History was made this past weekend.
More than 3 million people marched around the world to support women’s rights. THREE MILLION.
This is not simply just another wave in the feminist movement - this is a TSUNAMI! This is a groundswell shift in consciousness around what it means to be a woman on this planet.[For those unfamiliar with the 3 (4) previous waves of feminism - The first wave was during the early 1900’s with the suffragettes and the campaign for women’s right to vote. The second was 1960’s, 1970’s focusing on bringing women into equality in the workforce. The third wave was in the 1990’s which brought issues of culture, colour, queer theory & economics to the forefront and opening up beyond the privileged white women’s feminism of the 1960’s/70’s. Fourth wave feminism has been identified with the age of social media & online activism. ]
We know why the Women’s March on Washington was organized. The US has elected a President who openly admits to grabbing women’s pussies because as a celebrity, he believes he is entitled to do so. He is openly misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic..... you get the idea.
Let’s just soak in the pussy grabbing comment for a moment though. The President of the United States of America has said:
“I did try to fuck her, I moved in on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there... You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just a kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything. “
How does that make you feel? I feel violated. I feel betrayed. As a Canadian, I feel incredibly GRATEFUL for the fact that he is literally #notmypresident. But, I ache for the women whose lives he has impacted with this type of behaviour and I feel this choice of Presidency deep in my psyche.
The Women’s Marches yesterday sent a message to the world, loud and clear.
Women will NOT tolerate this.
The darkness of misogyny, racism, homophobia, ablism, and unconscious privilege has been brought into the light. What has already been happening to marginalized populations around the globe is now front and center. The election of this President was no mistake. We can see clearly now.
Our message of love, unity, and hope is needed now. More than ever. It is time for women to rise.
I feel it. I feel the shift happening in my bones. I feel the darkness coming and I can see the light.
And I know, the work is mine to do.
It is the work of all women.
It is the work of men.
The work of the world.
The work begins with ourselves.
"The world will be saved by the Western Woman" - The Dalai Lama
Yesterday, I took my daughters to see the movie “Moana”. And I told them, this is what is happening in the world right now.
There is a darkness taking over.
We are not separate from the darkness, in fact it is our complacency in noticing its existence that allows it to keep happening in the shadows. Behind closed doors.
Thinking that we don’t have any power to change it is what will allow it to take hold for good.
What will save us, is the power of the feminine heart.
Just like in the movie “Moana", this world also needs the heart of the Goddess (the power of the feminine) to counter hate, fear, and violence. Like any good Disney movie, the ultimate realization of Moana is that SHE possessed the power she needed to achieve her goal of saving the planet. Of course, the perfectly timed support of a demigod helps.... but, ultimately it was the fierce, fearless compassion of Moana that saved the world by returning the heart of the Goddess to Tafiti.
And don’t think for one minute that those seashells weren’t pussies. Pussy IS fighting back, Mr. President.
In 1998, I graduated from The University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies. When I decided to major in Women’s Studies it was because I knew that what I wanted to do most was to serve the planet by empowering women.
This was, and has always been, my dharma.
Over the years since I left University, I lost sight of how I was going to live my dharma. I just wasn’t sure how to bring it back into my life, until now...
We are on the precipice of big changes for our planet.
We see the darkness clearly and we have a few choices for how we move forward from here:
Our first choice is to join the dark side.
Our second choice is to drink our blues away in a Cantina on Tatooine (head in the sand, doesn’t effect me, so I’ll just ignore it)
Our third choice is to join the RESISTANCE.
"The Empowered Goddess" is my way of joining (and training) the Resistance forces.
The Empowered Goddess is about discovering your original wholeness - your authentic self. Your innate power.
It is about radical Self-love.
It is about being unapologetically YOU.
The Empowered Goddess is our space to join forces in Sisterhood to share community, do some kick ass Jedi moves (well, more like yoga... but yoga and the Force are pretty much the same thing so let’s just say we are doing Jedi training okay?), breathe, relax and learn what it means to truly, madly and deeply fall in love with being a woman.
Princess Leia was a pivotal role model for me as a young girl - she showed me that I could be a BADASS and a GODDESS. I could love madly and kick ass at the same time!
Pop culture has a really great way of getting things into the mass consciousness more easily than any political speaker ever could.
Carrie Fischer was a heroine for little girls as Princess Leia. Yet, off screen she was coping with bipolar disease. Her disease was stigmatized because of a darkness in the world that is not yet aware of the immense compassionate loving power of the feminine, of Leia. The power of the BADASS Goddess. The EMPOWERED Goddess.
When the latest Star Wars move came out - we saw Leia as a strong, centered, loving leader again. And the viewing public said, “I can’t believe how old she looks!!”
Enough. No more.
As much as I cringe saying this - Disney is absolutely on point. Powerful female leads in both new Star Wars movies and Moana is OWNING her badass feminine power. The best part about this is that these are movies that LITTLE GIRLS ARE WATCHING!!
Women are MARCHING around the globe because the groundswell that began when they were little girls watching Princess Leia is emerging as a powerful force of RESISTANCE.
The time is now.
I have just finished the first week of a professional certification to become an Integrated Sex, Love & Relationship Coach with Layla Martin at the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality. We started on the most perfect of weeks to begin this monumental training! Myself and 159 other BADASS Goddesses, Empowered Women, QUEENS OF LOVE from all over the globe (THREE of us are in REGINA!!), are fired up and ready to jump into this cultural shift. We are doing our own work first. We all feel it. The buzz in our group after the marches this weekend is infectious and unstoppable. This is big.
The time is now.
The seed has been planted & the soil is rich.
I am so excited to be sharing The Empowered Goddess Series at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness in Regina next month. The series begins on February 4th and ends on March 18th (no class on March 4). We start at 1:00 and end at 2:30 each Saturday. Each week I will give you homework to supplement the in class learning and you will have access to recordings of the meditations and practices we did in class so that you can continue the work at home between classes, and beyond the 6 week program. This is how I am beginning to live my dharma of serving & empowering women and I cannot wait to share this with YOU.
This is work is how we join with the global movement of women marching to protect the rights of all humans. To show the world that LOVE is the SUPERPOWER!
My persuasion can build a nation
Endless power, the love we can devour
You'll do anything for me. Who run the world? Girls! - Beyonce.
Take some time today and enjoy this short meditation, just a small example of the practices you will learn at the Empowered Goddess Series. My suggestion is to use the phrase, “I love myself unconditionally” as your choice through this meditation. The “Planting a Seed in the Garden” meditation is a wonderful tool to provide your primal brain with symbology and feeling that can create a powerful neuronal pathway toward making big transformations in your life.
Say YES to radical SELF-LOVE
Register for the 6 weeks Empowered Goddess Series. Join the RESISTANCE.