GaiaNews

    Volume III, Issue 2
March 2003     
Celebrating Gaia
by Joan Cartwright

Gaia by Anthony Burks

The return of the power of Feminine Energy is clearly enhanced by the war efforts of the Bush Regime. Men, all over the world, must choose between life and death. Around the world, women are calling for Peace, Love and Humanity. During the first week of March, women on the Internet have challenged each other to "take a purposeful action to create positive change in our personal lives, in our relationships, in our local community or in the world. Every action, no matter how small, adds to the energetic wave of action being generated by women participating around the world!" 

Carol Hansen Grey of Women of Vision and Action celebrates "the coming together of women across the globe all with a common purpose -- to weave a peaceful, sustainable, balanced world that works for all."

One woman lamented "when I was very young, I used to stand on freeway bridges looking at the might of our empire cars, buildings etc. I always identified with the Roman women of old living in the center of the power protected, yet wishing I could extend a hand those outside who did not have that protection. Knowing that my privilege came from their deprivation."

My response is:

As Divine Beings, we choose our existence. We are Co-Creators with the Universe. Our privilege is dictated by the amount of abundance we accept in our lives. Those who live 'unprotected' are Spirits who've chosen that existence to learn certain lessons. Surely, there are people in the world who take advantage of the rights of others, but those 'victims' agreed to participate in that scenario. What we must do is visualize a peaceful world. Our thoughts are the power tools that generate what the world is to be.

CREATIVE VISUALIZATION, on the part of all Goddesses, is the only solution to any of Gaia's problems.

Reclaim your power to THINK THINGS INTO EXISTENCE. Use the tool with extreme caution. 

Always have LOVE at the CORE of your
thoughts.

Carol Hansen Grey lists COMMON THREADS TO CONNECT US ALL

  1. Our own woman's worth to the world, since women bring life forward, are in touch with the cycles of life and function in a context that is deeply relational. This realization is allowing women to risk leaving the safety of our comfortable conformities.

  2. We have the capacity to generate
    creative solutions that benefit all life on the planet, creating a rich exchange of cultural values to dissolve the ties that bind us to the illusion that one segment of our human family can win while another loses.

  3. Together we women are contributing
    to a new collective wisdom
    and we are lending our strength
    to that which we wish to embrace.
    From this emerging balance is being born a new dimension of our humanity.

Carol offers this visualization to connect you, and those who are gathering with you, to other gatherers around the world. Close your eyes.

Join us as we connect with women around the world on this unprecedented day in history, March 8, 2003. Take a few deep breaths and settle comfortably into the space you occupy. Feel the energy of the women who have joined us on this sacred day. Feel your connection to them, knowing they have heard the call and have responded.

Feel the energy of the women who have gone before us, our mothers, their mothers and grandmothers; feel the joy and recognition of these ancestors as we join together today to declare our intentions. Feel the energy of all the other women around the world, and those who, in years past, have gathered to celebrate this day. Imagine them all standing with us, today, as we stand together in a new way.

Visualize our beloved Mother Earth, Gaia, in all her glory-- this beautiful round planet, with her deep blues and greens, her majesty and beauty. Breathe deeply as you relax into the safety of this space and visualize enfolding our beautiful mother in your safety of your arms. Take in the wholeness of the planet without boundaries or borders. Breathe deeply, letting your breath infuse the planet with life sustaining love.

When you are ready, begin to connect with women around the world as we first focus on North America where many groups of women are coming together bringing their creativity and energy to this global gathering. In Canada, women are gathering in multiple locations in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. In the United States women are gathering in over 250 events in 40 states crisscrossing the country from Naples, Florida to Seattle, Washington; from Brunswick, Maine to Ventura, California. As we breathe in, let us feel our connection to all these women.

Now, let us gently shift our attention to Central and South America where we join our energy with our sisters who are gathering in Mexico and in Brazil. We energetically join them in their celebrations.

Now once again shifting our focus, let's travel to Nelson, New Zealand where women are gathering for a peace picnic and then on to Australia where women are engaging in ritual, ceremony and prayer in 12 different cities. Feel the power of connecting with these women.

Let's next join our energy with the women in Europe who are gathering in Ireland, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Feel the energy of our connectiveness expanding.

