What is the Feminine essence? How do we cultivate it? How can we heal our Feminine and Masculine energies within ourselves and in the Collective?
These are the questions that I was asking myself as I embarked on the Journey of hosting Women's Circles. I didn't even really choose to host them -- I just knew I had to. Three years later, I find myself completely transformed by the lessons, initiations and the energies that I've received from these Circles. My calling is now to offer a safe space where Women can freely express themselves and experience the natural healing and transformation that happen when women come together.
In my research and personal experiences, I came to understand that the Feminine archetypally represents (among other things): the mystical, the spiritual world, the hidden, the unknown, the unpredictable, the sensual, pleasures, the embodied experience, our connection to Nature, our connection to others and the nourishment and nurturance from our relationships. Much of our mainstream culture, however, does not value the above and does not consider them to be sacred or connected to the Divine. In balancing our Feminine and Masculine energies, we are then looking to embrace a broader understanding of reality and claim an understanding of the Spiritual world as much as the physical world, and see our embodied experiences and our bodies themselves as a sacred expressions of the Divine and through which we can connect to the Divine. The Divine itself can be called many things: Oneness, Source, Universe, God, etc. It doesn't really matter as long as one has the understanding that we are all connect by this universal force of creation that is beyond words and duality. Embracing our Feminine essence also means being connected to our intuition which can be felt in our physical and energetic bodies as a deep sense of knowing. The Feminine teaches us to nurture our relationships with others and to cultivate compassion and deep respect for one another. At last, the Feminine taught me to honor myself as a Human Being; to take care of myself and to Love myself deeply.
In coming together as Women, we open the door for the Feminine energy -- or Goddess Energy -- to come through us, to heal us and to be manifested in any way it is meant to be manifested. A Women's Circle also means letting go of expectations, letting go of trying to control the circle and Trusting that whoever needs to be there will show up to experience and learn exactly what they need in the moment.
A Women's Circle, for me, is also a chance to co-create. Because one person's perspective is limited whereas many intelligent, talented and powerful Women coming together to share creates a Collective Wisdom and Intention that hold tremendous healing power for anyone who attends the Circle and beyond.
Who are these Circles for? Since the Feminine is inherently inclusive, our Circles are open to anyone who identifies with being a Woman or Trans or non-Binary or other forms of identification connected to the Feminine. We value broad perspectives and expressions of the Feminine and welcome anyone who feels called to being part of the Circles knowing the Circle's intentions. In the past, some of our circles included Men who held beautiful space for us and who shared about the healing that they received from attending our Women's Circles.
What to expect? Each Circle is designed according to the messages that Clarity receives from the Universe and her Guides. She trusts that they will match what the Collective needs in the moment and trusts that they will provide what needs to be experienced/heard/healed for people attending the Circle. Here are some of the themes that we had for past Women's Circles: Tantra & Sacred Sexuality, Movements, Self-Defense, Dancing, Chanting, Cacao Ceremony, Red Tent, Moon Planting Ceremony, Ecstatic Dancing, Symbolism for manifestation, connection to Deities, Shadow Work, Wildness & Tribalism, Healing & Preventing Sexual Trauma, discussion on jealousy/sexuality/relationship, etc.
Most Circles are organize around the Full Moon and New Moon as the Feminine is traditionally connected to the cycles of the Moon (e.g. through their menstrual cycles).
Because we learn from each other's stories, every circle has a sharing component that invites participants to share their thought on the theme and intention of the circle and other comments on what they are experiencing at the moment in their lives e.g. their insights, the current lessons they are working through, their desires, wishes, etc. The Circles typically start with a short meditation or exercise to cleanse from the worries of life and to become fully present and grounded within the Circle -- to share and listen from our Hearts.
Attending the Circle allows Women to know that they are not alone in going through their every day trouble, worries, fears, etc. and to know that they can always come to a Circle of supportive, loving and compassionate Women who will truly listen to them and give them emotional, physical and mental support by being present with them. Women's Circles also help connect to our own Feminine energy and heal some aspects of ourselves by sharing our experiences, being vulnerable and learning through each other's experiences.
Clarity brings her own Wisdom of the Feminine from her years of deep research in the field of Feminine Archetypal Psychology and her own background as a Cultural Sociologist and Philosopher. Her intention is not to lead these Circles as much as it is to facilitate the experiences and the magic that naturally unfolds as Women come together.
Sister! We look forward to welcoming you in our Circle <3
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I have been going to Clarity Barton’s woman’s circles for over a year now and last summer went to a weekend retreat. I wanted to connect with women that were of the same mindset as myself. Clarity is a beautiful goddess. As a facilitator she is knowledgeable on the topics, Tantra, Goddesses of the past and Yoga. But the reason I love to go to her circles is the beautiful love, gentleness and kindness she brings to the gatherings. Clarity is pure love in every sense of the word. Even though I am older than most of the women at the gatherings I always feel welcome. Like I am home with my tribe. It is a beautiful experience. I highly recommend any event that Clarity facilitates. J. Lee, Belly-dance Teacher
I have been working with Clarity for four years now and I can’t even begin to tell you have she has changed my life. My relationship with both women and men has changed. She has facilitated healing sessions that have led me a place in my life where I feel secure, joyful, creative, feminine and sensual. I’m so glad I “randomly” stumbled upon her events because they changed the course of my life for the better! Antosia, Herbalist
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