I have been considering this project for quite some time waiting for the energies to shift and settle into a comfortable stream of consciousness. My intention is to bring monthly Goddess teachings, as I have received them, into modern, practical and meaningful ways by exploring who She is, what Her presence in our life offers and ritual suggestions. Much of what I share is personal experience, formal education, channeled information and ancient teachings I have received through shamanic journeying. References will be noted as appropriate.
I felt it best to leave selecting a Goddess to the Universal flow of energies, as such I will be intuitively drawing cards from one of the following oracle decks:
I Am Goddess: Coatlicue and Hathor
It is pure magic Coatlicue (grief) and Hathor (pleasure) popped out together as they are both Goddesses of rebirth; representing the experience in extremes. Together the energies speak largely to me of the full bodied experience of living a human life, the cycles we experience and, at times, endure. For a woman, the expression of these two emotions is critical for the flow of energy to remain in motion. By visiting these emotions as they emerge, allows a woman the full surrender into the flow of the Universe. Without the expression of these emotions on a regular basis stagnation occurs and, in extreme cases, can lead to physical death.
Admittedly, the cognitive dissonance is fierce between the extremes of these Goddess teachings; offering us sacred portals providing insight into wounds, healings, Self expression and balanced energy.
Coatlicue (name meaning serpant skirt) was regarded as an Earth goddess to the Aztecs. She is the deity who gave birth to the moon, stars and Huitzilopochtli, god of the sun and war. She comes to teach us the gift of nonattachment, of knowing that for every death there is a rebirth and lessons to be learned between. It is the journey that is filled with riches and Coatlicue walks with us fearlessly as we review our loss, visit our shadow side -- learn to forgive and love again -- for she knows in order for us to grow we must go through the painful process of letting go. It is blinding, painful, relieving and swallows one whole.
Hathor is one of the most beloved Egyptian goddess who is considered the primeval goddess from which all others are derived. She brings us the sweet pleasurable gift of the Earth, connecting us to the elements and all that we are able to enjoy in this human form: sleep, food, sex, our sense of smell, touch, hearing, etc. All of which we may experience detachment from during periods of excessive grief and depression. Hathor asks us to open to whatever it is that brings us pleasure in a wiser and healthier way than cycles before.
Weep when you must.
Cry out in anger if it feels right.
Blame another -
For a moment.
Breathe and let go.
Let go to remember.
There is life to be lived.
Swallowed in pleasure.
Pleasure. Divine pleasure.
Walk me to the edge.
Watch as I surrender.
This is an abbreviated version of a teaching and healing I offer in my Sacred Yoni Chamber workshop, as these are two emotions we vocally explore and express.
Start by creating a sacred space, dedicating 20 - 40 minutes to Self care by turning off your cell phone, computer monitor, or other distracting elements, including, my favorite disruptor: pets. I find a light yoga or stretching session helps align my physical body and mind to better prepare for emotional restoration. Soft lighting, ambient music, sacred objects, gemstones, a candle or incense burning really helps me create conscious awareness and attention to the space I have created and am entering. Ensure you have a comfortable seat and area to sit or lay on and you may want to consider having tissue and a blanket nearby, oil or lubrication, a handheld mirror, Yoni egg or intimate toys. Please have your journal and pen to the side to record any messages or feelings that may emerge.
After spending some quiet time to center your mind, move your attention to wherever you may be holding grief in the body. It may feel like a heavy weight in the chest or over the shoulders, a painful side ache or even be felt as tension in the foot. Wherever you feel the sensation, wrap it in pink or white light giving it all it needs to express itself while dropping into the emotional center of this feeling. Be with this for for the time in which it feels most comfortable. Here you are comforted and safely held to allow the emotion to emerge and unveil itself. When it feels right, let it out. Weep. Wail. Purge. Whatever it is in the center of this grief - let it out and let go. Know in your heart, you are letting go of whatever it is that is conscious and may be unconscious to you.
