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The world is overwhelming but we will not be overwhelmed.

Reading headlines makes me feel things. 

Grief.

Rage.

Despair.

Genocide is happening in our lifetime. Parents are watching their children die of starvation. Sexual predators win political office. Elephants are being hunted to extinction for ivory. Boys are being shot dead because of their color. Girls are being abducted and trafficked. 

I don’t have to tell you how bad it is. I don’t have to tell you this is just the start.
I know ours is the same broken heart.

And it’s overwhelming.

The temptation to shut down is strong. 
It’s a way of coping. You aren’t uncaring to do it.
But I don’t want you to shut down.
I don’t want you to turn off.
The world needs your spark of life, your unique connection to aliveness.
Your rousing.

The antidote to overwhelm isn’t turning off, but turning on. Awakening.

Changing turbulent times, we have, yes.
And if you are reading this, right now, I know something about you.
You are a woman who is in process.
In the process of awakening.  
Awakening to life, awakening to herself, awakening to what makes her uncomfortable, awakening to what she wants for herself and others, awakening to her most deeply held longings.
I know you feel it.
The call to awaken more and more to who we are in the world, and figure out how to become even more deeply and powerfully who we are while taking the world around us higher.  
Every day.
Which is a lot of pressure.
Because awakening – born of the old english word, awæcnan which means “to spring into being, arise, originate” – is a conscious, deliberate action. Not an unconscious response.
What will you spring into being? 

You can transform overwhelm to awakening. 

If we are to arise from our hand-wringing and hopelessness – and that’s the plan – none of us can make this transition with our thoughts alone. It has to be done with our connection not only to our body, but to the body of mother earth, herself. We have to remember that we have access to something bigger than ourselves. We are bigger than ourselves.

When I feel myself in danger of turning off and shutting down, here is how I turn on:

1.  I give thanks. Thanks for my rage, thanks for my intensely powerful feelings, thanks for the connection to myself, thanks for the anger and the grief of every woman who has the courage to come forth, now, in this world. I feel my feelings – all of them, and I go to the place where we are all connected, and I feel grateful for that interconnection. 

2.  I dance, I move. I place my rage and sorrow into the heart of our sacred earth, and dance. I dance with the great mother, and lean into her. And just like the New York City autumn leaves that have fallen to the ground, ready to slowly be transformed here where I live, I place myself and my dancing body into the natural cycle of mother earth’s power to take in all that needs to be deconstructed, composted, remade into the clean renewable fuel of transformation. Her energy and ability connects me to mine.

3.  I create an offering of beauty. This might be my dance. It might be the simple lighting of a candle at my altar. It might be an action I choose to take on behalf of another, in the world. It might be the way I choose to dress, in celebration of my feminine. The way I choose to presence love, with my actions. The way I choose to be awake.

Refusing to turn off, and intentionally turning on, doesn’t end racism or sexism or war, but it returns me to myself so I am more whole to face those things. It returns me to my humanity and my divinity, and from that connected place, I can respond wisely and lovingly. The world needs more of us doing more of that, more often. The world needs you showing us all how.

Choosing not to turn off, not to turn away, not to shut down takes so much courage and it’s more easily done with the support of other women. The Womanly Arts Experience (February 3-4, 2018) is the best way I know to practice, in the presence of sisterhood, live, in-person, and in community. 

We are all, together, so much greater than what is happening on this planet, right now. And now is the time to tap in and turn on to that greater awareness and greater connection with ourselves, each other, and this planet. Please come and practice with me in a circle of women, thousands strong. You are invited. You are needed. If you feel called, it is my gift to you. (You may reserve your spot here for as long as seats are still available.)

In the comments below, let us know how you are awakening.  
•  In what ways has your awareness changed?
•  How are you responding to the call?
•  How do you turn on, when it seems so much easier to turn off?

With love and thanks,

Regena Thomashauer, aka “Mama Gena”
The School of Womanly Arts

p.s. My team and I are taking a break for the holidays next week and the week after, so if you do have any questions, ask them today while we’re still in the office. Can’t wait to reconnect in the New Year!

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12 comments… add one

  • Jami Hanna December 13, 2017, 3:39 pm

    Mama Gena,
    After attending the “Experience” event this month in NYC, I am forever changed. Thank you. I couldn’t get enough of your words … even after reading PUSSY and listening to it on Audible over and over again, I learn more each and every time and I realize you are an absolute GENIUS. My biggest takeaway: I am still very ANGRY with those who abused me. I truly thought I had “…let if go.” But you have given me hope and the tools to channel that anger into a new direction and use it to propel myself forward in a positive way, turning the rupture to rapture. You are, simply stated, absolutely amazing. Brilliant. Fabulous.
    Sincerely,
    Jami

  • Barbara December 13, 2017, 10:50 am

    I’m a Mastery Graduate from about 10 years ago. Is it possible for me to attend this event?

