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One Billion Rising: A Feminist Tsunami of Love and Action this V-Day

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February is upon us and we’re up to our ears in the barrage of radio and TV commercials here to remind us that there’s only a couple of weeks left to buy diamonds and chocolates to prove your love is real. (ugh, right?)

So, here’s an awesome alternative. Let’s make sure that this Valentines Day isn’t just about cupid, chocolates or bouquets, but about something more meaningful.  Let’s make it about LOVE, but in a much bigger, more active and compassionate way;  join Glad.is in participating in ONE BILLION RISING.   Valentines Day is shaping up to be a huge global activist movement to end violence against women and girls and that’s an idea to love.

ONE BILLION RISING was created by a group that includes author Eve Ensler called “V-Day” which promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. (The ‘V’ in “V-Day” stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.) In conjunction with it’s 15th anniversary, V-Day launched its most ambitious campaign to date - ONE BILLION RISING.

Here’s the simple fact behind the name:

-1 out of 3 women in the world will experience violence in her lifetime. That means that over 1 billion women on this planet will be impacted by violence. ONE BILLION. 

You’ve seen the headlines this year: An Indian Woman gang-raped on a train, a Pakistani school girl shot on her way to school. In the U.S., the Attorney General just announced that the Superbowl creates the single Largest Human trafficking incident in the US. Republican Senators just Voted AGAINST a bill co-authored by ALL WOMEN IN CONGRESS called the Violence Against Women Act.  This is our year to make a stand.

 
“V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence.”

V-Day is inviting ONE BILLION women and men to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. Through V-Day we can show the world our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

This movement has been described by the press as a feminist tsunami- a wave of energetic rearrangement of our universal chemistry. More than 5,000 organizations in 177 countries have signed on to participate (there are only 196 countries in the world, so that’s almost everyone!)

One Billion Rising flashmob

I encourage you to check their amazing website to find out how to get involved. You’ll find many videos with personal stories from all over the world on why people are organising events in their city. You can find a Rising/Flashmob to join in your area.  There is a downloadable toolkit to help you organize one yourself,  including playlist suggestions.

There are a few options to join a VDay Flash Mob if you are in L.A.:

1) There is an L.A. Rising Flash Mob appearing at 4:30 at 3rd St Promenade and Wilshire in Santa Monica.  Please join the Facebook group for more information concerning location and times.

2) There is a free-flow Flash Mob lead by Shiva Rea meeting at 4:00 on the Venice Boardwalk.  This one encourages men and children as well. Details on their Facebook.

We warn you this video contains graphic images that may not be suitable for some viewers, but it is perhaps one of the most honest depictions you will see for why we choose to RISE.  We must open our eyes to what is real- and what we can do about it.

“A billion is too big, because one is too big.” - Anne Hathoway , Advocate for One Billion Rising

Join the online discussion:  #1billionrising#reasontorise, and @vday

Are you planning something in your city? Please share!

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Create Magic, Reveal Your Inner Priestess

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “feminism rising,”  but there may be an even more sacred link to our feminine or Goddess self, another path to the divine feminine, to uncovering the spiritual power of women:  Within each of us lies a spiritual goddess known as an Urban Priestess.

The Priestess is an essential role of women, one in which we help create and maintain the psychic, energetic, and emotional landscape of society.   The Priestess was much revered in ancient times, and even still today in the spiritually dominated world of the East.  But her presence, this magical part of the Divine Feminine, has been hidden in our age of spiritual materialism – an age from which we are beginning to awaken.

I attended the most honest, love-filled, and joyful wedding I had ever been a part of in Santa Fe this summer.  It felt very much like seeing the true meaning of a wedding ceremony for the first time, and it was officiated by Urban Priestess Ashley Turner.  Glad.is is honored to share these inspiring words from Ashley on how to tap into and grow your inner Priestess:

Magic.  Mysticism.  Merlins.  Myth.  A Modern Day Priestess.

by Ashley Turner

Ten years ago, I read the epic novel Mists of Avalon, a retelling of the Arthurian legend as seen through the eyes of the women of Avalon.  This was my first encounter with the term priestess.  Deep inside, my Presbyterian bones began to quake.  Intuitively,  I knew what a priestess was.  I understood her role in the world and knew it was mine as well.

Empowering the feminine always stirred my soul.  I studied feminism and geopolitical socioeconomic theory at University of Southern California in hopes of bringing more equality to the world.  I happily devoured Simone de Beauvoir while living in Paris in the mid ’90s.

After reading Mists of Avalon, I longed to attend a Mystery School.  How did these secret teachings relate to our modern world?  How could I translate them?

Luckily, someone passed me a booklet, and all the missing pieces fell into place.  A Guidebook for the Modern Priestess was written by my teacher, Ariel Spilsbury.

Upon reading the manual, I eagerly completed Ariel’s 13 Moon Priestess Training, an amalgamation of feminine spirituality, Jungian psychology, Tantra, mythology, sacred geometry, Celtic mysteries, and quantum physics.

To this day, people ask me more about my priestess work than anything else that I do.  The word holds a mysterious charge but is really quite simple:  By aligning with elemental forces, nature, and our intuition, we have more direct access to truth and love.

Here are some simple steps, carefully distilled from Ariel’s voluminous work, to help you on your path to becoming an Urban Priestess.

SLOWDOWN & BEGIN A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.  The mantra of the priestess archetype is:  I amplify stillness.  True power comes from within.  Spend time each day in stillness ad silence.  Answers arise.  Intuition strengthens.

WORSHIP YOUR BODY.  A priestess knows her worth and chooses foods, relationships, and activities that support her highest good.  Eat well.  Exercise daily.  Practice radical self-care.  Pamper yourself.

START A MOON CIRCLE.  Honor the natural rhythms of life by cresting monthly rituals.  Gather a small group of trusted friends around the New Moon to sit in a circle, confidentially share, and create rituals to honor the seasons.

SET INTENTIONS.  Take an hour each week to meditate on and write out your deepest desires.  A priestess understands her power to manifest.  Journal to keep track of miracles and recognize synchronicity as it occurs.

PRESENCE BEAUTY.  Pay special attention to how you adorn yourself.  In each encounter, offer beauty- by how you dress, decorate your home, move, speak, and listen.

ESTABLISH RESONANCE.  For magic to occur, a resonant, coherent field is required.  Keep rooms and relationships orderly.  Use candles, flowers, sound, and lighting to establish resonance.  Listen athletically to align with another.  Instead of listening passively, listen with your whole body, your whole attention.  Notice sensations and subtle, unspoken cues to accurately meet another where they are.

 

Ashley Turner brings a fresh approach to yoga as a modern day psychotherapy intern with a soulful bent on celebrating the body’s wisdom and inner spirit.

See some of Ashley’s Retreats listed in our Retreats calendar.

-Ashley also offers her Urban Priestess one day events all across the US – she has upcoming events in Chicago, Charlotte and Nashville, learn more about those classes and her other practices here.

[Editors Note: This article was originally featured in Origin Magazine - one pub we LOVE!]:

Fill us in!  How do you practice evolving into an Urban Priestess?

 

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