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Thinking about the stories told, and the authors who conceived and transmitted them, gave me a miraculous opportunity. I time-traveled in my mind and heart and witnessed just how far I’ve come as a human being having a spiritual experience.
STEVEN WASHINGTON has been teaching QiGong alongside Lee Harris at his Energy Mastery events since 2015. From the many participants at these events, and in his one-on-one sessions, Steven has found that this gentle movement practice is a brilliant, effective tool for empaths and intuitives to balance themselves and shift energy within their body. It assists any transformation within yourself and your life by restoring you back to peace and balance.
Steven’s life-long passion and a key foundation to his own spiritual fitness has been movement. Having had a long career touring the world as a contemporary dancer, and also appearing on Broadway (and touring productions) in Disney’s The Lion King, he knows how vital our relationship with our body is for emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.
Steven is a certified Lee Holden QiGong instructor and has taught groups and individuals for over 20 years in Pilates, Dance, Physical Fitness and QiGong. His study of Chinese medicine and certification as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist has added to his knowledge of the body.
My 10 Best
(In no order of suggested reading or importance)
Co-dependent No More
by Melody Beattie
I found this groundbreaking book shortly after it was published. It shined a light on my own experience as a young person with alcoholic parents. It accurately described the circumstances of my family and provided solutions for me.
The Sexual Outlaw
by John Rechy
I found this book while wandering around the local library as a teenager in the 1980s. I held a secret at that time of my life. I was gay and afraid to tell anyone. This book provided a window into gay culture, which in turn provided a much-needed lifeline to me in my suburban town.
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up
by Iyanla Vanzant
This was the first spirituality book I ever read. Iyanla has a way of writing that provides groundbreaking and shaking truths about life. I was moved by the vulnerability expressed in her writing, and it gave me permission to be brave and explore deep parts of myself. It also transmitted hope for a brighter day.
She’s Come Undone
by Wally Lamb
I was riveted by this coming of age story. I remember feeling surprised by how well the author gave voice to the life of a young, complicated and damaged woman with such specificity and humor. I identified with the feelings Dolores had. She was an outsider and I felt like a bit of an outsider then as well. She undergoes a healing through the novel and her journey inspired me.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
I just adored Maya Angelou. This was the first book of hers that I read. She so strongly and effectively illustrated the power that racism and segregation had on her life and the lives of every person of color in America. As a young person, I benefited from the struggles and triumphs of my ancestors. We had come a long way in America, and we still have further to go. This book gave my experience as a black man validation. She was a mirror of sorts for me. She and I knew what it was like to feel the sting of systemic racism. My eyes were now open and I felt less alone in my challenges.
Song Of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
I was first introduced to Toni’s work through the Oprah show. After I began reading the book, I was in awe of her masterful writing. This was a time in my life when I was drawn to black authors. A new world was opening up to me. The themes of this book resonated with me. One of the main themes was flight as a means of escape. By the time I read this book, I had already traveled to faraway lands because of my career as a dancer. Boarding a plane and flying at thousands of feet in the air was the greatest escape I’d accomplished. No one else in my family had “escaped” as I had.
The book also explored the theme of abandoned women. Two of the central figures in my life had been abandoned by men. My father abandoned my mother by infidelity and divorce. My first brother-in-law abandoned my teenage sister who bore him a child. Culturally, women are often blamed for their abandonment and their struggles during the aftermath of such trauma.
The Color Of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother by James McBride
This memoir touched me on many levels. Yes, he explored racism in this work about his and his family’s experience of being biracial and living in NYC during the 1960s. He eloquently described what it was like to have a large family and to be raised by his Jewish mother. One theme that spoke to me was the heavy burden of secrets. I knew that secrets were damaging, and they were alive and well in my family. Whether they were secrets about my parent’s marriage and divorce, drug and alcohol addiction in the family, or even my homosexuality. This book reminded me that secrets from the past live in the present and they can haunt us if we keep them.
Love Without Conditions: Reflections of the Christ Mind by Paul Ferrini
This was a book that blew me away. I encountered the messages of this book while attending a church called Sacred Center in New York City. I had never attended church regularly in my adult life until the period of time when my father fell ill and then passed away. Church was a turn-off for me, and mentioning Jesus would surely inspire me to “check out” and ignore you. However, Sacred Center opened my heart, and when this book was talked about during service, and I saw it in the bookstore, I found a way to the teachings of Jesus. This book is a channeled message, and Paul was the vessel. It spoke to me in a way that I could hear the message of loving myself and others without conditions.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Also another book that found its way into my heart through Sacred Center, NYC. The wisdom shared in this work was the answer to some of the suffering I was experiencing in this life. Hearing the teachings about not taking things personally, and the pitfalls of making assumptions was a game changer. As a sensitive person, I was often tortured by those habits. This book provided a wise and loving voice to counter the scared child within who was ruled by his extreme sensitivity. This taught me other ways to channel that energy.
The Way Of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth S. Cohen
This beautiful book came my way during my early days of teaching Qigong to groups. I was seeking more information on the rich subject of Qigong. Kenneth is a master teacher, and he makes the ancient history and practice of Qigong accessible to anyone and everyone. This book can and will meet anyone where they are at along their qigong journey. I simply love this work and I’m reading it again now. There is always more to learn and discover. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of years ago at Omega Institute and it was a dream come true.