FemCentral’s very own massage therapist, Fred Krazeise, graciously offered to donate a free distance Reiki session as part of FemCentral’s birthday celebration! And, if the person is “local” to him, he is willing to donate a free massage session!
How does one become eligible to win this great prize? Simply respond to this post with feedback, comments and suggestions about FemCentral. For those who may have read this material before, please note that I’m making some changes to the site that I am announcing for the first time, today. You’ll find the new information in italics (mostly) below. On Saturday, I’ll put all the names of all the responders in a bowl, and draw the winner at random. Fun!
For those who don’t realize the circumstances under which I started FemCentral, in 2009 I was laid off from my job as the Manager of Education and Outreach for a research institute at UNC Chapel Hill. I was fortunate enough to get a three month notice about the lay-off, and applied for every job I could find. But, the economy was pretty bad at the time, and I found myself on unemployment, with no full time job in sight.
On August 23, 2009, I saw the cover of the New York Times Magazine – Why Women’s Rights are the Issue of Our Time. I have a long time interest in human rights and decided this lay-off was the perfect opportunity to match my professional skills with my passion. I launched FemCentral in January 2010.
FemCentral is a website dedicated to bringing back the natural balance between the feminine and the masculine, the Yin and the Yang. It has evolved from being mostly a resource site to a place where women (and men) gather to explore and change our collective consciousness about the Feminine.
Our personal thoughts create our personal reality, and the thoughts of the collective create our society’s reality. We can’t change society, the way we treat other human beings, without changing our thoughts.
We can certainly enact laws to protect the weak and disenfranchised, to keep them from being abused. We’ve largely done this in the West. It’s the reason I’m frequently told that the “women’s issue” is solved, or that “race” is no longer a problem. But, these laws affect behavior only inasmuch as people are afraid of being punished. You know many people who are still sexist, yes? If we are going to change the way people behave towards each other, we must pull out our own beliefs, examine them, and start consciously creating our own world. Then, we encourage others to do the same.
Thanks to those who’ve fought before us, we now have the luxury of spending the time necessary to examine and change our beliefs. Many in the world still do not have this luxury. And, I encourage all of us to do what we can to alleviate their pain (Kiva.org and Care.org are two of my favorite charities). But, to create real and lasting change, we must be prepared to go deep inside ourselves.
Thus, my unique perspective, with FemCentral, is to delve deep into the assumptions of society and of our own automated lives. I do this not to disagree (although, I will do that, too, at times) but to make us more aware. I will do my best to help both you, and myself, to “lay bare the contradictions and evasions and self-deceptions that pass for empowerment.” To bring the feminine back in balance with the masculine, we must discuss and uncover and expose the beliefs that have kept Her silent. This goes for men as well as women.
How does FemCentral do this?
- I focus on a theme or topic per week, going deep on a topic, exploring it from many angles and providing suggestions and guidance for exploring it in your personal life. I feature excerpts from books, meditations, personal experiences, guest experts, and writing exercises. We engage in discussions both in the comment fields of the posts and on the FemCentral facebook page.
I always welcome topic suggestions! Also, if you have comments about the way this has been structured in the past, or suggestions for making it more educational, feel free to share below.
- There are several content experts who write columns for FemCentral, and their posts appear on Sundays: http://jenniferlshelton.com/tag/sunday-column/ These columnists are there to answer YOUR QUESTIONS, so feel free to ask by either leaving a comment to their posts or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there topics for which you’d like to see a regular content expert? If there is an expert you’d like to recommend, please send me an email at email@example.com
- Writing prompts give the FemCentral community the opportunity to use the powerful tool of “free writing” to explore, and expose, personal beliefs and share them collectively. I post all the responses as submitted to me. (And am happy to post the responses anonymously.)
I will be posting the next prompt on Thursday, January 17, and everyone who participates will be eligible to win a free BIRTHDAY READING from me (the winner will be chosen at random). For the first time ever, the prompt will include a visual option. If you have suggestions for future prompts, feel free to share.
- I also welcome, and frequently feature, content experts who wish to guest blog on a topic or theme (one post or a full week). If interested, please contact me at Jennifer@jenniferlshelton.com
- To highlight female role models, every Thursday has been Woman of the Week, where I feature an “undeservedly obscure” contemporary or historic female.
As of this week, I will be moving this feature to FRIDAYS, mostly to accommodate my new schedule as a part-time middle/high school teacher. But, Friday is even more appropriate than Thursday because Friday is the only day of the week named after a goddess!
The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the “day of Frigg”, a result of an old convention associating the Old English goddess Frige with the Roman goddess Venus, with whom the day is associated in many different cultures. The same holds for Frīatag in Old High German, Freitag in Modern German and Vrijdag in Dutch. The word for Friday in most Romance languages is derived from Latin dies Veneris or “day of Venus” (a translation of Greek Aphrodites hemera) such as vendredi in French, venerdì in Italian, viernes in Spanish, divendres in Catalan, vennari in Corsican, and vineri in Romanian. This is also reflected in the p-Celtic Welsh language as dydd Gwener. In most of the Indian languages, Friday is Shukravar (or a derived variation of Sukravar), named for Shukra, the Sanskrit name of the planet Venus. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday)
Yes, Fridays have been reserved for astrology posts in the past. I’ve even been calling Fridays, “AstroFriday.” But, due to the aforementioned teaching schedule, it is very difficult for me to write original astrology posts for Friday. Read on…
- A few years ago, I unexpectedly discovered a gift for astrology. Highly skeptical at first, I have come to embrace the perspective the Zodiac provides. In fact, my views of astrology, and specifically, the Moon, are helping me to better understand, and teach, the Divine Feminine. I will write more about this tomorrow (Wednesday).
I introduced regular astrology posts in August of 2010, and have been featuring them every Friday (AstroFriday). Due to my teaching schedule, I will now be featuring these posts on MONDAY. After all, Monday is named after the MOON! Of course, all the days of the week are named after planetary bodies but since my focus is on the Moon, this seemed appropriate (and gives me an entire weekend to work on my posts).
Are there topics you’d like for me to cover in my astrology posts? Do you like any particular kinds of posts better than others? Suggestions to make this feature more useful?
Twice a year, I offer a three-month class that combines mindfulness with astrology: Dancing with Diana: Synching Your Life with the Moon. The next class will begin with the Aries New Moon on April 10.
Starting with the Vernal Equinox, and on the first day of each astrological month (when the Sun moves into a new sign), I am going to be providing a live audio, with the option to call in and ask questions, about the upcoming month. I am still working out the details of this, and will provide more information tomorrow (Wednesday). Please let me know if you have ideas or thoughts about this upcoming new service.
Are there other astrological services or classes that you’d like for me to offer?
Are there other classes, that may not be related to astrology, that you’d like for FemCentral to offer?
This Institute is for you, and it is constantly evolving. Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions, recommendations and requests.
If you would like to enter to win the free prize from Fred, please respond to this post with comments and/or suggestions. Thank you for your time and for helping FemCentral to grow even stronger during her upcoming third year!