Category Archives: Writers, Authors, Words, Wisdom
The words of The Wild Woman speak to our spirit. She’s a part of us, of all of us….
This piece of art graces a space I share. And I take a moment to read it again when it beckons. It begins like this:
A healthy woman is much like a wolf—robust, inventive, loyal, fierce.
Yet separation from her wildish nature causes a woman to become meager, ghostly, anxious about leaping, fearful to create new life.
With the wild nature as ally and teacher, we see not through two eyes only, but through the many eyes of intuition. With intuition we are like the starry night, we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes.
The archetype of the Wild Woman carries los bultos, all the bundles for healing and meaning. She carries all the medicines of stories, words, and songs, all the mending tools of dances signs and symbols. She is both vehicle and destination. She is the essence of the female soul….
It is She, the Wild Woman–using the powerfully descriptive, moving eloquence of Clarissa Pinkola Estes–who will be our Muse and Magnificence Inspiration messenger this month.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 14, 7 pm (CST). Everyday Goddess Community members will receive their usual reminder with additional details–like a full copy of the Wild Woman clip and access information–via group shortly.
If you’d like to be part of the Wild Woman conversation and connect in a community like this, learn more and make it happen HERE. Welcome!
I so look forward to this call with all of you! Enjoy your day. – Anne
Hello beautiful everyday goddesses!
This Entrepreneur’s Path is from Goddess Leoni Dawson’s Create Your Incredible 2013 Planner. I love it and had to share. And maybe you will also resonate with her words. I know I do. It fits perfectly with our next Muse and Magnificence call about ‘Shining our Light’ also. So much coming together; synchronicities and synergy. Here’s to all of our successes, growing our greatness, happiness, following our path and passions. Much love, light, gratitude, and blessing to each of you. – Anne
THE ENTREPRENEUR’S PATH CAN BE THE MOST SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE.
YOU WILL BE CALLED ON TO CHANGE EVERY PART OF YOU THAT HOLDS YOU BACK, SO THAT YOU MAY STEP INTO YOUR BRIGHTEST MAGNIFICENCE.
THE PATH OF GROWTH, OF EXPANSION, OF TRANSFORMATION, OF CHANGE IS NOT ALWAYS THE EASY ONE.
IT WILL CAUSE YOU TO FACE YOUR FEARS, ALL THE PARTS OF YOU THAT ARE UNDEVELOPED.
YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO STEP INTO THIS, WHOLE OF FACE AND WHOLE OF HEART.
THIS IS THE PATH THAT IS CALLING YOU, THE PATH THAT HAS BEEN DESTINED FOR YOU.
THIS IS THE PATH THAT IS CALLING YOUR GREATNESS OUT OF YOU. IT IS THE PATH THAT CALLS YOU TO DREAM YOUR BIGGEST DREAM.
Hello beautiful everyday goddesses!
The very event of our birth in female bodies changes and influences everything about how we see and experience what is spiritual in our lives…and how we perceive religion and the teachings and words that come from their texts and teachers.
And in the end, each one of us is on our personal quest... to find and connect with the Sacred in a way that’s meaningful to our life… and to experience and define spiritual for ourselves. I had to; and I wasn’t alone.
Women’s studies and feminine theology found a place in college curriculum. And I was fortunate to benefit–as a single, young professional in her 30s, much more aware–and reading, even between the lines, and soaking in everything. A different lens sharpens focus, and mine was. It was the women writing about women’s spirituality I was especially drawn to.
The female soul is no small thing. Neither is a woman’s right to define the Sacred from a woman’s perspective. – Sue Monk Kidd
That was my journey and my generation’s contribution to those behind us. Today’s women and girls are searching for and navigating their own path to experience spirituality and meaning. And there are writers of their generation making sacred feminine art and writing FUN and creative texts, like Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise and The Girl God. … because, you see, everyday goddess women like us, have expanded the definition of spiritual experiences. Yes!! Full Color. LIFE Engaged!
Anybody ELSE want to TALK about this stuff?! I DO!
