Woman is the Creator of the Universe. The Universe is her form. She is the true form of the body. Whatever form she takes whether in the form of a man or a woman is the superior form. In woman is the form of all things. Of all that lives and moves in the world. There is no jewel rarer than woman. No condition superior to that of a woman. There is not, nor has been, nor will be any destiny equal to that of a woman. There is no kingdom, no wealth, to be compared with a woman. There is not, nor has been, nor will be any holy place like unto a woman. There is no prayer to equal a woman. There is not, nor has been, nor will be any yoga to compare with a woman; no mystical formula or asceticism to match a woman. There are not, nor have been, nor will be any riches more valuable than woman.
From The Shaktisangama Tantra. The Immortal Feminine: Rites of Divinity The Path of Initiation - Level 1
"I Am Goddess"! - What does such a statement mean to you? For many women the very word "Goddess" is foreign and unknowable. The Immortal Feminine: Rites of Divinity was created to bring about the full awareness of the legacy and HerStory of all women. For women and men-of- good-will-towards-women to engage themselves in awakening and reprogramming their spiritual states of being and bring about transformation, rebirth and healing.
"The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation" is indicative of a women's worth and vital importance and we must begin to take our places as the mothers of all humankind. The core objective of a Divine Feminine Initiate is to awaken yourself to your own immortality. To the endless possibilities that creation has to offer. With the healing of women comes the healing of the community and lands. The Path of Initiation is a process that encourages the redefining of ourselves, the nature of our sexuality and to recognize the power that is inherent in every woman. “Where the mind goes the body will follow”, is a no-nonsense axiom that has stood the test of time. Self-esteem and confidence are both best developed through activities that teach the attainment of goal-oriented tasks that involve the combined use of the body and the mind.
Initiation Consist of:
The Door of Transformation The Initiate is charged with the study of Her ancient science and its power. This entails a ceremonial willful act that declares the Initiates' commitment to the path to seek spiritual enlightenment in all things. The ceremony is witnessed by the Initiates family and friends.
Re-Naming Ceremony "What's in a Name"? The very sound vibrations of the names we are known by should carry with them meanings of significance and positive power. Each Initiate will choose a new name representing their new identities as travelers on the path and share in a charging of these new identities.
Feminine Health & Healing Our bodies are temples and should be treated as such. The Initiate is taught that the feminine form is worthy of praise, veneration and worship not just by our mates but by ourselves first. This is a lesson in what foods fuel the feminine body.
The Womb: Menstrual Mysteries What is the meaning and purpose of a woman's menstrual cycle? Society has placed upon this process within a woman's body taboos that have inspired a gross mis-perception. We will explore the "monthly flowering" from an ancient perspective and it's power in relationship to the cycles of the moon as well the study of the womb as an oracle and it's magickal power.
Sacred Sexuality In this segment we take a look at how women feel about their bodies and the herstory of the feminine body as sexually sacred, ancient sexual practices and the temple priestess. We examine how to reclaim this power and utilize it for ourselves.
Mask Making Many of us hide our true selves behind a mask. Sometimes more than one personality is taken on depending upon the situation. How can looking at these varying shades of the self assist you in better knowing who you are? In this session the Initiate constructs a mask expressive of a particular Goddess archetype to energize and assimilate into their everyday lives. Amazon, priestess, midwife or mother are all expressive of the different periods and fazes of our lives. Which one are you?
Oshun Belly Dance This sacred dance allows women to come in contact with their bodies in ways that are beautiful and empowering. It serves as a confidence builder and womb healer for the one that becomes a true student of this art.
The Oracle A system designed by Goddess HerStory to allow each Initiate to use the masks they've made during the Mask Making shop to engage in a rebirthing journey. This experience takes place as each person (wearing their mask) engages in a board game that challenges our erroneous negative perceptions of ourselves. Each person walks through the game with an end objective of renewal and rebirth.