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Stephanie Discusses The Importance of Fully Feeling Your Emotions, and Using Positive Affirmations to Transform

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In her first interview with Manifest Easy, Stephanie discusses how it’s so important to fully feel our emotions and not suppress them, how positive affirmations are changing her life for the better, and how part of remembering our Divinity as women is recognizing that we are multifaceted beings.

Stephanie’s Age: 31 years old

Her Current location: Utah, United States

Stephanie’s Profession: Mental Health Counselor

Instagram Username: @StephieandSage

What makes you feel most connected to your femininity?

“Any time I feel unshakably confident, I feel completely connected with my identity as a woman.

In situations of professional, academic or personal life, when I find myself exuding self-assurance, I feel completely feminine.”

What outfit do you feel most sexy in?

“It absolutely depends on the situation. Most of the time, I feel great in a bikini.

I love a sexy black dress for a night out, with glam makeup.

I feel fabulous in lingerie. I can also feel like a goddess in an oversized sweater and long socks. I like being naked. It’s all relative.”

Has anyone ever judged you for showing your more feminine, emotional side? How did you deal with that?

“That has been a constant for me throughout my life. My immediate family wasn’t particularly sensitive growing up, and I had felt judged for being too emotional, either positive or negative.

My emotions were minimized with phrases like “stop crying, it’s not that bad,” or “that’s not that exciting.”  It was a theme I had carried into my romantic relationships.

My ex husband had even taken to saying “stop crying so loudly,” in moments of extreme, and justifiable turmoil. 

I had never really been able to do anything about it. I have always thought it necessary to feel emotions through, even though it had made me the oddball. I did begin to internalize those feelings. I stopped openly sharing them.”

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At what point in your life did you start to really step into your femininity and the divinity that comes with that?

“Honestly, probably a year ago. I had become very closed off and I spent a lot of time hiding myself. I had shut down various parts of myself based on the opinions of others.

I let people make me feel like less for being emotional, sexual, opinionated and vibrant. I spent my whole life trying to “find myself,” and finally realized that I couldn’t do that if I didn’t explore some of those things that I was suppressing.”

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

“Yoga. Getting lost in a good flow makes me feel so nourished.

I also enjoy setting up a cozy environment for reading as part of self care, either sitting on the beach or lying in bed with a cup of hot tea.”

 What do you love most about being a woman?

“This is such a tough question. I love being a mother and everything that encompasses. I have two daughters, and teaching them to be empowered young women means the world to me. I hope they are able to “find themselves” more quickly than I did. 

I love that women can be soft and firm. I love that we have a force that is only available to women. I love how a confident woman can steal a room. I love that I can be nurturing and powerful. I love that we are tenacious mountain movers. I love how women glow from the inside out.

We can be everything. Strong, intelligent, creative. We are multifaceted. “

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What inspires your creativity most?

“How I see my surroundings based on my emotions. I also utilize memories and past experiences.”

How do you express your creative side?

‘I write. I very much enjoy getting my thoughts out in words for me to reflect on later. I fully believe it is necessary to feel everything fully.

I like going back to reference past writings when my mood matches those past works, and reflect.”

Women are intuitive beings by nature. What’s one instance where you’ve felt called to really tap into your intuition and listen to that voice inside of you?

“I feel this so often. I feel that I am particularly emotionally intuitive. I’ve been called a clairsentient in the past.

I have the uncanny ability of just knowing what people are feeling emotionally. I’ve always had an unconscious confidence in that ability.

I have been recently trying to cultivate that skill into other areas of my life.”

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Women have an intrinsic trait where we tend to avoid confrontation, and handle issues passively. Because of this, we can often manipulate the situation and get our way without fighting. What’s one time that you’ve seen this trait show through you?

“I feel I’ve probably done that quite a bit in past relationships. I can’t recall specific times, but in relationships I tend to gravitate towards extroverts who have always been quite situationally commanding.

I suppose that’s a nice way of saying that they liked being in control. I’ve learned that to be heard, I have to passively implant ideas.”

When did you really start to feel confident in yourself? Was there a specific moment or event that caused you to embrace yourself with love and step into confidence?

“There were many events. I struggled with my identity for my whole life. I had battled an eating disorder, anxiety, panic and depression, as well as unkind and unfair treatment at points.

About a year and a half ago, I decided that I needed to finally figure out who I am regardless of the opinions of others. I was having a panic attack and I felt so lost.

I started experimenting with different ideas, read a lot about various types of activism, began speaking my mind, stopped being passively myself and apologetic for my existence.”