I have a wonderful, living room style space and an open Saturday. No agenda other than to hold sacred space and allow the conversations among women and girls, and be a guide and resource where I can…connecting, assisting across generations. I have a niece now….growing into a young woman. I need these conversations for me, too. I have room for eight everyday goddesses. Join me…
Women’s Spirituality SATURDAY | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm | February 16, 2013 | Kindred Spirit Center, Waukesha
Conversations about women and girls’ religion and spirituality– today … and the spirit of the goddess …from a soul and wellness, life experience, women’s studies and feminine wisdom and theology perspective. What empowers and frees our deepest parts? You? Where and how do women and girls, you, find and define the spiritual today? Conversations will go where those gathered need to take them. My desire is that you’ll feed and celebrate your divine, inner goddess, pink and purple, spiritual path, find answers… and different questions, share resources and stories. Please purchase, download, and BRING BOTH the “Spirit and Meaning” AND “the Divine Feminine”class resource packets at www.wonderspirit.com/products/classmaterials.html They contain pieces that powered me, and that I pass on with love and blessing. FREE WILL DONATION at the door for this delightfully different Woman’s Spirit, Soul and Wellness Saturday conversation and connection session. Please RSVP that you’re coming. Thank you!!
Oh, and if being here is not possible–life time and distance logistics and all–get the materials and gather with a girlfriend for an evening or afternoon of soul sister sharing. Lots of conversation material to start off with and expand on.
There’s that thing about “Ask and it is given” too. If these are something you want more of, ASK for what you’d love!
To loving our lives, feeling inspired and empowered, growing our greatness … and satisfying our Goddess of Inner Poise. You ARE dancing your path, whether you know it or not, and it probably includes chocolate, music, and maybe a beach!
Love and light and delight! – Anne
Hello beautiful goddesses!
I’m hosting my first Start-Your-New-Story Saturday January 5, so lovely earth angel goddesses like ourselves get to do exactly what we’ve promised ourselves every year… spend a day just for us, creating and planning the year ahead…together!
Amazing and awesome goddess Leoni Dawson has put together two BEAUTIFUL, inspiring, FUN and COLORFUL Workbooks and Calendars to get you started. Choose one…or you can bring any other favorite tool you like, or use one of mine. I, of course, will have lots of resources of many kinds on hand too.
The only agenda is to spend the day together and FOCUS on what DELIGHTS our HEARTS and SOULS…and openness to create it into BEING in 2013!
There is a modest investment involved. If it feels restrictive for you, offer what feels easier. Our goddess dance with money, love, and making a living is definitely part of our planning, conversation and creating this incredible year!
So here’s the rest of what you need to know for Start-Your-New-Story Saturday. Let me know you’re coming!
And January’s only beginning. More to come…
Whoo-hoo!! Love, Love, Love. – Anne
THE POWER OF BEAR
from A Woman’s Journey to God by Joan Borysenko
We were just a tiny bit afraid of bears, Caroline and I. We knew they were here, lurking just out of sight. And although I knew that bears could be dangerous, I felt disappointed that we probably would not see one rising up on her hind legs to shield the cubs she had borne during the winter’s hibernation.
How clever the she-bear. She goes into winter retreat and has a long, restful Sabbath. She sleeps through the really uncomfortable, cumbersome part of her pregnancy. She comes out renewed with her cubs, who have found their way into the world at winter s end. The bear is mythologically feminine. The name of the Greek goddess Artemis, the huntress, means bear. She embodies the wisdom of the wild. She symbolizes the intuitive that relies on its own inner experience rather than patterning itself on the experience of others. The bear walks on a path of her own. She dares to question. And she dares to believe. She fights for her children. She is brave and strong, maternal and defiant. She is a wily survivor. She is also a strong genuine archetype for me
I once had a dream about the feminine. I am riding in a truck with a man who has twin toddlers, a boy and a girl. He tells me that the boy is a joy, he does everything according to the books. But the girl is a little terror. She has a mind of her own and is temperamental and unmanageable. As we speak, the little girl climbs onto the back of the truck and begins to dance. We hit a bump and she flies off, falling into a hole in the ground. We stop the truck and the father comments that she has gotten what she deserves. I look down the hole, which opens into a large cavern. She is inside, unhurt. It takes me a full day to dig down to her. When I reach her she is exuberant and unafraid. Still dancing.
