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Lyrical Expressions by Amanda Norgaard

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Tales of Vacation and Prosperity


My total adoration and obsession with vacation began when I moved to New York at 17.


I went from living in the attic at my family's house. A bright open space where dark, teenage poetry covered the part of the walls that weren’t tapestered with books and indie movies. When I spontaneously moved to the States after debuting at an even more spontaneously successful international fashion week I brought just a few things from my teenage room. A room my mom kept as an untouched shrine for another 4 years until my younger brother begged to become the next resident. As he moved in he kept the dark poetry on the walls but added his own graffiti art.

When I made the move I packed the essentials. I rolled up an Andy Warhol poster that I’d bought at the Moderna Museum in Stockholm on a school trip a few years prior. I stacked my suitcase with the most important books and movies; The Dreamers, Last Tango in Paris, the Sex and The City-box, My Summer of Love and Superbad. I gladly paid the extra weight.

I packed the escape wheel of a clock and two large ancient film rolls. Actual film rolls. Both which I’d hoarded from an abandoned biology classroom at my highschool. I still have the escape wheel and the two film rolls on my bookshelf which is still the most debated item at our house. Loved by me, not so much by my partner who doesn't get my nostalgic and weird attachment to these two plastic rolls. But that’s me. I’m sentimental at heart. And I’ll stand up for the things I believe in. Film rolls and freedom alike.

So as I moved out of the attic, the annual vacation with my family became a sacred time to be together. To really be. The days were, now compared to my new life, comfortably predictable. Breakfast was mostly kept in silence as my younger siblings still awoke from their slumber, the morning air thick with humidity and the smell of coffee. The days were spent by the pool or by the beach, reading and drifting in and out of different states of consciousness. Perhaps due to a slight sunstroke. This cycle was only to be interrupted by lunch or dinner. I felt and lived like a Hemingway book.


The first many years of my life I didn’t travel much. My father, though an avid traveler for most of his life, didn’t have the money to take us traveling as I was growing up. My mothers then-husband disliked traveling and exploring new places as much as he disliked anything new and exciting the world had to offer. I on the other hand was yearning to explore the world. It instilled an insistent impatience within me. The longing to grow up. Because that’s the thing with being a child; to a certain extent you’re confined to the choices of your caretakers. I knew that right there on the other side of the riverbend of childhood was a new path calling my name. A life where I could travel all the worlds I knew were waiting for me to explore. To bathe in the scents of morning jasmine, coffee and spices. To dwell in mystery and history whispered through the ancient walls. Like old friends calling my name, the world was calling me. My mom remarried a man who loved dad-rock as much as I did, who’d laugh at my jokes and who, luckily, loved all the new and exciting things this world has to offer. Traveling included. But my yearning for adventure had come to stay. So when I started making some money on modeling, I’d use the little leftovers I had to travel. A ticket to travel was essentially why I leaped into modeling to begin with. Modeling jobs and travels are far from glamorous. Everyone in the industry knows that. Usually you get to see very little of the places you visit. Literally crack-of-dawn-call-times, long working hours and the earliest flight out the next day, doesn’t allow for all that much leisure. But it gave me the opportunity to travel, almost, as I pleased. Including taking weeks off for vacation with my family.


Prosperity is a vast and highly personal experience. We can’t help but face our programming when we enter the work with prosperity. It’s healing, revealing and liberating. A lot of us walk around working towards an idea of prosperity, call it societal conditioning, only to realize that that was not where it was at, at all. So what is prosperity to you? Our Earth is innately abundant. And so are we. How can we begin to attune our sensory system to a more exalted experience of exactly that? To experience your own internal abundance, prosperity and potential is to experience that of the Earths. And vice versa. Perhaps, our irrational need for consumption will lessen when we’ll know true prosperity at (in) Heart. That’s why I wanted to create a new daily practice for you to explore, deepen and experience that embodied prosperity that is always and already available within you. A megawatt joyride of a Daily Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Practice for Embodied Prosperity. Awaken, activate and amplify the multidimensional expressions and experience of all things prosperity in your life, as within, so without. The life that lives within and around us is so very rich. We touch, impact and create our external landscape that is off our internal landscape. So let’s get real. What does prosperity actually mean to you? To me it’s a technicolored landscape; the feeling of experiencing that infinite potential and possibility. Presence and Freedom. Joy. To feel my Soul soar in my cells with creativity and life force. To be surrounded by so much love and relationships that I have poured my energy and heart into. To wake up and do a job that is deeply meaningful to me, and to others as well. To be human. With all of it.


