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Body Work that reduces PMS

The practice of the Self Actualized Woman consists in a sequence of restorative, calming and cooling postures to naturally alleviate any tension during the Creative Phase .

— Sitting forward bends done restfully with the head supported
— Lie back over a support to open the chest and extend and/or spread the abdominal region
— Lie on a mat and relax the lower back thanks to the force of gravity by lifting up and supporting the coxis area

As you practice this postures, breathe deeply : EASE as you breathe in, RELEASE as you breathe out. Cramping and heaviness in the abdomen slowly disappear bringing positivity and mental alertness.

Authentic Feminine Power

At the core of the Self-Actualized Woman practice are the four archetypes that made us whole as women. The Maiden (or Virgin) is the archetype that bring us endless energy to conquer the world. Enthusiasm, vitality, self-confidence and a tremendous power of influence. She is our analytical and rational mind. She knows the power of our presence as women, using all the resources she has to get what she wants.

This archetype is the one that supports most go getters and high-achieving women : In all these years of coaching corporate women and independent professionals, the number one thing clients are asking for is a more authentic way of being a woman – or using the femininity – without being “vulgar” or “taken for granted”…

In the beginning this always amazed me, and honestly I couldn’t really understand at first: being myself a go getter, a designer, ex model and body awareness practitioner, the idea of femininity being a weakness or threatening was not in my circle of reality. Soon I started to study European women’s point of view so I could understand and help in a much more effective way. 

When I understood the reasons of this point of view, I was not really satisfied so I had to look  back in our evolution and into very ancient teachings – what today I call the Grandmothers. How they explain why women are so afraid and do not trust their own power rooted in their own femininity.

Our grandmothers say that women lost their power and confidence when they started to wear trousers and walked away from the fire. For them, skirts is much more than a garment. A skirt is the symbol of power, of connection, roots and strength. It is what makes woman unique AND different from men. When women started to wear trousers, they were hopping to get the same opportunities than men, the same rights … forgetting their most sacred duty : to be true to her essence. The patriarchal society was born, and with it we became all lost in an endless egoistic battle for power (to do what?), recognition (to become who?) leading at the end, to isolation and separation.

Yesterday at the Self-Actualized Woman Cycle , the session was dedicated to the Maiden archetype and her energies, believes and behavior through us. Once again, it was empowering and enriching for us all to explore her in each of us through the bodily experience of her energy, to receive her messages that answered important questions to each participant.

The main believe that we explored in the circle was around seduction & manipulation, as if they are both the main characteristic of femininity.  Both in my private practice and in my circles and workshops, I work with incredible women with incredible careers and achievements of all kind, longing for loving relationships, for having kids (before it was to late), for having more peace of mind, creativity, time for themselves, or enjoying a much more healthy lifestyle. When exploring their personal roots to the disempowering beliefs around femininity, we found them in their relationship to their father (authority, leadership), to being born to a family who wanted a boy, or being the first daughter to parents who divorced too early and she took care of her siblings -to name the main ones.

I invite you to explore for yourself the meaning you give to and memories associated with the following terms, that define the Maiden in you : 

Femininity
Power
Success
Mind
Body
Manipulation
Seduction
Authority
Achievement

The conclusions of the circle were that we can actually develop our Authentic Feminine Power when we shift from any superficial image of ourself, when we get rid of old labels and stereotypes, and we dare to define on our own terms what kind of dynamic woman we want to be.

The Self-Actualized Woman does not rule the world. She is the world herself. And she creates her reality as she walks her own and unique path.

The practice of the Self-Actualized Woman- Body Mapping

BodyMappingSAW2The Self-Actualized Woman travels in her body. She gains full awareness and inner power. Her Body Map becomes the creative support that witness her process and allows her to explore and creatively communicate the stories that she lives in her body.

She knows that a woman who does not know her body and the power that inhabits it, can never develop her inner powers … For her, it is essential to heal this missing link. She wants to learn the value of each of the things that happen to her, the messages received through her body…

The Self Actualized Woman embodies everything that she is as a woman.

She has stopped to see herself as weak,  dirty or less … She stood up and raised for what it is true to herself !

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{ Working with the Moon } – Preparing to Close a Cycle

Full Moon tomorrow 17 December, to light brightly your achievements in this year 2013. Take the time to notice what are you grateful for, and write everything down on a paper. Share with friends and family , send thank you notes, sms and emails. Increase your awareness of all the wonderful things you have in your life right now.
 

The Full Moon phase symbolizes illumination of something that has been in the shadows or within the dim corners of the subconscious and it comes into awareness. As you notice the good things, also pay attention to what comes to the surface: this Full Moon in Gemini is about our emotions that need to come up for you to finally learn and move on into a new cycle aligned with our truth. We are living a time where masks need to be dropped. We cannot hold onto fake images of ourselves and our reality anymore. This Full Moon will show us the truth and the need to integrate our mind, imagination and heart. So BE GENTLE with yourself and others. Really take the time to pause and stay away from the busy-ness of this period as much as you can. Stay with yourself.

