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We Rise Together in Love

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Finding our way home

I have been to some pretty dark depths during my life, and like many of us today found myself within the alchemy of depression. One of the elements which has assisted every time is the community I have been living in.

Without trying to “fix” me or “heal” me, I have been held lovingly by those surrounding me, nourished by their presence. When I was living in Australia I became part of a movement called the Red Tent, and started going to women’s circles every month. Initially I was very nervous, and was stuttering as I spoke. I was so shy, afraid to say what was really going on in my heart. Over time I became more relaxed, and by listening to the stories of the other women I found mutual understanding and resonance. The circle around me would reflect back to me exactly what it was I needed to hear. I found support and healing that I didn’t even know I needed before. My heart opened and my mind could relax. I felt like I’d found my way home – sitting in circle is like sitting within a womb of wisdom. I remembered how magnificent and unique we are, and also how similar we are too. We talked of sex and menstruation, topics I’d not often discussed openly before. It was so liberating – and educational! It expanded my perception and supported me deeply through my darkest moments.

“The world will be saved by the western women”

the Dalai Lama

We are so much stronger together than we are apart

When I moved to New Zealand I was unable to find a local women’s group and began to miss this monthly connection I’d had with my sisters in Australia. I asked my local yoga teacher if she would open her studio once a month for a women’s circle and she said yes. Suddenly I was running my own women’s group – and was transported to a new level of nervousness! By facing my fear of speaking in front of a group and with my determination to create support and connection I’d manifested something magnificent in my own town. Women came every month and enjoyed it so much, that next month they’d bring their friends along. The circle grew bigger and bigger. A strong sisterhood was formed, and the web was growing. I also started a monthly circle with a male friend of mine, opening a sharing space for men and women. This enabled me to heal deep wounds and trust issues I had with the masculine, by seeing them in circle I realised that we are the same too, they my reflections – although in different bodies we still experience the same emotions, still have the same fears, tears and joy.

Photo by YoniHeart

Weaving the web

A good way for us to keep in contact between circles was to create an online Facebook group. At the time, I created the group to connect the women from circle together and to update them of the upcoming circle’s venue and time. I named the group Sisterhood. As the monthly circles expanded so did the online hub, we began sharing our stories in the newsfeed and I am still inspired daily by the wisdom and ideas shared. The group now has over 800 members from all over the world. We share amazing events, inspirations and love. It is such a blessing to be part of such a large online community of like minded women.

 

Return to the nest

Since moving back to the UK at the end of last year I have started hosting circles in my living room with the women I live with. The ideas keep coming and next week we are organising a Wild Women Walk, and possibly a women’s pilgrimage to Ireland later this year! The possibilities feel endless, and they are constantly evolving and growing. When we gather together in groups, be it spiritual, virtual, or interest based, we create something quite magical. We create connection and heart-felt support, we feel we are part of something; we remember we are not alone. Being part of a group of like-minded souls helped me to remember who I really am. I have been held in all my shadows, in all my fears. It has helped me to accept all these parts of myself, by seeing them illuminated in another. It has dissolved the barriers around my heart, blown down the walls of separation, and I now feel connected to every being on this planet.

A word that resonates to finish this article is In Lak’ech, which is a Mayan precept meaning “you are my other me.” May we continue to inspire, encourage and empower each other to be all the magnificence that we are. May we build each other up, not pull each other down. May we chose love, not fear.

May we rise together in love.

– YoniHeart

 

 

 

 

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