You are a child of the stars,
In you a glow.
A radiance that reflect in the night sky.
You are a child of the universe.
In you, the hopes and dreams of a nation.
Close your eyes and see through the darkness.
Your true nature is like a light beam.
The path you walk upon is paved with tiny pebbles.
Each pebble, a rock that you pile high, one on top the other till they reach the heavens.
You climb atop the pile.
Jewels sparkle as you make your way. You reach the top and begin to drop trinkets down the slope for those who follow in the dark.
The rousing sentiment in me
Awaken my spirit
Cause my inner recess to burst forth
Beget new life
Bring life into view
See and acknowledge
This time of birth,
A new reality.
I see a way of being,
Leading words that excite,
Love, truth and justice
Feel of peace and humility.
No longer a dream.
Heaven on earth,
Joy we want to realize
No want for death to deliver me.
It’s here I create a new reality.
Greetings, welcome to the gathering of Guardians of the earth, Keepers of the Culture, Pamala here, Culture Transformation Catalyst. I’m pleased that you joined me on this journey as we reconstruct the story of women in society. I will be your guide as we explore through two venues of the Creative Arts a “Vision of Feminine Power”. The Art of Dialogue & The Art of Poetry. During these sessions you and I will explore the two dimensions of life, the universal and the personal. The goal of this series is to empower women to fulfill their most ambitious mission in this life time. This gathering of women is where we will awaken to our most noble purpose and mission as women in society. It is my most ambitions endeavor thus far and what gives my life meaning and purpose.
The Womanist Empowerment Series shares the teachings from the text,“The Wise Heart”, By Jack Kornfield: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology. The knowledge and wisdom teachings will be presented during seminars, poetry, writing & art sessions, during readings and performances.
During the (session) – I will present wisdom teachings and practices that will awaken the deeper dimension of the self, the “universal”. One of the main practices is Mindfulness; a state of mind that has always been available to you, which is aware, non-judging and respectful. You will experience how to access your higher consciousness through a daily practice of mindfulness. After each wisdom teaching you will have the opportunity to respond by creating a piece of poetry.
Poetry created from the experience will be published in an anthology. You’ll also have the opportunity to read your work in a public forum along with the other participants. Together we will create the lore of women in society.
You’ll recognize compassion as your deepest nature and confirm you interdependence with all life. You will respond positively and create value from every experience you have.
You’ll learn how to utilize the relationships in your life and discover a more enlightened way of relating. First with yourself, secondly your significant other, life partner or spouse and lastly children.
For over twenty years I’ve taught young children to read and write in public schools. It has been my greatest challenge and from which I’ve grown the most. Formerly trained in Guidance & Counseling, I bring a passion for education and an understanding of the human potential, coupled with my love of poetry, united to bring a complete experience for the mind, body and spirit.
I remember being a little girl left alone at home one Sunday morning when everyone else had gone to church. My father is a minister and we children were preacher kids. We were told to behave and always do what was expected. I told my mother I was sick. I asked her if my little brother could stay home with me. She told me if I stayed home I would be by myself. I wanted to watch Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
When my mother left out the door lonesomeness closed in like an invisible presence. I felt as if I was the only person in the world, stranded on a deserted island. Dread and fear welled up in me. I curled into a ball and cried. I felt abandoned and unloved. This one experience began the solemn state of life I lived. I would recreate the same experience for over forty years.
Never did I imagine that one decision would affect my life so traumatically, neither did my mother think I would be so traumatized by the experience that it would shroud my life in utter darkness.
I felt unloved and unworthy. Later as a teenager and adult I felt victimized by life. After each act of transgression by the other I responded with anger. The drama would unfold for many years. Anger was the wall I erected to protect me from an imagined perpetrator.
This was not the life I wanted to live. I withdrew into myself and from the world and did everything to transform my life. Relationships were a source of pain. I wanted them and realized they were important, but the past was a constant reminder so I kept people at a distance.
I had to change. The stress of holding onto past trauma had a strong-hold. The left side of my body held all the ill feelings. There was tension that knotted into balls coiling around my hip, creating an impasse. I felt a stroke was evident.
Sitting mindful with sorrow and fear is an act of courage. You and I can reconstruct the Story of our joys and pains and restore the Nobility of Woman.
