Archive for the ‘Awakening The Essential Feminine’ Category

“If you try to view yourself through the lenses that others offer you, all you will see are distortions; your own light and beauty will become blurred, awkward, and ugly.  Your sense of inner beauty has to remain a very private thing.”

John O’Donohue “Anam Cara”

Maureen Simon

 We all hold a unique and distinct inner beauty that others do not always understand.  Be sure to view yourself through your own lens as you receive signs and messages and important information from your inner life.  Never be too proud to reject feedback but do so selectively.

Maureen Simon

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Give yourself permission to create something new in your life today.

Stop glorifying being busy long enough to slow down, feel your body, and live a much healthier, creative and inspired life.  When you are not overbooked and pushing to prove yourself, you allow yourself to live in the moment and life becomes invigorating and exciting.  For years our cultures have encouraged us to rush and to push to produce.


Recently I’ve taken more than my usual time for reflection and contemplation as I was starting to notice that I falling into the glorification of busy syndrome.


Over the past couple of months I have totally reevaluated my next steps and created a far more relaxed set of intentions for the year.  I’ve begun to turn more inward towards my intuition for answers and next steps.  I’m making more time for reflections, nature and to notice my natural rhythm.

I wondered:

  • Where are you spinning out in business or life?
  • What needs to happen for you to take more time for you, nature and inner listening?


I’m hosting a mini retreat to address these issues and would love for you to join me in April. 

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The only way to powerfully achieve what you set out to do is to create a clear vision for business and life.  This vision will serve as a guide for you to grow into what’s next.  Your vision also helps you communicate to others what you intend to create.  The art of creating has a clear metaphysical rule which is “if you can believe it you can achieve it”.

conceived in vision. the essential feminine woman

For many women, their business is a reflection of some aspect of their talents, gifts and values.  In this case it easy for them to communicate about their business because their heart is in it.  I truly believe that we need to create our life so that we live with our gifts and values at the forefront with a clear vision for both how we want to live our live and create our businesses.

I’ve created a few questions for you to answer below that I believe will help you connect more deeply with what you offer in business or your work life and will most likely connect you more strongly with what you offer in the world.

  1. What is the greatest value your business provides others?
  2. What is the greatest joy your business provides you?
  3. What is the greatest wish you have for your business?
  4. What is the vision you hold for your business going forward in the next year?

I strongly believe that we need to re-enliven our connection to our business on a regular basis.

Did you get any new insights or revelations from answering these questions?  Please let me know.




Take good care and remember to take time for you.


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Is Your Life Full Of Simplicity, Order, Harmony, Beauty And Joy? 

Wonder what would be different if they were?

“Simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy – all the other principles that can transform your life will not blossom and flourish without gratitude.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Simple Abundance

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Photo By: Olga Lyubkin


I suggest that we all make sure we build gratitude into each day. Consider making it a daily practice. Let’s start together today. I agree full heartedly with Sarah.

The qualities that she mentions in the quote above are at the top of my mind these days. Simplicity has become a good friend as I have noticed I have a tendency to over complicate things. Order – gives me freedom from chaos and more clarity.

Beauty and joy are at the center of my every day. I am realizing how important it is to consistently notice how ever present beauty is in our day.  Joy is a choice –again, available to us every day if we take the time to clear disharmony and to invite joy in.

Harmony is the quality that brings peace and has a pleasing effect in our lives.

It is a quality that I have been paying a lot of attention to these days.  I have been noticing that both me and the good earth are crying for greater harmony. Mother earth has been thrown off balance. In many ways we live off her yet separate from her.  When she is off balance we are all off balance.


In the stream of consciousness that I am sharing with you here– I feel a distinct desire to return to gratitude. Gratitude is where we become conscious of these gifts and is a resting place for us to pay reverence and to root them more deeply in our life. Always remember- each day – to find time to rest – in gratitude. The rewards are huge.


Maureen Simon

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Three Essential Qualities needed when manifesting include: endurance, commitment, and diligence. Are they present daily in your life?

“The ability to endure is probably the most important ingredient in realizing personal success, in business as well as in other areas of our lives.  All too often, we resolve to exercise regularly, lose weight, spend more time with our family and eat more nutritiously.  But all too often that commitment is forgotten, because over the long haul we fail to demonstrate the endurance needed to reach our goal…”

John Marks Templeton, “Discovering the Laws of Life”

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What we do must be important to us. We must have personal buy in or the things we say we want to accomplish –simply will not be accomplished.  Once we know what we honestly value- the act of achieving it becomes truly possible. It is with ourselves that we must be honest. We are now well into the New Year –time to get real!  Notice what you have committed to in your life- are you living it? If not start today!


What we truly value and what we are committed to naturally shows up in our life- often without struggle- and with ease. The old saying holds true in this case- “where we place our attention/intention – energy follows”.  Also remember endurance, diligence and having a focused commitment are all key to successful manifesting


So let’s get started. Answer the below questions and see how ready you are to manifest something great:


  1. What is it that you want to create/manifest?
  2. Are you ready to call this intention/manifestation in daily for 3 months? (In your prayers, verbally stating it in a ritual or any way that suits you).
  3. Can you create small steps or actions to make it real?
  4. When wobbly or in doubt- or strong and invigorated- can you stay diligent with endurance? ( hint: there may be many tests along the way- stay strong the rewards may be huge)!
  5. Check in regularly to see if you are truly committed…update the creation you envision as needed but stay true to its creation.
  6. Do not be a lone cowgirl- get support. When we help each other much more gets created.


To regular and new readers:

You may remember when we were winding down 2014 together-and we started to look towards 2015? Many of us stated a clear doable intention for this year. Well we are now here…how is it going? I would love to hear. If you were not with us then – start now and let me know what yours is. I am happy to be your witness.


