REGENESIS. I love that word!
It has such potency – such energy.
It means rebirth or renewal. Something I believe many of us are craving. Why?
Because everything is changing, shifting. Our foundations are crumbling. What we thought we knew no longer makes sense. It seems nothing can be counted on. And we’re not sure where to turn.
It’s as if all of a sudden the world is cloaked in darkness. Where did this come from?
Here’s the thing, Sisters. The darkness didn’t just emerge. The darkness has been here and so have the signs.
We’ve just chosen to ignore them or turn the other way. Hoping someone else will fix it.
We’ve been coping in a profoundly unhealthy world. Learning to become well-adjusted to a neurotic existence.
And now here we are. At the tipping point.
It is believed that there are have been five mass extinctions on the planet to date. And as we are poised for yet another we, for the first time, are aware of this potentiality and have the choice to stop it.
So where do we begin? Within! We begin by Rebirthing ourselves into health and wholeness. For we cannot be for others unless we are first nurturing ourselves.
The last couple of years have taken a toll on all of us. How are you caring for yourself? Are you eating well, taking supplements, exercising, and getting a good night’s sleep? Limiting your exposure to the news and social media? Doing things that bring you joy? Taking time to nurture your soul through meditation, journaling, spending time in nature?
What about your relationships? Could they use some Renewal?
Yesterday, I was speaking with my integrative physician who said he is seeing many patients with physical symptoms caused by their strained relationships with partners, family members, friends, and colleagues.
Additionally, since the lockdowns many people have been slow to re-engage in the social life they previously enjoyed. But we are social creatures. We need each other to thrive. A robust social life is one of the primary indicators of health and strong immunity. So we must get back out there and play again!
Another key factor in flourishing is altruism – going beyond yourself to help others. It’s AWE-mazing the effect of getting the focus off ourselves and sharing our gifts with the world.
This is the Re-Genesis we are being invited to. An opportunity to move beyond the darkness to co-create a whole new way of being.
A whole new future for ourselves and generations to come!
What would it take for you step up and into your leadership potential? To become part of this new unfolding?
We can’t do it without you because there’s something only you can do. A calling that is uniquely yours. A destiny waiting to be revealed.
In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God creates our beautiful planet and all its inhabitants. And it is good.
Now, in this time of Regenesis, we are being invited to co-create with Source a New Earth. A return to Eden perhaps. To bring Heaven to Earth.
When you envision this New Earth, this New Future, what do you see? How big can you dream? And what steps will you take to bring it forth?
Ready or not…here it comes!!
Be bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!
Just when we think we’re emerging from one global crisis – we’re thrust into another. As little boys disguised as men play a dangerous game of “Mine’s Bigger”.
The result is many of us are questioning – Everything! How did this happen? When does it end? What can I do?
Last month I introduced you to the “7 Pillars of Re-Powerment”. An approach to addressing our social challenges by lifting up women and girls around the globe. Re-balancing the feminine and masculine energies on the planet. Re-connecting to Mother Earth. Re-storing the Sacred.
If I had to choose just one pillar to focus on – one that is infused into all the others. If there is one that is absolutely critical to addressing the chaos and insanity we are witnessing – it is without a doubt …
Restoring the Sacred
Why? What does that mean?
It means silencing the noise of the outside world and turning within. Asking ourselves and deeply listening. What do I hold Sacred?
For me first and foremost it’s the connection with my Soul – my Essence – the deepest, truest sense of who I am and why I’m here.
This connection to Soul inevitably leads to my connection with Source – the Breath of Life – the Creatrix of All.
As I reconnect with my Soul and Source I am reminded of my own Sacredness. My worth, my dignity, my purpose.
And as I re-member this for myself I can remember that this is true for my Sisters as well. That each of us is a shining star of uniqueness and perfection. That we are intimately connected to each other and powerful beyond measure.
I am then reminded that the atrocities committed by the hierarchical, patriarchal society we have lived in for thousands of years is in fact the result of the “wounds” of the masculine. For they have long forgotten what is Sacred. They have long forgotten the truth of who they are. And so the answer is not to condemn them, but rather to offer healing – deep healing so that they, too, might remember.
I have been blessed to be surrounded by strong, yet loving, men in my life who have encouraged me as I step more fully into my calling. Let’s remember to hold Sacred the men who support the rise of women into co-equal partnership. And those who have the courage to speak out against the madness, the cruelty, the harm.
