This series explores what it is like to be a spiritual seeker and Priestess in the 21st century.
Is there more direct access to the Divine in the world now?
I’m interviewing women involved in my Priestess Training Program to find out!
How do you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a passionate, thoughtful, and deeply funny woman. Justice is what drives me, the words, “It’s not fair” apparently were my constant refrain as a child.
Things haven’t changed much, injustice still gets me going.
What are some transformational changes that have happened on your spiritual path?
Recognizing that, while I can certainly learn from others, I need to honor my own wisdom. Too often we give our power away to those who we deem to be further along the path than we are. Rather than do that I think we should acknowledge what they have to offer us while also recognizing that we are not without true wisdom ourselves. I think it’s important to listen to one’s own knowing above all.
What has helped you be your authentic self?
I have learned to be brutally honest with myself, even when it was deeply uncomfortable to do so. Owning who I am, what I want, my strengths, and my weaknesses has led me to me. I’m not trying to be something I’m not but thought I should be any longer. This is me, warts and all.
What are some spiritual strengts that you bring to the world?
I am a gentle but clear truth-teller and I am a deeply supportive person. People fascinate me and I have enormous compassion for the human struggle. Life is hard, I try to not add to the pain that is already so prevalent in the world while still pushing for truth and justice.
What have you struggled with on the spiritual path?
Let me first say that I think life is a spiritual path. Figuring out who we are and what we want from the world and to give to the world is, to me, the essence of life. That said I struggled most with self-acceptance. As a queer, black woman I struggled with being visible as myself.
How do you claim a sense of empowerment?
From being me, just as I am and not looking for external validation. It’s nice when people like me or praise me for something I’ve done but that’s not where my self-esteem comes from. Having an internal sense of who I am and what I’m here to do is the basis of my sense of empowerment.
Do you have a spiritual practice that incorporates ritual or ceremony?
I used to have many very specific rituals, I really don’t any longer. Now I just do what I feel called to in the moment.
What blessings would you like to send to future Priestesses?
To do the work you are here to do you need to know yourself and accept yourself. That is not easy in this world that likes to tell us how we should be. The blessing I would send is the willingness to sit in the discomfort of owning our weaknesses. When we can hold our own broken places with compassion we can extend that compassion out into the world. So, yeah, I send a blessing of faith and courage to be your whole self without fear.
Omkari Williams is a speaker, writer and certified creativity and life coach. Omkari says, “Our stories are the bridges between us and others. Yet stories, especially women’s stories, have been neglected. Sharing our stories brings profit, peace, and power and can help heal the world.”
Gathering stories from people she meets is a passion of hers. She loves traveling to foreign countries and visiting as many churches, museums, and holy places as she can find.
Her writing has been featured online by Elephant Journal, My Empowered World, Women For One, and Tattooed Buddha and in print by Savannah Magazine and Paprika Southern.