in March and July to celebrate and recreate who they are, celebrate The Year of Realization.
 In a good way, with a good heart, we dance in the land of sacred devotion, we thrive on fresh faces and old friends, we hold hands to form the most ancient and knowing of all shapes; The Circle. We truly are creating a new world. I am honored to be your eyes from the other side during this time of great transformation and celebration! Stay posted....there is so much beauty yet to be revealed. 

Until tomorrow, baik-baik ya (take care) <3