Featured GODDESS: Isis

Ancient egyptian womanIsis

 

Goddess of Motherhood, Magic, and Fertility

“The magic you seek is within you. Call upon me to help uncover your greatest strengths.”

Traits Isis Embodies:

  • Fertility
  • Nurturing
  • Magic
  • Inner Wisdom
  • Inner Knowing

 

How to call on Isis:

[Okay, this story is kind of gross, but you’ll understand why she was Goddess of Motherhood, Magic, and Fertility.] After Isis’ brother Set murdered her husband Osiris and cut him into 14 pieces (those ancient Egyptians were vengeful!), Isis trekked across the world to find the pieces of her husband Set had scattered. Having found 13 of the 14 pieces, Isis used her magic to put Osiris back together and then sought the help of the God Thoth to craft the missing piece (Osiris’ penis). Fully equipped (!), Osiris was able to impregnate Isis. She then gave birth to the skygod Horus. Call upon Isis when you need help calling upon your inner magic to fertilize and give birth to your dreams.

 

Prayer to Isis:

 Isis, Great Mother, Goddess of Magic and Wisdom,

Hear my prayer!

I am having trouble with [insert problem here]

I need to unlock my inner wisdom

So I can resolve this issue and give birth to a better version of myself

Please show me the way.

Thank you Isis!

 Say this prayer right before bed as the answer you seek will likely come to you in a dream.

 

Tribute to Isis:

Isis’ symbol was the star and her flower, the rose. Plant a rose plant in your back yard or on a pot on your back patio under the light of the moon and stars and watch your life flourish!

 

A Dose of Self-Forgiveness

4th chakra

As I’ve been working my way through healing my chakras and learning to love, honor, and respect myself again, I realized something: instead of being my own best friend, I’ve spent most of my life being my own worst enemy. Plagued with self-doubt and self-criticism, I let go of the important qualities of self-trust and self-forgiveness.

So as I put the finishing touches on my heart chakra painting and began to work on the throat chakra, I realized that for me to love myself and speak my truth, I had to ease up on myself and forgive my past mistakes. So I spent my weekend trudging through some of my worst decisions. Not with the purpose of blaming myself yet again for my perceived failures, but to allow myself forgiveness and begin to rebuild the self-trust I lost long ago.

What I realized is that self-doubt, self-criticism, and self-blame were what lead to those perceived errors in judgment. Had I listened to my inner wisdom at the time I made those decisions, I likely wouldn’t have made them. But at the time, I made a different choice. A choice to please someone else. A choice based on what other people thought or wanted me to do.

Yet, when we make decisions from a place of fear, we will usually be led astray. But when we make decisions from a place of self-love, self-acceptance, and open communication with what our Soul truly desires, we make decisions that honor us.

As I went through past mistakes made my 20-year-old me, 36-year-old me, etc., I used this eye of self-awareness to retell those stories. Rather than blaming myself for not making the ‘right’ decision and following my inner guidance, I forgave myself for not trusting my inner wisdom. After all, I spent most of the last 20 years with blinders on – preventing me from even knowing I had an inner guidance system, yet alone being able to trust it. Fortunately, it’s much easier to forgive yourself when you realize you were doing the best you knew how to do at the time. Even if those decisions were made to please someone else. Even if those decisions were made from a place of fear. Even if in those decisions, you sacrificed yourself. There’s nothing to blame yourself for. You were doing the best you could with what you had at the time.

As my mother likes to say, “All you can do is all you can do.” And that’s true, but I’d like to add something to that: Act from a place of your highest good and you will always make the best decisions for you in that moment. Then let it go. No second guessing. No ruminating. No wondering, “what if…” And if you do make a choice that’s not in line with your highest good, you should be the first person in line to forgive yourself. You’re only human after all.

If you find yourself in a place of self-doubt over an impending decision, answer these questions:

1)      Which choice will be for my highest good?

2)      If I am drawn to make a different decision, why would I choose something that wasn’t for my highest good?

3)      If I make a decision not in line with myself, will I regret it? How will this impact me in the long term?

4)      What’s one thing I can do to make it more likely I will trust my inner wisdom in this situation and make the right decision for me?

And if you’re going back and second guessing a decision you already made, ask yourself:

1)      Why did I choose to make this decision?

2)      What about that decision was good for me? What about it was bad for me?

3)      Did I feel pressure from external forces to make a decision that wasn’t in line with my higher good? If so, who was involved and why did I choose to give them my power?

4)      The next time I find myself in a similar situation, what should I do?

Then listen to your inner wisdom. She always knows what’s best for you. If you need a little help, call on Sige, Goddess of Silence and Wisdom. She can help steer you in the right direction by teaching you how to go within and listen.

Until next time, trust in yourself. You’re the only one who can.

 

 

Featured GODDESS – Sige

Young woman showing quiet handsignSige

Goddess of Silence

 

“In the stillness that lives within you, you find all the answers you seek.”

 

 

 

 

Traits Sige Embodies:

  • Inner wisdom
  • Silence
  • Rest
  • Softness
  • Surrender

 

How to call on Sige:

According to Gnostic philosophy Sige is the Mother of All. She existed before anything else, the true feminine within all of us. Her partner, Proarche, was the original masculine energy. Together, they birthed Thought and Will. All wisdom and knowledge comes from Sige, as she is all knowing and all seeing. To call on Sige, you simply need to go to your own inner silence. Focus on nothing, let your mind still, and let your inner wisdom take over.

