Whole Beauty by Shiva Rose EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Author: Shiva Rose
- ISBN: 1579657729
- Language: English
- Genre: Detox and Cleansing Diets
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- Page: 224
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As women, we are inherently tribal. We are meant to
gather with other women, to care for one another,
participate in ceremony, and be in circles.
Unfortunately, we often lack this connection in our
modern lives, where we work in cubicles, frequently
care for our families alone, and have mothers and
sisters who live far away. Our days pass without a
sense of reverence and community, and we’re left with
a powerful yearning for connection.
For me, rituals provide that connection. When I perform them
alone, I am able to connect with the source of all being (our
own, personal version of a higher power) and my deepest
levels of self. When I gather for ceremony with other women, I
connect with the divine feminine and form strong bonds with
my teachers and friends, new sisters and mothers. Ritual and
ceremony provide us with an opportunity to refuel, reenergize,
and even reinvent ourselves. Just a simple beauty ritual can
trigger a profound shift into a more self-healing modality.
I experienced my first ritual almost two decades ago, and it
really enlightened me and opened me up to a whole new
realm of healing. I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with my
family, and it was the middle of winter. In the coldest months,
New Mexico is a magical, mystical place, with its dusty, red
landscape awash in drifts of white snow. My former mother-inlaw and I traveled to a small adobe house on the outskirts of
town, where a Native American shaman held ceremonies in
her sweat lodge.
This was my introduction to the use of cleansing herbs, such
as sage, and to the power of prayer. The lodge was the
hottest place I had ever been, and we were naked for the
three-hour ceremony. It was a test of strength, will, and spirit. I
openly cried as the chants and smoke and sweat unearthed
the demons I thought I had so carefully buried. There were
many moments when I wanted to leave, but even when my
mind told me I wouldn’t last a minute longer, my spirit told me
In these moments, I would lower myself to the ground and put
my naked breasts against the cool earth. I felt the feminine
power of the earth supporting me. As I breathed in the cool air
that rose up to revive me, I knew that if I could survive this, I
could survive anything outside of the lodge as well.
After the sweat, I emerged renewed, and my senses were
alive. I saw rainbows and shimmering orbs. The shaman had
laid out a beautiful feast of hummus, crackers, olives, salads,
and fresh juices, and all the food glittered like gems.
Everything tasted incredible, and I felt like I had been stripped
raw to reignite my passion for beauty and pleasure.
During this ritual, the shaman told me that I was connected to
the wolf, and she used the word lupus, which is the Latin
translation. This was my first inkling of my autoimmune
disorders, and I would be formally diagnosed with lupus a
short while later.
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