November has been an incredible month for me – not just because of its intensity but because of the acceleration of my own evolution, as a result of it!
November began with the first of two Engaging and Awakening Others women’s intensives, offered in Halifax. A small group of women gathered, talking about their lives and the potential that awaited… if only we could let go of what was and open to what had already begun to awaken. With tremendous contribution from and the unwavering support of Amy McNaughton, we moved at a pace that startled even me! For more more than 25 years I’ve worked with others with the WEL-Systems® body of knowledge, aware of its reliable gateway to transform lives… yet, this all moved further and faster than I had anticipated.
I left Halifax knowing that as much as those present were powerfully transformed, so was I.
After a few days rest, I stepped into the CODE Model Coaching Intensive 3-day Certification experience. Again, profound and rapid change… transformation at a pace and to a depth that I could not have anticipated… filled us all with the delight of knowing we were already far more than we had thought possible!
And finally, my last experience of being at the front of the room for the ‘Engaging and Awakening Others’ five-day women’s intensive. Such mixed feelings, as I walked into the Program Room at the Institute… feeling so intensely the accumulation of the presence of so many over the last 7 years… knowing that others would now take up this journey with great joy and enthusiasm, matched by their willingness and ability to invite transformation into the lives of all present.
Every single one present was a great gift to me! I was so mindful that each was, in some way, an expression of some aspect of my own consciousness. I laughed and I cried. I marvelled at how slippery they could be… and so could I. I delighted at new discovery and groaned in disbelief as I slid… yet one more time!.. down the slippery slope of my own unwillingness to see what was right before my eyes. And through it all, I wondered: can my life get any better than this?
And then the moment came when I realized that the great gift to me that was/is Diane Hill was to put words to what has been the undercurrent of my life, all of my life.
Diane ( Katsitsawaks, Bear Clan, Mohawk Nation, Six Nations-Grand River Territory) is a woman of great strength and courage. She knows well the matriarchal lineage of which she stands as a powerful expression. An international speaker, sought after for her great sense of the power of culture to shape – and to destroy! – lives, her work in the area of the psycho-social implications of ethnostress within Aboriginal populations is regarded as a seminal piece in understanding the flow of stress from a collective to an individual by virtue of association to that collective.
In those five days with Diane, I heard her speak frequently and with deep RIG ( respect, integrity and generosity of spirit) about her people. When she spoke, I knew her people to be Mowhawk.. and I also knew them to be all indigenous people, in all places… knowing the history their very lives represented as well as the history they carried as part of their journey back to themselves.
As I listened to Diane speak, I felt something move inside me. I knew of that profound and meaningful inner connection and yet, I had no sense of it as existing for any particular culture or history. And in a breath, I realized that ‘my people’ are women!
I experience inside myself that deep and unshakeable connection and RIG for women… of all ages, colors, creeds, cultures… no matter where they are, what they do or how they move through their world. I am one of those who knows that not only are women the key to the future of this planet, they are the essential ingredient to a very different way of ‘being’ in this world – and none too soon!
Women are my people. When I take a stand, I know that I seek to do so in a way that honors what I know to be my deep inner truth about myself as Woman… and what I know to be the innate capacity of Woman to create and co-create. I also know that for far too long, now, Woman has sought to co-create when we have long forgotten how to create on our own. This must change!
Recognizing that Woman is that to which I am deeply connected, I am mindful that I am seeking to engage with women for whom this connection is equally present, equally evident and strong. Women whose very being is an expression of waters that run deep and fast ARE the women I seek. I know that these are the women who will flow into and through the thoughts that must awaken and redefine themselves to carve out a world that is in alignment with Gaia.
To Diane, from my heart to yours, my thanks for being the Light that allowed me to find more of mySelf.
To the women of the G10, from my mind to yours, my thanks for the courage to pull yourselves up to the table and know that you belong there!
To the women who are The Ones to co-create the Affiliates process, from my soul to yours, as you stand with me I know that I no longer stand alone. I am blessed.
To all the women who have walked with me, from my world to yours, look around and see that when you stand alone – with all of us – you are in the best of company!
Woman is the presence… the force… that can and will shape a more enlivened and sustaining future.