Awaken the Goddess Within, Asheville, NC

Friday Evening Ritual 6:30-9pm $10-20

Saturday, February 25, 2012 10 am-6 pm

 

  • Meet Your Inner Goddess
  • Expand Your Capacity for Ecstasy
  • Transform Your Shadow into an Ally
  • Allow More Love and Abundance to Flow

This is a special day for women to explore the goddess within and celebrate the gifts of the Divine Feminine. It is an opportunity to sit in a circle as sisters to heal, transform and reclaim our power. Come and deepen your capacity for authenticity and self-love.

Cost $100-125.

Facilitated by Crystal Dawn Morris, Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher. Her upcoming book, Awakening the Goddess Within: How to be a Juicy Woman in 30 Days or Less, gives women tools for reclaiming their passion, creativity and connection to the Goddess.

The Mystical Songs of Lalla

Lalla’s poetry is always an inspiration for me.   She was born in Kashmir in northern India in 1320 and died in 1392.  She was both, a mystic of the Kashmiri Shaivite sect and a Sufi saint. Her poetry are some of the earliest compositions in the Kashmiri language.  She is the Kashmiri equivalent of Germany’s Hildegard of Bingen.

Lalla married at age twelve and moved into her husband’s family home. She was mistreated by her mother-in-law and  her husband. In her early 20s, she left left her marriage and became a disciple of a respected saint in the Kashmir Shaivism tradition of tantra. She dedicated her life to Lord Shiva. Lalla was called to wander from village to village,  nearly naked, and singing songs of rapture. Her short, simple, and direct songs spoke to common people. Her words  open a window to the soul and allow Truth to be seen.

Read her poetry at the link below.

https://www.poetseers.org/spiritual_and_devotional_poets/sufi/lp/

Awakening the Inner Goddess in Ventura, CA

Reclaiming the Power, Passion and Sensuality of the Divine Feminine
Sunday March 13, 2011 10am-6:00pm
Ventura Nia Center, 2343 East Thompson Blvd

* Breathwork, Dance and Nia Movement
* Activating Shakti and Creative Energy
* Transforming the Shadow into an Ally
* Loving Our Sexuality
* Celebrating the Goddess Within

Join us as we ignite our passion, celebrate our juiciness and speak our truth. Connecting to “Shakti,” the life-force energy, we will expand our capacity for Bliss. Through breath, sound and movement we honor the body as a sacred temple of love and aliveness.Open to Women of all ages. Bring a water bottle and sarong. Wear beautiful clothes that are easy to move in and make you feel like a Goddess.

Cost $100   To Register Contact: Kate Nash 805.766. 6755

This workshop will be facilitated by Crystal Dawn Morris, Certified SkyDancing Tantra Teacher and founder of Tantra for Awakening in Sedona, AZ and Kate Nash, Nia Instructor and owner of the Ventura Nia Center. They will weave together Tantra and Nia, creating a vibrant energetic tapestry for you to explore and celebrate ecstasy.

www.VenturaNiaCenter.com

100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day in Sedona

Sedona Celebrates “Gems of Wisdom”

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 9:00am-12:30pm

At the Hilton’s Canyon Ballroom in Village of Oak Creek

International Women’s Day is a global day that honors the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Events are to be held across America and throughout the world. The Women’s’ Information Network will broadcast on live stream internet in 10 cities.

Sedona and the surrounding communities will be part of this historic, festive event, celebrating with speakers, entertainers and the participation of women from the greater Sedona area. Madonna Ministry International and the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa will host the celebration. The Sedona-based gathering of women from all walks of life and many organizations will celebrate their own accomplishments of the past century. It will be acknowledged how far women have come, and their stories it took to bring them to today. All Sedona women are invited to share their “gems” of wisdom at this gathering. The words, phrases, quotes, that have inspired them-given to them by their grandmother, mother, sister, and friends-can be shared and passed on to future young women. Bring these contributions to be placed on the “Gems of Wisdom” Centennial Collection Board, which will be displayed for the remainder of Women’s History Month at a location to be announced.

For anyone who would like to become an event sponsor, provide giveaways, donate services, or share information with women’s groups, organizations, communities, and activities, this event will be an excellent opportunity for promotion. Join us for a fun filled morning that celebrates every woman in Sedona.

