Every Woman Visionary at WomanTalkLive
“The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you. It is when you do not understand yourself.” Author Unknown
As a woman of today, finding the balance to incorporate the mystery school priestess energy in our everyday lives can be challenging if we do not know where to begin.
Our ancestors used the land they lived on and the mysteries of the universe to follow the rhythms and flow of nature. The seasons, and the sky above reflected the change around them. As they became aware of these changes, they were able to engage with these energies and respond with appropriate action. In this exchange a “Process” happened for each individual. This “Process” revealed each woman’s gift on how she could contribute to the universe.
As each woman was able to unfold with her gifts, she was able to understand the mysteries within herself and the universe and how her part was contributing to the bigger equation of life, death and rebirth.
Today’s woman plays many roles and she sometimes does not know how to utilize her gifts or is unclear on the role she needs to play and/or how to play it. Today, our culture teaches us how we should act or respond and that the masculine role is “dominating” and that the feminine role is “suppressed.” This isn’t true at all – both the masculine and feminine have their own unique role to express as needed, and should be equally balanced. There is a time to stand in the masculine power and a time to stand in the divine feminine power.
Where Do You Begin?
All life has value and purpose. We are all a part of the web ring that connects and interconnects all life. Being in nature encourages us to see ourselves as part of the oneness of all Life and to live in sustainable ways that care for Earth, our home, and the well-being of all creation.
Take the time to sit in nature and receive the healing qualities it has. Watch with each season and see how it helps you to reflect, emerge, grow and reap your harvest. Look to the sky to see how each moon phase makes you feel and how each shift of the astrology sign reveals its mystery to you.
Each woman needs to listen to her own divine mystery within herself and shed anything that is no longer serving her.
I now invite each woman to Stand In Your Power and utilize your “Gifts”.
Dolores J. Gozzi of Nature’s Cycles is a Healer and Dancer of Life – a Licensed Massage Therapist, Earth Medicine Practitioner, and High Priestess who supports women on their soul life journies through ceremonies, readings, healings and Women’s Retreats.
Dolores’s mission is to help and support women re-connect with their inner strength and to offer her spiritual knowledge of nature’s seasonal changes and abundance to enhance their inner gifts and talents.
With her own life-changing experience while doing reiki on a shaman, Dolores had an awakening about Mother Earth and her deep powers to heal others through nature’s cycles, elements and seasons. His Spirit showed her that he was very connected to “Mother Earth” and was passing the torch to Dolores to continue the work.
Dolores is available for private readings, healings and ceremonies – in person and online.
Dolores is proud to be in the 2013 edition of The Spirited Woman Directory: A Collection of Stories & Resources for an Inspired Life!, which is bringing together women from around the world in a massive collaborative effort. Featured in the magazine-style digital Directory celebrating the “every woman” visionary, are women who are inspiring and changing the world, one Spirited Woman step at a time.
“Appreciation and self-love are the most important tools that you could ever nurture. Appreciation of others, and the appreciation of yourself is the closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that we’ve ever witnessed anywhere in the Universe.” -Abraham
Having guided and supported people for 25 years, I have found that the struggles of human beings are almost always in two areas of concern. The first is the need to grieve lossess, and let go of the past. The second is the need to love one’s self more.
Naturally, the two are very related, for the ability to grieve and surrender to life’s losses opens the doors to greater self-love. When someone stubbornly refuses to let go, chances are that they will remain stuck in a job, marriage, or some situation that devalues who they are.
Every time you take a stand for yourself, not in an egoic or defensive way, but in a loving way that honors who you are, the universe rushes in to provide more support, more love, more of whatever is needed for you to move to the next level of your personal evolution.
In her new and timely book, The Law of Divine Compensation, spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson says, “The Law of Divine Compensation represents the natural working of the universe, but it’s up to each one of us to rid our minds of the thoughts that block it. Unloving thoughts deactivate the Law. They sabotage the dynamic by which the universe is programmed to support us.”
With the groundswell of new businesses by women, the call for women to radically ditch the negative self-talk and embrace their power and brilliance is resounding. We cannot afford to block the natural working of the universe which is the rising up of women to take their rightful place in leading the world today.
Today, during a powerful session with a young entrepreneurial client, she was able to identify her part in a pattern of opportunistic, rich, older businessmen attempting to lure her into business deals promising fame and money to her. She counted several, and knew enough, after our work together, to want to explore what message she was giving off that elicited so many similar situations.
We looked at the 4 main archetypes, or patterns of energy, that every human being has:
I asked her which one seemed most at play, and she saw how she ended up feeling each one, at some point along the way when she agreed to the less-than-above-board business arrangements. Then she realized that the Prostitute was the instigator here – the part of her that was willing to silence the voice of her own knowing and her own values and sell herself for the imagined security that money and power could bring her.