  • Debra McNulty December 13, 2017, 6:41 am

    Wow your timing is always right – just when I was being to feel the world as gone mad after the recent incident in my city NYC and every little thing seemed to be weighing on me – I get an email from you with right on advice – thank you – I can already feel my spirit lifting! Happy Holidays

  • Simar December 13, 2017, 12:02 am

    I turn myself on by:
    1. Journaling: I love to journal and get my thoughts out on paper. In my journal I ask the goddess direct questions about what I can do in certain situations where I feel stuck and somehow I get answers as I’m writing it all down.
    2. Dancing: it helps me get out of my funk. And I start to get excited about life again.

    Thank you for this article and everything you do. I’ve been loving reading all your books and so excited to be a part of this movement alongside you.

  • Cat Davis December 12, 2017, 5:22 pm

    This was incredibly timely. I had just said to myself this morning. I can’t stand all this anymore I need to quit reading the news and get off social media. Instead I will dance and art and reconnect to the mother.

  • Kavida December 12, 2017, 2:30 pm

    Mama!!
    Your books have changed my life your insights have inspired me.. yet, these blogs and the negativity I can not do.. I registered for the February event but the moral is down of the people you are attracting.. I cannot be apart of this.. donate my ticket to someone else.. thank you 😊 for all you have done.. I love you and what you stand for..

  • Lis December 12, 2017, 2:06 pm

    Direct answers to your questions, Mama Gena.
    My awareness is clear, bright ans all seeing. With that I mean behind the masquerades, way beyond the manipulation (social, cultural, historical)
    I’ve responded by creating a movement – World Bank of Hope – your Value as a Woman / Natural Leadership Reconnected and Renewed. The WBofH being the PB, PelvicBowl of Women.
    I self-turn on with my inner work, connecting to the Fire of Life. I also turn on by reading your messages, working with my fem.clients connecting to their CoreValues. I turn on because I have to – to stay alive in this mess, manipulation and disturbance we’re facing, to balance my being. The turn off has bigger forces on its side.
    – And I turn on for the enjoyment, for the beauty of it, and for the connection .
    xo,
    Lis

  • Jane December 12, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I’m realizing what I no longer want. I’ve never been able to fully stick up for myself and when I do I usually call someone to confirm that I wasn’t too tough on that person. I am awakening my inner strength and no longer just letting things happen. Especially things that I want slipping away from me just because I’m afraid to speak up.

  • Jennifer December 12, 2017, 1:26 pm

    In response to your question, honestly, I don’t give a shit anymore. The world and the assholes in it have taken a compassionate, caring, empathetic woman and turned me cold. No one has ever cared about me, not my parents or my children or any man I have ever loved. This saddens me to say this but I just don’t care anymore about any of it. I just had my heart broken again recently and not one of my so called friends on Facebook has responded with any kindness. I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the point.

    • Doreen Marino December 12, 2017, 3:42 pm

      Jennifer, being a victim to your circumstances will only bring more of the same. Once we realize that we are the captain of our ship, and that no one else gets a vote in where our ship goes, we become empowered. We create our reality through our thoughts and words. Nothing else. No one can hurt us unless we see it that way. Take what you can learn by the circumstances and move forward. We all have circumstances in our lives. Don’t let them define you. Love, Doreen

  • Rachel December 12, 2017, 12:02 pm

    I was at The Experience 2 weekends ago & now every morning I find time to meditate & dance & feel my aliveness, beauty, sensual nature & joy. I have been turned in everyday since & feel my work as a body worker has been enhanced more from this weekends experience than studying more body mechanics, energy loops or spiritual works! The awakening is palpable in my relationships man, woman child or beast as well because I am feeling the source of my own divinity in a way I have never experienced. Profound inner experience that transmits & transforms into every aspect of my life. Thank you! Thank you for this & hopefully you will see my 3 daughters at The Experience Feb 3rd & 4th.

  • Kini December 12, 2017, 11:11 am

    I appreciate this beautiful list of expression deep in my heart. Thank you. As I sat in my car I read it out loud for a morning affirmation. I wept. I believe.
    I don’t know why it makes me weep so, although it also gives me a feeling of affirmation, hope, and possibility.
    Being exposed to your movement has been a blossoming of acceptance of who I am and awakening to my enormous potential.
    Expansion of me, please Universe.
    I love this tribe !!!!!!

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