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From mundane to magical (+ why we go to Paris)

I just got back from Paris. With 80 gorgeous women. Their beauty makes me weep; can you see what I mean from these photos?

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Paris.
Why Paris?
The food? The architecture? The museums? The Gauloises?
No. Not really.

There are no words to describe the pleasure we each got from all of those things. But that’s not why Paris.

We were there in hot pursuit of a space, a place, a time.
Hot pursuit of a spell that was cast.
And each of us was filled with the passion and an insistence to cast that spell again.

I take my entire Creation Course to Paris to connect with the Courtesan.
Why Courtesan? I know what you are thinking…you are thinking “prostitute”—and I want to open a new doorway in your imagination.

I want to invite you into the world of the Courtesan. In this case, the Courtesan for the twenty-first century. For centuries, successful Courtesans were the freest women on the planet. From fifteenth-century Rome to nineteenth-century Paris, courtesans charmed and advised Europe’s most important leaders, seduced their way to power, wealth, education, and sexual freedom. They were the arbiters of style, fashion, and trends. Courtesans had the right to own property, to control their own money, to be educated, and to choose their lovers. They cultivated the Womanly Arts. This was a far cry from the other women of this time, who had none of these privileges. Even noblewomen from wealthy families were considered the property of their fathers and husbands. They were denied all the freedoms we take for granted today. Actually, feminism arose because of the courtesan. Women saw the freedom that courtesans possessed, and wanted to experience that for themselves. 

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I take my Creation students to Paris because Paris is where the Courtesan was born.
It is life-changing to go to the place that gave rise to the Courtesan.
Historically, the Courtesans are fascinating.

Thousands of years ago, they started as the priestesses of Aphrodite. Over time, they became less priestesses and more sensual companions, and muses, to the men in power.

There was (and is) serious repression for women, globally, in patriarchal cultures.
But these women, who started with no advantages, transcended the repression.
They remade themselves.
They learned how to fence, how to ride, how to write poetry.

They were able to become fabulous.
Instead of forgettable.

Fabulous. Let’s unpack that word: the root is fable, and a fable is a story that restores the meaning to life. Which is what the Courtesans did expertly.
In living their legend, they restored the meaning to life, not only for themselves, but for everyone who encountered them.

We went to Paris to encounter the elements that lead a woman to restore her own legend, to encounter her innate fabulousness, and transcend from the mundane to the magical.
The most difficult dimension to teach a woman is how to become fabulous.
How do we go from good to better?
Usually, we create a bit of good, and then we get lazy and roll back into mediocre. Then it’s such hard work to get back to good again. We’re so used to solving crises and dealing with day-to-day problems, that the threshold to fabulous never gets crossed.

It’s hard work to ascend.
And all the magic is in ascension.
In order to make that leap, a woman needs the right formula. The formula involves sisterhood, tools, arts, community, support, and huge desire – and the spark that ignites it all is Paris.

CafeParis presses you right up against a gorgeous limestone wall, like a hungry lover, and forces you to remember a forgotten part of yourself. She reminds you that you are more than your hard work, you are more than struggle, striving, and stress. She whispers, “You are poetry, you are beauty, you are magic, you are worthy of worship. Let me serve you the best, the most beautiful, the most delectable. Let me surround you with inspiration, with gorgeous gardens, beautiful cathedrals, winding rivers, exquisite art, to remind you that you are fabulous. This beauty that you have been longing for has been longing for you.”

When your surroundings are beautiful – and what is more beautiful than Paris? – the ascension from good to better is easier.

It is in Paris that each of us can learn what it takes to ascend, and we can make sure to pour that missing trace element back into our lives when we return home.

Let’s use Paris as our inspiration this week. Tell me in the comments below:
Where you can find beauty in your own life?
Where can you find inspiration?
What is happening now that is good, and how can you make it even better?

We all have a bit of Paris inside.
Whether we have set foot in France or not.

With so much love and pleasure,This community is so glorious in its outpouring of love and support for one other. Let’s take each other even higher this week, on the wings of your inner Paris.

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p.s. Here are a few more of my fave pics for your viewing pleasure . . .

Group waving

SGs red drinks

Garden 4 SGs

Eiffel night 3 SGs

Blonde crosswalk

Brasserie 3 SGs

Versailles

Lauren x3 eve

Louvre

Boat ride

bridge of locks SGs

white dress

Melinda feather

Big thanks to Creationistas Ninna Amora, Jill Martin, and Kristen Dalzen for sharing their photos with us!

