Maple Cinnamon Doughnuts: Organic, Gluten-Free, Naturally-Sweetened Donut Recipe

There's something special about doughnuts. 

They are ever popular in New England, and having moved back to my homestate of New Hampshire this year, I've been adoring the farm fresh apple cider doughnuts when I pick up my raw milk (so good together). 

My teen son is also working at the busiest donut shop in the state, and he comes home smelling like coffee and donuts. Which makes his 6 year old younger brother hug him and go "Mmmmm, you smell so good!" 

When my 6 year old came into the room wearing his chef hat and apron saying that he was ready to make donuts, I couldn't help but say yes.

That's how we baked up this recipe that is a healthier home-baked organic doughnut that my chef helper said were "The best doughnuts ever!". He especially loved the frosting, and I love that it adds extra protein. 

I love being able to make up organic versions of popular treats that are healthy to enjoy, fun to make, and delicious to eat - satisfying cravings and nourishing our bodies. 

These are baked, not fried, which is super easy with a donut pan, and makes baking extra fun for kids. 

Organic Maple Cinnamon Baked Donuts Recipe

Organic Maple Cinnamon Donuts

Preheat over to 350 degrees F. 

Grease muffin pans for 12 donuts (I use grass-fed butter and the donuts pop right out super easy and golden brown). 

 

2 c. oats, gluten-free, ground into a fine flour

1/2 c. coconut sugar (or favorite natural sweetener)

3 T. maple syrup

1 T. baking powder

1 T. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 c. milk (favorite dairy or non-dairy)

1 egg

6 T. cashew butter, melted in bain-marie (warm water bath)

 

Maple Cashew Frosting

6 T. cashew butter, melted in bain-marie,  I like Thrive's organic raw cashew butter

2 T. coconut oil

2 T. maple syrup

 

Mix oat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt in bowl. Mix milk, maple syrup, and egg in small bowl. Add to dry ingredients, mix, add in warm cashew butter, mix, and spoon into greased donut pan. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool for a few minutes, remove from pan, cool more, and then frost with maple cashew frosting. 

Enjoy warm or fresh baked. Makes 12 regular sized baked donuts. 

Gluten-free, protein-rich, naturally-sweetened.

Can substitute milk with any non-dairy version (coconut, almond, rice, hemp, etc) and egg with flax egg or aquafaba to make vegan. 

Use organic and non-GMO ingredients for a happy belly! 

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Organic Maple Cinnamon Baked Donuts Recipe
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She's Gutsy: How the Microbiome Rules Women's Hormones

The microbiome is a virtual endocrine organ, and the master regulator of hormones, especially estrogen for women.

The Marvelous Microbiome

Fascinating new research has come out about the microbiome in recent years, which is the synergistic community of 100 trillion microbes that live within our bodies, and how the gut microbiome rules women's hormones and menstrual cycles.

The gut is now recognized as another brain in our body which sends signals to all the organs of our body, and our gut health directly effects our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

It's absolutely amazing that even without thinking about it, the trillions of (mostly) good bacteria within our gut microbiome is working to support our health and whole body nutrition and functioning. 

The microbiome actually is 10 times the amount of cells in our body than actual human cells. We are mostly our microbiome and interconnected with the natural world around and within us. 

I believe that our interdependence upon the microbiome within is demonstrative of how we are so intertwined with the lifeforce of nature.

It shows just how much we are a part of our environment, and how our inner community and outer community are both vital to create balance and health. 

The incredible community of bacteria within our digestive tract is absolutely essential for optimal health, immunity, digestion, mental focus, emotional wellbeing, and hormonal balancing. 

The Microbiome Endocrine Organ

Scientists have now identified the gut microbiome as an organ all of it's own - and not only that but it's an endocrine organ, and considered the master regulator of our hormones! 

In fact there is a secondary microbiome within our gut microbiome that is especially pronounced in women called the estrobolome which governs the levels of estrogen, the primary female reproductive health hormone, in our body. 

Imbalance in the estrobolome causing estrogen dominance can lead to all kinds of women's hormonal challenges from PMS, to PCOS, infertility, mood swings and bloating, as well as may lead to a higher risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer

The new research coming out about how vital our gut health and a healthy microbiome is for women's health and hormone balancing is vitally important because disruptions to our microbiome from synthetic hormones, chemicals, and artificial foods can cause systemic health challenges that can be hard to identify.

Glyphosate & Hormonal Havoc

Glyphosate is the #1 most common herbicide and crop desiccant used today.

It's the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and is now present in 75% of our food supply and has been tested to be present in 93% of American's urine.

It's not only in GMO crops, but sprayed on most crops, as well as in public parks, apartment complexes, lawns, all non-organic grains, water supply, and finds it's way into our guts, urine, bodies, and babies.

