In order to understand why visibility is important and why it’s an issue for women particularly, you have to remember the particular time and space in which we’re running our businesses.
Obviously we’re in the 21st Century and if you’re in the West, there are a lot of freedoms that women have today which we haven’t had in the past. So it can be easy to assume, Well nobody is stopping me from being visible. And if you look on social media for example, you’ll see some truth in that statement. There’s an explosion of people sharing about themselves through blog posts and YouTube and podcasts and various other media.
Yet there’s a limit to the effectiveness of all of that self-expression. Because many people are speaking just for the sake of speaking and that kind of self-expression just contributes to the noise without really benefitting anyone.
Not their raw wounds and deepest secrets.
Their essence. Their soul’s fragrance. The messages that only they are here to share with the world.
When you speak from that place, you’re not just a noisemaker.
You make a difference. Your voice becomes helpful.
At this point in my life, I’m conscious of grounding all of my communication. Of drawing it up from the healthiest parts of my base and sacral chakras and of starting my conversations from there.
Of course, in order to speak from that place you must be connected to it, which is how embodied expression becomes possible.
It’s so easy to be seen speaking up for things you don’t really care about or don’t affect you deeply. It’s so easy to share ideas that you’ve learned from others, rather than speak about new and unique ideas you’ve arrived at yourself. It’s so easy to share thoughts without sharing yourself.
That’s not visibility.
Embodied expression is something else entirely and it’s very rare.
It’s rare for a reason.
Because those parts of us that ground us to Mother Earth – our base and sacral chakras, our energetic spaces of safety and belonging, of creativity, and emotional health, and sexuality – have been disrespected, disregarded, silenced, ignored, and severely damaged for a looonnng time.
Here are just a few examples of how that’s happened:
When you live in a world where a woman is sexually assaulted every few minutes, that seeps into your psyche.
When you live in a world where violence against women is so normalised that the former President of the United States thought it was appropriate to tweet a doctored picture of himself hitting Hilary Clinton in the back of the head with a golf ball, then you’re being programmed each and every day with one clear message; stay quiet, do as you’re told, don’t step out of line or we’ll hurt you.
When you read horrific stories of women being attacked on the streets and of other women being kidnapped by men and then raped and murdered, that cannot help but affect the way you think about the world.
It puts you into space where your first and foremost concern is ensuring you’re safe.
To not be too outrageous or too controversial or too opinionated.
With all of this swirling around in the individual and collective consciousness of women, it’s a miracle that any of us speak up at all. It’s not surprising that women are fearful of promoting themselves or speaking up on social media or of spreading their ideas, particularly if they could be perceived as different or challenging in some way.
I believe that clearing your visibility blocks is the single most important thing that we can do as a female entrepreneur to change the world.
Hillary Clinton has declared many times that the rights of women and young girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century. I also believe that to be true, and I think the way that we address that unfinished business is to find our voices and speak up.
We need to re-speak the deep truths that have been lost to the world through the suppression of women’s voices and wisdom.
We need to speak about the power of the feminine; a path of receptivity and inclusion, of collaboration and connection.
We need to speak with courage and we need to show the world what embodied expression looks like.
Your voice matters. Your decision to step out of the shadows, matters.
Your decision to be visible or not, matters.
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