Author Archives: Anne Wondra
The capacity to take pleasure in life is no less a virtue than any other. Joy is not as simple as it appears. There are those who, whether out of fear or judgment, so habitually resist the feeling that after a while they lose the knack of being pleased altogether. Others, mistaking mastery for pleasure, prefer conquest to delight and never really taste the spoils of their efforts. There is an art to enjoying life, to feeling desire and receiving what comes, to savoring every detail, down to the finest points, of each taste, sensation, or moment that happens by will or by chance to appear. The experience requires a subtle courage. Delight, jubilance, elation can throw you off balance, upsetting the established order of the day …. And because almost all forms of joy are fleeting, pleasure must eventually lead to loss, no matter how small–a loss that brings with it the certain knowledge that everything passes. – Susan Griffin, The Book of the Courtesans
Joy and pleasure, radiance; virtues worthy of exploring, expanding, owning.
Marianne Williamson once wrote that it was our light we feared more than our darkness. We need to connect and play and shine our light more.
Here’s to enjoying our feminine virtues of joy, pleasure, sensuality, beauty, brilliance, and daring.
A lot of good comes of silence… alone with our thoughts, feelings, emotions. Quiet time, personal retreat, centering. In all the noise out there, I had to go inward with the events of the past few days…reading, writing, letting emotions run through. I want to be only with my people, those in alignment with my own energies. I have no desire to be in those other energies right now.
My reading has been delightfully perfect and insightful, though … bringing sparkling clarity that comes out of contrast. This was deep contrast bringing powerful clarity … re-aligning with my core; all of who I am and love and breath filling a sacred space in me. — and, of course, perfect words showed up to help. (The Universe has such a sense of humor and just the most-precise way to reach me.)
For anything to grow, space is needed. If we wish to get more from life, sometimes it is necessary to do less instead of trying to cram more things in. – Sue and Simon Lilly
You have no idea what’s been unleashed. Pussies were never meant to be leashed; cat-persons know this.
This book–and the work of my entire life–is promoting a new type of activism. … It is based not in anger and indignation, but in joy and pleasure. It’s an activism that is undertaken by women, for women. It’s about taking other women higher in order to take ourselves higher. It incorporates spirituality, social justice, radiant turn-on, and reverence for nature. … This revolution is here to take the world to a new level of turn-on. – Regena Thomashauer
Our sacred core is pleasure, joy, and radiance. Oh yes…
My experience of the slave life and the situation with my employer made me realize that true power is very different from the power I had learned about in my political science classes in school. I now know that to be powerful means to be true to who you are, rather than the domination of others. – Mira Kelley
It’s My Pleasure…
… ancient, female-based religions viewed pleasure-seeking as an act of worship. … Pleasure is an ancient sacred path. … Pleasure is a path of hope and optimism, belief in love and, yes, romance! It’s a path that leads to happy endings and true love, but it’s up to each of us to create it. … But ultimately the journey is yours to take and create. And the pleasure will be yours too. – Maria Rodale and Maya Rodale
Joy, Pleasure, and Radiance 2017.
In the midst of this came my word for 2017: RADIANCE… as in Awaken your Radiance, Lit from Within, Let your Sun shine; know you are the Sun. Unleash your Radiance … we aren’t meant to be leashed. Our sensuality is sacred, pleasure is our divine power; self-recovery is a sacred journey I know well, and light a path through.
So much is coming together. I’m grateful, love it, and feel excited…and also honoring what my spirit needs. Hope you are too. Blessings and love, and take really good care of you. – Anne
our worth, and waaaayyyy more …
This content is deep and spiritual. It will stir dynamic exchanges, touch souls, and shift power centers, and awaken that light and passion of a goddess you are born to embody and be.
And this leadership, sensual-spiritual-feminine-soul scholarship and support resources, and well-seasoned, deepened, life empowering passionate presence of this course….And twenty-some hours of live, in-person conversing together around a woman’s worth, well-being, who we really are, and where and how and what we desire to shine our radiance in service of.
That’s a lot, hugely valuable to a woman ready and willing to explore and own her soul, her life, her divinity, her brilliance and light, to see and reclaim her extraordinary worth and show up confidently aware and powerful wherever she walks this earth.
Sister goddesses, this is one powerful adventure you’re invited into–a life’s work of its author, and add to generously as this course continues. This is a goddess-growing, soul-activating, powerful course.
Classes are $20 each. (Will meet 9 times, about 2 hours each.)
See our Calendar for course dates and more details.
Anything’s possible. You are of goddess origins. Pleasure is your birthright. Your soul is aware and awakening. You are radiant, brilliant light… power pulsates and takes form through you…
Our words for today are ‘Daring’ and ‘Courage’ because it takes courage and daring to be OURSELVES. It’s so much easier and safer to play-act being someone else. To be truly who we are, though, is to risk ridicule. Words meant to hurt, dishonor, shame.
Why am I afraid to tell you who I am? Because … you may not like who I am, and that’s all I have. – John Powell, S.J.
If our mask is being made fun of, we can laugh along with the joker; it’s only a costume, after all. When there is no mask, we are vulnerable to feel our deeper spirit’s wounding…our real spirit of self-worth, acceptance…and believe that our real SELF is not good enough, that we are not good, or enough. … When we ARE very much, both good, and enough.
Self-discovery is a Sacred Path.
It takes COURAGE and DARING to confidently travel our personal path and discover–and recover– our own style, beauty, gifts, grace, and greatness. … to live without the mask and costume of someone else.
Our Fall Book Study Series is a powerful one and begins next week Tuesday and Thursday. Our guiding resource book, P***y: a Reclamation, may take Courage and Daring for some to read also. Is it worth it? I think it is; you decide, though.
Join me if you’re feeling a little Daring and Courageous… and maybe Curious.
If you’re like me, you have more than one book going at a time. Alongside this one, for instance, I’ve got Renee Starr’s You Are Woman, You Are Divine. I love how one sheds light on another. Here are three more interesting complementary-reading possibilities you might like also:
Daring to Be Yourself by Alexandra Stoddard
A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
A lot of this is deep and personal stuff… religion, spirituality, self-esteem, and full ownership and awareness of one’s life, body, and soul. And loving our self and being our true self. It all takes a certain amount of Daring and Courage…that we will help each other with.
For some, perhaps a group is not a comfortable venue–or group times don’t fit right now. That’s why I also provide individual private-study Personal Packages. If that feels better, a free 30-minute, no-obligation discovery session gets us started.
These are Expansive Times — of expanding our understanding of all that it means to LIVE–bodily and spiritually–in this Lifetime EXACTLY as who we are…and that our path definitely includes Pleasure by design.
Still have questions, contact me.
Looking forward to these delightfully daring gatherings. – Anne
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If you see me having coffee somewhere in my travels, my cards are close by. It’s how I work and travel.
I love how the perfect card drops and offers beautiful guidance your spirit needs. Whatever concern or indecision prompted your call or curiosity, you will receive insightful perspective…in the cards and in conversation that flows from it.
It’s what I do: I help others follow their dreams; and in the process, I live mine.
My beautiful goddesses, it is my pleasure to offer and include these card readings in your membership. Because that frees you to call me when you need to talk and find peace or insight about something. It’s like calling AAA for roadside service when your rental car keys are locked in the car; your membership is golden.
Life keeps moving, evolving; and we certainly need another perspective sometimes. Our nature is to process these happenings through words…writing, conversing, seeking deeper wisdom. My nature is being a delightful spirit goddess partner in your dream-following and creating.
A lovely exchange and partnering, wouldn’t you agree.
Talk to you soon. – Anne