Maureen Simon

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“When we know about our ancestors, when we sense them as living and as supporting us, then we feel connected to the genetic life-stream, and we draw strength and nourishment from this.”

Philip Carr-Gomm “The Druid Tradition”

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Theoretically, we each have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, and so on, back in time.  In practice, though, if each person alive continued that exponential progression for, say, thirty generations, we would come up with more people than were on earth at that time.  Genealogists tell us that if we each went back about seventeen generations, we would find many family relationships between ourselves and people of our acquaintance.  It follows, then, that we are all intimately related to each other, that our personal ancestors are shared with many thousands of people alive today.

I love our Celtic way of thinking as it naturally encourages the Laws of Interconnectedness.  The word interconnectedness has become almost a cliché these days as we look at the news and see how the markets are.  The same is true of the web of life.  I believe that our ancestors hold nuggets of wisdom that are important for us to understand at this time.  What do you know about your ancestry?  Does a family member have a particularly important message for you?  Begin to listen.  The web of life is precious and we are all interconnected. Is there an ancestor that comes to mind that may have specific guidance or support for you…today?

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One of the books I enjoy most is Wayne Dyer’s “The Power of Intention”.

Marin water view sunset winter 2015

In this book he says, “If you are experiencing scarcity, anguish, depression, an absence of love, or any inability to attract what you desire, seriously look at how you’ve been attracting these circumstances into your life.  Low energy is an attractor pattern.  It shows up because you’ve sent for it, even if on a subconscious level.  It’s still yours and you own it.  However, if you practice deliberately raising your energy level by being cognizant of your immediate environment, you’ll move rather rapidly toward intention and remove all of those self-imposed roadblocks.  The obstacles are in the low-energy spectrum.”



Dr. Dyer goes on to list a few suggestions for moving your energy field to a higher vibration:

  • Become conscious of your thoughts
  • Make meditation a regular practice in your life
  • Become conscious of the foods that you eat
  • Retreat from low energy substances
  • Become conscious of the energy level of the music you listen to
  • Become aware of the energy levels of your home environment
  • Reduce your exposure to the very low level of commercial and cable television
  • Enhance your life with positive photographs and art
  • Become conscious of the energy levels of your acquaintances, friends and extended family


When we make choices that raise our energy field, our quality of life raises as well.   The first step in achieving  increased energy is to notice the things in your day that don’t feel good.  If things repeat or a pattern forms, consider making a change in this area of your life.  Small steps allow for large changes over time.


Maureen Simon

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When we believe passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it.

The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

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Go for your greatest dreams and never look back. Unless you feed your dreams with passion, they will remain a non-reality.  Dream big, intend strongly, and sufficiently fuel your greatest desires with passion. Then step back and be patient, anything can become a reality.


Happy New Year and remember to go for it!

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When we think about the influence we have in our life and in the world- the idea of our personal power and how we use or do not use it – it always becomes a central theme.  Women have been a part of cultures that place power over her, as opposed to power with or next to her, for far too long.  We need to realize that only when we ourselves recognize and claim our strength, voice and power – as a daily practice – will we fully manifest it!

Maureen Simon













One of the best ways to allow our inner strength to manifest is by fully contributing to life- by sharing our gifts and the parts of us that we love. By sharing our competence through speaking clearly and sharing what is most important to us -we will create a true and deep excitement towards living!  Also remember to use your past experiences to inform the future and to provide you with strength to which you can begin integrating past lessons.  Never be victim to the challenging days that have passed but use them to your benefit and advantage today.


Gloria Steinem speaks to this in her comment below:

“ I had been raised to assume all power was outside myself, but they (men) had been raised to place power almost nowhere but within themselves.  Often, they were suffering, too.  Just as the fantasy of no control was the enemy of my self-esteem, the fantasy of total control was the enemy of theirs.  For both of us, the goal should have been a point of balance in between: a back-and-forth between the self and others, uniqueness and unity, the planned and the accidental, our internal selves and the universe.  As wise women and men in every culture tell us, the art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us.”

Gloria Steinem “Revolution From Within”



Use life’s experiences to guide and to support you. You have all you need!

Maureen Simon

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A true Life Story…

I wanted to re-post the below poem by our amazing team member Judie Fouchaux … which was originally posted on our blog in 2011. Judie really had her hands full a few Christmas’ s back. Take a look and enjoy her humor and remember to count your blessings! Thank you dear Judie for being you and for all you do.

















The Week Before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas with much to be done

There’s cooking and baking and oh so much fun.

There’s work as well so early I go

Out into the day but not into snow.

And then work comes to an end and I’m headed home

Where for an hour or so I’ll be alone.

Time to bake cookies just one little batch

So I rush to the door and turn open the latch.

But what do I hear as I open the door –

The sound of a loud “Plunk” followed by more.

I rush to the kitchen and look in the sink

But it’s not the faucet left on as I think

It comes from the ceiling and what’s more

There’s an inch of water all over the floor.

I rush to the stairs and up them I dash

Race through the bedroom to bath – splish, splash.

I turn off the faucet and pick up the rugs

Full of water they’re thrown in the tub.

Throw down more towels so sop up the mess

Get on the phone and call Dann in duress.

Down to the kitchen to open deck door,

Frantically sweeping the tide from the floor.

Dann arrives and asks what to do.

I tell him call Eliot to get us out of this stew.

Call him he does and then Eliot comes

Shortly thereafter the whole house hums.

Fire in the fireplace, heaters galore

Blowers and suckers all over the floor.

Four hours later the best has been done

When we dry out we’ll get back to the fun.

J C Fouchaux


Merry Christmas to All.

Maureen Simon

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