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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:23 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Feminine Rhythm ~~ Rhythm of the Earth
    by Roslyne Sophia Breillat


    The cyclic feminine rhythm is the cyclic rhythm of the Earth. This is the rhythm of the dawning Sun, the rising Moon, the changing seasons, the gentle rain, the fathomless oceans, the budding flowers, all lovingly held within an infinite cycle of birth, death, renewal and regeneration, all embraced by an infinite realm of timelessness, for this rhythm of the feminine knows no time.

    This is the rhythm of conception, of lovemaking, of intimacy, of openheartedness, of power, of wisdom, of depth. And yet every woman in contemporary society lives within a linear world of time, a world of greed, of weapons, of conflict, of pollution, of destruction, of wars.

    Whenever she tries to align with this world of time, she forsakes the innate timelessness of her her gentle feminine rhythm, she separates from the sacredness of her feminine essence, she denies the wisdom of her ancient feminine mystery.

    Dear woman, hold this timeless rhythm of the Earth within your heart right now, feel her beauty, her wildness, her power, know her as your very essence, embrace her with your heart, receive her into the depths of your womb, surrender, yield, embody her divine grace, invite this sacred rhythm of her timelessness into your body, your being, your life, be true to this timeless rhythm, to this timeless mystery, for this is what you so deeply long for, so tenderly yearn for, when you feel such isolation and separation from that which you cannot name, from that which is so very dear to your heart of hearts, from that which is separated from you only by your conditioning, your illusions, your fears, your doubts, by all these things you call yours, that are not really yours at all, but a cleverly cast veil, a shimmering mirage that so desperately wants you to believe it is real, that so enticingly wants you to believe it is you.

    When you listen to your natural rhythms, what do they say? Can you feel your womb deeply opening when you invite their soft, fluid, flowing, softening essence into your heart? Or do you feel contraction, fear, closedness, protection against the flowing intimacy of your timeless rhythm, the wild, wise dance of life that calls you, gain, and yet again, into this timelessness that you so dearly love as your very feminine beingness?

    When you shake the dust, the force, the momentum from this worldly mirage of time, what do you find, what do you see, how do you respond, how do you feel? Who are you, who are you, when you live without time, when you live beyond time?

    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©
    Not to be reproduced without written permission of the author...

    Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires.

    Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these are now available through PayPal... Please email Sophia for details.

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com  

    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman’s transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia’s training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.

    Sophie offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:

    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)

    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, April 12, 2013 6:47 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Womb Wonders and Baby Blessings

    Doting Doula- Supporting Mom and Baby
    by Dr Jill Diana Chasse

    Mothers are having children with less and less support in today’s society. The lack of support during pregnancy and birth often leads to more stress and greater complications.  In recent years, the addition of a doula to a family’s support team has become popular for pregnant, birthing, and postpartum women.  

    You may have heard the term, but what exactly is a doula? A doula is a trained support person who understands the psychology and physiology of birth and is skilled in multiple ways to assist the mother through childbearing and/or the postpartum period. A doula is not a medical or healthcare professional, but is educated in pain reduction techniques, coaching and parenting skills.

    But I’m birthing in a hospital; isn’t a doula only if I have a midwife? Not at all! As a matter of fact, moms that birth in the hospital find doulas even more helpful because communication with the medical staff is sometimes intimidating or difficult.

    It’s also nice to have someone around to explain things the mom may not understand such as medical tests or terminology. Mothers birthing in a birth center or at home can also hire a doula to support them, and help ease communication, instill relaxation, and prepare a welcoming environment. A doula can help support a mother and her partner, can help with siblings, and can even assist mom preparing food or setting up the perfect atmosphere with music or candles.

    The physical and emotional support that a doula can provide has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of complications including cesarean section, anesthesia and vacuum extraction. Additionally, reducing the risk of postpartum depression is of significant importance to the entire family.

    The mental and emotional health of a mother and her child has a direct impact on their physical health as well as the child’s cognitive and psychosocial development.  There is a direct link between mom’s emotional state and her baby’s emotional well-being, development and behavior. This suggests that supportive, loving and helpful interventions by doulas during pregnancy can have a strong and positive impact on the baby’s development.

     As more mothers begin to use doulas, there is a significant impact to infant and maternal complications and mortality including an increase in healthy birth outcomes, reduction in mental health problems, increase in the vaginal birth rate, and an overall improvement in the health and wellbeing of mothers and children.

    Jill Diana Chasse

    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.

    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Jill Diana Chasse

    Study with Jill Diana Chasse Online

    ~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
      ( link to detailed description of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support )

    Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE

    ~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
    ( link to detailed description of BEBE )

    Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of “Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying” your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE

    ~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
      ( link to detailed description of BEBE for Educators )

    Become a “Baby-Empowered Birthing Education” Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to “experience, understand and enjoy” the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE

    This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.

    Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
    By Jill Diana Chasse

    Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.


  • Friday, April 12, 2013 4:21 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    On Gratitude
    by Melissa Potter

    Have I mentioned how much I love the entire concept and feeling of being grateful? It is truly the secret key to joy. I even love the word.  Just saying the word, Gratitude, brings me into my heart where it's energy of thankfulness fills my entire body. Gratitude is the most remarkable feeling to me.  The Grateful Heart is the heart that shines and glows; it is the heart that beats in peace.  

    When I'm grateful for everything I have been given, grateful for the simple gifts of life, it does not mean that I can't also want something else; it just means that what I want is what is more authentic to who I am.  Gratitude is like a washing away of the hunger. It leaves me full of light and love and satisfaction.  From this place of love and fullness, I feel Holy.  I really do.

    This is what I have discovered: Standing beside peacefulness and happiness, there are other important things that happen when I focus on my blessings. When I am feeling grateful for what I have, all the rest of the busy-ness and craziness of life and the media and the world falls away.  

    When Gratitude Happiness dances in my heart, all of a sudden I can tune into what I truly want and need. All the "shoulds" go away.  (You should be doing this.  You should be working on that...Why don't you have this yet? Why haven't you accomplished that yet? You should have done such and such by this age) All these wicked, internal pressures go away.  

    I begin to see and feel my purpose for being alive! I see how one road led to the next. I see the synchronicities.  I see the golden thread of a vocation, a calling, woven through my entire life and how each and every step, turn, twist, fall and rise of my path has brought me here to this exact spot. I can see it and follow it to fulfillment when I am at peace with my life, my past and all that the past has taught me. And when I am grateful, I can feel who I am inside.  

    When I feel who I am, I am in touch with my Calling.  And I remember, Yes! Oh yes, I now remember the things that make me so happy I could scream, jump on the table, fall down and die right now because I am so happy and I have lived fully doing this thing I love more than anything in the world!

    I remember those things and then I can get back on track doing what I most love to do.  Your calling does not feel like work. It feels like, This is exactly why I was born, inside you. It feels like, God, inside you.  It feels like, I AM HOME.  

    Melissa Potter lives in New Hampshire with her 16-year old son, her greatest joy and their cat, Jack. She loves the earth and all its elements; loves to camp, kayak, swim, visit the mountains and to gather with friends and family for good food and conversation. She also loves exploring-adventures, music, libraries, bookstores and the theater.

    Connecting to nature has been a joyful and deepening source of strength, beauty and sustenance for Melissa. This honoring of Mother Earth and her devotion to holistic healing led her to the joyous and rewarding journey of studying and using herbal medicine and aromatherapy as well. Life is a magical, beautiful and aromatic adventure when surrounded by pure essential oils and colorful, healing plants!

    Her passions are writing for the joy of writing, inspiring others and doing service work. Creating venues to share her experience, strength and hope is extremely rewarding to her. She loves exploring the Divine Feminine through myths, archetypes and ritual and is deeply in love with creating altars and sacred space for healing and celebration.

    Her latest passions are astrology, working toward her degree in Counseling Psychology and the opportunity to serve as a mentor at Wise Woman University!

    Melissa graduated from the NH Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 1993 where she studied various forms of alternative healing. She offers craniosacral therapy, somato-emotional release work, ceremony, Astrological and Spiritual Counseling in her private practice at MotherRoots Healing Arts.

    Although Melissa has studied with many wonderful and wise teachers throughout the last twenty six years, many of her most profound teachings have come from the everyday women and men who have inspired her with their own life stories. For this she is eternally grateful. And to all of the women who’s tables she has sat around sharing cups of tea, potluck meals, stories and laughter ~ she is also grateful ~ for these are the intuitive, soulful Wise Woman ways that infuse us with the very deepest teachings about ourselves, each other and the world around us on our journey through life.

    New interview with Melissa!

    Melissa describes the archetypal qualities of the goddess Artemis. She explains why Artemis is a symbol of empowerment for her personally and what it means to be an empowered woman.


    ~ Reclaiming Artemis: Calling Passion, Power and Wildness
    Back Into Your Life!~

    ( link to detailed description of Reclaiming Artemis )

    (Testimonials from Students - Click Here)

    By connecting with our Inner Warrior and the Goddess Artemis, in this four week online course, we will learn to empower ourselves, set strong boundaries and live an intuitive, authentic life filled with passion, power and wildness.  We do this through spending time in nature, listening to the call of the wild within, and following the passions of our heart.

