Dying for sisterhood

Darling,

Women’s health is just one of the topics that we delve into, in The School of Womanly Arts Mastery Program.
We don’t just delve, we reconsecrate, reassemble and generally completely overhaul a woman’s relationship to her body.
And this past weekend, as I was delivering this glorious reconsecration, I was up to my arse in the statistics that pertain to women’s health, right now:

  • 1 in 4 women will experience depression
  • 2 in 10 women will get breast cancer
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing one woman a minute
  • 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder

And I am deeply in love with this group of over 300 women who are currently in Mastery.
And deeply deeply beyond in love with the thousands and thousands of women who have graduated from my classes and read my books, over these past 16 years.
And every cell in my body galvanized in a huge NO. NO.
Not my Sisters. Never again. No.
I do not want to lose another Sister to these afflictions, some of which are absolutely preventable.

And here I am, standing in the question that has dominated my life for the past 50 years.
I am a searcher, a seeker. An awakener.
I have been asking myself over and over — I want to know with every fiber of my being — what is it going to take?
What is it going to take to make the personal political for women?
What is it going to take for a woman to awaken to her extreme value? Her irrevocable preciousness? Her importance? Her divinity? What is it going to take to change a woman’s mind about her significance?

With this incredible incubator called The School of Womanly Arts, I have learned one thing for sure:
It’s not anger.

We have been playing that tune since Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for oh so many decades, to win our right to vote.
Women have been fighting for almost 200 years.
Fighting for equal pay. Fighting to own property. Fighting for equal opportunity. Fighting for education. Fighting breast cancer. Fighting the international epidemic of abuse.
And I have noticed something.
Anger has failed to ignite and galvanize women.
Which initially, made me angry.
Because I wanted to fix it NOW.
But I have found out that there is something so much more powerful than anger.
So much more creative, so much more infectious, so much more potent.
So very much more powerful. 

Remembering. Sisterhood.
Remembering.
Sisterhood.
Remembering in its fullness. Not just to recall, or retain the memory. But to return to an original shape or form after being deformed or altered.

Women have not returned to their original shape or form in 5,000 years.
It’s been so long, we have forgotten our true nature.
We have no recollection of our true power.
Our true magnificence, the breathtaking privilege of what it means to be a woman. We have no idea. We have no idea that we are capable. Worthy. Powerful beyond measure.

We keep measuring ourselves against men, and failing miserably.
Which pisses us off even more, both at ourselves, and each other.

Anger does not heal.
Anger does not create community.
Anger doesn’t solve inertia — sisterhood does.

Remembering Sisterhood.
What do I mean by remembering sisterhood?
For the past 5,000 years, women have been used to relating through mutual victimization.
I am talking about remembering long past patriarchy, way before victimhood, and turning on and tuning in to a time when women were revered and celebrated, where we acknowledged ourselves and were acknowledged by our communities as the creatrixes of life itself.

Where is this treasure trove of recognition buried?
How can we begin to excavate, and then, to harvest?
A woman can locate herself most profoundly in the depth of community.
Not alone.
Alone she is worse than fragile. Her delicate thread of connection can snap in a moment, throwing her whole system off balance, affecting her physical and mental health. Her healthy connection to herself and her power happens most profoundly when she is a gorgeous thread in a tapestry of sisterhood.
My brilliance lives, reflected back to me, in the eyes of my sisters. When I stand for another woman’s greatness, I ground myself securely and even more deeply in my own. (Click to tweet!)
When I am in a community of turned-on, tuned-in women, I am not just the source for everything and everyone in my life, but I am sourced and fueled by my tribe.

The consequence? Mental health. Physical health. A body fueled by nitric oxide, which is the antidote to stress. The cortisol that is released by stress wreaks havoc on the body. It can create inflammation, which can lead to stress-induced illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, depression and eating disorders. And all that cortisol is ameliorated by nothing more and nothing less than turning on to sisterhood. And when my sisters are afflicted with life-threatening disease, it is sisterhood that gets them through it.

In the comments below, describe what has led you to connect with a deep sense of your own value, and how that connection impacts your health.
And please share how your health and well-being has been impacted by this incredible sisterhood.
If you have not yet encountered the Sister Goddess community, please share what you want from the experience of tribe.

In so much love and pleasure,
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BSG Glitzy Cougar Karen April 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

I look forward to these blogs each week, even though I have been intimately involved with the school for 6 years…multiple courses, as a Big Sister Goddess (2x) and now on team pleasure and here’s why…Sisterhood. I didn’t know what it meant. I have a sister. I love her. But growing up in an alcoholic home, there was lots of distancing and isolation. And I became an isolater…oh, a very good one, and you would never know because I had a very public career as a performer.

Post divorce, I went on amazing spiritual journey…I even went to India, which eventually became my solo show comedy, “Hot Mama Mahatma”. But the journey became dry. I was alone. All the time. I realized I had been all my life, even in the midst of people.

