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photo 1As a group of women gathered under the light of the full moon in New York, a man in New Mexico quietly prepared the way for ceremony. Most of our evolutionary conversation speaks to the awakening of the feminine yet the cosmos aligned under a super full moon to tend to the wounds of the masculine.

As the moon waxed towards fullness I wanted my kuyas, the medicine stones of my mesa, to sit on Pachamama to guide our full moon fire ceremony. I was in New York. My mesa was in New Mexico.

The mandala of kuyas was laid on the earth just as I had asked. My visioning stone was placed on top of a selenite wand facing the Dark Mountain in a call to the Apus. Beneath the wand lay a heart-shaped kuya from the holy mountain Ausangate holding the spirit of a warrior. Offering support at the bottom were three kuyas with turquoise stones placed on top aligning Earth and Sky.

I envisioned this mandala as a source of guidance for our ceremony but never expected it to look the way it did as it lay on the Earth. A lingam was created or more loosely translated, a penis. I was hesitant to share the mandala of my mesa as embarrassment shrouded my vision from public view.

A ceremony begins long before a gathering takes place. As this powerful phallic symbol sat on the Earth I began to feel its strength. During my morning practice my body had become the mandala. Sitting strong in lotus I felt a deep connection to the Earth. My arms reached to sky with fingers pointed as my visioning stone. My spine felt clear as the selenite wand. I embodied the energetic vibration as the pure essence of direction and the steadfastness of one pointed focus.

I embodied the power of the masculine.

As this sense of pure direction landed in my body, the awareness of how I was directing my own masculine energy became apparent. Like a sword I had turned its direction against myself to control my own feelings and shape my feminine to hide her power.

As our sisterhood gathered that night for ceremony an altar was built with flowers gathered from gardens tended with love.

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Building Altar

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Altar of Flowers, Feathers, Crystals and Stones In Front of Fire Pit

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Flower Offerings Held Prayers of Gratitude

We prayed for our Earth Mother and birth Mother. We prayed for our sisters and daughters. We prayed for our grandmothers. We prayed to empty our hearts of the wounds held in our relationships with all women.

We prayed to the Father, the power of the Sun as sustainer of all life, to the Father that created us. To our husbands and lovers. We prayed to our brothers and grandfathers. We prayed to empty our hearts of the wounds held in our relationships with all men.

We prayed to build a bridge in our own heart between masculine and feminine. We prayed to heal our own wounds so that we may be the peacekeepers, the healers, the lovers, the visionaries that build bridges between all hearts.

We prayed with the fire in New York as my mesa was lovingly tended by a man in New Mexico building bridges between Earth and Sky under the Light of the Full Moon.

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Rose Petals for Blessing after Fire Clearing

Creating Sacred Space with Song of Gratitude
words and music by Kailey Wildflowers, my niece, (a very proud Aunt!)


Mesa Mandala on Earth in New Mexico facing Dark Mountain
Footnote to Howl by Allen Ginsberg

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Inspired by the Pachamama Days of Peru, let us imagine a world. The shamans of the high Andes dedicate the first 12 days of August to honor Pachamama and dream the year ahead into being with the Despacho Ceremony.

Dona Berna praying at Umantay, holy mountain in the Andes

Dona Berna praying at Umantay, holy mountain in the Andes

During these Pachamama days I invite you to write in the comments below what you imagine so we may dream our world into being with a collective prayer for ceremony. Your prayers will be offered at a Full Moon Fire Ceremony on August 10th.

I imagine a world where love is the prevailing force on our planet.

I imagine a world where every child knows they are worthy and loved.

I imagine a world with clear waters and clean air.

I imagine a world where the abundance of our planet feeds every belly and soul.

The times we are living in are callling for our visions to be bigger than ever before. I bow in gratitude for addiing your voice to a collective vision. May generations to come look back and say thank you for what we are creating today.

We open our ceremony with a song to our Beloved Mother.
This song was birthed in June 2013 by Tracey St. John
during the Empowerment Camp at Feathered Pipe Ranch.

