I didn’t attend any of the Women’s Marches that took place around the world on Saturday. Since I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to view much of the coverage, I was going to wait until I’d had the chance to do so before giving my thoughts about the historic day.
But then here’s what happened: the one google search that I did showed a photo of Madonna, speaking about the day. I could look up the exact quote again, but it’s easy enough for anyone to find for themselves.
What’s not so easy? Digging through pages and pages of celebrity soundbites to get to the real story behind these marches. I knew I would do this eventually. It’s just that I didn’t yet have it in me to ruffle through the layers of surface depictions of women’s issues in order to find the depth of meaning inherent in this day of action.
But that’s when I realized that I didn’t have to see the coverage of these events to write about them. I am a woman. I live these marches every day. I’m also a writer, a creative sort who believes that our heartfelt intentions are made manifest in this world. So, I decided to make my own set of soundbites about my hopes for the women and men of Mother Earth.
Here are my intentions for a world I’d like to see.
“Women’s natural gifts of intuition & cooperation are elevated to the status they deserve.”
There’s as much rationality in intuition as there is in cold, hard facts. The feminine and masculine viewpoints of the world are meant to work in cooperation with each other, not in competition. When women’s gifts are dismissed as crazy, irrational, and unverifiable, this often stops justice and progress in their tracks because we miss key pointers to the problems that exist.
When I was a young woman, I remember watching a film about Florence Nightingale, who was instrumental in bringing basic hygiene into field hospitals for the war wounded. Nowadays we think of her as the mother of the modern day nursing practice, but when she actually tried presenting a case for cleanliness in medical settings, she was laughed at, humiliated, and ostracized by the existing medical community. She’s now famous for her work during the Crimean War in Turkey, in which she organized nursing teams that dropped the mortality rate from 40 to 2 percent1. Yet before this amazing success, she spent years struggling for acceptance of her practices, butting heads with men and women alike.
Scientific research later backed up her intuitive contention that sanitation is the backbone to stopping infectious disease. Nightingale used a kind of experiential intuition, based on seeing patterns of healing in cleaner environments. One hundred and sixty years later, women are still struggling to have our gifts taken seriously, and our way of thinking considered valid.
My hope for the world is that both the “rational” and the “knowing” mind are given equal consideration, with both working in cooperation with each other.
“Communities support women who open up about tough issues, rather than ostracizing them.”
In the award-winning women’s suffragist film Iron Jawed Angels, mental health evaluator Dr. William White stands up for Alice Paul with this all-too-common truth:
“In…. women courage is often mistaken as insanity.”
When a woman opens up about her experiences or viewpoints on a situation, I’d like to see our default reaction be to support her and take her seriously. This doesn’t mean blindly believing her. Instead it means not being blinded by society’s labels about women.
Taking a day of solidarity and translating it into everyday unity is vital. Too many times I’ve seen women shut down and called unstable, paranoid, or deserving of poor treatment when they reveal their innermost fears, concerns, problems, and intuitive insights into issues affecting our everyday worlds.
When we take small actions everyday to show respect for women as whole individuals, we’ll have a much greater respect for people like single moms who stick it out every day for their children, victims of sexual assault struggling to heal, those fighting for justice for the Voiceless, and the billions of women who are the glue holding their families together.
My hope for the world is that women and men in communities come together more and more to support each other through tough issues.
“Divine Governance replaces rule by a few.”
What does this mean exactly? It means we put the heart back into our laws and regulations. It means rule by common sense. It does not mean making any one person or group of people in our government either our heroes or our fall-guys and gals. Instead, we become our own heroes, and structure our civilization on the Rock of Divine Wisdom inherent in the human experience that is guided by our Creator.
One of the thousands of modern-day examples of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine “governing” together in the real world is Project Search for Hope, founded by Pam Coronado. The organization combines intuitive investigation with factual-based law enforcement practices to help families of missing persons find hope when their resources run out.
Another example of cooperation between the Divine aspects of humanity is the Standing Rock Movement aimed at halting construction of oil pipelines on sacred Indigenous Lands. It combines the leadership strengths of women and men in a movement that’s now spread across the country. They also embrace “the other side”, reminding law enforcement officers that they’re fighting for their water too, since a pipeline spill could pollute water for millions of residents along the Missouri River.
Divine Governance also recognizes that the strengths of each gender can be interchangeable. The idea isn’t to pigeonhole anyone into a category, but to give equal footing to everyone’s positive strengths.
Finally, I’d like to say that I’m proud that so many women turned out for these marches: Women’s March on Washington: Full List of Cities & States Participating Today. Women rising IS humanity rising, because we are the keepers of the heart, of Love, and of the connections that hold communities and families together. For all who walked on Saturday, thank you.
1Garrison, Fielding. An introduction to the history of medicine. 4th ed. (Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders, Co., 1929), 772.