For more information about the event and how to become involved, contact, Bishop Diane Deluna, Madonna Ministry International, Sedona Temple; bishopdiane@sedonatemple.com 928-282-8511

The Madonna Ministry International is a global, spiritual community-A Church Without Walls. Celebrating 40 years of service around the world, the Madonna Ministry International cultivates opportunities for global enhancement that value compassion, service, inclusively, integrity, and support in the areas of education, community, technology. Ministers are world servers whose goal is to serve with heart, while encouraging others to express their essential Divinity by using their creativity. Respectfully nourishing the Divine Grace leading to the ONE. Individuals who filled called to minister through good will, unconditional love, gratitude, spiritual insight, intuition, discernment, and humility are encouraged as we all seek to foster revelation and enlightened understanding. For more information on Madonna Ministry International programs please visit the website at www.madonnaminstryinternational.net

Hands-On Sexual Healing Comes Out of the Closet

I have been working in women’s health since 1984, first as a labor and delivery nurse and later as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. In 2007 I decided to leave the OB unit and become a tantra teacher, intimacy coach and sexual shaman. Something had happened to women over the past 35 years and I needed to reach out to them long before they were pregnant. They no longer trusted their bodies or themselves. I was being called to help women reclaim their sexual power.

Since I began teaching tantra in 2006, I have seen, first hand, just how disconnected people are from their bodies and sexual energy. There is a huge need for sexual healing and sex education in this country, at every level. Hands-on sexual healing, with its many benefits, needs to be recognized as an authentic modality for healing and transformation.

Dr. Christiane Northrup, women’s health expert and best selling author stated, “Up until very recently, hands-on sexual healing has been cloaked in secrecy, shame, and misunderstanding. But a bold new group of courageous pioneers such as Pamela Madsen are leading the way toward a deeper, richer understanding of women’s sexual pleasure as a force for health and healing that positively affects all areas of their lives. The new feminism includes embracing our erotic power, and hands on sexual healing in the right setting can be a very effective way to accomplish this.”

Pamela Madsen is the author of a book, just out, that addresses this issue in a provocative way. Her memoir is called, SHAMELESS: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Somehow Got Home In Time To Cook Dinner (Rodale: January 18, 2011). In it she shares her experience in seeking out hands-on sexual healing and how it helped her reclaim her sexuality.

Ms. Madsen is an infertility advocate and sex educator. She is an average, American woman; married with two kids, living in the Bronx. On her journey to find herself, she began asking other women how they were dealing with issues such as, lack of sexual pleasure, decreased libido and body image. She discovered that many women who had grown up in the age of “women’s lib” were trying to find new ways to address these concerns about their sexual health and well-being. Some found sexual healers, who used the healing power of one-way sensual touch to help them reclaim their sexual energy and ecstasy.

“Once I got over my shame – and lived to tell about it – I discovered that desire is natural and pleasure is transformational,” says Madsen. “Allowing pleasure into your life isn’t narcissistic, id-driven or the function of a personality disorder. It is, in fact, a path to wholeness. Pleasure helps mend many wounds from body image and depression to the infamous low libido. Sometimes all we need is an expert guide to lead us to the mine of gold we already have inside of us.”

I appreciate Ms. Madsen for sharing the benefits of sexual healing. I am a committed to helping guide women and couples in reconnecting to their sexuality, pleasure and intimacy through my coaching sessions and workshops. See the video  What Happens in a Tantric Coaching Session?

Expert guides in your area maybe called: sex and intimacy coaches, sexual shaman, dakas /dakinis or Sexological Bodyworkers. If you want to learn more about sexual healing please attend the Conference on Sexuality and Consciousness April 29-May 1,2011

Copyright 2011 Crystal Dawn Morris www.TantraforAwakening.com

Tantra Helps You Stay Juicy After Menopause

Menopause can affect a woman’s health, sexuality and vitality in a variety of ways. SkyDancing Tantra practices can be helpful in keeping you juicy and sexually vibrant throughout the perimenopausal process and throughout menopause. Some of the symptoms I found that respond positively to Tantra include moodiness, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, dysparunia (pain with intercourse), and problems reaching orgasm.