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2013 1:29 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Five-Minute Muse Monthly Column


    by Sara Deutsch, M.S., Wise Woman Mentor
    Facilitator of CREATIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHY-Telling Your Story
    © 2013


    Art Portfolio: http://www.artwanted.com/Saraphael
    Art Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/VisionsofSaramuse   
    Memory Art: http://www.tellingyourstory.weebly.com/
    Art of Collaboration: http://collaboralchemy.weebly.com/


    To help you visualize or imagine the environment most nurturing for your creative awakening, take a  few moments to read the directions below.  Then, set a timer for 5 minutes  and  describe your fantasy.  Include as many details as possible in writing, and perhaps  a quick drawing.

      Your Fantasy Studio

    Imagine creating  your own play studio or  creative sanctuary.  You have  abundant resources and can have anything you wish.  Where do you want it to  be?  Mountains,  beach,  desert,  the bottom of the ocean? Another planet?   Design your studio or retreat space.

    Decorate and furnish your retreat with the  materials, colors, and  textures  you find most pleasing.  Listen to the sounds  or  silence of your environment.   Notice the smells. What are your feelings  as you  enter your space? Peace? Anticipation?  Expectation?  Fear?  Now, supply your  studio with the materials and tools  you want to use.

    You can have inks, paints, musical instruments,  clay,  computers, food, fabrics, or anything else you choose. See yourself entering your creative space in a spirit of adventure,  play, openness, and self-acceptance.

    Imagine yourself  experimenting,  expressing yourself,  following  your creative  impulses with  complete freedom from judgment; or, if fears or blocks come up--accepting and  expressing them.  See yourself at home in the sanctuary  you created where  there are no mistakes and it’s  safe to play  and explore the unknown.

    Bring the Fantasy Down to Earth

    Define the  essential,  important and frivolous elements of your fantasy. For  example, peace and quiet may be  essential;  a pink velvet couch in the form of  a cupped hand is probably not.

    How does your fantasy space  compare with the   creative space you have available to you in your current environment?  How can  you make your real life conditions more like your  fantasy space?   How many essential elements of your fantasy situation can you bring into your real-life  situation? Act on the  intuitions and insights revealed by your fantasy.

    You might, for  example, discover that you can make a corner of your bedroom into a play space. Or, you  may find that turning off phones and playing a  tape of ocean  waves  helps recreate the mood of  your fantasy studio.  

    Preparing a nurturing  inner space begins with  a firm commitment to devote five minutes  each day to  some form of creative meditation,  whether you are happy or miserable, sick or well,  motivated or not.   It also involves a commitment to let  go of distractions and  expectations, and to  acknowledge and accept  all aspects of who you are.

    Commit to Play!

    Think of your creativity as water in a  rusty pump.  At first, there is resistance--the handle sticks and the water that comes out may be sparse and orange with rust.   But as frequent use loosens the rust, pumping becomes smoother and easier, and soon the water flows clear and abundantly.

    You can release  your fountain of creativity by accepting everything that comes from you in the spirit of  interested detachment. No matter what happens, don’t stop!  Draw, paint, sing, sound through your feelings.


    Five-Minute Magic

    During a “freeflow writing” session, in a class called “Your Mind is Better than you Think!”, we  wrote as fast as we could for five  minutes,  no matter what, without stopping.  As the bell  rang, signaling the end of the five minute session,  a 55-year-old  retired  engineer stood up, “Where did this come from?” he demanded.

    He read his three-page poem  about the universe,  the evolution of life and the awakening of the creative spirit.   He had never written a  poem before or thought much about such things. He had never written so fast and unfalteringly. How had he not known he was capable of such miracles?? Why had  he spent his whole life locked away  in only  one room of the  infinite mansion of  his mind?

    You can do things in five minutes of concentrated and relaxed attention that you couldn’t do in hours!  You will surprise yourself by your  spontaneous  poems, paintings, drawings, plans or songs, completed just as the timer rings!   The speed generated when you “keep going, as fast as you can  without stopping, no matter what,”  breaks down  the habitual  inhibition of your inner “critic”, releasing your infinite creativity. Be surprised!

    Have fun!
    Sara Deutsch

    Sara Deutsch, M.S.,(PhD abd) is a college teacher, Creative Arts Therapist and multimedia artist who explores creativity as a healing force.

    Sara’s journey led her into many worlds. She trekked alone in the Himalayas, and lived in virgin jungles of Hawaiian Islands, eating only fruit and wild vegetables.

    She draws from doctoral study in Psychobiology and East/West Psychology, years in a contemplative order, 26 years of private practice and teaching, and multimedia explorations. She started telling writing her autobiography to connect and integrate her many life experiences.

    Sara is a visionary artist with thousands of original paintings. Her art portfolio includes Life Portraits, Memory Art, and interactive mandalas done for herself and her clients.

    She also creates Life Movies incorporating the subject’s photographic stills, voice overs, and favorite artwork and symbols.Her Ebook, CREATIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Telling Your Story summarizes 26 years of teaching with visual and written examples of whole brain writing processes, inspirations and an extensive book list.

