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Thursday, October 25, 2007

trapeze---lesson!!!






Well how could I see a trapeze and not want to fly through the air?? This was not as easy as it seems----it took an hour and a half class----but not a "taking notes class" you had to get up there right away and DO IT. Listen to the instructor every moment-----taking hold of the bar and jumping---having no choice but to trust the instructions being shouted and let go of the voices in my head ----I realized how much this activity was a metephor for my life right now----I had no time to process this move to atlanta--this new job and universe I am getting thrown into--the only way to survive the flight is to trust---to NOT listen to the voices in my head--but truly be in the moment----
On the trapeze I had a hard time when it came time to jump off the bar and let go into the net----the voices in my head kept saying 'DONT LET GO" but when I did not let go I stayed in the same place swinging aimlessly. When I finally let go the harness threw me into the air and effortlessly I did a flip and softly landed in the net.
The point of the class is it gets you ready for the final "catch" where you hold your arms out and let the professional grab you and take you off the bar into the air----
This process involves you holding out your arms after the swing but NOT GRABBING his hands-----your hands had to be OPEN and hold them out trusting he will grab them (by the wrist) and take you where you need to go. I held out my arms when the time came........BUT ]I tried to grab instead of holding my hands open and trusting him to take me.....so--we touched hands, but because of my need to grab instead of keeping my hands open and trusting-----we only touched and I continued to swing and flipped softly into the net---learning many, many things about what I need to work on in my life right now.

5 Comments:

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel--
Your uncanny ability to have "experiences" is outdistancing my
ability to absorb and react to them--
so, at least for now, I can only
stand in awe, mouth agog, and...

Prepare.

Prepare, for pix of you: inside an
Iranian nuclear reactor; riding
mountain bikes with the president;
nursing Britney back to emotional
health; giving the Rockies their
pep talk for game three; playing
bass with the White Stripes; arm-
wrestling with Oprah...

Please note: as such, on this end, extra prayer time has been inserted into the schedule.

Keep your miraculous posts coming.

Prayin' for ya, with considerable
affection,

Anonymous

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel--
A postscript.

All your thoughts in your most
recent post, culminating in your
description of how you grabbed
instead of leaving your hands open...about "the need to grab,"
and a way of fighting that need...
through trust, as in, "Perfect love casteth out fear"...very, very nicely expressed.

And very true.

You have a lot of courage.

Still prayin' for ya,

Anonymous

 
At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Brandon said...

OMG... I could never go on a trapeeze. Hell you'd never get me on a rollar coaster.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Rachel Reenstra said...

thank you anonymous---I love your responses almost as much as you like to read my posts :)

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel--
Thanks for your unexpected--and very
kind--acknowledgement.

I will work hard to move you from
"almost as much" to "as much."

Prayin' for you...

Love,

Anonymous

 

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