Monthly Archives: September 2013

Getting In Touch with My Roots

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root chakraAs I shared last week, after a recent session with a spiritual healer, I’ve been called to explore the energies of my body’s chakra system, beginning with the root (1st) chakra.

The Root, or Muladhara, Chakra is the seat of our bodies. It’s quite literally our roots. The word mula means “root” or “source” and the word adhara means “support.” So our root chakra is the source of our support – mentally, physically, and spiritually.

When I was studying Psychology as an undergraduate, we learned about Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Maslow argued that we all strive for something he called self-actualization (our true potential), but that most of us never get there because our more mundane, basic needs never get met. And it’s hard to concentrate on our soul’s purpose when we’re hungry, unemployed, and don’t have a roof over our heads.

At the core of Maslow’s hierarchy were our physiological needs: food, water, air, sleep, things that allow our bodies to function normally. Next in the hierarchy was safety and security in all of their levels: health, home, job, resources, etc.

And that’s what the root chakra represents, the idea that we cannot achieve enlightenment, we cannot ascend if we aren’t getting our basic needs met. And, according to my inner goddess, I haven’t been. Yes, I’ve been eating and sleeping pretty well, but in the midst of my divorce and move, my sense of safety and security in home, finances, and myself flew out the window.

I’ve been taking note of this and working through past and more recent feelings of insecurity and dis-ease with my environment. I’ve been painting (see above for my rendition of the Muladhara Chakra) and meditating and working through chakra healing books (Mona Lisa Schulz and Brenda Davies offer some excellent resources for chakra healing).

I’ve come to realize that for me, my feelings of insecurity stem from childhood. According to Brenda Davies, our root chakra develops between birth and 5 years of age, so it makes sense that those with root chakra imbalances may have unresolved issues from early in life. She also argues that each chakra cycles in 30 year increments – so any unhealed root chakra issues will appear again between 30 and 34 and 60 and 64. My early 30s marked a time when I was dealing with endometriosis and infertility, issues deeply rooted in what I thought it meant to be a woman. No wonder I felt insecure!

But as I have grown, matured, and reconnected with my inner goddess, I appear to be having some of these root issues reappear in my life, issues that I thought I had healed but had not. Hence, my breaking my heel (the very root of my body twice in the past year).

This time, I am taking the time to work through these issues, to heal my heel, body, mind, and any lingering insecurities. Once again, I called upon the Goddess for her help. Kali’s message has come through loud and clear again for me: “Power does not always come from acquisition; sometimes it comes from knowing when to let go. Call upon me when you are faced with uncertainty.” In my case, I am letting go of my marriage, my disappointments in things I wanted in that relationship that never came to pass, my ability to control my own body’s healing. I am calling upon Kali’s strength, awareness, and inner knowing to get me through my recent endings and beginnings. And through this process, my roots will only become stronger, will take root (literally) and flourish. For that I am grateful. It’s like getting a second chance in life.

If you too find yourself dealing with old (or new) issues of safety and security, or if you have some unresolved issues you need to heal and let go of, I encourage you to do some 1st chakra healing work and call upon Kali to help in this process. As the Dark of the Moon (waning crescent) is upon us, any rituals you do surrounding release at this time will be that much more powerful, allowing you to attract new elements of safety and security into your life as the wheel turns and the New Moon grows into Full over the next two weeks.    

Next week we’ll discuss the second chakra. Until then, happy releasing and healing!

I am Truly Blessed

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birthdayToday is my 40th birthday.

When I think of all I've been through in the past year – in the past month (got a divorce, bought a new house and moved, broke my heel for the second time in a year, sent my book proposal for Awaken Your Inner Goddess to agents and have gotten 4 out of 5 positive responses thus far!) – I feel blessed. I am surrounded by friends and family. I have a wonderful companion in my dog Kolby. I am gifted to know many truly powerful, wonderful, divinely feminine women in this community of Sisters I call friends. If you've just recently joined us, welcome! I am so glad you're here.

Today I want to talk about a recent experience I was gifted with. After I broke my heel for the second time in a year, I found myself frustrated. The message I got the first time I broke my heel was that I was stuck in my life. That was last September. Since then, I have made tremendous forward progress, including birthing this community. I did everything I was feeling Called to do. And yet, I found myself back in the same place I was a year ago: on crutches. This time around, I am fortunate enough to be on sabbatical and I can truly take the time off I need to heal. But because I had yet to avail myself of the opportunity and was flying full speed ahead with all cylinders, She took over once again. My broken heel showing up yet again as a Divine sign in my life.

This time I listened.

I scheduled an appointment with a spiritual teacher who specializes in removing blocks. The message I got was clear:

in all of this forward movement, I forgot to take care of myself. I forgot to ground myself. I forgot to allow myself time to heal.

So my body (my heel) decided to slow me down to allow me time to heal from my various recent upheavals. My Inner Goddess struck again. 

This time around instead of crutching through life, I'm resting a lot more. Painting. Spending most of my time at home. Sitting. Writing. Journaling. Reflecting. And I've been called to explore an ancient energetic healing system: that of the chakras. I am starting with the root chakra, the grounding, healing energy of the earth. Of my menstrual blood. As I journey through the chakra system, I will share my experiences here in hopes that you too find them helpful. Look for my posting about the root (1st) chakra next week. In the meantime, She's got me painting the mudra for the root chakra and wearing red!

