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Energetically speaking, women can be likened to gardeners: tending and nurturing themselves, their children, their relationships (both intimate and their network) and the planet. In so doing, they fulfill their biological destiny. At the deepest level of being, the  female gender is biologically inscribed to seek peace, support others to achieve their best potential and to connect easily with others.

When we understand in a spiritual context what ‘connection’ truly means, ie, that all living beings, including human, animal, plant and planet, are connected to one another in a seamless ‘whole’ that creates the All That Is, we can truly begin to see the critical role that women play in the life process as connectors.

We can also begin to recognise that separation does not support a healthy, sustainable life. In fact, researchers tell us that cells in isolation cannot survive. We have to be connected to live optimally. Connection enables all aspects of life and underpins healthy eco-systems, including those at a more personal level, such as the family or a workplace environment. Hence, interpersonal relationships are not only critical to survival, but their quality has been linked with levels of happiness or contentment, which in turn has been demonstrated, through research, to be a factor in a long healthy life.

Interconnectedness means that every thought we have and every emotion we feel affects every other being, in a constant subliminal interactive stream. We can no longer indulge in the belief that our thoughts are ours alone, because on a deeper level they are being broadcast to everyone in our ‘field’ and being picked up on an energetic level by those around us. Thoughts generate emotions which can be easily be ‘read’ by others.  For example, when was the last time you felt someone’s anger or knew someone was depressed, even though no words had been spoken?

Women are known to easily intuit the emotions and thoughts of others.  This is because their biological design equips them to. It is an aspect of their gender specialisation that enables them to fulfill a major role that Nature prescribed for them: to carry the baton of evolution through to the next generation by having babies.

Men on the other hand are highly specialised to be good at separation. This allows them to compete; for a mate and for provisions for the family they generate.

So according to Nature’s basic plan, which has worked pretty well up until now, men and women have clearly de-marked roles assigned to them.

The trouble is though that as well as carrying out the physical imperative that Nature planned for us, we are also highly conscious beings and most of our evolutionary development has taken place at the level of the mind and soul, which is genderless, or rather bipolar, as it contains both a masculine and a feminine aspect. So how do we engage at the level of the physical, where our genderisation dictates moods, values, behaviours, ways of thinking and even our physical prowess?

Somehow, to be authentically who you are born to be, you need to act out your genderised imperative (for some of you that may be as a gay or lesbian) while still expressing the spirit side of your being, consisting of mind and soul, which contains both a masculine and a feminine aspect.

As we said above women are genderised to connect – they are therefore good at being in relationships.

Men are genderised to be separate – they therefore struggle with relationships – they are not innately good at it.

Women interface with men, in many different ways, not just sexually as lovers, but as wives, mothers, mentors, work colleagues and friends. And, without a doubt women need men – they are biologically inscribed to need connection and equate love with intimacy. Women love to love and love to be loved. Woman need men.

Men interface with women in many different ways too. But unlike their gender counterparts they are biologically inscribed never to show how much they need women. But, of course, men need women. However, the masculine nature is designed to mask the deeper need for closeness through the appearance of nonchalance, courage and self-sustenance. Men love to be strong and to be seen as strong and silent. They love to be loved too, but often have difficulty in expressing love. They get bamboozled by their woman’s emotional intelligence.

Many relationship troubles reflect this basic lack of alignment between men and women and it often translates into a lack of easy communication between couples, be it verbal, emotional or sexual. At the soul and mind level many couples are a perfect match…..but at the physical level they seem to be tongue-tied and twisted when it comes to understanding their gender differences and that they look out of different windows at the world about them, including at the expectations they each have within their own relationship.

Energetically, women and men complete a biological circuitry that is a fundamental of life, through which life renews itself over and over again. As individuals, we are bound to the physical programming we are born into (masculine, feminine or gay), but we also have a powerful mind and soul directive that can learn and understand how to reconcile our gender differences to come to a place of mutual fulfillment and love.

The journey involves first coming to an understand of the biological drives that motivate our own behaviours, values, dreams and aspirations. As soon as we identify the window we are looking out from (our own bias), we can then engage our higher wisdom to apply to our living situation and start the journey of understanding the other.

Being polar opposites, women and men, are meant to be different.

Your relationship will come fully alive for you when you can celebrate the differences to create common ground.

Spirit of Woman’s next workshop, The Essence of Relationships explores the differences between you and your partner that can be the cause of much distress or which through creative understanding can lead to a creative, fun and pleasurable flourishing of your relationship. The day is sprinkled with laughter, joy, ah-hah moments and the recognition of a capacity for deep love within your intimate and family relationships.

The workshop, based on my book The Essence of Woman, speaks to men just as strongly as it does to women. In the words of Neil, the husband of a woman who attended one of my seminars:

I have just read your book and was impressed by your understanding of the male psyche. Few female writers are able to empathise the way you have articulated the male perspective. I enjoyed the book and found it insightful

The Essence of Relationships workshop describes how certain e-motions, as energy-in-motion, are more specifically the domain of the female energetic patterning, and that other e-motions are more likely to be expressed by a male than a female. It demonstrates the fundamental differences in the way females think compared to males.

