Friday, February 15, 2013

Awakening the Sacred Feminine at SpiritQuest

According to Sufi Spiritual Teacher, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee “women carry the spiritual seeds of creation.”

Somehow, we women know that. And yet, do you find yourself wondering if you have forgotten what that feels like at its most fundamental spiritual nature?

Men, know that women carry within them some spiritual mystery that is fundamental to the matrix of life, yet, do you know exactly what it is and what it feels like inside of you?

Awakening the Sacred Feminine within us is more than a process of empowerment. It is a process of remembering that which we are. The great awakening is truly a choice to remember.

The deepest wisdom of the Sacred Feminine lives inside our bones and is stirred and aroused by Mother Earth herself, if we allow ourselves to enter into deep connection with her.

Living on top of concrete, inside of building and houses may be comfortable in many ways, and yet, slowly, daily, we disconnect.

Empathic people suffer from this disconnection. The energy backs up inside the body as we suppress our empathic natures for fear of “taking on” someone else’s energy or taking on too much of Mother Earth’s energy.

Because we don’t know how to live empathically with each other or Mother Earth, we cut off our own connection to life itself, and our abilities to create the lives we dream about.

Many years ago, when I was called to offer Song Quest to others, we began by sitting still on the Mother to listen for our sacred songs. These songs are our unique expressions in life, and also connect us through the song-lines into the web of creation itself.

The ceremonies were based in my own apprenticeship in Cherokee spiritual ceremonies, and the Cherokee are a matriarchal tribe. Since that time we expanded what SpiritQuest offered, when we incorporated ceremonies from the Path of the Sacred Feminine, until now the entire week is based in ceremonies that help us awaken the Sacred Feminine within us.

It is this most precious nature of the Divine—the Sacred Feminine—in which we find hope for our world. It is the missing ingredient that brings acts of creation today into balance.

In balance, we heal, attract our right partners, choose right action, and fulfill our destinies. This is what we discover at SpiritQuest:

If the Sacred Feminine longs to awaken in you, consider spending a week in ceremonies based in the Sacred Feminine, with your feet firmly planted in Mother Earth and your heart open wide to the mysteries of creation itself.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Sacred Partnership-Sacred Union

Meditation in the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

Find a quiet space. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Breathe gently into yourself until your mind and body quiet down. Become aware of your heart and breathe. Just breathe until your mind and body become still and your heart and mind open.

Allow your heart to open to you. Feel the breathe of the Divine that flows through you, and be present to this Divine Awareness. Hold this awareness in your heart and in the dark, cool, womb of your being, which is connected tot he primordial womb of all life, where all potential for creation exists. Nurture the essence of you in  your love.

Allow yourself to become aware of the light that you are. Know, sense, feel, see the light filling you and embracing you. Feel the urging and desire of the light—life longing to know itself. Delight in the rush of energy and the warmth of it merging with you. You might know this masculine expression of yourself at light or energy only, or it may take the form of a spirit or human. This form is the expression of your beloved.

Linger in this merging of loving embrace as long as you wish. Be each others' exhale and inhale, in the delight of sacred union.

When you feel full, breathe deeply, exhaling through your mouth, bringing yourself into the awareness of this moment. Wiggle your fingers and toes. Gently open your eyes. Live in sacred union.

If these meditations in the heart of the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine inspire you, consider joining Misa monthly for Secrets of the Sacred Feminine, teachings and guided meditations on video.

Friday, February 01, 2013

What Do We Do With Failures from a Sacred Feminine Perspective?

Successes feel so wonderful and are so much fun that it is easy to know how to be with them. We celebrate them!

Living in a success-oriented world, it is easy to forget that failures also have merit. Consider this article by the New York times, titled, What If the Secret to Success is Failure? by Paul Tough.

In this article, the writer refers to the academic research of Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor at Penn State University. In researching the success of students, she discovered that self-control played as vital a role in the achievement of students as IQ, and as she continued her research, she began to measure, “grit”.

According to Tough’s report about Duckworth, People who accomplished great things, she noticed, often combined a passion for a single mission with an unswerving dedication to achieve that mission, whatever the obstacles and however long it might take. She decided she needed to name this quality, and she chose the word “grit.”

So here is the, sometimes, uncomfortable truth. In order to succeed at anything we are likely to experience some failures along the way. As a special education teacher, it never occurred to me to call those moments failures. I called them learning. And I still do.

That principle is true whether we are learning how to ski, operate a computer program or develop spiritually. Sometimes we are right on the mark and sometimes we miss it as we are learning new concepts and self-mastery.

From a Sacred Feminine perspective, each perceived failure (or moment of learning) is an opportunity to discover our true potential. It is a moment when we can, if we choose, discover a depth of compassion for the fullness of who we are—as we are—regardless of our perceived success or failure.

In loving ourselves fully, we open a doorway into our potential that is unstoppable. It is unstoppable because it is the true expression of our Divine selves.

In those moments of realization, we don’t need anyone else’s approval or permission. We know from the depths of our being who we are and what we are going to accomplish, and we surrender to the grace that leads us to our full expression.

We effort less and we achieve in greater joy.

In spiritual awareness, “failure” is an invitation to go within and to experience a deeper truth or ourselves. It is an opportunity to discover the depths of our love. Perhaps, celebrating our “failures” is as appropriate and celebrating our “successes.”