Voyage of Your Soul ~ A Woman’s Mid-life Adventure

“A woman’s body is the vessel through which the Goddess comes.”

~ Crossing to Avalon, Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.


As I approach the half-century mark, I can’t help feeling that life is playing a cruel joke. It’s 3:11 A.M. and I am wide awake, as a hot flash drives flames into my body; my mind craves sleep but also realizes that to sweat in bed, awake for the next hour, will most assuredly drive me mad. In my darkest hour I ask God “why do I deserve this torment?” And then I realize with a jolt that I am not alone, that there is a sacred sisterhood of which I am a member, and somehow I am at one with the millions of women going through this same rite of passage.

Somewhere, in the deepest well of my being, I perceive a voice, whispering to me that it is going to be all right; that somehow in the midst of my turmoil, if I dare to look inside myself, I will discover a most sacred goddess, one that unites us all.

There is no doubt that our lives take on the flavor of adventure as we turn the corner into mid-life. As women, we scan the landscape and somehow sense that things aren’t what they “should” be. Instead of security, we experience chaos. Family dynamics shift as children and sometimes spouses take leave to cross into new life visions.

Life often casts us in the most upsetting role of parenting our parents. Our bodies betray us, as we are forced to       relinquish motherhood and are tossed unwillingly into the frightening state of menopause. Questions about what it all means bubble up from the depths of our psyche and we wonder how will we survive it all? Mid-life transition often feels this way; washed onto the lonely shore of a desert island, we wander aimlessly through the uncharted territory of our deepest fears and ugly realities.

The truth, however, is that with just a bit of attitudinal magic, mid-life can be a bountiful opportunity to rediscover ourselves. Through our mid-life crisis we are invited to rediscover the wondrous, mystical, joyful, inner being that lives deep inside us all. This is the time to put our self first, by honoring our soul. As we unite our heart with the archetypal Goddess, Aphrodite, we allow the universal feminine back into our world where it once lived in peace and tranquility. This is our opportunity to embody the wise-woman/elder and teach our daughters to take their rightful place in the scheme of life. What better role model can we provide for our children than to live our lives in acceptance and joy?

Marianne Williamson urges us in her book A Woman’s Worth, to “become more beautiful with age. Let’s be wise and mature and queenly. Let’s allow our centers of power to shift with grace, from focus on physical expression to focus on spiritual strength. The game isn’t cruel except when played by the negative mind. In the life God has in mind for us, we grow more and more beautiful and know more and more joy. The longer we live, the more time we have to pursue the things that make life meaningful. Above all, let’s not be ashamed of age.”

We can heal ourselves, and the world around us, by accepting our inner beauty, by moving with grace into the realm of the wise-woman/crone, by sharing our stories, choosing to set our own values, and captain our own ship. Our voyage takes courage, action, resilience, and humor. To fully honor our journey, there are certain actions and attitudes we can embody that will support us along the way.

Let us be alert for signposts, taking heed of synchronicity’s and our deeply intuitive nature. Let us open to the imagination of a child, experiencing the mysteries of life with wonder and joy in lieu of judgment and blame. Let us release our wild woman, which has been buried for too long and yearns for creative expression. Let us appreciate the gifts, beauty and wisdom that invariably appear along the trail, often in forms we would have passed by in our youth.

Let us remain in touch with our gracious inner woman and give thanks to the universe for its bountiful offerings. Let us join together as sisters and commit to our journey as one.

The intelligent path through our initiation is to discover and embody the divine spirit within. So when the going gets tough, let us dip into the depths of our soul and drink from its luscious waters. Be the magic you were meant to be. Shine your light, wear purple, become as a child and set that wild woman free. Rebirth your authentic Self for all the world to see, and you shall be exquisitely manifesting the splendor of your wise and wonderful soul.

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Exploring Within ~ Transforming Obstacles ~ Living Possibility

Janet Dwinells M.A., CCH is a Soul Coach & Transformational Hypnotherapist
who can be reached at 508.776.2620

2012: Our Role in the Evolution of Human Consciousness

What can we all do to make a difference in this insane world of ours?

What does December 21, 2012 mean to you? Countless prophecies, both ancient and modern, suggest cataclysmic shifts as conveyed by Hopi legends, the Bible’s Book of Revelation, the Mayan calendar, and a host of psychics and visionaries. Could it be, as some have interpreted, that we are experiencing the end of the world as we know it, as we charge unconsciously into the dark night of our planetary soul?

What do you see when you look around our world? Have you noticed that our Universe is transforming at warp speed? What can we make of the unprecedented meteorological events, global warming, magnetic field shifts, unabated terrorism and the exponentially accelerating pace of change?

Or might we view these events from a more enlightened platform of opportunity and growth, rather than from a reactive state of fear?

Spiritual theorists surmise that the true meaning of the 2012 predictions is not that the earth will necessarily experience destruction, but that we are fast approaching the end of a great cosmic cycle leading to a massive leap in the evolution of human consciousness. To many, this shift looks like an initiation that is leading us into a metaphoric death and rebirth scenario.

Depending upon the demeanor of our psyche, we can either catastrophize the impending shift, making choices based upon fear, or we can welcome the chaos we are experiencing for its transformational potential to grow our soul and raise the vibration of the Earth.

We are being offered an opportunity to transcend today’s reality in order to birth a new consciousness; and like the hundredth monkey phenomenon, if enough of us raise our vibration to live with love and compassion for each other and for Mother Earth, we can shift our world into a new and ever-expanding paradigm. There is one certainty, however, that stands before us as a torch in the darkness; we must change our ways before it is too late for us as a species. It is up to each of us to take responsibility for our actions; for how we show up in each moment impacts the all.

It is time to transcend the limited dualistic thinking that has become the model of our world, and honor the Oneness of our Universe. As quantum physicist David Bohm explains, “when matter is investigated, it is revealed as an ocean of energy and light.” We, too, are oceans of energy and light, at one with all that is, with every thought, word, and deed impacting everything they touch, as evidenced by the butterfly whose singular flight shifts the winds across the Earth.

We must awaken from our externalized trance and claim our significant role in this process of rebirth. Our greatest task is to awaken the divine self within. By focusing our awareness on our internal compass, listening to our inner wisdom, and connecting our light with the light of the world, we will live out our soul purpose. The choice is up to us, individually and collectively, as with each action, we either add to the light of our Universe or increase the darkness of a fear-filled world.

I invite you to step up to this challenge: to take a quantum leap into infinite possibility, releasing fear, and wrapping your arms and heart around the globe, infusing our Universe with the energy of acceptance, love and gratitude. Daniel Pinchbeck offers us sage advice. “The change required of us is not an unfelt, intellectual shift to some ‘spiritual’ or psychic perspective, but a fully embodied and intimately personal process. We are being called upon to open our hearts, as well as our minds, to the radiant flame of transformation.”

This is how we counteract the fear that strangles the earth today. It is both our opportunity and our responsibility to be the light beings we are, to be totally present and accountable for the energy we emit into the world. Together we stand, willing to transcend ancient paradigms and participate in this wondrous rebirth of humanity.

This challenge encourages us to open the gates of our perception, expanding our awareness to encompass a world far bigger than we’ve ever imagined. We are invited to reawaken our innate nature of love and compassion for a world seemingly out of control, and take responsibility for co-creating a future of infinite possibility.

If you would like assistance in making this shift in your life let’s talk.   


Janet Dwinells
Soul Coach & Hypnotherapist