I always reconnect to that deeply felt frequency of prosperity and purpose after a vacation.

I emerge with a deeper understanding of how I intend to lead my life and my business alike. With presence. With peace. With gratitude for the little things; for the first coffee of the day, the city waking up and the untapped unknown. I am the main writer of my Destiny. I feel so grateful to have built a life that I don’t need a break from, but the love for adventure is undying. Traveling and vacation will always be one of my favorite ways of experiencing prosperity. Creating THE VACATION felt like the most abundant and purposeful job to do. To extend my prosperous love for the floral air, the misty mountain, the life of leisure and journaling as the sun rises. To practice ancient practices on sacred land. To unlock deep, sweet, healing energy. To lay idle and lazy by the pool. Reading poetry while the sun kisses your skin. And melting your heart. Pressing flowers between the pages of your book, save them for a rainy day. Receiving. Being for the sake of being. Living for the sake of living. And from that nurtured soil of yours, experiencing a profound creativity, prosperity and vitality rising. If THE VACATION is calling you: call us! We’ve got only two spots left. Take a look at our pleasure-filled brochure to get the vibe of the vacation, visit our website or take a peek at our retreat residence: Hotel Marqí


See you in space and/or under the sun.


With Love -

Amanda


How to turn your creative juices on and other stories



In the Spring I did something I haven’t done for a while: I committed to a continuous practice of Sat Kriya.


Sat Kriya has never been a favorite meditation of mine. Rather the opposite. Arms up, pumping the navel, forget about it. But by April, spring hadn’t sprung in Copenhagen and it felt like we were in the deep-end of January, internally as well as externally. I felt dried up. Metaphorically and literally speaking.

Over a decade ago I made a vow to never complain about the weather. I realized that even if I was to spend just a tiny amount of my life complaining about the weather, that would quickly add up and I would lose a whole lot of good life.


The mind is multilayered but in the yogic technology we often operate with the 3 major facets of the mind: The Negative, The Positive and The Neutral Mind. The Negative Mind is known as the protective mind. Think boundaries, all your no’s and second thoughts. The Positive mind is the expansive mind; a place for all your yes’s, leaps and turning obstacles into opportunities. The Neutral Mind is the Elder; the wise one. The Observer that understands beyond polarities.

Mastering your mind is a wonderful way of being in the driver's seat of your life. What direction are you giving your life? What are you essentially giving life to? Take a look at the room or space you find yourself in right now. What do you see? Do you see the mess on the floor, the questionable interior in the waiting room? Or do you see the beauty of the evergreen, the smile on the man’s face who too is sitting in the questionable decorated waiting room? How we perceive our external environment is pretty much an exact blueprint of the condition of our internal environment. It’s simple: Wherever the energy flows, the energy grows. It’s simple, but not always easy. Because #human.


Choosing the Creative Direction of your mind and letting your Heart and Soul lead the way is not going to be the most comfortable journey due to the subconscious programming we all come with. The mind is a great servant of the Heart yet there’s a very primal part of our human makeup that doesn’t like to change. That’s okay too. Positive reinforcement is key when we begin transforming and changing the course of our lives. Beating yourself up about not meditating enough, not healing fast enough, not manifesting all the things, is nothing but a rebrand of that internal voice that goes: not good enough yet. Call it ego / conditioning / fear / subconscious programming. In the end of the day that’s not how we heal, transform or grow.

On a cellular level, healing and recreation can only happen when a sense of safety and nourishment are present. Think of a woman giving birth; oxytocin levels drop when she feels unsafe and stressed out. On the other hand oxytocin levels rise when she feels supported, held and nourished. Then woman can open herself up to the primal creative powers and give birth even through the most intense pain. The same goes for any rebirth we might find ourselves at. To be fully human is to practice the art of birth, life, death and rebirth. Over and over again. Healing, if you ask me, is the cellular and embodied realization that we are whole. Parts of us are just remembering and realizing that we are already home and whole.


