Disconnect to Reconnect

Carrie JordanEarth Wisdom, Womb Wisdom0 Comments

In the beginning of 2017, my man and I decided that every Sunday would be tech-free. It went great and felt amazing for a couple of months, and slowly it faded away for various reasons: two business owners being tech-free for a full day each week proved some challenges with communicating with our teams and our sometimes unruly schedules.

Some habits are hard to keep—for years, Sunday was the day I caught up with my parents. Still sometimes I miss a Sunday, but breaking that habit for this new tech-free habit left me feeling a bit guilty and partially not excited about the new tradition.

Instead we have started a new tradition which is a monthly camping trip starting this month. The camping trip lasts for three nights and we are able to disconnect from the internet, pitch a tent, and hang out on the earth in the sun for three days with all our food prepared as we connect with each other and with nature.

This is a way for us to slow down, get our circadian rhythms in line with the rhythms of nature, and it happens to be good medicine for adrenal fatigue to go to sleep with the sun and wake up with the sun and no alarm clock. This goes to show how very connected our bodies are to the rhythms of the earth.

This kind of habit seems very necessary in our speedy, technology-obsessed culture, where, for some, putting their bare feet on the earth is a rarity. Instead, how can we make it commonplace?

For me it looks like a daily grounding practice of prayer and connecting with Mother Earth. What does it look like for you?

Learn to live in rhythm with the earth

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The best instagram accounts for wisdom keepers and light bringers

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Instagram is my favorite social media platform, by far. It provides me with inspiration, hope, information, news, and it also helps me stay in connection with my friends and colleagues. I curate my feed very thoughtfully. I wonder if you do this, too? I am not sure exactly what the criteria is, but it looks something like this: truth, softness, femininity, earth medicine.

An Instagram feed is a very personal thing—do you agree? I often wonder what it would be like to scroll through someone else’s Instagram feed.

If you’re thoughtful about how you curate, it probably shows what you care about, and how you want to consume media, and for me it reflects what groups I want to be part of and how I want to show up in the real world.

Here are some of my favorite people on Instagram for the information and inspiration they provide:

Indigenous Rising

Isabel_mariposa_galactica

GirlfriendManifesto

TheGaiaSchoolofHealingCA

TribedeMama

HonorTheEarth

DaughteroftheSun_

PixieLighthorse

My Little Yoni

BeZeroWasteGirl

FreshStartBotanials

HerbalAcademy

DoYouConsiderYourselfFeminist

GoodEarthNatural

BroadCity

Pachamama_Doula

LifeWithoutPlastic

Mindful_Mamas

BirthofaMama

AdinaMills

DoulaBliss

Who are your favorites?

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How to create a soul-aligned brand and business: A new look for The Rise Collective

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how to create a soul aligned brand

When I founded The Rise Collective three-ish years ago, it was a creation that hit me like a ton of bricks and insisted that it needed to be born right away. I didn’t know exactly what it was and struggled to write words on a page. I rushed through branding and slapped up my favorite colors and a heart to represent the frequency of love, 528 Hertz, the most harmonious vibration. I started writing and connecting with women.

Recently we rebranded in a much more thoughtful process in order to honor what we are truly about: Raising the vibration of the planet to 528 Hertz by honoring the cycles of the feminine body and the cycles of the earth.

It’s about creating a new paradigm of what it looks like to be a modern woman: A modern woman who is fully self-expressed, embodied, and connected with the power of her womb and the heartbeat of the earth.

This mood board helped me to identify what we are really about from a visual perspective.

Branding mood board

The logo is inspired by this beautiful image of Shakti, which has been in my consciousness for many moons. A dear sister, Heather Dakota A.K.A. MoonBear did a shamanic journey on my behalf a couple of years ago and told me that the triangle and circle shape came through as my symbol. It didn’t make sense until I realized that the rebrand was on the horizon.

There are so many meanings baked into this little icon. The flower shape represents the feminine and mother earth, the beauty and abundance she gives us every day. It also represents the Beauty Way of leaving beauty behind wherever we go in offerings to the earth and Spirit. The circle represents the hoops and cycles of life; The triangle represents both the earth element and the womb space; The heart needed to be included for high vibrations and healing energies;  Shakti is of course one of the most important goddesses in Hinduism. She is a divine cosmic energy (as we all are!) and she represents the feminine; she is responsible for creation and change (or destruction). She is the mother goddess of fertility, a fierce and strong warrior, and the dark goddess of destruction.

The earthy jewel tones and new color palette communicates the organic and natural connection with the earth.

It feels great to be more aligned with the visuals of the brand and we hope that you like it too.

