I’m showing up for my self - raw, real and quite possibly naked!

The rawest photoshoot I’ve ever done and why I’m doing it for every woman

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I’m having a photoshoot in 10 days time. I’m no stranger to photoshoots.  I’ve had MANY! I’ve been in countless magazines, on the front cover of magazines, I’m on the cover of all 4 of my books...not the 5th...I have a yoni on the cover of that one! 

All my photoshoots before have been in studios, white background, make-up artists, styling, borrowed designer clothes, I once even had a £14,000 diamond necklace placed around my neck for Boodles, the diamond merchant in London!

This time it’s different.  This time there’s no make-up artist, no stylist, I’ve decided no new dress, certainly no borrowed designer clothes, instead...it’s raw, real and quite possibly naked!

You see, this time I’m showing up for my self.  I’m showing up as the absolute me, and I find myself not worrying about the fact that I haven’t stepped foot in a gym for a few months or that I’m curvier than my ego would like to think or that my hair might be a mess...hell...I don’t even have a TAN right now! (ok I might shave my legs!) but that’s it!  And it feels liberating and free and sexy as hell.

I’ve been an activist for women - teaching them how to speak out and show up for themselves for 20 years, but this past 3 years I’ve had such a deep and intimate close up dive into every cell in my body, ego and the most toxic, negative parts of me, that I now know I’m made up of Pachamama, I’m made up of earth, I’m whole and wholesome.  

It taken me 3 years of dedication to plant medicine, meditation and ritual to get there, Shamans have been my mentors, spirits have been my guides but that’s been my path - yours doesn’t have to look like that and quite possibly hasn’t.  

I mean, trust me, THAT path came as a complete surprise for me! I’m was smack bang in the middle of running Her Invitation the female empowerment company and pitching to corporates about how women should be around their board tables, when the amazonian plant medicine Ayahuasca found me!

But it’s been through that path that my barriers have been dissolved, I have decorated my body with tattoos that mean something, I’ve walked barefoot on the earth, spent my time making fires, lighting candles, smudging myself and others for ceremony.  I’ve found fascination with stones and rocks and leaves and flowers and the moon and the sky and every god damn thing has made me appreciate my body and my self for what they are - perfect for where I am in this lifetime right now!

I’ve had a baby, I’ve used my body, I’ve exercised, been a dancer, I’ve made love a thousand times, explored my own pleasure, sought intoxication through taste and touch and sunlight and warmth.

This photoshoot is, for me, a celebration of being 46, for coming this far, of the journey from high heels and corporate offices to sitting with plant medicine (Cacao being my teacher right now), being with her spirit, feeling my way through ritual, feeling the soil between my toes, sitting on and collecting stones and rocks.  Feeling their energy, asking for their wisdom.

When I’m deep in meditation I get this strong sense that I’m a mammal, which of course I am, but I mean a cat or something, or a lioness...intensely enjoying the present, feeling the sun on my face, sinking into the ground, feeling Pachamama support me, feeling connected to my source, my internal guidance system...and this photoshoot is about getting to the core of that.

When women walk their path and do their work and drop the idea of glamour and powders for that, highlighters for that, we emerge as the warriors we are, the earth goddesses and keepers of life force and the very source of life.

We are so sacred, so damn sexy, so powerful in our very spirit.  This photoshoot is not just for me, it’s for every single woman who is trying to stand up but can’t, who’s trying to speak out but can’t, who’s trying not to hate herself when she sees her reflection and find beauty instead.  It’s for every woman who’s fighting for breath - I hold you every day in Cacao and I am holding you in the energy of these photos.

You are...without doubt...the most brilliant creation of love and kindness and purity.  Look for that part of yourself and you will find her, deep inside you, she is there and she is perfect - let her out, give her a break.  You will fall in love with her. I promise.


To find out more about finding yourself, releasing guilt, perfectionism, hearing your own internal guidance system, join Lynette in Bali - yes Bali!  

Give yourself THE biggest message of ‘I value you’ and sit barefoot in circle on the edge of the jungle, learn the ancient art of ritual, drink cacao and learn how to take this medicine into your heart and your life back home, learn how to meditate and find yourself, learn how to LOVE yourself exactly as you are.  

www.awomansblessing.com/womensretreatbali for more details.  18-23 October. Fly into Denpasar, Bali and we’ll do the rest!

Lynette Allen

Ceremony holder, Ritualista, Writer & lover of sacred plant medicine Cacao, A Woman's Blessing

Lynette Allen is a modern day medicine woman, using the sacred plant medicine Cacao, ritual and meditation to bring alignment to source and grounding to earth, for her and her clients. Her 20 year career has seen her write 4 books (her 5th to be released soon), she is a TV/Radio presenter, broadcaster and international speaker on the rise of the feminine (for corporates and the good of the earth). She currently lives on the edge of the jungle in Bali with her husband Mark and youngest daughter Livvie aged 7. She is also mum to Rosi and Nanny to Rhoda and Mac


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about 2 years ago

amazing read!