Whew! Sharing daily notes on my personal culture of beauty "mostly daily" has been a challenge lately. Mama's been busy, productive and whirling all sort and form of power and magic offline.
The third New Moon of 2017 is tonight at 9:57 PM Central Standard Time in the sign of Aries and we're still in a Venus Retrograde. This is the "purrr"fect time to get clear on who we are and how we express love and beauty in our lives and in the world. This is an auspicious time to tap into your Divine Voice and declare your intention for manifestation for the next twenty-eight moon cycle.
ARIES = "I AM"
Aries energy is all about the expression of ''I AM" energy so beautifully exemplified by Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin. The freedom of being, doing, and having whatever the *%*# you desire and giving zero flips about what others think about it. On Planet Aries "Everything is possible." The true superwoman energy.
INVITATION: TONIGHT WITH ME
Take advantage of this profound opportunity to manifest M & Ms (magic and miracles) with a New Moon Ritual. This evening our SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES Facebook Community will engage in a "Manifesting Magic & Miracles" SHIMMY CIRCLE at 9 PM Central.
In preparation for our session I'm going to give you a bit of a hook-up.
"NO BURDEN IS HEAVY WHEN EVERYONE LIFTS."
Since the beginning of 2017, I guide a secret community of women who are the rebels, mavericks, creators, and humanitarians of our society to manifest their goals and visions in the area of beauty, health . . . LIFE! Ever wish someone would ask you about that goal you made to make sure you got it done? Well, we do that with a lot of other goodies, like impromptu oracle readings, monthly beauty dossiers, etc.
So, we're on the tail-end of a month-long "Loving My Beautiful Bodacious Body" series in which members have gotten twelve out of sixteen tutorials about how to integrate beauty movement rituals in their day-to-day. Moving your body takes energy and produces energy. Energy begets energy. If you've had stagnation in your cash, love and creativity flow then perhaps it's time to "Shake Your Honey Pot" beautiful. From your pocketbook (both of them) to your magnetism (Ms. Honey Pot drawin' in those bees) this tutorial, if done as intended will attract cash your way and lubricate your ability to manifest the desires of your heart.
Let's put it to the test.
This North African dance move commonly referred to as "Belly Dance" is beneficial for your "lady parts," "yoniverse," "celestial garden" and every term that refers to your female reproductive system. With regular (a day or two a week) belly dancing you'll not only ease discomfort and the length of days on your menstrual "moon" time, but also amplify your magnetism.
How do you say "bees to honey?" Yup! You'll be stirring up that feminine sweetness within.
Make sure to hydrate after your session because if you do it right, you will break a bit of a sweat. This is a private video. The password is: shimmy
So come on and work that power and magic like the Child of Possibility, Aries. Don't be stingy with the SHINE. The Universe and Heavens are ours. What are you manifesting in this moon cycle?
Thank you for reading. If you feel generous, SHARE.
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Day 30 of 2/12 Moons
The House of Beatrice: Me and my sister, daughters and mother
photo: Rashid Zakat
Someone said that there are Seven Wonders Of The World, well me and Stevie (Wonder that is who sang "Ebony Eyes") don't agree. Every single baby girl is born a "Wonder Of The World" . . . until the world tells her otherwise.
Today International Women's Day is observed around the world. Over a hundred years ago, it began as an outcry for women being treated like second-class citizens. The mission of this observance is defined as "the struggle for women's rights."
I believe that my mouth speaks things into existence so perhaps it's time to let go of "The Struggle" for anything. We see a hundred years later from the inception, struggling for anything leads to more struggle. It just doesn't work metaphysically speaking. I say that we speak of and into the Victory that this world works for EVERYone. And that work begins in our hearts, our consciousness and then shows up in our own relationships and households.
My feeling is that babies, girls or boys, aren't born with a drive to oppress, exploit and abuse. "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation." Mothers have a responsibility to raise sons that honor, protect and provide for women and children.
The day will come that women under, over and "inner"stand that allowing your sons to take on oppressive, exploitive, abusive and supremacist ideologies based on differences, that those same sons will grow to oppress, exploit, abuse and stand over in superiority to you and your daughters. It's time for women once and for all to be concerned not only with the "me" but with the "we"; no matter how different your sister looks, prays and expresses her feminine power. It's always been about the "we." When can take clues from nature in that when we share energetic space our menstrual rhythm syncs with each other.
The boys and men are watching us.
We teach our men and sons how to treat us as they are watching how our relationships with each other women express and unfold. So:
Mothers (that includes Aunties because they're all our daughters) cultivate and encourage the beauty, magic, power and majesty of your daughters.
Daughters (and nieces because they're all our mothers) honor, respect and give tribute to your mothers, for without her you wouldn't BE.
Sisters, desire more for your sister than you would desire for yourself because one day you may need her to pull you up or along.
So I'll say again, it's up to us to tap into our divine and feminine power because after all we birthed those that oppress us. We see that when we teach our sons to oppress, exploit and abuse others based on differences, we cultivate a world in which you yourself are oppressed, exploited and abused. Your zenophobic seeds will harvest and that chicken will come home to roost.
If we desire first-class treatment, it begins with how we treat ourselves, our si"stars" and all those souls who come to this planet that happen to be different from us.
I'm very optimistic we are upon a Golden Age of Consciousnes and the circle of huemanity will again become complete. It's simple. The solution is at hand. We struggle no more. We now flow.
Happy International Women's Day to my fellow Wonders of The World.
Please SHARE this message. Please LIVE this message.
Thank you for reading.
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Day 11 of 2/12 Moons
Normally I speak of possibility and maintain a worldview of "YES." My daily commitment is to focus on gratitude, appreciation, abundance and plenty of this life. Based on what I have observed in my time in this physical realm, I find a few things worrisome to the ultimate vision that this world works for "every One." I can't help but to perceive an agenda underneath the propaganda in which we are bombarded with. The last few days I have been turning the following questions over in my head:
What if . . .
The resources on planet Earth were not enough to sustain the entire "consuming" population?
What if . . .
It was determined that the Earth's "consuming" population needed to be reduced so that its resources would not be depleted?
What if . . .
The dominating global superpower concocted a plan to reduce the "consuming" population of the Earth?
How would that be determined?
What would be the determining factors for one's annihilation or survival in this effort?
Who would be the most favorable individuals to remain on Planet Earth?
Who would be the least desirable individuals to remain on Planet Earth?
Have you ever asked yourself:
"Why am I valuable?"
"Do I add value?"
"What do I produce?"
"Does my existence add or take away from the lives of others?"
"Am I primarily a producer or a consumer?"
"Am I primarily a giver or taker?"
Yes, it's the era of all sort and form of slayage and fleekdom, but at the end of the day are you necessary?
Thank you for reading.
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Day 9 of 2/12 Moons
"Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up."
Apparently the richest and most influential people on the planet are in the
business of war, drugs and sex trafficking using any means necessary.
Let Us Not Become Weary While Doing Good
Somehow our gifts, talents, abilities, life's work, purpose and/or calling are
the things that bring us alive, put us in the flow, the zone, vibes us up . . .
If you're truly occupying your day with the things that invigorate, exhilarate,
and refresh you then it's a wise deduction that you'll never tire of it.
The goodness in you must be expressed, it cannot be denied.
If you keep focusing on the LOVE for what you do then the
results and rewards become a non-issue.
For At The Proper Time We Will Reap A Harvest
As one who is certified in Urban Sustainable Horticulture as well as coming
from a family of farmers and gardeners, on a DNA level I'm clear that
manifestation, birthing, and sowing a harvest has a natural rhythm and cycle.
MAKE sure the seed is viable.
ANALYZE the soil for suitability to seed.
TILL the soil.
PLANT the seed at the appropriate time and environment.
WATER the seed and soil.
FEED the seed and soil.
EXPOSE the seed to light.
PRUNE i.e. get rid of any weeds.
REAP your harvest when the time is right.
If We Do Not Give Up
So as you see there are proper steps to the sowing of a harvest.
There is also a proper cycle to this process.
If you give up or quit before the process is complete,
no matter how long it takes you will not bring to life the very thing you've been called to do.
And if it was an IN-SPIRED (Spirit) action then it's your responsibility to see it through.
I know it seems that the rich get richer, the bad people get away with murder
and the good guy/girl never wins but . . .
this isn't always true.
Be encouraged that if you utilize the laws of the Universe to manifest, the Universe has no judgment. If you follow the recipe to a "T" you get what you set out to get. It's like baking a cake, if you follow a great recipe, you'll get a great cake. It doesn't matter if you're an evil "arsehole" or a holy saint. You must follow the directions.
If we desire to cross the finish line and experience the
desires of our hearts we must follow the rhythm and cycle of harvesting.
It's time to get your hands "dirty" so get to it.
Thanks for reading.
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Day 5 of 2/12 Moons
S O C I A L M E D I A C O M M E N T A R Y
"Oshun. Bey. I got my life."
"Everyone can go home now because Beyoncé just slayed the 2017 Grammys."
"Divine Beyoncé performing while expecting twins, beautiful tribute to women/mothers!"
"WTF? Although I didn't expect anything less from the high priestess of the illuminati!"
"Beyoncé is a woman in touch with her African ancestry. I love how she channeled the orishas Osun and Ibeji in her performance. There is nothing satanic, demonic or illuminati about this."
"As if she couldn't be more annoying . . . making profit out of her pregnancy.
Next a video with her umbilical cord?"
"So..am I the only Lucumi/Ifa practitioner that is not impressed by Beyoncé's recent Oshun
representations? I feel that her displays support the simplification of Oshun and disregard her many beautiful and complex layers."
E M O T I O N
We are emotional beings.
Even with being presented rock-solid facts, clear-cut logic, our emotions will often be the final word on a choice to be made. So what touches our emotions?
Images, Music, Words, Scents, Touch, Taste.
Experiences through our senses activate our emotions.
I spoke about messages and programming being slipped in through our trance state in SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic Book One. That's why it's important that we always stand guard of our minds and the things we consume.