Click on the image to listen.

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Mother Earth Prayer Song

We offer our collective hearts to Spirit.
We let go of the attachment
of how our visions and dreams 
will manifest in the Kaypacha. 
We cultivate trust in the divine order. 
We surrender to the great mystery 
so we are no longer guided by the voices of fear, 
the limiting belief systems and old paradigms
that have laid false imprints in our minds. 

We deepen our connection to Nature and open the channels to Spirit 
as we fearlessly step into the guidance that is so willingly offered to us.

AHO!

 

 

 

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Sculpture Paige Bradley

Sculpture Paige Bradley

We did not come here to incarnate as humans for easy.
If we are able to stop seeking what is easy;
an easy life,
an easy job,
an easy way out,
our truth can be found.

When did easy become the destination?

excerpt from forthcoming
The Feminine Path to Enlightenment

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Failure is the difference between an expectation and reality. Failure is not who you are. Somehow the difference between these two states, expectation and reality, becomes an identity. We define ourselves by mistakes of the past. We become frozen, afraid to try again for fear of failing. Failure becomes the lens through which we see ourselves.

Artist Aisha North

Artist Aisha North

If we are not a failure then that must make us a success? Neither success nor failure are our states of being. You could say that just by the virtue that you are here you are a success. Just because your soul incarnated into a human form you are a success. What if that was the basis that defined your success as a human being? You were born. You did it. Success. No other measure needed. What if, at the most fundamental aspect, you are a success?

Would that change anything?

Or everything?

excerpt from forthcoming book, The Feminine Path to Enlightenment 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My earliest visions of God filled me with fear. As a young girl I imagined God overseeing the world from a throne in heaven where his X-ray vision bore straight to my soul to find every flaw, sin and wrongdoing I was up to. My fierce, church-going grandmother (God rest her blessed soul) drove the fear of God straight to my heart. Stick out your tongue was her mantra whenever she thought I was up to no good. Sure enough a black spot appeared on my tongue as a direct sign from God that I had in fact sinned.

From a quasi-Catholic upbringing, my spiritual search went from Heaven to Nirvana. I cannot recall the exact moment I heard the word enlightenment but it was the word itself that propelled me to seek. Enlightenment was a destination offering an escape from my internal misery and unhappiness. Nirvana, a world of perpetual bliss, was waiting upon my arrival. Like the proverbial carrot dangling right in front of my nose, it was always out of reach.

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With no tangible taste of what enlightenment might be, my mind conjured up images of lone male monks meditating in remote caves high atop mountains. The goal of everlasting happiness was the reward on this solitary path to enlightenment.

We are all informed by our personal histories, families of origin and individual experiences but we are also informed by a collective consciousness that is shaped by a dominating belief system as to how the world operates. For centuries, masculine principles have had a monopoly on our prevailing collective consciousness, molding our mindsets and shaping our souls.

My early images of male authority figures as God and lone spiritual pursuits as attainment were heavily weighted by a patriarchal paradigm that has dominated our vision of the world from a masculine point of view. This masssive framework that infiltrates our minds and shapes our beliefs has held the masculine in power at the expense of the feminine. The suppression of the feminine principles has created an imbalance of power reflected both in the world within us and the world around us.

excerpt from forthcoming book, The Feminine Path to Enlightenment

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How well did we take care of our planet? This is our legacy. How wisely did we use the resources we have been given? How did we treat the source of all Mother Love right beneath our feet?

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This will be what marks our success for generations to come. We have been given everything we need to survive, to thrive, to declare our destiny and create. We are powerful enough to create not only for ourselves but for our planet. What are we doing with it?

We are creating our world together. The plight of our planet is what serves as the measure of our virtue at this stage of our evolution.

Mother Earth. Pachamama. Gaia. We have given her many names. She has lived for billions of years without us. How are we now living with her? How can we create harmony and balance with our planet? This is where our attention needs to go.

When we think of the whole earth the task seems overwhelming. But we can ask how am I living in harmony and balance with our planet? What am I doing to create love and beauty? How can I be of service? What part do I play?