I told the universe…you gotta fix this…and make it fun. After three women approached me within two weeks and said, “Get thee to Mama Gena’s” I signed up. There was brilliance there, and it just gets better. Regena brings it every time, and with it, this community of women has been created with who support each other, who embrace each other.

I didn’t get it. But my first Mastery, as I shyly announced I was doing that show, sister goddesses showed up in the audience in droves, with pink feather boas! I walked onstage and they cheered like mad, before I even began. They didn’t know me from a hole in the wall. They didn’t know if I would suck! I didn’t:) But they showed up! They didn’t care. Women supporting women. Who knew?

And little by little, I immersed myself in the community, showing up for other women. That’s how it works. And as I do my latest show, The Goddess Revue: The Journey of Turned On Women this Saturday in NYC, I am in deep gratitude for all of them, not just for coming to the shows, but for coming to my life. They affectionately dubbed me “The Lone Ranger”. Now? Not so much:) Thank you, Regena, thank you goddesses for so deeply enriching my life.

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Debra aka Nile Flowing River April 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU ON SATURDAY!!!!!

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SG Carolyn April 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

How i wish i could be there saturday night. what a beautiful testament you have written. I dont really know what it’s like not to be alone. I have an okder sister who considered me a threat and a mother who saw life from my sister’s point of view. Whenever i let my light shine, i was accused of harming my sister. My successes were met with sarcastic comments and minimized. Who do you think you are? Was the usual response. I still love women and have many friends but if I dont know you, i will assume you don’t like me. I will assume you are saying, Who do you think you are? I shrivel.
I am so grateful for mama gena. Thus far i have gotten in touch with rivers of sadness, but it doesn’t matter, sadness or gladness, it is still in touch and it is clarifying. I have been saying for two years i want to do Zumba but it has been a dim light flashing intermittently. Over the weekend, that light became brighter. My body spoke to me of longing for movement and breathlessnes. I will find a class this week
The body knows what it needs. We just cant hear because our senses are muffled, we are in disconnect mode. Who was it who said: they have eyes, but do not see and ears, but do not hear. Of course, i know who it was. He might as well have been talking about me
Thank you, queen Regina, for restoring my hearing and sight. And by the way, you of course know Regina means “queen”. Thusly, you were named.

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Hannah April 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Wow, beautifully written, BSG Karen!

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mama gena April 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

break a lotta legs on sat nite, karen!
xo

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SG SaraKarl May 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

I SO wish I had read this post earlier, I TOTALLY would have come to see your show!! Thank you for posting this Karen, and keep going, you’re helping so many of us by being here!

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BSG Rockstar April 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

I will never forget the first moment I felt at home in the School Of Womanly Arts venue. To know that had the support and love of so many of my Sister Goddesses was priceless. Mama Gena, the Palace staff and all Sister Goddesses have been my inspiration to take this unconditional love back into the community that live in and spread it around like a woman possessed.

I am so glad the blog addresses this issue of support rather than anger and you, Mama Gena, and what you teach are so perfect to model this way of living.

I am so proud to be part of the School Of Womanly Arts and am very proud of standing for my sisters in community and love rather than anger.

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mama gena April 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

awwww…….thank you rockstar!

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Christina April 29, 2014 at 10:51 am

Mama you are spot on with this post! The world does not need another angry woman, but it sure does need more light bearing women. Just recently I went through a time when I was literally breaking apart. My hair was damaged so badly from stress that I had to cut it off. My oral surgeon discovered a cyst in my gum that could lead to my jaw breaking so I had to have a procedure done….see I told you I was breaking apart, but I realized a lot about myself during this time. The physical damager in my life was a sign of what was going on with me internally. I needed to take better care of me…all of me…and I’ve even written a book about it lol. Life is quite an experience but it’s best to live it in a place of power instead of hurt & anger. cocomommy.squarespace.com

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mama gena April 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

thank you for this brave transparent post, christina. i am so happy for your reclamation!
xo
mg

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SG Taiza April 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

Ff:
Anger does not heal.
Anger does not create community.
Anger doesn’t solve inertia — sisterhood does.

Remembering Sisterhood.

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Lori April 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

Mama,

I live in California, but I wasn’t raised here. I was raised in Ohio, where sisterhood is not only understood but practiced. Community is a more central part of life there – it is not a once-a-week connection, but a multiple-times-a-week contact, by phone, in person, by email.

Regardless of where we live, community is something we need to bring out of the churches and into the interpersonal, and you are so right – to do that we need SISTERHOOD! And to have sisterhood, we do need to be willing to be SEEN, to ASK FOR WHAT WE WANT, to KNOW WHO WE ARE AT OUR CORE, and to exercise our COURAGE TO TAKE UP SPACE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL SELVES!

I love that you said that we haven’t been ourselves in thousands of years. It’s the truth!!! And it’s why I do the work that *I* do! It is time for us to stand up within our own selves, recognize our own selves, and hold hands relentlessly, tenderly, laughingly, tearfully, caringly while we do it.

