Following and syncing ourselves to the moon cycles through ritual and sacred ceremony is a way you can give yourself more permission to also connect with your Shakti energy, the creative force of the divine feminine.
Creating ceremonies in alignment with moon cycles is one of the ways I acknowledge and honour that my spiritual being is having a human experience. As I’ve followed the moon cycles, I’ve also noticed a greater understanding and love towards my emotional processes, triggers, and lessons. I’d love for you to have that same experience.
For this coming Full Moon in Taurus on Wednesday Oct 24th, allow yourself to connect to the earthy energy of this moon through engaging ALL of your senses. Taurus is a Venus-ruled sign, and with this planet currently in retro-grade, you might find yourself in need of some extra TLC. I’ve got some great suggestions for you.
FULL MOON IN TAURUS EMBODIMENT CELEBRATION
With the Sun in Scorpio opposite Moon in Taurus, there is a solid need to be grounded in the practical and material realities of life. Celebrate this Full Moon by savouring the capacity of your body to drop into all of it’s senses. Over the day and evening tomorrow try at least 2 of the following practices:
- Walking barefoot on the earth
- Cooking a comfort meal from scratch and savouring each bite
- Put on your favourite classical piece of music, close your eyes and luxuriate in the sounds
- Delighting your body with a sensuous rose petal bath with your favourite essential oils
- Enjoy 20 connected, circular breaths
- Some good ol’ fashioned loving
I encourage you to make these practices real celebrations. The mundane can always be sacred if we infuse our actions with reverence and intention. Notice how the experience shifts and deepens when you are fully present.
If you appreciate these rituals, you are going to LOVE the guidance and rituals in the upcoming Embracing Shakti Movement: Free 13 Day Journey of Embracing and Celebrating Shakti! It’s almost ready to be birthed and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Stay tuned for how you can join this intimate journey with me.
love & pranams,
Throughout history women have come together to celebrate the sacred feminine and to support one another – during times of menstruation, to share in child care, to support birth, to cook together and to share experiences, stories, thoughts, ideas and prayers. These circles were nurturing, connective environments where there would always be a sister to lean on in times of need and a sister to dance with in times of celebration. The simple act of gathering to support one another became a potent ritual – transforming the mundane into sacred and connecting deeply with the feminine.
The advent of industrialization and an increasing emphasis on individualization in our more recent history led to a loss of these gatherings, and the wisdom that was passed down from generation to generation. Fortunately women across the globe are feeling drawn once again to come together and create circle, ritual and community.
If you are feeling called to experience the ancient art of circling and the power of the feminine, I invite you to join me and a sisterhood of likeminded women this September for a 3 day Embracing Shakti Retreat at Camp Friendship just outside of Prince George, September 13-16, 2018. I have been leading these retreats for more than 7 years and they are always one of the highlights of my year. Here is just some of what we will enjoy:
- An opportunity to step into community and loving self care. And to get away from the busy-ness of regular life.
- Yoga & Breathwork practices to dive deep into the inner landscape of our bodies
- Tantric practices that help us open into juicy sensuality and get turned ON by life!
- Learning about lunar cycles and how we can attune into natural rhythms
- Ceremony and Sacred Ritual
- Deep nourishment with gourmet vegetarian meals prepared by chef Rebekah Smiley
- Abundant time to relax and explore the surrounding wilderness
If there is something in you wanting more, asking to be heard and realized, I encourage you to heed the call and seek that which you desire. There are just 4 spaces left for this retreat and early pricing of $625+gst ends on the New Moon August 11th. Full price is $700+gst.
Curious, interested or want to know more about how to make this retreat a reality? Drop me a note anytime.
“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” ~ Lalah Delia
love & pranams,
As we approach this June 17th, the day we honour men and the fathers of the world, I’ve been contemplating what it means to be a man and a father…and acknowledging the collective healing around the masculine that is taking place at this time.
I’m also thinking about the myriad of emotions that must come up for those who never had the opportunity of having a father, or those who have a complicated relationship with their dads.
Many of you may have not had a father figure in your life, or known the love of a male figure to look up to. And even for those of us who have been privileged to have grown up with a father in our lives, there can still be trauma associated with that paternal connection.
The work of healing our connection to the Divine Masculine necessitates an alignment with the embodied aspects of the masculine. Sometimes the masculine gets a bad rap, especially at this time with so much toxic behaviour being exposed and called out. But the reality is that Divine Masculine energy is a much needed energy in our lives and worlds – it is the energy that draws healthy boundaries, holds firm and safe containers, and stands up for what is aligned with truth and justice.
A healthy expression of the masculine is seen in a person who is strong yet can also be gentle. They are able to take appropriate action of guidance and leadership without the need of praise or ego-stroking. They are someone who doesn’t take up space for space’s sake, but makes you feel safe and supported. This energy holds a strong and safe container for feminine energy to flow freely and without constraint.
Deep healing of the masculine is needed at this time and one of the ways we can begin to do this is to honour the examples of the Divine Masculine we have in our lives and appreciate them. We can also recognize and stop the internalized misogyny we play out regularly within ourselves. This takes the form of the insidious behaviours, thoughts, and actions that cause us to shame, doubt, and undervalue ourselves and others of our gender.
