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I see the world as I am.

I learned of World Pulse in 2010 when I was participating in The Inspiring Women’s Summit online. Jensine Larsen, the founder of World Pulse, was a speaker for The Summit and shared her story of beginning World Pulse. I was deeply moved by her story and felt overwhelmed with gratitude imagining the possibilities for local, national, and global transformation offered through World Pulse.

As excited as I was imagining the transformation that World Pulse offered our broader communities, I was not prepared for the journey of internal healing and transformation World Pulse offered me.

There is such wisdom in the quote, "We see the world, not as it is, but as we are─or, as we are conditioned to see it.” by Stephen R. Covey. I have not always seen the truth that women were ‘the answer.’ As a matter a fact, I’m certain I believed the exact opposite. I was not drawn to World Pulse out of an unshakable longing to connect to my sisters, but an unshakable fear. Yes, a fear of connecting with women or more accurately breaking the silence and connecting with my feminine self.

Those who have known me my whole life would never accuse me of even being quiet, much less silent. I have always known my voice and used it fiercely. It served me well to fit into the ‘good old boys club.’ I served in the United States Marine Corps for ten years and excelled at leadership.

During my life I internalized a masculine way of power and leadership. I believed I could be powerful despite being a woman! What I was not aware of and did not acknowledge is that I was powerful BECAUSE I was a woman! I was conditioned to deny my worth AS a woman. My conditioning started way before I joined he Marine Corps. I saw the world as I was conditioned to see it. It took conditioning to see it differently. I am grateful to World Pulse for being a part of my awakening.

We, as women, need World Pulse to unlearn our conditioning. We cannot teach what we do not know ourselves. We cannot be taught our feminine power and worth by men. Our work is not to convince men we are the answer, but knowing it ourselves, supporting each other in standing in our power and breaking our silence.

Tomorrow I will get on a plane to Washington, DC and join my fellow sisters, veterans of the United States Armed Forces, at Truth and Justice: The 2013 Summit on Military Sexual Violence. It’s estimated that a third of female veterans report having been sexually assaulted or raped while in the military, while 70 percent to 90 percent report having been sexually harassed. I am one of them.

If it wasn’t for World Pulse I wouldn’t be getting on that plane. Thank you, Sisters!

Comments

It is a fast paced World and time we get so absorbed in day to day that it is impossible to imagine what our fellow sisters from across the globe go through. My best part of this week has been reading the personal stories of Future Voices participants.Taking a moments to feel them, reading you story now I cannot stop thinking of what women in Military go through , what their best moment and tough moments. I am thinking of all the Military Movies I have watched and books and wondering why I never though of women In Military...

Thanks Jennifer.

Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you, Sister!

Thank yo so much for you thoughtful support. It is amazing how media limits the visibility of women in general and especially women veterans of the armed services. Although media coverage on women veterans has increased recently in the United States it is often not from an objective, favorable, or empowered perspective. World Pulse is so important to provide us with the ability to connect as women and authentically tell our stories to each other. Thank you, Sister, again for your supportive words.

In partnership,

Jennifer

Jennifer

"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

Precious M's picture

I admire your passion

Dear sister,

Get on that plane and make a difference for sisters in the military. Your efforts will not be in vain!

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Thank you for your comment. It was a powerful experience to walk the halls of the US Congress in support of so many men in women in uniform. I felt your support--truly!

In partnership,

Jennifer

Jennifer

"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

Gloriabit's picture

This the time

hey girl, we are bind you!!!!

Jennifer Brier's picture

Virtual High Five!

Thanks for the virtual 'high five'-amazing how powerful the words you chose to use--"I'm behind you!" I sincerely thought of them when I was lobbying with my sisters. There is such tremendous power in knowing that women 'have your back!" A feeling that World Pulse multiplies across the globe.

In partnership,

Jennifer

"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

Hesychia's picture

Let the unlearning begin!

Jennifer ~
Your courage and self-awareness are amazing! You have 'made it' in the very male military world and now bring that and the full power of being a woman together. An incredible story!
All the best & godspeed with your new journey!
Hesychia

Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you!

Thank you Hesychia!

Thank you for hearing me. The journey of confronting, healing, and transforming deeply rooted patriarchal views is a daunting experience for us all. Confronting these internalized messages is essential to our success as women leaders. A powerful message I heard during a Feminine Power workshop was, "We cannot become ourselves, by ourselves." Thank you for assisting me in fully 'becoming myself' a lttle more! ....P.S. Your name is beautiful!

In partnership,

Jennifer

"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

awinkie's picture

WOW

This post is incredibly powerful and personal. Than you so much for sharing your story! You are such an inspiration for getting on that plane.

One of my favorite quotes of yours is
"During my life I internalized a masculine way of power and leadership. I believed I could be powerful despite being a woman! What I was not aware of and did not acknowledge is that I was powerful BECAUSE I was a woman!"

So very true!! It has taken me some time to realize this as well. If only every women in the world knew this.

courtmiller03's picture

Reclaim Your Power as a Woman

Thank you for your piece. Your honesty about conditioning yourself to be more masculine as a way to claim power and your bravery to get on that plane and share your story has truly moved me. You are part of a community now that supports you and your goal to reclaim your power as a woman. May you gain the strength and encouragement you need to continue doing your good work.

I live in DC, so if you need anything please let me know.

Best,

Courtney Michelle Miller
Digital Communications Strategist and Multimedia Producer
http://courtneymichellemiller.org

Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you for your supportive

Thank you for your supportive comments. I am proud to report that I navigated DC like a champ-even took the metro. I really enjoyed the opportunity to represent veterans and lobby for change.

I checked out your website and LOVED your work! I look forward to seeing more work from you!

Jennifer

"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

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