Fall Edition 2012
A Fall Healing Message
Spiritual JUSTICE: LEADING with Your Spirit!
The separation of spirituality from our lives, our organizations and the movement leaves us spiritually homeless!
Dear Fall "Goddess of change of the autumn full moon, hear our call, we call for courage, strength, and power from below, within, and above as we stand in doubt at the crossroads of our life and our movements. Help us move forward without pain, and strife but with peace and ease. Support us in letting go of the past and of old dreams of what the world should look like. We lift our faces to the moon to see the unseen, to ask our ancestors for guidance in our struggle. We ask you for illumination, and safety on this journey. We know that it will only be when we see with our third eye humanity in everyone that we will be able to create tomorrow, surrender to love and forgive each other and ourselves".
Fall Medicine-How do we lead with our Spirit?
To be in alignment we must first be in balance with the medicine that each season brings us. There is no coincidence that Fall is about finding purpose and direction through our connection with our spirit, our divine self. It is here that we draw the strength and the courage to be justice.
The moon reflects to us our ability to see where we have been, where we are now and create where we are going. Fall invites us to shatter any illusions of how things should be, any attachment we have to things, people, and places that no longer serve us. Fall invites us to let go of the past and create dreams so we can see things in a new light, revealing what is hidden and the missing pieces of personal, social and organizational wholeness.
You might ask yourself:
1. How do you lead with your Spirit, when you feel like its lost? when you have experienced loss, physical or sexual abuse as a child, been assaulted, rejection or abandonment by family members and from you feeling that this world has let you down.
2. How do you lead your life with your Spirit ? when Fall has already come in with death in our communities and in our lives, when injustice continues to prevail, when our organizations still need resources and we are still unemployed?
3. How do you lead with your Spirit when your own movement has broken it? For in this very place you have experienced violence, oppression, betrayal, shame, criticism, judgement and isolation.
The change of season promises us and our organization a new day! A spiritual rebirth is promised by the Fall and this will require for us to stop, listen and reconnect with the spirit that drives our work. It is the place where intuition, power and inner wisdom lives so we can move with intention, clarity and power . This Fall I invite you to look within, to be in deep introspection and evaluation of your life, your organization and the movement that you belong to letting go of all that is not working.AUTUMN brings the gift of completion and transformation supporting us in releasing painful experiences and replacing them with faith. While it is the season of transition and death it is also the season of abundant opportunities where we get to be our most powerful self and lead social justice from a place of collective power.
So, how do we do this?
Thank those that came before us... It is the season of spiritual reverence where we are most connected to our ancestors, for their gifts and strengths live within us and their courageous legacy grounds our work today. Take a moment in your organization to set up an altar for those that past who have inspired our politic. Breathe quietly in giving thanks for their lives and mourn what has been forgotten about them and what you have forgotten about who you are in this work.
In the next meeting ASK through mediation or visualization exercise"what are you, we ready to let go of and what is ready to be born at this time, in me and through me for this organization? What is the vision that I see possible? How can we bring spirituality, power and faith to our lives and our organization?
HEALING THE SPIRIT! Remember with everything going on we sometimes forget our purpose or why we started social justice in the first place.Look within this season ask your spirit for the answers. Ask to see the unseen, to create the impossible. Don't let this Fall throw you back into your past, get depressed, instead, take a stand and delve into what stops you from being the powerful person you are, to confront the pain that comes with death and transitions and the loss produced in our souls. Create a self care action plan that includes meditation, prayer, silence, peace, evaluation, introspection, forgiveness, completion and be at the source of power and justice in everything you do.
In Bold Rebirth DEE
Read In Bold Rebirth: Fall Edition 2012 Gender Justice and Public Health Journal. “The separation of spirituality from our live, our organizations and movements leaves us spiritually homeless”
Click below for Fall Healing Medicine and Healthcare for the mind, body and spirit!
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Ending Gender-Based Violence 2012.