Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Moon, Solar Eclipse and Heart's Desires

Yesterday was a New Moon Solar Eclipse, visible on Earth in parts of Asia. Whether you could see the eclipse or not, the energy of this event is available to all of us. This solar eclipse is a powerful time to focus on your heart's desires. In the words of The Spirit of Water, "take advantage of one of the most fertile times in the history of our solar system for creating your dreams."

I am making a list this morning of my true heart's desires and spending some time in the next 12 hours to visualize what it will feel like when those dreams come true. It is not as simple as it sounds, because I have learned to choose carefully at these times. I don't want edit my real dreams to make them more reasonable or more acceptable to others in my life. I need to step into the fullness of my greatest vision and believe that I am worthy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Italy: Women exploring the mystery

I just returned from two weeks in Italy where I attended Satyana Institute's two-part event Cultivating Women's Spiritual Mastery. I first participate in a three day conference in Turin with three spiritual women teachers: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Buddhist), Swami Abikananda (Hindu) and Sister Lucy Kurien (Catholic) and then traveled up into hills to the rural village of Vidracco for a five day retreat with 27 women to explore the theme of women's spiritual leadership more deeply.

I am still integrating all of my experiences and learnings. Among the things I am contemplating:

~Our group of spiritual pilgrams seemed more interested in Women's Spiritual Mystery than in 'mastery'. We kept surrendering to the unknown throughout our journey together and often found our deepest experiences in the spaces between the scheduled program.

~Women seem to thrive in the cracks between the defined religious dogmas. When both Tenzin Palmo and Swamiji stated strongly at the conference that spiritual seekers must chose one spiritual path and dig deeply, it stirred up waves of disagreement. Women expressed later that this felt patriarchal and dogmatic, that it was not congruent with their own experience as women who have historically been forced to find spiritual legitimacy outside the confines of traditional religious practice.

~We visited the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna at Oropa. It seems appropriate that there is no single explanation for the appearance of these powerful 'black' figures of the Mother and her Holy Child, that she too seems to live in the cracks between the official church stories.

~I met wonderful women from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, South Africa and Europe and will carry them in my heart forever.

My heart is full and I am still digesting all these experiences and more.