As you enter perimenopause (this can begin up to 10 years prior to the onset on menpopause) you may notice changes in your libido, moods, and physical body. For some woman the change is gradual and for others it may create a number of challenges. While SkyDancing my not be able to address all the issues that may arise in menopause I found the following practices to be very helpful in addressing many common problems.

Chakra Talk
The seven major chakras are energy centers chakras along the length of the spine. They are associated with the endocrine system which mediates the hormones. Chakra Talk is a great way to connect to your “inner guidance system”. Menopause affects the entire body and by tuning into a particular chakra you can gather information and guidance on how to support your body as you go through menopause. This practice can be done alone or with a partner who can hold space, listen and take notes for you.

Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply until you begin to relax. Then, focus your attention inward and see which chakra desires to speak. Next, consciously connect with your chakra and invite it to speak through you. Make sure that it speaks in first person (e.g. “I, Heart, desire more time for day dreaming.” as opposed to “My heart says she wants to spend more time day dreaming.”). Allow yourself to listen deeply to what your chakras wisdom. There may be pauses as you tune in and listen. Continue until you perceive it has completed its communication. You can learn more about your chakras and how to communicate with them in The Art of Everyday Ecstasy by Margot Anand.

Opening the Inner Flute
I recommend doing this daily. This practice moves energy through all the chakras enhancing your sense of wellbeing and physical vitality. You can also do this practice prior to making love and /or incorporate it into your love making.

Here are 7 steps to opening your “Inner Flute.”

1) Stand with your knees hip width apart and slightly bent.

2) Breathe through your mouth and into the belly, allowing it to expand.

3) Increase the energy by breathing in as if you are sipping through straw.

4) Allow your pelvis to rotate freely, keeping the knees bent. As you inhale rock the hips back, creating an arch in the back. As you exhale, tuck the tail bone under, flattening the back.

5) Add the PC pump. As you inhale squeeze the pelvic floor muscles pulling them upwards and as you exhale let them relax.

6) Put all the steps together. As you inhale imagine you are breathing the energy up from your root to your heart. Practice this until you feel the energy pulsing from your root to your heart. You can play with speeding up and slowing down your respiratory rate.

7) Once you have mastered connecting root and heart move the energy to the crown. Practice until you can feel the energy flowing from your root to your crown. See yourself as a rainbow bridge of light connecting Earth and Sky.

Self Pleasuring
Because menopause may affect your libido and sexual response it is very helpful to self pleasure regularly. Self pleasuring is a wonderful way for you to explore your body and sexual energy. It gives you time to discover how your needs are changing. You can take time to love your body and tune into the messages it is giving to you. It is an opportunity to learn what excites you without being concerned about your partner. Self pleasuring is not just about touching your yoni (genitals) it is about connecting to your whole body and becoming aware of its needs and desires. Experiment with different types of touch, pressure, speed and erogenous zones.

I recommend self-pleasure regularly. As you pleasure yourself stay open and present. Take this time to give yourself love and to tune in and listen to what is going on in your body. What messages does it have for you? Notice what feels good in enough detail that you could tell a lover how to do it in the same way.

“The Change” is often a process of rediscovering who you are and coming into a new relationship with yourself. This can also effect how you connect to your beloved. Self pleasuring can be an empowering way to gather information so you can communicate to your lover about how you like to be loved. This is a great way to deepen intimacy and increase the likelihood of being touched in the way that most pleases you.

Menopause is a time of change. It can be challenging for some women and empowering for others. It gives you an opportunity to connect to your body-wisdom in a new way. The practices of SkyDancing Tantra can be helpful in supporting you on your journey. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like information about my forth coming book called Awakening Your Inner Goddess, How to be a Juicy Woman in 30 Days or Less.

Copyright 2010 Crystal Dawn Morris

Crystal Dawn Morris is a Certified Sky Dancing Tantra Teacher and the founder of Tantra for Awakening. She is committed to helping people integrate Tantra into every aspect of their lives through her workshops, coaching sessions and blog. Crystal is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and has been involved in women’s health since 1984.

