Tibetan New Year Prayer for help

TIBETANS PRAYER FOR HELP


“Paul Robeson said it best: an artist is responsible to fight for freedom. An artist is responsible to change society. That’s how Paul put it… Not only do you have to be good at your craft, but you have to make a contribution to society…” – Randy Weston in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now

We’re touched by the many responses to Michelle’s poem that we offered as yesterday’s Thought for the Day, and spent most of this Tibetan New Years day with the Tibetan community in Seattle. We joined them in walking more than 8 miles for a march and rally to raise awareness of the dire situation in Tibet, and to call for global action to free the Tibetan people.* At the rally, we were deeply touched and inspired when to our surprise, two young women – one Tibetan, the other an American, gave an impassioned and heartfelt reading of Michelle’s poem toward the end of the rally. May all our prayers and creative offerings ripple out into the world in transformative ways)))

“Each time a man (or a woman) stands up for an ideal, acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he (or she) sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples can create a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

– Senator Robert Kennedy, addressing students in South Africa who suffered under the yoke of apartheid.

* Note: IF you are interested in the current situation in Tibet – which is closed to foreign journalists and in lock-down at this time – the following article from a McClatchy correspondent is informative: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/02/14/138867/rare-visit-to-remote-chinese-region.html

Poem sent yesterday….

In honor of Losar, Tibetan New Year 2139

This poem is offered:

A Poem in Dedication:
To the Women of Tibet, My Mothers, My Sisters

Sisters of Niguma (1), Daughters of Tibet, Flowers of Emptiness—
Where will you bloom now?
Your native land has been burned
And dumped with nuclear char,
Desecrated, devastated—
And the sweet song of your mantras
Moans imprisoned behind bars.

Mothers of Lineage Masters,
Who have nurtured me with kindness through countless years,
And given fully of your milk of wisdom—
Will the flow of your precious nectar
Now be turned into tears?

Sisters of Niguma, Daughters of Drolma (2),
I who have chosen to be childless
In order to have the leisure to practice more intensively
The wisdom teachings you have preserved,
Sit comfortably in retreat
While you are tortured in the fields
With forced sterilizations and forced abortions—
Your full term babies’ cries
Silenced forever at birth by a needle
In the hospitals where you labor
To give birth to death.

Mothers of Maitreya,
Mothers no more.
I mourn your murdered children—
Our loss—
I your orphan,
And your heir.

Though your wombs are barren
The Emptiness of your Spirit bears many fruit.
Though you weep in the streets of Lhasa
Your spiritual children everywhere
Rejoice in the legacy you have released.

Through the power of Interdependent Interrelatedness,
The treasures of Truth you have preserved
And passed on through generations
Survives—
Though you may not.

Through the flower of Interbeing,
And by the Winds of Impermanence,
Your seed is carried across the world
Alive—
And flourishes in fertile, thirsty mindfields
Unknown to you.

Sisters of Niguma, Daughters of Drolma,
My mothers,
Do not despair—
We your foster children,
Whose faces you have never seen,
Will build a living bridge of Dharma,
And dedicate your dream.

(1) Niguma was the wisdom dakini consort of Naropa. Her teachings form the basis of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.

(2) Drolma is the Tibetan name for the female deity TARA, the Great Liberator. This poem was written by Jhampa Khacho (Michelle Levey) on Dakini Day, Saga Dawa, Year of the Earth Dragon, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, U.S.A.

May this poem-prayer inspire all who read or hear it. May it awaken within them a heartfelt yearning to realize the ultimate potentials of this precious life and to help others to do the same. Permission is freely granted to copy, print and share this in any way that will benefit to others.

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~The Secret Prophecy of the Grandmothers ~

My generation is now the door to memory. That is why I am remembering. –Joy Harjo

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1823/grandmother-power-jessica-theroux/

~The Secret Prophecy of the Grandmothers ~

“Among many indigenous peoples, the stones are the most revered spirits. In fact, the most ancient memories are attributed to the stones as the stones are among the oldest beings on the planet.”

