February 2011
Volume 11 Number 2
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Nourish Yourself ...
Heal, Nourish, & Honor the Feminine Within

by Mary Lane

Heal, Nourish, & Honor the Feminine Within
by Mary Lane
author, "Divine Nourishment, A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food.
mentor at the Wise Woman University


Join me for my “Heal, Nourish & Honor the Feminine Within
six week teleseminar course at Wise Woman University starting
Tuesday, Feb 15th 8:30PM EST


It has been a quiet winter allowing myself to sink into my own depths, for my own healing. Art by Ani Rose WhaleswanNot much to say to the outside world on my blog, facebook page, etc. I went mute as I dove deeper into the stillness.

I thought about this not so great, but noble attempt, seven layer dinner my Mother used to make when I was a kid. It came to me as I witnessed my travels this year. My top layer being the defenses I created over my lifetime that would support me to survive. This is quite a hard shell that not only doesn’t allow others to feel my vulnerability, but it doesn’t even allow me to feel it. Finding my way through that maze of constructs has been years in the making.

I drop to a deeper layer on this journey every winter. One by one the old worn out beliefs that lie beneath the outer crust of my defenses come forward. It is obvious the defense layer is to protect me from the pain and grief that is woven amongst these old beliefs.

Not only is there a collective miasm of negativity swirling around the energy field of our world that I can’t deny I’m a part of, I am dealing with an entire lineage that I am the accumulation of. Then comes my personal version from a life that reflects the bigger picture internalized.

I have seen how every one of these personal beliefs hidden in the shadows that resonate with the collective unconscious about the feminine is like a tentacle to this negative energy field, feeding it my life force. It is up to me to address each one of these old beliefs that resonate and stop feeding it. Stop feeding this monster with my unconscious beliefs that have been fed to me, my ancestors, women and men for thousands of years.

Instead of being a victim, which is like dessert to this hungry monster, my willingness and commitment to stop this feeding frenzy opens the door for the support from the ancestors. They know that if I heal this it will heal them as well. They are eager to support me to do this work from the unseen realms. Instead of blaming them for my wounding, etc, we have become a cooperative team to heal this collective miasm that affects them, myself and others.

The good news is that I, like everyone else, have been given my own small manageable bite-size piece of this very large impersonal picture to heal. Every feeding tube I remove from this negative energy mass the weaker it gets. Multiply that by all of us and it has lost its strength, power and can not survive. It survives on our life force every time we buy into a belief that resonates with its energy frequency. This is in the unconscious and is not just whisked away by a few positive affirmations. That’s like putting whipped cream on a pile of poop. It may taste good for a few bites, but eventually you are going to work your way back down to the pile of poop.

This layer of my being is where I need my torch, courage, and strength to navigate. The light I bring with me into the darkness where these old beliefs from a brokenhearted collective feminine resides is the light I carry in my heart fueled by my love, my love for myself and others. Most important, my love for myself. Yes, it’s possible to hold both love and heartbreak.

It is the realm of our being that the old fairy tales, myths, even Indiana Jones movies share that is the dangerous territory we have to travel through in order to get to the real treasures. Treasures beyond our wildest imaginations. I’m finding it’s not so dangerous after all. However, you have to admit these adventures are always exciting in the stories. it can be an exciting adventure for us as well. It’s all a matter of perspective.

She is under the defenses, under the old beliefs, under it all. She is the gold. She is the keeper of the gate for the Divine to flow through us and into our world.

Bringing the light of love as the torch to find our way through the labyrinth of our being, offering love to each part of ourself that has acted out of love to help us cope with this missing piece, thanking it, allowing it to move on with dignity and grace is a worthwhile task. You have just outgrown it like an outfit that doesn’t reflect who you are anymore. Thank and honor it after it has been in service to you for generations and lifetimes. It has supported you to grow into an incredible being that has the strength to incarnate at this time in history.

