Wisdom Circle: Feminine Nature Based Leadership Part Four
I think I'll start this blog with my original definition of Feminine Nature Based Leadership again, although its song flows through the last three blogs. It is the term created to describe the enhanced intelligence, intuition, wisdom, intentionality, courage, authority and creativity that arises through women when we are more consciously connected to nature as the root of our power and knowing (our own feminine nature)
It is the quality of connected leadership that can come through us when we have bowed to our hearts, to life, to the Sacred Feminine and to Gaia if you call her that. When we have tuned back into the wisdom of our bodies and the flow of the tides that live us so that we can feel what is right for life so that we and She can restore ourselves.
It is the quality of collaborative and co-creative leadership that arises when we have opened to receive the support of each other as sisters, and the potency of our capacity to see and call each other forth into our fullness as women, so that no-one is left out and everyone upholds everyone else.
It is the sheer power and unadulterated brilliance of the natural world let loose through the tuning forks and transmitters of women's bodies and psyches as we learn to get our egos and fears out of the way and open into priestess consciousness in direct service to life, as life waking up to Herself.
Our cultures may have done their best to try to tame and suppress true, wild feminine nature out of existence, but as long as one woman is alive and well, true feminine nature is the deeper river that runs at the core of her soul and given half a chance it will find its way into full expression, because its time. Feminine leadership is needed now more than ever. Feminine Nature Based Leadership is vital, because it speaks to the reclamation of essential feminine power within ourselves, our recognition of its roots within nature, and our sacred responsibility to create and protect life whether within our own bodies or within the sacred womb of life that is Earth.
Prior to TreeSisters, I had experienced many moments of connection that had shown me that my mind represented a mere fraction of my intelligence and the reality of our indivisibility from nature was a deeply acknowledged truth in my life. TreeSisters Herself had never felt like my own idea. She arrived fully formed in the car crash that gave Her to me, but where had She formed prior to that?
In some dimension of reality the whole concept, ethos, mission, Map of 5 Choices, collective invitation and logic had already been created. Something much greater than me was the originator, and when I finally said yes, I turned myself and have subsequently asked the whole team to turn towards and stand in reverence of that originating impulse that we call 'TreeSisters' but to me is simply the living intelligence of Nature showing us what's needed and asking us to step into the fullest expression of who and what we really are - literally day to day.
Again and again, 'Life', nature, creation, spirit - whatever you want to call it, has shown me that it has a much greater perspective and wisdom than I ever could, and certainly knows me way better than I know myself. So why wouldn't I bow and trust it to know what's best for me given that it's whole system awareness places my own evolution and growth within the greater context of all of life's expansion and evolution?
Consider your body and beingness. You are crafted out of the living fabric of this world. You have rivers and rain in your blood, rock in your bones, fire in your heart and trees in your lungs.
Everything you are now, was once in the environment around you, and all of that has been moving through various forms and bodies for billions of years right here, as part of an almost closed, evolving ecosystem. In fact, the only thing that holds us separate from the environment that is breathing us right now, is our mind's perception of separation conjured by our egos, then backed up with actions that we can only do from a perception of separation, superiority or dominance over 'other'. 'Other' being Nature in this instance.
So is it such a stretch to consider that with a slight adjustment of perception, a slowing of your state, a bowing of your ego and a kindling of your heart, that you might be able to tune into the frequency of life on this planet that you are literally made of, and have your experience of reality be forever changed?
It strikes me as a stunning irony that humanity has sought to discover and embody its power through the domination of nature and each other, when there is a quality of power through humility that is way more vast, more reverent and inclusive that is available to all of us: a loving power that could see us consciously create a completely interconnected and sustainable way of life that serves all and leaves no-one and nothing out because it is a direct reflection and embodied manifestation of Nature's intelligence.
I want to share where all of this has come from in me, because it arose out of a nine day drop into unity consciousness that changed life forever. That will be in the final blog on this subject. I hope you stay along for the ride...
By Clare Dubois
Art by Tamara Phillips
Clare is an Earth loving social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker who worked internationally for 18 years facilitating groups, coaching business leaders and creating behaviour change processes within the personal growth sector. Clare is leading the TreeSisters campaign; focusing on network development and the empowerment of women. She has been developing the ethos and principles, the team and organisational culture, the campaign strategy, the framework of the Maps and behaviour change materials. She is committed to the creation of an evolving system that learns as it goes and continually models itself upon the flows and forms of living systems.