I have found it is hard for us as women to tap into our higher selves, which is why the Goddess or Goddess Warrior archetype is so helpful. It may sound corny, but trust me, it works. If you want to call her Beyoncé or Wonder Woman or Oprah, then do it. This almighty being resides within us to protect us and help us step into our best self. Just like you are there for everyone else in your life, she is there for you. She unconditionally loves you and wants to help you. She is never too busy for you and is available 24/7. All you have to do is ask.
To connect with our inner goddess, I want to take you on a guided journey. To prepare, find a quiet place to sit and have a journal ready.
The Goddess Exercise
- Take a few cleansing breaths, close your eyes, and bring your attention to your mind’s eye, in between your eyebrows.
- Now imagine a place in your mind’s eye where you feel safe and carefree. It may be a place you have been before or one you have only dreamed of. Immerse yourself in this place and connect to the sights, sounds, and scents around you.
- In the distance, you see an image coming toward you. This is your Goddess. She is coming to you now to connect with you in a new way. She has always been with you and loves you unconditionally. She is here to help you remember who you are and to help you get clarity around what is next for you.
- When she approaches you, notice how it feels to be in her energy. What does she look like?
- She takes your hand ask asks you to walk with her. As you walk with her, notice what you see, hear, and experience. Allow any images or messages to come to you without judgment.
- She leads you to an open clearing. She asks you to look all around you—up and down and side to side, taking in all the expanses of this place. What is she showing you?
- Ask her what she wants you to know about yourself. Again, without judgment, allow the answers to come to you.
- If you have any questions for her, ask her now. Allow the answers to flow.
- Now thank her for wisdom, hug her, and say goodbye for now.
- Now take a few moments to journal about what you remember from this experience and what you notice and appreciate about your Goddess. Make a list of the things you admire about her and how she made you feel about yourself, and what she told you that you should know about yourself.
Now that you have learned things about yourself from your Goddess, it is time to write your new story and step into who you are truly are. What are these qualities she showed you about yourself, or the ones you admire in her that you want to step into? Put them in a manifesto as the first step on this journey to figuring out what is next. This is who you are meant to be, who you are at your best—your most authentic self.
A manifesto is simply a declaration of who you are being or becoming. Write this in the form of “I am” statements. (“I am strong, I am brave, I am loveable…”) You should have about five to eight of them. Include ones that feel like a stretch, too—ones that you wish you embodied more of, perhaps, or ones you found with your Goddess. Or maybe they are from a time when you were at your best but not necessarily who you are today. Those are the ones that we really want to work on, the aspirational ones that will allow you to fully step into the woman who is ready to claim what is next for her.
This post is excerpted from Kimberly’s book Know What You Want Next: Break Free of the “I Don’t Know” Trap and Love Your Life Again.
Kimberly Napier, CiPP graduate, is a certified life and business coach, professional speaker, and intuitive medium who helps successful, professional women create a life and business they love, with meaning and fulfillment. Kimberly found her path and calling as a life coach after a tragic wake-up call that propelled her to design a new life for herself and her daughters. Through her celebrated DAREchangeTM Process, Kimberly has helped hundreds of women cultivate the clarity and courage to live empowered lives, both personally and professionally, on their terms. In addition to her coaching practice, Kimberly leads global retreats and online courses, spearheads a Mastermind for Women Entrepreneurs, and is the co-host of the podcastManifesting Mastery. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, four children, and two golden retrievers. Find out more at kimberlynapier.com.