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Meet Your Inner Goddess

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With the upcoming Active Your Inner Goddess free call series, I've been getting a lot of questions about just who your Inner Goddess is and how you connect with her.

šTo me, your inner goddess is your connection with the divine feminine essence/the creator of all things (the feminine version of the masculine God, if you will). It’s the part of ourselves that connects with Goddess as we understand Her. If inner goddess doesn’t work for you, you may like to think of this as your woman’s intuition, inner guide, or feminine knowing – the inner wisdom that all women share. All of us have a connection to the feminine divine – it is within us, part of our soul. It’s your willingness to collaborate, your unbounded creativity, intuition, nurturing, inner strength, and wisdom beyond your years. It’s the feminine part of you that can heal yourself.

šMany of us have lost touch with these qualities as we have denied or repressed our inner feminine divinity. When we become disconnected from the truth of who we are we can experience a myriad of physical and psychological symptoms that manifest in our outer lives, be it endometriosis, depression, chronic pain, etc.

Why Should You Care?

šHere's the deal: At the Vancouver Peace Summit in September 2009, the Dalai Lama announced, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” I fully believe that. But I don’t think he meant the world will be saved by women who sit there and let life pass them by; women who have gotten so out of touch with their Divine Feminine that they don’t know how to get reacquainted or even that they should. I think what the Dalai Lama was referring to was this: Women (Western or otherwise) possess powerful Feminine qualities that can heal the Earth of humankind’s misdoings. Qualities like a willingness to collaborate and share the load, unbounded creativity, intuition, nurturing, inner strength, and wisdom beyond their years. Yet many of us have lost touch with these qualities, as we have denied or repressed our Inner Feminine Divinity.

This has to stop. The world needs US– each and every one of us– to reconnect in with the core of who we are.

So how do we as women do this? How can we reconnect?

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Everyday GODDESS: Lynda Monk

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Lynda monkLynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is the founder of Creative Wellness – where writing, well-being and transformation meet. She regularly speaks, coaches and teaches about the transformational and healing power of expressive writing and journaling for individual and collective well-being. Lynda is the author of Life Source Writing™: A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativity. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book (November 2014) called Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection.

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being am Everyday Goddess means connecting with the power of the Divine Feminine in my daily life. I do this through gratitude practices, self-care, reflective journaling and regular connection with nature and the cycles of Mother Earth. It means connecting with others and myself in sacred, loving and compassionate ways – it means embracing personal leadership and choosing to make a difference in the lives of others. Being an Everyday Goddess connects me with an awareness of the interconnection of all living things, it means believing in Angels, Source energy and a power greater than myself. As an Everyday Goddess, I embrace beauty, peace, sensuality, love and a deep faith that I am always supported by all that is.

 

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 twenties when I awakened to the Divine Feminine, as a spiritual path versus a religious doctrine – this really spoke to me. I was raised Catholic and in my late teens I became very frustrated with the patriarchal nature of this religious institution, I chose to explore religious studies and philosophy as part of my university studies, in part searching for a belief and value system that had resonance for me as a woman, as a Goddess. I met a dear friend, Chris Leischner (she was also raised Catholic), who described herself as a Wiccan & Pagan cross – I liked the sounds of that and experienced many rituals with her over the years, including Solstice and Equinox celebrations. She introduced me to books by Starhawk and other women who were leading the way with an understanding of the Goddess within and I felt deeply connected to all that I was learning and experiencing. I have always been part of women’s communities – circles, writing groups, book clubs, and soulful gatherings where we honour in various ways the Divine Feminine and the role female leadership plays in our families, communities and the world.

Now at nearly 45 years of age (I was born on September 11th, 1969 to a woman who could not keep me as her own), as a mother, sister, daughter, adoptee, wife, writer, social worker, life coach and Goddess – I am aware that being an Everyday Goddess is a continual journey of “gentle unfolding” with some radical moments that define who I am along the way (that are less gentle, more abrupt moments and experiences that represent my growth, learning, humility and expansion on this sacred path of embracing the Divine Feminine and conscious living path.)