Please visit carriejordanstudio.com to find out how I can support you in your business’ design and marketing.

Celebrating the ancient Celts

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The Seer, From The Wildwood Tarot Deck

The ancient Celts of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland were pagan people of the earth. The ancient druids were well respected members of society—poet-priests and -priestesses who studied divination, magic, astrology, theology, nature, music, poetry…and much more. The Celts lived by the cycles of the seasons, the movement of the planets.

This explains why celtic poetry is full of the intensity of nature, the colors, feelings of warmth, wonder, and belonging. For example, the prayer “The Deer’s Cry” (Later renamed and known as “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,” probably appropriated by the church):

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven, light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendor of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock

There is a lot of controversy around Saint Patrick (understandably—he lived during the 5th century). It is said that he “drove out the snakes from Ireland”—some say this is a metaphor: Saint Patrick was a missionary who was sent to Ireland to drive out the pagans (who revered the dragon or serpent because it represents fertility, wisdom, and healing).

If all this is true, Saint Patrick’s Day is a lot like Columbus Day—a celebration of the oppressor driving indigenous people from their homeland and forcing them to convert to a “better” religion.

Of course, many people don’t actually know the history of Saint Patrick—the holiday is mostly a celebration of Irish heritage. So let’s celebrate our ancient ancestors, that our elder brothers and sisters may walk with us and help us remember the Old Ways. Let’s celebrate the strength of heaven, light of sun, radiance of moon, splendor of fire, speed of lightning, swiftness of wind, depth of sea, stability of earth, firmness of rock! Sláinte mhaith!

Life without plastic: How to reduce your plastic use

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how to reduce your plastic use: life without plastic

Some of the most-found items that are found on beaches and in the ocean are plastic water bottles, cutlery, and straws. I’ve been carrying these items around in my purse so that I don’t contribute to the plastic waste…when we decide to stop using plastic, we realize how it is in everything. It is hard to get away from. And of course, plastic is made from petroleum and when we buy it we contribute to the takeover of the black snake (big oil).

Not only is it bad for the environment because it takes forever to degrade, but also plastic contains endocrine disruptors which is really bad for our bodies and for animals that accidentally eat plastic and micro trash.

Being thoughtful about repairing old things, using compostable materials such as bamboo, and using long-lasting and chemical-free glass instead of plastic helps us move away from plastic.

Here are some ways that we can reduce our plastic use:

  1. Let go of the idea that things are disposable. Nothing is “disposable” unless it turns into dirt within your lifetime.
  2.  Carry:
    1. A reusable water bottle. I have a small metal one, and I also reused a large glass kombucha bottle/growler for long days so I can make sure I get enough water.
    2. A bamboo spork for when you eat out at a place with plastic cutlery
    3. A reusable shopping bag
    4. A glass straw if you like straws
    5. A little mason jar with a coozie for coffee to go or leftovers from a restaurant
  3. Buy in bulk! This is actually fun. We started bringing our mason jars to the grocery store, we have the tare process written up in our phones and the weights of all the jars. It feels so good to not use plastic bags for nuts, seeds, coffee, and all other bulk things. You can make bags out of remnant cotton fabrics from the fabric store, or you can use jars. In Boulder Alfalfa’s and the big Whole Foods have the best bulk sections.
  4. Refill your shampoo and conditioner bottles in the bulk section. I had to call around to a few different stores to find a place that had shampoo and conditioner in bulk. You can also use shampoo bars. Soap bars are obviously better than buying body wash in a bottle, and lots of local businesses sell delicious-smelling homemade soaps.
  5. When you purchase scrubbers, sponges, and the like see if you can find something with a bamboo handle and a compostable material.
  6. Use a Diva Cup and reusable pads! Stop putting chemical-laden tampons in your vagina and get a Diva Cup. Your life will never be the same!
  7. Make seed crackers instead of buying bars wrapped in plastic. The bar industry has exploded in recent years because we humans love convenience. I see way too many bar wrappers littered in the wilderness. Instead of buying $3 bars wrapped in plastic, Josh and I make these amazing seed crackers: We whip an egg and some maple syrup, combine cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and sometimes coconut shreds or chocolate chips. Then we spoon out the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 115 degrees for 15 minutes. They are the bomb! Also try this cookie recipe and this bar recipe
  8. Buy natural clothing or second hand. Some people aren’t into thrifting, but I love it and get a thrill out of finding $5 leopard print leggings at the Buff Exchange. I also love antique and vintage jewelry. If you’re not into thrifting, choose to buy things that will last a long time and say no to “fast fashion” like H&M and Forever21. Most clothing at regular stores have plastic in them like polyester and acrylics. The average American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year, which adds up to 11 million tons of the stuff from our country alone. Natural fibers like wool, silk, hemp, and cotton are good alternatives.
  9. Rethink gift giving. Using creative wrapping, finding lovely plastic-free gifts, and staying away from little plastic knick-knacks.
  10. Get paperless bill pay at your bank and other bill-sending places.
  11. This awesome website has tons of ideas on how to reduce plastic in your life and I highly recommend it.

