Dr. Jalaja Bonheim and photographer Helena Cooper have just released Aphrodite’s Daily Nectar eCourse through Mystery School of the Goddess and we are sharing one of the prompts from the course! Aphrodite’s Daily Nectar will connect you to your own light and beauty and to the sacredness of the world. With teachings, inspiring quotes and jaw-droppingly gorgeous images, it will support you in staying aligned and attuned throughout your day. You receive one prompt each day for 30 days. Sink into the Sacred!
I was passionate,
filled with longing,
far and wide.
But the day
that the Truthful One
I was at home.
Lal Ded (Kashmir, 14th c.)
Traditionally, the word priestess referred to a religious functionary. Yet today, many women who identify as priestesses have no religious credentials.
Who are they? I would describe a priestess as a woman who lives in two worlds. Fully engaged in life, she is equally at home in a vast, timeless dimension. Having offered herself, body and soul, in service of love, she brings spiritual light into manifest form.
Today’s priestesses carry no outer marks of spiritual authority; nobody has ordained them or given them an official stamp of approval. This, I believe, is as it should be. Spiritual authority is not something another can bestow on us. It comes from within, from having walked our path, explored our truth, made our mistakes, and learned our lessons.
Many women remember having been natural priestesses as children. Their senses were alert, their small bodies bursting with vitality and joy and wordless knowing. They describe spontaneous acts of worship and celebration—moments of passionate communion with a tree, naked dances in the rain, whispered conversations with angels, secret acts of magic, innocent songs of praise, and heartfelt prayers. Later, they realize that what they left behind were not merely childish ways, but natural forms of spiritual communion.
Every woman has her own ways of accessing her inner priestess. For one, the portal is sexuality. For another, it’s gardening or writing poetry. Take a moment to consider: What are the practices that you resonate with? How do you tune into your priestess self?
Whatever your tools might, be sure to make use of them! From society’s vantage point, they may look like a waste of time. Who cares whether you spend time dancing or walking through the woods? But make no mistake: If you neglect your priestess soul, you will suffer and slowly but surely, you will forget who you really are.