When the Women Gather…

This is Mount Rainier Viewed from LongmireI really felt pushed this year to facilitate a gathering of women at Mount Rainier in September, but circumstances indicated that it was not to be, or perhaps it’s not time, or maybe it will take another form, be at a different place.

My spiritual journey began in the shadow of this powerful, largely ignored (at least by the metaphysical community) stratovolcano – which is the largest in the contiguous United States, I might add. It was the spirit of that mountain that encouraged me to take my first, fearful, wavering steps on the Path I have now been walking for over two decades.

I will remain forever connected to this Great Being, heart to heart. I look forward always to my all too sporadic visits there, to this sacred mountain, but I hold it in my consciousness in a good way. So for now, I will remain open to Spirit’s guidance, and will joyfully follow that lead. In the meantime, I have some thoughts I feel I need to share here.

Perhaps the gathering of women happens through the reading of these words. One other time here on this site, I was powerfully, inexorably, moved to speak to the women of the world. Here I go again, it seems.

We are powerful creative vessels. What we tend with our attention, with our intention, grows. Sometimes it is something luminous and beautiful, equal to the latent power of our heart’s capacity to love. Sometimes, well, not so much. What is it about some members of the Sisterhood that drives them to run another down instead of look for the good in that woman who is struggling, just as you are, to make it through another day?

The world is waiting for us to change. If we continue to break each other down with our cruel words and our harsh (often incorrect) conclusions about the other, we will never be able to give birth to the world we would so desperately leave our children.

"Magic Circle" by John William Water...In circle, in sacred circle, we have the power to lend strength to one another instead of weaken each other. We have the ability to share our experiences, and the wisdom we have gained from those experiences, with other women walking the same path to power we are on.

In circle, in sacred circle, there is hope for healing the broken hoop that we, through our very refusal to rise above our pettiness, prevent from mending. Our collective presence, when we come in to the circle with our hearts wide open, empowers the whole, and those ripples begin to pulse out into the mass consciousness engendering the change we yearn to see in the world.

In circle, in sacred circle, endless and unbroken we transcend the limitations of space, of time, of self. Together, we can change the course of the future by creating a new template of relating in the now.

In circle, in sacred circle we, as women, embody the container for a collective, collaborative, cooperative, connected consciousness model. What, as women, if you were sitting now in circle, in sacred circle, with others walking the same path to power as you are, would your vision be? What would you lend your energy to so it can be brought into the world of form? More importantly, where do you need to withdraw your powerful creative energy so that there is more available to you to create what you want to experience in your life?

Imagine yourself sitting now in circle, in sacred circle with other women who are walking the same path to power as you are. What is your vision for the world? It is important to know this about yourself, for it is true that without a vision, people perish. Perhaps not physically, but in their spirit.

Army depot women circle

Army depot women circle

To all the women of the world, I say: gather now in circle, in sacred circle. Gather with intention and pay attention to each other. Listen to the words of your sisters without judgment, with an open heart. Lend your support, your energy when you feel moved to do so. We are powerful creative vessels. When we gather in circle, in sacred circle, there is no power more pure than a group of women with their hearts open to each other.

So, Beloved Spirit of the mountain, I will not come to you in the way I had hoped this year, but in your honor, perhaps somewhere, sometime this Fall the women will gather in a circle, a sacred circle, to reclaim their lost memories.

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In Honor of International Women’s Day

She slowly opens her sleep-filled eyes, orienting herself to her surroundings. The sound of a child’s hungry cry reaches her ears and she takes a deep breath. The day begins again.

Cynthia Morrison, International Women's Jousti...She is not without resources, this woman. She is tenacious. She does not know the meaning of the word ‘quit’. Her heart is courageous, and her will is strong despite the weakening of her physical body as a result of her efforts to make sure her children get enough to eat.

It is a never-ending battle for her, and she knows it is one she is not likely to win. Yet still she continues to fight, for she knows nothing else. Struggle is a part of her existence, and she accepts what is. For now.

The end is coming, for nothing can remain out of balance indefinitely. There must come an acknowledgement of the fact that without the Feminine, there would be no life.

The feminine energy carries the Knowing, the Intuition, the Compassion, the Strength born of suffering.

I wrote an open letter To All the Women of the World last year. It is worth a read, especially if you are one of the women who has been called to stand in the Truth of who you are.

I am not afraid. I was born to do this. ~Joan of Arc

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To All the Women of the World

It is Time to Stand

Painting image of Joan of Arc

Painting image of Joan of Arc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I made a promise to myself that I would write about things as they came through for me.  This is one of those articles.  It came about as the result of a series of conversations with a long-time student of mine who grew into a dear friend over the years.

I have been told by Spirit that the actions we take in this dimension can often have tremendous symbolic significance in the higher realms.  In other words, what we do does matter, especially when it comes to  anchoring the higher energies into this matrix.  In order for the energies to hold and stabilize, there needs to be something for them to anchor to.

The planet is going through a tremendous shift in consciousness now.  It is the time of the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine, which stepped back into the shadows millennia ago so that the male expression of Creation could learn and grow through the responsibility of leadership and direction.  Little by little, out of the shadows, the feminine will again claim Her rightful place by the side of the balanced male.  Eventually.

Why does any of this matter to me, to my life?  If you have to make a decision between standing in the truth of your feminine intuition or just letting things unfold, I say:  “Stand.”  My own personal attempts at this of late have been met with closed resistance, but it is not the outcome that is of primary importance here.  It is the effort I made, the effort you would make, to act in integrity with your inner guidance, your knowing.  It is by these small actions that each one of us make in the moment, that will contribute to the ultimate balancing of the energies on this planet.

What we do does matter.

It is time for us to stand.  It is our responsibility to stand.  It is time to put aside the ways we have adopted in order to adapt to our environment.  Many of us have learned to over-control, manipulate, be competitive, jealous and vengeful, or have chosen to act from our masculine sides so we could hold onto our place.  Or so we thought.

As women, our strength is in our receptivity.  Our strength is in our intuition, our ability to be still and centered. We are naturally inclined to follow our instincts, and we need to nurture that skill.  We can most easily embody the integrated, balanced being who operates from the place of unified consciousness.  We have but to return to the foundation of our physical expression: we were born female for a reason.  We are here to help with the healing of the dysfunctional archetypal energies that are ascendant on the planet now.

We do this by balancing the energies within ourselves, by choosing to express the positive aspects of the feminine archetype instead of the prevailing shadow side of the masculine.  As an enlightened being once said to me:  we must first heal ourselves, then we help heal each other (as women), then we can help to heal our partners, and together we can then heal the world.

I am not afraid.  I was born to do this.  ~ Joan of Arc

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