I hold Sacred family, friendships, and the Soul Sisterhood I have developed with women from around the world.
Women who have the AWE-dacity to take back their power, speak their truth, and step into the role of Lightworker, Wayshower, Starseed at a time when their gifts are so needed.
As I Re-connect with Mother Earth I am reminded of the Sacredness of all creatures – the four-legged, the winged, the swimmers, the crawlers. Of the trees, the plants, the flowers. Of the mountains, the oceans, rivers, and streams. All is Sacred and we are meant to be caretakers.
Could it be that the forgetting of what is Sacred, the collective amnesia of our role on the planet – has permitted the darkness to overtake the light?
Could it be that the Soul-ution is to incite a Global Awakening – a Planetary Re-membering? A Rising Consciousness to snap people out of the slumber of apathy. Burst their bubbles of indifference.
Invite them into a New Future built on love, compassion, cooperation, harmony, and abundance for all!
This is the way of the Divine Feminine. This, Sistars, is what is needed so desperately at this time.
You are so needed!
So I ask you…What do you hold Sacred? And what are you going to do about it?
If you missed my blog last month explaining where I disappeared to last year you can see it here…https://awepartners.com/freedom-flow/
When we left off, I had spent about six months learning to “just be” and enjoying every minute of it. But last fall, I started getting a nudge from my Soul. She had more planned for me and was ready to embark on another adventure.
As we can all have different understandings about the “Soul”, let me clarify what I mean when I use that term. I’m speaking of my Essence, my Truest and Highest Self. She is the part of me that is Divine and has incarnated into this body to experience growth and transformation on the Earth plane.
To be clear, I believe this is true for everyone of us. We each have a Soul which is Divine, and we have each chosen to come to Earth in human form at this time for a unique purpose.
I said in my last post that I didn’t always recognize the guidance I was receiving as coming from a Higher Source. I also didn’t always recognize that my Soul was providing guidance as well. What I learned is that she wants me to experience Freedom and Flow. And she wants me to fulfill the purpose I came here for – my destiny. But I had to learn to trust her enough to follow where she was leading.
In addition to “just being” last year, I had plenty of time to question and research what is happening in the world. Although the pandemic has upended our lives in so many ways, this is about so much more than just a pandemic.
The leaders we thought had our best interests at heart are suspect. The sources we’ve turned to for information are following a prescribed narrative. The systems we’ve relied on are failing.
And we are doing our best to keep it together. Congrats to you SiStar for hanging in there!!
So, is this it? Is this what we’re left with? A world that’s in constant chaos? Powerless to do anything about it? At the mercies of the medical establishment, politicians, and corporations? With nowhere to turn?
NO! NO! And NO!
Spending time “just being” allowed me to get out of my head and into my heart more often. Through meditation, reflection, and observation, I became aware of what I believe is happening to us collectively on the planet.
An event that has been prophesied for centuries if not millennia. A Great Awakening!
A rising consciousness inviting us to remember the truth of who we are. An opportunity to release what no longer serves and begin to birth anew. A co-creation so extraordinary we can only begin to imagine it.
This is our collective “once in a lifetime” moment!
And I sure didn’t want to miss it by staying in my bubble of comfort. No, I wanted to be full in!
After all, we’ve been preparing for this our entire lives (and some would say for many lives). All the learning, and struggling, and striving, it can’t be for naught. Surely, our life to this point has had meaning beyond measure.
Now each and everyone of us is being invited to play our part in bringing forth a New Earth!
Hot diggity dog!! I hope you’re as excited as I am.
But what do we do? Where do we begin? I have an idea…and I’ll share it with you next time.
Until then…Be bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-DACIOUS!
Have you ever felt out of place or unwelcome?
Sadly, this is a daily experience for members of the LGBTQI community. And for many, it’s worse. They live in fear.
LGBTQI+ discrimination is rampant around the globe. As of March 2019, there are 70 United Nations Member States (35%) that criminalize consensual same-sex sexual acts, with imprisonment as the most common penalty. Indeed, in 37% of these countries, consensual same-sex acts can be punished by life imprisonment. In six countries, a person can receive the death penalty for being found “guilty” of consensual same-sex sexual acts, with three in Asia (Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen) and three in Africa (Nigeria, Sudan, and Somalia).
