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Dearest friends and family,

My empathy and heart-song is with all of you during this collective ceremony of change, mystery, and healing. We are all experiencing it differently, and it is important that we all meet one another where they are at, with compassion and grace. There is a saying that it doesn't matter what happens in the end, but how truly kind we were to one another. I believe that with all my heart. As I am imagining us all spiraling through the birth canal of the mother, I am trusting her to birth us in the way that is perfect for each of us. We truly are all in this together.



Below is a collection of my musings, dated since the beginning of Covid-19. If you want to receive my daily musings, please add me on Facebook at Eliza Natura Sophia.


February 12 ·

Last year while swimming with the dolphins, they corrected my language and understandings. I was speaking of "New Earth" / "New Paradigm", and they stopped me right there and said, no. What you are here to do is a "Return to Love".

They explained that the 'ascension energies' within New Earth and New Paradigm are still separating us. That it is not 'it'.

They showed me the violence that exists within those frequencies as thinking we are special, different, more awake, more unique and beautiful, more in tune or more likable by Spirit, or Earth or the Cosmos, or more likable by the dolphins themselves... because of stories of who we are, what we believe, and what we know. It is all so personal.

The dolphins explained how that is a false grid. There are no special chosen ones. There is not a scale that can weigh who is more awake than someone else. That is not 'it'. The ones who appear to be a chosen one for 'ascension' are self-proclaimed or riding an agenda spaceship.

The ones who are here to lead in the Return to Love don't speak of themselves as separate from even the most twisted embodiments of a human.



February 17 ·

Sickness is purposeful.

When you are trying so hard not to get sick, or doing everything you can to get better... please consider that your body knows what it is doing & give it space to do it.


🌊 Ride the waves, let it happen, don’t hang on, and trust your body intelligence & self-cleansing mechanisms.


Healing is not working to get better, it is being SUPPORTED as you witness the 'innate intelligence of you' work it out.

Make sure you have a place where you can be supported in your sickness - and listen deeply before trying to change your body’s purging response.

Take the time to realize the conditions that brought you to sickness, and take the time to not take them personally anymore.

You heal when you accept without shame that your body knows what you need, and you (we as a collective) haven’t been acting on that.

We are ALL purging right now. Very much needed for this next layer of evolution. Let it goooooo ✌️ 💗


February 28 ·

After a magical one is accepted by self {deeply} for their extraordinary, otherworldly, etheric, alien, out of this world, angelic etc, qualities

One can shed the separateness; the extraterrestrial cloth, and integrate fully in the salt of the earth.

One gets started on why they are here in the first place. 🌈☀️



March 10 ·

Your ability to be exempt to this virus and all related is not impressive. It is your ability to love and support those affected that counts. 🌹


A thing about extremes is that they still maintain balance in spectrum. As far as an extreme goes in one direction, the opposite extreme also goes contrarily.


A thing about sovereignty is that if you are able to maintain it, you can achieve balance in either / both sides of the extreme.


From here, you shift into multidimensional embodiment, and can assist in healing without causing harm to self or others.

I chose to exit the matrix for the past month. I understand this is a privilege just as much as I understand the responsibility that comes with it, and I've never felt better.

Through many quantum naps and much merger with the divine, I am now able to maintain my extreme of bliss, peace, and health; while also supporting the other extreme, and meeting them where they are at whole heartedly.

Upon re-entry, I am better seeing what is going on and where I can shift my ways for the return to love.

If you are a leader in the alternative health community and slyly shaming the general population for being scared, or you are inside a conspiracy theory as a way to try and explain-heal this collective energy parasite, please consider taking a back seat. Exit the matrix for a bit for your own healing.

The virus is much deeper than anything a doctor or common sense could qualify or quantity. It is a phenomenon outside of this realm and if you are stuck here, the healing isn't working.

I see this rampant in the alternative health community as incapacity to hold love due to own wounding / lack of love & lack of tolerance for the growth of the collective.

Take a rest, and settle yourself into the realm of blessings. Bathe well into the bliss extreme, then come back to your place of power and privilege in the matrix after a good and thorough cleanse.

Upon re-entry, you might see where the love was lacking in your previous approach. I certainly am & needed the extreme spectrum to go to the max (as the bliss / sickness extreme is now) so I could charge up.

From the break, I am now clear, high-powered, and anchored in both extremes for multi-dimensional healing embodiment... unable to be faded by the chaos, but able to meet it there for the good work.


March 11 ·

Try these on:

💛I trust you are doing what you know is best for you and your family. 💛I see how much you love your family! They are lucky to have you. 💛Your loving care is the best medicine!


March 11 ·

Our plant medicines, healthy foods & natural remedies are only as sustainable as our relationships to them.


