As I peer out my window, the sun is rising in the East, ready to warm my patch of the planet on this Halloween morning. As children eagerly await the darkness to fall, in order to don their costumes and collect their candy treasures, I am left reflecting on the vitalizing power of another aspect of this day.
Last night, I had the pleasure of gathering in community with an amazing group of powerful, vibrant, courageous, open, and authentically beautiful women. We came together to mark the passing of Samhain.
Although this was my first time gathering with a group of women for this particular celebration, it is not the first time I have gathered in circle with women in this very powerful way. Over the last two years, I have experienced increasing opportunities to come together in community with other women in a whole new way. This is the way of collaboration, unconditional acceptance, celebration of each others’ unique gifts, and deep compassion for each of our human challenges. The circle becomes place where we women come together to create a safe and sacred space to honor all aspects of who we are and what we are evolving into. It is a place where our voices are honored and nurtured and acknowledged for sharing our Truth.
I recently saw the important film Miss Representation, which examines the current and disturbing portrayal of women in our media. The picture is not a pretty one. There is so much in our current cultural climate that portrays a very contrasting and damaging image of women and our role in society.
This disparity creates a critical opportunity for each and every woman to begin to define who she is for herself, what she truly believes in at the core of her being, and to start speaking it with the power of her voice. It is when all the woman on this planet are able and willing to move towards these three things, that the world will begin to mirror the vision of vibrant possibility that I am holding.
When His Holiness the Dalai Lama proclaimed, “The world will be saved by the western woman.”, I believe he was referring to a similar vision. And I believe this begins with women making the choice to practice coming together in circle. There is magic that is born within the circle which is then carried with each one of us out into the world.
What has been your experience of coming together in a circle of women? What might you do to create more of these opportunities for yourself?