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Was there a time you ever doubted yourself? And how did you overcome your doubt?

“Constantly, even still. Doubt will always be there.

I notice that I have two voices, two ways I talk to myself. Those voices are my confidence and my doubt. My doubt has always been louder than my confidence.

My work has been to make confidence louder, so loud doubt quiets quickly.”

As women, we are too often told we need to change the way we look, and the media and beauty industries can pick on our insecurities. How do you like to honor your body and remind yourself how beautiful and perfect you are? 

“I honor my body by staying active and living a vegan lifestyle. My insecurities have been my master for much of my adult life. I often followed far too closely to beauty standards of the media and it took over my day to day.

The best thing I could do for myself now, so I don’t fall subject to that again,  is to make sure I am doing all of the things that make me feel grounded.

I don’t deprive myself of food, good or bad, like I used to. I exercise on a schedule that isn’t overwhelming, in ways that make me happy. I care for my skin in daily rituals. I apply makeup when I want to, as it is something I enjoy doing for myself, though I don’t find it an obligation.

I try to look at myself in the mirror and really see myself. I give myself the time to notice where I am with my mood, what I need.

Also, when I look in the mirror, I try to always acknowledge something I like about myself. Positive affirmation and action are my best tools.”

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What advice would you give to a young girl who isn’t confident in her body and femininity yet?

“I would say this: You will find yourself. You do not have to be anything for anyone other than you.

Find your voice. Use it. Do not be afraid of it or where it will take you.

Whatever doors close because of it, are not doors you are meant to walk through. Be kind to yourself while you are learning. You are precious and deserve all of the grace in the universe.

You have power that you haven’t found yet. You are a fire that deserves to be fed, not contained or managed. Burn brightly and kindly, allowing your light to lead others. You will be okay. Keep learning.” 

Women are naturally highly sensitive beings, and we deeply feel our emotions. How do you honor your emotions and give yourself space to feel?

“I do simply that. When feelings arise, I feel them. I cry if I must. I allow myself the time to do so, however long it takes.

I let it become the experience that it is. I am very intentional with my emotions. Each deep feeling is a learning opportunity to better understand myself. “

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As women, and divine feminine beings, we’re given the precious ability to create life. In our society, we’re told we need to be mothers and raise a family. While having the incredible ability to create life and give birth, not every woman decides to become a mom, and that’s okay. What are your thoughts on this topic? How do you feel about being able to create the most precious thing on earth – life itself?

“Though women are born with the gift to create life, a woman is not less if she can’t or chooses not to. Many factors come together when considering motherhood. It doesn’t end after life is created and birthed, that life must be maintained.

Our bodies are ours to be used how we see purposeful, and our lives are our own to cultivate. 

I am a mother to two daughters. I was 20, quite young, through my first pregnancy and had not quite learned myself yet or how to be intentional. I was overjoyed journeying into motherhood, though a bit naive.

My second pregnancy was 4 years ago and I was much more aware of myself. I truly felt that I had embraced the divine goddess in that period, though I did struggle with doubt in my abilities.

I had not felt more beautiful or powerful at any other point in my life. I found myself so connected to my children, both the unborn and with new eyes for my oldest. It was a magical experience.

Through breastfeeding, I found myself with different respect for my body. These were surely large stepping stones in my journey and in honoring my feminine power.”

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The divine feminine energy within you is inherently strongly connected to nature – Mother Earth. What is your favorite way to spend time in nature and honor Mother Earth?

“I enjoy hiking trails of all intensity. I also spend a lot of time at the beach observing the ocean.

I am personally a vegan and environmental activist. I have been to a number of rallies and events for both, and it is my largest immediate goal to live as sustainable as possible.

I support animal and environmental initiatives and work towards educating others on veganism and sustainability. I am not quiet about our need to respect our Mother and have compassion for all of her children.”

As women, we are the embodiment of Divine Feminine energy, but we also have Divine Masculine energy within us. Do you often feel like you have more feminine energy than masculine, or vice versa? How does the energy that you think is most dominant within you often express itself through you? 

“I am positive I embody more of the divine feminine, though I am stepping more into masculine energy as my confidence grows. The two really go hand in hand, and previously, I had been very concerned with not appearing as one or the other.

I know that before I had begun practicing self awareness, I had a tendency to be aggressive and emotionally reactive. I am constantly now working to balance feminine vs. masculine.”

