Soul Necessary ~ Is It Your Time to Shift?

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14 years ago I left corporate lawyering in Manhattan after just over 2 years.  This was the kind of job “everyone” wanted after law school.  I was full of excitement about it & a year in found myself wondering why anyone wanted this job.  There was a part of me that was fighting to reclaim myself that felt smothered in my work life…which at that time was my whole life. 

I didn’t want to live a buttoned-up life anymore.

Many in the life saw the change I made as irresponsible & were very vocal about their feelings.  I heard a deeper voice…I heard the voice from within me that said “go see the world.”   I listened to that voice…

I headed to Africa.  A friend & I bought a 1984 Land Cruiser in Durban, South Africa & spent the next 10 months driving through Southern & Eastern Africa living out the vehicle that we fondly named, “The Beast.”  That was 2003.

This led to more travel as a traveler photographer for a few years.  Then putting down some roots down with my husband in Asheville, NC. 

As I reflect back now on that choice to leave corporate lawyering I know that it was Soul Necessary.   

In my travels I began to hear the whispers of my intuition again.  I know She (my intuition) was always there but Her voice had gotten muffled in the chaos & noise of my day to day.  She wasn’t valued in the arena where I was playing so I lost trust in her wisdom.

I got caught up in thriving in my individual eco-system & it had confined me.  I would do the same 4 steps on my small dance floor & I could not see how it could be different.  I could not see beyond my wounded loop!  

Once I started to clear away some of my old stories the dance floor got bigger…I could see more steps…then I had choices…this was freedom!

There are still moments when I end up in one of my wounded dances but my relationship with that dance has shifted.  I tend to stay in the loop for less time & not let it suck me in so deep.

This is NOT a siren call to quit & throw yourself out into the world with a backpack & a camera.  BUT if you are feeling constricted, it is a call to create a space for your clearing of the old & creating space for your new. 

A few years ago there was another Soul Necessary moment ~ that aching within ~ to get intentional around honoring my divine feminine.  For me, it was a call to stop dragging my business along & doing my wounded masculine dance over & over.   It was time to stop utterly depleting my energy & find a more aligned way to show up.

It was time to name my old stories, clear them & create space rather than recreating my betrayals & deepening my wounds.

Now, I work with women in transition that are desiring to stand more fully in their true power & commune with themselves and their intuition.   I am committed to the momentum of moving forward in the collective & for myself.

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If any of this is you, and you're currently FEELING IT you are not alone.  If you feel like you want to Divine Union withIN you with a powerful collective of women, come join us for Remembering Divine Union, registration is still open through the end of October ~ 

Fuck Sisterhood

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In the past few years, I have praised sisterhood & craved more of it.  My Honor The Feminine Podcast was established through “sisterhood.”  So why then Fuck Sisterhood?

Sisterhood, as it is playing out today, comes from a reaction to the wounded masculine & wounded feminine energies that have swirled around us for centuries.  The idea of sisterhood was to call in the divine feminine energy & to rise up together.  The pendulum swung from the wounded energies to a love & light sisterhood as a reaction to the wounds women have faced for millennial…wounds that we carry in our cells.  The rise of sisterhood is a reaction to this deep wounding & an overcorrection.  Perhaps, a necessary overcorrection to usher in a truer, more powerful balance on the horizon.

We are in a time of rapid expansion.  So, copy I wrote even back in July no longer is aligned or rings true for me today. 

I am a no to love & light sisterhood.

I am a no to the spiritual bypassing of sitting in a circle & swaying and calling that healing. 

I am a no to calling women into circle to make flower crowns & then when real issues arise out of our wounds not creating space to truly clear that wounding. 

I am a no to pretending that all is roses & butterflies in sisterhood & that there is no place for the shadow & to truly open ourselves up to the pain & messiness of each other. 

I am a no to brushing the pickliness of our human relationships, our friendships with women, under the rug just so everyone can leave circle feeling lighter on the surface. 

I am a yes to powerful women coming together to support each other. 

I am a yes to each woman stepping more fully into her true power & her gifts. 

I am a yes to coming together & addressing the true, messy feelings that come up as an avenue to clearing. 

I am a yes to clearing our old stories to create space for more of our divine essence to shine through. 

I am a yes to facing each other & loving each other through truth.

As women, we have been scratching the surface of our true power.  There may have been a time where just coming together was enough to create a shift.  Now, we are called to more.  We are called to excavate our wounds so they can become scars, instead of masking our wounds in flowers & rainbows.