When you have shed your last tear, visit with your second chakra. Draw your bellybutton back to the spine to create a physical sensation and awareness to the second chakra area, located just under the belly button. Hold this awareness and imagine this creative pleasurable center as a full orb of orange light seated in your pelvis. It longs to cocreate new life and memories with you. It asks, are you ready, Goddess, to plant these seeds of wisdom?
Begin to pulse the energy by contracting and releasing the bellybutton moving this pulsing energy into the womb as a gentle flowing river current through the sacred chamber moving the energy and essence into the Yoni. Allow your awareness to move into a state bliss as your conscious understanding of your own Goddess essence grows.
Continue the pulsing action bringing it deeper into the body and to the Yoni by drawing the bellybutton into the backbone on the inbreath while pulsing the pelvic floor muscles to help activate the area into erotic awareness. On the outbreath, release the muscles and open the throat chakra in raw emotion. Try not to shy away from this opening and sweet surrender. On the out breath begin releasing ahs, ohs, ahas and ohas while pulsing into your erotic pleasure. Should orgasm naturally arise, do allow the waves of grief to pass like waves through the ethereal body while allowing pleasure to overtake the senses, rocking the pelvis if it feels natural, while opening the five senses until you come to a natural rest. You may choose to use kegel exercises while holding a Yoni egg during this exercise. I find rose quartz works best for this practice in managing the octaves between grief and pleasure.
To assist in opening the throat chakra practice:
Always use your highest wisdom when considering these recommendations.
I Am Goddess teachings are not to be considered a replacement for professional medical or mental health treatment.
I have returned to Colorado after a month filled with exploration, experiences and adventure. I can't recall having as much fun or challenging a time since Basic Training 24 years ago. Odd as that may sound, it was the last time I threw all caution to the wind, left responsibility behind to board an airplane and consciously embark on a radically life changing adventure. It was not nearly as pleasurable an experience the first time around. Both necessary all the same.
June was paced with varying energy demands. First luxuriating with my earth medicine teacher, sister and friend as goddesses. Four days we spent relishing in ancient ways of how women share, nurture and grow with one another through the flowing bends of life. We moved suspended in the sky, through caves enveloped in darkness and bathed in herb infused waters. Days later, we stumbled upon a large butterfly puddle and shaded dappled flower patches.
On June 9th I had the honor of priestessing, Soulfire Trance Dance and Erotic Vocal Expression, with the Colorado Springs Red Tent offering the experience to open into succulent Shakti expression and form. Smiles all around. Women laughing. Our food offered in blessing between Sisters -- tastier, juicier and more scrumptious than the norm. We shared and expressed the enjoyment of consuming the nourishment of our food, noticeably enhanced. Thank you, Sisters, for fulfilling an ancient and once quiet dream.
See Below For Information On My Next Priestessing Event
Within days, and too short a time really, my husband, Daniel, and I were off to Belize. A trip years in the making and one I committed to without expectation. Having tossed various travel plans around here and there, my heart would consistently wander back to this space. Two days after our plans were finalized I had a vision in Spirit induced trance. While the imagery was clear to me, Seeing opened far more questions than answers offered.
Exhausted from tidying up the strands of my mundane life, I threw a few things into my suitcase without concern.
This work requires space.
My first night in the jungle I bathed outside under a canopy of stars. Suspended above my head were blooming lush red and salmon pink flowers amidst branches and leaves of green. Feeling a palpable connection between elements and energies playing around and through me. The jungle air soothing this experience as I slipped into the frequency of this space and time on Earth. In that moment, I felt the entire lusciousness of bliss.
I tiptoed, swam and played in the Roaring Creek River, crossing 300' into the original Mayan entrance to the Actun Tunichil Muknal. An experience of entering the Earth Mother through her sacred Yoni to deep healing chambers; I was comforted in remembrance of my personal descent into darkness. A group of us crossed the Guatemalan border to visit the ancient Mayan citadel ruins of Tikal. We hiked a trail where Scarlet Macaws and Toucans fly sounding relaxed calls lifted on outstretched and effortlessly beating wings. Later in our journey we snorkeled the Belize Barrier Reef and discovered unexpected treasured time with local villagers learning indigenous ways of contemporary business, traditions, customs and various plant medicines as we rode bikes through the local village.
