Today, we explore the beauty and pleasure of self respect and its role in cultivating personal growth, fulfillment, and healing within yourself and your relationships. We examine self respect through the lens of The Erotic Priestess archetype, who embodies respect, reverence, and divine communion, serving as a guide for integrating spirituality, sensuality, and sexuality into your holistic human experience. 

We discuss how self respect is related to self awareness, self knowledge, self acceptance, and trust – the pillars of the Embodied Self Love Framework. We also dive into the meaning of the word erotic, which comes from the Greek word eros, and discuss the transformative power of love in its purest form. Plus, we take a look at Audre Lorde’s essay “Uses of the Erotic,” which exemplifies the significance of the erotic as a source of great power. 

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In episode 457 of the Embodied Podcast we discuss:

  • (2:54) Why self respect is is the last pillar in the Embodied Self Love Framework
  • (4:45) The beauty of archetype work for inner growth and healing
  • (8:14) Exploring the word ‘eros’ 
  • (15:46) The Erotic Priestess archetype in the context of the Wild Soul Archetypes
  • (23:48) Integrating spirituality, sensuality, and sexuality in a holistic expression of femininity and womanhood 
  • (25:41) Harnessing and embracing erotic energy as a source of power 
  • (30:14) Distinguishing between sensations, emotions, and feeling states
  • (32:26) The Erotic Priestess Prayer

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Quotes from this Week’s Episode of the Embodied Podcast: 

  • When you respect yourself, you’re able to honor who you are, how you’re built, and your values.
  • We can acknowledge that different archetypal energies will be present in different stages of wherever we are with certain things. 
  • The Erotic Priestess is the gateway for integrating spirituality, sensuality, and sexuality in the holiest of ways so that you may experience the joy, pleasure, and fulfillment of your whole existence.  
  • As we learn to respect ourselves more within, we learn what is worthy of our respect externally. We get to refine what we actually respect and what we fear. 

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Since 2013 I’ve been developing a body of work that helps women embody self-love, healing, and wholeness. We do this by focusing on the four levels of consciousness – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

In practical terms, this looks like exploring tools and practices to help you tune into the deep wisdom of the body and the knowing of the heart, which I believe are gateways to our souls. Then we cultivate a new relationship with our minds that allows the mind to serve this wisdom and knowledge and soul connection, rather than override it, which is what many of us were taught.

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Transcript for Episode 457 “The Pleasure of Self Respect“:

Elizabeth DiAlto  00:00

Eros reminds us that everything is connected. We can’t look away from or shut down around certain things yet tell ourselves we’re being fully loving in other areas.

Elizabeth DiAlto  00:16

Hello, everybody, welcome to episode number 457 of the Embodied Podcast. I am your host, Elizabeth DiAlto. And today we’re getting into the pleasure of self respect through The Erotic Priestess archetype from our wild soul archetypes. And I love talking about self respect. self respect is one of the most valuable, important fortifying things any of us can cultivate and deep into as people on this planet at this time. But really people anytime, at any point in history forwards and backwards. It’s so important. When you respect yourself, you’re able to honor who you are, and how you how you’re built, along with your values, right, you’re able to prioritize the things that are most meaningful and important to you. You’re able to unhook from things and divest from things that you just know, aren’t for you. And in its highest expression. As you deepen into respect for yourself, you can respect where other people are as well, even if you don’t respect them. And this is such a great distinction. Because respect is really something that is earned. It’s not automatic the way some people want it to be. And over time, we have to earn that respect, cultivate that respect for ourselves. And again, I love this distinction, because I can respect where anybody is in their life on their path and their journey, and their consciousness and their awareness, in their emotional maturity. Whatever it is, I can respect it. I don’t have to have it close in my life. And the thing about respect too, is respect is the place where boundaries come from. When we’re respecting ourselves, when we’re respecting others, we set boundaries, I saw a quote recently by Prentis Hemphill that said, I might misquote it, but it was basically, boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and also love me. And I love that so much, right? Because everyone’s different, everyone’s different. And while we might want to be close with certain people, or believe we’re obligated to certain relationships, it just doesn’t always work out that way. But it doesn’t have to be a situation where love is lost, or anyone has to be cruel to anyone else. Some people obviously won’t be able to help but feel rejected. But when there’s respect in the room, even if people feel that way, it doesn’t have to feel so shitty.

