Shameless Feminine Speaks

Rebecca Haywood

Bio: 

At the age of twenty, Rebecca received an undeniable calling to step away from her psychology degree and find a spiritual teacher. This led to a ten-year apprenticeship with a family of Toltec shamans and a profound awakening. Living and working with Madre Sarita and her son, best-selling author don Miguel Ruiz, Rebecca was named as Sarita’s spiritual granddaughter and the one to carry on her lineage.  She mastered the ancient healing traditions along with don Miguel’s esoteric teachings, garnering intimate insight into the mind-body-spirit connection. Certified as an herbalist, a massage therapist, and a holistic health practitioner, she opened her private practice in 2001 and has been working as a healer and spiritual mentor ever since. She facilitates retreats and workshops worldwide and recently contributed to the best-selling books, Dancing in the Unknown and Shamanism in the New Millennium. With her blend of ancient and modern wisdom and her loving, down-to-earth candor, Rebecca embodies the essence of ‘Shaman Sister’— with the eyes of a shaman and the heart of a sister.

Show Time: 
Tuesday 7:00PM - 7:59PM
(PST)
Show Description: 

Shameless Feminine Speaks is for all the shamelessly shameless women, men, ladies and miss-fits who are ready for the feminine re-evolution!

Shamelessly shameless is the woman who embraces herself without a doubt, embodies herself without apology, and empowers herself without blame— no victim, no villain.

Shamelessly shameless is the man who seeks to heal the guilt he carries on behalf of women and from women, and who reaches for a deeper relationship with the feminine—within himself and in his life. 

Together, we move beyond our wounded inheritance, not by sword or push of pendulum, but by healing the battle between the sexes and between sisters.

This show does more than just talk about re-evolution; it brings it straight to your heart, and awakens your Shameless Feminine and all her superpowers— from her intuitive emotions and sacred sensuality to her childlike surrender and mothering nature.

Are you ready for your re-evolution? Then join Rebecca Haywood, modern-day Shaman and Sister to all, with her irreverent co-host, Sheena Metal, and other shamelessly shameless guests! 

And you get a voice too! They’ll be taking your questions, stories and real life struggles that need a dose of their shameless medicine. Just email ispeak@rebeccahaywood.com prior to each show or join the convo live in her Facebook group: ShamelessFeminineSpeaks

Show Archives

October 2019

10/15/2019
10/08/2019
10/01/2019

September 2019

09/24/2019

"Unmasking the Villain"
Who is the greatest villain in your life? YOU!

Yep, you are the one tying yourself to the train tracks (cackling and twisting that mustache) with your self-limiting beliefs. Those voices that bully, sabotage, and tell you to expect the worst, are the true villain in your life, and at the heart of that villain, is the victim.

The victim is the one who accepts the villain’s abuse, who secretly believes she deserves it and is unworthy of anything else. She feels powerless against it and thus she binds her hands and gags her voice. She expects the train to come so she lays down and waits for it. She is a self-created villain!

We must stop blaming the villains outside of ourselves if we are to truly shift the negative patterns of “bad luck” and trauma, and create the life we seek. For, that defeated victim and the villain born from her, not only sabotage our power but also attract other villains into our life. She also draws in the heroes, of course, but even a hero can further enable that victim mentality.

Owning our power means owning it all. We spoke about it last week. Though this ‘dark' side of our power is something we are taught to disown, “It’s not your fault”, taking responsibility for our part is the key to empowering ourselves to grow and let go of even the most traumatic events.

Of course, it is never any victim’s fault when she is attacked, abused, or neglected, and yet I can testify from personal experience that the unhealed victim energy within me attracted villain after villain into my life. Once I took an honest look in the mirror and owned my self-created villain, I then held the power to change those voices and set the victim free.

That’s what this show is all about—unmasking the villain within you and setting the victim free. And we deliver the medicine to help you get started, namely practicing “refrain” with your victim’s beliefs, and holding guardianship to her in an embracing and empowering way. Heal the victim and the internal villain will be vanquished for good!