In 2002, when I began production of the yet-released documentary film "Searchin' For M'Sistahz" there was no mantra or hashtag of #blackgirlmagic.
When I set pen to paper to write SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic Book One in 2005 beginning with the piece "Can A Sista Get At Least 50 Cent?" the talk about goddess or superwoman anything was so underground that I couldn't even find the word in my dictionary at the time.
Fifteen years later, #magic, #goddess, #superwomen and all things #feminine, #powerful and #magical are bristling with a resurrected effervescence. It's like the Spirit of our grandmothers have returned to get this thing right for us.
Enter Beyoncé's Lemonade album.
I don't own a TV, so I missed the Grammy's last night but thank goodness to Mr. Zuckerberg and friends, with social media we won't skip a beat. So within moments of opening up my Facebook feed I see a picture of Tina Beyincé-Lawson, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy that read: "Oshun. Bey. I got my life."
Ok. So I typed in the Facebook search box: Beyonce Grammys 2017 and found a nine-minute video entitled "Snatched." [VIDEO BELOW] and watched it.
As a woman of color, strongly aligned with my West African and Indigenous American heritage folded into a consciousness that I am/you are/we are embodiments of divinity, the pre-show images of the trio: daughter, mother and grandmother then the performance left me . . .
In fact, inspired and tingling.
With the name of the most ancient goddess in recorded history [AUSET] and a Venus in Leo, love, beauty and magic are full-time preoccupations for me and Beyoncé's Grammy performance was dripping with divine beauty and symbolism that I my consciousness effortlessly decoded. Looking like an Ethiopian painting, every woman in this on-stage drama wore a halo indicating illuminated consciousness (Heru = hero).
The imagery was ÜBER-feminine and deliciously maternal as Bey moved her pregnant with twins body in a tribe of diaphanous sistren. What a breath of fresh air.
Behind closed doors I've mentioned to my family members (because I don't believe in disparaging another's creative work. When you create, you "under"stand what it takes to materialize your visions so there's a level of respect I don't violate.) an element I found lacking in the Black Girl's Rock awards from year-to-year. Although we look soooo beautiful and put together, the celebration is mainly of women achieving in their masculine energy outside of the home with very little emphasis on the maternal aspect (nurturer/protector and not completely in the feminine domain but a balance of the both like the hemispheres of our brain working together) of who we are. The very essence of femininity expresses itself inside, within, the hidden. This was something I really respected and appreciate Martha Stewart for and that was bringing a spotlight and encouraging the art of creating home. If you are a female you embody three hundred and sixty degrees of femininity (#superwomenandgoddesses) so why be limited?
We are at a time in history where we're finding our footing within a shifting patriarchal to matriarchal reality in America. Growing pains if you will. So finding our balance and footing may take awhile but we WILL get there. It's the Age of Aquarius after all. Sometimes it takes a moment to balance and find a happy medium while at the same time there should be no question about the CIVIL RIGHT to choose our experiences and destiny in this life while being compensated equally.
First aware of Beyoncé through Destiny's Child in '98, it's been interesting to witness Beyoncé's very human-in-front-of-the-world growth and evolution as an artist, woman, daughter and mother.
Those close to me know that although I was jammin' to Destiny's Child like everyone else ("Bills, Bills, Bills", "Bugaboo," "Say My Name"). I began to wince a bit at Destiny's Child's proclamation of being "independent women" with a "F you, I don't need you because I got my own." message because by this time (2001) my commitment to the partnership, alliance and union of men and women was taking a deep root within. In the meantime, I saw a rise in the conversation of "black" women not able to find mates of their same culture, while many men were opting to couple with women outside of their own culture (which is fine but then leaves a bit of a void for the women who desire men of their same culture).
Union of man and woman as interdependent and complementary was a concept I was cultivating in myself in my own process of chipping away at the adverse American European/Christian mindset I was raised in for an exploration of who I was indigenously. I had an Ifa priest who taught me about the orishas and a Sioux shaman that provided an authentic Native American sweat lodge experience complete with making tobacco ties.
War and division of the sexes is not part of most of our pre-colonial heritage. Our most ancient African i.e. pre-colonized mindset was always matriarchal (the Jews/Hyksos/Shepherd Kings adopted this part of ancient African culture in their occupation of Egypt), which to be clear was not the opposite of patriarchy but the idea that where there is a god there is also a goddess. Matriarchy is the recognition of balance, yin and yang, male and female, masculine and feminine, husband and wife, heaven and earth, etc. Patriarchy and matriarchy were never in competition. I go more into this in the book. So at that time I didn't feel preaching about independence (a European concept of "rugged individualism" or "me") was the answer but interdependence (which is about "we" which is distinctly pre-colonial African worldview, as well as many cultures who live close to the earth and in sync with Nature.)
We never know what's happening in someone's household but to hear Beyoncé's message of letting the circle be unbroken between, daughters and mothers, grandmothers and grand-daughters, sisters, husband and wife is refreshing and inspiring.
In 2002, I declared that BET was one of the banes of my existence. As the law of attraction would have it, I later became friends with the head of programming and his wife at the time. I hated BET's misogynistic music videos back in the 90s because I felt it was ruining our already delicate relationship with our men as well as how "black" women we're viewed globally.
My passion for the elevation of the divine black feminine was deepened after working alongside Madonna's makeup artist on a string of 50 Cent music videos. I was inspired to DO something because I personally didn't feel represented in this media, nor any of the magical women I knew. My daughters were watching this culture unfold so I set out to change the perception of "black women" in America so began production of "Searchin' For M'Sistahz" a documentary highlighting the beauty, power and magic of "black" women. Pretty much, my own PR campaign for us, to save our families.
I realized this weekend that the images, music and media that I dreamt of creating and viewing for myself and daughters I was now watching, I now see in social media, in TV commercials, in films, yes there's still a great deal of nonsense and insanity offered on the buffet, but all I ever desired was to have a choice. Ghandi has been quoted often to "Be The Change You Wish To See In The World." I have begun to see that writing, publishing and creating a life's work around superwomen, goddesses, who work power, magic, holistic beauty has manifested in the culture that I live, participate and can now consume. I feel fed and represented somewhere out there.
My chant has been that I'd like to see women: all of us, of all hues, cultures, etc. get back in touch with the most powerful aspect of ourselves and that is the mysterious, internal, still, magnetic aspect of the multi-faceted spectrum of what it is to be female. If Queen Bey, the biggest entertainer in the world at this time is at the 2017 Grammy's inspiring and moving people with images of family, lineage, motherhood, sisterhood, femininity, love, beauty and magic I don't care of she's illuminati (LOL.), or if it's all a marketing gimmick or anything else. The mission is accomplished. The images have been embedded, the culture, the girls, the boys have been elevated and the possibility of the balance of masculine/feminine within/without manifest in our families is alive.
I saw the film "Daughters of the Dust" decades ago and it changed my life. Media IS POWERFUL. So similar to what I feel about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, if they did NOTHING in eight years politically: quite simply the image of them as an elegant, intelligent, bonded family is an image that taps into our emotion/aspiration that is more powerful than any speech will ever have.
Although I don't see myself as joining your beehive anytime soon because I have my own, thank you Mrs. Beyonce Knowles Carter for properly representing the three hundred and sixty degrees of what it is to be female for all the superwomen and goddesses before, here and after who work power and whirl magic. As Marimba Ani has written: Let the circle be unbroken.
Respect from your Virgo si"star": Daughter of Obatala and Priestess of Auset.
Thanks for reading.
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Day 17 of 1/12 Moons
Waxing Gibbous in Virgo
Are you fascinated by heist films like: The Italian Job, The Thomas Crown Affair, Flawless, Ocean's Eleven, Entrapment, Now You See Me, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, ?
ORDER + PLANNING + STRATEGY
What makes the thief successful is their excellence in organization, planning and strategy. Perhaps the faithless leave nothing to chance so organization, planning, and strategy insure success. Perhaps the faithful leave too much up to chance expecting it all to just work out. What if the "righteous" utilized this level of science in carrying out their visions instead of leaving much to faith, hope and their very best wishes?
Ever wonder how the popularity of the mini-Cooper got it started in America? When The Italian Job film came out I started to see more people driving mini-Coopers. If you haven't watched The Italian Job (2003) check it and witness the level of flawless teamwork of talented thieves and technicians coming together to steal thirty million dollars in gold without a gun but using: precision timing (to the second), flawless planning and strategy.
"The fall of nations and empires has always
come about first by the disorganized spirit."
Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.
the team's mastermind and thief since he was just a boy organized
the crew seeing the whole picture to cover all the angles.
Old-school safe cracker
safe and vault "technician"
demolition and explosives expert
a premier wheelman i.e. "driver"
LYLE aka Napster:
There's only one drawback in the lifestyle of a thief and that's when you steal from life, it steals from you. There are universal principles at work so keep it righteous in the unfolding of your great plans, enterprises and visions.
Thanks for reading.
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Day 28 of 13/13 Moons
The DEATH Train
We can't even pretend not to notice all the death around us in the world. It's like there's a big party happening in another realm and people are quickly making their exit to get there.
As a little girl, my relationship with death was knowing that when people died they would be buried underground in a casket. What a scary thought in my young mind. Surely nothing I'd have to deal with anytime soon. But it created an uncomfortable feeling about dying until recently . . .
The idea of death isn't what it used to be to me as a young girl, it's nothing to run from or be afraid of when you see life metaphysically; that we are co-creators of our experience here and "there" and that we have freewill to power that experience. I'm not leaving this physical realm until I choose to. (Yup. You did indeed hear my "black" woman sass.) When I hear that someone has "died," if they were close to me or influential in my life, it's more that I will miss their physical presence in this Earth realm.
I don't see it as some tragic thing unless it was through tragic or painful means that they left this realm. On some level I believe that we approve the experiences that we have because perhaps the soul, the God force within desires to experience the human contrast from it's omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent being of nothingness. Make sense?
Our attachment to life kind of goes away when we discover that EVERY thing is life, there's no such thing as death just the transformation of form. We are but particles of energy and energy is not created nor destroyed it just transforms it's expression. Hmmm . . .
