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DAY THREE – 30 Day Inspiration For Women – Discover Your Erotic Nature

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30 Day Inspiration For Women ~ Discover Your Erotic Nature
Ten Days Of Gentleness | With Amara Charles and The Shakti Team

DAY THREE In Honor of Guan Yin Bodhisattva.

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Take time to pray today. Life is a miracle.
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“Guan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Guan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.

In many images She is depicted carrying the pearls of illumination. Often Guan Yin is shown pouring a stream of healing water, the “Water of Life,” from a small vase. With this water devotees and all living things are blessed with physical and spiritual peace. She holds a sheaf of ripe rice or a bowl of rice seed as a metaphor for fertility and sustenance. The dragon, an ancient symbol for high spirituality, wisdom, strength, and divine powers of transformation, is a common motif found in combination with the Goddess of Mercy.

Sometimes Guan Yin is represented as a many armed figure, with each hand either containing a different cosmic symbol or expressing a specific ritual position, or mudra. This characterizes the Goddess as the source and sustenance of all things. Her cupped hands often form the Yoni Mudra, symbolizing the womb as the door for entry to this world through the universal female principle.

Guan Yin, as a true Enlightened One, or Bodhisattva, vowed to remain in the earthly realms and not enter the heavenly worlds until all other living things have completed their own enlightenment and thus become liberated from the pain-filled cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.” text source

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Fill your heart, voice, body, mind, spirit with this sacred prayer of mercy.

 

DAY TWO – Discover Your Erotic Nature – Be In Nature

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10 Days of Gentleness

with Amara Charles and The Shakti Team

DAY TWO

Be In Nature

 

When was the last time you just really rested your belly directly on Grandmother Earth?

Or just sat listening to the birds, to the wind, the rivers, or the rain?

It’s spring, and everything’s jumping, coming into the light. It’s a great time to start something new, and to tend the new shoots popping up in you.
Perhaps take some time to discover the innocence of picking flowers, leaves and gently decorating your hair, or placing one behind your ear. Bring some back for your kitchen table, bathroom sink and bedroom….

There’s something erotic about the sweetness of our nature and it’s divine perfection, especially when we begin to experience nature is not something ‘out there‘ to behold. Nature is the Feminine. We are nature. So when you look into a mirror consider the beauty of the reflection regarding it’s self nature. As nature, let go of concepts about what you see, and just look and let the reflection change and forever change. Nature’s glorious canvas is boundless, and our erotic nature is nothing but our capacity to share and enjoy this.

To enjoy your Feminine Spring, and reclaim your sexual vitality, imagine a wild field of bursting flowers. Different colors, fragrances, shapes and sizes— every one utterly unique in its beauty. Though flowers appear fragile, and they go through seasons like we do, as their seeds are lifted into new places, it’s amazing how they find a way to bloom again and again.

To read more on the topic go ahead and dive deeper… Reclaiming Your Libido  by Amara Charles

 

 

What Makes Alpha Women Happy?

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Alpha Women are hungry for less. Less doing. More being. Less manipulation and more openness. Less effort and more intelligence.

An Alpha Woman lassos the chaos in her life, loosens her grip of control, and lets go on the tip of her razor’s edge, and stays there. Rather than trying to control the unknown or cut it into manageable bites, an Alpha Woman seeks the power hidden inside chaos and learns to use it.

Instead of getting overwhelmed by the all- too-muchness of everything, an Alpha Woman spins unwieldy webs of disconnected things into a spectacular robe, with options in every pocket.

She sounds like superwoman. She is. But not the way you think.

Super Woman, or let’s say, many women these days, has to schedule time to let go. We become super schedulers to fit everything in – and we even end up making appointments for sex! We get so swept up in our zany time crunches we forget that we’ve made them up! And when our batteries get drained we slouch into lazy bouts, where just about anything will do. Food. Movies. Drama. You name it.

Alpha Women discover a far better way. Here’s what works for me. More …

Touching the Sweet Spot

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Something magical happens when we touch the sweet spot, that place where there’s no distance, there’s only heart stretching in every direction stripping down the decoys against love we put in the way.  Anything unreal, anything we try to hold onto, all the hurts, wounds and transgressions we’ve made, crumble like brown sugar the instant that spot gets touched.

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Sex and Intimacy joins the Self Care Revolution

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Listen to my Self Care Revolution with Dr Robyn Benson of Santa Fe Soul

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Is sex and intimacy an integral part of intimate health? Of course it is! So why is it so often excluded in mainstream health conferences and why is the topic reserved to backroom conversations (where what’s really going on) is discussed by everyone?