Women s spirituality is as wild and free as that little girl. It is natural, earthy, relational, mystical, embodied, intuitive, sensuous, and compassionate. Slowly but surely, women s poems, psalms, songs, and liturgy are being written and prayed, sung and danced in a way of our own, suitable to a path of our own. We are digging back down to ourselves.
Like the she-bear, we need Sabbath. Most religions include one; Jews on Friday evening to Saturday evening, Christians on Sunday, Hindus on Tuesday, Muslims on Friday. Some American Indian tribes celebrate Sabbath on the day of the week that follows winter solstice, the New Year. Whether our Sabbath is a day or an hour, a prayer, a breath, or a meditation, we relax for a time and listen in the stillness for the inner voice. In the quiet, our intuition rises, sniffing the winds like a curious cat. These are the times when we are awake enough, alert enough, present enough to see the path as it opens before us . For the truth is, no one has ever walked our path before.
- Joan Borysenko, A Woman’s Journey to God
Now your part:
Read the whole thing again, out loud, with a friend. And stop when you come to a part that inspires you, says what you feel or think, is something you resonate with, or that you just want to talk about. Where two or three are gathered, powerful, transforming, deepening things happen. And when we speak, even more so.
Maybe it’s the Sabbath and hibernation part that got your attention.
Maybe it’s the mythology of the bear being feminine, and all the attributes she embodies, that you embody.
Or maybe it’s the story of the man with the truck and the little girl and little boy…and his perception of them…and yours. Maybe you know a pair like that. I do; they’re twins. And I can so hear them being described like that some day. And the little girl I know is a dancer, too…
Whatever it is that calls to your attention, follow it; talk about it. Embrace and own the aspects, the powers of bear, that feed and fuel your spirit.
Blessings as we enter the season of winter. – Anne
Inspirational reading feeds our soul, fuels our imagination, infuses our mind with thoughts that allow us to create lives in alignment with our dreams and desires. The book, gifted for a few days over the weekend, is The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. The magic in our lives is gratitude. The energy of love and joy.
To focus, begin with what you really want…what would feel really good…let the details flow:
When we get clear about the things we want, we are giving a definite direction to the way we want gratitude’s magical power to change our life. Rhonda Byrne, the Magic
Now begin and end each day with thank yous, gratefulness, love, appreciation in your heart. Notice everything and everyone and every detail you are grateful for. Write them out, talk about them, express them.
Continue tapping the power of gratitude, goals and dreams, and manifesting your magnificence; read the Magic for inspiration; add Wellness Goals and Dreams worksheets and resources; partner with someone to support and celebrate your spirit and growing. Share your gratitudes out loud, get clear on what you want, talk about your goals and dreams. I love coffee conversations, even when they’re over the phone. You can tap in to that love stream too.
Life happens over coffee. (Starbucks)
Love and blessing, gratitude and happiness. I already feel them for you. Let our magic continue.
A Little Bit of Spirit
(-honoring time and space)
Halloween has Sacred and Spiritual origins
… the day before All Saints Day … and All Souls Day
… All Hallows Eve
… a time to honor the dead… and heal the living
… There are many Halloween customs and traditions.
… Folk lore … recipes … Prayers / Blessings …
One of my favorite Halloween resources for all of those and more (like maybe a magick potion or two), is a book called Halloween by Silver Ravenwolf. There’s a bit of pagan influence in it…and as long as your realize that the word pagan simply means “of the earth,” you’ll probably feel more at ease. Here’s a Cooking Blessing, to give you a taste:
Put you hands over the simmering pot, and repeat three times:
Three angels came from the east
Bringing blessings upon this feast.
