A Call for Women to Rise – The Awakened Woman Conference, Bali 2016
My dear sisters:
There is something deeply wrong with our world when a famous author comes out in public at a prestigious book launch in New York that her first experience of ‘pussy’ was abuse. That woman who broke down in tears was Gabrielle Bernstein.
Regena Thomashauser, the author of Pussy, A Reclamation, then went on to ask who in the audience could relate to that?
Nearly every single woman raises her hand. There are around 800 of them.
Point one made. Point two:
There is something deeply wrong with our world when we have only 20% indigenous tribes left. And those vulnerable tribes, hunted and pushed off the lands they are connected to in ways we have long forgotten, end up being the custodians of our fragile planet. After all the ravaging and rape we’ve done to our sacred earth it is the indigenous peoples left protecting 80% of bio-diversity. And look at what we’re doing to them at Standing Rock.
Do you understand the connection between point one and two?
Just as we have been raped and abused, we have complied to the rape of our earth so that – to use an indigenous belief relating to fossil fuels – ‘We dig out the blood of the mother until creation dies.’
What is wrong?
What is wrong with us? Women?
Have we still not learnt how to say NO? Enough is enough!
Who are you pleasing? Why are you still being a victim? A perpetrator always needs a victim. Sadly a perpetrator is also a victim; just another unbroken link in the chain of pain. As Eve Ensler, a trailblazer for humanity, and the keynote speaker for this conference, says:
“We have to break the chain”.
If you break the chain you set all those before and after you free.
I am so done with the suffering. How bad does it have to get until we wake up?
This is not about women being better. We are all broken. We are all suffering. We all feel the pain of separation. We are all yearning to be whole. We are all tainted by the stains of neo-liberal patriarchy, disconnecting us from nature and spirituality.
The next big step forward – because it is a step forward, everything else is simply heading towards more destruction – has to be taken by the women. As sisters we have to be courageous and clear with our intentions. And truthful.
If we can get our juicy butts off of our cushy comfort zones.
And actually speak up. Not by complaining and whingeing but speaking up with clarity and fierce grace so that the men can actually understand what we’re saying.
And sometimes this means being disruptive.
Mama bear is always disruptive when it comes to protecting her children. It’s encoded in our DNA to protect the web of life, so finding access shouldn’t be that hard.
I believe today’s biggest challenge is restoring the balance of masculine and feminine energies on the planet and care-taking our world back to health. But for this to happen women in big numbers need to move into their rightful leadership roles using Feminine principles. It is the only way to heal our systems.
I just moved out of my comfort zone and caused some disruption. I was called and the calling was stronger than everything else. I left my warm bed, my three angelic sleeping children and a disapproving husband in the middle of the night to fly 8000 miles to the other side of the planet to attend a women’s conference because I believe in the power of women connecting, aligning and co-creating.
I understand that it will take many of us, according to science around 11% – which is less than 900 million of earth’s current inhabitants – basically One Billion rising. If this critical mass recognises the incredible force of sisterhood and understands that we really need to see each other. And I mean REALLY SEE EACH OTHER with all our uniqueness, beauty, flaws and imperfections, it will connect us with iridescent shining light to each other.
I have been bathed in this incredibly, high-resonance love field since I arrived in Bali. It’s no coincidence the conference is in Bali where feminine and masculine energies are more balanced and millions of sacred offerings are made daily.
What I have witnessed here and what I witness when I am in sacred sister circle and in community with women, uninterrupted by the noise of our failing systems is a love so deep, so pure and so ecstatically luminous it gives me hope that we can shift this mess we’re in.
The Dalai Lama was right. It’s up to the women to transform this. We’ll probably do it dancing so they may as well put down their guns.