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09/17/2019

"Owning IT!"
We got a lil feisty in this broadcast! I suppose we were embodying our teaching for y’all… “raising up the ruthless voice of love and breaking the habit of keeping ourselves small, soft, polite, spiritually sound and woefully wound.”

Though the topic was about owning our power, we must first call it out of hiding which means we have to call ourselves out of hiding, and drop all the masks and the masking tape that we place on our authentic expression: the concepts of spiritual perfection, of “good” little girl/boy, and of power itself.

We also have to face the fear of our power— forgive all the ways in which we used it against ourselves or others, and cowgirl up to the terror that they might not like us, or worse, they might burn us at the stake for it… again. (yep, there’s an ancient fear hiding in our cellular memory!)

These concepts and the underlying fear lead us into a place of victim stance which can actually become an emotional addiction that perpetuates fear, self-pity, depression, and a habitual seeking for our wounds, our imperfections, our “not enough”.

But we can make a choice to raise our sword to it. Yes, even such ruthlessness is a voice of love and could be exactly the nurturing you need. Ruthless love is the perfect medicine for disempowerment because it is both medicine and a tool; it empowers us as we use it… if we dare, of course.

This show dares you in all kinds of ways but if we had to pick one, it would be to embody your “bitch”! Try her on for a while, break your rules, speak your mind and pay them no mind, own your yes and your hell no! …to them and, most importantly, to you. For, we can enable the victim or empower her, indulge in processing or move through it.

Ultimately, we come to see that personal power is not power over, nor does it require spiritual perfection. Rather, it is a claiming of our own right and an ownership of self—in all our divinely human ways—and that does not diminish another’s power. In fact, true power feeds us as a collective evolutionary force on the rise!

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09/10/2019

"Bridging the Gap in Self-Love

This broadcast is what I would call one of our “medicine shows”, packed full of tools and practices. The intent of this one was to return the self to our loving and, as always, the pre-medicine teaching led us to reach into the deeper healing needed for these practices to truly blossom within us.

The teaching revealed that within our self-sacrificing generosity—born in the judgment of self-love as selfish—lies a wounded shame against receiving pleasure and fulfilling our needs. This results in a disconnect from our self—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually—and is catalyzed by the existential resistance that can arise post-trauma (ancient or new, violent or subtle) when a part of our self checks out of this human experience because it feels unsafe or unwelcoming.

No matter the source of disconnect, the greatest medicine is self-forgiveness. We are the ones choosing to be present or not, choosing to ignore our needs or to honor them. We must drop the blame and forgive our self-betrayal if we are to bridge the gap within ourselves—between you and You, between the self and our love.

So forgiveness was at the heart of our medicine in this show and we walked it through every aspect of our being, giving practices of self-love for each. These acts of self-love are the proof your self needs in order to trust you as its guardian once again and that, ultimately, create a home for the self that is safe, welcoming, and nurturing.

This show’s medicine includes a “self-wish list”, a mantra for the mind, nurturing acts for your physical and emotional bodies, and a brief visualization for your heart. And, of course, Sheena Metal lights it all up with laughter and irreverent love!

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09/03/2019

The Labor Pains of our Mothering

This show was inspired by last week’s meditation where I left you in the “walk in two worlds”—as the emotion (the child) and as the love (the guardian). As I pondered on how to bring this walk to life for you all, I realized that there was an essential step missing: to heal the relationship with mothering ourselves and others.

 

I saw how society shames this superpower of nurturing and invites a self-sacrificing generosity that depletes us, disempowers others, and diminishes the love intended to be shared. And this shame only deepens when we turn our mothering inward, tending to our own needs or even to our simple right to joy.

 

We under-mother ourselves as we prioritize another’s needs over our own, and then over-mother them into a disempowered stagnation. We are accused (sometimes rightfully so) of emasculating, smothering, or infantilizing our men and children, to then be wiping their tears of abandonment when we choose to focus on ourselves. The spiritual community preaches selflessness while encouraging self-care.

