Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gliding self transcendence

I was going to go on and on...then thought: "Geeeeeezzzz Jude, your friends are intelligent enough to get Maslow's theory."

I love you guys. I am climbing the ladder of self-transcendence.
When all I have to do, is unfurl my wings...and glide.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Winds of change

Original art by Judith Parsons Art 2017
Playing in Adobe Photoshop.

This weekend was about “winds of change” and starting over. I met with a lovely group of healers we stood in the reflective candlelight of love and light and we discussed healing our community. Healing with lovely energy. 

Now, with the autumn equinox of equal day and night balance— it is time to revaluate our existence. Winter is a good time to go within, it is a lovely time to hibernate and ask your highest self: “What do I need to change to become healthier and stronger.”

Let that question be the blanket upon which you sleep. Let the healing words snuggle and cuddle against you, as you know this is the first step in becoming what you have always desired to become.

Personally, it takes time for me to gather in energy for change. I welcome the idea of hibernating. Time is a lovely sweet bear that nuzzles against me. I pet Time, and wrap around its furry back, ready to rest in the knowing that in a few months, I will be transforming.

We all go through the physical changes, we lose weight, we gain it back. We work out for a few months, then we stop working out. Very few people are disciplined enough to continue a regimented routine. I applaud you fabulous friends who are disciplined. You inspire me to become more.

If you will use your imagination. Please see a large oak tree, it branches immense, the moon is shining upon the tree. There is an owl in the branches, representing north, There is a sleeping bear underneath the tree, representing south. To the right of the tree is a sleeping doe, representing east. Then on the left side of the tree a sleeping wolf, representing west.

The tree represents the tree of life. Branches reaching toward heaven, above the cloud layer and its roots reaching far into the darkness of the soil, pass the darkness into the river of life that is underground. The energy source of all of us. We are the river and the tree as we each have both light and dark parts of ourselves.

The owl is the intuitive wise highest self of yourself. The bear is trusting in the great unknown, seeking hibernating where the answers come with time. The doe is compassion, her eyes melting the monster temptations who try and prevent us from reaching the summit of our soul. The wolf is the teacher. We are all of these things symbolically. 

With this new season, embrace yourself. Prepare for winter, it is going to be a stormy season. Cut the wood, gather it in… breathe in deeply. Embrace the bear.

The winds bring change. Prepare.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fountain of youth

Photograph and logo from YMCA website. Added text with photoshop.

This morning I went to my first aqua-fitness class. I felt like I was a sixteen year old again! To be able to play, jump, dance and exercise for an hour in the water is the BEST gift you can give yourself.

I was a little girl again. Laughing and playing. Being in the YMCA pool with a bunch of new friends, is what life is about. The song by the Pointer Sisters, “We are family” was a fabulous moment. I felt very much loved in that pool.

The majority of the people were over 60 years young. Yep. The Chinatown YMCA is where it is at. If you want to find the fountain of youth, come hang out at our pool.

On Thursday I am going back to the pool to do the Water Zumba. I have no idea what it will be like. However, I do know that moving and playing and being a wild little girl again is a glorious feeling.

People are smiling at the Chinatown YMCA!! We are a fabulous family! And no, I am not being paid to sing the praises of our magical piece of heaven upon earth. 

I am committing to myself, my body. I want to become stronger and better.

My entire 57 years upon this planet I put my body on the back burner. Sure I did weight watchers 20 times, and sure I lost the weight. And then gained it back. Now though, I am giving myself permission to have fun.

Give yourself the best gift ever, come join the YMCA. Tell them Judith sent you— you will get a discount and a HUGE hug from me!

Wooohooooooo!! Life is amazing at the Chinatown YMCA!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2 Fish

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…

My children grew up on Dr. Suess. I can still see the illustrations. Nothing complicated. Pretty simple little drawings.

I created these fish in 30 minutes, playing in Adobe Illustrator. Just playing an thinking about my little fishes that I am teaching to swim.

I have a new group of adults too. Two of the young men have repeated the adult class a couple of times. It was so nice to see them back!  They don’t need to come back,I think they like playing in the water.

The water is the fountain of youth for me. The water heals me, and keeps me young. When my ears are underwater, I can quiet the static noises of life. The water is divine tranquility for me.

If you have a tub, fill it up and sink your ears underwater. Listen to your heart beat in your ears. 
Breathe and listen.

If you have a pool you can visit- then float. Just rest upon the water and float. 

It is an amazing place to be. Floating - the water suspending you. Like a person in space. Just free to be.

Thats all I have for you today. Learning the new energy. Happy!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Energy fireworks!!

Enjoy playing this weekend! Play! Play! Play!
Art created by Judith Parsons Art 2017

This fall morning: Beware of energy!

Energy. Positive and negative. Initially one might think of a battery. Then one might think of positive people and negative people.

