You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
— Maya Angelou
 

Wholeness Rising

 

I knew something needed to change, but I wasn’t completely sure how to begin...I began realizing how many places in my heart (& body) I had neglected. I avoided anything sensual and allowed past hurts to become so deeply buried I had begun to accept them as simply a part of who I would always be.

I fought feeling like I didn’t deserve the investment in myself. However, I'm so glad I did. Morgan is absolutely authentic and her passion is contagious. She is a gifted teacher, sincere in her words and I would gladly make the investment all over again

My session with Morgan allowed me to experience practices that cultivated the delight and feminine wholeness I so deeply craved. Morgan created a beautiful, nurturing environment for me to feel supported, loved, and free.  I can’t wait for you to experience these amazing truths with her!

 

— Kate p. missionary and mother

Becoming a "Sophia" has been transformational for me...The connections I feel with my husband and my WHOLE self have evolved to heights and depths I didn't even know could exist. I am 44 years old and have never felt more engaged, more beautiful, and more passionate.

—  Nicole G.

Morgan’s gift is to teach us about feminine wholeness.  Not only did she make me feel important, but she helped meKNOW THE TRUTH IS THATI AM IMPORTANT.  Every thoughtful gift from her and advice that was given, even advice from the other women, is investment enough.  You are worth the trip, the money, and the time that you MUST put into your well being.  It taught me that I am worth it.  I have value and I am important.  My family is already benefiting from my time away, rediscovering myself with the other Sophias.  And it’s refreshing to see glimpses of the woman I’m meant to be arriving to the surface. 

Heidi A.

 I found Morgan through a friends post on social media. I felt instantly drawn to her and her work. 

I almost let fear stop me from attending the half day workshop. I hadn't done any of the sessions with Morgan and didn't know anyone who was going to the half day. My fear instantly melted away upon meeting Morgan and her gentle welcoming spirit. 

Before the workshop I felt overwhelmed, stuck and ready for something. Now I feel more equipped with tools and encouragement for the journey. 

Morgan offers something unique and special...and I'm hungry for more!

— Danette T.

Two years ago, I was at the lowest point of my life.  I was in a loveless marriage with a man who was emotionally, verbally, and physically abusive.  I was searching everywhere for something to fix me so maybe he would love me...Becoming a Sophia is one of the most amazing, rewarding, and life altering things I have done!  As I grew in my faith and started seeing myself as God sees me, priceless and without blemish, whole and not broken, your e-mails and working through the Sophia sessions gave me direction and insight into my most holy and sacred self.  I can love myself better.  I can love others more fully.  I can accept others opinions and step out of my comfort zone without losing myself or compromising my beliefs.  I am growing and you two have been so helpful in that growth... 

Today, I am no longer in that toxic relationship.  Today, I hold my head high and believe in that peace that surpasses all understanding you were talking about.  I am a single mother of two beautiful daughters.  I have the courage to finally go back to school.  My attitude in everything I do has improved because I'm not (as) scared to do the soul searching required to grow and overcome the hurts.  I don't let fear and self-doubt rule my life anymore!

 

— K'Lynn S.

Through working with Morgan one-one-one (I could go on and on about what an angel Morgan is, how she listens with grace and challenges with love and joy), I am embracing new ways of thinking, new patterns of behavior. I am treating myself with tenderness, compassion, awe and wonder. 

— Carly B., pastor's wife and mother of 4

Before I knew Morgan the whole topic of my own sexuality was so charged with shame that I couldn't even talk about it. This group has already made such a big impact on me. I can breathe. I can ask questions. I can talk through things. I can learn without shame. I'm truly grateful.

 Leah S. single

Being a part of the Sophia Sessions has shifted me from inescapable awkwardness into a world of joy and comfortability regarding my sexuality and feminine body awareness. Half the battle was taking the leap to join, and once I did, a wave of relief swept over me and I felt as though I could finally ask aloud the questions my heart had been hiding. This community, tuned and guided by Morgan, has become a refuge for me and I recommend it wholeheartedly!

