Marianne Soucy is the founder of Give Your Dream Wings where she helps spiritual entrepreneurs, healers, intuitives, and authors manifest their dreams. Marianne guides you through the practical steps to create and fulfill your dream while staying deeply connected to spirit and self. Marianne is furthermore the founder of Healing Pet Loss and the author of “Healing Pet Loss – Practical Steps for Coping & Comforting Messages from Animals and Spirit Guides” and host of the Healing Pet Loss Podcast.
What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?
If I was going to describe an everyday goddess in one sentence, I would say that she is a woman who connects with and shines her light in the world. To many of us getting to that place isn’t easy – if it ever happens – because it is not something we are generally taught while growing up. Connecting with your light requires going within, discovering your talents, purpose, passion – your true self – and then going without, sharing your gifts in the world. Both going within and going without takes dedication, perseverance, and courage. My spirit helper mentions some other important aspects of this in my guest article on your website.
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 always had a yearning; a feeling that something was missing; a striving to become whole. You could say it has been an unfolding, generally not gentle, but slow and at times painful. I guess that is where my stubbornness, or you could say perseverance, comes in handy, because it has prevented me from giving up.
What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?
In order to live authentically I have had to move past my shyness and develop the courage to take action and be ‘visible’. The biggest transformation has happened since I have begun to take action. I discovered that waiting until everything was in place and perfect won’t get me anywhere, and that I am in charge of my own life.
What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?
Since stepping into my feminine power – or as I also like to describe it – stepping into my true self and beginning to shine my light in the world – I feel more in charge of my life; my life has more meaning; I’m definitely more creative, and it is a good feeling to be able make a positive difference in the lives of humans and animals.
Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?
To me it is very important to do yoga and meditation in the morning. It prepares me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I have a program that I like and have done for years. Another thing that is an important part of my life is to connect with my spirit helpers, often through shamanic journeys. And although I might not characterize it as rituals, spending time in nature and going for walks is an essential part of my life.
Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?
The Goddess of Compassion (Kuan Yin) has been the most important Goddess for me. She showed up often in my early shamanic journeys and sometimes still does. My main power animal is also an embodiment of compassion – that’s the best way I can describe it. He teaches me constantly about compassion.
In a recent journey my power animal said: “In order to embody and walk to path of compassion, you need to accept your whole being – that means all aspects of yourself, including the so-called negative traits like, for instance, anger. When you start on the path of compassion, all your issues, blocks and whatever has been preventing or stopping you from being and expressing your true self, will come up. They need to be seen and dealt with, so you can move beyond them. It is not about suppressing but accepting, watching, moving through into a place where you are You. Ultimately it is about becoming a whole being. It’s about shining your light. And while all lights come from the same source, they all have different qualities and express different qualities of the one. Compassion is one of them, and it happens to be yours.”
So it is not a choice, as such, on my part, but more of a natural unfolding, because that’s what happens in my journeys. I have discovered that I learn what I need to learn.
Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?
That would be to emphasize the importance of incorporating into your life a daily physical and spiritual practice, for example, yoga or Zhan zhuang (standing Qigong). Make it a daily ritual. Work on your whole self. And stop trying to be perfect. Develop the courage to take action – even if only baby steps. If you can’t see where you are going, remember that when you take a step, the next step will reveal itself.
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