Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Paradigm Relationships

Are we ready to evolve as a species and in how we relate to each other, regardless of our color, nationality, religious beliefs or form of the relationship? Are we ready to begin to live into the highest and most loving version of ourselves?  


Many of us have sense that there’s a potential for an extraordinary type of human relationship, marked by an unprecedented level of intimacy, vulnerability, authenticity, and transparency, essentially being with each other without any boundaries or barriers, being together truly beyond ego. -  Craig Hamilton

Over the past few year's I have written several articles that have been on the topic of enlightened partnering or conscious relationships for the 21st Century. These articles have spoken not only to romantic relationships but have addressed all forms of how we relate to each other. So when I read an article based on some of the teachings of Craig Hamilton, on A Radical Way to Grow Spiritually in Relationship I was thrilled. First, he mentions that there are three categories of people:

1) Those who have no interest in your personal/spiritual evolution or their own
2) Those who are curious and interested in personal/spiritual evolution, but who aren’t as committed as you to the spiritual path
3) Those who are totally committed to doing their own work and growing with you in an active partnership (what he calls “evolutionary relationships”).

I called these Spiritual or Enlightened Relationships but Craig uses the term Evolutionary which I think is even more accurate. Since the beginning of humanity, we have evolved from Pro-Magnum man to the present form of Homo sapiens. This has been an evolutionary journey and our evolution as a species never stops for in truth if it did humanity would surely annihilate itself. Since we are continuing to evolve in consciousness it makes perfect sense that we should evolve in how we relate to one in other. When people face big challenges such as we face now in our politics and world events, we have two choices. We can devolve and return to our Pro-Magnum thinking or evolve and move into a new kind of human called, Homo Spiritus. Do you think you are ready to evolve?

Craig says that an evolutionary relationship is not necessarily one that is about romance or sex at all. In fact, that dimension can often complicate things. He says that many of us are ready to experience an extraordinary way of being in human relatedness marked by an “unprecedented level of intimacy, vulnerability, authenticity, and transparency, essentially being with each other without any boundaries or barriers, being together truly beyond the ego”.
- You may have experienced this type of relationship already or had a taste of it. It may have been with a friend, partner, co-worker or lover.  I know that I have if only for a brief moment in time. You may have sensed the potential with someone to move into a more dynamic, growing, vital, dynamic, and thriving connection, resisting the urge to rest on familiar, known ground but have not known how to go about cultivating it. 

Very few relationships will ever evolve to this level as it requires a rare quality of dedication to self-awareness that is often a life-long pursuit. 

Craig teaches us how to be proactive about cultivating such relationships. To do this requires essentially establishing a sacred contract, setting up what he calls “an evolutionary partnership”, which can be governed by the following radical principles


Principles of an Evolutionary Partnership


1. The very context and organizing principle of a relationship is our conscious evolution beyond our ego.

This is the very purpose of why we’re in the relationship. Instead of organizing around comfort, survival, mutual benefit, comfort, and connection, in this kind of relationship, we explicitly commit to coming together for a higher purpose. That’s the “why” of the whole thing. We have a shared agreement for why we’re here. Instead of colluding together to protect and preserve the status quo of the relationship, we’re willing to put the relationship at risk, to constantly challenge the relationship, as a way to evolve spiritually together, as a way to avoid falling into stuck, habitual patterns that lead the relationship to go to sleep.


2. We agree to be mutually accountable to something higher than ourselves.

In most conventional relationships, we’re attempting to negotiate between two people’s individual needs and desires. The personal self is the only context we have, so the relationship is the result of two isolated personal selves with their own unique agendas attempting to negotiate so they can be in a relationship together without too much conflict. Typically, we ask, “What do YOU want to do? What do I want to do? What are we both willing to give up so we can meet in the middle?” But in an evolutionary relationship, our #1 priority is aligning with Divine will, rather than focusing exclusively on our own personal desires or the desires of the person we’re in partnership with. When a conflict comes up, we’re interested not just in both personal points of view, but in what’s the right thing to do from the highest perspective, in service to the highest good of all beings. It’s about not caring so much what you get out of the relationship or what the other person gets out of it. It’s more about a mutual seeking of truth, of what’s right and whole and aligned. We ask, instead, “What’s the right thing to do to the best that we can discern it?” This way, there is no fundamental conflict. You both want the same thing…the highest good, rather than focusing on personal desires. You’ll always find your way through when you’re genuinely prioritizing this outcome. There is no “winner” or “loser” because the highest good always wins- and you both want that.


