LWS November Issue

LWS November Issue

It was at her annual visit when Caroline’s doctor said, “You’re at the optimal age for motherhood.” She was twenty-nine. Somehow and maybe even against her “better judgement” her biological clock heard that. A few months later, she was pregnant. This was a big change from the model/diva, and self-serving, carefree globetrotter she had been. She and Nick married even though she knew the tall, green-eyed, gregarious, swarthy Greek wasn’t ready to be married, or to be a father. She was confident enough to know she could raise the child alone if necessary. He was born in Athens, Greece in August of 1996.

During the chaos of heading to the hospital to birth the child, Caroline was sure Nick would be with her. He was not. Several residents in training were there, though, along with the doctor, all watching between Caroline’s legs. They were mumbling in Greek about her comments. She hadn’t been given an epidural and was using some fabulous English expletives. She listened as they tried to hide their laughter while translating to each other what she was saying.

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Lori Vance -- Queendom

Lori Vance --  Queendom

Lori Vance - Queendom

Lori Vance, Executive Director of “Express Yourself Milwaukee” and psychotherapist with Eastlake Counseling Consulting, is an autumnal queen who has just turned 60. “Express Yourself” is an organization built on the belief that art can be used to build on going relationships with at risk youth with life changing results. Currently, more than 1,100 youth participate annually in the program in the greater Milwaukee area.

What does it means to live life to the fullest according to Lori?

I think what that means to me is constantly realigning with myself in response and reaction to what what my experiences are in the world. It means finding ways to return to myself when I’m off balance, and ways that remind me what’s important. Also, I realign with what I have to offer that’s in harmony with who I am. 

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LWS October Issue "Seventeen"

LWS October Issue "Seventeen"

“I’m finishing early, in December, at the end of the semester. Can you get me a job at your restaurant? …You can? …Yes, I’ll book my ticket, I can’t stand it here anymore.” At seventeen she had completed all her high school requirements; graduating early, she took off to have a ski adventure. Caroline was getting on a plane for the first time in her life and flying to Salt Lake City.

Navigating the airports and suddenly feeling alone, she made her way knowing there was no one but her who could help if she had trouble. Successfully making her way to the mountain, where she would have a contact waiting for her, was a challenge. She got off the bus and had to put on skis just to go from the road to the ski resort; she didn’t know how to ski. It was only about fifty yards, but it seemed to take forever. Excited and determined, she made her way falling and getting back up...

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Constance Leshin - Queendom

Constance Leshin - Queendom

One of the things Constancia is passionately active about is her work in Guatemala. She works for an organization called "Friendship Bridge" (www.friendshipbridge.org), a microfinance plus organization that gives 30,000 Guatemalan Maya women loans and education so that they can create their own solutions to poverty. She also translates narratives from Spanish to English for clients that are posted on the KIVA website, (www.kiva.org). 

“Every year we’ve raised more and more money from investors who can donate up as little as twenty-five dollars. Last year, we raised almost two million dollars. It really is incredible; it absolutely takes my breath away. It’s incredible when I think about how far my/our energy is going on behalf of these "voiceless women".

That is inspirational Constancia!

Diving in now, can you tell me a bit about beauty and how you see it in the women there or in general? 

Well, in our culture there is this emphasis on appearance...

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GO!

GO!

2017 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

I really didn't expect this!~ I went thinking it would be science geeky, and fun, but I really didn't expect to receive what I did. It reminds me to just go, to say YES, to have the adventure, and not think about it too much. Allow and let go of reason and expectation. Follow your intuition and sometimes and in some cases follow someonelse'sintuition as I did on this adventure. My rationale could never have given me any inkling of what I was in for. It needed to be experienced, and I am grateful to Jim for knowing (having the intuition to know) just enough what the eclipse might be about!

VIBE AWE

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Queendom Lynn Waite

Queendom Lynn Waite

Creating your Queendom Interview with Lynn Waite

What is living life to the fullest according to Lynn?

Surrounding myself daily with people I love, and with things that I love to do. My environment is hugely important to me. I’m truly a visually oriented person, so enjoying what I’m doing with my hands is very important. But always, number-one, is the people in my life.

