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Friday
Aug212015

* A Spiritual Experience is a Spiritual Experience 

I recently met someone who glowed with love, spirit and zest for life. He spoke about his many adventures of spiritual transformation, including sitting at the feet of his guru, a kundalini awakening, Tantric love-making rituals, and various consciousness practices. His out-of-body meanderings, paralyzing illuminations, and other phenomenal manifestations woke him up to the joyful person he is today.

I was captivated as I listened, and noticed small twinges of self-judgement as I compared my less-than phenomenal spiritual adventures to his. I’ve learned from many teachers, but haven’t been a guru’s devotee, and my epiphanies and realizations appeared less dramatically.

Thankfully, I do understand the signs of egoic self-judgement, and as it crept in, I slayed it with my inner sword. Of course my spiritual experiences were and are as real, significant and life-enriching as his, albeit less exotic. My awakenings and transformations have come through hikes in the wilderness, meditations, music, books, teachers, and listening to others.    

An epiphany or awakening is a matter of our ego recognizing our soul, and our soul merging with the Universe. In that moment of multidimensional expansion when soul and Universe connect, a secret of the Self and Universe is revealed. An answer is provided, a door is opened and information that enhances life’s journey is delivered. Life becomes much greater than body and ego, and instead becomes a meaningful gift through which the soul expands. Blissful feelings of infinite love, inner-peace and joy emerge. In an instant, we become a different person.

A Spiritual Awakening
In an outer- and inner-world of possibilities, the methods and forms of awakening are infinite and can occur when we consciously strive for it or spontaneously from out of nowhere. Meditation, prayer and gurus aren’t the only catalysts; a hard rock song, a sunset, a glance into a stranger’s eyes, a hug, even deep despair – any of these can spark a divine connection. Whether the feelings last a minute or several days, this flash will have a permanent effect on your outlook of life, and is a touchstone that you can return to again and again.

A Spiritual Awakening

Comparing your own spiritual development – or anything else, for that matter - to another’s is a dangerous path. No one’s journey is “better” than ours, and no form is more effective than another. Our individual paths are a unique as snowflakes, and like any road trip, can be dramatic or mellow, and can get you to the same destination of personal growth.

We can live a spiritual journey every minute of our lives, merely by remaining fully-present, observing our physical and spiritual worlds and listening to our own soul. And also by constantly appreciating ourselves, exactly as we are at every moment, and from striving to discover the deepest essences of ourselves and our place in the Universe.

The lessons here are to know that you are radiant enough, loving enough, spiritual enough. And that a spiritual experience is a spiritual experience, no matter what the form. Don’t compare yourself to others and their moments of insight, for yours are just as expansive and your personal journey is taking you where you need to go.

Saturday
Jan042014

* Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Besides love, beauty, sexiness, one of the greatest feelings a woman can experience is the sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s completing a painted masterpiece, delivering a well-executed professional project, or receiving a course certification, getting the job done and done well sparks euphoria, boosts the spirit and lifts self-esteem. Seeing what our own hands and minds have created can often render in us awe of ourselves and our capabilities.

While some may believe that achievement is a “masculine” quality, it’s very much woman’s nature to conceive, develop and birth our ideas and gifts in to the world. Our accomplishments are the tangible results of our soul’s expression and growth, and often reflect our purpose on the planet. Humanity would have never evolved if women had not pursued their inspirations and taken the steps to bring them to fruition. Women invented writing, plant cultivation, weaving and potter-making.  We managed temples (which in ancient times were also the business centers), discovered medicines and healing technologies, and created art and music. We were priestesses, warriors, teachers, laborers and queens. All of humanity benefited from the fulfilled dreams of these individuals.

You, too, can bring to life your dreams, especially if it is a calling from your heart and soul, and activated by your attention and energy. By accomplishing a dream, you fulfill an aspect of your purpose on the planet, and take a step closer to who you’re meant to be in this lifetime. And your ideas may possibly benefit the rest of the world.

One easy tool that stewards an idea into an accomplishment is goal-setting with a Plan of Action. A Plan of Action outlines each step to be taken to reach the ultimate goal. This tangible reference document helps you to keep your eyes on the prize and remain motivated until the day your dream is fulfilled.  Ticking off each step as it’s completed inspires a spirited mini-celebration, which radiates into the Universe and attracts the people and opportunities that help you reach the finish line.  

Writing a Plan of Action is simple and described in “CREATING YOUR PLAN OF ACTION,” an excerpt from Sexy, Spirited and Strong, Becoming a Positive Energy Woman. Download it here and get started today!! 

