Celebrating Sisterhood, International Women’s Day

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Reclaiming and celebrating sisterhood

What does the word ‘sisterhood’ conjure up for you? Togetherness, mutual support, celebrating each other’s successes and lifting each other up in our difficult times are some of the aspects that come to mind. 

Yet, it’s a sad fact that the idea of sisterhood has so often been undermined by our conditioning as women to compete, fear and turns on each other in a patriarchal system where power and resources are scarce. 

The distortion of our culture

The image of the backstabbing ‘bitch’ who steals her friend’s boyfriend, gossips behind her back, ‘uses’ her female friends and secretly envies their success is an all-too-common image in mainstream media and is one many of us recognise from our own experience. When women are systematically disempowered and stripped away from the root of their own womb power, this can have a very distorting effect, and the stereotype itself can have a self-fulfilling effect. 

According to eminent feminist bell hooks, women are separated from each other by sexism, racism and classism. Instead of seeing each other as beloved sisters, we feel threatened. We fall into the limitation of viewing each other through the lens we have learned in a deeply divided, sexist society, constantly assessing which of us is in a ‘dominant’ or ‘submissive’ role in any given situation. Woman-hating is deeply embedded in our culture. 

hooks say,we are taught that women are “natural” enemies, that solidarity will never exist between us because we cannot, should not and do not bond with one another. This is part of the patriarchy’s attempts to keep us from our power by separating us from each other. 

Yet, we long for more.

Natural co-operation

In fact, it is more natural for us to sympathise with each other and to co-operate peacefully as we used to do in pre-patriarchal societies, which existed for much, much longer than the structures we have today, according to researchers such as Merlin Stone, who explores these ideas in the seminal book ‘When God was a Woman’.

To reclaim our ability to live in sisterhood, we need to go beyond the barriers that seem to divide us and to achieve political solidarity between women, says feminist blogger Maribel Lopez. This means not oppressing each other in the way we have been oppressed – it is to unite in our diversity, find our common ground, and try to communicate with and understand each other despite our differences in culture, religion, class, race, ethnicity, and beliefs. To rise together. 

At the Temple of Sacred Arts, respect, honouring, nurturing and sympathising with each other form the basic goddess-centred approach toward all members as well as towards nature. It’s no coincidence that the division between humankind and nature occurred around the same time as goddesses were reviled in favour of male gods, and we are actively healing these divisions through our work. 

At the Temple of Sacred Arts, we strive to embody the ideals of Ma’at in our day to day life, which include:

⋆Speaking with sincerity and living in truth

⋆Living in a trustful way in all affairs, including our relationships

⋆Keeping our own council

⋆Acting respectfully

⋆Creating harmony

⋆Communicating with compassion

⋆Being forgiving 

⋆Speaking positively of others and with good intent. 

 

Isis and Nephthys

For inspiration on how to live in true sisterhood, we can look to the relationship between Isis and Nephthys, twin sisters who are the polar opposite of each other. Some might say that they are aspects of all women, representing both the dark and the light.

Their story could easily have resulted in separation and destruction. Nephthys sleeps with Osiris, Isis’s beloved, and gives birth to Anubis. Out of shame, she tosses the child to the desert. Isis hears about this and without a second thought goes to find the child, forgiving her sister and her partner. When Isis is captured by Seth, Nephthys breastfeeds Horus and also takes a very important part in the lamenting  (the resurrection of Osiris). 

The two support each other through these most difficult of situations. Instead of picking sides when it comes to one another, they exercise forgiveness. There isn’t any sign of jealousy between them and, instead of competition, they choose solidarity. 

Rooted in sisterhood 

Blogger Mookie Whitten puts it beautifully as she shares about the community she lives in, which is deeply rooted in sisterhood: “We have not let ourselves be alone. We have pushed, cried, and loved each other’s wounds. … we are beginning to heal. That is what sisterhood looks like. It is a deep feminine community. Rooted in love. Challenging, unselfish love.”

How can we start to embody sisterhood in our lives?

  • We can start from a vantage point of listening. We take the approach of seeking to understand the other woman’s reality, asking her sensitive questions and showing openness and support through body language and verbal communication. 
  • Instead of seeing the other woman as a competitor or threat, we actively look for opportunities for collaboration, finding our shared interests and challenges and uniting our energies for the collective good. 
  • We include each other. When a new woman comes into our community or workplace, we strive to welcome her and find out what she needs and how we can support her to contribute her gifts. We create networks of mutual support.
  • We avoid gossiping about our sisters and instead use our speech to uplift and support. We always respect each other’s privacy, integrity and autonomy and allow room for differences of opinion without taking it personally or making each other wrong. If this is difficult, we can ask for mediation and continue to work on our communication skills.

At the Blue Lotus Sanctuary, the goddess-centred nature community we at the Temple are creating, sisterhood will be one of the core founding principles. We will meet, celebrate and honour nature and the wisdom teachings together, working to transform ourselves and our society through deep respect and support of each other. You can read more about our community vision and find out how to be part of it here. 

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Divine Union

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God and Goddess in Sacred Unity

The aspects of the Goddess Isis, Hathor, Sekhmet, Bastet are all different expressions of the One feminine consciousness.

This understanding now comes back to earth.

It helps men and women to awaken and to regain their true power and to become alive again. For the men it is a wake-up call to no longer suppress their feelings and to express them without fear of being ridiculed. For the woman it means they can now be in their truth without getting too masculine, they can be soft and powerful at the same time.

The divine child is a symbol of the completely balanced energies of masculine and feminine. So, Horus is a symbol for that, the child of Isis and Osiris, the symbol of divine balance. As a divine child of the Goddess, it is helpful for us to feel the presence of the divine child within us, it creates balance within ourselves and it allows the Goddess energy to flow through us.