“Most indigenous teachings hold that it is in the heart where the living spirit can be seen, and within that spirit is the very essence of the Creator, or the divine force. The simple act of picking up a stone, and holding that stone being in silence, changes a person in subtle and profound ways. Finding the worlds within stone spirit reveals further worlds within oneself, the Grandmothers teach us. Having the courage to look within and without was an important attribute in most indigenous cultures. In fact, having such close contact with nature made such an inner journey unavoidable.”

“Visions, dreams, prayer, ceremony and ritual are the means to access the sacred Spirit World through nature, the Grandmothers tell us. Ceremony and ritual allow participation in the myths or archetypes or ancestry of the culture and serve to take one out of any shallow ‘ordinary’ reality.”

“Rituals powered by intention focus concentration, enabling access to more rarefied levels of the mind for communication with the spiritual realms for prophecy and guidance and to influence events. That is how knowledge of the healing powers of plants was first gained, how understanding was developed about the importance of honoring the four directions and the five basic elements: earth, water, air, fire and light.”

“Anyone who has ever been swept away by the beauty of a sunset or found an answer to a problem while communing with nature has caught a glimpse of the worlds that are open to indigneous peoples who foster this true knowing.”

“Spirituality’s highest purpose is to touch a mystery beyond words, which is perceived only in silence and solitude, the Grandmothers relate. Listening within the silence puts one in touch with the energy, vibration and spiritual forces that are at the heart of Creation. The realms are real, not of the imagination, and can only be reached by a quiet mind and by practice. This does not mean there is a lack of critical thinking, only that fighting the experience of connectivity, the now, while approaching that moment, blocks the experience of knowing. The Grandmothers show that we must return to our own inner spirit and the spirit of the all which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness.”

“The Grandmothers know there has been an undeniable corruption of humanity’s spirit. The global human family, a macrocosm of the tribal system, is lost in confusion and sickness. We are disconnected from ourselves and the planet that nurtures us, body and soul. Violence and war have bred hunger, poverty, loss of culture, and a lack of understanding concerning basic human rights. Our waters, the blood of our Mother Earth, have become too polluted to drink, and the air in some places to polluted to breath.”

“Do we really want it this way, they ask? Do we not want a future generation? We have lost the most fundamental teaching: that all life is sacred. All life is One. The Grandmothers say we will wake up from our trance now, as the Earth has begun shaking. Prophecies of each of the Grandmothers’ traditions state that we have entered the Purification times. The purification process is a natural cleansing of all the accumulated negativity caused by being materially instead of spiritually oriented.”

“All of life must be honored and protected again, allowed their natural source of shelter and nourishment. Since all of the living cosmos is connected, the Grandmothers teach that healing, quality of life, and spiritual evolvement are never separate from politics and consciousness. Culture that does not derive or base itself on nature’s harmony has no roots and can’t survive long. Without a deep connection to nature, people drift into sickness, grow negative, and destroy themselves spiritually and physically. Deeply connected to nature, we witness beauty everywhere, including wholly within ourselves.”

“Each part of the world spectrum holds wisdom, a key to reigniting humanity’s pure spark. The Thirteen Grandmothers came in council to share their prayers, rituals and ceremonies to create global healing and forge an alliance creating one voice. They speak of ways of bringing about sustainability, sovereignty and a unified alliance among all the Earth’s people in the interest of life and peace.”

http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org/

 

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2020 Women’s Grassroots Congress and its mentoring program. Sharon Riegie Maynard

Marianne Williamson has announced that she is stepping out of the Presidential race. Now what you ask?
As a mystic shawoman, I see her voice within the political system is only the beginning. Now, it is for “us” to pick up the torch and move the message forward during 2020 and beyond.
Here are Marianne’s words in her letter to her supporters,
“Finally, these are not times to despair; they are simply times to rise up. Things are changing swiftly and dramatically in this country, and I have faith that something is awakening among us. A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes….love will prevail.”
The Women of the Grassroots Congress of 2012 are saying, Time to Pick Up the Torch and Do Life Differently! And they have a way to do that.
We are about to launch the 2020 Women’s Grassroots Congress and its mentoring program.
Please Join and Support this movement. It is not just for the USA, but for the world. This time, LET’S PICK UP THE TORCH!
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This is a Global operation. A Spiritual Conspiracy

