Articles by Harriet
For many years I’ve innately understood that the divine feminine power of women; that is women expressing our true nature of birthing, tending, nurturing, cultivating and co-creating is essential to heal the planet.
Now, I embrace this truth even more fervently.
With breakdowns in every sector of society, discord at the highest levels of governance, dysfunction within many of our institutions and systems that are no longer viable; are we choosing exploitation or emancipation? extinction or evolution?
Radical transformation is required to emancipate people and evolve our world. New paradigms of leadership, engagement and community are called for.
The 2018 Oakland Women’s Rally and March was beautiful, inspiring and energizing! It represented a renewed commitment to women’s rights; voting, specifically getting progressive women elected at the local, state and national level; economic equity and environmental justice.
New Year Blessings!
There’s no question that we want a different and better 2018; be it in health, relationships, livelihood, finances, contribution, world affairs, or…? I definitely feel the potent energy for dynamic, meaningful social change now, founded on and fueled by the inner revolution.
Do you sense a major shift happening or about to happen?
This past year has been particularly challenging for many of us. We’ve encountered unprecedented political mayhem, intensified weather patterns, heartbreaking losses and more. Very few of us have come through this year unscathed. We’ve struggled, endured, risked, and also triumphed.
– What have you to celebrate?
The holiday season can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster ride from anxiety to exuberance to depression, all within a matter of weeks. Attitudes change as temperatures drop and colder weather sets in. In North America while we may experience an abundant harvest time, nature is actually slowing down and animals are preparing to hibernate. Yet many people are caught in a consumption frenzy, rushing through shopping malls, overwhelming themselves physically and financially.
Quickly moving into the holiday season, I’ve been pondering the true meaning of Thanksgiving and why its celebrated. Like many of you, I look forward to fellowship and feasting with family and friends. This is peak travel season and merchandisers have been preparing for Black Friday. Yet for some, it’s a season of sadness with more people departing this life, some people feeling alienated from family, plus the stress of daily mainstream news and advertising blasts.
Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival. The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. The Pilgrims invited local Native Americans who contributed to the harvest feast which lasted for three days. For about 50 years the Pilgrims and Wampanoag, a local tribe, lived relatively harmoniously.
In recent weeks I’ve been reflecting on the good, bad and ugly of 2017. Given the acceleration and intensity of challenging changes within and around us, it’s essential to ground and center myself in truth. This means to demonstrate who I truly am, what I firmly believe and how I honestly feel. Thus, I take conscious action in alignment with my vision and values, to change what’s not working, that which no longer serves or supports me, or the world.
In challenge and crisis is opportunity and possibility, and most of all choice. You can choose to focus on what you deem wrong, complain and blame someone or something else for the state that you’re in. You can choose to let the challenges overwhelm and paralyze you, believing you’re powerless. Or, you can choose to take conscious action in partnership or collaboration with others committed to be the change they want to see and live, in this lifetime.
This year has been particularly challenging and stressful for many of us. We’ve encountered unprecedented political mayhem, intensified weather catastrophes, heart-breaking losses and more. Very few if any of us have come through 2017 unscathed! We’ve resisted, endured, risked and also triumphed.
Although I’m generally positive, looking for the good in situations that are challenging, difficult or just crazy; I’m troubled by the intensified global warming disasters and aghast by the series of regressive executive orders coupled with raucous pontifications, social media antics and immoral activities, instigated by White House operatives who are shored up by private and corporate billionaires. Perhaps you’ve also been shaken up or shaken “woke!”
You and I have a divine purpose, a Soul’s Calling to be and do our best, sharing our unique brilliance, and doing what we most love in highest service to others. In this way, you and I live purposeful, passionate and powerful lives. We are fulfilled and free.
However, some of you spend a lifetime ignoring or not fulfilling your soul’s calling.