Voices of Our Future Application: Week Four

World Pulse Vision Mentor Methodology and The Divine Feminine

In Week Four, we will share with you the World Pulse Vision Mentor Methodology and excerpts from “Returning to My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine” by Gail Straub, co-founder of the Empowerment Institute. You will learn about our unique methodology for supporting change leaders, and ways you can take back your feminine power.

Week 4 Learning Outcomes and Reading Material

During this week, you will be introduced to:

Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week Four Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions to the left.

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Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Week Four Assignment

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where should I post my article?
In your personal journal on World Pulse. Do not post your final assignment in the Voices of Our Future Group journal. This Group is reserved for updates, discussions and questions.

2. When is the assignment due?
The assignments are due on: April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 by 11:55pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or GMT-7.
You can check what time this is in your local timezone at this link: Time Zone Converter

3. What should I title my assignment?
You can title your assignment anything you want, however you must tag your assignment correctly. Each weekly assignment has specific instruction on how to tag.

4. Can I write my story in my native language?
At this time we ask that you submit your assignment in English. However, you can use the Google Translation tool, which is at the very top of this page, to help. Click on the "Translate page" tab to find your language. But remember, this is not a perfect tool and there may be mistakes.

5. How will I know if my assignment is 500 words or less?
Word Count Tool is a simple and quick online tool to find your word count. Simply copy and paste your article in the form and click on the Submit button. Your word count will appear under the form.

If you are using Microsoft Word, select the text of your article. Click on Tools in the top menu. Select Word Count from the drop down menu.

6. Who will be reading my assignment?
World Pulse has gathered together an international panel of Listeners, composed of World Pulse staff, community and volunteers. This panel will be reviewing your assignments based on the criteria listed on the Applicants Group page.

You are encouraged to meet the Listeners by visiting their group here. Although this group is closed to non-Listeners, you will be able to friend Listeners and stay informed of what is happening "behind the scenes."

7. I still have a question. What do I do?
We encourage you to post your question to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group, so that all applicants may benefit from your inquiry. We will answer it as fast as we can.

Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)

We Believe Women Will Transform The World-- But first, we must transform ourselves.

All of us face hurdles in finding time for ourselves, engaging in the activities we find fulfilling, and having the courage to go after our dreams. For grassroots women leaders who are often living in the very situations we seek to change, these challenges are magnified. We fill our days struggling for the rights of women and men in our communities, but rarely do we have someone to support us, to share the burden and cheer us on.

By applying for Voices of Our Future and signing up for our online community, you have decided to join an outspoken community for change. But how do you go about achieving your dreams, taking care of yourself, and beginning or continuing your work as an empowered change leader?

World Pulse believes that having someone to support you is key to achieving your potential. Each woman who participates in the five-month training program will be paired with a personal Vision Mentor. We will select 30 outstanding professional women with experience in mentoring and coaching with a global lens, who will help provide the support and care that change leaders often give their communities, but lack themselves. Vision Mentors can act as another pair of ears to listen to our worries, our ideas, and help us clarify our visions and take action.

Although we wish we could pair every woman who applies to this program with a Vision Mentor, we are thrilled to provide you with a short introduction to our Vision Mentor framework. If you would like to find someone to help support you on your journey, we suggest you check out the Mentorship and Training section of our Resource Exchange.

Vision Mentor: Witness, Listener, Catalyst Nurturer

In listening to these deep challenges that grassroots women face, World Pulse has created a network of Vision Mentors to champion, nurture, catalyze, challenge and support our Correspondents throughout the program. We are redefining the traditional notion of mentoring as “power bestowed” to “power from within.”

What do we mean by this? Mentoring has often been thought of as a one-way street, with the mentor “bestowing” or giving their knowledge, skills and experience to their mentee. We believe this traditional view is too hierarchical and does not recognize that each of us has what it takes to achieve our dreams within us; and that mentors benefit from the learning and experience of their mentees as well. Therefore, we are piloting a model of mentoring that is focused on creating a transformational partnership that will support each Correspondent in vocalizing and activating her vision for change. Our four principals for transformational partnership are: Witnessing, Listening, Catalyzing and Nurturing.

As Witnesses, Vision Mentors:

  • Contract with their Correspondent as a skillful expert and open learner committed to clear, reciprocal benefits of a mutually fulfilling partnership.
  • Witness and reflect their Correspondent’s life story, her wisdom, imagination and gifts that will build her confidence as an “author” of her own voice.
  • Act as a “vision keeper.” Whatever the circumstances and context that may arise, ensure consistency and presence as a partner in helping their Correspondent realize her vision.

