There will be a few blog posts with my personal responses to some of the questions found in each chapter of this book. I urge you to follow along with me as we experience the Goddess within.
The third chapter is about Hera and you can find the questions I will be answering in this post on page 67 of the book.
As I look at the photograph of myself as a little girl I think of the qualities of: Innocence, imagination, creativity, charisma, humor, openness, honesty, caring, loving, spontaneity. Perhaps the quality that I’ve lost the most touch with is spontaneity. I tend to schedule things so that I can get the things I want done competed. I could reclaim this by leaving a day open for spontaneous things.
Locate a photograph of your mother or grandmother as an old woman. As you look at the photograph, make a list of the qualities you associate with her. Which of these qualities are ones you share? Are there any that frighten or upset you, and why?
As I look at the photograph of my grandmother I associate the qualities of: wisdom, playfulness, kindness, creativity, independence, humor, cleverness, caring, support, loving, confidence. I believe that my grandmother and I share the qualities of: creativity, independence, cleverness, support, loving, and confidence. None of my grandmother’s qualities upset or frighten me.
Collect several photographs of yourself. As you look at them, what words come to mind to describe yourself? Are there words that seem negative to you, and why?
As I look at photos of myself these words come to mind: awareness, bright, happy, confident, and intelligent. None of these words seem negative to me.
When there has been something I wanted for myself or for others and I was discouraged from doing so I felt very contrary to the advice or opinion that was being given to me. I was MORE persistent about attaining that which I desired. I do not like it when others tell me that I cannot or should not do something that I truly desire to do. When I have or if I do come across an individual who discourages me – I ask, “Why?” I want to know why they believe I shouldn’t or can’t do or attain something. I do not allow other people’s opinion to sway my own belief or desires.
Are there goals you have set for yourself in life that you’ve not achieved? What reason have you given yourself for this? What emotions do you experience when you think of these goals?
My goals that I set for myself tend to be very fluid. I find that they change frequently. It is not because I loose interest in my goals but because I tend to follow my desires from day to day. My greatest personal goal is expanding my business but in doing this I also work on my purpose or mission of helping others find their own spiritual path and remembering their own personal power. This will be an ongoing goal for myself that will always be present. I find happiness and a feeling of fulfillment when I think of my goals and personal mission/purpose in this physical incarnation.
In relations with lovers and potential partners, how do you respond to rejection? What patterns of behavior do you see in these responses?
Within relationships with friends or my husband, I do not respond well to rejection. I find that I do not allow many people to truly ‘know’ me. When I was a child as well as teenager I usually had only a two or three people who were my closest friends. They are the individuals who knew me completely; they knew my darkest secrets and still loved me for who I was. I believe this is how I am still today. I am open with others … meaning that I love, support and accept them but I tend not to freely disclose information about myself or my personal feelings on things unless i am directly asked. In the years that I have been working with individuals, I find that not many people ask me, which is perfectly acceptable to me as it allows me to be close to them but not drop down my own wall or shield. I realize that it is because of this behavior that I become very upset when faced with rejection. I am very selective in choosing my close friends and if any of them reject me - I am devastated. I realize that this feeling originates with from the fear of being emotionally hurt and I recognize that this is something that was magnified with the end of my first marriage. I have a fear of being deceived into being completely opened only to be rejected and abandoned.
If you could be anything at all, what would you be? What’s stopping you?
If I could be anything at all, I think I would like to be a spiritual speaker and teacher: a channel that travels the country helping others empower themselves. I realize that I am stopping myself at this time. I have an eleven-year-old daughter that I home school and she required a lot of my time an energy. I see that in the future she will be able to take care of herself more and this will allow me to grow and fulfill my personal goal.
Make a list of powerful women whom you find unpleasant or frightening. Take each one in turn, and write a list of words you associate with that woman. Now ask yourself whether you would use those words of men in similar positions.
I don’t really have a list of powerful women whom I find unpleasant or frightening. The two most powerful women that I can think of at this time is Madonna and Oprah. I like the power that these women have and believe that they have qualities that I would aspire to. Words that I associate with them are: confidence, purpose, drive, control, clarity, independence, ambition, courage, intelligence, organization, and cleverness.