It kills enzymes and microorganisms thus destroying the microbiome in our guts, causing disruption of our nutrient digestion, immune system, wellbeing, and mood.

Glyphosate has also been shown to kill embroyonic, umbilical and placental cells, causing challenges to fertility, and adversely effecting development of a baby during the critical primal period. 

Did you know that even eating 100% organic doesn’t protect you from the negative effects of glyphosates and GMO’s?

Even if we eat organic, we're being exposed to it by living in the modern world through our environment, and cross contamination of organic foods by this pervasive weed killer.

It's important that we take conscious proactive action to reduce glyphosate and chemicals in our food supply and our environment through supporting organic farmers and companies. 

Due to the reduced nutrients in our soil today, and the widespread toxic effects of synthetic chemicals in our environment, eating healthy organic food is of the most importance today for the wellbeing of ourselves and the future generations. 

The best way to nourish a healthy gut microbiome is to eat a diverse array of phytonutrient and fiber-rich organic whole foods, and to reduce the amount of inflammation triggering processed and chemical-laden foods. 

Adding microbiome nourishing superfoods to your phytonutrient-rich whole foods organic diet with plenty of probiotics, fiber, and healthy fats is a powerful way to supercharge your gut for wellness. 

Nourish your microbiome and feel your energy flourish! 


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The F-Word of the Year: Because People Still Don't Know WTF Feminism Is

Feminism: The F-Word of the Year

What the f***? 

Merriam-Webster has declared that the 2017 word of the year is feminism

Because apparently people still have no clue what a feminist is.

Thus it's been the most searched word in these past 12 months on the Merriam-Webster site, to beat out complicit, empathy, and hurricane.

Hopefully people actually learn that the dictionary definition of feminism is: "the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" or "organized activity on the behalf of women's rights and interests".

I can only imagine that millions of people were SHOCKED to discover that feminism does NOT mean: "Total global takeover by women in order to dominate all men and destroy civilization as we know it" nor "a secret society of witches who dance naked under the moon while brewing cauldrons of magical con-cock-tions made with severed penises and testicles".

These same people must have been surprised to learn that a hurricane is not just a fruity alcoholic cocktail served in New Orleans, but a tropical cyclone with high winds.

Well, thank goodness we have the internet so people can learn the true meaning of words. 

For it seems that in this time increasing amounts of people make assumptions about what things mean, rather than actually reading and learning the deeper meanings (as I'm sure many people will do who will comment on this article on Facebook based upon the headline without actually clicking to read these paragraphs).

Yet, there is hope for the perpetuation of greater knowledge, as Twitter recently doubled their tweet space to allow up to 280 characters - though that move created controversy as some declared that 280 characters were "unreadable".

At this rate, the word of 2020 might just be literacy.

Equal Rights?

You see, feminism is the desire for those of the female sex to have equal opportunity in politics, business and life. Crazy talk, huh?

But women already are equal! Right?

Nope. Sorry. Not yet. Not in the USA.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was proposed in 1923 to add to the US Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for all sexes.

Here now, 95 years later, it has never passed despite ongoing attempts.

That's right, women are still NOT considered equal in the USA, thus continuing to permit discrimination in a myriad of ways including the gender pay-gap, control of women's reproductive lives, higher insurance rates, and so much more. 

Not to mention other countries where women are not allowed to go to school, to show their skin, to drive a car, and it's legal to murder your wife, daughter or sister. So sure, we got it pretty good in comparison to some places, but we can do much much better. 

In my junior high literature class, during our study of the art of debate, I choose to participate in a discussion on the ERA (obviously on the pro-side). 

It was an eye-opening topic to research, and I even wrote a letter to the National Organization for Women (NOW) seeking any information to help me understand the stalemate on this proposed amendment. They responded with a lovely supportive letter encouraging my studies, a packet of information, and sent me a vintage '70's button pin saying "ERA YES" which I victoriously wore to class on the day of the discussion. 

During the live debate, I was startled to see the intensely emotional responses to my articulate key points for women's equality by my fellow students.

Two boys had ganged up to work together to debate just me, as they were furious that I was advocating for women's rights. In opposition to my well-prepared positioning they started turning red with anger, and shouting out infantile arguments like, "Women are stupid!".

They were even more mad when I won the debate.

Double decades later, people are still unsure of what feminism means, as the Women's March on DC, the #MeToo movement, and the release of "Wonder Woman" and "The Handmaid's Tale" all have led to spikes in the search for this word's meaning. 

The greatest uptick of "feminism" searches came in response to the statement made by KellyAnne Conway, Trump's White House Counselor, when she said she didn't identify as a feminist this year because she thought the term was "very anti-male" and "very pro-abortion".