Have a good week!

Dr. Mary

 

Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

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Fall

 

True confession: Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m a Fall Equinox (Mabon) baby. Yep, September 23rd marks my 40th birthday. Another year passing along with another season tends to make me self-reflective this time of year. It seems my journal always gets overused as my birthday approaches!

Mabon actually marks the second harvest festival of the year. While the early crops were harvested in August, September harvests the bounty of the slower growing crops like winter squash, carrots, and apples. This marks a perfect time to take stock of everything we’ve already harvested this year and plan for the coming Fall season.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Mabon actually falls (pun intended) on September 22nd, with the Sun entering Libra on the 23rd. What does this mean for you? For two days out of each year a year, we get the same amount of light as we do dark – in other words, the day and nights are equal lengths. This is called an equinox and is caused by the earth’s tilt at a right angle to the sun, and the sun being directly over the equator. If you're in the Northern hemisphere, this means that the days will get shorter and the nights will get longer – the reverse is true if you live in the Southern hemisphere.

Mabon also coincides with the Sun entering the balanced sign of Libra on September 23rd.  The hectic days of summer are over, the kids are back in school and you can finally breathe again! Now is a great time to seek balance in your life: honor your Inner Goddess and make some time for a little self-care.

Ways to Honor the Fall season:

  • Re-acquaint yourself with the stories of Persephone and Demeter
  • Have a Fall harvest party with your friends (think earlier version of Thanksgiving where you feature local produce just off the vine)
  • Go outside – notice the leaves. Are they changing colors yet? Are the temperatures getting cooler at night? Where is the moon and in what phase?
  • Have a Fall cleaning – we all know about Spring cleaning, but Fall is a great time to donate to charity all of those summer items the kids outgrew or will outgrow by the time Summer rolls around again. Put away your swimsuits and get out the gloves, hats, and coats. You’ll need them soon enough!
  • Sit down and make a gratitude list – what are you grateful for this year? What has happened in your life that opened doors or your eyes? What are you celebrating right now? There’s always something to be grateful for.

I plan to celebrate Fall (and my birthday) by taking the day off, getting a massage, doing a little painting, a whole lot of journaling, and whatever else I feel Called to do. How will you celebrate Fall this year?

Surrender to Fall

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Businessman Touching Domino Pieces Arranged in a LineAs Summer turns to Fall, I am reminded of how little is actually within our ability to control. I cannot control the scorching heat or the unexpected rain. I cannot control my menstrual cycle (unless I want to use artificial means, which I do not). I cannot seem to control my heel that’s been broken for over a year.

In days past I would have gotten frustrated that things weren’t going my way. How dare my body betray me? How dare the weather ruin my plans? As my 40th birthday approaches in a few short weeks, this year, instead of frustration, I’m going to try surrender. Instead of anger, I’m going to try gratitude.

Yes, the rain means I won’t get my overgrown lawn mowed today, but as this has been an incredibly dry year, I find myself wanting to crutch my way outside and bask in the downpour. The rain today means that the firefighters might have a chance at actually containing all of the wildfires in our area. The water will help clean our air, which has been poor quality for weeks.

Yes, my broken heel means I still can’t run – or walk very well as I am back on crutches – but it will give me more time to paint and write as I am pretty much chair- and home-bound until it heals.

Life happens all around us. Our decision is how we will react to it.

If you’re having trouble seeing the good in all things, you might want to call on The Muses for inspiration and creative blessings. I am calling on Thalia to help me see the humor in all things and Polyhymnia for inspiration as I write and edit my book, Awaken Your Inner Goddess. Who you will call on to help you surrender and see the good in all things?

Featured GODDESS: The Muses

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The Muses

Goddesses of Inspiration

“Get unstuck and feed your fire with us!”

 

Who are The Muses?

  • Calliope – epic poetry
  • Clio – history
  • Euterpe – flutes and lyric poetry
  • Thalia – comedy
  • Melpomene – tragedy
  • Terpsichore – choral song and dance
  • Erato – love poetry
  • Polyhymnia – sacred poetry and songs
  • Urania – astronomy

 

How to call on The Muses:

Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory personified), the Muses were the embodiment of their chosen art form. In ancient Greece, before beginning a new song, dance, or poem, artists would call upon the appropriate Muse, asking for Her words/dance to flow through them.

 Prayer to The Muses:

[Note: decide who to call on and what you want to ask for first – I am giving an example for Thalia, but you can choose your Goddess and words of devotion particular to your situation]

Thalia, Muse of Comedy

Bring a little laughter into my life

Inspire me to find joy and humor in all things

Help me to surrender my ego and learn to laugh at myself

May I bring your wisdom and musings to all I see.

Thank you, Thalia!

 

Tribute to The Muses:

As Muses were known as teachers of the great arts, they would be best served by donating an appropriate gift (journals, musical instrument, brushes and canvases, costumes) to a local art school (or the art teacher at your child’s school).

 

Eyes of a goddess – Shakaya Leone

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An internal beauty ritual: When you wake up in the morning and again before bed, look in the mirror into your eyes; gaze deeply… Those are the eyes of a goddess who recognizes her beauty and worth, and who accepts ONLY that which pleases and honours her.  Anything less is automatically repelled from her energetic field.

 

~ Shakaya Leone