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Everyday GODDESS: Kim Turcotte

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Modern Day Goddess: Kim TurcotteKim Turcotte, Online Business Strategist and Implementation Expert, is committed to providing top-quality, easy-to-understand and easy-to-implement products, programs and services that support coaches, healers, authors and other service-focused individuals to grow their online business.  Kim’s goal is to empower you so you can empower others by teaching you how to effortlessly move from Inspiration to Implementation.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being an everyday goddess means owning who you really are, all parts, light, dark and in between.  Loving yourself for every thing you’ve ever done, every thought you’ve ever thought and knowing that it all made you who you are today! We are not perfect, and that’s ok, we know enough to be gentle with ourselves when we make a mistake or feel bad about an experience.  We own it, take from it the lesson it is meant to show us and we move on and use the experience to become a better, stronger, more confident woman.

Being an everyday goddess is about putting yourself first.  Not in a selfish way, but in a selfless way.  If you don’t take care of YOU, you can’t take care of anyone else.  So Everyday Goddesses indulge in sacred rituals to nourish our mind, body and spirit.

Everyday Goddesses are always moving forward, we have a dream and we are constantly taking steps, even if they are baby steps to make that dream come true.

I guess if I had to sum it up into one sentence, I’d say an Everyday Goddess is an advocate for herself and for everyone she loves, she is strong, loving, kind, healthy and wise! 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I was 27 when a very close friend of mine was killed in a car accident.  I remember sitting at his funeral thinking, “if that was me, could I say I lived a happy life?”  The answer was such a loud resounding no, that it caused me to question everything.  That was the very first opening for me, over the next couple of years, as I purged things from my life that no longer served me, I began to feel like there was still something I was missing.  I started exploring different spiritual paths and stumbled onto a copy of the Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente and that’s when things really cracked open. As I read the words, I realized, that’s the life I want to live.  I want to feel that power, love and beauty all the time.  I guess I was about 30 when that happened and I call that year my year of freedom, it was the time where I really got to know me, love me and choose a life I wanted, instead of living a life others wanted for me.  

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

Well, I mentioned in the last question that I purged things from my life and made choices that allowed me to live a life I wanted, instead of a life others thought I should be living.  This meant that I left a 9 year marriage, he was a very nice man, but just not the right man for me.  I also left my job.  My whole family worked for the railroad, mother, father, sister, aunt, cousins and of course I worked there too.  The job didn’t fulfill me and I left my job and took time to just be me.  I waitressed and did some consulting, I had plenty of time to explore life and get to know who I was and what I really wanted.

I will say that as I got further away from that original opening/awakening, I started to slide back into old habits.  I went back to corporate America, even though I really didn’t want to, I promised myself that it would only be for a little while, just until we could save enough money to buy a house.  Well, as many of us has experienced, a little while often turns into a long while when the money starts to flow in.  In 2008, I was burnt out, miserable and almost completely disconnected from myself again.  By this time I was married to my soul mate, who was very supportive and so when I woke up on my birthday in June of 2008 and told him I needed to quit my job and start my own business, he just smiled and said, “I know you can do it!”.

I think of that time in 2008 as my re-awakening.  I now have a successful business doing work I love, I am married to my best friend and life is pretty damn good!  Through all the ups and downs, the energy of the Goddess has always been there supporting me and giving me the strength to move forward when I felt scared or stuck and to celebrate with me when I felt joyous.

Life is great when you allow yourself to live life on your own terms, surrounded by people who allow you to be who you are and love you for it!

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

I believe in magic!  It might sound childish or even silly, but as I stepped into my own feminine power, things just started happening.  Mostly little things that many would call coincidences, but I see them as magical gifts from the Divine.  I think the greatest gift is knowing that no matter what happens, it is all for a reason and everything will work out.  I have learned that even the deepest hurts and darkest tragedies hold amazing treasures if we are willing to open ourselves up to their gifts.  This full belief in life and the power of the universe that resides in me and around me is the greatest gift of all.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Oh gosh, I have so many!!!  I think the ability to harness the energy of the elements and shift the energy of a space by creating a sacred circle is probably the most profound for me.  Whenever I am feeling scattered, anxious or plain old bumming, I call on the elements to help me cleanse my energy and the energy of my space and then I purposefully focus on connecting with my Inner Goddess.  I draw the energy of the divine feminine down, through me and in an instant, I feel whole again.  This is a technique I use all the time, whether I have a relationship challenge or I am stuck on a project in my business.  It is an amazing gift to be able to shift things so simply by tapping into my own sacred power.

