Believing in our own goodness – that’s what’s tugging at my heart


Recently I led a women's retreat in Berkeley called "I'm Coming From A Great Space: Learning to Tend and Befriend the Chaos in Our Lives".  The room was filled with some great women --"wimmens", I call us -- all of who were on intimate terms with Chaos in Her varied manifestations, and wanting, as I did, to find ways to not only move beyond the tumult but use it as a way to transform our lives for the better.One phrase that kept coming to me in between the exercises and conversation prompts … [Read more...]

Invitation to blog: What is tugging at your heart?

'Gaia – Elemental Heart Connection’, by Jassy Watson

So much of our lives can be spent living the "To Do" list. Things we HAVE TO GET DONE - it's never ending, and exhausting. Worst of all, we can get to the end of our day - or our lifetime - and wonder where it all went. As life rushes past us, we too often forget to ask ourselves if we are living from our heart space - that place within us that is our personal truth, the place that allows us to be and to do what is authentic to us.So, dearest women, do tell us... ...What is tugging at your … [Read more...]



When I enrolled in massage school so many years ago, it was yet another foray into the quest for me-ness? You know, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Not expecting too much, after all it was just massage therapy, I threw myself wholly into the process. And, not realizing at the time, that it would save my life. Having said that, I must acknowledge that a series of unrelated, unexpected synchronicities fell into place to allow me to indulge this adventure.Coincidentally, and around the sa … [Read more...]

The veils have thinned…

The veils have thinned. Yet the streets are empty and seemingly swept clear of people hurrying about their daily routines. No doubt about it. How to apprehend the thinning of the veils in times of tumultuous chaos where nothing makes sense because we humans are locked in the throes of seemingly endless earthbound struggles that have grave consequences if we don't care to rise to the task of securing a calming consciousness? No one is about. No one seems to stir or dare out of their houses. … [Read more...]

The Veil


I first heard the phrase “the veil is lifting” back in the 90’s; at the time, I would imagine that each of us who heard it mentioned in the rather generic way in which it was brought to our attention, thought of it as being something a little different. We didn’t discuss it. One of our teachers mentioned it in passing and left the concept hanging out there. Since then I have heard many interpretations of the lifting of the veil ranging from inter-dimensional access being made more easily availab … [Read more...]

Emerging Paradigms, The Divine Feminine and Learning to Love the Bear


As I scan the horizon in search of religious trends and emerging spirituality, I see a huge wave of change that can be summarized in one sentence: The Divine Feminine is on the rise… and that’s a good thing! The wisdom of the Divine Feminine may be the only compass that can lead us through these times.The past few weeks have been a real challenge for those of us working to build cooperation, collaboration, unity and enlightenment on this planet.  We have been bombarded by dark news of conf … [Read more...]

Lifting the veil: Is the Time Now?

Discover Ireland Centre, Dublin October 2013

Is the time now? Always.Have our religious, philosophical and ethical systems converged? Well…it’s a process.Like any seed sprouting, there is a struggle against resisting soil to burst to the surface. The evolving spiritual consciousness is happening now. But to happen, it also meets resistance.  This is a necessity of growth.Change is a tricky thing for us humans. On one hand our philosophers early on told us that change is the human condition. Yet, the I Ching was written to help h … [Read more...]

Is the Veil Thinning? Time, Consciousness, and Spiritual Evolution


This summer we will be part of a Patheos-wide theme of "religious trends". Over the various weeks, each of the  channels here at Patheos are being featured, with diffrent questions and themes for each. The theme for the Spirituality Chanel is as follows:Is the Veil Thinning? Time, Consciousness, and Spiritual EvolutionMany of those deeply interested in the spiritual life apart from particular religious traditions believe that the evolution of religion itself has been leading to a new age … [Read more...]

Wisdom, Leadership, and Letting Go

Yvette new pic

I did not see myself as a leader as I was coming of age, but even my mother was jealous of the powers unseen by me, and often said so. My father regularly referred to me as “a mighty powerful woman,” but I saw this as one of his silly jokes, like telling me that my shoes were as big as gunboats, and that I was adopted from an Indian princess.My father also called me "Y;" he said because I always wanted to know the why of everything.I regret that I did not know that I had this gift that must b … [Read more...]

Wisdom’s Kindness


A stranger approaches. Who is he? Should I be wary? He is wearing a  large oval-shaped locket. Pure gold in the sunlight. That's what distinguishes him. I am sitting at a table at a crowded shopping center. I believe the young man is looking for someone or something. Maybe his brand new car that he is not used to seeking out in the ever widening parameters of an unfamiliar car park.What is he looking for, if not his car then something else. Imagine now, perhaps his girlfriend around the corner … [Read more...]