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Posted in Events, Maureen Simon, TEF Contests, tagged awakening, balance, business, change, confidence, contribution, creativity, destiny, Divine Destiny, empowerment, feminine attributes, feminine perspective, influence, Life Makeover, Maureen Simon, natural gifts, The Essential Feminine on May 2, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol, there is a haunting scene: two children hiding in the cloak of the Spirit of Christmas Present. The spirit says, “Learn this lesson…..This boy is ignorace. This girl is want. Beware them both.”
Hiding in my cloak, I recently discovered: This boy is weak. This girl is incapable.
They arrived after a phone session I won with a consultant who helps women design/redesign their lives and businesses. Do not think these children only just showed up, however. They have been hiding inside of me for a long time, but another layer of their existence was exposed after I felt what I can only describe as- my Core of Strength, which sits right in the center of me- an unshakable stability, as Maureen, the consultant asked me to visualize speaking to people about the message(s) I want to share.
In that moment, I felt strong and absolutely incapable of folding within myself in doubt and fear- completely self-assured and present. Leading. Listening. Sharing. Offering. And then, as my daughter observed as she listened to me speak, my voice changed. In the beginning of the call, my voice was strong and elated. At the end, my voice faded.
I touched my capablity. Reengaged with my vision, and naturally as the inner journey would have it, in order to reach that capability, I must face what is standing in its way.
This boy is weak. This girl is incapable.
Intellectually, I know this is not true. I know it is part of a story I carry with me, a rather influential story, which says: although you do have much to offer you are incapable and far too weak to carry it through. Look at how many times you have disappointed yourself. This story simmers, in what seems to be fact, based on past behaviors and experiences, and although I know my past does not have to determine my future, this story has the capablity to completely shut down someones potential. That someone right now, is me.
But- I am working through the layers of my boy, weak and my girl, incapable. Sometimes I still get up and play with them as if they are old, dear friends. I give them reason to stay. But mostly, as I have been exposed to them in a greater way, I look at the dynamics of our relationship and determine its health, and wonder how the relationship might be transformed.
The other night, I had a dream of a fly. It was buzzing, sitting on the baseboard beneath a window. In its buzzing, I was able to hear words. The fly was telling a story. A story of its childhood and how it felt abandoned. However, even though I was able to understand it, I wanted to kill it because it was annoying me. It flew off the baseboard and began flying around the room. As it flew, it got bigger and its buzzing got louder. I had a swatter and tried to kill it, but I was in conflict. I know why it suffers and yet I still swat. Missing each time, it landed in my hair- now a large sized locust, black as night.
I woke up.
I used to believe it was about fighting and killing parts of myself that I disliked and made me uncomfortable, especially once I find them and see the troubles they cause, but it is not about fighting or killing these parts of ourselves that hold the sad stories. It’s about looking at them curiously and through the eyes of compassion. If I fight and kill the part, which holds the story, I lose opportunity to be compassionate, and a part, which can perhaps assist in new and unexpected ways moving forward.
In my dream I wanted to kill that part of me, that girl with the sad story of abandonement- who does not feel liked or important or capable or strong. The girl who feels weak because of her vulnerabilty and innocence. The girl who couldn’t. The girl who can’t. The girl who doesn’t. But, that girl is kind. Sweet. Pure. And I will not abandon her.
In keeping her story does not mean I now have to live by it. I already have been. But, now that the story has seen the light of day and I was brave enough to look I am no longer controlled by it. I only understand yet another layer of what I carry inside, and that is a victory.
We have millions upon millions of stories alive inside of us- all of them creating a beautiful mosaic of the mystery of who we are and the story of our continuing evolution. All of them, singing and dancing, and yes many creating chaos and havoc, yet awaiting our courage and curiosity to look, and therefore awakening and liberating us closer to that great mystery.
This holiday season, as we go into the darkest night, ask: What am I hiding beneath my cloak? The light of awareness will guide you.