This is a great example of an assumptionator (a word which I think should be added to the dictionary in 2018, as it's a rising trend today, meaning someone who habitually makes assumptions without learning anything about what they are talking about). 

Feminism is NOT anti-male.

Feminism is an ideal for women and men to have EQUAL rights, not for women to trump men. Women do not want to have a higher rank or standing than men, they just want to have access to the same opportunities that men are granted in today's society. 

Yet, this is clearly misunderstood by many more than just the President's token female ambassador (or is that Ivanka?). 

Feminism is Needed Today

I've dealt with sexism all my life. From men and women. 

Like the time my male coworker who was habitually late to his job because of a heroin addiction got a raise months before me, because he was male, even though I worked harder, did a better job, and covered his shifts repeatedly when he was too messed up to show up. 

Or the time in high school that I was subjected to an all-girls assembly where we were lectured on how to cross our legs because we were told female students sitting with uncrossed legs was a distraction to the male teachers. 

Or the time when my first son was a baby, and I was a live-in dorm-head at a high school boarding school and the male Dean told me I shouldn't be working there because I was a mother, I should just be baking cookies. 

Even now in 2017, when I posted an article on my Facebook page about how totally biologically false information about women's bodies was being spouted by a male celebrity today, I dealt with comments from people saying I was "obviously a man-hater". 

Really? Dispelling myths about how a women's reproductive system actually works is hating on men?

I love men. Men are amazing. I have a great husband and three sons. This year I moved back to my hometown and live near my father. 

While my work and passion is for women's empowerment and wellness, my personal life is one in which I am surrounded by males whom I love and adore (and who outnumber me, as the only other female in the vicinity is the neighborhood stray cat).  

I am grateful for conscious men in my life who support my work, my writing, and want to see me, and all the women in their lives succeed in fulfilling their dreams. 

Women's issues effect men as well. All people are born from the body of a woman. All men who love women suffer when they see their beloveds abused by a system that allows widespread sexual violence and rape culture to spread. 

Yet in 2017, I also saw another "women's empowerment" teacher write online about how she did not identify as a feminist because she feels it promotes the victimization of women, because wanting a women president or equal pay is crap, and that advocating for women's rights is "femi-nazi propaganda".

I have a whole lot to say about this but didn't bother responding as her husband was the one jumping in the discussion to attack her commentators, saying he was totally qualified to respond for her - because he was her husband (eye roll). 

Though people responded that the ACTUAL DEFINITION of feminism is for EQUAL rights, those against feminism seem to think that they can make up their own definitions of what it means based upon their assumptions.

Claiming that feminism victimizes women is like telling women who are speaking up about a lifetime of sexual abuse in the #MeToo movement to just shut up and get over it. 

Calling the desire for a female president or equal pay for women crap is like saying you believe that men deserve to earn more money than women, even if the women's job is harder and she works longer hours, because penises are the ultimate symbol of American prosperity.

Calling feminism "femi-nazi propaganda" is spouting a hateful derogative term coined by Rush Limbaugh, an ultra-conservative radio-show host who believes that feminism was created by "unattractive women".

Another "women's empowerment" advocate posted on social media recently that she wasn't a feminist because she didn't want to fight for equal pay, she wanted to just stay home and let her man chop wood and carry water. 

Really? Women, be careful what women's empowerment leaders you follow, for "empowerment" has been just as co-opted as the word "feminism" and people don't seem to understand WTF that means anymore either. 

Empowerment is about growing stronger in confidence and claiming one's rights.

If you're a women who likes having the the right to own property, vote, work in a government position, access contraceptives, or be able to keep your own paycheck - thank a feminist for your empowerment.

Feminism supports men too. Do men deserve to have to pick up the slack for women? To have to support women who don't want to lift a finger to do any of the hard work of life?

Is this the 1950's or the new millennium?

I'm not sure sometimes, after all we STILL live in a culture in which etiquette says that a married woman should be addressed as Mrs. Husband's First and Last Name, and in which over 70% of American's believe that women should take their husband's name after marriage, and over 50% believe the government should legally enforce that. Yes, we live in a culture in which women are expected to be erased of their own names after marriage - first and last - oh but just for formal addresses, you know for all the important events in one's life. 

Well thank goodness people are googling the real meaning of feminism, and hopefully more people can understand that feminism means the equality of rights for all sexes.

Don't let political pundits warp the true meaning of the word through their negative assumptions and derogatory statements that are designed to keep us apart. 

Word of the Year

I'm glad that feminism is the word of the year because it means people are open to learning and actively looking for clarity and greater knowledge. 

Because hopefully some people will understand that definitions matter, and that making your own assumptions about what other people believe or what things mean is being complicit with the spread of fake news, and lacks empathy for the real challenges facing women globally today. 