 

It is a confusing push-and-pull relationship that we all carry within ourselves and project onto each other. At the heart of it lies the obvious misinterpretation of self-love as selfish, but there is a deeper wound— born in that ancient feminine shame when Eve was cast out and reformed as the Virgin Mother.

Sound like a stretch? Well, tune in and see what you find!

 

Maybe it will reveal to you, as it did for me, our wounded image of Mother as self-sacrificing, and illuminate pleasure as the medicine that returns our mothering to balance. For, as long as we deny our own pleasure then we will continue to mother from a need FOR love rather than from the fullness of a love self-realized, self-sourced and shared freely WITH pleasure.

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August 2019

08/27/2019

Unwinding Emotions into Love

This episode has got so much heart! Rebecca guides you through the meditative process of “Emotional Presence” which can unwind any emotion from your body—with ease and grace—and return it to the love from which it came. And, for those emotions that shy from love, she invites you to hold their hand in a “Walking in Two Worlds” process that carries the unwinding and the essential “listening” that comes with it, into a daily practice.

And the introduction into the meditation helps prepare you with a point of view that diverges from today’s self-help lingo: embracing the construct of the self as a spiraled being rather than a layered being, and inspiring an integration rather than a peeling away. Rebecca also reads one of her poems at the end! Titled "Patchwork Quilt", it sweetly delivers that final embrace.

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08/20/2019

Filtering the Waters of our Empathy

On the prior show, we lifted the dam on that superpower of emotion—dissolving the judgments that keep us from feeling all the feels and tapping into the connection they offer—but what about those who have already lifted the floodgates and who live as “empaths”, feeling the world’s ocean of emotion? How do you delineate your shoreline from theirs, or handle the overwhelm of all those rivers flowing into you? How do you harness this healing gift in a way that doesn’t lead you to isolate or get sick with the world’s unprocessed emotions?

“Filtering the Waters of our Empathy” dives into this and more. Even if you don’t consider yourself an “empath”, everyone has this gift in varying degrees and many are unknowingly processing the emotions of others in their own name. If left unfiltered, these emotions can congeal into unexplained depression, anxiety, and even addiction.

Filtering is not about narrowing this channel of empathy, but fine-tuning it so that we can transmute these energies back to the origin of everything: love. It is also about shifting our agreements about how and when we choose to caretake the emotions of others. We discuss a few key filters: love, self-awareness, energetic discernment and boundaries. And we offer some tools of release: breath, movement, and clearing the stories that bind and distort emotion into a poisonous presence in our body.

Tune-in next week for the final piece of medicine: Emotional Presence. Rebecca has touched on it and, now, she will bring it home by leading you through a meditative practice that can unwind any emotion from the body and return it to love.

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08/13/2019

The Superpower of Emotion
Rebecca shares why Emotion is her favorite feminine superpower, noting it as one of her most reliable senses that allows her to directly perceive the world within her and around her. And beyond perception, it offers a connection and a communication with her body and with others. She describes them as “messengers of healing” that, much like physical pain, tell us where and what medicine to bring. Sheena goes a step further in comparing her emotional body to a water filtration system that helps her to clear herself and her clients.

Yet, today’s society minimizes Emotion as impractical, weak, unintelligent, and merely reactionary. We repress, bypass, override or otherwise distort our emotions into experiences that are socially acceptable. And those societal standards vary based on gender. The ladies dive into some personal examples of emotions they had once repressed but since empowered, naming anger, grief, and the emotional cocktail of the victim.

Rebecca offers some tools to “befriend” each of our emotions and to begin to develop what she calls “Emotional Presence”. For more in-depth tools and practices, please visit her video series: rebeccahaywood.com/gifts-for-the-ghost

And stay tuned for next week in which the ladies will dive even deeper into the watery reflection of emotions!

08/06/2019

Shameless Feminine Speaks from Teotihuacan, Mexico!
Sheena interviews Rebecca who is in Teotihuacan, Mexico--the city of pyramids--on her Shameless Heart retreat which turned into a Shameless Feminine retreat with all women! Hear about the magic of this special place and how it led these women on a journey of breaking from the patriarchy, healing their lineage, and empowering the feminine to "rise from its hiding place."

