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MODERN GODDESS MAKEOVER
© Anita Ryan 2003

There are many faces modern women present to the world. In the space of one day, you can be the professional at work, partner and carer at home, and fun-lover with friends. No matter what the situation, women need to draw on a wide range of resources to keep it all together. Tapping into goddess energy is one way to ensure you get through each day with your integrity intact.

The ancient goddesses were honoured for many reasons - for an abundant harvest, to keep the family and home safe, or to escort souls safely to the after-life to name a few. In this modern age, however, it isn't always practical to pray at a moonlit forest temple or to burn bonfires during an outdoor springtime orgy.

So how else can a modern gal reconnect with the ancient goddess energy? Simple. By being aware of yourself and making choices with intention. Every action, thought, projection of self, and treatment of others is a reflection of the goddess within.

According to goddess.com.au, "being goddess is being able to recognise within one's self the things that are important, and then to strike the single note that brings them into alignment with everything else that exists." That is, by channelling the strengths of the real "You" so that the true You shines through with honesty and dignity, your goddess energy radiates a confidence, beauty and inspiration to those around you. 

There are seven aspects of self that should be considered to fulfil a balanced and enriching existence. Follow these tips to live each day as a modern goddess.

Self Preservation. Being goddess is about being in tune with oneself, being able to recognise threatening situations and respond rationally and calmly. Trust your instinct and act with confidence. Be conscious of the influence of others' moods and needs and stay balanced in times of duress. Manifest security and a dynamic presence by keeping your feet firmly on the ground, literally.

Self Gratification. Creatively, emotionally and sexually, connect with others through feeling, sensation and movement. Learn to accept change gracefully and don't be afraid to let your depth of feelings show. Materially speaking, abundance is good, (greed is not), whether it be material, esoteric, emotional or otherwise. A poverty consciousness will only serve to deny what you are capable of achieving. Ask for what you want and deserve, and providing it's not for selfish reasons, give yourself permission to receive it.

Self Definition. Being goddess is more than just alabaster skin and an Elle McPherson body. Apart from round abdomens and swinging breasts, common attributes of ancient goddesses include uncompromising strength, compassion and justice. Spend time working out who you are, who you want to be, and then honouring the true you in the image you present to everyone you meet. Write your own eulogy then circle the five most important elements that you would want people to remember you by. Then, live according to those attributes to make them a habit.

Self Acceptance. If you don't love yourself, then don't expect others too either. If you let others treat you badly, you are telling your inner psyche that you do not deserve better. The modern goddess gal never, ever allows herself to accept second best. Rally your personal power and self-respect and learn to say words like "No" and "Enough." Most importantly, mean what you say! On the other side of the coin, give compliments freely, for if 'what goes around comes around' you will soon enjoy receiving plenty in return.

Self Expression. What you say is what you get. Expressions like, "I'll never be able to get over this obstacle," will manifest in exactly the way you describe. Instead of confronting and overcoming your fears, you will remain stagnant, bashing your head against the brick wall you say can't be knocked down. Change your speech habits to dispel negatives and embrace positives. Say "I can do it," and next thing you know, you'll be leaping brick walls in a single bound.

Self Reflection. Get over petty issues and open your vision to see the Big Picture. If you are absorbed in trivial worries, they are most likely a distraction mechanism to keep you from what it is you really need. If you had three months left to live, would you really care about your shade of lipstick, upgrading your mobile phone, or what your neighbour is doing on her lawn at midnight? It's up to you to prioritise what the important things really are. Make a list of your dreams for the next week, year, and/or decade. Circle one thing on each list and commit to make it happen, one step at a time. 

Self Knowledge. See yourself as a minute organism in the ways of the world, both in the physical and non-physical planes, in the present and the future. Disconnecting with the world every now and then can be healthy if it lets you travel to a spaceless, timeless place of knowledge, wisdom, understanding and spiritual connection. To revitalise flagging energy levels, practice yoga and meditation when possible. Time poor? Take the phone off the hook and power-rest for five minutes - this time-out for self can be just as refreshing.

Nowadays, we are allowed to build whatever life we want for ourselves, regardless of a damaging past, level of education, or social conditioning. It simply requires a decision to live life with intention, to make conscious choices in all aspects of your life that will let you respect the goddess within - yourself.

WHO IS YOUR ANCIENT GODDESS INFLUENCE TODAY?

Take a minute to complete this simple exercise to determine which ancient goddess energy is inspiring you today. By being conscious of that energy, you will be able to harness it more effectively in order to attain your highest ideals at work, home and play.

Remove yourself from distractions while you look at each of the pictures below. Take all the time you need to work out which particular colour "speaks" to you the loudest. Turn to the next page to read about which goddess energy is strongest within you at this moment.