When we look to the collective psyche many of us grew up in and around, it’s no wonder that we may get a little wrapped up in the idea that “healing” is another task we have to fulfill, which ironically takes away the energy we could use to simply surrender into that very experience of our innate wholeness. Right now many of us are shifting from a goal oriented mindset to a process oriented mindset. A shift back into an innate intelligence that runs through all living things. Look at Nature. Nature is never in bloom for the sake of blooming. She blooms because that is a part of a greater, Divine process. As is the decay of the same petals that once were in bloom. So as you continue your journey whether you call it healing or simply just being human, remember to celebrate every part of your homecoming. Everything is sacred. A Victory is a Victory.


So what about that Sat Kriya, you may wonder?

Here’s another component of healing and choosing the creative direction for your life: responsibility. When you begin celebrating yourself, you in-source tremendous amounts of energy. That energy is going to make it a lot easier to take responsibility for whatever you may need in the given moment. I call it closing a leaking faucet.


You most likely have had the experience of feeling drawn to a certain meditation, kriya or mantra. When you do, all I can advise you to do is: pick up the phone and answer. My intuition dialed up Sat Kriya on that April morning. There is nothing wrong with winter dryness, blues or overwhelm. Here’s the thing: we don’t meditate to bypass life. We meditate to create more energy, spaciousness and consciousness in our inner life so that we can be big enough to sit with the whole pendulum of life; pleasure and suffering alike. Knowing that beyond it all, there’s a unity, to yolk light and darkness, that is yoga. What do you do with that space, that consciousness is your responsibility. For me it looked like Sat Kriya. I felt so ready to welcome in a new river of life within me, to stir the heat of Shakti in my root and let her warmth and fire juice up my channels. To birth myself anew. Giving thanks to the life I leave behind. Every single day. As most of you already know, a daily practice is a sacred act of connecting with your soul. Describing these, at times quite yet direct revelations and deepenings can be limiting, and to me it can often sound a little bit like: do this and you’ll get that.


But! I do want to try and encapsulate some of the ripples that moved within me because we’re going to work closely with Sat Kriya on The Muses in October-November. At that time of the year the energetic shift is tangible and Sat Kriya is going to support us in igniting our inner fire, moving pleasure through our body/mind and bringing our chakras into a greater balance. Which basically means to generate, hold and move with more energy, vitality, creativity, consciousness, spaciousness, radiance and joy. Honestly, 3 months and counting of Sat Kriya has been so fucking profound.



What happened on my 90+ days of Sat Kriya:


_ My creative and sexual (one and the same) energy juiced up to a maximum percent. I felt like Shakira, Shakti, Saraswati and Kali in one.

_ Speaking of Kali and Shakti. I initiated and entered a profound healing of my wild (divine) femme. In this journey I began to understand a new layer of just how suppressed this archetype and energy is within the individual as it is in the collective, beyond gender.

_ Lineage Healing. The greater embodiment and commune with these untapped areas of my energy supported me in uprooting and healing tremendous amount of sexual shame and trauma, personal as inhereted. One of many trauma responses is the inability to feel pleasure; sexually as non-sexually. The moving of my Kundalini Shakti melted the iceberg of frozen fear and alchemized into a warm, lush river of life. I felt plugged into my own resources.

_ Which equalled: Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure. Not just sexually, but a deeeeep, continous, wave of pleasure running through me throughout my day. Like really, wow, this body is a sensory haven! From food, to scent, to the breath of life. My life has felt orgasmic, erotic and so rich.

_ On The Muses I’ll tell you about the journey of the Naga Shakti, how she awakens and what happens when she hits the Heart on her journey through the Chakras. It’s a beautiful tale of opening to a new layer and way of life. To feel the power of a 108 Suns beaming within you. That’s what happened within me and it is something I wish for every human being to experience in this lifetime.