I also like to shower in a candlelit bathroom with the window open, incense burning and my favorite Amethyst crystal between my feet.  It is a great way for me to clear away nervous or stressful energy and ground myself.  As the water flows, I imagine it washing away my stress, once I feel cleansed, I draw up the energy from the amethyst and bring that soft, gentle loving energy into my being.  It’s a great way to prepare for sleep after a long stressful day! 

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

O Goddess!  Do I have to pick just one?  There are actually five Goddesses I work with on a regular basis.  I think of them as my own support system.  They each bring a different archetypal energy to the mix that allows for a well-rounded system of support in all aspects of my life.

Here they are:

Morgan LeFay – Sister of King Arthur, in so many stories about the King Arthur legend, Morgan LeFay is cast as the evil villain who leads to the demise of Arthur and Camelot, however, I never saw her that way.  As a young girl, I was fascinated by the King Arthur legend, and I always felt like Morgan got a raw deal.  As I grew up and found Miriam Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon, I felt like I finally found the truth of who Morgan LeFay really was.  She is my go to Goddess for Healing, Alchemy and all aspects of mystical learning.  She is the high priestess that enlightens my path!

Brigid – The Irish Goddess  who is also a catholic saint (Saint Birgitte).  I don’t really remember when I learned about her, but it was one of those things that as soon as I read her story and felt her power, I absolutely resonated with her.  I feel like I am a living aspect of her energy.  I call on her when I need to feel my own sacred power and to move through obstacles that I have created for myself.  I also see her has a strong, powerful healer and often work with Morgan LeFay and Brigid together if I am sick or a loved one is sick.

Diana – Diana represents unabashed and unapologetic freedom.  She is independent and can take care of herself.  She can take a lover or not, she is one with nature and when she sets her mark on what she wants, she reaches it.  I often call on the energy of the Goddess Diana when I have forgotten how to be my own advocate or when I am working on something and feel distracted. Her energy allows me to focus and come back to center, honoring what I really want and who I really am.

Mary Magdelene – I was raised catholic and similar to my feelings with Morgan LeFay, I always felt like the story of Mary Magdelene was missing some important information.  I felt like she got a raw deal.  A few years ago, I read an amazing book called the Magdelene Manuscripts by Tom Kenyon and felt like after reading that book, I had learned the REAL story of this amazing woman/Goddess.  To me Mary Magdelene is all about compassion and deep, deep love.  I call on her when I need to be more gentle with myself or in my relationship.  She is strong, yet very feminine.  She is wise woman, here to teach about spirit and unconditional love.

The Morrigan – The story of how The Morrigan came into my life is the perfect example of how the Universe supports us and provides us exactly what we need when we need it, even if we don’t know we need it.  Several years ago at Christmas, I had asked my husband for a statue of Brigid for my altar.  I had it all picked out and was so excited to open it Christmas morning.  Well, as you can probably guess, I didn’t get the statue of Brigid.  I got a statue of The Morrigan instead.  My husband had done to buy the Brigid statue, but saw The Morrigan and mistakenly thought that it was Morgan LeFay.  He was so excited to find a “Morgan LeFay” statue for me that he bought it instead of the Brigid statue.  Well, at first I cried, I really had my heart set on the Brigid statue, but as I took a step back, I realized that perhaps I needed The Morrigan in my life at that moment and embraced the gift I had been given.  The Morrigan is a dark, powerful Goddess.  She represents transformation and is often depicted on the battle field.  I feel her energy as similar to the goddess Kali only a little more compassionate.  Her energy comes to you when you need to banish those things that no longer serve you.  Her energy can be harsh, but also compassionate.  I find it interesting that I got the Morrigan statue at Christmas and it was that June that I decided to leave my corporate job.  She came into my life to facilitate a difficult, but necessary transition and to her I am grateful! 

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?   

Yes, it is a simple one. Embrace who you are, allow your true wants and needs to surface and be met.  We are so conditioned to think that if we do what we want and be who we want to be and are meant to be that we are selfish.  It is just the opposite, when we truly step into our own power, we automatically enable those around us to step into theirs.  That’s when life really gets interesting!

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Jodi Chapman

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Jodi ChapmanJodi Chapman is passionate about helping others reconnect with their soul. After experiencing a spiritual awakening in 2010, she went from being a complete skeptic to a believer in miracles. She now lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you? 

