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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Decloaking in Ottawa - Quaking in Hawaii

It’s been a busy week-end. And given my belief that my life is a holodeck, I am paying attention to what I have manifested and how it all links together.

This week-end I had the honour of being part of not one but two ‘unveilings’ of contributing authors to the Sekhmet Rising book project. Unlike book signings or readings, these are opportunities created by the contributing author to reveal herself to the people in her community, in a way that is meaningful to her.

Both Noreen Mejias and Dominique Dennery created their distinct unveilings in ways that were most gratifying for them. I was invited to be part of these processes and given ample time to speak to the intention of the Sekhmet Rising book project (and you can be sure that I had a lot to say!) and to the impact of the book on those who are choosing to engage it. As different as each of these experiences was in terms of context and physical environment, the result was the same: women decloaked and open to the world – living expressions of the potential that we all carry.

What struck me at both events was how quickly and easily strangers connected to each other; how shamelessly and effortlessly the conversations moved quickly from the weather, the latest movie and other trivial notions to sharing deeply personal and meaningful moments with each other. It was profoundly gratifying to me not only to witness this but to be part of this living tapestry of potential – of this moment of Evolution by Intention™ as these women stood in the ‘now’ and spoke out loud their desires to ‘become’.

As this was unfolding for me, half way around the world (it sure feels that way on the flight!), the Big Island of Hawaii was experiencing an earthquake that registered 6.6. Less than four weeks ago I was on the Big Island, staying in the village where the brunt of the shock was felt. During my stay, I was very mindful of frequent and persistent ‘rumblings’ or vibrations under my feet. Nothing distinct, nothing that caused any movement of anything on the surface of the ground, and yet very definitely there.

As I now consider all of these events, I am mindful of the metaphors of the ‘rumblings’ and the ‘quaking’; mindful of the notions of persistence and not visible ‘above ground’. I am mindful of this language that reveals to me the sense that although it may not yet be visible publicly – ‘above ground’ – there is huge movement occurring. There is even the notion of a ‘silent’ earthquake…one that does not register on ‘traditional’ sensing instruments and yet can be catastrophic in its impact. As I write these words, I become aware of what I experience as an acceleration and intensification of the movement of women. It feels like some kind of coagulation, letting us know that we are unique and, in that uniqueness, we are not alone.

On the holodeck of my experience, I am beginning to manifest physical expressions (effects) that are reflections of non-physical awakenings (causes). Particularly Kona…particularly the Big Island….these are places so familiar to me; places that I have always experienced as inviting and welcoming. And yet, as I consider this last trip, now followed by an earthquake; and as I consider the one before with such a precarious landing in the middle of a huge storm (that mysteriously disappeared the moment the wheels touched down), I find myself wondering: is it time? It is time for me to let go of the familiar, no matter how welcoming or inviting it has been for me in the past? For me the message is clear: I can let go, or I can watch it shake and tremble and remove itself from my grip!

And I also wonder: what am I holding on to that no longer serves me? What do I have my fingers wrapped around – perhaps even the death-grip of habit or fear – that I may not yet have noticed and once observed, may lead me to discover that I know even less HOW to let go of?

It took courage for both Noreen and Dominique to do what they did. What did they have to let go of in order to be able to manifest those events on their holodeck? And in that letting go, what did they discover about themselves that paved the way for others to also discover about themselves?

For me, this is ‘leadership’. It is the leadership of women…the kind of experience where ‘leadership’ is a result (it’s a noun and not a verb); the kind of intention fulfillment that comes from being true to yourself and engaging only because it holds deep, personal meaning for you. I believe that when we find the courage within ourselves to live this way, magic happens! And the world opens to new possibilities.

This notion of emerging expressions of women that create ‘ leadership’ as a result is something to pay attention to. Women are losing interest in ‘doing ‘leadership the way men have done it – not because there’s anything wrong or bad with men but because our current interpretation of leadership is killing us. Women know it and they are refusing to play.

We need a new game. We need new players. And perhaps more than anything, we need a new reason to want to play. If we don’t find it, define it, design it and engage, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and get more of what we’ve got.

Breathing is good…..


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