3. We recognize that we have an ego, that we’re prone to error.

Because we acknowledge that we both have egos, we know that we are prone to misinterpretation of circumstances. I defined ego here, according to Craig’s definition, so don’t be misled by a term that often gets misused. Read what I wrote about ego here. When we both acknowledge our own egos and our potential for error, we come together with the commitment to try to see clearly, beyond the ego. This means we’re willing to call each other on unhealthy patterns and try to break those patterns. It’s an exercise in mutual humility, acknowledging that we aren’t going to do it right, that our egos are going to screw us up, but that we’re mutually committed to trying to uncover what is true, in spite of being prone to error. This way, there’s no compulsion to defend your point of view. You’re both committed to seeing what is true. It’s a radical act, to be willing to stop defending your motives whenever you are challenged. Because we both have egos, we must recognize that we’re prone to distortions and be willing to acknowledge that with humility.


4. Despite the fact that we have egos and are prone to error, we want to be accountable to our potentials, to our highest and best selves.

This means that even though both parties know we are prone to errors in judgment and distortion, we’re not using that as an excuse at all. We are acknowledging that we always have a choice in the matter. Our egoic limitations are not an excuse for not showing up fully. We acknowledge that we have a right to expect this from each other, even though we have egos and tendencies for error. This only works with two people who are really committed to showing up in this way, wanting to be accountable and be held accountable. It’s not about always getting it right. We’re going to screw up. It’s not about beating each other up for our tendency to be prone to error. It’s about committing to operating at a risk-taking edge, which requires a lot of trust and commitment to mutual accountability.


5. The context for our engagement together is about leaning into our evolutionary edges, where we’re growing and evolving, sharing a mutual interest in our evolving edges.

 Rather than meeting in our limitations, fears, and doubts, colluding in how we’re failing to show up to our highest potential, complaining about what doesn’t work, we take a stand for meeting in service to our highest potentials. Some relationships are based on sharing every that’s wrong or not working or where we’re struggling or fearful. This fifth principle is about making that off limits, not that there’s no place to talk about your limitations, but that the relationship is meant to lift up what’s possible, rather than to devolve into a shared bitchfest that drags both parties down. The context for the engagement, therefore, is a place of desiring to manifest our highest potential, taking a stand for one another’s higher potential, reaching for what’s possible, sharing what comes up as we awaken. It’s a positive, uplifting context for engagement, but a challenging one, because it’s a stretch and requires moving out of habitual patterns that tend to plague a lot of spiritually-minded or psychologically-minded relationships.


6. We agree to be mirrors for one another.

Rather than merely affirming each other’s self-image, as most relationships operate, we agree to be a reflection for the other person about thing that might be outside of their awareness. We tend to see others more clearly than we see ourselves. As evolutionary partners, we agree to lovingly and gently, without judgment, point out blind spots in each other to help illuminate what we might not be seeing clearly in ourselves. This includes mirroring back not only negative traits- things that need to evolve- but also positive things that we may not see within ourselves. This includes mirroring back how we’re growing and where we’re making progress. We can not only help undo negative patterns; we can also mirror back the uplifting things we may not see in ourselves. This means being willing to challenge each other’s assumptions, really striving to help each other see ourselves more clearly.


7. We aspire to set an example for one another.

We are not perfect. We are not going to always get it right. But we are aspiring to model what it means to have an evolutionary and enlightened relationship to life, stretching vulnerability into the unknown. We aspire to uplift each other through our own examples. This means radical transparency. In many close relationships, you devolve when you get comfortable. You let that person see your worst self. But in these relationships, we aspire to be our best selves, not our worst self with each other.


Are You Involved In Any Evolutionary Relationships? Do You Feel They Are Possible?

What have you learned from engaging with another person in this way? What challenges have you faced? What triumphs have you experienced? Share your wisdom and stories in the comments.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Power of the Feminine


What happens when women across the globe join hands and stand together in solidarity for human rights? What happens is exactly what is happening now after millions of women marched together last Saturday throughout the world.

The march has just begun. Women are gathering everywhere, on FB, in groups, in their communities, in high offices and in low. Women are coming together powerfully and this time we cannot be stopped. This time we will be heard. This time we will do whatever it takes to create a world that is free from the tyranny of male domination.

