If you’ve heard the term “shadow work,” you know where I am. A term originally coined by Carl Jung, its one that’s been commandeered by the self-development industry.
The best explanation I’ve heard for your shadow self is: the crap that you don’t like about yourself.
For me, it’s my need to control. For you, it might be anger issues…
…unresolved childhood trauma…
…avoiding conflict at all costs…
…attracting abusive partners.
The list could really go on and on. But probably right now you’re thinking of those things you don’t like, so you get the point.
We can continue…
When you hear the term “woo-woo,” what comes to mind?
Maybe a flighty psychic, complete with turban, who can’t remember to renew her car registration? Or a patchouli-smelling free spirit dancing at a music festival, her collection of crystals in tow?
Yea, that’s what I had in mind too. But I’m here to shift my thinking (and maybe yours) about the term.
If you Google “woo-woo,” you get this definition:
An unconventional belief regarded as having little to no scientific basis, especially those relating to spirituality, mysticism, or alternative medicine.
It’s a little negative.
I’ve tried to come up with…
“The water entered me and I could not tell where my body stopped and the sea began. My body was gone, but all the remembering was there.”
Recently, I took my first trip to Italy in three years. Nothing went according to plan (oh, duh, it was Mercury Retrograde!). Travel plans were disrupted. I broke out in a bad case of maskne from wearing my face mask for 12 hours a day in the heat. But there was one constant, one sanctuary I reveled in: the sea.
After a day traipsing up 300 stairs to explore nooks and…
We all want things in life, don’t we?
Whether that’s more money to do the things we want (vacations, nice clothes, eating out), more freedom, better health, and/or more love, we all have those desires.
Yet, sometimes it’s hard to manifest those things on our own.
I’d like to introduce you to my girl, Lakshmi.
Lakshmi is the popular Hindu Goddess of wealth and abundance. She wraps Herself in gold, silks, and jewels because She knows She’s worth it!
Do you? Do you know that you are worth receiving everything your heart desires?
Lakshmi is here to help you manifest…
You’re probably familiar with the Goddess Athena, if only from your fifth-grade history class.
To quickly summarize a tiny portion of Her story…
She was born fully formed when She sprung from Zeus’s head. She’s known for being the namesake of Athens, Greece: Athena and Poseidon vied for control of the city, and each had to present a gift to the citizens. Poseidon struck the earth with his trident and created a salt water spring…pretty useless since you can’t drink salt water!
Athena gave the people the gift of the olive tree, which they’ve used for sustenance ever since. …
So maybe you’re new to woo and looking for more ways to bring it into your everyday life. Rituals are a fantastic way to do just that.
Before we start looking at rituals, let’s discuss what they are.
A ritual is simply a ceremony or action combined with intent. It can be as simple as lighting a candle and as complex as a group gathering with a script and specific actions.
Writing New Year’s resolutions is an example of a ritual. So is baptism or wishing on a star. …
“Gods!” moaned Persephone, “She’s like a limpet. Can’t leave me in peace for a moment.”
She plopped down on the grassy knoll next to her friend, Hecate.
“It’s bad enough that the paparazzi always chase me. Being the daughter of Zeus ain’t no joke.”
Hecate rolled her eyes and sprinkled flowers on her friend’s hair, “Poor baby. Your daddy is famous and your mama loves you. That’s what we call #MountOlympus problems.”
Persephone brushed the flowers from her hair and continued ranting about all the ways her mother coddled her. Demeter had cut the crusts from her toast this morning…
This is such a huge topic, and one I’ve struggled to identify clearly. Here goes something. The Divine Feminine refers to a time (pre-Christianity) when Goddesses were worshipped and revered, much the way God is in Christianity.
I also like Emily Torres’ definition:
Ultimately, the Divine Feminine is a non-denominational concept and self-
exploration that restores a balance to our worship and spiritual practices. It’s the
ease that balances out the control, the moon that pulls the tides while the sun
warms the earth.
While there are still Goddess cultures on the planet right now, much of it was overshadowed…
If you spend much time on sites dealing with the spiritual, you may hear the term “higher self” or “higher consciousness,” and maybe you don’t really understand what that means. It’s a pretty nebulous topic, but I want to describe what it means from my perspective.
Your higher self is the consciousness that’s looking out for your greater good.
Pretty simple, right? Well, not really.
Let’s say you’re looking for love, and you start dating someone. …
You probably remember names like Diana and Persephone from Greek mythology stories you heard as a kid, but maybe you haven’t given any more thought to those Goddesses since then.
Well, let me tell you: Goddesses are a whole lot more than stories!
Goddesses were worshipped long before Christianity brought a male God front and center, and I think it’s a shame this practice has been lost.
Nearly every culture has Goddesses: Indian, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Japanese, Native American…they can’t all be wrong, can they?!
For me, the Goddesses represent Divine knowledge and power. You might hear about people talking…