Since ancient times, girls and women were recognized as being deeply connected to the source of life. Because the woman carried her children through pregnancy, gave birth to them, and provided their nourishment for their first year or more, she was honored and revered by the whole community as the sacred bringer of life.
Traditionally, on every continent, women were the healers, the midwives, the wise women, and the ceremonial leaders of the community, 3000 years ago or more (and anthropological evidence shows, as far back as 50,000 to 80,000 years ago).
This is how we began … This was our original knowledge.
Girls were raised with a profound focus on their sacredness and strength, their ability to be a visionary & healer for their community, and their deep interconnection with the source of all life.
In today’s modern world, we have mostly forgotten these roots and the innate power that we hold within.
We have forgotten how to raise our girls so they will have this knowledge of their own strength, visionary abilities, and courage.
We as women, have forgotten how to see & honor this in ourselves.
But now it is time for us to start remembering.
The truth is that we still have access to all of the innate abilities that we’ve had since ancient times.
Just take a quick look at what you do in your daily life … as a mom, grandmother, aunt, wife / partner, and sister.
Are you a healer? Yes.
A wise woman? Of course.
A visionary, who can see what’s happening down the road and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for your loved ones along the way? Yes!
The one who holds the family together and re-centers family members to help them come back to what is most important? Yes, every single day.
I know that you do all of these things.
We still carry all of these abilities … And so many more that we barely even realize …
We have simply forgotten to recognize, honor, and respect our innate talents.
So let’s begin today, to bring the awareness of the power & strength of women, back into our hearts & minds.
Let’s create a sacred space, a circle in which we can gather each month to honor one another … To receive the support that we need.
But not only that. Let’s also bring our girls and young women, ages 7 to 17, into this circle of friendship and sisterhood.
Just as it was done in ancient times.
Let’s work with them in an age-appropriate way to open up their intuition and inner wisdom; to let them see the power they hold within; to honor their strength and courage.
Let’s provide a safe space for them to share what’s really going on in their lives, and a circle of caring women and girls who can offer love, support, and recommendations to help them feel stronger when challenging situations come up.
Let’s talk about our dreams, strengthen our connection with nature, share our hopes for the future, and do creative projects together. Let’s connect with the energetic aspects of our bodies, which naturally know how to keep us healthy and happy. Let’s share our triumphs and challenges. Let’s relax and have fun together.
Let’s bring back the following ways of truly supporting our girls and young women through the phases of their growth:
Traditionally, communities were much smaller and tightly-knit. So when a girl was in her early teenage years and needed to rebel against her mother & family of origin (which is a natural part of the individuation process), she had already become part of a larger circle of trusted & caring women of all ages in the community, who she could turn to for guidance (rather than running off with her peers who are feeling equally lost). Let’s give our girls this gift.
It used to be that, from a very young age, girls were taught to model their mother and grandmothers in their sacred roles as healers, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and community leaders. Let’s bring this practice back to life in our small group, and then see how beautifully it ripples out into our larger communities.
Traditionally, when a girl started her moontime (menarche or the beginning of her menstrual cycle), she was celebrated and this was considered a very important rite of passage. Let’s give our girls this important gift, of celebrating their entry into womanhood, when their special day arrives. (This can be done in an age-appropriate way, inclusive of all the girls & young women in our group.)