What If You Knew

Tamarack Verrall
Posted August 28, 2020 from Canada
When we gather under trees
When we meet on World Pulse it is as if we gather under trees together.

What if you knew that within World Pulse there are 70,000 of us together here from 190 countries, and what if you knew that there are thousands of women in other women's groups too, in discussion of what to do from here on. Continually deepening the connections we have been forming with each other. 

What if you knew that so recently I was able to be online to see, hear, be with some of these global sisters. A call for the ambassadors of World Pulse to have some time to meet, to know, to share news and information with each other. 

And there we were again, with our MC of the week calling this time, first time ever, for each of us to bring a song. This, after so many weeks of hearing from each other how we are, what we are doing, where the emergencies are, what women in all of our countries are doing about it all. 

What if you knew about this gathering, this meeting, this talking about what we are doing and what we know needs to be done. What if you knew about this global sisterhood with all of us together, with all we are doing, all we are learning from each other and how we are working on these emergencies. What the emergencies are, who is doing what and where, and what is needed. How this is possible because of what we now have together, and that this togetherness sustains us. 

This meeting, like sitting under a tree with each other, staying current with our news, news that we share continually, globally, through our stories. The documenting, for history, for herstory. The part that has been hidden, the part we have searched for in books and online, and how we are finding ways to stay safe to continue the work we're doing, arms linked globally, finding ways we can work together.

What if I told you that stories are pouring in daily, and we read to know where each other are, how we are, how we're doing, what we're doing, and who needs what. 

But this time we are invited to sing together. How beautiful. The chance to hear my sister ambassadors sing, to bring a line from a song that we carry in our hearts. A chance for me to bring a song I have carried for so long now, and I have to ask my sisters at the meeting if I can bring two.

What if you knew that these are the connections we are building among us sisters, globally. That World Pulse sisters have been taking food to communities, and water, and masks, and information about this virus. And dealing with emergencies of women and girls everywhere, at higher risk than ever of dangers new and old. Women and girls living through torture, beatings, slurs, imprisonment, rape, banishment. So many methods of control. And the murder of so many women, constantly, now our own ancestors. And the continuation of wars. With all of the work we have been doing as women, our voices are still not heard. Our emergencies not broadcast, but known to us from our connections with each other, here on World Pulse. The Ambassadors, the Encouragers, the Change Makers, the new members writing for the first time, everyone writing in stories, everyone connecting, everyone part of this global sisterhood.

What if you knew that we know what is happening and where, because of the stories we send in. For news of what needs to be done first, and knowing from our continuous discussions with each other, that food is being brought to people, children being cared for and women being held and holding each other in our pain. And that we have great joy to have each other. And some men, and people who dare to live their true selves outside the narrow norms we have been given, here to learn and to offer what they can in this work we are doing, to end the violence against us as people. To end all forms of violence against anyone of us, and all forms of violence against our beloved Earth.

What if you knew that we meet on these days. And that this particular morning we sang to each other.

There were two songs that I wanted to bring. I really wanted to do both and knew that unless there really wasn't time, I would be encouraged. And I was. My first song was what we sang together in small circles in the 1970s and 80s, knowing that women were, and still are ridiculed or attacked for wanting these moments together. That even learning to trust a sister was new. So we sang, “Sister, sister let me tell you how I feel. You have given me such treasure. I love you so”. I really wanted to sing it to all my World Pulse sisters and so I am writing about it here. Then I wanted to sing the first line of the song we have sung for ages, alive today as some of our sisters in the US made a camp for us to come and be with each other for a short time each summer in the woods. And this was always the opening song. And I want you to know it, just as I have known through World Pulse that our sisters in Kenya sing and dance “Until every woman is heard, until every woman is heard”. 

So I sang: “Amazon women, rise. Amazon women, making rainbows in the sky. Amazon women fly”. 

None of this would be possible without the members of our beloved Team and Board. Our Team dreaming up the next step, the next free course, the next photos of our faces, the next idea for what to write, and all of this gathered and kept safe for us. And sent outward, and then given back to us such wisdom, encouragement and love.

