Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mojo Monday ~ Redvolutionary

What is a Redvolutionary you might ask?  Well this is how author Sera Beak describes it for us: 


"A Redvolutionary is someone who does not play by the social, religious, cultural, sexual, or political rules.  She affects change by daring to be herself, forging a unique path, and serving her planet authentically through "ecstatic activism."  She's a kind of 'spiritual superheroine,' rebelling against dogma and ideology in order to experience a direct and intimate relationship with the divine.  She has a fearless commitment to truth and freedom, healing and empowerment, hot love, red wine and gold body glitter...for all."




A few years ago I read a book by author Sera Beak called The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark.  Out of the blue I recently began receiving newsletter updates from author Sera Beak about upcoming workshops here in California.  What seems like eons ago, I had signed up on her web site to receive updates from her, and my twin mommy brain vaguely recalls getting something a long time ago, but then nothing.  So, to start receiving new emails from this fascinating young author made me take notice.  I pulled the well-read and dog-eared book from my shelf and began refreshing myself with the delights inside.  I also re-visited her new web site and learned that over 3 years ago Sera stepped back from the path she was on at the time.  She said goodbye to a publishing deal for her second book and the production of a film. In her own words she puts the experience this way:  "Over 3 years ago, the Universe ripped me a new one, a new Red Heart that is, and a lot has changed."  She goes into more detail in a keynote speech she gave in Spring 2012.  (You can watch the video on her web page by clicking here.)


Sera Beak
Sera Beak is a world traveled, Harvard-trained scholar of comparative religion, a spiritual cowgirl, and a redvolutionary.  She has whirled with Sufi dervishes, had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on her 21st birthday, took the host from a Croatian Catholic mystic who had the stigmata and has experienced life-altering visions with shamans (and everything in between.)  Her book also received rave reviews from the likes of Sark, Neale Donald Walsch and Rob Brezny.  


Here is the preface, called Prelude to A Kiss:


"Do you ever get that funny feeling, slightly surreal and disorienting, maybe late at night or early in the morning, maybe right before lunchtime or perhaps when your friends are chatting, a lover is changing, a job is droning, or a TV is flickering, a feeling that there's something more than all of this?  That you are more than all of this?  That perhaps life is more purposeful and magical than you give it credit for, and never mind all your unpaid parking tickets and bad work days that seem to prove otherwise?


You do?  Me, too.  As does your best friend, your boss, and your weird neighbor.  As do Russian rocket scientists, Belgian sheep farmers, and the Dalai Lama.  The feeling is, in fact, universal.


So, what is this funny feeling?  Sure, you could explain it away as some Freudian childhood glitch or planetary retrograde or even some of last night's margaritas coming up for an encore.  But more likely, it's something a bit more profound.  Chances are it's a coy catcall from the universe, disguised as existential angst.  It's the divine ringing your inner doorbell.  It's your higher self, stealing the spotlight.  It's your potential, aching to be realized, and your spirit, itching to be scratched.  So then the question becomes, what are you going to do about it?  Are you going to explore this feeling?  Are you willing to open the door?  Are you willing to refocus your lens?"


Author Sera Beak ~ Ignite Your Divine Spark
Chapter 1, called Light the Match: Set Your Intentions Free, begins off like this:


"So how the hell do you start igniting your divine spark?  Well, first and foremost, start by setting your intention.  Your intention is the energy, the electric charge, the awareness you bring to every aspect of your life.  It's the force that  lies behind everything you do, the fuel for your fire.  Your intention helps create the pathway for your experience; therefore, setting it ain't no trifling, careless thing, but a responsibility, one not to be taken lightly...


Setting your intention is a bit like offering up an invocation to the universe.  You place your desire out in the world, as an energized thought, a pregnant idea, an open prayer.  You envision how you would like to be, to feel, to progress...


You can state your intentions every morning before you get out of bed; it's like applying an all-day moisturizer for your spirit: 'I intend to be divinely aware and connected today, no matter what.'  You can sing them in the shower: ' I intend to follow my gut on this business deal and make it soar.'  You can let your intention move through your body during  a yoga class: ' I intend from now on to be healthier with my eating and exercise habits, and to love my strong, sexy body.'  Or set it when you take  stroll in the park: ' I intend to genuinely smile at every thing and every body I come across.'  You can set an intention for the coming day, week, year, or lifetime, or just for the moment you are in right now.  It's really that simple.  If you don't have a specific intention to set, just sit still, check in with your heart, and start sensing how you would ideally want to feel in your job, in your personal relationships, in your body, in your life, in your relationship with the divine.  Hold these feelings strongly for a moment in your mind and heart, and then release them, breathe them out into the world."


In what ways do you inspire/conspire to be Redvolutionary?


What Sparks are you feeling/experiencing right now in your life?  


If Sparks are lacking, what might you dare to do to ignite some?


Have you set any intentions for yourself?  

**One great way to get inspiration for your intentions is to participate in !Spark!, a Cosmic Cowgirl University offering, that inspires and supports you for thirty days in achieving your intentions.  The next session starts September 1st and you can learn more here.






There is much about Sera Beak that hollers Cosmic Cowgirl, in addition to her self-proclaimed Spiritual Cowgirl identity, Spark, Divinity, Red, Intentions, Revolutionary,  Daring, Glitter... and Oh, the list goes on and on.   She had been working on a book called The Red Book of Chakras three years ago, until her life took an unexpected detour.  She offers this particular book for sale on her web site.  She shares this about it: This was the book I started to write three years ago before my ass got kicked by the universe.  While my writing style and focus has changed since then, this book still packs a power-full punch of She-force and that's way I'm sharing it with you all now.  Enjoy!


She is now working on her official second book called Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic's Love Story and she still has intentions to complete and release the film called Redvolution: Dare to Disturb the Universe.


Sera is offering some amazing workshops in California, along with other opportunities to work with her, and you can learn more about that here.



2 comments:

LivesArt said...

Very, very nice!

cross-eyed crow said...

I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE this! Thank you sister! I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago when I was googling images about "forgiveness". I read an old post about forgiveness you had written, loooved it, and joined your site. I so look forward to your posts. As a young woman I find it so empowering to see a mama expressing her sass, sexiness, and spiritual savvy. I often wonder if I'll be able to be it all, spiritual teacher, ecstatic eco-activist, mama, siren, you make me think hell yea I can be it all! I can be a redvolutionary! You are such an inspiration. Thank you! <3 Jenny :)