Monthly Archives: June 2013

Goddess Serenity Prayer

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Woman Sitting in MeditationThe past few weeks have been transformational – and very trying – for me. Launching two new websites and businesses at the same time while trying to hold down a full time job would be stressful for anyone, but knowing the Goddess has my back has been essential in getting through it.

Last night as I was journaling before bed I remembered one of my favorite childhood prayers:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And the wisdom to know the difference.

–          Reinhold Niebuhr

 

I decided to rewrite it:

 

Goddess grant me the strength I need to honor myself and my true purpose;

The courage to stand on my own;

And the wisdom to know when to let go.

 

I hope you find that prayer as motivational as I do. Another of my new favorites is:

My Dreams are more real than any of my fears.

–          Linda Joy

 

May you always follow your dreams.

 

With love and blessings,

Goddess Mary

 

 

 

 

Featured GODDESS: Artemis

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artemis

Artemis

Protector of Women

“I am here for you. I believe in you.”

 

Call upon me when you need to be reminded of your own inner strength.

 

 

 

Traits Artemis Embodies:

  • Protection
  • Inner strength
  • Determination
  • Self-trust
  • Independence

 

How to call on Artemis:

Daughter of Leto and Zeus, King of the Gods, Artemis’ parents wanted her to be a girlie girl and marry one of her handsome suitors, but she was having none of that. Instead, Artemis asked her father to grant her three wishes. Imagine his surprise when she asked to: 1) always remain a virgin, 2) be a Light Bringer for women everywhere, and 3) to have a bow and arrow and a knee-length tunic so that she could hunt! When you are experiencing self-doubt or feel like everyone is questioning your decisions, call on Artemis to remind you of who you really are: a Goddess here to Shine Your Light on the World.

 

Prayer to Artemis:

 Artemis, Protector of Women,

Goddess of the Hunt,

Help me peel away the layers of self-doubt and mistrust

Help me know my own strength

Grant me courage to stand alone

To stay true to myself

In this I pray,

Thank you Artemis.

 

 Tribute to Artemis:

 In ancient times people prayed to Artemis before they went out to hunt, not because of her success as a huntress, but because she respected and loved her animals – seeing them as companions rather than a food source – and they followed her everywhere. To honor Artemis, donate money to your local animal shelter, go out and feed the ducks at a local park, or adopt a stray animal.

 

 

Surrender to the Undertow of Transformation

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2013-06-20 10.34.18Every summer we spend lots of weekends on the shores of Lake Michigan. My husband and I remind our young daughter to be mindful of the often present and powerful undertow. We tell her to look for the ripples on the top of  the water. Should she ever get in trouble, we instruct her to hold her breath and flow with the current until it sets her free. We remind her to swim with the current instead of trying to swim straight to shore or she may exhaust herself and drown.

This past weekend I let myself be swept away by a metaphorical undertow of emotions after experiencing several weeks of  deep introspection and intense planetary shifts. The perfect storm for being swept away included the Full Moon in Sagittarius (my Sun Sign), the first day of my moon time, a wise women gathering, and the study of the 7 essene mirrors of relationship. I am humbled. Blown away by how much I have yet to learn on my path to greater consciousness.

I choose to surrender to the undertow of transformation.

What I came away with is this:  I am allowed to be who I am, as I am, in each moment. I do not have to pretend to be strong. I am allowed to show deep sadness and emotion. I do not have to lead all the time. I can receive. I have permission to honor the wild part of my Goddess nature. I can simply show up. I am allowed to be the hot mess that shows up in a perfect storm without making excuses or casting harsh self-judgement.

I choose to accelerate my evolution of consciousness.
I choose to dig deep.
I choose to practice ruthless compassion and passionate detachment.
I choose to participate in my wise women’s circle to learn, heal and make the world a better place for my daughter.

Wise women’s work is rewarding, humbling, fascinating and draining. And at times, this work honors me with a glimmer of sweet liberation. Right responsibility is coming up for me now in a big way. As an enthusiastic teacher, facilitator and wise woman, I often feel like an elder. Part of allowing myself to be swept away last weekend was the realization that I am not an elder or a crone. I am a mother in the process of becoming a sovereign Queen. When I share circle time with women in the process of becoming elders, I often forget my place and am pulled into the flow of elder energy with unrealistic expectations. Then I get impatient with myself (and others) because I’m not ready to step into the role of an elder. It’s no wonder I feel lost at times. I am lost at times. Who isn’t?

