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Welcome to the Transformation Goddess: Divine Feminine Spotlight for August!

The intention of The Divine Feminine Spotlight series is to share transformational stories of women who have learned to walk in beauty, with the strength, courage, and pleasure of claiming their feminine sovereignty.

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the soulful and beautiful Zinnia Gupte.

zinnia-as-saraswatiZinnia is an inspirational author, speaker, priestess and sacred dancer who helps women embrace their sacred feminine power. She is an expert at connecting women with their souls’ desires. Her forthcoming book, Shakti Power: Awaken Your Inner Power, Beauty, Intuition and Magic will be in the world soon. Zinnia teaches sacred dance every year in Spain at the Ibiza Spirit Festival. 

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“We need dance to connect to the healing power of our bodies, its wisdom and sensual vision.
– Zinnia Gupte

I recommend you carve out 30 minutes to listen to our intimate conversation to receive the full energetic connection of our transformational time together.

I know you will enjoy Zinnia’s energy. This goddess shines!

Please share a life-altering transition and transformation you’ve recently experienced in your life.

I’ve invested in myself over the last several years to commit to deep healing and freedom from shame and financial blocks. I’m in a wonderful program now with my mentor to heal “ceilings” of self-worth and deservedness. Until now I never thought of myself as an author and entrepreneur. And yet here I am launching my new business into the world.

I’ve realized I’m many things – woman, daughter, friend, healer, dancer, priestess, author, priestess, entrepreneur, teacher, business woman and most of all, Queen of my desires and Creatrix of my life. Every year I’m releasing victim habits and expanding into a Creatrix. I am creating more beauty and abundance for myself, community and the world. With this new insight, I’ve laid down plans to create Shakti School so that women have an academy-like setting to continuously learn and grow, along with a Shakti Lifestyle product line.

What are some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I love practicing the Self-Appreciation Goddess Workout.

Appreciation is about getting your joy and love vitamins! Joy and love are essential nutrients to create a solid foundation of self-love, self-respect and self-care. And we are the only ones who can know what truly makes us feel joyful and loved.

I invite our listeners and readers to write down all the things you love and appreciate about yourself every day for 21 days or as long as you want. You’ll feel yummy and delicious!

I like myself because:
The thing I do best is:
My best quality is:
My special talent is:
I feel proud when:
The most important thing to know about me is:
What makes me unique is:

How do you relate to your body, sexuality and power?

I dance! Dancing reminds me of the highest and deepest sacred pleasure, ecstasy and love.

Dancing brought healing salve to my wounds of separation and suffering. I thought I was set apart from the infinite love and mercy of our Creator because my body was shameful. When I dance, Shakti dissolves my psychic wounds. I completely let go. Shakti knows how I long for Union. She connects me again to the soul of my body, which is the soul of the world.

If you look at ancient cave paintings and our Bronze Age ancestors, history will show you women moving in ecstasy, incantation, and wild dance. You will hear stories of women who chant, dance, pray with their bodies to deepen their connection, heal wounds and transform the world. Drummers,ecstatic priestesses, fire walkers, temple dancers, dakinis and flying shamans.

When a woman comes back into her power, often she is in the process of reclaiming her own voice, values, her imagination, her clairvoyance, her stories and the magnetic energy of her womb. And her body. Especially her body. For me, dancing is the great awakener and healer. We need dance to connect to the healing power of our bodies, its wisdom and sensual vision.
It’s our birthright. And it is medicine for the whole world.

How else do you embody being a sovereign goddess?

I practice and embody the gifts of sacred feminine power.

Intuitive Power – I trust my inner voice and inner sight. My ability to follow the voice of my soul consistently and discern between soul and ego. I know my vision for my life.

Personal Power
Mental and physical power to make decisions, speak my truth, take action, stand up for what I believe in, be a leader, believe in my worthiness and deservedness to receive all my heart’s desires.

Manifesting Power
My ability to create from spirit into form by visualizing in the sprit world first – then drawing in my desire through affirmations and invocations, life-visioning, inspired action, asking for help and receiving.

Magical Power
My skill to practice “alchemy”. Changing one form to another form. Transforming depression into expression of life. Transforming deep loss and regret into life lessons and joy. Shape-shifting my career into your spiritual mission and life path. Expanding friends and networks into a unified community.

What Comes up for Your When you Hear the Words Walk In beauty?

To be unashamedly free and ecstatically joyful in our bodies.

Once long ago, I forgot to dance and I forgot to sing. I was ashamed of my body. And I became sick. Dance awakened me. Unfroze me. I love to whirl in the joy and existence of my body. This feminine power that flows deep from within me. To walk in beauty means to follow the beat of my heart and the voice of courage that is wiser and deeper than the old ancient voice of shame. This voice roars. This voice breathes the fire of inner courage I need and every woman needs to be free, wild and true to herself.

It’s every woman’s birthright to unleash her inner wild woman. During my healing pilgrimage to Ibiza I set my inner soul free. I danced on cliffs, sang with stars, swam nude in the midnight ocean with the lunar light floating upon me. I did everything my wild soul wanted. I continue this journey with a woman who is wide awake, alive and open to all the strength that lives inside of her.

