Women of Faith Will Prevail

Last month women gathered via signals across the country to share, to listen, and to try to make sense of our new political reality. Today is the first day of the new presidency and the future for our country looks grim. Each day, lines are crossed that used to be off limits in a democracy such as ours.One woman asked, "How shall we engage?" She shared that this election sparked a fear in her about survival and her values. Another woman said, "It is my responsibility to listen to my heart. … [Read more...]

Resilience and the Light

On the US holiday of Thanksgiving last month, I had a conversation with my 86-year-old father. I noticed he was reading a book about the second world war, the time of his childhood and early adolescence. Previous on rare occasions, my father had shared very brief memories of that time. He is the first generation of our family born in the United States, and he remembered, during the war, stories of the suffering of relatives far away in Leningrad.I asked my father: “This year—2016—how does it … [Read more...]

Labor Pains of Mother Earth: Birthing a new generation

Participating in a circle recently, my heart was touched to hear so many women asking how to connect, find hope, and move forward in light of recent world events. In my own world and work, I have taught myself to continually focus and refocus my mind away from the negative and towards the positive; a mental strength practice many scientific studies have shown to be physically beneficial in addition to the spiritual benefits we reap.For me, writing, meditation, and participating in action … [Read more...]

Tough Grace: mental illness as a spiritual path

I found my own feminine ground in the course of dealing with the ravages of manic depression. For 12 years I suffered intensely, including spending some time living on the streets---not because I didn’t have assets but because I got separated from them in my delusional times or was too paranoid to tap them. Since 2006 I have been in recovery although it has taken me these 10 years to fully rebuild my life.Jungian analyst Marion Woodman suggests that women who achieve fully developed c … [Read more...]

Invitation to blog: feminine spiritual leadership in a new world

The world has tilted on its axis and opened deep cracks in our collective human heart. We are listening deeply for the wisdom arising from those cracks. We are aware that women's spiritual leadership is more important ... and mysterious ... than ever. The work we all do on behalf of the Sacred Feminine is more crucial than ever.WSF exists to offer sacred space for authentic conversations. We believe we can co-create a new narrative - together in circle - when as individuals we are grounded … [Read more...]

Coming to Peace on the Path of the Dark Goddess

When Swami Vivekananda spoke at the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, he ignited the West's interest in Hinduism and created a heart-opening moment for the global north to move back into its connection to the world. Welcoming everyone with the words, "Sisters and Brothers of America," he invoked a sensibility of relationality and warmed the room. What most didn't know when he received a standing ovation was that his own personal heart had been consumed by the Dark Goddess, Kali. While he … [Read more...]

Women’s prayers from the Parliament

 Women’s PrayersThe prayers of women were woven throughout this Parliament: spoken into themicrophone from the plenary stage, danced in flash mobs with spontaneousjoy, encoded in the footsteps of the silent river of women during theWomen’s Multi-Faith Peace Walk and offered with tobacco at sunrise aroundthe Sacred Fire.  I was blessed to offer these two prayers to open and closethe workshop Embodied Service: The Wholeness of Women’s SpiritualLeadership.Opening Prayer:Beloved One, Spirit … [Read more...]

we call the council

I dreamt... may we walk wing-ed and wildmay we sit on the throne's of our wombsembody the mystery and power of creationmay we enter the stream, on horseback and foot,wade like an unbroken chain of stars through the nightguiding brave souls who've lived in hiding and learned forgetting beneath us great mother lies, legs and arms spread wide across the creek bottom big breasted, long hair flowing we stand among her waters we are here. we have always been … [Read more...]

ON FEMININE GROUND…

I am stirred by these words in both an invigorating and a disheartening  way.  I am delighted that there will be a designated event in which women can be authentically themselves, feel supported in that expression and notice what arises individually and collectively from being in this fertile field. I am disheartened that this hasn't been the experience for women for a very long time, that we have had to either fight for what is our natural place of contribution in this world or withdraw in o … [Read more...]

On Feminine Ground: for our Work of Justice, Peace, and Sustainability

            The words “On Feminine Ground” stir in me dreams of a transformed world. On Feminine Ground everyone has freedom to become all we are created to be in the divine image. On Feminine Ground all creation flourishes.For too long our world has been out of balance with the masculine dominating and the feminine subordinated or excluded. We have all suffered from this imbalance. On Feminine Ground there will be a healthy balance that encourages all of us to embrace our wholeness and to ex … [Read more...]