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One Little Word 2016

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One Little Word for 2016

I am always looking for creative ways to help me guide my life in the direction of my heart, my passions, and my dreams.  In 2012 when I discovered Ali Edward‘s One Little Word project, I delighted in the idea.  The practice has become an annual tradition for me, my family, and much of the Creativity Tribe. It is an important part of my work as a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide.

Choosing My One Little Word

In years past, my one word for the year has come to me in various ways.  It isn’t uncommon for it to come to me weeks before the end of the year.  This year, the days ticked away and nothing felt right.  Finally, on the night before New Year’s Eve, I felt my mind playing with a new idea.

I realized there were a few thing in my life that I felt were important to having a healthy, enjoyable human experience that I just wasn’t doing.  If pressed to answer why, I wouldn’t easily be able to say, but I could feel something was holding me back from my best life.  I could also feel certain limiting beliefs that were ready to be challenged.  I wanted the shifting of these blocks to be the focus of the year.  Wouldn’t life feel so much more free if they were!?

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One Little Word to Create Great Shift

I played with various words…. elevate, radiate, shift….then I felt transcendence.  I was laying in bed, in the dark.  The letters were swirling around with the sounds in my imagination, and transcendence became… trance-n-dance. I thought it was funny.  I welcomed the new perspective.  That shift is what I was asking for.

What does trance-n-dance mean to me?

One week in mid-November a friend, Phyllis Lejeune, came to stay with us.  Phyllis is affectionately referred to by a few dear friends as a Cajun Mystic.  She is funny, a wonderful storyteller, sage, and artist of life.  She also facilitates Trance Dance.

Phyllis Lejeune, Trance Dance, Cajun Mystic

My mind drifted to the first moments of the Trance Dance ceremony with Phyllis.

I am blindfolded.  I know where I am but can no longer see my surroundings.  Others are around me, also blindfolded.  I have just breathed my intention into the bandana which is now shutting out the light.  The music begins to offer a beat, and Phyllis tells us to remain seated until our bones call us into movement.  I wait.  Then the bones begin to move.  I am journeying in the dark, body moving: twitching, swaying, bouncing, writhing, releasing, inviting, crying, laughing, living.  And then silence, stillness, ….and yes, transcendence.

Starla in the Dark 500

Sometimes life feels like this.  Moving blindly in the dark with just an intention and my bones to get me through to the other side. This is the essence of intentional living.  And if I am lucky, I discover something about the self and existence along the way.

So this is my practice for 2016….explore transcendence as trance-n-dance.  Yes, I will be dancing blindfolded on occasion. I will also be exploring the more existential, symbolic dance in the dark, the LIFE dance of sacred creativity….with only my inner light to guide me.

Trance Dance One Little Word

Do you have an annual tradition for directing your life?  A tradition for creative living?  I would love to hear about it.  Share in the comments below or join our conversation over at the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group.

Rachel Payne life creativity coach
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