* Conversation with Karen Tate: Motivated by Goddess
Good Goddess! How does she do it all? Karen Tate is an ambitious woman on a mission to raise consciousness of the Sacred Feminine. She works unceasingly and ingeniously, employing every media available, including web, YouTube, lectures, and even the pulpit, to share insights of Goddess thealogy (deasophy) and ways to integrate them into our world. Karen is the author of two books, including the popular Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations, a writer for Examiner.com, radio host, speaker, international tour guide to sacred places and priestess. Oh, I forgot to mention, she also has a day job.
Karen isn’t just an historian who teaches facts and figures about ancient women’s history, but makes history relevant in today’s social and political issues. Like many of us today, Karen believes that the world’s woes are due to the absence of feminine sacredness in our cultures. “We’re so much more than what our culture challenges us to be. We’re robots with wrong values and wrong priorities,” says Karen. Her desire is to help influence a positive change in our priorities by alerting us of the detriments of the missing feminine, and offer a new paradigm in which all are interconnected, respectful of each other, reverent of nature and influenced by Mother Goddess.
Karen’s most recent appearance was at the American Academy of Religion/WECSOR, where she presented her paper, Goddess is a Democrat. Her observations of a world without feminine reverence were applauded by many of her peers, though she expects to receive not so favorable feedback from people who cling to dysfunctional, patriarchal systems. See the video of her presentation here:
It takes a lot of energy to take but one small step to make a change, let alone promote a spiritual idea that challenges the very core of a global society. Yet Karen’s steps are giant and frequent. Wishing to discover Karen’s secrets for her high levels of energy and productivity in the name of Goddess, I asked her for insights. I share her multidimensional strategies, so that you, too, can do what it takes to set the world afire with your ideas and gifts to make the world a better, more loving place.
Set Goals, Make Lists and Stick With It
One of Karen’s long-time habits is to make a list of goals for the year, month, week, and day. “I’m a list maker, and every day I write a list of things to accomplish. If I don’t accomplish it, I write it on my list the next day.” A seemingly mundane task, writing lists will propel you forth and keep you on track.
Then, work tenaciously to meet those goals. And don’t let rejection get in the way. Karen received 35 rejection letters for her first book proposal, but that didn’t’ stop her from the next submission. She finally found the perfect publisher, and her book has been a success on the market. Karen says "Be tenacious - like water wearing away rock. Eventually we will reach our goals.”
Call Upon Goddess for Support and Inspiration
During times of difficulty or overwhelm, Karen calls upon the Egyptian Goddess SekHmet, Lady of Tenacity Manifested and remover of obstacles, giver of strength and passion. She also seeks comfort and strength from Isis, Goddess of love, joy and compassion. Karen was awakened from Catholic girl slumber and greeted by Goddess several decades ago, and her life changed. She is the founder of the Isis Ancient Cultures Society in Los Angeles, where she has organized public events for more than ten years. Now, Goddess is present in her every moment.
Often a response from her calls to the divine come in the early hours of the morning with ideas and flowing inspirations. “Often I get my best ideas at 3:00am, so I will get up and write things down. At this time, all the veils are down, and great things come through the subconscious part of ourselves, where we are closest to the Source, within us or outside of us.”
Learn and Live Passionately
One of Karen’s favorite endeavors is her radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine, because it helps her learn. “I love asking questions. It feeds me.” And it fuels her passion. Keenly important to Karen is that everything she does follows her passion and her belief in what she is doing, even IF it doesn’t generate income. Karen is "doing Goddess's work.” She’s not looking for recognition, she’s doing her part to improve her world, and that is reward enough.
Go with the Flow and Know When to Stop Pushing a Boulder Up Hill
Karen has been guided to where she is. “I sort of went with the flow and maybe just playing out my destiny.” She believes that if you go with the plan Goddess has for you, it works. If you don’t, you’re challenged in a way that is like rolling the boulder up-hill. In this case, stop wasting time. “Goddess is saying, ‘this is not where to put your time.’ Often, Goddess's plan might appear as a bump in the road that takes you in a direction that is more authentically your direction.”
“We are here working with our monkey brains and we don’t always know what’s best for us. When you realize you’re not in control, you are actually liberated. Always do your best, but sometimes things go wrong, and when they do, there’s always a lesson or gift in it. Look for it, and don’t dwell on how bad it is.”
Surround Yourself with Supportive People
“When you surround yourself with people who support you, nurture you and believe in you, and who aren’t critical and jealous, you become a blossoming flower. Don’t be with people who use you or who don’t have your best interest at heart. Women, especially, need to learn from each other and support each other.”
Karen credits the support of her husband, Roy, in the completion of her books. Coming home from her day job at 5:00pm and working on her book until 2:00am, Roy helped along the way, taking care of the domestic duties while Karen wrote. “That’s why I dedicated my second book to him.”
Karen is often reminded that Goddess has always taken care of her. “Life is good, with enough money.” She has no pension, yet something in her core assures her everything is going to be alright. “I’m not sure what that inner knowing is, but I don’t question it. I just keep doing what I’m doing.”
Karen used to work in corporate American, and decided that working in a cubicle or office environment wasn’t for her. And while her current day job as an apartment manager is far below her professional capabilities, it is fairly stress-free and gives her time to think about her work. “It’s a trade off. I’m trading money for experience.”
Karen cites the work of psychologist Eric Fromm, who theorizes there are two modalities of people – one needs money and things, the other wants to ‘be’ and values experience over money in the bank. Karen is the second type, which is why traveling and doing all the she does is more important to her than money. “That’s the Goddess way – it’s about learning and sharing, not being capitalistic.”
“Once I found Goddess, I experienced personal empowerment. Now it has segued into cultural awareness and politics. Yes, Goddess has helped me, but can this also help the world?”
To learn more about Karen and her valuable work, see www.karentate.com.