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence and things seem dark.
But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground.
An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light. It is a silent revolution.
From the inside out. From the ground up.
This is a Global operation.
A Spiritual Conspiracy.
There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.
You wont see us on the T.V.
You wont read about us in the newspaper.
You wont hear about us on the radio.
We dont seek any glory.
We dont wear any uniform.
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.
Most of us work anonymously.
We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world, cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands.
You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice. We go undercover. We remain behind the scenes.
It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit, But simply that the work gets done.
Occasionally we spot each other in the street. We give a quiet nod and continue on our way.
During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs, But behind the false storefront at night is where the real work takes a place.
Some call us the Conscious Army.
We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our Minds and Hearts.
We Lead and Follow, with Passion and Joy
Our orders come from from the Central Spiritual Intelligence.
We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking
Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~
Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites
Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness…
We each express ourselves in our own unique ways with our own unique gifts and talents. Become the change you choose to see in the world. That is the motto that fills our hearts. We know it is the only way real transformation takes place. We know that quietly and humbly we have the power of all the oceans combined.
Our work is slow and meticulous. Like the formation of mountains
It is not even visible at first glance and yet with it entire tectonic plates
shall be moved in the centuries to come. Love is the New Religion.
You dont have to be a highly educated person or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the Intelligence of the Heart. Embedded in the Timeless Evolutionary pulse of All Human Beings.
Become the change you choose to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you
We are now recruiting
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.
All are welcome
The door is open.

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 9th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, “Living On Purpose,”

https://www.facebook.com/MidwestWomensHerbal/

WISE WOMEN!!!!!!

Registration for the 9th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, “Living On Purpose,” IS NOW OPEN!!!!!

This means registration for…..
Adults, Kids Camp, Teen Spiral, Pre-conference workshops and immersions!
Applications for Work Exchange, Vending, Sponsorship, and Scholarships are live also!

Join us for a gathering of the feminine; with a wide spectrum of acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks, and topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, movement, herbal wisdom, wise woman ways and much more!

When?
May 29, 30, 31 of 2020.

Where?
Camp Helen Brachman. Almond, WI.

We look forward to Living On Purpose with YOU!
www.midwestwomensherbal.com

To Register:
https://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/copy-of-register-1

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Net of Light Save the Trees Jan. 25th Sharon McErlane

Save the Date for working with the Trees on January 25th!

Dear all,
In the latest newsflash the Grandmothers asked us to work with nature spirits, starting with working with the trees and of course we answer that call!
It resonates with many of us. The responses to this latest newsflash are overwhelming and we love that!
This is what the Grandmothers say:
 
“It’s time to get to know the spirits of nature and connect with the elemental kingdom.  To save your planet from destruction and return it to balance, this link must be made,” the Grandmothers said,  “and you are here to do it!   The trees are where you will begin. Trees connect through the mycelium network in their roots, a freeway of communication.  The Mother Trees of the old growth forests are masters at this,”  they said,  “and though only a few of them are left, from these few, others can learn.  The great network of tree communication that once existed all over the Earth can be re-activated.
“The Net of Light is even more powerful than you think it is.  Its reach is enormous and, when you work, you will be able to link it to the mycelium network of the plant kingdom.  The actual work of communication will be done by the trees,” the Grandmothers said,  “but human beings are needed to connect the trees to the Net of Light. 
 