. . . just my theory inspired by much experience, observation and clues given by others. Abraham (the non-physical consortium channeled through Esther Hicks) offers that physical death can be one's desire to re-emerge into life freshly or to express in the non-physical realm. I've wondered if the soul that was Bob Marley has re-emerged and what he's up to. Could it be we never truly die, we just transform form, like relationships?
MY DEMON. MY ANGEL.
We come together. We part company. But our presence in that person's life and their presence in ours never goes away. They become part of our beautiful soul ecology, even if the experience or their presence brought pain or dishonored you. The gift of your co-mingling is the wisdom you gained or the contrast of what you desire to have you desire and manifest another experience. Our apparent demons become our unlikely angels.
Like King Alobar in the novel "Jitterbug Perfume" going through extensive lengths to discover the secret of longevity or August Wilson's film character Troy in "Fences" in a duel with death, people fear it, avoid it and run away from it. Seems though the faster you run from death, aging, anything for that matter, it will chases you down until you get to see that it was all an illusion because there is only life and the transformation of it.
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
GIVE ME A REASON TO LIVE
I've noticed often, but not always, partners who have been together a long, long time will pass away shortly after their departed beloved. I've also read that many die shortly after they retire from their life's work. ("Just The Way You Are" is playing now....love that song.)
Realizing this, when my mother retired from forty-seven years of being an educator in the area of Life Skills for young people, I was focused on inspiring her to create a future that she was excited to live into.
The origins of this note was inspired by a dear si"star" who is part of our SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES Facebook community. She messaged me that she was in the hospital in a life or death situation. Of course, I honor her choice to be here with us or to graduate to another realm, however I wanted to encourage her to focus on an exciting future that she could live into.
A FUTURE TO LIVE INTO
While being present is the key, I'm CLEAR on the necessity of having a future to live into. Having something you look forward to, something you're excited and passionate about that has you pop out of the bed each morning. Something that becomes Your Greatest Love Affair. "When you give up your dream, you die." says Nick, Alex's love interest in "Flashdance."
Yeah, like that.
Having a future to live into builds our WILL to live. That fire in our belly that keeps us in action and powering through. Every one of us, desires to feel that our existence matters and is necessary to someone or something. When that is missing, perhaps we get overly wrapped up in the propaganda and distractions of the world, believing their REAL. (shaking my head) We really believe the hype sometimes. It's "Just An Illusion" (by Imagination.)
SERVE + CONNECT
I'm CLEAR that when we have a purpose through service and connection to people and the beauty of this world THIS is what creates LONGEVITY or LIFE. It's not about avoiding or fearing death but to LIVE, really LIVE, with passion, with intimacy, with brazen honesty ('cuz that people pleasing, ego-stroking really doesn't attract the best that life has to offer for us).
If you're ill, focus on healing and loving on your Self as well as what will be your next adventure in expressing your purpose through service. If you haven't discovered your purpose, just serve, provide a solution to someone's problem and you'll figure it out. Don't be stingy with the goodies. And you've got a lot of goodies mama/man.
The Death Train that soul's have been hopping on lately I feel is actually a RE-BIRTHING of humanity. "Exiting Through The Gift Shop" to enter the front door of a Golden Age in this Aquarian Age. Perhaps by providing a mirror of death, we're being presented with an apparent contrast inspiring us to REALLY live.
We can cheat death, because death doesn't REALLY exist. It only exist in language as everything does (a Landmark Education distinction). While we slip in and out of realms, domains and galaxies, we are eternal.
Focus on contributing to others, serving others and adding value to others on such a level that you're missed when you choose to slip out of this party into another.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate you.
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Day 20 of 13/13 Moons
Do you know what time it is?
There's a time to be still.
There's a time to proceed.
There's a time to retreat.
Is your response at this time appropriate to what you desire in the depths of your heart?
Love. Money. Family. Health. Legacy.
What is the true motivation behind your lack of response at this time?
Time for Reflection? Needed Rest? Paralyzing Fear? Pure Laziness?
As one who's done a great deal of work on my Self as well as in the area of leadership, I really get that many of us can't fathom how powerful our presence is when we do choose to show up. We sign-up for courses, initiate projects, pay for coaches, receive invitations, etc.
If you have raised your hand and said, "Yes. I am down. I'm in. I desire to do this. I'm ready."
Then . . . you don't reply to the email, answer the call, respond to the text, show up to the appointment, etc. WTH?
Ok crazy, you've prayed, you've pleaded and asked for the good life, the upgrade, the breakthrough, you get it and then you . . .
You do nothing.
I remember a very close friend once said to me, "It's easy to be successful in life because the average person just bumbles through life in mediocrity so those of us who just do the bare minimum, the basics, we tend to stand out." What he said has stuck with me through the years. And I've seen that there is some truth to this.
Lack of response falls into one of three mindsets:
1. FEAR: you're afraid of saying "no," you're afraid you won't be able to . . . , etc. fear.
2. INVISIBILITY: feeling that your presence has no consequence, they won't miss me.
3. PASSIVE: the answer is really no, so "no response" is your response
We both know that none of these behaviors REALLY work if you're playing the game of greatness.
1. FEAR: The best things in life occur with a bit of risk and moving beyond our comfort zone.
2. INVISIBLE: Do you know what it took for you to be conceived, survive pregnancy, child birth, your infancy, childhood, teen years and you're still standing here as an adult? You're the product of a million miracles and escaped death a billion times. There's is no one on this planet that is unnecessary or insignificant. You are a winner in the truest since of the word. You won the blessing of life, you have something profound to offer, if you would just respond and show up!
3. PASSIVE: Ok, you're just being a lazy coward. Rude. Inconsiderate. You'll get yours. Trust.
Here's a bit of metaphysical truth: At the end of the day, your interaction isn't really with the individual you're having this experience with but Universal Law itself. Every action creates an equal or greater reaction. Your fear, your playing invisible and small, lack of clarity breeds more of the same in your life and most likely from people, experiences and areas of your life you don't want to have that show up.
Be generous, Be clear, Be courageous.
Why? Because wealth, abundance and prosperity is created through the dance of giving and receiving. Kind of like the act of sex, the friction of polarity creates life. Your response ignites possibility and opens up worlds and adventures to you that embody the desires of your heart.
Tell me "Yes." Tell me "No." Tell me now.
Isn't it time to stop BEing stingy, cowardly & vague. We're better than our lack of response.
Commit less. Then respond.
Today share this note and declare who, what you're going to respond to today.
Yep, I'm talking to you. So . . . respond.
I'm going to leave the comments open to see who is being generous, clear and courageous today. ;o)
Thanks for reading.
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Day 19 of 13/13 Moons
"Own your space.
Our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves and a lot of times we spend our time pleasing, satisfying and looking out into the world to define who we are."
M I C H E L L E O B A M A
First Lady of The United States of America
I'm taking a quick break from the #21insights4nights to insert another #iAmHer360 feature. The timing is right as the Obama's prepare to leave the White House after eight years of service as Commander-In-Chief and First Lady.
# iAmHer360 speaks to seeing other women as yourself and the celebration of every way that any woman chooses to express herself. If you've missed any of them click this link for the playlist: #iAmHer360.
The first time I ever heard Michelle Obama speak in an interview, something stuck with me; that she got up every morning at four am to workout and to see to HER needs first before it was time to take care of everyone else. Being someone who rises before the sunrise myself, I was impressed and sensed a next level solidity to her that I respected. She also happens to remind me of my own mother . . . so there's that too.
In this feature, I share some my favorite of the first lady's many inspirational ideas over the years.
Think, Feel & Act Like A First Lady
M R S . O B A M A ' S G E M S
To Young Girls About Boys: Cute, Interesting & Otherwise
"There's no boy at this age that is cute enough or
interesting enough to stop you from getting your education.
If I had worried about who liked me and who was cute when I was your age
I wouldn't be married to the President of The United States."
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On Enduring Insults & Slights
"All of this used to really get to me.
Eventually I realized that if I wanted to keep my sanity and not let others define me,
there was only one thing I could do and that was to have faith in God's plan for me.
I had to ignore all the noise and be true to myself and the rest would work itself out."
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On Modeling What You Want
"If we want maturity, we have to be mature.
If we want a nation that's hopeful, we have to speak in hopeful terms.
We have to show love and empathy,
If we want smart leaders we have to be smart voters.
We cannot vote from a place of fear, but from a place of openness.
We have to model what we want."
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On Your Challenges, Disadvantages & Disappointments
"Never view your challenges as a disadvantage,
this experience of overcoming is one of your
biggest advantages. You'll be equipped to deal with
further disappointments and discouragement.
You'll have the maturity and wisdom
to keep moving forward."
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On Authenticity . . .
"There are no surprises, no tricks up our sleeve.
We are authentic, came in that way and will leave that way.
The office amplifies who you are. It doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are.
I follow my own moral compass. That's the only thing I have to live up to."
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On Being Complacent
"The work always continues. We're never done.
Never be complacent thinking you've arrived.
We've seen how quickly things can be taken away if we aren't vigilant,
if you don't know your history. What are you gonna do?
How are you going to be better?
What are you going to change in your family dynamic?
We can't afford to be ignorant or complacent.
Continue to do the work.
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On Balance & Having It All
"Don't beat yourself up about not being able to have it all.
No one gets everything. You don't always get your way all the time.
You learn that when you're a child. It's about managing expectations.
You're living your life through phases. You're compromising for certain phases, then later you may have more of what you thought you wanted. If you're not having it all right now, you're not failing.
Take care of yourself so you'll live long enough to make it happen later.
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On Mastering Your Schedule
"If I'm going to leave my house and leave my girls
I need to know how is this going to have an impact."
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A Word To The Men
Be better at everything.
Fathers, who love your daughters and are providing a solid example,
that is the greatest gift the men in my life gave me.
I've never experienced abuse by the hands of any man in my life.
Be a better husband. Be part of your family's life.
Don't babysit your children. Be engaged.
Be a better employer. Diversify.
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On Service & Happiness
"I left the practice of law and went into public service for selfish reasons.
It makes me happy and feel good every single day.
