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Creating Sacred Circle

Women love to gather with their friends and have done so since ancient times. Women are relational beings. That means that our relationships are important to us, especially the relationships we have with our circle sisters!

A women’s circle is a gathering of women who sit in a circle and meet on a regular basis to discuss shared concerns and to offer support and encouragement.

Greet old friends and make new ones
Relationships are important for women, and circles provide a natural way for women to gather and create a safe place to greet old friends and make new ones.  In circle women find the confidence to speak freely from the heart and know that they will be heard, if not always agreed with.

Opportunities for personal and collective growth

Group discussions generate new ideas and facilitate new ways of looking at old concerns. Women like to share their stories and experiences, as well as hear others share their experience and wisdom. Time devoted to silent process provides comfortable quiet moments while circle members reflect and sometimes wrestle with personal concerns.  Many times lost dreams are remembered, goals are affirmed, issues are resolved, or insights are materialized.  Circles create a safe place where women can develop close bonds with other women and feel supported.

Opportunities for transpersonal and spiritual growth 

A sacred circle is a gathering of women who wish to explore, express and deepen their understanding of spirituality. It differs from a support circle in that, while support and personal relationships do develop, the participants don’t concentrate their focus on personalities and their personal concerns, but instead focus on broader transpersonal and archetypal themes that affect people’s lives and the world.  These circles also offer women an opportunity to create sacred space in which to do ritual and ceremony.

Honoring the Divine Feminine and the divine spark within 

During sacred women’s circles we explore, define, and honor the feminine principle, explore broader issues of importance to ourselves and humanity, and celebrate the divine spark within each one of us and the Divine Feminine.  We learn about the wisdom of the different goddesses and holy women and how we can apply it to our lives today.

Learning and insights
Learning about the Divine Feminine provides us with insights, expanded awareness, and appreciation of what it means to be female.  This knowledge facilitates our personal growth as we learn to value our own divine nature within.  It teaches us how to have more functional relationships, to be present with our feelings, to honor our bodies and ourselves, to honor women’s life cycles, to live according to our personal values, and to find the strength and motivation to pursue our dreams and goals.  Sharing ritual and ceremony helps build community and strengthens our sisterhood with those who share a love for the Divine Feminine and all that is sacred.

Please join us

During sacred women’s circles women learn about the different goddess archetypes that can inform our lives, relationships, aspirations and goals.  We also share our life experiences, offer support, and deepen our connection with our circle sisters.  Members have an opportunity to experience the Divine Feminine during guided visualizations and to participate in rituals designed to help members internalize and make sacred their circle experience.  The time we share together is enjoyable, gratifying, and uplifting.

If you want to join a sacred women’s circle and live near San Mateo or in the Sacramento area then you are in luck because there is a sacred women’s circle nearby (see below). If you don’t live nearby, but want to create one in your community, then you can order a short book on how to create a sacred circle of your own.

Click here for more information on a sacred women’s circle in the Sacramento Area called “Circle with the Divine Feminine.”

Click here for more information on a sacred women’s circle in the San Mateo Area called “In Her Name Circle.”
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My Holiday Gift to You * Love and Light Visualization with Mother Mary

Mother Mary has been with me this last month as we approach both the celebration of Solstice, which celebrates the birth of the Divine Child, and Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christed One.

I was inspired to gift you with a “Love and Light Visualization with Mother Mary” which I created a few years ago in honor of her. You will find the link below.

Debates and discussions about the nature of Mother Mary have raged on for 2000 years until in 1965 when a Catholic Council called the Vatican II demoted Mary to little more than a Nazarene housewife, a country woman, a human vessel that served as the gestating container for a divine seed, and little more. Yet in the hearts of the people, as she has been depicted in art throughout the ages, there has been a longing to connect Mother Mary with the Great Mother whose compassion and mercy comforts, supports, and nurtures those who seek her out.

Mother Mary has filled the void of the Mother Goddess that I believe is central to our human collective unconscious. Since Paleolithic times, humans have honored the Great Mother. Within 500 years after the Divine birth of Jesus, as the cults of Isis, Cybele, Artemis and Diana dwindled along with the Roman Empire, the ancient goddess temples were rededicated to Mother Mary. Even the imagery of the older goddesses was passed on to Mary.

In addition, visitations of Mother Mary have been cited 21,000 in the last 1000 years. These visitations of the Blessed Mother strongly support the need of the Sacred Feminine principle that lives in our collective psyche.

The importance of Mary is more than her stature, her part in history, religion, or culture. It has to do with ones relationship with her – the ‘knowing’ experience of her compassion, mercy and grace. It is a felt experience that can’t be expressed with language or logic. Her image as Queen of Heaven and as the Great Mother Goddess archetype endures because it continues to persist in our collective human unconscious.

The Great Mother will prevail. She has survived 5000 years of patriarchy and 4000 years of the worship of the monotheistic male God. She will survive because she is part of the balance of nature. Nature always settles to its equilibrium.
The fulcrum under patriarchy pitched far to the right. It is now floating back to center so the divine feminine principle can re-take her rightful place beside the divine masculine principle.

The Great Mother is present in the image of Mary, the Mother of the Divine Child who brought Christ Consciousness to aid humanity in its evolution.
May this visualization with Mother Mary surround you with love, light and peace.

