Last month I was privileged to teach workshops at a festival called Lightning in a Bottle.
And one of the practices I shared is called, “Transforming Your Feminine Legacy”. I love this practice so much that I am currently teaching it in my Cycles of Wisdom online program and with women who Mentor privately with me.
As women, we have learned how to navigate in the world from our Mothers or Aunties or Grandmothers. Some of these teachings empowered us and made us feel as though we could accomplish and achieve anything because of our unique skills and talents.
And some of what we were taught was actually absorbed on a subconscious level. Beliefs about what was possible about ourselves and the world.
Now, many of you know that many of these beliefs are actually untruths. What?!?! I know. Just bear with me for a moment. We picked these beliefs or patterns up somewhere along the course of our lives and later had experiences that validated them. Validation = Truth.
And yet, when we delve into these beliefs and unfurl the threads, we see where the truths are actually untruths. We see how experiences in our lives were interpreted through the mind of a child and became our foundations – to keep us safe, to keep us as a favorite, to keep our parents happy and on and on.
So, as we journey into becoming more and more of the women we desire, we get caught on these beliefs from time to time (and sometimes for long periods of time).
And the only way to have the life you desire and BE the woman you imagine is to fearlessly unhook these interpretations and discover your truths.
When I facilitate this practice of “Transforming your Feminine Legacy”, there are common themes that I hear. And this is one of the pieces that makes this exercise so profound. That we, as women who are on a spiritual or personal growth path, are in this together. We have similar stories. Slightly different characters and scenes, but a commonality.
Here are a few ways women were taught to be in the world: