There has never been a better time to be a sober woman! People worldwide are waking up and becoming enlightened to our global need for a shift in consciousness. Many have attributed this collective spiritual awakening to the emergence of the Divine Feminine. As with any spiritual or philosophical construct, there are many different definitions of the Divine Feminine. The Divine Feminine is often seen as a force of nature – She is the Earth, the Moon, the oceans, and the stars.
For those that have embraced the Divine Feminine, addiction recovery is just one of the many areas of life that have experienced profound changes. At Women’s Recovery in Colorado, we offer addiction recovery for women and incorporate the Divine Feminine into our healing practices.
What Is the Divine Feminine?
The Divine Feminine is the feminine aspect of the divine power that connects and binds the Earth together. In other words, it is the goddess energy that exists within all of us. Many ancient cultures have a Divine Feminine concept. The Egyptians had Isis, the Greeks had Aphrodite, and the Hindus have Shakti. Aspects of the Divine Feminine can be found in almost all ancient and modern belief systems.
The Divine Feminine is often associated with fertility, creativity, and intuition. Tapping into this energy can help heal the mind, body, and soul of women in addiction recovery.
Divine Feminine Qualities
To start, let’s turn to the dictionary. Divine has many definitions, but the one that stands out is “supremely good, heavenly, Godlike.” Feminine also has several meanings, but this one seems the most appropriate: “the embodiment or conception of a timeless or idealized feminine nature.” Let these two definitions roll around your head for just a moment. Remember, we are talking about the spiritual aspect of what it means to be human. Understanding the Divine Feminine is a tall order! Here is a list of qualities that describe this sacred energy:
- Action is oriented to the experience of joy rather than an outcome
- Emotional strength
- Seeks self-mastery but is more concerned with sacrificing for the greater good
- Extroverted, open
- Vulnerable and nurturing
- Wants to “be” rather than “do”
- Gentleness, sensitivity
- Defines success by relationships
- Concerned with creativity
- Makes decisions based on intuition
- Focused on the emotional world and the inner being
The Divine Feminine can also get out of harmony. When it does, these characteristics go to an extreme end of the spectrum. If a man or woman does not properly channel their femininity, they can become codependent, overly emotional, irrational, sacrificial to their own detriment, disorganized, confused, and lost. This results in dysfunctional relationships and contributes to mental health issues like bipolar disorder, constant burnout, a lack of productivity, a loss of self-worth, a “damsel in distress mentality,” and the inability to complete projects.
Tapping Into the Divine Feminine for Recovery
If you would like to know more about this metaphysical expression of human femininity, there are plenty of books, videos, articles, and blogs on this topic. At this point, you might ask, “How can I access the Divine Feminine to help me in my sobriety?” Tapping into this energy can be helpful on your recovery journey and in your everyday life.
Stop Buying into Society’s Definition of What It Means To Be A Woman
Society expects us to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen, June Cleaver to our children, Jenna Jameson in the bedroom, and Suze Orman with our finances….all while climbing the ladder of success – wearing high heels, no less! It’s exhausting. To awaken the Divine Feminine within you, honor your own path. It’s as simple as that. Stop buying into the lie that women are “supposed to” behave a certain way, have a perfect body, and wear a face full of makeup during Zumba class. Throw out any unrealistic expectations you may have as a result of what American culture has told you about being a woman. Just be you.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Women
As American women, we have been trained to measure our worth against the images we see in fashion magazines and movies. We look to Hollywood starlets to tell us what to wear, how to do our hair, what size and shape we “should” be, and that we should aspire to be a model of perfection at all times. This does not honor the divine. You have been programmed to fit into a cookie-cutter mold since you grew up playing with Barbies.
Nevertheless, giving yourself permission to be who you are, where you are, and doing whatever it is you are doing will help you begin to align with the Divine Feminine. You are running your own race. You have been called to a particular purpose that is uniquely yours. Love yourself for who you are and stop trying to measure up to someone else’s standards.
Treat Your Body Like a Temple
If you abuse your body with any self-harm, stop. If you engage in regular physical abuse against yourself, have an eating disorder, or continue to abuse drugs and alcohol, you are doing the divine a disservice. You can seek professional treatment to help yourself stop the self-abuse of your body-temple. Be kind and loving toward your physical body. You only get one in this life. Take care of it. Drink plenty of water. Stay away from soda and junk food. Get plenty of exercise and enough rest each day. Get a regular checkup from the doctor. Your body is a temple that houses the Divine Feminine. When you honor your temple, you will position yourself to awaken this sacred energy.
Disengage from Toxic Relationships
The divine is extremely sensitive to negative energy. As women, we deeply value our relationships. We want to be nurturing to our romantic partners, our friends, our children, and our loved ones. Quite often, this can lead to codependency or unhealthy relationships where we give too much of ourselves and expect little in return. To awaken the Divine Feminine within you, you also want to be the recipient of this kind of loving presence. If you are in an abusive relationship with anyone, make the decision today to take a step back. You can love them from a distance. Seek positive, uplifting, encouraging relationships with people who recognize your value.
Pray and Meditate
Prayer and meditation should be regular practices in the life of any recovering woman. This is especially true for those seeking to enhance their sacred femininity. It has been said that prayer is you talking to God, and meditation is God talking to you. The Divine Feminine exists in the world of the spirit. It can best be accessed by seeking it through thoughtful prayer and sincere meditation. You don’t have to deliver any lofty prayers.
You don’t have to become a Zen master. Just talk to the God of your understanding and let God speak to you. Do meditations explicitly aimed at connecting to your sacred femininity. There is no wrong way to do this. If you want some guidance, go on YouTube and do a guided meditation. Sit on the grass, enjoy the flowers, and lean against a tree. It might seem weird if you are not a nature lover. But, once you begin to really soak up the power of the outdoors, you will start to feel it in your soul.
Work All 12 Steps
If you are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you have probably encountered the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous. Fundamentally, the 12 Steps are the same, no matter which program you attend. The only difference is the first step. As you know, the 12-Steps are integral to the recovery process. They give you the tools you need to stay clean and enjoy a sober lifestyle. More importantly, the 12 Steps take you on a spiritual journey that encourages a relationship between you and your Higher Power.
Many people completely overlook the fact that 12-Step recovery is all about spirituality. It is so much more than just staying off the bottle, the pipe, or the needle. The nature of the 12-Step process will move you to higher consciousness. Remember, you must work all 12 Steps and live the principles in your daily life! This will allow the Divine Feminine energy that already exists within you to awaken on a deeper level.
Access The Divine Feminine with Women’s Recovery
When you tap into the Divine Feminine, you will experience a more profound sense of personal freedom and self-love. In no uncertain terms, you will have a spiritual awakening. There is no need to be afraid when it comes to the Divine Feminine.
If you need help accessing the Divine Feminine, Women’s Recovery can help. We offer a range of treatment options to support women, including:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Cocaine addiction treatment
- Meth addiction treatment
- Opioid addiction treatment
To learn more about the Divine Feminine, please contact Women’s Recovery today at 833.754.0554.