    Study with Sara Online
        ~Creative Autobiography: Telling Your Story~
        ( link to detailed description of Sara Deutsch's online course )

    Autobiography is a gift of memory we give ourselves, and a priceless heirloom that can be passed down to family members.

    Come on a guided journey into your past to recover the buried treasures of your memories and the tastes, sounds, feelings, images, and wisdom of your life.

        See Some Examples Here

  • Monday, April 08, 2013 12:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Touching the Sacred

    Spider Medicine:  Weaving the Web of Your Life
    by JoAnne Dodgson

    I’m delighted and honored to share with you the gifts and teachings from the Plant, Animal and Spirit Nations in my medicine bundle for Throwing the Bones Ceremony.  Bone Throwing is an ancient Peruvian healing art, a Calling of the Spirits Ceremony, which offers extraordinary guidance from the vast perspectives and doctoring shared by the Spirits in the bone bundle.

    My apprenticeship as a Bone Thrower in the ways of Ka Ta See began in 2006.  For several years, I have been engaged in extensive studies and intentional cultivation of personal relationships with the Spirit Nations who have come to be part of the bone bundle.  In 2012, I received permission to give Throwing of the Bones Ceremony with individuals and groups.  My teacher, Kay Cordell Whitaker, apprenticed with Chea Hetaka, a Peruvian elder in the Ka Ta See lineage.  The art of Bone Throwing is a traditional medicine way passed on among the women in Chea’s tribal culture in the Eastern Andes.  www.pathwaysforhealing.net


    She arrived about a month ago, making herself at home before I even knew she was here.  This rusty brown spider and her grand spiral web settled in just beyond my bedroom window.  

    I love watching the spider weave.  Long grounding cords are stretched high above to the roof and all the way far below to the tips of purple wildflowers.  Then she circles and circles and circles around weaving an elaborate spiral design with sticky translucent threads.  The sacred geometry of the web and the delicate sturdy fibers are naturally birthed from inside the spider.  The web is woven with the very fabric of her being according to the blueprint she carries within.

    Whenever the web needs mending or changing, the spider simply reweaves with steady focus.  This is not a rigid cookie-cutter fear-filled approach that demands things stay exactly the same, day after day, web after web.  Rather the spider builds with flexibility and flow.  She knows the purpose of her weaving and what she’s aiming to create while aware of and responsive to others around her and the changing world in which she lives.  She embraces all of this all at once with natural ease.

    One morning I rested on the hammock while watching her, admiring her creativity, sensing her attentiveness as she grounded herself in the very center of the spiral.  And similar to the ways the spider first showed up, something new in my surroundings quietly crept into my awareness. 

    Sunshine flickered on a glowing thread I hadn’t seen before.  This thread reached horizontally through the air from the spider’s web to the braided cotton ropes of my hammock.  Spider had intentionally woven a connection between us.  We were purposefully joined, web to web.

    So there we were – me in my hammocky web, she in her fibery web – swaying back and forth with the breeze.  Distinct and unique yet our lives interwoven and undeniably connected.  Eight-legged to Two-legged.  Aliveness to Aliveness.  Friend to Friend.

    The sunlight suddenly brightened as the clouds passed by.  Touched by the sun, the web lit up like a shimmering rainbow.  The spider was sitting in the middle of a dynamic light show, riding the waves of the winds dancing through the glowing fibers, the glistening oranges and purples and greens and blues beyond imagination and words.  This radiant I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-seeing world existed there right before my eyes.

    This is the truth of the web of life, Spider said.  

    Colorful.  Creative.  Openly loving.   

    Intricately connected.  Magical.  So alive.  

    I watched her watching me from the center of her creation, the vibrant fibers of connection reaching out in all directions, beautiful beyond words.

    How are you weaving the web of your life?  Spider asked.

    Her question resonated along the fibers woven between us.

    How are you weaving the web of your life?

    JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, author and teacher of Ka Ta See, a unique Peruvian tradition from the Eastern Andes.

    JoAnne has adoctorate in counseling psychology and has pursued an extensive twelve-year shamanic apprenticeship to live and learn the Ka Ta See tradition and share the ancient teachings and ceremonial ways.

    For more information, please visit: www.pathwaysforhealing.net

    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Joanne Dodgson
    ~~ Listen Here ~~

    Study with Joanne Dodgson Online

    'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams.

    ~ Shaman's Circle ~ Earth Spirits and Guides
    ( description of online course with mentor JoAnne Dodgson )

    'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life.  Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony.  Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.


    by JoAnne Dodgson

    In the ancient art of storytelling, UnLeashing Love is filled with personal reflections and myth-like teachings to invite awakenings, passionate searchings, and rich discoveries. The medicine stories in UnLeashing Love carry many layers of meaning which open new awareness, nourish healing, and awaken deeply felt connections with the extraordinary web of life.

