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The Goddess Within

  • Posted on May 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

This weekend just gone I was blessed with the opportunity to be on the assistants team for the divine workshop “The Goddess Within” facilitated by the wonderful Diane McCann. (http://goddesswithin.com.au)

I first attended her Goddess workshop in February 2007, at a time in my life when I was struggling with very low self esteem. Diane’s workshop opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities and learnings, and I have enjoyed the process of personal growth ever since.

I would like to devote this post to the Goddess within us all.

So what is my definition of a Goddess?

I believe a goddess is any person who recognises their individual power to create the events and experiences of their own life, doing so in such a way as to promote peace, harmony and happiness throughout their life and the world.

I see the Goddess energy being of a feminine nature, even when embodied by a male, as it is the implementation of love-focused energy that creates the power to manifest and heal, rather than the more masculine tendency of using force to manipulate objects and situations.

The way I see it, there are two opposing focal points, fear and love. Depending on which one you are focusing on, your creations will be generated through power, or through force. Force is based upon the standpoint of fear, the belief that nothing will occur without the expenditure of harsh action, and that current circumstances need to be defended against collapse. Power is a willingness to let go to a greater force, to believe in the good of others and to trust in the perfect unfoldment of things. Power is focused on using the energy to love to cause positive change to occur. In my personal experience, love will always overpower fear. Love will amplify any strength that is required, and has been known to perform miracles. And it is the bringing of love and compassion that is the core nature of the feminine Goddess.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that one is better than the other. Balance is the key to the optimum experience, and as such both the feminine and masculine qualities are equally valuable. It is just that I see our world at this time as being more heavily weighted in the masculine direction, and it is time for many of us to reclaim our feminine natures. We need the women of our world to feel comfortable in their nurturing roles, and to bring forth this balancing energy, rather than emulating men in an attempt to strive towards perceived success.

It is time we recognised the power and benefits of both the feminine and masculine energies, and learnt to use both in harmony to choreograph a more delightful dance for life.

Join me in celebrating the Goddess within you, and together we will amplify the healing energy being shared across our world.
With love and light,
Mandy

Success

  • Posted on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

As it says in this inspirational video, “Success can be defined as ‘the progressive realisation of a worthy goal’.”

The Strangest Secret Movie

 

Never let an opportunity go by…

  • Posted on May 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

“Never let an opportunity go by”. ~ Milton Heywood

This was a phrase that I heard many times while I was growing up. Today, it was reinforced by my MMA instructor.

You see, today he decided to teach us a cool new move which is not in the curriculum of our style of martial art. He referred to it as the “scissor takedown”.

My instructor first demonstrated it on one of the eager soon-to-be black belts, and then asked for volunteers who would like to give it a go. I encouraged one of the other high-ranking students to give it a try, all the while feeling a bit nervous about doing it.

My nerves were twofold – firstly because it was something new, and I haven’t really been challenged physically with anything new for a while so my confidence in my physical abilities has dropped off a little, and secondly because it is the sort of move that requires full commitment to the technique to be able to pull it off. There are no half-attempts possible for this one!

Now when the time came for me to have a go, I chose to put my concerns aside and go for it. I know that the feeling of regret of missing out and not giving something a go is worse than any embarrassment of messing it up, so I stepped forward and did it. And it was surprisingly easy!!!

In fact, all the fear and hesitation had been a total mind projection.

Scissor Takedown

Scissor Takedown

The technique was so simple that Dai Sempai encouraged all of the members in the class to give it a go, even the white belt experiencing his first class. A number of us had been hesitant when we’d first seen the move demonstrated, but all felt elated afterwards, realising that it was really quite achievable.

As our instructor wisely pointed out, this was a lesson in rising to the challenge. It was a metaphor for giving things a go, rather than taking yourself out of the game before you’ve even attempted it. You see, had he not insisted that we were ALL doing it, possibly only half of the class would have volunteered to put it in action. And the rest of us would have left wondering…

So the moral of the story is,… if you have a chance to learn something new, give it a go… never let an opportunity go by!

I would love to hear your stories of times when you have risen to the challenge and attempted something that seemed difficult, of times when you have overcome your mind’s tendency to over-protect you, and escpecially of any times where you were able to inspire others with your give-it-a-go attitude.

With love and courage to you,
Mandy