Now, moving our attention to the Middle East, we join the women who are gathering in interfaith groups from Israel and Palestine to uncover and explore their shared hopes for peace. Let us breathe in peace with them.

In Afghanistan, we join with the women attending a leadership and democracy training to learn the skills needed to rebuild their country. Let us honor their courage and determination as we hold them in our consciousness.

In the United Arab Emirates, we celebrate with the women who are coming together in music and song to weave a Middle Eastern Gather the Women tapestry out of their favorite cloths. Symbolically, the weaving our new world has begun as we energetically join in their creative endeavor. 

Now, turning our attention to Africa, we join with the voices of women in Banjul, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We feel the strength of these women as they come together in ritual and song and we connect with them now knowing that we share a common intention -- to create a peaceful, harmonious world where all life is held sacred.

Connecting with all these women now, let us breathe deeply and visualize each gathering as a bright point of light and feel the energy of that light spreading like a healing wave, blanketing the world in peace and love. Breathe in the beauty and power of this vision.

Bringing ourselves back to our own sacred space, we honor women from all walks of life knowing that as the seed bearers and the life givers, we all feel a deep sense of compassion for the fragility of life on our beloved planet; knowing that in our diversity there is strength; knowing that no matter our status, we are all connected by a golden thread that is woven through each feminine heart.

We gather today to join in the sharing of our songs, stories, music and creative energy.

We gather today to feel the sense of community that is created when women come together. 

We gather today in the strength of our diversity to stand in oneness with our sisters throughout the world. 

We gather today in the recognition that when one woman suffers, all women suffer.

We gather today knowing that this day marks a new beginning-- a moment in time when a profound shift has occurred on the planet. 

We gather today knowing that from this day forward, we, the women of the world, will feel the strength of our connectedness and from that strength we will step forth in power and love with the determination to take the actions needed to create the change we wish to see in the world. 

We gather today knowing that on this day the weaving of a new world has begun -- a world of balance, partnership, justice and peace. 


A Call to Action

As we leave our gatherings on this remarkable day let each of us make a commitment to take some type of on-going action that will move us closer to achieving our mutual goal of a balanced and peaceful planet. 

There are millions of actions we can take. Here are a few suggestions to start you thinking:

- Take steps to become a more balanced in your life and encourage and support the men in you life to take similar steps to bring themselves into balance.

- Arrange to have a meaningful dialogue with the men in your life-- husbands, partners, sons, fathers, friends, co-workers-- about their sensitivities and consciousness towards women. Suggest ways they could be more inclusive by engaging in a partnership model of cooperation.

-Make a commitment to speak out when women are being belittled or demeaned by humor or sarcasm and ask the men in your lives to do the same.

- Make the commitment to stay connected with those in your gathering by creating a phone or email list and making plans to meet on a regular basis.

- Join or start a women's wisdom circle and explore solutions to challenges in your local community, state, country or the world.

- Create a study group with other women to explore books, documentary films or current social issues.

Whatever action(s) you decide to take, by all means, stay connected to Gather the Women. Use the online directory to find and connect with other women around the world and plan to participate in the new Gather the Women Discussion and Action Forum that is scheduled to be available on the website around March 15.(You will receive a notice by email when it is activated.)

Thank you for joining us in this unprecedented global women's retreat. Your participation, along with thousands of other women around the world, have made it a reality. And, we've only just begun. Together we will continue to work with one another as we weave a new world of balance, partnership, justice and peace. Stay tuned!!

Only Love Prevails,
Carol Hansen Grey
Executive Director
Women of Vision and Action
www.wova.org

One of my clients, Alice Ward Johnson, has written 11 books on Caregiving. In her CANDLELIGHTS series, she engages middle and high students in writing stories about caring for their relatives. Dr. Johnson has been commissioned by the CHICKEN SOUP publishers to write a series of books - CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CAREGIVER. I am the co-editor of this series and request that, if you have a story about caring for an elderly parent or a handicapped child or any other family member, please email your story to me, immediately, at gaianews@aol.com

This issue of GaiaNews addresses the necessity of our learning the art of keeping still, concentrating on rest and relaxation and taking care of SELF!

 

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