Uncategorized

Writing Wild – Day 3 of the Wild, Luscious Soulful Living Challenge

writing wildHere we are day 3 of our Wildly, Luscious, Soulful Living 30 Day Challenge.  (Join anytime ).

Winter is finally withdrawing her grip and allowing spring to slowly and gently emerge here in Manitoba, Canada.   As such, I thought today was a good day to write, but not just any writing, wild writing!  Get your  rubber boots on ladies and gents, we’re in for a fun ride…or walk 😉

I’d like to start by taking a walkabout outside.  Let your imagination stretch and walk out as your wild wolf self.  You are sniffing for an object…a stick, a stone, a leaf or a budding flower, any element of nature or the Earth that calls to you.  It can be a puddle or a pile of mud.   Just let the energies hit your nostrils as though they were rising up and calling you, pulling you towards them with their sweet smells.  You’re ravenous for soul food, you’re sniffing around for your survival. Let your your primal forces lead you to nourishment.

See where your drawn.  What catches your eye?  What do you notice?  If you move towards it or your hand reaches for it, you know it is calling you.  Which element or earth object is calling you loudest?  Where to you keep returning?

Once you’ve found it, if you can pick up that object and take it with you.  If you can’t take a picture of it so you can savor in its sweet memory as we write with its’ energies. Always thank the Earth Mother for her offering to you, send some loving energy from your hands down towards Her or even leave a strand of your hair as an offering to her.

Once back inside, get yourself seated, able to write and ready to take an imaginative journey.  Have your pen and paper and if you’re up for it light a candle and some incense.

Close your eyes and hold the object your found in your hands or in your mind’s eye if you took a picture of it.  Feel its energy and imagine it held its own spirit, it was alive with energy.  Imagine this were a helper spirit, sent to help you just like a fairy or angel might assist you. It’s been sent your way to share its energies with you and gift you a message.  Really absorb and feel it with each fiber of your being.

Wild Writing Prompts.  – no thinking just writing!  Set your pen and gooooo………..

Everything is energy, everything is alive.  Feel it, indulge in the elements, ignite your senses. Connect to the world around you.  Everything is of you and you are of everything.  Love and life is everywhere, sniff it in!!

– Why did you choose this object?  How did it call to you?

– What does the energy of your alive object feel like? Imagine it were a Sacred Being, an alive person, what would you say you feel about the energy of this soul? What are its’ traits?

– Imagine this object could speak to you, what would it say?

– How does this alive object reflect an element of yourself?

As always friends share your writing and experience or even feedback in the comment sections.  Join The Women’s Tribe Facebook page and connect with other like minded souls.    Share your writing in our private online community Feed Your Feminine Soul Group

***Make sure you follow the blog to receive the daily challenges.***

Image from http://www.sassyology.com

Uncategorized

Wildly, Luscious, Soulful Living Day 2 – Expressing A Bit of Our Wild

expressing our wildGood morning!  This is Day 2 of the 30 Day Wildly, Luscious, Soulful Living Challenge.  (Click here for details and join us anytime).

All right folks, we are going to up the ante today.  I want you to take some deep breaths, close your eyes, and imagine yourself at your raw, wild, free, colorful self.  Your bright, your beautiful, your glorious, you shine like the stars and have an aura of gold dust.  Breathe it in, feel this wild, soulful, luscious soul held inside your body.  Soften your body so she can gently ooze her energy out.

Move your arms and let her flow, move your legs and let them glide across the floor like each step were a sacred dance.

What does she feel like?

Who are you at your wild?

What are you wearing?

How long is your hair, what color is it?

What type of clothes are you wearing?

Are they flowing fabrics or buck skins?

What color are they?

What’s on your face?  Any jewelry?  Paint lines? Bindi’s?  Jewels?

Just let your imagination soar!!  When you have a solid image of your wild, luscious, radiant feminine soul, journal about it or doodle an image in representation.

SACRED TASK OF THE DAY –  A PEEP OF WILD!

Today we are going to pay homage to that inner Feminine Divine and sport a unique piece of clothing like a funky hat, or some wild shoes, or a bold scarf like it were an offering to the Divine Mother herself.  Or you can you wear some bright, bold lipstick, or some extra glittery eyelashes, whatever it is you are allowing yourself to leak out a piece of your wild.  You can wear a flower in your hair or a great big bow, or maybe a flowing skirt, anything that unites you your Inner Wild Feminine Soul.  This is a sacred act, a prayer in the form of sacred expression.  When I go into ceremonies the colors and garments I wear are important, intentional, expressive.  This is the same, this is a ceremony into your everyday life.  It is bringing the Sacred here, right now, as though expressing your soul was the most honoring and loving act you can do.  The world needs your color and joy so radiate it, baby!  As you meander through your day, notice how you feel revealing a piece of your wild.  Let it be the grounding stone to your tribal, wild soul.

