December 2008

Welcoming the New Year as a Goddess

by Leonie Dawson on December 31, 2008

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

I’m tapping this to you in the sweet early sweeps of a New Year’s morning. Last night, champagne bottles began bubbling over, parties were thrown and fireworks began cracking… but this is not how I celebrated New Year’s. There is quietness in my bones this morning. A brand new blue shining day. This morning, I want to give power and voice to each of us making Holy Days {holi-days} our own. Whether that’s turning our current holidays into days of meaning and power, or claiming new days that are our own Sacred Days.

Here are some ways to welcome in the New Year as a Goddess, celebrating it as a day of power and profound space.

Letting Go

2008 – the numerological sign of 1 – was a year of New Beginnings. I personally witnessed huge changes take place in relationships, souls and circumstances – in my own life, those around me, and the world as a whole. They weren’t just changes, they were transformations. Yep – it’s been a big year. New Year’s is a time for giving gratitude for the blessings and lessons the past year has given each of us, and letting go of anything that we need to release in order to embrace our future.

Letting go – it can take it’s shape in so many forms. Throwing out, clearing clutter, burning paper with fears scrawled on it, releasing physically, emotionally, etherically. So many of us can have fear when it comes to Letting Go – but I like to see our lives as the sand right beside the ocean. Dig a hole in it, and it fills right up again with sparkling sea water. We are just like that – clear out some pieces that need releasing, and that hollow space becomes hallowed space – filled with sparkling sea water, ready for new and beautiful things to come into our lives.

And so, that’s how I came last night to be standing over my parents-in-law’s bathroom sink, scissors in hand, chopping away at my hair. With each cut, I sent up a prayer – letting go all that had frayed my hair in the last year and asking to be filled instead with grace. I let go so I may step into my beautiful future. I let go so I may step into my beautiful new year. I let go so I may be my beautiful self.

I gathered my hair ends, and walked outside, offering them to a lavendar plant to nourish it, sustain it, allowing my old parts return to the soil to become something new. It makes me smile and glow to know that in some small way, my hair will become a part of that lavendar bush, helping it to exude its soft healing scent, helping colour its tips vibrant purple, helping it be all it is supposed to be. All that is let go is not lost – it goes on to create new miracles.

Just like us. I stood beneath a crescent moon, and a bright shining Venus, hair new and curling pixie-like, raised my arms to the wind and said Thank you, dear world. For all you have given me. For all that is to come.

Setting your intentions

We were wandering around yesterday, my love and I, finding hidden bookstores in this funny old town by the river, when he took my hand. He takes me to a general store, and hunts the aisles. He’s got the look of a man on a mission. And he is. He finds wide polished river stones, and a marker pen. He drives me to the river, where an old tree stands beside the water.

Let’s write words for the New Year on the stones, and throw them in the river. The river will take care of them.

This man’s simple wisdom and grace takes me by surprise even after eight years of loving him.

And so we did. In three stones, I distilled exactly what called my heart and soul for the coming year.

And now, my intentions live beneath Mama Murray, beneath the old tree and the white birds. Just waiting to be born, with me as their mother, with the universe as our midwife.

Passing the Talking Stick to you…

As always, you can share in the comments circle… or just ponder these questions in the way that is right for you…

What do you wish to let go of to step into your beautiful New Year?
You don’t always have to know what to let go of – just to have the intention can be enough. Whatever is right for you, is perfect.
How you would like to let go of it?What are your intentions for the New Year?How would you like to create a ceremony to celebrate your intentions in a way that is meaningful for you?

Deepest blessings of a New Year to you, beautiful soul.
I am so glad you are here – that we are all here – listening to the Goddess inside.

Love,

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Goddess Kris: Custom Soul Story

by Leonie Dawson on December 26, 2008

Hola gorgeous goddesses!

I’m sitting here in a parking lot in a tiny town in South Australia, catching the waves of someone else’s internet connection to bring you a little burst of colour and joy for the day!

More joys to come later once I’m back to my own happy space and time, but for now… here’s one of my latest Soul Story custom artworks of the gorgeous Goddess Kris. It’s been an absolute joy connecting with Kris these past few months, and I love love LOVED making this rainbow artwork to remind her of the beauty that is so evident about her.

