Women are heroes to me. One of the brightest sides of any process of relating to another person is that we get inspired. And getting inspired is vital to our survival as a mother and as a woman.
People who allow themselves to get inspired and hold that window of opportunity open in their daily living, meet with inspiration that can make them soar. That allows them to self-actualize as per the moment of their breathing. They feel what they need now. And they go for it.
To allow yourself to get inspired on a more-frequent basis, begin with a simple want to do it. Once you open your mind and your heart, opportunities will start flying in to your open arms, and your soul.
That’s what Tina Games does. She guides any woman who is willing to rediscover herself through the process she calls Journaling By The Moonlight. Working with the phases of the moon as a source of transformation, Tina shows us a way to our own self-discovery. How important is this to you, this self-discovery? Only you hold the answer to this question.
Tina Games is here today sharing her personal story. I do hope you open up and allow yourself to embark on a very personal adventure filled with self-exploration and reflection.
Mothers On The Path To Self-Discovery
By Tina M. Games
I believe that women are a significant part of the “ripple effect” – that will transform the world into a more compassionate, more nurturing place. Imagine for a moment a pebble thrown into a pond. It creates a ripple that goes on and on and on.
When a woman is living life with complete authenticity, she’s subconsciously giving permission for those around her to do the same. When she’s at her best, she’s creating powerful change for her family, her community, and for the world at large. It’s all part of “the ripple.”
But what if something goes awry – and “the ripple” stems from a place of frustration, confusion, disconnect or unhappiness?
I’m a big believer that each and every one of us are living OUR life story – in whatever way that story needs to play out. And for many of us, this story involves lessons.
In order to learn OUR lessons, we must journey through the challenges. This is where we grow – emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
My work with the moon phases came out of my own experience of connecting with the moon during a really dark period in my life. Shortly after the birth of my first child, and after making some fairly significant life changes at the same time, I fell into depression – a place that felt so foreign to me, a place where I felt like I had fallen into a black hole with no way out.
It was during this time, a period that spanned over two years, that I had disconnected from everything that made me happy. Because my son suffered from chronic illnesses related to serious colds and severe ear infections, I made a very difficult choice to give up a successful career in order to care for my son full-time. I hadn’t realized until this experience how much of my identity was tied into my career. Without it, I felt very lost and very unhappy.
It was during this time that I fell back on a great passion of mine – journal writing. And as a mom of a baby who did not have a normal sleep schedule, I found myself exhausted and emotional much of the time. So night after night, after I’d get my son settled and after my husband went to bed, I’d grab my journal and retreat to my favorite chair – beside a big bay window where I caught a glimpse of the moon.
It was the moon that taught me the meaning of transition. I’d watch this beautiful lunar goddess, night after night, move in and out of her various phases. And before long, I began to connect her phases with my own emotional tides.
I noticed that the moon always began in darkness and gradually, she’d move into full light – and cycle back around again. And I noticed the contrast between dark and light – the darkness of the night sky against the beautiful full moon light. I started connecting to this – as if I was being divinely guided through my own transitions of dark and light. I began to notice the ebbs and flows of my emotions. There were good days and bad days – and I began to capture these emotional tides in my journal.
Before we begin our search for answers, we must first be willing to tell the truth.
When we’re on a journey of self-discovery, especially one that has the potential to change our lives in a big way, journal writing can help. We can ask ourselves the deep, thought-provoking questions and we can listen for the answers, allowing them to feed through us. We are all divinely guided – and when we are willing to ask the questions and when we are open to receiving the answers, we can travel a more purposeful, more authentic path.
Journaling Benefits In Women’s Life
Journal writing is an invitation to jump into the depth of our heart and soul. It’s a place where truth can be spoken without fear of judgment and without worry of being censored. It creates a very private, very sacred place where we can have an honest conversation with our subconscious (that deep inner knowing that we all have). It also provides the space where we can dialogue with our higher power, asking open-ended questions and waiting for thoughtful answers.
But it all begins with truth. Before we begin our search for answers, we must first be willing to tell the truth. We must be willing to speak from a place of honesty, which many times comes from a place of pain.
So when I came to the point of writing my book, I wanted women to realize that every human transition begins in darkness and gradually moves into light, where we get a glimpse of what is possible. And then we retreat, to ponder the many ways we can manifest these possibilities into reality.
This requires deep work, where we step into our own truth and into our own power – and where we can emerge in the most authentic way possible. This is what I call the Blue Moon phase – when we finally realize that we are here on this Earth to be who we REALLY are, to put our personal thumbprint on the world in the most truthful, most authentic, most unique way possible. Each one of us are individuals being divinely guided on our own purposeful path.
Journaling by the Moonlight Book
In my book, Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery, I offer a series of journal writing prompts (called Moonlight Musings) that follow a self-exploration process. Each of these prompts are designed to take a woman to a deeper place within her being – and can take anywhere from five minutes to 30 minutes, depending on how connected she might be with a particular question.
I’ve also designed an accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards. Each card offers a prompt, based on a particular phase of the moon, that guides a woman on an inner journey to discover more about herself and how to honor her gifts in our external world.
By journaling through the moon phases, women are gently inspired to move from darkness to light on a spiritual path of self-discovery, self-empowerment, and self-fulfillment as they create a life of purpose, passion and creative expression.