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With the faith of a child

When I was in 5th Grade my class took a field trip to the United Nations. During this trip I experienced one of my first ‘peak moments’ in life. You know-one of those experiences that you know full well Spirit is grabbing your attention and showing you something very important.

I walked into an entry way and looked up at a mosaic based on a painting from an American artist, Norman Rockwell called the Golden Rule. Rockwell wanted to illustrate how the Golden Rule was a common theme of all the major religions of the world, and depicted people of every race, creed and color with dignity and respect. The mosaic contains the inscription "Do unto Others as You Would Have Them Do unto You".

I didn’t understand my experience as a peak experience at that time, of course, since I was only nine years old. I just knew I really loved the picture in the entranceway, so much so that tears came to my eyes. I loved knowing there were so many different kinds of people in this world. It seemed like magic to me. I still, even as an adult have no words to capture this experience or even to fully comprehend its meaning in my life except to say that I know it was my feminine wisdom holding my attention so I could feel the powerful feeling of oneness. That same feeling it vividly present when I sit still and meditate on my vision and purpose for my life and my world.

When I first found World Pulse in 2010 I experienced such a mixture of hope, excitement and fear! World Pulse and the many leaders on its pages represented a very different style of leadership than what I had come to learn for myself. Every day I find more gems among these pages that support me in knowing there are ways of transforming myself and the world in a way more consistent with my truth.

Over the past several years I have challenged myself to lean into that discomfort, embrace the anticipation and reassure myself that I do not have to have all the answers. This week’s assignment reminds me how much I had allowed by connection to my innate feminine wisdom to rust. I have never lost it completely, but neglected it and did not value it. I have spent much of my time over the past two years scrubbing that connection clean and knowing that it is not about WHAT I am doing but rather HOW I am doing it. How I am being with what I am doing is most important.

It is not enough that women in our communities just step into the leadership roles without honoring that we are stepping into them as women fully conscious of that fact and making no apologies for expressing feminine values and power while standing for transformation in our communities that reflect our values.

It is often said that there is a ‘War on Women’ in America however it is much more accurate to state that there is a war on feminine expression of values, systems, and ways of being in this world. This includes women, of course, because we are the physical embodiment of femininity but the war and violence has not been limited to just women. The war in America and abroad is against all expressions of feminine power and values.

My journey in life has made it clear to me that my sacred purpose is to find balance within myself between the two very strong polarities of masculine and feminine ways of being in this world and especially as a transformational leader for my country and the world. I dream of supporting women not only in taking our rightful place in leadership but taking that place fully as women!

I am thankful for the progress that American woman have made over the past two decades. We are taking our places in many areas of leadership. Along with my awareness of this progress I feel fear that the women stepping into these roles may be experiencing the same disconnection from feminine power as I have experienced. My concern is that we are losing ourselves in the process. Having a woman who is disconnected from her feminine wisdom in a position of power will lead us into the same dark places we have found ourselves in when men are predominantly in these leadership roles. Bringing a different consciousness to leadership is what is necessary-not just a different gender.

When I am still, I know that my purpose is serving and leading with the faith of my 9 year old girl self looking at that mosaic in the United Nations.

Comments

EmmaKWin's picture

Jennifer, Thank you for

Jennifer,

Thank you for sharing your personal experience as a young girl. Your writing style is very powerful and you do a great job of connecting your personal experiences to broader political trends in your country and using them to identify problems you see with your world. I'd love to have read more specifics in this article, to see you identify the issues that really make you tick. What do you see happening in America that quashes your feminine power? What can we do to fix it? What is that "different consciousness" that must be brought to leadership to solve these problems? Of course, no one person can have all the answers (if they did, I'd want to meet that powerful individual!), but I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Best,
Emma

Jennifer Brier's picture

VERY helpful questions!

Thank you for your thoughtful questions. They were very helpful in assisting me to clarify my vision. I am working on future blog posts to explore these shifts in consciousness/leadership deeper.

In partnership,

Jennifer

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

It is so true what you stated that what we need is not just another gender on power but a feminie spirit.
Thank you for sharing your ideas and feeling here.
Sttay connected.
Ola

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you!

Thank you for the supportive comments!

Jennifer

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

This is inspiring. I agree with you that women fear to be seen as women when they are in positions of leadership. It is really hard to make a difference if you do not accept yourself and your difference and embrace it. We are women, we are beautiful and stronger than we dare imagine.

Thank you.

Catherine Sakala
Entomologist and Parasitologist- Zambia

Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you for your kind

Thank you for your kind feedback. Yes! It is so true that we are fearful to be seen AS women when we are in leadership positions. So many decades of conditioning telling us that feminine ways of being--women--are not ways of leading! This is what makes us emulate masculine ways of being! We are so stronger than we dare to imagine!!

Jennifer

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

kirantara's picture

Jennifer, Your story

Jennifer,

Your story resonates with me, 'big time'. I was an American child and I had those mysterious tearful moments too, most memorably whilst singing 'We shall overcome' in class at age 8 or so. I felt exactly what you felt. That's why I've chosen the work I do now.

Keep it up!

Kiran

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