It means I am comfortable in my own femininity. It means I live an empowered life that blends spirituality with practicality. It means that I take time each day to reconnect with my soul, while still embracing this life here on Earth. (This artwork sums it up.)

Quote from Jodi Chapman

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

It's definitely been a gentle unfolding for me that continues to this day. I was molested as a child, and so I stepped out of my body and my femininity for many years. As an adult, it's been a slow process of reclaiming my body as my own and loving myself enough to embrace my own femininity. It's in the small moments of enjoying my femininity that get to awaken a bit more: painting my toenails, snuggling with my cats, brushing my hair, putting on a cute outfit, etc. It's in these moments that I feel so grateful to be a woman and to be brave enough to step into my own femininity again. 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

I needed to believe that I was worthy of sharing my true self with the world. I had to believe that my authentic self was good enough – that I didn't need to try to be something more. So I needed to let go of any belief that was no longer holding this authentic vision. What I love is that the more I showed up authentically, the more I was embraced by others. That was such beautiful confirmation for me to continue doing so.

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

While this is definitely still a process for me, I will say that I'm feeling more comfortable in my own skin. I love being a woman. I love embracing each part of myself and seeing all of my traits as blessings. I've also found that stepping into my own feminine power gives others permission to do the same – it's a beautiful ripple effect. 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I absolutely love my soulful writing ritual. I go into my office and close the door. I light a candle, and I pull either an Angel card or a Soul Clarity card. I open up a Word file and place my hands on the keyboard. I close my eyes and let my spirit guides know that I'm ready to listen. And then I begin to type whatever comes through in that moment. Oftentimes, I'll close my eyes and will only open them when the message has stopped. It's such a great collaboration, and it's always such a magical experience.

I also recently started taking dark showers. I'm very sensitive, and sometimes by the end of the day, I feel pretty drained from all of the energy that I've taken in. And so I've found that stepping into a hot shower in a pitch-black bathroom is a wonderful way to allow the cleansing water to pour over me and take with it all of the energy that isn't mine. It washes the day down the drain, so that I'm left with a clean slate before I go to sleep. It's a great way to lovingly say goodbye to the day.

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

I am inspired by any woman who has stepped into her power and is living from that divine source. It's not so much what they're doing – it's their essence. You can sense that they are full and at peace.

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women? 

You officially have permission to be yourself. Period. So often, we think we have to be something or do something or get somewhere or have something before we can be okay with ourselves – before we can truly love ourselves. What if we dropped all of the conditions that we have placed upon ourselves, took a deep breath in, and bravely shared where and who we are right now with the world? How empowering would that feel? That's what I wish for all of us.

 

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Featured GODDESS: Demeter

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Goddess Demeter

 Demeter
Goddess of the Harvest

“The harvest is a time of bounty,
but also a time for transition
as we prepare for the cold winter.
Call upon me when you need help
making a transition in your life.”
 

Traits Demeter Embodies:

  • Mother
  • Nuturer
  • Kind soul
  • Inner Strength
  • Self-knowing

 How to call on Demeter :

As Goddess of the Harvest, Demeter can be found in fallow fields. If you don't happen to have a freshly harvested field handy, buy a pumpkin or ears of corn. Call upon Demeter when you find yourself in one of life's many transitions. Demeter is particularly helpful in transitions involving motherhood (new baby or empty nest).

Prayer to Demeter:

Demeter, Great Goddess of the Harvest,

You who provide us with nourishment,

Hear my prayer.

As I embark on my new role as [fill in the blank],

I ask for your wisdom and guidance.

Give me inner strength and the knowledge that I have the power within me to weather any storm.

Thank you Demeter.

Tribute to Demeter:

As a show of appreciation, you may wish to hang the sheaths of corn on your door as a welcome to those who enter your home or place the pumpkin on your front doorstep. If it is not Fall and you worry about what your neighbors will think, just keep the pumpkin or corn somewhere you will see it to remind yourself that you have the strength to make it through this transition in your life. When you feel you no longer need this symbol, you may wish to bury it in your background or a nearby park, returning the energy back to Demeter for future harvests.

Featured GODDESS: Hekate

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Goddess HekateHekate 
Queen of the Night

 

“I am the wise woman.
I have lived through many seasons
and seen strong men fall,
but every trouble has only made me stronger.”

