International Women's Day

International Women's Day

She’s coming into her power…
She spent years not realizing who she was.
She doubted her beauty, her intelligence and her power.
She was one who always felt that she didn’t quite belong
because when she came into this life, her ties to the world of spirit remained far too strong..
She was confused and lost throughout her youth, unable to see herself much less accept and appreciate herself.
As a result she was like a ship bobbing in the ocean without a rudder and without the sails of confidence to direct her towards her own promised land.
She was one who bereft of her own acceptance, hungered for it and searched for it through relationships with others.
She was a people pleaser as a result,
she would not risk confrontation in order to support herself,
she succumbed to being influenced by the opinions of others even though she had already received her instruction from within.
She allowed her truth to be sublimated,
she allowed herself to be controlled…
Her need to be accepted and loved was such that she wasn’t prepared to step on or over any toes.
It took her years of being taken for granted,
ruled and overlooked before she put two and two together,
had enough and got the message.
Her suffering forced her to step out of the status quo that had always been too tight for her in the first place…
she became an avid seeker, searching for answers…
She needed to know who she was, she needed to know why she was here.
She needed to find a way to free herself from fear
She travelled far and wide,
She sat at the feet of a master,
She became a Yogini of an ancient lineage
and applied the teachings to her life,
She grew strong,
She awakened her heart
She awakened her shakti,
Her third eye opened as a result…
Her potentials started to be unearthed rapidly because the veils had parted and she recognized who she was,
She also recognized who everyone else was behind their socialized facade
and because she had seen through the myth of idealized perfection,
she could appreciate the actual perfection of the imperfections in herself and in others that she had once resisted and rejected.
Today she walks with conscious awareness..
she no longer labels people as good or bad,
She interprets everything as fluctuating energy without a fixed assignment.
She holds space for the confusion of others because she’s been there and she still visits that place herself
she understands their hunger for love misappropriated as selfishness, jealousy and competition…
She feels their vulnerability as she feels her own…
She knows the fear reflected in their eyes through her own past terror…
But underneath all of it she can see the obscured light,
the presence of God/dess despite all the protective armor…
She’s aware of this same divine presence vibrating in her body and in her heart…
She’s not so quick to cast judgment anymore because she knows that she is not above those that she is tempted to judge…
she knows that she is not separate
And because she gives herself permission to be herself as she is,
she can accept others as they are with appreciation and compassion …
She’s not invested in changing anyone either,
she respects everyone’s chosen path because
she understands that every soul is doing exactly what they need to do in order to evolve
So it is not her place to save anyone from their own lessons…
She reveals, heals, inspires and encourages instead,
she reminds others of their forgotten divinity…
She holds up a mirror so that they can see God/dess reflected back…
She has become a midwife for the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine soul.
The shy, timid maiden has transformed into the courageous, outspoken mother of all…
She says it as she sees it confidently without shrinking back,
She’s fiercely protective of the helpless,
She’s A torch for those lost in darkness,
and she’s not afraid to take a stand for peace and love to flourish in this world…
if someone tries to persuade her against her own knowing she simply and graciously responds, “Thank you for sharing.”
and she walks away…
Because she trusts her “self”,
She knows that she is Divine Mother embodied..
She is Artemis of the wild merged with…
compassionate tara and warrior Durga…
She has traversed the journey of Inanna into the dark underworld and emerged in possession of her kingdom
She knows why she is here and she’s fulfilling her purpose..
She’s not alone, she’s among many
who have chosen to return bearing love as their message,
their path and their gift of healing. ॐ
by Caroline de Lisser
May you all know and be fully embodied in your power. 
love & pranams,
carla

Four Soul Phases of a Woman

Four Soul Phases of a Woman

Did you know that there are four distinct soul phases in our life journey as women? These phases are initialed by not only our bodies but also by the cosmos – creating a beautiful concert between heavenly and earth energies. Each has its own distinct qualities and if we embrace fully the stage we are in, its own unique consciousness and gifts.
Maiden – this phase begins around the age of 12 and continues until 29. At this time we blossom and our womanhood opens from the inside out just like a flower blooming. It is the time we individuate from our mothers and begin to identify strongly with our feminine nature. But it is also is the phase that we often feel pressured by society to remain in as we age, at least externally!
Mother – this phase lasts roughly a decade, from the ages of 30-40. Regardless if you have physical children or not, we all go through the mother phase. This is when we step into the grand nurturing energy, whether for children, parents, friends, animals or the earth community. We also become more active in the growth of projects. The mother phase is where we bear fruit, where we become riper and step more fully into our womanhood.
Enchantress – also known as the mage, the matriarch or queen, this phase begins around 40. This is a time when we start to claim a new level of power. We begin to experience many changes, happening both deep within the psyche and physical body. It is almost like a second puberty! The Enchantress phase is when we distill our life experiences, and it is a time where our feminine life force, our Shakti, is flourishing and pushing us to step more fully into our power. She asks us to heal wounds from the past, particularly during our maidenhood. At this time we are often given catalysts and challenges to do the necessary inner work. And if we meet that challenge, we become both magnetic and deeply powerful.
Crone –  this is the phase of the wise woman and begins around 60. Unfortunately the word crone has been distorted and often evokes an imagine of a woman dressed in black with a hump and a stoop! But the word crone originally meant crown, and it was said that when a woman had journeyed through many cycles and was crowned with her silver hairs, that this actually represented her lunar wisdom. When we become crones, we attain our full power and become true wise women. In many traditions there would be great ceremony to honour a woman reaching this exalted stage (I’m all for bringing back this tradition, and I am working on creating ceremonies that celebrate each soul phase – stay tuned!). The wise woman is the stage where we seed our legacy.
When we learn to embrace each phase for its unique gifts and wisdoms, we change the world by healing the feminine within ourselves. By honouring our feminine traits and adopting a more sacred approach for how we move through the world, we become not only more powerful, but more grounded and content with the life changes we experience.
What soul stage of womanhood are you in currently? Do you struggle with society’s expectations about how a woman should age? Have you abandoned any of the qualities earned from a particular phase? What can you do to nurture each phase more fully and claim your entire self, not just some parts? I’d love to hear about your experiences – please write to me and share your story.
love & pranams,
carla