From Spirit to Body: Bringing in the Feminine

April 26th, 2011

In our mother’s womb we transform from spirit to body; we embody our sacred energy. I discovered this potential while pregnant with my second son, after a very mystical experience with miscarriage. I felt the energy of this new pregnancy coming to me from a far away place. If it weren’t for my miscarriage, which had taught me that the female body is the doorway where we come in, I might have missed this miracle occurring in my center. And still it was my body that helped me tune in.

I was busy rushing about my daily activities, and the early pregnancy nausea increased. Instead of pushing through the discomfort, I felt guided to lay down and open myself to receive the energy of my baby. As I relaxed my body and focused on receiving, my energy field softened and I could feel his spirit energy beaming in from a distant star. Though nausea often accompanies the early pregnancy period, it is also a sign to clear the tension in the body and the energy field that might block the transmission of spirit energy.

In the same way, we are preparing for a transmission of energy into our world as we complete the last phase of a 26,000 year cycle recorded by the Maya calendar. This last phase began this spring and will finish on December 21, 2012. The cosmic bodies will align at this time, opening a portal to transmit new energy potentials and initiate a rebirth of consciousness. Some of the present day challenges represent the work that is required to transform ourselves. To receive this new energy in your life, begin now to tune into your center and realign from there. Clear the tension patterns on all levels and open to receive the blessings of this cosmic conception and rebirth.

Wild Feminine blessing: May we all remember our sacred beginnings and bring this light in to transform our lives.

Be Where You Are

April 19th, 2011

I went to a reading by beloved author Anne Lamott and was moved by her honesty and raw wisdom. She spoke about teenagers and how much risk they are taking these days. An audience member asked if there was anything we could do to reclaim our influence in their lives. Anne paused and suggested that perhaps we need to become the adults who they might want to some day be instead of the busy and harried ones that we are. Poems are prayers for me. Walking home in the rain, I wrote this poem/prayer for myself and my sons.

Be Where You Are
Whether sunlight streams through the window
or the rain drops down,
be where you are.

At times you will be weary
confounded by mixed signals or crossed signs.
Reaching and striving
will produce only dead ends.

So be where you are
back in your center
where there is always
air and light
time and peace
and possibility.

Leave the phone calls
and the work load
worries, conflicts, and expectations
lying where they may
and be where you are.

There with the crying child
or the laundry pile
and the nascent hopes and dreams.
Whether lonely and afraid
or simply noticing the spaces
in between thoughts and words and actions.

Just be where you are
with your breath in and out
and the beauty in front of eyes that see.
With potential in your hands reaching out
and your heart open again to this mystery.

Wild Feminine blessing: May the light shine wherever you are.

Prayer: A Sound Vibration to the Spirit Realm

March 22nd, 2011

“Prayer is a sound vibration that goes out to the spirit realm”, says one of my teachers, Rosita Arvigo. A prayer can be as simple as an intention spoken from the heart. I have used blessings as a way to smooth the energy of each day and attune with the bounty of my life. I use it to calm a child in the midst of an emotional storm and to calm my own energy when I am distressed. I say a blessing in my work, when I’m sitting with a woman who is registering a deep loss. I take my sons to the beach, make a fire and drum, teaching them that attending to the spirit realm is as necessary for the soul as breath for the body.

Wild Feminine blessing: One prayer is worth more than a thousand worries. What will your prayer be?

Be Love

March 15th, 2011

As we look to the still unfolding events in Japan, we are reminded of how much our collective fates are intertwined at a global level. We are also reminded how quickly our fate can change and how vulnerable we can feel when faced with the unknown. I’ve sat with women in my work as they’ve weathered the loss of a baby or pregnancy, moved through divorce, been puzzled by infertility, wrestled with a cancer diagnosis, faced past trauma. I began writing Wild Feminine after witnessing the collective trauma response of physical and energetic discord in the pelvic bowl after 9/11. There was a common pattern of high pelvic guarding and fear in each woman that I saw on the day after 9/11. In this life, we often can’t predict what we’ll meet. But we can remember that fear in the body disrupts the energy flow and leaves a person feeling unmoored. Knowing that we will experience fear, we can bring breath to these trembling cells. We can focus on what we are thankful for, and what we love, to restore the flow in the center that will better equip us to meet whatever is in front of us in the present moment.

