I sat down to write to you on Thursday morning and couldn’t. Anxiety burned in my solar plexus. I felt ungrounded. A little nauseous.
Hearings had just begun. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who accused him of sexual and physical assault, were testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations.
Just like televisions were wheeled into my third grade classroom for us to learn about the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, on Thursday, I knew the news needed to take precedence over my work. History was happening.
For the rest of the day, I sat riveted in from of the TV.
As she recounted the incident, Dr. Ford said she felt “terrified,” and wondered if coming forward would just be “jumping in front of a train that was headed to where it was headed anyway.”
She may be right. America may indeed continue to be a freight train moving at full speed into a very, very dark landscape. A landscape that affirms, still, after how far we’ve come, that women’s lives do not hold the same value as men’s.
So what does this have to do with all of us here?
Well, a lot, it turns out.
While we’re not all Americans here, wherever you are in the world, there’s a similar tune being sung in your surroundings (perhaps more or less loudly).
Last week in our monthly SHE School class, I shared with women that it’s no longer enough for us to turn to our spiritual practices to heal ourselves.
If we have the privilege of time, self-awareness, and resources to turn inwards, we simultaneously need to turn outwards and employ these practices to heal our world.
The tools required to heal one individual heart also heal the hearts of many.
I know women who’ve been saying for years that they want to start a business, “put themselves out there,” write a book, whatever. And they’re still not doing it.
They think they need the perfect website or another degree or certificate. They’re afraid of what other people are going to think, or they feel they need to get their personal lives in order first.
I get it. There’s a lot for us to overcome within ourselves to trust our inner knowing and exercise our voices and gifts.
But, please, don’t let another day go by without turning within and then stepping out.
Just like we go to a yoga class or take our supplements each day to honor ourselves, we need to simultaneously stretch outwards into the public sphere.
As Marianne Williamson shared in a recent talk, “Now the world needs us to be strong, conscious people who truly know how to not only endure but to transform a world that is really expressing the craziness of the ego mind in many ways as never before.”
Sisters, let’s rise to the occasion.
Use your daily, spiritual practice as a time to soothe your nervous system and to listen to how your inner voice wants you to move out into the world today.
After you sit, act. And do that over and over and over again. Until we wake up in a new world.
Even if Dr. Christine Blassey Ford’s testimony wasn’t enough to steer the freight train in a new direction, over time, enough of us exerting the same courage, realness, and civic service will.
- What is your inner voice guiding you to create or share?
- What mental and emotional patterns (individually and culturally) have been holding you back?
- What thoughts do you need to think and what feelings do you need to generate within you to be bigger than the obstacles in your life?
- What is your next, right step?
(And please see some new announcements below!)
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NEW & UPCOMING
An old friend (and very gifted poet and astrologer), Heidi Rose Robbins, recently interviewed me for her “Radiance Project” podcast.
We talk about how my astrological chart expresses itself in my career arc, especially my recent inspiration to turn my spiritual practice outwards through the 501c3 Redemption Circle.
A new friend (we both recently spoke in the Truthteller Tour), Anahita Joon, interviewed me this week for her free video series on “The Life Changing Power of Sexual Healing.”
This wisdom series is taking place from now until October 10. When you register, you’ll see my story of sexual healing, as well as those of dozens of others. This is a beautiful and necessary offering, and I encourage you to explore it!