In 30 states in the United States, LGBTQI+ people are at risk of being fired, refused housing, or denied social services simply because of identifying as LGBTQI+.
Our February Film Festival continues tomorrow, February 10th, at 7:00 p.m. CST as we feature “Living Out Loud: LGBTQI rights in Georgia.”
In this episode, we meet feminist activist Ekaterine Aghdgomelashvili, a trailblazer for LGBTQI+ rights in Georgia and co-founder of Women’s Initiative Supporting Group (WISG). Eka and the other leaders at WISG focus their work on empowering women and LGBTQI+ people in Georgia and working to advance their rights through political participation, economic empowerment, and cultural exchange.
We also meet Eka T., an aspiring young artist and fellow community activist, in the tense days leading up to a rally for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Through the eyes of Eka A., Eka T., and others, we see how anti-rights and anti-gender movements are endangering the lives of LGBTQI+ people and seeking to rollback rights gained by the gender justice movement in Georgia.
A 2018 study on hate crimes and discrimination in Georgia found that the majority of Georgians generally think it’s important to protect the rights of minorities—with the exception of LGBTQI+ people.
While officially a secular country, church and state are far from separate in Georgia. LGBTQI+ people in Georgia are the targets of violence and state-sanctioned oppression because of the undue influence of the Georgian Orthodox Church on social and political life in the country. Anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric, led by religious and political leaders, has resulted in homophobic and transphobic violence, discrimination, hate crimes, and murders throughout the country, as well as state-ordered threats against LGBTQI+ individuals and activists. At the same time, LGBTQI+ and feminist movements in Georgia have made gains and have grown stronger over the years.
Don’t miss this eye-opening documentary and discussion. You are needed and Now is our time!
Be bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!!
P.S. We will be hosting the Fundamental film series on Wednesdays in February. It is a joint production from Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and the non-profit Global Fund for Women. At a time of unprecedented political uprisings around the globe, Fundamental introduces global audiences to grassroots movements and community leaders who are standing up for our fundamental human rights and working to hold governments accountable for healthier and more just societies for all.
I had an interesting dream last night.
Since Covid started, I’ve been remembering my dreams and I’ve heard that from others, too. How about you?
Anyway, last night I dreamt I was at a resort and I was trying to find my way outside to the pool area. I asked an employee and he pointed to a door but said we’re not allowed to use it. Then he showed me a small window. A man and then a woman jumped out through the window. But when I went to look out, the window seemed too small for me to get through. Then, magically, it became larger. However, when I looked out I saw my husband already in the water warning me not to jump. There was a large boulder and he was afraid I would get hurt. So I chose not to jump and instead went back inside to look for a door.
Ouch! Why didn’t I jump? Why did I listen to my husband? My logical side? The one that doesn’t take risks?
That’s really not like me. I’ve been taking risks for the last decade. I’m constantly pushing myself outside my comfort zone. Constantly doing things I’ve never done before.
Why? For a lot of reasons…
- Life is more interesting when we’re stretching ourselves
- We need more women leaders and it’s my mission to do everything I can to inspire women to step up and into their magnificence
- Women don’t sit by while women and children suffer so I want to encourage more women to become involved in social impact so together we can effect real and lasting change
- I believe my calling, my purpose in life is to use everything I’ve been given – every gift, talent, skill, experience, bit of wisdom to co-create the better world we imagine
- My soul came here for growth and transformation and I want to honor her
But my biggest reason for living outside my comfort zone is because I didn’t want to get to the end of my life and ask myself, “Why didn’t you jump?”
That’s my why. What’s yours? I want to hear!
Next week you have the opportunity to come together in a circle of courageous women to explore together our why.
What are you Passionate about?
What’s your Purpose?
How do you tap into Passion & Purpose to Invite Abundance into your life?
We’re circling up and there’s nothing more powerful on the planet than a circle of women on a mission.
I hope you’ll join us!
On November 10-12 from 12-1 pm CT, I’ve created a FREE Facebook Challenge called:
Grow Your Business – Grow Your Impact…
For More Passion, Purpose & Profit
You can join us live in the Business Women Giving Back Facebook Group where we’ll explore together how to…
Re-ignite your Passion
Discover your Purpose
Expand your Profit
When it comes down to it – it’s all about your Why!