When will you take your seat?

The one that is waiting just for you.

excerpt from upcoming book, working title A Feminine Path to Enlightenment

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The Full Moon in Capricorn is this Saturday, July 12th, bringing certain relationship dynamics to a head. Wherever communication has been lacking and emotions have been held in and back, prepare for whatever is pressing to come out on the table. Fortunately, Mars will also be trining loving Venus, which means if you are pure in your intentions to find a meeting ground and to resolve to evolve, your spirited talks will show the way.  Kristin Fontana, Evolutionary Astrologer

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I recently returned to New York for the summer, grateful for the time and space to attempt to bring my book from chaos to order. Practices, rituals and ceremonies are woven throughout. As I was preparing for this upcoming full moon I thought to share an excerpt so you may use this time as an opportunity to transform your fears. For any ritual or ceremony, create a sacred space in whatever way feels natural to you. This can be as simple as lighting a candle or saying a prayer to align your intentions with the helping hand of Spirit.

Bring to mind a fear you would like to work with. Really give it full reign in your mind’s eye. Imagine the worst or recall memories or circumstances that validate your fear and offer proof that it is real. This allows you to feel it in your body. This fear can be energetically transferred through your breath to an element of nature. Use a stone and on your exhale empty all the energetic impressions that have laid a foundation of fear in your body into the stone.

Keep blowing into the stone until you have a sense of completion. Your stone is now holding this pattern. This fear code will be offered to the earth. Bury it if you like for the element of earth will compost the energetic vibrations. You may throw your stone in a moving body of water to cleanse and purify the energetic code of fear. This is a process that does not involve analysis of your fear the way therapy would but works beyond the mind at the level of vibration and frequency.

This clearing practice creates a vacuum in our luminous field as we begin to empty these energetic patterns of fear. In the presence of a void our energy field is going to look to fill that that space up. Our attachment to these patterns are often so strong and the roots go very deep that our field reshapes itself to the previous pattern. Once we release something we need to replace that with a new pattern. In this way we are rewiring our luminous field that in turn is informing and shaping our physical body.

How do we reinform our luminous field after a clearing? What is a simple and effective way to repattern the field after release? Notice what you would like to create or call into your life.

Abundance. Joy. A sense of purpose. Vitality or health. Balance. Prosperity.  

There is an endless source of qualities to be informed by other than fear. You can begin to reshape yourself with a new vibration with a very simple practice.

Our most primal sense is our sense of smell. We have lost touch with its significance but watch any animal and you will see the power of this sense at work.

Find an oil that uplifts you. Try clary sage, bergamot, lavender, sandalwood or myrrh. Apply under your nostrils. Mentally vibrate your intention as you breathe in deeply. Use a mantra or create an affirmation in the present tense. Your primal sense of smell bypasses all that is logical and of the mind and associates this scent with a new vibration.

An excerpt from forthcoming book, working title The Feminine Path to Enlightenment

 

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Our Offering to the River Honoring the Wild and Untamed Divine Feminine

Our Offering to the River Honoring the Wild and Untamed Divine Feminine

On the Summer Solstice, a smal group of women entered the mystical caves of Ra Paulette for our first ever women’s retreat in Northern New Mexico. Three days later I was ecstatic to receive this email.

With permission granted from the Red Fairy Queen herself, I share the power of our intimate gathering in sisterhood.

Dear sisters,

I wanted to give you an update on my experience since the retreat! Thanks Karen- it is really amazing how you held the space for us all to deeply feel and express our true, wild, succulent selves! I feel like the work we did cleared a lot for me. I feel more comfortable with myself than ever. During the retreat my gut asked me to do a three-day juice cleanse. Today is the last day! I’m detoxing a lot!

Another story.

