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The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 2 By Queen Noor of Jordan Women’s new empowerment will not be suppressed easily, however. So far, these have not been the traditional stories about women — especially Muslim women — that […]

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The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

  Hopefully, all the bugs on this new server are fixed, so that we can continue this important series about Women and Power.   The Arab Woman You Don’t See – Part 1 By Queen Noor of Jordan Throughout the […]

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The Nation’s First Mother

posted by Donna Henes

During the last presidential election campaign, we heard scant little about the woman who gave birth to and raised President Barak Obama. This is a shame, as she was an extraordinary woman, who rose from a simple past to achieve […]

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Shero Queen of Afghanistan

posted by Donna Henes

Benazir Hotaki’s lifelong work began when she was appointed as a teacher at the Malalai School in Afghanistan. She also served as the headmistress and principle of several schools in Kabul. During her career as an educator, she was awarded […]

Shero Queen of Compassion

posted by Donna Henes

 Miep Gies, the woman who sheltered the Frank family and saved Anne’s diary for posterity, was born Hermine Santruschitz in Vienna to Christian parents in 1909. In 1920 she moved to Leiden to escape food shortages and was raised by […]

Sheroes of Women’s Herstory

posted by Donna Henes

As a follow up to our in-depth exploration of women’s relationship to power, I want to focus on highlighting some notable sheroes in women’s herstory. So for the remainder of Women’s History Month I will share the stories of some […]

Be A Queen: Own Your Power And Glory

posted by Donna Henes

Be A Queen: Own Your Power And GloryBy Oprah Winfrey Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and […]

Hero/Heroine

posted by Donna Henes

Congratulations to the three winners of a copy of The Queen of My Self in yesterday’s give away: Pegi Eyers, ON, CanadaPam Gifford, ORSheri Schultz, MA Hero/HeroineBy Rosalie Maggio, CA The words “hero” and “heroine” convey subtle — and sometimes not […]

Are You a Strong Woman or a Woman of Strength?

posted by Donna Henes

We have reached another mile-high-stone — 200 posts! I wish I could offer 200 free books as a celebration, but, of course, I cannot. However I am offering three to the first three women who contact me at thequeenofmyself@aol.com and […]

Transforming the Nature of Power – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Transforming the Nature of Power – Part 2By Carla GoldsteinDirector of The Women’s Institute at Omega If we can become the transformers of power by cultivating a new way of being together in our everyday lives, then we help reverse the […]

Transforming the Nature of Power – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

    Transforming the Nature of PowerBy Carla GoldsteinDirector of The Women’s Institute at Omega Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, has brought to the world’s attention the need to radically change our relationship to power. To save our planet, we must […]

What Does Power Mean to You?

posted by Donna Henes

I turned the topic of power over to the FaceBook Queen of My Self Fan page: Q. What does power mean to you? What does it mean to have power? To be empowered? To wield power? To be a powerful […]

War on Women

posted by Donna Henes

My dear sister Queens, As you know, I have been focusing on women and our relationship to power. Queens, especially, have the very power that we need. That the world needs. We are mature, experienced, strong and brave. Plus, we […]

The Power of Networking – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Power of Networking – Part 2By Dr. Marcia Reynolds, AZ There’s another fear that stops women from leveraging the “who you know” chip: the fear of other women. Hewitt’s article says women worry that if they ask a male […]

The Power of Networking – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

Dr. Marcia Reynolds’ passion is helping high-achieving women examine and strategize their full and amazing lives. Her articles are empowering and inspiring. I posted her article about women’s love of power last week. Here is another interesting piece about our […]

Women and Soft Power in Business

posted by Donna Henes

I came across this article in the Harvard Business Review. It came serendipitously while I was collecting articles about women’s relationship to power. This piece emphasizes that power can be interpreted and employed in different ways. That the concept of […]