 

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

Many roles in my life needed to transform, or evolve, since living authentically requires different shifts (releases, letting go, surrendering, embracing, claiming…new beginnings), at different times. I have left a marriage, moved to an island, shifted in my career, started a business, redefined that business many times, went from dealing with infertility to becoming a mother of two amazing sons, allowed more love in – including self-love (this is the most important aspect of honouring and expressing the Divine Feminine!)

In terms of my business, I had to shift my focus (more than once) to keep listening to the call from within to do something different. This at times, has involved struggle, resistance and fear. For example, after I became a Life Coach, I kept feeling called to make the heart of my business all about helping heart-centered women create transformational writing practices in their lives for self-care, healing and personal growth. But I kept wondering, “Is this is enough, can I really let my coaching business be all about my passion for going to the page to know, grow and care for myself and to help other women do the same in their lives?” I felt like I was leaving my professional path of doing the “serious work” of stress, burnout and trauma management, education and intervention that had marked my career for over a decade as a social worker, trainer and workshop facilitator. I wondered what my colleagues and clients would think about this new focus in my work. Could I be successful making Writing for Wellness the heart of my business? In some ways, I am still answering this question. I am so excited about the path ahead – I feel on fire with desire to create more programs- to publish more, to let writing lead the way in my life and work – for me, this is authentic living – because writing helps me listen within and chart the course that is most true, a course that embraces the Divine Feminine in every way.

 

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

I have felt in touch with my feminine power for a long time. I am deeply aware that this infuses and benefits every part of my life – my marriage, motherhood, health, business, friendships – the whole of my life is sacred and supported by continuing to grow and step into my feminine power. I feel a new wave of transformation coming as I cross the threshold of publishing a book this November called Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection – a project inspired by the Divine Feminine and the healing power of words and women’s stories.

Ultimately the greatest gifts I experience are inner peace and an ever-present faith that things are always unfolding as they are meant to. I also know that my dreams and creative pursuits are not the “extras” in life that get attention when there is “time left over” (since none of us seem to have much of that these days!), but rather following the pulse of my desires and creative self-expression are the foundation to embracing the Divine Feminine – this allows me to keep opening, listening, growing and serving from a deeply rooted place.

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Making love with my husband, playing at the beach with our sons, family blessings and our form of prayer, journaling, dancing, singing, writing, collage, visiting art galleries, listening to music, meditating, yoga, attending retreats, facilitating writing and self-care retreats, reading inspirational quotes, surrounding myself with positive, awake women, soulful conversations with friends, taking time for solitude, stillness and silence, slowing down and listening within, sacred self-care, acknowledging the four directions, the elements, the Earth and my connection to all that is.

 

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

My dear friend, Linda Dobson – we have started every email to one another for many years…Dear Goddess of Beauty, or Dear Goddess of Getting Things Done, or….(the title is always unique based on what we see and want for one another at the time) – I am drawn to her due to her strength, intelligence, sense of living fully, to the way she always tries to come home to herself in the midst of a very full life – she has 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren, a busy career/business – and she takes time to travel, connect with friends in meaningful ways, meditate, create beauty in her home, etc. She also knows how to laugh at herself and with others – her caring is real and I honour her as a Goddess in every sense of the word. I am near the age of her oldest daughter, she is the age of my biological mother – we are in different stages of our lives and careers – yet we are the best of friends. The Divine Feminine is the quiet weave of love that connects us together.

I am also drawn to a circle of Goddesses, many of whom I have never met, like yourself, Mary and other women within the community of Goddesses that Linda Joy is cultivating through her work in the world.

 

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

In my own life and in the journey of supporting other women on their own unique paths, one of the key areas of women’s lives that seem to be perpetually calling for more attention is self-care in mind, body, heart and spirit. As women, we can easily abandon ourselves, our own needs, our instincts, our desires – in service to the needs, desires, demands and expectations of others – even without realizing it. There can be a sense of martyrdom in serving the needs of others, sacrificing ourselves along the way – I have experienced this in my own life at times, as a helping professional, as a wife, mother, daughter, etc. – and I see it as a common challenge for busy, everyday Goddesses.