I wanted to wake up and be inspired to do something greater than myself.
That's what serving and giving means to so many.
Get out of the isolation and looking down at your phones.
That's not enough, you need people in your lives that you're connecting with and helping.
There's nothing better than knowing you're helping to change people's lives.
The haters and the doubters? None of that matters because
you're getting so much out of the work you're doing.
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"Tips on bravery? I don't know if I ever view it as bravery.
I just viewed it as I'm not going to be taken advantage of.
I knew my value. And that goes back to knowing who you are.
As women and young girls, we have to invest that time
into getting to understanding and liking who we are.
But you've gotta work to get to that place and if you're going out into the world
as a professional not knowing who you are, don't know what you want and
you don't know how much you're worth then you have to be brave.
Then you have to count on the kindness and goodness of others to bestow it upon you."
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On Living Without Apology
"I"m going work so hard that my actions speak and I don't have to say anything.
Let me live my life outloud so people can then see and judge for themselves.
Don't dial it back, don't dilute it. Don't apologize for it, it speaks for itself."
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On Knowing Yourself & Owning Your Space.
"Stand inside yourself and own your space.
Our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves
and a lot of times we spend our time pleasing, satisfying and
looking out into the world to define who we are.
It takes taking the time to know who you are to be able to deal
with the negative onslaught of the messages you're bound to get.
I came into this with a pretty clear sense of self.
And some of this comes with age, experience, being fortunate
enough to be raised by a loving strong, focused mother and father who loved me dearly.
So I fortunately came into this situation with a really clear sense of who I was,
It was easy to brush that stuff off because I know who I am."
Thanks for reading.
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Day 15 of 13/13 Moons
Full Moon in Cancer
21 Insights In 4 Nights
During the Winter Solstice I got quiet for four days and four nights and emerged with twenty-one insights; some were reminders, some were epiphanies, others were ideas.
Insight #6 . . .
It's been ten years since I received about ten boxes containing the first edition of SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic. I was enchanted by a vision after spending a day with porn stars, strippers, video vixens and 50 cent on a music video over a decade ago. I was crystal clear that when transformed little girls become women who choose suitable mates they will raise children in healthy, loving households and we'll experience transformation in our communities, world, planet. This book project was my love letter to my daughters and yours. My protective stand for the children of the post-gangsta rap generation, seeing the misogyny as a red flag of more degeneration to come.
WHAT IS YOUR PASSIONATE CAUSE THAT YOU WOULD FIGHT FOR?
Although, I never had a sense of urgency to hurry and get this book out, I figured I would be promoting and sharing it with people for the rest of my life, while at the same time felt that somehow one day the concepts in this book would become irrelevant. It felt like with the interest in natural hair and natural beauty becoming more and more mainstream especially in the "African-American" community I'd be singing to the choir. I really felt the day would come that women and girls would get the memo that as "The Golden Goose Of The Universe," our innate power and magic supercedes the colonized, misogynized, superficial and exploited fragments of female we had become on display for all to see. I, you, we're not quite there yet, we're getting there though.
DID YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE GOLDEN GOOSE SIS?
Although many would repeat Dicken's mantra that this is the BEST of times and the WORST of times, there are planetary influences, that will trump a great deal of the degeneration and nonsense we've witnessed in this last era. So this book is even MORE RELEVANT now than ever, but I'm not at all worried because I can see a beautiful victory ahead.
DON'T BE STINGY WITH YOUR GOODIES.
In this book, I talk about being "stingy with your goodies." Well, my blood sister teases me that I haven't really done all I can to make sure that people can easily get this book into their hands by virtue of the fact I've seen a remixed boot-leg copy in Atlanta while doing makeup on a music video with Usher and R. Kelly (Yes, I know. Dont' judge. The work of healers are needed everywhere. Jesus taught us that.) and that I've seen it sold on Amazon for over $258. She had to make me see that it wasn't as much a compliment but that there was a feeling of scarcity for the book. There are only fifteen-hundred copies on the planet. Not a good thing. This is a message, not a piece of artwork. As an artist, I had to shift my mindset and go for the masses because this is about the generations to come. So the scarcity of the book is going to change. We've been chanting #blackgirlmagic and that #blackgirlsrock for a while now so . . . in honor of the ten-year anniversary:
I'm really looking forward to connecting with some of our readers as well as introducing this work to new readers.
DO YOU HAVE THIS BOOK? CLICK this link to connect with me.
DO YOU DESIRE TO HAVE THIS BOOK? CLICK this link to grab one or two or three . . .
What have you created, accomplished and built that needs to be commemorated and celebrated?
Thanks for reading.
Looking forward to meet you soon during this year of celebrating ten years of S & G!
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Day 13 of 13/13 Moon
21 Insights In 4 Nights
During the Winter Solstice I got quiet for four days and four nights and emerged with twenty-one insights; some were reminders, some were epiphanies, others were ideas.
Insight #5 . . .
I got a word over the holy day season that 2017 would be the year to be Ready For MAGIC & MIRACLES.
Just to be clear, for me magic is willed alchemy as oppose to miracles being divine blissings of grace. These are the Way of Manifestation for superwomen and goddesses i.e. empowered human beings. Superwomen in our culture are females who think, feel and act with a mind that anything is possible, while goddesses (small "g") are females who inspire life in everything they touch.
When I wrote SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic Book One in 2005, I promised if you came forth to be the greatness that you are, you will have every desire of your heart on page 77.
That you would :
"...have the respect, affection and company of suitable men,
...experience peace, affinity and love with all people,
...be acknowledged for your contribution to your people,
...be abundant in resources and community,
...be vital and live a long life,
...and wield the magic and power of superwomen and goddesses."
From your mission to your mate, your money and everything in between, expect promises to be fulfilled this year.
SCHOOL TO HIGH SOCIETY
We've been in training, sometimes grueling, sometimes amusing and now graduation is upon us. School is out and our classmates have become a high society of real life superwomen, goddesses, and metaphysicians walking the Earth prepared and ready to work their power to manifest M & Ms (magic and miracles) this year and beyond.
WHO you desire to be?
HOW do you occupy your day?
WHAT are the material rewards of this lifestyle?
The last year, the last nine years, really all our lives we've been preparing for this moment. This year is our moment to BE, DO and HAVE. BE who we were born to be, to DO exactly as we've envisioned and to HAVE our hearts desire beyond the illusion. What an exciting adventure we've stepped into.
What will you accomplish this year?
What will you manifest?
FOCUS & CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Already on day 6 of this new year, the once passionate gym crowds are whittling down, like the first day of school excitement that has died down and now the REAL work of consistency and focus kick in. Applying that info and what you know with consistency is the KEY. We all know what to do, could write a book on it. Information is plentiful and free so we can keep things going for a period of time until - we hit a breakdown, feel lack of motivation or just plain not feel well, then return to our old habits which can be pretty strong if you didn't tend to them during the solstice.
So then what?
How will you get over that hump to remain in this game?
...the year where we're ready to show up for the magic and miracles? The only thing that could screw it all up - receiving all those promises fulfilled is, us.
YOU ARE INVINCIBLE
So you got to have a crew, a tribe, a circle that will keep you accountable, give you a structure and support to get you over the hump. Last year I said that I'd rather soar with a few instead of dragging a bunch. So I'm carefully assembling that community if you're ready to soar with us.
Still some woo-woo while less woo-woo than last year. This year we're focused even more on practicality and accountability for results of the magic and miracles that are abound for each one of us. There will be no forcing or attachment while at the same time being very scientific.
In community you are invincible because we won't allow you to be invisible and fail. "No burden is heavy when everyone lifts." We will be one nation under a groove. If and when you fall, we'll pick you up and keep it movin'.
And as for the expression of your GIFTS, TALENTS, ABILITIES...
Like cracker jacks, everyone has AT LEAST one gift, talent or ability that we can all benefit from.
Then there are some of us who have gifts, talents and abilities that if not shared will suffer until we share those gifts generously. On some level your inner oracle knows that you are being stingy, scared and/or out of integrity with why you came into this physical realm. So it's a reminder, sometimes not so gentle or friendly to Get. Off. Your. Arse.
2017: A Year Being Ready For Our M & Ms (Magic & Miracles)
The abundance of it.
The allowing of it.
The celebration of it.
The flow of it.
The goodness of it.
The knowing of it.
The manifesting of it.
The power of it.
The receiving of it.
The whirling of it.
Are you ready for your m & ms? Want to be held accountable? Be supported to get you the experience you desire in this life. Heart, Mind, Body, Spirit.
ready for m & ms.
REGISTER for this Sunday's FREE Workshop "Love. Beauty. Wealth. You Set The Standard."
If you're unable to attend at the appointed time, REGISTER STILL and let me know.
Thanks for reading.
Here we go!
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Day 9 of 13/13 Moons
I missed you.
Waking in the twilight hours to LISTEN, be in gratitude and then write a note here has become part of my morning ritual; my daily ministry to share the juicy magic that comes through for you, for me, for we. (Day Three Kwanzaa: UJIMA)
The Sun was in a standstill, so I (along with over 100 other people in our solstice observance community) went into a standstill for the most magical time of the year. Instead of creating shallow, ineffective New Year's resolutions, I/we put aside my/our agenda (s) and just LISTENED to "the Will of THY Will." I/we got into magi mode (crown chakra) instead of magician mode (root chakra).
I came out of four days and four nights with twenty-one insights.
Some were reminders, some were epiphanies, others were ideas and to top it off, experienced a-bit-o-magic.
Did you participate with us, get still and listen too?
What did you hear? What did you see? What did you feel?
TELL US below in the comments if you feel inspired to (I don't normally have the comment section open so go for it!)
Every year I have a theme and I also got clear on what the theme of my year will be as well.
Over the next three weeks, I'm going to share the "Twenty-One Insights That Came In Four Nights."
I'll share it right here in the notebook for you.
Many of you have subscribed to this notebook. In about a week, I'll begin to send weekly emails so that you don't miss a single note.
S a v e T h e D a t e
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S
G L O B A L : E V E N T
Love. Beauty. Wealth.