Before I send you off into your day, did I mention that we moved the Muses a tiny bit? We’re now going to journey through the fall, more exact from October 6th-November 17th.


On a final note I wanted to thank you for being here. For reading and following along for the last couple of years. It’s my deepest pleasure to be in this field with all of you. Thank you for being.


With Love,

Amanda


Leo Season and Cosmic Boogie



I begin this letter on July Wednesday the 27th. One day before the New Moon in Leo spiced with a heavy-hitting Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction. My time off is almost over, and July went swift and as God/Universe/Her Majesty wanted it; always messed with my initial plans. I’m beginning to truly understand that one of my great master teachings in this life is that I can absolutely not foresee, control or dictate anything. In a world where we’re deemed successful when we reach our intended goals (whether professional or simply pleasurable) and flaky when we don't, I continue to learn as I detour. Living it up to the societal idea of success is not the life I came here to live. I know what gets me going. I’m about the Love. The Liberation. The Spark. The True, Good and Beautiful. That’s my jam. And though July brought less Enrique Iglesias than first intended I’ve been moved and touched by Love and Life in newfound ways.


A week later I continue to compose this letter: It’s Leo Season and we’re in the window of, in certain circles, the highly anticipated Lion’s Gate. Leo is all about the Heart, man. It’s easy to think that Leo shines for the sake of flashy, but if you watch “Halftime” on Netflix with my fellow Manifesting Generator, J-Lo, who also happens to be a Leo you begin to understand that what shines through the glitter, the gold and the kapooow is that bombastic Heart Energy. In yogic science we say that the Heart has the power of 108 suns. Conventional and Curious science are confirming that the electromagnetic field is also a few thousands times more powerful than that of the brain.

The Heart is the reigning throne of Love. Love is the highest measured frequency of the planet. Yet it’s greatly misunderstood, as the Leo archetype tends to be. If you’ve practiced and studied with me throughout the years you most likely have had one of those heart opening experiences. And if that is the case, you know it’s not just about being all warm and fuzzy. It’s also that. But it’s something quite different too. Even just writing about it I feel a stream of energy moving through me. To turn our attention to Love, is not about avoiding or neglecting that which is not of love. It’s actually the exact opposite. I keep saying this , because it continues to be my own deepest experience. When giving into Love (which at times looks and feels more like being stretched from all corners of your being), that very Love will illuminate everything that is not off Love. Our deepest-rooted fears, anxieties, wounds and fill in the blank will eventually surface. That’s where the liberation begins. The awakening. The eternal lesson is that when we sit in Love there is no dragon, no abyss, no eye of Sauron that we can’t face no matter the degree of discomfort.


When I began to take intuitive notes from The Muses, I knew I wanted to incorporate even more space to feel into what we often think of as the sticky, the icky and the murky. The subconscious programming, the shadow and the trauma responses. That which Love brings to the forefront when we begin to move our Body/Mind/Spirit in new, wondrous ways.


To me it’s the highway to Heaven. I get why there can be an adversity towards these words. Many think of shadow work as a navel gazing practice as a way to continuously agitate the wound. This is everything but my experience. It’s within these profound Heroine's Journey, the feminine and internal principle to The Hero’s Journey, that I resurface with a newfound clarity and intel around my Human Potential and Purpose in this life. And how to extend it to the world. My side effects of this kind of work have been experiencing a newfound vitality, aliveness, joy and a relief in realizing to never take anything personal, not even my own narrative. I really wanted to create a body of work that felt equally fun, igniting and delicious as profound, revealing and healing. A place to be seen in the fullness and richness of our humanity; powerful, vulnerable, open. A place to boogie with the Cosmic Disco, the Healing Tunes, and all of the groove that makes us Human. And to bring exactly this to the table of Human History because we’re all a part of a greater symphony. Together we can create the most beautiful harmony when we begin to attune our instrument to the frequency of Love. My vision and prayer is that The Muses may serve you in the most exciting, igniting and expansive ways; a Creative and Awakening Container to support your ever-unfolding human journey, to deepen each moment with such profound presence that the Beauty and Joy of Life reveals itself to you on each step of the way.


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