I invite all women to pause, to reflect and to listen within – whether that is through a reflective journaling practice, meditation, quiet walks in nature, solo retreats or folded into the ordinary moments in daily life – pause, breathe, listen and honour the whispers of wisdom within. Listen to the body – what does it need and want – rest, movement, touch? Listen to the mind – what does it need and want – stimulation, new opportunities, silence? Listen to your heart – what emotional needs do you have – perhaps you long for more love, connection, belonging, acceptance? Listen to your spirit – what part of your unique essence wants to be expressed? How do you honour your connection to all that is – others, the earth, the space beyond it all?

Most of all, remember that you are enough! Happiness is your birthright. You are a bright light and the Divine Feminine wants to shine and manifest itself through each and every one of us. Sometimes, we simply need to get out of the way and allow our greatness…our beauty and wisdom and uniqueness to shine like diamonds in the midst of it all. You are perfect just the way you are. You know what is best. You are never alone. We are all in this life together, alone and together.

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Stacey Martino

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Stacey Martino helps people who feel stuck, frustrated and helpless with the challenges that intimate relationship brings. Stacey firmly believes that it absolutely does NOT take two to tango! Through targeted, strategic private coaching, programs and events for her Relationship Transformation System™, Stacey empowers you to transform your intimate relationship without your partner needing to participate!

Trained and certified by Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes, Stacey is a certified marriage educator and divorce preventionist.

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

 

To me, being an everyday goddess means living fully as your best and most authentic self! Every day living more fully into who you really are. Stepping forward in courage and authenticity to be the unique, flawed and beautiful GIFT that you truly are on this planet. Am everyday goddess treasures that unique and flawed beauty in all people she encounters! That’s what makes her so magnetic and deliciously attractive to all who meet her!

 

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?

Ironically, I was BORN as a Divine Feminine ray of sunshine! Every memory, every story, every picture of me displayed this so clearly! I was a bright and feminine force of nature. Isn’t it so interesting how as kids we often end up repressing our very special uniqueness to be more like what others want us to be? At some point along my journey, I made all of my divine feminine WRONG and shut down that part of me to become a different version of myself that ironically people called the “Ice Princess”.

It wasn’t until I was 37 years old that I had a divine awakening back into my authentic Divine Feminine. And I’ve been cultivating that authentic part of myself, boldly, ever since!

 

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

 

Well, the truth is that I transformed massively. So everything that I touched transformed too! My relationships with family and friends, my work, my parenting and certainly my intimate relationship! For me, it was a progression as I became comfortable in my own skin. I felt safest to be fully present in my Divine Feminine first with just my husband and our children. Then as I got more confident, I expanded to my friends and family. The last was to bring my full authentic feminine energy into work (at the time I worked in a corporate environment). Today, every day I teach women how to open to their feminine energy. I still encourage women to take baby steps and make it a progression! Start where you feel the most safe and loved!

 

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

Oh my, there are so many! Honestly, being ALL of who I am, all the time is the most freeing and delicious experience of life! Since every day I show up as my best and most authentic self, I am unapologetic for who I am every day! Life is a truly magnificent adventure when you see it through this lens!

In my amazing love affair with my husband Paul, my stepping fully into my feminine radiance has allowed him to deeply root himself in his mature masculine presence! There really are no words for how magnificent it is to be with a man who is rooted and immovable in his masculine. He protects me fiercely and clears a path for me to lead me to every goal, wish or dream I have in the world! I am able to live fully in my authentic divine feminine every day as I surrender to Paul’s masculine presence in our intimate relationship! We have created an unshakable love and unleashed passion that exceeds anything either of us every thought was possible to experience in life!!!!

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

My feminine rituals are the things that bring me into my best and most authentic self, they are the things that make me divinely happy and open!! I love to use music, dancing, playing, laughing, being silly, reading, walking outside and gathering with the people I love in the world! With my husband, it’s super easy for me, my ritual is to surrender to him in his presence and delight in his strength, protection, navigation, leadership and ultimate dedication to my every desire!

 

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

Actually, the Goddesses that I am STRONGLY drawn to today are the Everyday Goddesses that I am blessed to have around me. Like you Mary Pritchard, Lisa Marie Rosati, Linda Joy, Fabienne Fredrickson, Mal Duane, Lorie Marrero, Tatyana Vroman, Sage Robbins and so many other beautiful Everyday Goddesses that I am blessed to surround myself with! Every one of these women is FIERCELY dedicated to being their best and most authentic self every day! Every woman who lives from that place inspires me and draws me in!