Fear of Our Own Power

posted by Donna Henes

Many of you have, I am sure, come across this fabulous writing many times. It speaks to the heart of the matter of women’s dysfunctional relationship to our own power. In my spiritual counseling as a Midlife Midwife™ I dispense […]

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part  2By Dr. Marcia Reynolds, AZ So why do so many people keep telling women, “Step into your power”? Because women have a hard time saying, “I am powerful,” even though they like the […]

The Best-Kept Secret: Women Love Power Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

I’ve got to tell you, I absolutely love this continuing theme of women’s relationship to power. This is a subject very close to my heart and something that we women need to examine closely and concentrate on if we are […]

Being Pleased With Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

In the interest of keeping the Valentine Day energy alive for this entire week, I will be posting messages to stimulate your love for the Queen of Your Self. I recently received this wonderfully refreshing letter from a sister Queen […]

Women’s Power – Part 3

posted by Donna Henes

 Women’s Power – Part 3By Max Dashu Female mavericks were also active in the arts and sciences. The renegade nun Okuni originated the Kabuki theater, from which women were soon banned. In Moorish Spain, the poet Walladah bint-al-Mustakfi rejected the […]

Women’s Power – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Women’s Power – Part 2By Max Dashu There’s a striking interplay between women’s spiritual and political leadership, especially in indigenous societies. I’m thinking of of the Evenki shaman Olga who was both chieftain and religious leader of her Siberian village […]

Women’s Power – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

This article was written by a brilliant colleague, who I very much admire. She founded the Suppressed Histories Archives, an archive of hundreds of thousands of images of women of power throughout the ages and across cultures. The piece is […]

Powerful Words

posted by Donna Henes

Here are some wise words of inspiration in regard to your relationship to power. Take them in and feel their energy work on you. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.– […]

Tend and Befriend: The Power of Women’s Friendships

posted by Donna Henes

“Men walk, women talk.” The veracity of this the popular saying was recently proved in a landmark study conducted by two women scientists at UCLA. The long-held idea that the familiar “fight or flight” mechanism was the universal human response […]

The Power of a Woman

posted by Donna Henes

We have just surpassed 175 entries! See below for information about a book give away.** Here is another response to my call for ideas and stories about women and power. Thank you, Tiffany. The Power of a WomanBy Tiffany Mitchell […]

Pretty (Damn Powerful) in Pink

posted by Donna Henes

I wrote this for the March 2009 issue of The Queen’s Chronicles. It stirred up quite a bit of interest and two goddess temples, The Goddess Temple of Qrange County in California and the Southern Oregon Temple of the Goddess […]

Women and Soft Power in Business

posted by Donna Henes

 Here is an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review that adds another dimension to this ongoing exploration of women’s relationship to power. Women and Soft Power in BusinessBy Vineet Nayar The leadership of women in politics, business, and society is […]

The Queen: Lioness of the Psyche

posted by Donna Henes

After putting out the call for thoughts and stories about women’s relationship to power, I received this note: Dear Donna, In a marvelous synchronicity, my latest blog post, which came out this morning is about the exact same thing: how […]

I Just Stood Up for Myself

posted by Donna Henes

Here is a response to my request for empowerment stories. Thank you, Mambo Queen, for your candor and your courage. Good for you! I Just Stood Up for Myself…And It Feels GoodBy Mambo Queen My ex-husband has been putting the full-court press […]

Hell In Paradise

posted by Donna Henes

Hell In ParadiseBy Yoko Ono This is hell in paradise,We’re all asleep or paralyzed.Why are we scared to verbalizeOur multicolor dreams? When will we come to realize,We’re all stoned or pacified,While the boogie men organizeTheir multilevel schemes? Underqualified for love,Overqualified for […]

The Mighty Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The mighty Queen, the great and wise, brave and compassionate woman ruler, the reigning commander of Her domain, is an expansive, expressive, accessible, energetic archetype who represents a mature female power, authority, responsibility, and influence worthy of our emulation. There […]