 

Call upon Hekate when you seek inner guidance or to beef up your intuitiveness. She may also be called upon for protection, but beware, she is a very strong goddess and you may get what you wished for!

Traits Hekate Embodies:

  • Intuition
  • Inner Guidance
  • Mysticism and magic
  • Protection
  • Dream guidance

How to call on Hekate:

As Queen of the Night, Hekate can best be reached in the dark of the night, at midnight, the witching hour. If you don't wish to or it may be unsafe to go out when it is full dark, find a dark room in your home and light a candle. Call upon Hekate when you need to get in touch with your own inner wisdom and power or find yourself in need of protection. 

Prayer to Hekate:

Hekate, Queen of the Night (or Goddess of Witches, if you prefer),

Hear my prayer.

I call upon your power and wisdom to [fill in your problem here]

Give me strength and inner knowing so that I may [fill in the blank].

In this dark of night, I pray.

Thank you Hekate! 

 

Tribute to Hekate:

If you are burning a candle, let it burn down (safely) knowing that as it burns, Hekate will hear your prayer. If you are outside, you may wish to light some incense in gratitude to Hekate.

Everyday GODDESS: Lorraine Cohen

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Modern Day Goddess: Lorraine CohenInternationally recognized life strategist and spiritual guide. A charismatic inspirational speaker, teacher, and charismatic broadcast personality, Lorraine uses her extraordinary spiritual and intuitive gifts to empower clients to transform fear, release their burdens, and liberate their True Self;  to live a life that is ‘awake and authentic’ and to create a reality that is conscious, deliberate and meaningful. Humanity’s awakening is her deepest prayer and commitment.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

My passion is helping both women and men to balance their male and female aspects and to listen to the whisperings of their own truth and to return to their True self and nature. It is time to shed the false identities we have come to believe we are and to allow our souls to emerge as the guiding force in our life. That is my gift and purpose.

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I have been awakening all my life. When I was 31, I experienced a profoundly painful “inner earthquake” when I faced many illusions shattered. That was a turning point, like flipping a light switch to my spiritual awakening; to recover who I really am and claim my Divine power. It was terrifying, raw, and exhilarating.

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

Here’s a great example: As a psychotherapist and a former addictions counselor, I used to work in a recovery center. There were times I struggled to set boundaries with client demands and felt they “needed me” to heal. My supervisor reminded me that clients were living their lives before they met me and would continue to do so whether they were working with me or not.

Shifting from a human Do-ing to a human Be-ing was another role to release. Prioritizing self-care and my spiritual practices has enabled me to hone my innate intuitive skills, have more energy, and zest for life. People experience a happier more loving “me” now.

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

I have had to confront my definitions of success to now being defined as living my life in harmony with my heart and soul path rather than how much money I have, what I have achieved etc. Seeing myself as successful in this new way has been liberating and a great confidence builder.

Owning my value and claiming myself as a powerful woman without apology has also been liberating. I have reclaimed my power to bring my voice out into the world by standing in my authentic self, as I continue to be revealed to who I am; stepping up to what I feel called to do and be so that I can be of the highest service to others in their journey.

Standing in my power has given me the courage to do the inner healing work to open my heart to greater love and compassion for myself and others. Continuing to learn how to surrender and live in the present has brought me in greater harmony with peace and Divine Grace. Walking through fear has shown me how to masterfully transform fear into courage and triumph in this new time of humanity’s awakening into Light. I experience life with longer moments of inner peace and love rather than living in struggle and suffering.

And one of the most important gifts is fostering a deeper bond with the Divine has given my courage and faith to trust myself and trust that God is there to care for my wants and needs.

There have been so many more gifts…..

I have never felt more vibrant and alive as I experience higher states of consciousness

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I became a Oneness blessing giver in March 2011 through Oneness University, located in India. Giving and receiving the blessing, which is an energy transmission of Divine Grace, is a favorite practice. Daily conversations with God, gratitude, and giving seva (service) to others are some of the ways that nourish my heart and soul. In the Oneness community we have many beautiful rituals such as Bhakti, singing and dancing to the Moola Mantra, “Sat Chit Ananada” which means Existence, Consciousness, Bliss.

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

Not really. At times I have reached out to Kuan Yin for help in healing and opening my heart to greater love and compassion for myself and others. I am drawn to working with Angels and Archangels, especially Michael when my faith, trust, and courage needs some fortifying.

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?

