The passage of time tells all as we move forward. 6 years ago as of this date most of the women who came together to form the original Sisterhood page on Facebook were unknown to each other. Lydia Moreno invited us all to join our energies from those who signed up for an online summit. None of us could have suspected where it would lead.
We came together very quickly, recognizing each other as sisters in our extreme diversity. From our youngest, Sadie Fulton being like rocket fuel, to the elders like Kara Johnstad who had the energy of the voice of the planet offering her songs to those “slow food” aficionados (she’s more appreciated by slow food people than those who enjoy fast food) and Alishaa Asakura who is simply a sage! Age, experience, location, past, religion, lack thereof, none of it mattered. What mattered is that we almost instantly recognized each other as family.
Sadie offered an area of the Sisterhood page called Who We Are so that we could find each other if we were looking for services that others offered. What a wonderful networking idea! Being an energy worker myself I understand that what we focus on grows so I suggested we utilize a section called What We Choose to focus on the intentions of the others to amplify their possibility. As if it was the hinge of a door, within 36 hours it became the impetus for the group that would become The Daily Sisterhood.
Our working page was Tools of the Sisterhood, Sadie had it set up in no time and as more than 20 women opted in to write together we began to discover our connectedness. We had the idea to write a book, maybe with each of us writing a chapter but it became too daunting to put together, so as the group refined closer to a dozen we decided that blogging was the way to go.
To be honest, at that time I didn’t even really know what blogging meant. Weekly we had group Skype calls to make decisions, connections and share ideas, until finally we picked the beginning of Spring to spring out into the public eye with this venture together.
We spent a long time deciding on things like our tag line, “Vulnerability is the New Strength” we knew that being open and raw was the only way to touch other resonant hearts. As things morphed and grew I was so personally gratified as editor and scheduler for the group, to have a backstage pass to the wisdom of these women that had about a 30 year range in age, global experience and expression. It was at once volunteer work and the greatest treasure.
As we settled in to this commitment and approached the first anniversary of the origin of the Sisterhood page, the person who brought us all together initially, without warning, deleted the whole page. It was absolutely shocking to all of us and sent a wave out through our community that went from into the hundreds, to who we could piece together from the contacts we had made outside of the page.
The whole thing was the result of a man being invited onto the page. Yes, sisters like to have a protective environment in which to share, but it doesn’t mean it can’t include brothers. George E. Green is a wonderful soul and author who I found to be a fantastic addition to the group but as in any group there will be those who disagree and demand their complaints be recognized and honored. So two groups were formed, a new smaller version of Sisterhood and The Daily Sisterhood Lounge where all would be welcome to come and stay awhile.
For those of us writing blogs, life continued to accelerate, as it has for us all. It became increasingly challenging to make an original daily offering for our blog posts from a dozen women around the globe who had so many commitments to life.
In the midst there was another shock wave that rocked us to our cores. One of our guest authors, Lizelle Le Roux, was murdered in South Africa. It happened on a day that one of her blogs posted. She had struggled with leaving Australia to live with her parents on their farm in South Africa called Sunnyside. As she took her Sunday morning walk around the farm, she was stabbed to death and we prayed that that was all that happened to her.That feeling of vulnerability really turned into our strength as we struggled to accept and move past what had happened to our beloved sister. An intuitive friend told me he could hear her singing that she was free. I knew she had had struggles, so I held the image of her singing and dancing on the hillside rejoicing in the newfound freedom she found on the other side of the veil.
As time marched on we began reposting earlier blogs and really fell out of the structure we had started. There comes a point when dipping into the well of what you have to offer, that life takes priority and you don’t feel you have much more to offer at the time. Our site fell into disuse except for an occasional offering by Leah Schroeder who has the countenance and patience of a saint.
From this view I see clearly how we were each catalysts for each other. Sadie was in Belfast Ireland and now has taken her activist self to California and is making connections with potential presidents. Kara is putting her voice coaching and presence out into the world to midwife a new resonance. Ellen has actually birthed a new presence, her son Anton who will be 2 this summer, while living a transcontinental family life and extending her teaching offerings to the world. Leah is moving forward with her healing work and the gathering of women to share and amplify their strengths. Loesja is helping people recover their mental and physical health while the world seems to have gone mad. Jennifer is also working in the field of health as she continues to put her beautiful artistry of brush and being into the world. Laura’s pouring love into grand kids and being more of the open hearted entertainer she is. Each has expanded their depth and scope and is bringing more love into the world.
I myself am collaborating with Balboa Press as I write and compile my forthcoming book An Invitation Back to Myself. It has been coming together for years but I have stepped into the action of offering and as I do, inspiring “downloads” are being offered to me to share.
My feeling is that with the focus of shining our lights in unity, we have each stepped on a broader path, so very individual but like rays of the sun, with their own warmth, direction and purpose. I believe this is the activity of the “shift”. It becomes an inherent knowing that there is so much more than we’ve been led to believe and we can love and live into that whole heartedly knowing the truth of vulnerability being the new strength. May all be blessed!