Welcome to the Wise Woman Council September 2012.
It’s September and it’s hard to describe the mix of feelings I’ve had as I’ve waited to present this particular gathering of Wise Women to you. These are divine holy women and this feels truly like sacred ground. As I read through each woman’s entry one last time before writing this introduction, I felt moved to tears at all this beauty, all this knowing, all of this divinity and willingness to share it.
This IntuitiveBody project is only in its second month and I don’t know what shape it will take or what it will “want” to become as we move forward. That’s part of the mystery of these collaborations and gatherings.
There is richness and knowing here. Take your time and savor the words and the energy that is being offered. Try on the prayers and the blessings, listen to the music, grow your roots into the earth, rest, mix it all up.
Thank you from my heart to the September Wise Woman Council, for your beauty and wisdom and generosity. Thank you to the readers for gathering with us and creating more connection and love.
With love from my heart to yours..
The central organizing principle of my life is wholeness. Wholeness emerges from Source. When I embrace wholeness, I become a Source of all the qualities with which I want to fill my life and my world.
So, in everything I do, I seek wholeness, harmony, right relationship with my world.
From that first waking moment when I emerge from the undertow of dreams, to the last mumbled litany of thanks before I surrender to the embrace of night, I measure the choices before me against one question: Will this choice bring me into greater wholeness, coherency, harmony and integration, or take me further away from it?
The things I do each day emerge from this commitment to wholeness. I listen to my heart’s deepest desires; to the wild, clear call of my soul; to the patient wisdom of my body. I listen for what is being asked of me by my world, and for my heart’s true response.
Then, I choose the course of action that brings my inner ecology into a state of harmony and wholeness.
At its simplest, my daily practice is one of attunement to wholeness, and to the soul qualities that are part of the ecology of wholeness. The more I incarnate these qualities in my own being, the more I contribute to the sum of these qualities in my world.
I extend my love, appreciation, and blessing to everything I encounter – to my own body, feelings, desires and needs; to the air I breathe; the chair in which I sit to type these words; and to the communion of our relationship – you and me, connecting heart-to-heart through these words.
The daily practice of being a Source of wholeness, participating in the activity of wholeness, is a living reminder that we are all fractals of the Sacred. We shape our world through our thoughts, feelings, choices and actions. We are the activity of the Sacred made manifest.
Hiro Boga is a writer, teacher of transformation, and mentor to creative visionaries who want to shape a world in which soul and entrepreneurship, passion and profit walk hand in hand. She has helped thousands of clients and students reclaim joy, freedom, success and creative sovereignty in their businesses, their relationships, and their lives.
As a mentor and workshop leader, Hiro blends transformative energy technologies, the magic of story, and grounded spiritual practices with pragmatic business strategies.
The next session of Hiro’s powerful 12-week program, Become Your Own Business Adviser, begins on September 24th. Join her for a free preview teleclass on Friday, September 7th at 10 am PDT. Details and registration here: http://becomeyourownbusinessadviser.com/register/
I have no illusions that my self-care routine needs to resemble anyone else’s. In fact it doesn’t even resemble my own anymore. This is freedom, one of my top values. If I’m living my values my soul is nourished.
I am a full-time care giver to an 18 month-old and have a full-time business. I am rebuilding and reinventing what self-care means right now and my definition can change daily or hourly. Intuition is always my guide and I adjust my sail to the wind. While it used to be 8 hours of sleep, right now it’s taking an unscripted dance break with my small dance partner and dancing a little jig wherever the mood hits. It’s making sure I have a good bar of dark chocolate ready for the morning. It’s taking a few minutes on Facebook to connect with sweet friends around the world. Accomplishment is still important to me but now I reflect on days in terms of the experience of senses (sunshine, an ocean breeze, amber perfume, the weight of the small child on my body while he sleeps). My growing edge is to allow myself, every couple of days, to nap when The Boy naps. This is new to me but I know duvets heal.
I used to have an idea what “being in the moment” meant but now it has a different meaning. Whereas I used to take time to step away for self-care, now I infuse my time with self-care. Being present can be hedonistic. If I am to weather or even thrive in all of my roles and honor what’s important to me, there is little opportunity, right now, to step away for joy and delight. Instead, I weave it into my daily fabric and very being.
Randi Buckley is a storm tamer. She has been described as “equal parts Pema Chodron, Sofia Loren and Clint Eastwood, with a splash of George Carlin.”
