The power to manifest positive energy lies within you.
Reading too much philosophy has its downsides. It teaches you how to die, for one. It also makes you question daily, “Is this as good as it gets?”
I hit this phase in my early thirties. Things felt jaded, like there was no point to anything.
I’d done everything the world says a woman must do. I had a fancy master’s degree, a job that let me follow my passion, lived by myself, had a healthy relationship, and owned a lovely pet.
Yet, I felt restless all the time.
It was only after I read Untamed by Glennon Doyle that I realized I was disconnected from the divine feminine.
This might sound like mumbo jumbo to you, especially if you’re not familiar with spirituality, but hear me out. That one book sent me on a quest to reconnect with the divine feminine and welcome back healthy inspiration into my life.
If you feel disconnected from yourself, short-tempered all the time, and think the best part of your life is over, maybe your feminine energy is blocked.
Both men and women need to embrace the divine feminine to create and manifest positive energy in life.
Here are my five favorite books on awakening your divine feminine energy and prospering in all aspects of your life. Take time to read them and implement the transformative lessons in your life.
1. Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Éstes
The domestication of women starts from early childhood when they’re asked to behave in a certain way.
As the girl child grows up, she has already ingrained the world’s rules. In the quest for pleasing society and fitting in, most women end up losing themselves. They never harness their true potential and the power that the divine feminine inside them holds.
Women Who Run With the Wolves is a beautiful book that will take you out of the invisible cage you’re in and let you embrace your wildness. It encourages every woman to challenge the typical idea of womanhood taught for centuries. With the help of psychology and mythology, this book teaches perfectly how to embody your true femininity and be fearless.
Within every woman is a sea of creativity, passion, knowledge, and wisdom they can’t even imagine. The first step is to connect with the divine feminine inside you to harness the instinctual nature of a woman.
The book has discussed fairy tales, rich intercultural myths, and real stories of the author’s family to understand what being a wild woman means. Women Who Run With the Wolves describes the archetypal nature of the female psyche and is absolutely worth reading.
My favorite quotes from Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Éstes
“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”
“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.”
2. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Trauma leaves painful effects on your mind, body, and brain. If left unhealed, trauma can be passed on to your children or partners.
The Body Keeps the Score is an eye-opening book that reveals how traumatic stress can change brain wiring and how it affects your ability to trust, experience pleasure, and engage with others.
This book can help you in your healing journey. It shows the way to rewire your brain using
- neurofeedback techniques,
- practicing gratitude,
- doing yoga, and other therapies.
As a response to trauma, we embrace certain behaviors that negatively impact our body and soul. Unless you let go of those behaviors, you won’t be able to embrace the feminine side of you which is peaceful, magical, and creative.
This book deserves to be on the list of transformative books for women. After reading this, I learned that if your body reacts to certain situations, you need to pay attention to them. Your mental state also determines the biology of your body. Take your time and read this book slowly, as you might get triggered by some parts.
My favorite quotes from The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself…The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.”
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
3. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
It’s sad how women are programmed to sacrifice their own needs and never put themselves first. Even if they prioritize themselves, either they’re regarded as selfish or feel guilty about doing so.
Untamed is a memoir that will teach you how to be yourself unapologetically. Through the story of a woman who smashed patriarchy, you’ll learn how to trust yourself and take control of your life.
The book shows that a responsible mother is not the one who kills her dreams for her children but the one who lives her dreams and sets an example for them.
The book will tell you how women are gifted with the power of intuition. It’s an inspiring read that can help you discover your inner strength and build a new life.
Untamed is a book that I’d want every woman to read at least once. It is not surprising how I could relate to the inner struggles and challenges of the protagonist. The biggest lesson I learned from this book is don’t repress your true self to fit in. It might make others happy, but repressing yourself and your desires can eat you up from the inside.
My favorite quotes from Untamed by Glennon Doyle
“When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself.”
“This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.”
“I will not stay, not ever again — in a room or conversation or relationship or institution that requires me to abandon myself.”
4. Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
Every woman has a divine feminine or ‘Shakti’ inside her. Once you know how to awaken the ‘Shakti’ inside you, you become untamed, fearless, and spiritually empowered.
Awakening Shakti is a wonderful book that guides us on how to utilize that divine power inside by practicing meditation, yoga, visualization, mantras, and stories.
Neither men nor women know how to experience feminine energies to the fullest. This book is a guide to awakening different forms of Shakti like
- Kali, who brings strength and freedom;
- Lakshmi, who brings prosperity;
- Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and intuition;
- Parvati, to love fearless and be creative; and
- Bhubneshwari, a goddess of the mystical realm.
Awakening Shakti is a powerful guide to spirituality. You’ll feel that divine feminine and see your manifestations coming true when you start practicing the exercises mentioned here. If your feminine energy is blocked, these practices will help you awaken it.
My favorite quotes from Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
“The Tantric sages tell us that our in-breath and out-breath actually mirror the divine creative gesture. With the inhalation, we draw into our own center, our own being. With the exhalation, we expand outward into the world.”
“The divine feminine knows that a birth sometimes demands a death and that the personal self sometimes has to die if the world is to be made sacred.”
5. In the Flo by Alisa Vitti
To get in touch with your divine femininity, women need to understand their intuitive 4-week cycle and how their body functions. Unlike men who have a 24-hour cycle, women have a 28-day cycle divided into 4 stages. It’s important to understand this bodily rhythm, otherwise you might end up pushing yourself unnecessarily, or get irritated.
The book, In The Flo, wonderfully explains how this biological clock of women affects their
- energy, and
- sex drive.
Women and their biological cycle have been ignored by the medical community, nutrition, and fitness researchers for years. As women, we should try to understand how our system works instead of depriving ourselves of rest and trying to accomplish everything.
In the Flo is a revolutionary book that completely changed my way of handling work and life. Understanding my monthly cycle and four hormonal cycles of female biochemistry helped me boost my productivity and decrease the chances of burnout.
This book has a complete guide about meal plans for each phase, and charts for specific exercises, work, and relationship activities. I’d recommend this book for a healthy lifestyle and growth in all aspects.
My favorite quotes from In the Flo by Alisa Vitti
“Women have a second biological clock, and it is equally as valuable as the 24-hour clock. The 28-day clock can be measured; it is predictable; and it demands the same respect, attention, and priority as the 24-hour clock.”
“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.”
“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.”
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