Medicine people, in sharing lists of natural medicines that support, this is still working within the realm of cerebral cortex... surface healing. Of course this can take away symptoms, but people are ready for more. They want to learn the spiritual piece / the feminine peace within mystery.


I had an experience last night on the airplane where the entire class of seats I was in asked for my support. They saw me connecting to my rosemary plant & essential oil, and working with it in harmonious purpose. Anointing, spraying, shaking. They all asked for my help.


We doused the plane in rosemary while speaking to the spirit of the plant, and connecting deeply with it. I anointed many. People all exclaimed new relations such as they never smelled it that sweetly before or felt so safe from a plant.

It was amazing... the stillness that came afterwards.

All slept like babies, no fear of germs, anxiety, etc.

People are looking for this connection. They want to learn how to trust the natural world more than just being given a list of what works. It’s the opportunity to bring our medicine to the most unexpected places.


March 13 ·

Don’t box in what the higher purpose / medicine of this virus is for the collective. Don’t box in what the remedies are and exactly what they will do. Let the divine take this further then we can imagine.

It’s okay to be in the mystery, and not know. It’s okay to not have answers. It’s actually good. 💫


March 15 ·

It is important for shamanic embodiments to hold space for all of the stories, narratives, beliefs, and myths to rise and be heard for the unique brilliance that they are.


To be appreciated for how they are trying to survive 💗


Admiring the artist inside who needs to put rhyme to reason to be safe.


We have the capacity to hold space for it all, just as the Divine Mother does, without trying to change it, qualify it, or quantify it.

When we do this, stories have opportunities to play out in one day - stories which could have taken lifetimes - but within this collective energy portal of transformation, there is the right ‘pressure’ for mass miracles to occur now.

This is the ceremony. Your appreciation for it is the medicine.

Watch the stories all rise and fall, and rise and fall again. Go with them to all the dark crevices of the mind, and a little deeper still into the reaction of painbody in uncertainty.

Witness in every facet what forms from the painbody of uncertainty.

Witness the pits of despair, and the gifts emerging too. Love them, and appreciate it all so it is safe to be heard fully and completely - without you trying to fix it... which is how one can rebirth in sovereignty. 🤍



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Updated: May 6

You might have heard me say, Natura Sophia is a REBIRTHING lineage.


In every sense, rebirthing. Just as much as this lineage is remembering itself from ancient story, it is also alive, fluid, and constantly churning by reciprocity between the Earth, the Cosmos, and oracular knowing of our own human embodiment.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, Natura Sophia is the lineage of the Mermaid Temple of the Womb. Hello, my name is Eliza (www.riseshinelove.com), and I first came across the idea when I was studying principles of Rudolf Steiner in graduate school for Anthropology of Consciousness. It was a golden key that crystalized everything in my life up to that point, and also halted my thesis on the Phenomenology of Ayahuasca.

Natura Sophia arrived within me, and I became pregnant with this lineage as I would be a child. I dove into experiencing life in devotion to myself and this remembrance. The scholarly information offered a basis for grounded, organized, and integrative context that for the next seven years would catalyze the foundation of Natura Sophia as a living, breathing, shamanic way of relating with the world.


In all senses of the word, Natura Sophia is ancient. It is myth, mysticism, blood song, and storytelling. Magdalene midwifery, womb shamanism along with plant and mermaid shamanism weave effortlessly into this work. I access the memories from within my womb; all the women who practice this lineage do, and we recognize it as beginning to take form in Lemuria, but many memories are also 'before' this time.

As I am preparing the materials for the Natura Sophia School (opening January 2021), the ancients within my womb who are tending the remembering are continually shapeshifting how the material is presented, and how it is to be studied.

It isn't supposed to be a book, or a Priestess course, or a mystery school, or just something self-studied.

Natura Sophia is firstly accessible, divinely simple, and a shamanic (deeply magical) lived experience. It cannot be separate from ANY aspects of you. It is a lifestyle; a complete weaving of divine will through all elements, all times & spaces, all moments of remembering, acknowledgments of uniqueness, and an honoring of both the great wounding and the rebirthing cycle, the birth & death.

Natura Sophia is an embodiment of the paradoxes of BEING, and the sprouting that comes from I remember, ‘now what' ...


These are some of the gorgeous women who have been taking this journey with me.


I am honoring these women in the death passage... in the undeniable invitation to die that occurs within organic happenings of shamanic initiation.


The initiation that is also the learned realization that when we wake up, we get sick. We purge, and we purge some more.


We learn that healing has nothing to do with trying to get better, trying to ascend, or trying to surpass death.  And we forget to remember just as much as we remember to forget.


We are re-calibrating our cells, trusting our physiological response to live, learning the inner world of our nervous system; and all the ways from which we relate with ourselves in this world.