Physically, emotionally and attitudinally, females and males seem to be poles apart and yet together, they create the full complement of humans being. In reality, we all have a wholistic soul that has no gender specification. In this workshop you will learn how to attune to your soul, harmonise with your body, whether you are male or female, and bring joy into your life.

Enjoy your journey…………

To book for The Essence of Relationships online, click here.

 

The Spirit of Woman essence blend that smoothes and enhances your relationship and helps you to attain a compassionate awareness of your own needs and the needs of the other is:

 Together

To buy it online click here…….

 

 

An auspicious event in the astrological calendar, the Venus Transit, is occurring on June 6th 2012. There is much excitement in scientific circles about this event, but it is its spiritual significance that will affect us all globally. Venus eclipsing the Sun represents a strengthening of the Divine Feminine energies to support a return to the lore of love as the driving force on our planet.

The transformation brought about by the showering of these beautiful Venusian energies will lead humanity into a higher spiritual path. What we can expect, as this wisdom settles into our consciousness, is a peaceful way of being that wants no part in war, aggression, killing and mutilating, environmental degradation, chaos, starvation and moral breakdown. These atrocities will be no longer tenable or even thinkable in the light of the new awareness that is being ushered onto the planet right now and magnified with this series of powerful astrological events.

 

Transits of Venus occur in pairs, eight years apart. The previous one was on 8th June 2004 and on June 6th 2012, the second in the current
pair of transits is occurring. There won’t be another transit until 2117, over a hundred years from now. The last pair of transits was in 1874 and 1882. During this time there was a call for women’s rights and Feminism was born.

 

 

Venus transits represent a greater focus on feminine energy and love being downloaded to us from the celestial realms. Venus rules love, values, self-worth, abundance, finances, harmony, beauty, the Arts, relaxation, pleasure, and sex.

The Dalai Lama has spoken about how women will save the earth – he refers to the fact that women have the Venusian qualities of connection, love, nurturing and support inscripted into their biology and how by allowing these qualities to come to the fore, we can help humankind transform to bring about a peaceful and loving society.

Women have been forced to take second place in the patriarchal society that has dominated Western culture over the past three thousand years. However, there are many recorded stories in Ancient Wisdom of women playing important roles as healers, goddesses, shamans, leaders and saviours.

It is this powerful Divine Feminine energy that is now coming into play at a Cosmic level – and bathing humanity in its transformative glow.

Women must come into their strength and take their turn at leading humankind into the New Light.

This does not mean that women will dominate men into subservience.  The energy of the feminine is about power-sharing, inclusion, connection and support, so it is more likely that men will feel empowered and willing to power-share, grateful that the responsibility which has rested so heavily on their shoulders, will be lightened and co-opted.

This re-emergence of the Divine Feminine is not an ending, but rather a necessary step towards ultimate balance, where the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine sit easily side-by-side to bring about peaceful co-existence on Earth, with the planet and with all her Kingdoms; human, plant, animal and mineral.

The Spirit of Woman Essence Blends that work towards loving ourselves and valuing who we are are Woman Worth and Body Love. You can read about both of these beautiful supportive essence blends if you click here.

 

 

The Divine Feminine

2012 has been hailed as the year of the ‘end’ of life as we know it – predictions of catastrophic events have served to create fear and trembling on one level of understanding, but  those whose feet are planted firmly in the ‘real’ recognise that the end of one cycle automatically opens to another. The signs of change are all around us as climatic, economic and political instability grab the news headlines, and we are forced, in our personal lives, to reconsider novel ways of navigating our relationships, our work habits and social interactions in order to retain some sense of control. The old order is rapidly changing.

The advent of the internet has been one of the most critical agents of change in our global, national and local community and our social, working and personal lives.

Enabling interconnectedness through networking, its significance in politics, the media, commerce, education, the spread of information to the furthest out reaches of the globe has been transformational for the human community. In the personal arena is has fostered connections between people for the promotion of trade, the  gathering of interest groups, the strengthening and expansion of friendships and the blossoming of intimate relationships.

The global interconnectedness facilitated by the internet  has brought about a deeper global awareness of the need for our human family to work together in relationship with one another, and with the planet, if all seven billion of us are to survive and enjoy an abundant and fulfilled life. The information super highway of the internet has reached and informed even the most geographically isolated people, and has precipitated a desire for all to share in the abundance and quality that life can offer – provided all humans can learn to share.

With these demands arising from the groundswell, humanity is being forced to change the way the world has been structured up to now. The changes demanded of us are so precipitous and challenging, we need to know how to navigate the transition, let alone feel confident that everything is unfolding as it should be.

From the Course of Miracles comes a reminder to focus on what is real in our own lives, rather than on fears:

” Nothing unreal exists.