Click here to download…
Audio recording: Love and Light Visualization with Mother Mary

Have a fabulous Holiday Season!
Many blessings,
Joy

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Jennifer Berezan’s
Revised Version of the Hail Mary Rosary

From – She Carries Me

Holy Mother full of grace,
Power is with thee.
Blessed are you,
Queen of the Universe
And blessed is all of creation.
Holy Mother,  
Maker of all things,
Be with us now and always.

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The Compassionate Spiritual Activist.

When I think about activism I’m taken back to my own days in the 60’s when protest marches were common place. I remember the angry fists raised in the air and loud voices over megaphones blasting out about injustices.

When I think of the spiritual activism I think of Martin Luther King and his non-violent protests that brought out the masses and lobbied for transformation and civil rights reform. I also think of Mother Teresa, that little body of fierce compassion and conviction who swayed the conscience of the powerful to support her causes.

Spiritual activism is not about religion, or even about being religious. But it is about being willing to take a part in creating change – and to play that part with the spirit of compassion, love, a sense of the interconnectedness of all beings, and the determination to stand on conviction.

In Buddhism, they hold sacred the tenets of compassion, mercy, altruism, and loving kindness, among others. According to some strains of Tibetan Buddhism, practitioners will meditate on Tara, a female deity, to develop these qualities. Believing that everyone can achieve enlightenment, Tibetan Buddhists claim that Tara can remove obstacles that get in the way of personal growth and the cultivation of activism.

Tara was said to be born from the tears of the Hindu Lord of Compassion, Avalokitesvara. He dedicated his existence to rescuing all humans from suffering. But eons ago it was a very bad age with people behaving terribly to one another. Just as he rescued one person, another would fall. He became frustrated and began banging his head against a wall from the futility of his efforts. Because he was blessed by the Buddha, instead of wounds or bruises, two large eyes emerged on the back of his head. From the eyes tears fell. From the tears emerged Green Tara and White Tara.

Green Tara pledged to help by removing obstacles from the path of humans so they could walk the path to enlightenment with greater ease. White Tara vowed to help humans by increasing their fortunes and extending their lives. Together they help Avolakitesvara making it easier for us humans to receive blessings and to achieve enlightenment.

These deities serve as models for us about the meaning of compassion and spiritual activism. They have the altruistic mindset of service, not for personal fame or aggrandizement, but because they care about our human condition. They want humans to live better lives so they in turn will become enlightened spiritual activists who work for the betterment of humanity. The Taras stay focused on the positive, on what they can do, continually helping us to overcome obstacles, especially our negativity, so we can envision a better world for all.

The Taras understand that all beings are interconnected. When one human achieves enlightenment and can live more in a spirit of compassion, then they have a positive influence on those they touch, raising the vibrations of people around them. As one of us becomes more compassionate and caring, then they demonstrate to others the power of compassion and the importance of standing up for your convictions.

Look at both Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa, two humans who strove for enlightenment, embraced compassion for their fellow beings, and pledged their lives to work towards their convictions. One human can inspire others and start a movement for peace, freedom and equality.

It’s also important to note that each Tara had their assigned tasks. They did not take on everything, like so many of us humans try to do. They chose selectively where to put their efforts rather than being all over the board. It’s important for us to also use wisdom and discernment when we select a cause to fight for. When we focus, we can apply 100% of our efforts and thus have a chance to make a difference. When we splinter and apply our efforts among multiple causes, which are all very important, we dilute our effort, and end up making minimal impact. This is an important truism for all of us to keep in mind.

Take time to reflect on the lessons from Green and White Tara. Become a spiritual activist; take a stand and make a difference. But come to your activism with an altruistic and compassionate heart. Remember to focus on the positive. Stand for what you are ‘for,’ not what you are ‘against,’ so your mindset can stay positive.

Always remember that we are all interconnected. What we are and what we do has an impact on those around us. Your bad mood can dampen the mood of others. When you are full of joy, it radiates to those around you lifting their moods. Finally, choose what you commit to with wisdom and discernment. Remember it is always better to under-commit and over-deliver than to over-commit than under-deliver.

If you, and I, can commit to these gems of wisdom, then we will have a chance to change the world – together!
This article was inspired by a blog posted in 2015 on http://fiercelove.wordpress.com

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The Tower and the Devil Part 2

In my last email I talked about the Devil card in the Tarot and how it kept showing up at a time when my whole life was breaking down (marriage, health, work, friendships). I was going through a massive transition that put me on a whole new life path.

Motherpeace Tarot Devil Card

Motherpeace Tarot Devil Card

The Devil card is the 15th Major Arcana card of the Tarot. It speaks to the shadow side of ourselves that is held in bondage to our addictions, greed, negativity, insecurities, self-doubts, jealousies, and fears (rejection, abandonment, not being good enough, not being loved, etc.). These shadow self-perceptions and beliefs keep us stuck in an old story that we tend to cycle in, even though we are desperate to escape.

The Tower

Motherpeace Tarot Tower Card

Motherpeace Tarot Tower Card

The Tower is the 16th Major Arcana card. It is an image of disruption and change. This disruption is generated by the battle inside you that is fighting the Devil, your own demons, to free yourself from that domination.