This is a call for all of us…women & men…to heal together.  It is a call to feel into the divine feminine & sacred masculine polarity of energies that lives within each of us & begin weaving them together. 

It is a call to speak your truth…to shine your unique gifts…to play big.

The women that have come & stayed in my life are not afraid to remind me of my gifts & how far I have come.  They are also not afraid to turn me toward my shadow, my old stories & tell me the truth. 

I have watched as we together grow, change & expand rapidly.  I want more of this!

 

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If any of this is you, and you're currently FEELING IT you are not alone.  If you feel like you want to Divine Union withIN you with a powerful collective of women, come join me for Remembering Divine Union, registration is still open through the end of October ~ www.rememberingdivineunion.com

 

 
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Shannon Ledford is the host & creatrix of the Honor The Feminine Podcast.  She is committed to momentum of moving forward in the collective & in herself through Divine Union.  Her 8-month journey of Remembering Divine Union is for women ready to stand in their true power.  

Day SEVEN of Integration ~ Truth

We believe that having the tools to integrate energetic activations is essential in this journey and we are so thrilled to share some of our favorite tools with you.

Today, we feel into TRUTH speaking.

Pause & Ponder

Can you feel the difference between being right versus being in Truth?

How does that feel in your body?

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Please share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, Honoring Divine Union.  This is a safe place where you can share your unfolding with the collective.

Day SIX of Integration ~ Love

Following the potent Activations of 11 Days of Devotion to Divine Union we felt in and what bubbled upwas an invitation for us to come together and integrate these transmissions with 11 Days of Integration over the month of October. We believe that having the tools to integrate energetic activations is essential in this journey and we are so thrilled to share some of our favorite tools with you.

Today, we tap into love by opening our heart space.

Pause & Ponder

As you step deeper into presence, what are you noticing about your relationships? 

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Please share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, Honoring Divine Union.  This is a safe place where you can share your unfolding with the collective.

Day FIVE of Integration ~ Deep Integration

Following the potent Activations of 11 Days of Devotion to Divine Union we felt in and what bubbled upwas an invitation for us to come together and integrate these transmissions with 11 Days of Integration over the month of October. We believe that having the tools to integrate energetic activations is essential in this journey and we are so thrilled to share some of our favorite tools with you.

Today, we connect and integrate the womb space and power center together. 

Pause & Ponder

As you put these practices deeper into your body, what are you noticing?

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Please share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, Honoring Divine Union.  This is a safe place where you can share your unfolding with the collective.

Day FOUR of Integration ~ Power

Following the potent Activations of 11 Days of Devotion to Divine Union we felt in and what bubbled upwas an invitation for us to come together and integrate these transmissions with 11 Days of Integration over the month of October. We believe that having the tools to integrate energetic activations is essential in this journey and we are so thrilled to share some of our favorite tools with you.

Today, we tap into & enliven your power.

Pause & Ponder

What practice in this moment helps you to tap into your true power?

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Please share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, Honoring Divine Union.  This is a safe place where you can share your unfolding with the collective.

Day THREE of Integration ~ Sensuality

Following the potent Activations of 11 Days of Devotion to Divine Union we felt in and what bubbled upwas an invitation for us to come together and integrate these transmissions with 11 Days of Integration over the month of October. We believe that having the tools to integrate energetic activations is essential in this journey and we are so thrilled to share some of our favorite tools with you.


Today, we slow down to tap into sensuality & sensation.

Pause & Ponder

As you slow down, what sensations are you beginning to notice in your body?

Please share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, Honoring Divine Union.  This is a safe place where you can share your unfolding with the collective.

Day TWO of Integration ~ DEEP Grounding

Following the potent Activations of 11 Days of Devotion to Divine Union we felt in and what bubbled upwas an invitation for us to come together and integrate these transmissions with 11 Days of Integration over the month of October. We believe that having the tools to integrate energetic activations is essential in this journey and we are so thrilled to share some of our favorite tools with you.


Today, we drop into grounding even deep as we believe that it is the foundation for integrating and processing. It acts as a landing pad as we move through the transitions of life.

Pause & Ponder

How does your being and your body feel different after your chosen Grounding practice for the day?

Please share your reflections with us in the Facebook group, Honoring Divine Union.  This is a safe place where you can share your unfolding with the collective.