Let's be clear - feminists want equal rights for ALL people.

Men can also be feminists too. 

Feminists may have different opinions about specific issues such as abortions, military drafts, and unisex bathrooms, but equal access to jobs, pay, insurance, and healthcare, as well as protection from sexual violence are issues that I believe most feminists can agree upon. 

It's not about taking any power away from men, or having power over men, it's about being partners, collaborators, and co-creators in the pursuit of a balanced culture. 

It's about speaking out against a system of oppression that disenfranchises people, and that locks-arms with racism and classism, and creates an impediment to peace, prosperity and justice for all. 

You can be a feminist and live YOUR life however you want whether that's in an apron or combat boots, but if you say "I'm not a feminist" you are standing up FOR a corrupt system that perpetuates sexual violence and hate.

You can be a feminist and be a stay-at-home mother. 

You can be a feminist and be a stripper.

You can be a feminist and embrace all the feminine things in life that you enjoy.

You can be a feminist and LOVE MEN. 

You can be a feminist and have a man in your life who chops your firewood and stokes your fire. 

You can be a feminist and support women's empowerment while also not trying to actively break any corporate glass ceilings. 

It doesn't mean you have to act like a man, or reject the unique aspects of female biology and cycles. 

You can be a feminist and advocate for men's rights too. 

It just means you think all people deserve fairness and respect. 

It means that you believe women deserve equal rights. That's it. 

If you are against feminism you are supporting the inequality of women. 

Basically, if your not a feminist you're a male chauvinist, regardless of your gender.

Embody Your Sacred Feminine Sensuality: Women's Wellness, Self-Care & Oxytocin

Increase your natural feminine health with natural empowering sensual self-care practices.

The connection between pleasure and health is so vital for women. 

An embodied sensual women is empowered with the energy and vitality of love. 

A healthy women has the energy to make a difference in the world, achieve her goal, be a leader, and create transformation. 

Activating the full power of our feminine sensuality is an essential practice in healing ourselves and the world. 

Our sexual energy is our life force - it is the pulse of ecstatic energy moving through our bodies throughout our lives, supporting our health, creativity and longevity.

It's a powerful sacred sensual force that deserves to be truly honored, celebrated and protected.

Because of the innate inner power of our sexuality, it is seen as a threat, and our culture works to control the expression of our sexuality from birth onward, to suppress our ability to access our full source of personal empowerment. 

Female sexuality is a phenomenal powerful pleasurable force with amazing potential. 

Women are able to experience multiple and extended orgasms, engage in sexual relations for pleasure beyond reproduction, and experience orgasm stimulated from other parts of bodies besides our clitoris and vagina, including our mind and breath. 

Our sexuality is not exclusively connected to our reproduction. While all other mammals experience seasonal fertility cycles, called estrus, instead of monthly fertility cycles of human menstruation, they also mostly only engage in sexual activity during times of estrus.

Women are demonstrative of the amazing power of human sexuality, as a source of pleasure, joy, happiness, health, creativity, wellbeing and sexual connection.

There is great purpose and power to feminine pleasure and sexuality. Supporting ourselves to experience greater levels of relaxation, sensuality, openness, healing, joy and bliss supports our overall wellbeing, immunity, mood, productivity, longevity and resiliency in life. Our sexual pleasure is a power center that generates wellbeing and can be cultivated to maximize our health, creativity and success. 

Are you ready to experience more pleasure, bliss and sensuality in your life? 

Oxytocin the hormone of love boosts women's sensual health and wellness.

Self-care is essential for women's wellness, bliss, love and ecstatic health. 

It's amazing how powerful rest and rejuvenation is to our feminine health and wellbeing. 

To be a successful women in the modern world filled with increased stress and demands, we must even more deeply embrace the ancient practices of natural women's healing arts. 

It's vital to allow ourselves to rest, and to nurture and pamper ourselves with pleasurable sensual healing arts that support and nourish our vitality, sexuality, and feminine health. 

It's time to recognize the vital necessary nature of self-care and pleasure.

Self-care is necessary to create health and wellbeing. It is the foundation of a thriving vibrant body, mind and spirit. 

Did you know that stress is the #1 leading cause for 70-90% of primary care visits?

Stress impacts women more than men, and women manifest more physical and emotional symptoms from the effects of stress, resulting in menstrual challenges, depression, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, loss of libido, and much more. 

Women have a special stress response called "Tend and Befriend", when we experience stress we can reduce it by engaging in caring activities or connecting with other women, which creates oxytocin - the hormone of love.

The higher levels of oxytocin we have in our bodies, the less stress effects us, and the more we feel love, bliss, bonding, connection and health. 

