Women and Emerging Futures

The next wave of my own evolution lies in exploring the potential of women to profoundly shape our world. Not only if women can but if women will...do what is required to make the difference. This demands redefining our notions of 'leadership' and reclaiming meaningful expression for women. To progress beyond historical notions of evolution through incremental change, we must redefine what it is to be human - and women are the key.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Awake and ready to engage!

Another glorious day of spending time in conversation with women. One I have known for a long time; the other two are new to me. As we engaged, it became clear to me that we will come to know each other much better.

I see it in all of them – this immense desire to live fully and engage meaningfully. As I listen to them speak, behind their words I hear a rhythm….a heartbeat…that is the strength of their will to reclaim themselves and their intention to share that with others. In their conversation, I hear nothing of ‘rescue’ and am mindful only of their sense of themselves and their desire to show up for their own lives. Lives lived fully, not lives left unattended, languishing and regretted.

For one, perhaps even an urgency to awaken….claim…engage…and live large!

Evolution by Intention….Emerging Futures….those words float through my awareness as I listen to them speak. Theirs are not futures that are built around plans and fueled by targets and deadlines – theirs are futures that emerge and unfold, one breath to the next, as they connect to and trust the truth of their experience; as they come to relax into and stop fighting what moves through the very tissue of their being.

Common to them all is the expression “I have no idea where it’s taking me – I just know that I need to do it.” And as they engage, the next step unfolds…and then the next…and the next. More than once, I heard each of them marvel at their own discoveries and evolution, no one more surprised than each of them! As I listened, it felt like Christmas morning, unwrapping presents and filled with the delight of the unexpected and unrequested. Life unfolding….surprising…preparing for the next wave.

Leadership….futures emerging….is this what woman bring to the party so easily? Their willingness AND ability to let go…to relax into their own uncertainty and hold it as a sacred part of their being? Is that how I live my own life?

One reader sent me a note from yesterday’s posting. “This is my life and you can’t have it!” rang powerfully true for her. As I read her words, I wondered….where inside of me is the voice that she is? And I become curious about engaging my life MORE fully…MORE present and connected and awake! The question comes to mind: does it get any better than this? And I smile because indeed, I know that it does.

As I slowly turn my gaze to focus more on the evolution of women – myself as a woman, and those women who come into my life – I marvel at how effortless it is for me to see their magnificence. I see their talent and their unique gifts. I hear behind their words what is not yet spoken. I feel what moves inside them, in the dark places where they have not – yet – dared to look. And I know, without exception, the power of each of them and that the world…that we, each of us….needs.

Each and every one of them is a messenger, bringing her unique thread of awakened consciousness to the tapestry of the world to be created. Each a creator in her own right, co-creating with others to increase the intensity and the density of the flow of life.

I’m up for that and I am now seeking those women who are seeking to awaken to themselves – and get on with it!

Breathing is good…..

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