In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’m interviewing some very strong and dynamic women on my site this month. We’ll be talking about empowerment (and a little tarot and intuitive arts as well).
Every so often, I get the opportunity to connect with someone who is a living example of light, wisdom and love. No one is a bigger model of that energy than business strategist and wise woman Hiro Boga. I was first introduced to her work through “Become Your Own Business Advisor“, a revolutionary program for female entrepreneurs, which allows you to connect to the Devas, the inner guides that enable you to make sound decisions for your business and your life. Hiro’s work has shifted me in profound ways and I highly recommend her programs.
Her answers to my questions were like poetry to my ears. Lean in and listen to the insights she so generously shared with me:
Q: What does it mean to be a powerful woman?
Hiro: Power is a quality of soul, so it’s already within us – we’re born powerful. You can see this clearly in very young children, including newborns. They radiate power.
Having so recently arrived from the realms of soul and spirit, they know who they are and where they come from. They know they are incarnate souls, with the power to create whatever they choose, with all the powers of wholeness to back them up in shaping the life that they came here to live.
They move purposefully and swiftly from desire to intention to action.
My granddaughter, who is 18 months old, will see something she wants and run towards it fiercely, freely, her whole being focused on getting where she wants to go. Her engagement with her desire is singular, passionate.
She doesn’t ask herself if what she wants is really what she wants, or if she should want something else, or whether she can actually have it, or what other people will think of her if she wears her breakfast of yogurt and strawberries on her head as a kind of drippy hat. She just does what she sets out to do, and wiggles and yelps with delight as she does it.
A powerful woman lives her life fully and freely from the deep spring of her own desire and agency.
She knows who she is, what she wants, and what she’s here to contribute to the world. She stands sovereign, in the center of her life, deeply connected to her everyone and everything around her, but not in thrall to anyone else’s thoughts, feelings, ideas, beliefs, stories or projections.
She is the author of her own life. She puts her creative power in service to her soul’s true desires, knowing that when she does so, she serves wholeness in herself and in her world.
Q: When do you feel most powerful?
Hiro: When I’m in harmonious relationship with my inner ecology: With my body, feelings, mind, heart, soul, and the Sacred.
When I’m in harmonious and interdependent relationship with my ecology – including the natural world, subtle energy ecologies, and everything and everyone who is part of my life.
When I’m learning, growing, creating, exploring, discovering — engaged in an ongoing exchange with the life of my world.
When I’m writing, walking, praying, contemplating, singing, moving, reading, listening… Anytime I’m fully present and deeply involved with whatever is in front of me, meeting it in a spirit of curiosity, adventure, light-heartedness and play.
When I participate in the activity of the Devas, and am a source of the qualities I want to see in my world, rather than simply a consumer of them. When I embody and express kindness, love, gratitude, truth, power, clarity, play, creativity, tenderness and alignment, and contribute to the sum of these qualities in the world.
Q: Tell me about an experience in your life that made you feel empowered.
Hiro: I don’t know that anything outside of myself makes me feel empowered – power is a quality of my inner being — but there are experiences I’ve had in which I’ve felt power as a palpable, dense thing, as real as a loaf of bread.
One of my earliest memories of tangible power – my own, and that of the Creative Source itself – took place when I was maybe two or three years old.
We were on vacation at my aunt’s home in the mountains – a great, big, rambling Edwardian house located in a remote village a couple of hours outside Bombay.
It was a breathless summer’s night; a slight breeze stirred the lingering heat without cooling the air.
I lay on a mat on the open balcony of my room, too hot and sticky to sleep. Overhead, the sky was the dark purple-black of mashed summer berries, glittering with stars so dizzyingly close I felt my whole body lean out to climb them like a tree, up and up, into the salty heart of the Milky Way.
The air was scented with night-blooming jasmine and the decaying sweetness of summer roses.
I felt the immensity of the universe, and far from feeling small within it, I felt myself expand and melt into its power, its throbbing radiance of blazing stars and red, moist earth.
I felt myself become these, and more – the roses dying on their thick, thorny stems; the mountains rooted like bearded nannies, standing watch all around; the moonless, star-tree of the sky; my shoulder-blades pressed against the mat; the hot, still night air.
Q: What inspires you to be on your path?
Hiro: The natural world, with its generous, profligate beauty, which offers me home and belonging and so much else.
The path itself, and the dancing curiosity, the spirit of exploration and adventure that calls me to discover what lies around the next bend, the next rise in the road.
Music – its complex language that reaches into regions of my heart that can only be arrived at through subterranean means.
Language itself – poetry, image, metaphor, meaning. The humble, glorious, complex truths it expresses in rhythms and cadences that echo from breath and heartbeat to words, sentences, paragraphs, stanzas and books.
Women and men who live from their center, who are generous with themselves and others, who share their beauty and brilliance, who take risks, cross creative Rubicons, play freely, love wholeheartedly, express themselves vividly and fully.
Poets with whom I’ve had lifelong creative conversations – Wendell Berry, Louise Gluck, Eavan Boland, and others.
My friends, colleagues, clients and students — their love, courage, fearlessness, loyalty, devotion to their craft and to the art of living.
Q: How can tarot or other intuitive arts help women to feel empowered?
Hiro: Tarot is a language rooted in image, metaphor, symbol, and story – as is the language of the soul. It offers a bridge between every day, 3-dimensional reality and the subtle energy worlds in which much of the soul resides.
It reminds us that we are more than our material selves – that we are fractals of the Sacred, living in an infinitely creative universe of which we are an essential part.
The intuitive arts put us in touch with our extended souls, and the vast ecology of power and beauty which we can tend to and help co-create if we choose to partner with it. They offer a pathway into our own inner wisdom and guidance, a reflection of the path we make by walking.
Hiro Boga is a writer, mentor, master teacher of transformational programs, & an intuitive strategist whose work gives evolutionary entrepreneurs the tools to partner with the soul of their business — and alchemize intention into brilliantly successful action.
Over the course of her 30+ year career, Hiro has helped thousands of students and clients reclaim creative power & sovereignty at work, home, and play — with tangible effects that resonate in their hearts, minds, and bank accounts.
Her signature programs have been called “masterful,” “miraculous,” and “rich with illuminating, grounded and specific intuitive insights.”
As a story-shaper, energy alchemist, leader & business mentor, Hiro blends transformative spiritual practices with pragmatic entrepreneurial principles. Using energy alchemy practices, her clients consciously shape their inner ecology & outer reality to unfold the miracle of their business.
So much love and thanks to Hiro for sharing her wisdom!
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2013