Category Archives: Words

Going inward

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.

I am loving Tuesday afternoons here; incredible conversations, women, and Mama Gena’s book.  There will be more of these.  (Info HERE, if you want to be part of them now.)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Beach Group 2016

IMAGINE MONDAY MORNINGS for reading, writing, and meaningful conversing with women like yourself who are changing and growing, in all kinds of ways …

SUMMER is a perfect time … and the setting is heavenly!

The inspiration came over coffee one morning at a favorite beach-side coffee shop…four years ago…  And every year since, women have gathered by the water; and deeper words and wisdom have been shared.  It’s a beautiful thing.

2016 will be our 5th Annual Summer Beach Group Series.  This summer, we’ll be revisiting Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Specifics can be found here.

If this beckons, join me this summer, at the beach (or by phone) Mondays for some Big Magic personal conversing and connecting.  Here’s a print-and-share card to invite a friend.

It’s a good time to check your calendar and save the dates.  – Anne

In god’s image …

What does in god’s image mean to someone like you and me?  … Taught from early on that I am created in the image and likeness of god, and every mirror reveals a curvy, dancing, beautiful, woman’s body and being.   Yep, definitely a she.

It was my mother who taught me to listen with my own ears and pay attention, to look and see with my own eyes, and use my common sense. .. to think for myself…

Vatican II brought lots of changes for those in the pews:  Priests started facing their congregation instead of presenting their backside; Mass was spoken in English instead of Latin–our spoken language–so we could understand and read along with the words; Bible reading was encouraged; music changed and guitars and folk music were added; and the one that upset my grandmother the most: women were allowed on the altar–as lectors, servers, and Eucharistic ministers!  Unheard of… scandalous!

And I heard my mother say to her mother, “Who do you think was the first person to hold the real body of Christ?  It was no man!”  There is arguably nothing more powerful than a mother’s voice and words.

These were thunder bolts that opened ears, eyes, and flood gates for me; and unlocked ancient chambers inside.  My world shifted:   Permission granted to read between lines and really hear and see a story happening in real life.  I have ever since.  I pay attention to words, readings, lyrics, and trust my instincts.

In that defining moment, my mother was taking a stand that differed from her own mother’s.  She was daring to speak from her own knowing!  About god stuff…

She, too, somewhere had to answer that question, “Who do you think you are?” and own a solid enough answer.   I forget that my mother was in a convent before she chose a family life…

We are told to believe and think and discount a lot of things…including our divinely given body, mind, spirit, eyes, ears, brain, feelings, imagination, dreams, visions, soul, experiences…in the name of what?  Why?  Not to trust our self?  our knowing?

Here’s MORE… and a recent find… with an open invitation to explore this ‘In God’s Image‘ concept further…adding a few more divine images to our cosmology, psyche, soul.  Six booklets, 6 weeks, 6 women, 6 chairs, 6 songs. …

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Blessings and much love, my beautiful ones.   – Anne

Learning experiences and deeper wisdom

Hello goddesses!

I’m concluding some experiences — or maybe all of them — are given for the sole purpose of learning from them.  Yesterday’s Purpose Talk interview was a classic example.  It was a golden opportunity–and didn’t turn out to be so great…  Part was technology not cooperating… There are things we cannot control.

And, there were things I could (and should) have done differently.  Instead of a shining moment, it feels like a humbling one.

Lessons learned.

If someone gives you a chance to make your own introduction, take them up on it.

My first mistake was not doing that and allowing the host to pick and choose from the bio info she’d gathered on me.  I’d provided a brief intro / bio–as instructed.  She had gathered more, though, being the good journalist she is. I would have chosen different elements of my back story to share.  Listening, it felt way too long. And our (my) attention span for listening without supporting visuals is not that long… or was that just me being overly sensitive?

In my ‘Do-over,’ I will have a bullet-pointed ‘cheat-sheet’ of back-story snippets, share a few pieces, and move on to the rest of the interview.  Other stories may come up along the way, in the process…

My second lesson: Playing to my strengths means having an interactive dialog… and I really prefer face-to-face or skype and having visuals. And monologues require visuals!

When the line went silent–technical difficulties beyond my control–it might have been better to end the interview / show–and schedule a do-over.  Trying to do an unexpected monologue — with no visuals –definitely not where I shine.  Contrast does indeed bring one more clarity…

The third lesson learned and what I would do differently, is to have a wrap-up / closing / call to action prepared.  Summary of who I am, what i was sharing today, where they can get a copy / learn more / contact me.  Another bullet-pointed card / sheet prepared ahead of time….

Gratitudes and Graces.

