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On Her Way

“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” --Arundhati Roy

Ten years ago I walked into a domestic violence shelter with my five kids, terrified and numb at the same time. I was welcomed by a Catholic nun and part of me worried that I was going to be “returned” to my husband. You see, when I left my husband I was not only leaving him, but a powerful and influential church. Although at my core I believed I was doing the right thing, in many ways my image of God was still that of a white man who was going to punish me for my sin.

Yet, despite that, I felt Spirit with me. I started to heal as I was welcomed by these nuns who didn’t judge me, who clearly believed in a different image of spirituality. My journey since then has been a winding one, but throughout it all my deep faith and connection to Spirit carried me. As I healed I began to understand how patriarchy at its roots stems from a view of God as male--an oppressive and wounded male. I began to connect more deeply with my intuition, and with the Divine feminine. This shaped my belief that our world will only truly heal when the divine feminine is welcomed back. I understood that the wounds of women mirror the wounds of our planet. Mother earth, too, has been raped, and her wisdom ignored and dismissed.

My world vision is one where those qualities of the feminine are nurtured and valued in both women and men. Where global decisions are made from a place of openness, and unity, and where the Goddess is embraced. We are being called, each in our own way, to birth this new world and I believe this begins with birthing it within. My personal vision is to help other women heal the various ways that they might be dismissing, or shaming, their own sacred feminine so they can shine and be the full expression of who Spirit made them to be. I do this through the individual therapy work I do; through the meditation classes I lead; and through the healing grief rituals I facilitate which help women to come together and grieve. I also continue to grow in trust of my ability to use my writing to bring hope, awareness and healing. World Pulse has helped me clarify my vision of creating an online forum to “gather the women,” creating a critical mass of us who can continue to heal ourselves and the world. I envision this online forum to include photography and film as a way of expressing our truths and healing our community.

It struck me recently that I am pregnant again, not with another child, but with this vision. If I am chosen to be one of the Voices of our Future Correspondents I will use the training process to help me birth this online forum for the women in my community. I see the vision mentors as gentle and powerful midwives for this birth, helping me to both push forward and surrender to spirit, to open to the world and contract and connect with my inner wisdom. I also know that they will help me learn new skills that will help me be a more effective leader.

I would rejoice at being chosen as one of the thirty correspondents, seeing it not only as an honor, but a great responsibility to use this experience for inner and outer transformation. I also recognize as I’ve read the other women’s stories that we are all pregnant with beautiful and powerful change. And that whoever among us are chosen as the thirty, it will be a cause for celebration for them, and for us all.

I’ve been inspired and humbled by the strength and resilience we’ve all shown despite the pain so many of us have witnessed and experienced. I trust that as we keep walking in courage and love, Spirit will show me--all of us--the way to shine our light and to welcome this new world that is on her way.

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Maggs's picture

There's a lot of pregnant

There's a lot of pregnant ladies on this forum and I can't wait for the babies to be born! Good luck!

maggs

soulhavenlisa's picture

Thanks

Thanks Maggs. I agree. There will be many beautiful babies out there. Much luck and many blessings to you too.
Lisa

mamalaw's picture

Worlds apart yet so similar!

I just read your intro and the 4th entry; you are a survivor in every sense of the word. Our 'pregnancies' will most definitely birth true movements of change for many women.

I am proud to have you as a sister survivor!

soulhavenlisa's picture

Thanks

Yes, we are all soul sisters. Thank you for reading my posts and for your lovely words.
Much love,
Lisa

rozjean's picture

Nurturing the feminine

You are a very courageous woman to transform your life from the moment you walked into that women's shelter. How wise to realize that the qualities "of the feminine" need to be "nurtured and valued in both women and men." In that way we can come together, forming consensus as humankind.
Warm wishes,
rozjean

soulhavenlisa's picture

Thank you

Thanks for reaching out. I am so grateful I took the steps forward to transformation. And the feminine is so needed to be nurtured in women and men. Keep on shining your light.

Blessings,
Lisa

Stella Paul's picture

Creating it

Hmm...earlier you were the deliverer. Now, you will be the creator. And what more, whatever you create, your five children will be the beneficiaries of that too. Isn't it wonderful? Wishing you success and luck. xo xo

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

soulhavenlisa's picture

Thanks

Yes, that's cool. Deliverer and creator. Thanks for the good wishes. Blessings and luck to you too. I know you will continue trailblazing.

Love and light,
Lisa

joyacomeaux's picture

All about the Goddess!

Hi Lisa,

What a story... thank you for sharing.

I also left an abusive relationship, and it takes courage.

But following spirit has gotten me where I am today.

Some think I am a little out there from following the Goddess, but I am totally surrendered to her.

There is a world beyond this, and for me, I believe that she is guiding us into our next step for humanity.

love,
joya

soulhavenlisa's picture

Great!

How cool! I love that you are also connecting to the Goddess. Thanks for sharing and for reaching out. And yes I agree that She is guiding all of us. Many blessings on your journey.

Love and light,
Lisa

MaDube's picture

:-)

I like the words 'pregnant with beautiful and powerful change.' Indeed we all are. My real hope is that with or without being chosen to be correspondents we will all give birth to full term, healthy babies. This process has been so inspiring. Being chosen is just icing on the cake but not being chosen should not let us abort our visions either. Thanks Lisa for you story.

soulhavenlisa's picture

Thanks!

Thanks MaDube for your comments. I love what you said about not aborting our visions. Many blessings on your path!

Lisa

Ruth Beedle's picture

Thank you for your remarkable

Thank you for your remarkable story of journey through hell towards heaven and your vision of bringing a parade of women right along with you. I love your imagery and your dream and your courage and your voice. Keep sharing it, please!

soulhavenlisa's picture

Thanks!

Thanks Ruth for your loving and encouraging words. They mean a lot. And I love your nickname/spiritual name, Ruthie B in Love. It lifts my spirits just reading it.

Much love,
Lisa

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