It’s no secret that women today are juggling a lot. We now make up more than half the workforce in the United States and are busier than ever with partners, children, family and friends, often putting the needs of others ahead of our own.
And if we feel overwhelmed by it all or fall short of perfection, many of us have learned to be our own worst critic rather than our own best friend.
In Warrior Goddess Training, bestselling author HeatherAsh Amara provides the antidote to the flawed idea that you are not enough.
Direct, honest, and unapologetic, Amara will show you how to release the layers of expectations to finally see yourself for the authentic, perceptive, perfect woman you really are.
If you don’t love and honor yourself with every fiber of your being, if you struggle with owning your power and passion, if you could use more joyful play and simple presence in your life, then it is time for an inner revolution.
It is time to claim your Warrior Goddess energy.
Drawing on the wisdom from Buddhism, Toltec wisdom, and ancient Earth-based goddess spirituality, the Warrior Goddess path includes personal stories, rituals, and exercises that will encourage and inspire you to become the true warrior goddess you are meant to be.
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Fifty years ago, we were told a husband and children would complete us—that was about our only option. Today, what makes us worthy might be a beloved, our career, or even following a chosen spiritual path. We rarely see ourselves as perfect just the way we are. We often base our worth on who loves or doesn’t love us, if we need to lose that extra five or fifty pounds, and if we can juggle three tasks simultaneously while keeping a smile on our face. The new women’s revolution is an evolution from being other-focused to inner-focused. When our attention is trapped by fearful shoulds, what ifs, and don’ts, we scatter our energy and struggle with knowing what is authentic for us. When we bring our attention back to discovering who we are on the inside—not who we wish we were or who we think we should be—we begin a sacred path of transformation toward our innate, authentic, embodied power. This is the path of the Warrior Goddess. Warrior energy is a combination of focus, dedication, purpose, and determination. Consciously bringing these things together gives us our power. When we harness our warrior energy we are confident, clear, and bring 100 percent of ourselves to each action. Goddess energy is our creative flow: unconditional love, pleasure, passion, and wisdom. When we claim our goddess energy we live in joyful self-acceptance and self-respect, and we listen to our sacred inner voice. So let’s start at the beginning. The irony is that the first step on this path is not about gaining some insight or attaining a new state of being. Rather, it requires you to relinquish some things that you have been holding on to for a long, long time. On a path of transformation, you must be willing to give up your false beliefs and self- limiting stories. A story is something we tell ourselves and others to explain why we are the way we are. Our stories may be of inspiration, or woe and blame. Our stories might fill us with energy and enthusiasm, or make us feel helpless and victimized or angry and defensive. The stories we tell that limit our expression and joy are filled with false beliefs and attachments that really do not serve us. The question to ask is this: Is my story causing internal and external drama, or is it bringing me peace and fulfillment? Those inner voices that say “I am not smart enough,” “I am not pretty enough,” or “I am not outgoing enough” are the false ideas that are the bedrock for the limiting belief structure we hold. Many of us have been telling ourselves these stories for so long we no longer recognize them as stories; we accept them as facts. But nothing could be further from the truth! If you are ready to stop clinging to your limitations, the first step is to let go of the belief that you are a victim or a martyr. If you view yourself as powerless and helpless, or believe you need to be something you are not to be accepted, these stories will rule your life and define your reality. It is time to remove any mask or protective shell you are hiding behind to fully experience the world. You must be willing to openhandedly release the past and surrender up the future. Most importantly, you must be willing to give up who you think you should be in favor of who you are. Let’s get you ready to be your beautiful, powerful self. In the mythic story of the hero, a single man ventures out to find his fortune, combat evil, save a woman or two, and demonstrate his strength against all obstacles. In the modern story of the heroine Warrior Goddess, a single woman ventures out to find herself, combat fear and doubt, reclaim her power and vibrancy, and demonstrate her strength of compassion and fierce love. As twenty-first-century heroines, we have a cornucopia of obstacles to overcome and lots of demons to slay on our journey to release our true self. We live in a time when stress, self-loathing, self-abuse, and addiction are normal, and where sexual, emotional, and physical abuse are all too prevalent. And while we are blessed that our grandmothers and mothers laid a pathway for women’s liberation and personal freedom in the outside world by fighting for things like the right to vote, equal treatment at the workplace, and so on, many of us are still chained by trying to live up to standards, beliefs, and ideals that are not our own.Warrior Goddess Training is about finding out who you really are and what you really want, and, armed with that knowledge, creating an external reality that authentically matches who you are on the inside. As authors Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte write in their book, Style Statements, life starts to get problematically dull when we fail to look within, when we lose touch with our own sense of what feels right or wrong. When we feed our- selves a diet of ideas about success and happiness that other people have cooked up, then our genuine character begins to starve and we make weak choices about what we bring into our lives and put