Sunday, April 25, 2010

Come As You Are


Capitol Hill Yoga is such a beautiful studio. I took this during a class break yesterday.

For those who read this blog, it might come as a surprise to learn that I tend to forget how off the mainstream my thought process and "lifestyle" truly is. To most folks in my society, and in particular here in Washington DC, my world view could be seen as a bit more than a few chips short of a fish dinner. After all, I talk to ghosts, I think the sun is my brother (as is the wind), I'm in relationship with various species of people who live among the clouds. I have past lives and parallel existences, and I share "soul bits" with someone I met through blogging. I have spirit guides and animal guides, and ... Should I go on? Probably it's not necessary.

One of the reasons I forget how odd I am is that I am so warmly accepted, as is, here in the blog realm, on Facebook and in "real" life here on Capitol Hill. I've never lived anywhere where I felt so much a part of the fabric of the community, not even in San Francisco where you're supposed to be odd.

Yesterday I was reminded, during Reiki class, of how "out there" my sense of the world truly is. It was a great class, a fabulous gathering of individuals, some of whom know Reiki extremely well, others who just thought it would be fun to try. Even the skeptics were such good sports when confronted with my thoughts about "reality." It was very generous of them!

My dance of shamanic alignment with the world as I know it is quite abnormal, compared to most, but I look completely normal, I'm not vociferous about my worldview, and, too, I have a sense of humor about it. And - I live on Capitol Hill where I am graciously accepted.

I'm tired today after having to focus, and interact with a group, for so many hours yesterday. But it's a good kind of tired. It was a great class yesterday, in a beautiful yoga studio, among wonderful people. All I can say is: wow.

22 comments:

Barbara said...

It always makes me feel so calm and energized at the same time to practice yoga in this lovely space. I'm sure your class was excellent!

I thought about you and wanted to pop in and take a look as I was buying some hot peppers at Yes! Organics across the street yesterday.

ellen abbott said...

Yes, we look 'normal' and the illusion holds as long as we keep quiet! hee hee. Though I don't talk to ghosts, I do talk to plants and animals.

The Pollinatrix said...

You'd fit in perfectly here in Taos!

sinnlighet said...

Your blog... beautiful, sensual & poetic.... and yoga!!

Thank you for nice comment on my blog!

Agneta, the swedish one ;)

Paul C said...

You capture so well how western and eastern thoughts can clash at times. Thanks for expressing it so well.

jinksy said...

I've got used to being an odd one out, thanks to some of my alternative views!You definitely soundlike my kind of being...

Pauline said...

you're not weird, you're wired to the universe is all

Barry said...

Normal is so boring.

We all need a little spice in our lives and, I guess, you're it.

Ronda Laveen said...

Happy tired is good. The space is lovely and I'll bet the energy you set was too. More and more, I meet people who are beyond the "norm." Just sharing these experiences allows others to relate theirs with less fear. It is an important role you play for the acceleration of thought form.

tut-tut said...

front page article in the NYT Styles section on power to the people yoga, Reya! I'm not familiar with Reiki, tho.

tut-tut said...

also, this has nothing to do with anything relevant, but you may like this blog:

http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com

ewix said...

Oh yes, you are totally 'out there'
but
as you say
you have a sense of humor about it all.
Very dangerous to take oneself too seriously.
We NEED people like you
greetings!

steven said...

the details are so intriguing, so cool, so atractive and then the whole - well reya - you're so very you it's a blessing - really it is!!! steven

willow said...

I'm a ghost whisperer.

Kathleen said...

Love you just the way you are--authentic!

Sandra Leigh said...

Empty spaces, dedicated spaces, are wonderful, aren't they, Reya? Looking at your photo, I felt immediately quiet and alert.

I agree with Barry. Keep on spicing up our lives, okay?

Marian Wiseman said...

Here I am, like always, coming to YESTERDAY's blog, which already had 16 comments (which I refuse to read because they remind me that you have others in your life).
My comment is that, of course, I am part of those in that other world, who don't believe in voodoo or ghosts (but really want to). It's very clear to me why you are so readily accepted in DC. One word: 'tinis.
Love you (from Cincinnati, BTW)

Reya Mellicker said...

Yes Willow, you are a ghost whisperer. I loved that post about the perfume you smell when the Willow Manor ghost is moving around. Yes.

Thanks to all for accepting me (as well as each other) just the way we are. Wouldn't the world be a nice place if it was OK that each of us has our own way of being?

Polly, why am I here and NOT in Taos among like minds? I ask myself that question all the time.

The Pollinatrix said...

Because you are obviously NEEDED where you are.

But you have a place to stay if you ever want to visit Taos and touch base with a like-minded community!

Reya Mellicker said...

Polly I would love to take you up on that! Thanks for the invite.

janis said...

I miss yoga. I need it more now than ever! I have vowed to find a new instructor. My wonderful guy retired! What the heck? He looked marvelous for 80! I haven't been back since he left... Well I stepped into a few classes but, after learning from a master, no one is satisfactory! I must lower my standards!

Jo Floyd Lucas said...

Sounds like a day well spent, Reya. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!