What's Next After Crescent Moon Cafe?
In the New Crescent Moon course, you were introduced to the power of metaphor and story to find your own unique path to recovery by shining a new light on your struggle with eating and food -- which revealed hidden meanings buried beneath your eating difficulties.
You have built a good foundation for your recovery journey, are you wondering…
How do you integrate what you have learned from the New Crescent Moon Course into your daily life?
What if you need more support & want to continue working with me?
How do you apply the skills you have learned about metaphor and recovery so far?
How... do you keep the momentum moving forward...
Discover the tools you need to make specific changes in your eating behaviors and your relationship with your body.
Light of the Moon Café Journey
You may have discovered that insight is not always enough to create change in behaviors you have participated in for a long time…
To change old patterns, it takes a whole community of support – which is why I created the Living in the Light of the Moon online community for women around the world to come together and support each other in this labyrinthian journey towards recovery.
Once you understand what’s beneath the disordered eating, it takes a certain level of skill to catch up with your insights. Skill building takes time and practice (unlike insights which can be instantaneous). It’s easy to get derailed when frustrated and thinking, I know better …. Why do I keep doing this?
IT’S A JOURNEY: The Living in the Light of the Moon Journey is where the rubber meets the road, and you learn to apply the concepts you learned in the New Crescent Moon, step by step. You’ll develop even more insights into why you do what you do with food, and more skills for doing something different
BY INVITATION ONLY: This circle is open only to those who have taken the New Crescent Moon course and want to continue on the path to full, complete recovery.
In this community, you’ll get support as you cultivate these skills and get the practice and feedback you need to change troublesome behaviors and thoughts.This is where the magic happens! There is nothing like the power of women gathering in circle for healing.
By taking the New Crescent Moon you’ve been able to understand your struggle with eating in a totally different light –
I know it is absolutely possible to totally recover from disordered eating – no matter how long you have struggled. Over the years I have worked with thousands who have done just that. You can, too. And you don’t have to do it all by yourself.
There is a worldwide movement afoot to change the way women relate to food and their bodies. It’s happening at the Light of the Moon Café. Come join us and be a part of it.
Join the Living in the Light of the Moon Journey & Support Community.
You can sign up any time after taking the New Crescent Moon Course and get more insights, skills, and support to help you along the way.
How would you like to...
You’ll shift how you see your body. Hard to believe, I know! Instead of hating it, you’ll be awed by what it means to be in the body of a woman. You’ll get to discover a new way of being. One that transforms your relationship with yourself, your body, and others in your life.
Light of the Moon Café Journey module illuminates the steps to take so you can move towards a life that is YOUR life. A life that fulfills you and frees you from eating and body struggles. One where you’ll glow with the full essence of who you are as a woman.
You’ll identify and develop the skills you need. Create changes in your relationship with yourself and others. And free yourself from disordered eating thoughts and behaviors.
Community & Support
from the Author of Eating in the of the Light of the Moon
How would you like to be a member of a book club – where the author shows up (that’s me) to answer all of your questions? Or make sense out of things you have wondered about?
What if you could get my help in seeing how this fits for you personally?
What if you could join a circle of women who are doing the same thing? I’m not kidding -- the power of women gathering together is awesome. And transformative! That is exactly what the Light of the Moon Journey is-a- on-going Book Club!
Weekly activities that work through the Eating in the Light of the Moon book. They include a variety of poems, stories, audios, videos and metaphors that are not included in the book. They will help will continue on your journey of recovery.
This is where you can get support and inspiration from those who are traveling this journey with you and from the author from Eating in the Light of the of Moon.
There will be two calls per month on zoom. These calls will be scheduled at noon EST, and 6 pm EST, to try to accommodate as many times zones as possible. But if you can’t make it, they will be recorded. This is your opportunity to ask questions or get clarification on any of the topics we are exploring.
To keep your notes and responses as you go along. This is where you enhance your communication with yourself, and commune with your inner wise woman.
Here are just some of the topics we will be covering...
