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How to embrace the Ch…Ch…Change on this Full Moon.

goddess of change2We are upon a full moon tomorrow….

Can you feel the call for change? Is it time to make an important choice and jump off that cliff into something new?  Can you dare and trust yourself and the Universe to give you wings and support you?  Can you trust it shall always work out…there are no wrong roads, just longer ones 🙂

It’s hard to let go of the safe and familiar isn’t it? We feel like we are in a safe cocoon, albeit, an entrapment of sameness and eventually stuckness. We like the security, the consistency, the know what to expect kinda of life.

But deep down our wild, magic souls calls to us for more, tugs us towards a golden unveiling of something new, something more expansive, something more invigorating on the soul level.  The soul craves change, craves expansion, excitement and aliveness.  This is the “joie de vivre ” in soul life.

My sister recently had to make a decision to make a change or stay in the same place she was in.  She wasn’t happy in the same but making the change required that she cut the safety net off the old, to really say good-bye to it.  She was torn as to what to do because her fear got a hold of her and zoomed her focus on what would happen if it didn’t work out.  She went right to the worse case scenario.  We’ve learned that pattern her and I but I encouraged her to approach with trust and faith in the Divine.  She would not have been gifted this opportunity if it wasn’t meant for her.  She would learn something brand new either way and this was about a positive change that yes, could be challenging but far more fulfilling. I encouraged her to take the road that had rainbows and golden sparkles on it.

I mean, what is the purpose of life really…to live on the safe, accomplished, titled, road or to take chances, follow your heart, have soul lifting experiences?  For me its’ the latter, for me it’s a life well lived, sucked dry of everything juicy it had to offer, not just checking off the “success boxes”.  We can all be “accomplished” or have the picture perfect life and job and still feel empty.  Is that the goal- external success?  That is fine and dandy but it need to be coupled with some magical experiences and feelings, and internal aliveness.   Life is not meant to be safe and mundane…we need to live, explore, expand, and stretch ourselves into new territories and see what is there.  What the heck excites your bones?  What puts sparkles in your eyes?  What song does your heart sing?

My sister,  she boldy, confidently, excitedly jumped off the cliff into the new. She’s one courageous, smart goddess.

The cosmos support this change or actually create and initiate this time of change in all our lives.  It calls us into our authenticity, into our depths where we feel alive, sparkly, magic dusted and aroused.  Make the choice that excites all of your senses.  Make the choice that scares the shit out of you but simultaneously makes your heart want to bust with excitement and giddiness.

So on this lovely Full Moon, why not do some reflective writing to deepen your trust in yourself, cause you’re fricken awesome and amazing and have all this wonderous stuff about your already and you trust that the universe is calling your greatness into life, into the world.  Why not dip your pen into the elements of trust and faith and let the universe create a matrix of wonder and excitement.  Let your pen guide you home to the place of remembering.

Full Moon Ritual change2

You know the drill, setup a lovely, little soothing space do dive inward and dance around into your soul tethers.

Creative Warm-up to help move you into your colorful depths…

  • List all the magical things in your life and around you.

Question 1:  What would stay the same if you made the change that is calling to you? (Set your timers for five minutes and just free flow, do not lift that pen off the page ;))

Question 2:  What would change if you jumped into the horse and carriage of change?  (Repeat the 5 minute free flow)

Happy Full Moon & Changes 🙂

And so it is friends, and so it is…

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Photo 1 Source- http://enchantingbabble.blogspot.ca/2014/10/goddess-oracle-guide-rhiannon-sorceress.html

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“The Obsession with Thinness & Body Hatred is Really Code for This…”

sacred body 2One of the lost teachings of the Sacred Feminine in our society is the love and reverence for our Sacred, life giving bodies.  We live in a culture that idolizes thinness and somehow our brains get trained to believe if we are not a certain size or weight, we are then not beautiful.  We are setup to be in war with our bodies, as though it is a separate entity we must dominate.  We treat them like prisoners, telling them what to do, be, when, how and where rather than operate within a sacred union with them.

I believe we have missed the mark, and lost the message.  We are getting our wires crossed thinking that these obsessive thoughts of perfection, thinness and weight loss are what’s important.  The obsession and even addiction to thinness is showing up as body hatred and low self-esteem in our young girls and in our women populations in alarming and growing numbers.

Body hatred and the addiction to thinness are code words that we have lost connection to our fiery, Feminine souls.  We do not really hate our bodies, we don’t even know them and we don’t feel fat.  Fat is not a feeling!  Usually we feel anxious, despair, or out of control and we then turn on the body and blame Her as though she were the culprit for those feelings.  The reality is our pain body is triggered through an outside circumstance, maybe a breakup or a failed interview and we suddenly feel the terrible fear that we are unlovable or unworthy.  Now, guess who gets the blame?  Yup, your body!   We don’t go to the source of the wound and sit with it; instead we shift our attention away from what is occurring within the body and focus on the outside aspects of the body such as size and shape as the problem.  We think “If only were nine pounds lighter, maybe he would have loved me”  or “God I’m fat, it’s probably why I didn’t get that job” and that somehow translates to us believing that losing those nine pounds will make us loveable and worthy.

We then look in the mirror and focus on the parts of our body we hate and go on an abusive rampage and plan the next fourteen day diet and fitness bootcamp.  We believe thinness equals success, control and power and that attaining thinness will mean we are worthy, loveable and adequate.  We do this in the name of distracting away from the true deep inner wound that is still sitting inside, we are living without connection to our feminine souls.   It’s an illusion, a metaphorical and destructive pattern we must break.

