Happy Chinese Year of the Dog!
Happy New Day in general, my dear.
It is a new beginning, every day you are alive.
Despite February being one of the coldest months here, I absolutely LOVE this time of the year. It is also my birth month, time for my personal New Year's Celebration. As someone who needs a lot of time for reflection and is constantly refining my alignment with my truest essence, I love reflecting on the possibility for having continuous, circular New Beginnings. I want to make sure I am paying attention, listening within and making adjustments when necessary, to live a more authentic, satisfying and meaningful life.
I had the pleasure to start this year's performing in the stunning LOFOTEN ISLANDS in Northern Norway, invited by Ny Musikk Nordland. It was a concert I will never forget! I was singing together with a natural echo: TALKING NYMPHS, evoking the nature spirits on this special location. The energy was very strong there.
It is hard to record the echo though, so unfortunately I have no proper video to post here... but I have something else, new and exciting to share with you!
MY FIRST FACEFOOK LIVE:
This is another new beginning for me, to start sharing in this direct and unedited way, so that I can reach you all, around the globe! I am planning on LIVE sharing on both my private page as well as my professional page, Irindira Vocal Arts, so if you want to follow me there, here is the direct link: https://www.facebook.com/merindira/
THE GLORIOUS LIGHT
of the Radiant February SUN
from my snowy village to you all,
around the world!
Remember to appreciate the simple joys of life today.
This midwinter darkness has been cradling me in it's murkier waters. There is a heaviness of old patterns being brought into the surface. It seems to me that now that I have my safe haven, here in my 'new' home, it is now safe to have a deeper look into some aspects of self I have rather left unnoticed.
It is curious, when truly going after your dreams and starting to realise them, something can still catch your heart in shadow. Part of that 'something' is exactly that: simply a call to be there, embracing that darker side. The vulnerable, the unfinished, the out-of-tune parts of ourselves. There are moments when we really just need to be still and listen to the murmurs of those unheard parts. To be present. To forget the busy roadmap we have created for ourselves and surrender to the mystery of listening.
I asked my guides for some insights and a blessing for these times, for this new year we have entered. A melancholic melody started appearing. I took the microphone and recorded it and the rest of the blessing. Always without editing. This one embracing all the misaligned and out-of-tune parts of ourselves, either falling way or integrating into our greater whole:
'' Big questions are called forth. Deep commitments are being asked of you.
You are setting a new course for your life and the life on planet earth. Choose your priorities wisely. Choose with you heart and womb, that creative core within. Choose in alignment with Mother Earth. Ask for her guidance and support. Together we can heal even the deepest wounds.
Be receptive, be vulnerable, be willing to shift and transform and you will be held and guided through it all. ''
In celebration for your courageous act of simply being alive. Grateful for the beauty of your unique journey at this time, together, on Planet Earth.
Blessed be, blessed be, blessed be!
We have entered an interesting year. Making magic real by seriously COMMITTING to staying true to your purpose and doing the work necessary for your gifts to be shared. It is a year of contradictions: the earthly world might get more and more 'real' with us and yet, at the same time, we have a greater opportunity to create a New World from a completely new perspective. You have to believe it to be able to create it. You have to start creating and you will see it come true.
In my own life, this looks a lot like the picture above: purposefully CREATING the spaces, the physical settings for tuning in, listening, channeling, making myself available for the creativity to flow through. We need some structure to have the inner space for the dream world to come alive.
By making things more concrete and grounded makes it easier to also open up for greater flows of energy and creativity.
During the holidays, my hyacinth mama was growing off center, bending all the way on the table, away from her little one. I supported her back up and she leaned towards her little one. In the hyacinth I saw myself and the need for structure and support. I had not been taking enough time for self-care. With my little one, we are growing together. She is reflecting back to me, every day, whether my life is in balance or if I am moving out of alignment.
In 2018 I am committing to create more music, Vocal Mosaics, to record and share this Global World Music with you. These are actual songs, without words and only with my voice, but different from the Vocal Blessings in the sense that they are composed and layered track by track.
As my New Year's gift to you, I am sharing a Goddess Activation with SARASWATI, the Goddess of Learning, Music and Arts, as well as Truth and Purity. May she grace you with her wisdom!
MESSAGE FROM SARASWATI:
''Souls are being called forth, to connect with their creative essence to birth hope, love and life-enhancing transformation on planet earth.
Activate your soul’s wisdom, activate your creative core spark and radiate that power of true creation into the world. This will help create beautiful waves of those creative cores lit up and activated, everywhere your gifts touch people’s souls.''
