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Archetypes of the Sacred Feminine
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I am now offering
Matrix Energetics sessions
as well as individual
training and education
in the Sacred Feminine,
Spiritual Awakening
and the Grief of Known
and Ambiguous Losses.


The Flame Bearer
is only as large as she is small.
You remember this saying?
It means no one is ever worthy to do what she is called to do.
No one is ever significant

The mission is always larger
than the one who goes out
on the mission.

The Flame Bearer is made up of the same clay that makes
every woman.
She is a Flame Bearer only because she knows, in the clay lives the spirit of The Mother. 

If Chochma waited for one woman who was more worthy than another,
how would The Mother do her
work in this world?

~ Kim Chernin,
The Flame Bearers



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Temple of the Sacred Feminine
New Women Welcome ~ Please contact me soon!

September 2015 - May 2016
8 days ~ Held in Maryland @ Sophia Center

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            June 12, I am heading into a deep dive writing retreat for ten days. In thinking about what I want to work on in the writing retreat, this writing about the beginnings of Temenos Center  spontaneously emerged. I am also in deep listening for guidance about the upcoming Temple for September 2015- May 2016. The emergent theme and holding vessel for that temenos of Sacred Feminine Initiation is "Divine Arrangement: Being With What Is, As It Is, Whatever It Is." {What else is there??!!}

I was cleaning out my file cabinet and found a hefty cache of colorful old flyers from the early days of the Temenos Center. Temenos means "sacred space" in Greek, and refers to a particular place within the ancient healing temples.  In The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (1983), Barbara Walker writes that a parcel of property was a temenos, "land belonging to the moon," i.e., to woman.

I have since come to understand that a temenos is an actual alchemical vessel where polarities come together in the alchemical fire of transformation, heaven and earth meet, the spiritual fire burns away whatever limits our consciousness of who and what we truly are—Love—and the archetypal energies dance wildly and intensely toward the inner Sacred Marriage, the realization of the Great Heart, and the birth of the realization that we are Love

I think the Hindu Goddess Kali is the Queen of this cauldron, for she is both the destroyer of what is not truth and the midwife of Absolute Truth.  She lifts the veils, allows them to burn so we can truly see what is as it is, beyond limited consciousness. The temenos is where we learn to carry the fire and not get burned—a koan instruction I was given by an African shaman in a ‘big dream’ three weeks or so prior to my first initiatory Kundalini awakening in 1982.

            When I found this unexpected treasure of old flyers, I was in utter delight as I read and re-membered the events and the many women who have spent time in the temenos as far back as 1983. That is when I was guided to give the name ‘Temenos Center’ to what I thought at the time was just the name of my business. I apparently didn’t read the fine print.
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Archetypes of the Sacred Feminine

It gives me great delight to offer this this little e-book, Archetypes of the Sacred Feminine, the first fruit from a large body of work that is now being harvested into words. This download is a 33 page excerpt from a larger book, Sacred Feminine Initiation: An Archetypal Journey. This e-book is a 33 page excerpt that includes one chapter on Sacred Feminine initiation, and five chapters describing each of the five core archetypal energies I have been working with since 1980: the Mother, the Amazon, the Lover, the Medial, and the Queen. Enjoy!!


There are many articles on the Sacred Feminine, Awakening, and Samyama Practice available
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Samyama: Alchemy of the Heart

Samyama is an ancient meditation practice from Raja Yoga that appeared in my meditation one day about 20 years ago, to my great surprise. I was unfamiliar with this form of meditation at the time, so I simply followed the detailed instruction I was given on the inner levels in how to turn toward my heart. This radically changed my life and my work with others, and the lives of the many it has touched, as you will see when you read what others say about Samyama below.

makes it possible to directly experience life as it is, be in the present moment, and meet ourselves in our own precious hearts, no matter what is happening in any given moment. It is also a path and a portal to the realization of our essential being, the pure awareness that is the unified field. The practice also offers a profound level of healing for our deepest wounds. From my own experiences, as well as witnessing so many others doing Samyama, I see that it is an amazing gift of Grace that keeps on giving, endlessly, and an exquisite vessel of receptive devotion

Samyama is truly Alchemy of the Heart. This means that when we learn the skill and cultivate the practice, amazing changes occur within our hearts so that healing of painful emotional states occurs and we open to the silence and peace of our essential nature.

The instruction given to me was simple: no matter what was arising, I was directed to bring my attention back to my heart and hold my focus there on whatever what happening in my heart. It sounds simple, and it is, once you learn the skill involved. We all can feel what is in our hearts, and we do. What we don’t understand are the subtlties of attention that are involved to activate the Alchemy of the Heart.

Once I began using the practice several times a day, I became more peaceful in general, and this was remarkable to me at the time, as I was going through a painful time. Ever since, I have used Samyama daily for meditation, self healing, for simply being with what is. My center of consciousness has shifted from head to heart, as it does with most of the people who practice Samyama daily.

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