Category Archives: Doorway 1: The Self

Day 4: Revamp Your Identity

Identity is the unique combination of traits, qualities and roles that make up who you are. Whereas Self Image is the internal picture you hold of yourself, identity is the composition of facts we know ourselves to be. There is only one you!

Some aspects of your identity are roles you willingly embrace. Some were passed down through the DNA of ancestors from long, long ago. Other parts belong to you alone. Some are fixed, part and parcel of your bones. Still other aspects, you have the power to change and rearrange.

When you take stock of the different ‘I am’s’ that contribute to your identity, you start to realize just how amazing it is that all of that is contained within you.

Let’s take a deeper look at how you can shift these aspects of your identity:

  • Make a comprehensive list of the I am’s that create your identity.
  • Take your list into your inner Goddess chamber, and reflect on the whole of it to see what insight it offers
  • Have you felt burdened by some aspects of your identity?
  • How might the Goddess of Now guide you to include Her loving presence in your sense of self?
  • How might She assist you in seeing the goodness in all of it?

Take the time to explore and re-create you! You are a dynamic being. Every aspect of your body gets re-created anew within one year’s time. In the same way, you can re-create you!

Adela’s Insights

Ever felt different aspects of yourself vying for center stage? It happens. Sometimes you can find yourself playing unexpected, even contradictory, parts from your repertoire of selves. The truth is that the face you show the world can radically shift depending on the context. Walt Whitman captures this perfectly, “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Next time you find yourself doing something unusual or contradictory that surprises you, remember that you contain multitudes. Let’s unravel some of these aspects of your self.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says that when you look at the whole of who you are, you can begin to see more of what is possible for you. It is easy for you to get stuck on a fixed sense of self that limits your ability to see beyond what happened in the past, as if that was an indication of your true potential.

This is a new day! I invite you to see yourself from where you stand Now. What are the dreams that still live in your heart? Who have you wanted to be? What have you hoped to do? The answers to these questions will tell you a great deal about who you really are.

This is the time for shedding old identities. Even the ones that worked beautifully in the past. This is an invitation to step fully into the Now, and recognize what is possible for you, once you’re free of the old beliefs and identities you once believed were the whole of you.

 

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Let’s take a moment to tap into the earthy nature of your being. Imagine a luscious waterfall in a tropical paradise. The air is warm and heavy with the scent of gardenias and lilies. You walk towards the edge of the water, winding your way towards the perfect spot. A moist blanket of dew-drenched leaves safeguards your feet from the scorched earth. You dive into the water and move to the rhythm of the rippling waves. As you break the water’s surface you reach for the sky then roll onto your back, floating effortlessly as the sun kisses your skin through the trees. You linger in the waterfall’s buoyant beauty, nourished by each pleasure and sensation of life’s lush bounty.[/thrive_custom_box]

Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Looking through the Goddess lens of Love and Compassion, notice how the pieces of your identity serve you in your life today. Feel into which aspects empower you and ones you haven’t considered in a while. Choose one of the prompts to explore how you experience your identity and what, if anything you’d like to revamp and update.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

I know myself as . . .

I am . . .

I have always been . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 3: How Do You Meet the World?

Personality, as defined by Merriam-Webster: the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. One aspect of personality is that it is the way you interact with the world. It can be a challenge to get a sense of your own personality because it is the external you that others see, and may be different from the way you experience yourself.

Your personality grows and evolves, as you do. Every time you learn or go through an experience that brings out different qualities in you, your personality will also shift. Often, these are subtle changes but they may result in you exhibiting more confidence or courage or charisma, depending on the characteristics that are being called out of you.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says your personality, like you, is unique in all the world. This is something to appreciate about yourself. Certain aspects of your personality are the result of hardship, others were born of love and success. All of it has gone into building your character and has made you the woman you are today.

The Goddess says your heart holds answers your mind does not understand, and guides you to ask more meaningful questions. Love and respect for the life you have lived allows your personality to shine, and makes you a beacon to others who are struggling to find a way through their own challenges.

As you dwell more in your Goddess chamber, (where you met your personal Goddess of Now, in the activation on our Doorway 1 call) you may find yourself shifting and relaxing the way you interact with the outer world, as well. To spend time in the presence of your Goddess energy is to begin to open to new and exciting ways of seeing yourself and your place in the world.

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before you dive into today’s writing take a moment to bring your body and being present. Put one hand on your belly and one on your heart and take several breaths, feeling the flow of life moving through you, sustaining you, nurturing you.[/thrive_custom_box]

Creative Exploration: Personality

Consider your personality through the Goddess lens of Love and Appreciation. Please take a moment to reflect on these prompts and explore where you are Now on this topic and how you might like to tweak or upgrade this aspect of self.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

My friends say I’m . . . 

