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Daring to be Ourselves

Hello goddesses,

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

Get IN on this Awesomeness TODAY!  Be a little daring.  This is going to be so good and fun.  Details are on this Calendar or here.  Welcome.

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

 

What seems Real

A story of a young girl’s first experience of a 3D movie:

What she saw scared her, sending her bucket of popcorn and giant beverage flying as she screamed and fled terrified, out of the theater.  She reacted with all the intensity of her young self because it felt real, as if it was real–instead of an illusion created by a different pair of glasses she was wearing…

It felt real!  It was real enough that it tapped into her fears–just as it was intended to.  It was a spontaneous, powerful reaction.

Our minds and vision are extremely powerful features we come with.  What we see and feel and perceive–through whatever lenses we are looking through–causes us to react-even when it’s only an illusion... not real…

What if, instead of Fear lenses, we put those lenses to much higher use:

What if lenses are LOVE lenses?  Or desire?  Or delight? Or wonderful feel-good lenses, instead, that tapped our creating and passion? What if we surrounded ourselves with breathtaking beauty?  And what if we could also generate powerful reactions of that corresponding kind! …

We can… This is an important concept …  that perhaps we are all more significant creators of what we see and experience than we thought?

What we SEE has such an impact.  The lenses we look through make whatever we see, look and feel real … and we respond as if it IS real


There is much we are still learning about ourselves creators, as souls, as embodied spirits, living a physical life experience.

Religion and science are sisters in their revelations to us.  Indeed, science was once a ‘branch’ of religion…  and they’ve had their differences.  As time evolves, however, they are growing closer again.  Spirituality is evolving; Science is evolving; WE are evolving.  Our souls are expanding… bringing new god / goddess questions with them.  And there are callings inside each of us, that we’re born with… coming to life.


Spiritual awakenings have side-affects.  Like a moth outgrowing its cocoon….There is no fitting back in where you grew out of…  Wings are a different experience….


I have been through this process … and continue its amazing journey.  … and lighten the way for others.

For now, I’ll leave you with a beautiful gift…  (Listen, take notes, and bring them along next month…  This is powerful and wonderful journey fuel…)

Blessings and much love.  I am here … for you and with you…  – Anne


‘Red’ – A deeply Personal and Powerful Spirituality of Women

We start tomorrow morning, a Red Hot & Holy book / reading / and let-the-conversations-go-where-they-need-to reading wisewoman series for grown-up girls.  I’m excited!  I know some of the women coming. Amazing, inspiring, coming-into-their-power goddesses and wisewomen.  Met one yesterday by chance; so love this woman and her energy!

I welcome this book and women and the soul places it dares to open and lift us through.  Here’s a taste:

“Greek philosopher Plato (400s BCE) described two types of love in his work: agape (abstract, impartial love) and eros (desiring love).  Over the years, many Christian theologians decided agape love was the most “spiritual” type of love.  Erotic love, on the other hand, was viewed as uncontrollable, dangerous, fleshy, and even sinful.  It therefore was often dismissed as being a viable way to experience and express God.  While eros is an unrelenting force of Divine Love that includes sex and sexual desire (though sex and sexual desire do not always include eros), it is also so much more than sticky sheets and scratchy yearnings.  Feminist writer Audre Lorde describes eros as:

The personification of love in all its aspects–born of Chaos, and personifying creative power and harmony.  When I speak of the erotic, then, I speak of it as a assertion of the lifeforce of women; of that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our work, our lives.”

Now that’s powerfully and personally spiritual, and divinely feminine.  This book is full of stuff like this.  If you take in this one, you’ll be in for a spiritual-literacy of-women course like no other…  This is what I do!

I’m at Starbucks as I write this.  Red is showing up all around me: Red sweater across from me; Two Red coats next to her; red cups, red shoes, red displays …  All subtle confirmings, preparing and delighting me for these sacred, feminine-energy-of-Red gatherings of powerfully spiritual women.

Welcome.   – Anne 🙂

Red

Creation, Earthy, Original Blessing, Spirituality

100_Fotolia_1917615_XHello beautiful goddesses,

I’m offering a Creation Spirituality class this week for earth-honoring souls and seekers.  It’s a path and perspective that speaks of original blessing and celebrates our goodness and that of the natural world

I came across this treasure in my own search and studies for a woman-spirit-honoring path…one that also honored or bridged and connected, shed perspective on, the traditions I’d grown up with.  It comes out of the scriptural scholarship of Matthew Fox, who also grew up Catholic, in Wisconsin.  His work opened and cleared a lot for me. 

The class is Wednesday evening, April 24, at the Kindred Spirit Center in Waukesha.  More info and Register HERE

Happy Earth Day and month!  Love, blessing, gratitude and celebration to all creation; earth, air, animals, water, plants, people, sun, and stars, and each of you. – Anne

 

Eostara, Easter, and egg salad

Hello beautiful goddesses,

Today’s muse was about the simple pleasure of egg salad sandwiches the week after Easter.  I wrote that on my other blog, All Things Anne Wondra.  And then I got to thinking, it might be interesting if I share a little about Easter and Eostara with you here.

My background is in religious studies, from an academic standpoint and a life one.  I grew up catholic and was raised on a farm–so both the traditions of the church and nature-based ones are part of me.

Easter comes out of my catholic / christian background and celebrates the resurrection from death of a man named Jesus…a great, beautiful, insightful, compassionate guy whose words and actions got him in trouble (made waves) with both the religious and the political leaders–so much so that they joined together to get him out of the way (i.e. kill him).    Somehow, though, his life continued…and that’s what’s celebrated on Easter Sunday.

Now about Eostara, from a resource called, The Grandmother of Time:

“Eostara was the German goddess of rebirth who invented nature regenerating, and all of us along with her.  Hers are the first signs of spring–the colorful Easter eggs, the hopping bunnies–all fertility symbols.  Cook a great meal in her honor, for this season is for rejoicing in the abundance of the Earth.  Eostara is the goddess whose festival is Spring Equinox, and whose name gave us our (Germanized) term Easter.  Later, this day was Christianized and associated with the resurrection of Jesus instead of that of the Earth.”

Every wonder why the date of Easter moves around so much?  It’s because Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring.  And Spring begins with the Spring Equinox.

Now you know a bit about both.

RE-PURPOSING and retelling of stories has been done for a long time.  We are given inspirations and insights based on experiences and new information; and our understandings evolve, and are sometimes recast.

WE CAN do that with our own life stories too.  We can tell them in a way that celebrates accomplishments and the beautiful beings we have become.  Spring is all about re-birthing, re-freshing, coloring life.