As stewards of the earth and thoughtful global citizens, it’s our responsibility. What are your plastic-avoidance tips?

Dreaming the big dream in 2017

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The other night an intimate group in our community held a sacred activism phone call together to dream the big dream together and co-create a vision for our world.

Here is the vision that we came up with:

Imagine a world where we show our sweet and tender hearts
Imagine a world where we choose love instead of fear
Imagine a world where we are moved by right action
Imagine a world where we are concerned with the wellbeing of our neighbors
Imagine a world where everyone is safe and prospers
Imagine a world where all nations are respected
Imagine a world where we treasure and protect our children and their futures.
Imagine a world where individuals look inward and ask themselves what is right and wrong
Imagine a world where we can look beyond external influences
Imagine a world where we think about what the earth wants
Imagine a world where we consider all lives valuable
Imagine a world where plants and animals are as important as human life
Imagine a world where everyone is considered
Imagine a world where all voices are important
Imagine a world where decision-making is balanced and considers all world-views
Imagine a world where the streets are clean
Imagine a world where all of our waste is created into something new
Imagine a world where everyone has clean drinking water
Imagine a world where we treasure water and consider it to be as important as gold
Imagine a world where we listen to the plants and animals and what they are asking us to do
Imagine a world where the veil is thinner because we are conscious beings and we can perceive what’s going on in the other realms
Imagine a world where our hearts connect and we are constantly aware of that connection
Imagine a world where we are constantly aware of our connection to the web of life
Imagine a world where we consider our connection before we make every decision
Imagine a world where women are empowered
Imagine a world where men are empowered
Imagine a world where all children are treasured and their safety is of paramount importance
We decided to hold these calls quarterly, so if you would like to be part of it, please send me an email and I will include you!
Here is the sacred activism worksheet, which helps outline how we will be of service this year.

Living ON PURPOSE

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2017 Life Design Planner

What does it mean to live life on purpose?

Consider how much is automated in our lives: We have every piece of information in the world at our very fingertips. We can order anything we want on the internet. We can schedule paying our bills. We can get food delivered. Many of us get up, go to work, come home, go to bed, and do it again the next day.

Automation is convenient until it becomes monotony.

With big dreams and intentional, conscious living, we can break out of the ORDINARY mold. All you have to do is set an intention and the universe will take care of HOW.

That’s why my motto is the Phish line, “The trick is to surrender to the flow.” It isn’t easy to surrender to the FLOW and TRUST life, trust Spirit, because we have our own plans and ideas of how things SHOULD unfold. But when we surrender to Spirit’s guidance, MAGIC happens.

When I look at my list of “100 adventures” in my Life Design Planner, I am pretty amazed at all of the amazing things I created for myself this year, and I’m sitting with what I want to create in 2017 in my life, my business, and my partnership.

Today over lunch in Thailand, a friend asked, “has this been the best year of your life?” At first I thought, YES! Then I remembered how shitty the first half of the year was.

The point isn’t that it was the “best year of your life,” but how much have you learned? How have you evolved? How far have you come? It is so FUN and INSPIRING to look back each month, quarter, and year to review what has happened and re-evaluate where you are going. This process really LIGHTS ME UP personally, and I love enabling others to do the same!

The point is TRANSFORMATION. Transformation can be amazing, and it can really suck. If we design our lives to be full of supportive community and experiences, every step of the way can be beautiful in its own way.

Get your 2017 planner and CREATE your transformative year.

This ain’t no dress rehearsal, honey!

Taking responsibility for the state of our world in 2017

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Many shamanic cultures believe that reality exists as a result of the Big Dream of the Cosmos. The Cosmos have dreamt you and I into existence. All of creation is like a spider web of life that connects everything (all our relations…our ancestors, our descendants, the standing nation, the plant nation, the two leggeds, the winged ones, and all the creatures in between). YOU are a dream, and you are dreaming your…and our reality into existence. WE are collectively dreaming OUR reality into existence.