It’s easy for me to be . . .

I lead with my . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 2: How Well Do You Dwell In Your Body?

Many women struggle with this topic. If you haven’t you’re one of the few (and kudos to you). Whether it’s family or social conditioning, we are all inundated with messages about how our bodies should look and feel. What if it’s the seat of your feminine power?
Today’s exploration is designed to excavate some old programs and set up some new ones. Get ready to unearth your greatest gift!

Adela’s Insights

Have you ever met a woman who hasn’t had angst about her body? I haven’t. Most of the women I know have experienced some level of self-rejection … their breasts/ass/legs/lips are too big or too small. Or, there is some imperfection which needs correcting.

In the Western World, we are bombarded with negative body messages all the time: on radio, magazines, tv, billboards, Google Ads, etc. Not to mention the mixed messages we got at home, church, work, health clubs, on the street. I heard these messages everywhere. No surprise then that I was dieting by the time I was 14. I’ll never forget the vile taste of cherry flavored protein liquid.

Like many women, I’ve had a complex relationship with my body. It’s taken some time to claim the truths my body tells. Now I listen. I listen to what my body tells me about the people I meet, the places I go, the food I eat, and the exercise I do. I’ve yet to be steered wrong.

This level of trust doesn’t happen overnight. It will happen if you’re willing. Sometimes you’ll dance in the dark and know the floor will rise to greet you. But, you’ve got to say, “Yes!”

As you learn to trust your body, and its wisdom, you’ll navigate the world with more power, ease and grace.

Jodi’s Insights

It is through the miracle of these bodies of ours that we have the gift of life. Your body is your vehicle; your instrument for navigating the experience of being alive. It can be fine tuned, strengthened, energized, or it can be ignored. Your body gives you access to your five senses that tell you all kinds of things about your world. Your body even gives you senses beyond the basic five; like those goosebumps that tell you to pay attention; the lump in your throat that won’t let you speak; or the pounding of your heart when you are about to do something exciting.

The body is in Doorway 1 because it plays a major role in where everything in your life begins. It is through the body that you show up in the world, interact with others, do the things you love, love the people you love, and enjoy your life. Without your body, you wouldn’t be here.

As women, we are bombarded with mixed messages about our bodies. It’s no wonder that so many of us have trouble loving and appreciating our bodies and ourselves. Your relationship to your body plays a vital role in the quality of your life. Most of us weren’t taught to love ourselves but that’s one of the keys to health and happiness.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says your body is your temple. It is the place you live and as such is holy ground. You have been taught to see yourself, and your body, as somehow inferior, and this is simply not true. There was a time when it was understood that women’s bodies carried coding that enabled them access to abilities that were not available to men. Of course, it is through women’s bodies that humanity is given birth, but that is just the beginning.

As you love and appreciate your body, you will notice other things in your life improve, as well. Your body holds the key to unlocking hidden gifts and abilities. As you start to see your body through the eyes of Love, the mysteries held within you begin to reveal themselves.

 

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before you consider today’s focus take a moment to close your eyes and focus your energy at the core of your being (wherever that is for you). Notice if there are any feelings, thoughts or sensations that want your attention. Just notice, as if you were a reporter making note of salient facts. Allow everything to move at its own pace, of its own accord. Know that everything is perfect right now.[/thrive_custom_box]

When you are feeling here and now, consider your relationship to your body. This theme focuses on how you experience, feel about and see your body. Notice any thoughts that flit by – good or bad – about your body. Notice your level of comfort and care for your body. Explore where you are Now and how you might tweak or upgrade your sense of self.

Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

I am energized by  . . .

My body is . . .

I love the way my body . . . 

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 1: How Do You SEE Yourself?

Our creative exploration today is on self-image. Your self-image is how you see yourself. It can be based on many different aspects of who you know yourself to be, including the way you look, your personality traits and what others have said about you.

Do you see yourself in a positive light? When you think of yourself, do you feel good about you or does it immediately make you think of things about yourself you wish you could change?

Adela’s Insights

The more you question your assumptions of who you think you are, the sooner you discover that you are a dynamic being. Here’s what I discovered, much of who you appear to be depends on circumstance, environment and what the moment requires.

For a long time, I felt very uncomfortable around people that I didn’t know. Whether it was a party or a networking meeting, I experience serious discomfort with strangers. I used to think it was because I was introverted. When I was younger it was not easy for me to make friends and I normally didn’t fit in with school cliques.

