Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2020 Declaration and Intention

Happy New Year!
Thank you for reading what is my first official blog post in the new decade. The act of writing has opened many creative projects – from being someone who LOVES to journal to becoming a published author for the first time in 2016.
To continue with the creative life force energy to help serve myself, my family, the communities and the world, I am making a declaration and intention to blog. There! I said it out loud to the Universe!
This declaration to the Universe and deep intention of my heart is my anchor to show up, step up and share my heart and soul with you.
My 2020 Word of the Year chose me perfectly: 

LEAP???? My 2019 Word of the Year was BLOOM and I have to confidently say, the Universe conspired to ensure that I did indeed bloom by the end of the year. How I enter a new year – a new time of celebration – a new beginning – is super important to me.
I have a New Year’s Eve ritual in my home where I clean the house, all laundry is done and organized, bedsheets are clean, and all bills are paid!
Once I have all the things in the house done, then I sit in meditation for quiet time to listen to my heart’s deepest dreams; for a chance to commune with Spirit. In my meditation, the word LEAP came forth.
LEAP symbolizing:
Level Up

All I feel when I read the above is that I am being asked to step WAY out of my comfort zone this year. The world I am entering as an author, speaker, heart activator and teacher is mostly unknown territory. I first started on this mysterious path 12 years ago. I have been learning along the way. The teachings have taken me through unknown territory into a world which feels deeply known to me. I feel the energy of LEAP is asking me to step into ME 2.0…LEAP is asking me to have a bigger vision for who I am and why I am here.
As I am writing this I am feeling both apprehensive to what this exactly means for me…what this can actually look like for my life…AND tremendous excitement that I want to JUMP (or LEAP) up for joy…waiting for the opportunities to magically unfold and welcoming the people who will enter this new space with whom I will be exploring, discovering and playing with to change the world.
After LEAP chose me in meditation, I grabbed my journal and wrote and wrote and wrote!
As a result, from my New Year’s Eve ritual, I woke up to the new year with CLARITY, FOCUS, ORGANIZATION, CLEANLINESS AND ABUNDANCE!
I had to express it all – my meditation and journaling practice - creatively. The below is what poured out of me.

What do you think? THIS makes my head spin! I can’t believe I am going to declare this…I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED AND READY!
What does the year possibly look like for you? Have you had the chance to tune into your heart’s wishes?
Happy 2020 to you! Isn’t it interesting that this year is also a LEAP year??

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Women Who Influence...the Journey continues...WHY?

Why the book Women Who Influence?

Because this series is a movement!  Notice the initials of the titles?  W.W.I.?  This is by NO means a ‘war’ of power or control…this is a ‘war’ or movement for the rise of the divine feminine.

As most of you know by now – I see everything as the work of the goddesses.  This is no different.

This book, Women Who Influence, is the third in the series.  The first book in the series is called Women Who Ignite.  The second book in the series is called Women Who Inspire. 

This is how I see Goddess energy unfolding in this series:

Goddess Durga                  Goddess Lakshmi           Goddess Saraswati

Women Who Ignite – Goddess Durga

The women authors in this book IGNITE the burning fire of passion ALL women possess.  I see this fire energy in the solar plexus chakra – in the abdomen area – our center of power where we are able to access our fiery but graceful warrior self.

Women Who Inspire – Goddess Lakshmi

Moving this fire energy up to our heart center – our center of love where we are able to access self-love, love for others, hope and forgiveness.
The women authors in this book INSPIRE all women reading their stories by giving them hope, by allowing them to pursue their passion, by giving permission to pursue the dream.  This requires a lot of love for ourselves.  We need to take the time to nurture our passion.  We need to feed our dream.  We need to love ourselves deeply not to self-criticize or self-judge. 
Women Who Influence – Goddess Saraswati
When our passion is lit and we nurture our dream then what is left for us is to take inspired action. And this is where Women Who Influence – my heart – steps in. 
The energy from our heart chakra now moves into our throat chakra.  The throat is our center of creativity and expression…it’s how we desire to show up in the world.  
In this book we, the authors, show (or INFLUENCE) you – that your dream is possible.  How any challenge you might be facing is temporary if you choose it to be so.  All 30 of us women share how our challenges turned into growth which then led to opportunity. 
I believe in womanhood – in sisterhood – in the rise of the divine feminine – in goddess energy – whatever you want to call it – a community or better yet, a world where women rise together because of the love, encouragement and support we, as women, naturally possess within.  It's what we do!  

This book presented a beautiful opportunity to extend my sisterhood with 29 other beautiful women around the globe.

All of my beautiful co-authors and I BELIEVE in YOU! 
Your passion matters...your dream matters…it’s all POSSIBLE!   

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Women Who Influence - the Journey Continues...the Chapter Title

Welcome Back to the Journey, Everyone!  