What is truly occurring is a desperate grasp for control when our feminine, tribal soul is rattling the cage inside.  She wants out of the cage and into your life but we have forgotten that she even exists and that we’ve caged her up.  Or we are simply terrified of what she’d do to our lives if we’d set her free.  Let’s stop the madness ladies, not just for ourselves but for our young girls who are watching us.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty where the true discomfort lies…our souls are calling for freedom and for connection and she won’t take no for an answer anymore.  The lost feminine Goddess is awakening and she is showing up as anxiety, as restlessness, as a feeling of terror, and a spinning sensation of being out of control.   She is showing up as weigh pre-occupation, eating disorders and body hatred.  She is calling to you through depression or unknown heavy sadness that we don’t understand.  Your soul is calling for release and freedom, she wants into your life and now!

So, I invite you this week to reach your hand out to that Feminine Goddess /Tribal Woman within and take her hand.  Let her know you hear her and a willing to begin unlocking the cage she has been trapped in for years.

A Sacgrandmotherred Art Practice for the remembering the Sacred Body.

Go outside and take a walk with your body.   This is not about calorie burning, it is about being in union with your Sacred Body.  Imagine she is a Wise Women, a Grandmother of the Tribe, and she is trying to teach you and guide you.  Can you listen to her?  Can you let her guide you rather than trying to control and dominate her?  What does she say?  What does she want to tell you?  What feelings does she have and why are they important for you to know?  What are they trying to tell you and guide you? How does it feel to follow her lead and walk beside her?

Now imagine transforming into the Sacred and Wise Grandmother within your body, step as out in the world as her.  Keep walking as your Sacred Self in your Sacred Body. Notice what it feels like to walk in union and in honor of your body rather than in dominance and command of your body.  Just be with her in union and enjoy the outdoors.

Please share your experiences on the Women’s Tribe Weekly Sacred Art Practice Page.

Enjoy my friends!

Crystal

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What is a Spiritual Practice & How Do I Get Me One of Those?

SACRED ART2One of my bff’s recently asked me what I do for my spiritual practice.  It sent me on a bunny trail of thoughts about what that really means.  For me a spiritual practice is about self-connection.  When I am connected to the deepest part of me, I am connected to the Divine.

It is a moment, activity or ritual that unites me with the deepest part of myself, the place of the God & the Goddess within me, the place the universe resides on my insides.  It feels calm and centered while being simultaneously alive and energetic.  I feel a tingling and an inspiration, a presence of sorts.  I feel part of the collective, as though the stars, the trees, and the moon were all extensions of myself, mirrors of my divinity and sacredness.   It is a process of enjoying the magic of right now, in this moment just as it is.  Even doing dishes can be a spiritual practice if we approach it with intention, presence and prayer.

So for me, how I practice my spirituality is really how I get self-connected.  I have a hankering for Sacred Art – creative expressions reflecting my internal processes or creative tools to connect me with the divine.  I have a deep inner need to share my inner emotions and experiences with magic or the Sacred.  I believe as women especially this is a natural, instinctual need.  We must gather and encourage each other to go inside and connect.  We must share our experiences with each other and voice what is raw, natural and authentic within.  Our tribal souls are calling for release and expression.

Ritual for me is essential as well, it grounds me in the here and now and allows for spiritual contemplation in my everyday life.  I’ve been working hard in uniting the Sacred in everyday life.  You may want to check my article on How to be a Bad-Ass Goddess While You Mop Your Floors to explore more of what I mean.

My spiritual practice is this, creativity, creativity, creativity, and silence, stillness, writing, reflection and ritual.  I write rituals for the new and full moon and bring them into my family life.  I involve my children and my husband rather than segregating spirituality separate from my everyday life, I want it in my life.  Creativity has always been my portal there, it moves me to a place of magic and inspiration, a place where I connect to the Sacred simply by connecting to my insides and the Sacred and Divine within me.

What I’ve come to learn is this, it takes some preparation, some planning and some intention to create a spiritual practice.  Sometimes you need art supplies or incents or even a candle.  You need a weekly plan, it helps make it happen.  If your like me, you can have all the intention in the world, but if you ain’t got a plan, it likely won’t happen, you likely won’t squeeze it in when the kids are napping or in between loads of laundry.  We need a time, date and place.

So I offer you this, join me in Weekly Sacred Art Spiritual Practices by adding yourself to my email list or by following the blog.  I will send you a weekly Sacred Art/Spiritual practice to encourage you to build your Spiritual Practice and thus your ability to self-connect.  I will propose a time we can all meet in the dreamtime and cyber space and know that we are all sharing in our spiritual practice of self-connection.

I remember meeting a new mom friend when my son was just a baby.  She lived only two houses down from me and when I was up at 3am doing a feeding, knowing she too was up likely doing a feeding I felt less alone.  So let’s unite in our need and desire to self-connect and meet weekly on Tuesdays to self-connect at 8pm.  I’ll post a supply list a few days before so we can prepare.

I genuinely believe the more you connect to your insides, the more health and well-being, peace and contentment you will have in your life.  It will show up as peace and fulfillment.

Let’s create, connect and share together as we set the intention to self-connect with Sacred Art.  And so it is.

WeeklySACRED ART Sacred Art Practice:  “SELF-PORTRAITS – A LOOK WITHIN.”

Using collage, paint, coloring, crayons or any means you wish create an image that reflects you, your soul, your deepest self.  If you were take a snap shot of who you are from within, what would that look like?  Use words, colors and images to best represent this image.  Please share on our Group Page by clicking here.

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