Two days ago I made a new friend and we laughed and played music on a mountainside for hours upon end! During that time I had an idea that I really wanted to practice being my full, emotional, sensitive, vibrant, sexy self in public. So the next day I dressed up in my shiniest red spandex pants, stuck the raven feather in my red hat, wore a belly shirt with solar systems and galaxies all over it, tied a red table-cloth on as a cape, and walked around with a silly basket giving away free things all day. I was also experimenting with liberating myself not only of worrying about other people’s judgments, but also from being enslaved to money and the idea that giving has to be an exchange of material objects.

I gave away $10 dollar bills, fairy stamps and glitter, roses and other goodies. I called myself the Red Fairy Queen and told people what I was doing. People were really excited about it and I had some amazing exchanges!

What I learned:

Presence is the most valuable gift of all!

It meant more to people that I was there doing what I was doing, being present and connecting, than that I was giving them a physical object. I also realized that receiving can be a gift in and of itself.

Giving truly is receiving in a sense. 

By the end of the day I realized a lot about myself and also had been gifted many new friends, deep heartfelt connection and stories, and a beautiful crystal necklace and ring! I had a blast! My new friend and some old friends came out to join in the giving and receiving. I think I inspired some people and I definitely became more comfortable with the discomfort of being in a society that sometimes isn’t so accepting. Thanks for helping me on my journey sisters!

tata for now!

Love,
Melissa

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I utterly adore you dear Melissa Gail Klein! Now where did I leave my red spandex?

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We are entering a new frontier so the edge is unknown, the boundaries uncertain.
We are not sure of where we are headed since the road map has yet to be written.
You are the mapmaker.
You are the pioneer.
You are venturing forth just like every explorer that has come before you.
You stand on the precipice of discovery.

But this discovery is not out there somewhere but rather inside you.
And you discover that the change you create within you
is the change you see in the world.
For you are not separate.
You are that powerful.
You are that creative.
You matter that much.

excerpt from forthcoming The Feminine Path to Enlightenment

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For those of us gifted with sight, it is the sense we use above all others to orient us to the world around us. Information comes through our eyes and is interpreted through a series of filters that distort reality.

One such filter is the unresolved pain of our wounds. This is why we can feel threatened by someone when no harm is intended. We may expect judgment or criticism from others. We may feel powerless if we believe another has some authority over us. We may protect and guard ourselves against others if we feel the world is not safe or others cannot be trusted.

This is how the world looks when we see through our wounds.

When we begin to heal and transcend this unresolved pain, the glance of a stranger can be met with a smile.

And the world changes.

We no longer see everything through a distorted lens of pain.

And the world changes.

We must know there is another way of seeing. This seeing is our ability to create by holding a vision. This is what the world needs now. Visionaries who see clearly. Visionaries who have risen from the darkness of their wounds to see our world from a higher vantage point.

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When we vision from our wounds, nothing changes. As we ascend from our shadows our vision becomes wider. Our vision becomes clear. We begin to vision a world aligned with our divine potential. We begin to see the world in this way.

And the world changes.

It changes when you smile at a stranger. It changes when you stop to smell a flower. It changes when you say hello to a morning bird that has come to visit.

It changes because your heart changes. And your heart is that powerful. You are that powerful. You are that Creator. The Creator that created our world lives in you. You are not separate from that. It is only your wounds that keep you from seeing clearly.

Ascension requires gratitude for everything on your path as you begin to see through the eyes of your heart. Your vision shapes itself to the highest order for humanity.

A vision of right thought and right action so peace reigns within us and around us.

A vision that sets every heart in divine order and holds love as the most powerful force on our planet.

A vision of caretakers of our beloved Mother so balance with all of Nature is restored.

Your vision becomes the guiding force in your life. Your vision is your legacy. It is your imprint. This is what you leave behind long after you are gone. Your vision lives through your intent transcending time and space. Although your human form will pass, your intent lives beyond the finite existence of your physical body.

It does not matter if you see your vision manifest in this very short span of time that you have here on this planet. If you do, vision bigger.

Let there be no fear in knowing how to create a new world order. Let there be no worry on when it will happen. It is time to be a visionary. This is what is so desperately needed on our planet.

excerpt from forthcoming book, raw and deep in revision, title not yet known

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