You Set The Standard Workshop
Sunday, 8th January 2017
12 PM Pacific/ 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern
CLICK FOR INFO
C H I C A G O : E V E N T
Fridays At The Sanctuary
[Post-Solstice/New Year Celebration]
Feeling Good is a necessary ingredient for attracting the sweetest things in life.
Acupuncture, Reiki, Massage, Brow & Lash Beauty Services.
Community Reading + New Year Manifestation Rituals over tea.
Friday, 30 Dec. 2016
6:00 - 10:00 PM
CLICK FOR INFO
Thanks for reading.
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Day 1 of 13/13 Moons
New Moon in Capricorn
It looks like Rahyma capturing attention with her "drool inducing fashion marvels" may lead her to fulfilling her ultimate vision. Here's what was revealed in my chat with Rahyma about her secret for success . . .
RAHYMA: Everybody would say hard work, but it depends on your level of hard work. Your hard work may not be the same as my hard work. I don't know if it would work for everybody, it's probably telling on me as you can see but I work hard too much. To the point that when I have an idea I cannot sleep. That's how bad it is.
AKUA: It's like a Spirit.
RAHYMA: Yeah because I'll be thinking, "Wow this much opportunity? How am I gonna get it? This person is getting it? That means that I can get it. What am I not doing? What do I have to do. It doesn't make me sleep. I need to know how I can get to that level.
AKUA: So is it curiosity?
RAHYMA: No it's just, it inspires me to get to the next level because I see somebody's doing it so I know I can do it. If you see everybody failing around you it just makes you feel maybe can...you also...ok everybody's failing anyway. You know what I mean? Like ok...
AKUA: It's contagious.
RAHYMA: I'm getting one dollar and everybody's getting one dollar so it's ok. It's just like you sitting her now and you saying I'm happy I can hear these people talk, I can see what they're doing, I can actually see... Really, they're getting something out of what they're doing. It's making you feel like you I have to now execute. That's how it is for every, that's how it should be for everybody. So that's really my big drive. I look at a lot of things that are bigger than me and work hard to get to that big place.
AKUA: That's brilliant. Love it.
RAHYMA: ...and I'm very calculated. I can see...and think, think, think just so that I don't make a mistake. However at the back of mind I still leave room for mistakes. Because I know it can never be all perfect. But would I just leave myself to fail? No! I always don't won't to feel guilty when something goes wrong. And that's why I work so hard. So I know, ok I work so hard, but I don't feel guilty because I didn't do my best. So what is next? Just like yesterday, even before I came to the pop-up, I'm already thinking here: "What's next?" Because this is gone.
AKUA: Yea. It's a new day. Clean slate.
RAHYMA: I have to start thinking of what is next? What am I going to do? I'm going back home, what is the next project, what am I putting together? There's always a drive.
AKUA: When did you start your business?
RAHYMA: I'm gonna say 2010 because that's when I finished school, fashion school. So I went straight into...I wanted to wait but I just went straight into business because I had the demand and since then I've not stopped. My goal is to be in the big malls.
AKUA: I can totally see that. So I was going to ask you what your big picture is, what's your big goal? So it's to be in the malls.
RAHYMA: To be in the big malls, not just the small malls.
AKUA: Like Neiman-Marcus, Barney's New York? . . .
RAHYMA: Thank you. So if I'm not working hard, I'm not gonna get there. So everything that I'm doing right now, is to get me to that place where I wanna go.
AKUA: And what do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far that you're very proud of?
RAHYMA: The amount of growth of the business in a very short period of time because I'm gonna say that everything really started this year.
AKUA: So you put in six years before it really . . .
RAHYMA: I put in a lot of years and the thing...like...it's really nothing. So I could say I started five or six years ago, but nothing was really happening in the first years. Nothing was really coming out of it. It was just here and there. People loving the stuff, just to validate what I was doing. People saying "Oh my God!" but nothing really coming out of it. But really that's how you know that if you continue things forward, it's going to be something big.
AKUA: Just keep going.
RAHYMA: ...cuz those same people that are validating your stuff in the long run if you work hard, you play your game well it will turn around into...(she's make a gesture with her hand)
RAHYMA: You just have to continue pushing forward. Never give up. Never let anything...you know your downtime, never let it really bring you down. Let it be something...your ingredient to go up!
AKUA: Right! Look for an adjustment.
RAHYMA: Yes. Always, always, when you fall down, just always think of: "How do I get up?" Immediately! Don't give yourself time to sulk, cry and say "oh God...."Even when you lose because I've lost before. I went for a show and that show cost me...I spent about five thousand dollars and it was scanty. There were no people there. I said to another jewelry designer who was so mad, "Don't be mad, you're meeting a lot of people, sometimes if you don't take the chance you wouldn't know, you may have missed out on something." He was very upset but I was over it. The first day I didn't see anything happening I was like "What next? What next? What next?
AKUA: You just gotta keep it movin'.
RAHYMA: Yea. You gotta keep it movin'.
W O R K H A R D & K E E P I T M O V I N '
. . . a little bit about RAHYMA
Company: RAHYMA pronounced "RA-HEE-MA"
Product: Scarves, Tops, Jumpsuits, Dresses, Separates in 100% Cotton Ankara Cloth
Description: Luxury African Print Fashion: "Drool Inducing Fashion Marvels"
Collection Pieces: Dashiki Trench Coat Dress, Maxi Skirt, Dashiki Harem Jumpsuit or Skirt
Made In: Proudly Nigerian
Price Range: 19.99 - 169.99
Owner: Rahyma Momodu-Awanife
Business Started: 2010
R A H Y M A
B E S I D A
made in nigeria
B E S I D A
M A D E I N N I G E R I A
. . . a little bit about BESIDA
Meaning: Besida is a female name from the Itsekiri tribe meaning "destiny determines all."
Product: Tops, Jumpsuits, Dresses, Separates in 100% Cotton Ankara Cloth
Description: Hand-made, Stylish, Affordable
Collection Pieces: AfriKimono, Fan Maxi Dress, Gidi Crop Top, Bombay Skirt
Made In: Edo, Nigeria
Price Range: 29.99 - 114.99
Owner: Sophia Danner-Okotie aka Sophia O.
Business Started: August 2015
A Chat With Sophia O. . . . "My Secret For Success"
While traveling to LA on assignment I had an opportunity to visit with my multi-genius Renaissance Woman friend Fanta Celah while she was on Zuvaa's Multi-city Pop-Up Tour along with fellow entrepreneur designers Sophia Danner-Okotie and Rahyma.
Each designer is a success in her own beautiful right. Ever on the alert for superwomengoddess power and magic, I was curious about what each woman attributed to her success in business. Here's what was revealed in my chat with 24-year old native Nigerian, Sophia O. . . .
What Is Your Secret For Success?
"It may be cliche and perhaps the most obvious secret to success is prayer."
"Anytime that I feel like I'm in lack or need strength or feel like I'm about to worry about something. I say: "God I'm not going to worry because I know you're gonna work." It says: "In your time of weakness, that's when I'm strong."
P R A Y E R
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
"In a way, you can bask in your weakness because you know that's when God is most powerful. He has all the energy and he just wants to surprise you. There's so many instances where I felt like that was it for the week where I wasn't going to make enough to match my bills or pay my workers and he just does something at the last minute when I would get on my knees and pray "I need your help and I know you're gonna make it happen." That's the secret.
I build a wall of defense around me that whatever the enemy has in store for me is going back to turn around in my favor."
NEWS REPORTER TURNED ENTREPRENEUR
"I was working as a news reporter on TV. Everyone thinks that because I was on TV that I made it. I didn't feel that was my purpose. I quit my job four months ago so I could focus on this to take it to the next level and that's where it's going.
God told me it was time for me to turn in my two weeks notice. I had the letter written out and said "Lord if it's time, you will show me a sign." I wrote the letter and put it on the table. And that day my boss called me in and she said: "Hey I just wanted to know if you were still thinking about staying?" I said: "Today is the day that I give my two weeks." I already had the letter written. Isn't that crazy?"
Greatest Success So Far:
"Seeing how much people appreciate the clothes, appreciate where it's made. I advertise my clothes are made in Nigeria. If I could change my clothing line to "Made In Nigeria" I would. The idea that these are made by the people [is the most powerful aspect to this whole vision].
It's so difficult communicating here, there and then getting what I need here, but it's so worth it. Because I've seen my tailors expand. I'm hiring more tailors, I hired a supervisor there now. So I'm giving jobs, you're adding to the economy. That is the reason I started the company, not because I love clothes necessary because I want more jobs in Nigeria. And I want to inspire people to go back to Nigeria and start. They could do bags, they could do jewelry, it's just the perception that they're African, what really can they do?"
What Is The Big Vision For Your Company?
"Getting more designers to go to Nigeria to make their clothes. When you see "Made in Italy" you assume it's going to be of quality. Let's see if we can get Louis Vuitton in Nigeria to make a collection there, the production. And to change the connotation of that Africans make mediocre, but that Africans make supreme quality."
100% Cotton Ankara cloth in Edo, Nigeria.
Thanks for reading. :o)
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Day 17 of 11/13 Moons
Ever wonder why people consistently fail at their New Year's resolutions? It's the wrong timing.
Whatever you are focused on during the Winter Solstice will be amplified during the next 365 days. For any goal, vision, desire you have, there is not a better time than the Winter Solstice, the longest nights of the year to cultivate your genius within by being still and listening.
The most Ancient Egyptians were legendarily advanced because they discovered the secret of cultivating the genius within. In the cocoon of darkness, dreams, visions and insight come forth like none other.
Although the Winter Solstice is over one month away, we know that the seeds for manifestation began yesterday on
Dec. 19 to Dec. 25: Is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the four days and four nights when the sun stops its progression are the shortest days (9 hr. and 8 min.) and longest nights (14 hr. 51 min.) of the year.
Winter Solstice: Wednesday, 21 December, 2016 at 5:44 AM EST
I've personally observed the Winter Solstice since 2012 and host an annual observance community on Facebook. A great deal of my observance practices were inspired by the work of Ra Un Nefer Amen of Ausar Auset Society.