Guest blog post by ~ The Soul Reporter ~ Nikki Di Virgilio
The original article is located at The Soul Reporter ~ Investigating What The Soul Knows.
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Posted in Comments on World News, Growth and Change, Responsibility, Women and empowerment, tagged balance, change, contribution, empowerment, feminine attributes, feminine perspective, The Essential Feminine on November 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Our world seems overwhelmed by chaos. The problems we face are monumental and interconnected to the rest of the world and we don’t seem to be able to hide our heads under the blankets any longer and have them all go away. In fact, the only solutions seem to be ones in which we take collaborative action; actions requiring us to put aside our inner fears, our negative approach and to move into unfamiliar waters.
Collaborative action is based in putting aside personal interests and needs for the benefit of a larger goal. It takes inclusiveness, seeing oneself as part of a larger whole, walking in someone else’s shoes. These qualities are especially strong in women. By their very nature they are peace makers, interested in building strong relationships, looking for common bonds and shared interests. These are just some of the feminine attributes that women possess which we need to rely on to overcome the chaos.
Many women are taking a more powerful stance today. If you haven’t viewed “Women, War and Peace” yet, be sure to see this amazing documentary showing what women in war torn areas of our world have been doing to change not only their lives but all our lives. These women are using their attributes in a positive way. Now is the time for us to realize that these natural attributes, too long overlooked and/or negated, are crucial for positive change today and in the future. We need to encourage ourselves and our young women to value our feminine perspective. It is only through the addition of the feminine perspective that we will achieve balance and peace in our world.
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Posted in Change, Events, success, Women and empowerment, tagged awakening, change, Claim Your Gifts, confidence, contemplation., empowerment, feminine attributes, purpose, vitality on October 19, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
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Posted in Events, Growth and Change, tagged Autumn Renewal, awakening, change, confidence, creativity, empowerment, feminine attributes, inner quiet, Maureen Simon, personal change on October 6, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
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Posted in Awakening The Essential Feminine, Growth and Change, Maureen Simon, Self-discovery, Women Influencing Now, Women's development, Women's Leadership, tagged alive, awake, contributions, empowerment, fair and harmonious, Maureen Simon, Opportunity, Self-discovery, silent feminine, to be more, Value, value ourselves on September 2, 2011 | 3 Comments »
I am very clear that the time for women is now –right now—to wake up—to come fully alive and to look at the world we each live in awake and fully alive. Something is different now. There is a new opening for us to recreate the world as we know it by contributing –in our own special way –with our own special gifts. No –none of us need one more thing “to do”. However , the change that many of us are sensing in the world today is calling women forward “to be” more of who we really are- not “to do” more. How we chose to live –value ourselves and our day to day contributions are all of a sudden more important than ever. In a way we are needed to compensate for lost time –when the silent feminine was undervalued. When we “get” that we are each here to show up- and not hide- our lives will become easier –more aligned. It took me a while to get this and I am still learning –but I am clear that I need to live and participate consciously and fully alive– day by day.
I wrote part of the introduction to my new book- “Awakening The Essential Feminine: Claiming Your Influential Power”- to express how I see this playing out in the bigger picture ( see below).
Where do you fit into all this ?? I believe you do.
Here is part of the introduction to my new book:
“In order for our world to be fair and harmonious, we need to equalize those areas where equalization has not existed in the past. We must strengthen women’s voices and deepen our understanding of our gifts and talents for this equalization to occur. This book offers an opportunity for women to understand and claim some of the innate talents, gifts, and abilities that the feminine holds. I believe that women are predisposed to these feminine gifts by the very nature of our birth, biology, and socialization. We are now poised in a perfect position to bring the pendulum back to center, where the masculine and feminine can live side by side, empowering each other and fully utilizing the gifts of both”.
What do you think?
