This is about transformation…
Here’s a funny thing. When I set out to start this website, it was aimed at educating and empowering women through their Rites of Passages, their Blood Rites – those major life shifts and sacred transformations – especially pregnancy/birth and menopause.
Somewhere along the way, I realized this: There are as many men who read these posts as women.
Here’s my theory as to why. It’s two fold. First, because somewhere within, often in those deep dark places they may not overtly express, Men either long to understand Women more, and/or Men care to explore the Great Feminine inside and around them. And if that all sounds too much for some of you, maybe you’re one of those simply (or not so simply) trying to better understand the mysterious women in your life, and get some insight into what they’re going through.
My second theory is that Men are deprived of the Rites of Passages we women face. For Women, the Rite of Passage are clear: we begin to bleed; we birth (and this can be metaphorical, of course); we cease bleeding. But Men? There is something missing in their lives that mark the great shifts that takes a boy into manhood, or begin the onset of fatherhood, or that signals the movement into middle and older age. There’s a void that some wish to fulfill. Maybe through understanding the Women’s Rites of Passages, we all can can find the honor and grace of our own personal transformations.
In any case, we’re a mixed group here, and I’m pleased to welcome whoever finds themselves within these words, or can collect some wisdom to help you through your own wild ride in this journey of every changing life.
Most of what I’ve written about in the past was supporting women and families through the sacred transformation that is birth. It was all about empowerment through education. For how can we feel we’re making the right choice unless we know what our choices are? So, we explore. We excavate. We learn a lot about ourselves and our unique formula in the process. And then we move forward with clarity and confidence. That’s what we’ve been sharing. I still go back there from time to time as my experiences holding space for women and families through birth continues.
And then we took a turn. Towards another Sacred Transformation in the Women’s Circle. Menopause. The great awakening within. Something society too often overlooks, or rather, turns a blind eye and a hush voice rather than looking straight on and shouting out loud. We’ve been playing with it in much of the same way: empowerment through education. Evolution through openness. Working towards clarity and confidence. And having fun along the way.
What we talk about is transformation. Moving from one place in our lives to another. The powerful process of person growth.
So please, if you find yourself resonating with any aspect of what we’re sharing here, may these words encourage you, empower you, support you, and help you know you are not alone in these challenging times, these wild rides, these sacred transformations of our lives.
Welcome, friends, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. Let’s enjoy the journey together.
This is Her Manifesto.
An exploratory journey of awakening, empowering, educating and enjoying body, mind and soul throughout our evolving stages and the Blood Rites that define them, throughout our ever changing expression of being, throughout this wild ride of Life…
Naturally nurturing the whole woman.
Honoring Woman. The Woman within us all.
Celebrating the Sacred Transformations of the Woman’s Life.
I am…. She is… We are…
Ongoing as Her life is, a work of art unfurling, ever changing like the wind and moon and moods, passionate and quietly powerful, perhaps like a gentle rain or a tempestuous storm… This is Her.
Be her now.
Be the person you want to be now. What are you waiting for?
Be here now.
Be present. Find the beauty in the present moment. Find the beauty in yourself. Find the beauty in everyone you meet. Be beautiful from the inside out.
Be curious. Look around. Listen. Deeply.
Be courageous. Take chances. How will you know if you don’t try? And then… try again?
Be real. Be clear enough to know what is real. (Hint: Listen to your heart.)
Be non judgmental, non critical. Leave your ego behind.
Be forgiving. To yourself first.
Be open to others. Everyone matters. So do you. Allow. Accept. Try to understand.
Be gentle to yourself. Be gracious to others; be grateful for others.
Be brave enough to look clearly at who you are right now, accept that, and love that.
Be bold enough to express yourself fully. Live with passion and compassion.
Be expansive with your life. Leap and the net appears! Unfurl your wings and fly!
Be bold enough dream, to see beyond the box, to step outside your comfort zone. Then be committed enough to make your dreams come true.
Be wild enough to let loose and laugh, dance, sing, howl at the moon, love with all your heart. If you only live once, make it mean something… now.
Be sincere enough to believe, compassionate enough to care, wise enough to know.
Be strong enough to make your own choices based on what feels like the right answer (at that time).
Be soft enough to ask for help, and be approachable so others may ask. We’re all in this together.
Be committed to your highest self. And when you mess up (you will mess up), return to that commitment, and try again.
Be grateful. Look for the magic that is every where. Find the beauty that is in every one. Express gratitude every day.
Be courageous with your radiant heart.
Belong. Believe. Become.