Let 2014 be a positive year of many accomplishments. May you fulfill all of your dreams and let your purpose on the planet become powerful and potent.

Love and Blissings!

 

Saturday
Jul072012

* Loving Your Feminine and Masculine Womanliness

I recently spoke with a good friend who said she was feeling very unfeminine and it was causing her great concern.  She's attractive, has a beautiful, strong body, a good style of dress, and a powerful personality.  She said her new roommate is petite and soft-spoken, and wears skirts and flowey blouses.  Comparing herself to her roommate, my friend felt ungainly and clunky.  She perceived her diminutive roommate as the perfect example of feminine.   I asked my friend, “do you feel masculine?”  “Not really,” she replied.  “Just not feminine.”   

Hmmmm.  What is this concept of feminine?  And what’s so important about being feminine, anyway?  Where did this concept come from?  Aren’t all women innately feminine, just because they’re women?  While women and men have shared the planet for eons without a care about who is what, it seems that recently the importance of feminine and masculinity has penetrated our culture and our consciousness.  I often hear people blame women’s liberation for making women too masculine and men too feminine, and the reason that the rise in numbers of single women is a prevalence of masculine energy among them. Women judge themselves for not being feminine enough, and personal growth and relationship coaches are making a mint from the women who flock to them to learn the secrets of“femininity” and how to act properly with a man.    

Sadly, our culture’s concept of femininity is based on a flimsy, superficial foundation, and the word practically takes on a slang quality.  We think 'feminine' means pretty clothing, soft and slow gestures, a lilting voice, and an agreeable nature. And yes, this is a lovely expression of femininity, but this is far from the only expression. So before you start to judge yourself and diminish your personality because you don’t think you’re “feminine” enough, let me tell you the rest of the story. 

Feminine versus Masculine Eenergy

According to the ancient, energetic path of Tantra, all women and all men contain both feminine and masculine energies, and the goal is to balance those energies inside of us.  According to Tantric tenants, the healthiest and most enlightened humans contain and exude both feminine and masculine energies.  It is healthy and normal for a woman to have both feminine and masculine energies, and normal for her to express herself in both feminine and in a masculine ways.   

The energy philosophies of Tantra describe the subtle differences between Feminine and Masculine, and following are a few examples of the polar opposite energies: 

Feminine       Masculine

Receptive      Projective

Nature          Spirit

Active            Still

Magnetic       Electrical

Intuitive        Rational

Emotional     Logical

Holistic          Linear

Just by virtue of being a human being, you are feminine!  And depending upon what you happen to be doing at any point of the day, you may be more feminine or more masculine. For example, when you are with your masculine boyfriend, your feminine energy may predominate and you may feel and express nurturing and receptive qualities. Yet, while presenting a proposal at a business meeting, your masculine energy may take over and you think and act logically and linearly. 

While our energetic body automatically knows which energetic mode to switch into, Tantra teaches us that we're capable of accentuating and diminishing our energy at will (once you get the hang of it with some energy exercises.) This means that you can enhance both your feminine and masculine energies, and express either one whenever you want!  (One great exercise to increase feminine energy is dancing with a lot of hip movement.)

Femininity versus Womanliness.

Another concept to explore is Feminity versus Womanliness. Femininity is but one expression of woman. Womanliness is the expression of all aspects of the spirit that resides within a woman. And womanliness is all things - gentle and strong, passive and aggressive, peaceful and wrathful. 

The revered goddesses of ancient religions bore many, and often contrasting, feminine attributes.  For example, Greece’s sensual goddess Aphrodite is overseer of love, beauty, community affairs also presides over warfare. 

Aphrodite is Feminine and WomanlyHindu goddess Kali is the beloved and honored primordial mother is also destroyer of egos. 

Kali is Feminine and Womanly

Egypt’s goddess Sekhmet rules over the domains of love and sexuality, as well as righteous anger and justice.        

Sekhmet is Feminine and WomanlyInnumerable feminine archetypes are represented by goddesses, queens, priestesses, shaman, slaves and other women throughout history.  They are all women, all divine expressions of goddess, and all very feminine.

Summary

Positive Energy Woman understand the nuances of feminine and masculine energy, and she fully accepts and loves herself, no matter how “feminine” or “masculine” she feels or is perceived as being.  She also knows who she is at the very core of her being, and understands that the source of her essence resides within her spirit. She honors and accepts her unique expressions, and proudly exhibits her true self. 

So love, love LOVE yourself!  Love every feminine, masculine and womanly aspects of yourself.  No matter who you are or what you feel like, you are a WOMAN!