Each time you work with the Net of Light, think of the ancient trees, the great Mother Trees.  Then, in ceremony, meditation, song, or however you do it, cast the Net of Light to these archetypal trees and ask them to anchor light once again.  Ask them to send a radiant broadcast throughout their roots to bless everything that lives.   Remember,” the Grandmothers said,  “the template for this work is still set into the Earth, so what we are asking of you is do-able.  Please take our request seriously,” they said.   “Get to work now and more information will follow.”
This is what we will do together:
The first step — we will work with nature spirits (starting with trees) at all Gatherings in 2020, starting with the one at Laguna Woods on January 25th.
Everyone is invited to tune in on that date and work with the trees in your own area, by yourself or together with your local Grandmother’s groups and others who want to participate.  This way we will enhance the effect of what we are doing  immensely.  When we work with the Net of Light, there is no limit of time or space so you can do this work at any time.  AND … to amplify the power of the Net of Light, think of linking with all these dear women and men around the world who are working with us.  People all over the world will be joining us: New York, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, Michigan, Lithuania, Ohio, California, Canada, Norway, France, Spain, Sweden, India, Belgium, Hawaii …….
So for Europe please tune in on January 25th at 2 pm CET and in the US at 10 am Pacific Time , Australia 10 am Australian Eastern time.
Here are some optional guidelines and suggestions:
  1. Go outside and meet at a place with trees or a specific old tree.  If you wish, you can sing the Net of Light song or Humbly walking up to the trees.  You’ll find the song Humbly here and Net of Light songs here.
  2. Thank the trees for being there, for providing us humans with oxygen, for connecting with each other and caring for Mother Earth.
  3. Tell them we know they are capable beyond our understanding of restoring nature and nurturing Mother Earth back to health.   Tell them we are here to help by casting the Net of Light to them, to their root system so they can connect with each other, thus mending the gaps in their field of Light that connects them all.
  4. Speak or sing the Ho’oponopono to them.
  5. Meditate with the Net of Light, connect from your heart with the Net and then cast the Net to the trees, helping them to connect with each other through their root-system.
  6. Do a ceremony with song, prayer, water to honor the trees.
  7. For inspiration take a look at this video How trees talk to each other  and there are many more out there. And check lists of old trees in your area on the monumental trees website
And please let us know what happened while doing this!  We love to hear from you all.  You can either send us an email or put a comment on Facebook or share in your whatsapp groups.
With gratitude,
The Net of Light team.
To learn more about the Grandmothers and how to work with the Net of Light, go to  netoflight.org

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Angelique Boas 13 Sacred Teachings of the Ancient Sisterhood

A new Clan Mother Circle of beautiful Women has been formed over the past weeks and we will start our first Gathering with ‘Talks with Relations’ on Sunday next, the 12th of January. This year 2020 we will receive the 13 Sacred Teachings of the Ancient Sisterhood from the 13 Original (Archetypal) Clan Mothers. As the Mother of Nature ‘Talks with Relations’ teaches us : How to understand the unspoken languages of Nature, How to enter the Sacred Spaces of others with respect .How to honor cycles, rhytms and changes of the seasons and weather. How to connect with all members of the Planetary Family… and more… She teaches us; How to LEARN THE TRUTH.

After having sent out a Call for a New 13 Moon Cycle of the 13 Original Clan Mothers a beautiful Clan Mother Circle of 13 Women of different ages has been formed over the past weeks. We will start our first Gathering with ‘Talks with Relations’ on Sunday next, the 12th of January. This year 2020 we will receive 13 Sacred Teachings of the Ancient Sisterhood from the 13 Original (Archetypal) Clan Mothers. Grandmother Jamie Sams has received these beautiful medicine stories of the Feminine from two Kiowa Grandmothers and has created the 13 Clan Mothers. Each of them reflects a particular teaching and relates to one of each of the 13 Moon Cycles. All 13 they possess special totems, gifts and talents which can support us cultivate our own personal gifts and talents.

I feel exited and humbly blessed to walk this Journey of the 13 Moons together with my beautiful Dutch Sisters. It is an honor to share these sacred medicine stories in Ceremony. With joy I am looking forward to Sunday next and the ceremonial Circle we will co-create.

The photos show the Shield of ‘Talks with Relations’ … and a detail of one of her Relatives; an amazing StonePerson; ready to connect …

Photos ánd Shield: Angelique Boas

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ASTROLOGY of the PLANETARY ALIGNMENT on 12th JANUARY for Sacred Ceremonies

ASTROLOGY of the PLANETARY ALIGNMENT
on 12th JANUARY for Sacred Ceremonies to
ACTIVATE the ENERGETIC UMBILICAL CORD between
ULURU AND THE SUN

For background information on this momentous cosmic event, see
https://www.heavenandearthcommunity.co.uk/…/workshop-ceremo…

The workshop is now full.
Others are welcome to join an outer circle of support for our ceremony on Sunday. Please let us know if you plan to join us.