When you do, you tap into the pure energy of your Being, and become a magnet for what it is you need for the next stage of growth, including the money to do what you need to do.
Radical self-love is what is needed—the kind that informs your choices and tells you when to say no, because the vow you have taken to fulfill your soul’s purpose in this life is the most important decision you have ever made.
What we are talking about is courage, which means “to take heart, to love.” Nothing truly great is achieved without it. When you let this courageous love, which is a powerful aspect of the Divine Feminine, be the very source of inspiration for the choices you make in your business and life, you step into true power. You step into true prosperity. You step into your own brilliant and totally unique life.
And to think it all begins with loving yourself!!! What could be better than that?
Kathleen Hanagan of Turn On Your Light, known as the Love and Business Sage, is a transformational business coach, psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and speaker, guides passionate women entrepreneurs into breakthrough terrain so that they claim their brilliance and worth and make the money to fulfill their missions.
Kathleen helps you eliminate overwhelm and reset your inner compass to align with your soul’s purpose. She teaches you to transform the sabotaging inner critic into the wise business sage in your heart, so that nothing holds you back from creating the business and life you truly want.
Kathleen is proud to be in the 2013 edition of The Spirited Woman Directory: A Collection of Stories & Resources for an Inspired Life!, which is bringing together women from around the world in a massive collaborative effort. Featured in the magazine-style digital Directory celebrating the “every woman” visionary, are women who are inspiring and changing the world, one Spirited Woman step at a time.
Auka stands in front of the classroom, a petite, shy woman in her late 30’s. She is visibly nervous as she shares with her classmates about life in her village in Africa. She speaks about her female circumcision at eight years of age, about her journey to the U.S., and the new beginning she continues to make happen for herself and her three daughters.
Twenty hours a week, as a teacher in a school of health sciences, I am privileged to witness women, like Auka overcome the constraints of their earlier years to give themselves new beginnings. Each day, they balance the responsibilities of work, school, and parenthood to reinvent themselves and build new lives. They are tired all the time. Money is scarce, childcare is a constant concern, and they live in dread of having to take off for any reason. Lost time equals make-up sessions, more money for childcare, and more time before they graduate and get the jobs that will be life-changing.
I marvel at their determination to succeed and their courage. Not all make it through the nine-month program. While some drop out for reasons that are easy to understand, such as family issues that make attending class and studying almost impossible, still others, dealing with similar problems, hang in and make it through to reinvent themselves as medical assistants, phlebotomists, and other health care professionals.
During the rest of my week, I am privileged to witness women with similar courage and drive, but coming from a very different place, make their new beginnings a reality as breast cancer survivors.
Terry, a five year survivor of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), a rare form of breast cancer, lives her new beginning as founding director of an IBC foundation that supports research and services by raising funds, running online support groups that draw participants nation-wide, and being available to comfort families who continue to lose young women to this very aggressive breast cancer.
Following my second breast cancer in 2009, I started a blog, No Boobs About It (NBAI), focusing on the concerns and needs of women newly diagnosed, in treatment, or recently transitioning from active treatment to life in survivorship. For nearly two years, I’ve posted research findings, shared information about resources in communities across the U.S., as well as offered practical suggestions on getting through treatment, and the stories of women and men who made a new beginning happen in survivorship.
Blog content comes from conversations I had with thousands of women I met in New York City’s hospitals during my years as director of the American Cancer Society’s NYC Patient Navigator Program, as well as the conversations I continue to have with women in active treatment, and my own personal experiences with breast cancer.
Late last year, No Boobs About It (NBAI) became a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. In addition to continuing to carry posts, the site will soon offer internet-facilitated services for those newly diagnosed, in treatment, or making the transition from active treatment to survivorship.
Women in treatment, who don’t feel up to participating in a community support group, can speak with others in the same situations in small, Skype-supported groups online. A library of videos, by experts in the fields of breast oncology, treatment centers providing state of the art care, and community-based services nation-wide will be accessible via the NBAI site.
The first program for those transitioning from treatment to survivorship, “Pink Time Outs” is already available. “Pink Time Outs” is about getting away from all things breast cancer. The short, funded, getaway experiences are intended to help survivors think of something else other than the fears and concerns that have become their constant companions since their diagnosis. The getaways are meant to be gateways to new beginnings in survivorship.
Why a new beginning? For most of us, there is no going back to life the way it was prior to breast cancer. Too much has happened. Too much has changed about us. We are not the same people. Our priorities have changed. We feel an urgency to do more, to get to the things we have been putting off, and make them happen.
Many of us need a helping hand in making a new beginning in survivorship a reality. For this reason, NBAI will offer New Beginnings workshops starting in April 2013. Workshops will be hosted by long-term survivors who will share what it took to make their new beginnings possible.