Later I discovered that it’s not so much about being introverted – though that certainly is my default social response – it’s about the quality of the connection. I’m not one for shallow conversations, but once I connect with someone on a meaningful topic it doesn’t matter whether we’re strangers or not. I also found that I could orchestrate my unease by connecting with people first on social media before I met them at a conference or networking meeting.

Who I am, and how I show up, can shift when I create an environment that supports my objectives.

Jodi’s Insights

It isn’t uncommon to have a Self Image that no longer reflects who you are. Oftentimes people make great strides in their lives, to accomplish a big goal, or make positive changes, and then continue seeing themselves lacking in the very thing they just changed. If you have changed something external about you, it is important to update your internal image of who you are, as well.

That is what we are considering today. Is your Self Image a good reflection of yourself? Or would you like to upgrade it to better reflect the current you?

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says your self-image can be anything you want it to be. The way you see yourself plays a major role in the way the world sees you. If you are riddled with self-doubt, even putting on a brave face is not going to convince others that you are confident. However, if you choose to see yourself as brave and willing to face down your challenges, this simple shift in perspective is going to positively affect the way you approach your life and the way others see you.

The Goddess encourages you to look at yourself in a positive light, knowing you are doing your best and have already made great strides in your life. You, as much as anyone in the world, deserve to be seen through the eyes of your own love.

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before you being your writing take a moment to stand, feet hip-width apart, soften your knees and relax your shoulders. Take a deep breath and on the exhale allow your eyes to gently close. Tune into the rhythm of your breath and imagine energy pouring in simultaneously from the crown of your head and the soles of your feet. Feel the energy moving through you, releasing what’s served its purpose on each exhale. Notice how your body lightens up with each exhale and how energized and alivened you feel. When you’re ready open your eyes and allow the topic of the day to land in your heart and move to your hands as you begin to write.[/thrive_custom_box]

Insights and integration occur thru further exploration. You are welcome to write, muse, draw, contemplate, sing or dance out what arises, in response. (We like to write, but please do it in a way that feels natural to you.)

Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess Lens of Love and Compassion, consider your relationship to your Self Image. Notice whether there is anything you’d like to upgrade.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

I see myself as …

I wish I wasn’t so …

I fully embrace my …

Write for 2 minutes or more.

Doorway 1: The Self, Personality & Appearance

Today, our Goddess Revolution adventure begins. Each day we’ll explore different aspects of feminine power, from the perspective of the astrological houses.

Doorway 1 is the door to different facets of your relationship to Self. Doorway 1 corresponds with Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, ruled by the planet named for the God of War, Mars. Themes behind Doorway 1 cover how you are seen (appearance), what you are comfortable showing the world (personality), which often is only a fraction of who you know yourself to be, and how you see and know yourself (self-image).

Doorway 1 also includes your identity, physical body, personal sense of style, the way you dress, and the attitudes with which you lead.

The Self is the starting point for everything else in your life. Some of us are comfortable being in our bodies. Some of us lead with strong personality traits. Some of us stand out. Some of us prefer to blend in. Notice how you show up.

As we explore the Doorways, through the daily topics, we invite you to consider, how you express these areas of your life, today, and if there is something you’d like to update.

Every day we’ll invite you to create an energetic foundation for your writing. You can do your own process if you like. It does shift possible outcomes when you come from an expanded and super connected orientation.

Quotes

Quotes are a great way to explore your beliefs, thoughts, and impressions. They can expand your perspective and clarify your inklings. Here are some quotes on the self to support you in considering what aspect of your self is ready for an upgrade. You can also use these quotes to do free flow writing and see what arises.

Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself. Anonymous

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and everything you do, is for yourself – and there isn’t one. Wei Wu Wei

Your whole idea of yourself is borrowed – borrowed from those who have no idea who they are themselves. Osho

Questions

Take a moment to sit with the following questions. You may want to journal on them or have a discussion with a close friend. You can also just sit with the question for a bit and allow your thoughts to arise of their own accord. Sometimes asking a powerful question is enough to create a shift.

  • What if you were truly self-full, not selfish? What would your life look like?
  • When you look in the mirror, who do you see?
  • What aspects of your true self show up when no one is watching?

Resources

Here are several Personality Assessment Resources to explore and expand your sense of self.

Remember they’re a great way to take a view of you, just like sunglasses. Most are free with an upgrade. The Gallup Strengths Finder is worth it. It gives your 5 top strengths. It’s $15 on their site, or you can get access when you buy the book.

Human Design Birth Chart (FREE w/Upgrade Option)

Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (FREE w/Upgrade Option)

VIA Character Strengths Profile (FREE w/Upgrade Option)

Gallup’s Strengths Finder – Discover Your Top 5 Strengths ($15)

Have fun with these, and REMEMBER your multitudeness!!