These are strong words I know, but all of us men, women and children have been under the tyranny of the old guard of male domination.What is being called forth from everyone is to take action whatever it might be, and by doing so the power of the feminine is unstoppable. Durga has come back in full force with all of her might as you and me. The armies she once summoned to save the world lives in each of us as we decide to take action for change no matter how small.


The Dali Lama was the first to speak about the power of the feminine. We have all heard this quote from the Dali Lama about the Western woman. You may have even wondered what this really means. But it seems to me that this quote has never been as true than it is today. The power of the feminine has become stronger in the past few years and women have been waking up to their power as women and have begun to embrace it in ways we never have before.For thousands of years, the feminine has risen and then been forced to go underground. But today we have the opportunity to stay strong and visible, to stand our ground as the representatives of the Divine Feminine.

Now is our time to step out of the shadows and into the light.

We are truly being called into action as the leaders of our own world and to fan the flame so that it can continue to spread throughout the world.

We have only planted the first seeds in last week's march, but now we have the opportunity to lead the country in establishing a new way of perceiving and living life. A new paradigm that is built upon the principles of love, equality, respect, honor, and trust. A world where men and women live in partnership and where we are self-governing. A world where women and children are safe and where we can live our dreams.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The True Meaning of Sisterhood ~ Taking a Stand for the Divine Feminine


We are living in both challenging and powerful times, especially here in the U.S. where a new regime has been falsely put into power. What this means for all of us is that it is time to take our power back from the undeserving and step-up and fight for our rights as citizens of a democratic republic.

As a woman, I have a vested interest beyond just my human rights to take a stand at this most crucial time in history. Women today for the first time in thousands of years have one of the most powerful and strongest voices that have ever been heard. As representatives of the Divine Feminine, we have been gaining strength and power in leaps and bounds since Venus eclipsed the sun in 2011. Never before has the world seen women stand up for being a woman with the numbers that we have seen in these past years. Women such as Eve Ensler who helped to create the one million movement and women in every walk of life have been making strides in their own way.

Women everywhere are redefining what it means to be a woman in this era of feminine power and we are collectively taking a stand to stop the backlash of feminism, of our right to keep Roe vs Wade, to stop the misogynistic and rape culture we are living in from decimating the hard-won laws and rights that so many women before us gave their time and lives for. With this new "regime" about to be sworn in as our 45th president, this is no time to sit back and wait to see what happens. Women and the men that support them, need to stand-up and be seen and heard. It is time for us all to speak the TRUTH and to live as our true selves, our wise woman selves.


What matters most at this time is that all women stand together in solidarity, as we are doing here in the U.S.for the march on January 21st in Washington. This march is just the beginning and it is not just for the women who live here but for every woman who has suffered for being born a woman and whose rights have been taken away.

So I invite you to align with the women who are marching on the 21st and to see what you are willing to do to defend your right to live freely as you choose to live and to choose to become a sister to all women. To join hearts, hands and minds with your sisters across the miles and to know that we are connected.  It does not matter what town, village, state or country you live in. 

When taking a stand for yourself you stand for all women everywhere. When healing yourself you heal all women everywhere.


By doing this you can help shift the collective consciousness that has been so prevalent for the past 5,000 years and support the Divine Feminine in remaining strong.  Your conscious decision to do this will be felt in the collective field as ripples in a pond when a stone is thrown in it. When enough people align together and focus their intentions on one thing that they wish to see change, it is guaranteed to happen. Alone we can be powerful but together we are UNSTOPPABLE.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Power of Beauty



For hundreds if not thousands of year’s men have been dictating the standards of beauty to women. No matter what time in history beautiful women have been admired, sculpted, painted and sought after. Being beautiful was something that every woman wanted to be for being beautiful gave women power over men. Look at Helen of Troy who started the Trojan war she was considered the most beautiful woman of her time, her face having launched a thousand ships. Being beautiful gave a woman an edge in the world of men.

Today, just like sex, beauty has become a commodity. Naomi Wolf in her book The Beauty Myth, shares how women for decades has been sold a bill of goods by the marketing moguls of Madison Ave., and that women have believed them. The standards of beauty continue to be dictated by men for the most part. The fashion industry, Hollywood, MTV, are brainwashing not only women but girls as well and we continue to believe that we are not the right kind of beautiful or not beautiful enough.


Being thought beautiful is still a prize to be sought by women everywhere and there seems to be no end insight. Our culture still idolizes beautiful women above all others, which has diminished the value of women as a whole.