It is my privilege, every day, to witness women making their new beginnings a reality.
So, what do my students and my fellow survivors have in common? They know that every beginning starts with permission… our permission to begin again.
Jean Campbell is founder and Executive Director of No Boobs About It, Inc., a breast cancer charity. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and the former Director of the American Cancer Society’s NYC Patient Navigator Program.
During the past 35 years, she founded five nonprofit organizations. During her tenure as executive director of several not-for-profit organizations, she designed and developed over 100 educational, health care and social services programs for youth and adults and raised over $100 million in grants to support these initiatives.
Jean is proud to be in the 2013 edition of The Spirited Woman Directory: A Collection of Stories & Resources for an Inspired Life!, which is bringing together women from around the world in a massive collaborative effort. Featured in the magazine-style digital Directory celebrating the “every woman” visionary, are women who are inspiring and changing the world, one Spirited Woman step at a time.
I was 19 years old, freshly graduated from college, and my goal was to be the next Tony Robbins. I counseled juvenile delinquents. I also worked at the Lancome counter to make ends meet. One day, a woman who was around 50 sauntered up for a makeover. A half an hour later, she looked in the mirror and said to me through her tears, “I never thought I was pretty. For the first time in my life I do!” In that moment, I was hooked and my great love has been helping women author their own looks and witnessing the moment when a woman falls in love with what she sees when she looks in the mirror.
Sometimes the greatest trips in life are not the ones we intend on taking and this path of mine was not what I had originally set out to do. But the universe kept pushing me in a direction and I eventually came to the conclusion that I made more of a difference putting lipstick on women then I did with counseling.
As Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist, “to realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” And throughout my life, (from counter girl to celebrity makeup artist to the owner of a salon and creator of a cosmetics line,) I had hints of my calling. I surmise you have had hints too yet there are plenty of speed bumps, potholes and other diversions that can set you off course.
As Napolean Hill once mused, “one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.” If your internal GPS has you a little off course, I encourage every spirited woman out there to pause and ponder what is the burning desire of your heart? Can you look back and notice the hints and a road you are currently being called to traverse?
Conversely, sometimes the traffic of life is just what we need to prepare us. Gridlock teaches us patience. Accidents remind us of the brevity of it all and blue lights in the rear view mirror remind us to slow down.
Keep driving! In spite of defeats, misfortunes or the temporary road blocks that life presents to us all, what is your heart’s greatest desire? Spend today noticing opportunities that abound around you right where you are and take courage in knowing that following your heart is one of the greatest road trips you can ever take.
Alyson Howard-Hoag works with celebrities, CEOs and thousands of real women helping them unearth their Authentic Beauty. Spanning more than 25 years in the beauty industry, her career includes working with leading cosmetic giants of the likes of Aveda, Borghese, Lancome, Revlon, and Sebastian. As an educator and trainer, Alyson has instructed hundreds of makeup artists at salons throughout the Southeast in makeup application and techniques as well as business development.
After years working within the makeup industry, Authentic Beauty was born from the idea that inner beauty, self-acceptance and learning how to express one’s Authentic Self creates outer beauty. Garnering inspiration from best selling author Sarah Ban Breathnach, Alyson invented the Image Journey and opened the Authentic Beauty Makeup Salon and Hair Studio in 2008.
Armed with a philosophy that “a woman should never be told how she should look,” Alyson has honed her true talent: inspiring women to have their external image be a reflection of their Authentic Self. It is her passion to help women make peace with and fall in love with what they see when they look in the mirror. She and her talented team of artists aim to empower women and to teach her clients how to express their Authentic Image while acquiring simple and refined makeup techniques that they can do themselves.
Alyson’s work can be seen in a bevy of Atlanta magazines such as Jezebel Magazine (winner of Best Makeup Artist 2010 and Best of What’s New 2009), and Best Self Magazine. She is also recognized as one of the best brow experts in the country and is affectionately known as the “brow guru” of Atlanta receiving the label “Best of the Best” by Allure Magazine.
Alyson is proud to be in the 2013 edition of The Spirited Woman Directory: A Collection of Stories & Resources for an Inspired Life!, which is bringing together women from around the world in a massive collaborative effort. Featured in the magazine-style digital Directory celebrating the “every woman” visionary, are women who are inspiring and changing the world, one Spirited Woman step at a time.
“Every wise woman buildeth her house….”
My fingers dancing across my keyboard, I’ve just submitted an immediate resignation severing my part-time managerial position. At our Holiday staff luncheon, a woman I supervised handed me a “gag” gift – a toy silver metal gun – and told me she felt like shooting me when I asked for her workplan. The formal grievance I filed wasn’t taken seriously. Many women I know have dismantled their outer house – changing jobs, selling homes, relocating, marrying, divorcing, etc.
