Michael Skye’s New Web Site

You’ve come to a web site designed for the purpose of introducing a special retreat Michael led for visionary women in May, 2009. If you’ve come here looking for Michael Skye, or desiring to learn about his work or his programs, please visit his web site at michaelivanskye.com.

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The Origin of Mothers Day – A Woman’s Stand for Peace

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Visionary Woman, Visionary Mind

Visionary Woman, if you’ve enjoyed what I’ve given to you over the past several weeks, let’s continue our courageous journey to honor, love and a powerful vision!
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Healing Her Family With Honor

Listen to Hana, as she shares how she honored her husband and each of her children, and the impact this made with her family.

The courageous, healing work Hana did with her family was inspired by her participation in the VisionForce Boot Camp or iStand Experience. This time it's structured as a retreat for women only, and called the Power of Pure Love.

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Visionary Woman: Katherine Woodward Thomas

I had the honor of sitting down earlier this week by phone with Katherine Woodward Thomas of Calling In The One. Katherine's invitation to women is very beautiful and inspiring. Listen in…

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5 Courageous Women Share Hero Letters

Here’s the recorded tele-seminar from yesterday, in which 5 women took the opportunity to read their hero letters, honor someone special to them, and get feedback.  Prepare to be inspired!

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Hero Letter EXAMPLE

This is a letter I wrote to honor my youngest sister a few months ago.  I wrote it as if sharing with others who she is, which can be a powerful way for her to receive it.  I didn’t include the recommended visioning at the end, as I suggest in my tele-seminar, yet it’s still powerful.

I hope this touches your heart, because she so touches
mine.

I want to tell you who my youngest sister IS…

Her name is Alecia.

She’s the woman, who at the age of 16 was
the best friend and ally to my youngest brother,
Jonathan, at a time when he didn’t really have any
other consistent support, any parent very present, or
any other older sibling.

In the face of probably feeling lost herself
and without much support, she found the courage
and the strength on a daily basis to be his source
of love and guidance.

She’s the woman, who has face a lot of shame and guilt
–the way an innocent child often does when they assume
the blame for the splitting up of a family or a marriage.

She’s the one who as an adult has been a continual
uniting force for her brothers and sisters, always
thinking of how she can bring us together, always
thinking of how she can give her love and support.

And she does this now in addition to raising her own
3 beautiful children and being in committed partnership
with her husband–and all of the challenges those roles
can bring.

She’s the woman, who is giving all of her love every
single day Braedon and Darian, two of my nephews, and
Aleia, my adorable little neice. She’s the one who stands
strong for them in the face of stress and overwhelm managing
a household and 3 young children, with one on the way
(a kind of stress and overwhelm I can’t imagine as I can’t
seem to handle half a day around so many kids who seem to
always be needing something).

She’s the woman who has given up some of her own personal
dreams to give her beautiful children and family all of the
love she has to give.  She’s the one who gave them life,
the one who carried them and gave birth to them–and made
it possible for them to be in my life.  In the face of who
knows how many fears a new mother faces, when she suddenly
is responsible for an innocent young life in addition to her
own…and then another and another and soon another.

She’s the woman, who holds such a high standard for her
motherhood that she often has to face her own judgment.
And yet she rises each morning to give all of her love yet
again.  And again.

She’s the woman, who gives such love, even though she
probably rarely feels deeply appreciated for all her efforts
(how could her young children possibly acknowledge or fully
appreciate what she gives?).  She keeps on giving.

She’s the woman, who stands so passionately for her being
true to her own mind and heart when raising her children
that she finds herself criticized by those who hold differing
views–often even by those closest to her.  And yet she
continues to be strong and trust her own guidance, while
receiving and opening to others’ criticism.

I can’t imagine how tough it must be as a mother to be
criticized by others, would presume to tell you how to
raise your children.

She’s the woman, who rises early in the morning before her
young ones wake–and RUNS for her health and vitality.  Even
pregnant, she ventures out into the early morning to run!
And all this before she turns to another day of full on mothering,
serving, giving, teaching, resolving conflict, on and on.
What a warrior she is!

Alecia

She’s the woman, who, every time I see her, approaches me
with open arms and a wide, wide open heart.  No matter how
long it has been, no matter whether or not I showed up to
the last party she planned for the family–or the one before
that–she opens to me, and she embraces me as if she seeks to
fill me completely with her love.

She’s the one, who listens when I share.  She’s the one, who
honors me for the path I have chosen, even when that means she
and I don’t get to share as much of this life together right now.

She’s the one who champions me, remembers me, and I imagine…
often prays for me and my well being.

She’s the one, who has continued to bring her brothers and
sisters together, and has planned event after event, bearing
probably most of the preparing, cleaning and organizing.
She’s probably often felt disrespected in her own house, and
unappreciated.  And she stands up for herself and speaks her
truth!  And she continues to invite us to be in celebration
with her in her house.

She’s the one, who has given her heart to a young man, who
is a friend of mine, and has stood by him as his partner, his
ally, his friend for the last 9 years.  She’s the one who has
faced the challenges a marriage brings, and has continued to
reach out in communication, prayer and partnership to see how
she can always be a better wife, a better partner, a better
woman, a better person.  I imagine he must feel deeply blessed
to have her standing by his side in courageous, loving partnership.

Alecia…  she’s my sister.

She’s the one who fiercely seeks truth and wisdom… so much
so that even after the tumult of leaving her religion and finding
her path, she’s always seeking more truth, more wisdom.  And
she’s willing to question, to receive, to listen… And this
even though most of her brothers and sisters probably still
stand in judgment of religion.  She fiercely stands for
following her own mind and heart when it comes to choosing her
course in life.  And she inspires me!

