INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: THE ALCHEMISTS X MANIAMANIA
I was asked by my favourite jewel alchemists at ManiaMania to compose a piece for International Women's Day. I sat in silence, thinking of where to begin. What possible angle could I take on this broad subject? There is so much to care about in so many aspects of this planet, there is so much that needs mending, so much that needs remedying. If it's not women, its children, its civil rights, human rights, earths fellow creatures, the beloved environment and everything else. Is it humanly possible to expand your heart, to fill it to the literal brim with compassion, so much so that it overflows? Is it possible to care about everything? Yep. Compassion is LIMITLESS.
What I realised though, is that when we open the door of compassion and reconciliation, we can actually see a ripple effect. Of course, I am passionate about women, about sisterhood, joining hearts and living in a world of unity, so this year, I wanted to see connection and appreciation to return, in full force.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, I sat pondering the question; what is it to be a woman? What defines us as women? What does it mean in our soul to be a woman? How do we connect to our divine feminine or the deepest part of being a woman?
Once upon a time, being a woman was defined. It used to be easy; we knew our predetermined roles based on tapping into our feminine qualities. We knew if we did what was expected of us, there'd be no strife.
Today these lines are blurred; we literally have lost the ability to inherently know what it takes to be a woman in this modern world, from an external perspective. We've got mixed messages coming in from all angles, and it’s hard to discern when lines keep crossing. What is still clear and far from blurred, is the depth and soul of a woman. We as women are still being made to theoretically determine whether we want our voices to be heard or whether we want to be loved. The truth is, they both exist in complete harmony.
"Within our very ovaries, contains the universe, the same abundant cosmic force of the nebula is held within our precious earth bound bodies. Women are sacred. This is a fact."
If you take a moment to ponder the innate power and ability that the woman embodies, you realise the woman is a magic, next level being. Not better than the masculine, just different. She can create and manifest like an Alchemist, she can nurture like a goddess, her kindness can bring you tears, her strength and vulnerability epitomizes the perfect duality and balance, her sensuality will open your heart and her loving will remind you that you’re so much more than your body. Within our very ovaries, contains the universe, the same abundant cosmic force of the nebula is held within our precious earth bound bodies. Women are sacred. This is a fact. It is a knowing that our female ancestors saw to be true. But today’s reality is, our own belief in ourselves and inherent ability has been broken down over centuries and what is left goes against the nature of the sacred feminine.
I don't know when we decided that our fellow women were competition. As a young woman in this world, it baffles me that above all, rivalry is the first point of call. We've all been there, we've all received it and I would say most of us have dished it out on some level. Can you pinpoint the time it started, or was it just a strange belief system that just exists?
Sisterhood and unity, is a primordial force. Women have always stuck together, through thick and thin. Our ancestors raised babies as one, nursed children as their own; they birthed together, wept together, earthed together and loved, as one.
If our matriarchal ancestors were to look at the insidious lack of connection that we feel for our sisters, my guess is they'd have some profound parental disappointment that you only know when said parent pulls the "I'm disappointed in you" line. You know the one. It cuts like a guilt-ridden knife. Thousands of years of nurturing and strength, broken down by patriarchal values, infused into the feminine principle and ironically, now, by our own doing.
"If we let the energy of the conscious woman, who is strong, grounded, vulnerable, loving, nurturing and conscious, into our lives, we can create an energy that reverberates across the world."
The idea of embodying the priestess or goddess isn’t "out there", rather, a physical embodiment of the force of the woman. Be a priestess, be a powerhouse, in whatever body you have. It doesn’t matter what you wear, what you smell like, how tall or short you are. What matters is that you harness and unite with those female ancestors and remember that you are a lineage of extraordinary. The goddess. The insecurities that life in the 21st century has imposed on us don’t exist when we let the sacred feminine energy pour into us, and through us, out through every pore of our body. If we let the energy of the conscious woman, who is strong, grounded, vulnerable, loving, nurturing and conscious, into our lives, we can create an energy that reverberates across the world. When we unite in communion, as sisters, we can ground into our true nature as dynamos. Women are Almighty. Its in us, we were born with it, but we’ve just forgotten it's there.
The real question is how do we return to a state of unity and harmony with our sisters? How do we link arms and become forces to be reckoned with? If we don’t express love, vulnerability and sisterhood, then how can we expect for there to be any change in the way a primarily patriarchal world treats us? How can we expect love when so often, competition and animosity is our first point of call?
As we release our fear, we unconsciously give other women permission to do the same. A domino effect of invincible women. That is a world I want to be a part of. When we rid ourselves of these fears and insecurities, you assist in liberating other women. This is women's liberation!
The first step is love, and appreciation. When we appreciate our bodies for the incredible vessels that they are, the energy of love courses through our body. We know that words and intention have vibration, so if we allow that energy to permeate our bodies, imagine the shift that we can create for ourselves and for the world? Next level.
"We can eliminate our internal fight, and thus, we eliminate the conflict with other women. When we love first and foremost, our potential is completely and totally limitless."
We can eliminate our internal fight, and thus, we eliminate the conflict with other women. When we love first and foremost, our potential is completely and totally limitless. A life celebrating the woman once again is about heart, the divine within us, and allowing a paradigm shift to occur, where communion between our male counterparts and ourselves occurs. Let's get this feminine energy flowing!
To succeed in this primarily masculine system, we’ve pushed away our knowing, our intuition, our solidarity, and our own unique forms of wisdom and understanding. We must live with passion, conviction and with a trust of our inner voice and the choices we make. To be totally honest, this masculine system requires the feminine, it’s dual, its yin and yang and it is essential.
This International Women's Day, sit and breathe into the mighty feminine. Write down what it means to be a woman, what you're grateful for, write what makes you feel strong and what makes you feel sensitive, and know that every other woman is on her own path. All of our paths don’t look the same, so celebrate our uniqueness as women. Uplift those around you, regardless of their age, their size, their race, their consciousness. Send them appreciation and love. They too are creators and Alchemists. The fact of the matter is, we are all in this together.
When we return to the strength, passion, fearlessness confidence and gentility of the feminine energy, we are unstoppable.
So, today, I thank the Suffragettes, I thank Gloria Steinem, Yoko Ono, Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene, Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Helen Keller and Malala Yousefzi and the rest. But above all, lets be thankful for ourselves, because we are women united.
I leave you with words of wisdom from Marianne Williamson - "Passionate free thinking women have never been deeply appreciated because passionate free thinking women raise passionate free thinking children and passionate free thinking children grow up to be passionate free thinking adults and passionate free thinking adults are very difficult to manipulate and almost impossible to control".
Collage by ManiaMania.