Do you feel confident?

Are you feeling vulnerable?

Can you enjoy this small risk of expression of your soul out into the world?

Journal about your observations and share your experiences in Feed Your Feminine Soul Group or The Women’s Tribe Facebook page.

Have some fun with this, it’s a releasing and celebrating and enjoying your wild, feminine roots.  Can’t wait to hear your experiences. Post some pics of what you wore or how you celebrated your wild today in your clothing or accessories 🙂

Uncategorized

30 Days of Wildly, Luscious, Soulful Living – You in??

divineIn Manitoba, Canada we got hit with a snow storm.  It was after all the snow had melted and it seemed as though spring had sprung, albeit a little earlier than usual.  Then the snow….oh the snow.  Since the dumping of the cold, crisp white on top the emerging and awakening grass, I thought about how much it reflected my own internal experience.  I was excited for the new beginnings, the awakenings, the re-birthing that was occurring.  And then… stuckness.  It’s been halted by the old, stagnating, stalled, slowed down into inertia old story.  I have felt a great inner restless and boredom, like I’m being confined in stuckness, shackled into immobilization and separated from the new.

Anna Merkaba from Sacred Ascension writes, “…I would like to point out to all of you that the next few days leading up to this blood moon may see you incredibly conflicted. All of your old memories and RE-Actions are going to come back, you may feel as if all the work that you have done on yourself is slipping way from you and you are right back to square one.

However, that is absolutely NOT what is happening. Simply the last ounces of “dirty water” are being squeezed right out of you. Brought up for you to deal with finally, and use all that you have learnt up to this point to SHIFT your focus onto the POSITIVE. ( https://sacredascensionmerkaba.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/blood-moon-freedom-portal-urgent-message-to-ground-crew-galactics/)

So here I am and likely many of you dealing with the final shackles of the old, breaking them completely away, healing the wounds on our wrists where the old gripped us with pain paralysis and prevented from moving forward on the soul path.  I must say there are great gifts that come with restlessness and conflicts, even stuckness.  It’s a great catalyst for change, when things finally feel so yucky, so incredibly heavy and reckless on the inside we create a plan.  We get busy making changes to get out of it.  It can set us forward, so there are gifts from the fear and despair in the lost tunnel of the old.  New creation can come from friction.

In light of this I’m going to share my process of 30 Days of  Wild, Luscious Soulful Living, a commitment to engage and move into the world and in my life as my wild, free, tribal soul.  It’s a commitment of aliveness and connection to my Sacred Feminine core.  It’s a shift of thinking, of intention and of experience.  Will you join me and participate to committing to your Sacred Feminine soul, dying to come out and dance and play and indulge in the extraordinary senses of living on the planet?  Why not!   I’ll share my daily exercises, writing prompts and rituals to Tap Into Your Wild.  So feel free to jump into your Feminine Wild Roots with me!!!!

****My friends, be sure to join the mailing list if you haven’t already because I don’t want you miss out on any of the the daily activities to ignite your wild! 🙂  ***

So let’s start, today with 30 Days of Wildly Luscious Soulful Living and shake off the stagnation remnants of the old guck.  Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

I’m not asking to go and act out and be wild and crazy, no no no.  It’s a commitment to uniting with your Wild, Feminine, Tribal soul that sits waiting for you in your gut.  It can be found and experienced through transformational writing, meditation, dance, ritual, sacred art, sacred tasks, activities.  It can be found in a gratitude list, or the caress of the warm sun on your chilly cheeks.  It can be found in cooking with music and dance as part of the ingredient list.

So then What is the Sacred Feminine, What is it like to live Wildly, Lusciously, Soulfully?

