Fragments of the Forgotten: Remembering the Old Ways

In honor of Women’s History Month, we remember our foremothers…

There have always been women who remember the old ways.

Women who hold within them the memory of a time in the very beginning when women were honored. Women who refuse to worship the gods, to learn the language, to take the names of the fathers.

Women who refuse to twist their female bodies out of shape, to fit into definitions, to transcend limitations. Women who love their bodies. Regardless.

Women who refuse to please others by becoming smaller than they are. Women who take space with their thoughts and feelings, their needs and desires, their anger and their dreams.

Loud and strong women from every age wild women, spinster women, wise women, rebellious women, women who love women, midwives, witches healers, activists. Banners and placards aloft . . .

Eve, the Mother of All Living: “Take and eat of the good fruit of life. Take a big bite!”

Sappho: “She Who Gives Birth Has Power over Life and Death.”

Mary Wollstonecraft: “Break the Silken Fetters!”

Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I a Woman?!”

Margaret Sanger: “Speak and Act in Defiance of Convention!”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “Whatever the Bible may be made to do in Hebrew and Greek in plain English, it does not exalt and dignify women.”

Karen Horney: “Womb Envy is More Like It.”

Audre Lorde: “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”

One by one the women step up and commit the forbidden act of biting into limiting thought: refuting it, smashing it, discarding it and beginning again in the very beginning when women loved their bodies, named their gods, authored their lives. When women refused to surrender except to life as it pulsated through them.

Women reminding us there is nothing wrong, there never has been anything wrong, there never will be anything wrong with woman—that’s why nothing ever works. Stop asking the question!

They speak the truth of a woman’s life told with heart, mind, and body. Refusing dissection, they are women and poets and theorists, who gather our brokenness into their words. An impulse toward wholeness awakens within us and we become again as we once were whole.

Inspired by our foremothers in every nation and generation, invite your friends, co-workers, daughters, nieces, and the young women in your school, neighborhood, and family to join you on the “Fifty Things To Do” woman-affirming adventure. To begin, click on this safe PDF link: “Fifty Things To Do.”

Be full of yourself and rock the world during Women’s History Month 2017!

Patricia Lynn Reilly is the founder of Imagine a Woman International. By March 31 2017, the website will be off-line and the IAW Store will close. Imagine a Woman will continue to inspire women 24/7 on Facebook with automatic posts of inspiration. Your purchase of one or more of IAW’s woman-affirming PDF products by March 31 includes permission to give away the purchased product (or products) forever with no print limits. For details and inspiration, visit www.imagineawoman.com before March 31.

By May 1, Patricia will launch MeaningQuest: Mindfulness Resources for Women. Patricia’s mindfulness-based books and trainings flow from her belief that the meaning you seek ‘out there’ is found within your own life, accessed in the present moment, and released into your experience with each mindful breath. Stay tuned for the launch of MeaningQuest’s website, books, and trainings.

 

Assert Your Right to Reorder the World

By March 31 the IAW website will be lovingly dissolved and the WomanSpirit Store will be closed. As the current manifestation of Imagine a Woman is released, you are invited to become its next manifestation. YES, Imagine a Woman will live on through YOU.

For those of you who have grown into the woman imagined in the poem, sharing the poem will always be an act of gratitude. You will continue to share the deep truth of the poem in your words, actions, and lives, and you will pass it on to your daughters and granddaughters, your clients and circle-sisters.

Many of you didn’t know such a woman existed until your read the “Imagine a Woman” poem for the first time. Until you were able to imagine her, she was unknown to you. Once imagined, she became your experience.

poem1You now believe it is right and good you are a woman as you honor your experience and tell your stories. As a result, you now trust and respect yourself. Refusing to carry the sins of others within your body and life, you listen now to your own needs and desires and meet them with tenderness and grace.

You’ve authored your own life. You now exert, initiate, and move on your own behalf, refusing to surrender except to your truest self and wisest voice. You’ve named your own gods, imagining the divine in your own image and likeness. You’ve designed a personal spirituality to inform your daily life.

You’re now in love with your own body, believing it is enough, just as it is and celebrating its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource. You now honor the body of the Goddess in your changing body and celebrate the accumulation of your years and wisdom. No longer hiding, you are present and purposeful.

You now value the women in your life. They are appreciated as friends and allies, not competitors. You gather with them in every season and situation of life to be reminded of the truth about yourself when you forget and of the way home to yourself when you get lost.