Anna Pepe is Editor and Creator of Manifest Easy. After learning how to properly manifest the life of her dreams, and communicate with the Universe in a productive way, Anna now has a passion for helping others to do the same. Anna is a channel, and often channels lessons from her guides regarding love, romantic and platonic relationships, abundance, money, and more. Not only does she have a passion for helping others manifest the life they desire, she also has a passion for helping people recognize that they have incredible power within them, that often lies dormant. She loves to share other people’s stories, as well as her own stories and lessons from her guides, to help as many people as possible and share as many perspectives as possible with her brand. If you have a story you’d love to share, please go to the Contact Us page, or email Anna at [email protected]

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Arguing? Spiritual People Don’t Do That…

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably human…

Which means, you’ve probably been in an argument a few times.

Arguing is something that we’ve been taught to do since we were really little. 

Everyone was programmed by their parents’ conversations, siblings, teachers…

We were programmed to respond in certain ways depending on our environment growing up. 

We soaked in everything around us as children, without discernment (which was of no fault to us as we were probably not taught discernment), without knowing that what we’re soaking in and absorbing is shaping us, likely for the rest of our lives.

The way you argue is likely the way you saw those around you arguing when you were growing up. 

Is arguing a bad thing?

No, because nothing is good or bad unless you give it that meaning. 

The real question, in my opinion, is “Is arguing serving me?”

The title of this article (completely sarcastic BTW) is to play on the fact that many people think that spiritual people shouldn’t, or don’t, argue. 

That’s completely false. 

Spiritual people aren’t perfect and we all have moments where we fall back into the program of the matrix. 

The goal is to care so much about how you feel, your state of being, your emotional frequency output…

that you don’t want to do anything that brings you in a state where you’re not feeling in alignment and in a space of unconditional love for yourself, and for those around you.

That’s what it means to be dedicated on your spiritual path. 

Nonetheless, spiritual people aren’t perfect – as you’re probably already aware of! 

And while you’re an amazing, beautiful, powerful soul who’s reading this message..

You’re not perfect either!

And that’s totally okay, because like I said in the beginning of this article…

You’re human. 

You came here to be human, which means to be perfectly imperfect. 

Love on the parts of yourself that feel they need to enter an argument from a place that is not of unconditional love. 

If you need to get your point across, do it with love, in a way that doesn’t breed fear, hate, or hard feelings.

A reminder that arguing only breeds that in which we do not want. 

Love you.

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Stay in Alignment Throughout Your Day By Using This Powerful Technique to Lock in Your Intention

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In this video Anna Pepe shares how to use this powerful technique which she channeled from her spirit guides, to lock in your intention for your day, to help you stay in alignment with your goal, to help you stay focused, and to ultimately help you create a state of being from which you manifest easily and quickly.

Use this technique every morning to set your intention and set energetic filters within your energy centers and your physical body.

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The Incredibly Wise Divine Derricka Gives Us a Great Perspective on Judgement and Positive Self-Talk

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In her first interview with Manifest Easy, the very wise and beautiful soul that is Divine Derricka shares with us a great perspective on judgement, and gives powerful examples of using positive self-talk to form a strong relationship with yourself based in unconditional love.

Divine Derricka’s Age: 23

Her Current location: California, United States

About Divine Derricka’s Profession: Derricka is an Empowerment leader and intuitive energy healer and channel. She works with people to help them reframe their mindsets + alchemize their inner worlds, remember their divinity, and their power to heal themselves + transform their lives. She is also an Artist and uses her art to activate, and uplift people’s energies. 

Instagram Username: @Divine_derricka

What makes you feel most connected to your femininity?

“Dressing up, and doing my makeup really helps me tap into that feminine side.”

What outfit do you feel most sexy in?

“A bralette, some flowing goddess pants, a kimono, my snake necklace, snake sandals, my lion rings, and gold bracelet, and my chandelier earrings. Also can’t forget a full face of makeup!”

Has anyone ever judged you for showing your more feminine, emotional side? How did you deal with that?

“Yes, I’ve had a couple of people. At first it hurt my feelings, but after doing some healing I realized it was because I myself used to judge this part of myself. Once I healed that relationship, I stopped attracting people that judged me for that.”

At what point in your life did you start to really step into your femininity and the divinity that comes with that?

“Actually at this point right now. I feel more connected to this aspect of myself than I ever have before.”

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

“Definitely giving love to my physical body. Whether that’s through self pleasure, rubbing myself down with oils, doing my nails and hair, and taking reiki infused baths.”