Read the whole message HERE
Wishing you an inspiring and empowering New Year 2018!
From my fearless truth to yours,
For me, these darkest days of the year have called me to do as much of ‘nothing’ as possible. To just let all the experiences of the past year sink in, wash through, integrate and dissolve. Letting go of what needs to be released and appreciating what has been inspiring and magical. Life changing.
There has been a certain heaviness in the energy field during the past couple of weeks. After a whole year of transformations, taking action, making an effort to live a fulfilling life, dreaming and taking steps to make those dreams real, many feel… completely exhausted.
And it sure has been quite the year!! For me, from the very first day, 1.1.2017 when I first saw my new house which called me in, to make a move. Following my intuition, I have been riding the crazy waves of change without looking back. Taking that big leap and letting my wings open, trusting the winds would come and carry me. And they have!
The more I live my dreams true, I also realise how important it is to have inspiring, loving, living connections with other people. Without such amazing people in my life, none of these things would be possible. It is all happening because of YOU!! Because we are connected. Because we circulate the magic, because we create those uplifting winds of ‘good luck’ that carry us forward.
My year has been full of amazement and adventure and yet, I have also had my share of pain, insecurity and loneliness. Sometimes we get so enchanted, as we look at someone else’s life from outside, that we are convinced they have it 'all figured out', that they are always having an amazing time, that they are ‘beyond’ such feelings as anxiousness or fear. In my experience, we all have the whole spectrum of human emotions alive within us. What gets highlighted might change from person to person, significantly even, but we ALL have those emotions to some extend.
Honouring the beauty of the Human Heart in all it’s vulnerability, I offer you a few gifts here, below. Let it be my Christmas Gift to you, bringing those Tidings of Comfort and Joy!
NEW MOON VOCAL ACTIVATION:
On the last New Moon of 2017 we started to create the shifts for the coming year 2018. Listen to this Vocal Blessing and let it flow through you with the energy of pure beginnings, transcending anything that needs to be resolved, dissolved or let go of for the new to take wing.
If you want to go a little deeper, you can read the channeled message I was given on the Winter Solstice. The message carries into the new year:
''And from this humble, loving space within, new realities can be created. New realities where the vulnerability of the human heart, of human life, is acknowledged, understood and celebrated. ''
Read the whole message HERE
Sweet, gentle BLESSINGS to your life at these transformative times during Yule, Solstice and more.
In what ever way you might celebrate, I wish you peace of heart and the radiance of your soul's wisdom.
Warm winter hugs,
The whole month of November has been full of travels and new encounters, new performances, new ideas and new paths opening up. It has been so rewarding yet I am super happy and relieved that these last days of this month I will get to be home at last! The snow is bountiful up here in the North and the frost is creating such gorgeous world of pure whiteness.
With me, through the month, I have had Goddess Lakshmi. Her sweetness has been new to me in many ways, but learning to trust her benevolent beauty has been a pleasure for sure. There has been moments of utter exhaustion but I have gracefully landed into her arms again, as soon as I have let go and 'let Goddess'. In other words, relaxing into the flow of life as I stay true to my essence.
Last Friday I had my first Meditative Vocal Concert where the audience were invited to listen while laying down on a yoga mat, wrapped in a blanket. Candle light, deep breathing, complete surrender... Creating such pleasurable circumstances for the music to flow through felt so blissful!
I want to share a taste of this bliss with you. You are welcome to listen in and take a moment to bask in the sweetly flowing essence of Lakshmi!
Through the link above you can access the 'secret' page on my website for the Goddess Invocation of Lakshmi and her words of loving wisdom as well, channeled through Meri IRINDIRA.
Blessings to you and sweet tenderness into the last days of this year as we enter December!
My journey is taking me to some extraordinary places to perform. On Saturday the 4th, the November Full Moon rose behind me on Viiankiaapa Nature Reserve in Sodankylä, Finland. We were gathered there to honour and protect this beautiful area as it is under the threat of becoming destroyed by mining. It is already a nature reserve but plans are to null this status in order to be able to turn it into a profitable mining site in short term, offering the untouched beauty and rich biodiversity of this special place for long term devastation. We all know this story... as it is rampant in our world.
Here is a short clip from the concert, my original song called 'The Opening' which I created before my daughter was born, before I even knew I would ever become a mother. Afterwards, through this song, I felt like her energy was coming in, preparing me to receive and welcome her. The future generations... the world is a much more complex place than when I was born, those 40 years ago. It is certain that the lives of our children will be dramatically different still, from what we are able to foresee. Returning to simplicity in the complex world, whenever possible, is for me an act of self love and love for the planet. Using technology is and will be a part of it, but never to forget that we live as a part of a much larger organism, that humans depend on Mama Gaia, Planet Earth, as our home, companion and provider of all we truly need to live.