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  • marybeth dorn May 26, 2014, 6:58 pm

    the energy and beauty is amazing! Tears streamed down my cheeks as my heart opened! Haven’t met you yet, and I can feel the incredible connection of you beautiful women into yourselves and with each other. this is the connection I am so desiring and needing!!! thank you!
    MaryBeth

  • Angela May 24, 2014, 7:09 am

    I just Love Paris, There is something magical there in Paris.. Looks like the beautiful ladies enjoyed it as well! Thanks for Sharing!

  • Stephanie Marrone May 23, 2014, 10:43 pm

    These pictures are breathtaking! I always find it fascinating that Sister Goddesses have such a radiant and gorgeous glow about them. I felt like I was there with you too. Who knows, maybe the creation journey will seduce me next year…..xo

  • SG Simin (Erotic Powerhouse, Full Surrender) May 23, 2014, 5:31 pm

    I desire sisterhood in all aspects of my life, the light, the dark, the pleasure, the pain. Just the holding be it New York or Paris 🙂 🙂

  • Melanie Crum May 23, 2014, 10:33 am

    Oh what beautiful pictures! Now I want to go there even more than ever. All of you look so beautiful, your spirits were obviously nourished by that glorious place, you are all glowing! I really hope to go there some day with your group. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    SG Melanie

  • Luxurious Laurie May 21, 2014, 8:36 am

    Ahhhh…I can feel the beauty and inspiration in your words, Regena. And I am so thankful for YOU and for this post as I, once again, make incredibly brave changes in my life.

    I brag that I am an expert at remaking myself and my life into whatever I desire…I have actually done it my entire life…I am now leaving NY for CA permanently, and am boldly recreating my work, my home and my entire life…and I am so grateful to have the courage, strength and ability to do this, and anything else I truly desire…and I am SO excited!!

    I find beauty and inspiration everywhere I look because that is who I am. And I attract more because of that.

    I brag that people tell me almost daily how my bright, loving energy inspires them…and how they love to be near me because of it!!

    I am LOVE. And gratitude flows from my every pore.

    I adore you.

    Luxurious Laurie Mayer

  • Carrie May 21, 2014, 1:13 am

    Wow wow wow!! Amazing beautiful creations! I love this adventure. The stories are so divine!

  • Jane Koehler May 20, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Inspiring photos, beautiful women joyously enjoying the wonders of Paris. Thank you for sharing.

  • Margaret Grant May 20, 2014, 7:56 pm

    What fabulous photos and the words Mama Gena all help me in my life – I have struggled all my life to come out and be me. My Mum and I have a difficult relationship and she always knocks me around. I don’t think she means it though. I don’t know. I think jealousy is the bottom line.

  • Deborah Smith aka SG Wicked May 20, 2014, 7:48 pm

    FF: This beauty that you have been longing for has been longing for you.”
    Such a needed reminder. I forget the two wayness of longing. Thank you.

    Beauty in my life is everywhere. My tiger, my yellow labs, my gardens full of flowers, my handsome mustang gelding, this high desert with the Sierras, Tahoe and Pyramid lakes, my gorgeous blue roan mare,mt clothes, my shoes, my art and my completely hand painted interior of my home.

    I draw my inspiration from my desires, my children, my friends, movies that impress me, other peoples work and art and my sense of connectedness to the living world.

    There is a TON of things that work well in my life: yoga, work, family, home, health, friendships. For all that works so beautifully my job is to keep desiring and fully appreciating all that is so great. For those things that I want to be better I am learning(Thank you, MG) to focus more clearly on what exactly it is that I desire in that area and then go for it with all the tools you have given us.

    So great to see my Mastery classmate SGs posts re the wonders of Paris in Creation. Am looking forward to my time !

    As always, great blog. I so appreciate being pointed in the direction I want to go!

  • Ellen Silverman May 20, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Simply gorgeous! Truly envious!

  • Sui May 20, 2014, 6:24 pm

    it always makes me shine when I see the photos of women’s beautiful faces…women revelling in their own beauty and having fun are just GOD DAM GORGEOUS!! having followed the way of the courtesan for all of my lives I totally get the Paris thing…good on your Mamma Gena for facilitating this for woman and then sharing with us all xxoo

  • Anita May 20, 2014, 5:59 pm

    Fabulous is such a tip of the happiness iceberg. It’s how I felt when I went to
    Paris in 2002. I will return. You all look so happy. and it’ s contagious.
    It makes me want a cup of coffee on an outside cafe. (even though I’m on my health diet)

  • joyce May 20, 2014, 5:47 pm

    You Ladies all look RADIANT!!!!!!

