Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What am I 'feeling into' at this time?

Lynda Terry, founder of Vessels of Peace, wrote today inviting people to share what they were 'feeling into' about the energy of the heart and soul of our country in this amazing moment. This is what I sent to her:

I can feel the falling apart of old patterns and paradigms keenly. I can actually hear the sound of the cracking and shifting structures and the exclamations of fear as they occur. The experience is like a series of eathquakes where everything moves violently for a time and then we pause, sometimes breathless, waiting to see if all is going to be OK.

My bones know all is eventually going to be far beyond OK - a whole new paradigm of peaceful, cooperative, sustainable and compassionate humanity - and they also know that for this time between, it is going to be complex and challenging.

My service is to continually invite women to bring forward both their deepest remembering that all is exactly as it should be and their profound wisdom about how to show up in useful ways during the challenging parts.

I trust the women to bring their highest wisdom on behalf of the greatest good.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Message from White Buffalo Calf Woman

It feels important today to share this message, which came to Beth Blevins of Sonoma County, California on March 7, 2006. You can see Beth's blog at http://sacredweb.blogspot.com/. Beth was advised to share this message with all her sisters -- the women all over the world.

I am the one of the one of the One. You are the daughter of the daughter of the One. You are the one to bring forth the light. Tell this to all your sisters, for you are the ones to bring it forth.

My energy is returning to this world. Together we will return the Sacred Feminine energy to its fullness. This fullness will be joy, compassion, love, gentleness, wise use of power, and at times, severity (the moons pass quickly now, and you must journey with the fearlessness of mother bear). Be in your power. Be not afraid to be who you are. Speak with others with knowing.

I am as the buffalo—once strong and covering the plains of the Mother Earth, then weakened and taken, dying away. But now it is time to return to fullness. As the buffalo multiply, so shall my power. As awareness returns to the people, so shall the Sacred Feminine cover the Earth, the Great Mother Earth!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saving the World with a Bunch of Other Women

I have been reminded in the past few days about the immense joy of working with open-hearted and passionate women. At the Gather the Women Southern California Regional Congress yesterday ... on conference calls co-creating November's Constellations of Hope collaborative conversation (http://www.constellationsofhope.com/) ... and in many other wonderful synergies large and small. This is why I am so optomistic and excited about what women have to contribute to our world at this time of rapid change and increasingly complex global problems.

Women all over the planet are already busy saving the world and I would like to invite many of you to tell your stories in a new book I am nurturing entitled Saving the World with a Bunch of Other Women. (Published in 2009)

It is a story that needs to be told...

...the story of how the women show up to help birth the children, feed the hungry, tend the sick, hospice the dying, nurture community and educate the children all over the world.

...a glimpse at how the global economy relies upon vast amounts of unpaid work being done by women all around the world.

...the good news about the creativity, resourcefullness and stamina of women in every region of the globe.

...how one woman become connected in service with another woman from the other end of the world or from the other side of the village.

Proceeds from sale of the book will be contributed back to the women and organizations featured in the publication.

Do you have a story to tell about your work in the world? Do you know a woman whose story must be told?

I would be honored to hear about it at katheschaaf@cox.net.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

This is what a feminist looks like

I live in southern California and it has been a busy week of e-mails with passionate reactions to the endorsement of Sarah Palin by Shelly Mandel, President of the L.A. chapter of NOW. Introducing Palin at a rally on October 4, Mandel says, "America, this is what a feminist looks like." Some of the e-mails are from women thrilled about this support of their Republican VP candidate and her ticket (even though they are a bit worried about Palin being linked to a 'liberal' organization like NOW); others were shocked and confused by what they experience as a blatant betrayal of everything NOW stands for, including the national organization's endorsement of Obama.

To me it seems another perfect opportunity for American women to continue to dig deep into their own knowing during this amazing exploration of feminine leadership called the 2008 presidential election. Instead of getting frozen in the polarization, let's breath into our own personal learning and expand.

Newsweek magazine featured on its cover several weeks ago large red lipstick-drawn words "What Women Want" and predicted that it will be women who will decide this election -- even though they acknowledged that historically, no one has been able to predict how women will actually vote. Apparently we are fluid and dynamic (and a bit mysterious) with our decision-making processes.

As I reflect upon this moment of opportunity for women, I have had to make room for the possibility that Shelley Mandel is correct in her assessment: Sarah Palin may be what a feminist looks like. And this may be why I have met so many thoughtful global activist women who insist that they are NOT feminists and the work they do is NOT part of any women's movement.

Over the past six years, I have met many women both in the U.S. and internationally who are passionate about feminine leadership. Many are honest that they are still learning what a new model for feminine leadership might look like. They are fumbling around a bit and feeling awkward ... and keeping their eyes and hearts open for information.

They know what feminine leadership does not look like. It does not mean women being equally successful in the old dominator paradigm, whether that is in the boardroom or the halls of government. It does not mean merely equal rights and equal pay for women in a patriarchal system. It means that somehow the collective wisdom and compassion of women are going to rise up as a mighty force to bring about a new paradigm of sustainable interdependence on this planet.

For many women, the word 'feminist' is stuck somehow back in another time. It is a word that embodies the 'fight' for equal rights, a sometimes angry reaction 'against' the male establishment. With all that angry fighting against stuff, it may have became hard to tell the feminists from the ones they were fighting against. Women did not transform the old paradigm but eventually earned the right to thrive in it.

May we find ourselves in the presence of feminine leaders who embody the qualities they wish to manifest in the world. That is what a feminine leader looks like.