Elizabeth DiAlto  02:54

And this is why self respect is the last part. It’s the last pillar in the embodied self love framework. Because it’s not easy, it’s not easy to get there. And it is bolstered by the other four pillars. We work on self awareness first, and then self knowledge, right. Because if we’re not aware of ourselves, if we can’t locate ourselves, it’s really hard to aim for deeper understanding before we go learning about who we are and how we’re built. So we learn that and self knowledge after self acceptance, and then we go into, I’m sorry, after self awareness, and then we go into self acceptance. Because once we are more self aware, once we know ourselves better than we know what we need to accept. And once we’re more accepting, which is just such medicine, because often we’re conditioned to want to be other than how we are. And so, after Acceptance comes trust, because we’re accepting ourselves, we’re no longer abandoning or rejecting ourselves. Much easier to trust something that you’re not simultaneously abandoning, or trying to reject. Right. And because trust is such a challenge for people, it’s just easier when there’s already acceptance, and then, and then comes respect.

Elizabeth DiAlto  04:17

And something I love about our frameworks at the School of Sacred Embodiment, I really geek out on this is along with our archetypes, they weave in together like this one that we’re talking about today, where we see how The Erotic Priestess archetype helps with self respect. And later on in the episode when I get to the sermon part from the Sunday before last, you’ll hear me read the description of The Erotic Priestess, and that will make even more sense. One of the biggest things I just want to remind you in general about all archetype work, not just in the school, the sacred embodiment is that there are energies and expressions that come with behaviors that we can all acknowledge and tap into within us if or when we need them. especially when we don’t believe in ourselves or don’t feel confident in our abilities to do or choose the things that are the highest expression of such an archetype. archetypes can help us, we can source our most fierce mystical loving expressions from the archetypal energies within us. Because sometimes it’s just easier to reach for an archetype than a conscious part of ourselves. But then you realize, eventually, after enough time of doing that, that it was you all along. But in the meantime, working with archetypes can be fun, it can be useful, and it’s a tool like anything else. And it’s also a universal experience that we can all tap into. We all contain all of the archetypes within us, in some way, shape or form. Some archetypes are more expressed and more dominant, are easier for us to access than others. But if you’re needing a source of self respect, you can really, especially as a woman, call on your inner erotic priestess. Archetypes don’t have your dramas, traumas or insecurities. It’s not a bypass to reach for an archetype when you need one. It’s a way of again, accessing part of yourself when you need it. Because we’re also multifaceted and dynamic beyond our imagining. And if you listen, this podcast, you’ve heard me use this metaphor so many times, but it’s just like being a plant. any living thing has parts that are dying and fading away parts that are growing parts that are new and tender. And when we view ourselves like that, this takes us back to self acceptance. But we can just acknowledge that different archetypal energies will be present in different stages of wherever we are, with certain things. Were different archetypal energies might be the thing to reach for, to continue growing or to help us transmute something anything right, or to help us accept something or face a shadow outside of the wild. So archetypes if you’re doing general archetype works, there are shadow archetypes, you know, you can, you can really go into those energies without blaming or shaming yourself that they’re within you. So in some cases, working with archetypes just helps you put some distance between you and the thing. So that your feelings, your fears, your insecurities, your shame, your guilt, your self consciousness doesn’t have to necessarily get in the way, or sabotage you in ways that it normally would.

