Celebrate the Goddess in Us All

It’s a happy day for me! Candace has picked up where one of my favorite meditations and a talented meditation guide left off last December. The meditation is a Women’s Goddess Meditation and the guide is an intuitive, special person named Kisha.

Women – all women reading this – please consider coming to this wonderful bonding, healing, quiet, reflective, and happy time of the week, Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at Phoenix and Dragon. You will not be disappointed. I’ve already told hubby, get ready for me to be gone for an hour on Mondays.

At one time, I went regularly to this guided women’s meditation at a nearby spiritual center.  Then they canceled it. I think the time was the issue, 5:30 on a Monday. I was so sad that they cancelled it that I showed up for two weeks afterwards thinking there had to be a mistake. On the third week, the spiritual center’s director called me to make sure I wasn’t coming because she wasn’t going to be there this time.

For a beginning meditator, this meditation is perfect because it’s broken into three parts; even though it lasts an hour, there are breaks in the quiet time. For those who think they can’t sit there for an hour, this meditation is very doable. For the seasoned meditator, it’s also a perfect mixture of guided and quiet meditation, and the energy healing is what I like to call a cosmic massage.

The Goddess meditation is led by more than the human guide. The topic is chosen using Doreen Virtue, Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. One card is chosen in the beginning and one at the end as a closing message. In between, the meditation guide, Kisha, performs an energy healing on each guest individually.

doreen goddess cards

After the energy healing, we are invited to pick a card (or three or four), for an individual message.

One card I drew frequently (when I attended at the intuitive center) was Diana, which is the goddess of “Focused Attention.” The quote on the card is: “Keep your unwavering thoughts, feelings, and actions focused on your target, and you will hit your mark.”

I would then look in the book that comes with the card deck to get a longer, more in-depth meaning to the card and advice on how I could go about doing something to help my life.

Sometimes I asked a direct question before I drew the card. Once I drew the card on “Focused Attention.” I asked, “Focus on what though? I have so many interests!” And the card I drew next was, Pele, “Divine Passion,” “Be honest with yourself: What is your heart’s true desire?”

That kind of stuff happens all the time at this meditation. So many evenings I leave this meditation feeling divinely guided and inspired to take action towards a better me.

I hope to meet you on Mondays at 7, at P&D very soon.

Here’s the description from P&D’s calendar.

Explore the nurturing, creative essence of the Divine Feminine through both silent and guided meditations. Receive energy healing in each class to balance and harmonize your feminine energy within. Beginners welcomed—drop in accepted! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow or blanket to sit on.

Meditation Adoration

It’s proven – meditation is remarkable for relaxation and better health. I started because I became a mom. I wasn’t handling things quite as well as I had envisioned when my bundle of joy was in the womb. Honestly, it was the second one that threw me over the edge. Although, even if it wasn’t my kids, I think I would have been drawn for other reasons – a stressful job, medical needs, or just because.

For years, I had been driving on Roswell Road past Phoenix & Dragon. I had also begun, after my first child, to read spiritual material. I was drawn to the author Eckhart Tolle because Oprah, on her show, said his book would change my life. I read both, <em>A New Earth</em> and <em>The Power of Now</em>. She was right. It was the first time I had heard that God wasn’t a man in the clouds there to judge me. God is inside me.

After Tolle, I read Alan Seale’s book, <em>Intuitive Living</em>. I bought the meditation CDs he offered with the book. I started to get up early in the mornings to meditate at home.

However, both of my children were still at home, not yet in school. I might be in mid-chakra balancing only to hear one of them waking up, crying. My kids are 22 months apart. Now they are five and seven, but then they were on baby monitors. I found out fairly quickly that meditation with a baby monitor next to the CD wasn’t going to work out for me as well as I would like.

This was in 2007. It was during that year I drove by, probably for the millionth time, Phoenix & Dragon. This one time though, a thought popped into my head. “I bet they do meditation!”

Turns out, my thought was correct. Shortly after getting the Thursday and Saturday schedule, I started going. And I haven’t stopped. Walking through the door of the store there is a distinct smell which causes my shoulders to relax.

Don Simmons is the guide on Thursday and Saturday. I go to be guided by him and his crystal bowls to get deeper into myself; to walk down the mountain, into the earth and touch the cleansing water of my soul.

I also go to Phoenix & Dragon meditations for Cindy, Karen, George, Jennie, Nancy and the other friends there that I now see on a weekly basis. Cindy occasionally brings her daughter and George brings his son. Jennie gives weather predictions. Nancy tells us where the planets are and what to expect astrologically. They have become a community of like-minded people I can meditate with on a regular basis. Their energies ground the room and give off a kind, healthy glow that helps me relax into myself.

I also cannot count the number of great ideas that come to me in meditation. I have had many of my friends outside of my spiritual world tell me they are not “good” at mediation. They say they think too much. First, there is no such thing as a “good” meditator. Like anything, everyone has a style that suits him. And, the kind of mediation Don does is called mindful meditation. We are meant to think, observe the thought, and watch it pass as a cloud in the sky. This way, we see that we are not our thoughts and our thoughts are not us.

In addition to going to meditations at Phoenix & Dragon, I have now started to purchase mediation CDs from the store that I can listen to at home, now that my kids are in school. I light a candle corresponding to intention I would like to set in motion for my life. A money candle if I want more money, or maybe a vitality candle if I am feeling run down. There’s a candle for everything. I have a meditation chair. Mala beads. Crystals. Comfortable clothes. A statue of a goddess that means something to me. I have built a little area just for me in my bedroom at home where I collect things that have an effect on my relaxation. I accumulate them from all over, but mostly from Phoenix and Dragon.

I have learned so much over my years of going there – I was a newbie to the metaphysical when I started. All I had was an open mind and a desire to be my best, most actualized self. I still do. It’s a journey. I feel so fortunate to have Phoenix & Dragon as a guide on that journey.

The store is celebrating 25 years this year in October! Happy anniversary Phoenix & Dragon!