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Unveiling the Goddess Within ~ Kate’s Story, part 2

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Body Centered Awareness, Feminine Mysteries ~ Divine Sexuality, Women's Sacred Community | 0 comments

(This is Part 2 of 2, to read Part 1 of Kate’s journey, click here.)


“We have come to be danced, not the nice invisible, self-conscious shuffle,
but the matted hair flying, voodoo mama shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance,
the strip us from our casings, return our wings,
sharpen our claws, and tongues dance,
the shed dead cells, and slip into the luminous skin of love dance.”
~Jewel Mathieson


Kate’s next courageous awakening steps were dancing steps…

‘Dancing Women’ by Kate Bradley, inspired by her dance experience at the Soul Sister’s Gathering

In every soul sister’s gathering, women are invited into sacred dance, a free form of expression…
a dynamic meditation, choreographed by each woman’s own body, heart, soul, and spirit…
breath by breath, moment to moment…
supported by a diverse range of music, and tempo to facilitate our ever-changing dance of becoming.

The Dance of Bliss…

Kate shared that whenever she would dance alone, she always felt self conscious. However, through the experience of being a part of, and held in the soul sister’s sacred circle of unconditional love and acceptance, something magical happened that she had never experienced before…

Dancing really took away a lot of my self consciousness…. I had the opportunity to express myself in words… but it was really the dancing that took it away..(her self consciousness)

Nobody was judging anybody, and we were at all different levels of expressing ourselves with our body.

I was so closed off prior to that in expressing any kind of movement…and then being as large as I was…and then being accepted… Oh, nobody is criticizing me!

I would have to say it was my first experience to be abandoned…to know what that is…


I watched Kate pause, seemingly dipping back into the energy of when she completely surrendered to the dance, fully in the moment,  unfettered,  free and passionately alive in her body…  a timeless state of bliss that permeated every cell, and every aspect of her being…

O body swayed to music,
O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer
from the dance?
~Wm. Yeats


Radiant, Kate went on to say she had been particularly moved by Sarah,  one of the women in the circle, who she felt had a “gift” for dancing, and freely expressing herself.

In the witnessing of, and being in the stream of Sarah’s dancing energy, Kate felt ever more inspired, and inducted into the freedom of her own dance.

She described connecting to her body with deepening curiosity and wonder,  shifting more and more from self consciousness, to self embodied awareness…

“to take an arm…ah, it can move that way,
now the hip…didn’t use that part of my body before,
…looking forward to more of that expression…
kicks in another ear…experimentation leads to an understanding
…mechanical at first…then filters in, sifts down and goes inward
…my arm can twist that way.
What is there in the inside that can be twisted, or explored?
I don’t have to be locked into any one expression…
the dance loosened up my psyche.

Kate discovered  as she connected to each body part, it led her deeper into her dance, and into herSelf, and to the awakening revelation that she didn’t have to be ‘locked into any one expression’!

The dance ‘loosened’ up her psyche, a shake, rattle and roll, on every level of her being, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

She continued to say…

First, getting your teaching auditorially,
…then it filtered down, into all the inners…
then it worked it back up as Kundalini, (the divine feminine creative life force) completely organically.

This is the embodied awakening way,
shifting from only conceptual understanding to experiential wisdom,
a direct, in the body experience…
a living breathing process,
where true transformation, integration, and healing begins.


Kate’s inner transformation becomes the catalyst for outer transformation

Kate  expressed the Soul sister’s gathering was the catalyst for

“shedding the cocoon of weight, 130 pounds.”

“Unveiling the Goddess Within”

Being fully supported in a women’s sacred community makes possible what we cannot do alone.

Unveiled to see herself,
and to be seen,
with unconditional love
and acceptance as she was,
and in her essence…
a natural metamorphosis occurred from deep within,
Kate’s protective cocoon of weight began to shed,
…She was ready to spread her wings!
“Spontaneous resources and unexpected ways of wisdom are always available when women gather heart to heart, soul to soul, in the spirit of of love and mutual empowerment.”
~janis deluca awakenings

Discovering the joy of feeling alive in her body, and the power of community, Kate eventually joined weight watchers, and developed a daily exercise practice. 

She began with walking until she found, much to her surprise, she preferred running.   To date she has shed 130 pounds and is training to run her second half-marathon!

Now this is one inspiring “gutsy” Goddess!

There are countless ways in which Kate’s life has transformed, deepened and expanded…and continues to, in her dance of ceaseless becoming.

The beautiful threads of her story so richly contribute to the universal tapestry of sisterhood that connects us all.

Kate Bradley

One thing I know for sure is that the Divine Feminine Creative Energy within Kate can easily be seen and felt as it flows onto the canvas, and into her amazing stone carvings.

Be sure to visit her website and let her know you stopped by!

My Dear Soul Sister Kate, it’s been a privilege to be a part of your journey, and to listen to the power and beauty of your story, and to share it with our awakenings readers.
Bowing low, with deep gratitude and love,
janis deluca, “Whole Woman Self” mentor & guide, passionately inspires & facilitates the women’s journey to wholeness through seminars, retreats, individual sessions and sacred travel.
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