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July 2019

07/30/2019

"Painting Our White Flag Red"
In this episode of Shameless Feminine Speaks, titled “Painting Our White Flag Red (with nuthin but love)”, the ladies continue their convo from last week’s show “Sorry Not Sorry” and bring on the medicine. The medicine is that feminine superpower of surrender, but instead of using it against ourselves, Rebecca shows us how to use it for ourselves.

Rebecca walks us through the acronym of our S-O-R-R-Y she introduced last week with a new set of words that use the medicine of surrender to help us transform the shame of our “Sorry Not Sorry” into a shameless place.

Shame becomes Shameless by identifying and embracing the shame with love.

Obligation becomes Ownership when we re-write the “laws” dictating that shame.

Responsibility becomes Reverence by offering mutual respect, beginning with ourself.

Repentance becomes Revocation when we break the secret contracts made by our “Sorry Not Sorry”.

Yield becomes “Yes to you!” by loving and honoring thyself first and foremost.

The ladies dive into each of these and so much more on surrender and the shame that causes us to use it against ourselves, our sisters and our relationships. So tune-in for all the juicy medicine!

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07/23/2019

"Sorry Not Sorry"

In this second broadcast of Shameless Feminine Speaks, “Sorry Not Sorry”, Rebecca invites you to explore the why’s of your disempowered “Sorry”: When your apology goes against yourself, your power, your truth… When it is for them, to make them feel better or right, or to win their love... When you are “sorry, not sorry” but you say it anyway.

Rebecca presents an acronym to bring awareness to your “sorry”:

Shame: What is the underlying shame; is it theirs or yours?

Obligation: What does that shame obligate you to be?

Responsibility: Where does your responsibility begin and end?

Repentance: What are you agreeing to never do again?

Yield: To whom are you yielding; what is the gain or loss?

Sharing personal stories, the ladies explore the “too too’s” that the wounded world asks us to “dim down”—too beautiful, too sexy, too powerful, too feminine, too masculine. And for every “too too”, there is a “not enough”. It is this “not enough” that is the shame behind our “sorry not sorry”. It festers in the broken heart of humanity, causing the judge to point her finger and the accused to accept her scarlet letter.

But the ladies declare that enough is enough, and encourage you to stop apologizing for yourself and your feminine superpowers. It is time for a surrender of a different kind in which we voice our truth in an honest dialogue that offers a bridge of understanding so that our power can be seen for what it is rather than through the lens of that ancient feminine shame which continues to cast Eve out of the garden.

Harnessing surrender as a superpower is where the conversation shall continue next week. So stay tuned as Rebecca will be walking that acronym of “s-o-r-r-y” into the medicine that empowers rather than cowers.

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07/16/2019

This premiere show dives into the vision behind the Shameless Feminine...

What is the shame we are lessening?

How do both women and men carry feminine shame?

What does it mean to be shamelessly shameless?

Why is this not just another revolution, but a re-evolution?

Rebecca reads from her collaborative book, Shamanism in the New Millennium, illuminating the ancient feminine shame which we all have inherited epigenetically and now hold within our cellular memory. The discussion takes off from there, diving into how men and women continue to shame the feminine today and marginalize her superpowers.

Referencing David Deida's teachings, Rebecca notes that though we attribute certain characteristics to be "feminine" or "masculine", they are merely energies of yin and yang that any gender can possess. Sheena testifies to this with her personal experience as an intersex individual: gender differences are nominal biologically but vastly seeded into our enculturation.

Rebecca encourages us to dissolve these differences in a “shamelessly shameless” way: without shame and without blame. “The feminine is on the rise, and yet how will we rise this time? Let us not merely displace the shame onto men and the power onto women, or flex our muscles against our feminine gifts.” The ladies denounce radical feminism and call for the pendulum to finally come to rest by means of a re-evolution: healing our lineage of feminine shame and elevating the gender experience.