  • zezeh Ilheuna May 20, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Regena thank you so much. And for any woman that still have any question about if you can do this, the answer is yes you can do, you can have the best life and everything you need is inside of you, you most say “Yes” don’t matter where you starting (boot camping, Master, ). You only need to say “yes” and the rest will come.
    I had the best time of my life and so many things has being changed inside of me, I went to Mamagena, school of woman art, to be a goddess and I can say now that I’m a goddess and much more, and I meet the most exquisite amazing sister-goddess that had being simple the best, the see the transformation is magical, it’s the most beautiful thing in life, throughout all the stages each of the creationists go deep inside, and Mamagena always making sure that We could go deeper and be even more fabulous. And you give Us the best experience and transformation. I’m so grateful for this amazing journey., that I know it’s just the beginning of a great creation life that is in my hand or better in my Pussy.

    • Lilian May 22, 2014, 8:50 pm

      Zeze you rock girl!!
      MamaGena you have transformed my life. Thank you!!

  • SG Estela May 20, 2014, 12:50 pm

    It feels joy, beauty, freedom and a great time, you are opening our appetites to want more from life, thanks for sharing, I want to go beautiful goddesses,

  • SG Mona May 20, 2014, 12:43 pm

    You all rocked Paris!! You are all so beautiful and GLOWING!! Creation Course in on my Desire list.

  • Maureen May 20, 2014, 12:36 pm

    WOW! I am totally inspired by the beautiful photos from Paris.
    Mama Gena you are a genius!
    Today I choose to walk in beauty and live the magic!
    I create beauty and magic in my watercolor paintings.

    Today I will access my ability to conjure money so that I can afford to do Mastery and take the Courtesan trip to Paris.
    Thanks for making my day.
    Love to all Sister Goddesses.

  • Karen Quinn May 20, 2014, 12:20 pm

    Gorgeous! As I was looking at the pictures, I was reminded that in any picture of a Mama Gena event, every woman looks beautiful. You can help but look beautiful when you are basking in the glow of the sisterhood. Thank you for sharing these wonderful images and memories!

  • Jessica Procini May 20, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Paris was divine! Thank you Regena for this post so we can continue to go higher higher higher and be wafted with the magic from Paris again and again and again!

  • Laura Jacobs May 20, 2014, 11:57 am

    I had been to Paris 6 times before Regena .NOTHING comes close to the experience of being a courtesan with my sister goddesses The sensual delights of a life well lived and a woman self defined made it our Paris. We stayed for one more week in an air B and B
    I felt like I got to experience my womanhood at a whole new level.

    Thanks Regena

    • Eugenia May 22, 2014, 11:27 pm

      Well Framed!!!!

  • TessIrina May 20, 2014, 11:56 am

    Oh what gratitude I feel to have the freedom to unpack fabulous… in every moment. Exactly where I am.

  • SGC Travel Temptress May 20, 2014, 11:22 am

    80 gorgeous women, coiffed, beautiful smiles, thank you so much for sharing – it added to my daydreams. You piqued my interest – did the group meet a courtesan? Ask questions, be entertained? what happened and what did you learn?
    Continue in pleasure and fabulous courses!

  • SG Dancing Dark Angel May 20, 2014, 10:56 am

    Thank you so much for this post and pics which is allowing me to relive the fabulousness of Paris all over again! I brag as I was walking to work this AM in NYC, I carried the afterglow of Patis and stepped into the beauty of Les Printemps right here in NYC. Big smiles and lots of love from this Dark Angel!

  • Jennifer ( SG FAB) May 20, 2014, 10:33 am

    Simply Gorgeous! I LOVED seeing the sensual beauty in all my Creationistas. Though, I could not embark physically on this journey this year, I got to weave a beautiful story of pleasure through the lens of my fabulous sisters.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    xoxo SG FAB

  • SG Tahera May 20, 2014, 10:27 am

    Soon inspirational…… I will be going to Paris at the end of the month and my beautiful Sister Goddesses have paved the way for me to live on the seat of the Courtesans throne while I’m there. I love you !!!!! Thanks Mama Gena for reminding me to continue to engulf myself in my Fabulousness. I shall taste the wine, slowly eat the bread,

  • melodyk May 20, 2014, 10:11 am

    What wonders await each of us. Springtime in Paris – thank you for sharing the beauty, the joy and energy.