 

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

If there is ONE gift that I can share with you from my personal journey to my Divine Feminine, it’s that femininity is an energy of openness! That’s all it is ladies. It has nothing to do with your hair, your makeup or how you dress. It’s not the “idea” you have in your HEAD. And it’s NOT weakness. Feminine energy is your best and most authentic self stepping forward with courage and vulnerability to BE who you truly are….no matter what the “risk”! That is greatness and it takes tremendous STRENGTH! When you want to journey more into your Divine Feminine just ask yourself ONE question “How open do I feel?” (0-10). Anytime you feel “closed” in protection, withdrawing, punishing, or whatever that energy is for you, that is your masculine. When you feel truly OPEN in your energy, that is your Divine Feminine! You may have fear around opening into your feminine. Based on my journey, I can tell you…..it’s TOTALLY worth it! Be who you really are darling! That’s what we ALL want for you!

 

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Everyday GODDESS: Alexa Linton

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Alexa-Bellyfit6A modern day cowgirl with a mission, Alexa Linton is known for lighting up her world and her clients with her infectious personality, bold coaching style and her secret sauce, the BodyTalk System. A fire-starter by nature, there is nothing Alexa loves more than seeing people light up from within and their lives change as a result. It is Alexa’s big mission to help people find their fire and truly live a life they love.

 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

It absolutely means stepping out of your comfort zone and showing up powerfully and authentically in your life, finding the yumminess and magic in every moment and moving ever towards a deeper state of both embodiment and transcendence. It means learning from every moment, embracing it all, receiving the nourishment from each and every experience. But, most importantly, it means being a mirror to other women on their journey – to live and model what is possible, a life full of goodness, play and love, a life that is greater than imagined.

Inspiring our sisters to act, to believe in their dreams and to see themselves as the fine and fabulous beings they are, is perhaps the most vital gift of being an Everyday Goddess. Imagine the ripple to their children, relationships, careers, friendships when they begin seeing themselves in this kind of light.

 

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?

For years I unknowingly fought against the Divine Feminine. I was deeply entrenched in the masculine and not the healthy kind, constantly in a state of inner conflict and outer competition and controlled by my inner judge, people pleaser and perfectionist. My greatest teacher in the ways of the Divine Feminine arrived in a rather unexpected form a little over a decade ago, as my beautiful horse Diva. She lives up to her name in many ways! Through the perfect combination of tough love and gentleness, and the rest of the universe lending a helping hand, I began the slow and steady process of awakening my Divine Feminine. I’m not sure I would call it a gentle unfolding, but more so many sudden awakenings enroute!

 

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

What a great question! The one that comes to mind right away is my role as leader. I had decided that leadership looked like toughness and control, even criticism and of course, big and often impossible expectations. It was a “I know what's right and you have no idea” leadership style, so disempowering for myself and others. When my horse Diva came into my life, she made it abundantly clear that this outdated and ineffective way of being in the world was not going to work for either of us. The transformation to an empowering leader has been a remarkable one, allowing me to help others find their strengths and gifts through being open, vulnerable and authentic. This transformation is still occurring in small, beautiful ways every day. And it was the first transformation of many!

 

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

If I was to cut right to the chase, which I will, the biggest gift has been getting comfy in my own skin as a woman. I realize now that when I first started learning body work for horses over a decade ago, that I was completely out of my body almost all of the time. I'd decided somewhere along the line that it was easier to live in my head rather than feel. The horses let me know in no uncertain terms (they wouldn't let me get near them) that that was not a great way to go through life and continue to be barometers for how grounded and present I am! When you’re in your skin, life just gets so much more full and so much richer as you’re able to experience the full spectrum of feeling and life becomes a sensual experience.

The ripple effect of this one gift, of recognizing myself as a sensual, sensitive and beautiful woman, is all over my life and has translated to thousands of woman. For a woman to see herself as she truly is and feel at home and safe in her body is, in my mind, a gift for not only her, but her entire world. Once she is grounded in the knowing that she is safe, supported, capable and powerful beyond measure there is nothing that can stop her!