And, if I think of how to live a full and rich life, I think back to what my mother wrote to my sister a few days before she passed away, and I’ve written on the glass up at the store. It’s, “If I had my life to do over, I’d just love everybody more.” I try to remind myself of that every day. It gives me the shivers every time I think it or say it. And, I don’t always succeed, but I think that’s part of a full life too - acknowledging that within yourself. And then being able to make the adjustments you need to make the apologies you need to make. Sincere apologies, not the “I’m so sorry for what happened.” That’s not a real apology in my mind. A real apology is saying, I’m sorry I did that to you.

Photo by Katy Rowe of Artist Group

 

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Queendom Cher Lyn

Queendom Cher Lyn

Sedona Story

Autumnal Crown not Crone stage - Queendom

In July, 2017, I had the privilege of interviewing my dear friend, Cher Lyn. She is a true mystic artist and one of my early teachers and guides in the realm of mysticism.

What is living life to the fullest according to Cher Lyn?

I’m still learning that one. (Giggles)

I’m going to say that painting almost daily for almost 30 years has taught me how to operate outside the studio. I have never given up on a painting. When I was working on Pele I had made a perceived mistake. I was judging this piece, and it was on Pele in the clouds in the sky, the spirit of the Black Mamo. I saw it and I literally took a bottle of paint, said, “No mistake namaste.” I poured it over this perceived mistake. And, this bird appeared in the painting.

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Carins - The Way Showers

Carins - The Way Showers

What Are All Those Stacks of Stones?

We were recently in Sedona and noticing the many carins. “What are all those stacks of stones about?” someone asked. I had an idea but wanted to look it up. I liked what I found..

The word carin comes from the Gaelic. These stacks of stones and have been used since prehistoric times.

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Luminous Wisdom Sophia - August

Luminous Wisdom Sophia - August

I AM So Big

Yes, I am, I know I am. I AM BIG, I know I can do anything! I am a girl!

Mom would bounce me on her knees and stretch my arms wide saying, “I am soooo big!” I would giggle and wiggle as she cuddled and snuggled me. Dresses, patent leather shoes, curls and bows were my costume whenever mom wanted to dress me up, and I loved it.

I loved my clothes for digging in the dirt too, and riding the big wheel, climbing trees, and chasing my cocker-spaniel, Lulu, and my boyfriend, Joey, around the yard. Then my little brother and sister came, and I was the big girl because I was their big sister. I loved them. They were my charge, so I was in charge. I felt I could do anything, and do it perfectly well.

I think I was about seven when this girl, Wanda, was at the house doing some gardening. I followed her around because she was pretty and a teenager. I overheard her talking to Mom, saying some crazy stuff about how she was not chosen for something because she was a girl. I thought, “What are you talking about?

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Autumnal - Entering Queendom

Autumnal - Entering Queendom

For women, this third season (there are four) is the time when our blood stops. For me, this was effing BIG! It happened slowly after a ten year “period”. I had been carefully noticing, adjusting health (No longer able to eat bread and having autoimmune issues!), and trying to find someone to talk about it. Still, when my doctor after reviewing blood tests, delivered the news that I, age 49, was officially “post-menopausal”, I was flattened. Thank god, my beloved was there to hold me as I mopped up the tears and surrendered the last remaining attachment I had to my summer season.

Officially over the threshold, I felt immense grief as I mourned the loss of my summer years. I had been bracing myself, yet, when that moment was known, I still felt mystified about how to feel as an autumnal. I hadn’t heard anything good about it ever, because we are a culture that worships youthful beauty. Yet, I knew the future would be good! I simply had little reference and understanding how and why.