It is an experiencing and embracing of your wild, primal, tribal nature.  It is a following of your alive instincts, your wild animal self, guiding you through inner knowing, emotion, intuition and gut feeling.  It is the language of the divine, found in your body.  You are the Divine and the Divine is you.  It is an awakening of your wild feminine and owning it, celebrating it like it was your birthright to feel, to intuit, to create, to nurture.  You are made of this wild feminine dust, you are meant to roar with the big dogs, to howl like wolves, to move like the wind.  You were meant to live your life, wildly awake, thirsting for life force energy that awakens your blood.  You awake through creating, through dancing, through intention.  You were meant to follow the drum beat into the forest and twirl like the fairies while standing as solid and firm as oak trees.  This is your birthright…you are born wild, fierce, strong, free.  Bring your wild into your home, bring your wild into your parenting and indulge yourself in your presence, in consciousness, in everyday living, sucking the juice from the fruit of life. Do what you want to do, creativity is your bridge, your gateway to uniting the mundane with your wild.   Paint a colorful paintbrush on your life and bring passion, aliveness and celebration in your life.

Stayed tuned for Wildly Luscious Living -Day 1 Task coming up!  (Make sure to add your email to make sure you get all 30 days of it. Join the Women’s Tribe Facebook Page to stay posted on upcoming events and info as well.

Let’s get wild!!!

xo

Crystal Tardiff Chagnon

astrology, ceremony, creativity, meditation, Spirituality, womens health

Go Buck Wild with this November New Moon Ritual!

nov moon1Ahhhhh…..a return to my home sign Sagittarius.  Another year of my life soon completed as my birthday fast approaches.  So much to reflect on this year….what an interesting year.

Tomorrow’s New Moon falls just as Sagittarius busts out of the gates and that’s some good and exciting news.  Us Sagittarius folk are about freedom.  Freedom…freedom…and more freedom.  We are free-spirited centaurs; half animal, half human and we love to play, explore and adventure out. We are thirsty for knowledge and know that it is through experience and exploration that we drink it in.  We are bright eyed and busy tailed, voluptuous thinkers and visionaries.  When we have an idea we run with it, not just in the farm yard but to borders and beyond.  We stretch the impossible limits with exciting visions and move towards the so called “unreachable”.  We dare to travel there, not just for the guts and glory of the pursuit but also for the radically fun ride of adventure down the trail of the unknown and un-travelled possibilities.

My statue of Goddess Tara was also an inspiration for this month’s new moon.  I typically keep her on my fireplace mantel but with Christmas Season my son wanted to put some snowmen in her spot.  So I reluctantly agreed and moved her onto my altar.  Wowza!  She’s been calling to go there.  She is the “mother of liberation” and she represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.  She governs the life, death and rebirth cycles and is often associated with Luna and the Moon cycles.  So allow Goddess Tara to see your visions, have fun and stretch those thinking limits into the realms of imagination, visioning and fun exploration for the soul.  Write down two or three goals you have for this moon cycle and sit it on your altar with some tobacco, corn meal or epson salts.  I have an offering plate where I leave my monthly moon goals and I tell ya’ they’ve been working.

NEW MOON RITUAL:  So in honor of this New Moon in Sagittarius I invite you to create a collage with all your radical, wild, free spirited visions for your life.  Go ahead, write them down, collage them, see them…and dare to dream them.  Have fun, play, and make visible your wild and free wishes.  Dare to dream the unthinkable and go for it.

Life is but an adventure, so embrace the Sagittarius energy and go buck wild in the adventurous realms of your soul.  Let yourself be sagittariously free spirited and charge into new visions and ideas.

Enjoy, it will be a great month.

C.

Picture from Pinterest.

Uncategorized

Booyah! Your Body is Calling, Pick up the Phone!

BODY IMAGELoving your body is an inside job.  It is recognizing that She, your body, is your soul in form, an extension of the deepest part of you.  Loving your body is really about connecting to your Essence found WITHIN your body.  This can be a bit of a foreign concept for some of us who were taught that Spirit is outside of our bodies and the body is just a place of sin and weakness. I challenge this assumption.  Hogwash I say!  Your body is a Sacred Keeper and the physical form of the deepest part of you. This is called Embodied Spirituality, where connecting to your body is really connecting to the Divine.

Can you begin to have the intention of uniting your mind and body in a sacred union, a true and loving kinship? This means approaching your body as an equal, even as captain of the team.  This is a much different way than treating your body like a thing to dominate and a thing to push past it’s limits.  It is letting go of mind over body mantra and instead following the body’s lead.  It is opposite of everything we have learned and it will take some unlearning, believe me, I too lived that mantra.  I played competitive sports and we trained until we puked, pushed to the limits and beyond and called that success. My body has since rebelled as I continued to live a life of overdoing.  She has said no more, too much, no you won’t overdo, over-extend, over push, over carry, over burden me/us anymore.  She has put her foot down with the manifestation of an autoimmune disorder that I believe has evolved out of refusal to hear Her and slow down.  Now, I have no choice but to pay attention.  I’ve had to find another pace, another gear and slow way down in order to do life or I will have an autoimmune attack and end up in hospital.