 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Absolutely! As a fiery sort of individual, one of my most important rituals is dance. I gotta do it! Latin dance is my current fave – I just love the surrender and the fluidity not to mention all of the shimmer and sparkles! I perform with a team called Sabor Asi, literally meaning the flavour and I can’t wait for our Monday night practices. I balance the choreography out with Five Rhythms, ecstatic dance or “flailing” as I like to call it. Just letting my body move me into opening and release whatever way it wants to. Yum!

As well, riding and working with Diva drops me into an incredible space of centeredness and meditation. When you connect with an animal in this way all else drops away and you are just fully engaged. I call it the Divine Ride and it is truly magic.

 

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

The goddess I resonate with most and always have is Kali. My journey on this path has been all about revealing my shadow and shining the light on the areas of myself that scare me, to open myself up more and more despite perceived struggles or potential loss. I work constantly with the interplay between life and death, endings and beginnings, holding on and letting go and am forever fascinated by this dance. Kali, represents for me the ability to dance through life, through all the changes it brings, all the moments that we might want to label as “good” or “bad”. She shows us how to be completely alive through it all, to embrace the ride and to stay in the heart no matter what.

 

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

Absolutely. I would tell them that the process of awakening to your divine feminine is well worth the work! It will more than likely be a little uncomfortable and you'll get pushed to your edges time and again. Trust the process as your body knows how it all needs to unfold. Sometimes all it takes is just getting out of the way and letting it happen. And always remember to ask for help. This journey was never intended to be made alone and you are so worthy of all the support you require and more!

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Featured Goddess: Ishtar

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Ishtar

Goddess of Love, War, Fertility, and Sexuality

 

“You are a most powerful woman. Call upon me when you feel taken advantage of and I will protect you.”

 

 

Traits Ishtar Embodies:

  • Strength
  • Protection
  • Boundaries
  • Feminine power
  • Self-Love

 

How to call on Ishtar:

Known for being a bit of a Black Widow when it came to her lovers, Ishtar asks Gilgamesh to marry her and he refuses (you can’t really blame him – who wants to die?). Angered, she asks her father Anu (King of the Gods) to punish Gilgamesh by sending the Bull of Heaven to kill him. Knowing his daughter well, Anu declines. Ishtar threatens to bowl open the gates of hell and let all who reside within out to wreak havoc on the world (boundaries, remember?). Anu decides to just give her the Bull of Heaven. Sadly, Gilgamesh kills the Bull and Ishtar’s plot for revenge goes unfulfilled. Ishtar then devotes herself to being a patron Goddess of love and helps all women in affairs of the heart, even helping temple prostitutes learn to set healthy boundaries with the men in their lives.

 

Prayer to Ishtar:

Ishtar, Divine Mother

Nurturer and Protector of Women,

Hear my Prayer!

I need your Strength, Support and Guidance

In my hour of need.

Help me protect what I hold dear to me,

Most of all myself.

Help me set loving boundaries

That serve to Honor and Protect my body, mind, and spirit.

Thank you, Ishtar!

 

Tribute to Ishtar:

As Ishtar was a protector of women, especially those being abused, donate your time and money to women’s shelters or organizations that care for victims of domestic violence as a tribute to Ishtar.

 

Everyday GODDESS: Ashley Annis

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Ashley AnnisI am a woman who is trying to do her best in the world–to find a balance between textbook knowledge and intuition, to be confident in myself but still humble and open, to live what I believe and still have time to accomplish what needs to get done, to teach what I know and continue learning. My name is Ashley Annis and I teach fertility awareness because I believe it is what women need: it is learning to respect and understand a mysterious part of the female experience. It is honoring a sacred cycle. It is empowerment and it is beautiful!

What does being am Everyday Goddess mean to you?

It means empowering and educating women. It means being aware of self and aware of others. It means passion, control, empathy, and grace. It is something that every woman can be, if she believes in herself! I consider myself to be an everyday goddess mainly because of the classes I teach: I am a fertility awareness educator and I give women the information they need to understand their cycle, and how to use that information to prevent or achieve pregnancy. There is so much power in that information, and I feel like a goddess each time I give it to other women.
 