Rock on, Mama!

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Debra aka Nile Flowing River April 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

Regina it is so clear by how you respond so brilliantly with the perfect response to the perfect person at the perfect time that you have connected to the ultimate divine goddesses mother, sister, feminine connection.
I notice within myself that when I am surrounded by this community I also connect to that source..in every detail. Who I end up sitting next to, who I lunch with, how I respond and when I decide to share in the forum. AND I also notice and experience when I do share it is perfect and when another is called, it is more perfect than what I may have had to say at that moment.
THis is also extending via the community into my life. I felt a little disconnected this morning so I emailed back to a list of sister goddesses that I had lunch with on Sunday. Just moments before I saw this blog I sent out this message.

We have scattered and are once again in our individual lives. I vacillate between feeling luscious and connected and preoccupied and isolated. I am clear that at any moment I can reach out and touch a goddesses and that connection will remind me of who I am as we are only a reflection of each other…and I mean this in a very real concrete way.

I love you all and I am so profoundly grateful that we have found a way back to our magnificent selves, and that we are on this journey together

So, yes Regina, you HAVE found the answer…and IT IS SISTERHOOD!!!!

With Great Love and Great Respect for each and every Sister Goddess on the Planet

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Laura Jacobs April 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

What impact the school has had on me? WOW Big question Bigger answer.

The sisterhood has allowed me to sink into my authenticity without should or judgement.
Regina has encouraged me to blossom into my womanhood and remove my victimhood
The realization that every woman is unique shifted my resentment and comparisons to appreciating everyones divinity as a woman and the walls of her versus me came tumbling down. I walk so proud to be a woman where I never even asked myself what that meant to me. It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself . It has been an inside job that I have adored.

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Barb April 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

I can tell u that the one minute of dancing really works. Been doing it most days since you sent the suggestion. Thank you! I hate cortisol!

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SG Meredith April 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

Dear Wonderful, Generous and Wise Regena – Sisterhood is the gift that keeps on giving and forever affords us the freedom to be who we are in the moment. It allows compete surrender and follows with a rise to the very top of where we need to be. What could be better?

I first realized the power of Sisterhood when my sister in law Beth, who is a two time Mastery grad, an Inner Circle grad and an almost Creation Grad offered me Sisterhood in lieu of judgement. I revealed to her that I had cheated on my husband following my husband’s sexting affair with our neighbor and my friend. I told Beth everything and that I had sought out a man 10 years younger than me to engage with and that I loved every second. Her response could have been anything including staunch judgment of my decision, as it is not one she would not likely make in her own life if given the same circumstances. Instead she insisted that I had merely committed to “pleasure research”. It was in that very moment that I witnessed something more powerful than I had ever imagined possible. A woman who responds without prejudice even when she doesn’t agree with the choice? A woman who brings understanding to the misunderstood? A woman who puts pleasure above societal norms if even for a moment? A woman who gave me back my choice to live in MY pleasure.

What is it that drove her to such a beautiful place? A place where she could be so generous in her Sisterhood? It was YOU. It was the School of Womanly Arts. It was something I knew I needed to be a part of. Right then I knew I had arrived and was in the presence of something greater than any “mistake” I had made or any “wrong” I had committed. I had fallen into the arms of Sisterhood and had never been held tighter in my life.

My gratitude is eternal. I commit to standing for Sisterhood now and forever.
XOXOXO

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leni garfunkel April 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

Dear Momma, I am 70 years young, still in the prime of my life. For the vast majority of my life I have had wonderful friendships, until I moved to Charleston SC to be near my son 5 years ago. I started a meet-up group about that time called the Sassy, Zany, Older, Professional Women. I really started it just to make a couple of good friends, which I did, but then the friendships fell apart. Perhaps unreasonably, I am not looking for good aquaintances , but really good friends who I can communicate with a few times a week and see as often as our schedules allow. The next 2 women who I thought would be great friends didn’t want my kind of friendship so I ended our relationships.

During most of this time, even though I am Jewish, I attended Unity Church, which I love for its principles, one of which is “be the change you wish to see”. I did not see any potential for friendship there, because these women were “not my type”.

Recently, I have met a few women there who I have begun friendships with, one of whom will be a best friend, and I have become acquaintances with others, when I have taken off my not-my-type glasses and seen them as real women.

One of my best moments was last Sunday at Unity. The church supports a school in Liberia by putting on an African Market Day once a year, where food and goods are sold to raise money. There are 2 sisters from Liberia who work with the school and one of them, (a Ph.D) gave a talk about the school, which is K-9, and said that though there are limited spots for the kids to go on to high school elsewhere, it is only the boys who get to go.

That really triggered something in me. I was incredibly sad.

