Service Guide Card 1B

Homage to Our Ancestors

The oldest form of prayer known:

Beating the drum and chanting.

It’s our heartbeat and breath.

In our mama’s womb, we were soothed by her  heartbeat and breath.

This was our original song and dance

before we entered the world.

Our ancestors danced

Birth, death, rain, and harvest.

Through dance our ancestors

seduced the gods and goddesses,

bargained with the deities,

and praised the heavens.

Simple conscious movement-

like slow breathing, chanting a prayer,

helps us re-member

we all belong here.

If you pulled ancestors-

Take notice that all around you

are your relatives:

the 4 directions, the 4 elements, the four tribes.

We share space on this big earth ball.

We all make it turn.

Round and round we go

release, recycle, return, revolve.

Your body is earth.

Your tears and sweat are water.

Your breath is air.

Your heartbeat is fire.

If you feel scattered,

overwhelmed or off center-

Stand where you can,

spread out your arms,

and spin.

As you spin-send out your gratitude for all your ancestors who hold you-

beast, fowl, fish, and human.

Feel above you with your hands.

Feel below you stomping your feet.

Feel around you with your hips.

Bring your arms into your chest

and beat softly on your chest like a drum.

Push your arms out making sound.

Hum, howl, moan, groan, sing.

It doesn’t matter where you begin,

You will reach the center.






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Carola Marashi M.A.

Creativity is what 'saved' me. My earliest mantra as a survivor was "It's not what I have, it's what I do with it". And my little jingles in my head continue to ring true. "Rules were made for people, not people made for rules. You can take my body, but you can't have my soul." Self discovery is my spiritual practice. I want to make sense of my world. The past few years with the Me Too movement and our current climate change shakes me to my bones. I use creativity for self discovery. I roam outside the box and stretch my comfort zone, knowing the fastest growth is on the edge. As a coach, I nudge you off your cliff, applaud your leap, and trust your creative process of messiness and chaos. Writers block, depression, nervous break down, even menopause are opportunities for spiritual growth. My coaching is meant to disturb your reality. It's in the cracks that light comes through. Whatever taps your creativity, unleashes your brilliance, helps you hear your soul's calling serves humanity and makes our world a better place. As a Transpersonal Therapist, I help you shed fear and resistance for rapid evolution. As an Ordained Minister, I understand that being human is a spiritual practice. As a published author, I advocate speaking your truth. Despite dropping out of high school, I accomplished a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. I am the author of Sensual Eating and In2it! Trust Your Intuition Deck and Guide, and am the co-founder of Body Choir Community Ecstatic Dance (1994) in Austin, Houston, Sante Fe and Ashland which inspired Ecstatic Dance around the globe.

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