Vicki Noble likens this card to the great Hindu Goddess Kali Ma. She is a terribly ferocious looking goddess with a garland of skulls around her neck and a girdle of arms around her waist. She has four arms, is dark skinned, and splotches of blood stain her body. In one hand she carries a sword, another a pair of scissors, and in the third a bloodied head.

In the West, dark and black have been associated with fear, suffering, death and evil. Our fear of the dark Goddess is a projection of that association. In the Hindu world view, however, the dark color is associated with the sacredness of the earth and its female nature. Kali’s symbolism, far from being foreboding, is filled with important imagery for those seeking greater awareness.

  • Red – Kali often bears the color red because she is associated with the life force energy of our body, our blood, and to the fire of creativity.
  • Garland of heads – The garland of severed heads or skulls represents the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. They symbolize the repository of knowledge and wisdom that is available to us.
  • Sword – The sword is the sword of wisdom with which she cuts the chains of our shadow beliefs that keep us cycling in the old stories.
  • Severed head – Symbolizes freeing ourselves from the negative, degrading stories of our subconscious so we can embrace the universal consciousness of the Divine Mother and Father and our own divinity within.
  • Waistband – The waistband of human arms symbolizes the necessity for performing good deeds, not out of co-dependency or wanting to feel self-important, but because caring for others and doing good deeds civilizes us, improves the condition of humanity, and opens our hearts to the flow of love.

 

Kali is that transformative energy of The Tower that can liberate us from the negative stories of our shadow selves. Drawing the Tower card signifies that we have an opportunity to confront our beliefs that no longer serve us so we can change our stories. It tells us we can face our shadow, that part of us that keeps us stuck in reactive and often unhelpful behaviors of jealousy, envy, greed, obsessiveness, anger, etc. When we face these inner demons, learn the stories behind them, and are willing to release them because they no longer fit into the life we want to lead, then we can step into a higher vibration where joy, satisfaction, fulfillment and wellbeing resides.

If you would like help to free yourself from your shadow beliefs and change your story, please schedule a 30-minute complementary consultation today with Joy Reichard (415-819-8769). Learn how you can live a more joy-filled life.

If you want to learn more about how the shadow impedes spiritual growth and how to heal your shadow and rebuild a healthier happier YOU, then you might be curious about my upcoming program Awakening to Spiritual Consciousness; a Sacred Intensive for Emerging Women.

 

Option 1 Dates and Times:
Daylong Dates: Oct 1 & Dec 3, 2016, 10 to 5:30
Webinar dates: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
on 10/11, 10/25, 11/8 and 11/22, 2016
Location: Three Ravens Mystery School, 440 Haight St., San Francisco
Option 2 Dates and Times:
Daylong Dates: Oct 8 & Dec 10, 10 to 5:30
Webinar dates:
5:30 to 7:30 pm
on 10/11, 10/25, 11/8 and 11/22, 2016
Location: Fair Oaks, CA / TBA upon registration
During this time of collective upheaval and change our feminine values and wisdom are needed now more than ever. You can do your part to bring more compassion, understanding, and peace to your place of work, your community, and the world. Are you feeling the call?
If so then join me and other spiritual seekers to:
  • Learn how the Divine Feminine has been paving the way for 5D Consciousness for over 5000 years.
  • Receive guidance and tools for healing your shadow so you can live with more peace and joy.
  • Discover how you can live with more love and compassion in your heart so that you can let go of the divisiveness of judgment and competitiveness.
  • Gain tools for working on the inner planes to accelerate your personal and spiritual growth.
  • Enhance your connection with your Higher Self and Guides for Divine Guidance.
  • Find sisterhood with other women who are also on their spiritual journey.
For more info go HERE
 
Or email me with your questions so we can schedule a time to talk.
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Healing the Divine Masculine

The unexpected happens when it’s most unexpected!

Recently, I was stunned when the “Healing the Divine Masculine” card came up THREE TIMES while doing readings from the Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild. This happened on a recent retreat with eight dear Sisters who support me with the In Her Name Circles that I lead in San Mateo. That was 3 out of 9 times. That’s no coincidence. It was a definite statement from the universe to PAY ATTENTION!

I have spent thirteen years working with women for empowerment and the healing of the feminine wounds that result from living in a patriarchal culture. I’ve never discounted the Divine Masculine, or the males in our cultures, because I realize that men have their own wounds. My focus, however, has been on the Divine Feminine. Why then, I wondered, was I being directed to focus on healing the wounds of the Divine Masculine?

Both genders carry within them what our culture defines as masculine and feminine qualities. The masculine qualities, or masculine energy, helps with discernment, protection, healing, and that sense of being safe and secure in any situation. When the inner masculine is strong, we have confidence, feel secure about who we are, and are able to take action with strength and conviction.

The inner masculine and Inner feminine have a symbiotic relationship. When they are in balance within us we are healthy and complete human beings. We appreciate who we are and can live with relative peace and harmony, allowing our creativity and joy to flow. We can stand in our convictions, speak our truth, and live authentic lives.

When the inner masculine is damaged or wounded we have difficulty showing up as our true selves. We may be reluctant to bring our gifts out into the world. Instead, we may conform to someone else’s (or society’s) accepted standards by bowing to the status quo rather than living to our full potential. This can leave us feeling disempowered, fearful, insecure, and plagued with self-doubt. Or if people don’t see our point of view, we might try to control or dominate them, or manipulate them to our way of thinking.