Women and Sexuality

Reclaiming Lost Sexuality
by Evalena Rose

For far too many women, sexuality is a battleground between the past and the present. Touch and closeness trigger memories of past touch that was wounding or, for those who’ve been violated, devastating. Centuries of repression of the feminine make intimacy difficult for many women as little of our natural, spontaneous and joyful sexuality remain.

Too often, our loved ones instilled fear and distrust of intimacy, a realm where trust is essential. Even if a family’s touch is healthy, messages that separate us from our bodies abound in this culture where, intimacy is little understood. We struggle to own our sexuality again and find our passion, or try to get by without it (who needs it anyway!) to avoid the pain and confusion.

Having been wounded repeatedly myself, I found therapy not enough to bring me home to myself. It helped heal the past wounds, but I still didn’t know how to create an adult sexuality or allow the deep connection and soul contact I yearned for. Discovering the path of Tantra over a decade ago allowed me to unravel the wounds from my body and psyche and open to connecting sexually on my own terms. I discovered my wholeness behind the wounds and felt initiated into arts that have been lost since the ancient temples were taken from us.

Recovery from incest paralleled opening to a deeper sexuality and releasing bonds that strangled my passion. Sometimes old emotions would surface, but this ancient healing path that honors both the dark and the light had space for my pain and anger. I was supported in healing by those who also coaxed forward my goddess nature and full range of expression. Being in a community of caring people gave me the sense of healthy family nurturing my growth (finally!).

Sexual invasions, especially those in childhood split, the psyche asunder and create chaos and confusion in one’s sexuality. It is either blocked off or open without boundaries, sometimes vacillating from one to the other. This shows up in various ways: promiscuity or being shut down sexually, being able to flirt and seduce but not sustain intimacy, objectifying self and other, or rushing to get sex over with to return to safer ground.

The survivor may strive to offer what is wanted, be who you think the other seeks, and not be present, even to yourself, to know what you want — let alone ask for it. Serving as therapist with women recovering from such wounds, I find that to fully release the dysfunctional pattern, one must acquire new behaviors and attitudes, the kind that encourage and allow healthy relationships.

Even women not overtly wounded come from a society that rarely teaches relationship and communication skills, one that devalues emotional intimacy while over-valuing facades. Women are told how to look and behave, not taught how to fulfill their needs and satisfy their longings. In ancient times, we were initiated in the arts of sustaining sacred relationships in the safety of temples with trained priestesses helping us open. I wanted to bring back such safe settings and the lost arts of intimacy that ought to be natural.

I’ve felt drawn, and somehow assigned by Spirit, to help coalesce a community of women engaged in discovering their true nature and entering into a sacred, positive relationship with their sexuality. By learning these tools in the safety of loving circles of women, each gains positive mirrors while exploring her inner world and healthy uses of sexual energy.

I’m thrilled to see a community of women gathering around this work, for reclaiming one’s sexuality is a complicated, on-going process that needs the support of sisters over time. It’s a joy to see women blossoming under the praise and caring of others as they learn ways of being that allow sexuality to become the source of pleasure and connection it’s meant to be. Old coping mechanisms are dropped as more authentic ways of connecting are adopted.

Single women find their sexuality no longer dependent on others or determined by another person’s needs, as they become more beloved with themselves. Sharing the practices within safe boundaries, women gain experience in healthy ways to relate that make their next relationship more fulfilling. Since they get some needs for touch and sensuality met without having to be sexual, they’ll put less pressure on a future partner to fulfill every need.

Couples doing the work together gain tools for moving beyond blocks and revitalize their connection, accessing deeper passions and achieving greater states of ecstasy. The practices are wonderful ways to achieve altered states as well as full body, extended orgasm, either energetically or physically.

Together we can take our sexual power back and discover ways home to our bodies. Together we can reclaim full ownership of our sexuality and the capacity to ask for and let in what we want. Together we can restore the full power of the feminine and live within it. Blessed Be.

Evalena’s site is https://www.tantraforwomen.com/

I just came upon this article on Tantra.com. It was written by my good friend Evalena Rose. Enjoy!