My teacher simply invited me to show up (and continue showing up) to see what unfolds. She reminded me that I don’t have to know all of the answers. All I need to know is that I’m in the process of becoming a more present  version of who I’m meant to be. I feel honored to experience this transformational process with a wise teacher and circle of women who say YES to their/our Divine Feminine Unfolding. Deep Exhalation…

Here are five survival tips when caught in the undertow of transformation

1. Remain calm and practice compassionate self-care
2. Identify where you are and surrender to the energy of your current situation
3. Do your best to swim with the flow of your emotions until you can release them
4. Do not expend all of your energy trying to get directly to the shore of your resolution (it may take awhile)
5. When you experience a resolution (arrive at the shore), you’ll need time to rest and recover

Questions for your contemplation and comment:

How do you care for yourself when you are caught in a powerful current of transformation?

Do you ever take on too much responsibility? How would it feel to share your load?

What might happen if you allowed yourself to show up without expectation?

Aphrodite: Goddess of Self-Love?

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Ancient Greek Goddess in Sea WavesOne of my earliest memories of the Goddess Aphrodite was the 1986 hit song “Venus” by Bananarama. I never liked the name Venus though – I much preferred Her Greek name, Aphrodite. As a child I wanted to be Aphrodite. As a gawky, gangly pre-teen, I would have given almost anything to have Her beauty and grace.

As I grew up, I learned that Aphrodite was not just the Goddess of romantic love, but rather, she was the embodiment of self-love, something we can all use a heavy dose of these days. Ask any woman whether she’s happy with what she looks like or if she’s completely happy with her life and you’ll likely get a resounding “no.” Ask that same woman, “When was the last time you did something really nice for yourself?” and you’ll likely get silence. After a few moments, she might come back with, “Well there was that day a few months ago when I had the flu and I slept in until 6:00 am.”

Sound familiar? It’s sad, really. Why can’t we as women take a day off or do something nice for ourselves? And lest you think I’m a hypocrite, I’m asking that same question of myself right now – on a Sunday morning when I’ve been working all weekend and haven’t had a real vacation in a couple of years.

But I do manage to make time for a few little things for myself. I try to get a massage at least twice a month, turn off the laptop by 6:00 or 7:00pm every night, and have lunch with my girlfriends once a month or so.

Would I like to do more for myself? Of course. But that little voice inside is like a gerbil on a wheel, “You know what you could be doing with your time right now, right? Writing another blog? Working on your product line? Doing some marketing? Going to a networking event?” Ahh… the infamous little voice inside. Sometimes I just want to yell, “Shut up, already!” But then I’d be yelling at myself, which I’m pretty sure is not a way to show yourself love.

So when that little voice crops up inside my head, I try to respond with, “Yes, I could be doing _____ [fill in the blank], but right now, this is the best way to Honor me. If I don’t make time for myself, then I won’t be able to give my best to _____. “ Most of the time that works to quiet the little voice down from a scream to a whisper. And if it doesn’t, I turn to Aphrodite, Goddess of Self-Love, for a little help.

Take care of you!

Goddess Mary

Featured GODDESS: Aphrodite

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Ancient Greek Goddess in Sea Waves

Aphrodite

Goddess of Love

“The most important, most deserving person in your life who requires your love is you.”

 

 

 

Call upon Aphrodite when you need to remember to love yourself.

 

Traits Aphrodite Embodies:

  • Love
  • Inner beauty
  • Pleasure
  • Birth
  • Self-worth

 

 How to call on Aphrodite:

There are various tellings of Aphrodite’s birth, but my favorite was that she just appeared one day, a fully grown woman, riding a sea shell toward the shore. As Aphrodite was born of the waves, she can best be found by the water – preferably the ocean. But if, like me, you don’t live by the ocean, never fear: any running water will do. It’s best if you can perform all rituals involving Aphrodite at dawn, as that was the supposed time of her birth, but even if it’s full noon or midnight, Know that She is there for you.

 

Prayer to Aphrodite:

Aphrodite, Goddess of Love,

Hear my prayer

Give me the strength, guidance, and inner knowing

To realize my own value, my own worth

Help me to See and celebrate the Gifts You have given me

Help me to Honor Myself, and in doing so, Honor You.

In this I pray.

Thank you, Aphrodite!

 

 Tribute to Aphrodite:

As a Goddess born from the sea, Aphrodite’s favorite animal was the dolphin. As a tribute to Aphrodite, buy fish caught without harm to dolphins or donate money to a charity that helps dolphins or other sea creatures.