So I stood up and said that I wished to be the change that I wish to see. I said I wanted to help send these girls to high school, but I couldn’t do it alone and would anyone who wants to help please meet me outside. About 5 women showed up, and on Sunday we raised about $200 just for the girls. Sisterhood.

I will be forming a group and look forward to do fundraising in any way that we can. It only costs from $250-$500 a year to send a girl to high school. And by the way, an interesting fact is that Liberia was developed through African Americans who after the abolition of slavery, decided to move to Africa. Never knew that.

Although I did not write this blog for any purpose except to respond about Sisterhood, if anybody would like to help these girls move on to a better life, any help would be appreciated. My name is Leni Jane Garfunkel, originally from NY and I can be reached at 843.224.8045 or at lenidati@gmail.com. I will be getting a copy of the school’s non-profit documentation soon.

Thanks for letting me rant.

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SG Carolyn April 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

I have an older sister who considered me a threat and a mother who saw life from my sister’s point of view. Whenever i let my light shine, i was accused of harming my sister. My successes were met with sarcastic comments and minimized. Who do you think you are? Was the usual response. I still love women and have many friends but if I dont know you, i will assume you don’t like me. I will assume you are saying, Who do you think you are? I shrivel.
I am so grateful for mama gena. Thus far i have gotten in touch with rivers of sadness, but it doesn’t matter, sadness or gladness, it is still in touch and it is clarifying. I have been saying for two years i want to do Zumba but it has been a dim light flashing intermittently. Over the weekend, that light became brighter. My body spoke to me of longing for movement and breathlessnes. I will find a class this week
The body knows what it needs. We just cant hear because our senses are muffled, we are in disconnect mode. Who was it who said: they have eyes, but do not see and ears, but do not hear. Of course, i know who it was. He might as well have been talking about me
Thank you, queen Regina, for restoring my hearing and sight. And by the way, you of course know Regina means “queen”. Thusly, you were named.

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Susan April 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Thank you! Such synchronicity… Awakening in all of us… This desire to be the lights we know we are, to fan our own and each other’s sparks Into the flames we need to lighten the whole world.. This weekend I was privileged to host a Red Tent / White Tent Puja facitated by an amazing Tantrika…. Gathering with sister goddesses, nourishing each other’s spirits, then coming together to honor and be honored by a group of awakened men… It was divine…. Beautiful music for our spirits, delicious food and dance to delight and feed our bodies. I am so grateful to be on the planet at this time of amazing transformation and RE-membering. Re-CREATING (with delicious forms of recreation!) Xoxo

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Donna April 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Regena – Today’s blog post was such a gift….having gone through some of the roughest times in a while, and following human nature, and retreating it’s taken a while to get out of it … and gratefully the presence of my SGs and honorary SGs do the trick. It’s that universal acceptance, acknowledgement and cheerleading found for each other that brought forth with community can take even the biggest ‘boogie man’ or issue out of the equation. Once again, thanks for your writing and for some of the best gems in my life, the women I met through the Palace

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Chantal April 29, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I join the school through Booth Camp 2 years ago.
I am touched to tears at the moment realizing what an act of Sisterhood I have been driven to accomplish because of that. In May the French translation of Mama Gina’s book : Womanly Arts will be coming out in Quebec.
I didn’t realize at the time when I wanted my friends to be able to read the book in French that I was acting through Sisterhood energy in doing the work necessary to get it published in French. I just knew I wanted to share what I learned with my friends.
It is just now as the book is about to come out under the tiltle : L’Art du bonheur au féminin and reading this blog that I put 2 and 2 together.
I am creating more sisterhood…french speaking sisterhood. Thank you Mama for this very timely lesson in calling a cat a cat…or a Sister a sister ou une soeur, une soeur!

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mama gena April 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

thank you chantal, for your incredible sisterhood. i am so grateful to have my book translated into french. and such amazing timing- i am going to paris on monday with my creation course!
xo
mg

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Chantal April 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Have a great great Paris experience Sister…I will certainly be there with my thoughts to accompany you… will most likely be reading the translation of the book at that time…can’t wait to see what is sounds like in my mother tongue.

xo

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SG Estela April 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Hi Chantal,

I am in Mastery, and I live in Montreal. Where are you?
I would love to talk to you about meeting sisters locally,
écris-moi, s.t.p. à mon adresse courriel,
Bonne soir,
Estela

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Wildcherry Jeanette April 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

yes….tweeted with great gusto as we move this ancient truth forward into our now, by NOT letting ourselves surface inside of anger but gather our tribal strength together, to create our newness of a world where we honor ourselves so highly that we are honored throughout.
kisses beautiful Mama Gena. xxx

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SG Kathleen April 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Dearest Regena – I am a new woman thanks to you and thanks to all my sister goddesses who stood, bare breasted in solidarity and sisterhood and cheered on my reclamation of my divine femininity and the sanctification of my breasts.