As a Listener, Vision Mentors:

  • Provide deep support to their Correspondent to stay safe, overcome personal barriers and complete the program.
  • Listen for their Correspondent’s unique voice and inquire about what is unsaid--what may be silenced or hidden.
  • Be a guardian of the Correspondent’s truths as a non-judgmental listener.

As a Catalyst, Vision Mentors:

  • Balance accountability, support and challenge, staying focused but being flexible to realities of each Correspondent.
  • Ensure their Correspondent initiates, asks for and seeks external resources, community and connection to achieve her vision.
  • Crystallize the key learnings of the Voices of Our Future program while sustaining a long term view of Correspondent’s personal and professional vision.

As a Nurturer, Vision Mentors:

  • Nurture the Correspondent and her vision across cultures, generations and differences through empathy, deep rapport, compassion, humility and a spirit of mutual discovery.
  • Support the Correspondent’s self-care practices to balance social activism with reflection, health and resiliency as an inspiration and role model to her family and community.

Week 4 Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week Four Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)

Gail Straub, co-founder of the Empowerment Institute and a key Voices of Our Future program partner in 2009 and 2010, recently wrote her memoir, My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine. Many women have found it inspiring, from our Voices of Our Future Applicants, to the staff at World Pulse. We hope that the excerpts we’ve provided here touch your hearts and encourage you to take back the power of your own wisdom!

The Five Most Common Ways a Woman Loses Her Innate Female Wisdom

  1. Closing her heart and running away from her emotions. Often, a influential event forces a woman to stop expressing her feelings, stop trusting her intuition, or shut the door on her inner life altogether. This catalyst could be rape or incest, illness, divorce or marriage, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, or any loss.
  2. Losing connection with her physical body as well as the body of the earth. In today’s age of information and uniformity, most people live mostly in their heads, preferring the tidy logical mind over the messy body. We also spend most of our time inside buildings or cars. A woman who lives this way is routinely disconnected from her sensuality, her instincts, and the wondrous, nourishing natural world.
  3. Addiction to doing. Driven by the benchmarks of our dominant culture, a woman can easily betray her sacred feminine in her quest to be productive, accomplished, and successful. Every woman deserves to find fulfilling work. Workaholism, however, is one of the most subversive enemies of a fruitful inner life.
  4. Abandoning her interior life. Relentless busyness and speed leave no time for contemplation. A woman needs silence and solitude, restful periods of slowing down, and open space for spiritual inquiry to cultivate her profound inner wisdom.
  5. Not standing up for her true self. In the workplace and in her intimate relationships with men, a woman is frequently misled, bullied, or seduced into dismissing her emotional intelligence and intuition. Striving to be rational, linear, and concrete—to think like a man—is a very effective way to crush the wisdom of the feminine.

***
Inspired by Returning to My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine by Gail Straub (High Point; October 2008; ISBN: 978-0-9630347-5-1; distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing).

Week 4 Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week Four Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool
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I'm Standing in the Wake of your Power!

by Jade Frank

When I first joined PulseWire, three years ago, I was the 658th member to sign up. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a powerful journey for me that has directed my life on a new path, ignited friendships across the world from Kathmandu, Nepal to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and lifted me in ways I thought not possible.

At first I was very intimidated by PulseWire and the idea of raising my voice in this community of such amazing women. I began devouring the journal entries of women from around the world who had such interesting, empowering, tragic, and inspiring stories to tell. How could little ol’ me, a young woman from Alaska who hasn’t done much yet in her life and hasn’t experienced true hardship, relate to these women?

Read Jade's full story

Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Week Four Assignment

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Seven Practices for Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine

    1. Face your fear. Home to emotions, intuition, passion, and spirituality, the deep, mysterious feminine can be a terrifying place. Confront your fear of being irrational, unproductive, or out of control, of your own body, and of death. Only then can you begin to fully explore and truly feel your innate feminine power.

    2. Create the trinity of home, roots, and community. To flourish, female wisdom needs a room of its own, a firm sense of place, and an extended, supportive family.

    3. Cultivate a sacred quartet. Silence, Simplicity, Solitude, and Slowness are all vital to sustaining a rich interior life. Develop this quartet through contemplative practices, whether meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, or listening to classical music.

    4. Take time to honor your body, your senses, and the natural world. Commit to balancing the rational wisdom of your head with the instinctual wisdom of your body and the earth. Place a priority on restful sleep and sensual pleasures. Take a walk. Plant a garden. Regularly just be outdoors.

    5. Engage in creative arts. Do something every day to strengthen your imagination and your intuitive right brain. Write, draw, dance, sing, sculpt, or play an instrument.

