Posts tagged Self-Expression
What Being A Mystic Means To Me

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always had this great sense that what we can see isn't all that there is.

And that beneath the hustle and bustle of this physical reality, lies an infinite world of mystery. 

As an adult, I've followed this thread of wanting to connect to that place of sacred mystery. Wanting to know who I really am, why I'm really here and how I can feel more connected with the Divine. 

To me, this is what being a mystic is all about.

It is being a seeker.

Wanting to express more and more of our souls. Wanting to heal the parts of us that block us from our wholeness. Wanting to not just understand God, but to feel connected to God.

And as feminine mystics, wanting to connect to our feminine souls and our feminine bodies. 

I've recently joined Mirabai Starr's 9-month advanced immersion course called The Way Of The Divine Feminine Mystic. In that program I'm learning that mystics came from different times, different religions and different cultures. 

Mystics are the non-conformists.

They are the ones who follow their own unpaved path.

They may, like me, come from traditional religions. But they are anything but traditional.

Or they may come from no religious background at all, but simply know that there is a Divine principle at work throughout the universe.

When I first received the call to create this website, I had a lot of internal resistance.

I worried that people would judge or criticise me because I am a practicing Muslim who is also an explorer of all types of spiritual practices.

I was scared that I would have to defend my beliefs around the divine feminine, or fit myself into one box (Do I believe in goddesses or don't I? Am I fully committed to my religion or aren't I?)

I was anxious about sharing my inner most thoughts and sacred practices when I'm not an "expert" in spirituality or the feminine mysteries.

But these thoughts were the exact thing that were keeping me from my own spiritual essence.

The idea that I needed approval, permission or validation from someone 'out there' were keeping me disconnected from my sovereignty, and from my power to claim my truth.

So this is what being a mystic really means to me.

It's trusting your own experiences. It's trusting your own inner voice. It's knowing that it is your right to walk your own unpaved spiritual path, and knowing that your relationship with the Divine is between you and the Divine.

It's not being afraid to look outside of what you know or have been taught. It's remembering that you were never created to fit into a box. 

Here's to the mystics.

May we always speak and live our truth. And in doing so, may we give others the space to do the same. 

Layla xo

Sacred Beginnings

First moments are sacred.

Our first sounds.

First smiles.

The first time we walk and talk. 

Our first periods.

First kisses.

The first time we read a book that opens our hearts and brings us to tears.

This moment we have together right now, this is our first moment.

Our first moment together in the Wild Mystic Woman Temple. 

One of the things that I always ask my mentoring clients when we begin working on any aspect of their business is: What is your intention? 

Knowing what our intentions are helps us to ensure that any action that we take is aligned. That it makes sense within what our broad purpose is and that it matches up with our values.

And it's important to be clear on your intentions, whether you're working on your business or whether you're coming together with others to share an experience, like we are doing here.

One of my personal intentions and core values is 'truth'.

You might call it transparency, honesty, integrity or the most popular word we often see... Authenticity. So before you dive into any of the blog posts or podcast episodes, I want to be very truthful about what kind of topics you will likely see in this space.

If any of these topics make you feel squirmy, uncomfortable, upset or make you want to roll your eyes, then this probably isn't the right space for you.

And if that's the case then I kindly invite you to turn around, put your shoes back on and leave this sacred space.

  • Spirituality (in all it's many different forms from different cultures, perspectives and manifestations, but especially feminine spirituality, exploration of goddess mythologies and archetypes, mysticism, the Divine and the Sacred Feminine)
  • Feminine Archetypes (The Divine Feminine, The Great Mother, Goddess Queen, Priestess, Healer, Wild Woman, Wise Woman, among others)
  • Conscious Feminine Leadership (how we can lead in our lives and our businesses from our feminine power, with our healthy masculine aspects and in ways that honours ourselves, others and the world)
  • The Heroine's Journey (our journey as women back home to ourselves)
  • The Spiritual-Entrepreneurial Journey (the journey of growing a sacred business as spiritual women)
  • Women's Cycles & Lunar Cycles  (also known as periods, menstrual cycles and moon cycles)
  • Womb Wisdom (wombs, yonis and accessing feminine power through our bodies)
  • Chakras & Energetic Systems
  • Creativity & Self-Expression
  • Sensuality
  • Self-Care and Self-Love
  • Healing Our Wounds
  • Courage, Vulnerability & Personal Power
  • Sisterhood

If these topics are some of your favourite things to talk about, then you and I are kindred spirits, sister, and I'm so grateful to have you here! 

Like you I am a seeker on my own path, and I explore these topics because of a deep desire to explore my truth and my power. 

I hope this space will help you explore yours.  

Layla xo