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Greetings from the Shamsiverse, July 21, 2017

Greetings Fellow Space Travelers, Happy Freyja’sDay!

This is the last Freyja’sDay of my 43rd year on this planet. And I honestly just don’t know what to do with myself.

I mean, obviously there are about a million (literally) things I *could* do – and *want* to do, but that’s a lot of things to do in a few days span.

So, yeah – what do I want to do? It’s a 34 million dollar question.

Right now, I’m writing to you all. Making connections. Loving (and fearing …yes, all at the same time, thank you Gemini Moon) Life, and procrastinating in the writing of this blog by leaving the Book of the Faces tab open. Okay, I just closed it …OH WAIT! BUT LOOK! INSTAGRAM. *snort*

I digress.

I will be 44 years of age on July 25th. It’s sort of a thing I do every year. I don’t always approach it with zeal – I used to be downright obnoxious about it, but age, and awareness has let me know that this just isn’t something everyone appreciates. 😉 And so, I am perhaps slightly-less obnoxious, but still pretty expectant of being in the spotlight come “my day” donchaknow? But I get to share “our day” with some other pretty fabulous people, so hey – that’s growth, right? Sharing? Right Mom?

This year – I’ve been given the gift of living life on my own terms, mostly. Which means I’ve got an amazing Life-Partner who’s picked up the role of primary-bread-winner for our family, so that I can work to …well, be me. Which in a nutshell means I’ve been able to practice meditating more, and art more, and dance more, and fitness …more, and cooking, and baking, and meeting new people – more. I’ve been living life – more.

And all in the midst of living life more – I can feel myself unraveling. Crying, cringing, clearing, expanding, breathing, recognizing, noticing, acknowledging, creating. All the things.

My brain doesn’t have the words to get through this in a timely fashion, so I think the best I can do right now based on this unraveling is to express how much I feel like we humans need space. Like, empty space – that isn’t filled up with doing or people or going or being even. I feel that we humans are not built to remain sane and fit into a world that expects humans to be machines.

There. I’ve said it. Now GET OFF MY LAWN you rascally kids! (juuust kidding.) Y’all come on and play on the lawn, it’ll be fabulous. I’ve got a picnic blanket too.

So y’all, I don’t know what you may need to do to make some space in your life, but I’d love to hear what you’re doing, what you’re going through, what feels difficult about trying to make space – or if you’re just feeling overwhelmed and could use some love and space-making-mojo in your Life – let’s have this conversation.

I’d love to hear from you.

One of the things I have gotten to do more of this year is teaching.

I adore teaching. It’s basically my happiest place in the world, because 1. Leo, and 2. I just really dig sharing information/wisdom/knowledge, and 3. best of all – I’m pretty good at it. Tuesday nights I teach something I like to call “Anatomy of Bellydance.” It’s a movement-awareness class that has a focus on Bellydance, and crazy-beautiful things are constantly happening there.

In this week’s class, we had two brand new students. I’m always apprehensive when new people arrive – because, well, in the last 43 years of life, the world has let me know that I’m not exactly rocking the mainstream …anything.

“Weird.” I now own it.

But yeah – apprehension. It’s a thing. So new people arrive, and I hesitantly let them know what the class is about, and what they may be able to expect, and then we GO.

This month, and last, and next month too – it’s all about hands, and arms, and emoting. Tuesday night I used the music of Gino D’Auri from his album “Passion Play” (thank you Dunya). I gathered us into a circle, which is my preferred method of teaching hands, and they all followed right along.

I’ll speak about “energy” as briefly as I can: We’re all made of it, actually – everything is made of it but all energy is moving at different rates of speed/vibration. Oh, also – as humans, we have natural gifts that can allow us to sense, experience, and affect the energy around us. 😉 Yeahhhhh buddy.

So, here we all are, bringing down the creative forces of the Universe with our hands, and the energy in our circle simply welled.

If you’ve ever been to a church where the congregation was just rocking, or in the woods when the majesty of the Creator just bowls you over, or looking out over a large body of water as the sky takes on the colors of a setting or rising sun, climbed to the top of Blood Mountain before dawn to watch the sunrise (thanks Stephen) – then you have experienced the welling energy I’m talking about.

We pierced the freaking-veil, and it was ecstatic.

I figure I’ll be ‘winning’ at Life if I can keep on having these experiences. This is my super-huge thank-you shout out to those women, and all of the people who come to my classes. Without you all, I’d be a ship without an ocean. True story.

On the non-movement side of things, I’ve got openings for Guided Soul Tours, and just for the week of July 24th-30th, I’m doing $20 email readings, or $30 – 1/2 hour phone sessions. Just shoot me an email here if you are interested in any of these services. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 22nd I’ll be teaching PoundFitness® at 9am over at Crescent Lotus Dance Studio.  As ever, no rhythm, skills, equipment, or experience necessary – you can even forget your sneakers and still be able to get into this workout. I provide music, Ripstix®, and yoga mats – you just show up. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Next week my schedule over at Crescent Lotus is:

Mon –  PoundFitness® 5:15PM
Tue – PoundFitness® 6PM followed by Anatomy of Bellydance (A.o.B.) @ 7:15PM
Thu – PoundFitness® 5:30PM
Fri – PoundFitness® 8:30AM
Sat – PoundFitness® 9AM

We are smack dab in the middle of DANCE WEEK in New Orleans, (July 17-29) wrapping everything up on July 29th with National Dance Day! Check out your local listings, there’s probably some *really* great stuff going on in your neck of the woods.

For my own part – I’ve got $5 POUND® classes (5 days a week!!! For real.) Y’all come on and get sweaty with us and bang sticks together!

That picture up at the top there is from the Firewalk where I was initiated into the tradition. (Still so much ridiculous gratitude for Hawkeye <3 and Nike, my teachers, Sisters of Spirit, loved-ones.)

I am mentioning it here, because in the coming year, I will be leading more Firewalks, and want you all to know to be on the lookout if you are interested. As ever, please feel free to email if you’ve got questions.

The Happy Freyja’sDay Dance video from this morning is at the bottom of this post, & as always, I hope you dance along.

Until next time, I hope you get to spend time with people you love doing stuff that fills you up and brings you joy!

~Shamsi, Charlie, Me


Happy Freyja’sDay World!


Happy Freyja’sDay World! Are You Ready to Dance?! from Shamsi Charlie Pettus on Vimeo.

Happy Freyja’sDay World! Are You Ready to Dance!? from Shamsi Charlie Pettus on Vimeo.