INTERVIEW // JEN DUCHENE THE QUEEN OF JOY
WHAT (AND MAYBE WHO) INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE 'LE CHIC COCOON'?
Coming out of a long depression, and adjusting to a huge change in lifestyle, getting divorced, moving etc I needed to quickly figure out exactly who I was and where I was going. A visceral experience at an event made me realize that the premise I built my life on, was an illusion and I was free to recreate myself.
It seemed imperative that I write a book to define what was sacred and celebrated about being a woman, being me, and provide a way for other women to create their personal spaces. Since this the work I had been doing and loved
I created beauty for other women, yet I had no private sanctuary of my own. Every room I spent time in, was made to be shared.
The universe and Woolf's influence conspired to inspire me. A fan since a young girl I craved the safety of a room of my own, to indeed find my truedom.
WHY DO YOU FEEL WOMEN ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN 'PATCH OF PEACE'?
Because without their 'patch of peace' women live through and for others with little awareness of who they are, at their core. It is essential to know who one is, so one can support what one believes, with courage and from conviction and not just react. as if choice is not an option.
Every woman needs to have walls or boundaries of some kind, that give her permission to focus on herself. So that she can truly connect to her own, often denied and buried needs to shape a profound sense of self. Beyond how she as a woman looks to the world, or what her role is in relationship with others.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS YOUR FAVOURITE 'COCOON' LIKE SPACE?
A sacred, secret grove in nature, where fairies & deer dwell, water runs through it, and old trees rise up to meet the light.
HOW DO YOU BENEFIT FROM BEING IN THAT SPACE?
An energetic magic wraps me in a sense of safety and potential. I am reborn, refreshed, loved and made whole. This sacred space fills me with immense joy. I leave more resolute and at peace.
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU MOST LIKELY TAKE INTO YOUR 'COCOON' SPACE AND WHY?
One - The Artist Way by Julia Cameron with plenty of brilliance to expand & activate a deepening into my inner chic cocoon.
Two - Islamic Mystical Poetry y Mamood Jamal : Sufi Verse from the early Mystics to Rumi - because the Sufi's invite the path to God through Love. Best way to knowI am enough, exactly as I am and be 'mysti- fired in the most sacred sense is through poetry to Source, encountering what is true and good within me.
YOU MENTION IN YOUR BOOK HOW LITTLE WOMEN'S LIVES HAVE CHANGED SINCE VIRGINIA WOLF WROTE 'A ROOM OF ONES OWN' - DO YOU FEEL WE ARE NOW IN A DIFFERENT TIME, THANT CHANGE IS STIRRING? AND IF SO, WHAT SPECIFICALLY ARE YOU NOTICING? AND IF NOT WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?
Yes, I do think we are entering a new age. Things are in chaos and that is a good thing, even if it feels terrible. In an uncertain climate new seeds fly in and plant themselves in unlikely places.. this is necessary and challenging We must embrace our fierceness, as women. As Divine beings. Balance out the inequality that has silenced, shaped and punished us for so long.
The rise of the Divine Feminine within women that Virginia Woolf and many battled to speak of, has brought us to the brink of new possibility. The age of rebellion.
Women have been very comfortable with being in the background, suffering, enforcing and complaining, at the mercy of a harsh patriarchal system. Now we and all minorities have an opportunity to be independent, redefining the what and how of being a woman/minority means. Are minorities less than? Are women angry enough to defy authority?
We must speak in all the ways open to us, right now, and through the difficult times ahead. Stand up for our beliefs, redraw the lines. No one speaks for us, if we do not speak for us.
Women must get out of the people pleasing habit of shushing dissent, or playing nice to be safe. We played nice and it hasn't kept us safe. We are in more danger now, if we pretend that we can do nothing. If we refuse to articulate what is on our minds and in our hearts.
Now we need to play truth. New rules, new conviction, new daring are all needed, to cultivate a future where we are fully present and equivalent.
We cannot afford to fall asleep, hoping someone will save us. We must learn by doing, to save ourselves. Then we can band together to make a broader difference as individuals.
SO WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR COCOON LIKE SPACE WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Love being in my cocoon. It allows me to see what I often can't or won't, gives me the ability to create from a strength and groundedness that keeps me on purpose (for the most part) out in the world at large.