We were so blessed at Viiankiaapa, as it turned out to be the perfect evening for an outdoors concert in the wilderness. The wind was still, with just a few degrees below zero, no snowing (or raining) during the concert and those nearly clear skies to let the Full Moon truly shine on us. I closed my eyes, singing from my soul, inviting the clarity and the power of the Full Moon to immerse with my whole being. May we all feel connected with Mama Gaia and the Universe, as we are so intrinsically connect.
Blessed be, in the Light of the Moon!
At the time of decay, characteristic for late autumn, I have been journeying with the fierce goddess KALI. She is often frightening at the first sight, but she is always there to catch you. Kali embraces you in your wild power, through deep dark pathways, holding the ultimate truth in her wisdom. Nothing is 'too much' for Kali. Never 'too deep', nothing 'too crazy', nothing 'too challenging' for her. As we see the transformation continuing in worrying or scary ways in our world, we are walking with Kali. To liberate we must reveal. To be free with must break loose.
I am breaking free of limitations. Like Kali, without excuses, she connects directly with her TRUTH beyond any other authority. The world needs our truth now. I journey through time lines, cultures, traditions. With respect, curiosity and willingness to create something new. Dancing with the tradition, in a new context, with a new perspective, I offer what comes through me. I had an intense, creative week working on an exhibition, Kven Connection, at Varanger Museum in the remote coastal city of Vadsø in the Arctic Norway. In the 1800's Finnish migrants came to settle there, as they were plagued by severe hunger. When they reached the wild and abundant Arctic Ocean they could fish throughout the year in addition to their farming and raising cattle. They became one of the National Minorities in Norway, who most people know very little about.
For the exhibition I created 'New Traditional Kven Music', a song composed around loose words that start creating a meaning when put together. 'Tulthiin, Nähthiin, Jääthiin' (We came, we saw, we stayed) became a part of my sound installation for Kven connection:
I also experienced such forming of a new tradition of re-mixing cultural elements, with my daughter recently. Where we live now, there are lots of rowans. I remembered creating necklaces from the rowan berries as a child. We have 3 of these blessed trees on our yard (the new house we moved into this spring!) and our bird friends have been feasting for weeks already. Someone in our village had cut down rowan branches and I collected some for me and my girl. As we were beading the berries, I realised we were actually creating a mala instead of a necklace. A rosary. Symbolic for my creative work with music, weaving in traditions, creating something 'old' with a slightly new perspective, combining cultures and their wisdom.
These mala beads were dedicated to Kali Ma as red and black are her colours. And as all the leaves are gone already from the trees, the bare dark branches of the rowans keep highlighting the red berries, pulsating their vibrancy through the darkness that is getting deeper every day. Until the dawn of the new cycles comes.
VIBRANT rhythms of creation in the darkness for you all. Dance with the mystery and something new might be revealed to you.
P.S. If you want to bring the power of Kali Ma into your life and are you curious of her medicine and wisdom, I have created a (secret) invocation for you. You are welcome to read and listen her voice and words channeled through me over HERE.
This year has truly been transformational, as I wrote in January. Though I had no idea yet what was to come, I could feel it. I have since then bought a little white house on the Finnish /Swedish border where I originally come from. Everything started unfolding in a new way after this move, and this change already has had huge impact as my base is now completely reorganised. I have also reclaimed my semi-nomadic life style, despite being a house owning single mom.
One peculiar thing is that though I still live in a rather remote place (not the one pictured above!), people are streaming in, near and far, physically and energetically, and new connections are being created at the same time as existing connections are going through some high vibrating upgrades! Holy wow. One such upgrade happened just last week as I was asked to create a wedding ceremony in the desert for two very special friends. This experience worked it's magic like a charm and through this process, not only my friends got their Unique Universes Unified, I felt I went through yet another initiation as well, a new portal. Balancing the masculine and the feminine energies, with creative magic as our guide, with a Full Moon Drum and soil from the birthplaces of the man and the woman we wove a web of pure, new potentiality to come forth. I was honoured to be the Creatrix of their Ceremony.