We are not light weights. We have chosen to come here, to go through the wounding that would take us on this collective journey of transformation. We would not be able to reclaim this most necessary aspect of ourselves, of our world, if we were not focusing on healing the result of her absence. No, we are not victims, we are co-creators, and we created this scenario. We have the power to travel this territory, diving deeper and bring her up out of the underworld, out of the shadows through each and every one of us. We are that powerful. And we can do it. She is waiting for each of us to recognize her within, underneath all the layers that have hidden her.

I take this journey every winter, no matter where I live as my energy goes inward. I am happy to say that this year I have traveled within to a place where I got a glimpse of her, felt her, knew her. Enough of a glimpse to give me the knowing I can go the distance, merge and experience her intimately, free from all the shackles that have kept me from her. I am learning the territory, mapping the way, gathering the tools, gaining the compassion, so that I may serve others as I support myself on this journey. I am a plant in the autumn of my life composting the old dead, dried up limbs, blossoms, fruits, implanting the wisdom garnered on my journey into my precious seeds for the next generations. It is the natural order that I am aligned with.

by Mary Lane

Join me for my “Heal, Nourish & Honor the Feminine Within
six week teleseminar course at Wise Woman University starting
Tuesday, Feb 15th 8:30PM EST
. We will support each other, not as a victim, but as a warrior that has been given this sacred trust to heal, nourish and honor ourselves as we courageously, gently, and consciously learn to navigate this journey and contribute to this most powerful transformation in humankind. We only have to do our personal piece of the whole to affect the whole. When we realize the only thing wrong with us, are the old beliefs, that something is wrong with us, we will know her, AND ourselves.

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Heal, Nourish & Honor the Feminine Within

Mary Lane, author of Divine Nourishment, A Woman's Sacred Journey with Food. Through Mary’s 30 year career as a professional chef she awakened and deepened her understanding of the connection between food and nourishment, sustainability, the wisdom of nature, sexuality, and the Divine Feminine. She draws upon the wisdom of her own journey and weaves it with her expertise in the ancient Taoist 5 Element System of Nutrition, Plant Spirit Medicine, sacred sexuality, shadow work, wildcrafting, and professional training as a chef. She is dedicated to supporting women to transform the self rejection buried in the shadowy depths of our unconscious to self care, honor and love.

Mary Lane is the author of the book:
Divine Nourishment, A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food

Her website is: www.divinenourishment.net
She is a mentor at the Wise Woman University


Divine Nourishment:
A Woman's Sacred Journey with Food

by Mary Lane

Divine Nourishment is a book designed to acquaint you with the rhythm and flow of the Earth’s wisdom through our relationship with nourishment. We witness the self similarity of our own human journey with nature as life flows through the seasons of birth, life, death and rebirth. We open to the wisdom and feminine energy within ourselves that is desperately needed to support balance and harmony in our world.

For generaddtions, the lack of understanding and acceptance of feminine wisdom has created self-rejection for women in societies across the world. The deep, collective wounding of the Divine Feminine has buried this wisdom in the shadowy depths of our souls. Reconnecting with nature is a valuable step toward healing.

In this book you can embrace the essential, energetic qualities reflected in nature and in your own physical, emotional and spiritual health. You will see how the seasons flow throughout the yearly cycle supporting life, death and transformation with no beginning and no end.

You’ll receive practical information to apply in your daily life that is nourishing and appropriate for alignment with the journey; healthy, organic seasonal foods, humanely raised and naturally grown, along with recipes, potions, tonics, practices and cleanses.

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Divine Nourishment with Mary Lane

This class is designed to introduce you to the rhythm and flow of the Earth’s wisdom through our relationship with nourishment using the Taoist 5 Element system of nutrition.

The Taoists are one of many ancient cultures who embodied their oneness with nature and followed a way of life to support it.

You’ll receive practical information to apply in your daily life that supports you to balance seasonal meals and nourish all your organ systems that is compatible with your lifestyle. You will be given a foundation that not only mirrors back to you your self similarity to nature, but it is a spring board for cooking as a sacred art in co-creation with our Divine Mother Earth. It is a beginning class that lays a basic foundation in which to expand upon and explore how we embody the soul of nature on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

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