Photo by Katy Rowe of Artist Group Photography

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Wisdom of the Wheel

Wisdom of the Wheel

The Circle Keeps Teaching

In grad school, classes on behavior were part of my M.Ed program. In one of these classes, Dr. Weiner from CSUN, introduced us to Native American wisdom. He emphasized the importance of the values represented in the medicine wheel while sitting in circle to hear and be heard, to forgive and to heal. I  later found that the wheel represents much more, including the four directions and the four elements. Yet, the values: generosity, belonging, independence, and mastery were my introduction to the wisdom of the wheel. In particular, belonging was vitally important to children struggling with home and school life. And, I could see how it was important to create that sense within a classroom.

Spurred on by my interest that arose in those graduate classes, I found myself exploring the wheel in real time - sweat lodges and feminine energy circles.

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IW Sophia Issue 2 - July (Cover)

IW Sophia Issue 2 - July (Cover)

The Top of Adam’s Hill

July '17

By Christine Schultz

It was December 2000 when I landed in Los Angeles from Milwaukee. Tom was in the terminal waiting with a wine bag over his shoulder. He greeted me warmly, we sat, and he poured the chilled champagne into two crystal flutes. After excitedly chatting and drinking champagne, we walked to his car and jumped into the midnight blue ‘68 GTO (top down). Kennedy was etched into the side wing-windows. “Maybe this was Bobby Kennedy’s car?” I thought. The white leather, patina-tinged, left me wondering who had sat in it before. Camelot, an Arthurian fantasy, what was this? I felt like a 1960’s movie star as we drove across L.A., and then up to the top of Adam’s Hill on its winding streets. I was in sunny California in December, and adored by a handsome, successful TV producer. Life was good.

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IW- Sophia Debut Issue

IW- Sophia Debut Issue

My Best Friend Cam

June '17

Cam Plainy always had something snarky to say.
We were in third grade and Girl Scouts. I remember the night our troop visited the local doughnut shop. I was not happy about the doughnut holes on a stick that the owner was giving us. I mumbled something rude. He looked at me, his mouth went curly on the sides. Then he gave me a whole doughnut decorated with colorful frostings. Those girls looked at me weird. I didn’t care, Cam said, “They’re just jealous.” After that, Cam became my best friend.

We had a great time especially in high school!

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Sacred Body Intelligence

Sacred Body Intelligence

“Through our eyes, the Universe perceives itself.”
Alan Watts

The Five Senses

Alan Watts describes the ways in which we perceive things. He says all the 5 senses are essentially feeling. We feel the sound waves in the inner workings of our ears. Our eyes feel light and perceive sight. We feel the tongue’s nerve endings as reaction to food particles and call that taste. Closely related to the sense of taste is what the tiny receptors feel inside the nose, and we call that smell. Finally, we have the sense of touch, in which our body’s nervous system is designed to feel different sensations on the skin. He also recognizes the perfection in that these senses are all integrated. We can see, smell, and touch a crying baby; we see, smell and sense the heat, and taste of a hot chocolate.

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The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine is really not a new idea; it is not a goddess movement or a hippie cult religion. It is not synonymous with Feminism. It is not just a pagan mythical-mystical concept. It does not denote polytheism. It is not some new-agey idea just being hatched. It has always been there. It is ancient; it is wisdom and mystery, and it is Divine. We are collectively remembering the Divine Feminine, yet most still have amnesia. The Divine Feminine is the feminine aspect of God. Therefore, it is expressed as Goddess. Imagine the perfect balance of the Yin Yang symbol: The Divine Feminine is one of the two halves. This balance is perfection. And that perfection is composed of feminine inspiration, the idea of what could be. Then, the masculine is action or the manifestation of the inspiration. All is first birthed in the feminine. When we have balance, we have a divine marriage composed of both energetics.

The Energetic of the Divine Feminine

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Duality

Duality

Duality

Duality is defined as the quality or condition of having two parts. The opposite of duality is non duality or oneness and the I Am is the all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present essence of oneness.

Oneness infers no separation. Everything, including every one of us, is connected. We are connected by virtue of our interrelatedness just like all the plants and animals in the rainforest are connected, interrelated and interdependent. Oneness includes being connected to that which is seen and unseen, with energies, and with all that is beyond the three dimensional world. With oneness comes the comfort of feeling in-sync, not alone, tapped in, and intended. It is simply a good feeling.

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