So, what are you dreaming? Let’s change our dream to change our reality. One of the many responsibilities of being a spiritual and mature adult is to pay attention to what our dreams (conscious and unconscious) are creating. Let’s dream a new reality and co-create it through consistent action. This is sacred activism. When we align with the flow of life and the Big Dream, what can unfold?

On the heels of the 2017 Life Design Planner launch, there is a strong need in our global community for light bringers. We can use this smaller-scale planner to commit to the spiritual adult responsibility of sacred activism in 2017. The unfolding of the U.S. election, the person chosen for Secretary of State (CEO of Exxon Mobil), Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline, among many other challenges in our current 3-D reality have shown us the dark shadow that lives in our society. How did we dream this nightmare?

My theory is that part of the dream that we have been dreaming is that some parts of ourselves and our society are not acceptable so we need to hide them.

The shadow is a Jungian concept: shadow is a part of us that we don’t accept. It’s something that isn’t accepted by our society (greediness; anger; judgement), so we stuff those parts of ourselves in a closet for years and years, pretending they don’t exist. Not surprisingly, the shadow becomes more mangled because it is unloved. We can love all parts of ourselves. What happens when we simply notice our inner shadow is there and ackowledge it?

One example is the example of racism. In our society, it is not really ok to say “I am racist.” You will be scolded and shamed for being racist. Of course racism is a reality in our society and has been for a very, very long time. But we haven’t talked about it in quite a while. Some people reading this post will be triggered that I am even talking about it.

TV shows have a token black person and advertisements feature racially ambiguous people in order to be inclusive, and it seems like it’s all good.

In the past few years, the shadow of racism has come out of the closet and the shadow is right in front of our faces. Black people are targeted and murdered by police, many would say incarceration of black men is an epidemic, and black children have disproportionately less opportunity in education than other races.

It is time to embrace the shadow. Especially when we are caught in a strong “us versus them” narrative in the U.S. at the moment, the contrast of dark and light is grossly apparent.

Many have felt like outcasts because they are shamed, called stupid or ignorant when they admit that they are racist or that they like guns. Some people finally feel they have been given permission to say the hateful things that have been stuffed in the closet for years—because the president says hateful things.

Let’s examine how we can relate to these views. What part of yourself is greedy? What part of yourself is racist? What part of yourself wants to take advantage of others? Dive into the depths of the shadow. Help others explore their shadow with deep listening skills and curiosity. 

We carry the medicine for these times. We are the light bringers, the dreamers, the love warriors. It is our responsibility to use our voices and be active participants in our communities, and to DREAM A NEW DREAM. This worksheet will help guide you on your sacred path. Even better, gather your brothers and sisters together to fill our these worksheets together so that you can dream the same dream.

Remember your power and remember that you’re not alone. Your brothers and sisters are alongside you dreaming the same dream for how wonderful the world can be.

As Trevor Hall says, “Darkness has its teachings. Love is never leaving.” Be the light and be the love. I love you

If you want to be in on our sacred activism group call in early Jan 2016, shoot me an email that says “DREAM THE BIG DREAM” by January 2 and I’ll send you the info.

Download the Sacred Activism Worksheet

Information integration for book worms

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A wisdom keeper is hungry for wisdom, that’s for sure! As a former book-devourer myself, I see lots of people in our conscious community reading a lot of the same books. Are we really taking in the information as part of our being, or just parroting what we read? In the video I talk about how to integrate the information we learn as wisdom keepers.

People ask me how I retain what I learn and what I read. People ask me how I know so much about digital marketing, how I learned about social media, how I learned to market and launch my business. It’s from trying things, experimenting, and then trying more things. It’s from physically doing the actions, being who I want to be, and finding out what works, instead of just thinking about it or planning.

Taking action, trying things that don’t work, and still trying it again requires the courage to “fail.”

This doesn’t just apply to business. It applies even more-so to life. It applies to how I have created space in my community to practice releasing my repressed childhood emotion: from doing it and being witnessed. From being emotional.

It applies to how I set boundaries: saying the words in a messy way, getting feedback, and trying again next time.

It applies to my spiritual life: I take note of what actions and patterns feel good to me. I take note of the guidance that comes through and if I asked for it or just followed my gut.

I talk about this experiential way of learning in this video.

The Rise Collective’s Moon Magic program is an experiential nature-based program to help women step into their roles in their communities.

Speaking of books, get your wisdom keeper’s resource list here:

Yoga for men and women: What’s the diff?

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womens yoga

Yoga is very different for women and for men. Why? Because we have different bodies. We have different ways of dealing with life. We have different ways of showing up. In the video I talk about the specific differences and how you can create a feminine practice to connect with your womb and your femininity.