We Are Women of the Air

posted by Donna Henes

We are women of the airWe are the breath of lifeWe are the winds of changeWe speak our voice to life We are teachers of the truthWe are students all our lives We are scholars and seekersWe are storytellers of […]

A Woman’s Guide to Power™

posted by Donna Henes

I am fascinated (obsessed) by women’s relationship to power. It is the subject of my next book.* The more I see, the more women I speak to, the more I realize that that relationship is on shaky ground. It is […]

The Decade of the Woman Is Upon Us – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

The Decade of the Woman Is Upon Us – ContinuedBy Marcia Reynolds Men created the companies, the leadership models and the systems that are breaking down in today’s world. Here in the United States, the rate of change is so […]

The Decade of the Woman Is Upon Us

posted by Donna Henes

As we embark on a new decade, let us make resolutions to live in our sovereign strength. Let us claim, embrace and use our considerable power to create a world that is safe, sane, compassionate and sustainable. The article below […]

Mining For Meaning

posted by Donna Henes

The shamanic assumption from which I operate is that every person has her own significant mission in this lifetime: her own path, her own dreams, her own symbols and sensibilities, her own visions and designs, her own way of learning, […]

I Like Myself!

posted by Donna Henes

Dear Queens, Congratulations on another milestone! Today is the 150th post of this column. Can that really be? Time sure does fly when you are having fun. And I, for one, have been having a great deal of fun researching […]

The More Queenly I Become

posted by Donna Henes

Another post in the series of pieces about women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. And many thanks to those of you who […]

A Woman Recognizes Potential in Herself

posted by Donna Henes

For the rest of the week, I will continue posting stories of and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. And many […]

I Envision Only Positive Outcomes Today

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories of and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. […]

The Power Of Awakening Your Authentic Soul

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories about and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story […]

True to Myself

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories about and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story.  […]

Confidence Queen

posted by Donna Henes

For the next week or two, I am going to be posting stories about and by women who stand firm in their sense of Self-worth. If you are such a woman, comfortable in your power, please tell me your story. Confidence […]

The One Flaw In Women

posted by Donna Henes

Women have strengths that amaze men….. They bear hardships and they carry burdens,but they hold happiness, love and joy.They smile when they want to scream.They sing when they want to cry.They cry when they are happyand laugh when they are […]

Native Sheros – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

Native Sheros – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

On Thanksgiving, we always tell the story about how the native people helped the pilgrims to survive and ultimately thrive in the new world. This is well and good, but there are so many other inspiring stories that could be […]

Farewell to the Chief Queen

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. Farewell to the Chief Queen Wilma Mankiller the first female Chief of […]

The Queen Who Would Be President – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. The Queen Who Would Be President – Part 2 Her candidacy attracted […]

The Queen Who Would be President – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. The Queen Who Would be President – Part 1 Victoria Woodhull lived […]

Tribute to the Queen of a Democratic Dream

posted by Donna Henes

In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi and to celebrate her release, and with a nod to Election Day, this week’s theme is admirable women leaders of democracy. Benazir Bhutto  June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007 Benazir Bhutto, twice […]

Hail The Martyr Queen of Myanmar

posted by Donna Henes

On Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese human rights and democracy leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and folk shero was released from the house arrest in Myanmar that has kept her a prisoner for much of the last twenty […]

Being Pleased With Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

I recently received this wonderfully refreshing letter from a sister Queen who is definitely pleased with her Self: …Despite the anticipation and the promise of something potentially special, he was not attractive to me. And I think that’s important — […]

Queen of Rock and Roll

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. Queen of Rock and Roll I recently saw Tina Turner’s 2008 concert, supposedly the last of her career. She was 68 years old and she took my breath away. She was backed […]

Never Underestimate an Old Girl

posted by Donna Henes

This week’s theme is Dancing Queens. And Crones. Talk about Electric Crones. Check out this 90-year old Red Hot Salsa Mama and start dancing! It is never too late and you are never too old. You were wild once. Don’t let […]

