The SPRING EQUINOX is less than a week away, bringing equal day and equal night. As the sun sits overhead at the equator, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are equally illuminated.
Some may think of this time of year as Balance, but Life is about movement. Just look at how Nature continues to grow, bloom, die, and give birth again. It is in continuous motion and a process of evolution…no different that You and I.
Therefore, I don’t believe Balance truly exists in an every changing and dynamic Universe.
I do believe, however, there are moments of equilibrium of energetic forces and the balancing of these energetic forces to create stability when needed.
It may not always be of equality except for a moment in time, such as with the Spring Equinox. Because in the Universe…just as in Nature…the earth is in constant and perpetual motion around the sun. No different than the moon in orbit around the earth. We, too, are in perpetual motion of growing and evolving physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
What the Spring Equinox brings for me in this moment of equal day and night, is a Stillpoint…like a photo that has captured a beautiful memory.
The Equinox is a moment of equal day and night, as we move from darkness of winter into the light of summer. It is the moment of being in the center between these seasons, just as being in the center of the earth, just as the sun shines on the equator.
We are at the midpoint of day and night…light and darkness.
The Spring Equinox is also close in time to our celebration of Easter and the resurrection…a time where Jesus Christ evolved from living to dying from his earthly body…to being reborn into the fullness of his spiritual LIGHT body.
I hope you will take this time to sit in meditation and prayer to be in a place of stillness within your being . To be with all you have gone through…the light and the dark you have experienced in your life and the possibility of where you may be going.
What is most important is to simply be in the stillness and in the center of light and darkness…of what was and what may be….to feel your own being in this moment and to trust your Inner Light will illuminate and guide you to what is next and what is possible!
“I AM a Feminine Force of Nature…I AM no less than the wind, the rain, or the moon’s pull upon the ocean tide…” ~ words of Mary Magdalene as channeled by Dr. Cheryl
I wrote these words in a previous blog. However, today I feel HER so strongly that it is time to share where they truly came from.
These words came through me in November 2017. I knew who was speaking them. However, it was very difficult to admit it to anyone.
It has been close to twenty years now that she first came to me in a Reiki session with my dear friend..healer…artist…Catherine-M-Foster (www.catherinefoster.com). I remember, Catherine, saying she was standing in the room and that I might want to learn more about HER. I looked to Catherine for counsel and guidance on what to read. I have collected a library of books over the years on HER. Some of the writings seemed true and some not completely true.
This Reiki session was only the beginning. It was as if my soul was being awakened to the Divine Feminine and being nudged to explore HER…who she was and what she stood for.
However, it wasn’t until about two years later, that I saw my face with that of the Masculine Christ…Master Jesus…flipping back and forth while looking in the bathroom mirror. It was sometime following a Soul Recognition Ceremony that Catherine had recommended the year before as something I might want to experience. It took a year to get the courage up to do it. Again, Catherine stepped in as my guide and guardian during this ceremony and process.
Although Mary Magdalene did not appear to me during the Soul Recognition, this ceremony was a catalyst for healing and for the vision of Christ’s face being interwoven with mine.
So many things run through your mind when you see things that others are not seeing. You wonder if you are going crazy? You wonder what exactly does this mean? You wonder if you should speak about it, or keep it in the depths of simply unexplained experiences?
I kept drawing a symbol, trying to get it just right. I was writing the word…Christos. Then I found the symbol in one of Catherine’s art pieces and felt there was some validation to my unseen world and what was utterly unexplainable. This artwork now sits in the middle of my reception area of my healing studio.
It may have seemed like a dormant process during that time until now, but a lot of change was happening below the surface of my awareness as I look back.
One was the walk in the Labyrinth at Unity Church. Once in the center I was getting a download that caused me to sit on the floor with tears streaming down my face. I felt as if I sat for hours and could not move, even if I tried. I have no idea what was exchanged in that moment, except some form of deep soul to soul communication.
I asked who are You? How do I communicate again with You in the future? What do I call You? The name I understood was “Sar’h.” It was a collective consciousness of energy, not one single entity. Whether it was the actual name, I do not know. However, I knew it was a name given such that I could easily identify this energy with the collective consciousness of the children and Lineage of Light that Master Jesus and Mary Magdalene had seeded in their union.
I can’t recall how much time has passed since the walk in the Labyrinth; it could be ten years by now. However, within the last two years, Spirit has been opening me to channel HER through my writings after going through several months of visions and learning from different Feminine Archetypes. The high priestess, Isis, was the first to come. I not only felt I was an apprentice to Isis, but a daughter to her as well. This was also activated in a guided mediation with Catherine.
I have to say, Catherine, has not only been my dear friend for many years: she has stood as guardian, teacher, and catalyst for when my soul needs healing and is calling for expansion and growth. Sometimes she has shown up for one thing and something else amazingly emerges. That, to me, is the beauty of trust, allowing and following Spirit’s lead…something Catherine expresses everyday and has been teaching me every step of the way.
More recently in the last 4 months, greater clarity has come in vision. HER appearance came to me several times as the High Priestess in early December and even requested permission to bring HER energy through my hands while serving in my chiropractic studio.
“I am both, deeply honored and humbled, to share the energy and messages of the Feminine Christ Consciousness. My heart is full of love and gratitude in allowing my hands to be HER hands…and my voice to be HER voice…the voice of Mary Magdalene.” ~ Dr. Cheryl
What followed was more downloads of information, visions, and deep emotion. I can’t tell you how joyful and painful this type of transformation is. The emotions can come from all ends and depth of the spectrum…and beyond…since you are in the presence of energy that is of great vibration…and ALL is happening at the same time.