Wild Feminine blessing: Fear disrupts the energy flow, while love realigns it to full radiance. Be love.

Opening to the Mystery

March 8th, 2011

In every moment we have the choice to open our energy to the mystery around us or close in reaction to stress or a challenge that presents itself. Each day there are opportunities to strengthen our connection to the mystery by opening to the flow of energy in our own centers. The events of life unfold as they will. By being aware of the protective tendency to contract and choosing instead to open ourselves, we can take in more of the air, the light, and the beauty that is present right in the moment. By opening in this way to the touch of spirit, we can receive comfort, healing, inspiration or whatever sustenance may be there to feed us in body and soul.

Wild Feminine blessing: May you open to the mystery within and around you, like the body responding to the sounds of bird song.

Say Yes to Your Beauty

March 1st, 2011

In the absence of the feminine, we love ourselves only when we are good enough or do enough. But then our worth becomes conditional and we fall prey to the highs and lows of our own productivity and the external validation from others. There is a more sustaining option. We instead can restore our connection to the feminine and receive this love that we desire unconditionally. By restoring our connection to the feminine we find that our value is inherent. We draw from a deeper source that will feed us even when we are in a cycle of rest or non-doing. The balance between doing and non-doing, with value held as inherent, is essential in a sustainable model where the feminine and masculine energies are in alignment.

Wild Feminine blessing:  Say yes to your beauty and this feminine current will surge through your body and into every moment of the day.

A Celebration of the Wild Feminine

February 22nd, 2011

The world is shifting and the feminine is rising–yet how do we tap into the power of the feminine when all of our old structures and even the energy patterns in our bodies and daily lives are running with an absence of feminine energy? I’ve spent the past decade working with the female body and the pelvic bowl as a women’s health physical therapist and wrote Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body to answer this question.

Reconnecting Spirit and Body
The essential task is to repair the connection between spirit and body and restore the flow of divine energy in our own creative centers. In restoring the flow of this abundant energy, not only are we more deeply nourished but we can direct this potential to reinvent our modern lives in soul-filled ways.

Wild Feminine Blessings
One of the most effective ways to repair and restore the body/spirit connection is to bless ourselves. Blessings align and enhance our energetic field and draw helpful energies to us. With this healing potential in mind, and to celebrate the publication/birth of the book today, I offer this first in a series of Wild Feminine blessings:

Take your creative dreams
Place them in the deeper currents,
Where your body meets spirit–
And they will become real.

Creative Cycles: Moving in Sync with the Seasons

December 7th, 2010

Our creative energy moves in cycles–alternating between the movements toward an inner deepening and an outward expansion. Though we tend to focus on the more visible and outer creative periods, the inner cycles are essential for making our best work and vitally important in our creative process.This past year has been part of an internal cycle for me. With Wild Feminine being picked up by a major publisher, I sat with the book once more to better reflect the profound nature of the female body. In the next version of Wild Feminine, each section has been expanded to include more information about how to align the creative energy in the center. Aligning the core energy and working with natural creative cycles provides the healing potential, the creative vibrancy, and the guidance for applying this ancient feminine energy to our modern lives. In doing so, we move in sync with a seasonal flow.

On the Road with Wild Feminine

March 30th, 2010

storefront2From BookPeople in Moscow, Idaho, to Lucy’s Books in Astoria, Oregon, and Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington–independent bookstores have been inviting Wild Feminine onto their shelves and into their communities. I’ve often felt the magic of my own neighborhood bookstore, Powell’s on Hawthorne, when I passed through their aisles and an unexpected book caught my eye as if it had something to teach me. Now, placing Wild Feminine into bookstores around the northwest, I see how bookstores hold space for written works so that their readers may find them. A heartfelt thanks to these independents whose work is often more service than profit. Give a gift from your own local bookstore and help these meeting places thrive.

Joy in the Bowl

November 30th, 2009

What do you hold in your bowl? The female body is powerful: what we hold in our center we manifest in our lives. What we hold in our center, we see reflected in the world. When a woman struggles, whether in regards to her relationships, her career, or her own sense of self, she often focuses on her worries or her pain. Her creative energy stagnates. If instead she will ask, “What do I want?” and moves towards this notion, she is more likely to plant seeds of hope that will take shape in her life. Holding joy in the bowl means focusing on desires and intentions rather than fears. While day to day living has its share of struggle, joy in the bowl always inspires the soul.