In case any of you thought I had it all totally together, you now know I’m here learning right along with you.  I am grateful for a sense of humor–to see the exquisite humor and irony of how lessons come my way  I’m grateful to Cindy Freeman and Purpose Talk Radio for inviting me to share a resource that empowers the spirit of women.  It wasn’t supposed to be about me talking and saying a lot of words; it was to lead listeners to A Deeper Wisdom, Patricia Lynn Reilly’s feminine-spirit-supporting Twelve Steps from a Woman’s Perspective:

The Twelve Steps from a Religious Science Perspective
Step 1: Caught in the swirl of my habits of behavior, I was not aware of the resources available
to transform them. I have reached out for support. This is a brave action on my own behalf. I
celebrate my courage.
Step 2: I have come to believe that my deepest impulse is toward health and wholeness. I am
restored to a loving and trusting relationship with myself. My vision of life flows from health
and wholeness.
Step 3: I choose to relinquish my negative habits of behavior and to replace them with lifeaffirming
ones. I cultivate my relationship with Deeper Wisdom, the part of me unharmed and
unhindered by the wounds of my experience.
Step 4: Turning a merciful eye toward myself, I inventory both my life-affirming and ineffective
behaviors.
Step 5: In the company of my circle of support and wisdom, I celebrate my life-affirming
behaviors and accept responsibility for my ineffective behaviors.
Step 6: I am entirely ready to have my injuries healed and my ineffective behaviors transformed.
Step 7: My recovery journey is orchestrated by Deeper Wisdom. In the fullness of time, healing
and transformation occur. I actively participate in this process.
Step 8: Certain that I love myself, I welcome clarity and honesty in my relationships. I
acknowledge those who were “splattered” by my ineffective behaviors. I celebrate those who
were blessed by my life-affirming behaviors.
Step 9: Having forgiven myself, I bless myself and others by making amends wherever possible
except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10: I turn a merciful eye toward myself and my relationships daily. I acknowledge with
gratitude the gifts and challenges of the day. I celebrate my life-affirming behaviors and take
responsibility for my ineffective behaviors.
Step 11: Through prayer and meditation I place myself in the middle of the stream of Wisdom
flowing through my life. I listen to its urgings and live in harmony with its impulses toward
health and wholeness.
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, I carry this message to
others and practice these principles in all my affairs.
(c) 1999 Patricia Lynn Reilly , A Deeper Wisdom, www.imagineawoman.com

Blessings, and grow your greatness.  Our soul didn’t come here to hide…..   A Deeper Wisdom: The Twelve Steps from a Woman's Perspective

And all these learning experiences?  Exactly what each of us needs at a given time.  – Anne

Purpose Talk Radio today at 2: Twelve Steps as reWritten for Women

An unexpected surprise opp… and fun is always on the other side of ‘yes.’   Tune in, call in, or just send good thoughts in spirit.  Thank you!  Positively good stuff!   – Anne 🙂

A fun week!

It started in Lake Geneva, Saturday.  Beautiful day.  Went to Play–mostly at a women’s resource fair–and a little shopping too!  Following-the-muse FUN!  Came home with a ‘Follow Your Bliss’ treasure (that was still waiting for me…) Follow Your Bliss  and a soft powder blue calcite stone that fit my hand and beckoned (surprise face later.)   Such an interesting and energizing day–on so many levels.

More soon about those I met that day, what they do, and some heavenly summer traveler take-ins!  ….


Sunday’s International Women’s Day Blessing Circle.  … The women, the readings, wonderful exchanges … food, sharings, and spirit and blessing of all.  The readings we used are here to download…

It’s STILL International Women’s Month for those who’d like to experience their own ‘Blessed Circle’ Gathering.  Everything you need is here.


TONIGHT is Traveling-At-the-Speed-of-Love TUESDAY!  Traveling at the Speed of Love

You know, what we read influences and inspires our minds...  And It has long been my focus to inspire women with positive pragmatic words and wisdom of women writers.  This one also holds a bit of muse, magic, and PLAYfulness in it as well!  So FUN!

Call-in number and access code will be included in your Confirmation when you register.

Join me tonight!


WEDNESDAY is another special FREE Call-inA Deeper Wisdom: The Twelve Steps from a Woman's Perspective

A Deeper Wisdom Wednesday, introduces many of you to a Twelve-Step Resource for Women that is a whole lot more!  Written by a woman of spirit and wisdom and life, it contains processes and ‘scripts’ to re-story one’s courage, life, worth, boundaries, strength… and so much more.  Again, welcome and join me!  Register / Access Info


Thursday, March 12, 6 pm, you’ll find me at a BOOK SIGNING at Barnes & Noble,Cover 1 Brookfield Square, with my friend Vivian.  If you haven’t read her  Death by Roses novel yet, DO IT!  If you haven’t met or heard Vivian yet, do that too!  Meet me both of us Thursday night!  Or invite her (or US!) to a venue closer to you.  More.

Vivian is a soul sister, and what she writes…opens the way to flow through her…is stuff that truly delights a muse’s heart.  Enjoy!