 

Prayer to Sige:

Sige, Silence, Mother of All

Hear my prayer

I know the answers to what I seek lie within me,

Hidden beneath the shadows.

Help me unveil all I need to know, to understand

Help me to trust my inner voice, inner knowing

In this I pray

Thank you, Sige

 

Tribute to Sige:

Sige loves it when you meditate. That is the ultimate tribute to her. Silence your mind and let Her wisdom flow through you.

 

heart as compass

“By using your heart as your compass, you can see more clearly which direction to go in your life.”

 

~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin

The dream inside you

“If what you dream wasn’t already inside of you, how could you even dream it?”

 

~ Paul Hoffman

My Guides are always with me

“I am a child of the Divine. My Guides are always with me, and make their presence known to me.”

 

~ Jasemine Moonsong

Listen to the whispers

“Listen to the whispers in the wind, the earth held within the trees. For it is here true life lessons will be found.”

 

~ Jasemine Moonsong

The person you dreamed you’d become

“You’re already the kind of person you once dreamed you’d become.”

 

~ Michael Dooley

I am Enough

Young Woman Standing with Arms Stretched OutAs I shared last week, after a recent session with a spiritual healer, I’ve been called to explore the energies of my body’s chakra system. Last week, I shared my experiences in healing my root (1st) chakra. This week, I am moving onto my second (sacral) chakra.

The Sacral chakra, located at the navel, is our creative and emotional center. Often associated with sexuality, it’s more about pleasure and passion in general. Dysfunction in the sacral chakra often manifests as fear, shame, guilt, or anger, and may manifest as difficulties in personal relationships.

According to Brenda Davies, our sacral chakra develops between 4 and 8 years of age. The idea being that once you have a clear idea of who you are and you know you will be safely provided for, you have the freedom to begin to explore your world. In an ideal world, we will develop all aspects of ourselves in an equal fashion. Of course, most of us don’t live in an ideal world.

This imbalance in aspects of ourselves will only magnify as we get older unless we do something about it. For example, my family put emphasis on developing my intellectual and physical sides when I was a child. As a result, my emotional, social, and spiritual sides were neglected.  This led to a 40-year-old academic who had to break her heel and have a crisis of faith before she would listen to her spiritual and emotional sides!

But, listen I am. And those previously neglected sides are flourishing at lightening speeds as I strive to get my balance back. Of course, this also means that my intellectual and physical sides have taken a back seat for a while, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

And what I have realized is that underneath it all, I never really felt like I was enough. That who I was wasn’t good enough. That’s why I kept striving, kept pushing intellectually and physically. Because growing up I was taught that was what mattered; that success was shown in intellectual and/or physical pursuits. So pursue them I did, at the expense of everything else. No matter what I did, what I achieved, it never felt like enough. I was never comfortable enough in my own skin for that to be enough.

If my words resonate with you, then let me tell you something. Goddess, YOU are enough. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like or what you have or have not accomplished. YOU right here, right now are absolutely 100% perfect just as you are. There is nothing you can do that will make you whole, better, more successful. You are fabulously wonderful right now. That, for me, is a hard lesson to learn. But it’s one I need to hear.

I’ve found myself drawn to the energy of Lakshmi as I’m working through my second chakra issues. A Goddess of prosperity (in all forms), beauty, and purity, She reminds us that all we seek in this life is already within us. We only need to shine our light and reveal the beauty that is within each of us. That is where we find our passion; that is where we give ourselves permission to seek pleasure in life – in whatever form it make take for us.

Next week we’ll discuss the third chakra, your power center. Until then, you are enough!

Featured GODDESS: Lakshmi

Young lady with flowers

Lakshmi

Goddess of Prosperity, Beauty, and Purity

“You cannot truly know love until you have the ability to love yourself. Call on me when you need a gentle reminder of self-love and self-care.”

 

 

Traits Lakshmi Embodies:

  • Wealth, in all its aspects
  • Purification
  • Inner beauty
  • Self-love
  • Self-care

 How to call on Lakshmi:

In Sanskrit, the name Lakshmi comes from the word lakS, “to perceive or observe,” and lakṣya, “aim” or “objective.” Thus, Lakshmi can help you perceive your objective in life. But this is not necessarily a business or personal goal; rather Lakshmi is here to help you develop your inner knowing about your life’s purpose. Only when you truly know yourself and your purpose in life will you be free and wealthy in all ways. And only when you fully accept and love yourself will your purpose become clear to you.

 

Prayer to Lakshmi:

 Lakshmi, Goddess of Abundance, Beauty, and Purity

Help me clear away all that blocks my greater purpose in life

Help me see my own inner beauty and

Know how best to serve you in this life

In this I pray,

Thank you Lakshmi!

 

[Thank the Goddess and wait for her answer. Know that it may not appear immediately, but ma come to you in hours or days in the form of insight or inspiration or in a dream.]

 

Tribute to Lakshmi:

Lakshmi is said to have been birthed out of a lotus flower; thus the lotus is sacred to her. In her honor, you may wish to plant a lotus or donate funds to a lotus conservation chapter.