August calls forth the majesty of the Leo...
A warmth hinting at Indian summer comes with suggestion that harvest is around the bend. This celebration of nature is also a sign of change. Before delving into the significance this period has for me, an anecdote.
My mother is a woman I choose to have a relationship with. I'm fortunate that she alone has that precious role in my life. She exudes compassion, wisdom, great wit, insight, soulfulness and generosity. She also has great rhythm and musicality which, during my upbringing, made our wordplay and knack for accents all the more rich.
Life was very challenging and poverty was the social class. We spent times using the mind the stave off hunger and cold, especially at the end of each month. I wasn't necessarily popular in school by wearing hand-me-down clothes and generic brand names. It was tough, to put it mildly. My mom and I had each other and sense of internal strength that saw us through the most painful episodes.
By constantly asking me: what kind of vibes I got, she encouraged me to develop critical-thinking skills with which to scientifically explore those vibes and cultivate sacred intuitive language.
I was not a superstitious child. I sought to investigate the truth in all things. Though reluctant, she sometimes permitted me to attend a church service. I was so curious what people of different tribes were up to. I went Chinese Bible school, Lutheran Bible school, Buddhist this and that... I went to see if there was any thing from my direct experience with the universe that was recognizable. Not so much.
What did I learn from my investigation? To put it simply: humans were speaking about a thing and not living the thing; humans weren't being themselves.
As an adult, when I officially came out as "Healer" and came out as "Queer", I received so much backlash, rejection, judgement from more folks than I can count. Though I had friendly relationships with most, as soon as I 'named', I was feared and banished.
I'm like: WTF? [That means What The Fuck?']
For years, I dreamed of creating a safe place where folks could respect themselves and others by being themselves, a place where humans could embrace their humanity - all of their feelings, their thoughts, their own body, their personality, their soul. A place where they can cultivate trust in their vibes and express themselves.
That space was the intention that brought XD Service to life.
For the last six-years, I've held XD Service - a 100% donation-based healing gathering - in my living room. I've welcomed people regardless of their purple, their rock & roll, their accent, their hair cut, their ping pong, their chop sticks or fork.
It has been an honor that has gifted me in ways larger and more intimate than I can describe. This feeling is rich in my bosom now. It is in the tears that stream as I write this sentiment.
What began as an event 'for the people' has likewise evolved as a touchstone for me. Some that have attended have seen me through hardship and they cast no stone of judgement. They breathed along in the moments I also needed to take space for myself. Some did judge and left with pride in their position, in spite of my steadfast message and living practice: embrace humanity. I guess they weren't ready to own their weakness, that scoffing my pain was their unconsciousness bookmark.
I'm grateful for each conversation, investigation, sharing of personal experiences, elegant displays of humor and care. I'm grateful to have witnessed genuine friendships taking flight to new directions independent of these few hours. I'm grateful to have known you and to have shared this way.
Where six-years could become sixty-years of enriching moments, I announce that this August will be the 'ultimate' XD Service.
It is not a moment for me now to say or determine when I will offer this event again, I simply let you know that you are appreciated and that should you wish to attend for the first time, again or for the first time in a long time, feel welcome.
Thank you for sharing life with me!
Saturday, 11 August - The Alignment
"Where quantum science, consciousness of spirit, love and life purpose converge, miracles happen. Welcome to The Alignment. This experiential multidimensional group healing event is designed to assist in realizing your full dynamic potential and connect you with your divine awareness."
Tuesday, 14 August - making the most of Breathing: a workshop for those that use oxygen
Learning how to breathe so you can make the most of the in-breath and the most of the out-breath.
Sunday, 19 August - The 'ultimate' XD Service (3rd Sunday)
"XD Service – "XD" a term for "multidimensional", or having many dimensions – is a celebration of life. This gathering serves to develop meaningful intimacy with and appreciation for nature, the experience of humanity, divinity and soul purpose. This is also an invitation for healing, insight and discovery.
XD Service this month is 29 July (5th Sunday)
Event Seating Is Limited. Book Now!
I look forward to being in contact and serving you!
At the onset, you may not immediately consider how the basic rituals of living, such as laundry, may influence health. The irony, no stretched-pun intended, is that the seemingly mundane is a factor in what builds or undermines, the ethos of your robustness.
Keep this in mind as I share something personal with you: I care about everyone's health. I care about the environment.
This for me means to use, source and educate about sustainable living and biological goods and services as well as providing empowering healing sessions, workshops and retreats.
When I moved to Amsterdam in 2012 I set out to find local vendors that employed earth-friendly practices. I was particularly keen on finding a biological dry-cleaning & laundry company. My answer arrived with four gold stars when I found Bubble & Stitch.
You may wonder what dry-cleaning and health have to do with each other? I'll return to that.
Upon seeing their inviting website many years ago, I contacted them to discover something else about their company: not only do they have an biological mind-set, they have great customer service, one I've been longing to experience.
Over the years, through being their customer, I've cultivated a relationship with Bubble & Stitch and can testify to the work they've done for me - from repairing wool sweaters after hungry moths had a wild wedding party on my sleeve, to sophisticated alterations, to dry-cleaning and laundry, and now more through their pick-up/drop-off initiative Dobbi.
No longer do I have to pack my fiets bags with linens from sessions, or winter blankets. Nor must I hoist hangers freshly-pressed attire over my shoulder, in the rain, up steep hills. (Wait, San Francisco flashback... we don't have hills!) Instead, I use Dobbi and what a difference it has made for my productivity, efficiency and time-conservation.
OK, Tuaca - what about health, why not use my 'normal' dry-cleaner op de hoek? Because dear friends: the amount of toxic chemicals used accumulates and affects your bio-chemistry.
Have care with what you put IN, ON and NEAR your beautiful body, the one that enables you to live.
So enthusiastic I am about their service, ethics and customer relations, I've partnered with Dobbi to get you started employing efficiency. Visit their website, download the ap and use Coupon Code / Korting: "TUACA" at check-out.
If you're a bodyworker inundated with sheets, a football coach/parent with a pile of muddy jerseys or a KLM pilot or crew member that wants to 'touch earth' more often than your work life permits, Dobbi will be an asset.
Let me know about your experience with Dobbi / Bubble & Stitch.