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Turning 50 – a most precious gift…

On 12/21/10 Soul Dancer (Soul University Founder) celebrated his 50th birthday,

We wonder. Do you consider turning 50 years old, an achievement?

As a former case-manager for people living with AIDS, Soul knew at least 47 people who died well before their 50th year. His father died at 52. His death on Christmas day in 1965 came a few days after Soul blew out his five birthday-cake candles. (Yes, Soul turned five just a few days before his Dad died at age 52.) Mother died in ’97 at the age of 76. How she ever made it to 76 after raising nine children, (most of them as a widowed single parent) is truly a testament to the power love bestows upon us!

All things considered, Soul enjoys better health today than when Ihe was 25 (when he was close to 300 pounds). With every passing your, Soul finds life ever-more amazing.

What’s Soul’s journey? A social worker? A monk? A shaman? All the above to be of service.

Soul gives as much as he receives. The more he receives the more he gives.

To support his journey to be of service, kindly consider offering a gift – directly – to any of the organizations noted below. (Please share directly with that organization by clicking on their link.)

THANK YOU to the following generous souls who shared a gift at the time of this original post (December 2010).

Allison E, Arlene C, Beverly F, Cheryl G, Cindy S, Dave L, Dennis B, Eddie D, Elizabeth K.E., Gaillen W, Hazel B, Hope J, IVA Media Group, Jean O, Jodel M, Joshua K, Karen S, Laurie K, Linda L, Lisa C, Maria S, Mark G, Mark M, Mary L, Paris L, Passive Millionaire Industries, Richard K, Savage Marketing, Stewart B, The PEOPLE Academy, Inc.

UMN SSW We start Soul’s trip down memory lane in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Soul Dancer’s birth-state.) Soul honors his Mother’s birth state as well as two dear Aunties by remembering the Jane Boyd Community House. click to play
UMN SSW Our journey moves from Iowa (Soul’s home state for 18 years) to Minnesota (Minneapolis – actually). Soul called Minnesota home for 22 years! From 1990 – 1996 he completed his Bachelors in Human Relationships and his Masters In Social Work at the University of Minnesota. click to play
UMNGLBT While completing his MSW degree, Soul interned at UMN’s GLBT Programs Office.This internship created a legacy that continues today. With the help of many, the FIRST EVER official University of Minnesota GLBT Alumni Network was born. Soul is President Emeritus of this alumni group. click to play
OutFront Before, during and after his University days, Soul enjoyed volunteer work on many fronts. More then 75% of his volunteer efforts happened with OutFront Minnesota. click to play
  Next? Illinois! Chicago to be exact. For two years, Soul experienced Chicago and continued his passion to be of service by volunteering at The Center On Halstead. click to play
Rod Soul moved from Illinois to California to call San Diego home for a few years.While enjoying sea-side life, he met Rod R. Villemaire, founder of the All Bird Rescue Foster Network while writing and publishing Pay Me What I’m Worth. Rod purchased Soul’s book. Rod credits Soul’s work as part of the many ingredients that helped him publish A Bird’s Eye View! click to play
SPACE From Encinitas California, Soul moved to Hawai’i’s Big Island (known as ‘Hawai’i’ on most maps). Where on the Big Island? A luscious, tropical space known as SPACE! click to play
Puna Having settled into Island life, Soul decided to cross-off a long-over-due (over 20 years worth of overdue) to-do! In high school, he enjoyed singing in an award-winning choir!Fast forward to 2010, his vocal chords are put to good use as a baritone in the Puna Mens Chorus. click to play
SDN Since 1980, Soul has traveled to over 20 countries to study and teach a wide variety of spiritual traditions.During this time, Soul started and continues to maintain a network of professionals, shamans, monks and related leaders all dedicated to being of service. This network is known as the Souldancer Network now known as Soul University. Soul University provides access to unique, powerful personal, professional, organizational, social and spiritual development materials. click to play

Grand Finalé

Okay! That concludes our trip down memory lane!

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Want more than a sound bit? Check out our BlogTalk Radio series (starting with 12/2; ending with 12/21) to learn more about:

  • who Soul Dancer is
  • how the organizations below made this list
  • how you can help these organizations directly.

The following links point to 21 unique Blog Talk radio shows. Each show integrates an organization (featured below) into how this organization played a role in creating the person Soul is today.

12/2 12/312/412/512/612/712/812/912/1012/1112/1212/1312/1412/1512/1612/1712/1812/1912/2012/21

HEADS-UP! In some of the first shows, you’ll hear Soul talking about a massive fund raiser. As you come to know Soul, you’ll discover he rarely does anything small-scale! (Smile!)

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What’s your name? Really! No way! Come on! Really!!?

nametagHow often do people question you about your name when you introduce yourself?

If you sensed I had doubts about your name upon meeting you, how would you feel about me?

If after knowing you for some time, I say, “You know, I don’t really know your real name.  What is your real name?”  How would you feel about me?

Imagine life where eight out of ten people doubt your birth name even after getting to know you.

Welcome to my world.

A person I’ve known for over five years, tested our friendship when she point blank said, “You know Soul, one day, I’d love to know your real name.”  In that moment, I decided to play a little game.  I said, “I’ll tell you my real name when you tell me what your real name is.”  When she took offense to my questioning her integrity and honesty, I asked her to stop and realize what she felt in that moment.  I asked her, ‘do you want me to feel those same feelings?” We continued our chat by acknowledging how what could be a question born out of sincere desire to know someone well, can also be a question that ignites ego to raise its defense shields.

SouldancerAloha!  Soul Dancer at your service.    To be of service is to experience honor. To experience honor is to open more fully to grace and unconditional love.  To learn how to share endless grace and unconditional love fuels my passion to be of service.

My passion to serve is rooted from childhood days of attending weekly knitting classes voluntarily taught by mother at Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jane Boyd Community Center.  The joy Mom experienced from her volunteer work inspired me to volunteer my time and talents to many causes over the past four decades.  To explore causes near and dear to me, click here.

Another reason I blog came to light after a lovely chat with a friend who’s known me for over 20 years.  Over dinner, he said, “Soul, for as long as I’ve known you, I’ve come to realize, I really haven’t a clue who you are!”  I laughed as I said, “You know, at 56, I’m still learning about who I am!

Learning who I am is a lesson I plan to savor every day for the rest of my life.  When I encounter souls who need to wrap me up in labels, titles or professions I’m mindful of the label trap  Traps include expectations, beliefs, assumptions and related social norms related to how and what I’m supposed to be.

So!  Time to demystify who I am, what I do as well as the mission I feel compelled to carry out.  We’ll start with this disclaimer.

After reading my disclaimer if you want to keep up with my blogging bookmark (or favorite) this site.  Check back when curiosity itches.  In the meantime, I bow in gratitude for your time, attention.

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