It may seem strange for many to read about a Caucasian woman from North America encountering serious roadblocks on the road to pursuing her dreams, but this happens to many of us here.
I work as a publishing consultant with an assisted self-publishing organization in Canada and the stories of abuse and degradation that I've heard from women in the US and Canada is enough to make you weep. Some write with pen names and have gone underground so that their families, their fathers, their religions, cannot find them.
What comes out loud and clear for me, however, is their testament of survival, their tenaciousness and sheer grit that have caused them to rise above their grief to share their narrative with others, to help others. Like World Pulse does.
For me, I was the "wild child" or "gypsy" of the family in that I never once believed, not ever, that I would have a traditional life. It was always work and not marriage and children, that drove me. That, along with a tremendous sense of justice and an uncanny ability to speak my truth cogently and clearly.
This is not a popular road to walk as a woman, in any society.
It was not an easy path but I stuck to my dreams, sometimes in moments of great distress and self-doubt, and I "raised myself" to became self-sufficient at a very young age. So that, now, I can offer my assistance and encouragement to all women and girls (as I do with my authors) who dare to dream that they are perfectly created and have everything to give to the world.
At this juncture in our collective history, we need these stories badly. We need THEM very badly. And let me be clear here: when I refer to the need for the rise of the feminine, I also mean a need to create a space for the rise of the feminine in men as well.
We will all win when this balance and harmony has been achieved.