Not on Facebook? Shoot me an email and I'll find a way to include you in the goings-on.
This year's observance will include key events:
1. Pre-Winter Solstice Cleanse/Detox beginning on Sunday, Nov. 27th
2. Global Conference Call
3. Celebration & Gathering at Metamoorphose Wellness Temple on Friday, Dec. 30th.
The basic protocol during these four days (Dec. 19 to Dec. 25) are the following:
1. Eat lightly.
2. When the Sun sets don't use any artificial light.
3. Quiet your environment.
4. Refrain from speaking.
5. L I S T E N
Be ready to write down what you hear and see.
When the Sun returns you will be the newborn Queen/King ready to serve, receive and shine.
This is the ULTIMATE preparation for a 2017 filled with Health, Love, Unity & Prosperity.
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Day 14 of 11/13 Moons
First thing, today is a particularly auspicious day
for setting intentions and manifestation. The intentions we cast today will begin to unfold and
manifest after the Winter Solstice throughout 2017. Soon I'll be inviting you to join
our global community for our 2016 Winter Solstice Observance
Now let's talk about the expression of your multi-genius.
Here's what I KNOW about you:
You've always kinda been the different one, the go-to person, the maverick.
Now you're ready for something next level and although you've been
paring down a bit, you're desiring even more simplicity in your life.
You've been experiencing a great deal of a transition in your life that's been at work for years.
In your Spirit, you're the heart-centered rebel that gives so much to
everyone else that often you feel a bit depleted and off-track.
You CAN play as hard as you work though.
You were born to inspire and lead others by shining without apology;
sharing and serving generously.
No matter the station in life or work you've done,
your presence has always been that of a lightworker.
If you fully accept this charge, your purpose for being here at this particular time, you will be taken care of and rewarded if you keep your eye on contributing and serving others.
We are at the threshold of a Golden Age, you've heard about the Aquarian Age? That!
The last Golden Age was during the building of the Pyramids in Egypt.
This is what you should KNOW about me:
At eight years old I was cleaning - no
...actually TRANSFORMING my friend's bedroom from utter chaos to order.
The same year I organized a surprise party my mother - and people showed up.
Can you imagine? We had a good time.
At thirteen I made a pair of jeans for a friend of mine and she paid me four dollars.
CREATING, FACILITATING TRANSFORMATION & BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
is in my DNA. I was born to serve and create. It is my deepest urge.
My name Akua means "the sweet messenger" and I've been given one specific job to do -
a very sacred job: inspire women and girls to be magical and powerful.
Our marriages, our children, every relationship in our community depends on it.
As a seven-year old who was bullied and suffered painfully from a low self-image for most of my teens and early twenties, I never would have believed that I would grow up to work with the leaders, luminaries and lightworkers of this world. While painting over a 1000 faces as a makeup artist around the country for celebrity clients, writing SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic, I've organized holistic beauty-centered experiences like: 9 1/2 Weeks: The METAMOORPHOSE Project™, SoulSistah Fest™, and 2012: The Love & Beauty Journey™.
I've been called a magician, a muse, a healer, a high priestess,
an artist and that I turn people into rock stars. Those titles are all true.
By the time people make their way to me they are ready for their moment,
their moment to step up to their next level.
My Mars in Sagittarius aspect can make me a bit spicy at times,
but my intention has always been a heart-centered desire to serve, create, and transform.
Even the greatest lightworker requires a community of lightworkers;
and because we experience this reality in the physical, spiritual, emotional, ethereal, mental dimensions we have an opportunity to be multi-dimensional beings or multi-geniuses, literally BEING in different dimensions at the same time using both hemispheres (feminine & masculine: the ultimate marriage) of our brains as well as.
It's not enough to just master law and finance,
or just balance your chakras,
or just focus on your love languages.
You got the point, but we are multi-dimensional,
multi-geniuses to be activated, cultivated and expressed.
Activating, Cultivating multi-geniuses is my area of genius.
When people acquire my services, follow me, engage in my experiences they get activated, cultivated and express it in the world beautifully, prosperously.
Like a farmer, I'm in the ministry and enterprise of growing multi-geniuses i.e.
superwomen & goddesses.
An Invitation & Request.
Most of the time, the"money" part of my work is an after-though when I'm creating products, experiences and serving people in the capacity with which they engage with me because my priority is Love, Beauty & Magic, kind of obsessed with it actually.
On this particularly auspicious day I know that it will be beneficial to us
both to extend this invitation and request to you.
The Invitation is to allow me to pour my genius, wisdom, knowledge,
creativity and love into you daily as a kind of personal godmother.
I'll find out what your goals are monthly,
give you a structure, a blueprint and support
to fulfill on those goals to further cultivate your multi-genius Self.
And of course, there are gorgeous holistic beauty products
and tea ceremonies are definitely involved.
If you've ever wished for someone who will keep you on-point, who won't sell-out on you when life gets crazy busy or you just get lazy, here I am!
I'm happy to support you and was born just to do that.
The Request is, partner with me by becoming one of my patrons.
I've just set up a community page on Patreon, which is still being edited.
I'm still getting the hang of using it and this arrangement will provide an opportunity to just give, give, give to you without any limits. Whether or not you accept the invitation or grant my request I will still do what I do: serve, create and facilitate transformation.
Honestly though, it would just be a lot more fun if you were part of our community.
You can commit to as little as 5.55/mo. or as much as 2222.22/mo.
You can change it from month-to-month or cancel at anytime.
We'll figure out how to do that together.
Patreon is new to me but creators I respect have used it with success.
I know when I give, I get and that we only get to keep what we give away.
Whatever seed you plant in our garden it's going to be fun to witness the magic, miracles, prosperity, collaborations that will be born out of this circle, tribe, family.
Love. Beauty. Retreat.
If the monthly pledges are hearty enough as a community, I'm looking to host at no-cost (other than your airfare and lodging) to our monthly PATRONS a Love & Beauty Retreat in a balmy, paradise in 2017.
I'm so excited about The Golden Age that we are at the threshold of.
I'm honored to be in your midst.
This is our time.
Let's do this together!
CLICK THE IMAGE TO JOIN US
♡ ☆ ♀
Day 13 of 11/13 Moons
This note is dedicated to Stacye Branche, Fanta Celah,
My Mother, My Ancestors, My Daughters and Yours.
Having not read Shonda Rhimes' book "A Year of Yes," I was still inspired to deem 2016 my "Year of Yes." After watching "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey, I was fascinated about how more beautiful and adventurous my life could be by simply receiving the opportunities presented to me.
Through saying "Yes." this year I've:
How do I, you, we trust life, ourselves, others and not be in fear? At the end of this note, I've got a challenge for you.
When I think about the saying "Ignorance Is Bliss," it's a bit true. I did the most brazen things in my early twenties not because I was necessarily courageous but because I didn't know to have concerns, fears or hang ups. I walked into the offices of power players, laid out my vision and created enduring relationships. When I think about that girl, she's my muse, my rockstar.
YOU KNOW TOO MUCH
We get older, and consume way too much fear, lack and scarcity through the eyes of "grown-ups," media and our painful experiences.
If I think about the fact that things ALWAYS work out, even when they don't, it reactivates that free-spirited adventurer within. Knowing that my highest good is always at hand, I can trust The Most High, the Universe, the Spirit Allies and my inner Oracle i.e. my Heart. Through being even more intentional about receiving and following-through with opportunities I've identified hidden layers of concerns, fears and hang ups that are just frankly out-dated and illogical. Those damn concerns, fears and hang ups of ours short circuit and block my/your/our ability to serve, share my/your/our gifts, wisdom and love with others.
OFF WITH YOUR HEAD
So . . . if we started or continued to ignore our monkey minds (survival-focused) and get into our hearts (not emotion, but our inspiration/passion) and be led by that - the magical and miraculous will continue/begin in our lives. In our SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES culture, we believe (be + live): REAL superwomen think, feel and act with a mind that anything is possible and REAL goddesses inspire life in everything they touch. It's the only way if I/you/we are to really work the highest power and magic. So . . .
RIGHT NOW IDENTIFY . . .
at least one b*llshit concern, fear or hangup that you KNOW is illogical, challenge it and put it to eternal rest. It's our time to win, progress, and accomplish. Every accomplishment we make juices us up to create another and another and another. And not just accomplishment for accomplishment sake or our ego but the expression of our divinity, beauty and power within.
I want you to:
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Day 8 of 11/13 Moons
. . . read this.
Somehow, many of us are looking to gather the pieces of who we are, very much like Auset searched the Universe for the pieces of her husband Ausar's dismembered body after Set in an angry rage murdered and dismembered him. Eventually Auset did locate every piece of her beloved's body and the moment that she placed the final piece in it's proper place, Heru was born, the original Christ, the hero, the Enlightened One, the Awakened Soul. And like Ausar, once we are able to put all of our pieces together in alignment, the Christ, the Enlightened, the Awakened within is born.
Neophytes in their education to become Egyptian priests could study the ancient temples covered in inscriptions that included the command to "Know Thyself." This command is more popularly known to appear at the Temple of Delphi in Greece, and although not the author, Athenian philosopher Socrates is credited with this essential personal duty. For most of us, achieving this charge could take a lifetime, but it is the first order of business. Knowledge of Self brings peace, power, prosperity and provides a road map of continuity for our descendants to follow.
THE LABYRINTH TO SELF
There was a time when huemanity was not dominated by "white" supremacy and world domination, but peoples for the most part were left to express their perception of the universe, nature and the world around them. Although not the only part of the world where colonization has occurred, in the colonization of Africa specifically, the English and French organized that they colonize every other country so the people "next door" would be unable to communicate with the other and that is why there is a leap frog set-up of English and French speaking countries next to each other in the continent. Crazy right that people would go to such lengths to alienate people from each other? Even worse is the cultural loss of ancient texts, scrolls in the burning of the national library of Alexandria in Egypt by the historically accused army of Julius Caesar.