The soul takes over and numerous Dark Nights of the Soul come through your consciousness as you process HER life experiences, as well as your own. Sometimes before one is healed, another one comes through. It is a time of deepest pain, healing, and grieving HER life and that of your own heart, while questioning if this is ALL truly happening, or an illusion of your own making!!?
Fortunately, Dr. Brie Gibbs, as well as Theresa Hebert, were there for understanding and support as friends, as well as holding the unconditional love and energy of spiritual mother and sister. I don’t know how I would have gone through this without Dr. Brie’s healing work, messages, wisdom and counsel. I am forever grateful for both of these two women in my life.
However, I also needed the love of ALL of my family, friends and spiritual tribe even if they were oblivious to my process. Just knowing there was unconditional love that has been there and supported me throughout my life, even though most of my family and friends were not conscious of this transformation, allowed me to continue to go through the pain and healing, in order to get to the joy on the other side.
“It will take many lifetimes, this path of your Soul…but no matter how many spirals you journey into the depths and vastness of your Being….All Paths Journey Home! Blessed are those who find the courage to delve deep into their hearts and discover their individual Oneness and the ONENESS to the Creator/Spirit…God and Goddess!” ~ words of Mary Magdalene as channeled by Dr. Cheryl
So, I thank you for being here on this journey with me!
However, my journey has now metamorphosed into a Life Path that is no longer an experience, but my spiritual calling. And, I feel no less than the butterfly who has gone through several stages of transformation in order for my being to emerge anew from this Chrysalis of Soul.
I can’t say enough how deeply humbled and honored I am every day that she comes forward with HER words, messages, and energy for the transformation of greater LOVE and LIGHT for the Children of the world, all of Humanity and for our planet, Earth!
With LOVE Always from My Heart..and HER Heart…to all of Yours,
“When you do, or think, or feel something, do it with passion. Let it come form the Heart. Put your Heart and Soul into it. And when you do, you will feel a river flowing sweetly through you and especially through your entire life. Life has much more meaning that way.” ~ Angie Karan
February brings Valentine’s Day and many birthdays in our family. My mother was born the day after Valentine’s Day and she was the heart of our family. I believe all mother’s hold the potential to be the heart, the uniting force within all families. What beats inside a mother’s heart is a river of Love. It is what extends to all her children and is the foundation from which they will grow and flourish!
And…when you look close at the human heart, looking at it’s structure and physiology, you will see an amazing correlation between the physical and spiritual and the flow of Love.
Your Heart is divided into four chambers. Two chambers sit on the left. And two chambers sit on the right. Two sit above and two sit below.
The right chambers (masculine) pump blood that has comes from the body to the lungs. It is here where the waste product of carbon dioxide is given back to the universe. In exchange, life giving oxygen, that all human cells need, comes into the blood to be transported back to the left side (feminine) of the heart. The left side of the heart receives the rich oxygenated blood to carry it to the body, for all physiological and cellular functioning.
Even the upper chambers of the atrium, along with the lower chambers of the ventricles, work in tandem for the Heart to function unified. The atria that are Above, pump blood into the ventricles Below, in order to propel the carbon dioxide laden blood to the lungs, or the oxygen rich blood to the body.
The Beauty of one’s Heart is that it functions in a place of UNION.
It is the union of it’s chambers…the left and right (Feminine and Masculine) with the upper and lower (Above and Below)…that bring it’s distinct and separate function into a unified system of wholeness.
The Union within your Heart is a oneness … and wholeness … that beats, functions, and performs in synchronized fashion that is no less than absolute perfection!
So … the greater message that the Heart holds for us, is to find the same UNION within ourselves, of ALL of our parts.
The Heart teaches us to bring sacred union and marriage within to become whole again.
There may be aspects of ourselves we love and like, as well as facets of ourselves that we don’t like. Through LOVE, all the parts of who we are, and all experiences, can be brought back to wholeness to find that place to unite from within.
Ultimately the Heart is GOLDEN. For within the heart is where Love resides. Love is what brings the spiritual into physical form. Love is the uniting force within, just as the blood that is pumped by the human heart. Love is able to extend beyond the physical and unite all hearts in the world. LOVE is the golden and most powerful elixir of alchemy, transformation, and unifying force in nature.
Love from within your Heart is the greatest force in nature and the universal language that unites all beings through time, space and dimensions!
Honor your Heart just as you would gold!
Actually…your Heart’s worth is greater than gold.
Your beating and united Heart is priceless!!!
Remember your Heart is the pulse of Life…it holds the river and uniting force to all things through Love.
And, only through LOVE do we have the power and magic to create a new life and a new world!
“Your soul is your inner most being. The PRESENCE that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is your Soul. That is who you are in essence.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
When I started writing this blog, it was from the perspective of a talk I gave for a business networking group back in December. And when you think about what is important to your overall development whether it’s expanding your career, running your business, or simply growing as a human being, a lot of “P” words tend to show up to guide the “Process”…..Philosophy, Purpose, Passion, Play, Personal, Profession, Plans, Practices, Protocols, Procedures, People, Prosperity, Possibilities, etc.
At any point in time, you may contemplate these different areas to give you new direction in your life, to figure out your next step, or how to re-create your self, your personal life, or your professional career.
Ultimately, these “P’s” are points of reference for all areas of living to help you define who you are and define your direction.
What they have in common, as the “common denominator,” is what you value. They are what you value enough to cultivate. They are what you truly desire to experience and express.