The inner feminine is sensual and filled with the essence of life and vitality. She enjoys the pleasures of life through her senses. She feels her emotions, and relationships are a priority. She is creative, expressive, receptive, nurturing, and nourishing. She embodies the Earth, the Great Mother, Gaia.

Under patriarchy the Feminine, and the honoring of the Feminine, was pushed underground. In our time the Feminine is blossoming once more. She is returning to help humankind reclaim heart-centered living – to have more love and greater compassion.

The inner feminine needs a healthy inner masculine for discernment and protection. One who can create a sense of security and safety so the inner feminine can freely express her true nature. Without a strong inner masculine the inner feminine can become too caring, too compassionate, too giving. Then the woman can become co-dependent, easily burnt-out, manipulative, or passive aggressive. If the inner-masculine becomes too strong, then she can become controlling, domineering, or abrasively aggressive.

Balance is what is needed between the two. This has often been referred to as the Sacred Marriage. When this sacred union is achieved then we can be sensual and loving and live true to who we authentically are. We can then have the strength, discernment and conviction to bring our gifts out to serve ourselves, others, and the world.
It is time to let go of viewing the Masculine energy as violent, aggressive, unfeeling, controlling, or as the perpetrator or dominating. It is time to stop playing the victim to masculine energy, or experiencing the Masculine with disappointment or dissatisfaction. It is time to avoid castrating the Masculine by the disempowering view that he is weak, useless, or unnecessary.
It is time to relate to both the feminine and the masculine energy in a totally new way. It is time for healing.
Women can help in the healing of the Divine Masculine by beginning to envision masculine energy differently. New masculine energy is beginning to flow into our consciousness. We women can help accelerate this shift of consciousness by altering how we choose to relate to the inner masculine, as well as the outer masculine. We can change the paradigm by envisioning the inner masculine as tender, protective, strong, discerning, and as holding a stabilizing energy.
You might wonder what this would look life. Alana Fairchild says:

[We would have] more of a willingness to be kind to ourselves, to honor our feelings and to not be bullied into stepping away from our truths by others or even by our own self-doubt or self-criticism. It is an inner commitment to love and honor the Self and an inner trust in this commitment. So when the feeling arises to try something new creatively or spiritually, for example, there is trust that this will be respected and acted upon, and it is!

As we change our paradigm of the masculine, it creates openings for the men in our lives to step into a new reality, one in which they can show up as tender, protective, strong, discerning, and holding that stabilizing force that we women need.

When a man is able to hold the reality of the New Masculine, then the woman feels safe and securely held so that she can be sensually, lovingly, and creatively expressive. This requires honor and respect of both without judgment. It’s about allowing each to be the best of who they are, while respecting boundaries, limitations, personal interests and passions, and each person’s personal growth as they walk their path on this earth plane.

It is an exciting new reality that we are being encouraged to create. I hope you will join me in Healing the Divine Masculine.

If you are feeling called to be part of the great healing of our humanity and our home, Gaia, the Earth, then you might also curious about my upcoming program:

Daylong Dates: Oct 1 and Dec 3, 2016
from 10 to 5:30 pm
Webinar dates: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
on 10/11, 10/25, 11/8 and 11/22, 2016
Location: Three Ravens Mystery School,
440 Haight Street, San Francisco
 

The world is going through a time of collective upheaval and change. Our feminine wisdom is needed now more than ever as our world traverses through some of the most chaotic and worrisome times in recorded history.

Many women are feeling the call to do their part to bring harmony and peace to the world. Are you feeling the call?

If so then join me and other spiritual seekers to:

  • Learn how the Divine Feminine has been paving the way for 5D Consciousness for over 5000 years.
  • Receive guidance for personal healing and growth so that you can cultivate more joy and peace in your life.
  • Discover how you can live with more love and compassion in your heart so that you can let go of the divisiveness of judgment.
  • Gain tools for working on the inner planes to accelerate your spiritual growth.
  • Enhance your connection with your Higher Self and Guides for Divine Guidance.
  • Find sisterhood with other women who are also on their spiritual journey.
For more info go HERE
 
Or email me with your questions so we can schedule a time to talk.
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Hathor, the Hathors, and 5th Dimensional Consciousness

Is there a connection between Hathor, the Hathors, and 5th Dimensional Consciousness?
 

There is! And the connection is fascinating.  

Hathor is one of the oldest Egyptian deities and has links to the ancient Egyptian cow goddess, Bat or Bata. Her most common depiction is that of a cow headed goddess with horns in which is set the sun disk. She embodies motherhood and love, and is the feminine deity of pleasure, dance, fertility, childbirth, and the arts.

In her celestial aspect Hathor personifies the Milky Way. During the spring and fall equinoxes in the third millennium BCE, the Milky Way aligned over and touched the earth where the sun rose and fell. Thus the four legs of the cow goddess, Hathor, sometimes called Nut, were perceived as the four pillars that held up the heavens. The stars appeared on the belly of this celestial cow goddess.

Hathor’s birthday coincides with the rising of the star Sirius which announced the inundation of the Nile. Sirius is often referred to as our
Spiritual Sun.

