I was just in India for 2 weeks. I spoke at the Win Conference and met wonderful women from cultures that are so different to mine. What do we really know about life in Afghanistan, Africa or India? Still, the commonalities are powerful. I listened to their sorrows and hopes. Me, I was born in a peaceful country full of turbulent hearts.

I want to tell you a story I learned while I was there. On the last day I was asked to jump into a modern play called Seven Women. I decided to leave my comfort zone and out there I met seven women activists coming alive on stage as we walked in their shoes.

I came out of the play with respect and love for those who really change the world by creating their own power of faith.

teach us.

Farida Azizi teach us
the Siddhi powers that carry you through night and fear. You deliver medical supplies to women giving birth at the potential cost of your own life amid and in defiance of the terrible jungle psyche of the Taliban. Teach me your fierce fearlessness in knowing what is right to do, what must be done. (She fights the marginalization of Afghani women under the Taliban. Under death threats, she now lives in the US with her 2 daughters and her undying mission for peace and human rights.) Watch her video here.

Inez McCormack teach us
to raise our hearts above the war of religions. Teach us the prayer of the hearts in the streets, the one that obliterates dogma. Show us the courageous heart that made you an activist where religion failed. Human rights rose in the fire of your faith. (She grew up in a protestant family in Belfast and married a Catholic. From 1960 on she was an activist for changing the lives of the most disadvantaged, for social justice and human rights.)

Mukhtaran Mai teach us
the Sutra that crowns one’s head and erases a thousand eons of karma.The forceful waterfall Sutra that made you rise and face the rapists that stole your family’s honor. Teach me the Sutra that rises above all and heals all cruel regrets, the mantra for a world of innocence that gives you the courage to fight for justice and become an advocate for healing your society. (She took her rapists to court instead of committing suicide, then decided to live and build schools for women and boys to educate both about their rights in Afghanistan.)

Hafsat Abiola teach us
to end the drama of forgiveness. Teach us the final liberation of seeing the two-faced goddess. One face forgives the enemy; the other face forgives oneself for the long-lived drama of staying small and refusing to forgive. (She became an advocate for human rights after the murder of both parents, honoring the heritage of democracy in Nigeria.)

Annabella de Leon teach us
that truth is an eternal law of order, that those who falsify the truth will be punished in the end. Teach us the strength to stay with the deepest truth we were born with. Teach us not to compromise and lose the gospel of the eternal dharma. (She raised herself and her family out of poverty by getting educated. She become a congresswoman and has received death threats for her fight against corruption and for the rights of women, the poor and the indigenous in Guatemala.)
Watch her video here.

Mu Sochua teach us
to be the Shaman who holds the secret of the broken soul. The prayer that calls the soul back into a body split by rape. Teach us the mantra of caresses that carries women through the rest of life after and closes the wound that never heals. Teach us that karma can be misused when used as an offense, as in: “This is your Karma.” Here our religions end. (She was nominated for the Nobel Price for her work against sex trafficking in Cambodia.) Watch her video here.

Marina Pisklakova-Parker teach us
to listen to the voices, the real ones, not the loud ones. Teach us to listen to the unheard voices swelled under the scared sacred. Our society swallows what we do not want to hear. Your blazing hotline in Russia saved many lives and made Russian men listen anew. (In Russia the myth still is alive that women need to be beaten to feel loved. Undercover. And silenced. So she fights a giant’s old myth that had become a religion, and her hotline has provided crisis counseling for more than 100,000 Russian women.) Watch her video here.

What these women have in common: they broke from the destiny of their ancestors and made peace with it.
Then they started to heal the dry soil they were born on.

Wherever you are in this world, you and your life have chosen this too. Rise from there. We need you right as you are. Break the karma of our parents and grandparents. Make miracles out of faith.

This world needs leaders in every corner.
If you want to be a leader, you need to be a healer.
First heal your inner world, then shift your environment.
Then lead what you want to change.
Tell your sacred story.
Travel from trauma to sacred healer.


March 5, 2013 · · fiercely feminine, most popular