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I wanted to know — Have you met women over the years who embody qualities you want to integrate and welcome as your own? I want to share about 3 who have really touched me on my personal path of leadership, love, and liberation. 


DEVOTION

Brahmacharya Rema Devi

When I first met Ammaji, I began weeping before she even walked into the meditation hall. When this beautiful hugging saint took her seat, I was overcome with her love, but I never could have expected what came next. One of her attendants, a tall elder woman dressed in white with long gray hair, was gently helping pilgrim after pilgrim up to hug Amma. She stood there like an actual angel with towering wings, and the most graceful stature. I cried even harder. She was so beautiful. Her presence was so powerful in her extreme softness. I watched her flow around the space after her service ended, and later saw that she was a pujarini —in service to ritual channeling of cosmic energy. Pure devotion.

I still think about her all the time, and when I lose sight of what I’m really here to do, I Remember Her. 


PRECISION

Annaleise Muraya

On a silent retreat there was a woman about my age robed in black as a Zen Buddhist nun. I’d never met anyone so still. Every movement was so precise. So meditative. So serene. She took 10 times longer to place her cup of tea on the table than I, and I would just watch her meditate during the many sitting periods, hoping to absorb her skillful means by some sort of magical osmosis.  It didn’t work, but she did leave a lasting impression on me. 

When I find myself rushing through my daily tasks, I Remember Her. 


PASSION

Swami Kamalananda

Swami Kamalananda yelled at me the very moment I met her, but over time we became friends and I got to ask her all my questions about how she became a nun. She was somewhat terrifying, but with very kind, gentle eyes and stories of her travels through India that would make you cry — Like the time she snuck into Mother Theresa’s private space to receive her blessing in Calcutta. Kamalananda told me that she asked her Guru whether she could ‘go to God alone.’ Her Guru replied, “Follow the ones you seek to become”. She eventually received initiation as a Swami, which means ‘I am one with God’. I often stay up late, washing dishes with her at the ashram nearby, or following in her footsteps just to watch her every move… trying to understand her passion for her path and the fiery energy that moves her. 

When I feel lethargic or uninspired, I Remember Her.


Who are the women in your life, that you’ve met — in person —  who carry the qualities of awakening, leadership, and love you want to embody? I invite you to choose 3 words, or 3 women, and reflect on these aspects ‘becoming’ you, as you write. 

In what ways do they move you? 

How does this remembrance change your day-to-day life moving forward? 


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You're invited to Remember Her 

in an intimate and nourishing weekend of re-union

with womxn dedicated to remembrance.

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An initiatory gateway

of practice, prayer and purpose

through the re-awakening of Magdalene

and the Rose lineage within you.

*This Immersion sold out in just a few weeks, an entire month in advance. Luna Love and I have opened a few more spaces in a beautiful, additional lodging space on site. 


E X A L T
A 3 - Day and 2 - Night Devotional Retreat
June 28 - 30 | Luminary Farm | East Bay, CA
Payment Plans Available | Only 3 spaces remain 
 

Can you hear the clarion call?
Claim Your Space HERE.

 

If you've been feeling a little heavy...

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It's the peak of fall and the time for letting go and harvesting is here. So I want to talk about harvesting the wisdom within. 

At any given moment, there is a portal to potent information laying dormant in the body. 
 

I like to call the moment of extraction or realization a 'direct revelation'. A great revealing. 

 
Yes, like the direct revelations from biblical times. Yes, there is scripture written in your body too. 
 

Direct revelations are the fruits of knowledge that come through embodied experience. 


The treasures and jewels that come after the trauma, the tragedy, and the trials of life. The pieces of wisdom that make it all worth it. The knowledge that usually points to what you are meant to be doing in this life, and how to do it. 
 

If you have been through a lot, and you haven't found the treasure, I can guarantee two things - 1) You probably feel heavy. 2) There's more digging to do.


And these things do take time, rest and love. 
 
You probably have at least one practice that always leads you to the golden nugget. (Hint… it’s probably the one that you have the most resistance to.)
 
So what is it?
 
Dance?
Writing?
Art?
Prayer?
Meditation?
 
If you know what your access point is, perfect. This is my nudge to get to it because I know it gets heavy carrying all those jewels around. If you don't yet know, sounds like it's time to experiment with your body.... 

Over the next week, try something you know works for you. Or try something new! I guarantee you’ll get a taste of these ‘direct revelations’ you are undoubtedly holding onto.  
 
Please do write back and share what you dug up <3
 
Big love,
Karen

Spirit vs fear..... Take a few breaths with this one

 

Want to know how to create anything you want?

Do anything you want?

Be anything you want? 

Listen carefully: Stop identifying with what is coming through you. It's not 'you', so there's nothing to be afraid of. You are the vessel.


You are the holy instrument for your spirit to play. 