So…when and where do you consider your PRESENCE???
Or have you ever thought about PRESENCE???
Your PRESENCE…what value does it bring to your personal or professional life, your relationships, your daily practices or routines, your business, your success, or simply just living?
Is there any real value or POWER in YOUR PRESENCE???
“My PRESENCE speaks volumes before I even say a word.” ~ Mos Def
First of all, you need to ask the question and define “What is PRESENCE?”
Beyond words, it’s your energy field, your consciousness, your essence. It is what you emit from your CORE. It is the totality of the energetic life force that surrounds you and includes everything else that you value from your core foundational Philosophy and beyond. It’s your Soul.
“I sometimes ask people, ‘Can you be aware of your own Presence? Not the thoughts that you’re having, not the emotions that you’re having, but the very PRESENCE of your very being?’ You become aware of your own Presence by sensing the entire energy field in your body that is alive. And that is the totality of your Presence.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
If your PRESENCE is a totality of yourself beyond form, and if your energy field surrounds you and precedes your physical being, then it makes sense to cultivate your PRESENCE by connecting to your Soul and being your Soul.
If PRESENCE is what is constantly being emitted by your energy field, should you not grow IT just as you do any “field” of endeavor that you wish to grow?
So, what I realized when I was first started writing this blog, was that I writing from a business perspective and not from my Soul. I had shifted the conversation of Presence from Soul to “energy” out of fear…out of fear of stepping on some toes in the business world. Maybe that was appropriate language for my audience in that time and space, but it was not exciting for me here!
In truth…in My Truth…can you ever get away from your very Soul??? I guess you can if you choose to stay in the ego, or what others want for you. But why would you ultimately want to??? I don’t want to.
So, let’s reframe the entire conversation to…
“What do you wish to emit from your Soul…your PRESENCE…and grow in this New Year of 2018?”
What do you wish others to sense from your Soul…the very essence of your being…without words… from just walking into a room? Whether there is one person in the room, or it’s a room full of people? Whether it is for a New Year’s party, or to stand up and speak in front of a board room, or on stage? What do you want the world to take away from you showing up, being YOU?
“People also leave PRESENCE in a place even when they are no longer there.” ~ Andy Goldsworthy
What about healing through simply your PRESENCE alone? Or to teach or inspire by being a walking example from the energy you emit from your Soul?
“I teach people that no matter what the situation is, no matter how chaotic, no matter how much drama is around you, you can heal by your PRESENCE if you just stay within your center.” ~ Deepak Chopra
What does it take to develop and Practice PRESENCE?
Being in your CORE…
Simply the power of your breath…breathing into your CORE, your belly…allows you to stay centered and clear. There is an unwavering strength and conviction when you live and show up from within the CORE of your being.
By staying CENTERED…as if staying in the eye of the storm where it is peaceful…any distractions, drama, and negative energies can swirl around you without disruption of your energy. The outside world does not waver what is going on, on the inside. Being CENTERED is strength; it is your central pillar from which all else unfolds.
Seeing with CLARITY…
CLARITY of vision…knowing exactly what you wish to grow…defines where you are going. Once you are clear from within, then cultivating your energy, directing your energy, and living from the energy of your Soul becomes easier…if not absolute.
What is it you emit from PRESENCE?
You exude an energy beyond your body that is palpable.
Your Presence exudes an energy that ultimately emits CONFIDENCE and CERTAINTY.
You own it. It’s yours. It’s authentic. It’s the real and most authentic YOU!!!
What is created with PRESENCE?
What first stirs is a knowing from within, or a CALLING from your heart as your Soul speaks to you. This CALLING is your greatest Purpose, such that your PRESENCE holds its vibration without doubt, and without confusion. When you know…YOU KNOW…your greatest Purpose, the energy of your heart and Soul emits a magnetic attraction within your field. The beauty of such a magnetic force is that it has an affinity, or potential to draw others in.
The Power of YOUR Presence is that is can create COLLABORATION and an alliance for more of the same with others.
YOUR Presence also has the POWER to light the way for others to find their PRESENCE, their greatest Purpose, and all the other parts of their life such that there is alignment and that may simply fall into place.
YOUR Presence and the Power of Presence in any ONE human being has the ability to re-ignite the spark of POSSIBILITY within another…and another…
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our PRESENCE actually liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson
The Power of Your Presence starts with with the light of your Soul. As you align with your Soul, your Presence grows. It is vibration of greater authenticity…of Purity…of Truth…and of Love…that is placed into the field of human consciousness.
When humanity’s heart can reach the tipping point of 51% of greater Truth and Love from our SOUL, then together we can emit a magnetic force that shifts our collective vibration to grow and expand into a greater global energetic field.
Together, we all shift. Our individual hearts shift. Collectively, as human beings, the whole of humanity shifts. As WE shift and reconnect to Soul and Presence, it allows our hearts to align in Truth and Love with the heart of our planet.
“In the stillness of your PRESENCE, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality of unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is LOVE.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
TRUTH and LOVE…that is the Power of YOUR Presence!
“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein
I woke up this morning with these words “Mere Miracle” running through my head. Apparently sugar plums don’t dance in my head any more. Honestly, I don’t think they ever did.
Before I jumped quickly out of bed, I stopped to lay quietly and take a moment to meditate on these words, take them in, feel them and discern the true meaning.
Mere…does it mean water? Or, mere…does it mean smallest? Or when you google the meaning on the internet….”that is solely, or no more or better, than what is specified.”