She coaches women at the crossroads of BIG life decisions, and the important conversations needed to support them. She is the creator of “Maybe Baby”, for women who are ambivalent about motherhood but hear the whisper of ‘maybe’ their heart, and “Say What?”, crafting heartful conversations for big-deal situations. Her clients range from Nobel Laureates to Academy Award winners and awesome women world-wide.
Randi has a trove of certifications and a cadre of degrees but favors her trinity of intuition, wisdom and playful mischief. And she is a mama. Her latest writing on details are at www.randibuckley.com
I love words. I love rolling them around my tongue, whispering them to my fiance, reading them in musty smelling books and showing myself sweet, sweet love every day, by filling up pages and pages of journals with them.
Journaling is the most deliciously powerful tool in my self-care kit. I’m a stationery ho, and love nothing more than buying gorgeous journals to fill with words and coloured ink, but more than that, riffing with my big, beautiful beat-y heart, pouring words onto paper, soothes me. It heals me.
Y’see, despite being someone that writes and delivers workshops on self-love and body acceptance, I really am, and always will be, a work in progress. And that’s okay. I practice lovin’ on my sweet self. Sometimes I’m kick-ass at it, sometimes? Not so much. But my one totally non-negotiable way to blow myself kisses from the inside out is through writing love letters to myself, telling myself things I wish that other people would say to me in a certain way and don’t, giving myself permission to be me and most importantly, it gives me the space to let Thelma, my inner critic, share all her thoughts, worries and concerns about all the big amazing things I want to do in the world, she’s such a worrier and then let my heart, where the juicy, juicy truth resides, speak out, loud and proud in response to her.
Lisa Clark is the tattoo-splashed, burlesque-lovin’ creatrix of sassyology.com, author of SASSY: The go-for-it Girl’s Guide to Becoming Mistress of Your Destiny and helps girlkind to dig on their sweet selves, create and own their life story and write their freakin’ book.
As a single work-at-home mom with three kids my self care probably isn’t typical.
I honestly get my energy, and fulfillment directly from my business. I thrive on it. But my down time – my ME time is solely with my kids. I spend time with each one individually every single day. Sometimes it’s not long but it’s definitely a priority.
Once my mom told me she can’t believe I make each of my children feel totally loved and appreciated but she see’s it in them all the time. Yes, of course that makes me so proud.
What drew me to running my own business was the freedom to raise and support my children my way – not “around” my 8-5 schedule. So I never take that time for granted. Today I went to lunch with my 4th grade daughter. Tonight I will take my youngest to soccer practice. These are the moments that fill my life full of beauty and love.
As important and meaningful my work is to me – nothing will ever come between those three little amazing people and their mama.
Sammi Johnson is the passionate owner of Sammi is Social a social media management firm. Formerly of Badass Biz, she created amazing results for clients teaching them to use social media for marketing their business and building buzz around their brand. You can connect with her at Twitter.com/SammiIsSocial
Every morning I get up and do my Morning Practice, no matter how grumbly or gross I might feel, and even if I feel amazing. It would take a little while to describe it all, but the 3 most important elements for me are…
I recite my 6 month income goal as well as saying out loud some very tangible desires I have for my life and business – and I say it with gratitude as if it has already happened.
I also do some visualizing around those goals, really using all my senses to experience myself having accomplished the goals.
I sing my personal song. I was working with a personal coach for a few months, and I took my 3 month action plan – what I was supposed to be focusing on – and turned it into a very empowering song and some other parts of my morning practice. Since I’ve been singing all my life and professionally for 27 years, it’s only natural that starting my day with song would be powerful. So I sing as if I’m on stage in front of thousands of people, and I belt it out with huge gratitude and emotional connection. It is not about perfection, but about sacred self-expression, no holds barred. Singing that song first thing in the morning shifts me for the entire day.
What do you absolutely love to do? If you start your day doing something that lights you up, it can set you up for an amazing day.
Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre is a healer, business coach, spiritual mentor and award-winning singer. She helps women healers who are struggling with getting clients, to express themselves and their sacred power with confidence and charisma, and enrol committed clients, so they can make a massive difference in the world AND enjoy the freedom and prosperity they deserve.