Twenty-five years of chanting Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo transformed feelings of anger into compassion; my unworthiness helped me to value my own life. I no longer feel like a victim. My experiences help to shape me into the person I am today and helped me turn my karma into mission.
Today, I stand a culture transformation catalyst for the empowerment of women, each relationship I entered into revealed a part of me that lived in shadows, that I needed to let go of. When I released the hurt created from the past I saw how I had created my own painful experiences.
Poetry became my way of expressing and giving voice to my experiences both positive and negative. I let go of being a victim. It that no longer served the person I was becoming. The past, but a memory no longer controls my life. I’ve discovered a deeper purpose and mission for my life.
My worries were like clouds obscuring the sun, I observed them and let them go, they disintegrated and the source of inner light was revealed, What came into view was my true value and worth as a female in society.
You and I can transform the culture of fear dominant in Western Culture when we reconstruct a common story. Through this series of training in Mindfulness, dialogue and poetry we can co-create a culture of loving kindness, compassion, fearlessness and wisdom.
You and I will celebrate as we share our new found way of being and embody this driving force of cooperation and symbiosis, “The Dance of Life”, living together as two.
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It was 1987 I had just graduated from the University of Louisville with a BS in Guidance/Counseling with no prospects for the future. I enrolled in Graduate school and continued my studies but soon my plan to spend my life studying at the University come to an end. I had to find a job.
My search for employment leads me to volunteer at the Crisis Center in Louisville, KY as a phone counselor. Soon thereafter, I came to realize how my environment mirrored my emotional and mental state. Oftentimes my pain and anger hid behind walls of shame and guilt.
I did manage to find a job as a Camp Counselor for emotionally disturbed girls, but it was in Brooksville, Florida I left my daughter for over two years with her father’s family that would prove to be a costly mistake that at another time and post I will address.
The camp was in a wilderness setting. Living there afforded me the opportunity for enough quiet time to journal. It was there that I got in touch my own emotions scars whilst I helped the campers through their own problems using Reality Therapy.
Poetry was how I expressed my truth. It put me in touch with my deepest pain and my greatest joy. This was a pivotal point in my life that helped me to discover my passion for Education.
Realizing an Outward Sense of Purpose
I returned home after spending two and a half years in Florida. All I could think about was how I was going to open a program or a home for the emotionally disturbed girl. This never happened. I had to find a way to make a living, education opened to me. I also married the man of my dreams and spent five years in bliss, but this too failed to quiet my restless heart.
I had completed my studies in Louisville a few years prior at the School of Education but teaching was never on my radar. Suddenly I was in the education teaching in public schools. I invested over one hundred percent of my time and effort to make it work. It proved fruitless.
I was an elementary school teacher. Every year I changed classrooms trying to find my niche. I found no camaraderie with my peers or principal. However, there were bright moments in my nine years as a classroom teacher as my practice of Buddhism flourished.
It was within the Buddhist practice that I found meaning and a sense of purpose. I attended two Educational conferences in Florida. There I found a sense of hope. We discussed a renewed purpose for education. It was determined that the single most important factor in changing the world was the educator. This gave me confidence. I returned to school only to be met with resistance and a business as usual attitude.
Disillusionment and the Perfect Storm as I searched for Purpose and Meaning
What I found in education was the opposite of what I learned at the conferences. Education took on a new meaning. Teaching children to take a test was the purpose of education. Giving difficult teaching assignments to new teachers was the protocol. Making children wear uniforms during times of war and insisting on a nationalist agenda went against all that I thought was the purpose of education. This was not the place for me.
Two Thousand One was the Year of the Perfect Storm!
I walked away from my career as a teacher; from my marriage to the man that I always loved; and the faith organization where I had dedicated over fifteen years of my life.
Sitting at home looking for a way to express my grief, poetry and writing open the floodgates to my sorrow. It would flow for many years. Stories, articles, and poetry found its’ way on empty pages. Still, I did not have a way to find meaning and purpose for my life. This would begin another search but I would be more focused and inner-directed.
Realizing an Authentic Sense of Purpose
Thirteen years later, my Blog and now this book I am writing expresses my deepest hope for humanity. I write to express my Humanity and to restore my Emotional and Mental Wellbeing. Writing helps me to make sense of the world. Book Talks are how I will continue with my love for teaching.