    6. Create your own women’s support group. Reach out to and forge connections with other women—family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and strangers. Surround yourself with women’s stories, women’s experiences, women’s struggles, and women’s triumphs. Learn from women’s wisdom. (On our online community!)

    7. Embrace the other. Feminine wisdom celebrates inclusiveness and paradoxes. Welcome a diversity of people into your inner life. Stay open to experiences and lifestyles, ethnic and faith traditions, social and political perspectives that contrast with and challenge your own.

    ***
    Inspired by Returning to My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine by Gail Straub (High Point; October 2008; ISBN: 978-0-9630347-5-1; distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing).

    Week 4 Classroom Navigation

    Week 4 Learning Materials
    Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
    Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
    Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

    Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week Four Assignment

    Helpful Links
    Applicant Group Page
    Listeners Group Page
    Helpful Tools
    Time and Date Converter
    Word Count Tool
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What Brought Me to World Pulse

by Janice Wong

Approximately five years ago, I sat down in a hotel lobby with an intriguing woman who was introduced to me through a mutual friend. This woman had the idea of publishing a magazine that would focus on global issues from a woman’s perspective and provide solutions-based editorial to empower women worldwide. I understood immediately the need for such a magazine and was so captivated by the vision of this woman that I volunteered my services as a consultant.

That woman was the World Pulse Founder, Jensine, who today inspires women from all corners of the globe to stand up and let their voices ring out. Upon relocating to Portland, I renewed contact with Jensine and joined the organization as the Online Community Director, fulfilling a dream to give voice to the silent, lend support to those who feel as if their voice has no significance, and to contribute positively to improving the lives of all – men, women and children.

Read Janice's full story

Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Week Four Assignment

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Week Four Assignment

Assignment

Write a 700 word article that describes:

  • What is your personal vision for your life, your community and/or the world?
  • Why do you want to be a Voices of Our Correspondent and how will this help you
    achieve your vision?

Instructions

  • Your article should be 700 words or fewer.
  • Post your article in your personal journal on World Pulse by April 29th, 2013 at
    11:55pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).* To do this, go to your Journal (if you are not already logged in you will be directed to do so). On the right hand side of the page, there will be an orange button that says "Post to Your Journal". Once you click on this button, you will be able to post your assignment.
  • You may put any title you want on your journal entry, but it MUST be tagged with
    the following (you can cut and paste the text that follows): 2013 VOF Week 4
  • If you would like tips on how to tag, click here!

  • Get to know your fellow Voices of Our Future applicants on World Pulse online community: visit their profiles, comment on their journal entries, add them as your friends, and explore our online community!

Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions in the sidebar to the left.

Week 4 Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week Four Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool
Sidebar Body: 

Week 4 Classroom Navigation

Week 4 Learning Materials
Vision Mentor Framework (1/3)
Losing Innate Female Wisdom (2/3)
Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (3/3)

Once you are done with the 3 readings, access Week Four Assignment

Helpful Links

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Helpful Tools

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where should I post my article?
In your personal journal on PulseWire. Do not post your final assignment in the Voices of Our Future Group journal. This Group is reserved for updates, discussions and questions.

2. When is the assignment due?
The assignments are due on: April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 by 11:55pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or GMT-7.
You can check what time this is in your local timezone at this link: Time Zone Converter

3. What should I title my assignment?
You can title your assignment anything you want, however you must tag your assignment correctly. Each weekly assignment has specific instruction on how to tag.

4. Can I write my story in my native language?
At this time we as that you submit your assignment in English. However, you can use the Google Translation tool, which is at the very top of this page, to help. Click on the "Translate page" tab to find your language. But remember, this is not a perfect tool and there may be mistakes.

5. How will I know if my assignment is 700 words or less?
Word Count Tool is a simple and quick online tool to find your word count. Simply copy and paste your article in the form and click on the Submit button. Your word count will appear under the form.

If you are using Microsoft Word, select the text of your article. Click on Tools in the top menu. Select Word Count from the drop down menu.

6. Who will be reading my assignment?
World Pulse has gathered together an international panel of Listeners, composed of World Pulse staff, community members and volunteers. This panel will be reviewing your assignments based on the criteria listed on the Applicants Group page.

You are encouraged to meet the Listeners by visiting their group here. Although this group is closed to non-Listeners, you will be able to friend Listeners and stay informed of what is happening "behind the scenes."

7. I still have a question. What do I do?
We encourage you to post your question to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group, so that all applicants may benefit from your inquiry. We will answer it as fast as we can.