Category Archives: Women’s Spirituality

Goddess Summit Theme Music!!

This is the 2021 theme music to the newly resurrected archive of the 2011 Goddess Summit.


Over the next few weeks TV for Your Soul and Empowering Women TV will be sharing content from the one-on-one interviews of “The Goddess Show” as well as the “Goddess Summit.” Both projects recorded in Lexington, Massachusetts in 2011. Yes – this autumn it will be 10 years since the original footage was first recorded! Sadly & frustratingly, there were technical issues with the raw footage and at one point we believed it to be unusable. Recently I revisited the footage on an old back-up drive and decided to take a chance to weave together any remnants I could to preserve the content and conversations captured. The shoots were multi-camera (4 & 5 cameras as we envisioned dynamic edits) and some cameras went hot leaving red signatures on the screen, other cameras had audio issues. There were lighting issues and the impromptu backdrops were not keen on the eyes either so we hoped to be able to use various angles to minimize distractions. With so many issues, the project while reviewed over the years by several editors, was finally set aside.

Until this summer.

I felt compelled to try again.

I knew going in it was a leap of faith. I reconciled in my heart and mind that even if I could not use all video and audio, that just maybe there would be even a single camera and audio stream intact, I could use that if for no other reason than to honor the women who participated by making some remnant of their contributions to the lengthy history of sacred feminine conversations for the world to access. And that is the best reason in the world to take on such a daunting task!

I was relieved to discover much of the footage from 2 of the cameras were intact, so I ran with what we had access to. While the original vision has been set aside, I feel confident that what has emerged from the embers is something to be treasured!

We will be scheduling a more formal Launch/Debut this fall of each program. 

“The Goddess Show” is a television talk show series of in-studio and on-location interviews – 9 in total – with some of the most dynamic female spiritual leaders in our modern era. 

The “2011 Goddess Summit” film documents a circle-style gathering of women, centered on discussions of the sacred feminine spirituality and aspects of Goddess traditions, archetypes and embodiments.

I will share more soon!

In the meantime, be sure to check for updates 🙂

“Twinkle” Marie Manning

a UU Update

During the Summer of 2020 – I resigned all my remaining corporate UU roles, including my membership in UUSCM as while it is one of few organizations with in that tradition that is truly open to interfaith clergy, I simply no longer identify as UU in its current incarnation it is a lobbyist group and several of its key leadership are engaged in abusive behaviors I can not and will not condone.

There are still a few UU Groups I consult with, and a few congregations I serve as guest and retreat leader offering spiritual support as an interfaith minister through the pandemic and beyond.

For more information, feel free to reach out to me directly.

What drew me to Unitarian Universalism



Our Sacred Self – an introductory class

We are delighted to share this class being facilitated by Cheryl Partridge, creator of the Sacred Sisterhood Tribe. “Our Sacred Self” is a 40 minute introductory class that explores how your menstrual cycle is actually your super power! (Yes, even if you are entering or postmenopausal, this class can help bring you insights on the woman’s body and how to bring it into alignment in ways that enhance your physical and spiritual lives, as well as your personal relationships and careers, all while bringing you clarity of mind).

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

7:00PM Eastern

on Zoom

A $10 suggested donation is appreciated. You will find the PayPal button link on the event page.

Join us for our Online Potluck+Ritual

Join us for a diverse celebration of women and femininity! Minerva Potlucks are a time for spiritual renewal and nourishment. A safe and sacred space for women to connect with one another in spiritual exploration. Our weekly online gatherings embody the same elements of conversation, poetry, music, art and ritual as our in-person Minerva Gatherings have over the years. Bring your meal and beverage to your computer. Relax. And be in the company of other women. Minerva Potluck+Ritual Gatherings:

Tuesdays 7:00PM – 8:00PM Eastern Time

The meditations of life

June 10th, 2015

A couple days ago I read a great quote in the book by Jean Shinoda Bolen called “Crones Don’t Whine” ((I LOVE this title – and that is a WHOLE OTHER BLOG Post in itself))  The quote I want to talk about today is about meditation.  She says:

“Long before the gurus came to America with mantras and meditations, women… found time and ways to meditate.  It may have been called ‘washing the dishes and staring out the window,’ or ‘folding laundry and thinking,’ or ‘daydreaming,’ or ‘doing nothing.’  It may have begun as having a quiet cup of tea or coffee before the household awoke (or after family went to sleep), it may have been what you did while taking a walk….”