A Simple & Powerful Practice to Heal the Divine Masculine
- Begin by writing down the names of 3-5 men that exemplify the Divine Masculine in your life and community. Identify 2-3 qualities each of Divine Masculine qualities you see and honour.
- Now, reflecting on those qualities, ask yourself how you can integrate those qualities into your life or into your own internal dialogue.
- BONUS: Share with these men personally and maybe even publicly the qualities you appreciate, and let them bask in this appreciation.
When we heal the energy of the Divine Masculine within ourselves and others we can see and honour that quality within each and every man (and those who identify as men) and draw that out. In our acceptance and integration of this essence, we can highlight and amplify this essence in others.
As men continue the journey of redefining what manhood truly looks and feels like, we can all play an active role in this collective healing – by honouring our men and fathers during this time and the expression of the Divine Masculine within.
Let the men and fathers in your life know where they are showing up like warriors, where you see them shining, where you respect their convictions, and where you see their honour and pride.
The Divine Masculine is a force that protects – not overpowers. It is the energy that creates loving boundaries without crossing over them. Let us witness the men in our lives and celebrate their courage as they seek to cross the bridge from confusion to wholeness – and redefine masculinity for future generations.
love & pranams,
Shakti is divine cosmic energy representing the dynamic feminine force of creation that moves through the universe. It is a powerful current that can move mountains, bask in deep stillness and rejuvenate your Spirit ~ yet so many women are disconnected from the vital energy of Shakti in their lives.
For more than 5,000 years the expression of the divine feminine has been both feared and suppressed. And while in the 21st century many women are living a life radically different from generations past, in many ways we are simply card carrying citizens in a masculine world. We are driven, competitive and adept at multi-tasking and muscling through life. The result is that we are tired, overwhelmed, passion-deprived, devoid of creative energy and completely disconnected to our vital, feminine energy. We are conditioned to fit into a small definition of what it means to be feminine and to ignore the many forms of Shakti that embody the whole of the feminine experience. Often we feel obligated to reject the parts of us that society deems not ‘nice’, ‘passive’, ‘feminine’ or ‘womanly’.
Being in alignment with your Shakti power gives you permission to embrace all of the feminine, including some of the shadow aspects like the ‘dark goddess’, fierce warrior’, ‘goddess of pleasure’, ‘mystic’ and ‘goddess of destruction’. These are just some of the many facets of Shakti that are necessary to embody the full spectrum of feminine power.
This is your birthright
It is your reclamation
It is necessary in these times
How can I start to connect into this energy inside me? First we need to get things moving in our bodies. Let me share with you an easy practice to begin to connect to your Shakti:
Shakti energy sits coiled in our root and sacral chakras, so consciously connecting with this energy can support the opening and flow of her up your spine. Any rolling, sensuous, fluid movements like standing circles or cat/cow can begin flowing this Shakti energy throughout your body.
Put on some juicy music that you love moving your body to. On your mat, begin slowing moving your spine in cat/cow, and focusing on the easeful flow of your inhale/exhale. Allow the movements to become freer and more sensual. Let your spine and pelvis move organically in a way that really feels good. Let your breath be expansive and luxurious – you can sigh out the breath audibly to invite more flow.
Focus your attention on the space below your navel, and feel the energy uncoil. You may experience a tingling, buzzing sensation in the body or something entirely different. Your experience of Shakti will be unique to you. Allow yourself to feel the energy expand, move and flow up your spine. Keep breathing and enjoy.
So simple, so effective. I’d love to know how this experience with Shakti was for you, just hit reply and tell me all about it!
love & pranams,
For many years I felt completely disconnected from my body and if I am honest, most probably from my heart as well. I have always been highly sensitive, an empath who can feel things intensely and deeply. But in the past it often felt as if I understood life around me much more than I ever understood myself. I struggled to make a meaningful connection between my body, mind, heart and spirit.
And I felt very much alone – it was as if everyone around me had figured out the secret to wholeness except me.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. For generations women have been culturally programmed to elevate the mind over the body, to feel less and think more and to uphold and venerate the masculine in everything we do. Appearing on the outside to be deeply satisfied by the many opportunities that modern life affords, but on the inside crying out for more feminine wisdom, authenticity, wildness and fulfilment.
So how was I able to change?
It was and continues to be a slow process of remembering, forgetting and remembering again.
I have sought out teachers, the holders of earth based feminine wisdom. I have practiced using sacred tools that have helped remap the connection to my body. I have catalyzed my awareness of the power contained within each soul phase of my journey as a woman. I have discovered that the feminine and sexuality are vehicles for expanding consciousness. I have breathed thousands of breaths infused with awareness.
And most importantly, I have intentionally connected with my sisters – coming from all ages and backgrounds, into a wise and awakened community. It is here that I have discovered that I am not alone. That there are so many others seeking and that in community we can hold space for one another to journey and expand together.
Maybe my story resonates with you. Maybe you are also a seeker on this path. If you are looking to step into your birthright, to join into a sisterhood of like-minded women and reclaim your sacred feminine power, I would love for you to join me:
If there is something in you wanting more, asking to be heard and realized, I encourage you to heed the call and seek that which you desire. I would be most honoured to help be your guide on this journey. And of you aren’t sure how to make a retreat a reality, contact me and let’s figure it out together.
“When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb
love & pranams,