After the Darkest Night Will Come A Brighter Day: Hope and Healing After Hurricane Sandy

Today has been a surreal, contemplative and humbling day. My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by Hurricane Sandy and I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and sending healing energy, love and light your way. I can’t help but to feel mixed emotions of sadness and feeling blessed all at the same time as I scroll through the posts of devastation on my timelines and reach out to my family and friends to ensure they’re okay.

A native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles, I feel a close bond to the hurricane survivors and I’m extremely empathetic to what they are experiencing because it hits so close to home. I will always be a New Yorker at heart and I am with you all in spirit! I am proud of how brave you all are and where I am from; we are resilient, strong and have the heart to persevere and rebuild. As you pick up the pieces and find the strength to move forward and find resolve, I’m hoping you will find comfort in knowing you are truly an inspiration to us all. Your strength and determination to endure all hardships and prevail is the exact definition of igniting the courageous warrior spirit within, especially during difficult times of trials and tribulations. You are survivors and for that, you should be eternally proud.

Even through all the devastation, there are so many beautiful examples of people selflessly helping one another and these efforts truly warm my heart and soul. Among the incredible examples of perseverance, is the story of the nurses and first responders of the NYU Langone Medical Center which truly exemplifies the Inner Goddess spirit and the power of embracing your true potential through courageously helping others in their time of need.

After heavy flooding caused the NYU Langone Medical Center in midtown Manhattan to lose power, the nurses and first responders worked tirelessly to evacuate 260 patients manually on med-sleds after the back up generators failed. At a rate of one patient every fifteen minutes, the staff worked relentlessly throughout the night. Among the patients, were 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit that required special attention from the nurses because their respirators did not have backup batteries. At least four babies had to be carried down nine flights of stairs while the nurses “breathed” for the infants by manually squeezing a bag in order to drive oxygen back through their tiny lungs. Thankfully, all patients that were rescued have survived.

This beautiful story truly touched my soul and is a testament to the Inner Goddess spirit in us all. These men and women are truly heroes in every sense of the word. They are warrior goddesses with an unrelenting dedication to the well being and survival of their fellow human being no matter what the circumstance or hardship. Their courageous and selfless actions teach us how empowering yourself through helping others in need is one of the greatest gifts we can give to humanity and infinitely makes the world a more beautiful, peaceful and loving place.

I am so, so proud of the brave men and women of the east coast. They are our family, our friends, our neighbors and our fellow Americans. We are all in this together and we will continue to grow, rebuild, stand tall and persevere on. After the darkest night, will come a brighter day and this new day will bring hope to survive, strength to rebuild, healing of our soul and spirit and serves as an undeniable inspiration to us all.

To help our fellow brothers and Goddesses on the east coast, please visit:

The Red Cross

The Salvation Army


NY Foodbank

Introduction: Awaken Your Inner Goddess!

Have you ever had a moment in your life when either seemingly out of nowhere or perhaps through difficult trials and tribulations, a feeling of energy, strength, resilience, an infinite and supreme awareness filled with emotion, beauty and knowing rushes through you and suddenly you feel like you can achieve anything you put your effort and your mind to?  It’s a kind of beautiful and powerful confidence that cannot be found from outside influences, it cannot be found through other people or through material things.  It can’t be found through acknowledgements, achievements, through someone else telling you how to feel or by an outside source trying to control your emotions or your values. It’s a moment in your journey through this beautiful life, when you are completely present, when you are living in and appreciating each moment, accepting life on its terms, and you are finally aware of the true strength and potential you individually possess. It is awakened not because someone told you so, but because you just know it is there. You can feel it and you own it. It awakens a strength in you that may have secretly been hiding deep inside, but suddenly, it transcends all the hurt, the pain, the worry and negativity you’re feeling or have experienced in your past, even if for just a brief moment in time. You know deep in your heart and in your soul you are special.  You are important. You are fully aware that in this moment, you are a powerful being filled with strength, perseverance and light, owning a heart filled with love and a mind strong enough to overcome any obstacle! Your Divine Femininity is power and in this moment, there isn’t anything or anyone that can change it or take it away from you.

This is your Divine Inner Goddess moment. It is a moment when you delve deep into your soul and into your true self and through this moment, your true strength shines outward for all the world to see. Your inner beauty comes from deep within and its glorious light emanates outward. The innate presence in owning your true value and your true strength inspires others, empowers everyone and everything your presence touches, but most of all, it empowers YOU. You are sending the specific message out into the universe you are strong, you are present, you are confident, you are knowing and most of all, you are worth all the great things this wonderful life has to offer. In return, you have so many incredible gifts to share with the world. Your Divine Inner Goddess is waiting for you to discover your true power, your true inner beauty and through this, you awaken your true greatest potential. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could live in that new space every single day for the rest of your life? Well you can, you deserve it and you will! It takes courage to awaken your Inner Goddess, but I promise, she is there. It is within you and it is within us all.

Hi! I’m Erika Othen and I have created Divine Inner Goddess to encourage all women to discover and awaken their Inner Goddess and to inspire women everywhere to live in that space every single day and in all aspects of their life. Through empowering yourself, you empower everyone and everything around you. The universe becomes a more peaceful, pleasant, beautiful and abundant place. Through awakening your Divine Inner Goddess, you can truly connect with the infinitely special, deserving, unique, complex and powerful being you are. You can genuinely appreciate all the beauty this world has to offer and you awaken the ability to achieve everything and anything you have ever dreamed of! You really do deserve all the beautiful gifts this life has to offer and you have so many beautiful gifts to share with the world in return! You are worth it! You will feel inspired to love everyone and everything around you, but most of all, you will be inspired and empowered to love and to treasure yourself. Empowering your Inner Goddess awakens a more beautiful you and in turn, makes the world a more beautiful place. God has given us all special gifts, but how we use those gifts are our gift to God.

Smile. You’re a Goddess.