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.”