Elizabeth DiAlto  07:20

And again, what I’m speaking about here is all possibilities, right? Everybody’s different. Certain things are going to be more challenging for some folks and others. But I also want to get into the use of the word eros, right? Because the erotic is rooted in the word eros. In the sermon that you’ll hear later, I read a little bit from the Audre Lorde essay, sister, outsider. I love this essay. So much. I first encountered it back in 2019, or 2020, when I was taking an erotic movement arts training, with Rie Katagiri who’s been on the podcast, and it was part of our training, it was in our training manual. And so my first ever print out of this essay, I’m reading it. And I’m like highlighting and underlining things. And eventually I just gave up because I realized that I was pretty much highlighting and underlining the whole freaking thing. Let me start first with saying this, the word eros has been to find and addressed by so many people, in so many different ways in so many different contexts. Throughout the course of history, certain biblical texts and translations, as well as the Gnostic Gospels, point out that words for love, to love and to know, were interchangeable or mixed up often in the texts. If eros which is often regarded as the ultimate expression of love, if we put it in that context, to love means to know and know what ourselves others about life about the divine. And knowing is about embodiment, felt experience, truth in our hearts, our bones and ourselves, not just knowledge, book study, or logic, reason or understanding. And I wanted to say that first, before I give you a little more Audre Lorde, because she talks about this. She says, when we begin to live from within, outward, in touch with the power of the erotic within ourselves, and allowing that power to inform and illuminate our actions upon the world around us. Then we begin to be responsible to ourselves in the deepest sense, for as we begin to recognize our deepest feelings, we begin to give up of necessity, being satisfied with suffering and self negation. And with the numbness which so often seems like the only alternative in our society, our acts against oppression, become integral with self motivated and empowered from within. in touch with the erotic I become less willing to accept powerlessness. Are those other supplied states of being which are not native to me, such as resignation, despair, self effacement, depression, self denial. So again, the name of this essay is the uses of the erotic, the erotic is power. Audre Lorde is talking about sourcing all kinds of power from our erotic energy. So I invite you to consider what you can do with this power. She talks a lot in the essay about feeling everything connecting with your deepest feelings, which might sound terrifying to some people, because it’s one of the most honest and healing things any of us can allow ourselves to do. Therefore, it’s about being alive. Because a big part of being alive is feeling and not just feeling good. So at the end of this part of the podcast, I’ll come back to some things that we can source power in our lives, the power of will fill in that blank a bit. But I also wanted to share another definition of eros, that comes from Kathleen McGowan, from the book, the source of miracles, she says, representing romantic love, but also sexual love when it sacred eros is a profound physical celebration, in which souls come together in the union of the bodies. Now, romance, though, is the word that I want to focus on there. Because romance can be platonic romance can be so much more dynamic, we can romance a lot of things, not just in a sexual sense, because the other word that she mentioned there that you’ll recognize one of our favorite words, here on this podcast, is the secret. So ultimately, eros is the desire for intimate love, and intimate, can be physical, or it doesn’t have to be. In the modern world, we’re all invited to define intimacy on our own terms, not to negate the core of its true meaning just to expand upon it. And often, I think about some of the terms, we get some of the understandings we have, from ancient texts. While there is so much incredible wisdom there, at the time in which they were conceived, the world was a very different place. So we’re always expanding, we’re always evolving. And we have to look at these things and see how they apply to the world we’re living in now. So let’s come back to the power, the power of the erotic, what power can be sourced from this erotic energy, this deep feeling, this desire for intimacy, this courage to be intimate, with ourselves with each other with life, with the divine with the great mystery, with all there is right? with nature, with animals, with all of these types of things that are our kin, if we will allow them to be at the time I’m recording this, it’s just a few days ago was the Full Moon in Virgo in 2024. So February 24, or 25th is when the full moon was. And this time of year where I live, the moon is just right outside my window, around four o’clock in the morning. And this particular Moon is a strong one for me. So I woke up the last couple of nights, right around that time, lifted up my shade, and I just hung out with the moon. You know, I feel like that moon, that’s a deep dear friend of mine, that I spend time with that I talked to that I feel into the energies of work with the different seasons and cycles and phases of the moon. The different energies of the astrological signs that it passes through. The moon is a companion in my life, some of you, it might be a companion in your life too. So this eros this, this higher love this divine love this incredibly expansive, beautiful energy again, is the root of the word erotic. And I read a section during the sermon part where Audre Lorde talks about these dichotomies, the dichotomy between the erotic and the pornographic, the spiritual and the political, and how these things get woven together and how these things bridge into each other. So what do we source from the deep, incredible power of our erotic nature, the power to tell the truth, to resolve conflict to have ruptures and the courage to do the repair work, if you want to, if it makes sense to the power to mature, evolve and transmute things, the power of Transfiguration, which transfiguration is about exactly what we do in the School of sacred embodiment, right, letting your soul take up more space in your life, letting the soul and the human, your divinity and your humanity come together into the unique expression that is you in this lifetime. eros reminds us that everything is connected. We can’t look away from or shut down around certain things, yet tell ourselves we’re being fully loving. In other areas. We can certainly decide and discern how You want to engage in certain things. And maybe we decide not to give certain things very much energy or any energy at all. But we come to those choices not by avoidance, but by deep consideration and knowing again, there’s that word knowing, loving, knowing, loving, knowing what’s best for us, respecting ourselves enough as an act of self love to really consider things. We can source the power of patience and grace. And I can go on because so much power is fueled by the erotic and why I love having an archetype called the erotic Priestess is because the priestess guides us, walks us through all of these erotic possibilities. So that wraps up this part of the episode. Enjoy the sermon, and then I’ll pop back in at the end with a couple of announcements for you.

