Happy International Women's Day! I can't think of a more appropriate thing to publish on international Women's day than this series!
It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. “Who are you” is one of my favorite questions because it always causes me to reach for my highest knowing and understanding. We are all eternal, huh? We are each an individualized expression of The One Spirit. In this lifetime, I have had many experiences in a relatively short amount of time. I’m 28. I’ve lived in 10 places around the U.S. I’ve been married twice (two Muslim men), cared for six stepchildren, worked scores of jobs, studied journalism for two years at an HBCU down south, but ended up graduating with a degree in psychology, practiced yoga since 2005, was raised Pentecostal Christian but discovered Religious Science in 2010 and have since become very spiritually fluid.
Q. What is your work?
A. I am a writer, diviner, and coach. But, my work and mission are to facilitate spiritual connection in my life and the lives of others. My conversations are largely about Spirit, spirituality (spiritual practice) and goals.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am working on creating a prosperity group among my close sisters. The goals are to collectively raise prosperity consciousness. It is a group based on collective success where the first tier goal is to extinguish lack around basic needs. That means collectively pooling resources so that every woman among us enjoys a safe/clean/comfortable/beautiful home, high quality food, transportation, clothing work and health perfection.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. It took courage for me to start the practice of tithing. I kept receiving the intuitive guidance that I needed to pour money back into those places where I received spiritual food. I was basically shaking in my boots when I started but the FIRST time I paid my tithes I received more within hours than I’d just paid out in an unexpected way and I just felt the reassurance that God is the Source of my Prosperity in life and not the money itself. As I have continued to pay tithes, my spirituality has strengthened and deepened. I have so much money coming in these days that I am compelled to seek out spiritual food so that I have a place to pour those tithes. It has made my life feel full of surprises and goodness. It’s made my life more spiritual and enchanted. Tithing is a basic practice of expansion. There are no words that can fully envelope the multiplying effects that tithing has in one’s life.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what’s stopping you?
A. I desire to coach, write and speak. I do this work on small scales and would love to do them fulltime going forward. I have discovered recently the opportunity to upgrade my thoughts regarding what is possible. Now, I find myself writing, speaking and coaching more often! I know that I am on my way now.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. The virginity? Keep that.
Don’t marry untreated manic depressives – trust me!
Start a business now.
Skip the 4-year degree, get training and certifications that you will actually USE, but DO take those neuroscience and forensic psychology classes! They’re tons of fun.
It’s okay to leave your stuff (even your books) – it will be there when you come back, and if not you can always replace them.
Buy used Japanese cars – they’re easy to maintain.
If you suddenly find that your car isn’t working, it might just need gas.
You won’t like Southern Cali as much as you think.
You can write the book now.
Pay attention to the new tech & apps and use them to get your message out.
Do it now.
Work will be one of your best friends in life.
Don’t claim or identify with anything you don’t want to live and embody.
Keep connecting with the women.
Maintain the vegan lifestyle.
Keep walking & biking.
Pray! READ! Drink water.
And, for Pete’s sake, grease your scalp.
Q. What’s one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. God is here, exactly where you are, FULLY present, ever-giving, withholding no good thing. God is nearer to you than your breathing, your exact Spirit. God is utterly reliable – more reliable than your next breath. If you will pray, God will always respond.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. If there are times when I don’t feel like creating or working, I investigate that. I ask myself questions. I am very gentle and kind with myself and make room for myself to feel however I feel. There are times when I am simply going to lay in the bed, eat jalapeno chips and watch Kill Bill for the 1000th time, and that’s that. However, there are times when I am looking fear in the face and the real issue is that I am more concerned with my comfort than I am with progress, or I am actually afraid that I will fail. In those cases, I go into prayer, EFT, or simply have a good old fashion reasoning session with myself until I am over the moon with excitement and then the work happens automatically. In other words, I don’t just walk into a brick wall in my consciousness and allow it to stand. I dissolve the damn thing.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. Let there never be a question of whether you are worthy. Of course you are worthy, Child of God. Also, in this world life is working itself out. There will be discomfort and sometimes pain. Yet, through it all, you can continue to be one of the places where God shows up in the world.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? It’s between fish, dancer and pigeon. I feel such an open femininity in fish and pigeon. These poses are really restorative and calming for me. In dancer, though, there’s a lot of action. There’s the rooting of the base leg, kicking of the back leg, pulling with the back hand and reaching-reaching-reaching with the front hand. And, then there is the gaze! Whereas I find my eyes naturally drifting shut during a fish or a pigeon pose – I’m like eye-of-the-tiger focused with dancer. So, I’ll go with dancer.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I know. I reinforce my certainty through praying, reading, observing, and contemplating Truth. We live in a world of abundance. Life itself is abundance. Nature is abundance. I am part of Life. I am part of Nature. I am literally abundant down to a cellular level, where cells are constantly renewing, rebuilding, and regenerating. Catherine Ponders says “there’s gold dust in the air.” I can literally see the air sparkling sometimes and was thought by a Master Teacher to shift my gaze at-will to see the gleaming life force all around. I breathe this gold dust in. This is supremely important for me. Because the basic need I have in this lifetime is oxygen, and that’s guaranteed for my entire lifetime. God freely gave me Breath of Life – animated my being by existing through me, as me, for me, and all around me. I am being breathed, lived and witnessed by the Holiest of Holies. Nothing is more precious than the breath. All other things come easily and automatically when I think from this perspective. Ideas, friends, partnerships, transportation, trips, homes, beds, classes, whatever! They come easily. I draw them in, like I draw in my breath. God is faithful!
I know that life is consciousness and consciousness is life. Consciousness is whatever we perceive, interpret, understand, and are aware of. I know that abundance and wealth are not the same thing as ‘means of exchange.’ Abundance is beyond that. It’s experienced as a feeling and a state, but the truth is that abundance is the fact of our Being.