The ASTROLOGY: (technical bits in brackets can be ignored, if preferred)

For this alignment, there are no retrograde planets. This means that all are focussed towards the most positive outcomes for the future.

At the top of the chart (Midheaven) is a conjunction of the Sun with asteroid / minor planet Ceres and Saturn, Pluto and Mercury. These are all aligned at the end of a red (90°) square aspect, connecting upwards towards the heavens like an umbilical cord.

As we look out from the Earth towards the Sun, this means that these 4 planets are aligned in a straight line behind the Sun. We link to the Sun through our Heart chakra, to Mercury through the Throat chakra, to Ceres through the Navel chakra (Hara), to Saturn through the Root chakra and to Pluto through the Stellar Gateway and Earth Star chakras.

The Stellar Gateway (about 2 ft / 60cms above the Crown) is our direct link with the pure light frequencies of Divine Will. This pure energy stream is received into our bodies through the central vertical column of light in the Core Channel that runs down through the core of our body, and anchors into the Earth Star Centre, (about 1 foot / 30cms) in the Earth beneath our feet, and from there into Earth’s energy grids.

For the purposes of this alignment, we need to be attuning with the pure crystalline Light of Divine Will or Purpose, carried by Pluto, flowing down from the Stellar Gateway. Feel it descending down through our Core Channel, becoming focussed and activated at our Throat, so that we may understand and absorb it at the level of the mind; then to embrace it at the Heart level, to anchor it into our will at the Navel and into our body at the Root centre, before anchoring these down-pouring energies into the body of Mother Earth at the Earth Star, beneath our feet.

At the other end of the red (90°) square is asteroid Juno in Libra. She is concerned with creating peace, harmony and right relations with ourselves and all beings. This is our task, if we are to truly anchor these cosmic energies into Mother Earth, via Uluru and the Rainbow Serpent line.

The green quincunx (150°) aspect from Juno to Neptune in Pisces means that we can only learn how to do this through complete surrender to what the Universe requires from us now. This may appear to involve a certain amount of chaos and uncertainty, because we are moving into a new and unknown paradigm, which we will not fully understand until we get there.

Another green quincunx from Neptune to the Moon in Leo means that we can only learn to surrender in this way, by letting go of our most cherished desires, wants, needs and in particular, letting go of our identification with the dramas of our life.

The red (90°) square from the Moon to Vesta in Taurus means that in order to do this, we are being challenged to move beyond being focussed on our personal emotional desires and dramas, towards opening our hearts unconditionally so that we may feel, experience and embrace the sacredness of all of Life.

Then we will begin to feel the rewards of how that can open us to the infinite possibilities offered by the Universe, as that energy flows from Vesta, along the blue (120°) trine aspect to Jupiter conjunct the Moon’s South Node in Capricorn. This conjunction is about offering back to the Universe our gratitude for all that lies in our past experience and appreciating the lessons learnt and the rewards received, even in our most challenging and difficult times.

(From Jupiter there is a Searching Figure, with semi-sextile (30°) to Mars in Sagittarius, which is quincunx (150°) to Uranus in Taurus, which is trine (120°) back to Jupiter.)

The Searching Figure is pointing us towards Uranus, towards liberation and freedom from the constraints and limitations of the material world. In order to reach this, Mars in Sagittarius is telling us that we need to formulate a clear intention for the direction that we want to move in; we cannot reach our goal by mere wishful thinking, hoping for a better life, a better world, without a clear intention and the will and unwavering determination to follow it through. Mars here means that we need to be following our gut feelings, so that even though we may not be able to see the big picture, we are at least heading in the right direction.

(From Mars another Searching Figure has a trine (120°) to Chiron in Aries, which is semi-sextile (30°) to Uranus, which is quincunx (150°) back to Mars.)

This means that in order to create and follow such an intention, we need to release and heal our past failures. This is achieved not by deep introspection and painful soul-searching, but through humour! It is about perceiving the humour in our own unique Divine Comedy, in all the times when we have taken ourselves far too seriously, when we have lost the detached perspective of our soul, the ability to observe the drama that we make of our lives, and the realisation that we have been merely acting out the part that was written for us by our planets, our genetics, and our accumulated experience of past lives.

