I Am a Sacred Woman. I Transcend. I Am Renewed.

I Am a Sacred Woman. I Transcend. I Am Renewed.

“I am the woman who lightens the darkness. It is lightened. I have overcome the destroyers. I am there for those who weep. Who hide their faces. Who sunk down. They looked upon me then. I am a Woman. I am a healer.”

 

At the end of 2015,   I was very unhappy.  I was unhappy in my relationships, with my life, and most of all my Self.  Since my 20s, I had always been searching to find who I was and wondered what my purpose was.  Just a few days from my 41st birthday, I was at my heaviest weight and I struggled with depression.

At the time, I was in a Facebook group where the organizer hosted a 14 day cleanse.   I had done cleanses in the past, but nothing longer than five days.  Doing it with a group of other people was just the support I needed.  The cleanse started on January 3-my birthday. I took this as a sign and decided to start my new year cleansing my body and jumpstarting my health.

After the 14 days, I became vegetarian.  I started practicing yoga again.  But most of all, I started doing the inner work needed to be whole.

Through the facebook group, I learned of an opportunity to participate in Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman Program.  Queen Afua has been a holistic health practitioner for 40+ years.  She has devoted her life to fighting the overwhelmingly high rates of hysterectomies, fibroids, hypertension, and other diseases by teaching people how to understand and utilize the power of food, self-care, and holistic healthy choices as an empowering lifestyle.  She had been teaching this program for 20+ years.

In my 20s, I was introduced to Queen Afua through her book Heal Thyself.   A couple of years after that, she released her second book, Sacred Woman.

Sacred Woman goes deeper into healing the body, mind, and spirit.  Through her teachings, I began taking steps to building a deeper connection with Spirit.  The book is full of information and honestly, I found it to be an overwhelming read. So I worked with what resonated and prayed for the opportunity to one day take the course in person (online streaming wasn’t a thing back then).   Fast forward 15 years and my prayer was answered!  For the first time, Queen was offering the Sacred Woman course online.

Here’s the breakdown:

100 women from all over the country gathered together for 12 weeks.  We sang, prayed, meditated, journaled, cleansed our bodies, danced, and did yoga.  We learned how to be in tune with ourselves, our ancestors, and with Spirit.   See Queen believes, if we learn to heal ourselves, then we can take that knowledge and heal our families, and heal our communities.

At the end of the 12 weeks, there would be a ceremony in New York.  A weekend to celebrate our “ascension”.   The weekend was glorious!  We had a ceremony at the ocean, then we visited a spa and walked around the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  Our graduation was filled with song and performances that showcased all that we had learned in 12 weeks time. It was an experience I will never forget.

When I reached the end of the program, I had lost 40 pounds and healed my womb of fibroid tumors.  I found my purpose.

I found my Self.

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