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Donna Henes

Sovereignty Ain’t Easy
by Donna Henes

When I started introducing the Queen as an archetype of personal power in workshops and articles, I received many requests for detailed instructions on how to become a Queen.

“Dear Mama Donna,” women would write, “I want to be a Queen, too. How do I access my power? How can I feel good about myself? How do I change my life? How do I find magic and spiritual wisdom? How do I know what to do? How do I learn how to rule?”

Queen of My Self by Donna Henes

Coming from the tough love school of spiritual counseling as I do, I feel that it is only fair to warn you, there are no 10 easy steps to sovereignty!

The roads leading to personal power are diverse and many. The way to Self-esteem can be complicated and long. Each person must take her own path, make her own trail, clear a passage for herself through the thick brambles that reach up to trip her. What roads do exist are unmapped, bumpy, and full of potholes, tumbleweed, and road-kill.

There are no shortcuts along the Highway to Sovereignty, no services, no shoulders, no signage, but many detours and cul-du-sacs. And the fare can be exorbitant. As Dear Abby, Abigail Van Buren, once noted, “If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd be millionaires."

Like any grand journey, the trip toward self-dominion requires stamina, determination, and the passionate desire to travel. But if we pack properly, check our tires frequently, and take time for picnics and to smell the roses, the adventure is incomparable. And the destination of Self-empowerment is majestic.

There are no rules, no recipes, no prescriptions, no instruction manuals, no precise formulas to follow when it comes to pursuing the daunting process of Stepping into Sovereignty. This does not, however, mean that anything goes. Everything counts. Every single solitary thing that we do or don’t do, think or don’t think, matters. This is the bottom line of our responsibility, our authority, our integrity, our influence.

Our intentions have to be perfectly pure and our attention to the details of our process has to be focused and disciplined, and in exact alignment with our intentions. The quality of our engagement needs to be really right, not according to the standards of anyone else, but only according to our own inner truth.

Clearly, the purity of our intention and attention assures that there can be no cheating or cutting of corners in our search for inner wisdom and power. What would be the point? We would only be short-changing ourselves.

When we commit to engaging in the process of our own transformation, the search for our inner wisdom, the development of our Self-esteem, the elevation of our status and standing, we are consciously choosing to accept total cause and effect accountability for our own lives and living. This is not a simple task.

And since the decision to pursue our personal sovereignty is ours and ours alone, made with clear Intention and without outside direction or duress, we must own our process. Our attention, our outlook, our approach, and our procedure must be unimpeachable, our attitude positively impeccable.

The Moon Watcher's Companion by Donna Henes

It is ultimately up to us whether we succumb to the unexamined, automated life or try to figure out what the hell is going on inside and around us, and engage in it — take it in and take it on. It is our chance to alter, change, and grow, so that we might fulfill our greatest destiny and dreams.

Our Queenly assignment, should we choose to accept it, is to create our own lives — crafted from our personal experience and our individual inner authority. Once we do, we are able to shift into a new stage, a new state of being, a royal renaissance rebirth rendering us ready to rule.

Our authentic Self is the seat of our sovereignty. It is our throne and our domain, at once the foundation of our individual power and our field of operation. When we stand in our center and be who we truly are, we are powerful beyond all imagining. We are Queens and we rule our own lives. Hail!

© Copyright 2007 Donna Henes.  All Rights Reserved. 

Donna Henes
Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman, is the author of "THE QUEEN OF MY SELF: Stepping Into Sovereignty in Midlife," "Moon Watcher's Companion," "Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations" and "Dressing Our Wounds In Warm Clothes," as well as the CD, "Reverence To Her: Mythology, The Matriarchy & Me." She writes a weekly column, "Always in Season" for UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. In 1982, she composed the first (and to this date, the only) satellite peace message in space: "chants for peace * chance for peace." Mama Donna, as she is affectionately known, has offered lectures, workshops, circles, and celebrations worldwide for 30 years. She is the director of Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, a ceremonial center, ritual consultancy and spirit shop in Exotic Brooklyn, New York. For further information, a list of services and publications, a calendar of upcoming events and a complimentary issue of Always in Season: Living in Sync with the Cycles. contact:

PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238-0403 
Phone/Fax 718-857-2247
Email: CityShaman@aol.com





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