I’m in the desert outside of Las Vegas Nevada, across from one of many military training zones. An unlikely place for a Goddess Temple? Then again, maybe not. She’s needed here. We’re in the beginning of a month long road trip, letting spirit lead the way. Since we own a historic boutique inn, it’s a rare slow moment for replenishment after a busy summer, autumn, and holiday season. (And it’s a perfect time for a getaway from Oregon where an atmospheric river of weather has descended. Think: wet and snowy.) Part retreat, part vacation, all about rejuvenation and connecting with
About magdalenepathClaire Sierra, MA, LFT, is the author/founder of The Magdalene Path – Awaken the Power of Your Feminine Soul ©. An Arts Therapist, certified True Purpose™ Coach and Reiki Master, Claire has guided thousands of women who feel lost & confused about their purpose, to connect to their divine guidance for clarity & confidence about their true path. She’s led creative soul-centered workshops, retreats and private sessions for over 2 decades. To support greater re-connection she and her husband recently became proprietors of the Balch Hotel, a boutique destination retreat in the Columbia River Gorge, in Oregon. (visit www.BalchHotel.com) For free resources on your path, go to: www.MagdalenePath.com for sample chapters, meditations, audio interviews and more.
“This is a ministry not a business.” I heard these words clearly from Mary Magdalene one morning, as I was coming out of meditation and prayer. Let me share the context for this inspiration. As an author, art therapist and spiritual coach I’ve finally begun seeing a sustainable way to supporting women in empowered living through embodiment of the Sacred Feminine through my book, The Magdalene Path. It’s taken 8 years and a lot of investment and wrong turns to find an aligned path. But dismantling internalized patriarchal programming takes a while (even for me) and I had a recent
I’m up in the middle of the night, again (it’s been happening lately, sigh) and after all the Tapping, Rosary-praying, meditation, etc., I start to realize: I’m awake for a reason. Inwardly I turn to Mary Magdalene — my spiritual guide since writing The Magdalene Path — and feel her presence with these words forming, “Yes darling, it is I. I’ve been waking you in these wee hours because it’s so quiet energetically. I’m sorry to wake you, but we need to talk.” Uh oh. Ok, I wonder, what’s up? Mary Magdalene begins, “Nothing to be alarmed about, it’s a
During my retreat, I discovered that many of us are feeling off, adrift, & discontented in the world. (It wasn’t just me!?) We’re in a real moment. Many are struggling to find what or who we want to be now, after the disruption and chaos of the pandemic, in the midst of various global political and climate crisis. It’s a period of disruption as we see so many systems start to deconstruct. It’s no surprise yet its easy to forget, too. It’s human nature to want to cling to or try to duct tape those structures back together. Even though
When I conjured the idea of time away, I thought of pilgrimage. Time to rest and replenish. I had things in my heart and soul that needed sorting, for a long time. Europe was not my destination. What far flung mystical locales were within driving distance? A list was started. Then abandoned. I did what was easy. Not exotic. Just soul satisfying--I hoped. I cried leaving, yet I knew I needed to do it. I was nervous about traveling alone. (Most good/real adventures require courage. Writing and publishing The Magdalene Path sure did!) I made a loose plan: beautiful places,
During my month long sojourn my primary intention was to replenish and re-calibrate myself. To re-find my own flow, rhythm, timing. To realign parts that were off and see what really was calling me. To do this, I was guided to “wonder & wander.” (No plan. Yikes!) The impact was phenomenal. Each day asking, "What do I feel like doing now?" When that was complete, asking again. And so on. That simple yet complicated question has brought me back to wholeness. With subtle shifts, healing, and big insights, too. (In ways I probably have not fully reaped.) It’s returned me
I just finished a month long sojourn: a sacred pause, retreat, or odyssey. “What?” you might ask, “How can you leave for so long?” Well, it’s been necessary. Like many in this post-pandemic world, I’ve had life situations that I needed to get clarity and new perspective on. Vague discontent, malaise, exhaustion. Maybe you can relate. It’s a huge gift to take this time away. Here’s the secret of all pilgrimages and sabbaticals: it’s not all glamour. It’s been glorious…and, hard. Sure, you might visit glorious sites, with awesome Insta-worthy experiences, but these journeys of soul are initiations, with portals to
#MagdaleneMemo: I got a big download with an exciting/scary idea. (Most of the good ones are, aren't they?) Each year, on the 22nd of July, Mary Magdalene’s life is celebrated. The Catholic Church refers to this as her Feast Day, but that may not have meaning for you or I. Think of it as a holy day. What is important is that 6 years ago Mary Magdalene's honor was officially restored by the same political/religious institution that claimed her a fallen prostitute for over 1,400 years. In 2016 Pope Francis corrected this grotesque mistake and instead crowned
It's been a struggle lately. Moments of beauty, joy and gratitude flanked by bad news, roiling emotions, & worrisome thoughts. How do we bear it? There are no platitudes, no spiritual bypass to endure this stretch, this ache in the heart of humanity. So much feels so old, decaying, with expired use-by dates. As this old paradigm is dying, out dated parts of our lives are coming back for review and reclamation. Hard stuff. Even though we want the better version our lives, change is challenging. And the Dalai Lama famously quoted, "The world will be saved by western women."
Growing up Catholic, Good Friday always seemed to be named wrong. (I mean, what was so good about a crucifixion, except a day off from school?!) I've strayed from that path, but I've always been drawn to deeper story not always told. The hidden wisdom traditions. Even before I received guidance and "met" Mary Magdalene in meditation her real story was compelling to me. Ok, obsession. In the Christian Gospels we see her prominently in the Easter story, and yet her importance has been downplayed. Her story corrupted. But her time has come. As I've deepened into the mysteries of