Slightly more than 18 months have passed since I had the urge to create the Women Gathering Google Group – a place for women to dare to be themselves, for its own sake, regardless of who may see. Over these 18 months, I have laughed, cried, grieved, celebrated and delighted in the presence of those – most unknown to me, personally – who have chosen to show up, be themselves and share the truth of their experience ABOUT THEMSELVES with any who choose to read/listen.
In truth, I can’t say what the impact has been for those who go there. What I can say, without hesitation, is that the impact on me has been to propel me forward, seeking to discover, claim and become the living expression of more and more of mySelf!… and for that, I ever-expanding.
Below are the thoughts that I shared today with the women of WGGG. I share with all of you as an invitation to explore, discover and ultimately express… and engage!… in sharing yourSelf out loud, with the world.
When I think back to my original intention that led to the creation of this space, I had no idea how it would actually take shape, unfold and manifest that intention. Now, some 18 months later, I know that what lives here… in the authentic expressions of the women who write; and in the regular presence of those who come to read…. has become an expression of the Sacred in ways that would not fit easily into predetermined frameworks, practices or techniques.
This Sacred Space is so because YOU have made it so! Your unique, individual and ever-changing authentic presence has filled this place with the Life Force that seeks the freedom to simply be itSelf. Your willingness to decloak has been the invitation to others to decloak, in their own lives, to themselves and to others, forever changing who they are and how they choose to live. Your courage and curiosity; your humour, compassion and unrelenting pursuit of yourSelf; and your insight, wisdom and desire to become the ‘more’ that you already know yourSelf to be, have come together in this place to make it safe for women to be themselves, for its own sake.
So many of us are who we believe we should be… or must be!… in order to be accepted, valued, desired, etc… in order to be ‘safe’ in some way. In this place, we all discover that safety is an inside job; and that it begins inside mySelf, being willing to allow myself to know the truth of my own experience, claim it, own it and its digestion BECOME the next layer of expression that so naturally awaits and unfolds. No struggle. No need for masters, guides, gurus, teachers, mentors, experts, specialists, etc, etc, etc. No need for the passage of time and the great investment of effort, thinking that these are what produce the outcome we desire. The simple truth is: be yourSelf and tell the truth… and in that breath, life changes.
I am grateful – to each of you who comes here to write and/or to read; for your willingness to trust yourSelf and engage, here, in some meaningful way for yourSelf; and for trusting your fear and allowing it to become the platform for your next, greatest discovery about yourSelf. Fire is the element of transformation and without it, we would be trapped in the slow and cumbersome drudgery of living a life of seeking and never finding. As I read all that you write, I know one thing for sure: THAT is NOT who you are choosing to be!
As I engage with women in my life, I share with them the palpable presence of all of you here; and the profoundly life-altering vibration of those who are choosing to engage with me on my radio show (WEL-Systems.com/radio). Vibration! Acceleration! It is never what we say or write, it is who we are BEING as we say and/or write. Each of you is the evidence of this, in this place.
I read every word you write. I come to know you through your words and – gift that you are to me! – I come to know more of mySelf because you are willing to be present to me. Thank you for the Light that you are in my life, in this Sacred Space and in this world.Breathing is good….Aloha and a hug to all!