As I stood on that stage and looked out into a sea of breasts in every size, shape and color, hearing every single one of them cheer me on, without a trace of judgment, scorn or criticism, I could finally embrace my breasts and love them as being uniquely part of me.

And then if that wasn’t enough, to have SG Patricia pull me aside and share with me her pain after 4 surgeries in her “quest for the perfect breasts” and how she wished she could go back to her God-given tiny tits. When she put all of herself aside and whispered in my ear, “I’m so proud of you for never trying to change them” it felt like God was speaking through her. It offered me a perspective that I never considered… and that is the definition of a miracle from ACIM – that holy and divine moment when you can see things through the eyes of God.

Your work is so holy and your revolution can and will change the world. I am so grateful and humbled to be part of this and thank God for sending YOU into my life.

I have never felt more fucking fabulous in my entire life!!

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SG Kathleen April 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

and the pic that showed up is me before I rocked the blonde hair… I am not the same woman and it’s got nothing to do with the color of my hair. It’s coming from within!! xo

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Janet Murray April 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Some additional links to spur you on:
You Tube: Jackson Katz
Women Waging Peace
Marianne Williamson running for Congress in California

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mama gena April 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

thanks janet!!

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SG Claudine April 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Brilliant…beyond words BRILLIANT!

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Suzi Banks Baum April 29, 2014 at 10:11 pm

My life is a living document of Rampant Sisterhood fueled by the ignition of a pleasure-infused life. I can tell when I am “off” a bit…likely I have not shared brags, grats and desires with a Sister…or I have missed a regular Spring Cleaning…or there has not been enough dancing…the barometers for my well-being are founded in the Pleasure Revolution and as you well know, my health and vitality and creative expansion are a direct result of partying where I am, every step of the way. Love this post and I am a Stand for Sisterhood, Rampant Sisterhood. xo S

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Kathy April 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Last fall I got sick and discovered I had cancer cells in my uterus that were at a very, very early stage. The call from the doctor came as I was walking to a coffee shop, and all I could do was sit down on the concrete in front of Chase Bank and think “This isn’t real.” Though it felt like a dream, it only took me about ten seconds to make the decision that I was going to go through this journey as a Sister Goddess, and it was the most important decision I made in my healing! Through the next four months I fiercely used the tools I had learned at the School of Womanly Arts. I pussified my experience, so to speak, and with the help of my personal Sister Goddess community, my surgery was so successful that even my doctor was surprised that no further action has been needed! I have come to believe that all disease is emotional in nature, and now my very top priority is to live the rest of my life as a Sister Goddess focused on pleasure as my spiritual practice! I must, as a matter of life or death!

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SG SaraKarl May 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

Amazing story Kathy! Thank you for your courage and for sharing your experience. Beautiful illustration of the healing power of sisterhood!

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SG Claudine April 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

What began to lead me to connect with a deep sense of my value was in March of 2006 having a Wayne Dyer book jump off of a book shelf at LAX airport into my hands. My self help journey of books, gurus and courses began. In just the last couple of years I began to realize the importance of being there “REALLY BEING THERE” for my girlfriends in need. I helped a girlfriend through the sickness and death of her father, I helped another friend deal with a serious step-child issue, I helped another girlfriend through a difficult divorce, I listened to another girlfriend cry over her autistic child and on and on and on. I took Maria Forleo’s class last year and I had to ask 25 people in a survey using 3 words what they thought of me. The responses were touching – most said – compassionate, caring, kind, hard worker, gets things done…… I was blown away by the kind words. Hmmm – people really value me. For a film festival, I ran their 800 plus volunteer program – I saw the value of community and my part in helping everyone to work well together.

Between my spiritual studies, my deepening friendships with girlfriends and my community work – I really began to connect with my deep value as a human being. After 2 weekends in Mastery – I’ve connected with my deep value on a level that I never thought possible. The love and support I have received from sisterhood plus what I have learned in Mastery has just rewired every ounce of my being. I see and feel my deep value like I never have before. The world needs me to be the best I can be.

As for my health…is late 2006 the rapture hit my world. There began an 8 year journey of poor sleep….to make a long story short..after 8 years – I’m finally sleeping through the night again. I am happy and I have more energy than I have had in years!!! I attribute this change to Mastery, to Sisterhood and foremost to Mama Gena!!! Thank you! I know that my cortisol levels are going down – Amen!

xoxo SG Claudine

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Mindy Goldhammer April 29, 2014 at 11:43 pm

After reading the gorgeous words from the girls in the sisterhood it is something that my soul is craving for. I look forward to learning more and more from you, Mama, and all the other angels here.
Thank you
Mindy

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Mindy Goldhammer April 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm

looking forward to connecting with all the angels involved with your incredible creation, Mama. Can’t wait for the next time to drink in the goodness from these comments.
It helps me to live in joy.
xoxoxo
Mindy

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SG Sofia aka Sof~ull of Joy April 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