Water…our bodies are 70 percent water. Being in human form as LIFE is truly a miracle.
Small…or that which is solely…or no more or better…than a miracle. Perhaps nothing short of a miracle? Or, how does anything ever get better than a miracle???
As I continued to feel into the words, I believe the message is that You and I, are each … simply and miraculously … a “Mere Miracle”… no less and no more.
So, as you prepare for the Holy Days, no matter what traditions you celebrate, I believe the meaning we are all looking to celebrate is the Light, Love, and Life that resides in all of us and around us.
I hope you will take the time to be in stillness and reflect on your own sacredness, the “mere miracle” that resides within you, just as you may reflect on the sacredness of your beliefs and traditions.
I hope that the “mere miracle” that YOU and I…and the world…can hold in our hearts and create is that of ONENESS.
When, You and I, can each hold all the parts of own individual selves that are different: the parts we like and the parts we don’t, the parts we judge and the parts we are proud of, the parts we need to forgive and heal, as well as the parts we accept and continue to grow … then You and I can be within a place of UNION inside our own individual soul, mind, heart, body, and life. And, then we can create a vibration in the field of consciousness for the second mere miracle to unfold…a place of UNION and a place of ONENESS…collectively with each other.
Once You and I can find that place to hold all that we have created in our own lives, the Light and the Dark, then we can hold unconditional LOVE and compassion for each other…no more and no less than the creator of the universe holds for ALL of us.
My Blessings to YOU and YOURS for Holy Days and New Year…
I hope and pray you find PEACE within the center of your heart and your life, even if it is not perfect.
May you find the vibration of GRATITUDE within your heart and send it out into the universe, appreciating what has brought you growth and wisdom, even if not ideal.
May you place another frequency of claiming and knowing your TRUTH, your values and the beliefs you live by.
May you share the LOVE and vibration of JOY for yourself and with those you care about.
May you offer a BLESSING from within your heart and soul…for yourself…as well as for your family, friends, community, and people of the world.
May YOU be the “mere miracle” that is awakened to the beautiful Light, Love & Life that resides within you!
And, may your Light, continue to spread the Light for the way of birthing the mere miracle of ONENESS on Earth!!!
“We are all gods (and goddesses), all Forces of Nature. We can destroy, we can build. We are like oceans and like fires.” ~ Barry White
I AM a Feminine Force of Nature…
I AM no less than the wind, the rain, or the moon’s pull upon the ocean tide.
I AM a radiant sun: an expressive, radiant, creative power of life force energy in form and fortitude.
I AM a rock, a mountain, a crystal vessel: a strong, bold, unmovable force, standing and holding my ground.
I AM a waterfall, a cascade of emotion: a flowing force that can trickle steadily with contentment; bubble forth with joy; or rage and roar with a mammoth of passion and purpose.
I AM the ebb and flow of the peaceful tides, the crashing of waves upon the shore, and the uncharted waters of the deep, dark ocean floor.
I AM an expression of body, heart and spirit, abiding by the laws of the universe and the laws of nature.
I AM a human portal for life, creation, and the expression of my soul upon the earth.
I AM a woman able to birth through my womb, as well as my heart, my hands, and my voice.
I AM a mother, tender, fierce, and loving.
“…Haley’s love for Jack was joyous and fierce. That fierceness is why she isn’t here today. A mother’s love is an unrivaled FORCE OF NATURE and we can all learn much from the WAY Haley lived her life.” ~ Hotchner in Criminal Minds, from the eulogy of his wife
I AM ALL that I choose to become through my body, heart and soul’s desires.
I AM ALL that I choose to become through my ability to vision and imagine.
I AM ALL that I choose to become through my commitment and perseverance.
I AM ALL that I choose to become through my play and laughter; sweat and tears; triumphs and falls; and willingness to always get up and go the distance.
I AM ALL that I choose to become through the call to serve and give to my family, my community, humanity, as well as the plants, animals and Earth, herself.
I AM ALL that I choose to become through the sharing of my truth, love, hope, wisdom, gifts and talents in full integrity.
I AM ALL that I choose to become through the giving and receiving of energy through the universal law of exchange.
I AM a Feminine Force of Nature and the WAY I live my life says it ALL about my legacy and what I leave behind me, for whatever time I walk upon this earth.
I AM a Feminine Force of Nature…and I choose to leave behind me a-wake of TRUTH, LOVE and HOPE . . . no less than any other unrivaled force of nature.
YOU…too…in your own most beautiful, powerful, and creative WAY are a Feminine Force of Nature!!!
Finding your WAY in living life as a Feminine Force is very simple. It is about listening and feeling deeply your intuition. However, your intuition and the Divine speaks to you, whether through inner vision, sound, feeling, emotion, physical sensation, deep knowing, writing, repeated messages that start popping up, or what ever way….pay attention and notice! Your inner voice is communicating to you. It is that inner stirring that never goes away. And if you do ignore it…trust me, it will find another way!
The WAY of the Feminine Force and bringing forth your personal creative power as a Force of Nature is all about following what is unseen and unheard to others…and yet feels absolutely right to YOU!
It is about creating your own path; re-creating and changing course as your passion calls; re-claiming all parts of yourself; and living your life on your terms with great joy and integrity.
The WAY is shown to you, when you start seeing life through your own eyes. The WAY will speak ever so loudly such that it is only your heart that hears.
And, I know . . . if you start seeing, listening, and following your own heart’s lead…that innate inner wisdom…YOU WILL indeed leave a positive imprint upon this earth as a Beautiful and Powerful Feminine Force of Nature!
