Cinderella, Kindness And Magic


Cinderella, the Disney movie, is coming in March 2015. Watching the promos, I cannot wait. The movie trailer made me a little teary-eyed.

Really. I surprised even myself.

Just look at this glass slipper. And I don't even like heels!

However, the Fairy Godmother tells Cinderella, "You'll find they're really comfortable." Frankly, I never argue with a Fairy Godmother.

I felt like I was 15 years old again. Magical possibilities and right-overcoming-wrong made my heart soar. This Disney movie trailer has all the right effects of swelling music and sparkling magic combined with a timeless story.

The Disney Movie Trailer For Cinderella

Chosen For The Part Of Cinderella

As I watched the video trailer, I found myself thinking, gosh, Cinderella seems so familiar. Who is that young lady? Even her voice seemed familiar. Wait, wait, don't tell me...

Oh, of course, beautiful Rose from our beloved Downton Abbey. British accent and all. What a perfect choice for this Cinderella movie.

What a thrill it must have been for her to be chosen for the part. Can you imagine it? Getting the call that said, "Yes, you've been selected among thousands to play the part of Cinderella."

Lady Rose, Lily James the actress, aka Cinderella, gracefully and delightfully evokes a sense of youthful awe and magic. I find myself believing, if only for a moment – "it could happen" – that wonderful suspension of disbelief.

Kindness, Goodness And Magic

I love the emphasis on kindness in this movie. We could all use a lot more kindness in the world. Even the Dalai Lama XIV talks about it in this quote:

Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.

Cinderella's mother shares with her a secret - "have courage and be kind" - which is wonderful advice for all of us. I, for one, would like to see kindness "win" more often.

I'm not particularly disposed to the idea of a Prince Charming coming to save me, in any literal sense, but I can certainly enjoy a story about it. These fairy tales are a part of my growing up.

Fairy Tales And Archetype

Fairy tales are universally appealing. They are old stories that have been handed down across the centuries and are told over and over again.  Fairy tales have archetypal energies that speak to something universal within us.

Good wins over evil; right succeeds after being wrongly treated. Having these energies enacted right in front of us appeals to our collective subconscious.

In literature, an archetype is a typical character, an action or a situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature.

Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist, argued that the root of an archetype is in the “collective unconscious” of mankind. The phrase “collective unconscious” refers to experiences shared by a race or culture. This includes love, religion, death, birth, life, struggle, survival etc. These experiences exist in the subconscious of every individual and are recreated in literary works or in other forms of art.

Story telling is an important part of who we are. The stories comfort and entertain us and we bond together by sharing a common story line, nodding in agreement over the plot and outcome.

Even the highly commercialized Disney empire, keeper of fairy tales during the past century, has scored “direct visceral hits” with films that have captured the “power and the melodrama of the stories in their original form." -Maria Tartar

Cinderella goes to the ball. 

Cinderella goes to the ball. 

Applying Universal Energy To Archetypal Energies

Students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®), can direct energy to parts of the story that personally resonate for them. Every topic is touched on in Cinderella - the death of a family member, ideas of right and wrong, the downtrodden, love and redemption. Watching the movie while applying TRT® hands-on, Radiant Touch®, is a great way to stay centered and aware.

Maybe you have little ones who have to see the movie. TRT® hands-on during the movie is a great time to catch up on a little extra energy for you.

Relax And Enjoy The Show

Of course, it's also possible to enjoy the show and not worry about archetype or any other deeper meaning.  I like to sit back and use my TRT® hands-on to enhance relaxation and enjoyment of the movie.

As for me, I also have a small magical ability to tell the future. I predict we will be seeing a lot of little girls in Cinderella costumes next Halloween.


Meditative Stillness In A Galloping World

Meditative Stillness

Meditation is the journey from movement to stillness,
sound to silence.
— Sri Sri

A lovely meme from the The Art of Living organization reminds us of the meditative process of movement to stillness.

However, because our lives are not a straight line, but rather an ongoing spiral – meditation also takes us back again from stillness to movement.

We are always in motion, but the balance between stillness and movement often becomes askew.

Our Modern To-Do List

Our modern lives are stuffed full of activities all the time. I'll bet you noticed. Upload a photo on Facebook, make sure you tweet something, email, text, call someone, watch a video. In the meantime you should also follow everyone else's Facebook posts, tweets, emails and texts.

Go to the workplace: work, work, work. 

Go back home: sleep, sleep, sleep.

Go out, go in, go to, go from... go, go, go.

Hurry up and work. Hurry up and sleep. Get up and do it again.

Stillness does not rank high on the to-do list.

Do More With Less

In the workplace, the dreaded phrase "do more with less" is used to justify squeezing more work out of you with less staff and resources to support the workload. Instead of being a terrible thing that should be corrected, "do more with less" has become a workplace badge of honor.

"I work 16 hours a day!" co-workers yell as a battle-cry, "Look at me, that must mean I'm important!"

It's incredible how skilled we are at turning things inside-out and backwards.

