Just when you thought we couldn’t handle anymore intensity, this past week saw the battle around Roe v. Wade take center stage in the U.S. As a result, half of our country has erupted into a state of anger, grief, and disbelief. While the other half is rejoicing.
As in the past, the two sides have gone to their respective corners to plot how to respond to what is seen as injustice on both sides. The wound is re-opened. The blaming ensues. The divide widens.
Those who would wish for women to carry on under the illusion of separation have achieved their goal. For if we remain divided, then we shall not rise. And this is a victory for some.
We live in a world of division. Where our greatest challenges are viewed as black or white – not gray. You’re either with us or against us – can’t be both. You’re on the left or on the right – not the middle.
The dualistic consciousness that pervades our society can only see the “either/or” approach. It refuses to believe in the possibility of “both/and”.
But women, in particular, have the innate ability to see another way forward
– a “Third Way”
Richard Rohr describes this as, “…the place of grace out of which genuine newness can come. This is where creativity and new forms of life and healing emerge.”
As we move forward to address the myriad issues presenting themselves at this time, what if as the changemakers, wayshowers, and lightworkers that we are – we consciously and intentionally choose a new path forward. One that stops judging and pointing fingers, and instead chooses to listen from the heart.
What if we were to listen to a sister whose views appear to be radically different than our own? Listen to her story, how she grew up, what challenges she faced, what led her to the decisions she has made and the beliefs she clings to so tightly.
What if we were to put ourselves in another’s heels? Imagine what life might be like if we didn’t have the resources we do, the education we’ve received, the support system of our family and friends.
How might that change us? Might we soften a bit? Might we stop demonizing a sister who thinks differently but cares as deeply as we do?
Might we begin to ask ourselves how to stop fighting each other and truly begin to work together for the good of ALL women and ALL children? To look at the reasons a woman feels so vehemently that the right to an abortion is a human right.
Perhaps it’s because we haven’t adequately addressed the culture of violence we have created. One that still permits – and no one is marching in the streets or protesting to end…
- Domestic Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Child Marriage
- Female Genital Mutilation
Instead, we focus on one issue – and one issue only. We manipulate it. We politicize it. And when the dust settles, we go back to our separate lives with a warped sense of accomplishment.
Anyone else had enough of this? If so, I invite you to join myself and many other Soul SiStars who are committed to midwifing a new path forward. A “third way” that sees the inherent worth and dignity of each and every woman, and the creative and life-giving power of each and every womb.
Let’s Re-Imagine this “third way” together. Let’s Re-Imagine the world we’re stewarding. Let’s Re-Imagine our Sacred Impact and co-create Soul-utions that are life-affirming for all humanity and our beautiful Mother Earth.