Let’s leave the closed doors of 2020 behind and take a leap out the window together into the clear, blue waters of 2021 and our new future!
Be Bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!
Women and girls are half of the world’s population and yet in 2020 they are not considered equals in most parts of the world.
And despite attempts in the social impact space to direct funding to organizations that serve women and girls, support is surprisingly deficient when compared with philanthropic giving as a whole.
In 2019, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University published the first Women & Girls Index, which measures giving to more than 45,000 U.S. organizations dedicated to women and girls. The findings show that only 1.6% of all philanthropic support went to these causes. And through studies of foundation giving in both the U.S. and Europe, researchers estimate that only about 7% of all foundation grants specifically benefit women and girls.
How can this be? We know that female-led households are more likely to give to charity than male-led households and, at nearly every income level, women donate almost twice as much as men. Additionally, women are both more likely to give to women’s and girls’ causes and give larger amounts to these causes.
And despite the current challenges we’re facing, the financial status of women in the U.S. continues to improve. Women already own more than half of investable assets and control decision-making for $11 trillion. They are expected to inherit 70% of the $41 trillion in intergenerational wealth transfer over the next 35 years. More women obtain college degrees than men and more women are in the workforce than ever before.
So with the knowledge that making investments in women and girls promotes a ripple effect of change throughout families, communities, and even entire countries – why aren’t more women supporting causes that lift up women and girls? And what can we do to change that?
Perhaps the answer lies in the confusion over how we can effectively support women and girls around the globe. Of the philanthropic giving directed toward women and girls, 90 cents of each dollar are focused on reproductive health, leaving inadequate funding for the range of other issues affecting them. The factors that will lead to women rising into co-equal partnership with men are varied and go beyond reproduction.
Intersectionality emerged in the late 1980’s as a way to understand the complexities of women’s lives and to develop solutions that take these complexities into account. Coined by Kimberle Crenshaw the essence of intersectionality is that gender alone does not determine women’s experiences. According to Crenshaw, intersectionality is a way to see “multiple forms of exclusion”, as well as to advocate for women of all backgrounds and identities.
So what does that mean for those of us who desire to lift women and girls out of oppression? It means we need to focus on multiple issues at the same time. We can’t devote resources in one area and expect it to be enough.
But it can be a daunting task to sift through data and information and identify those efforts that have the greatest potential for social impact. There are many existing frameworks used by different organizations, but no single framework that is commonly used across the field. For example, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are not specific to women, do not organize the topics that improve women’s lives holistically in one place, and can be overwhelming given there are a total of 19 goals.
But what can feel overwhelming doesn’t have to be. In an effort to simplify the approach to better focus our efforts in the places where we are likely to have the greatest impact, I’ve created the:
7 Pillars of Women’s Empowerment and the Divine Feminine Rising
Using research from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, we begin with the five core areas where the most promising solutions lead to the greatest impact on the lives of women and girls globally. These five dimensions are inextricably linked and provide a holistic view of how to create the greatest impact:
- Access to Healthcare
- Economic Empowerment
- Freedom from Violence
There is terrific work being done on the ground to address the issues that keep women and children disempowered. But is it enough? Are we moving women from a life of suppression and oppression quickly enough and at scale? What might we be missing?
Can we really make an impact on the empowerment of women and children if we’re living under the old constructs and beliefs of a patriarchal, hierarchical society? Constructs and beliefs around culture, religion, politics, business, education, healthcare that we have in many ways accepted for ourselves as truth. Until now.
The rise of the Divine Feminine on the planet is shifting the way we look at women and men, the roles we play, the privileges we have, where the power is held, and ultimately the imbalance that is prevalent in all sectors. And it’s time to incorporate two long forgotten pillars into the women’s empowerment movement and all sectors of society:
- Re-connecting to Mother Earth
- Restoring the Sacred Feminine
I believe these two anchor pillars merged with the five core pillars are the missing link to ending oppression and restoring equality for all. It’s time sisters to shift the paradigm that has allowed the “-isms” of sexism, racism, classism, etc…to fester and infect the health of our planet and humanity. Over the next couple of months I’ll share more about how we do this together.
Let’s get started!
Be Bold. Be Daring. Be AWE-dacious!