Elizabeth DiAlto  15:46

I am very excited about this. And I love talking about this the pleasure of self respect The Erotic Priestess archetype. Oh, anxious. Yeah, it actually it is it’s super perfect timing. And of course not to mention, some of you might have seen my post on Instagram this week. But February 18, was Audre Lloyd’s birthday. My favorite, favorite favorite essay, were anything ever written about the erotic comes from the Audre Lorde essay uses of the erotic erotic as power. I’ll read you an excerpt. But I highly recommend that everyone go find a transcript, or go find that essay. Somewhere you can find it on the internet or you could just get the book sister outside or it’s in the book, belong with other incredible essays and transcripts of speeches. I love that so much. So today we are getting into the pleasure of self respect. We’re exploring The Erotic Priestess archetype. And expanding our perception of what eros really means that this is our final archetype. Over the last six weeks we’ve explored all of the wild soul archetypes, which if you’ve tuned in for any of those other journeys, you know that those are sub archetypes of the wild woman. And you know, when I say I created these archetypes, all I really mean is that I named them and wrote descriptions for them based on years of personal and professional experience exploring the many facets of the wild woman. As I get deeper into the Genkies. I love listening to Richard Rogers Genki audios. And actually, that’s the closest thing I’ve found to how I feel about these descriptions for the wild soul archetypes, because they feel like these transmissions, these contemplations that came through me that then I offer to you all to experience them however you want to experience them, or in whatever way you are meant to experience them. Of course, knowing that everyone is going to have their own unique experience and expression of these archetypes.

Elizabeth DiAlto  17:47

One of the ways my medicine woman and sacred Creatress, which are both mystical archetypes function together, is by synthesizing the many things I’m constantly learning and remembering. And as most of us know, and are humble enough to admit, there are very, very few new ideas out there in the world, right. This is why I speak so much about sacred weaving. For the most part, whenever we create something new, what we’re really doing is weaving threads of what already exists together in ways that are unique or different, or maybe just slightly unique or different. And really, what we’re doing is bringing perspective to things that were born a very, very long time ago. And this I think, is beautiful. And it’s a great place to begin our time with The Erotic Priestess and our dive into the pleasure of self respect. self respect is a pillar in my embodied self love framework, which is a great example of what I was just talking about. Is the concept of self love new now, did I invent it? Also? No. Did I create a framework for embodying it that didn’t previously exist? Yes. Are the parts of that framework new, no. Self awareness, self knowledge, self acceptance of trust, and self respect. None of these things are new concepts. But when combined into a framework, like a recipe, when these ingredients are used together, they are really effective in helping people cultivate self love, and deepen into it more and more over time. And in the School of sacred embodiment, anytime we focus on something for the self, we’re also of course, seating those things to be applied in relationship to others. The same way we’re always integrating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual here, we’re also always cultivating the personal, the interpersonal, and the trans, personal.

