There are many ways to bring the sacred and add ease to your life and your work.
Which is a really good thing because life can be busy and hectic and challenging, making a big toolbag a very nice thing to have.
As I develop the new and upleveled brand for Magnolias West (coming soon!), I’m finding myself stepping over, around, and through any perceived barriers between my spiritual practices and my work. I am refining my offers, as you will soon see, and bringing every Priestess quality I manifest in my life and work to the forefront.
[Inserting a slight side-note here] Just like what happened to the Wizard in the movie, Toto seems to be pulling the curtains back for me as well — more is being revealed to me and through me to you. It’s a bit scary (makes me feel even more tender and vulnerable than usual), and completely the next right thing for me to do in my work, in my being of service. More on this coming soon. Stick around, won’t you? [end of side-note]
I teach this in my work, as it’s been taught to me:
You can bring your best and highest — even if it may appear to some to be offbeat and weird — to your business, your work, and every part of your life.
One really good way to Priestess Your Life — to imbue every action with sacred intention — is to make and use a Goddess Box.
What’s a Goddess Box?
The Goddess Box is a container that will hold your wishes and your worries. It’s a way of handing those wishes and worries — could be anything you can’t resolve in this now moment — to the Divine. Doesn’t matter at all what name you use for the Divine — for me it’s Goddess. You might use God, or Allah, or Nature, or Source. Power tip: You don’t even have to believe in any particular kind of spiritual force. Really, just knowing that there’s something else besides you is all the opening you need for the Goddess Box to do its magic.
What this action of naming and then tucking away your wishes and worries gives you is a way to let go of that tortured idea that you have to solve this now — whatever this might be.
This releasing and surrendering idea is central to many spiritual techniques and practices.
- Eckhardt Tolle calls it “living in the now.”
- Meher Baba said, “do what you can and then don’t worry, be happy.”
- Lindsay Wagner said “give what you have to give…and you let God handle the rest.”
Here are some wishes and worries you can put in your Goddess Box and let go of for now.
- Thoughts about possible future outcomes of all sorts, including money, employment, and health
- Anxiety about your children (or any family member) and the choices they make (probably accounts for more than 50% of anything I’ve ever given to the Goddess — “Here! you take her; I can’t solve this and I’m scared!”
- Desire to improve your emotional vocabulary and balance, to be more positive and more loving even if/no matter what.
I’ve used my Goddess Box to:
- Hold a draft of an angry email or text for three days. Each time I tried this, one of two things happened. Either the anger would dissipate and drift away and I’d forget the whole thing, or I’d take a look three days later and there would be an opening for me to reframe the communication in a more loving way — an opening that absolutely did not exist when I was in the heat of the anger.
- Hold my desire to take a big trip or buy a big-ticket item when I didn’t have the money to do so. I could relax into that middle place between knowing that the wish wouldn’t be forgotten and trusting that a higher intelligence was sorting out the how and the when.
The Goddess Box is magical.
Your mind rests into the solidity of the gesture of writing down your wish or your worry on a sip of paper and tucking it into your Goddess Box. The restful ease comes from knowing that you don’t have to keep obsessing, that the Divine has got your back on this one.
You’ve written it down, whatever it is. You’ve given it structure. You’ve created sacred space for outcomes to unfold as they are meant to be.
When you add a Goddess Box to your sacred ritualized spiritual practice you add more even more quiet ease and peace to your mind and heart. More easy and peaceful because you won’t be so hung up in your worries; you’ll be more present, and more available to the magic of this now moment and the next.
Of course, you still take actions. You and the Divine, you’re a team. Take the actions, and rest in letting go of the results.
How to make a Goddess Box.
Couldn’t be easier. And it’s fun! Grab a box (I’ve used a shoe box, and I like the little pressboard boxes I can get for $1.99 at the local crafts stores too). Grab decorative bits. I’ve used images from magazines, paints, glitter (of course glitter!), markers, feathers, beads, and more. Set some intention to be shown what this box needs, and go to town. Make it beautiful. And you’re done!
Or… if you’re going to be in the Bay Area on June 19th, join me for a Goddess Box Creativity Salon in my beautiful backyard on the harbor in Marina Bay.
No more than ten women, I supply all the materials, it will be so much fun. And hella sacred.
Sunday, June 19th, 1:30–5pm, $89 includes materials, $79 early-bird if registered and paid by 6/5/16. Download the info flyer here, or click or tap on the image to the right.
Have you made a Goddess Box? Does you feel called to create one? Tell me…let’s talk in the comments.