I just returned from a week in San Francisco at the California Institute for Integral Studies beginning my PhD residency for the Philosophy and Religion program. It is the only program in the country that concentrates on Women's Spirituality as an area of emphasis, and I am emerging transformed, buoyed, a little terrified by the volume of synapse work ahead. And completely, utterly in love.
A few snapshots of this process...my class names:
Embodied Earth Wisdom
Building Conscious Allyship
Sacred Lineages: Goddesses, Foremothers and Activists
The Eleusinian Mysteries and Greek Goddess Traditions
Yes. Also: Altars in the classrooms, tissues on the altars, space for integration of the experiential, academic, somatic, spiritual.
Yes. Also: passionate, intelligent students and professors crafting sacred community, called to this work by a synergy of so many paths.
Yes. Also: A little bit of overwhelm. And gratitude, whole hearted gratitude.
When I left Oregon in August, it was summer. Returning, it is autumn. I am realigning with my work, redefining my purpose and balance amid parenting, clients, and the classes I love to facilitate--which are so in alignment with my education: Moon Divas Certification and Magnetize Studio. I will post more on these rhythms as they become clear, as I integrate.
Before I return to this morning, to my son and my homework, I want to speak openly about calling and risk: in all we do there is risk. But is it the risk of the heart, your work in the world, your gifts, that you fear leaning in to? What happens when you leap? Can you look to your life and find the places where you risked? Were you held?
Are you held?
I look forward to co-creating in the months ahead. Sending love to the emergence for you all.