Soul Speaks

I am in Sedona assisting Suzanne Scurlock-Durana with Healing From the Core: Release and Renewal for my eighth year in succession.  I return because I am fed by the energy of the Red Rocks of Sedona and it’s spectacular vistas. The brilliant sunshine and sparkling air and water enter my body at a cellular level.  Here I easily connect with the power of the elements of nature and I am nurtured and nourished deep09-IMG_5477ly.  The circle of people who gather for this retreat have a commonality of purpose and understanding that allows for deep connection and bonding quickly.  In this sacred space created by nature and manifested by a network of souls, I step into a field of safety and support. Here I am able to drop into the deepest layers of myself and communicate with my Soul Self.

Yesterday I made that deep connection and allowed Soul to speak to me.  This is what she said.

Soul Speaks:

Release your fear of lack for there is abundance all around you.  Open your eyes wide, be in love with your life and all that you have.  Expect nothing and discover that you have everything.  Begin where you are now.  It is enough.  You are enough.  The time is ripe for openings, new beginnings and growth of all kinds. 

Use what you have on hand.  Look around.  Finish the unfinished without need for anything more to be added.  Allies abound.  You are supported at every turn.  The Universe is conspiring for your success.  Your success, your growth and expansion into the experience of absolute abundance requires the successful growth and expansion of others.  As they succeed, you succeed.  Give of yourself and share all that you have with wild abandon asking for nothing in return.  Withhold nothing in your giving.

Your life of absolute fearlessness, of absolute compassion and giving will create a reality of absolute joy.  Laughter, song and dance will fill each moment of your life and you will dwell in the experience of love eternally.Cathedral Rock

Pelvic Dialogue

yin yang treeI talked to my pelvis today. I am assisting a workshop at Esalen Institute, Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming Your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential. We just did an exercise that included listening to our pelvis speak to us after we asked it the question, “What do you want/need from me during this week?”
I saw an image that represents balance within the framework of the masculine/feminine energy model. From eastern medicine, I learned of Yin/Yang energy. Yin is the relative feminine and Yang is the relative masculine. My pelvis is telling me that my masculine energies are dominating my body/mind. Perhaps this has been the default for my body throughout my life, but the circumstances of the past few years have exacerbated it.
We live in a patriarchal world. Culture teaches that men are the protectors of women. In my early experience, men were not always protective of me…sometimes they were perpetrators. I learned that men were not to be trusted and that I must protect myself. Even in my marriage, I did not feel emotionally supported or protected. Over time I became my own protector and my feminine nature was seen as a vulnerable part of myself that should be suppressed as I developed my own inner masculine.
Having my masculine energy dominate leaves no room for the feminine qualities of soft, vulnerable juiciness. Too much yang action and not enough yin quiet reflection is an imbalance in my nature that leads to inappropriate responses to life.
I am in a discovery process. I believe that women are completely capable of successfully navigating this world when their Yin/Yang energies are in balance. Too much yin and we lose are ability to take appropriate action. Too much yang and we act without mindfulness.
My pelvis is asking me trust and to widen, soften and relax. It is reminding me of the great power of a balanced woman. It is reminding me that I am safe and it is okay to rest back into the support that is here for me and allow my juicy, wild feminine nature to rule.

Where is your Wild Feminine?

wild woman dancingA friend asked of the quote in my email signature, “What does “Wild Feminine” mean?”
Christiane Northrup, M.D. was one of my early teachers. I first heard the phrase “wild feminine” at a workshop I attended in Kansas City in 1995. At that workshop, I heard Christiane say, “Wild Feminine is the medicine we all need to bodily reclaim the power and pleasure that is our birthright.”
Last year I took a yoga teacher training workshop with Leslie Howard in New York City. Leslie teaches yoga for the pelvic floor. In her recommended reading list is the book Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body by Tami Lynn Kent. When the book arrived, I was surprised and delighted to find Christiane’s quote across the top of the front cover! Tami refers to her book as “a guide for women to access the power, spirit & joy of their inherent creative energy.”
In my work as a cranial-sacral therapist and yoga / meditation teacher, I have used the term “inner landscape” to describe the experience of turning sensory awareness inward. As external stimulation releases, internal awareness increases and one encounters a sensory experience of the “inner landscape” of their body.
Tami speaks of the “wild feminine landscape” as women’s internal creative range.
The world is shifting and it seems to some of us as if the “feminine” is rising. What does this mean? The world has long been out of balance with regard to the “masculine/feminine energies” and in our planetary evolution, the human race is moving towards balance. These energy patterns are discussed in the medical texts of China, Tibet and India. The ancient Chinese called the point of balance we inherently seek, “the Tao.” The Tibetans called it the “Rigpa.” In modern medicine the term is” homeostasis”, a state of equilibrium or a tendency to reach equilibrium, either metabolically within a cell or organism or socially and psychologically within an individual or group.

Deutsch: Yin Yang
Consider the qualities of feminine energy. These energies, called “yin” in Chinese, are “relatively” dark, cold, passive, inside, downward, substance, water, matter, mysterious, moon, night, earth, and even. In contrast are the masculine or “yang” energies. They are “relatively” light, hot, active, outside, upward, function, fire, energy, obvious, sun, heaven, and odd. Notice that yin describes things that are relatively denser, heavier, lower, more hidden, more yielding, and more feminine. The opposite conditions are yang: things that are less dense, lighter, higher, more obvious, more masculine, and more dynamic. These energies are relative, not absolute. To grasp this relativity, compare one to the other. For example, in the context of temperature, we say cool is yin and warm is yang, but an 80-degree day is yin relative to a 100-degree day!
Yin contains yang, yin becomes yang, and yin controls yang. If we stay too long in an unbalanced situation, the universe acts to restore balance. It throws us to the other side. Some of us are actively working to bring about restoration of balance without having to go through the suffering that dramatic upheaval causes.
In support of this cause, I teach Yin and Pelvic Floor Yoga at my studio and mindfulness meditation practice. In a few weeks, I will be teaching my yoga practice and supporting the women who gather at Esalen Institute for healing the “wild feminine” at Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming Your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential.
I believe men need healing of their “wild feminine” as well as women. Remember, yin contains yang. As we restore a sense of the sacred within our bodies, the “wild feminine” within us all will be recognized as the Divine Feminine, source of all creation.  As we individually find balance within, the human race will collectively experience equanimity.Wild Woman CreedWild child