Friday, March 13, 2 pm (Central), I’ll be on the radio!  Yep, on Purpose Talk Radio, being interviewed about that Deeper Wisdom resource I mentioned earlier.  How cool is that?! Once again, Tap IN!


There is MUCH Spirit-lifting and GREAT Connecting, Life-Empowering, and PLAYFUL places you can Tap IN with ME this week!  I Am a Goddess-art2 cr

Did I mention, this is GOOD and energizing Stuff … or it isn’t worth my time or energy to engage in … because, here’s the thing: I only create from LOVE now.  And it comes from my soul …

That ‘Grow your greatness; our soul didn’t come here to hide’ theme this year, that came as a message to me first!  I’ll be speaking more about that too.

Anne

Under the influence

We are always under the influence of what we’re reading.

From author Mary Pierce Brosmer…this morning.

Yesterday I was compelled to get her book ….  We all know how that works. … This time, I actually sat down and began reading–for most of the day yesterday, and more today.  Women Writing for (a) ChangeGood stuff!

I’m feeling inspired and re-energized and reminded again that I’m passionate about women writers and gathering women to read together and share their stories–find their voices and courage–and re-story and transform and free so many confined places inside.  The book is Women Writing for (a) Change … wonderful stuff … so blessed with a space where women gather.

 


 

Traveling at the Speed of Love by Sonia Choquette

Traveling at the Speed of LoveLiking and just finishing this one.  Flight and travel terms (i.e. ‘baggage’ … and do not to be carrying somebody else’s) and how to be living from our heart and spirit instead of traditional business and ‘how-things-work-in-the-real-world’ –that don’t for us.  Energy sensitives and our feminine spirits don’t work this way.  We have inner resources to tap–this is a how-to book for some of that.  And we know we feel best when we are in harmony with our surroundings and work and people around us.

Traveling-at-the-Speed-of-Love Tuesday nights Personal Renaissance Calls will switch to this resource starting Tuesday, February 17.  … Now included with your Everyday Goddess Community membershipsRSVP.

 


5 love languages5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a third book I’m reading right now.  Not usually what I pick up–except that it beckoned–several times.  So I picked it up and started reading in the aisle–and then gifted it to my husband.

No, not as a hint!  Michael is a Science of Happiness teacher through Hapacus.  And one of their and his special interest areas, is relationships.  Anything ‘brain-science-related’ he’s drawn to, he reads and takes notes on–and this looked like something he’d find interesting…  He did–and then said I needed to read it so we could talk!  From the parts I’ve read so far, it’s fascinating and great significant-other material to share and talk about.

Here’s to February and love and Happy Valentine’s Day … and writing and traveling at the speed of love.

What are you reading and under the influence of?

Anne

 

 

art is an act of divine inspiration… Vivian Probst

Hello goddesses,

Today I share words of inspired sister goddess, Vivian R. Probst.  I have traveled with this woman; and  learned much more about both of us and this work I do–and that all of us do–together. In a car, on a plane, a morning walk, an impromptu phone call, and everyday ‘just happened to happen’ meetings. …

A work of art is an act of divine inspiration entering the heart and soul of a willing participant.  Life works its magic through US.  Don’t hide your inspirations. Share them with the world because it makes a difference!  Vivian Probst (12-3-2014)

Div-a — divine ambassador …  And we are… we know …. we get it

To be a willing participant to divine inspiration, allowing its magic to work through us–in whatever way it comes–and compels us to respond… draw, paint, speak, write, create, play, dance, make a call, stop by… and trust that there really are no accidents.  Vivian and Annd 1282014

Have you noticed, unplanned happenings are usually divinely orchestrated means of meeting and message sharing?  We don’t need to know particulars…though sometimes we learn them later…  Life indeed works its magic through us….in all of our everyday ordinary ways of being ourselves.

Breathe in.  Exhale.  Again.  Be connected.  Do what your heart and soul are inspired to do.  Trust.  Have a beautiful joy-filled magical day…  Celebrate, play, appreciate, and see some more magic.

Love and blessing.  – Anne

Do you like you?

Sharing music tonight, a song I heard tonight on the way home.  One of those that sticks with you, and one worth listening closely to.  Enjoy beautiful goddesses… – Anne

You don’t have to try so hard… you don’t have to give it all away…  Do you like you…  I like you…

That goddess word

Instead of relating to the word goddess or divine feminine as statements of religious belief or as literal representations of a deity, we can use them as reminders of the infinite forms spirit assumes in our world.  We can also realize how recognizing these images and ideas of a divine feminine are not meant to enslave us, but to assist us in recognizing our own divinity.  – Jalaja Bonhein, Aphrodite’s Daughters (quoted in Red Hot & Holy)

From our Red Hot & Holy Women’s group this morning.

Our lives, experiences, and the prose on the page draws our attention; conversation weaves through, and these are inspiring.  Among the infinite forms spirit assumes in our world…is US!

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