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A Sacred Manual for

Getting Spiritually Naked
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Copyright 2013 by Meggan Watterson
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Watterson, Meggan
Reveal : a sacred manual or geIIing spiriIually naked } Meggan
Watterson. -- 1st ed.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 78-1-401-3820-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. SpiriIual lie.
2. Spirituality. I. Title.
BL624.W365 2013
Tradepaper ISBN: 978-1-4019-3820-8
Digital ISBN: 978-1-4019-3821-5
16 15 14 13 4 3 2 1
1st edition, April 2013
FrinIed in Ihe UniIed SIaIes o America
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This book is dedicated to every woman
who desires to hear and follow
the soul-voice inside her.
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Invocation ............................................................................... xi
Introuction ..........................................................................xiii
e First Veil: REVEAL Your Soul-Story .................................. 1
e Second Veil: REVEAL Your Sacred Body .......................... 23
e ird Veil: REVEAL Your Soul-Voice ............................... 45
e Fourth Veil: REVEAL Your Divine Worth ....................... 71
e Fih Veil: REVEAL Your Inner Mystic .......................... 101
e Sixth Veil: REVEAL Your Soul-Work ............................. 131
e Seventh Veil: REVEAL Your Spiritual Community ........ 155
Benediction .......................................................................... 175
Endnotes ............................................................................... 181
Acnowledgments ................................................................ 185
About the Autho ................................................................ 191
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i am the sex of human that has consumed the fruit,
the snakes offering.
and no, i am not guilty. and yes, i am naked.
and no, i am not ashamed.
and yes, i am that silhouette there in the distance,
the one always found dancing.
i am a scarlet letter, i am burned at the stake. my name is sita, i am a bride.
my name is thecla, i will never be married.
i am shaped like a triangle, i am as curved as the number three.
i am s-like and undulating. i am re, and i taste of an ancient sea.
i am that feeling you had when you tried to forget me.
i am that moment when you eclipsed yourself, and suddenly
i am herea shrine within you left too long unattended.
i am that impulse you had to light a candle there. yes,
i am this simple. yes, i come this easily.
for you, i will press myself at like a book that has never been read.
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i will hold myself there against your skin and watch as your eyes close
from the heat of me, so near to you.
i will let you handle me like a verse of sacred scripture,
i will entrust all of my pages for your beholding.
for you, i will open to the meatiest chapter of myself,
i will go straight to the pith, the real juice.
and i will say, read here, beloved stranger, start sipping this nectar
for the soul journey of which you are now a pilgrim.
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bleeping crazy; Youll get lost, hurt, or killed; A pil-
grim is categorically unemployable. But for some rea-
son the real hook was the fear that this pilgrimage was
just plain selsh, that I was deviating from my intended
path of service. I often felt terried and immensely un-
certain of the choice I was making.
But I knew one thing unequivocally. I knew that this
incendiary voice in my journal was the voice of love
the love that kneed me. I didnt know what I would have
to meet; I didnt know where I would have to go. I just
knew that I desired the feelings that the word beloved
evoked in me and that I had to trust and acknowledge
that desire.
I knew I wanted to move the way love wanted me
to move.
Wu\+ Yoc T\r v:+u Yoc
I used to think that the traumatic or trying events
in my life were a seven-piece luggage set that traveled
with me wherever I went. That perspective weighed me
down, slowed me down, and made me feel as if my soul
had a Wide Load sign attached to it, like those atbed
trucks taking up two lanes on the highway while trans-
porting a mobile home.
Heres where a veil liIs.
In my experience, there is a story the ego is telling
me about who I am and what is happening in my life
that is lled with fear. And the voice of fear is usually
loud and very closeright all up in my face. And then
theres another story that the voice of the soul is cease-
lessly recounting to me beneath all that surface noise.
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The First Veil
These Iwo sIories are Iold in Iwo dierenI kinds o Iime:
chronos and kairos.
Chronos, or chronological time, is linear, sequential
"clock Iime": Ihis is where Ihe ego lives and Ihrives. We
often want time to unfold in this way, one event follow-
ing the next and arriving just when we want it to arrive.
Kairos, on Ihe oIher hand, is nonlinear, sacred Iime
the right or opportune moment.
We can pray our butts off for something to happen,
say nding a lover, or getting a car or house, or having
a long-awaited child. But then the person we meet ends
up smothering us with love we werent ready for, or the
car payments put us in debt and the house catches on
re, or the baby of our dreams has colic and we dont
sleep for two years straight. Then we realize that maybe,
just maybe, in willfully pursuing our egos desire, we
Iampered wiIh sacred Iiming. Kairos is aligned wiIh Ihe
highest truth for our lives, and being aligned with kairos
means not always getting what we want when we want it.