    UnLeashing Love is a beautiful book you'll want share with friends, read aloud to loved ones, and revisit over and over again.

    "absolutely exquisite" * "insightful & thought-provoking"
    "incredibly uplifting" * "touched my heart in so many many ways"

  • Friday, April 05, 2013 5:02 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
  • Tuesday, April 02, 2013 6:15 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    A microbiome, a world teeming with single-celled organisms, a.k.a. bacteria.

    Consider yourself endowed with a newly-named organ. You’ve got heart, lungs, kidneys. Now add “microbiome” to the inventory.

    The population of microbes in your gut is big. The 100 trillion bacteria in your gut represent ten times the number of cells in your body that pack your personal brand of DNA. Of all the cells you tote around, only 10% are genetically you. The rest are bacteria, as many as 1,000 different species flaunting 3.3 million unique genes. That’s 150 times the number of genes coded into your 46 chromosomes. That’s a lot of adjunct bio-programming power.

    Although the number of microbes is huge, as individuals they're tiny. Consequently, your gut microbiome comes in at 1 to 3 percent of your body's mass. A 125-pound adult, for example, is toting between 1.25 and 3.75 pounds of bacteria.

    Do not consider eliminating these bacteria for an easy four-pound weight loss. You need them. They're essential to your physical health and mental sanity.

    The roster of bacteria in your gut undefined which kinds are present in what proportions undefined depends on factors such as what you eat, which drugs you’ve taken, and how well your immune system is functioning. Depending on the diversity of and balance among your gut-based bacteria, the microbes are busy promoting digestion, making nutrients, secreting enzymes, eliminating infections, influencing mood and behavior.

    Mood and behavior? In the summer 2007 issue of the Belly Bulletin, I featured an excerpt from Gut & Psychology Syndrome, the book in which British neurologist and nutritionist Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride reveals the gut microbiome’s influence on the body-mind, especially in relation to childhood autism. She suggests ways to reestablish a healthy population of gut bacteria, largely through a set of food choices that regulate carbohydrates.

    A few months after posting the excerpt, I received this news from a reader:
    I bought Gut & Psychology Syndrome for a friend whose four-year-old had been diagnosed with autism. He wasn't speaking.

    Then, after being on the diet the book recommends for less than a month, he started speaking in complete sentences and making marked improvements in other areas.

    Autism is only one of several body-mind disorders that scientists are considering in relation to what’s going on in the gut. The status of your belly-based bacteria may, for example, play a key role in obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and metabolic syndrome undefined the collection of risk factors, including insulin resistance, that increase the likelihood of coronary artery disease, stroke, and diabetes.

    Future columns will elaborate on your belly's microbiome in relation to your physical and emotional health as well as the possibility of its link to -- guess what? -- an ancient image of the Sacred Feminine.

    © 2013 Self-Health Education, Inc.


    My workshops flow from my quest for the Sacred Feminine blended with my experience practicing and teaching yoga.

    I've been a Kripalu Yoga instructor since 1979. I've also trained as a yoga and bodywork therapist.

    From 1981 to 1988, I served on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. During this time, I led yoga classes for thousands of guests, conducted a practice in bodywork therapy, designed workshops on many aspects of holistic health, and trained yoga teachers and bodyworkers.

    In the course of my continuing yoga studies, I learned how cultures around the world have valued the body's center as sacred. Delving deeper into this subject revealed connections between the body's center and qualities of the soul, the extent of women's power in family and society, and the degree of a culture's reverence for Sacred Feminine.

    Listen to an interview with Lisa Sarasohn

    Study with Lisa Online!

    ~ From Belly Distress to Belly Health~
    ( Learn More Here )

        Drawing on ancient wisdom and contemporary practice, we'll attend to our bellies' well-being. We'll engage in experiential learning, energizing the body-mind transformation that supports healing.

        ~ Initiation 2012: Awakening Your Sacred Center, Part One ~
        ( Learn More Here )

        This online course is the first part of an ongoing process through which you embody the Sacred Feminine by energizing your body's center with breath, image, story, and movement.


        (New World Library, 2006) presents what I've learned about the body's center through teaching and research over a period of nearly twenty years.
        My articles on honoring the body's center have appeared in publications including Yoga Journal, SageWoman, Radiance, and Personal Transformation. My workshops have been sponsored by colleges and universities, health education agencies, and holistic learning centers.

        My intention is to provide you an opportunity to delight in the vitality and pleasure, the creativity and confidence, the intuition and sense of purpose that already dwell within and emerge from your body's center. My greatest joy is to offer you ways to discover the Sacred Feminine as she already abides within you.
      ~~ Order Here ~~

  • Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:55 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Laura Cerwinske


    The Cup of Guidance or Honor the Bleeding Woman
    gouache, adhesive glitter, photograph printed on paper


    We dream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, criticize, construct gossip, learn, hate and love by narration. The Story, Our Story, is what's left. The Story is the destination. The Story is everything in between.

