Feeling Uninspired?

It is inevitable…we wake up one day and we’re just not “feelin’ it”.  Our spirits are low, our bodies are exhausted, our energies seemingly nonexistent.  What do we do then?  We’re leaders.  Rituals need priestessing, classes need teaching, students need feedback, email needs answering.  At times, the “to do” list looks endless (and it probably is!). This is the time of year when many feel low, tired, and uninspired, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.  It gets dark before 5 o’clock and our bodies naturally want to rest and recuperate, hibernate and recalibrate. If we want to do anything at […]

Facilitating Authenticity

There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself. ~Hermann Hesse For more years than I can remember, the concept of authenticity has been a keystone of my work, both personally and professionally as a public Priestess. A large part of our community’s mission is to empower women through fostering truth-speaking, authenticity, and self-confidence, as well assisting people in forming a deep, connected, and integrated understanding of their own integrity […]

The Art of Holding Space

As we take our first steps into the Dark Time, I’ve been thinking a lot about holding space—what it means, the purpose it serves, and how I can do it more effectively. Along with the concept of “holding center,” the mindfulness around holding space has been present in my priestessing since my first in-person community trainings, if not before.  I’ve noticed lately that the concept of holding space is popping up all around me, a development that brings me great joy.  The more people capable of providing this service for one another, the better. In the online Women’s Mystery School […]

Priestessing the Liminal

The month of August is concluding today, and I’ve been having difficulty writing anything but ritual for the past few weeks.  Throughout this month, my thoughts have been returning over and over again to the liminal, to liminality, to thresholds and transitions and initiations. This is the time of year that’s always filled with anticipation and exhilaration for me as I eagerly await the promise of the coming Dark.  This Summer has filled me up to overflow with travel and family and pilgrimage and oceans and rivers and heat and sun I’m ever so ready to shift into a more […]

Cultivating Self-Discipline

Note:  In the first post in this series Leadership Assets:  Discipline I discussed what self-discipline is and why it is so important for us to develop this quality. In the second post Following the Path of Self-Discipline, I talked more about how self-discipline can serve us as leaders.  In the final post of this series, I’ll share some of the ways that I’ve cultivated my own self-discipline.  I also request *your* input!  What are the tips and tricks you use to keep yourself disciplined, or to increase your skills in this arena? Here is a list I’ve compiled to get us […]

Following the Path of Self-Discipline

Note:  In the first post in this series “Leadership Assets:  Discipline” I discussed what self-discipline is and why it is important for us not only in our leadership roles, but in our lives.  That post can be found here.   Today I’ll be exploring this topic in a bit more depth, with the ultimate intention of completing this short series with my next post in July. Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear and doubt.             ~H.A. Dorfman As I […]

Leadership Assets: Discipline

When I discuss the necessity of discipline, it often evokes sighs, tuning out, and even displays of anger.  I’m already doing everything I can possibly do, giving all I can possibly give!  I don’t have time!  I work ten hours a day! I’m exhausted! How can adding another task to my list help?  You just don’t understand! Today, I’m inviting us all to open up to a different perspective around discipline. Please know that I *do* understand.  I have “been there,” and I am still quite often maxed out.  The distinction is that now I have a structure I can […]

The Year of Showing Up: Part III

Note: In the first post in this three-part series, I wrote about my community’s theme for this year and what it means to show up for ourselves in our own lives.  In the second part, I focused on our collective responsibility in showing up. In this month’s post, I’ll share some thoughts on what it means to show up in community as a leader.   You can find Part I here and Part II here.  From the Perspective of Leadership Responsibility… As I’ve explored what it means to show up for community as a leader, I’ve become increasingly appreciative of the many […]

The Year of Showing Up: Part II

Note: In the first post in this three-part series, I wrote about my community’s theme for this year and what it means to show up for ourselves in our own lives.  This month I’ll focus on what it means to show up for others in community.  You can find Part I here.  From the Perspective of Collective Responsibility… Whether we identify as introverted, extroverted, ambiverted, or something else, we all desire belonging.  The inclination to find inclusion and acceptance—whether in a large group or a tiny circle of friends or family—is one of the driving forces of humanity.  It is […]

The Year of Showing Up: Part I

Our community’s year ends with the Full Moon in Cancer and, after a brief respite and rest in the liminal zone Between, begins again at Imbolc.  With each new Sisterhood year comes a new Sisterhood theme, one that organically emerges and arises to be identified by our Priestesses with the intention that it will be explored throughout the year both in community and by each individual.  Our theme last year was the Year of Returning to Center. With Imbolc, we entered our new Year of Showing Up. But what does that even mean, the Year of Showing Up?  Showing up […]