We've safely returned to Colorado and I am, likely to no one's surprise, processing. Resting. Learning. Discovering. Exploring.
Living an impassioned life with meaning,
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September 8th with the Colorado Springs Red Tent
There are few things that bring me as much joy as being in Circle with other women and it is the Colorado Springs Red Tent that holds and hosts so much of that essence for me. The first year our Red Tent started was a bumpy one. Our numbers swelled beyond belief leading to multiple and last minute site changes and growth. Leading many women to volunteer their support as our Temple swelled. Who could have prepared for something that was, as yet, relatively unknown? At a time when we needed to find a permanent home large and safe enough to support our growing numbers, we settled into the Center for Powerful Living (CPL) a business designed around "empowering passion-driven entrepreneurial women."
What a spectacular place for our Red Tent to call home!
I recall standing in the Em-Power room for the first time with Tascha Yoder, the owner of CPL, looking out across a kaleidoscope of shadows and leaves, as if I had walked into a living treehouse. I may have said as much, I'm not sure. It was a magical moment. A moment, much like many knowing moments - we'd found our home.
I share this, as June 9th, 2018, will be the last time the Colorado Springs Red Tent will be held at our beloved Center for Powerful Living. We have called CPL our home for three years and as many months. This space has held the cauldron of our Sisterhood where stories, lessons, creations, dreams and so much more were shared and made possible because of the beautiful space Tascha has so lovingly created and nurtured at CPL. I honor you, Sister, for the courage to be bold and daring. And I thank you deeply, for being such a monumental piece that has held our Tent and Sisterhood for so long. I'm certain the Center for Powerful Living will be greatly missed by scores of us in our beautiful community.
Sisters, Women, Mothers, Warriors, Maidens, Goddesses, Oracles, Diviners, and Crones. To ALL those who know the call of Being known and understood as She:
I imagined a much different invitation to inspire your dance when I first conceptualized this night. I believe all the necessary information can be found on the Event page or below. As such, I invite you to share space in blessed dance one last time at the Center for Powerful Living - in this magical space cradled amongst the trees.
Let us lift the rhythm of our dance in individual and collective ecstasy as our final goodbye to our home base.
Much Love, My Beloved Sisters,
Future locations of the Colorado Springs Red Tent TBA
Ecstatic or trance dancing ignites the connection to ones body, creativity and community allowing Self expression to awaken through the rhythm of song. Your dance is a beautiful expression of your own Divine essence as a woman. Whether basking in the gentle sweet surrender of tenderness, undulating in sensual freedom, or a raging inferno of desire - your dance is your own! If you've ever wanted to play with fire while you dance join us as we dance in celebration of Soulfire - the One Fire - that unites us all!
Absolutely no experience or rhythm required, as we OWN our Self expression in celebration of what it is to live and Be the embodiment of a Goddess!
Hosted by: Colorado Springs Red Tent on June 9th from 6 - 9 pm
Location: Center For Powerful Living, 635 Southpointe Ct, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Fee: $15 at the door or you may reserve your space by sending $15 through PayPal to @paypal.me/taschayoder
Red Tent Tradition: Please bring a dish to share for our potluck.
From the Event Coordinators
The Colorado Springs Red Tent is a community based gathering of women meeting the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Center For Powerful Living. Our Red Tent is a place where women come to rest once a month away from the worries and distractions of life. It is a place where we learn to nurture ourselves by appreciating our wonderful bodies, loving hearts, and brilliant minds as we acknowledge that all women represent the Divine Feminine in all her myriad reflections. We share rituals which honor the sacredness of our beings. We remind each other through gentleness and loving kindness that woman is holy. Come and honor the Goddess within as we explore the mysteries of woman. All events are non-alcoholic and non-substance events.
of pearls and bone
by: Jessica Ruth Allen