What if I told you that this is how it is, to be a member of World Pulse, and that membership is free. To be sharing stories, what communities are needing, and getting emergency supplies - food, water, medicine, love. And information about this virus. So many women teaching now, and learning from each other how to make masks, and pads for women and girls. And somehow my World Pulse sisters are doing all of the work that they were doing before, with this new work added. Women who are growing and preparing food, taking care of everyone they know and love, collectively tending to all of the neighborhoods. That is, if not still locked in somewhere with no freedom to choose her life at all. Locked in despite broken promises made by Governments years ago. 

What if I told you that the women we are aware of, aware of because we are in touch through World Pulse, are describing all of the ways that we have doubled the loads that we have been carrying, and that this epidemic has now added to this load, and even heightened violence against women and girls. And that we will not be silent despite being called names, despite being in danger. The end to all forms of violence against anyone and against this Earth. To us, a simple and essential plan. The violence must end. The knowledge that we have is because of our connections with each other. Women are doing most of the work in this world. With no money. Women need money for this work that we do. When women have money, we and the people we love can eat. We mean everyone. Water, shelter, safety. 

For more than 50 years to my memory, and before that by what we have gleaned through documented history, communities led by women, communities with strong women leadership are able to begin healing. We have been working to change everything in a healing direction, for everyone. Instead we continue to be silenced, beaten, held captive, raped, murdered. Women, girls, everyone who has dared to step outside, live outside of societal norms that demand that we live in a certain way, punished for stepping outside, but finding true community, here. 

What if I told you that all this is real, because you hadn't yet heard about World Pulse. I can imagine your joy, knowing you are welcome.

That one morning, we sang to each other.

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Jill Langhus
Aug 28
Aug 28

Hello Dearest Tam,

How are you doing? What a lovely tribute to World Pulse, and all its members, as always:-) You always have such powerful stories, and a way with words. Singing, and music are so powerful, too. I should listen to the recording. I feel like I missed out:-)

I know how much you love the Thriving Thursdays and our calls. I'm glad that you do, and that you know how much rich experience and vibrance you also bring to all our gatherings, too. I hope I'll be able to see you at the Encourager Party later since I missed you earlier in the week!

Hope you're doing well, and that you have a fab weekend!

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 28
Aug 28

Dear Jill,
Encouraging has brought us together, we have known that we have the same understanding of how important and what a gift being able to be an Encourager on World Pulse, is. Thank you as always, for your loving words. See you at the Encourager Party. Once a month we get to do this. And everyone is welcome! World Pulse rocks.

Jill Langhus
Aug 28
Aug 28

Yes!! Thank YOU, dear, and you're very welcome!

See you soon!

Yes, it does!

XX

Dawn Arteaga
Aug 28
Aug 28

Tam, your stories always bring me goosebumps and this one is no different. It was so moving to hear you sing and the songs you shared brought such power and meaning to me. I am so grateful to know you.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 28
Aug 28

Dear Dawn,
Your words touch me deeply. I am amazed at what you are continually able to do here for us all, and so grateful too, for our connection. When women sing and dance together with intention, we open such a beautiful path forward.

ARREY- ECHI
Aug 28
Aug 28

It is always a pleasure and learning moment to read from you, Mama Tam.
Your stories speak life and reveal the depth of a woman's strength and how strong and impactful that strength becomes when all the strong women unite as one. And that is what we have here on the Pulse which you have so vividly captured in this yet again, beautiful and encouraging post.

It is a blessing to know you. Thank you for all you do and share for us to keep learning from.

With love and appreciation.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 29
Aug 29

Dear Arrey,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always such a validation to know that a story has touched a sister. I am so glad that we have met here in World Pulse and can be so in touch as we continue on together.
Deep love in sisterhood,
Tam

Shirin Dalaki
Aug 28
Aug 28

Dear Tam,

I love the story you posted, I felt what you wrote in my heart and I am so touched by it. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being so compassionate and focusing on healing the world. I love the picture of the tree you posted.

Shirin

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 29
Aug 29

Dear Shirin,
I am so glad that these thoughts are in your heart as well. What I love about World Pulse is finding so many sisters who feel as deeply as I do about the need for radical change. And yes, the trees. They are so important to me. Glad they are to you, too.

