Holding Space with Love and Compassion


Photo by Leah Schroeder

This morning, shortly after this November Super-moon was at her fullest, I woke with my heart being flooded with grief.  The grief that flowed up from my heart was both personal and that of the collective consciousness.  This grief called me to bring forth all the love and compassion I can carry for myself, for those close to me who are grieving and struggling, and for all of humanity and the earth.

The last while has been a time for me to go inward.  Space has been created for me to use this time to recharge and store up my batteries for the work that lies ahead.  It has been a time to look at the parts of myself that still need healing; the parts where I have been in judgement of myself or those around me; the parts where I have failed to stand strongly in my light to empower myself and in turn those I interact with; where I have failed to fully and deeply love myself, and allow that love to flow out to those around me who need it the most.  Today, I love all of those parts of myself.

I spent some time in the woods yesterday.  It was an opportunity for some nature therapy and time to refuel.  As I was walking beside a small lake, a doe emerged out of the woods, grazing in the tall grass beside the path.  She was oblivious to my presence there.  My eyes were drawn to a point further along the path, where a large buck appeared and moved toward me.  As the doe walked towards the edge of the water to drink and continue grazing, the buck came closer, standing between the doe and the path.  He took a solid stance, strong and confident.  We watched each other for a few moments, neither of us moving.  When the buck heard someone coming from the other direction, the two of them bolted into the woods.  After the person passed me, the buck appeared to me again.  We moved parallel to each other for a short time until he crossed my path and disappeared into the woods on the other side of me.

There was a gift and a message for me in this brief encounter.  As I reflect on this and the energy that has been building over the past few months, again both personally and collectively, I look further into what their appearance might mean for me.

The doe exemplified the divine feminine, representing love, nourishment, surrender, connection.  The buck represented the divine masculine, demonstrating authority, protection and strength.  Together, they moved in harmony with each other and their surroundings.  I feel drawn to bring into balance both aspects within myself and my relationships.

This morning, as I was feeling the grief emerging, I allowed myself to sit with those feelings briefly and then moved into a time of meditation and ceremony.  The energy of this full moon is bringing in a new strength and resolve with in me.  The grief is replaced with a powerful, deep love and compassion.

I am being called at this time to hold space.  A definition of this, presented to me a couple of weeks ago, is as follows:  “It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control”.

As more light pours in and wells up inside us to bring our gifts out into the world, subconscious beliefs come to the surface to be healed.  Like a wound, sometimes it looks worse before it looks better.  Sometimes we repeat old patterns if we aren’t willing or ready to release those beliefs or karmic imprints and move through them.  This is happening both on individual and collective levels.  We are at a crossroads and have a choice as to how we move forward.

So in this moment I choose, filled with the love of the divine, completely surrounded and supported with the light of love, to act as a vessel, holding space both for those closest in my life and for all of humanity.  I send out prayers of love and compassion to the people in my life who are struggling.  I send out prayers of love to all those gathered at and supporting the people of Standing Rock, who are called there to protect the water and teach us to walk in harmony with the earth.  I send out prayers of love and gratitude to the water and to the earth.  I send out prayers and love to all parts of the world where there is conflict.  I send prayers and love to all those living in fear or pain.  I send out prayers and love to world leaders and the systems that have created imbalance in our world.  As the unraveling begins, I send out prayers and love to carry the whole as a new consciousness and way of walking on this earth emerges.  I dig deep within to draw upon all the strength and power of the sacred feminine, to fill myself up with as much love as my being is able to contain and pour out from me.

In meditation today, words of trust and patience were presented to me.  I surrender and trust that whatever happens from this point forward will be in the highest good for all.  I invite you to join me in holding space and sending out love and compassion.  The larger the vessel we create together, the stronger that love will ripple out to raise the vibration of the collective consciousness, to heal and shift humanity.