The first said, “I banish all negativity.”
The second said, “May you never thirst.”
The third said, “May you never hunger.”
In the name of the three
So mote it be.
With your hand (or a wooden spoon) make the sign of the equal-armed cross over the cooking pot, then tap the spoon or your fingers lightly on the stove saying:
This work is sealed.
Blessings of Vesta (or the god or goddess of your understanding) upon us.
She follows this with pages of delightful recipes that include:
All Souls’ Day Bread, Pumpkin Bread and Harvest Pumpkin Pie, Prosperity Pumpkin Raisin Muffins, Witches’ Brew, Easy Enchanted Punch, Prosperity Popcorn Balls, Sugar Snakes in Graveyard Dust …
Halloween in earth-based traditions is about the abundance of harvest, the end of a year, and the beginning of the next. It is a time to honor the dead also.
I miss you most upon each Samhain (Halloween)
When the boundary turns to sheer
I wait until the veil is parted
At the ending of the year.
Sweet spirit, as you walk among us
At the tolling of this eve
I see your face beyond the sunset
And hear your voice upon the breeze…
(©1988 David O. Norris, “Upon Each Samhain”)
So we light candles this day in memory of loved ones passed….and for two more days maybe, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, if we grew up catholic. Such days are sacred time and space; a doorway to the days ahead, holidays, family gatherings, memories; an occasion of making peace with those who have passed … and ourselves and the afterlife. (There’s a how-to section on communicating with the spirits of our loved ones also. )
And the costumes and ghosts and masks and trick or treating? All parts of what Halloween has come to mean to us…It’s a mix of traditions–social, spiritual, cultural. We each pick and choose what feels right for us this year, today.
Happy Halloween everyone, in whatever ways you are called to honor this day. Blessings, love, and light. And be especially kind to all black cats you see or meet. – Anne
Hello beautiful goddesses,
Today I share an opportunity another beautiful goddess is offering. Her spirit is one that encourages each of us to truly be ourselves and shine and create and have fun. Sound like someone else you know?
Yes, I know. She’s a kindred spirit and I love her style. Her name is Goddess Leoni and she has a Biz Goddess 5-Week e-course that she’ll be holding live soon. Here’s her story. And if it resonates and you’d like to get in on the fun, you can do that here.
Once upon a time, there lived a hippy who loved to make art & do soulful hippy things. She also worked in a cubicle job, until one day she could stand it no longer. She went for a walk in a field, and decided that within a year she would learn all she needed to know about business and turn her little hobbies into a big thriving business.
And she did it. Every year since then, her business has doubled in size, and has now become the sole income for her family – letting her & her husband both be stay at home parents and move to tropical paradise.
The Business Goddess e-course is everything she learned along the way about how to become a Business Goddess.
It is complete guide–over 190 pages!!–for how to make money online, the blueprint of how she did it, 100+ ways to market magically, mindfully & joyously, and how to sane & joyful when business gets BUSY!
It comes chock-full of bonuses too: profiles of inspiring business gods & goddesses & the Magic Money Maker kit!
You’ll find this and more on our Everyday Goddess Business Resources page.
Love, Light, Joy, and Happiness, Everyone! – Anne
There’s a reflective CD I have called The Journey that I take along when I travel and listen to sometimes. I love the music running through it, and I love the words and dialog in it. They inspire me and touch me. Some I took note of in my quiet time this morning:
Words are the least reliable purveyor of truth.
We never do die. We just change form. You are an eternal being.
You are such a messenger. This is god work we’re up to, you and I.
The work of the soul is to wake itself up; the work of god is to wake everyone else up.
Years ago, Neale Donald Walsch wrote a series of books called Conversations with God. The quotes above and the Journey CD are from those. Reading the conversations books was part of my journey. It’s one of the places I tested my Seeker’s Toolkit™. (It worked beautifully!)
The class with the toolkit is coming up on October 24 (as a teleconference). It’s one of my favorite and most amazing Love-Your-Life lessons and tools. And The Journey CD would be good in the background of a personal retreat.
