Loved this segment from Aesop's newsletter this month about inequities and power so much that I have wanted to share it with you. This is what they had to say:
"An intelligent woman could be forgiven for getting fed up with stubborn inequities that denigrate a lifetime of effort. For Carrie Gracie, one of the BBC’s best journalists, enough was enough when she learned that two male colleagues doing comparable work were making scads more money than she was. At the start of 2018 she resigned, accusing the BBC in an open letter of perpetuating a pay structure that is ‘secretive and illegal’. Just weeks later, the broadcaster announced that its top male talent would take a pay cut in a show of solidarity with their female colleagues. But while some of these battles are symbolic, the problems are endemic. Last year, a survey of Australian businesses revealed that there are more men named John, David or Peter running companies than there are women CEOs of any name. When progress seems to have stalled, we turn to rousing examples of women fighting the good fight: Pakistani education advocate and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, or Chinese activist and filmmaker Nanfu Wang. We turn as well to the pioneering work of figures less squarely in the limelight, such as the Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim and the documentarian Alanis Obomsawin. Alice Walker observed that ‘the most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any’—let us not forget, then, the strength in our midst." - AESOP Newsletter March 2018
This is a timely reminder about our personal power and our need to know we have it, and that we only give it up when we don't think we have any power.
May we each come to know this about our personal power in the depths of our souls and then have the courage to hold on to our power and act from this place.
Did you know that your desires and longings are calls from your future self,
calling you forward, reminding you of who you truly are? I remember when I first heard this last year it felt like time stood still. This was a very different take on desire.
In the family I grew up in desire was seen at best as being irrelevant, and at worst it was seen as something sinful that needed to be shut down or pushed away. This new view of desire that saw it as important information that needs to be noted and acted on, and as something that was calling us forward, was…… well it was radical.
I needed to know more………… So I decided to do some further reach on desire, and this revealed even more amazing insights.
Mark Epstein, for example, author of “Open to Desire” talks about desire being a teacher and if “we immerse ourselves in it without guilt, shame or clinging, it can show us something special about our minds that allows us to embrace life fully”. He makes it clear that desire is the key to deepening intimacy with ourselves, each other, and our world.
Abraham Hicks, author of books like “Ask and It is Given” and “The Astonishing Power of Emotions” calls our longings “rockets of desire”. I love this image, of being bombarded by rockets of desire.
The whole purpose of this bombardment of desire is calling us to embrace life and to become more fully who we truly are at our very core.
These views of desire feel liberating and energising to me and what I have found is that over time they allow you to more deeply trust your own being.
So what are you longing for?
My hope for you and for all women, is that we may you hear the call of our desires and have the courage to act on them. The world needs more women filled with desire and the passion to make the world a better place for all.
with deep desire for a better and fair world
PS: If you’re wondering how to act on your desires and longing to be more of who you truly are check out the “Empower and Awaken Intensive" Course. The next course starts in mid- April.
You may have noticed one of these signs:
You see I have lived with all of these signs. I have been down on my knees wanting things to be different - somehow. Hoping for a miracle and feeling miserable on the inside while smiling on the outside.
What I have learnt is that this way of coping can become a way of life …….and yet it doesn’t have to be. These types of frustrations can also be turned into the fuel needed to get back up again and create extraordinary breakthroughs.
However, to have the breakthrough, we need to take action. If we don’t act on this type of feedback from our souls, then slowly and surely our spirt begins to dim and we feel a sense of hopelessness about everything - ourselves and our lives.
I am here to remind you of your inner warrioress and that when she finds herself down on her knees, she knows that the power to change her outside reality ……… comes after she has made changes on the inside.
Trust your inner warrioress she will guide you to create the breakthroughs you long for. It's time to act, to do something different NOW!!!
May you find the courage to trust the strength of your inner warrioress and let her guide you.
Did you know?
If you want to increase your vitality and sense of aliveness, then the best place to start is by looking honestly at your ability to give and receive pleasure, and your ability to enjoy the pleasures of life.
I know when I started working with the chakras I was shocked at just how narrow my understanding of this was.
Here are 5 things really worth knowing about pleasure:
Our ability to give and receive pleasure is connected to the Sacral Chakra which calls us to touch, smell, and taste, and fully enjoy the physical world we live in, and to adore our bodies as the sacred temples they are.
However, to experience an increase in your level of vitality you need to actively start to integrate these types of practices into how you live.
Amazingly, building new habits, even when they involve something as wonderful as pleasure, can be tricky. And this is where having a coach can make all the difference
To make the most of keeping a gratitude journal it’s important to note that there is more to this type of journaling than merely listing a bunch of pleasant things in your life.
Robert Emmons, a renowned expert on gratitude from the University of California, has a number of tips for cultivating gratitude and reaping the rewards, here are seven of my personal favourites.
When we better understand the composition of gratitude we can tap into and pinpoint strategies for harnessing its incredible benefits. Here are just a few that have been revealed through recent scientific studies - improve your sleep, enhance your romantic relationships, protect you from illness, motivate you to exercise, and boost your happiness.
