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Getting to Know Your Inner Goddesses

According to various psychology studies, women have major patterns, or what some analyst and psychologists call archetypes or patterns, “active”within them. This may be why some wom­en seem so complex. Each archetype must express “herself” in order for a woman to feel balanced, powerful, whole, and fulfilled. Now that we are living in the 21st Century, one would think that women would be encouraged to bring out all of their archetypes, instead of having some relegated to their subcon­scious. Some archetypes are not “wanted” or “accepted” in our society, regardless of their necessity and importance to the lives of women.

Acceptable archetypes by society are: maternal-nurturer, the spouse (some­times referred to as life-partner), the spiritual-wise-woman (providing information which she gives is agreeable society), and the hero-leader or business woman (providing she’s not too smart). Of course, there are the unacceptable archetypes by society: inde­pendent-warrior (the protector), the sensitive-sexual-creative, and the intuitive-knowing archetype. I prefer to call these archetypes “the goddesses within.” Why? Because using the term goddesses makes the learning experience more fun, fascinating and easier to remember.

I have taught about goddess archetypes within women for over 15 years, using research from several different stud­ies on the topic. I have also learned through my own research that without each one of these “goddesses” expressing fully in a woman’s life, she will most likely live a slightly dysfunctional or wounded life, one of stress, emptiness, loneliness, full of longing and sometimes depression. Too many women have not been allowed to bring forth each of the archetypes usually because of the influence of family and/or society.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. reports in her powerful best seller book, "Women Who Run With Wolves," that “women lose contact with their “feminine soul” when not allowed to live fully and naturally themselves.” Dr. Estes also writes, “Without be­ing in touch with our feminine soul, women are without ears to hear her soul talk or to register the chiming of their own inner rhythms. Without her, women’s inner eyes are closed by some shadowy hand, and large parts of their days are spent in a semi-paralyzing ennui, or else wishful thinking. Without her, they forget why they’re here, they hold on when they would best hold out. Without her they take too much, too little, or nothing at all. Without her, they are silent when they are in fact on fire. She is their regulator; she is their soulful heart, the same as the human heart that regulates the physical body.”

I am not speaking about a religion here, but a practice of allowing each goddess pattern to in our lives when and as needed. Intuitively, we each know which goddess to bring forth as needed, providing this wisdom has not be trained or programmed out of us.  It is an innate ability to contact our heart wisdom or our goddess wisdom. The blessing that comes with each goddess is her unique wisdom. If we do not allow each goddess pattern to play in our lives, we will not be as powerful as we are meant to be and our femi­nine souls will cry out to be liberated.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. says, in her best seller book, “Goddesses In Every Woman,” “Knowledge of the “goddesses” provides women with a means of understanding themselves and their relationship with men and women, with their partners, lovers and children.”

Through my seminars, I have experienced when a woman becomes aware of her inner goddess gifts, her deep heart wisdom, she develops with great clarity, a keen understanding of who she is and what she truly wants out of life.  Once a woman is in contact with her inner goddess wisdom, she then begins to live her soul’s dream and without apology. She has a knowing about her that dazzles and astonishes everyone she comes in contact with. Her confidence and energy is increased and she enjoys a fulfilled life. A woman living from her goddess wisdom lives an empowered life everyday not just once in a while.

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