Nothing unreal can be threatened.

Herein lies the peace of God”

In unpacking the ‘trend’ of the change, it seems that some of the words that might describe what is being asked of us as we transit the inexorable transits all around us are: interconnectedness rather than separation, mindful conservation rather than mindless consumption, helpful co-operation rather than harmful competition, mutual support rather than self-centred independence, considered management rather than speculative risk-taking and planned resourcefulness rather than reckless expenditure.

Each quality listed above is asking us in one way or another to move into relationship – with one another, nation to nation and humanity to the planet.

 The ability to be in relationship is an endowment of the Divine Feminine.

Human beings have been very much under the influence of the Divine Masculine for the past three thousand years or more. We needed to be, because we were in the growth and development stage of human consciousness. But now is the time for us to move into our hearts and to do so we need to embrace the Divine Feminine. Let’s look at how we can do that in our personal relationships…..

St Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. This is a day when we celebrate the Divine Feminine energy of the heart. We come into the heart when we move from a position of being centred solely within the self (ego-centred) to a place where we are centred between ourselves and the other. In so doing, we come into relationship.

From this stance, we can celebrate differences, negotiate outcomes, co-operate for mutual advantage and more readily recognise our own part in disharmony, thereby defusing conflict. Instead of being the judge, critically evaluating the other from a lofty position, we become the empathiser, understanding the human-ness of ourselves and others. Relationships flourish under this perspective.

When was the last time, in the middle of an argument, you stopped in midstream to consider ‘what part am I playing in this disagreement? and what did I contribute to this situation?’ Most of us take the adversarial stance in a dispute, thinking from our own ego-centred self, ‘I am right and he/she is wrong’!

From the Divine Feminine perspective, we soften our position to allow the other to be fully present in our consciousness, even in dispute. By sharing the moment from the heart and celebrating our differences in the here and now, we allow the other to have a point of view while simultaneously upholding and empathising with our own position. In this way we come into the space between ourselves where resolution is easier. Often the outcome is laughter with a mutual sense of renewed ability to negotiate the dispute.

This is Goddess energy. It is the energy of love, peace, allowance and co-operation. And it is awakened on the planet in 2012.

Aspects of Goddess energy have been articulated powerfully in human history through mythology and inscribed in the heavens as the Asteroid Goddesses. Those that pertain to love, romance, innocence and deflecting the wounds of love include:

Aphrodite – the Lover archetype involves Venus and the Air signs especially Libra

Persephone – the Innocent Daughter archetype involving water signs especially Scorpio and Pisces

Hestia – the Spiritual Devotee archetype involving Earth signs and especially Virgo and Capricorn

Artemis Goddess of the Hunt – the feminine warrior archetype involving thMars and the Fire signs especially Aries and Sagittaruis

The Asteroid Goddesses express the many aspects of the Divine Feminine – the energy being ushered in during 2012 and to which all humans will be exposed during the next phase in the evolution of consciousness. As we learn to gracefully engage in relationships in all aspects of life, not just personal, we will experience more peace in the world and an atmosphere of pervading love that will enable us to survive as a species and enjoy communion with other life forms on the planet, for mutual life enhancement.

Click here for how to book for the Asteroid Goddess and Spirit of Woman Australian Wildflower Essences workshop to be held at Mt Nebo on 12th February from 10.00 to 4.00, co-facilitated by Charyn McLean and Annie Meredith.

 

Aphrodite

 

Snail Vine

It seems to many of us that our known world is spinning out of control as we experience a sense of accelerated change both globally and in our own backyard. There is much talk in the media, in social circles and around the family table about disastrous and calamitous happenings linked with the economy, weather patterns and on the political front.

Many doomsayers have focused on the negative aspects of the Mayan Calendar prediction of the ‘end of the world’ in 2012. What does it all mean? And are we better to put our heads in the sand and simply plough on regardless or take the predictions literally and begin to stockpile food, water and fuel or do we take a deep breath and find a way to respond to the shifting currents we feel rather than reacting to them?

Panic and fear are the most infectious emotions we can experience as human beings. Like a bug raging through a vulnerable community causing an epidemic, mindless reaction, public hysteria and sweeping feelings of loss of control have long been capable of taking on a life of their own in the collective consciousness. Examples are real life cases where the panic mentality has had tragic outcomes, such as in the Wall St crash of 1929, the slow motion stock market crash of 2008-2009, and the many human stampedes that have occurred during religious pilgrimages, professional sporting and music events, leaving many maimed or dead in their wake.

Although not so apparently violent, the fear that is swirling in the ethers at the moment concerning ‘end-time’ and ‘global catastrophe’ needs to be acknowledged and seen as exactly that – infectious fear based on apprehension and uncertainty for the future. When we dwell on the future in a negative light we create what we fear. Our future reality becomes what we have ‘minded’ it to be. This truth is a basic tenet of the new consciousness abounding at this time in the history of humankind.

So what is consciousness and how does it impact on our day-to-day lives?

