Print This Post Print This Post December 7, 2008 on 4:04 pm | In Adventure, Awareness, Courage, Death, Fear, Intent, Spiritual | Comments Off on Jump! \"Skydiving

Wow, it is hard to believe that it has been over three months since I\’ve posted anything on my blog – me bad!!!  Lot\’s has been going on, both internally and externally, in my journey back to myself: so much so that it would be impossible for me to catch up on everything that has transpired since my last post.  So rather than looking back at what has been, I will simply begin again from where I am, trusting in the mystery that is unfolding . . .

Yesterday was awesome!  In addition to being a fabulous day in terms of the weather here in Texas, it was a red letter day for me personally.  As part of an intensive apprenticeship program called Jump! that I am participating in, I completed my first sky dive!  While sky diving is NOT part of the program per se, the program does demand that you work on your edge – pushing beyond your current limits and stepping outside of your comfort zone.  For me that meant confronting my fear of extreme heights and really exploring the exhilaration of throwing caution to the wind by exposing myself to something totally beyond my control.  The dive I did was a tandem parachute jump with a Tandem Master – this involves putting your life completely in the hands of the instructor and trusting them 100% to guide through a truly stupendous (and frightening) experience and bring you back to the ground safe and sound. 

I will never forget the feeling of vertigo as I crouched at the doorway of the plane and then the rush of that first \”step\” off of the plane – \”Oh my God . . . the plane is gone, the ground below, and Sky all around me – flowing past me so fast that I cannot even hear my own thoughts . . .\”

In case someone reading this has interest in the Jump! apprenticeship program, I do want to make you aware that there is another Jump! program starting in early 2009.  The deadline for applying for this program is December 21, 2008.  To give you an idea of what this apprenticeship entails, here is how my teachers describe this program:

Jump! is an intensive apprenticeship, the purpose being to take a small dedicated group of people and to dive right into whatever obstacle is holding each person back, the things that interfere with living a life of 100% choice right now.  Everyone invited has already invested significant time into their spiritual path and have demonstrated a long-standing level of commitment to doing the hard work required to de-construct their unconscious belief structure and to start living from a place of choice.

The primary intent of this group is complete freedom, to fully live each moment, completely present, fiercely alive, vibrant, and in awe at the incredible mystery of this existence. This will require moving past your story, opening to new possibilities and unimagined ways of being. You should be prepared to challenge everything in your life, to look at it honestly and to evaluate from a place of clarity whether it is serving your path or not.  If you decide that it does not serve you, you will need a willingness to take action to transform it into something that will serve you or to utterly remove it from your life. You will be lovingly guided through deep processes, ritual, and inner healing with strong energetic support.
Over the apprenticeship\’s two years you will:

• Thoroughly cleanse both your physical and energetic bodies.
• Explore and practice many awareness exercises.
• Confront and move through your fears using shamanic and indigenous practices, such as firewalks, sweat lodges, vision quests, sensory deprivation exercises, etc.
• Challenge your identifications and explore new ways of being through magical theatre and stalking practices.
• Consistently practice taking concrete actions to dissolve your structures.
• Choose what is in your integrity in terms of sexuality, power, and money.
• Access and work with your own life force by exploring your relationship with sexual energy.
• Learn techniques to maintain your integrity as you move through the dream of the planet.
• Consistently connect with your Divine essence and allow your actions to flow from there.
• Train your mind and will to take their proper place in aiding you, rather than hindering you, on your path to true Awakening.
• Explore your ability to use your dreams and sleep states as tools for awakening.
• Hone your intuition and energetic perceptions, expanding your perception over and over until you can sink completely into the One field, and then expand beyond that into pure Awareness.
• Dive into the true joy of working in a spiritual community.
• Support each other between intensives to stay on track.

If you are interested in applying for the Jump! apprenticeship program you can contact the instructors, Heather Ash and Raven, at the email address below:

Heather Ash Amara and Raven Smith

In the meantime, if you\’d like to get a better idea of the adventure that may be in store for you, check out the video of my sky dive!  Cowabunga!!!

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