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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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