Riding the Waves of Emotion
We begin this series by diving deep into the heart of the matter. Into the realm of emotions.
You'll explore the direct connection between emotions and eating behaviors. And learn a whole new way of relating to your feelings. Here, you'll see your feelings as gateways to wisdom and guidance. Rather than stumbling blocks to avoid or overcome. You'll discover how it's “emotional illiteracy” that leads to struggles with food. And how it's your attempts to block emotions (rather than the feelings themselves) that leads to disordered eating.
This is a big one! You'll learn about the “Archetypal Mother” that exists within everyone.
And everywhere. Whether we know it or not. She's the part of us that can give us just the right amount of compassion, guidance, support, and nurture we need. Without Her, we're vulnerable to harsh judgments and criticisms from ourselves (or others.) That's what drives us to seek comfort and solace in food behaviors. You'll learn how to access the powerful nourishment she has to offer — and how to find it elsewhere in your life
Cultivating Inner Wisdom
Here you'll get to understand the nature of “women’s intuition” as a different way of knowing.
You'll learn how to honor and listen to that quiet, inner voice from within. With curiosity. Instead of ignoring it or stuffing down those “gut feelings” with food. You'll reclaim your “inner authority.” And find out what you're really hungry for.
Feminine Sexuality: Desire vs. Desirability
Imagine exploring your feminine sexuality from a personal, subjective perspective. From the inside out.
By focusing on your desires rather than desirability. Our culture objectifies women’s sexuality and defines it by what it “looks like.” So many of us have feelings of confusion, fear, rejection, and sadness around our sexuality. Our disconnect from the deepest part of our feminine nature leaves us with a hunger that we don’t know what to do with. We try to stuff it down with food or starve it so it will go away. Here, you will find ways to recognize and reclaim your own unique sensual, sexual nature. What it "feels like." For you. And free yourself from society’s messages and early experiences where it was not honored.
Assertive: Essential Skill
You'll put it all into action, here. With practical ways to find your voice and speak the truth – in the kindest way possible.
You'll learn the Number One Skill for complete, lasting recovery from disordered eating. Assertive communication. It's absolutely essential! Because this is how you'll embrace the essence of who you really are. And set clear limits. Without being hurtful to others or yourself. Because it gets rid of the constant anxiety (which we try to fend off with eating behaviors) that comes from acting one way when we're feeling another. It'll put you on the path of heart. One which leads you towards people and situations that'll nourish you. And steer you away from those that won't.
Messenger of the Soul
What if the struggle with eating and your body has a deeper meaning than you ever expected? And what if the struggle was really a communication from the deepest part of your being? Your Soul. Would you listen? Our souls don't use regular day-to-day language. They speak to us in symbolism & metaphor. You'll see how disordered eating thoughts and behaviors are soul-filled messages. About your deeper hungers. The hungers of your soul. And you'll discover the hidden parts of yourself that have been starving.
You'll descend deep into your Being. By summoning up as much curiosity and compassion as you can. And confront all those aspects of yourself you've deemed unworthy of your attention. You'll learn how to befriend and talk to the unconscious parts of your self that know the secret. That know why you do what you do with food. That have the power to heal what has been wounded.
Security & Protection
Here you'll get to discover and create your own "Inner Father." This is the aspect of your psyche that provides security and protection. So you can move through the world with confidence. You'll learn to create a relationship with the part of yourself that is there for you. That sets boundaries. And obtainable goals. And instructs you on how to navigate safely in the world.[
You'll discover your birthright to move your body in joy. And look at all those things that interfered with this natural instinct. Whatever usurped your natural drive to move. Simply for the joy of it! Like being raised in a body-shaming culture. One that emphasizes weight-loss as the goal of exercise. And you'll get to find those things that support it. So you can reclaim your birthright. Celebrate you body. And move joyfully through life.
This week we look at the feminine cycle – from menarche to menopause.
