Monthly Archives: July 2011

Alignment and Attunement for the Crafty Creatrix

By Maati

Everything is energy. All things are made up of cycles. I believe that because of the pure “awesomeness” of women we tend to get caught up and sometimes trapped by our powers and our abilities. As I scan the red tent looking at the many radiant sisters that are around me, I begin to reflect on the idea of balance. We all are quietly brilliant: We are mothers, dynamic speakers, talented artists and writers, loving and devoted wives…the list truly goes on and on.

I’m sure we have all experienced the cycle of getting totally inspired to do a particular thing: Going full out with the planning and creative preparation and before we know it our energy flops, we get distracted, leave things undone and then beat ourselves up or make excuses for not completing the project. Sometimes we are simply operating from a masculine energy that maybe contradicts the true purpose of our desire or goal. The bottom line is the more we align and attune with the energy around and within us, the greater our potential for success and inner peace.

For example, let’s say you sculpt beautiful clay vessels and you find you need to get some extra income.  You listen to all of your friends who encourage you to go into business. All of the many ways you should or could market your wares, the infinite number of festivals, boutiques and other venues that would totally be interested in your art. It’s a wonderful plan, but this is clearly a plan of external action, which needs a consistent steady fire. Although many women absolutely love this part of manifestation, it is likely to be short lived if creative balance is not put into place. If we aren’t paying attention we can easily go full throttle only to hit a decline. Our momentum dwindles and then we look at ourselves and notice that not only do we not have time to do what we love, we are not even inspired or excited about our craft!

The key is to find and create a healthy balance between fire and water, masculine and feminine.  Just because you have an amazing talent, doesn’t mean that talent should be your source of income. Our inner creative magic can sometimes be tainted by our fiery drive for success and recognition. Ladies, simply put, if things are not flowing, get back to the source. Start within before you proceed. Feminine energy is receptive and starting at this point helps to keep you grounded and open to higher guidance. Once you are rooted you then pull on the fire to move your vision forward. Fully opening to your divine energy gives you access to universal energies and the knowledge of when and how to use them.

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Red Tent Consciousness in Everyday Life

by Jayleigh

To be in the Red Tent, even if only once, is to absorb an atmosphere of safety, daring, community, space and time to just be, and invitation to examine the truth of your life and feelings.  My own actual Red Tent experience is limited, but I have been so captivated by this atmosphere that I have nonetheless stepped wholeheartedly into the movement.

It is because of this that I have been thinking about how Red Tent consciousness may be more than just something that exists during a once a month meeting.  What gets carried forth when the women walk out into the night?  How do women who do not live close to a Red Tent and are not yet able to create one connect to this movement?

Is it possible to live Red Tent consciousness in such a way that it becomes inseparable from the activities and thoughts of every day?

I believe that symbolic action, intentional space, and sacred objects help to change and shift consciousness.  If you want to learn more about a particular quality or aspect of life, surround yourself with what evokes that quality and in so doing enter into dialogue with it.

Red Tent, Palo Alto, CA

Red Tent, Palo Alto, CA. Photographed by Lynette Penick of URMyArt photography.

For me, it was the level of authenticity in the Red Tent that most drew me in.  I feel an excitement: here is a place where I can talk about things I thought I had to live alone with.  I associate this excitement with the Red Tent as a place I can go to be immersed in this authenticity.  But I also know that I can surround myself with this quality in my daily life.

What images, objects, words, quotes, etc. genuinely hold for me the same quality of authenticity that I sense in the Red Tent?  I can collect these things in a place I visit often and that is in some way set aside from the rest of my living space.  Perhaps I will choose to carry some of these reminders with me on a regular basis.

I pay attention to what happens next, even if it’s not what I expected.  I apprentice myself to authenticity.  I honor it.  I begin to live and radiate it not as an abstract concept but as a felt reality that is in sync with the ways in which I first perceived it.

When you first heard of the Red Tent, what drew you in?  What sparked your continued engagement?  Working with these qualities, you can start to build your internal Red Tent space.  Think of it like a temple inside you that you carry with you wherever you go.

I believe our experience is strengthened when we know that not only is the Red Tent what happens when we gather, but also what happens when we each become living Red Tent Temple space.

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