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 28
Aug 28

Dear Tam,
You are so amazing! What a beautiful write up that speak about our Sisterhood in World Pulse and how wonderful community is and the togetherness in getting things done round the world. This is so awesome Tam! Thank you for honouring us
Love
Busayo

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 29
Aug 29

Dear Busayo,
My wise sister, your words touch my heart. I am so grateful to have found World Pulse and all of you. I cherish the connection that we have been able to build here.
Love,
Tam

Nini Mappo
Aug 28
Aug 28

Dear Tam,
It's lovely to e-see you just now, to hear your beautiful voice that glides so powerfully on paper (screen) into this beautiful story and your encouragement to all of us!

I live your title and refrain of 'what if you knew'. To me it symbolises the power of knowledge to bring us into community, to free us from our fears, to reveal our potential.
And World Pulse is all that and more. More because here we can not only work together, but in your words we can sing to each other!
Thank you for this beautiful story.

Honorine Ngenwi
Aug 28
Aug 28

Hi Tam I am so glad for what you have said in your article and these has removed the timit part of somany sisters, hypnotises them to throw out what has been bothering them within. What makes a woman proud is when she knows she is being recognized and loved in a society by some body even if it is not her husband. Some of us who are new are really, really happy and blessed to have sisters who cares.
Love you Tam.
My regard

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 29
Aug 29

Dear Honourine,
I am so glad that you enjoyed my article. You are so right that it is empowering for a women to be recognized for what she is doing, offering to the world and her community. I am so glad that you have found us! I hope you have a great time exploring and sending in your news.

Honorine Ngenwi
Aug 29
Aug 29

Hi Tam, I am so happy to have you as my sisters
God bless you
Love xx

Prozoe
Aug 28
Aug 28

Hi Tam

I lived that "what if" a few weeks ago. I was silently longing for a community like this. I thought it was a place that only existed somewhere deep in my imaginative mind. Boy Was I excited to (as Jill correctly pointed out tonight) have been found by world pulse, and to find it filled with such wisdom and love from gems with hearts of gold like your is a total bonus.

Thank you for your awesomeness.

#BigLove

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 29
Aug 29

Dear Prozoe,
The first story I read of yours was 'The finest of gold, goes through the hottest of fires' and I was so moved at what you have survived, and so very glad that you have found us here in World Pulse. I look forward to continuing this journey together.

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 29
Aug 29

Hello Tam dear, I love every bit of your write up. The tribute to the World Pulse sisters is amazing. I can attest to it. I have experienced so much love and care from this sisterhood. They have been my source of strength as my family is going through a very difficult moment.
Thanks so much dear. Always love to read from you.
Hugs, Regina

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 05
Sep 05

Dear Regina,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It makes such a difference to know that something we write resonates with a sister. I am glad to know that you feel us all with you as you are going through hard times. Yes, our sisterhood is very real. I do hope that whatever has been hard for you and your family is becoming easier.
Hugs back to you,
Tam

Hello, Tam,

This post is a great promotion of World Pulse! Thank you for putting into words what we have in our hearts. It was a lovely moment when we were singing to one another. Please teach us your songs.

Your title, " What if you knew" reminds me of the song I sang, "How did you know". Sharing it here, and will write about this on World Pulse soon:

"How did you know
I needed someone like you in my life
That there was an empty space in my heart
You came at the right time in my life
I never forget how you brought the sun to shine in my life
And took all the worries and fears that I had
I guess what I'm really trying to say
It's not everyday that someone like you comes my way
No words can express how much I love you"

Listen to it here, Tam. I tear up every time I listen to this and think about our World Pulse sisters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR8N9zTwhWQ

Thank you for writing this powerful post!

Andrace
Sep 05
Sep 05

Powerful lyrics, Kaye. I listened too. :)
Hugs and love,
E. J.

Andrace
Sep 05
Sep 05

Wow! Maama Tam!

Thank you for sharing these awesome lines. I'm so glad I found World Pulse. The Encouragers meeting has been great. The camraderie shared by the sisterhood has been second to none. We should celebrate one another as we continue to raise our voices louder and louder.

Hugs and love,
E.J.