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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master-Instructor, and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca .  “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my life this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services.  A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki,  ThetaHealing®, and IET®. I have a desire to learn, practice, and teach other healing modalities, empowering others to help shift the consciousness of humanity.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”



A Call to Rise

White Buffalo Woman - picture by Sophia Rose

White Buffalo Woman – picture by Sophia Rose

The Daily Sisterhood Blog began out of a call for women to come together, to connect women around the world in a space of transformation and healing.  I have been processing a number of challenges this week that lead me to put out the call once again for women, for humanity, to rise.

I will clarify that I am only beginning to learn about some deeper systemic issues that are happening both here in Canada and around the world.  I am choosing to look at it from a spiritual standpoint and respond in a spiritual way.

I have, as written often before, been involved with organizing the Mother Earth Gathering Womyn of All Nations, which also brings women together in a space of love, oneness and healing.  I have also been collaborating over the past several months with my close friend and founder of this gathering, to bring together women for a series of Sacred Womyn Workshops.  Our intention is to teach about ancient indigenous traditions to reawaken the sacredness in all women and teach about bringing our world back into balance.  My role has been to talk about this from an energetic standpoint about the greater influence of the energy our thoughts and emotions carry.

I discovered a few articles this week on workingwithoneness.org that really struck a chord with me.  Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Anat Vaughan-Lee  write about the importance, or better, necessity of reclaiming the sacred feminine both for our own spirituality and to heal the earth and bring life back into balance.

Women have this connection within us.  The cycles of our bodies are linked to the cycles of the moon and to life.  It is through the woman that spirit is brought into the physical.  Whether we have given birth to a child or not, all women have that within.  It is the spiritual connection to all of life. Men also need to be brought into the circle of this connection to the sacred feminine.  It is the balance of the masculine and feminine that is the balance of all of life.

In the last few weeks the importance of empowering people and particularly women has been at the forefront of my thoughts.  A few weeks ago my close friend’s grandson was removed from her daughter and placed with a local First Nations Child and Family Services agency.  Her daughter needs support and healing.  My close friend has been working tirelessly to be granted custody of her grandson.  What the system preaches is that the best interests of the child are always the highest priority.  The truth is quite a different story.

In this particular case, which is only one in a large number of similar cases, no effort has been made to place the child with suitable family.  The choices made are from a place of fear, ego, control, and I believe have more to do with money than the well being of the children.  It has been suggested that it is a form of human trafficking.  The system is broken.

Please understand, there are many good people who work within these organizations that truly care about the people they are there to serve and want to make a positive difference.  This is a larger systemic issue.

In the case of my friend, many people have written letters to the agency in question, to support her in having her grandson placed into her care.  It looked like it would be a matter of days before he would be returned to her care, when the organization continued to stall.  A few days ago, she was told he would not be placed in her care.  Spirit told her something different.

Many indigenous families face these kinds of circumstances.  They feel defeated and powerless when their children are taken from them.  Not enough is being done to support them and provide them with the tools to prevent these situations.  My friend is an indigenous woman.  She is a strong, spiritual woman who lives her life according to Spiritual Law.  She is powerful and has a strong circle of women and supportive men surrounding her.  I saw in my mind an image of a large circle of women surrounding her and her grandson and lifting him up high.  He is a child destined for greatness. My friend and her grandson are not victims.

One could take the position of going to court to fight this.  However, as women – as sacred women, who teach other women about their sacredness and work to empower other women, we recognize a different response is required.  We recognize that the actions we take have to come from Spirit – from a place of love.

The organization in question, and others like them, has lost their connection to Spirit.  My friend was even told to leave her spirituality out of it, but it has everything to do with spirituality.  Acting from a place of love is acting from Spirit.

We understand that on a deeper level this situation is not different from many things people are experiencing on the earth at this time.  It is all part of the greater shift in consciousness.  How we choose to respond to this is significant to our part in raising the consciousness of humanity and healing the planet.

We are bringing together people to join us in ceremony and prayer.   My friend is preparing to undertake a Hunger Strike on behalf of all women and children around the world.  We are calling upon the strength and courage of women around the world to come together and reclaim the sacred essence of our being and bring humanity and the earth back into balance.  This is the time to rise!


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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca .  “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 49 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services.  A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki ,  ThetaHealing®, and now IET®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”