(From Chiron, there is a Small Learning Figure, with a square (90°) aspect to Pallas Athene in Sagittarius, which is trine (120°) to Venus in Aquarius, which is semi-sextile (30°) back to Chiron.)

In order to perceive the humour in our lives, the great Cosmic Joke that the Universe has been playing upon us, we need the clarity and perspective of Pallas Athene’s incisive intuitive insight, coupled with the realisation that everything we experience offers us the possibility for transformation into our true spiritual potential, and for living and walking the Path of Beauty in everything that we do.

If you wish to receive a PDF, giving details of when the alignment of the Sun and 4 planets will pass overhead at many of the world’s sacred sites, please email info@heavenandearthcommunity.co.uk
If you wish to tune in with your own ceremonies, those would be the best times to help anchor these energies into the Earth Grids, as the energy wave sweeps around the planet.

SUGGESTED MEDITATION:
Simply focus on the Sun above, with the 4 planets (Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto) aligned behind the Sun. Feel that alignment connecting you to a cord of light that descends down through the core channel of your body, anchoring in at your Throat chakra, Heart chakra, Navel chakra, Root chakra (perineum), and then into the Earth beneath your feet, at the Earthstar.

Simply breathe in and down from the Heavens and out into the Earth, and then breathe in and up from the Earth and out and up to the Heavens. Do this for as long as feels right. Then take your attention away from the cord of light and draw up a cloak of gold and emerald light from the Earth and wrap it around you completely.

Move around, stamp your feet and have something to drink and eat.
For All our Relations

 

 

 

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Central Spiritual Intelligence. We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Movies ~ Kind words ~ Smiles ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Social activism ~ Websites Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness…

Nancy Kohn Raven

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence and things seem dark.
But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground.
An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light. It is a silent revolution.
From the inside out. From the ground up.
This is a Global operation.
A Spiritual Conspiracy.
There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet.
You wont see us on the T.V.
You wont read about us in the newspaper.
You wont hear about us on the radio.
We dont seek any glory.
We dont wear any uniform.
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.
Most of us work anonymously.
We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world, cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands.
You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice. We go undercover. We remain behind the scenes.
It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit, But simply that the work gets done.
Occasionally we spot each other in the street. We give a quiet nod and continue on our way.
During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs, But behind the false storefront at night is where the real work takes a place.
Some call us the Conscious Army.
We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our Minds and Hearts.
We Lead and Follow, with Passion and Joy
Our orders come from from the
We each express ourselves in our own unique ways with our own unique gifts and talents. Be the change you choose to see in the world. That is the motto that fills our hearts. We know it is the only way real transformation takes place. We know that quietly and humbly we have the power of all the oceans combined.
Our work is slow and meticulous. Like the formation of mountains
It is not even visible at first glance and yet with it entire tectonic plates
shall be moved in the centuries to come. Love is the New Religion.
You dont have to be a highly educated person or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the Intelligence of the Heart. Embedded in the Timeless Evolutionary pulse of All Human Beings.
Be the change you choose to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you
We are now recruiting
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.
All are welcome
The door is open.

 

 

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The Joy of Being a Woman in Her Seventies Mary Pipher

The Joy of Being a Woman in Her Seventies

–by Mary Pipher, Feb 27, 2019

This article originally appeared in the New York Times Sunday Review, on January 12th, 2019.

When I told my friends I was writing a book on older women like us, they immediately protested, “I am not old.” What they meant was that they didn’t act or feel like the cultural stereotypes of women their age. Old meant bossy, useless, unhappy and in the way. Our country’s ideas about old women are so toxic that almost no one, no matter her age, will admit she is old.

In America, ageism is a bigger problem for women than aging. Our bodies and our sexuality are devalued, we are denigrated by mother-in-law jokes, and we’re rendered invisible in the media. Yet, most of the women I know describe themselves as being in a vibrant and happy life stage. We are resilient and know how to thrive in the margins. Our happiness comes from self-knowledge, emotional intelligence and empathy for others.