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 was certainly gradual and slow. When I was 21 I attended a study-away program in the mountains of Oregon. I lived with 19 other students and 5 professors and we basically just read books and talked for 4 months. I lived with 4 other women that semester, and these women completely changed my perspective on what it meant to be a woman and a mindful human being. They taught me about using cloth pads, about eating locally and organically, they taught me I didn't have to be in competition with other women and that women have completely different gifts than men. We danced late into the evenings, we howled and played under the full moons, we shared our stories, we laughed and cried. It sounds so cheesy when I retell the story, but that semester changed everything. During that time I was also introduced to the idea of God as Mother, which was completely new to me. I always understood God to be a man, and so switching my idea of the divine to a woman totally rocked my world.

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

Everything! After my semester in Oregon I came back to family and friends who were very confused at the things I was saying. Many of my friends thought I had joined a cult or something, and my family took awhile to understand that I was still Ashley… in fact, I was even MORE Ashley than when I had left. The hardest role was with my fiancé. He didn't understand the journey I was on, and didn't support the changes I had made. After a very long, hard, messy couple months, I broke our engagement–something I never expected to do. I couldn't go back to who I was before I understood the divine feminine. It felt empty and wrong, so I kept forging ahead, even though I didn't know many other women who were on the same path as me. It was very lonely for awhile. But I'm so glad I had the strength to stay myself.
 

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

The greatest gift has been fertility awareness. Eventually I started dating someone new and became sexually active. We knew we needed a birth control method, but I refused to take hormones. It didn't feel right to me, although many people told me it would be my only option. I started searching for more natural methods and found fertility awareness. It was the missing piece! I loved (and still do!) knowing were I was in my cycle, knowing that I was making the choice to prevent pregnancy with the knowledge I had about my own special, unique body. I felt like even more of a goddess once I realized that my own body gave me all the information I needed to prevent pregnancy.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Anything quiet, calm and slow. I love lighting incense and sipping tea. I love ringing the blood from my menstrual pads each day I bleed. I love taking some quiet time to iron each of my pads before my bleeding begins. I love journaling my dreams and reflecting on them.

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

In one of the bios I use for guest blogging, I call myself “a modern day Xochiquetzal” and I named my newsletter after her! She is the goddess of childbirth, pregnancy, female sexuality AND household crafts–all my favorite things and the two main components of my business. I love it that there is a goddess that is not only beautiful and sexual and focused on reproduction, but she also takes time to do arts and crafts. We would be best buds.

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

You don't have to use a birth control that doesn't feel right to you! It IS possible to prevent pregnancy without taking hormones, and it IS something you can handle. Fertility awareness isn't the rhythm method, it has a lot of science to back it up, but it's much more than science. It's an amazing way to connect to your beautiful body and your beautiful cycle.

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Everyday GODDESS: Barbara Wilder

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barbara wilderBarbara Wilder’s greatest passion is to bring Light into the dark corners of our hearts and minds and help shift human consciousness into the vibration of universal love. Author of the widely acclaimed “Embracing Your Power Woman” & “Money is Love,” she’s an extraordinarily gifted intuitive healer, coach and teacher, focusing on embodying the Divine Feminine in every aspect of life. Deepak Chopra says, “…she teaches women how to access and nourish their deepest selves.”

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being an Everyday Goddess for me means being an expression of the Divine Feminine in my daily life and in my work. Our society is out of balance because the Goddess has been shunned and demonized for several thousand years. For our world to become a place of peace, joy, and abundance, the Goddess must be returned to her position as the Divine Mother of All once again, and Her blessings of love, nurture, caring, and sharing, to name a few, must be given a place of honor in our society.  My greatest passion is to help this evolution and reconnection to Divine feminine power become grounded in the world through my own personal life and my work, helping as many women as I can experience and express their true powerful Goddess natures.
 

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?