You imagined into being this woman within you! You are now this woman.

quote-gerdaNow it is time to share the poem with your daughters and granddaughters, clients and friends to remind them of the truth of who they are. Now it is time for you to take up Gerda Lerner’s challenge found in her classic book, The Creation of Patriarchy:

Perhaps the greatest challenge to thinking women is the challenge to move from the desire for safety and approval to the most “unfeminine” quality of all—that of intellectual arrogance, the supreme hubris which asserts to itself the right to reorder the world. The hubris of the god-makers, the hubris of the male system-builders.

Our world is fueled by fear, addicted to power, and severely out of balance. For the sake of all our children, we must reorder the world. It’s time to join, march, act up with these, and many other, powerful activist organizations:

Reorder the world from ongoing war to a just peace with CodePink to be certain all the children of the world live to see their dreams fulfilled: http://www.codepink.org

Reorder the world from racism to racial justice with Black Lives Matter to be certain all our children take another breath and see another day: http://www.blacklivesmatter.com

Reorder the world from corporatism and greed to a just economy with Fight for Fifteen to be certain every low-wage worker gets at least $15 an hour and union rights: http://fightfor15.org

quote-worldgivebirthOur beloved planet is in desperate need of women who use their personal and communal resources to design life-affirming solutions to address the challenges confronting humankind. Women who give birth to images of inclusion, poems of truth, rituals of healing, experiences of transformation, relationships of equality, strategies of peace, institutions of justice, and households of compassion.

In this New Year, may you be infused with dynamic self-love, filled with supreme arrogance, and guided by purposeful engagement as you assert to yourself the right to reorder all the worlds you inhabit! For the sake of our children and children’s children. And so it is.

Patricia Lynn Reilly

Between now and March 31, 2017, Patricia will release the Imagine a Woman universe of inspiration and empowerment with great gratitude. By March 31 2017, the website will be off-line and the IAW Store will close. For details, consult Patricia’s Dec. 17 and Dec. 24 blog posts, this website’s homepage: http://www.imagineawoman.com/ and IAW’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/imagineawoman.international.patricia.lynn.reilly/

It’s a Girl!

The Divine Girl-Child: A New Birth
Imagine hearing stories of the Divine Girl-Child whose birth was announced and celebrated by angels, whose coming merited visitors and precious gifts, and in whose honor the peoples of the world gather for a yearly retelling of the story of her birth. Imagine if you’d heard these words in childhood’s mosque, synagogue, church, and home.
 
its-a-girl-fb-postIn this hour everything is stillness. There is total silence and awe. We are overwhelmed with a great wonder. We keep vigil. We are expecting the coming of the Divine Girl-Child.
 
In the fullness of time, she is born. She shines like the sun, bright and beautiful. She is laughing a most joyful laugh. She is a delight, soothing the world with peace.
 
Become bold. Lean over and look at her. Touch her face. Lift her in your hands with great awe. There is no blemish. She is splendid to hold.
 
She opens her eyes and looks intently at you. A powerful light comes forth from her eyes, like a flash of lightning. The light of her gaze invites the hidden one to come into the light; the sleeping one to awaken; the frozen one to thaw; the buried one to emerge; and the hard and protected one to soften. Receive her healing gaze deep within your being.
 
Suddenly there appears a multitude of heavenly beings singing:
Glory to the Mother of All Living and to her Daughter. 
She has arrived. The Divine Child is among us. 
She will bring peace and inspire goodwill among all people. 
 
Welcome her joyfully. Shout with a loud voice:
You belong here among us. We’re glad you’re alive!
Surround her with goodness, safety, and laughter.
She is the Divine Child, come among us this day.
 
For Mother God so loved the world that she sent into its midst the Divine Girl-Child. Whosoever believes in Her goodness, listens to Her wisdom, and celebrates Her power will be awakened to the abundance of gifts within them.
 
Join me in whispering this intention into the minds, hearts, and lives of our daughters, granddaughters, and nieces: “May you discover the divine within you and love her fiercely. May you celebrate her life in the telling of your stories. And embrace her courage as you courageously re-order the world. As it was in the very beginning, may it be now.”
 
Patricia Lynn Reilly
 
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Announcement from Imagine a Woman International

Between now and March 31, 2017, Patricia will release the Imagine a Woman universe of inspiration and empowerment with great gratitude. By March 31 2017, the website will be off-line and the IAW Store will close. Imagine a Woman will continue to inspire women 24/7 on Facebook with automatic posts of inspiration, and IAW coaches will promote their woman-affirming work there. 

