â€œOur society fails to appreciate the woman who quietly responds to life with intense interest and with love for people, ideas, and things. Yet these characteristics are as deeply and truly creative as are the characteristics of those who seek to lead, to act, and to achieve. We have a bias against feminine values. Not only are we too busy to adequately nurture our children, but we are also unable to truly nourish our own creativity, our personhood, our ability to take a stand for life, and our capacities to live and love from the heart.â€Â ~ M. Harris & B. Harris, Into the Heart of the Feminine
Iâ€™ve been delving deeply into a kind of leadership that I feel we must embrace if we are going to survive. Iâ€™ve written before about this new leadership â€” a leadership that nourishes and nurtures, a leadership that responds to others with genuine interest and sincerity, a leadership that knows that what each of us truly desires is to be known, loved, and made useful.
We must take a stand for life. We must. The present mythology of western society is one of money. Weâ€™re living in a money myth and in this myth, money holds greater value and importance than life itself. THIS IS CRAZY. How will we survive if we hold money to be more important than life â€” especially life that offers no monetary value, life that cannot contribute to the culture in the way the culture demands life to be â€˜valuableâ€™ where value equals feeding the coffers?
Consider children. They do not contribute to the big money machine and notice how they are treated by our institutions. Children vs. Money? Money wins.
Consider the elderly. The elderly vs. Money. Guess what wins?
Consider the Earth. Just a big round planet of resources, right? A big round planet worth a lot of money if these resources are extracted and sold. But how do we live continue to live healthy, connected, vibrant lives on a planet that is getting sicker and sicker because we do not value that she is our home? Sheâ€™s not valued as our home, sheâ€™s valued as pieces and parts. Money wins again.
But whatâ€™s under money? Power. Domination. Control.
We are trying to control life. We think we can control life. We think we can control each other. Ultimately, this is going to backfire in a big way. Instead, we must live life, honor life, nurture life, and make a stand for life, and these come out of an honoring of feminine values that are values all can support and live.
We cannot survive by fighting each other. We will not survive if we donâ€™t begin to come together, to connect, communicate, and collaborate with great compassion.
But most importantly, we must begin to access the greater intelligence within each of us if we are to come up with the creative insight and deeply generative compassion that will bring us together and move us forward toward a new way to be here on this Earth together. This creative intelligence is accessed internally through your creativity. This is deep creativity â€” creativity that is the source of this greater intelligence so clearly needed.
Join me for FLOURISH, a womenâ€™s leadership course that supports a leadership of these feminine values â€” one that nurtures and encourages the flourishing of all of life. You will gain much awareness of who you are and what youâ€™re here for. And youâ€™ll come away with practices, exercises, and tools to offer to those you work with and support. We begin June 13th and scholarships are available.