I am a Spiritual diviner, healer and teacher, Queen of Royal Joy.
Freedom, joy & personal truth are important to me.. I am presently very focused on getting more visible, and thereby giving women a space to hear their own voices.
As a channel of Akashic readings healings and Astronumeric (numbers and astrological influences combined) consults, rituals, insights and meditations, both free and paid. I share wisdom, and guidance so my clients and tribe can get to know the truth of who they are. Exposing and healing old hurts, removing fears and heaviness, plus providing practical tools so can live in Joy, daily.
So delighted to share my improved 30 day Free Royal Joy Challenge, which will be relaunched in early 2017. I am excited to create a chic cocoon space for insightful women to evolve in. Right now every women needs to learn to activate her personal light in a focused intuitive way.
I am also joyfully creating a set of oracle cards, I hope to publish in the next few months.
WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE MORE OF IN THE WORLD?
Would love to see more people trusting their divine natures and daring to be exactly who they are out loud.
Which means living with unbridled Joy. delight and recognition of individuality and creativity.
I want every woman to be Queen of her life, every day, living with wonder, courage, compassion and gratitude.
WHAT WISDOM WOULD YOU LOVE TO SHARE FOR 2017?
2017 is a pivotal year. A new cycle begins in numerology. The first of a 9 years. It is also a key year in this new age. The old ways, old world like the Mayan calendar predicted, has ended.
Since 2012 we have been in the tunnel of adjustment. 2016 was a year of endings and completion.
You may have had to release a lot of things. Ideas, expectations and people.
2017 brings together 4 key numbers. 17 which is the number of immortality. That means we must focus on balancing the spiritual with the material in order to visualize and activate a new legacy.
1 +7 = 8 number of success and the infinity symbol that reminds us that we have chosen to bring heaven to earth. Abundance, success, money - whatever you value, is possible if you are willing to focus on how you lead and push through obstacles.
Balance is key to harmony. number 10 is the universal year number (1+0+1+7) which employs both the 0 of the female creativity, nought, empty space and the 1. The point of new beginnings.
10 is the number of spiritual light, reminding us of our Divine Beginnings and our Godly purpose. We are not just mortal but immortal. 10 is the number of light and dark, yin and yang, everything and nothing.
10 reduces to a 1. Number of focus, intelligence, grounding into self, leadership and activation.
We must know our selves individuated from source, in order to activate our desire. Being human means we have a body. We have to learn how to manifest in our body. Be in our soul in our bodies.
2017 is a moment of return to our truth. Your voice is needed. Your visions and values shape the world you see. Choose wisely and well, because 2017 gives you an opportunity to start at ground zero.
What has happened, has given you the key to your truth and passion. Will you turn the lock, walk away from what you thought mattered and walk towards the new you?
To thrive in 2017 you will need to let go of artifice and any belief that you have no power or choice.
Stand up for what you believe in. Sink into your truth. Use your voice in all its forms ( through your hands, eyes, voice, feelings and body) to declare what your soul understands.
Do that and you will touch magic. Deny that and you might find everything collapsing around you..
Be passionate, real. Listen, engage in what you want more of. When you discover what is true for you, you will find your tribe, your mentors and potential.
It is no longer viable to let fear of what other people think, stop you from speaking out your truth. You may be alone, however you will be at peace.
When you are clear, the universe mirrors your clarity and rewards you.
Jen Duchene, Queen of Joy, Royal Diviner & Healer, Teacher, Speaker, Author. Channeling Astro-Numerology & Akashic Records.
Helps women to express & explore being Queen of their own Lives, every single day. Jen’s clients are guided and supported to uncover their most powerful abilities and vision – break through blocks, release “emotional weight,” and manifest what they desire in their business and personal lives.
After 30 years as a designer of personal spaces, Jen crossed the invisible barrier of self-awareness to work with the sacred 'interior space' inside each of us. Now embracing her lifelong passion and intuitive gifts, Jen serves as a clear, unbiased channel that fast-tracks healing and creates a Success Path for glorious, prosperous and full-out living!
Jen offers private readings, consultations, classes, workshops and group talks. She publishes free online daily numeric insights, weekly Royal Insights Videos, Moon Rituals and hosts the free Royal Joy Challenge.
Find out more about Jen at: jenduchene.com