The Goddess Path   Issue #044

Behold Beauty

June, 2006

This Issue: Table of Contents

1. Beauty of a Woman
2. Facts on Figures
3. Goddesses with Beauty Issues
4. Get Over It!
 


~Beauty of a Woman~

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,

The figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes,

Because that is the doorway to her heart, The place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,

But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,

The passion that she shows.

The beauty of a woman

With passing years – she only grows.

~ anonymous author


Facts on Figures

There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do.

A recent study revealed that three minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70% of the female subjects to feel depressed, guilty, or shameful.

The models in the magazines are airbrushed and computer enhanced -- not perfect!

Models twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today they weigh 23% less.

Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14, not the coveted "10". (In US sizing)

If Barbie were a real woman, she'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.

One out of every four college aged women has an eating disorder.

An urban myth perhaps, but I heard a story about Roseanne Barr speaking at a luncheon for the up-an-coming young businesswomen of Los Angeles a few years ago. Someone asked her about diets. . . big mistake!

Roseanne responded, “Listen, girls . . . you and I eat the same. The difference is that I don’t throw up!” In all seriousness, our obsession with “thin” has led to an epidemic of bulimia. 


Lessons About Beauty from the Goddesses

Talk about supermodels! 'Tis a rare thing indeed to see a goddess being described as being anything less than a raving beauty. Why is that?

It's easy to jump to the conclusion that to be a goddess you have to be stunning, a model of physical perfection, that it's just part of the job description. And having a belief like that is just plain harmful to any mortal woman who is foolish enough to buy into that assumption.

Mythology tells us that it's what's in the heart that matters, that when a woman accepts her 'true self' and beholds the truth and beauty inside she becomes the irresistible woman that she was always meant to be.

Here are a few examples (just click on the links to read the story of the goddess if you want to know the whole story):

The goddess Parvati underwent a skin transplant, thinking that if she was light-skinned the god Shiva would fall in love with her. It didn't work, but her devotion, her sense of compassion for the unfortunate, and her willingness to learn and to develop her spiritual gifts certainly did bring her the love she sought.

In a culture where feminine beauty was defined by being feminine (whether it was dainty, posh, or just plain sexy), the muscle-bound Atalanta defied convention and went around in her sports togs, beating the men at their own games. Even though it was 'Off with their heads!' if they lost, the guys were willing to risk it because her self assurance was so exciting and attractive.

With her perfect hair and skin and body (not to mention sex appeal) Aphrodite might have been the kind of girl that filled the other goddesses with hate and envy. Instead her incredible friendliness and generosity made her everyone's best friend.

Even Psyche learned that although physical beauty can make it easier to get into a relationship, it's not enough to keep the home fires burning!

A single thread runs though all the goddess myths, the message that the path to happiness and the secret of inner beauty is to . . .



Accept and Love Yourself As You Are 

In your heart of hearts, do you truly believe that you deserve to be loved even when you aren't looking your best? What would happen if you decided to love and accept yourself as you are, even if you don't look anything like a supermodel?

Take an inventory of your thoughts and beliefs about your appearance and about loving and being loved. See if you can grow beyond any negative, self-limiting ones.

Do you believe that you are beauty-full?  Lovable? Or do you believe that you have to work hard and struggle to look good and be appreciated? Do you believe that you have to be 'perfect' to be worthy of love and admiration?

If you know deeply how gorgeous and loveable you are, even though you aren’t 'perfect', you will attract others to you and have the satisfaction of knowing that it is the 'real' you that they are responding to. No more struggling against society's standards because you are now above them, daring to be yourself and showing the world the unique goddess that you are.

What could be better than that?

   


Some of you lucky gals had the good fortune to attend the solo exhibit of Bernette Rudolph's wood sculptures in New York a few months ago. Now the rest of us can also enjoy her fabulous "World of Goddesses"!

Bernette has just released a beautiful catalog of the goddess series. Each dazzling sculpture is enriched with a vignette relating the mythology and meaning of the goddess. The artist advises that the catalogs are available for $12 (USD)...just contact her at info@BernetteRudolph.com


It's been a wild couple of months as we do all the last minute things in preparation for the birthing of our big baby...Goddess Gift (The Book).

I'll be back in touch with you later with all the exciting details!

Till then . . .

Remember that you are a goddess.

Every morning when you wake take time to look at your sleepy, bed-headed self in the mirror, pinch your cheek and give a big grin, then say,

"By goddess, Sharon, you ARE gorgeous!"

Use your own name, of course...though I must admit that I am warmed by the image of thousands of women around the world saying this just for me every morning :-)

Walk in beauty.

 
Sharon
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