My first official blog, how exciting! I have been encouraged to write a blog as a means to share my voice on subjects I am passionate about because apparently I have a few (or maybe more) followers who want to hear more from me. Wow! Humbling and I am truly honoured. Thank you for your open hearts and minds.
I wrote the below as a Facebook post-
"May a new consciousness emerge where woman feel completely comfortable to love themselves and help each other to do the same. May we accept the beauty, grace, strength and compassion that truly defines what it means to be a woman.
It is time to shift archetypes and stereotypes, and heal the wounds that hold us down.
It is time to recognize the power and medicine that we women all have as life givers and nurturers, and rise in Sisterhood."
And felt called to continue because of the great response.
The more I think about the lodge, the more I envision it as a space that embraces this Sisterhood. Like a moon lodge or a red tent. A place for women to gather support each other - share ideas, encourage one another to blossom, and fan each other's flames.
I look forward to the type of retreats that will be manifested in this calling. The type of workshops that will support women to break from societal moulds, and to feel completely supported in beginning their journey of who they are meant to be. We should all be allowed to be unique in our expression. We are different colours, some of us two-spirited, some of us free spirited, some of us more wild than the other, and some of us so powerful in our own subtle ways. But at our core, we are all tribal and we yearn to connect with one another as a community.
That is why we are here - to connect, to relate. It begins between a mother and child - an attachment takes place. And a template is formed that sets the stage on how we will relate to others. Of course, family, friendships, and the village that raises us has a huge impact on how this attachment will manifest, and how we will be able to fully connect to one another.
For many of us, growing up we felt forced to conform to stereotypes, we felt more judged than supported, we perceived more criticism than encouragement, and became entangled in a world based on certain ideals of womanhood. And then we felt pressure, and competitive. Personally, for me, there were many times that I felt bullied and this made me retreat in a way that felt I was playing safe. We all want safety.
But when we retreat, we don't allow ourselves to become who we are meant to be. We hold ourselves back and we are here to shine. One of my favourite quotes is by Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?"
When we play it safe and fail to shine, it is because of low self-worth and fear of rejection. That is, if we shine we can get rejected by jealousy and envy, or we risk failing and fear how that will impact our self-worth.
But what really happens when you play small?
Marianne asks "who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' And continues..."Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
This. This right here is what the Lodge is all about.
I salute the light in your eyes. I encourage you to shine.
Be the light you are here to be and give the medicine you are here to give.
We need you.
I started a painting inspired by this quote, and have yet to finish it. I think I will take it over to the lodge one day and invite others to join me in bringing in projects that they need support to manifest.
Sometimes all we need is time and space.
Sometimes we need a little bit more. Like connection, and sisterhood.
Hope to see you at the Lodge. Blessings.