Approach each day with the curiosity of a child and the courage of a warrior. The world needs you to show up and stand in your power, now more than ever. It is your love, your compassion and your fierceness to family, to Oneness.. that will  lift the world into the Light. As you transform yourself, you will transform the world. I love you for who you are and all the ways you shine in the world. Namaste’

 

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Featured GODDESS: PELE

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Goddess PelePele
Goddess of Fire

“Wake up to your own divine inspiration!”

 

Pele is an alchemical goddess. Call upon her when your situation requires a spark to motivate you to take action.

 

 

Traits Pele Embodies:

  • Motivation
  • Passion
  • Divine spark
  • Growth through change
  • Fast action 

How to call on Pele:

Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of volcanos, so if you happen to be near one, great; if not, you can look at pictures of volcanos erupting or light several candles and sit close enough (but safely) that you can feel their heat. Call upon Pele when you want to attract metaphorical fire into your life; if you find your energy or motivation lagging, Pele is the goddess for you. 

Prayer to Pele:

Pele, Goddess of Fire and Change

Help me find the spark in myself.

Help me light and fan the flames of my true desire.

Help me find my resolve and inner knowing.

Thank you Pele!

 

Tribute to Pele:

As a thank you to Pele, if you haven’t already, light a candle and meditate on the flame. As you watch it dance, know that you to will soon be ready to take charge of your life and dance your truth. Do not blow the flame out (that would insult Pele as she is Goddess of Fire). Instead, let it safely burn down (preferably while you are watching it) or take it outside and let the wind or rain blow out the flame.

Everyday GODDESS: Mal Duane

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Modern Day Goddess: Mal DuaneMal Duane is dedicated to helping women uncover the veil of shame and guilt so that they may reclaim their lives and discover the authentic woman within. Mal is a Certified Recovery Coach and is the author of the award winning book Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power. She utilizes a five step process that leads women through a path of self-discovery and personal empowerment to create the lives they deserve.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?  It is a woman that lives life using her full potential.

She loves and accepts herself just the way she is. She appreciates all that she has and doesn’t rely on material things for her self-esteem. She understands there is a higher consciousness that she can tap into that will give her the guidance that she needs to live her life with clarity and passion. 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

My personal experience of discovering my divine essence was an epiphany. I was in the midst of a dark night of the soul when I had a complete awakening to the power within me. Through my own victimization I had lost sight of the ability to make choices. I felt stuck, frozen in fear. I became so broken inside that finally the light of God was able to touch my soul. 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

I had to stop playing the role of caretaker. Since I was a small girl, I was always trying to fix the bird with broken wing. That role continued to show up as I matured. I was always fixing other people’s problems. I learned it was not my responsibility to make everything right for others. I was loveable without taking on everyone else’s issues. I learned to create boundaries for myself and the ability to say no when I felt like it.

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

For me, my greatest gift has been my sobriety for 24 years. During this period of time, I have developed a deep daily spiritual practice. This has been the foundation for my personal transformation from a wounded woman to and empowered soul. I love my morning meditations; they get me centered for the day. I have also developed the ability to connect with my higher/divine guidance. 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Daily I meditate, write in my journal and read spiritual material or pray.

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

I am a great admirer of Louise Hay and all the work she has done to help others. She was 52 when she wrote her first book. She had personal challenges but she grew from them. She never looked at her life feeling limited in any way but always with divine inspiration. 

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

Women are very strong creatures. We are born with this divine power within us but never taught how to access it. The Universe is shifting and women are becoming far more conscious and realizing that life has more to offer than we have been experiencing. They are now looking to have that spiritual awareness and discover their purpose.

 

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Featured GODDESS: Ixchel

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Goddess IxchelIxchel
Goddess of Healing

 

“I know you suffer.
I feel your pain.
Call upon me when you need
to attract healing energy into your life.
Give your pain to me and will bury it for you.”

 

 

Traits Ixchel Embodies:

  • Healing
  • Transformation
  • Seeing the good in a bad situation
  • Serving as a channel for those in healing professions
  • Positive coping

 

How to call on Ixchel:

Ixcel is a powerful channel for healing. Place your hands on the area that hurts (on yourself or someone else) and ask Ixchel to help you channel healing energy from the universe. Call upon Ixchel to help you heal from past trauma, mental or physical pain. If you are in a healing profession, you may wish to make her your patron goddess and call upon her daily.

 

Prayer to Ixchel:

Ixchel, Goddess of Healing,

Medicine Woman,

Guide My Hands

I ask that your energy come through me to heal my [or insert name of person you are healing] pain.