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The sacred elixirs flow from me, and I drink from this source. It provides me with vitality, with nourishment, it grants me access to infinite creation energy and unlimited potential. From this nourishment I can bring forth life, alchemize lead into gold, transform and transmute, I can create and make all the love I wish to! Life to me is a lover wanting to give, and it basks in joy when you moan out in gratitude, and when you say “yes, more!” Life has infinite ways to love you, and wants to love you. It is you loving yourself, so how do you wish to be loved? Life kept whispering to me all the things it wanted to bless me with and asking me “what makes you feel good?” This voice was a temptress her fragrance was erotically magnetizing, yet when I realized this temptress was me, I gave in. She was not a threat, but she was liberation. I let her seduce me, I let her open up my eyes, I received her, and she lit up my senses and reminded me of my worth. She reminded me how orgasmic life can be. How wonderful this connection exists in harmonious union, how she pours into me as I pour into her. 💦🔥 #goddess #shakti #divinesensuality #earthenergy #nectarforthegods #lifeforceenergy #tantra #selflove #selfworship

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 What do you love most about being a woman?

“Ahh so many things! Being a woman is amazing. But I’d say how intuitive we are, and that we are powerfully connected to the realms of the unseen, and magick.”

What inspires your creativity most?

“Being outside in nature always sparks my creative fire.”

How do you express your creative side?

“Through doing my makeup and taking pictures, writing poetry, drawing, and cooking.”

Women are intuitive beings by nature. What’s one instance where you’ve felt called to really tap into your intuition and listen to that voice inside of you?

“When I was ending a karmic relationship. I had to really ask myself from a deeper place, “is this healthy for me?” And it led me to letting go of something that wasn’t serving me anymore.”

Women have an intrinsic trait where we tend to avoid confrontation, and handle issues passively. Because of this, we can often manipulate the situation and get our way without fighting. What’s one time that you’ve seen this trait show through you?

“It was with my sister. We’d sometimes bump heads about how [to do] certain things. But instead of me fighting about it, I’d suggest going to get some food and that I’d pay for gas. I knew what to say, and how she’d react to avoid it turning into a bigger problem.”

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I’ve been in this space of radical self acceptance, forgiveness, and compassion. Last week I did a guided meditation to heal my womb, and it truly shook up my world. Up came all the self hatred I felt towards myself, the trauma I’ve experienced, that the women in my family have experienced, our ancestors, and the pain that has taken place to gaia and her children throughout history. I trembled, tears pouring down seeming not to end, my womb contracting from all the pain, but through my breathing I allowed it all to leave. My guides surrounded me, ancient womb healers placed their hands on my stomach and spoke blessings over it, over me. There in that space my womb came alive, the woman within me now rising up in deep remembrance of her power. I’ve been still integrating all of this. But over this past weekend with the full moon energy, I felt myself coming alive even more. I felt my desires fully for the first time and spoke on them, and said yes to them. I looked at myself with pure love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Forgiving the times where I didn’t appreciate myself, forgiveness for not knowing what I do now, forgiveness for putting myself through certain things, forgiveness for denying myself the love I deserve, forgiveness for speaking negatively about myself and this body. This body is sacred. My womb is sacred and wise, and it’s time I fully accept that. I accept the stretch marks, The scars, The plumpness of my figure. All of me deserves love. And so I vow to commit to loving myself, everyday, in all forms. #selflove #wombhealing #gaia #motherearth #ancient #nurture #goddess #meditation

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When did you really start to feel confident in yourself? Was there a specific moment or event that caused you to embrace yourself with love and step into confidence?

“It was another romantic situation. I had fallen for someone that didn’t feel the same way, and he mentioned some traits about myself that I needed to look at.

That moment sparked me to look deeper at not only my shadow, but my light. I started to embrace what was within, what I had to offer to the world.

It made me realize I don’t have to chase anyone or anything, but simply be as I am. And that She is enough. Once I did that I started to feel better about myself, and it was genuine confidence that emerged.”

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Dear me, I fucking love you. I love your beautiful expression of the Divine. I love your soft supple skin, and the way the sun shines upon you like a radiant diamond. Your magnetism makes it so nothing can resist your pull. Your eyes are deep like the roots that run through this earth, they say “tell me the truth and don’t hold back” Your soft lips that speak words of love and praise. How powerful you are when you command presence just from your very energy. People can’t help but to sit up and LISTEN. You are a queen, the powerful embodiment of the feminine ways and keeper of ancient wisdom. You are so unique and complex, a mystery that I still have yet to figure out, I simply am grateful to witness your magnificence. You defy all logic and there truly is no one way to describe you. You are a continuous expanding ever changing piece of art. The Divine knew what it was doing for the world when you were created. I love you and will continue to explore your depths and unknown places with joy, curiosity, respect, and acceptance. – Derricka #selflove #goddess #queen #beauty #grace #divinederricka

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Was there a time you ever doubted yourself? And how did you overcome your doubt?