  • SG Ssanyu May 20, 2014, 10:06 am

    I am in awe of the beauty of all you women. Your incandescence leaps from the photos and fills my heart and being with pure joy. I desire to be on the next Paris trip. I have had Paris on my desire list as long as I remember and had begun to talk myself out of that desire because I have no idea when I will be able to find the time and money to go. Thank you for reminding me why it was a desire to begin with! I luxuriate in the gorgeousness and look forward to joining you on a future trip. And YES to the goddess in the white gown! Yes, yes, yes honey!!!!

    • Janine June 17, 2014, 11:30 pm

      Yes! I saw the woman in the white gown and thought the same. Goddess…

  • Marty the One Woman Party (named by my kids) May 20, 2014, 9:33 am

    This was inspirational……what happy pics and what beautifully radiant women! Thank you!

    • Janell Lundgren May 21, 2014, 1:23 am

      LOVE your name. 😀

  • BSG Glitzy Cougar Karen May 20, 2014, 9:20 am

    May I rub all your gorgeous heads!

  • Meg aka Writer Babe May 20, 2014, 9:20 am

    OMGoddess! I want what they are having! Every single one of those SGs was glowing and gorgeous. Unlocked. Unleashed. Unbelievable.

    I sometimes struggle to find the beauty and the pleasure in my crazy chaotic life. And then I realize that I have designed my life this way, so I get to design it any way I want. I find beauty in the spring sunshine and in the flowers in my garden that my landscaper planted just for me. I find pleasure in my first hot cup of tea in the morning. I find inspiration in the brags and swamps and gorgeous questions (and BSG answers) on the Mastery boards, and in the support of my SG friends (the Sister Goddess Pleasure Posse and my study buddies.) I find inspiration in the envy I feel for others brags and the good in others lives because I know that’s where my desires lie. I have so much good in my life — my kids, the business I built, my lover and partner, to name a few — and I want it ALL higher.

    • SG Simin (Erotic Powerhouse, Full Surrender) May 23, 2014, 5:25 pm

      This so very well framed!

  • Lara Wisniewski May 20, 2014, 9:20 am

    Unbelievable! Thank you for starting out my day with such glory!

  • anoek van praag May 20, 2014, 9:18 am

    lovely lovely lovely
    But what about women like me, who have no money, none,and need women company,women support, women growth and trips!
    Is this only for the rich and the beautiful?
    I guess so
    best to al of you
    anoek

    • lissa May 20, 2014, 9:51 am

      Anoek, it is FOR YOU. When I first discovered mama gena’s work I was trying to support myself and two small children, in Los Angeles, on less than $10,000 a year. We didn’t have a car and we lived in a single 12 foot by 12 foot room. I started with scraps: taking in huge gulps of honeysuckle-scented air as I walked past a neighbor’s blooming vine; bringing home armfuls of wildflowers gathered from the bike trail to decorate my breakfast table, savoring the sweet minutes at dawn with a lit candle and a steaming cup of mint tea from the wild mint that grew at my front stoop. When I ran errands, I walked slowly and with a sway in my hips, savoring the feel of the sun. I smiled at everyone I wished to. I had always thought I had neither wealth nor beauty, but this practice proved me wrong. Sending love, sweet sister—may you find beauty to bathe in today!

      • Rachel May 20, 2014, 5:29 pm

        <3 Honeysuckle and your poetic writing! Hope to go on a trip like this soon!

      • Plett May 22, 2014, 10:57 am

        Where is the LIKE button!!!

    • Eugenia May 22, 2014, 11:25 pm

      When you step your foot in School of Womanly Arts, you learn how to create a peace of your own Paris. Paris is everything, your imagination, your desire, your willingness to test the beauty and see the beauty in everything. Greatest courtesans started on the street with no money to even buy a small bag of french fries but they were willing to learn to enjoy the scent of the world, make small steps towards their bigness and beauty.

      I started creating my Paris before I went to Paris. I got myself a book about Paris and Courtesans; I bought chocolate from Paris makers; I got myself a Parisian-like hat and a scarf; I bought flowers for myself. You don’t need to go to Paris to have a Paris life… just go out and buy yourself a bag of french fries, smell the scent of fresh fries, taste one at a time and slowly and then journal your sensations… Next, take a trip to Mama Gena and do a free weekend or a weekend in Miami, if you not already involved in Mastery…

      with love
      xxx

  • satya twena May 20, 2014, 9:13 am

    gorgeous! this makes me want to hop on a plane today! thanks for posting.
    what a fabulous group of gorgeous women! xx satya

    • SG Ninna May 20, 2014, 9:35 am

      Satya!!! You totally called it when you created the red hat for me. I’ve never received so many compliments from SG’s, waiters and random Parisians. Your hat was the perfect accessory for this trip to Paris. I told everyone about you! xoxo