As my new book arrived hot off the press, and our brigade of employees and volunteers hoisted cartons from the freight truck and up the stairs of The Goddess Network offices, my throat tightened. Watching the cartons pile to the ceiling, I realized when we get ready to speak our truth, whether its politics or passing wisdom on to our children, often our first response is to hold back. After all, words are powerful. Once you've released that energy to the greater community there's no turning back.

If your cause is primarily about love, then you have become a channel for Spirit and are engaged in the process of demonstrating your own evolution… in front of the world. Your voice becomes your mirror. And suddenly, through the act of working, your growth commences. The student becomes the teacher, which is you. And there’s no hiding.

Be Confident! Your Voice is Needed in the World

When you believe it’s time to share the wisdom of your own life experience, shed hesitation, then open your mind and heart to release the truth that is within. Let the nervous butterflies fly free into the wind. It's time to share what you've learned!

Many women tell me that by the time they are 40, they are busting out of their skins. They want to quit their jobs and start something new. They've outgrown old roles and past expectations and search for work that resonates more with who they are. They are ready to explore life from a fresh perspective. Isn't that often when we get a calling to higher ground?

Just like the women who write to me, I’ve experienced this urge. Five years ago I was sitting in my parked car, and realized I was consulting on projects and writing material that did not allow me to deeply express my soul. The university environment, and my current corporate industry, was still very male-dominated. I could not find and develop my voice. I decided I had enough of that, having grown up in a strict, patriarchal family environment. I needed to be heard, feel my female roots. I was finished with feeling lost.

We All Have a Calling

I recalled all the books I read over the years on the Goddess and thought about why I felt empowered and positive whenever I communed with Her. She was the balance I needed. At that moment, I also realized the need to integrate a fully spiritual perspective in my work. Not just good values and behaviors, and all the other elements that make an organization click, but the very essence of the Divine Mother. To allow the Goddess to come through me to help other women feel powerful and good and to know they can create anything they want in life. To understand the feminine principle as part of a collective image of creation.

Just then, I knew I could live a life with purpose when I identified with both a Mother and Father God, not just follow the rules culture, language, and religions based upon "He." When we balance these two concepts, we are fully recognizing God within ourselves in the form of our intellect and emotion. We can then move forward into a new sense of appreciation of female, and the part of ourselves that is the spark of the Divine. After all, if we are a part of the Divine, and made in the image of our creators, then why can’t we include feminine images of God?

You are Your God-Self

The day I unpacked my newly published books, I took a deep breath and thought, “Who am I?” I AM my own wonderful person, embracing the Divine Feminine wholeheartedly with self-love, in my own unique way. I’m a worthy woman and an ambassador for Mother God. I gave birth to The Goddess Network these past several years, had some wonderful ideas, raised two great kids, and engaged in a host of other creative projects. Life is good. I’m over 40 and enjoy, at last, speaking my mind. I AM a wondrous aspect of creation and an individual spark of Divine power. And that feels good!

No matter what truth you speak, as long as it comes from the heart, it is valuable in our collective consciousness and communities. Get out there, be courageous, and bring the world your theories, stories, what you believe, and what you know for sure. I'll be doing the same in all the books I write. I think we will both find that our passion is what puts the fuel under our seats, bringing us a sense of completion as well as opportunities for new beginnings!

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Charlene M. Proctor is the founder of The Goddess Network, Inc. an on-line educational resource for topics on spirituality, relationships, and women's studies. Author of Let Your Goddess Grow! she is a researcher and educator in the field of women's empowerment and develops self-empowerment strategies for women in all walks of life. She is a subject matter expert for, the world's largest self-help and personal growth website. Her affirmations from The Women's Book of Empowerment reach 2.7 million web visitors daily. She currently facilitates the PATH to Empowerment program for Lighthouse Path in Michigan, a residential women's shelter for homeless mothers, teaching them how to cope with life and increase self-esteem and confidence. To learn more, visit

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