Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Wait is Not Long

I spent the weekend in the California desert at a painting workshop, creating an image of the divine feminine. As the U.S. economy continued to fall apart ... as the political polarity of this election grew more intense and parked itself in the middle of so many life-long relationships .... as weird hurricanes battered Canada and weird heat baked southern California reminding all of us that climate change is real ... I chose to spend my time with other women in meditation and creation and spiritual retreat.

This was not a choice to bury my head in the sand and avoid the complex realities of our rapidly changing world. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. It was a way for me to reconnect with my own natural spiritual authority and to build inner strength for the times ahead. It was a time to remember who I am and why I committed to be here at this amazing time. It was a space in which inspiration and hope were magnified, absorbed and integrated. It was a reminder that the new paradigm begins with my own daily practice of compassion, forgiveness and love -- and that this gentle practice is indeed one of the most demanding and challenging things I will ever do.

Our group gathered on Sunday afternoon to study each painting and to speak into the circle what She was speaking. I fell in love with my painting, feeling both calmed and stimulated by her message "The wait is not long." She sang to me the words of an old country rock song, "Don't be thinking that I don't want you, cuz baby I do."

Nothing feels more important than my faith that all is unfolding exactly as it should be and that a new world is emerging as each of us steps empty-handed into the void. I have work to do and you have work to do and we all fit perfectly together as part of one intricate and sacred plan.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Open Letter to the Women of the World - Revisited

I recently rediscovered 'Open Letter to the Women of the World' which I had written exactly four years ago in autumn of 2004. A portion of it seems the perfect wisdom for this Autumn Equinox:

To the women of my world,

I want to say that you are incredible. You are compassionate, intuitive, wise, creative, hard working and strong.

Now more than ever, the world needs these gifts from you. Now more than ever, you need to rely upon those qualities to guide you each day in every interaction. Now more than ever, you need to believe in your own power.

Do not be frozen in the face of these challenging times.

Now more than ever, you need to tap into the energy of hope. You need to use that energy to fuel your action. You need to ground yourself in the deepest faith that we are together in our love for this Earth and her family.

The times are as challenging as ever ... it is a vast blessing to the Earth that we are as compassionate, wise, creative, hard-working and strong as ever.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Leading Us Away From Fear

These days, I keep thinking of the Zen wisdom:
Be careful what you ask for because you might get it.

Like many, I am passionate about manifesting more women in positions of viable and visible leadership. The past days of our presidential campaign have made me realize I apparently forgot to specify the most important part of my intention: I really need my world leaders (whatever their gender) to carry the feminine qualities of nurturing, compassion, balance, intuition, integration and wholeness.

I need my leaders to function as global citizens who understand and value the intricate and delicate interdependence of all humanity. I need them to lead from a place of highest service to planetary well-being. I need them to fly high above the noisy conflicts and use the hawk's persective to see the biggest possible picture of this moment in human history. I need them to feel the fierce love of a mother for this whole fragile planet and not just our little corner of it. I need them to risk walking away from the old political playbook to show up with authenticity and creativity. And I really, really need them to lead us away from fear.

Every time I hear a political candidate caution that we need to be vigilant and isolating because this is a 'dangerous world', I turn off my television. The world where I live is only dangerous because of people who want to label, judge, devalue and attack the 'other'. I refuse to give any of my energy to a political candidate who advocates more separation and who contributes to a deepening climate of fear.

My prayer for our nation is that we each of us rise up to our highest selves and that we collectively choose to move beyond fear. My prayer is for each of us to actively participate in creating the peacefully productive world we want. And my prayer for this 2008 presidential election is a candidate who boldy and visibly begins TODAY to lead us away from fear and judgement and separation. I maintain a deep faith that such a leader will be celebrated and joined by millions and millions of wise and powerful souls who have been waiting to exhale.