And its powerful relationship to food cravings, mood swings, and negative body image. You'll get to shed many of the feeling of shame and loathing inherited from our culture. Because we weren't taught to value, honor and embrace the most profoundly feminine aspect of our bodies. Here, you'll learn how to appreciate and work with your cyclical nature.
Relationships: Honoring Self & Others
There's delicate balance between being in relationships with others. And being true to ourselves.
You'll see how tending to the needs of others without acknowledging your own needs leads to deprivation. An ever-present, hunger that nags at you. Constantly. In this week you'll learn how to be attentive and respectful of others. Without losing your voice or your authenticity. Without sacrificing your sense of who you are and what you value.
Embodiment of the Feminine
What does it mean to be the embodiment of the feminine? To you?
You'll find out here. And see how it gets played out in different stages and phases of your life. You'll discover how women of all ages can connect with the many aspects of the feminine principle. Regardless of their chronological age. And use these energies to heal from disordered eating and negative body image.
How can our dreams possibly help with eating struggles? Dreams speak to us in the language of symbolism and metaphor. The very language we need to decode our struggles with eating. And solve the mystery of what we are really hungry for. Through your dreams, you'll see how you hold the answers to your struggles deep within yourself.
You'll learn about a whole new kind of power that can change your eating and food behaviors. No, we're not talking about will-power. It's a whole new way of relating to powerful feelings, situations, and relationships. You'll shift your perception of what power is. And where it comes from. And learn how to transform the power-less-ness you feel over food and eating.
As we come to the end of the final Moon Module, we re-visit the concept of the inner marriage. So you can create unity between the masculine and feminine aspects of your being. You'll see how to resolve the duality. And end the war. You'll learn balance. So they work together in concert to help you find and feed your inner hungers.
You'll get to review and reflect on your recovery journey. See how far you've come. How you've learned to use the language of metaphor to decode your eating behaviors. Discovered inner hungers. And learned how to feed them without using food. Reclaimed your feminine side. And made friends with your instincts, emotions, and intuition. Created inner parents to guide, support and protect you. You learned how to set boundaries and assert your individuality. While connecting with others. So that food is not your only friend. Or enemy. And you discovered how to find and use your voice to speak with clarity, honesty, and kindness. So you don't have to restrict it or stuff it down with food. You have a different way of relating to power. And no longer need "will-power." You can define what recovery is for you. Where ever you are at in your journey.
You have to complete the New Crescent Moon course first. If you missed it, you can hop on here to get on the waitlist.
CRESCENT MOON REVIEW BONUS
To begin the Living in the Light of the Moon Journey you’ll be given a copy of the materials from the New Crescent Moon that is yours to keep. You’ll be able to use this to review the foundational concepts that we’ll build upon in this community. As you continue this journey, you’ll get to discover – week by week -- how to apply them to your life.
This journey is about Integration. Bringing parts of yourself that you've dismissed, denied, or disregarded into full awareness. So you can see their value. And become whole.
You'll learn how to use inner vision. In-sight. How to look within and find hidden helpers that have been clamoring for your attention
You can join at any time, but to get the most out of it, it’s best to subscribe right after taking the New Crescent Moon course, since the lessons immediately build upon that course.
$29/Week Cancel at anytime no contracts
$29 weekly payment option available starting October 23rd
No Long Term Commitment/Cancel at anytime
One of the past participants made a list that we thought we’d share with you. Here’s what she said:
The Light of the Moon Café helped me…
1. Be in a community of like-minded women who want to change our relationship with food, our body and our body image,
2. Identify the beliefs that no longer serve me,
3. Learn to eat without restrictions,
4. Learn to stop eating when I no longer feel physical hunger,
5. Identify what I truly hunger for,
6. Evolve into a love relationship with my body and my body image,
7. Have tools for assertive communication,
8. Apply curiosity instead of judgment,
9. And be patient with myself remembering that recovery takes as long as it takes
You’ll get tons of guidance and support as you explore what you’re really hungry for. And have been trying to feed with food. Or restrict with dieting. You’ll get specific “tools” to help you develop the self-awareness you need. So you can make different choices when tempted to fall back into old, less fulfilling eating patterns.