Right after the Full Moon, we’ll go through the Winter Solstice on Saturday 21 December. The longest, darkest night of the year gives us the opportunity to die and be born again to start a full new cycle. This is time for introspection, for letting go the old, the unused, and everything that is not supportive. Make conscious what you do not want anymore in your life in 2014 and light candles or a fire for the Winter Solstice, asking for those things to be transmuted. Feel the fire energy of the new Sun arising.
 
The New Moon comes on the 1st of January 2014, so we actually start the new year with the blessings of a New Moon: time for new beginnings, planting seeds with intention and vision. Allow the dark sky of this New Moon be the place where the stars shine upon us to reveal the many gifts we have, the many possibilities of the year 2014. let’s only reflect upon what we want to create in 2014.
 
Our Women’s Moon Lodge meeting is on Tuesday 7th January @19h at AvieVa Studio, everyone is invited to join. The theme of this evening will be “Creating Our Reality”. You can check the complete 2014 calendar and register online here.
 
Places are limited so please register in advance. Everyone is welcome, so feel free to pass around this email and invite your friends.
For this evening, you need to bring :
  • one box that you like, a picture of yourself that you really love, and pictures of things, places, moments that inspire you
  • snacks to share with the group
  • a comfortable skirt or dress that you’ll wear
The Women’s Moon Lodge is on donation basis, as energy exchange and to cover the costs of room and materials. Suggested Donation of 20 chf.
AvieVa Studio, 21bis rue de la Navigation.
 
For those who want to go deeper exploring and understanding the cyclic nature of women and how the 4 feminine archetypes support you, notice that the Self-Actualized Woman Cycle starts on Tuesday 5th February 2014 and registration is now open online herePlease book your space in advance.
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{ Working with the Moon } – Earth-Moon-Womb connection

Woman is Earth-Moon in essence. To learn from her Earth-Moon womb, a woman must hold fast to vessel of perfect intuition with which she is gifted from birth. Moon essence essentially unveils her nature as gentle and receptive. This has often been viewed by the patriarchal mind as emotional feebleness and lack of intelligence. On the contrary, the ancient wisdom remind us that this sensitive powers transform all dream potential into Earth powers. Therefore, the Moon Lodge manifests the profundity of the feeling realms, and makes the invisible perceptible through the opening of the womb’s eye within. A woman in the Moon Lodge learns to see with her womb’s eyes…
When, our of fear, guilt and shame a woman ignores her Moon Lodge, she hopelessly isolates herself from her circle of women. A woman may erroneously imagine that, in order to be equal to man, she must obtain the same opportunities that he enjoys. This is understandable, after 5400 years of “teachings” that this is the way to fulfilment. Yet she disconnects slowly from her very core, loosing her power, inspiration and motivation, to finally be impossible to recognise her own dreams and desires.
Women on their way back to themselves, must have their own women’s circles and step into their creative powers again.

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Inside every woman

“Inside every woman, grows a secret life, a powerful force filled with good instincts, creativity, passion and eternal wisdom. Is the Wild Woman, a species in danger of extinction, due to the constant efforts of society and corporations to civilize women to fit rigid roles that override her instinctive essence.  …” -Clarissa P. Estes 
 
I agree with Dr. Estes. Many times in my life I found myself forcing my energies to fit into someones expectations or unwanted situations loosing my center in the process, feeling tired, sad and unable to see a way to be “more authentic”. It is only when I understood why I was feeling like that  with a new awareness that I could clearly see and move away from those situations. Do you know someone who has felt the same way?
 
A woman is cyclic by nature: from moments to ecstatic and focused mind to moments of emotional outburst, vulnerability, high magic and creativity. When a woman is not aware of her essence, she looses herself in the process giving too much of herself to everyone but her… Because the truth is that women deeply care. We support and we receive, we learn and we teach, we lead and we follow. We are women at the top and women on her way. And we are all significant to our men, children and communities.
 
What if you could know when to take decisions, when you are most influential, when you can start something new and lead, when you are receptive, when it is time to go within… ?
 
I personally invite you to experience the most beautifully crafted and empowering cycle for women – the Self-Actualized Woman Cycle if for women of all ages and walks of life willing to be “more authentic”, centered and joyful. 
 
You have today the opportunity to create a liberating practice, in a safewarm and creative space where you open up to your feminineauthentic powerembracing each other’s strength and vulnerability. A space where we see ourselves in each other and we allow our true self to be seen.

The Empowered Circle

Women's Circle
I opened the Women’s Empowerment Summit in Crete last Saturday 28 September with a Women’s Circle – a circle is an ancient practice that brings trust, possibilities, expansion, awareness, reflection and co-created solutions for the highest good of all. Everyone felt the power of the circle: all the speakers adopted the circle format, no one used the screen presentations and everything was delivered from the heart : researches & personal stories, strategies, practices and solutions.

