What if...

Creating a World That Honors Women

As we approach the end of another year, I feel like it’s a perfect opportunity to look ahead. I am motivated by the emergence of the #MeToo movement. I am energized by the growing awareness among women and men regarding the abuses that have been perpetrated on females around the world. I feel like I need to step up and back at the same time and consider the misguided and misogynistic ideas about how women should look and be in the world and consider “what if.”

So close your eyes for a few moments and envision how you want your world to be. More importantly, how do you want to be in that world. I think the next part is most critical. That’s because while we know we will need to work on changing the environment that resides outside of ourselves, it’s our inner work—the quest and goal of self-love, self-compassion, and realization of our passions and dreams and being willing and able to pursue them—that we must do first, foremost, and now.

But I digress, so let’s return to our thoughts of “what if.” What if we could silence the noise around us. We hear it everywhere: the media trying to convince us to aspire to and conform to an unrealistic and unhealthy state of physical perfection, the men who degrade and dishonor us, the businesses that claim equal rights yet devalue our worth, the years of uninvited advances and physical and emotional trauma.

What if we could rise above these chattering voices and not care what people think should be but rather listen to another voice. Do you hear the yearning inner voice that stirs deep within you? The one calling out for freedom, dignity, opportunity, and honor? What if we could allow that voice to become the only one we hear. What if we let it resonate within our entire body. Can you feel it vibrate through every cell and fill you with the strength, wisdom, and power to reclaim your divine nature? How does that feel? Hold onto that feeling; it is our birthright.

Once upon a time, temples were built to honor women: Aphrodite, Athena, Demeter, Hathor, Hera, Minerva, Persephone, and more. What if we could rekindle the passion that was behind the building of these places of worship. Do we have what it takes to resurrect that energy into today’s world? I’m not talking about physical temples but remodeled institutions, tenets, and principles that embody the idea that we are vital, contributing threads in the fabric of the global society and are not to be defined based on our weight, body shape, color, or sexual orientation. The concept that we are honored, cherished, and valued for our thoughts, contributions, and feelings. What if we could instill these values in our sons and daughters so they can carry the message and actions into the next generations.

Finally, what if we could stop being part of the problem. Does that sound harsh? It’s not meant to be. I simply mean that if we turn our backs on our divine inner nature and our true selves, if we are silent about the wrongs imposed upon us, if we continue to succumb to shame and fear, then we are allowing the abuses to go on.

I am excited, however, that so many of us are now stepping forward, embracing our power, shedding our shame, and giving voice to the injustices that have been swept under the rug. I don’t know about you, but I am envisioning #MeToo not just as a hashtag or a fad but as a tsunami of pent up power that can wipe clean the muddied slate of anguish and inequities. I see it as the wave that will lift the aspirations, joys, and solidarity of sisters everywhere while bringing to light the error of past ways.

What if we start to make it happen. Now.

Holding you in the highest vision of love and health for this coming year and always!