So, who are the Hathors? According to Tom Kenyon, who wrote The Hathor Material, the Hathors are

interdimensional beings who come in love to help humans on earth bring about a new reality of love and compassion. They claim to come from another universe by way of Sirius which is a portal to our universe. From Sirius they eventually came to our solar system and the etheric realm of Venus. They claimed to have worked with and through the Hathor fertility goddess of ancient Egypt.

Whether you buy into all of this or not, I simply find these connections interesting! I choose to keep an open mind, and encourage you to do so as you read the rest of this article.

What I know of the Hathors from my own experience and research is that they are

light beings who hold the energies of love, compassion and non-judgment. This is what they hope to bring to humanity.

Think about it! What would it be like to live in a world filled with love, compassion, and non-judgement? We would be joyful! We would be free to enjoy the pleasures of our world. We would be free from bigotry, misogyny, racism, greed, and the need to dominate and fight wars.

Sounds pie in the sky, right?  But only because currently there is so much judgment! And think about the separation and conflict judgment brings!

Take Trump, for example. Some spiritual teachers say Trump is the voice of America’s shadow. He’s the bigoted, racist, and misogynistic voice of our country that was buried under political correctness. We can pass laws and set ethical standards, but unless people hold the principles of love and non-judgment in their hearts, these low vibrations will fester until they eventually comes out. Trump is their voice.

I believe these shadow beliefs and hidden feelings are coming up to clear at a collective level. Just as we must become aware of our own hidden feelings and beliefs before we can heal and/or transform, so must the collective.

First we must become aware at the collective level of the separation, fear, and damage these shadow beliefs and feelings cause. Then we can choose to transform and/or release them once and for all from our collective hearts.

I heard a politician speak after Trump had denigrated him publically. This politician refused to retort with his own criticism. Instead he was just going to ‘love Trump up!’

Why? If he retorted with anger claiming Trump was horrible and despicable, he would be joining Trump’s camp. He would be spreading the judgment, meanness, and hatred forward.

We can’t conquer all that’s wrong in our country with the same measures that have created so much separation, mistrust, fear, and meanness. Instead we have to do things differently!

The Hathors that I know are about love, compassion, and non-judgment. And whether you choose to believe in the Hathors or not, I think we can all agree that it is by raising ourselves to the vibration of love and compassion that we will bring about change – not by stooping to bigotry, hatred, and anger.

If you are disturbed by Trump and what he stands for, then take action to bring more love and compassion to your community.

Volunteer or contribute money for a cause you believe in. Learn about Islam and begin a dialog with some Muslims in your community. Smile at someone who is disabled or homeless rather than pretending they don’t exist. Spread love and compassion so that the love vibrations become so powerful that they overwhelm and dissolve the lower vibrations of fear, hatred, separation, anger, and mistrust.

Love is the way to bring about change.

If you are intrigued by the connection between the Divine Feminine and Fifth Dimensional (5D) Consciousness then you might be curious about my upcoming program.
Daylong Dates:
Oct 1 & Dec 3, 10 – 5:30
Webinar dates:
on 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, & 11/22

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location:

Three Ravens Mystery School , 440 Haight St., San Francisco

Our feminine wisdom is needed now more than ever as our world traverses through some of the most chaotic and worrisome times in recorded history.

It’s time for women to become living examples of the Dalai Lama’s prophecy and do our part to bring harmony and peace to the world. This is the ‘Era of the Feminine!’

* Learn how the Divine Feminine has been paving the way for 5D Consciousness for over 5000 years.
* Discover how you can live with more love and compassion in your heart and let go of the divisiveness of judgment.
* Gain tools for working on the inner planes to accelerate your spiritual growth.
* Enhance your connection with your Higher Self and Guides for Divine Guidance.

For more info go HERE
Or email me with your questions so we can schedule a time to talk.

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JOIN US on the Feast of the Assumption of Mother Mary for…

A New Path of Awakening

“The Way of Mary” – A Revelation

This Community Ceremony Is a Rite to Bring You More Fully into Your Divine Human Self

Mon, Aug 15, 2016
7- 9 pm
Tiburon Community Congregational Church
145 Rock Hill Dr,
Tiburon, CA

Have you felt in your bones that there’s much more to the Virgin Mary than we’ve been taught? Do you wish to peel away the layers of control & diminishment that have been laid upon her so you may access her true mystical power as a Female Divine Force?

In this sacred evening, open to people of all genders you will
* Hear evolutionary revelations coming forth regarding Mary’s key role NOW in humanity’s spiritual growth & integration
* Learn about the Feminine Holy Trinity/ies of which Mary is a part
* EXPERIENCE a deeper level of wholeness as you enter the ancient Gnostic Bridal Chamber
* Be blessed with the healing waters from Mother Mary’s home in Turkey

Through an evening of inspired lecture, music & a living dynamic ritual, you’ll come ever closer to your “Elevated Self” as the Divine Source.

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In Her Name Circle

Dance With the Goddess Within

7 – 9 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregational Church
300 East Inez Ave,

San Mateo, CA

We will celebrate body and spirit with dance and movement at this special circle led by belly dance extraordinaire Dasha Bogdanova and Yoga/Pilates leader, Aria Kabiri. We will discover sacred dance for the mind, loving movement for the body and be transformed! Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for a rejuvenating and fun evening!

