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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 30th, 2010
From 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.
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.
October 13th, 2009
If joy can be distilled into moments, one of them for me was reading last spring the words of Wild Feminine at Portland’s Powell’s Books with two of my sons in the front row of a full and receptive audience. Powell’s is one of their favorite places and I was reading Daughters & Sons, one of their favorite stories in the book, so it scored some serious points for me in their eyes. Points are handy in a house with three young boys. I swear they listened to me for at least two weeks. I write about this reading and the collective voice that inspired Wild Feminine as a guest blogger for Powell’s.
August 10th, 2009
With no television in our home, radio is a cherished way of connecting to the world. Listening to NPR’s Terry Gross give an interview is it’s own form of poetry. In July, I was interviewed by Carol Newman on Coast Commmunity Radio in Astoria, Oregon, just prior to a reading at Lucy’s Books. In an old victorian house located high on a hill, the windows of Coast Community Radio overlook the wide stretch of the Columbia River just before it meets the Pacific Ocean. On a clear July day, when Astoria looks every bit like San Francisco, Carol and I talked together about the journey and inspiration of Wild Feminine. We had a lovely conversation that you can listen in on at the link above.