Today, when you think about what American culture is, it's really just become the pop culture created from the corporate monolith that has been unfolding for centuries and most recently through the "spin" of corporate media whose reach is worldwide. Instead of daughters and sisters learning about who they are, traditions and rituals from their mothers, grandmothers and aunties, we follow the style and trends of corporate-financed celebrities who exist not only for the expression of their art but for the profit orchestrated by the corporate monolith.
Enter the internet, which is open source, free and independent from the "Truman Show"-type social engineering. Although this truly democratic way of communicating, expressing, sharing is a beautiful thing in many ways, the damage of the agenda for world domination by the financiers of the world structure has been done. People think they have their own opinions but have actually been spoon fed ideology from a very young age through university and that ideology is seamlessly maintained in our daily news, TV shows and advertising. A call to critical thought of or opposition to these intimately held beliefs are met with a Stockholm Syndrome type response.
We are all attempting to reconstruct organic and essential personal cultures that are sweet, healing and resonant with our Spirit and Soul. However, it can get a bit murky in lieu of the programming we've forgone and continue to be exposed to with the agenda of world domination of the financiers of this era who have constructed our churches and religions, schools/universities, advertising/entertainment embedded with ideology that favors a male anglo homosexual agenda for power.
Language is so powerful because within language you'll find worldview. A great part of what some of us have lost is the power of our native tongues. Almost twenty years ago I desired to more closely align with the culture, traditions and language of my Ancestors (which is quite a mix) so I replaced what I could with the appropriate cultural expressions, traditions and rituals. I eventually went through medicine woman training and initiation as well various trainings in Ancient African spirituality as my nomadic Fulani bloodline originated in modern-day Sudan. What is still missing for me is to be fluent in my native tongues so it makes me appreciate my Hungarian si"star"-friend who still speaks her native language with her parents while they Skype or my former Ghanaian beloved who spoke his native tongue of "Twi" with his mother on the phone.
THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND
So something as simple as an "African-American" young woman reading a blog about awakening her witch, leads her into a query to find a word to express her desire to create her reality using her intention and rituals leads her to questioning if foreign cultural labels like "witch" and "spells" fit because somehow it just doesn't resonate on her soul level. Disconnected from her native tongue, traditions and culture it's awfully confusing.
In my estimation, all girls and women have the ability to work power, magic and express the miraculous, when they learn to tap in and harness these powers. "Witch" is a Wiccan term for a female who possesses magical powers or can command supernatural forces. In my study decades ago of the English Wiccan religion I appreciated their pre-Christian connection and honoring of nature. It indicates a certain rhythm with Universal laws. If you haven't read the book "The Mists Of Avalon" or seen the film adapted from the book by author Marion Zimmer Bradley and interested in the time during King Arthur's Camelot when Christianity and honoring the Goddess co-existed, it's a fascinating read.
With the agenda of the Catholic church and those behind it: the wise woman, healer and seer have had a very tragic history which includes a holocaust of women and healers. It's funny that John Lennon actually penned a song "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World." The word "witch" for many has a great deal of negative stigma attached to it, while it's lovingly and proudly embraced by others. Similar to the word "nigger" or "nigga," the conversation and debate opens up a can of worms.
The beauty of our world is that we have at our fingertips a jambalaya of culture, tradition and ritual through food, fashion, art, etc. Is it assimilation, appropriation, adoption or alliance? At the end of the day, it is context and meaning that determine the expression and the way that one experiences a thing. To keep it simple and inclusive for me I recognize that first and foremost we are all connected as embodiments of divinity. From there our inquiry into who we are can go as simply or as comprehensively as we choose : biologically, historically, culturally, astrologically, vocationally, etc.
It may be empowering to one's personal journey back to Self to become familiar with and align with how they express and communicate their uniqueness through ancestral culture, tradition and ritual. On the other hand, perhaps we've lived many lives and bring to this life several influences and experiences that color how we resonantly express ourselves. Every human being has the right and free will to call themselves whatever the hell they choose. Our hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered if we only clear away the fog of foreign ideology and create from our essential voice. Always keep in mind the very first command to the neophytes of the Egyptian priesthood: "Know Thyself."
INjoy your adventure back to Self!
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Day 2 of 11/13 Moons
Me on the film set of a Chevy commercial in 1997 with Michael Jordan & Muhammad Ali.
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule?
Well either way, by the end of this note my goal is that you will
identify where you fit in with this rule and where you want to be with this rule.
I've been surrounded by a beautiful diversity of people throughout my life; which includes people living in wealth (defined by mindset + finances) as well as people living in poverty (defined by mindset + finances). From a young age I've been surrounded by wealthy and successful examples. The first time I heard about the 80/20 rule was at a business conference and understood it to be that in no matter the circumstance, in a mass of people with evenly distributed wealth, that 20 % of the mass would end up with 80% of the wealth or that 20% of the people will do 80% of the work.
Throughout my life I have observed to see if this rule is actually true in real life circumstances. I must say in my experience that it is not only true, but it actually seems as the public is becoming more and more INFLUENCED by mass media, "group think" and the social engineering that has and is occurring, the disparity between the two numbers seem to be even larger.
According to The Guardian in October of 2015: "Half of the world's wealth is in the hands of less than 1% of the population."
According to Inequality.org in 2015: 71% of the world who have under 10K in assets only hold 3% of the wealth while 84.6% of the wealth is held by 8.1% of the global population.
Well my focus in this note isn't only about wealth in regard to tangible and cash assets but in the the consciousness, mindset, worldview, habits and behavior that creates wealth. Wealth being defined for me as being able to choose to life how you spend your day, your life and that you get to live as you envisioned and dreamed it, fulfilling on the things you said that you'd like to do and experience. Even if it turns out differently than you planned, you feel happy and fulfilled in your life for the most part. That is wealth.
So it's pretty clear that wealth, happiness and fulfillment is somehow connected to consciousness, mindset, worldview, daily habits and behavior?
In the culture of this moment, we tend to celebrate the individuals that through tough odds were able to persevere, relent and break through the obstacles set in their path. In sports, entertainment, business, even health and longevity, we call those that have accomplished what most couldn't or wouldn't, heroic and lift them up as celebrity.
I myself am incredibly attracted to and marvel at people who are bold, brave, and consistent in the expression of their gifts, talents and abilities or the pursuit of a goal or a vision. It's EXTREMELY attractive. If everyone chose to be bold, brave and consistent I suspect that the "wealth" gap would be even smaller; the gap between those that are winning in and loving their lives and those who as Les Brown calls it "living in quiet desperation."
I've been involved in so many groups, courses, initiations, etc. where everyone begins excited, committed and on board (100%) and then after a week there are some that drop off and then as time goes on even more drop off leaving the few consistent ones to complete the envisioned task alone at the finish line and it's not even 20%, but more like 1%. Sometimes it's not even that the task was done particularly well, but the fact that they crossed the finish line and didn't give up or quit.
So my question to you is: Who are you?
Are you part of the 80 or 20? . . . the 99% or the 1%?
Either way it's fine, but are you where you want to be?
Whether it's how you take care of yourself by tending to your health, your relationships,
fulfilling on your life's purpose, gaining a certain level of education,
will you stay in the game until the end or will you just quit?
This world celebrates and rewards the people who cross the finish line.
Who will you be?
The 80 or the 20?
♡ ☆ ♀
Day 24 of 10/13 Moons
"You Must Set The Standard."
PLEASE STOP AT :45 seconds then continue on to the note.
You can watch the rest of the video later, because today's note is all about the first :45 seconds of this video. "You Must Set The Standard" is about setting the standard for all relationships in our lives by doing one simple thing.
Here's the transcript of the first 45 seconds:
Mind if I ask you a question?
How did you end your day yesterday, then how did you begin this day?
The reason I ask is that there are so many women who routinely roll out of bed every morning and look up and it's 1 o'clock in the afternoon to find they forgot to eat...but yet the children, the husband, the boss and the clients have all been taken care of.
If that's you, you KNOW that's not going to work for long.
If you expect to be cherished and appreciated in your relationships,
paid top dollar for your abilities then YOU'VE got to set the standard.
I'm Akua Auset of akua-auset.com.
My name Akua means "the sweet messenger" and my zone of genius is facilitating transformation. I've been given one job to do, and it's a very sacred job and that's to inspire women and girls to be magical and powerful - because our marriages, our children, every relationship in our community depends on it.
HOW DO YOU END AND BEGIN YOUR DAYS?
In tomorrow's note, I'm going to go into more about this topic.
THIS EVENING at 7 pm CST, I'm going to do a LIVE Facebook Event in our
SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES community about how to you end and begin your days.
I'd love to hear from you on this topic, so set your alerts and alarms to join us at 7 pm CST.
CLICK THE IMAGE above to join our community and to attend the event this evening.
This Last Quarter Moon week is a good time to let go of habits, behaviors
and things in our lives that don't work for us. Let's begin that letting go process.
SEE YOU TONIGHT!
So . . . whether you followed directions and stopped the video at 45 seconds or not, I'll explain what this video is for. For the last month, I've been part of a Mindset Alchemy™for Female Entrepreneurs course facilitated by one of my favorite clients: Tracy Neely of TracyNeely.com.
We met when I was hired to "d0" her face for her promotional photo shoot. Gorgeous right?
She's wearing A U S E T : B E A U T Y cosmetics.
Over the last four years I put on about fifteen to twenty pounds. Until then I'd been pretty much the same size since high school. In the last couple of months I've released ten to fifteen pounds, 2.5 inches off my hips and waist, and my back fat is gone! I knew something had to give. I didn't recognize myself. I NEVER had back fat until the holidays last year. That had to go! People have always said how small I am, then it stopped. I just recently heard it again. Thank goodness.