This post was right on time for me. Just this morning I was doing an extended dance break to Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman. Not once not twice but four times I hit the replay button . Listening to the music, her voice and the words in a way I had never before. Finally I ended up in my bathroom in front of the mirror in all my naked glory dancing every bit of that song through my body. By the time I was done, not only did I feel that I had never really heard the song’s words before but there was a REMEMBERING, a KNOWING that Yes, I AM EVERY WOMAN in every sense of those words: the collective conscience. We are every woman that’s why SISTERHOOD & COMMUNITY are so important. I am so grateful and feel so blessed to be a graduate of SWA and to be a Sister in this Sisterhood and Community. Thank you Mama Gena for Loving EVERY WOMAN and spreading your message throughout the world ~ truly GRATEFUL for YOU. Love Love Love xoxooxoxoxoxxo

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Thea April 30, 2014 at 1:17 am

Mama,

Bravo! I LOVE this post. I cannot stop thinking about what you said this weekend: “Self hatred is the new smoking.” On the flight home, I began reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, and encountered the concept that self-hatred’s effect on others is akin to second hand smoke. Self hatred is the real epidemic which hurts us AND our sisters.

Women in our culture are starving for sisterhood, for connection, for community. We are starving to be celebrated. Many of us have learned to starve (physically) – denying ourselves nourishment and pleasure – because we’ve been taught this will help us achieve health and belonging!

I THRILLED to see another way of relating to women rather than through “mutual victimization.” I would like to nourish my sisters with the radiance of who I truly am and be nourished by their radiance in turn.

I would like to ooze pleasure from my every pore so that every woman I come into contact with gets a whiff of my second hand self love!

Thank you for bringing this TRUTH to the world.

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Valeri April 30, 2014 at 3:34 am

Just wanted to share my sisterhood story. Moma Gena officially came onto the scene when I gifted myself her book for Christmas. Being from New Zealand I was in the midst of summer and procedeed to do something pleasurable everyday. This led to very fun and enjoyable summer holidays. From an organic farmer who just showed up at our campsite the first night giving us great food for the rest of our trip, sand dune surfing with boogie boards to body surfing on a remote beach in my nickers.

I returned home in time to sew a hot pink leather skirt to wear to an interview for fashion design school. I was of course accepted. The school has been most supportive and encouraging. For a fifty year old it was quite a steep lurning curve, but all the young kids have been helpful and open to my being among them. A couple of weeks ago I strutted my stuff with four other models as they needed a fill in to test camera angles and lights for a show. What an experience to walk the catwalk like I deserved to be there. This from a woman who wouldn’t even look at herself in the mirror not so very long ago.

For my current project I have decided to design a collection for Columba Mom’s, my daughter’s school freinds mothers. These average women are so getting into the project and love the idea of being thought of as models. It is fun to watch this sisterhood blossom from the attention. My dream is to have them walk the catwalk in November each with their daughter in full school uniform (ie. blazer, tie, kilt and bobby socks). We still have a way to go, but I am convinced that by November they will all strut their stuff against all the waif thin twenty year olds wearing my classmates clothes.

Monday I am returning to the States to work for a couple of months in my real profession of architecture. Something that I couldn’t get to gel until I accepted fashion design school and decided it was ok to do something I desire. The best part is that I haven’t had to drop out of school. They are allowing me to study from a far. These women are sending me a way with encouragement promising to help my daughter if she needs it while I am away.

Moma Gena I don’t really understand what exactly you do, but I have embraced everything wholeheartdly and am enjoying the ride this energy has started. Who knows maybe I’ll even manage to figure out a way to enroll in mastery some time.

Forever thankful,

Valeri

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Pamela April 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Hello Lovely Sisters!

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I chose to heal my body naturally, without surgery, radiation or chemo, so my glorious body could heal my cancer. 6 months ago I got a clean bill of health!

I am embarking on a journey of sharing what I did and to change the laws so all doctors can talk about what I did. (Right now it is illegal for them to talk about it). One aspect of healing is to have a rock roaring good time in life. Of course Mama Gena would be part of the healing!

I did not tell a lot of people about my diagnosis because they started to look at me with pity and sadness. I wanted to continue engaging with life in a fun filled way.

Now I am looking to enjoy the journey of getting certified as a Truly Heal Coach and build my business. I can get overwhelmed with all the things to do to get a business off the ground and I am committed to stay focused on the ways that I can make this a fun, pleasurable journey.

You Rock My Sister Goddesses!

Love from,
Pamela

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SG Estela April 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm

SG Pamela,

I would like you to share with us some tips on how to heal ourselves.
Whatever you may say, I have been admiring women that manage to
heal by themselves a lot.

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Pamela May 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hi SG Estela,
Head on over to: HealFromCancer.com and I am just putting together lots of helpful tips to healing naturally.
Best,
SG Pamela

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SG SaraKarl May 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

Thank you Sister Goddess Pamela! Great job!!!