Megan R.

I look forward to your emails and I cling to these morsels of wisdom and healing that you share with us. I don't have FB so I'm not part of the online community and I don't have a community physically here where I live. Struggling with self worth, body image and the like is not something I'm a stranger to, but is something I'm working so hard to bring healing to in my life. Thanks to YOU dear Morgan for pouring so much of yourself into what you do so that others like ME can find healing.

Melissa m.

I've used to believe that my body is broken, doomed to not enjoy sex. I thought it would always be painful. So not true! I know now that my desires are indeed okay and wonderful, and that I can live healthily and happily, enjoying sex and intimacy with my husband (and self pleasure!!) I recommend one-on-one coaching with Morgan to anyone who needs a guide for navigating the field of healthy sexuality. She is so full of understanding and love and the space she holds for all the tricky sticky stuff is so healing. 

— Kristina G.

I have struggled my whole life with being a woman and understanding my body.  I have high anxiety and stress and overthink everything.  I thought there was something wrong with me because I have very low (sometimes nonexistent) sex drive.  Being married, that has been a struggle.  Through Morgan I've learned that nothing is wrong with me.  I am learning how to embrace this season each day.  I am thankful for a supportive husband who encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and do this work with Morgan.  It’s early in the process, but I am learning so much and growing already.  

— L.S.

"Morgan’s sessions allowed me to experience practices that cultivated the delight and feminine wholeness I so deeply craved. Morgan created a beautiful, nurturing environment for each of us to feel supported, loved, and free. I could go on and on… Let me just say, thank you, Morgan. You are so deeply anointed in your teaching & I can’t wait for other women to experience these amazing truths with you!"

— Kate P.

Something profoundly resonated in my heart when I stumbled across Morgan and her work. It felt felt like a breathe of fresh air just as I was about to dive into a season of profound change and upheaval in my life.  I have always had an unwavering faith, and a ton of head knowledge, but have struggled with a real disconnect between my head and my heart. I've known for a long time that shame and fear were hurting me, despite believing and saying all the "right" things. I just started my coaching adventure with Morgan after attending one of her Sophia Retreats. Doing the hard and vulnerable work through one-on-one coaching is helping me physically, mentally, and spiritually to finally shift shame and fear from my soul and embody the truth I have always known.  

— april h., midwife and single mother 

The tools I am learning here are priceless. Last weekend I hosted a retreat and invited anyone to join me in the morning for an embodiment practice. We started with the "shaking" dancing Morgan Day Cecil teaches us. We followed with some of the body movements we did at the Rome Sophia Retreat. One of my dear friends who joined me that morning lost it. Came up from our final child's pose with nose running, eyes running, finally finally finally felt a physical release since her mother unexpectedly passed away a few weeks ago. First time she had felt anything since that awful day. She is now starting her mornings with her candle (with her word "rebirth" on it) and her own shaking practice each morning. The ripple effect of love will keep going on as long as we keep sharing it. Thank you Morgan for teaching me, I love you so!

Ashley M.

Morgan is the only women I've ever met who is genuinely, obviously and completely free of shame. This is the gift and the truth that she offered us. That women are not created to live in fear and shame. That we are designed for joy and beauty, sensuality and wholeness. The raw truth of this statement positively glows out of her.. She doesn't hide her fears or her hurts. She doesn't hide her body or her opinions. She holds her story, her sass and her sexy selfies with equal sacredness.  I feel the difference the time I spent with her on retreat made in me...I feel the difference in the way I breath. I feel the difference in the way I see the world, real and broken, fresh and sparkling. I feel the difference in the way I speak and the books I read. I feel the difference as my love for people grows more vast and vibrant than ever before. I feel the difference in my confidence and contentedness. I feel the difference as I settle comfortable into my space between worlds, not hiding either part but gently holding each as dear friends and wise teachers. I feel the difference as I wear clothes I love to church events and as I discuss the Jesus I love with my Muslim date. I feel the difference as pieces of my life slip into a pattern of sacred wholeness. 

— Jessi V.