                                         

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The colour Red is deeply rooted in our sense of grounding and self-preservation via the root chakra. Your self-confidence may be under threat, so use Kali to energise your survival instincts.

KALI

According to ancient Hindu tradition, Kali is the mother of us all. Kali gals have unwavering judgement, strong willpower and penetrative insight, but this is your wake-up call to be open to Kali’s energy forcing you out of complacency – she is merely guiding you to a new path that will ultimately prove to be more fulfilling than your current path. Maybe this means a new job or a promotion? Carry a red stone (such as a Garnet) or wear red underwear to give you the strength to confront the forces that threaten you and to purge the elements of destruction in your life.

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Orange resonates in the lower abdomen, in the womb chakra, relating to creativity, self-gratification, emotions and sexuality. Draw on Hathor’s energy if you are lacking fluidity and grace and the ability to accept change

HATHOR

Hathor was revered as the ancient Queen of Heaven, the patron of dancers, the mother of the gypsies, the generator of light and radiant power. Hathor lends you the gift of shape-shifting, the ability to transform yourself from a gal crippled with anxiety to a wondrous creature shining light and radiance. If you are feeling dark of mood, use Hathor’s energy to put your chin up and shoulders back. Look inward and ask what is it that is causing you angst? Visualise the problem rolling itself into a ball. Then take the ball, and hurl it into the air as you leap into your week, light of step and glowing with supreme confidence!

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Personal power is charged in our solar plexus chakra, allowing us to be energetic, efficient and spontaneous through non-dominating authority. If you are fighting a losing battle, use Pele’s energy to recharge and revitalise.

PELE

Pele is the Hawaiian goddess whose spirit dwells inside the largest active volcano in Hawaii. Pele-empowered gals are full of such passionate energy, but that feeling of butterflies in your solar plexus is Pele’s vibrations confirming what you already know on a subconscious level – your energy is being misdirected. Come out of denial, cut your losses and work to channel your energy in a more rewarding way. Carry a yellow stone (such as Tiger Eye) while you conceptualise what you want to happen, and repeat your vision often. A positive thought repeated becomes a positive habit until your visualisation becomes manifested reality.

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Pink or Green colours are related to the heart chakra, the centre of empathetic abilities. Use Kuan Yin energy if you have issues with self-acceptance that prevent you from achieving a sense of peace and centeredness.


KUAN YIN

Kuan Yin is the Chinese goddess of love and compassion. At the moment, you just love everyone and want everyone to be happy even if this means putting their wants before your own needs. This is probably frustrating you and wearing you out. The world needs Kuan Yin gals, but never forget to look after yourself too – your needs are just as important as others’. Carry a pink stone (such as rose quartz) near your heart to remind you to give yourself permission to take the world off your shoulders.

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Light Blue resounds through the throat chakra which is related to communication and creativity. Athena energy will empower you to “find your voice” and overcome any self-expression obstacles.

ATHENA

Athena was the beautiful warrior queen who stood guard over the ancient city of Athens. Athena-inspired gals know no fear, or that's the face they present to the world at least. You may be having trouble with self-expression, resorting to politics and force to coerce a project off the ground. You can be a tough, independent, clever and resourceful woman, but do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it, and more importantly, allow people to help you. Wear a light blue stone (such as Lapis Lazuli) around your neck to help you find your voice.

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Indigo reverberates through the Third Eye chakra, related to the act of seeing both physically and intuitively. Use Isis’ energy to see clearly, in effect, letting you “see the big picture”.

ISIS

Isis the Egyptian High Priestess, ruling with love and calm patience, who fosters inner wisdom and psychic power. Generally you are highly tuned into your own inner wisdom and self-confidence, but at this time you are having self-doubts. Someone is making you feel defensive or unsure about the path you are taking. Gather strength, and trust that your “gut feeling” is your inner wisdom leading you in the right direction. Use a pendulum or other divination tool to confirm what you already know, and trust that you making the right decisions.

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Self-knowledge and pure awareness is rooted in the crown chakra. If you need access to deep understanding, wisdom and connection, use Nuit’s energy today to help you rediscover your direction.

NUIT

The Egyptian goddess Nuit is the bridge between heaven and earth, and represents oneness, bliss and universal love. Nuit gals have everything under control using calm love and understanding rather than fear or defence mechanisms, and this makes you a first-choice source of assistance from your colleagues and family. If you are feeling like you are losing control of your destiny right now, it is simply a matter of taking time to “be” – carry an amethyst to help energise you with Nuit’s cosmic energy during some Time Out. Take as long as you need in order to re-balance and find your centre again.

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