Love and light and blessed journeying.- Anne
She graced my life for thirty-six years. And now she’s gone. I didn’t know her hug on July 9 would have to last a lifetime. My sweet, beautiful, wonderful, only sister, Laura.
I’m the first of eight siblings. Laura was the eighth, and there are six brothers in between us. Losing any of my siblings would be hard. This one, though, is especially so. It has been a soulful time these past few weeks.
At first there was hope, then not so much.
On the physical side, she was in the best possible place she could be and had the best surgeon and medical team she could possibly have.
On the spiritual side, there were Archangels, powerful healers, and the Master…and grandma…all with her, working on her.
On the human side, there were literally hundreds from all faiths and traditions sending love, prayers, and healing.
And even with ALL that POWERFUL healing energy, know-how and support, it was not enough to restore Laura on this earthly, bodily plane.
So what is the purpose and role of prayer? of sending love? of sending blessing? Does it affect or help the person we’re praying for? Or is it more for our benefit, our growth? Or both?
Love and pain open the heart and soul. There is no greater teacher or catalyst than our experience. There are also no shortcuts if that is what’s required of us. Tears are cleansing, emotional clearing, and cathartic.
Sometimes hard things happen…painful, personal, tearful things that cause us to re-examine and question long-held beliefs… And those common things people say when something like this happens, some of them just don’t work or feel good, or right anymore.
Soulful days are bringing up different awareness, questions, possibilities–about our souls and spirits and bodies, about our relationship with our divine Source, our life purpose and the roles we play–and how much choice and participation we play in all the unfoldings in this life and on the other side.
When all our love and prayers and powerful healers on both physical and spiritual planes still ended in Laura’s passing, there had and has to be something greater and more compelling and powerful at play…as in Sacred Contracts, life purpose, the work her soul came here to do.
I researched and wrote a paper on reincarnation once. Here’s what I learned. We have two bodies; a physical one and a spirit one. The spirit one is eternal ; the physical ones are the forms we take, our vehicles, through our earthly lifetimes. Before we’re born, we come with a purpose and a plan and we choose elements of our lifetime. We don’t remember these when we’re born…except that we have an internal guidance system, a direct connection to our Source, and we are guided and led and learn. These physical lifetimes are where we grow spiritually, where we evolve. We also come with others we’ve known before in other lifetimes. And we have guides. Some are people we’ve known here who have crossed over…. Like Laura…
The song playing when she transitioned: I’m Your Angel…
I know she’s fine. It still hurts on this human side, though. Sometimes, the tears just flow and I let them. And then I’m okay again…for awhile.
One more clarifying shift came to me in this: A friend kept saying, ‘God did this and has his reasons.’ And I found myself saying, ‘Laura did this; it was and is part of her soul’s work here and on the other side, and in the lives of all those she touched.’ If we are co-creators of our lives, then the Divine Sacred, Mother of Compassion and Love, is not one who does stuff to us and has her reasons. On a soul level, we are part of the choices and outcomes. Our Spirit is always part of and connected to our Divine Source.
There will be more coming on that, I think. It feels like there’s more. That piece, though, that we own our lives and have choices, always, lifted, opened, felt good, released, connected something that felt ajar.
These are still soulful days…and they will be for a while. In the breaking open of hearts, with love and tears, growth happens, change happens…we deepen, I deepen.
I know that I love my sister so much. And I know that if she were here living her earthly life, and had a dream or a desire to go somewhere and help a lot of people, doing what she loves, being all of her awesomeness self, I would love her and wholeheartedly be in her corner. And I am…even though I miss her voice and hugs and all the other sister stuff.
Everyday goddesses are not spared tears and human hurts. Whatever our path, we grow through our heart and love connections. And that’s what I know for now. Hug those you love.
Enjoy the moments. – Anne
PS For myself and others going through soulful days, searching, asking soulful questions, self-exploring, I drafted a Tuesday Grace Groups opportunity for some conversations of substance. I look forward to opening a group when the time comes. Take care.