Caught in the dusty whirlwind of outer activity, I picture myself galloping like a horse from activity to activity, to yet another activity, and on and on, ad nauseum. Never stopping long enough to catch my breath, to gather my thoughts, or to look up at the bigger picture.

Galloping, galloping, galloping...

Have you noticed in our fast-paced world, there is never a lack of things to be galloping to or from?

Wild Horses Galloping

But we are not herds of wild horses thundering on the Great Plains; we are humans in search of our awakening. Part of that process involves stopping, sitting with stillness and holding space for awareness in our breath.

If we could master stillness, we could then learn to bring greater awareness to our "galloping."

Galloping with awareness. In motion with consciousness.

All this galloping made me think of a popular song from my youth – Wildfire. In 1975, in the days of driving down country backroads in my 3-on-the-column Rambler, I listened to the AM radio. Wildfire was a top hit.

For a little blast from the past – I created my own video version of this song:

Michael Martin Murphey, the songwriter, tells us much of this song blossomed from a dream. In his Story Behind The Song 'Wildfire' he shares:

The song came from deep down in my subconsciousness.
My grandfather told me a story when I was a little boy about a legendary ghost horse that the Indians talked about.
In 1936, author J. Frank Dobie identified this ghost horse story as the most prominent one in the lore of the Southwest.
— Michael Martin Murphey

You can weave the verses of this song into the context of your personal life. Murphey recognizes the fluidity of the symbolism in the verses and wisely resists trying to limit its interpretation, leaving it instead to each listener.

For me, some of the deeper meaning in this song has to do with cycles – how we come and go from this planet. The hoot owl can be a harbinger not just of death, but of a great transition.

I picture this aging, weathered farmer coming to the end of his life, setting aside the harshness of these outer planes and riding freely in the wind with Wildfire. Naming the horse Wildfire harkens to the inner fire burning brightly inside all of us.

What ideas and feelings does it evoke for you?

Finding Meditative Stillness

Mornings without time-constraints are the ones I cherish – when I have time to do a full TRT® hands-on session of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®).

What a healing gift.

For the many days when time is limited, however, I can still use TRT® hands-on while I'm on the move. We are able to use TRT® all the time, not just when we are meditating.

As we bring more radiant light to everything we do, our awareness of wholeness expands to both our stillness and movement.

Within our use of The Radiance Technique® is the vast, uncharted movement and stillness of the universe.

There's much for us to discover.


The 'Reiki' Factor in The Radiance Technique®

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Would you like to know more about Authentic Reiki®?

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The 'Reiki' Factor in The Radiance Technique®, Expanded Edition
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The Radiance Technique® – Authentic Reiki® 

Dr. Barbara Ray, is the world's foremost authority on The Radiance Technique®, Authentic Reiki®. Her vast knowledge and scholarly background in Latin and Ancient Civilizations make her uniquely qualified on this subject. She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities with majors in Classics and Art History.

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In the first half of The 'Reiki' Factor in The Radiance Technique®, you will find information about a powerful and profound technique that has been made available to us today.

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Now that you have this book about TRT (The Radiance Technique®), relax, make yourself comfortable, and allow yourself to be open to some new ideas.
Make the reading of this book an opportunity for learning, growing, and transforming, as well as for integrating new concepts and affirming some you already had.
— Dr. Barbara Day, Ph.D.

This first section is comprised of eight chapters and covers such topics as The Wholistic Model and The Radiance Technique®: A Science of Transcendental, Light Energy.

Also included is the Origin of The Radiance Technique®.

Part II – The 'Reiki' Factor in The Radiance Technique®

The second part of the book takes you into the use of The Radiance Technique® and how it makes a difference in your own life. Vital topics are covered such as how to use TRT® to help you decrease stress and increase relaxation – that is always needed in our busy, stressful lives.

How do you use The Radiance Technique® even when you are given a diagnosis of cancer?

The chapter on cancer explores how you can support yourself with TRT® through illness and recovery, wherever your journey may lead.

Another chapter also discusses the use of TRT® with our beloved pets and all animals as well as with plants.

Animals and plants exhibit an awareness different from ours, yet they share with us intelligence, natural growth cycles, health, disease, and death.
Different does not mean inferior!
— Dr. Barbara Ray, Ph.D.

Not to be missed is the chapter on death and dying. I read it over 30 years ago and I continue to refer to it.

Death is not a disease. ...
Death is not a final termination of your being. ...
In truth, it is a glorious moment of ‘birthing’ of ourselves into a new existence. Dying and death are a process in which we are utterly and completely involved from the moment of our physical birth.
— Dr. Barbara Ray, Ph.D.

I am still learning from this chapter in the book and, in a sense, growing into it.

In Dr. Ray's writings, there is always more to learn from the deeper energies behind the words on the page.

A Journey Of Discovery

Reading this book will take you on a journey of discovery.*

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Joyful journeys.


*Please note that you cannot learn The Radiance Technique®
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This book will provide you with clear information
about TRT® and is a supportive addition for your TRT® classes.