Seven Power Sources of the Creative Feminine
Does your heart ache for humanity when you read these statistics?
Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for merely 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history.
It is estimated that the total number killed in wars range from 150 million to 1 billion. 805 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world – or one in nine – are suffering from chronic undernourishment. Almost all of them live in developing countries.
The rising income inequality will mean that by 2016 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.
Average global temperatures are expected to increase by 2°F to 11.5°F by 2100. Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 8 inches because of global warming, glaciers have shrunk, ice covers have melted, hurricanes, storms have increased in frequency.
Of the 44,838 species of animals assessed worldwide, 905 are extinct and 16,928 are listed as threatened to be extinct.
What we’re witnessing around us, both on an individual and collective level, is a disturbing imbalance between masculine and feminine energies.
Every aspect that defines us as a people – the medical to the socio-economical, environmental to the political – is desperately missing the soft, kind and regenerative energy of the feminine.
New Woman New Earth is a proposal to regain this balance: one strong, healthy, happy woman at a time.
Within this book are contained seven vital aspects of a woman, her super-powers, the inherent wisdom and intelligence contained in
her menstruation and moon cycle
her sexual energy
her heart and feelings
her mind and thoughts
her connection with her sisters and
her connection to Spirit
Unfortunately, thanks to cultural messages, few women believe these are gifts at all. They are raised to loathe their bodies, hide and mask their menstruation, feel shame about sexual pleasure, compete with each other, believe their emotions weaken them, their thoughts and opinions aren’t important enough and they don’t belong in spiritual and religious settings.
What if these seven powers could be integrated back into the woman’s psyche? When these gifts and powers are reclaimed by women, they manifest as a soft, determined strength that arises not out of their ego, but out of knowing who they are, of feeling confident and fearless in their skin. When women embody this strength, they become radiant, lit-from-within, alive with a deep knowing, a deep connection with their higher power, their divinity. This inner light has a ripple effect on everyone who comes in contact with it, inspiring and empowering them to connect with their own.
In many ways, New Woman New Earth is a personal account, of having my powers taken away at various stages of my life and reclaiming them. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I struggled with a myriad of physical and mental health challenges throughout my childhood and teenage years. After I completed my MBA and joined the tech industry, these challenges were compounded by the extensive demands at work. I had to leave feminine aspects of myself at the door to get things done and advance professionally. It was a health crisis at the age of 28 that eventually nudged me into seeking my inner light, divinity and feminine gifts.
The book is also a universal account, because every woman, everywhere has had her powers taken away from her in some shape or form. Women have been violated, dismissed, mocked and silenced in too many ways throughout history. I witness this bruising everyday as I coach business and professional women from all walks of life, struggling to find balance and a deeper connection with themselves.
Throughout this book, I draw from my spiritual explorations spanning 12 years that include ancient Eastern teachings of Ayurveda, Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamanism, Taoism, Tantra, Zen Buddhism and my beloved master Osho. I combine them with modern Western teachings of A Course in Miracles, A Course on Love, Positive and Developmental Psychology and the teachings of Louise Hay, Byron Katie, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Monroe.
Through my explorations, I realized that these feminine gifts and powers weren’t always denied or dismissed. In fact archaeological records show that some of the oldest spiritual and religious leaders were women and these cultures were a healthy balance of yin and yang energies.
A human skeleton at the excavation site of Dolní Věstonice, an upper Paleolithic archaeological site, dating back 26,600 years had indications of a high-status burial – red ochre, fox’s body, flint spearhead, mammoth scapula – reserved for shamans (spiritual guide, healer and practitioners). When the skeletal analysis came through, it was revealed that it belonged to a woman.
The oldest known skeletal remains of a spiritual guide known to history belonged to a woman.
There is significant historical, archaeological evidence and documentation that points towards a Mother Goddess, a venerated Creatoress, healer, principal deity that reigned supreme for thousands of year.
From The Alphabet Vs The Goddess by Leonard Shlain:
“In the Mediterranean, the most extensively studied region, archaeologists have uncovered strong suggestive evidence that in all emerging agrarian civilizations surrounding the basin, a mother Goddess was a principal deity.”
From The Woman in the Shaman’s Body by Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.:
“for despite the proof of language and artifacts, despite pictorial representations, ethnographic narratives, and eye witness accounts, the importance – no, the primacy – of women in shamanic traditions has been obscured and denied. The women’s bodies and minds are particularly suited to tap into the power of the transcendental has been ignored. The roles that women have played in healing and prophecy throughout human history have been denigrated.”
From The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology Vol 3 by Joseph Campbell:
“For, as a great body of evidence shows, the social as well as mythic orders of the two contrasting ways of life were opposed. Where the goddess had been venerated as the giver and supporter of life as well as consumer of the dead, women as her representatives had been accorded a paramount position in society as well as in cult. Such an order of female-dominated social and cultic custom is termed, in a broad and general way, the order of Mother Right.”
The imagery, carvings, paintings and sculptures excavated throughout these times point to an entirely different perspective and approach guiding these ancient cultures: a reverence and celebration of all facets and phases of Life: sexual intercourse, childbirth, breastfeeding, menstruation, and death were all considered divine and sacred.
What a stark contrast from our present-day reality where women are shamed for these very things: their bodies, nipples, vaginas, breastfeeding, menstruation, child bearing and raring decisions, sexual desire and even aging.
Although matrilineal and matri-local societies still exist today, they have largely been destroyed. Various records indicate these changes took place about 7,500 years ago.
Over time, education began being denied to women and they were no longer allowed to work in positions of power alongside the men.
Her passion was deemed carnal and sinful, her gift as healer, herbalist, intuitive and midwife labeled a form of witchcraft, punishable by death.
Everything that till that point was a woman’s strength suddenly became her weakness. And so the destruction of the feminine spirit began.
Slowly and surely over the years we started valuing and relying on our analytical, mathematical side to assimilate information and solve problems, negating yin qualities like intuition and synthesis.
The mind was separated from the body and today Western medicines studies them as two separate entities.
The spirit and heart became irrelevant aspects of our existence. Competition took precedence over collaboration.
The science of medicine and economics replaced the art of healing and nurturing.
Severing our relationship to the whole, we marched forward, into an increasingly fractured reality.
A reality that has us staring at dismal statistics today.
A new way is needed to survive and thrive. We are on the precipice of a new awakening. The divine feminine needs to be embraced by us all to birth a new world. This new awakening is about an integration of the individual resulting in an integrated humanity. One that will balance the opposite energies of yin-yang, masculine-feminine, both inside and around us.
This journey will be different for both men and women of course but the destination will be the same: a more unified humanity where men and women will work together as equal partners, co-creators to birth a new, more harmonious, celebratory world.
For women this journey will involve reclaiming old, long lost gifts. Gifts we’ve lost along the way and have been wiped out of our consciousness. But these gifts are alive, pulsating within us, waiting to be rediscovered, reclaimed and reintegrated into our lives and our communities.
Because we need nothing more urgently than women willing to step into their power, claim their uniqueness and sing their song loud and clear.
This book is an invitation for the New Woman to birth a New Earth.