She’s the one, who is the trusted confidant of both of my other
sisters, who do not always get along so well.  Even in the
face of their independent judgments of each other, she stands
as their bridge.  Without judgment.  She’s the bridge.  She’s
the one holding a love big enough for everyone.

She’s the one, who’s been standing for me passionately recently,
inviting me deeper into the gifts of faith, inviting me to
know that I’m not alone in this world, and that I have a god
who loves me.  She’s the one, who shares from her heart when she
sees she can help someone, even in the face of whatever doubts
or fears she has about whether they’ll received her offerings.

Alecia… this brief post can’t possibly tell you who she is,
the depth of her soul, the spark of light that she is or the
amount of love in her heart… but maybe it gives you a glimpse.

-Michael Skye

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What Kind of Visionary Woman Are YOU?

The question is not ‘Are you a visionary woman,’ because I believe we’re all visionary by nature.

It’s human nature to love, to care deeply–so deeply that we’ll give our life, if need be.

Whenever we give all of our heart to something or someone we care about, we find something worth standing for, worth living for, sometimes worth dying for. And that FEELING that let’s us KNOW something is worthy of our life is what I call Honor.

So what is that SOMETHING you care so deeply about that you’d take great risks to stand for?

  • Is it your children? The children in your local community? Or the children of the world?
  • Is it the environment? Is it clean air in your community? Or is it the environment of your home?
  • Is it peace in the Middle East? Peace for victims of domestic abuse? Peace in your home? Or peace in your heart?
  • Is it connecting people to spirit, to God or to their power? Is it bringing about new approaches to spirituality, love and life?
  • Is it creating a wellness center?
  • Is it standing for rape victims in Japan? Is it standing for women worldwide?
  • Is it standing for yourself right now?

What is it that YOU feel deeply moved to make a difference with? Who are the people who’s lives you feel most deeply inspired to touch?

Whatever it is you’re up to in life, the more you can STAND in the fullness of your love, the more power you have to impact profound change in whatever realm you choose. Love triumphs ALWAYS.

But it’s not enough to know you love something or someone. How do you FEEL that love, and stand courageously in that love, even when you feel fear, doubt, stress, guilt, shame, overwhelm, etc.?

It’s one thing to be peaceful and loving when you’re in prayer, meditation or yoga. It’s quite another to operate from love IN THE MOMENT OF CHALLENGE.

And if your life is an expression of your deep love for someone or something, then challenges are plentiful.

When the dignity of your child is threatened by a teacher, how do you respond? When your business idea is laughed at, how do you respond?

In these moments, we tend to close up, tighten our grip, and attempt to control things. We put up walls around our heart to keep us safe. We avoid our critics. We try to avoid our own “negative emotions.”

And in doing so, WE CUT OFF OUR GREATEST ACCESS TO POWER: The Power of Pure Love

How do you stand in love, when confronted by your critics?
How do you stand in love, when all hope is lost and you can see no way out?
How do you stand in love, when you doubt yourself and you’re lacking confidence?
How do you stand in love, when people are disrespecting you?
How do you stand in love, when it feels like the rug is being pulled out from underneath you?
How do you stand in love, when everyone has said No to you, and laughed at you?

Whatever your current approach is to these situations, your door to the miraculous power of pure love will be swing wide open at the Power of Pure Love retreat. You will learn PRACTICAL methods to FEEL the depth of your love in any moment and act congruently from that place.

You will find access to the grounding power of your open heart, and EXPERIENCE first-hand bold new approaches to the most challenging situations you face. And you will leave forever impacted from the core of your being with a new relationship to your sacred self and your power.

Imagine returning home to your family, your community, your business or other visionary project with allies who “see” you and know you more deeply than most others do, and who STAND WITH YOU and for you in the world.

The Power of Pure Love retreat is designed to empower YOU, the Visionary Woman, with the most practical and powerful tools, methods and experiences to confront the world with your heart WIDE OPEN, nothing to hide from, no one to fear.

This program gives you a new relationship to power from the core of your heart. And it’s focus is on the specific areas where you habitually close up your heart in order to protect yourself. The basis for the Power of Pure Love program (a 5-day intensive retreat and 7 week coaching program) is the VisionForce “Boot Camp,” which we’ve now customized specifically for courageous women. Here’s a video from the boot camp:

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Natural Streams of Honor (Hero Letter)

Here’s the replay of yesterday’s tele-seminar on Natural Streams of Honor and the “Hero Letter.” This exercise is a great way to get more emotional experience with Honor, and a continuation of the other tele-seminars we’ve been holding over the past few weeks.

Please feel free to post your inspiring letters below, as well as submit them to me, as suggested on the call.

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Ask And Ye Shall Receive – MONEY??

I am so inspired by several of the Visionary Women who’ve registered for this retreat, who are standing for being here, even in the face of fear that they might not be able to raise the funds to attend. It’s also interesting to speak to those who think they can’t attend, because of financial reasons. We’re all living inside our own view of what’s possible.

“Ask and ye shall receive.”

One of the Visionary Women standing for being here with us in May has asked me continually for my support and advice, and that’s a KEY trait for any of us who aim to bring about our visions in the world. We must be able to ask!

She’s used the internet mostly to raise nearly $900 ($200 of it has yet to post), most of it from people she’s never met. You can see my post about her, and see how she’s doing it here. She recorded an audio with me, where she shared her vision vulnerably. It’s available here: http://www.powerofpurelove.com/?p=19

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” What we perceive to be impossible or imprudent is limited to our perspective. To a person who believes people want to contribute, and that she is giving to others by inviting them to contribute and partner with her–ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

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