The Queen Uses Trouble Well

posted by Donna Henes

Here are selected comments from a discussion on The Queen of My Self Facebook page.http://blog.beliefnet.com/thequeenofmyself/ Q: The Queen does not invite hard times and trouble, but She chooses to use them well. Suffering is the midwife of compassion. – Queen […]

Protest is Good for You

posted by Donna Henes

The media likes to portray peace, environment and human and animal rights protesters as a fringe element of whining malcontents teetering on the margins of proper society. The truth is that those who step forward to speak their minds are […]

The Spirit of a Woman

posted by Donna Henes

There is a wonderful new anthology that I would like to share with you. The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire is the vision of Terry Lázló-Gopadze, who edited the volume. She collected remarkable true tales from […]

The Back Story

posted by Donna Henes

It is coming up on six years since the publication of The Queen of My Self. This anniversary has sparked introspection, provoked evaluation and evoked some amazing memories. Seizing My Sovereignty Back From Hostile Captors I was, of course, thrilled […]

Thank you!

posted by Donna Henes

Yesterday I received so many emails from Queens across the country requesting a book. I am sorry that I had to stop with five giveaway books. Congratulations to the five lucky winners: Mari Aubuchon, KSRobin-elyse Holcombe, CAStacy Lundquist, NVDebbie Stricker, […]

The Queen’s Court

posted by Donna Henes

Look below for The Queen of My Self book giveaway offer.* For more than five years I have been traveling with The Queen of My Self through nineteen states and three countries, meeting and talking with several thousand women and […]

You Are Called

posted by Donna Henes

My synchronistic receptors have been extremely highly attuned lately. As soon as I think a thought, I am gifted with an affirmation of its veracity. No sooner than I think or write something, than some related, really relevant writing by […]

Say Something – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Continued: What we all have to do from now on is to stay alert, stay centered, keep connected and most important of all, keep talking. Talking, writing, protesting keeps the light of truth and tolerance shining upon the hidden agendas […]

Say Something

posted by Donna Henes

It is so damn easy to feel depressed, frustrated and disillusioned right now. These are terrible times of artificial division, manipulated resentment and palpable fear. The real dynamic being played out right now is not about warring religious, economic or […]

Ruin and Beauty – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Continued: Here is a short list of some of the unbearable events of the last few months. One leads to another, relentlessly. Let’s locate ourselves so we can reverse the order. Iraq. Afghanistan. Thousands and thousands of civilian deaths. Agony. […]

Ruin and Beauty

posted by Donna Henes

This has been a year of such violence. Against women. Against strangers. Against entire populations. Against. Against. Against. Always against. Corruption, greed, hate, fear and stupidity combined have perpetuated a barrage of traumatic damage against Mother Earth, Herself, and all […]

Two More Declarations of Self-Esteem By Queens

posted by Donna Henes

The Empowered Woman The Empowered Woman, she moves through the worldwith a sense of confidence and grace.Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads […]

Two Declarations of Self-Esteem By Queens

posted by Donna Henes

My Declaration of Self-EsteemBy Virginia Satir I AM ME In all the world, there is no one else exactly like meEverything that comes out of me is authentically meBecause I alone chose it – I own everything about meMy body, […]

Love Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

I stumbled on this blog was delighted at what I read there. As you know, Self-love is a major ideal for all Queens to aspire to. Loving our Self is the foundation for Self-esteem, Self-confidence, Self-identification and Self-fulfillment. And it […]

Terms Of Endearment Or Disrespect? – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Here are more responses from readers to Natalie Angier’s article “Just Don’t Call Me …,” (New York Times, Week in Review, Aug. 29, 2010): To the Editor:Having said “ma’am” all my life to be polite, I read “Just Don’t Call […]

Terms Of Endearment Or Disrespect? – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

Continuing from yesterday, here are responses from readers to Natalie Angier’s article “Just Don’t Call Me …,” (New York Times, Week in Review, Aug. 29, 2010): To the Editor:I have to wonder how many women surveyed in your “completely unscientific […]