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Posted in Growth and Change, Maureen Simon, Self-discovery, Uncategorized, Women and transformation, Women Influencing Now, tagged change, empowerment, feminine attributes, inner knowing, inner quiet, Maureen Simon on August 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
We are often overwhelmed by the world around us and wonder how we as individuals could make a difference. Our world isn’t the way we would like it to be; what can we do? I believe that the only true way to change the world around us is to change our inner world as it is reflected in what we attract from the outer world. As women we are fortunate to have powerful natural attributes and talents that can help us source success. We need to become aware of our attributes and give them the value they deserve in our lives so that they grow.
Think about the inner resources that we naturally hold such as a deep understanding of the whole, a natural ability for care and compassion, and a deep innate wisdom to be able to see through the outer surface of things. If we find ways to integrate these into our lives in a way that enhances our personal power and our ability to pull from our own resources and depth our lives would become more successful (from the inside out).
The way that we do this is by creating a deep and meaningful inner life. When we come to realize that quiet contemplation is equal and more important than active doing, success and happiness takes on a new meaning.
How do we create our inner world so that it can be reflected in our outer world? Creating a daily practice is one way to create a strong connection between your outer world (desires and intentions) and your inner world (your contemplation, deep reflection and where you are “informed”). Some create a daily practice through claiming quiet time in the morning to re-group, set intentions and gather themselves together before facing the busy day. This allows for an opportunity to start the day with clarity and intention. It’s also useful to clear time in the evening before closing your eyes from the day’s busyness to set intentions for the next day or even for a good night’s sleep. It’s not so important what the specific practice is as long as it aligns with your values and beliefs and feeds your soul, providing you with a chance for renewal and conscious choice about your life. Life is rich if we embrace it with an open mind and an open heart. It’s our choice as to how we fill our waking hours. Make some choices about how you would like to create your inner and outer life alignment going forward. Join us for more discussion on this exciting topic on August 25th at The Essential Feminine Living Room. We will be joined by Camille Maurine, an internationally renowned creator of the transformational Moving Theater process and author of Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7. Please register for this complimentary webinar at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/987535361
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Posted in Comments on World News, Growth and Change, Maureen Simon, Self-discovery, Women Influencing Now, Women's development, Women's Leadership, tagged change, compassionate, contribution, Creating and Living With Influence, empowerment, feminine attributes, feminine energy, feminine principle, personal change, powerful, Self-discovery, women, women of influence on October 11, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
For over 20 years, I have successfully mentored powerful women leaders from around the globe to create and expand innovative businesses that authentically reflect their core values. I have steadfastly based my work on my strong belief that our emerging world culture needs, and is now demanding, that women step into their rightful power and leadership roles. The imbalance in our world between the masculine and feminine principles is causing the anxiety, unrest and upheaval we see around us. Our world society is based on power and control, the masculine principle and the suppression of the feminine attributes we all possess. Hope for the world lies in bringing forth the feminine principal and creating a balance of the masculine and feminine.
In a recent ezine article, Sanjay Kali points out that “The rise of womanhood is closely attached with awakening the feminine in all of us. The lead in this direction has to come from the womenfolk. Only if you come together as one unified force can we think about the rise of a new era based on the feminine principle of life. You are the natural carrier of the feminine principle. Mother Nature has bestowed women with the feminine energy of love, compassion, nurturing and healing which leads to unification of every aspect of life whether at the individual level or at the larger level of the world.” http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sanjay_Kali
This is the core of my personal self-discovery, research and work with women. I am so excited to be getting information out to women on this subject. I realize that we often live from not knowing our feminine strengths or demeaning them. I look forward to the day that we own our strengths and special gifts so that the world will be different. I’ve been working on a new webinar “Creating and Living with Influence and Success from the Feminine Perspective” to help women discover their strengths. We are collaborative, caring, compassionate, and powerful. We now need to live and lead with these gifts. I am excited about the day that we will see feminine attributes in all forms of leadership and power. Trust me, the world will be a wonderful place. I have decided to give a complimentary webinar as a sneak preview to some of the work that I will be launching next year. Join me October 21 at 12 noon PDT for “Creating and Living with Influence and Success from the Feminine Perspective.” Email me at Maureen@maureensimon.com for log in information.
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