REST with Robin Lee
"Everyone needs to rest," as Robin Lee, founder of The Babe Collective, put it best. In this illuminating interview, she explains that the Universe is constantly taking cues from us. And unless we take care of ourselves, we will be incapable of receiving the enormous life of our dreams.
Robin encourages us to be happy now, and trust that what we're seeking will come at the perfect time in the perfect way. She sheds light on the magic abilities that are afforded to all women and what we can do to revive our Shakti energy. Also, she describes her self-healing journey and what we can do instead of trying to transcend the body.
WHAT ARE YOUR RITUALS TO RELAX, REJUVENATE, AND RESTORE YOURSELF?
I focus a lot on the breath and mindfulness of the body to rejuvenate daily. I find that for myself and for most women [and people] the central nervous system is so hyper-activated that the last thing we actually need, typically, is any kind of demanding practice or aggressive physical exercise to restore the adrenals and balance the hormones. For me, simple things like walking my dog in the morning and really taking in the sights and sounds is so important. Sacred sexuality is very important to me as well, and deeply healing. This is obviously partner or individual practice, but keeping shame in the body can be very exhausting! So learning to heal this actually revives the Shakti energy of many woman and creates miraculous healing. I am very keen on epsom salt baths, clearing and cleansing my space, and Self-Reiki as well. Restorative and yin yoga are deeply important to me, as is meditation of course! Generally speaking, my spiritual practice is one of encouraging deep Rest. Without tapping into my Feminine power to do absolutely nothing in order to stoke my creative fires, I would not have a sustainable business or be able to hold space very well. It's important to me to be a living example of what it means to deeply restore and act from a place of rejuvenated fires, rather than depleted stores. This is a very boring example our society has been clinging to for such a long time -- burn out, self-martyrdom, and self-abandonment. I've had enough of it! Everyone needs to rest!!
What is your advice to empower women to make time for (guilt-free) rest?
Please know that you are utterly incapable of receiving the enormous life you desire and potentially crave if you will not stop to take care of yourself. The Universe is taking cues from you moment by moment. If you push yourself to exhaustion and believe you do not deserve to slow down, then it is quite hard for anything to reach you, for you are pushing so hard. Nothing can get in! As a Goddess, it is your birth right and divine OBLIGATION, even, to honor yourself as a temple. When you begin to do this, you will radiate a light so powerful, you will understand that you never need to force -- your job, actually, is to conjure. Come into your most fulfilled place, and from there, everything comes. It is not -- I will be happy when this happens. It is -- I will be happy now, and this will come at the perfect time in the perfect way.
Please describe a time when you had to surrender to rest.
Many of us who receive the initiations to become healers will have to first journey through some essentially heroic experiences of self-healing in order to adequately be able to hold space for the transformation of others. I had stored trauma in my body that began to surface in my early twenties. My nervous system had been in overdrive self-protective mode for over two decades, and eventually, it began to break down. I was abusing my body by demanding it to run 6 miles a day, believing I was doing this to take care of myself. I was exhausted. I had adrenal fatigue. I developed a bacterial imbalance in my body. At one point, I quite literally couldn't get out of bed. Spirit was holding me down. During that time, which lasted about two years, I could no longer run away from my body which I realized I had been trying to do for a very long time. The body is wise. The mind lacks true wisdom. When we begin to listen to the sensations and communications of the body, we heal ourselves. I believe we are here to have the experience of being in a body, and learning actually how to master the ownership of these vessels, rather than to transcend them. If you are tired, rest. If you are sad, cry. If you are hungry, eat. Restriction of our basic needs is a suicide of the soul.
How do you tune into your body's wisdom to know when to rest?
I make time daily to ask my body what it needs. I eat and move intuitively. I never force anything onto my body. What is done with force or aggression is not done well. It is why our world and our earth is out of balance. We need to re-learn the Feminine ways [which does include a healthy balance with the Masculine, but we have gone too far one direction]. We need to learn stillness, quiet, patience, and the Energetic Self-Awareness which allows us to hear spirit through Intuitive Feeling and Understanding. These are magic abilities which are afforded to all women. If you spend all of your time running from yourself, it is no wonder you can't hear yourself. Your footsteps are drowning out your screams. I believe that most of us are screaming -- and truly, we are screaming to slow down. To nourish. To feel. So, ask your body. What do you need? What are you truly hungry for? What would feel the best right now? Then, find the courage to do this for yourself. It will begin to override all programs of unworthiness. We must become defiant in our devotion to our right to Thrive. No one wins when we perpetuate our own suffering.
Robin Lee is the founder of The Babe Collective, a haven for awakening souls and high-frequency babes on a mission: to elevate themselves and the world around them. She is also a trained master healer with certifications in Reiki, Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation and the like. She has a dynamic background as an entrepreneur including being on the board for a 501(c)3 non-profit she founded at 23, having consulted for a multi-national fashion start-up in Paris, and writing for a prestigious meditation organization in Manhattan.
She has been engaging in studies with the Divine Feminine Mysteries and their present applications for nearly a decade, while also cultivating a body of work around the Alchemy of Trauma and the role of the archetypal energies of Priestess, Goddess, Witch and Sacred Prostitute on planet earth.