If consciousness is the simultaneous ‘awareness’ of ourselves and all else perceivable within our world, then its expansion is based on the extent of our knowledge, for we can perceive more when we know more. The information revolution of the past fifty years has downloaded more available knowledge for the individual and the collective, than ever before in human history. We are all overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge available to us in our homes via the media and the internet.

This knowledge is expanding both the collective and individual consciousness at an ever increasing rate. Like a snowball rolling down a hill gathering momentum, knowledge begets increased knowledge so that now, at this time in the history of human civilisation, those people who have chosen to open themselves to the expanded awareness that this increase in available knowledge brings have access to understandings about life, the planet and our place in this remarkable hierarchical multiverse way beyond what they have ever had before.

And the more people who stay open and become more conscious, the more likely the collective consciousness will expand too, based on the ‘quantum leap’ process that all of life uses to grow in awareness and evolve.

Yes, change is coming….. and fast. And in a universe programmed with the drive to evolve through all expressions of  life, we are in tune with the Natural Law when we perceive the changes as beneficial, designed specifically to uphold and expand the sacredness and richness of life here on this beautiful planet. We make a choice ‘for’ life.

In this context, the changes we are experiencing are more about expanding into our true potential as whole human beings rather than predictions of death, destruction and mayhem of apocalyptic proportions, which is somehow often seen as the punishment for ‘bad’ or ‘unconscious behaviour’ of the human species.

The incoming higher vibration energies are known as the Divine Feminine, so-called because as it sweeps the planet with a fresh new awareness it brings back into balance the two polarities of Yang and Yin, masculine and feminine, creating ongoing harmony.

How is the Divine Feminine consciousness different to that which we have been experiencing over the last thousands of years? Essentially the new world will function collaboratively rather than competitively – so its goodbye to capitalism and hello to the notion that wealth can be shared equally – more common wealth than being held in the hands of a select ‘fit’ few. ‘Love’ will be the primary guiding force, shaping public policy and reaching out to each and everyone for a better world and conservation of precious resources will be a guiding principle, with greed a driving force of the past.

To read my article on What is The Divine Feminine? click here, or the one on Biomimicry – The New Science of the Divine Feminine click here or 2012 – the Polar Shift click here

On Sunday September 18th I am running a mini workshop at Mt Nebo on Awakening to the Divine Feminine. From within a small intimate group dynamic, we will explore how profoundly this Shift back to balance will impact every corner of our lives, bringing all dark corners into the light and dusting the cobwebs off the walls for a fresh new start. You can book online simply by clicking this link.

How blessed we are to be living in these times and partaking of one of the most significant Shifts in human and planetary consciousness for many thousands of years… and YOU chose to be here. Your next choice is whether to fall weighted by stones of fear into the abyss or to soar like an eagle on the winds of change……… start flexing those wings, dear hearts…..

 Apostle Plant is the Spirit of Woman flower essence that helps us soar with the changes. Look at the picture above and notice the cobra, like a kundalini rearing up above the purple wings. The healing quality of Apostle Plant is to move forward gracefully into change, letting go of the old ways and awakening to our higher spiritual calling………..

This beautiful essence is available shortly at our online shop………or you can ring me direct on 617 3289 8269 and pay by credit card for immediate postage.

What do you think about the changes you are feeling around you and within you?

It seems to many of us that our known world is spinning out of control as we experience a sense of accelerated change both globally and in our own backyard. There is much talk in the media, in social circles and around the family table about disastrous and calamitous happenings linked with the economy, weather patterns and on the political front.

Many doomsayers have focused on the negative aspects of the Mayan Calendar prediction of the ‘end of the world’ in 2012. What does it all mean? And are we better to put our heads in the sand and simply plough on regardless or take the predictions literally and begin to stockpile food, water and fuel or do we take a deep breath and find a way to respond to the shifting currents we feel rather than reacting to them?

Panic and fear are the most infectious emotions we can experience as human beings. Like a bug raging through a vulnerable community causing an epidemic, mindless reaction, public hysteria and sweeping feelings of loss of control have long been capable of taking on a life of their own in the collective consciousness. Examples are real life cases where the panic mentality has had tragic outcomes, such as in the Wall St crash of 1929, the slow motion stock market crash of 2008-2009, and the many human stampedes that have occurred during religious pilgrimages, professional sporting and music events, leaving many maimed or dead in their wake.

Although not so apparently violent, the fear that is swirling in the ethers at the moment concerning ‘end-time’ and ‘global catastrophe’ needs to be acknowledged and seen as exactly that – infectious fear based on apprehension and uncertainty for the future. When we dwell on the future in a negative light we create what we fear. Our future reality becomes what we have ‘minded’ it to be. This truth is a basic tenet of the new consciousness abounding at this time in the history of humankind.

So what is consciousness and how does it impact on our day-to-day lives?