Elizabeth DiAlto  19:39

So back to self respect. As we learn to respect ourselves more within we learn what is worthy of our respect, externally. We get to refine around what we actually respect and what we fear, because there’s a big difference there. And you’ll hear this debated or discussed sometimes right Some people say I’d rather be feared or respected or I’d rather be respected or feared. Listen, respect is always going to be better than if you’re if you have any kind of liberatory mindset or consciousness, of course, you’re going to want to be respected, not feared. Because we don’t dominate people from respect that happens from fear. You know, domination doesn’t need respect to function. It needs fear. And listen, fear can disguise itself as respect. So let’s get into let me read you the description of The Erotic Priestess. And just like all the time, and I know you might be if you’re listening to this on the podcast, maybe you’re driving or something. You can’t close your eyes. But if you’re here with us live, take a breath, ground yourself, soften, be receptive, let yourself receive the description and see what about it stands out to you today, right? Because anytime you return to the description, to read it or listen to it, it’ll hit on something different. Or it’ll hit on something that has struck you before, but likely, in a different way, with a different little bit of flavor or nuance on it. And it might illuminate something, it hadn’t illuminate it before. So The Erotic Priestess reminds us that the sacred body is our connection to life itself. She is the loving gaze inward, the seer of love in all things, the overflowing cup to drink from when you need to come home to yourself and tend to your deepest needs. And body man is her healing medicine connecting you directly to your soul through practice and devotion. She cannot be gaslit or manipulated and is unwilling to be subservient. She is the gateway for integrating spirituality, sensuality and sexuality and the holiest of ways, so that you may experience the joy, pleasure and fulfillment of your whole existence. And I want to pause on that, comment that line for a moment. Because if you’re a person listening to this, and you’re asexual, your sexuality is still included in that right your expression, your experience of having a relationship to sex, that involves not having it or not particularly being interested it is your sexuality, right. And that is just as honorable as any other sexual expression. So just want to emphasize that because I think a lot of things often just dismiss or don’t acknowledge that. There’s plenty of people out there who that’s their experience as well. And that doesn’t mean that like you’re missing a piece in The Erotic Priestess. It absolutely doesn’t, it just means your experience of that piece is gonna be different from other people. And we love that here. Because it’s about the wild woman, not the complicit woman not though, who cares what all culture and society and everyone else is doing woman. Coming back to the description here perfect. Next sentence, a woman unto herself. She is the embodiment of self love, guiding you to fortify your healing progress and expansion through the lens of reverence, respect and divine union with the great beloved, she is love personified, helping you to dissolve shame, guilt, and any old ways of self sacrifice, or abandonment. Ah, here’s what I want to spend. The part that I really want to emphasize today is she’s the gateway for integrating spirituality, sensuality and sexuality in the holiest of ways, so that you may experience the joy, pleasure and fulfillment of your whole existence.

Elizabeth DiAlto  23:48

This is ultimately what all of these archetypes any archetype work, by the way, not just wild woman related wild soul archetypes, any archetypes, is really about coming into wholeness, because it’s about working with and acknowledging all these parts that you have that make up the whole. And specifically in our world with the sub archetypes of the Wild Woman, The Wild saw archetypes we are really interested in integrating, embodying, embracing, making room for the archetypes that are less socially acceptable, specially when it comes to expressions of womanhood, or femininity. And there’s a reason I’ll get to this in the podcast as well. Why you’re more likely to hear me talking about womanhood than femininity, because there’s just so many different ways to do womanhood. And many of us are so under exposed to this variety of expressions, because so many women are cultured and conditioned to perform womanhood In the ways they think, are acceptable. And for some people, there’s some really major consequences for not doing so, for all kinds of reasons I’m not going to get into today. So the wholeness piece, I mean, even living, you hear the word wholeness, I wonder how that lands in your body. And let me put this marker on it. I mean, like real deal wholeness, that feel safe, that satisfying, that’s possible for you to feel like you could actually be your whole self, that every single party was welcome. You’re not rejecting or abandoning yourself? No one else is rejecting or abandoning you, for a specific part of yourself? What does it actually feel like in your body? What do you feel?

Elizabeth DiAlto  25:41

And where do you feel it? Anyone listening on the podcast, I really invite you to take that contemplation, which is really also an embodiment practice, right? It’s scanning to see where does my wholeness sits? Where what is, is there a central focal point in my body that it emanates out from? Is it spread out? Like, what? Where does that expression? Where does that embodiment live? Where perhaps does the fear or the rejection of it live? Just because when you connect with sensations, sensations are the first step in a lot of ways to mapping and finding deeper understanding of things, deeper expression, deeper knowing, for helping you to approach things. Let me read you. It’s just a page just, well, a page and a half. I love this essay so much. I’m like don’t read the whole thing, Elizabeth. It could be it could be the whole sermon. And it’s not even that long. It’s less than 10 pages, but madmen only be eight. Okay, this is from Audre Lorde, by the way, not me. There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself. Every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed, that can provide energy for change. For women. This has meant a suppression of the erotic as a considered source of power and information within our lives. We’ve been taught to suspect this resource, vilify, vilified, abused and devalued within Western society. On the one hand, the superficially erotic has been encouraged as a sign of female inferiority. On the other hand, women have been made to suffer and feel both contemptible and suspect by virtue of its existence. It’s a short step from there to the false belief that only by the suppression of the erotic within our lives and consciousness, can women be truly strong, but that strength is illusory, for its fashion within the context of male models of power. As women, we’ve come to distrust that power, which arises from our deepest and non rational knowledge. We’ve been warned against it all our lives by the male world, which values the depth of feeling enough to keep women around in order to exercise it in the service of men, but which fears the same depth too much to examine the possibilities of it within themselves. So women are maintained at a distance slash inferior position to be psychically milked. Much the same way ants maintain colonies of aphids to provide a life giving substance for the Masters. But the erotic offers a well of replenishing and provocative force to the woman who does not fear its revelation, nor succumb to the belief that sensation is enough. The erotic has often been mis named by men and used against women, and has been made into the confused the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticize sensation. For this reason, we have often turned away from the exploration and consideration of the erotic as a source of power and information, confusing it with its opposite to pornographic. But pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic, for it represents the suppression of true feeling. Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling. The erotica is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire for having experienced the fullness of this depth of feeling and recognizing its power. In honor and self respect. We can require no less of ourselves. I also just want to skip to one other little part where she says the very word erotic comes from the Greek word eros, the personification of love in all its aspects, born of chaos and personifying creative power and harmony. When I speak of the erotic then I speak of it as an assertion of the lifeforce of women of that creative energy empowered The knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our loving our work, our lives. Ah, I love that so much.