“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan
If you are like me, time feels like it is going faster and faster. As the years pass, not only do I wonder how another smile line appeared on my cheek, but I am constantly seeing the videos and books for the Fit, Fabulous and Fantastic after 40.
I am all for it, but honestly I think it’s something we need to cultivate earlier and allow the process to unfold as gracefully as possible. Yet, I also believe…whole heartedly…that it is never EVER too late to start!
So, now that I am older and past 40, why are there not more of the Fit, Fabulous and Fantastic after 50 something? Or finding Her Strong, Sensuous, Sacred and Sexy before 60 or after 70???
How come I am not seeing much of this age group unless I actively go looking and seeking it???
Women have continued to express their greatness, beauty in creating, and achieving their fabulous even after 50. In fact the beloved, Louise Hay who passed this year at 90, was 58 years old when her book “You Can Heal Your Life” was published and shortly after her publishing firm empire, Hay House, was founded.
So…what if it’s not about trying to erase the aging process, but to embrace Life and Living as a beautiful process of unfolding and becoming. It is a process of continuing to Find the Fit, Fabulous and Fantastic at “whatever age.”
What if we look through the eyes of this poster and relish in the last line…that “every woman should see a wrinkle and be reminded of her youth; and not her age.”
What about embracing and inspiring ALL women, wherever they are in life, and what ever age they are, that they are perfect? What about our culture embracing and teaching women that it is okay to re-create ourselves throughout our lifetime…if we want to…and that it is never too early or too late?
“Every woman should find HER Strong, Sensuous, Sacred & Sexy…no matter her age. Every woman should embrace re-creating HERself with every decade.” ~ Dr. Cheryl Berry
STRONG … because we need to know who we are and who we are not. We need to be able to push when it’s time to push, and to offer support then someone else needs us, young or old. We also need to know when to support ourselves. We need to know we can hold it together when all may feel like it’s falling apart; and we need to be able to pull ourselves up out of the mud and muck, take a breath, and take another step even if we don’t know where the second step will be. We need to have courage to start again, as well as knowing when to stop, or change directions. We need to know where we stand in the moment, as well as what we will stand for, or what we will take a stand against.
Strong … because sometimes we need to express our inner masculine of doing and putting energy out into the world, and it’s only YOU who can do it even when you feel the most vulnerable!
Strong … because it is not only the physical strength and endurance of body, but the emotional support like a marble pillar, the mental fortitude to keep going the distance, the courage of heart to hold onto truth and love, and to lead, and be led, by the light of one’s soul even in the darkest of nights.
SENSUOUS … because feminine energy engages our senses. Author, Debrina Jackson, is the first woman I heard speak of this. If you break the word down to its root…SENSE-U-OUS…you will see it’s root is SENSE. If you actually look up the word SENSUOUS it comes down to what your senses perceive. It is what you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch.
Have you ever felt wonderful smelling roses, fresh rosemary, lavender, a ripe peach, a favorite perfume’s, or your baby’s skin? What happens inside your mouth when you take a bite of a garden ripe tomato, a strawberry right off the plant, or decadent chocolate? What do you feel when you light candles and place them all over your bedroom or around the bath? What about sitting curled up in front of a fire with a soft blanket, or waking up to sunshine coming through your window?
There is a physiological excitement of the senses, an awakening of the ability to experience and take in more via your nerve endings and sensory organs. Sensuous is your feminine energy that is receptive to receiving and taking in more of LIFE. It is simply feeling more inside through your sensory nerve receptors and nerve system of what is there on the outside, as well as making sense of the world.
Sensuous is to be perceived by the senses.
Senses is anyofthefaculties, of sight,hearing,smell,taste,ortouch,bywhichhumansandanimalsperceivestimulioriginatingfromoutsideorinsidethebody; sensation.
Sensation is theperceptionorawarenessofstimulithroughthe senses. A physicalfeelingresultingfromstimulationof a sense organ, orfrominternalbodilychange (e.g. coldorpain).A generalfeelingnotdirectlyattributabletoanygivenstimulus, such asdiscomfort,anxiety,ordoubt. A mental or emotional feeling, especially a state of excitement. An interest caused among a number of persons, or within a community, due to rumor or some occurrence. (http://www.dictionary.com)
When you feel pain, numbness, prickling, pressure, or temperature fluctuations, it’s also from your nerve system sensing changes in your inner world, or it is how your physiology is responding to the interaction with the outside world. You are hearing and feeling the language of your physiology at work and whatever adaptions it is attempting to make with the information it has been given.
Your nerve system is responding to internal messages and external cues. Whether it is the sensory in feeling, or the motor in moving, or the autonomic (sympathetic or parasympathetic) in organ, gland, and blood vessel functioning; keeping your nerve system free of interference allows you to sense more and feel more in every capacity possible, while experiencing and expressing more LIFE.
SACRED … because being in human form is sacred. Living LIFE in body, heart and soul is sacred. As a woman you have the sacred potential to Birth…whether a baby, a business, a book, or whatever. Birthing is sacred. Laughing and Crying is sacred. Running and Jumping is sacred. Falling and Getting up is sacred. Aging and Evolving is sacred. Dying is sacred. Every breath, every moment, every experience within “the dash” between the dates of birth to death is sacred.
“My temple is my body. The world around me my altar. My words are spells. Every thought an intention. My actions rituals, to manifest all that will be. I am Sacred. I am Divine.” ~ Ara Campbell
The Innate Intelligence that created you from the conception of two single cells and has been the inner wisdom creating, developing, growing, adapting, and guiding you from inside out is eternally sacred. The Universal Intelligence that created all of LIFE on this beautiful planet, and all of nature that is around you, and maintains it in existence is sacred. Your body is the home for your soul. The planet is the home for your body. Each of these homes is sacred.