“Oh yes, many times actually. One was when I started to really express my gifts to the world. I doubted if I was all that I felt I was. I doubted if I’d actually make a difference in people’s lives.

But the way I overcame it was when I went into the part of myself that was doubtful, I spoke to her and we had a honest conversation. I reminded her that we have what it takes, and that we were born with these specific gifts for a reason.

It took time but the doubt started to ease up. But in my moments of doubt, prayer also is my go to.”

As women, we are too often told we need to change the way we look, and the media and beauty industries can pick on our insecurities. How do you like to honor your body and remind yourself how beautiful and perfect you are? 

“I write love letters to myself. I also sit in front of the mirror naked and speak out loud how beautiful I am. I speak to every part that I ever felt self conscious about, and I shower it with love. I also thank my body for all the work it does. Gratitude has shifted my self worth in major ways.”

What advice would you give to a young girl who isn’t confident in her body and femininity yet?

“Don’t ever compare yourself to another for you are absolutely perfect as you are. No one else in the world could do what you are meant to, or be you. Your uniqueness is what makes you special.

The Divine made you exactly the way you were meant to be for a reason. Within you is an infinite source of beauty, wisdom, love power, and potential. You carry the codes of the women that have gone before you, and they are guiding you every step of the way.

You are never alone in what you feel. You are valid, you are worthy of all of your hearts dreams and desires. You don’t ever have to chase love, or validation because your worth was already set before you came into physical form. You could never be without love because it’s what you are.

Honor what it means to be a woman, and celebrate yourself throughout all moments because you deserve to be celebrated. Remember you are loved unconditionally forever, and always.”

Women are naturally highly sensitive beings, and we deeply feel our emotions. How do you honor your emotions and give yourself space to feel?

“I make sure that I always have a private space I can go to and be alone with the divine, and myself. In that space I’ll write about my feelings, I’ll cry and release, I’ll scream, dance, I do whatever is needed to let the emotions move through me.  I also remind myself that it’s okay to feel what I feel.” 

As women, and divine feminine beings, we’re given the precious ability to create life. In our society, we’re told we need to be mothers and raise a family. While having the incredible ability to create life and give birth, not every woman decides to become a mom, and that’s okay. What are your thoughts on this topic? How do you feel about being able to create the most precious thing on earth – life itself?

“I feel every woman regardless if they choose to be a mother or not, have the divine mother codes within them. It’s not just birthing a physical child, but maybe a creative project, or something you’re manifesting.

We have this powerful ability to breathe life into anything around us. That could be our love life, ourselves, our friendships, our career. All of that is tied to our feminine ability to create life, and nurture life.

I do feel that we should be more respectful to women who consciously choose not to be mothers. It doesn’t make them any less of a woman.

But for me, I do know I want to and will be a mother to physical children. I think it’s so beautiful that women have this ability to bring spirit into human form. It’s powerful to witness what women go through, and their ability to literally carry life within them.

How they were designed with everything they needed to make this happen. When I think about what I’m capable of as a woman in birthing life, it’s a power I can’t fully describe into words. It’s an ancient remembrance for sure.”

The divine feminine energy within you is inherently strongly connected to nature – Mother Earth. What is your favorite way to spend time in nature and honor Mother Earth?

“I love just being present in nature. Putting my feet on the grass, feeling the pulse of Mother Earth beneath my feet, listening to the birds, feeling the wind, the sun. Experiencing her with all my senses. I love to speak with the spirits of the earth, sing to them, dance with them, and just sit with them having conversations. I also love to leave offerings for Mother Earth. I’ll leave her flowers, or I’ll send her reiki.”

As women, we are the embodiment of Divine Feminine energy, but we also have Divine Masculine energy within us. Do you often feel like you have more feminine energy than masculine, or vice versa? How does the energy that you think is most dominant within you often express itself through you? 

“I used to definitely be more in masculine side, but now I feel my feminine is much more dominant. It shows up in my ability to communicate easily with The Divine, and be a channel and vessels for it to express itself through me. Also my ability to be unconditionally loving to everyone.”

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