That’s why I celebrate Dr. Robyn Benson’s bold invitation to include the topic of sex and intimate health to Doctors and healers at the Health Clinic Santa Fe Soul in New Mexico.

Help spread the word about how the wise use of sexuality can benefit all sentient beings. Be a part of the Self Care Revolution and take care of your intimate health.

A talk with Dr. Robyn Benson after our ‘off the charts fabulous’ Shiva Shakti Workshop in Santa fe. We introduced Shamanic ceremony to heal wounds of the past to make space for more intimacy and pleasure in our relationships. And we shared sexual restoration practices to boost libido and increase sexual energy.
Everyone loved it! We’re invited back to present Quodoushka in Santa Fe next year for the first time… woo hoo.

I totally resonate with Robyn’s message about taking responsibility for our health by becoming more aware and wise.I believe intimate happiness can change the world. As our relationships heal, so does the world.

 

In beauty
Amara

What’s the Purpose? ~ Angela Yan

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Dharma Healing Retreat with Master Angela Yan

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Our new year was blessed with Master Angela Yan’s ten day visit to our home. The profound Dharma stories that come rolling through her day and night slip in and out of my mind like heat from the fire and the taste of good things. Days begin with bowing and chanting  followed by eggs, porridge, toast, jam, butter, coffee, and lots of unknown fermented veggies. Along with non-stop conversations like this:

If you do not have time to do nothing, you are not wealthy at all. Take the time to enjoy your life. That is wealth’ she’d say.

One day Angela decides she would like to get a massage, another day go to the spa, and then she mentions she’d like to do a workshop.

So a few days later she did. As people enter our house, Angela sits by the fire, makes tea and begins: There are thousands of techniques. But this is not what matters. Everybody can do this technique, that technique. What is the purpose? What’s the real purpose of what you’re doing?

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One couple comes over for a Qigong healing session and they’re anxious to go into the healing room to get started. But Angela has tea first, and seems to talk about many unrelated things for over an hour.  What they don’t realize is that there’s nothing to start, it’s all part of the healing. How you relax, how you talk, how you move, what you say and what you don’t, it’s all part of the healing. I watch her opening people, finding her way in. Some people get this and others do not. Neither concerns Angela, both are the same.

A good teacher, she says  takes out darkness. A good teacher can see you. Finds your darkest parts and maybe stirs them up. It’s not somebody who says how wonderful you are, how good you are, how great you are. No. A good teacher leads you only in the right direction.

DSC07441Everyone wants to make you into a doctor,  a wife, a lawyer  or something you are not. they want you to become something. But who are you without these things?  A good teacher is not someone who wants you to memorize and remember and repeat back what you hear them say. A good teacher removes what is not needed to point you in the right direction. What’s the right direction? You. Your wisdom. Your natural self. she says.

But people are deluded. They do not know what they do not know. A good teacher shows you how to live.

So many people want to be healers, she says, but if you do not know how to swim, how do you teach people to do that? Stand outside the water and tell them? First you better learn how to swim. Cook up your wisdom. 

How do you do that? Chant. Chanting is not a human language. It cannot be explained in human language. You better just do it. Find out out what it can do. Then maybe you will gain some wisdom. Be more humble. Respect. The more of this you have, the more you will get. ok? A good teacher does nothing for himself, it’s for you. All of it, everything is for you. A real teacher always has people behind. She has a lineage. This is very important, who stands behind you.  You must pay attention to.

Be more humble, she says to me many times over the days of our retreat.  ‘pay attention. don’t talk too much.

Ok. I better just do it.

Om Mani Padme Hum

 

In beauty

Amara
Watch an amazing Video of ANGELA’S QIGONG HEALING

 

Donate to the Himalayan Stove Project on #Giving Tuesday

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I just donated to my favorite foundation, which I’m very proud to play a small part in…

If you would like to help out the Himalayan Stove Project, simply visit their online donations page. Every little bit helps, and on Giving Tuesday, those contributions are going twice as far. Give now and Your donation will be matched. $100 dollars delivers a stove to a family in need.

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A while back Shyena and I helped deliver clean burning cook stoves in the Himalayan region. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

There’s no cars on the way up to Mt. Everest, so stoves must be delivered by people and animals who can make the trip.

