It is funny when I saw the subject for this week and thought I would have it done in about 5 seconds. I am now on my third draft since I keep changing how I want to do it. I homeschool my daughters and we study everything from the perspective of young feminist Native Alaskans. I know one of my main reasons for wanting to make the world a better place is because they soon will be going off into the world. But I think I have always wanted to make life better for people and especially for woman. I think it started when listening to my mom talk of her life and how she always felt powerless to change it. I wanted to kick the world’s ass for her sake but she taught me violence is wrong.

I realized that I truly want to be an Aleut woman and not just a woman who is also part Aleut. One of my online friends always described me as the Fiery One and I was pleased to discover one of the Aleut Goddesses is a fire one. Also there is a water one and I feel a deep connection with water as well, in computer games I often play a Lady Pirate as my character. While I do not believe everyone needs to believe as I do and worship the Goddess, I do believe that by sharing our beliefs we can gather the best the world has to offer to enrich our own lives.

I think my unique gift I can offer to other woman is my love of words. In person I would smile and nod in a very friendly way but with words I can (hopefully) create images and good feelings and understanding. I let my imagination run wild and come up with images and let my heart form the words so they are as real and true as I can make them. I think I can help raise awareness about important issues in a way that woman can feel a bit more comfortable talking about.

One of the reasons I decided to do this was I wanted the chance to share this journey with other woman. It has been a very fulfilling experience for me and one I wish all the woman of the world could feel too. Out of our reading material for this week the one I would choose to share with other woman are my ideas of silence as stated in the “Sacred Quartet” as they call it.

One of the lessons that the Snow Leopard animal spirit teaches is the understanding the power of silence. Many fear silence because they do not understand the richness it offers to one who gives themselves up to it. One way to experience this is to find a room you can be undisturbed in. Turn off the light and lie on the floor on your back and just let yourself relax. Soon, your breathing will seem to fill the whole room. Then it begins to move in time to the Universe and you feel that connection that is hard to describe but you know it if you have felt it. That power of the Universe lives in you and you can feel it when you embrace silence for a time.

It is by sharing a bit of ourselves with our friends that we can establish the bonds that strengthen us and in time spread to our community. I really believe that raising awareness about important issues is easiest with this feeling of ‘sister friends’ that we created doing the VOF together. Embracing each other and our unique perspectives made it very interesting and informative and what I would hope to continue to feel and share if I were chosen. I honestly believe we can make the world a better place by changing how a woman sees herself and letting her discover that feeling of living in the moment that I recently found here.

Maria

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I agree with you. To build a stronger community sharing a bit of ourselves will go a long way. I had to sleep over how to construct my post so when I saw you did so many draft, I was like "welcome to my world"

Toyin Ajao

I know what you mean, it seems like it will be so easy but then there are so many ideas and ways to express these that it can be so hard trying to decide which way to do it. I had written this ate last night so posted it before my daughters got to read it. They usually read everything before I post it and parts that confuse them I 'fix up' a bit. I was so worried this morning that it would sound very weird but am glad it reads ok.

I do enjoy your posts but not sure if I have commented on them yet. Some days there seems to be too many posts and not enough time!

Maria

Dear Maria, I am not sure if you have left comments on my posts b4 but it doesnt matter really. I read a lot of post too and do rush off without leaving comments. I am happy where part of this community.

Waoh, your daughters proof read for you? Awesome!

Toyin Ajao

I have them read it since I am still working on believing in myself and my ideas since I just got out of 19 years of marriage where my husband had me believing I was mostly worthless and unable to stand on my own. I am getting over that and believing in myself but I guess a part of me still worries about the value of my thoughts.

I posted this without them reading it first and view that as a major step forward in believing in myself. The next morning I nervously came here to read it over again and was thrilled you had responded.

I try to write something on the posts but with the 4 daughters and 1 computer with internet I have to share it since they use it for schoolwork and that always comes first. I am glad others realize how we want to and just coming here together is understanding we do support each other.

Maria

I am so happy you got out of the relationship that was obviously full of mental abuse. And I believe in your thoughts and energy. Your post was a proof. Pls do all you can to give your daughters the courage they need to know they are so important in this world. They must be happy to have a mother like you and I am glad we have this avenue to share.

It might take time for you to get over your past pains but pls be sure in yourself. Dont let self-doubt take away your good vision of yourself. You are a worthy and intelligent woman Maria.

Toyin Ajao

Dear María:

The beauty of your soul has just raised my spirit. I will surely try to listen to the silence for a bit. I will try to make it a part of my life.

Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

Having the reader leave with a good feeling is one of the things I really try to accomplish. Even on the ones where I talk about my bad marriage or other stuff I hope to leave them feeling that life will get better even if their life is already pretty good.

One of my twins was saying she had forgotten this part since she is a bit more advanced in meditation then I am but it reminded her of when she first started out with it.

I look forward to reading yours!

Love,

Maria

Maria, There's a book I read like a bible. The title is, "The Women Who Run With the Wolves: Wild Woman Archetypes." You definitely remind me of that! Not only you are positively Fiery and Wild, but your humor is undeniably woman(ly). I absolutely live in the moment when I read you.

love, katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

It is funny since I bought this book for my daughters as part of deeper reading and understanding but have not read it myself yet. I think I will have to go find it and read it next since it sounds like one I will really enjoy. You are the second person who mentioned it to me though on here! It makes me wonder how many of the books I bought for them I should read myself!

Love,

Maria

Ooopss! hit general respond instead of to Katea...

Maria

You have described very well how you want to contribute to your community. You are very right that sharing of information among women and learning from each other will really help women move forward.

As a reviewer, the one thing that may have been nice to include is some opportunities you may have had prior to this (if you did) where you could foster this collaboration (offline or online).

Harinee