To All Women Everywhere – In gratitude for your ongoing support, your purchase of one or more of IAW’s woman-affirming PDF and MP3 products by March 31 2017 includes permission to GIVE-AWAY the purchased product (or products) forever with no print limits. This offer includes everything in the IAW Store except the IAW poem-photo books. Stock up to share the poem with generations of women to come: http://www.imagineawoman.com/home/iaw-store

To All Official IAW Coaches – In gratitude for your commitment to share IAW’s empowerment message with women world-wide, your purchase of one or more of IAW’s woman-affirming PDF and MP3 products by March 31 2017 includes permission to give away (anytime) or to SELL (after March 31) the purchased product (or products) with no print limits. All current IAW coaches who take advantage of the above offer will be given administrative privileges at IAW’s Facebook page to promote your woman-affirming work there. Stock up to enrich your woman-affirming work for decades to come: http://www.imagineawoman.com/home/iaw-store

In Wisdom, We Acknowledge That Everything Changes

Announcement from Imagine a Woman International

Between now and March 31, 2017, Patricia will release the Imagine a Woman universe of inspiration and empowerment with great gratitude. By March 31 2017, the website will be off-line and the IAW Store will close. Imagine a Woman will continue to inspire women 24/7 on Facebook with automatic posts of inspiration, and IAW coaches will promote their woman-affirming work there. 

To All Women Everywhere – In gratitude for your ongoing support, your purchase of one or more of IAW’s woman-affirming PDF and MP3 products by March 31 2017 includes permission to GIVE-AWAY the purchased product (or products) forever with no print limits. This offer includes everything in the IAW Store except the IAW poem-photo books. Stock up to share the poem with generations of women to come: http://www.imagineawoman.com/home/iaw-store

To All Official IAW Coaches – In gratitude for your commitment to share IAW’s empowerment message with women world-wide, your purchase of one or more of IAW’s woman-affirming PDF and MP3 products by March 31 2017 includes permission to give away (anytime) or to SELL (after March 31) the purchased product (or products) with no print limits. All current IAW coaches who take advantage of the above offer will be given administrative privileges at IAW’s Facebook page to promote your woman-affirming work there. Stock up to enrich your woman-affirming work for decades to come: http://www.imagineawoman.com/home/iaw-store

Imagine into being a community of women inspiring its daughters, granddaughters, and nieces to refuse to twist their lives out of shape to fit into expectations; to refuse to please others by pretending to be less intelligent and gifted than they are; and to love their woman-bodies, regardless. And so it is.

Surgeons, Pink Ribbons, and Agatha’s Platter

Surgeons, Pink Ribbons, and Agatha’s Platter

A poetic reflection in honor of Breast Awareness Month…inspired by my graduate studies into the “political” word choices made by the translators of the Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible and my one and only experience of surgery. The personal and the political are always mixing it up in our lives…

Breast, A Noun

To know anything at all about our history, our bodies, ourselves, we must reach beyond what they told us, what they taught us, what they want from us, we must reach back to the very beginning.

Before merriam and webster, who have something to say about everything: “breast a noun, either of two milk-producing glandular organs on the front of the chest especially in the human female.”

Before the reversals of christian history: adam giving birth to the woman, father god suckling the child, christ nursing humanity, the milk-giving goddess agatha claimed as their saint, her breasts cut off and carried on a platter.

Before the alterations of the hebrew bible: el shaddai, a name for god, shaddai meaning breast, male translators altered the meaning, their “god of the high places” doesn’t have breasts like mine.

We must reach back to the very beginning to the place where lovers go when they suck my breasts to the source of life. Mama Mama Mama cried in the silence as their wet lips surround my nipple, and they suck for dear life.

In the very beginning long before Adam gave birth and father god sprouted breasts and Christ nursed humanity and shaddai meant “high places” and Agatha’s breasts were amputated and my lovers wanted more than I could give.

In the very beginning was the Big Mama. From her moon-breasts flowed the milky way, the stars and planets, streams, rivers, and oceans, all that ebbs and flows, all that expands and contracts, returning always to mama’s breast.

To her breasts pharaohs and kings returned again and again hoping to receive immortality to become infants forever nursing at mama’s breast.

She came to me early in the morning the one with breasts like mine she held me in her arms as I cried mama mama mama, don’t let them take my breast away on a platter. Her nipple found my lips and I sucked for my dear life.