Because we are creators and live in an inner and outer world, full of potential and limitless possibilities, everything we are, be, do and have is sacred. Because the union of masculine and feminine energies, the strong and the sensuous, is a sacred union of wholeness.
“The Major Premise – There is a Universal Intelligence in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it into existence.”
“The expression of this Intelligence in matter, is the Chiropractic meaning of Life.”
From The 33 Chiropractic Principles, book by Ralph W. Stephenson, DC
SEXY … because sexy can be a lot of things; it’s your own personal perception. I believe, above all, it’s a radiance that a woman shines from inside that starts within her heart. I think it is less of being attractive externally, and more of being confident and centered internally. I believe it’s about owning your energy and your presence. There is a magnetic attraction in presence when it comes from your core. It’s not just about tight abs and glutes, it’s about knowing your values, your expertise, your purpose, and your passion.
It can be more of simply showing up fully, centered within, clarity of vision, certainty and commitment. Demonstrating you have brains, intelligence, a quick wit, sense of humor, are able to laugh, as well as forgive easily, and even say “no, that doesn’t work for me,” and embrace each day with an open heart, can be just as sexy as wearing a tight little black dress!
“It has little to do with what you say. It’s where you are in yourself. You offer your PRESENCE.” ~ unknown.
Let’s keep it simple, I hope you will embrace all of LIFE and all your heart desires, no matter your age.
I hope you will discover, and continue through every year of your life, to feel and express the woman within.
I hope with each decade you will feel the freedom to re-create yourself from the inside out, for no one else but to please yourself and to please your soul.
May you always feel into your essence and live from HER . . . finding HER Strong, Sensuous, Sacred and Sexy . . . no matter what!!!
And, may you allow your life to unfold like the ROSE, appreciating the process of LIFE in all of it’s beauty and intelligence…the creating, becoming, and expressing HER fullest potential until the last petal falls!
“Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.” ~ Albert Einstein
What if…as you step closer and really look at the detail…you can see individual threads within this miraculous pattern?
What if…some of these threads are your Soul weaving part of this great tapestry through each life that you have lived?
What if…all You…or I…can ever see is what we are creating here and now, in this current lifetime?
What if…for just a moment…you could have greater vision to see and understand from a few steps back? Maybe you could see what your neighbor’s thread looks like?
What if…you had the capacity to step back even further and could see from an even wider vantage point?
What if… you could now see through the eyes of your Soul and through multiple lifetimes?
What if…you could see through the eyes of the Universal Intelligence that has created ALL things and is continuously creating this beautiful Tapestry we call Life?
“There is a Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence. ~ Ralph W. Stephenson, D.C.
What if…there is one common thread…a thread that connects each Soul and each Lifetime with all the other Souls?
What if…the individual threads could be any color? Black, brown, white, red, violet, orange, indigo, yellow, blue, pink, green, gold, striped, spotted, etc?
What if…the threads could take on all sorts of different properties…like size, shape, or gender?
What if…some threads were wide and some were short? Some were narrow and some are long?
What if…some were musical, and some were athletic? Some were altruistic, and some were innovative?
What if…some threads could weave easier with other threads? Or some held a purpose together?
What if…the threads could vibrate at different frequencies or speak different languages?
What if…there was one common quality among the threads that bind ALL of them together?
What if…there was one simple commonality that connected each Soul and each Lifetime with ALL the other Souls of the Universe?
What if…the connecting element of ALL these beautiful individual threads is what lies within each individual heart?
What if…the common denominator of ALL the threads within the Universe is to simply weave LOVE from our individual hearts into the most miraculous pattern that no one could ever think of with logical thought or brain power?
And what if…You and I…could fully comprehend the immense and miraculous beauty of this tapestry of Life? Could that even be possible, unless we were able to truly see through the eyes of the Universe, through the eyes of GOD?
What if…Life is simply the continuous weaving of LOVE from within our Hearts & Souls?
No matter the color, no matter the texture, no matter the length, no matter how it looks on the outside, and no matter anything….
What if…we are here to LOVE simply and as greatly as we can, to fill up our portion of this magnificent tapestry by discovering, remembering, experiencing, and expressing LOVE…in so many ways and patterns…and discovering new ways again?
What if….ALL of Life and Living is simply about LOVE?
What if…for ALL eternity, each thread forever weaves it’s Way of LOVE…learning to LOVE Simply?!!!
“Live your Truth. Express your Love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. DANCE and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ~ Steve Maraboli
When I started writing this blog, I had no idea how it would turn out.
Maybe writing is a lot like Dancing….and Living??? You never know how it is going to turn out if you are in the flow of it and are totally present in the moment, without thinking about the past, or anticipating your next move . . . simply writing, creating, building, playing, dancing and expressing your experience and how the music is currently moving you . . . right in the moment.
I believe that is what the Dance with the Divine is inviting of us to do. It is a dance to be simply in the present, in our Truth and in our Hearts.
I can say from my own experience that sometimes it is wonderful, and sometimes it is not so wonderful as I have moved through . . . or danced . . . my life.
“Behind every DANCE is someone who broke her, a song that moved her, a moment that inspired her and a dance floor that healed her.” ~ Hope Alcocer
I don’t know exactly how to give words to define the dance because it is an individual experience with all the ups and downs. The one thing that made it easier was when I was completely centered in my core, clear in my vision, and present in each moment as I moved . . . or danced . . . with life . . . and with the energy field that is around me.
