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Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books and currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum, and serves as ritual consultant for television and films. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.



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Between Wishes and Blessings

may you see the shadows  

of sky in the ocean


may your heart be gentle and steady


may you eat organic blueberries and apricots from a beautiful bowl


may you travel to the countries (landscapes)  

that sing to your soul


may children laugh  

at your jokes


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may the taste of honey  

be on your tongue


may your skin embrace  

the air


may your air embrace  

your skin


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the beloved


may you swim in clear mountain lakes


may your eyes shine  

by the fire


may your language make  

a path to your dream


may your bones speak to your soul


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If You Are Happy and You know It
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I was the most miserable of children. Painfully shy, sadly confused, and badly bruised; constantly abused by great chilly blasts of debilitating negativity. A non-stop litany of nothing ever being good enough Especially me. All I ever wanted was to be happy.


Whenever an adult would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would - in my imagination where I dared - answer, "Happy." I hung hand lettered and illustrated affirmations (before I knew there was a word for such things) all over my room: I WANT TO BE HAPPY. I WILL BE HAPPY.


And then, when I was eighteen years old and living away from home for the first time, it suddenly, incredibly, indelibly occurred to me one marvelous morning that nobody knew me here at college. No one knew I was sad, intimidated or bruised. I could be anybody I wanted to be. I could be a happy person!


I put on a happy face. Only I knew it was phony. And then little by little, the cheerful smile was no long fake. My mood and demeanor became authentically joyful.


And, voilá! Before I knew it, I had become - purely through determination - authentically happy. I was a happy person! And I still am today, 50 years later.


Happiness is fleeting (as is pain.) The trick is to court it, to recognize it - even in camouflage - to acknowledge it's presence when and where we least expect it, to celebrate each second of the healing heart and soul of it, and to rejoice in our own exhilarating ability to create it for ourselves and others at any given moment, in any circumstance.



With blessings of inner contentment,




 I am still determined to be cheerful and happy,  

in whatever situation I may be;  

for I have also learned from experience  

that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions,  

and not upon our circumstances.  

- Martha Washington    

To Be Glorious


Today, I choose myself.


I choose to be the Queen of my own domain.

To name myself as the one who governs my life.


I shall not wait for the approval of others.

I will act on my own behalf and inner knowing.


I choose to listen to this great heart within me.

To honor what it wants, needs and longs for.


I shall no longer allow the sacred parts of myself

to feel worthless, fragmented and isolated.


I choose to take up space in this Universe.

To inhabit this vessel of self, which is my holy temple.


I shall not keep my gifts hidden any longer

or allow fear to keep me from my greatness.


I choose to be as wonderful as I truly am.

To explore just who I might be, after all these years.


I shall not judge myself for where I have not

journeyed yet, or the ways I have been untrue.


I choose to forgive myself and release the old stories

to make space for new stories, legends even,  

to emerge.


I shall not forsake my dreamings and visionings or allow others ideas to crowd my own. I will think my own thoughts.


I choose to fall in love with who I am, as I am,  

right now.


To embrace the messy and the marvelous within me.


I shall not diminish my light, one day longer.  

Hear me now.


I release the shadows. Open hands. Open heart. Whoosh.


I choose to see myself, and to be seen by you, too.

To find you and dance with you and let you know  

I see you.


I choose to see myself as whole, holy, worthy and wildly me.

And Oh! So much more than enough.  


I choose to be outrageous!


Being glorious is not a default. It is a choice.  

Hear me now.


Are you ready for this? I am. Today, I choose myself.


I choose to be glorious!


- Shiloh Sophia, CA   


10 Step Program for Happiness

Americans Unhappy, Reports Reveal

By Merilee Kern, CA


America may be a wealthy country, but it's apparently not a happy one. According to a Gallup poll, the well-being of Americans hasn't improved in the past six years and even declined slightly in 2013. Other reports reveal that fully 85 percent of Americans are unhappy in their current jobs. And, according to the World Health Organization, one out of three Americans is diagnosed with depression, and more than 75 percent suffer from chronic stress and are completely unaware of it. This does not account for the percentage of unemployed who are struggling to find their place and offer their talents.