Kairos is Ihe sacred Iime needed or us Io meeI wiIh
not only what fullls us but also what fullls a need in
Ihe world. Kairos works on our souls Iiming, noI Ihe
laminaIed IimeIable Ihe ego has seI up or our lie. Kairos
time allows things to unfold naturally; nothing is forced
or contrived into being out of fear.
When we judge where we are in our lives and how
much weve achieved, we do so from a place of chro-
nos. Our judgments are based on expectations we set
or ourselves: job by 2S, married wiIh children by 30,
book published by 35; own business by 40, and so on to
the grave. Many of us measure ourselves by these mile-
stones without even examining them to see if theyre
our own. Meaning some of these linear expectations are
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acquired through social osmosis. What shifts the weight
of our baggage is simply choosing it. Owning the baggage
as the particular story our soul needed to live out allows
us to claim it. And oddly enough, claiming it allows us
to then let it go.
Once we let go of some of the stories that have been
dening and conning us, we can align our identity
with a deeper truthwith the soul-story beneath the
surface drama of who we are according to the ego. We
can dive beneath the wreck we fear weve made of our
lives to hear the story our soul is living out. Listening
to our soul-story allows us to release the idea that life is
something happening to us. We can claim the power to
become the author of our own narrative.
This is how we begin, how we remove a crucial veil:
we claim our baggage as the story of our soul. No matter
how old you are or what youve been through, you can
change your perception of whats possible by claiming
what has weighed you down and what youve used as
an excuse to remain closed and unworthy of love, and
accept that your baggage is, in fact, your personal soul-
story, which has unfolded in exactly the sacred time it
required. You may not be where you wanted or expected
to be at this point in your life, but you can choose to
acknowledge that you are right where you need to be.
This does not mean that where you are is not painful
or frustrating. But it does mean that you have the power
to change your life in an instant, simply by changing
your perspective.
Take all those stories youve used as a reason to not
love yourself. Its time to see them as lessons to chal-
lenge, rene, and even polish your soul. You look at
those hard-to-let-go-of stories, and you love yourself
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The First Veil
enough to see that you deserve much more than to dwell
on them and punish yourself with regret. You own the
stories that have kept you in hiding, knowing that they
form the unique narrative of your soul. You also know,
however, that they are only a part of your journey, not
the whole.
In this way you clean out your inner closets. You
dig out the piles stashed behind the couch and under
the bed, in the basement, the attic, and the spare room,
and you lay the contents of your life at your feet. You
sift through everything that makes up who you are and
what you will be able to do and become.
If we didnt have baggage, if we didnt have dark,
troubling stories in our lives, how would we ever get
to practice the power of our love? What if every trau-
matic event weve endured, every regretful choice weve
made, is actually an opportunity for the soul to spread
its wings? We lift the weight of what has held us down
by choosing to believe that everything in our lives has
happened for our souls formation. It has not only hap-
pened for a reason but happened exactly when it needed
to. And that means births and deaths, marriages and di-
vorces, epic gains and epic losses.
At the end of the movie Ghost, Patrick Swayzes char-
acter, Sam, is about to enter the infamous light. As he
kisses his wife (played by Demi Moore) with his translu-
cent soul-lips, he tells her, Its amazing, Molly. The love
inside, you take it with you.
This is when I always do the ugly crynot out of
sadness but out of the pure joy that comes from recog-
nizing the truth. This scene reminds me with such clar-
ity and simplicity that there is really only one thing of
importance in my lifecultivating the capacity to love.
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Imagine putting down all that baggage youve been
dragging around and then lling a tote bag, a little red
one, with love. Imagine traveling with just thatand
nothing elsewherever you go.
What you take with you now is entirely up to you.
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About the Author
Meggan Watterson is a spiritual mentor, speaker,
and scholar of the Divine Feminine who inspires women
to live from the audacity and authenticity of the voice
of their soul.
She is the facilitator of the REDLADIES, a spiritual
community that encourages women to reclaim their
bodies as sacred and to be led by the soul-voice inside
them without compromise or apology. (Some break
bread together; REDLADIES break dark chocolate.)
Meggan is the founder of REVEAL, a womens spiritu-
ality event that is a triumvirate of one part ery soul-
voices, one part ritual, and one part dance party. She
received a MasIer o Theological SIudies rom Harvard
DiviniIy School and a MasIer o DiviniIy rom Union
Theological Seminary aI Columbia UniversiIy. She lives
in New York City with her son.
Follow Meggan on Twitter (@megganwatterson) and
Facebook (Meggan Jane WaIIerson).
To join the Reveal community online go to the
REVEAL Facebook page.
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