Most of us don’t miss the male gaze. It came with catcalls, harassment and unwanted attention. Instead, we feel free from the tyranny of worrying about our looks. For the first time since we were 10, we can feel relaxed about our appearance. We can wear yoga tights instead of nylons and bluejeans instead of business suits.

Yet, in this developmental stage, we are confronted by great challenges. We are unlikely to escape great sorrow for long. We all suffer, but not all of us grow. Those of us who grow do so by developing our moral imaginations and expanding our carrying capacities for pain and bliss. In fact, this pendulum between joy and despair is what makes old age catalytic for spiritual and emotional growth.

By our 70s, we’ve had decades to develop resilience. Many of us have learned that happiness is a skill and a choice. We don’t need to look at our horoscopes to know how our day will go. We know how to create a good day.

We have learned to look every day for humor, love and beauty. We’ve acquired an aptitude for appreciating life. Gratitude is not a virtue but a survival skill, and our capacity for it grows with our suffering. That is why it is the least privileged, not the most, who excel in appreciating the smallest of offerings.

Many women flourish as we learn how to make everything workable. Yes, everything. As we walk out of a friend’s funeral, we can smell wood smoke in the air and taste snowflakes on our tongues.

Our happiness is built by attitude and intention. Attitude is not everything, but it’s almost everything. I visited the jazz great Jane Jarvis when she was old, crippled and living in a tiny apartment with a window facing a brick wall. I asked if she was happy and she replied, “I have everything I need to be happy right between my ears.”

We may not have control, but we have choices. With intention and focused attention, we can always find a forward path. We discover what we are looking for. If we look for evidence of love in the universe, we will find it. If we seek beauty, it will spill into our lives any moment we wish. If we search for events to appreciate, we discover them to be abundant.

There is an amazing calculus in old age. As much is taken away, we find more to love and appreciate. We experience bliss on a regular basis. As one friend said: “When I was young I needed sexual ecstasy or a hike to the top of a mountain to experience bliss. Now I can feel it when I look at a caterpillar on my garden path.”

Older women have learned the importance of reasonable expectations. We know that all our desires will not be fulfilled, that the world isn’t organized around pleasing us and that others, especially our children, are not waiting for our opinions and judgments. We know that the joys and sorrows of life are as mixed together as salt and water in the sea. We don’t expect perfection or even relief from suffering. A good book, a piece of homemade pie or a call from a friend can make us happy. As my aunt Grace, who lived in the Ozarks, put it, “I get what I want, but I know what to want.”

We can be kinder to ourselves as well as more honest and authentic. Our people-pleasing selves soften their voices and our true selves speak more loudly and more often. We don’t need to pretend to ourselves and others that we don’t have needs. We can say no to anything we don’t want to do. We can listen to our hearts and act in our own best interest. We are less angst-filled and more content, less driven and more able to live in the moment with all its lovely possibilities.

Many of us have a shelterbelt of good friends and long-term partners. There is a sweetness to 50-year-old friendships and marriages that can’t be described in language. We know each other’s vulnerabilities, flaws and gifts; we’ve had our battles royal and yet are grateful to be together. A word or a look can signal so much meaning. Lucky women are connected to a rich web of women friends. Those friends can be our emotional health insurance policies.

The only constant in our lives is change. But if we are growing in wisdom and empathy, we can take the long view. We’ve lived through seven decades of our country’s history, from Truman to Trump. I knew my great-grandmother, and if I live long enough, will meet my great-grandchildren. I will have known seven generations of family. I see where I belong in a long line of Scotch-Irish ancestors. I am alive today only because thousands of generations of resilient homo sapiens managed to procreate and raise their children. I come from, we all come from, resilient stock, or we wouldn’t be here.

By the time we are 70, we have all had more tragedy and more bliss in our lives than we could have foreseen. If we are wise, we realize that we are but one drop in the great river we call life and that it has been a miracle and a privilege to be alive.

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For more inspiration, join this Saturday’s Awakin Call with Mary Pipher. More details and RSVP info here.

 

Mary Pipher is a clinical psychologist in Lincoln, Neb., and the author of the #1 New York Times’ bestseller, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, in addition to 9 other books. Her most recent book is Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age.

 

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