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REVEAL

A Sacred Manual for


Getting Spiritually Naked
MEGGAN WATTERSON
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Copyright 2013 by Meggan Watterson
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Reprinted by permission of the publisher and the Trustees of Amherst
College from The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition, Ralph W.
Franklin, ed., Cambridge, Mass: The Belknap Fress o Harvard UniversiIy
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
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
204'.4--dc23
2012043250
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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Contents
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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Invocation
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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The Seventh Veil
REVEAL Your Spiritual Community
What would hapen if one woman
told the truth about he life?
e world would split open.
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We have all felt it at some point in our lives. It has
made us weep; it has made us laugh until our stomach
hurt or we peed a little; it has reminded us that we are
invincible. It has called back all the pieces of ourselves,
of our soul, that we somehow lost. It has allowed us to
feel that deliciously intimate bliss of being wildly alive,
as if we could skinny-dip in winter and y through the
air on a swinging trapeze without worrying about a
net. We have all felt the power of what happens when
women come together.
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Call it what you wanta gaggle of goddesses, a wom-
ens group, a femme ock, a power posse, a girl gangit
doesnt matter. All that matters is that you have women
who will stand by you, women who will reect back to
you just how much you are and just how much you are
here to share. There is no greater spiritual tool for reveal-
ing your soul than a bevy of women who believe in you.
We have been separated from ourselves for so long.
Individually, we have endured such extreme distances
from our own souls. And we have also had to withstand
the collective pain of not trusting one another, of feel-
ing we are pitted against one another. We are all dif-
ferent, but comparison is an unholy waste of our time.
In the end, no difference stands a chance when we tell
our truth to one another as women, with heart-stopping
transparency and raw honesty.
If you tell me your storythat you long for love; that
youre numb and lonely; that you lost your child; that you
ache to have a child; that youve been abused; that you
dream; that you cry at night wondering where the brave,
little tom-girl is hiding; that you know theres another
way to live; that you know theres moremy soul will
root for you and want your freedom even more than
my own.
No matter how briey I know or encounter you, if
you are getting spiritually naked and showing the real
you, I will want every possible blessing to come your
way. This is not unique to me; this is inherent in every
woman I have ever known. The truth is, we want to love
and support each other no matter our differences. The
truth is, we know deep down that were on the same
sacred team and that our work right now is to love each
other into wearing our wings.
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The Seventh Veil
157
Why is it so important to have spiritual communi-
ty? You can never really forget who you are or what you
came here to do if a dedicated group of women are with
you on your pilgrimage, to unveil your own love to you.
They will hold you to your truth with whatever love
(or spiritual spanking) is necessary. They will love you
when you have blocked your own love for yourself. They
will feed you with their soul-talk and warm you with the
ery conversation of self-possessed women.
And they will feed youliterally. When you have
deserted yourself, they will pick you up and put their
home-cooked food in your mouth themselves if they
have to. They will nurture you until you remember again
that you want to be here, that life is good. They will help
you laugh when you are least able to, and they will help
you cry when you are trying to keep it locked inside you.
They will forgive you as quickly as you can ask for
it. They will hold you steady as you do the treacherous
work of going within, of meeting the audacity of the
soul. They will be there as you take that love you have
found within you and move it out into the world. They
will hold your highest truth for you. They will pray with
you. They will create rituals that comfort and support
you. They will break dark chocolate with you.
They will look you in the eyes and wordlessly con-
nect you to the power that has always existed, century
after century, when we come together as women.
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The only criteria for entering our group were that
you had to wear something silky, if only a scarf, and you
had to come with a poem to read out loud. One night
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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.
WebsiIe: www.megganwatterson.com
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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