If consciousness is the simultaneous ‘awareness’ of ourselves and all else perceivable within our world, then its expansion is based on the extent of our knowledge, for we can perceive more when we know more. The information revolution of the past fifty years has downloaded more available knowledge for the individual and the collective, than ever before in human history. We are all overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge available to us in our homes via the media and the internet.

This knowledge is expanding both the collective and individual consciousness at an ever increasing rate. Like a snowball rolling down a hill gathering momentum, knowledge begets increased knowledge so that now, at this time in the history of human civilisation, those people who have chosen to open themselves to the expanded awareness that this increase in available knowledge brings have access to understandings about life, the planet and our place in this remarkable hierarchical multiverse way beyond what they have ever had before.

And the more people who stay open and become more conscious, the more likely the collective consciousness will expand too, based on the ‘quantum leap’ process that all of life uses to grow in awareness and evolve.

Yes, change is coming….. and fast. And in a universe programmed with the drive to evolve through all expressions of  life, we are in tune with the Natural Law when we perceive the changes as beneficial, designed specifically to uphold and expand the sacredness and richness of life here on this beautiful planet. We make a choice ‘for’ life.

In this context, the changes we are experiencing are more about expanding into our true potential as whole human beings rather than predictions of death, destruction and mayhem of apocalyptic proportions, which is somehow often seen as the punishment for ‘bad’ or ‘unconscious behaviour’ of the human species.

The incoming higher vibration energies are known as the Divine Feminine, so-called because as it sweeps the planet with a fresh new awareness it brings back into balance the two polarities of Yang and Yin, masculine and feminine, creating ongoing harmony.

How is the Divine Feminine consciousness different to that which we have been experiencing over the last thousands of years? Essentially the new world will function collaboratively rather than competitively – so its goodbye to capitalism and hello to the notion that wealth can be shared equally – more common wealth than being held in the hands of a select ‘fit’ few. ‘Love’ will be the primary guiding force, shaping public policy and reaching out to each and everyone for a better world and conservation of precious resources will be a guiding principle, with greed a driving force of the past.

To read my article on What is The Divine Feminine? click here, or the one on Biomimicry – The New Science of the Divine Feminine click here or 2012 – the Polar Shift click here

On Sunday September 18th I am running a mini workshop at Mt Nebo on Awakening to the Divine Feminine. From within a small intimate group dynamic, we will explore how profoundly this Shift back to balance will impact every corner of our lives, bringing all dark corners into the light and dusting the cobwebs off the walls for a fresh new start. You can book online simply by clicking this link.

How blessed we are to be living in these times and partaking of one of the most significant Shifts in human and planetary consciousness for many thousands of years… and YOU chose to be here. Your next choice is whether to fall weighted by stones of fear into the abyss or to soar like an eagle on the winds of change……… start flexing those wings, dear hearts…..

 Apostle Plant is the Spirit of Woman flower essence that helps us soar with the changes. Look at the picture above and notice the cobra, like a kundalini rearing up above the purple wings. The healing quality of Apostle Plant is to move forward gracefully into change, letting go of the old ways and awakening to our higher spiritual calling………..

This beautiful essence is available shortly at our online shop………or you can ring me direct on 617 3289 8269 and pay by credit card for immediate postage.

What do you think about the changes you are feeling around you and within you?

 

It seems that the folklore surrounding the Elder Statesperson or Wise Woman as  the ‘keeper of the wisdom’ has finally been validated by recent research undertaken by Dr. Oury Monchi and Dr. Ruben Martins of the University of Montreal’s University Geriatrics Institute. (click here to read an article describing the research)

Their finding, that the brains of older people are slower but wiser than young brains, allows older adults to achieve an equivalent level of performance with their younger counterparts.

“We now have neurobiological evidence showing that with age comes wisdom and that as the brain gets older, it learns to better allocate its resources. Overall, our study shows that Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare was on the money: being able to run fast does not always win the race — you have to know how to best use your abilities. This adage is a defining characteristic of aging.” explained Dr. Monchi.

He went on to say, “Funny enough, the young brain is more reactive to negative reinforcement than the older one. It is as though the older brain is more impervious to criticism and more confident than the young brain.”

 

In a society where we have shut our elderly away for decades, condemning them in the twilight of their lives to loneliness and a sense of uselessness, we cut ourselves short of the wisdom of experience that they have to offer. This is the waste of a wonderful resource.

For example, in traditional Asian countries, the elderly are often the caretakers of children, leaving the younger more energetically-able adults to dedicate their energy to bringing in the money needed for the extended family to survive.

This system appears to work because grandparents have more patience, time and love to bestow upon their charges, which is exactly how children flourish in mind, body and spirit. Time and often energy-poor young adults can confidently hand over their children’s care and wellbeing to grandparents who have a powerful reason to invest their wisdom into their dedicated task – that of passing on their ancestral qi to the youngest generation.

Of course, there are many more instances where, a cooler more experienced head can deliver better results. Research demonstrates that the stock market and high finance is dominated by young, testosterone fuelled males, who are shown to be more likely to take thoughtless risks that can disadvantage stability in the financial market, over other demographic groups.