Keeping it simple, being centered and staying present is when it feels the most easy, fun, and joyful!!!
And, that is when the surprises and serendipitous moments of something coming together that could never have been premeditated, or even fathomed in my wildest dreams, occurs out of the ordinary . . . making it extraordinary!
In fact, life typically blessed me with something greater . . . whether in a life lesson or tangible gift . . . than I could have ever imagined possible in those moments.
On the other hand, sometimes it felt sooo challenging like I was walking upstream against a current. Or what was once a crystal clear vision up the mountain, now had become a dark, narrow, winding road up the mountain without any light or inspiration to lead the way.
“The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the real DANCE of Life takes place.” ~ unknown
Sometimes I only knew where I was standing right here, right now, and could not wrap my brain, or thoughts, or body on how or even where to move forward.
Other times I had no idea where the fuel or energy would come for the next breath . . . let alone move forward . . . or sideways . . . in taking the next step. I just knew where my two feet were standing in the now.
I can best say that it is an energy greater than I . . . beyond me . . . that is in absolute control. I feel as if everything is being orchestrated and choreographed within me, around me, beyond me, and with other energies. It can be rather glorious and there is a feeling of perfection at work.
And at other times, it is such that “whatever dance I am trying to do” just isn’t in sync with the music being played. I want to go fast, but the music is slow. I want to waltz through my day, but life is bringing energies that ask me to find a faster rhythm or expand myself. Sometimes, I have to surrender to the music and remind myself that all is in Divine timing of the Dance.
“DANCE is the hidden language of the Soul.” ~ Martha Graham
I believe this is when I am being asked to stop resisting and find the place of simply surrendering to “what is” and finding the dance of grace with the Divine, Soul, Source, Spirit, God, or whatever name you give to this Intelligence, this higher power, this creative life force and organizing energy that runs through me, you and beyond all of us. For me, this is truly my Life partner in creating, dancing, and living each moment.
This is the Divine. The Divine that is beyond my educated mind and ego. It is the Universal and Innate Intelligence that created me from two separate half cells to create one whole single cell that divided miraculously into 26 billion cells to create me (and you), and still controls all of my physiology (and yours), as well as each of our individual emotional, mental and spiritual inner and outer worlds.
This surrendering to the Divine, to Universal Intelligence and to Innate hasn’t always been easy. It takes practice to surrender my educated mind and Ego, as well as to Trust the unseen and listen to what is not heard. It takes breaking down old ways of dancing, and of being. It means letting go of old belief systems and practices that no longer serve a current mindset, or are no longer congruent with new values, perceptions and strategies.
“I believe that we learn by PRACTICE. Whether it means to learn to Dance by practicing Dancing . . . or to learn to Live by practicing Living . . . the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts . . . physical or intellectual . . . from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of Spirit.
One becomes, in some area,an athlete of God.
Practice means to perform, over and over again, in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision… of faith…of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” ~ Martha Graham
The perfection desired, for me, is to surrender fully in my Dance with the Divine. It is a dance that several years ago when I felt waves were crashing all around me and I could not find even a solid place to stand, I heard the unspoken words “Trust and Allow the process to unfold. It is destined for Truth and Love.” It was as if the Divine was simply inviting me to surrender my ego, my time tables, and my desired preconceived outcomes. It was an invitation to live from my heart, fully in trust, truth and love.
What I have discovered since then is when I remember to allow the Divine to lead me and when I stay centered in my core, true to my heart, listening to the music of my soul, and staying fully present to where my consciousness is being placed, it is then that I don’t step on my own toes quite as much. Then is when there are more moments of pure joy in the simplicity of living and in Life. Then is when my eyes can see gifts in the bruising. Then is when my heart feels full beyond any words.
Instead of the waves crashing all around, it’s as if the Dance with the Divine is more like riding a wave of grace that puts me where I need to be, or gives me a new perspective to move again, as I flow with the process without judgment or trying to control . . . simply stepping more into the rhythm of Truth, Acceptance, and Loving what is present from a place within my core.
“There’s so much GRACE in Acceptance. It’s not an easy concept, but if you embrace it, you’ll find more Peace than you ever imagined.” ~ Loretta LaRoche
So . . . how do you Dance when you feel tired, broken and completely torn apart and depleted inside?
How do you dance when you find yourself 180 degrees from not being what, or where you wanted to be, and unsure how to get back in step and into a rhythm that feels good to keep dancing?
How do you dance when you feel so defeated, and spent, that all you could do is surrender to what is in the moment? Physically? Emotionally? Mentally? Spiritually?
“DANCE, when you’re broken open. DANCE, if you’ve torn the bandage off. DANCE in the middle of the fighting. DANCE in your blood. DANCE when you’re perfectly free.” ~ Rumi
That is when, I believe, the invitation from the Divine is the strongest.
The invitation to simply Stop . . . Listen, listen to what is inside beyond the mental chatter . . . Dive in deeper and feel, really feel from within . . . and Discover where you are being guided to Move towards or to Move from . . . Allowing and Trusting the Dance with the Divine to unfold.
The DANCE with the Divine and in Life is not choreographed, not orchestrated, nor is it rehearsed. Your dress rehearsal is from the moment you are born, breathing air into your lungs and body.
It is with each inspiration that we breathe In-Spirit and the Dance with the Divine ensues. The Dance is spontaneous, guided by the moment, within the music of Grace, Trust, Love, Truth, and Acceptance . . . all coming from a place of Ease and Flow.