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Dr. Jeannette Anderson April 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Goddesses,

Why is it that we always put the needs of everybody else in front of ours?
Our family, our coworkers, our friends, our partners?
The priority shift occurs very rapidly when something BIG happens in our own lives….especially when it comes to our own health.
Have you heard the old adage…without your health you have nothing. Ladies it’s true.
Yet why wait this long? For the cancer card to show up? Diabetes? MS? High blood pressure? Side effects of menopause?
Many women wait until they are afflicted with symptoms of a disease that already is happening in the body. Cavities don’t happen overnight because you forgot to brush your teeth. It’s a process that happens over time. We are too busy taking care of the needs of other’s that we ignore these symptoms in the earlier stages or just DO NOT take care of ourselves because we are fulfilling the needs or the perceived needs of other’s.
How do I know? Because it has happened to me personally with Breast Cancer at the age of 39 and professionally…well I am a caregiver as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
My professional purpose is to open up the body so that it can heal naturally and help to reverse the process of disease and function with vitality.
I am here, nine years later and vital.
Breast Cancer is one of the hardest lessons of my life and one of the best. It taught me to REALLY live that life where my health; in body, mind and spirit are my biggest priority.
For without Health I have nothing and can give nothing.
What fun is that?
Ladies take the first step and make you and your health a priority….you will SOOOOOO enjoy the vitalism that Mama Gena’s teachings give you to a higher degree.
Excellent health is what you deserve.
Thanks,
Jeannette

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SG Estela April 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Goddesses,
I have been going in a roller coaster. I have all kinds of feelings, and I letting myself
honor those emotions in myself. I do not want to dump it in others, of course, but I
do not want to pretend. Screaming was easy in Mastery, I feel funny to go to the
mountain and hit rocks, does not come. I need the music and the ambiance.
I need tips to get my pain out. I have been doing the sensual dance talking about my problems, it is fun. It is a process.
I thank Mama Gena for your work, have a great trip to Paris!

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SG SaraKarl May 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

Estela, you are such a gift! Thank you for your share – I, too, have been on a roller coaster. It’s been so empowering to be here in Mastery, but this week something happened and it brought me all the way back down to tiny sara, no sister goddess-ness, just smallness, fear, shame. Thank god for sistergoddess.com – it REALLY helped me to climb out of that hole. It lasted one day, instead of months, hallelujah! You asked for tips to get pain out – I find that writing helps me – either letters to the people I’m thinking of, but never sending them! or just rants sometimes with colored pens and paints. Also, sad movies! Sometimes a movie will touch me in places that I keep protected and that gets me going! Also, certain music can do the same thing for me. Hope that helps! Thank you for your share, Sister Goddess Estela, you are beautiful!

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SG Monica - Momo May 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

I love you sooo much Mama Gena… I love each and everyone of my SGs!!! When I am with all of you… I AM IN HEAVEN!! I have been looking for sisterhood for my whole life and YES you are right… sisterhood will strength us ALL! We were not meant to tear apart, but to stand in unity for there’s strength in numbers!

I was feeling so bad since some Fleet Managers decided to not do business with me just because I am a woman and in their mind I must not know about cars… since I am a certified woman owned business… I decided to fight back and filed a complain with Comcast Corporate… I said I would like a full investigation and until I left to NYC for my beloved Womanly Art classes, I had not heard from them. When Mama Gena taught us about Swamp…. my heart had 1,000 horse power and it was racing!! I was trying to keep my cool… but you finally showed me what I really wanted to do… and boy did I do it!!! Mama Gena you are braking my chains one by one!!! Well, Pussy-Power Sister Goddess… last Tuesday while still home (yes… I was overwhelmed with our NYC Weekend… my body was on shutdown mode) I received a call from Comcast Corporate, Mr. Johnson (a Director) wanted to see how I was doing and said that my company was put back in the list of authorized repair stations for Comcast and PHH and that the investigation found that they were wrong, that WILNIQ AUTO BODY & MECHANICAL REPAIRS has an EXCELLENT repair records with NO “come backs” and that it’s an ECO-FRIENDLY company!!! He said he was sorry that happened with me!!! HELLOOOOOOO!!! THAT IS PUSSY POWER AND BEING AMONG YOU ALL FOR THE WEEKEND!!!!! Now… there’s so much meat here for a good Pussy-Power Lawyer to dig her teeth in that is not even funny! They did not reply to my e-mail or sent that in writing… they just called!!! I am asking for the GREAT PUSSY IN THE SKY to send me that Lawyer!! Meanwhile… I AM SOOOO HAPPY to have won this battle!

To see all my Sisters Goddesses from the stage … is a breath taking frame! There were so much love in that theater… we can change the world for sure! <3

To all my Sister Goddesses that shared, that went on the stage and trusted us with their pain… my deepest respect and love! I know brighter days are here for us!! <3… for ALL of us in this Mastery Program!