According to Tim Evans, from the Observer, Sunday June 19, 2011 reporting on this research: “Gender inequality has been an issue … for years, but now the new science of ‘neuroeconomics’ is proving the point beyond doubt: hormonally-driven young men should not be left alone in charge of our finances…” (click here to read the whole fascinating article) Imagine if there were a lower age limit for brokers determining eligibility to manipulate our money markets.  Realistically we would be steered more conservatively and wisely.

Or if one had to be a certain age (and gender?) to serve as a leader in government – certainly many of the corruption that occurs in politics due to satisfying a hungry ego by accruing power would be minimized, at the very least.

When we combine the above understanding with further recent research that validates that women under stress take longer to deliberate major decisions than their male counterparts, who are shown to take foolhardy risks when under pressure, we can begin to see why women, preferably older, would make much better leaders during these current times of great stress from the economy, environment and the pace of change. (click here to see my previous blog on this research)

I am an ardent fan of the Grandmothers Gatherings, one of which is happening in Maleny in late November (click here for the link to this event). According to Native American Prophecy“When the wisdom of the Grandmothers is heard, the world will heal” and in the light of recent research described above, I agree. (to learn more click here)

Spirit of Woman’s Wise Woman blend (click here to buy online) is dedicated to empowering women to step into their wisdom confidently and naturally, to assist in bringing the ‘heart’ back into the world…..

What do you think??

Great relationships and partnering skills are keys to a happy, fulfilled life. When your relationships at home and at work are harmonious, you can easily and effortlessly enjoy the benefits of collaborative interaction, joy and mutual satisfaction, together creating a better world….

And yet many relationships are plagued with jealousy, resentment, blame, secrecy and lack of appreciation. Ironically each partner invariably starts out with a deep desire to love the other and to never fall into the same trap that saw parents, friends, siblings or work colleagues break up in trauma, conflict and collateral damage.

With such a high divorce rate, workplace strife and social and political clashes worldwide afflicting many hapless and vulnerable people, there is a real need for re-evaluating how we relate to others. As human beings we suffer far too deeply from relationship conflict, across the breadth of our everyday lives. And our children often bear the brunt of our suffering.

One of the most basic human needs is for deep connection with others, especially those in our intimate zone. As many of us recognize, there’s a vast gap between what we want to feel in our close relationships and how we actually feel.

The good news is that you can change how you interact in your relationships and expect a change in your relationship as a result. And, even more amazing, is that the relationship will not just repay you doubly for the change you initiate, but in a myriad of manifold ways that will ripple out into your life and that of everyone you have close contact with.

Isn’t it time you took up the challenge to make a difference in your own life???

 

You need to know that you are never more than 20 seconds away from turning your relationship life around and taking off in a new, positive direction.

Changes made in relationships happen in the choices and commitments you make in tiny moments of time. This means that the past is irrelevant and the only thing that matters is the choice being made right at this moment – awareness of the preciousness of the present is the gift you give to you and your partner….

The secret is that ALL human relationships have the potential to be either heaven or hell and no-one, no matter how socially well-placed, successful in a career, financially secure or politically correct, is immune to the possibility of a relationship in tatters….that is the nature of human vulnerability.

Learning how to avoid the pitfalls or to resuscitate a relationship that is in free-fall is not part of the curriculum at school, but it sure needs to be.

Keeping the flow of love and positive energy going is often a learned skill, and it doesn’t need a lifetime of ruined relationships to acquire it. There are shortcuts that will amaze you with how swiftly and easily they bring results.

It is worth your time and attention to learn these skills – the effect will flow through your life in ways you never could have imagined – in situations I have worked with connections have been healed even for couples on the brink of divorce, family members who haven’t spoken for years have renewed their bonds of affection and business partners have been able to get past their stuckness to go on and do big things together.

Join renowned relationships expert Annie Meredith for a ground-breaking weekend for singles, couples and professionals. Author of acclaimed The Essence of Woman, Annie draws on cutting-edge research into gender differences while adding decades of experience of working with thousands of people to bring you time-tested understandings and strategies for creating amazing and conscious partnering in all areas of your life.

Using Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences as valuable tools in your journey to happy and fulfilled relationships in your life, you will come away from this weekend workshop:

  • becoming more present in your relationship
  • understanding how to transform conflict into a celebration of differences
  • becoming fully authentic so that your relationship flourishes on what you each uniquely bring to the partnership.
If you are ready to unmask the real you, connecting with the deep yearning that longs for love and connection, so that you can transform your relationship into a partnership that works, then you will love this life-changing weekend. Click here to book online.

 

Great relationships and partnering skills are keys to a happy, fulfilled life. When your relationships at home and at work are harmonious, you can easily and effortlessly enjoy the benefits of collaborative interaction, joy and mutual satisfaction, together creating a better world….