Oxytocin is enhanced by estrogen, and thus it effects women stronger, and we have a high need for oxytocin to support our everyday wellbeing and combat the effects of stress. Oxytocin deprivation, through high stress, lack of touch or self-care, makes us grumpy. 

This hormone of love is released in peak quantities during orgasm, birth and breastfeeding, and it also stimulated through sensual activities, pampering, massage, enjoying sensual foods, and more.

When we have high levels of oxytocin in our body we feel warm, tingly, sensual, loving, compassionate, happy, blissful, trusting, relaxed, alert and confidant - and this supports our optimal sexual health and vitality. 

Sensual self-care enhances oxytocin, the love hormone, which supports our feminine health, sexuality and vitality. 

Sacred Sensual Self-Care is essential for holistic women's health because increasing oxytocin, the love hormone, directly reduces stress improving women's health, sensuality, moods, and wellbeing.

Traditional women's healing arts utilized by wise women, midwives, shamans, priestesses and medicine women around the world all focus upon natural healing practices that support relaxation and enhance women's sexual health.

Through caring for ourselves with empowering positive healing practices used by women for millennia, we can decrease our stress and increase our sexual health, through massage, herbs, and healing arts. 

Nourish yourself so you can follow your dreams, feel your best and be of the best support to others.

Say YES to your health, to your well-being and your joy and pleasure!

Take control of your life and your happiness. Get to know your body, what feels good, what makes you feel good and about how to support and enhance your pleasure and health at the same time. 

Through honoring the arts of traditional women healers around the world, we can recognize the sacred nature of why women healers, medicine women and midwives from diverse cultures have utilized the practices of massage, sacred movements, herbs, bathing, and pampering to support women's health and wellbeing. 

Take your self-care to new levels and ignite your feminine sensual energy, confidence and passion! 

When you care for yourself, you create positive changes in your body, mind and spirit. 


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We will weave together traditional and modern women's healing art practices of cultivating women's wellness, vitality, and sensuality through loving care of our feminine bodies.

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Mary Magdalene's Sacred Feminine Leadership

Mary Magdalene's Sacred Feminine Leadership

Mary Magdalene is one of the most important women leaders in history, yet the most misunderstood and maligned. 

She's one of the most prominent women in the Bible, was a spiritual teacher who's known to have taught in France and beyond for the remainder of her life to a loyal following, as well as being a wealthy successful woman who funded Jesus's whole campaign, and was his beloved, wife and true successor of his teachings. 

There is no evidence that she was a prostitute, yet the slandering of her name is perpetuated to this day associating her with demons and sexual impropriety. 

There is a story in the Bible of a women who is said to have been "taken with adultery" that later got associated with Mary Magdalene, as part of the obscuring of her importance as a spiritual leader when her story was erased and rewritten by the early patriarchal church in the first centuries. 

The perpetuation of the patriarchal demonization of Mary Magdalene continues to feed into the cultural idea that women's sexuality is sinful, that women's wealth and leadership is to be ignored and devalued, and that being in service to a man is the way for a woman to redeem herself. 

It is very clear that Mary Magdalene was of great importance in history due to her being the one person who was both witness to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and was also a primary financial supporter of Jesus's journeys and campaign. 

This leads us to a whole new perspective of Mary Magdalene as a wealthy benefactress: she was a women of influence, importance, wealth, healing abilities, business skills, and spiritual leadership.

The Magdalene Today

I'm so disappointed to see that a new film dramatizing Mary Magdalene as having demonic issues is being released that was produced by Harvey Weinstein, who's sexual harassment scandals have rocked Hollywood and the media. 

It's time for sexual abusers to stop demonizing the power of women, and rewriting history to continue to keep women leaders down. 

This goes to show how storytellers change history, and it's now time for us to reclaim the stories of women's spiritual leadership and sexual empowerment. 

For thousands of year, Mary Magdalene's story has been warped to continue to persist the hateful social constructs of shaming women's sexuality, lives, and importance based solely upon the sinfulness of a women's body. 

Growing up I attended Catholic school for many years, and was a part of the first co-ed class to enter my Catholic high school, which for decades was all-boys prior.

The dismissiveness toward the inclusion of Mary Magdalene (barely) into the gospel stories contrasted so much with her prominence in imagery, and always confused me when younger, until I learned more of her true story. 

I still vividly remember the times we had to sit in the chapel during high school for special holy days or masses, and looking around the room at the series of stained glass images encircling the chapel depicting the stages of the crucifixion, wondering why they choose to put so many images up in a boy's school that depicted a women who they called a whore?

