Deepak Chopra says that one of the symptoms of enlightenment is that “you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.”

I have a small miracle to share with you but first some backstory.

I’ve been shifting through this 20+ year career of mine coaching high-achieving women on living as a goddess and awakening their Shakti. I intented to emerge after two years of pandemic hibernation with something dazzling for you. A crystallization of this work, a streamlined model for reliably accessing your own authentic feminine power. An antidote to the overwhelm of this crazy world. Ways to stay connected to your pleasure and less susceptible to the pressure.

It’s a brilliant vision, don’t you think?

It certainly turns me on and I am making progress. Slow progress. That new year moment came and went. “No problem,” I thought. “It’ll be ready for Spring, we’ll call it Emerging.” Now I’m wondering, maybe summer Solstice?

It’s a thing, being your own boss. There are different rules when you’re a Creative Type. Muses need courtship and foreplay…fussy bitches. I’m also a Projector in Human Design, which means my strategy is to “wait for invitations,” markedly different from the 70% of the population who are the “buckle down and get ‘er done” Generator types.

I’m also a Post-Menopausal Recovering Over-Achiever and learning how to use alignment rather than adrenaline to get the job done. I’m committed to practicing what I preach. That means the following are non-negotiable in my work life: co-creating with pleasure, surrendering to spirit, trusting right timing, honoring natural cycles, being both gentle and accountable with myself, working with my coach, and leaning in to the blank page even when inspiration is elusive.

Here’s the real life example and where the miracle comes in.

It’s time for work. So naturally I’m busy washing the dishes, tending the house plants, and organizing the spice drawer so all the labels face up. Like a dog that goes around and around in circles before lying down, I finally get my ass in the seat and bring attention to my agitated mind.

I follow my breath. Listen. Feel my feelings. Connect to my body, yoni, root. Say a prayer for the creativity to flow and be dedicated to the highest good. I ask for illumination on whatever is impeding my process.

To my surprise, I very clearly hear/receive this: “Rectification before progress.”

Hmmmm. What a curious phrase. And strangely familiar. Where have I heard this before?

It takes me a minute and then I remember. It’s from “The Book of Runes.”

When I was a teen, my new age therapist mom introduced me to these ancient oracle stones based on Viking glyphs. I hadn’t used them in years. But clearly, This Was A Sign. So I found my runes on the back of a dusty bookshelf. I put my hand in the bag with the stones and let it rest in my lap as I meditated again on my intention.

Eventually, one of the stones “lit” up, called to me, so I chose it as the first in the reading, representing “the situation as it currently is.” The rune I pulled was “Nauthiz,” and it represents “constraint.” How appropriate, I thought.

And so I’m reading the description for that rune in the small, faded blue guide book. When I get to the last paragraph, there’s the line: “Be mindful that rectification comes before progress.”

I literally dropped the book, gobsmacked (as my Aussie husband would say).


Sometimes Goddess just whacks you on the head and laughs out loud.

The whole experience was enormously validating. Indeed, I realized that this rectification process has been underway for several months now. The rune also says, “When fishermen cannot go to sea, they repair nets.”

I’ve been cleaning closets and organizing papers. Dramatically reducing my consumption of carbs and alcohol. Moving my body 5+ days a week with yoga, hiking and dance. Slowly (excruciatingly slowly) shedding 15 pounds of pandemic comfort food consumption (damn sour dough bread). Reinvigorating my spiritual practices. Silencing the voice of my inner critic and amplifying the voice of my sage self. I’m spending hours on the land, with my hands in the earth, weeding, growing flowers and vegetables.

Rectification also looks like working with my coach. Because this I know for sure: I thrive in partnership and flounder in isolation. Like a midwife, my dharma coach tells me to breathe, reminds me how brilliant I am, totally believes in my work, helps me stay focused on what is being born, trusts my timing, and lends me her faith when I lose my own.

So what about you, Beloved?

~Did you have big visions of what was going to burst forth from you this year?

~Now that we’re almost half way through it, have things worked out differently than you planned? In what way?

~What have been the gifts in what you may perceive as a delay?

~What disappointments need acknowledging? Wins to celebrate?

~What in your life may need rectification before you can progress?

You can contemplate these inquiries or use them as journal prompts. Better yet, hit reply and share your thoughts with me 🙂

The exciting new Awakening Shakti offerings I’m working on continue to move on their own evolutionary trajectory. I’ll keep you posted.

What’s remains extremely solid and available right now is my full presence with those who enter into 1:1 mentorship with me. I have a couple of openings for new clients.

What could be possible for you with a wise woman Shakti coach asking you breakthrough questions that tap you directly into your own deep knowing? Is it time to stop isolating and trying to figure it out on your own? What if you could be in co-creative partnership and your progress could be gloriously pleasure-filled?

Here’s where you can learn about, and dream into, what it would be like for us to work together. Then schedule an exploratory session with me and let’s talk.

We are living through intense and heart-breaking times. We may know that rectification comes before progress, but that doesn’t mean that experiencing the collapse is easy.

I pray that you have ways to stay resourced as a woman, grounded, healthy and turned-on in your body. That you can turn to intimacy with your own soul’s wisdom when you need guidance.

That you’re being gentle with yourself and choosing love, over and over again. That synchronicities are showing up like sparkly breadcrumbs to reassure you that you’re on the right path.

We are women of Shakti. We are anchoring, in our perfectly imperfect way, the frequency of sacred feminine embodiment so urgently needed in this world. I witness you. I appreciate you. I bow.

And I am here, ready and excited to support you.

With blessings in abundance and so much love,

Lisa Schrader


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