While many assume happiness is a derivative of success, multiple studies have proven that isn't quite the case. Findings underscore that many professionally successful people and those with notable wealth are actually not happy-often, quite the opposite is the case. Even more surprising is that what people might perceive as success could actually be hindering their happiness, well-being and overall economic growth. "As a society we've gotten it backwards: it is happiness that leads to success not vice versa," notes "America's Happyologist" Jackie Ruka, Founder of the Get Happy Zone personal and professional development organization.

"The 'failure is not an option' mentality is an old belief system based upon fear, insecurity and competition, which results in working too much for fear of job and income loss. But, this state of mind can literally kill us. Conversely, a happy workforce leads to increased productivity and meaningfulness at work in addition to a more fruitful and meaningful personal life. It's a cycle.

There are multiple scientific studies proving that we are, in fact, the ambassadors of our own happiness in that we have full control over this enviable state of mind, which is a powerful precursor of success in terms of the true meaning of the word and how it impacts the human experience. The field of "positive psychology" has, in fact, dug deep and formerly recognized that a person's thoughts and actions can have a significant effect on their happiness and life fulfillment.

The more individuals recognize that we are each responsible for our own happiness, the closer we are to seeing that collective happiness manifest, resulting in improved relationships, careers, finances and both physical and emotional health. By adopting a new measurement of 'Gross Domestic Happiness' (GDH) in the U.S., we can proactively change and adjust meaningfulness, where needed, to address the unhappiness that undermines American prosperity at all levels."

With all of this in mind, Ruka offers this list of 10 scientifically proven happiness strategies:

Savor ordinary events. Study participants who took the time to do this "showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression," psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky notes. Reflecting back on moments of your day, even those you might ordinarily hurry through, is a worthwhile effort.


Avoid comparisons. Focusing on your own personal achievements instead of making comparisons to others will better impact your happiness and self-esteem, according to Lyubomirsky, which leads to greater life satisfaction. It's easy to lose sight of what achievements-both personal and professional-have enriched our life, and we must remind ourselves...often.


Put money low on the list. According to researchers Kasser and Ryan, those who put money high on their priority list are at greater risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. "Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization," Ryan says.


Have meaningful goals

. As humans, we thrive on having a purpose, but what is purpose if there is no meaning behind it? "People who strive for something significant, whether it's learning a new craft or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don't have strong dreams or aspirations," father and son team Diener and Biswas-Diener found.  


Take initiative at work. Researcher Amy Wrzesniewski says that, "when we express creativity, help others, suggest improvements or do additional tasks on the job, we make our work more rewarding and feel more in control."


Make friends and treasure family. This may seem like a no-brainer, but we need relationships. Sometimes we underestimate the importance of such connections. And, the more genuine the better as Diener and Biswas-Diener notes, "We don't just need relationships; we need close ones that involve caring and understanding."


Fake it until you make it. This actually works, according to Diener and Biswas-Diener, who assert, "Happy people see possibilities, opportunities, and success. When they think of the future, they are optimistic, and when they review the past, they tend to savor the high points." This may take some practice, so try to smile even when you don't feel like it.


Keep a gratitude journal. An excellent tool for detoxing and redirecting your thoughts is with a gratitude journal. Those who write in a journal on a weekly basis are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to achieve personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Martin Seligman's research also revealed that people who write "gratitude letters" to someone significant in their lives score lower on depression and higher on happiness and the effect lasts for weeks. Gratitude and the human spirit together make powerful allies.


Get moving

. According to a Duke University study, exercise may be as effective as drugs in treating even major depression. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel good hormone. Duke researcher Blumenthal suggested that "exercise may be beneficial because patients are actually taking an active role in trying to get better...patients who exercised may have felt a greater sense of mastery over their condition and gained a greater sense of accomplishment. They felt more self-confident and had better self-esteem..."  