The breast-less surgeon, the one they call artist he cut into my breast with skill and beauty and all they took away that day was a perfectly shaped lump they left the breast.

She came to me again that night the one with breasts like mine. She brought Agatha. Agatha brought her platter. We made an altar in the middle of the forest.

On Agatha’s platter we placed her breasts and my lump. Using merriam and webster, the hebrew scriptures, the christian bible and photos of lovers who became infants at our breasts as kindling, we built a fire and toasted marshmallows.

Where two or three women are gathered together there she is in the midst of them.

Patricia Lynn Reilly is an author and the founder of Imagine a Woman International. If you’d like to join the IAW Team of Certified Coaches and circle the globe with WomanSpirit visit www.imagineawoman.com. “Breast, A Noun” can be found in Patricia’s anthology of poetry and prose Words Made Flesh. It is available for purchase at the Imagine a Woman website.

A Vow of Faithfulness

A Vow of Faithfulness
 
Imagine a woman who has grown in knowledge and love of herself. A woman who has vowed faithfulness to her life and capacities. Who remains loyal to herself. Regardless. Imagine yourself as this woman.
 
For 25 years, I have invited women to journey with me from self-loathing to self-love, from self-criticism to self-celebration. Along the way it has been necessary for us to dismantle the disempowering questions, “What’s wrong with me?” and “Who will save me?”
 
As these questions are ousted from our lives, we return home to ourselves, reclaiming our natural resources and capacities; we author our own lives, participating fully in life’s gifts and challenges; and we remain loyal to ourselves even in the face of challenge and opposition.
 
The journey transforms our inner landscapes and reframes our relationships to the world around us. To deepen these fundamental shifts in self-understanding within women’s hearts, minds and bodies, I have refashioned the wedding vow and wedding ceremony into transformational resources for making a lifelong commitment to ourselves. Each woman’s journey culminates in the composition of a “vow of faithfulness” to herself, which is then witnessed at a self-commitment ceremony.
 
Women of all ages, from all walks of life, are vowing faithfulness to their own lives. As a result, they are refusing to ask the questions “What’s wrong with me?” and “Who will save me?” Instead, they make powerful statements with every thought they share, every feeling they express, and every action they take. They use their personal and communal resources to give birth to woman-affirming rites of passage and ceremonies of transformation for their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and for themselves. They are women ~ full of themselves!
 
Pause for a moment and imagine growing in knowledge and love of yourself, vowing faithfulness to your own life and capacities, and remaining loyal to yourself ~ regardless. Imagine a life in which you deepen your relationship to your natural vitality, resilience, and sense of self.
 
Imagine a ceremony of commitment to yourself, culminating with these words of self-blessing: “This is it. This is my life. Nothing to wait for. Nowhere else to go. No one to make it all different. What a relief to have finally landed here….now. Blessed be my life!”
 
Once grounded within our own big, beautiful lives, we wonder how we will use our abundant gifts and capacities in this new season? How will we use the time, energy, and money no longer needed to pursue answers and remedies and procedures and fasts and techniques and saviors?  Here are two options to consider:
 
1. Treat yourself to the “The Journey Home” self-guided retreat, which will lead you step by step through the transformational experience of writing a Vow of Faithfulness to yourself: www.imagineawoman.com
 
2. Joining the IAW Inspiration Team as a certified Facilitator-Coach and circle the globe with WomanSpirit, supporting women of all ages to vow faithfulness to their own lives and capacities. www.imagineawoman.com
 
Patricia Lynn Reilly is the founder of Imagine a Woman International, For the Love of Words, and Beginners Eye Photography. If you’re ready to author your own self-understanding and life, visit www.imagineawoman.com for inspiration, professional enrichment, and support. If you want to be inspired 24/7, visit Patricia’s Facebook Pages: 
Celebrating the Literary Arts: www.facebook.com/fortheloveofwordsplr
Celebrating the Visual Arts: www.facebook.com/beginnerseyephotography/

The Gaze of Love

I realized on the way home from a support group last night that I’d been longing for a refuge, a place where I could experience non-judgmental, unconditionally loving eyes and attention, and that I had found what I was looking for in the support group.

Out in the world, the eyes are judgmental, one way or another. Either the eyes, the gazes find me, us, “attractive” and thus worthy of attention, OR “unattractive” and unworthy of attention. We’re constantly assaulted by body/image-based gazes and critiques. And the scrutinizing gaze of women has been the most painful to feel in its competitive comparisons. There were times I couldn’t go out into the real world because it felt like a mine field of negative, scrutinizing attention.