And yet many relationships are plagued with jealousy, resentment, blame, secrecy and lack of appreciation. Ironically each partner invariably starts out with a deep desire to love the other and to never fall into the same trap that saw parents, friends, siblings or work colleagues break up in trauma, conflict and collateral damage.

With such a high divorce rate, workplace strife and social and political clashes worldwide afflicting many hapless and vulnerable people, there is a real need for re-evaluating how we relate to others. As human beings we suffer far too deeply from relationship conflict, across the breadth of our everyday lives. And our children often bear the brunt of our suffering.

One of the most basic human needs is for deep connection with others, especially those in our intimate zone. As many of us recognize, there’s a vast gap between what we want to feel in our close relationships and how we actually feel.

The good news is that you can change how you interact in your relationships and expect a change in your relationship as a result. And, even more amazing, is that the relationship will not just repay you doubly for the change you initiate, but in a myriad of manifold ways that will ripple out into your life and that of everyone you have close contact with.

Isn’t it time you took up the challenge to make a difference in your own life???

 

You need to know that you are never more than 20 seconds away from turning your relationship life around and taking off in a new, positive direction.

Changes made in relationships happen in the choices and commitments you make in tiny moments of time. This means that the past is irrelevant and the only thing that matters is the choice being made right at this moment – awareness of the preciousness of the present is the gift you give to you and your partner….

The secret is that ALL human relationships have the potential to be either heaven or hell and no-one, no matter how socially well-placed, successful in a career, financially secure or politically correct, is immune to the possibility of a relationship in tatters….that is the nature of human vulnerability.

Learning how to avoid the pitfalls or to resuscitate a relationship that is in free-fall is not part of the curriculum at school, but it sure needs to be.

Keeping the flow of love and positive energy going is often a learned skill, and it doesn’t need a lifetime of ruined relationships to acquire it. There are shortcuts that will amaze you with how swiftly and easily they bring results.

It is worth your time and attention to learn these skills – the effect will flow through your life in ways you never could have imagined – in situations I have worked with connections have been healed even for couples on the brink of divorce, family members who haven’t spoken for years have renewed their bonds of affection and business partners have been able to get past their stuckness to go on and do big things together.

Join renowned relationships expert Annie Meredith for a ground-breaking weekend for singles, couples and professionals. Author of acclaimed The Essence of Woman, Annie draws on cutting-edge research into gender differences while adding decades of experience of working with thousands of people to bring you time-tested understandings and strategies for creating amazing and conscious partnering in all areas of your life.

Using Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences as valuable tools in your journey to happy and fulfilled relationships in your life, you will come away from this weekend workshop:

  • becoming more present in your relationship
  • understanding how to transform conflict into a celebration of differences
  • becoming fully authentic so that your relationship flourishes on what you each uniquely bring to the partnership.
If you are ready to unmask the real you, connecting with the deep yearning that longs for love and connection, so that you can transform your relationship into a partnership that works, then you will love this life-changing weekend. Click here to book online.

 


One of the most outstanding faculties biologically inscribed into women is their multi-functionality. Hard-wired into the brain, this natural ability means that they can function at a highly optimal level quite easily, with a high degree of success in each of the levels from which they are operating simultaneously.

However, although multi-functionality is naturally occurring facility, it gobbles up a woman’s day-to-day energy and can deplete her basic resources severely over time, especially if she has not programmed regular relaxation and recreation into her life. As an educator in Natural Medicine and a natural health practitioner working specifically with women for over thirty years I know this to be true. Energy depletion lies at the root of many recurring illnesses and triggers the onset of many chronic diseases by compromising the immune system. It also affects how we feel –  I have personally experienced the depressed spirits, low self-worth and need to withdraw that accompanies consistently low energy levels in my early child-rearing days.

That’s why, here at Spirit of Woman we welcome the notion of women looking after themselves and taking time out of their normally busy, exciting and full but often stressed lives to take in some ease, calmness and relaxation. We offer this invitation to you to attend:

Ladies Pamper Expo

Diana Plaza Hotel, 12 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba

May 22nd, 2011

9.30 for a 10.00 start – 5.00 finish

The day offers workshops, classes, one-on-one sessions with practitioners all providing the opportunity to de-stress and reclaim your sanity!! You will be supported and nurtured along with like-minded women who share similar stories of overwhelm and exhaustion; and you will discover easy, natural strategies to come back swiftly and effortlessly to a state of balance, so that your life runs as smoothly and gracefully as oil on your pampered skin.

I will be talking about how to draw on your powerful Divine Feminine energies to take the angst out of keeping up with your daily life, to  foster a nourishing relationship with your partner and children and to find joy in your working environment that satisfies your soul.

I will also demonstrate how you can maintain emotional equilibrium using our beautiful Spirit of Woman Flower Essence healers, even though your body and hormones are driving you to go on a wild see-saw ride every month that leaves you exhausted and having to pick up the pieces of your relationships afterwards.

