Free your spirit!

In this episode Dr. Carmen interviews Dr. D’vorah Grenn.

Dr. D’vorah served as a Chair and Executive Co Faculty in the Women and Spirituality Masters Program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, now called Sofia University.

She is also the cofounder of the Spiritual Guidance Network, and on the founding advisory board of the Kohenet Priestesses Training Institute. She is here to share her experiences of women in spirituality, sacred space and laughing together. Dr D’vorah has a strong commitment to help women be joyful about being women. The interview will start with chanting and a minute of silence. Enjoy!

What you will Learn:

• Dr. D’vorah’s story: how she started to understand that there is more to life than work and an artificial set of values, and moved towards a sense and awareness of spirituality.

• The difference between religion and spirituality and why people are searching for wholeness and peace in their lives.

• The goddess movement and how Dr. D’vorah became passionate on the subject in the liminal space between leaving corporate and going to this other life.

• How we can repress our spirit, through work, drugs, social commitments and expectations

• The importance and truth of finding out who you are, your true self and inner wisdom and your own power, voice and intuition

• Dr. D’vorah’s advice for somebody who struggles with emotions. “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” Buddhist proverb “No beginning is too small.” Leonard Bernstein “To achieve great things, 2 things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”

• Why women feel overwhelmed by having to be taking care of others as well as doing full time jobs, despite being raised to take care of others.

• How finding time, even 10 minutes, for ourselves in a ritual practice can sustain us.

• The common fears of not being enough, perfectionism, speaking up, making a mistake that is caused by the social and cultural conditioning of being a woman.

• Where to start to start the healing process by overcoming this fear

• How the media profits from making us feel not enough • Why you sometimes can’t confide in your family and why you need to have a supportive women’s community and find a place that is healing.

• The importance of knowing the background of the person you are going to talk to and why you should check them out first so you know they’re trustworthy • What the tree of life practice is

• What to do if you don’t have space or safety for an alter or place to create some meaning

• Daily habits that contribute to our emotional success and spiritual practices to get mind, body and spirit aligned.

• Why you have to go out of your way to look for independent media so that you get the news of what’s happening that isn’t being reported on by the mainstream media

• The importance of sitting and going within, and of consuming art that inspires you, taking concrete action to volunteer to help others for a cause you are passionate about.

• The value of phone calls and face-to-face meetings and starting conversations when advocating for something and being a political and spiritual activist You can contact D’vorah at or call 650 863 1986

Her website is also:

Mentioned Resources:

“Lilith’s Fire” by D’vorah Grenn

“Women who run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Shakti Woman” by Vicki Noble

“Goddesses in Everywoman” by Jean Shinoda Bolen

“Journey through the Wilderness” Rabbi Yael Levy

“The Dance of Anger” by Harriet Lerner

“You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation” by Deborah Tannen

“Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde

“Stepping into Ourselves” by Anne Key and Candace Kant, eds

“The Myth of Women’s Masochism” by Paula Caplan

Yoga Nidra meditations on YouTube