To be truly receptive requires listening inside to ALL of your feelings…
and opening to your RAW TRUTH.
So many people are searching for the blissful, happy, ecstatic experiences... I am not.
I am continually diving deeper inside to my RAW TRUTH.
The truth of how I feel... which leads me to know what is here for me to do next.
I am not trying to fit into some pretty picture that someone else laid out for me.
Have a perfect looking face and body, have a perfect partner, marriage, family or having the perfect job, the perfect house and a perfect amount of money. I am not trying to live a perfect lifestyle... of being an artist, or being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, or live in the woods away from civilization... or anything else that someone has tried to convince me would be the “ideal” lifestyle.
I have not bought that picture.
I am not fooled by that image that is being advertised night and day everywhere from the conventional lifestyle to the new-age lifestyle... esoteric… artistic... or spiritual lifestyles.
They are all traps, prisons that confine people.
I am living and breathing MOVEMENT night and day for the rest of my life.
My intention leads my life and I am aligned with my intention.
I do not let my feelings run my life.
I always have multiple feelings and I value all of them!
I need them ALL! They are my information... so I know what to do and how to navigate.
My intention sets my direction and my feelings are like the water under the ship I am steering.
I’m on course and feel the movement of the ocean beneath me, I have my sights in the direction of my destination and keep course correcting along the way.
This is true receptivity...
I listen to my truth and I take action… my next step.
It’s not a big step. It’s my next step... and that’s how I begin the next cycle.
First I appreciate what I have, what I’ve created, what I’ve invested in...
I drop my roots deeper into the earth...the earth where I already live...
and EXPERIENCE my fulfillment and all I have become and done so far.
I just turned 65 years old this year. I am heading into the next cycle of my life.
I’ve lived and breathed movement every day of my life.
I’ve been married for 38 years, raised 3 kids, and now have 2 daughter in laws, a grandson, some very close family and a wonderful business with dedicated students.
I live near the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and I love where I live.
I love the gardens that my wonderful husband tends to… beautiful flowers and ferns
I walk by every day….
My next step is to receive more deeply.
To receive all that is being given to me daily… more deeply.
Receive… Receive… Receive….
And out of this receiving I am inspired to spread my wings and expand even more.
I am here to share with you how I operate, how I live, and how I keep navigating my ship.
Tell your TRUTH to yourself.
It pays off always.
Don’t try and live a dream life.
Live YOUR LIFE the way is.
It’s the only way to Travel.
Raw Truth is only the beginning.
If you aren’t honest with yourself, you will never find out what you can and can’t do.
Don’t look for comfort, creativity, or freedom in anything.
Be willing to be uncomfortable, repeat the same actions, and feel the firmness of true discipline.
This is how you get more comfort. More creativity and more freedom.
Everything I have in my life, I have EARNED.
It’s not just about what you DO... It’s about HOW you DO what you DO.
That is how you EARN the next level of Creativity and Freedom.
I will show you how I do this.
I TRANSFORM EVERY FEELING INTO BALANCED, COMMITTED ACTION…
and I follow the wave ALL THE WAY THROUGH.
I am continuing to practice movement my whole life.
I invite YOU... to Ride the Waves... and make commitments... and show up
even when you don’t feel like it.
Then you can count on yourself.
And everyone else can count on you too.
Following through is Power.
Following through is how you Earn.
To be continued... as movement is a spiral that is infinite...
Our bodies are like the EARTH, which contain ALL the elements.
The movement of the elements, working together, keeps the Earth in BALANCE.
The same is true within our bodies. In order to bring greater BALANCE into our ENTIRE systems, and to allow the elements to move and alchemize within us, it is essential to develop a strong container for all the movement to occur.
The container is like the river banks, allowing the water… feelings… energy… life to flow... which creates the most harmonious balance and gives us the ultimate Freedom, to Fully Experience Life.
The value of developing a strong container is that we can:
What happens to most people?
Most people get overloaded with feelings and either suppress them or act them out.
This might look like venting or blowing up, constant irritation, acting happy and ignoring upsetting feelings, collapsing and giving up, or shutting down. It can show up as mind chatter, repetitive thoughts, judgement, fight, flight, freeze, or appease… all examples or the results of an underdeveloped container.
(This is also one way people develop illness and disease. Diseases can come from a lack of movement, and the stronger container you develop, the more movement can occur within you, and the more your health will flourish).
Many people run off adrenaline, stimulants or depressants, (man-made or natural) and are constantly OVERloading or UNDERloading their systems. They haven’t been trained in how to hold a container, and use feelings for information. Instead they react to their feelings, which depletes their energy, and then they need more stimulation or calming from the outside (beyond a balanced amount) so they can function on a day to day basis.
I am teaching how to live life coming from a sustainable operating system within your own body.
A system that is regenerating itself daily and stays healthy and vital as you gradually increase your ability to handle more and more healthy stress. With each developmental stage in life, we can increase our ability to handle more and more. From childhood to adulthood, and through every decade. If we continue to build a healthy system, with a strong container, we become more respectful, kind, patient and capable of working as a team with others as we age.