Beginning February 4th, right when the whole planet is undergoing dramatic chaos, the Chinese Female Water Snake of 2013, known for her astonishingly beautiful 3rd eye, reflecting the seat of spiritual wisdom, sheds her skin, providing the transformational way for new beginnings.
Her message is: shed all that’s holding you back – emotionally, mentally, physically, financially, and spiritually. Investigate your past, fears and beliefs to detect patterns and behaviors limiting you. It’s time to change the course of your future.
Marianne Williamson said, “This year is a moment out of time, a leap beyond the rationally predictable linearity of history. Don’t just expect the unexpected; DO the unexpected, and you’ll have more cosmic support than your mortal mind would expect.”
The Female Water Snake returns every 60 years. Born in 1953, during the last appearance of this “mesmerizing beauty with her charismatic aura,” I welcome her return, Calling-to-Action my Highest Visionary Self. And, I’m shouting out to you, Visionary Sisters – Join Me!
To access unlocked hidden doorways, gain insight and inspiration, I use golden keys – Questions.
I turned my focus in, opened my senses and asked, “What are visionary women facing at this time? How can we let ourselves shine?”
Like in a waking dream, I found myself climbing up a coastal redwood in Muir Woods. Met by a Crow at the top, he lifted me off, swirled me through the dark grey turbulent atmosphere, then crossed me through a firmament. There I was met by an ethereal teacher who perched me atop his shoulder. Peering far across the landscape, I saw more commotion. Suddenly from the right side of my head came a vast, enigmatic luminescence. Quickly it receded, revealing a Lighthouse. A Lighthouse! Immediately, I was inside the Lighthouse. I then became the Lighthouse. I heard the words, “You are a visionary woman. You are all visionary women. Be the Light. Be it. Each one build your house – your body and Being. Together, each be a Lighthouse amid the storms. Together, enter into one Lighthouse; form as One Lighthouse. Envision it, feel it, hear it, know it. Be One Lighthouse.”
Questions lead to more questions. “How do we “be” Lighthouses, One Lighthouse?”
I heard, “Be your true self. Be true to yourself to your core. Resolve to cultivate your fortitude. Have the audacity. Be true to what is true to you. Your home is you, your relationship with yourself. Everywhere you are, choose to recognize yourself as a Lighthouse. You can build it or you can tear it down. Every wise woman builds her house.”
These days, I live with my cousin. We’re like sisters. She told me it’s not so easy to be a visionary woman. Usually people only trust and believe what they can see and touch. It’s easier to go with what’s concrete.
For me, I suffer when I don’t devote myself to my “house.” Living life is harder when I don’t trust my intuition. I’m willing to take a leap of faith to experience the beautiful things that can’t be seen or touched, like when I followed my intuition to trek up Mt. St. Helens to bury my old self.
Another question…“How do we Be Lighthouses? By being loving? Is being loving being a Lighthouse?
“Go inside yourself and stay there until you find the silence. Then dwell there.”
Amazingly, following my questions, I heard an interview with Eckhart Tolle. A woman asked about the power of love. He said there’s a common misperception. Humans who try to project love are ineffectual because when sending that love they’re doing it from human frequency. But if you enter into silence you open an aperture for Universal love to pour though. It illuminates you. That Light shines forth into the world web. It’s only through becoming still and going into the silence that you can open for it to come through. It’s far beyond what humans can do. It’s not the same vibration as compassion or love, but higher. Staying in the limited conditioned chattering mind of past and future, out of present moment time, closes the opening.
Let’s Be Wise. Let’s go into the silence. Building our individual Lighthouses, our One Lighthouse, will build all of us.
Let your Lighthouse Shine!
Jacke L. Schroeder, MSW, LCSW-C, founder of Corporate Shaman U, brings spirit to work and ties personal growth to the bottom line. She cracks open doors of hard-to-reach places and the truth slips in. Clients catch a glimpse of their greatest potential. Her candid kindness, stalwart companionship and unanticipated comedic delivery, reinvents one’s change process. Disciples become their own Masters when they invest in themselves as well as their businesses. How do you put a price tag on that?
Baltimore/Washington D.C. based, Jacke’s local and national delivery portals include: personal and executive leadership development, business consulting, customized workshops, classes and speaking engagements.
Jacke is proud to be in the 2013 edition of The Spirited Woman Directory: A Collection of Stories & Resources for an Inspired Life!, which is bringing together women from around the world in a massive collaborative effort. Featured in the magazine-style digital Directory celebrating the “every woman” visionary, are women who are inspiring and changing the world, one Spirited Woman step at a time.