Ways to connect with the Natura Sophia Lineage:



Dearest friends,

As Patrick and I settled into bed last night, we held hands and prayed. Streams of light-filled trembles coursed through our bodies as we filled with awe and gratitude for you!

We are sending everlasting joy to each and every one of you today, and throughout the holy season.


Seren Bertrand, a woman dear to my soulheart, has a life path of feminine truth researcher and delightfully wrote these words as transmission that I’d love to share with you!


I was born as Epiphany starts on January 5th with life path #33 (that of Yeshua), and I feel very connected to shamanic midwife of Christ.

The Mermaid Temple holds Epiphany Ceremony but my best friend’s baby is due on Epiphany this year and I will most likely be in Ohio with her. If not, there will be a last minute one so mark your calendars for a tentative Women’s Christmas, perhaps the evening of January 5.


Also, for 2020, a thread of Natura Sophia teachings are coming through as an unschooling of manifestation as known now with techniques associated with what YOU want (personal will) and moving into complete merging with Soul (divine will) and living an orgasmic life, a miraculous life of epiphany.

Words by dear Seren:

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The women’s medicine rites may have been forgotten, yet the sacred Christmastime of Epiphany was once the heartland of the feminine mysteries, featuring a shamanic witch-priestess called “le Strega Noel” (the Christmas Witch), and celebrating the birth-death-rebirth rites that were practiced by the visionary midwifes of consciousness – where the ‘nativity’ of the new birth emerged.

Interestingly, some folklore also speaks of Magdalene been born on Epiphany – which is known as the ‘Women’s Christmas’ and is a women’s celebration day.


The Greek root word for Epiphany, “epifania” or “epiphaenia”, means “appearance” or “manifestation” – connecting it to the creative power of the new birth of light.

As we enter the new year, we are being called to reclaim the sacred feminine essence in our yearly spiritual calendar, so we can re-connect and heal. It is time to awaken and birth the healing fruits of our magical womb consciousness into the world.


A Shamanic Planetary Descension

In the ancient worlds, and still vibrating in our inner-dimensional worlds, the sacred journey between Samhain (October 31st) and Imbolc (February 2nd) was a magical descension journey into the Dark Womb of Mother Earth for rebirth and renewal.


This sacred journey was a living mystery play between human beings and the forces of nature, and the great elementals and Dragons of Creation, whose magic is awake and alive within the human body and psyche, yet is also beyond human knowing.


The sacred heart of this shamanic, planetary descension journey unfolds between Winter Solstice (December 21st) and Epiphany (January 6th) – as we begin to ascend back into the Upperworld light realms, bringing our ‘Christed’ soul gifts with us.


The eve of Epiphany is known as Twelfth Night (famously encoded by Shakespeare) – and is celebrated by revels, feasting and honorary ritual. In the old ways, a new day started at sunset (not sunrise) – as the ancients knew that the womb of darkness always came first. This meant that holy days began on the ‘eve before’.


13 days of Feminine Festivities

On the eve of Winter Solstice, we enter 3 days of the Dark Womb of the Mother, and on the eve of the 24th and the day of the 25th, we experience the great rebirth back into the light. This is celebrated for 13 days (a sacred feminine number) until January 6th – now known as Epiphany.


In modern religious theology, this holy day is attributed to the journey of the Wise Men to the nativity of Jesus or to the circumcision of Christ.


Traditionally this 13-day period is the time of festivities, celebration and feasting, associated originally with the Great Mother, and the “Christmas Witch”, linked to Hekate – who administers the sacred birth rites of renewal. Old amulets of Hekate feature the blessing “I am the Resurrection.”


“La Strega Noel” – the Christmas Witch. Befana is a Wise Crone archetype of renewal, called the “Christmas Witch”, who holds the mythic-memories of the witch-priestess tradition of the Strega – native Italian wise women. In lore it is said she lives in a village on the hill in Via della Padella, and is part fairy and part witch. She is described as an old woman wearing the black cape of the initiate, and riding the donkey sacred to Egyptian magic.

In Italy, Befana plays a role very similar to Santa Claus, however instead of a sleigh pulled by reindeer, she flies around on her magical witches broom, and delivers her gifts of renewed light, or the black coal of earth, to children on the Eve of Epiphany.


Later on this becomes connected with her travelling to Jesus’ nativity, in a similar way to three wise men bearing gifts, where she gives gifts to children along the way.


Shamanic Midwife of Christ

As Christian traditions replaced the feminine shamanic rites, the two stories became entwined in a new mythos – which held clues to the older origins. Later myths describe how the three wise men visited the witch Befana on their way to the nativity of Christ. The Kings invite Befana to join them on their journey, telling her they are following a star to navigate their path. Befana replies that she doesn’t have time, as she is busy sweeping with her broom. As we shall see later, this gives us a knowing wink to the renewal and purification rites of bringing in the new year.