When – you can join at any time, but to get the most out of it, it’s best to subscribe right after taking the New Crescent Moon course, since the lessons build upon that course.
Just like in the New Crescent Moon course, you can hop in the Cafe at any time and participate in the weekly activities.
Since there is a new activity every week, you’ll be able to move at your own pace. To get the most out of it, you’ll have to dedicate a little time every week. Some activities take as little as 5-10 minutes. Others may take a half hour or so.
The format is the same as the New Crescent Moon course. Some weeks you’ll have a 2-4 minute inspirational story to contemplate or a metaphor to listen to. Other weeks you’ll read a book chapter or short poem. There’ll be times you’ll want to go a deeper and complete a writing or drawing activity.
You can spend as much time on the forum as you want, sharing and asking questions. I recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to connect with and learn from the others taking this journey with you.
I tried to make this as affordable as possible – both in terms of time and money. The cost of the subscription is $29/week. or $97 per month
You can unsubscribe at any time.
You can pay online through our secure site or by Paypal.
Eating in the Light of the Moon. Book. Downloadable Journal Pages will be Provide you may prefer to have a separate journal .Sketchbook and some art supplies (colored pens & pencils). You may already have some of these art supplies in your house … take a look around!
Yes, It’s easy to register and hop on the Cafe from anywhere in the world! Because there are no specific times you have to “show up” at the Café, time zones are not a problem. The live calls are recorded if they are not at a time convenient for you.
When – you can join at any time, but to get the most out of it, it’s best to subscribe right after taking the New Crescent Moon course, since the lessons build upon that course.
No long term contract it is week to week you can cancel at anytime.
No you will no longer have access to the materials
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Weekly activities -- just like the daily activities (stories, metaphors, drawing and writing activities, playlist) in the New Crescent Moon but with more time to complete them. We’ll continue to discuss book chapters from Eating in the Light of the Moon – but there’ll be a bunch of chapters that haven’t yet been published (I wrote them after I wrote Eating in the Light of the Moon). And some awesome videos.
Ready to Join the Light of the Moon Journey?
I'm Dr. Anita Johnston
A clinical psychologist with a passion for working with eating difficulties for over thirty-five years, I am thrilled to have written a book that touches millions of women around the world.
I love helping women like you find freedom from struggles with eating -- and create a fulfilling meaningful life.
For many years I had been asked if I would create a workbook for Eating in the Light of the Moon. This seemed inspiring, creative, and meaningful to me! I loved the idea of helping even more women break free from struggles with eating. And find true nourishment.
I joined up with dietician Elisabeth Peterson, and we decided to give it a go. We spent a year finding the right platform. Then we gathered all the material we had found helpful over the last 30 years. We created readings, drawings and writing activities, beautiful images, inspirational poetry and world music. And storytelling recorded by Grammy award-winning musician, Tom Wasinger (produced by Robin Richardson.)
We opened the doors to the Light of the Moon Cafe over six years ago. And it has grown beyond my wildest dream!
Now women with busy schedules come to the Cafe at any time of the day. They move at their own pace. And hop on a forum to receive support from each other. I respond to comments daily and have live calls in each of the courses.
Thousands of women from across the US and around the world have met at the Cafe. And have found freedom by looking at their struggle in an entirely new way.
They learned how to recognize deeper hungers and receive true nourishment. They found how to break free from eating and body image distress. They discovered how to feed their Soul.
Now I’ve created a new way for you to immerse yourself in these teachings more consistently, week after week. For as long as you like. In the Living in the Light of the Moon subscription community, we continue to explore ways to break free from struggles with eating through weekly activities and live calls.
It's set up so that women like you with busy schedules can come to the Cafe at any time of the day. Move at your own pace. And receive support from a circle of women who breaking free and finding true nourishment.
You are invited to join us. I would love to see you there. Come journey with us and Live in the Light of the Moon.