Featuring:

Aria Kabiri, CRNA, RN, CHT, Aria is passionate about health which includes mind/body/spiritual health and has dedicated her life to teaching and healing. Her unique approach combines yoga, Pilates, hypnotherapy and Reiki. She is certified in Kundalini and Hatha yoga, Mat and Reformer Pilates.

Dasha Bogdanova, “Belly Dance Diva”, Dasha loves the connection to Goddess/Divine energies and Mother Earth and shares this through her sacred yet merry dance and song. As a healer she is a “Celebrator of Life and the Power of Love.” She has been dancing since she was able to walk and taught Belly Dance and “Dance with the Goddess Within” classes/workshops for over ten years. She is a professional dancer, healer, chef, and artist combining love in all her expressions.

Fee: $15 on-line through Paypal.

$20 at the door

To Register go  HERE 
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Aphrodite and the Meaning of Self-Love

Most people know of Aphrodite as the goddess of love.  She is that, but she’s also much more. She is the mistress of all kinds of love and passion – passion for art, a special interest, friendship, romantic love, and self-love.

The earliest myth of the birth of Aphrodite comes from Hesiod.  Ouranos (Heaven) forbid his offspring with Gaia (Earth) to see light, the space between Heaven and Earth.  One night when Heaven lay with Earth, their son, Chronos harvested Heaven’s genitals and threw them into the stormy sea.  From this immortal flesh mixed with sea foam rose the beautiful Aphrodite who inspired love in everyone and everything that came into her presence.

Aphrodite’s innocence – her virginity – was renewed on an annual basis.  At her temple on Crete, her priestesses carried her statue into the sea for a ritual bathing.  This act was a re-creation of the restoration of Aphrodite’s virginity by the Graces. Once she was caught by her husband, Hephaestus, making love with her lover, Ares, god of war, and she was humiliated before the other gods.  Aphrodite fled to Crete where the Graces washed and anointed her with ambrosial oil, restoring the goddess to her original state of purity and virginity.

This return to innocence is one of Aphrodite’s many gifts to us.  Yes, we can be restored from the wounds of heartbreak.  Our past does not need to be our present.  But for healing, we must first love and honor ourselves.  This is one of Aphrodite’s greatest gifts. That of self-care and self-love. Many images depict her gazing at herself in a mirror, or bathing, or luxuriating with her nymphs. Some of us workaholics and self-beraters might view her with contempt for being so self-indulgent. But there is a much deeper message in Aphrodite’s love for herself and her body. She appreciates what her body does for her and she loves to be adorned with beauty. For beauty is inspiring, thus it enables us to get a taste of the sublime.

Too often we are so hard on ourselves. We make comments about ourselves we would never say to someone we didn’t even like. We often deprive ourselves by not getting enough sleep, or enough good nourishing food, or time for pleasure and play. Instead some of us work way too hard, and make a practice of depriving ourselves of some of the very basics that our body, and our soul, needs.

Aphrodite’s message is that when we do take care of ourselves, we feel so much better. Our souls are more joyous. We sleep better because we aren’t so stressed. Play and pleasure gives us joy, which dispels anxiety and worry. Our relationships are more rewarding because we aren’t grumpy, fatigued, and short tempered.

Practicing self-love means taking care of ourselves so that we can show up as a happier more joyous person. It actually enables us to be more effective and productive because we are freer to find joy and passion in what we do.

This week, spend time for three minutes a day on the meditation below:

Relax. Choose an image of Aphrodite that appeals to you and gaze upon it. Visualize her energy flowing into you. Feel her divine energy of love and healing embrace you.  Allow yourself to feel Joy.

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WOMEN ONLY! Honoring Ourselves and the Divine Feminine

Most men and women share similar overall values and religious ideals, and we have many of the same needs. Women, however, are more relational than men. Women have an innate need to gather and to be in relationship. In times of stress women congregate to share information, to pool resources, and to support one another. Coffee clutches, quilting bees, sewing bees, women’s potluck, mothers co-op groups, etc. are just a few examples of women’s groups.

Some women find it challenging to relate to the Divine in the traditional Westernized version of the masculine God. For many, God might resemble someone like my father, who was a Methodist Minister in my early years. God is a good Dad but can often be authoritative, judgmental and demanding! This concept of God helped me feel safe, but it wasn’t always comforting, nor did it provide guidance on how to be confident and strong in my feminine nature.

In 2000, I was introduced to the Shekhinah, the feminine face of God in the Hebrew tradition. The Shekhinah has been referred to as the “Holy Spirit” and is the manifestation of God’s presence, which dwells among the people and can be apprehended by the senses. She has been referred to as the Bride of the Lord, or Yahweh’s consort, and represents the presence of the Divine in humans.

My introduction to the Shekhinah unraveled my perception of God. Suddenly I was freed to explore all the many faces of the Divine, including the Feminine. I embraced the Divine as the compassionate and loving Divine Mother like Kuan Yin and Mother Mary. I reclaimed female deity images such as Artemis, Athena, Kali and Sekhmet as models to emulate how women can be confident, independent and stand strong in our power.

Spirituality is the part of us that wants to make sense of our world. There are so many unanswered questions! Is life full of random purposeless actions, or is everything orchestrated at birth? What is the purpose of life on earth? Are we here to learn lessons? Or are we here just to procreate and ensure the survival of our species? Philosophers, theologians (God-centered) and “thealogians” (Goddess-centered) have been debating questions like these for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. We may never know all the answers, yet viewing life as a spiritual journey helps us make sense of the part we play in the greater design of the universe.