The Politics of Polite – Part 2

posted by Donna Henes

Continued from yesterday, Just Don’t Call Me …By Natalie Angier If ma’am is meant as a verbal genuflection to power, the message is lost on many real-life powerful women, like Senator Barbara Boxer, who told a brigadier general to refer […]

The Politics of Polite – Part 1

posted by Donna Henes

The following article by Natalie Angier appeared in the New York Times last month. It certainly struck a chord in me. Or should I say, a sore point? Just Don’t Call Me …By Natalie Angier Classes are now underway at […]

Conversations with the Goddess

posted by Donna Henes

Another book that I read on my retreat on Mt. Desert Island in Maine was Conversations with the Goddess: Encounter at Petra, Place of Power by Dorothy Atalla. I had been meaning to read it for some time, but you […]

What Do You Need to Release?

posted by Donna Henes

What do you need to let go of? I asked this question to the many Queens who have joined the Facebook page of The Queen of My Self. Q. What have you have already released and what do you still […]

African Queen

posted by Donna Henes

    Perhaps nowhere in history were women held in higher standing and regard than in Mama Africa, the birthplace of humanity and the world’s first great civilizations, with its preponderance of matriarchal and matrilineal societies. “You know that in […]

Questions From Readers

posted by Donna Henes

The Nourishing Relationships interview concludes with an open Q & A: NR: Now it’s time for our readers to have the opportunity to connect with you personally: Q. Thanks for your encouragement. I’d like to think of myself as a […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview Part III

posted by Donna Henes

And the conversation herewith concludes: NR: Can you tell us more about response-ability? DH: Response-ability is the willingness to encounter each person, situation, event, and emotion with an open heart and an open mind, so that we can respond to […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview Part II

posted by Donna Henes

The conversation continues: NR: What, exactly do you mean by Queen? DH: The Queen is a woman who is still energetic with youth, yet wise with age. She is confident and beholden to no one. She thinks, speaks, acts for […]

Nourishing Relationships Interview Part I

posted by Donna Henes

Last week I was the guest of Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg, authors of Courage and Lessons Learned: Reaching for Your Goals and partners in their practice, Nourishing Relationships for a virtual book tour on their blog, Nourishing Relationships. The […]

New Declarations of Queendom

posted by Donna Henes

Here are some recent Declarations of Queendom from readers of this blog, as well as The Queen of My Self Facebook page and my monthly Ezine, The Queen’s Chronicles. Hail to the Queens! New Declarations of Queendom: Love, love, love […]

Daughters of the Witching Hill

posted by Donna Henes

Last month I took a much-needed vacation in a small cabin on the Maine Coast where I did very little besides sleep, dream, read and eat for an entire week. I read four books in six days from my overgrown […]

The Purposeful Queen

posted by Donna Henes

From Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg:   Please join us anytime on Wednesday, August 25, when Donna Henes stops by our blog, www.NourishingRelationships.blogspot.com. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, popular speaker, and award-winning […]

Empowerment

posted by Donna Henes

Several weeks ago I asked the question “What does power mean to you?” This piece about the empowerment of women was sent to me by Kali Fyre, a sister Queen and reader of The Queen of My Self. It is […]

Astro Queen

posted by Donna Henes

CONGRATULATIONS!!! To the 3 winners of the Third Anniversary Book Give Away: Linda Null, North CarolinaKali Frye, New HampshireMeredith Sterling, Texas *** Astro Queen Hypatia of Alexandria was a brilliant, eloquent and beautiful Hellenized Egyptian philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and […]

Celebrating Three Months

posted by Donna Henes

Happy Anniversary! Today marks three months that I have been writing this Beliefnet blog. During this time and through this connection, I have been delighted to meet some really wonderful, interesting, accomplished Queens. It is my hope that these articles […]