Other variants on the story have Befana changing her mind, and jumping on her broomstick to catch up with the three Kings. Or, more tellingly, other versions of the folklore say that Befana is summoned to Mother Mary’s side to help with the birth and to ‘sweep the stable’ with her magical broom, possibly a code for midwife rites.

A very curious telling of the tale, places Befana, a native Italian witch-shaman, as a mother living in Palestine during the time of King Herod. Her male son is one of the children killed in the decree by Herod to prevent the birth of a new ‘saviour’. In her grief and delusion she journeys to the crib of Christ and believes that he is her child. Certain that she has found her son, La Befana lays out all of her son’s belongings for the infant Jesus Christ, who then blesses the lady as “Befana,” the giver of gifts.


Intuitively, this connects Befana, the Christ-Witch, not only with the sacred midwife and bearer of gifts, but also as the Black Madonna – the mother of the Christ-Light.


Magical Night of Renewal

La Befana is also linked to the goddess Hecate, who is part of a triple form of the Goddess of the Moon Mysteries. Interestingly, this triple aspect of feminine wisdom associated with the renewal rites of Epiphany, is now appropriated to three men.


Epiphany, known as the “Magic Night”, was once an important sacred feminine holy time. Rituals and festivities on this night were connected to mystical renewal rites of the Earth Womb and the birth rites of the Earth Mother. The turning of the wheel at New Year was known as a time for purification, and the broom that Befana uses to sweep around the fireplaces of the homes she visits, whilst bearing gifts, is symbolic of clearing away the old, negative energies of the previous year and cleansing it for the coming New Year. Other rites used for purification were burning effigy dolls of Befana to symbolize the death of the old year and the birth of the New Year.


Italian anthropologists Claudia and Luigi Manciocco place the rituals of the Christmas Witch “Befana” back to Neolithic times, rooting them in the beliefs and practices of the ancient womb religion dedicated to the Great Mother of all Creation.


Goddess of Purification

Some sources suggest that the name “Bafina” comes from the goddess of new year, purification, and well being “Strina”. This ties in with the tradition of “wassailing”, which is an anglo-saxon word, which means “be thou hale” or “be in good health”. Intuitively this is a sacred time for celebrations, blessing and energetic purification.


Strina presided over the sacred feminine rites of New Year, and would give gifts of figs, dates and honey (foods associated with the blessed feminine essence). These feminine rites were full of joyful celebration and exuberance. In fact, Strina’s festivities were condemned by early Christians for being too noisy and licentious.


As part of the rites, on January 1st, twigs were carried in a procession from Strina’s grove, located near her temple in Via Sacra, to the citadel. This Goddess rite of renewal and rebirth is first mentioned happening on New Year’s Day in 153 B.C.E.


Women’s Christmas – The Thirteenth Day

In Iceland Epiphany is called “The Thirteenth Day” – celebrations are held around bonfires with fireworks, as people sing tales of elves, giants and other mythological creatures.

In Ireland, Epiphany is often called “Little Christmas” or “Women’s Christmas” (Nollaig na mBan in Irish Gaelic) and is celebrated in Scotland, Ireland, Lancashire, Isle of Man and is also sometimes also known as “the Old Christmas”.


In Ireland there is still a tradition that for this day the Irish men take on all the household duties, while women hold parties or go out to celebrate with their female relatives and friends. In the past, women organized special high tea gatherings. Children prepare usually some presents for their mothers and grandmothers. This alludes to feminine mystery teachings, where the wise women gathered together.


In Latvia, young women make divinations about the future on this special day.

In England there is feast is called “The Twelfth Night”, marking the end of the Christmastide. People prepare a special “Twelfth Cake” for Epiphany, which is a womb-shaped fruitcake with a bean and sometimes other symbolical objects baked inside. The person who finds the bean becomes King or Queen for the night. Traditionally, servants became Master for a night, and Kings were humbled, and everything is turned ‘upside down’. This is reminiscent of the Goddess traditions and folklore where the goddess or queen takes disguise as a household servant.


There is also a ritual of burning a piece of wood (known as the “Yule log”), which menstruates the old “Mother Nature”, and invokes the doorway to a spring rebirth.


Epiphany of Feminine Wisdom

The word ‘epiphany’ is often used to describe a visionary moment of ‘seeing the light’. Isn’t it time we ‘saw the light’ about the feminine wisdom ways?


Percolating all these various ancient traditions it is ‘clear as day’ that the period between December 21st and New Year – especially January 6th, was sacred to the feminine.

We can revision a world where men and women gather together to celebrate and honor the incredible creative mystery of life, through which we were all birthed.

When we honor life, we can live in peace and harmony on earth.



words by Seren Bertrand

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