DRUGS & COMFORT
I figured that the weight gain had a great deal to do with comforting myself during these years of major transition (empty nest, moving, career transformation, etc.). Walking into the unknown without family close by and the feeling of isolation drove me to reach out for yummy comfort in the form of food. I don't drink coffee or alcohol, smoke cannabis, or otherwise do any kind of drugs. Those things have no appeal to me whatsoever, never have really . . . but have you met Lola Yum Yum, my alter ego? "What ever Lola wants, Lola gets." [Sara Vaughn]
FOOD: MY LOVER
Speaking of harmful drugs, when I descend into my junky food craving, my pantheon of lovers are diverse: that plain donut, crispy bacon, a properly made pizza and why did my formerly veggie sister take me to Uncle J's BBQ over the holidays last year? Although I've never proclaimed myself to be a vegan or vegetarian, I eat a pretty life-honoring, plant-based menu and went about sixteen years without eating chicken, beef or pork. Just because I felt better eating this way, but "Yo! . . . " months later, I'm STILL thinking about how damn good those ribs were and I'm not even a rib girl. Did I mention how good they were?
TA-TA BACK FAT!
So how did I release those inches off my body and melt that back fat?
I MOVED MY ASS. Yup! Every day for about thirty minutes to two hours for twenty-eight days, give or take a few days because I got sick (detox symptoms).
I knew that just cleansing wasn't going to melt and sculpt my body the way I desired so I followed a fitness regimen by Tracy Anderson who I respect because she has revolutionized body transformation for women by focusing on the accessory muscles. This was the first time in my life I worked out at this level of intensity and regularity. Initially I slept a lot and it was time consuming but the results are so worth it. I'm back in clothes I couldn't get over my hips. I feel like myself again. WHOO HOO!!!
A combination of cardio and muscle strengthening was the key. Cardio melts the fat while muscle strengthening sculpts your body. You require BOTH to get a toned and slim look. I ended up taking a month break due to illness i.e. healing and a million other things (thank goodness I maintained my weight release and size). I'm Day Two into starting up again to finish powerfully and to get back on the beautiful rhythm I was on. I'm an inch away from reaching my goal.
BLAST YOUR ARSE OFF THE COUCH!
Since people love tips, tricks and hacks ;o), here are some of the things that help me to get moving again after being kidnapped by the couch.
These five actions are JUST to get you off the couch, to put down the bag of chips and signal to your body something different is going down. Once you finally get your body moving again, I highly recommend checking out Tracy Anderson's work. You can sample her a bit through YouTube but I would go ahead and invest in her book The 30-Day Method. I'll be incorporating her fitness program with my Organic Beauty Detox this fall throughout my annual Winter Solstice Observance and the 2017 New Year. If you're interested in joining us reach out to me on Facebook or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be meeting weekly at my Wellness Temple (which I'll tell you about tomorrow) and yes we'll be LIVE STREAMING for those of you not in Chicago.
Progress Photos: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3. I'll post the final progress photo soon.
Send me a message if you're down for your most powerful transformation. We're going to reach your body, beauty, health and wellness goals - TOGETHER. Remember this is the time when the sleeping giants awaken and the metaphysician, superwoman and goddess RISE.
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Day 18 of 10/13 Moons
Are you being stingy with your goodies? Tell the truth.
After being homeless three times in my life, the greatest lesson that I learned from those experiences is that when I share I will always have. Every time poverty has visited me it was because I was being stingy with my gifts and goodies. Whether it was me feeling not good enough or that my ego wouldn't allow me to do certain work with my background and experience. No one likes to think of themselves as stingy. After all, if we witnessed an adorable baby animal or child in need we'd most definitely step up to take care of them to the best of our ability. Yes, we are all essentially compassionate beings.
I'm convinced that when you wake up clear about what your gift is, your zone of genius, knowing what your life's work, purpose, mission is, life becomes a great adventure. The Sun seems brighter, music sounds more melodic, human beings are more delightful and food tastes better than ever.
I shared in my book SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin' Your Power & Magic Book One that my mentor years earlier proclaimed that there were basically two types of people in the world: pimps and hoes. What?! I still shudder at that idea because it's a judgment that violates the sacredness of who I know us to really be.
The Pareto Principle states that when everything is leveled out equally 20% of the whole will do 80% of the work or acquire 80% of the wealth every time. It's also been said that 85% of the masses follow the 1% blindly.
While I was at the farmer's market this weekend I ran into a couple of people who had mentioned one of my Facebook posts. "Facebook post? What Facebook post?" I forgot we were even Facebook friends because I never hear a peep from them but then somehow they knew all about what was going with me. It made me wonder why they didn't comment or send me any indication that they were watching, especially since they both got such a kick out of the post enough to mention it. Didn't it at least earn a response? Years and not a peep from either of these people. Weird.
It's like going to a concert and you're enjoying the music but just sit in your seat without dancing, clapping or otherwise engaging. Artists feed off of the energy of the audience very much in the way our African ancestors engaged in a "call and response" interaction when someone was expressing their gifts, message, blessing to the community.
For this particular topic, I see that there are two types of people:
The world will feel more balanced when everyone takes a turn to create, shine as well as champion others to continue to shine by participating in the beauty of their expression.
Be generous will your goodies, shine, serve, give your time, share your wisdom and vision.
As well, participate and connect to those that have warmth, beauty and wisdom to share. Leave a good tip for good service, give a standing ovation and applaud, click like or comment, attend the event people organize, support the enterprise and businesses of your community, tell someone "yes, they can do this!" Be generous Dearheart and make your presence known otherwise the heart-to-heart connections in our society dissolve. What does that look like? Robots and zombies?
If you don't have (wealth, love, health, etc.), perhaps it's because you're being stingy with your Light. You wonder? What will they think of me? What if they think "Who does she think she is?" or "Who does he think he is?" "What if I look stupid, silly, needy, etc.?
Shine like the Sun on SUNday Beautiful because you are the Source and the Light. In every instance, let your presence bring the warmth, vitality and goodness. If your shine is too bright for "them" they can put on sunglasses.
Starry nights are so magical. It's a wonder to behold . . . billions of stars, a supanova of light makes it clear to me that we can all be generous with our shine, our light, our goodness, our goodies and never fear running out of room to do so. Even with this being so, we must face the fact that even though the Sun sustains life itself on planet Earth, people will still complain about and hate on the Sun, the Light of the World. Ah well.
♡ ☆ ♀
Day 17 of 10/13 Moons
"The biggest challenge we face is shifting human consciousness, not saving the planet.
The planet doesn't need saving, we do."
- Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 14 year old Indigenous Environmental Activist (Earth Guardians) and Hiphop Artist
Ever feel it's necessary to just stop everything and reclaim your peace of mind? When the riddles, noise and nonsense outside get too loud, it's time to get back to basics and seek the queendom/kingdom within. How does one stop, get off and clear the negative chatter in their mind?
Sometimes our body will get sick so that we are FORCED to take that time out for ourselves; time to be still and cleanse the crap out of our bodies. Getting sick is unnecessary and preventable if you'll just be a good lover to her. So let's get mentally still and detox before nature dominates our situation.
Here's what I do:
To Be Continued . . .
SHARE or TWEET how you're going to begin your mind detox today.
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Day 12 of 10/13 Moons
Waxing Gibbous Moon
When you control a man's thinking,
you do not have to worry about his actions.
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Author, Historian, Journalist
SISTAR: If you are free, may I ask you a quick question?
AKUA: Sure. Can you type it?
SISTAR: Thank you . . . yes.
I have your book "Super women and Goddesses." In addition to it, can you suggest one or two good books that I can read and study? I have several already and although my journey has been long, I realize that I have a long way to go...
AKUA: What are you seeking now in your life?
SISTAR: Consistent authenticity . . . to walk in my goddess-hood . . . Hope that makes sense.
AKUA: I have three books that I feel are required reading.
SISTAR: Yes! I have that one... I remember you mentioning it on your YouTube channel. I don't have The Spirit of Intimacy.
AKUA: There are more but those are a great place to continue. Thanks for the question.
SISTAR: Thanks so much. I will order the spirit of intimacy and start reading it.
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Day 11 of 10/13 Moons
Waxing Gibbous Moon
photo credit: goddessrising.org
It's a new dawn , it's a new day, it's a new life . . .
- Nina Simone, "Feelin' Good"
Time to read: 3:46 min.
What do you desire Beloved? From the center of your heart, what is it?
Take a deep breath and bring to mind the greatest thing that concerns you, scares you, makes you angry, sad, discouraged, disillusioned. Before getting into the real emotion of it, stop and give thanks for it. Give thanks for it? Yup! Give thanks for it.
Great things always come out of a problem solved so give thanks for that great thing because on the other side of this feeling or experience is the yearning or true desire of your heart.
Ok, bring that to mind and feel it, immerse yourself in what it would be like to experience that reality and hold that vision and feeling for at least seventy seconds.
Then declare: And so it is. Thank you.
Perhaps the greatest song ever written of this age was "Don't Believe The Hype" written by Public Enemy. We get caught up on the hype of what was designed to be a catalyst for our rebirth. The caterpillar was never the destiny of the butterfly. The pain of the hueman being is not our destiny. We were born to create to be free, to be beautiful and to love.
NEW MOONS & BUTTERFLIES
Today is a New Moon and the perfect time to activate your imagination, to entertain your fantasies, envision your dreams and launch your desires. The pain that is being paraded across our TVs, computer screens from various communities around the world is only the pre-cursor to of an era of lovers, creators and beauty unless . . . the butterfly believes the caterpillar stage of its life was its destiny.
What is it gonna take for us as a collective to experience a golden age in huemanity, a renaissance? To pass this test that we're being given as a collective?
STAND IN OUR IDENTITY AS LOVERS & CREATORS.
We must be aware of what is so while also keeping our focus on what is working, what's right, good, what's possible and engage in the business of amplifying that daily, as a practice. If you don't feel it, how do you get there?
Well GENERATE the feeling. Move your body, listen to music, drink and eat green foods. But just get there! Because one person vibin' on love, beauty, and possibility is more powerful than a thousand who are not. It's always the 1% that make things happen anyway, that participate, that follow-through, that act, that make history, that become legend. When has there never been a case when light didn't overcome darkness, literally. Think about it, a match or a lighter creates the ability to see in a once pitch dark environment.
So plant your seed in this New Moon energy and be that point of light, that creator, our lover.
♡ ☆ ♀
Day 1 of 10/13 Moons