out into the world. The shift from being other-focused to being inner-focused takes courage. It is easier to follow what we know, to stay safe in the familiar. But on the path of the Warrior Goddess, there is no one-size-fits-all template, no mold to follow, no get-out-of-jail-free card, no white knight to save you, and no realized master or loving guru or powerful shaman who will instantly awaken you to who you really are. This is one journey you will make alone, but, surrounded by supportive sisters and brothers, you will turn to face inward, clearing out any debris, noise, stagnation, or dullness to reveal the radiant jewel of you. The good news is that it’s never too late to become the real you. That’s what the planet needs at this moment: you, 100 percent. All around the world, women are stepping forward to invite back their authentic, creative, wonderfully unique selves. We are shedding the old, faded clothes of war, domination, com- petition, jealousy, and repression. We are rising like the sun, shining big and bright as the full moon. We are saying yes to the power of fierce love, compassion, constant authenticity, and vulnerability. These are the attributes of our warrior focus and our goddess joy. Reclaiming this feminine authenticity doesn’t make us more evolved than men, or better than our sisters who are living from their domestication rather than their essence. As humans we are all equal, all precious. We are all whole. Sometimes we just get so lost in the fog of our own self-limiting beliefs that we need a guide to lead us back to the light of unconditional self-love and self-acceptance. This book is just such a guide.Returning to the Circle For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call. One beautiful example of women coming together for healing and learning was the moon lodge. As Native American clan mother Spider writes in her book, Songs of Bleeding: When women started to bleed, they left their homes and families to go to the sacred introspective space of the Bleeding Lodge. The Lodge was honored and respected by the entire community, for the dreams and visions of the bleeding women brought vital survival information such as planting and healing knowledge and guidance on community relations. When there were questions that needed to be answered, the women would go to the Lodge and ask the Ancestors. It was here, in retreat from daily life, that the wisdom of women was passed down and new insights and visions were shared for the benefit of the entire community. While many of these ancient ancestral teachings have been lost, they live within us still. I see the wisdom of our grandmothers as a seed we each inherit at birth, patiently waiting to be unearthed and opened. This is our heritage, a coming home to ourselves and our circle. As Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and one of the main inspirations behind the Goddess movement, writes,We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion with- out having the words catch in our throats. Some- where a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Com- munity means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. This book represents a sacred gathering of women healing, laughing, and growing. Within these pages you will discover the lessons of the Warrior Goddess. Each chapter is a pathway of discovery, awakening, and reconnection to your female roots and community. Each word invites you to become the woman you are meant to be. The first three Warrior Goddess lessons are foundational, designed to help you commit, align, and purify your being. The next six lessons are transformational, a guided journey to clean and vitalize the main aspects of yourself. The final lesson is inspirational, encouraging you to bring your light more fully into the world. Each lesson is designed to help you shed the dull skin of old patterns and habits and emerge as the Warrior Goddess who is waiting within. Each lesson also offers hands-on practice you can sink your teeth into to continue the transformation in your inner and outer worlds. Many chapters begin with a personal story about the places I’ve struggled and the insights I’ve gained, the spectacular stumbles and the picking myself up and moving on. I do not pretend to be enlightened, spiritually advanced, or complete in my learning. I consider myself a determined Warrior and a sassy Goddess, a fabulous work in progress. I’m a woman, like you, learning, growing, laughing, and crying. I make mistakes. I step on people’s toes. I get caught in fear and self-doubt. I still take things personally. Sometimes I feel invincible, sometimes I feel fragile and vulnerable. I honor and cherish all these parts of myself—even the ones I don’t like so much. I hope that by the end of this book, you will also love your mistakes, laugh at your fears, have faith in yourself, and know the rich support of your sisters. For additional support, at the end of the book you’ll find a Further Reading section which lists supplemental books you can consult as you’re working your way through each lesson. I also encourage you to connect with other Warrior Goddesses on your journey, so the Resources section lists all the places you can go on the Web to find other Warrior Goddess Training readers around the world, plus additional resources for each Warrior Goddess lesson. I’m excited and honored to be on this journey with you, a journey of claiming our fierce warrior self and embracing our divine feminine goddess greatness. May you open this door to yourself with the delight of a child unwrapping the gift they wanted most. The love, faith, and integrity you have been seeking await you. Let’s begin by taking a moment to connect to all women around the world. Tap into the love of our female ancestors. Breathing in, draw in the strength and wisdom of the abundance of Warrior Goddess kick-ass females throughout the ages. Breathing out, release old ways of being to make space for your intuition, insight, and loving fierceness to emerge. And now make a commitment to be fully, 100 percent YOU. You are whole. You are valued. You are loved. I see your wholeness. I know your value. I love you, just the way you are. Welcome to the path of the Warrior Goddess.