    Humans, as conscious beings, are meant to live conscious lives, aware of our every feeling and response-whether painful or pleasurable, conventional or unconventional, pious or irreverent, constructive or destructive-uninhibited by the proscriptions of culture, religion, personal beliefs, or family values. We feel what we feel. Period. And that is neither good nor bad. How we respond to our feelings is another matter.

    To retain or regain awareness of feeling is to develop power. To deny or bury feeling is to diminish power and choice: the choice of whether to act on a feeling or not, and if so, how.

    The freedom to be conscious of our negative emotions without acting on them leads to a full emotional life, a fully present life, a healed and healthy life. We cannot be scared, angry, bored, or sad when we are living totally in the present. We are healed when we no longer hate or distrust what we feel.

    Such processes as Radical Writing intensify our abilities to sense how and where our subconscious minds affect our physical bodies. This spontaneous approach to writing opens doors to expression and identifies energetic leaks in the spirit and psyche, allowing us to heal internally and externally.

    Whereas psychology tends to focus on the questions of "why" and "how," RADICAL WRITING applies the questions of classic storytelling: What happened? Where and when did it happen? Under what circumstances did it happen? It also asks: Where in my body do I harbor the memory? What is my pattern of response? What do I want the picture of my life to look like? What stands in the way of materializing it? Am I willing and ready for that manifestation? Am I willing to take total responsibility for my own power?

    Personal power requires far more responsibility than is required to live in unquestioned accordance with cultural, religious, and family training. Therefore, it is one thing to say we desire more power in our lives and quite another to accept the changes that power will inevitably cause.

    Only we ourselves can determine the weight of history or the measure of responsibility we are willing to bear. At certain times, we simply may not have the strength to endure the pain of a particular recollection or discovery. Honoring our limits is one way of accepting responsibility for our power.

    Resistance to acknowledging our own negativity and emotions often comes from our fear of their power. The more intensely we've kept negative thoughts and feelings under control, the more we are likely to fear that their exposure might obliterate our self-control, precipitating unstoppable rage, depression, or mania.

    We might well fear that our anguish will be unending or our pain will cause suffering to others. We might discover our inner resources to be inadequate-a terrible blow to the ego.

    In truth, suppression of negative feelings provides only the illusion of control. When we freely express our thoughts, we relinquish illusion and release our anguish. When we acknowledge our passions and fears, we liberate ourselves from the physical, emotional, and spiritual tyranny of unhealed wounds.


    Laura Cerwinske, writer, artist, and publisher, is the founder of Blue Hair Lady Publishing (www.bluehairlady.com) which produces books and art that reveal the joyful intensity of Creativity.

    Her publications are excursions through the secrets of transformation, weaving memoir and mythology, metaphysics and art, quantum thought and healing.

    She also teaches two online courses in self-exploration: Radical Writing, 15-minutes-a-day to Creative Liberation (www.radicalwriting.com) and Recomposing the Mother/Daughter Bond or How I Survived My Mother and Lived to Teach the Tale and Love Her. Laura is the author of more than 25 books.


    Laura Cerwinske is an artist, writer, publisher, and creator of Radical Writing. Her work is based on principles of the Wise Woman tradition, which she studied with Susun Weed in 1980. She has been a student of spiritual practice for more than thirty-five years and is the author of more than 20 books on art and creativity.

    Her publishing enterprise, Blue Hair Lady Publishing, produces books and art that reveal the joyful intensity of Creative power. Her online course, Radical Writing, combines the awareness training of A Course in Miracles with a shamanic approach to writing, art, and incantation. Laura’s extensive body of art includes paintings and sculpture that likewise express her belief in beauty as a transformative power.

    Laura is an ayabo of Lukumi, a Yoruba form of nature worship, and a daughter of Ochun. She has been a follower of Prem Rawat (also known as Guru Maharaji) for nearly four decades.


    ~Recomposing the Mother-Daughter Bond~
    (More information at our Bookshop Here)

    Whether you are the mother or the daughter, your bond with one another is typically complex. This course is for those who desire to recompose the emotional/metaphysical field that defines that bond. Even if your mother/daughter is not physically a part of your life or has passed away, your bond remains energetically/psychologically at play.


  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:40 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Her mind will want structures, answers, routines, rationalities and explanations, and her mind will want ideas and ideals that define and delineate and control, but the realm of the sacred feminine does not speak the language of rationalities, for the realm of the sacred feminine is the wild yet intimately tender language of the heart.

    Her mind will want to strengthen and tighten and continue her identification with masculine ways of projecting and doing and acting and being, and yet, if she is willing, and sometimes even when she is not willing, her womb and her heart will softly, sweetly wildly, wisely call her home, through her longing, through her yearning, into an inner place, an inner space of rest and stillness and peace, where she wholeheartedly welcomes her true nature of the sacred feminine.