From within that place, simply remember those three little words, “Dance…Just Dance!” Allow the Divine to be your Life Partner. It doesn’t matter whether you are single or in a relationship. The Divine is always with you, no matter your age or relationship status. Dance with the Divine each day throughout your life and allow a wave of Grace to lead the Way!
“And those who were seen DANCING were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~ Friedrich Nietzche
I hope you always stay open to Dancing with the Divine, listening to the music from within your soul, and allowing your heart & body to follow its lead! Above all else, I hope you will remember the message in the quote below, for I could not say it any better.
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is YOU. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So WRITE and DRAW and BUILD and PLAY and DANCE and LIVE as only YOU can.” ~ Neil Gaiman
As I was writing this month’s blog, Taming the Temptress, the topic of contrast and duality arises to the surface. That place where we experience, learn and grow from the opposite of our desire, but with it is the opportunity to discover greater strengths and gifts in the process of pain, or even loss.
I feel called to write a Blog to the Blog, sharing more of my personal experience in discovering what temps me away from what I truly desire.
Life itself is based on contrast …from Beginning to End…from Birth to Death.
I read Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ book, On Death and Dying, in my early twenties when taking a psychology class on the topic. I remember people saying it sounded so morbid. But in reality, the whole experience for me was really about LIVING…living now in the moment versus waiting for a wake up call of impending death, or some sort of loss, to start really exploring life as desired.
I bring up the 7 Stages of Loss as a reminder that loss can come in many forms, such as relationships, finances, health, natural disaster, etc. Loss is also not one-dimensional, following a specific sequence. The emotions can be jumbled together and last as long as is needed for healing to occur:
Shock/Disbelief – it can’t be happening
Denial – it’s not true
Anger – it’s not fair
Bargaining – if you give me this and I will give you that
Guilt – it’s my fault
Depression – feeling overwhelmed, unable to resist any longer
Acceptance/Hope – learning from the lessons of life and going forward with integrity
What is important with the topic of Taming the Temptress is if you find yourself in these emotions, you may seek relief through practices that don’t serve your highest and best in riding the emotions out or even healing them. Instead, you may be feeding, escaping, avoiding, not listening, not looking, or some other form of “self-medicating” to not feel the pain.
The deeper and conscious question Taming of the Temptress asks each of us in looking at our daily practices, habits, behaviors, and values is “am I using this to stay in denial or to reduce any pain/drain of energy/anger/loneliness/feeling of not enough/guilt/depression/or grief?”
Don’t misunderstand my intention here. It really is okay to EN-JOY chocolate, wine, shoes, clothes, jewelry, love-making, working out, driving nice cars, etc. and spending time, energy and money on things that truly align with your values and bring you greater en-JOY-ment.
However, the Temptress’ way is about Temp-orary relief, or using behaviors and habits to escape versus doing the work of healing/growing. The biggest contrast is when such behaviors start to control you and negatively affect your health, your relationships, and your life.
My discovery is that the Temptress shows up when I am over-tired, over-giving, pushing into the Strong/Running Woman (an earlier blog), not stopping for breaks, or self-care. I hear my my body’s request for rest, for food, for water; my hearts request to spend more time with friends; or my souls desire to be in nature, but I over-ride it to get done that “one-more-thing” that needs to get done. She…the Temptress…typically temps me into missing lunch, or pushing to work until 7 when two hours earlier I was feeling myself winding down. By the time I get home I am overly exhausted. I grab nuts or chips to feed my energy drain while fixing dinner. So if I look closely, her gift of contrast to me is revealing when I am…
Not giving to myself…either self-care or self-love…as I may do for others.
Out of alignment with my values, my philosophy, my purpose, my passion and my practices of self-care.
Not planning or preparing enough for extra-long days at the office by taking more breaks, or having more protein rich foods for lunch, or bringing quick snacks to have in the afternoon (i.e. smoothies, apples, carrots/celery, coconut water), or even bringing a salad to eat before going home.
Out of alignment with the energy exchange within myself. Really it isn’t about the food, as much as it is about me becoming overly drained energetically and then finding quick ways to rejuvenate the loss. Or better yet, the gift of contrast is discovering how to NOT get overly drained in the first place!
The Temptress begs us…or temps us… to ask the question, what do I really need? Or what do I really value? What is my body, heart, and soul really saying that I am not stopping to listen to? What will re-energize or rejuvenate me and bring me into alignment with LOVE?
What en-JOY-ment am I really longing for? What do I really want? What will re-energize and rejuvenate me? Do I want chocolate, or do I want to sit out in the sun? Do I want shoes, or do I want to be out in nature and fresh air? Do I want chips, or do I want to spend more time socializing, or have coffee while chatting with a friend?
Just as we experience the differences in hot/cold…sun/moon…light/dark…etc./etc….Life grants us the opportunity to learn by contrast. So does the Priestess and the Temptress. The Temptress is the contrast, or dual nature of the Priestess teaching us through contrast. Neither good, nor bad…positive or negative…just opposite of what one may truly desire.
I hope this month’s blog…Taming the Temptress…and the addition of Blog to the Blog, will inspire you to look at your practices, your preparation, and how to stay on purpose with your values…Body, Heart and Soul.
If you would like to embark on greater awareness and transformation with Taming the Temptress, feel free to reach out to me and request a complimentary consultation.
I am honored to be of service as you explore the contrast of the Priestess and Temptress in bringing clarity to your values, your life, and living in alignment with LOVE!