Marion Woodman, a Jungian Analyst who specialized in the Lost Goddess said in a speech for Conscious Femininity, “You know, you must wander in a culture where autoimmune break down is the most prevalent of diseases — lupus, AIDS, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome — these are all illnesses in which the body refuses to play host to the soul.” Booyah! That kinda hits you in the gut doesn’t it.

In mind-body therapy, we look for the metaphorical message in the illness.  Illness is often accompanied with unresolved emotion or belief patterns. In the book The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal, autoimmune illness is associated with “…an inability to stand up for yourself.  Weighed down by responsibility.  Always putting others first.  Anger, resentment, blame and guilt…” For me, I regularly pushed past my limits, over committed, over did things, held everything on my shoulders and did not ask for help.  I didn’t stand up for my own limits, I didn’t stand up for my body’s needs or my souls needs.  I put other’s needs ahead of my own, and I sacrificed me time, down time or rest time in the name of getting more things done or to squeeze in an extra workout.

Autoimmune illness is literally the manifestation of the mind attacking the body.  For me, it is the manifestation of my mind pushing my body past it’s limits continually, never checking into see how things feel or where the body’s energy levels are at.  It is keeping it up too late, feeding it too little, forcing it to exercise extraneously, stressing it with life, having a thousand and one commitments to tend to and pretending there is no emotion within about the way I’m doing life.  It was living with an “I am fine” illusion when I wanted to cry at every stop sign I sat at. In fact, I pretended I was superwoman and to say I was struggling would have ruined my facade.  I rarely rested or fed my soul through creativity or stillness.  I only collapsed in exhaustion or used alcohol to disconnect from the exploding reality trying to burst out of my insides that I couldn’t manage the pace of my life any longer.  Then one day, I collapsed at work and life was never the same because an autoimmune disorder was born.

We must balance DOING with the Sacred Task of BEING!  Being is experiencing life with a pure intention of peace, joy, fun and play. It is not checking off the to do list or creating things for the purpose of getting accolades. It is refilling the energy tank, the love tank, the self-esteem tank, and the feel good to be alive tank all in one. It is experienced through stillness…conscious stillness, reflection, journaling, even when you really don’t want to or would rather watch TV and zone out.  It is also creativity, creative expression, and a dumping out of the emotional tub inside. It is walking outside and feeling the wind caress your face or it is sticking your tongue out and tasting a snow flake.  It is life lived at a slower pace, in the moment, focused on the beauty and wonder around us. It is connecting to the Universe, the Divine, to God & the Goddess, the Creator, the stars, the moon, the wind, the water and fire, because we need and crave meaning, spiritual connection, and emotional release in our lives.  We need to do less more often.  Did you hear that…do LESS more often! We need to have way more fun and play in life and accomplish less.  (This statement might get some great comments lol)

When we are so busy, over doing, over extended, over exhausted, there is no room for the soul, we don’t take presence in our own body.  We don’t step foot in our own two feet, we just float around in our minds going through our life tasks spiritually vacant.   Maybe we find ourselves wanting to cry out of nowhere and we aren’t sure why…this my friends is the soul’s tears.  They will leak out in the moments of stillness right before bed or when things just keep getting compounded and challenging that we can’t keep it together, we burst at the seems.  That moment is a gift, a call home to your Essence!

sacred body2GRATITUDE JOURNAL FOR MY DIVINE BODY.

So take five minutes and for today, write 5 things you are grateful for about your body.  Thank your legs for carrying you from place to place and the ability to move.  Thank your hands for doing such amazing work tending to the children or cooking meals.  Thank your gut for digesting food and helping you have life force energy to go about your day.  Thank your ears for the ability to hear a beautiful song or your child’s laugh.

Let’s appreciate our life giving, soul holding bodies today and everyday!  Let’s take things a little slower, a little gentler, a little more focused on fun and less on outcome.

And so it is 🙂

Crystal

*** If you’d like to receive our “Weekly Sacred Art Practice Bundles” please follow the Follow the Blog Button found on the Home Page to ensure you see them all.  May you find love, peace and illumination in your practice of self-connection***