Our community is the largest of its kind in the world. I learned this fact only this past year, while I was on the board. Isn’t that kind of amazing? As the Marketing Director, I’ve been taking a look at why this is – after all, we don’t have a huge budget or invest in a lot of advertising. So how have we been able to grow in 6 countries and over 14,000 women?
It comes down to this: we welcome all women and all of who they are. Our focus is on creating the space that is welcoming and safe. We cannot force women to take their place in the circle. We can only prepare the space and offer it with love and compassion. We all grow together because we welcome every woman to speak her experience, feelings, wants, needs and her own truth.
Woman Within is about holding space and listening to each other. In circles around the world, women are invited to speak courageously and be heard, however they show up. The teaching is that a woman’s experience is her own – we are not there to question it – we are there to listen until she finds her own answers. The answers are not our responsibility, just the listening.
I’ve thought a lot about this over the last 6 months or so and I realize I have not always been carrying this mission in my personal life. To be completely open and vulnerable, I admit I have devalued some of my family or friend’s points of view just because I found it difficult to understand them. I’ve disconnected or found myself not listening if I think conflict is coming or I have defaulted to taking it personally and becoming defensive which rarely ends with me in my queen energy.
Woman Within demonstrates that we grow when we connect with different perspectives and experiences. The only requirement is to prepare our space and welcome all who show up. For me, it means clearing out my judgments and listening from spirit-centered place instead of an ego-centered place. Sometimes it means questioning my own beliefs when I hear a new perspective and sometimes it means loving someone enough to hear them and not make their beliefs about me.
Growth includes being open to experiences and points of view that seem in direct contrast to our own. We do this not to change others’ minds, but to expand our perspective and compassion – to see how each of us can grow if we are open to truly holding space.
This. This is the work – or at least mine.
The work is finding how to really love one another and hear one another. It’s not easy and not all people want to be in connection. Our blessing is to offer – we can’t make them receive it.
My husband came back from an MKP Weekend with a Peruvian Shaman blessing that has helped me really put down judgments, and instead, give more loving and accepting vibes to all people. The best part is, it centers my spirit back on gratitude rather than getting stuck in ego which desires to compare and despair instead. My hope is it helps someone else as well.
People of the East, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
People of the South, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
People of the West, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
People of the North, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
Father of the Sky, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
Mother Earth below, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
Spirit within, I sing to you. I sing to you. I sing to you with love and gratitude.
I light the sage and sing to the directions. I say it in my head when I am challenged by another’s actions or words. It helps my magnificent, spirit-centered queen present herself. I remember my only responsibility is to keep my heart clean and then listen. What they get out of the interaction is up to them.
Christina is the Marketing Director for Woman Within International and a Marketing Strategist for coaches and healers.