Elizabeth DiAlto  30:14

For those of you who have ever taken any my embodiment one on one workshops, or read the Embodiment Bible that I wrote, wrote that years ago, and we need to update it, but I distinguish between the difference between sensations, emotions, and feeling states. And one of the reasons is because sensation is just information, right? Feelings, states are things like, I feel energized, I feel vibrant, I feel alive, I feel tired, I feel sad. And these things can overlap, right? Because feeling states might have sensations associated with them. And then of course, emotions are anything. If you’ve been around in this community for any period of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard me reference the feelings wheel. There’s really only like, six core feelings, emotions, really, because the word feelings and emotions gets mashed up together. But there’s really only six core emotions. And then every other emotion that you might describe, comes off of is categorized under those core six. And so I love The Erotic Priestess, because The Erotic Priestess says, Bring all of you be all of you. experience all of you feel everything. And especially for those of you that are like deep feelers, or empaths, or highly sensitive people, however it isn’t, you describe yourself when you feel so much that it can be overwhelming, that perhaps you’ve trained yourself or adapted by disassociating. So you’re not feeling so much more, maybe you need some work on your energetic boundaries. The erotic Priestess is like that strength that comes in and says you could do this. And this is also not just you could do this. But this is worth doing. Because everything you feel and sense and experience in your body. There’s wisdom to it, but sacred, there’s something beautiful there. And of course, you know, sometimes you just need some energetic boundaries. So what we’re feeling and sensing and experience is mostly ours, and not necessarily a soup of all the things we pick up from the world around us are from other people.

Elizabeth DiAlto  32:26

With that, let us pray. Let us go to The Erotic Priestess prayer. Holy Mother, father, God, divine creators of all there is whose essence is within us and in all things. Use me move me and make me a channel for your multifaceted love and grace. Please remind me when I forget that all of me is welcome worthy and valuable in my own life. Every part, everything I’ve ever been ashamed of felt guilty about, tried to hide or even feared. It’s literally all lovable, and needs to be integrated into my being. Give me the strength and the courage to do that work, to enjoy myself in my life as I do, to engage with even the tiniest, sensual pleasures every day, as a portal to the divine. So I can stay remembering that I am in this world but not of it. Even in trying times. May I build and grow more reverence for my body, myself, the world and life itself with each passing day, in the name of all that is holy and beautiful, a man. All right, everyone, I hope you enjoyed all of that juicy amazingness about the pleasure of self respects. Just a couple of things for you to know that are coming up in the School of sacred embodiment. The wild womanhood course is now available, you can check that out by going to untamed forward slash womanhood. And that’s the course where we explore all six of the wild soul archetypes, which you’ve been listening to in these last six podcast episodes, contextualize around other things. But in the course we go into video lessons, we connect each archetype with the chakra in the body. There are wild soul movement practices, there are healing meditations that are playlists. There are journaling prompts, to really help you connect with us and integrate these archetypal energies into your life which is pretty, pretty fun. That’s one of the things I love about work with the archetypes. Unlike a lot of you know, healing and liberation work, which can be really intense. I’m not saying the archetypes are never intense, but they’re also lend themselves to a bit more fun than some other things. Check that out. And next week, I will be back with a personal story and an action that I’m taking around self respect. We are in the self respect season, the sovereign Queen eras, all these different energies weaving together. So that’s it for today. Thank you so much for listening. They will see you later