You’ve heard it all before. 

There has been a  HUGE shift in me. 
For the first time in my life I am REALLY deciding to DO something that keeps me strong for my life job!!

Think about what you do for a living. Sitting behind a computer, designing, doing your paper work. THEN if you are lucky, you skip to a pool or a gym and THEN you play, making your body strong.

I am lucky enough to DO what makes me strong for a living. IT is a luxury to have this amazing job!

Yesterday, I played in the pool for seven hours teaching little ones how to swim. I did not have a “cryer” the whole day! It was a positive perfect day. 
The children trusting in me to support them, at first-their fears palatable— at the end of the lesson, the littlest wee girl almost started crying, because she didn’t want to leave the pool.

THAT made my day! Their energy healed me. Their lovely smiling faces FILLED me with energy! 

We played. Playing is the best way to learn. Play. Dance. Sing. Be silly. Enjoy your day. 

I have the music on beside me. It is on a channel that is about “our savior” …it is about living in the light…The words: “They will be done…I know you hear me.” Wow! Lovely song. 
There is another song about coming back to the alter, to your first love. A love that feels like home.


Nothing happens by coincidence anymore, all these energy moments connect. We are more connected than we will ever know.

The energy between seasons has to gather itself in, before we can move forward. Be aware.

Playing with these words here. Not having to make sense. Connecting the dots of letters… Be aware…beware…spooky signs telling us not to venture forward.

Access and evaluate the situation before moving forward. Is it safe? Take it ALL in. Take your time. “If it is meant for you- it will not pass you by.” This saying, my beloved  Anita tells me all the time. God knows I adore you Anita. All that is happening, is for a reason. We might not know exactly why.
However, let us use this time to become in our minds eye- who we are.

The positive and negative battery energy makes us all move. May you move upon your divine path.

The fireworks in Chinatown are going off- certainly a sign that all the evil spirits have been banished! I am ON the correct path! LIFE is woooohoooooooo exciting!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Judy Chicago...Lawyers...Sara

Outside a cafe, Judy Chicago images from google.
Sara laughing! A fabulous night.
Judith Parsons Art 2017

Last night, Sarah and I were sitting at a table outside of a bar having a cool glass of wine. We were thrilled having seen the famous Judy Chicago. She was a delight to listen to, she is still a fiery passionate woman at 77 years of age. We were discussing the time we had been introduced to her work. We were discussing our women friends whom had “made it” as artist.

Sarah was talking about a lawyer friend of hers, when a gentleman who had been standing outside having a smoke, decided to sit down beside us. 
His opening statement was: “I am a lawyer…” and with that he started his story about how depressed he was. He was certainly conflicted. One part of him, the ego, wanted to impress us with how much money he had. That if he wanted to buy some lines it was no big deal. Then the other part of him admitted he was contemplating suicide.

We listened, we let him say all that he needed to say. He was blurry eyed from drinking and Sarah and I had no place to rush back to, so we listened.

He grew up in Paris. When I asked him where, he started speaking in french so that seemed to clarify that. Sarah asked him if he had ever had a “once-in-a-lifetime love”. Sadly he said no. Though honestly, the man was clearly in his drink, so the story could be taken with a grain of salt.

Sarah gave him wise counsel. She explained that everything happens for a reason. That the good and the bad things both were there for us to learn from. Though, the bad taught better lessons than the good. We all have both experiences in our lives in order to grow. 

Then finally, I asked him if he had ever heard of healing with reiki. He opened his eyes wide and said that he knew what it was. I told him I had learned the practice. He asked me to place my hands upon his head. I told him no thank you. However, reiki has a way of asking us what we desire in our lives.

Reiki energy knows the highest self of you. That highest self knows if something is right or wrong. If you ask the universe to show you the way, then as sure as you are reading this, you will begin to receive opportunities that really ask you to decide. These are not easy decisions to be made. The highest self knows when something needs to stop, when your belly hurts because you’ve been fighting an uphill battle. In your gut, you know, you need to step away and regroup, reevaluate and make a new plan.

I told our drunk friend this. I told him he knew deep down in his belly what behavioral changes needed to be made. The universe holds up a mirror and asks us to decide. With that there was nothing more to be said. He stood up to shake my hand. I stood up to hug him. As I hugged him I asked him to go find his reiki tribe, they would help heal him.

After he walked away, Sarah and I continued talking about the lawyer. Her lawyer friend didn’t particularly love being a lawyer. However, it provided her with the means to have a luxurious life. She worked so that she could play.

It was a glorious night out. Judy Chicago was amazing! She gives me hope, she is 20 years older than I am. If she can do her incredible artwork, then there is hope yet for me.

Use this autumn as a place of harvesting your highest self. Take the time to be quiet. Turn off the cell phones, tell your friends you need the space to listen to your most confident highest self.  Go sit in nature. Decide. Know.