Serve others. This is often referred to as a "helper's high." According to ethicist and researcher Stephen Post, helping a neighbor, volunteering, and donating goods and services results in more health benefits than exercising or quitting smoking. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn similarly found that those who spent money on others reported greater happiness than those who spent it on themselves.


Ruka concludes, "With so much science underscoring that we are active participants in the process, I prefer to regard happiness as a verb. Indeed, navigating happiness is a journey filled with a series of's not an outcome. No matter the circumstance, we all have the capacity to be happy. The only question is what next step you will take to foster your own?"

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Dear Queen Urban Provocateur/Shaman,  


Is there really such a thing as a passion for living? Or is joy an idea promoted by the movies (or maybe you?) to offset the tragedies reported daily.I hear that water is being compromised with too much waste matter. I won't even go into the air quality, or quality of thought around the world. I am always dealing with matters of no intrinsic interest. Interruptions. Spent four hours traveling to and shopping at the super-market. I read your messages and realize I am certainly in need of spiritual guidance. Or do I just need household help, a carpenter, and a car and chauffeur?        


- A Starving Artist for Too Long in New Jersey


Dear Starving,


Yes, yes, yes! I fervently believe that life is grand. And, besides, what is the alternative? That is not to say that life is easy. I was lucky, I guess. I was raised by the world's greatest pessimist who certainly never told me that it was going to be easy, consequently, I am never disappointed!

Life is a banquet  
and most poor suckers are starving to death. 
- Auntie Mame 


Our natural souls live in a state of eternal joy, of grace, of balance. And we, the human extension of our souls, are joy. You've just forgotten. Remember that you are a creative person. You are an artist, after all. You have the power and the talent to create a little excitement for your self. Some joie de vivre. Invent the life that you want.


The trick, and again, it is not easy, is to concentrate on the positive rather than the negative. The best way to find joy is to seek it out in every aspect of your life. Look for only the good - in others, in your self, in your home, in your family, in your work. By the Universe's own Law of Attraction, what you focus on will expand. The more you seek joy, the more of it you will have.


Physics has long since proved that energy flows in the direction that we send it. Therefore, THINKING positively is just as important as DOING positive things. If you are worrying, fearful and pessimistic it freezes your ability to move forward and to do what needs to be done. It produces a catatonia of will. If you believe a situation to be hopeless, you don't even try.


A negative headset is not healthy. Seeing the world as a goblet half empty could shave years off of your life. Medical studies have proven the physical and psychological benefits of being positive in your attitude. It produces more energy, strengthens the immune system and results in a greater ability to heal and an increased longevity.


No pessimist ever discovered the secrets

of the stars. or sailed to an u chartered land,  

or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. 

- Helen Keller


According to a new study, an optimistic outlook in one's later years could offer protection against a stroke. The study, published in the Journal of the American Psychosomatic Society, shows that "high levels of positive affect" seem to shield older people from stroke. Elderly folks who often feel blue tend to have more strokes than those who are not depressed, according to the study.


Studies show that optimistic people consistently out-perform those who consider themselves to be more realistic, because they place fewer restrictions on themselves. If you don't know that something is impossible, you are more likely able to be able to do it. "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."


While we often have little or no control over the situations that affect us, we do have control over our own perceptions of them. We do have the very real and extremely potent power of perspective. And we definitely possess the crucial and vitally influential choice of how we will deal with whatever comes our way. How we will handle ourselves.


In a wide range of happiness studies conducted lately, including several with major lottery winners, it was clearly demonstrated that professional, educational, or financial success are not predictors of contentment. Nor are gender, age, race, religion, health, or ethnic background.


The key, common factors across the board that seem to determine satisfaction, peace of mind, and yes, happiness, are: optimism, self-confidence, self-control, connection to community, and living sense of spirituality. And, I might add, the desire to be so.


Just keep breathing. Nothing ever stays the same forever, including being depressed.


Yours for love of life,


xxMama Donna


Are YOU happy? If so, how so?


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Response to the MAY 2014 Issue:


I was at Visions, where I work, today, and a woman came down the hall doing a very good impression of Elizabeth, Regina, waving, and claiming her Queendom to me. She's educated her sons, her husband, and friends. "I am the Queen," she said. And she also said that your book was a Goddess-send. I had to let you know.