We were taught that Mary Magdalene was just a poor destitute prostitute who Jesus took pity on. I wondered often, even as a young teen, how it was affecting generations and decades of boys growing up to be men to be surrounded by images of a women they were told was "just a prostitute" when in sacred spaces. 

I would sit and think about how uncomfortable it was to be lectured to by a male priest surrounded by images of a women I was told was a whore and prostitute, possessed by demons, while being ordered to wear short skirts and told to cross our legs.  

How has the demonization of women's sexuality and the suppression of women's leadership been influenced by thousands of years of damage to Mary Magdalene's reputation? 

Mary Magdalene the High Priestess, Healer and Spiritual Leader

High Priestess

Many scholars believe that Mary Magdalene was a spiritual teacher equal to Jesus, and was the primary person to carry on his mission as he desired after his death.

It is believed that she was a high priestess studied in the Ancient Egyptian alchemical practices, as was Jesus, and that together they worked to bring higher consciousness and spiritual awakening to humanity. 

She escaped after the crucifixion to the South of France, where to this day in Provence there are numerous shrines and sacred sites dedicated to her. 

My mother's side of my family is French, descended from Provence, then having moved to Quebec and then the US. Every woman in my family for generations has the middle name Marie, except for me, as my mother decided to be radical and name me Maria. 

When I started researching the story of Mary Magdalene, I found out her given name was actually Maria. This really resonated with me, as I feel part of my spiritual mission is to bring light to her true story as a model for divine feminine leadership in health, wealth, spirituality and love. 

Mary was actually a very common name in that historical time and place, given to women who were healers.

Mary Magdalene was often referred to as "The Magdalene".

Magdalene means "tower" denoting Maria Magdalena's experience as a master healer and high priestess.

Feminine Leadership

Mary Magdalene was financially wealthy, as the leader of a spiritual group, who was aligned with both ancient teachings and the mystical message of love, life and brotherhood that Jesus preached. 

She was his equal and beloved, and though her story has been lost, new gospels and scrolls have been revealed in recent times illuminating her importance. 

Her story is very valid to feminine leaders today regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs, because she is a powerful example of a historical feminine leader who excelled financially and spiritually, as well as having healing abilities and teaching about essential oils.

So many stories of powerful woman have been lost, hidden and slandered by the dominant masculine retelling of history, and it's vital for us to reclaim our feminine heritage as priestesses, healers, teachers, leaders and entrepreneurs to return balance to the divine masculine and divine feminine today. 

She overcame so much and despite thousands of years of oppression her legacy lives on today! 

Mary Magdalene's legacy as a Sacred Feminine Leader is rising today, an example of a women successful in spiritual leadership, natural healing, entrepreneurship, and feminine empowerment. 

So when you face challenges in your life or work, think: What would Mary Magdalene do?

You can be a spiritual, successful, and wealthy as a leader and healer. 

Women long have been, our stories have just been hidden, but the truth about sacred feminine leadership is being resurrected today! 

Mary Magdalene's story is too powerful to be hidden forever, she is not forgotten.

Many blessings, 
Kara


FREE Event with Magdalene Interview

Recently I had the joy of being interviewed for the Womb-Centered Leadership Summit about this very special topic near to my heart: Mary Magdalene as a Model of Sacred Feminine Leadership

You're invited to join in this FREE online event hosted by the fabulous Christina Korpik, featuring 16 visionary women leaders speaking on new-paradigm feminine leadership. 

We had an amazing talk about Sacred Feminine Leadership and Mary Magdalene, as I've been passionate about connecting with the spirit of Mary Magdalene in my work for the past decade, and Christina just got back from an amazing pilgrimage to the Magdalene Sacred Sites of Provence - so lots of juicy info was shared!

Women Entrepreneurs: Happiest People on Earth

Women entrepreneurs are the happiest people in the world.

Women entrepreneurs are the happiest people in the world!

This is the path that brings women today the most freedom, empowerment, wealth, and wellness, which is why increasing amounts of women are choosing to start their own businesses. 

According the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report, women who own their own successful businesses have the most satisfaction and higher well-being than anyone else in the world.

Plus women business owners are three times as happy as women who don't own their own businesses.

Women's entrepreneurship is directly connected with women's wellbeing, and the wellbeing of all people.

The fantastic thing about entrepreneurship is that you can build and grow a business directing your creative energy into what you are passionate about, plus in anyway you want that supports your lifestyle.

Women today are increasingly starting their own businesses to create the freedom and joy of making a difference in the world, and living a life by design - whether that's traveling the world, having babies and raising kids, in your pajamas on the couch, attending fancy galas, starting a global movement, or all of the above.

If you feel stuck in your life, are desiring to travel more, to feel more excited about the work you do, to meet new people from all over the world, want to stay home more, want to make more money - and want to make a difference in the world - start your own business.