The Liberation of Letting Go

posted by Donna Henes

Here are some wise words from Queens: Letting Go Takes Love To let go does not mean to stop caring,it means I can’t do it for someone else. To let go is not to cut myself off,it’s the realization I […]

What Do You Need to Release?

posted by Donna Henes

What do you need to let go of? I asked this question to the many Queens who have joined the Facebook page of The Queen of My Self.* Here are some of their responses: Q. What have you have already […]

Peace Pilgrim: Step by Step

posted by Donna Henes

Today is Nagasaki Day. Last Friday was Hiroshima Day. Sixty-five years ago, the United States dropping atomic bombs on these two Japanese cities killing upwards of 245, 000 people. The tragedy of these war bombs — and of all the […]

More Eco Sheros

posted by Donna Henes

 Wherever I travel there is always some sort of local environmental nightmare, be it chemical waste, medical waste, nuclear waste or garbage waste. And wherever I travel there is always a women, usually a woman of a certain age, who […]

Eco Sheros

posted by Donna Henes

These Queenly Eco Sheros are amazing women, all. They  inspire me. I hope they inspire you, too: Wangari Maathai, Kenya (1940-) Environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt movement in Kenya In 1977, in response […]

Eco Shero Foremothers

posted by Donna Henes

I have always believed that if it is at all possible to save our planet Earth from the destruction that we have wreaked upon Her, that if it isn’t already too late, then it is we — women of a […]

Queens Everywhere

posted by Donna Henes

One third of all women in America are over the age of fifty, and one woman reaches that milestone every seven and a half seconds. Climacteric women, more than fifty million strong, now comprise the single largest population segment of […]

Haiti’s Fallen Queens

posted by Donna Henes

The 2010 earthquake claimed the lives of three of Haiti’s most prominent sheroes of women’s rights. Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, founders of three of the country’s most important advocacy organizations working on behalf of women and […]

More Creole Queens

posted by Donna Henes

Two more inspiring Creole Queens: Esther Boucicault HIV/AIDS Activist Born in Saint-Marc in 1960, Boucicault was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1995. Following the AIDS death of her husband and her son, who was born HIV positive, she decided to […]

Creole Queens

posted by Donna Henes

Here are two of the Queens of Haiti who walk in the footsteps of Queen Anacaona: Yvonne Hakim Rimpel Feminist, Journalist Born in Port-au-Prince in 1906, Rimpel was a founder of the first Haitian feminist organization, the Women’s League for […]

Golden Flower Queen of Hispaniola

posted by Donna Henes

All eyes have been on Haiti of late six months after the deadly earthquake. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, especially those who had so very little to begin with. Many of us have thought […]

What Does Power Mean To You?

posted by Donna Henes

With the question of power — its uses and abuses — on my mind, I reached out to the Facebook fans of The Queen of My Self to see what power means to other Queens of Themselves. Q. What does […]

The Powerful Queen

posted by Donna Henes

After an inevitable midlife transition period of feeling lost, confused and out of control of Her destiny, the Queen finally takes charge. She steps up to the situations of Her life and takes back the reins of Her power. Or […]

American Queens

posted by Donna Henes

There have been notable Queens in more recent times, as well. Eleanor Roosevelt, a shy, self-conscious, and naturally retiring woman, was thrust feet first into the limelight when she became First Lady of the United States in 1933 at the […]

African Queen

posted by Donna Henes

     Perhaps nowhere in history were women held in higher standing and regard than in Mama Africa, the birthplace of humanity and the world’s first great civilizations, with its preponderance of matriarchal and matrilineal societies. “You know that in […]

Protest is Good for You

posted by Donna Henes

I won’t be made uselessI won’t be idle with despair – JewelFrom “Hands” The media likes to portray peace, environment and human and animal rights protesters as a fringe element of whining malcontents teetering on the margins of proper society. […]

Being The Change Changes Everything

posted by Donna Henes

Some might argue that we don’t have any choice in this upside down dangerous world and that we can’t affect what will happen. But even if we can’t immediately alter the course of human events on the world stage, we […]