As a little girl I was very connected with the fairy world. I saw and talked to them in my garden. My family said I had a vivid imagination. Of course, later I learned that the Goddess cultures of ancient times all recognized the fairy world. They are the spirits of the trees, flowers, streams, all the parts of the Great Goddess, the Divine Mother Earth. I was a part of the feminist movement in the 70s and 80s.  I personally worked in the motion picture industry where I broke down barriers and held jobs that had traditionally had been only held by men. Though I did achieve a level of success, the movie industry really was an uncomfortable fit for me. I wasn’t able to adjust my emotional senses to a setting that would numb me enough to play in that dog-eat-dog arena.
I knew I was powerful, but I could sense that it was a different kind of power than the dominating kind of power or power over others. I didn’t like the idea of “making a killing” in a deal. But I did want success. I wanted to express all of who I knew I was since my childhood talking with the fairies. Btw: My talks with the fairies didn’t stop in childhood. I am in communication with them daily and have been throughout my life.  Then when I was 45 I went to England to be married. For foreigners to get married in England one member of the couple must live there for 3 weeks. So, I went ahead of my fiancé to meet the requirement. I thought of it as my “bride time.”  It was a true Goddess time for me. I walked along the beautiful rivers, had spa days, and planned the wedding. During that time I ventured into a Stone Circle called The Maumbury Rings had an experience that changed my life forever.  When I entered the Rings I suddenly felt like I’d entered another dimension. I walked to the center and sat down on the wet grass. And suddenly I was surrounded by a dark violet mist and the sound of drums began to fill my ears and vibrate through my body. And then I had an extraordinary vision of pre-historic women dancing around open fire pits with drummers beating out the rhythm of what I felt was the heartbeat of the Earth herself. And I saw in the faces of these ancient women a fierceness like nothing I’d ever seen, and I realized that it was the untamed feminine power that ferociously nurtured the fledgling human race and kept it alive in an untamed wilderness world. In that moment I awakened to the true magnificence of power of the Divine Feminine, and I have been teaching, and writing about it ever since.

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

I don’t think I had to deal with this as much as some. I have striven all my life to live authentically. I got married when I was 18 and a sophomore in college, because I was studying to be an actress, and I didn’t want the distraction of dating and sex to get in the way of my career, so I got myself a permanent date. And after college I packed up my husband and one year old baby and moved to L.A. to pursue my acting career. This was in the sixties, when women with children stayed home, and their husbands went to work. Most of America was still living in the Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best mentality. I always worked, and I always aspired to follow my dreams and my calling.  The one traditional role that I did adhere to was my role as mother to my son. No matter what else I was doing, I was first and foremost a mother. That role I would never change.
 

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

Though I felt like I was powerful as a woman in the first half of my life, it was in the transition into the second half of my life that I stepped into my true feminine power.  And the gifts have been amazing. I have connected with my true calling as a spiritual teacher, visionary, author and transformer. I realized at 50 that there was an incredible change taking place inside of me as I entered menopause, and that instead of getting weaker, as was the expectation, I was actually getting stronger. As I explored this awesome experience I came to realize that with the death of my child-bearing biology a new powerful person was gestating in my metaphorical womb. I began teaching other women about what I dubbed the birth of our Power Woman. I realized that now that we are living so much longer women in the second half of life have the potential to become the most powerful force for good and change in the world. We have immense life experience in all fields, and when we connect with our true feminine powers of love, caring, sharing, nurturing and creating, match them with our knowledge, wisdom and experience, and then put our second half of life juice into them we are unstoppable. My course became a book called, Embracing Your Power Woman: 11 Steps to Coming of Age in Mid-Life, which was enthusiastically endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Shirley MacLaine, Jean Houston, Caroline Myss, and other strong voices in the community.  Around the same time I began my work in the field of Sacred Economics, and actually my first book Money Is Love: Reconnecting to the Sacred Origins of Money is considered to be one of the foundational works in the field. The philosophy espouses reconnecting Money with the Divine Feminine principles of Love, caring, sharing, and abundance for All, to replace the crumbling fear-based economy, and create a new love-based economy.  I’m working on a new book now called Creating a Sacred Marketplace which will be out in 2014.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I meditate every morning in front of my altar, where Kuan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Compassion (She is actually the feminine expression of the Buddha) is the anchor. She is flanked on one side by Kali the Great Goddess of all creation and destruction, the cycle of death and rebirth, and on the other side by Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of all the abundance of the Divine Mother Earth. I call them into my mediations to support and teach me their wisdom.  I bring them flowers, and flower essences. I Light candles in their honor. I spend time sitting in nature in my own garden and in the wild chatting with my fairy friends who have always been with me. I swim in sacred pools wherever I find them in the world, immersing myself in the water of the Divine Mother.  I sit on the beach and allow the creative force that is our Mother’s huge ocean to wash into me, and I give thanks to Her and give Her blessings, often by throwing flowers into Her powerful waters.