Since December I have been coaching a sweet friend of mine on how to meditate.  We met in a Master Mind class.  I was surprised to discover how many of the women did not have a meditation practice, some never having even attempted meditation.  Equal to my surprise was my admiration of those who spoke with raw honesty.  They could have easily not responded or pretended when asked, as I know many others do.  Yet these women really wanted to enhance their lives.  And they saw through others experiences that meditation works.  But where to start?  They questioned how do you get your mind to tune in to a different signal when it is so busy with thinking and processing a lifetime of data -All -The -Time?!

The simple answer is – Meditation is only as complicated as you allow it to be or want it to be.  

We can train our minds and our bodies to do most anything. 


I promise.  

And I also promise that the most profound moments of meditation can occur in the most simple practices.  Which is why the above quote by Jean Shindoa Bolen spoke to me.

Sure we can cultivate an in depth, truly ceremonial, practices.  And I admit that an observer to some of my solitary and group rituals would see elaborate displays (chants, mantras, invocations, drumming, bells, even tools used from my altars) and feel the power emanating as a result and likely question my statement about great power in simple meditations.

So I will tell you the secret –  

  • – the secret is that meditation, at least as best as I can tell, is not as much about tuning to a different channel, as it is about hearing and feeling the constant hum that is already present.  

It is our signal and direct link to the Universe, to the Divine.  

When we begin to remove the layers of noises that drown out this signal, it becomes clearer. And the good news is that once you have uncovered the signal, once you recognize it and understand it is always present, that you are indeed always ‘tuned in’ – you can in any situation identify it, feel it and use it to recharge your power.  

To help my friend begin to meditate, I shared with her some simple videos.

The ocean is something she resonates with.  So I emailed links to short clips of the ocean in motion.  And invited her to sit quietly and watch for 25 seconds, then 60, then two minutes, etc.  Just watching.  Breathing in as the wave approached, breathing out as the wave receded.

She began to understand that like us, the ocean, is always in motion.  Even when it appears still, there is movement, connection, energy and power all expanding.  Even in that moment when it looks like the ocean has paused – the moment just before the incoming wave touches the shore and begins to roll back toward the ocean – beneath the surface the wave is still in motion, rolling.  Our breathing can be the same.  We can hold our breath in that pause, or we can begin to train our breath to roll in time with the inhale and the exhale.  

So continuing Jean Shinoda Bolen’s thoughts about “what is” meditation, I give to you:

  • Watching the ocean waves for a few minutes is meditation.
  • Staring at the vastness of a mountain is meditation.
  • Running your hands over the bark of a tree or lifting your eyes to observe the wind through its branches is meditation.
  • Following the flight of sparrows and seagulls is meditation.
  • Seeing your children play as they go from flower to flower in your garden or up and down a slide in the park, is meditation.
  • Counting the varied plants and animals you see on a hike through the woods is meditation.
  • Shoveling the snow or mowing the lawn in gratitude for the home you own is meditation.
  • Swinging on a swing is meditation.
  • Sitting anywhere at anytime and mindfully breathing in and breathing out is meditation.

I encourage you to find something you already love doing and have it become your practice in meditation.  

Relax into your body as you quiet your mind.  

As you do, you will more and more readily be able to distinguish the hum of connection you have to the Divine within you.  

The tone of the frequency, the weight of it, the location it vibrates most clearly in your body.  

This resonance will be something you can amplify and oscillate at will.  

I also encourage you to try new things, perhaps at first uncomfortable things and you may discover that: 

  • sitting at your altar chanting “Om” or “Ateh” or “Malkuth” is meditation.
  • developing and reciting a daily mantra is meditation.
  • participating in the routines and rhythms of a Yoga class is meditation.
  • drumming in a circle with friends in sacred worship is meditation.
  • dancing to ecstatic music is meditation.

Aho, Namaste and Blessed Be.

~ Twinkle