The desert on Full Moon is indescribably powerful. To spend 3 nights under it's spell, especially during these otherwise turbulent times, was beyond what I have ever experienced before. The beauty, the magic, the past, present and future of human kind.... moving through as visions, inklings, understanding beyond logic. I also had my moon time on the full moon and for the first time, offered my blood back to Mother Earth. This being the land of Israel, the birth place of all the biggest religions, where stories have been written for some of the oldest books we still read... this holy and conflicted land. To claim my Goddess Essence there felt like embodying the Essence of the Sacred Female as the old structures based in patriarchy were made obsolete. Like a Rebel Goddess of all the silenced women finally free to express her full essence without hiding or excuses or fear of persecution. The Radiant Sun and the Full Moon, aligned with Mother Earth to empower this initiation. I felt blessed beyond measure and at the same time, realised on a deeper level the responsibility bestowed on me, through this power, in unleashing my full potential in service for Human Kind and this Planet. I am a Goddess Rising and I claim my sovereignty as one. Under the open skies, bare footed, embraced by the silky, ancient sand and balmy desert air, the Creative Essence of All Life felt very close, benevolent and generous. What a gracious gift! I am forever in awe for this Living Wisdom.
This was a life changing event and I still linger in the mystery of it all. And yet there was more to come: after those 3 transformational days and nights in the depth, the silence, the purity and power of the desert, I parted from the wedding whirlwinds and visited a dear in friend and her family. I also had the chance to give a concert and a workshop for the first time in Israel.
Leaving you with a little taste of the inner processes that has been in motion for a while now, I offer you this short clip from our concert. It is a song to honour the hearts of muslim mother's throughout the world. The eye on Fatima's Hand is crying... There is no protection from all the evil present in our world at this time... but as we Unify our Inner Universes beyond cultures, beyond religions and belief systems, we can find that transformational power of the Human Heart. Heart to heart, soul to soul. There is no other way to find peace. This song is an example of my Vocal Mosaics (all live recorded voices) and what I have decided to call Global World Music.
From my weeping, celebrating, deeply grateful and constantly transforming heart to yours.
There has been a sense of 'newness' since the beginning of 2017 for me. I have been on a transformational, creative journey for most of my life, but something shifted in a BIG way. This is a year of Courage, Authenticity and Radiant Action for me.
It started with closing 2016 through a process of falling in love with my past. I decided to honour everything and to allow myself to feel amazed by all the things I have done and experienced. I decided to truly appreciate all that I am and all that I have been. From that place of profound acceptance, such joy and inspiration arose to create a New Life with this pure being-ness as it's essence. I will share all of me from a place of fearless authenticity, joyful creation and trust in magical connections.
Making Snow Angels with my little girl Mimi and my mom was a beautiful part of this process of falling in love with my past - and how this love reaches far into the future! It is time now to truly trust my wings. It is now time to fly! And to know that magic exists. Within each of us.
As something new and exciting to share with you, I have started offering IRINDIRA BLESSINGS - a personal vocal activation for you to align you with your core essence, to support you, to comfort you and to encourage you to fulfil your life's purpose! Included in the blessing is also one question about any area of your life you want some guidance on and I will channel you a loving message from my guides. If you are interested, please contact me directly (meri.nikula(at)gmail.com) and I can share with you the details.
Wishing you a transformational 2017!
With love, joy and inspiration,
This summer I retrieved my lifestyle as a Creative Nomad. With my little girl Mimi, on her second summer, we traveled and I performed as well as taught Voicing Your Body -workshops again. I enjoyed enormously meeting friends, old and new, creating expansive circles of inspiration spiralling forth and taking people on journeys with me, through my music and through each their own personal experience with Voicing Your Body.
ART: Dragonfly Deity by Barbara Courtille (YoginiThreads)
In Paris I had the pleasure of reconnecting with some dear collaborators and close friends (Yasmine Hugonnet, Léa Canu Ginoux) and new inspiring healers (Jacqueline Lebo) and artists (Barbara Courtille). In Corfu, Greece, staying, performing and teaching with the unique Zoe Valerie at Casa Lucia, we got to enter a whole new island. I had my concert under a gorgeous pine tree that created a magical space under it's foliage, with an Nordic air given it's cooling shade as well as the lichen growing on it's extensive branches.
PHOTO: Pine Tree with Meri by Alexandros Angelakis
There are more photos and videos coming up... however, for now, I am unwinding. While traveling, I had very little time online, which was wonderful, being able to simply receive what was. Now as we are in Finland, still traveling but more 'at home' at the same time, I am both more connected to the world wide web as well as the nature. Listening to the sound of silence that awakens my soul... and brings me deep peace and sense of serenity.
PHOTO: Selfie in the woods of Northern-Carelia, Finland
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