I’m excited to announce I’m going to be giving a Book Talk on my memoir “Brown Skin Girl” next Wednesday, November 21st!
If you’ve read (or are interested in) my memoir “Brown Skin Girl: An Indian-American Woman’s Magical Journey from Broken to Beautiful“, you might be interested in joining me.
My dear alma mater CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)‘ Women’s Spirituality Department has invited me. I studied there to become a psychotherapist, then was Adjunct Faculty in the Women’s Spirituality Department for a few years, where I created and taught a graduate course “Women and Tantra”.
So it will be a great pleasure to be with dear colleagues and community again. 😊
The event is November 21st, 5-7pm PST. It is FREE and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family. (Zoom details in this link)
- share some of my personal journey and how that led to writing Brown Skin Girl
- share why I wrote the book and for whom
- share lessons I learned along the way that might be helpful to others
- have at least an hour to answer your questions
If you can’t make it, the video will be uploaded to YouTube.
Here’s the ZOOM LINK again.
UPDATE: You can watch the video on YouTube.
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I said Yes today.
It’s been building for some time, now.
Like… for years.
I’ve played with my “yes”. Done a few things here and there. Tested it out, like a cat teases a mouse.
I was unsure. Disbelieving. Skeptical. And seriously, seriously doubtful.
And then there’s that always that ever-present friend I’ve travelled with my whole life… worth.
Am I worthy? Good enough? ME???
But today… today felt different.
Today, I could feel the energy pulling at me. I could feel Mother Mary stretch her arm out to me after my meditation, that if I would only take it she would guide me through the door.
Her offer wasn’t conditional. Or time bound. It never is.
I could quite literally see and feel a door ajar to my right, waiting. A shimmering portal to possibility.
It’s been open for a while. And yes, Mary’s told me about it for a long, long while. But I just busied myself with the rest of my life, looking at it from the corner of my eye now and then, saying I’d get to it.
Some. Day. Hah! (We know all that excuse, don’t we?)
But today the pull of the energy current was strong enough for me to sit my seat back on my couch for Meditation Session #2.
Now that’s uncommon.
Then there they were. 3 declarations flowed from my heart, body, and soul.
And a shower of energy poured down on me—liquid light that I know to be Truth. Holy Truth, Holy Fire, which I know as Mother Mary.
(Even as I write these words, I’m thinking… will you understand? Ah, the dregs of old conditioning. But no more. It doesn’t matter if you understand or not. I must write for me, and for the one person who might need to hear.)
Then she asked me to say them out loud.
“I am the living embodiment of the Divine Feminine, the Goddess”
“I am here to lead women to become the Goddesses that they are.”
“I am a spiritual teacher.”
With each sentence my spine felt electrified, jolted with ice-cold fire energy all the way down to my root chakra.
That’s how I know it’s true.
It didn’t even take that long. But there it was. Just like that.
My Yes. Choosing my Destiny. Claiming my Destiny.
Words spoken out into air. Electrified spine. Hair standing on end. And I stepped through the door of my destiny out of the fog of doubt, disbelief, and little self-worth.
And for the first time, I don’t care what anyone thinks.
Not even you…
(I guess it’s no coincidence it’s Lion’s Gate and Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse today!!)
Is this how you say yes? Wait and wait, then when you’re finally ready, effortlessly step through the door?
Cindy was humble. To a fault.
When someone complimented her, she’d say, “Oh it’s nothing.”
When someone appreciated her, she’d say, “You’d do the same.”
When opportunities rose right in front of her nose, her mind swirled with “I’m not good enough” and the opportunity would pass to someone else. But she always wondered, “What would have happened if I had reached out and taken it?”
She was afraid to speak about her gifts, especially the ones that made her look different.
She was afraid to stick out in the crowd. She’d felt different her whole life.
Cindy was a psychic.
It’s a good thing in certain areas of your life. Sure you don’t want to brag or be arrogant.
But it’s not so good in others especially if you’re an intuitive, creative, empath, or spiritual. You know, the areas which aren’t so mainstream.
Its important — essential — for women to be proud. And yes, even loud about your gifts. Otherwise who will know about them? Who will receive your unique specialness?
So only a handful of close friends and family knew about Cindy’s psychic abilities even though, inside, she felt how profound, powerful, and beautiful they were.
I can relate to Cindy. I grew up in India where, as a woman, I was conditioned not to take the limelight, take up space, or glow with pride about my accomplishments.
Turns out it’s not just Indian women. I see women from all countries struggle with the same issue. They don’t talk about their gifts.
What about you? Are you too humble?
What you lose out on when you’re too humble.
♥ You don’t get to be seen, heard, and known for who you are.
(Do you long for that?)
♥ You don’t get to take up space .
♥ You don’t get to feel the wonderful satisfaction of offering and sharing who you are and what’s coming through you to others.
♥ You don’t get to be all of you. Out loud. Out proud.
And you know what?
♥ We lose you.
The world loses out when you’re too humble.
♥ And… in my work with people I’ve seen so many heal from depression, anxiety, cancer, and other mental and physical health issues when they begin to express and step into their gifts. Your Soul Purpose is essential for your whole health.
So what do you say? Take a chance.
Acknowledge, own, and claim how kind, generous, compassionate, creative, talented, and _______ you are.
In fact, get a piece of paper and write 10 wonderful things about you and 10 of your gifts.
Then, tell someone.
You could even try this as a fun thing to do with a friend.