Over recent years I have been hearing the call of radical self love and tuning into my wild woman that has been lost. So many of us have been raised without the ancient wisdom of our ancestors where women were once cherished and celebrated and taught about the sacred feminine. Over the centuries much of this wisdom has been lost. By listening to my intuition and doing some deep soul work I discovered that this ancient wisdom is making a strong come back and I couldn’t be happier to be part of it.
Since reconnecting with my true nature, something that has been nagging at me for some time is how women these days are so hard on themselves. They judge themselves based on how thick or thin their bodies are, how many wrinkles or lines they have, how thin their lips are or how much hair they have. They compare themselves to other women all the time. It’s become quite disturbing to me to see so many naturally beautiful women kick themselves down for their perceived imperfections. And yes, I used to be one of them. I had come to a point that I wanted to do something about it.
So what does any of this have to do with the wild woman ancient wisdom? Women were taught to love their bodies and embrace their moon cycles. They honored and loved each other deeply without judgment. Women were primal and deeply in touch with their sensuality. And in honored traditions they circled together and performed rituals and the men in their tribes celebrated and protected them. These women were deeply in touch with their natural born ways.
"When we accept our own wild beauty, it is put into perspective, and we are no longer poignantly aware of it anymore, but neither would we forsake it or disclaim it either. Does a wolf know how beautiful she is when she leaps? Does a feline know what beautiful shapes she makes when she sits? Is a bird awed by the sound it hears when it snaps open its wings? Learning from them, we just act in our own true way and do not draw back from or hide our natural beauty. Like the creatures, we just are, and it is right." ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
So how can we get back to our natural born ways in the modern world? Start by looking in the mirror! When was the last time you really gazed at yourself in the mirror, deep into your eyes, gazing over every inch of your body, slowly and lovingly with compassion for more than a few seconds? If you’re being honest with yourself, likely the answer is you can’t remember or never have.
Take this opportunity to look into the mirror and show gratitude for every last inch of your body. Stroke your hands over your body. FEEL your body. Feel and sense what’s inside you, what makes you a woman. Do this lovingly and sacredly. There is no shame in owning who you are or in being a woman.
If you want to take it to another level and really shed your skin, try this:
Set up a quiet, private space (like your bedroom) with candles. If you have light filtering shades even better so that natural light can shine in.
Strip naked and grab your camera. (Don’t worry, you wont be taking photos of private parts)
Get yourself comfortable and start taking some selfies from different angles in different lighting. Start with your face and if you feel comfortable you can take it further with above the waist photos.
Look into your camera like you are gazing into your own loving eyes. No need to smile unless you feel compelled to.
Roll around on your bed and try taking some candids. Don’t use filters. Let your natural beauty shine. (You can however use black and white)
Let go of any expectations or judgments and use this as an opportunity to be playful.
Look at the pictures in your camera roll and see how beautiful you are.
The reason I suggest doing this practice in the nude is because it creates a beautiful vulnerability and natural sensuality that shines through. It allows you to fully embrace your femininity.
Keep these photos for yourself as a reminder that you are a natural born beauty. You are a wild and free goddess. You are the divine.