Friday, August 29, 2008

A New Season is Coming


I notice that the days are getting shorter and the sun is setting further south along the western horizon. Even though the weather will still be hot for much of September here in southern California, the subtle signs of fall are everywhere. The spiral is turning once again and a new season is coming.

Autumn is a season of activity after the dog-days of late summer. No more naps in the afternoon or floating in the pool watching the butterflies. It is time to put one foot in front of the other and begin creating my dreams. There is a new moon this weekend, which is always a great time to launch new projects.

What are you being called to birth in the energy of autumn?

The following message was posted August 28 on http://www.whatsuponplanetearth.com/ :

'So now is the time to examine what it is that you really and truly want to offer to the world. I can assure you, when you connect to your soul’s plan, you will be miraculously poised to offer it to the world. You need not know how, you need not plan in great detail, you only need connect to your heart’s desire, begin it, and the rest will fall into place all on its own. '

I am going to take time this weekend to meditate and reflect on this question of what I really and truly want to offer the world. You are invited to join me in that space of possibility.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Gathering locally and connecting globally

Last night, 25 women gathered in my backyard to hear the personal story of Maggie Gonsalves, visiting from India. As we sat in a large circle around a fire pit, Maggie mesmerized us with stories of being one of twelve children born outside of Bombay and of her father's passionate commitment to educating his nine daughters and three sons. Though he was very poor and this education required a huge financial commitment, he told his daughters, "Your education is your dowry." Maggie was by nature inquisitive and fierce, and her education reinforced in her the importance of questioning assumptions and injustice.

Maggie followed the thread of questions in her life. She chose to enter the religious life as a Carmelite nun when she completed her post-graduate degree. Within her spiritual community, she has been a powerful catalyst for change; she believes that the patriarchal structures of the church must be challenged so that the wisdom and experience of the women can be valued equally. She has been tenacious in pursuing opportunties for more education, including a graduate degree in feminist theology in the U.S. And now she is here again seeking guidance and support for her dream to create feminist ashrams in both the U.S. and India, providing a creative and nurturing space and pace where women can bring their courage to dream. Maggie's project is called ANNNI, which means Alliance of Woman, Man, Nature and God and is the Sanskrit word meaning 'and'. You can find out more about ANNNI at http://www.annni.org/.

As the sun set last night and the big moon rose over the tree tops, the women sat in small circles to reflect on what Maggie had shared with them and to talk about their dreams. Many of them spoke about their knowing that this is the time for the feminine to rise and how they are finding their place in that lovely pattern. They experienced synchronicities which will help them manifest their dreams, and they discovered the joy of connecting with one of their global sisters.