Connections were created based on trust and new doors opened for everyone.

What if you start seating in circles in your organization, community and family ?
What creative solutions could be found?
What decisions could be collectively made to bring forth positive change?

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Move forward with confidence

On Wednesday 11th September I sat down in beautiful Mongolian Countryside for a healing session with a local shaman. Mongolian shamans, specifically White Shamans as she was, call forth their helping spirits fully embodying them to pass on messages, answer burning life questions, heal or divination.

“You have a very deep question that you want to ask me” the White Shaman stated after giving me the messages I needed to hear. Probably I should not have been shocked, yet with my heart beating fast I said, “Yes…  How do I find courage and strength to keep navigating this transition time?”

“First, take care of yourself. Close all old doors before opening a new one. Now, you have to know you are doing the right thing now, you are whole. Think bigger and always follow your heart. You are like a Ovoo (*) where people come for guidance,  healing and connection. You have to reach out and plant seeds. Stop doing. Plant seeds and trust in the miracle of life.”
This message seemed to reverberate louder than ever before in me. Certainly it was what I exactly needed to be reminded of. Dream big. Share. Teach. Remove all doubt. Move forward with confidence. Detach from the outcome.

I know the how and the when are not up to me to decide today. Yet I was told to commit to my ultimate dream and trust: is time to grow bigger. I have been assured that I am ready and that I have help. With this post I intent to make myself accountable, trusting in the power of my vulnerability. I command for guidance and clear synchronicities. And I ask to always be reminded that it is not about “me”. There is nothing that is “mine”. For this remembering helps me to get out of my own way.

I am grateful to you for reading these lines, and for being the inspiration of my work.

So be it, and so it is.

(*) Ovoo, a place of sacred power in Mongolian tradition

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{ Working with the Moon } – New Moon, preparing to manifest

Following the energies of the Full Moon last week (Yan energies), we prepare ourselves for the New Moon (Yin energies) on Friday 10 May.

We are 9 days away, and in the Mayan Tradition, number 9 represents the feminine energy (masculine represented with number 8). Number 9 brings the energies of realization, power, action and strength. Because today we start a cycle of 9 days, counting down towards the New Moon, I am sharing with you these notes – I thought you would like to make the most of this cycle we started together last week!

The New Moon (Yin energy) is a time of looking within yourself. New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. There are many ways to initiate this communion with the Universe from lighting a candle to elaborate rituals. What matters is that you’re committing yourself to your vision, and open to receiving guidance, healing, support from Spirit.

The New Moon next Friday will be enhanced with a Solar eclipse. Solar eclipses affect the subtle planes, so we may have more sensitivity those days. And we will certainly be protected, so use techniques you know for energy protections (carry stones, invoque your angels, etc).

A simple ritual I like to practice is setting up intentions to a white candle, that I will light as an offering on the New Moon day. During the 9 previous days, I light smaller candles and incenses as preparation for the day, each candle with intentions I want to work with towards the New Moon.

Some of you may have an altar at home, where you can gather meaningful objects or images of your intentions. Creating an altar is very simple: you only need a candle of light colour, water, whole rice or sesame seeds, you can add fresh flowers, pictures of your guides, stones. Make it beautiful and appealing to you.

If you start today the cycle of 9 days, you will need 8 small candles + 1 big candle for the moon. A cycle of 9 days will connect you with your cyclic nature.

{ Working with the Moon } – WESAK Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse

Once a year, on what is considered to be the most powerful full moon of the year, your Higher Soul gets the chance and privilege to immerse itself in a downpour of Divine Energy to purify your vehicles, chakras and physical body as well as to use that energy to bless Mother Earth.

The Full Moon reaches its peak on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 21.59. With this Full Moon we will also experience a partial lunar eclipse that intensifies an already intense Full Moon: Wesak.

The time after the Full Moon is a good time for shedding and releasing. The energies of that day that corresponds to the Mayan calendar support us in our transformation, and I’ll be sharing that with you.

In honor of the Full Moon, I am following my heart once again and hosting a Meditation for us with the idea to share and awaken together. I am happy to open my Studio for those who want to join, and please feel free to bring friends if you want to. Just let me know via email, and the names of your friends. 🙂

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WESAK FULL MOON & LUNAR ECLIPSE MEDITATION
for women @ Dare to Glow Studio
Thursday 25 April, 20h30 – 22h45

BRING:
– your meditation cushion if you have
– healthy snacks to share with the group
– your crystals, tarot cards, drums or any other inspiring thing that you want to share with the group ( a text, a quote… ) Let’s create an evening of High magic!

PRE-REQUISITE:
Everyone is welcome and a contribution is appreciated as an energy exchange, also to cover room cost and other materials for the evening.