What the brain reveals about gratitude
Recent research has revealed that when people report grateful feelings, their brains showed activity in the frontal lobes of the brain where the two hemispheres meet. This is the area of the brain associated with understanding other people’s perspectives, empathy, and is connected to the systems in the body and brain that regulate emotion and support the process of stress relief. There is also evidence that indicates that the mental practice of gratitude may even be able to change and re-wire the brain. More information at https://greatergood.berkeley.ed
Establishing a simple daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy in your life can be a powerful tool for transformation. It can be as simple as setting aside time to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or the people you value in your life. These simple practices, repeated over time become habits of mind that will enable you to reap the benefits of a life orientated towards gratefulness.
Adopting an orientation of gratefulness is about choosing gratefulness as a way of life. With this orientation we see life as a gift rather than a burden. We intentionally choose to look for and notice what is already satisfying and abundant in our lives rather than focusing on what is scarce, what’s not working or the ways in which we feel deprived.
Here are five of my favourite quotes that seem to capture the spirt of the changes we see unfolding around the rise of the feminine. The quotes come from Virginia Wolf who is considered to be one of the foremost modernist authors of the 20th century. She also gained a great deal of attention and comment for "inspiring feminism".
I hope you like the quotes as much as I do.
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
~ Virginia Wolf
“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
~ Virginia Wolf
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
~ Virginia Wolf
“Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
~ Virginia Wolf
“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”
~ Virginia Wolf
International Women’s Day is the “official” day set aside to honour women. Each year at this time I find myself reflecting on where we are as women, how far we have come and where we seem to be heading. Some years I find myself filled with despair at the state of things that I see. This year I find myself filled with gratitude for the huge shifts taking place. These are the three trends I find particularly inspiring.
Firstly, we are seeing millions of women speaking out about their mistreatment, abuse and sexual harassment. For example, the Twitter hashtag #MeToo that started as a trickle in 2006 has become a vehicle for millions of women to share their stories. Jacqueline Maley, argues In her article “The male icons keep falling: how #MeToo has turned into 'Oh god, not you too?”, that this is trend is only just starting. And here in Australia when Tracey Spicer sent a tweet asking about sexual harassment in our media and entertainment industries she was overwhelmed by allegations from more than 500 women, and the names of 65 men. (And that number keeps growing with the figure now standing at 1000 women and 100 men).
We are seeing more and more women speaking out and telling the truth of their experiences. The feminine voice that has been silenced for millennia is being heard and our collective pain recognised and acknowledged. The immensity of this collective pain has been further highlighted with the release last week of a landmark report revealing the extent of Australia's family, domestic and sexual violence crisis. We have heard Oprah Winfrey’s powerful call to arms at this year’s Golden Globes where she has reminded us that this is “not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace”.
Secondly, men are also speaking out about these injustices in support of women asking questions like: “Why is it that men have killed, enslaved, scarred, diminished and silenced women of every age, race and class, on every continent, for so long? And what will it take for men to truly wake up?
Over the last few years there have been more and more men speaking out about violence and abuse of women. Two shining examples of this include: Jeremy Meltzer’s Where is men’s roar? and Jackson Kat’s Violence against women—it's a men's issue.
Another powerful example is a recent article by journalist David Leser entitled “Women, men and the whole damn thing”. This formidable article provides a detailed and uncompromising examination of these issues and is well worth a read. The many courageous questions he puts forward include: “What in the masculine psychology has normalised the profound desecration of the feminine?” and “What is it we have so deeply normalised that we are blind to?
He also reminds us that “ever since the second wave of feminism in the 1960s, women have been sharing their stories, setting up hotlines, helping each other, writing books, songs, plays, films; marching, agitating, dancing for their right not to be abused or silenced.” And this brings me to the third trend I wanted to highlight.
We are witnessing a phenomenal growth in feminine consciousness and this wisdom is being shared, celebrated and practiced. Part of this is the increasing number of women’s circles emerging to provide safe, empowering and inspiring spaces for women. The Sister Circles organised by the Global Sisterhood are one such example and this year they are gathering women from all over the world to join in circle for International Women’s Day. There will be over 1000 Circles in more than 80 countries with the synchronized intention of uniting to celebrate each other and to heal the world. It is worth checking out, even if it is to just watch their video “I am Woman”. You may even be inspired to join a circle yourself and participate in the global event.
And so, in 2018 we have much to celebrate this International Women’s Day:
1. We have millions of women speaking out, speaking the truth of their individual and our collective experience. And “Every woman who heals herself helps heal all the women who came before her and all those who will come after”. – Dr Christiane Northrup.
2. We have good men speaking out in support of women and seeing that the issues that affect and degrade women also degrade the sacredness of the masculine as much as they denigrate and diminish the sacredness of the feminine.
3. Deep feminine wisdom is being reclaimed, celebrated and shared as never before. This reclaimed wisdom invites us to be part of creating a new way of being on our planet. One where we can choose to stop perpetuating the blame and competition, the feelings of unworthiness, of not being good enough and start to live with a true sense of wholeness, harmony and unity.
For “as we recover from patriarchy, it is important not to aspire to its polar opposite – patriarchy to matriarchy. Rather, let’s bring the sacred masculine and sacred feminine energies back into balance.” ~ Rebecca Campbell.
I believe that these immense shifts in consciousness are a call to our higher selves and, an invitation to be strong, open-hearted and living examples of the power, compassion, and courage as women we were each made to embody.
With deep gratitude, Maureen
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