This would make for a happy group of people, family harmony and global cooperation. This is only possible if we learn how to utilize our own system effectively and efficiently. This is what I’m guiding us all to develop.
How Do You Build a Strong Container?
First, recognize the importance of building a container.
Once you feel the importance of the container you can start to build it!
There are two main aspects to work with in Building a Strong Container:
Your “Mind of Awareness” and your “ A Solid Physical Structure.”
1. MIND OF AWARENESS
When you are utilizing your “Mind of Awareness” you are able to sense, see and know clearly and neutrally what is occurring, without judgement or any interference.
Practice to Build your Mind of Awareness:
Movement Form: Drop IN.
When you build a "Solid Physical Structure," you bring strength and power throughout your entire body, while remaining open inside (The River Banks).
Practice to Build a Solid Physical Structure:
Movement Form: Power UP
This way you will ultimately learn how to rely on yourself, work in balance with others, and be on teams that function with integrity.
As a result of this training, students increase their health and vitality, their effectiveness and joy in their personal and professional relationships, and increase their ability to produce and generate money through work and career. This is a pathway to greater Balance and Function!
Let us know your experience and how this practice works for you!
Encouraging you on your movement adventures,
Warmly, Mariane and the Dance Alive Team
Through the Dance Alive System, you are led to be able to FEEL, EXPERIENCE, and STRENGTHEN your container by learning how to use the 5 Values, 5 Tools, and 5 Movement Forms.
If you like this practice, and want to continue to build your movement skills, come join us for our Dance Alive Classes and Workshops!
For all my Relations … Kids… Grandkids… and Generations yet to be born. I am leading this tribe into true FREEDOM.
I have stepped up into the next tier in the Universe of Knowledge.
“Wisdom is being…
Quiet when you are Learning...
Responsive when you are in need of Guidance...
Open Hearted in the Face of all Challenge…
and Playful in every Moment, as we Discover Life NOW.”
~ Mariane Karou
I never knew before the meaning of the word “GRAND MA.”
As the Indians say… “GRANDMOTHER”… with respect and alignment with nature. The spirit of Grand Mother… the wisdom of Grand Mother…
Is inherent in our cells.
I MADE THIS TRANSITION...like a wave that came over me that I surrendered to... because it arrived. I MOVED GRACEFULLY IN to the GREAT LIFE FORCE OF GRAND MOTHER.
I was pregnant as a Grand Mother when my daughter in law... married to my 2nd son, Jimi Gabriel…got pregnant… and I was birthed as a Grand Mother 1 week ago... as little baby Cooper Bodhi entered this world.
I was awakened in the middle of the night and entered a very deep state of breath…. steady, quiet consistent breathing….
Not knowing why I was awakened… I thought it might be the wind that night…
And lay still for several hours breathing…
Then heard my cell phone vibrate at 3am (which I normally never hear).
It was Jimi letting me know they were at the hospital and Nicole was in labor.
Now I knew why I awakened.
I held a strong container of solid space around them all.
Containing them with warmth, love and a protective shield of energy.
And breathed as they were breathing….
This went on for hours.
My 3rd eye became more vibrant than ever before, like a bright light got turned on inside my head and a 3 foot aura surrounding my head, awakening levels of intuition that were always there… and now came to life. After a few hours I sealed the energy so it remained contained within. This natural life transition was happening to me because I was open to this natural process that occurs.
Jimi and his wife Nicole stepped into ownership of their family, as baby Cooper Bhodi was birthed into the world. We were behind them finding and doing things their way.
This is how Richi and I raised our kids.... and what we hold steadily behind every person in our family… and behind every person in our lives…
To honor yourselves. Your rhythm and your timing.
To make your choices, and learn as you go.
To have the freedom to find what is truly in your heart to do.
To follow your instincts, make mistakes, learn from them, and clean them up as you go.
To choose how you live your life… whether it makes others comfortable or uncomfortable.
To feel the freedom to do what is here for you to do, without trying to please, or get approval.
To build your own family, and to create your own life, the way that is in your hearts and souls.
This is the gift of GRAND Mother Spirit and GRAND Father Spirit
To hold the Torch of Belief and the Heart of Confidence
In your wisdom and your instincts.
We have stepped up into this next tier in the Universe of Knowledge.
Wisdom is being… Quiet when you are Learning...
Responsive when you are in need of Guidance...
Open Hearted in the Face of all Challenge…
and Playful in every Moment, as we Discover Life NOW.
We have earned this. We are enjoying the fruits of our labors.
And Each stage in life requires more Strength and Determination than ever before.
We have risen to this occasion once again.
The SPIRIT of GRANDMOTHER is in all that I DO, all that I SAY,
and all that I Don’t DO and Don’t SAY.
The SPIRIT OF GRANDMOTHER is here for me to share with all my relations... With my entire tribe…
An eternal Love that is FIRM, FIERCE and POWERFUL.
Don’t mess with my tribe, or you mess with me.
THE GRAND MOTHER KAROU has arrived!