 In each era, you will find the standards of what defines beauty in a woman changes. In one era, it might be ivory skin, tiny waist, rosy cheeks, and in another being voluptuous and full figured or as in our own day, being blonde, skinny and busty. I find it interesting that women have had very little say as to what they feel defines being a beautiful woman is and we allow ourselves to be told over and over again how we should look, act, dress, smell and be.

Don’t you think it is time that we take our power back from men, women and anyone who is telling us what we should look like, dress like and feel like? Don’t you think it is time to for women to define what being beautiful means to them?

Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you must train yourself a to see beauty in yourself and to begin to question what the media or the collective consensus is telling you.

We have the opportunity to move forward at this time and to change the status quo. For never has there been a more urgent need to do so. It makes me heartsick to see another generation of girls grow up thinking that being beautiful is the only value that they have and that being beautiful has to look a certain way. 

We can broaden our definitions of what makes a woman  look beautiful to go beyond the old adage, "Beauty is only skin deep." We can choose for ourselves what it means for us to be a beautiful woman. 

I invite you to be the one that takes the lead in being a woman who dares to define for herself what being a powerful, strong and beautiful woman is.



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What is Feminine Allure and the New Feminine Mystique



I love the word 'allure'. The word itself captivates one and I find it holds the energy of its meaning. To be alluring is 1) to tempt or entice; 2) the power of attraction, 3) to beguile. It could also mean that you  have charisma or even the power to seduce or be seductive. When one is 'alluring' the one who is being allured is under a “spell” or so it may seem.

Don’t you just love knowing that if you are a woman you have the power to beguile? In fact, that is where it all began in the mythical Garden of Eden when the Snake (symbol for sexuality) beguiled Eve to eat the tree of knowledge.

The question I wish to explore here is if this is the old definition of what it means to be alluring then what could the new definition be?

This is an important question for women to answer, for ever since the ‘fall’ we women have been trying to apologize for being a woman. I believe that the time has come to reshape, reconfigure and redefine what it means to be a woman who has allure or what I call 'feminine mystique'.

It has been for literally thousands of years that we have been told that it was our ability to entice men that caused the downfall of mankind. Our innate sexuality was too hot for a man to handle. And so the word allure got a bad rap and women were told that to be too sexy, too enticing or seductive was wrong. Only bad girls did that, not good girls. And even though we wanted to please our mothers and fathers we also wanted to explore our bad girl nature.

Over 30 years ago Betty Friedan wrote the book, The Feminine Mystique. It rocked the feminist world and brought awareness to the roles of women, a subject that had never been questioned. Although this book was written decades ago, many of these ideas are still prevalent in our culture today. Betty Friedan’s book exposed the roles of women in the 50’s and 60’s as well as the attitudes that accompanied them, and as such allowed us to bring to light how women were so repressed by the social standards and mores of their day.

 Feminine Sexual Essence

 From the first woman Lilith, women have always been the more dynamic and active partner, especially in lovemaking, for we are the expression of Shakti the Primal Goddess. She represents raw sexuality, uncontrolled emotions. She can be fierce or gentle. She is untameable and is our primal nature, the Wild Woman. It is the feminine in her most natural state in full acceptance of her sexual power and her sexual appetite.This aspect of the feminine has always scared the male population and it has also scared many women. Of course, this was not always the case, especially before the demise of the Goddess. But it has been the case for the past 10 thousand years. And so the time has come for women to embrace this aspect of her feminine nature and to use it with love, wisdom, and reverence and to hold it sacred.


The New Feminine Mystique


The New Feminine Mystique is a new possibility for you as a woman to shift the current way in which you embody and express your sexual power, your sexual allure and your feminine sexual essence. It is a conversation that explores what it means to be a fully-embodied sexually-awake, totally integrated woman. How we as women use our power, the power of our sex and sexual allure is a question whose time has come. This power that women hold resides in their womb. It is a mysterious magnetic power that attracts all back to their divinity. It is also the primal energy of the feminine.

  • The New Feminine Mystique takes the shame out being an alluring woman and redefines this age-old term. 
  • To be a woman who is alluring now can mean to be someone who has kept her passion and erotic nature alive, a woman who is inspired by her vision and who knows how to show herself in the best light.
  •  She wears her womanliness proudly and without apology.
  •  She knows how to use the power of attraction that her sacred womb holds. 
  • Her sexuality is appropriately expressed when it is the right time and is not used to manipulate others to get what she wants.
  •  She no longer needs to do that in order to survive.
  •  She is a woman who is virginal unto herself and knows that she can satisfy herself erotically and does not need a man to do this. Because of this, she is not afraid of men and therefore can love them for being men.
  •  She is a woman who is now thriving in her sexual power.