Tantra Tip of the Day – Midwives, Birth and Tantra

Today, May 5th, is International Midwives Day. Many of you may not know it but I have been a certified nurse-midwife since 1988. I have helped deliver almost 1800 babies over the past 21 years. I have to say that catching my 3 grandchildren who were all born at home was a highlight. Learn more about it at https://mana.org/IntMidDay.html

I was reminded of this fact this morning when I received this note on my Facebook Wall from my lovely Daughter-in-love:

It’s Midwives Day and I wanted to take this time to thank you for being present and supporting me during three of the most amazing times in my life–the birth of my beautiful children, and your grandchildren. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. I don’t know that I would even have known about homebirth without you, but thank goodness I did. My homebirths not only made me feel more powerful, but gave my children a great start into this world. Thank you for being a great mother-in-love and for helping so many mamas and babies.
Namaste,
Tara

Here was my reply:
Thank you Tara,
Being a midwife and attending births has been an important part of my life. Supporting women as they connect to their power and bring forth new life is a gift and an honor beyond words. I want to thank you for trusting yourself enough to birth at home and for allowing me to catch all 3 of my grandchildren as they entered the world. I can’t imagine my life without you or them in it.
OXOX,
Mimi ( My granddaughter, Abbey, gave me this moniker.)

One reason I felt called to teaching Tantra was to help women have easier births. I have even written a rough draft for a book about Tantra and childbirth. One day I will finish it.

Being at a birth is about being in the moment. The air is vibrant with “life force energy.” There is a smell to birth that is rich, earthy and powerful. The veil between this world and the Source is thin. Watching new life emerge from a women’s body is a miracle every time. Life is so very precious. Those who work around birth and death know this viscerally. I am honored to be a midwife and I appreciate every woman who allowed me to be a part of her birth.

Do you know the story of your birth? How can you give birth to this moment as fresh and unique? Notice what is being born into your life today.

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Photo and more info on homebirth can be found at: https://navelgazingmidwife.squarespace.com

Tantra Tip of the Day – Love and Respect, Part 2

A few days ago I wrote a post call Unconditional Love and Respect. In it I talked about the “Crazy Cycle.” The other half of the equation is “The Energizing Cycle” Both of these posts discuss concepts from the book  Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

“The Energizing Cycle” = His Love Motivates- Her Respect Motivates- His Love …

According to Dr. Eggerichs once you learn how to give each other love and respect you create the “Energizing Cycle.” I certainly related to the C-O-U-P-L-E acronym for women. His suggestions correlate rather well with David Deida’s suggestions related to the needs and offerings of the masculine and feminine.

How to spell love for your wife (the feminine)
The Acronym for him is COUPLE
Closeness- She wants you to be close.
Openness- She wants you to open her up.
Understanding- Don’t try to “fix” her; just listen.
Peacemaking- She wants you to say “I’m sorry.”
Loyalty-She needs to know you are committed.
Esteem- She wants you to honor and cherish her.

How to spell respect for your husband (the masculine)
The Acronym for her is CHAIRS
Conquest- Appreciate his desire to work and achieve.
Hierarchy- Appreciate his desire to protect and provide.
Authority- Appreciate his desire to serve and to lead.
Insight- Appreciate his desire to analyze and counsel.
Relationship- Appreciate his desire for shoulder-to-shoulder friendship.
Sexuality- Appreciate his desire for sexual intimacy.

While this book may be a bit simplistic and has a strong Christian overtone it is worth checking out of the library.

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Tantra Tip of the Day – Women, Self Pleasuring and Orgasms

Self pleasuring is a wonderful way for a woman to explore her own body and play with her sexual energy. It gives her time to discover what excites her without being concerned about pleasing her partner. She gets to experiment with different types of touch, pressure, speed and erogenous zones.

Getting comfortable bringing yourself to climax is an empowering act. It also makes it possible to communicate to your lover how you like to be loved. Learning to communicate how you like to be loved is a great way to deepen intimacy with your partner and increase the likelihood of being touched the way that most pleases you.

Try this: Self-pleasure several times this week. As you pleasure yourself stay very present, noticing what you like in enough detail that you could tell a lover how to do it in the same way. Notice if any resistance comes up around self pleasuring.

If you have a lover and feel ready, self pleasure in front of him, showing him how you love yourself. Arrange a time when you can tell him how you like to be loved as he pleasures you.

C)Copyright 2009, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.
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