- Susan, MA


Thank you Mama Donna. This is lovely. Misogynism seems to be in an apocalyptic stage: that is, revealing itself ... it will and is catalyzing more response from ordinary people as they at last SEE it. This old paper of mine just re-published seems to be timely. We do what we can to re-create Her - and grow Her strong in these times. Much love and sisterly blissings.

- Glenys, Australia


If you've yet to see Femme: Women Healing the World, documentary produced by Emmanuel Itier and actress Sharon Stone, don't miss it! This courageous film starts at the beginning with Goddess, moves us through the rise of patriarchy and those devastating affects, and offers real solutions to reshape the world and plant the seeds of Goddess ideals to help us save the world.

- Karen, CA


I have another must-see film to urge you to see: Pray the Devil Back to Hell. I wept with pride at the power of these Liberian Queens who brought peace to their land through the sheer force of their indomitable spirit. 



Your newsletters are always thought provoking and helpful.

Thank you for writing such a newsletter empowering us all and honoring the goddess, the Queen, and the awe-inspiring Maya Angelou. I will be writing down many of the quotes you have included. I was also deeply fascinated and couldn't agree more about how our culture and ourselves have destroyed women and Mother Earth. Thanks.

- Lisa, NJ


Response from the Friday the 13 Newsletter:


I just had to tell you how much I loved today's essay. I will forever now think of Friday the 13s as especially auspicious days. With love and fondest regards,

- Kat, NY


Love the article on Friday the 13th! But especially loved seeing the photos of you and pals - the then and now!

- Mari, VA


How well researched and interesting is this. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed.

 - Nan, TX


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We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.




It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt   


Dale Allen, CT; Allesandra Belloni, NJ; Elaine Silver, FL; on their performances and/or performances of their work.


Eleanor Antin, CA; Anne Bean, England; Karen Fitzgerald, NY; Mierle Laderman Ukeles, NY; Beverly Naidus, WA; Carolee Schneemann, NY; Hannah Wilke (RIP) on the exhibitions of their artwork.


Elayne Clift, VT and Christine Morton, CA,
 Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America (Book); Miriam Linna, NY, Nobody's Baby (Vinyl Record Album); Rebecca Perkins, England, Best Knickers Always (Book); Diana Rajchel, England, Divorcing a Real Witch (Book); Mary Saraccino, CO, Heretics: A Love Story (Book);on their new publications.


Julie Macdonald, MA, and Stephanie Blackwood, DC, on their moves to new states.


Please send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades. 

And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."

It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well! 
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Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:




Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, CA; Darla, NY; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Donna, NY; Gail, WA; Glenys, Australia; Jo, AZ; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Marna, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Naomi, DC; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Rebecca, NY; Roberta, NY; Sandy, CA; S haron, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Smriti, CA; Susan, MA; Susan, NC; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; and Yvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.

Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Eleni, NY; Gaetana, NY; Glenys, Australia; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kimi, NJ; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Dee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA;Sheryll, CA;Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY; who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.


Ali, VT; Annie, NY; Barbara, NY; Barbara, CA; Chrys, NY; Deni, NY;Diane, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and

Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.


May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:

Maya Angelou, NC

Ruby Dee, NY


2 Prayer requests:

 Could you please send healing requests for my father Michael B. in NJ, and also for prayers for protection, love, and justice for Laura B. and family in NJ. Thank you.

- Lisa, NJ


My friend Lillian N. Hernandez has had a recurrence of breast cancer from 2006. On April 4 she had a complete right breast mastectomy, began chemo on May 8th and will have more radiation after that, so please keep her in your prayers and good thoughts. She is a light worker and a wonderful person and appreciates all the support. Thank you,

- Margi, NY

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Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need. 

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith  

in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed  

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I cannot think of heaven and angels.

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We had a Dirty Eco-sexual Wedding to SOIL. We actually married soil. It was very fecund!


Here come the brides:


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