Our good friend George Basch is the ‘chief cook’ who coordinates this extraordinary project. I’m amazed by what he’s doing to help the people live with far less pollution in their homes as they cook.

P1000948We just got back from visiting him in Taos, where his joy and hard work from his recent trip to Nepal comes rolling through…it’s wonderful to a man powerfully doing what he loves!

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When Gratitude Gets Wet

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I know when you’re in a tidal wave of love, when things are flowing sweet, when Eros is all around, being grateful is like breathing. But what about after you’ve made a major mistake?Is it possible to get to gratitude when it feels like your ship is sailing in the wrong direction, when happiness fades and fine platitudes are the last things you want to hear? We’ve all had times where all we want to do is dig into a pit of sorrow, where, even if we know wallowing wont work, we do it anyway. This is when getting to gratitude really counts. But how can we feel grateful when everything seems closed, and hopeless and dark?

Here’s four big reasons why gratitude beats regret and resentment, every time.

Gratitude Feels Better

Of course we’d rather be tingling with gratitude every minute of the day, but the truth is, sometimes we choose to mope with pain, stew in our resentment or just lounge around trying not to think too much. Usually while we’re licking or barking about our wounds what we really need is attention; we want somebody to know we’re hurting. The trouble is, while it keeps us busy, it also keeps us in the pit longer. Gratitude is a way out.

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Hunting Marianne ~ an ode to finding Shakti anywhere

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I’ve come to think that just about anyone loves permission to talk about sex.

Once you you peel away the veils that like getting lifted, I notice it’s the same everywhere I go. And I love hunting Beauty wherever it lands; coaxing it to peek through the shyness, enchanting it to smile, wonder or sing just a little bit more than it should. I like taking down the weight of walls nobody likes holding up.

It’s how I hunted Marianne, a Jew from Uzbekistan sitting next to me on the plane from JFK To Phoenix. Even before I notice all the yamakas and delicious scent of food passing across the aisles, she catches my eye by the way she covers
her hair and keeps tugging her skirt to cover her legs. But it’s  how she inadvertently keeps brushing back her two year old’s soft brown curls that really has me smitten.

A lot of kids get cranky at take off, but Samuel stares wide-eyed out the window and giggles the whole way up. He seems blessed with an unusual dose of  gentle intelligence.

It was  Marianne who convinces me that given the time, a curious mood and the right questions, just about anyone will tell you anything . We start with casual banter about the Jewish holidays and then her nose flares slightly when I
tell her what I do. In her world of conservative Jews, no one’s written a book about sex. So she’s clearly delighted to me a few tell me things about her husband, all the while glancing at the floor to guard affections.

As Samuel begins to tire, I offer her a few tips and she asks for my card. I’m writing in the darkness when she says  ‘You should put the light on. It’s bad for your eyes.’  Exactly what my Mom used to say to me as a child.

I must have the Shakti shine all over me because when I go to the back of the plane to get water for tea Regina, the Black, South Korean flight attendant and I begin doing it again. I think people like talking to strangers, especially ones like me.

In 3 minutes I know she’s going down in beauty. First she tells me about her trips to South Korea with her Buddhist family, saying ‘I feel like an alien American duck. They touch all the time..” And then she whispers into my
ear, ‘My mother even massages my brother like it’s no big deal.’

The conversation heats up as I pour more water into our paper cups of puer tea.
Regina edges back whenever I mention relationships. I can tell she’s itching
to talk and I know she’s hiding something.  So finally I ask, ‘Are you seeing anyone?’

‘Yes’ she says, ‘I’m very much in love with someone I’ve known for a very longtime.’ The final cup of tea yields a tentative proclamation: ‘It’s a woman.’
“Well I’ll be‘ I say. ‘ I live with a woman too!’ We’re already FB friends.

New York was the perfect cherry of our global Shakti adventures meeting
succulent women from Germany, Croatia, Sloyania, Wales, China, Iran, Russia,  Tibet across the US and Texas.

When I got home at 1am the electricity was out. I could’ve mulled over the meaning this, but instead I called APS in the morning. Apparently, I was informed, ‘Your power is disconnected due to lack of payment.”

Ah yes. Paying bills. So good to be home for a sec. I’m actually writing this en route to Kauai and Maui for our Quodoushka Intimacy Retreats..

Aloha.

Quehestemeha You Dance In My Heart

In Beauty

Amara Charles

P.s. Still time to register for the November Q2 in Phoenix..

