In 2009 the Dalai Lama said that ‘The world will be saved by the Western woman’. His statement was as prophetic as it was causative. It sparked a revolution. A revolution that’s occurring quietly in households, in offices, in yoga studios.
A revolution that looks like women standing up and choosing.
Choosing lives that are meaningful, choosing lifestyles and ways of working that benefit them and their families, choosing to influence, choosing to be seen.
It’s a web of women each adding their voice, in myriad practical ways. By choosing the hours, location and nature of their work. By redefining what it is to be a mother, an aunt, a sister. By renegotiating the domestic responsibilities in their homes. It’s new and it’s challenging and we’ve no template for where we’re headed.
The Visible Woman Manifesto adds its voice this to the mix.
It says that in order to live free in this world, we must be free within ourselves.
We must know ourselves as strong and holy beings. We must know how to hear our souls and embody the teachings of the divine feminine if we are to leave a positive, lasting impact on this planet. We must slow down and stop taking responsibility for all things and all people. We must be courageous enough to take responsibility for just one person – ourselves (our thoughts, our feelings, our responses, our circumstances). We must know that anything less is an avoidance. That our attempts to save others are in truth, attempts to avoid ourselves.
We must know ourselves to be enough, just as we are. We must throw off the shackles of the ‘good girl’ and stand strong as females, no further adjective required. We must relinquish ourselves of the mental chains that bind us to old, dichotomous ways of being; mother or barren woman, stay at home mum or working mum, married or spinster. These definitions have no place in the new world.
This is a time for all to thrive on their own terms. It’s time to remove the labels that people have used to divide us.
We are women.
We are comfortable with fluidity and our ever evolving natures. We understand and embrace emotion, not as weakness but as essential to guiding us to truth.
We have a different way of operating in this world. A way that takes responsibility for anger and hatred and looks within to access peace. A way that is not seeped in scarcity but which knows the world to be abundant and seeks for all to share in its spoils. A way that knows that science and spirituality are two sides of the same coin, that seekers must find their own path, and that all are attempts are beneficial to the whole. A way that embraces intuition and reason, heart and mind.
We are ready to share this new way with you. Will you join us?
Share the manifesto
The manifesto is intended to inspire, to motivate, to encapsulate where we are and where we’re headed. Please share it with your friends, post it on social media, print it out, send it in the mail, post it in public places, stick it on your pin board or pop it on your fridge.
Life is busy. Daily reminders of the bigger picture can help. Let the declaration be your everyday compass, keeping you focused on the path you wish to travel.
If you’d like, take a line a week and use it as a point of inquiry. Let it inspire and influence your week, let yourself be guided to ask, ‘How free am I in this aspect of my life?’ My prayer is that it’s a living document that informs your thoughts, your words and your deeds.