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

I have told you about Kuan Yin, Kali, and Lakshmi in my response to the earlier question. I think the other Goddesses who call to me are the Marys. Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene.  As a child I was drawn to the story of Jesus and his Mother Mary. I felt like I knew them, and possibly I did in a former life. As a child I think I loved Mother Mary because of her sweetness. What I have come to understand about her now is the power and strength that was or is also present and a part of her sweetness. I’m learning that being sweet and dear and kind is not separate from being powerful and strong. Together they are the qualities of the Divine Feminine.  As an adult I came to love Mary Magdalene as well. I never felt good about Jesus not having a wife. And I never, even as a child, felt that Mary Magdalene was bad. She always fascinated me especially as I became a teenager.

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

The personal message that I would like to share with my sisters is first that we are sisters, and when we love each other and support each other we are strong, and when we compete with and criticize each other we weaken ourselves and each other.  We are meant to join our powerful feminine voices together in one song — A song of Peace, Joy, Abundance, Creativity, Caring, Sharing, Healing and you name it.  When we do that we can change the world. We are the hope of the world. And in loving ourselves and each other we will set a luscious Goddess example for the fellas as well. Feminine wisdom is absolutely necessary to carry the human race into the new era.  We have the Power — the Power create a beautiful new world where all our children and grandchildren can thrive.

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Everyday GODDESS: Shannon Kaiser

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ShannonKaiser_Bioshot_1-296x300Shannon Kaiser is considered the Joy Guru and has been labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by CafeTruth. She is the bestselling author of “Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest” and five-time contributing author to the book series Chicken Soup for The Soul.

An international life coach, inspirational speaker, teacher and travel writer, her website www.playwiththeworld.com has been awarded top 100 Self Help Blogs on the internet.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

Being an Everyday Goddess means living my authentic truth. Honoring my body’s natural wisdom, and always aligning myself with love and source.

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 I hit rock bottom. I was in a career I hated, addicted to bad men, drugs and over working. I remember crying on the bathroom floor saying I need help; it is exhausting to be someone you are not. And at the moment I felt a calm presence flood over me and I felt supported and loved. It was as if the angels were hugging me and my inner voice and me said, Follow your heart. A immediately took action and changed direction in my life to align with my inner hearts true desires. That moment change my life forever, I woke up and was awake to allow the energy around me to support and guide me.

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

Everything changed when I woke up to my true purpose. I could no longer stay the way I was. I left a corporate career in advertising, I quite all drug addictions cold turkey, the funny thing is because I was aligned with source it became easy and natural to get rid of everything that was unhealthy. I stepped away from all toxin and negative situation and people.  And my relationship with self had to change. I started to respect and love myself, which meant I no longer felt comfortable polluting it with toxins.

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

Self Love

An awareness to the depth of life and unconditional love

And an unconditional compassion for all people, places and things.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I start each day with a gratitude practice. I wake up and spend 3-5 minutes in full gratitude, hugging my dog and thanking the universe for the things that pop into my head. Another daily practice is my motivational mantras, I repeat inspirational messages and set a daily intention for each day. The mantras become guidance to keep me connected to my true authentic self.

I use these same mantras with my coaching clients and I witness miracles and lasting transformation. It is so amazing to see what can happen when we show up for ourselves.

I also look in the mirror every day and instead of berating myself as I use to I compassionately say, “I love you, you are doing the best you can and that is enough, you are enough.”

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

Kristine Carlson is one of my dear friends, mentors and clients (because I do graphic design for her). I love being around her because she is the most authentic person I know. She truly practices what she preaches and lives in integrity. She does not sweat the small stuff at all, which is so beautiful to see people shinning in their truth. She is the best example of this. The world needs more love and light and she is one shinning star.

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you are a goddess

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“I believe every single woman is a Goddess. We are divine, miraculous and glorious. It's who we are down to our core. You may need to rediscover and reclaim this part of yourself but it's there just waiting for you to rock it.”

 

~ Alexandra Jaye Johnson