    Be with your beloved Mother Earth as much as possible, listen to her wise heart whisperings, align with her deep womb wisdom, walk and sit and lie upon her sacred  rocks, dance wildly upon her sacred ground, listen to the echoes of her ancient mysteries, allow her to show you, to reach you, to teach you, without teaching you anything at all, but by simply calling you into the wise a ancient truth of your femaleness, by revealing to you the true and courageous strength of your female power, by softly and deeply and gently bringing you closer and closer and nearer and dearer than your own heartbeat, closer and closer  and nearer and dearer than you own wombheart, into the exquisitely indescribable mystery of the sacred feminine.

    Dear  beloved woman, daughter of the Moon, are you ready, right now, to embrace and reveal and become the beauty, the wonder, the mystery of the sacred feminine, this infinite and fathomless and ancient mystery you have suppressed, forgotten, dishonoured and betrayed now for too many Moons, too many Aeons? Open just a tiny crack and you will see and feel her sacred light shining in the darkness, feel her, nurture her, welcome her, embrace her, for she is thee and thou art she...

    Open wide, fully and deeply, surrender, breathe her into your depths, inhale her, exhale her, be her, and you will inhale the fragrant nectar of this sacred mystery you have forgotten, yet remember so powerfully, so beautifully, so tenderly, so deeply in your loins, in your womb, in your yoni, in your breasts, in your heart. She is calling you. Can you hear her? Are you ready, this moment, right now?   

    Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires.

    Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these are now available through PayPal... Please email Sophia for details.

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com  

    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman’s transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia’s training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.

    Sophie offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:

    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)

    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, March 22, 2013 4:43 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Bebe Baby!
    Part 1
    by Nora Beeman

    I want to share an experience I had when my five year old cockatiel decided it was time to lay eggs. We are an unexpected family of five. Having babies was not really intentional but it happened much to my surprise.

    Late November BeBe, one of the babies started acting strangely. I kept notes and have pasted them below. It was quite an experience. Herbs/Reiki and blind faith to the rescue!

    November 27 Friday BeBe has been trashing the papers on the floor of her cage lately….cooing to Nikki (her brother) a lot. She’s five years old and has never even thought about laying an egg until now. Josie (her mother) did these same things before she started laying eggs…oh, Goddess!. But BeBe was born with a calcium deficiency and I am a little concerned. BeBe is a voracious eater though and probably gets enough of what she needs nutritionally. She is for all intent and purposes an eating machine.10:00 p.m. BeBe lays a small egg on the floor of her cage and pays no attention to it! I find it by accident. It is very small not the typical size egg of a cockatiel. Holy crow.

    November 28, 2009 Sat.
    Bebe looks sort of poopy and I guess if she is to lay another egg it will be Sunday.

    November 29, 2009 Sun. BeBe lays second egg in evening and it is so tiny! Does she have narrow tubing? I hope there are no more eggs. Unfortunately I have missed her laying these eggs. She looks tired now.

    November 30, 2009 Mon. BeBe poopy and did not eat a lot today. I guess she is going to lay another egg. Sigh.

    December 1, 2009 Tues. When BeBe and Josie are out and I notice BeBe flies up to south window rod and she keeps shifting her wings, over and over, and over. I assume that maybe she has hit one somehow and it’s sore. She is doing everything else just fine but has some quick breathing. Later that night I see that BeBe’s breathing is still quick and I am getting concerned.

    I put eucalyptus essential oil on a tissue and put it on top of her cage under the shirt I use to cover her with at night. Just in case she is coming down with something. Maybe she will have laid that egg by morning and stop breathing this way. She did with the last two eggs.

    December 2, 2009 Wed. I inspect Bebe and she still has quick breathing and looks downtrodden. I lift her out of the cage and immediately know we are in trouble. She feels way too light- like her life force is leaving her. I notice she has not eaten and feels weak. I call Michael at work and tell him we are in trouble and Bebe has to go into the hospital NOW. He makes arrangements to leave work and I make the appointment for 1:00….can not get in sooner.

    She is losing ground quickly and I wonder if she will even make it to the vet’s. It is raining cats and dogs out. We get to the hospital and she is seen quickly. The tech wants to do the usual check but I ask if we can skip it and just get to some immediate care. He says he needs to see if she is stable and I tell him she is not. He leaves to get the vet. She looks at BeBe and suggests putting her on oxygen. BeBe goes into the back room to be put on oxygen.

    Doc talks to me and says she really doubts that anything she can do for BeBe will help her as she is too far gone. She is egg bound. She can feel the small egg and it is in the right position but stuck.