However, it takes time to grow a business, and to build up to those happiness levels that come with the confidence of experience, success and growth - so don't give up!

It's well worth it.

Being an entrepreneur in natural health, women's wellness, coaching, and education has given me the ability to create a life that is uniquely by design, while following my passions, and supporting rising feminine leaders in the world.

I can't imagine any other path that would bring me as much joy!

Plus the flexibility to be able to be unschooling my 6 year old, home with my 11 month old, traveling for a month or 8 at a time with kids, living in different beautiful places around the country, and being able to connect with inspiring women's wellness entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world on a daily basis through email, phone, video and social media. 

I'm ecstatic about supporting women to start their own businesses.

I've seen women becoming financially independent through entrepreneurship who then were able to leave abusive relationships, start movements, create ripples of change through thousands of people in communities all over the world, and bloom into confident heart-centered leaders of the new conscious business paradigm. 

Regardless of where you are in business - just starting out or on the evolving journey of entrepreneurship for 1, 5, 10 or 20 years, my biggest recommendation is to connect with other women entrepreneurs in your field for support, and always keep learning. 

Social support and mentorship is essential for staying inspired, feeling supported, and not feeling like you are doing it all alone, when on the path of independent business. 

Also, when women gather together to talk, connect and support each other, we release stress and have higher levels of oxytocin released - the hormone of love which makes us feel happy and blissful - boosting that entrepreneur high! 

If you have a dream to start or grow your business - go for it!

It's the best choice you may ever make. 

Women today are creating businesses in new, conscious, and innovative ways. 

You can craft your business to support your unique life and leadership style. 

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Healthy Women Will Heal the World

Healthy Women Heal the World

Imagine a world in which all women were healthy...

What if females didn't feel shame, guilt, or fear about being a girl or a woman?

What if women had complete freedom to express their sexuality as they desire with complete control of their fertility without pharmaceuticals or surgery?

What if women all had the knowledge, choices, and confidence to stay healthy and care for their wombs, breasts, cycles, and hormones with joy, love and respect?

What if all women were able to reach orgasmic states of pleasure that were encompassing their body, mind, heart, and spirit with pure ecstatic bliss?

And what if women were all able to channel that ecstatic bliss energy into conscious, confident, and optimal wellbeing in every aspect of their life, relationships, and work?

Awaken and empower your full sexual energy, transform your life, and change the world. 

Do you want to support women today to stop the cycle of wasting so much energy on physical, emotional, and mental challenges relating to navigating being in a female body?

Would you like to empower women's wellness through teaching, coaching, and sharing holistic sensual self-care education on natural choices to bring balance, happiness and pleasure back into more women's lives?

Are you ready to channel your vibrant radiant sensual health and energy into bettering your relationships, health, and work in the world?

Do you crave a deep sense of purpose, path and power in your life, and the support to help you confidently manifest your dreams with flow and ease?

Would you like to free up your sexual energy to create a life filled with ecstasy, bliss, love, joy, pleasure and confidence?

Sexual energy is the energy of health.

Healthy people have the energy, vitality and enthusiasm to make changes and create the momentum for transformation. 

If we want to succeed at bringing wellness, peace, prosperity, and healing to all people and nature around us, we need to support ourselves and our communities to become enlivened, strong, resilient, and empowered with natural health wisdom and knowledge.  

Women today have so many choices and struggles throughout our lives with balancing our health and wellbeing, through the many transformational stages of our sexual lives. 

How much time have you spent in your life feeling depleted from hormonal imbalances and changes, including premenstrual issues?

How often have you worried about your fertility, whether you are wanting to avoid pregnancy, trying to conceive, or dealing with fertility and pregnancy issues?

Healthy Women Heal the World

So many women struggle today with health issues related to chemical and surgical intervention in our natural cycles, as well as increased pollution and toxicity of our environments, food, water, and air. 

In the US, c-sections are the #1 most common surgery performed on women.

Hysterectomy is the 2nd most common surgery.

By age 60 more than 1/3 of US women have had their uterus surgically removed. 

More than 2/3 of teenage girls are on hormonal birth control pills, made by the same companies that are making herbicides and toxic chemicals that are destroying our environments, contaminating our food, water and air, and causing breast cancer, infertility, and hormonal problems. 

The uterus is the center of a women's body, the prime organ that creates life and represents the feminine sexual power of creation, and it's the most controlled and colonized organ in the human body. 

Imagine if more women knew how to naturally support their cycles to reduce uncomfortable symptoms, balance their hormones naturally, feel confident in preventing or planning pregnancy without corporate takeover of our wombs.

Envision women fully able to feel sensual and confident in their bodies, reach full heights of orgasmic pleasure and naturally vivacious libidos, and able to share that solely with whom they choose in safe and consensual relationships. 