When a woman no longer needs a man to feel fulfilled she is then free to love them for being who they are.

With this as a guide more and more women can begin to stand tall and feel that being a sexually potent, fully impassioned and alive woman is magnificent and something to be celebrated.

We are faced with many challenges at this time in our history, for never have women been so free on one hand and on the other so sexualized and objectified. It is time for all women to begin to remember where the source of their power resides and to honor this power as the gift that it is.



If you would like to learn how you can reconnect with the source of your authentic feminine power and feminine allure please visit: The School of Womyn's Mysteries.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

RECLAIMING YOUR AUTHENTIC FEMININE POWER


Is the power of a woman's body the power of her sex?

If this is true then what happens when a culture or society sexualizes and industrializes sex, and women and girls as sex objects? What happens when the culture you live in only values you for your sex appeal and denigrates you because you are a woman?

Since the beginning of male domination, some say patriarchy, over 5,000 years ago, when women were delegated to second class citizens, the property of men, and all human rights for the most part eliminated. Women were forced into using their sexuality as a means to survive. This may have been because of their economic conditions or because they were given/sold into marriage as breeders for heirs, or because they were made slaves by a conquering nation. Whatever the cause the condition remained the same. Women often felt that the only worth they had, the only weapon of power they held against their captors, was their sex, their body. Thus comes the dismantling of the true power of a woman's body, and the prostitution of her sex.

Everywhere in our world today we see women's bodies used as sexual objects to sell cars, beer, underwear, music and countless other items. We see girls being taught that to be "hot" is to be sexy and sexy equals power. Is this because we deem women to be beautiful and symbolic of what man, considers to be beautiful?No this is because the advertising industry and the media is in the business of selling things deems that women represent sex and sex sells.

If women and our bodies were not still identified as a means to gratifying men's desires, wants or needs then could we begin to see ourselves and our body as something that is wholly ours, something private and sacred for us to choose when and with whom we could share it. Could we begin to value ourselves for something other than how we look and how sexy we are to men?



Over 10,000 years ago in many egalitarian societies, where the feminine was honored and the images of the Goddess was revered, women's bodies were sacred. Sex was a sacred act of love between two individuals and was blessed by the Goddess. Women and men for the most part shared equally the responsibilities of creating a sustainable community and lifestyle. Women were seen as partners and as such shared in the governing and education of the people.Women's bodies was seen as part of the great mystery of life connected with the creation of life and thus held in high regard by all.

In these societies women held a sense of purity and innocence. This primarily was because in these societies women and nature were revered and honored. They were seen as whole beings who contributed to daily life of the community and that their body was their own to give to whom ever they chose to. Their body was pure (not necessarily virginal) but pure, and sex was something to be shared with someone you loved or cared for. Sex was considered a sacred act and a transmission of holy energy. The power of a woman's body was then found in the power of her smile, her eyes, her touch her very presence. Her sensuality and her love was a gift to man, her form was respected.

For women today to reclaim this purity and innocence of body and spirit...to once again understand where their true power lies, will require that all women and men everywhere no longer accept the normalization of the exploitation and sexualization of women and girls. It would require that we reclaim our natural innocence and to no longer fear our sexual power.

This is not a question of sexual freedom or a feminist issue but rather a question of human dignity, sexual and psychological health. It is time to create a new world where our children can be children where girls can once again run freely, naturally...where women can walk down the street and feel safe and where the feminine is valued in all of us, both men and women. It is time for a world that is a reflection of these values and only you and I can create it.

I invite you to take a stand to no longer support the current status quo of how women and girls are viewed in this culture and  reclaim your authentic feminine power.

