As we step forward into our gifts, our offerings and our full radiance as women, how do we take a stand against the predominant paradigm of competition and into the true feminine way of inclusion, celebration and collaboration?
This has been a question I have been asking myself as I step forward as a teacher and a professional.
In a day and age where most want to lead and even those who follow, follow in order to one day lead, how do we take the time to truly honor the influence we inevitably have on one another through humility and patience? A Taoist proverb states that in order to lead, one must know how to follow, for it is in following that we gain the wisdom to lead.
In these times where so much influence is shared, where we are learning to trust that there is enough space for everyone to shine and enough to go around in general, I find it of utmost importance that we learn to truly honor one another; to know what is ours through hard work, diligent studies and practiced experience, and what is another’s without comparing a rose to a lily and with self-honesty.
I have noticed a fear of scarcity, that if we share openly with one another, our gifts will be taken or abused. On one hand this is unfortunately inevitable, on the other hand we live only at half of our capacity if we let fear stop us from shining our brightest.
I also witness a dimming of the light to protect the egos of others, or on the other side of the coin, attempting to shine brighter and be better than the other.
WE ARE ALL UNIQUE.
WE ALL CONTAIN IRREPLACEABLE MEDICINE FOR THIS WORLD.
WE ARE ALL HERE TO OFFER THE RADIANT GIFT OF OUR ESSENCE AND TO LIBERATE THAT WHICH STANDS IN THE WAY OF THIS OFFERING.
This is a call to TRUST! To move beyond our conditioning and into a place of celebration rather than comparison, of collaboration rather than competition. A call to realize that the beauty we see in others is oftentimes a reflection of our own.
So how can we support one another on this journey of true and sincere sisterhood in the time of feminine empowerment?
How can we lead when it is our time to lead, and follow when it is our time to allow another to shine?
How can we honor the inevitable influence we all have on one another and credit the sources of our influence with humility if we borrow? To allow unconditional generosity and trust if we give with the realization that nothing truly belongs to us, especially in the realms of communing with the mystery.
I see us all trademarking sections of the mystery, selling a way into something eternal that simply belongs to NO ONE and is so far beyond compartmentalization.
I honor the unique pathways, I honor the wisdom of those who have found the way and the teachings they hold. Yet let us remember, this does not belong to us, but is a source that becomes so much greater when we share it! Let us not take it so personally but as a great lila, a divine play of which we all have a part!
So let us celebrate the unique bridge each of us is into the mystery! Let us collaborate in our mutual adoration of the mystery!
Let us soften our patriarchal conditioning to out-shine or make small those who would be our allies on a parallel path because I truly believe there IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR US ALL TO BE IN OUR FULL RADIANCE, and in the mystery, there is truly enough to go around.
So shine my beautiful sisters, and walk the beauty way with honor and love, recognizing that we are all walking one another home, influencing one another and inspiring one another to lift off into the realm of the eternal!
This has been my inspiration in creating the Temple Arts Collective. To create a platform where we can share in our mutual love of the mystery and our mutual study and offerings of the Temple Arts creating a web of strength rather than separate moving parts. Where leaders can lead and be honored for their wisdom, where followers can follow and be honored for their learning, where leaders can continue to follow and contribute to their wisdom as lifelong students of the mystery, and followers can step into their leadership as they claim the path they have walked in Devotion.
I SEE YOU
I HONOR YOU
I ADORE YOU
In love and devotion,
Photo by my beloved sister Penny Dinn with one of my nearest and dearest, Schirin Chams-Diba, during her Solstice offering on Crete at our Path of the Mystica Retreat
Schirin Chams-Diba: https://www.schirinchamsdiba.com/
Penny Dinn: https://www.pennydinn.com/about/