Take away what no longer serves, trusting that the lesson this pain carried has been heard.

Help me [person’s name] heal from [insert source of pain] and learn the lesson this pain embodied.

Ixchel, Hear my Prayer!

 

Tribute to Ixchel:

As a thank you to Ixchel for healing your pain, you may consider passing some of that energy forward by helping others heal or by giving of your time or money to a charity that focuses on healing others (e.g., Red Cross).

Everyday GODDESS: Alice Chan

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Dr. Alice ChanDr. Alice Chan is passionate about living fearlessly from her authentic self and inspiring others to do the same. She writes and talks about living consciously, not letting limiting beliefs keep us hiding and playing small. She’s the author of REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps To Be a Conscious Creator in Your Life. She’s a featured inspirational leader on Huffington Post with “a record of leading by example and laying the foundation for our collective greatness.”

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you? 

Being an Everyday Goddess means knowing how to leverage the full range of power and gifts I’ve been given to create and serve in this life. This includes knowing when to tap into my feminine power to vision, intuit and receive, and when to run my masculine energy to analyze, strategize and take action. It means owning and being comfortable with all parts of me, from the confident leader in public to the vulnerable girl in private—and every aspect in between. 

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and Would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

I was in my late 30s when I realized that the feminine side of me was under-developed, even if I didn’t quite put it in those terms. Up until that time, I had spent my life developing the masculine side of me, especially my intellect, as well as my analytical and “doing” abilities, partly in response to society and partly because deep down I felt I had to prove myself worthy. And the way to do so was to get tons of education and collect achievements. Yet, I was grossly unhappy, and something deep within told me there must be a better way to live, that it was time to learn how to surrender—which is the essence of feminine power. What started off as an inner stirring I couldn’t understand turned into a persistent quest to know what it meant to surrender. Then, a near-death experience following a near-fatal car accident raised the intensity of my desire to know and live more from my feminine side, balancing out the decades of running my masculine energy. 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

As I alluded to above, I had to learn what it means to surrender, which has been a multi-year process that’s still unfolding as I learn more through experience. One of the first major things I felt I had to do was to quit the job I had in the midst of a historic recession—talk about surrender, right? With that, I also finally accepted the Divine assignment to write a book that was mine to do, which I resisted for a few years. From having been a life-long planner with a very high need for control, I said “yes” to leaving my job and writing a book without a fully laid out plan of what would happen in the long term. I simply allowed myself to live in faith that all I needed to know was the next step to take and the next one after that. Living that way requires listening very closely to Divine Guidance and having an intimate connection with my fearless authentic self, not my fearful, controlling ego.

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

One of the most amazing gifts I recognize is how much inner wisdom and knowing I already have. It took me only 3 months to birth my book, while holding down a consulting practice. It is, by far, the most enjoyable experience I’ve had in my entire life! The words simply poured out of me, as I allowed myself to be a channel for heart-based wisdom that came from a higher place, filtered through my life experiences and my writing voice. Nearly two years after I’ve birthed this book, I’m still learning from some of the wisdom that came through me in that book.

Besides wisdom, I’m discovering more and more how much love there is within me when I don’t block it. Whenever I’m able to tune into this love, there’s no room for fear, and I make better decisions that honor my authenticity and integrity and wiser choices that defy logic.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

As part of my daily spiritual practice, I journal. Part of my daily journaling routine is to converse with Love, which I use synonymously with God and the Universe, because all these labels mean the same thing. Love just connects to my heart more. I simply pose the question, “Love, what do I need to know today?” If there’s something important happening on a particular day, I’ll add, “especially around X,” “X” being that important event. It really is a daily listening exercise, being fully in my receptive feminine side.

In addition to my daily journaling, I also have a New Year’s Eve routine that I hold sacred. My friends all know that I don’t make plans on that day because I want to allow as much time as it takes for me to go through this routine. It involves two guided meditations that are really extended listening exercises. On New Year’s Eve 2010, I was told in no uncertain terms to write my book—which I promptly did in the first quarter of 2011.

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

No, can’t say there is…

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

Running our feminine power doesn’t require us to reject our masculine side. The two halves of us are equally important and valuable, and we have both because they serve different purposes. I’ve learned that the best way to live is to tune in frequently to listen for Divine Guidance and the wisdom of our inner wise self, and to be ready to engage our masculine energy to take inspired action.

 

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