I’m wishing all of you the most precious day, filled with grace and knowing how beautiful you really are.

Big love,

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Surviving and thriving this season as a Goddess

by Leonie Dawson on December 24, 2008

Hola gorgeous goddesses,

Over here in tomorrow-land, it is the evening of Christmas Day. It’s been a big & beautiful day, and filled with a whole rainbow of emotions. A panoply of feelings – joy, grief, gratitude, love, sadness, homesickness, boredom. The feeling of wanting to run far far away and run home home home – both happening at the same time.

And I suspect I’m not the only one who feels the feelings-rainbow during these holidays. Hopefully next year I’ll put together a guide *before* Christmas, but having just learned the lessons today, I wanted to share them now – for all those with Christmas still ahead of us – and all of us still in the midst of those funny days between Christmas and New Years. So I wanted to share with you my little bit of goddess wisdom for surviving and *thriving* this Christmas season as a Goddess… and then ask you for your own goddess wisdom. Let’s gift each other with new soul-vistas of possibility. :)

Re-naming the season.

It’s usually called the “Celebration Season” – I know. But if it isn’t for you right now, don’t force it. Your personal celebration season will come in perfect time. Claim this season as yours by renaming it instead – is it your healing season? Rejuvenation season? Hibernation? Chillaxin to the maxin season? Slowly integrating the huge changes, transformation and lessons of 2008 season? Gentle feeling and allowing season?

Whatever is your soul’s season right now, it’s perfect. Just as it is.

Forget the Rules. Make your own.

There’s so many “rules” we can fall into about what Christmas is supposed to be. Christmas is supposed to be perfect. Surrounded by family. Without troubles or concern. If your Christmas isn’t looking like this, I’m so very there with you. As are more than the majority of the population. Christmas *is* what it *is* on the day. Love it anyway. Love yourself anyway.

Let’s try and give ourselves the gift of not judging what our Christmas *should* be, or comparing ourselves and our precious lives to others {especially those in movies and tv christmasses!}

This is definitely my big one for this year. I live a couple thousand kilometres from my hometown and my beautiful, big family. We decided not to fly back home for Christmas as we were just there a couple of months ago on holiday. Instead, we spent Christmas just the two of us {with Charlie-too}. For a girl from a nucleus family of seven, that’s tiny. Tomorrow we’ll be driving a thousand kilometres west to Chris’ parents. But today – after declaring I never wanted to spend Christmas without family ever again – I had a Christmas without family.

This morning we woke early – and decided we wanted a delicious breakfast for our Christmas. And of course – nowhere was open. We drove around for an hour, like lost sheep, looking for something. There wasn’t anything. And I sighed, and blahed, and whined my way for our whole loopty-loop.

Finally, my love said to me “Hon, today’s just another day. Stop feeling like it’s gotta be something really special, and just let it be special – just as it is. All is well, just as it is. Treat it like another day – another day for you to enjoy as much as you can. And let the rest just go.”

And just like that – with no pressure to perform or have the best Christmas ever – it just unfolded. Kind and gentle and precious, just like every other day I’ve lived on this planet. One I stopped making rules on poor ol’ Christmas Day, it got to be another day of living and loving and laughing, simply and gently, as best we can.

Over to you, precious soul…

I wanted to make this longer. I had all these other ideas I wanted to articulate and find a way to share. But… my own Goddess wisdom for right now tells me… be gentle. connect with your love. read in bed. rest.

So I pass the talking stick on to you dear Goddess sisters:
What is your wisdom for surviving and thriving this Christmas season?
What is your soul’s season, and where does your journey take you this time of year?

You are so loved, and I am so grateful for you.
Merry-Soul’s-Season-in-all-its-precious-shapes-and-sizes,

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Tomorrow I’m on a wild and fabulous roadtrip for a week. Email checks will be spo*rad*ical. Hoping to post some Goddess gorgeousness blogs along the way. Orders will be taken care of when I’m back on 4th Jan. *big love!*