Here are 4 steps we can use to check ourselves when we can see that we're holding back:

Step 1) Forgive yourself.... Shame is not actually useful to you in this moment. Let it teach you how to move forward but don't let it hold you back.

Step 2) Humble yourself... you're not perfect and you never will be so you can let that whole thing go. 

Step 3) Acknowledge your fear.... you are God in human skin and of course that's overwhelming and you want to hide from the mightiness


Step 4) Exalt yourself.... Love and accept the fact that you are divinity. Think of the thing you love more than anything in the world. You can only love it and recognize it as perfect love because you are also that love. 

Yes, you are both perfect and imperfect. Yes, there are multiple truths and life is confusing. Yes, your ego and your spirit know how to work together. Yes, you are nothing and everything at the same time. 

It's overwhelming I know.... But if you want more..... there's more..... 

Join me for my next virtual gathering:

 




I’ll share my own stories and insights around leadership, fear and the spirit’s plight to serve others. You do not have to have a business to benefit from this space I'm creating! 

I’ll be giving away my final copy of THE SACRED PLATE and will leave lots of time for questions and connections too!

Sign up here to drop in with me live! 

Can't wait to see you there <3

With a dove from my heart,
Karen

Every woman in born Exalted

 

Happy New Year!

The days are getting longer and after moving through the darkest nights of the year I find myself longing for more connection with women.

I spent my holidays on a 10-day silent retreat, where I had the opportunity to meditate for over 100 hours. While the silence was everything I needed, I truly loved coming back to my work with my mentoring clients, the women in my WAVES program, and my retreat planning! (I have so much in store for this year that I can't wait to share with you!)

The vipassana retreat showed me just how important meditation is, but also stepping out of our normal routines by 'getting away to go within'. 
 

When we step into a structured container, and a little bit out of our comfort zone, pure magic can happen...

 

 


Not to mention tears, waves of  bliss, and the feeling that you've lifted years of emotion off your chest.  This magic that I'm talking about is why my incredible friend Janel and I created the 'EXALT' retreat for women

 

'EXALT: Reclaiming Valentine's Day' is a one day self-care retreat for those who identify as women in a private home in the redwoods of West Sonoma County, CA



Here is a note I shared with my instagram community when it was all said and done: 

"Yesterday I spent Valentine's Day co-creating a container for 18 women dedicated to re-examining gender roles and dropping into exaltation. For some it came through the tenderness of tears and others a fierce reclaiming of the feminine. May we all walk with the awareness that we are already exalted, that despite strong messages from outside, there is nothing we need to do to become everything we ever wanted to be."
 

Last year's EXALT retreat left me in awe of the power of women coming together, not to mention massages, a beautiful angel playing the harp, and herbal yoni steams!


Learn more about what we have planned for you this year, and reserve your space before it fills up!

A thousand doves from my heart to yours,
Karen

The one thing I needed to hear to move past fear

Happy Winter Solstice!

I just spent a few hours sitting by a fire, releasing everything that does not want to join me in 2017. It was so beautiful, and I do hope you find a moment, even just with your breath, to honor this sacred time. The light is dimming and the days are shorter, reminding us of the cyclical nature of all things and the necessity of letting go. 

 

 



Looking back on 2016, I see how much I accomplished. 
 

I also look back on the amount of fear that I pushed through.


I completed graduate school, lead my first 4 night retreat, launched a more authentic version of my business and even started helping others do the same in my 'Pilgrimage program'! 

I always get the question, how did you build this life for yourself? How did you start your own business, lead these retreats, and become a self-sustaining entrepreneur? 

The answer is this mantra....
 

The healing you can bring others is bigger than your fear of being seen


This was the one thing I needed to hear to finally start the private mentoring practice I was meant to start. The one where I am 100% myself, on my schedule, with no boss. The one where I'm employed by my spirit.

I realized my fear came from all directions. Do any of these feel familiar to you?

-The fear of failure
-The fear of being judged or criticized
-The fear of not being good enough
-The fear of not being ready
-The fear of succeeding
-The fear of surpassing your friends or family members in happiness or success
-The fear of what x, y, and z people in your past life and your family will think about you if you start talking about what's truly in your heart?
-The fear of the unknown

Please listen. 
 

There is no healing for anyone... you or the people who need your specific light, without vulnerability.  


Even if you don't have a business, this goes for your light in your family, relationships and community.

So yes... that fear you feel is real. But the results people walk away with when you're ready to show up for them are hyper-real. 
 

And right now we need hyper-real.


So, if you are wanting 2017 to be different... If you know your healing light is ready to be known... if you're ready to lay the groundwork for the pilgrimage to self-sustaining entrepreneurship, enter into your body temple, or remember how it feels to be a vessel for your spirit, reply now now to set up a free call <3

A thousand doves from my heart to yours,
Karen