See those women feeling comfortable being a woman in the world, speaking their truths, and rising up with that energy to create movements, business, and projects to bring more energy for health, happiness, and conscious relationships into our lives and world. 

As more people connect with natural ways to support our naturally healthy bodies, then more individuals and communities will work together to protect the sacred land, plants, water, air, and earth that we are so intimately connected to and dependent upon for the water we drink each day, and the food that nourishes and sustains us. 

Empowering women's health and natural wellness is the key to creating a wave of women earth healers around the world who will work to advocate and protect our natural resources - the gifts of nature that provide for our wellbeing. 

We can do this because more women today are dissatisfied with the status quo and are reclaiming natural ways to find solutions that don't depend upon corporations, institutions, and governments - and their political intentions. 

Natural wellness is booming worldwide, with the US leading the way, and women are leading the way in supporting alternative medicine, healthy foods and nutrition, and mind-body-spirit wellness. 

Women also make 80% of the health care decisions today for their family, which is extremely influential in a $3.7 trillion global wellness market. 

Empowering more women today with natural health and holistic sexual education and resources is essential for creating ripples of transformation through the world on every level.

Women are influential, and when we channel our energy in empowered ways, we not only change our own lives, we change the lives of others. 

Healthy Women Will Change the World

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Turn On Your Intuition to Enhance Your Sensuality

How Women's Intuition Turns on Sexual Intelligence

When we are turned on, we're more responsive to subtle signals and energies from others - a touch, a breath, sounds, a look in the eyes...

Increased sensitivity of arousal allows us to experience greater connection, enhancing our sensual pleasure and communication skills. It allows us to tune in on deeper levels to ourselves and others. 

Intuition also let's us know when someone is not being totally honest or upfront with us, which is especially important for women, as men have been shown to be better at hiding emotions, which means that we need to be really perceptive to know when someone who may be sending you sexual signals is also hiding the truth about something important or just trying to take advantage of you. 

Intuition is a highly sensitive perception that guides us to become aware of subtle energy and communication, as well as get us in touch with our own higher intelligence. 

Did you know that intuition plays a big role in attraction to ideal sexual partners?

Our intuition is deeply connected with our sexual energy, and can help guide us to find the right relationships and harness the power of our sexuality in greater ways for more pleasure, satisfaction, and discernment.

Women have been shown to have greater abilities to read subtle cues from body language, facial expression, and read through verbal communication cues to perceive the subtle messages being sent from others. This also gives us a powerful ability to discover important information about our sexual partners and relationships!

However, when women are on artificial hormones, it can actually suppress our intuitive abilities and changes who we are attracted to.

So many women have found themselves going off of hormonal birth control pills and realizing that their current partner is not actually sexually compatible or longterm relationship material! 

In addition, research now shows that our intuition is connected directly to the subtle signals being received and transmitted from our top three centers of intelligence in our bodies: our brains, our hearts, and our gut.

Our heart actually creates changes in our body based on intuitive knowing before the brain consciously becomes aware of it! 

It's very important to pay attention to our intuition, for our own sexual relationships, to make sure we are attracting the right partners, to experience heightened states during lovemaking, to know when our partner may be hiding something from us - as well as to enhance all our relationships, communication skills, and professional skills. 

Many successful entrepreneurs have written and taught about the power of harnessing our sexuality vitality and intelligence for enhancing business and leadership.

Napoleon Hill, the author of "Think and Grow Rich" and one of the most popular teachers of the Law of Attraction, also spoke of "Sex Transmutation" or the power to channel our sexual energy into our work for greater prosperity, drive, charisma, and charm. 

Our intuitive intelligence is also important when working with others in the healing arts supporting sexual health and empowerment, such as women's health education, midwifery, birthwork, childbirth education, bodywork, movement arts, counseling, coaching and more, as we need to turn on our intuition to become aware of the subtle messages people are sending us about what's really going on with them that they may not feel comfortable talking about right away because of trauma or the imprinting of shame around sexual topics from childhood, religion, and culture. 

Midwives have used intuition since ancient times in supporting women through pregnancy and birth, which is a very powerful sexual rite of passage in a women's life.

Through building trust through conversation and touch in pregnancy, a midwife is able to be invited into the sacred space of birth, and pays close attention to subtle changes in the laboring mother's movements, sounds, flush of skin, and more to know how to best support her during this powerful experience.

Also, sexually active people have increased brain cell growth, including neurogenesis in the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain also connected to intuition!

Learn more about the role of heart-centered intuition for women healers in the Women's Healing Arts Teacher Training.

Enhancing your intuition can enhance your sex life, your intelligence, and enhance your professional skills as well! 


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