Say Something!

posted by Donna Henes

It is so damn easy to feel depressed, frustrated and disillusioned right now. In light of the widespread oppression, manipulation, intimidation that surrounds us today, we most certainly need to say something. There are signs everywhere in the subways of […]

The Mighty Queen

posted by Donna Henes

The mighty Queen, the great and wise, brave and compassionate woman ruler, the reigning commander of Her domain, is an expansive, expressive, accessible, energetic archetype who represents a mature female power, authority, responsibility and influence worthy of our emulation. There […]

On Being Prepared

posted by Donna Henes

There is nothing like aging to drive home the fact that nothing in the world is permanent. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing is ever really completely safe. There is no such thing as security. Anything, anything at all, can happen at […]

Belonging to Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

If you have not already gobbled up the books in The Maeve Chronicles by Elizabeth Cunningham, I urge you to do so instantly. The trilogy begins with The Passion of Mary Magdalene, which is a wonderful re-envisioning of Mary Magdalene […]

Ducklings

posted by Donna Henes

Dr Susan Corso, a sister wise woman Queen from Boston publishes a weekly inspirational gem. She calls this series “Seeds.” This one struck me as being a perfect and perfectly delightful description of the sovereign Self.Seeds XII, 23DucklingsBy Dr. Susan […]

Embracing Our Majesty

posted by Donna Henes

Since I started my Midlife Midwife™ practice, I have received many requests for detailed instructions on how to become a Queen. “Dear Queen Mama Donna,” women would write, “I want to be a Queen, too. How do I access my […]

I Like Myself!

posted by Donna Henes

Despite the rude awakenings, the unsettling physical and emotional chaos of midlife and all of its frightful, presumed ramifications, an amazing number of women find this stage to be the most personally fulfilling and satisfying of their lives so far. […]

Queen of Imperfection

posted by Donna Henes

Just a few days ago I wrote, “The word ‘practice’ also serves to remind us that there is no perfect. Whether we maintain a spiritual practice, a creative practice or a professional practice, we are always in the process of […]

July 4th: Interdependence Day

posted by Donna Henes

I was recently invited to address a gathering of clergy who are being trained to serve as resident chaplains in the pastoral care department of a major urban medical center. Specifically, they asked me to present the shamanic point of […]

A Call to Queendom

posted by Donna Henes

I am delighted to share this article with you sent in by a sister Queen. Greetings, Queen Donna, First, a note of thanks for the work you’ve done, bringing the Queen into so many women’s consciousness. It’s such important work! […]

Global Sisterhood of Solar Queens

posted by Donna Henes

On this, the first full day of the summer season of the sun, I want to share with you a list of Sun Goddesses from Around the Globe: Aditi – Hindu goddess from India, keeper of the light that illuminates […]

Declarations of Queendom

posted by Donna Henes

I have taken this ongoing discussion about the definitions and descriptions of Queendom to The Queen of My Self Page on Facebook.  Q. What does being a Queen mean to you ? A. As a little girl I wondered what […]

Taking Charge

posted by Donna Henes

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. – Erica Jong The story of our lives is ours to create. We can design our own roles and ideals, compose the […]

I Don’t Really Care What You Think

posted by Donna Henes

Today, we see many women in public life, ranging the gamut from Hillary Clinton to Sharon Osborne, who have stepped out of the shadows of their husbands and families to pursue their own ambitions for themselves. Millions of ordinary women […]

Words of Self-Wisdom

posted by Donna Henes

  Several of my recent posts have been about the Self, including “What Exactly is the Self?” in which I wrote, “The Self is the sum of all of our parts, and holistically, it is greater than the sum of […]

Long Live the Queens!

posted by Donna Henes

The notion that fifty years of age could be considered a “halfway” mark is unprecedented. For most of human existence, life expectancy hovered at around twenty to thirty years, and it was only by 1800 that folks commonly began to […]