Brenda has been invited to speak and perform across North America, with TV and radio appearances across Canada. She has shared the stage with best-selling authors Dr. Masaru Emoto, Shakti Gawain and Gregg Braden. Brenda’s latest CD, which earned her a nomination for a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award, can be heard on the radio across Canada and the United States and she is being featured in an upcoming national TV documentary on Vision TV about the 2012 phenomenon.
One of the best tools that I have found to keep me centered and at peace on a daily basis is to process any emotional junk left over at the end of the day with a spiritual technology process called PEAT. If I find myself remaining tense over a particular situation or if there is something I just can’t seem to let go of in a day, I sit down and feel what is really happening in that situation and thoroughly release the tension I’m feeling.
PEAT is a kind of second generation Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with a deeper reach and spiritual implications that EFT simply doesn’t have. I consider it hygiene for the heart and soul. PEAT is a process that takes a situation or problem and allows you to realize and release the underlying issues in a few short minutes. Once you have gotten to the polarities, the opposites that are driving the tension of moving towards one experience and away from another, you integrate them.
Integrating polarities means you let them merge together so that you KNOW that one is never without the other, like knowing that sadness can make joy all the sweeter. Once they merge, that situation or ones like it never have the same kind of pull or charge that they did before. In this way, you create a gradually expanding feeling of wholeness and ease in life.
More than anything I have found, including my daily meditation practice, this clearing of the day’s tensions through PEAT has allowed me to find my center more easily even in the midst of chaos and stay in peace and ease more often regardless of what is happening around me.
Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. is the founder of Abhimukti Yoga Coaching – providing support and training to life coaches in cutting edge tools that are grounded in yogic philosophy. Melanie is also an award-winning author, psychotherapist and coach with close to 30 years of experience helping people create lives of peace and wholeness. A big fan of adventures, long walks and rowdy dogs, Melanie is currently bemoaning the fact that she and her husband raised courageous and confident daughters who are leaving their home in east Tennessee for grand adventures of their own in Korea and Seattle. Visit http://www.abhimuktiyogacoaching.com to learn more about Melanie.
The night lies in heavy velvet folds, caressing my skin and soothing the incessant chattering of my mind. I receive the comfort it offers and settle into the ritual I have returned to night after night after night. I imagine roots growing out from the soles of my feet, and I follow their progress as they push through the mattress, down into the apartment beneath mine, and then into the office block, the underground car park and then down into the rich sweet earth below. My roots travel far and deep, stopping only when they encounter a huge earth crystal. They embrace the crystal and in return the crystal shares its energy which flows back up, through the earth, the car park, the office, the downstairs neighbour’s apartment, the mattress and fills my whole body from my feet to my head. Here, I visualise a white light from above cascading upon me, this sky energy flowing through me from head to feet, the two energies mingling and creating a bubble around my whole body.
Now, at this point, if not before, I may drift into deep sleep – a sleep that will carry me all the way through till morning. But, if I’m still clinging to consciousness, I invite a goddess in to speak with me and share with me what I need to know in this moment. If you feel uncomfortable doing that, you can always ask your higher self, your guardian angel, your ancestors etc. Sometimes I’ll remember what they said, and other times it’s lost to sleep. Except I don’t believe it’s ever really lost – those words settle into your soul, healing it in whichever way necessary. Even if you never manage to stay awake to have this sacred conversation, the very act of energetic grounding, cleansing and protecting before you sleep is a profound act of loving self-care which brings, not only deliciously deep rest, but also gifts some wonderfully weird and symbolically resonant dreams. For me, this ritual delivers such a welcome relief from my worries, my obsessive thoughts, my fears, my longings. In those moments before I fall into slumber, I find myself again – that person who is nowhere else but in the present moment, who has a loving heart, an open mind and a sense of serenity that I often can’t find during daylight hours. That person who is me.
A true lover of stories, Amy Palko spends her days reading, writing, knitting and dreaming… well, that is when she’s not being kept busy home-educating her three kids! She is the creatrix of <a href=”http://www.amypalko.com/go-shopping/virgins-lovers-ancient-wisdom-for-the-modern-goddess/“>Virgins & Lovers: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Goddess</a>, exploring goddess myths and moon cycles through story, journalling, visualisation and creative exercise.
Each night before I go to sleep, I review my day.
I settle on the one thing that made me the happiest, touched me the deepest, or simply gave me the most joy. Then, I thank Heaven for it and wish the goodness I’ve received to all the people I love so much in my life.
