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Where Have all My Blog Posts Gone?

 

I woke up this morning with the song, Where Have all the Flowers Gone in my head, but the words were slightly different: Where Have all the Blog Posts Gone had taken over the lovely melody. And as of my readers have noticed, it looks like I have been silent. But anyone who has met me knows I don’t do silent very well. So where has my online voice gone?

It actually hasn’t gone anywhere. I don’t have writers block. In fact I feel downright fertile these days. I have so many ideas that I had to stop writing them down in my writing notebook. I compose blog pieces constantly and then have lengthy inner dialogues about the pieces all day long.

The real reason I am not posting blog pieces right now is that I am on an adventure. I am currently in the middle of an 8 month training program and I am going along with the process, waiting to see what unfolds. The course meets every other weekend; it is exhilarating and draining at the same time. I find myself excited about upcoming training weekends and then when they get here almost shrinking from them. As an extrovert I enjoy the time spent with the other students and teachers, but even I get tired of both the mental and physical work involved. I find myself stretching and growing inside and out, which is both exciting and wearying.

For the first time in decades I’m not spending my time planning during the training figuring out how I will use all that I am learning. This is a big departure for me from past training programs I have done. When I took the Meyer’s Briggs training program (2000) I had it all planned out how I would lead awesome leadership development workshops. When I took my real estate licensing training course (2000) I pictured the industry success I wanted to become. In my coaching accreditation program (2009) I saw myself helping women business owners grow personally and professionally. During the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference anti-bias program (2005) I pictured leading community based training programs that would open people’s minds and hearts. Even years back when I did the La Leche League International Leader Training program (1991) I could see myself helping breastfeeding mothers and babies all over the country. Fact is almost all of what I pictured came true.

But this time I am staying present; I’m not mind-jumping to the end. I have not figured out how I will apply all that I am learning. This is not easy for me to do and is one of the reasons I have not publically announced the training program I am in. It is a fine line for me to live out-loud and authentically, but also find a way to allow life to unfold.

Two weekends ago I went on a women’s initiation retreat with Megan Wagner, a Therapist, Spiritual Teacher, Author, Storyteller, Ritual Leader and Interfaith Minister whose retreats have been life-changing and life saving for me. I have attended 7 of her local Feminine Path to Power retreats. Each one has a different theme and involves different stories, rituals, meditations, songs, chants and dancing. She calls her local Women’s Initiation Retreats Wise Women Training and they are!

In this most recent retreat we spent time focusing on dreams and ideas that are aligned with our higher life purpose and how we will manifest them. In the context of my current training program it was empowering and inspiring. When I attended the same retreat 3 years ago I left excited but confused. This time around I find myself much more centered, balanced and in-tune with what is next for me. And I attribute part of this to my new-found ability to stop over-planning my future. Here I am at the end of the retreat, wearing Megan’s beautiful silk robe with Salima, the Goddess of Manifesting.

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Change is scary. The unknown is unknown, and that can be unsettling. But as I learn to live with the unknown I feel empowered. It feels as if I am living on the edge of a flame – we all know that flames can burn out of control, be snuffed out by a wind or drowned by water. So along with feeling emblazoned, I also feel fragile; I am learning to embrace my power and fragility with care and tenderness.

I am not ready to announce my next act yet, but make no mistake, there is at least one act left in me (maybe more!). Stay tuned for new adventures, new announcements and new blog posts!

 



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Life Changing Experiences

Have you ever had a life changing experience? Most of us have, but sometimes don’t or can’t recognize them as they are happening. I have had many in my life and one that I want to tell you about from a few summers ago when I attended Goddess Summer Camp in the beautiful woods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I had heard about Megan Wagner’s women’s initiations, but for a variety of reasons had not attended. I talked myself out of going because the dates were wrong or I thought it too expensive (actually it is a great deal for a long weekend retreat that includes all activities and food for a less than reasonable price) but the truth of the matter is that i just wasn’t ready. So it took me a few years to finally attend. And when I did, I was blown away!

It was a life-changing initiation retreat with other interesting women during which I learned a great deal about me, my life and wonderful tools to help me deal with life’s stressful moments. I learned that some of the emotional storms that I whether as a woman, as a daughter, as a wife, as a mother and as a friend are common to other women.

During the retreat, Megan shares stories about the 5 powerful feminine archetypes through storytelling, personal reflection, sharing, eating, hot-tubing, walking, drumming, dancing, listening and evening rituals. We learned about the feminine ways of Strength, Compassion, Change and Action that meant a clearer sense of myself and my self-mastery. In other words, it was life-changing.

In just a few weeks, Megan is leading another Goddess Summer Camp retreat from Thursday July 31 through August 3 at the Double Bear Retreat Center. And even though I attended in 2012, I am going again this year. I am looking forward to experiencing the retreat and initiations all over again with other strong, strong open-hearted women, looking to shift into their radiant selves to embody their feminine power with grace and compassion.

It would be wonderful if you chose to join me at this retreat with Megan Wagner, PhD. The price is reasonable for the long weekend of 3 nights and 4 days and includes all workshops, rituals and room and board of only $695. Many women’s retreats cost much more money, are held in fancy hotels with slick leaders, trying to sell other products and/or services. This is a down-to-earth, life changing event that is just what it is: a wonderful weekend in a rustic setting with other women realizing their highest vision for themselves.

If you are at all interested, please register for 2014 Goddess Summer Camp and join me as we explore how to be the women we want to be. And please don’t hesitate to contact me (or Megan directly) if you have questions.

Yours,

Heidi

PS: Please note that I do NOT receive monetary gain for your participation, I do however hope to receive a stronger bond through a deeper connection with my friends who attend!

PPS: If you are coming from out of town, the closest airport to the retreat center is the San Jose Airport, about a 40 minute drive.



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