When Jane Brunette emailed me from Bali last February to ask if I would help her organize an Indiegogo Campaign to support an indigenous tribe in Eastern Borneo bring hundreds of villagers together to hold a 64-day long conflict resolution ceremony intended to protect their home rainforest from bulldozers, I did not have to think about it. I just followed my heart compass and said yes!
Every now and then, I meet a treesister who is really doing it: stepping with courage into their gifts on behalf of the feminine. Megan is one such woman creating a film about this journey home to a balanced reality where the Feminine Principle is valued and embodied in Her fullness, through us all. This is her story and her call to all of us to help her create her film - As She Is.
'So ten years ago...I started on a journey that began with a question. What is the feminine? I did not really know. I was raised like most of us in the patriarchy and knew what it meant to be a woman defined by the values of culture, but not from the essence inside. Not from an inner knowing.
The feminine I knew was pink. It was polite, was kind, was quiet, sexy, demure, maybe even childlike or motherly...and looked a certain way. It certainly was not powerful in my mind...Images of HER felt contrived, superficial, over-sexualized, marginalized and shallow. But of course I tried to fit into this model because I wanted to liked, did not want to be odd, but I was busting out all over the place...because I simply was not that.
It has long been part of my dream for TreeSisters to become a doorway through which women can reach into a deeper experience of the feminine within themselves. For us, we perceive the nature of Woman as intimately connected to the living flows of nature, and that reclaiming that embodied truth is core to our own healing and the healing of our fundamental relationship with Earth.
We already offer our own explorations into that currently through our meditation calls and Shakti-dance events when we host them. Increasingly now we will be starting to add the events and retreats of specific teachers to our own calendar so that you can go there to discover new pathways for your own deepening.
This blog marks the beginning of that and a call to any women in the UK or Europe who are ready for a journey of deepening into what I suppose I would call the Feminine Mysteries – certainly into a transformational journey around what it means to be ‘woman’.
I’m writing this to share my experience of women’s work. I want to tell you how I was before I found Jewels as my teacher, in case you relate to it. And also share the profound gifts that these teachings subsequently gave me, in case you also long for them in your life. I want all women to have this opportunity, so, like Clare I relish the chance for TreeSisters to bang a drum and sound a call for the direct and immediate opportunity of the year long course called Initiation – into the Sacred Feminine coming up in April.
It feels wild to tell you that I am now an apprentice to this work and find that I am rooted in myself and my gifts in a way that I never even knew was either possible or available to me. I didn’t see that coming, and I write with the nervousness of one not used to sharing publically, but with a passion for the work of Jewels and a desire to invite you to come and experience this for yourself. I’ll be assisting on Initiation, so if you come I’ll meet you there!
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