I write to reconstruct my life. Writing helped me to discover the Seven Keys to Life. The Keys are a PANACEA for achieving Optimum Emotional and Mental Wellbeing. This is how I will make a difference in the world and fulfill my highest potential as a Human Being.
This is a journey towards wholeness to a place inside your self filled with light where healing is possible. A healing that is more about letting go of the fear and doubt so you can become your authentic self. Enter into this path with quiet meditation. When you journey into this vast inner life you will experience a powerful presence free from fear and hatred. Awaiting in the dark this presence wants to be your friend. Reconnect with this authentic self. But first, face what is painful. The self that is hidden under the pain. You will become stronger. Self- Heal with love and forgiveness; truth and courage. You came from a place of unity and truth, it is where you must journey back to. It is the task you mush accomplish while you are here on earth. Mend the tear in your heart. Go into the source and bring light where there is darkness. Look into the unknown and make it your friend. Achieve Optimum Emotional & Mental Well-Being, first with yourself then with the members of your family.These relationships are mirror reflections revealing the hidden aspects of your self that you may need to heal. Let go of the past and you will find peace, where there is peace you will find healing. Follow my blog for more post on the subject; womanistempowermentseries.com
For over twenty-seven-years I have followed the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, a Buddhist Priest who lived during the 1200’s. Nichiren discovered the secrets of life and found a way to embody the teachings in a simple phrase, Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo. The phrase is the key to opening the secretive aspects of your life. It is the foundation for my Seven Keys to Transformational Leadership Program. It connects and opens the path to living consciously. This paper sets forth a study of the mind and a philosophy for life. It does not advocate the religious dogma associated with religion.
The greatness of this phrase is in its simplicity. It had to be simple enough for anyone to practice. The phrase is like a key that opens the door to the vast inner life. This vast inner life is the soul that we talk about, but do not know its’ purpose or how we can access its’ wisdom. When you chant these words repeatedly, you fuse your life with the life of the universe. You are no longer a water molecule but you are the sea.
It is like you become one with your own heartbeat. As you continue to say these words, the sounds radiate out into the universe. We know that sound travels on waves. You are like a tuning fork, each beat bring your heart, mind, spirit and body into complete alignment. You are congruent; you move in a single direction toward wholeness. You begin to heal the splintered parts of yourself.
You have thus begun to align with your true self. These waves interact with other waves and they begin to travel the same path. The channel is to the sea. All rivers flow to the ocean. You are like an orchestra, each instrument plays its own tune, but together you are beautiful music. Your life begins to sound like a wonderful piece of music, like beauty in motion.
You connect authentically with yourself and this extends to all the relationships in your life. You have not only transformed your life, but the lives of those whom you guide. This is the power of the Transformational Leadership Program.
You become a beautiful work of art. People rise on your upbeat. You master what it means to be human and become a leader for your family, your work-world and society.
Creative humans inspire greatness in others. Our lives are but an instrument of beauty and grace. We bring beauty to the world. You are the one who can bring your family, your community and the world into alignment. Put Your Finger on the Pulse and Feel the Beat, The Rhythm of Life.
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I believe in Humanity!
I believe women have the power to transform the world!
I believe we are all one infinite creative power source!
I no longer believe in an external God that will save us because religion only separates.
I want to live in a world of peace and love where each and every one discover their power of purpose and come into their full power as a human being and solve the world’s problems instead of creating more of the same.
Here is what I know for sure:
People are children of the Universe, born out of galaxies of matter and spirit. There pulsates a creative urge in all of us that wants to birth life, we are born, we die, and nothing really matters and last but love.
Love is the source of life; we are born to love; love will save us; the love for a Humanity not of a God in the sky that dispenses punishment, there is no such God, That concept of a God live in the mind of Man. The world turns on Karma; what-ever you do will come back to you, no matter the time or the day.
I know that my life has meaning and purpose. Each day I work and strive to realize my full potential and make a difference in the world.
Always put love in your heart. Let your heart think and your mind feel. No matter what you feel it will pass; all things flow to the sea. We are all going to end up in the sea at a different time. No matter the color of the skin or the gender or sexual preference all are children of the divine with a mission to perform whilst here on earth.
Wake up and realize who you are; you are a water molecule in the great sea of life, connected to everything. Life at each moment contains the whole of the Universe. With this knowledge go forth in the world, be happy and at peace.