The In Her Name Circles, which I have been leading since 2007 in San Mateo, provide a safe community for women who seek greater understanding of the Mystery. Together we are able to deepen relationship bonds with other women while strengthening our spiritual connection to the Divine. We create a safe haven that honors feminine values, feminine ways of being, and feminine ways of knowing that are more subjective and intuitive. In Circle we learn to honor our feelings, our need for relationships, to share stories, and to be heard with a compassionate ear.

In the In Her Name Circles we add an additional element that is central to our gatherings. We gather to honor and celebrate the Divine Feminine in all Her many manifestations from global history, cultures and spiritual traditions. And, importantly, we also honor the Divine Feminine within each one of us.

Please join us for one of our In Her Name Circles. We would love to include you in our growing community. We have a rich program scheduled for 2016. (See upcoming schedule below.) Please join us. We would like to welcome you to our circle.
Celebrating Earth Day by Honoring Earth Mother Goddesss
Featuring Dasha Bogdanova (Belly Dance Deva) and Loret Farris (Bee Priestess) Join us as we honor our Mother, the Earth, and the many gifts and blessings she bestows on us.

May 20, 2016
Fairies — Is There Still Room for them in Modern Society?
Featuring Kirsten Weiss: author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, and a new series of steampunk novels of suspense set in Alta California.

June 24, 2016
The Many Faces of Venus
Featuring Linea Van Horn, Astrologer at Large, Certified Astrologer, Founder and Past President of the San Francisco Astrological Society.

July 22, 2016
Isis, Hathor and the Egyptian Mysteries
Featuring Joy Reichard:  Founder of In Her Name Circles and Persephone’s Journey; a Wisdom School for Awakening Women. Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Spiritual Counselor.

August 26, 2016
Dance with the Goddess Within
Featuring Dasha Bogdonava (Belly Dance Deva) and Aria Kabiri (Yoga, Pilates, and expressive dance Deva). Come dance with us and awaken your Goddess within.

September 23, 2016
Numerology and the Goddess
Featuring Jen Duchene: Akashic Records and Numerology Deva. In the Goddess tradition 13 is a sacred and powerful number. Come and learn why and more!

October 28, 2016
The Magic of Crystals Expert
Featuring Penne Werner- Knowledgeable Adept of Crystals and Stones
Do you want to learn about the mysterious powers of crystals? Come join us!

November 11, 2016
Gratitude Potluck
Led by Loret Farris (Bee Priestess) and Dasha Bogdanova (Belly Dance Deva). Bring your favorite dish and join us in an evening of sharing and gratitude.

December 9, 2016
Yuletide Bazaar
Led by Jen Duchene, Joy Reichard, Aria Kabiri, Dasha Bogdanova
Join us for Yuletide festivities with dancing, poetry, shopping and more!

Hours: 7 to 9 PM

Location: Unitarian Universalist of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez, San Mateo, CA

Fee: $15 online HERE, or $20 at the door.
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You Are Beautiful. Your Body is Sacred.

I cringe when a woman comes into my office and shares how much she hates her body. She is another woman who has bought into the hype that the ideal female body should be slim, shapely, beautiful, and forever youthful, just like the models and actresses on televisions and the movies.

This ideal female persona is an integral part of our mass consciousness which is the core of numerous marketing campaigns that sell clothes, jewelry, cosmetics, cosmetic treatments and surgery, diets and diet food, exercise programs, and the list goes on. Women subject their bodies to starvations, drugs, heat, steam, chemicals, machines, the knife, etc., all in an effort to force their bodies to conform to the ideal of the perfect female. The majority of Western women are unaware of the sacredness of the vessels which contain the divine spark of the feminine.

In ancient times, when God was a woman, women were honored and respected. Women were seen as the earthly representation of the Goddess because women birthed and nurtured life with their bodies — just like the Great Mother, Gaia, produced and nurtured life with Her body, the Earth.

Thousands of female artifacts (9 times more frequent than male figurines) from the Neolithic Era (7 to 12 thousand years ago) have been uncovered — depicting women in all shapes, sizes and forms. Some of these artifacts portray figures that are what we would call “obese” today. During the Neolithic and Paleolithic era conditions were harsh. The copious amount of body fat on these artifacts was perceived as symbols of abundance and fertility during those precarious times.

The ancient goddess was perceived as the source of all life and sustenance. Her body, as well as all of her other feminine capabilities, were revered. Women were respected, influential, and oft times leaders in their communities. Many indigenous communities prior to patriarchy had the Council of the Grandmothers who had the power to veto male decisions if they felt those decisions could be harmful to the community. The “elderly” were perceived of as wise and knowledgeable. Everyone, young/old, male/female, shared in the responsibility for maintaining the well-being and health of the community – their survival depended on it.

Even in more recent times the generous female figure was favored. During the Renaissance Period women were portrayed as voluptuous, rounded and curvy. The female body was depicted in beautiful, colorful, and careful detail.

It’s time to stop buying into the media hype that we, as women, have to be thin to almost anorexic.   That we have to remake our bodies in order to be accepted, loved and appreciated. We don’t need external approval as to how we should be and look. We have a right to reclaim our bodies and do what is right for us.

