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Dec

31

Cycles Of Change Into Graceful & Joyful Transformation

By Francoise Netter

As I contemplate the end of 2018, I am reminded of the quote: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” This year I was an official gypsy. My plants and belongings scattered in five different places as well as storage, I stayed with friends in Colorado, moved temporarily to Coronado Island and traveled to Europe for two months. It was a year of healing and transformational opportunities I had not anticipated.

Coronado Island was like living in Hawaii with a view of Mexico and San Diego. The bay and sea soothed my soul while I immersed myself in the company of fragrant flowers, birds, flamingos and the temperate climate. I was also able to give several workshops at Unity Church, woman’s retreats and Metaphysical Institutes. I taught some Yoga, gave a number of personal readings and coaching sessions, worked with educators and re-connected with the part of myself I had lost in the stress-filled years previous to 2018. As I said to many of my friends, I found my heart in Coronado.

When I returned to Colorado and then traveled to Europe, I encountered a different type of healing. I had many plans to visit several countries around the ocean and Mediterranean, be on a ship with the Abraham-hicks group and rent an apartment in Nice. I never seemed to recover physically from the traveling in the first two days, and had I not pre-paid the trip or had a home to return to, I would have flown back to the US that first week. Amidst the great food, wine and some absolutely beautiful places, I had the opportunity to experience and examine parts of myself and old life-style patterns that no longer served. Many of these issues I thought I had dealt with, but over the course of two months they magnified at such a level, that there was no choice but face and transform them.

The month in Nice became my retreat center. It rained the first 14 days, a friend who had planned to join me cancelled her plans and another significant friend joined me my last week there. I spent hours a day meditating, doing Yoga and listening to Gregg Braeden, Bruce Lipton and Dr. Joe Dispenza. There were days I walked nine miles and I eventually saw some beautiful old towns, forts, art, and exquisite sunsets. But the bulk of my days were re-studying epigenetics and the power of the mind and body. Even though I have spent this life time studying and teaching Yoga and the mysteries of the mind and body, my time in Europe was largely about going deeper into transformation and releasing the past. To make sure I did not slough this trip off to an expensive inconvenience, the last day in France, hours before my two planes back to the US, my left pinky finger got slammed into a metal door and I have spent the last month healing that finger and nail.

I am still in process, but what I have learned from this year, is that there is no perfect place to live, no perfect condition, person or circumstance. Even though this seems obvious, so many of us in the West were reared conditionally thinking that our outer conditions and circumstances determine our reality including our health, well-being and joy. As an empath, I often took on feelings, beliefs and conditions that were not mine and I strived like most of us to “make” things happen by relying on and manipulating things external to myself. I also learned how easy it is to be on an automatic pilot program of stress and survival. The more research I have done on the effect of stress on the body and the mind, the more that I now know how important it is to change our habits from survival to mindful living both personally and professionally.

I invite you to join me in this new year, to gently embrace everything that occurs as an opportunity for expansion, flow and growth and to spend this last evening and the first weeks of 2019 reflecting on what to release and open up to as you discover new doors of seeing, believing and living. I am always sharing with my educators that we must teach our kiddos to be life-long learners.

I am excited to share new courses, products and insights with you as the year progresses and look forward to hearing from you and working with you personally and professionally and being of service through my courses, Yoga and meditation sessions, French classes, products, books and Psychic/Numerology readings. Click the menu links for more information.

In the spirit of joyous, continuous transformation,
Françoise

Apr

24

The Power Of Dance & Movement For The Mind®

By Francoise Netter

In celebration of The Movement For the Mind Practitioner Certification Program beginning in June, 2015, I wanted to invite you to participate and explore some of the philosophies that so powerfully discern and exemplify this unique form of integrative movement.

The Power Of Dance & Movement For The Mind®

Physically, dance is the creative translation of what we do in this body: move. Dance speaks to every aspect of our being.  It challenges us physically and at the same time satisfies the human need for self-expression, communication, and meaning. It demands that the mind be clear, focused, and attentive. Each movement must be birthed from emotional integrity, so that when people dance, they may experience the oneness that mystics speak of reaching in the highest spiritual state. Yogis refer to the creation of the universe as the Dance of Shiva. French author, Anais Nin, coined the phrase “life is a dance,” and countless poets and philosophers have made similar analogies between dancing and living.

However, in Western culture dance has been less accessible to the general public than perhaps any other art form (not withstanding the current craze of the TV Reality show, “Dancing with the Stars”). When I was a child, everyone was encouraged to draw and learn to play a musical instrument whether they showed specific artistic talent or not. Although I was offered ballet classes as a child, my brother never took dance lessons. After I stopped taking ballet, I don’t remember taking any other class in school that encouraged creative self-expression through the medium of the body.

The purpose of all art is to communicate. Dance communicates through the language of movement. The dancer needs only the body as a vehicle for creative expression. All content comes from the inside and is brought into form through the body. Dancing, singing, and acting are the only art forms that can stand alone without any other embellishments or supportive props. But even the singer and actor need words. Silently, the dancer uses what connects us all to this earth, the body.

In ancient and primitive cultures, symbols and rituals were significant components of everyday life. These cultures, which revered and lived closely with the earth and nature’s cycles, utilized movement intentionally as a metaphor for living. They did not rely solely on words to communicate, but understood the power of the symbolic and the power of living in the body. Dance, through its use of gestures, incorporates the symbolic in the acting out of movement. It also allows man to embrace the sacred within his own body.

The Movement For The Mind® technique I created integrates the symbolic value of dance with the healing legacy of dance therapy, and includes Modern Dance’s vision of authentic expression. It brings back the power of dance to the individual and provides a vehicle for creative self-expression, integration, healing, and for better understanding ourselves and connecting to others. Since there is no audience, the process of expressive communication accentuates an internal experience. Here is a simple exercise to experience your innate rhythm and movement.

Stand up. Close your eyes and take four complete breaths and then continue breathing normally. Remember to keep breathing through your nostrils. Now begin to listen to the rhythm of your breath and see how your body responds energetically. You may begin swaying or rocking. Let movements occur spontaneously. Go with any impulse. If your body does not move, continue listening to the breath for a few more moments. Do not strain or try to make anything happen. The point is to let go and become more sensitive to the subtle rhythms inwardly.

If you felt your body moving at all, you may have also become aware of your heartbeat and the rhythm of that pulsation. Listening to these simple rhythms helps us to connect to ourselves and to the moment. In Movement For The Mind®, we can use this awakening to move and respond more spontaneously and with less restriction and judgment. We use the rhythm of the breath to quiet and focus the mind, to awaken us to the subtle energies within us and to relieve the effects of stress. From that place the outer movement process is birthed. —Adapted from Movement For The Mind—Dance That Awakens Healing, Inspiration & Wisdom ©2015, Françoise E Netter

Become a Movement For the Mind Teacher

Powerfully integrate this creative and dynamic methodology in your personal and professional life. Movement For The Mind is the ability to integrate ones awareness, attitude through creative embodiment and actualize the results in daily life.

The program offers a way to deepen your awareness of the mind, emotions, body & spirit and how to integrate creativity and movement into practical realms of life and also offers you opportunities to augment your career or start a new one. This program is especially relevant for those interested or who have (had) careers in Teaching, Yoga, Fitness, Dance, Psychology and Counseling. It is the unique opportunity to take this work and find your own voice in it and train others.

For application and early bird discounts and full description and details email: fenetter@yahoo.com or call 303.960.6000.