    I should make her as comfy as I can. I could also consider euthanasia. I can not do that yet. Without saying there is no hope she is saying there is no hope. I ask that things be done anyway. I want her hydrated, and fed vitamins. Doc recommends calcium and vitamin D along with fluids. Then she wants me to hand feed her with a syringe/pipette 3cc every 8 hours of food formula, 0.1 cc of calcium every 24 hours, and 0.10cc of antibiotic every 24 hours for 14 days. (Not likely). I take home the medicine anyway.

    We go back to look at BeBe and talk more. BeBe is in a tank with oxygen looking dead. When it comes time to give her the shot I leave. Ever since the time Josie got those two antibiotic shots in her breast and screamed I can not be present. I can still hear her scream. I almost lost her then too but not from being egg bound! We never did figure that one out (different vet).

    Doc tells me to leave BeBe in a dark place that is quiet when I get home. I tell her BeBe has never been in the dark so she says o.k. to leave her in an environment that is quiet, warm and dim. When I hand feed her just do it and then let her be. No cuddling or extra holding as it will stress her more. It all sounds simple enough.

    We get home and I put a wooden tray table in my bath room as it is small and very warm in there. I put the heating pad under the small cage I brought her to the vet in. I dim the lights. Blast the shower to increase the humidity. I know birds that lay eggs need humidity. BeBe is totally out of it. I keep the blue shirt she is used to over her cage and just leave a peek hole so I can see in without disturbing her.

    I position her in a washcloth so that her wings are tucked, feet are under her and chin is on rim of the cloth. She can not stand, can not hold up her head, has no foot control, has breathing so shallow you have to strain to see it, her eyes are closed, and she looks dead. I leave and try to concentrate on other things but I can not.

    I go into check on her. I see that BeBe has flailed and realize she may be better off in her own larger cage. It may help protect her some. I get her cage, take everything out and make it suitable for her and her flailing. I guess the flailing in continual periodic pain. It’s awful to see. As if she is possessed by some demon.

    I am back again in 20 minutes max. She has moved, flopped into another position and looks miserable. She is dying. How long will this take? My heart is aching. I am worried about her wings getting hurt or even broken. I rearrange her again. I come back every 20 minutes and find the same thing over and over, and over and do the same thing over and over. I keep turning on the shower when the humidity seems too low. I also have a thermometer in the bath room and it is reading between 83-85*. That is good. Her little body never feels warm enough though. I also clean her little vent with Calendula oil and a Q-Tip. I do this often. I am on a constant vigil.

    I don’t care what the vet said, the bird is dying. I don’t want her to be alone like Lilly was when she died (and there was nothing wrong with her claimed the vet…a different vet). I think you have to make judgments according to personality types. Surely if I was this attentive and touchy feely with Nikki or Roo I would stress them to the max but not so with Josie, BeBe and probably Spike. I think it depends on the trust level the bird has with you.

    I do my own thing with her. I see that she is comfy…as best I can. She is somewhere else –she is gone. I am watching as she dies a thousand times. It is gut wrenching. I decide to offer some water to her and use the pipette. She freaks out like I have stuck fire in her beak. Flailing about like she is on fire. It is frightening. Has her throat closed? I later try to feed her formula, just a spec and she does the same and starts uncontrollably shaking…is she is shock!? I’m in shock. This poor soul.

    I am mad at everything but begging. I can not stand to see BeBe suffer so. Now she has graduated to flailing about and then stopping for about five minutes with her wings stretched out, her down to the floor, and her tail pushed up against the side of the cage. She is pushing, pushing, pushing with everything she has then she slumps and is motionless….wings stretched out, head down hardly breathing. Was that the end?.....

    Look for Part Two next month!

    Nora Beeman

    The idea of becoming a Reiki practitioner evolved from a book I got in 1991. It is called “Reiki Universal Life Energy” written by Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon.

    I felt so at home with what I was reading. I wanted desperately to learn but when I researched fees it was outrageously expensive and I could not afford it.

    Then in time things started to move along and Reiki became more main stream and finally affordable. In 1998 I found a woman locally that I could learn from. I was joyous! Things evolved from there.

    I first obtained my Reiki Level 1 from Deborah Anderson August 1, 1998 and my Reiki Second Level with Lorrie Salluzzi October 31, 1998.

    I also did a wonderful online brush up Reiki Levels 1, 2 with Darla Meng in May- October of 2002. I became a Reiki Master Practitioner November 17, 2002 with Carol Denicker in Northport, N.Y.

    Giving and receiving Reiki is always an experience. I enjoy providing this service and also offer long distance healing for those who would like it. I will gladly put your name on my healing list along with the address the energy is to be sent to.





    This four week online class will cover the main concepts and information for Reiki Level 1 (The History of Reiki, The Reiki Principles, charts and diagrams, Questions and Answers) that will allow you to start healing yourself with Reiki awareness.

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