An executive and life coach since 1995, Debbie Phillips created for women leaders a specific service, previously non-existent, she had wished for earlier in her career. In 2003, Debbie founded Women On Fire® a national coaching organization to extend the outreach of inspiration, strategies and support for women to be successful. She is the author of Women On Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!); co-executive producer of the video Inspire Me!; and has served as a columnist for ABCNews.com. Find out more about Debbie at www.womenonfire.com
I don’t really do anything daily; I’m just really horrible about maintaining a daily habit. Every now and then I get all Eager Beaver and deteermine that I’m going to do Such and Such Every. Day. And it lasts a week, maybe two, before I’m crumpled in shame over my inability to do anything right – which really isn’t very self-nurturing. The thing is that I have the kind of nature that thrives on a little bit of routine or structure, but sucks at creating (and maintaining) it. So, instead of beating myself up for not getting up every morning at dawn for yoga and Divine Moments, I’m embracing who I actually am.
What I do have is a list… or more like a collection; it’s a collection of practices that I know nurture me, calm me, anchor me, infuse me with joy. You might call it a “Joy List”. And I try, on a regular basis, to check in with myself and ask Me what she needs today: A walk? Some Yoga? Black tea with cream? To float? The beach? An oracle card? A journal? A “waste of time” novel? Snuggles with my Lover? To hug a tree? To laugh? To paint? To write? Qi Gong? To be cleared (http://www.limitlessliving.ca/energy-clearing)? This is my Go To Joy List – it’s in flux (growing and shrinking based on me and my day), but the one constant is Grace. I always aim to be gracious with myself. To, at least for one moment each day, know that I am Enough. That I am Perfect – just the way I am in this day and this moment. That’s my Joy and my Grace.
Megan Potter is a Chinese Face Reader and Limitless Woman Extraordinaire. She’s an Earthy soul with just enough Fire thrown in to keep her fun (which is why you definitely want to come play with her)! She LOVES working with women leaders who are eager to transcend their limits and is gifted in the art of immediately recognizing your patterns (and blocks) and then using Chinese Face Reading and the 5 Elements (a tactic of Chinese medicine) to unleash the Super Hero in you.
I wake up with the sun, brew a pot of press pot coffee, and say my morning prayers before doing some devotional yoga. OK, that’s a list of stuff but as a professional ritualist what can I say-I love rituals! Waking up with the sun is important to me and I try as best I can to go to bed not too long after it gets dark-unless I am staying up intentionally to honor the moon. I find that waking up the early morning hours gives me more time+space and allows that extra space to circulate throughout my day. I drink coffee medicinally believe it or not-a good strong cup of black coffee is a great way for me to keep my asthma under control without resorting to prescription medications. But the central part of my morning, my day, and my work in general is prayer. When I feel irritable, angry, negative, or drained I find that praying is even more essential-it grounds and centers me in who I am and what I stand for. There are a couple of formal prayers I say like the 23rd Psalm (which I grew up with) and the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and then there are prayers that I have written that I say for myself and all of my clients, friends, family members like this one-which is addressed to Mamma Earth.
Blessed be my feet as they walk upon Your face.
Blessed be my knees as they bow before Your grace.
Blessed be my sex, origin of creative power.
Blessed be my heart, for it is love’s bower.
Blessed be my lips may they tell the stories true.
Blessed be my eyes as they seek what the heart already knew.
Blessed be my mind and the workings there within.
Blessed be my Ancestors may they guide me from here until the end.
May I walk in beauty. May I work for peace.
May I live in freedom as I will so may it be.
Prayer reminds me of how much one life means in the grand scheme of things, allows me to celebrate my beauty and own Divinity, and reminds me to open my heart in love and service to all that I meet throughout the day. I believe in blessing ourselves as much as possible-I think more blessings makes the world less violent, brighter, and more connected!
I am a full time intuitive counselor & root magic ritualist living in San Antonio, Texas with my amazing family. My website, Milagro Roots, is a popular destination, featuring my latest writings on spirituality, ritual, magic, nature, and of course divination. I also run a small in-house spiritual boutique where I craft magical oils, cleansing baths, sachet powders, charms, amulets, mojo bags, and botanical talismans for clients around the world using many herbs, roots, and botanicals that I cultivate and grow myself. My writing has been featured on the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers where I am one of the founding members as well as in ElephantJournal.