Here are a few suggestions to assist you in taking the first steps:

  • Start by healing yourself if you have suffered from sexual or physical abuse. Their are many options today to deal with sexual trauma. 
  • Make a list of all the things you like and/or appreciate about yourself and then add one new thing a day. 
  • Begin to see value in who you are and what you offer to the world not just in how you look or your sexual savvy. Tell yourself that you are valuable, you are worthy and deserve to be loved, honored and respected.
  • Learn how to love and accept your body and to appreciate your yoni. Get to know her and learn to Yoni Speak.
  • Make friends with the psychological aspects of yourself. 
  • There are many archetypes that we embody, victim, survivor, child, rebel, queen and many many more. By beginning to get to know these aspects you can begin to become a more whole and integrated person.
  • Be an example for other women and girls by reclaiming your authentic feminine power and support other girls and women in doing the same.
Resources:
The School of Womyn's Mysteries
AASCET (The American Assoc. of Sex Educators and Therapists)
The Somatic Sensual Healing Institute

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

RECLAIMING THE WORD WHORE



For centuries women have been classified into categories of being either good or bad. Good being virginal, (her hymen intact), a woman that does not sleep around or who is not promiscuous; bad meaning, just the opposite, a “whore”, slut, seductress/seducer, a woman who enjoys sex with many men who steals other women’s men or who just enjoys sex.  Although today in Western society, women have more freedom than ever before, these old attitudes still remain.  In many other countries throughout the world a woman’s virginity is still considered a prize possession kept only for her husband and if a woman is found to not be virginal when she is of a marriageable age she is ostracized and considered ruined 
 and unclean.

These attitudes have been accepted by the collective field of humanity, and therefore passed down  from generation to generation. Women in particular, have taken these attitudes to heart as they have been passed down from great-grandmother, to grandmother, to mother and daughter. They alive become entrenched within the collective psyche of all women and within the cellular memory of our bodies.  
These ideas have become so prevalent and accepted as the norm that one of the worst things you can call another girl or woman is a “whore”, this word being an all-inclusive “bad” girl who sleeps around.
As a result of this women have felt split between the two. Am I a good girl or bad girl, Madonna or whore these being the only two choices we have had.  Although today, we have to some degree shifted some of these old ways of thinking about women’s sexuality, you can still see the effects of these entrenched beliefs played out in our media and on  advertising, music, and videos.  Especially hurt are young girls who are still being told that their primary value is to be beautiful and sexy at any age. 


 “The separation into priestess and prostitute, or sacred and profane polarities, occurred for western civilization when the early fathers of Christianity claimed power by abolishing goddess worship and other nature-based pagan religions. In actuality, the bipartite woman, both whore and Madonna, was a construct of the early Papal Councils around 600 AD.”

This separation was designed to diminish the power of the Goddess and her representatives, the priestesses of Her temples. Priestesses were eventually regulated to perform only certain tasks by the priests who were now given full range of power.


The Origin of the Word Whore

The term "sacred whore" is not an oxymoron. If we explore the etymology of the words "whore" or "harlot," we find that the split between "priestess" and "prostitute" is a relatively recent one. In her book When God Was A Woman, Merlin Stone informs us that the Hebrew word zonah means both prostitute and prophetess. Barbara Walker, in her Dictionary of Woman's Myths and Secrets, points out that the Hebrew word hor means a cave, pit, or dark hole. The Spanish word for whore, puta, derives from the Latin term for a well, but the Latin term for grave, literally "a hole in the earth," is puticuli, meaning womb of rebirth. These terms for whore were not derogatory.

The Latin term had its root in the Vedic, an early Sanskrit language, wherein the word puta is defined as pure and holy. The cave, the pit, the hole, and the bottomless black lake were metaphors for the Great Goddess, She who is unnameable, that darkness primordial from which all life (light) is born. She is the Everything and The Nothing -- Hole-y, Holy, Wholly. The Sacred Whore at work was, in fact, the manifestation the Great Goddess. 
Today these ideas are not completely lost. 

The Hebrew folk dance named the hora, a tradition at Jewish weddings, is named after the circle dances of the sacred harlots. Such holy harlots were often "brides of God" similar to modern nuns, the "brides of Christ." The holy harlots were set apart to give birth to Sons of God. In other words, these women had the job of changing human-animal into human-god. 

It is time for women everywhere to reclaim their Herstory and to take back the original meaning of this word. The change must come from women first in order to affect a change in how the word is used. Just like the word cunt was reclaimed, women have the power, you have the power to reclaim the holy sacredness of your sexuality and your sexual power. By taking back the word Whore, and restoring it to it's original meaning not only will you and I benefit but so will your daughters and all women everywhere.

If you would like to find out more about Herstory of these amazing women please go to my website, The School of Womyn's Mysteries, to find out more about my upcoming programs for 2017.