I’ve been spring cleaning over the last few months. My virtual home has had a makeover and my focus has sharpened.
What has emerged is this; for me, it all begins and ends with freedom. That’s what I’m on the planet to spark.
After about a year of contemplating the intersection between spirituality and feminism, between the teachings of yoga and the aspirations of a new generation of entrepreneurs, I now see the thread of freedom that informs it all.
This is a thread that has weaved its way through my whole life:
- it’s the child wanting to become a missionary because she thought that was how she could free people from poverty
- it’s the university student marching the streets to free women from the horrors of physical, sexual and emotional violence
- it’s training to be a lawyer so she could achieve civil liberties for all
- it’s the social justice warrior working for self-determination for Aboriginal communities
- it’s the yoga teacher learning and teaching about liberation and awakening
- it’s the move into entrepreneurship as she turned her focus to abundance and financial freedom.
And so this is what my new virtual home is all about; it’s a temple built to inspire and evoke freedom and it begins with a manifesto.
The Visible Woman Manifesto was written one morning in one of those surreal moments you have as a writer where you know for sure you’re merely a vessel for creativity – you’re not the creator and you can take no credit for what shows up. The words literally tumbled onto the page as though they’d been lined up behind a door for months (maybe years?) waiting to announce themselves to the world.
A vision, a passion, a dream. One that I hope we all share.
It’s designed to be printed and stuck on pin boards, to be shared on social media, to be sent in the mail to loved ones, to be plastered on walls of public buildings. Wherever you think the light of freedom needs to shine, feel free to place it there.