Knowledge is power… and Mama Gena… you are giving us the knowledge of ourselves!! How cool is that???!!!! I am sooo honored to be in your presence and in the presence of your staff, team pleasure, BSGs and each and every sister there! THIS IS A LABOR OF TRUE LOVE! <3

Mama Gena… I desire and conjure being hosted by you one of the times I go to NYC!

SISTERHOOD… I get it now! I GET IT!!! I am here for each and everyone of you… and I feel I can count with each and everyone of you!!! WOW!! I AM ON!!!!

Have a pussy-power day sisters!!!!

SG Monica/ MoMo

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Martha May 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I believe my anger is beautiful. And powerful. And extraordinary.

I know my anger has united me in sisterhood with others.Many others.

I stand in my anger, my beautiful anger, at injustice. I connect with my mother, whose anger in the 1970s put her on a picket line around a department store. And together, with her activist brothers and sisters, they changed that store’s hiring practices. Was she happy? Was she joyous? Of course. She and her fellow activists changed the world. And are still changing it.

I stand in my anger with my comrades in the LGBTQ community. Without their action, without, yes, their rage, the AIDs epidemic in the United States would have continued to grow. In the face of an indifferent government and an undereducated public, they fought. And that brought change. More now can be united in love, can be seen as the whole human beings that they are. But they have a long way to go. They are angry. And they should be.

I stand with pride with Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues. Her extraordinary creativity, her anger, and her sisterhood founded a movement. I remember hearing The Vagina Monologues in a college basement on Good Friday in 1995; Eve read from 3 x 5 cards under fluorescent light. The students, a mixed group of men and women, were captivated. The first person to raise his hand after Eve’s amazing performance was a young man, and he said, “As a heterosexual man, what can I do to help?” And Eve told a tender joke, and we all laughed. We knew this guy was brave. But everyone in that room was brave, too.

It is 19 years–19 YEARS–later. Eve’s anger and her heart and her creativity gave birth to an organization that raises millions of dollars to help women throughout the globe.

And most recently, I stand, in anger and in sisterhood, over the kidnapping in Nigeria of over 200 young women who were just trying to take a physics test. At the media that has, to a very large degree, ignored them. And my anger gives me fuel. To speak out about them. To seek the next step to help them. To Bring Back Our Girls.

This is my fuel: Joy. Love. Humor. Anger. The full catastrophe, as Zorba the Greek said. I know that isn’t everyone’s choice. But it is mine.

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SG SaraKarl May 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

Dear Mama Gena, what a great post, thank you! I love what you wrote, “A woman can locate herself most profoundly in the depth of community.” I have found that to be SO true! And I was hungering for community in New York when I found out about The School of Womanly Arts. I knew it was for me, but it took me four years to figure out how to pay for it. In that time, I suffered, I isolated, I doubted myself, I felt alone and like a failure as a human. It was the hardest time in my life. I am extremely healthy, but I got pneumonia at that time, and it occurred to me that my bad feelings were affecting my health. They were certainly affecting my ability to go out and create the life I wanted. I knew it and I couldn’t lift myself out of it.

Being of service to others, being a productive member of a community – hell, just being a participant in life! – these are ways that I have come to know my value. And really, getting in touch with my own brand of spirituality, too. Community and higher power are how I connect with my value. I find that my physical body clearly and immediately reflects my own sense of myself. When I’m feeling not enough, I gain weight. When I feel isolated and full of doubt, I sleep a ton. I can also go into overdrive, over-accomplishments. All of which are unhealthy impositions on my body, and after witnessing my two dear aunts battle breast cancer, it is clear that that lack of self-care is quite serious and destructive.

Thank you Mama Gena for this school. You are REALLY HELPING THE WORLD!!!!!

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Pamela May 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

You Rock Sister Goddess SaraKarl!

Love your energy and radiance!

Best,
SG Pamela

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Pamela T. Mago May 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

There has never be a better time to take care of yourself and your health. Some challenges are deep rooted and through Time Quintessence/Time Line Healing Techniques training, it is discovered that 95% of most diseases’s root cause is conflict, unresolved conflict, fear, inferiority conflict, anger, inability to process ugly conflict.

Something to think about, is it not? The Subconscious Mind records conflict even from a very young age and this is so key especially for us women and I emphasize on the Africans and most Black cultures where you never ever talked back or even defended yourself to your parents. You just had to chunk up conflict and unfortunately if you have never dealt with it, it’s still there and could be a reason why you have this dis-ease or the other in your life. Something as little as constipation is caused by ugly, indigestible anger/conflict. Dr Phineas Quimby, in one of his research said that all dis ease starts from the mind. This is a study of modern science and now doctors are looking at new ways to interact with their patients because they now have realized that no amount of medication can heal the body, the body was made to self heal and self repair therefore by dealing with the deep rooted issues, you deal with root and then treat the symptoms but prescribing the medicine and a lifestyle change.

I think this is why this program is so key because it deals with Mastery.

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