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Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation

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I sat with the Moon last night.  It was full and wrapped in the clouds that brought a quenching rain the morning before.  I tuned in to my body.  It is changing as women’s bodies do.  For the last 6 months or so during the Wednesday night meditation group I attend with Rev. Shar Schwengler of the Lucid Waking Radio Show on A2Zen.fm, my body has been talking to me.  I began with exploring the stories that lived in various parts of my body.

There is the old hitch in my giddy up (my lower back) that flares up occasionally that reminds me of a bad fall I had in my late twenties that led to years of physical and emotional discomfort, the scar tissue on my right arm from getting it caught in an elevator when I was in kindergarten (sounds much worse than it was), the swelling that sometimes happens in my right ankle.  They all have stories to go with them….stories about what happened, what I think happened, and what the injury makes me think of.

Shar has been encouraging us to let go of the story and to work with the pains that come up emotionally and physically in a more energetic way.  It has taken me a long time to understand what she means, but I am catching on.  Sometimes I can let the story float away and imagine a glowing light attending to the area of focus.  The less I try to make something happen, the more profound the release.

Sitting with the Full Moon tonight, I sent my attention to the stories that float around in my Womb.  They probably aren’t much different than the stories that other women find there.  Themes of fertility and abundance, creativity and safety, of connecting with others and with the Divine Feminine.

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This has been the seat of most of my body work this Summer.  It has been difficult work, deeply personal, but so valuable.  The Moonlight flooded my Womb and illuminated areas that needed a bit of love and understanding.  Stephen Levine in his book Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings suggests that healing consists of inviting mercy and understanding into the mind and body.

And so, I invited the Moon to hold that space for me tonight. I drew its light into my body and asked it to illuminate that great sacred center of creativity.  As I did, I felt my body and heart give into its sense of support and deep understanding of the rhythmic wisdoms I have played out over the course of my life and will continue to explore until the end of my days.  I allowed its light to bless my little girl Womb of the past, the Womb that wished for children, the Womb that decided not to conceive of human life in the end but revels in a deeper form of creating ( a creative of life….made of ideas, relationships, new beginnings, and exquisite possibilities), and finally the wise Womb that is more than a physical uterus and more like the energetic home for all I hold sacred of being a Womb-in (woman).

Each layer of my life as a female drenched in lunar lusciousness until every cell, every thought, every nuance glowed.

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While the Moon is in its fullness, set some time aside to do your own Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation.  If you are a male, consider the value of imagining a symbolic Womb….a home, a vessel for your creativity.  Simply connect with its light, either in the openness of the night’s sky or in the comfort of your home (perhaps you might like to connect outside and do the meditation inside.)  Once you are comfortable, draw the Moon’s light into your Womb and listen for the Womb and the Moon to guide a journey together.  Know that whatever happens is just right.  This is your meditation, your body, and your healing.

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

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Angels & Faeries Week: Power Animals

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Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations.

Featuring Power Animal Art

When I was a toddler, my parents gave me a stuffed animal, a small red fox. I didn’t play with baby dolls then, I just wanted my fox. What was it about that little fox that felt so comforting? Was it the bright vital color, the softness of its fur? Was it the sweet face?

Over time, the color faded, the fur got loved off, the nose tore, and only one eye remains (yes, I still have it!) I think it felt alive to me, like a friend and a protector.

Over the course of my life, various animals took places of value for one reason or another. I kept seeing them pop up here or there, perhaps I dreamed of them, felt the need to draw them, or spent time fascinated by them more than others.  As I got older, I began referring to them as my power animals because it felt like I was learning from them, taking comfort in them, and that they helped me stay connected to the wild, uninhibited part of myself.

The idea of a power animal comes from the spiritual traditions of many cultures, especially those that are more nature oriented. We may think of them purely as part of a shamanic belief system, but I would bet that most people can relate to feeling close to a certain animal. Perhaps thinking back, you may find an animal calling out to you which has meaning and connection. Could that be your power animal?

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Grandmother Butterfly invites eyes of transformation.

My power animals often show up as drawings in my art journals with messages of support, guidance, or shared wisdom. Sometimes the drawings arise out of some scribble or doodle that takes on the shape of the animal, sometimes it comes from a meditation or dream. However it comes, I try to explore it and see if it has any applications in my life.

Owl Art

Owl sees that even in the dark there is light.

 

One of the most powerful dreams I have ever had involved a raven. The night before I started graduate school to study counseling, I dreamed I was going to a magical school where I was learning to be a healer and where I would have to learn to fly and protect myself. Beside me was the raven. It was as much my teacher as the wise woman heading the class.  In the dream, we took to the skies. It was invigorating and felt like my inner world was letting me know just how committed I should be to my outer studies. That next morning when I arrived at class, a black bird sat outside the door of the building. It looked at me, and I couldn’t help but wonder if it had dreamed about me the night before.

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A Guide for my Journey

Whether or not we believe in the actual existence of animal spirit guides isn’t necessarily the important lesson to take away with us from this post.  For me, life is full of so much mystery that if I had to verify everything  before I found value it in, I might live a boring, unfulfilled life.  Instead, I choose to let go of believing and hold onto playing with the idea, symbolism and stories that want to unravel in my imagination….and my heart.

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