Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Wicked New Path

I've been wanting to write or tell someone about my special connection to a certain broadway musical song but I need to update those of you who haven't talked to me in the past few months or don't even know me. 
First of all, I'm leaving the good ol' midwest in October and taking my first big adventure with moving.  This kind of moving is not the same as moving 16 blocks away from my parent's house or even moving 90 minutes away for college. This is moving 24 hours away from my hometown where I know where everything is, having tons of connections and most of all, my support system is all around me. This move is a rather big personal step for me and I'm excited, scared, anxious, hopeful and thankful.  I've known for a few years that I need to spread my wings and leave the Indiana nest but I didn't know where I was suppose to go or what I was suppose to do. I did a lot of thinking in what I need and want out of a community, what kind of weather I'd prefer, what career I want to do and how moving will inspire or hender my personal need to evolve. Over the couple years of thinking, my passion for new age beliefs started to expand. Some of these beliefs include life after death, healing and a person's reason for existence on this earth at this time. I read lots and lots of books, meditated, talked to anyone who had an open mind, journaled  and took a few classes. As my spirituality grew, the more I yearned to know more about my fave subjects. 
Jump to May 2009. I thought I had my mind set on moving to Colorado (Denver or Boulder areas) because of the feel of the area and the people. I had just started telling friends and extended family about the move when my friend, Tiff, who is as much into the new age subjects as I am found this AH-MAZING school in Tempe, Arizona. It's called Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doesn't the name even sound wonderful? Tiff announced that she was going to enroll there in the winter. As soon as I checked out their website with the list of classes, I was hooked like a 30lb bass on a 8 year old's fishing rod. A few of the classes I found interesting were hynotherapy, life coaching and reiki. (I've been told by several mediums and by my spirit guides that I am a healer and I need to learn reiki.)  

Insert definition of Reiki (pronounced " ray kee"): A therapy that helps to maintain the universal life-energy. It brings about healing on all levels- physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The reiki practitioner uses a hands-on technique where the energy flows through palms and  causes healing.

Okay- done with the update. Phew, that took awhile. Now back to my connection with a Broadway song.

So, the song is Defying Gravity from Wicked with Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. (Absolutely AH-MAZING vocalists and actresses!!)
Here is a link to the song:

I was first introduced to this song by my mom's boss (Dr. Cook), who is a musical fanatick :). He had gotten wind that I was seeing this musical in a few weeks and had me listen to this song (while in a dentist chair). When I first heard it, I was thinking "ya, that is a cool song" but didn't understand how powerful it is until you've seen the show. (To those of you 2 people who haven't seen the show, GO SEE IT!!!) After, I saw the show I bought the soundtrack but couldn't help but playing over and over again Defying Gravity. I listened more and more to the lyrics and they deeply touched me. I found many connections to my life. I'm sure you're wondering what they are so I'll outline them for you:

Lyrics- " Something has changed within me, something is not the same. I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game. Too late for second guessing. Too late to go back to sleep. It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap. It's time to try defying gravity. I think I'll try defying gravity and you can't bring me down." 

Related to MP's life-  My thoughts on life have changed through my new found faith. I'm tired of saying I believe in things that I really wasn't sure about. Tired of going through the motions of church when they didn't mean much to me. I have trusted my instincts on my spiritual path thus far and now I'm closing my eyes and leaping by relocating my life and everything I once knew. Even though 98% of my friends and family don't understand how I feel, I'm leaping and therefore defying gravity. And you can't pull me down!

At the next section elphaba (the green and not necessarily the bad witch) asks Glinda to come with her and says "think of what we could do together." Then both of the witches sing:
"Unlimited. Together we're unlimited. Together we'll be the greatest team there's ever been. Dreams the way we planned 'em. If we work in tandom, there's no fight we cannot win. Just you and I defying gravity ... they'll never bring us down."

Related to MP- I interpret this section in two ways. 1.) The other person (Glinda) could be my friend Tiff who is moving to AZ too. We'll be taking some of the same classes and most likely experiencing the same things as we grow. 2.) The other person can be other humans who have opened themselves up to love, taking the road less taken and have believed so strongly in something and went through with it.

Lyrics- "I hope you're happy now that you're choosing this. You too. I hope it brings you bliss. I really hope you get it and don't live to regret it. I hope you're happy in the end. I hope you're happy, my friend. So if you care to find me, look to the western sky. As someone told me lately, everyone deserves the chance to fly. And if I'm flying solo, at least I'll be flying free...."

Related to MP- (Note to those 2 people who didn't see Wicked, Glinda and Elphaba don't leave together, don't defy gravity together.) Fairly self-explanitory but I love how the lyrics say "look to the western sky" since I'm moving out west.  

The main part of the song ends with " No wizard that there is or was is ever gonna bring me down." The wizard can be a lot of things in my life, including my own doubts but ultimately, they're not going to bring me down.

End Scene. 

1 comment:

  1. I saw Wicked this summer and looooved that song. I downloaded it as soon as I got home! Best of luck on your upcoming journeys, and keep in touch!