This morning I was reading an article about Lilias Adie, a woman who was accused of witchcraft and fornicating with the devil in 1704 in Torryburn, Scotland. Like thousands of women before her, she was sentenced to burn at the stake but managed to evade this horrible death by committing suicide in her prison cell. It is a tragic and heartbreaking story.
Today women do not need to worry about being burned at the stake, but the reality is that we continue to experience daily the impact of thousands of years of patriarchal rule over our bodies, minds and emotions. For a years I felt ashamed and stuck in guilt around feeling pleasure and in honouring my desires through my sexuality. And I saw women around me everywhere experiencing the same thing.
Maybe you can relate.
But I would like to offer you a different possibility. What if we could feel free and supported by our sexual energy? What would like look like? Can you imagine for a moment what it would feel like in your blood and bones to reclaim your wholeness by connecting with your innate sexual and creative power? The power that fuels your dreams and desires?
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Today I am sharing with you the final portal within the Inner Alchemy of Embracing Shakti – Essence.
Returning to essence is a phrase I often hear, but what does it mean? The essence of who you are is not your thoughts, viewpoints or beliefs – that’s your ego mind … and you’re not your ego mind, no matter what it tells you.
For me, to connect with Essence is being able to consciously return home to our higher Self, the inner Spirit. To experience ourselves a divine incarnation and as an embodiment of Love and unconditional acceptance.
Although this experience can be fleeting, here is how I know when I am connected to Essence:
- I see others as a mirror of myself and see how much more the same I am to every living being than I could ever be different.
- I deeply trust that I am moving through life guided by my internal compass.
- My internal compass knows that my joy, purpose, passion and creativity are the guideposts that help me contribute to the evolution of humanity.
- I recognize instantly when I am not in alignment with my inner truth and can change course immediately
And most importantly – I feel whole, seen and exquisitely alive!
Life is an initiation and every moment in life is an opportunity to connect to Essence. And it is not easy. Not at all.
But it begins with a desire. A desire to experience the self as the embodiment of Love and acceptance, and then to be willing to slow down and listen. The answers are all within you.
Last week I spoke about remembrance, a deep connected, knowing of you really are that exists in both in the past and future and is held in the blood and bones in your body.
Today I would like to share with you the next three portals of the inner alchemy of Embracing Shakti – healing, transformation and awakening.
Once you have heard the call to remember the essence of who you really are, we become ready to welcome healing the wounds that have caused us to feel separate and disconnected. Healing is the capacity to cultivate receptivity and to become both more aware and more resonant with the subtle realms of feeling. We are able to intentionally drop into stillness to feel the finer and finer levels of sensation in the body. We can source the conscious breath. We can be clear about prioritizing pleasure in our lives so that we can feel more.
We trust that the seeds of healing are sprouting within us when we truly feel connected to coherency, flow and ease.
Transformation becomes the next portal that awaits us on this journey. At this stage you open to the heart and womb as the true guide of the feminine. You are able to trust the guidance that whispers from these sacred spaces. You experience the shift away from your head running the entirety of your life and are able to discern the right times to be led by the heart of the inner feminine or the consciousness of the inner masculine.
When we are embodying the stage of transformation, we begin to effortlessly feel resonance with choices that align with our current state of being.
From Transformation we shift to Awakening. Here you discover the capacity to stand in your authentic power and the sovereign alignment with the truth of who you are. You recognize you own inner authority and can communicate your needs and desires truthfully. You not only acknowledge that you refuse to play small, but you live life large. Your dreams and desires are consciously sourced by your unique creative sexual life force.
When we awaken, we feel turned on simply by being alive.
Have you ever had a felt sense of knowing. A deeper sense about something or remembering things that should be unfamiliar but aren’t? Some resonant memory, “I have been here before, I remember this.”
We all have.
This for me is remembrance. Remembrance speaks to a sense of knowing something but not always why we know it. It is often the first step on the path towards connecting with Spirit.
It is so interesting that many languages have 2 words for knowing: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish and Hungarian to name a few. One word describes knowing something factually and the other is to have a deeper understanding and wisdom. In English we have lost this distinction when we gave up the old English word “witan” centuries ago.
But when we ‘know’ something, we really ‘know’ it. It is not something we experience intellectually. We feel it in our blood and bones. You hear the resonant call “I have been here before, I remember this”. And that knowing is at the heart of remembrance.
The term Gnosis means “knowledge” in Greek. It refers to the type of knowledge that one has that is based on one’s own practical experience. The Gnostic path asks you to go within and remember the inner teacher. The inner Guru. The inner divinity that resides within each and every one of us.
It is in this space that we acknowledge the deeper knowledge and wisdom of who we are. It is an invitation to empty the expectation of the mind and remember the essence of you.
So the next time you have that inner feeling of knowing, close your eyes and take a few deep, diaphragmatic breaths. Feel what arises from the depths within you and listen.
Your divine self is speaking directly to you. What is s/he saying?
PS. On September 10th, my FREE 13 day Embracing Shakti Journey for womxn is starting. Thirteen magical days of remembrance, connection and living from the wisdom of the heart. To get on the waitlist and be first on the list to register, click HERE.
This month in the Embracing Shakti Temple our featured embodiment of the Divine Feminine is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Magic, Motherhood and Healing. Known as a healer, physician, enchantress, magician, patron of women in childbirth, mother and devoted wife, Isis is referred to as Goddess of 10,000 names, and her temples lined the Nile in Upper Egypt for more than 800 years.
She was the first daughter of Geb, god of the earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. The core of the Isis myth is the story of her relationship with her divine consort and brother Osiris. They represented the sacred couple, the divine marriage.
Osiris was killed by their jealous brother Set and his body parts scattered all over the earth. Isis searched tirelessly to find all of the pieces of his body in theform of a vulture. She then uses her sexual energy to bring Osiris back to life and at the same time conceived their son, the hawk headed god Horus.
She had an eternal relationship with her beloved Osiris – her brother, husband, lover and co-ruler — and they shared the same soul, he as the King of the Underworld and she the Queen of Heaven. The story of Isis going to rescue her husband and creating the transformative journey of the soul became an important story of the mysteries and is thought to have influenced other religions.
Here are some suggestions to evoke the energy of Isis so that you too may connect to her magic and power:
- Isis was a winged goddess and motherly protector of women. Hang a feather in your window to remind you of her protective wings. Ask her to look out for you.
- Before going to sleep, call on Isis’s healing and creative forces to enter your dreams. The astral realm is truly the best time and place to accept any wisdom or lessons she has to offer you.
- When was the last time you talked to your mother? In person or on the phone … NOT through text message? Reach out to the one who gave you life and thank her for everything she has done for you. If your loved one is no longer alive or not a part of your life, reach out and thank a woman who has made a difference for you.
How does Isis’s story inspire you? Do you have another practice that connects you to her mysteries? Please head over to my Facebook page and post away!
PS. Does this theme resonate with you? Every month in the Embracing Shakti Temple we feature a different goddess from around the world and learn from her through ceremony, embodiment practices, drum journeys, and deeply connected conversation and support. Our Temple helps womxyn channel the Feminine as a transmission of embodied presence in our daily lives. Doors open again for only 4 days on September 23rd. To find out more and get on the waitlist, click HERE.