So right now begin to accept, love, and appreciate yourself and your body. Even more than you realize you are in control when it comes to how you are perceived. I’ve known many women (and I’m sure you have too) who, though plump and even “overweight,” are in total possession of themselves and their bodies. They radiate an intensity and sensuality that have men buzzing around them like bees.

It’s not the shape of your divine vessel, but rather how you perceive, love, and own your body and the true essence of you that makes you magnetic.

So, begin right now to think of yourself as the living representative of the Goddess on earth! Start walking and living as if your vessel is precious and divine, for it is!

In January 2014, I was disturbed that women were still perceiving themselves as the lesser sex and demeaning their bodies. I knew in my heart that it was time to change the old paradigm, and I had to be part of that movement. Therefore I created Persephone’s Journey, a Wisdom School for Awakening Women to help create a new paradigm of honor and respect for the feminine and for greater appreciation and affection for our female bodies.

It is my hope that you, as a woman, will embrace your sacred sensual self and begin to acknowledge the Divine Feminine spark within.

 

Women, know that you can show up every day in full possession of your natural beauty and power as a sacred woman. You are beautiful! Your body is sacred!

 

In just 3 days, on October 10, 2015, I’m offering a 3-month workshop on Sacred Sexuality, the Shadow, and Loving Relationships that helps women reclaim pride and joy in all aspects of their femininity, sensuality, and aliveness. I would love to have you join us. If you are curious please go click HERE for more information, or contact Joy today at 415-819-8769, or email me.

Tomorrow, October 8th, is the last day you can register for Sacred Sexuality, the Shadow, and Loving Relationships. Don’t miss out. I won’t be teaching this class again until late 2017.

If you need to work through your personal body-appreciating complexes, please contact me for a 30-minute complementary consultation. I would love to help you appreciate and embrace the beauty of the woman that you are. joy@joyreichard.com 415-819-8769
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Wisdom from the Shadows

I frequently have clients who complain that they feel burnt out, unhappy, depressed, stuck, etc. They complain their performance at work is suffering or that their relationships aren’t working. They want to be doing something they feel passionate about but don’t know what that is. They know something is wrong, and may be experiencing emotional pain and discomfort, but they aren’t quite sure what’s causing it… or what to do about it!

The challenge many of us face is that we live in a culture that avoids acknowledging uncomfortable feelings. There is a perception that admitting to our feelings, especially the ones that concede we just might be vulnerable (sadness, loneliness, shame, guilt, despair, jealousy, etc.) is an admission of weakness – that we just might be damaged.

We can’t fix what we don’t know or understand, however. And when we try to push unwelcomed emotions underground they frequently re-emerge with a vengeance. Carl Jung said, “What we resist, persists.”

Most people know I have an interest in ancient mythology. These stories still persist because they hold kernels of truth and relevancy even for our contemporary times. One such myth is about the Goddess Hecate. She is the Greek Goddess of the Underworld and functions as the Guardian of the Souls, guiding them back and forth to the underworld. In the transpersonal psychology community, the underworld is a metaphor for the sub-conscious – that shadowy inner realm where our deepest thoughts, feelings, fears, and self-doubts reside. No one, not even the most accomplished and consciously aware among us, is exempt from inhabiting this realm from time to time … for there are always more layers of the psyche to uncover.

Often I function as a modern day Hecate guiding my clients as they explore the shadowy realm of their inner beliefs, negative thoughts, and fears. I help my clients dig deep to uncover the core issues keeping them from the life they want and deserve, finding wisdom from the shadows. Together we can find ways to reframe, release, or heal those old beliefs so they can experience more joy and success.

Frequently these old beliefs are residues from childhood memories. When I was child there were many times when I felt helpless, ineffective, scared and vulnerable. Painful or disturbing memories are not uncommon. If these old memories from childhood aren’t healed, they can be re-triggered as an adult showing up as fears, doubts and insecurities. They lurk in the shadows of our subconscious and literally hold us back from having the life we want and deserve today.

Work with the shadow realms of the subconscious is challenging. Yet it can also be extremely enlightening and liberating. This is especially true when we learn to have compassion for our younger self who IN THE PAST may have been vulnerable. By doing the inner work we are better equipped to deal with workplace or relationship challenges that face us as adults.

One effective way to deal with our old insecurities is with positive self-talk. By reminding ourselves that TODAY we are stronger, more knowledgeable and experienced, and have many more skills and problem-solving abilities than we did when we were younger, then we can face life’s challenges with much greater confidence and self-assurance.

Wrestling with the shadow does not need to be a lot of hard work and struggle. In my upcoming workshop that begins on October 10, 2015, Sacred Sexuality, the Shadow, and Loving Relationships, you will have an opportunity to befriend and heal your shadow in a comfortable, caring, supportive environment within a circle of like-minded fellow seekers on the journey to self-fulfillment. Please join us.

TODAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN-UP FOR THE EARLY BIRD RATE

Click HERE for more information and to register

If you feel stuck, burnt out or frustrated in the workplace and need guidance and support, then contact Joy at joy@joyreichard.com or at 415-819-8769 and ask about her Living a More Joyful Life transformative coaching program. She also has an upcoming teleseminar program called Goddess Wisdom for the Savvy Business Woman. You can have the life you want and deserve!
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