This was the gift of the intimacy journey. To reclaim truth and a divine vision of myself. To no longer believe in the stories of a broken, damaged, less than woman.

What was your Inspiration for writing your book, “Shakti Power”

In 2011 I came to live in Ibiza , a small Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain. I had just separated with my husband and came here to rejuvenate and reinvent myself.

My time in Ibiza was magical. It was an island of light and this itself was magical. I learned about myself in a relaxed way. I surrounded myself with nature, the soft green hills and majestic blue skies of the Mediterranean. I ran and swam in deep turquoise waters. I ate salads and fresh juices every day for thee years, ran on the most stunning road to the beach twice a week and I healed. I gave myself all the self-care and self-love I could give myself. I learned to slow down and tune in. I connected deeply to my light and to my Inner Goddess and was shown the path to my destiny, my sacred life purpose. I practiced meditation and retreating deep into my inner silence and wisdom. I learned how to harness my intuition, awareness, visualization and manifestation abilities and practiced this spiritual power daily.

Within three years I had created a dance school called Sacred Dance Ibiza and a mentorship program, Shakti Priestess.

The power and mystery and the force of the island, the Goddess who rules the island, taught me feminine magic – how to transform worry, fear and doubt into trust, love and respect. Now I live my life by a new set of values and core truth. This has become my new identity as an awakened woman. My uniqueness, soul gifts and truth are my sacred gift and treasure. My worth.

I came to Ibiza divorced, without a home, broken, with no hope for the future. The spirit and healing power of this island cleansed me. She breathed life back into my bones… regenerated me. Now I share this ancient feminine path to awaken other women to their inner power. Shakti Power.

These teachings are in my forthcoming book, “Shakti Power: Awaken Your Inner Power, beauty, Intuition and Magic”

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How can our readers and listeners contact you?

I love to welcome new readers and keep in touch on my blog at and in our blossoming Facebook community where we have a lovely group of women who ask questions and connect on Shakti and empowerment


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About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann is a Transformational Leader, Award-Winning Podcaster, Best-Selling Author, Voice Over Talent, Podcast Coach, and Producer. She lives in the village of Suttons Bay, Michigan with her beloved husband and mouthy old cat. This Goddess Shines!

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  • Debra Reble Aug 19, 2015, 7:46 am

    Thank you Shann for sharing the lovely Zinnia with us and for holding the sacred space for such a powerful energetic connection. I love to dance too and this is where I also feel in touch with my feminine power sensuality and expression. Blessings to you both as you embody what a being a goddess truly is…

    • Shann Aug 19, 2015, 7:52 am

      Thank you for your kindness Debra!

  • Suzie Cheel Aug 19, 2015, 8:14 am

    Okay I want to dance and something I will do more of as I know it raises my spirit. I do shiver shake every day which is a form of dance , so it gets my endorphins going. Thanks Shann for bringing Zinnia to us- I am taking the Self-Appreciation Goddess Workout questions and will journal with them tomorrow xxoo

    • Shann Aug 19, 2015, 7:22 pm

      Right on Suzie!

  • Tae Aug 19, 2015, 9:42 am

    Zinnia (the name of one of my favorite flowers) is an inspiring, powerful, feminine leader! She made me want to go live in Ibiza and allow myself to let go through dance. Thanks for sharing her with us, Shann! I look forward to practicing her 21-day self-appreciation Goddess workout.

    • Shann Aug 19, 2015, 7:23 pm

      My pleasure Tae! Enjoy the workout. Shake it! XOX

  • Lisa Aug 19, 2015, 10:33 am

    I loved learning more about Zinnia. Thank you for the reminder to dance. This is something I did in the past and then let go of. It is important to connect the body, mind and spirit together. I will gladly take on the 21 day ritual. Thanks Shann for your continued spotlights. Blessings xx

    • Shann Aug 19, 2015, 7:24 pm


      My pleasure! So glad you plan to experience Zinnia’s 21 day ritual. XOX

  • Nadia Aug 19, 2015, 10:53 am

    i so appreciated reading this today. Thank you for this lovely, lovely post. I so enjoyed getting to know wonderful Zinnia better 🙂

    • Shann Aug 19, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Thanks Nadia! Zinnia shines bright like a diamond. XOX

  • Pamela Aug 19, 2015, 11:42 am

    Inspiring interview Shann! Loved meeting Zinnia and reading about her journey and words of wisdom. “To be unashamedly free and ecstatically joyful in our bodies.” Beautiful. I used to love dancing, feels like it’s time to bring it back! xo

    • Shann Aug 19, 2015, 7:26 pm

      Pamela, Thank you for your kindness! That is my favorite quote as well! XO

  • Missy Sep 1, 2015, 7:32 pm

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this. She has brought me to tears with things she said about second besting ourselves. I feel inspired I want to let my wild woman howl and tell my 2 daughters that its ok to howl. We as women are to often subdued by society as to what is EXPECTED of us. I give myself permission as well to each female on the planet to let your wild woman free. Love and Light