Through our connection with the Goddess, we find our balance, spiritually, emotionally and physically. New preferences and new consciousness arise. Giving and receiving, action and reception are balanced.

We are here to keep this gate open for you to witness the unfolding of such consciousness and rebirth of the divine child within.

Duality in the Egyptian pantheon

Whilst dedication in service to the goddess consciousness, and to the cause of returning her to the rightful place of true recognition and balance, acknowledgement and devotion of her masculine partner is equally as important.

All Deities in Egypt have partners and children, to represent their power is strongest in unity.

There is no goddess standing alone without her husband or masculine equal.

They together represent balance and more often than not, complement each other.
There were times when the goddess was addressed and called upon for her unique attribute and quality. But even within that invocation, there is always a note or mention of her masculine partner.

Ra – Hathor
Nut – Geb
Osiris – Isis
Seth – Nephthys

Most ancient spells are written addressing them together or one as part of the other and vice versa.

“Thy young one in the Aten within the arm of your mother Hathor”
Adoration to Ra

“ Osiris stands upon his throne according to her word “
Him to Isis

They are together holding the transformative wisdom of the universe.

To acknowledge a Goddess’s devotion to her masculine counterpart is to accept and adore her fully

There was no inequality in the Egyptian pantheon and whilst some gods were less popular, their equal opposites were always just that, equal.

“No one shall disrespect the king in my presence”
Isis in the house of Seth

It is important that whilst we are actively working to return the goddess consciousness to our present world of patriarchy we do this with the vision of balance in mind.

To own our own power, we need to see the Unity in this Divine Duality.

No opposite can exist without the other… think about it.

They are not truly separate at all but are only two faces of the same  – just as with Goddess and God. The many are the One and the One is the many… all goddesses and Gods are of the source.

All life is from the same Divine Source and is it is Divine – being animated by the Spirit.

This new world we are now ready to create shall be better than the ones before.

We are not here to return a failed matriarchal consciousness we are here to restore her “the goddess”, into the feminine consciousness,
to her rightful place and whilst doing so, healing the wound of the masculine presence.

Resurrecting the dismembered king, who was once loved and adored, to now and once again be by her side.

Just as the Lady Isis goes through her journey full of difficulties and challenges to return the life of Osiris, out of pure love for her beloved and through him for all of us, in need of rebirth.

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Healing with Isis

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Goddess Healing Therapy

How does it work?

Goddess Healing works best at soul level to bring us into balance with our soul’s purpose.

The energy embodies high vibrations of Divine Consciousness. The issues we face in our lives form part of the eternal journey of the soul, through space and time. The healing invites us to open the doors of our heart to our inner knowing and authentic Self.

As we travel through life, we can get stuck in belief systems and habits losing our clarity to follow our path. The healing(s) open our awareness to see our life in a bigger perspective and to free ourselves from what no longer serves us.

In the healing, these high vibrational energies work with you at the soul level, empowering you to move into different directions in life. The healing is a useful pointer, to help you walk on your path, however, it is up to you to take the necessary steps. You might find that results are more long-lasting when you do your own personal work.

At the same time, there is a very physical outcome to Goddess Healing as it aims to bring a person’s body and spirit into a state of natural balance.

It addresses many levels at once: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, the energetic field and the chakras. The energy bodies are cleansed and revitalized with high vibrations, allowing the natural life-force energy to flow more freely through all the energy systems.

It is widely used to release fear-based traumas manifested in the body as chronic illness or pain.

As a Priestess of the goddess Aset, I am honoured to channel her healing energy and share this profound vibration with my clients.

I find this method most successful, therapeutic and effective. In the temple, all our therapies and methods are tested and practised by us on regular basis.

If you wish to experience this session you can book an appointment via our website or email templeofsacredarts@gmail.com

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Why We Love Cocao

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Six reasons we love Cacao?

 

1  HEART OPENER
Cacao opens the heart and allows for a deeper, authentic love based connection with yourself, others, the world and all of life.

2  SHAMANIC JOURNEYING
It promotes powerful journeying and connection with your spiritual wisdom.

3  THERAPY
Helps in bringing awareness to things that have been preventing you from creating the life you love. Also aids in releasing repeated patterns, beliefs and blocks which could be stopping you, slowing you down or standing in the way of creating the life you love.

4  CONNECTION WITH HIGHER SELF
Stronger connection with the higher self (intuition, soul, God, Goddess etc.). This leads to an enhanced connection with your own power and truth, your divinity. Cacao is a powerful facilitator allowing you to delve into your pain.
“You gotta feel it to heal it.”

Once you FEEL your pain (sadness, anger, grief etc.) you won’t keep manifesting situations to feel these feelings. You live a freer, happier life, without constantly being triggered. Releasing these emotions allows more light, love and magic into your life.

5  EFFECTIVE MEDITATION
Powerful, and deep meditation enabling you to connect with your spiritual nature, accessing the wisdom within. Meditation is much easier and more beneficial.

‘The healing occurs in the stillness.’

It calms the left brain chatter and allows us to delve more into that ‘no mind’ space of bliss.

6  MALE FEMALE ENERGY BALANCE WITHIN

More enhanced, balanced and connected male & female energy. Male and female energies are within everyone. When these energies are in balance, you live a harmonious life magnetizing all you love.

This integration also leads to enhanced effectiveness as the divine creator and super manifesting machine that you are, in essence.

The balance of male and female energies allows you to receive inspiration (feminine energy) AND act on it (masculine energy).

If you feel you could benefit from any of the above you can check out our upcoming Cacao inspired event, or book your one to one introduction to cacao.

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