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This time of year, our souls beg to be examined, nurtured and validated.  In essence, fed.

In 2006, I crafted my first version of Permission to Shine (which at that time was subtitled, “The Art of Being Beautiful”) with a burning in my heart to give good women the go-ahead to beautify and nurture their souls and their bodies.  In that nurturance, they ignite their true essence and inspire everyone around them.  Most importantly, their families.

Permission to Shine has gone through a few revisions, culminating in this latest version – 10 Keys to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be.  I have thrown my heart into its production and feel complete with what it offers.  I believe it is soul food, but further – inspires a divine call to action.  My aim was create a message that, by listening, would compel a woman to take steps NOW to become who she really wants to be.  And change her corner of the world.

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It’s about beauty.  It’s about confidence.  It’s about spirituality and purpose and shine factor.  The real kind.

I debated about whether or not to call it Womanhood 101.

Permission to Shine is crafted as an audio course in a 2 CD-set, or as an mp3 version, with over 90 minutes of instruction.  You can listen to sample tracks here.

I invite you to listen to this complete course and then share it with other women you care about.  One of the women going through my Stand, Speak, Shine coaching program just purchased 70 sets as Christmas gifts for the women in her life!  I am grateful that she sees value in it and has chosen to extend it as an offering.

Give it as a gift to YOU.

And watch this while you’re at it!

Captain, My Captain

I feel at the the beginnings stages of this blog going forward, I may as well put this out there:

My soul is bursting to express itself through words as a form of praise to my Creator.  I write to Him – above all organizations, peoples and Earth forms – regardless of their brilliance, truths and perfections.  He is who I answer to, look to first, listen to…first.

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I really have nothing to prove to anyone but Him.   Jesus Christ is my main audience.   I mean yes, I speak and write for the well-being of my own soul and I lend my voice to provide insight and direction to like-minded Truth Seekers, but He is ultimately the Source of all that insight and direction.   And for that matter, He’s the reason I’m even a Truth Seeker to begin with.

He gets it (the intricacies, heartbreaks and beauties of being a woman) and I’m just trying to play catch-up as a mortal female.   Every time I’ve plopped into the captain’s chair, the winds swell a little stronger than my skill level.   Either that, or the seas may be so calm that I get a little too comfy/cozy at the wheel.

I used to think that because I was a living, breathing creation I was entitled to captain hood (is that even a word?).  But the thing is, I’m a co-captain.  I am “a” captain, but not THE Captain.

With that said, I still find this so incredibly inspiring:

I Am the Captain of My Soul

Out of the night that covers me
black as the pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
my head is bloody, but unbowed

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
looms but the horror of the shade
and yet the menace of the years
finds, and shall find me, unafraid

It matters not how strait the gate
how charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul

“Invictus”
by William Earnest Henley

I think what Henley so beautifully pens is that no matter how strong the wind and the waves, we can choose to hold fear or courage.  God will never usurp authority over our self-governance.   He can “man the sails” of our storms by diminishing the fear and magnifying the courage, but it is WE who ultimately decide whether to let Him.

The highest way to self-govern is to relinquish your Station in the captain’s chair to the One at the helm of the skies and the seas and the wind…at the very helm of the human captain herself.

“…What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”  (Matthew 8:27)

The manner of man I want to follow.

Despite my deep longing to follow His lead, I find that sometimes that co-captain’s chair is not the easiest Station to take.  But then again, Sacred ones never are.

Topics That Sing to Me

Here are some topics I’ll be writing about, within the order of the Sacred Stations, that sing to me… and beg to be explored:

  • Walking the highest path – the path of sanctification.
  • Understanding the implications of Divine Femininity and the fullness of womanhood.
  • Glorious motherhood.
  • Making the Earth experience joyous and glorious, as it was intended.
  • Receiving what is wanted (the desires of our hearts).
  • Claiming authentic power through becoming One with Christ.
  • Calling forth our beauty, gifts, and personal mission.
  • Reclaiming the lost feminine arts.
  • Acquiring Godly (vs. Worldly) Confidence.
  • Healing depression.
  • Learning how to love without limits.
  • Learning from the Ancient Ones and the Noble and Great Females.
  • Becoming His beloved and chosen.
  • Creating the life we were born to live – the life of our dreams – in a partnership with the Creator.
  • Operating and “being” from our “celestial center.”
  • Understanding and honoring Divine Order.
  • Creating balance as a woman.
  • Using soft power to nurture, influence and heal.
  • Incorporating daily Sacred Routines for peace and centeredness.
  • Giving ourselves spiritual permission to SHINE.

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