Sitting in the group last night, I felt at peace. I felt seen. I know we all wrestle with the same competitive demons, but at least the Support Group holds as its intention the creation of a safe place, a resting place for us, for those hours one evening a week, when we’re looked upon with mercy and respect.

The invitation below was inspired by last night’s experience, and emerged in one of those moments when LIFE speaks through us out of deep concern for our daughters! The invitation is passing from woman to woman today in that powerful flow of woman connection and power!

We’re rallying IAW’s poem-loving bloggers, posters, and blog-readers, and our coaches and fans, to share “The Gaze of Love” far and wide. We invite you to join IAW’s Body-Loving Inspiration Team by emailing “The Gaze of Love” to your lists, posting it in your blogs, and “share-ing” it via Facebook. From my heart to yours…

The Gaze of Love: A Body-Loving Invitation to all Women

Today, and everyday, let’s turn toward other women’s bodies, and our own, with mercy and unconditional acceptance, letting go of the competition and scrutiny-based sizing up of each other, letting go of the subtle put-downs and diminishments when we’re threatened by each other, allowing healing attention to flow one to another until the gaze of love heals us.

A gaze of love, calling wise women with their beautiful silver hair and life-lines out of hiding; inviting our smart, gifted daughters to reject the tyranny of thinness and to cease from harming themselves; welcoming the full, rounded bodies of our friends, bodies that refuse to be battered into shape by diets and admonishments.

A gaze of love so powerful, so encompassing, embracing the whole community of women, all sizes, shapes, colors, ages, and languages, with the widest welcome, the deepest affirmation, the highest calling, the loudest YES.

A gaze of love, inspiring us to bite into LIFE and the fullness of its possibility, to express LIFE through us in color and shape, sound and movement, to honor LIFE by turning our body-loving energy toward projects of justice, relationships of comfort, strategies of  wellness, and words of affirmation.

Knowing we’re all in this together. One breath. One body. One life. And so it is.

Body-loving blessings, Patricia

Patricia Lynn Reilly is the founder of Imagine a Woman International, For the Love of Words, and Beginner’s Eye Photography.  If you’re ready to make peace with your body or would like a powerful gift to offer your daughter or granddaughter, read about our Retreat “Love Your Body: Five Pathways to Body-Love” here: Retreat Details. If you’d like to join our Team of Certified Coaches, visit here: Certification Details

The Kiss of Life

Mama

I took my mother to the beach today.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

In a container, carefully prepared in New Jersey,

where her life ended, 

complications due to Alzheimer’s, they said. 

In a container, carefully carried to California,

where I began, thrust from my young mother’s womb, many years ago.

 

I laughed with my mother at the beach today.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Wondered if I’d be sad.

Supposed to be sad, my mother’s dead.

All that’s left are her ashes, cremains they’re called.

Laughter, however, was her final blessing.

Enough tears had been shed.

 

The wind danced with my mother at the beach today.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

As I held out each handful of cremains to scatter them,

the wind picked my mother up

and danced playfully with her across the beach.

And then gently laid her down to final rest,

one handful at a time.

 

A little girl kissed my mother at the beach today.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

A little girl picked up a shell.

“Is this your mother?”

“Yes,” I said.

She kissed the shell and gave it to me: “Kiss her.”

A kiss, my final blessing.

 

I kissed my mother at the beach today.

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

 
“Mama” honors Patricia Lynn Reilly’s mother Kathleen Diehm Reilly’s dance through life and her return to the ground of her being. The poem is an excerpt from Patricia’s book Words Made Flesh.
 
Patricia is an author, poet, and photographer. She founded Imagine a Woman International to inspire women to use their astounding resources and capacities to reorder the worlds they inhabit, one powerful word, image, and action at a time. She is also the founder of Beginner’s Eye Photography, inviting us to “point with wonder and click with awe” as we experience the richness of the visual environment.

Pedestals, Costumes, and Scripts

In wisdom, we acknowledge that everything changes. In the fullness of time, the hidden wish comes into the light, the sleeping dream awakens, the frozen desire thaws, the hard and protected longing softens.

Most of us live on a carefully constructed pedestal above our inner lives just to make it through each day. We wear costumes and spout scripts that are often foreign to our spirit. We dismiss our feelings, believing they’ll further complicate an already demanding life. We disregard any troublesome thoughts, believing they’ll divert us from the tasks at hand. We ignore our body’s sensations, believing they’ll slow us down. [Read more…]

Fixes, Fads, and Self-Betterment Plans, Oh My!