A Queen Before Her Time

posted by Donna Henes

                Unlike my grandmother who personified the archetypal transition from Motherhood to Cronedom at menopause, her daughter, my mother, was a Queen long before her time. Her story is quite a common one now, shared by many […]

Sovereignty Ain’t Easy

posted by Donna Henes

  Coming from the tough love school of spiritual counseling as I do, I feel that it is only fair to warn you — There are no 10 Easy Steps to Sovereignty. The roads leading to Queendom are diverse and […]

The Queen Suggests A Mirror Meditation

posted by Donna Henes

Certainly the most crucial step toward sovereignty is to know our Selves. After all our years as mothers and others, we need to reestablish who we are as individuals, separate and distinct from our relationships with those around us. Who […]

How to Become The Queen of Your Self

posted by Donna Henes

The idea that we might be Queens is intoxicating. Ever since I first started introducing The Queen as a helpful archetype for midlife women in my workshops and articles some eight years ago, I have received thousands of requests for […]

What Exactly is the Self?

posted by Donna Henes

The Self, according to Carl Jung, is the center, the midpoint of the personality, the crossroads where our personal and collective, conscious and unconscious processes intersect. The Self encompasses the totality of who we are. It is, he writes, “A […]

I Want to Be a Crone — Someday

posted by Donna Henes

My maternal Grandmother died at 80. This was pretty old in her day. My mother died just short of her 80th birthday, which pains me still. She was not old. She did not look or act old. But she felt […]

Affirmative Aging

posted by Donna Henes

As we age, we naturally change. Change, after all, is the essential stuff of life. If we embrace it with magnanimous grace and good humor, as part and parcel of the ongoing mythic adventure of our path, we stand to […]

The Queen’s Chronicles

posted by Donna Henes

I am about to publish the 27th issue of The Queen’s Chronicles, the monthly ezine that offers upbeat, practical and ceremonial inspiration for all women who want to enjoy the fruits of an influential, passionate and powerful maturity. Each issue […]

Calling All Queens

posted by Donna Henes

Are you in your middle years or about to enter them? Are you living your true potential and following your fondest dreams? If not, why not? And if not now, when? Now is the time to leave behind old patterns […]

Say Yes

posted by Donna Henes

Say YesBy Andrea Gibson when two violins are placed in a room if a chord on one violin is struck  the other violin will sound the note  if this is your definition of hope this is for you  the ones […]

What Is Right With You ????

posted by Donna Henes

What Is Right With You ????By Kim Mailhot, NHQueen of Arts So my amazing friend, Paula, from Little Scraps of Magic, is participating in the Reverb10 writing prompt challenge to examine your 2010 and to set intentions and focus for […]

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Message from Another Queen
  To the citizens of the United States of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we ...

posted 6:00:27am Jul. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Field Notes on an Empty Nest
By Cindy La Ferle (www.laferle.com) Last week I found an empty bird’s nest on the brick walk leading to our backyard. I’m guessing the nest fell from a nearby silver maple; or maybe a neighbor found it while jogging and left it by the ...

posted 6:00:54am Jul. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Full disclosure: I've been suffering from Empty Next Syndrome
By Wendi Knox I know this isn't a condition that's commonly discussed. A) Because it's so uncomfortable. B) Because I just made it up. Of course, there's lots of talk about "empty nests. " But you don't need to be sending a kid off ...

posted 6:00:16am Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Midlife Matters
Uncomfortable talks you should have with your Doctor By Dr. Karen Hardart As women move beyond the child-bearing years, their responsibilities and sources of stress can shift and even increase. But the transition from mommy to midlife ...

posted 6:00:27am Jun. 26, 2015 | read full post »

How to Be Visible
By Rebecca Perkins Reprinted From The Huffington Post  "I'm not interested in being perfect when I'm older. I'm interested in having a narrative. It's the narrative that's really the most beautiful thing about women." - Jodie ...

posted 6:00:05am Jun. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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