We will also be conducting personal 20 minute consultations that will get to the heart of why you may be feeling the way you do. Karren and Lisa are both trained in how to be there for you to hear your unique story. They will make you a personalised Spirit of Woman Flower Essence blend that will support and nourish you.

For more information on the Ladies Pamper Expo you can go to the website for details on how book for this special Brisbane event.

I’d love to see you there…………

 

 

Mother’s Day is a day set aside to honour and express gratitude for the most important relationship we will ever have as human beings. It is the one that nourished and nurtured our footing here on earth, providing us with the wherewithal to take up the journey on our own behalf, as we grew into the capacity to self-sustain. The mother is the teacher of the heart.

Nature has built into the mother-child relationship an abundance of evolutionary strategies that serve both in their best expression. Motherhood for women can be likened to the fruiting of their femininity and to ensure the process is repeated from generation to generation, it comes with built-in life-enhancing benefits.

Dramatic and profound physical, emotional, and mental changes occur in a woman’s being due to hormonally mediated changes that occur during pregnancy birthing and in the post-natal phases. These changes have been demonstrated to enhance a woman’s wellbeing provided that she has enjoyed a healthy, stress-free passage from Maiden to Mother. Of course, if the opposite occurs, such as the pregnancy, birthing and early parenting is fraught with trauma, stress or deprivation, then the reproductive process can deplete a woman’s health in the long term, along with impairment of the child’s developmental progress.

As far as the mother’s health and well-being is concerned, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a natural health system that enjoys remarkable success in treating infertility and reproductive issues, the understanding is that if a woman is healthy going into a pregnancy and remains so for the duration, birthing and early parenting phase, then she will come out of this major life transition with better health than when she went in. The reverse also applies.

So, aware mothering benefits a woman, of that there is no doubt. But it is not just about the mother – it is about the quality of the fledgling human beings that mothers bring into the world. We do not own our children – they belong to themselves, and it is the role of the mother to nurture her child to her best and highest expression as a human being – and women are biologically programmed to do this.

For the offspring, healthy, balanced, aware mothering sets the tone for the entirety of that child’s life on all three levels, physical, emotional and mental. There is plenty of documented evidence to support this statement. And the most compelling research clearly shows that the closely bonded connected presence of the mother during early formative years creates a more balanced and functional human being – a human being whose consciousness is centred in the heart.

We learn how to nurture ourselves from our mother. The way we were nourished determines the value and self-worth we grant to ourselves, including the priority we place on our health and wellbeing on a day-to-day basis. Do we take care to feed ourselves with nourishing and vital foods, or do we trash our bodies with junk food? Do we grant ourselves relaxation and rest to restore and restock or are we so stretched that we are digging an early grave for ourselves through the chronic degeneration of our bodily systems. Do we establish healthy and life-enhancing habits that ensure that our body and soul is functioning at its optimum? Or do we continue to abuse our bodies with excess, because we never feel satisfied or that we have had enough?? It is the quality of mothering that tips the balance either way. If our mothering was less than adequate, that is no reason to pass the baton of dysfunction to our offspring, especially with the information and assistance available in today’s world.

In reality however, ours is a motherless society. Mainstream thinking pays lip service to the notion of ‘Motherhood’, and really, traditional mothering, as nature intended it to be, is being cut out of the picture in many instances. That is, unless the woman is prepared to believe in herself and her innate biologically designed strength and wisdom to create, birth and raise a healthy child. When she has this belief she can enrol help, if needs be, to achieve her dream. Without it, the reproduction merry-go-round has become a goldmine that plays on women’s fears.

Natural fertility is now marketed as an unattainable dream for many while IVF is promoted as the norm if a couple has been unable to conceive for twelve months. Natural birthing has been hi-jacked to become a medical condition, the message swallowed by many woman, when they are told that it is ‘too hard’ to birth without medical assistance, which more and more includes cutting the baby out of the womb.

And, in an increasing number of cases, babies as young as three months are being abandoned into day-care centres, devoid of the close interconnected one-on-one bonding that human babies need to grow to their best expression as adults, often because of peer pressure – a recent Careforkids survey found that 40% of non-working mums feel stigmatized for staying at home.

Studies show that there is strong evidence that the first two years is incredibly important for attachment. And yet, according to an Australian Institute of Family Studies report more than one in ten women are back in work before their babies are three months old while 44 percent wait until the baby turns twelve months before returning to paid employment.

Honouring motherhood is not about lip service to a notion that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it is about truly recognizing that we have to shape our society to support and uphold the role of the mother, not for the sake of the mother, but for the future generations that are the adults of tomorrow. The harder we make it for natural mothering to be upheld and practiced, the more dysfunctional the human beings of the future will be.

Interestingly, the Gillard government has just announced a crack-down on teen mothers asserting that they need to have their noses to the grind-stone again by the time their baby is six months old. The intention behind this proposed budget cut reveals a government that has lost track of what it is that creates a truly great society – how we care for and nourish our young. To read further commentary on this issue please click here to read my last blog post on the subject.