As I mentioned in my previous blog, https://swangoddess.blogspot.com/2018/01/women-who-influence-once-upon-timethe.html, it is clear that my life path includes writing as a creative outlet for me to express my feelings and insights I desire to share with the world. 

On June 23, 2017, when I made the commitment to be part of the book, I had no idea what I was going to write about.  What did I desire to share with women across the globe? 

I had to trust that Spirit will show and guide me as I whole-heartedly trusted in the guidance to take the leap of faith and commit to the project.

On the Carousel in Central Park, NYC
I decided to surrender and to allow the summer season to inspire me.  My summer was filled with beautiful heart and soul activities and adventures with people who mean the world to me.  I traveled with my family to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Outer Banks.  My family visited the Long Island Wine Country and we went apple picking.  I stayed in the Big Apple the entire week of my birthday where I was inspired by Broadway, 5th Avenue and Central Park.  I traveled to Sedona, AZ, with my soul sister.  I visited my husband’s family in Michigan.  Upon arrival from Michigan, The Great American Solar Eclipse was underway.  I love summer tennis and baseball.  I had the opportunity to go to the US Open in NY to watch the All-American Women’s Semi-Finals.  This too was the summer of Wonder Woman, the movie. 
My Planet Mercury Gong

My summer also consisted of expanded opportunities as to how I needed to show up in the world as Swan Goddess.  I was presented with the opportunity to custom design malas for a specific business product.  I partnered with another one of my soul sisters to create Sacred Moon Fertility – a holistic approach to creation.   I had the opportunity to participate in a weekend Gong training in NY.  Immediately following my gong training, I was asked to serve Corporate America with sound meditations.  And finally, I signed up for American Sign Language classes which were to be held in September.  I was being pulled by my heart and soul to learn the language…why?  Time will tell…

Whoa!!!!!!  What a summer!  The experiences…the moments…the memories…filled and expanded my heart with each moment the summer days were passing by.  The energy of being in a moment in time where you had the opportunity to experience events that haven’t happened at all or in a very long time like The Great American Solar Eclipse and the All-American Women’s Semi-Finals was amazing and inspiring.  I couldn’t deny these types of moments happening in our country during this precise time where I am feeling the deep urge to write.  Statements such as ‘ it’s not possible,’ ‘it’s so unlikely,’ or ‘me?  really?’ were fading away.

During this time, I also found myself to be reading a LOT of books!  I love to read but I typically don’t get the time to just sit and read.  I have a pile of books waiting to be read.  However, this past summer I went from one book to the next…to the next…to the next.  I was reading the book, Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton when I got the first inkling into my chapter writing/topic.  The book is about realizing and recognizing your own divine feminine essence and power through working with the different Vedic goddesses.  The author addresses a number of Vedic goddesses - who they are, what part of us do they represent, exercises you can use to connect and work with them if you so desire. 

I already work with goddess energy…it’s become a way of life to some degree.  Most of you know I love to celebrate Navratri, the 9 Divine Nights of the Goddess.  Navratri honors Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati.  As I was reading the words in the book and working through some of the exercises, I was beginning to see how these three specific goddesses worked through me in my life experiences up until this point.  Ever since I was a teenager I would say…’everything happens for a reason.’ I am a firm believer in this statement.  So, when I was reflecting on my journey and how that translated into blessings, I was reminded of my deep belief that ‘everything happens for a reason.’ At that moment a light bulb went off and I immediately saw the beautiful energies of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati at work throughout my life experiences, challenges and decisions with turned into blessings.  I didn’t see this at the time though. 
Goddess Durga - Goddess Lakshmi - Goddess Saraswati
Navratri, last year, was celebrated from September 21, 2017 to September 29, 2017.  It was at this time of the New Moon once again that I was shown my next steps.  I once again took a deep breathe and knew in my core Divine Intelligence was taking over.  I sometimes still have a hard time wrapping my head around this however it’s all in the experience.  I can’t make this up even if I tried. 

Days after Navratri ended, on October 2nd, I was inspired to sit down on the laptop and begin writing my first draft.  Now…October 2nd is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.  You all know where this is going, right?...

All time and space were suspended as I was typing…the words on the page were pouring out of my head…into my heart…down into my fingers typing on the keyboard.  By the time I felt complete it was about 2 hours.  My chapter spoke of Gandhi’s famous message…”be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

An excerpt from my chapter:

What I am offering in this chapter is how the three goddesses worked through me to get me where I am today. Whether you work with goddess energy or not, it doesn’t matter. The invitation is to reflect on your own journey and surrender to the possibility that the universe is working through you for a higher purpose. The universe is here to support you and encourage you to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
My chapter title……..Be the Change

When your husband has read your chapter and is moved to buy you this book to deepen your passion, inspiration and influence. 

So…why this book project?  Why Women Who Influence?  What does this book represent to me?  How will this book impact women everywhere?

 I’ll write about this next week.

Walking this journey with you is a blessing. 
Thank you for your continued love, encouragement and support.