And for men and women we have Quodoushka’s in Phoenix, Texas and a new SHIVA SHAKTI workshop ~ an introduction to Spiritual Sexuality in Santa Fe,NM  January 9-11 2015.

Global Shakti Gratitude

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Thank You Shakti Queens!
Your beauty inspires such good love, intelligence, and kindness. Many blessings and love to you all.

 

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A Special Thanks to Shakti Queens Yvonne Gyory, Ana Krpan, Kelly Clampitt, Joella Autirino, Isis Phoenix, Luba Evans, Annett Zupke, Luce, Molly:) and of course, Joe and Llyod.

We love you.

Om Mani Padme Hum
In beauty,
Shyena and Amara www.amaracharles.com

p.s. Send us More Pictures! Especially from North Carolina Shakti… I will NOT publish them, but I want to see those Goddess Pictures ~ thanks!

Amara’s favorite way to Heat the Home, Heart, and Hearth

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DONATE HERE to the HIMALAYAN STOVE PROJECT http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/

I cannot say enough about the passion and integrity of George Basch’s dream of delivering clean cook stoves to families in the Himalayan region. I LOVE this video, and I’m proud to play a small part… (I’m in the video because Shyena and I went on one of the first trips to deliver stoves to monasteries and people’s homes. It’s an amazing story, and really helps people change their lives, yet, let’s them keep their life style (around the hearth) in it’s place.

Donate Here: https://www.facebook.com/himalayanstoveproject

Please share your Fire and consider donating. Every dollar brings warmth to the Home, Heart & Hearth of those in need.

Please share this with your Friends

 

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EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE: from a gorgeous Alpha Gentleman

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Dr. Richard Hauser  wrote:

Amara,

Every once in a while,
I need to stop.  Just stop.  And then just stop some more.
I need to sit.  Just sit.  And then just sit some more.
I need to breathe.  Just breathe.  And then just breathe some more.

Every once in a while,
I need to listen.  Just listen.  And then just listen some more.
I need to cry.  Just cry.  And then just cry some more.
I need to connect.  Just connect.  And then just connect some more.

Because I forget.
I forget what life is really about.
I forget that life is really about love.
I forget that I need to accept love as well as give love.

Because I remember.
I remember how much I have to give.
I remember how much I am blessed.
I remember how wonderful I really am.

So today I stopped, and I sat, and I breathed, and I listened, and I cried, and I connected, and I found love, and I found blessings, and I found my wonderful self.

It was a miracle of life day for me today.
And I accept it.

The words you sent to me today inspired this miracle.
So you accept it.

I Love You

Rick

From: Amara Charles
To: Richard Hauser
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I love you too Richard. This is so beautiful. I’m totally inspired. Can I post this on FB and my site?? These are such excellent words from an Alpha Male.
Love Amara

You may post it.  If it helps one other person, I would be honored. Richard

FAQ: Quodoushka Spiritual Sexuality Workshop – Amara Charles

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These are some of the common Questions people ask about Quodoushka Spiritual Sexuality Workshops.

Can I come to a Quodoushka Workshop without a partner?
Yes! You may attend Quodoushka I and II as a single or attend with a partner.
For Quodoushka Three, you must attend with a partner.

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When Everything Changes

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Some journeys change everything.

Words capture so little of the truth about extraordinary events, and to be honest, I hesitate to dilute how I feel from our retreat in a mountain Temple of Wutai Shan,China. Yes, I’m used to coming home stirred and happily out-of-sorts from deep ceremony, but this time, having taken a plunge into the refuge of temples, sacred chants and boundless tea, I feel like a puzzle piece still assembling unknown mysteries..

How do you capture the fragrance and unfurling plume of fine sandalwood incense, or the taste of rare puer tea that causes your heart to float in heavenly realms? How can you remember being locked into the fathomless depth of a teacher’s eyes? Perhaps we do keep memory imprints of such times, and maybe we bury moments of peace and love into the soil of our minds so we can recognize certain vibrations and water these frequencies until they bloom on their own again and again. More …

Where there’s Heart There’s A Way

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Our amazing journey continues!
Feeling fresh and and full from our visit to Hamburg and Croatia (stopping in Istambul for for a massage (we hope!).
Our D Y E N and Feminine Erotic Intelligence Workshops were stellar. The the depth, the food, the land… fantastic. Most of all it’s the people we’re so moved by… such a deep transfer of feelings, wisdom and laughter… Yes, there’s been hesitation and a reluctance to open, at first. More …