Thinking Green, Feeling Green

Green.  It's the all the rage: green juice, green sustainability, green thinking.  Green is ecological, eco - logical and eco is definitely IN. As the Green Wood Horse thunders in, my thoughts and heart turn to green: the green grass, drinking green juice, being green, living green.  What is that, to live green? To live in harmony with the earth. Our society seems to be turning more toward this green, harmonious living like recycling, reusing, refraining from too much consumption.  A variety of 'green' products and organic options are found in supermarket aisles.  Bamboo cotton, recycled clothing, solar lighting are trending more everyday. However, is there some deeper meaning to being in harmony with the earth?  What does that really mean? I don't think buying a 'greener' product, or substituting organic rice for regular is enough to really enable full harmony with our environment. Being in harmony with the earth means, ultimately, being in harmony with ourselves.   Our bodies, minds, hearts are simply another expression of the earth, just a a tree is, a dog, a cloud, an ocean.  Those things don't try to 'be green.' They naturally express themselves and there is a harmony that exudes from that natural expression. In our current culture, many of us seem to be lacking harmony, searching for a way back to center to our hearts, a way to find balance.  The recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman struck me.  His death, like so many others, even friends of mine put a spotlight on the shadowy reality of life way out of balance.  There is a strong rise in addiction and deaths connected to many kinds of pharmaceutical drugs.  This is such an extreme way to live life, that we are in so [...]

New Moon and Inanna: Facing the Dark Mother

The New Year has turned over, welcoming in 2014.  The New Moon is a potent time to clear away the old and make room for what is coming in, fresh and vibrant for the year. These last several months of my life have been especially life changing, as well as deeply challenging. My thirteen year long relationship came to an end as I faced the truths of my own growth and values around self-love, power and inner wisdom. After a huge amount of transformation, I was left behind to sort out the physical pieces of our relationship, to begin the beautiful embarkation on a new one and to face the sorrow of being so far from my daughter. In the months that followed, I have since lost my main income from online work, my daughter is gone, thousands of miles away, I am moving around like a modern vagabond, caretaking other people’s homes.  My computer began oozing green goo and I have lost friends, gotten rid of most of my belongings and begun the huge process of deconstructing what happened the last thirteen years of my life.  I've learned so much from being broken and shared this here, on elephant journal. As the adventure of 2013 unfolded, I felt increasingly like INANNA, the great goddess of Ancient Sumer who descends into the Underworld to visit her sister, Ereshkigal, the Dark Mother.  Inanna speaks to me, and to so many other women who seek guidance when we move through the especially hard times in life. Ancient myths act like a key to unlock our innermost feelings and the myth of Inanna works to uncover our deepest, darkest truths in the form of a classic tale of initiation.  From my book,  Fire of the Goddess “Initiation is a deep surrender; it is the courage to really give ourselves over to the universe, [...]

Happy New Year Full Moon Blessings

Inspired by the beautiful full moon on the Puna coast, Big Island Hawaii, I honor Green Tara, goddess of compassion and healing. Tonight I joined a group of women to offer a chant and whales leapt offering their bodies in love! Happy new year to all, welcoming in the green wood horse year. Aloha nui loa!

FIRE

This piece began as a vision of walking with brilliant red cloth across the desolate landscapes of the wild craters of Kilauea, to both celebrate and honor the element of Fire.  In this short video, I seek to embody the creative, divine spark that activates our spirits, illuminating our sacred fire within.  Exploring the power of fire as transformation, power, and a healing force, I move through Kilauea Iki on the Big Island of Hawaii.  This crater lays next to the churning caldera, Hale Ma'uma'u, home to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and lava.  Dancing openly through Pele's handiwork of destruction and creation, I pay my respect to the lehua blossoms, flowers of the first ohia trees, and offer my humble chant to honor the spirit of Fire and receive the sacred messages that Pele has to offer. The Fire of the Goddess is the divine creative spark that resides within us and speaks to us from the depths of our souls.  

New Moon, New Year 2014

Welcoming in a New Year as the New Moon passes through the turning feels especially divine and auspicious.  This past year has seen a great many changes both personally and collectively. Fire of the Goddess is ready to take our next leap into offering the tools and resources to ignite the flame of passion and change in our hearts as we ring in 2014. This particular New Year, we witness a New Moon.  In the ancient Goddess traditions which honor the divine feminine, the New Moon is a time to let go of the old, shedding our skins, burning up what no longer serves us to make way for the new. The Fire of the Goddess is the active creative power that resides within the divine feminine.  Fire is symbolic of spirit and light embodied and contains within its essence the power to transmute, transform, to burn away the old and make room for the new.  As I prepare to make ceremony and connect with my loving community on the Big Island of Hawaii, I also sit in remembrance of what it means to honor the fire, light and dance of the Fire of the Goddess.  That by celebrating the divine feminine is the work of the Fire of the Goddess, to reclaim our right to view the feminine as sacred.  The New Year is also the time to gather with friends and family, to set intention and clarify once again what is most important to our hearts and life journeys.  As we bring in 2014, we can each ask ourselves what is it the sacred fire that burns in our own hearts?  What will we do this year to benefit others?  It is my prayer that we [...]