A Wakeup Call from Aphrodite

I drove down to the studio through the drizzle. It was the first really cold, creeping fall drizzle; the kind that gives me double chills. First from cold, second from fear of the long winter ahead.

My phone had been buzzing all day as one woman after another cancelled her attendance for that evening’s Dance Our Way Home session. I felt dejected as I imagined myself dancing in a nearly empty room. The studio would be cold. I wondered how I would hold space for a warm circle of sisterhood with only two or three participants in the room.

When I arrived, I tried to center myself by drawing a card from the studio’s Doreen Virtue Goddess Oracle deck.

Aphrodite. Looking divinely beautiful with her flowing red hair and emerald gown.1359001230_aphrodite

I read the affirmation at the bottom of the card, and immediately felt reassured that no matter how many people showed up, the session would be just what it needed to be. It said:

“Awaken the goddess within you through dance, self-care and appreciating your divinity.”

And just like that, the goddess in me and let out a big yawn, splashed some water on her face, and got down to business. I put on some warmup music and started dancing and setting up the space. The people I had originally expected may not have showed, but others did – one sweet surprise after another.

As the dance journey began, the music and the last of a deep fuchsia sunset coming through the stained glass window transported us to a place where we were free, free to breathe deeply, to sigh, to roar and leap and spin and do whatever our bodies needed to do to warm up that late September night.

We danced with our inner Wild Women until our faces glowed with sweat and joy. We each embodied Aphrodite in our own uniquely beautiful ways.

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As I packed away the candles, stones and colourful silk scarves at the end of the night, I was aware of a complete shift in my sense of purpose. The message on the Aphrodite card was undeniable.

Fall and winter are happening whether I like it or not, and the inner goddess does not hibernate. But she also doesn’t spend the cold months shivering, still and isolated. She keeps herself awake by gathering all the other goddesses around her to dance, create, and nurture themselves. And when they come together, even on doubly chilly days, they reflect each other’s radiance. That’s enough to keep us all warm.

Since that day, I’ve been all about hosting events to bring women together. From talking circles to a weekly coworking & wellness meetup, fall is full of opportunities to authentically connect with like-minded women and build a sisterhood that will sustain us through the winter. 

Join me and make sure your inner goddess stays awake!

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Wildness: A Dance Our Way Home journey

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Last week I completed my training to facilitate Dance Our Way Home – an award winning holistic dance practise created by the magnificent Erica Ross. As part of the certification process, I’ll be offering a series of PWYC sessions this sumer beginning with this first session on July 9 at Temple 23 in Liberty Village.

I am so excited to share this practise with my sisters (and eventually brothers too…) and am beyond grateful for everyone’s love and support as I walk this new path.

P.S. If you are unable to attend my Wildness Weekend: A Co-Created Retreat for Heart-Centred Female Innovators in August, this will give you a little taste of what it feels like to connect with your inner wild woman!

xo

Emily Rose

Poem: Embracing the Divine Feminine Within Creates Balance and Deeper Knowing

IMG_1022 This poem was written in response to a Soul Card that I drew from the deck on my Dance Our Way Home facilitator training – the task was to explore one of the DOWH principles (created by the magnificent Erica Ross). The principle I was assigned was:

EMBRACING THE DIVINE FEMININE WITHIN CREATES BALANCE AND DEEPER KNOWING

Come my dear one

Sit in the shade of the date palm

Rest your burning feet in still pools

Taste honey on your parched tongue

Lay in my lap and let me comb your matted hair

And anoint your holy temples with scented oil

I will not displace your god, I will make love to him

I will not slay your dragons, I will become them

I will not drown out your cries, I will listen to them

There are more questions than there are answers

More roads than destinations

Needing is knowing

Wounding is healing

We can only make sense of contradictions

So sit, be still inside while you body moves

Shine your shadow on me

Call me in silence, approach me in stillness

Ascend into canyons to find me

Or burrow into mountaintops

I am subtle

I am irresistible

You know me well, come home