I am still reeling with emotion, overwhelming joy, and gratitude at what unfolded at Saskatoon's first ever Red Tent. I have been asked by numerous people how it went and I am at a total loss at how to convey the magic and transformation that unfolded. It was more than I could have ever imagined or dreamed!!
How does one put into words the feelings, the emotions, the outpouring of love, that ancestral feminine wisdom that is only really deeply felt within your bones while sitting in circle with women? How do I express that ALL of our insecurities and shame and self doubt aren't just our own, but that EVERY woman carries their shadows buried deep within themselves? How do I express the pain, the burdens, the crippling grief, the desires, the joy that we all suppress?
Whenever I sit in circle with women, and granted I have done this a number of times, I am always floored at how our mind has convinced us that we are SO isolated, SO separate and SO different. Yet, when we gather together we very quickly realize that we are ALL struggling with something in our lives. When we are able to vocalize our fears and our doubts from a place of empowerment, then sit in our true rawness and show our authentic self, all these lies and shame and doubt fall away. They lose their power over us. For a moment, we are no longer stifled. We are connected! We can release. We can allow the emotions and the shadows to come forth, and by doing so we allow the light to shine through. And we realize, we were never as alone or isolated as we had believed.
So while I can't even begin to try to do justice to the bravery, courage, authenticity, love, and absolute MAGIC that unfolded, perhaps my attempt has given you a tiny sample, a taste of what innate power and deep healing can occur when women gather.
For a long time, I have felt that women are the key to healing this world. For me, this begins with myself. Gathering with other women provides such deep connection and wisdom that builds such momentum for my ability to grow and evolve.
Women gathering with the purpose to empower and hold one another up, is a force unlike any I have experienced in my 33 years on this earth. To witness and SEE others for the beauty and divinity that is pouring out of them, and in really, TRULY seeing them, I am able to begin seeing MY true authentic self, what a gift?!! What a GIFT?!!!
Deepest gratitude goes out to all the women who attended! Special thanks to Virginia Heron and Jodie Olson for capturing the beautiful pictures of the sacred space we shared. And special shout out to Natasha Salaash for suggesting that I blog about the Red Tent (yes, Natasha, I am bestowing you credit for the loss of my blogging virginity!!).