A Deeper WisdomIt used to be that the pressure to create resolutions and self-betterment plans was most intense around the new year, every year! For most of us, however, the pressure spills over and we live in a chronic state of planning to be better and to look better, and resolving to do better, every day of the year! The pressure rises from within us, fueled by the ancient assumption that there’s something wrong with us and we MUST do something to fix it.

I have good news! There is nothing wrong with you. Your task is not to become a new, improve, or change person by spinning out resolution after resolution or embracing the current self-improvement fad. Rather, your task is much simpler and more joyful. Your task is to return and reclaim your natural and essential self in all its fullness. In the very beginning, you loved yourself.

You came into the world with feelings of omnipotence, not inferiority. You loved your body, expressed its needs, and followed its impulses. You recognized and expressed your feelings. You told the truth. You created plays, musicals, stories, and pictures from your own unique vision of the world. You were full of yourself! You may doubt that this time ever existed. Allow Monique Wittig’s strong words to remind you of the truth,

“There was a time when you walked alone, full of laughter, you bathed bare-bellied. You say you have lost all recollection of it, remember.  You say there are no words to describe this time, you say it does not exist. But remember. Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent.” Imagine a woman…

Each “Imagine a Woman” self-guided retreat/course invites you to embrace your essential-self by discarding the facades and personas of a lifetime. It will inspire you to celebrate your originality and truth by shedding the conformity of many lifetimes. No longer content with self-improvement schemes that merely require the rearrangement of your exterior life, you’ll heal into the present and experience the transformation of your inner world.

Before you make another body-resolution, sign up for an expensive body-fix, register for a juice fast, or look into the mirror yet again with disgust, imagine a woman who is glad to be alive. A woman who has released body-scrutiny and -criticism. Who celebrates her body with reverence and respect. Imagine yourself as this woman. IAW’s transformational self-guided retreat/course “Love Your Body: The Five Pathways to Body-Love” will remind you of the body-loving instincts of the child you once were, and of how to awaken them in every season of your life.

Before you make another life-resolution, sign up for an expensive life overhaul, decide to end it all, or change careers, imagine a woman who authors her own life. A woman who trusts her inner sense of what’s right for her. Who takes responsibility for the design and content of her life. Imagine yourself as this woman. “Author Your Own Life: The Five Choices of Authentic Living” will remind you of the creative intelligence you already possess, and how to access it to author your own life and self-understanding.

Before you make another relationship-resolution, say I DO, scream I DON’T, or sign on with the latest matchmaking outfit, imagine a woman who turns toward herself with interest and attention. A woman who turns inward to listen, remember, and replenish. Whose capacity to be available to others deepens as she is available to herself. Imagine yourself as this woman. IAW’s transformational self-guided retreat/course “Relationships from the Inside Out: The Four Ingredients of Conscious Relationship” will remind you of the essential connection between self-love and the love of others, and how to experience your relationships from the inside out.

Before you make another spiritual-resolution, join an ashram or convent, turn your life over to another god or goddess, or turn away from spirituality altogether, imagine a woman who embodies her spirituality. A woman who honors her body as the sacred temple of the spirit of life. Who breathes deeply as a prayer of gratitude for life itself. Imagine yourself as this woman. “Name Your Own Gods: The Five Paths to Conscious Spirituality” will remind you of your birthright of freedom and courage, and how to use this birthright to inspire and design your own spirituality.

Invest in yourself with renewed self-love and compassion. Invest $15 in one of our woman-affirming retreats and receive these “pillows of support” to accompany you on your self-guided retreat journey:

  • “Home Is Always Waiting” Meditation MP3 to prepare for your retreat.
  • “Thirty Daily Meds” in your in-box to inspire you throughout your retreat.
  • Membership in IAW’s Members-Only Circle on Facebook to share your retreat-insights.

Before you take another step into 2016, treat yourself to one of our 6 woman-affirming experiences to infuse the new year with dynamic self-love and purposeful engagement with the world around you. Visit here for more self-guided retreat details.

Patricia Lynn Reilly is the founder of Imagine a Woman International and Open Window Gallery. If you’re ready to author your own life, business, ministry, or self-understanding, visit www.imagineawoman.com for inspiration, opportunities, and support. If you would like to become certified to facilitate our 6 woman-affirming experiences, visit here for certification details.