A Leadership of Nurturance and Nourishment

A Leadership of Nurturance and Nourishment

I see leadership as a powerful force for change in this world because it can, if we become leaders who know how to do this, support the unfolding and evolution of humanity’s genius and potential. And what I know is that this true genius and potential are aligned with the genius and potential of life itself when it comes from within — not from the over-fretting and judgmental mind, but from the deeper aspects of each person. It’s where our creativity, which is simply our essential nature and genius — arises out of.

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Remove Your Shoes and Enter Into Something Vast and Rich

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The space gets thick and silky. Like honey. Flowing — slowly, richly, sweetly, fragrantly.

We’ve entered into something vast and rich. Together. Each in our own inner world. And still together.

We’ve entered into the center of the labyrinth within our own vast inner world. In a circle of women, the space becomes thick and rich in the way when we open to the unknown. The unknown isn’t empty. It is rich and succulent. It’s space filled with possibility. Fecund space. Fertile space. Rich space.

In the way we are able to in this moment, we’ve entered into this circle of Writing Raw with open hands and hearts, having left behind the need to know, the need to judge, the need to praise; we’ve let go of what keeps us from receiving, honestly; we’ve let go of what keeps us from hearing, clearly; we’ve let go of our need to control. And we enter into the space of receiving. Receiving words. Receiving courage. Receiving love.

We’ve removed our shoes.

And then we write. We write the rawness of our lives, the rawness of the unknown and how it offers itself to us, the rawness of our souls. And then we read. We read our words. Aloud. And then we offer a simple, “Thank you.”

Maps that guide us.

There is an ancient knowing offered throughout the ages through mythology and many native and indigenous wisdom ways that we can intentionally enter sacred space. There are many ways to do this, but at the heart of this entry is the understanding that in order to do so we must ‘take off our shoes’, something spoken of and embodied in eastern traditions. Our shoes indicate the outer world, the profane world where we’ve lost sight of our sacred nature and the sacredness of all things. There really is no physical line where the profane becomes the sacred, but there is in our minds for when we walk in the world with forgetfullness we walk with a kind of (often unrealized) disrespect.

There are maps others have left for us, maps humans have used to enter into and navigate the creative unknown. What I’ve come to see is that many of them show us that in order to receive something from the unknown, we must first release something before we enter. We can’t receive if our hands and heart are not free and open to receive. And, once we’ve received, we must bring what we’ve received back into the outer world, whether it is to be created in form and/or as a transformation within ourselves. We must live the gift(s) we’re given.

While the map can never be the territory, they can remind us of what we know somewhere ancient and deep within. In the courses I teach, I offer a map of the creative process, something to guide our minds with understanding in how to engage with that which is beyond knowing. Another map is the labyrinth. It offers a way to enter into sacred space.

And it is through the inner labyrinth that we’ve come into this space that is like honey. Women gathered together. To listen. To write. To read. To be heard. To be seen. To be acknowledged.

While the writing is beautiful and real and often deeply transformative, it really isn’t the writing we are here for. We are here for what happens when we enter into this unknown territory,

barefoot,

with open hands and hearts, with courage and the desire to remember.

As the one who leads us into the labyrinth through guided meditation, I never know what will come, what words will emerge as I guide, and what words will emerge through my own writing and the writing of my sisters. But, after three years of leading these circles, I completely and lovingly trust what comes. What always comes.

The space gets thicker each round, the honey sweeter. It has become an offering that nourishes me as much as I’ve heard it nourishes my sisters.

It is the trust that grows — of self, of other, of the sweet darkness of the unknown and the love it has for us. Yes, the unknown offers us love and remembering of our nature as creative beings, as respectful beings, and as joyous beings.

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Writing Raw

You don’t have to join Writing Raw to enter this sacred space. You can walk the inner labyrinth yourself. You can use this to enter into any creative space. Business or personal. Alone or together.

And, if you’d like to join me and the women who will gather together, a new six-week circle will begin on September 5th. You can find out more and register here. It is truly a transformative experience and a delightful one you won’t soon forget.

Yes, we write.

But it’s not about the writing. Not really. You do not have to be a ‘writer’. You only have to be able to put down on paper what you hear from within. That is all. And that is more than enough to come to know yourself in a whole new way.

Creativity isn’t a thing; it’s a fluid process.

Creativity isn’t a thing; it’s a fluid process.

Your creativity isn’t really a thing. It is a fluid process. That, along with its mysterious nature, is what makes it so hard to define. The good news is that this process brings forth powerful qualities that we each need to live more fruitfully and successfully in the world, qualities such as strength, will, joy, compassion, and intuition. Again, these qualities come from within you and they are in service to you living your whole and full self in this world.

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Your Creative Ideas: 4 Steps to Shift from Destroying Them to Bringing Them To Life

Your Creative Ideas: 4 Steps to Shift from Destroying Them to Bringing Them To Life

We do not reject ourselves unless we have forgotten that we are love. We do not reject ourselves unless we have turned away from our true nature – and we do that by arguing for our own unlovability - by judging ourselves as unlovable.

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You must come to honor, protect, love, and serve what lives within you.

You must come to honor, protect, love, and serve what lives within you.

I want to seduce you...

...out into the bright sunshine, out into the light where you see the brilliance of your own reflection; where you understand the significance of your presence here on earth; and where you also accept your insignificance enough that you let go of your mighty plan to save the planet and instead relax into the joyous shape of who you’ve always been, offering the creativity, beauty, and power of this simple you as a gift to this world.

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Our living well can only come out of our living connected.

Our living well can only come out of our living connected.

We are not meant to live alone.

Not just physically alone. We are not meant to believe in the falsity that we are simply human beings on a planet that is just a big rock. We are not meant to believe that there is nothing beyond this place. We are not meant to live as if we are alone. Our living well can only come out of our living connected to both the Earth and to the light. Our living well comes out of knowing we are in direct relationship with the soul of the Earth, with her as an alive being, and filled with the light that infuses us, available to us, always filling us with each breath, in every moment.

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"What would you do if you didn't feel bad about yourself?"

In a very simple way,

you have two competing voices - the voice of the Self - your essential nature, an inner knowing that often speaks in a quieter tone - and your personality or persona or ego. The ego isn't bad or wrong. But it is a young voice that is centered in a kind of self-protection. It is immature. It favors either self-inflation or self-deflation. The true voice is neither. It is simply Self.

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I Will Not Die Numb

My life has been a journey to become real - alive and fully feeling.

For the past 22 years, I've stumbled through this spiritual journey, which I now see has become a human journey. 

I am not sure when it turned. The intense craving for something unknown, something beyond, something, greater than myself, turned inward toward my own heart, this aging body, this intense soul. It is here that I found the spiritual. It was in the flowers, trees, and birdsong that I came to know and remember the magic of the sacred call to remember oneself here on Earth. It was in the touch of his skin on mine, that my soul began to vibrate with the beautiful intensity of desire I had seemingly lost for years. 

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Eros & Power

We as a species are being asked to find our true power within, a power that grows when lived in relationship with life, a generative power. When power is not used against itself, but rather used in service to life, it flows and is generative. I make the distinction between power-over and power-from-within, which is also power-with because we can then all live our power alongside each other. We are powerful with each other.

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